Author: Viktoria Capek

Families Enjoy Annual Northland Ice Fishing Contest

For many, it's less about the competition and more about the family.

DULUTH, Minn.- Five dollars bought many families a day full of fun on Island Lake at United Northern Sportsman’s 66th annual ice fishing contest. Over 300 contestants spent hours on the ice trying to hook the day’s heaviest catch. Competition was just one part of it. For many, it was more about quality time with loved ones and cooking brats on…

Heavy on Wrestling Show Excites Fans in the Northland

Wrestling is more than fighting for those watching and those participating.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some people think that sports like wrestling are not for them. One group of independent professionals wants to change your mind. It’s loud. It’s mean. It’s Heavy on Wrestling. “A lot of people use the word fake, but to me it’s real. I love it. I can’t get enough of it,” fan Cale Anderson said. It was exactly what…

Northlanders Take the Polar Plunge for a Good Cause

Duluth's Polar Plunge fundraiser donated almost $200 thousand to Special Olympics Minnesota Programs

DULUTH, Minn.- Northlanders raised over $170 thousand for Special Olympics Minnesota Programs. The annual  polar plunge fundraiser took place across the state Saturday, but only one plunge happened in the great Lake Superior. “This isn’t to cure any disease… This just gives people the opportunity to be able to do something they otherwise wouldn’t be able to do,” Duluth plunge…

The Future is NOW and It’s in the Hands of Denfeld High School Students

Denfeld's first robotics team reveals their Spring 2019 robot.

DULUTH, Minn.- Denfeld high school students are gearing up for some tough competition. Denfeld’s first robotics team finally revealed their newest creation, a multi–talented robot named Boreas, just in time for their first scrimmage on Sunday. Since the beginning of January, students have designed Boreas to lift and carry cargo and perform other tasks. Weather related school closings set the team back…

4th Annual March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Northlanders remember and honor their friends and family.

DULUTH, Minn.- Several missing and murdered indigenous women were remembered by Northlanders as they marched through downtown Duluth in their honor. Community members, friends, family and supporters traveled the path from the American Indian Community Housing Organization building to the Building for Women bringing awareness to those women who weren’t able to celebrate Valentines with their loved ones. The 4th…

Chocolate Shops See Spike in Sales During Valentines

Northlanders have a sweet tooth for the love holiday.

DULUTH, Minn.- Flowers aren’t the only gift Northlanders are buying their sweethearts for Valentines Day. Chocolate and fudge shops like Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Canal Park were fully staffed for one of their busiest days of the year. The shop started taking pre-orders for candy packages Monday. They say chocolate covered strawberries are the most popular sale on Valentines….

Valentine’s Day Proves that Love Has No Age

Relationship advice with Jim and Kay Fredrickson.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Valentine’s Day is proof that love has no age. Meet Jim and Kay Fredrickson. “We’ve been married now for… 13 years,” Jim said. They met when Kay was working for Jim at a Duluth insurance company. Kay is 74, Jim… 81. This is both their second marriage. “I was divorced and he called me up and we just…

The YMCA Isn’t Just For Young Men Anymore

NORTHLAND UNCOVERED: The Duluth Branch YMCA

DULUTH, Minn.- Everyone knows the song, but what is the YMCA really? What started as bible school for Christian young men turned into so much more. “This branch in Duluth has actually been providing services to the community all the way back to 1870, although we didn’t have a building at that time,” Duluth YMCA president and CEO Sara Cole…

Homemade Food That’s Downright Kickin’ Delicious

KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBORS: Kickin' Delicious Family Restaurant.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Homegrown, handmade, delicious- Kickin’ Delicious actually. Which just so happens to be the name of Superior’s newest family owned restaurant. Amy Poster worked in restaurants her whole life. A few year’s back the Posters were inspired to tackle a restaurant of their own which is how they found KD’s. It was originally Kathy and Dwayne, named after its first…

Residents Turn to Social Media to Tackle City-Wide Snow Problem

A Facebook page dedicated to walking pedestrians and their safety is gaining momentum.

