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USPCA K9 Trials Wrap Up

Over 60 teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois came out to the three day event. 

ASHLAND, Wisc. — The USPCA’s Upper Midwest region along with the Ashland police department helped put on the event which helps patrol K9’s get recertified. “We come down to trials and try to promote our dogs as much as possible and get them in the best ability that they can,” Ashland Police Officer, Nick Ovaska says. Over 60 teams from…

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…

Truckers to Get Extra Incentives at Local Company

Because of the pandemic, there has been a bigger need for shipping and less people joining the industry.

DULUTH, Minn. — Truck drivers around the area are experiencing a shortage. Because of the pandemic, there has been a bigger need for shipping and less people joining the industry. To combat this, local trucking company Halvor Lines Inc. is offering another pay increase in early January along with other incentives, like new trucks for drivers. “They all have two…

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…

Minnesota Legislators Miss Friday Goal for Budget Numbers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Lawmakers are still negotiating Minnesota’s next two-year budget and won’t meet the goal of Friday set by their leaders for agreeing on the final numbers that will go into the big-spending bills that lawmakers must pass in the coming weeks. Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman says negotiators are still driving as hard as they can to get…

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….

Community Remembers Fallen DNR Conservation Officer

Grells leaves behind a husband and three children.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — The Grand Rapids community and people from across the state met on Friday to remember the life of a DNR officer that lost her life in the line of duty earlier this week. On Monday, Cohasset resident and veteran DNR conservation officer Sarah Grell, 39, was killed in the line of duty when a semi struck…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Marijuana Bill Clears Minnesota House in Historic Vote

The Bill is Not Expected to Get a Vote in the GOP-Controlled Senate

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota House passed a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use after hours of debate Thursday night in a historic vote that marked the first time either chamber has voted on legalization. The legislation passed on a 72-61 vote after nearly five hours of debate on the House floor. The legislation made its way through a dozen…

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…

Premier Mini Golf Course Coming to Proctor

The course called Rogue Eagle Mini Golf is designed by a New Jersey based Harris Miniature Golf.

PROCTOR, Minn. — A new mini golf course is coming to Proctor this summer. After a conditional use permit was approved, a mother and son team found the ideal spot on Boundary Avenue on Waterview drive. The course called Rogue Eagle Mini Golf is designed by a New Jersey based Harris Miniature Golf. With the addition of a club house…

Fishing License Sales Rise Ahead of Opener

With lack of inventory being an issue last season, owners say that this year they purchases their products in advance.

DULUTH, Minn. — As fishing opener approaches, anglers have been purchasing fishing licenses at increasing rate at Marine General in Duluth. The store started selling licenses back in mid September because of the early ice-out on Lake Superior and the smelting season. With lack of inventory being an issue last season, owners say that this year they purchases their products…

New BBQ Eatery Now Open on the Iron Range

Neighbor's BBQ Serves Fresh Meats Smoked Daily at Their Location in Tower, Minnesota

TOWER, Minn. – If you’re looking to get your hands on a mouthwatering rack of ribs, the Iron Range is now the place to do it. “I want to put Minnesota barbecue on the map,” said Eric Drake, owner of Neighbor’s BBQ. “I’ve been smoking meat for over 15 years.” It’s not Kansas City, Memphis, Texas, or Carolina style. Eric…

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%…

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…

‘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…

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…

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…

Itasca County Residents Reflect on Gratitude One Year Since Pandemic Began

41 Percent of Itasca County's Population Has Started Vaccination Efforts

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – In Itasca County, the COVID-19 case rate per 10,000 people continues to increase steadily, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel. 41 percent of the county’s population has begun their vaccination efforts. Over 45,000 residents live in the county, and health officials report nearly 10,000 have completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine….

Hartley Nature Center Preparing for Spring

The center has begun planning eleven-week summer camps starting in mid-June.

DULUTH, Minn. — Northlanders are looking forward to the warmer temperatures on the horizon. Now, more and more people have begun to get outside. At Hartley Nature Center, although the building is closed their trails are still open to the public. The center has begun planning eleven week summer camps starting in mid-June. Community members have been eager to feel…

Golf Courses Gearing Up For Season

Nemadji golf course opened their driving range on Monday.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Golf courses are gearing up for the spring season. Nemadji golf course opened their driving range on Monday. The course the tentative date of opening on April 9th. Last year, the course opened towards the end of April making this one of the earliest course openings staff have seen. They also have implemented a new driving range…

20th Annual Polar Plunge Begins Saturday

Donations are expected to exceed $90,000.

