Author: Viktoria Capek

Duluth Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Duluth celebrates its 12th Indigenous Peoples' Day.

DULUTH, Minn.- City leaders and community members celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Duluth Monday. the Anishinaabe people recognized the importance of their history in Northern Minnesota and all over the United States. They congratulated Duluth for being one of the first cities to change the meaning of this holiday back in 2007. “This is our land, we should have our…

Superior Street Construction Possibly Delayed Due to Weather

City officials will have a better idea of the construction timeline by the end of this week.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth drivers should keep planning for a longer commute time through downtown. Superior street construction has been delayed and will likely continue into November. City officials say the delay has to do with weather and the numbers check out– Duluth is more than three inches above average rainfall for September and October. “When we get rain storms like…

Northlanders Work Through Grief by Running Together

Runners participate in a "Healing 5K."

DULUTH, Minn.- A small but mighty group of women braved the chilly weather Sunday morning to take a couple of laps around Bayfront Park. They called it a healing run. It was the 4th 5K since July that was inspired by all of the loss felt by the Fond–Du–Lac community in recent months. Run organizers say that grief is hard to…

High School Bicyclists Race Down Spirit Mountain

The Minnesota High School Cyclist League races continue.

DULUTH, Minn.- More than three thousand bicyclists and coaches are riding through the Northland this weekend for the annual high school cycling league races. Sunday morning’s race down Spirit Mountain was the 6th one in the tournament. High school boys and girls tackled a four mile loop down the hillside and back up again. The event is a no drop, no…

Make Your Own Glass Pumpkin at Lake Superior Art Glass

You can make Fall decorations at LSAG.

DULUTH, Minn.- If you’re looking for an activity to keep you warm indoors during these chilly Fall days, why not give glass blowing a try? Lake Superior Art Glass in Canal park kicked off their “make your own glass pumpkin” event Sunday. The Halloween–inspired activity allows customers to pick at least two colors for glass blowers to swirl into their…

Figure Skaters Hit the Ice in Costume

The Duluth Figure Skating Club celebrates Halloween on the ice.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Figure Skating club got spooky on the ice Sunday afternoon at their annual Halloween skate party. Students, family and friends at all levels were invited to put on their warmest costumes and dance on the ice. Tessa Schauer has been a DFSC student for 7 years. Her and her friends dressed up like skeletons for the…

Bentleyville Volunteers Set Up 128ft Tree for Tour of Lights

Bentleyville Tour of Lights set up continues.

DULUTH, Minn.- All this snow has us thinking about the holiday season, which is coming up quickly- and so is the Bentleyville Tour of Lights! Set up for the free display of lights continued this weekend. Saturday morning volunteers helped set up the event’s biggest display- a 128ft LED Christmas tree! Volunteers say they don’t mind the challenge of getting such…

NAPA Auto Care Gives Away Free Inspections and a Car

NAPA Auto Care in Hermantown gifts a Toyota RAV4 to Inga Parsons.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- NAPA Auto Centers across the Northland were extra generous this weekend. Mechanics at the 9 Twin Ports locations offered free inspection tests for vehicles… To take on Winter weather, but that was just the tip of the ice berg! Four recipients were given a refurbished car from NAPA auto care. NAPA staff says they realize how hard finding a…

Preparing for Bad Weather: Tips and Tricks Walking into the Season’s First Storm

Tips and tricks to stay safe walking into bad Winter-like weather.

DULUTH, Minn.- Fall snow storms and colder weather is nothing Northlanders can’t handle, but it’s important to remember how to stay safe during these seasonal changes. “Every year when we get our first slippery roadway, ice event, we’re busy,” Minnesota State Patrol public information officer Sgt. Neil Dickenson said. Three major things state patrol want drivers to keep in mind…

Northland Goodwill- The One-Stop Shop for Halloween

All seven Northland Goodwill locations are selling Halloween decorations and costumes.

DULUTH, Minn.- Finding the perfect Halloween costume can be pretty daunting the closer we get to the holiday. Luckily, Goodwill in the Northland says they are a one stop shop for all of your spooky needs this October. Goodwill staff says the best part about shopping secondhand for Halloween is having the ability to be creative with what you find….

Catalyst Content Festival-goers Experience Dreary Duluth Day

People visiting the Catalyst Content Festival experience a true Duluth Fall day.

