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Active Adventures: HART of Duluth Walking Tour

The Duluth Expereince Now Offers a Tour of Downtown Duluth's HART District

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Experience is inviting you to step into the vibrant downtown craft scene, meet local roasters, artisans, restauranteurs and brewers looking to revitalize the HART District. The walking tour offers behind-the-scenes historical facts and future plans for the Historic Arts & Theater District. Meteorologist William Seay followed along on a tour for this week’s Active Adventures with Kyle…

Emily’s Restaurant Reopening Along Scenic Highway

The popular Knife River restaurant is expected to open up in mid-July under new ownership

KNIFE RIVER, Minn. – Nearly two years ago the popular Lighthouse at Emily’s in Knife River closed up its doors, but later this summer the restaurant along the North Shore will be opening back up under new management. Earlier this year, a group of investors decided to bring Emily’s back to the community and brought on a young, motivated couple…

SWL&P Employees Pitch In For Harbor House

Volunteers Took Part in United Way Day of Caring

SUPERIOR, Wis. – About 20 volunteers from Superior Water, Light and Power worked in the sunshine Wednesday to make the Harbor House Crisis Shelter a little homier. “The whole idea is to make it hospitable, more like a home,” said Rev. Barbara Certa-Werner, Executive Director of Harbor House, which is Douglas Co.’s only crisis shelter for homeless single women and…

Outdoor Writers Association of America Hosts Conference in Duluth

Outdoor Writers to Meet in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland has endless terrain for outdoor lovers to enjoy and this weekend some writers will be taking advantage of that as well.   The 90th Annual Outdoor Writers Association of America Conference is June 24-26 in Duluth. This is the third time the conference has been held in Duluth. No other city has hosted the conference more…

Beatrice Ojakangas Displays Many Uses of Rhubarb Juice

Cooking Connection: CHUM Rhubarb Festival

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend rhubarb will be filling Duluth for an annual festival. CHUM’s Rhubarb Festival is Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m There will be everything rhubarb from pies and jams to sausage and juice. There will also be games, crafts, music, auctions and stage shows. This is all taking place at 11th Ave. E….

Kids Celebrate Community with Random Acts of Kindness

The Superior Public Library hosted the event as part of its "Build A Better World" summer reading program

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Kids in Superior celebrated the community today by creating random acts of kindness. It’s all part of the public library’s goal of teaching children to build a better world. Children had the chance to make stress balls, which will be given to Harbor House. They also put together police officer appreciation bags filled with candy and even…

Praying For The Men And Women In Blue

Ashland's Our Lady Of The Lake Catholic Church Hosts Blue Mass

Ashland, Wis. So far this year in the United States 47 police officers have been killed in the line of duty. That’s up 34 percent from this time last year. It’s a scary rise in statistics that some Northlanders are hoping to pray away. Tonight was the 9th annual emergency services blue mass to bless current departments and especially the…

Seniors Celebrate National Selfie Day

Primrose Retirement Community Opened a Selfie Gallery for Staff and Residents

DULUTH, Minn. – At Primrose Retirement Community in Duluth, a special selfie gallery opened today to show the residents and staff some of the best selfies they had appeared in. It gave the residents a chance to look back on all the fun times and visitors they’ve enjoyed this year. “It’s kind of gotten them out of their shells,” says…

Summer Solstice Celebrated With Yoga

Special Class Honored the Longest Day of the Year with 108 Sun Salutations

DULUTH, Minn. – To celebrate the summer solstice, one local yoga studio took their mats outside and welcomed the return of the sun to Duluth. Evolve Fitness Studios offered a special session to observe the longest day of the year with 108 sun salutations, or yoga sequences honoring the sun. The class is taught outside to help participants feel at…

Special Olympics Torch Passes Through the Northland

Law Enforcement Officers Are Escorting the Flame of Hope to the Special Olympics Minnesota Summer Games

