Author: Lauren Leigh

Trick-or-Treating Tricks and Tips

How much candy is too much candy on Halloween?

DULUTH, Minn.- Trick-or-Treating is 24 hours away, FOX21 has tips on handling the sugar monsters that come with it. Plenty of candy will be handed out and eaten by little ones. According to one local expert, allowing children to indulge on Halloween has its benefits. “A lot of times on that first night it’s good to just let them eat,”…

The Lyric Kitchen Bar hosts Grand Opening

New restaurant serves early birds to bar close in downtown Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- On Monday downtown Duluth is officially home to a new restaurant and bar; serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Lyric Kitchen Bar is located on the first floor of the Holiday Center, with street-side views of West Superior Street. Monday was the grand opening of the restaurant, which has a large menu serving everything; from paninis, to…

Kayak Bay Village Open for Public Comment

Investors proposing development near Spirit Mountain.

DULUTH, Minn.- Next year investors are hoping to build hotels and restaurants near Spirit Mountain. The proposed development is Kayak Bay Village, which aims to create a sense of space for the base of Spirit Mountain. Kayak Bay Village would support multiple trails in the area, along with other accommodations the city is missing. “Duluth is already pretty full in…

Duluth Assessing Storm Damages Cost

The city of Duluth is assessing damages from Friday's storm.

DULUTH, Minn.- Friday’s storm pummeled the Lake Superior shore with massive waves, the city is busy picking up the pieces. The total dollar amount of the damages is unknown. The city is currently assessing the damages, which will be announced in the next couple of days. If the damages exceed the State threshold of $368,000 seventy five percent of the…

Miracle 11 Continues Giving Back

Miracle 11 gives out seven thousand dollars in donations.

DULUTH, Minn.- Miracle 11, a non-profit organization that is continuing to turn a bad situation into a good cause. Thursday a total of $7,000 was donated by Miracle 11 to nine different organizations. Local organizations here in Duluth include; the Second Harvest Northern Food Bank, Northern Lights Foundation, Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, and First Witness. Donations were also made…

New Essentia Health Employee Policy Sparks Controversy

New controversy sparks between Essentia Health and USW.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some controversy is swirly between Essentia Health and the United Steel Workers Union after the company announced, they’re requiring all employees to receive the flu vaccine. The new policy was put in place back in September. Essentia said the policy benefits patients, but the union is hoping for a different solution. “It’s a one size fits all,” USW Local…

Solving the Healthy Food Access Issue

The Minnesota Food Access Summit discusses local issues, to make healthy food more available.

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesotans working to change the flow of food through laws, policies, and systems are meeting this week. The Minnesota Food Access Summit brings together around 550 individuals from different fields, aiming to solve the issue of healthy food access. “When you have an opportunity to work with different sectors, it really helps you expand and creatively think of…

City Roads Ready for Winter

The roads are clear right now, but soon Northlanders will have their first snowy drive of the season.

DULTUH, Minn.- The first snowfall can be excited, but it requires some extra attention on the road. The roads are clear right now, but soon Northlanders will have their first snowy drive of the season. The city of Duluth is prepared for the conditions. Trucks started off the morning laying black top to fill potholes, within a couple hours its…

Remembering Senator Paul Wellstone’s Legacy

Northlanders remember Senator Paul Wellstone on the 15th anniversary of his death.

DULUTH, Minn.- Fifteen years ago on October 25th Northlanders were devastated when a plane crash took the life of a beloved Senator. FOX21 is remembering the legacy of Senator Paul Wellstone. “We all do better, when we all do better,” Paul Wellstone said. Those words have stuck with Northlanders. FOX21 spoke with one of Wellstone’s early supporters- which grew later…

Chaplain Training Underway in Duluth

Training underway for chaplains, who help our community and local law enforcement.

DULTUH, Minn.- Chaplains from across the region are in Duluth this week. Chaplains are participating in training at the Public Safety Office by the St. Louis County Sheriff’s office, to be the best chaplains possible. FOX21 is told their role is to offer emotional and spiritual support to all people. Chaplains serve as a listening ear to police officers, their…

Superior Farmers Market Closes for Season

Superior's Downtown Farmers Market closes for the winter season.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Today was the final day of the season for the Superior Downtown Farmers Market. This summer the market moved to Banks Avenue due to road construction at the previous location. Thanks to Northlanders shopping local it was still another successful season for the market. “They are incredibly supportive; they are complimentary about the produce farmers bring, complimentary about…

Jobs Cut at the Lake Superior Zoo

The Lake Superior Zoo cut jobs as part of a budget sustainable program.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Zoo started facing many challenges after the loss of the polar shores exhibit. On Monday twelve positions at the Zoo were cut, as part of a revitalization process.  Ten workers at the zoo were laid-off on Monday, two of the twelve jobs were unfilled. The layoffs are helping create a sustainable budget plan; to help…

Energy Awareness Expo Helps Northlanders

The 14th annual Energy Awareness Expo was packed full of eager customers.

DULUTH, Minn.- The 14th annual Energy Awareness Expo kicked off today at the Salvation Army. The event is hosted by the Minnesota Board of Light and Power, AEOA, and Comfort Systems. The organizations invited income eligible customers to meet with energy providers ask questions and learn tips on energy conservation. The event is popular with customers, the line to get…

City Snow Plow Training Underway

The city is prepping workers for the winter months during snow plow training.

