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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…

School Expansion Referendum Proposed in Wrenshall

School Wants to Update and Expand Building Because of Increased Enrollment

WRENSHALL, Minn. – Last week, the Wrenshall School Board proposed a referendum to improve and expand their school building. Wrenshall enrollment is up by about 30 students this year, which puts more demand on their facilities. School officials say they are still open to all options moving forward, including a proposed consolidation with Carlton schools, but an expansion needs to…

School Resource Police Officer May Be Added in Cloquet

Officer Would Increase Safety and Build Relationships Between Students and Law Enforcement

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet School District is planning to add a full time school resource police officer. The resource officer would provide counseling and education to students, in addition to increased school security. The Cloquet Superintendent says adding a resource officer will help students build relationships with police and is not in response to any issues with crime. “The…

American Red Cross Holds Blood Drive at UMD

Winter Weather Causes Blood Shortage for American Red Cross

DULUTH, Minn.- The American Red Cross is having a blood shortage, after several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country forced them to cancel blood drives. Since December 1, around 300 blood drives across 27 states have been canceled because of weather, but hospital patients still need blood transfusions. So today, students and community members donated…

Lucky’s 13 Pub Opens in Duluth

The Store Brought More Than 100 Jobs to Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Lucky’s 13 Pub opened in Duluth Monday. Lucky’s is a growing restaurant that takes pride in their rustic feel and welcoming atmosphere. The Duluth location is Lucky’s 7th store, and with the opening of it, Lucky’s has brought more than 100 new jobs to Duluth. “We thought Duluth was a really good market, because even though the town…

Duluth Police Chief Addresses Spike In Gun Crimes

Six Gun-Related Crimes Were Reported Over Eight Days

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken announced at a news conference Monday that his department has arrested a suspect in Sunday’s shooting in Lincoln Park. Tusken also addressed public safety concerns after the recent string of violent crimes involving guns. Three shootings and three armed robberies happened within eight days, which prompted Chief Tusken and Mayor Emily Larson…

Aurora Man Gets Longer-Than-Guideline Sentence for Murder

DULUTH, Minn.  – John Joseph Plevell received a 35-year- prison sentence today, after pleading guilty last month to intentional second-degree murder in the November 8, 2015 shooting death of Julie Ann Hildreth outside the Aurora American Legion club, St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin said. The longer-than guideline sentence was warranted by Judge Gary Pagaliaccetti because Plevell ambushed his former…

Panel of Women Leaders Share Advice

Women in Leadership

DULUTH, Minn. – This week Northland women are getting together to lift one another up and share advice for a successful career. Aim High Network is assembling a panel of achievers to discuss success. The Women in Leadership event is Wednesday, February 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kitchi Gammi Club. The panel will be sharing their experiences, philosophies, advice…

Giant Voices Giving Away $20,000 in Free Marketing Services

Local Northland Businesses can Apply for Prize

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re a small business looking to improve your marketing efforts, you’re in luck. Giant Voices is giving away $20,000 worth of free marketing services. Depending on the growth ambitions and needs of the winning business, marketing services will vary and may include: Ambition planning Brand development marketing plan development Advertising campaign development Lead generation strategy development…

Adventuring through Hartley Park by Candlelight

Coffee Conversation: Candlelight Ski, Skate & Snowshoe

DULUTH, Minn. – Winter is back in the Northland and Hartley Park is filling up with outdoor enthusiasts. To celebrate the season, Hartley Nature Center is hosting their annual Candlelight Ski, Skate & Snowshoe event. It’s being held on February 11 from 4-7 p.m. There will be naturalist-led snowshoe hikes, cross-country skiing by candlelight, ice skating on Hartley Pond, dessert…

Shooting Witness Talks About His Experience

Shawn Johnson Saw Last Night's Lincoln Park Shooting While Walking Home

DULUTH, Minn. – When Shawn Johnson walked home at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning, he found himself right in the middle of what became the latest violent crime in Duluth. “Came across a large argument, about eight people and a bunch of ruckus, and I just kind of stopped to see what was going on,” says Shawn Johnson. He says…

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Kicks Off with Opening Ceremony

Mushers Prepare for the Big Race

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Opening Ceremony marked the beginning of this year’s race. Dogs went through the vet checks, and mushers attended the mandatory meetings earlier today, to prepare for the big race. And tonight, mushers and their supporters attended the Opening Ceremony to get their bibs, and learn what order they will be…

MNSure Enrollment Extension

Minnesotans Have Until Feb. 8th to Buy Health Insurance

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There’s good news for Minnesotans who need health insurance. MNSure, the state–run insurance exchange announced a special one–week enrollment period. This extension gives Minnesotans extra time to take advantage of a new law which provides relief from rising premiums. The current enrollment now runs through February 8th, instead of January 31st.  All state residents are eligible,…

Habitat for Humanity Puts Electricity in Superior Home

It's the First Habitat Home to be Built in Superior in 6 Years

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s been six years since the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity built a Home in Superior. The organization broke ground for the house on 1001 North 7th Street, back in September of last year. And the project has come a long way since then. “We’re getting over the hill now as far as the most of…

Climbers Rock On! at UW-Superior

The Climbing Competition Drew 80 People

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The 13th Annual Rock On Indoor Climbing Competition brought climbers from all over Minnesota and Wisconsin to Superior. The competition is organized by UW-Superior Campus Recreation Program, and is part of the Wisconsin Indoor Climbing Series, where climbers of all ages and skill levels compete. Around 80 people showed up to UWS today to climb their way to…

Denfeld Girl’s Basketball Investing in the Future

Slavation Army Rookie Basktball Players Join Special Practice

Its been a long time since freshman forward Elizabeth Emmel first learned how to play basketball, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten the excitement of first learning her favorite sport. Emmel says, “Scoring your 1st basket during a game and then having my parents and friends go and watch your games is a lot of fun.” Now along with her…