Author: Viktoria Capek

Bakeries See Drop in Sales at the Start of the New Year

Positively Bakery is just one business to fall victim to Winter trends.

DULUTH, Minn.- You may think the holidays and Winter weather would cause an increase in the purchase of baked goods. It’s quite the opposite at one Duluth bakery who says the new year is usually a difficult time for them. Positively Bakery is opened year round but sees less than half the average daily sales during Winter months than during…

Celebrating the “Noon” Year at Duluth Children’s Museum

Kids and families celebrate 2019, a day early.

DULUTH, Minn.- The new year came early for one group of Northlanders, or should we say ‘noon’ year? Over a hundred kids filled the Duluth Children’s Museum to celebrate the turning of the year with a balloon drop. The annual event, a favorite of museum employees, has been a tradition for several years. They say it’s the perfect opportunity to teach kids…

Uber and Lyft Drivers Ready Themselves for a Busy New Year

Drivers are expecting a late New Year's Eve night

DULUTH, Minn.- After a slow holiday weekend for Uber and Lyft drivers, those working for the shuttling companies know not to get too comfortable before the turn of the new year. New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest nights for Uber and Lyft. In the twin ports, a lot drivers with one of the services also work for the other….

Jay Cooke State Park Embraces the Weather, So Should You!

Jay Cooke naturalists say this is the perfect weather to enjoy the outdoors!

DULUTH, Minn.- The winter may be tough, but Minnesotans are tougher! Whether it’s a 20 minute walk or a one hour snow shoe, officials with Jay Cooke State Park say weather like this is the best time to get outside and enjoy nature as long as you prepare for it. Proper clothing and shoes are key to enjoying a Winter…

Ski Hut Welcomes the Winter with Open Arms

Employees at Ski Hut are glad Winter is finally here.

DULUTH, Minn.- Employees at ski hut are welcoming the much needed snowfall with open arms. Expecting an increase in business because of the snow, the company wanted to make sure people knew they were a place for more than just cross country skis and snow shoes. The business is ready to catch up after the warm streak earlier this month….

Officials with the Saints of Mary and Joseph Church Make Final Stretch to Completing Years Long Project

Northland Uncovered: Historic log church in Sawyer is close to being completely renovated.

SAWYER, Minn.- A historic log church in Sawyer is close to being completely renovated. “Most of the people that use to go to this church love this slamming of the…church door. They love the screen door. That’s what they remembered about this church, the screen door,” said deacon Bryan Bassa. Through that door, 134 years of history- memories from the…

Legacy Toys Breaks Sale Records this Christmas

The Duluth branch store doubled Black Friday sales.

DULUTH, Minn.- Miller Hill Mall is busy with last minute shoppers. Legacy Toys has seen record breaking numbers in sales the two weekends leading up to Christmas, doubling what they saw on Black Friday. Employees say that a lot of their business is thanks to the new north woods themed play area that opened right in front of their store….

Northland Markets Round Off Their Busy Holiday Shopping Days

Mount Royal Market has all working hands on deck to help patrons prepare for Christmas.

DULUTH, Minn.- December 23 is the busiest shopping day of the Christmas season and all hands are on deck at many of the Northland’s grocery stores. Mount Royal Market is wrapping up their final hours helping shoppers prepare for Christmas meals. Employees are worried about last minute customers before closing early on Christmas Eve but say it’s nothing they can’t…

Owners of the Globe Grain Elevator Speak Out After Fire

Current and former owners of the historic Globe Elevator site share their thoughts on the future of the structure.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Since the 1980’s the Glove Grain Elevator had been out of use, but in 1992, it was purchased by its current owner who is devistated after hearing of his building up in flames. “I never thought it’d affect me that much, but this is really been a large part of my life for the last 30 years. I’m really…

Ruby’s Pantry Fills Hearts and Stomachs

Mission Creek Church is one of four Ruby's Pop-Up Pantries in the Twin Ports.

DULUTH, Minn.- Volunteers from the Mission Creek Church were busy filling the hearts and stomachs of many Saturday morning hosting their monthly food pantry for the Fond–du–Lac neighborhood. The church is one of four Ruby’s Pantry pop–up locations in the Twin Ports. For $20, those in need can come by and fill carts with everything from food to paper towels….

Miracle 11 Non-Profit Donates to New Accessible Park

The Miracle 11 Non-Profit group donated $5200 to charities in the Twin Ports.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Turning lemons into lemonade, that’s what members of the Miracle 11 non–profit did Saturday by giving back to four Twin Ports charities. Miracle 11, named after the 11 survivors from a 2–plane collision during a skydiving accident in 2013, spent the past five years raising and donating over $35 thousand to local organizations. The organization picked four charities, Second…

New Details Emerge Regarding the Dismissal of a Cloquet Police Officer

The nature of the misconduct allegations that directly led to Beckman's dismissal were not made clear.

