Author: Reece Lindquist

Grandma’s Marathon Weekend Participants Capped at Half Capacity

There will be around 10,000 race participants for Grandma's Marathon weekend. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Grandma’s Marathon announced Thursday morning that in-person capacity for the 2021 race weekend will not be increased due to public health concerns surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. Officials with the race have capped the event for in-person runners at half capacity. In October when registration opened, there was hope that the guidelines would improve allowing for more participants…

Red Cross Seeking Blood Donors, Anticipate Drop in Winter Donations

With their added push for blood donations in this critical time period, the Red Cross is also testing blood for Covid-19 antibodies.

DULUTH, Minn- It’s National Blood Donor Month and the Red Cross is continuing to look for extra support as they typically see a drop in donations around the winter months. With their added push for blood donations in this critical time period, the Red Cross is also testing blood for Covid-19 antibodies. They started doing this back in June and…

Brighton Beach to Close for Trail Construction

Work is expected to be completed by Monday, January 25.

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting on Monday, Brighton Beach will be closed for the next two weeks. Crews will begin clearing and grubbing the area in preparation for trail construction taking place this spring. The park will be closed to vehicular traffic, in addition to parking lots in the park will also be closed. Traffic control will be set up at…

First Lady Issues Statement on Capitol Riot

Melania Trump says she's “disappointed and disheartened" by the deadly riot at the Capitol by supporters of her husband.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – Melania Trump says she’s “disappointed and disheartened” by the deadly riot at the Capitol by supporters of her husband. As she breaks her silence, she’s also lashing out at those she says have used the tragic event to spread “salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks and misleading accusations” about her. Her statement on the White House blog…

Sporting Good Stores Anticipate Rise in Business With Youth Sports Returning

With youth sports returning the expectations are for stores to get even busier.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sporting good stores have seen a rise in business lately. At Play It Again sports located in the Kenwood Shopping Center, managers have seen up to a 45 minute wait to get your skates sharpened on the busiest days. Although that hasn’t stopped customers from coming in during the pandemic, with youth sports returning the expectations are…

Duluth Fire Marshall Investigating Friday Morning Fire

Initial damage to the building is estimated at $35,000. 

DULUTH, Minn. –  At 12:28 a.m. Friday morning the Duluth Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 1801 East 2nd Street. All of the residents made it out of the building safely and no injuries were reported. Initial damage to the building is estimated at $35,000. The fire is currently under investigation by the Duluth Fire Marshalls office. Categories:…

‘Skyline Social & Games’ Ready To Reopen With Loosened State Guidelines

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – One of the bigger entertainment venues in Hermantown is gearing up to reopen when state COVID-19 guidelines are loosened again next week. Skyline Social & Games will be opening its restaurant at 50 percent capacity, and the bowling alley/arcade at 25 percent beginning Monday. Managers say reopening for a second time during the pandemic will be challenging…

Part Stolen From Humane Society Transport Vehicle, Community Rallies in Support

According to staff, their one transport van had its catalytic converter stolen sometime over the weekend.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Douglas County Humane Society is in a bit of a jam. According to staff, their one transport van had its catalytic converter stolen sometime over the weekend. The converter’s main function is to burn out emissions before they are released into the atmosphere. The van is used to take animals to and from appointments among other things….

KYN: Weeping Willow Heartfelt Gifts

Starting next week Weeping Willow Heartfelt Gifts will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

DULUTH, Minn. – After opening less than one month ago, Weeping Willow Heartfelt gifts has had a steady flow of customers who want something local and unique. “Especially with the holidays and everything that is going on people are really trying to go for the shop local.  And just the response has been really awesome,” Weeping Willow Heartfelt Gifts Manager,…

Renovations Coming To Historic Wilmarth Mansion

The total would cost of the proposed renovations and townhomes would be roughly $7.5 million. 

ASHLAND, Wisc. – The building is currently owned by impact-7, a non-profit in Ashland with the goal to provide affordable housing in Ashland. “The Wilmarth mansion has gone through a number of uses over the years. There are people in town that grew up in it just like their home,” City of Ashland Planning and Development Director, Megan McBride says….

Year In Review Part Four

DULUTH, Minn. – FOX 21 Local News is taking a look back at the top stories that made headlines in 2020. Here are some of those stories from October, November and December. Categories: Community, Crime, Education, Minnesota, News Tags: Bentleyville, biden, crime, duluth, Election, shooting, Trump, year in review

Silver Bay Veterans Home to Administer Covid-19 Vaccine to Residents and Staff

The Minnesota Veterans Homes are using the Moderna vaccine. 

