Author: Ryan Compeau

Thomas The Train Stops In Duluth

Thomas The Train and his friend Percy are in Duluth the next two weekends

DULUTH, Minn.- The North Shore Scenic Railroad is the only place in the Midwest where you will see not only Thomas the Tank, but also his good friend Percy as the Steam Tour continues. Families and kids packed the enterance to see Thomas roll in, get pictures with him, and also play some games while waiting for his arrival. Organizers…

Hands-Free Law Effect On Bicyclists

Bicyclists and walkers hope this law will make the roadway safer for everyone

DULUTH, Minn.- Distracted driving continues to take the lives of Minnesota’s most vulnerable roadway users- people who walk and bike. And with the hands-free law going in effect next Thursday, both bikers and walkers are hoping it keep them safer. Once this new law goes in effect next Thursday, drivers can only use their phones via voice commands or activation…

Minnesota Ballet Shows Off Talents

30 students showed off their talents learned so far from their summer camps

DULUTH, Minn.- Thirty Minnesota School of Ballet students showed off their talents they learned from their summer classes in front of family and friends today outside of the main Duluth Public Library. From tap, to jazz, students from Minnesota and around the country learned all sorts of dance moves during the class. Organizers say seeing the dancers be themselves and…

Surfer And Inventor Honored In The Northland

Tom Blake, famous for his watersport inventions will be honored Friday night in Washburn

WASHBURN, Wis.- A native son of Washburn and one of the worlds most well know long board surfers will be honored Friday night as paddle boarders will travel from Memorial Park in Washburn to Houghton Falls. Tom Blake is one of the most famous inventors for water sports creating the Hollow Surfboard back in 1926 while also building the prototype…

Minnesota Preps To Go Hands-Free

We are just a week away from the hands-free law going in place

DULUTH, Minn.- We are just under a week away from Minnesota becoming a hands-free driving state. The new law takes in effect next Thursday and it allows a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music and get directions, but only by voice commands or single–touch activation without holding the phone. Once this law starts,…

‘Bag It Duluth’ Seeks Reusable Bag Donation Sites

They would need these businesses and organizations to be donation sites for reusable bags to handout

DULUTH, Minn.- “Bag It Duluth” is calling on businesses, and organizations to become donation sites for reusable bags to hand out to those willing to go plastic–free. Thursday, the “Unitarian Universalist Congregation” of Duluth became a donation site for the reusable bags that volunteers have made out of donated t–shirts. ‘Bag it Duluth’ says plastic fragments are now found in…

Surfer And Inventor Honored In Northland

Tom Blake will be honored Friday night in Ashland during a paddle boarding event

  ASHLAND, Wis.- A native son of Washburn and one of the world’s most well know long board surfers will be honored tomorrow night as paddle boarders will travel from memorial park in Washburn to Houghton Falls. Tom Blake…is one of the most famous inventors for watersports, creating the hollow surfboard back in 1926, while also building the prototype of…

Ashland Recognized For Downtown Success

Ashland picked as top six downtown area in entire state of Wisconsin

ASHLAND, Wis.-There are thirty–four main street communities in Wisconsin, and today Ashland was picked as a community in the top six. The state of Wisconsin’s downtown development program looks for cities that have unique announcements related artistic excellence and entrepreneurship. The day included showing off some groundbreaking events like the official opening for the cobblestone hotel property, a new home…

A Celebration of Ashland’s Downtown Success

Ashland was recognized as one of the top six downtown areas in the entire state of Wisconsin

ASHLAND, Wis.- Ashland is being recognized as one of the best downtown communities in the entire state of Wisconsin. City leaders are praising the several new downtown developments that helped earn this recognition. Downtown’s are often an important part of a city, and Ashland is being highlighted as one of just six communities in the entire state for accomplishments related…

Worker Shortage Around The Northland

Construction and nursing jobs are at an all time high so local workforce's are coming up with new creative ways to employee new workers

DULUTH, Minn.- There are some career paths in the Northland where the need for employees is at an all time high. With the need for nurses at an all time high, and large construction projects coming to the Northland, two local workforce’s are doing everything they can to add more employees. Some may think it is due to the lack…

