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Northern Star: Hanna Hovland

For this week's segment, we feature a Duluth Denfeld softball player who went through 15 weeks of physical therapy after breaking her femur just to play her senior season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Denfeld’s Hanna Hovland was looking forward to her senior softball season. That was until the day after this past Christmas, when Hovland broke her femur in a skiing accident. “It was devastating like Hanna was going to be our starting shortstop. Didn’t even know if she’d be able to come back so it’s just been a…

Coffee Conversation: AAD Shrine Circus Returns to Amsoil for 100th Year of Thrills, Smiles

DULUTH, Minn.- Pepper the Clown is one of many excited for the AAD Shrine Circus to return to Amsoil Arena this Saturday after missing the last couple of years due to COVID. The circus is the single largest-running event in Duluth history. Tickets are greatly discounted if patrons go to Super One Foods and get them for this weekend. There…

Northern Star: Tayler and Kaela Kraemer

For this week's segment, we feature a pair of UW-Superior sisters who are stepping up to the plate for their softball team.

SUPERIOR, Wis. — It’s great to have a sibling, and the best part is that when you need them, they always step up to the plate. The same can be said for a pair of UWS softball players, making strides on their team. “It’s amazing, I can’t think of anything better,” Tayler Kraemer, a Sophomore Pitcher said. UWS softball players…

Coffee Conversation: Fur-Tastic K9s at Arrowhead Home and Builders Show at the DECC

In this week’s Coffee Conversation, some cute dogs teach us some new tricks! The Fur-Tastic K9s stop by to preview their time at the Arrowhead Home and Builders Show at the DECC this week. The show runs March 30-April 3, tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for ages 6-17, and FREE for Ages 5 & Under. Categories: Coffee Conversation, Entertainment, Minnesota,…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Heide’s Mastectomy Store in Duluth

Heide's specializes in post-mastectomy care and compression garments for men and women with vascular and lymphatic disorders.

DULUTH, Minn.- Getting fitted for medical garments post-surgery or procedure can feel like a dry expressionless experience. But the folks at Heide’s Mastectomy Store in Duluth are hoping to change that. “So it feels almost like a boutique but we bill insurance for the products,” said Nicole Wrazidlo, a mastectomy fitter and Lymphedema master fitter. The mastectomy and compression store…

Northern Star: The Asumas

For this week's segment, we feature three family members on the Cherry basketball team who are already making a huge impact on the Tigers.

IRON, Minn. – Brothers Isaac and Noah and their cousin Isaiah Asuma have been playing basketball together since they could remember. “Not a lot of people get to do this. We’ve been playing with each other since like kindergarten or pre school. We go to workout in Duluth against each other so it’s really fun and they push me a…

Northern Star: Callie Hoff

For this week's segment, we feature a UW-River Falls Women's Hockey Player who was just named D3 Player of the Year

RIVER FALLS, Wis. — The old Proctor hockey rink was a place that turned out many state tournament teams, but also produced a lot of notable talent, thanks to one alum that has dominated the D3 hockey scene. “Now being the player of the year it’s just, a feeling, it’s hard to put into words,” Callie Hoff, Senior at UW-River…

Saint Fennessey 4k Returns To Normal Operation

A record 728 runners took off Saturday morning for the first Grandma’s race of 2022.

DULUTH/HERMANTOWN, Minn. — On a beautiful blue sky day, came a sea of green as a record number of racers came out for the annual Fennessey 4k “We are thrilled that we can be back here it’s been a long couple years for everybody,” Zach Schneider, Marketing and PR Director For Grandmas Marathon said. A record 728 runners took off…

Coffee Conversation: ‘1-on-1’ with a Harlem Globetrotter Ahead of their Return to Duluth Saturday

DULUTH, Minn.- This week’s Coffee Conversation is nothing but net, as FOX 21’s Arman Rahman sits down with Scooter Christensen, Point Guard for the Harlem Globetrotters, as they prepare to bring their ball-handling antics back to Amsoil Arena at the DECC this Saturday at 7 p.m. A few tickets are still available online as of Monday morning, and Christensen said…

