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Sen. Klobuchar Speaks Out About President Bush

Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke to Fox 21 today after attending the services for President Bush in Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke to Fox 21 today after attending the services for President Bush in Washington D.C. She said moments like this can bring the country together as nation looks back on the legacy Bush left behind. “We must pass on George H.W. Bush’s torch of good will, his torch of dignity…and how he dealt with…

Salvation Army Gift Wrapping Booth Opens at Miller Hill Mall

UWS Student-Athletes Also Give Back by Bell Ringing at Superior Super One

DULUTH, Minn.-The Salvation Army gift wrapping booth has opened at the Miller Hill Mall. The annual event is happening by Barnes and Noble this year where they expect to be busier than usual. They said they even had people requesting them to wrap their gifts before they even opened. “I set up on Friday the 30th – we weren’t even…

Funds Raised to Help Fight Diabetes in Douglas County

The Lake Superior Community Health Center and the Solon Spring Lions Club received a big donation today to help their patients fight diabetes.

DULUTH, Minn.-The Lake Superior Community Health Center and the Solon Spring Lions Club received a big donation today to help their patients fight diabetes. About $1,500 was raised for the groups through a fundraiser by the Saint Croix Inn in Solon Springs who held different events all November to raise funds to battle the disease Medical staff tell us that…

Homeowner and Three Dogs Uninjured in Duluth Fire

Cause of Fire Believed to be From Space Heater

DULUTH, Minn.-Just after the noon hour today, a fire broke out at 507 N. 76th Ave. W. which caused $10,000 damage and its resident and three dogs to be displaced. Upon arrival crews found smoke coming from the Delta side of a house. The lone occupant had made it out of the house, but three dogs remained inside. Crews then…

Christmas Comes to Glensheen

The holiday season is in the air at Glensheen.

DULUTH, Minn.-The holiday season is in the air at Glensheen. Right now the mansion is closed off from the public as preparations are underway to fill the 39–room estate with holiday decorations. Twenty–five Christmas trees are being put up throughout the mansion as Christmas tours get launched this weekend. Staff at the site say the Congdon family always thought of…

Students Showcase Research at UMD

We are about a month away from the semester ending at UMD and that means students big research projects are nearing completion.

DULUTH, Minn.-We are about a month away from the semester ending at UMD and that means students big research projects are nearing completion. Today those students held their Undergraduate Research and Artistic Showcase. Everything from science to art was on display during the event which serves as a spring board for students’ future academic endeavors. “It’s important for them to…

Purple Heart Winners Honored in Duluth Today

Purple Heart Recipients were honored in Duluth earlier today for all they have sacrificed for their country.

DULUTH, Minn.-Purple Heart Recipients were honored in Duluth earlier today for all they have sacrificed for their country. The St. Louis County Board passed a resolution today honoring those who were wounded in action. With that, the county was also named a Purple Heart County, a title the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, has been…

Salvation Army Fundraising Season Begins

The Salvation Army's fundraising season has begun.

DULUTH, Minn.-The Salvation Army’s fundraising season has begun. Earlier today their annual civic luncheon was held at the Inn on Lake Superior to kickoff efforts to raise funds for their food and toy drive, while also getting ready for their Red Kettle event. Leadership from the group said many Northlander’s struggle throughout the year, but many have a hard time…

Spirit Mountain Begins Making Snow

If snow falling from the sky isn't enough for you, Spirit Mountain is also getting in on the action as they started making their own snow this week.

DULUTH, Minn.-If snow falling from the sky isn’t enough for you, Spirit Mountain is also getting in on the action as they started making their own snow this week. Management there said the recent cold snap has made for ideal conditions for making the white stuff. They couldn’t be happier about it either, as it makes them feel more connected…

Raleigh Academy Honors Veterans

This Sunday veterans will be honored across the country during ceremonies for Veterans Day.

