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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.


  • Dr. Arne Vainio: “Walking into the Unknown”

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Storytelling has been an important part of the Ojibwe culture for centuries.Dr. Arne Vainio believes our stories help shape our lives and our response to the world around us.

  • Making a Difference: Bill Bauman

    Virginia, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Bill Bauman meets families at some of the lowest points in their life. As the owner of Bauman-Cron Funeral Home in Virginia, he knows pain and loss all too well.

  • Making a Difference: Steve O'Neil

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Community activist and St. Louis County Commissioner Steve O'Neil has spent a lifetime working to combat poverty and homelessness.

  • Making a Difference: Durbin Keeney

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Vietnam War veteran Durbin Keeney is well known in the community for his dedication to his fellow vets.

  • Making a Difference: Annette Strom

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - At the beginning of March the Duluth Mentor porgram celebrated 75 years while one duo celebrated 7 years together. Annette Strom has been Mercedes Anderson's mentor since Mercedes was in second grade.

  • Making a Difference: Dr. Anika Hartz

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A professor at The University of Minnesota Duluth is doing ground-breaking research in the troubling problem of Alzheimer's Disease.

  • Making a Difference: Pauline Kukull

    Superior, MN (NNCNOW.com) - For many of us retirement means trading in long hours at work for some much deserved rest and relaxation. But for an 87-year-old, Pauline Kukull of Superior retirement means more hours to volunteer and she doesn't waste a minute.

  • 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.