Author: Katharine Huntley

City of Superior Exploring How to Fund $800k+ Fire Truck

On January 2021 the ladder truck will no longer be compliant with national regulations by the National Fire Protection Association which could lower the department's insurance rating which would mean a higher premium for the city and ultimately taxpayers.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The city of Superior is in need of a new firetruck. Each truck can only be compliant for 15 years and the city’s ladder truck is on its last year. However, there is no money budgeted for the roughly $1 million purchase. On January 2021 the ladder truck will no longer be compliant with national regulations by…

Ice Festival Coming to Superior This Weekend

There will be sledding, a police versus fire department ice hockey game, and plenty of ice carving demonstrations.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Lake Superior Ice Festival is coming back to Superior this weekend on Barker’s Island. There will be sledding, a police versus fire department ice hockey game, and plenty of ice carving demonstrations. Stock car racing on the Allouez Bay, however, is cancelled as the ice is not thick enough. Organizers say that it is not going…

Iowa Developer Still Interested in Kozy Property

At an economic development meeting, a first amendment was passed to continue working with the developer while the city works through litigation with the former Kozy owner who does not want the building torn down.

DULUTH, Minn. – A developer from Iowa is still interested in the site of the old Kozy Bar and apartments on West First Street even though it has not been demolished yet by the city of Duluth. At an economic development meeting, a first amendment was passed to continue working with the developer while the city works through litigation with…

Parents Pack Duluth East to Express Opinions on School Boundary Change

People expressed anger and concerns with the Duluth school district and its move to change the school boundaries.

DULUTH, Minn. – Dozens of parents packed Duluth East High School’s commons area taking over almost every table there on Wednesday. People expressed anger and concerns with the Duluth school district and its move to change the school boundaries. Superintendent Bill Gronseth said last week Congdon and Lester Park Schools are over capacity with Lowell on track to be the…

Red Dress and Skirt Making in Honor of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

In 2016 alone there were 5,712 missing and murdered Native American women in America according to the National Crime Information Center.

DULUTH, Minn. – Indigenous women gathered this weekend to make red skirts, dresses, and shawls in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women. In 2016 alone there were 5,712 missing and murdered Native American women in America according to the National Crime Information Center. Nearly a dozen women in Duluth were at work sewing, cutting, and ironing fabrics most of…

St. Louis County and Teamsters Local 320 Back in Mediation

The session started at 11 a.m. at the St. Louis County Courthouse. 

  DULUTH, Minn. – The on-strike Teamsters Local 320 and St. Louis County are back in a mediation session on Sunday. The session started at 11 a.m. at the St. Louis County Courthouse. The Teamsters went on strike Wednesday January 15, 2020 after rejecting the county’s Last Best Final Offer. Due to the strike, the county only was able to…

Duluthians Digging Out After Winter Storm

Fox 21 spoke to one Duluth resident who clears snow professionally had some words of wisdom for those who still have to shovel.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a winter storm hit the Northland, people spend their Saturdays digging out. Fox 21 spoke to one Duluth resident who clears snow professionally. He has some words of wisdom for those who still have to shovel. “All I can say is it can’t get done by itself and it’s not fun so you gotta get out…

Cub Run Attracts Dozens of Kids Ahead of Beargrease

The kids from ages 3-12 ran a course fit for their size in front of many family members who are mushing in the full marathon next weekend.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Eleven inches of snow fell ahead of the Cub Run kids sled dog race days before the Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, but that did not stop nearly 30 young mushers from hitting the trail. The kids from ages three to twelve ran a course fit for their size in front of many family members who are…

Day Three of Teamsters Local 320 Strike Brings Snow and Tensions

This weekend more than six inches of snow is expected across St. Louis County and the county says they will only be able to mobilize around 35 plows compared to their normal 108 for a storm this size.

DULUTH, Minn. – Dozens of union members picketed outside the St. Louis County Public Works Complex in Pike Lake. This weekend more than six inches of snow is expected and the county says they will only be able to mobilize around 35 plows compared to their normal 108 for a storm this size. “It’s certainly going to take us longer…

Fox 21 Visits Local Elementary School Classroom

Anchor Andrew Kirov, reporter Katharine Huntley, and photojournalist Adam Jagunich got a chance to share some information about their careers.

