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UMD Marshall Allworth Planetarium Remembers Apollo Landing

UMD honors 50th anniversary with program for the community.

DULUTH, Minn.- To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Duluth, UMD’s Marshall W. Allworth Planetarium hosted a free anniversary event. Participants could make their own  stomp rocket, among other lunar crafts, to spark their curiosity about space. ” went into more than just getting to the moon, it helped us with technological advances in lots…

Parade of Puppies Kicks Off Hermantown Summerfest

Annual Hermantown Pet Parade Held at City Hall.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Summerfest kicked off in Hermantown Wednesday, with a parade full of paws. The Summerfest Pet Parade continued its longstanding tradition outside Hermantown City Hall. “I think it’s just a lot of silliness, a lot of fun, and who doesn’t love their pets?” said emcee for the event, Rob Hofmann. “It’s an opportunity to share–” some barks interrupt–“and there’s…

Snow’s In, Surf’s Up on Lake Superior

Surfers make the best out of the cold windy day.

DULUTH, Minn.- While the wind and snow kept most inside, it brought surfers out to Brighton Beach to ride the waves. According to the surfers, once you’re in a wet suit, the cold isn’t that bad. They add that it’s worth it when you catch the perfect wave. “You catch the wave and you start to speed up a little…

SPECIAL REPORT: The Danger of Hockey Head Injuries

When a former UMD Hockey Star Died Unexpectedly, Researchers Found a Clue in His Brain

When UMD Bulldog hockey star Andrew Carroll died suddenly in 2018, his fans, friends and family were shocked. Researchers at Boston University, have now discovered a clue. It might be sibling rivalry that turned Andrew Carroll into a standout hockey player. Three years younger Andrew fought to keep up with his big brother Chris. “We were brothers, competing with each…

UMD Students Create Tech to Help Fight Off School Threats

Competition of 9 schools to create an Active Threat Emergency System

DULUTH, Minn.- Multiple school shootings have rocked the nation recently. In order to help stop those threats, UMD Engineering students have created groundbreaking technology to help law enforcement in situations like those. Eight colleges competed with UMD in the Air Force Research Lab Design Challenge. UMD Students won by creating a new Active Threat Emergency System, a victory despite the…

UMD Public Health Students Showcase This Year’s Projects

Students proud to show off their hard work.

DULUTH, Minn.- Public Health students at UMD showed off projects they’ve been working on throughout the year. The 2019 student showcase featured campaigns and projects focused on Health and Wellness in and around the University. Presentation topics included ways teachers can prevent burning out from stress. “We all work so hard throughout the semester and we need a chance to celebrate…

Aquatic Drop Off

Students at UMD today got a refresher on if they can't take care of their pet, to properly get rid of it

DULUTH, Minn.- Many think that pets like turtles are easy to take care of but some of their owners might not realize what type of workload they are taking on. And today, the group Habitattitude held an event at UMD where Northlanders could turn in their unwanted fish, aquatic plants, and reptiles so they can be give a healthier home…

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…

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…

Hubble Telescope Images to be Showcased at Upcoming UMD Concert

The Concert is Happening Sunday, April 14 in Weber Music Hall at 7:30 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will be featuring several new works during their upcoming concert. The concert is taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 in the Weber Music Hall. The Concert Band will be performing a piece by Eric Whitacre called “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas!”, a soundtrack for a hypothetical script that pits the…

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…

Hundreds of Area Students Jazzed About 47th Annual Music Festival

The 47th Annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival Begins Friday, March 22

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of area students are getting jazzed for the 47th Annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival happening in Weber Hall on the campus of UMD. The festival kicks off Friday, March 22 and will run through Saturday, March 23. Not only will students have the chance to perform during the festival, there will also be special…

Uncommon Drug Arrest in Minnesota Happens Here in Duluth

A 23-year old has been charged with selling and manufacturing DMT

DULUTH, Minn.- A 23-year old man is charged with selling and manufacturing a drug that isn’t commonly seen in Minnesota. Police say DMT is a psychedelic drug, similar to LSD. It’s only been located by law enforcement in Minnesota three times in the last ten years. It’s more commonly found by law enforcement agencies on the West Coast. The suspect,…

National History Day Competition Takes Old and Young on Trip Through Time

Northeast Regional History Day Competition held at UMD.

DULUTH, Minn.- This weekend history lessons were given out by 6 thru 12th graders. Just a day after National Minnesota Day, Middle and High School students competed in the Northeast Regional History Day Competition at UMD. They competed to share websites, documentaries and presentations on historical events they’re passionate about. “You get mood swings, sometimes you forget where you are.” This…

Students Participate in 2019 Summit on Equity, Race, & Ethnicity

"Our students are the next wave of those leaders."

