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Deer Processors Ready For Upcoming Hunting Season

The meat processing fee is $110. 

POPLAR, Wis. — Meat processing plants around the Northland are gearing up for the upcoming Minnesota and Wisconsin firearm hunting seasons. “We start with the bear season so that’s pretty fast and furious. Then it cuts back a little for the bow season. We take both from Minnesota and Wisconsin,” Hursh Meat Processing Owner, Robert Hursh says. With bow season…

UW-Superior Women’s Hockey Picks Up Road Win Over St. Scholastica

UWS improves to 3-0 on the season as they'll host Hamline on Friday night.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UW-Superior women’s hockey team avenged their exhibition loss two weeks ago to St. Scholastica as the Yellowjackets defeated the Saints 3-2 Tuesday night at Mars Lakeview Arena. UWS improves to 3-0 on the season as they’ll host Hamline on Friday night. CSS will look to bounce back with a road trip to take on UW-Stevens Point….

Milestones From Schneider, Olesiak Powers South Ridge Volleyball to Section Semi-Finals

Senior setter Bella Schneider recorded her 1000th set assist and junior libero Adella Olesiak posted her 1000th career dig.

CULVER, Minn. – The South Ridge volleyball team is getting set to take part in the Section 7A semi-finals Wednesday night. Last week in their win over Carlton, a pair of Panthers hit some major milestones. Senior setter Bella Schneider recorded her 1000th set assist and junior libero Adella Olesiak posted her 1000th career dig. “I think that was actually…

Duluth Denfeld’s Hanna Hovland Commits to UMD Softball Team

Last season as a junior, Hovland was an All-Conference First Team selection, while hitting over .500 with six home runs and 20 RBI for the Hunters.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, Duluth Denfeld’s Hanna Hovland announced that she has committed to joining the UMD softball team. Last season as a junior, Hovland was an All-Conference First Team selection, while hitting over .500 with six home runs and 20 RBI for the Hunters. She also plays for the Minnesota Renegades club based out of Minneapolis, and also…

MIB’s Ava Butler Signs NLI to Join Mayville State Women’s Basketball

Last season, Butler averaged just over 12 points per game for the Rangers, helping MIB make it all the way to the Class A state semi-finals.

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn – This week, Mountain Iron-Buhl’s Ava Butler signed her National Letter of Intent to join the Mayville State women’s basketball team. Last season, she averaged just over 12 points per game for the Rangers, helping MIB make it all the way to the Class A state semi-finals. Categories: College, High School, Sports

Proctor Runners Present Medal to Junior High Runner

PROCTOR, Minn. – This week, Noah Harnell competed in the 2400 meter race at the junior high meet as a special needs athlete. His goal was to run it all the way with no walking. Rails alum and current St. Scholastica runner Annika Voss has been Noah’s pacer for the past two seasons. Knowing that he would reach his goal…

UWS Men’s Basketball Ready to Open Season With Exhibition Action Against UMD

The action starts with the women's game at 5:30 p.m. and then men take the court after.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The college basketball season will tip-off Tuesday night right here in the Northland. The UW-Superior men’s basketball team will get things started with their annual exhibition against UMD. The team says there’s always a lot to learn when they head across the bridge to battle the Bulldogs. “We’re just looking forward to getting back out there. I…

Duluth Native Chris Plys Talks Moving One Step Closer to 2022 Winter Olympics

Plys and Persinger will head to the Netherlands for the Olympic qualifying tournament where they'll need to finish in the top two among 14 other countries to clinch a trip to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

EVELETH, Minn. – Sunday night, the team of Duluth native Chris Plys and Vicky Persinger won the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials up at Curl Mesabi in Eveleth. The match came down to the final throw and now, the pair will head to the Netherlands for the Olympic qualifying tournament where they’ll need to finish in the top two among 14…

Proctor/Hermantown Girls Hockey Holds First Practice of Season

The defending state champions Mirage will open the 2021-22 season next Friday night at East Grand Forks.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In year one of the Emma Stauber era at Proctor Hermantown, she led the Mirage to the section title game. In year two, a perfect undefeated record and the program’s first ever state championship. So on the first day of practice in year, Stauber and the Mirage are ready to prove they’re back for more. “The mentality…

Hermantown’s Chase Sams Wins Mountain Biking State Championship

This was Sams' fourth time at the state championships in Mankato, but his first time winning it all.