SILVER BAY, Minn. – On Wednesday, the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay will begin to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to Residents and staff. The Minnesota Veterans Homes are using the Moderna vaccine. The vaccine is being administered by clinical leaders at each location. Other veterans homes across the state will begin their vaccinations this week. The vaccinations come after…

Baby Yoda Snow Sculpture Makes Holiday Debut

The family snow sculpture tradition began back in 1987.

DULUTH, Minn. –  If you’ve traveled up 21st Avenue in Duluth, chances are you’ve spotted a different snow sculpture every year. This year, The Child or Baby Yoda is the subject of the sculpture. The character originated from the popular Disney Plus show “The Mandalorian” which is part of the Star Wars universe. The family snow sculpture tradition began back…

Duluth Library Foundation Receives Big Donation

The anonymous donor gave a generous gift of $30,000 in support of the library.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Library Foundation received a big donation today just in time for the holidays. The anonymous donor gave a generous gift of $30,000 in support of the library. The funds will be put into the foundation’s endowment, ensuring a bright future for the library’s events and programs. “It will guarantee that next year and all the…

Spirit Mountain to Remain Closed Until Saturday

The slopes will be back open on December 26th at 9 a.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Spirit mountain will remain closed through the holidays after shutting down Wednesday night due to the blizzard-like conditions. According to their website, because of the strong winds safely maintaining the lifts and the hill will be difficult. The slopes will be back open on December 26th at 9 a.m. Categories: Community, Minnesota, News Tags: Closure, duluth, Spirit…

B&B Market Food Train Success Chugging Into Holiday Season

So far, the Market has received over $150,000 for their food train since March when the pandemic hit.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The B&B Market in Cloquet is continuing their food train for the holidays. On Wednesday, members of the Fond Du Lac Reservation wanted to thank the market for helping out people in there community. So far, the Market has received over $150,000 for their food train, which started in March when the pandemic set in. “There’s a…

Twin Ports Trailer Trash Offering Free Christmas Tree Pickup

Anyone who wants a free pickup will have to place a call to Twin Ports Trailer Trash before December 31st.

DULUTH, Minn. –  If you’re already thinking ahead to 2021 you may also be thinking about how to dispose of your Christmas Tree. After a successful program last year, Twin Ports Trailer will once again be offering free curbside pick up of Christmas trees on January 6th and 7th as people start to take down their decorations. “A lot of…

Bayfield Non-Profit Donating Toys to Kids, Gifts for Seniors

In all, 77 seniors will be receiving secret Santa gifts, and Core has also received toys for 150 kids which have been distributed throughout the week.

BAYFIELD, Wisc. – New Executive Director Mary Dougherty took over Core Community Resources in Bayfield Wisconsin in 2019 with a mission in mind geared towards helping seniors. “Doing things like mowing your lawn, shoveling your walk in the winter, running errands for you, friendly visits if you’re lonely,” Core Community Resources Executive Director, Mary Dougherty says. This holiday season, community…

City of Duluth Needs More Snow Removal Volunteers

The city is looking for at least 10 people to fill those final slots.

DULUTH, Minn.- As we get ready for a winter blast, the city of Duluth is in need of volunteers for its newly launched snow removal assistance program. The volunteers help shovel snow on sidewalks, walkways and steps for the elderly, disabled people who don’t have the financial means to hire someone. Nearly 100 people in need have signed up for…

Firefighters Urge Caution Over Busy Holiday Season

Smoke detectors have a shelf life of ten years while carbon monoxide detectors last about seven years.

DULUTH, Minn. – Firefighters are urging families celebrating the holidays to take the extra steps to keep their home safe from fires. Duluth Fire Marshal John Otis says there’s usually bigger opportunities for fires this time of year with people cooking more and lighting more candles. And while smoke detectors are always important, Otis says adding a home fire sprinkler…

Habitat for Humanity 2020 Home Near Completion

DULUTH, Minn. –  The Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity is putting the finishing touches on a new energy efficient home built throughout 2020. The organization hit a few roadblocks from increased construction costs to lack of volunteers, and organizers are currently looking for partners to help cover the costs of their leftover projects. With the house being built from…

Duluth City Council to Establish LGBTQ+ Commission

The ordinance was introduced by Council President Anderson and Councilors Van Nett and Forsman.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Monday night, the Duluth City Council voted unanimously to establish a non-binary, Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit , Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual commission.  This commission was identified by grassroots LGBTQIA2S+ community members who see a long list of unmet needs in the community and nowhere in the city of Duluth to bring these issues they face. According to members…

Van Nett Nominated to be First Indigenous Woman City Council President

Van Nett will be in her final term in 2021.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth City Council Vice President Renee Van Nett is likely to become the first Indigenous woman city council president in 2021. Van Nett will be in her final term in 2021. She says she recognizes that her upcoming seat should represent inclusion for all, and if elected she’s looking forward to helping Duluth through the rest of…

Chequamegon Humane Association Seeing Influx of Animals

After starting in 2013 with animal intakes around 200, the executive director has seen a large increase of animals coming through the facility this year.

