Author: Lauren Leigh

Classic Cars Line Downtown

Car owners we spoke with look forward to talking about their prize rides at the car show all year long.

DULUTH, Minn.- Maintaining classic cars is a hobby for car enthusiasts and showing off their beloved vehicles downtown is a large part of the fun. Car lovers and families jam-packed the streets. We stopped by one unique car that came from out of state. “Oh the people, the people you meet is the best part,” car owner Eugene Altiere said. “It’s unusual…

Sidewalk Days Festival Continues Despite Construction

Construction workers even took part in the fun, handing out foam figures to kids downtown.

DULUTH, Minn.-  It’s been a busy summer on West Superior Street with the massive reconstruction underway, but that’s not stopping Sidewalk Days. It’s quite the view on Superior Street as Sidewalk Days and the construction are both in full force. Every summer for over a decade of clothes, art, and plenty of food line the sidewalks of Superior Street creating…

Vacant Middle School May Transform into Affordable Housing

The potential affordable housing is intended to help workforce families.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Affordable housing is a hot topic in the Northland, now an old Middle School building that sat vacant for one school year may turn into apartment units and office space. The developers we spoke with say it’s a workforce housing project intended to help working families find affordable housing.  As for the middle school the development plans would keep the…

Potential Tax Benefits for Investors in Low-Income Communities

This is known as the Opportunity Zone.

DULUTH, Minn.-A new federally created tool is aiming to boost investments in communities. It’s being called Opportunity Zone, the first tax benefit in nearly 20 years which private investors will be eligible for certain tax benefits in return for investing in these low–income communities, such as businesses and affordable housing. “The legislation was written to look at where are some…

Kids Go Round Soon to Close

Owners tell FOX21 it will close due to customers now using online shopping rather than in-store.

CLOQUET, Minn.- A locally owned kids clothing store is closing up shop at the end of summer, due to what the owners of Kids Go Round are calling a drop in customers turning to online shopping instead. Kids Go Round has been a beloved clothing store in Cloquet for nearly a decade but will close in August. It’s located in…

Head of the Lakes Fair Underway

The first night is known as "Sneak-a-Peek" offering the community a free entry.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The popular Head of the Lakes Fair has kicked off! It takes nearly two weeks to set up for the big event. This year the petting zoo is back along with pony rides, 4H shows, donut and hot dog eating contests, and plenty of carnival food like those juicy turkey legs. “Everybody has fun here, we got food…

Cooking Connection: Lucca Pasta

For this week's Cooking Connection we're in the kitchen with the Cove Point Lodge

Recipes  Chicken Norway 4 airline chicken breasts Olive oil                 ½ C. plus 2 T. Thyme dry            1 t. Oregano dry         1 t. Basil dry               1 t. Garlic chopped   1 t. Salt                 …

Free Range Film Festival Continues

It's known as the "farm fresh alternative to cinema"

WRENSHALL, Minn.-The annual Free Range Film Festival kicks-off this weekend. The Free Range Film Festival is hosted in a barn, highlighting a variety of independent movies. The festival is in its 15th year and organizers say it’s ready for another successful weekend. For more information on the festival visit Free Range Film Festival. Categories: Community, Entertainment, News, News – Latest News Tags:…

Keeping Prince’s Music Alive

Prince's band The New Power Generation is playing his tune here in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. The music of the beloved Minnesota artist Prince is being carried on through his band. Prince’s band the New Power Generation performs around the globe, now they’re in the Northland. The NPG will be playing at the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, Wisconsin Saturday, July 7th. To get a ticket visit The New Power Generation. Categories: Entertainment,…

Restoration Continues on Historic Fond Du Lac Cemetery

MnDot officials tell us productive changes are in the works. 

