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Homegrown Preparing for In Person Return, Needs More Volunteers

DULUTH, Minn. – The Twin Ports’ largest music festival is getting ready to return in person. Homegrown begins May 1 and will feature around 200 musical acts over eight days across several dozen venues in Duluth and Superior.  Executive Director Melissa LaTour says bands and performers responded well to their call for acts, which also connects to the excitement across the…

Superior Public Library to Hold Genealogy Event

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Public Library is holding their annual genealogy event April 1, this year called “Foolin’ Around With Your Family Tree.” It will feature information from Douglas County Register of Deeds Tracy Middleton and professional genealogist Marie Mattson.  It’s also a chance for people to learn more about what services the library can offer people who are researching…

Duluth Selected for Communities LEAP, Will Get Federal Assistance in Climate Change Efforts

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s efforts to combat climate change is getting a boost from the U.S. Department of Energy. The city was one of 22 locations selected to take part in the Communities LEAP pilot program.  Federal officials will be working with the city to provide guidance on how they can reduce air pollution, increase energy resiliency, and lower energy costs…

MNA to Essentia: Don’t Hamper Possible Union at Miller Hill Outpatient Surgery Center

DULUTH, Minn. – When Essentia Health opens their new outpatient surgery center at Miller Hill Mall this summer, the Minnesota Nurses Association does not want them to stop nurses from possibly unionizing. They want the medical provider to publicly pledge neutrality on this matter, since the current bargaining agreement between the two would not cover the new facility. “We believe that…

Movies on Michigan Returns To The Depot

DULUTH, Minn. – After a two year hiatus, Movies on Michigan is returning to The Depot. What was supposed to be a series back in the spring of 2020 that was cancelled after one movie due to the pandemic, they will be showing “Miracle” inside the Great Hall April 1. Depot Director Mary Tennis says it coincides with an exhibit that…

Lincoln Park Art Walk Unveiled

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s a new way to experience the murals in Lincoln Park with the installation of an art walk. Info plates with a QR code on them are being set up next to each mural that the public can access.  When the code is scanned by a smartphone, it will open up a webpage that details the process for…

Report Shows Lack of Homes and Apartments in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The latest housing indicator report by the City of Duluth confirms the need for more apartments and homes. Their 2021 study found the average price for a home sold increased $35,000 to $240,000, the average rent went up $221, while the rental vacancy rate dropped around 3-percent to 2.1-percent.  Typically, a five-percent vacancy rate is considered healthy, with…

Wildwoods Preparing for Spring, Warning About Rabbit & Bird Diseases

DULUTH, Minn. – The arrival of spring weather means the emergence of baby animals in the wild. Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation took their first assistance call of the season March 21, reuniting a baby squirrel with its mother.  They are reminding people to watch for nests, burrows, and dens as they begin yard, tree, and garden work.  Removing a baby animal’s home…

Spirit Mountain Nearing End of Winter Season, Waiting to Transition to Summer

DULUTH, Minn. – Time is running out to enjoy the slopes of Spirit Mountain this winter season as they will soon begin their transition to summer activities. Interim Executive Director Ann Glumac says they will reduce their hours next week during the weekdays from 10 to 6.  After their last formal day March 27, they will remain open as long as…

Motorhead Madness Returning to DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – The DECC is transforming into an automotive paradise as Motorhead Madness returns this weekend. People can see around 150 classic cars on display, along with vendors, RC racing, the crowning of Miss Motorhead, and door prizes. “We’re marking the floors (Thursday),” says show co-owner Mike Podgornik, “getting the location set up for the cars and vendors and everyone…

Duluth Community Relations Officer Announces Run for Minnesota House

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Community Relations Officer is the latest to announce her bid to represent District 8B in the Minnesota House. Alicia Kozlowski has been active in the Duluth community over the past 12 years; first as a community organizer before joining the city’s Leadership Team in 2019.  She highlights her heritage as strengths for her candidacy.  That includes…

National Weather Service Looking for CoCoRaHS Volunteers

DULUTH, Minn. – The National Weather Service is looking for more volunteers to report rain, snow, and hail totals. March is the annual push for new members to join CoCoRaHS, which stands for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network.  It’s a program that allows people to measure precipitation from where they live, and supplement measurements recorded by automated devices…

Damiano Center Recreates First Meal for 40th Anniversary

DULUTH, Minn. – The community kitchen at Damiano Center celebrated its 40th anniversary Tuesday. It recreated its first meal, served March 15, 1982, by offering the same hamburger soup recipe to everyone who attended.  In addition, the meal offered side such as a salad and mixed fruit, and pie ala mode for dessert. Kitchen manager Flora Woodfork helped with the first…

City of Duluth Still Looking for Public Board, Commission Members

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is still looking for Duluthians to fill openings on their boards, commissions, and authorities. Over a dozen of them have one or multiple spots available for people to help decide how city services could operate this year. “There’s everything from what the airport’s doing,” says Public Information Officer Kate Van Daele, “to being involved…

As COVID Cases Drop in Douglas County, Health Officials Adjust Messaging

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After seeing a surge in COVID cases in January, Douglas County say they have dropped to levels not seen since last summer.  That is allowing health officials to change their focus on how they respond to new cases, as well as their messaging to slow its spread. “We’re seeing definitely a decline in cases overall, which has been…

