Author: Nikki Davidson

Recent Graduate Volunteers To Honor Fallen on Memorial Day

Bryce Moe, 18, Donates His Time and His Trumpet

During a shortage of available musicians to play taps at military events, a recent Cloquet High School graduate is stepping up to the plate to help out. Bryce Moe, 18, says it’s important to him to pay for the military not just on Memorial Day, but all days of the year. “They give their lives, the ultimate sacrifice,” said Moe….

Strength in the Community Scholarship Winner, Madeline Roberts

Meet Madeline Roberts, one of 12 winners of the FOX 21 Strength in the Community Scholarship. The Strength in the Community Scholarship was created to help students reach their goals to pursue higher education in a time of rising tuition costs. Twelve finalists will receive $1,000, but one will trade in their $1,000 for a $10,000 check. Madeline is a…

Strength in the Community Scholarship Winner, Josie Fobbe

Marshall School Graduate, Heading to UMD in the Fall

Meet Josie Fobbe one of 12 winners of the FOX 21 Strength in the Community scholarship. The Strength in the Community Scholarship was created to help students reach their goals to pursue higher education in a time of rising tuition costs. Twelve finalists will receive $1,000, but one will trade in their $1,000 for a $10,000 check. Josie be graduating…

Woman With Duluth Ties Wins Eating Competition

Eats Seven Burgers in One Minute, Thirty Seven Seconds

How long would it take you to eat seven burgers with a hefty side of fries? Likely much longer than one woman with Duluth ties, who now holds a world record. Molly Schuyler, a mom of four who weighs 100 pounds participated in a HWY 55 world hamburger eating competition Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina. She downed seven stacked burgers,…

Special Report: The Toxic Chemicals In Modern-Day Fires

Firefighters Need Funding For Equipment to Limit Exposure

They risk their lives to save ours every day, but as time passes we’re losing a lot of firefighters to the invisible danger of cancer. According to a study from the CDC, about 68 percent of firefighters end up getting cancer compared to around 22 percent of the general public. At this point there isn’t a lot of information yet…

Special Report: What’s Killing Our Firefighters

Duluth Firefighters Remember The Ones Lost To Cancer

It takes a certain kind of person to run toward a fire, to answer a stranger’s call for help. Firefighters spend their lives putting themselves in harm’s way, and to the general public they almost seem invincible. They come back out of burning buildings seemingly unscathed time and time again. Fairly new information now suggests the real danger for firefighters…

Nikki’s Notebook: Lessons On the Superior Hiking Trail

Man Plans to Walk Entire Trail To Pick Up Trash

As it continues to warm up, more hikers are hitting the trails, and thanks to a program through Granite Gear one Duluth man is on a mission to hike all 300 miles of the Lake Superior Hiking trail. He’s doing the hike to teach an important lesson, the value of respecting our planet. Lloyd Fisher is one of 15 people…

Mother Pleads For Answers In Unsolved Hit and Run

Scott Christensen Was Killed Seven Months Ago

Seven months after losing her son, one Iron Range mother is hoping someone out there can help her find closure. Rita Licari wants answer about what happened to her son, Scott Christensen the night he died. Investigators say Christensen was hit and killed on Highway 100 near Aurora sometime before 4 a.m. Oct. 2 of 2016, but they still don’t…

Nikki’s Notebook: Title IX Rule Keeps Boys Off Dance Team

Superior Dancer Not Allowed To Compete In Competition With Minnesota Judges

A lot has changed in the past 30 years when it comes to high school athletic competitions, but a law in Minnesota has got some students and parents questioning what’s fair and if it’s time for a change. A Minnesota law that hasn’t been updated since the 1970’s is keeping some athletes out of competition, most recently its kept a…

Duluth Firefighters Hold Pinning Ceremony

New Hires and Promotions Honored

A new firefighter tradition continued in Duluth Wednesday, giving recognition to firefighters who have excelled at the job. At the Duluth Depot, the fire department held the second annual pinning ceremony. New firefighters and those recently given promotions were honored as well as the Kiwanis Firefighter of the Year. Family members and the firefighter’s children were able to pin the…

Harala Not Seeking Re-Election To Duluth School Board

Annie Harala Has Served On Board For Four Years

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth’s school board member Annie Harala has announced she’s headed in a new direction and won’t run for re-election. Harala said in a written statement that she is leaving for both personal and family reasons. She says she hopes passionate and committed people seek her at-large position. The Duluth primary school board election is currently set for…

