Matt Van Winkle

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…

Duluth Workforce Center Looking to Display Local Art

The employment resource center plans to feature about 10 different pieces from artists in the community

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Workforce Center is looking for local artists to help spruce up its blank, white walls. The employment resource center downtown plans to feature about 10 different pieces from artists in the community. Right now, they’re looking for submissions of different types, including canvas, photography, and drawings that will fill the walls of its resource room….

Rideshare Services Expected to Hit Duluth Streets By This Weekend

So far Lyft is the only company to file the needed paperwork to operate in the city

DULUTH, Minn. – Rideshare services will officially be allowed to operate within the city of Duluth beginning Thursday. Uber and Lyft have already started hiring drivers and putting vehicles through required inspections. Neither company has announced an official launch date, but Duluth city councilor Noah Hobbs tells us Lyft has filed all the needed paperwork to operate in the city,…

Florists Suggest Waiting for Warmer Weather to Plant Annuals

The Engwall Garden Center will open back up for the season next Monday

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Weather like what most in the Northland saw on Wednesday probably doesn’t have many people thinking about gardening. However, over at Engwalls in Hermantown, they are gearing up for planting season. Florists say trees, shrubs and perennials are safe to get in the ground right now, but encourage people to hold off on planting any of those…

Concerned Residents Focus on Ending Poverty in Two Harbors

A group in the community started the program Beacons of Hope with a goal of tackling some key issues they believe haveled to increased poverty

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – There’s a growing poverty concern in the small tourist city of Two Harbors and the community is not sitting back on the issue. Residents are taking a proactive approach at putting an end to poverty within the city. A group in the community started the program Beacons of Hope with a goal of tackling some key…

New Spirit Pole Raised at UW-Superior to Honor Anishinaabe Culture

A ceremony was held on campus to honor the indigenous people who once lived on the land the campus sits on

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – A ceremony was held at UW-Superior to honor the indigenous people who lived on the land the campus sits on. Each spring, a new spirit pole is decorated with an eagle feather and colored ribbons, then raised as a symbol of connecting past generations to the present. Today, members of the Lake Superior Chippewa band led a…

Minnesota Couple Collaborates to Create Visual Memoir of Holocaust Survival

Sandra Brick has been working the last 9 years to craft the pieces of art based on her husband Fred Amram's story

DULUTH, Minn. – After narrowly escaping Nazi German with his Jewish family more than 70 years ago, Fred Amram is sharing his story of survival and he’s doing it with the help of his wife. Over the past nine years, Amram’s wife Sandra Brick has been collaborating with her husband, creating pieces of art to help visually tell his story….

CSS Students Design and Promote New Products

Instructors saw this project as a great way to get students real world experience, by bringing many different majors together to collaborate

DULUTH, Minn. – Young Northland inventors showed of their stuff at a St. Scholastica trade show this afternoon. Students from different classes teamed up to develop, market, and promote a brand new product. The project also combined an e–commerce class to design a website and an entrepreneurship class to showcase a business plan for the product. Some ideas students came…

Legacy Glassworks Raises Funds for Chum Homeless Shelter

The shop is also hosting a music festival and silent auction at The Rex bar

DULUTH, Minn. – Local artists are coming together for a good cause on Thursday. Legacy Glassworks in Duluth is hosting their Spring Celebration with live music and glassblowing demonstrations. This year is a little different, as Legacy is helping raise funds for the CHUM homeless shelter. “We like to support the community, and since they’re our neighbors, we like to…

Superior Family in the Running to Appear on Packers Tickets

The photo was selected as a finalist and is now up against four other photos from fans across the country

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – A Superior family needs your help in a competition that could land their kids on the front ofGreen Bay Packers tickets for the upcoming season. The Taylor family submitted a photo of their twin sons, Jaxon and Tavion, wearing their green and gold, into the Packers Ticket Takeover contest. The photo was selected as a finalist and…

Proposed State Funding Would Cause Tuition Increase, Cuts at UMD

State lawmakers plan to make big cuts in funding to University of Minnesota Schools

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota lawmakers are currently working through a spending plan for public colleges in the state. As it stands right now, it appears lawmakers plan to make big cuts in funding to University of Minnesota Schools. For UMD, this could mean an increase in tuition and cuts to university programs. The U of M had requested about $147…

Financial Educators Advise Caution to Students Relying on Loan Forgiveness

There has been growing concern by some students across the country that the program might end

DULUTH, Minn. – The financial aid office at UMD is giving some advice to students about Public Service Loan Forgiveness programs. There has been growing concern by some students across the country that the program might end. A lawsuit was filed last year, questioning the validity of some aspects of public sector non–profits where employees are given loan forgiveness. UMD’s…

DTA Looking to Add Five New Routes, Expand Downtown Trolley Service

Officials tell us the proposed routes are a direct result from community feedback

