Andrew Kirov

Construction Begins Inside Gloria Dei Church

Duluth church was destroyed by fire in 2016 and is in the rebuilding process

DULUTH, Minn. – Construction is happening inside the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Sixth Avenue East in Duluth. The building was destroyed by fire more than two years ago and just recently the church has been cleaned out and the building process has started. The new space will have a sanctuary facing the opposite direction, toward the hillside, looking to…

Cloquet Discussing Stray Animals Plan

Situation became more complicated when Friends of Animals announced they will close

CLOQUET, Minn. – Animal lovers and Cloquet city officials converged Tuesday evening at City Hall to figure out what to do with stray and rescued animals. This comes after the recent shocking announcement that the Friends of Animals shelter is shutting down next month because of growing debt and an uncertain financial future. Friends of Animals has forty-eight animals right…

Minor Injuries Sustained in Two Vehicle Crash on East Second Street

Minivan flipped over after running a red light and getting t-boned

DULUTH, Minn. – A minivan flipped over during a two vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Duluth. The crash happened at the corner of East Second Street and First Avenue East. The red van was headed east on Second Street when it ran a red light and was t-boned by a car headed down the hill. “Minor injuries to the occupants…

Fire Burns Garage in West Duluth

No residents were in the garage or house at the time

DULUTH, Minn. – A garage fire Monday afternoon in West Duluth sent smoke billowing into the sky and injured a firefighter. Firefighters responded to the call around 3 p.m. to a residence at 435 N. 79th Ave. West. When they arrived at the scene, they found the garage fully engulfed in flames with the roof collapsed. Parts of the house…

Arik Forsman Chosen as New Duluth City Councilor

Forsman beat out Jeff Anderson and Janet Kennedy for the seat

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s a new Duluth city councilor. Arik Forsman will begin serving in August when the council comes back from break. Forsman, who has never held public office before, will be the new councilor-at-large on the Duluth City Council. He will take the seat of Councilor Elissa Hansen, who announced her resignation in June so she could take…

Group Works to Make Gordon Fire Tower a Camping Destination

Wisconsin fire towers were decommissioned in 2015, organization working to re-purpose it

GORDON, Wis. – A historical landmark in Northwest Wisconsin, known for its use protecting the community, is in threat of being torn down. One local group, the Friends of the Bird Sanctuary, hopes to save it and turn it into the newest vacation destination. When approaching Gordon, one familiar structure can always be seen rising above the trees. “I’ve actually…

Life Link III Helicopter Makes Precautionary Landing in Knife River

A patient was onboard at the time, they were transported to receive the care they needed

KNIFE RIVER, Minn. – A Life Link III medical helicopter had to make an unplanned, precautionary landing at the Knife River Recreation Center earlier today while on route to the Twin Cities. The helicopter had a patient on board at the time who was taken by ground crews to get the care they needed. Life Link III is addressing the…

Gubernatorial Candidate Lori Swanson Announces Plan to Lower Prescription Costs

Swanson and running mate Rick Nolan's plan would allow citizens to use state's bulk buying power to purchase drugs

DULUTH, Minn. – State Attorney General candidate for Governor, Lori Swanson (DFL), and her running mate, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL) were in Duluth Monday to announce a plan they say would lower prescription prices for Minnesotans. The plan would allow Minnesota residents to buy their drugs on the same bulk order the state uses to purchase prescriptions for state-run…

Duluth City Council Votes to Repeal Ordinances Banning Panhandling, Sleeping in Cars

Council voted 8-0 to repeal both ordinances

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council voted unanimously to repeal two ordinances. One made it illegal for people to sleep in their cars, the other banned panhandling in the city. It will now be legal to panhandle and sleep in cars in the city of Duluth. The council voted 8-0 to repeal both ordinances with Councilor Jay Fosle not…

Good Neighbor Days Celebrated in Gordon

The small town festival is known for its fireworks

GORDON, Wis. – The 58th Annual Good Neighbor Days celebration is taking over Gordon this weekend. The small town festival brings together Gordon’s 600 year-round citizens with hundreds of tourists and summer residents. There’s a ton of family-friendly fun including food vendors, a parade, and rubber duck races. The celebration is made to reflect the town’s motto, “Gordon is a…

Fruit Stands Popping Up Across the Northland

Whitefield Farms Market just one of the fresh fruit options in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – With temperatures rising throughout the Northland, that means more fruit and vegetable stands have been popping up. At Bethany Community Church on Grand Avenue, business is booming at the Whitefield Farms Market based out of Willmar. Management from the group say they will be up here through September, which allows the employees to have time to see…

