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‘On Golden Pond’ Opens at Fitger’s Historic Spirit of North Theatre

It's the first show by Boat Club Productions, headed by Boat Club Restaurant owner Jason Vincent.

DULUTH, Minn.- The stage of the historic Spirit of the North Theater in the Fitger’s Complex came alive again this weekend, as the play On Golden Pond opened there. The romantic, family fun show is written by Ernest Thompson. It was adapted into a movie in the ’80s, starring Katherine Hepburn and Jane Fonda. It’s the first show by Boat…

Hundreds in Twin Ports Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday

According to the event website, more than 80% of the $165,000 goal has been raised as of Sunday evening.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Walk to End Alzheimer’s returned to the Twin Ports this weekend, raising awareness and money for research of a cure to end the disease affecting more than 6 million Americans. A sea of purple flooded the Lakewalk Saturday. Roughly 400 people who either lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s, are currently battling the disease, or are caregivers…

Greenwood Fire Now 67% Contained

ISABELLA, Minn. — There was good news for the Greenwood Fire on Sunday as officials said the fire was 67 percent contained and was not expected to have any new growth. Cooler air in the 60s, lighter winds and an increase in humidity have all contributed to the positive improvements with the fire, which started by lightning nearly a month…

UPDATE: Duluth Police Ask for Public’s Help in Gas Station Armed Robbery

The individual is described as a Black or Native American male wearing gloves, a camouflage sweatshirt, and a bright orange face covering

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the person in this photo, in relation to the armed robbery Saturday night at the Speedway in the Morgan Park neighborhood. According to a spokesperson with the Department, the individual is described as a Black or Native American male wearing gloves, a camouflage sweatshirt, and a…

NERCC Escapee Located, Arrested Near Hermantown Following Nearly 12-Hour Search

On Saturday morning around 6:40, officials said, King was taken into custody without incident after hearing he was walking on the Midway Rd near the St Louis River Rd in Hermantown.

SAGINAW, Minn.- After a nearly 12-hour search, authorities located and arrested an escapee of the Northeast Regional Corrections Center early Saturday morning. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s office, NERCC inmate Branden Russell King had fled on foot from the facility into the woods around 7:28 p.m. Friday. King was serving time for prior domestic assault convictions and was…

Friends of Duluth Public Library Host Book Sale

DULUTH, Minn.– The Friends of the Duluth Public Library are holding a modified, outdoor version of their annual book sale this weekend on Michigan street, with rows and rows of great reads. The library has started accepting donations again, which has fed many of the options at this book sale. The purchases made, help fund the library’s reading programs. Staff…

Twin Ports Prepare for 9/11 Rememberance

DULUTH, Minn.– Saturday marks the 20th anniversary commemoration of 9/11, and local law enforcement is coming together to honor the thousands who lost their lives. On the eve of the September 11th attacks, Duluth Police and Fire Departments spoke out on Friday, about what this anniversary means. Saturday morning, the Duluth, Cloquet, and Superior Fire Departments will begin the day…

The DECC to Host Duluth Winter Village

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center announced on Thursday, they will be taking over this year’s Duluth Winter Village. This way, they will be able to showcase the use of their new event space, Harbor Drive. The DECC will be using the street sitting between the convention center and Lake Superior to host various events all year long. Hosting…

Pumpkin Picking is Finally Here

DULUTH, Minn.- Pumpkin picking at Farmer Doug’s pumpkin patch begins today, and the festivities will continue through Sunday. The famous farm has a patch of more than 1,000 pumpkins for people to choose from. Visitors of all ages are welcome to join in on the family-fun activities. “I’m kind of—as we retire and gravitate to things where people are happy…

Northlanders Help Hurricane Ida Survivors

DULUTH, Minn.- Help from the Northland is on the way to Hurricane Ida survivors. Two Northern Minnesota Red Cross volunteers headed out to Louisiana with a Northern Minnesota Emergency Response Vehicle earlier today to help those affected by hurricane Ida. “After I retired, I started volunteering for the red cross and doing deployment,” said volunteer David * “I just enjoy…

New Apartments Proposed on West Arrowhead Road

That land could soon be turned into a 275 unit apartment complex.

