Author: Andrew Kirov

“Rosie the Riveter” Stories Wanted at St. Louis County Historical Society

Many women replaced military members in the workforce during WWII

DULUTH, Minn. – Rosie the Riveter day celebrates women in the workforce who replaced military service members during World War II. At the St. Louis County Historical Society, there’s a display honoring women who worked in the Iron Range mines during the war. “They weren’t necessarily veterans but they were replacing the veteran who had to go off to war…

Northwood Fab Lab Helps Minong Community Learn and Create

Lab has 3D printers, a plasma cutter, and CNC router to help any adult or student

MINONG, Wis. – The fabrication laboratory or “fab lab” at Northwood School in Minong is a place where students and adults can work on their own projects for free. “Depending on what people are interested in doing we can build anything, almost literally anything in here,” said Ben Sorensen, Northwood Technology and Engineering instructor. The fab lab started in 2016….

Superior Residents Meet City Council Candidates

Meet and greet at the Elks Lodge hosted by Superior Young Professionals

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior residents had a chance to meet city council candidates at the Elks Lodge. Current city councilors Craig Sutherland, Tylor Elm, Brent Fennessy, Ruth Ludwig, and Jack Sweeney were at the event. Plus, candidate Tom Woldolkowski and a representative from candidate Laura Gapske attended. The meet and greet was hosted by the Superior Young Professionals. “It’s a…

Intensive Mental Health Program for Kids in Foster Care Now Offered in Duluth

The program dedicates six hours per week to each child involved

DULUTH, Minn. – About 85o kids in St. Louis County spent time in foster care in 2017. More than a quarter of them suffer from serious emotional problems. A new program aims to get mental health treatment for those kids. Duluth’s first intensive mental health program for kids in foster care has now started. The outpatient plan dedicates six hours…

Salvation Army Holding March Food Drive

The organization hopes to collect $18,000 and 11,000 pounds of food

DULUTH, Minn. – The March food drive is happening at the Duluth Salvation Army. This year, the organization hopes to collect $18,000 and 11,000 pounds of food. During the month of March, all donations of food and money will be matched from the Minnesota FoodShare Campaign. That can go a long way in helping Northland families through rough patches. “It…

William A. Irvin’s 2019 Season Opener Postponed Until July

Ship museum won't be open for the beginning of the 2019 season

DULUTH, Minn. – DECC officials confirmed Tuesday to FOX 21 that the William A. Irvin is expected to reopen for tours in July instead of Memorial Day as it waits to get work done at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. The DECC’s executive director, Chelly Townsend, tells us the Irvin accounts for about $200,000 in revenue every year. The attraction wasn’t…

Missing Girl Found Dead Near Austin, Minnesota

Noelani Robinson was reported missing on Monday

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The nationwide search for a missing two-year-old girl has come to a tragic end. Authorities believe the body of a child found near Austin, Minnesota Friday is Noelani Robinson. The child went missing in Milwaukee Monday, when her father allegedly killed her mother and abducted her. Police arrested the father Wednesday and used information he provided to…

Flooding and Potholes Welcome Spring to Duluth

Minnesota Avenue on Park Point is covered with more than a foot of water

“You’d have to have an army of pump trucks to empty this right now. Our biggest fear now would be if it gets cold now, freezes, and turns out to be a whole ice skating rink,” said Joel Johnson, owner of Lakehead Boat Basin and the Farifield Inn and Suites on Park Point. South Minnesota Avenue on Park Point is…

Kids Skate on Spring Break

World of Wheels in Superior was packed with some schools on spring break

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s spring break for Superior Public Schools and kids are making the most of their free days. Skating at World of Wheels was the activity of choice for dozens of families today. The skate center is offering a special price for ‘school’s out’ skating this week. Kids zipped across the floor and even played a little limbo…

Higher Flooding Risk than Normal Because of Melt and Rain Expected

UMD Associate Professor discusses flooding risk

DULUTH, Minn. – Flooding is common after the first big snow melt of the season. But this year’s conditions could mean more flooding than normal. Rebecca Teasley is an associate professor of civil engineering at UMD. She says because the ground is still frozen, we don’t have to worry about a lot of soil erosion. This week’s flooding is mostly…