DULUTH, Minn. – The Flame of Hope is on its way to the Minnesota Special Olympic Games. As it travels from Thunder Bay, Canada to Apple Valley, Minnesota, the torch made some stops in the Northland. Law enforcement officers from across Minnesota are escorting the torch through the state to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics. “Communities have…

Contented Critters Continues Despite Loss of Founder

After Nearly Four Decades, Founder Faye Walters Passed Away in April; Friends Rally to Continue Legacy

MAKINEN, Minn. – In this week’s Animal Answers we took a trip to the Iron Range to a place looking to cater to Contented Critters. After a devastating loss just months ago, one woman’s life is now helping to create an ongoing legacy. Animal shelters are common commodities in cities across the Northland. Along Highway 16 in Makinen, Minnesota, you’ll…

Health Professionals Discuss Rural Care Options

More Than 600 Groups Attended Rural Health Conference

DULUTH, Minn. – Quality health care can be tough to find for many rural Minnesotans.  So the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care and the Minnesota Rural Health Association joined forces with the Duluth–based National Rural Health Resource Center to find solutions. “We’re working in approaches to provide resources for rural health communities and providers,” said Sally Buck, CEO,…

It’s ‘Yappy Hour’ At The Boat Club

Enjoy Food Or Drinks With Your Four Legged Friend

Happy hour with your best friend might be a great way to end your Tuesday. Now there’s an option to do that, even if your best friend has four legs. “Yappy Hour” at the Boat Club in the Fitger’s courtyard is a partnership with A Place For Fido, which is a pet boutique. They even have a special doggie menu with…

Moving Parts Within The School District

Some Parents Aren't Happy; Duluth School Board Believes It's The Right Move

Duluth, Minn. Tonight’s school board meeting in Duluth highlighted multiple topics drawing a big crowd. One of those topics included the move of a successful principal from one school to another sparking concern for West Duluth parents and staff. It’s a move that happens sometimes often in school districts around the country. Districts making moves with highly respected personnel. For…

Superior Business Will Temporarily Close During Belknap Construction

Once Again Used & New will close up for about two weeks because of the road closure

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Construction along a portion of Belknap Street in Superior is about to be shut off later this week, leaving some local businesses with some difficult decisions. Store owners have known for years this road construction project would affect them this summer and for some, they’re now facing the reality of what it will mean for their future…

Safety Updates Coming to Barker’s Island Marina

Electrical Feed Upgrades and New Life Rings Will Be Added to the Docks

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Safety improvements are in the works at the popular Barker’s Island Marina. The Superior City Council voted to approve electrical feed upgrades to the docks and new life rings within the marina. “This is on the water. Safety is one of our biggest concerns down there and, again, this is one of several projects that we’ve done…

Minnesota Boating Safety Law Delayed

Sophia's Law Will Require Carbon Monoxide Detectors on Certain Boats

DULUTH, Minn. – A new boating safety law was expected to be in effect right now in Minnesota, but there’s been a hold up. Sophia’s Law was passed last year by the Minnesota legislature. The law is named after a seven-year-old girl who died in 2015 from carbon monoxide poisoning while napping on her family’s boat on Lake Minnetonka, near the Twin…

Teenagers Learn About Aviation at a Special Summer Camp

The Camp Encourages More Women Into Aviation

DULUTH, Minn.- Fifteen to 19 year old students are trying their hand at operating a flight simulator, building propellers, and even experiencing a flight in one of Lake Superior College’s aircraft, at the aviation summer camp held each year. Women make up only 2-percent of aviation engineers, and this camp aims to change that by offering two different options. A…

It’s the Summer Solstice

It's the Longest Day of the Year

DULUTH, Minn.- The summer solstice is Tuesday and while many people are celebrating the longest day of the year, the solstice is a special day for Wiccans and pagans. For pagans, the summer solstice is a celebration of fire, and centuries ago, was also a time to celebrate the ripeness and fullness of growing crops. Lady Ocalat of the Lady Ocalat’s…

