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Man Killed in Weekend Fire Was Well-Known Pastor

A memorial fund has been set up to help assist the family of Jeff Sorvik

NORMANA TOWNSHIP, Minn. – The man killed in a house fire this past Saturday in rural Normana Township has been identified as 52–year–old Jeffrey Sorvik. Sorvik was a well–known pastor and helped plant many evangelical free churches across the Northland, including Anchor Point Community Church in Lakeside and North Bay Church in Superior. His work led him to the Evangelical…

Gronks Welcomes Gift Certificates of a Closed Business

O'Neill's Pub and Liquor Gift Cards Can be Used at Gronks

    SUPERIOR, Wis.- Gronks Grill and Bar is accepting O’Neill’s Pub and Liquor gift cards and drink tickets. O’Neills had been open on its location on Tower Avenue for about 10 years, but closed for good on December 31st. Gronks Owners decided to extend a helping hand to O’Neills customers who never had the chance to use their gift…

Firefighters Battle More Than Blazes

Hypothermia is a Big Problem in Winter Fire Fighting

SUPERIOR, Wis.- More Heating and electrical appliances can mean more fires in homes across the Northland. When firefighters battle blazes in the wintertime, they may be in an environment like a burning house that can be more than 300 degrees, and within minutes come back outside to subzero temperatures. This contrast in temperature can cause hypothermia. To combat this, fire…

Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors Up in Douglas County

Under-aged Kids Were Able to Buy Tobbaco Products 13% of the Time They Tried

  SUPERIOR, Wis.- State mandated compliance checks were held in Douglas County to make sure businesses aren’t selling tobacco products to under aged minors. The minors who were part of the test were able to purchase the tobacco products 13 percent of the time they tried. Experts say the tobacco industry is producing products that appeal to a younger generation,…

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church is Torn Down

The Church is Around 100 Years Old

  DULUTH, Minn.- The St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church which closed in 2015, was demolished today The Duluth Diocese made a decision in 2012 to merge St. Elizabeth Catholic church in Gary New Duluth and St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Morgan Park with St. James Catholic Church in West Duluth back in 2012. It was a move to address…

Best Grocery Bagger in Minnesota On to National Competition

Sandstone College Student Has Chance to Be Bagging Champion in Las Vegas

SANDSTONE, Minn. – A grocery bagger recently won the state bagging competition and will now compete for the national title in Las Vegas. Seth Allen has been bagging groceries for more than three years at Chris’ Food Center in Sandstone. “I never thought I would be a professional bagger per se, it’s not something that as a kid you think…

UPS Store Owner Returns Package Misplaced for 4 Years

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) – The owner of a UPS store in Golden Valley has found the intended recipient of a packaged that has been misplaced for four years. The package ended up at Randy Holst’s UPS store after several failed attempts to deliver it. The box contained a framed military flag, spent shell casings, newspaper clippings, and other momentos….

Police Investigate I-35 Shooting in Duluth

The incident was the second shooting to take place over the weekend, and the fifth shooting since the 1st of the year

DULUTH, Minn. – New details have emerged in the shooting that took place Sunday evening in Duluth Just before 8 p.m., on Sunday, the Duluth Police Department responded to a local hospital after receiving information of a 19-year-old male victim being admitted with an apparent gunshot wound. Duluth Police Investigators determined the shooting took place from one moving vehicle into…

Snow Ball Gala to Benefit Duluth Cross Country Ski Club

Final Push to Support Cross Country Ski Projects

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, The Duluth Cross Country Ski Club (DXC) is hosting the Second Annual Snow Ball Gala. The gala is being held Saturday, February 11 at Greysolon Ballroom. This is a fundraiser for their capital campaign. The campaign focuses on ensuring the future of cross country skiing in the area by building snowmaking trails at the Grand…

Local Authors Featured at Barnes and Noble

Good Reads for Cold Weather

DULUTH, Minn. – Local authors were featured in this week’s Coffee Conversation. Shari Illig, Community Business Development Manager for Barnes & Noble, brought in four books to feature. The first is “Locally Laid” by, Lucie B. Amundsen. This book has been chosen as the One Book Northland for the community read. It’s coming out in paperback on February 28. Illig…

Community Forum Fights Poverty

Ending Economic Inequality

DULUTH, Minn. – Community leaders held a round table discussion on the issues surrounding poverty in the Northland and throughout the world. The discussion was centered around the ways economic inequality can be addressed and how new economic initiatives might help in the fight to end poverty. The discussion was put on by Basic Income Guaranteed Minnesota, an organization that…

Iron Range Man Flown to Hospital After Snowmobile Crash

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP., Minn. – An Iron Range man was transported to a hospital by helicopter on Friday, February 3 following a snowmobile crash in northern Minnesota. The 24-year-old Virginia man was riding his snowmobile with friends on Trail 14 on the West Spur from Trail’s End Resort near the Vermillion River in Portage Twp. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office…

Man Dies in Vehicle Rollover

DEER LAKE, Minn. – A 22-year-old Remer, Minnesota man is dead after his vehicle slid on ice in Itasca County. State Patrol says it happened on State Highway 6 near Deer Lake. The vehicle slid through a stop sign, rolled and hit a power pole. The drivers name is not being released at this time. He was not wearing a…

Sister City Delegation Returns to Duluth

Duluthians Had Been in Iraqi Kurdistan to Promote Cultural Understanding Between Cities

DULUTH, Minn. – A five person delegation recently visited one of Duluth’s sister cities in Kurdistan. Most of the group returned today after their three week trip and had a welcome home celebration at the Duluth International Airport. Five Duluthians visited sister city Rania in Iraqi Kurdistan to build understanding and promote peace between cultures. The delegation left on January 11th and…

Kids Slide Down Hill in Home-Made Sleds

5th Annual Art Sled Rally Raises Money for Northwood Children's Services

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids had the chance to slide down a hill in their own home-made sleds today at Ridgeview Country Club in Duluth. The 5th Annual Art Sled Rally featured creative, cardboard box sleds made and ridden by kids who were dressed as trolls, Prince, and other fun characters. Prizes for best in show, best themed, and most spirited…

Blizzard Tour Wraps Up With Banquet

225 Rode in Attempt to Raise $1 Million for ALS Foundation

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The 2017 Blizzard Snowmobile Tour to end ALS wrapped up today with a banquet at Cirrus Aircraft. 225 riders took to the trails in this year’s tour, which began on February 2nd. Riders traveled through Northern Minnesota to raise funds and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The disease has personally impacted many riders…

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…