Author: Lauren Leigh

Early Voting Now Open in Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn.-It’s less than 50 days away from the election and if you’re an absentee Minnesota voter you can cast your ballot right now. Early voting is now open for the November election. Local officials told us if you’re going to be out of town or unable to go to the polls early voting in Minnesota is now easier than ever…

Changes to the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

The Beargrease Beer and Bacon Bash kicks-off the 2019 season on Saturday, at the South St. Louis County Fair Grounds.

DULUTH, Minn.- The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is changing up the course this year. The Beargrease is one of the first sled dog races of the season and organizers tell us there’s typically not too much snow then which makes it hard on the mushers and dogs. The full course used to be around 400 miles, this year it’s knocked…

U-Haul Business Celebrates Grand Opening

U–Haul currently has storage units available for rent

SUPERIOR, Wis.-A new U–Haul facility is celebrating its opening in Superior. The business held it’s grand opening on Friday morning.  U–haul rents moving trucks and equipment as well as heat controlled storage units, which owners tell us are necessary with the Twin Ports weather. “In the winter it’s just like in your home when you’re storing your goods it’s 70…

Health Officials Pushing to Increase Legal Age to Purchase Tobacco

Tobacco 21 is being led by the American Lung Association.

DULUTH, Minn.- The FDA is calling youth smoking an epidemic and a push to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 is coming through Duluth and Hermantown. Tobacco 21 is being led by the American Lung Association. Organizers tell us tightening the age restriction would make a positive impact. The menthol ban as just a big step to…

U.S. Senate Candidate Newberger Visits Northland

Newberger is running against Senator Amy Klobuchar in the upcoming November election.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Minnesota Republican candidate for the United States Senate, Jim Newberger, stopped in the Northland Thursday. The luncheon was in Hermantown at Real Closet Inc.  Newberger tells us he’s a huge supporter of mines. During this visit, the candidate is touring Cirrus and welding facilities. “Those jobs that are here are important, and it’s a priority that we protect…

Maurices Employees Lend a Helping Hand in the Community

They call it "Our Best Day Ever"

DULUTH, Minn.- Maurices employees are taking a break from the office on Thursday and rolling up their sleeves to work for the community. They call it “Our Best Day Ever” the company spreads out in the city volunteering with more than 20 non–profits. We stopped by the care package assembly at the Maurices headquarters. Workers are teaming up with Blue Star…

Get Ready for the Head of the Lakes Chilli Cook-Off

This savory event commemorates United Ways Giving Campaign.

DULUTH, Minn.- It comes once a year and just when the chilly weather starts to set in, the Head of The Lakes Chilli Cook-Off is here. The 27th annual Head of The Lakes Chilli Cook-Off starts Thursday, Sept. 20th at the DECC from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This savory event commemorates United Way’s Giving Campaign. United Way partners with…

ATV Ordinance Passes in Superior

The ATV ordinance has not yet gone into affect.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A long-debated ordinance allowing ATV’s on trails year-round throughout the city of Superior passed. The Superior City Council passed an ordinance allowing ATV’s to be driven all year round. The ordinance allows ATV’s to be driven on select trails throughout the city. It’s been a debate for almost a year now but city councilors believe allowing the recreational…

How to Help the Second Harvest Food Bank

Do you know the difference between food banks and food shelves?

DULUTH, Minn.- September is Hunger Action Month and the Second Harvest Food Bank is opening its doors highlighting how you can help. Fun fact food banks and food shelves are different. We’re taking a look inside the Second Harvest Food Bank which distributes food to local non–profit programs. Second Harvest is the only food bank in the region which serves…

UMD Students Help One Another Get Home Safely

Students can call a free hotline to be assisted walking anywhere within a two mile radius of campus.

DULUTH, Minn.- At the University of Minnesota Duluth, one campus program is helping students feel safe and ensuring no one has to walk alone. With the exception of alcohol and drug arrests sexual assault and stalking cases are the most commonly reported crimes on the UMD campus. Now some students are helping one–another feel safe on campus so they don’t…

Celebrating National Cheeseburger Day.