Northern Star: Gage Stankiewicz

For this week's segment, we feature a UW-Superior thrower who finished 12th in the shot put in his first NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Throwing wasn’t always the first option for Gage Stankiewicz. “I kind of, wasn’t really forced to do it but I was always like oh this is dumb,” Stankiewicz said. But it was only a matter of time before the Esko native would love the sport as he comes from a long line of throwers. “I started getting…

Coffee Conversation: ShamROCK the House with 9th Annual Shamrock Shake Fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities

DULUTH, Minn.- March is here, and so are some favorite green seasonal treats. 225 McDonald’s Restaurants in the upper Midwest are back with the 9th Annual Shamrock Shake Fundraiser, “ShamROCK THE HOUSE!” From March 7-17 McDonald’s owner/operators in MN, western WI, and Ironwood will donate 25 cents of every Shamrock Shake and Oreo Shamrock McFlurry sold to Ronald McDonald House…

Northern Star: Makoi Perich

For this week's segment, we feature an Esko boys basketball player who earlier this season, scored 50 points in a game to set a new school record.

ESKO, Minn. – Whether it’s on the football field or the basketball court, Esko’s Makoi Perich loves to score. “The adrenaline, that’s what I like about it. It comes quite easy to me so I like those clutch moments when you score down the wire, that’s the most fun,” Perich, a sophomore guard for the Eskomos, said. His competitive nature…

Coffee Conversation: PAVSA’s Bonspiel and Beverages Fundraiser at Wild State Cider

DULUTH, Minn.- PAVSA Executive Director talks this week’s Bonspiel and Beverages Fundraiser. Stop by for some cider and watch 8 teams made up of experienced and new players enjoy a laid-back curling tournament at Wild State Cider Friday. Entry fees, as well as sales of cider proceeds, will go towards PAVSA. Categories: Coffee Conversation, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News…

Northern Star: Gabbie Hughes

Her work with Sophie's squad is getting national recognition as Hughes is a top five finalist for the 2022 Hockey Humanitarian Award.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD’s Gabbie Hughes has a lot of goals. The senior center is anchoring one of the top lines in all of women’s college hockey, alongside forwards Anna Klein and Elizabeth Giguere. “I think just the way that us three play together, we have so much fun. We click so well and, and the passing that we do…

Northern Star: Jordan Zubich

For this week's segment, we feature a Mountain Iron-Buhl girls basketball player who's already making a name for herself in just her sophomore season.

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – Mountain Iron-Buhl’s Jordan Zubich comes from an athletic background. “My older brother, we definitely grew up butting heads in the gym and stuff but I think that really made me a better player,” Zubich, the star sophomore guard for the Mountain Iron-Buhl girls basketball team said. Zubich made the jump to the varsity level in 7th…

Wild World of Animals to Appear at Duluth Sports Show

The Duluth Sports Show Runs February 17 - 20

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Sports show is back at the DECC on February 17 – 20. This year’s show features everything you need to enjoy the great outdoors, and of course, LIVE entertainment. The Wild World of Animals show is one of the premier grounds act in the entertainment industry. Its unique blend of animal diversity and environmental messages…

Local Veterinarian Launches New Service, ‘Ask Vet Christine’

Dr. Christine Wickenheiser is Looking to Help Animal Owners as a Shortage of Workers Hits the Veterinarian Field

DULUTH, Minn. – The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many to adopt animals, but the amount of veterinary staff in the Northland has remained the same. Dr. Christine Wickenheiser has developed a solution to combat the shortage of vets. She recently launched a new service called, ‘Ask Vet Christine.’ Vet Christine has developed an online platform intended to give ongoing professional…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Soundtronics Aims to Brings Better Sound to All Types of Rides

Owner Dustin Mishler enjoys helping people find their sound, tires, and lighting, whatever they want to trick out their rides.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Every car ride is better with some sound, and a new store in Superior is helping drivers bring some beats to anything that rolls. “It’s more of a want than a need I guess more so stuff that people enjoy more so than a necessity definitely,” said Dustin Mishler. Mishler came back to his Superior roots to set…

Northern Star: Meredith Boettcher

For this week's segment, we feature a Duluth Marshall girls hockey player who's continuing the legacy her sisters started with the Hilltoppers program.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall girls hockey and the Boettcher name go hand-and-hand. “Hockey means just as much to me as everyone else in my family. My sisters were here when the program just started. We started our high school program, only JV and my sisters were on that so all of the program’s history, my family’s been here,” Duluth…

New Lincoln Park Coffee, Tea Shop Attracting Roasters from Across the U.S.

