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Governor Tim Walz Visits Duluth on Community Prosperity Tour

Entrepreneurs Show Off Their Innovative Business Ideas To Governor Walz, All In Hopes To Boost Local Economy

DULUTH, Minn.-Governor Tim Walz made a stop in Duluth today continuing his Community Prosperity Tour, where entrepreneurs gathered to learn about ways their innovations can help the Minnesota economy soar. It was more or less a “Minnesota Nice” version of the TV show, “Shark Tank”. Where Gov. Walz heard presentations at the University of Minnesota’s Natural Resources Research Institute about…

Grand Rapids Police Investigate Fatal Stabbing on Elementary School Playground

Woman died as a result, 15-year-old male charged in juvenile court.

Disclaimer: Police identify the victim as 20-years-old, but a relative tells us she was 19. GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.- Grand Rapids Police are investigating the death of a Grand Rapids woman, after she was found stabbed on a local school playground. When authorities arrived they found a 15-year-old boy holding a knife. Now the Itasca County Attorney’s office is asking he…

Downtown Digging for Superior Street Phase 2

Bulldozers begin bulldozing for project.

DULUTH, Minn.- Shovels are now in the ground marking Phase 2 of the Superior Street reconstruction project. On Tuesday crews were digging up the road between Lake Avenue and 3rd Avenue East. This phase of the project will improve utilities and add a new hot water system. Some nearby businesses say they’re making the best of a noisy situation. “Our…

UMD Fans Can Now Shop for Championship Gear

New merchandise rolls in.

DULUTH, Minn.- As students are celebrating the Bulldogs’ win, UMD Stores are preparing for the crowds to come get their gear. Official Frozen Four Championship merchandise has already been shipped in to the University bookstore. “We have orders from all 50 states, we have orders from foreign countries,” said Sales and Marketing Manager Julie Feiring. “We find that there are a…

UMD Welcomes Home National Champs

UMD Men's Hockey Team Greeted with Celebration Event.

DULUTH, Minn.- Everyone was a Bulldog at UMD’s Championship Celebration Tuesday. Students, staff, and longtime hockey fans welcomed the team home. To great fanfare, the 2019 NCAA Champions run through a big inflatable bulldog, greeted by a sea of maroon and gold. Three of the Bulldogs on the team are seniors this year so they get to end their college…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Canal Park Toystore Brings Back Traditional Toys

Toys For Keeps in Canal Park preparing for Easter rush.

DULUTH, Minn.- In an age where many kids are glued to screens, toys can be an important tool to use their imagination and build social skills. The owner of Toys for Keeps hopes her traditional toys can help everyone feel like kids again. “This is a family friendly store,” said Cindy McCabe. “We have the grandparents and the parents and the…

Industry Leaders Talk Future of Mining at 92nd Annual Minerals Conference

92nd annual conference held by SME Minnesota chapter.

DULUTH, Minn.- Future innovations and improvements in mining were among the topics discussed at the 92nd annual SME Minnesota Minerals Conference at the DECC on Monday. The theme of this year’s conference is “Mining for a Modern World.” Organizers brought together industry leaders who explored topics such as gold and surface mining. “They’re looking, as all of us are, to how…

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…

UMD Stores Prepare for Bulldogs Championship Merchandise

National Championship Gear Arrives on Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn.- The UMD bookstore is already starting to fill with Duluthians eager to sport their Bulldog pride. The store has sales on last year’s championship merchandise, and this year’s will be getting in on Wednesday. “It will be crazy,” said customer service employee Kim Pichetti. “Lots of traffic, lots of excitement, really looking forward to it.” Due to the…

1 Arrested, Light Pole Toppled During Bulldogs Celebrations In Canal Park

Overall, Duluth police said the large crowd mostly remained in control

DULUTH, Minn.- Canal Park was alive Saturday night after the UMD Bulldogs’ historic National Championship back-to-back win. Soon, a large crowd flooded Lake Avenue near 310 Pub, causing Duluth police to block off the road to traffic. Some fans took their excitement a little too far. “The guy got up on the light post and started shaking it real hard,…

