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Benefit Helps Support Superior Man Paralyzed in Car Crash

Reese Stariha is currently receiving treatment at a hospital in Milwaukee

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Superior Hockey Association helped one of its own tonight. SAHA hosted a benefit to help out the family of Reese Stariha, who was seriously injured in a car accident last November. Friday night the Superior Junior Golds, coached by Reese’s brother-in-law, hosted Duluth for a hockey game. Money raised tonight through donations, a silent auction, 50/50…

Congdon Park Hockey In Danger of Losing Their Ice

Neighbors want the Lower Chester Park to be more user-friendly all year long.

Duluth’s Congdon Park Hockey Association is in danger of losing its outdoor rink for the second time in less than five years. Congdon Park Hockey wants to keep their home in Lower Chester Park for years to come, but they fear new plans for the park would leave them without a place to lace their skates. UMD senior Connor Kenefick…

Officials Warn of Space Heater Dangers

Caution is Urged When Using Portable Heaters Because of Fire Risks

DULUTH, Minn. – Fire officials are reminding everyone to keep safety in mind this winter. Experts urge caution when using extra an heat source like a space heater.  These portable heaters will keep you warm, but they can also be dangerous if not used properly. “If you’re using a space heater, make sure you’re using it in a flat area…

Essentia Health Goes Red for Women

The Cardiovascular Team at Essential Reminds Northlanders to Call for Help Right Away

DULUTH, Minn. – You may have noticed more Northlanders wearing red on Friday, and if so, you’re not alone. Doctors and researchers at Essentia Health in Duluth are looking to spread the word when it comes to heart attack awareness, especially for women. Experts say one in three women die of cardiovascular disease, equal to one life every minute. However,…

Nearly Naked Ruck March Supports Local Veterans

23rd Veteran Aims to Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

DULUTH, Minn. – The Second Annual Nearly Naked Ruck March is just around the corner. The 10 mile hike raises money for 23rd Veteran, an organization helping military veterans transition back into civilian life. 23rd Veteran helps recondition the veterans brains for the civilian world through the program called 23V RECON. “In the military they train us for four years…

“Give Kids a Smile” Day Takes Over LSC

About 70 Kids Got Free Dental Care

DULUTH, Minn.-Almost 70 kids filled up Lake Superior College dental facility to get free dental care today. The event was part of the “Give Kids a Smile” day which went on throughout the state. The event is its 15th year. It was started to help children who didn’t have access to dental care. “Unfortunately the access to care is a…

Two Harbors Civic Leader Passes Away

Served 18 Years in Minnesota House

TWO HARBORS, Minn.-Two Harbors civic leader Dave Battaglia, 86, died on Wednesday at St. Luke’s Hospital. He served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for 18 years, while serving multiple terms as Two Harbors mayor starting in 1957. His political career ended in 2004 when he retired from the Two Harbors City Council. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News,…

Ely’s Winterfest Draws People from Across the State and Canada

The Event Celebrates All Things Winter.

ELY, Minn.- The pick of a shovel, the grind of a saw, and bitter cold temperatures of a February day welcomes the winter festival in Ely Minnesota. Teams of people are carving away at 12 foot snow blocks in Whiteside Park, turning each of them into unique sculptures. It’s Jodi Pratt‘s second year building snow sculptures with 3 of her…

Military Veteran Heads Up Ruck March for Mental Health

Registration Now Open for Nearly Naked Ruck March

  DULUTH, Minn. – Later this month, Northlanders will be stripping down to their long underwear and boots for a good cause. The Second Annual Nearly Naked Ruck March is Saturday, February 25. This 10 mile hike along the Duluth Lakewalk raises money for 23rd Veteran. The organization was started by 23rd Veteran Executive Director Mike Waldron after he experienced…

Flames Destroy House and Garage in Cloquet

Crews Spent Multiple Hours Working to Save the Strucutres at 3912 Highway 33

CLOQUET, Minn.  – Fire officials responded to a blaze in Cloquet just after 8:00p.m. Thursday. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and multiple fire departments responded to 3912 Highway 33 for a report of a fully engulfed home on fire. Fire crews spent hours working to extinguish the flames, but the home and attached garage were completely destroyed. The cause…

New Math Lab at UMD Inspires Students

The Securian Learning Commons and Math Lab lets students work at their own pace and with instructors.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new math lab is changing the way students learn at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Securian Learning Commons and Math Lab at the Martin Library gives students a bigger and more welcoming space to study. The lab allows for smaller groups and also lets students go at their own pace. “It’s just another place for…

