Author: Lauren Leigh

A Look Inside Throw-A-Thon From the Turntable

The Throw-a-Thon is open to the public and is a unique way to help feed hungry Northlanders.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s the giving time of year, local artists are helping feed hungry Northlanders in a creative way during the 18th annual Throw-A-Thon. Over the past 17 years the Throw-A-Thon has donated nearly $155,ooo from Empty Bowls. “It’s definitely out of the ordinary,” student Faith Runquisd said. “I mean somebody wouldn’t think okay I’m going to contribute to the…

Winter Village Encourages Shopping Small

Nearly 40 of Duluth's local vendors will sell special Holiday crafts.

DULUTH, Minn.- Coming up this weekend, locals can experience a special taste of the holidays during the Northland’s second Winter Village. The celebration is on the grounds of the Glensheen Mansion on Dec. 1st to Dec. 2nd. The event brings together Duluth’s small shops. More than 40 vendors will be showing off their crafts. It’s the second time the Lake Superior…

New Dog Park Opens in the Northland

A new dog park has officially opened in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Dog parents now have a new place to take their four legged friends in the Northland. A dog park is officially open in Superior, at the Millennium Trail Head. With all the wagging tails it’s safe to say the space is a well needed spot for the community. “We all recognize that dogs are part of our families,…

Locals Returning Home Thanks to New Job Opportunities

The job opportunities are allowing Northlanders to stay closer to home.

VIRGINIA, Minn.- The employment opportunities on the Iron Range, are allowing more Northlanders to stay where their roots are. “Everybody is employed, it’s a great thing for us and we’ve seen that economic boom,” Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe said. The mines are in full swing, the health care industry is also providing jobs for many workers. Mayor Cuffe said part…

Thunderbird Mall Offering More Shopping Experiences

The Thunderbird Mall is undergoing more additions.

VIRGINIA, Minn.- Good news for shoppers on the Iron Range, the Thunderbird Mall is adding more stores. The newest addition is Tractor Supply Co. The store is a one stop shop for the whole family, even your pets. This is just the beginning for more shops and job opportunities at the mall. “The building or the complex here is going…

National Sexual Misconduct Allegations Spark Conversation on Campus

Addressing sexual misconduct now can prevent issues later in the workforce.

TWIN PORTS–  Women across the nation are coming forward with accusations against high profile men, which has created a ripple effect for college students in the Northland. The Women’s Resource and Action Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth has seen an increase in students reporting sexual misconduct. The incidents range from test messages to assaults that have occurred at…

Goodwill Makes Environmentally Friendly Change

Goodwill is now on the list of stores boycotting plastic bags.

DULUTH, Minn.- Goodwill is going green now using more environmentally friendly shopping bags. The organization will no longer purchase plastic bags, joining the Bag It Duluth campaign. Shoppers are encouraged; to bring a bag, offered a used plastic bag, or box at check out. Making the switch will prevent an estimated 800,00 plastic bags from becoming waste. “We’re also going…

Santa Claus Arrives at Fitger’s

Santa and his reindeer met little Northlanders at Fitgers Courtyard.

DULUTH, Minn.- Santa and his reindeer greeted little kiddos Friday at the Fitgers Courtyard. Jingle bells and ho ho hos filled the court yard. Children who have done their best to stay on the nice list all year long waited in line to tell Santa Christmas wishes. The meet-and-greet also gives children an opportunity to ask questions about the reindeer….

2017 Bentleyville Ornament Released

Every year the ornament is designed to match the Bentleyville theme.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Youth Chorus rang in the release of the 2017 Bentleyville Ornament, at Security Jewelers. This year the decoration is designed with a believe theme. The proceeds from every ornament are donated to Bentelyville. Jewelers said the shape was modeled after a gift box. “People love Bentleyville,” jeweler Jay Seiler said. “To be able to have…

Black Friday Becoming a Tradition for Some Northland Families

The day after Thanksgiving has many shoppers up bright and early.

DULUTH, Minn.- Black Friday is crazy for shoppers, but for some it’s a holiday tradition. The hustle and bustle on the day after thanksgiving can be intimidating, but Northland shoppers happily joined the crowds.Businesses were packed early in the morning throughout the afternoon. One Northlander said the trick is having a list and knowing the best deals before doors open. With…

Northlanders Celebrate at Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet

Northlanders flock the Twin Ports Buffet.

