Author: Viktoria Capek

Monster Trucks Rip Through Proctor Speedway

The Monster Truck Racing League stops in Proctor.

PROCTOR, Minn.- Monster trucks ripped through proctor speedway for the first night of car–crashing, earth shaking excitement. Drivers in the monster truck racing league sped through mud, popped wheelies and caught big air at the show. Before that, fans could meet the drivers and catch a ride of their own in the back of a monster truck. One driver, who goes…

At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe Continues Expansion Efforts

The Cafe's customer base has grown significantly since the location opened.

DULUTH, Minn- “At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Café” is expanding. The popular Duluth restaurant is getting too big for its britches and the owner says it’s time to make a change. The customer base at the café has grown so much in 20 years, the original building’s design isn’t allowing the staff to get around the restaurant efficiently. The primary purpose…

Pop-Up Food Market Introduces Indigenous Foods to the Area

The pop-up food market is in the old 4th street deli.

DULUTH, Minn.- Community members could get a taste of some of the region’s indigenous foods at an Ojibwe pop–up market at the old 4th Street Deli. June’s food market highlighted ‘Journey Indigenous Food Gardens,’ a youth led organization where kids learn gardening and foraging from tribal elders. Those attending could buy food from different vendors at the market and try some of…

The DTA Celebrates Another Milestone in Long History of Transporting People Around Duluth

The DTA has been Duluth's public transit system since 1883

DULUTH, Minn. – With almost two thousand stops, 75 fixed–route buses and some of the highest ridership in the country, the Duluth Transit Authority has served as an example for transportation systems all over the nation. “In 1883 they had mule–drawn street cars because they needed transportation that was affordable to get people around the community and up the hill,”…

Representatives from Different Faiths Come Together in Support of Immigrants

Activists marched through the rain to support immigrants and refugees.

DULUTH, Minn.- Faith groups and activists came together in downtown Duluth to support immigration rights in America. Dozens joined representatives from different Christian religions, members of the Islamic faith and people from the Fond Du Lac tribe. The gathering was a vigil for the negative way they say immigrants and refugees are being treated around the country. Representatives say as spiritual…

Community Members Share Concerns Regarding Upcoming “Rainbow Gathering”

The 2019 Rainbow Family Gathering will be in the Chequamegon–Nicolet National Forest.

BAYFIELD, Wis.- Community members in and around Bayfield County are speaking their concerns on the thousands of expected visitors coming to camp in the Chequamegon–Nicolet National Forest through the first full week in July for an event known as the Rainbow Family of Living Light Gathering. The Rainbow Family Tribe is a group of people who claim to be working…

Volunteers Dedicate Early Morning Hours to Helping Out Grandma’s Marathon Racers

Many Grandma's volunteers started their day as early as 6 a.m.

DULUTH, Minn.- Thousands of volunteers helped runners stay hydrated for the Grandma’s races. They served water and powerade, gave runners sponges to wipe off sweat and kept the streets clear of trash. One first time volunteer, 12–year–old Quentin Roth, hopes to run the marathon one day. “People are nice to me, and it’s kind of fun to yell and be…

Dedicated Grandma’s Fans Cheer on Racers

Grandma's fans are some of the most dedicated in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn.- Fans could be heard for more than 26.2 miles cheering on their friends and family running in the Grandma’s Marathon races. For every one of the almost twenty thousand racers participating in grandma’s marathon, there are hundreds of fans lining the streets ready with applause. “It’s part of what Duluth is. I’ve lived here my whole life and i…

Duluth Police Patrol the Streets on Bikes for Grandma’s Weekend

Duluth police use bike patrols to monitor Grandma's crowds.

DULUTH, Minn- Duluth police want to be as accessible as possible in the busy crowds for Grandma’s Weekend. 12 bike officers will be pedaling around the streets from 14th Avenue East to Canal Park. The bike patrol is a partnership with Duluth Police, Duluth Fire, UMD Police and U.S> Border Patrol. Officers say bikes are the best way to cover…

Grandma’s Tourists Enjoy the City Before Race Day

Shops in Canal Park busy for Grandma's Weekend.

DULUTH, Minn.- While some runners were taking it easy before the big race, businesses in Canal Park were busy with people enjoying some shopping Duluth… Like Stephen Fregori and his daughter Kirra. This is Stephen’s first time running in Grandma’s Marathon and Kirra’s first time in Duluth. “Trying to get some Italian food, carb-up and run like the wind tomorrow,…

DTA Continues to Monitor Progress on New Electric Buses

The DTA purchased 7 new electric buses in the Fall of 2018.

DULUTH, Minn.- DTA officials are continuing efforts to fix issues with their 7 new electric buses, an investment costing nearly 10 million dollars to get them on the streets last Fall. Since they were primarily funded by a federal grant, the buses were tracked carefully throughout Winter. Officials found that an average battery for the electric buses will only last…

Kids Build with Legos at Superior Public Library

Lego Club is every Monday from 6-8 p.m.