On average Americans eat 50 billion burgers a year.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s national cheeseburger day, whether you prefer cheddar, swiss, or provolone it’s the day to enjoy a cheeseburger without guilt. On average Americans eat 50 billion burgers a year. To celebrate FOX21 stopped by Big Daddy’s Burgers in Duluth, which is offering a special deal for a pepper jack cheeseburger. “Cause who doesn’t love cheese,” burger chef Casey McDougall…

Bark Avenue Recovering after SUV Slammed into Building

The damage to the dog food alone costs nearly $2,800.

DULUTH, Minn.- Bark Avenue has reopened after an SUV crashed into the business last week causing massive damage. At the corner of W. Third St. and N. 24th Avenue W. after hitting a bus an SUV slammed into the right side of the dog groomer building, causing workers and animals to evacuate immediately. Now temporary beams are currently in place. Cost…

Plea For Answers In Case of Missing Duluth Woman

Over the past three years, Duluth Police have received multiple tips but none have lead to anything big

DULUTH, Minn.- Three years after Sheila St. Clair went missing in Duluth family and police are urging anyone with information about her whereabouts to come forward. Over the past three years, Duluth Police have received multiple tips but none have lead to anything big.  48–year–old Shelia St. Clair was reported missing Septemeber 10th, 2015. Authorities believe she was planning to…

Inside Look at UMD’s Media Technology Lab

The director tells us the resources are meant to spark the student's creativity.

DULUTH, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Duluth is showing off their state of the art media technology lab. From the green screen to virtual reality this MMAD lab is utilized by everyone from theatre majors to researchers. The director tells us the resources are meant to spark the student’s creativity. “Nobody else in Hollywood is doing what we are, because we’re…

Student Senate Makes National Constitution Day Known on Campus

The CSS student body government is handing out pocket copies of the constitution.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s national constitution day and the College of St. Scholastica is making a day of it. The CSS student body government is handing out pocket copies of the constitution. Organizers tell us it’s extremely important their fellow students actually know the constitution. “It sets up the foundation of our government and it impacts literally every one of our…

Superior Daycare Provides Flu Shots to Staff to Fight Spread to Kids

Many daycares in the Northland are noticing these flu-like symptoms earlier than previous years but it's not too early for a flu shot.

SUPERIOR, Minn.- Daycares in the Northland are already seeing flu-like symptoms and tell FOX21 this is earlier than usual. If you are young and healthy the flu may not affect your body that harshly, but by getting the flu shot it stops you from being a carrier to those who could suffer serious problems related to the flu. People over…

Advocating for the Minnesota Homeless Population

Advocates are focusing on cultivating champions for a bolder Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Minnesota is leading the nation in reductions to Veteran homelessness but there’s still a lot to be done. Five hundred people are advocating for the homeless population in Duluth on Thursday, September 13th, at the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless annual conference at the DECC. Advocates tell us the hot topics for Minnesota as a whole, are serving…

This Northland Race is Unlike Any Other

The final stretch takes you up a 35 foot hill and you must ring the bell to finish.

CLOQUET, Minn.- To start racers already get five minutes knocked off their finish time, just for wearing a fanal. Some are calling it the last run of Summer and it’s safe to say the Lost Forester Adventure Run is one participant won’t ever forget. This unique eight-mile course goes through the woods, as runners must traverse through swamps and fallen trees with…

Celebrating a Successful Summer

Families tell us Cloquet’s daylong celebration is the perfect way to end summer together.

CLOQUET, Minn.- The celebrations continued in Cloquet, at the Veteran’s Memorial Park. From bounce houses to food trucks the park packed full of families that mark their calendars for this every year.While many are celebrating having a good job, one little girl is celebrating the joys of being young and having a whole summer off. “This is like the best…

New Machinery Creating Medical Miracles in Physical Rehabilitation

It's a balancing hoist, funded by an anonymous donor through the Miller-Dwan Foundation and medical professionals tell us the impact is amazing.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s called the ZeroG, a new piece of medical equipment that’s helping make vast improvements possible for patients attempting to walk again. It’s a balancing hoist, funded by an anonymous donor through the Miller-Dwan Foundation and medical professionals tell us the impact is amazing.  The ZeroG is cutting edge technology and it’s creating more opportunities for therapists at…

Unique School Bus Helps Special Olympic Athletes

The UCare Mobile Dental Clinic is providing teeth cleaning and other dental services to Special Olympic athletes.

