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Essentia Health Proposes New Condensed Medical Campus

The project will be a public-private partnership.

DULUTH, Minn.- Essentia Health is seeking a large amount of public investment to create a new Medical District in downtown Duluth. Essentia calls the project Vision Northland, and now they’re taking a proposal to Minnesota Legislature to get that funding.  Essentia’s investing $800 million private in the project and seeking $184 million from state infastructure money in the legislature. An…

New Plans for Affordable Housing Unit Move Forward

The Garfield Square Apartments will replace the Esmond Building; formally the Seaway Hotel

DULUTH, Minn.- New details involving for new affordable housing complex in the works for the Lincoln Park neighborhood. This 50 unit building will replace the nearby Esmond Building, formally known as the Seaway Hotel, which was known as a hot spot for police calls.  The development property is located at 10 Piedmont Avenue, where W. Superior Street and Garfield Avenue…

Volunteers Needed to Help Preserve Veterans’ Stories

Volunteers will conduct one-on-one interviews recording a veteran's history.

DULUTH, Minn.- Veterans in Duluth are willing to share their stories and volunteers are needed to listen. The St. Louis County Historical Society is asking for good listeners to conduct oral history interviews with veterans from all military branches. Volunteers will be partnered up with a veteran for a one–on–one listening session. One veteran says many can be hesitant to…

Counselors Warn March is a Dangerous Month for Gambling

Gambling is often a silent addiction.

DULUTH, Minn.- With March Madness going on it’s a big month for gambling. Counselors say offering someone a five dollar bet seems harmless, but it can be devastating for some. March is Gambling Awareness Month. Counselors say many things can be considered gambling. Free help is offered in Duluth. The Center for Drug and Alcohol Treatment holds meetings and pairs up with…

Duluth Depot Seeking Bond for Building Upkeep

The Depot is asking for a $4 million inclusion in the upcoming bonding bill.

DULUTH, Minn.- St. Louis county is hoping to preserve the Duluth Depot with help from the state. The Depot is asking for a $4 million inclusion in the upcoming bonding bill. Officials say citizens won’t visibly notice improvements. The projects in place will prevent noticeable damage before they occur. Officials say the proposal for preventable maintenance will keep the building running…

Figuring Out the Worth of Your Antiques

The service is apart of the S.t Louis County’s public education program.

DULUTH, Minn.- Experts are checking your antique items helping you find out their worth. The St. Louis Historical Society offered free appraisals of up to two items per person. Appraisers inform you what makes your piece special. The service is apart of the County’s public education program. Categories: Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News Tags: appraisals, duluth, Local News,…

New Stop Added on North Shore Scenic Railroad

Right now the trip is just a trial run.

DULUTH, Minn.- The North Shore Scenic Railroad goes from Duluth to Two Harbors. This summer a new stop will be made along the way. A special Knife River train ride is now available. Officials say they’re dipping their toes into the idea offering a trial Picnic Train. The day trip will include time to explore the beach, Lake Superior, and…

Commercial Shipping Season Underway in Twin Ports

The Twin Ports has nearly 900 vessel visits each year.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The Erie Trader made it’s way out of the Duluth port heading to Two Harbors to load up on some iron ore. Spring is in the air but ice is still on the lakes, which didn’t stop the first boat of the season. The first shipping vessel of the season left the Twin Ports Tuesday afternoon. The sound of spring…

Volunteers Clean-up Lake Superior Museum

The annual Spring Cleaning Day at the Lake Superior Maritime Museum brought in plenty of helping hands.

DULUTH, Minn.- Spring is in the air, on Thursday the Lake Superior Maritime Museum held its annual Spring Cleaning Day. Over 20 volunteers grabbed brooms and polish, making the Visitor Center at the Maritime Museum spick-and-span. One woman we spoke with loves the museum and volunteers every year to give back. “You learn a little bit every time you come,” volunteer…

Spots Still Open for St. Fennessy 4K

This is the first year the race is offering special youth pricing.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- The Saint Fennessy 4K race is coming up on St. Patrick’s Day, this Saturday and spots are still open as of Wednesday. New this year, the race is offering youth pricing, inviting runners as young as six to join in. Runners are encouraged to dress-up in festive green and gold outfits. After the race votes will be placed…

UMD Designated 3M School

The new program was celebrated Monday at the Nor Shor Theatre

DULUTH, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Duluth is now the 14th Frontline Sales Initiative school in the nation. UMD is partnering up with 3M which is providing grants, internship opportunities, and much more. “I think its going to create tremendous job opportunities,” instructor of marketing John Krazt said. “So they can be promoted in corporate America.” The new program was…

