Author: Nachai Taylor

Glensheen Gives a Sneak Peek At Christmas Setup

Christmas tours will last until after the new year.

DULUTH, Minn- Glensheen Mansion has been closed for last two weeks to get ready for Christmas. And Fox 21 was invited in for a sneak peek of what folks can expect from the holiday setup. 25 Christmas trees are up all around the mansion. Stuffed elves are also being strategically hidden throughout the mansion for the youngsters find. Glensheen’s director…

Local Smoke Shops Voice Opinions On Proposed Federal Flavored Vape Ban

Ignite's owner says because of recent negativity surrounding e–cigs and vapes, his business has declined by nearly 50%.

SUPERIOR, Wis – President Trump recently proposed a federal ban on flavored vapes. The major goal is keeping young people away from starting the potentially dangerous habit. The ban could possibly hurt the pockets of vape stores across the country. Now local vape shop owners are sharing their thoughts on this ongoing battle. There are more than ten smoke shops…

UW-Superior Students Write Holiday Cards To Military Members

The Red Cross has collected nearly 10,000 cards for this years holiday card collection.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The American Red Cross joined forces with UW–Superior’s Veteran and Non-traditional Student Center to give back to military members. Students, faculty and staff wrote meaningful messages on cards donated by the Red cross. They will be sent out to service members locally and those stationed abroad. One student says writing cards helps build a bond with service…

CHUM Hoping For Cash Donations To Help Give Families In Need A Holiday Meal

$15 donations are recommended to help CHUM meet its goal.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thanksgiving is about two weeks away and chum’s food shelf is asking for your help to provide meals to families who can’t afford it. Every year, the food shelf partners with the Duluth Chamber of Commerce to offer Thanksgiving baskets to low income families. This year they are hoping to give away nearly 300. They are asking…

Veteran Shares Inspirational Story With UW-Superior Students

"I didn't think I was going to survive," said John Kriesel.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A Minnesota National Guard veteran who beat all odds after surviving a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq visited the University of Wisconsin– Superior to share his journey with students and the community. John Kriesel, a native of Cottage Grove, served in the National Guard for ten years. In 2006, he volunteered to deploy to Iraq, where…

Texas Roadhouse Treats Veterans To A Free Lunch

Staff say more than 1,000 people stopped in for lunch.

DULUTH, Minn. – Texas Roadhouse in Duluth  offered veterans and active military a free lunch today to show their appreciation. The restaurant opened earlier than usual to welcome veterans in for lunch. Within the first 15 minutes the restaurant was packed full of military members and their families. They were offered a free entrée plus a beverage, while also being…

Northlanders Get A Rare Glimpse At The Planet Mercury

This is the first time since 2016 that Minnesota has been able to get this type of look.

DULUTH, Minn. – Both students and interest people from the community visited University of Minnesota Duluth’s Marshall A. Alworth Planetarium to take a rare peek at the planet Mercury during its transit across the sun. This is the first time since 2016 that Minnesota has been able to get this type of look. A sight of Mercury like this doesn’t…

UW-Superior Honors Military With A Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Nearly 10% of UWS students are veterans or active service members.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin–Superior honored members of the military with a special Veteran’s Day ceremony. Every year UWS invites veterans, who are former students of the university to speak during the annual Veteran’s Day event. Those guest speakers share personal stories and experiences from their time serving. The UWS Chancellor hopes this annual recognition event reminds people…

New Costco Plans Could Decide The Fate Of A Local Church

If approved, the project could begin with in one year.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new Costco store could soon come to Duluth and the proposal for the discount warehouse store could decide the fate of a local church, which sits along the path of the proposal. New life church currently sits on about six acres of land. If the project is approved the new Costco would take up more than…

Superior Meat Store Keeping Busy Ahead Of The Holidays

Prices range from $3 a pound to more than $10 a pound.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The holidays are quickly approaching. and one meat store in superior has been keeping busy. Greenfield Meats and More, which opened in February has had their hands full with customers placing orders for their holiday meals. Greenfield offers a variety of holiday favorites such whole turkeys, chickens, and much more, which come from locally raised animals. One…

German Native Speaks To UMD About the Anniversary Of The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

November 9th marks the 30th anniversary.

