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Fourth and Final Phase of Superior Street Reconstruction to Begin Monday

Phase 4 of Superior Street Reconstruction will be done in two parts, with Phase 4A ending in June and Phase 4B ending in August.

DULUTH, Minn.- This summer will be the busiest road construction season in Duluth’s history with crews working on 12 miles of roadways; and Superior Street will once again be among those projects for the fourth and final year in a row. “I’m real happy with the way it turned out, so, but I’m also ready to be happy that it’s…

North Shore Businesses Optimistic for Strong Summer Tourism Season

From New Recreations Offerings, to Great Burgers and Brews, Two North Shore Businesses Optimistic Ahead of the Summer Season

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors venture up Minnesota’s North Shore, stopping along the way to help stimulate the various local economies in smaller communities. Two area businesses are optimistic for a better year ahead, as the COVID-19 pandemic hopefully reaches a more controllable level. “It’s probably one of the most beautiful places. You can…

Community Vaccination Site to Open April 13 at UWS Wessman Arena

Registration is Now Open for the New Community-Based Clinic in Superior; Vaccinations Eligible for Residents 16+

SUPERIOR, Wis. – 64 percent of residents living in Douglas County have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s why health officials in the county can’t wait for shots to start being administered into arms Tuesday, April 13th. The fifth community-based vaccination site will be located on the campus of UWS inside Wessman Arena. Appointments are now open, with the Pfizer…

New Bagel Business Opens in Northland

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A new organic bagel business has opened in the Northland. Lift Bridge Bagels is currently taking orders online for a variety of flavors of bagels. The owner started her business over the winter, working out of the commercial kitchen at the Superior Business Center. And what’s the Northland’s favorite bagel? Here’s some insight. “I’ve really noticed that people…

Minnesota DNR Reminds Homeowners to be Mindful of Bears

There are Three Important Things to Remember if You're Looking to Avoid Bear on Your Property

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s the most wonderful time of the year for many residents in the Northland — Spring. It’s a time for new adventures when you can finally get outdoors more, and maybe even open up the cabin a little early. With the excitement, the local division of the Minnesota DNR is reminding folks to be on the lookout…

Red Bull Snowmobile Rider Levi LaVallee Thrilled to Debut New Duluth Stunt Video

LaVallee Filmed Stunts in Duluth in Late February into Early March

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s something you don’t see every day in the City of Duluth – a man so full of adrenaline and excitement that he wants to jump his snowmobile over a moving train, or on a busy road such as Lake Avenue. Red Bull professional snowmobile rider Levi LaVallee isn’t thrilled unless boundaries are pushed to the max….

UMD Music Department Hosting Three Free Outdoor Concerts in April

The Concerts will Take Place Wednesday, April 7, 14, 21 in UMD Lot A

DULUTH, Minn. – Throughout the month of April you’re invited to join student musicians from UMD’s Department of Music as they return to the live stage in a series of outdoor concerts. The free events will feature a wide variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles. The concerts are happening Wednesday, April 7, 14, and 21 at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00…

Itasca County Residents Reflect on Gratitude One Year Since Pandemic Began

41 Percent of Itasca County's Population Has Started Vaccination Efforts

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – In Itasca County, the COVID-19 case rate per 10,000 people continues to increase steadily, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel. 41 percent of the county’s population has begun their vaccination efforts. Over 45,000 residents live in the county, and health officials report nearly 10,000 have completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine….

Virtual Fundraiser Planned to Help Support Two Harbors Area Food Shelf

Music to Feed the Soul is Happening Virtually Saturday, April 3 from 4 - 6 p.m.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – On Saturday, April 3, you’re invited to tune into a virtual YouTube live stream concert to help support the Two Harbors Area Food Shelf. The ‘Music to Feed the Soul’ fundraiser was unable to take place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is now back, and bigger than ever before in 2021. The event…

Chef Coco Tosses Together Cajun Cauliflower Rice with Vegetables

Cooking Connection: Cajun Cauliflower Rice with Veggies

…a note from Chef Coco – Reminiscent of a Cajun Fried Rice I used to eat in New Orleans years ago, this rice is versatile and lasts up to a week in the fridge when cooked. Grapeseed oil can be substituted for olive oil. I used a mix of fresh green peppers and canned roasted red peppers. Frozen Cauliflower rice…

Hartley Nature Center Preparing for Spring

The center has begun planning eleven-week summer camps starting in mid-June.

DULUTH, Minn. — Northlanders are looking forward to the warmer temperatures on the horizon. Now, more and more people have begun to get outside. At Hartley Nature Center, although the building is closed their trails are still open to the public. The center has begun planning eleven week summer camps starting in mid-June. Community members have been eager to feel…

20th Annual Polar Plunge Begins Saturday

Donations are expected to exceed $90,000.