DULUTH, Minn. — New market-rate apartments could soon be coming to West Arrowhead Road Duluth. The Duluth City Council will consider the development agreement Monday. There they will vote on permits and zoning requirements for the 19-acre plot. That land could soon be turned into a 275 unit apartment complex. The city of Duluth is excited about the opportunity to add…

Once Upon A Child Hosts Halloween Clothing Event

The event lasts until Sunday but they will still have costumes available afterward.

DULUTH, Minn. — It’s not too early to think about Halloween season. One local clothing store near the Miller Hill Mall is getting in on the Halloween costume hunt early. Each year since it opened back in 2017 Once Upon a Child collects hundreds of gently used Halloween costumes and apparel in baby preemie sizes up to 18/20 youth. In…

‘Light the Night’ Campaign Geared Towards Spreading Ovarian Cancer Awareness

In addition to Enger tower the DECC, Glensheen Mansion, the silos at Pier B  and the Radisson will also be lit teal.

DULUTH, Minn. — September is ovarian cancer awareness month and beginning Friday night through Saturday. Multiple Duluth landmarks will be lit teal to help spread awareness about the disease It’s part of the Minnesota ovarian cancer alliance’s events happening around the region. It will be capped off by the Light Duluth Teal Gala at the DECC Saturday beginning at 6…

Update: Duluth Man Dies After Being Hit by DTA Bus at Miller Hill Mall

  DULUTH, Minn. – A 64-year-old Duluth man has died from his injuries after being struck by a DTA bus Friday morning. According to the Duluth Police Department, authorities responded to reports of a pedestrian who was hit by a bus outside of Dick’s Sporting Good at the Miller Hill Mall around 9:52 a.m. When officers and firefighters arrived at…

Minnesota Defers OK for Permit Linked to ND Power Plant Deal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Regulators told a Minnesota-based utility that they need more information before signing off on a permit transfer necessary for the sale of a financially troubled coal-fired power plant in North Dakota. Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 on Thursday to defer a decision on a permit for a power line that would be part of the planned…

Vue at Bluestone Celebrates ‘Grand Opening’

DULUTH, Minn.– The Bluestone property has continued to expand, and become a more vibrant and sought-after area to live over the past years. Today, Bluestone, which opened back in late July, held the official grand opening of its most recent luxury apartments called the ‘Vue at Bluestone’ where both residents and contributors came together to officially celebrate this new property….

Multi-Housing Conference Comes to Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- Landlords and housing managers are looking to improve living experiences for Northlanders. The Minnesota Multi Housing Association hosted a housing industry conference at the Holiday Inn and Suites in downtown Duluth, where multi housing professionals got a chance to learn, improve, and network within the industry.  The Building Bridges conference included four breakout sessions, offering a total of…

Judy Garland Museum Seeing Strong Visitation in 2021

A Recent $10,000 Donation from Celebrity John Oliver is Helping Keep the Museum in Good Standing Financially

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave small, non-profit organizations scrambling to pay the bills from month to month. Staff at the Judy Garland Museum are thankful for visitors, and the recent visibility they’ve received from a well-known celebrity. If you’re off to see the wizard in Northern Minnesota, you’ll end up smack dab in the middle…

Wade Stadium Hosts Local Artists in ‘Season Splash’

DULUTH, Minn. — Wade Stadium was filled Thursday evening for what’s called the “Season Splash”, bringing together all type of local artists to showcase their skills. The Lake Superior Youth Chorus, Wise Fool Theater, and Minnesota Ballet were among the performers. Organizers say being able to come together and perform on stage sheds light on the talent in the Twin…

Local Artists Paint Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- A local non-profit organization, Duluth Street Art Initiative, is teaming up with Northland artists and property owners in bringing color and creativity to a downtown Duluth alley in the next four days. The group of artists are creating murals along the walls and may even add installation pieces. “We’re trying to clean this alley up and make it…

New Snow Emergency Sign Enforcement

DULUTH, Minn.- The city recently finished installing 2,200 snow emergency signs all over Duluth to alert drivers of what streets must be cleared for snow plowing, and now it’s only a couple of months until those warning signs will be enforced.  When a snow emergency is declared, all streets with the signage must be cleared of cars. If your vehicle…