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Department of transportation is releasing new information on a Native American grave site in the Northland disrupted by highway reconstruction last spring. MnDOT is working year-round to restore the historic cemetery. Nearly 20% of the site in West Duluth’s Fond Du Lac neighborhood has been processed, meaning soil and items found are being examined to determine if…

UMD’s Land Lab Named Top Five in the Nation

UMD's Land Lab is officially the fifth best college farm according to Best Value Schools.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Land Lab at the University of Minnesota Duluth is officially ranked one of the top college farms in the country. UMD’s Land Lab is officially the fifth best college farm according to Best Value Schools. The farm stretches over 30 acres and is ran by over a thousand students every year. Fruits and vegetables grown on the…

Construction Continues Along Highway 61

Construction projects and tourists are making a jam-packed Northshore drive.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- The construction on Highway 61 is causing some delays for summer travelers but they say it’s worth wait. “We love the Northshore, we’ve been coming up here since the 60’s I think, at least once a year,” tourist Rose Gordon said. During the week, single-lane traffic is open but stopped cars are a common site along the…

Businesses Working around Northshore Construction

Restaurant owners tell us the construction can make it difficult for customers to enter and leave the parking lot.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- As the construction travels further up the Northshore a variety of businesses are being impacted. It’s a busy time of year at the popular Northshore restaurant Betty’s Pies located on Highway 61 just outside of Two Harbors. Workers tell FOX21 due to the recent construction it can take them over an hour to pull into the parking…

How to Keep Your Gear in Good Shape

It's the first Grand Forestry Weekend at Duluth Pack.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Northland is known for its beautiful hiking and camping opportunities. This weekend one local shop is helping you keep your outdoor gear sharp for the trails. It’s Grand Forestry weekend at Duluth Pack this weekend. Demonstrations are being held on Saturday to show the proper way to take care of your ax. A professional will demonstrate the…

Portion of Shipping Docks Being Restored in Superior

The project began in mid-May and is expected to wrap up near the end of August.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A shipping wall in Superior built back in the 1940’s is now being rehabilitated thanks to an over one million dollar grant. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Harbor Assistance Grant Program is helping to rebuild nearly 3/4 of Terminal 41 in Superior. Around 600 feet of the East dock terminal is being replaced. “To shore that up and…

Raising the Par for Charity

This is second annual Raising the Par golf scramble.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Raising the Par Golf Scramble is raising money for a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting kids outdoors. It’s the second annual Raising the Par scramble is going on Friday, June 22 at 11:30 a.m. at Enger Golf Course. All the proceeds go towards Postive Energy Outdoors, which helps families experience outdoor activities from kayaking to dog sledding.  …

Drummond is Wading in the Water

Projects planned for this summer have already been placed on the back burner.

DRUMMOND, Wis.,- It’s sunshine and clear sky now but Drummond is still wading in the water. Drummond town chairman Roy Bloom remains busy keeping track of road conditions. “Two, three, there was four washouts in this that were five foot deep,” Bloom said. The red markings are all the roads currently closed. “There are still places here we’re just guessing,…

Trump Supporters Praise Steel Tariff at Roundtable Discussion

The people attending this roundtable were all big Trump supports.

DULUTH, Minn.-President Trump made his first stop in Duluth for what the White House is calling a roundtable discussion. “We’re very proud of what we’ve done, we’re very proud of Minnesota, and the people of this state, they’re incredible people,” President Trump said. “The people that you see in this room right now and the people you see up here…

Douglas County Recovering From Flooding

Tending to these repairs may postpone some county projects due to limited funds and resources.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis.- Some roads remain closed in Douglas County due to flooding. Officials with Douglas County tell us it may take some time before they reopen. Highways across the county remain largely affected by the heavy rainfall this past weekend. Although high water levels are dying down the Douglas County Board Chairman Mark Liebaert tells FOX 21 some clear roadways…

Flooding Impacting Homeowners and Tourists

While some are waiting for the flooding to die down, others have no choice but to pack–up.

WISCONSIN,- After heavy rain over the weekend, major flooding continues to cause problems across the Northland for both travelers and homeowners. It was a big weekend for tourism in the Northland, many campers came prepared with rain gear and made the most out of a wet weekend. “I’m sure it doesn’t happen very often where it overflows that much,” camper…

Residents Help DNR Cleanup Flood Damage

Residents we spoke with said they're used to flooding but have never seen the water level this high.