DULUTH, Minn.- A group of Duluth residents are using social media to educate local property owners of their responsibilities when it comes to clearing snow. The Facebook page ‘We walk in Duluth’ was created by resident Alice Tibbetts, who moved to Duluth in October after seeing what she described as areas of the city not kept up well after a snowfall….

Say ‘I Love You’ with a Bouquet of Flowers this Valentine’s Day

You can make the perfect bouquet for your special someone at Duluth Flower Farm.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s busy season for Duluth Flower Farm. “I think flowers speak louder than words,” flower farm owner Brook Hoffbauer said. Dan’s Feed Bin in Superior is usually where they do wreath making for Christmas, but loyal customers wanted something to make from nature for their valentine’s, as well. “You get to celebrate your partner and you get to honor…

New Art Exhibit Celebrating Individuals in Society Opens in Duluth

The exhibit is titled "Sacred Selves."

DULUTH, Minn.- New art is being displayed at Duluth Pottery. The exhibit, called “Sacred Selves,” is a collection of oil paintings. Each painting features life or a natural element in some way. The artist says the work is meant to elevate individuals in society and the world around us. “I’m really interested in making work about how important our human…

Union Gospel Mission Reaches Out to Community in Need of Donations

Super One stores partnered with the Union Gospel Mission to collect food donations.

DULUTH, Minn.- Food donations are needed to help people in need at Duluth’s Union Gospel Mission. Super One’s across the Northland partnered with mission for a one–day “Hungry Hearts Food Drive.” People could purchase $5 bags filled with food or do their own shopping at the grocery stores to donate. The Union Gospel Mission serves more than 100 people a day…

1928 Vintage Dodge on Display in the Northland

The 1928 Dodge Brother Sedan will be on display through the end of February.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some people collect coins, others collect cars- vintage cars like the 1928 Dodge Brothers Sedan on display at Duluth Dodge. The car was purchased by its current owner a decade ago. Modeled after the its original structure, the car took 8 years to restore. Fixing up vintage cars has been a hobby of the owner since high school. “It’s been…

First Caribou Coffee with Covered Drive-Thru Opens in Duluth

The new Caribou used to be a BP gas station.

DULUTH, Minn.- Coffee lovers now have another place to pick from in the Twin Ports. A new Caribou Coffee opened up on Central Entrance. It’s the first Caribou in Duluth to have a covered drive through window, made possible from the BP gas station and car wash that was there before it. Employees say they’re grateful for the covered window protecting…

Adopted Minnesota Man Meets Half-Sister for the First Time

The siblings didn't know each other existed until the beginning of 2019.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s said that a sibling is a life long friend, but what if it took your whole life to meet them? That’s exactly what happened with a pair of Minnesota half siblings who met for the very first time Saturday. 67 year old Sam Wilkes and his wife waited anxiously in Perkins restaurant on Miller Trunk Highway. “I’m…

Essentia Health Celebrate’s Newly Remodeled PICU

Essentia's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is the only one North of the Twin Cities.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Essentia Health has been renovated. The PICU, as it’s called, may be small, but it’s designed to save lives. With only 7 beds, the PICU is the area of the hospital where children up to 18 years go for treatment. Doctors in the unit say the private rooms and artwork on the walls make…

Lake Superior College Recruits Next Generation of Fire Fighters and Truck Drivers

The college's career night had a big turnout of those interested in the field.

DULUTH, Minn.- Those looking for a career with a bit of adventure can do so through Lake Superior College. LSC hosted professionals in fire fighting and truck driving from all over the Twin Ports to speak to community members who may consider a degree in those fields. Officials with the college say both truck driving and firefighting careers are high in…

A Night to Remember for Northlanders with Special Needs

Members of the special needs community in the Twin Ports danced the night away.

