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UMD’s New Project Aims to Help Plants Adapt to Northland Climate

Moving forward, several of the trees will be planted on UMD property while the bigger part of the project is distributing the seeds to farmers for them to grow and sell.

DULUTH, Minn. — UMD students and faculty are doing their part to help the northland go green. It’s all part of an on-going effort in the biology research lab at UMD in collaboration with a number of community partners to help transition native plants such as red oaks, birches and white pines into northern forests. “The idea is to plant…

Duluth City Leaders Submit $44.5 Million in Earmark Spending Requests

The Requests Have Been Submitted to Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, Further Review is Pending

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is currently eligible to receive more federal funding under the Biden Administration. Five Congressional Directed Spending requests, or “earmarks,” have been submitted to Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson said the following during a press briefing on the requests Tuesday morning. “There is no guarantee that all of…

15-Year-Old Credited with Saving Families Lives in Morning Structure Fire

The red cross is currently assisting the family displaced by the fire. 

DULUTH, Minn. — A 15-year-old girl is credited with saving her family’s lives during a  structure fire Tuesday morning. The Duluth fire department responded to a two-story single-family home just before one o’clock Tuesday morning on the 1100 block of East 10th Street. Crews noticed heavy fire on the second floor of the building. The four adults and four children…

New Clothing Store Opens in Holiday Center

Hours are limited right now at Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. — A new business has opened in the holiday center skywalk on superior street. “I’m a mama so everything is handmade by me so it kind of just fit perfectly,” Handmade Mama owner, Kayla Moorhead says. Owner Kayla Moorhead has been selling her products online and has gained an international following but wanted to market her products to the…

Great Outdoors: Golf Shop Sales

A large part of what they do is custom fitted clubs helping golfers make bigger strides.

DULUTH, Minn. — Nevada Bobs is a full service golf store offering a little something for every golf enthusiast. “Anything golf related we carry and we sell. We also have simulators that we use for custom fitting which is bread our bread and butter of what we do,” Nevada Bob’s Golf Manager, Dan Szymczak says. With everyone working at the…

New Canal Park Business Opens

Duluth Love opened in early May

DULUTH, Minn. — “We kind of cater to a really special crowd,” Duluth Love Owner, Garrett Kirwan says. The company Pandora’s Box owns about eight stores around the Midwest including one in Wisconsin Dell. In early May, they opened up shop down in Canal Park. “Luckily things were able to fall together for us and we were able to pick…

Canal Park Busy as Temperatures Warm Up

The Lakewalk down in Canal Park is expected to be completed by Grandmas Marathon weekend.

DULUTH, Minn. — Canal Park was packed with people enjoying the warm weather Saturday afternoon. With the slight warm up in temperatures people from around the state checked out the popular destination. We caught up with one couple who say along with the beautiful scenery, it’s also a good place for the kids to burn some energy. “The kids that…

Area Campsites Excited for Busy Season

Campsites around the area began taking reservations in early February and to no surprise, they filled up quickly.

DULUTH, Minn. — Campsites around the area began taking reservations in early February and to no surprise, they filled up quickly. “In three hours I made 50 reservations,” Penmarallter Campground Co-Owner, Pennie Burton says. Campgrounds like Penmarallter on highway sixty one in Two Harbors have seen some of their biggest numbers in years. “Going into this year. Starting taking reservations….

St. Lukes Continues Vaccinations of International Sailors

Another international vessel will soon arrive in the Twin Ports with crew members planning on receiving their vaccinations once they dock.

DULUTH, Minn. — St. Luke’s continued their vaccinations of international sailors in the Twin Ports Wednesday morning. About 20 sailors from India aboard the Federal Champlain received the Johnson & Johnson vaccination. Because of the pandemic, these sailors haven’t been able to go to shore as they faced local regulations from each country they visit. “There families are going to be…

Duluth’s Environmental Initiative Recognized for Carbon Reductions

The steam plant provides heating services to 160 buildings in downtown Duluth and Canal Park. 

