Author: Jane Kim

Students Make Snow Sculptures for Health Care Center Residents

Do you want to build a snowman? National Honor Society students at Cloquet High School have said yes to the challenge.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Do you want to build a snowman? National Honor Society students at Cloquet High School have said yes to the challenge. After a wild 2020, staff at the Sunnyside healthcare center in Cloquet were looking for a little pick-me-up for all the people living there. “Just trying to think of something to help put a smiles on…

Local Experts Inform Public About Common Vaccine Side Effects

With several million people already vaccinated, medical professionals want the public to know about the possible side effects that could happen in people getting the vaccine. 

DULUTH, Minn. – With several million people already vaccinated, medical professionals want the public to know about the possible side effects that could happen in people getting the vaccine. Overall, side effects of the vaccines are mostly pretty mild. With two different vaccines being distributed in the U.S., symptoms from each have been similar so far. Medical professionals are seeing…

Professor Reacts to Inauguration, Speaks on Transition of Power

A professor over at UWS says she saw a somewhat peaceful transition to Biden, hopefully bringing the country together under a spirit of unity, especially in light of the events that happened at the Capitol.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With the inauguration of President Biden, history was made in several ways. A professor over at UWS says she saw a somewhat peaceful transition to Biden, hopefully bringing the country together under a spirit of unity, especially in light of the events that happened at the Capitol. “I think it demonstrates for one that we, despite all…

Boxes Filled with Snow In Preparation for Sculptors in Lincoln Park Craft District

Massive 6-foot tall boxes full of packed snow have popped up in Duluth’s Lincoln Park Craft District. The boxes will be peeled open later this week so local and regional artists can transform the snow cubes into creative snow sculptures.

DULUTH, Minn. – Massive 6-foot tall boxes full of packed snow have popped up in Duluth’s Lincoln Park Craft District. The boxes will be peeled open later this week so local and regional artists can transform the snow cubes into creative snow sculptures. Organizers tell us it’s all about getting people out of the house to enjoy winter while also…

Superior School District Provides Meals for Students

With many students attending school in a hybrid format, Northland school districts are trying new strategies to make sure their students get enough to eat.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With many students attending school in a hybrid format, Northland school districts are trying new strategies to make sure their students get enough to eat. Whether it’s chicken alfredo or cheeseburgers, the Superior School District is providing free meals to students not only for the food but also to give a sense of normalcy during these uncertain…

Duluth Realtor Puts Together Guide for Local Homebuyers

A Duluth realtor is putting together a guide for local homebuyers.

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth realtor is putting together a guide for local homebuyers. Ayla Dougherty helps out people who are moving to the Duluth area. She says that over the years, some of her clients have come from the Twin Cities area and further away such as the Dakotas and even Canada. This new guide will highlight the best…

Spoons Gives Special Deal for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Some businesses are giving a special discount today in the spirit of Dr. King.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some businesses are giving a special discount today in the spirit of Dr. King. At Spoons in the Lincoln Park Craft District, owners there are giving a deal with a hamburger and fries for $5. Owner Solomon Witherspoon’s father actually marched with King in Alabama, giving Witherspoon a connection with the late reverend. “He took care of…

Medical Professionals Say Second Booster Shot Is Necessary

While the majority of the public hasn’t received the vaccine just yet, medical professionals are urging the public to make sure they get the second booster shot after getting the initial shot.

DULUTH, Minn. – While the majority of the public hasn’t received the vaccine just yet, medical professionals are urging the public to make sure they get the second booster shot after getting the initial shot. There is a series of complicated chemical reactions when getting vaccines. When one gets the first vaccine, there is an initial reaction and some antibodies…

Martin Luther King Jr. Honored at Virtual Ceremony

Whether it be the pandemic or the continued division in the country, this year’s events surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day were sure to look a lot different than in year’s past.

DULUTH, Minn. – Whether it be the pandemic or the continued division in the country, this year’s events surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day were sure to look a lot different than in year’s past. This year’s virtual ceremony gave light to social justice, like the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, but also to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19….

Furniture Sales High in Demand During Pandemic

The local furniture market seems to be doing well during the pandemic.

DULUTH, Minn. – The local furniture market seems to be doing well during the pandemic. Over at Hom Furniture in Hermantown, demand has surged. 2020 was a very busy year and because of COVID-19, people have been purchasing more items for the home office and upholstery furniture for those stuck at home Netflixing. “You know, you want to come home…

Officials Prepare for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day coming up Monday, there are local and statewide events happening, commemorating him and his legacy.

