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Gov. Evers Tours Sustainable Food Program at Northland College

On Friday Governor Tony Evers toured the Hulings Rice Food Center on the Northland College campus.

ASHLAND, Wis.– At Northland College in Ashland, a school food program has been teaching students how to grow sustainability. And it’s catching the eye of the Wisconsin governor. On Friday Governor Tony Evers toured the Hulings Rice Food Center on the Northland College campus. “It’s always good to get out of the bubble of the state capital,” said Evers. The…

Vitta Pizza Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary with Fundraiser for Domestic Violence Victims

10 percent of all of Vitta Pizza's sales Friday went to Safe Haven Shelter & Resource Center for battered women. 

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s been ten years since Vitta Pizza opened their doors in Canal Park, and on Friday they celebrated by donating to a good cause. 10 percent of all of Vitta Pizza’s sales Friday went to Safe Haven Shelter & Resource Center for battered women. Staff say customers are to thank for them serving wood-fired artesian pizzas, salads &…

Duluth Police Share Safety Tips on Driving in Foggy Conditions

Officers say in any type of inclement weather where visibility is low, slow down and make sure your lights are working properly.

DULUTH, Minn.- Local law enforcement is reminding people about driving safely in low visibility. The Duluth Police Department today responded to five car crashes before noon, and while officials don’t know if fog was the only factor, they say it definitely could have contributed. Officers say in any type of inclement weather where visibility is low, slow down and make…

Five Northland Students Competing in National History Day

DULUTH, Minn.– It was a record-breaking year for history students from three different area schools. Nine records were set between five young women, and they now get ready to compete in the National History Day contest next Sunday. Normally, the contest is held in-person at the University of Maryland, but this year, it will be virtual, and Duluth is proud…

Park Point Rummage Sale Kicks Off

DULUTH, Minn.– Today on Park Point the annual rummage sale kicked off making its return since the pandemic. The streets of Park Point filled up today with community members and people from out of town to attend the annual Park Point rummage sale. It was a rainy start to the weekend, but that didn’t stop people from coming out and…

Park Point Residents Launch Operation Slow Motion

DULUTH, Minn.– After an extreme car accident on Park Point in October 2020 almost killed several people, the residents of the point decided it was time for a change, and announced the launching of Operation Slow Motion today. The residents started a neighborhood watch in the January following the accident and 30 volunteers hold signs on the point encouraging traffic…

Time to Hunt! City of Duluth Hosting Event for ‘National Get Outdoors Day’

The Event is Happening Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re itching to get outside and explore with your friends and family this weekend, the City of Duluth has the perfect opportunity with prizes attached. The Parks and Rec Dept. is teaming up with Leadership Duluth to host a citywide scavenger hunt. It’s happening Saturday, June 12, which marks National Get Outdoors Day. The hunt is…

Midday Update 6-11-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, June 11, 2021

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‘Great Minnesota Get Together’ Officially Happening this Summer, Masks Not Required

The Minnesota State Fair is Happening August 26 - Labor Day, September 6

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota State Fair is officially back this summer after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fair officials made the announcement Friday. At this time, the State Fair does not expect there will be daily attendance limits. Face masks will not be required, but are “strongly” encouraged for those who are not fully…

Morning Update 6-11-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, June 11, 2021

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UMD’s New Project Aims to Help Plants Adapt to Northland Climate

Moving forward, several of the trees will be planted on UMD property while the bigger part of the project is distributing the seeds to farmers for them to grow and sell.

DULUTH, Minn. — UMD students and faculty are doing their part to help the northland go green. It’s all part of an on-going effort in the biology research lab at UMD in collaboration with a number of community partners to help transition native plants such as red oaks, birches and white pines into northern forests. “The idea is to plant…

Lakewood Elementary Ends the Year with a Splash

DULUTH, Minn.– After a year of three different learning styles, Lakewood Elementary School celebrated their last day of school outside, and together. After good behavior and hard work all year, Lakewood got to dunk their principle and have a pizza party to celebrate the last day of school. A year full of COVID, and distance learning, made for a stressful…

Hotels Are Seeking More Employees, and Offering Incentives

SUPERIOR, Wisc.– Through the up’s and down’s of COVID, the Twin Ports have consistently seen traffic in the the hospitality department. Hotels have been busier than ever trying to keep up with customers, but they are struggling to find new employees, while trying not to work current ones too hard. In areas such as restaurants or front desks, some members…

