Author: Ryan Compeau

CSA Farm Sign Up

Farmers are looking to connect with consumers through their CSA program

DULUTH, Minn.- Local farmers are looking to connect with local consumers through what’s called “Community Supported Agricultural Shares”. The CSA model allows people to subscribe to the harvest of a farm or group of farms. Subscribers receive their box of produce or other farm goods every Wednesday at “Market Day Duluth” on Third Avenue West. Roxanne Schmidt, a farmer said…

Tutor Shortage in Duluth

Tutors are need in Duluth but also in all of Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn.- More than thirty positions for Minnesota reading and math corps tutors are currently available in Duluth public schools for the next school year. These tutors don’t have to be teachers they can be everyday people who hope to make an impact in a child’s life, and those that do it, are thrilled they can help out in anyway…

Charter Docks Installed at Newly Constructed Minnesota Slip

Spring is in the air as ten docks were put in the new look Minnesota slip

DULUTH, Minn.- The signs of summer are starting to pop up in Duluth. Today, charter docks were installed in the newly constructed Minnesota Slip. This comes after a cramped season last summer for the charters during the slip’s reconstruction project that pushed the William A. Irvin out from the slips seawall. It’s been a wild scene in the Minnesota slip…

St. Luke’s Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony

A 15-month construction project in Downtown will cost 37.5 million.

DULUTH, Minn.-  St. Luke’s hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday to kick off a 15-month construction project in downtown Duluth. St. Luke’s broke ground on this project that includes a new emergency department, cardiac cath labs, imagining suites, ambulance garage and helistop. This 37.5 million dollar project is being designed to decrease wait times, ensure privacy and provide a premier patient…

Volunteers Honored by Duluth Mayor

Twelve different groups were honored Tuesday afternoon by Mayor Larson for their volunteer work

DULUTH, Minn.- Many Northlanders always seem ready to volunteer in times of need, and today twelve different volunteer groups in the region were honored by Duluth Mayor Emily Larson for all the work they do. Whether it’s taking the time out for tutoring and mentoring local kids, to supporting food banks and homeless shelters, or restoring parks and public lands,…

Making the Earth A Better Place

Earth Day brought out some celebrations to help make the Earth cleaner

DULUTH, Minn.- Over a billion people celebrate Earth Day, and two local establishments were doing their best to raise awareness on ways to save our planet. A recent study conducted by the University of Wisconsin came to conclusion that for every dollar spent at Whole Foods Co-Op, $1.60 goes back into the community. Whole Foods Co-Op is a community owned…

Duluth Fire Offers Tips To Avoid Fire

After a Duluth fire last night, Duluth Fire put out a reminder to avoid electrical fires in your home

DULUTH, Minn.- Scary moments, for a Duluth family that needed to be rescued from a house fire. The call for help came in around 11:30 Sunday night on the 600 block of Central Avenue. When firefighters arrived, three people were waiting by a second floor window. A dog and cat were also rescued. The cause of the fire is believed…

Red Cross Offers Free Smoke Detectors

A reminder for those in the Northland that the Red Cross will install detectors in your home

DULUTH, Minn.- The Northland Chapter of the Red Cross is reminding homeowners to check those smoke detectors to make sure the batteries are full and the alarm works properly. Tony Guerra, Red Cross Disaster Program Manager says that “to have working alarms will give you that needed time to wake up and get the heck out of the house. Don’t…

Barker’s Island Easter Fest

Over 1200 people packed Barker's Island Sunday

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- More than 1,200 people packed Barker’s Island in Superior today. It’s all for a tradition that goes back twenty years, the Easter Grand Buffet. Barker’s Island served up over two hundred pounds of ham, two hundred forty pounds of fish, and about four hundred forty pounds of potatoes Easter Sunday. Reservations started coming in three weeks ago, and…

