Author: Haydee Clotter

Plow Drivers Power Through To Clear the Snow

Operators plowed the shoulders in preparation for additional snow

DULUTH, Minn. – It was another busy day for plow drivers still cleaning up from this week’s snow storm. The biggest snowfall so far this season had trucks clearing 99 routes throughout the eight county district. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) crews applied a sand and salt mixture to try to keep the roads from getting too slippery. In Duluth the lake effect…

UW-Superior Receives Narcan Kits

Safety officers will administer the drug

SUPERIOR, Wis. -Nine campuses in the University of Wisconsin system will be provided with free Narcan nasal spray, this includes UW-Superior. Law enforcement and campus security will receive the spray to treat opioid overdoses. “Narcan is a first line of defense against an overdose, so it can potentially save lives here on campus by getting that immediate dose of Narcan until first responders…

Snow Showers Hit the Northland

Some places had more than six inches of snow.

DULUTH, Minn. -For those who have been waiting for the winter season to arrive this weather is a perfect day to get out and enjoy yourselves. Many Northlanders have been waiting out a dry spell to finally get out and have some outdoor fun in the white stuff. A few places in the Northland had multiple inches of snowfall. So for the first time all season there…

Cloquet Community Band Performs Classics

Director Carol Risdon's husband, Gene, is a part of the band and he plays the trombone.

CLOQUET, Minn. – For 16 years the Cloquet Community Band has performed its Annual Christmas Concert. It happens at the Cloquet Presbyterian Church. Guests were treated to a live performance of holiday classics. The 22 member band is made up of volunteers and retirees. This year’s band is the largest one they’ve had. “We all donate our time to the…

The Nutcracker Ends Its Season Run In Duluth

In March 2018 the Minnesota Ballet will perform Swan Lake

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Ballet performed The Nutcracker for the final time in Duluth this season at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). The Nutcracker is quite popular. More than 1,600 people showed up for Saturday’s performance. Kristen O’Bey saw The Nutcracker years ago but decided to bring her six-year-old daughter along. Her daughter just started taking ballet and…

Zenith Bookstore Bringing You An Icelandic Holiday Experience

Different authors will also stop by for book signings during this time

DULUTH, Minn. – You don’t have to travel thousands of miles to experience an Icelandic Christmas custom. The Zenith Bookstore in Duluth is bringing it to you by pairing books with chocolate. It’s a tradition done before the holidays and it’s also known as Yule Book Flood, where you gift books and the sweet treat. When you buy a book…

Open House Shines Spotlight On Sami Culture

Sami American Culture has a 25 year history

DULUTH, Minn. – The Sami American Community consists of descendants from the indigenous people in northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and a bit of Russia. Duluth is home to the only Sami Cultural Center in North America. We’re told in northern Minnesota there’s a lot of Sami ancestry. at the Sami cultural center they want you to learn about the history…

Final Day for Superior’s Christmas Market

The market is located at the Community Garden of Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Tonight concludes the Superior Christmas Market that’s based on European holiday traditions. At the eighth annual market guests could gather around the bonfire, meet friends, shop, and get food and drinks. But the recent cold weather affected the turnout today. “This week has been a little slower. Last Saturday it was phenomenal,” said Organizer Steve McDonald. “We had a lot…

Washington Studios Holiday Exhibit Highlights Local Artists

The exhibit was made up of live performances, arts and crafts

DULUTH, Minn. – Musicians, artists and painters showed what they’re made of at the 21st Annual Washington Studios Holiday Exhibit. Some of the artists featured at the exhibit live in the building and are able to work in the comfort of their own home. Beth Carpenter has lived at the Washington Studios Artists Co-Op for six years and some of…

Denfeld High School Students Sing the Sounds of Christmas

Maroon 16 was dressed in costumes from the University of Minnesota Duluth to look the part

DULUTH, Minn. -People in Gary New Duluth were in the holiday spirit at the Second Annual Sounds of Christmas. Students from Denfeld High School provided the music. The group calls themselves “Maroon 16.” The performance was held at the Gary New Duluth Rec Center, which has become a major gathering place in the community. “It’s important to have events like this to…

