North Coast helps Lake Assault Boats launch website

July 28th, 2020

The builder of some of the most amazing boats in the world needed an amazing website.

After working with North Coast Communications, Lake Assault Boats has a powerful platform to tell its powerful story.

North Coast helped Lake Assault conceptualize and create the site. It showcases the strong visual content presented by the maker of custom boats for fire, police and safety agencies, as well as commercial businesses that work on the water. The site melds video and still images with the stories of officials and business operators who had jobs to do and needed help designing the perfect boats to get the work done.

The site also incorporates a new secondary logo for Lake Assault, with the motto, “Custom Built. Mission Ready.”

We love working with Lake Assault, and not just because they build cool boats that can pump 1,500 gallons of water a minute to douse a fire. Their approach to building boats is the same as ours when it comes to crafting communications. Every project is unique. Every project begins with the end in mind. Every assignment ends with a satisfied customer who’s able to get the job done.

Thank you for the opportunity, Lake Assault. We’ll tip our caps whenever we gaze out our office windows and see one of your vessels on Lake Superior along America’s North Coast.

North Coast client receives grant to help kids learn about animals

April 7th, 2015

Officials with AgStar Financial Services present a check for $7,000 to CEO Dawn Mackety of the Lake Superior Zoo. The grant will enhance the barnyard exhibit at the Duluth zoo.

A $7,000 grant will help the Lake Superior Zoo build an educational kiosk and buy animal-care tools to help children and their families learn about farm animals in the zoo’s barnyard exhibit.

The gift from AgStar Financial Services will allow the zoo to install the kiosk and purchase the equipment, including brushes, rakes and shovels, enabling children to groom the animals and learn how to maintain the habitat at the exhibit, one of the most popular features at the zoo.

“Some of our best moments with children and their families come at this exhibit when kids are able to see the animals up close,” said zoo CEO Dawn Mackety. “This gift will make our exhibit even more interactive and educational, with additional information as well as the opportunity for children to help care for the animals under the direction of our zoo team.”

The kiosk will enable children and their families to better understand how their lives are affected by farm animals and agriculture.

“AgStar has roots in agriculture and is committed to helping our communities,” said AgStar Senior Vice President John Monson, who chairs the AgStar Fund for Rural America, the firm’s charitable program. “This gift is one way we can enhance the connection and help children and their families learn about agriculture in a fun way when they visit the zoo.”

Construction will begin on the kiosk soon, and the zoo hopes to have the enhanced display in place by late May, in time for the zoo’s busy summer season, when it is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Lake Superior Zoo, 7210 Fremont St. in Duluth, is open year-round and is the only zoo in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. With many animal exhibits and opportunities for visitors to see animals up close, it inspires connections to wildlife and action toward conservation in our region and around the world.

AgStar Financial Services, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., is a financial services cooperative that is part of the national Farm Credit System and serves 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. The company has expertise in the corn, soybean, swine, dairy and bio-energy industries. AgStar offers programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, consulting and rural home mortgages. Visit for more information.


WCCO-TV covers concussion safety work of North Coast client

April 3rd, 2015

Concussions are in the news and on our minds, especially after a National Football League player retired after his rookie season because of injury fears. Here’s how Northwestern Health Sciences University, a North Coast Communications client, is helping teams including the Minnesota Swarm pro lacrosse squad work to prevent head and neck injuries. WCCO-TV’s Kim Johnson explains in this story.

Easing veterans’ pain is calling for North Coast client

February 28th, 2015

When veterans return from war, they often come back “broken,” says Dr. Jody Skaufel of Northwestern Health Sciences University.

That’s why doctors and other professionals at Northwestern have spent months reaching out to the veterans’ community in the Twin Cities to try to help relieve injured vets’ pain with chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy. Those are three of the disciplines taught at the respected national health sciences university, based in Bloomington, MN.

KARE-TV, the Twin Cities’ NBC affiliate, spent time at Northwestern profiling efforts to build bridges between the university community and the veterans community by bringing down the pain.

Here is the story.

North Coast client makes the world a more civil place

February 22nd, 2015

We often look at the world, especially the political world, and wonder what any of us can do to make this a more civil place.

In truth, civility starts with each of us. Learn more about Speak Your Peace: The Civility Project in a series of workshops starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Duluth.

Speak Your Peace is an initiative of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, a North Coast Communications client.

North Coast Communications welcomes two new clients

January 16th, 2015

North Coast Communications is pleased and proud to welcome the Lake Superior Zoo and Northwestern Health Sciences University as clients.


The 92-year-old zoo is one of the oldest and most popular attractions–and the only zoo–in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin. The zoo and its staff inspire connections to wildlife and action towards conversation in our region and worldwide. The zoo has many animal attractions, education programs and events and is open to groups of all kinds for special activities.



