Author: Graham Hakala

Duluth Curling Club Hosts Fundraiser for Junior National Teams

A spaghetti fundraiser was held to support the young athletes on their trips

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Curling Club hosted a spaghetti fundraiser to help a few of their young athletes with their trip to the Junior Nationals. Dozens of people made it out to support the team, as they get ready to compete in the U–18 and U–21 Junior Nationals Championships. “We just really appreciate it a lot, everybody coming out and…

City of Duluth gets ready for Cold Front February

Cold Front February celebrates Duluth's dedication to the cold

DULUTH, Minn. –  The City of Duluth is getting ready for the first ever Cold Front February celebration. It’s a festival taking place in Canal Park that features all kinds of fun outdoor activities, including an ice trail along the Lakewalk, for people to skate. All to celebrate Duluth’s hearty resistance to the cold. “Duluth is this great winter destination…

Graphic Novel Author Speaks with Students About Diversity in Literature

Gene Luen Yang is an award winning graphic novelist

DULUTH, Minn. –  Award winning graphic novel author Gene Luen Yang is made a stop through Duluth on Monday to talk with students here about the need for more diversity in young people’s literature. He’s encouraging young people to read about characters outside of their own culture. “I think our world is becoming more diverse, and we’re becoming more connected….

American Indian Learning Resource Center awarded grant to publish book

The book is a biography of medicine man Paul Buffalo, and the Ojibwa history

DULUTH, Minn. – The American Indian Learning Resource Center at UMD has received an $85,600 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society. Members of the resource center are hoping to use those funds to publish a three volume book on Ojibwa history, and the biography of traditional Ojibwa medicine man, Paul Buffalo. “We’re hoping that by publishing this book people will be…

Lil’ Icebreakers teaches young girls the hockey basics

Girls ages four to eight learned how to skate from local hockey experts

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of young girls got the chance to learn some hockey basics on Sunday. The Duluth Girls Hockey Association (DGHA) hosted the Lil’ Icebreakers Free Skate at the Heritage Sports Center in Duluth. Girls ages four to eight got to the chance to learn some techniques from local women hockey experts. “This open skate is a perfect…

Bowlers compete in the Underthun Challenge

Bowlers from the Midwest and Canada come to Duluth to play in the tournament

DULUTH, Minn. – Country lanes north bowling alley hosted the Underthun Auto Body Bowling Challenge tournament. To make things interesting, bowlers were only allowed to use certain parts of the lanes, making scoring a bit more difficult. “It gives it a pretty level playing field for everybody,” tournament sponsor Ryan Underthun said. “Anybody can win, and anybody can lose, and that’s…

Cute Puppies Take Over Fitger’s

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon holds the puppy Cutest Puppy Contest a week before the big race

DULUTH, Minn. – The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is happening next Sunday, but this weekend is all about the puppies.  Dozens of puppies were at the Fitgers complex in Duluth for the John Beargrease Cutest Puppy Contest. People got to meet the little pups, and then vote on which one is their favorite. “Everybody that enters their puppies seems to…

Marshall Students Compete in Cyber Security Competition

High School and Middle Schoolers Learn the Basics of Keeping Digital Information Safe

DULUTH, Minn. – These days, it seems like almost everything is connected to the internet. And with that comes security concerns. Young people at Marshall High School and Marshall Middle School are learning about ways to prevent cyber vulnerabilities. The students are learning the basics of computer security and could potentially use those skills in their future careers. “They can…

Fly Tying Classes at Great Lakes Fly Shop

Learn how to tie your own flies for spring

DULUTH, Minn. – Being that it’s winter, the only kind of fishing there is to do is through a hole in the ice.  But that’s not stopping some fishing enthusiasts from thinking about spring time. Great Lakes Fly Shop in Duluth offers fly tying classes furring the winter months, helping fly fishing fans learn the craft of tying their own…