Black Wood’s Hosts Easter Brunch

DULUTH, Minn.- Preparations for Easter Sunday brunch have been going on for a week at Black Woods in Duluth. Blake Yordy, general manager at the Duluth location, said escaping the house and going out gives those larger families a better chance for a great time. “When you get a bunch of people in the house — whether it be family…

Pet Owners Prep Dogs for Spring

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Dogs of all shapes and sizes were on hand as their owners talked with local businesses about getting collars, pictures, and even bath tips for their four-legged friends. One dog there has been a par of the Junior Iditarod in Alaska. Her handler says it’s a full team effort getting prepared for something like that. “My family…

Golfers Still Waiting to Hit the Links this Spring

Local golf courses are getting ready for the 2019 season

DULUTH, Minn.- With those summer like conditions on the way, Northland golf courses are getting prepared. While some areas of the Northland golf courses are still clear, there is still snow on the ground which is causing delays in opening this season. Golfers are excited to hit the links again. Before the latest snow storm, Duluth’s Enger Park golf course was…

The Hunt for Eggs

Kids of all ages came out to Glensheen to find Easter Eggs

DULUTH, Minn.- The hunt is on at Glensheen. Kids of all ages are coming out to look for 13 eggs hidden around the historic mansion. With the purchase of any tour on the grounds, families are able to experience the free Easter Egg hunt throughout the mansion. Glensheen staff say it’s all about the fun the event brings to those…

Annual Battle of the TV Meteorologists

Meteorologists from the four stations in Duluth went head-to-head with one another for a great cause

DULUTH, Minn.- Tonight, the meteorologists of the Northland put their minds to the test, paired up with students from the Boys and Girls Club of the Northland for a quiz battle. Teams were asked math, history, and meteorology questions. There were four teams competing tonight, each representing a meteorologist from a local T.V. station. “Our kids inside its important to…

Water, Science, and Beer Pairing

Natural Resources Research Institute gave people a chance to taste how great Lake Superior's water is for brewing

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Tonight, scientists teamed up with local breweries to give people a chance to taste just how great Lake Superior’s water is for brewing. The Natural Resources Research Institute put on the event tonight in Hermantown. They offered local beer samples as well as an infused water bar. Lucinda Johnson, Associate Director at NRRI said that “unless you’re from…

Early Beach Clean-Up

Clean Beach Collective hit the sand Thursday afternoon

DULUTH Minn.- Next Monday is Earth Day, and to get an early start on taking care of the planet, one group met for a beach clean-up in Duluth tonight. There may still be ice out on the lake, but that didn’t stop people from coming out to Park Point to clean up Lake Superior. About twenty people came out for…

Easter Takes Over The Lake Superior Zoo

The Easter Bunny made an early appearance Wednesday night

DULUTH, Minn.- Easter is only four days away, but the Easter bunny himself made an early appearance at the Lake Superior Zoo today. Parents and their kids were able to dye eggs of all different colors, and get some free candy. Also, the kids got a chance to take their picture with the Easter Bunny. Matt Peterson, a father who…

Social Justice Speaker Comes to UMD

Janaya Khan talked about social justice and equity Wednesday afternoon

DULUTH, Minn.- UMD hosted a special speaker today, who talked about social justice and equity. The featured speaker was Janaya Khan. She’s described as a black queer gender-non-conforming activist and social justice educator. An organizer at UMD says it’s important to listen. Sean Bedard-Park, Accreditation Director at UMD said “we have people who take sides, and we aren’t often willing…

Becoming Better Leaders

WITC was the host of a Leadership Conference Wednesday afternoon

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- A sought after trainer, who works with the four major U.S. sports, like the NHL was in Superior today. Robert Kappelman of “Pacific Blue Institute” spoke at a leadership conference at WITC to help aspiring and current leaders in our community better become in their chosen fields of work. Kappelman, Director of Pacific Blue Institute of Ethics &…

Bulldog Fans Come Out in Full Force

Community came out and packed Grandma's for the hockey game

DULUTH, Minn.- For many hockey fans, it wasn’t about a win or loss for tonight’s game. It was more for the love of the game and what it means to see the Bulldogs give it their all. The line at Grandma’s started around 3:30 and by 4:30 they had already reached capacity. but one thing’s for certain, these fans are…

