Author: Reece Lindquist

Firefighters Battle Esko Home Fire In Freezing Temps

ESKO, Minn. – A space heater is believed to be the cause of a small structure fire in Esko on Wednesday. Wrenshall, Carlton and Esko fire departments responded to the fire around 11 a.m. on Erickson Road. Officials say they take extra precautions during these cold temperatures making scene safety a top priority for firefighters. “Watching where you’re stepping. A…

Marshall School Looks To Make Education More Affordable

DULUTH, Minn. – In an effort increase enrollment, starting next year, the school will offer reduced tuition rates from grades 4-8 and frozen rates in grades 9-12. The school will also offer guided tuition, so families with different circumstances can see exactly how much tuition will cost. With these small class sizes, students are needed to participate in the arts…

Mont Du Lac Off To Good Start This Season

Superior, Wis. – The Duluth City Council has now approved 235–thousand dollars in emergency funding to help keep Spirit Mountain operating this winter. At nearby Mont Du Lac, the season is off to a much better start. Mont Du Lac in Superior opened earlier than usual this year, and the resort stayed open throughout the record setting snowfall Thanksgiving weekend. The…

Annual Sock Drive Nearing Goal

DULUTH, Minn. – The Christmas spirit was in full swing at the Salvation Army Tuesday morning. Employees at Fond-Du–Luth staff dropped off thousands of socks collected as part of the casino’s annual sock drive. The employees also dropped off a check, which the Salvation Army will use to help purchase toys, and support other programs. When area families who come…

Saint Scholastica Students Show Off Sustainability Projects

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, hundreds of college students showed off their sustainability projects. The College of Saint Scholastica students worked in teams, each taking a few weeks to a few months to finish work related to sustainability and helping the environment. We spoke with students who researched food insecurity and food deserts in low income communities. They found solutions…

Community Mourns Death of Duluth Diocese Bishop

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, community members gathered to mourn the loss of the Catholic bishop of Duluth. Bishop Paul Sirba died after going into cardiac arrest on Sunday morning. The funeral mass and visitation was held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary. His brother, Father Joseph Sirba, spoke the about life of his sibling during the…

Scenic Railroad Clears Off Train Tracks

DULUTH, Minn. – Clearing off the train tracks has been a long process for the North Shore Scenic Railroad. After two days, the group got their most powerful locomotive on the tracks to clear the popular route. “It’s got a special plow on the front of it. It was backed up by our second most powerful diesel. Then they cleared…

St. Luke’s Hosts Annual Biomedical Ethics Conference

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s held their annual ethics conference on Wednesday with this year’s event focused on the topic of vaccines. Guest speakers from the U of M and the MN Department of Health spoke about subjects including: vaccine hesitancy and community engagement. “Really this is open to all. So we have, I know, nurses and public health folks…

Second Harvest Food Bank Receives Big Donation

DULUTH, Minn. – Second Harvest Food Bank is getting an added boost to their food supply. This past September, area Subway’s teamed up with Feeding America. They donated a meal to Second Harvest Food Bank for every two meals sold. The $2,300 check presented today will equate to thousands of meals for the community in a time when they are…

KYN: Dozens Of Christmas Trees Dug Out Of Snow

DULUTH, Minn. – These mounds of heavy, are causing a few problems out there. In this week’s knowing you neighbors we are introduced to an area tree seller dealing with lots of extra work. Over at Super One in West Duluth, Christmas trees are being sold. But at first glance, you wouldn’t even notice. “There’s probably 75 or 50,” Hoffbauer…

Annual “Small Business Saturday” Event Adds Bonus Day

DULUTH, Minn. – With the winter storm this past weekend, many local businesses were either closed or closed early on Saturday. With shoppers chose to stay in, the annual “Small Business Saturday” event is getting a bonus day on December 7th to give people another opportunity to stay local when buying their Christmas gifts. “This is just adding another benefit–…

Ranked Pro Am Racer Talks Snocross Expectations

DULUTH, Minn. – Taven Woodie, a Wyoming native, is ranked second in the women’s division. She grew up riding snowmobiles, and doesn’t mind racing with the boys in this male dominated sport. Woodie says, she hopes to inspire more women to race and all the fans keep her going. “I see their faces and they are like: no way, I…

Thousands Participate In Annual Gobble Gallop Run

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands of area runners gathered for the 14th Annual Gobble Gallop. The kids run, Gobble Giddy Up and one miler Tough Turkey races were also part of the day. Some runners even wore creative attire for the thanksgiving day race. “Hence why I’m dressed up as a tree. But also because it’s thanksgiving day and I was…

First Witness Holds Annual Bake Sale

DULUTH, Minn. – First Witness Child Advocacy Center held their annual bake sale Friday morning at the Holiday Center. The sale has thousand of baked goods including cupcakes, muffins and cookies. All of the proceeds donated go directly back to the families they serve. “It can go to anything from if the family comes in and the family doesn’t have…