DULUTH, Minn.-  On average 46 million turkeys are gobbled up on Thanksgiving according to the National Turkey Federation.The Thanksgiving buffet at the DECC served up plenty in the Northland. The 28th annual Twin Ports Buffet fed nearly 5,ooo people of all ages. Families gather around the table, others are filled with Northlanders getting to know their neighbors. One couple attends…

Northlanders Hit the Road, Air For Thanksgiving

The AAA reports nearly one million more Americans will travel this Thanksgiving.

DULUTH, Minn.- The busy holiday travel season is underway AAA reports 48.7 million Americans will travel over 50 miles this Thanksgiving. Traveling during the holidays can be a stressful one, but Duluthians told FOX21 they are packed prepared and ready to go. Over at the Duluth International Airport travelers are coming and going pretty smoothly and the stress has minimized…

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for firefighters.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Thanksgiving turkey can be delicious, but in some homes it can be quite dangerous. The number of fires on Thanksgiving day, are typically three times higher than on an average day. The Duluth Fire Department told FOX21 some key tips to make sure your feast is fire free. Typically on this holiday several dishes are cooking in the…

Open Studio Invites All Artists

Artists who specialize in various mediums gather to work.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Calling all artists, you’re invited to create in a space together during open studio. Thanks to the Duluth Art Institute open studio happens once a week at the Depot and on West Second Street in Lincoln Park. The art institute says this gives artists of all ages and a variety of mediums a common place to share ideas. “So…

At Least 50 Employees Fired From Essentia For Not Getting Flu Shot

99.5 Percent of Employees Got Flu Shot

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth based Essentia Health has fired nearly 50 workers w ho did not get a shot and now union leaders are fighting back. When asked what the next steps for these 50 some fired workers are? An Essentia Health representative said the now former employees have no next step with the company. Also stating this is only…

How Sweet It Is Back Open for Business

Two local businesses team up to keep staple eats in the Twin Ports available

DULUTH, Minn.- A popular sweets shop that was forced to close last month after 20 years of business has officially made an unexpected comeback. How Sweet It Is Cakes has re–opened a revised business model inside the Duluth Grill in Lincoln Park. The owner of How Sweet It Is closed in October because of declining sales, after moving into the Holiday…

Morgan Park School Begins New Chapter

The demolition of Monday Park Schools began on Monday.

DULUTH, Minn.- Morgan Park School has been apart of the community for the past 102 years, but the property is heading into its next chapter. The first steps of demolition began Monday to make way for 96 town home units. The Morgan Park Estates as they are being called is a nearly $18 million investment into Morgan Park. The demolition…

Ideal Winter Conditions at Spirit Mountain

The largest event at Spirit Mountain is this coming weekend and the hill is prepared.

DULUTH, Minn.- This coming weekend is a busy one for Spirit Mountain as they will host the 26th annual AMSOIL Duluth Snocross. The event will run across the length of the top chalet with other parts of the mountain remaining open. Although the Northland has yet to become a winter wonderland, officials at the mountain told FOX 21 the hill…

Northland Breweries Helping Habitat for Humanity

Northlanders can grab a cold one for a good cause.

DULUTH, Minn.- Breweries in the Northland are teaming up to help out a local non–profit. The Suds for Shelter Benefit is giving craft brew lovers a good reason to grab a cold one. Participating breweries are donating a portion of pint sales to the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity. This Tuesday, Nov. 21st.  the benefit will be held at Blacklist Brewery….

Christmas Trees Take Over Duluth Farmers’ Market

Northlanders can now decorate for the holiday season before Thanksgiving.

DULUTH, Minn.- Are you eager to spruce up your house for the holiday season? Christmas trees are now for sale at the Duluth Farmers’ Market.  This is the first year Hoffbauer Tree Farm is selling Christmas trees before Thanksgiving. At the market, Northlanders can pick out the perfect tree for their home with sizes ranging from eight feet high to a…

Northlanders with Twins Gather for Support

Mothers with little Northland twins gather sharing experiences.

