Author: Viktoria Capek

Duluth East Students Use Theatre to Tell Story About Student with Autism

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time' will run at Duluth East High School May 2-4

DULUTH, Minn.- Students in the theatre department at Duluth East High School are preparing to put on one of their most challenging shows yet. Often times, art says the things that are too difficult to put into words. It’s message is heavy, but the story of the Tony Award winning play ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night…

Duluth News Tribune Reports City News for 150 Years

Northland Uncovered: 150 years of DNT news on display at Glensheen

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth News Tribune has shared first hand the history of Duluth almost as long as it’s been a city. “What you see is really the last 150 years of history as reported by the Duluth News Tribune,” Glensheen executive director Dan Hartman said. Duluth’s oldest source for news has seen it all. “People really did trust that…

Movo Fitness Studio Expands in Downtown Duluth

Movo Studio will open its new location on East First Street

DULUTH, Minn.- A local fitness studio that started up a year ago is expanding its footprint in downtown Duluth. Movo Studio focuses on high intensity HIIT classes, yoga and sculpting. The new location is at the corner of East First Street and 2nd Avenue East, kitty-corner from the condemned Kozy building. Owner Jessica Rossing tells us she hopes more like–minded businesses…

People in the Northland Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22

DULUTH, Minn.- Earth Day is April 22, but Northlanders are celebrating early in Canal Park. Lake Superior Art Glass was one of several stops on a gallery hop with recycled Earth Day art on display. Education came first at the maritime center. “The Army Corps of Engineers does think a lot about their actions and how it impacts the Earth,” Lake…

Raising the Roses in Leif Erikson Park

Raising the roses is a sign of Spring in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn.- Another sign of spring in the Northland! Volunteers spent their Saturday morning digging up roses that were tied and hidden in the soil to protect them from Winter. City workers say the rose garden at Leif Erikson Park is a local favorite, and they’re excited to unveil the first step in bringing the park back to life this year….

Readings at Red Mug for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- April is National Poetry Month and some people in the Twin Ports are celebrating by writing and reading poems. The public was invited to join local poets in Superior for the fourth ‘Readings at Red Mug’ event. Anyone who wanted to read was offered a safe space in the coffee house to share their art. Poems could be self–written…

Northlanders Enjoy Sunny and Warm Friday

57 degrees never felt so good!

DULUTH, Minn.- This has been the day so many Northlanders have been waiting for- warm, sunny and just good enough to give them that push to spend the afternoon basking outside. Brighton Beach was filled with people for its first day open. College students hammocking and couples skipping rocks. One family drove up from the Twin Cities to spend the day…

Northern Waters Smokehaus Prepares Easter Hams

Northern Waters Smokehaus hams are Minnesota grown.

DULUTH, Minn.- If you don’t plan on cooking your own meal for Easter Sunday, you can always order one for pick up. Northern Waters Smokehaus in Canal Park is busy at work preparing smoked Easter hams. Each ham is Minnesota raised pork with a salt and sugar glaze. The owner says they’re honored to help provide Northlanders with such an…

Duluth’s Local Knitting Shop Celebrates 20 Years of Yarn

NORTHLAND UNCOVERED: Yarn Harbor opened in 1999

DULUTH, Minn. – It may not be as obvious as the running community, but the knitting community casts a pretty wide net over Duluth. A harbor is another word for a home. 1999, Yarn Harbor became that home to the Northland’s surprisingly large knitting community. “You’ll see people knitting in all sorts of places around town,” owner Kathy Thomas said. It…

Duluth Mayor Delivers Community Engaging Plans for the City

Mayor Emily Larson delivers her fourth state of the city address.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth mayor Emily Larson delivered her fourth state of the city address at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School. It was an engaging crowd at the school, a momentum she hopes to keep moving forward. A good portion of mayor Larson’s speech was dedicated to the diversity of Duluth’s neighborhoods and it’s people. She highlighted recent areas of set back and growth- surviving…

Non-Profit Group Raises Money for Local Police Gear

Shield 616 is making its way to Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- A local non–profit is bringing their efforts to Duluth to raise money for specific police gear. Shield 616 focuses on providing law enforcement with vests, helmets and other rifle–rated gear that could protect them in active shooter situations. The non–profit has worked with police departments along the Iron Range, up to International Falls and is making their way South,…

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Holds First Service in Renovated Building in Over Three Years

The church caught fire in in 2016.