DULUTH, Minn.- Surprising dentist visits are typically bad but one teeth-cleaning station cruising into the Northland is making quite the impact. Dental students from the University of Minnesota are cleaning teeth on a traveling bus, called the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic. During a pit stop in Duluth on Wednesday, September 12, Special Olympics Athletes are receiving free dental work. The soon-to-be dentists tell…

Barker’s Island Restoration Project Moving Along

The project is a collaboration with the Wisconsin DNR, City of Superior, and Area of Concern partners. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Barker’s Island Beach is closed as restoration work is underway to reduce levels of E. coli. City leaders believe the restoration project will help more people enjoy Barker’s Island. The goal of the project is to remove sources that potentially contribute to the E. coli levels including storm runoff, waterfowl, and trash. Over 17 hundred feet of trail will be…

Construction and Classes Underway at Superior High School

On Monday, September 10th the Superior High School held it's first day after renovations.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s the first day of school at the Superior High School and also the first time students and teachers are seeing the multi-million dollar changes to classrooms. Construction is still underway but right now staff and students are getting to know the revamped space after a summer packed full of construction. The halls are packed full of life….

Candy Store Helping Your Sweet Tooth and the Troops

The annual Fudge for Troops campaign sells 600 pounds in Duluth alone.

DULUTH, Minn.-Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is giving a pretty good excuse to eat some sweets guilt free. It’s the annual Fudge for Troops Campaign. For every piece of fudge you buy at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, one is sent over in a care package to our troops “We try to keep it local with the troops, it’s just something…

Apartment Complex Coming to Duluth Central Hillside Community

The six-story building called "City View Flats" will be located at the corner of First Avenue West and Fourth Street

DULUTH, Minn.- A new upscale apartment building has broken ground in Duluth’s Central Hillside Community. The six-story building called “City View Flats” will be located at the corner of First Avenue West and Fourth Street across from the Steve O’Neil Apartments. A total of 96 units will be considered luxury market-rate apartments, ten units will be rent restricted Rent for a studio apartment will cost $1,145…

Newly Pinned Duluth Sheriff’s Deputy Follows Father’s Footsteps

Eight sheriff's deputies and 14 correctional officers took an oath to serve during the ceremony.

DULUTH, Minn.- While growing up many kids have their dream job picked out, but it can change over time. On Thursday, a childhood dream of working in dad’s profession came true. For 24 years and counting, Trevor Banks has been serving St. Louis County and with the clip of a badge, his son Tanner, is now a sheriff’s deputy just…

Not Fall Color Season Just Yet but Duluth is Still Blooming

It's peak time at Duluth's Rose Garden.

DULUTH, Minn.- While you’re waiting for the fall colors now’s the perfect time to enjoy the rose garden in Duluth. Workers with the city of Duluth and volunteers have been hard at work all summer to keep the roses blooming into October. The caretakers are deadheading them, this is a process of cutting the roses helps keep them alive much…

Virtual Library Cards Give Students 24/7 Access to Resources

The Library Ports Project is a partnership between the Duluth Public School and the Duluth Public Library.

DULUTH, Minn.- This week 8,500 students in the Duluth School District now have24-hour access to resources from the Duluth Public Library. City leaders and educators believe this Library Port program will spark interest in reading. Every student will have their own unique virtual card with easy an easy to remember code. “Our students will be able to access information and resources from the…

Electric Buses Soon to be Tested in Duluth’s Climate

The study will see how the buses run in Duluth's cold climate.

DULUTH, Minn.- A brand new bus is in town, electric buses will soon be apart of the Duluth Transit Authority. Seven electric buses are hitting the roads next month after a $6.3 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The climate in Duluth it an ideal candidate to test how the electric buses run in the winter months. They’re being used in…

First Classes in Many Rivers Montessori School’s New Location

Teachers say its all about community building on the first day at the school.