DULUTH, Minn.- Around 32 people out of every 1,000 are a twin, according to the Center for Disease Control. One group in the Northland meets specifically to discuss raising twins.  The Twin Ports Mothers Multiples Club is a support group for moms in the Northland. It also gives twins a chance to meet other twins. According to one mother having someone who…

Love–A–Pet Day Gives Animals a New Home

Local event highlights animals up for adoption.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Saturday was one for the dogs at Miller Hill Subaru. Dogs and cats from Animal Allies Humane Society and Lake County Humane Society found their new families at Love–A–Pet day. It’s Animal Allies largest off site adopt event. If you’re looking for a furry friend more pets will available on Sunday. “Adoption is so important because when you…

Festival of the Season Held in Duluth

Northlanders prepare for the holiday season at the last farmers market of the winter season.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Farmers Market is filled with Christmas spirit during the 11th annual Festival of the Season. vendors show off their holiday decorations at the market. Although some Northlanders may be holding off on decorating for the Christmas season, one vendor told FOX21 it’s never too early to decorate. “It’s never, especially a year like this year when winter…

Northlanders Help Create Gingerbread City

Families learn Nordic and Minnesota Christmas traditions while constructing the Gingerbread City.

DULUTH, Minn.- Little Northlanders gathered Saturday constructing a Gingerbread Village. The 6th annual Pepperkakebyen Gingerbread City is on display at the Nordic Center. Families got in to the holiday spirit making traditional Nordic crafts. Art education students from the University of Minnesota Duluth volunteered, helping create the winter wonderland. “I find it very interesting because a lot of this information I…

Bentleyville Tour of Lights Officially Open

Northlanders attended the first opening night of Bentleyville Tour of Lights.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Bentleyville Tour of Lights is now open to shine throughout the holiday season. Duluth is beaming with holiday spirit; families, couples, and friends stayed warm with hot chocolate while admiring the bright lights. With so many different attractions picking a favorite light display can be tough. What’s your favorite display at Bentleyville Tour of Lights? “The big…

Northlanders Spread Thanksgiving Cheer

Northlanders come together during the Thanksgiving season, ensuring everyone has a hot meal.

DULUTH, Minn.- Nearly 5,000 meals are given out on Thanksgiving at the 28th annual Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet. Preparations to feed Northlanders at the Thanksgiving feast, begin back in August. Friday volunteers brought in 2,200 pounds of turkey and nearly 1,900 pounds of mashed potatoes. The group of volunteers lending a hand, come from many different backgrounds. “We really all…

Bentleyville Brings in New Attractions

This year Northlanders are encouraged to use their cameras and capture moments at Bentleyville.

DULUTH, Minn.- Volunteers are working on the final preparations for Bentleyville, before the holiday season kicks off Saturday. Final touches are being perfected, before Santa parachutes in Saturday night. This year families and friends can cherish Bentleyville memories for years to come. The light festival has a variety of new photo spots set up as you walk through the Winter Wonderland….

Fighting Domestic Violence in the Northland

One local organization gives locals an opportunity to make a direct impact on abuse within the community.

DULUTH, Minn.- The organization Men as Peacemakers, aims to make a  direct impact on the domestic violence within our community. The organization is hosting domestic violence restorative circles, which rely on community support. The classes needed to be a volunteer are currently underway this weekend. Around four to six community members are needed during each circle meeting. This weekend the training…

The Great American Smokeout Reaches Out to Northlanders

The American Lung Association shows Northlanders options to use while quitting smoking.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The American Lung Association has been helping smokers put down cigarettes for over 35 years. The Great American Smokeout offers Northlanders looking to quit smoking cigarettes, many suggestions. The Minnesota Medicaid program covers; NRT Gum, NRT Patches, counseling, and other options to make the process a little easier. “I did the lozenges, I did the patch, and made…

Northlanders Renovate Old Buildings

Old abandoned buildings in Two Harbors are being restored and filled.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- Two Northland sisters are fixing up abandoned buildings, with hopes a small business will move in. Sharon Erickson Ropes and her sister are doing their part to clean up Two Harbors. The sisters purchased a small building and are in the process of flipping it. Ropes told FOX21 it’s exciting being on the first floor of restoration. “I think…

Property Owners Patching-Up after Winter Storm

One local city is slowly recovering from Lake Superior's furious waves

ASHLAND, Wis.- Weather in the Northland has been relatively calm recently, but some Northlanders are still trying to catch–up after the impacts of the season’s first big storm. The furious storm that tore through the Northland on October 27th left significant damage in Ashland. Lake Superior waves reached 15 feet high, with winds 35 to 40 mph. “It was not pretty,…

Local Workshop Highlights Effective Communication Skills

A workshop held in the Northland aims to help improve communication.

