Author: Katharine Huntley

Duluth Public Schools Playgrounds Reopening on Monday

Officials with the district encourage hand-washing before and after visiting a playground.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the weather getting nicer and nicer Duluth Public Schools will reopen its playgrounds on Monday while slowing opening summer activities. The playgrounds at Lester Park, Lowell, Laura MacArthur, and Ordean East will be used for the Duluth KEY Zone program between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The public can use the parks after…

Jay Cooke Busy on National Get Outdoors Day

Humans and their pups were out in force enjoying what the state park has to offer without having to pay fees.

CARLTON, Minn. – The parking lot was packed at Jay Cooke State Park on Saturday with people taking advantage of no fees and 60-degree temperatures. “It’s amazing how a couple of hours outside can just boost your spirits and also just feel like kind of bringing you back to what matters most in life especially being with the people that…

Local Entertainer Sings for Neighbors in Front Yard Concert

Rickey Lee Biggs brought the song to Duluth's Lakeside neighborhood on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – COVID-19 has prevented local musicians from getting out and doing their thing, but one entertainer was back at it, from the comfort of his front yard. Rickey Lee Biggs brought the song to Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood. He has been practicing in his basement since the lockdown started to stay sharp. He says if musicians don’t keep at…

Moose Lake’s Theater and Bowling Alley Opening Soon

Moose Lake's Lake Theatre and Gamper's Food, Liquor, and Bowling are getting ready to finally reopen after being closed for months due to COVID-19.

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – After Governor Walz’s announcement, businesses such as movie theaters and bowling alleys are preparing to open their doors after being shut down for more than two and a half months. The movie theaters and bowling alleys can open up at 25 percent capacity. Moose Lake’s Lake Theatre and Gamper’s Food, Liquor, and Bowling are getting ready…

Healthcare Professionals Gather for Sit-In to Support Racial Equality

Doctors, nurses, and other providers gathered, most wearing their scrubs and white coats.

DULUTH, Minn. – Healthcare professionals gathered for a sit-in at the Duluth Rose Garden to promote social and racial justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Doctors, nurses, and other providers gathered, most wearing their scrubs and white coats. Hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves were passed out at the entrance of the Rose Garden to help everyone stay safe….

Businesses Ready to Partially Reopen After Governor Walz Loosening Restrictions

Fitger's Brewhouse and Language of Hair salon are just two of the businesses that can now open at 50 percent capacity.

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota restaurants have been making do with patio service and salons have been operating at 25 percent capacity. Now, both kinds of businesses can open doors at half their usual limit. As the weather is feeling like summer, businesses have been waiting with a plan in place for increased safety as they open up more. “Our message…

Thomas the Train Canceled for 2020

Thomas usually attracts more than 17,000 kids and their parents to the Duluth Depot every year.

DULUTH, Minn. – COVID-19 is keeping Thomas the Tank Engine and his friend Percy from visiting Duluth this summer. Thomas usually attracts more than 17,000 kids and their parents to the Duluth Depot every year. The event is one of the North Shore Scenic Railroad’s biggest fundraisers of the year, but the loss goes beyond finances. The railroad’s general manager…

Businesses Board Up to Keep Property Safe

Keyport Liquor Store in the Super One Plaza on Belknap Street is boarding up to ensure employee and customer safety.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The peaceful protest in Superior was a sigh of relief for businesses there that saw what happened in Minneapolis and decided to board up. One of them is the Keyport Liquor Store in the Super One Plaza on Belknap Street. “The most important thing is protecting our employees’ safety and then beyond that is our customers protecting…

Black Beach Campground Set to Open Soon in Silver Bay

The campground includes 49 full size RV sites, with most including hook ups to electricity, water, and sewer.

SILVER BAY, Minn. – Black Beach Campground is set to open in a few weeks along Highway 61 in Silver Bay. It provides 49 full-size RV sites to campers headed up the North Shore. Of these sites, 34 of them will be full hook up sites with electricity, water, and sewer and 15 other sites will be electricity only. There…

Earth Rider Moving Business Outside for Summer Months

The large swath of grass in between the brewery and taproom will be used for festival grounds.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The past two summers Earth Rider Brewery has used the large swath of grass in between their brewery and taproom for festival grounds. Now, the land is coming in handy as COVID-19 has prompted brewery management to change its business model. “We just feel lucky we feel fortunate that we have the means to create a safe…