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority is on the move to expand bus routes within the city. DTA officials tell us the proposed routes are a direct result from community feedback. Those routes include a circle between the Hillside neighborhood and UMD, along with new routes between Lakeside and the Miller Hill Mall and a route on Arlington Road…

Roundabout Proposed At Midway And Maple Grove Roads

T–bone accidents account for up 70-percent of crashes at the intersection

Saint Louis County is hoping to cut down on serious crashes at a busy Hermantown intersection, proposing a single lane roundabout to be installed at Midway and Maple Grove Roads. T–bone accidents account for up 70-percent of crashes at this intersection, making it one of the most dangerous along the Midway corridor. Engineers conducted a study to look at the…

Students Raising Money to Repair Vandalized Playground

4th graders Zack Ellestad and Bryce Twaddle decided to come up with a way to help raise money to fix the damaged court

DULUTH, Minn. – Students at Bay View Elementary are taking action after somebody set fire to the school’s outdoor basketball court and spray painted graffiti on the school. When the kids returned to class on Monday, teachers told them about the damage that occurred to the playground. Two 4th grade students, Zack Ellestad and Bryce Twaddle, decided to come up…

Industry Leaders Talk Future of Mining at Annual Conference

THE SME Conference in Duluth is generating a lot of discussion about where the mining industry is headed

DULUTH, Minn. – Mining industry leaders are in Duluth this week as part of the 90th annual SME Conference at the DECC. The conference features more than 200 companies showing off the latest trends in mining and plenty of discussion about where the industry is headed. “We truly believe we can mine here, we can keep it local, use our…

Community Saddened After Popular South Shore Restaurant Burns Down

Pine Cone Ole's has been a staple in the Wisconsin town of Herbster since the 1920s

HERBSTER, Wis. – Pine Cone Ole’s restaurant and bar in Herbster, Wisconsin is being called a total loss after it caught fire early Monday morning. “It was a great little bar restaurant,” said John Powers, who used to be a cook at the staple along Highway 13. “It was a fabulous meeting place for the locals. It’s quite the hit…

Record-Setting Globetrotters Show Off Their Skills in Duluth

Families got a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with the basketball stars

DULUTH, Minn. – The Harlem Globetrotters were in Duluth Thursday as part of their 2017 World Tour. Before the show started at AMSOIL Arena, families hit the court with some of the players for a once in a lifetime experience. The Globetrotters signed some autographs, took a few photos, and even taught fans a few tricks of their own. “I…

Fourth Street Construction to Resume Monday

Work will be done in phases, starting between 10th and 19th Avenues East

DULUTH, Minn. – Construction on 4th Street in Duluth will pick back up next Monday. Last year, crews completed work to replace old utilities and damaged roads between 6th and 10th Avenue East. Construction will be done in phases, starting between 10th and 19th Avenue East , and continue down to Wallace Avenue as work is completed. That portion of…

Sheet Metal Business Specializing in Custom Design Projects

The business hosted an open house and ribbon cutting Wednesday at their new location in Lincoln Park

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth company is making a name for itself, working on custom projects for other local business. Sheet Metal Solutions hosted an open house and ribbon cutting Wednesday at their new location in Lincoln Park. Last year, Mark and Becky LaTour moved their business from a small workshop at their home, to a new 5,000 square foot…

Local Artists Design Stained Glass Windows for Duluth Chapel

Jim & Barb Collette spent three months assembling 1,300 pieces of glass

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth chapel is looking a little more colorful, thanks to pair of local artists. Four stained glass windows were unveiled Wednesday afternoon at Benedictine Living Community. The senior living center commissioned the work to Barb and Jim Collette, who have been working out of a studio in their home for the last 20 years. The couple…

Duluth Public Schools Facing $2.3 Million Budget Deficit

The distric says it's making every effort to keep any cuts away from the classroom

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Public Schools is looking at more possible cuts as it faces another budget deficit. Declining enrollment is the main factor leaving the district with a nearly $2.3 million dollar budget shortfall. Doug Hasler, Chief Financial Officer with Duluth Public Schools, says the district is working to identify any possible areas to create savings in order to…

Fans Celebrate Special Season with UMD Men’s Hockey Team

April 11, 2017 was declared as Bulldog Hockey Day in Duluth to honor the accomplishments of the team this season

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team finished the year on an incredible run, but came up just short with a tough loss to Denver in the NCAA Frozen Four championship game. Bulldog fans had one final chance to thank the team for a great season. Players and coaches were met with a standing ovation as they entered AMSOIL…

Annual License Fee Set for Rideshare Companies

Uber and Lyft drivers are set to hit the streets on April 27 in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council took another step forward in allowing rideshare services to operate within the city. Councilors unanimously passed a resolution to asses a yearly fee of $3,5000 to companies operating rideshare services in Duluth. With a target launch date of April 27, councilor Noah Hobbs says everything is coming together, as Uber and Lyft drivers will…