Changes May Come To Superior’s Stormwater Flood Control Program

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The public works committee recently approved the changes, which will then go before city council on December 3rd. Right now, only homeowners can apply to the program which includes sump pump installation to help prevent basement flooding. The proposed resolution would also apply to landlords who own rental properties. “The occupancy criteria would be taken into consideration…

Harbor House Crisis Shelters Seeking Volunteers

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Harbor House Crisis Shelters in Superior are seeking volunteers before the holiday season. The Organization provides transitional living for the homeless, and are looking for people to help with the upkeep of the homes. Although donations are always appreciated- right now, the organization just needs people’s time. “We need help fixing things that are broken in the…

United Way Looks To Spread Kindness

DULUTH, Minn. – United Ways Across Minnesota have sparked the initiative “Acts of Kindness Week” this week. The Head of The Lakes was out in full force this afternoon in the Holiday Center. They also partnered with the red gross, giving people the opportunity to fill out holiday cards to military personnel. It’s all in an effort to help people…

Volunteers Needed For Thanksgiving Day Buffet

DULUTH, Minn. – Thanksgiving is a little over a week away, but preparations are already underway at the DECC for their Thanksgiving buffet. Food has been coming into the DECC, waiting to be prepared for the thousands of community members that aren’t able to get a hot meal on Thanksgiving. Volunteers are still needed, especially during the afternoon shift, so…

Lake Superior College’s PT Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior College’s Physical Therapy Program Celebrated its 20th Anniversary Tuesday afternoon. It was all started by students who were part of a class to develop a clinic back in 1998. Then, the clinic opened in 1999 as a partnership with Saint Scholastica’s PT program. The program accepts students, LSC employees and the public as patients. Students…

Mount Royal Center Temporarily Closed Due To Plumbing Issue

UPDATE: Bulldog Pizza and Mount Royal Library are back open as of Monday afternoon. Additionally, Vanilla Bean wrote in a Facebook post Monday afternoon that they will be open for regular business hours on Tuesday. DULUTH, Minn. – Several businesses at the Mount Royal Center were closed this past weekend. According to signs posted on the building, the closure is…

Chester Bowl Fires Up Snow Guns

DULUTH, Minn. – Chester Bowl began making snow Thursday morning. The ski hill fired up their guns with the expectation of opening on December 7th. Management says, the help of the volunteers makes this all possible. “There are two of us that are permanent staff at Chester Bowl. We rely so heavily on volunteers. 24 hours a day someone is…

UMD Students Meet Industry Reps At Insurance Career Day

DULUTH, Minn- UMD students got the chance to future career opportunities today. The Labovitz School of Business held the first-ever Insurance Career Day. There, students got the were able to network with UMD Alumni currently working in the industry. Staff say, the whole day is to set students up for success when it comes to the variety of careers in…

Area Entrepreneurs Learn About Food Industry

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Have you ever wanted to start your own restaurant? Well, the Superior Business Center and UWS Small Business Development Center gave folks some tips Monday morning. The Center held a workshop which gave people the first steps, and other resources to push them in the right direction. The goal is to make sure they can support a…

New West Duluth Taco Bell to Open Monday

DULUTH, Minn. – Demolition is underway at the former B.P gas station on London Road to make room for the new Taco Bell. On Friday morning crews began demolishing the old gas station. This new taco bell isn’t expected to be open until 2020. Over in West Duluth another Taco Bell has popped up on Grand Avenue across from Denfeld…

UWS Students Honor Local Veterans

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – With Veterans Day just around the corner, one UWS class has partnered with the Red Cross to help show support for area veterans. The public relations course at UWS is putting the finishing touches on a banner and holiday cards for Northland veterans. This project is something they have been working on all semester. Students say, it’s…

High School Vocalists Participate In Choir Festival

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Area high school students gathered for the 36th Annual Choir fest at UWS. Roughly 85 students were able to participate, giving them the opportunity to experience larger orchestra works. One high school teacher says, his students will be able to take this new insight back with them. ”Their going to be all excited. Like, you have no…

W.I.T.C Hosts Annual Career Day

SUPERIOR, Wisc. –  Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College hosted their annual career day Thursday morning. Hundreds of area high school students were able to see some of the different opportunities of the tech industry. Students were able to participate in 40 minute hands-on career sessions for a variety of careers. Auto Service Technician, Welding and Nursing were just some of the…

Early Morning Fire Displaces Duluth Family

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth Family waking up dealing with $75,000 in damage to their home after an early morning fire. Fire crews responded around 2:30 a.m. this morning to the home located at 1401 East 10th Street in Duluth. Officials believe the fire started in the attic of the home. All family members and pets were able to evacuate….

