Minnesota

Make Your Own Organic Lotion at Mix Cosmetiques

Along with their 30 plus varieties of classes offered, you can now learn how to make your own handmade organic lotion. 

DULUTH, Minn.- Mix Cosmetiques on Woodland Avenue is offering another DIY idea for holiday gifts: lotion. Along with their 30 plus varieties of classes offered, you can now learn how to make your own handmade organic lotion. Owner Lanae Rhoads said she has seen a spike in people wanting to know what goes into — and onto — their body…

Vikre Distillery Puts Together Cocktail Kits for Holiday Season

Some bars in Duluth are using creative means to weather the impacts of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's recent executive orders.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some bars in Duluth are getting creative to weather the impacts of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s recent executive orders. Vikre Distillery in Canal Park is putting together holiday cocktail kits for people to order. Some of the cocktails include Hot Cedar Gin & Spiced Cider, Gin and Tonic, and the Minnesota Mule, which includes Lake Superior vodka,…

Minnesota Exceeds 100 Single-Day Virus Deaths for First Time

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health reported 101 more deaths due to COVID-19 on Friday, the first time the state has topped 100 single-day deaths since the start of the pandemic. The state health department reported 5,704 new cases on Friday, putting the state at 3,476 deaths and 295,001 cases due to the virus since March. More than…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, November 27

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 5,704 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota Friday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 295,001 in the state. Health officials also reported 101 news deaths bringing the death total to 3,476 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 4,012,524 tests have been completed to date. There are…

U of M Football Announces 10 More Virus Cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota football program announced late Wednesday that ten more people within the team have tested positive for the coronavirus. An outbreak among athletes and staff prompted the team to halt all activities on Tuesday, including canceling its game against rival Wisconsin for the first time in 118 years. Minnesota said seven more staff members and three…

Minnesota Tribes File to Halt Pipeline Approval Due to Virus

(Garret Ellison | MLive) ST. PAUL, Minn (AP) — Two Native American tribes in northern Minnesota are asking state regulators to stop the imminent construction of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement, saying it would increase the risk of coronavirus infections spreading. The Red Lake and White Earth Bands of Chippewa filed a motion late Wednesday asking the…

Cloquet VFW Delivers Thanksgiving Meals to Community Members

Dozens of community members took the time to cook, distribute, and deliver these meals.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Volunteers for the Cloquet VFW began preparing Thanksgiving meals in the early hours of Thursday morning. Dozens of community members took the time to cook, distribute, and deliver these meals. On a day when Thanksgiving will be different for some, they are doing their part to make sure everyone has something to be thankful for. Check out…

DLH Airport Staying Ahead Of The Trend

Last month, U.S. passenger bookings were down by nearly 60% whereas the DLH Airport only reported a decline of more than 30%.

DULUTH, Minn. – More than 900,000 Americans traveled through airports across the nation, this week. Compared to last year that number was just over 2 million. Locally, the Duluth International Airport is staying busy this year for the thanksgiving holiday. Airport officials say they are continuing to stay ahead of the trend Last month, U.S. passenger bookings were down by…

Carlton County Law Enforcement Agencies Receive Drone Donation

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office received a big donation Wednesday that’ll get some digital eyes in the sky. Frandsen Bank and Trust, along with Maverick Drone Systems came together to donate the drone. It will be shared with other agencies, like the Cloquet Police Department, allowing them to be prepared for all types of  scenarios. “Not just…

Bridgeman’s Gives Proceeds From Thanksgiving To-Go Special To Workers

DULUTH, Minn. – Bridgeman’s Restaurant in Duluth is helping to make the holiday special for everyone with its thanksgiving to-go meals. On Wednesday, restaurant staff packed up about 500 meals pre-ordered for Thanksgiving. Each individual-sized platter comes with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and much more Of course, the best part is the pumpkin bars for dessert. Bridgman’s is also making…

Local Frontline Workers Give A Special Thank You To Other Frontline Workers

"I hope they feel recognized. I hope they feel they are part of the team," Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police and Fire Departments are sharing their appreciation for the other emergency teams that sometimes are not recognized nearly enough for their efforts. A fleet of emergency vehicles from both departments flooded the streets outside St. Luke’s Hospital to help show appreciation for other frontline workers. “It’s a beautiful thing to see the frontline heroes…

