Author: Haydee Clotter

Vendors Prepare For the 10th Annual Duluth Women’s Expo

The Duluth Women's Expo is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 10th Annual Duluth Women’s Expo begins March 3 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) and vendors were setting up for the big event. By March 3 this room will be filled with vendors and women from all over the region. Sarah Frederickson works for Tupperware part-time and says the Women’s Expo celebrates women as business leaders…

Memorial Blood Centers Mark 70th Anniversary of Saving Lives

While at UMD staff say they wanted to see at least seven people per hour.

DULUTH, Minn. – For 70 years Memorial Blood Centers has been saving lives one donor at a time. The flu and cold season has hit blood centers quite a bit. Schools like University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) help blood centers, because students are big time donors. “We like to have the young people come in because they’re our future blood…

Duluth Fire Department Will Soon Have A Drone

The Fire Department is expected to have the drone sometime in April.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department is taking their rescue efforts to the skies with a drone. The small unmanned aircraft system has been in the works for a year and a half. With the drone firefighters will fly and use the technology for a variety of hazmat and fire operations along with search and rescue and water rescue. “This is…

St. Louis County Addresses Drug Issue On Opioid Awareness Day

Gov. Dayton has announced a several legislative proposals to combat the opioid crisis.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s Opioid Awareness Day in Minnesota. Many advocates from the Northland are at the State Capitol to have their voices heard. Last year 50 percent of child protective cases involved parents abusing drugs, which in turn cost taxpayers more than $7 million in St. Louis County. The St. Louis County Attorney’s Office is taking action by aggressively prosecuting dealers selling opioids. “We still want to…

Parents Warned About Spoofing Apps Used To Lure Children

Officials say can help make your children aware about spoofing and have a plan set up, so they don't take instructions from a stranger.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown Police are sounding the alarm about a new app that criminals are using to get to your kids. The problem is called “spoofing.” That’s when someone uses an app to disguise their identity and voice all while hiding behind a fake phone number. There are several spoofing apps you can download on a smartphone to spoof someone. Spoofing can be done as a prank or for criminal intent….

Ice Dam Removal On the Rise During Winter

The best advice is to always hire a certified professional when you have ice dam problems.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ice dams happen a lot during the winter season. These are basically chunks of ice that form on the edges of your roof that can prevent melting snow from draining off. But experts say homeowners need to be careful when it comes to removing ice dams. Signs of ice dams are icicles in certain areas like behind…

8th Congressional District Green Party Candidate Makes Campaign Stop

This is not the first time Sandman has entered the race for this seat.

DULUTH, Minn. – A Green Party candidate making a run for the 8th Congressional District seat spent the day fundraising in Duluth. Ray “Skip” Sandman hosted a fry bread taco sale to raise money for his campaign. This is not the first time Sandman has entered the race for this seat. Sandman says now people are ready for something else that’s…

Local Car Dealership Deals With Snow Cleanup

For Kari Toyota employees the day after heavy snowfall means clearing the vehicles off.

DULUTH, Minn. – No was exempt from the recent snowstorm. The snow has stopped for now but the work continues long after. Workers at a car  dealership in Superior got to work early this morning clearing snow to make it easier for their customers. For Kari Toyota employees the day after heavy snowfall means clearing the vehicles off. Then depending on…

Historic Superior Property Restored As Empire Block Apartments

It took the developers one year to restore the property.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – A historic 125–year–old property in downtown Superior is now the site of a new apartment building. The Empire Block Apartments are located on the 1200 block of Tower Avenue. The building has 15 residential units. Each of the one, two and three bedroom apartments are all unique with new amenities. The large windows will give tenants great views…

Hailey Sault Ranked One of the Best Places to Work in the U.S.

Inside Hailey Sault is a ping pong table and a workout room.

DULUTH, Minn. – A national magazine says one of the best places to work in the whole country just so happens to be right here in Duluth. Outside Magazine recently ranked marketing agency Hailey Sault the 15th best place to work in the United States. The health marketing firm is located on the top floor of the Dewitt-Seitz Building. The…

Cloquet Area Alternative Education Program Earns School of the Year Award

A principal of an alternative school in Hinckley nominated the Cloquet Area Alternative Education Program.