DULUTH, Minn. — The city of Duluth was recognized today for their efforts on going green. The city was announced as the winners of the the Environmental Initiative Energy and Climate award for their work on the steam plant. Back in 2018 the city of Duluth and their partners replaced sixteen blocks of aging steam pipe on Superior Street with…

‘Raise the Roof for Life House Duluth’ Event Brings Local Vendors Together

A portion of those proceeds from BLUSH Music Venue went towards Life House.

DULUTH, Minn. – Life house Duluth, blush music venue, and peace of mind bath products got together to hold a block party this afternoon showcasing local vendors. The event called “Raise the Roof for Life House Duluth” puts a focus on the newly opened boutique store, Legitimate Hustle. A portion of those proceeds from BLUSH Music Venue went towards Life…

Ruby The Donkey Steals the Spotlight in Downtown Duluth

Ruby and Her Handler, Lane Halverson, Offered Free Rides to People Passing By Saturday Afternoon

DULUTH, Minn. – If you drove through downtown Duluth Saturday afternoon, chances are you noticed a donkey and a cowboy. 9-year-old Ruby made her first trip to Duluth from her home in South Range, Wisconsin. Ruby’s owner, Lane Halverson, was contacted by a friend who knows the owners of downtown’s newest eatery, Tacos, Tacos, Tacos. They asked him to bring…

Duluth Heritage Sports Center Hosts 5th Annual Rummage Sale

About 45 vendors filled with over 90 booths filled the arena.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 5th annual arena rummage sale took place this afternoon at the Duluth Heritage sports center… About 45 vendors filled with over 90 booths filled the arena. Typically, the rummage sale is one of the first events of the spring bringing shoppers out for the summer. Now, even with numbers down from years past, owners have seen…

Bob Dylan Tour Kicks off Dylan Fest in Duluth

Even with those limited in-person events the virtual ones helps the festival reach a wider audience.

DULUTH, Minn. – Folks from around the state stopped by Duluth’s Armory which was the start of a weeks worth of events. “We are doing some limited in-person opportunities. But a lot of virtual events on zoom and Facebook live,” Dylan Fest Committee Member, Zane Bail says. Even with those limited in-person events the virtual ones helps the festival reach…

Update: Duluth Police Detain Suspect After Downtown Shooting

One Victim Shot, One Suspect Detained While Police Search for Second Suspect

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police responded shortly after 7 p.m. to the report of a shooting on the 100 block of East 3rd Street in Duluth. Upon arrival, police found one victim who was in serious condition and brought to a local hospital. Police were able to identify and detain one suspect. Police are looking for a second suspect. This…

Allergies Bring Obstacle for Northland Summer Season

As the summer goes on, ragweed and outdoor molds will become a factor.

DULUTH, Minn. —  Allergy season is upon us and as Northlanders make their way outside there are some things you should be aware of. Experts say, May is usually a tough month for allergies as there is an overlap between tree and grass pollen. As the summer goes on, ragweed and outdoor molds will become a factor. Doctors recommend starting…

Lake Superior Zoo Now Accepting Summer Preschool Scholarship Applications

The zoo preschool opened last year and currently has ten families registered.

DULUTH, Minn.– The Lake Superior Zoo’s nature-based preschool is now accepting needs-based scholarship applications for their summer programs. The grant, courtesy of the Northland Foundation, gives families a chance for kids to learn about conservation, animals and further develop those skills as they move into kindergarten. Classes are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting June 21 and ending Aug. 27. The…

People Taking Advantage of Nice Duluth Day

Enger tower is also a popular spot for the Twin ports express food truck.

DULUTH, Minn. — The weather eclipsed seventy degrees today meaning a lot more people were able to experience all the Northland has to offer. Enger tower was packed this afternoon with people experiencing the views, the zen garden and of course the tallest point in Duluth. Whether it’s your first time there or you’re a Duluth parks veteran, there’s something…

Ronald McDonald House Northland Receives Pop Tab, Food Donations

Since they opened, the charity has been accepting pop cap donations which all goes towards helping families in need. 

DULUTH, Minn. — The Ronald McDonald House Northland is continuing to see donations pouring in. Since its opening back in mid-February, the northand chapter has been able to host 21 families while staying at the max occupancy due to Covid-19. While partnering with Essentia Health, the Ronald McDonald House provides a place to stay for families traveling as they get…

Harbortown Rotary Helps Clean Up Vandalized GND Park

Members of the club say, they are always looking for different ways to have a positive impact on the community.

