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Duluth Fire Department Talks Kitchen Fire Prevention

DULUTH, Minn. – As part of fire prevention week here in the Northland, the local Duluth fire department put on a demonstration and gave some tips on the best ways to prevent kitchen fires. Officials say, the main cause of kitchen fires is lack of attention. “People who are cooking something and then they get distracted for whatever reason. Whether…

Construction Resumes at Sky Harbor Airport

The airport's runway is being relocated.

DULUTH, Minn- Construction is underway at Sky Harbor Airport in Park Point. It’s the final phase of the runway relocation project which would help smooth out the new runway. Construction will continue for the next few months, with the goal of it being completed in May of 2020. Categories: Business, Minnesota, News Tags: construction, Sky Harbor Airport

Setup Underway for Bentleyville Tour of Lights

DULUTH, Minn. – Volunteers have been hard at work setting up tunnels and lights over at Bayfront Festival Park. Although there’s still a long way to go, organizers are excited to bring new displays this year, especially along the fire pit area. “For the first time in ten years, we’re getting rid of all of our snowflakes on the panels….

Salvation Army Searching for Bell Ringers

DULUTH, Minn. -The Salvation Army is on the hunt for bell ringers to participate in their Red Kettle fundraiser. They began looking for volunteers at the beginning of the month. For the Salvation Army, bell ringing season is their number one fundraiser campaign raising over $200,000 alone last year.  All of the proceeds stay local. “Every cent that goes into…

Farmers Begin Harvesting Pumpkins

PROCTOR, Minn. – Hoffbauer Tree Farms has been running “pick your own pumpkin” the last few weeks, but with the anticipation of these colder temperatures, they pulled hundreds of pumpkins this morning to protect them from the frost. Owners say, once the cold hits, they won’t last long on their own. “They could take a light frost once if the…

Superior Church Hosts Pet Blessing

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Cathedral of Christ the King Church hosted their annual “blessing of the pets” in Superior Wednesday morning. The long running tradition brings people together close to the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi- a saint who loved all creatures of the animal kingdom. “He was kind and gentle to animals and the lesson he teaches is…

Duluth School Board Appoints Newest Member

DULUTH, Minn. –  Dr. Kelly Eder, an assistant professor at St. Scholastica, was selected over 16 other candidates. The seat was vacated by Josh Gorham back in early September after he expressed frustration with the leadership of the district. Dr. Eder says, she’s ready to hit the ground running. As a parent, she wants to help set up each child…

Wisconsin Residents React to Overnight Flooding

FOXBORO, Wis. – Several roads across Douglas County had to be shut down because of high water. “Two or three that remain closed. That’s for culvert related failure,” Interim Emergency Management Director, Dave Sletten says. County highways like B and W in Foxboro experienced several washouts and residents are feeling the effects in their homes. “It was overwhelming my subs,” Foxboro…

Duluth Airport Runway Construction Complete

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been over three years and 40 million dollars, but the Duluth International Airports runway project is finally complete. Friday morning, city and state officials got a first-hand look at the runway which encompasses about 60 acres of the airfield. For the aviation industries in the area, the benefits of this new runway go beyond the airport….

On-Campus Clinic Opens at Lake Superior College

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s opened a new clinic Friday morning. In partnership with Lake Superior College, the two transformed an old computer lab at the school into the Q-Care Clinic. The express clinic treats patients for a variety of minor aliments, helping even more people in the area. “Both are very successful. So one at Cub foods and one…

Superior Law Enforcement Help Spread Rail Safety Awareness

SUPERIOR, Wis – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has declared Sept. 22 through Sept. 28 “Rail Safety Week” throughout the state. It allows local law enforcement agencies and railroad companies to work together to help spread awareness to motorists. In Wisconsin last year, there were 39 crashes involving trains, which resulted in 12 injuries and 4 deaths. Tuesday in Superior, officials…

Fall Colors at Jay Cooke State Park Near Peak

CARLTON, Minn. – Fall is in the air and people are getting out to Jay Cooke State Park to check out the foliage. Some trees are closer to peaking now than others. Park managers say, they are ahead of schedule. “Typically it’s been more of early October. This year, late September we’ve been hitting the 50-75% faster than we were…

Blue Mass Honors Law Enforcement and Public Safety Personnel

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Congregation members of Cathedral Christ the King in Superior held their 5th annual “Blue Mass” on Wednesday morning. Local law enforcement, public safety personnel and veterans were all present. Members of the Cathedral School joined along- with those students participating in the mass currently having family members in law enforcement. It’s all to thank officers for taking…

Service Center Provides One Stop Shop For Veterans

DULUTH, Minn. – “For the Vietnam veterans and those that lived through the draft, they answered the call,” Virginia Veteran Service Officer, Tyler Behnke says. There are just under 18,000 veterans in St. Louis County alone. Some of them may have variety of questions, and the service center has answers. “We’re just kind of like a clearing house or google…