UPERIOR, Wis.- Kids are building legos at the Superior Public Library. 11-year-old Gage Kennedy was there with his family. He says he likes the challenge of trying to build certain things with the legos. “Like you can be creative with it. Like you can build whatever you want and have fun with it,” Kennedy said. Lego club is every Monday from…

Jay Cooke State Park Shares Success Story Coming Back from 2012 Floods

It's been 7 years since the devastating floods of 2012 in the Northland.

CARLTON, Minn.- Government officials from around the country visited Jay Cooke State Park learn how the Northland came back from devastating floods that washed over the area in 2012. A group called the Philanthropic Preparedness and Emergency Resilience Partnership stopped in Jay Cooke State Park on a nationwide tour to see how certain areas bounced back after enduring a natural disaster. “Jay…

Fitger’s Brewhouse Offers Free Brewey Tours for Father’s Day

Fitger's Brewhouse gives beer to dads and families.

DULUTH, Minn- Dads and families could enjoy free beer and a personalized tour at Fitger’s Brewhouse. The historic brewery wanted to join in on the Father’s Day fun to say thank you to all the dads in the Northland. This is the first year Fitger’s offered a brewery tour and beer samples instead of just a free pint for the holiday….

Meet the Fur-Beatles, Three English Mastiffs Weighing in at 700lbs

Joe Thompson is the proud owner of 3 large English Mastiffs.

CLOQUET, Minn.- One Cloquet family is now getting some worldwide attention. It all started after a video telling the story of their 3 giant dogs went viral on Facebook. The dogs are English Mastiffs, one of them 250lbs and now over 15.5 million people know about these large pets. Joe Thompson calls his 700lbs of dog the Fur-Beatles. “My wife has…

Vikre Distillery to Release Canned French 75 Cocktail

A twist on the classic French 75 beverage.

DULUTH, Minn.- Vikre Distillery is putting their own twist on the classic French 75 cocktail and putting it in a can. The drink is called ‘Frenchie.’ It’s a mix of juniper gin, rose and lemon juice, just like the French 75 cocktail on tap at the distillery. The canned beverage will be available in liquor stores across Minnesota… Wisconsin and…

K-9 Officers and Partners Prepare for Operation K-9 Showcase

This will be the 6th annual Northland Law Enforcement Foundation's Operation K-9 showcase.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Northland police officers and their K-9 partners are getting ready to show off to the public during Operation K-9. It’s a major fundraiser put on by the Northland K–9 foundation to support local police K–9 units. “They’ll be showcasing everything that they do on the streets and giving people kind of an idea of how they train and how…

Zeitgeist, Local Artist Team Up to Bring Street Art to Hillside Neighborhoods

Moira Villiard is the same artist who painted temporary murals in Canal Park in 2018.

DULUTH, Minn.- Zeitgeist Arts Community is teaming up with a local artist to bring street art into the East and Central Hillside neighborhoods this summer. Various intersections and crosswalks by Myers-Wilkins Elementary, Chester Park and Portland Square will be painted with designs representing the community’s culture. The artist spoke to neighbors about what was important to them for inspirational art. “Introducing…

Dubh Linn Brew Pub Hosts Watch Parties for Women’s World Cup

Soccer fans can get 10% off their bill for wearing team gear.

DULUTH, Minn.- Soccer fans can cheer on their favorite teams at Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub for the Women’s World Cup. The pub is hosting watch parties for the games. USA and Thailand kicked off the competition, and even though the crowds were off to a slow start, Dubh Linn’s employees are expecting hundreds of passionate fans to come watch…

Tunnels Under Duluth Remain Some of the City’s Oldest Infrastructure

The tunnels under Duluth are a part of the city's storm drain system

DULUTH, Minn. – Infrastructure development was booming at the turn of the twentieth century in Duluth and under it. The tunnels of Duluth were built to convey water under major roads without disrupting the city above. “They are durable. That blue stone doesn’t wear away. The bottoms of them are still on their original bedrock channel,” city program coordinator Todd Carlson…

10-Year-Old Inspires Community to Get Active and Give Back

Brooke Torgerson combined her loves of helping people and riding bikes.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- Bikers in Two Harbors pedaled around town for a good cause and some healthy competition. ‘Pedal for Good’ is a man powered scavenger hunt encouraging people to enjoy bikes or anything that gets you moving outside. The cost to participate is a non–perishable food item. The idea was inspired by 10 year–old Brooke Torgerson, who combined her loves…

Solid Rock Safe Haven Hosts First Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Solid Rock Safe Haven is a homeless shelter and soup kitchen.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Solid Rock Safe Haven in Superior hosted their first ever pancake breakfast fundraiser Sunday morning. Solid Rock is a homeless shelter and soup kitchen. This is the first fundraiser Northwest Community Services has ever done for Solid Rock. They said it was time to raise their own money because they have seen the need for homeless services go up…

Runners Compete in Race for Over 24 Hours Straight

The 2nd annual Last Runner Standing competition started with over 100 racers.