Take a Tour Through Duluth Pack’s Manufacturing Facility

Company is the oldest canvas bag and pack maker in the U.S.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Pack factory on West Superior Street opened its doors for a tour. A group from Fuse Duluth went on a guided trek through the facility. They watched the process and met the craftspeople who made their very own Duluth Pack products. “You don’t get to be in production facilities like Duluth Pack really anywhere else…

Mother Speaks About Superior Firefighter Son’s Suicide; Dept. Holds New Support Training

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Cheryl Sutton, the mother of Erik Sutton — a retired Superior fire battalion chief – broke her silence Thursday about her son’s suicide to FOX 21’s Dan Hanger. This, as the Superior Fire Department – for the first time – takes on special mental health training to help prevent another tragedy involving one of their own. “Each…

Gov. Tim Walz Visits Duluth

The Gov. and Lt. Gov. are on a statewide education tour

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz (DFL) and the state’s education commissioner stopped in the Northland today as part of their statewide education tour. The Governor read to kindergarteners at Myers Wilkins Elementary in Duluth. He then met with teachers and administrators, getting feedback about what they need. Walz is also using the tour to promote full service community…

Duluth Church Offers Drive-Thru Ash Wednesday Service

Our Savior's Lutheran Church offers service for people unable to attend regular mass

DULUTH, Minn. – For Christians seeking convenience, a West Duluth church offered a drive-thru Ash Wednesday service in their parking lot. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Grand Avenue wants everybody to receive ashes this Wednesday. For two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon, people could drive up, roll down their window, and order a personal prayer…

As Duluth Officials Receive Flag Designs, One Designer Won’t Submit His

Nicky Sunsdahl, designer of the 'Tilt Town Flag' objects to the city's ability to make changes and additions to flag designs

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth has put out a call for design ideas for a new city flag. But one local flag creator won’t submit his design. He doesn’t think the city’s process by committee will bring a better flag. Nicky Sunsdahl designed the ‘Tilt Town’ flag last summer. “That was kind of last year’s art project,” said…

Duluth Businesses Celebrate Mardi Gras

Carmod Irish Pub and Restaurant 301 celebrate Fat Tuesday

DULUTH, Minn. – Some businesses in Duluth are celebrating Fat Tuesday the New Orleans way. A crawfish boil and Mardi Gras praty brought dozens out to Carmody Irish Pub on East Superior Street. The owner tells us it’s his way of celebrating cultures like the French Creole and welcoming a new season to Duluth. “It’s just like hey, we’re done…

Indigenous Market to Open at the Former Site of 4th St. Market

AICHO plans to open the market in 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – A new indigenous market is in the works for the site of the former 4th Street Market in Duluth. The American Indian Community Housing Organization, or AICHO, recently got a $50,000 donation from Essentia Health to start renovating the building. The market will feature locally sourced traditional native food and will bring a food store back to…

Superior City Council Votes to Add 3 More Firefighters

Fire Department will now have a total of 40 firefighters

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior City Council voted to approve the addition of three firefighter positions. Fire Chief Steve Panger tells us his department will now be fully staffed for the first time in more than a year. With these additions, Superior will now have a total of forty firefighters. That will bring staffing back to the way it was…

NorShor Theatre Celebrates First Anniversary

Local leaders discuss the venue's first year

DULUTH, Minn. – The historic NorShor Theatre has now been open for a year. It was even busier in its first 365 days than the Duluth Playhouse expected and more could be offered this year. Christine Gradl Seitz is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Duluth Playhouse. She says the six-hundred seat venue has given even more people a…

Superior Considering Medical Tourism Option to Save on Healthcare Costs

City looking to contain costs that reached nearly $6 million in 2018

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Healthcare cost the City of Superior nearly $6 million in 2018. Now, the city is looking at some new ways to contain those costs, including adding a medical tourism option to their employee health plan. Superior City Councilor Craig Sutherland traveled to Mexico last month for a stem cell procedure to treat his MS. “It was great,…