Bob Tavani House Receives Grant to Expand Services

DULUTH, Minn. – An organization that helps homeless people recovering from acute medical conditions in the Twin Ports is planning on how it can sustain and expand its services in the future. Bob Tavani House, located next to First Covenant Church in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, has been around since 2018.  They converted the church’s old parsonage into a space where…

Spirit Mountain Running “Spirit Hearts Duluth Days”

DULUTH, Minn. – Spirit Mountain is saying thank you to Duluth by offering special discounts for city residents. On Thursday, February 24, and Sunday, February 27, they are offering five-dollar rates for lift tickets, Nordic passes, rentals, as well as free ski and board beginner lessons.  This evening also features a special for glow tubing. This is the second year Spirit…

CSS Ready for Musical Theater Return

DULUTH, Minn. – Musical theater returns at The College of Saint Scholastica as they open their production of “Little Shops of Horrors” Thursday, February 24. The college did return to theater productions last fall with “The Frogs, A Modern Adaptation”, but this is the first production with songs since the COVID pandemic began nearly two years ago.  Nearly 50 students, staff,…

Duluth Children’s Museum Prep for Busy Week

DULUTH, Minn. – The combination of winter break for Duluth Public Schools and the recent snow and cold is making for a busy week for indoor activities across the Twin Ports. The Duluth Children’s Museum says they are ready to handle the higher number of kids and parents looking to do something outside the home. “If last weekend was any indicator,”…

Remember to Clear Sidewalks of Snow

DULUTH, Minn. – As the latest winter storm moves out of the Northland, it’s time to follow the city’s sidewalk snow removal ordinance. Property owners who have sidewalk along their property are required to remove all snow and ice from it within 24 hours after a snow event ends.  The department works with the National Weather Service to determine when…

Duluth Officials: Adjustments Made for Latest Snow Emergency

DULUTH, Minn.- City of Duluth officials say they are ready for their second snow emergency, which will run from 9 p.m. Tuesday, February 22, through 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 23. This declaration means there will be no parking allowed on the roughly 120 miles of city streets that have been designated snow emergency routes.  A map of those streets can be…

Duluth Polar Plunge Set for Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – The 21st annual Duluth Polar Plunge is set to take place Saturday, February 19, at Park Point Recreation Area. Over 500 people are expected to take the plunge into Superior Bay starting at 2 p.m. “Everybody that has raised $75 for Special Olympics is going to have that opportunity to run out, jump into the lake, and come…

CHUM Food Shelf Keeping Up with Demand, Winter Cold

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday saw CHUM’s location in downtown Duluth busy as they held their latest food shelf distribution.  Despite a persistent breeze, boxes filled with canned goods, pantry staples, meat, dairy, and other times were waiting for people who were seeking this help to take it and go on their way. Even with temperatures at times dipping below zero this…

Ronald McDonald House Northland Celebrating 1st Anniversary

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday marks the one year anniversary of the opening of the Ronald McDonald House Northland. They have provided 739 nights of free lodging and amenities to parents and guardians as their child received treatment at Essentia Health.  That translates to families saving more than 190-thousand dollars if they had to pay for their own hotel rooms, meals, and…

GoFundMe Organized for Local Entrepreneur, Charity Fundraiser Mike Letica

DULUTH, Minn. – A longtime event organizer and businessman in Duluth, known for giving so much to others is now in need of community support. In November, Mike Letica was diagnosed with Respiratory Syncytial Virus. While his symptoms were much like a cold, Mike faced the more serious side effects. He ended up with broken ribs from the intensity of…

Cold Front Duluth Returns to Bayfront Festival Park

DULUTH, Minn. – After taking last year off due to the pandemic, Duluth Parks and Recreation will be holding their annual Cold Front Duluth event at Bayfront Festival Park Saturday. “We’re just excited to be able to provide a great opportunity for people to come together in an outdoor park space,” says Megan Lidd, City of Duluth’s Recreation Specialist, “and then…

Superior Police Receive Reach Bags to Help Kids at Emergency Sites

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Police Department is the latest emergency responders in Wisconsin to get a donation from Reach a Child. The Madison-based organizations gave them 35 backpacks, one for each squad vehicle.  They contain around 15 books that can be handed out to kids to help distract them from emergency calls like fires and domestic situations. “The police officer…

Spirit Mountain Looking To Hire As One Of Many Businesses Hit By Staffing Shortage

DULUTH, Minn. – Ideal weather conditions have plenty of people going to Spirit Mountain to enjoy some outdoor fun.  The attraction is doing its best to keep everything open despite having staffing issues with fewer people employed and the impact of COVID-19 when staff has to quarantine. Interim Executive Director Ann Glumac says they are doing their best with the staffing…

Minnesota Nice Dog Company: Duluth Themed Shirts

DULUTH, Minn. – A local pet-sitting business has started a new venture that’ll also support animals in return. The owner of Twin Ports Pet Sitters has started ‘Minnesota Nice Dog Company.’ It’s an online T-shirt company that gives 5 percent of its profits to animal charities and groups in the Duluth area. The shirts have animal-themed sayings like “Minnesota… Land…