Author: Andrew Kirov

Meet the Creators of Three Minnesota Podcasts

Root Beer Radio, Dungeons and Dweebs, and Take It With You are entertaining audiences across the state and beyond

MINNESOTA – A podcast is kind of like a radio show, but on demand. They’re all-original online content about specific subjects produced by people around the world, including here in Minnesota. Dave Herdan and Matt Houlton have recorded thirteen episodes of their podcast, Root Beer Radio. “We went to middle and high school together and then after college or during…

Superior City Council Considering Ban on Conversion Therapy

Ban would be for therapy on anyone under 18; it would not include religious counseling

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior City Council is planning to consider a city-wide ban on conversion therapy for anyone under eighteen years of age. Medical experts say the controversial practice aims to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s still practiced by some across the country, but there’s no evidence of it happening in Superior. Conversion therapy for minors…

Duluth Voter Turnout at 13 Percent in Primary Election

City Clerk says that is on par with 2015 and 2017 municipal primaries

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth voter turnout was at about thirteen percent in Tuesday’s election. The City Clerk tells us that total is on par with the 2015 and 2017 municipal primaries, and that the city saw an increase in absentee voting this year. She recommends Duluthians pre-register before going to the polls. “If you want to save time when you…

Musolf Elected to St. Louis County Board

Musolf defeated Hermantown Mayor Wayne Boucher 994-905

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – Keith Musolf has been elected to the St. Louis County Board. He defeated Hermantown Mayor Wayne Boucher in a special election to replace Congressman Pete Stauber. Musolf had 994 votes to Boucher’s 905. He tells us he’s excited and a little relieved for the campaign to be over so he can start serving the people…

Larson, Nolle Face Off in Duluth Mayoral Race

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth mayoral race has been narrowed to two candidates. Incumbent Mayor Emily Larson will face challenger Dave Nolle in the November general election. About two-thirds of Duluth voters chose Mayor Larson as their pick in Tuesday’s primary. She advances to the general election against Dave Nolle, who finished second in the primary with about twelve percent…

Duluth City Council Candidate Derek Medved Reacts to Primary Election Results

Medved, 24, is running for an at-large seat on the Duluth City Council

DULUTH, Minn. – 24-year-old Derek Medved is seeking an at-large seat on the Duluth City Council. Medved owns the Gary Milkhouse and Korner Stores convenience stores. While results came in during Tuesday’s primary election, Medved talked with Fox 21 about his campaign and what he hopes to bring to the City Council. Medved will take on incumbents Noah Hobbs and…

United Way to “Stuff the Bus” with School Supplies

Supplies drive helping Superior and Lake Superior School Districts

DULUTH, Minn. – Northland schools will soon be back in session and, to help kids get prepared, the Head of the Lakes United Way will “Stuff the Bus” full of school supplies for the Superior and Lake Superior (Two Harbors-North Shore) School Districts. Supplies most needed this year include pencils, makers, scissors, and earbuds. You can drop them off at…

Local Business Reacts to FDA’s Potential Regulation of CBD Products

Sutherland CBD says they have no problem with regulation because their CBD comes from a reliable source

DULUTH, Minn. – CBD products may soon be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The government agency is working to learn more about the safety of CBD and other cannabis products. The FDA is saying some CBD products are being marketed with unproven medical claims like they can cure cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. Craig Sutherland, from Sutherland CBD…

Update: 2-Year-Old Boy Killed in Hit and Run, Suspect Charged

16-year-old girl also injured in incident; suspect in custody

Jake Place ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – A fatal hit and run killed a two-year-old boy Thursday afternoon in Northeast Itasca Township, about fifteen miles north of Nashwauk. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, officers learned a 16-year-old pedestrian, identified as Alexia Carroll, was struck while pushing a 2-year-old, identified as Logan Klennert, in a stroller. The 2-year-old died at the…

Midday Update 08-02-19

Local News and Weather Making Headline Friday, August 2, 2019

Join FOX 21’s Andrew Kirov for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, August 2, 2019. Categories: News, News – Latest News

Smokey Bear to Celebrate 75th Birthday at Tall Timber Days

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – This year marks the 7th birthday of Smokey Bear and his fire prevention campaign. Celebrations are happening throughout Minnesota, including a celebration at Tall Timber Days in Grand Rapids on Saturday, August 3rd. Smokey will make appearances at the Tall Timber education booth, located in the northwest corner of the Old Central School in downtown Grand…

Bike Duluth Festival This Weekend at Spirit Mountain

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, the annual Bike Duluth Festival rides at Spirit Mountain in Duluth. The festival has activities and events for bikers of all ages. For its sixth anniversary, the Bike Duluth Festival is raising two amazing beneficiaries: Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS) and the Gary New Duluth Development Alliance (GNDDA). A full schedule can be found…