Need For Nurses At All Time High

Hospitals around town are becoming more creative on ways to attract new workers

DULUTH, Minn.- And the construction industry isn’t the only workforce that is going through hiring stress. Over the last year, healthcare leaders say there are fewer people applying for jobs at both hospitals in the Northland, and it doesn’t seem to be turning around anytime soon. That is why hospitals are trying more creative methods to encourage nurses and nursing…

The Struggle To Fill Construction Jobs

With several major projects ahead, finding the right amount of workers could be hard

DULUTH, Minn.- Right now in the Northland, quite a few jobs are hard to fill. One of those industries where hiring is especially tough is construction. And with several major projects planned in the area, finding enough workers to complete them could be challenging. With that, CareerForce Center in Duluth is holding classes to help train workers to cut into…

Roses In Full Bloom

Roses of all colors are in full bloom over at Leif Erikson Park

DULUTH, Minn.- One of Duluth’s most visible and popular parks is in full bloom right now. The Rose Garden in Leif Erikson Park was filled with Northlanders checking out and even getting a smell or two of all the different roses down at the park. One visitor we talked with who had a rose garden for years, says having something…

Kids Learn First Hand Farming Experiences

Northland kids are doing chores on the farm, and harvesting peas, just like actual farmers would do on a daily basis

DULUTH, Minn.- Monday morning, Northland kids got hands on farming experience during a unique camp. From chores on the farm, to working with the chickens and sheep, and even harvesting peas. Needless to say, the kids attending the camp had a lot of tasks to complete. Those organizing the event also said they like them to think about their work…

Workforce Struggles With Big Construction Projects Looming

Major construction projects are happening in the coming years, but those workers may not

DULUTH, Minn.- A few major construction projects are slated to begin in the Northland this year, but there may not be enough construction workers in our area to actually do those jobs. That is why the CareerForce Center in Duluth is holding classes to train workers to fill the large void. Officials say just in the City of Duluth there…

Babe Ruth Visits Duluth

The Great Bambino was back in Duluth for the first time in 93 years

DULUTH, Minn.- The Great Bambino was back in Duluth today, 93 years after his first visit to the Northland. Steve Folven, who is a walking encyclopedia goes around the country telling people the effect Babe Ruth had on the game of baseball. Folven even re-created Ruth’s famous ‘Called Home Run Shot’ from back in 1932. His fondest memory from his…

Connecting A Community Through A Kitten

We catch up with those first responders along with the woman fostering "Stormy"

DULUTH, Minn.- Earlier this week, we shared with you the story of a kitten saved from a storm drain by some local fire fighters. Today, we caught up with those first responders, along with the woman who is fostering the kitten for the time being. Wednesday night, the Duluth Fire Department responded to an unusual public assists request in a…

An Inside Look At A World War II Bomber

We will give you a first hand look inside one of the planes that will be up in the air this weekend

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Air Show is happening this weekend, and we got to go three thousand feet above in a B-17 to see all around Duluth. “It was just awesome. Pretty much just the way I thought it was going to be. Noisy, you could feel the power, the vibration”, said Bob Matarelli, B-17 rider. Its not all that…

Drawing Awareness For PAVSA

PAVSA held its annual Bar-B-Q and Cupcake sale in Duluth Thursday

DULUTH, Minn.- In support of the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault mission, the group held its annual bar-b-q and cupcake sale today in downtown Duluth. The funds gathered through donations go towards supporting services for men, women and children who are victims of sexual violence. The plaza at the Building For Women was filled with dozen of…

First Hand Battlefield Trauma Training

National Guard members from all over the country are in the Northland for trauma simulation exercises

DULUTH, Minn.- National Guard service members are in Duluth for training to ready them for what is out there on the battlefield. From burns, to assessing wounds, this event hosted at the College of St. Scholastica this week, serves as a way for them to be ready when the travel to war zones overseas. “My goal is that you develop…