Minnesota Gubernatorial Candidate Paul Thissen Visits Duluth

Thissen wants to focus on healthcare, childcare and affordable education

DULUTH, Minn. –  Another candidate or Minnesota governor has thrown his hat into the ring for the DFL.  Paul Thissen is a former speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, who also served as a DFL Minority Leader. He made a stop through Duluth on Sunday to talk about his bid to become the next Minnesota governor. “I’ve been in…

Rhythm and Hues Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Spirit

The event featured a dinner, music and spoken word performances

DULUTH, Minn. – Peace United Church of Christ played host to the Rhythm and Hues event on Friday. The free event is part of a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It kicked off with a dinner and lead into a night of live music and spoken word performances, featuring artists who have made contributions in the fight for equal…

Life House has a new addition

The homeless youth advocacy organization has purchased a neighboring building

DULUTH, Minn. – The homeless youth advocates at Life House in Duluth are celebrating their newest property. Life House has officially acquired a building right behind its location. The building will be used to expand the education efforts for homeless youth there. “We have an in–house, paid, job training program for the homeless and street youth that we work with….

Glensheen kicks off Moonlight Snowshoe hike

The snowshoe hikes take place every Wednesday this January

DULUTH, Minn. – Dozens of winter–goers braved the freezing air for the first Moonlight Snowshoe event of the year at the Glensheen mansion. Snowshoers toured the grounds, and finished off at a bonfire to warm up. “It’s just a different way to enjoy the winter landscape that we have in front of us,” Glensheen marketing director Jane Pederson said. “You…

Duluth Public Library hosts escape room for teens

Northland teens worked together to solve the puzzle and escape the library

DULUTH, Minn. – Some teenagers simulated what might happen if they were locked inside the library.  The Mount Royal branch of the Duluth Public Library hosted a library-themed escape room puzzle on Friday. Teens worked together to find clues, and figure out how to escape the library in under 25 minutes. “There’s a whole ton of teamwork that happens here,”…

Post-holiday exercise options

9Round Fitness 30 minute Kickboxing might help knock you back into shape

DULUTH, Minn. – After the holidays is when most people start feeling like it’s time to hit the gym.A new kind of gym has opened up in Duluth recently. 9Round Fitness is a 30 minute kickboxing studio, where folks can work with a trainer, and have a slightly different workout experience than your typical gym. “The whole thing with kickboxing…

Duluth rink rats brave the cold for the love of hockey

Well below-zero temps won't stop these little athletes

DULUTH, Minn. – Well, it may be cold outside but that’s not stopping hearty Northlanders from keeping busy out there. Being that it’s Minnesota, kids don’t seem to mind that it’s a few degrees below zero. FOX21 caught up with some young rink rats playing a game of pick-up hockey at the Glen Avon hockey rinks. “It’s cold, but, I…

Duluth YMCA sees uptick in members during colder months

The YMCA offers a variety of activity to keep people active during the Northland's freezing season

DULUTH, Minn. – So many cold days in a row means its getting harder to stay active. FOX 21 spoke with the Duluth YMCA about what they’re doing to keep people up and active, and just staying warm during these frigid temps. “We have so much going on indoors, everything from our  rock climbing wall, we have two pools, lot…

Northland businesses prepare for New Year’s Eve celebrations

Liquor stores are sure to be busy this weekend

SUPERIOR, Wisc. –  Now that Christmas is out of the way, it’s time to start to think about those New Year’s Eve plans. Liquor stores are obviously a major stop for many people getting ready for the celebration. Stores are getting rid of the Christmas gifts sets to make room for the champagne. Employees say this time of year is…

Church celebrates “Awkward Family Christmas” stories

They say it's a fun way to celebrate togetherness and remember that life isn't perfect.

