Author: Reece Lindquist

City of Duluth Receives Award for Green Efforts

The city has several hundred more trees left to plant.

DULUTH, Minn. — Mayor Emily Larson proclaimed Tuesday Arbor Day 2021 in Duluth to celebrate the city’s longtime commitment to trees. During most years, trees are planted in the community by city workers to mark this occasion. Due to Covid-19 precautions still keeping a lot of things virtual, the city is encouraging people to plant trees on their own this…

Ursa Minor Hosts Week-Long Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest at Ursa Minor will end Saturday the 25th.

DULUTH, Minn. — The folks at Ursa Minor Brewing in Duluth are holding their own version of Oktoberfest to help mark their third year in business. It all started this past Saturday with more activities going on each day this week. Some of the different themes include family-friendly events, pride day and more. “This is why we do this. It’s…

More Changes Coming to Twin Ports Interchange Project

All of these changes are to help with the flow and safety of traffic.

DULUTH, Minn. — Coming next week, the public can expect to see some changes on I-35 including the southbound lane being diverted to lower Michigan Street and more. “Other major changes are there will be two lanes southbound as opposed to present-day one lane southbound,” MnDOT Major Projects Construction Manager, Peter Marthaler says. Then come October, northbound traffic will be…

UWS Sees Rise in Enrollment

Currently, enrollment is just over 2,600 students which is consistent with what the college has seen prior to 2020.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Enrollment has jumped up at UWS this year. After what was a challenging 2020 for most area colleges, the University of Wisconsin-Superior was down nearly four percent. The college also saw a dip in transfers and international students. This year, however, they have seen a 23 percent increase in the freshmen class something admissions is excited about….

Drsana Yoga Hosts Grand Opening

Drsana yoga held its grand opening Monday morning inside the fitgers complex.

DULUTH, Minn. — A new yoga studio just opened in Duluth. Drsana yoga held its grand opening Monday morning inside the fitgers complex. The studio’s name means “be the light” and the owner hopes to share the benefits of yoga with people in need of healing. “We offer quite a bit of different classes. We have sculpt classes. We have…

UWS Hosts Student Involvement Event

The jacket fest was buzzing with students ready to learn more about the different student organizations on campus.

DULUTH, Minn. — After going virtual last year, students and faculty alike are happy to participate in their regular event schedule. “Now I’m super excited to be back. Promoting the club in-person and being able to go to games and back in class for my last year is a lot of fun and really exciting,” UWS Senior, Payton Dutcher says….

New Apartments Proposed on West Arrowhead Road

That land could soon be turned into a 275 unit apartment complex.

DULUTH, Minn. — New market-rate apartments could soon be coming to West Arrowhead Road Duluth. The Duluth City Council will consider the development agreement Monday. There they will vote on permits and zoning requirements for the 19-acre plot. That land could soon be turned into a 275 unit apartment complex. The city of Duluth is excited about the opportunity to add…

Once Upon A Child Hosts Halloween Clothing Event

The event lasts until Sunday but they will still have costumes available afterward.

DULUTH, Minn. — It’s not too early to think about Halloween season. One local clothing store near the Miller Hill Mall is getting in on the Halloween costume hunt early. Each year since it opened back in 2017 Once Upon a Child collects hundreds of gently used Halloween costumes and apparel in baby preemie sizes up to 18/20 youth. In…

‘Light the Night’ Campaign Geared Towards Spreading Ovarian Cancer Awareness

In addition to Enger tower the DECC, Glensheen Mansion, the silos at Pier B  and the Radisson will also be lit teal.

DULUTH, Minn. — September is ovarian cancer awareness month and beginning Friday night through Saturday. Multiple Duluth landmarks will be lit teal to help spread awareness about the disease It’s part of the Minnesota ovarian cancer alliance’s events happening around the region. It will be capped off by the Light Duluth Teal Gala at the DECC Saturday beginning at 6…

Plans for Enger Park Golf Course Renovations Recommended

A 7.1 million dollar project was proposed Wednesday night by the Duluth Public Golf Committee.