Warm Temps and Beautiful Colors Inside a Greenhouse

With the blowing snow, a greenhouse can offer someone a warm place to visit

DULUTH, Minn.- Moving indoors, toward warmer temperatures and beautiful colors that can add a touch of nature to your household. Engwalls Greenhouse is a place that offers all sorts of flowers, hanging baskets, and plants to give you a taste of spring. Colleen Padora, head greenhouse grower at Engwalls, said “people love coming in just to walk around and get…

Fun Inside Adventure Zone

While some were stuck inside due to the snow storm, others found a way to have some fun on Friday

DULUTH, Minn.- If outdoor adventures and sunny greenhouses still weren’t curing your cabin fever, there was one place Northlanders could have some fun inside. An April snow storm didn’t stop these people from coming to Adventure Zone this afternoon. Whether it be celebrating a birthday, the last day of spring break, or just going to some place fun, dozens filled…

Northland Hit By Late April Storm

April storm causes havoc for some around the Northland, for others, it's just another day living in Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn.- The big storm hasn’t stopped people from doing what they need to do. Even a country music singer made sure he could get to Duluth, for his concert tonight at AMSOIL. Today’s April snow storm caused havoc for many around the Northland, but for others it’s just another day in the life living in Minnesota. Wild winds, and…

Duluth Police Dept. Seeks Public Input To Better Operations

DULUTH, Minn.- Tonight, your input is wanted to help improve the future of the Duluth Police Department. Right now, an outside company is in the process of reviewing the Police Department’s operations from top to bottom, to be a more effective and efficient department for all in the community. Tonight, the public was invited to give their input. Mitch Weinzetl,…

Lake Superior College Rewards Students with Scholarships

Scholarships for the fall were given out Wednesday afternoon

DULUTH, Minn.- More than 80 high school and college students received scholarships from the Lake Superior College Foundation today. Those scholarships that will be applied for the upcoming fall semester and range from $500 to $2500. One Esko student we talked with even got two scholarships this afternoon. Dawson Hoffman, a Senior at Esko said “it definitely helps a lot…

Crime Victims Rights Proclamation

A special art exhibit is helping empower those victims

DULUTH, Minn.- The City of Duluth, has declared this week, ‘National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. A special art exhibit at Zeitgeist is helping empower those victims. This year’s theme is honoring the past, but creating hope for the future. Experts say, in a life or death situation, knowing that you aren’t alone is crucial. One survivor and artist in the…

Nemadji Driving Range Opens Up

Although the course isn't open, today was the first day golfers could hit the range

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- It may still be in the 40’s, but that isn’t stopping one local golf course from opening up their driving range to the public. With snow and ice still on the golf course, a group of local friends hit the driving range for the first time this season. Mike Koepke, a local golfer, said that “snow’s gone, I…

Duluth WorkForce Center Gets a New Name

The WorkForce Center is now know as Career Force

DULUTH, Minn.- Same place, new face. The Duluth WorkForce Center is now know as Career Force. The change is part of a transition for Minnesota’s entire workforce system, bringing multiple partners under the same brand. Career Force will still offer the same amount of services to career seekers while hoping to continue to make sure the economy stays thriving. Elena…

Science Night at Lester Elementary

The Parent Teacher Association was behind Thursday's "Science Night"

DULUTH, Minn.- Tonight, Lester Park Elementary School turned into a massive “Science Night” for students and their families. Dozens of kids got to get in on all types of demonstrations, from the Duluth East Robotics teams to live science experiments, to even live animals like baby turtles. Daniel Tandberg, a father in attendance, said “it’s great to see so many different…

Home Show Day 2

Second Day of the Arrowhead Home and Builders Show took place Thursday

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s the second day of the Arrowhead Home and Builders show at the DECC and just like most of us, one vendor in particular is dreaming of summer temperatures. KG Fireworks is hoping to spark some enthusiasm for summer from the people coming out to the Home Show. It’s a long way until Fourth of July but the…