DULUTH, Minn.- On Tuesday city workers in Duluth prepared for the upcoming snow during a training session at Spirit Mountain. The course gives workers an opportunity to operate the machinery, before work will be in full swing during winter in the Northland.  City employees are practicing maneuvering graters and plows for snow removal.  “What we do here is we get them…

Powerful Winds Damaged Coast Guard Building

Strong gusts of wind damaged roof at Park Point Coast Guard.

DULUTH, Minn.- Powerful winds slammed the Duluth Coast Guard out on Park Point. Nearly half of a roof on the Coast Guard’s storage building was ripped right off. The roof folded over onto a boat and even took down a power line.  “Usually we don’t see something quite like this,” Petty Officer Tristan Degrush said. “I’m not sure if it…

Winter Preparation Tips

Are you prepared for the first snowfall of the season.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s been a warm October in the Northland, but we could be seeing some now later in the week. FOX21 has winter preparation tips. Northlanders are use to the cold and snow, but an unexpected snowfall or frozen windshield can sometimes set you behind schedule. Don’t be thrown off guard, add some of these items to your shopping…

Checking Chimneys before Chilly Temps

The months before winter are a busy season for chimney services.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s the time of year homeowners should begin prepping for colder temperatures, which includes checking the chimney. Having your chimney inspected helps prevent household fires. Chimney inspectors clear obstructions such as animals or debris. Full chimney services offer; cleaning, inspection, rebuilding, and repairing. Black Goose Chimney and Duct has been servicing the local community for 30 years.  “Most people…

Limitless Candles Prepares Young Adults for Work

A new Life House program helps young adults prepare for work.

DULUTH, Minn.- Life House is launching a new social enterprise business, through its in house job training the Legitimate Hustle Program. The project, Limitless Candles, gives young adults an opportunity to create business models and learn soft business skills. Around 26 youth click in 10 hours a week, making candles out of bees wax. “The youth are the ones really…

Faith Community Steps Up For Family Dealing With ALS

Co-workers host fundraiser to help pay ALS medical expenses.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Sunday staff at the Catholic Diocese of Superior, went the extra mile to help support the Strugala family. Adam Strugala is one of their co-workers and his wife, Halina was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Currently ALS has no cure, but can be slowed down. Medical expenses for the Strugala family, quickly rack up….

Hallo-Wee-Ones Gather at Zeitgeist

Children tested out their costumes early while watching classic Halloween movies.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s Halloween week at the Zeitgeist Art Building, today was one for the kids at Hallo-Wee Ones. It’s nine more days until Trick-or-Treating, but the free event today gave children an opportunity to test our their costumes a little early. “Halloween is just an awesome holiday, it’s an opportunity for everybody to get a little silly and dress…

Kids Show Off Creative Costumes For ‘Boo At The Zoo’

DULUTH, Minn.- Northland families got in the Halloween spirit Saturday for the annual Boo at the Zoo celebration. The Lake Superior Zoo transformed into the Wonka Chocolate Factory. It was an afternoon filled with costumes and competitions. Kids were treated to plenty of candy while trick-or-treating throughout the zoo. “Well Ezraa’s favorite animal is a zebra, so obviously we wanted…

Electric Fetus Hosts 30th Birthday Celebration

DULUTH, Minn.- One spot over the years has become a staple for the music scene in Duluth and is celebrating 30 years in running. Saturday Electric Fetus celebrated its 30th birthday. If there’s one thing that was made clear at the party, it’s how much the independent record store offers the community. “It’s one of the few places that local…

Northland Celebrates Superior Spooktacular

A very Superior Spooktacular Saturday.

SUPERIOR, Wis.– Halloween is right around the corner and many locals gathered for a spooky fun filled day at the Superior Spooktacular. Although it rained on the parade, spirits were still high. Local organizations and groups handed out candy, as on-goers enjoyed watching spooky floats. Afterwards FOX 21 had an inside interview with some of the performers. “My favorite part…

Grant Creates Local Affordable Housing

A ten million dollar State Housing Grant makes impact on Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- More affordable housing options are coming to the Northland. Friday Duluth’s Mayor Emily Larson announced ten million dollar State Housing Grant, that should have a big impact on the housing scene.  The grant will be going towards more affordable housing in the community. A 50 bedroom unit will be built at Garfield and Superior St. known as Garfield…

Businesses Booming During MEA Weekend

Families flock to the Northland during MEA weekend.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s officially MEA weekend, the Northland is full of many families enjoying a getaway from school. Families are taking in a lot of popular Duluth attractions. One busy spot is the Duluth Children’s Museum. This weekend it’s packed full of smiling faces, getting some family bonding time. “We provide an experience where you’re not just running around and…

MNSure Offers Insurance Checkup

Free enrollment coming soon to see if your health insurance is healthy.

DULUTH, Minn. – Is your health insurance healthy? MNsure navigators are helping make sure your coverage is all set before enrollment. Next week the organization is hosting a health insurance checkup. Monday, Oct. 23rd from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. you can get a jump start on open enrollment for free at Duluth Public Library. The checkup aims to see…

Public Hearing Held for Enbridge Line 3

Protestors Storm Streets, Enbridge Hearing

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday night at the DECC, the hearing was divided, supporters from both sides stood shoulder to shoulder voicing concerns. The proposed line would replace 1,031 miles of pipeline, 337 miles of it will be built across Northern Minnesota. “It supplies about 80% of the crude oil that’s refined right here in the Minnesota refineries,” said Jessica Smith…