Children Learn About Science at Discovery Camp

The Camp Goes On All Summer

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Children’s Museum is hosting their Discovery Camp. The camp helps teach kids about science, math, and the arts in fun and engaging ways. The camp also makes time to get the kids outdoors for a little while. The goal of the camp is to help the kids continue learning while they’re out of school. “When kids…

The Duluth Experience Offers Bus Tour Highlighting Historic Areas in the City

The Bus Tour Goes to Places Like Glensheen and the Depot

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Experience is offering a city tour highlighting the history of the city. One study done last year shows that the second biggest reason tourists visit the city of Duluth is for its historic charm. So the Duluth experience is offering a bus tour that takes people to see historic areas of Duluth like the Glensheen mansion,…

Students Get Hands-On Look at Firefighting

20 Kids are Attending LSC's Fire Camp

DULUTH, Minn. – Local high school students are spending part of their summer learning what it takes to be a firefighter. Twenty kids are spending the week at Lake Superior College’s Fire Camp leaning from actual Duluth firefighters. Organizers hope the camp encourages kids to get into firefighting. “This is a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience and see…

Duluth Huskies Partner with The Duluth Experience for “Pre-game Pourtage”

DULUTH, Minn. – This summer the Duluth Huskies are partnering with The Duluth Experience for a new kind of pre-game experience. For every Wednesday home game, they’ll host the Pre-game Pourtage. This tour begins at 3:30 p.m. with a history tour of Wade Stadium. That is followed by transportation to Bent Paddle at 4:00 p.m. with the opportunity to try…

Railroad Museum to Celebrate Locomotive #28 with “Steam Weekend”

Northland Uncovered: Lake Superior Railroad Museum

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend Northlanders and tourists will have the chance to hit the rails of the North Shore Scenic Railroad with a very special locomotive in charge. Steam power is back in the Northland with the restoration of locomotive #28. The train will take passengers to Two Harbors and will stay in town for about two hours. Passengers will…

Duluth Residents Still Rebuilding After 2012 Flood

DULUTH, Minn.- Perry Vitullo woke up around midnight five years ago when she noticed the river next to her house in the Fond Du Lac neighborhood was flooding. “I was sitting in the living room, looking out the window, thinking I was watching the discovery channel,” said Perry. Firefighters came by to evacuate families, but Perry and her husband Dick…

New Walking Tour Showcases Duluth’s Historic Arts & Theater District

The tour will make stops at the Duluth Coffee Company, Lake Superior Art Glass, Blacklist and Zeitgeist

DULUTH, Minn. – A new guided tour is giving visitors a behind the scenes look at Duluth’s Historic Arts and Theater District. The HART of Duluth walking tour was created by The Duluth Experience with hopes to educate visitors and residents about the history of this downtown area and connect them with local businesses. The tour will make stops at…

Neighborhood Remembers Extreme Aftermath of Floodwater

The damage was so severe, Governor Mark Dayton even came to talk with neighbors

DULUTH, Minn. – One Duluth neighborhood was severely damaged by the power of the flood five years ago. People who lived along Vermillion Road woke up to the sound of water gushing through the streets, and witnessed an aftermath that looked more like an earthquake. The road, warped and destroyed from the amount of water that came down the hill…

Grandma’s Restaurant Still Recovering from Record Flood

The restaurant took on nearly three feet of water from nearby Miller Creek

DULUTH, Minn. – Five years ago, relentless rain clogged pipes, overflowed sewers and blew manholes into the air. Miles of roads and streets crumbled and washed out, leaving some stranded and others forced to evacuate. History was made by mother nature on June 19, 2012. Grandma’s restaurant took on nearly three feet of water from nearby Miller Creek, surrounding the…

Grandma’s Marathon Celebrates Another Successful Year

DULUTH, Minn.-After bringing thousands of runners together for all the Grandma’s Festivities this weekend, plans for next year are already coming forth. Registration for all of next year’s races begins October 1, with the full marathon being held on June 16. Event organizers told us today the event could have gone any better, as the volunteers really stepped up again….

