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Fairlawn Mansion Offers Flashlight Tours for Friday the 13th

Touring the Mansion in a Different Light

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Friday the 13th is just around the corner and Fairlawn Mansion is ready to celebrate. There will be flashlight tours offered on Friday to see the mansion in a different light. It’s not your typical Fairlawn tour. Guides will talk about ghost stories and superstitions throughout the tour. Additionally, the garden talks offered at Fairlawn mansion will…

No Tipping At The Delta Diner

Customers and Employees Liking The Delta Diner's New Policy

DELTA, Wis. – How much do you tip at a restaurant? 15? Even 20 percent? Well one Wisconsin restaurant says zero tipping necessary. The Delta Diner, recently implemented a new no tipping policy. Although no tipping is far from an industry standard, the decision at the Delta has been popular with both staff and customers. Todd Bucher, owner of the…

Vote Now: Reader’s Best In The Northland Poll

Polls Close at Midnight

DULUTH, Minn. – The “Duluth Reader” is looking for your vote for the 2016 Best of the Northland poll. There are more than 80 categories to vote on. They range from best car dealership, TV station, and dance club to the best kept secret restaurant. “There’s a great new place nobody has ever heard of and they win best kept…

Zero Hour Escape Rooms Unveils “Lake Superior” Themed Challenge

Players take the role of an engineering team trapped aboard a sinking cargo vessel

DULUTH, Minn. – Zero Hour Escape Rooms unveiled a new challenge today called “The Wheelhouse”. Players take the role of an engineering team trapped aboard the sinking “Bill E. Irvin” Lake Superior cargo vessel. The room took about a couple months to build and test out before it was ready for the public to take on. “We thought it would…

The Boat Club Restaurant Opening At Fitgers

New Restaurant Coming To The Fitgers Mall

There’s a new place to eat is coming to the Fitger’s building. The Boat Club restaurant will soon be featured in the basement of the Fitger’s building,  replacing the old Midi restaurant. The new spot will specialize in fresh seafood and steaks, as well as other options. Fitger’s Mall Manager Tami Tanski Sherman says, “The Boat Club is actually not…

Organ Recital Performed Ahead of Major Renovation

Historic Organ to be Refurbished in February

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend historic music will fill Sacred Heart Music Center as an organ recital takes place. On Saturday, January 14, resident organist Rev. Dr. David Tryggestad, Dr. Jason Branham, Director of Music Ministries at First Lutheran Church, and Parker Hinnencamp, one of the organists at First Covenant Church and First United Methodist Church, and a recipient of…

Duluth Offering Free Winter Recreation Fun at Bayfront Park

Free fires, hot chocolate, marshmallow roasting, and outdoor music

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Parks and Recreation division invites the public to experience the best of nature and winter recreation. The Bayfront skating rink is open and reportedly in excellent shape for user 7 days a week, weather permitting. The Bayfront Family Center also provides a place to warm up after skating or to try out any of the…

UMD Theatre Gives Encore Performance in Fundraising Effort

"One River" Heads to Regionals

DULUTH, Minn. – University of Minnesota-Duluth theater students are being recognized for their work. The production “One River,” written and directed by UMD Professor Tom Isbell, has been selected as one of six in the region to be performed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at the Region V Festival in Des Moines, Iowa. The regional competition runs…

Banff Mountain Film Festival Comes To Duluth

Festival Features Over 30 Outdoor-Themed films

DULUTH, Minn. – The Banff Mountain Film Festival world tour came to the DECC this weekend. The touring film festival features over 30 outdoors-themed films about a wide variety of outdoor subjects like climbing, biking, skiing and the environment. This is the 12th year the Duluth Cross Country Ski Club has brought the festival to Duluth. “We enjoy bring this…

Banff Film Festival Visits Duluth This Weekend

Exteme Adventures Featured in Film Festival World Tour

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend the outdoors is coming to the big screen in Duluth. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be at the DECC Symphony Hall January 7-8. The festival features films with extreme outdoor activities, environmental messages, or humor. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner and films begins at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets are…

