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Potato Salad Perfection Inside the Kitchen of Howard’s Que

Cooking Connection: Homemade Potato Salad with Howard's Que

DULUTH, Minn. – We’re back at Howard’s Que in this week’s Cooking Connection where we get a sneak peek into Howard’s famous potato salad. While some of the ingredients remain a family secret,  the source of inspiration shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The amazing potato salad is a great compliment to the delicious, fall of the bone ribs, at…

Visitors Flock to See Fall Migration at Duluth’s Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

Hawk Weekend Festival is Happening Friday, Sept. 17 - Sunday, Sept. 19

DULUTH, Minn. – Each fall, millions of birds flock south, migrating to warmer climates for the winter months. Happening now, the natural phenomenon is attracting repeat visitors, and new watchers to Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory for the great fall migration. “Would you like to see 10,000 hawks in one day come right over your head?” If you ask the average…

Solar Module Production Facility Taking Shape in Mountain Iron

The Sun is Shining Brighter in the Community of Mountain Iron as a New Solar Project Gets Underway

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – Aside from the vibrant mining industry, one Iron Range community is now helping to diversify the workforce, becoming a new leader in solar energy. “We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him,” said Martin Pochtaruk, President and CEO of Heliene. With the help of a dedicated state senator, solar energy will soon be shining brighter…

Duluth Oktoberfestival Returning to Bayfront Park

Duluth Oktoberfestival is Happening Sept. 17, 18, 19 at Bayfront Festival Park

DULUTH, Minn. – Grab your stein and dig out the lederhosen! Duluth Oktoberfestival makes a return to Bayfront Festival Park on Sept. 17, 18, and 19. This is the second time the event is taking place. COVID-19 sidelined the festival back in 2020. The family fun begins Friday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. Duluth Oktoberfestival 2021 will feature the largest…

Northern Star: Baamlak Haugen, Emilia McGiffert, Victoria Thorson

For this week's segment, we feature three former Duluth Marshall soccer standouts who are all in their first seasons together at UMD.

DULUTH, Minn. – Victoria Thorson, Baamlak Haugen and Emilia McGiffert have all been playing soccer together for as long as they can remember. “Me, Emilia and Tori have been playing since we were little, we were playing on Gitch together and school soccer too and it’s been really fun. We’ve had chemistry,” Haugen said. They then played together at Duluth…

Howard’s Que Sets Up Shop in Duluth’s All American Club

Cooking Connection: Chicken Vegetable Alfredo from Howard's Que

DULUTH, Minn. – This week’s Cooking Connection takes you to Howard’s Que in the Lincoln Park Craft District of Duluth. Owner Howard Ross now operates his business out of the All American Club. Aside from ribs, potato salad, and other traditional BBQ staples, Ross also whips up a mouthwatering chicken alfredo with mixed vegetables. Click here to see the full…

Teamwork Takes Center Stage During Recent Youth in Action Retreat

The Retreat Took Place at Camp Esquagama in Gilbert, Minnesota

GILBERT, Minn. – The saying goes, teamwork makes the dream work. During a recent Youth in Action retreat on the Iron Range, over 30 students from St. Louis County connected, in person, to help each other build and grow as good stewards of the community. “I was a little bit nervous coming in actually,” said Lauryn Biondi, a junior at…

Healthy Breakfast, Lunch Options as Students Head Back to School

Mary Cherne, St. Luke's Clinical Dietitian, Offers Tips to Help Parents and Children Ahead of the Return-to-Learn

DULUTH, Minn. – Without a healthy lunch, kids can have trouble concentrating, lack energy for after-school activities, and may end up filling up on low-nutrient snacks. St. Luke’s Clinical Dietitian Mary Cherne offers these tips to get started packing health lunches your kids will actually eat. Get kids involved. Let them pick out their lunch box and let them choose…

Northern Star: Brent Laing

For this week's segment, we feature a UMD offensive lineman who was recently named to the 2022 Senior Bowl Watch List.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD offensive lineman Brent Laing is the first to credit his teammates for his work ethic. “We have a great group of guys on the defense as well as fellow linemen and those defensive linemen push me ever day and honestly just make me a better player,” Laing said. UMD played its first game in nearly two…