DULUTH, Minn.- Many see the church as a group of people, but there’s nothing like having a church sanctuary to call home. For the first time in over three years members of the Gloria Dei congregation got to do just that. Members old and new of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church sang their praise as they do every Sunday. After a…

A Century Old Theatre That’s Trying to Make a Comeback

The Lyric Center for the Arts was built in 1911

VIRGINIA, Minn. –  A century old theater is making a come back. The arts play a significant role in any town, especially one like Virginia, Minnesota. “The theater opened in 1912, in January, and to a full house and rave reviews,” Lyric executive directory Mary McReynolds said. In 1912, the Lyric Center for the Arts was one of several stops…

Community Raises Funds for Northland Law Enforcement

The 2019 Police Fundraiser had a goal of over $26,000

DULUTH, Minn.- Northlanders had their chance to ‘Back the Blue’ at the 2019 Police Fundraiser. The event is the only fundraiser put on by local non–profit Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 9 to raise money for surrounding police forces in the area. That money goes toward uniforms and equipment but also goes to support officers and the families of those who…

Snowmobile Riders Enjoy Last Bit of Snow for Meltdown Event

The vintage snowmobile race raises money for Spirit Mountain Ski Patrol.

DULUTH, Minn.- This weekend could be one of the last chances to get in the snow before it melts away this Spring. Snowmobilers came to play at Spirit Mountain for the third annual ski patrol meltdown. These snowmobiles were anything but ordinary… they’re vintage! Participants could race in the country’s only vintage uphill climb or put their ATV’s on display….

Local Organization Prepares for Northland Police Fundraiser

The 2019 Police Fundraiser is Sunday, April 7

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s a simple way to give back to the men and women risking their lives in Northland law enforcement. The 2019 Police Fundraiser, hosted by Duluth’s Fraternal Order of Police, raises money for new uniforms, equipment, family support and other services for Northland police departments. The fundraiser is a public event. People can participate in a silent auction, enjoy…

Rummage Season Kicks Off in the Northland

The Arena Rummage Sale is the biggest rummage sale in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn.- If shoppers had nothing but $20 in their pocket, they were in luck at the Heritage Center in Duluth because the Northland’s rummage season has begun. It’s a hoarder’s heaven. “You can buy just about anything you want,” Arena Rummage Sale owner Lou Campbell said. The arena rummage sale kicks off the start of a season of selling and…

University of South Carolina Student’s Death Sparks Ride-Share Movement

Twin Ports students share their ride-share safety tips

DULUTH, Minn., and SUPERIOR, Wis. – The safety of ride sharing services is in the spotlight. The scrutiny comes after a University of South Carolina student’s body was found in a field hours after she got in a car that she mistakenly thought was her Uber. Surveillance video shows 21 year old Samantha Josephson waiting for her Uber outside a bar…

Careers in Cosmetology Attract Variety of Students at WITC

Students spoke to over 50 represented jobs at the annual WITC career fair.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Some of the most popular jobs in the Northland fall under healthcare or mechanical fields like shipping. Representatives from those jobs were among over 50 others at WITC’s annual job fair. One of the more visited booths at the fair was for cosmetology. Those working the booth say they stand out among other fields because they are a creative…

The New Scenic Cafe Celebrates Art and Food for 20 Years

Northland Uncovered: The New Scenic Cafe turns 20 in April 2019.

DULUTH, Minn.- When many think of art, they think of what’s hanging in museums, but for 20 years the New Scenic Cafe has thought of art in terms of food. You may have spotted the hole in the wall driving up the North shore. “We’ve become a water hole of sorts where people enjoy stopping here on their way up…

Duluth Fire Chief Placed on Paid Admin. Leave After DWI Arrest

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Fire Chief Dennis Edwards was put on paid administrative leave Sunday after being arrested over the weekend on suspicion of third-degree driving while impaired. The arrest was confirmed through the St. Louis County Jail Monday evening. Phil Jents, one of the city’s public information officers, then confirmed to FOX 21 that the arrest was related to the…

Duluth Fire Chief Placed on Paid Administrative Leave After DWI-Related Arrest

Dennis Edwards was placed on leave March 31, 2019.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth fire chief Dennis Edwards was put on paid administrative leave Sunday. The St. Louis county jail confirms Edwards was arrested on suspicion of 3rd degree driving while under the influence. The city confirms his leave is related to that incident. No formal charges have been filed by the St. Louis county attorney’s office. Fire chief Dennis Edwards…

Community Members Raise Their Voice with Unique Production of “12 Angry Men”

Renegade Theater Company presents a staged reading of 12 Angry Men by 12 Impassioned Women.

