Author: Reece Lindquist

Whole Foods Co-Op Implements “Safe Shopping” Protocols

DULUTH, Minn. – With many local businesses closing, Whole Foods Co-op has remained opened during the Covid-19 pandemic and staff are practicing safe ways to shop. Plexiglass shields have been installed to enforce social distancing. Signs, and red tape on the floor also indicate no standing zones which is essential for safety of all shoppers. There are a couple other…

Electric Fetus, Pizza Luce Businesses Damaged In Isolated Incident

  DULUTH, Minn. – On Monday night Duluth police responded to a report of criminal damage to property to two superior street businesses. Officers arrested a twenty-six-year-old individual for breaking windows at the Electric Fetus and Pizza Luce. Although this is considered an isolated incident, members of the department say during this pandemic they have responded to fewer calls for…

Schwan’s Home Delivery Sees Rise In Frozen Food Orders

ESKO, Minn. – Schwan’s Home Delivery has been swamped with orders due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Minnesota-based company has a depot in Esko, and their drivers are seeing a rise in customers wanting frozen foods delivered. Schwan’s management says their employees are even limiting interactions with customers by doing simple drop-offs right at their doors. “And that’s a change…

B&B Market Donates Groceries to People in Need

CLOQUET, Minn. – It all started on Tuesday when a State Farm employee in Cloquet donated one-hundred pounds of ground beef to the local B&B market. “And the ball just started rolling. We’ve had just people come in and donating,” B&B Market Owner, John Lind says. After the market posted a push for donations on Facebook, hundreds of dollars worth…

Cloquet Businesses Prepare For “Stay-at-Home” Order

CLOQUET, Minn. – Gordy’s Hi-Hat, a popular restaurant in the Northland still plans on being open during the order all while celebrating their 60th year. The owners, Gordy and Marilyn, are currently healthy and quarantining down in Florida. Although an opening date isn’t set in stone, Gordy’s is expected to welcome curbside customers in early April. With forty percent of…

Pine Knot News Receives Journalism Grant

CLOQUET, Minn. – Amid the Covid-19 crisis some small essential businesses, like newspapers, remain operational and one local publication has received a big grant. On Wednesday, the Facebook Journalism Project announced that several media outlets will receive money to help them cover the news while reporting on the coronavirus. The Pine Knot News, a locally owned publication out of Cloquet…

St. Louis County Board Approves Transfer of Emergency Administration Funds

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Board approved multiple measures on Monday to help combat the spread of coronavirus. This includes a resolution that will transfer $1 million from the emergency administration fund to support efforts to fight the spread of the virus. The money will allow government organizations to have cash on hand in case of emergencies. It…

Man Shaves Beard To Help Fight Coronavirus Spread

DULUTH, Minn. – David Uselman is well known at the Bayshore Health Center for his beard. Now he’s shaving it off to help fend off the virus. The move comes amid a list of new protocols. With wearing a mask essential to hospital workers during these times, shaving his beard will allow for the mask to have a direct connection…

Great Outdoors: Northlanders Enjoy The Sun

DULUTH, Minn. –  “Spend a couple days up here in Duluth and enjoy the surrounding area,” Champlin Resident, Jared Galligan says. That’s just what Jared Galligan and his family were able to do for a weekend while his children are on spring break. “They love this area. They always loving climbing on the rocks. Swimming at the hotel pools,” Galligan…

Local Restaurants Add More Cleaning Protocols

Because of this, management has installed more protocols to ensure the health of both staff and customers.

DULUTH, Minn. – Even though it’s Eat Downtown Duluth week, restaurants like Zeitgeist have seen a decline as the week has gone on with growing concerns over the coronavirus. Because of this, management has installed more protocols to ensure the health of both staff and customers. “We have some additional hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes around so that people can…

Current Duluth School District Superintendent Offered New Job

SAINT PETER, Minn. – Current Duluth School District Superintendent Bill Gronseth has been extended an offer to become the next superintendent of the Saint Peter School District. Gronseth made the decision to step down as Duluth’s superintendent when his contract is up in June. According to the 508 District website, their school board made the decision Thursday evening during a…

St. Luke’s Completes Orthopedic Ward Renovations

DULUTH, Minn. – The 1.4 million dollar project includes larger rooms for patients, showers that are easier to get out of and a new nurses station. Leadership from St. Luke’s says, the more modern work environment for staff will help lead patients to a quicker recovery time. “We work towards speeding that where people can really get back to their…

Duluth School District to Hold Emergency Alert Drill

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth public school district is partnering with the Duluth Police Department to conduct their first-ever district-wide alert drill to test how well they can work under pressure during an emergency. The test will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. The district will use all of its emergency and communication tools at their disposal for a coordinated…