DULUTH, Minn.- Day two of the Catalyst Content Festival was a cold, dreary and a little more true to a Duluth Fall day. Some of the TV executives visiting from sunny L.A. and down South say they were given a heads up to dress for colder weather. Emily Gold is visiting the festival from North Carolina and says she’s relieved…

Young Activists Protest Proposed Superior Power Plant

"Friends of the Climate" protests the proposed Nemadji Trail Energy Center.

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluth based group of high school and college students known as “Friends of the Climate” organized in the Minnesota Power Plaza Thursday to share their thoughts on the proposed Nemadji Trail Energy Center in Superior. The rally was a local representation of the arguments environmental groups made to the Minnesota court of appeals. These groups are asking…

Black Beach Campground Construction to Continue Through Winter

Black Beach campground construction continues.

SILVER BAY, Minn.- The Black Beach Campground is wrapping up phase one of construction. 49 camp sites have been built with water, sewer and electricity. Phase two of construction, which will include building a main office and shower building, will continue all Winter long. “Honestly, it’s been exciting putting this puzzle together and it’s the fruition of this, of getting it…

Fall Colors Are a Fan Favorite in the Northland

Minnesotans enjoy Fall colors up the North Shore.

SILVER BAY, Minn.- The smell of Fall is in the air all around the Northland and the leaves are at the peak of their color change season along the North Shore. But don’t blink! Storms could wash the leaves right out of the trees at any moment, which is why people are taking advantage of sunny crisp days while they…

St. Louis River Alliance Hosts Fall Colors Fundraiser

The annual SLRA Fall colors train ride and fundraiser.

DULUTH, Minn.- All aboard the train! It was a packed ride on the Lake-Superior Mississippi railroad Sunday for the St. Louis River Alliance Fall fundraiser. People had the chance to ride the tracks along the St. Louis River and see it from a bit of a different perspective. SLRA officials spent the ride teaching people on the train all about…

Audiences Decline in the Twin Ports, Theatre Companies Beginning to Shut Down

Wise Fool Theatre may be coming to an end after their production of "Hamlet."

DULUTH, Minn., SUPERIOR, Wis.- There’s no shortage of opportunities for talented theater artists in the Twin Ports, but the audiences they’re performing for may be dwindling. After 10 seasons, Wise Fool Theatre Company may be shutting down for good, and professors of theatre at UW–Superior say they can hardly get people over the bridge to see their shows. “I think…

Man Falls Into Superior Street Construction Zone

A 69-year-old man fell into a construction zone on his way home.

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluth man had a bit of scare Wednesday night after falling off his wheelchair and into construction on Superior Street. It happened right outside of the Zeitgeist Arts Building. The man had a few bumps and bruises, but no major injuries were reported. This is the first reported incident during phase two of Duluth’s Superior Street Reconstruction…

Reconstruction Wrap-Up and Other Big Events to Happen in Duluth in October

Superior Street Reconstruction and Catalyst Content Festival overlap in October.

DULUTH, Minn.- Among several construction projects just getting started in the Northland, phase two of Superior Street reconstruction is getting ready to enter what should be its final month. The project is supposed to wrap up between mid and late October, but with other big events happening downtown, there are some wishing it would finish up sooner rather than later….

New National Dance Rule Allows Same-Sex and Gender Neutral Couples Participate in Competitions

The National Dance Council of America changed its definition of "couple" so that same-sex and gender neutral couples could compete.

DULUTH, Minn.- People in the dance community are celebrating a big victory this week. As of September 23, the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) changed a long–standing rule that will now allow same–sex and gender neutral couples to compete against opposite–sex couples at sanctioned events. Traditionally, the NDCA Rules & Regulations defined a couple in ballroom dance as a male…

Gordy’s Hi-Hat Closes Doors on its 59th Season

Gordy's Hi-Hat finishes its 59th year.

CLOQUET, Minn.-We know a Northland Winter is on the way because Gordy’s Hi–Hat in wrapped up their 59th season Sunday. The classic diner–style burger joint was packed with customers since 10 a–m and stayed opened until they ran out of food. The Lundquist family, who run Gordy’s restaurant, say it was a beautiful Summer and they’re lucky their loyal customers…

Northlanders Protest Enbridge Line 3 in Gichi-ode’ Akiing Park

Protestors hold Enbridge rally in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- The battle over Enbridge Energy’s proposed Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project continues. Concerned Northlanders organized a rally and protested along the shore of Lake Superior Saturday to make their voices heard. Hundreds of oil pipeline protestors spent their day in Gichi-ode’ Akiing park hoping this rally will finally be the one officials notice. Activists joined in calling on…

Young Dancers Learn from World-Class Professionals

Celebration Dance hosts Fall convention at the DECC.