DULUTH, Minn. – More than 400 students participated in UMD’s 2019 Summit on Equity, Race, and Ethnicity. The goal is creating an even more inclusive campus community. Over 40 workshops were held in the Kirby Student Center at UMD focusing on a variety of topics.   Among the workshops, many provide knowledge about how access to opportunities may not be…

UMD Could Get Big Money in Proposed Bonding Bill

"It needs serious upgrades in terms of air ventilation, life safety, and code compliance issues."

DULUTH, Minn. – Governor Walz recently announced his billion dollar proposal to fund projects statewide, including multi–million dollar plans to renovate and preserve UMD’s infrastructure. The school could get a percentage of $100 million split between all University of Minnesota campuses to preserve a former chemistry building at UMD. Also, about another $4 million dollars proposed in the bill will…

Head of the Lakes Job, Internship Fair Happening Thursday

Grab Your Resume and Stop by UWS Thursday, February 28 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior will host nearly 90 employers from the Twin Ports and beyond as part of the free Head of the Lakes Job and Internship Fair on Thursday, February 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Yellowjacket Union Great Room. Employers will be available to meet, network and recruit for internships, seasonal work,…

UMD Pharmacy Students Take Part in Annual Research Symposium

Another pharmacy research symposium was also held today in the Twin Cities at the University of Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual research symposium was held at the College of Pharmacy today. The event is intended to showcase recent research from students and faculty. Each year a special keynote speaker is invited. Their special guest this year was a clinical pharmacist from Essentia who shared his experiences with research. Organizers are hoping the annual event encourages students…

Duluth Public Library Offers Tax Help

Tax prep offered Monday and Saturday

DULUTH, Minn.- Taxes. They can get so confusing and stump even the best of them. If that sounds like you, you may want to pay an extra visit to the Duluth Public Library. On Monday, students from UMD’s Accounting Department were on hand to help with tax prep, free for those with low income, disabilities, and seniors. They say with a…

An Economic Study Shows the LS&M Railroad Can Be More Lucrative For Duluth

The study also shows about one million dollars a year can be spent by railroad users.

DULUTH, Minn. – For generations families have ridden the Train that runs on the Lake Superior and Mississippi railroad to make lifetime memories And the Friends of Western Duluth Parks and trails partnered with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at UMD for this survey. Friends of Western Duluth Parks and Trails is worried about a plan to shorten…

College Students on State of the Union

UMD College Democrats Watch and Critique

DULUTH, Minn.- Lots of people in the Northland had interest in President Trump’s State of the Union Speech, including some younger eyes. Students at a few of the political clubs in twin port colleges tell us they had private viewing parties to watch the big speech. According to one UMD College Democrat, President Trump should focus on topics he feels…

Residents Meet to Discuss Future of Duluth Public Golf, Hear Potential Plans

Open Gathering Meeting Held at UMD

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s no secret that municipal golf courses nationwide are experiencing trouble with attendance and sales, and Duluth is no exception. Lester and Enger Park golf courses accrued more than two million dollars in debt over the last two decades, causing the city to reevaluate their value. A group called “Friends of Duluth Public Golf” held a meeting at UMD…

Celebrating Solveig: a Sami Arts Legend

Artist Solveig Arneng Johnson Turns 93

DULUTH, Minn.- To understand the impact Solveig Arneng Johnson has made on the Sami community, you don’t need to look far. You need only look at the people who enter the room, approach her, take her hand and graciously thank her for all she’s done. This made Sunday’s celebration as much for the community as it was for the birthday…

Judge Finds Noah King Guilty in Murder of William Grahek

Judge Munger Reaches Verdict after Four Days

DULUTH, Minn.- Guilty. That’s the verdict for a man involved in the trial for the murder of 22-year-old UMD student William Grahek. 20-year-old Noah King will be sentenced for charges related to that crime, by the judge’s decision. The judge says King is guilty of aiding and abetting first degree intentional murder while trying to commit a burglary, and also…

Duluth: City of Gingerbread

Gingerbread City at Nordic Center

DULUTH, Minn.-While Bentleyville is making Duluth a city of lights, the Nordic Center is making Duluth a city of gingerbread. For the 7th year the Nordic Center set up their Gingerbread City. After a gingerbread decorating workshop, you could go and make other crafts with UMD students, embracing Nordic tradition in Duluth. “We want people to come together, take some…

UMD Brings Food From Around the World

International Taste of UMD Took Place at Hope United Methodist Church

DULUTH, Minn.- UMD took folks on a trip around the world Saturday, as their annual International Taste of UMD brought delicacies from around 25 countries to the Northland, all handmade by UMD students. The smell of food from Iran, India, the Philippines, Columbia, and more wafted through the halls of the Hope United Methodist Church. “The fact that UMD is…

