Author: Ryan Compeau

Better Your Understanding to Protect and Advocate for Human Trafficking

Prevention strategies and supportive services were the topic of discussion Thursday

DULUTH, Minn.- A combination of awareness advocacy prevention strategies and supportive services was the topic of discussion today during a forum in Duluth looking into issues connected to human trafficking. Those in attendance received training on how they can help victims making sure they can all work together to protect survivors and advocate for change. “So our purpose is to…

Piedmont Elementary Spent The Day Outside On The Last Day Of School

Piedmont's elementary soccer field was filled with students and activities for them to participate in

DULUTH, Minn.- Students from across the area are celebrating as it’s the last day of school for many of them. That includes kids at Piedmont Elementary School in Duluth spent the day playing outside instead of being stuck in the classroom. The soccer field was busy with activities like dancing, tug of war, and relay races. The school says it’s…

Stoplights Coming to Busy London Road Intersection

Starting later this month, the intersection of London Road and 60th Avenue East will have stoplights

DULUTH, Minn.- Stoplights are coming to a busy Duluth intersection. They are being installed on London Road to help with construction of the Lester Park Bridge starting later this month. London Road and 60th Avenue East will be getting these temporary stoplights. The goal is to help with traffic during the $2 million dollar bridge rehabilitation project. “There’s over five…

City Doubles Pothole Patching Crew

There will now be six patching crew groups containing around four to six people

DULUTH, Minn.- Potholes have become so much of an issue in Duluth that the city is now doubling pothole crew response. The city says this has been a record breaking year for bad potholes. Duluth will now have six total crews divided into groups. Three on the east side, and three on the west side having four to six workers…

U.S. Army and Superior Fuel Join Forces

An incentive to join the Army and have possible employment after their stay

DULUTH, Minn.- Those interested in joining the Army are receiving a big incentive to do so, from a Northland business. Superior Fuel has announced they are partnering up with the Army in the partnership for youth success programs. What this program does is guarantees soldiers will get a job interview and possible employment after their stay in the Army. Leadership…

Zoo and DTA Announce Partnership

A partnership benefiting both parties was started Monday morning

DULUTH, Minn.- With tourist season vastly approaching, Duluth Transit Authority and the Lake Superior Zoo announced a partnership benefiting both parties of getting people to use both amenities. A new co-branded bus wrap was unveiled with the Lake Superior Zoo’s new logo and promoting the DTA’s convenient service to the area. A collaboration that helps both going into the summer….

Phase Three Of The Seawall Rehabilitation Began Monday

Phase Three hopes to be completed by Grandma's weekend June 21st.

DULUTH, Minn.- A project that was supposed to be completed last year began today in Duluth. Phase three of the Seawall rehabilitation project is now underway. As the Seawall rehabilitation project moves forward, the Minnesota Slip Bridge will be closed to pedestrian traffic. That isn’t the only work being done. A storm water outfall, concrete patios, sidewalks, curbs, a bike…

Safety Tips When You Encounter A Rip Current

Beach season is vastly approaching but remaining safe is the main goal

DULUTH, Minn.- Know before you go. Beach season is coming and the more you know about rip currents the better your trip to the beach will be. With the way the waves were whipping around Monday, it wouldn’t have been a good day out on the water. That’s why making sure you know the proper tips to avoid being swept…

Northland Trail Joins Elite Company

Duluth now has a national scenic trail running right through it

DULUTH, Minn.- It has been a process for over 25 years, but now Duluth has a national scenic trail running right through it. Congress passed a massive public lands package earlier this year making Duluth part of just 11 national scenic trails in the country. What is known as the Arrowhead Re-Route, it makes the Superior hiking trail part of…

Small Explosion Causes Fire at Motel 6

The explosion happened early Friday morning

DULUTH, Minn.- This morning, a fire caused an evacuation at the Motel 6 on 27th Avenue West in Duluth. When crews arrived just after 9 a.m., they found smoke in a hallway and in multiple rooms because of a possible explosion. A utility room had a broken window and ceiling damage. A guest we spoke with, was inside the hotel…

