Author: Katharine Huntley

Gov. Walz Announces School Reopening Plan; Districts Allowed to be More Restrictive

The plan allows individual school districts to decided student learning plans this fall based on the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in the county schools are in.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gov. Tim Walz, a retired teacher himself, announced what’s being called the school “Safe Learning Plan” for Minnesota. The plan allows individual school districts to decided student learning plans this fall based on the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in the county schools are in. Gov. Walz stressed the pandemic is impacting schools and communities across the state…

Masks Now Mandated in Superior’s Indoor Public Areas

People in places such as restaurants, bars, and retail stores are now required to make up as part of a new city-wide ordinance.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The city of Superior is now under a mask mandate as of Monday for indoor public areas. People in places such as restaurants, bars, and retail stores are now required to make up as part of a new city-wide ordinance. Masks are not required for children under five or people with certain medical conditions among other exceptions….

Oscar Mayer Weinermobile Cruises into Duluth

The Wienermobile, with the license plate "Big Bun", is in Duluth and ready to bring some smiles.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile cruised into the Twin Ports on Monday. The Wienermobile, with the license plate “Big Bun”, is in Duluth and ready to bring some smiles. The 27-foot hot dog on wheels is stopping in town before heading off to the rest of the central Midwest. It will be at the Smalley Moen Memorial Car…

Duluth’s Board and Brush Helping People Get Creative

Everybody starts with plain wood and ends with a finished product to match their home decor.

DULUTH, Minn. – People put paint to wood on Sunday to make homemade planter boxes at Board and Brush in Duluth. Everybody starts with plain wood and ends with a finished product to match their home decor. The store’s owner, Kristen Sawyer, says getting creative in this way is a great way to de-stress. While she’s only allowing 8 customers…

Lake Superior Warmer than Usual After Less Storms this Summer

As drought conditions continue across the area, a hot and humid weekend followed what's been an above-average summer for the Northland.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A warm, dry summer with fewer storms has given Northlanders a chance to get outside and experience a hotter than normal season. As drought conditions continue across the Northland, a hot and humid weekend followed what’s been an above-average summer for the Northland according to meteorologist Joe Moore with the National Weather Service. “We’ve had temperatures that…

Korean War Veteran’s Remains Come Home to Final Resting Place After 70 Years Unidentified

Francis Rochon, better known as Sonny, went off to fight in the Korean War in 1950 and lost his life at 21 years old.

FOXBORO, Wis. – It was a day 70 years in the making as Korean War Veteran and Superior Native, Francis Rochon, was laid to rest in Foxboro. Rochon’s remains were unidentified until this past June. Francis, better known as Sonny, went off to fight in the Korean War in 1950 and lost his life at 21 years old after being…

Warm Weather Brings Many to Wisconsin Point

Kids and families jumped and played in the surf which was crashing on the shore with a great view of the Superior Entry Lighthouse.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – All the warm weather this week had people spending time outside on Wisconsin Point in Superior. Kids and families jumped and played in the surf which was crashing on the shore with a great view of the Superior Entry Lighthouse. Wisconsin Point, along with Minnesota Point, is one of the largest freshwater sandbars in the entire world….

Bowfest Ongoing with Extra Safety Precautions

Even though COVID-19 has canceled many summer events, Bowfest has continued on with extra precautions in place at what organizers call the world's largest outdoor archery and music festival.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Archers have targets in their sights at Bowfest which is running through Sunday this week at Mont du Lac Resort in Superior. Even though COVID-19 has canceled many summer events, Bowfest has continued on with extra precautions in place at what organizers call the world’s largest outdoor archery and music festival. “We have everything out here this…

Workforce Development Department Helping Duluthians Find Jobs During Pandemic

The federal CARES Act assured an extra $600 per week to help people get through a difficult time ended on Friday.

DULUTH, Minn. – Unemployed workers in the Northland are bracing to lose the extra money they’ve been getting on unemployment checks for more than three months now. The federal CARES Act assured an extra $600 per week to help people get through a difficult time ended on Friday. People out of work will still be getting their normal unemployment benefits….

