Matt Van Winkle

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…

Hoops Brewing Opens in Canal Park

The vision of longtime brewer Dave Hoops is now a reality in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s craft beer industry took a giant step forward on Tuesday. The long–awaited Hoops Brewing opened for business in Canal Park. After many months of construction, brewery founder Dave Hoops and his team welcomed the public inside to get the first taste of their beer. What used to be the old Timber Lodge Steakhouse is now a…

Emily’s Restaurant Reopening Along Scenic Highway

The popular Knife River restaurant is expected to open up in mid-July under new ownership

KNIFE RIVER, Minn. – Nearly two years ago the popular Lighthouse at Emily’s in Knife River closed up its doors, but later this summer the restaurant along the North Shore will be opening back up under new management. Earlier this year, a group of investors decided to bring Emily’s back to the community and brought on a young, motivated couple…

Kids Celebrate Community with Random Acts of Kindness

The Superior Public Library hosted the event as part of its "Build A Better World" summer reading program

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Kids in Superior celebrated the community today by creating random acts of kindness. It’s all part of the public library’s goal of teaching children to build a better world. Children had the chance to make stress balls, which will be given to Harbor House. They also put together police officer appreciation bags filled with candy and even…

Firework Sales Taking Off in Wisconsin Ahead of Fourth of July

KG Fireworks Warehouse in South Range is stocking up for its busiest season

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Firework stands in Wisconsin are now opening for Fourth of July festivities. Over at KG Fireworks Warehouse in South Range, walls are lined with more than 300 different types of fireworks. Crews have been bringing in boxes of inventory for the past few weeks to prepare for the busiest season of the year. Staff here says the…

Superior Business Will Temporarily Close During Belknap Construction

Once Again Used & New will close up for about two weeks because of the road closure

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Construction along a portion of Belknap Street in Superior is about to be shut off later this week, leaving some local businesses with some difficult decisions. Store owners have known for years this road construction project would affect them this summer and for some, they’re now facing the reality of what it will mean for their future…

New Walking Tour Showcases Duluth’s Historic Arts & Theater District

The tour will make stops at the Duluth Coffee Company, Lake Superior Art Glass, Blacklist and Zeitgeist

DULUTH, Minn. – A new guided tour is giving visitors a behind the scenes look at Duluth’s Historic Arts and Theater District. The HART of Duluth walking tour was created by The Duluth Experience with hopes to educate visitors and residents about the history of this downtown area and connect them with local businesses. The tour will make stops at…

Neighborhood Remembers Extreme Aftermath of Floodwater

The damage was so severe, Governor Mark Dayton even came to talk with neighbors

DULUTH, Minn. – One Duluth neighborhood was severely damaged by the power of the flood five years ago. People who lived along Vermillion Road woke up to the sound of water gushing through the streets, and witnessed an aftermath that looked more like an earthquake. The road, warped and destroyed from the amount of water that came down the hill…

Grandma’s Restaurant Still Recovering from Record Flood

The restaurant took on nearly three feet of water from nearby Miller Creek

DULUTH, Minn. – Five years ago, relentless rain clogged pipes, overflowed sewers and blew manholes into the air. Miles of roads and streets crumbled and washed out, leaving some stranded and others forced to evacuate. History was made by mother nature on June 19, 2012. Grandma’s restaurant took on nearly three feet of water from nearby Miller Creek, surrounding the…

Kids Get Up-Close View of Bats on Zoomobile Stop

The Lake Superior Zoo brought along an African fruit bat named Webber

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Things got bat–crazy at the Superior Public Library Wednesday afternoon. The Lake Superior Zoo brought along an African fruit bat named Webber as part of the Zoomobile tour. Kids were able to get an up–close look at the bat and learn more about different species found in Minnesota and around the world. “These guys are amazing because…

Superior Elks Hold Annual Flag Day Celebration

The Fraternal Order of Elks mandates that all of its lodges throughout the United States hold the formal ceremony every year