18th Annual ALS Blizzard Tour Kicks Off From Proctor

Hundreds of Riders will Travel Many Miles, Raising Awareness for Lou Gehrig’s Disease

PROCTOR, Minn. – Two-hundred and twenty-five snowmobile riders took to the trails Thursday morning in Proctor. The below zero cold didn’t stop hardy folks from fighting for a special cause. “I started with it because one of my friends died of it, that’s why a lot of us here in Duluth got involved. Of course we’ve got our celebrities, Kent…

Human Trafficking Numbers Up Across Nation

24% Increase in Reported Trafficking Cases

  DULUTH, Minn.- Cases of reported human trafficking increase each year. While Human Trafficking is a critical problem Nationally and Globally, some experts say the rise in numbers could partly be because of an increase in awareness surrounding the issue. More survivors than ever reached out to the National Human Trafficking Hotline and other resources in 2016. There was a…

Bugs in Your Hair? No Fear, Lice Lounge is Here!

It's a Business That Specializes in Treating Lice

  DULUTH, Minn.- If your kids bring home some insects that get you ripping your hair out, a new business in town might be able to help you out. The Lice Lounge specializes in Head Lice Treatment and Prevention.  The lounge has a location in White Bear Lake, but after having so many clients travel from the Northland to get…

OMC Smokehouse Opening Soon

The Restaurant Opens on February 15th

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s less than two weeks before the OMC Smoke House opens up in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood in Duluth OMC, or Oink, Moo, Cluck Smokehouse specializes in barbeque, and was named after some of the sounds that their ingredients make. The Smokehouse chefs traveled all over the country to perfect their art of barbeque, but work with Northland…

Protesters Oppose Mining in National Forest

Crowd Gathered Outside Congressman Nolan's Office Following Recent Announcement

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of protesters gathered in front of U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan’s downtown Duluth office Thursday. Earlier in the week, Rep. Nolan coming out in favor of reversing the Obama Administration decision which blocked mining in more than 234,000 acres of the Superior National Forest.  These acres are close to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, which has…

“Spike the Porcupine” Sees His Shadow

The Lake Superior Zoo Held its Annual Groundhog Day Event

DULUTH, Minn. – While “Punxsutawney Phil” made his predictions in Pennsylvania, Duluth’s unofficial forecaster is “Spike the Porcupine” Porcupines are closely related to groundhogs and every February 2nd, the Lake Superior Zoo coaxes Spike out of his home to take a peek for his shadow. This year’s verdict? “It looks like we’re going to have a long winter because he…

Local Grocery Stores Gearing Up for Super Sunday

Super One and Other Stores Have Options for Your Super Bowl Party

DULUTH, Minn. – Super Bowl 51 is only a couple days away, which leaves you with plenty of time, if you’re still planning your big game party. Super One stores across the Northland are cooking up plenty of eats for Super Sunday.  Meatballs and chicken wings are popular choices, but there are plenty of other options available. “We’re doing party…

Remains Found in Hermantown House Fire

An 87-year-old woman was the homeowner

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Early this morning, Hermantown Fire and Police responded to a structure fire in the 5300 block of Arrowhead Road. When first responders arrived, they found a single family dwelling fully engulfed in flames. Officers noted two vehicles in a detached garage and upon making contact with a relative of the homeowner, it was suspected that the residence…

Local Bakery Offers Specialized Baked Goods for Holidays

Cooking Connection: Johnson's Bakery

DULUTH, Minn. – A romantic holiday is just around the corner and a local bakery is preparing. Johnson’s Bakery is offering cookies, cakes, mini cakes, cookie cakes and cupcakes for Valentine’s Day. Lakeside Branch Manager Megan Spitzley suggests ordering early so customers don’t miss out on what they want. The bakery will also be making football cookies for the Super…

Minnesota couple accused of soliciting Duluth girl, 14

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – A couple from central Minnesota is charged with planning through Facebook to have sex with a 14-year-old Duluth girl. Investigators say 32-year-old Kayla Marie Frank and 33-year-old Phillip James Adkins drove from Rice to Duluth to meet the girl. Frank and Adkins are charged in St. Louis County with electronic solicitation of a child, a felony….