DULUTH, Minn.-This Sunday veterans will be honored across the country during ceremonies for Veterans Day. Today the Raleigh Academy School got in on the celebrations early with a Veterans Day event of their own. During the program students got to meet veterans from around the area while singing songs to them. Raleigh Academy has held a program honoring veterans every…

Venison Processing Businesses Busy

We are less than a week into the rifle deer season in Minnesota, but that hasn't stopped venison processors from staying busy.

DULUTH, Minn.-We are less than a week into the rifle deer season in Minnesota, but that hasn’t stopped venison processors from staying busy. Over at Old World Meats on Basswood Avenue butchers tells us they have been abnormally busy all week making all kinds of products including sausage and venison hamburger. Management there said they believe the busyness is due…

Math Conference Encourages Youth

Northland girls in grades nine through 12 got some encouragement today to pursue a career in math.

DULUTH, Minn.-Northland girls in grades nine through 12 got some encouragement today to pursue a career in math. St. Scholastica hosted a conference today showing young women what math has to offer them. Organizers said there’s a dire need for more women to be involved in subjects like math, and they hope today’s event will encourage them to pursue a…

Entrepreneurship Conference Held at UMD

UMD hosted it fourth annual Entrepreneurship Conference earlier today.

DULUTH, Minn.-UMD hosted it fourth annual Entrepreneurship Conference earlier today. The forum’s goal is to give students a real world perspective about what it’s like to own a business as they met with numerous local entrepreneurs. “I truly believe it’s important for students to get a real world perspective. We really like to invite people in from the community,” said Allie…

Hermantown City Council Approves Raising Age to Buy Tobacco to 21

The Hermantown City Council voted 5-0 last night to move the tobacco purchase age in the city to 21, starting Jan. 1 of 2019.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.-The Hermantown City Council voted 5-0 last night to move the tobacco purchase age in the city to 21, starting Jan. 1 of 2019. The age limit also applies to vaping devices. Councilor Gloria Nelson told Fox 21 that the move was made because they want to get tobacco products out of young people’s hands so the area can…

Gov. Walker Visits Northland

As we close in on election day, that means multiple candidates are stopping in the Northland to drum up support for their campaign.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-As we close in on election day, that means multiple candidates are stopping in the Northland to drum up support for their campaign. Today was no different as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker held a rally at the Bong Airport in Superior. Walker is in a tight race against Democratic candidate Tony Evers. Walker said even though the polls are…

New Tourism Discount Pass Introduced to Duluth

A new program has been launched in Duluth that will lead to visitors and residents getting discounts on the area’s biggest tourist attractions.

DULUTH, Minn.-A new program has been launched in Duluth that will lead to visitors and residents getting discounts on the area’s biggest tourist attractions. The program dubbed the “Duluth Discount Pass” will allow the public to visit Duluth’s eight most popular tourist attractions on the cheap including Glensheen Mansion and the Lake Superior Zoo. You can purchase either a three-day…

St. Luke’s Fundraiser Being Held

The St. Luke's Volunteer Service Guild Holiday Sale began today in the hospital's gift shop.

DULUTH, Minn.-The St. Luke’s Volunteer Service Guild Holiday Sale began today in the hospital’s gift shop. All sales from that event will help provide for services for its patients. “It’s a lot of fun, it was fun setting up seeing all the new things – every year we have new things,” said Pam Nylander, president of volunteer services. The event,…

Economics Expert Visits Northland

Businesses and how they work with banks took center stage in Superior today as a financial expert from the state capital stopped in town.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Businesses and how they work with banks took center stage in Superior today as a financial expert from the state capital stopped in town. The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions’ Secretary is touring multiple businesses in Superior to find out more about how financial institutions are helping them grow. He told us Wisconsin is becoming a mecca for local…

Experts Offer Tips for Online Security

With constant headlines focusing on data breaches and other computer security concerns, Douglas County is becoming more proactive in helping the public fight back against hackers.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-With constant headlines focusing on data breaches and other computer security concerns, Douglas County is becoming more proactive in helping the public fight back against hackers. Earlier today a workshop was held at the Douglas County Service Center where the public and small business owners became more aware of the basic steps to protecting themselves online. Experts say some…

