Andrew Kirov

‘Children of the Holocaust’ Playing at UW-Superior

Original Play by Kathy Laakso Teaches the Horrors of the Holocaust

SUPERIOR, Wis. – An original play about the horrors of the holocaust is being performed at UW-Superior. “Children of the Holocaust” was written and directed by Northland native Kathy Laakso. The forty-minute show tells the true stories of various people affected by the 1940s genocide in Europe. Wednesday, Superior High School students were able to watch a special showing of…

Stuffed Animals Sleep Over at Duluth Public Library

A Slideshow of the Toys' Adventures Was Shown to Their Owners

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Public Library had a sleepover on Tuesday night for stuffed animals. Kids brought in their favorite toys and the stuffed animals spent the whole night in the library reading stories, riding the book drop slide, and playing games. Kids picked up their stuffed animals today and watched a slide show of all the fun they…

Minnesota Power Rate Increase Approaching

MN Power Says Increase Not Because of New Power Plant

DULUTH, Minn. – A new natural gas power plant is coming to Superior. According to a statewide group, most Minnesota Power customers oppose the new plant because of its cost. But Minnesota Power officials tell us their proposed rate increase is not because of the plant. The Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota surveyed more than five-hundred Minnesota Power Customers. They…

Some Local Businesses Welcome the Snow

Snow Removal Companies and Food Delivery Drivers Count on Winter Precipitation

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A lot of snow fell on the No rthland over the past few days, and people are still digging an plowing their way out. A lot of snow removal companies love seeing snow, but they’d prefer if it didn’t fall all at once. Core Landscaping and AA Roll-off in Superior has had workers out all day and…

Superior School District Selects New Administrator

Amy Starzecki starts her new role on July 1st.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Amy Starzecki has been the assistant superintendent of Duluth public schools since 2015.  Before that, she worked in the Floodwood and Deer River school districts. Starzecki says she is excited to get to work in superior and will spend the next several months transitioning into her new role. “I’m currently just trying to figure out what are…

Lake Superior Zoo Offering Discount for Sledders

This Week the Zoo Will Give $1 Off Coupons for Bringing a Sled to Use on Their Hill

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids off from school this week for winter break can spend their time sledding at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth. This week only the zoo is offering one dollar off admission to anyone bringing a sled. Officials there want to offer families a reason to visit the animals in winter. “In the winter it’s really special…

Families Enjoy Big Snowfall Outside

Schools Were Out, So Kids Hit the Slopes at Mont Du Lac Resort

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A lot of snow has fallen in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, and some decided to get out and enjoy it. All this fresh snow makes for some great times out at ski and tubing hills across the Northland. “Oh yeah, every day. I love to shred this every day, man,” said snowboarder Ethan Snyder With schools out…

Final Ski and Snowboard Races of the Season Held at Chester Bowl

Races Also Marked the Fiftieth Anniversary of a Sponsorship from the Duluth Kiwanis Club

DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday was the final ski and snowboard race of the year at Chester Bowl in Duluth. Kids of all ages flew down the hill, testing their skills, and pushing themselves to the limit. Today also marked the fiftieth anniversary of the races being sponsored by Duluth’s Kiwanis Club. “I grew up skiing here, my kids grew up…

Duluth’s ‘Spin Collective’ Heating Up for Summer Shows

Group Puts on Awe-Inspiring Performances with Fire

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s a chilly winter, but there’s a group in Duluth that’s warming some events up with awe-inspiring feats performing with fire. You can see them at many different events around town. Now the Spin Collective is ramping up the heat, getting ready for a Homegrown Music Festival performance. The Spin Collective has been entertaining Duluth for the…

Duluth Police Department Accepting Applications for Citizen Police Academy

25 People Will Be Accepted to 2018 Class, Participants Learn What Police Do on a Daily Basis

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is accepting applications for their 2018 Citizen Police Academy. The free academy is open to anyone but precedence in the twenty-five person class will be given to people who live or work in Duluth. Attendees will learn what the Police Department does on a daily basis with classes in use of force, narcotics…

