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Optimism on the Iron Range as New Event & Convention Center Opens

The New Iron Trail Motors Event & Convention Center is a Project 20 Years in the Making

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A massive project 20 years in the making is now a reality, and standing tall in the City of Virginia. Now the City of Virginia Parks and Rec Department is proud to bring people inside the new Iron Trail Motors Event and Convention Center. “This is a game-changing facility for the entire Iron Range,” said Brian Silber,…

Morning Update 10-5-21

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

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Northland Health Experts Warn of ‘Severe’ Flu Season to Come, On Top of Pandemic

The shadow looming over all this, according to experts, is the stress healthcare systems nationwide are already under.

DULUTH, Minn.- According to Northland health experts, the outlook for this year’s flu season is not good, as they prepare for a one-two punch of the flu and the ongoing COVID-19 surge. “A lot of people are back out doing their normal activities, we’re not in quarantine so those factors will play a role in what could be a severe…

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center Sees Smaller Crowds this Summer after Reopening

Officials there say they saw roughly 20,000 visitors in September and 18,000 in August.

DULUTH, Minn- The Maritime Museum Visitor Center in Canal Park is fresh off a summer where visitors were allowed inside again to get a hands-on look at the region’s shipping history. The museum re-opened in July after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic. Officials there say they saw roughly 20,000 visitors in September and 18,000 in August. Smaller…

B&B Market Under New Ownership

Longtime owners John and Kim Lind are passing the torch to a new husband-and-wife duo.

CLOQUET, Minn. — The popular B&B market in Cloquet is now under new ownership for the first time in more than 30 years. Longtime owners John and Kim Lind are passing the torch to a new husband-and-wife duo. Which includes a B&B Market employee of seven years 24-year-old Jacob Richardson. He’s a Cloquet native who says the new gig is…

Wrenshall Near Completion of Multi-Millon Dollar Project

Due to air quality concerns, the school was able to fund the projects through the state of Minnesota.

WRENSHALL, Minn. — “It was really awesome to see the stands packed with our students on one side, parents on the other cheering on our volleyball team,” Wrenshall Principal, Michelle Blanchard says. Last Thursday, the Wrens played their first volleyball game on the brand new gym floor. “Our students are thrilled. They just can’t believe this is their school. They…

Midday Update 10-4-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, October 4, 2021

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Split Rock Lighthouse to Host Historic Tours by Lantern Light

Tours will Begin Saturday, October 9 at 6 p.m.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The history of Split Rock Lighthouse is set to come alive by the light of lantern this Saturday, Oct. 9. Visitors will be guided to various first-person interpretations of important people throughout Split Rock Lighthouse’s story. With tales of daring survival and perspectives that range for decades, six figures of Split Rock’s history share some of…

Morning Update 10-4-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, October 4, 2021

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Apple Fest Returns as ‘Core’ Part of Bayfield for Orchards, Thousands of Fans

The 59th Festival wrapped up with the parade of 33 floats and attractions through Downtown.

BAYFIELD, Wis.- Thousands packed the streets of Bayfield for Apple Fest, as the Northern Wisconsin tradition of almost 60 years returned this weekend after the pandemic sidelined all the fun last year. It was apples, to apples, to apples as far as the eye could see, as the festival wrapped up Sunday. “They have apple donuts, apple pies,” said one…

Apple Fest Still Success for Orchards Despite Crop Shortage

The drought reduced crop yields at apple orchards in Bayfield some as much as 40%.

BAYFIELD, Wis.- The drought reduced crop yields at apple orchards in Bayfield some as much as 40%, so many orchard stands offered fewer apple products at Apple Fest than in years past. “Usually every year we make around 8,000 caramel apples but this year we were only able to do 5,000,” said Madison Gingras, working at the Apple Hill Orchard…

Bayfield Businesses Thankful for Apple Fest’s Return before Quiet Winter

The Festival provides a boost for the many seasonal businesses in the area.