ROCTOR, Minn.- It was a night to be remembered forever as over 150 members of the special needs community in the Twin Ports put on their nicest clothes and danced the night away. Each guest arrived by limo to Proctor High School for the Night to Shine. Prom–goers entered through the same arches that light up the entryway at Bentleyville,…

Chester Bowl – The Northland’s Home Away from Home

NORTHLAND UNCOVERED: The park that's been around since Duluth became Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – What’s Winter without snow, and what’s snow without skiing? Chester Park is an outdoor haven that dates back to the late 1800’s. “A lot of people assume the Chester Bowl was named after Chester Congdon after so many things in this town that are named after Chester Congdon, but there is a man named Charles Chester who…

Greenfield Meats and More

KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBORS: A family owned and operated meat store opens in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Straight from the farm to your kitchen table- that’s what Greenfield Meats and More promises every customer. At 25 years old Brandon Greenfield’s dream became a reality. “My grandpa farmed, so I was always around it,” Owner Brandon Greenfield said. Greenfield grew up on the farm and raised sheep, so the idea of his own meat store was…

Community Celebrates Greek Origins in the Northland

The Spirit of Greece highlights those in the community with a Greek background.

DULUTH, Minn.- People with an adventurous taste in food may want to check out the Spirit of Duluth. The monthly event, hosted at the Zeitgeist Arts Community Center, showcases the different backgrounds people of the Northland represent. Monday’s event was inspired by Greece with traditional meals like egg and lemon soup, lamb and calamari. It’s in honor of the 12…

Northland Football Fans Celebrate for Super Bowl LIII

Grandma's Sport's Garden was a hot spot for Super Bowl watchers.

DULUTH, Minn.- We know the Northland loves their football, but Super Bowl LIII wasn’t about the Vikings or the Packers. Football fans from all over the Northland packed out Sport’s Garden in Canal Park for the ultimate cheat day. Good friends and fun KQDS Radio’s annual super bowl watch party. “We don’t really care about who’s playing, right now it’s about being…

Former Vikings Players Celebrate Super Bowl LIII with Fans

Former Vikings players spent their Super Bowl Sunday with fans.

DULUTH, Minn.- Former Vikings players made their final stop of a busy Super Bowl Sunday in Duluth at Pier B Resort for a watch party. The former athletes mingled with fans young and old about their careers and the night’s game. Super fans could get player’s autographs and Vikings memorabilia to take home. “To see the fans that will come…

Greenfield Meats and More Opens in Superior

Straight from farm to customer

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Farm fresh and ready to grill! That’s what Greenfield Meats and More guarantees every customer. The Superior small business opened Saturday morning, selling out some of their stock in a few hours. The store is family operated and has been a dream of the owner’s since growing up on the farm. “People were like, ‘well, can I stop by…

Skiers Compete in the 41st Annual Atmore Memorial Slalom

Those competing have the chance to represent a United States national team.

DULUTH, Minn.- Skiers from across the country are competing for a chance to represent United States national skiing teams. The 41st annual Atmore Memorial Slalom is a long standing tradition at Spirit Mountain for athletes who train year–round. Among West and East coast skiers is team Duluth with both men and women ages 16 and up competing this year. “Duluth is…

Duluth Businessman Prepares to Run 500 Miles

A local businessman is running 500 miles for epilepsy.

DULUTH, Minn.- 26.2 miles is the length of a marathon, so how impressive is running 500 miles? That’s the distance Craig Simonson is running. He’s traveling across the state in 12 days- taking the journey to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation and showcase his Epsom salt creations. Simonson says his Epsom salts have helped people suffering from epilepsy. “I want people…

Duluth Paper Mill Wins Award for a Safe and Injury-Free Year

Verso went all of 2018 without an OSHA-reported injury in their workplace.

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluth paper mill is celebrating after going all of 2018 without an OSHA-recorded injury. This is the first time in 32 years that Verso has accomplished that. Employees say safety should be the number one concern at any work place, especially in jobs that are very hands–on. “Our main goal here is to send everybody home safe to…

Gun Shot Victim Discovered Among Car Crash

Emergency personnel find a gun shot victim upon arrival to the scene of a car accident.

DULUTH, Minn.- Friday afternoon, one person was shot in Duluth. Authorities discovered the victim while responding to a 2 car collision on 10th Ave. E and Third Street. Around 3 in the afternoon, police cars blocked off the involved streets after a Toyota Scion carrying a gun shot victim was on it’s way to the hospital when it crashed into…

Concern Grows Over Polymet Dam Proposal

After a dam collapse in Brazil, environmental groups are asking the Minnesota DNR to reconsider the Polymet Dam proposal.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth for Clean Water and the Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are asking the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to reverse its decision on a dam permit for Polymet’s proposed mine. This after the January 25 collapse of a dam in Brazil they say was constructed in the same way as the proposed dam for the copper…

Donation Centers Declaring Urgent Need for Blood

Blood donation centers have an urgent need for blood due to extreme weather conditions.

