Author: Ryan Compeau

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,…

Wisconsin Fishing Preview

Saturday is the big day for fisherman in Wisconsin

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Opening Day for Wisconsin fishing season is this Saturday, which means big business for local bait shops. Over at Superior Fly Angler on Belknap Street, fisherman have been lining up to get their bait and tackle as they prepare for the big day. Leadership from that business say fisherman tend to like to buy local, because they have…

YMCA Remolding Begins Later This Month

Construction will cause the YMCA to close May 20th until May 27th

DULUTH, Minn.- Later this month, the Duluth YMCA will undergo a major renovation causing it to close for a week Construction is scheduled to begin May 20th and run through the 27th. Some of the changes will include replacing the raquet ball court, while making some locker room upgrades. Emily Ranta, Associate Executive Director, said “the big thing we hope…

Health Records Conference Held Wednesday

The Minnesota Health Information Management Association is in Duluth until Friday

  DULUTH, Minn.- If you are interested in a healthcare career, without all the blood and guts, then a career in health records might be for you. Leaders in that field are holding the annual Minnesota Health Information Management Association conference at the DECC. They say thousands of jobs are available in that industry whose roots are based in the…

New Great Lakes Aquarium Director

Wednesday, the Aquarium welcomed a familiar face to the new position

DULUTH, Minn.- A familiar face is now the new Aquarium Executive Director. Effective today, Jay Walker is now calling the shots at the tourist attraction. Walker, who has previously served as the Aquarium’s Director of Operations has been with the organization since it opening back in 2000. He says he’s seen numerous positive changes at the site over the years, and…

Pancake Day Prep

Organizers begun preparing for the expected crowd of over 11,000 tomorrow

DULUTH, Minn.- Organizers are busy getting ready for the 2019 version of Lions Club Pancake Day in Duluth. They are expecting to feed more than eleven thousand people tomorrow. Volunteers started showing up around eight this morning to get ready for pancake day 2019. They are bringing in more than 2,500 pounds of pancake flour, 1,200 pounds of sausage, and…

Duluth Denfeld Mock Distracted Driving Crash

Students at Denfeld got a first hand look at what could happen while distracted behind the wheel

DULUTH, Minn.- Recent statistics from the Office of Traffic Safety show distracted or inattentive driving is a contributing factor in one in five Minnesota traffic crashes, causing an average of 53 deaths and 216 serious injuries each year in the state. A study done in 2017 by AAA found distraction played a role in about six out of ten teen…

Aquatic Drop Off

Students at UMD today got a refresher on if they can't take care of their pet, to properly get rid of it

DULUTH, Minn.- Many think that pets like turtles are easy to take care of but some of their owners might not realize what type of workload they are taking on. And today, the group Habitattitude held an event at UMD where Northlanders could turn in their unwanted fish, aquatic plants, and reptiles so they can be give a healthier home…

UMD’s GeoDome Offers New Look at Earth

A gift from a former professor at UMD turns into new way to look at solar system

DULUTH, Minn.- Imagine seeing the sky from the earth, and the earth from the sky at the same time. It’s now possible with the UMD GeoDome. A wonderful gift from a former geology professor now has the same capabilities as a Planetarium. It’s a laptop linked to a projection system to look at our solar system. Providing a view of…

Those Injured or Killed on the Job Honored

Men and women were honored who died or were injured on the job today.

DULUTH, Minn.- Those who have lost their lives or been injured on the job, were honored today during a special ceremony in Duluth. The annual event held at the Duluth Labor Temple included community leaders, elected officials, and union members who talked about the need for safe work places so that families don’t have to deal with the suffering of…

First Look at CityView Flats Apartments

A look at how the apartments in downtown Duluth are coming along

DULUTH, Minn.- Today, we got a first look at how the CityView Flats apartments are coming along in downtown Duluth. While the expected date to open still is October of 2019 for the building consisting of more than one hundred units, the builders have experience some set backs due to multiple issues including the weather. Marshall Jackson, Managing Member CityView…

50 Percent of Engwall Has Been Sold

Longtime Engwall Florist and Gifts has a new owner

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Longtime Engwall Florist and Gifts owner Rod Saline has announced that fifty percent of his business will be sold. Saline who is starting his forty-sixth year at the Hermantown business said its time to slow down, but he will still own the flower portion of the business while the gift side is being sold to Duluthian Betty Eklund,…

Yellow Cab Taxi Bought By Yellow Door

Yellow Door announced the sale on Friday afternoon

DULUTH, Minn.- And as one door opens, another door closes. The taxi service Yellow Cab recently announced they were shutting down after being open for nearly a century, but now it’s been saved by an existing cab company in Duluth, as they have bought it out. Cabs have taken a huge hit since ride sharing operations like Uber and Lift…

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…