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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: 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.

  • Making a Difference: Rick Olivo and the Special Olympics

    Ashland, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- An Ashland man is experiencing a draft after cutting ties with his hair for a good cause.

  • Making a Difference: Taire Suliin

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Taire Suliin, a nearly 30 year United Way volunteer continues to work for others as she battles ovarian cancer.

  • Making a Difference: Zion Mission Group

    (NNCNOW.com) --- Theirs is a cause that's sewn in every stitch. The Tuesday evening Zion Mission Group in Superior has been helping those in need, or experiencing a crises, for seven years.

  • Making a Difference: Heather Schjenken

    Deer River, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- In Deer River just west of Grand Rapids, there's a coalition of young and old people working to keep high school kids away from substance abuse.

  • Making a Difference: Ann Clark

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- For those who are legally blind Northlander Ann Clark is providing a light at the end of the tunnel. Clark is making a difference in the Northland one skill at a time.

  • Making a Difference: Scott Keenan

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - When most people think of the phenomenally successful Grandma's Marathon Race, in Duluth, they think of the man who started the event and watched over it for 37 years.

  • Making a Difference: Rick Raymond

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- For many senior athletes their high school basketball careers are winding down... but the lessons they learned on the court will never be forgotten. That's a solid goal for Superior High School basketball coach, Rick Raymond, who strives to make lessons on the court count for the rest of his player's lives.

  • "Making a Difference" luncheon honors Northland volunteers

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW) - For almost a year now, the Northland's News Center has honored the region's hardest working volunteers with our weekly "Making A Difference" stories.

  • Making a Difference: Mentor Duluth

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Matching kids with positive adult role models, for a one year commitment, is the goal of Mentor Duluth. In many cases those relationships are life changing and some can last a lifetime.