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Meet the Maker Behind Superior Street Baking

Cooking Connection: Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Drizzle

DULUTH, Minn. – This week’s Cooking Connection takes us inside the kitchen of Duluthian Jaimie Nere. She’s the creator behind Superior Street Baking. Nere values quiet time when her little ones are sleeping. That’s when the mixer comes out, the flour starts flying, and the ingredients come together to create delicious desserts that are personalized for any occasion. In this…

Local Veterinarians Experiencing Influx of New Patients

Many Local Vet Clinics Have Had to Turn Away New Patients

DULUTH, Minn. – The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on many issues over the past year and a half, and now local vets are speaking out about the impact they’re dealing with on a daily basis. The global health crisis has kickstarted a movement known as “pandemic pets.” Local breeders and animal shelters experienced high adoption rates over the…

Dogs and Drinks Event Hosted by Northern Lakes Rescue

DULUTH, Minn.– Northern Lakes Rescue have been doing pop events where they’re bringing their dogs, like Yetti, out into the community to hopefully find their forever home. Northern Lakes Rescue is a foster home- based rescue for dogs, who are saved from a variety of situations, whether they are in kill shelters, chained and abandoned, or strays on the streets….

Sit Back and Relax: Concerts on the Pier Return to Glensheen Mansion

Concerts Take Place Wednesday Evenings in July and August

DULUTH, Minn. – After a COVID-19 prompted hiatus in 2020, Concerts on the Pier are back in full force this summer at Glensheen Mansion. The events take place every Wednesday in July and August. The fun begins at 5 p.m. and wraps up around 8 p.m. Duluth musicians play on the end of Glensheen’s 100-ft pier that juts out into…

Broadway Square Vintage Market Bringing Old-Fashioned Back

SUPERIOR, Wisc.– The Spirit Room Cocktail Bar and Lady Outlaw Vintage Clothing Store teamed up this summer to bring the Broadway Square Vintage Market to Superior. This vintage market brings in vendors and craftspeople from different areas of the Mid-West to collaborate and sell vintage items from the 1920’s to the 90’s. The event also features different hand made goods,…

City of Superior Receives ‘America in Bloom’ Grant

This grant will allow the city to plant more than 300 different trees and plants, along different parks and trails in the city.

SUPERIOR, Wisc.– The City of Superior received a grant from a national organization to fill the city with more gardens. This grant will allow the city to plant more than 300 different trees and plants, along different parks and trails in the city. Superior was selected by America in Bloom after writing a proposal as the organization hopes to highlight…

UMD Land Lab Offering Summer Day Camps

DULUTH, Minn.– Summer camps are in full swing, and the UMD Land Lab is sponsoring a unique and free summer day camp opportunity for Duluth area high school students. This camp will allow high schoolers a hands on experience with harvesting vegetables, learning sustainable living skills, working with honeybees, and visiting the UMD campus for a sustainability tour. Through the…

Beat the Summer Heat with a Fresh, No-Bake Fruit Tart from Sweet Exchange

Cooking Connection: No-Bake Fruit Tart

DULUTH, Minn. – What better way to beat the summer heat and satisfy your sweet tooth than with a delicious no-bake Fruit Tart from Sweet Exchange. In this week’s Cooking Connection, owner Lisa Quarles teaches Meteorologist Ken Slama how to prepare this fresh, fruity dessert. Sweet Exchange currently doesn’t have a storefront, but they are operating out of a kitchen…

Lake Superior Zoo Hosting First-Ever ‘Backyard Bash’

The Backyard Bash is Happening Friday, July 30 at the Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn. – This summer the call of the wild is calling you to the Lake Superior Zoo. On Friday, July 30, the Zoo is celebrating summer with an inaugural fundraising event. The Backyard Bash will include live music, yard games, free s’mores, and more. The staff invites you to bring your friends and family. There will be local food…

‘Raise Our Standards Tour’ Held on Park Point with Community Resistance

DULUTH, Minn.– Tuesday evening on Park Point, The Center of the American Experiment held an event at the Lafayette Park Community Center, after being denied at four Duluth locations in one month because of pressure from some in the community. The is the 17th stop in Minnesota for the “Raise Our Standards Tour” focusing on the state’s draft social studies…

Ruth’s Local Greens Makes a Nutritional Impact in the Twin Ports

Two Students from UMD started a business only 5 months ago, and are making an impact already through the Twin Ports.