Sandy Fun & Safety At The Beach

Families and kids packed Park Point Beach to learn water tips and create sand castles

DULUTH, Minn.- A morning rain shower didn’t stop hundreds of kids and families from coming out to Park Point Beach. Kids of all ages brought their shovels, pails, large and small buckets to the beach today to show off their creativity and have their sand castles judged for prizes. “Some kid picked SpongeBob and we figured that would probably be…

An Inside Look At A WWII Fighter Plane

With the Duluth Air Show just days away, the B-17 Yankee Lady was on display for media members to go inside of

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Air Show is taking off this weekend, and to help build up some hype, organizers let members of the media get an inside look at one of the planes that will be part of the show. The B-17 Yankee Lady was flown during World War II, and is just one of nine operational B-17 bombers in…

Duluth Women’s Club Home And Garden Tour

Members got to tour five homes, and six gardens in the event's 52nd year.

DULUTH, Minn.- Members of the Duluth Women’s Club took some unique tours of the Northland today. Club members got to tour five homes and three gardens around the Northland including one over at Endi Apartments that over looks Lake Superior along with having some different ideas for members on how to spruce up their homes. But a club like this…

Earth Celebration Coming to Duluth

Celebration of clear water and connecting communities is being held on Sunday

DULUTH, Minn.- A celebration of clean water and connecting communities is being held this Sunday at Bayfront Festival Park. ‘Honor The Earth’s’ “Water is Life Festival” kicks off at 2 p.m. and will feature multiple music acts featuring numerous genres including jazz, folk, and even hip-hop. Those performing at the event, say Duluth is the perfect venue for it. “This…

Construction Continues On Woodland Avenue

Businesses and visitors gave some uplifting thoughts when it comes to the heartaches of construction season

DULUTH, Minn.- A two year project to reconstruct a mile of Woodland Avenue and Calvary Road in Duluth is underway. As construction continues there are some headaches but also a lot of folks excited about the planned improvements. We caught up with a business and someone visiting who gave some uplifting thoughts on the headaches of construction season. The project…

Staying Cool At ‘The Beach’ During The Heat

CLOQUET, Minn.–  The hot and steamy day made for a busy one at “The Beach” at Pinehurst Park in Cloquet Tuesday. It’s one of the Northland’s most unique beaches with filtered chlorinated water and a sandy bottom just like a real beach. One first time beach go-er says he’s never seen anything like it. “It’s actually really fun. It gets…

Congolese Music Comes To Duluth

Kids learn and play at the same time with Duluth Library's Kaleidoscope Program

DULUTH, Minn.- The second week of Duluth Public Library’s Kaleidoscope Music and Storytelling Program for kids was also held Tuesday. Hundreds of kids and parents packed the stage area behind the main library, to learn more about the culture connected to the Congo in Africa. Those organizing the event say programs like this let kids have fun while learning at…

Lincoln Park Stabbing Update

A woman was injured in a suspected domestic assault

DULUTH, Minn.- A 33 year old woman is recovering after a suspected domestic assault in Lincoln Park. Police responded to a scene around six last night on the 500 block of 22nd Avenue West. They found the women with non-life threatening injuries. A 46 year old man was taken into custody. Police initially reported the incident as a stabbing, but…

NASA Funded Camp Comes To The Northland

As a celebration of Apollo 11, some Northland students got some in-depth space lessons

CLOQUET, Minn.- On the anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic event, some Northland students spent the day getting some in-depth lessons about space. Justin Dinger is running a week long space camp in Cloquet. He received an email back in January about hosting a NASA funded event so area kids could do some first hand learning about space. Dinger, grew up…

Tips To Avoid Extreme Heat This Week

The heat and humidity will remain high all week. Duluth Police and Fire offer some tips

DULUTH, Minn.- With the extreme heat and humidity that is lasting through the week, Duluth Police and Fire have tips on how to beat the heat. Heat indexes in some Northland hometowns almost hit 100 degrees today, and that heat isn’t going away anytime soon. Expert advice includes checking on your neighbors, and paying special attention to elderly people over…