DULUTH, Minn. – Organizers and volunteers are putting the finishing touches on the setup for the upcoming Polar Plunge event on Saturday at noon. Due to the pandemic, the plunge was pushed back a month. Right now, just over 400 participants will be running into the chilly waters of Lake Superior. Donations are expected to exceed $90,000. All of the…

Blue Angels Preparing for 2021 Duluth Airshow

This year, the show will be bringing back fan favorites and also an updated version of the Blue Angel planes.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Airshow is back in 2021 after its cancellation last year due to the pandemic. The headliners, the U.S Navy Blue Angels, were in town on Thursday to talk about some of the different things they are doing this year. Now, both Grandmas Marathon and the Duluth Air and Aviation Expo will kick off back-to-back weekends…

Savoring the Flavors of Spring With Key Lime Pie from Lady Meg’s Cakes

Cooking Connection: Key Lime Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

SUPERIOR, Wis. – What started as a passion has now turned into a small-scale profession for Superior resident Meghan Gobel. Over the past few months, Gobel, the creator of Lady Meg’s Cakes, launched a Facebook page to promote her hobby of baking and sharing the goodies with customers in the Twin Ports. She’s overjoyed to see the outpouring of support she’s…

Longtime Blues Musician Mick Sterling Stopping in Duluth to Promote New Book

Sterling Will Visit Duluth's West Theatre Thursday, Mar. 25, and Friday, Mar. 26 to Discuss the Book and Perform

DULUTH, Minn. – Many people throughout the region know Mick Sterling as the soulful rock singer and leader of many bands, a key performer in the annual Bayfront Blues Fest, plus as a committed philanthropist. In his new book, And Else: A Version of Life According to Mick Sterling, readers get to meet Mick Sterling, the engaging observer and talented…

Local Breeder Sees Career Best Litter

"Usually we expect to have eight to ten puppies per litter."

  DULUTH, Minn. – The local kennel Wolfe Den Retrievers is celebrating its most recent litter of American pointing lab puppies. “Usually we expect to have eight to ten puppies per litter,” Wolfe Den Retrievers Owner, Colette Wolfe Dickmeyer says. Lucy, the first-time mom, surprised her owners with sixteen. “This is a first for me. The biggest litter I ever…

After Virtual Hiatus, Nearly Naked Ruck March Bounces Back in 2021

The Nearly Naked Ruck March is Happening Saturday, Mar. 27, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. – Northland residents are invited and encouraged to march for a great cause on Saturday, Mar. 27 starting at 10 a.m. along Skyline Parkway near Enger Tower. After a virtual hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, 23rd Veteran is proud to be bringing back the in-person version of the Nearly Naked Ruck March. The march is a way…

Ely Business Owners Optimistic for Brighter Days Ahead

From Taprooms to Outfitters, Ely Businesses Remain Optimistic as Summer Tourism Season Inches Closer

ELY, Minn. – As the pandemic continues, there’s no doubt about it, many of us are counting down the days until summer finally sets in, allowing for more time outdoors, and the perfect setting to safely visit with friends and family. “All the campsites are at least 1/8 mile apart, so I guess social distancing is just perfect. You can’t…

Itasca County Health Officials Urge Caution as More Residents Receive Vaccine

Health Officials Also Report a Decline in the Number of Domestic, Sexual Abuse Cases as the COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – The vaccine rollout continues to be strong in Itasca County. The county has a population of over 45,000 residents. So far, just over 20,000 have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. As of Thursday, Mar. 18, 12,382 residents have received at least one shot, while 7,752 residents are fully vaccinated. Health officials report…

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Lady Meg’s Cakes, Desserts

Cooking Connection: Snicker Cupcakes with Lady Meg's Cakes

SUPERIOR, Wis. – What started as a passion has now turned into a small-scale profession for Superior resident Meghan Gobel. Over the past few months, Gobel, the creator of Lady Meg’s Cakes, launched a Facebook page to promote her hobby of baking and sharing the goodies with customers in the Twin Ports. She’s overjoyed to see the outpouring of support…

Tickets Selling Fast for Lake Superior Zoo’s Easter Egg-Stravaganza

The Easter Egg-Stravaganza is Happening Saturday, April 3 at the Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders looking for some egg-stravagant fun are invited to hop on over to the Lake Superior Zoo on Saturday, April 3. The Zoo’s annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza event will be happening from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Health and safety is on the minds of organizers, which is why tickets must be purchased in advance this year. Tickets can…

Locals Enjoy the Dog Days of Winter at Pine Valley Ski Area

In This Week's Great Outdoors, Local Ski Enthusiasts Share Experience, Passion as the Season Winds Down