Hoops Brewing Pursuing Outdoor Drinking Area

Hoops Brewing is planning an outdoor area behind the business with a full view of the Minnesota Slip and the William A. Irvin for people to have a beer and safely socialize.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hoops Brewing in Canal Park is planning a brand new outdoor area in its back parking lot. Starting June 1, Governor Wawlz is turning back the dial for bars and restaurants by allowing those establishments to serve up to 50 people at a time outdoors only. “Doing this outdoors I think with the proper safety precautions I…

Rooftop Worship Service Held by Cloquet Church

Next week, the service will move back indoors after Governor Walz's announcement in which places of worship can resume at 25 percent capacity.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Drive-in events have become all the rage during the COVID-19 pandemic and at Journey Christian Church they have raised the bar by holding their service from the roof. Cars lined the church’s parking lot to hear the word of the Lord. The pastors and band stood on the rooftop for the entire congregation to see from their…

Gardeners Prepping this Year’s Crops at Arrowhead Community Garden

One gardener was busy planting beets, carrots, and parsnips on Saturday.

DULUTH, Minn. – Eager gardeners were busy on Saturday getting their gardens ready at Arrowhead Community Garden. Sandy Popham, who has gardened off and on for many years, was busy planting her crops for the year. This year she is planting beets, carrots, parsnips, tomatoes, squash, potatoes, and sunflowers. With any garden comes a lot of work and Popham says…

Zup’s Grocery Store Open Again in Cook after 2018 Fire

Without Zup's, Cook residents were forced to drive more than 25 miles to either Virginia or Tower to get their groceries.

COOK, Minn. – After a year and a half, Cook, Minnesota finally has a grocery store back in town. In November 2018, a fire destroyed Zup’s Food Market in Cook which had been a staple of the town for 20 years. Now the store is completely updated and open for business. Without Zup’s, Cook residents were forced to drive more…

Warm Weather Brings Many to Jay Cooke State Park

After more than two months of social distancing, many are getting outside with family units and in small groups to see the natural beauty of Jay Cooke.

DULUTH, Minn. – All the nice weather has made Jay Cook State Park a busy place this week with people eager to get outside. After more than two months of social distancing, many are getting outside with family units and in small groups to see the natural beauty of Jay Cooke. The park has taken some precautions such as only…

Minnesota National Guard Conducting Free COVID-19 Testing in Duluth

The National Guard will be testing at the armory on Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as long as their supplies last.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota National Guard conducted free-of-charge COVID-19 testing for the community on Memorial Day weekend. The National Guard Armory in Duluth has 1,100 tests to conduct over the weekend. Community members who want a test pull up and are greeted by soldiers and airmen and asked if they are having symptoms. Those who are symptomatic are tested…

Carlton Hosts Parking Lot Graduation for Seniors

Cars full of families honked for each student as they took the stage and moved their tassel and many students spoke to how tight-knit the community truly is.

CARLTON, Minn. – 46 graduates and their families packed into cars and drove down to the Carlton High School parking lot for graduation at a safe distance. “Getting a high school diploma is a real milestone and they deserve recognition and celebration,” said Gwen Carman, the superintendent of Carlton Public Schools. Vehicles decorated for graduates lined up outside the school….

Hundreds of Jack Carr of Carr’s Hobby Shop’s Personal Items Sold in Auction

Owner Jack Carr passed away this month after closing his historic shop back in February.

DULUTH, Minn. – For more than 60 years Carr’s Hobby Shop was a staple of Lincoln Park and a go-to place for things like model trains, and hobby supplies. Owner Jack Carr passed away this month after closing his historic shop back in February. This past weekend an auction was held for items in Carr’s personal collection. For many years…

Bonding Bill Fails in Minnesota Legislature; Special Session Coming in June

The bonding bill being considered would have provided more than $13 million in funding for Duluth's seawall improvements among several other Northland projects.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota legislative session has ended without the passage of a major bonding bill. The DFL- controlled house was pushing a $2 billion public construction borrowing package. The Senate proposed a bill of nearly $1 billion which also failed to pass. The bonding bill being considered would have provided more than $13 million in funding for…

Gov. Evers Announces New Wisconsin Small Business Grant

Grants will be $2,500 each and can cover expenses such as wages and rent, as well as health and safety improvements.

MADISON, Wis. – Governor Tony Evers announced $75 million in assistance for small businesses largely funded by the CARES act. Grants will be $2,500 each and can cover expenses such as wages and rent, as well as health and safety improvements. He is calling this the “We’re All In” initiative. Small businesses will qualify if they have 20 or fewer…

Carlton Honors Senior Graduates with Photos Hanging Downtown

Carlton has 46 graduates and each has their name and photo on a light post in the center of town.

