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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: Cookies for Hope

    Tuesday, Dec 17 at 2:43 PM

    ( --- A life threatening disease can be emotionally and financially draining for families. With that in mind, a Duluth woman is using her love for baking to help families, one batch of cookies at a time.

  • Making a Difference: Pieces of the Puzzle "Pop" Camp

    ( --- Summer camp provides kids with social activities and the opportunity to build friendships.

  • Making a Difference: Kirk Douglas

    Duluth, MN ( - When their East Grand Forks, Minnesota home was destroyed during the Red River Flood of 1997, Kirk Douglas and his family lost nearly everything.

  • Man Cycles 3,000 Miles to End the Cycle of Domestic Violence

    The long lasting results of domestic violence are felt worldwide. This is the story of one man, working to make a difference, as he travels from Canada to Duluth and back again.

  • Making a Difference: Camp Heartland

    ( --- Homeless kids don't often have the chance to shake the stigma associated with living in poverty and simply play the day away.

  • Making a Difference: Spott Law Office

    Duluth, MN ( - A father-daughter duo from Duluth work as lawyers, but double as community activists.

  • Making a Difference: Quinn Christianson

    ( --- Before you toss out those old shoes piling up in your closet a Duluth boy is hoping you'll give them to him instead.

  • Making a Difference: Lori Ismil

    ( --- Lori Ismil, a math teacher in Virginia makes it her personal duty to educate students on the dangers of tobacco in hopes of helping them kick the habit.

  • Making a Difference: Brian Saaristo

    Duluth, MN ( --- United States Army Sergeant Retired Brian Saaristo of Barnum, Minnesota has been named one of ten Northland recipients of the 2013 American Red Cross Heroes Awards.

  • Making a Difference: The Lake Superior Medical Society

    Duluth, MN ( - Since its creation in 1886 community issues have ranged from public sewer systems to communicable disease prevention.