Addiction Solutions in Native American Community Explored at Conference

CLOQUET, Minn. – Recent studies have shown Native Americans have a higher rate of drug abuse than other populations. This week, care providers are coming together to turn that around. It’s not just a medical approach that treatment centers, government departments, and others are taking to help the Native American community recover from drug addiction. They are taking a spiritual…

Kids Attend “Weaving Joy” Day Camp in Cloquet

Camp at Zion Lutheran Church focused on finding happiness for yourself and others

CLOQUET, Minn. – With schools still on summer vacation, kids are going to day camps across the Northland. At Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet, about thirty campers are attending a program about finding happiness called “Weaving Joy.” Church leaders say it’s tough to get kids to attend church in the summer and this helps keep them engaged. “I think there’s…

New $10 Million Maintenance Facility Coming to Barnum

Building will be addition onto current Barnum shop

BARNUM, Minn. – A new $10 million maintenance facility is coming soon to Barnum. The new building will be an addition onto the current Barnum garage. More space means another repair shop can be used by workers. Plus, plows can now be kept on trucks overnight, without having to be removed. “So they’re down in the Barnum pit putting on…

Renovations Happening at Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College

A $1.15 million project and separate $853,000 project are bringing improvements to campus

CLOQUET, Minn. – Big renovations are happening at Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College. A $1.15 million project will remodel classrooms, update the kitchen, and create an outdoor classroom. Meanwhile, another $853,000 project will install a new staircase and create a custom-designed floor. “There’s some Ojibwe floral design work in it and the college has five cultural values, and…

Update: Suspect in Custody After Shooting in Virginia

Victim air-lifted to Duluth, his condition unknown at this time

VIRGINIA, Minn. – 30-year-old Luke Mathias Erkkila was taken into custody by the Eveleth Police Department early Saturday morning without incident. He is being held at the St. Louis County Virginia Jail on First Degree Attempted Murder. Erkkila was arrested in connection to a Friday night shooting in Virginia. Just after 7:00 p.m. Friday night, the Virginia Police Department responded…

Disabilities Expo Raises Money for All-Abilities Park

Ground is expected to be broken in August at the Webster Dream Park in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – People with disabilities came together in Superior to learn about available resources in the Twin Ports and raise money for a good cause. The annual Empowerment Expo at the Mariner Business and Retail Center is organized by North Country Independent Living. The center provides services, job skills training and more for people with all kinds of disabilities….

Hillside Youth Theatre Performs “The Oddest Sea”

The play is described as "Homer's Odyssey Meets Rock N' Roll"

DULUTH, Minn. – Hillside Youth Theatre is performing their newest production, “The Oddest Sea.” The play is described as Homer’s Odyssey meets rock n’ roll. The director tells us the kids have been working on the show for six weeks and they’re excited to finally perform in front of an audience. “A lot of these kids wouldn’t have access to…

Twin Ports Look to Upgrade, Expand Public Camera Systems

Duluth prepares to expand and upgrade their system, while Superior looks to add public cameras for the first time

DULUTH, Minn. – There are dozens of cameras mounted across Duluth that can help law enforcement prevent and solve crimes. Now, the Police Department wants to upgrade and expand the camera system. The public cameras have been used by police to solve robberies, assaults, damage to property, and even two homicides in Duluth. Police believe expanding the system can make…

Dog Parade Raises Money for Alzheimer’s Foundation

Eleven dogs marched in the parade through Duluth's Benedictine Living Community

DULUTH, Minn. – A dog parade marched through Duluth’s Benedictine Living Community, raising money for a good cause. Eleven dogs took part in the parade. The fourth annual event is a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Money collected will be used for research and supporting families impacted by dementia diseases. Staff say the parade is a good chance for residents…

Pattison Park Beach Reopens as Flood Recovery Continues

Beach had been closed for more than a year after a flood devastated the state park last June

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A hot day at Pattison State Park just isn’t the same if you can’t get in the water. Now, after more than a year of being closed, the beach at Interfalls Lake is back open. “We went and walked down, looked at the waterfalls, the whole time ‘Dad, when can we get to the beach? When can we…

Duluthians Meet Candidates Running for Mayor, City Council, School Board

Meet and greet at Incline Station hosted by Club 710

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluthians met city candidates running for mayor, city council, and school board. Eighteen candidates, including four incumbents, attended the meet and greet at the Incline Station in Downtown Duluth. The event was put on by the 710 Club, a political group who wants to keep voters informed. “Tonight we just decided to open up our meeting to…