DULUTH, Minn. — Volunteers came together this morning to help clean up the Gary-New Duluth Recreational Area after it was vandalized almost a month ago. Several members of the Harbortown Rotary Club stopped by Memorial Park in Gary-New Duluth to help clean up the grounds, fill holes in the dog park and also install a new backboard on the basketball…

Bait Shops Anticipating Busy Opener

With the earlier ice out, the expectations are for anglers to have some nice catches this opener.

DULUTH, Minn. — Bait shops are looking to capitalize on the busy fishing opener this weekend. With the earlier ice out, the expectations are for anglers to have some nice catches this opener. Bait shops are advising to get your license early to avoid the hassle of waiting in line during the opener on Saturday. “We’ll have a express line…

Animal Allies Offering Discount Adoption Fees

Because of an influx of dogs, the shelter is offering $50 off adoption fees for dogs and puppies from today going through Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn. —  Animal Allies Human Society is giving a little extra incentive to adopt this weekend. Because of an influx of dogs, the shelter is offering $50 off adoption fees for dogs and puppies from today going through Sunday. Although staff say it’s rare that they offer this type of discount, they hope it gives these pets a chance…

Salvation Army Continues to Offer Resources for Homeless

With the cities low vacancy rate, and the extension of the eviction moratorium there have been few openings for housing.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Salvation Army is continuing to offer different resources for the homeless community in Duluth. With the cities low vacancy rate, and the extension of the eviction moratorium there have been few openings for housing. The rapid re-housing program, landlord incentive program and family transitional housing program are some of the resources the Salvation Army have been…

St. Louis County Board Issues ‘Year of Dylan Proclamation’

There will also be a front lawn party at Bob Dylan's childhood home in Hibbing on May 24th.

HIBBING, Minn.-Northlanders wanted to go bigger for this year’s Dylan Festival. The plans have been in the works for a few years making it the “Year of Dylan” starting from his birthday in late May and ending on the same date in 2022. It all kicks off with the Hibbing Dylan projects monument honoring Bob Dylan followed by a proclamation…

Northland Florists Preparing for Mothers Day Sales

With mothers day coming this Sunday, flower shops in the area are seeing a high demand of their products.

DULUTH, Minn. — Florists around the Northland are preparing for one of the busiest days of the year. With Mother’s Day coming this Sunday, flower shops in the area are seeing a high demand of their products. But some businesses are now dealing with a shortage of flowers as Covid-19 has impacted staffing at their suppliers in South America. At…

Downtown Businesses Optimistic About Summer Season

As we start to see more foot traffic this summer in Duluth, downtown businesses also expect to see an increase in their staffing.

DULUTH, Minn. —  A lot of workers had to change their usual routines because of the pandemic, but now there’s light at the end of the tunnel for when businesses can get back to normal. As we start to see more foot traffic this summer in Duluth, downtown businesses also expect to see an increase in their staffing. “About 49%…

North Star Academy Students Sample Local Maple Syrup

The trees yielded about 60 gallons of sap which was boiled down to one gallon of syrup.

DULUTH, Minn. — Students at the North Star Charter school got a chance to sample the maple syrup they started tapping almost one month ago. The trees yielded about 60 gallons of sap which was boiled down to one gallon of syrup. On Friday, students went more in depth with the science and cultural significance of making the syrup along…

Duluth P.D Investigating Overnight Stabbing in Hillside Neighborhood

The victim was taken to a local hospital where his condition is currently unknown. 

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth police continue to investigate a stabbing in the cities east hillside neighborhood. Officers responded to a call shortly before 10 p.m. at 820 east 4th street on reports of a male who had been stabbed and ran into the nearby laundromat. The suspect remains at large Friday morning. Both the victim and the suspect were known…

Sections of Downtown Duluth Streets to Close Temporarily

The closures will last from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

DULUTH, Minn. —  On Thursday, a part of East 1st street between north 2nd avenue east and north 1st avenue east will be closed to traffic. The closures will last from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. During that same time, north 2nd avenue east between east 1st and 2nd street will also be closed to traffic. The sidewalk will also be…

New Bagel Business Opens in Northland

Lift Bridge Bagels is currently taking orders online for a variety of flavors of bagels and the owner loves interacting with her customers.