WRENSHALL, Minn. – A few Fox 21 staff members visited a Wrenshall Elementary School classroom to talk to fourth graders about what it is like to work for a tv station. Anchor Andrew Kirov, reporter Katharine Huntley, and photojournalist Adam Jagunich got a chance to share some information about their careers. The students asked questions such as the favorite stories…

Tensions Continue Between Teamsters Local 320 and St. Louis County Ahead of Winter Storm

Friday, the county is reporting negative sentiments towards their workers, while the union denies these.

DULUTH, Minn. – A major winter is in the forecast and tensions are continuing between St. Louis County and its plow drivers union the Teamsters Local 320. The Teamsters Local 320 also has bridge workers and mechanics as well as a few other positions. Dozens of Teamsters lined up outside of a St. Louis County public works complex on Friday….

Swenson Family donates $1.5 to UWS Research Program

The money was given by the family who brought the concept of the program to UWS in 2012.

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior has accepted a $1.5 million donation to establish an endowment fund for their Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. The money was given by the Swenson Family who brought the concept of the program to UWS in 2012. The participation has more than doubled since the program started. The endowment ensures there will be permanent…

11th Annual More Cowbell Fundraiser Attracts Hundreds

The event is all about raising money for the Northern Lights Foundation which financially helps Northland families who have children with life-threatening illnesses.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of people showed up to Grandma’s Sports Garden for the 11th Annual More Cowbell Fundraiser. The event is all about raising money for the Northern Lights Foundation which financially helps Northland families who have children with life-threatening illnesses. Last year they raised about $15,000 and hope to do that again this year. “Tonight you just never…

Viking Cruises Announces Stops in Duluth Starting in 2022

Viking anticipates an additional 9000 visitors a year stopping in Duluth for one day of their eight day itinerary.

DULUTH, Minn. – Viking Cruises announced some of its cruise ships will be stopping in Duluth starting in 2022. Two brand new cruise ships are being built right now called the Viking Octantis and the Viking Polaris. The ships will cruise the Great Lakes from Thunder Bay to Milwaukee. Viking anticipates an additional 9000 visitors a year stopping in Duluth…

New Child Care Planned for Superior Street in Downtown Duluth

The business is expanding from its Proctor location into the Weiland Building on East Superior Street across from the Tech Village building.

DULUTH, Minn. – The challenge to find child care in Duluth is easing up just a bit with a new facility opening in the heart of downtown called Mesabi Preschool Academy. They will serve infants from 6-weeks-old to children 5-years-old. The business is expanding from its Proctor location into the Weiland Building on East Superior Street across from the Tech…

Soo Locks Close for Season Halting Twin Ports Shipping

Officials with the port authority say they are on pace to come close to the 35 million short tons of cargo for the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Soo Locks closed for the season on Wednesday marking the official end to the year’s shipping season in the Twin Ports. This year was another busy year for the shipping industry. The ports received a record amount of wind energy at more than 300,000 freight tons. Iron ore was just slightly down from last year’s record…

Duluth’s Third Warming Shelter to Open in Lincoln Park

The new warming shelter will be open from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. starting Thursday night at the Harmony Club.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday night will be the first night open for Duluth’s third warming shelter. It is opening in the current Harmony Club which is a daily drop-in center located in the former Lincoln Park Elementary School. It is a big partnership between the city of Duluth, St. Louis County and the CHUM Drop-In Center. Last year was a…

Teamsters Local 320 Members Preparing Picket Signs For Potential Strike

Members Could Strike Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, January 14

DULUTH, Minn. – The Teamsters Local 320 is prepping for a strike after rejecting St. Louis County’s Last Best Final Offer during contract negotiations on Saturday. The union of nearly 180 members includes mechanics, bridge workers, and 102 snow plow operators. They could strike as early as Tuesday and with measurable snow in the forecast the county is also prepping…

