Matt Van Winkle

Duluth Grill Opens Fresh Grocery Counter

The new addition features items like the restaurant's condiments and dressings to entrees such as their house smoked salmon and homemade pasties

DULUTH, Minn. – A well-known Northland restaurant is expanding its services to accommodate customers on the go. The Duluth Grill recently opened up a new fresh grocery counter, which features items like the restaurant’s condiments and dressings to entrees such as their house smoked salmon and homemade pasties. Many of Duluth Grill’s customers are tourists heading up the North Shore,…

Minnesota Officials Draft New School Achievement Plan

Duluth Public Schools plans to focus more on student attendance under the updated plan

DULUTH, Minn. – At the state and federal level schools current rely solely on test scores to measure student achievement. Minnesota officials have drafted a new plan that would look at more ways to assess performance in the classroom. The plan calls for evaluating schools based on state test scores, the number of students who move up a level on…

MnDOT Answers Questions Regarding Upcoming Mesaba Avenue Project

Next spring, construction will begin on an $8 million project along the Mesaba Avenue corridor near Interstate 35

DULUTH, Minn. – MnDOT officials met with the public Tuesday to discuss an upcoming project that will impact a busy stretch of Duluth roads. Next spring, construction will begin on an $8 million project along the Mesaba Avenue corridor near Interstate 35. One of the main issues that will be addressed is the dangerous weave situation between westbound Superior Street…

Morgan Park Man Rescues Drowning Woman on Saint Louis River

Noah VanRiper overheard an emergency on his scanner and rushed to the river near Blackmer Park

DULUTH, Minn. – A Morgan Park man is being called a hero after he saved a woman from committing suicide yesterday. 36–year–old Noah VanRiper overheard an emergency on a scanner and rushed to the Saint Louis River near Blackmer Park. It was there he found a 52–year–old woman trying to drown herself in the river. VanRiper told officers at the…

Blue Skies Clear the Way for Start of Bayfront Blues Festival

The annual festival is one of the largest outdoor music events in the upper Midwest

DULUTH, Minn. – It was nothing but blue skies for the start of the 29TH Annual Bayfront Blues Festival Friday night. The event features more than 30 different blues acts from acoustic to gospel. The festival draws more than 20,000 fans each year who take in live music from two different stages through the weekend. Many people make the trip…

Agencies Work Together to Prepare for Water Rescues on Lake Superior

Thursday’s incident on Park Point also has agencies discussing more joint training

DULUTH, Minn. – Several agencies helped the Saint Louis County Rescue Squad search for the Fuglies. One of those agencies, the Duluth Fire Department, regularly trains for these types of situations. The department also trains with groups like the U.S. Coast Guard and the county rescue squad. Those sessions give each agency a sense of who does what well. “It…

FEMA Grant Helping Repair Flood-Damaged Lincoln Park

Over the next couple months, crews will be working to widen parts of the stream and fix the stone wall eroded by the flood.

DULUTH, Minn. – The floods of 2012 left many Duluth neighborhoods with a large mess to clean up. Lincoln Park, on the city’s west, is still recovering from the damage caused by the large amount of water that rushed through Miller Creek. More than five years later some much needed repairs are finally being made to the historic park. A…

Mighty Machines Event Gives Kids Unique Experience

The 10th Annual Mighty Machines Event was held outside Superior Middle School

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Kids and parent got an up–close look at some heavy machinery today. The 10th Annual Mighty Machines Event was held outside Superior Middle School. Agencies and service groups in the community were all on hand to give families the opportunity to explore many different types of machines. From SWAT vehicles to school buses, professionals spent the evening…

Carlton School District Looking At Next Step After Referendum Fails

Residents rejected both items on the $23.6 million referendum, which included renovating South Terrace Elementary School and building a new high school

CARLTON, Minn. – Voters in Carlton made their voices heard during a special election Tuesday night, shooting down some major proposed changes to the town’s high school and elementary school buildings. Residents rejected both items on the $23.6 million referendum, which included renovating South Terrace Elementary School and building a brand new high school. The superintendent for the Carlton School…

Job Fair Seeking Truck Drivers to Work on North Dakota Oil Fields

Nuverra Environmental Solutions is hosting a job fair at The Suites Hotel in Canal Park starting at 4 p.m