DULUTH, Minn.-It’s the first day back to school for many students in the Northland. Over at Many Rivers Montessori School, the students and teachers have a lot to be happy about because it’s their first day at their new permanent building on Red Wing Street in Woodland. Teachers say its all about community building today at the school. Students are…

New Bloodmobile Removes Donation Barriers

Meet the faces you're helping stay healthy by donating blood.

DULUTH, Minn.- The goal is to increase blood donations in the Northland as a brand new bloodmobile is now opening in Duluth and health professionals say blood donations are needed more than you may think. Health experts say having a mobile donation station removes a barrier to donating blood and for some families the need for blood hits close to home….

Minnesota Ranked Number One for Job Satisfaction

A 70 degree September Monday off, is plenty to smile about generations of families count on this day together.

CLOQUET, Minn.- For 99 years the town of Cloquet has hosted a big celebration on labor day and this year, they have something even sweeter to think about on their day off, Minnesota is now ranked number one for job satisfaction according to a new study. “Last day of summer so it’s kind of like a big bang type thing…

Construction Washout Shuts Down Slip Bridge

The project manager tells us they're currently working on a temporary solution to open the Slip Bridge for the weekend.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Duluth’s seawall reconstruction project has hit another unexpected snag, forcing a temporary shutdown to pedestrian access on the Minnesota Slip Bridge. The problem is a washout beneath the sidewalk leading up to that blue bridge. City leaders tell us while working on the seawall restoration project construction workers unintentionally disturbed the fill below the concrete sidewalk causing the…

How to Become a Better Public Speaker

One local group is helping Northlanders feel more comfortable speaking in a professional environment.

DULUTH, Minn.- Do you have a fear of speaking in front of large crowds or presenting an idea at work? One local group aims to help improve your communication skills so you can better your professional career. An open house was held on Thursday for the Toastmasters in the Paolucci Building in Canal Park. The Toastmasters is an international club…

Donate a Bow Tie and Help Students Attend Prom in Style

The non–profit called If the Dress Fits pairs students up with prom dresses, this year they're helping the guys too.

DULUTH, Minn.- A local non–profit organization helps pair ladies up with a free prom dress but this year they need your help to give the guys bow ties. The non–profit called If the Dress Fits started as a prom dress drive and now supplies hundreds of free dresses every year. This time around they’re teaming up with a national non-profit…

Learn How to Spot Invasive Species on the St. Louis River-editing

Do you know how to spot plants and insects that don't belong?

DULUTH, Minn.- Thanks to a free class St. Louis River enthusiasts are learning how to spot invasive species. The Aquatic Invasive Sentry Training Program prepares fishermen and paddlers how to know what plants and insects shouldn’t be on the river. Trainers tell us it’s important to be on the lookout and inform specialists and it’s easy for people frequently out…

New Roundabout Close to Opening in Hermantown

It's that time of year when most drivers are ready to see those orange construction cones disappear.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- After several weeks of construction, a long-awaited roundabout is set to open. It’s that time of year when most drivers are ready to see those orange construction cones disappear and at Maple Grove Road and Midway Road your wish is close to being granted.  The brand new roundabout construction is close to the finish line. This Saturday, drivers will finally…

Kayaking Around Lake Superior all ‘Four the Water’

The crew is paddling their way to a cleaner Great Lakes.

DULUTH, Minn.- Four kayak guides are taking the summer off to paddling their way around Lake Superior to advocate for clean water. They’re called “Four the Water” a crew of four men started a journey around Lake Superior back in May, pushing off from Lake Superior. The crew paddled up around Canada and down Minnesota’s North Shore. Overall the journey…

Man Charged in Bar Fight Involving Superior City Councilors

Court documents say punches started flying after two intoxicated bar patrons harrassed people, used explict language, and made negative comments about non–union workers.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Criminal charges are now filed against a Summit, Wisconsin man after a bar fight that involved two Superior city councilors. The fight happened outside Jimmy’s Saloon  in Billings Park — a bar owned by council president Keith Kern who is a victim in this case. Court documents say punches started flying after two intoxicated bar patrons harassed people, used explicit language, and…