Parks and Recreation Hosts Snowshoe Hike on Piedmont Trail

They explained that using snowshoes in the winter instead of just hiking keeps the trail groomed for all kinds of other activities such as fat tire biking.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department hosted a snowshoe hike starting from the Piedmont Trailhead on Sunday. Parks and Recreation wanted to show people a different trail they might not have visited yet. They explained that using snowshoes in the winter instead of just hiking keeps the trail groomed for all kinds of other activities…

Young Snowmobilers Earn Certification and Learn Rules of the Trails

Anyone born after 1976 needs a certification to operate a sled to take advantage of the more than 22,000 miles of snowmobile trails in Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn. – Young snowmobiliers earned their certifications to operate sleds on their own at Reservoir Riders Snowmobile Club. Snowmobiling is a widely popular sport in Minnesota. There are more than 22,000 miles of snowmobile trails statewide. Anyone born after 1976 needs a certification to operate a sled. “Now I can drive my own sled in Canada when we go…

8th Annual Lake Superior Libraries Unsymposium

Around 40 library workers spoke about topics ranging from climate change in libraries to different outreach programs.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Librarians in Minnesota and Wisconsin met at the Superior Public Library for the annual winter unsymposium. It is called an unsymposium because there is no set agenda coming into the day and the librarians choose the topics as a group. Around 40 library workers spoke about topics ranging from climate change in libraries to different outreach programs….

City of Duluth Seeks Million in Bonding Money for Coastal Repair

City officials say the bonding money will be used to put focus on community gems such as the Lakewalk, Baywalk, and Brighton Beach.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth announced a proposal seeking $13.5 million in state bonding money this upcoming legislative session for coastal repair. City officials say the bonding money will be used to put focus on community gems such as the Lakewalk, Baywalk, and Brighton Beach. The money will contribute to an ongoing $62 million project aimed at reconstructing…

Gov. Walz Proposes Additional Affordable Housing Funding

The waiting list for public housing in Duluth including 2,000 families.

DULUTH, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz wants to borrow $276 billion to invest in safe and affordable housing across Minnesota. It is all part of his “Jobs and Projects Plan” totaling around $2 billion. The Housing and Redevelopment Authority in Duluth will be applying for a portion of that money. The waiting list for public housing in Duluth including 2,000…

Search for New Duluth Superintendent Begins Community Input Phase

The board, with help of a professional search firm, launched an online survey on Thursday to gain the community's input.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School Board is looking for community input as it works to hire the new superintendent later this year. The school board is preaching transparency with the hiring of the superintendent as well. The board, with help of a professional search firm, launched an online survey on Thursday to gain the community’s input. Within a few…

Denfeld Takes Game One of the Heritage Holiday Inn Classic

The Denfeld Hunters beat the Depere, WI Voyageurs 5-3.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Heritage Holiday Inn Classic high school hockey tournament kicked off on Thursday at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center. The Denfeld Hunters took on the Depere, WI Voyageurs. Denfeld ended up winning 5-3 they take on Roseville on Friday night at 7 p.m.. Categories: High School, Sports

UMD Looking to Pick Up Non-Conference Wins This Weekend

The Bulldogs stressed in a press conference Thursday that they are looking to change their losing non-conference record which stands at 3-5.

DULUTH, Minn. – With 22 days between games for the holidays UMD men’s hockey is back and prepping for this weekends clash with Merrimack College. The players got some much needed break and most got to go home and see their families. The Bulldogs stressed in a press conference Thursday that they are looking to change their losing non-conference record…

Hawks Prevail Over Warriors in First Day of Hilltopper Classic

Hermantown beats Brainerd 4-1.