Cloquet Working to Revitalize Downtown and Business Districts

Many Projects are in the Works

CLOQUET, Minn.- A healthy downtown can be the key to a strong community.  That’s why the city of Cloquet is working to revitalize its downtown and business districts. “It’s exciting to allow local businesses who have been here for quite some time to expand their foot print and their operations and grow locally here in Cloquet,” says Holly Hansen, the…

18th Annual Blackwoods Blizzard Tour Wants to Raise $1 Million

The tour raises money to help find a cure to ALS.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The 18th annual Blackwoods Blizzard Tour wants to raise $1 million for the Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter of the ALS Association. Like their motto, they will never surrender until they reach their goal. For former Twin Terry Steinbach, the annual Blackwoods Blizzard Tour can bring a lot of memories.”It’s just seeing old friends,” said Steinbach. He has…

United Healthcare to Hire 100 Workers

New Positions Available in Customer Service, Medicaid Enrollment

DULUTH, Minn. – There are new details on those 100 new jobs at United Healthcare in Duluth. Most of the available jobs are customer service positions, working with subscribers over the phone.  The rest are in Medicaid enrollment, working with people from across the country. If you’re a veteran looking for work, good news; United Healthcare wants you! “We’ve got…

Fans Flock to 2017 Beargrease Finish Line

Ryan Anderson Wins First Place in 2017 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

DULUTH, Minn – Shortly after 10:00 a.m., the winning team of the 2017 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon mushed through the finish line. Ryan Anderson from Ray, Minnesota, used the annual race to help qualify and train his team to run the upcoming 1,000 mile Iditarod race. “Racing is an art; it’s not just taking a dog team and going fast,”…

American Birkebeiner Around the Corner

Thousands of Skiers From Around the World to Come to Wisconsin

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands of skiers from around the world will be in Cable and Hayward the end of this month, to race in North America’s longest cross country ski race, the Birkie. The festivities start on February 23rd, and the actual race takes place February 25th. “It is really one of the shining moment for the communities. And it…

Students Stage Protest at UMD

Demonstrations Against Immigration Policies Bring Students, Staff Together

DULUTH, Minn. – University of Minnesota Duluth students stood united Wednesday against President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policy. “America was founded on the dream of a better future,” said said Azrin Awal, a United States citizen who immigrated from Bengladesh when she was three years old. “The fact that a wall is going up, the fact that there’s a ban now,…

Minnesota Sex Offenders Renew Legal Challenge to Confinement

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Lawyers for over 700 people committed indefinitely to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program are asking the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a three-judge panel’s ruling that the program is constitutional. The appeals panel last month, reversed a lower court’s ruling that the program violates offenders’ rights because hardly anyone is ever released. Attorneys…

Animal Answers: Friends of Animals Saves Texas Dogs

Friends of Animals Humane Society Recently Became Home to Nine New Dogs; Eight from Texas Shelters

CLOQUET, Minn. – Friends of Animals Humane Society in Cloquet recently received a big delivery after rescuing dogs from shelters across the country. Eight of these pups traveled all the way from Texas. “I meet with all of them, we get to know them. I sit and take pictures and get to know their personalities,” said Katy Goodman with Friends of…

Ice Orbs Are Gathering for Art Collaborative at Lake Superior Ice Fest

SUPERIOR, Wis. — It’s getting colder and colder this week, which is wonderful news for those organizing the Lake Superior Ice Festival, taking place this weekend. Preschool children from Superior delivered dozens of frozen ice orbs to the festival grounds on Barkers Island earlier this morning. It’s the first of a group of community members that have frozen water balloons to…

Ryan Anderson Wins Sled Dog Marathon

Mushers Cross Finish Line at Billy's Bar

DULUTH, Minn. – The winner of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon has made his way to Duluth. Ryan Anderson is the first musher to cross the finish line of the 34th annual race. Anderson making it to Billy’s Bar and Grill after two days, 23 hours and 10 minutes on the trail. Race officials tells FOX 21 this is…

Runners, Bikers, and Skiers Travel 135 Miles in the Snow

It's an Extreme Race from International Falls to Tower

DULUTH, Minn.- Joe Stiller has been competing in the Arrowhead Ultra for 4 years, and says the 135 mile race is one of his favorites. “This has a real tight family community, more than any other race that I do,” says Stiller. The race starts in International Falls Minnesota, and Ends in Tower. Competitors pack gear like sleeping bags, extra…

Marshall Opens Wellness Center

The new center gives students a larger space to achieve their wellness goals.

A new wellness center has opened up at Marshall School. The center takes over a spot on the mezzanine that wasn’t used a whole lot, but now students have a space to run, lift weights, and achieve fitness goals. Renovations also included a fitness and movement studio for yoga classes and the school’s dance teams. “When it first started to…

Soudan Underground Mine Hoping Bonding Bill Passes

The mine is set to receive $3 million to repair sections of the mine's shaft and remove other debris.