UMD Political Science Professor Discusses 2018 Midterm Elections

UMD Associate Professor of Political Science, Dr. Cindy Rugeley Breaks Down the Heated Political Races in Minnesota and Wisconsin on Election Day 2018

DULUTH, Minn. – Election Day 2018. On Tuesday, November 6, millions of Americans are heading out to the polls to determine the winners of key races from coast to coast. Locally, Minnesotans and Wisconsinites have a jam packed ballot. Both Governor seats are up for grabs, and many House and Senate seats are also in the headlines. Dr. Cindy Rugeley,…

All Aboard for Halloween Fun at The Depot

Lake Superior Railroad Museum hosts Halloween Carnival

DULUTH, Minn.- Northland Halloween celebrations continued today, with the Depot’s 6th Annual Halloween Carnival. Families dressed up to play games, get their jump on in a bounce house, and get their face painted. UMD’s Gamma Sigma Sigma Sorority put in some volunteer hours, to help make this event possible. “A big part of our community running and doing well is…

UMD Inspired Electric Bus Rolls Onto Campus

Students ride for free as long as they show a student ID and school employees pay a small fee for the year.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA)  recently added seven electric buses to its routes, and one of those buses will be seen around University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) giving rides and helping protect the environment. It took a few years for an electric bus displaying Bulldog pride to roll onto the UMD campus, but staff say its perfect timing….

UMD Takes Back the Night

March and Rally held Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

DULUTH, Minn.- The UMD Campus was alive Thursday night, with rallying cries against sexual assault and domestic violence, and in support of survivors, as a group Took Back the Night. The Kirby Ballroom abuzz with men, women and children gathered to work to end sexual and domestic violence, and reclaim the nighttime from fear and vulnerability. “I think it’s just…

“Dear Finder 2018” to Open at UMD Thursday

This will be the Third and Possibly Final Production of "Dear Finder" by the UMD School of Fine Arts

DULUTH, Minn. – Dear Finder 2018 is set to open on Thursday, October 11 at the Marshall Performing Arts Center on the campus of UMD. This will be the third time the production has been performed by the UMD School of Fine Arts. Director Tom Isbell helped write the production and tells FOX 21 this could be the last time it’s performed at…

Downtown Duluth Alive with Art for Art Walk

Residents Walk through Exhibits at Local Businesses

DULUTH, Minn.-Duluth was turned into an art museum for the Downtown Duluth Art Walk. Local businesses such as Zeitgeist, the Red Herring, and Duluth Coffee Company housed art exhibits. Thanks to arts education students at UMD, participants could make some art themselves at Pineapple Art Center and Supply, unleashing their creativity. “They brought back memories from childhood,” said UMD student…

So Long, William A. Irvin

Duluth Skyline Missing Key Part

DULUTH, Minn.- The news is in, the William A. Irvin safely ended its journey at Fraser Shipyards in Superior at 4 am Saturday morning, after setting out the night before. In the chill of Friday night, this longtime resident of Duluth left its home, like many of us do, to sort things out. The move came a couple hours behind…

UMD Students Help One Another Get Home Safely

Students can call a free hotline to be assisted walking anywhere within a two mile radius of campus.

DULUTH, Minn.- At the University of Minnesota Duluth, one campus program is helping students feel safe and ensuring no one has to walk alone. With the exception of alcohol and drug arrests sexual assault and stalking cases are the most commonly reported crimes on the UMD campus. Now some students are helping one–another feel safe on campus so they don’t…

Inside Look at UMD’s Media Technology Lab

The director tells us the resources are meant to spark the student's creativity.

DULUTH, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Duluth is showing off their state of the art media technology lab. From the green screen to virtual reality this MMAD lab is utilized by everyone from theatre majors to researchers. The director tells us the resources are meant to spark the student’s creativity. “Nobody else in Hollywood is doing what we are, because we’re…

UMD Students Showcase Harvested Goods at Farm Fest

Every year almost 1,000 students use the Land Lab as an educational tool.

DULUTH, Minn. – Farm Fest is one of the highlights for students at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). It’s the time for them to show off everything they’ve harvested all season. Farm Fest takes place at the UMD Land Lab. The Lab has been around for almost 10 years and one of its purposes is to teach students about agriculture….

Welcome to Duluth, UMD Students

Over 2,200 new students are moving into the University of Minnesota Duluth dorms for the first time.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth welcomes students who attend the University of Minnesota Duluth back to the Northland. Those students make a large impact on Duluth and their return is creating a lot of energy and excitement on campus. “It’s always been something that’s been so far away and now it’s here so it’s weird,” UMD freshman Riley Campion said. Over 2,200 new…

Local College Students Create $77 Million in Economic Impact

The study conducted also states students produce nearly 700 jobs to the area.