Swimmer Rescued Saturday Morning in Duluth Harbor

26-year-old man was overtaken by currents and rescued by U.S. Coast Guard

DULUTH, Minn. – A swimmer was rescued in the Duluth harbor Saturday morning. At about 7:00 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard was notified about a person yelling for help in the harbor near Pier B Resort. They launched a response boat and within ten minutes were able to find the 26-year-old man and pull him into the boat. No injuries…

CBD Oil Store to Open in Superior

Store sells oil derived from hemp that contains none or very small amounts of THC

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A new store in Superior will soon be selling hemp-based CBD products. CBD is said to treat everything from pain to epilepsy to anxiety and doesn’t give users a high like marijuana. Cannabidiol or CBD oil was recently approved by the FDA to treat epilepsy through a doctor’s prescription, but many users say the product derived from…

Lake Country Power Employee Dies While Working to Restore Power Near Orr

The 33-year-old man was reportedly electrocuted at about 6:00 p.m. Friday

ORR, Minn. – A Lake Country Power Cooperative employee died Friday while working on a power outage near Orr. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the 33-year-old man was reportedly electrocuted at about 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening as a line crew was working. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death is said to…

Swedish Midsommer Celebrated in Duluth

Swedish Cultural Society brought the event to the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year in late June, the Swedes have a Midsommer celebration. On Thursday, the Swedish Cultural Center brought the celebration to Duluth at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Lakeside. Event-goers made crowns out of wild flowers, ate Swedish treats, and enjoyed live music. “In Sweden there are going to be those times in the…

Farley’s Restaurant Closing After Seven and a Half Years

Owners' other business, Lake Superior Catering, will remain open

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Farley’s Family Restaurant is closing on August 1st after seven and a half years serving the community. Owner Kelly Trumpold tells us the decision to close was very difficult but it will give him more time to spend with his family and focus on his other business, Lake Superior Catering, which will remain open. Many of the…

Great Outdoors: Mont du Lac Archery

Long after the snow melts, Mont du Lac Resort remains open for business.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Long after the snow melts, Mont du Lac Resort remains open for business. “Everybody’s familiar with us in the wintertime so we’re constantly trying to add summertime activities,” said Mont du Lac hill manager Mike O’Hara. Recently, they’ve added a new attraction. “Archery is an important sport,” said O’Hara. “It’s actually something that’s great to have out…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Toppers Pizza

DULUTH, Minn. – The Twin Ports has a new pizza option with some specialty creations customers can’t wait to devour. “One of my favorites is the buffalo chicken pizza, the ragin’ pepperoni, it’s got three types of pepperoni,” explained franchise owner Jonathan Matko. “We even do the loaded tots pizza. It’s got tater tots and some smoked applewood smoked bacon…

Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad Kicks Off Summer Season

Scenic ride is now open for the 2018 season

DULUTH, Minn. – The summer season has officially kicked off for the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad. On Saturday, visitors had the chance to hop back on the tracks and experience the breathtaking views from the scenic ride. Monday morning, their president, Joel Manns, joined us on FOX 21 local news at 8. He discussed the spectacular route where volunteers…

Juneteenth Celebrated in Superior

Holiday celebrates the day African-Americans were freed from slavery

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A community event in Superior celebrated African-American freedom. The annual Juneteenth gathering honors the day African-Americans were freed from slavery with family fun, games, and free food. Organizers hope the celebration helps raise community awareness. “African Americans are here,” said Chaquana McEntyre, the founder of Fathers Rise Together. “We’re not just out there somewhere, we’re here and we’re…

Workshop Teaches Fireworks Safety and Display Tips

KG Fireworks Warehouse in South Range has always gotten questions, now they're teaching the answers

SOUTH RANGE, Wis. – Summer is in full swing and that means the Fourth of July is quickly approaching. A local business is showing people just what they need to know about putting on their own fireworks display. Creating fireworks displays can be beautiful, but also very dangerous. That’s why the pros are taking the time to teach people the…

One Dead, Two Injured in Bayfield County Crash

Crash happened Friday afternoon on Highway 13

BARKSDALE TOWNSHIP, Wis. – One person is dead and two others are injured after a crash Friday afternoon in Bayfield County. According to authorities, the two vehicle crash occurred on Highway 13 near Wedal Road in the town of Barksdale. A passenger died on the scene and both drivers were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The crash…

Local Leaders Speak at Duluth Trump Rally

Congressional candidate Pete Stauber and Congressman Sean Duffy were among the speakers

DULUTH, Minn. – Local leaders spoke at President Trump’s rally in Duluth. Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) was among the elected officials who took the podium before the president. “Donald Trump is jacked to be in Duluth, Minnesota. And I’ve got to be honest with you guys, I told him the best thing about Duluth is you can see Wisconsin from…

