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Every day, in communities across the Northland, individuals and organizations are creating a positive impact on those around them. They are taking the lead in fostering a better society, facilitating genuine community engagement, and putting the needs of others before their own.

Quite simply, they are “Making a Difference” as their actions and stories impact all of us.

KBJR and KDLH are proud to recognize these individuals and organizations with our “Making a Difference” segment, which airs during our 10 PM newscast on Thursday evenings.

Each week, Michelle Lee will profile an organization or individual making a recognizable, positive difference in their community.

Our goal is to share the stories of individuals and organizations making a positive difference regardless of its size or reach. The positive impact could be as far-reaching as working to create change through partnerships with local governments, or as simple as helping improve the quality of life for families and individuals in the local community.


Most importantly, we want to tell the stories that you, our viewers, and our local communities feel have an impact. We want to share the stories of your family, friends, and neighbors who are making a difference to those around them. If you know somebody you feel is “Making a Difference”, please submit a nomination by clicking below. We’d love to hear their story and perhaps feature them on one of our weekly segments.





Do you know a person or organization "Making a Difference"? 
Submit a nomination on their behalf.




Want to see who's been "Making a Difference" in their community? Look below for some our recent "Making A Difference" profiles. New profiles are added weekly, so be sure to check back often.


  • Making a Difference: UMD’s Large Lakes Observatory Makes a Difference.

    Thursday, Aug 28 at 11:32 PM

    Duluth, MN ( For the past twenty years scientists at UMD’s Large Lakes Observatory have been making a difference, for all mankind, as they work to understand how the world’s largest fresh water bodies function, how they behaved in the past and what will happen to them in the years to come.

  • Making a Difference: YMCA Camp Miller

    Duluth, MN ( --- The oldest YMCA Camp in Minnesota is celebrating 116 summers of fun.

  • Making a Difference: North Country Ride

    Esko, MN ( --- North Country Ride has been serving people with special needs for more than 30 years.

  • Making A Difference: Dragon Boat Festival

    Duluth, MN ( -- Teams are already practicing for the Dragon Boat Festival set to launch on August 22nd. The Rotary Clubs fundraiser gives back to charities throughout the Northland.

  • Making a Difference: Scott Lyons

    Duluth, MN ( --- Scott Lyons began his career as a beat cop in Duluth in 1976 moving up to become the city's chief of police.

  • Making a Difference: Dave Romano

    Duluth, MN ( A Duluth college student is breaking the silence surrounding Mental Illness.

  • Marking a Difference: Questionnaire helps communicate needs

    Twin Ports, MN/WI ( --- A hospital stay for a child can be scary, especially when you can't communicate your needs.

  • Making a Difference: BOLD-choice Theatre Company

    Duluth, MN ( --- The BOLD-choice Theatre Company is launching its latest production "Earthlings from Outer space."

  • Making a Difference: Chuck Smith

    Sawyer, MN ( --- Dancers and veterans from across the region will gather next week for the 21st annual Fond du Lac Reservation's Veterans Powwow.

  • Making a Difference: Alexis Houle

    Superior, WI ( --- Beauty queens in the pageant world are expected by many to be the picture of elegance, poised and polished. For one Minnesota pageant winner, that image on the surface doesn't begin to tell the story of her struggle to overcome sexual abuse...a story she is now on a mission to share, in hopes of using her crown to make a difference.