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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: Dr. Mary Boylan

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Imagine preforming delicate surgery on a beating heart without skipping a beat. As impossible as it sounds, it's all in a day's work at St. Luke’s Hospital for Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Dr. Mary Boylan.

  • Making a Difference: Judy Greske

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Hundreds of World War Two veterans and their guardians have enjoyed the "Honor Flight Northland" experience since the first plane load of vets traveled from Duluth to Washington D.C. in 2011.

  • Making a Difference: The Powell Family

    Two Harbors, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Powell family of Two Harbors is “Making a Difference” by volunteering time and talents to youth hockey. From mites to division one, for many Northlanders hockey reigns supreme.

  • Making a Difference: The Kile Family

    The Kile family of West Duluth "Making a Difference" by creating Project Heart to Heart to raise funds benefit the Ronald McDonald House at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.

  • Making a Difference: Cher Franzen

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Animal Allies Humane Society's mission is to ensure a lifetime of loving care for every pet.

  • "Making A Difference" Nomination Form

    Use this form to nominate a person or organization you feel is a deserving nominee for our "Making A Difference" segment. Please fill out the form in it's entirety. Our news department will review all submissions.