DULUTH, Minn. – Organizers and volunteers are putting the finishing touches on the setup for the upcoming Polar Plunge event on Saturday at noon. Due to the pandemic, the plunge was pushed back a month. Right now, just over 400 participants will be running into the chilly waters of Lake Superior. Donations are expected to exceed $90,000. All of the…

Blue Angels Preparing for 2021 Duluth Airshow

This year, the show will be bringing back fan favorites and also an updated version of the Blue Angel planes.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Airshow is back in 2021 after its cancellation last year due to the pandemic. The headliners, the U.S Navy Blue Angels, were in town on Thursday to talk about some of the different things they are doing this year. Now, both Grandmas Marathon and the Duluth Air and Aviation Expo will kick off back-to-back weekends…

Health Department Assists Rural Minnesota Town with Covid-19 Testing Site

East Range Communities and the city of Aurora are doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

AURORA, Minn. – A temporary COVID testing site is now open at the Aurora Community and Senior Center. Due to the recent spike in cases in the area, the Minnesota Department of Health got the go-ahead to open up a facility in the East Range Area. “What we noticed over the last few weeks specifically in town here and kind…

Ely Business Owners Optimistic for Brighter Days Ahead

From Taprooms to Outfitters, Ely Businesses Remain Optimistic as Summer Tourism Season Inches Closer

ELY, Minn. – As the pandemic continues, there’s no doubt about it, many of us are counting down the days until summer finally sets in, allowing for more time outdoors, and the perfect setting to safely visit with friends and family. “All the campsites are at least 1/8 mile apart, so I guess social distancing is just perfect. You can’t…

Iron Range Businesses React to Capacity Increase

"I think that's an excellent win for restaurants and bars. I'm extremely happy to be at that capacity now," Sawmill Saloon Owner, Alyssa Horan says. 

VIRGINIA, Minn. –  Several local businesses on the Iron Range gathered at the Sawmill Saloon and Restaurant in Virginia to voice their concerns about how the pandemic has impacted their revenue. “Turning of the dials came as a surprise which is hard to plan for. Businesses have a plan. They have their own plan and Minnesota should have a plan…

Cohasset City Leaders Look to Expand Industrial Park

Cohasset city officials announced they've received over $4 million in funding

COHASSET, Minn. – The city of Cohasset will soon be building a brand new manufacturing facility with the hope of attracting new businesses. Last week Cohasset city officials announced they’ve received over $4 million in funding courtesy of a multi-million dollar grant from the economic development administration and other funds from the city of Cohasset economic development. “We’ve known we…

GO: Gooseberry Falls

Two Harbors, Minn. – “It’s really beautiful in the winter time,” Nisswa Resident, Marcy Byrns says. The frozen upper and lower falls are just one of the many reasons people make a return trip to Gooseberry even in the colder months. “It’s really amazing how they are frozen over to a certain extent depending on when you come and we…

Duluth Organization Making Push for New Homeless Housing Option

"I love the space. It and peaceful. It's comfortable. But more importantly to live in here and prove its a viable housing option here in Duluth."

DULUTH, Minn. – “When you’re homeless you start feeling invisible,”AIM Twin Ports Chair, Kassie Standingbear Helgerson says. “People will turn their heads and look down. They don’t want to see you. If they see you, then they will acknowledge that there’s a problem.” Back in October of 2020, advocates pitched their tents outside of Duluth city hall to bring a…

KYN: Blue Rock Coffee & Wine Cafe

DULUTH, Minn. – Although the cafe struggled shortly after opening, now they are becoming a Northland staple. “People are knowing our name and coming in,” Blue Rock Coffee & Wine Cafe Barista, Molly Henderson says. With the cafe split in two- half of the building for coffee and the other a wine bar, customers have different choices of scenery. “It’s…

Walmart and Sams Club to Begin Offering Vaccines for Eligible Recipients

The two stores will begin administering the vaccinations in Minnesota starting on Friday

DULUTH, Minn. – Walmart and Sams Club Pharmacies will be yet another location for people to get Covid-19 vaccinations. The two stores will begin administering the vaccinations in Minnesota starting on Friday as part of the U.S Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Any eligible customers are urged to schedule an appointment via the companies websites once they are available. For more…

Moose Lake Businesses Adapting During Pandemic

Managers are thankful that they don't have to rely on just dine-in during these times.