DULUTH, Minn. – November marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the start of the city’s peace revolution for freedom. A former German native spoke to UMD students and faculty. He shared his story about growing up in East Berlin and the struggles his family faced during the climate of the government at that time….

Raleigh Academy Students Celebrate Military Members

DULUTH, Minn. – Veteran’s Day may be on Monday, but Raleigh Academy in Duluth is celebrating early to show their appreciation for veterans and active service members. Every year since 2001 the school has produced a Veteran’s Day program. This year students sang songs dedicated to military members. A music teacher says this program encourages kids to be selfless. “We…

Superior YMCA Gives Back To Children Worldwide

This year the YMCA is hoping to collect and distribute 200 boxes to send worldwide.

SUPERIOR, Wis, – In 2018 , the global effort called Operation Christmas Child distributed more than $10 million gift-filled boxes to children in nearly 150 countries. The YMCA of Superior is helping to continue that effort by giving back to more children worldwide. Volunteers are packed the Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes to help make sure no child around the…

Coat Drive Helps Families in Need

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Last month the Salvation Army of Superior and several sponsors collected nearly one thousand coats for families in the Northland. Those people in need finally got their chance to pick out one of those new coats to stay warm during these upcoming cold months. The coat drive is called Coats for Kids, but anyone is welcome. Coats…

Glensheen Gets Ready For Christmas

Tours will also begin until November 15th.

DULUTH, Minn. – Glensheen Mansion is closed this week to deck the halls with Christmas decorations. This year’s tour will feature the spirit of the lights display that once lived on the lawn of Marcia Hales of Park Point. Every year for nearly 20 years Marsha put up the Christmas display outside her home. Unfortunately last year she had to…

A STEM Program At The 148th Fighter Wing Expands

Starbase Minnesota will be able to serve 1,000 additional students every year in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 148th Fighter Wing celebrated the groundbreaking of a new expansion project. Starbase Minnesota, which is a non–profit youth program that educates students about science, technology, engineering and math, will get new classrooms on the base to help serve more students. The St. Paul-based organization expanded its reach to Duluth in 2017. The program has been well…

People Show Up To The Polls For Local Elections

During presidential elections this location normally sees a turnout rate of about 80%.

DULUTH, Minn. – Multiple elections are happening throughout the Northland as polls close at 8 p.m. Within two hours of opening the polls more than 200 voters showed up to the polls at the Duluth Congregational Church on East  Superior Street. During presidential elections this location normally sees a turnout rate of about 80%. The election judge, who is also…

GO: Community Christmas Tree Arrives in Downtown Duluth

"This White Spruce is one of the tallest Christmas tree we have ever had on display," said Rutledge.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas now that the annual Community Christmas tree has returned to the Minnesota Power Plaza in downtown Duluth. “We want to give back to the community this is one of our time honored traditions that we are proud to be a part of ,” said Communications Manager Amy Rutledge. Standing…

St. Luke’s Hosts Fifth Annual Mental Health Conference

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s Hospital hosted its annual mental health conference at the holiday inn in downtown Duluth. More than 100 mental health professionals got the chance to hear from speakers. they learned about different alternative therapies to help patients with mental illness. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by 2025, there…

Duluth Police Rolling Out Program To Offer Vouchers Instead of Citations for Car Light Violations

The department is among more than 30 law enforcement agencies in Minnesota partnering with the Minneapolis-based non-profit called Microgrants.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department makes more than 20,000 traffic stops a year. According to authorities most of these stops are for broken headlight or tail light violations. The DPD is planning to roll out a new program to help drivers get those lights fixed for free. The department is among more than 30 law enforcement agencies in…

Landline And Sun Country Airlines Partner To Offer More Convenience For Duluth Travelers

Sun Country travels to more than 50 destinations.

DULUTH, Minn. – The landline bus service that connects Duluth travelers to the Minneapolis–St. Paul airport is now partnering with Sun Country Airlines. Travelers can now book bus rides to MSP as part of their airfare with sun country all for one affordable price. Passengers can also check their bags with the bus and then retrieve them at their final…

LSC Partners With MSU Mankato To Tackle Need For Commercial Airline Pilots

MSU Mankato has almost a 100% job placement rate among students who graduate from their aviation program.