DULUTH, Minn. – A North Dakota–based trucking company will be in Duluth on Thursday looking for drivers who want to work on the Bakken oil fields. Nuverra Environmental Solutions is hosting a job fair at The Suites Hotel in Canal Park starting at 4 p.m. After a resurgence in the oil industry over the past year, the company has a…

Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive to Help Low Income Students in Two Harbors

The drive will help the 40 percent of students in the Lake Superior School District who qualify as low income

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – With the school year fast approaching many kids will be heading to the store to buy school supplies, but for many low income families these expenses can be too much, leaving students at a disadvantage when classes begin. The Head of the Lakes United Way is teaming up with other local organizations to help kids start…

Emily’s Eatery on Knife River Now Open Along Scenic Drive

One of the most popular menu items so far has been the walleye and chips

KNIFE RIVER, Minn. – A popular stop along the North Shore Scenic Drive is back in business. Emily’s Eatery on Knife River opened its doors to the public last week. The restaurant closed down two years ago, but was recently purchased by a group of local investors. After a few months of remodeling, hiring a new staff, and creating a…

Murals Going Up At Cedar Lounge, Earth Rider Brewing

Local artist Tom Napoli is hand painting both murals

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – A mural is being painted outside the Cedar Lounge in Superior Owners of the bar, who are opening the new Earth Rider Brewing later this year, commissioned local artist Tom Napoli to paint the mural. The finished scene will depict a viking ship being carried by a large wave, approaching the stormy shores at Palisade Head. “What…

New Mural Bringing Awareness to Issues Facing American Indians

Two artists from Los Angeles have been working on the mural since early July

DULUTH, Minn. – A new mural is being painted outside the American Indian Community Housing Center on Second Street in Duluth. For the past three weeks, two artists from Los Angeles have been putting their talents on display with the hopes of spreading a message of issues facing American Indian people. “The floral is a beautiful tradition part of the…

First Responders Test Water Rescue Drones for Use on Lake Superior

The Duluth Fire Department is looking at purchasing the drones to cut down on response times during emergency situations on the water

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department got a firsthand look Tuesday at some new technology that would assist with water rescues. Firefighters and first responders took part in a demonstration on Lake Superior, showcasing  the state-of-the-art water drones, also known as EMILY (Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard). Each year, the Duluth Fire Department responds to an average of six water…

Historic Cloquet Wood Manufacturing Plant Shuts Down

The factory employed 85 workers who made Diamond Brands matches and toothpicks

CLOQUET, Minn. – Cloquet has long been known as “The City of Wood Industries” but on Monday one of the cities’ oldest manufacturers of Diamond brand products, like matches and toothpicks, sent its 85 workers home for the last time. When the company, formerly known as Jarden Brand, was sold in May of this year, employees found out they would…

‘Wednesday Night at the Races’ Keeping Kids Active

Kids 14 and younger got to race against others in their age group

DULUTH, Minn. – A popular summer tradition that keeps kids active has started back up. Wednesday Night at the Races kicked off at Duluth East High School’s Ordean Stadium. Kids 14 and younger got to race on the track against others in their age group. Grandma’s Marathon puts on this free event each year through its Young Athletes Foundation to…

Arrowhead Road Construction Begins Monday in Hermantown

Engineers say this is one of the busiest county roads in the area, with about 13,000 cars passing through every day

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Construction is set to begin on a busy stretch of road in Hermantown. Starting Monday, Saint Louis County crews will start work along West Arrowhead Road near Highway 53 to help improve the flow of traffic and safety in that area. Engineers say this is one of the busiest county roads in the area, with about 13,000…

Mining, BWCA Supporters Make Final Cases in Copper-Nickel Land Use Debate

Virgina High School was packed Tuesday for the last public hearing in front of the U.S. Forest Service

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The auditorium at Virginia High School was packed this evening with hundreds showing up to voice their opinions of the U.S. Forest Service’s proposal to withdraw 234,000 acres of federal land around the boundary waters that would be used for future copper–nickel mining. It’s an issue that’s been debated back and forth, ever since the forest service…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Britta Lynn Design Handmade Jewelry

Britta Kauppila creates custom rings, necklaces, and earrings in her Duluth studio