DULUTH, Minn. – Eastridge Community Church added a little holiday twist to their services on Sunday.  They held the “Awkward Family Christmas” series at their church on Arrowhead Road. They shared stories of their own awkward holiday struggles, and how the first Christmas was kind of awkward too. “You know, Jesus was born in a barn. Sometimes we share our Christmas…

Last-minute shoppers pick out presents for pets

A Place for Fido was the place to be for dog-lovers this christmas

DULUTH, Minn. – People in Duluth were out in search of that one last thing on their list this Christmas Eve. A Place for Fido in the Fitger’s complex had folks coming in and picking up gifts for that special member of the family…the dogs! Co-owner Jamie Parent says pets always appreciate a good gift, and it can give them…

Lake Superior Zoo Welcomes Newest Addition

Grip the Raven is Lake Superior Zoo's newest resident

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo welcomed in it’s newest critter on Thursday.  Grip the Raven is making the zoo his new home, after he was brought into Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation after being injured. The Lake Superior Zoo took in Grip, and are taking good care of him. “He’s pretty smart, so I’m always having to think of new…

Union Gospel Mission celebrates 95 years

The organization hosted a lasagna dinner tonight, courtesy of the St. John's Catholic Church

DULUTH, Minn. – The Union Gospel Mission celebrated 95 years of helping the community on Thursday. The organization held its annual lasagna dinner at its facility in Downtown Duluth. Community members were able to have a sit down meal with their friends. “The Union Gospel Mission has been here for 95 years, serving food, and providing shelter and providing hope…

Skate with Santa at the Heritage Sports Center

The event was full of kids activities to give families something fun to do durring the holiday season.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a winter celebration over at the Heritage Sports Center in Duluth. Wednesday as the annual Skate with Santa event. It included all kinds of kids activities, as well as some ice skating. It’s put on as a way to help families have fun during the holidays, without having to worry about their pocketbook. “There’s not…

Community makes wreaths to support Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

The money raised will go to fund educational programs at the center

DULUTH,Minn. – Folks were able to stop by the Glensheen Mansion for a night of wreath making on Wednesday. The event was a fundraiser for the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center. Families paid $20 for each wreath, and that money will be used to fund educational programs at Boulder Lake. “We really want to spread the word, and let people…

Lights go on for another year at Marcia Hales’ house

Thanks to the help of the neighborhood, Hales' lights shine for yet another season

DULUTH, Minn. – After almost not happening this year, the lights are lit and the public is invited to come check out Marcia Hales’ lights display. Marcia Hales loved looking at Christmas lights as a kid, and now her light display on park point has been a tradition for many families for several years. After announcing that last year might…

Local business man holds toy drive for second year

Mike Letica is holding the "Make Every Child Smile" toy drive

DULUTH, Minn. –  With Christmas coming up just around the bend, some families have a hard time putting gifts under the trees. One local business man is trying to help out those families buy organizing a toy drive. Mike Leticia is organizing the “Make Every Child Smile” toy drive. He hopes to be able to deliver toys to families who…

7th annual Evening of the ARTS for CHOICE, unlimited

The program helps adults with disabilities with employment and community inclusion

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday was the 7th annual Evening of the ARTS for Choice, unlimited. Choice, unlimited is a day program that helps adults with disabilities find employment and inclusion in their local communities. on Wednesday, the organization shared some of the arts projects they worked on, such as writing and dance. “It’s a sense of accomplishment,” visual arts instructor Maria…

Northland Finnish community celebrates 100 years of independence

Finland declared their independence from Russia in 1917

DULUTH, Minn. – December 6 Finland’s Independence Day, and Northlanders were celebrating. Wednesday is the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence from Russia in 1917. Northlanders filled the Great Hall at The Depot to celebrate Finnish heritage, listen to music and eat some traditional food “There certainly are a lot of people here,” organizer Arlene Putikka Tucker said. “You go through the phone…

Hmong Community Prepares to Celebrate New Year

Coppertop Church will be the place to be to celebrate Hmong culture Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. –  The people of the local Hmong community are getting ready for a celebration this Saturday.  The Hmong New Year celebration is happening on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, also known as the Coppertop Church in Duluth. It will be a celebration of Hmong culture with traditional music, clothing and of course, great food. “Coming here…

Hermantown Students Graduate from D.A.R.E.