Puzzlers Party at Duluth 4-H Puzzle Derby

Largest fundraiser held for St. Louis County 4-H Federation.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Holiday Inn ballroom was packed with puzzlers competing to assemble a 500 piece puzzle the fastest, for the 5th Annual Duluth 4-H Puzzle Derby. First, second and third place were awarded: you guessed it, Puzzles. First place team was the Wicker Kittens, who say it’s easy to fit the pieces of hobby and competition together. “In competition it’s…

30th Annual Fiesta Put on by UMD Latinx/Chicanx Students

Longstanding cultural tradition continues.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s diversity was on display at the Greysolon Ballroom, as UMD’s Latinx/Chicanx Student Association hosted their 30th Annual Fiesta. Greysolon was flooded with the sights, sounds and smells of Hispanic culture, as hundreds gathered to have a good time. 30 student volunteers of all backgrounds buzzed around the ballroom, banding together to promote Hispanic culture through the Fiesta. A…

Skiers, Snowboarders Rejoice with Mountain Meltdown at Lutsen Mountains

The Mountain Meltdown is Happening April 12 - 14 at Lutsen Mountains in Cook County

LUTSEN, Minn. – With soft snow and sunny skies, staff at Lutsen Mountains say it’s hard not to enjoy spring skiing! The annual Mountain Meltdown is happening April 12 – 14 at Lutsen Mountains in Cook County. Special deals will include two-for-one lift and lodging experiences. The Mountain Meltdown bash will also include ten bands with a live outdoor stage (weather permitting),…

Police Chief, ISD 709 Superintendent Debrief After School Shooting Threat

Chief Tusken and Superintendent Gronseth Proud of Teams' responses.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s top cop Chief Mike Tusken, and Superintendent of District 709 Schools Bill Gronseth are reflecting on last week’s active shooter threat at Duluth East High School. The incident involved 36-year-old Travis Busch, who was accused of threatening to shoot officers and others in the school. Authorities also found guns in his car in the school parking lot, and…

St. Louis County Promoting Driving Vigilance for Work Zone Awareness Week

Drivers more at risk than construction crews, experts say.

DULUTH, Minn.- This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week. With the construction season just around the corner, St. Louis County Officials are sharing driving tips on how to make it through those construction areas. Officials ask drivers to remain extra vigilant on their normal routes, looking out for lane closures and changes due to construction. Not only for the…

Spend Spring Break Playing Sports at Heritage Sports Center

Open gym and skate held all week,

DULUTH, Minn.- Spring Break has just begun for some area schools. Sometimes figuring out ways to entertain the family can be challenging. Duluth Parks and Recreation thinks they can help with that. During this week, the Duluth Heritage Sports Center will have different sports available on their turf from 11 to 1, followed by an open ice skate from 1:30 to…

Ski Season Successful, said Spirit Mountain

Officials say profits are good, but not as good as previous year.

DULUTH, Minn.- The end of season numbers have come in, and it appears it’s been another successful one for Spirit Mountain. According to the resort’s General Manager, they’ll be rounding out the fiscal year with a profit of $180,000. This is a bit short of their $302,000 profit from the previous year. They say they’re happy with business despite the…

First Street to be Evaluated for Two-Way Traffic

City proposes traffic study to city council Monday night.

DULUTH, Minn.- As the city starts work on the reconstruction of Superior Street, they’re also looking ahead to a possible redevelopment of First Street. On Monday night the Duluth City Council is expected to vote on whether to have a traffic study done. The study would look into converting First Street between Mesaba Avenue and 24th Avenue East from one-way…

Phase Two of Superior Street Reconstruction Begins

Kickoff event held with Mayor Larson and City Officials.

DULUTH, Minn.- The barricades are up on Superior Street as construction season begins. While the ground was broken for the project on Monday, the real heavy work will start next week. Until then crews will be focused on staging and preparation for a project that will include improving utilities, adding a closed loop hot water heat system, and other streetscape amenities….

House Democratic Bill Hikes Corporate Taxes to Help Schools

Minnesota House Democrats have unveiled a tax bill that includes $1.2 billion in higher taxes, mostly on corporate foreign profits, and they propose to spend about three-fourths of the new revenues on education.