It’s Been 5 Years Since the Flood of 2012

The Flood Cause 47 Million Dollars Worth of Damages

  DULUTH ,Minn.- Monday marks 5 years since the flood of 2012 that caused damage to thousands of households in the Northland. Experts say a few days before the flood, there had been a couple inches of rain that had saturated the soil, so when the next round of rain came on June 19th the soil couldn’t hold anymore rain. …

DTA Introduces More Trolleys

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth Transit Authority Port Town Trolley is back on the streets of Duluth this summer with an expanded route as they now have two trolleys along with a backup. The new route will go along Superior Street from 10th Avenue East to Sixth Avenue West. It will then go from Bayfront to Canal Park. The trolley is also…

48th Annual Park Point Art Fair to Attract Thousands

The Art Fair Kicks off Saturday, June 24 and Wraps Up on Sunday, June 25

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Park Point residents are inviting the community to take part in the 48th Annual Park Point Art Fair June 24-25. The fair starts at 10:00 a.m. and runs until 5:00 p.m. both days. Admission and parking is free at the nonprofit-coordinated event, which supports local ecological and civic initiatives. Over 110 premier artists will come together…

CHUM Rhubarb Festival Happening Saturday

Thousands will Crowd London Road in Duluth on Saturday, June 24

DULUTH, Minn. – Come for the food, stay for the fun this Saturday, June 24 as CHUM hosts the 2017 Rhubarb Festival from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. The festival will take place at 1100 London Road and inside First Lutheran Church. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Plenty of tasty rhubarb treats will be offered…

Father’s Day Car Show Held in Superior

Proceeds from the Car Show Went to Local Animal Charities

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Gear-heads could celebrate with their dads by going to the annual Father’s Day Car Show in Superior. The Twin Ports Mustang and Ford Club has been putting on the event for the last seventeen years. All proceeds went to the Friends of Animals Humane Society in Cloquet and Warm Fuzzies Animal Rescue in Duluth. “It’s just a…

Father’s Day Super-Hero Party Held at Lake Superior Zoo

Dads and Kids Learned About What "Super Powers" Animals Have

DULUTH, Minn. – Dads and their kids were celebrating Father’s Day today. At the Lake Superior Zoo, families had a chance to learn about some special animal dads. Families walked to several stations around the zoo learning about what “super powers” different animals have, like super-human speed and intelligence. When dads and kids collected all the animal super-powers, they got…

Juneteenth Celebrated in Superior

Event Celebrates African-American Freedom from Slavery

DULUTH, Minn. – Juneteenth has been celebrated across the country every year since 1865 to recognize African-American freedom from slavery. In Superior, people celebrated the holiday by enjoying a barbecue, listening to spoken work and music performances, and playing games. Organizers hope the event will help educate the community about African-American history. “It’s an opportunity for our community to come…

Volunteers Clean-Up After Grandma’s Marathon

About Half of the Marathon Set-Up Taken Down Sunday

DULUTH, Minn. – That’s a wrap on one of the busiest weekends of the year in Duluth. Grandma’s Marathon brought thousands of runners and fans to the city. Hundreds of volunteers are cleaning up the marathon course and the finish line area in Canal Park. According to volunteer coordinators, about half of the marathon set-up was taken down on Sunday….

17th Annual Lincoln Park Walleye Open

Supporting West Duluth And Area Businessess

Duluth, Minn. Grandma’s marathon wasn’t the only outdoor activity you could partake this weekend. It was also the 17th annual Lincoln Park walleye open put on by the Lincoln Park Business Group. Hundreds of anglers including Fox 21’s Joey Norton set out on the St. Louis River early Saturday morning hoping to bring in the big one. “We are offering…

Fans Cheer Grandma’s Marathon Runners to the Finish Line

Thousands of Spectators Come Every Year to Root for Their Favorite Marathoners

DULUTH, Minn. – As runners raced through Grandma’s Marathon, a sideline chorus cheered them to the finish line. “We expect Eric to come in soon and then we’ll be cheering for Jill. Yay Jill!” cheered Rhende Hagemeister, who made signs to cheer on runners. The fans gave words, and other sounds, of encouragement. “We just wanted to push people,” said Bianca,…