CLOQUET, Minn – The Cloquet Area Alternative Education Program just received a top honor. It was recognized as the 2018 Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs school of the year. There are more than 400 alternative schools across the state. Program Principal Connie Hyde says this award sheds a positive light on how people see students at alternative schools. For the…

Cloquet Public School District Names New Superintendent

Ken Scarbrough is the current superintendent of the Cloquet Public School District.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet Public School District has named it’s new superintendent. He may be a familiar face to some. Michael Cary, the current director of curriculum and instruction with Duluth Public Schools will begin his new role in July. The School Board worked with a consultant and narrowed it down to three candidates before selecting Cary. The selection…

UMD Summit Takes Aim At Inclusion On Campus

The Commission on Race, Equity and Ethnicity sponsored the event.

DULUTH, Minn. – University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is doing what it can to create a more inclusive community. And that was this year’s theme for its 2018 summit on, Equity, Race and Ethnicity. This summit is about helping people be a part of an environment where everyone feels like they belong. That’s the Patrick Henry High School choir providing the…

Duluth Police Department K-9s Receive Body Armor

Each vest is fitted for the individual dog.

DULUTH, Minn – Two Duluth Police Department K–9s have been wearing body armor for a while now. Two more of its K–9s received new body armor too. Riggs and Haas are now getting use to their bullet and stab protective vests. Riggs is a German Shepherd and will be working with the tactical response team. His handler Officer Dean Bauers…

Pet Program Helping UMD Students With Stress

Animal Allies, UMD Employee Health and Wellness Program, KUMD and other organizations sponsor the Pet Away Worry and Stress Program.

DULUTH, Minn. – Miniature horses, dogs and cats all made a visit to University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) for a Pet Away Worry and Stress Program. The event happens once a month on campus. It’s said to help students relieve some stress from all of their studying. Students say wellness and health isn’t just a physical thing, it’s mental as well. “Mental health is…

Historic Homes In Duluth May Be Like New Again With New Housing Program

The Council will wait and see how this program turns out before moving forward.

DULUTH, Minn. – Renovating old homes in Duluth is getting easier thanks to a new pilot program. The Duluth City Council has approved launching the program by waiving building permit fees for qualifying properties. Most of the eligible properties for the program are in Duluth’s Hillside, Endion and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. If homeowners meet certain criteria they can earn 50…

Electric Vehicles Hit the Floor at Energy Design Conference & Expo

Some electric vehicles can be fully charged in about 30 minutes.

DULUTH, Minn. – Day two of the Energy Design Conference & Expo in Duluth went into high gear with electric vehicles on display at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Inside of the electrification of transportation room were four fully electric and three plug in hybrid vehicles. From a Tesla to a Chevy Volt, these electric powered vehicles may be just what you need if…

Minnesota Power Customers See Increase On Electricity Bill

Renewable Energy Projects in Works for Minnesota Power

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re a customer of Minnesota Power your electricity bill might be going up a bit. The Citizens Utility Board held a public hearing in Duluth to share the reasons behind the increase. Right now customers are seeing a five percent interim rate increase. Minnesota Power told us that increase will sit at about three and a half percent by the…

28th Annual Energy Design Conference & Expo Is Back at the DECC

There will also be mini-sessions at the conference.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s a place to learn about the latest and greatest in energy efficient building. The Energy Design Conference & Expo started today at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in Duluth. The three day conference put on by Minnesota Power also covers sustainable designs, renewable energy and best practices. “Building smart is the right way to go….

North Branch Mayor Joins Race For 8th Congressional District

Kennedy is a single mother of five and has a masters in advocacy and political leadership from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – The list of candidates vying for Congressman Rick Nolan’s 8th Congressional District seat is getting longer. North Branch Mayor Kirsten Kennedy is among those seeking the DFL nomination. After speaking to her family, Kennedy says this is the right time to run. When asked how can she represent people that live so far away from her North…

Lawmakers Gear Up For the Upcoming Minnesota Legislative Session

The legislative session lasts for three months.