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Superior Elks held their annual Flag Day ceremony on Wednesday. The Fraternal Order of Elks mandates that all of its lodges throughout the United States hold the formal ceremony every year. With help from Boy Scout Troop 213, the elks honored many of the American flags from the Revolutionary War era through the current flag. Those…

Runners Taking Over Twin Ports Ahead of Marathon Weekend

Volunteers are still needed to assist with security around the finish line in Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn. – Just two days until Grandma’s Marathon weekend begins and tonight the runners are already arriving. Nearly 20,000 runners will descend on Duluth for the 5K, half and full marathons. Some people are already checking  in at hotels across the twin ports ahead of the weekend’s events. Staff over at the Park Point Marina Inn tell us their…

Great Outdoors: Minnesota Wildfire Academy

The week-long course is designed to give future firefighters an introduction to the basic practices of combating wildfire situations

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Last week more than 700 students from all across the country came together for the 17th annual Wildfire Academy in Grand Rapids. For Dan Kibat, the academy at Itasca Community College has been about taking in as much information as he can before he starts his first job with the Conservation Corps in Grand Rapids. “Being…

UW-Superior Hosting Summer Theatre Camp

Students will be performing an adapted version of Beauty and the Beast at the end of the camp

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The theatre department at UW-Superior is hosting a summer camp for area students. Over the next two weeks, the group of 6th through 12th graders will go through classes and workshops taught by faculty, local professionals and UWS theatre students. Each student auditioned on Monday for a role in Beauty and the Beast, which they will perform…

Community Paddleboard Event Brings Outdoor Enthusiasts Together

Some beginning paddlers joined in to circumnavigate Barker's Island on Monday

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – It was a perfect day to get out on Lake Superior and that’s exactly what one group was out doing Monday night. The North Shore Standup Paddleboarders held their first community paddle out at Barker’s Island. A few times throughout the summer, Heather Holmes and Garrett Russell lead a group around different areas of Lake Superior. On…

Wizard of Oz Festival Gets Underway in Grand Rapids

Festivities began with a tea party and live music inside Judy Garland's historic childhood home

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – The 42nd annual Wizard of Oz Festival got underway in Grand Rapids on Thursday. Festivities began with a tea party and live music inside Judy Garland’s historic childhood home. Friday night, The Wizard of Oz will play outside on a jumbo screen on the Evergreen Terrace lawn next to the museum. Organizers say this event brings…

Students Get Hands-On Experience at Minnesota Wildfire Academy

Students from nine states throughout the region are going through extensive training to learn about safely combating wildfires

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Hundreds of people are in Grand Rapids this week for the Minnesota Wildfire Academy. Students from nine states throughout the region are going through extensive training to learn about safely combating wildfires. On Thursday, some of the new recruits got to watch a simulated air operation and get hands–on experience of some firefighting basics. Instructors say…

Discounts, Rebates Making Some Electric Cars More Affordable

Minnesota Power customers can get a Nissan Leaf for around $13,000 through the month of June

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Power is hoping to get Duluthians to start thinking green when it comes to driving. Representatives with the company were out at Whole Foods Co–op on Wednesday to promote electric vehicle technology. Through the month of June, Minnesota Power is offering a $10,000 discount to customers who buy a Nissan Leaf electric car. Along with a…

Minnesota Power Announces Plans for Natural Gas Plant in Superior

The $700 million plant would be built along the Nemadji River in Superior's industrial corridor

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Minnesota Power announced some big plans that would bring a $700 million natural gas power plant to Superior. If approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the proposed Nemadji Trail Energy Center would start construction as early as 2020 and come online in 2025. The project would bring hundreds of construction and industry jobs, 26 full0time plant…

Great Outdoors: Roger Peterson Little League Tournament

26 teams from across the region came together in Duluth to take part in the annual West Duluth tournament

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of youth baseball players from across the Northland were in Duluth this past weekend for Western Duluth Little League’s annual Roger Peterson Baseball Tournament. In tonight’s Great Outdoors, Fox 21’s Matt Van Winkle shows us to the sights and sounds from the diamonds.

