Author: Andrew Kirov

Duluth’s ‘West Theater’ Expected to Open Friday

Original Art Deco Theater, first opened in 1937, will reopen for the first time in 40 years

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s original Art Deco Theater is expected to open its doors this Friday for the first time in forty years. The West Theater on Central Avenue in West Duluth opened in 1937. It was one of Duluth’s premiere theaters until it closed in the 1970s. The 250 seat venue will be the only family movie theater and…

Predator Hunters USA Exposes Alleged Child Predators

Group has exposed alleged predators in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Iowa

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A Minnesota-based group is exposing who they call child predators online. Predator Hunters USA uses decoy online accounts to find adults who want to meet with children for sexual activity, and they stream the whole think live on Facebook. Predator Hunters USA has more than 77,000 followers on Facebook. Since October 2018, the group has exposed close…

Cancer Survivors Celebrated in Duluth

Miller Dwan Foundation and Essentia Health hosted third annual event at Clyde Iron Works

DULUTH, Minn. – June is national cancer survivorship month. The Miller Dwan Foundation says a patient isn’t a cancer survivor only if they beat the disease. They are already survivors the moment they are diagnosed with it as they begin the difficult battle to fight for their lives. A celebration at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth honored recently diagnosed cancer…

UW-Superior Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Celebration included a barbecue, bounce house, and campus tours

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Students, alumni, and community members are on campus now. There’s a free barbecue, bounce house, and concert featuring Big Top Chautauqua. People can also take tours to see how much the University has changed. “UW-Superior wouldn’t be the institution it is today without the community and so we…

Earth Rider Brewery Planning Major Expansion

Superior craft brewery will double beer production and expand event space between buildings

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Earth Rider Brewery in Superior is selling more beer than they can make. Now, they’re making a big expansion they say will double their beer production. Earth Rider started brewing almost two years ago. Soon the Superior company will make even more craft beer and will host big events between their brewery and taproom. Grain elevators and…

Virginia Police Officer Honored for Bravery in Hostage Situation

Officer Nick Grivna saved civilian hostage in November 2018

Photo Courtesy: Mark Sauer/Mesabi Daily News ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Virginia police officer has been honored for bravery in the line of duty during a hostage situation in November 2018. Officer Nick Grivna was given the Police Officer of the Year Honorable Mention Distinction by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association. They describe Grivna as a hero in…

Motorcyclist Dies in Crash with Deer

Crash happened at about 8:00 p.m. Thursday night at Highway 44 and Brimson Road

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – A motorcyclist is dead after a crash with a deer in rural St. Louis County. At about 8:00 p.m. Thursday night, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and the Brimson Fire Department responded to the crash at Highway 44 and Brimson Road. The lone male driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene….

Gary-New Duluth Dog Park Named After Fallen K-9 Haas

Haas Memorial Dog Park is part of a big renovation at the GND Recreation Center

DULUTH, Minn. – The dog park at the Gary-New Duluth Recreation Center has been renamed in honor of fallen Duluth Police K-9, Haas. Haas was shot and killed on January 13th while responding to a domestic dispute. His partner, Officer Aaron Haller, took a bullet to the vest the same night. Now, Haas’ name will not be forgotten in Duluth….

Deer Caught Inside Grand Rapids Business

The deer was inside what will be the Boulder Tap House, in the former Ground Round space

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – An unexpected visitor walked out of the wilderness to take a sneak peek at a business that isn’t even open yet. A deer stopped in at the Boulder Tap House, which is currently under construction in the former Ground Round space on Pokegama Avenue. Police responded and eventually helped the deer out of the building. “Carl…

Minnesota Wildfire Academy Trains About 700 Firefighters

Trainees from fourteen states learn how to battle fires in extreme conditions

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – This week, hundreds of firefighters are getting hands-on training in Grand Rapids. Fire professionals have come from fourteen states to take part in the training. Seven-hundred firefighters are learning skills in fire suppression and fire training at the Wildfire Academy at Itasca Community College. “We can take it so far in the classroom through discussions but…

