Hermantown Teen Dedicates 'Snore Outdoors' Challenge to Charity

Updated: 01/25/2014 9:56 PM
Created: 01/25/2014 9:49 PM

A Hermantown teenager is turning a personal challenge into a campaign for charity.

17-year-old Rudy Hummel has been sleeping in a snow cave in his backyard since June 7, 2013. Saturday night, though, he chose to sleep in an ice house that Habitat for Humanity built him in the Fitger's courtyard in Duluth.

Hummel has decided to turn his personal challenge into a fundraising effort for Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory and Habitat for Humanity.

"Habitat for Humanity is a fairly simple parallel to what I'm doing because some people don't get to make that choice to sleep outside," he said. "Some people have to sleep outside all year round no matter what. So Habitat for Humanity builds homes for those people."

Hummel said Saturday night would be colder than normal, because the entrance to the ice house is larger and won't be filled with straw. You can donate to his two causes at

Front Page

  • General Mills Website Policy Could be 'Clicking' Your Rights Away

    Could clicking "like" on a company's Facebook page, entering their sweepstakes, or downloading their coupons cost you your right to take that company to court? Some consumer advocates are raising their eyebrows at the new website privacy policy for General Mills, saying it could do just that. 

  • 2 Hospitalized After Lincoln Park House Fire

    Two people are in the hospital after a house fire in Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood on Friday. Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Bushey said the damage is estimated at $30,000. There is no word on the conditions of the victims.

  • Aitkin Woman Dead in Wright Co. Crash

    An Aitkin woman is dead after a car crash near Minneapolis on Wednesday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. 65-year-old Karen Tibbetts was driving an SUV that lost control on Highway 55 between Rockford and Buffalo.

  • Former Minn. Minister Accused of Abuse Reported in Spokane-area

    The Washington State Patrol says investigators have acted on 20 or 30 tips this week as they check locations in the Spokane-area in their search for a self-professed minister accused of sexually abusing at least two girls in rural Minnesota.

  • Smokehaus to Deliver Sandwiches, Meat by Bike

    The Northern Waters Smokehaus is looking to avoid traffic this summer by also going green. On May 5, they will begin delivering their sandwiches around downtown Duluth and down Park Point by bike.


Winter Weather Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Carlton, South St. Louis; Central St. Louis; North St. Louis
Expires: 4/19/2014 12:00 PM

Winter Weather Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Northern Cook, Northern Lake; Southern Cook, North Shore; Southern Lake, North Shore
Expires: 4/19/2014 4:00 PM

Flood Warning

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Aitkin; Crow Wing
Expires: 4/24/2014 7:00 AM