DULUTH, Minn. — “Definitely getting as many sunshine hours of golfing as humanly possible knock on wood,” Duluth Resident, Cameron Maxwell says Within the next few years, golfers could have ability to do just that on a newly renovated Enger Golf Course. “It really is time to replace the system. It really can’t be repaired,” City of Duluth Parks &…

Experts Give Tour of Greenwood Fire Damage

Another concern in areas heavily burned in the Superior National Forest is a lot of exposed tree roots.

ISABELLA, Minn. — Progress is being made outside of Isabella where the Greenwood Fire is nearly 50% contained with minimal open flames. “There’s a wet layer about an inch and a half deep, but below that everything is dry,” Greenwood Fire Behavioral Analyst Trainee, Patrick Johnson says. In that dry layer, the fire is smoldering and waiting for conditions to…

Contstruction Continues at Glensheen Mansion Grounds

Construction on the projects should wrap up next summer.

DULUTH, Minn. —  Construction is underway at the Glensheen Mansion to restore the formal garden on the grounds. The $4 million project also includes the installation of a backup boiler installed in the house. ” is critically important for the infrastructure of the house itself,” said Lynne Williams, UMD’s marketing and public relations director. The goal is to help preserve…

Proctor Rails Back With In-Person Classes

Even though all school facilities have a mask requirement, students and faculty don't seem to mind.

PROCTOR, Minn.– School is back on track in Proctor where the Rails came back to in-person learning full time. “Kids settle back into some of the routines they had before COVID and shut down. It’s been so nice to have the kids back and seeing their faces again. The excitement around the school is outstanding,” Proctor High School Principal, Tim…

2021 Summer: One of The Deadliest on MN Roads

Minnesota’s Office of Traffic Safety says there's been an uptick in impaired driving.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Labor Day weekend was another fatal one on Minnesota roads making this summer one of the deadliest. A total of four fatalities were recorded over the busy Labor Day holiday, increasing Minnesota’s death toll so far this year to 315. That’s 65 fatalities ahead of last year. Authorities say slowing down and finding a safe ride…

Gordy’s Wrapping Up 61st Season

The popular northland restaurant is celebrating its 61st year in business bringing people from all over the area to grab some of their famous food.

CLOQUET, Minn. — Gordy’s Hi-Hat in Cloquet is wrapping up its summer season. The popular northland restaurant is celebrating its 61st year in business bringing people from all over the area to grab some of their famous food. One Minnesotan we caught up with has even made it an annual tradition every summer to travel up to Cloquet. “It’s awesome….

Duluth Central Labor Body Celebrates Annual Holiday

The Duluth Central Labor body held their annual picnic cooking hundreds of hot dogs and corn on the cob.

DULUTH, Minn. —  The Duluth Central Labor body held their annual picnic cooking hundreds of hot dogs and corn on the cob. “We normally have a children’s area. But this year due to the fact that twelve and under can’t get vaccinated as a committee we decided to cancel that. But we are happy to be here,” Duluth Central Labor…

Duluth Police Department Plan Extra Patrols in School Zones

Drivers who speed in school zones can face gross misdemeanor charges and double the number of fines.

DULUTH, Minn. — Districts around the Northland will be heading back to school on Tuesday and the police department will have extra enforcement out and about making sure students get there safely. As students walk to bus stops and to school, the Duluth Police Department wants to remind drivers to simply pay attention. Drivers who speed in school zones can…

Fire Crews Respond to Telephone Pole Fire

Fire crews put it out, while minnesota power worked to fix the issue and restore service.

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth firefighters also put out a power pole fire Monday morning. It happened around 11. Cables buried underground malfunctioned, sending electricity into the ground and igniting a fire, which spread to the base of the power pole. At the same time, over 2,000 power customers lost service. Fire crews put it out, while minnesota power worked to…

Duluth Fire Department Responds to Monday Morning Fire

There were no injuries to report. 

