Author: Viktoria Capek

Wisconsin Firearm Deer Season Opens Saturday

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Fire arm deer season kicks off this weekend in Wisconsin. Superior Shooter Supply is busy with hunters making last minute purchases for the opener. Staff say they’ve enjoyed seeing a young crowd of hunters making their first round of preps this year. “We have so many rifles for youth and ladies this year, more than normal,” store owner Pat…

Duluth Receives $17 Million in State Funding for Affordable Housing

One Roof Community Housing and City Center Housing to build affordable housing project in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth is celebrating a victory in its fight for more affordable housing. The city has been granted $17 million in state funding dedicated to building three housing projects. “It is not coincidental that we are getting funding because we are being bold and talking about how housing is a real struggle for us,” Duluth mayor Emily Larson said. City…

Lana the Tiger Dies at Lake Superior Zoo

Lana lived at Lake Superior Zoo since 2015.

DULUTH, Minn.-Lake Superior Zoo’s tiger Lana has died. She was 15-years-old and was diagnosed with liver disease last September. Below is a statement from the Zoo on Lana’s passing: It is with heavy hearts that we share the sad news that Lana, our 15-year-old Amur tiger, has passed away. Lana was diagnosed with liver disease this past September and was…

“Stone Soup” Brings the Community Together for a Warm Meal

The Superior YMCA hosts their annual "Stone Soup" tradition.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A fable based on hot water and a rock brought people inside the Superior YMCA today to escape the icy cold. “Stone soup” as it’s called, is a mix if different foods shared in a community. It’s an annual tradition at the Superior “Y” to invite childcare staff and kids in YMCA programs to eat soup and spend time…

Fannie Rose Candy Shop is Getting a Sweet Upgrade

Fannie Rose Candy Shop changes name to Duluth Candy Co.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s local candy store is getting a sweet upgrade before the end of the month. Fannie Rose Candy Shop on Superior Street is changing its name to Duluth Candy Co. The shop says it’s time to paint the walls and renovate the insides after a decade downtown. The building the candy store is in, however, will still be called…

Essentia’s ‘Vision Northland’ Project Takes the Construction Spotlight Downtown

Superior Street construction ends, Essentia Health expansion continues.

DULUTH, Minn.- From one construction project to the next, People in Duluth are free to drive down Superior Street just to see the multi-million dollar Essentia Health expansion project take the construction spotlight downtown. Essentia says it’s “Vision Northland” project is turning into a reality now that they’re finishing the demolition phase of their three-year makeover. Officials say working on their…

Marine General Turkey Fry Raises Thousands for Duluth Bike Drive

Marine General, The Salvation Army and Duluth businesses celebrate the season of giving with the annual Turkey Fry.

DULUTH, Minn.- It was a three-in-one celebration at Marine General in Duluth Wednesday: A holiday turkey fry, the kick–off to ice fishing season and a fundraiser for the annual city bike drive This is the 11th year Marine General… The Salvation Army and several Duluth Businesses have raised money to buy bikes for kids and families. They were able to…

Gov. Walz Talks Apprenticeships with Labor Leaders in Duluth

The Apprenticeship Summit represented trade jobs in Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some state leaders believe the “learn as you go” technique may be the best way to encourage young professionals to pursue trade careers, many represented at an apprenticeship summit in Duluth Friday. An apprenticeship is a way to train and study while you work and there are a record number of openings for them in Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz…

The Thanksgiving Pizza Arrives in the Northland

Turkey, stuffing and gravy... oh my!

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Make way for the Northland’s newest Thanksgiving delicacy: The Thanksgiving pizza at Shamrock Bar in Superior started as a meal the cooks would throw together in the past with their holiday leftovers, but staff decided it was time to put it on the menu as the featured pizza of the month. The pie comes with gravy, turkey, stuffing and…

New Baby Primate Joins Lake Superior Zoo Family

An Angolan Colobus Monkey was born.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Zoo welcomed a new member to their furry family this week. Weighing in at just under a pound, a baby Angolan Colobus monkey was born to 17-year-old Kero and 7-year-old Ndizi. This is the first Angolan Colobus born at the zoo in over six years, Kero’s second baby and Ndizi’s first. “The role that the…

UW-Superior Student Veterans Share Military-Civilian Transition Experience

Green Zone Train offers a way to connect veterans and civilians at UW-Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Student veterans at UW-Superior shared their experiences transitioning to life after the military. They led a “green zone training” at the university to teach faculty, staff and students some of the difficulties they face when they make the switch back to civilian life. Some current student veterans say the toughest part about transitioning is finding a new social…

Staying Safe on the Northland’s First Ice this Winter

Ice gear and preparation is key to safety.