Eskomos Softball Team Win Fourth Straight Section Title

Esko got their runs early and often against Proctor.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Sophomore pitcher Miranda Kelley held Proctor to just one run and chipped in with a two-RBI single as Esko knocked off the Rails 8-1 in the Section 7AA championship game at Braun Park in Cloquet. The Eskomos win their fourth straight section title as they advance to the state tournament. Categories: High School, Sports

Alana Young’s Walk-Off Single Sends Panthers Softball To State Tourney

The game was scoreless for six and a half innings before South Ridge was able to break through.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In bottom of the seventh inning, Alana Young singled to left field, bringing in Natalie Smith to score the lone run of the game as the South Ridge softball team gets the walk-off win over Cherry 1-0 Thursday afternoon at Braun Park in Cloquet. Panthers pitcher Malania Madill finished the 7A playoffs with 33 scoreless innings as…

Duluth Fire Dept. Launches ‘Marine 19’

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Fire Department has launched its new state-of-the-art, all-hazard vessel called Marine 19. Officials say it’s the only water resources of its kind in the Western Great Lakes. The vessel features water cannons, a night-vision camera, and medical equipment to handle a variety of hazards or threats along the waterfront. “A lot safer area for both our…

Opening Day for Superior Farmer’s Market

Just weeks away from summer, it officially began Wednesday in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis.- We are just three weeks away from summer, but it appears it has already struck in Superior, as their downtown Farmer’s Market opened today. While the growing season has been slow due to the bad winter and cold spring we are having, vendors on site are hopeful that this nice weather can turn things around. “It’s been a…

Six Odyssey Properties Sold to New Owners

Vacation houses and updated cabins right on Lake Superior are part of this real estate deal

DULUTH, Minn.- Tuesday, six properties previously owned by Odyssey Resorts in Duluth have been sold to two new companies. Those properties are vacation houses and updated cabins right on Lake Superior. The East Bay Suites in Grand Marias, the Caribou Highlands in Lutsen, Beacon Pointe in Duluth, and three resorts in Two Harbors: Breezy Point Cabins, Grand Superior Lodge and…

Filipino Food Here in the Northland

Gnesen Convenience store on Rice Lake Road serves as the home for Nanay's Kitchen

DULUTH, Minn.- The Gnesen Convenience Store on Rice Lake Road is more than just your every day local gas station. There’s also an authentic Filipino food-to-go. The menu includes pork, chicken, egg rolls, stir fried noodles and white rice. You can get all that for ten bucks. “I don’t want to get big to be honest. I don’t want a…

Calculating Pollen in Duluth

A look at how pollen levels are calculated here in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- Doctors are expecting this to be a particularly bad allergy season with all kinds of trees blooming in a short period of time. Today, we got a behind the scenes look at how pollen levels are calculated here in Duluth. On the roof of Essentia Health, there is a small spinning device that has a grease stick attached…

Water Safety Skills for Elementary Students

The Superior YMCA hosted Northern Lights students teaching them water safety skills

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Today, students spent the day learning water safety skills. This month, 600 Superior Elementary school kids will take part in the free program, most of who have never gotten water safety training before. Warm weather is on its way and soon families will be out on Lake Superior beach. The YMCA in Superior is doing their part to…

A New Way to Collect Rip Current Research

Wisconsin-Madison students collected new water safety data today at Park Point Beach

DULUTH, Minn.- Thursday, on the Park Point Beach, students were collecting some new water safety data. The U-W Madison students used a drone to gather information and learn how rip currents affect the beach. They’re also researching how those in the water can prevent getting caught in a dangerous current. One student tells us, drones give them a more advanced…

American Airlines Comes to Duluth

Two nonstop flights to Chicago each day, which means Northlanders could travel to Chicago and back in the same day.