Superior City Council Still Without President

City Attorney Frog Prell continues to work on a memo telling the council if a game of chance is allowed to choose president

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior City Council is still without a President. This, as City Attorney Frog Prell continues to work on a memo telling the council if it’s allowed to cut a deck of cards or use another game of chance as a tie-breaker to elect the next President. At the June 4th meeting, the council voted to table…

Organizations Work to End Domestic Abuse in the Twin Ports

Advocates say domestic violence is happening the Northland much more than people realize

SUPERIOR, Wis. – When women leave domestic violence situations their chance of dying increases by 75%. That’s according to the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse in Superior, also known as CASDA. CASDA staff tell us domestic violence is happening in the Twin Ports much more than people realize. They say it happens to people of all economic, racial, and…

Fire Inside Duluth JCPenney

Damage to the store is estimated at $2,500

DULUTH, Minn. – A fire caused a brief evacuation at the JCPenney store at the Miller Hill Mall. The incident happened at 3:46 p.m. on Saturday. According to the Duluth Fire Department, the fire started in a wall in the salon area on the second floor. The lint build-up in the wall and the heat from a dryer in use…

Former Duluth Fire Chief Sentenced for DWI, Releases Statement

Former Duluth Fire Chief, Dennis Edwards, pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to a third degree DWI charge.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s former fire chief now knows his sentence for a DWI arrest in March, and he’s speaking out about it for the first time. Dennis Edwards, a 23-year veteran of the Duluth Fire Department, pleaded guilty in St. Louis County Court Wednesday to a 3rd-Degree DWI. The former fire chief was sentenced to 180 days in jail…

Company Interested in Developing Kozy Building Site

City of Duluth can't sell building until lawsuits are settled with former owner, Erik Ringsred

DULUTH, Minn. – A company is interested in developing the site of the Pastoret Terrace Building, which some people call the Kozy Building, in Downtown Duluth. A company called Merge, LLC would like to transform that property and the nearby Paul Robeson Ballroom into a mixed-use development with housing and commercial spaces. But the city can’t even sell the property…

Va Bene Caffe Opens “The Grotto” for the Season

Seating space is located under restaurant's enclosed deck and offers Lake Superior views.

DULUTH, Minn. – Outdoor seating at Duluth restaurants are now open for the season. Va Bene Caffe on East Superior Street has opened “The Grotto” for the summer. The open-air seating space is under the restaurant’s enclosed deck. It can fit twenty-two people at tables and a bar overlooking Lake Superior. “The weather has to be just perfect,” said Va…

Duluth City Council Passes Ordinance Regulating Massage Businesses

Ordinance's goal is to cut down on sex trafficking.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council passed an ordinance they believe will cut down on sex trafficking across the ctity. The ordinance requires that all massage providers have at least five-hundred hours of certified training. Massage business owners will also have to complete background checks and their shops can no longer be open from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m….

Duluth Projects Part of $48 Billion Budget Passed by Minnesota Legislature

Half-percent sales tax hike for roads and $97 million for for medical district included in tax bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Legislature passed a $48 billion state budget. It includes money for some big Duluth projects. According to Senator Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth), Duluth’s half-percent sales tax increase for road repairs and about $97 million for the Essentia Health and St. Luke’s Medical District expansion are included in the tax bill. The legislature also approved a…

Duluth Playhouse Camps Offer Opportunities for Kids Ages 5-14

Camps start June 10th and run for for six weeks

DULUTH, Minn. – Many theatre camps and performance opportunities for kids are happening this summer at the Duluth Playhouse. The Playhouse hosted an open house, showing off its new rehearsal spaces at the NorShor Theatre. Staff tell us they get thirty to sixty kids every week for camp and even more for their junior and teen intensive programs. “We’re learning…