DULUTH, Minn.– Two UMD students came together earlier this year to figure out how to bring a little more green to the Twin Ports in a local and sustainable way. Wanting to explore ways to provide nutritious food to the Northland led them to find a creative and year-round way to provide these healthy products. “We always had an interest…

Late Night Laughs Returning to Fitger’s Complex

Stand Up Comedy Begins Friday, July 16 at Fitger's in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Professional stand-up comedy returns to the Fitget’s complex Friday, July 16. The event will take place on the third floor of the complex inside the Fitger’s Comedy Lounge. Tickets are $20 per person, and reservations are highly encouraged. Professional comedians Ryan Kahl and Mike Brody will be performing on Friday, July 16. The comedy kicks off at…

Local Nonprofit ‘Wags & Kisses’ Hosting Adoption Event at Kolar Chevrolet

The Adoption Extravaganza is Happening Saturday, July 10 at Kolar Chevrolet in Hermantown

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Wags & Kisses Rescue is a local nonprofit 501c3 organization providing in-home foster care, vetting, and training for dogs that are abandoned, surrendered or coming from hoarding situations with abuse involved. The organization is fortunate to have partnered with Kolar Totota to help educate the public on caring for their pets, offering assistance when needed, and looking…

Sweet Exchange Showcases Decadent Black Forest Cake

Cooking Connection: Black Forest Cake with Sweet Exchange

DULUTH, Minn. – What better way to satisfy your sweet tooth this summer than with a handcrafted Black Forest Cake from Sweet Exchange Bakery. In this week’s Cooking Connection, owner Lisa Quarles shows off her talents by constructing the cake with homemade cooked cherries, chocolate ganache, whipping cream, and layers of chocolate cake. Sweet Exchange currently doesn’t have a storefront,…

Animal Allies Prepares to Bring Back ‘Walk for Animals’ In-Person

'Walk for Animals' is Happening Thursday, July 15 at Leif Erikson Park

DULUTH, Minn. – Fundraising is currently underway for this year’s Animal Allies Walk for Animals. After going virtual in 2020, the event returns in person on Thursday, July 15 at Leif Erikson Park in Duluth. Registration for the walk will begin at 4 p.m. that day. Funds raised will help support the shelter’s mission of taking in pets, providing medical…

New Book Showcases Historic Photographs, Stories of Highway 61

Explore the Photographic History of Minnesota's Most Storied and Scenic Highway

DULUTH, Minn. – Driving on Highway 61 through Minnesota provides a rare opportunity for one to see virtually every type of landscape in the North Star State. Along the highway’s path are pastoral farms and towering bluffs, as well as the largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior. There are picturesque small towns and populous cities, yet stretches of the…

Keeping Fido Calm Ahead of Fireworks This Independence Day

Tips and Tricks for Keeping Your Animals Stress-Free as Bright, Loud Booms and Bangs Illuminate the Sky this Weekend

DULUTH, Minn. – The 4th of July is always a fun, festive time. However, for pets, it’s quite the opposite. Local veterinarians are urging pet owners and residents to be mindful of their furry friends ahead of the holiday weekend. “Stress can actually decrease their immune system,” said Brianna Piechowski, shelter veterinarian at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. Independence…

City of Duluth Reveals COVID Relief Fund Recommendations

DULUTH, Minn.– Mayor Emily Larson and members of the City Administration announced their recommendations today on how the city should spend the $58 million dollars it received from the American Rescue Plan. The City of Duluth has now received half of the $58 million dollars from the American Rescue Plan, and today Mayor Larson proposed a way to invest that…