Northwestern, based in Bloomington, MN, and its more than 130 faculty members annually teach about 900 students pursuing degrees in accredited programs in chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy and other treatments. The 74-year-old university has more than 7,000 graduates throughout the U.S. and in 21 countries worldwide.

Newest restaurant in Twin Ports hires 100

July 22nd, 2014


Tavern on the Hill is hiring 100 employees as it prepares to open.

Tavern on the Hill, the newest restaurant in the Twin Ports and a North Coast Communications client, is providing a boost to the local economy, hiring 100 employees at a job fair this week. Here is coverage on WDIO/WIRT-TV, the Northland’s News CenterFox 21 News and the Duluth News Tribune.

And here is our news release about the job fair:

Tavern on the Hill begins hiring

More than 100 to start jobs before August restaurant opening

Tavern on the Hill, the Twin Ports’ newest and most exciting restaurant, on Monday began a four-day job fair to hire more than 100 workers who will help open the new-concept dining facility on Woodland Avenue. 

“We’re excited to be close to opening, and we’re looking for the right people who will help make Tavern on the Hill an immediate favorite with our community,” said Julie Thoreson, Director of Operations for Duluth-based Black Woods Group, which owns Tavern on the Hill. “This restaurant will be unlike any other in our region. We want people who will help us convey that excitement.”

Tavern on the Hill plans to open in mid- to late August at 1102 Woodland Ave., Duluth. It is the anchor restaurant in the residential and commercial development that includes the BlueStone Lofts apartment complex. It will seat 350 inside and 150 outside on a patio.

Tavern on the Hill will focus on fresh, locally sourced and healthy food, such as salads, soups, lean grilled meats, wraps, sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas, while making sure to satisfy Northlanders’ appetites with a full array of familiar dining favorites. The restaurant also will offer an innovative fresh juice and smoothie bar, as well as a large traditional bar. Many of the menu items will be available to go.

Dozens of job seekers are expected to apply Monday through Thursday at the Tavern on the Hill job fair for positions ranging from the management team to servers, cooks and support staff. The job fair is open from noon to 7 p.m. each day at Greysolon Plaza, 231 E. Superior St. in downtown Duluth.

Job candidates do not need to register beforehand. At the fair, they will fill out applications and interview with hiring managers. Applications can be found online at Applicants are encouraged to bring resumes and professional references.

Tavern on the Hill will contribute millions of dollars to the Twin Ports’ regional economy through construction and restaurant jobs, materials to build the new restaurant and purchases of locally sourced food.

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Rob Karwath  |  North Coast Communications  | 218-343-9418  |

Puppy shortage? North Coast client explains how it happened

July 20th, 2014

The Twin Ports are experiencing a shortage of puppies.

Who knew the Twin Ports had a puppy shortage? Dr. Amanda Bruce of PetCare of Duluth, a North Coast Communications client, explains how it happened and what prospective owners looking for the perfect puppy can do as they search for the right dog the right way. Read the story in the Duluth News Tribune.

North Coast client starts “Ask the Banker” on radio

June 14th, 2014

Park State Bank Vice President Steve Raj talks mortgages with Chris Zooch on the first “Ask the Banker” show on nu92, 92.1 FM.

Mortgages. Saving plans. Building credit to make the big-ticket purchases in your life or for your business.

All are topics that Park State Bank, a North Coast Communications client, will address on a new “Ask the Banker” segment at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays on nu92, 92.1 FM, in the Twin Ports.

Vice President of Mortgage and Consumer Lending Steve Raj talked mortgages this past Wednesday with nu92 hosts Chris Zooch and Karina Bite. Tune in every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. to hear best practices, tips and inside insight on “Ask the Banker.”

North Coast creates membership materials for Duluth Rotary

June 13th, 2014

North Coast Communications created new membership materials for the Rotary Club of Duluth.

North Coast Communications is pleased and proud to have developed the new membership materials for the Rotary Club of Duluth, including information on Club activities, traditions and how to join.

Duluth Club 25, the largest Rotary group in Minnesota and one of the oldest in the nation, has a common need among established service organizations: Appeal to more young people.

What North Coast found was that many of the club’s activities, and its regular venues for building relationships, were exactly what young people starting their lives and careers in the Twin Ports wanted. They simply didn’t know that Rotary provided them. And in some cases, younger potential members also had questions about joining Rotary and wondered whether they would be welcome.

We worked to create warm and inviting materials that emphasized opportunities that the target audience of potential members would find interesting, and to show club members already engaged in them as they pursued Rotary’s imperative of Service Above Self.