Author: Katharine Huntley

Therapy Dog ‘CJ’ Turns Two-Years-Old at Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center

CJ roams the halls when he is at the center greeting residents and their families who are visiting.

DULUTH, Minn. – CJ is the therapy dog at Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center and this week he is celebrating his second birthday. CJ roams the halls when he is at the center greeting residents and their families who are visiting. For his birthday, families of residents brought in their own dogs to help CJ celebrate. There was even…

Women Gather to Celebrate Galentine’s Day at Hucklebeary

The store was decked out with pictures of 90s heartthrobs, butterfly clips, Beanie Babies and even Troll dolls.

DULUTH, Minn. – Many women celebrate Galentine’s Day with their friends each year the night before Valentine’s. Thursday, Hucklebeary store on Superior Street in Duluth hosted the 90s themed Galentine’s Celebration. The night included a workshop using nostalgic 90s items and making desk essentials. The store was decked out with pictures of 90s heartthrobs, butterfly clips, Beanie Babies and even…

New UMD Chocolate Club Supporting Kids in STEM

They get responsibly sourced beans from Trinidad where chemical engineering students study abroad.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD Chocolate Club is brand new thanks to chemical engineering students. They get responsibly sourced beans from Trinidad where chemical engineering students study abroad. They then bring back the beans and take them from bean form to candy bar form. “We started this as a way to bring youth outreach through chocolates and other outreach through…

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Opens New Space

The board room will be available for non-profit organizations to have a meeting space complete with all the latest technology.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation is celebrating its new headquarters in the Medical Arts Building in downtown Duluth. The new space makes room for the foundation’s growth over the last few years. The board room will be available for non-profit organizations to have a meeting space complete with all the latest technology. The foundation is a…

54th Annual Duluth Sports Show Kicks Off

There are all types of things to check out like live rainforest exhibit and unique deer-hunting domes that are even handicap accessible called Polydome Deer Blinds.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel, and R-V Show is now open at the DECC. The show has been around for more than 50 years. There are all types of things to check out like live rainforest exhibit and unique deer-hunting domes that are even handicap accessible called Polydome Deer Blinds. “The show already it’s huge I walked…

5th Annual Superior Police Department and Kids Floor Hockey Night

More than 50 kids of all ages visited the Superior Douglas YMCA for the 5th annual Police and Kids Floor Hockey Game.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – What started as just a floor hockey game Superior Police Officers did to keep in shape has blossomed into an opportunity for the officers to show kids that they are people too. More than 50 kids of all ages visited the Superior Douglas YMCA for the 5th annual Police and Kids Floor Hockey Game. The event has…

Northern Star: Kya Rybachek

Rybachek is one of the highest-ranked girl's wrestlers in the nation and just placed first in the state amongst other girls at her weight class.

HIBBING, Minn. – Wrestling is one of the world’s oldest sports and even though it has been done for thousands of years, Kya Rybachek is blazing a path of her own. Rybachek is one of the highest-ranked girl’s wrestlers in the nation and just placed first in the state amongst other girls at her weight class. Because girl’s wrestling is…

Union Gospel Mission Holds Annual Hungry Hearts Food Drive

Each year the Union Gospel Mission on First Street in Duluth serves around 90,000 meals each year to community members in need.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Union Gospel Mission held its annual pre-Valentine’s Day Hungry Hearts Food Drive this weekend. It happens in Duluth and Cloquet at all Super One stores. Each year the Union Gospel Mission on First Street in Duluth serves around 90,000 meals each year to community members in need. Customers at the stores could donate cash or purchase…

Winter Bike Week Put the Pedal to the Metal

Experienced and inexperienced bikers gathered to ride with a guide, enjoy barbeque, and drink some local craft beer.

DULUTH, Minn. – It is 2020 Winter Bike Week and to celebrate Continental Ski and Bike held a free group ride at Lester Park in Duluth. Experienced and inexperienced bikers gathered to ride with a guide, enjoy barbecue, and drink some local craft beer from Ursa Minor. It is all part of Zeitgeist Community’s Winter Bike Week celebrating biking in…

Winter Frolic Attracts Hundreds to Two Harbors

Some events included a bags tournament, pop can racing, and even a vintage snowmobile run.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. –  The annual Two Harbors Winter Frolic wrapped up on Saturday. Hundreds of people came out to the many events over the three-day festival. Some events included a bags tournament, pop can racing, and even a vintage snowmobile run. The Winter Frolic has been going on for decades and gives community members a chance to enjoy the…

Guided Walk: Park Point Natural Area

Animals such as red fox, cottontail bunnies, grey squirrels, and even white-tail deer have made Park Point their home.