$800 Million Essentia Health Expansion to Begin This Fall

New renderings and details about the 340 foot tall facility are now available

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health’s new $800 million health care facility in Downtown Duluth is closer to breaking ground this fall with demolition beginning as early as September. During the construction of the 340-foot-tall facility, both East First Street and Fourth Avenue East will be closed for nearly two years. New Renderings show details of what’s being called the “Vision…

New Animal Ownership Rules in Superior

Previously banned animals like small goats and small pigs will now be allowed

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior City Council voted unanimously to change their animal ownership rules. It is now legal to own more than three dogs or more than three cats. In addition, it’s now legal to own some animals that were previously banned like small goats and small pigs. To qualify for the new ownership rules, residents will have to…

Nemadji Golf Course to be Managed by KemperSports

Mark Carlson has managed the course for 44 years, will continue to manage it through end of 2019

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Public golf courses are struggling. Duluth recently announced they will be selling nine holes of the Lester Park Golf Course for a private housing development. Now, a big change is coming to Nemadji Golf Course in Superior. The city council voted to move on from longtime golf course manager and instead have company KemperSports manage the public…

Duluth Projects Still in the Mix for State Funding

Local projects include Essentia expansion, sales tax increase for road improvements

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota legislature is expected to hold a special session soon that could pump a lot of state money into Duluth. The Verso Paper Mill is asking the state for a million dollar loan so it can do some upgrades. Essentia health hopes to receive $184 million from the state for its medical district plans. And, the…

5th Street Malt Shoppe Now Open in Two Harbors

Malt and ice cream shop at the location of the former 5th Street Tacos

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – There’s a new place to get ice cream and malts in Two Harbors. 5th Street Malt Shoppe is now open at the former location of 5th Street Tacos on Highway 61. It has the same owner as the former taco business. The crew tell us they think ice cream will be a better fit, serving everything…

Lake Breeze Motel and Resort Sold

New owners keeping hometown feel while upgrading for the future

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Breeze Motel and Resort, on the shores of Lake Superior just north of Duluth, has been sold. Brad and Kimberly Baerg have dreamed of owning a Northern Minnesota Resort for more than ten years. Since last Wednesday, the family has called the Lake Breeze Motel and Resort home. “We wanted to look at trying to…

New Intersection Proposed on Highway 61 Near Two Harbors

MnDOT officials say intersection would reduce major accidents

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Part of Highway 61 just south of Two Harbors is getting a safety overhaul a few years from now. The intersection of Highway 61 and Lake County Road 9 will be replaced. The Minnesota DOT created a proposal to make driving through intersections in that area less dangerous. The plan means cars would no longer be…

Two Teens Killed in Gogebic County Crash

15-year-old and 18-year-old female killed in single vehicle crash; 20-year-old male survived

IRONWOOD, Mich. – Two teens were killed in a single vehicle accident in Ironwood early Saturday morning. According to the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office, deputies located a vehicle that had run off of Lake Road near Powers Road and into a tree at about 2:30 a.m. Two females, ages eighteen and fifteen, were killed in the crash. A twenty-year-old man…

Woman Injured in Downtown Duluth Bus Accident

Adult female was pinned under DTA bus at 3rd Avenue West and Superior Street

DULUTH, Minn. – A woman sustained serious injuries in a DTA bus/pedestrian accident Saturday in Downtown Duluth. At 12:48 p.m., the Duluth Police, Duluth Fire and Mayo Clinic Ambulance responded to the accident at Third Avenue West and Superior Street. When arrived, they found an adult female pinned under the bus. The fire department was able to free her and…

Quilters Unite at Minnesota Charms Quilt Show

2019 show is a fundraiser for veterans organizations

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Quilters have come together for the second annual Minnesota Charms Quilt Show at the AAD Shrine Auditorium. Folks from all over the state and elsewhere are showing their creations at the show. This year, it’s a fundraiser for veterans organizations. “We love our quilting and quilting is creativity, it’s a form of art and what we do…

UWS Rifle Range Hits the Mark for Safety

Students have shot at the range in the university's Old Main building for decades