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland is home to many artists with a variety of different skills. Britta Kauppila is making a career of her talent, working with as a metalsmith. “I love working with my hands,” says Kauppila. “I love to just create things.” On a typical day at her studio inside the Armory Fire Arts Building it’s not uncommon…

City Council Approves Gender Neutral Bathrooms on Park Point

Duluth city councilors voted unanimously to designate the two new bathrooms at the Lafayette Community Center as gender neutral

DULUTH, Minn. – New bathrooms at Park Point’s Lafayette Community Center will be gender neutral. During a special session Friday afternoon, Duluth city councilors voted unanimously to designate the two new bathrooms as gender neutral. The councilors tabled a vote during Monday’s meeting after councilor Gary Anderson spoke out about the original plan not including a gender neutral facility. “I’m…

Duluth Coffee Company Set to Open New Bar, Roasting Facility

The new space will also allow them to bring in a larger roaster, which will help make five times as much fresh coffee

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Coffee Company is close to opening up a new addition next to its downtown cafe. The expansion will feature a bar, showcasing local beer on tap and distilled spirits. The new space will also allow them to bring in a larger roaster, which will help make five times as much fresh coffee. Owner Eric Faust…

New Trail to Connect Lincoln Park Middle School to Duluth Traverse

Volunteers worked to cut out the 700 foot trail from the hillside behind the school

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of cyclists traded in their bikes for shovels Thursday. Volunteers with COGGS , the Duluth Composite Team, and city staff spent the evening building a new trail, which will connect Lincoln Park Middle School up to the Duluth Traverse. The school approached COGGS with the idea for the trail hoping to get more kids from…

Mike Letica Honored for Service to Community Organizations

Mayor Emily Larson proclaimed July 19, 2017 as Mike Letica Day in the city of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Families in West Duluth spent this warm summer evening by coming together to celebrate the community. A Day at the Wade helped raise thousands of dollars to support youth organizations in Duluth. Mike Letica helped organize the fundraising event and was surprised with a proclamation by Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and the Duluth Police Department, for his…

Duluth Business University To Close After 126 Years

DBU Is The Twin Ports' Oldest College or University

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Business University announced exclusively to FOX 21 Tuesday that it will be closing its doors next year after 126 years of education in the Twin Ports, as FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports. “We didn’t do anything wrong. We are victims of some very poor handling by the government. It was a lynching. It was an ambush,”…

Hermantown Man Refurbishes Old Bikes to Give Free to Families

Mike Blatnik has turned a passion for fixing things in to a way to give back to his community

GARY NEW DULUTH, Minn. – For many families buying new bikes can be too much of a financial burden, which is why Mike Blatnik decided to put his passion for fixing things to good use. Most days you can find the Hermantown man with a wrench in hand, tucked away in his garage. “I’m just putting tires on it, put…

Humane Society of Douglas County Responding to Second Cat Hoarding Case This Year

The shelter has already brought in 40 cats from the home in the Village of Superior

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Humane Society of Douglas County is working through its second large case of cat hoarding this year. In late June, the Superior Police Department responded to a home in the Village of Superior. Since then, more than 40 cats have been taken t0 the shelter. The cats are currently being assessed for health needs, some are suffering from respiratory…

Dick Reder Golf Scramble Raises Money for Superior Public Library

This year's tournament raised more than $10,000 to help expand the library's youth areas

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Golfers teed it up for a good cause at Superior’s Nemadji Golf Club on Friday. The 25th Annual Dick Reder Golf Scramble supported the Superior Public Library’s upcoming remodeling project. Brothers Rich and Paul Reder started the tournament to honor their father, who loved helping youth charities. “He never wanted to see a kid left out,” said…

Lincoln Park Program Helping Kids Make Healthier Choices

The Power of Produce club gives $2 to kids who visit the Lincoln Park Farmers' Market

DULUTH, Minn. – A new program started today over in West Duluth that’s aimed at helping kids making healthier choices when deciding what food to eat. The Power of Produce (PoP) club gives $2 to kids who visit the Lincoln Park Farmers’ Market to spend on fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables. Community Action Duluth joined together with the St….

