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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: Billy Hillman

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Billy Hillman is known as Duluth East High School's "super fan."

  • Making a Difference: Babette Sandman

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Babette Sandman is well known among young people who are going through tough times and need someone to steer them on to the right path.

  • Making a Difference: Lee Radzak

    Two Harbors, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is a popular destination on the North Shore.

  • Making a Difference: Dawn Peterson

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Every year Woodland Hills recognizes alumni and staff who have made an important impact on the organization and the community. One of the award recipients this year is Dawn Peterson. She was awarded the Beringer Guiding Light Excellence Achievement award.

  • Making a Difference: Rebecca Bruley

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A Northland woman has come up with a way to keep memories alive by giving loved ones something they can hold in their hand to remember those they've lost.

  • Making a Difference: Joan Jeanetta

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Rehab is often the toughest part of the journey through a debilitating illness.

  • Making a Difference: Steve Schoenbauer

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A Duluth man is receiving national recognition for sharing optimism with young people in crisis.

  • Making a Difference: 23rd Annual Chili Cook-Off

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- For 23 years the United Way of Greater Duluth has been cooking up appetites for a good cause. But this year volunteers are playing a much bigger role at the annual Chili Cook-Off...in the effort to make a difference.

  • Making a Difference: Duluth Rotary Club Rose Sale

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The Duluth Rotary Club 25 annual rose sale generates more than half of the funds the club gives away through grants. Last year the rotary club donated just under $190,000 to Northland charities and projects with about $60,000 stemming from the rose sales.

  • Making a Difference: UMD’s Large Lakes Observatory Makes a Difference.

    Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) For the past twenty years scientists at UMD’s Large Lakes Observatory have been making a difference, for all mankind, as they work to understand how the world’s largest fresh water bodies function, how they behaved in the past and what will happen to them in the years to come.