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2020 Fur Ball Gala Canceled Due to COVID-19, Donations Greatly Appreciated

The Annual Fur Ball Gala Typically Brings In Over $100,000 to Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have huge financial impacts on local businesses and non-profits across the Northland. The 2020 Fur Ball Gala, one of the largest fundraising events for Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth is canceled. The harsh reality is shining a light on the importance of your donations, whether it be monetary, or in the…

Duluth’s Best Bread Now Offering New Cheese Curd Creation

Cooking Connection: Fresh Cheese Curd Bread at Duluth's Best Bread

DULUTH, Minn. – While the ‘Unofficial Minnesota State Fair’ is now over at Duluth’s Best Bread, the creative bakers are choosing to keep one of the items they offered during the promotion. Co-owner Robert Lillegard and his brother Michael Lillegard have come up with Cheese Curd Bread. The dough is the same that’s used for their other specialty breads, but…

DECC Stage Set for Donald Trump Jr.’s Visit — With COVID-19 Restrictions

The Trump Campaign and Secret Service conducted a site visit and agreed to all rules in place.

DULUTH, Minn.- The stage is set in Duluth to welcome Donald Trump Jr. to the DECC Wednesday for a “Make America Great Again” event. In the ballroom where the President’s son will speak, a maximum of 250 people are allowed inside including campaign staff per Governor Tim Walz’s order during the pandemic. Seats are six feet apart, masks are required,…

K-9 Haas Memorial Vandalized

Scrapes were recently noticed on the plaque showing a photo of the K-9 officer.

DULUTH, Minn. – A plaque honoring K-9 Haas has been vandalized in Gary New Duluth. The memorial was placed outside the Gary New Duluth Rec Center in June of 2019 Scrapes were recently noticed on the plaque showing a photo of the K-9 officer. Members of the Gary New Duluth Board say, that although the incident is sad, Haas will…

Downtown Farmers Market Continues with Season Dwindling

The leftover produce gets donated to local food shelves.

DULUTH, Minn. – Customers were able to pick their fresh local produce grown from farmers around the area today at the downtown Duluth Farmers Market. Some vendors say, that because of the pandemic they are keeping their booths up longer through the fall to help make a profit. The leftover produce gets donated to local food shelves. “I pay for…

Minnesota DFL Leaders, Residents Respond to Vice President Pence Visit

Vice President Mike Pence Spoke in Duluth Friday at Clure Public Marine Terminal

DULUTH, Minn. – The visit to the Northland by Vice President Mike Pence drew sharp criticism from DFL leaders across Minnesota including Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and many residents. Members of the DFL party in Minnesota seem to agree the Trump administration has lacked leadership, allowing the COVID-19 pandemic to spiral out of control across the United States, while leaders…

UMD Staff Member Creates Unique Signs for Social Distancing

The goal is to help ease students transitioning back to campus

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Early Morning Crash Leaves Passenger With Significant Injuries

A 2016 Honda Odyssey was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed when it lost control at 42nd avenue east. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Just before 3:30 Tuesday morning, Duluth Police officers responded to a single-vehicle rollover on the 4200 block of London Road. A 2016 Honda Odyssey was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed when it lost control at 42nd avenue east. A 16-year-old female passenger was taken to the hospital with significant injuries. She was in stable…

New Covid Lab For Businesses Allows Fast Testing

This allows businesses who wish to get tested to get those results fast.

DULUTH, Minn. – At times, hospitals can be overwhelmed with testing for Covid-19 resulting in different times an individual may receive their tests back. Now, local business owner Rod Raymond has partnered with a clinical laboratory improvement amendment certified lab to provide accurate test results in 36 hours or less. This allows businesses who wish to get tested to get…

Walz to Have Flags Flown at Half-Staff

This is to honor and mourn the lives of individuals who have lost their lives to Covid-19.

DULUTH, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz has directed flags at all federal and state buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday. This is to honor and mourn the lives of individuals who have lost their lives to Covid-19. Flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the 19th of each month for the remainder of 2020. Categories:…

Encore Music Studio Moves Locations, Hosts Virtual Classes

The studio is now wrapping up its summer session and is now looking forward to the upcoming fall semester which begins in mid September.