Generating Awareness For Chemical Dependency

The opioid crisis continues in Minnesota, and awareness was raised Monday here in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- As the opioid crisis continues in Minnesota, parents are now beginning to struggle with taking care of addicted kids, sometimes even giving them up to foster care and halfway homes. And Monday, a symposium was held in Duluth that worked to spread awareness for resources that are available for parents who’s children are struggling with addiction. But this…

Training To Better Understand Dog’s Language

The goal is to make pets more adoptable by training them to work better in larger groups

DULUTH, Minn.- Monday, a unique training event was held at Animal Allies in Duluth, where community members and shelter workers learn all about the shelter dogs body language. The goal is to make these pets more adoptable by training them to work better in larger groups of dogs. Dogs of all sizes were able to get a feel for one…

Kids Show Off Their Own Robots After Week Long Camp

Northland elementary students showed off their unique robots Friday morning

DULUTH, Minn.- On Monday, Northland elementary students began their quest to build a robot to conquer the Duluth East Daredevils course. And Friday, in front of their family members, they got to show off all their hard work. In groups of two and three, they built a robot that would follow a line, go over a bridge, and even through…

LME Trucking Closes Out Of The Blue

The Roseville Trucking Company closed Thursday affecting the Hermantown Terminal

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- The Roseville Trucking Company Lakeville Motors Express closed their doors out of the blue Thursday leaving hundreds without a job including those working at the Hermantown site. The company website yesterday also posted on their website that said “effective immediately, LME will no longer be accepting any pickups”. No word yet on how many people lost their jobs…

Fourth of July Festivities Causes Vandalism To Wisconsin Boardwalk

The $1.4 million dollar restoration project in Wisconsin is now being delayed due to vandalism

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Wisconsin Point restoration project is a $1.4 million dollar plan. But recently, the project has faced delays because public vandalism. Over the Fourth of July weekend, damage from fireworks caused this large hold in the middle of the bran new boardwalk near the beach. Around five boards and runners were damaged from the misuse of fireworks but…

A Better Understanding Of Wild Rice

Four students from around the country are collecting samples to see all the reactions sediments have on wild rice

DULUTH, Minn.- Four students from around the country were at UMD pulling out water samplers to understand the sediment chemistry that wild rice grows in. Two weeks ago, the students put those samplers into a large tub of water in hopes to find out all the different reactions the sediment has on the growth of wild rice. The head of…

Farmer For A Day In Proctor

The South Saint Louis County Fair offers kids an in-depth perspective on how a farmers day goes

DULUTH, Minn.- The South Saint Louis County Fair has kicked off in Proctor, offering up multiple programs for kids including getting the chance to be a farmer for a day. Kids get to milk a cow, pick potatoes, collect apples from a tree, and even grab eggs from a hen at the festival. Veteran farmers running the event, say the…

Lake Superior College Takes Next Step For New Housing Project

LSC leaders are planning to start the project late next month or early September

DULUTH, Minn.- Lake Superior College has taken the next step in a big development plan to have student housing on their main campus. A land swap was approved Wednesday night which clears the way to bring housing to the campus for the first time ever. Due to rising enrollment at LSC, and limited student housing space at the College of…

Heritage Days in Two Harbors Begins Thursday

Fun for all ages begins tomorrow in Two Harbors

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- Two Harbors is also celebrating this week, as Heritage Days festivities begins tomorrow. The festival will offer fun for all ages including arts and crafts, stage entertainment, a street dance, and even two parades the next four days. But something like this is more than a party, it also serves as a reunion for community members. “So…

Growlers No Longer Sold at Castle Danger

Starting October 1st, growlers will no longer be sold at the Two Harbors brewery

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- Starting October 1st, a Two Harbors brewery will not be able to sell what generates 30% of its taproom revenue. Castle Danger has made more than 23,000 barrels of beer this year, but all that production is now causing them to not be able to sell growlers starting this fall. The current law in Minnesota says breweries…