Area High School Girls Participate In Sonia Kovalesky Day

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Area high school girls gathered at UWS for the third annual Sonia Kovalesky Day. Kovalesky was a Russian Mathematician who made a number of contributions to the subject. Roughly thirty girls from Duluth and Superior schools participated in workshops, panels and activities. Each were geared to help give them great exposure, and learn the importance of mathematics…

Mont Du Lac Resort Begins Making Snow

SUPERIOR, Wisc. -Mont Du Lac has begun making snow at their ski resort in Superior. For the new season, the resort is putting in more snow guns and a larger snow making system which should be wrapped up later this week. All of these improvements gives the hill even more capacity. “We’re excited. We’re making snow right on schedule I…

Superior Business Gives Back With Community Coat Rack

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – One local business in Superior is giving back to the community during the cold winter months. Last year, owners of Sutherland C-B-D put out a coat rack at their location on Tower Avenue. They asked for hats, mittens and other winter attire. Now for their second year, donations have already been flowing in. “This year already we’ve…

Local Businesses Encourage Their Employees To Vote

DULUTH, Minn.- Local businesses are giving their employees a little extra incentive to go out and vote on Tuesday. Members of the local chapter of Main Street Alliance held a press conference on Monday helping spread awareness to get out and vote during these local elections. They also reminded employees that employers have to pay for the time it takes…

MnDOT Hosts Monthly Construction Meeting

DULUTH, Minn. – MnDOT hosted its monthly construction meeting Monday. Among the updates were the announcements that summer projects like the repaving of Railroad Street and Garfield Avenue were completed. One of the bigger ones they showcased is a preview of the Lake Avenue bridge rehab work. The bridge crosses over Interstate 35. Rehab will begin next year. “Although it…

Middle School Students Become Zoo Keepers for a Day

DULUTH, Minn. – Local middle school students got to take a break from their classes Monday morning and were able to experience what it’s like to be a zoo keeper. This is made possible because of a partnership between the Great Lakes Aquarium and the Lake Superior Zoo. Monday, the students were helping make the bears diet. It’s all to…

Myers-Wilkins Elementary Celebrates “Books For Kids” Success

DULUTH, Minn.- On Friday, Myers–Wilkins Elementary School in Duluth is celebrating a massive fundraising effort. The “books for kids” program has received more than $20,000 in donations allowing the school to put 10,000 books in the hands of its students. The school principal says, students are grateful for the generous donations. “Many of them said to me, do I really…

Saint Scholastica Hosts Culturally and Spiritually Responsive Healthcare Conference

DULUTH, Minn. – Today, the second ever Culturally and Spiritually Responsive Healthcare Conference was held The College of Saint Scholastica Friday afternoon. The event brought hundreds of healthcare practitioners together from a variety of different backgrounds. Each were geared to help individuals learn about family, community and patient centered care for people with different backgrounds. Organizers say, the conference fulfills…

Whole Foods Co-op Announces Paper Bag Fee

DULUTH, Minn. – Whole Foods Co–op is now leading the way in helping Duluth reduce disposable bag usage. On Friday morning, the grocery store announced they will be charging an extra five cents per paper bag beginning January 1st. The fee will be added onto shoppers’ total at the checkout line. Managers say, it’s been successful at other whole foods…

Essentia Health Offers Community Booth Flu Shot Clinics

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health and Super One Foods partnered up to offer in-store flu shot clinics. People 19 years and older could get the shot, with the clinic also having high dose shots available for people 65 years and older. So far, reception for these easily accessible flu shots have been positive. “We’ve had a lot of people that…

Salvation Army Hosts 16th Annual Energy Expo

DULUTH, Minn.- The 16th annual energy saving awareness expo was held Tuesday afternoon at the Salvation Army. People in attendance were able to meet with local agencies to see how they could save on energy use throughout the year in their homes. Organizers say, its a great way to have a face to face conversation about energy savings. “To provide…

Local Non-Profits Receive Bike Fest Donations

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s all thanks to Kraus–Anderson Construction. The organization has run the Duluth Bike Festival for the past six years in August. All the money raised from that event was presented Tuesday morning. Members of COGGS say, the $27,000 allows them to continue to support the mountain biking community in the area. “Maintaining the trails we already have. Continuing…

Saint Scholastica Wraps Up Health Services Renovations

DULUTH, Minn. – The new additions are all part of Somers Hall. Renovations include: an improved layout, larger waiting area and wider hallways for emergency access. Saint Scholastica faculty say, the new accessibility will be an added bonus for students. “We know our students face many challenges today and if we can bring health to them and be of service…

Department of Justice Awards Money To Local Non-Profits

DULUTH, Minn. – Four non-profit organizations in the area received over two million dollars to help prevent domestic violence against women. Here in Duluth, Men as Peacemakers received $348,944 and Mending the Sacred Hoop received $302,174. Members Mending the Sacred Hoop say, this funding will help them continue to spread domestic violence awareness. “We wanna reduce the numbers. We wanna…