Author: Viktoria Capek

Transportation Experts Look Ahead to the Future of Travel in the Twin Ports

Every 5 years, the Duluth-Superior Transportation Council makes new transportation plans for the region.

DULUTH, Minn.- The ongoing conversation about how to improve transportation through the Twin Ports continued this afternoon in an open house at the Duluth Folk School. The Duluth–Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council invited the public to comment on their draft for a new long–term transportation plan. The plan looks at how to improve current infrastructure in a sustainable way without increasing…

Hepatitis-A Virus Breaks Out in St. Louis County

St. Louis county is one of nine counties affected by a Hepatitis-A breakout in Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota health officials have confirmed the outbreak of Hepatitis-A in 9 counties across Minnesota including st. Louis county. Hepatitis-A is a virus that affects the liver. Medical professionals at St. Luke’s hospital say it’s usually contracted orally. People can get it by eating foods contaminated by the virus in unsanitary areas. Those most at risk are people without stable…

Two Theaters, One Stone: Historic Auditoriums Brought Back to Life in West Duluth

NORTHLAND UNCOVERED: The West Theater was an art deco movie palace when it was originally built in 1937.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s not your average movie theater, it has a lot of history! The West Theater is one of two historic theaters making a comeback in the Northland. “I said I would only be interested if I could turn it back into a theater,” Bob Boone said. This was the promise Boone made to the last owner of his…

Musician Shows Educators how to Involve “Play” in Their Teaching

Jim Gill teaches "Joyous Way to Learn" workshop at the Duluth Public Library.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Public Library had a joyous afternoon filled with music and teaching educators fun new ways to help children learn and grow. The Joyous Way to Learn workshop involved singing and dancing games to show childcare providers how to interact with kids through “play.” Musician Jim Gill, who led the workshop, says kids use play to learn and…

Local Artist Dedicates 30 Years to Sports, Now History

Tim Cortes has been an artist his whole life.

DULUTH, Minn.- If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like when sports and art collide, one Duluth man can show you a perfect example. The local took his two passions, hockey and drawing and made a career out of it for 30 years but is beginning to make a switch in his art to something he thinks is a little more…

Thomas the Train Wraps up First Weekend in the Northland

Thomas the Train is just as popular as ever, with a slight dip in attendance thanks to weather.

DULUTH, Minn.- A famous and friendly train is wrapping up his first weekend at the Duluth Depot. Thomas the Tank Engine has taken over the north shore scenic railroad. It’s such a big deal, people travel here from all over the United States and Canada to meet Thomas and his friend Percy for a ride up the North Shore. Railroad…

Ely Brings in Crowd of 40,000 for 39th Annual Blueberry Arts Festival

Ely celebrates with the 39th annual Blueberry Arts Festival

ELY, Minn.- It’s the biggest gathering of the year in Ely- the Blueberry Arts Festival. “We don’t miss Blueberry Fest, and we don’t miss blueberry pie,” Catherine Farley said. Ely’s premiere Summer event brings in about 300 vendors selling everything from blueberry themed art to clothes to syrups, but it’s no surprise which blueberry themed item is the crowd favorite. “Topping…

Two Harbors Robotics Team Raises Money to Visit NASA Space Center

The First Lego League are representing Minnesota at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- Middle school robotics students are riding a high after winning a state–wide competition, and now they’re preparing for a trip that’s going to be out of this world- they’re going to NASA! The ‘First Lego League’ is getting a behind the scenes tour of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. The competition paid for 5 of the…

Wussow’s Concert Cafe Celebrates 20 Years in West Duluth

The coffee shop formerly known as Beaner's Central celebrates a a milestone anniversary.