Maple School District Sees Success With Sensory Grant

MAPLE, Wisc. – “No matter what happens during the day, we will love them no matter what,” Elementary School Counselor, Kara Hietala says. It’s a process newly integrated into the maple school district. “Getting really at the root of what is going on really in their own lives and helping them be able to problem solve and get through that,”…

Overnight Crash Results in Power Outages

The lone male driver sustained non-life threatening injuries.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Wednesday night police responded to a crash on the 1200 block of West 1st street in Duluth. At the scene, officers found an SUV had rolled onto its side and crashed into a power line. This resulted in a loss of power to a number of residents in the area. The lone male driver sustained non-life…

St. Louis County Adds Short-Term Rental Standards

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – The Saint Louis County board has officially passed a zoning ordinance allowing short term rental homes in the county. The approval allows vacation rental properties such as Airbnb’s to grow in areas of St. Louis county other than Duluth. Officials say, they made the ordinance as streamlined as possible. The zoning ordinance is also geared…

Superior Seeking New Broadband Internet Infrastructure

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The city of Superior has begun researching how they can lower internet costs for residents. City councilors and the Mayor of Superior have come together to prioritize a broadband network infrastructure using fiber optic cable. The project would also increase internet speed for residents and businesses, increase competition for internet service providers and improve a variety of…

Crews Continue to Reinforce Stack at Husky Energy Site

The road is closed as a precautionary measure as crews continue to work to safely set up a crane which would further secure the stack. 

SUPERIOR, Wisc.-Stinson Avenue remains closed on Monday in Superior at the Husky Energy Refinery site. This is after concerns arose that a stack had been seen swaying there on Thursday last week. On Saturday, they had trained experts enter the site to safely conduct a closer examination of the stack.  All evidence to-date shows no damage, according to Husky. Based…

2nd Annual “Superior Sinker” Event Underway

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – One group of young professionals over in Superior is putting on a unique fundraiser. After its success last year, the organization Superior Jaycees is underway with its second annual “Superior Sinker” event. For the fundraiser, the group put a car out in the middle of the frozen pond on Barker’s Island. The public can now guess the…

“Duluth Bikes” Hosts Annual Winter Bike To Work Day

DULUTH, Minn. – The organization “Duluth Bikes” hosted their 6th annual winter bike to work day Friday morning. Members of the group were out at the Minnesota power plaza on Friday morning, handing out coffee and greeting people who bike to work. Organizers say, although this is one of the colder events they have put on, dozens of people are…

Itasca County Jail Could Close If It Doesn’t Undergo Major Renovations

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. –  After receiving a sunset letter back in 2018 from the Department of Corrections, the jail will now be closed in September of 2021 if major changes are not made. “Our occupancy right now is anywhere between 100-120,” Itasca County Sheriff, Victor Williams says. The issue of overpopulation has caused the jail to send dozens of inmates…

Bait Shops Provide Ice Condition Update For Area Lakes

DULUTH, Minn. – “People are getting them. You just can’t go wherever you want right now,” Marine General Sales Manager, Rob Hering says. With the higher than average temperatures for this time of year, ice fisherman have to be cautious before dropping a line. “You can get out there, but you’re not pulling a truck or pulling your crank down,”…

Coast Guard Advises Caution When On Lake Superior

DULUTH, Minn. – The Coast Guard here in Duluth is warning the public to be aware of the thin ice on Lake Superior. The coast guard has three boats which are used for such occasions. Historically, all of them are winterized by December. This year, however, they have one boat still remaining because of the amount of open water and…

UW-Superior Blood Drive Brings Superior Law Enforcement Agencies Together

The American Red Cross, UW-Superior and Local Law Enforcement Agencies Partnered to Host the "Battle of the Badges" Blood Drive.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – On Monday, the American red cross partnered with UW-Superior and local law enforcement agencies to host the “Battle of the Badges” blood drive. Everyone who donates can vote between the superior fire department and police department to decide their favorite area law enforcement agency. Organizers say the goal is to try and get more people to donate…

Hundreds of Snowmobilers Raise Money for ALS

PROCTOR, Minn. – The 21st Annual Blackwoods Blizzard Tour kicked off Thursday morning in Proctor. Over 200 snowmobilers will spend the next few days raising money for ALS. Thursday night, the group will be traveling to Fortune Bay, then back down to Two Harbors on Friday and finally to Proctor on Saturday. “It’s the largest fundraiser for ALS in the…

Saint Scholastica Offers Free Flu Kits

DULUTH, Minn. – The College of Saint Scholastica is doing all it can to combat the recent increase of flu spreading around the campus. The student health service at the college has seen an increase in the influenza virus recently. So, members of student health service handed out flue kits Wednesday afternoon which included disinfectant wipes and one-time use thermometers….

