Andrew Kirov

Lake Superior Chainsaw Sculpture Championship Crowns a Winner

Ten competitors and ten guest carvers made creations for spectators and acution

SUPERIOR, Wis. – All weekend long, world-class carvers have been creating chainsaw sculptures on Barker’s Island in Superior. Ten competitive carvers were given twenty-three hours to create chainsaw sculpture masterpieces. After they were done, the judges crowned one of the sculptures as the competition’s best. Chainsaws revved up, cutting chunks out of white pine logs as hundreds came out to…

UPDATE: Suspect Arrested In Tri-Towers Stabbing

Police believe the suspect and victim know each other

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police told FOX 21 Sunday they have made an arrest in a stabbing that happened over the weekend. The man arrested is believed to be the person who stabbed another man multiple times Saturday at Duluth’s Tri-Towers Apartments located at 222 N. 2nd Ave. East. Shortly before 5 p.m., police responded to the building and located…

Wildfire Smoke Causes Air Quality Alert Across Minnesota

Officials advise Minnesotans to limit physical activity outside

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – State pollution officials are advising Minnesotans to limit outdoor physical activity over the weekend due to smoke from fires in western Canada. The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an alert Friday that extends through midday Sunday. The agency also advises people to avoid air pollution hotbeds like busy roads and wood fires. The…

Duluth VFW Welcomes Home 148th Fighter Wing Members

Servicemen and women recently returned from Southwest Asia

DULUTH, Minn. – Members of the 148th fighter wing were welcomed back to the area at the VFW in West Duluth. The servicemen and women were deployed in Southwest Asia and returned last month. The VFW gathering was the first time some of the airmen had seen their family and friends since returning. They say it’s good to know an…

Body Found in Grindstone River in Hinckley

The body was determined to be an elderly man reported missing

HINCKLEY, Minn. – The body of an elderly white man was found in the Grindstone River in the City of Hinckley Friday morning. The man’s body was found face down in the water. He was fully clothed and had no identification on his body. A male matching his description was reported a short time later, and authorities determined the body…

Tall Timber Days Bring Thousands to Grand Rapids

This year, some FOX 21 team members participated in a lumberjack competition

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Tall Timber Days has been bringing thousands of people together in Grand Rapids for thirty-eight straight years. The family festival was back this weekend with arts and crafts, chainsaw carving, and delicious food stands. Tall timber days celebrates Grand Rapids’ heritage in the lumber industry with lumberjack shows all weekend long. “I ask the little question,…

Great Outdoors: Blueberry Picking at Blackbirds & Blueberries Farm

Blackbirds & Blueberries is located at 3601 Crosby Rd, Cloquet, MN 55720.

CLOQUET, Minn. – You can pick one or try to pick them all. Blueberry picking season is upon us. A bucket of blueberries filled all the way to the top is the goal for most blueberry pickers¬†and at Blackbirds & Blueberries farm is where you’ll find Gail Olson. “It’s important to pick the blueberries that are blue all the way…

Fire Departments ‘Fill the Boot’ for Muscular Dystrophy Association

Duluth and Superior Fire Departments aim to raise $50,000 for organization this year

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth and Superior Fire Departments are ‘Filling the Boot’ for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Wednesday and Thursday, firefighters will be standing near busy intersections, collecting donations for the organization that helps pay for MD treatments and research. “We have been helping with MDA since way back when Jerry Lewis started the MDA and was working with…

Wild State Cider Coming Soon to Lincoln Park

Cidery is expected to join other Duluth craft beverage makers sometime in 2018

DULUTH, Minn. – Another new craft beverage maker is coming to Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Wild State Cider is planning to open later this year. Wild State will soon become the second craft cider maker in Duluth. Their storefront in the growing Lincoln Park Craft District is only a block away from the upcoming Ursa Minor Brewing and two blocks…

New On-Road ATV Routes Proposed in Superior

Some of the proposed routes are on East Fifth Street and Winter Street

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior City Council is considering on-road routes for ATVs in the city. Proposed routes through Superior would allow riders to access points in the city they couldn’t get to before on ATVs. A map of the proposed on-road ATV routes are available on the city’s website. They include East Fifth Street, Winter Street, North 58th Street,…

Prayer Service Held for People Worried After Husky Energy Explosion

Ecumenical service aims to calm the Superior community

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Three months after the Husky Energy explosion and fire, most of the 3,300 financial and health claims have been settled. Meanwhile, company officials tell us they will provide an update on the refinery on Thursday, July 26th. We may also learn more about the cause of the explosion in August. Tuesday in Superior, a nondenominational healing prayer…

Toppers Pizza to Open Two More Locations in the Twin Ports

Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood and North Tower Avenue in Superior will soon be home to Toppers

DULUTH, Minn. – A pizza chain that just arrived in the Twin Ports already has plans for opening two new locations. Toppers Pizza will open a Lincoln Park Store at 1905 West Superior Street and a Superior store on North Tower Avenue. They are expected to open by the end of the year. Toppers management says they’re excited to bring…

CBD Hemp Oil Store Opens in Superior

Apple House CBD Wisconsin is located at 1613 Tower Avenue

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Northland’s first specialty hemp-based CBD oil store is officially open for business. It’s called “Apple House CBD Wisconsin” and is located at 1613 Tower Avenue. The store sells CBD edibles, lotions, creams, and under the tongue products. CBD water will also soon be for sale. None of the products contain detectable amounts of THC, which is…

Mayor Paine Encourages More Bonfires to Help Clean Up WI Point

The Mayor's Facebook post has people fired up about helping remove driftwood from the beach

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A summer of severe weather and flooding means Wisconsin Point needs some work because driftwood has taken over the beach. Instead of spending city dollars to clean it up, Superior Mayor Jim Paine is suggesting something cost-free and unconventional: More bonfires on Wisconsin Point. After having a campfire on the point, Mayor Paine posted on Facebook a…

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…