Snowmobile Season Picking Up on the North Shore

Snowmobilers Say Trails Are Well Groomed

FINLAND, Minn. – Snowmobile season is picking up along the North Shore. Snowmobilers tell us the trails are well groomed and, after a slow start to the season, winter sports tourists are flocking to businesses across Northern Minnesota. “Summer is good but if we have an equally as good winter, that’s twice as good of business. So, yes, it’s important…

Local Businesses Preparing for Minnesota’s B20 Mandate

All Diesel Sold in Minnesota Must Contain Twenty Percent Bio-Diesel by May 1, 2018

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting on May 1st, all diesel sold in Minnesota will have to contain at least twenty percent bio-diesel. Right now, all diesel must be ten percent bio-diesel in the summer and five percent the rest of the year. State officials were in Duluth Wednesday preparing business leaders to comply with the upcoming “B20” mandate. “People are always…

Duluth Church Offers Drive-Thru Ash Wednesday Service

Our Savior's Lutheran Church Offered Prayer and Ashes for People Unable to Attend Mass

DULUTH, Minn. – Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of lent on the Christian calendar. For Christians seeking convenience, a West Duluth church offered a drive-thru Ash Wednesday service in their parking lot. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Grand Avenue wanted everyone in Duluth to have an easy opportunity to receive ashes this Wednesday, even if they couldn’t make it to…

Duluth Passes Flavored Tobacco Ban; Local Business Leaders React

City Ordinance Restricts Flavored Tobacco Sales to Eighteen-Plus Smoke Shops

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council has voted. Starting this June, the sale of flavored tobacco products will be banned from convenience stores throughout Duluth. Seven of the nine city councilors voted in favor of the ban, saying it’s a step in the right direction when it comes to the health of kids. Others strongly believe the ordinance will…

Workforce Solutions Series Helps Businesses Recruit and Retain Workers

Tuesday's Session Was the First of Three in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Local businesses learned all about how to find new employees and keep current ones at a session held in Duluth. Tuesday’s event was the first in the City of Duluth’s Workforce Development Series. Speakers gave business leaders tips and strategies about how to better motivate and retain workers in today’s economy. “The intention is to give the…

Women’s Memorial March Honors Murdered and Missing Native Women

Event Aims to Increase Awareness of Human Trafficking and Violence Against Women

DULUTH, Minn. – The third annual Women’s Memorial March paraded through Downtown Duluth Tuesday. The march aims to raise awareness about the many murdered and missing native women throughout North America. The event began with a ceremony honoring native lives lost to violence. Organizers say remembering victims is important in ending human trafficking, a problem that affects many in the…

Martha’s Daughter Restaurant Opening This Week

Restaurant Is on East Superior Street at the Former Coney Island Location

DULUTH, Minn. – A new restaurant is about to officially open in Downtown Duluth inside the longtime former home of Coney Island. Nyanyika Banda, the owner of Martha’s Daughter, describes her restaurant as “New American Seasonal” and “Farm to Table.” On Monday, she gave us a look inside her new business on East Superior Street. The menu will feature many…

Margaret Engebretson Announces Run for Congress in Wisconsin’s 7th District

The Democrat Will Challenge Incumbent GOP Congressman Sean Duffy

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Democrat Margaret Engebretson announced her candidacy to represent Wisconsin’s Seventh District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Engebretson is the first Democrat to officially enter the race against Republican Congressman Sean Duffy. The Navy veteran is a UW-Superior graduate and now works as an attorney in Balsam Lake. She says she’s running for Congress to represent the…

Amnesty International Delegation Visits Duluth to Talk Mining Safety

Group Discussed 2014 Mount Polley Copper Mine Disaster in Canada

DULUTH, Minn. – A delegation from Amnesty International was in Duluth Monday sharing their experiences from the 2014 Mount Polley Copper Mine disaster in British Columbia, Canada. The delegation also met with local leaders to discuss the future of mining. They’re helping to lead a discussion about what regulations are being put in place to ensure safety if the proposed…