DULUTH, Minn. – After having the day off for Christmas, the Hermantown Hawks were back in action at the Hilltopper Holiday Classic at Mars Lakeview Arena. Captain Blake Biondi scored two goals in the second including a short-handed goal. The win puts the Hawks to 7-1-1 on the season. They will play Fort Frances on Friday at 4:30 in the…

Duluth Marshall Hockey Looking to Holiday Tournament to Bounce Back

The holiday classic gives Marshall a chance to get plenty of experience with teams they would not normally play.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Marshall is hosting its annual Hilltopper Holiday Classic hockey tournament at Mars Lakeview Arena. The tournament is drawing six teams from as far away as Fort Frances in Canada to compete. Other teams featured will be Hermantown, Brainerd, Burnsville, and Buffalo. The holiday classic gives Marshall a chance to get plenty of experience with teams they…

Hermantown Hockey’s Christmas Eve Alumni Game Brings Together Decades of Tradition

A family is how many have described the hockey community in Hermantown, and this is just another way the Hermantown community continues its traditions.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown is all about hockey, many years of tradition is on display each Christmas Even when alumni come back to take on the current varsity team. “We have Division-oners playing with guys that never played a day after high school and it’s just great to see everybody and it just keeps the community going that hockey community…

Spirit Mountain Open for Extended Hours for Holiday Season

All trails, terrain parks, snow tubing and even glow tubing will be available then.

DULUTH, Minn. – Spirit Mountain is preparing for a busy week on the slopes. They will be open Christmas Even and starting December 26 will be open for expanded holiday hours through January 5. All trails, terrain parks, snow tubing and even glow tubing will be available then. Spirit Mountain hopes families will take advantage of teh hours. “It’s a…

Dry Christmas Trees Pose Fire Danger

It's suggested to cut off the base of the tree to help it absorb water and make sure  to keep an eye on the water levels.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the holiday craziness it is important to keep an eye on any natural Christmas trees in the home. Natural trees can pose a hidden danger if they are not watered properly. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal showed in a video that trees can catch fire quickly. It’s suggested to cut off the base of the tree…

Minnesota Court of Appeals Rules for Additional Review of Natural Gas Plant

The ruling could possibly prevent Minnesota Power from participating in the construction and operation of the plant altogether.

DULTUH, Minn. – A Minnesota Court of Appeals has ordered state regulators to reconsider whether additional environmental review is necessary for the proposed Minnesota Power and Dairyland Cooperative natural gas plant. The Nemadji Trail Energy Center would be located in Superior, WI and the Minnesota court says state regulators erred by approving the project without determining the need for the…

UMD Women’s Hockey Coach Maura Crowell Making History

With Scott Sandelin coaching the World Juniors team, it marks the first time two head coaches from the same school will be coaching national teams at the same time.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD women’s hockey coach Maura Crowell will be far from home this Christmas. She is coaching the US Womens U-18 team at the IIHF World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia. Along with the honor of coaching the team for the second straight year, she is making history as well because Bulldog’s men’s hockey coach Scott Sandelin will be…

Prep Boys Hockey: Hawks and Greyhounds Nab Big Wins

Hermantown and Duluth East both beat tough teams on Saturday.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The 5-1-1 Hermantown Hawks boys hockey team hosted last year’s state third place finisher Mahtomedi in a big matchup. The Zephyrs had a record of 7-1 coming into the game. Hawks would dominate the Zephyrs 9-2. Hermantown captain Blake Biondi helps his team out and scores his eleventh and twelfth goals of the season as well. Meanwhile…

Car Thefts Happening Across Duluth

This year, car theft is below the three-year average but it is still happening.

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year more than a hundred cars are stolen in Duluth. This year, car theft is below the three-year average but it is still happening. When the weather gets cold in the Northland, people like to turn their cars on to warm them up then go back inside, which makes an easy target for thieves who are…

New Luxury Apartment Building Officially Open

CityView flats a brand new luxury apartment complex opened today on the 300 block of 1st Avenue West.

DULUTH, Minn. – Another housing option is now available in Duluth. CityView flats a brand new luxury apartment complex opened today on the 300 block of 1st Avenue West. The building is adding more than 100 housing units to the Central Hillside neighborhood. It’s made up of 106 units and is five stories tall, made up of studios, one bedrooms…

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Hits the Big Screen

At Marcus Theaters in Duluth fans dressed up for the big finale of the 9-part Star Wars Trilogy.