According to the Minnesota DNR, a popular Northland tourist attaction is need of an upgrade so it can last for future generations. Minnesota’s oldest mine, the Soudan Underground mine, is hoping to get money from Governor Dayton’s bonding proposal. Visitors can tour the mine and see firsthand how mining formed the backbone for the region’s economy. The hoist tells a…

Big Tower Project to Start Construction This Spring

The Project Has Been in the Works for A Decade

TOWER, Minn.- The city of Tower is preparing for some big things this spring. The Vermilion Harbor Development Site plan has been in the works for around a decade, but city officials say they’re ready to start construction this spring.  The project will be quite the facelift for Tower, and will include town homes, a restaurant, and a hotel. “Up until…

UMD Responds to Trump’s Travel Ban

University is Home to Students from Affected Countries

DULUTH, Minn. – Last Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order which banned refugees from entering the country for 120 days and immigrants from seven muslim majority countires for three months. While many support the executive order, it also sparked protests both in this country and across the globe. At first “Green Card” holders questioned whether they would be…

Charter School Students Visit Star Lab

Interactive Program Teaches About Stars and Constellations from Native Perspective

DULUTH, Minn. – Students at the Duluth Edison Charter School North Star Academy learned about stars and constellations from a Native perspective. The Dakota and Ojibwe Language Immersion Program brought its Star Lab, an inflatible, portable planetarium designed to teach the kids how something as simple as looking up at the night sky played such an important role in Native…

Lake Superior Zoo Needs Volunteers

Positions are Available in a Number of Departments

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo needs help for the upcoming season. The zoo is looking for volunteers to help out in the barnyard, teach guests about the animals, even some gardening.  These positions are filled entirely by volunteers, and no experience is necessary. “We will do all the training they need, we just ask that they really like…

Minnesotans Encouraged to Swap Older Stoves

Project Stove Swap Offers Homeowners an Incentive to Replace Wood-Burning Stoves

DULUTH, Minn. – You’ve likely heard of “Cash for Clunkers”; well, there’s now a similar program for wood–burning stoves. Project Stove Swap gives Northern Minnesotans an incentive to replace their older, inefficient wood–burning stoves with a newer more environmentally friendly model. The project is a partnership between Minnesota Power and the non–profit Environmental Initiative.  Organizers say swapping out an old…

Three Actors Take on 37 Plays at UMD

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

DULUTH, Minn. – Actors with the University of Minnesota – Duluth Department of Theatre have been working hard for their next production. Three actors will be taking on roles to perform 37 plays in less than two hours. It’s all for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) directed by Jenna Soleo-Shanks. The play is described as fast-paced with a…

History of The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce

Northland Uncovered

DULUTH, Minn. – Downtown Duluth is bustling with growing businesses moving into the Zenith City. The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce played a role in that as they were founded the same year the city was incorporated. “We started in the core of downtown when there were very few buildings in the entire city,” said David Ross, President and CEO…

Minnesota Man Airlifted to Twin Cities After Snowmobile Crash

Authorities Urge Responsible Snowmobile Driving

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office is urging safe and responsible driving while operating any motorized vehicle after a Minnesota man crashed his ATV. On January 30, 2017 around 1:40 p.m., the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, along with members from the International Falls Ambulance Service, Kabetogama Fire and First Responders, St. Louis County Rescue Squad, and Voyageur National Park…

New Moose Lake School Taking Shape

Progress Being Made on School Set to Open This Spring

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – It was back in 2014 when voters in Moose Lake approved a nearly $35 million referendum to build a new school, and now construction on that is nearing completion. “As you can tell from the sounds and commotion, we are under construction,” says Moose Lake Superintendent Bob Indihar. Ground was broken last summer and now, in…

MnDOT Applies Seeks Funding for “Can Of Worms” Project

The project would be completed in three phases, the first beginning in 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has submitted an application for a federal grant, in hopes of funding a major project to fix the well–known “Can of Worms” interchange on Interstate 35 in Duluth. The grant was submitted to the Federal Highway Administration to fund $45 million towards the first of the three-phase project. If the grant is…

Former Nettleton School to Become Senior Housing

A purchase agreement was made between the school district and the Minneapolis based developer United Properties

DULUTH, Minn. – A plan for new senior housing is in the works at an old Duluth school. The proposed development would be at the former Nettleton Elementary. A purchase agreement was made between the school district and the Minneapolis based developer United Properties. The city of Duluth says about 50 to 60 units of independent senior houses are expected…