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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: Connor Block

    Minong, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- A lot of kids love playing with toy fire trucks and dream of growing up to be a firefighter. That's been the dream of one Northwood School Senior ever since he can remember.

  • Making A Difference: "Wallace the Pit Bull"

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- "Wallace the pit bull" was credited with conquering a sport and championing a misunderstood breed. But, the high energy pup with behavioral problems was once on death row at an animal shelter in Rochester, Minnesota.

  • Making A Difference: Silver Bay Veterans Home

    Silver Bay, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Minnesota's first "soldiers' home" opened its doors shortly after the Civil War as a reward to the "brave and deserving." Today there are five veterans homes in the state...including the one in Silver Bay which opened in the 1990's.

  • Making A Difference: Ashleigh Arntson

    Esko, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The high school prom may still be months away but planning is already underway. With hair and make-up and buying the perfect dress and accessories taking part in the big night can cost hundreds of dollars.

  • Making A Difference: Keewatin Volunteer Firefighters

    Keewatin, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A handful of Iron Range Firefighters are training for the climb of a lifetime. The 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb pays tribute to fallen firefighters and first responders.

  • Making A Difference: William M. Kelley Elementary

    Silver Bay, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A school in Silver Bay has just been recognized for its efforts to increase student achievement.

  • Making A Difference: Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay will soon be on his way to Kansas to head up that state's largest law enforcement agency. The Chief will take his own unique style of community policing to Wichita.

  • Making A Difference: Go Red Challenge

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The journey has begun for ten lucky Northland women selected as this year's "Go Red for Women" Challengers.

  • Making a Differnce: Union Gospel Mission

    Duluth, MN(NNCNOW.com)-- It's the holidays, but not everyone is able to have presents under the Christmas Tree, or even a warm meal. One organization is making sure that everyone has a meal and a safe place to gather this Christmas, and all year round.

  • Making a Difference: Grand Rapids PD pulls over drivers for a holiday surprise

    Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Greg Lease has been a police officer for fifteen years and has pulled over thousands of drivers but he's never gotten a hug from it.