DULUTH, Minn.- College students returning not only add an energy to the city but also a large economic impact. College students create more business for local shops, those students are a staple in the Duluth community. UMD students and visitors bring in $77 million of economic impact to the region according to a study conducted in 2014 by the Labovitz School’s Bureau of…

Blue-Green Algae Blots Lake Superior

UMD Researchers Look into Source of Algae

Duluth, Minn.- For years we’ve been warned to lookout for blue-green algae blooms in local lakes and rivers. But just a few days ago, it bloomed somewhere no one saw coming: Lake Superior. Patches of blooms were reportedly 50 miles long between the Twin Ports and Apostle Islands. Now researchers at UMD’s Large Lake Observatory are trying to figure out…

UMD Political Science Professor Weighs in on Tuesday’s Primary Election

Primary Elections are Taking Place in Minnesota and Wisconsin Tuesday, August 14; Polls Close at 8:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Tuesday, August 14, residents in Minnesota and Wisconsin have the chance to make their voice heard during the 2018 Primary Election. Tuesday morning, Cindy Rugeley, UMD Associate Professor of Political Science, gave her insight on the importance of the primary election. Races up for grabs include Governor, Congress, Senate, Attorney General and many more local races….

All Aboard the Blue Heron For LLO Science on Deck

The Blue Heron was docked behind the Great Lakes Aquarium for the outreach tours that have been around for about five years.

DULUTH, Minn. – Have you ever wondered what life is like as a freshwater scientist? Well today many were given the chance to find out. The program is called Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) Science On Deck and this was the last one open to the public. All aboard the Blue Heron! It was docked behind the Great Lakes Aquarium for…

UMD Accessibility Walk Aims to Be Inclusive For All

The information is compiled in a report and given to facilities management and the chancellor.

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth’s Commission on Disabilities is taking some steps to make the campus more inclusive and accessible. During the semiannual Accessibility Walk faculty, staff and community members are checking the campus to make ensure everyone can access all buildings. Some of the main points they’re looking for include any damage to the buildings and…

UMD’s Land Lab Named Top Five in the Nation

UMD's Land Lab is officially the fifth best college farm according to Best Value Schools.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Land Lab at the University of Minnesota Duluth is officially ranked one of the top college farms in the country. UMD’s Land Lab is officially the fifth best college farm according to Best Value Schools. The farm stretches over 30 acres and is ran by over a thousand students every year. Fruits and vegetables grown on the…

Sister, Brother Sentenced in UMD Student’s Death

On Thursday, May 24, Noah Baker, 20, and Tara Baker, 23, Were Sentenced for their Connection to the 2017 Murder of UMD Student William Grahek, 22

DULUTH, Minn. – A difficult situation for two mothers, family members and friends entering the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth Thursday. More than 15 months after the murder of UMD student William Grahek, 22, two suspects — a brother and sister — involved in the case were sentenced for their role in the crime. Police responded to the scene…

Arrowhead Youth Games Bring Sunshine and Smiles

The Arrowhead Youth Games is an on-going tradition.

DULUTH, Minn.-The day camp invites kids with disabilities from various schools to try activities they may have never experienced before. We spoke with one student who mastered a new bike and even took up archery. “I got it right in the red circle and I got it above it, the black circle, I got it above it,” Daniel Loney said….

Students Pitch City Plans to Local Officials

The plans could be used for future city projects.

DULUTH, Minn.- Students at the University of Minnesota Duluth have been brainstorming ways to utilize plots in the city. Art history students are sharing their vision for redesigning the lots around Essentia Health and the former Cobb Elementary School. Their plans were pitched to the City Planning Commission and could be incorporated in future city projects. “The fact that it…

Governor Dayton Celebrates UMD Bulldog Day at Statehouse

Wednesday is "UMD Men's Hockey National Championship Day"

The UMD Bulldogs National Championship win put the school and Duluth on the map, and now even Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is giving them their own day. Governor Dayton a former division one hockey player for Yale, revealing at Wednesday’s press conference that the semi-final round of the Frozen Four kept him on the edge of his seat. He officially…

UMD Opera Studio, Symphony Students Team up for Performance

Le Nozze di Figaro Performances Start April 27

DULUTH, Minn. – This month it’s a dramatic event you won’t want to miss, the UMD Opera Studio is teaming up with the UMD Symphony Orchestra. Together, they’re performing Le Nozze di Figaro ( The Marriage of Figaro) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The first performance is Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. The second performance will be Sunday, April 29…