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Stores Prep For Memorial Day Weekend

DULUTH, Minn.– The Memorial Day holiday weekend is almost here. As Northlanders get ready for what consider the unofficial kickoff to summer, stores selling certain items are definitely keeping busy. Burggraf’s Ace Hardware in Duluth is stocking up on popular holiday weekend items. Supplies like grills, charcoal, and propane are expected to be big sellers the rest of this week….

Ampact Learning Program Looking For Tutors

DULUTH, Minn.– The pandemic has been forcing students to learn online for quite a while now. That means many of the usual school routines have been disrupted. Potentially causing some kids to fall behind in their educational development. Ampact is a national nonprofit organization trying to help. Reading Corps, Math Corps and Early Learning Corps are all programs administered through…

Local School District Acting to Prepare, Prevent Shootings Inside Buildings

DULUTH, Minn. – The recent mass shooting inside an elementary school building in Uvalde, Texas, the deadliest since Sandy Hook in 2012, has school districts across the country reviewing their own ways to prevent and react to similar situations.  That is also the case in the Northland. “I think it’s a heartbreaking situation for staff, for students, for families alike,” says…

Community Picnic Returning at Bong Center, Part of Memorial Day Weekend Activities

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The arrival of the Memorial Day weekend brings a reboot of a popular event at the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center. Their annual community picnic and military vehicle show will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28.  The first one-thousand people will get a free hot dog lunch.  There will also be music, games and activities for…

Texas Gunman Warned Online He Was Going To Shoot Up School

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The gunman who massacred 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas had warned on social media minutes before the attack that he had shot his grandmother and going to shoot up a school, the governor said Wednesday. Salvador Ramos, 18, used an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle in the bloodbath Tuesday at Robb Elementary…

FDA Chief Under Fire For Slow Response To Baby Formula Issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Food and Drug Administration faced bipartisan fury from House lawmakers Wednesday over months of delays investigating problems at the nation’s largest baby formula plant that prompted an ongoing shortage. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf laid out a series of setbacks in congressional testimony that slowed his agency’s response, including a COVID-19 outbreak at the…

Vigil, Rally Planned For 2nd Anniversary Of Floyd Killing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A candlelight vigil to honor George Floyd’s memory at the intersection where he died was among the remembrances scheduled for Wednesday’s second anniversary of the Black man’s killing at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Activists planned the vigil, along with a rally at the governor’s residence in St. Paul, for the two-year anniversary of Floyd’s death…

USS Minneapolis St. Paul Heads Home

DULUTH, Minn. – People gathered in Canal Park Tuesday afternoon to witness the USS Minneapolis St. Paul leaving the harbor. The naval ship was commissioned on Saturday, and the first to ever be in the state of Minnesota. Dozens of people came down to watch, and those who gathered were excited to witness history taking place in Minnesota waters. “It…

Captain J’s Mini Golf Ready to Open On Barkers Island

SUPERIOR, Wis. — As Memorial Day weekend approaches, many local businesses are getting ready to entertain the crowds, including Captain J’s Miniature Golf Course over in Superior. After a long winter and spring, there’s many things to do to get the course up to par before the summer season. The owner was there on Tuesday helping re-paint, get the landscaping…

50th Anniversary of Title IX Recognized At UMD

DULUTH, Minn. — The UMD Athletic Department took the time on Tuesday to assemble a panel of former and current female athletes to continue the education and push the importance about title ix for its 50th anniversary. Title IX prevents sexual discrimination in any school or program that receives federal funding. Beginning in 1972, strides have been made towards more…

New Mural in Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth gained a little more color this past weekend as a new mural made its debut behind ASI Accounting downtown. Mana Bear Bolton, a freelance artist from Duluth was contacted by ASI to create a mural with aerosol paint. In 13 hours and 55 cans of paint, a colorful scene of the aerial lift bridge and sunset…

SolFed Farm Receives Certified Naturally Grown Recognition

SolFed Farm is the only farm in Minnesota to receive this distinction. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Farming started as more of a passion project for SolFed Farm owner Liz Strohmayer. “We started with a few raised beds which quickly turned into a lot. It was ideally, it was supposed to be our way of being more self sustainable, and living a more self sustainable lifestyle,” Strohmayer said. But then Strohmayer decided to share…

Supporters Gather at City Hall to Support Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s Boundary Waters Protection and Pollution Prevention Act

DULUTH, MN – Supporters of the Boundary Waters Protection and Pollution Prevention Act gathered in front of Duluth City Hall this morning ahead of a congressional hearing on the bill. The proposed legislation was written by Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum and would prevent sulfide-ore copper mining in over 200,000 acres in the headwaters of the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National…