Vote Expected Tonight on Flavored Tobacco Sales Ban

Duluth City Council Could Ban Flavored Tobacco Sales from Most Stores in the City

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council is expected to vote Monday on the controversial ordinance that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in most stores in the city. The Duluth City Councilors who introduced it believe the ordinance would make it harder for kids to get flavored tobacco products, like menthol cigarettes, in Duluth. But several local…

“Iceman” Roger Hanson Preparing for Next Ice Project

He Hasn't Made a Sculpture Since the 2016 Superior Project, But the Iceman Is Ready

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been almost two years since the last Superior ice sculpture came crashing to the ground on Barker’s Island. “Iceman” Roger Hanson is the man who made the creations. He recently spoke with Fox 21 on Skype. Iceman Roger Hanson is the only man in the world capable, and perhaps willing, to create massive free-standing ice structures…

Garrett Carr Ice Fishing Tournament Brings Superior Community Together

Sixth Annual Tournament Aimed to Raise $15,000 for Local Organizations

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Garrett Carr Ice Fishing Tournament has brought the Superior community together for the past six years to honor a man whose life was lost in a 2012 hunting accident. Saturday, anglers filled the ice on Kimball’s Bay near Superior raising money for local causes. Their goal was to raise $15,000 this year. Proceeds go to the…

February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

CASDA Urges Adults to Initiate Domestic Violence Conversations with Teens

SUPERIOR, Wis. – February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Every year, about one and a half million American high school students experience physical abuse from a partner. According to the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA), teen dating violence is a bigger problem in the Northland than the national average. Teen dating violence can be physical, emotional, sexual,…

‘Why Treaties Matter’ Exhibit at Duluth City Hall

Display Tells the History of Minnesota Native Land Acquisition

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s an exhibit on display on the first floor of Duluth’s City Hall about why treaties matter. The exhibit has twenty panels describing treaties between the government and Minnesota’s eleven Native American tribes. It’s a traveling display that makes stops all over the state teaching important moments in history. “We’ve done a disservice in our educational system…

Best Buy Ending CD Sales in All Stores

Some Record Stores Selling More Vinyl Albums Than CDs

DULUTH, Minn. – Best Buy is saying goodbye to the sale of compact discs at its stores come July. This comes as music CD sales are down 18.5% compared to last year. While Best Buy is passing on CDs, you can still buy them at some local record stores like Electric Fetus in Duluth. The staff there tell us they…

Dow Falls By Record Number, Bounces Back

Experts Say No Reason to Panic After Market Correction

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by more points than any day in history, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to panic. Though the Dow fell by more than a thousand points, it was only four and a half percent of the market. Financial experts tell us yesterday’s plunge was a normal correction of the market,…

Duluth Collects Record Tourism Tax Total, But Falls Short of Goal

Tax Is Collected From Restaurants, Bars, and Hotels to Improve City Tourism

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth brought in more money than ever through the tourism tax last year, but it was less than expected. $11.62 million was collected from the tax in 2017, an increase from the previous year but about $100,000 short of the city’s goal. Because of the shortfall, the city has budgeted for no growth to…

Severe Flu Season Continues to Impact the Northland

Essentia Health Reports a Steady Stream of Flu Related Hospitalizations

DULUTH, Minn. – This year has been a worse than normal flu season across the country. The Center for Disease Control says there have been more flu hospitalizations this winter than in any of the past six years. According to Essentia Health Duluth, this is one of the most severe flu seasons we’ve had in quite a while. Doctors there…

Former Vikings Players Watch the Super Bowl in Duluth

Pier B Resort Hosted Five Former Vikings as They Watched the Game with Fans

DULUTH, Minn. – Some Vikings legends were in Duluth Sunday night watching the big game with some of their fans. Pier B Resort hosted former Vikings players Tommy Kramer, Robert Tate, Keith Millard, and Henry Thomas. The players met with fans and signed autographs, then sat back and watched the Super Bowl with some of their Duluth faithful. “These people…