DULUTH, Minn; SUPERIOR, Wis.- People who love ice fishing have probably already found their go–to spot on the water this year thanks to the Northland’s early freezing temperatures. But that first ice isn’t always the most reliable to step on. The DNR’s ice thickness recommendations are as follows: Don’t stand on anything less than 4 inches 5 to 6 inches for…

Auto Shops Slammed with Last-Minute Winter Tire Changes

Perfect Timing Auto Repair in West Duluth has picked up business Winterizing vehicles.

DULUTH, Minn.- Lakes aren’t the only thing freezing over this week. Tire and auto shops in the Twin Ports have been busy with people Winterinzing their vehicles to stay safe on the icy roads. Some shops have up to a three week wait for people trying to get snow tires, but Perfect Timing Auto Repair in West Duluth says there’s…

Essentia Clinic Recruits Research Volunteers in Superior

"All of Us" research program recruits at Superior YMCA.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Essentia Health is looking for more community volunteers to enroll in their medical research program. “All of Us” is the name of the research program trying to collect data that is representative of all demographics in the Twin Ports. The program spent Wednesday enrolling people at the YMCA in Superior. Officials say they reach more people when they recruit…

Duluth Fire Department Names its First Female Deputy Chief

Marnie Grondahl is named deputy chief of the life safety division.

DULUTH, Minn.- The city of Duluth made history this week by naming its first ever female deputy fire chief. Marnie Grondahl has been with the Duluth fire department for 32 years. After 8 years as fire marshal, she’s been appointed as the next deputy chief of the life safety and administration. Grondahl is one of 15 women out of the 148…

Duluth Golf Programs Go Even More in Debt

The 2019 golf season set Duluth back an estimated $190 thousand.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth golf programs have dug themselves into a hole, and it’s no hole in one. After years of trying to pull themselves out of debt, parks and recreation experienced a major setback during the 2019 golf season. It’s estimated the courses lost about $190 thousand this year, compared to 2018 where they lost $60 thousand. City administrators say…

Undergraduate Students Showcase Months-Long Research Projects

UMD undergraduate students showcase research projects.

DULUTH, Minn.- Specially selected undergraduate students at u–m–d showed off months worth of research at the school’s Fall showcase Tuesday. Most majors were represented at the fair. Many STEM students focused on their advancements in the medical field, including Dean Nguyen, who was presenting his research on the heat capacity of certain molecules. “For mine, I kind of give an…

Funding for Warming Shelters in St. Louis County Approved

Additional funding for St. Louis County warming shelters approved in a 7-0 vote.

ST. LOUIS CO., Minn.- It’s been a long, back and forth battle over where money would come from to fund Northland warming centers this winter. With temperatures already dropping below zero in some places this week, it’s as though St. Louis Co. passed the allowance of additional funds just in the nick of time. The St. Louis County board chair says…

Piedmont Elementary Students Given the Gift of Sight

Students at Piedmont Elementary School received free vision tests.

DULUTH, Minn.- The students at Piedmont Elementary School were given the gift of sight thanks to a grant that allowed them to take free vision tests. The grant, provided by “America’s Best” vision in Duluth, came as a complete surprise to the school’s principal Beth Shermoen was only trying to get vision screenings for about 40 students that she saw struggling with…

Stowe Elementary Students Honor Veteran Family Members

Stowe Elementary School hosts a Veterans Day celebration.

DULUTH, Minn.- Students at Stowe Elementary School attended a special ceremony where they cheered on family members and school alumni who have served in the military. Honored veterans said events like these are important for kids to see because it might help them make the decision to serve some day. “They understand what we do for them. There may come a…

UMD Cadets Stand Watch of The American Flag for 24 Hours

UMD ROTC holds 24 hour flag vigil for Veterans Day.