17-Year-Old Injured in Water Tubing Accident

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – A 17-year-old boy was injured in a water tubing accident Saturday afternoon at the Whiteface Reservoir, about ten miles south of Hoyt Lakes. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the South Dakota teen had been tubing along with two other individuals behind a Sea-Doo Jet Ski when he was ejected from the tube…

Duluth Police: Suspect Takes Officer’s Taser in Arrest, Limited Forced Used

Video courtesy: Facebook/Tiffany Mason DULUTH, Minn. – A suspect took a Duluth Police Officer’s taser and pointed at another officer’s face during an arrest on Friday afternoon. The incident happened just after 2:00 p.m. at Tri Towers on the 200 Block of 2nd Avenue East. According to police, officers responded to a report of an unwanted 32-year-old male who has…

‘Zoo La Palooza’ Aims to Raise $30,000 for Lake Superior Zoo

The event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the zoo

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday was the biggest fundraiser of the year at Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth. “Zoo La Palooza” brought families for a night of games, live music, food trucks, and raffles. Staff hope to raise $30,000 and show off all the zoo has to offer. “To bring people out that live in the community both here in Duluth…

New CBD Oil Store to Open in Ashland

Sutherland CBD is planning to open their third location on September 1st

ASHLAND, Wis. – The Twin Ports’ first specialty CBD store is getting ready to expand for a third time, this time in Ashland. Sutherland CBD opened its first location in Superior about a year ago. They’ve since opened another store in Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood. Now, the family-owned business will bring their hemp oil products like energy drinks, oils, and dog…

Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) Opens Doors to Community

Staff show important research being done to help future generations of Minnesotans

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Minnesota’s Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) is right on Highway 53 in Hermantown. Recently, they opened their doors for community tours. Staff showed off all the work they’ve been doing, like treating biomass with heat to create high-value carbon products like solid and liquid fuels. They say their work will help future generations of Minnesotans. “We have…

Teen Recovering After Crash With Moose

17-year-old Amaya Nelson broke nearly every bone in her face, but she's expected to make a full recovery

DULUTH, Minn. – A 17-year-old Northland girl is recovering after her car crashed into a moose on July 7th. First responders have told her family it’s a ‘miracle’ she and her boyfriend both survived the crash. The driver, 17-year-old Amaya Nelson, is still in the ICU. She broke nearly every bone in her face, but her family tells us she’s…

Barker’s Island Beach Reopened After Restoration Work

Beach had some of the worst bacteria levels in the St. Louis River area, officials believe that will improve

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Barker’s Island beach is back open after restoration work. The Wisconsin DNR found the beach had some of the worst bacteria numbers in the St. Louis River area. They raised the beach with a proper slope, and brought in coarse sand so it doesn’t hold as much bacteria. “We really like to see the community be…

Superior City Council Passes Resolution Supporting Safe Rebuild of Husky Refinery

Husky, which will continue using HF, assures residents that big improvements are being made to safety and environmental standards

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior City Council passed a resolution supporting the rebuild of the Husky Refinery in the safest way possible. The resolution passed unanimously. Councilor Dan Olson, who introduced it, says it was time for the council to take action because the refinery is such a big part of the community. It brings hundreds of jobs and many…

Duluth’s Peace Church Hosts “Lights for Liberty” Immigration Vigil

Organizers are collecting signatures on petitions calling for changes to U.S. immigration policies

DULUTH, Minn. – Peace United Church of Christ on 11th Avenue East in Duluth hosted a vigil calling for changes to U.S. immigration policies. It’s one of hundreds of “Lights for Liberty” gatherings happening nationwide. Organizers are collecting signatures on petitions asking lawmakers to say “no” to what they call “abuses taking place” at the southern border. “The more people…

Duluth Rowing Club Celebrates New Rowing Center

$1.5 million facility has storage space for 50-70 boats

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Rowing Club is celebrating the completion of their new $1.5 million rowing center on Park Point. The two new buildings have storage space for fifty to seventy boats and locker rooms and showers for men and women. Rowing Club members hope the new facility welcomes in a new generation of rowers. “In many sports, if…

Minnesotan Prepares for His First Hurricane in New Orleans

Graham Hakala shows us his new city and shares photos of recent flooding in the French Quarter

NEW ORLEANS – Graham Hakala is from the Iron Range. He also lived in Duluth for years. And now, he’s preparing to experience his first hurricane after recently moving to New Orleans, Louisiana. “It’s a beautiful day right now, it’s hot, you can see I’m a Minnesota boy so I’ve got sweat on my everywhere, really,” said Hakala. But that…