Football Fans Watch Super Bowl LII in Duluth

Northland Fans Cheered for the Patriots and Eagles in the Big Game

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers may not have made it to the Super Bowl this year, but Northlanders were out at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Duluth enjoying the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. FOX 21 spoke to Patriots fan Colton Sanders while he cheered his team on during their Super Bowl…

310 Pub Opening in Canal Park

Pub Is at the Former Grizzly's Location

DULUTH, Minn. – 310 Pub is opening on Friday at the site of the former Grizzly’s Saloon and Grill in Canal Park. Wednesday the pub held a soft open to get ready for the weekend where they offered free food to invited guests. 310 has the same owner as 7 West Taphouse and Grizzly’s. His new restaurant has a lot…

NorShor Theatre Officially Opens

Thursday Night is the Historic Duluth Theatre's First Performance of Mama Mia

DULUTH, Minn. – The NorShor Theatre officially opened Wednesday. The velvet rope was unhooked, ushering in a new era for the historic art-deco theatre. The restoration process has taken several years including nineteen months of renovations. “This was kind of an old, tired, dilapidated icon in our downtown and to have the ability to come in and restore it to…

Video Vision in West Duluth Closing

Video Vision Superior Remains Open

DULUTH, Minn. – One of the last video rental stores in the region is closing its doors for good this week. Video Vision opened thirty-five years ago and once had six locations across the Twin Ports. Their Superior store remains open but as their Spirit Valley location closes this week, so does a once-successful industry in Duluth. “We were the…

Duluth’s ‘Cold Front February’ Kicks Off Thursday

Event Encourages Duluthians to Enjoy Winter Activities

DULUTH, Minn. – The first-ever Cold Front February is coming to Duluth later this week. The event kicks off with a festival in Canal Park this Thursday through Sunday. The festival has vendors and entertainment plus all kinds of outdoor activities like a sliding hill and ice rink to help Duluthians get out and enjoy winter. “It doesn’t have to be…

Beargrease Teams Rest Before Continuing Journey

Team Handlers Prepare Mushers and Dogs for the Next 200 Miles

GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. – The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is about halfway done. Teams rested in Grand Portage before the second leg of their journey. As mushers and dogs took a well deserved eight hour rest in Grand Portage, the team handlers were at work preparing the teams for another two hundred miles of racing. While the dogs pull…

Beargrease Mid Distance Racers Cross Finish Line

Martha Schouweiler Wins Race for Fourth Straight Year

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – It’s a night of celebration for the winners of the Beargrease mid-distance race who crossed the finish line Monday morning. Martha Schouweiler won the mid-distance race for the fourth consecutive year. Last year, her team completed the first ever three-peat and they extended that record Monday. Shouweiler says a lot goes in to building a champion…

Man Stabbed Repeatedly; Police Believe Crime Is Random

20-year-old Male Victim Being Treated for Multiple Stab wounds; 23-year-old Male Suspect in Custody

DULUTH, Minn. – Early this morning, a man was stabbed at least twelve times in his home. Duluth Police believe the suspect entered the victim’s home through an unlocked door and began stabbing him while he was sleeping in bed. It’s believed that the suspect randomly entered the victim’s residence and the suspect and victim did not know each other….

Champ, UMD Hockey Players Visit Children’s Hospital

Each Kid Got a "Champ" Bobblehead Gift

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids in the Essentia Health Children’s Hospital got some special visitors today. UMD mascot Champ and some of the UMD Men’s Hockey players stopped in kids’ hospital rooms, talking with them and keeping them company for a little while. “It’s refreshing because you see the same nurses, same people every day,” said Bailey Eich, a cancer patient…

Lake Superior Ice Festival Happening This Weekend

Superior Festival Will Include a Kids Zone, Snow Slide, and Pond Hockey Tounrnament

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Lake Superior Ice Festival is coming this weekend to Barker’s Island in Superior. This year’s festival will include a “kids zone” with craft activities and ice princesses for the kids to meet. The festival will also have live ice carving, a snow slide, a pond hockey tournament, and many more activities. “The community has gotten behind…

