Matt Van Winkle

Duluth Packs Gives Free Socks to Service Men and Women

More than 200 pairs of socks were given away

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Pack honored service men and women Thursday by giving away free pairs of socks. The store teamed up with Darn Tough Vermont Socks as a way to thank current military members, veterans, police officers, EMT, and firefighters in the community. “It’s something a lot of people are excited about,” said Elizabeth Vaughn, with Duluth Pack. “It’s…

31st Annual Duluth-Superior Pride Celebration Begins

Duluth mayor Emily Larson was joined by Superior mayor Jim Paine to show support for the Twin Ports LGBTQ community.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 31st annual Duluth–Superior Pride celebration kicked Thursday night at The Depot with the Mayor’s Reception. Duluth mayor Emily Larson was joined by Superior mayor Jim Paine to show support for the Twin Ports LGBTQ community. Organizers say Duluth–Superior Pride has continued to grow every year, with much of that possible because of the continued recognition from…

Wisconsin Schools Close to Receiving Additional Funding

If approved, the Superior School District says it would just break even for its yearly budget.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Superior schools and other K–12 schools in Wisconsin could see a spending increase over the next two years. On Monday, the state legislature’s budget–writing committee voted to include a $639 million funding increase over the next two years. The heart of Gov. Scott Walker’s education funding proposal would raise per–pupil aid by $200 this year and $204…

Northlanders Continue Gathering Supplies for Flood Victims in Houston

A water and donation drive will also take place Thursday at Denfeld High School from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – People in the Northland are getting geared up and ready to go, loading up an entire semi-truck of donations to help the flood victims in the Houston area. On Wednesday, Northern Light Community Church opened its doors for anybody to drop off donations. Many families stopped by with cases of water and bags filled with toiletries. This…

Harvey Donation Drive Set For Thursday at Denfeld High School

Cash donations, bottled water, air mattresses, toiletries and pet food are all needed

  DULUTH, Minn. – A donation drive for those affected by Hurricane Harvey will be held at Denfeld High School on Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. Mike Letica and other local business leaders are asking the public to drop off cash donations, as well as items like bottled water, air mattresses, toiletries and pet food. This weekend, Letica will…

Minnesota School Trust Land Exchange Discussed at First Public Meeting

The Forest Service would acquire 31,000 acres of Minnesota School Trust land in the Boundary Waters while the state would receive an equal value of federal land on the Superior National Forest

DULUTH, Minn. – The Forest Service held an open house in Duluth Monday to help inform the public about a proposed land exchange in Northeast Minnesota. As part of the deal, the Forest Service would acquire 31,000 acres of Minnesota School Trust land in the Boundary Waters. In return, the state would receive an equal value of federal land on…

Minnesota Power Teams with COGGS to Maintain Duluth Trails

Nearly 40 employees worked to freshen up some wet areas, remove fallen branches and install some erosion control on the trails

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Power employees spent the day giving back to the community. The company teamed up with the Cyclists of the Gitchi Gumee Shores (COGGS) to do some regular maintenance on the Fond du Lac’s Mission Creek trails. Nearly 40 employees worked to freshen up some wet areas, remove fallen branches and install some erosion control on the…

SS Meteor Whaleback Ship Receives National Significance

Wisconsin’s State Preservation Review Board upgraded the Meteor's status because of its importance to the history of shipping in the United States

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – One of Superior’s most well–known attractions took a step closer to becoming a National Historic Landmark this week. The SS Meteor Whaleback Ship on Barker’s Island will now be recognized with a national honor. Previously, the ship was only listed as significant to the state of Wisconsin. On Monday, Wisconsin’s State Preservation Review Board upgraded the Meteor’s…

Tribute Fest Helping Support Homeless Minnesota Veterans

Music began Wednesday night at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – For the next four days live music will take over Bayfront Festival Park for the 9th Annual Tribute Fest. The music  festival, which runs through Saturday, helps raise money and bring awareness to homeless veterans in Minnesota. A variety of artists will cover different genres of music each day of the festival including country, rock and EDM….

Bikers Come Together at Cedar Lounge for Rider Night

The bar will also be the home of Earth Rider Brewery's tap room, which is expected to start pouring beer this fall.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Before the rain came down Monday, it was perfect weather for a motorcycle ride through the Twin Ports. A group of bikers made its way from Duluth to the Cedar Lounge in Superior. Every Monday, the bar hosts “Rider Night” with hopes of bringing like–minded groups of people together to socialize over food and drinks. “Breweries and…

Fundraiser Helps Support Superior’s Old Firehouse and Police Museum

Organizers say this event helps the museum grow and continue to be available to the community

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Families were out for a good cause on Barker’s Island Monday, as Superior Public Museums hosted its annual mini-golf fundraiser. The event helps raise money for the city’s Old Firehouse and Police Museum. Firefighters and police officers from Superior were also on hand at the event to interact with kids and families. Organizers say events like this help…

Classes Begin at Lake Superior College

This year the college is starting its first Private Pilot Ground School to train future pilots.

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday was the first day of classes for students at Lake Superior College. The school’s fall semester officially started with many students visiting the campus book store to pick up required textbooks and laptops. This year the college is starting its first Private Pilot Ground School at LSC’s aviation center. Students back on campus tell us they’re…

Firefighters Battle Flames at Abandoned Duluth Church

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation

DULUTH, Minn. – Just after 4:30 p.m. Thursday evening the Duluth Fire Department was dispatched to the 900 block of East Third Street on reports of a structure fire at an abandoned church. Upon arrival, crews witnessed heavy fire on the main floor of the former Crown Christian Family Church on the city’s East Hillside. At one point flames could…

Duluth Workforce Development Center Hosts Fall Job Fair

More than 30 employers were on hand to talk with anybody looking for a new job or wanting a career change

DULUTH, Minn. – Job seekers had a chance to meet with potential employers in Duluth Wednesday. The city’s Workforce Development Center teamed up with the Minnesota Workforce Center to host its annual Gear Up for Fall Job Fair. More than 30 employers were on hand to talk with anybody looking for a new job or wanting a career change. The…

Larson Holds Community Listening Session, Residents Express Concern Over Proposed Budget Cuts

The plan includes $700,000 in combined cuts to the Duluth’s fire and police departments

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson continued her community listening sessions this evening in West Duluth. Residents and city leaders came together at the Harrison Community Center to learn more about the Larson’s plan for improving Duluth’s streets. Earlier this week, the mayor also announced her proposed city budget for 2018. The plan includes $700,000 in combined cuts to…

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…