AMNICON LAKE, Wis- Residents are jumping in the high waters to help ensure no more damage is done from the recent downpour of rain. Water levels are extremely high at Amnicon Lake. The docks are submerged underwater and to ensure pieces don’t drift away nearby homeowners piled up the pieces ashore. “Well this dock was floating away, it’s the campgrounds dock…

Behind the Scenes of the Spaghetti Feed

Overall nearly 8,000 plates of food will be served.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The annual Michelina’s Spaghetti Feed has been feeding the Northland before grandma’s marathon since 1977. The spaghetti feast helps runners carb up before the big race, but everyone is welcome to enjoy the all you can eat meal. The line starts around 10 a.m. and doors are open until 9 p.m. Overall nearly 8,000 plates of food will…

Kara Goucher Returns to Duluth for Gary Bjorkland half marathon

The Olympic medalist tells us, she will be giving it her all tomorrow but is racing to have fun.

DULUTH, Minn.- After experiencing races around the world a two time Olympian is raving of Grandma’s Marathon. Two time Olympian and Duluth native Kara Goucher is back and excited to take-off at the starting line. It’s the third year Goucher has participated in Grandma’s Marathon. Goucher says she grew up cheering on loved ones running and volunteering for the event….

Grandma’s Marathon Charity Partner: Running for the Cure

Scleroderma is a chronic tissue disease, which has no cure.

DULUTH, Minn.- There are over a dozen charity partners with Grandma’s Marathon, but this year one man is starting a first-time charity to honor his wife. Runners are raising money for the  Scleroderma Foundation, for team Carole. Scleroderma is a chronic tissue disease, which has no cure. Kevin Berg is organizing a fundraiser to help find a cure, now nearly…

Superior School Bus Drivers Upset with District Changes

The bus drivers don't want to sign any contracts until they can talk with the incoming superintendent.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Bus drivers with the Superior School District are slamming the brakes on the district’s changes to operations. The changes involve where the buses are stored overnight and new non-breakable one–year work contracts. Emotions were high as bus drivers sounded off to Superior School District Superintendent Jana Stevens on Thursday. More than two dozen bus drivers showed up to…

Two New Business Join in on Revitalizing Lincoln Park

Owners of both Corktown Deli and Brews and Love Creamery are celebrating their grand opening in Lincoln Park on the 1900 block of West Superior Street.

DULUTH, Minn.- Two new businesses opened their doors in Lincoln Park Wednesday. These businesses are part of a larger movement to transform a section of Duluth, which hasn’t seen much new development in a long time.  The Lincoln Park district continues to grow, and neighborhood residents are excited to see more accessible food options. Many business owners are collaborating to…

Human Development Center Opens in Medical District

The center helps nearly 600 individuals every month.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new The Human Development Center in Duluth is providing multiple services at one location. The center helps individuals in Saint Louis County dealing with mental illness and addiction. The new location allows all 75 community support workers to work under the same roof. Previously the services were scattered throughout Duluth, being at one location helps workers coordinate…

Enjoying the Park Point Rummage Sale Tradition

It's been a Duluth tradition for over 30 years.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The Park Point Rummage Sale stretches four miles long, drawing in first-time “garage salers” and veterans who know all the tricks. This year did not disappoint shoppers or sellers. “Beautiful area of Duluth for one thing, to be coming into Park Point, seeing the lake right around here and they have such beautiful flowers here,” shoppers Lindy Danielski…

St. Luke’s to Sponsor Proctor Sports and Events Center

The new building is a big deal for the community and athletes who were previously playing in what some might call rough conditions at the 45-year-old arena.

PROCTOR, Minn.- It’s a multi-million dollar addition to the Northland sports scene and now the facility has a sponsor for naming rights. Proctor Public Schools unveiled St. Luke’s as its partner for the school’s new sports and events center. The new building is a big deal for the community and athletes who were previously playing in what some might call…

Non-Smoke Shops Prepare for June 12 Flavored Tobacco Ban in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- The time has come. The tobacco-flavored ordinance is going into effect. “This is an important step especially for youth,” American Lung Association Regional Senior Director Pat McKone said. Starting Tuesday, June 12, smoke shops are the only stores in Duluth that will be able to sell flavored tobacco products. “It’s so normal to have tobacco in our culture…

Dozens Of Flower Baskets Hung In Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth is blooming with color, as more than 100 flower baskets are now brightening up the downtown waterfront. Monday morning, the Clean and Safe Team decorated the streets with the baskets and planters put together but Duluth residents. Tourists we spoke with say the decorated downtown is welcoming. “It just shows that the community really cares and really…

Minnesota’s Take a Kid Fishing

Minnesotans over the age of 16 can take a kid fishing without having a fishing license.