‘H2O: Watersheds at Work,’ Set to Replace Aging Water Table Exhibit at Great Lakes Aquarium

Demo Will Begin After Labor Day; The New Exhibit is Expected to be Open by November 20

DULUTH, Minn. – Chances are if you’ve visited the Great Lakes Aquarium over the past 21 years of its existence, you’ve submerged yourself in the interactive water table exhibit, learning firsthand why H2O is so important to life on earth. Now since opening in 2000, change is coming to one of the aquarium’s most engaging displays. “It supports life, it…

COVID-19 Pandemic Brings Spike in Business for Discoverpc.NET

The Locally Owned Computer Solutions Center Offers Tech Assistance on Various Platforms

SUPERIOR, Wis. – If there’s one thing the past year and a half has taught us, it’s that we’re living in a technologically advanced world. Throughout that time, Discoverpc.NET in Superior has been helping to keep residents connected to the cyber world. “When I got into computers, it was pretty much a green screen commodore,” said Travus Elm, PC support…

Duluth Superior Pride Returns Labor Day Weekend with In-Person Celebrations

Festivities Begin Thursday, Sept. 2 with the Mayor's Reception at the Duluth Depot

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Superior Pride returns with in-person events and celebrations September 2 – 5. After going virtual in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, organizers are thrilled to be bringing events back to Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on Saturday, September 4. This year’s Pride theme is: Together again, stronger than ever. On Thursday, September 2, Duluth…

Duluth’s Best Bread State Fair Menu Features Root Beer Flavored Macarons

Duluth's Best Bread State Fair Menu is Now Available for a Limited Time Only

DULUTH, Minn. – “We’ll do our OWN State Fair,” Duluth’s Best Bread decided. This year’s menu features cheese curd bread on a stick, classic white buckets overflowing with chocolate chip cookies, and lemonade — in bar form! In this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s Arman Rahman tastes the limited-time root beer flavored macarons. They’re delicious! Details: August 24–28 and August 31–September…

Lake Superior Zoo Fundraising for Purchase of Advanced Medical Equipment

Over $3,000 Was Recently Raised to Purchase a New Machine to Help Better Serve the Medical Needs of the Animals

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to taking take of lions, tigers, bears, reptiles, and more, the medical bills add up quickly. That’s why the Lake Superior Zoo continues to ask for your support with fundraising and donations. “Veterinary care at the Lake Superior Zoo is a huge expense, but it’s something that is very important to us when we…

Knowing Your Neighbors: UpDawg Switching Up the Traditional Hotdog

Owners welcome creativity and unique flavors when customers craft their hotdogs. 

DULUTH, Minn.- A new food truck in the Twin Ports is pushing the boundaries of what goes on the hotdog.  “Hotdogs are fun. You can just put anything on a hotdog,” said Cory Netland. “We just have a book full of recipes and ideas.”  So, what’s UpDawg?  It’s the newest food truck in the Twin Ports launched by Netland and…

Coffee Conversation: Gearing Up for Tribute Fest

The Tribute Fest was set up to raise awareness and funds for homeless veterans in the state of Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn. – Folks in the Northland are gearing up this week for the start of The Tribute Fest happening August 26 – 28 at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. The Tribute Fest was set up to raise awareness and funds for homeless veterans in the state of Minnesota. New this year: veterans or active duty military and their families…

Cooking Connection: Cheese Curds, In Bread, On a Stick at Duluth’s Best Bread!

Stop by Duluth's Best Bread for their Unofficial State Fair, August 24–28 and August 31–September 4.

DULUTH, Minn.- In this week’s Cooking Connection, we take you to Duluth’s Best Bread as they are back with their State Fair event. After the Minnesota State Fair was canceled last year, Duluth’s Best Bread decided to do their own with special state fair-themed treats, and it was their biggest event ever. So August 24–28 and August 31–September 4, they’re…

Registration Now Open for 23rd Annual Cause for the Paws 5k

Proceeds from the Event Benefit the Humane Society of Douglas County

SUPERIOR, Wis. – As the dog days of summer set in, the Humane Society of Douglas County in Superior invites you to sign up for their upcoming 23rd annual Cause for the Paws 5k Walk/Run. This year the event is happening Saturday, September 18 from 8 a.m. until noon. The fun takes place at the entrance to Barker’s Island in…

More Than 140 Artists, Makers Setting Up at Bayfront Park Aug. 21, 22

Art in Bayfront Park Returns After a COVID-19 Prompted Hiatus in 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – Art in Bayfront Park is returning to Duluth for the 11th year on Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22. Art lovers will find quality work from local and regional artists. Work includes jewelry, painting, photography, ceramics, metalwork, glass, and more. More than 140 artists and makers will take part in this year’s event. The culinary market…

Over Abundance of Garden Fresh Tomatoes? Try This!

