Author: Alexandra Burnley

Sen. Tina Smith Introduces Mental Health Legislation As Demand For Therapists Skyrockets

WASHINGTON, D.C./DULUTH, Minn. — U.S. Senator Tina Smith, a Democrat representing Minnesota, wants to expand and support mental health resources with several proposals in Congress as clinics are seeing their patient lists fill up like never before. For Mental Health Awareness Month, Senator Smith posted several tweets on her Twitter page about her own journey with depression. “Having that opportunity…

Bentleyville Building “World’s Largest Lit-Up Iron Snowman” For 2021 Season

DULUTH, Minn. — On Tuesday, the founder of Bentleyville announced that the organization and its partners are building the “world’s largest lit-up iron snowman” that will be a part of the 2021 Bentleyville Tour Of Lights. Founder Nathan Bentley says the lighted snowman will stand at 120-feet-tall with a 50-foot diameter. Bentleyville is partnering with LHB, Braun Intertech, and the…

The Grumpy Goose: A New Vegan Food Truck Rolling Through Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — A new vegan food truck just opened in Duluth, offering comfort food so those with plant-based diets don’t have to miss out. It’s called The Grumpy Goose, and it’s run by owner Josh Gosar and his family. “Through the pandemic, I spent a lot of time sitting at home, working through recipes and things to make,” Gosar…

Duluth’s Authentic Art Deco West Theatre Adding More Concerts, Blockbuster Movies This Summer

DULUTH, Minn. — The West Theatre in Duluth is welcoming back more musical acts this summer. The restored Art Deco theatre from the 1930s, which underwent a $1.5 million renovation in recent years, shut down for awhile during the pandemic, but then re-opened with movies and concerts. This Thursday, a John Denver cover band will be playing there, and then…

BWCA Fire Now Down To 782 Acres

BWCA – Firefighters are making progress controlling the raging flames in the BWCA, saying that while it’s not out yet, it’s “100% contained.” Right now, firefighters on the ground and in aircrafts are working to fight back the edges of the fire, and bringing down the pockets of heat to cooler temperatures. The headway is showing with the number of…

Fishing Tournament Fighting For ALS Patients: “We don’t believe that enough progress has been made”

DULUTH, Minn. — If you want to go fishing while supporting a great cause, you can head out to Island Lake on the first weekend of June. Kolar Toyota is hosting its 26th annual ALS Fishing Tournament on June 5th. For the past 25 years, this tournament alone has raised more than $3.5 million to fight for those diagnosed by…

Fishing Tournament Fighting For Those With ALS: “We don’t believe that enough progress has been made”

DULUTH, Minn. — If you want to go fishing while supporting a great cause, you can head out to Island Lake on the first weekend of June. Kolar Toyota is hosting its 26th annual ALS Fishing Tournament on June 5th. For the past 25 years, this tournament alone has raised more than $3.5 million to fight for those diagnosed by…

NorthlandAlert Used For First Time To Alert Public Of Loose NERCC Inmate

ST. LOUIS CO., Minn. — If you ever want to be aware of emergency situations unfolding in St. Louis County as they happen, you can sign up for NorthlandAlert. It’s a free warning service you can subscribe to and get alerts through emails, texts, and phone calls. It covers many types of emergency situations in the county, and was used…

Wildwoods Sees More Orphaned Animals Coming In, Starts Amazon Registry For Supplies

Click here to buy items from Wildwoods’ Amazon registry, and click here to make a financial donation to the nonprofit.  DULUTH, Minn. — The Wildwoods Rehabilitation Center in Duluth is seeing more orphaned baby squirrels, bunnies, and other animals brought in as the weather warms up, and now the team there has launched an Amazon registry to help collect essential…

National Volunteer Week: St. Luke’s Happy To Welcome Back Volunteers

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s National Volunteer Week, and one healthcare clinic is happy it has its volunteers back in action. St. Luke’s Hospital had to say goodbye to its volunteers who work in the hospital for almost a year after the pandemic hit, but now they’re allowed to return. Volunteers are placed in areas they may want to work. They…

Fisherman’s Corner Under New Ownership

PIKE LAKE, Minn. –The owner of a popular bait and hunting shop in Pike Lake is handing the keys over to someone new. Scott VanValkenburg opened Fisherman’s Corner off Highway 53 in 1985, and now he’s ready to retire. The new owner, Matt King, officially bought the store on Thursday morning. King said owning a shop like this has been…

MN Legislature May Offer $3 Million In Forgivable Loan To Help Restart And Convert Duluth Paper Mill

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota state lawmakers are working on a bill that would bring 80 or more jobs back to Duluth’s Verso paper mill. The mill shut down indefinitely last summer, where 240 employees worked. Verso may also be looking to sell the Duluth mill to another company. This new measure would give the current or future operator up…

