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Great Outdoors: Winter Camping at Jay Cooke State Park

CARLTON, Minn. – People can enjoy plenty of activities year round at Jay Cooke State Park near Carlton, but many may not consider camping once the temperature drops and snow covers the ground.  Still, some people do it. “Winter camping definitely is something that some people do enjoy,” says Park Manager Lisa Angelos, “and also people with RVs as well that…

Humane Society of Douglas County Exceed Expectations in Betty White Challenge

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Humane Society of Douglas County is thanking everyone who took part in the Betty White Challenge. People were encouraged to donate $5 to a local animal shelter on what would have been the television icon’s 100th birthday, who also advocated for animal rights. Since the challenge began after White’s passing on New Year’s Eve, the Humane Society…

UMD Continues Mask Requirement, Students Mixed on Duluth’s New Mandate

DULUTH, Minn. – While the City of Duluth is resuming its mask mandate Friday evening, mask requirements are nothing new for students, faculty, and staff at UMD. People have been asked to wear one, regardless of vaccination status, inside campus buildings since early August. For some students, wearing a mask elsewhere in the city will help keep everyone safe from the…

UMD Students Signing Petition to Protest Vaccine Form for Enrollment

DULUTH, Minn. – The start of the spring semester at UMD saw one recent student begin an effort to end the vaccine requirement to attend classes. Lucius Lafromboise is protesting against the form required by the University of Minnesota system that identifies a person’s vaccination status, or list a medical or religious exemption against getting one.  He chose not to fill…

Songwriters Encouraged to Enter North of Nashville Competition

DULUTH, Minn. – Songwriters have their chance to earn a spot to showcase their talents at Duluth’s Fourth Fest. The North of Nashville showcase is asking for original song submissions through January 21 to highlight area talent.  The organizer says it’s a chance to bring a bit of the Nashville experience to the Northland, regardless of music genre. “Country music today…

North Shore Scenic Railroad Resuming Volunteer Training

DULUTH, Minn. – After seeing record attendance in 2021, the North Shore Scenic Railroad is hoping to see this trend continue in 2022. They are in need of volunteers to help run their various excursions, and they are offering free training starting next month for those interested.  Unlike in years past, there will be no waiting for new trainees to get…

Proctor Schools, Essentia Health Host Student Career Fair

PROCTOR, Minn. – Students at Proctor High and A.I. Jedlicka Middle schools got the chance to learn more about the various job opportunities the medical field has to offer. Proctor Pathways and Essentia Health showcased nearly two dozen different departments, ranging from nursing to athletic training to sterile processing tech. Organizers say this is the first time since the start…

Cold Weather Not Slowing Down Can of Worms Work Much

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday was too cold to work on the Can of Worms project, but it doesn’t happen very often.  As long as the temperature is warmer than 10-below, workers are on site getting the I-35 interchange completed. Construction managers says workers know how to dress for the weather, staying active on the site to keep warm, and using warming…

Safe Heating Tips as Temperatures Drop Below Zero

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Recent deadly building fires in New York City and Philadelphia are bringing extra attention to safe home heating practices. The Superior Fire Department says heating equipment is one of the top causes for fires in the fall and winter.  By taking several action steps before turning out equipment, such as having a professional check it and using space heaters…

Below Zero Temperatures Add More Challenges for Firefighters

SUPERIOR, Wis. – There are many challenges firefighters deal with at any fire scene.  Battling flames when temperatures are below zero adds a new factor of uncertainty. Thursday’s warehouse fire on Superior’s north side occurred when temperatures were around 10-below. Crews need to make sure their equipment does not freeze as water can quickly turn to ice once it leaves their…

Cold, Snowy Days Helps Duluth Public Library Stay Busy

DULUTH, Minn. – When the weather gets snowy and windy, you may choose to stay inside.  That is what the Duluth Public Library hopes people do this winter. Leaders there say plenty of people choose to make their three locations a gathering place, using their physical and online resources, and just to relax in a warm setting with a good book….

