Author: Ryan Compeau

Grandma’s Marathon Preps in Full Swing in Two Harbors

The calm before the storm as the site for the starting line is ready for thousands of runners and spectators

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- With all the people coming to the Northland, it means a lot of work is going on behind the scenes. Rain or shine, come Saturday morning, thousands of runners and spectators will gather in Two Harbor’s for the 2019 Grandma’s Marathon. Ready or not. Here they come. As the start line for Grandma’s Marathon is ready for…

Torch Run Makes Stop in Duluth

The Flame of Hope made it's way around Duluth Wednesday afternoon before heading to the Twin Cities

DULUTH, Minn.- Earlier in the week, the Flame of Hope Torch began its trip from Thunder Bay Canada to the Twin Cities, and today the torch was in Duluth starting its final leg to the Twin Cities. Seventeen bikers and runners along with law enforcement representatives made their way around Duluth today. They are celebrating the beginning of the Minnesota…

Hundreds Take Part in Day of Caring Event

Volunteers were seen up and down the railroad tracks of the North Shore Scenic Railroad

DULUTH, Minn.- Hundreds of volunteers fanned out across Duluth today for the United Way’s Day of Caring. Volunteers walked a three mile stretch along the Lakewalk on the North Shore Scenic Railroad and picked up trash and debris preventing it from getting into Lake Superior. Two volunteers we spoke to said making Duluth look clean is important, but with Grandma’s…

Lake Superior College Hosts Crash Simulation

Middle School aged kids saw the harsh reality of what could happen Wednesday when not paying attention on the roads

DULUTH, Minn.- They are not old enough to drive yet, but on Wednesday, 60 middle school aged campers saw the harsh reality of what could happen if they aren’t paying attention on the roads. Mock victims feigned injuries with cuts and bruises all over their bodies, showing young kids what distracted driving could lead to. The simulation had a dual…

A Better Understanding of Elderly Abuse

The forum Friday offered those in attendance a better understanding of how to look out for elderly abuse

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Every year, one in ten older adults experience some kind of abuse. That’s according to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine. Today, a forum at the Superior Public Library taught the community signs of elder abuse like caregiver neglect, financial exploitation, and financial harm. Attendees also learned how to stop the abuse, and get people…

New Heavy Equipment Shop Opens in Duluth

Fairchild Equipment opens it's tenth location, but first in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- Today, a new heavy equipment shop opened its doors in Duluth. Fairchild Equipment provides warehouse equipment, forklift rental, and forklift parts. Company officials are excited to bring their unique style of customer service to Duluth. “When we are calling on a customer, or we are sitting with you, we want you to know you are a customer for…

Duluth Business Receives Special Recognition for Veterans Work

Veterans showed their appreciation to Kraus Anderson Construction in a special way Friday

DULUTH, Minn.- A lot of people around the Northland do great things to honor area veterans, and today a Duluth construction company is being recognized for doing that. Kraus Anderson has been involved with many projects to benefit veterans, and some area veterans showed their appreciation today by presenting the company with some special items. Kraus Anderson received plaques with…

USS Duluth Reunion See’s Flag From Ship Hung At City Hall

Thirty members of the USS Duluth gathered at City Hall today for this special recognition

DULUTH, Minn.- U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Veterans who served on board the USS Duluth decades ago are back in the Twin Ports for a reunion this week. Thursday, these crew members celebrated a flag that was on that ship for six months during World War Two. A Battle Ensign is a large flag on a ship making that ship…

Forfeited Land Auction Held in Duluth

More than 100 Northland properties went up for sale today

DULUTH, Minn.- More than one hundred Northland properties went up for sale today during St. Louis County tax forfeit land auction. Some of the top properties for sale included more than twenty houses, and some prime waterfront locations that had cabins. Those in attendance are thrilled to walk away with a new piece of property. “It’s hard to keep them…

