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Wildfire Breaks Out in Duluth

The blaze broke out just before 11 a.m. near Hartley Nature Center

DULUTH, Minn. –  A wildfire fire broke out early this morning just before 11 a.m. near the Hartley Nature Center and Glen Avon Overlook near the rock face. All fire units were called to a report of four to five separate areas burning with smoke filling the air. A Woodland resident who was out on her daily walk noticed the…

Salmon Season Hits Canal Park Pier

Coho Salmon are Running and Chasing their Primary Food Source, the Smelt.

DULUTH, Minn. – Each Spring anglers take the shores of Lake Superior in hopes of a tasty salmon biting their line. Right now the Coho Salmon are running and chasing their primary food source, the smelt. Fishing is good along the south pier of the Canal in Duluth where many anglers try their luck in hopes to catch the prize…

Mid-March Lake Effect Snow Storm

Over A Foot Of Snow Accumulates

LAKE EFFECT SNOW BLASTS PORTIONS OF THE NORTHLAND IN MID-MARCH! As a low pressure system swung to the southwest of the Northland it brought 10-20mph northeast winds across the unfrozen lake. Light snow began to fall around 5pm on Sunday night, from Silver Brook to Duluth. Then around midnight a heavy lake effect snow band set up southwestward from the…

Fat Bike Birkie Race

First Time The Fat Tire Bike Race Started at the New Location in Cable, Wis.

CABLE, Wis. – The Fat Bike Birkie race took place this morning and it’s the largest Fat Bike event in North America. This year the race drew in 1,200 riders from 18 different states and 2 different countries.   At the starting line this morning it was a cold one and a different one, as it was the first time…

Mid-March Cold Snap

Wind Chill Advisory Doesn't Stop Northlanders From Their Daily Routine

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been an unseasonably cold Mid-March day across the Northland and it’s likely the last cold snap of the season. A Wind Chill Advisory was in effect earlier this morning until 9am, feel like temperatures dropped down to -30° below zero. This frigid Friday didn’t stop some Northlanders from their daily routine though. “I like the weather…

2017 American Birkebeiner Cancelled

Birkie Fever Continues Despite the Cancellation

For only the second time in 44 years all ski races set for this weekend’s Annual American Birkebeiner have been cancelled. The only other time this happened was in 2000. Organizers for North America’s largest cross country ski race held out hope for this weekend as a potential snow storm was on the horizon. Last minute efforts started early as…

Birkie Trail and Race Updates

Snow Is In The Forecast

HAYWARD, Wisc. – Over 40,000 people are expected to arrive in the Northland tonight in anticipation for the 2017 American Birkibeiner Race. With the recent warm week melting nearly all of the snow pack from this winter, trail conditions are on everyone’s mind. Right now only the north half of the trail from Cable, Wisconsin to Trailhead OO is possibly ski-able on…

The Coldest Place: How A Small Minnesota Town Earned the State’s Frigid Title

On February 2, 1996, two Minnesota towns battled to set a new record cold temperature

TOWER, Minn. – 21 years ago, the air temperature in Tower, Minnesota hit a chilly 60 degrees below zero. The town, with a population of 500, nestled in the Northland, is the coldest location based on average winter temperatures east of the Great Plains. “So here I am, in the coldest place there is in America,” said Randy Semo, owner…

Re-Icing Likely Tonight as Road Temperatures Drop After Sunset & Wintry Mix Persists

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Tonight

High temperatures today were again above freezing in the mid and upper 30’s. We saw mainly light rain falling in waves across the Northland.  The fog has returned and is reducing visibilites once again. Tonight as the sun sets we will see temperatures falling again to just around the freezing mark. This will likely put road surface temperatures below freezing…