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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: CHUM

    Thursday, May 21 at 10:33 PM

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A small shelter, tucked away on a side street in Duluth's Central Hillside, is ground zero for the war against poverty.

  • Making a Difference: BUILD Program

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A Duluth East Senior has been accepted into a new program for students with Intellectual Disabilities at Bethel University in the Twin Cities.

  • Making a Difference: American Cancer Society's Patient Lodging Program

    Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) A unique program in the Twin Ports is giving cancer patients one less thing to worry about.

  • Making a Difference: GoFundMe.com

    Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- Simply by entering your zip code, you will find dozens of campaigns set up to benefit people in your community. One of those campaigns was created to help mother of four, Sue Kastberg-Olson of Superior.

  • Making a Difference: Krista Ricci

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A special delivery arrived at Life House in Duluth to help teen parents.

  • Making a Difference: Ashland Cares

    Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- A grass roots effort is underway in Ashland to open a homeless shelter.

  • Making a Difference: Sydney Kowarsch

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- When a Northland girl's grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer, the youngster took action.

  • UMD Clinic helps stroke survivors with speech therapy

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A unique clinic on the University of Minnesota-Duluth campus is providing assessments and therapy for people with communication difficulties.

  • Making a Difference: Little Free Libraries

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- These neighborhood lending libraries require no membership and there are never late fees.

  • Making a Difference: Pat McKone

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- At fourteen percent, smoking rates among adults are the lowest they've ever been in Minnesota. That is thanks in large part to the efforts of Pat McKone of the American Lung Association in Duluth.