Yellow Bird Fine Art Expands into Downtown Duluth

Yellow Bird Fine Art's Flagship Store is Located in Grand Marais

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re looking for a unique gift, or a creative piece to display on the walls inside your home, there’s a new shop that’s now open in downtown Duluth. “We only carry original artwork,” said Quay Flom, co-owner of Yellow Bird Fine Art. Word of mouth, and a creative canvas is helping Yellow Bird Fine Art expand…

Bong Center Hosting Two Famous, Historic Figures on Independence Day

Make Your Fourth Memorable with the General and President

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Col. Theodore Roosevelt (Rough Rider) and General George S. Patton will be making a stop by the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior on Sunday, July 4. Programs will take place from 1:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The Center’s 4th of July events have been a hit with visitors since 2018. Visitors will meet these…

Lake Superior College Welding Students Create Aerial Lift Bridge Replica

DULUTH, Minn.– Visit Duluth and Lake Superior College partnered up in 2018 and planned to have students design and weld a lift bridge replica that is 95″ wide, and 82″ tall. Finally today, the pieces were put together. Visit Duluth was able to purchase and supply the materials while the students of Lake Superior College put their heads together and…

New Superior Eatery Offers Authentic European Cuisine

Cooking Connection: Lamb Chops with Dolce Vita Restaurant

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A new restaurant has opened in Superior on the 5800 block of Tower Avenue. Dolce Vita cooks up all different types of European cuisine. “It’s a blessing,” said Zudi Maksutoski, owner of Dolce Vita. “You know, I kind of grew up in the kitchen from a little baby and then now to actually get to do this…

American Red Cross Urges Animal Owners to Have Pet Preparedness Plan in Place

June is Pet Preparedness Month

DULUTH, Minn. – If a natural disaster were to occur, or a fire broke out in your home, would you have a plan of action? Toss the family pets into the mix, and things can get stressful during the most critical time of evacuation. That’s why the Northern Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross is urging pet owners to…

Northern Waters Smokehaus Opening Order Windows

DULUTH, Minn.– Northern Waters Smokehaus in Canal Park has decided not to re-open their store front in the DeWitt-Seitz building due to efficiency concerns and overcrowding and instead have installed new outdoor-ordering windows. They hope to cut wait times down whether it is a large or smaller order as they also look to continue great customer service and are eager…

Big Top Chautauqua Celebrates 35th Anniversary With Jam-Packed Summer

The Season Kicked off Friday, June 18, 2021

BAYFIELD, Wis. – After a COVID-19 prompted hiatus in 2020, Big Top Chautauqua is back and ready to celebrate 35 years of entertainment in the community. This year’s season began June 18 and will run through September 17. “We can’t wait for our grand reunion when we see you all back up at the tent, and we are able to…

Festivities on the Lake Front Help Kick Off Grandma’s Marathon Weekend

DULUTH, Minn.– Earlier today the annual Whipper Snapper children’s race made its return to Grandma’s Weekend, and although it was a little different this year coming out of COVID, it was equally as fun. “It’s always fun to watch the kids just come through, and just be excited and even when they get a little tired, you push them and…

Seafood Satisfaction with Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages

Cooking Connection: Brussels & Fontina

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The summer season is kicking off along scenic Highway 61 near Two Harbors. In this week’s Cooking Connection, Chef Richard Selz with Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages showcases a dish from their new summer menu. Bon appétit! Ingredients:  Flatbread – 1 Brown butter – 1/4 tsp Fontina cheese – 2.5 oz Shallot Brussels sprout Salt…

Businesses Preparing Days in Advance for Grandma’s Marathon

TWO HARBORS, Minn.– Preparations have begun for this weekend’s Grandma’s Marathon and there is a lot more work to be done behind the scenes. It looks empty now, but by Saturday morning, thousands of fans and racers will be out here to get ready, set, and go for the 45th annual Grandma’s Marathon. This the largest event to return to…

Finding Maxie: Minnesota Family Mourns Loss of Dog’s Remains After Vehicle is Broken Into