DULUTH, Minn. – To help address the need for commercial airline pilots in the United States Lake Superior College announced they will be partnering with Minnesota State University Mankato. It is a chance for LSC students to transfer to the university to expand their education. Currently LSC offers a two-year professional pilot program, where students can gain their professional license….

The Duluth Junk Hunt Is The Place To Find One-Of-A-Kind Treasures

The event is held in the spring and fall.

DULUTH, Minn. – One person’s junk can be another person’s treasure. Hundreds of people stopped by the DECC for the semi-annual Duluth Junk Hunt in search of those treasures. The event features nearly 150 vendors from around the region. Attendees can check out one-of-a-kind “junk” like antique furniture and vintage clothing, which are up for sale. The founders say each…

Bayfront Festival Park Breaks Records

Also about 150,000 people visited the park this season.

DULUTH, Minn. – 2019 was Bayfront Festival Park’s busiest year yet. This year Bayfront held more than 30 events such as concerts by bands like Trampled by Turtles. That’s nearly triple the number of events compared to 2012 when the DECC took over the park. Also about 150,000 people visited the park this season. “To give some perspective and context…

Lowell Elementary Students Visit UMD To Learn About ‘Day of the Dead’

DULUTH, Minn. – October 31st isn’t just reserved for Halloween. It is also the Mexican holiday, the “Day of the Dead” Students from Lowell Elementary visited UMD’s Multicultural Center to celebrate the holiday. Students from their art department spent the day teaching second and third graders the history of the Mexican holiday. The kids also learned how to make Mexican…

Duluth Public Library Hosts Halloween Storytime

DULUTH, Minn. – Children decked out in costumes celebrated Halloween at the Duluth Public Library for spooky  storytime. Children and their parents sang songs and heard Halloween stories. The kids also had a costume parade while walking around the library while staff handed out treats. The Youth Services Coordinator says this special storytime shows parents how learning and fun can…

Board of Trade Building Now Under Construction

Rent for the apartments will range between $900 and $1,500 per month.

DULUTH, Minn. – The historic Board of Trade building on 1st Street in Duluth, is well on its way to becoming the next mixed–use space in the city. Last year the building was purchased by a Chicago based developer, planning to offer apartments and commercial space. Now construction crews are already on site making those renovations. The century old building…

Two Minnesota Companies Help Give Employment to Homeless Youth in Duluth

To date Hippy Feet has provided more than 1,000 of employment to homeless youth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Life house is a place of refuge for homeless youth in Duluth. Its also a place to help them get back on their feet. One way the organization gives back is by helping the youth to gain work experience. Two Minnesota companies partnered with Life House to offer that experience. This is the second time Hippy Feet…

City Crews Work To Fill Potholes Before The Next Snowfall

About a half a dozen crews were also out all summer filling potholes .

DULUTH, Minn. – There are several potholes from last winter that are still plaguing the city. Now the Duluth street maintenance team has all hands on deck to fill those potholes before the next snowfall arrives. Crews spent most of the day riding up and down 4th and 5th street, tackling the potholes along the way. In the winter, the…

Proposed Bag Fee Ordinance Will Now Exclude Paper Bags

DULUTH, Minn. – The proposed ordinance that would require business to charge customers five cents for single use bags will now exclude paper bags. The Duluth City Council voted on to amend the original ordinance. The exclusion was proposed by the Councilor Noah Hobbs. Hobbs told FOX21 that most people were aware the fee only pertained to plastic bags. The…

City Council Approves Zoning Changes To Make Building Tiny Homes Easier

The change includes fewer restrictions for where people can build tiny homes.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth City leaders are hoping to expand the use of tiny homes to address the ongoing housing shortage. On Monday the Duluth city council approved a zoning change which will make it easier to build tiny homes in the city. That change includes fewer restrictions for where people can build tiny homes. A tiny home is a…

Folks In West Duluth Wants Lights Turned Back on In Former Kmart Parking Lot

It is reported the lights cost between $1,500 to $2,500 a month to keep on.