DULUTH, Minn. – Feb. 20. is the first day of the Minnesota’s 2018 Legislative Session in St. Paul and area lawmakers are ready to address everything from housing, healthcare to gun control. A lot is at stake for Minnesota’s 90th Legislative Session. Gov. Mark Dayton’s $1.5 billion proposal is among topics to be discussed. Proposed bonding projects in the Northland include…

Dog Sled Classic “Iron Will” Returns to the Northland

Two main train characters in the movie, Car Northland and Steam Engine were on display.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Depot in Duluth hosted a special movie viewing event on this President’s Day. It was the 1994 winter dog sled classic movie “Iron Will” being shown. “Iron Will” is based on a true story and was filmed right here in the Northland. Junior musher Julia Cross recently competed in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. The…

Yeti Tour Promoting Awareness for Healthy Babies

The tour is in its eighth year and raises funds for the March of Dimes to prevent premature birth and infant mortality.

DULUTH, Minn. – One Northland woman is making it her personal mission to promote healthy babies. Kelly Alvar began the Yeti Tour to honor her sons that passed away. The tour is in its eighth year and raises funds for the March of Dimes to prevent premature birth and infant mortality. The top prize for this year’s raffle was an Arctic…

The 2018 Polar Plunge Makes A Big Splash For Special Olympics Minnesota

The FOX 21 News Team also took the Polar Plunge and raised more than $4,000.

DULUTH, Minn. – The day that many people have been waiting for finally happened, the 2018 Polar Plunge in Duluth. The 2018 polar plunge made a big splash in Duluth. The event is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics Minnesota. Tt brought out veteran plungers and rookies too. “I think it’s great, because I’m from Wisconsin and we don’t make a…

Michelle Lee Kicks Officially Announces Campaign for 8th Congressional District

Congressman Rick Nolan has represented Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District since 2013.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former news anchor Michelle Lee officially made her campaign announcement for the 8th Congressional District. Lee and some of her supporters were at Fon du Lac Tribal Community College in Cloquet. She says her 30 years of covering the news will help her focus on the issues like gun control, mining and education. “I will go to…

Local Veteran Hopes For A New Way to Experience the Outdoors

The Action Trackchair gives people with limited mobility the freedom to do things on their own.

DULUTH, Minn. – The man you’re about to meet is a veteran that served his country and suffered a serious injury. But he hasn’t given up and is trying to get a piece of his old life back. Jim Vandenheuvel is at the Northland Outdoors Duluth Deer Classic with one thing on his mind. The Army National Guard veteran suffered…

Volunteers Give Damiano Center A Facelift

Home Depot donated painting supplies and Zenith Bookstore will donate books.

DULUTH, Minn. – A fresh coat of paint can go a long way and the kids kitchen at the Damiano Center in Duluth is getting a new look because of it. Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and began phase one of a three part project. The renovations are part of the Leadership Duluth Program giving back to the community. The…

Study Reveals Disparities For Minority and Women Owned Businesses in the State

The study did find some disparities for women and minority owned businesses.

DULUTH, Minn.- The state of Minnesota and eight local government agencies are examining how they can level the playing field for minority and women owned businesses. The purpose of the 2017 Minnesota Joint Disparity Study is to take a closer look at whether minority and women owned firms face discrimination and ways to address it. Results of the study were…

UMD Hosts Pruning Workshop to Save the Trees

Pruning removes dead or dying branches and is considered preventative maintenance for trees.

DULUTH, Minn. – Taking care of trees is not easy even for professionals. That’s why the Third Annual North East Minnesota pruning workshop was held at University of Minnesota Duluth. The workshop brings training experience and knowledge to the Northland about working with different sized trees. Pruning removes dead or dying branches and is considered preventative maintenance for trees. “The sooner we can start…

Essentia Health Needs Hospice Volunteers

Essentia Health will have hospice training in March.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s National Caregivers Day and for some being a caregiver is a calling. If you are one of those people Essentia Health in Duluth is asking for your help. The medical center needs more hospice volunteers. Essentia Health is looking for compassionate people willing to dedicate some of their time helping someone else with different needs like…

Superior Wants Kestrel Aircraft to Pay Up

These loans date back to 2012.