CLOQUET, Minn.- New details are emerging involving the dismissal of a Cloquet police officer – 18–year veteran of of the police force Scott Beckman is now on a mutually agreed upon paid leave through September of 2019. Because of the circumstances related to Beckman’s departure, 18 criminal cases in Carlton county have been dismissed and 25 other cases involving Beckman…

The Globe Elevator: 131 Years of History

Here's a look at some of the history behind the grain elevator that went up in flames.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Along with the wood that went up in flames from the Globe grain elevator, over 100 years of history burned with it. “It was an older elevator that was… It wasn’t very modern,” former Globe worker Ted Pellman said in front of the structure that was up in flames. 131 years, that’s how long it’s been since the…

Northland Uncovered: Bentleyville Grows Over 15 Years

Take a look at the history of Bentleyville.

DULUTH, Minn.- The story of Bentleyville Tour of Lights started long before it became a holiday attraction. In 2001, Nathan Bentley and his family were inspired to hang lights on their home in Esko after seeing their neighbors do the same. “The next year I thought I should put up a few more lights and then after the front yard…

Essentia Donates AED Device to Church

The donation came after a member of the congregation collapsed in 2017.

DULUTH, Minn.- Several members of the Park Point community sang in praise both during and after a church service Sunday thanks to a donation made by Essentia Health. Essentia’s cardiovascular program has donated 5 automated external defibrillators, or AED’s, to locations in the Northland this year including the Saint Andrews by the Lake Episcopal Church. The donation comes after a member…

Superior Experiences Low Gas Prices

For the first time in years, gas in Superior drops below $2.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Residents of superior can plan on pocketing a few extra dollars for their Christmas shopping this year with money saved on gas! For the first time in what community members say they have seen in years, gas is below two dollars at some stations, selling for $1.95 at the Holiday station on Tower Avenue. Cars were lined up …

Lester Park Opens for the Ski Season

The Lester-Amity Chalet hosted their second annual social to kick-off the season.

DULUTH, Minn.- Despite the lack of recent snowfall, there was just enough snow left covering the ground to kick off the Winter event season at Lester Park. The chalet hosted their second annual social celebrating the new amenities and programs improving the park. Donations from the cities of Duluth and Superior have provided new solar panels and boot skis for…

Santa Shows He Can Do More than Just Fly

Santa makes an appearance at the Great Lakes Aquarium.

DULUTH, Minn.- A surprise guest made a stop at the Great Lakes Aquarium just in time for Christmas! The 26 ft. deep Isle Royale, the aquarium’s largest exhibit holds thousands of tons of water and was the perfect diving spot for scuba Santa to make an appearance. The exhibit usually calls for volunteer divers to drop into the tank and…

Businesses Come Together to Give Back to the Community

The Hermantown Plaza's first ever Christmas Block Party brought in hundreds.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- The Hermantown Plaza turned giving back into a full on Christmas celebration at their first ‘Best Christmas Ever’ block party. Yellow Bike Coffee, True North Spinal Care and several other businesses in the plaza decided to team up and throw a Christmas party for the community. Each company hosted a different activity like pictures with Santa, hot chocolate…

Runners Embrace the Winter Weather in a New Trail Series

The Chester Rim 5K was the first of four new Winter races in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- Runners don’t have to wait for Winter to be over to breeze through the Northland’s trails. Chester Rim 5k hosted over 70 runners on the snow covered Chester Park trails early Saturday morning in the first race of the inaugural Winter Trail Running Series. The four race series allows runners to participate in 5k’s and 10k’s all over…

Old Veterans are Looking for Ways to Reach Out to New Veterans

The St. Louis County Veterans Service Office is sharing the resources available to veterans in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn.- Reaching out to veterans in traditional ways may not be the most effective means of communicating with them. In attempts to reach more millennial veterans, St. Louis county is turning to online resources and social media. With over 16 thousand veterans in the county officials felt it time to host a training for representatives of 11 nearby counties on…

Snow-Related Gear Sales Drop with No Snow

With higher than average temperatures and lower than average snow fall, snow gear sales are experiencing a weird trend.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s looking like a southern Christmas in the Northland because temperatures are well above average for this time of year. Hardware stores and snow recreation sales are experiencing weird trends this Winter. Marshall Hardware in Duluth says sled sales and snow rakes are practically non–existent. Sales are also below average on protective items like heat tape and other…

“North Woods” Themed Play Area Anticipated Addition to Miller Hill Mall

The kids area is one of the mall's most requested additions.

DULUTH, Minn.- Kids can slide down trees and climb through logs all in a new confined kids area at the Miller Hill Mall. The area will have plenty of seating and charging stations around for parents and a TV for interactive entertainment. Mall officials say a play area was one of the most requested additions and will be the perfect place…

Jersey Mike’s Subs Adds East Coast Flair to Twin Ports

The sub shop's grand opening has been popular among Northlanders.

DULUTH, Minn.- Jersey Mike’s subs is officially open for business. The restaurant is located on West Central Entrance and is the first of its kind in the Northland. The owner says ‘the secret is in the sauce.’ Their special oil and vinegar blend, called ‘Mike’s Way,’ combined with their hand cut Italian meats and cheeses is what separates them from…

The Salvation Army Could Still Use Volunteers

There's still nearly 300 spots to fill for bell ringing this holiday season.