CARLTON, Minn. – Downtown Carlton looks a little different these days as one of the main streets is lined with pictures of this year’s senior graduates. Carlton has 46 graduates and each has their name and photo on a light post in the center of town. A group of parents came up with the idea knowing the seniors were missing…

Grizzly’s Going Extra Mile with New Static Clean Method

Static Clean Duluth goes into businesses and sprays down high-touch areas with an electrostatic machine.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – As businesses are now allowed to be open in Wisconsin, many are doing what they can to keep the doors open along with keeping the customers safe. Grizzly’s in Superior is set to open on Monday for dine-in service after two months of only takeout and delivery. The restaurant even hired a special new cleaning method on…

More than 30 Police Departments from Around Minnesota Travel to Duluth for Peace Officers Memorial Day

Names of fallen officers were read as the cars drove silently under an American flag held by Duluth and Hermantown Fire Departments.

DULUTH, Minn. – Each year, national police week honors officers with many types of events, however, this year most were canceled due to the pandemic. One of the events of the week is usually a private ceremony within departments to honor fallen officers on May 15 which is Peace Officers Memorial Day. This year the Duluth Police Department sent out…

Harmony House Organizes Parade for Residents

Staff says all residents had family in attendance and many even decorated their vehicles to wave hello to their loved ones.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The 16 residents at Harmony House assisted living have not been able to see their family members in person in nearly two months. Friday, employees organized a parade of the residents’ family members. Staff says all residents had family in attendance and many even decorated their vehicles to wave hello to their loved ones. “My ultimate thing…

East High School Celebrates Graduates with Private Walks Across Stage

Grads got to walk across the stage on Thursday with only close family watching one graduate at the time in the school's auditorium.

DULUTH, Minn. – Graduation day for Duluth East seniors normally involves more than one thousand cheering friends and family at the DECC. Instead, walking across the stage was done on Thursday with only close family watching one graduate at the time in the school’s auditorium. Graduates were allotted around ten minutes to say goodbye to their high school career. “Even…

Students Getting Creative with Pool Noodle Social Distancing

A few friends decided to put pool noodles on hats to make sure they were all six feet apart from each other.

DULUTH, Minn. – These days, people are doing their best to find socially distanced ways to celebrate each other. Thursday, local college students honored their friend who graduated from UMD by using pool noodles. A few friends decided to put pool noodles on hats to make sure they were all six feet apart from each other. All this to celebrate…

Superior Businesses Eager to Open Even with Limited Customers Allowed at One Time

Retail business owners said they were surprised when they heard the news of reopening.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Retail stores in Superior were able to open their doors to customers for the first time in nearly two months on Monday. “It’s not exactly what we’d like to see but it’s a great start,” said Tom Unterberger, owner of the Globe News. Retail business owners said they were surprised when they heard the news of reopening….

Northland Wastewater Being Tested for Traces of COVID-19

15 wastewater sites from Duluth to International Falls are allowing the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth to test their wastewater for genetic material connected to COVID-19.

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth has started testing wastewater for coronavirus to better understand the pandemic. 15 wastewater sites from Duluth to International Falls are allowing the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth to test their wastewater for genetic material connected to COVID-19. Scientists say it’s an unbiased 10,000-foot view of the outbreak….

Flower Stand Popular on Mother’s Day Weekend

Derek Hoffbauer up a pop-up stand outside his parents' farm on Lindahl Road near Proctor to make buying easier for customers.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a big weekend for flower businesses on this Mother’s Day weekend even though doing is a little different these days with the pandemic. Derek Hoffbauer owns the Duluth Flower Farm. He set up a pop-up stand outside his parents’ farm on Lindahl Road near Proctor to make buying easier for customers. He’s got everything from…

Anglers Head to the Lakes for Minnesota Fishing Opener 2020

Even though some anglers say the fish are not biting like they used to be at Island Lake, many still come out to keep the tradition going.

DULUTH, Minn. – Walleye, bass, and catfish were the goal for eager anglers getting out to the lake for the first time this year during the Minnesota fishing opener. Island Lake was busy with people casting their lines and clearing their minds during the stay-at-home order. “Getting peace of mind a little tranquility just getting out of the house getting…

City of Superior Starting the Process of Reopening

Mayor Paine encourages people to get outside and enjoy themselves but cautions that this is just the beginning of the reopening process and that there is still a long way to go.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Wisconsin is joining states across the country as many start to slowly reopen public life. The city of Superior is following along with guidance and will be opening some places next week. According to Superior Mayor Jim Paine, starting Monday the dog park, state park, and landfill will reopen. The Locals Only rule at Wisconsin Point has…

Hundreds Celebrate 5-Year-Old Duluth Girl on Last Day of Chemotherapy

Kaya was diagnosed in 2018 with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia shortly after her third birthday she is now in remission and done with her chemo treatments.