BAYFIELD, Wis.- Having Apple Fest back is a big economic boost to Bayfield and its surrounding towns and communities. And this comes after businesses like ‘Bayfield Inn’ saw a busier summer than last year. The Assistant General Manager telling us, it was at times difficult to keep up with, with the cost of goods going up. The inn is one…

Duluth NAACP Holds ‘Decriminalize Color’ Rally at Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial

They gathered to ask the Duluth Police Department to stop what they call "pre-textual stops" for things like expired tabs or missing license plates -- which they say disproportionately affects people of color.

DULUTH, Minn- At the Clayton, Jackson McGhie Memorial, Women’s Marchers joined Duluth Branch of the NAACP, for their “Decriminalize Color” Rally. Speakers including Minnesota 7th District Senator Jen McEwen and Civil Rights leaders from across the country gathered to ask the City of Duluth and Duluth Police Department to stop what they call “pre-textual stops” for things like expired tabs…

Duluth Women’s March Joins Hundreds Across Country Supporting Reproductive Rights

This comes after a controversial new law was enacted in Texas, banning abortions once cardiac activity is detected usually around six weeks

DULUTH, Minn.- A Women’s March in Duluth Saturday joined hundreds across the country taking to the streets in support of reproductive rights, which they say are under attack with recent abortion legislation. The march started outside the St. Louis county courthouse and marched to the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial on First Street. The group in Duluth marched down First Street…

Duluth Police: Standoff Suspect Surrenders After Attempted Bank Robbery, Car Theft, Vehicle Pursuit

According to authorities, there were no injuries reported during the call.

DULUTH, Minn.- The 30-year-old male suspect who kept Duluth Police in a standoff for hours in an apartment building on Central Avenue was finally taken into custody after committing multiple crimes, according to authorities. Police say at 8:30 p.m. the man eventually surrendered and was apprehended. He was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries and then the St….

Bayfield Businesses Looking Forward to Apple Fest

It's an occasion that is the biggest weekend of the year for the town.

BAYFIELD, Wisc. — “I think people are excited to be outside again and to gather,” Apostle Island Booksellers Store Manager, Kristen Sandstrom says. After having a different variation of the event last year, Apple Fest is coming back to downtown Bayfield this weekend. “We expect to have at least 20,000 people in and around the area this weekend,” Bayfield Chamber…

Midday Update 10-1-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, October 1, 2021

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Ru-Ridge Corn Maze in Carlton Reopens for Autumn Adventures

Active Adventures: Fall Fun at Ru-Ridge Corn Maze

CARLTON, Minn. – It’s the season of corn and pumpkins so for this week’s Active Adventures we try not to get lost at Ru-Ridge Corn Maze in Carlton. In addition to their corn maze, they offer lots of fun activities for families and friends of all ages. They’re open Thursday through Sunday until the end of October. The maze is…

Morning Update 10-1-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, October 1, 2021

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A Day of Orange to Remember a Dark Time in History for Indigenous People

DULUTH, Minn. — A dark part of history that’s rarely talked about is finally having a light shined on it. Back in the 1800’s and 1900’s, indigenous children were taken from their families and forced into boarding schools for what could be described as an “ethnic cleansing”. This happened in both America and in Canada. Many of them suffered severe…

Catalyst Content Festival Underway in Duluth

On the last day, 23 awards will be presented to the best projects.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Catalyst Content Festival is underway in Duluth. The festival brings hundreds of submissions from all across the globe. It’s only the second time the festival has taken place in Duluth after officially moving to the city back in 2019. Participants say that this is the perfect place to have an event this size bringing more coverage…

Duluth Police Department Participating in ‘Red Ribbon Campaign’

The chief of police says it's all to spread awareness to community members about illicit drug use.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Police Department, and other departments across the country in connection with the DEA are participating in the “Red Ribbon Campaign” throughout all of October. This week, magnets are on each squad card to honor a fallen DEA who was killed by drug traffickers in 1985. The chief of police says it’s all to spread awareness…

Midday Update 9-30-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, September 30, 2021

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Morning Update 9-30-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, September 30, 2021

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Lake Superior Art Glass Hosts Pumpkin Making Event

The shop is hosting a design your own glass pumpkin event.