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Since the 1970s students have been shooting at the UWS rifle range, winning five national championships in a safe, supervised environment. “You have to stretch your body, make sure that your mind is completely clear because if you’re mind’s not clear, then you’re going to have an off day,” said UWS student Tiffany Kirk. Students dedicate time…

Exotic Animals in Minnesota Homes

Organizations are taking in dozens of exotic reptiles and big cats every year

MINNESOTA – Owning exotic animals is a bigger problem than most people think. Whether its bears, monkeys, snakes, or tigers, it’s becoming more common across the country and right here in the Northland. 110 big cats are now living at the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone. Many of them were surrendered or seized from local homes. The Minnesota Herpetological Society takes…

UWS Looks to Add New ‘Critical Civic Engagement’ Major

Major would focus on identifying and solving community issues

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A year and a half after suspending 25 academic programs, UW-Superior may add a new major. The university recently got a grant from the National Endowment for Humanities to develop a new academic major focusing on community advocacy. “After the program cuts they were saying they were open to innovative ideas so this was one of the…

Bent Paddle Celebrates 6 Years with Festiversary

More than 20 beers were available on tap

DULUTH, Minn. – Bent Paddle Brewing Company is celebrating their sixth anniversary with a ‘Festiversary.’ There was live music all day, fourteen food vendors, and more than twenty brews on tap, including special infusions made with all of Bent Paddle’s flagship beers. Brewery staff say the weather cooperated to make the festival a perfect chance to celebrate the Lincoln Park…

Duluth Playhouse Announces 2019-2020 Season

Season announced for NorShor, Underground, and Family Theatres

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Playhouse announced the upcoming season for the NorShor, Underground, and Family Theatres. At the NorShor this year will be Smokey Joe’s Cafe, the Wizard of Oz, Steel Magnolias, Spamalot, The Who’s Tommy, and two concert series. At the Family Theatre will be Treasure Island, Disney’s Frozen Jr, Matilda, A Year with Frog and Toad, James…

Superior City Council Fails to Elect President Again; Mayor Paine Frustrated

Vice President Craig Sutherland serving as acting president until president is selected

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Mayor Jim Paine is growing increasingly frustrated after a second city council meeting that failed to vote in a new council president. “Basically the council failed to elect a president because Councilor Sutherland refused to do his job and vote in the election. We count on all the councilors to make a decision on who their…

Memorial Blood Centers Hold Community Drive

Drive at Fox 21 in honor of 3-year-old with leukemia

DULUTH, Minn. – Memorial Blood Centers held a community blood drive in the Fox 21 parking lot. Memorial aimed to collect forty to fifty units in the drive, and they said they were right on target with that. Staff tell us the donation process is easy and takes about an hour. “The need for blood does not go away,” said…

Duluth Officer Shot On Duty Remembers Fallen K-9, Trains For Next Chapter With New K-9

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been four months since a suicidal domestic-assault suspect shot Duluth police officer Aaron Haller and fatally shot his K-9 partner Haas. Officer Aaron Haller and K-9 Haas People lined the street during Haas’ funeral procession, and they’d later pack the DECC for his memorial. As FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports, Aaron and his wife open up…

Fond du Lac Band to Oversee Burial Ground Recovery Along Highway 23

Mission Creek MnDOT project has been delayed two years after burial ground was disturbed

DULUTH, Minn. – The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will now oversee the remaining burial ground recovery efforts at the Mission Creek bridge project. That MnDOT project has been on hold since 2017 when crews found native burial remains while digging on a hillside near Highway 23 in Duluth’s Fond du Lac Neighborhood. $4.5 million has already…

Class Teaches People in Superior How to Run for Office

City Councilor Jenny Van Sickle and Mayor Jim Paine teach the course

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A class in Superior taught citizens how to run for office. It’s a three-part course taught by Superior City Councilor, Jenny Van Sickle, and Mayor Jim Paine. Students learn how to fill out and file paperwork and how to campaign for a variety of offices. Everyone is welcome at the class, but it’s geared toward women and…