DULUTH, Minn.- ROTC students at the University of Minnesota Duluth are participating in their annual 24 hour watch of the American Flag for Veterans Day. Cadets take turns standing outside the Darland Administration Building in their uniforms to honor the men and women who came before them. “I feel proud and it helps me represent in a little bit peaceful…

Northland Veterans and Active Military March Down Superior Street

Friends and Family cheered on Northland veterans and active military for Veterans Day.

DULUTH, Minn.- Dozens of veterans and active servicemen were greeted with cheers from friends and family as they marched through downtown Duluth. Since the end of the Revolutionary War, nearly 57 million people have served in the United State military, and the Northland’s piece of that history marched from the Depot, down Superior Street, straight to the DECC where they were…

A Duluth Woman and Her Deaf Dogs Want You to See Them as “Differently Abled,” Not Disabled

Linda Mann is the proud owner of three deaf dogs.

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluth woman is changing the game when it comes to adopting rescue dogs. Linda Mann has three dogs. Two of them are double–merles. That’s a type of dog with a predominantly white coat and some abnormalities that make them a bit different from your typical golden retriever, but that’s not all that makes her unique. Lueka and…

Fatal Shooting Leaves One Dead on Fond du Lac Reservation

CLOQUET, Minn.- One man is dead after being shot early Saturday morning near the 3500 block of Brevator Road within the Fond du Lac Reservation. 65-year-old James Arthur Couture was found dead at the scene that authorities responded to around 5 a.m. Saturday morning. Preliminary investigation shows Couture was killed by a gunshot wound. Subsequently, a 44-year-old male was booked…

Hunters Gear Up for Minnesota Rifle Season

Rifle hunting season prepares to open in Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s “Orange Friday” in Minnesota, which means stealthy hunters are gearing up for the deer season opener early Saturday morning. “There’s always some season going on, and if you’re going to live up here and enjoy the Northland you want to get into the outdoor sports like hunting and fishing. This is the prime time to do it,” Chalstrom’s…

Hartley Nature Center is $1 Million Closer to a Major Expansion

Hartley Nature Center needs $2.5 million to start its expansion project.

DULUTH, Minn.- Harltey Nature Center is one step and a million dollars closer to its biggest expansion project in almost 20 years. Thanks to a grant from the Greater Minnesota Parks and Trail Commission, Hartley is now at $1.8 million of their $2.5 million goal to add on to their nature center building. The expansion would include more classrooms, restrooms and…

State Officials Praise Duluth for Dedication to Housing Projects

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan discusses funding and housing projects in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan got an up close and personal look at how some of Duluth’s housing projects are helping those who were previously homeless in the area. Flanagan started her Northland trek with a tour around Lutheran Social Service’s “Center for Changing Lives.” There she met two of the previously homeless youth living at the center,…

UW-Superior Students Experience Interactive Refugee Event

"Refugee for 50 minutes" is an interactive community experience.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- UW-Superior students are learning what it would be like to be a refugee in 2019. The “refugee for 50 minutes” event was an interactive experience hosted by some political science classes at the college and the American Red Cross. It asks people to roll dice and experience the gamble many refugees trying to get from Syria to Germany…

Local Business Rewards People for Voting

"Yellow Bike Coffee" Cafe gave incentives for showing off an "I voted" sticker.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- The team over at the new “Yellow Bike Coffee” Café in Hermantown wanted in on the Duluth election action. The Essentia Health Wellness Center location offered 50 cents off your purchase for showing them an “I voted” sticker. The staff thought the incentive was a good way to encourage people in the Northland to do their civic duty. “I…

UMD Students Remember the Fall of the Berlin Wall

UMD students honor the 30th anniversary of the Berlin wall coming down.

DULUTH, Minn.- Students at UMD are remembering the fall of the Berlin Wall this week in honor of the event’s 30th anniversary. Beginning German classes created art representing the freedom that came after Germans stormed the barrier that separated the East and West parts of the country. One of the event’s main focuses is how similar the fall of the Berlin…

Minnesota Power Requests Approval to Increase Rates

Minnesota Power requests rate increase from state regulators.

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota Power has reached out to state regulators asking for an increase in its electric rates for small business and residential customers. Officials say the increase would reflect changes in customer demand and increased operating expenses associated with delivering energy from cleaner, renewable energy sources. If all requests are approved, which could take up to 18 months, Minnesota…

Fire at Logging Operation Destroys $500 Thousand Worth of Equipment

St. Louis County is investigating a possible arson at a logging operation North of Duluth.