DULUTH, Minn. — Lake Superior Art Glass is hosting their seasonal glass blowing event all throughout October. The shop is hosting a design your own glass pumpkin event. Organizers say, the 30-minute class is a great way for people to gain more experience in glass blowing and designing pumpkins. “There’s really so many ways different ways that you can design…

Students at Lake Superior College Celebrate Success

Roughly 250 students were able to connect with different resources on campus and in the community. 

DULUTH, Minn. — Students at Lake Superior College were out of class today to celebrate their success. It was the first time the college has had an event of this size since early 2020. Roughly 250 students were able to connect with different resources on campus and in the community. Organizers say, this allows them to see everything that Lake…

Union Members Join in Opposition of Proposed City Healthcare Changes

This comes on the heels of the city's proposed "Safer Duluth For All" budget plan. 

DULUTH, Minn. — Union members stood in solidarity outside of Duluth City Hall this afternoon in support of each other. This comes on the heels of the city’s proposed “Safer Duluth For All” budget plan. In that plan, a section could potentially change the city’s healthcare. Union members are not happy about this possible change. “To show that we are…

Enbridge Announces “Substantial” Completion of Line 3 Pipeline

Enbridge has even changed the route to avoid certain areas.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — After first becoming operational in the late 1960s the line 3 pipeline began to deteriorate over time. Now Enbridge is close to opening its replacement pipeline having made the new pipe twice as thick while also adding state-of-the-art engineering. The pipeline starts in Alberta, Canada and goes through a section of North Dakota and Minnesota before traveling…

Midday Update 9-29-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, September 29, 2021

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Catalyst Content Festival Returns with In-Person & Virtual Events

The Catalyst Content Festival is Happening Sept. 29 - Oct. 3

DULUTH, Minn. – The Catalyst Content Festival first moved to Duluth back in 2019, welcoming dozens of content creators to the Northland from all across the globe. It had to be sidelined and held virtually in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now in 2021, events are returning in-person, and virtually as the festival makes a strong comeback. Starting at…

Morning Update 9-29-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, September 29, 2021

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Local Businesses Thankful for Extra Boost in Traffic as Fall Foliage Pops

Visit Cook County says Local Businesses Rely on a Boost in Tourism During Autumn Adventures

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – As summer winds down and fall settles in across the region, local businesses along the North Shore are thankful for a final push before snow begins the fly. “Nice cool weather and beautiful scenery,” said Eric Humphrey, co-owner of Lake Superior Trading Post. If you ask any local along the North Shore, every day is a…

Mini Goats Take Over the Campus of UW-Superior

Duluth Goat Yoga Provided a Fun, Entertaining Way for Over 50 Students to Relax and Unwind

SUPERIOR, Wis., – Over a dozen goats took over the campus of UW-Superior Tuesday afternoon. With in-person events returning to campus this fall, Student Involvement booked a session for 50 students to sign up and experience Duluth Goat Yoga. The company was founded back in 2018, and is clearly a hit! Organizers say students were lining up an hour before…

Duluth Police Join ‘Pink Patch Project’ For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The public is encouraged to purchase patches to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

DULUTH, Minn. – For the first time, the Duluth Police Department is joining the Pink Patch Project for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the month of October, officers will be wearing commemorative pink patches on their uniforms, along with other law enforcement agencies in the state. Police Chief Mike Tusken says it’s a way to raise awareness in conversation while…

Orchards Preparing for Apple Fest

In its 59th year, the Apple Fest will be back in full swing. 

BAYFIELD, Wisc. — “We’re going to have our same thing going on with hayrides, live music. Apple picking. We have all the goodies in the store,” Erickson Orchard Owner, Fred Erickson says. In its 59th year, the Apple Fest will be back in full swing. Despite the drought, Orchards are ready for people to come back out onto the farms….