Group Voices Equity Concerns to Duluth School Board

The Community–Based School Equity Initiative gathered outside the administrative offices after becoming aware of some of the district's plans for next school year

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of parents and educators are voicing their concerns to the Duluth School Board. They’re upset about a number of inequities and unmet needs kids are facing in the district. Monday afternoon, the Community–Based School Equity Initiative gathered outside the administrative offices after becoming aware of some of the district’s plans for next school year. Among…

Crabby Ol’ Bill’s Open for the Season in Canal Park

New owners have revamped the menu, but the mini donuts are here to stay

DULUTH, Minn. – A Canal Park staple is now open for the season. With a fresh coat of paint and a new owner, Crabby Ol’ bill’s opened up today at noon. The popular waterfront spot has revamped its menu, but don’t worry, the mini donuts aren’t going anywhere and people were lined up Friday to get their orders in. “I…

Driver Headed Wrong Way on Bong Bridge Causes Fatal Accident

Another multi-vehicle crash occured just 3 miles away around the same time

DULUTH, Minin. – Traffic around the Twin Ports came to a halt this evening as emergency crews responded to a number of serious crashes. The first happened around 5:30 p.m. on the Bong Bridge near the Wisconsin and Minnesota state line. A state trooper on scene told Fox 21 a car heading the wrong way in the westbound lane hit…

Dayton Vetoes Legislative Funding, Republicans Prepare for Legal Fight

House republicans are calling the governor's move unconstitutional and are threatening to sue

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota governor Mark Dayton signed the state’s budget and bonding bills Tuesday to avoid a state government shutdown, but now, he’s taking some serious heat after deciding to veto funding to the house and senate as a way to get lawmakers to fix some key issues included in the bills. House republicans are calling this move unconstitutional…

Great Outdoors: Duluth Women Mountain Bike 101

The class was created to help get more women interested in the growing sport

DULUTH, Minn. – As the popularity of mountain biking continues to grow in Duluth, more and more women are starting to get involved with the sport. At Spirit Mountain, a full class is on hand for a “Ladies Only” Mountain Bike 101 class. “We’re just going to go over balance on your bike, braking, shifting a little bit,” said Dee…

Vietnam Veterans Remembered on Northland Memorial’s 25th Anniversary

The annual ceremony recognizes the names of the 136 soldiers from the area who lost their lives during the war

DULUTH, Minn. – A memorial service Tuesday evening honored Northland veterans who served in the Vietnam War. The annual ceremony recognizes the names of the 136 soldiers from the area who didn’t get to come home to their families. Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken and a soldier who just returned from overseas spoke about the significance of the Vietnam War…

Duluth Lawmakers’ Hard Work Helps Local Projects Make State Bonding Bill

The bonding bill includes more than $80 million in funding for many big Duluth projects

DULUTH, Minn. – State lawmakers wrapped up a special legislative session by passing a state budget and a nearly billion dollar bonding bill. With the bill awaiting Governor Dayton’s signature, local lawmakers are calling this session a success for projects in Duluth and northeast Minnesota. “There was a lot of uncertainty, so we worked really hard the last few days…

Community Foundation Working to Close Opportunity Gap for Twin Ports Children

The foundation has already provided 10 grants, totaling $1.5 million to local non–profit organizations helping tackle this issue

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation held its annual celebration Wednesday. This year’s theme was” Opportunity Rising.” A panel discussion centered around how groups locally are working to close the opportunity gap between rich and poor children. The foundation has been working since 2015 to make the community more aware of this issue and helping create more…

Gardeners Hoping for Warmer Planting Conditions

Bending Birches Greenhouses has seen some eager gardeners, but the cold, rainy weather has impacted sales