DULUTH, Minn. — On Monday morning, the Duluth Fire Department responded to the report of a fire and explosion in the 900 block of west 5th street. When crews arrived on the scene, they found the fire coming from the rear of the building in what appeared to be an attached garage beneath the house. Units were informed that a…

Final Portion of Superior Street Reconstruction Project to Reopen Today

The street will reopen at 6:30 p.m. on Friday

    DULUTH, Minn. – After four years of construction, the final portion of the Superior Street Reconstruction Project is reopening today, according to city officials. Work started on the $31.5 million project in 2018  to replace bricks on the street’s surface as well as replace utilities that dated back to the 1880s. “In the first phase of the project,…

Twin Ports Coastal Cleanup Aims to Keep Northland Shores Spotless

The event was part of a worldwide project called the International Coastal Cleanup.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — 5th Graders at Lake Superior Elementary School got together to pick up trash at the Arrowhead Boat Landing in Superior. The “Twin Ports Coastal Cleanup” brought the students together with Mayor Emily Larson and Superior Mayor Jim Paine in an effort help clean up our northland waterways. Organizers say you’re never too young to take care of…

Duluth Fire Department Participates in Hazmat Training

The training was funded by a Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness grant.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth fire department wrapped up a three-day hazmat training session today, one of three fire departments in the state to do so. It was the first time the department got a chance to participate in this type of training. Underneath the Blatnik bridge, they deployed a “boom” or a floating water barrier which in the event…

Busy Campground Season Winding Down

The Penmarallter Campgrounds will close for the season on October 3rd.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. — As the summer winds down area campgrounds have had a busy season. Although expectations for the Labor Day weekend aren’t as high as other weekends in July and August, Penmarallter Campgrounds on the scenic drive just before Two Harbors is expecting another good crowd of people from all over the country to share their north shore…

Experts: Vegetation In and Around BWCA Fires Will Come Back Stronger

Experts also say that it's important to protect the soil in and around the fires which could be at risk for erosion.

DULUTH, Minn. — One of the few positives from the fire is that the burned plants and trees are poised to come back stronger than ever. Experts with UMD say that it’s important to remember that fires are a natural part of any ecosystem. Some of the vegetation will grow rapidly following the fire. Certain species like red and jack…

Demolition Continues on Hope City Church Steeple

Services are currently being held at Lilliput Park less than a block down from the church on 5th street.

DULUTH, Minn.– It’s day two of the Hope City Church steeple demolition after it was rocked by a lightning strike over the weekend. Although it’s been a slow process eventually a temporary roof will cover the steeple. This will allow people to check the structural integrity of where the strike happened as workers continue to assess the rest of the…

St. Luke’s Seeing More Young People get Vaccinated

With students getting ready to go back to class, northland hospitals are seeing an increase in youths coming in to get their covid-19 vaccine.

DULUTH, Minn. —  With students getting ready to go back to class, northland hospitals are seeing an increase in youths coming in to get their covid-19 vaccine. Staff at St. Luke’s say that they have seen a significant amount of young people come in to get the vaccine as some area colleges and grade schools will be requiring vaccines for…

Great Northern Classic Rodeo Preps Begin

After having one of their biggest years in 2019, the rodeo was canceled last year due to Covid-19 concerns.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — The 30th annual Superior Great Northern Classic Rodeo will kick off this Friday. After having one of their biggest years in 2019, the rodeo was canceled last year due to Covid-19 concerns. This year, organizers are expecting another large crowd throughout the weekend with people coming to enjoy some of the western flair and something new this…

Duluth Fire Department Cancels Annual Pinning Ceremony

The department isn't ruling out rescheduling the pinning ceremony later on this year.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth fire department will be recognizing 33 firefighters who have received a promotion or completed probation in a different way this year. Because of covid-19 concerns, the department officially canceled their pinning ceremony Tuesday night. It’s typically held at the DECC. Instead, there will be a smaller internal celebration while still allowing members of the department…

Several Northland Red Cross Volunteers Assisting in Hurricane Relief

Volunteers must be 18 years and older and 21 to drive a red cross vehicle.

DULUTH, Minn. — Hurricane Ida made landfall Sunday on the gulf coast, and one northland organization has sent people down to help. Seven volunteers from the Northern Minnesota Red cross have been dispatched to assist in the hurricane relief. Some volunteers will spend two weeks or more at a given location on a natural operation. “Initially we will expect to…

UMD Students Return to Campus

In the food court, there are some new signs up and even a new sushi restaurant.