MANKATO, Minn. – Hermantown senior Chase Sam took home the mountain biking state championship this past weekend. Sams started mountain biking as a way to train for hockey during the off-season. The races are about 16 miles long and not only did Sams cross the finish line first, but he also broke the state record by 13 seconds. “If you…

Northern Star: Caitlin Schneeweis and Ashley Larson

For this week's segment, we feature two hitters who are cousins playing their first season together on the St. Scholastica volleyball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Family is the most important thing for St. Scholastica volleyball players Ashley Larson and Caitlin Schneeweis. “We call ourselves a big commune. We’re just one big family. Everyone’s invited, even if they come into the family,” Larson, a right side for the Saints, said. The cousins have been playing volleyball together since the sixth grade and went…

UWS Men, Women Earn No. 1 Seeds for UMAC Soccer Tournaments

The UWS women will host Minnesota Morris in the semifinals on Wednesday at 4:00, while the men will host Northwestern at 6:30.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – For the first time, both the men’s and women’s UMAC soccer tournaments run through Superior, as both UWS teams earned the top spots. On the women’s side, the Yellowjackets earned their first ever regular season championship after going unbeaten in conference play. They’ll host Minnesota Morris in the semifinals on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. The UWS men…

Persinger/Plys Win 2022 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling

The pair advances to the Olympic Qualification Event in Leeuwarden, Netherlands in December

EVELETH, Minn. – The team of Vicky Persinger and Duluth’s Chris Plys won the 2022 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling, which wrapped up at Curl Mesabi in Eveleth on Sunday. The pair won 7-6 over Jamie Sinclair and Rich Ruohonen. They advance to the Olympic Qualification Event in Leeuwarden, Netherlands in December, where a top-two finished will…

Cloquet’s Dana Jones Commits to Winona State Softball

Jones led the Lumberjacks with a .436 batting average with 10 runs batted in.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Cloquet’s Dana Jones has committed to playing softball in the NSIC at Winona State. This past season, Jones led the Lumberjacks with a .436 average and .475 OBP. She recorded 24 hits, including two home runs, with 10 RBI. The outfielder was part of Cloquet’s state tournament team that took home third in 2019. Jones also plays…

Prep Football: Moose Lake/Willow River, Esko, Grand Rapids Advance to Section Finals

The Rebels, Eskomos and Thunderhawks will all be playing for section championships next week.

WILLOW RIVER, Minn. – The Moose Lake/Willow River football team continued their undefeated season on Saturday afternoon, getting the 63-26 win over International Falls in the section 7AA semifinals. The Rebels will now face Mesabi East in the section 7AA championship on Thursday, Nov. 4 in Esko with kickoff set for 6:00 p.m. In section 7AAA, Esko also continued their…

UW-Superior Men’s Hockey Shuts Out Rivals St. Scholastica in Season Opener

Artur Terchiyev scored twice while David Kaplan, MacGregor Sinclair, Chad Lopez and Coltyn Bates each scored once. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The UW-Superior men’s hockey team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, scoring three goals in the first four minutes to open the season with a 7-0 win over bridge rivals St. Scholastica. Artur Terchiyev scored twice while David Kaplan, MacGregor Sinclair, Chad Lopez and Coltyn Bates each scored once. Myles Hektor made 26…

UW-Superior Men Win Fourth UMAC Cross Country Title

The UW-Superior women finished in fourth place.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UW-Superior men’s cross country team used home course advantage on Saturday to win its fourth UMAC cross country championship in the last six years with 36 points. Tyler Finger led the way for the Yellowjackets, finishing second with a time of 27:02. Derrick Moe came in third while Michael Butterfield finished fifth to all earn All-UMAC…

UMD Football Uses Big Second Half to Get Road Win Over Minot State

Wade Sullivan led the way with 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

MINOT, N.D. – The UMD football team scored 27 second half points to get the 34-21 road win over Minot State. Garrett Olson got most of the snaps under center, completing 10 passes for 106 yards. Wade Sullivan led the way with 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while Cazz Martin and Byron Bynum each ran in a touchdown. UMD…

UW-Superior Women’s Hockey Powers Past Lawrence in Home Opener

Senior Agnese Apsite finished with a hat trick for the Yellowjackets.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Senior Agnese Apsite finished with a hat trick as the UW-Superior women’s hockey team defeated Lawrence 8-0 Friday night at Wessman Arena. Megan Dulong also scored twice for the Yellowjackets as they’ll look for the sweep of the Vikings Saturday at 2 p.m. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Coaches Corner: Rich McKenna

For this week's segment, we chat with the head coach of the UWS men's hockey team.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with UWS men’s hockey coach Rich McKenna as the Yellowjackets will open their season Saturday with an exhibition game against St. Scholastica. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Sam Fuss Scores in Overtime to Give CSS Men’s Hockey Win over Concordia Wisconsin

Sam Fuss would score the overtime winner in St. Scholastica's home opener.