Marijuana and Mental Health Discussed in Eveleth

Medical cannabis is now legal in Minnesota to treat 13 qualifying conditions

EVELETH, Minn. – The marijuana debate was discussed on the Iron Range. A community forum in Eveleth brought law enforcement, health professionals, and cannabis providers together to talk about how marijuana can impact mental health. Medical marijuana is legal in Minnesota. For many, the discussion has now turned to the benefits and risks about making recreational marijuana legal. “Is it…

Protesters Rally Against Hate

Demonstration in response to white nationalist posters found in Twin Ports

DULUTH, Minn. – A protest on the street in Downtown Duluth as people rallied against hate in the Twin Ports community. This after posters from a white nationalist group were posted in Duluth and Superior earlier this month. “United by Love” is the message protesters want to spread in Duluth. They demonstrated in response to recent fliers posted by the…

Brewer’s Garage Opens in Downtown Duluth

Pop-up event venue to serve Fitger's Brewhouse beer

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s newest pop-up event venue opens this weekend in the Historic Arts and Theater District. The Brewer’s Garage is located at 207 East Michigan Street. It’s owned by Fitger’s Brewhouse. The space will only be open when events are happening there. It can fit up to four-hundred people for concerts and private parties. The general manager says…

White Nationalist Fliers Found in Superior

Same group posted fliers in Duluth earlier this month

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Recruiting efforts by white nationalist group, Patriot Front, have moved into Superior after first making an appearance in Duluth. The Southern Poverty Law Center says Patriot Front is a hate group that believes white people in North America are being pushed out of town by non-European immigrants and that people of color are not Americans. Photos were…

Bulldogs Fans Celebrate in Buffalo

UMD wins second consecutive national championship

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The excitement could be felt at KeyBank Center on Saturday night as the UMD Bulldogs won their second consecutive NCAA Division I National Championship. No one parties quite like college hockey fans. As they entered the arena before the final game of the season, UMD fans were sure to make the most of their extended weekend in…

Fan Events Keep Bulldogs Faithful Entertained

Hobey Baker Award given to Cale Makar of UMass

BUFFALO, N.Y. – All week at the Frozen Four there are a lot of events for hockey fans. Friday, an awards ceremony recognized the best college players. The Hobey Baker award was given to UMass player Cale Makar, who the UMD Bulldogs will play in the National Championship game. Fans say events like the ceremony are a great chance to…

UMD Fans Make Long Journey to Watch Bulldogs Play

Bulldogs fans came from all over the country to the Frozen Four

BUFFALO, N.Y. – UMD fans have driven and flown hundreds of miles to watch the Bulldogs compete in the Frozen Four in Buffalo. For them, the hours long trip is a welcomed part of the experience as they hope to see their team take home a second consecutive national championship. “It’s totally worth the thirteen hour drive to watch them…

Hockey Cheerleaders to Perform in Buffalo

Squad performs with skates on the ice

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The UMD Hockey Cheerleaders are excited to perform at the Frozen Four. The team is made up of ten girls who cheer on the Bulldogs at every home game and at tournaments on the road. The group’s performances are a little more difficult than an normal cheer squad, because they have to do it while skating. They…

UMD Pep Band Ready to Hype Frozen Four Crowd

Band prepares for the event just like the hockey players

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Bulldogs men’s hockey team is playing the Frozen Four, but they’re not the only UMD team trying to play their best in Buffalo. The UMD pep band says it’s their job to get the crowd excited for Bulldogs hockey. “When we can get out there and play the songs that really pump everybody up, there’s nothing like…

UMD Fans Ready to Cheer on Bulldogs in Buffalo

Just because the Frozen Four is far away, doesn't mean there will be a lack of UMD fans in attendance

BUFFALO, N.Y. – There may not be as many UMD fans in Buffalo as there were at last year’s Frozen Four in St. Paul, but the seats in KeyBank Center are bound to be filled with a lot of maroon and gold during Thursday’s semifinal game. One man who will be there might just be the biggest Bulldogs fan in…