DULUTH, Minn.- Explaining your stance in politics issues can sometimes be frustrating when speaking to individuals with opposing views. Connection Labs came to Duluth helping Northlanders more effectively frame messages. According to research presented Sunday, responding re-actively during a conversation, creates a smaller chance of being heard. “We want to fight that, instead of stepping back and saying ‘what is…

Final Preparations Underway for Bentleyville Tour of Lights

Northlander volunteers play a large role in getting Bentleyville up and running.

DULUTH, Minn.-Bentleyville will be open in just six days, last minute preparations are currently underway. Many Northlanders have lent a hand setting up Bentleyville, now its the final count down till the holiday lights flick on. The helpers still out preparing the final details have special skill sets, necessary to get the park up and running. This year there are plenty…

‘Music With Robots’ Workshop Inspires Northland Kids

The unique instruments show their full potential at the kid friendly workshop.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth is known for its local musicians, Sunday Blacklist Brewery allowed kids to tap into their creative side with a special set of instruments. “Making Music with Robots” is a hands–on educational workshop. Creator Troy Rogers started making the instruments 14 years ago. Rogers told FOX21 sometimes the creator isn’t always the best musician, to actually use the instruments. “The…

Local Craft Festival Gives Back to Northland

The Festival of Trees gives Northland shoppers an opportunity to donate.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The Festival of Trees offers something for everyone. It has become a staple holiday event in the Northland. The event gives many local artists a place to show off and sell crafts. The Festival of Trees is the largest fundraiser for a local non–profit, the Junior League of Duluth. Fox21 spoke to one vendor, with a similar business plan…

Northlanders Donate to Help Ensure Officer Safety

Over one hundred gathered to give money for local officers safety equipment.

DULUTH, Minn.- A non–profit organization aims to help boast safety for local law enforcement with help from the community. The organizers of shield 616 said with the rise in active shootings they want to make sure our officers are protected. Sheild 616 hosts events around the Northland, gathering donations to purchase bullet proof gear for local law officials. “People are so…

Veterans Voiced Concerns to Senator Amy Klobuchar

Northland veterans discussed local issues with Senator Amy Klobuchar.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Senator Amy Klobuchar listened to Northland’s rural veterans speak out on concerns. Senator Klobuchar said there are some serious problems with veterans’ health benefits. Ensuring the Guard and the Reserve recieve the same health benefits other branches are given, is the biggest issue currently being worked on. One of the main issues addressed today, the long drive rural…

Festival of Trees a Northland Holiday Staple

The Festival of Trees is the Northland's largest craft show.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Northland’s largest craft festival is also the largest fundraiser for one local non-profit organization. The Duluth Festival of Trees hosted over 170 vendors. The festival is a staple during the holiday season for many Northlanders. “There’s so much tradition here at the festival of trees,” Junior League President Megan Avery said. “A lot of excitement, a lot…

Red Kettles Ready for Donations in the Northland

Bells are ringing and volunteers are singing for donations to the Salvation Army red kettles.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s the season of giving; Santa Claus is not the only jolly man wearing red, and giving back around the Northland. Northlanders will now see the red kettles stationed around the Twin Ports. Donations made benefit the Salvation Army. If you don’t have any spare change, the non-profit is always looking for an array of volunteers. According to…

UWS Ceremony Acknowledges Student Veterans

The University of Wisconsin Superior honored student veterans.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The University of Wisconsin Superior honored nontraditional students with a special set of skills, obtained from serving in the armed forces. Currently 130 students at UWS are veterans. Representatives from the University said veterans truly enhance campus culture. “The experiences you gained and learned in the military in invaluable, you don’t get them anywhere else,” Veteran guest speaker Craig…

Family of Teen Fatally Shot by Officer Speaks Out

The family and community are mourning the loss of the 14-year-old boy involved in a police shooting.