190 Coffee and Tea is Located at 1831 West Michigan Street in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – They’re beverages enjoyed all year long in the Northland, however, a hot cup of tea or coffee on a bitter winter day can be satisfying beyond words. “This is exactly what I signed up for is negative ten-degree weather, that is what I wanted,” said Corey Roysdon, general manager at 190 Coffee and Tea. You could say…

Author Raising Funds For Suicide Prevention

DULUTH, Minn. – As author Thomas Fellows says, the main thesis of this book, “Mrs. Dubose’s Last Wish: The Art of Embracing Suffering,” is that while 99% of the world tries to avoid suffering, the most successful people and people that will be remembered for generations to come, not only choose to suffer but embrace it fully, often asking for more….

Northern Star: Kolbin Carter

For this week's segment, we feature a Proctor basketball player who has made a big impact in his first year back in the Northland.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Kolbin Carter has always called the Northland home. “It’s a great community, everyone accepts you, everybody’s close,” Carter said. But after his freshman year of high school, his family got new jobs and they moved to Las Vegas. Three years later, they moved back and now Carter is playing basketball with the Proctor Rails. “When I was…

‘The Hockey Guys’ Tik Tok Account Drawing Millions of Eyes to UWS Men’s Hockey

What started as a personal account in 2020 for Lawson McDonald, skyrocketed into "The Hockey Guys" a brand with over a million followers.

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Wessman Arena is the place to be to catch the UWS men’s hockey team in action, but they’ve found a new audience, on Tik Tok, where they’ve been able to reach millions of fans. What started as a personal account in 2020 for Lawson McDonald, skyrocketed into “The Hockey Guys” a brand with over a million followers….

Tasteful Twist on Cooked Carrots with New Scenic Café

DULUTH, Minn – This week’s Cooking Connection takes Meteorologist Ken Slama to the New Scenic Café just outside of Duluth off the scenic Highway 61. Owner and Chef Scott Graden gets creative with his take on caramelized carrots. Click here for more information from New Scenic Café. Categories: Cooking Connection Tags: Cooking Connection, Local News, New Scenic Cafe

KYN: The Local Bar and Grille in Ashland is Open for Business

ASHLAND, Wis. – “We are really excited to be a part of the community here,” The Local Bar and Grille co-owner, Bradley Moullet says. A new restaurant in Ashland, Wisconsin is open for business. The Local Bar and Grille opened in December and has taken over a building known for hosting events in the community. “It has a lot of…

Kickstart American Heart Month with Mindful Nutrition

February is American Heart Month

DULUTH, Minn. – February is known as American Heart Month. It’s a time when people of all ages are encouraged to focus on their cardiovascular health. The Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is shining a light on hypertension (high blood pressure), a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The Division is committed to addressing barriers to…

38th Annual Beargrease Sees Larger Crowds than Normal

You could say crowds were larger than normal, upon their return to the sidelines, but the most surprising part is how many came to watch for their first time.

DULUTH, Minn. — Who is more excited to be here, the dogs or the fans? Spectators excited to return to the start line after a quiet year due to the pandemic. You could say crowds were larger than normal, upon their return to the sidelines, but the most surprising part is how many came to watch for their first time….

Northern Star: Rachel Hagen

For this week's Northern Star, we meet a Duluth East girls basketball player who's battled back from multiple knee injuries to become one of the top players on her team.