DULUTH, Minn.- Runners in Duluth raced for over 24 hours straight, trekking over a hundred miles in the 2nd annual ‘Last Runner Standing’ competition. The race began 10 a.m. Saturday on a four mile course at Spirit Mountain with a new race began every hour on the hour. The competition was a way to give runners something a little more challenging to…

Duluth Firefighters Surprise Young Cancer Survivor

"Pink Heals" and Duluth Fire Department teamed up to celebrate Elizabeth Luiten.

DULUTH, Minn.- A young Duluth girl got the surprise of a lifetime, a ton of gifts and a whole lot of love. 7–year–old Elizabeth Luiten is now cancer free after battling the disease for almost 5 years. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoma when she was just two years old, and Saturday, her friends and family wanted to celebrate her in a…

EZ Street Saloon Holds Fundraiser for Jayme Closs

EZ Street Saloon hosts first ever "Duck Off."

SOUTH RANGE, Wis.- A fundraiser for Jayme Closs and her family was held today at EZ  Street Saloon in South Range. Staff sold 300 toy ducks to customers this past month that were raced down the creek behind the saloon. Employees wanted to do something to make life easier for Jayme and thought a duck race and silent auction would be…

The Salvation Army Delivers Donuts to Veterans for National Donut Day

National Donut Day started during World War I.

DULUTH, Minn.- The first Friday in June is National Donut Day and the Salvation Army is celebrating the holiday’s history by delivering donuts to veterans. The day started in 1939 and commemorates the making and serving of donuts on the frontlines in World War I by Salvation Army Officers. The Duluth chapter donated boxes of donuts to four veterans’ halls,…

Duluth Edison Charter Schools Hosts Golf Scramble Fundraiser

DECS hosts their 4th annual golf scramble fundraiser.

DULUTH, Minn.- Golfers were out at Enger Park Golf Course to raise money for athletic programs at Duluth Edison Charter Schools. The 18–hole competition, raffle and silent auction is one of the charter school’s biggest fundraisers. School officials say these kind of events are necessary to keep track and field, basketball, volleyball and most of their sports clubs active. “I think…

Fond du Lac Band Members Stick Together During Tough Times

The Fond du Lac community host a dinner and discussion following the death of one of their own.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Fond du Lac tribal members met at the reservation community center in Cloquet to mourn the loss of one their own. The Anishinaabe community shared their grief for the loss of Pennie Robertson, whose body was found hanging on the reservation earlier in the week. Friday’s dinner and discussion was a way to encourage the community to stick together…

The William A. Irvin’s Return Date to be Decided Soon

The DECC and Fraser Shipyards will decide on a return date for the Irvin in the coming days.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s Wiilliam A. Irvin won’t be returning to its home in the Minnesota slip this Summer or anytime soon. It’s long awaited return date will be decided in the next few days. DECC officials say they’re optimistic that a contract with Fraser Shipyards, where the Irvin has stayed during its restoration, will be finalized in the coming days. The…

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar Discusses Minnesota Slip Restoration Project with City Leaders

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar visited Duluth to talk about the Minnesota Slip.

DULUTH, Minn.- Presidential hopeful and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar stopped in Duluth Thursday. She came to learn more about what’s going on with the Minnesota slip and to hear updates on the city’s restoration project involving both the slip and seawall. Parts of the slip were under construction for longer than expected, but Senator Klobuchar is confident restoring the slip and…

The Man Behind the Courtney Medal of Honor

NORTHLAND UNCOVERED: Major Henry A. Courtney and the Medal of Honor

DULUTH, Minn. – The Courtney Medal of Honor is a symbol of leadership to many. “My regret is he was taken in a war, and I never got to grow up and get to know him,” Major Henry Courtney’s nephew Courtney Storey said. Major Courtney was killed in 1945, two years after his nephew Courtney Storey was born. What Storey knows…

Gov. Tim Walz Celebrates Medical Expansion in Duluth

Duluth receives $97.7 million in state funding for medical expansion projects this year.

DULUTH, Minn.- Governor Tim Walz visited Duluth to speak on how the state is helping fund the upcoming St. Lukes and Essentia Health medical expansion projects. Essentia Health and St. Lukes has announced roughly a billion dollars in expansion projects over the next couple of years. Governor Tim Walz congratulated city leaders for making the push to get close to 100…

4 Corners Store Holds Celebration to Thank Loyal Customers

The 4 Corners Store took over new ownership in October.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The 4 Corners Store in Superior, off County Road A, held a grand opening celebration to say thank you to their loyal customers. The shop actually took over new ownership back in October, but Raquel and her dog Odie wanted to invite the community out to see all the new things the shop has to offer. 4 Corners staff…

Ursa Minor Brewing and Habitat for Humanity Host Diffe’RUN’ce 5K

The 5K raised money for the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity Chapter.