DULUTH, Minn. – A Lake Superior Maritime Ranger led a guided walk teaching people about the Park Point Natural Area. Animals such as red fox, cottontail bunnies, grey squirrels, and even white-tail deer have made Park Point their home. The ranger said her main goal is Northlanders gaining more knowledge so they can identify tracks in their own backyards. “I…

Community Throws Special Prom for Hermantown High School Student

Dozens of people got to celebrate with Christopher and eat food which was mostly donated by the community.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A special prom was held for a local Hermantown boy who is a high school senior. Christopher has autism and community members pulled together to throw him his own prom at The Social House in Hermantown. The DJ, photographer, and venue were donated to help Christopher celebrate. “He still got his crown and he still got to…

4th Annual Night to Shine Allows Everyone to Experience Prom

Night to Shine happens all over the United States and allows people who might not get a chance to experience their own school's prom a night to feel incredibly special.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Night to Shine Prom for people with special needs welcomed 150 guests and their invited guests for a night of celebration at Proctor High School. Night to Shine happens all over the United States and allows people who might not get a chance to experience their own school’s prom a night to feel incredibly special. In Proctor,…

Developers Closing in on Redeveloping Esmond Building

Now, 69 of 70 tenants have relocated and recently the HRA has selected a developer to gut the inside of the building and transform it.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Esmond Building, formerly known as the Seaway Hotel, is currently waiting for its final tenant to vacate before redevelopment plans can start. The building once held 70 residents, and 38 of them have now moved into the brand new Garfield Squar Building just down the street. Back in 2014, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority saved the…

Knowing Your Neighbor: Duluth Figure Skating Club

Founded in 1926, the Duluth Figure Skating Club has become the go-to spot for aspiring figure skaters in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – For over 90 years the Duluth Figure Skating Club has been the go-to spot for aspiring figure skaters in Duluth. Now, with over 200 individual members, they look to continue their influence on the greater skating community in the Northland. Fox 21 caught up with members of the Duluth Figure Skating Club during their annual Northland competition…

Some Liquor Stores Saw More Business Ahead of Super Bowl LIV

The Shanty Bottle Shop in East Hillside bought more beer ahead of time as opposed to holidays like Valentine's Day when they stock up on champagne.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday afternoon, Northlanders were busy stocking up for the Super Bowl and liquor stores were bracing for more customers than usual who wanted to stock up on their favorite drinks before the big game. The Shanty Bottle Shop in East Hillside bought more beer ahead of time as opposed to holidays like Valentine’s Day when they stock…

Hundreds Watch Super Bowl LIV at Grandma’s Sports Garden

Most at the party were not fans of the Chiefs or 49ers but that did not stop anyone from enjoying the big game along with roughly 100 million others.

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual KQDS Radio Big Game Super Bowl Party at Grandma’s Sports Garden brought out hundreds of football fans to enjoy the game. KQDS Radio has been hosting the evening at the Sports Garden for 15 years now and many look forward to the event. “We’ve had a really good time we waited in line about three…

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Issue Discussed by Panel in Cloquet

Saturday, a panel was held at Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College to discuss recent legislative action aimed to stop that trend.

CLOQUET, Minn. –  In 2016, nearly 6000 women Indigenous women were murdered or went missing in the United States. Saturday, a panel was held at Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College to discuss recent legislative action aimed to stop that trend. In 2019 a bill was passed in Minnesota creating a task force studying the problem in the state….

2020 Blizzard Tour Raises More Than $1.3 Million for Fight Against ALS

This year, more than 250 snowmobilers traveled hundreds of miles to raise money to support the fight against ALS.

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual Black Woods Blizzard Tour wrapped up on Saturday. This year, more than 250 snowmobilers traveled hundreds of miles to raise money to support the fight against ALS. At Cirrus Aircraft, riders and supporters celebrated another successful ride while raising even more money. Each year in the United States, around 5000 people are diagnosed with ALS…

5th Annual Ice and Mixed Climbing Festival Attracts Hundreds

Quarry Park has quickly become a destination for Midwestern climbers and though the weather was above freezing on Saturday, the ice was still safe.

DULUTH, Minn. – Quarry Park in Duluth has a 1000 feet wide, 100 feet tall rock face perfect for ice climbing. Hundreds of local and regional climbers came out to be challenged by the old quarry. The ice is formed by groundwater seeping down and forming against the rock. Quarry Park has quickly become a destination for Midwestern climbers and…

40th Annual Northland Skating Competition Attracts Nearly 500 Skaters

It is the largest skating competition in the Midwest with skaters from 3 years old through adult.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend the 40th Annual Northland Figure Skating Competition put on by the Duluth Figure Skating Club is bringing 489 skaters to the DECC. It is the largest skating competition in the midwest with skaters from 3 years old through adult. It includes jumps, spins, sparkly outfits, and pressure, all the makings of a skating competition. The…

St. Louis County Looking for Census Workers

The job pays $24 an hour and officials say that it is an ideal job for college students or people who just want to make some extra money.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County needs around two or three thousand census workers as they only have filled 55 percent of their goal. The job pays $24 an hour and officials say that it is an ideal job for college students or people who just want to make some extra money. The workers usually go to addresses near their…

Sidewalk Around Kozy Building Closed Off After Falling Bricks

The city of Duluth owns the Kozy building and recently spent $76,000 on clearing out items left inside of the building by the previous owner.