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- After starting making her bagels a few years ago, owner Lexy Land’s bagel business began to take shape. “They are all made out of organic wheat, and then organic cane sugar goes in the dough as well as the yeast and the salt,” Lift Bridge Bagels Owner, Lexy Land says. This past winter season, Lift Bridge Bagels was…

Duluth Hiring Registered Nurse To Help Police During Mental Health And Substance Abuse Calls

The RN will help with calls, evaluations, and interventions, while also following up on cases of those who may need help.

DULUTH, Minn. — On Monday night, the Duluth city council voted unanimously to add a registered nurse position with the Duluth Police Department that will help with mental health and substance abuse calls. The job calls for a registered nurse from the Human Development Center, a nonprofit, who will embed themselves within the department. The department first launched its mental…

Duluth’s Labor Union Honor Workers Memorial Day

According to OSHA, over 5,000 people died while on the job in 2019.

DULUTH, Minn. — Members of Duluth’s Labor Union held their annual memorial breakfast and tree planting ceremony this morning. Several organizations in Duluth’s labor union community were in attendance. According to OSHA, over 5,000 people died while on the job in 2019. As workers safety continues to be a top priority in the trade, today was about honoring and remembering…

Duluth P.D, Mayor Talk Transparency

Back in March, the Duluth chapter of the NAACP called for more engagement between police and the public. 

DULUTH, Minn. — On Friday, city leaders provided an update on how area law enforcement will provide more transparency in several areas of their department. Back in March, the Duluth chapter of the NAACP called for more engagement between police and the public. They asked for bi-annual reports on traffic stops, use of force, and arrest rates more proportionate to…

More Rental Assistance Available for Minnesotans Impacted by Pandemic

This is all through the help of the federal Covid-19 emergency rental assistance program.

DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesotans now have more help for rental assistance. Tenants who have been impacted by the pandemic financially and haven’t been able to pay rent dating back to March of last year will have more assistance catching up with their payments. This is all through the help of the federal Covid-19 emergency rental assistance program. Since applications opened…

Kirby Student Board Hosts ‘Kirby Commencement’

Students had the opportunity to take photos with their dean, professors, college banners, and solo photos with their diploma jackets.

DULUTH, Minn. – For the second year in a row, the commencement at the University of Minnesota Duluth will be virtual. Students have the opportunity to take photos with their dean, professors, college banners, and solo photos with their diploma jackets. Organizers say, adding more end of the year activities for students gives them a little more of an experience…

‘The Back Alley’ Provides Surfing Goods for Growing Northland Sport

Within the last two years, the back alley was made a reality.

DULUTH, Minn. — “Just in the last five years it’s really starting to spike up,” Back Alley Owner, Jerome Fischer says. That growth led Jerome Fischer and his family to purchase this building in Lincoln Park “For the last eight to ten years we’ve kind of been doing pop-ups and different events for the community,” Fischer says. Within the last…

Essentia Vision Northland Project 35 Percent Complete, On Track For 2023 Opening

The $900 Million Project Remains On Budget as Crews Work to Enclose the New Inpatient, Outpatient Facilities

DULUTH, Minn. – A multi-million dollar development is changing the skyline of Duluth’s downtown district. Ground broke on Essentia’s Vision Northland Project in 2019, and if you’ve recently driven by, you’ve noticed a large amount of progress has been made on the exterior of the new structure. What started as a vision in 2017 is now becoming an impressive reality….

St. Luke’s Sees Increase in Vaccine Availability

St. Luke's currently has 850 vaccines available for eligible recipients.

DULUTH, Minn. — St. Luke’s now has a large number of Covid-19 vaccine appointments available. St. Luke’s currently has 850 vaccines available for eligible recipients. Doctors say, 58% of St. Louis County members have received at least one dose of the vaccine, but they are hoping that number can increase in the coming days. “We’re just trying to get as…

GND Rec Area Vandalized

The estimated repairs will take several weeks and the sport court will remain closed until they are completed.