DULUTH, Minn.- Ursa Minor Brewing hosted a fun–run that benefited the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. “Part of our mission at Ursa Minor is to give back to our community and give our customers an opportunity to give back to the community,” Ursa Minor Brewing co-founder Ben Hugas said. This was round 3 for the Ursa Minor diffe’run’ce 5K since the…

Sutherland CBD Store Opens in Duluth

Sutherland CBD opened in the Lakeside neighborhood.

DULUTH, Minn.- Sutherland CBD celebrated the grand opening of their second location in the Twin Ports Saturday. The hemp oil store expanded from their first location in Superior to Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood. The owners say they wanted to be as educated as possible on the Minnesota laws for CBD before opening the new store. “When it comes to CBD laws, Minnesota…

Volunteers Build Sheds to Raise Money for Habitat for Humanity

Members of Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps teamed up with Habitats for Humanity to build sheds for an upcoming auction.

DULUTH, Minn- Members of Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps teamed up with Habitats for Humanity to build the sheds for an upcoming auction. The sheds raise money to help build affordable housing and teach workers the fundamentals of teamwork and proper equipment use. “Really learning how to use the basics like a drill, an impact driver, just kind of getting those…

New Record Pop-Up Store Open for Summer in Superior

Odd LP's is in the old barbershop on Belknap Street.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- One man’s hobby of collecting old records has turned into Superior’s newest business. Jacob Swanson is calling it ‘Odd LP’s’. The pop–up record shop has found a semi–permanent location at the old barbershop on Belknap Street. Swanson says his biggest priority is making sure these vintage records find good homes. “When I buy records, there’s a lot of stuff…

Twin Ports Tech Company Launches Presentation Software

Fasetto launched their newest software "Forum."

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior based software company Fasetto is one of the only tech companies in the Twin Ports. They’re trying to get the word out about their newest development called ‘Forum.’ Employees held a launch party for the software. Forum is designed to make presentations more accessible for presenters and viewers. Internet is not needed to use the software once it’s…

City Leaders and Local Organizations Speak Out on Gun Violence

National Gun Violence Awareness Day is June 7.

DULUTH, Minn.- Local organizations, city officials and school board members spoke at Duluth city hall to raise awareness of gun violence. June 7 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Friday’s event was a precursor to that day and a way to prepare the city for Wear Orange Weekend. It was started in 2015 in memory of Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago teenager who…

‘Bite Squad’ Food Delivery Service Launches in Duluth

Bite Squad food delivery started in 2012.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new Minneapolis-based food delivery service has come to Duluth. Bite Squad celebrated its launch in the Northland at Crooked Pint Ale House. The company started in 2012 and delivers in more than 300 cities nationwide. Representatives said they saw a demand for food delivery service in the Northland because of the high number of tourists and locals. “I…

St. Louis County Rescue Squad Trains in Members New and Old

The St. Louis County Rescue Squad has 67 members.

DULUTH, Minn.- St. Louis County is roughly the size of the state of New Jersey. It’s the largest county East of the Mississippi with a rising population of over two hundred thousand. The past three years, the St. Louis County Rescue Squad has responded to a record breaking number of calls, helping thousands ‘get out of a jam.’ The group of…

Locals Clean Up Park Point for the Summer

A group of friends clean up Park Point.

DULUTH, Minn.- A small but mighty group of Duluthians spent part of the afternoon braving the winds and cleaning up Park Point Beach. This is the first clean up organized by the group of friends. They first had the urge to clean up parks and beaches when they were students in grad school. Now they do it because they want to…

Veterans for Peace Honor Military for Memorial Day

Veterans for Peace hold their annual Memorial Day Event.

DULUTH, Minn.- Veterans for Peace held their annual memorial day remembrance ceremony at Endion Station Monday. The Duluth–Superior chapter uses the ceremony to honor veterans and those who have fallen without glorifying war. They hope that those walking along the lakewalk who saw the ceremony will remember what the day means and join them in working towards peace. “It’s always important…

Make Music with Anything in the Battle of the Jug Bands

The 23rd annual Battle of the Jug Bands was at Amazing Grace Bakery.

DULUTH, Minn.- Local musicians broke out their banjos, guitars, jugs and anything that made noise for the 23rd annual Battle of the Jug Bands competition. Amazing Grace Bakery in Canal Park was filled with people who love making music. Bands were judged on how creative their instruments were. Some artists used jugs and washboards, others has their own talents to show…