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Lake County Ambulance Service Provides Update on Supplies, Staff

Right now, Shepersky said they're not facing a critical shortage of workers, but losing even one employee could impact services.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- Lake County Ambulance service, covering Two Harbors and Silver Bay is seeing higher demand for services. According to Executive Director Julia Shepersky, ambulance medical supplies PPE, and certain medications are all in high demand, making them harder to get at times. Right now, Shepersky said they’re not facing a critical shortage of workers, but losing even one…

Mighty Mississippi Exhibit Attracting New Visitors to Itasca County Historical Society

The Historical Society is Celebrating the Opening of a New Exhibit Showcasing the Mississippi River in Itasca County

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – According to Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, annually, tourism brings nearly $76 million and over 1,500 jobs to Itasca County. Now one new attraction featuring the mighty Mississippi River is attracting tourists to the region. “Our advertising is a turtle named Patty, and a snapper named Sandy,” said Lilah Crowe,…

Heritage Center, Clyde Iron Works to be Connected

Clyde Iron Works is also preparing to open its own brewery called 'Clyde Brewing.'

DULUTH, Minn. — Food and sports are getting closer to being connected at Lincoln Parks biggest entertainment venue. Crews are preparing to link the heritage sports center to the nearby Clyde Iron Works restaurant with an enclosed walkway. This will help all hockey players, their parents, and friends don’t have to truck it outside in Duluth’s winter weather to get…

Lake Dedicated to Veteran Fishing Trips Receives Large Donation

Legacy Lake was Born Back in 2009 After the Land was Purchased by Local Businessman Larry Schanno

FINLAND, Minn. – This October marks 30 years since the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay first opened its doors. Since then, hundreds of residents have resided there, experiencing events and opportunities with the close community inside. One summer activity takes the cake, year after year. “Got a big one! Oh, I lost him,” said Frank Stella, a retired U.S….

Midday Update 10-12-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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Morning Update 10-12-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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UWS Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Medicine Wheel

The ceremony featured a performance from the Woodland Sky Native American Dance Group on the Medicine Wheel outside Yellowjacket Unio

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The University Of Wisconsin Superior celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day in person again this year by showcasing native culture on the campus’s Medicine Wheel and community gathering space. The ceremony featured a performance from the Woodland Sky Native American Dance Group on the Medicine Wheel outside Yellowjacket Union. Officials say the wheel, an Ojibwe tradition, is also a symbol…

Vino with a View: Inside Lutsen’s North Shore Winery

North Shore Winery and Sawtooth Mountain Cider House Opened Back in 2016

LUTSEN, Minn. – When it comes to the birthplace of a good chardonnay or merlot, chances are Minnesota doesn’t come to mind. One business located in Lutsen, however, is looking to change that perception. “Just trying new things is very important. You don’t know what you like until you try it,” said Jayden Corliss, general manager at North Shore Winery….

St. Louis County Depot Hosting Haunted History Tours

 Masks are required in the depot for all events. 

DULUTH, Minn. — The St. Louis County Depot has some brand new activities for the Halloween season. For the first time, the depot will host haunted history tours throughout the month of October ending with a free family event on October 30th. Organizers say the goal is to indulge people in historical areas of the depot that aren’t always talked…

American Red Cross Experiencing Blood Shortage

This has left certain blood types with only a day's worth of supply when the red cross usually has around a five-day supply.

DULUTH, Minn. —  The American Red Cross Continues to see a blood shortage. Even though they typically see a rebound in the fall season following a slow summer this year there has been a lack of high school and college blood drives throughout the Northland. This has left certain blood types with only a day’s worth of supply when the…

Duluth Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

"We just picked up the momentum and kept going. I think this is the biggest turnout we've ever had," Sandman says. 

DULUTH, Minn. — “It was incredible. It was amazing. And this family we have here is just beautiful to watch the mom and the dad intact and teaching their boys the traditional ways,” Duluth Indigenous Commission Chair, Babette Sandman says. Indigenous community members came to Duluth city hall to help commemorate the day also known as Columbus Day. “Seeing him…

Midday Update 10-11-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, October 11, 2021

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Northland Native Releasing New Book After Battle With Breast Cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

DULUTH, Minn. – One Northland woman is using this Breast Cancer Awareness Month to reach out to others and share her story of survival, healing, and learning. In 2015, Natalie Zeleznikar was 48 when she was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. She’s now 55 and continues to heal mentally, physically, and spiritually. “I had no breast cancer in my…

Morning Update 10-11-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, October 11, 2021

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UMD Student Organizations Clean Up Parks around City

10 different UMD student clubs and organizations fanned out across Duluth to clean up areas around neighborhoods and parks.

