Author: Katharine Huntley

Sathers JS Realty Hosts Annual Pumpkin Giveaway

Sathers JS Realty does this every year to treat its loyal customers over the years.

DULUTH, Minn. – JS Realty continued a decade long tradition of giving away pumpkins and Halloween treats on Wednesday. Sathers JS Realty does this every year to treat its loyal customers over the years. They usually roast hot dogs inside, but COVID stopped that this year, so prepackaged goodies it is. “It’s really nice to see everybody and to you…

Decker Dwellings Affordable Housing Coming to Duluth Next Year

It's called Decker Dwellings and it's located in the Miller Hill Mall area near the Schneiderman's Building.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ground was broken on a new One Roof Community Housing project that will bring 42 affordable units to Duluth. It’s called Decker Dwellings and it has been in the works for several years now. It’s located in the Miller Hill Mall area near the Schneiderman’s Building. Digging on the project has begun with the hope of having…

Tavern League of Wisconsin Files Lawsuit in Response to Gov. Evers’s Order Limiting People in Indoor Spaces

The Democratic governor's order issued last week, which has been subsequently blocked by a Wisconsin judge, limited the number of customers in many indoor establishments to 25 percent capacity until November 6.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Tavern League of Wisconsin has filed a lawsuit in response to Governor Tony Evers’s order limiting the number of people who can gather in bars, restaurants, and other indoor spaces. A Sawyer county circuit judge temporarily blocked the order. The Democratic governor’s order issued last week limited the number of customers in many indoor establishments to…

Keene Creek Dog Park Undergoing Improvements, Additions

The longstanding Keene Creek dog park off Grand Avenue is getting much-needed drainage issues taken care of, new fencing, a trail connecting nearby parking lots to the park, and access to drinking water for dogs and humans.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth is making improvements to a popular dog park in West Duluth as part o the St. Louis River Corridor Initiative. The longstanding Keene Creek dog park off Grand Avenue is getting much-needed drainage issues taken care of, new fencing, a trail connecting nearby parking lots to the park, and access to drinking water…

Lake Superior Brewing Co. Could Relocate in Duluth’s Lakeside Neighborhood Under New Ownership

The brewing company has sat idle since December 2019 and the new owners are changing the business model and moving away from Lincoln Park.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior Brewing Co. is coming back to Duluth with new owners, a new vision, and a new location in the Lakeside neighborhood. “It’s one of the oldest breweries in Minnesota we’re hoping to preserve the legacy of everything that it’s been but kind of reinvent it,” says new co-owner Sarah Maxim. The brewing company has sat…

OMC Cookbook Ready to Roll Out

The book has almost all of OMC's menu items including how to make its dry rubs and sauces.

DULUTH, Minn. – Barbecue restaurant OMC Smokehouse located in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is getting its own cookbook this week. The book has almost all of OMC’s menu items including how to make its dry rubs and sauces. Barbecue lovers can purchase their own copy at the restaurant, bookstores, and at the launch party at Ursa Minor starting this Thursday…

State of Minnesota Easing Visitation Restrictions on Care Homes

These restrictions have previously prevented family members from visiting their loved ones who are staying in places like assisted living homes.

DULUTH, Minn. – The state of Minnesota announced the easing of COVID-19 visitation restrictions for senior care homes. These restrictions have previously prevented family members from visiting their loved ones who are staying in places like assisted living homes. In March, at the onset of COVID-19, care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities were closed to nearly…

Indigenous People’s Day Celebrated in Duluth

A spokesperson for the Indigenous Commission said the day also reminds people that the Indigenous community is still fighting the issues of oppression and racism.

DULUTH, Minn. – People gathered in celebration of Indigenous people’s day at Duluth’s City Hall Plaza on Monday. The day has been recognized by the city since 2007. People spoke about how the day is about their relatives who never thought they’d see a city that recognizes and supports a day celebration all Indigenous peoples. A spokesperson for the Indigenous…

148th Fighter Wing Taking Off for Night Flying Missions

They fly these missions in the dark to stay ready to defend the homeland.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 148th Fighter Wing has been flying high over the Northland this month at night as part of a special training mission. They fly these missions in the dark to stay ready to defend the homeland. Fox 21 got a look behind the scenes of what it takes to fly one of these missions. For nearly two…

UMD Students React to First Presidential Debate

Students spoke about how frustrated they were of how the debate was formatted.