St. Louis County Looks to Add Short-Term and Vacation Rental Standards

Officials hope to enact the standards in January 2020

RICE LAKE, Minn. – St. Louis County may soon have official standards for short-term and vacation rental properties like Airbnb. A proposed zoning ordinance would require lots and structures to fit with certain standards. No more than one dwelling on any piece of land could be rented. Plus, temporary structures like garages and fish houses could not be rented. “This…

Federal Grants Could Help Fund Big Projects at Duluth Airports

Duluth International Airport and Sky Harbor Airport would be impacted by grants

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Airport Authority is expecting big federal grants to help with projects at Sky Harbor Airport and Duluth International Airport. A million-dollar master plan will soon be created at the International Airport, detailing what is happening there now and what is needed for the future. Airport officials also hope to conduct a nearly $800,000 noise study…

Three Convicted Sex Offenders to be Released in Superior

All three men will live at the Transitional Living Place at 1620 North 16th Street

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Three registered sex offenders will be released in Superior over the next three weeks. All three men will live at a halfway house near the Superior Public Library. The State of Wisconsin issued a Special Bulletin Notice for two of the three offenders, meaning they have some extremely serious convictions, including violations when they’ve been released in…

Kids Learn About Economics at Free Camp

'Economically Lit' summer camp meets every Tuesday afternoon

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids are leaning all about economics this summer. The ‘Economically Lit’ summer camp teaches fifteen through eighteen-year-olds basic money skills. They’re learning about credit scores, career strategies, how to save money, and other subjects. “Do you think you want to save up to buy a house or rent a house? What would be better to rent or…

Nurses Ask for More Staffing at Essentia Health, St. Luke’s

Minnesota Nurses Association members ask Duluth City Council to talk to the hospitals on their behalf

DULUTH, Minn. – Nurses at Essentia Health and St. Luke’s say the hospitals are not providing enough staffing for them to give patients proper care. This as the facilities are planning major expansions of $800 million and $300 million. According to the Minnesota Nurses Association, Essentia Health employs about 1,200 nurses in Duluth. St. Luke’s employs about 630. Nurses voiced…

More Than 100 Artists Display Work at Park Point Art Fair

Fair brings thousands to Park Point every year

DULUTH, Minn. – The Park Point Art Fair kicked off Saturday. Thousands attend the annual fair, where more than a hundred artists display and sell work in many different mediums like glass, painting, woodwork, jewelry, and more. Karin Kraemer owns Duluth Pottery in Lincoln Park. She says the Park Point Fair is like a big reunion for artists. “There’s a…

UPDATE: Missing Woman Located

49-year-old Teri Lynn Schaeffer has been located

DULUTH, Minn. – Teri Lynn Schaeffer has been located. Police tell us they are speaking with her at this time. The vehicle police were looking for was also located. Earlier, police asked for the public’s help in finding Schaeffer. They said she was considered missing under “suspicious circumstances.” Categories: News, News – Latest News

Duluth Considers Making First Street a Two-Way from Mesaba to 24th Avenue East

Some First Street businesses do not want the change

DULUTH, Minn. – Big changes could be coming to one of the busiest streets in Downtown Duluth. The city is considering a plan that wold make First Street a two-way street from Mesaba Avenue to Twenty-Fourth Avenue East. City officials think it could improve traffic flow and reduce driver confusion, but some businesses don’t like the proposal. Right now, First…

‘Great Duluth Race’ Brings 100 People on Scavenger Hunt

20 businesses participated in the first race sponsored by the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce

DULUTH, Minn. – The Great Duluth Race brought out a hundred people for a city-wide scavenger hunt. Twenty businesses put together teams to compete in the first event of its kind hosted by the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce. The app-based game gave people missions to complete like finding a hidden door or taking a selfie with a stranger. It…

‘Beaner’s Central’ to Change Name for 20th Anniversary

Some have called the West Duluth coffee shop's name offensive

DULUTH, Minn. – A popular West Duluth coffee shop is changing its name after twenty years in business because some people believe the name is offensive. Beaner’s Central has been a staple business on Central Avenue since 1999, but the owner has decided to change the cafe’s name, saying in a press release that the name is unintentionally “xenophobic and…

Duluth Psychiatrist Offering Magnetic TMS Treatment for Depression & OCD

Dr. Eric Johnson says the treatment can help patients who have not responded to medications

DULUTH, Minn. – An in-home clinic in Duluth is now offering a magnetic procedure called TMS for treatment-resistant depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. During treatment at Duluth TMS, patients sit in a chair and fasten a helmet-like device to their head. Then, 2,000 magnetic stimulations are given to their brain over a twenty minute span. According to Dr. Eric Johnson,…