DULUTH, Minn.- There’s still time to give this holiday season, and the Salvation Army could use your help doing just that. The Salvation Army says loads of toys and food and been delivered from places like the fire department and Bentleyville, but more donations are encouraged with hopes of giving out over four thousand toys this season. As for bell…

Make Your Own Holiday Decorations

Lake Superior Art Glass will help you mold and blow your own glass ornaments.

DULUTH, Minn.- Christmas is right around the corner, and for those of who love decorating, why not make your own festive ornaments to hang on the tree? Lake Superior Art Glass is hosting their most popular glass blowing event of the year, an hour long class where instructors teach up to six students to melt and blow four of their…

Chemical Safety Board Reveals Latest in Husky Refinery Explosion Investigation

The explosion investigation is ongoing.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- After demands from concerned Twin Ports citizens and politicians, the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is continuing its review process of the Husky Explosion and fire. The board gave an initial investigation and update back in august. The second update and public hearing happening Wednesday in Superior. “The CSB is committed to a transparent investigation so…

Northland Uncovered: Marcia Hales’ Park Point Home of Lights

Hales says this really is her last year of decorating for the holidays.

DULUTH, Minn.- The lights first turned on in 1998 when Marcia Hales and her husband Alan entered a city lighting competition. “We won second place that year. He did… Although i did most of the work,” Hales said. Aiming for a first place win, the couple started planning their decorations for the following year. But in April of ’99, Alan…

Get a Jump Start on Your Ice Fishing Season

The Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show is where those who enjoy the sport can get their start.

DULUTH, Minn.- If you love ice fishing this time of year, the start of the season is officially here, and you can get a jump start on the Winter action. Eskimo is one of the biggest ice fishing companies in the United States and one of several vendors a part of the Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show. Those attending…

Carolers Fill the Skywalks with Song

Singers from the Marshall School in Duluth caroled through downtown Friday afternoon.

DULUTH, Minn.- Holiday sounds filled the skywalks in downtown Duluth Friday as carolers from the Marshall School sang all of your favorite Christmas songs. The group of 14 elite choir students known as The Chamber Singers added their voices to the years old tradition in the city. The singers started in the holiday center lobby before making their way through…

St. Scholastica Monastery Hosts Annual Christmas Bazaar

The bazaar is a decades old tradition.

DULUTH, Minn.- Sisters of the St. Scholastica Monastery collected trinkets and crafted goods to sell at their annual Christmas bazaar. Dozens rushed the doors at 8 a.m. to purchase everything from hand–knitted hats to homemade baked bread all for a low price. The annual sale started over 60 years ago and grows every year. Sisters say it’s because people love…

Bundle Up for the Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show This Weekend

Hundreds of vendors and entertainment found their home at the DECC for the annual event.

DULUTH, Minn.- The DECC welcomed hundreds of vendors for the 6th annual Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show. Different kinds of gear, ATV’s, ice houses, live animals- these are just some of the things that found their home for the weekend at the convention center. Organizers for the event are expecting thousands who are excited for some of the show’s…

Giving the Gift of Flowers this Holiday Season

Employees of Signature Bank delivered bouquets to patients at St. Luke's Hospital.

DULUTH, Minn.- The gift of giving is popular this holiday season, and the employees of National Bank of Commerce wanted to join in. Instead of giving each other gifts at their yearly holiday mixer, employees got flowers from Flora North and put together bouquets to give to patients at St. Luke’s hospital. Associates from the Duluth and superior branches spent…

Park Point Resident Prepares Last Year Of Lights

Marcia Hales says this is her last year decorating her house with lights.

DULUTH, Minn.- A 20-year tradition on Park Point is coming to a close after this Christmas holiday. Marcia Hales, 73, says all the work behind the decorations is simply too much for a person her age, and she says it can be hard to rally up volunteers to make it happen every year. Hales’ decorated home has brought in thousands…

Rick Nolan Takes a Look Back on His Political Career

Rick Nolan looks back on his political career and gets ready to take on his final weeks in congress.

DULUTH, Minn.- Weeks away from the turn of the new year and the passing of the baton from congress 115 to 116, Pete Stauber is getting ready to represent Minnesota’s 8th district, which means the end of an era for Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan, who did not seek re–election. A more than three decade hiatus between starting his first congressional…

Preparations Underway for the 31st Annual Lutefisk, Salmon and Meatball Dinner

Volunteers at the First Lutheran Church have been hard at work preparing for the traditional Nordic feast.

DULUTH, Minn.- Preparations started early Tuesday morning for the annual lutefisk, salmon and meatball dinner happening Wednesday at First Lutheran Church in Duluth. A crew of over a hundred volunteers were hard at work preparing dishes for the traditional Nordic meal, an event taking place for the last 31 years. Potato peelers started the day of preps. Following them were…