DULUTH, Minn. – With Martin Luther King Jr. Day coming up Monday, there are local and statewide events happening, commemorating him and his legacy. One of the major ones being planned is a virtual Twin Ports MLK rally hosted by the NAACP. Duluth Human Rights Officer tells FOX 21 that these types of rallies are important, especially during chaotic times…

Port Authority Reports Numbers, Year Marked by Resilience

There are several silver linings to 2020's story of total tonnage. With Soo Locks closing on Friday at 11:59 p.m., the numbers speak for themselves as authorities say this past year was one marked by resilience.  

DULUTH, Minn. – There are several silver linings to 2020’s story of total tonnage. With Soo Locks closing on Friday at 11:59 p.m., the numbers speak for themselves as authorities say this past year was one marked by resilience. “The season started, as I said, it started well, but when COVID came, diminishment of demands and that lead to a…

Bakeries Celebrate National Bagel Day

It's National Bagel Day and some Northland bakeries are celebrating the baked treat.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s National Bagel Day and some Northland bakeries are celebrating the baked treat. Over at Positively Third Street Bakery, the bagel is held in high distinction and is made fresh every day. “It adds more flavor to the community instead of just having big box stores,” said Kathryn Elliott, a baker at the bakery. “You’re able to…

Motorhead Madness Not Continuing with Shows

After more than 50 years, Duluth's annual Motorhead Madness show is coming to a close.

DULUTH, Minn. – After more than 50 years, Duluth’s annual Motorhead Madness show is coming to a close. Producers say it’s a hard decision to make, but after COVID-19 along with the non-COVID related deaths of show producer’s wife Joyce along with friend David Swanson who were big parts of the show itself, they decided to call it quits. They…

Bell Bank Opens in Historic Temple Opera Building

DULUTH, Minn. – As the pandemic continues to impact many businesses in the Northland, a new bank has opened in the Historic Temple Opera Building in downtown Duluth. That building on East Superior Street is now home to the first Bell Bank location in Duluth. The bank signed an agreement with developer Titanium Partners — leasing all three floors of…

Governor Walz Visits War Memorials, Talks Moving Forward and Getting Things Done

Surrounded by city officials and war veterans, Governor Walz came to Duluth to emphasize the power of unity especially during times like these.

DULUTH, Minn. – “I’m asking you to say that to move progress forward, there’s a few things that we’re going to have to compromise on and move forward and get done,” said Gov. Walz. Surrounded by city officials and war veterans, Gov. Walz came to Duluth to emphasize the power of unity especially during times like these. On Thursday afternoon,…

Goodwill In Need of Donations

DULUTH, Minn. – Goodwill in Duluth is running out of some items to sell like pots, pans and smaller appliances. Management says all their locations are continuing to follow COVID protocol, and donations are quarantined for 72 hours before being sold. “Goodwill is doing well overall,” said Scott Vezina, the communications and training manager at Goodwill. “This is our slower…

Ursa Minor and One Less Guest Team Up to Support Sacred Heart

Ursa Minor Brewery is teaming up with a local band, creating the new beer Forbidden Fruit, to raise funds for the Sacred Heart Music Center.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ursa Minor Brewery is teaming up with a local band, creating the new beer Forbidden Fruit, to raise funds for the Sacred Heart Music Center. The band One Less Guest has performed at the brewery a number of times and the band approached Ursa Minor about raising money for the center. The goal of the fundraiser is…

Harbor House Homeless Ministry Celebrates 20 Years of Service

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Superior homeless shelter Harbor House homeless ministry.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Superior homeless shelter Harbor House homeless ministry. Harbor House homeless ministry in Superior has been a part of the community for the past two decades, welcoming, housing, and working with homeless women and families throughout Douglas County. “If you can imagine, a mom with her kids and trying to…

Antique Stores Experience Growth in Traffic During Pandemic

Antique stores throughout the Northland are experiencing an increase in demand.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Antique stores throughout the Northland are experiencing an increase in demand. At Allouez Antiques in Superior, management says they’ve had their best sales in more than five years. They believe it’s because people want to get rekindled more with their past especially during the pandemic. “Nice to just kind of walk through and reminisce,” said Curtis Zamzow,…

Minnesota Movie Theatres Reopen Per Governor’s Orders

Attention movie buffs: Minnesota theaters are now reopened as the governor has loosened restrictions.

