Author: Ryan Compeau

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…

Hill City Fourth of July Festival

A small town most days, but come Fourth of July weekend, crowds exceed 5,000.

HILL CITY, Minn.- The Fourth of July may be over, but that isn’t stopping one small town in Minnesota from keeping the festivities going. All ages made the most of the Fourth of July long weekend, as Hill City continued it’s holiday celebration from yesterday. From kids using the water slide to keep cool, to others testing their aim to…

President Reenactors Come To Town

George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Teddy Roosevelt were all in attendance

SUPERIOR, Wis.- George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Teddy Roosevelt, believe it or not, were all in Superior today for the Fourth of July. It was an event called Mount Rushmore Live, that featured four living history reenactors playing the U.S. Presidents on the landmark. The presidents interacted with those in attendance, answered questions and gave them stories from…

Memorial Car Show

Cars of all shapes and sizes filled Tower Avenue Thursday afternoon

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The sun finally began to shine following the Superior parade, just in time for the 22 year historic Van Alstine Car Show. From small to large, quiet to loud, all kinds of cars were on display at the Northland’s Memorial Car Show. Since Tower Avenue construction is complete, organizers say it was a good opportunity to bring the…

Superior 4th of July Parade

Rain didn't stop the hundreds from coming out and packing the streets of Superior Thursday

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Hundreds packed the streets of Superior today for their annual Fourth of July parade. The pouring rain didn’t stop those of all ages from coming out this morning to pick up some candy, and see all the cool things Superior has to offer. And speaking of cool things, what better way to start a parade than with a…

Following The Fireworks Laws

Duluth Police Department offers last minute tips ahead of the Fourth of July

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Police want to remind the public of all of the rules when it comes to shooting off fireworks. Any firework that flies is considered illegal in the state of Minnesota. Authorities say they are hoping Northlanders will take all the rules into consideration to keep problems from happening. “Leave that to the professionals. Even they take…

AAA Offers Free Rides To Impaired Drivers

Members and non-members of AAA in Michigan and Wisconsin can use this offer until Friday

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Fourth of July holiday ranks as one of the deadliest holiday periods for drunk driving crashes, and now AAA is working to help curb that trend with a free ride program being offered up in both Wisconsin and Michigan. AAA is urging anyone celebrating away from home to plan ahead by choosing a designated driver, or arrange…

An Opportunity To Give

Duluth Salvation Army now accepting donations for 'Open Your Heart' campaign.

DULUTH, Minn.- Throughout the month of July, a portion of donations made to the Duluth Salvation Army will be matched through a grant from an organization called “Open Your Heart To The Hungry and Homeless”. Organization leaders say the summer months are extra hard on low income families, with their children out of school. Organizations say while donations like canned…

Camping Sites Beginning To Fill Up

Campsites around the Northland have begun to fill up as Fourth of July draws near

DULUTH, Minn.- Campgrounds across the Northland are beginning to fill up as the Fourth of July is just days away. The Indian Point Campground is about half full right now. Campers who just pulled in to start their vacation here in Duluth say it’s great to escape their routines and get outdoors for a few days. “It’s like a home…

Fire Department Offers Key Tips To Remain Safe Over 4th of July

A good refresher with the 4th of July just days away

DULUTH, Minn.- Fireworks start an average of almost 19,000 fires in America every year, and with the 4th of July almost here it’s not a bad idea to have a refresher course of firework safety. In 2017, U.S. Hospital Emergency Rooms treated an estimated 13,000 people for fireworks related injuries, but there’s ways to prevent being part of that statistic….

Governor Walz Announces Aid Help

An increase in Local Government aid to a level not seen in Duluth since 2002

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was back in the Northland to announce an increase in Local Government Aid to a level not seen in Duluth since 2002. Walz said there will be an additional $26 million dollars this year, and an increase of $31 million dollars in 2020. Much of those funds will be used to fun staffing including…

Pattison Park Receives Aid Help To Help Flooding Recovery

$1.05 million is coming to Pattison Park from the Wisconsin State Building Commission

SUPERIOR, Wis.- More than a million dollars in state aid is coming to help repair a Wisconsin State Park. Trails and structures at Pattison State Park were heavily damaged by flooding last fall, and the parks popular beach also remains closed. We got a first hand look at all the damage last years Father’s Day flood left behind at Pattison…