Northland Woman Sells Products to Keep You Warm

Solutions for those who enjoy outdoor activities in the winter

DULUTH, Minn. – One Northland woman is very busy selling two products that are proven to keep you warmer in these cold winter months. Eve Graves stumbled upon two products when she was trying to solve her own problems with the winter temperatures. As an outdoor winter enthusiast, Grave struggled to stay warm while doing her favorite activities but now,…

Northlanders Do Activities Indoors to Keep Out of the Cold Temperatures

Ways to warm up in the frigid temperatures

DULUTH, Minn. -With the frigid temperatures this week, places like coffee shops have been really busy. Over at Amity Coffee in Duluth, employees have noticed a couple common trends among their customers. Jordan Pykkonen, the Manager at Amity Coffee, said “The first customers don’t come until later and they are staying in longer, I don’t think they want to go…

Bayfront Family Center and Rink Closed Due to Weather

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division is closing the Bayfront Family Center and ice rink located in Bayfront park today, January 4, through Saturday, January 7, due to extreme freezing temperatures and dangerous wind chills. The Parks division anticipates reopening the Family Center and rink on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 1-5 p.m. pending warmer temperatures…

Giants Ridge Adjusts Hours for Cold Weather

Hibbing Alpine Invitation scheduled for Thursday has been postponed

BIWABIK, Minn. – Due to the extremely cold temperatures that have been predicted for Thursday, January 5, Giants Ridge Ski Area will be closed. The Hibbing Alpine Invitation scheduled for Thursday has been postponed until further notice. Hours will be reduced on Friday and Saturday, January 6 and 7, with the ski area closing at 4:30 p.m. Regular hours are…

Hockey Night In Superior Is Wednesday

Kids Are Encouraged To Get Outside And Play At The Outdoor Rinks

Superior, Wis. — It’s time to lace up your skates, get them sharpened and head out to one of the 8 outdoor rinks in Superior. Wednesday, Jan 4th the rinks will be fully staffed with Spartan varsity hockey players, UWS hockey players and staff members of the Superior Amateur Hockey Association.  They’ll be ready to interact with all current players…

Train Timekeepers Featured at Lake Superior Railroad Museum

Northland Uncovered: Railroad Watch History

DULUTH, Minn – Railroad tracks cover thousands of miles throughout Minnesota including routes for freight rail, passenger rail and rail transit. Back in the day, railroad companies helped many industries throughout the area to grow and prosper. The trains are on time at the Duluth Depot thanks to a new exhibit featuring the watches responsible for railroad success. “It allows…

Sledding in the New Year

Kids Enjoy Monster Hill in Cloquet

CLOQUET, Minn. – Many kids…and adults in Cloquet rang in the New Year today by sledding down a monster hill. For some it was the last day before the holiday break ended to get in some winter activities, along with getting away from some of the indoor activities kids enjoy like video games. “I think being outside and enjoying the…

Late Fees Paid for Books Checked Out in 1970s

Calculated using the nickel a day fee form the 70s-era

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) – A Minnesota family has given a Maryland library a check for about $1,550 to cover the late fees for two books that were supposed to have been returned more than 40 years ago. Jon Kramer, of Minneapolis, says he was searching through his deceased parents’ library last month at their vacation cabin on an island in…

New Year’s Eve Waterpark Event Scheduled for Kids

The Annual Event Returns

DULUTH, Minn.- If you have younger kids, the bars may not be an option on New Year’s Eve, but the Edge Waterpark might be. They will be hosting their annual New Year’s Eve Splash Bash which will feature a DJ, air-brush tattoos, movies, crafts, and a photo booth. There will even be a toast at midnight…non-alcoholic of course. “It’s so…

Red Solo Cup Inventor Dies at Age 84

Robert Hulseman invented the infamous cup in the 1970s

Courtesy: Fox 32 ChicagoNORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Former Solo Cup Company President Robert Hulseman, who invented the now party-essential, Red Solo Cup, has died at the age of 84. His son, Paul Hulseman, says his father died on December 21 at his home in Northfield, Illinois, of complications after a series of strokes. The elder Hulseman invented the Red Solo…

DTA Offering Free Rides on New Year’s Eve

Buses will run their normal Saturday routes, but will be free between 5 p.m. and 2:20 a.m.