DULUTH, Minn.- Coffee and music lovers can celebrate a milestone anniversary in West Duluth this weekend. Wussow’s Concert Café, formerly Beaner’s Central, is partying for its 20th birthday. The owner invited bands that played at the café when it first opened to celebrate just how far it’s come. “It’s amazing it’s been 20 years. It’s so great to see friends…

Teen Tries to get Back to Normal Life After Car Crash with Moose

Amaya Nelson adjusts to life at home after being released from the hospital.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- The 17–year–old survivor who was injured in a car crash with a moose speaks out and shares details about how she’s adjusting to life at home since being released from the hospital. Amaya Nelson was released from the hospital Saturday, July 20 because the doctor’s said she was healed enough to go home a miraculous three weeks ahead of…

Duluth Home Staging and Decor Store Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Reimagined by T. Underwood is open on W 1st St.

DULUTH, Minn.- One of Duluth’s newest businesses may be your next stop if you’re looking to remodel or re–design your home. “Reimagined by T. Underwood” held their official ribbon cutting ceremony with the chamber of commerce Thursday. The store on West 1st St. is a home staging, paint and antique store. The owner says her collection of high–end Annie Sloan chalk…

Solon Springs Resident Wins Special Edition Police Motorcycle

John Kiel had the raffle picked out of 8,000 people to win a special edition motorcycle.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- What started as a donation to support law enforcement has turned into the surprise of a lifetime for one Solon Springs man. John Kiel was picked out of 8 thousand people to win a custom police motorcycle donated by Harley–Davidson in honor of national police week. Raffle proceeds went to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund. Kiel was…

Animal Allies Debuts New Outdoor Education Space to Community

Animal Allies introduces their new space at their Summer open house.

DULUTH, Minn.- Animal Allies in Duluth is expanding once again. This time with a whole new outdoor play space added on to their existing building, providing a bigger area for people to get to know the animals. What better way to debut animal allies’ new out door education center than at their annual Summer open house? The humane society has…

U.S. Navy Photographer Remembers Return of Apollo for Moon Landing Anniversary

NORTHLAND UNCOVERED: Patrick Shaw remembers his time as U.S. Navy Photogressman 2nd Class

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been 50 years since the return of the Apollo 11 module that carried the three astronauts who first walked on the moon. It’s a moment millions call one of the greatest achievements of man. July 1969, American astronauts landed on the moon. And the events that followed, only few had the chance to see in person….

Round Man Brewing Company Finds Place as First Brewery in Washburn County

KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBORS: Round Man Brewing Company

SPOONER, Wis.- People out in Spooner, WI may have noticed a newer restaurant getting a bit of attention lately. Round Man Brewing Co. opened back in the Fall and made it through a surprisingly successful Winter as the only brewery in the city. But is isn’t just the only brewery in Spooner, it’s the only one in all of Washburn…

Locals Enjoy New Electric Scooters in Duluth

"Leaf" electric scooters are available for people to ride around designated areas of Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s newest form of transportation is a little more electric than what most Northlanders are used to. “Leaf” electric scooters can be found riding around downtown and various parts of the city. Scooters are left and can be picked up for use in designated areas found on the “Leaf” phone app. Erik Carlson says he’s seen people riding them…

Duluth Woman Charged for Hitting a Child with her SUV

Mary Catherine Trea is charged with felony hit and run.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A Duluth woman is charged with felony hit and run after leaving the scene where she struck and injured an 11–year–old boy riding a bicycle. Mary Catherine Trea made her initial appearance in court Monday. This after telling police that she left the scene of the hit and run accident because she felt panicked and scared. According to the criminal…

UW-Superior Alumni Premier Feature Length Documentary About the University

"Outsourced: The New Wisconsin Idea" premiers in Zeitgeist's Zinema 2

DULUTH, Minn.- Two US- Superior alumni finally had the chance to share their passion project with the world in a documentary premier at the Zeitgeist Zinema. ‘Outsourced: The New Wisconsin Idea’ is a feature length film alumni Megan Mcgarvey and Katie Lindow have been working on for almost two years. The documentary talks about the cuts and suspensions that happened at…