DULUTH, Minn. – Students at UMD reacted on Wednesday to what happened during the first presidential debate. Students spoke about how frustrated they were of how the debate was formatted. They said they don’t believe debates should be about the candidates insulting each other but rather the candidates speaking about how they would run the country for the next four…

Demonstrators Line Up in Support of Joe Biden Ahead of Pres. Trump’s Visit to Duluth

Demonstrators stood outside their cars honking and waving flags and signs in support of a new president.

DULUTH, Minn. – In anticipation of President Trump’s visit to the Duluth International Airport, more than one hundred cars lined Airport Road in support of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Demonstrators stood outside their cars honking and waving flags and signs in support of a new president. “You have to have the courage to get out there and stand for…

President Trump Set to Arrive in Duluth at 8 p.m. for Rally

DULUTH, Minn.-President Trump is expected to arrive at the Duluth International Airport for a rally at 8 p.m. tonight. We will be live streaming the entire event on our Facebook page and website. Above, check out our latest coverage of today’s events which includes people arriving at Trump’s rally and a protest. We’ll have much more tonight at 9!  …

148th Fighter Wing Holding Night Training Throughout the Northland

148th officials tell us they try hard to balance training at night while being respectful of the community.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 148th Fighter Wing is high in the sky over the Northland as part of a training mission that’s been going on since last week. It’s all about helping F-16 pilots get as comfortable as possible flying after dark to carry out missions by using night vision goggles and special heat sensors to detect what’s around them…

Whole Foods Co-Op Holds Food Truck Extravaganza

Management at the co-op said they wanted to throw this party to vie their employees some thanks for all the hard work they've done during the pandemic as essential workers.

DULUTH, Minn. – After months of making changes to adapt to the pandemic, the whole foods co-op threw a celebration on Wednesday for employees to kick back and have some free food and enjoy themselves. Management at the co-op said they wanted to throw this party to vie their employees some thanks for all the hard work they’ve done during…

DFL Holds Pop-Up Sign Event in Duluth

One leader with the DFL said during election seasons, it's important to roll out the bumper stickers and yard signs to encourage support for both the party and its candidates.

DULUTH, Minn. – The DFL held a pop-up shop selling yard signs showing support for Democratic candidates on London Road in Duluth on Monday. The pop-up shop was started by the DFL to make sure Democratic candidates get visible support from the party. One leader with the DFL said during election seasons, it’s important to roll out the bumper stickers…

Duluth School District Bus Hubs to Hand out Free Breakfasts and Lunches

Buses have now started pulling up to hubs at 6 different locations across Duluth with the breakfasts and lunches pre-packaged so parents can grab them and go.

DULUTH, Minn. – Free bagged breakfasts and lunches are now available to all Duluth school children 18 years of age and younger at schools and select bus hub sites on weekdays. Buses have now started pulling up to hubs at 6 different locations across Duluth with the breakfasts and lunches pre-packaged so parents can grab them and go. These bus…

Free Produce Distributed in Morgan Park in Support of Community Garden

It's all to help combat the issue of lack of access to food in that neighborhood of Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Locally grown fresh produce was distributed to residents of Morgan Park in Duluth on the final night of a six-week program. f NAACP partnered with UMD and the Morgan Park Community Gardens to give out free, fresh produce and get people in the neighborhood excited about home-grown veggies. “It’s free food, can’t really say no to free…

23rd Veteran Looking for Veteran’s to Join 14-Week Program which Includes Trip to Alaska

Selected veterans will be at the Kilcher Homestead in Homer, Alaska which is featured on the Discovery Channel show Alaska: The Last Frontier.

DULUTH, Minn. – The non-profit veteran support group 23rd Veteran is looking for 12 local vets who have experienced trauma to join a 14-week program next month which kicks off in Alaska. Selected veterans will be at the Kilcher Homestead in Homer, Alaska which is featured on the Discovery Channel show Alaska: The Last Frontier. The first week of the…

President Donald Trump Campaigning in Duluth on Wednesday

The president will be delivering remarks at the Duluth International Airport.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) DULUTH, Minn. – The Trump campaign has announced that President Donald Trump will be campaigning on Duluth for a Make America Great Again event on Wednesday, September 25. The president will be delivering remarks at the Duluth International Airport. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the event beings at 5 p.m. People who would like to attend…

Duluth Superior Transportation Association Holds “Fill the Truck” Food Drive Virtually

But this year, they're just asking for money to be donated virtually to meet the growing needs of Northlanders, especially during COVID-19.

DULUTH, Minn. – September is hunger action month and the Duluth Superior Transportation Association is holding its annual “Fill the Truck” food drive virtually. Normally they fill semi-trucks and take donations in June to support the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. But this year, they’re just asking for money to be donated virtually to meet the growing needs of…

Northland Schools Dealing with Substitute Teacher Shortage

With around only 70% of substitute jobs filled right now for the Hermantown School District, even the high school principal has had to jump in and teach.