DULUTH, Minn. — It was a familiar sight at UMD Monday afternoon as thousands of students could be seen walking the halls of campus headed to class. We caught up with one student who says it’s great to be back, especially for the new students who finally get that college experience of being on campus. “Just to see a lot…

Bayfield Orchards Looking Forward to Apple Fest

Apple Fest will be the first weekend of October.

BAYFIELD, Wisc. — Orchards in Bayfield are already looking forward to Apple Fest for a variety of reasons. Despite losing the majority of their strawberry crops in the spring, Erickson Orchard just outside of Bayfield is banking on a healthy apple crop and a large turnout of people during the festival. “We lost 95-100%. The little bit that I got…

North Shore Businesses Going Strong Despite Air Quality Concerns

Resorts and campgrounds up the North Shore are continuing to feel the effects of the Greenwood fire.

SILVER BAY, Minn. — Resorts and campgrounds up the North Shore are continuing to feel the effects of the Greenwood fire. “The majority of our guests come up here to go hiking and visit the state park. Split Rock and Tettegouche being the most popular,” Cove Point Lodge Director of Operations, Kyra Bremer says. For much of the summer, business…

Babbitt Community Giving Back To Men and Women Battling Greenwood Fire

On Thursday, departments fighting the Greenwood Fire received a big donation courtesy of the United way and D&D distributors. 

BABBITT, Minn. — As the Greenwood Fire rages on, community members and organizations in the town of Babbitt are doing their part to help the men and women on the front lines. “A lot of evacuation and setting up sprinklers on homes and stuff like that just to get people out of the way of danger,” Babbitt EMS Worker, Mike…

Firefighters Continue Battling Greenwood Fire

Firefighters are also monitoring areas of concern along the border of the fire.

ISABELLA, Minn. —  On Wednesday more than 400 firefighters on the ground were busy conducting several defensive operations with the help of air resources. One of the main goals is helping to reduce burnable natural fuel near homes and the edge of the fire. “We really gotta make sure highway one is closed to the public,” Greenwood Fire Public Information…

Army Corps Begin Vessel Yard Pier Repairs

The army corps will then continue repairs in the spring of 2022.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Army Corps of Engineers began the repair of a portion of their Piers at the southern vessel yard Tuesday morning. Crews were mobilizing equipment to replace one of the old concrete walls built in THE 1940s which is worn down due to age. It will be replaced with steel sheet pile. People working on the project…

City of Duluth Hosts Back to School Event

There was also more than 1,400 backpacks handed out for free through Chum

DULUTH, Minn. — More than 500 people stopped by the DECC for a city-sponsored back-to-school event and community resource fair. The free event was all about getting community resources into the hands of kids and their families including different forms on transportation, housing and more. There was also more than 1,400 backpacks handed out for free through Chum, but the…

Ely Businesses Impacted by BWCA Closure

The recent closure of the boundary waters is bad news for some of the outfitters in Ely who equip campers with everything they need for the BWCA. 

ELY, Minn. — “We’re at a point right now where it’s just incendiary so we had to take this drastic action for the first time in almost 50 years,” Piragis Northwoods Company Owner, Steve Piragis says. The recent closure of the boundary waters is bad news for some of the outfitters in Ely who equip campers with everything they need…

Superior Accordion Museum Receives 350 Anique Accordions

The museum receives about 2,000 visitors every year.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — The world of accordions museum in Superior recently welcomed some new members to its family. Located inside the Harrington Arts Center on Belknap Street in Superior, the non-profit recently received about 350 accordions courtesy of a well-regarded collector from Washington D.C. Joining 1,400 accordions already a part of the museum, staff at the largest accordion museum in…

Duluth Superior Film Fest Wraps Up Successful 2021 Season

The 11th annual festival made its comeback after having to cancel its event in 2020.