“A Day At The Wade” Fundraiser Next Week

All proceeds go right back to supporting youth programs in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – A fundraiser to help support local youth organizations takes place next Wednesday. A Day at the Wade will feature live music, food and special vendors with all proceeds going right back to help youth programming in Duluth. One of those organizations recently got a helping hand from some generous donations. Kids from the Valley Youth Center will…

Pike Lake Watercraft Cleaning Station Helps Prevent Invasive Species

The waterless system comes equipped with a blower, vacuum and hand tools

CANOSIA TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Boaters on Pike Lake now have a new tool to help prevent the spread of invasive species. A state–of–the–art watercraft cleaning station was recently installed at the lake’s boat launch. The group CD3 designed the station with the Northland in mind, by offering a simple way for people to clean, drain and dry their boats, all…

Artists Paint Duluth Scenery for Paint du Nord Outdoor Art Festival

Artist's work will be on display Friday night at Blacklist

DULUTH, Minn. – 34 artists from around the country are taking part in the Plein Aire Duluth: Paint du Nord outdoor painting festival this week. Artists have been working their way through the city, capturing different aspects of Duluth’s beauty. Wednesday’s backdrop was Glensheen Mansion, where artists were scattered throughout the grounds with their paint and canvases. “Today I want…

Bullying Reports Increase Slightly in Duluth Schools

According to the district, 96 cases were reported by students, parents and staff.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Public Schools has released numbers of bullying incidents from the 2016-17 school year. According to the district, 96 cases were reported by students, parents and staff. Duluth middle schools saw the most instances with 51 bullying reports. Elementary schools followed with 26 incidents and high schools with 19. These numbers are up slightly, compared to the…

Miller Hill Subaru Donates Blankets to Cancer Center

The car dealership also donated a dozen craft kits for pediatric cancer patients

DULUTH, Minn. – Cancer patients at Essentia Health were given a special gift today. The staff at Miller Hill Subaru delivered 80 blankets to the Cancer Center, as well as some hand written notes from some of their customers. The blankets will help provide warmth to patients, especially those undergoing treatment. Charlene Buescher was given just two weeks to live…

Head of the Lakes Fair Underway in Superior

Carnival rides, games and food will be out at the fairgrounds through Sunday.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – One of Superior’s biggest summer attractions is now underway. The Head of the Lakes Fair kicked off Monday evening. Carnival rides, games and food will be out at the fairgrounds through Sunday. Festivities got started with some dirt track racing over at the AMSOIL Speedway. “I think it’s all the grilling that brings people in” said Jodi…

Local Card Shop Reacts to NFL Star’s Fake Autographs

NFL star Dak Prescott is accused of using an autopen to sign hundreds of cards

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – NFL star Dak Prescott is under fire for allegedly using a machine to forge his signature. The quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys is accused of using an autopen to sign hundreds of Panini brand football cards. Over at the Globe News card shop in Superior, owner Tom Unterberger says he’s never seen this happen with sports memorabilia….

The Reader Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Summer Concert Series

Every Thursday through the end of August two musical acts will perform at the park

DULUTH, Minn. – Live music took over Leif Erikson Park Thursday evening as part of The Reader’s Lake Effect Concert Series. Every Thursday through the end of August two musical acts will perform at the park. The concerts are a way to celebrate the magazine’s 20th anniversary in Duluth. “We started it for $1,000 20 years ago” said Bob Boone…

Rural Inns Want to See More Homeshare Regulations

19,000 guests stayed in Airbnb rental homes outside larger metro areas over the past year

New information is out regarding house sharing numbers in rural Minnesota. According to the Airbnb, 19,000 guests stayed in homes outside larger metro areas over the past year, accounting for more than $2 million in earnings. These figures have many small bed and breakfast owners throughout the state asking for more equal regulations against homesharing services. An ordinance was recently…

Concerts on the Pier Kick Off at Glensheen

Local businesses also served up food and drinks at the free event

DULUTH, Minn. – The Concerts on the Pier series kicked off Wednesday night at Glensheen Mansion with live music from Duluth’s very own the Boomchucks. Some set up chairs along the shoreline, while others arrived by boat and paddle board to enjoy some free entertainment on Lake Superior. “This is one of our most favorite event series of the year,”…

Young Readers Hear Stories from Mounted Patrol Officers

The next Squad Car Story Time at the Duluth Public Library is July 19.