49-Year-Old Ham Lake Resident Dead After Crash in Culver Township

The Incident Happened Wednesday, June 9 Shortly After 10 p.m. in Culver Township

CULVER TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Authorities say a 49-year-old male from Ham Lake, Minnesota, has died after the vehicle he was driving left the roadway and struck several trees. St. Louis County Deputies responded to the incident shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday. It happened near the intersection of Highway 31 and Bong Road in Culver Township. Authorities say the man was…

Midday Update 6-10-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, June 10, 2021

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Minnesota State Capitol Reopening to the Public Ahead of Special Session

Thursday Marks the First Reopening to the Public Since the Start of the COVID-19 Pandemic

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota State Capitol will start welcoming visitors once again on Thursday. It had been closed since the early days of the pandemic. Thursday’s reopening comes just one week after the fence around the capitol was fully removed. It was installed in response to the riots following the death of George Floyd and was even beefed…

Progress Reported on Wildfire Burning in BWCA

The Fire is Believed to Have Been Ignited by a Lightning Strike Last Friday

BWCA, Minn. – Crews are reporting progress on the Hassel Lake Fire burning approximately 10 miles northeast of Tower, Minn. within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) on the Superior National Forest. According to the U.S. Forest Service, Wednesday, firefighters were able to work directly along the edge of the fire after setting up water pumps and hose lines…

Ledge Rock Grille Showcases New Italian Entrée Ahead of the Summer Season

Cooking Connection: Papparadelle Con Maiale

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The summer season is kicking off along scenic Highway 61 near Two Harbors. In this week’s Cooking Connection, Chef Richard Selz with Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages showcases a dish from their new summer menu. Enjoy! Ingredients:  Pork belly – 4oz Garlic, minced – 1tsp Oven-roasted tomato – 3 Pernod – 2oz White wine –…

Wisconsin Senate Passes Bills Making it Harder to Vote

The Measures Are Likely to be Vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Senate has approved Republican-backed bills that would create new hurdles for the elderly and disabled to cast absentee ballots, limit the number and location of ballot drop boxes and impose new penalties for violating election law. All of the measures are almost certain to be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who has said…

Morning Update 6-10-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, June 10, 2021

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New Paddle Board Excursions with Zenith Adventure

DULUTH, Minn.– Zenith Adventure, which operates out of Vista in Duluth, is introducing two new paddle board excursions that take place during sunrise and sunset. Paddle board rentals are open now, but beginning July 2nd, these sunrise and set excursions will be available to the public, and everybody is welcome, no matter what skill level you are. “I think just…

Lake Superior Zoo is Aiding Animals Through Thermal Imaging

DULUTH, Minn.– The Lake Superior Zoo has been granted a special piece of equipment that allows them to make diagnoses on their animals from a distance. Through a thermal imaging camera Lake Superior Zoo is utilizing a new piece of equipment that is helping them find different injuries in their animals. Teletherm Infared, based out of Florida, granted Amy Gallagher,…

Midday Update 6-9-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, June 9, 2021

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Duluth Monarch Buddies Hosting Pollinator Marketplace

The Event is Happening Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at The Coppertop Church

DULUTH, Minn. – With the recent heatwave, more butterflies and insects are returning to the Northland a little earlier than normal. On Saturday, June 12, Northland residents are welcome to stop by the Coppertop Church in Duluth. A pollinator marketplace is being offered by the Duluth Monarch Buddies. The event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., featuring milkweed…

Morning Update 6-9-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, June 9, 2021

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Duluth Teen Hailed as Hero for Saving Family from House Fire

15-year-old Lizzy Grayhawk awoke to the second story of her home on the 1100 block of East 10th street on fire -- heavy flames coming from a second story window.

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluth family is lucky to be alive after their house went up in flames, and fire officials are calling the family’s 15-year-old daughter a hero in the fire fight. “You might’ve been scared, but you really were a hero last night,” Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj said to Lizzy Grayhawk Tuesday. The Grayhawk family all safe and…

USPCA K9 Trials Wrap Up

Over 60 teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois came out to the three day event. 