Activists Fight Line 3 Oil Pipeline at Duluth’s 3rd Annual Water is Life Festival

Honor the Earth puts on Duluth's 3rd annual Water is Life Festival at Bayfront Park

DULUTH, Minn.- As one festival at Bayfront clears, another one moves in. The ‘Water is Life’ festival invited Northlanders to celebrate the Earth right on the shores of Lake Superior. Festival goers at Duluth’s 3rd annual Water is Life event say it was the perfect way to enjoy what nature has to offer, but they also took that time to…

Thrill-Seeking Racers Compete in World Championship Snowmobile Watercross Competition

Racers from all over the world compete in the snowmobile watercross challenge.

GRANSTBURG, Wis.- The best of the best in an unconventional sport are spending their weekend competing in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. It’s the World Championship Snowmobile Watercross Competition. Racers ripped through mud and water in Memory Lake. They say they love the competition because of the comrade and thrill it brings. “There’s no feeling like it. It’s almost like flying because you’re not…

Rock Creek Residents Plan Ahead After Devastating Storms Destroy Their Home

Pine City and Rock Creek, Minnesota were heavily affected by the Summer storms.

ROCK CREEK, Minn. –  Pine Co. residents are taking their next steps after devastating wind and hail storms trampled cars, buildings and homes in the course of just a few hours. Everyone’s talking about the damage cause by storms that ripped through Pine City, MN, but one household just over city lines in Rock Creek think they’re the ones who…

Duluth East High School Hosts Off-Season Regional Robotics Competition

Duluth East High School hosts 6th annual Gitchi Gummi Get Together

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth East robotics team welcomed young engineers from all over the region for the 6th annual Gitchi Gummi Get Together. The off–season robotics competition brings in 24 high school teams from across the Northern Midwest for a friendly battle showing off the cool and unique things their robots do. Students also attend workshops hosted by other schools to…

South End Days in Superior Kicks off with Neighborhood Rummage Sales

Houses off Tower Avenue host rummage sales.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Bargain hunters hit a gold mine in Superior for the annual weekend rummage sales kicking off South End Days. Dozens of houses lining the streets near Webster Dream Park were open to the public to stop and shop. Susan Vogt says she loves selling crafts at South End Days because of all the people she gets to see. “I…

Dozens of New Jobs on Horizon as AAR Aviation Maintenance Signs 20 Year Lease

AAR signs a 20 year lease renewal with Duluth Economic Development Authority.

DULUTH, Minn.- AAR Corporation, an aircraft maintenance company in Duluth signed an agreement that could potentially make them an aviation industry leader in the region for the next 35 years The company celebrated its new lease in hopes of soon employing dozens of new workers from the area. AAR leaders have been working with the Duluth Economic Development Authority, or DEDA,…

Duluth City Councilors Vote to Ask EPA to Conduct Study on Hydrogen Fluoride

Duluth City Councilors vote to ask that the Husky Refinery be rebuilt with the safety of the Twin Ports in mind.

DULUTH, Minn- Duluth city councilors vote to move forward with a resolution asking that the Husky Refinery in Superior be reconstructed with the safety of the Twin Ports community in mind. This after mayor Emily Larson proposed to question to the Environmental Protection Agency with focus on their use of hydrogen fluoride at the refinery, saying she doesn’t believe communities have…

Fan and AC Unit Sales up Thanks to Heat in the Northland

The Ace Hardware in Superior is selling fans left and right.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- People are doing anything they can to beat the heat and humidity this Summer in the Northland. Sales are up on fans, coolers and AC units at Ace Hardware in Superior. “We’ll it’s definitely starting to pick up. People are buying their air conditioners, getting their grills, fans, everything. We’ve got our coolers, YETI cooler line over there,”…

Superior Proposes Program to Fund Small Businesses in City

The Small Business Grant Program could potentially fund small businesses up to $50,000.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Small businesses in Superior may soon have the chance to get the money needed to help their companies grow. Through a Small Business Grant Program, local businesses could potentially apply for up to $50 thousand to help start, assist or grow their trade. The grant would come from the same economic development fund used to support large corporations in…

Duluth Police Officer Invites Community to Join Him on Patrol in Virtual Ride Along

Virtual Ride Alongs are a way to give the community insight on what a police officer does.