DULUTH, Minn. – The phrase music is good for the soul takes on a whole new meaning during this pandemic. “When we’re going through this collective trauma of not being able to see the people we love safely. It’s a wonderful outlet to really look inward to yourself,” Encore Music Studio Owner, Brian Kapp says. These two instructors have been…

North Shore Scenic Railroad Thinking Ahead To Fall and Christmas Season

Right now, the North Shore Scenic Railroad is one of the only railways operating in the Midwest during the pandemic. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The North Shore Scenic Railroad in Duluth has been open since July 1st. They are currently operating at 50% capacity and about 70% of those tickets have been selling. Railroad management is unsure if trains will be departing this Fall and Christmas season. “An older group comes for fall colors. Whether or not those people travel, is…

Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad Officially Shuts Down, Optimistic About 2021 Season

The Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad has been in operation since 1985. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Covid-19 is officially derailing the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad’s Season. Organizers say, they simply can’t operate safely during the pandemic in part because of a volunteer staff which are all considered in the high-risk category. The railroad’s president says the closure is a disappointment. “Because our people enjoy doing this. We enjoy sharing the ride with…

Storm Damage in Duluth Not as Bad as Past Storms, City Officials Say

While officials said they were prepared for storms as severe as those in the past, city officials said all in all, Duluth got out of the mix relatively unscathed. 

DULUTH, Minn.- Following a Friday night of turbulent storms, Duluth city officials said that the city had not taken much heavy damage, compared to nearby localities. On Friday the Duluth Fire Department responded to over a dozen calls of trees down on houses, cars, and power lines causing sparks. Meanwhile, the Public Works Department responded to about six calls of…

Fruit Truck Stops In Duluth

The semi-truck full of fresh fruit from farms and orchards all across the upper Midwest.

Duluth, Minn. –  The fruit truck made a stop in West Duluth on Thursday. The semi-truck full of fresh fruit from farms and orchards all across the upper Midwest. Today, the hot ticket items were plums, peaches and nectarines all of which are sold in bulk. “It’s for canning or freezing. Nothing like something you’d buy a little bit of…

‘Fill The Boot’ Fundraiser Going Virtual

With the fundraiser normally taking place on the sidewalks throughout Duluth, they will now be doing it virtually.

DULUTH, Minn. – Local fire departments participating in their annual ‘fill the boot’ campaign will be doing things a bit differently this year. Because of Covid-19, the Duluth Fire department couldn’t find a way to space people out. With the fundraiser normally taking place on the sidewalks throughout Duluth, they will now be doing it virtually. With all of the…

Hands-Free Law One Year Later

During the first eleven months of hands-free law, officials have cited over 19,000 drivers for in Minnesota for violating the law.

DULUTH, Minn. –   August 1st marked the one-year anniversary of the hands-free driving law taking affect in Minnesota. During the first eleven months of hands-free law, officials have cited over 19,000 drivers for in Minnesota for violating the law. Because of this, over 300 law enforcement agencies across the state will be participating in an extra enforcement campaign. “Drive smart. Park…

Trampoline Park Re-Opens Under New Name

After opening back up in 2017, the tramponline park has been undergoing some changes including its name.

DULUTH, Minn. – The entertainment venue known as Planet 3 is no more. After opening in 2017, the trampoline park has been undergoing some changes including its name after reopening in mid-June. “Anywhere hands can touch is being sanitized. We’re spraying down all the trampolines, pads. All of the hard surfaces are being wiped down every half an hour or…

Protesters Rally Outside of Duluth Pack During Ivanka Trump Visit

Some protesters believe hosting Ivanka Trump will have a negative effect on Duluth Pack's reputation.

DULUTH, Minn. – Dozens of protesters gathered outside of Duluth Pack to protest the visit of the president’s daughter. Many of them are calling for change expressing frustration over the administration’s handling of the Covid-19 outbreak. One protester was even dressed as a doctor from the medieval times of the black plague. “So my question is, who speaks for the…

Lake Superior Art Glass Hosts Marble Scavenger Hunt

This is the first time Lake Superior Art Glass has put on the scavenger hunt.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s National Marble Day and in celebration, Lake Superior Art Glass hid 10 marbles around Canal Park for people to find. Making the marbles is a specialty of the owner, so their team took the opportunity to participate in the national day. Anyone who finds the marble can keep them. Management hopes this event boosts their business….