Duluth Celebrates Another Grandma’s Marathon

Kenyans Have Big Day, Winning Three of Four Major Championships

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands of runners packed the city for the 41st annual Grandma’s Marathon. The marathon started a around 7:45 Saturday morning as more than 8,000 made the trek from Two Harbors to Canal Park. Grandma’s Marathon is the 11th largest marathon in the United States, and serves as a Boston Marathon qualifier. Fox 21 had a few familiar…

Rails On Target

Proctor Competes In Worlds Largest Trap Shoot

ALEXANDRIA, Minn- The Proctor Rails had a lot of success this week at the worlds largest trap shooting competition at Alexandria Shooting Park. Though the team fell short of state, Proctor’s Zack Ciurleo claimed the Class 3A High gun overall, shooting 50 straight in afternoon competition for a total of 98 out of 100.   Categories: Community, Features, Friday Night…

Local Businesses Prepare for Grandma’s Weekend

Black List Ales is Screening The Race Live

DULUTH, Minn.- Grandma’s Marathon is Saturday, and it’s not just runners who are preparing for the day. Businesses in Duluth are getting ready to celebrate the annual event with the rest of the community. This year will be the first Grandma’s Marathon for Black List Artisan Ales, and they have some big plans for the weekend. The brewery, which is right…

Duluth Non-Profit Converts Used Grain Bags into ‘Portable Gardens’

DULUTH, Minn. — One non-profit in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is taking reusing and recycling to a new level. Folks at “Ecolibrium3” saw the need for fresh veggies and flowers around their neighborhood, and started brainstorming. They’re using 55-pound grain bags used by local craft breweries. The bags can’t be recycled and don’t break down easily, so they’re converting the…

Iron Range Makerspace Ribbon Cutting is Saturday

The Ribbon Will be Made of Steel and Cut With a Plasma Cutter

HIBBING, Minn.- The Iron Range Maker Space is having its Grand Opening Saturday. A Makerspace is a place community members can go to use tools like 3d printers, laser engravers, and woodshops, for a membership fee each month. It’s a way for people to get their hands on tools they may not have access to otherwise. The equipment at the…

UCare Opens Office in Hermantown

A Ribbon Cutting Was Held in Celebration.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate U Care opening a new office in the Northland. Previously, the closest U-care office had been in Minneapolis, and was quite the drive for Northlanders to get access to. But now, U-care has opened up an office in Hermantown, where people in the area can visit with questions, or to discuss…

Runners and Supporters Gather for Spaghetti Feed

The Tradition Has been Going on Since 1977

DULUTH, Minn.- Runners and supporters gathered for a spaghetti feed at the DECC in preparation for Grandma’s Marathon. Attendees enjoyed Spaghetti with Marinara sauce, Caesar salad, milk and dessert at the event.  The Michelina’s all you can eat Spaghetti dinner is a tradition since 1977. It’s a way for runners to get their carbs in before the race, while enjoying…

“Raising the Par” for Positive Energy Outdoors

Fundraiser Golf Scramble at Enger Park Golf Course

DULUTH, Minn. – With Spring well underway it’s the perfect time to hit the links. Next week you can head to the golf course and support a local non-profit while enjoying a round of golf. “Raising the Par” is a fundraiser for Positive Energy Outdoors. The non-profit provides camps and programs for children who otherwise may not be able to enjoy…

Running Tips from Austin-Jarrow

Active Adventures: Training Tips

DULUTH, Minn. – Grandma’s Marathon is just one day away and it’s inspiring some folks to get off the couch and try running. For this week’s Active Adventures we visited Austin-Jarrow to get some running tips for beginners. Jarrow Wahman, co-owner of Austin-Jarrow, says the most important piece of equipment is shoes. There are several types of shoes and many…