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‘Tis The Season for Frequent Water Main Breaks

DULUTH, Minn. – Another below zero-day in the Northland brings about more water main breaks. Around the noon hour Thursday, Duluth utility crews worked to fix a break on the 100 block of Farley Lane. In the first three weeks of 2022, nine water main breaks have been reported. On average, the city works to repair around 150 breaks annually….

City of Duluth Issues First Snow Emergency

The Snow Emergency Takes Effect at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, and will Expire at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is declaring its first snow emergency that will be in effect beginning at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 28, and ending at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 29, unless another snow emergency is declared. All vehicles need to be cleared from snow emergency routes by 9:00 p.m. Dec. 28. Any vehicle that is…

Bridgeman’s Making Holiday Meals

DULUTH, Minn. — Meanwhile, Bridgeman’s is also providing meals for people this holiday season. They are offering a feast complete with roast beef, green beans, cheesy hash browns along with ice cream. They also have a roast turkey dinner planner. People who ordered them can pick them up on Thursday or Friday. After making meals for Thanksgiving, staff say they…

VFW Post 137 Preparing Holiday Feast

DULUTH, Minn. — The VFW post 137 in Lincoln Park is prepping for a big free holiday feast Friday. The supplies for the meals are all donated by community members. The VFW will be serving the holiday traditions from mashed potatoes to veggies and turkey with gravy. With the tradition going strong even after 30 years, organizers say this is…

Santa Visits Mesabi Preschool Academy

DULUTH, Minn. — Santa made a pit stop in Duluth on Thursday to visit children at the Mesabi Preschool Academy. Chris Kringle greeted the children at the Duluth Candy Company. He says his elves are going over the naughty and nice list and they have already started loading the sleigh. Even though this year, like the last is different than…

Chester Bowl Opens For Season

DULUTH, Minn. — Chester Bowl has officially opened for the season on Wednesday. The popular ski hill opened this morning with the first people getting on the chair lift at 11 a.m. Members of Essentia Health were also there and awarded a $25,000  grant to Chester Bowl. This will allow them to plan for future infrastructure developments. “So to be…

Duluth Fire Department Ringing Bells for Salvation Army

DULUTH, Minn. — The Salvation Army has enlisted the help of the Duluth Fire Department to make a final push for donations this holiday season. Current and former members of the department were at several locations in the Miller Hill Mall on Tuesday ringing bells for a good cause. With the department assisting the non-profit for over 30 years, they…

Duluth City Councilors Prioritize Public Safety, Affordable Housing in 2022 Budget

DULUTH, Minn. — Monday night, Duluth city councilors made significant investments in their budget for public safety and housing. After hearing a need to recruit and retain police officers, councilors will increase their wages by 10 percent for all DPD staff in the 2022 budget. They have also increased the training budget of the DPD and the fire department to…

Caution Recommended This Holiday Season As Hospital ICU Beds in Limited Supply

DULUTH, Minn. — Healthcare workers continue to fight the deadly Covid-19 virus. This as hospital beds are at an all-time short supply with flu season on the horizon. Currently in St. Luke’s, over the last month, they have cared for a little over one-hundred patients who were hospitalized due to Covid-19. 85% of those patients were not vaccinated. Additionally, Minnesota…

Northland Christmas Trees in Short Supply

Northland Christmas Trees in Short Supply

DULUTH, Minn. — If you’re still looking for a fresh Christmas tree this holiday season you may be out of luck. That’s because after starting to sell them in mid-November, Hoffbauer Tree Farm saw a large rush during the Thanksgiving holiday. Even though they sold the same amount of trees as last year, they sold out by December 11th which…

Depot Hosting ‘Great Hall’ Marketplace

DULUTH, Minn. — The St. Louis County Depot is preparing to host their first-ever Depot Great Hall Marketplace on Saturday. There are over 60 artists and vendors spanning three floors of the depot. Organizers hope to create a lively and festive atmosphere, all to help the local craft community who will be offering attendees a little bit of everything. “From…

Duluth Fire Department Takes Part in Annual Toy Drive

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Fire Department went on a little shopping spree at Target on Thursday to support The Salvation Army and Toyland Express. To make this all happen, they collect money from retired and active firefighters which allows them to help support the community. Every year they eclipse their fundraising goal. This year, they raised nearly $7,000 all…

Second Harvest Food Shelf Seeking Volunteers

DULUTH, Minn. — Second Harvest Food Bank is ramping up its food distribution for the holiday season to help more families in need. The food bank says right now, grocery stores are donating less surplus food, and the supply chain issues may be partly to blame. The organization also needs more volunteers to help with food distribution which happens year-round….