ASHLAND, Wisc. – Ever since the Chequamegon Humane Association moved into their new location in 2017 they haven’t looked back. “It seems like every year. we’re able to help out more and more animals. It’s been progressively growing,” Chequamegon Humane Association Executive Director, Kari Olinger says. This year was one of their biggest yet. After starting in 2013 with animal…

Ashland Residents, Businesses Deck the Halls for Decorating Contest

57 homes and businesses in the city limits of Ashland joined up to see which is the most festive in the area.

ASHLAND, Wis.- The city of Ashland won’t behaving their long-standing Garland City of the North Parade this year because of the pandemic. Instead, it was replaced by a Christmas decorating contest. 57 homes and businesses in the city limits of Ashland joined up to see which is the most festive in the area, with the winners receiving a prize package….

Cloquet Business Partners Up with Fire Department for Toy Donation

Patients in need of a new retainer would donate a toy in exchange for a new retainer. 

CLOQUET, Minn. –  Carlson Orthodonics and the Cloquet Fire Department paired up to help families in need over the holidays. For many years, Carlson Orthodonics has been collecting toys up until the holiday season. Patients in need of a new retainer would donate a toy in exchange for a new retainer. In all, just under 200 toys were collected this…

Minnesota Power Installs Wind Turbine Blade Outside Duluth Headquarters

DULUTH, Minn. – It was quite the scene Wednesday outside Minnesota Power in downtown Duluth as a giant wind turbine blade was lifted into place on the building. Two cranes were called in to lift the 82-foot, 6,000-pound blade. Allete said the blade symbolizes the company’s focus on sustainability as Minnesota Power is on the cusp of reaching 50 percent…

Covid-19 Vaccines Distributed Throughout Wisconsin

Almost 50,000 doses were given to eight hubs throughout the state of Wisconsin so far this week to a small amount of healthcare providers.

MADISON, Wisc. – According to Wisconsin’s Department of Health, thousands of vaccines have been distributed across the state. Almost 50,000 doses were given to eight hubs throughout the state of Wisconsin so far this week to a small amount of healthcare providers. So far, almost two hundred vaccines have been administered, but how the vaccine will be administered in nursing…

Line 5 Supporters Announce Jobs & Energy Coalition

ASHLAND, Wis. – Groups in support of the Enbridge Line 5 relocation project gathered Tuesday morning to announce the Wisconsin Jobs and Energy Coalition. The goal of the group is to help bring attention to different energy projects going on in the state and to raise awareness of the positive economic impacts of Line 5 and beyond. Recently the Line…

Toy Drive Expecting Large Turnout, Still in Need of Monetary Donations

The toy drive will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Make Every Child Toy drive is still happening this year, but it will look a bit different. After previously holding the toy drive in other buildings, organizer Mike Letica almost called it quits this year until he reached out to the owner of Shake It. Letica was told he could use their facility in West Duluth across…

Mike’s Cafe and Pizzeria Opens in Esko

ESKO, Minn. – A familiar restaurant has moved into the building previously occupied by Eskomo Pizza Pies in Esko.  Mike’s Cafe and Pizzeria, which spent nearly four decades in western Duluth as Mike’s Western Cafe, opened up in early November. With the owner growing up in the town, he says that despite the pandemic, the community response has been uplifting…

Drive-Thru Event Gives Back to Range Community Members

The annual community connect event is usually held in October.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Miners Memorial Building in Virginia held a different type of opportunity for community members to give back on Thursday.  The annual community connect event is usually held in October. Now, because of Covid-19 the event has changed to a drive-thru experience while still providing community members on the range in need of winter wear like hats,…

Wisconsin Fire Marshall Investigating Fatal Fire in Ashland

Authorities arrived on the scene just before ten o'clock on Saturday night. There, crews began battling heavy smoke from the fire.

ASHLAND, Wisc. – One person is dead after a fire broke out in Ashland over the weekend. The home, located on 405 Stunz Avenue in Ashland is considered a total loss. Authorities arrived on scene just before ten o’clock on Saturday night. There, crews began battling heavy smoke from the fire. Once inside the structure, they located the body of…

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center Offering DIY Wreath Kits

The Center is Having to Adjust Routine Operations Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn. – Just like many other facilities, the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center is now having to adapt during the pandemic. Because of Covid-19, the learning center has had to cancel several of its annual fundraising activities. “We got together as a staff and thought we need to get creative. That’s where the idea of these DIY kits came…

A “Lure” of Lights Expected to Help Hayward Businesses

This year Hayward community members are hopeful that people still get out in a safe manner and shop local.