CLOQUET, Minn. – The dog days of winter are coming to a close, but that’s not stopping energetic Northland residents from getting in the final few weeks of cross-country skiing. One popular place for cross country skiing in the Northland is Pine Valley Ski Area in Cloquet. “Boy what a nice day,” said John Bankson, a resident of Duluth. “It’s…

Local Shop Combines Vintage & Modern Kitchenware

Potluck Vintage & Modern Kitchenware is Located Along Chapman Street in Ely, Minnesota

ELY, Minn. – It was back in 2019 when the Ely Shopko shut its doors. The closure caused a big blow to many of the residents, who relied on the store for everyday essentials for the home or cabin. Now residents are thrilled to have a shop down the block to frequent for everyday items. “I tried to bring in…

Local Career Expert Weighs in on Extension of Unemployment Benefits

Duluth's CareerForce is Ready and Willing to Help Unemployed Residents Move Forward

DULUTH, Minn. – This week President Biden signed the new American Rescue Plan into law. The 1.9 trillion dollar stimulus plan includes money for unemployment benefits through Sept. 6, 2021. Locally, St. Louis County reports 3,500 residents continue to file for weekly unemployment benefits, which are down significantly from the peak of 15,000 workers when the pandemic first began. Those…

Looking Through the Lens of the Lighthouse Keeper

Split Rock Lighthouse Site Manager, Hayes Scriven, Has Passion for Capturing Nature's Beauty On The Job

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The statement holds ever so true for one lucky photographer living along the North Shore of Lake Superior. “Photography and Split Rock go together like peanut butter and jelly, they’re just delicious together,” said Hayes Scriven, site manager at Split Rock Lighthouse. You could say the COVID-19…

Animal Allies Humane Society Hosting Two Free Microchip Clinics in March

The Clinics Are Taking Place Monday, Mar. 15, and Wednesday, Mar. 17

DULUTH, Minn. – Animal Allies wants all Northland pet owners to be aware of two upcoming free microchip clinics. They’re happening Monday, Mar. 15, and Wednesday, Mar. 17 at the shelter location along Airport Road in Duluth. The microchips will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. “We have enough supply where it will be completely free for I believe…

Animal Allies: Gus Gets Adopted, Precious Patiently Waits to Find Forever Home

The Two Pups Received the Funds for Life-Saving Heart Surgery Thanks to Generous Donors in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth is celebrating quite the success story months in the making. It was back in January when the shelter made the call for the community to help them save two precious pups. Now both have brighter days ahead thanks to a lot of love and compassion. “She will jump to get your…

Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project Creates Concern for Indigenous Community

Enrbidge Reports All of the Workers on the Line 3 Replacement Project Have Gone Through Extensive Human Trafficking Awareness Training

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn. – After six years of work to acquire the proper permitting, ground broke on the highly controversial Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project in Dec. of 2020. Of the total 1,100 miles, a stretch roughly 340 miles long will run through Minnesota. Enbridge has conducted many hours of training with more than 5,000 workers on the project, but…

Shamrock Shake Season Sparks Donations for Ronald McDonald House Charities

The Shamrock Shake Fundraiser Runs Through Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening now through Wednesday, Mar. 17, you’re encouraged to treat yourself to a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake to help those in need. The annual Shamrock Shake Fundraiser donates 25 cents per sale of each shake to help Ronald McDonald House Charities across the Midwest. Since 2014, more than $600,000 has been raised, which goes directly back into multiple…

Construction Prompting Continued Backlash for Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project

Ground Broke for the Final, Minnesota Portion of the Project in December of 2020

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn. – A project six years in the making has officially broken ground. It was back on Oct. 24, 2014, when Enbridge Energy filed its notice plan with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to begin moving forward on a massive 2.9 billion dollar replacement project of its Line 3 pipeline responsible for transporting crude oil. Ground broke on…

MidCoast Catering Shares Easy, Delicious Recipe for Coconut Crusted Chicken with Sweet Rice

Chef Jonathan Reznick Owns MidCoast Catering and The Rambler Food Truck

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, Chef Jonathan Reznick, owner of MidCoast Catering and The Rambler food truck, shares a delicious recipe for Coconut Crusted Chicken with Sweet Rice. MidCoast Catering is located 315 North Central Avenue in Duluth’s West End. Reznick and his team specialize in putting together creative menu options for any occasion or event. Reznick…

CHUM Looking to Capitalize on Minnesota’s Annual FoodShare Month

The organizations are partnering with the greater Minnesota Council of Churches to match the donations coming through their doors.