DULUTH, Minn.- Happening one night only- twist on a classic. It’s 12 Angry Men performed by 12 Impassioned Women. The staged reading is for Zeitgeist’s Year of the Womxn. It’s a part of a nationwide movement that started on Broadway and spread throughout the United States with a goal of raising 12 thousand voices. The performance encourages people to join in democracy…

Twin Ports Community Celebrates International Transgender Day of Visibility

Transgender community members and allies celebrated in the Minnesota Power Plaza.

DULUTH, Minn.- Sunday marks a decade of visibility and celebration for the members of the transgender community, including those in the Twin Ports. March 31 is Transgender Day of Visibility. “Originally the only trans holiday was transgender day of remembrance which is a day of mourning,” Transplus group member Quinn Briski said. “The purpose of Trans Day of Visibility is one…

Local Artist Uses Art to Share Stories of Those Experiencing Homelessness

The projection event is called "So Much More: From Me to You."

DULUTH, Minn.- This weekend projected images can be seen under the I–35 overpass across from Pier B resort in Duluth. The projection event, organized by a local artist, is a way to share the stories of people experiencing homelessness in the Duluth area. Passerby’s may be distracted by the floating heads projected under I–35. “The hope in presenting it in…

Man’s Dead Body Found in Residential Cloquet Area

The body was discovered Friday afternoon.

CLOQUET, Minn.- A body was discovered in a wooded residential area of Cloquet. Friday afternoon police responded to the 700–block of Poplar Avenue in Cloquet where they discovered the dead body of man on his back in the snow. The man has not yet been identified. This wooded area, near the intersection of Poplar and Allen Street, is believed to be…

Duluth Man Honors Vietnam Veterans at Memorial

March 29 is National Vietnam Veteran's Day.

DULUTH, Minn.- March 29 is National Vietnam Veterans Day- a way to thank our nation’s Vietnam veterans for their service. But one Duluth man was sad to see the lack of events honoring service–members. Dave Boe is a 20 year veteran with the army and national guard. Realizing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Lakewalk was blocked off because of construction, he decided…

Hermantown Couple Arrested for Sex Trafficking in Twin Ports

Matthew Shykes and Shuangyen Yang are charged with sex trafficking, racketeering and prostitution of their employees.

DULUTH, Minn.- A sex trafficking ring involving three Twin Ports massage parlors has been busted. The two owners Hermantown residents Matthew Shykes (59) and Suangyen Yang (49), a married couple, are behind bars for the crime- the victims are their own employees. And tonight we’re learning disturbing details about how  these women were treated. Shykes and Yang are charged with sex…

Northland Uncovered: The Family Behind Gordy’s Hi-Hat

Northland Uncovered: Gordy's Hi-Hat celebrates 59 years in business.

CLOQUET, Minn.- 1960- that was the year Gordy and Marilyn Lundquist decided it was time to settle down in Cloquet. The couple owned 2 other restaurants before opening Gordy’s, an A&W in Eleveth and the London Inn in Duluth. But Gordy’s became more of a family affair. “It’s myself, my dad, and my grandma and grandpa that still work here today,…

Great Outdoors: Hawk Ridge Embraces Spring Migration

Great Outdoors: Spring has just begun, but the birds are breaking records.

DULUTH, Minn.- The sun is shining, the birds are singing and Hawk Ridge is watching and counting. “After having two weeks of mediocre weather in the beginning of March, they’re all backlogged and here they come,” Spring count interpreter John Richardson said. Spring bird migration is especially busy for 2019. So busy, they broke the record for the North American One…

Kwik Trip Soon To Be New Owners of Gramma Polo’s Bottle Shoppe

Gramma Polo's Bottle Shoppe is the third oldest liquor store in the state of Minnesota.

CLOQUET, Minn.- A long–time family business in Cloquet is changing ownership after 73 years; Gramma Polo’s Bottle Shoppe was bought by its neighboring Kwik Trip store to run its third liquor operation in the state of Minnesota. A difficult change for the shoppe’s current owners, but one they’re ready to embark on. Polo’s Liquor was built in 1947 by Char and…

Fond-Du-Lac Band Members Search for Missing Cloquet Man

Dakotah Abramowski was last seen Jan. 5 in Cloquet.