The Duluth Transit Authority is bringing back free rides on New Year’s Eve on their buses in Duluth and Superior. The buses will run their normal Saturday routes and will be free from 5 p.m. to 2:20 a.m. “What we’re trying to do is promote safety for everybody. People can still go out and have a good time and take…

St. Louis River Alliance to Celebrate Year of Accomplishments

St. Louis River Alliance Looks Toward Bright Future in 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis River Alliance (SLRA) will be hosting their annual Clean Water Open House and Celebration on Thursday, December 29, from 5:00p.m. until 6:00p.m. at Valentini’s Vicino Lago, located at 1400 London Road in Duluth. The SLRA works to restore, protect, and to enhance the St. Louis River. The celebration will recognize SLRA members and supporters…

Animal Answers: Bright Future for Friends of Animals

Friends of Animals Humane Society Named Best Animal Rescue Shelter in Minnesota

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Friends of Animals Humane Society in Cloquet was named Best Animal Rescue Shelter in Minnesota. The award is given out from the producers of the Hollywood, California based Official Best Of production company. Numerous volunteers along with kind-hearted employees help keep the shelter running. Friends of Animals will be moving in May of 2017, to their new…

Busiest Day of the Year for Marcus Theatre

The company offers five dollar movies on Tuesdays.

DULUTH, Minn.- The holidays can be a busy time for movie theaters but over at Marcus theatre the Tuesday after Christmas and before New Years is their biggest of the entire year. People heading to the movie theater to see all different kinds of films including the newest Star Wars movie. “This is the movie I’m looking forward to most…

Bentleyville Begins Long Tear-Down Process

Monday was the final day Bentleyville was open this year.

DULUTH, Minn.- Another Christmas season has ended and that means it is time to pack away the lights of Bentleyville. The last day to visit the Christmas town was Monday. On Tuesday a small group of volunteers started the long process of tearing it down. After another Christmas, Mayor of Bentleyville, Nathan Bentley is welcoming the tear-down this year. “Thinking…

Snowmobile Season Begins in Minnesota

Northlanders Can Finally Hit The Trails

FINLAND, Minn.- Snowmobiling is one of Minnesota’s favorite recreational sports, and this season has lacked a little luster. However, now that the temperatures are down and the snow is finally here, its time to hit the trails. Avid snowmobiler Scott Rose says, “It’s ahead of schedule compared to last year. I think last year we really didn’t get out until…

Carrie Fisher Dies at 60

Best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars

Carrie Fisher Photo: Fox NewsCarrie Fisher, best known as the iconic double-bun hairdo-wearing Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, died Tuesday following a heart attack, Fox News reports. She was 60 years old. Fisher, who also starred in a host of popular 1980s movies, suffered from bipolar disorder and drug addiction, and eventually became a mental health advocate. She…

Hartley Nature Center Offers Winter Camp for Kids

Making Winter Fun, While Learning During Holiday Break

DULUTH, Minn. – Many of you probably have the week off from school, or just simply want to stay inside, bundle up, and forget about the cold. However, the opportunities are endless when it comes to exploring in the winter. With the beginning of winter finally here, Hartley Nature Center is taking on the task of making the season bright….

Glensheen Unveils Candlelight Christmas Tours

Glensheen gives tours a new view of the mansion.

Many have toured Glensheen at all different times of the year but Monday night was the first time visitors got this view of the mansion. With only the glow of Glensheen’s 25 Christmas trees tours roamed the mansion. An idea that came from those who see Glensheen when the lights go out. “We were just closing at the end of…

Bentleyville Celebrates Christmas Season With Fireworks

Christmas is over but Bentleyville Opens for one final night.

Even though Sunday was Christmas, some people continued to celebrate by visiting Bentleyville one last time. Monday was the final night to walk through the Christmas town and to celebrate this holiday season Bentleyville gave their visitors a firework show, Keeping the Christmas season alive. “We just came from Christmas so we were just up and about and said why…

Few Travel, While Many Shop on the Day After Christmas

Shoppers filled the mall to spend Christmas gift cards but few were traveling on the icy roads.