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Minnesota House Democrats have unveiled a tax bill that includes $1.2 billion in higher taxes, mostly on corporate foreign profits, and they propose to spend about three-fourths of the new revenues on education. Leaders of the House Democratic majority said Monday that most individual Minnesotans would see tax cuts under their proposal. The bill would bring the state’s…

History of Duluth in Photographs at Glensheen Mansion

Mansion pairs with Duluth News Tribune for Reporting Duluth Exhibit.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth history is now on display in the form of newspaper photos at Glensheen Mansion. The exhibit is called Reporting Duluth. It’s a partnership with the Duluth News Tribune to display blown up photos from the paper, dating back to the late 1800s. Photos include UMD’s victory during the Frozen Four last year, and the 1920 lynchings of…

Young Girl’s Wish Granted at Lake Superior Zoo

Make-a-Wish Foundation surprises girl with trip to San Diego Zoo.

DULUTH, Minn.- Sometimes, a trip to the zoo is all you need to have a good day. On Sunday, Lake Superior Zoo donated some space, and time with animals to help make it a very special day for one girl who’s battled cancer twice. “A Lizard!” “Oohs” and “aahhs” are a normal sound at the Zoo. But today is no ordinary…

Minnesota Legislators Listen to Constituents at Town Hall Forum

Representatives answered questions from constituents.

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota lawmakers heard directly from the community at a Town Hall forum in Duluth. Politicians present were State Representative Liz Olson, Senator Erik Simonson, and MNDOT Commissioner Margaret Kelliher. They sat onstage at the Norshor Theater where they were  asked questions from constituents who wanted their voices heard. “I hope we can proceed with line 3 to get our…

Portland Malt Shoppe Open for Season

Popular malt and ice cream stop bringing customers in the cold.

DULUTH, Minn.- Is it cold? A little. Too cold for ice cream? “This is Minnesota. Nothing, nothing’s cold about Ice Cream,” said Joel Heller. Heller joins dozens of others in a long line at Portland Malt Shoppe, for their first day open for the season. The chill and the drizzle aren’t enough to stop Northland malt lovers, and for some,…

Connected Kids Initiative Steps Up for Foster Children

Event at Duluth Public Library raises awareness.

DULUTH, Minn.- According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, there are 9,900 children in foster care, and over 800 waiting to be adopted in the state. Representatives from the organization Connected Kids Initiative tried to help these kids with their Step Up MN campaign. At the Duluth Public Library Wednesday, they introduced the campaign, the second city of their…

Great Outdoors: Duluth East Little League Practices at UMD

Gearing up for the new season.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s time to dust off those cleats and polish those bats, because baseball season is just around the corner. Duluth Eastern Little League players ages 10 and up got to brush off their batting and base–running skills at UMD’s Ward Well’s Fieldhouse. “It’s been a long winter, it’s the first day of spring, y’know, the major leagues have…

Laundry Room Lessons with Minnesota’s Laundry Evangelist

The Laundry Evangelist will be at the Home & Builders Show April 3 - 7 at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – Patric Richardson simply loves to do laundry. Luckily for those in the Northland who don’t enjoy the weekly chore as much, Richardson will be at the 53rd Annual Home and Builders Show at the DECC April 3 – 7. His rising stardom is thanks in part to people growing tired of fast fashion and the culture of…

St. Louis County Board Approves Anti-Nepotism Policy

Board votes unanimously.

DULUTH, Minn.- An Anti-Nepotism Policy has been unanimously approved by the St. Louis County Board. This comes after the board received backlash when longtime County Attorney Mark Rubin hired his son Tony as a prosecutor back in January. The board met about the introduction of a Nepotism Policy last month, after constituents complained the hiring was unfair or a conflict…

Knowing Your Neighbors: De-Cluttering Your Life

Live Simply with Kim helps Northlanders tidy up.

DULUTH, Minn.- Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth, and that means out with the old to make room for the new. The weather’s warming up, flowers are in bloom, and you want to start cleansing your home of dirt. There’s just one problem. Clutter. “How do you sweep and mop the floor if the kids’ toys are all over?”…

Vikre Distillery Remodeling in June

Owners plan to remodel cocktail room, add event spaces.