DULUTH, Minn. — Sam Fuss would score the overtime winner in St. Scholastica’s home opener win 5-4 over Concordia Wisconsin Friday night at the Mars Lakeview Arena. The Saints will be back in action as they host UW-Superior Saturday night at 7 p.m. . Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

UMD Women’s Soccer Tops MSU-Moorhead in Home Finale

The Bulldogs will be back in action Sunday on the road at Northern State.

DULUTH, Minn. – In their final home game of the season, the UMD women’s soccer team would get a late goal from Anna Tobias as they beat Minnesota State Moorhead 1-0 Friday night at Malosky Stadium. The Bulldogs will be back in action Sunday on the road at Northern State. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports, University of Minnesota –…

UW-Superior Volleyball Picks Up Home Sweep Over Crown

Maiana Stark led the way with 15 kills for the Yellowjackets, who will close out their regular season at home Saturday against Minnesota Morris.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UW-Superior volleyball team dominated from start to finish as they sweep Crown 3-0 Friday night at the Mertz Mortorelli Gym. Maiana Stark led the way with 15 kills for the Yellowjackets, who will close out their regular season at home Saturday against Minnesota Morris. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Schlies Sends Northwestern Football to Level Three with Win Over West Salem

Senior Austin Schlies finished with 30 carries, 281 yards and four touchdowns

MAPLE, Wis. – Senior Austin Schlies finished with 30 carries, 281 yards and four touchdowns as the Northwestern football team defeated West Salem 42-20 Friday night at Gordon L. Nelson Field. The Tigers move on to Level 3 as they’ll take on Ellsworth next week. Categories: Friday Night Frenzy, High School, Sports

Prep Volleyball: Proctor, Cloquet, Hermantown Advance to Section Semifinals

The Rails will face Rush City in the section 7AA semifinals while the Lumberjacks will host the Hawks in the section 7AAA semifinals on Wednesday.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The top seed Proctor volleyball team made quick work out of Pine City, getting the 3-0 win in the section quarterfinals. The Rails will now face Rush City, who defeated Esko 3-2 in a five-set thriller, in the section 7AA semifinals on Wednesday. That match is set for 5:15 p.m. in Hermantown. In section 7AAA action, Cloquet…

North End Nightmare 5K Set for Full Capacity Run

You can still register in person Saturday between noon and 4:30 p.m. at the starting line.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Saturday, the 3rd annual North End Nightmare 5K will be taking place in Superior. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume for the race, which has its own different vibe than the other events hosted by the Grandma’s Marathon organization. This year’s race will return to its full, in-person capacity and will be using a traditional mass…

UW-Superior Women’s Soccer Captures First-Ever UMAC Regular Season Title

The Yellowjackets clinched the title with a 4-1 win over Minnesota Morris.

MORRIS, Minn, – Senior Annah Schussman finished with two goals and three assists as the UW-Superior women’s soccer team defeated Minnesota Morris 4-1 Friday afternoon. The win gave the Yellowjackets their first-ever UMAC regular season title. UWS will close out their season with a trip to crown on Saturday. They’ll open the UMAC tournament as the top overall seed on…

Eyes On The Prize: Archery Courses Offered at Chalstrom’s Range

Chalstrom's is Located at 5067 Rice Lake Road in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Active Adventures, Meteorologist Ken Slama channels his inner Robin Hood at Chalstrom’s archery range – minus the bycocket and tunic. The knowledgeable and helpful staff was able to get him dialed in and hitting the center of the target in no time. They are open 7 days a week if you want to head up…

Special Teams Key to Hot Start for Minnesota Wilderness

The Wilderness are coming off a home sweep over Jainesville and the players are seeing a big difference from last year's squad.

CLOQUET, Minn. – What a start to the season it has been for the Minnesota Wilderness. The team is 8-3-1, marking their best start in five years. The Wilderness are coming off a home sweep over Jainesville and the players are seeing a big difference from last year’s squad. “We’ve gotten better through our systems. We’ve gotten better on our…

Esko Native, UMD Alum Ben Hanson Wins 2021 Colorado Marathon

The 27-year-old took first place in the Colorado Marathon with a time of two hours, 34 minutes and just under 21 seconds.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Esko native Ben Hanson has been running marathons since he graduated from UMD back in 2017, which includes two shots at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth. And last weekend, Hanson finally won his first marathon. The 27-year-old took first place in the Colorado Marathon with a time of two hours, 34 minutes and just under 21 seconds….