Northland K9 Foundation Hosts Pop-Up Fundraiser

The foundation raises money to help train and purchase law enforcement dogs in the Northland.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Northland K-9 Foundation hosted a pop-up shop outside city hall in Superior. The foundation raises money to help train and purchase law enforcement dogs in the Northland. The pop-up shop came about after the foundation’s annual fundraising events were canceled because of the pandemic. All types of K-9 merchandise were for sale, even facemasks with dog…

Weekend of Bowfest Kicked off on Thursday

The event is expecting thousands of people at what they call the world's largest outdoor archery and music festival.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Bowfest kicked off on Thursday at Mont Du Lac Resort in Superior. The event is expecting thousands of people at what they call the world’s largest outdoor archery and music festival. The four archery courses have a wide variety of 3-D targets such as deer, snakes, and boars. Mont Du Lac Resort also has their chair lifts…

Free COVID-19 Testing Coming to Iron Range

The two-day drive-through testing event will take place at the St. Louis County Fairgrounds in Chisholm on Tuesday and Wednesday.

CHISHOLM, Minn. – As COVID-19 cases are rising around the region, smaller communities on the Iron Range are seeing an increased spread, free COVID-19 testing is coming to the Iron Range next week. The two-day drive-through testing event will take place at the St. Louis County Fairgrounds in Chisholm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Organizers are hoping people take advantage of…

Bowfest and Head of the Lakes Fair Coming to Superior this Week

The two events are forging ahead with plans to hold their events and are attempting to balance summer traditions and public health.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Despite a recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Superior and Douglas County, the Head of the Lakes Fair and Bowfest, two events that attract thousands of people, are still opening to the public this week. The two events are forging ahead with plans to hold their events and are attempting to balance summer traditions and public health….

Two Tornadoes Confirmed After Early Saturday Morning Storms

The Sanborn-Ashland tornado had a peak wind of 110 miles per hour and was on the ground for about half a mile.

DULUTH, Minn. – The National Weather Service confirms two tornadoes touched down in Northwest Wisconsin in the early hours of Saturday morning. The tornadoes spun out of a line of storms that moved through the Northland. The weather service rates both tornadoes at EF-1. The Sanborn-Ashland tornado had a peak wind of 110 miles per hour and was on the…

Debut of Movies in the Parking Lot Attract Hundreds

Organizers with the Greater Downtown Council called it a roller coaster planning process but were able to put together a drive-in movie event for the community.

DULUTH, Minn. – After COVID-19 forced many Duluth activities to cancel or change the way they do things, “movies in the park” is adapting as well. Organizers with the Greater Downtown Council called it a roller coaster planning process but were able to put together a drive-in movie event for the community. Cars were ushered into the space around the…

Significant Storm Damage Impacts Several Branches of Same Family in Ashland

Winds were so strong they tipped one thousand pound hay bales over and across the road, pushed an ice shack into a cornfield, and the wind even rocketed a large shard of wood straight into a car, but the family home suffered the most damage.

DULUTH, Minn. – Storms ripped through the Northland late Friday night into early Saturday morning. An area around Blueberry, Wisconsin saw some tree damage. No injuries there, but plenty of cleanup for the residents. Ashland also saw quite a bit of significant damage as well. One family was hit especially hard on Saturday. No injuries to report, but several structures…

Honeyberry Cider Unveiled at Wild State Cider in Duluth

Honeyberries are similar to blueberries except they are slightly longer and more tart.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new Honeyberry Cider was unveiled on Friday at Wild State Cider in Lincoln Park. Honeyberries are similar to blueberries except they are slightly longer and more tart. The honeyberries are grown locally at Farm Lola in Wrenshall. The cider is a deep red color and according to Wild State tastes almost like blueberries and raspberries combined….

The West Theater Reopens with Extra Precautions

There are many safety precautions in place including temperature checks, mandatory masks, as well as every other row being blocked off.

DULUTH, Minn. – The West Theater finally turned on the silver screen for their first showing in months during the pandemic on Friday. Owner Bob Boone has restricted the seating around 60 patrons per show. There are many other safety precautions in place including temperature checks, mandatory masks, as well as every other row being blocked off. Additionally, when people…

Demand Continues for Ruby’s Pantry Coppertop

The pandemic has caused the pantry to stop serving people indoors and instead offer an outdoor drive-thru experience.

DULUTH, Minn. – Demand continues to be up for the Ruby’s Pantry Coppertop. The pantry gives away more than 150 shares of food for just a twenty dollar donation each month from the Coppertop Church in Duluth. The pandemic has caused the pantry to stop serving people indoors and instead offer an outdoor drive-thru experience. This month, food such as…

Essentia Duluth Heritage Center Receiving ‘Unprecedented’ Donation to Support Operations

The donors, Todd and Susan Johnson, have pledged to support the operations of the Center for the next 16 months.