More than 170 sixth graders graduated the program

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown kids are ready for some of life’s toughest lessons, thanks to the D.A.R.E program. More than 170 sixth grade students graduated from the 2017 D.A.R.E program In Friday. Hermantown police handed out certificates and prizes. The program teaches kids about the effects of drugs and alcohol, but it doesn’t stop there. “The D.A.R.E. program is so much…

Northlanders Raise Awareness on World AIDS Day

More than 36 million people are living with HIV

DULUTH, Minn. – A candlelight vigil took place in  Downtown Duluth to commemorate the lives lost to HIV and AIDS, as well as draw attention to the illness as a way to de-stigmatize the topic. “People with HIV and AIDS are just that – They’re people,” advocate Will McGraw said. “I think that all people deserve to feel safe and respected…

Superior Police Spread Acts of Kindness For The Holidays

Superior police are issuing gift cards instead of tickets

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Superior Police Department is getting in on the giving spirit. Between now and Christmas, police officers will be handing out gift cards instead of tickets. Superior’s police chief Nicholas Alexander tells Fox 21 it’s a great way to build positive relationships with the community. “It lightens the mood. When someone gets a gift card, it opens…

City of Superior sees tax decrease for residents in 2018

Superior residents should see a 2.17% decrease in their tax bill for 2018

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Property taxes are decreasing for superior residents in 2018. Mayor Jim Paine says the final budget numbers are in and that comes with 2.17% decrease in the overall property tax bill for residents. Paine tells us after several years of tax increases for the City of Superior, he’s pleased to see the budget heading in a different…

Hermantown Sammy’s Pizza Closes

The pizza place loses its lease as the Lakehead Oil's gas station closes

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – After 26 years in Hermantown, the Sammy’s Pizza at the BP gas station on Miller Trunk Highway is closed. Lakehead Oil’s gas station, that housed the pizza place, has closed, which means that the Sammy’s Pizza there had lost its lease and was also forced to close up shop. Sammy’s manager Pat Daly said it’s the people…

Northlanders raise money for hurricane victims in the Virgin Islands

The benifit was held to raise funds and awareness of the rebuilding efforts in the Virgin Islands

DULUTH, Minn. – A couple of Northlanders with ties to the virgin islands are hosting a fundraiser for hurricane victims there. It featured many live musical acts, as well as a silent auction. Organizers hope that this event can bring awareness to the recovering efforts that are still going on in those heavily affected areas. “The U.S. Virgin Islands is…

City of Duluth hosts open house to discuss Superior Street reconstruction

The Superior Street reconstruction project is set to begin in early 2018

DULUTH, Minn. -Plans for the major Superior Street reconstruction project in the Duluth is one step closer to being finalized. The city held an open house on Thursday for the public to see the plans for the downtown project. Residents, Superior Street business owners were on hand to share their input about the upcoming transformation. “This is the transition from…

Lincoln Park Business Business Group hosts annual Turkey Bingo

It was the 69th annual Turkey Bingo

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lincoln Park community came together a the VFW for the annual Turkey Bingo. It was the 69th year for the Turkey Bingo. The event is put on by the Lincoln Park Business Group as a way to bring people together, share some laughs, and hear about all the ways Lincoln Park is growing. “We got some…

Spirit of Duluth Dinner and Film Series hosts A Taste of Russia

The event included a Russian dinner and a screening of a Russian film

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders had the chance to enjoy a taste of another culture at the Zeitgeist Arts Building on Monday. The Spirit of Duluth Dinner and Film Series, hosted by Zeitgeist held “A Taste of Russia,” where community members enjoyed an authentic Russian dinner, followed by a Russian film screening. The series is meant to showcase some of Duluth’s…