DULUTH, Minn.- Thursday, the Duluth International Airport is celebrating adding American Airlines nonstop flights from Duluth to Chicago. The new partnership between the Duluth Airport and American Airlines is adding two more daily flights between the mid western cities. American Airlines representatives say it’s a great opportunity to expand the company’s reach in the Midwest. “We are starting with this…

Park Point Construction Begins Next Week

13th street to the Lift Bridge will be filled with construction cones starting next week

DULUTH, Minn.- A start date has now been set for a major Duluth construction project. Work on Park Point Road just south of the Lift Bridge will begin on May 29th. Starting later this month, 13th street to the Lift Bridge will be filled with construction cones. The city will take three inches of black top off the roads to…

Approaching Sexual Education a Different Way

Training to approach those with development disabilities about sexuality

DULUTH, Minn.- Forty professionals from the human services field started three days of training today to learn how to educate those with developmental disabilities about sexuality. Those leading the training course said when it comes to talking about sex with people with disabilities it can sometimes be tricky because educators don’t know how to approach the subject with them due…

Lakeside Neighborhood’s First Liquor Store Opens

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s something the Duluth Lakeside neighborhood has never seen before — a liquor store now open for business. The Lakeside neighborhood has prohibited alcohol sales since the late 1800s until the Duluth City Council officially legalized those sales in 2016. Permits for two Lakeside liquor stores were approved in 2018 and as of Wednesday, Lakeside Liquors is…

Marshall Empty Bowl to Help Hungry in the Northland

Two Duluth Marshall students are getting their final preps in ahead of the big event tomorrow

DULUTH, Minn.- Two Duluth Marshall students are finishing up final preparations tonight for their version of the ‘Empty Bowl’ fundraiser tomorrow to help the hungry in the Northland. It’s part of their senior capstone project. Elizabeth Jarocki and David Olsen got the idea when learning Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank was taking a break from its Empty Bowl fundraiser…

Lake Superior Nurse Graduation

Around 100 students received their pins Monday afternoon

DULUTH, Minn.- Today, about 100 nursing students graduating from Lake Superior College received their pins today, and they gear up to start their careers. Families packed the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center to cheer on these new nurses. One graduate we talked with today said the job market is looking good because there are enough job opportunities in the Healthcare field…

Woodland Avenue Construction Begins

A two-year project to reconstruct a mile of Woodland Ave. and Calvary Road began Monday

DULUTH, Minn.- A two-year project to reconstruct a mile of Woodland Avenue and Calvary Road began Monday in Duluth. With it comes road closures and detours but most affected are business owners in that area. You have probably heard the saying that Minnesota has two seasons: winter and construction. This project will cost around 11.5 million dollars with the city…

Police Equipment Fundraiser

Hundreds packed the new Malting Building at Clyde Iron Works to raise money for Duluth Police Department

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Police Department is in need of some new equipment. And today, hundreds packed the new Malting Building at Clyde Iron Works raising money for that cause. A little cold rainy weather didn’t stop the hundreds from coming out to the Clydes new Malting Building to help the Duluth Police Department. When the doors opened at eight…

Duluth Indoor Parks Day

Due to all the rain today, the park day was moved inside with plenty to do for kids

DULUTH, Minn.- All the rain today forced the Duluth Parks and Recreation staff to move their ‘Parks Day’ inside, but it still had plenty of events for kids to enjoy. Activities included basketball, disc golf, and a color area for the kids. Organizers say they were glad to keep the kids busy regardless of the weather. Sam Werle, Recreation Specialist…

Tips for Remaining Safe on the Water

Summer is coming, and so is days out on the boat and on the water

DULUTH, Minn.- It may not feel like it now, but summer is soon coming to the Northland. Which means people getting on the water for swimming and boating. Today, the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center hosted a national ‘Safe Boating Week’ kickoff event. That event gave people safety tips like always checking the forecast before going out and always wearing…