President Trump Speaks in Duluth

The president addressed a lot of issues to a capacity crowd at Amsoil Arena

DULUTH, Minn. – A historic day in Duluth as the city had its first presidential visit since 2004. President Trump covered a lot of ground at his rally at a full Amsoil Arena. Thousands of people were there to hear President Trump speak about a lot of issues including his meeting with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un earlier this…

Group Prepares for President Trump’s Visit to Duluth

Forward Coalition is helping Duluth organizations plan peaceful demonstrations

DULUTH, Minn. – To prepare for President Trump’s visit, a group of Duluthians are helping organizations plan peaceful demonstrations in reaction to his presence. They call themselves “Forward Coalition” and are making banners tonight to promote what they call “Duluth Values.” They do not support the president’s actions. “As a coalition what we’re interested in is not protesting Trump and…

Spectators Catch Rushing Water Views at Jay Cooke State Park

Some people said they've never seen the St. Louis River that high before

CARLTON, Minn. – High water levels made for some great views of the St. Louis Rive in Jay Cooke State Park. Families walked across the swinging bridge over the river gorge, capturing photos and great memories. “It’s pretty amazing,” said Thomas Gradine while visiting the park. “I’ve never been down here after it’s rained this much and back when we…

Flooding Closes Roads in Carlton County

No injuries due to flooding have been reported in Carlton County

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn. – Significant flooding problems continue in parts of Minnesota. Many roads are washed out and impassable in southeastern Carlton County. Some of those roads are expected to be closed for quite some time. Highway 23 near Holyoke has been completely washed away in one spot. About ten county roads and more township roads are also closed. Carlton…

Big Manitou Falls Roars at Pattison Park

Spectators said it was the biggest they've seen the waterfall

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Big Manitou Falls in Pattison Park south of Superior was quite the spectacle today. Dozens of people gathered in the park and on Highway 35 watching the roaring water topple over the falls and down the Black River. “I’ve never seen this much rain and the falls being this big my whole life, even my dad has…

State of Emergency Declared in Several Wisconsin Counties Due to Flooding

Many roads and highways are washed out and collapsed

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A state of emergency has been declared in Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron Counties in Wisconsin, and Gogebic County in Michigan because of severe flooding across that area. More than a foot of rain is estimated to have fallen in some parts of Northern Wisconsin since Saturday. One local emergency management official says this weekend’s flooding has…

Man Boards Wrong Bus, Accidentally Runs Full Grandma’s Marathon

Sean Elmquist was signed up to run the half, finished the full

DULUTH, Minn. – Some people train months before running their first marathon, but one Duluth man ran and finished the 42nd annual Grandma’s Marathon by accident. Sean Elmquist was planning to run the half marathon, but he boarded the wrong bus and was taken to the full marathon starting line instead. “Then I got this really sinking feeling like I…

FOX 21 Team Members Run Grandma’s Marathon, Half Marathon

Nikki Davidson ran the full, Haydee Clotter and Lauren Leigh ran the half

DULUTH, Minn. – Some familiar faces from the FOX 21 news team ran in Grandma’s Marathon and the Gary Bjorkand Half Marathon. Nikki Davidson finished the full marathon as a charity runner for Northern Lights Foundation. She raised $840 for the non-profit that helps families with children with life threatening illnesses. Meanwhile, Lauren Leigh and Haydee Clotter ran the half…

West Duluth Menards Floods During Severe Thurnderstorms

Store remained open and is fully operational

DULUTH, Minn. – Menards in West Duluth was flooded during Friday’s severe thunderstorm. About two feet of water filled the store’s garden center and bout four feet of standing water was outside the doors. “It was scary,” said assistant general manager Theo Hill. “We had twenty plus team members sandbagging all the doors at that point before it came in…

Medical Tent Volunteers Provide Grandma’s Marathon Safety

About 400 medical volunteers staff the marathon ever year

DULUTH, Minn. – Volunteer physicians, nurses, athletic trainers, and physical therapists staff the Grandma’s Marathon medical tent every year. They treat many conditions like muscle cramping, stress fractures, and runners feeling too hot or too cold. The medical director tells us this year’s race had some of the fewest medical visits they’ve ever had. “Most of the medical issues at…

Thousands of Grandma’s Volunteers Make Race Run Smoothly

About 6,000 volunteers make the race happen each year

DULUTH, Minn. – There were some great conditions along the race course for the thousands of Grandma’s Marathon volunteers. We checked in with some of them stationed just before the twenty-three mile mark along London Road in Duluth. Water volunteer John Schuldt has run the marathon and half marathon before and can empathize with the runners’s conditions as they pass…

Little Library Opens at Great Lakes Elementary School

Free book exchange encourages kids to keep reading in the summer

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A new little library is encouraging kids to read all summer. The PTA at Great Lakes Elementary School set up the book exchange outside the front doors of the school. Kids biking by can take a book and donate a book they’ve already read for another kid to enjoy. Parents and school officials hope the new resource…

