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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: Jeanne Olson

    Jeanne Olson has changed the lives of victims of sexual violence for the past 25 years, and remains humble, even after winning an award from the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault for her years of dedication.

  • Making a Difference: Halvor Lines Weight Loss Showdown

    Superior, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Employees of a Superior Trucking Company have won a national weight loss challenge along with re-gaining their health.

  • Making a Difference: Ron and Lorraine Simpson

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Service has been a way of life for one Duluth couple for many years and when they got the chance to expand their service beyond their community, and help on an international level, they embraced it.

  • Making a Difference: Age to Age Program

    (NNCNOW.com) --- The Northland Foundation's Age to Age program fosters positive relationships between young people and their elders in 13 communities.

  • Making a Difference: Al Vogt

    Cook, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Cook Hospital CEO, Al Vogt, has been acknowledged as a Health Department hero in Minnesota.

  • Making a Difference: Further Fidgety Fairy Tales

    (NNCNOW.com) --- Using classic children's fairy tales and by portraying children as the heroes, rather than the villains, the cast of Further Fidgety Fairytales is working to de-stigmatize, stereotypes surrounding mental health disorders.

  • Making a Difference: James "Doc" Munger

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Members of the Twin Ports Flotilla, of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, have made boating safety on Lake Superior their number one mission.

  • Making a Difference: Cookies for Hope

    (NNCNOW.com) --- 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

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

  • Making a Difference: Kirk Douglas

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