Middle School Musicians Perform at UMD

More than 300 students played in the concert

DULUTH, Minn. – Music filled the Marshall Performing Arts Center at UMD during the annual middle school honor band festival. More than three-hundred students from about fifty schools statewide attended the festival. Faculty say it’s a great opportunity for kids to meet students with similar interests and grow their love of music. “There’s some smaller schools that are in rural…

Residential Maternity Home to Open Soon in Duluth

Star of the North Maternity home can house four women and their babies at a time

DULUTH, Minn. – A residential center helping homeless pregnant women and their babies will soon open in Duluth. The ‘Star of the North’ maternity home can house four women and their babies at a time. Staff will help the women find education, work, and independent housing after the babies are born. “Any woman who is single and has a baby…

‘We All Belong’ Art Show Celebrates Diversity at UMD

Art created by students includes drawings, 3D art, and graphic design pieces

DULUTH, Minn. – An art display at UMD is celebrating diversity through creative work. The “We All Belong” art show was created by students. It includes 3D art, drawings, and graphic design pieces. It was all made to create an inclusive, welcoming environment at the university. “This just adds another layer to what we can learn from other people’s experiences…

In-Demand Construction Careers Highlighted at DECC

Building and construction unions eager to hire more workers

DULUTH, Minn. – Local employers in the building and construction trades are eager to hire more workers. Students and adults looking for careers could experience some in-demand trades hands on at the annual construction career night. Fourteen affiliated unions like carpenters, iron workers, roofers, and brick layers filled the DECC  arena with interactive displays. Prospective workers could ask the professionals…

UMD Engineering Students Make Electric Bike

Bike can travel up to 25 miles per hour

DULUTH, Minn. – A custom-built electric bike was created by UMD engineering students for their final design project. The pedal bike was turned into an electric-powered one using lithium-ion batteries, a hub motor, motor controller, and a throttle. The students also created an app that records the bike’s total distance, average speed, and ride duration. “In Duluth it’s kind of…

Kal Randa Enters Race for St. Louis County Board

22-year-old University of Minnesota student joins three other candidates in race

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A fourth candidate has entered the race for the open seat on the St. Louis County Board. Kal Randa is a 22-year-old college student from Hermantown. He’s expecting to graduate soon from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a major in political science. He is president of the group, Minnesota Students for Liberty. Randa joins candidates Keith…

Carter Hotel Deconstruction to Start Monday

Fond du Lac Band plans to turn property into parking lot

DULUTH, Minn. – Deconstruction is set to begin Monday, February 25th, for the old Carter Hotel in Downtown Duluth. The building is located between the Fond du Luth Casino and the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial at 17 N. 2nd Avenue East. The Fond du Lac Band owns the property. They tell us a new parking lot will replace the old…

Cabin Fever Painting Night Raises Funds for MS Society

People painted beach scenes to raise money for MS 150 bike ride

DULUTH, Minn. – For people dreaming of warm days and tropical sunshine, an event at Ursa Minor Brewing in Duluth helped them get there. The Cabin Fever Painting fundraiser taught guests how to paint beach scenes while raising money for the MS Society before their MS 150 bike ride in June. “Being we got so much snow lately, we thought…

Ignite Vapor and Tobacco to Open in Superior

Specialty shop on Hammond Avenue opens on Friday

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A new tobacco and vapor store opens Friday on Hammond Avenue at the site of the former “Chicken Spur.” The specialty shop will sell cigars, vapor products, pipes and Wisconsin-licensed CBD products. Ignite Vapor and Tobacco already has two locations: One in Spooner and one in Hayward. They’re excited to open their new Superior store. “I know…

DOC Offers Look Inside Moose Lake Correctional Facility

More than 1,000 offenders are housed in the state prison

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – The Minnesota State Correctional Facility in Moose Lake opened its doors, giving a look inside the walls of the medium-security prison. More than a thousand offenders– the majority of whom are convicted for sex offenses– are housed in the Moose Lake Correctional Facility. We were given a rare tour through the building to see first-hand what…