Major Solar Panel Manufacturing Facility Expansion Mountain Iron

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn.- Solar panel assembly company Heliene is making a $21 million facility expansion with the construction of an additional 68,000 square foot manufacturing facility. State and community leaders, including State Senator David Tomassoni, gathered for the official announcement on Thursday. President of Heliene, Martin Pochtaruk is naming the new structure after Tomassoni, honoring him for his work in…

Plans for Enger Park Golf Course Renovations Recommended

A 7.1 million dollar project was proposed Wednesday night by the Duluth Public Golf Committee.

DULUTH, Minn. — “Definitely getting as many sunshine hours of golfing as humanly possible knock on wood,” Duluth Resident, Cameron Maxwell says Within the next few years, golfers could have ability to do just that on a newly renovated Enger Golf Course. “It really is time to replace the system. It really can’t be repaired,” City of Duluth Parks &…

Minnesota Schools See Slight Bump in Weekly Virus Cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota schools are seeing increases in weekly coronavirus cases as students return to classrooms across the state. More than 100 facilities from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade reported infections last week. That’s according to a weekly COVID-19 report released by the Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday. The figure is up from previous weeks but remains a fraction…

Superior National Forest Scales Back Closures Related to the John Ek, Whelp Fires

DULUTH, Minn. – The Superior National Forest is scaling back closures associated with the John Ek and Whelp fires along the Gunflint Trail due to recent rains and moderated fire weather. “Fall weather conditions have moderated the John Ek and Whelp fires, both of which have remained within their perimeters for days. After talking with our fire, wilderness, and recreation…

Minnesota’s Klobuchar Says She Had Breast Cancer; Doing Well

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced Thursday that she has been treated for breast cancer that was found in February and the treatment “went well.” Klobuchar, 61, tweeted that the cancer was detected during a routine mammogram, and eventually she had a lumpectomy to remove the cancer. She said she completed radiation treatment in May, and a checkup…

‘On Golden Pond’ to Light up Fitger’s Spirit of the North Theater

DULUTH, Minn. – Live theater is returning to the Spirit of the North Theater inside the Fitger’s Complex this weekend with a brand new production. The original 1979 screenplay version of “On Golden Pond” will take center stage. It’s a romantic, funny and family oriented show. The production will run for two weekends starting this Friday at 7 p.m. The…

Bus Driver Shortage Causing ‘Very Real Concerns’ For Barnum Student Athletes

BARNUM, Minn. — A shortage of bus drivers with the Barnum School District is causing “very real concerns” about not being able to transport student athletes to their games, according to a letter from the district to parents and students Wednesday (see below). Parents are being asked to get ready to figure out how to get their own athletes to…

Experts Give Tour of Greenwood Fire Damage

Another concern in areas heavily burned in the Superior National Forest is a lot of exposed tree roots.

ISABELLA, Minn. — Progress is being made outside of Isabella where the Greenwood Fire is nearly 50% contained with minimal open flames. “There’s a wet layer about an inch and a half deep, but below that everything is dry,” Greenwood Fire Behavioral Analyst Trainee, Patrick Johnson says. In that dry layer, the fire is smoldering and waiting for conditions to…

Bus Driver Shortage in the Northland

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Similar to several other businesses, school transportation services are facing an employee shortage. Northland schools are back in session, and more bus drivers are needed, especially in the Hermantown School District. The Hermantown school district usually has 19 bus drivers, including substitute drivers, but they now only have 13 drivers. “I think the hard part is there’s training…

Students Help Hermantown High School Teacher with Fundraiser

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- A Hermantown High School science teacher was diagnosed with stage four liver cancer this past July. Students and teachers, including his son, are coming together to raise money for the teacher’s family. Tony Dobinson is a 9th-grade chemistry teacher who could not return to Hermantown High School this fall after being diagnosed with cancer in his liver and…

Duluth Police Seeking Public’s Help in Locating Missing Person

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman. According to police, 34-year-old Raechelle Monique Long Elk was last seen in the Duluth area on Friday, September 3, 2021. Long Elk is described as a 5’1”, 130 pound Native American/Hispanic woman. Authorities say The family is concerned about her well-being as…

Cloquet to Implement Water Restrictions Starting Friday

CLOQUET, Minn. – Councilors in Cloquet passed a resolution Tuesday to restrict non-essential water usage in the city due to ongoing drought conditions. With 78 percent of Minnesota now experiencing at least severe drought, the Minnesota DNR has determined that the state is now in the drought warning phase of the State Drought Plan. To help conserve and protect local…

Contstruction Continues at Glensheen Mansion Grounds

Construction on the projects should wrap up next summer.