“Freshwater”, Documentary on Lake Superior, Premiers in February

NORTH SHORE, Minn. – Lake Superior will be the focal point of a new documentary set for release next month. “Freshwater” began with a surfing only focus for filmmaker Ian Planchon after seeing people ride the lake’s waves in 2019. “I never knew this group of people existed until we started this documentary,” says Planchon. It has been expanded to include…

Preparing Christmas Trees for Proper Disposal

DULUTH, Minn. – The end of the Christmas holiday season means people with live trees will need a place to properly dispose of them. The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District is reminding people that they cannot be part of curbside pickup.  They will need to be dropped off at one of 11 locations in Duluth and Carlton County. Environmental Program Coordinator…

Push Continues to Get Children, Teens Vaccinated for COVID

DULUTH, Minn. – The FDA’s recent approval for COVID vaccine booster shots for kids ages 12 through 15 has local healthcare providers encouraged that parents will take their kids to get them. Sherry Johnson, a Certified Nurse Practitioner in Infectious Disease at St Luke’s says they have seen a steady demand for kids’ vaccine shots during the recent winter break.  She hopes…

Christmas Lighting Challenge Winners Announced

DULUTH, Minn. – Some of the best Christmas light displays in the Twin Ports region earned special recognition Wednesday. Over 2,700 voters helped to determine the winners of the 7th annual Christmas Lighting Display, covering homes and businesses in Duluth, Superior, Hermantown, Cloquet and other nearby regions. For some, the event is a chance to continue a holiday tradition.  Bill and…

Businesses See Rush of Last Minute Holiday Shoppers

DULUTH, Minn. – With only a few more shopping days left before Christmas, businesses across the Northland are seeing plenty of last minute shoppers. At Fitger’s Mall, business managers say they have been busy the past few days, continuing what has been a strong season. Denise Kaitala, a manager at Duluth Kitchen Co. and Market Gourmet, says she has done her…

New Snowfall Brightens Landscape, Doesn’t Stop Dog Owners

DULUTH, Minn. – Several inches of snow Tuesday morning helped to make the Northland look more appropriate for the upcoming Christmas holiday. Most who were clearing it away from sidewalks and driveways had their usual complaints, but one person prefers the light and fluffy flakes. “I’d rather have snow than cold,” says Curt Timmerman of Duluth, “I mean it stays…

New Recording Studio Opens In Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s a new place for musicians to record in the Twin Ports. Spoon’s Studio recently opened near Lake Superior Zoo. It’s named after the owner Solomon Witherspoon, who says he has always wanted one.  He’s hoping to make the space a place where the city can come together and welcome everyone. “Regardless of who you are, where you…

Salvation Army Still Needs Bell Ringers, Volunteers

DULUTH, Minn. – The Salvation Army is hoping for more volunteers as they continue their Red Kettle fundraising drive. Even with the annual Miner’s Match underway, donations are down 12-percent compared to where they want to be in order to meet their 220-thousand dollar goal. With 864 hours of open volunteer times available at their 18 kettle locations through Christmas Eve,…

Downtown Duluth Announce Holiday Window, Lights Display Winners

DULUTH, Minn. – Several downtown Duluth businesses have been recognized for their way of showing the holiday spirit. 19 locations took part in the Greater Downtown Council’s 16th annual Holiday Window and Lighting Display contest. For Hucklebeary, they were once again one of the people’s choice winners, along with earning the most original display by a retailer. “It feels great,” says…

Valley Youth Center Holding Fudge Fundraiser

DULUTH, Minn. – If you don’t want to make your own sweet treats for the holiday season, Valley Youth Center Duluth can help you out. They are selling a wide variety of caramels and fudge, with flavors that include chocolate, chocolate walnut, rocky road, chocolate peanut butter, maple nut, chewy praline, sea salt caramel, chocolate mint swirl, chocolate amaretto swirl, pumpkin…

Ice Fishing Show Returns to Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The DECC is preparing to have ice fishing novice, experts and enthusiasts check out the latest gear and techniques this weekend. The Arrowhead Ice Fishing Winter Show will feature dozens of vendors, host seminars, give people the chance to catch a rainbow trout for prizes, and watch a sea lion show. For Shamrock Production, they’re ready to host…

Celebrating Minnesota Pint Day

DULUTH, Minn. – Dozens of craft breweries and brewpubs across Minnesota are taking part in Minnesota Pint Day. Bent Paddle Brewing Company is one of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild members where people can purchase a specialty designed pint glass for seven dollars, which will be filled up for one free drink. “We’ve got a very cool design of the…

Winter Needs for CASDA, PAVSA Go Beyond Clothing

TWIN PORTS – During the winter season, organizations that help those who are recovering from the effects of assaults and abuse have unique needs. Those needs may not always be what you think they need. If you are thinking about donating clothes, you may want to reconsider or choose carefully. “Everybody wanted to clean out their closet during COVID,” says JoAnne…

Duluth’s Best Bread Expanding to Second Location

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth bakery is expanding to a second location. Duluth’s Best Bread has recently purchased the building that currently houses Blacklist Brewery at 120 East Superior Street. Co-owner Michael Lillegard says expansion plans from their Lincoln Park location have been in the works for several years.  “This is a very small space, and we got very very busy…

