Nominations Open for Duluth News Tribune’s Best of the Best 2024

Nominations for Best of the Best 2024 are now open, featuring a diverse range of nominees from Fond du Lac Band enterprises, programs, staff and tribal community members. This includes notable mentions such as Black Bear Casino Resort, Fond-du-Luth Casino, WKLK 96.5 FM, Min No Aya Win Human Services, Heart Berry and many others who enrich our community.

To amplify the visibility of these nominations, our Fond du Lac Communications Division has launched a promotional campaign that will span our website, system wide email, FDL newspaper, and all of the Band’s social media channels, ensuring widespread recognition for our nominees and the positive impact they make across the Northland.

Key dates to remember:

  • First Round: Nominations are accepted from June 24 to July 12, 2024 (the most nominations on a daily basis per category and nominee the better!)
  • Final Round: Voting will take place from July 22 to August 9, 2024.
  • Be aware: Write-In nominees can be added to each category until July 12, 2024.

For more details and to participate, you can visit the Best of the Best 2024 website on the Duluth News Tribune's platform Best of the Best 2024 nominations are open - Duluth News Tribune

Your support in spreading the word about this initiative is crucial to its success. By encouraging participation and engaging our community, we can further promote our tribal enterprises, programs, and the remarkable achievements of our staff and tribal community members.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. 

Categories & Nominees:

Arts & Entertainment:

  • Best Casino:  Black Bear Casino Resort
  • Best Casino:  Fond-du-Luth Casino
  • Best Customer Service - Arts & Entertainment: Fond-du-Luth Casino
  • Best Customer Service - Arts & Entertainment: Black Bear Casino Resort
  • Best Golf Course: Black Bear Golf Course
  • Best Local Artist: Sarah Agaton Howes (Fond du Lac Band Member)
  • Best Radio DJ: Jake Kachinske
  • Best Radio Station: WKLK 96.5 FM
  • Best TV Anchor: Rita Karppinen - Native Report, PBS North (Fond du Lac Band Member)

Eats & Drinks

  • Best Bloody Mary: Cobalt Nightclub & Cabaret at Black Bear Casino
  • Best Breakfast: Buffet at The Bear - Black Bear Casino Resort
  • Best Coffee / Coffee Shop: Miigwitches Brew (Owned & Operated by Lyz Jaakola, Fond du Lac Band Member)
  • Best Customer Service - Eats & Drinks: Seven Fires Steakhouse
  • Best Customer Service - Eats & Drinks: Miigwitches Brew (Owned & Operated by Lyz Jaakola, Fond du Lac Band Member)
  • Best Restaurant: Seven Fires Steakhouse
  • Best Seafood: Buffet at The Bear - Black Bear Casino Resort

Family & Community

  • Best Hotel: Black Bear Casino Resort
  • Best Large Company to Work For (50+): Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Best Non-Profit Organization: Fond du Lac Indian Human Services

Health & Wellness

  • Best Chiropractic Office: Dr. Jeffrey Leno, DC at Min No Aya Win Human Services
  • Best Dental Office: Fond du Lac Indian Human Services
  • Best Massage / Spa / Alternative Healing: Fond du Lac Indian Human Services
  • Best Medical Facility: Min No Aya Win Human Services
  • Best Medical Facility: Center for American Indian Resources
  • Best Medical Professional: Arne Vainio, MD - Min No Aya Win Human Services
  • Best Medical Professional: James Conniff, MD - Min No Aya Win Clinic
  • Best Medical Professional: Mag Reynolds, FNP - Center for American Indian Resources
  • Best Pharmacy (Must provide location): Center for American Indian Resources Pharmacy
  • Best Pharmacy (Must provide location): Fond du Lac Indian Human Services

Home & Garden

  • Best Cleaning Service: Courtney Cleans LLC (Owned & Operated by Courtney Thompson, Fond du Lac Band Member)
  • Best Contractor / Construction Company: Andrew Elias Enterprises LLC (Owned & Operated by Andrew Elias, Fond du Lac Band descendant)
  • Best Fuel Oil / Propane Service:  Fond du Lac Propane Co.

Professionals & Services

  • Best Customer Service - Professionals & Services: Black Bear Casino Resort

Shopping & Leisure

  • Best Boutique: Heart Berry (Owned & Operated by Sarah Agaton Howes, Fond du Lac Band Member)
  • Best Gift Store: Heart Berry (Owned & Operated by Sarah Agaton Howes, Fond du Lac Band Member)
  • Best Small Company to Work For (under 50) - Shopping & Leisure: Heart Berry (Owned & Operated by Sarah Agaton Howes, Fond du Lac Band Member)