Future of Taller Downtown Buildings Discussed at Duluth City Council

City councilor Zack Filipovich wants to see more high density development brought to the downtown area

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth city councilors discussed what the future landscape of downtown Duluth should look like when it comes to buildings. City councilor Zack Filipovich wants to see more high density development brought to the downtown area. Tonight, he proposed a resolution asking council to look at the idea of adding more multi–story buildings to help address the housing…

USPS Stepping Up Awareness of Dog Bite Prevention

According to the USPS, dogs bit four carriers in Duluth last year

DULUTH, Minn. – The U.S. postal service wants to keep letter carriers safe, so the USPS is raising awareness to prevent carriers from being bitten by dogs. Thursday kicked off Dog Bite Prevention Week nationwide. According to the USPS, dogs bit four carriers in Duluth last year. Postal officials remind owners to keep their pets where they won’t come into…

Minnesota Math and Reading Corps Looking for Tutors

The program is looking to hire about 80 tutors to work in participating schools throughout northeast Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – Two statewide programs are looking for people interested in tutoring students for next school year. The Minnesota Math and Reading Corps help students failing to reach basic levels of math and literacy. The program is looking to hire about 80 tutors to work in participating schools throughout northeast Minnesota. Those interested do not need any prior teaching…

Fans Celebrate As UMD Advances to NCAA Championship Game

The Bulldogs edged past Harvard late in the 3rd period on a goal from Alex Iafallo

DULUTH, Minn. – Fans across Duluth are celebrating as UMD has advanced to the NCAA Championship Game. The Bulldogs edged past Harvard 2-1, as Alex Iafallo scored the go-ahead goal with just 26 seconds left in the 3rd period. The Sports Garden in Canal Park was packed with fans, glued to the big screens. Over at UMD, students gathered in…

Nemadji Set to Open West Golf Course Friday

Maintenance and grounds crew have been working nonstop the past few weeks there, removing standing water to help dry out the fairways

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – With above average temps across the Northland, golfers are already getting their swings ready. Nemadji Golf Course in Superior was packed this afternoon. Right now only the driving range and putting surfaces are open, but staff there says they will open the west course this Friday. Maintenance and grounds crew have been working nonstop the past few…

9/11 Mobile Exhibit on Display at Home & Builders Show

The tour helps raise money for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which helps build homes for injured service men and women

DULUTH, Minn. – Visitors to the Arrowhead Home and Builders Show will have a unique opportunity to get an up close view of one of America’s darkest days. The 9/11 Never Forget mobile exhibit will be on display at Pioneer Hall through the end of the week. First responders from the New York City Fire Department will be on hand…

Observation Hill Dog Park Keeping Busy With Nice Weather

Keene Creek and Jean Duluth Parks are closed for at least another week at least because the ground is too soggy

DULUTH, Minn. – This nice weather is bringing people out the dog park on Observation Hill. In Duluth, it’s the only dog park open right now. Keene Creek and Jean Duluth Parks are closed for at least  another week at least because the ground is too soggy. But, it’s all good at Observation Park. The sandy surface is perfect for…

New Exhibit Coming to Children’s Discovery Museum in Grand Rapids

The exhibit includes activities themed around Minnesota's four seasons of life at the lake

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – The Grand Rapids Children’s Discovery Museum will be featuring a new interactive exhibit later this month. On April 22nd, the museum will debut Lake Life. The exhibit includes activities themed around Minnesota’s four seasons of life at the lake. Kids will be able to learn about the environment around them on a fishing dock, a hunting…

Former St. Louis County Rescue Captain Locates Body of Missing St. Cloud Student

Tom Crossmon located the body of Jesse Dady in the Mississippi on Friday

DULUTH, Minn. – On March 25th, 21–year–old St. Cloud State student Jesse Dady went missing . Police believe he may have fallen off a railroad bridge over the Mississippi River. That’s the river where his body was found Friday by retired St. Louis County deputy Tom Crossmon. While crews in St. Cloud worked tirelessly for a week to locate Dady’s…

Minnesota Family Donates Historic Engine to Lake Superior Railroad Museum

The Northshore Scenic Railroad will put the new engine to use right away this summer

DULUTH, Minn. – A piece of Minnesota history has made its way to Duluth. On Thursday, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum received one of the first diesel engines purchased by the Soo Line in the Twin Cities back around 1939. The Number 320 Switch Engine was donated to the museum by the Independent Locomotive Service and the Nesbit Family, who…

Limited Tickets Remaining for Friday’s Taste at Fitger’s

Organizers say you can still purchase tickets online or at the Fitgers Inn

DULUTH, Minn. – The 23rd Annual “Taste at Fitger’s” is Friday night. The event features food and spirits, all crafted by chefs and bartenders from more than 30 Duluth area restaurants. All proceeds collected at the event benefit the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. “If you’re new to Duluth or have been to Duluth and haven’t had the opportunity…