Council Approves Funds to Re-Open Spirit Mountain This Winter, Tables Lakewalk Extension Talks

The Duluth City Council voted unanimously to fork over $300,000 to Spirit Mountain to help it re-open this coming winter, and tabled a resolution which would cancel work on the Lakewalk by Beacon Pointe.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth City Council voted unanimously to fork over $300,000 to Spirit Mountain to help it re-open this coming winter. Council also tabled another resolution Monday night which proposed leaving some homes and condominiums along the lake disconnected from the main Lakewalk. The $300,000 to Spirit Mountain is to reimburse most of the $340,000 the Mountain spent on…

Friends of the Lakewalk Receive Pollinator Plant Donation

DULUTH, Minn. – Friends of the Lakewalk have recently received a huge donation of pollinator plants. The organization has been active for about 12 years and it’s geared towards preserving and improving the Lakewalk. The 750 perennials allow them to expand their pollinator plots. “So there throughout the length of the Lakewalk at various sites. That way the pollinator insects and…

Endion Station Inn Seeing Steady Business

Since it opened the inn has encountered both a pandemic, and now construction resuming on the Lakewalk.

DULUTH, Minn. – Earlier this year, the historic Endion Station in Canal Park transitioned into a new boutique hotel. Since it opened the inn has encountered both a pandemic, and now construction resuming on the Lakewalk. Despite these obstacles, Owner Rod Raymond says his business is doing fine and has some words of wisdom for anyone who has to drastically…

Record High Lake Levels Good For Shipping, Bad for Shoreline

Experts say more water is better for carrying shipping cargo, but more damaging to shoreline especially with storms.

DULUTH, Minn.- Water levels on Lake Superior have been in an upward trend, breaking record averages for July, still months away from the Fall when they’re expected to rise. As of Monday Lake Superior sits at 603.22 ft for the month of July. It is 14 inches above the norm for the month. According the Associate Director of Outreach with…

Bell of USS Duluth Now Hangs in Depot

After 5-6 years Bell makes it back to the city the ship is named after.

DULUTH, Minn.- The second piece of the USS Duluth, the bell, has made its way back to the city the ship was named after. The first piece of the ship, the anchor, can be seen from the Lakewalk. Crewmembers of the ship could not be more proud to have the bell back in the ship’s namesake. The ship’s bell signaled…

Lakewalk Getting Closer to Full Repair

Phase Two of the Lakewalk hopes to be completed by August

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s storm-battered Lakewalk is getting closer to a full repair. Phase one of the Lakewalk reconstruction is now wrapped up behind the Fitger’s Complex. A new concrete seawall is now in place after high waves from storms in 2017 and 2018 tore the area a part. A spokesperson for Fitger’s tells us it’s been quite a wild ride….

Northlanders Melting for Smelt in Duluth’s Canal Park

8th Annual Run, Smelt, Run Parade and Party held.

DULUTH, Minn.- Mothers weren’t the only ones celebrated on Sunday. Canal Park was a sea of silver and blue, gathered to celebrate one thing. Smelt. The 8th Annual “Run Smelt, Run” Parade and Party brought out fans of the little fish caught in nets and served whole. People gathered to celebrate the end of winter, ring in the summer, and…

Women Hike Duluth Hikes the Lakewalk

Hiking program gains momentum and members.

DULUTH, Minn.- Tuesday’s sun and warmer temps brought many women to the lakewalk in Duluth, as part of the Women Hike Duluth program. Dozens of women lined the lakewalk, walking two miles from Beacon Pointe to Leif Erickson Park and back. Organizers said this all started when Duluth Mayor Emily Larson pushed for more park programs. Now, it’s a fun,…

Lakewalk Escapes Damage after Recent Winter Storm

Project leaders report no extra damage costs after last week's storm.