UWS Ends Week of Giving With Toy Drive

New this year for the Jackets Giving Back was a visit to the Lighthouse of Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s the week of giving at the University of Wisconsin–Superior (UWS) and student athletes are doing their part to make a difference. After ringing bells for the Salvation Army and caroling through the neighborhoods of Superior for can goods the Yellowjackets held a toy drive. the week of giving at UWS is dedicated to community service and…

Duluth YMCA Decorates Underwater Christmas Tree

Swimmers between the ages of 5-13 decorated the tree

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Area Family YMCA is diving its way into Christmas decorations. The swim team had it’s holiday party. Since they are swimmers they decided to decorate the Christmas tree that’s at the bottom of the pool. The team used clothespins and glow sticks. When they weren’t decorating the tree, the team did some relays, so they…

The DECC Welcomes All For the 2017 Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show

This year's show featured the U.S. Army Experience, animal exhibit and prizes and certificates

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) is the place to be for the Fifth Annual Arrowhead Ice Winter and Fishing Show. “It’s a great show, comes once a year,” said Show Manager Chris Navrati. “It’s a national circuit show all the manufacturers are here and it’s family friendly and we hope everyone can come out.” It’s a…

UWS Yellowjacket Student Athletes Caroling For Cans

UWS has participated in Caroling For Cans for more than four years

SUPERIOR, Wis. -About 300 student athletes from University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS) were out in Superior going door-to-door singing your favorite Christmas carols. They’re caroling for cans, so they can donate non-perishable food to a local food shelf. This is one of the many activities the Yellowjackets do for their week of giving. Athletes say this helps build team spirit while…

Northland Commemorates Pearl Harbor On the 76th Anniversary

Many from the older generation say they want to pass down the history of Pearl Harbor onto the younger generation

  DULUTH, Minn. – Dec. 7, 1941, is a date that many will never forget. It’s the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Every year the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) has a ceremony to remember the lives lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor and this year was no different. Laying the wreath in the harbor has a heartfelt…

Duluth Fifth Graders Learn About STEM

Careers in STEM include Medical Scientists, Computer Programmers, Civil Engineers and Cost Estimators

DULUTH, Minn. – Fifth graders at Duluth Public Schools are dabbling into science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM. This week students visited the 148th Fighter Wing to use technology that real scientists use like 3–d printers, rovers and robots. The purpose of the program we’re told is to help build confidence in students and give them a passion for STEM. Teachers tell us it’s critical to expose students to STEM around the…

Aerial Lift Bridge Malfunction Causes Brief Delay

The repairs were made within 45 minutes

DULUTH, Minn. -The Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge is raised and lowered a lot. But just like any piece of equipment the bridge can malfunction. Last Friday a 1,000 foot ship couldn’t pass through with its cargo because the bridge wouldn’t come up properly leveled The captain ended up turning around and coming back and it was all caught on video….

Norshor Theatre Renovations Coming Along

The Theatre will have 650 seats and 195 new lights

DULUTH, Minn. -It’s been 18 months since the major renovations began at the historic Norshor Theatre in downtown Duluth. About 50 people got an update and went on a tour to see how the project is coming along. The restored venue underwent a top to bottom makeover. Our cameras weren’t allowed inside, but there will be new dressing rooms, rehearsal studios and administrative offices. Norshore…

Volunteers Spend Their Day of Caring At Safe Haven Shelter & Resource Center

Several non-profits benefited from the local projects for this Day of Caring Holiday Edition

DULUTH, Minn. – United Way’s Day of Caring lets volunteers pitch in at local non-profits by doing what they do best, volunteer. Safe Haven in Duluth works with women and children who have been affected by domestic violence. Volunteers were in the kitchen helping out and had it smelling like fresh baked cookies. The kids will bring the cookies home and decorate them with their family….