DULUTH, Minn.- This weekend the state of Minnesota is inviting you to grab the fishing rod, tackle box, and kids to catch and release for free. It’s Take a Kid Fishing weekend, Minnesotans over the age of 16 can take a kid fishing without having a fishing license. The free pass weekend is an opportunity for inexperienced anglers to give…

Solid Rock Safe Haven Celebrating 80 Years of Service

It's the longest standing homeless facility in the community

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The homeless shelter Solid Rock Safe Haven is celebrating 80 years of helping those in need. It’s the longest standing homeless facility in the community, the Solid Rock Safe Haven has been providing shelter and food for homeless men in Superior for 80 years. It’s the only soup kitchen in town that serves food six days a week. “It’s…

Park Point Rummage Sale Underway

The Park Point rummage sale is taking place Saturday as well from 8 to 5 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn.- Park Point’s annual 4-mile Rummage Sale is underway. While some are shopping for fun, hunting for the perfect item is a sport for the veteran on-goers. There were packed driveways full of shoppers and streets lined with cars out on the point, which is a sign its summer for a mom and daughter duo who attend the sale every year….

Talking the Topic of Suicide

Public resources are located at the bottom of the article.

DULUTH, Minn.- A startling report by the center of disease control shows the rates of suicide of increased by 40% in Minnesota over the last 18 years. Suicide is a serious issue and with free public resources, it can be prevented. But suicide needs to be talked about, when talking with children suicide needs to be discussed in an age-appropriate…

Campground Complete in Minnesota’s Newest State Park

The Vermilion Ridge Campground offers water access and a variety of modern accommodations

It’s Minnesota’s newest state park and the campground is now complete in the Lake Vermillion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. To enjoy by providing a new place for everyone to call their place at the lake,” director of trails Erica Rivers said. Campers can choose from three group camps and 33 drive-in campsites at Vermilion Ridge Campground. Nearby hiking trails lead…

Duluth Teacher Deemed Negligent After Two Kindergarten Students Locked Outside of School

The mother of one of the students involved tells us mistakes happen but not being truthful is another story.

DULUTH, Minn.- A teacher with the Duluth School District is under investigation and on unpaid leave after two kindergarten students were accidentally locked outside in the cold. The incident happened in January 2017, at Congdon Park Elementary School. The mother of one of the students involved tells us mistakes happen but not being truthful is another story. The Minnesota Department of…

Demolition Making Way for New Wellness Center

An Essentia Wellness Center will be in its place at the intersection of Ugstad and Arrowhead road

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- A new space for the community to gather will be replacing the old Hermantown Middle School. An Essentia Wellness Center will be in its place at the intersection of Ugstad and Arrowhead road. Many in the community are sad to see the middle school go, but the new plans aim to bring the community together. Demolition is underway on the…

New Taco Stand Bringing the Heat

5th Street Tacos is bringing a new style of fast food to Two Harbors

TWO HARBORS,  Minn.- It’s heating up in Two Harbors as a new taco stand is spicing up the downtown. 5th Street Tacos is bringing a new style of fast food. The walk-up taco stand uses only fresh ingredients and it’s safe to say the new eatery is a hit as the owner tells us it runs out of food every…

16th Annual Dig in for the Downtown Waterfront

Gardeners and city workers are planting for a blooming city

DULUTH, Minn.- Volunteers are digging in to make sure Duluth is colorful regardless of the weather. Gardeners and city workers are planting for a blooming city during Dig in for the Downtown Waterfront. This is the 16th year the Greater Downtown Council and City of Duluth held the annual event putting together large planters. Two volunteers we spoke with have…

Veterans Receiving Free Legal Help

Finding services to help with legal issues are amongst the top ten issues veterans face.