DULUTH, Minn. – Businesses all over the Northland are struggling right now because of the pandemic. One of them is the Duluth Heritage Sports Center who says they faced a seemingly impossible financial challenge. In light of this, two generous community members stepped forward to help. The donors, Todd and Susan Johnson, have pledged to support the operations of the…

New Lakewalk in Canal Park to be Feet Higher to Keep Waves at Bay

The project's supervisor tells Fox 21 the multi-million dollar reconstruction project is on schedule to wrap up by the end of the year.

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s good news for the thousands of people who use Duluth’s Lakewalk every year. The project’s supervisor tells Fox 21 the multi-million dollar reconstruction project is on schedule to wrap up by the end of the year. The portion of the Lakewalk in Canal Park that is currently under construction will be higher than its ever been…

Great Outdoors: Mountain Biking Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Trails have been packed with bikers and hikers around the Northland with everyone just trying to get out and have some socially-distanced fun. “We were bored during quarantine and we decided to come down here and just mess around on our bikes and stuff and this is what it turned into,” said Arren and Henry, two mountain…

International Students Dealing with Realities of ICE Visa Annoucement

International students are being told they need to be sure to take mostly in-person classes or run the risk of being forced to leave the United States.

DULUTH, Minn. – The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced international students pursuing degrees in the United States will have to leave the country if they are only taking online classes. The ruling is sending shockwaves through colleges and universities throughout the country including at UMD. In fact, the Attorney Generals in both Minnesota and Wisconsin are among those…

BBQ Held in Superior to Bring Awareness for Sexual and Domestic Assault

Families were encouraged to attend to learn about dangerous situations that can happen in any community that are both physically and emotionally traumatic for victims of abuse.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A fundraiser barbecue was held in Hammond Park for victims of domestic and sexual abuse on Sunday. The BBQ had food and games for people of all ages along with information about different types of abuse. Families were encouraged to attend to learn about dangerous situations that can happen in any community that are both physically and…

Duluth City Council Voting on Ordinance Requiring Masks for Indoor Public Spaces

This includes retail spaces, DTA buses, the Skywalk, and at restaurants and bars when not eating or drinking.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council will be voting on a mask ordinance on Monday, which would mandate masks indoors in all public spaces. This includes retail spaces, DTA buses, the Skywalk, and at restaurants and bars when not eating or drinking. Face coverings would also be included in apartment building common areas such as hallways and elevators. Four…

Duluth’s West Theater to Reopen on Friday

The marquee of the 1930s era West Theater reads "We Love You, Back Soon" and now that's finally a reality for staff to open the doors again or everyone who loves this historic spot.

DULUTH, Minn. – As businesses slowly begin to open back up around the Northland, it’s showtime once again for the West Theater in Duluth. After being closed for months due to the pandemic, the silver screen will be lit again with revamped policies for those who attend including mandatory masks. “I don’t think there’s anything in life with a guarantee…

“Trump Victory” and Congressman Pete Stauber Open Campaign Field Office in Hermantown

Many supporters of the candidates gathered outside the new office and picked up signs as well as refreshments. 

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The “Trump Victory” group and Congressman Pete Stauber opened their election campaign field office in Hermantown. The office will be the spot to to to for people who are looking to pick up campaign literature. Many supporters of the candidate gathered outside the new office and picked up signs as well as refreshments. Rep. Stauber spoke to…

Essentia Health Updates Visitor Guidelines

The new policy allows only one visitor per patient per day at Essentia Health facilities in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health has updated their visitor policies starting in Duluth this weekend. The new policy allows only one visitor per patient per day at Essentia Health facilities in Duluth. Those visitors are welcome from the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. The policy applies to all clinic appointments and surgical patient care areas. Even though nurses…

Harmony House Taking Extra Measures to Protect Residents

Most residents at care homes across the Northland have gone nearly four months without being able to hug or be with their loved ones in person.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Minnesota and Wisconsin have both been starting to loosen restrictions on visitors at care homes. This is leaving facilities to figure out how to best keep their residents safe. Most residents at care homes across the Northland have gone nearly four months without being able to hug or be with their loved ones in person. Over at…

Duluth Firefighter Cited in Woman’s Assault Over Unleashed Dogs

According to the Duluth Police Department, a 65-year-old woman was on the Duluth Traverse Trail near 84th Avenue when she was assaulted.