The Weber's Grandparents Stayed at the Radisson in Duluth Sunday, That's When The Ashes Were Stolen

DULUTH, Minn. – A Minnesota family is mourning the loss of their pet, and his remains after a senseless crime took place Sunday in Duluth. Now they’re asking you to be on the lookout so they can move forward and heal. “He was a chubby dachshund who loved treats,” said Gretchen Weber, Maxie’s owner. Its memories that keep the legacy…

What To Know Leading Up To 45th Grandma’s Marathon

After Being Sidelined Due to COVID-19, Grandma's Marathon Will Take Place In-Person This Year With Safety Protocols in Place

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s an exciting week for many in the Northland — the 45th Grandma’s Marathon will take place Saturday, June 19. After going virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, event organizers are thrilled to be hosting the marathon and entertainment in-person with safety protocols in place. A handful of volunteers are still needed to help make…

Ledge Rock Grille Showcases New Italian Entrée Ahead of the Summer Season

Cooking Connection: Papparadelle Con Maiale

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The summer season is kicking off along scenic Highway 61 near Two Harbors. In this week’s Cooking Connection, Chef Richard Selz with Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages showcases a dish from their new summer menu. Enjoy! Ingredients:  Pork belly – 4oz Garlic, minced – 1tsp Oven-roasted tomato – 3 Pernod – 2oz White wine –…

Duluth Monarch Buddies Hosting Pollinator Marketplace

The Event is Happening Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at The Coppertop Church

DULUTH, Minn. – With the recent heatwave, more butterflies and insects are returning to the Northland a little earlier than normal. On Saturday, June 12, Northland residents are welcome to stop by the Coppertop Church in Duluth. A pollinator marketplace is being offered by the Duluth Monarch Buddies. The event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., featuring milkweed…

Duluth Salvation Army Looking for Food Donations, Hygiene Products

The Need for Food and Hygiene Assistance Increases as Kids Get Out of School

DULUTH, Minn. – We often hear about the high demand for food and monetary donations during the holiday season, but demand remains just as high throughout the summer months as well. The Duluth Salvation Army is currently accepting donations of food and hygiene products. The increase in need stems from more students being home over the summer months, and families…

Keeping Animals in Mind During This Hot, Humid Weather Ahead

Animal Allies Humane Society Reminds Pet Owners to Use Caution as Temps Reach Upper 80s, 90s

DULUTH, Minn. – With temperatures soaring well into the upper 80s and low 90s this weekend and into next week, staff at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth want to remind the public, especially pet owners, of the danger hot weather can pose to pets. “Keep that air conditioning on if you do have to leave your pet in the…

‘Summer Sipper’ Guide with Duluth’s Hoops Brewing

Dave Hoops, Owner of Hoops Brewing in Duluth, Showcases Three Perfect Brews to Sip this Summer Season

DULUTH, Minn. – The official start to summer kicks off on June 20 this year, but already with the heatwave on the way this weekend, many will be soaking up the summer sun at the beach or on the boat. Many local breweries and cideries are hoping you remember them as the season gets underway. Dave Hoops is the owner…

Lake Superior Zoo Spring Membership Drive Ends Today

Zoo Officials Say Memberships Pay for Themselves After Two Visits to the Facility

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s a summer packed with wild fun at the Lake Superior Zoo. Happening Tuesday, June 2, the zoo will host its M.A.D. Safari member appreciation day event. There will be free train rides, floats, and behind-the-scenes tours. Zoo CEO, Haley Cope, explains the benefits of becoming a member of the Lake Superior Zoo. “Beyond the bonus perks which…

Visit Cook County Looks Toward Summer Fun as Restrictions Continue to Ease

Visit Cook County Continues to Update Their Website Daily with New Entertainment, Activities Happening in the Region

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – With summer fun now in full swing, more visitors will be venturing up north to check out the sights, sounds, and entertainment Cook County has to offer. Kjersti Vick with Visit Cook County says they are prepared and excited to welcome tourists back to the region after a year of tight restrictions. Safety measures still remain…