ST. LOUIS CO., Minn.- Deputies with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a possible arson that destroyed more than $500 thousand worth of equipment at a logging operation North of Duluth. Officials responded to the call of the equipment fire off the 3700 block of N. Aldean Lake Rd. Fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze, but…

A Northland Holiday Tradition: The Thanksgiving Burrito is Back

Burrito Union brings back the Thanksgiving Burrito.

DULUTH, Minn.- Many people welcome the day after Halloween as the first day of the holiday season. And with holidays come yearly traditions, like Burrito Union’s Thanksgiving burrito. “The Thanksgiving Burrito is our yearly burrito of the month for November. It has turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, corn and it comes with a house made cranberry salsa and turkey gravy…

City Unveils New Mural in Skywalk Entrance of NorShor Theater

Susan Martinsen painted a mural for the skywalk entrance of the NorShor Theater.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Public Arts Commission unveiled a new and colorful 4–wall mural in the 3rd floor skywalk entrance to the NorShor Theater Friday morning. The mural was painted by Ashland artist Susan Martinsen, who has painted more than 30 murals around the Northland since 1998. The piece depicts buildings, performers and performances important to Duluth’s art scene and…

Human Service Professionals Say They’re Desperate for More Workers

UMD hosts a human services career fair.

DULUTH, Minn.- Human service professionals reached out to students at UMD Thursday in hopes of finding the next generation of workers in their field. The targeted career fair was designed so organizations in the Twin Ports and around the state could talk to students in corresponding majors. Officials say any field where you deal with individuals directly is difficult to…

Another Warming Center Plans to Open Doors in Lincoln Park

The Lincoln Park Resource Center plans to open as a warming shelter this Winter.

DULUTH, Minn.- Another shelter in Duluth is working as fast as it can to open its doors to those in need before winter weather sets in. The Lincoln Park Resource Center, located in the Ministry of Seafearers’ Building (2024 W 3rd St), wants to be an overnight warming center for families. But logistics need to be worked out before moving forward….

Where Did Halloween Actually Come From?

Duluth's own Lady Ocalat tells the history of Halloween.

DULUTH, Minn.- Halloween wasn’t always trick–or–treating and pop–culture costumes, it has a long–rooted history in Celtic religion. According to Duluth’s own spooky specialist Lady Ocalat, the day started as a festival known as Samhain to celebrate the dark time of the year. The Celts believed the barrier between our world and the ghost world was very thin during this time so…

Christmas Comes Early at the Benedictine Living Community

The Daisy Gift Shop is ready for the holidays at the Benedictine Living Community.

DULUTH, Minn.- Volunteers at Benedictine Living Community have spent countless hours this week getting the center ready for the holidays. The facility gift shop, known as the Daisy Shop was closed all day Tuesday so it could be transformed for Christmas. Volunteers set out decorations, cider and cookies for residents and community members to enjoy for the first time Wednesday. “Really…

New Tenants Take Over Old Red Herring Lounge

Worldz End Clothing moves into the Red Herring Lounge 1st Street location but only temporarily.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new tenant has taken over the Red Herring’s old space on First Street in downtown Duluth but only temporarily. Worldz End Clothing sells lightly used and recycled brand–name clothing. The shop moved into the lounge building at the beginning of September but is only renting the space from the Red Herring’s previous owner Bob Monohan until Dec….

Ruth House Expects Busy Winter at New Location

The Ruth House warps up their first month at their new Superior location.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Cold weather is making its way into the Northland quickly and nights below freezing already have a lot of people without homes in the twin ports seeking shelter. Ruth House in superior is gearing up for a busy Winter. A month in their new location at 632 Grand Avenue has brought a lot of adjustments. “The community support has…

Fall Market Brings Duluth Vendors Together

Duluth hosts a Fall Market at the Holiday Center through December.

DULUTH, Minn.- People looking for small goodies and sweet treats can buy some from a handful of local vendors who have set up shop at the Holiday Center in Duluth. This is the second year vendors put on the Fall market. Mark Walters usually sells his homemade honey and wax goods at the Duluth Farmer’s Market during Summer but thought…

Celebrate Your Furry Friends this National Cat Day

National Cat Day is every day at Animal Allies Humane Society.