DULTUH, Minn.- A popular distillery in Canal Park will be getting a makeover this summer. In June Vikre Distillery will be moving their bar upstairs and adding event spaces throughout the building. They’ll also be changing the furniture in their cocktail room to make the vibe more comfortable. “Be able to just serve more people in a comfortable way,” said…

City Holds Last Meeting Before Superior Street Reconstruction Begins

Project leaders met with business leaders and residents at Greysolon Ballroom.

DULUTH, Minn.- The City of Duluth plans to close down Superior Street from Lake Avenue to Fourth Avenue West this summer for a four–block reconstruction project. The work starts next Monday, so city officials met with business leaders and residents to talk strategy, get feedback, and answer questions about the remodel. Their big message: it’ll be a rough construction period, but…

Theresa O’Halloran-Johnson Running for Duluth City Council

Johnson announcing she's running for the 3rd District.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth resident and activist Theresa O’Halloran-Johnson announced she’s running for Duluth City Council, in the third district. A resident of more than 10 years, Johnson said she knows the neighborhood and its issues, and will try to be as accessible as she can be to residents. “I wanted to make sure that we had a strong voice for…

Residents Rid Central Hillside of Needles and Trash

Natives Against Heroin and other groups pickup trash.

DULUTH, Minn.- As the snow melts, it’s revealing some of the effects of the opioid crisis we don’t always see during the winter. Discarded needles. So residents decided to do something about it. The group is called Natives Against Heroin, and a couple dozen people came out to help clean up trash and needles. They don’t want to see anyone…

Body Discovered in Cloquet Identified

Cloquet Police Department identified body reported missing in February.

CLOQUET, Minn.- On Sunday the Cloquet Police Department received confirmation that a body discovered in Cloquet was that of Dakotah Jayde Abramowski. Abramowski, 21, was reported missing on February 18, 2019 by a family member. On March 29, 2019 officers responded to a call in the 700 block of Poplar Avenue of someone lying on the ground in a yard….

STEM Discovery Day at UMD

University Hosts Weird and Wonderful World of STEM

DULUTH, Minn.-  On Saturday, High School kids explored the Weird and Wonderful World of STEM at UMD. The University hosted STEM Discovery Day where kids could learn about hissing cockroaches, owl pellets, and DNA extraction. The event aimed to get them interested in science careers. “Maybe in their home life they may not have resources or parents who may not…

Duluth’s First Mobile Market in Chester Bowl

Four food trucks gather in Chester Bowl.

DULUTH, Minn.- Those admiring the nature at Chester Bowl could also pick up some locally made goodies at the first ever Duluth Mobile Market. “It really means a lot to individuals and businesses to have people come out and support, and bring out the best of Duluth,” said Sara Clifton, co-owner of Makers Mercantile. Visitors could shop food from local food…

Hillside Toasty’s Location Closes

Employees moved to downtown location.

DULUTH, Minn.- As of Monday the Toasty’s Sandwich Shop on East Ninth Street closed because of structural problems in the building. In one area, the foundation is even caving in. The owner of Toasty’s said the closure was a blessing in disguise for their downtown location. “The employees all came down to our location downtown here, so we’ve been looking forward…

Hundreds Ruck for Veterans in Nearly Naked Ruck March

March held as fundraiser for Veterans with PTSD.

DULUTH, Minn.- On Saturday hundreds got out their walking shoes, pulled on their rucks, and took off their pants for the 23rd Veteran 4th Annual Nearly Naked Ruck March. Community members, active duty military and veterans rucked 10 laps around Enger Tower in nothing but hats, gloves, boots, and long underwear to support veterans. “It’s cold, and motivating. But we try…

After Proposing Cuts, Trump Now Ready to Fund Great Lakes Restoration

The President backtracks on some proposed cuts to EPA.