Nikki’s Notebook: Duluth Yoga Girl

Class Aims to Foster Body and Mind Connection

Kids spend a lot of time in the classroom during the school year, much of that time is sitting in place. One class outside of the school buildings is hoping to help keep young minds connected and confident A unique program at Duluth Yoga is only for young girls, aged 9-13. “What they learn here on the mat in this…

Nikki’s Notebook: Cyber Patriots

Team Learns Defense Against Cyber Hackers

National defense has become more complicated, attacks are now increasingly coming from a cyber battlefield. That means a new way to train defenders, and a lot of that is happening here in the Northland. Denfeld has a team of students called “Cyber Patriots” that train in defending computers against hacking and cyber attacks. Competitive teams are formed at the middle…

A Long Wait: Untested Sexual Assault Kits Part 1

Duluth Ranks No. 1 in the State for Untested Sexual Assault Kits

DULUTH, Minn. – In 2015 Duluth earned a notorious title, one that put a dark spot on hope for sexual assault survivors. Out of the entire state, the city is No. 1 in the amount of untested rape kits sitting shelved in the evidence room, 578 kits to be exact and some 23 years old. The information came out after…

Man Shot Inside Duluth Home

No Arrests Have Been Made

A man is being treated at the hospital after being shot in Duluth Saturday evening at 11:53 p.m. Police say they responded to a report of a shooting in the 100 block of North 65th Avenue West. Investigators determined there was a party at the victim’s home, and shots were fired at the house. A 37-year-old man was struck inside…

Lady Brew “Pantsuit” on Tap in Superior

Female Brewers and Beer Drinkers Taking on Craft Brew Scene

The Women’s March on Washington happened the same weekend a Northland brewery released a one- of-its- kind beer called “Pantsuit.” The timing wasn’t a coincidence; it’s a beer with a meaning at Thirsty Pagan in Superior. Allyson Rolph is one of few female master brewers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She says her gender hasn’t affected her success, apart from some…

UMD Police Investigate Reported Assaults

Two Females Report Being Assaulted in the Same Location

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD Police are investigating multiple reported assaults and are searching for a possible suspect. According to a campus alert two females have been assaulted in the same area, possibly by the same person. At 7:15 Thursday, a female reported to police she was physically assaulted at St. Marie and Kirby Street. Following the issue of a campus…

Suspicious Device Found in Superior

Duffel Bag Contained Possible Explosives

Superior Police Department officers were dispatched to a suspicious package in the 2000 block of E 7th Street Tuesday afternoon. Someone had left a duffel bag with items sticking out of it. The object was later determined to be an explosive device or made to look like an explosive device. Officers called out for a bomb squad, the Marathon County…

Families Displaced In Apartment Fire

More Than 50 Firefighters Worked To Put Out The Flames

1/3 Courtesy Virginia Fire Department Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Courtesy Virginia Fire Department Show Caption Hide Caption   VIRGINIA, Minn. – A large apartment fire in Virginia has left several people without homes Monday night. The Virginia Fire Department says more than 50 fire firefighters from eight fire departments were still working to extinguish…

Santa Stops By Fitgers In Duluth

He Visited Kids With His Reindeer Waldo

DULUTH, Minn. – Santa Claus is still out there, asking kids what they would like for Christmas. It was Santa’s last trip to the Fitger’s Complex, and he brought along his reindeer friend, Waldo. Being from the North Pole, Santa and Waldo were not afraid of the cold temps. “Thank you to all the meteorologists and all the people that…

Fire Destroys Home In Iron River

The Fire Started In An Outdoor Wood Boiler

IRON RIVER, Wisc. – With just one week before Christmas, an Iron River family is without a home. The Iron River Fire Department says a fire destroyed their home Saturday morning. Officials say the fire started in an outdoor wood boiler and quickly moved to the home nearby due to windy conditions. No one was hurt, the home is a…

Nikki’s Notebook: FAB Lab Gives Students Real-World Experience

Denfeld and Duluth East Students Have Access To Design Engineering Lab

DULUTH, Minn. – The decision of what to do after high school is a big one for seniors, a new design center that just officially opened up this week is attracting a lot of attention from students. Denfeld and Duluth East High School students now have access to the FAB Lab, a space for engineering, design, robotics, graphic arts and…