New City Budget Could Increase Your Property Taxes

Mayor Emily Larson's budget proposal is nearly a six percent increase from 2017's budget

DULUTH, Minn. -Along with drawing from the city’s reserve fund, the typical Duluth homeowner could see a $30 property tax increase if a city budget proposal passes. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson’s proposal would try to fill the budget gap partially through cutting staff from city departments and increasing your property taxes. Part of the proposal includes spending an additional $1…

UMD Wants You To Go Biking In the Winter

Students also got on a Fender Blender, where students pedaled to blend the food that was in the blender

DULUTH, Minn. -Winter is here and UMD wants you to get in gear. Students from an environmental group on campus are trying to get more people to participate in winter biking activities. “Growing up in Minnesota a lot of people don’t think about going roller skating during the winter or doing a lot of those outside activities that don’t involve snow and so…

Vikre Distillery Helping Plant Trees One Bottle At a Time

Bottles from the liquor stores, cocktail room or from the bar all qualify for the tree planting

DULUTH, Minn. – For the month of Dec. if you buy a bottle from the Vikre Distillery they’ll plant a tree. The bottles are priced between $23 and $35. Even the gin is named after, you guessed it, trees like spruce and cedar. “We’re really committed to sustainability,” said Vikre Distillery Visitor Experience & Events Manager Chelsy Whittington. “We’re a triple bottom…

Cloquet’s B&B Market Lends A Helping Hand For Best Christmas Ever

B&B will also sponsor single families and this is the 10th year they've done it

CLOQUET, Minn. – Cloquet’s B & B  Market wants to help deserving families have the best Christmas ever. Proceeds from the trees and wreaths they sell will make that happen. When you walk inside you’re greeted by a Best Christmas Ever tree that lets the public pitch in. The tags on the trees are gifts that you can buy and…

Gift & Craft Show Kicks Off Winter Fest In Cloquet

CLOQUET, Minn. -The Winter Fest Gift and Craft Show kicked off Santa’s Home For the Holidays celebration in Cloquet. The Armory was lined up with vendors galore as they showed off their creations. You could find anything from holiday decorations, mittens and hats. “You get wonderful Christmas presents for families and friends,” said It Works Distributor Sue Trettel. “You’re helping support local crafters with…

Fon du Lac Band Closes Out Native American Heritage Month

The ceremony helps the Native Americans maintain their identity and way of life

CLOQUET, Minn. – Nov. is Native American Heritage Month and although the month is coming to a close the festivities don’t end yet. A closing ceremony at Black Bear Resort capped off the month. It featured a pipe ceremony, drum songs and a performance by royalty dancers. The young dancers are looked at as the future leaders. It’s a gathering….

Fon du Lac Tribal & Community College Holds Opioid Overdose Training

Signs of an opioid overdose include difficulty breathing, small pupils and pale and clammy skin

CLOQUET, Minn. -Many people living in St. Louis and Carlton County know the effects of the opioid all crisis too well. They might have dealt with or have family members dealing with an addiction. Naloxone or Narcan is one drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Several people were at Fon du Lac Tribal & Community College for…

Duluth Police Grow Beards For Good Cause

The money raised from the Hairy Holidays Campaign will go to local charities

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police officers are breaking the rules and getting away with it. For 120 years officers have followed a policy that permits just a mustache or a clean shaven look. Officers who paid $25 for the month of Nov. and Dec. can now grow out a beard. They came together today to recreate a photo of Duluth police officers from the 1890s…

New Sushi Spot Coming To Superior

Oneill's Pub & Liquor had been in business for about 10 years

SUPERIOR, Wis. – New flavors are coming to Soup Town in the form of a wasabi sushi restaurant. It’ll be located at the former site of  Oneill’s Pub & Liquor on Tower Avenue. The popular spot was known for being Superior’s only drive thru liquor store. It closed down in Jan. and had been vacant ever since. “Tower Avenue is a busy location there’s…

Idling Your Vehicle Could Cost You

Idling also causes damage to the environment by increasing the amount of vehicle exhaust in the air

DULUTH, Minn. -You might want to think twice about leaving your keys in the ignition during the cold weather when trying to warm it up. You could end up with a ticket or walk out to something worse. We may have all done it before. It’s cold so you start your car, leave it running and walk away. Well you…

Twin Ports Mayors Unite For AIDS Proclamation

Only 60 percent of people living with HIV know their status

SUPERIOR, Wis., – Dec. 1 is recognized as World AIDS Day. Twin Ports Mayors Emily Larson and Jim Paine held a dual proclamation to show how they’re working together to place the spotlight on the disease in the Northland. Both mayors agree that HIV and AIDS is a big problem and it affects millions, but it also hits close to…

Giving Tuesday Lets You Give Back to Local Non-Profits

In 2016, more than $180 million was raised on Giving Tuesday

DULUTH. Minn. – Now that the hoopla from Black Friday and Cyber Monday has eased off, now is the time to be in the giving spirit. Giving Tuesday happens after the American shopping holidays and it’s the largest day of giving where people are encouraged to donate to a local non-profit organization. Age Well Arrowhead in Duluth is one of the many organizations that benefit from Giving Tuesday….