Once Upon A Child Holds Halloween Costume Sale

DULUTH, Minn. – Once Upon A Child in burning tree plaza has started stocking their shelves with Halloween costumes. This helps parents get a head start with finding the perfect costume at a bargain price. “That’s gonna be 50-70% off what you’re gonna buy brand new. And your kids wear the Halloween costume once. And it’s a really fun night,…

Graduates of Carpentry Program Ready for Next Step

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A graduation ceremony was held in Hermantown at the Jerry Alander Training Center Friday afternoon. Participants spent six weeks in a carpentry program sponsored by multiple organizations including the local carpenters union. That work group says they are in need of workers as the construction industry continues to boom in the northland. The graduates- with the majority…

Preparations Underway for Inline Skating Marathon

TWO HARBORS, MN – The 24th Annual Inline Skating Marathon will get underway this Satuday. To kick things off, there will be an expo on Friday at the DECC, along with “Skatefest” followed by the race. Upwards of two-thousand people will be participating, bringing more business to the area. “It’s great. Any time you can have a great event like…

Grandma’s 44th Annual Oktoberfest Gets Underway

DULUTH, MN – Grandma’s 44th annual Oktoberfest kicked off this afternoon with a ceremonial keg tapping and live music. Grandma’s is also working with the Duluth Oktober Festival at Bayfront Park this weekend to give everyone a unique German experience. “It begins a longtime tradition with our company where we bring in authentic German fair, food, features and beer,” Grandma’s…

Two Harbors Wastewater Treatment Plant Seeking Upgrades

TWO HARBORS, MN – The wastewater treatment plant in Two Harbors is looking to get $20 million in upgrades. On Thursday morning, Two Harbors city leaders met with the senate and capitol investment committee to bring forward and appropriation bill which would cover half of the project. The plant was originally built in the 1950’s and has had upgrades throughout…

New Government Service Center Opens in Virginia

VIRGINIA, MN – Employees at the Northland Office Building in Virginia, Minnesota were in need of a big change. “The old building was basically a recreation hall converted to an office building, converted to a government office building,” Property Management Division Director, Tony Mancuso says. The 7,000 people a month seeking their services often had a difficult time finding their…

Take One Last Look Inside The Exchange

DULUTH, MN – Mark Edwards has been in the restaurant business for over 40 years. “I was at Spirit Mountain when they first opened and unpacked the plates from the straw back then,” Exchange Cafe and Bakery Owner, Mark Edwards says. The Exchange bakery and cafe first opened back in 1988, and after his tenure with Spirit Mountain, Edwards took…

Veterans Service Center Holds Open House

DULUTH, MN – The Veterans Service Center Office in Duluth held an open house Friday afternoon. There, vets were able to grab a free lunch, tour the office and meet veteran service officers. Organizers say, it’s all to provide an open, inviting space for members of the armed forces that served out country. “Open up a dialogue with some of…

Blood Donors Needed for Hurricane Dorian Relief

DULUTH, MN- Blood centers across the country are expressing their need for donors as Hurricane Dorian hits the east coast. Here in Duluth, multiple blood drives were held today, including at University of Minnesota Duluth. All blood types are being accepted. Leadership from Memorial Blood Centers, who put on the event, say a lot of the blood donated today will…

Big Changes on Horizon for Soo Locks

DULUTH, MN – “The impact of the Soo Locks is felt nationwide,” Congressman, Pete Stauber says. That statement was the theme of today’s press conference where future improvement plans for the locks were announced. It’s not unusual for more than seventy thousand tons of iron ore to be carried on a vessel using the locks. That is not even the…

Piedmont Elementary Students Greeted by Denfeld Upperclassmen

DULUTH, Minn. – Denfeld students helped welcome Piedmont Elementary students to their first day of school Tuesday. After looking at school data, faculty wanted to stress the need for getting students to class. Staff now have the help of a new attendance committee, and has enlisted upperclassmen in an initiative called: “Present panthers, are you in the game?” “We want…

Lieutenant Governor Visits Lowell Elementary

DULUTH, MN – Students of Lowell Elementary had a special visitor Tuesday afternoon. Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan stopped by the school to help serve lunch. Flanagan helped pass out the milk to the students, and wanted to send a message to kids all across the state of Minnesota. “We wanted them to have a great school year, but also that…

Cooper Elementary Students View New School

SUPERIOR, WI – Students at Cooper Elementary got a first look at their new digs Tuesday morning. The students waited an extra year- after a fire ripped through the building last year during construction. Cooper Elementary had three orientation sessions throughout the day. It allowed the students new and old to tour the school, gather supplies and check in with…

Step Inside New Phoholic Vietnamese Restaurant

DULUTH, Minn – After being in the restaurant business fifteen years ago, the Nguyen family are back in the game. Phoholic had a soft opening on Tuesday, August 27th, for friends and family. Yet people still filled up the seats. “It’s finally here and everybody seems like they are happy with their meals. So it makes us super excited,” Co-Owner,…

Area Runners Participate in Charity Adventure Run

CLOQUET, Minn – The third annual Lost Forester Adventure Run took place Monday morning at the Pine Valley Recreational Center in Cloquet. There was also a 5.5k and 11k runs, but the grueling eight mile race expands all over the Pine Valley area. Racers must find orange ribbons, and other landmarks to get to their next destination. All of the…

Beargrease Goes Hollywood in Movie for Good Cause

A portion of ticket sales will go toward Beargrease and four other non-profit organizations.