Superior Unveils Plow Tracking Website

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With the Twin Ports waiting to see its first major snowstorm of the season, Superior is ready to show people which streets have been recently plowed and treated. Thanks to a partnership with Verizon Connect, GPS tracking devices have been added to their four sanders to show their current location and direction they are traveling.  It can be…

Friends of Superior Public Library To Hold Christmas Book Sale

SUPERIOR, Wis – The Friends of the Superior Public Library are holding their annual Merry Little Christmas Book Sale this Friday and Saturday. Craig Scherf, a member of the group’s Executive Committee, says this is one of the main fundraisers during the year.  “This, unlike our fall sale, is items that we have selected throughout the course of the year that are…

Giving Tuesday Encourages People to Donate

Duluth, Minn. – Following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, people are encourage to donate to their favorite organizations as part of Giving Tuesday. For the Salvation Army in Duluth, donations help them provide their wide array of services such as their food shelf, weekday hot lunches, housing assistance, disaster support units, and items for their retail store. “Sometimes it’s the people…

Bent Paddle ‘Festiversary’ Street Festival Debuts New Brews

Bent Paddle Celebrates 6 Years in Business, Offers Two New Beers Debuting Saturday

LINCOLN PARK, Minn. — Bent Paddle Brewing Co. celebrates six years in business with its annual street festival. The event includes two stages of live music, food trucks, games and family friendly activities and a lot of Bent Paddle beer. New this year, two new brews! They will be debuting Trampled Golden Ale and Wilderness Tuxedo, taste them before they…

Remembering The Role The Weather Played In The Husky Superior Refinery Explosion

Evacuation Area Quickly Spread South From Strong Winds

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Many of us will never forget the fear and nervousness as the evacuation zone continued to grow last year on April 26th Husky Refinery explosion. The National Weather Service in Duluth and Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot closely forecasted the winds strength and direction that quickly carried the thick, possibly toxic, heavy black smoke southward. Winds were…

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Active Adventures: A Truly Beginner Walking & Running Class in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are joining a truly beginner fitness class. This is for people who don’t work out and also for those who need to move after injuries, surgeries, replacements, illnesses and more. This is a class for those who enjoy moving slowly, while learning about pacing, form, nutrition, hydration, ball, theraband, stretching, proper…

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Cooking Connection: Scallop Dinner at Zeitgeist

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection Zeitgeist Arts Cafe shows us how to make the perfect scallop dinner at home or to enjoy at the cafe. Scallop Dinner: Pan-seared scallops, risotto, Champagne-Dijon cream sauce and grilled asparagus. Check out the video above for the recipe and cooking instructions! LOCATION: Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN…

Unique boat gets a special launch on Lake Superior

The Norwegian boat was built with help from the community

A unique boat got its first official launch on Lake Superior on Thursday. A big crowd turned out to see this traditional Norwegian boat out on the waters. The boat was built by Spirit of The Lakes Community School woodworking teacher John Finkle, with a lot of help from students and members of the community. “We’re very excited,” Finkle said….

UMD Pep Band Strives To Pump Up The Crowd

Pep Band Travels To Championship Game

XCEL Energy Center, St. Paul, MN- While all eyes are on the ice watching the UMD men’s hockey team. Another team will be in the stands making sure all of the Bulldogs fans are pepped up for the big game. The UMD Pep Band has a chance to play in front of thousands of hockey fans in their home state….

Easter Sunday celebrated in the Northland

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Duluth celebrated with a Easter buffet after services

DULUTH, Minn. – Easter Sunday brought together family and friends across the Northland this weekend. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Duluth was one of many churches that hosted Easter celebrations, both during and after services. Rev. Bill Van Oss said Easter is a special day, not only for the faith, but for the community it brings together. “One of the wonderful…

Hundreds Turn Out for March for Our Lives Demonstration in Duluth

Student organizers held the march to call on lawmakers to commit to gun law reform

DULUTH, Minn.  As demonstrations take place across the United States and abroad, students in Duluth organized their own rally, that marched from the Old Central High School building to the steps of Duluth City Hall. Categories: Community, Education, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News, Video

Great Lakes Aquarium celebrates otters’ birthday

Otters Agate and Ore turned five years old.

DULUTH, Minn. – The otters Agate and Ore turned five years old this year. The playful little ladies were given a special treat on Saturday – a birthday “cake” made out of ice and other foods that otters enjoy. The audience also had the chance to learn a little bit about little animals. “It’s a great event for both our members,…