DULUTH, Minn. – After much anticipation the film Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker hit the big screen in Duluth on Thursday. At Marcus Theaters in Duluth fans dressed up for the big finale of the 9-part Star Wars Trilogy. There were not big lines to get tickets for the premiere because for the past month people have been reserving…

Ruby’s Pantry Coppertop’s Last Distribution Before the Holidays

More than 25,000 pounds of food were unloaded off a semi-truck where 70 volunteers helped distribute the food.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ruby’s Pantry at Duluth’s Coppertop Church held its last distribution day before the holidays. More than 25,000 pounds of food were unloaded off a semi-truck where 70 volunteers helped distribute the food. For only $20 anyone can get all types of food, from milk eggs and over a dozen other items. “Everyone is eligible there are no…

Influenza Widespread in Minnesota

The flu usually presents itself as a high fever, runny nose, body aches, and fatigue.

DULUTH, Minn. – The flu season is ramping up in Minnesota with the department of health reporting 262 hospitalized cases throughout the state. The flu usually presents itself as a high fever, runny nose, body aches, and fatigue. However, this year’s flu is a bit different than usual with the prominent strain. The B strain of the virus is the…

Hoffbauer Tree Farm Sold Out for Season

Hoffbauer Tree Farm in Duluth is sold out and owner Farmer Doug believes many people who wanted to cut their own tree did not this year because of all the snow that fell.

DULUTH, Minn. – Christmas is only a week away and tree farms are selling out of their trees. Hoffbauer Tree Farm in Duluth is sold out and owner Farmer Doug believes many people who wanted to cut their own tree did not this year because of all the snow that fell. “We were sold out last Saturday, we sold a…

St. Louis County Passes Record Breaking Budget

The budget includes increased investment in public works equipment and materials to support roads and bridges.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County passed a budget more than 407 million dollars which is about a three percent increase over last year. The budget includes increased investment in public works equipment and materials to support roads and bridges. It also continues to support programs to assist members of the community addressing substance use, mental health, and other services…

Port of Duluth-Superior Celebrating Another Record Breaking Year

The port also saw a record amount of wind energy products with 306,000 freight tons, the most ever in to Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Port of Duluth-Superior’s shipping season is drawing to a close and the Great Lakes busiest port is still a very busy place. According to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority the port is on pace to handle of 35 million tons of cargo for the third straight year. This is helped because the port reached its highest…

Police and Fire Chiefs Serving at The Kitchen in Memory of Late Waitress

This year, the fundraiser was held in memory of waitress Janice McConnell who recently passed away after 40 years of working at the restaurant.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior’s police and fire chiefs along with the district attorney and sheriff put on their aprons and got serving at The Kitchen restaurant all for a good cause. This year, the fundraiser was held in memory of waitress Janice McConnell who recently passed away after 40 years of working at the restaurant. All tips from the day…

New Lakewalk Fencing Being Installed on Lakewalk

New wrought iron fencing between the walkway and railroad tracks is being installed this week.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new section of the Duluth Lakewalk behind Fitger’s is undergoing more improvements to weather future storms. New wrought iron fencing between the walkway and railroad tracks is being installed this week. Parts of the Lakewalk will be closed during that time. “The fence was old but the last few storms kinda took it out so it…

Holidays Can Pose Extra Dangers for Pets

A veterinarian recommends limiting table scraps, especially foods that are high in fat.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The holidays are time to decorate and feast, but one vet warns against feeding dogs too much off the dinner table. A veterinarian recommends limiting table scraps, especially foods that are high in fat. Also, macadamia nuts are highly toxic to dogs and can be deadly. While the holidays are full of traveling and visiting with loved…

Family Forum Inc. Announces Early Head Start Program

The program has spots for eight children ranging from 6 weeks to 35 months old.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Family Forum Inc. announced on Monday they would be starting an early Head Start program at their center. The program has spots for eight children ranging from 6 weeks to 35 months old. Previously Family Forum has provided care in the home, but this is the first time offering space at their center in Superior on 34th…