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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.





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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: Butch and Artie Kastern

    Thursday, May 26 at 10:19 PM

    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.

  • Making A Difference: Jim Northrup

    Sawyer, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Jim Northrup lives by the seasons as the Anishinaabe have done for generations. He has spent a lifetime documenting life and traditions on the Fond du Lac reservation, providing a voice to those who live in Indian Country.

  • Making A Difference: Destination Imagination

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A group of talented students at Duluth's Ordean Middle School is looking to represent the school at the Destination Imagination Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee.

  • Making A Difference: Babies Need Boxes

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world and many believe one of the reasons has to do with a government program called the "baby box." Along with supplies for the baby, the box provides a newborn at risk with a safe place to sleep.

  • Making a Difference: Mercy Hospital Foundation reaches million dollar goal

    Moose Lake, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The Mercy Hospital Foundation has reached its goal of raising one million dollars. The "Well Within Reach" campaign, on behalf of the hospital in Moose Lake, Minn., hit its mark nearly two years ahead of projections.

  • Making A Difference: Make-A-Wish Minnesota

    Moose Lake, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A Moose Lake first grader and his family will soon be on their way to the magic kingdom of Disney World. Volunteers with Make-A-Wish Minnesota enlisted one of Austin Thompson's favorite super heroes to tell him about the trip.

  • Making A Difference: North Shore Federal Credit Union

    Silver Bay, (NNCNOW.com) -- 2015 was the fifth consecutive year that Minnesotans made over three million visits to food shelves. Our unemployment and poverty rates are among the lowest in the country yet many are struggling to make ends meet. Experts call it the "New Normal." In an effort to make a difference a new anti-hunger initiative has been launched by a Northshore credit Union and its members.