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – Dee Jirovec  and her husband have owned Gampers in Moose Lake for eight years and are grateful to be back open following a second shut down. “It’s wonderful to be open again and have the customers come in to be able and talk and have a good time with them,” Gampers Owner, Dee Jirovec says. And…

Starbase Program Inspiring STEM Students

Students are following a mission to mars story line.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was the programs first week back to in-person classes since November giving 5th grade students from Stella Maris Academy and Many Rivers Montessori a chance to get back to the books. “We take the math and science that students learn in their classrooms and kind of turn it on its head and deliver it in a…

Essentia Opens Temporary Skywalk

The skywalk will allow patients and staff easier access to Essentia Clinics first street building.

DULUTH, Minn. – A skywalk linking Essentia’s Duluth Clinic to a city parking ramp officially opened on Monday. The skywalk will allow patients and staff easier access to Essentia Clinic’s first street building. The temporary skywalk will make it safe to travel through the Vision Northland construction site. Patients and staff must be screened for Covid-19 in the clinics main…

Students Make Snow Sculptures for Health Care Center Residents

Do you want to build a snowman? National Honor Society students at Cloquet High School have said yes to the challenge.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Do you want to build a snowman? National Honor Society students at Cloquet High School have said yes to the challenge. After a wild 2020, staff at the Sunnyside healthcare center in Cloquet were looking for a little pick-me-up for all the people living there. “Just trying to think of something to help put a smiles on…

148th Fighter Wing to Deploy to Washington D.C.

There are about 850 troops and airmen from both the Minnesota National Guard and the 148th fighter wing will be in D.C on Wednesday. 

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Red Cross Seeking Blood Donors, Anticipate Drop in Winter Donations

With their added push for blood donations in this critical time period, the Red Cross is also testing blood for Covid-19 antibodies.

DULUTH, Minn- It’s National Blood Donor Month and the Red Cross is continuing to look for extra support as they typically see a drop in donations around the winter months. With their added push for blood donations in this critical time period, the Red Cross is also testing blood for Covid-19 antibodies. They started doing this back in June and…

Sporting Good Stores Anticipate Rise in Business With Youth Sports Returning

With youth sports returning the expectations are for stores to get even busier.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sporting good stores have seen a rise in business lately. At Play It Again sports located in the Kenwood Shopping Center, managers have seen up to a 45 minute wait to get your skates sharpened on the busiest days. Although that hasn’t stopped customers from coming in during the pandemic, with youth sports returning the expectations are…

‘Skyline Social & Games’ Ready To Reopen With Loosened State Guidelines

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – One of the bigger entertainment venues in Hermantown is gearing up to reopen when state COVID-19 guidelines are loosened again next week. Skyline Social & Games will be opening its restaurant at 50 percent capacity, and the bowling alley/arcade at 25 percent beginning Monday. Managers say reopening for a second time during the pandemic will be challenging…

Minnesota Legislature Passes Virus Aid for Businesses, Workers

The Bill Now Moves to the Governor's Desk for Final Approval

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Legislature has voted to pass a package of coronavirus relief measures aimed at businesses and workers who took the biggest hit from a four-week “pause” ordered by Gov. Tim Walz last month. The Senate voted 62-4 to approve the bill and send it to the House, which was passed it 117-13 late Monday night and…

Mike’s Cafe and Pizzeria Opens in Esko

ESKO, Minn. – A familiar restaurant has moved into the building previously occupied by Eskomo Pizza Pies in Esko.  Mike’s Cafe and Pizzeria, which spent nearly four decades in western Duluth as Mike’s Western Cafe, opened up in early November. With the owner growing up in the town, he says that despite the pandemic, the community response has been uplifting…

Cloquet VFW Delivers Thanksgiving Meals to Community Members

Dozens of community members took the time to cook, distribute, and deliver these meals.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Volunteers for the Cloquet VFW began preparing Thanksgiving meals in the early hours of Thursday morning. Dozens of community members took the time to cook, distribute, and deliver these meals. On a day when Thanksgiving will be different for some, they are doing their part to make sure everyone has something to be thankful for. Check out…

Local Entertainment Venues Awaiting Financial Relief

With the future of some of these local businesses resting on seeing financial relief at the state level all they can do now is wait.

DULUTH, Minn. – Entertainment Venues are among the many Northland businesses hit hard financially by the pandemic. During these next four weeks, they will get some help through the Minnesota Governor’s recently announced plan for a Business Assistance Program. Without this relief, they may not be able to survive. Fresh off of a multi-million dollar renovation in 2019, Skyline Lanes…