DULUTH, Minn. – Below average conditions around the Northland have led to a slow start to planting season. Bending Birches Greenhouses opened up May 1st and have seen some eager gardeners, but overall the weather has impacted sales. Jahn Hibbs, the greenhouse manager and grower at Bending Birches says it’s best to wait until the first week of June, when…

Art Show Pays Tribute to Bob Dylan

The 7th Annual Duluth Dylan Fest continued Monday with a Bob Dylan–themed art show at Zeitgeist Café

DULUTH, Minn. – The 7th Annual Duluth Dylan Fest continued Monday with a Bob Dylan–themed art show at Zeitgeist Café. Local artists paid tribute to the music icon with photos, paintings and other creative pieces of art centered around Dylan. Ed Newman helped curate the art show. He says it’s a great tribute to Duluth’s native son, who was has…

Lakewalk Mini-Master Plan Will Focus on Safety, Infrastructure

The group Friends of the Lakewalk met Thursday to discuss ways to improve the trail

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lakewalk is one of the most used trails in Duluth, which is why the city is looking at ways to preserve and improve it. The lakewalk  mini–master plan is in its initial inventory stage. Crews were out today looking at the existing infrastructure of the trail, noting possible areas of improvement. Later this fall, the city’s…

Duluth Fire Engine Struck At Crash Scene Helped Protect Responding Crews

Firefighters say they specifically park trucks in front of accidents to protect responding rescue crews

DULUTH, Minn. – We’re getting a closer look at the damage a Duluth fire truck sustained while responding to an accident earlier this week. Late Tuesday night, a man lost control of his motorcycle while riding down Central Entrance Road. Shortly after, in the same location, another man lost control of his vehicle and struck a police car and fire…

A & Dubs Drive-In Open for the Season

Cars lined up Wednesday at the West End staple to place orders for burgers, fries, and ice cold root beer

DULUTH, Minn. – A & Dubs is back open for the season! The popular West Duluth drive-in was packed all day with cars lining up outside for an order of burgers and fries. “They’re happy we’re open,” one employee said. “They’re ready for our root beer.” The seasonal restaurant has been a staple in the west end for more than…

Race Season Kicks Off Friday at AMSOIL Speedway

Late models, modifieds and super stock races will all be featured at the season opener

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Races at AMSOIL Speedway in Superior kick off this Friday in Superior. Late models, modifieds and super stock races will all be featured at the season opener. Tonight, some of the drivers got in some practice runs for the first time this year. AMSOIL Speedway’s race director Bobby Wherritt says a lot of time has been put…

SOAR Career Solutions Recognizes Hired Clients at Celebration

The non-profit has helped employ 11,000 people since it started in 1980

  DULUTH, Minn. – SOAR Career Solutions recognized the hard work of its newly hired clients. The Duluth-based career planning center held its 2nd Annual Reach Hire! Celebration & Fundraiser Tuesday night at Zeitgeist. SOAR has been in the community since 1980 and has helped more than 11,000 individuals gain employment. The non–profit organization works with people of all backgrounds…

Duluth School Board Questions Proposed Cost of Playground Mulch Removal

The $1.2 million bid was twice the amount estimated by the consultant working with the district

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School Board met Monday as part of a business committee meeting to discuss a controversial topic that’s been going on for the last couple years. The issue stems from safety concerns brought up by parents, regarding the rubber mulch used at the district’s nine school playgrounds. Concern was shared among board members about the proposed…

St. Scholastica Celebrates Start of Physician Assistant Program

The PA program is Minnesota's first, north of the Twin Cities

DULUTH, Minn. – The College of St. Scholastica now offers more options for health care students. A physician assistant program starts next fall. The program accepted 30 full-time students for courses at the CSS Health Science Center. Today, incoming students, faculty, and officials from the school celebrated the program’s accreditation. “I think that’s probably what excited me the most is…

St. Scholastica Student Helps Raise Money for Volunteer Gardener

The goal is to raise $500 for new gardening tools

DULUTH, Minn. – A Saint Scholastica student is raising money to help out a good Samaritan in her neighborhood. Last summer, Lindsay Monson came across an elderly woman named Rosemary, who spends her day cleaning up parks in the Duluth community. Monson wanted to do something to give back to her neighbor before she graduates in a few short weeks….