ASHLAND, Wisc. — The USPCA’s Upper Midwest region along with the Ashland police department helped put on the event which helps patrol K9’s get recertified. “We come down to trials and try to promote our dogs as much as possible and get them in the best ability that they can,” Ashland Police Officer, Nick Ovaska says. Over 60 teams from…

Duluth City Leaders Submit $44.5 Million in Earmark Spending Requests

The Requests Have Been Submitted to Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, Further Review is Pending

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is currently eligible to receive more federal funding under the Biden Administration. Five Congressional Directed Spending requests, or “earmarks,” have been submitted to Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson said the following during a press briefing on the requests Tuesday morning. “There is no guarantee that all of…

Midday Update 6-8-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, June 8, 2021

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Morning Update 6-8-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, June 8, 2021

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15-Year-Old Credited with Saving Families Lives in Morning Structure Fire

The red cross is currently assisting the family displaced by the fire. 

DULUTH, Minn. — A 15-year-old girl is credited with saving her family’s lives during a  structure fire Tuesday morning. The Duluth fire department responded to a two-story single-family home just before one o’clock Tuesday morning on the 1100 block of East 10th Street. Crews noticed heavy fire on the second floor of the building. The four adults and four children…

Flame Nightclub Receives Barstool Grant, Looks Forward to Nightlife Resurgence

The Flame is the second bar in the state of Minnesota to be selected to receive grant money from the $39 million raised by Barstool Sports.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s first gay bar and nightclub The Flame received a big grant to help with costs as they go into what they hope is a busy season for Twin Ports nightlife. The Flame is the second bar in the state of Minnesota to be selected to receive grant money from the $39 million “Barstool Fund,” raised by Barstool…

Biking to Beat the Heat as Summer-like Temps Continue

Those over at Ski Hut on Fourth Street remind people just breaking out their bike to get a tune-up first.

DULUTH, Minn.- As cyclists across the Northland get out on the trails to take advantage of the summer-like weather, local bike shops want to remind people to get their bikes tuned up and looked over first. “Today on a bike it doesn’t feel all that hot here,” said biker Brian Mallory. That may be the case for bikers like Mallory,…

Great Lakes Aquarium Educates Public on Harms of Using Lead Lures

DULUTH, Minn.– In light of fishing season, the Great Lakes Aquarium is raising awareness about the harmful consequences of using lead lures and their impact on the loon population in Minnesota. Lead poisoning is one of the main causes of death in loons and Great Lakes Aquarium is partnering with Get the Lead out Minnesota to raise awareness about the…

Business Booming at Love Creamery

DULUTH, Minn.– Record high temperatures this past weekend have been keeping ice cream shops busy with customers flooding through their front doors. A supervisor from Love Creamery in Lincoln Park says they have seen crowds lining up since May and the heat is bringing in new faces. “I think the kiddo’s and all the families that come in really are…

Midday Update 6-7-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, June 7, 2021

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Duluth Salvation Army Looking for Food Donations, Hygiene Products

The Need for Food and Hygiene Assistance Increases as Kids Get Out of School

DULUTH, Minn. – We often hear about the high demand for food and monetary donations during the holiday season, but demand remains just as high throughout the summer months as well. The Duluth Salvation Army is currently accepting donations of food and hygiene products. The increase in need stems from more students being home over the summer months, and families…

Morning Update 6-7-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, June 7, 2021

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Sea Kayakers Trained to Guide Tours, Teach Skills in UMD Instructor Course

Coordinators say with more people trying new outdoor activities lately, the demand for more experienced guides is growing.

DULUTH, Minn.- While many people are anxious to get out and hit the water for fun as summer heats up, some are excited to lead others through sea and coastal kayaking tours throughout the Northland. It’s the last day of the UMD kayaking course off Park Point. But these students are hoping to become teachers, and help guide people sea…

SAPPI in Cloquet to Release Steam Early Sunday Morning

This could emit loud noises from the plant, possibly sounding like a jet engine.

CLOQUET, Minn.- According to the Cloquet Police Department, SAPPI is scheduled to release steam early Sunday morning, which could cause loud noises. Officials said SAPPI is scheduled to release steam around 2:00-3:00 a.m. This could emit loud noises from the plant, possibly sounding like a jet engine. Carlton County Dispatch is aware of the scheduled steam release. Categories: Community, Minnesota,…