UMD Volleyball Swept at Home by St. Cloud State

Sophomore Grace Daak led the way with nine kills as UMD will look to rebound Saturday afternoon at Bemidji State.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD volleyball team saw their five-match win streak snapped at the hands of St. Cloud State as they Huskies swept the Bulldogs 3-0 Thursday night at Romano Gym. Sophomore Grace Daak led the way with nine kills as UMD will look to rebound Saturday afternoon at Bemidji State. Categories: College, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Carlton/Wrenshall Girls, GNK Boys, Hibbing Girls, Rock Ridge Boys Winners at Cross Country Section Championships

The Cloquet Country Club hosted the section championship for cross country.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The section finals for cross country took place Thursday at the Cloquet Country Club. In 7A, the top overall girls team score went to Carlton/Wrenshall. The first girl to cross the finish line was Addison Burkhardt of South Ridge. On the boys side, Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin got the job done as a team. Cromwell Wright’s Noah Foster is your…

Proctor Boys Soccer Fall in Class A State Quarterfinals

The Rails end their season with a 9-10-1 overall record.

EDINA, Minn. – The Proctor boys soccer season came to an end Thursday night as they fell to top seed Southwest Christian 7-0 in the Class A state quarterfinals. The Rails end their season with a 9-10-1 overall record. Categories: High School, Sports

Rotation of Quarterbacks to Continue for UMD Football Team

Head coach Curt Wiese admits it's not what they do traditionally, but he's not worried about any of the three needing to get into a rhythm on any given drive.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team has had a different look on offense in the past few weeks. The Bulldogs are rotating John Larson, Logan Graetz and Garrett Olson at the quarterback position. Head coach Curt Wiese admits it’s not what they do traditionally, but he’s not worried about any of the three needing to get into a rhythm…

UMD Women’s Basketball Picked to Repeat as NSIC Champs, Brooke Olson Named Preseason Player of the Year

On the men's side, they were picked to finish 3rd in the North Division with MSU Moorhead as the top pick.

DULUTH, Minn. – The NSIC released their preseason poll for the upcoming 2021-22 women’s basketball season and UMD was picked to finish first in the North Division and the conference. Senior Brooke Olson was chosen as the Preseason North Division Player of the Year after winning the award in each of the last two seasons. She led the conference in…

Vermilion Community College Volleyball Clinches First Playoff Berth in 20 Years Behind “Iron 8”

Coach Brodeen says the hope is that the success this year will help bring in more players, especially from the local area.

ELY, Minn. – Back in August, the Vermilion Community College volleyball team had to cancel its upcoming season due to low numbers. Just over a week later, a few players began reaching out to head coach Krystal Brodeen and the season was back on. And then, with the smallest of expectations, the Ironwomen pulled off what some thought would be…

Prep Volleyball: Proctor, Esko Advance to Section 7AA Quarterfinals

The Rails move on to face Pine City in the quarterfinals while the Eskomos will be matched up against Rush City.

PROCTOR, Minn. – In the first round of the Section 7AA volleyball tournament, Proctor got the sweep over Two Harbors 3-0 and Esko topped Hinckley-Finalyson 3-0. The Rails move on to face Pine City in the quarterfinals while the Eskomos will be matched up against Rush City. Categories: High School, Sports

Turner’s Lone Goal Sends Cloquet-Carlton Girls Soccer to Class AA State Semi-Finals

The Lumberjacks move on to face top seed Benilde-St. Margaret's next Thursday in the state semi-finals at U.S. Bank Stadium.

IRONDALE, Minn. – Senior forward Katie Turner scored in the first half and that’s all her team would need as the Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer team knocked off St. Francis 1-0 in Class AA state qaurterfinals. The Lumberjacks move on to face top seed Benilde-St. Margaret’s next Thursday in the state semi-finals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Categories: High School, Sports

Duluth East Boys Soccer Advances to Class AAA State Semi-Finals

The Greyhounds move on to face Rosemount in the state semi-finals next week.

IRONDALE, Minn. – The Duluth East boys soccer team defeated Moorhead 3-1 in the Class AAA state quarterfinals. The Greyhounds got goals from Kai Hoffman, William Smith and Jackson DesCombaz as Duluth East move on to face Rosemount in the state semi-finals. That game will take place next Wednesday at 10 a.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Categories: High…

Duluth Consignment Shop Stocked With Winter Apparel

DULUTH, Minn. – With the weather turning cooler, a Duluth consignment shop has ditched its summer items for winter apparel. The Great Lakes Gear Exchange on East 4th Street has more than 1,600 consigners with cold-weather items in their store right now. The switchover to winter was made in early October and will continue until the end of March with…

Curling Olympic Trials Underway at Curl Mesabi

The last time Northern Minnesota held a trials was for the men’s and women’s curling team in 1998, but this is the first time a Mixed Doubles Olympic Trials has been held.