DULUTH, Minn.- Dancers in the Twin Ports learned from professional instructors at the DECC’s “Celebration Dance” Fall convention. More than 300 dancers could attend modern dance workshops to learn routines from world–class professionals any of whom have worked with big names like Beyonce and Britney Spears. The convention was a way to get young dancers to step out of their comfort…

International Falls Man Remembers his Brother on a Tragic Anniversary

Dan Saker remembers his brother Bill Saker on the anniversary of his body being found in Canal Park.

DULUTH, Minn.- September 28 is a tough anniversary for one Northland resident, but instead of letting it get him down, he’s sharing his story in hopes of helping others in the Twin Ports. Dan Saker spent his afternoon on the Lakewalk in the same spot where his brother Bill was found dead two years ago today. Dan suffers from bipolar disorder…

Essentia Prepares New Miller Hill Health Plaza for Grand Opening

The Essentia Health Plaza will open for members to use September 30

DULUTH, Minn.- Doors opened for the first time Friday at the new Essentia Health Plaza at the Miller Hill Mall for a special preview event. The space, which was previously Younkers department store, is focused on expanding overall adult wellness. The location is bigger than Essentia’s old fitness center on its main campus and contains several pieces of geriatric–grade exercise…

Two Suspects Charged for Fatal Shooting in West Duluth

James Peterson and Christopher Boder are charged with aiding and abetting murder in the second degree.

DULUTH, Minn.- The two suspects arrested for a fatal shooting in west Duluth Sunday have been formally charged with aiding and abetting murder in the second degree. Authorities have not identified who the shooter is. 38–year–old James Peterson and 31–year–old Christopher Boder could face up to 40 years behind bars for the alleged murder of 33–year–old Timothy Nelson. The father of…

UWS Opens Fall Faculty Art Exhibit

5 faculty artists have their art on display at UWS.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Faculty at US-Superior celebrated the opening of their Fall art exhibit Thursday. The seasonal display showcases 5 faculty artists’ work. Gloria Eslinger is one of the exhibit’s featured artists. Her stained glass mosaic pieces represent the journey a person has through life. “As artists, it’s important for us to keep up our skills and to continually work within our…

Salvation Army Merges Their Youth Basketball Programs

The RBA and DAYBA join forces for the first time in 30 years.

DULUTH, Minn.- Good news for the future Shaq’s, Lebron’s and Michael Jordan’s out there… The salvation army is merging their youth basketball teams for kids to play in one giant winter league. For 30 years, kids K-4th grade and kids 5-8th grade were separated into different leagues. The salvation army wanted to combine the two leagues in hopes of encouraging kids…

Railroad Officials Encourage People to “See Tracks, Think Train”

Rail Safety Week continues in the Twin Ports.

DULUTH, Minn.-On Thursday, the Lake Superior-Mississippi railroad and Operation Lifesaver presented the Twin Ports with an initiative they hope grab people’s attention near railroad crossings. The initiative asks people if they see tracks, think train. The Twin Ports may see this catchy phrase more often in the coming months. The phrase and logo is printed on a stencil that was…

These Bricks Did More than Build Houses, They Built a Community

NORTHLAND UNCOVERED: The story behind the quaint 84 Jackson Project brick houses in Hermantown.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – America in the 1930’s is remembered for its high unemployment and struggle for working families to find affordable housing. President Franklin D. Roosevelt started a number of projects to help the nation’s families escape these problems and find a better life, including a Northland colony of depression–era housing projects, one of the nation’s only homestead colonies still…

Job Counselors Offer Free Service at Duluth Public Library

The Duluth WorkForce Development is offering free career counseling.

DULUTH, Minn.- If you’re trying to figure out your next career move, job counselors at the Duluth public library may be able to help out. Through the Duluth WorkForce Developement you can get help updating your resume, preparing for interviews or choosing a school. Counselors say this is a good opportunity to get professional guidance on such an important part…

WITC Kicks Off First Alumni Week with Some Healthy Competition

WITC Alumni Association hosts penny war competition.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Monday kicks off the first ever alumni week at WITC in Superior. The school’s alumni association wanted to be more involved on campus, starting with some penny wars! Through Thursday students can drop spare change into jars in the school’s main office. Each jar represents a different program or group of programs on campus. The money raised will…

Minnesota Officials Continue Fight Against PolyMet Proposals

Former MN Gov. Arne Carlson joins Duluth leaders in speaking out against PolyMet.