Lake Superior Zoo Hosts Families for ‘Earth Tracks’ Event

800 families visited the zoo on Endangered Species Day, learning to become more environmentally friendly

DULUTH, Minn.- Eight hundred families visited the Lake Superior Zoo to learn about how to become more environmentally conscious. Wildlife biologists, naturalists and environmental educators from across the region taught those in attendance about a variety of issues at seventeen different stations including the importance of maintaining the Northland’s habitat. Sarah Wilcox, Director of Education, says that “I┬áthink it’s important…

Superior Police Officers Sworn In

Three new Superior police officers were sworn in Friday morning

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- With only sixty-one police officers on the force, and some of them close to retirement, three new officers were sworn into the Superior Police Department today after going through a nineteen month training process. A few year’s back, around one hundred twenty candidates typically applied to join the Superior Police Department. This year, there were only around seventy…

North Shore Community School Adds Zipline

A project two years in the making begun today after feedback from the students

DULUTH, Minn.- Dozens of volunteers came to the North Shore Community School today to build a new zip line on its playground. This comes after school leaders gathered feedback from students who said this should be a top priority. Staff at the site said not only is this project fun for students, but it also builds up their self esteem…

Prep Softball: Spartans, Bulldogs Pick Up Home Wins

Superior and Carlton each picked up wins at home Thursday afternoon

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- A six run fourth inning would be the difference as the Superior softball team topped Duluth East 9-1 Thursday afternoon at the NBC Sports Complex. Olivia Moen, Mady Stariha, Autumn Siers each tallied two RBI’s for the Spartans. Stariha also pitched a complete game four-hitter striking out ten Greyhound batters. In other softball action, Carlton got a home…

Volunteers Honored at United Way Campaign

Without volunteers, the United Way wouldn't be able to survive

DULUTH, Minn.- About three hundred community partners and volunteers packed the DECC today celebrating this year’s Head of Lakes United Way campaign. The event served as a thank you to everyone that helps the organization. Leadership from the group says that without the help of contributions and volunteer work, they wouldn’t be able to survive. Matt Hunter, President at Head…

More Renewable and Clean Energy Is Coming to the Northland

Updates will be done by mid 2020's, and company expects 50% of energy to come from renewable energy

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota Power and parent company Allete have announced more investments in clean energy. The organization recently sold a water company it had in the Twin Cities area for nearly three hundred million dollars with some of those funds will allow them to invest in more solar and wind energy. Julie Pierce, Vice President for Strategy and Planning at…

Three Art Pop-Ups Revealed in Canal Park

Local artists are showing off their talents on utility cabinets

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s part of the pilot project in the Image Duluth 2035 comprehensive plan and these new additions were unveiled today down in Canal Park. Today, the City of Duluth unveiled three art pop-ups in Canal Park highlighting local artists on utility cabinets. Adding art to Canal Park was one of the most common suggestions made at the Imagine…

Superior Home Restoration Program

The Northland has it's own fixer upper program now

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- It’s a push to improve neighborhoods in a Northland community. Today, the City of Superior announced the completed renovation of it’s first vacant home under the ‘Home Restoration Program’. Many have seen television shows where they take a distressed or abandoned house and turn it into a brand new home without tearing it down. The Northland has it’s…

Lakewalk Getting Closer to Full Repair

Phase Two of the Lakewalk hopes to be completed by August

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s storm-battered Lakewalk is getting closer to a full repair. Phase one of the Lakewalk reconstruction is now wrapped up behind the Fitger’s Complex. A new concrete seawall is now in place after high waves from storms in 2017 and 2018 tore the area a part. A spokesperson for Fitger’s tells us it’s been quite a wild ride….