Duluth Hotel Industry Slowly Picking Up, Hoping to Reach Last Summer Numbers

According to Visit Duluth hotels citywide during the pandemic saw 15-20% of available rooms early at their lowest point. 

DULUTH, Minn.- The largest hotel in Duluth, Holiday Inn and Suites on First Street Downtown says while business doesn’t look like last summer, it is picking up. The staff at Holiday Inn say occupancy is down 50%  from what it was last summer. According to Visit Duluth hotels citywide during the pandemic saw 15-20% of available rooms early at their…

New Sanitizer Outlet Store Opens

With a soft opening, Owner Rick Lampton calls, the Clear-San Pro outlet store was unique business opportunity.

DULUTH, Minn. – What started as a pop-up shop in superior has now turned to a full-fledged business. With a soft opening, Owner Rick Lampton calls, the Clear-San Pro outlet store was unique business opportunity. “We were going to put the product in our establishments. Then we thought this might be an opportunity to sell some of it to the…

Duluthian Starts Virtual Curling Program

Open registration is currently available with the programs kicking off in the first week of August.

DULUTH, Minn.-It’s never too early to talk about curling in the Northland and one Duluthian is helping junior curlers do just that. 2022 Olympic hopeful Korey Dropkin  has been curling almost his entire life and has now begun putting on his own virtual clinic. The program provides an opportunity for curlers to connect with others their age around the U.S…

Lightning Strikes Home Overnight

The fire resulted in smoke damage, heavy water damage, and a portion of the roof was burned. 

DULUTH, Minn. – A lightning strike is to blame for a three-story home fire on the 5000 block of Lakeview Drive in Lakewood Township. Residents reported the house was struck by lightning around 1:20 a.m. The fire resulted in smoke damage, heavy water damage, and a portion of the roof was burned. All residents were able to exit the house…

Nearly $7,000 Worth of Restaurant Vouchers Donated to E.M.S, Police Officers and Firefighters

These vouchers can be used at a number of locations in the Twin Ports area. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Members of Duluth’s E.M.S workers, firefighters and police officers received a big donation today in the form of more than 300 “Strong Northland” vouchers. Combined, the vouchers are worth almost $7,000. These vouchers can be used at a number of locations in the Twin Ports area. With this donation, both local businesses and people on the front…

Portion of Michigan Street to Close Friday

DULUTH, Minn. -A section of Michigan Street at 2nd Avenue West will be closed for critical utility tie-in work. The work will be done on the water main. The closure will start at 7 p.m. Crews will work for a full 24 hours and reopen the street on Saturday, July 11th. Categories: Business, Community, Minnesota, News Tags: closures, duluth, traffic

Duluth Fire Department Extinguishes House Fire

Due to extensive water damage, the homeowners have been displaced

DULUTH, Minn. – Shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday night, the Duluth Fire Department received a call of flames coming through the roof of a home at 430 Nth 16th Ave E. When crews arrived, they met the homeowners outside of the residence. Damage is estimated at $40,000. Due to extensive water damage, the homeowners have been displaced. Following an investigation,…

Monetary Donations Matched to Feed Hungry in Duluth Throughout July

Monetary Donations Can Be Made in Person or By Mail at the Duluth Salvation Army, 215 South 27th Avenue West

DULUTH, Minn. – Monetary donations to the Duluth Salvation Army will go much further throughout the month of July thanks to a generous partnership. Thanks to a match of up to $5,000 from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless, the more you donate this month, the bigger impact you’ll have on those facing hunger in the community. “There…

Blatnik Bridge Maintenance Begins

Motorists can expect delays with lane closures and speed reductions while on the bridge during this work. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Routine inspections of the Blatnik Bridge began on Monday morning. MNDot workers plan to do these inspections every Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. for the next few weeks. Crews are checking to make sure the structural integrity of the bridge is intact. Motorists can expect delays with lane closures and speed reductions while on the…

Park Point Residents Host Rummage Sale

DULUTH, Minn. – A 20 family rummage sale is being held during the 4th of July weekend. It offers the chance for people to shop while still maintaining good social distancing practices. While shoppers are required to wear a mask, organizers say Northlanders are showing their appreciation for having the sale. “They all miss going to garage sales. They miss…

Longview Tennis Club Resumes Operations

"I think tennis is for everybody. You don't have to be a professional at it."