DULUTH, Minn. – The sidewalk at the corner of First Street and Second Avenue has been closed to pedestrian traffic after a pipe became dislodged from the dilapidated Kozy building. Once city crews arrived, they noticed the bricks from the building were also falling off. The city of Duluth owns the Kozy building and recently spent $76,000 on clearing out…

21st Annual Blizzard Tour Starts Thursday Raising Money to Fight Against ALS

Over 5000 people in the United States are diagnosed with ALS each year and there is no cure for the disease.

PROCTOR, Minn. – This year’s Blizzard Tour is drawing nearly 250 snowmobilers in Proctor and is set to raise $1 million for the fight against ALS. Over 5000 people in the United States are diagnosed with ALS each year and there is no cure for the disease. Early Thursday morning the first of hundreds of snowmobile riders are embarking on…

Duluth International Airport Reports Jump in Passengers in 2019

There was a 13.5% increase over 2018's numbers, also the second-highest number of passengers to come through the airport in the past decade.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth International Airport is celebrating a banner 2019 with a record-setting number of passengers at more than 318,000. That is a 13.5% increase over 2018’s numbers, also the second-highest number of passengers to come through the airport in the past decade. Last May, American Airlines joined Delta and United as the three major carriers flying in…

Blizzard Tour Begins in Proctor

PROCTOR, Minn.-Tonight, the annual Black Woods Blizzard tour begins in Proctor with the goal of raising $1 million to fight ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. In the previous two decades of the event, which features a snowmobile ride, over $11 million has been raised to provide support and services for individuals living with ALS as well as research into treatments…

67th Annual United Northern Sportsmen Ice Fishing Tournament Draws Hundreds

The day is a fundraiser for the United Northern Sportsmen Club which regularly helps kids go camping and learn how to enjoy the outdoors.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 67th annual United Northern Sportsmen Ice Fishing Tournament was held at Island Lake and drew nearly 500 anglers. They were all out hoping to reel in the biggest catch of the year. The day is a fundraiser for the United Northern Sportsmen Club (UNS) which regularly helps kids go camping and learn how to enjoy the…

Remembering Grand Rapids Squirt Hockey Player Marshall Bader

Thousands filled the IRA Civic Center wearing their jerseys to remember a little boy who was crazy about hockey.

DULUTH, Minn. – On January 19, 2020, Marshall Bader, a nine-year-old from Boy River, Minnesota, died in a farming accident. He was a student in the Grand Rapids school system and an avid hockey player. The Friday after Marshall’s passing, his team played their first game since his tragedy. Thousands filled the IRA Civic Center wearing their jerseys to remember…

Pattison State Park Celebrates 100 Years

The day include snowshoe racing, sledding, and even a candlelight ski trail.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – Pattison State Park celebrated its 100th birthday in January, and Saturday they held their winter festival encouraging families to come out and enjoy the park. The day includd snowshoe racing, sledding, and even a candlelight ski trail. Kids and their families made the most of the park and even got a chance to do crafts and…

Annual Cutest Puppy Contest Returns Ahead of Beargrease

At the end of the day a Great Dane named Moose won out as the cutest puppy of them all, however, they are all very good dogs.

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly 40 puppies and their owners came together at Fitgers to pick the cutest puppy ahead of the Beargrease starting tomorrow. The contest has been going on since the 1980s. The dogs ranged in all sizes, shapes, and amounts of fluffiness. Voters could walk down the hallway and pick which dog was their favorite and then vote…

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Kicks Off Sunday Morning

Pre-race festivities kicked off Saturday with vet checks, a musher meeting, silent auction, and bib draw all to prepare for the coming tough days ahead of racing.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2020 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is set to begin Sunday morning at Billy’s Bar. Pre-race festivities kicked off Saturday with vet checks, a musher meeting, silent auction, and bib draw all to prepare for the coming tough days ahead of racing. The biggest difference this year is it is more than 30 degrees warmer this…

Rock Ridge Wolverines Introduced to the Iron Range

The wolverine mascot is a devil bear which is a combination of the Blue Devils and Golden Bears the current mascots for Virginia/MIB and Eveleth-Gilbert.

EVELETH, Minn. – The Hippodrome was packed on Thursday evening with 3,000 fans all excited for rivals Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl to take on Eveleth-Gilbert. It was not the typical game as fans were also there from both schools to see the unveiling of the new school name, colors, and mascot when the two schools come together. They will be the Rock…

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. – Hundreds 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…