Douglas County Struggling With Contact Tracing As COVID-19 Case Numbers Rise

Last week, the county reported more than four hundred positive cases.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – COVID-19 case numbers are rapidly going up in Wisconsin. Douglas County Public Health officials say they are struggling to keep up with contact tracing as more people continue to be diagnosed with the virus once a person has tested positive. Last week, the county reported more than four hundred positive cases. With the continued spike in…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, November 25

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 6,399 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota Wednesday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 289,303 in the state. Health officials also reported 72 news deaths bringing the death total to 3,375 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 3,956,949 tests have been completed to date. There are…

Healthcare Workers Describe Reality Inside Overwhelmed Duluth Hospitals

Medical Professionals From St. Luke's, Essentia Health Paint Picture of a Grim Reality

DULUTH, Minn. – Frontline workers from St. Luke’s and Essentia Health are speaking out, sharing what they experience during a routine shift amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. Critical care doctors and ICU nurses want residents to know the surge is here, and it’s going to take all of us working together to help limit the spread, and save our most…

Surge Affecting Minnesota Nursing Home Staffing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A current surge of COVID-19 cases throughout Minnesota is affecting staffing levels at many nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. That’s forcing the state to send the National Guard to help out in some homes, while the administration is also asking state employees to consider volunteering in facilities with critical staff shortages. The Star Tribune reports Wednesday that…

Lake Superior Art Glass Offers ‘Design Your Own Ornament’ Sessions

Pick the color, shape, and size of your glass ornaments, then glass blowers then work on your special creation ready for pickup the next day.

DULUTH, Minn.- As holiday shopping begins for many in the Northland, Lake Superior Art Glass in Canal Park hopes to offer a fun way to add a bit of your creativity to a gift, while also supporting small businesses. You can design your own glass ornaments in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Those interested must reserve a 30-minute…

Superior Restaurants See Extra Customers from Minnesota After Gov. Walz’s Restrictions

While business owners in Superior said they welcome the extra business, they said they feel for the restaurants suffering in Duluth.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Restaurants in Superior are seeing more customers from across the bridge four days into Minnesota’s four-week-long restrictions closing in-person dining. Governor Tim Walz turned the dial back Friday, to try and keep the mounting COVID-19 case numbers from maxing out capacity at hospitals statewide. While business owners in Superior said they welcome the extra business, they said they…

Local Entertainment Venues Awaiting Financial Relief

With the future of some of these local businesses resting on seeing financial relief at the state level all they can do now is wait.

DULUTH, Minn. – Entertainment Venues are among the many Northland businesses hit hard financially by the pandemic. During these next four weeks, they will get some help through the Minnesota Governor’s recently announced plan for a Business Assistance Program. Without this relief, they may not be able to survive. Fresh off of a multi-million dollar renovation in 2019, Skyline Lanes…

Hospitals Urging Community Members To Follow Safety Guidelines

Recent statistics show about 40% of all COVID-19 related hospitalizations in this region were reported during the first three weeks of November.

DULUTH, Minn. – This fall has been a very active time for spikes in covid-19 cases around the Northland. The latest numbers show September, October, and November with some of the highest rates for the transmission of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. That’s why area health professionals are urging everyone to follow safety guidelines to help slow…

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Gives Authorization for Line 3 Replacement Project

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – On Tuesday, Enbridge received authorization from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for construction on the Line 3 replacement project. The news comes one day after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved a key federal permit for the project. The only permit that still needs approval is a stormwater construction permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency….

State Board Certifies Joe Biden as Winner in Minnesota

(courtesy: Facebook/Biden) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s state canvassing board has unanimously certified the state’s election results. It’s an ordinarily routine task that drew closer attention due to President Donald Trump’s efforts to delay it in key states. The board agreed 5-0 that Joe Biden defeated Trump in Minnesota by just over 233,000 votes or about 7 percentage points. Biden therefore…

Duluth Public Schools Extend Distance Learning Through January 21

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Public Schools announced Tuesday that they will be extending distance learning for elementary and secondary level students through at least January 21 due to the current projected COVID rates in the area. In a Tuesday press release, Duluth Superintendent John Magas said the decision comes in response to the sharp rise in positive COVID -19 cases…