Tribal Treaty Fishing Forum

Ojibwe tribal leaders educated the public about treaty rights Thursday night

DULUTH, Minn.- Tonight, Ojibwe Tribal leaders are educating the public about treaty rights for anglers this fishing season. The Great Lakes Indian Fishing and Wildlife Commission. It’s part of the Great Lakes Indian Fishing and Wildlife Commission’s goals. The biggest takeaway from today’s meetings with the public was to prevent false information about treaty fishing. Kevin Dupuis, Fond du Lac…

Two Harbors Food Shelf is Moving

The long wait is over, and the food shelf is getting a new home

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- Tonight, the longtime food shelf in Two Harbors, is preparing to move to a bigger, and better facility to serve the community. It’s been a project seven years in the making with the help of community donations. The new building will open in May on the 500 block of 1st Avenue in Two Harbors and organizers tell…

Duluth Sexual Assault Proclimation

The City of Duluth proclaimed the month of April Sexual Assault Awareness Month

DULUTH, Minn.- Tonight city and county officials, law enforcement, prosecutors and advocates all came together to proclaim April Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Duluth. PAVSA is leading the push to end sexual violence in Duluth. And tonight they kicked off a series of events they will hold this month to get the entire community involved. PAVSA says it takes partnerships…

Equal Pay Day at UMD

UMD held a presentation focused on International Equal Pay Day

DULUTH, Minn.- Tonight at UMD, students, community members, and faculty members focused on International Equal Pay Day. According to a UMD professor women are paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. Amy Hietapelto, Dean of UMD’s Labovitz School of Business and Economics stated that “for men, its important that you feel that your wife, your daughters, your…

Gooseberry Falls Flowing and Roaring

The popular tourist attraction is causing quite the ruckus on the North Shore

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- Gooseberry Falls has been a popular stop for tourists, and those in the area to visit, now that temperatures are starting to warm up, and the snow is melting. On their website, they say the traffic Monday thru Thursday is slow, but that wasn’t the case today. One visitor at the park said he and his wife…

Rustic Inn Update

Two months following a kitchen fire, the owner gave us an estimated date for re-opening

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- A popular cafe along the North Shore is preparing to re-open after a kitchen fire earlier this year. The Rustic Inn in Castle Danger just outside of Two Harbors has been closed since late January. Crews are working inside to get it up and running by Easter. While the building is shut down to customers right now,…

K-9 Kilo Says Goodbye

For the past 8 years, Kilo has been a part of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Department

DULUTH, Minn.- Since 2011, K-9 Kilo has been a part of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department. Come tomorrow morning, Kilo will start his next chapter of his life. At the age of nine, Kilo who specializes in narcotics detection and searching for suspect. His handler, Sgt. Brandon Silgjord praises Kilo the most for his loyalty he has presented over…

Bluegrass Festival Continues Into Weekend

The Raddisson in Duluth is hosting the event full of great toe-taping jams

DULUTH, Minn.- A weekend long cabin fever reliever event from Minnesota bluegrass continued today with stage shows at the Radisson in Duluth. Dances, workshops, theme jams, and open mic sessions are all happening while impromptu jam sessions break out constantly. Different groups of bluegrass players gather in circles and play until their heart’s content. Matt Johnson, an event manager, said…

Bailey Builds Opens New Vacation Rental and Marketplace

West Duluth has triple threat open doors on Friday

DULUTH, Minn.- ‘Bailey Builds’ in West Duluth is now a triple threat functioning as a wood shop studio, storefront, and vacation rental. The old Texaco Gas Station is now know as ‘Bailey Builds and Friends’. Although it may be a unique place to come to in Duluth, they stressed how important shopping local is. Anna Bailey, co-owner of ‘Bailey Builds…