DULUTH, Minn. – Attention movie buffs: Minnesota theaters are now reopened as the governor has loosened restrictions. Whether it’s Wonder Woman or Tom Hanks’ new film, Marcus Theatres in Duluth is ready to bring both action and drama to the big screen for its patrons. “We’re back!” said Shawn Fennessey, general manager at Marcus Theatres Duluth cinema. “It’s been a…

Northforce Launches Student Connect Program

A job recruiting initiative called Northforce has launched a program to connect students with employers and organizations who want to invest more in the community.

NORTHLAND – A job recruiting initiative called Northforce has launched a program to connect students with employers and organizations who want to invest more in the community. A dozen colleges from around the area are involved with the goal of retaining talent that could otherwise move out of the area. Organizers say it’s all about making students feel welcome while…

Businesses Excited to See College Students Back in the Area

As the spring semester begins at colleges, businesses are glad to see students back in the area.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the spring semester begins at colleges, businesses are glad to see students back in the area. The owner of Duluth Vanilla Bean says he couldn’t be happier to see the students as they make up 60 to 70% of his customers. “It’s always good to have that energy from our college students,” said Jason Vincent, the…

Spring Semester Underway, Northland Colleges Prep for Incoming Students

As the pandemic continued through the fall, local colleges had to adapt rapidly to the changing situation and now with the spring semester beginning, educational leadership continues to work to keep their students safe during these unique times.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the pandemic continued through the fall, local colleges had to adapt rapidly to the changing situation and now with the spring semester beginning, educational leadership continues to work to keep their students safe during these unique times. With the spring semester underway, college leaders are taking steps to ensure a safe experience for both students and…

Washington Center Gym Reopened for Rental Use

The Washington Center Gym is reopened for rental use after the governor’s most recent orders.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Washington Center Gym is reopened for rental use after the governor’s most recent orders. Some rules will be enforced if you decide to use it. Face coverings must be worn at all times including during play by all participants in the gym. Practices will be allowed but social gatherings will not be. Participants should arrive and…

Lake Superior Zoo Hosts Wild Winter Wonderland

While many entertainment venues are closed, one place was open for the public to help families and animals celebrate winter.

DULUTH, Minn. – While many entertainment venues are closed, one place was open for the public to help families and animals celebrate winter. The Lake Superior Zoo hosted Wild Winter Wonderland, where families were able to meet the zoo’s three new wolves and participate in socially distanced activities like games and a campfire. Ben and Kolbe are Duluth residents and…

Proctor School District Leaders Seek Balance, Parents Vocalize Pushback

School districts throughout the country are struggling to maintain the balance between bringing kids back to school and keeping them safe from COVID-19. Proctor School District is in the same dilemma as some parents are vocalizing their thoughts on the issue.

PROCTOR, Minn. – School districts throughout the country are struggling to maintain the balance between bringing kids back to school and keeping them safe from COVID-19. Proctor School District is in the same dilemma as some parents are vocalizing their thoughts on the issue. The plan, for now, is for proctor schools to bring pre-K to grade 5 back to…

Major CARES Act Funding Comes to Region

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $1.7 million to the City of Duluth thanks to a second round of CARES Act funding.

DULUTH, Minn. – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $1.7 million to the City of Duluth thanks to a second round of CARES Act funding. $1.2 million of those funds will be focusing specifically on people experiencing homelessness while $500,000 will be going towards general community needs related to COVID-19. “This second round of funding is…

Political Experts Respond to Events at the Capitol

"I thought yesterday was incredibly disappointing," said Cindy Rugeley, the associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota Duluth. "I mean, you could probably classify it as an attempt at an insurrection. It's not what we're about in this country. It's not democracy."

NORTHLAND – While counting the electoral ballots was supposed to be a routine measure, a group came into the building to protest, creating chaos at the nation’s Capitol. “I thought yesterday was incredibly disappointing,” said Cindy Rugeley, the associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota Duluth. “I mean, you could probably classify it as an attempt at…

Psychotherapists Give Advice Concerning People’s Mental Well-being

With the events at the Capitol yesterday, people may be feeling more anxious and not stable when it comes to mental health.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the events at the Capitol yesterday, people may be feeling more anxious and not stable when it comes to mental health. Experts we talked to say it’s important to limit social media usage during these times and to practice self-compassion techniques. It’s also important to affirm your feelings when dealing with uncertain times like these. “Validating…

Local Businesses Get Ready for Valentine’s Day

While the new year just started, some businesses are already getting ready for Valentine’s Day shoppers.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – While the new year just started, some businesses are already getting ready for Valentine’s Day shoppers. The owner of Rachel’s Rustic Décor works out for her mom’s home in Superior and makes things like signs and candles for her customers to enjoy. She says that while it seems early, the demand for Valentine’s Day décor has been…

Burrito Union Hosts Book Exchange

Burrito Union is coming up with a creative way to serve their customers through books.