Four Pedestrians, Two Drivers Injured in Hwy 53 Multi-Vehicle Crash

GRAND LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Six people, including fourt pedestrians, were injured Monday evening in a three-car crash on Highway 53 according to the Minnesota State Patrol. According to reports, the crash happened around 5:10 p.m. on Highway 53 at Caribou Lake Road in Grand Lake Township. Authorities say a Buick was traveling northbound on Highway 53 when it struck…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, November 24

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 6,423 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota Tuesday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 282,916 in the state. Health officials also reported 38 news deaths bringing the death total to 3,303 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 3,891,159 tests have been completed to date. There are…

Prisoner Becomes Fourth Minnesota Inmate to Die of COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Corrections says a 73-year-old man who was a prisoner in Oak Park Heights has died after recently testing positive for COVID-19. The department said Monday that the man, who was not immediately identified, died at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. He tested positive for COVID-19 while he was being treated for terminal…

CHUM Feeds Community By Hosting A Thanksgiving Food Giveaway

About 75 turkeys were given away in just over 30 minutes of starting the event.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, CHUM is giving away Thanksgiving food baskets to people in need of the essentials for a traditional holiday meal. Monday was the first day the organization handed out those boxes of food. Dozens of community members lined up outside Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Duluth patiently waiting to take a basket home. Those in line…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Bentleyville Gift Shop

From snow globes to holiday sweaters, Bentleyville Gift Shop is officially open to the public and is ready to provide all kinds of holiday-esque items to visitors, near and far. 

DULUTH, Minn. – From snow globes to holiday sweaters, the Bentleyville Gift Shop is officially open to the public and is ready to provide all kinds of holiday-esque items to visitors, near and far. The store is usually at Bayfront Festival Park in a smaller building but this year, the shop is located in Grandma’s Sports Garden for the purpose…

DECC COVID-19 Saliva Testing Site, Parking Change Tuesday

DULUTH, Minn. – The COVID-19 saliva testing site at the DECC is moving Tuesday into the DECC’s more spacious South Pioneer Hall. Drivers are asked to enter through the east entrance closest to the William A. Irvin and Marcus Duluth Cinema before parking and walking to “Door A” by the Curling Club entrance. Anybody from Minnesota or Wisconsin can get…

Duluth Police Investigate 34th Shooting of 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating the city’s 34th shooting of the year — this time in the Central Hillside neighborhood. Officers responded around 8:15 p.m. Monday to a report of the sound of shots fired in the area of 6th Avenue East and 6th Street. “Officers discovered evidence consistent with the report,” according to Ingrid Hornibrook, public information…

Yarn Harbor Helps Warm Up The City

Donations can still be brought to the store.

Yarn Harbor in Duluth is helping to warm up the city thanks to donations from local community members. Every year the store puts on an event to distributed hats, mittens, gloves to those in need. This year’s winter accessories are sprinkled around town in places like near the enrance of the Chester Creek Trail across from Burrito Union and at…

Two Arrested in Hibbing Drug Bust

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption HIBBING, Minn. – Two Hibbing men have been arrested and charged for drug and property crimes following a Thursday afternoon drug bust according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. According to reports, the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force along with the Hibbing Police Department and St….

Minnesota Launches Smartphone App to Slow Spread of COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials urge residents to download a free app for their smartphones that will notify them if someone who’s been near them later tests positive for the coronavirus. The app also allows them to warn others anonymously if they test positive themselves. Officials stress that participation in COVIDaware MN is voluntary and that the system contains ample…

Walz to Announce Technology to Help Spread Slow of COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz plans to unveil a new technology Monday that’s designed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, which has been surging in the state this month. Minnesota health officials reported 7,219 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, lifting the total number of positive cases to more than 270,000 since the start of the pandemic. Officials also…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, November 23

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 6,353 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota Monday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 276,500 in the state. Health officials also reported 24 news deaths bringing the death total to 3,265 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 3,837,304 tests have been completed to date. There are…

Keene Creek Dog Park Partially Reopens After Summer Construction

About a third of the large dog area and small dog area are now open. 