DULUTH, Minn. – “I think tennis is for everybody. You don’t have to be a professional at it,” Longview Tennis Manager, Kirk Summers says. Whether you’re an ammeter or an expert, there’s no questioning how good it feels to get back outside. “We know we don’t have many days like this which is nice to come down and play outdoors,”…

North Shore Scenic Railroad Poised to Reopen

DULUTH, Minn. – The North Shore Scenic Railroad and Lake Superior Railroad Museum are set to reopen on Wednesday. The two will open together after being shut down for several months allowing directors to take a look at other attractions open around the country to see what was working for them. Now, with an increased emphasis in safety and touchless…

DLH Clothing to Sell Limited Amount of Pride Shirts

DLH Clothing is now taking pre-orders for pride shirts they are selling in honor of pride month.

DULUTH, Minn. – DLH Clothing is now taking pre-orders for pride shirts they are selling in honor of pride month. The shirts are available in two designs: one with the logo in rainbow colors, and the other in waves and rainbow colors to symbolize the Duluth area. With 50% of the proceeds going the local “Together for Youth” organization supporting…

City of Duluth Updates Parks and Recreation Policies

DULUTH, Minn. – After Minnesota Governor Tim Walz loosened more restrictions on recreational actives this past week, the city of Duluth has re-opened many of their parks to the public. In all, there are 38 playgrounds and close to 130 parks in Duluth. Management says, because crews won’t be sanitizing the equipment, people should come prepared. “Folks should remember to…

Lake Superior Zoo Plans ‘A Walk on the Wild Side’ Reopening

Indoor Exhibits Will Remain Closed as the Zoo Takes a Phased Approach to Reopening

DULUTH, Minn. – Under the latest phase of Minnesota’s ‘Stay Safe’ executive order, many public facilitates are allowed to reopen with health restrictions in place. On the list to reopen is the Lake Superior Zoo. Staff is breathing a sigh of relief after losing roughly $500,000 in earned revenue since being forced to close doors almost three months ago. Before…

Ely’s Peak Tunnel Closed for Maintenance

This is all part of the DWP trail mini-master plan

DULUTH, Minn. – The Ely’s Peak tunnel has been going through maintenance recently. The portion of the trail is closed to remove any dangerous or loose rocks. This is all part of the DWP trail mini-master plan. Hikers and climbers are asked to steer clear of both the tunnel and walking routes close to the work area. Construction is expected…

Amble For Anders: A Fundraiser Aiming To Continue Boy’s Journey

"He actually spends a lot of time making us feel better just because of his nature of being happy and positive in finding the good in things."

DULUTH, Minn. – At 12-years-old…. “I’ve been in the school spelling Bee every year since fourth Grade.” In a way, Anders Breidenbach has experienced more than most Adults have in their lifetimes. “He was diagnosed at age nine months and through treatment until he was two,” Anders Mother, Gini Breidenbach says. And after that diagnosis of a rare form of…

Tent Rental Company Sees Increase in Business

Although the business has been around for almost 30 years they don't typically sell tents to restaurants.

DULUTH, Minn. – You may have noticed some local restaurants have tents outside of their business to keep taking in business rain or shine. Well, several of them including OMC and Duluth grill have purchased them for Doucette’s, a local party rental company outside of Duluth. Although the business has been around for almost 30 years they don’t typically sell…

Experience ‘Summer Camp in a Box’ with Great Lakes Aquarium

Due to Coronavirus Concerns, The Great Lakes Aquarium Remains Closed to the Public

DULUTH, Minn. – Back in April, the Great Lakes Aquarium was forced to furlough 46 employees after Minnesota Governor Tim Walz ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses. Currently, 11 staff members report to work daily. Around 80 percent of the aquarium’s funding comes from ticket sales and field trips. Donations are being accepted through the attraction’s website to help…

Golf Courses Stay Busy After Re-Opening

DULUTH, Minn. – Lately, you may have noticed a few differences when you’re out on the links. “I think until there’s a vaccine or immunity, whichever comes first, I think we’re going to keep using these extraordinary measures to our employees and our customers safe,” Pine Hill Golf Course Owner, James Barry says. Removing rakes from sand traps, and putting…

As Duluth Curfew Ends, Police Chief Says “We Have to Find Equality for Everyone” Going Forward

Less arrests were made during a more peaceful Sunday night, leading Mayor Larson to lift the curfew.

