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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: Mr. Keith Swanson

    Thursday, Nov 19 at 10:24 PM

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Christmas City of the North parade features some of the finest high school bands in the Northland.

  • Making a Difference: Tonier Cain

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Experts believe some of the worst health and social problems are a consequence of traumatic childhood experiences.

  • Making a Difference: Ron Peterson and The Voyageur's Chapel

    International Falls, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- An International Falls man is building a tiny chapel near the Canadian border.

  • Making a Difference: Gander and Lon Hodge

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Gander the service dog has amassed nearly a quarter of a million likes on Facebook.

  • Making A Difference: Kathy Trihey and NERCC

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Even here in the land of Northland nice, people do get in trouble with the law. Some of those offenders will be sent to the Northeast Regional Corrections Center just north of Duluth. Unlike prisons of old, this facility hopes to teach people better ways for the future. Dave Anderson talked with NERCC's superintendent in this week's "Making a Difference."

  • Making a Difference: The Cloquet Public Library

    Cloquet, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The Cloquet Public Library is celebrating its 120th anniversary next week.

  • Making A Difference: Mr. G and his famous leisure suit

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Over thirty years ago, Dick Gastler's "habit" of wearing a ratty old leisure suit to class caught fire in more ways than one.

  • Making A Difference: Carlton County Task-force

    Carlton, MN (NNCOW.com) -- Suicide is still viewed by some as a taboo subject leaving those left behind reluctant to talk openly about their grief.

  • Making a Difference: Look Good Feel Better

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- People battling cancer don't feel good. From diagnosis, chemo-therapy, radiation and treatment, to hair loss and recovery- your body is sure to feel like an alien.

  • Making a Difference: Minnesota Power's "Power Volunteers"

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Volunteers from across the Northland are teamed up in Duluth Thursday outside the Minnesota Power office building to help out families in need.