DULUTH, Minn. – CHUM is looking to capitalize on Minnesota’s annual FoodShare month. Because it is typically a slow time for the CHUM food shelf and over 300 other food shelves across the state, the organizations are partnering with the greater Minnesota Council of Churches to match the donations coming through their doors. They are also partnering with local farms…

Local Vet Witnessing Importance of In-Person Visits as Pandemic Continues

Many Pet Owners Prefer to be With Their Pet During Routine or Emergency Examinations

SUPERIOR, Wis. – If you’ve made an appointment for your pet in the past year, chances are you weren’t allowed inside the building as the animal receives medical attention. COVID-19 is to blame for the new protocols at many vet clinics in the northland, but it can be a frustration for those who prefer to be with their pet during…

Dream Come True: New Owners Take Over The Backyard on Amnicon Lake

Chase and Amanda Nordby Have Dreamed of Owning Their Own Business for the Past Ten Years

SUPERIOR, Wis. – As warmer days start popping up in the forecast, many Northlanders are thinking spring and preparing for summer adventures. One family who recently moved to the area is now settling in as they prepare for their first year in business at The Backyard on Amnicon Lake. “This last year has been a different year for us, and…

After COVID-19 Prompted Hiatus, Duluth Wedding Show Returns to the DECC

The Duluth Wedding Show is Taking Place Sunday, March 14, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. – After a one year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 33rd annual Duluth Wedding Show, in compliance with all current safety guidelines, will return to the DECC Sunday, March 14. “We have been working with the DECC and after reviewing the latest State of Minnesota guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic we will be able to present…

UMD’s Annual Equity, Race, & Ethnicity Summit Going Virtual March 2-4

Registration is Now Open for the Summit Taking Place March 2, 3, & 4, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. – Northland residents are encouraged to register and take part in the 2021 Equity, Race, & Equality Summit at UMD. The event has taken place on the campus since 2003, but this year will move to a virtual platform due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Participants are welcome to attend for one day, one workshop, or for one…

Essentia Health President: “Routine Care Essential, Safe Amid COVID-19 Pandemic”

Dr. Jon Pryor, President of Essentia Health in Duluth, Says Routine Care Appointments Shouldn't Be Put on the Back Burner

DULUTH, Minn. – Many Northlanders are left wondering what comes next in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. As concerns remain high, local hospital officials want to remind residents it’s safe, and important to continue scheduling routine medical exams and screening procedures. Dr. Jon Pryor, President of Essenita Health in Duluth, says his facility is seeing a 33 percent decrease…

St. Luke’s Hospitalist Depicts Daily Routine, Optimism as COVID-19 Vaccinations Continue

Dr. Jake Powell with St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth Discusses What It's Like to Work on the Frontlines Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn. – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on healthcare systems across the nation, locally, Northland hospitals are thankful to see a decrease in new cases and severe hospitalizations. Dr. Jake Powell is a hospitalist with St. Luke’s in Duluth. He says as COVID-19 cases are decreasing, his daily routine continues to be inundated with many patients…

Northland Doctor Reminds Residents COVID Vaccines Are Safe, Extremely Effective

Dr. Charles Kendall with Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet Discusses Vaccine Safety and Efficacy

CLOQUET, Minn. – According to the Minnesota Department of Health, over one million Minnesotans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Locally, in Carlton County, a region with a population of over 35,000, data shows more than 10,000 residents have received at least their first shot. Dr. Charles Kendall with Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet says he’s…

Pressed For Time? The Duluth Dog Walker is Ready to Make a Routine Visit

The Duluth Dog Walker Started in January of 2021, Owner Traci Rutledge is Currently Accpeting More Four-Legged Clients

DULUTH, Minn. – It can be hard to find the motivation to keep active in the winter months, with the cold, snow, and ice creating hazardous conditions. However, our pets don’t care whether it’s raining, sleeting, or snowing or whatever the temp may be. “I’m the dog whisperer,” said Traci Rutledge, owner of The Duluth Dog Walker. It takes passion…

Hayward Businesses Prepare for the Unknown as Birkie Week Begins

Participants of The 2021 American Birkebeiner Can Choose to Participate In-Person or Virtually

HAYWARD, Wis. – During an average year, the American Birkebeiner welcomes over 10,000 participants from around the world to the town of Hayward and surrounding communities. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is putting a damper on the normalcy of this year’s event. Not only are the participants feeling the impact, but local businesses are also adjusting to the new reality. “We…

Duluth Police Partners With Tip 411 To Help People Give Tips Anonymous

The form is filled out online.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is partnering with tip 411, which will provide a way for the public to submit tips anonymously. The form is filled out online and asks questions like what happened, where it was seen, and a brief description. You can also attach videos and pictures when making your submission. “We don’t want any barriers….