DULUTH, Minn. – A firefighter of nearly 20 years is accused of assaulting a woman on a Duluth trail on Friday morning after she told him to leash his dogs. According to the Duluth Police Department, a 65-year-old woman was on the Duluth Traverse Trail near 84th Avenue when she was assaulted. The attack leaving her face bruised and bloody….

Split Rock Lighthouse Opening July 15

Visitors are asked to pre-purchase tickets for a certain time slot so the site can control how many people are there at one time.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Split Rock Lighthouse is less than a week away from opening back up to the public. The experience will be different than usual to keep everyone safe. Visitors are asked to pre-purchase tickets for a certain time slot so the site can control how many people are there at one time. There will also be a…

Fatal ATV Crash in Nashwauk

NASHWAUK, Minn. – A man has died from injuries due to an ATV accident in Nashwauk. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the victim was driving an ATV southbound in the east ditch of Highway 65 north of County Road 8. He then hit an elevated part and rolled the ATV over. The driver was then trapped under the ATV…

Fatal ATV Crash in Barnum Township

BARNUM, Minn. – A woman has died as a result of injuries from an ATV accident. The crash happened at the intersection of County Road 139 and Country Road 6 in Barnum. According to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, a female in her 40s received multiple injuries from the crash. The initial investigation revealed the female victim had been the…

Grand Marais Preparing for Uptick in Tourism for Independence Day

Many of the normal Grand Marais events have been canceled, but the fireworks celebration is still expected to happen on the Fourth of July.

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – Many cities and towns in the Northland rely on tourism to help keep them going. People at businesses in Grand Marais say they are looking forward to a warm Fourth of July weekend to help jumpstart their season. Businesses have been doing what they can during the pandemic to stay afloat. Now, in the height of…

Water Dumped on New Perspective Senior Living Manager’s Head After Popular Facebook Post

It all started when a staff member posted on Facebook saying if she got over 1000 comments, 10 likes, and 5 shares that she could pour a bucket of water on her boss's head.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Residents and staff at Betty’s Harbor, the memory care part of New Perspective Senior Living in Superior, witnessed the manager get water dumped on her head. It all started when a staff member posted on Facebook saying if she got over 1000 comments, 10 likes, and 5 shares that she could pour a bucket of water on…

Duluth Police Department Updates Use-of-Force Policies

This comes in the wake of George Floyd's death in the Twin Cities leading the community to urge the police to review their policies and make sure that they are using their best practices. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department’s Chief Mike Tusken announced on Thursday updates to the department’s use-of-force policy. This comes in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the Twin Cities leading the community to urge the police to review their policies and make sure that they are using their best practices. In 2019, only 0.15% of all calls…

Construction Ahead of Can of Worms Project to Start in October

The first bit of construction in the fall will begin on the 27th Avenue West bridge which goes over to the wastewater treatment plant WLSSD.

DULUTH, Minn. – With each day, the Twin Ports Interchange, better known as the Can of Worms, project gets closer. Monday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation provided an update on those plans along with other projects going on in Duluth. After earlier postponing the Can of Worms project, design plans are now close to 100 percent complete to get started…

Lilly’s Asian Cafe Opens in Two Harbors

Lilly's, previously operated as the Vietnamese Lantern in a different location, is located in the former Blueberry House Bakery on Highway 61.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Lilly’s Asian Cafe is now open in Two Harbors as of Monday. Lilly’s, previously operated as the Vietnamese Lantern in a different location, is located in the former Blueberry House Bakery on Highway 61. The staff has been working to get the space up to speed for a restaurant instead of a bakery. They opened on…

Judy’s Cafe Reopens for Dine-In Service After COVID-19 Closure

The staff is taking precautions with some tables and chairs were taken out to promote social distancing as well as encouraging customers to do reservations. 

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Judy’s Cafe reopened on Monday for dine-in service after more than three months. The staff is taking precautions with some tables and chairs were taken out to promote social distancing as well as encouraging customers to do reservations. The owner says she is happy to be back. “It feels good we’re all kind of a little…

Abnormally Dry Conditions Causing Wildfire Concerns in Northeastern Minnesota

June is usually a wet summer month, but less rain than normal has caused potentially dangerous fire danger within the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters.