Tugboat That Was Sinking In Duluth Harbor Is Afloat Again

DULUTH, Minn. — The tugboat named “Lake Superior” that partially sunk in the Duluth Harbor back in March is now floating once again. According to the Coast Guard, contractors are working on what’s called “lightering and dewatering operations,” which will remove any leftover water, fuel, and lube oil from the tugboat, so pollutants don’t leak into the waterway. The Coast…

Duluth Edison Charter School Students Hold Outdoor Concert

Due to the pandemic, this is the first time since 2019 the concerts have been held and all of the kids were excited to be performing outside again. 

DULUTH, Minn. – On Tuesday, kids from the Duluth Edison Charter School celebrated the end of the school year with their outdoor concert. Students grades kindergarten through fourth and their families gathered at Leif Erickson Park as the kids performed different songs. Due to the pandemic, this is the first time since 2019 the concerts have been held and all…

Alpacas Go Through Shearing Process at Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm

About 50 alpacas went through the shearing process on Tuesday along with a llama and two sheep. 

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a busy day at a local farm for alpaca shearing. It’s the annual harvest day at the Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm in Duluth where they are harvesting alpaca fiber by shearing it off the alpacas. The process includes a professional shearer named Brent, his assistant and volunteers who come by to help. It’s always done…

Texas School Shooting Kills 18 Children, 3 Adults

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — An 18-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday at a Texas elementary school, killing at least 18 children, officials said, and the gunman was dead. The death toll also included three adults, according to state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who said he was briefed by state police on the fatalities. But it was not immediately clear whether that number…

Unified Sports Track And Field Day

DULUTH, Minn.– It’s been a big day at Duluth East high school. The school hosted dozens of athletes for a unique track and field event. Students from Cook County, Cloquet, Proctor, and Duluth East met up today for a day full of fun activities. It’s all part of a special program that matches Special Olympic student athletes and athletes without…

Duluth Zoo Funding Updates

DULUTH, Minn.– With membership numbers up, The Lake Superior Zoo is preparing for the upcoming renewal of its accreditation from the Association of Zoo’s and Aquariums. While also making long term plans for improvements and additions at the zoo. The Duluth City Council approved a 15 year master plan for the zoo on Monday night. That plan includes many changes…

Interchange Project Update

DULUTH, Minn.– As summer approaches, works continues on the Twin Ports Interchange Construction Project. It’s a total redesign for what was often called the “can of worms.” Lots of ground work is now happening at the site, and plenty of heavy machinery will be operating there throughout the coming months. Besides the process of building and reinforcing several new roads,…

Texas Governor: 15 Killed In School Shooting; Gunman Dead

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Fourteen children and one teacher were killed in a shooting at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, and the 18-year-old gunman was dead, Gov. Greg Abbott said Abbott said a local man opened fire at at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 85 miles west of San Antonio. ”He shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and…

Biden To Sign Policing Order On Floyd Anniversary: AP Source

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order on policing on Wednesday, the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death, according to three people familiar with the matter. The order would require federal law enforcement to review and revise policies on use of force, and it would restrict the flow of surplus military equipment to local police. In addition,…

Coffee Conversation: The Promethean — Covering UWS For 102 Years

SUPERIOR, Wis. — The UW-Superior student-run newspaper, The Promethean, has been covering campus news now for 102 years. The paper’s student editor, Drew Kerner, and his faculty advisor, Tom Hansen, stopped by the morning show Tuesday to talk about the paper’s legacy and how it is a learning opportunity for any major of study.  Click the video for the conversation!…

Some Park Point Residents Buried In Silt After Beach Nourishment Project

City officials say the 'nuisance' is better than Lake Superior swallowing up property from chronic erosion.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some homeowners on Park Point are getting buried in fine sand and silt, and some are even losing their yards to inches of the super fine particles. The problem is a result of the beach nourishment project from last year that built back multiple feet of beach by using dredging leftovers from the harbor. The city calls…

Duluth Fire Department Training 12 New Hires, Most In History

DULUTH, Minn. — Recently, fire departments have had difficulty recruiting and retaining staff. What used to be hundreds of applicants might now only be dozens. But over the next two weeks, the Duluth Fire Department is training the largest class of firefighters they’ve had in years. “Historically, when I got hired 12 years ago, there was 300 people on the…

Superior Roux Offering Variety of Flavors at Pop-Up Location

Superior Roux operates out of the old Billings Park Cafe building, which was purchased by the Sutherland family and turned it into Venue in the Park which now offers a commercial kitchen rental and event space. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Opening Superior Roux has been a long time coming for co-owners Paul Lukens and Jeremy Wilson. “We’ve both been in the culinary industry for about 30 years mixed together. We kind of came together and realized we work really well together and a lot of our palate and a lot of our flavors work well together so…

Twin Ports Miracle League to Hold Second Annual Home Run Derby Fundraiser

The home run derby will take place June 5 starting at 11:00 a.m. at Harrison Park and will feature a youth, high school/college and open division.