Social Justice Forum Connects Young People to Organizations

Event at Duluth Cider featured local social justice groups

DULUTH, Minn. – Young people interested in social justice met with local organizations trying to improve the Twin Ports area. The “Social Justice Forum” at Duluth Cider was organized by the Duluth branch NAACP. It included groups like Men as Peacemakers, the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, and many more. The event aims to help people under forty get active in…

Mariner Retail & Business Center Looks to the Future

Shopping center encouraging manufacturing, office, and warehouse businesses to fill vacancies

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Mariner Mall in Superior is no longer a mall but a retail and business center. As stores to continue to close across the country and in the Twin Ports, the one-time shopping center is making the transition into an office and manufacturing space. The Mariner Retail and Business Center has been moving in a new direction…

One Man Show Reenacts Duluth Break-up Letter

Letter was found in a notebook and turned into a play by Jonathan Manchester

DULUTH, Minn. – A performance at the Underground is a reenactment of a real life break-up letter written by an anonymous Duluthian. Jonathan Manchester performs the one-man show with music played by his former roommate. While the two lived together, they found a notebook outside their house with a twenty page break-up letter inside. Manchester turned the letter, misspellings and…

UMD Unveils Orchids at Open House

University opened herbarium and greenhouse for the public

DULUTH, Minn. – Instead of roses this Valentine’s Day, the University of Minnesota-Duluth is celebrating with orchids. Staff at the university’s greenhouse and herbarium invited the public to take a look at the orchids in bloom and learn more about the forty-eight varieties in Minnesota. They also showed off the herbarium, which is a museum filled with more than fifty-thousand…

Duluth Officials Address Snow Removal Concerns

City has 3 tiers for clearing snow on roads and 5 tiers for clearing sidewalks

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth wants residents and businesses to know they feel your frustrations with the mounting snow throughout the city. But they also say this wild winter has been tough on equipment and operators. They’re tackling streets, sidewalks, and alleys the best they can with the resources available. City crews have three tiers for removing snow…

Business Owner Gets Creative Asking City for West Duluth Snow Removal

Al Kosters made hand made signs to put on the snow bank outside Spirit Valley Antiques

DULUTH, Minn. – As the snow keeps coming, the piles grow and grow across the Northland. In West Duluth, business owners are now upset about the five foot tall snow banks between their storefronts and the street. One of those business owners is getting creative with how he gets the city’s attention. “They’re over five feet tall,” said Susan Coen,…

Taking a Ride on a St. Louis County Snow Plow

Equipment operator, Jason Carlson, takes us on his route through Hermantown

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – With all the recent winter storms, plow drivers across the Northland have been working long shifts, clearing snow from roadways. “It’s just a constant go, go, go. Not really an end in sight,” said St. Louis County equipment operator, Jason Carlson, on his plow route. 2018-19 is Carlson’s fourth winter driving a St. Louis County snow plow….

Woman Dead After Snowmobile Crash in Iron County

43-year-old Wisconsin woman crashed into a semi truck on Friday afternoon

IRON COUNTY, Wis. – A 43-year-old woman is dead after a snowmobile crash in Iron County. Just before 3 p.m. Friday, the Hartland, Wisconsin woman crashed her snowmobile into a semi truck. The operator of the semi was traveling at a safe speed when the crash occurred and was uninjured in the crash. According to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office,…

Duluthians Help Neighbors Experiencing Homelessness

Pizzas and food donations being brought to West Duluth warming center Thursday

DULUTH, Minn. – In the bitter cold and snow, many in the Duluth community are making donations to help people experiencing homelessness. Thursday night, good samaritans took food donations to the West Duluth warming center to help their homeless neighbors. “We love the generosity, we’d love it to keep on coming, it’s been inspiring every night, it’s like Santa Claus,…

Vaping Now Illegal for Minors in Superior

City council extends tobacco ordinance to include vaping

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Vaping is now illegal for minors in Superior. The city council voted Tuesday night to extend their tobacco ordinance to include vaping. It had already been illegal to use tobacco as a minor or sell to a minor. Now vaping is treated the same way as tobacco products in Superior. Public school policy already banned vaping in…