DULUTH, Minn. – Kestrel Aircraft was supposed to bring a big economic boom to the city of Superior promising hundreds of new jobs. So far Kestrel has not built its planned manufacturing plant in the community. Now the Superior City Council is asking the company to pay up. City Council President Dan Olson says Kestrel defaulted on a $2.4 million…

Experts Share How to Speak to Children In the Wake of Tragedy

Seventeen people were killed in the shooting in Parkland, Florida.

DULUTH, Minn. – The safety and well being of all students is something area school districts take seriously. Even though the mass shooting in Florida happened far away, students in the Northland can still have a hard time coping. With their sense of security when events like this occur. As difficult as this topic may be experts say it’s an important conversation to…

CHUM Community Hosts Legislative Send-off

The next legislative session starts Feb. 19.

DULUTH, Minn. – The CHUM Food Shelf in Duluth opened its doors for a legislative sendoff. The meeting was with elected state representatives to inform them of issues CHUM says matter the most to them. “Often the needs of people who are homeless are not heard. So we can really work for affordable housing and make sure that there’s bonding…

UMD Closes Ice Rink After Mold Is Found

About 90 percent of UMD students take part in recreation and outdoor activities.

DULUTH, Minn. – The ice rink in the Sports and Health Center on the University Minnesota Duluth (UMD) campus is closed after mold was found in the ceiling tiles last week. The closed area covers about 20,000 to 30,000 square feet. “The type of mold that we found is the most common organism in the outdoor environment during the spring…

Lake Superior College Has An Issue With Leaking Roofs

School administrators say a lot of the updates have been put off for too long.

DULUTH, Minn. – Whenever it rains, water leaks into offices at Lake Superior College in Duluth. That’s one reason the college is included on Gov. Dayton’s proposed bonding bill list for $6 million dollars in funding. Many buildings on campus are state of the art, but have been built around older buildings that are almost 60 years old. School administrators…

The Duluth Downtown Waterfront District Is In A Giving Mood

Duluth Downtown Waterfront District gave out the candy from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – People passing through the Holiday Center in downtown Duluth were in for a treat on this Valentine’s Day. They received candy hearts as they walked through the Skywalk. It’s a way for the Duluth Downtown Waterfront District Clean and Safe Team to show its gratitude. The candy had a special message on it that reads: we love…

Northland Florists Busy On Valentine’s Day

A recent national survey showed consumers are expected to spend an average $143 on Valentine's Day.

DULUTH, Minn. – Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for florists. Here in the Northland it’s no different. Engwall Florist and Gifts in Duluth saw its first customer at 6:30 a.m. The most popular purchase has been roses. Engwall employees tell us they didn’t receive too many crazy requests this year. People have been sticking…

Duluth Edison Charter School North Star Academy Celebrates Reading Month

Students from many grade levels went outside to cheer on their classmates.

DULUTH, Minn. -Students at Duluth Edison Charter School North Star Academy had a special race. Feb. is I Love to Read Month and students have been learning about the history of John Beargrease and the Iditarod. They’re honoring John Beargrease with sled-less dog races. Fifth graders took it outdoors and made their way down the trails. “It builds wonderful teamwork…

Vote On Flavored Tobacco Ordinance Expected By Monday

Under the Ordinance Customers Would Still be Able to Buy Flavored Tobacco Products from Adult Only Smoke Shops

DULUTH, Minn. – The issues with the restriction on the sale of flavored tobacco products inside Northland convenient stores isn’t going away anytime soon. Several local retailers are standing united and are against the city council approving this ordinance. Today they made one last effort before the council make its decision. Inside the Snyder’s Drug Store in Duluth local retailers…

Longtime Duluth Radio Host Passes Away

Bushey produced a weekly show in the studio that bears his name.