City of Duluth Offering Free Downtown Parking

After the first free hour regular parking ramp rates will apply

DULUTH, Minn. – Going downtown and searching for a parking spot can be a hassle and sometimes expensive. The City of Duluth wants to make it convenient for you. During the holiday season you can park in the downtown ramps and the first hour won’t cost you a dime. “You have to enter and exit within that hour to take…

Duluth Businesses Are All In For Cyber Monday

Lots of shoppers have been using mobile devices to make online purchases

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s another day to shop until you drop, or in this case click your pick. That’s because it’s Cyber Monday. Duluth retailers tell us it’s one of their busiest days of the year when it comes to online traffic. You’ve survived Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, but you can’t forget about Cyber Monday. The businesses I spoke to…

Superior Middle School Students Get Hands On Health & Safety Training

There were four stations including an Automatic External Defibrillator and firefighter as a career station

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Students as young as 12 learned how to save a person’s life. Superior Middle School turned into a hub for heart and health safety. In its second year, 325 seventh grade students were taught hands on training in CPR and first aid basics by off duty Superior Fire Department firefighters. “The idea is for us, the Fire Department,…

Local Chef Builds Gingerbread Replica of Glensheen

Chef Mark Edwards started working on the gingerbread replica a month ago and used a cardboard model as a guide

DULUTH, Minn. – It weighs almost 100 pounds and took 12 hours over three days to create. One man has built a gingerbread replica of the well known Glensheen mansion. Mark Edwards, of Exchange Bakery, knows the place very well because he was their exclusive caterer for 15 years. He used a White House cookbook for the recipe that called…

Duluth Boy Asks For Donations Instead of Gifts At Birthday Party

Last year Elwood Christen raised $206 for the Children's Miracle Network

SUPERIOR, Wis. – When you turn 11 years old it’s kind of a big deal and you may have video games or new shoes on your wishlist of gifts. Elwood Christen celebrated his 11th birthday a few weeks ago on Nov. 11 and instead of asking for gifts he asked his family and friends for a gift that keeps on giving….

UMD Bulldogs Men’s Hockey Team Hosts Skate Party

People of all ages came out for the annual Winter Skate Party

DULUTH, Minn. -The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs left it all on the ice Sunday. The men’s hockey team hit up Amsoil Arena and welcomed all for a winter skate party. The free two hour skating event lets anyone skate alongside their favorite hockey player. Then you can pose for pictures and get autographs. “Free opportunity to come down and…

26th Annual Amsoil Championship Snocross Weekend Wraps Up

DULUTH, Minn.- Warmer than usual weather didn’t stop the 26th annual Amsoil Championship Snocross up at Spirit Mountain. Hundreds of racers and fans from all over the world on hand for the three–day event. “We’re already started planning for next year on design and things like that,” said ISOC President Carl Schubitzke. “It takes a big effort for its success and it seems like everyone…

Family of Candy Makers Makes Sweet Treats at the Depot

The Grambsch Family Does Candy Demonstrations At the Depot Every Year

DULUTH, Minn. – The the Grambsch Family’s candy store was open once again for the holiday season. They were at the Depot today making five batches of sweet treats such as candy canes and peppermint rainbows. The candy is all handmade and it’s a family custom that was started by Grandpa Grambsch and has carried on. The candy making has also…

Shoppers Hit the Twin Ports Shops For Small Business Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – Kathryn Senn of Art On the Planet says she wishes Small Business Saturday was a trend every Saturday. “It’s been just wonderful,” said Senn. “We’ve seen a lot of new customers. We’ve seen a lot of returning customers.” Held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving Small Business Saturday is about spending big and shopping small. “Small…