DULUTH, Minn.- What better way to take in Duluth’s fall colors than by showing some TLC to Mother Nature? That’s exactly what some UMD students did Sunday. 10 different UMD student clubs and organizations fanned out across Duluth to clean up areas around neighborhoods and parks. One group at Bagley Nature Area says as they helped the environment, the environment…

Duluth Council to Discuss Indigenous People’s Abuse, Trauma from Christian Boarding Schools

The resolution allows the Duluth City Council to officially go on record calling on Congress to commission a study and report on the boarding school policy.

DULUTH, Minn.- As Duluth City Council prepares to meet on Monday, also Indigenous People’s Day, one of the biggest items on their agenda is a resolution calling for awareness and reconciliation for Christian boarding schools who abused and in some cases killed many indigenous children throughout history. As the Northland prepares to recognize Indigenous People’s Day, the resolution put forth…

Duluth Cider’s ‘Big Bad Apple Bash’ Back Celebrating Fall, Cider Pressing

Families could also get in on some apple pressing, with apples from as close by as local backyards, and as far as Bayfield.

DULUTH, Minn.- The folks at Duluth Cider brought the community together to have a smashing good time, smashing some apples at their 3rd annual Big Bad Apple Bash. The event returned in-person this year, after going virtual with a Livestream and take-home “Bash Boxes” during the pandemic. Hundreds came throughout the day and into the night Saturday enjoying live music,…

All Things Horror At Zeitgeist Arts Cafe

DULUTH, Minn. — Just in time for spooky season, a horror-themed Facebook group, met for the first time in person at the Zeitgeist Arts Café for an arts and hobby bazaar. The Twin Ports Horror Society bonds over their love for horror genre related topics. They were showcasing and selling their creations, and connecting over their scary interests. An organizer…

13th Annual Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk in Carlton

104 people showed up to remember those who passed, and those they left behind.

CARLTON, Minn. — Over 100 people gathered Saturday morning for the 13th annual Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk in Carlton, to remember those lost to, or touched by suicide, and raise awareness towards prevention as well. The Carlton County Suicide Prevention Task Force has hosted this event for the past 12 years. With this year being the 13th, it has grown…

Cruise Industry Could Cause Boost in Duluth Economy

In January of 2022, the Viking ship will sail to Antarctica and the Great Lakes.

DULUTH, Minn. — In 2022 the Viking cruise ship will be in the Great Lakes and Duluth is poised to reap the benefits. A report published by UMD’s Bureau of Business and Economics revealing initial visits would have a small economic impact, but over time it could add 60 jobs annually and more than five million dollars in added spending…

City Seeking Public Input with Broadband Survey

The goal is to get every community member connected in their homes allowing for a master broadband plan.

DULUTH, Minn. — “One of the things we have learned in the past 18 months, the past two years is the urgent need we have in this community for every resident in this community to have access to reliable high-speed internet or broadband,” Duluth Mayor, Emily Larson says. On Friday the city of Duluth announced they are looking for the…

Active Adventures: Superior Farmers’ Market

The market will continue through the end of October.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- In this week’s Active Adventures we stop by the Superior Farmer’s Market to check out what they have to offer in the homestretch of the harvest season. In addition to locally grown produce and meat products, you can also check out a variety of home crafts including handmade winter gear to prep for winter.  Prepare to spend more…

High-End Condos Planned For Waterfront Property

DULUTH, Minn. — A new high-end condominium development is being planned for prime waterfront property in Duluth. F.I. Salter real estate, which built Pier B Resort in Duluth, wants to build a four-story, 16-unit condo complex at 23rd Avenue East along the Lakewalk next to Beacon Pointe Resort. The condos would cost anywhere from $900,000 to $2 million. F.I. Salter’s president…

City of Duluth Announces Proposed Housing Trust Fund

DULUTH, Minn. —  “It was supported by a group of housing experts. Some of whom you will hear from today as well,” Duluth Mayor Emily Larson says. Mayor Larson first spoke about the housing trust fund in her state of the city address proposing the investment of two million dollars to the fund courtesy of the community investment trust. “After…

UWS Guest Speaker Talks Data Surveillance

She added that some of these virtual programs also have the major flaw of falsely flagging some students for cheating on tests they're taking on their computers at home, based on their movements in front of web cameras.