DULUTH, Minn. – For 26 years John Bushey has been on the KUMD airwaves, but last week he recorded his final show. Bushey passed away last night after a battle with cancer. He’s now being remembered by his KUMD family as a teacher, beloved man with many listeners all around the world. Last summer, for the station’s 60th anniversary, a…

Public Meetings For PolyMet Permit to Mine Conclude In Duluth

The first meeting was held on Wednesday, Feb. 7 in Aurora.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are hosting the final public meeting  in Duluth surrounding the proposed PolyMet project. At stake are the permits needed for PolyMet’s proposed copper-nickel mine near Babbitt. PolyMet meetings continue in the Northland and today at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC), hundreds are expected to voice their opinions on the NorthMet mining project….

Enbridge Protesters Look Toward Jury Trial

DULUTH, Minn. – Three people are facing trespassing charges for refusing to leave an Enbridge office in Duluth last year. Last December, they delivered a complaint letter to Enbridge. They read that same letter in front of supporters at a rally on the St. Louis County Courthouse steps. The co–defendants are asking for a jury trial and will get that come March. “We’re all threatened…

St. Louis County Land Sale Auction Brings In More Than $374K

These auctions happen three times a year in Feb., June and Oct.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – There are not many places around the Northland where you can buy property for as low as $200. But it could happen at a tax forfeited land sale auction. At these auctions people can bid on properties that are tax forfeitures for non-payment of taxes. “We can transact a transaction in the same day as the auction….

Fire Department Shares Rescue Efforts & Tips For Pet Safety

Firefighters say the main reason for loss of life is because a victim's oxygen has been compromised.

DULUTH, Minn. – Over the last few weeks several big house fires have happened in the Northland. In those fires, pets weren’t able to make it out alive. On Feb 6. three dogs died in a structure fire in Duluth. FOX21 checked in with the Gary Fire Station, the first crew to arrive at Tuesday’s fire. They tell us pets inside of…

Lake Superior College Has Low-Cost Physical Therapy Clinic

A physical therapy assistant degree can be completed in two years at Lake Superior College.

DULUTH, Minn.- Twice a week, Lake Superior College offers low-cost physical therapy for anyone whose insurance may not cover it. The special clinic is open Monday and Wednesday afternoons during the school year. The clinic is a partnership between Lake Superior College and the College of St. Scholastica. Students from both schools treat the patients. Some patients have come in…

Duluth School Changes Reading Lists Due to Use of Racial Slur

"To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" are required readings in high school literature classes.

DULUTH, Minn. – Changes are coming at Duluth Public Schools when it comes to required reading lists for students. The changes are happening because of the use of racial slurs in two books. At the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” will not be required readings. The books are not…

Twin Ports Project Recycles Hotel Amenities For Those In Need

La Quinta Inn & Suites Duluth and has partnered with Safe Haven Shelter and Union Gospel Mission.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new project in the Twin Ports turning one person’s trash into another person’s treasure. Eleven area hotels are collecting gently used linens, pillows and bottles of shampoo and conditioner. They’ll donate these items to local agencies instead of just tossing them out. It’s called the Heart of Hospitality Project and the woman who started the effort…

Superior May Receive Million Dollar Investment Through Capital Improvement Program

About $60,000 could also could go toward improving parks.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Millions of dollars could be invested into the city of Superior if changes are made to its Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The mayor is asking the City Council to allocate funds to improve everything from the streets and sidewalks to police squad cars. The Superior City Council is expected to formally adopt the 2019 CIP and tentatively…

Minnesota’s Precinct Caucuses Set to Begin

The Independence Party has both in-person caucus locations and online caucusing.

DULUTH, Minn. -Precinct caucuses will be held across the state of Minnesota on Tuesday, Feb.6. Caucuses are meetings held as a way to engage local community members with their chosen political parties. People show support for their preferred candidates through an endorsement process that leads up to the state party conventions. Around here, the governor’s race and 8th district congressional…

Rice Lake Fire Department Is On A Mission With A New Fire Truck

Some of the money raised for the truck came through pull tabs.

RICE LAKE, Minn- Rice Lake is a small town with about a 1,000 residents. But it recently got a big boost with the addition of a special new fire truck. The new fire truck was purchased about a month and a half ago and has already been used for calls on both a house and chimney fire. The Rice Lake Fire…