Our Planet Summit Held Thursday

UMD students educated those of the Northland area Thursday

DULUTH, Minn.- The planet was on the minds of UMD students today as an environmental summit was held at the DECC. It was all about encouraging, inspiring, and developing connections about what is going on in our environment and what’s ahead. Organizers say the summit is a way to call on young people to take action and find solutions for…

Curling Club Forced to Close Early

An ice malfunction forced the curling facility at the DECC to close a day early

DULUTH, Minn.- Tonight, a major ice failure at the DECC has ended the season early for the Duluth Curling Club. An announcement on the club’s Facebook page says “all games are cancelled but the meeting and banquet will go on tomorrow night” As for the ice, the DECC’s ice maker, tells us a part malfunctioned with the oil pump causing…

Chisholm Teachers Begin Negotiations Again

Chisholm Elementary is the only district in the state without a contract for 2017-2019

CHISHOLM, Minn.- According to the Teachers Union, Chisholm Elementary School District is the only district in the state that hasn’t reached a 2017-2019 contract agreement with teachers. Despite lengthy negotiations, the two sides have yet to reach an agreement. Tonight, teachers met to rally before they go back to the bargaining table. Chisholm teachers want to be valued and respected….

Spirit Mountain Community Day

Spirit Mountain kicked off their 'community days' event today that goes until Thursday

DULUTH, Minn.- Despite a lack of snow on lawns in Duluth, Spirit Mountain is still open for business, and is giving out daily deals. The sun was shining on the slopes still full of snow. Families soaked in what’s almost the end of the skiing and snowboarding season. It was all part of Spirit Mountain’s Community days through Thursday that…

Proctor Car Wash Burglarized

Thieves broke into a change machine stealing $30 dollars in quarters and dollar coins

PROCTOR, Minn.- A small car wash owner in Proctor is out thousands of dollars after one or more thieves broke into a change machine. Only about thirty dollars in quarters and dollar coins were taken, but the damage to the self-serve car wash is more like three thousand. Owner Mike Podgornik says he came into work this morning to find…

Knowing Your Neighbor: 144 Music, Fashion and More

Looking to spice up your style? 144 has it all

DULUTH, Minn.- Looking to add some drip to your fashion style this spring and summer? Look no further than 144 Music, Fashion and More here in Duluth. You may be asking, what is drip? Drip is adding some bling and glitter to your since of style. And with so many concerned about how we look out in the public, this…

Sensory Friendly Planetarium

UMD hosted an event for those with light and sound sensitivities tonight

DULUTH, Minn.- The UMD Planetarium hosted a night for those with light and sound sensitivity tonight. Staff gave people who came out a guided sky tour and showed a movie. The goal is to make sure each person is comfortable. Madalina Kelner, President for ‘Access for All’ stated that “it’s important to make sure that sensory friendly events happen so…

Mustache March Run Held Today

A perfect day for a 5K, as mustaches filled the board walk of Lake Superior

DULUTH, Minn.- Mustaches of all shapes, colors and sizes were on display for the Mustache March Run 5K along Lake Superior. Runners are encouraged to grow their mustaches out for the whole month in preparation for the event. Even though its still early in the year, today’s weather was on the runners’ side. Mike Ward, Race Director stated that “we…

Day Two of Motorhead Madness

Day two of three was held this afternoon with hundreds in attendance

DULUTH, Minn.- Motorhead Madness continued today at the DECC. With the warm weather, hundreds flocked to check out all the old fashion cars, trucks antiques, and even a radio controlled car race. One shop from the Twin Cities has been to the event since 2011. They travel all over the country showing off their cars and cycles. They really enjoy…

Mad Hatter Fundraiser Held Today

Spirit of The lake Community Schools held a fundraiser today for a new building

DULUTH, Minn.- Spirit of the Lake Community School wants a new building later this year. Today, they had a fundraiser to raise money for the project. Kids got all dressed up for a spring tea and silent auction. School officials say the need for early childhood education isn’t about screen time, but about a bond between student and teacher using…