DULUTH, Minn. – The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is going Hollywood, organizers from the marathon announced on Wednesday that the event is partnering with a Hollywood film studio all for a good cause. The film will be called “The Great Alaskan Race” and it focuses on the true story about the outbreak of a serious infection in Alaska in…

New Pho Restaurant Opens in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.-A new Vietnamese restaurant called Pho–holic is now open in Duluth on Central Entrance. It features a signature dish of Pho, which is a Vietnamese soup. They also have a variety of other options giving Duluthians the opportunity to sample some of the culture and Vietnamese cuisine. Store owners had a soft opening for the restaurant yesterday, but that…

Proctor Businesses React to Construction

Proctor, MN – Construction in Proctor is continuing to buzz along. Stop light repairs and accessibility to county road eleven are taking up the bulk of the work. The construction, which started August 7th, is on the main drag of town on highway two. One local business owner says, crossing the street and taking new delivers has been difficult. “The…

Major Grant Will Help Fix Area Bridges

DULUTH, MN – Congressman Pete Stauber announced today that Saint Louis County will receive $10,252,000 from the Department of Transportation towards bridge repairs. There are more than six-hundred bridges in Saint Louis County. The grant would allow the public works team to accelerate their plan for bridge maintenance. An additional fifteen or more bridges with weight restrictions could be replaced….

Summer Hockey Camp Shows Kids New Techniques

DULUTH, MN – Hockey players gathered at the Duluth Heritage Center for the three day Control the Ice Clinic. In the camp, kids learn new techniques to find their edge control, balance and coordination. The biggest thing instructors can teach, is that readiness makes all the difference. “The players who are great or the ones who are just good are…

DTA Adds Pilot Bus Route

Duluth , MN – A new DTA bus route was added Monday morning to one of Duluth’s busiest tourist areas. Route 24 will take passengers through the downtown waterfront area. Previously, the only public transportation system there was the free trolley. Since that was only seasonal, a pilot route has been introduced by the DTA, allowing commuters accessibility to different…

Local Art Teacher Honored

  Duluth, MN- A Local Teacher was inducted into the Duluth Edison Charter Schools Hall of Fame on Monday. Patty Milliken was honored at Saint Scholastica’s Mitchell Auditorium for her 18 years of service. The honoree was nominated by her former colleagues and students. She says, one of her main goals as an art teacher was providing a place for…

Department of Transportation Hosts Monthly Meeting

  Duluth, MN- The Minnesota DOT hosted another monthly meeting to share where they are at with the three-hundred million dollar can of worms interstate project. The project includes replacing aging ramps and bridges to accommodate better freight movement. It won’t get underway until next summer, but some of the early stages are taking effect. Milling and repaving railroad street…

Big Slide Celebrates Birthday at State Fair

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.-The big slide at the Minnesota State Fair is turning 50 years old. It first opened in 1969, and the family who built the slide has 42 others across the country. Management says, it’s fun for the entire family. “It’s definitely a ride everybody can enjoy,” said Izzy Barona, manager of the slide. “From an 80-year-old grandmother to…

Fundraiser Held for Local Golf Courses

A fundraiser was held earlier today to help Duluth public golf courses.

DULUTH, Minn.-A fundraiser was held earlier today to help Duluth public golf courses. The event, sponsored by the Friends of Duluth Public Golf, aims to raise funds to help offset costs the golf courses faces. A recent comprehensive study indicated that the courses operate with at a debt of about $2.4 million in recent years. This debt had lead the…

Duluth Pizza Place Giving Back

DULUTH, Minn.-A West Duluth pizza joint is saying “thank you” to our local heroes. Throughout the month of August, Lee’s Pizza on the 2000 block of West Superior Street, is offering all police, fire, EMS and hospital employees 50 percent off their orders. The manager at Lee’s Pizza says it’s a great way to give back to members of the…

Local Animal Celebrities Get Special Send-Off

DULUTH, MN- “It’s pretty crazy because this is not what we do professionally,” Biscuit and Gravy Promotions, Sheila Wixo says. She and her husband, Darrin Wixo are heading to the 30th annual Ox Cart Days parade on Saturday in Crookston, Minnesota. They aren’t going alone. “They know log splitters, they know the sound of tractors and stuff going by them….

Community Members Honored For Library Contributions

DULUTH, MN – Members of the Duluth Community were honored for their contributions to the Duluth Library Foundation at the Olga Memorial Award Ceremony at the Depot. The city funds most of the library’s needs, but doesn’t fund some of their programs and other activities. Some of those include different children’s reading programs, and concerts on the plaza. Each was…

UMD Staff and Students Gear Up for Welcome Week

DULUTH, MN- Welcome week will be looking a little different this year. With program reorganization, the duties of the week now are on the shoulders of four members of the student life division and other members of the kirby student center. This group has added more projects and activities allowing the freshmen to experience all Duluth has to offer. They…