UMD Hosts Fit-N-Fun Run

Thousands of students laced up their shoes at Malosky Stadium today

DULUTH, Minn.- Students laced up their shoes, stretched out their legs, and got to enjoy the beautiful weather today at UMD during the annual fit and fun run. Two thousand third, fourth, and fifth graders from Duluth Elementary Schools ran a lap around the school’s Stadium in celebration of their hard work put forth in their physical education classes. Once…

Jazz Lunch at University of Wisconsin-Superior

UWS held a different kind of music event today at Yellowjacket Union

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Today, those in the music department at Wisconsin-Superior filled the Yellowjacket Union with a different kind of music. At the end of each semester, music students get together to play some jazz as students can listen to something different while they prepare for finals next week. Sawyer Jones, a student at UWS, says “I think its just a…

Minnesota Fishing Preview

It may be snowing today, but thousands will be out on the lake fishing this weekend

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s a cold and snowy forecast, but come this weekend, Minnesota fishermen will be hitting the waters as the 2019 season kicks off Saturday. As the opener approaches the rush is on to get fishing supplies. Some always wait until the last minute, but weather has also played a huge role in the shopping delay. Russ Francicso, Owner…

EPA Announces Funding for Howard’s Bay in Superior

The construction won't begin until 2020 but today the EPA announced 14 million for clean-up efforts

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced 14 million dollars in funding to clean up Howard’s Bay in Superior. Contamination has built up in the sediment at the site damaging fish and the wildlife habitat there. Those in the St. Louis River Alliance are pleased this is going to get done making sure they can get off the…

Fighting Back on the Issues Veterans Face

Veterans affairs says 50 to 60 percent of Veterans don't reach out when they return home

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Douglas County non-profits gathered at the Bong Center in Superior today to host a forum on how to fight back against the many issues Veterans face. The event sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs had experts on hand discussing a variety of issues including alcohol addiction or even housing or billing help. People in these non-profits…

Lake View Hospital Breaks Ground on Expansion

Construction will begin Monday and is expected to be complete by the summer of 2020

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- A major healthcare project is being celebrated in one Northland community tonight. A big campus expansion project costing fifteen million dollars. The project will allow for new specialty care, outreach space, expanded lab services and a bigger inpatient pharmacy. Plans also feature a gathering space with room for up to ninety people for activities and meetings. This…

Animal Allies Receives Donation

Animal Allies received a check for over ten thousand dollars on Monday

DULUTH, Minn.- And all our furry friends received a big boost today, as a large donation was given to Duluth’s Animal Allies Humane Society. The group received a check for more than ten thousands dollars as part of Miller Hill Subaru’s ‘Share the Love Event’. From November 18th to January 3rd, customers who purchased or leased a new Subaru could…

Douglas County Tourism See’s Dramatic Rise

Visitor spending up almost ten percent compared to the previous year

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Tourism business sales in Douglas County topped nearly one hundred fifty million dollars in 2018. With visitor spending up almost ten percent compared to the previous year. That’s according to a report released today from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Local leadership say the increase is due to a number of factors, including new retail developments in Superior’s…

Ash Borer Update

The third case of Ash Borer has been discovered in Douglas County

HIGHLAND, Wisc.- Concern tonight after the discovery of a new Emerald Ash Borer infestation in Douglas County, this time in the town of Highland. The Highland infestation was found by a utility tree crew, and brings the affected areas in the county to three joining the City of Superior and Amnicon Falls State Park. Experts believe people bringing firewood into…

Future of Duluth Golf Courses

The City of Duluth is recommending one Duluth golf course will be downsized

DULUTH, Minn.- The City of Duluth is recommending nine holes of the Lester Park Golf Course be sold off following the 2019 season for a housing development that could be turned into up to 400 multi-family housing units. The City’s recommendation would improve the infrastructure at Enger Park Golf Course while continuing to operate the other 18 holes at Lester…

Lions Club Pancake Day

The annual event hopes to bring in around 11,000 people this year

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s been a day full of pancakes at the DECC in Duluth. Just two hours into the annual pancake day feast, more than seven hundred people had already been served. Pat Swenson, Chairman of Pancake Day, says that “I love this. Each ticket that we sell goes back to the community in some fashion. And so to see,…