DULUTH, Minn.- Calling on people of all blood types- there is an urgent need for blood donations due to the extreme weather. Memorial Blood Centers across the state say blood donations are usually low this time of year, but this winter has been exceptionally bad because of its temperatures. The Duluth location says they’re down to 1 bag a day per…

The Northland’s National Weather Service

NORTHLAND UNCOVERED: The Duluth branch National Weather Service is making history in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – 2019 may be the year we see historic temps in the Northland, but what’s the history behind the guys making that call? Before they were called the National Weather Service, the U.S. Weather Bureau landed in Duluth in 1855. Along with being one of the biggest shipping ports, Duluth’s spot on Lake Superior and it’s crazy weather…

Veterinarians On Hand During Beargrease Marathon

Veterinarians keep eyes on the sled dogs during marathon checkpoints.

DULUTH, Minn.- For those wondering about the safety of the sled dogs during the 35th annual Beargrease marathon, a veterinarian staff is on hand through the entirety of the race. A team of 20 vets are assigned to different checkpoints mushers are required to stop at during the marathon. At each stop, dogs are checked for injuries, hydration levels, exhaustion and…

Beargrease Racers Sworn in as Official U.S. Postal Carriers

Baargrease continues the tradition of 'Trail Mail' for the annual marathon.

DULUTH, Minn.- In the spirit of tradition all racers in the 35th annual Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon were sworn in as official U.S. mail carriers before taking off. Just like John Beargrease did over 100 years ago, mushers carry ‘trail mail,’ as it’s called, through the course to drop off at the post office at the end of the trail. Postal…

Northland’s Dogs Compete for the Title of “Cutest Puppy”

40 dogs compete in the annual Beargrease Cutest Puppy Contest

DULUTH, Minn.- What is Beargrease without the annual cutest puppy competition? The Beargrease cutest puppy contest is an annual tradition that’s become so popular it attracts people from all over the Midwest. “The public comes in and takes a ballot and votes for the number which is the cutest puppy, which is very hard when you have 40 of them,” contest…

Sled Dogs Prepare for Race with Vet Check-Ups

Sled dogs and mushers prepare for the annual Beargrease Race

DULUTH, Minn.- In a swarm of last minute preparations for the race, competing dogs were brought in for a vet check. The team of veterinarians checked each dog to monitor their hearts, hydration, lungs, injuries on their feet and/or the appearance of frostbite. Dogs with minor cuts and frostbite could be managed, but anything more than that was turned away from participating….

How the Shutdown is Affecting Your After-Work Life

Some new alcohol products are on hold because of the shutdown.

DULUTH, Minn; SUPERIOR, Wis.- Well into day 34 of the government shutdown, several federal workers are still without pay and some without work at all. When it comes to the shutdown, it’s easy to think of how it’s affecting federal workers. The TTB, or the Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tax Bureau, is the section of the government that controls distribution…

Officers Prepare Service for Fallen K-9 Haas

Haas was shot and killed working in the line of duty.

DULUTH, Minn.- Final preparations are underway for a public memorial service Friday honoring Duluth police K-9 Haas. Haas was only three years old when he was shot in the line of duty during a domestic assault call early January. Haas was one of four canines on the Duluth Police Department’s patrol unit and was cross–trained in locating narcotics. Duluth police tell…

Thirsty Pagan Brewing Receives $148 Thousand Grant

Wisconsin granted Thirsty Pagan Brewing $148 thousand for their revitalization project.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Good news for one brewery- Thirsty Pagan Brewing in Superior received a hefty grant from the state in support of their big move. The Community Development Investment grant is meant to enhance downtown business districts. The gift of $148,400 to turn the former Soo Line Freight Depot into a microbrewery and restaurant in addition to the $50 thousand grant from the…

Two New Animals Call Lake Superior Zoo Home

The Eurasian Eagle Owl and Chinese Goral claimed their spot at the zoo.