Duluth YMCA Gets People Moving on Walking Wednesdays

The walks will start each Wednesday through the month of May

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth YMCA is doing its part to get people moving more throughout the month of May. Anybody is invited to take part in “Walking Wednesdays”. It’s all part of the city’s Bus Bike Walk month. Wednesday night, a group of walkers made its way from the YMCA down to Canal Park. Organizers say it’s a great…

Folk School Hosts Beginner Bike Maintenance Class

Instructors gave hands-on lessons to bikers, showing them how to properly fix breaks and gears, as well as how to change a flat tire

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re just getting your bike out for the season, it might be time for a little tune up. This evening, the Duluth Folk School hosted a beginner bike maintenance class. Instructors gave hands-on lessons to bikers, showing them how to properly fix breaks and gears, as well as how to change a flat tire. Organizers say…

Event Focuses on Importance of Listening

Community members took part in training sessions where they applied different listening techniques

The Duluth–Superior Area Community Foundation hosted a Soup and Civility discussion Monday night to help people become better listeners. Community members took part in training sessions where they applied different listening techniques. The Foundation wants people to see that disagreeing with someone is an opportunity to start positive discussions and understand a new perspective. “Listening is a lost art,” says…

Rally Dedicated to Missing, Murdered and Trafficked Indigenous Women

The event was dedicated to Sheila St. Claire, who was last seen in September of 2015

DULUTH, Minn. – Rain showers Monday afternoon didn’t stop people from paying respect to a missing Duluth woman. The annual Rally for Missing, Murdered, and Trafficked Indigenous Women was dedicated to Sheila St. Claire, who was last seen in September of 2015. Shawn Carr, with the group “Idle No More” helped organize the rally. He hopes events like this will…

Lyft Officially Launches Rideshare Service in Duluth

Morgan Nygaard was the first Lyft driver out on the streets picking up riders

DULUTH, Minn. – Ride share services have officially launched in the city of Duluth. Lyft activated its app to drivers Thursday evening, allowing people to start requesting rides. Around 5 p.m. this evening, Morgan Nygaard became the first  Lyft driver. Nygaard picked up our FOX 21 crew on London Road in his Volkswaggen Passat. The Duluth native says he signed…

Lake Superior College Awards $40,000 in Scholarships to Students

Scholarships were awarded to 50 students during a ceremony Thursday afternoon

DULUTH, Minn. – It was an exciting day for a group of students over at Lake Superior College. More than $40,000 in scholarships were awarded to 50 students during a ceremony Thursday afternoon. Each year, LSC gives students the opportunity to apply for a variety of scholarships to help make paying for college a little easier. Tim Donaldson received the…

Lyft Officially Launches Rideshare Service in Duluth

Morgan Nygaard was the first Lyft driver out on the streets picking up riders

DULUTH, Minn. – Ride share services have officially launched in the city of Duluth. Lyft activated its app to drivers Thursday evening and allowing people to start requesting rides. Around 5 p.m. this evening, Morgan Nygaard became the first  Lyft driver. Nygaard picked up our FOX 21 crew on London Road in his Volkswaggen Passat. The Duluth native says he…

Uber Has Filed Paperwork to Operate in Duluth

Uber Still Waiting on Approval from City

DULUTH, Minn.-Yesterday we reported Lyft has already filled out the proper paperwork to operate in Duluth, which means they should be up and running by this weekend. Today we are told by Uber, that they have also now filled out the proper paperwork, but don’t have a set date for when they will launch. Uber said they are still waiting…