CLOQUET, Minn.- A group of Fond–Du–Lac Band members are combing the forests surrounding Cloquet in search of a missing person. 21-year-old Dakotah ‘Koda’ Abramowski was last seen on January 5. Dakotah’s family reached out to a group known as the Gitchigumi Scouts, who focus on bringing justice to missing and murdered indigenous women and relatives. After receiving an anonymous tip that…

Golden Girls Themed Bingo Event Raises Money for CASDA

The Spirit Room hosts their 2nd annual Golden Girls Bingo Event.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Spirit Room in Superior can thank the Twin Ports community for being a friend for helping them raise money for CASDA. In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, The Spirit Room hosted their 2nd annual Golden Girls Bingo event for the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse. The event was so popular last year, they had…

Local Farmers Want You to Support Northland Agriculture

The 2019 CSA Open House was at Clyde Iron Works.

DULUTH, Minn.- Nearly a dozen local farms but their produce on display Sunday looking for support moving into the Spring growing season. The Community Supported Agriculture open house allowed farmers to share an opportunity with Northlanders to get a fresh share of vegetables weekly. Farmers hope to encourage the community to support local agriculture as much as they support other local…

Local Parent Starts Support Group for Parents of Children with Juvenile Arthritis

The JA support group held their second meeting in March.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A local family affected by a debilitating disease is taking matters into their own hands when it comes to getting support from the Twin Ports community. More than 300 thousand children in the United States are affected by juvenile arthritis- an autoimmune disease that causes swelling in the joints of kids 16 and under for extended periods of time. It’s…

Mariner Mall Hosts Their Last Northland Horse Fair

Diamond Royal Tack is closing up shop and moving across the bridge full time.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s Diamond Royal Tack’s last day open at the Mariner Mall and the last Northland horse fair at that location. This year’s fair was the biggest in 14 years with nearly a thousand members of the equestrian community. Vendors say the event is a good way to introduce kids to horseback riding and get everything ready for the Spring…

Kids Experience the Fun in Engineering

The event is meant to introduce kids to the engineering world at a young age.

DULUTH, Minn.- Kids had the chance to see the fun side of science at UMD. The Society of Women Engineers hosted more than 50 grade school students for a hands on introduction to engineering. They learned everything from the chemical process of making chocolate to creating an un-poppable bubble. The event was a way to introduce young people to the engineering…

Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Honors Diversity Leaders in Duluth

The 12th annual gala dinner raises funds for the memorial's scholarship program.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial is hosting a kick off gala leading up to the 100 year anniversary of the lynchings in Duluth. Clayton Jackson McGhie used Saturday’s gala to continue spreading their message of diversity and inclusion especially leading up to 2020- the 100 year anniversary since the lynching of three African American men witnessed by 10…

Jay Cooke State Park is Ready for Spring

Park trails switch from skiing to multi-use for the season.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Jay Cooke State Park has officially switched from skiing exclusive to multi–use trails for the Spring. Officials with the park stopped grooming the snow–packed trails a few weeks ago. They say there is still a good bit of snow, but it’s starting to melt quickly, leaving the grounds a little muddier than usual. “The soil types at Jay Cooke…

Celebrating Indigenous Women in Leadership

Karen Diver delivers a speech on indigenous women's history in leadership.

CLOQUET, Minn.- In honor of Women’s History Mont,  former Obama administration assistant on native american affairs Karen Diver highlighted indigenous women in leadership at Fond–du–Lac Community College. The joint event with College of St. Scholastica drew attention to the different forms leadership takes in women from being on city council to putting food on the table. “I think reminding our young…

“What She Said” Festival Celebrates Plays Written by Women, For Women

The Underground Theatre presents the 3rd annual What She Said Festival.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s a celebration of women on stage this weekend as the Underground Theatre presents the 3rd annual What She Said Festival. What She Said is a collection of short plays written by women, directed by women, celebrating women’s voices and all they have to say. The performance combines 6 short plays written by unknown, unpublished female playwrights from across…

Hawk Ridge Observers Watch for Birds During Spring Migration

The birds are out for the Northland Spring.

DULUTH, Minn.- The birds are back flying through the Northland for Spring migration after a long and cold Winter. Watchers with the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory sat along Kkyline Parkway Thursday for Spring migration count. Observers have been watching since the first of March, but after a slow start, migration finally picked up with groups of bald eagles passing through…

Research Group Reveals Further Findings on Innovative Taconite Pothole Fix

NRRI is moving into the next phase of finding out how and why certain taconite mixtures fill potholes better than others.

DULUTH, Minn.- Straight from the Iron Range, taconite rock and other mineral materials are playing a major role in what could be the future of filling and fixing potholes on the Northland’s roads. UMD researchers are working with the city of Duluth and discussed their latest findings today on what is working and not working when it comes to developing…