Vaccines May Offer Good Protection Against Certain COVID Variants, Not Others

DULUTH, Minn. — The COVID-19 vaccines were all designed to protect people against the virus, but they may not be as effective against some of the variants spreading throughout the world right now. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the vaccines may offer less protection against certain variants such as B.1.351, the variant first discovered in South Africa,…

Essentia Health Donates To CHUM Food Shelf’s Produce Partnership With Local Farmers

DULUTH, Minn. — Essentia Health donated $7,500 to the CHUM Food Shelf in Duluth on Monday. CHUM partners with the Community-Supported Agriculture Guild by buying fresh produce from local farmers, which is then distributed to people in need through the food shelf. Essentia’s donation will go toward that program, with the locally-grown fruits and vegetables adding more nutritional value to…

Two Harbors Dealing With February Natural Gas Price Surge, But Not The Only City With Problem

TWO HARBORS, Minn. — Back in mid-February, many natural gas customers across America were slammed with surging prices as southern states like Texas and Oklahoma were hit with a historic winter storm. That temporary surge in natural gas demand just became clear to residents in Two Harbors opening their utility bills this month. It’s also happening to other natural gas…

Family-Owned Business Expanding To Former Shopko Location In Two Harbors

TWO HARBORS, Minn. — A family-owned Two Harbors business is opening a new location in the city’s former Shopko building, which has been sitting empty since the summer of 2019. The husband-and-wife owners of Seagren’s True Value in downtown Two Harbors will transform the old Shopko into Seagren’s Home, Hardware, and Outdoors. They say they’re going to offer virtually all…

“Finding Answers” COVID-19 Vaccine Special: FOX21 Talks With The Experts

DULUTH, Minn. — FOX21 and other news media outlets in the Northland came together at the DECC on Wednesday to interview experts and community organizers about the vaccine and distributing it to the current priority groups in our community. We spoke with St. Louis County Public Health Division Director Amy Westbrook. Westbrook says that St. Louis County hasn’t lost a…

WI State Superintendent Primary: Underly And Kerr Advance To General Election

WISCONSIN — The field of seven candidates for Wisconsin’s Superintendent of Public Instruction race has been narrowed down to two. With 95% of precincts reporting at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, the AP has called the race for Jill Underly and Deborah Kerr. At this hour, Underly has 88,074 votes, or 27.4% of the vote, with Kerr trailing close behind with…

Duluth Hits New Record With Opioid Deaths; Police Working On Treatment Efforts

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth Police say the city had its highest number of deaths from opioid overdoses in 2020, ever since they began tracking the numbers back in 2013. 20 people died from suspected overdoses, with some deaths still needing to be confirmed with toxicology reports. Duluth had a total of 213 overdoses in 2020, which is actually more than…

Duluthian Uses Big Instagram Following to Teach Government Studies And Give Back

DULUTH, Minn.  – A Duluth woman is using her background as a former U.S. government studies teacher to not only educate her large Instagram following, but to do some good as well. Sharon McMahon spent years teaching U.S. government studies in different corners of the country and now runs a photography business in Duluth. This past fall, her passion for…

Sen. Amy Klobuchar To Speak At Presidential Inauguration She Helped Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Amy Klobuchar will play a big role in Wednesday’s presidential inauguration. The senator from Minnesota is on the Senate Rules Committee as the lead Democrat, and a member of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. She will be joining President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at a small church service in the morning,…

Facebook Group “Duluth Does Veganuary!” Challenges Locals To Try Plant-Based Diets

DULUTH, Minn. — A Facebook group called “Duluth Does Veganuary!” is challenging Northlanders to try giving up meat and dairy for the month of January. The group, now in its second year, has more than 650 members and encourages everyone to try going vegan for the full month, but also helps motivate those who are curious about the diet, and…

Gov. Walz Visiting Duluth On Thursday To Call For Civility After U.S. Capitol Riot

DULUTH, Minn. — Governor Tim Walz will be in Duluth on Thursday “to call for reflection, civility, and peace” after the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, according to a press release from his office. The FBI has warned the country to plan for “armed protests” at all 50 state capitols and Washington, D.C. ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s…

Aunt Gives Update On Jayme Closs On Two-Year Anniversary Of Teenager’s Escape From Kidnapper

WISCONSIN – On the two-year anniversary of the day Jayme Closs escaped her kidnapper and her parents’ murderer, Jayme’s aunt is giving an update on how the courageous teenage girl is doing now. Jennifer Smith, who is also Jayme’s guardian, posted this update on the Healing For Jayme Facebook page, which also shares updates on other children who are missing:…