Unique Cloquet Pool Opens for Summer Season

"The Beach" in Cloquet is open for the summer season

CLOQUET, Minn.- One of the Northland’s most unique beaches, is now open for the season in Cloquet. “The Beach” at Pinehurst Park has filtered chlorinated water, with a sandy bottom just like a real beach. There are swim lanes, and a depth of six feet with lifeguards on duty. But the fun doesn’t stop there. “We have a lot of…

Cloquet Police Hosts Unique Experience

All week long, Cloquet and Fon Du Lac Police have hosted fifty-six kids in a special police camp

STURGEON LAKE, Minn.- It’s part of a joint effort between Cloquet and Fon Du Lac Police Departments. Around sixty Northland youngsters are getting a unique experience this week. They are taking part in a special police camp. Fifty-six 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from the Northland got the once in a lifetime opportunity to go camping with Cloquet Police….

Great Outdoors: Duluth Rowing Club Offers Junior Program

An opportunity for young people to try something new this summer

DULUTH, Minn.- Summer is here for students around the Northland, and with that comes some free time. The Duluth Rowing Club is offering a two week course for those looking to get out of their shell and onto the water. The Duluth Rowing Club is hosting camp that teaches young people how to row the right way using the correct…

Cloquet Gets New City Hall Building

Coming Monday, the City of Cloquet will have a new home for its City Hall building

CLOQUET, Minn.- For the first time in 30 years, Cloquet City Hall is getting a new home. Construction is beginning to wind down on this new downtown building. The police department is joining City Hall employees in the Old Members Cooperative Credit Union building. The move takes everyone from their current eight thousand square foot building to now thirty thousand…

Beach House Opens on Park Point

A sign that summer is near

DULUTH, Minn.- There’s a sign of summer right around the corner as the Park Point Beach House has opened for the season. With the warm weather we had Tuesday, some folks spent today at the beach. We came across one beach-goer today who spent thirty years working for the City’s Public Works Department. It turns out, he played a major…

Duluth City Council Approves Changes to Minnesota Power Building

Duluth City Council Approved Monday Night's Vote for Renovations to the Minnesota Power Building

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Power building in downtown Duluth hasn’t changed much since 1970’s, but company leaders are hoping the Duluth City Council helps clear the way for some renovations by letting them close the entrance to their building from the sky walk. The vote Monday night was approved unanimously, with councilor Arik Forsman abstaining. The main goal includes…

Rowers Hit the Water for the First Time

Duluth Rowing Club begun their Junior Program Monday afternoon

DULUTH, Minn.- If you have a kid who wants to get out on the water this summer, the Duluth Rowing Club is hosting a camp that teaches students how to row the right way and shows them the teamwork it takes to be successful at it. “A lot of people think it is mainly upper body and your back which…

NorShor Theater Begins Summer Camp

Kids of all ages started their prep work Monday for upcoming plays

DULUTH, Minn.- Summer camps began today at the NorShor Theater as kids ages seven to nine started their prep work for their upcoming plays. The kids learned some dance moves, the characters they would be playing along with learning the lines so they are comfortable for their big performance on Friday afternoon. “So many people are afraid of public speaking….

Duluth YMCA Offering Free Memberships for Kids

Kids going into grades 8 through 12 qualify for this offer, but there are only 100 free memberships available

DULUTH, Minn.- With most Northland schools out for the year, the YMCA is offering 100 free youth memberships at their downtown location for kids entering 8th through 12th grade. The memberships are sponsored by Western Bank and help the ‘Y’ keep kids busy this summer and give them more opportunities to meet new friends. “The opportunity to allow youth to…

DNR’s Take a Kid Fishing Event Kicked-Off Today

Minnesota residents can fish without a license this weekend if their child is 15 or younger and in the boat with them

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota residents can fish without a license this weekend if they take their children 15 years or younger with them. The DNR’s ‘Take a Kid Fishing’ weekend kicked off today, and that means all weekend long Minnesota families can create memories out on the thousands of lakes in the state. While Minnesotans fifteen and younger don’t need fishing…

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…