Midday Update 9-28-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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Morning Update 9-28-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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New Iron Range Coffee Shop Helping to Support Mental Health Wellness

Loonies Coffee Shop is Donating 10 Percent of Profits to Mental Health Wellness

VIRGINIA, Minn. – As we head into the colder months, a cup of coffee is wonderful at any time of the day. When you pair it with compassion and empathy, the customers just keep coming back. “The coffee’s good, but the pizza is even better,” said Aaron Bialke, a customer from Grand Rapids. It’s hard to pinpoint a favorite part…

Federal Reserve Bank Of Minneapolis Meets With Diverse Group Of Business Owners In Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. –For the first time in Duluth, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis held a roundtable on Monday to learn about how businesses owners who are women and/or people of color are doing during the pandemic. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is a part of America’s central banking system, which oversees financial institutions and creates economic policies. The…

Sections of East Side of Lakewalk to Temporarily Close for Phase 5 Reconstruction Planning

That phase will involve redoing the remaining east side of the Lakewalk with boardwalk and new asphalt.

DULUTH, Minn.- A portion of the East side of the Lakewalk will be closed for the next four days. Starting Tuesday sections of the Lakewalk will be closed from below the Gitchi-Ode’ Akiing Park, to Water Street near the Beacon Pointe Condominiums. According to a spokesperson with the City of Duluth, contractors will analyze the soil, bedrock, and other features…

Midday Update 9-27-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, September 27, 2021

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Visit Cook County Promotes ‘Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour’ as Colors Begin to Pop

According to the Minnesota DNR, Fall Foliage in Parts of Cook County is 75 - 100 Percent Changed as of Monday, Sept. 27

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – Happening now through Sunday, Oct. 3, the ‘Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour’ is taking place throughout Cook County. The event features over 20 local artists who open up their private home studios to the public. Organizers say this is a rare opportunity to view new and upcoming works as well as the residential areas…

Morning Update 9-27-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, September 27, 2021

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Minnesota Firefighters Who Gave Ultimate Sacrifice Remembered on Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day

Crews say it’s also important to raise awareness of the biggest cause of job-related deaths among firefighters -- cancer and other health issues.

DULUTH, Minn.- Across the state of Minnesota Sunday, firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty or due to job-related causes were honored for their service on Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day. In Duluth, 19 firefighters from as far back as the 1800s to 2010 were remembered for paying the ultimate sacrifice. “It’s not always what you see…

Residents in ISD #381 to Vote on Two-Question Referendum Nov. 2

Question One Wouldn't Increase Taxes for Residents, Question Two Would

SILVER BAY, Minn. – This fall, leadership from Lake Superior School District is hoping residents will vote yes on two big referendum questions. “This school is the center of this community,” said Joe Nicklay, principal at William Kelley Schools in Silver Bay. Nicklay knows how important his building is when it comes to developing the future. “We have teachers who…

Family Remembers St. Paul Man Found Dismembered in Lake Superior, Advocates for Other Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

On Sunday, family and friends of Ricky Balsimo and community members gathered to honor him with cultural performances and a healing walk on the Lakewalk.

DULUTH, Minn.- A murdered indigenous man from St. Paul whose body was found dismembered in Lake Superior over the summer was remembered at a rally and walk in Canal Park Sunday, as organizers also hoped to bring attention to the cases of other missing and murdered indigenous people. “The main purpose for today is to show Ricky’s spirit that we…

Duluth Bethel’s First Concert for Recovery Takes Over Harbor Drive

Members of the Northland Music and Recovery community, the Duluth Bethel Treatment Center, and the DECC hope to make this an annual event.

DULUTH, Minn.- September is National Recovery Month, and community organizers teamed up for the Northland’s first Concert for Recovery, taking place on Harbor Drive behind the DECC, Saturday night. Members of the Northland Music and Recovery community, the Duluth Bethel Treatment Center, and the DECC hope to make this an annual event, supporting substance abuse treatment and mental health services….

City of Duluth, Ecolibrium3 Host Chalkfest to Draw Attention to Local Waterways

At the fall party, Ecolibrium3 showcased an assortment of watershed demonstrations, a free harvest soup lunch as a part of their Stone Soup Project, and several other activities.

DULUTH, Minn.- In collaboration with the City of Duluth, Ecolibrium3 hosted a Lake Superior Stormwater Chalkfest fall party, including family-friendly activities. At the fall party, Ecolibrium3 showcased an assortment of watershed demonstrations, a free harvest soup lunch as a part of their Stone Soup Project, and several other activities. They also invited the community to stop by and show off…