Great Outdoors: Jay Cooke State Park

CARLTON, Minn. – Located just south of Carlton is one of the prime destinations for northland tourists in the wintertime. “We classic groom about fifteen miles of classic ski trails within the park,” Assistant Parks Manager, Ty Gangelhoff says. With additional fat biking and hiking trails, Jay Cooke state park offers something for all of your active adventures. “Kids love…

Great Outdoors: Outdoor Hockey

DULUTH, Minn. – If you didn’t know, hockey in the state of Minnesota is kind of a big deal. We’re true Minnesotan’s so this is what we do. And tournaments, like the Squirt Jamboree at the Duluth Heights Recreation Center rink are a great way to introduce youngsters to the game for the future. “Where they can go on to…

KYN: Yarn Harbor

DULUTH, Minn. – Yarn Harbor Incorporated has been open for the last 21 years that has the appeal for all things crafty. “A knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting supply store. We also have the support to help with projects as well as a classroom,” Yarn Harbor Owner, Kathy Thomas says. And the colder months are a busy time of year for…

Erin Schouweiler Wins Mid-Distance Beargrease 120

FINALND, Minn. – Veteran musher Erin Schouweiler crossed the finish line shortly after 5:40 a.m. Monday morning. Shouweiler is the daughter-in-law of former Beargrease 120 champion Martha Schouweiler. Tofte resident Rita Wehseler finished second, while Duluth resident Steph Love came in third place.     Categories: Community, Minnesota, News Tags: beargrease, Beargrease 120, Mid distance

Blind Sled Dog to Race in Beargrease 120

"This year we started training him like he was going to be one of the marathon racing dogs and he looked great. In fact, he looked almost as good as he was when he was two years old. He was one of the best dogs on the team."

HOVLAND, Minn. – Frank Moe has 43 dogs on his property. 28 of them are in training and none of them are quite like the seven-year-old Alaskan husky named Indy. “We were really grateful to have him. Indy became a star right away. In fact, he finished the Beargrease marathon when he was two,” Dog Musher, Frank Moe says. Fast…

KYN: Lost Cove Co. Tattoo

DULUTH, Minn. – The pop-up shop in the Miller Hill Mall is now filled with a *new tattoo shop. The lost cove co was founded by Minnesota native, and celebrity tattoo artist and MTV start Travis Ross along with his friend Aaron Larson. The two began collaborating after several months ago when the two met in the Twin Cities. “I…

Early Voting Begins In Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluthians were out early Friday morning casting their votes for the 2020 Presidential Primary Election. Voters say this is a convenience factor that should allow more people to get to the polls. “That’s exciting because folks who are just busy who still want to participate don’t have to get a babysitter to go to their caucus night…

Union Members React To Second Day Of Strike

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s day two of the Teamsters Local 320 plow strike. Dozens of members lined the entrance of the Saint Louis County Public Works Building since early Thursday morning. The union wants wage increases, the option to elect their own health insurance plan and more sick leave. We spoke with a mechanic who says, Saint Louis County roads…

Stella Maris Academy Receives Large Donation

DULUTH, Minn. – Stella Maris in Duluth received a big donation recently. On Thursday, the academy announced it had received a $250,000 donation. A large percentage of their funds come from the parish and community support. Staff are grateful for the gift, and say it will help them continue providing quality education for children. “This gift helps us reach our…

Truck Damages Building, Residents Displaced

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – It was a scary scene yesterday evening in Superior after a truck crashed into a residential building on East Second Street. The Superior Fire Department responded to the scene shortly before 5 o’clock where they found the Chevy pickup truck had severely damaged the building and multiple gas meters. Natural gas started leaking into the building, causing…

Maple School District Receives Financial Boost

MAPLE, Wisc. – The Maple School district received a big financial boost today. Lake Effect Dance Studio and American Family Insurance combined to donate $4,000 to both Northwestern Elementary School and Iron River Elementary School. For the past two years, both teachers and students have filled out a wish list of classroom supplies they would like to have. This donation…

New Business Plans Aims To Help Childcare Providers

DULUTH, Minn. – Childcare providers have more support coming their way. A new business plan has now been introduced by the city of Duluth which provides loans and grants to childcare providers. Each will create more spaces for kids in their programs. Leadership from the city says, this program will help grow the economy. “We recognize that not only is…

Superior Curling Club Hosts Curling Instructor Course

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Representatives from the United States Curling Association were in Superior on Sunday to help people learn the ins and outs of coaching curling. About 20 people participated in the program with the goal of becoming a certified curling instructor. Proper form, and also proper instructing techniques were the main focus of the class. “A lot of the…