Christmas City Express Arrives In Duluth

Christmas City Express Has Been Around for 25 Years

DULUTH, Minn. -All aboard! Who’s ready for the Christmas City Express? The holiday train ride from Fitgers’s to the North Shore Scenic Railroad started about seven years ago. It tells the story of a young girl headed to Duluth to visit her grandmother for Christmas, but a few things get in her way. The performance piece has turned into a…

Stores Want Your Support On Small Business Saturday

Some Business Owners Call It the Busiest Day of the Year For Them

DULUTH, Minn. – Cities across the nation are preparing for a busy day Nov. 25. supporting local business owners for Small Business Saturday. FOX21 checked in with DLH Clothing, in Downtown Duluth, known for t-shirts honoring the city and the Northland. For Small Business Saturday they’ll have specials, treats and try to bring customers some Christmas Joy. DLH says this…

Duluth Shoppers Flock to the Stores Ahead of Black Friday

Several Shoppers Lined Up Hours Before the Stores Opened

DULUTH, Minn. -Black Friday technically starts at midnight! But many stories got the madness going earlier this evening. Fox 21’s Haydee Clotter talked to some of the die–hard shoppers in Duluth. Every year it’s the same tradition for some. Spend time with family, eat turkey and then head to the store to see how you can save on Black Friday deals. The prices rollback for laptops, cell phones and…

Get Ready to Shop Small For Small Business Saturday

Art in the Alley, Duluth Pack, Electric Fetus Are a Few of the Businesses Participating In Small Business Saturday Open Houses.

DULUTH, Minn. – A handful of small businesses were at the newly opened American Indian Community Housing Organization Gift Shop to help the local economy and promote diversity by shopping small. It’s been a national trend for years, but it’s only been a tradition in Duluth for six years. Small Business Saturday is about investing in your own neighborhood and making…

Turkey Tips to Avoid Turkey Blunders

It Can Take Up to 10 Hours to Thaw a 20lb Frozen Turkey In Cold Water

DULUTH, Minn. – This Thanksgiving it’s estimated that Americans will consume more than 46 million turkeys. So if you are cooking a bird yourself local experts have some tips, whether you’re smoking, frying or roasting your bird numerous blunders can take place. Fox 21 stopped by Old World Meats and they told us the most common mistake they see is an unsafe…

Proctor Bar Raising Money For Night to Shine Prom

More Than 500 Churches Across the United States Will Host a Night to Shine Prom

PROCTOR, Minn. – Night to Shine gives people over the age of 14 with special needs a prom experience they’ll never forget. In order to pull out all the stops including a limousine it costs about $15,000 for the prom, which takes place at Proctor High School on Feb. 9, 2018. “I’ve had a lot of people that can’t make…

DECC Feeding Thousands For Annual Thanksgiving Buffet

The College of St. Scholastica Hosts the Buffet and About 2,000 Paper Bag Turkey Sandwiches Will Also Be Distributed.

Duluth, Minn. – Thanksgiving Day is only one day away but volunteers started to prep last week to feed nearly 5,000 people in need at the 28th Annual Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet. “It’s a time where everyone come together and the end result is the same to have a fantastic day,” said Event Organizer Monica Hendrickson. “Everyone deserves a hot…

Nightclub Owner Opening Hostel in Duluth

The Hostel Will Give Also Guests Convenient Access to the Skywalk

DULUTH, Minn. – Bob Monahan who also owns the Red Herring Lounge is going into the hostel business. It’ll be located in downtown Duluth at the old Garon Brothers jewelry store. I think that if people know that there’s a sort of a cost effective and affordable option, that they may stay in Duluth and spend some time and money…

Duluth Hits the Trail For National Take a Hike Day

Duluth Has More Than 10 Trails Including: Park Point Trail and the Western Waterfront Trail

DULUTH, Minn. – Hiking in Duluth is a big deal, rain or shine, so when it’s National Take A Hike Day it calls for a celebration. The Duluth Experience was at Chester Park helping promote the city’s parks and trails. They encourage people to go outside and become familiar with exploring their city. “There is this day where we should…