DULUTH, Minn. – We are just a few weeks away from the Twin Ports Miracle League season from getting started and they’re kicking things off with one of their fundraisers. Miracle League, put on by the Duluth YMCA, allows kids with any physical and/or mental disabilities to play baseball. They are holding their second annual home run derby to help…

St.Lukes Free Hearing Aid Battery Giveaway Week

DULUTH, Minn.– St.Lukes is recognizing ‘better speech and hearing month’ by giving away free hearing-aid batteries. Nearly 100 of the batteries are being handed out to anyone in the community at no cost, while supplies last. St.Lukes sees this as a great way to support the community and simply give back. “Batteries, as small as they may seem, can be…

DECC Hands Preparing To Welcome In Cruise Ships

DULUTH, Minn.– With summer rolling around, the DECC is looking for volunteers to welcome in cruise ships. DECC Hands is a volunteer group for those wanting to greet, and welcome those coming off the vessels to the city of Duluth. They are looking for people who love Duluth, and are wanting to tell new comers about all of the best…

Downtown YMCA Shut Down For Renovations

DULUTH, Minn.–After nearly a decade of not being able to make renovations, the YMCA in Downtown Duluth will be temporarily shut down for renovations and cleaning. From this Wednesday, until next Monday, new flooring, refinishing’s, and other projects will be underway. While the Essentia Wellness center will be open for YMCA membership holders during this period, members are excited to…

Park Point Lifeguard Pay Increase: $19-$22

DULUTH, Minn.– The city of Duluth is raising its minimum wage for lifeguards on park point, as the nation sees a serious shortage in applicants for the job. The city, in partnership with the Duluth YMCA,  will now pay lifeguards on park point between 19 and 22 dollars an hour. That’s up from a start of $11 an hour. YMCA…

Duluth Schools Supt. Talks Staff Mask Mandate, Graduations, Strategic Planning Process

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School District began a new mask mandate Monday for faculty and staff inside all district buildings. Meanwhile, students, parents, and others are being encouraged to mask up. This comes as COVID cases in Duluth are up and the county is now considered at a high level for transmission. Duluth Schools Supt. John Magas stopped by…

Coffee Conversation: Michelle Lee Talks Getting Fired, KBJR-TV, Bodybuilding, Retirement

DULUTH, Minn. – Michelle Lee, 70, is best known for her decades at KDLH-TV and KBJR-TV before retiring about five years ago. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger recently went to Michelle’s home in Moose Lake to see what she is up to these days and look back at some life lessons made in her career – from getting fired, to bodybuilding,…

Duluth Requires Masks Again In All City Buildings

DULUTH, Minn. — The City of Duluth has announced they are now requiring masks in city facilities starting Monday, May 23 at 4:30 p.m. Regardless of vaccination status masks are required for everyone. On May 20, the CDC determined St. Louis County’s COVID-19 community level as high. Chief Administrative Officer Noah Schuchman said, “This is not a decision that we…

UMD In Search Of Interim Chancellor After Unsuccessful Search

DULUTH, Minn. — The University of Minnesota-Duluth is asking for nominations for interim chancellor to lead campus for a two-year term. A nationwide search for UMD’s next chancellor was announced last November. After a long search process and getting down to four finalists, the hunt for a new chancellor was unsuccessful. UMD’s President Joan Gabel sent an email Monday morning…

Biden: US Would Intervene With Military To Defend Taiwan

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, declaring the commitment to protect the island is “even stronger” after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It was one of the most forceful presidential statements in support of Taiwan’s self-governing in decades. Biden, at a news conference in Tokyo, said “yes” when asked…

Pfizer Says 3 COVID Shots Protect Children Under 5

(AP) — Three doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine offer strong protection for children younger than 5, the company announced Monday. Pfizer plans to give the data to U.S. regulators later this week in a step toward letting the littlest kids get the shots. The news comes after months of anxious waiting by parents desperate to vaccinate their babies, toddlers and…