DULUTH, Minn. – Burrito Union is coming up with a creative way to serve their customers through books. The restaurant is doing a book exchange where people can bring in their own items and pick up books for their reading pleasure. The owner says the idea started after seeing a bunch of his own books gathering dust. “So here we…

Polar Bear Plunge to Take Place in March

The 20th annual Polar Bear Plunge is taking place again this year on March 27th.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 20th annual Polar Bear Plunge is taking place again this year on March 27th. Participants can do the traditional plunge where they jump into Lake Superior or do a virtual one where you can record yourself doing something like jumping into a pile of snow in your swimming suit. All you have to do is raise…

Rising the Ranks, Fire Marshall Is Now Duluth Deputy Chief

For 20 years, Jon Otis has risen the ranks of the fire department and now is officially the deputy chief.

DULUTH, Minn. – For 20 years, Jon Otis has risen the ranks of the fire department and now is officially the deputy chief. Like many kids, Jon played with firetrucks but he didn’t exactly have the desire to be part of the fire department until a college assignment, where he had to write a paper about something he wanted to…

St. Luke’s Needs Volunteers for COVID-19 Study

St. Luke’s is still in need of Northland first responders and essential workers to partake in a national study on COVID-19.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s is still in need of Northland first responders and essential workers to partake in a national study on COVID-19. The RECOVER study asks for workers to swab their noses every week to test for COVID-19 and do an occasional blood test to look for COVID antibodies. St. Luke’s along with other research sites across the…

Northland Schools Prepare for School Year

State officials from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Department of Health met recently with superintendent John Magas and the Duluth Public School’s COVID-19 response team, specifically about elementary school students and their return to the classroom.

NORTHLAND –  State officials from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Department of Health met recently with superintendent John Magas and the Duluth Public School’s COVID-19 response team, specifically about elementary school students and their return to the classroom. “There was an encouragement that we return to in-person learning because the challenges of making sure our students are well-served…

Local Skiers Hit the Trails

Cross country skiers were out on the trail in Lester Park, bracing the cold and enjoying today’s fresh snow.

DULUTH, Minn. – Cross country skiers were out on the trail in Lester Park, bracing the cold and enjoying today’s fresh snow. One local resident says they love Duluth’s trails as they feature various levels of difficulty. “I’m hoping to get out maybe like five times a week,” said Mia Zutter, a Duluth resident. “I’m not really training for the…

Bent Paddle Introduces New Beer to Support Beargrease

Bent Paddle is partnering with a celebrated Northland event by coming up with a new beer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bent Paddle is partnering with a celebrated Northland event by coming up with a new beer. In honor of Beargrease 2021, the taproom recently introduced the Beargrease Brown Ale. $5 of every purchase of a to-go growler or crowler goes to the sled dog race. The beer was released on Saturday, and it was a best-seller all…

Vaccination Efforts Continue at Northland Hospitals

Efforts to increase the rate of vaccinations throughout Minnesota are underway as doses continue to trickle into the state for frontline healthcare workers and long-term care residents. Currently, 5,000 shots have been given out to St. Luke’s and Essentia employees with more on the way.

DULUTH, Minn. – Efforts to increase the rate of vaccinations throughout Minnesota are underway as doses continue to trickle into the state for frontline healthcare workers and long-term care residents. Currently, nearly 5,000 shots have been given out to St. Luke’s and Essentia employees with more on the way. There have been 3,000 doses given to healthcare workers throughout Essentia…

Yoga Instructor Gives Tips for a Healthy New Year

After the stresses of the pandemic and other challenges of 2020 taking a toll on the mental health of many, local yoga experts are offering tips on how to shake off all the 2020 baggage and enter 2021 with a better state of mind.

DULUTH, Minn. – After the stresses of the pandemic and other challenges of 2020 taking a toll on the mental health of many, local yoga experts are offering tips on how to shake off all the 2020 baggage and enter 2021 with a better state of mind. The co-owner of Yoga North in Duluth details some ways to turn inward…

Bridgeman’s Introduces New Year’s Mega Malt

Bridgeman's Restaurant up on Miller Hill is ringing in the new year with a special sweet treat for all you ice cream lovers...the New Year's Mega Malt!