Class Back in Session at Lake Superior College & UMD

Enrollment at LSC is up 2% this semester

DULUTH, Minn. – Students are getting back into the swing of campus over at Lake Superior College. Students tell us this week is all about meeting one another which makes living away from home easier. “Being on the soccer team helped a lot, but being in class also does, a lot of people are talkative and social so it’s pretty…

UPDATE: Duluth City Council Approves Funding for Cruise Ships to Enter the Twin Ports

Approval passed at the City Council meeting for $25,000 from the Tourism Tax Fund to fund new technology for Border Patrol. 

UPDATE: The Duluth City Council unanimously approved $25,000 to fund border patrol gear for cruise ships to enter the Twin Ports. DULUTH, Minn.- Cruise ships are planning on coming to Duluth by next summer but the Port Authority needs to purchase U.S. Customs and Border Control equipment to make it happen. Monday night they’re seeking approval at the City Council meeting…

Newly Funded Program Helping Families

The Healthy Families America Program provides services for at-risk families.

CLOQUET, Minn.-  A 2.1 million dollar award is helping families receive in-home help with pregnancy and parenting. The Healthy Families America Program provides services for first-time mothers, at-risk families such as parents dealing with domestic abuse, substance abuse or those dealing with mental illness.  Through the program, medical professionals visit family’ homes providing practical health services and parenting support. “It’s working…

One Stop Shop for Veteran Services in the Twin Ports

The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans has been hosting the Veteran Stand Down for over a decade

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans are looking to end homelessness for Veterans and the organization is hosting a one-stop spot for services. The annual Veteran Stand Down filled Bayfront Park with over 50 free services including medical help, higher education information, legal advice and free clothing. “Sometimes we don’t ask for help, sometimes we don’t know where to…

Cloquet Becoming More Pedestrian Friendly this Fall

Over half of the community will be more active if the sidewalks are widened according to a survey.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Do you walk or bike to work? Construction is underway for the city of Cloquet to become more pedestrian friendly. Right now work is being done to create sidewalk bump-outs making a wider path for pedestrians, other changes include bike lanes on a one-mile stretch downtown. “Just allowing people to get from point A to point B, we can’t plan…

Who Whacked Willy Wonka? Find Out on the North Shore Scenic Railroad

This Murder Mystery can be solved on the Disoriented Express train ride at the North Shore Scenic Railroad

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s a Murder Mystery all aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad. While aboard the Disoriented Express, passengers must figure out Who Whacked Willy Wonka. A crew of actors aboard are interacting with the audience giving clues and playing part in the Murder Mystery. This adult night-out is a two and a half hour train ride, including a four-course…

Senior Citizens Celebrate the End of Summer with a Side of Competition

This traditional Morgan Park Senior Picnic was put on hold for nearly 15 years, but it's back in full swing. 

DULUTH, Minn.-  It’s a celebration of summer, but this exclusive party is reserved for senior citizens. “And a picnic always sounds good,” picnic attendee Barbara Beverage said. This traditional Morgan Park Senior Picnic was put on hold for nearly 15 years, but it’s back in full swing. “Well, our senior community is one of our most prized so to be able…

School Board Chairman says November Referendum Vote is Crucial

The vote happens on November 6th.

DULUTH, Minn.- A three question levy referendum is in place that would add both teachers and new technology to the Duluth school district if approved by voters in November. The School Board Chairman calls this vote crucial. If passed question one would renew the current ten-year operating levy without increasing property taxes. The second question would add 25 teachers to help…

Welcome to Duluth, UMD Students

Over 2,200 new students are moving into the University of Minnesota Duluth dorms for the first time.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth welcomes students who attend the University of Minnesota Duluth back to the Northland. Those students make a large impact on Duluth and their return is creating a lot of energy and excitement on campus. “It’s always been something that’s been so far away and now it’s here so it’s weird,” UMD freshman Riley Campion said. Over 2,200 new…