DULUTH, Minn.- If you’ve ever wanted to get inside the head of a police officer and see what they do on patrol, you can now do that through Twitter. It’s through something called a virtual ride along. It’s meant to simulate a real ride along with an officer in their car, and the Duluth Police Department has jumped on board. Officers…

Duluth Huskies Baseball Players Read Books to Kids

Dozens of kids attended the 4th annual Books and Baseball event

DULUTH, Minn.- Baseball players read books to little kids at Duluth’s Wade Stadium for the 4th annual Books and Baseball event. Children and parents were invited to story time with the Huskies baseball team before their afternoon game. The event was put on by the Duluth Public Library who says kids love the event because they get to hear their favorite…

66th Annual Rodeo Parade Marches Through Spooner

The parade is a crowd favorite during the Spooner Rodeo

SPOONER, Wis.- Saturday was the final day of the 66th annual Spooner Rodeo in Wisconsin. It’s the longest running pro–rodeo event in the world, bringing in thousands for horseback riding and country music. The Spooner Rodeo ropes in roughly 30 thousand people a year to a city that normally holds 3 thousand. “There are cowboys and cowgirls and rodeo fans…

Steam Engine 332 Rides Through the Northland

Steam Engine 28 makes a comeback as Engine 332.

DULUTH, Minn.- All aboard a very special steam train riding down the North Shore scenic railroad this weekend. After a year getting fixed up in the shop, steam engine ‘332,’ formerly known as engine ’28,’ is back on the track, making trips from Duluth to Two Harbors and back. Railroad officials say riding a steam train down the scenic route…

Gunslingers Gather at the 10th Annual Wisconsin Fast Draw Tournament

This year's state tournament hosting nearly 60 competitors.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s a cowboy competition and shootout down at the Head of the Lake Fairgrounds in Superior this weekend. Roughly 60 shooters from around the nation made it out for the 10th Annual Fast Draw Tournament. Tom “Laripin” Swanson is a gunslinger from Arizona. He’s been competing in the Wisconsin gunfight for 5 years and fell in love with fast…

Out with the “Old” Cooper Elementary School, in With the “New”

The old Cooper Elementary School is torn down.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Students and teachers in Superior can finally look forward to the next chapter in the “new” Cooper Elementary now that the “old” Cooper has been torn down. Construction crews spent the day demolishing the old school’s location, clearing debris to make room for a playground and parking lot. The new school was supposed to open last Fall, but that…

Businesses Prepare for Superior Street Construction Expansion

Construction continues from 3rd Ave. E to 4th Ave. E.

DULUTH, Minn.- Superior Street reconstruction is expanding. The area from 3rd Ave. E to 4th Ave. E is blocked off and construction crews aren’t wasting any time breaking ground. Phase two of Superior Street reconstruction always included the area from 3rd Ave. E to 4th, but the city decided to hold off until after Grandma’s Marathon to keep that path…

$7 Million Allocated to Workforce Development Scholarship Program in Minnesota

Students at Minnesota state colleges and universities are eligible for scholarships up to $2,500.

DULUTH, Minn.- Seven million dollars will be making its way into the pockets of over 600 college students in Minnesota over the next two years. It’s part of the workforce development scholarship program, the Minnesota state chancellor Devinder Malhotra, on behalf of Gov. Tim Walz, is making stops at colleges and universities in the program this week, including Lake Superior College…

Duluth Woman Raises Questions Regarding Ambiguous Language Used to Define “Indecent Exposure” in Minnesota Laws

A Duluth resident challenges whether or not she is breaking the law by being topless on the beach.