UMD Moves Forward In Housing and Dining Project

The 70 million dollar project will start following finals next May

DULUTH, Minn.- UMD is moving forward on a $70 million project for a new housing and dining hall. For housing, the building will hold 350 beds and will be the largest facility on campus. The new dining hall will allow students another opportunity to get food between classes, as they have already have one dining hall in the Kirby Student…

Superior Hiking Trail Receives Large Donation

Whole Foods Co-op made the communities largest ever donation to Superior Hiking Trail Association

DULUTH, Minn.- Whole Foods Co-op made the communities largest ever donation to the Superior Hiking Trail Association. $17,000 was raised through the co-op’s program, where customer’s rounded up their bill with the extra change going toward the fundraiser. The money will go towards sprucing up trails at Brewer Park and at Spirit Mountain. “So the trail was initially built 10–12…

Gearing Up For Family Fun

The South St. Louis County Fair kicks off Wednesday and lasts until Saturday

PROCTOR, Minn.- The South St. Louis County Fair is also starting Wednesday in Proctor. Rides, food stands, tables, and chairs were being set up today ahead of the four day event. With it being just a year away from it’s 100th anniversary, officials say nothing has changed since day one. “We try to keep it old school. Especially the agriculture…

Superior’s Old Town Bar Gets Demolished

What use to be filled with memories is now just a pile of rubble

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A building that was home to a well-known Superior business for decades is now being torn down. That building has been vacant since 2013, but used to be the Old Town Bar. What used to be a memory filled bar and restaurant in the heart of Downtown Superior is now just rubble. The building was beyond repairs. The…

Knowing Your Neighbor: Lola Berry Farm

A crop has been recently added that has been a process four years in the making

WRENSHALL, Minn.- A popular Northland berry farm has added a new crop, four years in the making. Lola Berry Farm is America’s first commercial honey berry orchard. “We like to joke that the Duluth climate is very, very similar to Siberia”, says Jason Amundson, Co-Owner of Farm Lola. Amundson, of Farm Lola says the plant is special because it’s the…

National Bank of Commerce Announces Merger with Republic Bank

Two Northland Banks are joining forces later this year

DULUTH, Minn.- Two Northland Banks are joining forces. The National Bank of Commerce has announced it is merging with the Republic Bank. With the move, six Republic Banks in the Twin Ports will be renamed “N-B-C”. The bank’s president says customers will not see a dramatic change when the merger is complete. Local dollars will stay local, giving people more…

Lincoln Park’s Motel 6 Re-Opens

The May 31st explosion has caused the motel to be closed until recently

DULUTH, Minn.- Meanwhile you may recall a fire and small explosion closed down the Motel 6 in May in Lincoln Park on 27th Avenue West. Nobody was hurt. Fast forward to today, and the hotel is back open to the public. The motel declined to comment, but their corporate office did release a statement saying “they are helping customers who…

West Duluth Porch Fire Causes Female To Jump From Second Floor

The fire occurred Monday morning and both the condition of the female and state of the house are unavailable at the moment

DULUTH, Minn.- Arson has not been ruled out involving an intense house fire in Duluth that injured a woman inside. Both Duluth Police and the Duluth Fire Marshall are investigating. Mayor Larson’s office is declining interview’s with fire officials until tomorrow, but here is what we know at the moment. Duluth firefighters were called to the scene around 5:30 Monday…

Battle is On at Superior Paintball’s Junkyard Paintball

A look inside the battlefield over at Superior Paintball

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Combine capture the flag, and paintball, and throw it in a junkyard. That’s what dozens of paintballers got to experience at Superior Paintball Saturday. Once the whistle blows to begin the round, you better keep an eye out for your opponent and hope your aim is on target. Players use bunkers to shield themselves, or even crawl on…

Getting Up Close with Snakes at Pattison Park

Northlanders got an up-close look at snakes from the area and around the country Saturday

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Northlanders packed Pattison Park in Superior Saturday night to get a look at snakes of all shapes, sizes and colors. Participants of all ages got the rare opportunity to touch the snakes, feed a rat to one of them, and learn more about the reptiles native to the Northland and around the country. “It’s really interesting. We don’t…