How Aquaculture Affects Minnesota

The Minnesota Sea Grant is getting the conversation going.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The bait industry plays a large role in Minnesota which is just one facet of aquaculture . The Minnesota Sea Grant at the University of Minnesota Duluth is discussing how aquaculture can affect our community, specifically how it affects jobs in the field. “We’re trying to move the conversation forward in Minnesota,” fishery specialist Don Schreiner said. “We…

Belknap Construction Beginning Soon

This is the final stretch of construction on the busy road.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The second half of the $23 million improvement project on Belknap Street in Superior is scheduled to begin on March 19th. This years construction phase will consist of the areas in the center section, between John and Birch Avenues. Items improved include; concrete pavement, grading, lighting, and redoing the sidewalks. Officials say completing the busy intersection is extremely…

Upcoming Topics at Capitol Days

Capitol days starts on Tuesday, March 13th.

DULUTH, Minn.- Tuesday is Capitol Days as Duluth and St. Louis County will head to St. Paul discussing local issues. Over 500 community members and local officials are bringing a voice for the Northland to St. Paul. The city will be asking for $10 million towards rehabilitation of the sea wall. Officials are also seeking approval for the half percent sales…

A New Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights Proposed

The ordinance was proposed to the Duluth City Council on Monday night.

DULUTH, Minn.- A proposed Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights aims to eliminate barriers for those without homes. Community members rallied outside asking for a Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights. Supporters say the bill protects basic things homeowners take for granted, such as going to the bathroom and having something to eat. There’s been past debates whether it should be policy…

No Decision Made in On-Going Earned Sick Time Proposal.

The earned sick and safe time proposal has been discussed for nearly three years now.

DULUTH, Minn.- The on–going controversial earned sick and safe time proposal was the main topic Monday at the Duluth City Council meeting. The earned sick and safe time proposal has been discussed for nearly three years now. Supporters with Take Action Duluth Coalition say 24 municipal, 3 county, and 9 state wide ordinances have been passed during this time period….

Runa Yoga Opening in Duluth

The new studio offers free meditation once a month.

DULUTH, Minn.-  A new yoga studio in Duluth called Runa Yoga is offering unique classes for everyone. Owners at Runa Yoga say they strive on being community and accessibility. Classes for kids are offered and free meditations once a month. Each session is classified on a scale of one to three which owners compare to a ski hill scale. One…

Rockin’ the Rink Figure Skating Show

The event is put on by the Superior Figure Skating Club.

  SUPERIOR, Wis.- Although the Olympics are over Sunday little Northlanders held an opportunity to watch quite the figure skating show. The Superior Figure Skating Club held its annual show this year called Rockin the Rink.  With classic rock n roll music playing, the little Northland figure skaters took the spot light. Each performance had a different style. Officials say…

Piecing Together the Puzzle Derby

The competition has become a tradition in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The Northland is home to the second largest puzzle competition in the country. On Saturday afternoon over 100 teams participated in the 5th annual Puzzle Derby. “Everybody gets the same puzzle, they all start at the same time, and it’s just whoever finishes first is the winner,” organizer Valerie Coit said. Once the clock started the room was…

Pop-up Taproom Coming to Miller Hill Mall

Craft brew enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a canal park brew at the mall.

DULUTH, Minn.- One local Duluth brewery will soon be serving beer at the Miller Hill Mall for a limited time. Canal Park Brewery will serve select brews and menu items at the old Teavana location. Officials say two old favorites from past years will be on tap including the black IPA and an imperial lager. “Were very excited its such…

Hundreds Attend CHOICE Unlimited’s Masquerade Ball

The money helps fund the non-profit organization's arts program.

DULUTH, Minn.- Northlanders are helping a non–profit organization in roaring twenties style The Greysolon Ballroom is filled with music, dancing, and smiling faces all raising money for CHOICE unlimited’s arts program. “We’re just having a huge party,” CHOICE unlimited executive director Kristie Bachman said. “We’re celebrating CHOICE unlimited’s arts program. We have people in flapper dresses, everyone is just having a…

CHOICE Unlimited Presents Roaring Twenties Ball

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

DULUTH, Minn.- The community is invited to turn back time for a good cause and enjoy a roaring twenties evening. Pick out your favorite mask, flapper dress, or outfit to support CHOICE, unlimited arts program. The fifth annual Unlimited Masquerades Ball will be held at Greysolon Ballroom. The adult event raises money for CHOICE, unlimited art program. The non–profit organization helps…