DULUTH, Minn.- A popular dog park in West Duluth is now partially reopened to the public. Keene Creek Dog Park near Grand Avenue had been under construction during the summer season. About a third of the large dog area and small dog area are now open. According to city officials a large part of the park remains closed to allow…

Bentleyville Modifying Drive-Thru Tour After Vehicles Turned Away Opening Night

Volunteers and Duluth Police had to work though traffic hiccups with the new setup, but said all-in-all it was a successful start.

DULUTH, Minn.-Bentleyville Tour of Lights kicked off its new 2020 drive-thru season Saturday night, and before getting to the Christmas lights — vehicle headlights decorated the streets around Bayfront Festival Park, as crews worked through some challenges with the new setup. “When it’s the very first time you’re attempting to do a drive-thru and it’s opening night there’s always gonna…

Minnesota Officials Report 40 New Deaths Due To COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota health officials are reporting 7,219 new coronavirus cases, lifting the total number of positive tests to more than 270,000 since the start of the pandemic. Officials confirmed 40 deaths due to complications from COVID-19 in the last day, for a total of 3,241 fatalities. Data filed Saturday by researchers from Johns Hopkins University shows that Minnesota’s…

Bentleyville Tour of Lights Drive-Thru Opens to Hundreds of Cars

A long line of cars could be seen waiting before the now drive-thru light display opened Saturday. 

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s that time of year, Bentleyville Tour of Lights is once again lighting up the skyline of Duluth. But this year both guests and staff are adapting to the holiday staple being drive-thru. A long line of cars could be seen waiting before the light display opened Saturday. This year the event went all drive-thru to ensure social…

Saturday’s Fire on First Street Causes Concerns of Duluth’s Old Structures

Staff at Legacy Glassworks said that fires are a problem them, and other businesses on that street should be prepared for with structures this old.

DULUTH, Minn.- Following the fire in Downtown Duluth that destroyed a building at 118 E. 1st Street, other businesses along that road said the number of fires happening to older buildings on their street is cause for a little alarm. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the Duluth Fire Marshal’s office is asking the public for…

Firefighters Battle Large Fire in Downtown Duluth

According to a city spokesperson, firefighters responded to a call of a fire there at 9:32 a.m. Saturday. 

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Fire Department responded to at a warehouse commonly known as an antique shop on the 100 Block of East 1st Street Saturday morning. According to the Duluth Fire Department, at 9:31 a.m. the DFD received a structure fire call at 118 East 1st Street. Crews arrived on-scene at 9:32 a.m. and immediately began attempts to put…

Small Town Bars And Restaurants May Be Hit Harder In Latest Shutdown

By being such a strong staple for these communities, the sense of togetherness will be missed.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bars and restaurants get by thanks to the support from their own community members, but due to smaller population sizes in certain communities, the impacts from this second shutdown may hit even harder. Many businesses like the Mainline Station Bar in Floodwood, were just beginning to get back to normal operations after shutting down at the start…

Health Professionals Fear Suicide Rates Might Go Up

Many factors such as isolation and substance abuse during the pandemic may be contributing to the increase in mental health difficulties.

DULUTH, Minn. – It might be a good day to check in on your loved ones. The hardships caused by the pandemic is creating an increase in the number of people battling a mental illness such as depression or anxiety. Health experts now fear suicide rates might also rise as the global crisis continues. Many factors such as isolation and…

Hermantown Elementary Moves to Distance Learning

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown Superintendent Wayne Whitwam announced on Friday that elementary school students will be moving to distance learning following the Thanksgiving break. Students will come in next week either Tuesday or Wednesday to take materials home for distance learning. “My hope is to get students back into the classrooms as soon as possible. With case rates jumping on…

‘Help Us’: Doctors Implore Minnesotans to Follow Virus Rules

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Doctors are urging Minnesotans to take COVID-19 seriously and to comply with new restrictions that take effect Friday night. They appeared with Gov. Tim Walz to provide dramatic accounts of how the state’s health care system is at a breaking point — especially its health care workers. Dr. Carolyn McClain, a Twin Cities emergency physician, told reporters…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, November 20

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 6,812 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota Friday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 256,700 in the state. Health officials also reported 68 news deaths bringing the death total to 3,150 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 3,659,452 tests have been completed to date. There are…