DULUTH, Minn. – COVID-19 is creating an unprecedented year for Northland schools to make sure teachers can educate students safely. Now, schools are dealing with a serious shortage of substitute teachers. “We’re making it work, it’s not easy but we’re making it work,” says Hermantown Superintendent Wayne Whitwam. At Hermantown School District teachers are doing all they can to make…

Ashland Bars and Taverns to Temporarily Close After Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Just Wednesday, eight more COVID cases were confirmed in Ashland bringing the total to 74 positive cases and two deaths.

ASHLAND, Wis. – Bars and taverns are preparing to be forced to shut down for more than two weeks to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Just Wednesday, eight more COVID cases were confirmed in Ashland bringing the total to 74 positive cases and two deaths. Ashland County Administrator Clark Schroeder says bars that have recently voluntarily closed after COVID-19…

Saliva COVID-19 Testing Coming to Duluth Wednesday

It's all part of a pilot testing program from the state which they hope will help to decrease the spread of the pandemic.

DULUTH, Minn. – Nasal swabs are no longer the only option for people in the Northland getting tested for COVID-19. Starting Wednesday, Minnesotans can get a free COVID test by just spitting into a vial that will be shipped to a laboratory. It’s free regardless of whether anyone has symptoms. It’s happening at the DECC in Duluth. People will walk…

Minnesota’s First COVID-19 Saliva Testing Site Coming to Duluth Starting Wednesday

The free testing will be available at the DECC through at least the end of the year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota’s first COVID-19 saliva testing site is opening in Duluth this Wednesday. It’s all part of a pilot testing program from the state. The testing will be free to those who feel the need to be tested. The nasal swab is no longer the only option for COVID testing. “We want testing available to anyone who feels…

Northland Red Cross Volunteers Helping with Wildfire Relief

Some volunteers are on the ground in Salem, Oregon near where the Beachie Creek fire is burning.

SALEM, Oregon – Nearly one dozen Red Cross disaster workers from the Northland are deployed to the wildfires out west and down south with the hurricane response efforts. Some volunteers are on the ground in Salem, Oregon near where the Beachie Creek fire is burning. They are helping feed and comfort people who unsure if their homes are burned to…

Duluth Elementary Students Begin In-Person Hybrid Learning

Elementary students with the Duluth school district are on a hybrid model where kids get in-person learning two days a week with the rest distance learning.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth students at Homecroft Elementary masked up and headed into school for the first time in six months. Elementary students with the Duluth school district are on a hybrid model where kids get in-person learning two days a week with the rest distance learning. A mother of a kindergartener told Fox 21 she was sad she couldn’t…

Breeze Inn Kicks Off Oktoberfest

Even though the event is a bit different because of COVID-19, it didn't put a stop to the polka music.

LAKEWOOD, Minn. – The Breeze Inn in Lakewood kicked off its annual Oktoberfest event this weeekend. Even though the event is a bit different because of COVID-19, it didn’t put a stop to the polka music. The Polkarobics band was there on Sunday playing at the restaurant and bar. Instead of the usual one big tent, there’s a small open-air…

A Look Back at Trump, Biden in Northern Minnesota

On Friday, just 46 days a head of the election President Donald Trump and Joe Biden hit the battleground state of Minnesota to sway the vote in their direction.

DULUTH, Minn. – Presidental candidates came to the Nothaland this week campaigning for the upcoming presidential election which is a month and a half away. On Friday, just 46 days ahead of the election President Donald Trump and Joe Biden hit the battleground state of Minnesota to sway the vote in their direction. The day started when Joe Biden stopped…

Duluth Police Recover 17 Bullet Casings After Early Sunday Morning Shooting

Squads canvassed the area and located no suspects. No injuries reported

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police officers heard several shots in the area of the 100 Block of the E #2 Alley around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. That location is the alley between 1st and 2nd streets — behind the former Kozy building. When squad cars arrived they located 17 casings and a damaged sign. Officers received a report and spoke to…

76 Years Later WWII Proctor Veteran Receives Military Honors After Being Lost at Sea

Proctor-native and merchant marine Sterling LeRoy Bird, better known as Sting, went missing and presumed lost at sea in WWII.