Cloquet Fire Receives Grant For Much-Needed New Equipment

35-year-old air packs have been improved because of this nearly $400,000 grant

CLOQUET, Minn.- The Cloquet Area Fire Department has recently received a grant for nearly $400,000 to upgrade their 35-year-old air packs. Improved tracking capabilities, air monitoring, along with Bluetooth capability are some of the new additions for the 53 air packs they are purchasing. But the biggest takeaway is the large improvement of firefighting safety. “Functionally they are pretty similar…

Haunted Trail Looking To Rebuild

The money donated will help go towards a new roof, and a new maize

SAGINAW, Minn.- After a harsh winter, a Saginaw Haunted Trail is asking for the public’s help to rebuild. The money donated from the community will go towards repairing the roof of the shed the props are stored in, a maize they just built last year that is destroyed, and to replace some props that were broken. The owner says, the…

Cloquet Offering Incentives For New Brewery Or Cidery

Cloquet is looking to add a brewery or cidery to its cities West End District

CLOQUET, Minn.- One Northland community would like to add a brewery or cidery to their town, and that city is offering financial incentives for someone to make that happen. Small towns across the Northland have felt the financial impact of breweries and now the City of Cloquet is looking to add one to its cities West End District. Cloquet is…

Duluth’s Japanese Garden Ready For Delegation From Sister City

DULUTH, Minn.- In preparation for this weekend’s visit of delegates from Duluth’s Sister City in Japan, Ohara-Isumi City,  extra work is being done at Enger Park’s Japanese Garden. Raking was being done around the garden Wednesday to make sure it looks perfect for visiting delegates. Irina Haller, co-chair of the Duluth Japanese Garden Committee, says she’s excited to show off…

Graffiti Makes Its Way To Hermantown Roadway

The words "yikes" and "warning" are spray painted on Hermantown Road

  HERMANTOWN, Minn.- A unique way to let drivers know about potential hazards has popped up over in Hermantown. White graffiti can now be seen along a certain roadway to make potholes easier to spot. The words warning and yikes are sprayed with white paint across Hermantown Road. City leaders know about this, they are just happy the wording is…

Fourth of July Preparations In Full Swing

A week away from the 4th of July and firework warehouses are extremely busy

SOUTH RANGE, Wis.- With the Fourth of July just around the corner, firework businesses are ramping up. KG Fireworks Warehouse on the South Range has had customers coming in asking for some of their top sellers from sparklers, to mortar kits, and despite all the excitement that comes with fireworks, officials say being safe is always their top priority. “We…

WWII Plane Visits The Northland

Vampire Jet made a stop in Superior Wednesday

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A one of a kind plane that was used in World World II landed at the Bong Airport in Superior Wednesday. The seventy year old plane has a rich history including flying 40,000 feet before any other fighter plane crossed the Atlantic. The plane will make Duluth home for the next month, as it will be on display…

Virginia’s Olcott Fountain Back In Business

After a six year hiatus, the fountain is back up and running

VIRGINIA, Minn.- Virginia’s Olcott Fountain is up and running again after a six year hiatus. In recent years, a million dollar donation came in for the project, in a park that has been a hub of activity in Virginia in years past. Park foundation members say this has been a long time coming and are thrilled the fountain is working…

Assisted Living Facility Robbed in Virginia

Virginia Police are investigating an armed robbery at Edgewood Vista Assisted Living center

VIRGINIA, Minn.- Virginia police are investigating an armed robbery at an assisted living facility. Employees say two men came into the building in the middle of the night and stole prescription narcotics. A 9-1-1 call alerted police that two younger men entered the Edgewood Vista Assisted Living center on 17th Street through the unlocked main entrance doors shortly after 3…

Knowing Your Neighbor: Fairchild Equipment

A new business has come to Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s a company specializing in forklifts and other warehouse supplies, and Fairchild Equipment now has a location in Duluth. Fairchild Equipment provides warehouse equipment, forklift rental and forklift parts. Now with a new brick and mortar location here in Duluth, hard to find parts are easier to locate. “A big forklift like this, if it breaks down it’s…

Nutritional Education Class For Teens

Teens were taught proper cooking tips during a class Monday

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Better self preservation is on the mind of FoodWIse educators this week as teens are taught proper cooking tips during a unique class in Superior. During the event, students learn a variety of important skills including the important of hand and food washing. Students are also learning the basics of the program ‘MyPlate’ which gives kids a better…