New Plan Aims to Help with Stray Animal Problem in Cloquet

Plan would provide free animal micro-chipping and spaying and neutering

CLOQUET, Minn. – Cloquet officials have a new short-term plan to help with the city’s stray animal problem. This comes after the shocking news last summer that the Friends of Animals shelter was to shut down, leaving Cloquet with no long-term plan for animal control. Cloquet officials hope to work with Carlton County and the Fond du Lac Band to…

National Sami Day Celebrated in Duluth

Holiday honors Sami culture every February 6th

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday is National Sami Day, a celebration of the indigenous people of Finland, Norway, Sweden, and part of Russia. On Tuesday, their culture was honored with an open house at the Sami Cultural Center in Duluth. People could stop in at the open house, make crafts, eat cake, and learn about all things Sami. “It’s just another…

Battery Disposal Locations Busy After Cold Weather

Staff say it's important to properly dispose of batteries to protect the environment and recycle parts

DULUTH, Minn. – With the recent sub-zero temperatures, many drivers have been forced to buy vehicle batteries and ditch their old ones. In the last three weeks, the staff at Advance Auto Parts in West Duluth have filled three palettes with sixty to seventy old batteries each. They tell us it’s important to properly dispose of batteries to protect the…

Republican Jason Rarick Wins MN 11th District State Senate Race

Rarick tops DFL candidate Stu Lourey

FINLAYSON, Minn. – Republican candidate, Jason Rarick, won the special election to represent Minnesota’s 11th District in the State Senate. When the final results were counted on Tuesday night, Rarick had 8,127 votes compared to DFL candidate Stu Lourey’s 7,171. Rarick is a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives where he has served since 2015. He and his supporters…

20th Blizzard Tour Sets New Fundraising Record

This year's tour raised $1.2 million for ALS research

DULUTH, Minn. – The Blackwoods Blizzard Tour has wrapped up for 2019. The annual snowmobile fundraiser raises money for the ALS foundation. In its twentieth year, the tour raised $1.2 million to help families living with ALS. 240 riders set out on the three day snowmobile ride through the frozen Northland. “As you know the weather was a little chilly…

Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights Coalition Seeks Hygiene Facility, Expanded Warming Shelter

The group is fighting for all Duluthian's rights to rest and food

DULUTH, Minn. – 125 to 200 people spend each night outdoors in Duluth, according to the Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights Coalition. Part of the group’s bill has been passed by the Duluth City Council, but they’re fighting for more to protect everybody’s right to rest and food. The coalition is asking for a twenty-four hour hygiene facility to be…

Beargrease Still Not Finished

Winner Yet to Pass Finish Line

GRAND PORTAGE, Minn.-Through historically cold temperatures the mushers in the 2019 John Beargrease marathon are starting to get close to the finish line in Grand Portage. Some issues with the tracking devices are making it hard to get official results. At last look it was Blake Freking  ahead of last year’s winner Ryan Redington by about 15 miles – Redington…

Report: Chappy’s Golden Shores Resident Beaten Before He Died

HILL CITY, Minn. (AP)  –  A state investigation concludes that a 58-year-old man with dementia living in a northern Minnesota care center died from bleeding in the brain several weeks after he was repeatedly punched in the face by one staff member while another staff member held him down in his wheelchair. The Star Tribune reports that investigators accuse managers at…

Blake Freking Prepares His Team for the Beargrease

Freking and his wife, Jennifer, are both mushing in the Beargrease full marathon

FINLAND, Minn. – Blake and Jennifer Freking opened Manitou Crossing Kennels in 2003. It’s now home to dozens of Siberian Huskies who all race competitively throughout North America. “I would say I am living the dream,” said Blake Freking. “As a kid this is kind of what I was dreaming of and I didn’t think it was actually going to…

Hurley Moves on from “Midgets” Mascot; Butternut Keeping Nickname

Butternut Midgets are named after wrestling legend, Charles "Midget" Fischer

HURLEY, Wis. – Hurley sports teams have been known as “midgets” for years, but on their school building, their athletic fields, and their uniforms, the controversial mascot name can’t be found. Now, the school board has unanimously to officially change the mascot saying: “In a school district that prides itself on inclusion and making all students and families feel a…