DULUTH, Minn. — The short film, A Simple Mistake, was made by Chisholm residents Nathaniel Coward and Seraphia Gravelle during a nine-week course at the Minnesota Discovery Center. “We discussed how we would execute it. It took use about two takes. It was a pretty fluid process,” A Simple Mistake Director & Producer, Seraphia Gravelle says. It depicts one man’s…

Area Police Departments Raise Funds for Special Olympics

Law enforcement in the area are also part of the Minnesota Law Enforcement Torch Run.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Police Department was out in full force today helping support the Special Olympics. The Coffee of Champions event at Dunkin Donuts is geared towards raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics in Minnesota. It also helps families with costs for sporting events. Anyone who made a contribution received a free donut with the hopes of…

Hartley Nature Center Begins Building Expansion

DULUTH,  Minn. — One Duluth area park is receiving a big expansion. Hartley Nature Center broke ground Thursday morning on a $2.5 million expansion project. Much of the funding comes from the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission Legacy Grant funds. Parks officials say this will give more people the chance to experience everything Hartley has to offer. “To…

UMD Hosts Environment Sustainability Day Camp

Area high school students went out to the UMD land lab today to learn about all things sustainable. 

DULUTH, Minn. — Area high school students went out to the UMD Land Lab today to learn about all things sustainable. Living skills and food systems were just some of the objectives students had. “As well as learning some sustainable living skills, getting outside and learning some hands-on experience. And learning through that hands-on experience about food systems and sustainability…

Highway 53 Bridge Dedicated to Late State Rep. Tom Rukavina

On Thursday, the bridge he fought so hard to build back in 2017 was officially dedicated to him.

VIRGINIA, Minn. — “He often urged people to buy American-made products. In fact, he would tell you even his underwear was made in the U.S.A by union workers. If you didn’t believe him, he would volunteer to prove it to you,” District 6 Senator, David Tomassoni says. Former Minnesota House Representative Tom Rukavina passed away two years ago after a…

Annual Hoghead Festival Continues in Proctor

One of the bigger events of the festival is the classic car show where they are expecting almost 400 classic cars.

PROCTOR, Minn. — The 46th annual Hoghead Festival is underway in Proctor. One of the bigger events of the festival is the classic car show where they are expecting almost 400 classic cars. Organizers are also preparing for class reunions and street dances later on in the week all while celebrating the rich train history of Proctor with the title…

Duluth School Superintendent Given More Power Over District Regulations

This comes after the school board voted last night following a recommendation from the Minnesota School Board Association.

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth School Superintendent John Magas will continue to have executive power over the Duluth School Board during the 2021-2022 school year when it comes to the safety of students related to Covid-19. This comes after the school board voted last night following a recommendation from the Minnesota School Board Association. Magas says, he is looking to maximize…

Bayfield County Fair Continues Annual Tradition

The fair runs until Sunday with different events going on each day. 

IRON RIVER, Wisc. — The Bayfield County Fair has been going strong for over 100 years. Even with the pandemic cancelling the fair in-person last summer, they were still able to host a virtual event. “They did video showing of the animals and sold online and did really well. We had really good participation with that and people were able…

St. Louis County Rescue Squad Continuing Search for Missing Man on Sand Lake

The St. Louis County Rescue Squad is continuing to search the island and the lake for Philip.

BRITT AREA, Minn. – On Thursday around 4 p.m. the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and Rescue Squad responded to Sand Lake in the Britt area just north of Virginia for a water emergency. A man identified as Philip Poulose, a Roseville resident, and a friend were canoeing on the lake when water started to flood their canoe due to…

Hibbing School Unveils New Playground

The playground will be open to the public after school hours. 

HIBBING, Minn. — Hibbing community members came together today to celebrate a new inclusive playground at the Greenhaven Elementary School. The K through second grade classes hosted the grand opening of their new playground on Thursday made possible by fundraising through the school’s non-profit parent teacher organization. Students got to test out the new equipment replacing the old playground built…

Bayfield Seeing Successful Summer Tourism Season

Apple Fest will take place the first weekend of October.

BAYFIELD, Wisc. —  Tourism in Bayfield has been up this summer. Hotels are being completely booked and businesses are seeing peak Apple Fest numbers. The weekly foot traffic throughout the summer has been due to events being back in session like the Point to LaPointe swim and weekly concerts by the lake held every Tuesday. This most recent concert was…