Rep. Pete Stauber Reacts To U.S. Capitol Violence While On Lockdown In Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Pete Stauber, Minnesota’s 8th district representative, talked to FOX21 while he was lockdown in his office near the U.S. Capitol while it was under siege by Trump supporters on Wednesday afternoon. Rep. Stauber was not on the House floor when the violence and chaos first broke out. He had left with some other lawmakers after objections…

Duluth Police Arrest Two Suspects Connected To Central Hillside Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth Police arrested two suspects on Thursday evening who they say are connected to the shooting that happened on Tuesday in the city’s Central Hillside neighborhood. The two suspects were arrested by the 600-block of West Superior Street at 6 p.m. FOX21 will not name the suspects until they have been charged. One is 19-years-old, and the…

COVID-19 Testing At DECC To Run Through January, But Future Is Uncertain

DULUTH, Minn. — COVID-19 saliva tests at the DECC in Duluth will continue through the month of January, but it’s unclear if Minnesota will have enough funding to continue it after that. Testing sites in the state are set up by the Minnesota Department of Health. In the latest economic relief package that was just signed into law, the federal…

Duluth Man Needing Living Kidney Donor Brings Back Epic Christmas Displays

DULUTH, Minn. — A Duluth man known in his neighborhood for his bright Christmas lights and decorations is bringing back the tradition again after stopping for a few years, while also searching for a living kidney donor. Pat Stojevich has more than 20,000 Christmas lights strung around his property and counting. “I figure by the time we’re done we’ll be…

Duluth Business Sells Spruce Tops As Small and Sustainable Christmas Trees

DULUTH, Minn. — A new company in Duluth that sells small, sustainable Christmas trees created from black spruce tops is taking off this holiday season. It’s called “Little C Tree,” created by Duluth residents Benjy Christensen, Nola Wilson, and Wilson’s brother. These trees can fit into smaller spaces, such as apartments, and can even be mailed to loved ones you…

Adult & Teen Challenge Northland Center Experiencing COVID-19 Outbreak

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge Northland Center in Duluth is currently experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak among staff and residents. Right now, 19 staff members and nine residents have tested positive for the virus. Two of the staff members had to be hospitalized, and one of them is still in the hospital. The residents and staff affected…

Some Duluth College Students Balancing School, Work, and Caring for Family Members with Alzheimer’s

  DULUTH, Minn. — Two college students in Duluth helped raise $2,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association through the local restaurant they work at, motivated by their personal connections to the disease that currently has no cure. Adam Streiff and Johanna Unden work at the restaurant Tavern On The Hill in Duluth, while also studying for their college classes and caring…

“Moms Demand Action” Group Promotes Voting; Supports Candidates Who Will Fight Gun Violence

DULUTH, Minn. — The organization “Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America,” which promotes gun violence prevention and gun safety, is getting the word out about voting in the Northland and beyond. The organization was formed nationally after the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012. The group defines itself as nonpartisan and supports political candidates on either side of…

You Can “Spoil” Your Mailed Ballot And Vote In-Person If You’re Worried It Won’t Make It In Time

MINNESOTA — With the latest court ruling that Minnesota absentee ballots that are mailed in will not be accepted past 8 p.m. on November 3rd, voters who have already dropped their ballots in the mailbox may worry that it won’t arrive in time to be counted. However, there is a way to find out if your ballot has been counted….

Judge Recognized for Helping Those in Court System Battling Drug and Alcohol Addictions

DULUTH, Minn. — On Wednesday, a judge in Duluth received an award for his work helping those in the court system who are grappling with addictions and facing crimes related to drug and alcohol abuse. 6th District Court Judge Shaun Floerke was given the Gary P. Olson Visionary Award from the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment over Zoom. Judge…

Husky Energy To Merge with Competitor, Cenovus Energy

CANADA — Husky Energy, which operates a refinery in Superior, announced on Sunday that it is merging with one of its rivals in the oil and natural gas market, Cenovus Energy. The Husky name will be no more, as the company will begin operating under Cenovus Energy. The deal is “all-stock transaction valued at $23.6 billion, inclusive of debt,” according…

St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office: Multiple Accidents As Road Conditions Are Slick

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. — The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says its deputies and other emergency crews have responded to multiple accidents because of the dangerous driving conditions. One accident that was noted in a press release happened at 5 p.m. in Rice Lake, where two cars collided near the Martin Road and Howard Gnesen Road intersection. According to…

Wrong-Way Driver With Alcohol In System Hits MNDOT Plow Truck in St. Louis County

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. — A 44-year-old man who was driving the wrong way on Highway 53 hit a plow truck that belongs to the Minnesota Department of Transportation on Tuesday evening, and the Minnesota State Patrol says alcohol was involved. According to State Patrol, the accident happened around 7:30 p.m. south of the city of Cook, while roads were…