HAYWARD, Wisc. – As the annual “Lure” of Lights display in downtown Hayward Wisconsin kicked off Friday, community members say it’s just one of the many activities that will hopefully mean a successful winter for tourism. “We know it’s going to be a holiday season like no other,” Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Chris Ruckdaschel says. This year…

Cloquet VFW Delivers Thanksgiving Meals to Community Members

Dozens of community members took the time to cook, distribute, and deliver these meals.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Volunteers for the Cloquet VFW began preparing Thanksgiving meals in the early hours of Thursday morning. Dozens of community members took the time to cook, distribute, and deliver these meals. On a day when Thanksgiving will be different for some, they are doing their part to make sure everyone has something to be thankful for. Check out…

Carlton County Law Enforcement Agencies Receive Drone Donation

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office received a big donation Wednesday that’ll get some digital eyes in the sky. Frandsen Bank and Trust, along with Maverick Drone Systems came together to donate the drone. It will be shared with other agencies, like the Cloquet Police Department, allowing them to be prepared for all types of  scenarios. “Not just…

Local Entertainment Venues Awaiting Financial Relief

With the future of some of these local businesses resting on seeing financial relief at the state level all they can do now is wait.

DULUTH, Minn. – Entertainment Venues are among the many Northland businesses hit hard financially by the pandemic. During these next four weeks, they will get some help through the Minnesota Governor’s recently announced plan for a Business Assistance Program. Without this relief, they may not be able to survive. Fresh off of a multi-million dollar renovation in 2019, Skyline Lanes…

Northland Foundations Urge Seniors to Apply for Scholarship Opportunities

Over $5 million in funds are available for Northland seniors.

DULUTH, Minn. – Several foundations around the Northland announced new scholarship opportunities for high school seniors who may decide to take a gap year instead of attending college. The Greater Denfeld Foundation is just one of many organizations available for students to apply to. Organizers say that the best way to go about doing so is to speak with your…

Craft Kits Available for UWS Students

Students at UWS now have some more activities to do over the holiday break. 

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Students at UWS now have some more activities to do over the holiday break. Campus activity organizers have assembled popular grab-and-go craft kits for students to make. The kits include string art, mug decorating and more. The goal is to provide Yellowjackets with something else for them to do while they are stuck at home. The bags…

Proctors School Added to MN Department of Health Outbreak List

The district cites staff shortages and increasing infection rates

PROCTOR, Minn. – Bay View Elementary School in Proctor was placed on the Minnesota Department of Health’s Outbreak list on Thursday. It’s meant for school buildings which have five or more reported Covid-19 cases between students and staff in a two-week period. Proctor previously announced they will continue with their distance learning model through January 4th. The district cites staff…

UMD Hosts Entrepreneurship Conference

Over 500 students from various age groups participated in a conference.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 6th annual UMD Entrepreneurship conference was held this morning in the Kirby Student Center. This year was the first year the event has been completely virtual. Over 500 students from various age groups participated in a conference geared towards showing how several companies are breaking the barriers and still thriving during the pandemic. “No matter what…

Glensheen Mansion Unveils Christmas Decorations

The historic estate will be opened for self-guided Christmas tours this Friday.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s beginning to look a lot light Christmas at Glensheen Mansion. The historic estate will be opened for self-guided Christmas tours this Friday. Staff have spent the past few weeks decorating the mansion with dozens of trees and have also hidden 25 elves inside the home which has become a family favorite. “Kids can find the elves…

Duluthians Dig Out After Overnight Snowfall

Under a Duluth city ordinance, property owners with a public sidewalk are required to remove snow from that sidewalk within 24 hours after a snow fall.

DULUTH, Minn. – Several inches of snow fell in Duluth overnight and some residents spent the morning digging out. Those without snow blowers spent a little extra time shoveling  and one Lakeside resident was even helping clear off a neighbor’s sidewalk. “We try to help out our neighbors who might not have an easy of a time shoveling their walkways….

National Weather Service, Dept. of Public Safety Promote Winter Hazard Awareness Week

The two organizations are advertising a few lists on their website that can be helpful to prepare for winter before it happens.

DULUTH, Minn. – The National Weather Service and Minnesota Department of Public Safety are promoting Winter Hazard Awareness Week across Minnesota and Wisconsin. The two organizations are advertising a few lists on their website that can be helpful to prepare for winter before it happens. They have included a list of supplies for your vehicle and ways to check to…