Christmas Day may have been Sunday but due to poor road conditions, many extended their holiday to Monday. While others decided to brave the roads for shopping. “This thick sheet of ice we have out here has been a deterrent to customers coming in and out. Usually on a week day we’re pretty busy… Really, really slow today,” said Cameron…

Zeitgeist Evolving For Healthier, Vibrant Duluth

Arts Building Houses Zinema, Cafe, Teatro Performance Theater

There is growing excitement in the Historic Arts and Theater District of Downtown Duluth.  One of the city’s top arts and community non-profits – known as Zeitgeist – is working harder than ever to deliver more than just its Café, Zinema 2, Teatro performance theater. Zeitgeist is focusing hard on growing a connected, healthier Duluth empowered to create and thrive….

Twin Ports Gamer Creates ‘North Shore-Opoly’

For people who love all that the North Shore has to offer — and might be looking for a last-minute Christmas gift — a local board game creator has something you might find interesting. About five years ago, Brian Minor created a Monopoly-like game called North Shore-Opoly. Since then, he says, he’s sold hundreds of copies. The game features landmarks…

The Breeze Inn Celebrates 5 Years

There was some fun in town Tuesday night up on Jean Duluth Road

The Breeze Inn may seem small on the outside, but there was a big party inside. The Inn’s owners are celebrating 5 years of serving up, good times, cold drinks, and their signature Juicy Lucy burgers. Owner Kate Wagner says, “I think we’re celebrating a few things, we’ve been here 5 years, how we’ve gone from 6 to 22 employees,…

New Timekeepers Exhibit Opens at Duluth’s Depot

"Timekeepers" or Pocket Watches Were Used by the American Railroad Industry in the 1880s

DULUTH, Minn. – Time is now ticking in history at Duluth’s Lake Superior Railroad Museum. The museum’s latest exhibit isn’t taking up much space in the collection, but had a huge purpose back in the 1880s. Many Seventeen Jeweled Timekeepers were given out by the American Railroad Industry after they created the four standard time zones, which we still use…

Polar Express Day held in celebration of the holidays

Kids drove computerized train

The annual Polar Express Day was held at the Duluth Edison’s North Star Academy today. Model trains were set up which included a holiday theme. There were even holiday villages created for the trains. This isn’t the only classroom where holiday events took place today. “Throughout every classroom there’s all different kinds of holiday celebrations going on in the classrooms,…

Knowing Your Neighbors: History Happening at Amity Coffee

After Two Years of Business, Amity Coffee is the First Lakeside Business to Sell Liquor

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth contains decade’s worth of history, some which is still impacting the community, today. However, this summer, one law was lifted. For many, a cup of coffee creates hours of conversation. “My husband and I would travel a lot and when we would go we would always stop at little, local coffee shops. We just jumped into…

Lake Superior Zoo Offers Fun ‘Week Between’ Activities

Interactive, Education Events Scheduled for Children and Families During Holiday Break

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo will be offering fun activities during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day for families, children and all guests.  On Monday, December 26 and Thursday, December 29, the Zoo will offer a School’s Out Special, with five dollars off an adult admission for each paid child ticket purchased (up to two children,…

Santa Stops By Fitgers In Duluth

He Visited Kids With His Reindeer Waldo

DULUTH, Minn. – Santa Claus is still out there, asking kids what they would like for Christmas. It was Santa’s last trip to the Fitger’s Complex, and he brought along his reindeer friend, Waldo. Being from the North Pole, Santa and Waldo were not afraid of the cold temps. “Thank you to all the meteorologists and all the people that…

‘Rogue One’ Lands in Theaters Nationwide

Marcus Cinema in Duluth Prepared for Busy Weekend

DULUTH, Minn. — “Rogue One,” the latest film in the super-popular Star Wars movie franchise has officially landed in theaters. It’s all hands on deck at the Marcus Cinema in Duluth; managers have hired six additional employees to help with the busy holiday season. The theater has dedicated four screens for showing “Rogue One.” General Manager Shawn Fennessey says he…