DULUTH, Minn. – A special military honors ceremony was held at Oneota Cemetery for a Proctor veteran who was lost at sea during WWII. Proctor-native and merchant marine Sterling LeRoy Bird, better known as Sting, went missing and presumed lost at sea in WWII. It happened after a Japanese submarine torpedoed the Liberty Ship he was on. Now, 76 years…

Project Joy Switches to Drive-Thru Fundraiser

Most years, Project Joy has a large fundraiser in November at the Duluth Curling Club, however, the ongoing pandemic has likely stopped that from happening.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Project Joy, an organization that raises money to combat childhood hunger, held a fundraiser drive-thru style at Foster’s Sports Bar and Grill in Hermantown on Saturday. Most years, Project Joy has a large fundraiser in November at the Duluth Curling Club, however, the ongoing pandemic has likely stopped that from happening. Cars drove through the parking lot…

Free Microchipping Clinic Offered in Carlton County

It was free for Carlton County residents while out-of-county residents paid just $20.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Furry friends in Carlton County were microchipped for free at Veteran’s Park in Cloquet on Saturday. Owners of dogs and cats pulled up for the drive-thru clinic. It was free for Carlton County residents while out-of-county residents paid just $20. Funds go to supporting Northern Lakes Rescue. The actual microchipping takes just seconds and only is a…

Ballot Question Asks Superior Citizens About Potential Part-Time Mayor

Mayor Paine says he is voting "no" because citizens deserve to be able to vote for the people who are leading their community.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – As ballots are going out to people in Superior this week, Mayor Jim Paine has announced he will be voting against potentially making future mayors part-time and hiring a city administrator. Mayor Paine says he is voting “no” because citizens deserve to be able to vote for the people who are leading their community. This is on…

Trees Planted on Duluth’s Arbor Day

New ironwood and cherry chokes now have a home along a stretch of greenspace on Nashua Street after the city cut down declining black ash trees a year ago.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth observed its own Arbor Day by planting some trees on a boulevard in West Duluth on Thursday. New ironwood and cherry chokes now have a home along a stretch of greenspace on Nashua Street after the city cut down declining black ash trees a year ago. The city plants around half of its…

Little League Coaches Hit Dingers in Home Run Derby

Normally, the year-ender would have meant a massive party, but COVID-19 only allowed the coaches to gather.

DULUTH, Minn.  – Duluth Little League coaches celebrated the end of a summer season with a home run derby on Thursday. Normally, the year-ender would have meant a massive party, but COVID-19 only allowed the coaches to gather. It was the coaches’ turn to launch some dingers into the stands as a thank you to them after coaching during an…

Duluth’s Mesabi Preschool Academy Accepting More Children

Opening a business in the era of COVID-19 is no easy task and uncertainty now surrounds the daycare industry even while there is still a shortage of available options.

DULUTH, Minn. – Mesabi Preschool Academy in the Weiland building is officially open. This new business has had to adapt as the global pandemic is ongoing. Opening a business in the era of COVID-19 is no easy task and uncertainty now surrounds the daycare industry even while there is still a shortage of available options. When Shelly Vanneste signed the…

Council Votes Unanimously to Hire a Potential Developer for Duluth’s Enger Park Golf Course’s Driving Range

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth City Council voted unanimously on Monday to hire a developer to begin making plans for turning the Enger Park Golf Course’s driving range into affordable housing. City leaders say the driving range could be moved to another portion of the course. Money made from the sale of the parkland would be invested back into the golf…

Duluth City Council Votes to Make Chester Park Trail Skiing-Only

Both pedestrians and cross-country skiers have shared the trail over the years, but some city parks officials say the steep trail, blind corners, and large numbers of people using the trail makes it risky for people using the trail in different ways.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth City Council voted 6-3 on Monday to make one Chester Park trail ski-only during the winter months. Councilors Joel Sipress, Derek Medved, and Roz Randorf voted against the resolution. Both pedestrians and cross-country skiers have shared the trail over the years, but some city parks officials say the steep trail, blind corners, and large numbers of…

Duluth City Council Passes Resolution to Hire Firm to Look at Spirit Mountain’s Finances

The resolution calls for spending $74,000 to hire the firm SE Group to do the analysis.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council unanimously passed a resolution to hire a consulting firm to look deeper into the finances of Spirit Mountain on Monday. The resolution calls for spending $74,000 to hire the firm SE Group to do the analysis. That work is aimed at helping the recently formed Spirit Mountain Task Force which is determining the…

UW-Superior Small Business Development Center Wins Statewide Award

It honors how hard the center has worked to help businesses through the pandemic and the associate state director says businesses that are struggling can look to the small business development center for free resources to get help.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Small Business Development Center at UW-Superior was given a statewide award for excellence and innovation on Monday. The award was presented to the center’s director Andy Donahue. It honors how hard the center has worked to help businesses through the pandemic and the associate state director says businesses that are struggling can look to the small…

Pumpkin Patch Opens at Miller Hill Mall

DC's Best Produce's pumpkin patch opened this past weekend and hundreds of gourds are on sale.