Cooking Connection: Semi Dried Tomatoes

Recipe:  Tomatoes – smaller ones work best Salt and Pepper Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fresh Basil or other herbs Cut tomatoes in half, place on parchment-lined sheet pans. Spray or brush with olive oil before you place it in the oven and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place them on the top rack of the oven at 200F…

Twin Ports Transplant Kick Starts ‘Too Good Bakery’

The Pop-Up Bakery can be Spotted at a Number of Events in Superior on a Weekly Basis

SUPERIOR, Wis. – They’re a dime a dozen these days – bakeries. However, it’s what each owner does to make their sweet treats special that sets that bar high, and customers coming back for more. “I bake with love and I’m backed by love,” exclaimed Liberty Smith, owner of Too Good Bakery. It’s a secret ingredient that can be hard…

Cooking with Coco: Chicken with Olives and Lemon

This Mouthwatering Mediterranean Dish Makes for the Perfect Meal When the Summer Sizzle Sets In

DULUTH, Minn. – It can be hard to find the perfect, quick meals to toss together when the temps heat up in the summer months. In this week’s Cooking Connection, Chef Arlene Coco shares a delicious, mouthwatering Mediterranean meal that can be made in minutes. Enjoy! Several countries that border the Mediterranean claim a recipe to use the bounty of…

After Seven-Night Rendezvous, Michigan Trucker Reunites With Missing Four-Legged Friend

Booker Bolted From His Dad's Big Rig During a Stop for Work in Cloquet

CLOQUET, Minn. – In this week’s Animal Answers, we’re sharing a lost and found story that might just have you reaching for the tissue box. It was nearly a week ago when Booker the one-and-a-half-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix bolted from his owner’s big rig during a stop in Cloquet. “Ever since I started driving over the road he’s been…

‘Best Christmas Ever’ Aims to Set New World Record During City on the Hill Music Festival

The City on the Hill Music Festival is Happening Aug. 6 & 7

DULUTH, Minn. – The excitement is building to see how many candy canes can be hung on the giant Christmas tree erected at Bayfront Park between August 5 – 7 during the City on the Hill Music Festival. The goal is to reach 8,000 candy canes to get Duluth, Minnesota in the record books. Community members can get involved by…

Patience Yields Perfection at Superior Street Baking

Cooking Connection: Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing from Superior Street Baking

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…

Caring For Your Pets Post Pandemic

Tips for Helping Dogs, Cats Adjust to Life Post-Pandemic

(FOX NEWS) – With fewer COVID-19 restrictions in place, you may be spending less time at home, and that could be causing your pet emotional pain. In this week’s Animal Answers, more on the new rise in separation anxiety among dogs and cats, and how you can help them adjust to life post-COVID. Categories: Animal Answers Tags: animal answers, anxiety,…

Vintage Hideaway Marketplace Helping Support Over 40 Local Vendors

The Vintage Hideaway Marketplace is Located at 3850 Old Midway Road in Hermantown

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Supporting small businesses is vital to keeping the local economy thriving and well. Since the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, every dollar spent locally means more now than it ever has before. A new business now open in Hermantown is showcasing the work of more than 40 local vendors. “The parking lot’s full. People are coming,”…

Registration Now Open for St. Louis River Alliance Canoe Trip

The Excursion is Taking Place Saturday, Aug. 7

DULUTH, Minn. – After being sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the St. Louis River Alliance (SLRA) is bringing back its annual canoe trip. The event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Paddlers will set sail from Woodstock Bay Landing in Superior. Participants are encouraged to register by Aug. 4 at 4…

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…