DULUTH, Minn.- Former Minnesota governor Arne Carlson and some Duluth officials raised their voices outside city hall Monday to continue their fight against the proposed PolyMet copper nickel mine on the Iron Range. In honor of the first day of climate awareness week, these Minnesota officials are doing what they can to make sure Northlanders understand of how they could be…

Breeze Inn Celebrates Fall with Their 7th Annual Oktoberfest

Bringing a little bit of Germany to the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn.- A little bit of Germany has made its way to the Breeze Inn in Duluth. It’s Oktoberfest at the Breeze Inn bar and restaurant. The event kicked off its 7th year of German themed food, music and celebration tonight. The owner of the bar tells us people love the Oktoberfest menu, featuring special dishes like the “Herman the German…

Shooting in West Duluth Neighborhood Leaves One Dead

A 33-year-old male died from a gunshot wound early Sunday morning.

DULUTH, Minn. — No arrests had been made Sunday night after a man was shot in his vehicle early Sunday morning in West Duluth. Broken glass left behind from the incident could still be seen Sunday afternoon where the shooting happened at the end of a driveway around 1:45 a.m. near the 300 block of North 62nd Avenue West. “It…

‘Tis the Season to Set Up Bentleyville Tour of Lights

Bentleyville setup at Bayfront Festival Park begins

DULUTH, Minn.- ‘Tis the season to setup the Bentleyville Tour of Lights. Saturday, volunteers began decorating Bayfront Festival Park. Close to 100 volunteers unloaded ten semi–trucks of Christmas lights, including new NASA and aquarium themed displays. Sean Stevenson has been on the Bentleyville set up staff since 2013 and says he loves the feeling of giving back. “There’s a lot of…

Government Officials Honor Duluth Veterans Cemetery with Dedication Ceremony

The Duluth Veterans Cemetery is the 3rd dedicated cemetery in Minnesota

SAGINAW, Minn.- Minnesota’s 3rd veterans cemetery was dedicated in Saginaw Saturday afternoon by state and national representatives. In February 2016, the project to build a 104 acre veterans cemetery began. In 2018, the cemetery was opened for use. And on Saturday, the cemetery was recognized by elected officials as sacred ground. “In this nation we may disagree, but when it comes…

Bentleyville Candy Bar Sale Fundraiser Kicks Off This Weekend

Bentleyville candy bar sales begins Sept. 21.

DULUTH, Minn.- The holidays are coming to the Northland and that means preparations for the Bentleyville Tour of Lights are underway. Bentleyville’s biggest fundraiser kicks off Sept. 21 For one dollar, people can buy a chocolate candy bar at participating Holiday gas stations in the area in hopes of being one of 10 golden ticket recipients. Golden ticket winners could end…

Northlanders Participate in World Wide Climate Strike

Duluth youth host a climate protest at city hall.

DULUTH, Minn.- People in Duluth lined the steps of city hall Friday rallying against the climate crisis and striking against things they say are harmful to the planet. The hundreds who picketed in downtown Duluth were just a handful of the thousands who skipped school or work across the globe to combat climate change. Chants could be heard throughout the city….

Two Harbors Celebrates New Electric Car Charging Stations

Two new electric car charging stations open in Two Harbors.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- It’s drive electric week across the United Dtates and the Northland is taking part by opening up two new vehicle charging stations in downtown Two Harbors. The city celebrated the addition of their electric car charging stations right behind city hall. The joint project with Minnesota Power is a response to the increased number of electric cars the…

Two Harbors High School Takes Precaution Against Rumored School Threat

Two Harbors High School closed until 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- The Two Harbors High School community experienced a bit of a scare Thursday morning after rumors of a possible threat led to closing the school for most of the day. The principle received a call early Thursday morning from a staff member reporting a threat directed at the campus. Once the superintendent was informed, they decided to cancel…

Fall Colors Appear up the North Shore

Lake Superior Hiking Trail sees Fall colors come in early.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- We may be soaking up our final days of Summer, but Fall is getting a head start in some of the trees along the Superior Hiking Trail. Shades of red and yellow have already appeared up the North Shore, including on the Superior Hiking Trail. Trail services and nearby businesses are ready for all the people coming to…