DULUTH, Minn. – The former West Duluth Kmart building has sat vacant for about a year. Now he building’s surrounding parking lot is raising concerns for being too dark for people to access the area. Lights in the former Kmart parking lot are no longer li. That’s why folks in West Duluth are hoping to get those lights turned back…

UMD Plans To Cut Over $5 Million From Next Year’s Budget

We have longtime faculty who don't know if they are going to have a job next year," said UMD Faculty Union President Scott Laderman

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth is planning to cut more than $5 million from its budget for next year. The potentially major cuts is causing concern among faculty and staff members at the university. Many are worried their jobs could be on the line. The substantial budget cuts are an attempt to recover from a longtime deficit…

Duluth Looking to Update Snow Emergency Route Protocols

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is revamping an ordinance to update snow emergency protocols. During a recent city council meeting, city staff presented a revised plan that would include installing nearly three thousand snow emergency route signs on more than one hundred city streets. The plan also redesigned routes so each neighborhood has at least one main emergency…

Ecumen Lakeshore Celebrates Those Who Contributed To the Facilities Success

DULUTH, Minn. – Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth hosted a celebration honoring members of their Auxiliary who have volunteered their time to the facility over the last fifty years. Right now, there are more than 40 active members. since 1969, more than $500,000 has been raised and donated by the auxiliary to benefit the Lakeshore facility. One woman, who has volunteered…

Over 5,000 Citations Issued For Hands Free Law Violations

The consequence for violating the hands free law is a $50 ticket plus court fees for the first offense.

DULUTH, Minn – The results are in. More than 5,000 people violating the new Minnesota Hands Free law have been issued citations since it went into effect in August. Minnesota court records show that in August alone more than 2, 000 hands free citations were issued. Another 3,000 were also given in September making a grand total of more than…

Cloquet Job Fair Addresses Need For Skilled Workers

This is the third year the job fair has been held at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet.

CLOQUET, Minn. – About 200 people had the opportunity to check out some of the latest jobs on the market at the Fall Harvest Job Fair in Cloquet. More than 40 employers from several different industries were onsite. The need for skilled labor workers has grown in recent years. As more building projects come forward more workers are needed especially…

Cloquet Affordable Housing Development Opens It’s Doors

About half of the development is already occupied.

CLOQUET, Minn. – A new housing development in Cloquet has finally opened its doors. White pines apartments began construction more than a year ago to help address a need for several affordable housing units in Cloquet. Finding affordable housing has become a big topic of concern for many people in the in Cloquet and across the Northland but opening This…

The Soo Line Locomotive Sold Back To The Lake Superior Railroad Museum

The Soo Line has been at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum for more than a decade.

DULUTH, Minn. -The Soo Line Locomotive is now once again owned by the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. More than a year ago the locomotive was sold to the City of Eau Claire for four dollars. On Tuesday Eau Claire City council voted to sell the locomotive back to the museum for $8. The city initially had plans to get it…

Carr’s Hobbies Shop Will Soon Close It’s Doors

The shop will remain open until December.

DULUTH, Minn. – Carr’s Hobbies shop in Lincoln Park is getting closer to the end of its days for being the go to spot to find memorabilia items and antiques. For 50 years people from all over have wandered through Carr’s Hobbies shop to find all kinds of treasures. Now that the store will soon close its doors folks are…

Experts Talk About Water Health and Forest Connections

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Water health and forest ecosystems can go hand and hand. And today forest experts stopped by the Lake Superior Estuarine to learn about that connection. About a dozen participants learned how one tree can have a great impact on the health of water. They also learned more about the watershed and its benefits. The group even worked…

Rising Lake Levels Causes Concern

DULUTH, Minn. – In the last three years major storms have come through the Twin Ports around this time. And now lake levels have become much of a problem. A professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Large Lake Observatory says lake superior is about a foot deeper than its normal average. The professor says the increase in rain and…

Storm Causes Power Outages Across the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – About 10,000 customer went without power at the height of Monday’s storm. Minnesota Power staff say they called in extra crews and they worked through the night to help restore the power. But Tuesday morning about 40 homes were still without power due to more than 10 power poles being broken. The communications specialist says during times…

CHUM’s Food Shelf Undergoes Transformation

Food shelf expected to reopen by October 30th.

DULUTH, Minn. – CHUM’s  food shelf is undergoing a more than 15,000 dollar transformation to become a Super Shelf Volunteers spent most of the day getting rid of the old to prepare for the new. They un-stocked and tore down shelves to make way for new ones to be built. A new meat cooler will also be brought in. The…