Essentia Health Hopes to Double Bentleyville Food Donations

DULUTH, Minn. — Essentia Health is partnering with Bentleyville in hopes of boosting food donations. Some Essentia employees will be at Bentlyville on Thursday encouraging people to donate as they walk in. The tour of lights usually collects about 300 pounds of nonperishable food items each night. Essentia Health wants to see that number double. “It’s part of our mission and…

GO: Hartley Nature Center

DULUTH, Minn. — The Hartley Nature Center in Duluth is gearing up for the winter season. “A lot of people have discovered the outdoors and really have embraced getting out on the trails and getting outside. It’s one of the things that are safely available to us,” Hartley Nature Center Executive Director, Tom O’Rourke says. While the center is scaling…

With Warm Weather, Caution Urged for Ice Fishermen

DULUTH, Minn. — With the temperatures warming up, ice fishermen may have to wait until the next big freeze before getting back out on the lakes. The DNR recommends 4 inches of ice for walking and 12-15 inches for driving a vehicle on it. Although the fishing conditions have been good for anglers, the warm weather could prove troublesome for…

Peace United Church of Christ Hosts Sandy Hook Vigil

DULUTH, Minn. — The Peace United Church of Christ in Duluth hosted a vigil Tuesday afternoon to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting. The mass shooting took place nine years ago on Tuesday. 26 people lost their lives, the majority of them were children between the ages of six and seven years old. On Thursday, two groups,…

Unseasonable Weather Not Wanted at Lester-Amity Chalet

DULUTH, Minn. — The unseasonably warm days are adding a little concern about the longevity of this winter’s ski and snowboarding season. At Lester-Amity chalet in Duluth the warmer weather can ruin ski trails. The lack of frozen ground has not let the trails develop a consistent snowpack. It’s a mixture of conditions that are making some in the skiing…

Red Cross Sending Northlanders to Kentucky for Recovery Efforts

DULUTH, Minn. — The Northland Division of the Red Cross will be sending down volunteers to assist with the tornado relief in Kentucky. Three Duluth-area volunteers are heading out today, and one Iron Ranger will be going out there tomorrow. The volunteers range in their expertise, some are nurses and others have the skillsets to help with shelter needs. The…

Duluth’s Assistant Fire Chief Receives High Honor Of Clarence Maddy Award

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth’s Assistant Fire Chief was recently awarded one of the highest honors a city employee can receive. Duluth’s Assistant Fire Chief, Clint Reff was recognized with the Clarence Maddy Award, which is named after a former chief administrative officer for the city. Reff, who is retiring at the end of the month, has worked for the department…

DPD Advising Extra Caution on The Roads This Weekend

DULUTH, Minn. — With four big events looking to attract large crowds this weekend, the Duluth Police Department wants to remind people to take extra precautions while out on the roads. Minnesota Ballet’s Nutcracker and the Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show both at the DECC, Bulldog Hockey games at Amsoil Arena, and Bentleyville at Bayfront are all happening this…

New Scenic Café Reopens In-Person Dining Services

DULUTH, Minn. — The New Scenic Cafe on highway 61 is back open for in-person dining bringing back some normalcy to the popular eatery. While this is exciting there are still staffing issues causing hours of operation to be limited. The owner tells Fox 21 it’s just another piece of their road to recovery. This after the restaurant was forced…

Wild State Cider Offering Outdoor Curling

DULUTH, Minn. — Wild State Cider in Duluth’s Lincoln Park Neighborhood has started installing a new outdoor curling rink. After seeing the success of bars in the Twin Cities doing this same type of operation, the cidery is freezing its own rink. They have a goal of hosting an eight-week outdoor curling league along with lane rentals on the weekends….

Annual Sock Drive Brings Thousands of Socks to Northlanders in Need

DULUTH, Minn. — The Salvation Army is partnering with the Fond-Du-Luth Casino to give thousands of socks to northlanders in need. The 12th annual sock drive began with the Fond-Du-Luth Casino collecting socks in early October. They since have amassed nearly four thousand pairs and recently dropped them off at the Salvation Army community center. Socks are typically not donated…

DECC Looking to Improve Aging Infrastructure

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is looking to improve some of its aging infrastructures. This comes after the DECC experienced an ammonia leak over the summer prompting officials to look more closely at the other structural issues the DECC has been having over the years. This has led executive Director, Dan Hartman, to propose $8 million in…

Mail Room Under New Ownership, Seeing Boost in Business

DULUTH, Minn. — The new owners of The Mail Room on London Road in Duluth are getting busier for the holiday season. After taking over November 1st, Pack and Mail now has three locations including stores in both Cloquet and west Duluth. They offer a variety of services including faxing, copying, and more. Extra employees have been added to be…

Residents Dig Out of First Big Snowstorm

DULUTH, Minn. — It’s one of the coldest days of the year so far and the wind didn’t help as residents were digging themselves out of the first big snowstorm of the season. With the city blanketed with anywhere from four to eight inches of snow, residents spent the Monday shoveling and snow blowing their driveways and sidewalks. We caught…

CHUM Receives Large Donation of Blankets, Socks

DULUTH, Minn. —  Just in time for the temperature drop, CHUM received a large donation of blankets and socks from Miller Hill Subaru on Monday. Hundreds of blankets and socks will be distributed to people at the chum drop-off center in downtown Duluth. Whatever is left over will go to the warming center. With much colder weather now happening in…