DULUTH, Minn.- Attorneys and legal professors are offering free legal help to veterans in the Northland. Finding services to help with legal issues are amongst the top ten issues veterans face. This free drop-in clinic is hosted by the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans and offers assistance with family law to debt collections. “Just having a chance to get information in a setting that…

Pilots Abruptly Asked to Leave Wayne Johnson Silver Bay Airport

Pilots are now searching for a spot at other local airports within one hundred miles, but are only adding to a lengthy waiting list.

SILVER BAY, Min.- The airport in Silver Bay is now shut down after what city officials are calling an abrupt inspection by MnDot due to safety concerns. Nearly one dozen pilots are being asked to leave the Wayne Johnson Silver Bay Airport immediately and are not allowed to fly back in. The Wayne Johnson Silver Bay Airport is basically silent…

Vikings, U.S. Bank Help Fund Rec Center At Stowe Elementary

DULUTH, Minn.-  The new recreation center is currently being built in New Gary Duluth right outside Stowe Elementary School, which got a huge boost from U.S. Bank and the Minnesota Vikings in the form of a $50,000 grant. The funds will go toward a new sports court, which students celebrated with the team on Monday, including Vikings mascot Victor and…

What You Should Do to Help Prevent Elder Abuse

The month of June is dedicated to Elder Abuse Awareness

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Elder abuse is more common than you think. The month of June is dedicated to Elder Abuse Awareness Superior’s Mayor Jim Paine and Duluth Mayor Emily Larson proclaimed today, June 4th Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse can come in many forms, from emotional abuse to domestic abuse and even fraud. The issue is large and to…

The Science Behind Running

The special test monitors athletes on a treadmill, tracking the amount of oxygen taken in and how much carbon dioxide is being produced.

DULUTH, Minn.- The lakewalk has been full of runners and with Grandma’s Marathon just two weeks away let’s take look at the science behind running. For some running is fun but for others it’s an intense sport. “It’s amazing to see the numbers change and their skill development as well,” St. Scholastica’s Head Cross Country Coach Chad Salmela said. To improve training…

Pilot Project Compares Home Deconstruction Vs. Demolition

What's saved from the deconstruction will be sold to the public this week.

DULUTH, Minn.- Houses that are no longer suitable to live in are typically demolished and taken to a landfill but one Minnesota project potentially has a more environmental solution. Multiple sites are now being deconstructed rather than knocked down. The deconstruction of the tax-forfeited property at538 Rose Street is helping 85% of the materials stay out of a landfill. The…

Iron Mug Under New Ownership and Name

Starting on June 9th it will be called Letica's Iron Mug.

  Duluth, Minn.- The Iron Mug Coffee House is a staple the Morgan Park neighborhood, announced it would be closing its doors earlier this month but now it’s getting some new life after being purchased by a longtime Morgan Park resident. After receiving many concerned calls about the fate of the Iron Mug Coffee House friends convinced local businessman Mike…

Bayfront Family Center Open for the Season

The Bayfront Family Center is located by the harbor in Bayfront Festival Park.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s that time of the year the Bayfront Family Center in Duluth is welcoming all ages to come and enjoy the park. The Bayfront Family Center is located by the harbor in Bayfront Festival Park. It provides families with free activities to use in the park, ranging from bad mitten to ladder golf. “We’re trying to encourage people…

Garden House Transforms into Wedding Venue

They're already taking wedding reservations for next summer and envisioning the redesigned space.

SOLON SPRINGS, Wis.- The Garden House is transforming into a wedding venue, hear the goodbye from the current owners and see who’s taking over. Since 1995 the sisters Lisa and Kristi Reque have been helping the Garden House blossom, but now they’re selling the shop to help pay for their mother’s assisted living care. “And honestly this is a rough…

Gary New Duluth Memorial Service

The Veterans Memorial was built in 1952

DULUTH, Minn.- Service members that have died to protect our country were honored at the Gary New Duluth Veterans Memorial. Despite a little rain, the memorial was full of Northlanders offering silence and applause. Their hands over their hearts and head bowed down to honor our country. One speaker addressed the crowd with the reminder; we are the free because…