DULUTH, Minn. – Cars of all colors, shapes, and sizes came out to celebrate a party two years in the making for five-year-old Kaya Mulek who officially finished her chemotherapy treatments on Friday. “It means the world to us that all these people care so much about her and so many people have since the beginning of the journey,” said…

Security Officer Films Encounter with Black Bear Lounging at Miller Hill Mall

Security officer Ryan Carlson watched the bear walk around the doors, look in, and even put his paws on a ledge to take a peek in Noodles and Co.

DULUTH, Minn. – Miller Hill Mall had an unexpected guest last night when a black bear decided to lounge at one of the entrances. Security officer Ryan Carlson watched the bear walk around the doors, look in, and even put his paws on a ledge to take a peek in Noodles and Co. Carlson even brought out some tunes and…

Grandma’s Restaurant Co. President Says Weekend Nightclub Scene at Sports Garden Likely Over; More Changes Expected at Other Restaurants

The Sports Garden is a popular nightclub atmosphere that attracts hundreds of college students on the dance floor.

DULUTH, Minn. – Grandma’s Restaurant Company has big changes coming its way with how the company operates says, president Brian Daugherty. One of the changes will affect operations at Grandma’s Sports Garden as well. The Sports Garden is a popular nightclub atmosphere that attracts hundreds of college students on the dance floor. “Nightclub and dancing is probably something that we…

Dozens of First Responders Parade by Hospitals for National Nurses Day

Nurses lined the streets waiting for the parade of sirens and honks to reach their hospitals.

DULUTH, Minn. – National Nurses Day was celebrated in Duluth when dozens of fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances paraded in front of St. Luke’s and Essentia Hospitals as a thank you to the brave nurses for their sacrifices. Nurses lined the streets waiting for the parade of sirens and honks to reach their hospitals. “Any feedback we get that’s…

Sterling Silver Studio Holds Sidewalk Parade of Parents and Students

Parents dressed up as cows and chickens and the students dressed up as farmers to parade down Hammond Avenue.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Along with most other things, springtime dance recitals are being canceled during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Sterling Silver Studio, a Superior dance studio, was supposed to have its 29th annual recital at Wessman Arena. When the owner of the studio found out it was going to be canceled she decided to take one of the recital numbers…

Ely Baker Making Cakes for Essential Workers

It started when Susan Laine created a poll online asking which essential business should receive a cake and blossomed into 53 cakes in total...and counting.

ELY, Minn. – A baker in Ely has taken her love for community and put it into icing. It started when Susan Laine created a poll online asking which essential business should receive a cake. then people started donating the money for cakes for other essential businesses. Altogether, Laine has now made 53 cakes. She’s doing all of this on…

Local Church Hosts Drive-In Movie for Community

Families were encouraged to drive up with popcorn from home and tune into the radio to hear the Pixar film, Onward.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – With movie theaters closed around the area, Hermantown Community Church hosted a drive-in film on Friday night for the community. Families were encouraged to drive up with popcorn from home and tune into the radio to hear the Pixar film, Onward. The church even got special permission from the Duluth Police Department to gather. “It’s tough because…

Duluth Homegrown Festival’s Cancellation Impacting Artists and Business Owners

This year musicians, like the group Dance Attic, are taking to Facebook to play their music.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Homegrown Music Festival has highlighted musicians and artists for more than twenty years from the comfort of local bars and restaurants. Homegrown is known for packed venues and people enjoying the broad music scene Duluth offers. This week Fox 21 caught up with one of the acts scheduled to play at the festival. Suzi Ludwig and…

Classic Car Enthusiasts Cruise Through Twin Ports After Car Shows are Canceled

Many car shows are being canceled due to the crowds they normally draw, so anyone who owns a collector car was encouraged to join the procession.

DULUTH, Minn. – Car enthusiasts cruised around the Twin Ports on Saturday to allow people to enjoy classic cars in a socially distanced way. Many car shows are being canceled due to the crowds they normally draw, so anyone who owns a collector car was encouraged to join the procession. More than one hundred cars started in Superior and ended…

Minnesota Hair Salons to Open on Retail Curbside Basis Starting Monday

Following on the heels of Wisconsin hair salons, the Minnesota ones will be allowed to sell things like shampoo and beauty regimen products.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Monday, salons in Minnesota can open for retail curbside service and some Northland shops have already begun preparing for the big day. Following on the heels of Wisconsin hair salons, the Minnesota ones will be allowed to sell things like shampoo and beauty regimen products. Over at Language of Hair on London Road, when the salon…