Warming Center Continues to Remain at Capacity

DULUTH, Minn. — The warming center in Duluth that is operated by CHUM has remained at capacity this winter season. After opening up on November first, it has seen a large number of people stopping in on a daily basis. Right now, the center is still in need of hand warmers and gloves for those going back outside in the…

Area Fire Departments Host Regional Testing

DULUTH, Minn. — For the first time, the Duluth fire department was among five fire departments participating in regional testing on Saturday for those wanting to become a firefighter. The Cloquet, Duluth, Hibbing, Virginia and Superior Fire Departments joined forces to hold the testing at the Lake Superior College Emergency Response Training Center in Gary New Duluth. The goal was…

Truckers for Tots Aims to Help Families for Christmas

DULUTH, Minn. — Some trucks unloaded more fun cargo for Northlanders on Friday. The Salvation Army once again partnered with Mid-State Truck services to bring Christmas cheer to families in need this holiday season. The Truckers for Tots campaign started over a decade ago in Wisconsin and came to Duluth just last year. Mid-State Truckers raised $55,000 total at all…

St. Scholastica Raising Funds for New Student Center

DULUTH, Minn. — The College of Saint Scholastica could soon get its first-ever brand new student center on campus. Administrators identified it as a need over a decade ago because there is currently no specific area designated for students to congregate. Although the current layout has worked for staff and students, back in 20-14 they started a silent campaign to…

Lincoln Park Flats Now Leasing Apartment Units

DULUTH, Minn. — A new Duluth apartment complex called Lincoln Park Flats is scheduled to open this summer. “People have been excited about it. It’s not too often that we do have brand new housing coming into areas that are coming into areas that are so developed and in such as need,” P&R Companies Operations Manager, Megan Holsclaw says. With…

Superior’s Christkindlemarkt Back this Weekend

DULUTH, Minn. — A holiday market will be taking place this weekend in Superior. The Thirsty Pagan will be hosting the 10th annual Christkindlmarkt. It is the first time they will be hosting the event. Attendees can expect several local vendors and events with german flare such as mulled wine and the Minnesota Krampus organization. Founders say, with the heavy…

Area School Districts Facing Staffing Shortages

DULUTH, Minn. — As we approach the end of the 2021 school year area districts like Duluth and Hermantown are concerned about their substitute teacher staffing moving forward. Not only subs but bus drivers, paraprofessionals, custodians people behind the scenes who lift the educations system for the students. It all affects the district’s ability to keep students learning in person,…

Chester Bowl Preparing to Open for Winter Season

DULUTH, Minn. — Chester Bowl will start making snow soon. The ski hill hopes to start making snow this Friday with the goal of opening up by December 18th or earlier depending on the temperature. Chester bowl has also upgraded its upper lift house at the top of the hill and added a new electrical system. Staff are excited to…

MnDOT Crews Transitioning to Winter Construction Mode

DULUTH, Minn. — “We’re standing in what will be a very active construction zone in the summer. All that, we will need to get the bridge structures in place so we can do what we need to do in the summertime,” Twin Ports Interchange Construction Manager, Pete Marthaler says. The construction on the Twin Ports Interchange is now shifting into…

Unemployment Rate in Area Down, Job Openings Up

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth’s unemployment rate is at the lowest percentage since 1990, but there are still a whole lot of jobs that need to be filled. The unemployment rate is sitting at about 2.8 percent throughout northeastern Minnesota. There are still 13,000 jobs openings in the area. That’s because during the pandemic some workers decided to take the early…

Frost River Has Successful Small Business Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. — Local outdoors shop Frost River is having a strong holiday season. Staff say they have one of the most successful small business Saturdays ever and expect next year to be even bigger. The store has also introduced a second website with more items for customers. “Which is sort of a one of a kind unique items that…

Spirit Mountain Opens For Season

DULUTH, Minn. — Spirit Mountain officially opened for the 2021-2022 season on Friday. Typically each run will have three feet of snow, and the fake snow crews are making right now will last them through the end of the season. “I think that’s something that so many of us appreciate. That we were able to take a step and get…

Santa Is Back For Photos At Fitger’s

DULUTH, Minn. — Chris Kringle made a stop in Duluth Friday at the Fitger’s Complex. Santa, along with his reindeer Dasher and Dancer, are spreading Christmas cheer to children from the area. Saint Nick says his elves are hard at work preparing to make a delivery across the Northland and the world on Christmas Eve. He says his the naughty…

Hoops to Host Pop-Up Market

It's all to get the community to come together and support several local artists in one spot.

DULUTH, Minn. —  As part of Small Business Saturday, Hoops Brewing Company in canal park will be hosting several local artists. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be pop-up shops selling different items from handmade winter wear to pottery. Hoops is one of many local businesses hosting smaller artists who can showcase their work. It’s all to get the…