DULUTH, Minn. – It is almost a miracle that Rachel Hagen is playing basketball today. When she was just an eighth grader, Hagen tore her ACL. “Mentally it was pretty hard to be sitting out for so long knowing that it was going to be a 9-12 month recovery. But I think that was also motivating, to see my teammates…

Cooking with Coco: Broccoli Pepita Pesto Pasta

Cooking Connection: Broccoli Pepita Pesto Pasta

DULUTH, Minn. – This is a great dish that can be served warm or cold! A 10-ounce box of frozen broccoli pieces works great in this recipe as a substitute for fresh. Grapeseed or vegetable oil can also be substituted for olive oil. If you prefer a more subtle garlic flavor, use 1/2 teaspoon of granulated garlic for fresh. 3…

Preps Underway for 6th Annual Lake Superior Ice Festival

The Festival Runs Jan. 28 & 29 of 2022

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Lake Superior Ice Festival is back for its sixth year at its current capacity. There are a lot of new activities happening this year including an ice carousel, hot air balloon rides, mini-golf, live music, and a ton more. The family-orientated event in and around Barker’s Island will also have activities targeted for kids like ice…

Northern Star: Simon Davidson

For this week's segment, we feature Duluth Denfeld's assists leader whose love for hockey runs deep through his family.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Denfeld senior forward Simon Davidson might have the biggest personality on the team, but he always knows when to flip a switch. “Obviously you want to win games and all of that and being a leader on this team, you don’t want to change who you are away from the ice and all of that. So…

The Family Business: Two Harbors Wallins’ Prepares For Another Beargrease Marathon

TWO HARBORS, Minn. — The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is just around the corner, and while teams across the country are getting ready for the races, here in Two Harbors., it’s just another day at the office for the Wallin’s. “It’s just a real celebration of being a Minnesotan and loving the winter,” Colleen Wallin said. The Wallin’s have…

The Northland’s Largest Baby Shower is Happening Now

Donate Now Through Monday, January 31, 2022

DULUTH, Minn. – Life 97.3 and St. Luke’s Hospital have partnered again to throw the 4th annual Northland’s Largest Baby Shower. Throughout the month of January, Life 97.3 is encouraging its audience to donate typical baby shower items that will ultimately benefit a number of organizations spread across the Northland that are helping families in need. Below is a list…

Northern Star: Maddie Young

For this week's segment, we feature a Cloquet girls basketball player who recently scored her 1,000th career point.

CLOQUET, Minn. – For Maddie Young, being a multi-sport athlete has been made easier by the people around her. “We just pride ourselves on playing for each other and playing as a team. It’s just really fun to come into the gym not only to play basketball but also play it with your best friends,” Young said. Which includes her…

Chocolate Avocado Mousse: Try This Healthier Dessert Recipe

Cooking Connection: Chocolate Avocado Mousse with Chef Arlene Coco

DULUTH, Minn. – This delicious dessert qualifies as a “raw foods” dessert as well as vegetarian. Chocolate Avocado Mousse can be made a couple of days ahead. A delicious and nutritious treat that anyone can eat. It even qualifies as a “raw” dessert. Stevia and Splenda can also be used for the sweetener. Recipe:  Serving size: 4 Ingredients: 2 ripe…

Lutsen to Host Norpine Fat Bike Classic Starting Mid-January

Registration is Currently Open for Events Beginning on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022

LUTSEN, Minn. – Registration is now open for the Norpine Fat Bike Classic, which will return to Lutsen for its sixth year with events beginning Saturday, Jan. 15, and culminating with races on Saturday, Jan. 29. Hosted by the Superior Cycling Association, all events are held on the Norpine Cross-Country Trails, which take riders through stands of old-growth cedars on…

Northern Star: Abby Pajari

For this week's segment, we feature the goaltender on the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team who's feeling more confident after helping guide the Mirage to a state championship last season.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Being a goaltender wasn’t the first option for Proctor/Hermantown senior Abby Pajari. “I started when I was I think 10 years old. I had been a forward for five years before that. One day my dad was like we don’t have a goalie for practice and I said I’ll do it and I said oh this is…

Local Animal Shelters Taking Part in Viral #BettyWhiteChallenge

Participants Can Donate on or Before Jan. 17 -- What Would Have Been White's 100th Birthday

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The late Betty White is being honored with a new social media challenge. The idea says that on Jan. 17 — which would have been white’s 100th birthday, people should pick a local rescue or animal shelter in their area and donate $5 in White’s name. White was a lifelong animal lover and wrote an animal book…