Trick-or-Treating Begins in Northland

We are just a few days away from Halloween, but that hasn’t stopped kids from trick-or-treating a little earlier in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-We are just a few days away from Halloween, but that hasn’t stopped kids from trick-or-treating a little earlier in Superior. Today kids went from business to business throughout the downtown business district to fill their bags with sweet treats. It’s become a tradition for some families in the Northland – something they hope to do every Halloween. “We’ve…

Local Package Experts Discuss Safety

With package safety at the forefront of many American's minds, Fox 21 stopped at a local package business to find out how they keep the shipping industry safe.

DULUTH, Minn.-With package safety at the forefront of many American’s minds, Fox 21 stopped at a local package business to find out how they keep the shipping industry safe. Management there said they like to see packages remain open before they are boxed up. They will also ask you a lot of questions when you come in about your shipment…

Ballot Equipment Tested Today in St. Louis County

We are less than two weeks away from the general election, and that means local election officials are preparing for the big day.

DULUTH, Minn.-We are less than two weeks away from the general election, and that means local election officials are preparing for the big day. Earlier today, St. Louis County held a voting equipment test, which would reveal any flaws they have in their system. “We’re very happy everything is running smoothly … we’ve had minimal issues,” said Phil Chapman, the…

Hunt for Pumpkins at Glensheen

With Halloween less than a week away, Glensheen is getting in on the fun with a very special Halloween–themed tour.

DULUTH, Minn.-With Halloween less than a week away, Glensheen is getting in on the fun with a very special Halloween–themed tour. Now through Halloween, 20 pumpkins will be hidden throughout the mansion for kids to find during their tour. There’s even a fun prize at the end so you can declare your pumpkin hunting mastery. “It’s a great way to…

Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Climb

$1.6 billion - that's the estimated jackpot for tomorrow's Mega Millions drawing.

DULUTH, Minn.-$1.6 billion – that’s the estimated jackpot for tomorrow’s Mega Millions drawing. Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is also climbing to more than $600 million. Today Fox 21 spoke with a math expert on what your odds on winning actually are. A professor at UMD said the odds of hitting the Mega Millions is about one in 300,000,000. Mathematically he says…

Goats Invade Glensheen

A herd of goats have invaded the Glensheen Mansion grounds.

DULUTH, Minn.-A herd of goats have invaded the Glensheen Mansion grounds. They arrived there earlier today to chew down on some unwanted weeds in the rain garden before winter settles in. Leadership from the historic site said they were brought in for a trial run to see if they would be a good natural option for weed removal rather than…

Sen. Smith Visits Northland

Democratic Senator Tina Smith made a stop in Duluth today as she tries to drum up support for her campaign.

DULUTH, Minn.-Democratic Senator Tina Smith made a stop in Duluth today as she tries to drum up support for her campaign. Her first stop of the day was at Ecolibrium 3 in Lincoln Park where she met with local officials to talk about housing issues in the area. She said her goal today was to get a better understanding of…

City Estimates $18 Million in Damages Caused by Recent Storm

The city of Duluth has announced that there was an estimated $18 million in damages during the Oct. 10 storm to multiple locations in Duluth including the Lakewalk Trail from Canal Park to Leif Erickson Park.

DULUTH, Minn.-The city of Duluth has announced that there was an estimated $18 million in damages during the Oct. 10 storm to multiple locations in Duluth including the Lakewalk Trail from Canal Park to Leif Erickson Park. Other damaged areas include portions of the shoreline, a section of the seawall by the Minnesota Slip Bridge, the sidewalk behind the DECC,…

Cloquet Arena Burglary Suspect Arrested in Duluth

A man wanted by Cloquet police for allegedly breaking into an ATM Wednesday at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena was arrested in the early morning hours Thursday after turning himself in to Duluth police in a bizarre fashion.