DULUTH, Minn. – Story time was extra special for a group of young readers today. The Duluth Police Department’s mounted patrol unit spent some time reading books to kids in the plaza at the Duluth Public Library this afternoon. Two officers were accompanied by their horses Maggie and Ranger. Squad Car Story Time takes place every other Wednesday at the…

Trailer Storing Fireworks Stolen From Superior Small Business

A trailer filled with $4,000 worth of fireworks was stolen from a shed outside the store

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – An investigation is ongoing in Superior after $4,000 worth of fireworks were stolen from VP Wild Rice Company. Police say somebody broke in to a locked storage shed outside the store and stole a trailer filled with fireworks. The locally–owned business along E. 2nd Street relies on firework sales around the 4th of July to help carry…

Beginners Learn the Basics of Fly Fishing

Duluth's Gitchi Gummi Trout Unlimited chapter teamed up with the shop to host an introductory fly fishing class

DULUTN, Minn., – The Great Lakes Fly Shop turned in to a classroom this week. Duluth’s Gitchi Gummi Trout Unlimited chapter teamed up with the shop to host an introductory fly fishing class. The group purchased new fly rods through a grant from the Minnesota DNR to help with angler recruitment and retention. They hope classes like this will help…

Klobuchar Shows Support for Craft Brewing in Duluth

The U.S. senator is working to lower federal taxes for small craft breweries and distilleries across the country

DULUTH, Minn., – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar was in Duluth on Monday to show support for craft breweries. Alongside local business leaders and local elected officials, Klobuchar met with the owners of Canal Park Brewing Company to discuss how the craft beer industry has helped Minnesota’s economy. Klobuchar is currently working on legislation that would lower federal excise taxes for…

Ashland’s Mural Trolley Back for the Summer

Along the route are 15 hand–painted murals depicting the history of the city

ASHLAND, Wisc. – A popular attraction is back this summer in Ashland. The city’s mural trolley tours started back up last week. Every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer, the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce leads groups around the city’s historic downtown Main Street business district. Along the route, 15 hand–painted murals depicting the history of Ashland. The mural tour…

New Personal Training Studio Opens Downtown Duluth

Eric Franklin opened up the studio to give people a way to get fit without having to go to a public gym

DULUTH, Minn. – A new personal training studio is now open in downtown Duluth. XMT–3 Training is owned and operated by personal trainer Eric Franklin. The studio will be used for personal training, small group classes of 3 to 4 people, and group training sessions of up to 8. Franklin previously trained out of his own home giving 1–on–1 instruction…

Lake Superior Railroad Museum Offering Historic Trolley Rides

The trolley was used in Portugal back in the early 1900s and is similar to ones used in Duluth at the turn of the century

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Railroad Museum has a new attraction that’s giving visitors a look back at Duluth’s past. Trolley rides are now being offered with admission to the museum. This particular trolley was used in Portugal back in the early 1900s. It’s now part of the museum because of similarities to the trolleys used in Duluth at…

Wisconsin DNR Updating Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan

The current plan hasn't been updated since 1988

ASHLAND, Wisc. -The Wisconsin DNR is working to update its management of fisheries on Lake Superior. The current plan hasn’t been updated since 1988, so the Department of Natural Resources is reaching out to stakeholders who actively fish Wisconsin’s Lake Superior waters. Earlier this week, the DNR was in Ashland to do just that. Bradley Ray, a senior fisheries biologist…

Rain or Shine, Mighty Thomas Carnival Begins Thursday

The carnival runs through July 9 in the DECC parking lot

DULUTH, Minn. – The constant rain isn’t stopping The Mighty Thomas Carnival from rolling into Duluth to get rides, food stands and games set up for the next two weeks. Carnival organizers say they’re used to working in all types of weather throughout the country and usually expect some rain when they come to Duluth. “If it rains we will…

Northland Activist Discuss Violence in the Transgender Community

Conversation focused on creating dialogue and and working to find ways to promote equity

DULUTH, Minn. – A conversation was held tonight in Duluth about violence in the transgender community. The group Men As Peacemakers brought together a panel of local advocates to discuss the levels of domestic and sexual violence transgender people face in the Northland. Nicole Vanderheiden, an activist with Transforming Families MN, led the discussion on Wednesday. She says those in…