ODANAH, Wis.- FOX 21 is learning more details about the teenage boy fatally shot by an Ashland County Deputy, family members believe this all could have been avoided. “He was just a kid outside,” cousin Christian Delgado said.  The 14-year-old, identified by family as Jason Pero attended Ashland Middle School. Pero was in the school band and a member of…

Coats for Kids Helps Twin Ports Residents in Need

The Superior Salvation Army is distributing coats this week to help those in need.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s getting chillier in the Northland, but thanks to one local organization Twin Ports residents in need have access to winter gear. The Superior Salvation Army is hosting Coats for Kids Wednesday through Friday. Community members were asked to donate coats, which will be distributed this week. The event is for the whole family with coats for infants…

Gov. Walker Running for Third Term

Governor Scott Walker addressed his goals if elected for a third term in the Northland.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch laid out their campaign visions Wednesday in the Northland. The main goal is to keep Wisconsin moving forward. The Governor said he plans to focus on the opiod epidemic and support the choice of schools. Gov. Walker plans to run again, because he feels Wisconsin is the best its ever been….

Talent Shines At 7th Annual Willie Kruger Dance Competition

Competition provides an event for dancers of all backgrounds.

DULUTH, Minn.- The 7th annual Willie Kruger Dance Competition took place Sunday, honoring Kruger who was known as a local break dancing pioneer. The competition brings together dancers from diverse backgrounds. Some performances were choreographed in the studio and others mastered their skills out on the streets, which is where Willie Kruger’s love for dancing originated. “There’s no competitions around…

Meat Shops Get Busy With MN Deer Opener

DULUTH, Minn.- Many Northlanders are returning home after a successful opening weekend of deer firearm season, which means a busy time for meat shops. For Old World Meats, by the end of the hunting season the shop will process nearly 150 deer. Although some Northlanders handle their deer from the hunt to the table, shops like Old World Meats offer…

Local International Club Celebrates Diverse Community

Local college international club brings community together with authentic dishes.

DULUTH, Minn.-The University of Duluth Minnesota hosted the annual International Potluck, giving Northlanders a taste of other cultures. The potluck gives community members an opportunity to interact with the UMD International Club and a free hot meal.  Saturday afternoon the line wrapped around the building at the Hope Methodist Church. Authentic dishes from around the world were served up, bringing…

Northlanders Attend the Gales of November Convention

The Gales of November convention is the largest fundraiser for the Maritime Museum.

DULUTH, Minn.-The 30th Gales of November convention took place this weekend at the DECC. The event is the largest fundraiser for the Lake Superior Maritime Museum Association. The association said it’s all thanks to community members. “Everywhere I look there’s somebody lending a hand, offering to donate something, to give back in some way,” executive director Tammy Sundbom Otterson said….

Critically Endangered Tamarin Welcomed to Local Zoo

The Lake Superior Zoo welcomes a critically endangered species to the family.

  DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake  Superior Zoo welcomed a baby Cotton-top Tamarin on Thursday. Zoo officials say this is a very exciting addition to the family. Tamarins are a critically endangered species, with an estimated population in South Africa of 6,000. The baby was born following recommendations from the Species Survival Plan, a program which guides breeding of critically endangered…

Hermantown is not Receiving LGA in Upcoming Budget

Local government aid cut in Hermantown due to a glitch.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Hermantown is receiving no local government aid for the 2018 budget. This is the fourth year the city has received a cut in LGA. Back in 2016 an unintentional error caused the city to receive less LGA than the state determined. The glitch was corrected, but it was too late to fix the city from getting funding in…

Preparing for Firearm Deer Hunting Season Opener

Hunting shops are busy with Northlanders preparing for deer hunting.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Many Northlanders making final preparations before Minnesota firearm deer hunting opener takes place bright and early Saturday morning. Many hunters have already spotted bucks on their trail cams. With all the excitement, hunters need to remember the essentials.  Many popular items bought from Fisherman’s Corner in preparation for the season are; scope protectors, hand warmers, and water proofing…