DULUTH, Minn.- Winds reaching nearly 70 miles per hour battered parts of the Lake Superior shoreline last week. Meanwhile, crews have already spent months restoring Duluth’s lakewalk from previous storms. But according to officials, the lakewalk escaped any additional damage. The lakewalk’s project supervisor says they were gearing up to have more damage after this past week’s snowstorm, but the ice…

Lake Superior Strengthened by Recent Storms

Lake Levels Risen After Heavy Participation

DULUTH, Minn.-  Last month’s storms had a big impact on Lake Superior. Her water levels have increased dramatically, and the Gales of November could increase levels even more. According to Minnesota Sea Grant, the direct precipitation from those recent storms, coupled with global warming, have brought water levels up 12 in. higher than average for this time of year. As…

Powerful Winds Rile Lake Superior Up

Waves Crashed Inland, People Took Pictures

DULUTH, Minn.- Lake Superior showed off for the second day in a row. Strong winds whipped up waves that crashed along the lakewalk. The windy day with gusts as high as 30 mph had people, of course, headed down along the lakefront in Canal Park. And no one was afraid to get in the splash-zone, experiencing the raw natural power…

Local Loveliness

Duluth Rose Garden in Full Bloom

Duluth, Minn.- Some clouds and cooler air didn’t stop people from getting a whiff of the flowers at Duluth’s Rose garden today. It was so perfect thoughts of romance were even in the air. “This would be a good spot for proposing to somebody, yknow?” said Koua Chang, visiting from St. Paul. Chang, a California native, equates the Rose Garden and…

City Workers Test the Ground For Lakewalk Restoration Process

This is part of the design process for repairs and restoration to the Lakewalk after heavy storm damage last October and April.

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth plans to eventually create a concrete retaining wall along the Lakewalk in the area around Fitger’s and the Portland Malt Shoppe after massive storm damage caused by waves. Before that happens crews have to test the ground to find out how deep the bedrock is below the surface. This week workers have closed…

Lakewalk Galley Goes All Out on New Menu

Crabby Ol Bills Now Has New Owners this Summer, and the Menu has been Revamped

DULUTH, Minn. – The former Crabby ol Bills along the Lakewalk in Canal Park is now open under a new name, and fresh menu items. The Lakewalk Galley is now owned by Vista Fleet owner Justin Steinback and Lake Avenue Restaurant and & Bar owner Derek Snyder. On Wednesday morning, co-owner Derek Snyder and sous chef Steve Rantala stopped by…

Midday Update 5-28-18

Local News and Weather Headlines for Monday, May 28, 2018

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Volunteers Help Clean Up One of Duluth’s Most Popular Tourist Attractions

Recent storms have caused significant damage to the Lakewalk and now volunteers are cleaning it up

DULUTH, Minn. – One of Duluth’s  most popular tourist areas has seen better days. Recent storms have caused significant damage to the Lakewalk and now volunteers are cleaning it up. One volunteer told me some people take the Lakewalk for granted, so coming together to help clean it up was the right thing to do. If you ask Tim Carroll what…

Warmer Weather Sends People Outdoors

The sunny day was a welcoming sight.

DULUTH, Minn.- With temperatures around 50 degrees warmer than the recent deep freeze people were out soaking in the sunshine especially on the Lakewalk in Duluth. “Taking the walk along the lakeshore here was just a little indulgence that i decided to do because i was going to get back in my car and drive up to the range,” said M’lou Brubaker of Goodland, Minnesota. “But…

Body Found in Storm Sewer on Lakewalk Identified

Authorities Confirm the Body is that of 50-Year-Old William Robert Saker, Missing Since March 13, 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – The Midwest Medical Examiners Office has identified the body found in the storm sewer on Duluth’s Lakewalk on September 28, 2017. The body was that of 50-year-old William Robert Saker. Saker was reported missing to the Duluth Police Department on March 13, 2017. Authorities say Saker needed prescribed medications. Authorities are still waiting on toxicology reports to determine…

Northlanders Walk to End Multiple Sclerosis

The Annual Walk to End MS is Happening Saturday, May 6, Starting in Duluth's Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn. – This year those in the Northland living with and affected by multiple sclerosis are looking for your help in raising over $36,000 dollars. Multiple sclerosis is a disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves. The annual MS Walk will be happening Saturday, May 6, starting at the Canal Park Hampton…

Rock Village Forming Along Duluth’s Lakewalk

Dozens of Rock Towers are Being Built by Artistic Northlanders

1/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders choosing to enjoy the nice weather with a stroll on Duluth’s Lakewalk might notice a new village taking shape near the Fitger’s Complex. Nearly 100 handmade rock creations have been constructed along the shoreline. The rock…