DULUTH, Minn.- The city-wide curfew has been lifted in Duluth since Saturday night’s protest that turned violent in Lincoln Park– and that lift, said Mayor Emily Larson, is largely because people voluntarily complied Sunday night. “Because last night went so well, because the community stepped up and provided the kinds of support many of us have needed to feel, we…

Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Vandalized During Protests; Duluth NAACP Pres. Reacts

"They're frustrated so they need an outlet, so let's make better outlets for them," said NAACP Pres. Stephan Witherspoon.

DULUTH, Minn.-Clean-up began Sunday morning for one of Duluth’s most treasured memorials, the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial on East First Street. An anti-police message was spray-painted on the brick floor of the memorial during protests on Saturday. “I was hurt. I was hurt that we have to see that,” said Stephan Witherspoon, Co-Chair of the Memorial Board. The statues of…

Duluth PD Makes 11 Arrests During Saturday Night Protest; 9 p.m. Curfew Still in Effect Sunday

Police say they expect a peaceful Sunday evening; they will seek voluntary compliance for those out past curfew.

DULUTH, Minn.- According to the Duluth Police Department, 11 people were arrested during the protest between 2:45 Saturday afternoon and 4:16 a.m. Sunday. Four arrests were of juveniles which consisted of Unlawful Assembly, Felony 3rd Degree Riot, Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct, Damage to Property, Unlawful Assembly, and warrant arrests. Additionally, so far eight reports of property damage are listed: from spray…

Downtown Duluth Businesses Board Up Ahead of Protests

Business owners say they prepared for the worst, hoped it didn't happen.

DULUTH, Minn.- Downtown businesses spent the day leading up to the protests buckling down, in case things escalated as they have in other cities across the country. The closed Fond-du-Luth Casino on Superior Street started boarding up their doors and windows a couple hours before the demonstration started. Officials with the reservation said they’re trying to be prepared for anything….

Local Organization Launches Mask Force Initiative

The artists have made over one-thousand masks since April which will be distributed to community housing organizations in Duluth. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite closing temporarily due the Covid-19 pandemic, Zeitgeist, and artists from the Renegade Theater got to work and began making masks. The artists have made over one-thousand masks since April which will be distributed to community housing organizations such as: Life House, AICHO and the Damiono Center. “Our goal is to give as many masks away to…

“Land of 10,000 Masks” Campaign Sees Success, More Masks Still Needed

1,399 masks were donated in the first week. That number jumped to 3,354 masks in the second week, and 5,230 masks in the third week. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Weeks after the campaign launch, community members have donated more than 10,000 face masks. These homemade masks will help limit the spread of Covid-19. They are worn by staff, patients, and visitors to St. Lukes and Essentia Health facilities. 1,399 masks were donated in the first week. That number jumped to 3,354 masks in the second week,…

Duluth Council Approves Spirit Mountain Summer Closure; Extra $350K Still Needed for Winter Reopening

The adventure park's financial request comes while the city is facing a potential $38 million budget shortfall.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth City Council unanimously passed Spirit Mountain’s annual multi-million dollar budget Tuesday evening, which is also calling for extra funding later this year to get the park reopened for the winter season after being shut down for the rest of the summer. Councilors just approved the adventure park’s $4 million operating budget for the 2020-2021 season, but…

City of Duluth Works to Make Outdoor Seating, Liquor Licenses Easier for Bars and Restaurants

Some businesses are taking advantage of waived permit fees, while others must continue relying on takeout and curbside.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth city officials are making changes to policies and processes to allow greater flexibility for bars and restaurants who may not be outfitted to continue operating without dine-in customers. “Just like the city is struggling with the financial impact of this public health emergency, we know that our local businesses are struggling with this public health emergency,” said…

Gov. Walz Allows Places of Worship to Open Doors to Limited Capacity May 27th

The Governor and the Catholic Archdiocese came to a deal to gather more than 10 worshipers together at a time.

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and the Catholic Archdiocese of Minnesota came to a deal Saturday to allow places of worship in the state to open May 27th to groups larger than 10 people. This announcement comes on the day when the state is reporting a record number of COVID-19 cases. The Governor’s order states that places of worship,…