DULUTH, Minn.- October 29 is a special day to recognize so furry friends in the Northland– it’s National Cat Day! Although it is a fun day to celebrate our pets, it’s also a reminder to be extra loving and careful to those cats who might need a home now that it’s getting cold out. “Give us a call, give city…

Marine Life Joins the Halloween Fun for “Scarium at the Aquarium”

The Great Lakes Aquarium hosts their annual Scarium at the Aquarium event.

DULUTH, Minn.- The animals at the Great Lakes Aquarium got involved in the Twin Ports Holiday fun at the annual Scarium at the Aquarium event. Kids and families were invited to dress up and learn about some of the animals. Agate and Ore, the aquarium’s two river otters, even got a special Halloween treat to play with in their cove….

Stella Maris Academy Recognizes Scholarship Contributors at Bishop’s Scholarship Dinner

Stella Maris Academy hosts their annual Bishop's Scholarship Dinner.

DULUTH, Minn.- Past and present members of the Stella Maris Academy celebrated students, families and their supporters at the annual Bishop’s Scholarship Dinner. The dinner and banquet recognized the contributions community members have made to the catholic school and how those contributions have benefited the academy’s student body of more than 200 kids. The event was also a way to look…

Families Trunk-Or-Treat at Duluth Gospel Tabernacle

The Duluth Gospel Tabernacle hosts Trunk-Or-Treat event.

DULIUTH, Minn.- Halloween celebrations took over the Twin Ports this weekend. The streets of West Duluth were filled with families doing a little trunk–or–treating. The Duluth Gospel Tabernacle had more than 20 cars decorated for their annual Halloween event. Members of the church could choose any non–scary theme they wanted. Meghan Amendola and her family had a bee–themed trunk where…

Enbridge Says Mysterious Pipeline Group’s Claims to Take Part in Line 3 Project are False

Enbridge responds to the claims made by the so-called "Indigenous Pipeline Council."

DULUTH, Minn.- A group calling itself the “Indigenous Pipeline Council” may actually be a comedy group that puts on hoaxes. On Saturday, the so–called group held a launch presentation claiming they will change the Duluth waterfront entirely by laying a supposed 19 miles of pipeline that Enbridge gifted them. Enbridge emphatically denied those claims today. The two men who led…

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Celebrates 150 Years in Duluth

St. Paul's Episcopal church was the first church in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s oldest church is celebrating 150 years this weekend by inviting the community to learn more about its teachings in the Northland. The outside is beautiful, the architecture is intricate, but it’s what’s inside the brick walls of St. Paul’s episcopal church that makes 150 years so incredible. “A church is really the people,” St. Paul’s rector Bill Van…

Man Sentenced to 4 Years Probation for Fire that Destroyed Duluth’s Historic Synagogue

36-year-old Matthew James Amiot is sentenced for one count negligent fire that destroyed the Adas Israel Synagogue.

DULUTH, Minn.- The sentence is in for the man responsible for starting a fire that destroyed the Adas Israel Synagogue in Duluth last month. Beyond the building, that fire also destroyed thousands of dollars worth of historic and religious artifacts and some congregation members fear his sentencing isn’t strict enough. “It will be the most intense monitoring experience you’ve ever had…

Minnesota Health Professionals Fight Substance Abuse Around the State

Professionals tackle substance abuse at the annual Minnesota Prevention Program Sharing Conference.

DULUTH, Minn.- Educators, doctors and health professionals from across the state are in Duluth this week for the 45th annual Minnesota Prevention Program Sharing Conference. The event at the DECC is a way professionals can talk about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to fighting substance abuse problems in the area. These days it’s all focus on how professionals…

AT&T Foundation Awards $10 Thousand to Program Empowering Women

Girl Power! Summer Camp and Program receives $10 thousand.

DULUTH, Minn.- A Twin Ports program dedicated to empowering young girls received a ten thousand dollar donation. ‘Girl Power!’ is a Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) summer camp and after school program that inspires community leadership in girls ages 8-14. The program was gifted a competitive grant from the AT&T Foundation for their commitment to investing in the Twin Port’s…