  SUPERIOR, Wisc. — There are quite a few websites and virtual programs that colleges are using to help make academics easier, but one expert that visited UWS today says campuses need to be more aware of one possible issue with those platforms. A law professor from New York talked to students, staff, and others at her guest lecture on…

Midday Update 10-7-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, October 7, 2021

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Doctors Say Flu Shot is Extremely Vital in a COVID-19 World

Doctors with MedExpress Recommend Patients Receive Both the COVID-19 Vaccine, and a Flu Shot this Season

DULUTH, Minn. – Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re also approaching one of the most critical seasons for the health of Americans – flu season. Although COVID-19 safety measures, such as wearing a mask, staying home, social distancing, and handwashing contributed to a decline in 2020-2021 flu incidence, flu viruses are constantly changing and it’s not unusual for new flu viruses…

Taste the Flavors of Fall with The Sweet Exchange

Cooking Connection: Mega Cupcakes, Caramel Apple, Turtle Cheesecake with The Sweet Exchange

DULUTH, Minn. – This week’s Cooking Connection has Meteoroloist Ken Slama trying his best to become a professional cake decorator. Lisa Quarles, the owner of The Sweet Exchange, shows off recipes for her mega cupcakes, caramel apple pie, and turtle cheesecakes. Quarles asks customers to place orders at least 48-72 hours in advance. She can be reached at (218) 310-2412…

Morning Update 10-7-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, October 7, 2021

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Home Decorating Contest Part of Superior Spooktacular Event

Judging will take place October 21st through the 24th with the winners announced on the 25th. 

SUPERIOR, Wisc. —  Spooky things are going on in Superior all throughout the month. Several homes and businesses throughout the city have signed up for the free event called “haunt your house.” It’s all part of the annual superior spooktacular held every October geared towards getting people more involved in community activities. “We really want people to enter this just…

Vehicle Microchip Shortage Continues in Northland

The trade-in value has gone up for many cars helping absorb some of the rising costs of new vehicles. 

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Car dealerships are still feeling the effects of the pandemic as a shortage of microchips continues. A semi-conductor is a computer chip in the vehicle that helps run its run all the electronics a car has, such as the radio. The shortage throughout 2020 has caused a ripple effect meaning fewer vehicles have been built throughout the…

Midday Update 10-6-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, October 6, 2021

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Target Submits Application for Expansion, Remodel Project in Duluth

  DULUTH, Minn. – The Target Corporation has submitted a development application for an expansion and remodel project for the Duluth Target location. According to the application submitted to the Planning Commission, the Target store will undergo a complete store remodel and an exterior upgrade and expansion of 16,448 square feet on the north side of the building. “The new…

Pet Oxygen Mask Helps Save the Life of 3-Year-Old Ozzy the Pug

The Duluth Fire Department First Started Receiving Pet Oxygen Masks in 2014

DULUTH, Minn. – Pets in distress. It often happens when a fire breaks out, or during traffic emergencies. Now thanks to a partnership between the Duluth Fire Department and Duluth Veterinary Hospital, local first responders are better equipped to handle our four-legged friends. “I treat them like my kids,” said Coralie Anderson, owner of 3-year-old Ozzy the Pug. It’s a…

Morning Update 10-6-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, October 6, 2021

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College Of St. Scholastica Students Take Elementary Kids through World of STEM

Students from the College of St. Scholastica set up tables with different experiments like making ice cream with liquid nitrogen and little sculptures out of instant foam.

DULUTH, Minn.- Students at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School in Duluth got to try out some cool science experiments with the help of some college kids. Dozens of general chemistry students from the College of St. Scholastica set up tables with different experiments like making ice cream with liquid nitrogen and little sculptures out of instant foam. Organizers say it helps young…

Kaleidoscope of Fall Foliage Shows Off at Lutsen Mountains

From Red to Orange, Yellow and Gold, the Colors Continue to Change Along Highway 61

LUTSEN, Minn. – By now, many of the maple leaves have fallen at Lutsen Mountains, making way for the thick birch and aspen forests to glow for a few more weeks. “We spend all summer working on winter projects,” said Jim Vick, director of operations at Lutsen Mountains. Before flakes fly, fall foliage captures a crowd of seismic proportions. “Some…

LSC Holds Flu Shot Clinic

Roughly 80-100 students had registered to receive the shot helping to minimize the hospital intake because of the virus.

DULUTH, Minn. — Lake Superior College held their second annual flu shot clinic Tuesday morning. The organization Lead MN is partnered with Hennepin Healthcare to get students the flu vaccine at the college. Roughly 80-100 students had registered to receive the shot helping to minimize the hospital intake because of the virus. “And also help students who are going into…

DECC Expands Covid-19 Test Site Location

As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the Northland public health officials are seeing a similar trend.

DULUTH, Minn. — As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the Northland public health officials are seeing a similar trend. “We are about where we were at the beginning of November last year before we had the vaccine and we were going into our peak,” St. Louis County Public Health Division Director, Amy Westbrook says. That’s why Minnesota Governor Tim…

Midday Update 10-5-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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