DULUTH, Minn. —  The Gary New Duluth Rec Center is in its final stages of construction, but on Thursday, organizers noticed several thousand dollars worth of damages to the property. Vandalism and graffiti can be seen on the skate park, one of the glass basketball hoop backboards was shattered, and one of the excavators from the construction company was also…

Duluth Schools Cancel Prom Due to Covid-19 Concerns

They cited lingering Covid-19 concerns with spring break on the horizon, saying there would be too much of a risk for a potential spread. 

DULUTH, Minn. – – The Duluth school district has cancelled prom for 2021. The decision was made after the district consulted with the Minnesota Department of Health, student leaders and other administrators. They cited lingering COVID-19 concerns with spring break on the horizon, saying there would be too much of a risk for a potential spread. “There was a preference…

Restaurant Leaders Optimistic About Summer Season

Eat Downtown Duluth Week will start up on April 19th.

DULUTH, Minn. — Members of the area restaurant community came together Wednesday for a Zoom discussion to talk about the summer season. They also spoke about what things worked for them during the pandemic. Some of the changes each restaurant made, like the addition of curbside pickup, may even continue to stay at certain establishments. The panel members are optimistic…

Spring Cleaning Made Easy at New Tommy’s Express Car Wash

Tommy's Express Car Wash Opened a Duluth Location in Late March

DULUTH, Minn. – When spring weather arrives, you’re guaranteed two things in the Northland — construction season and long lines at the car wash. Now one new business in Duluth is putting forth a dedicated team of deep cleaners who have a passion for saving you time and making your vehicle shine. “The flight deck is what we call it,”…

Festival by the Lake Event Seeking Vendors

Organizers say, they will be adjusting to the governors new regulations.

DULUTH, Minn. – One upcoming event in Duluth during the heart of summer is currently looking for vendors. Festival by the Lake – previously called the Taste of Duluth – is currently looking for vendors for their 5th annual event in late July at Bayfront Festival Park. With this new event name, more than just food vendors will be there…

New Local Business Takes Over Flagship Pop-up Shop

The pop-up leases the space to smaller businesses in the area from two to four months.

DULUTH, Min.-A new pop-up shop has opened in the Flagship Apparel store in Canal Park. The new ship known as ‘The Hull’ is a branch off from the surf and coffee shop the ‘Back Alley’ in Lincoln Park. The pop-up leases the space to smaller businesses in the area from two to four months. “We were looking to open that…

Historic Old Central High School Could Become Mixed-Income Housing Units

Saturday Properties, a development company out of St. Louis Park, emerged as a front runner to purchase the school back in October.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Historic Old Central High School could soon be turned into 121 units of mixed-income housing. Saturday Properties, a development company out of St. Louis Park, emerged as a front runner to purchase the school back in October. The school is currently in danger of losing its historical tax credits, which go towards the rehabilitation of the…

Meals on Wheels Seeking Additional Volunteers

AEOA runs meals on wheels in the Twins Ports area and up on the range.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency is looking for more volunteers to help delivery meals on wheels. The program has been running in Duluth for about thirteen years. AEOA runs meals on wheels in the Twins Ports area and up on the range. Staff are looking for a few extra volunteers during the week which would take a…

UMD Hosts Bulldog-Themed Blood Drive

Organizers say all 41 donation slots were filled.

DULUTH, Minn. – The American Red Cross and the UMD pre-med club hosted a Bulldog-themed blood drive at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Organizers say all 41 donation slots were filled. Although there is always a need for blood donations, this drive in particular is also geared towards promoting student engagement and volunteering on campus. Organizers also hope it helps…

New Hotel Opens in Duluth

With 82 rooms, staff say that they are excited to host people coming up to Duluth for the upcoming summer events and beyond.

DULUTH, Minn. — A new hotel has opened in Duluth. The Fairfield Inn and Suites on Maple Grove Road across the street from the Miller Hill Mall opened on March 25th. With 82 rooms, staff say that they are excited to host people coming up to Duluth for the upcoming summer events and beyond. “Knowing that we are the brand…