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluth woman is raising questions regarding the ambiguous language used to define “indecent exposure” in Minnesota laws. This, after an individual called the police on the woman for being topless at Park Point beach and refusing to cover up. Michelle Bennett enjoys the beach as much as the next person, but unlike most women you’ll see, she enjoys…

Duluth Firefighters Save Young Deer Trapped in Fence

Firefighters helped the fawn escape.

DULUTH, Minn.- “Bambi” was spotted on the UMD campus and needed a little help from Duluth Fire Department. The fawn was found trapped in a fence. College police called the fire department to assist in letting the baby deer free. Firefighters said they could see how scared the animal was, but it was an easy call to take care of….

Fans Enjoy Bayfront for the Trampled by Turtles Festival

Close to 10 thousand people are expected to attend this year's festival and concert.

DULUTH, Minn.- Northland–grown and internationally known folk–band ‘Trampled by Turtles” has quite the following, thousands of which spent the day gathered at Bayfront Park in Duluth to hear them play at one of the city’s biggest events of the Summer. Trampled by Turtles is arguably the most well known musical group from the Northland. The folk–rock band makes a point to…

The 2019 Rainbow Gathering Officially Begins in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

The National Rainbow Gathering is July 1-7.

BAYFIELD COUNTY, Wis.-  The 2019 Rainbow Family Gathering has officially begun. Through July 7, nearly 10 thousand people are expected to gather in the Chequamegon–Nicolet national forest to have fun, find fellowship, and to pray for world peace. The cars are no joke. Space is limited when thousands from around the country gather in one spot. “Everybody’s a poet, everybody’s…

Local Drag Queen Reads Books to Kids

Drag Story Time is a nationwide movement.

DULUTH, Minn- A local drag queen put on their best dress and read story books to kids at Zenith Bookstore in West Duluth. “Drag Story Time” is a nationwide movement introducing kids to diversity. This was the second event of its kind at the book store. This time, led by local drag queen “Mama Dukes,” who read one of her favorite…

Community Enjoys Independence Day Concert in Gary New Duluth

The 3rd annual Independence Concert in Gary New Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn- The 4th of July is coming up later this week, and in the spirit of the holiday, people in Gary New Duluth are getting a heads start on Independence Day celebrations. “We’re celebrating the greatness of our country; we’re celebrating the greatness of our community, of our city,” Gary New Duluth recreation development president Mark Boben said. It’s the…

Lady Bikers Ride Through Duluth for Annual Convention

The Chrome Angels is an international group of women motorcyclists.

DULUTH, Minn- A sisterhood of female bikers took a ride along the North Shore. The Chrome Angelz are an international group of women visiting Duluth for their annual convention. For their last day, the Angelz spent the afternoon shopping from local vendors and saying their goodbyes until next year’s gathering. “The thing that means the most to me is to…

The Breezy Point 5k Raises Record Breaking Amount to Donate to MN Teen Challenge

The 11th annual Breezy Point 5k breaks $40k raised

DULUTH, Minn- Almost 400 racers ran, walked and rode their bikes down Island Lake for the 11th annual Breezy Point 5k. In it’s 11th year, the Breezy Point 5k raised a record breaking $40 thousand for the Duluth Teen Challenge. “Teen Challenge saves people’s lives. They take you from the pits of addiction and they introduce you to God,” a…

STEM Students Launch Rockets in Duluth

'Shoot for the Stars' is a College of St. Scholastica STEM program.

DULUTH, Minn- High school students flew drones and spent the afternoon ‘Shooting for the Stars’ at Wheeler Field in Duluth. Rockets launched at the big finish to a three week program hosted by College of St. Scholastica. Students chose to learn how to build apps, build drones or build rockets. Angelina Kuehnow and Abbie Resberg built and launched their very…