Newer, bigger coffee roaster arrives at Duluth Coffee Company

Duluth Coffee Company's new roaster will substantially increase output

DULUTH, Minn. –  It was an exciting day for Duluth Coffee Company on Monday. A custom built coffee roaster arrived at the Duluth Coffee Company’s new second location on Superior Street. Owner Eric Faust said the big new roaster is in response to the community embracing the local coffee company, and this new addition is going to expand their reach…

Duluth Superior Community Foundation Seeks to Close Opportunity Gap for Children

There are more than 1,000 children living in poverty in Superior, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Community members in Superior gathered on Monday to talk about the opportunity gap that underprivileged children face in the Twin Ports. The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation hosted the Opportunity Rising dinner, and discussed ways to better help children in poverty have the same chances in life as their peers. “Every child deserves to have opportunities that…

Santa Claus Arrives at the Miller Hill Mall in Style

It was the 5th annual Santa Slumber Party

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of Northland kids were at the Miller Hill Mall this evening to see Santa Claus arrive. It is the 5th annual Santa Slumber Party at the mall. Santa arrived in style in a decorated trolley thanks to the Duluth Transit Authority. “We just dropped Santa Claus off, and now all the boys and girls of the…

“Lettuce Meet Up” with the Duluth Community Garden Program

The community garden group holds a meet up every month

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Community Garden Program held their first monthly get–together at Bent Paddle on Tuesday. It’s called “Lettuce Meet Up!” It’s a way for community gardeners to get to know each other, and discuss tips and tricks. “You can meet people from different gardens, some all the way in west side, some all the way in Chester…

Mental health conference held in Duluth

The conference brought mental health professionals from all over the region together

DULUTH, Minn. – Mental health professionals from around the region met up in Duluth on Monday and Tuesday. It was the third annual Comprehensive Mental Health Conference. Organizers say it’s a way for health professionals to learn more about their practice, network, and encourage young professionals to seek careers in the mental health field. “This work can be tremendously fulfilling,…

P.T.S.D. discussion held at Duluth Public Library

Health officials say it's important to talk about mental health

DULUTH, Minn. – With Veteran’s Day coming up this week, some groups are having discussions surrounding mental health. A presentation was held a the Duluth Public Library discussing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in veteran’s. Organizers say it is important for people to talk about mental health, and understand that help is out there. “Mental illness is still a stigma, unfortunately, so…

City of Duluth Moves Forward with Seawall Replacement Project

The project could begin as soon as spring of 2018

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is making moves to replace the failing sea walls surrounding the Minnesota Slip. Funding is in place for the $6 million project. According to city officials, right now the sea walls are deteriorating, and would cause problems with the surrounding structures. Construction of the project could begin as soon as spring 2018. “We’ve been worrying…

Fire Officials Remind to Check Smoke Detector Batteries This Weekend

According to fire officials, a majority of house fire related deaths are in houses with faulty smoke detectors

SUPERIOR, Wisc. –  Sunday is the day to set the clocks back for daylight saving time, which means it’s also an important time to check something else around the house. Fire officials say it’s time to change the batteries on those smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Experts say having a functioning smoke detector is a matter of life or…

The Spirit Room Pairs Beer with Halloween Candy

The Spirit Room experiments with the beer and candy combinations

  SUPERIOR, Minn. – Halloween isn’t only for the kids. The Spirit Room in Superior hosted the Beer and Candy Tasting event this Halloween. They paired several kinds of local beer with a bit of Halloween candy, in an effort to find some unique tastes. “This kind of brings a new level of seeing what kind of flavors can be…

Kids pack Miller Hill Mall for Mall-O-Ween

Kids trick-or-treated at the stores inside the mall

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of kids packed the Miller Hill Mall Halloween night for “Mall–O–Ween!” There was a costume contest, and kids were able to trick-or-treat at each of the stores. A free photo booth was available at the mall to capture all the spooky memories. Categories: Business, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News, Video