DULUTH, Minn. – People in the Twin Ports can now get their fall decorations like mums, squash, and pumpkins up at Miller Hill Mall. DC’s Best Produce’s pumpkin patch opened this past weekend and hundreds of gourds are on sale. This year, the business is asking people who are sick to stay home and have a mask on hand when…

Spirit Mountain, Enger Park Development, Chester Park Trail Changes Among Agenda Items for Monday’s Council Meeting

Duluth City Council will vote on Monday, September 14.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s city councilors are getting ready to vote on several resolutions at Monday’s meeting dealing with parks and trails. The aging seawall behind the DECC has been prone to flooding over the past few years during storms. The city council will be voting on a resolution to seek a $3.5 million federal grant to help pay for…

Duluth Parks and Recreation Launches New Program Called Afternoon Adventures

The program invites first through fifth graders to Grant Park to come together, play, learn, and have time to interact with each other in a safe way.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new program called Afternoon Adventures is being launched this fall by the city of Duluth Parks and Recreation. The program invites first through fifth graders to Grant Park to come together, play, learn, and have time to interact with each other in a safe way. They hope to have kids enjoy outdoor activities and will even…

People Demonstrate in Support of Police

The supporters held signs and flew flags in support of the police department.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Several people gathered in downtown Superior to show off their support for the police. The supporters held signs and flew flags in support of the police department. Saturday’s demonstration came together through several Facebook groups, one of which gained 3000 members in just two weeks. They say they represent Minnesota and Wisconsin and came out on Saturday…

Fitger’s Brewhouse Reaches 25th Anniversary Milestone

The business was started back in 1995 and to celebrate the milestone birthday they are offering a cherry batch ale and sour.

DULUTH, Minn. – Fitger’s Brewhouse has officially turned 25 years old. The business was started back in 1995 and to celebrate the milestone birthday they are offering a cherry batch ale and sour. It all started when two guys had an idea while sitting in their dorm room in college more than two decades ago. Just last year, Fitger’s Brewhouse…

After Postponement Fitgers 5K Rings Starting Bell

The event looked a bit different this year, but runners were still able to cross the finish line nonetheless.

DULUTH, Minn. – More than 400 runners raced through Duluth for the annual Fitgers 5K which was postponed from April due to the pandemic. The event looked a bit different this year, but runners were still able to cross the finish line nonetheless. After COVID-19 postponed the Fitgers 5K in April, runners finally got a chance to get out and…

Former Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler Disbarred

The Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed the petition alleging Pertler committed professional misconduct warranting public discipline.

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn. – The Minnesota Supreme Court has disbarred former Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler. The Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed the petition alleging Pertler committed professional misconduct warranting public discipline. The Office allegedly says Pertler failed to disclose known police misconduct to those who needed the information, failed to implement a Brady policy, and failed to train…

Northland K-9 Foundation Hosts “Pup-Up” Shop in Hermantown

The foundation helps fund police K-9 needs in Duluth, Superior, and Hermantown, as well as St. Louis and Douglas Counties.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Northland K-9 Foundation hosted its final “Pup-Up” event at the Hermantown Dairy Queen on Thursday. The foundation helps fund police K-9 needs in Duluth, Superior, and Hermantown, as well as St. Louis and Douglas Counties. They sold shirts, dog face masks, stuffed animals, and other items. The “pup-up” came together after the typical “Operation K-9” fundraiser…

DECC Confident About Holding Future Events After Trump Jr. Visit

The DECC opened its doors to Donald Trump Jr. and no more than a total of 250 people per the governor's order.

DULUTH, Minn. – The DECC is calling Wednesday’s “Make America Great Again” rally with Donald Trump Jr. a successful first big event for the convention center since it closed months ago because of COVID-19. The DECC opened its doors to Donald Trump Jr. and no more than a total of 250 people per the governor’s order. Chairs were spread out…

West Theater Hosts First Live Concert Since Reopening

The theater could only welcome 25% of it's normal capacity, but it was able to have a near-sellout for the first time in many months.

DULUTH, Minn. – The West Theatre hosted its first indoor concert since reopening after COVID-19 hit. The theater could only welcome people in a 25% capacity, but they were able to have a near-sellout for the first time in many months. “It was like Christmas in September, truly,” said Owner Bob Boone of The West Theatre. The theater opened in…