DULUTH, Minn. —  Construction is underway at the Glensheen Mansion to restore the formal garden on the grounds. The $4 million project also includes the installation of a backup boiler installed in the house. ” is critically important for the infrastructure of the house itself,” said Lynne Williams, UMD’s marketing and public relations director. The goal is to help preserve…

Duluth ISD 709 Elementary Students Start School Year In-Person with Smiles, Masks on Faces

Face coverings are required in school and on the bus at Homecroft.

DULUTH, Minn.- The energy was high among the 1st through 5th graders after the first full day back at Homecroft Elementary, just one of many schools in the Northland opening up for the school year. “You can see it in their eyes even though we’ve got masks on most of the time that smile is there, the laughter is there,”…

Grand Rapids Police Help Get Buck Unstuck from Hammock

One of the officers nearly took a hit from a hoof before the deer's hind legs also got tangled, making it easier for them to cut it free and get that buck, unstuck.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.- Hammocks can be tricky for some humans, but two Grand Rapids Police officers last week had to help out a deer tangled in one. In a video posted by the Grand Rapids Police Department, the two officers got a blanket normally used for accidents and medical calls and tried to calm the deer down, but he wasn’t…

DECC Parking to Double to $10 to Help Offset Maintenance Costs

DECC officials say it will help pay for on-going maintenance needs on the lots and ramps of the parking structure.

DULUTH, Minn.- Starting Tuesday, anyone parking at the DECC will have to pay double, as the rate will increase for the first time in 13 years. Parking at the DECC will now cost $10, up from $5 previously. The rate will also be $10 at Marcus Cinema, though you will still get reimbursed once you buy a movie ticket. DECC…

Proctor Rails Back With In-Person Classes

Even though all school facilities have a mask requirement, students and faculty don't seem to mind.

PROCTOR, Minn.– School is back on track in Proctor where the Rails came back to in-person learning full time. “Kids settle back into some of the routines they had before COVID and shut down. It’s been so nice to have the kids back and seeing their faces again. The excitement around the school is outstanding,” Proctor High School Principal, Tim…

2021 Summer: One of The Deadliest on MN Roads

Minnesota’s Office of Traffic Safety says there's been an uptick in impaired driving.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Labor Day weekend was another fatal one on Minnesota roads making this summer one of the deadliest. A total of four fatalities were recorded over the busy Labor Day holiday, increasing Minnesota’s death toll so far this year to 315. That’s 65 fatalities ahead of last year. Authorities say slowing down and finding a safe ride…

College of St. Scholastica Kicks off First Day of Classes

DULUTH, Minn.- The College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth is back in session, bringing students on campus for their first day of classes. The college welcomed its first-year students with an in-person ceremony as a rite of passage to ring in its 110th year. School faculty and Saints Heritage Club alumni attended the ceremony. “Just meeting new people and experiencing…

Farmer Doug’s is Ready for Pumpkin Picking

DULUTH, Minn.- Pumpkin season is here, and Farmer Doug’s pumpkin patch in Duluth is ready for this weekend’s pumpkin picking. The family-owned and operated farm is famous for its fall and winter festivities. Farmer Doug has provided Christmas trees, fresh maple syrup, and pumpkins to Northanders for more than 35 years. “The cooler weather comes with fall, and people are…

Two Injured in Cass County ATV Crash

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – Two people suffered serious injuries following an ATV crash in Cass County Sunday evening. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of an ATV crash in rural Bena and south of Lake Winnibigoshish in the Chippewa National Forest around 5:43 p.m. When deputies arrived at the scene of the crash they…