Fit Families Program Challenges People to Drink More Water

Drinking Water Can Help Families Stay Healthy

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Douglas County Fit Families program is encouraging families to drink more water this month. It’s the first of the program’s wellness challenges this year. They say water can help people stay healthy by reducing the amount of sugary drinks they consume. That helps them lose weight and improves dental health. “It’s a thing that anyone can…

Lake Superior Water Level Nears Record High

Next Year's Level Could Be As High or Higher

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior water levels hit near record highs last year. This year, experts predict the lake levels could be just as high or higher. Lake Superior water levels were about a foot above normal last year. The high levels are better for shipping but can have negative effects on the shoreline. According to experts, the October storm…

Great Outdoors: Ice Fishing Enjoyed on Bear Lake

Minnesotans Love the Excitement and Togetherness of the Winter Sport

BARNUM, Minn. – It was a cold day in the Northland, but that didn’t stop anglers from getting out on the frozen lakes to do some ice fishing. Ice shacks dot the frozen surface of Bear Lake in Barnum. “You get depressed if you’re at home. Here, even though you’re still sitting in the ice house, you’re out, you’re doing…

Hotel Pikku to Open in Lincoln Park Craft District

Three Suite Hotel Expected to Open This Spring

DULUTH, Minn. – A new hotel is coming this spring to Duluth’s Lincoln Park Craft District. The Hotel Pikku is being created to give visitors to Duluth a place to stay that highlights what the hotel’s owners love about the city. Located on the 1900 block of West Superior Street right above Hemlocks Leatherworks, the little hotel will soon be…

Wisconsin Arts Board Seeking Input for Strategic Plan

Arts Board Officials Met With Artists and Community Members in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin Arts Board is creating its strategic plan for the next three years. The plan will outline where the board will invest in the state’s arts and creative sector. Monday, Arts Board officials met with artists and community members in Superior. The board is asking them for input about where to direct their resources in Northern…

Blush Offers a New Space for Artists in Duluth

Bar and Event Venue Is All About Making People Feel Welcome

DULUTH, Minn. – Since last summer, there’s been another artist run venue in Downtown Duluth. Blush was founded by members of the Duluth music scene to create an inclusive space for artists on First Avenue West in Downtown Duluth. Since last August, Blush has offered performances and gallery showings by artists for artists. “It’s not really like heavily invested in…

Vikings Fans React to NFC Championship Game

Though Their Team Lost, Vikings Fans Will Always Remain Loyal

DULUTH, Minn. – “This was supposed to be the season but if it’s not, it’s not, but I still support my Vikings. Absolutely. All the time. Every day.” Faces of disappointment Sunday night for Minnesota Vikings fans after the Philadelphia Eagles take a win to head to the Super Bowl. Like many bars and restaurants across Duluth, all eyes were glued…

Minnesota Liquor Stores Busy on Championship Sunday

Sunday Is Usually a Slow Day at Bottle Shops, But Not When the Vikings Play

DULUTH, Minn. – Liquor stores in Minnesota are finding a boost in sales now that liquor sales are allowed on Sundays throughout the state. Employees at Shanty Bottle Shop in Duluth say football fans have been in a lot the past two weeks buying their favorite beer and spirits to cheer on the Vikings. “Sundays, I mean, compared to the…

Local Volunteers Working Super Bowl Events

Several Northlanders Are Part of "Crew 52" Providing Event Hospitality in Minneapolis

DULUTH, Minn. – Local volunteers will be working around the Super Bowl in Minneapolis providing guest services for tourists coming to town. Friday, the local volunteers met near the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth. They are some of the 10,000 “Crew 52” members who will help with hospitality at the Super Bowl and the events leading up to the game….

Birkebeiner Organizers Say 2018 Conditions Are Near Perfect

Last Year's Cross Country Ski Race Was Cancelled Because of Lack of Snow

HAYWARD, Wis. – Cross country skiers are excited to hear about snow in the forecast. Organizers of the American Birkebeiner tell us the trails are in really good shape and that the conditions are nearly perfect for the February ski race. “Snow on the ground is really an economic driver in the north woods and it helps with restaurants, it…