COOK, Minn. – Conditions are dry across the Northland causing major concerns about potential wildfires in Northeastern Minnesota. June is usually a wet summer month, but less rain than normal has caused potentially dangerous fire danger within the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters. People building campfires or burning in windy conditions need to use extreme caution. The forest service…

Socially Distanced Pop Up Play Goes to Portland Square

The staff brought fully-sanitized recreation equipment kits for families to check out.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Parks and Recreation Department hosted their first pop-up-play of the year at Portland Square with some changes due to the pandemic. The staff brought fully-sanitized recreation equipment kits for families to check out. They also required temperature checks, a verbal health screen, and hand sanitizing before the equipment could be used. All this is to…

Discovery Center Reopens in Chisholm

The Discovery Center offers opportunities to learn about all things Iron Range such as mining, logging, and even geology.

CHISHOLM, Minn –  The Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm is now open after three months shut down due to COVID-19. The museum, park, trolley, mini-golf, and Redhead Trail is now available for visitors. The Discovery Center offers opportunities to learn about all things Iron Range such as mining, logging, and even geology. The museum and trolley does have certain limits…

Logging Industry Professionals Weighing Options Amid COVID-19 Related Setbacks

All this comes after paper manufacturing company, Verso, announced its indefinite shutd0own in Duluth by the end of June, having a domino effect on the industry.

GARND RAPIDS, Minn. – Logging industry professionals gathered to discuss COVID-19’s far-reaching and detrimental impacts on their industry on Thursday. All this comes after paper manufacturing company, Verso, announced its indefinite shutdown in Duluth by the end of June, having a domino effect on the industry. Loggers, truckers, plus county, state, and federal land management officials among other industry workers…

National Weather Service Looking to Streamline Warning System

The NWS is looking at getting rid of advisories and using plainer language.

DULUTH, Minn. – The National Weather Service is looking to streamline the way they are warning people of inclement weather after reported confusion with the way it’s currently done. They want to make sure people know what’s coming and can be prepared. Currently, advisories are issued for low-end weather threats, warnings are issued for life or property threatening hazards, and…

Head of the Lakes Annual Giving Day Going Virtual

Most years, hundreds of volunteers give their time to the community on this day to complete projects at Northland nonprofits, but this year families were encouraged to participate within their own neighborhoods.

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual Day of Caring for the Head of the Lakes United Way is being observed virtually this year. Most years, hundreds of volunteers give their time to the community on this day to complete projects at Northland nonprofits. Wednesday marked this year’s yearly event and in light of COVID-19, the Day of Caring has gone virtual….

Second Harvest Marks 3 Months of COVID-19 Response with 20,000 Boxes of Food Packed

The food bank has provided more than 1.7 million pounds of food for community members in need throughout the Northland since just the middle of March.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week marks 3 months of Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank’s COVID-19 response effort. The food bank has provided more than 1.7 million pounds of food for community members in need throughout the Northland since just the middle of March. This week the food bank will hit the important milestone of packing their 20,000th box of…

Spectrum Farm Strawberries Just Weeks From Picking Season

There might not be strawberries in the fields just yet, but the thousands of white blossoms mean strawberries aren't far behind.

CARLTON, Minn. – The beginning of summer means that a variety of fruits are in season including strawberries and Spectrum Farm Strawberries is just weeks away from opening to visitors. There might not be strawberries in the fields just yet, but the thousands of white blossoms mean strawberries aren’t far behind. “This year is an unusual year but not actually…

Magnolia Cafe Busy During the Warm Weather

Ice cream was popular, but they serve plenty of other cool treats such as smoothies, Italian sodas, and even iced coffee along with lunch items.

CARLTON, Minn. – The hot temperatures pushed many Northlanders to cool off with ice cream on Tuesday. Over at Magnolia Cafe in Carlton, ice cream was the most popular thing, not the menu. They serve plenty of other cool treats such as smoothies, Italian sodas, and even iced coffee along with lunch items. “People get off the bike trail and…

Superior Tribute Trees Standing Tall for Those Who Have Passed

Monday, two families dedicated saplings that will hopefully tower over Superior for decades to come.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – There are all kinds of ways to remember a family member who is no longer alive. Monday, two families dedicated saplings that will hopefully tower over Superior for decades to come. “She’s going to be right here all the time something that’s been dedicated to her,” said Dennis Edwards who was dedicating a tree to his wife…

Remembering Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie at Annual Gravesite Service

The ceremony is held each year to honor the three black men who worked with a traveling circus that had stopped in Duluth were publicly lynched.

DULUTH, Minn. – Members of the community visited the gravesites of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie the evening before he 100th anniversary of their lynchings. The ceremony is held each year to honor the three black men who worked with a traveling circus that had stopped in Duluth were publicly lynched. The men were accused of raping a…