Duluth City Council Removes Golf Course Changes in ‘Imagine 2035’ Plan

The council tabled a vote on the plan until next week

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council planned to vote on changes to the city’s Comprehensive Land Use plan but, over the weekend, residents and members of the golf community voiced their concerns about part of the city’s “Imagine 2035” plan that would have recommended city golf courses be re-zoned in the future. Recommendations that could have led to city…

Lake Superior Art Glass Moves to New Space in Canal Park

Glass blowing business now features their gallery and both studios in the same place

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior Art Glass started as a pop-up shop in Duluth’s Go Downtown Grow Downtown space giveaway in 2012. Since then, the business has continued to expand. “It’s this incredible art form that is so unlike any other type of art,” said Lake Superior Art Glass owner Dan Neff, who has been blowing glass since 2003. “It’s…

Warning Issued for Dangerous Swimming Conditions on Park Point

Warning in effect until Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – A warning for dangerous swimming conditions at Park Point beaches has been issued by the Duluth Fire Department. The warning means that wind and wave conditions can support rip currents, which are life-threatening to anyone entering the water. There are currently no lifeguards at Park Point and red flags are flying along the beach to indicate the…

Husky Energy Holds Open House to Answer Community Questions

Refinery officials and government regulatory agencies updated their progress

SUPERIOR, Wis. – For the first time since a major fire and explosion in April, Husky Energy is meeting with the public and answering their questions about the state of their Superior refinery and possible environmental concerns. Husky officials were joined by representatives from local, state, and federal regulatory agencies updating the community about their efforts to determine the cause…

‘Mother Earth, Tired’ on Display at Zeitgeist Gallery

The paintings by Claudia Faith have a lot of natural themes

DULUTH, Minn. – An art display called “Mother Earth, Tired” has taken over the gallery at the Zeitgeist Arts Building. Artist Claudia Faith tells us she cares deeply for the planet and has a lot of natural themes in her paintings, including many images of cattle and sheep. “I believe Mother Earth is going to outlive us but, in the…

Lake Superior Art Glass Opens New Location in Canal Park

New location will house shop's gallery and both studios under one roof

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior Art Glass has moved to 347 Canal Park Drive. The new larger space gives artists and customers the chance to experience the gallery and both studios under one roof for the first time ever. “Now it allows me to jump from one studio to another, assist my studio manager in the hot shop with a…

Families Race Through Morgan Park in Annual 5K

Event raises funds for programs at United Protestant Church

DULUTH, Minn. – Dozens of Duluthians ran and walked through Morgan Park for a good cause. The annual Morgan Park 5K run and 2.5K walk is open for kids and adults of all abilities. The race course winds through Morgan Park, passing by two city parks, historic buildings, and views of the St. Louis River. Eve Graves has been organizing…

Glensheen Launches ‘Sunday Funday’ Program

Historic estate staff hope the events will bring more kids and families to the mansion

DULUTH, Minn. – The historic Glensheen estate has launched a new program for kids. The free Sunday Funday events aim to bring kids to the mansion where they can learn about Glensheen’s history in a hands-on way. In its first week, families make origami and learned about the Japanese and Chinese influences at the historic estate. “Glensheen’s the perfect place…

‘Who’s Watching Who’ Art Exhibit on Display at Great Lakes Aquarium

Display is from the perspective of creatures in the aquarium

DULUTH, Minn. – A one of a kind art show called ‘Who’s Watching Who?” is now on display at the Great Lakes Aquarium. Artist Angel Sarkela-Saur goes to the aquarium a lot with her daughter. She said the trips inspired her to paint images from the perspective of the creatures in the aquarium. “It helps remind you that these fish…

Minnesota GOP Endorses Jeff Johnson; DFL Endorses Erin Murphy for Governor

Primary elections to be held on August 14th

MINNESOTA – The Minnesota Republican Party endorsed Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson for Governor on the third ballot after rivals Philip Parrish and Mary Giuliani Stevens dropped out of the race. “Are we a party of the political class, the wealthiest donors, the lobbyists, or are we a party of grass roots republicans?” said Jeff Johnson after securing the GOP…

St. Louis County Historical Society Hosts “Minnesota Remembers Vietnam” Event

Veterans watched the Ken Burns Vietnam documentary and discussed the film

DULUTH, Minn. – As Memorial Day weekend is getting started, the St. Louis County Historical Society held a “Minnesota Remembers Vietnam” event on Saturday at the American Legion in West Duluth. Veterans watched a screening of the Ken Burns Vietnam War documentary. They were served a meal and had a discussion about their service and their reactions to the documentary….