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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: Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial

    Thursday, Jun 19 at 10:21 PM

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The Clayton– Jackson– McGhie Memorial in downtown Duluth was established 11 years ago in memory of three black men who were wrongfully accused of a crime.

  • Making a Difference: Billy Menor

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- While most recent high school grads are enjoying their summer break before going off to college, one Northland teen is being recognized for the role he has played in his school and community

  • Making a Difference: Good Samaritan jumps into icy waters to rescue an elderly man

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A Duluth man received the Red Cross "Good Samaritan Hero Award" Thursday in Minneapolis.

  • Making a Difference: Richard I. Bong Memorial Center

    Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center opened its doors to the public in 2002 in memory of a farm boy from Poplar who went on to become the flying "Ace of Aces."

  • Making a Difference: Leslie "Les" Gibbs

    Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)--- Each year, the office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Wisconsin Superior presents its community diversity award.

  • Making a Difference: Dan Wachowski and the "Good Days from the CDF"

    Gordon, WI (NNCNOW.com) - The high cost of medications for certain chronic diseases can put them beyond the reach of patients on fixed incomes.

  • Making a Difference: Old School Lives

    Cotton, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The closure of the Cotton School in 2011 was expected to have a devastating impact on the community. But that didn't happen, thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers determined to make a difference.

  • Making a Difference: St. Luke's Volunteer Guild

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- For more than six decades the Volunteer Guild at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth has been making a difference in the lives of patients and their families.

  • Making a Difference: Patriot Assistance Dogs

    International Falls, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A Minnesota organization is matching service dogs with Veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

  • Making a Difference: Lu Cotton

    Two Harbors, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- One woman from Two Harbors has been recognized for her efforts to help keep other senior citizens active and healthy.