EVELETH, Minn. — The US Olympic Trials for Mixed Doubles Curling is going on this week in Eveleth, and teams from all over the US are here vying for a spot on the US National Team as they get ready for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The trials started Tuesday with 10 teams, playing a round robin tournament till…

Hermantown Native Blake Biondi Finding A Groove with UMD Men’s Hockey Team

Biondi scored in back-to-back games, helping the UMD men's hockey team sweep rivals Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past weekend can now be known as the “Blake Biondi Breakout Week”. The Hermantown native scored in back-to-back games, helping the UMD men’s hockey team sweep rivals Minnesota. Wednesday, Biondi talked about scoring in front of a jam-packed Amsoil Arena and how he’s been able to make the jump from his freshman to sophomore year. “Yeah…

UMD’s Soderberg, Jobst-Smith Heading Overseas for Women’s Hockey Olympic Trials

The pair will try and help their respective countries qualify for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team is coming off a dominant sweep over St. Thomas and they’ll be on a break for the next few weeks. That’s because the Olympic trials for women’s hockey will be taking place overseas. The Bulldogs will have two current players taking part in the tournament: goalie Emma Soderberg of Sweden and defenseman…

Grand Rapids Names Practice Field After Legendary Coach Tom Drazenovich

Drazenovich coached and taught at Grand Rapids from 1971 to 2001 and was also very involved in several athletic programs, including football, track and basketball.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Monday night, the Grand Rapids School Board approved that the Thunderhawks practice football field be named after legendary coach Tom Drazenovich. He coached and taught at Grand Rapids from 1971 to 2001. He was also very involved in several athletic programs, including football, track and basketball. Drazenovich, who is originally from Naskwauk, was also credited for…

College Volleyball: UMD Tops Michigan Tech in Five-Set Thriller, UWS Falls at Home to UW-Stout

The Bulldogs picked up a home win, while the Yellowjackets couldn't build off a great start to their match.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a match that would go the distance, the UMD volleyball team got the win over Michigan Tech 3-2 Tuesday night at Romano Gym. Cianna Selbitchka led the Bulldogs with 19 kills as they extend their win streak to five straight. In Division III action, UW-Superior won the first set in their match against UW-Stout. But the…

Prep Football: Cloquet, Two Harbors Advance to Section Semi-Finals

The Lumberjacks and Agates moved one step closer to their respective section championship games.

CLOQUET, Minn. – In the Section 7AAAA quarterfinals, Cloquet knocked off Duluth Denfeld 34-12 at Bromberg Field for Tom Lenarz’s 100th head coach victory. The Lumberjacks move on to face top-seeded North Branch on Saturday. And in Section 7AAA, it was Two Harbors all over Hibbing 46-14 at Egerdahl Field. The Agates will face Aitkin in the section semi-finals on…

CEC Boys Soccer Fall in Double OT to Mahtomedi in Class AA Quarterfinals

Jordan Aultman scored the lone goal for the Lumberjacks.

IRONDALE, Minn. – The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys soccer team pushed two-seeded Mahtomedi to double overtime, but Lucas Yee Yick would score the game-winner for the Zephyrs as they topped the Lumberjacks 2-1 Tuesday night in the Class AA quarterfinals. Jordan Aultman scored the lone goal for CEC, who finished the season with a 12-5-2 overall record. Categories: High School, Sports

CSS Men’s Soccer Tops Saint John’s to Snap Six-Game Winless Streak

Jordan Finneran would score in the 88th minute to give the St. Scholastica men's soccer team the 2-1 win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Jordan Finneran would score in the 88th minute to give the St. Scholastica men’s soccer team the 2-1 win over Saint John’s Tuesday afternoon at Saints Field. Chris Galley also scored for the Saints, who snapped a six-game winless streak. Categories: College, Sports

Duluth Denfeld’s Joe Eklund Named Finalist for Mr. Soccer Award

The senior striker finished this past season with 17 goals and four assists.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past weekend, Duluth Denfeld’s Joe Eklund was named a finalist for the 2021 Class AA Mr. Soccer award. The senior striker finished this past season with 17 goals and four assists. And although he didn’t win the award, he says it was an honor to be nominated. This is the second straight season that Denfeld has…