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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: Duluth family raises ovarian cancer awareness

    Friday, Sep 16 at 7:22 AM

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A Duluth family is sharing their loss in hope it will alert others to what's called a silent killer: ovarian cancer.

  • Making a Difference: St. Mary's Program Helps Children with Life-threatening Diseases

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A program at St. Mary's hospital in Duluth is helping children with life-threatening diseases.

  • Making a Difference: Four Bessemer students write book to spread autism awareness

    Bessemer, MI (NNCNOW.com) -- A group of high school students in a peer to peer class at A.D. Johnston High School took the lessons they learned in class and putting them into print, making a difference for people living with disabilities.

  • Making A Difference: American Cancer Society

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Battling cancer is as much a mental fight as it is physical. An American Cancer Society program is helping patients with both.

  • Making A Difference: Rescue Divas

    Delta, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- From the fire department to the emergency room, middle school girls, at a unique summer camp, are just wrapping up their final day. This camp is about exciting and educating Middle School girls about opportunities in E-M-S.

  • Making A Difference: Supporters of the County Seat Theater

    Cloquet, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The County Seat Theater will open its latest production "Dearly Departed" Friday night at the Encore Preforming Arts Center and Gallery in Cloquet. The theater company mounted its first play, the Odd Couple as a community fundraiser. The community bought in early and continues to make a difference by supporting Northland talent and the arts.

  • Making A Difference: Butch and Artie Kastern

    South Range, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- That old saying, "one man's trash is another man's treasure" holds true for a Northland couple who has collected bits and pieces of history for many years. Now, Butch and Artie Kastern are starting to let go of those bits and pieces.

  • Making A Difference: R&R Dog Training and Boarding of Carlton

    Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Dogs commonly referred to as "Pitbulls" make up the largest percentage of dogs in animal shelters across America. Experts believe misconceptions about these dogs reduce the chances of their adoption.

  • Making A Difference: Bryden Bronikowski

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A boy scout from the Duluth has been named the American Red Cross 2016 Young Good Samaritan Hero. Bryden Bronikowski's extraordinary actions exemplify the Red Cross Mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.

  • Making A Difference: Goodwill Industries

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Have you ever wondered what happens to the stuff you drop off at your local Goodwill Store? It may surprise you to know the processing and sale of donated household goods help support employment programs for people with disabilities or those who have another employment barrier.