DULUTH, Minn.- Two new residents are calling Duluth their home at the Lake Superior Zoo. The Eurasian eagle owl and the Chinese goral are here with hopes of breeding in the near future. The owl is one of the largest of its species with a wingspan of up to 6 ft. In recent years owls have been more at risk…

25th Annual Underthun Bowling Challenge Shows Up with the Best of the Best

Over 100 competitors from around the Midwest and Canada showed up for the bowling tournament.

DULUTH, Minn.- Cold weather can’t stop one group of players from getting in hours of practice for their sport played in the lanes year round. Country Lanes North in West Duluth, packed out with over 100 competitors from all over the midwest and canada for the Underthun Auto Body Challenge, a two day qualifiers and tournament competition. “The nice thing…

Former State Politician Tom Rukavina Remembered in Service

Friends, family and respected colleagues remembered the life of Thomas "Tom" Rukavina.

VIRGINIA, Minn.- Over 750 in attendance Saturday morning to honor the life and memories of former Minnesota politician Tom Rukavina. The service held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia paid tribute to the Iron Ranger who lost his battle to leukemia early January. “I find it incredibly providential that tom died on his last day of service. I believe in…

Sledders Rip Through Trails in the Heart of Snowmobile Season

Families face the cold for the chance to shred through the North Shore's trails.

FINLAND, Minn.- Temperatures are dropping and snow is finally piling in some areas up the North Shore. “We traveled five hours to come up here. It was a long time, but it was worth it,” snowmobiler Amy Clemmensen said. Families from all around the state are making the haul up the North Shore to Finland. The snowmobiling season kicked off…

100 Year’s Since Minnesota and Wisconsin Agreed to Prohibition

Northland Uncovered: January 17 marks the 100 year anniversary of Wisconsin and Minnesota agreeing to a ban on alcohol

SUPERIOR, Wis.- January 17 marks the 100 year anniversary of Wisconsin and Minnesota agreeing to a ban on alcohol. “The overturning of prohibition, of course, was with the 21st amendment. And we just celebrated; actually it was 85 years in December,” business manager Jon Winter, from the Douglas County Historical Society said. But before the 18th amendment was overturned, prohibition withstood a…

Next Generation of Workers Prepare for Future

Students network and learn about potential career paths at Greenway High School.

COLERAINE, Minn.- When we’re young, we’re all asked the same question: What do you want to be when you grow up? But not every student at Greenway High School had an answer, so the question hits a little close to home. “If a student knows their pathway in eighth or ninth grade or maybe even an interest, that’s going to help…

Douglas County Anticipates Big Anniversaries in 2019

Northland Uncovered: The Douglas County Historical Society is preparing for the big anniversaries coming in 2019.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Douglas County Historical Society is busy at work preparing for 2019 in honor of its big anniversaries. “It’s important to look at what we did in the past to maybe not make some mistakes in the future,” DCHS business manager Jon Winter said. In 2019, the city of Superior will have plenty to look back on. 3 major…

Cloquet Public Library Continues Towards Expansion

The library is working to get the funds it needs for the project

CLOQUET, Minn.- A central hub for the Cloquet community is doing its best to get a makeover. The public library is working hard to get the money it needs to invest in an expansion project almost a decade in the making. A seven thousand square foot expansion would cost roughly $2 million dollars. The library previously received a grant of $784…

Northlanders React to Unusual January Temperatures

Some love the warm January weather, some do not.

DULUTH, Minn.- Winter lovers may not be enjoying the warm January and almost no one seemed to enjoy Monday’s slushy mix. Canal park attracted just a handful visitors who braved the fog Monday morning. One Duluthian, out to birdwatch for a rare Alaskan seagull, said he’s disappointed in the lack of birds out because of the temperatures, but he’d rather feel…

BANFF Mountain Festival Brings Films from Around the World to Duluth

BANFF showcased some of the best outdoor films they had to offer.

DULUTH, Minn.- Among several stops on its world tour, the BANFF Mountain Film Festival made a visit to the Northland to showcase award winning films from around the world. Duluth is one of the festival’s biggest venues for more than a decade. Over four thousand people attended the two day event at DECC Symphony Hall. BANFF was hosted by Duluth…