DULUTH, Minn. – Bridgeman’s Restaurant up on Miller Hill is ringing in the new year with a special sweet treat for all you ice cream lovers…the New Year’s Mega Malt! Mega Malts are over the top versions of Bridgeman’s regular malts. The new year’s edition comes with cotton candy, fun 2021-themed party glasses, and a homemade cake pop representing the…

Visitors Enjoy Northland State Parks

People were out adventuring outside at state parks earlier today as the snow blanketed the Northland over the past week.

CARLTON, Minn. – People were out adventuring outside at state parks earlier today as the snow blanketed the Northland over the past week. Jay Cooke State Park was filled with visitors from across Minnesota, ringing in 2021 out among nature. “Goodbye to 2020, hello 2021,” said Paul Lindstrom, a visitor from Farmington. Whether it be from the Twin Cities or…

Damiano Center Purchases Stalls to Help People with Personal Hygiene

Some of our most basic needs, such as having a place to maintain our personal hygiene, can be a struggle for those who are housing insecure. But now an organization in Duluth is making sure that essential part of daily life is taken care of for those in need. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Some of our most basic needs, such as having a place to maintain our personal hygiene, can be a struggle for those who are housing insecure. But now an organization in Duluth is making sure that essential part of daily life is taken care of for those in need. The Damiano Center recently received this heated unit,…

Liquor Stores Stay Busy During New Year’s Eve

Liquor stores throughout the Northland are experiencing high demand as people get ready to celebrate the new year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Liquor stores throughout the Northland are experiencing high demand as people get ready to celebrate the new year. At Lake Aire Bottle Shoppe in Duluth, sales have been about 5 to 10% higher over the past few days as people anticipate celebrations. They say customers have been eager to bring in the new year as it means…

Minnesota Restaurants Prepare On New Year’s Eve

It's New Year's Eve, but Minnesota bars and restaurants will be dark and quiet tonight as they must close their outdoor-only service by 11 p.m. under the latest restrictions. The restraints are forcing some businesses to get creative with how they can keep customers coming back.

NORTHLAND – It’s New Year’s Eve, but Minnesota bars and restaurants will be dark and quiet tonight as they must close their outdoor-only service by 11 p.m. under the latest restrictions. The restraints are forcing some businesses to get creative with how they can keep customers coming back. While big celebrations aren’t happening for New Year’s Eve, Minnesota restaurants are…

Number of Gym Resolutions Increase During New Year

With New Year's Day just around the corner, some people are making efforts to go to the gym after new resolutions to work out more.

DULUTH, Minn. – With New Year’s Day just around the corner, some people are making efforts to go to the gym after new resolutions to work out more. Management at XMT-3 Training in Duluth says there is definitely more interest from the public in the gym during the beginning of the year. They say that when making resolutions, it’s important…

Canal Bark To Temporarily Close, Cites Business Struggles

Canal Bark in Duluth is closing from January 4th to the 31st as the business struggles to stay afloat.

DULUTH, Minn. – Canal Bark in Duluth is closing from January 4th to the 31st as the business struggles to stay afloat. Before COVID, Canal Bark had about 30 staff members, some being full time and a lot being part-time. However, management had to lay off everybody in April. Then the business got federal funding and was able to get…

Duluth Fire Department Receives Vaccine

The City of Duluth has begun vaccinating some of its front-line employees with the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine.

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth has begun vaccinating some of its front-line employees with the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine. In the video are pictures taken by the city earlier today at the Duluth Fire Department. 40 firefighters got their COVID shots today. Another 80 are expected to get theirs next week. Today, Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj was one of…

Northland Cousins Give Back to Hospital Staff and Families

Two Northland cousins are partnering together to bring some holiday hope to families throughout the area. Their collaboration is bringing smiles to healthcare workers and families in the newborn intensive care unit. 

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Two Northland cousins are partnering together to bring some holiday hope to families throughout the area. Their collaboration is bringing smiles to healthcare workers and families in the newborn intensive care unit. It was back in 2012 after a long journey of infertility and pregnancy loss. Janelle Wourms carried triplets who ended up passing away, just a…

Snowblower Demand is Up During Winter Season

As the Northland is seeing more snow in the forecast, snowblower sales are doing well.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the Northland is seeing more snow in the forecast, snowblower sales are doing well. Duluth Lawn and Sport management say that customers buying snowblowers want a more efficient way to clear driveways and sidewalks without the back-breaking work of shoveling. They say snowblowers are inexpensive to own and a good one will still have its value…