DULUTH, Minn.- For the third year in a row the President proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, which included a 90 percent cut to funding for Great Lakes restoration. But that proposal now seems to be saved by the President himself. Last night at a rally in Michigan, the President declared his support for the Great Lakes. “I support…

Shredding into Spring with Urban Snowboarding and Skateboarding

Duluth thrillseekers make extreme fun out of the remaining snow

DULUTH, Minn.- Winter has now officially ended, but some Northlanders know how to make it last. Hills like Spirit Mountain or Chester Bowl are always a good time in winter. But these gnarly rippers get together, and get innovative to shred some powder closer to home, in the beginning of Spring. To your left, a skateboard seems to float off the…

Gov. Walz Talks Healthcare Reform in Duluth

Roundtable held at Snooty Fox Tea Shop.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Over a month after releasing a new budget proposal, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz shared more about a feature of that proposal, his OneCare health care reform. At a roundtable discussion at Snooty Fox Tea Shop, the governor promised to “cut out the middleman” by not paying insurance companies hoping they lower costs. Instead he plans to provide direct subsidies…

Workshop Helps with Climate Change Conversations

AICHO and Climate Generation hold two day Climate Institute.

DULUTH, Minn.- The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) and Climate Generation hosted a climate institute in Duluth. The two-day event aims to open up meaningful conversations about climate change, humanizing what they say is a normally science-dominated discussion. “We’re really beyond the science because we know that information alone is not enough to move someone to behavior change,” said Jothsna…

Minnesota Senate Backs Hands-Free Phoning-While-Driving Bill

The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill to require drivers to use hands-free devices when they want to use their cellphones on the road.

ST. PAUL, Minn.-The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill to require drivers to use hands-free devices when they want to use their cellphones on the road. The 56-10 vote Monday sent the bill back to the House for further work because senators added some provisions that weren’t in the version the House passed last week. Gov. Tim Walz has said…

Convenience Stores Find Loophole to Sell Flavored Tobacco

Korner Store in Gary New Duluth opening up smoke shop.

DULUTH, Minn.- At least two convenience stores in Duluth have found a way around a year-old city ordinance that bans the sale of menthol and flavored tobacco products. Derek Medved, owner of the Korner Store in Gary New Duluth, is creating a separate retail establishment as a smoke shop within his convenience store. The 10 foot by 10 foot section…

House Lawmakers Pass Hands-Free Driving Bill, on to Senate

State Highway Patrol in favor of law.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota House has approved a bill requiring drivers to use hands–free devices when talking on the phone. The House passed the bill 106 – 21 Monday night. Sponsors of the bill say the measure will help cut down on the rising level of distracted driving and save lives. Today the Minnesota State Highway Patrol told us that they’re…

Duluth Public Works Crews Tackle Potholes, Encounter Obstacles

Crews' work doubling due to weather and water.

DULUTH, Minn.- Warmer air means Duluth Public Works crews are out in force tackling all those potholes around town. But the melting snow is making any permanent solution, temporary. It took crews an hour to finish 100 yards of a stretch of 35th Avenue East. But looking back on their work, they saw the water runoff and tire treads already…

Hands-free Driving Bill Passes in Minnesota House

The House Passed the Bill Monday Night

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota House has approved a bill that would require motorists to use hands-free devices when talking on the phone. Sponsors say the measure will cut down on the rising level of distracted driving and save lives. The House passed the bill 106 – 21 Monday night. A similar bill is working its way through…

Alleged Stabbing in Lincoln Park

Authorities are investigating.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Police are investigating a stabbing in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Police were called to 28th Avenue West and 4th Street Sunday afternoon to a report of a person with a gun. When they arrived, instead they found a man with a stab wound that appeared to have been caused by a box cutter, and a second man…

University of Minnesota President Pays Farewell Visit to UMD

President Kaler to step down July 1st.

DULUTH, Minn.- University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is making his farewell rounds. On Monday he paid one last official visit to the Duluth campus before he steps down in July. The first stop on the president’s farewell tour was a sweet one, he visited the Chemical Engineering Department’s Chocolate lab at UMD. Kaler went through the through the same…

UMD and Red Cross Hosts Community Blood Drive

University's Pre-Med Club partners with Red Cross.

DULUTH, Minn.- Community members were invited to UMD on Monday to donate blood. The Pre–Med Club partnered with the American Red Cross to hold their annual Blood Drive, giving undergraduate medical students a hands–on perspective of the process. “This is more or less are kind of community outreach thing we go ahead and we’re just trying to get involved more…