Campsite Cooking: Quick, Easy Fiesta Chicken Packet Dinners

Cooking Connection: Fiesta Chicken Packet Dinners 

Fiesta Chicken Packet Dinners Serves 4 Ingredients  1 15 oz can black or pinto beans, drained and rinsed ½ cup Salsa of choice 1 ½ cups frozen corn kernels, thawed ½ cup chopped cilantro 2 teaspoons taco seasoning 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped Salt and pepper to taste 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (6 oz each) or boneless pork chops 1 cup shredded cheese of…

Federal Prison Camp in Duluth Welcoming Seven Puppies for Five Week Training

Can Do Canines is a Non-Profit Based in New Hope, Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – After a full year of nearly no visitors allowed due to COVID-19, the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth will once again welcome four-legged friends back into the facility this Thursday. Can Do Canines out of New Hope, Minnesota, works with seven prisons across the state, having selected inmates to train new litters of puppies before they become…

The Grumpy Goose: A New Vegan Food Truck Rolling Through Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — A new vegan food truck just opened in Duluth, offering comfort food so those with plant-based diets don’t have to miss out. It’s called The Grumpy Goose, and it’s run by owner Josh Gosar and his family. “Through the pandemic, I spent a lot of time sitting at home, working through recipes and things to make,” Gosar…

Duluth Native to Appear in FOX’s New Season of “Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns”

Duluth Native Matthew Francis Johnson is a Busy Individual Working as a Chef, Video Producer & Author

DULUTH, Minn. – FOX’s new season of “Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns” will premiere Monday, May 31 at 7 p.m. Northlanders will be able to tune in and watch a familiar face, as Duluth native, Matthew Francis Johnson, will be on the new season pressing his luck with Chef Gordon Ramsay. Francis Johnson graduated from Duluth Denfeld in 2013, and Culinary…

Chef Arlene Coco Shares Recipe for Refreshing Asian Inspired Chicken and Rice Noodle Salad

Cooking Connection: Fresh Chicken and Rice Noodle Salad -- Great For Summer Meals!

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, regional cooking instructor, Chef Arlene Coco, shares a quick, easy recipe to toss together for a refreshing dinner this summer. Asian Inspired Chicken and Rice noodle Salad Rice sticks can be bought at most grocery stores these days. Mung bean thread noodles are also great, they are smaller and more translucent. Mung…

Registration Now Open for Upcoming Humane Society of Douglas County Fundraiser

Kickin' It For Animals Fundraiser is Happening Saturday, July 17, 2021

SUPERIOR, Wis. – You have the chance to help support the Humane Society of Douglas County this summer. The shelter is hosting their first Kickin’ It for the Animals Golf Scramble & Foot Golf Tournament. Participants will enjoy a beautiful day on Saturday, July 17 on the green at Norwood Acres Golf Course in Lake Nebagamon. A 9-hole golf scramble…

North Shore Scenic Railroad Prepares for Summer Season Full Steam Ahead

Trains will Begin Taking Trips on Friday, May 21, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. – After a year of unknown, the summer season is looking brighter as restrictions ease across Minnesota. The North Shore Scenic Railroad will begin running routes on Friday, May 21. The volunteer team at the North Shore Scenic Railroad has been working around the clock to get up-to-date with certifications, and making sure the tracks are ready to…

Mixing Up Your Sandwich Routine with Lift Bridge Bagels

Cooking Connection: Everything Bagel with Avocado and Spring Mix

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, we’re back with Lexy Land at Lift Bridge Bagels to explore new ways to enjoy what is traditionally a breakfast food. The variety of bagels Lexy offers can make for a delicious addition to your lunch menu with whatever your favorite sandwich toppings happen to be. Click here for more information about…

Registration Now Open For Animal Allies Summer Camps

Camps Begin in Early June and Run Through August

DULUTH, Minn. – Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth is preparing to host youngsters from all across the Northland for a new series of summer camps this year. The first camps begin in early June, and will follow current safety protocols and guidelines to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Camps range from puppy and kitten camps, to helping animals,…