CLOQUET, Minn.-A man wanted by Cloquet police for allegedly breaking into an ATM Wednesday at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena was arrested in the early morning hours Thursday after turning himself in to Duluth police in a bizarre fashion. At 3:30 a.m. Thursday authorities say the suspect walked into a Duluth gas station, plopped some cash on the counter and…

Teen Arrested After Multiple Fires at Gilbert Recycling Center

The Gilbert Police Department has arrested a 17-year-old boy, accusing him of starting three fires at the Gilbert Recycling Center over the last few days.

GILBERT, Minn.-The Gilbert Police Department has arrested a 17-year-old boy, accusing him of starting three fires at the Gilbert Recycling Center over the last few days. After an investigation by authorities, the cause of the fire was determined to be arson. Damages are expected to exceed $10,000, according to a release from police. The city of Gilbert has temporarily closed…

Future of Northland Discussed

Over the last two years Duluth's Planning Division has been gathering community feedback and perspectives for its "Imagine Duluth 2035" campaign.

DULUTH, Minn.- Over the last two years Duluth’s Planning Division has been gathering community feedback and perspectives for its “Imagine Duluth 2035” campaign. Today an update was given on the city comprehensive plan at the downtown Duluth Library, during an event sponsored by Fuse Duluth, a branch of the Chamber of Commerce that focuses on youth leadership. Those in attendance…

Purple Heart Recipients to go on Outdoors Excursion

Purple Heart recipients are descending on the Northland for a special outdoors excursion.

DULUTH, Minn.-Purple Heart recipients are descending on the Northland for a special outdoors excursion. Five veterans arrived in Duluth today as they head out to Delta, WI for all the fishing and hunting they can handle. The event, being organized by the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation, is meant to serve as a way to relieve stress for the Purple…

Math Conference Happening at UMD this Weekend

UMD is celebrating math this weekend during a conference geared toward the subject.

DULUTH, Minn.-UMD is celebrating math this weekend during a conference geared toward the subject. The event, which features participants from across the planet, focuses on graph theory while studying properties of all kinds of networks which can be used for everything from sports tournaments to flight schedules. Organizers say it also helps by getting everyone in one room which helps…

Humphreys Sentenced to Five Years in Jail

He Will get Credit for the 717 Days Already Served

DULUTH, Minn. – Aaron Humphreys was sentenced Friday morning to five years in jail for charges of fifth degree assault and illegal possession of a firearm. Humphreys, 44, had been on trial a total of three times for the death of 47-year-old Eric Wayne Burns who was shot outside of Duluth’s Bedrock Bar in October of 2016. He will get…

Man Struck and Killed on State Highway in Aitkin County

Victim Was on Floodwood City Council

JACOBSON, Minn.-A Floodwood man is dead after being struck by a car on state Highway 200 in Aitkin County. The victim has been identified as Vernon Owens, a Floodwood city councilor. He was serving his third term. Owens was also a veteran who had served in the Marine Corps and Navy. The Minnesota State Patrol says the 61-year-old man was…

Oktoberfest begins in Northland

DULUTH, Minn.-Oktoberfest has begun in Duluth. Today marks the beginning of the 43rd annual Oktoberfest for all of Grandma’s restaurants in the Northland. The event features plenty of German beer and food along with polka music all while serving as a reunion for community members. Oktoberfest runs through the middle of next month. To find a complete schedule of events,…

New Water Plant Being Built in Cloquet

A new water plant being built in the city of Cloquet is getting an $8 million loan to help with construction costs at the site on Armory Road.

CLOQUET, Minn.-A new water plant being built in the city of Cloquet is getting an $8 million loan to help with construction costs at the site on Armory Road. City officials tell us the project is needed as it will help remove manganese from the water. The Minnesota Department of health says in high levels, that mineral could have future…

Banned Books Celebrated at UMD

Banned books are being celebrated at UMD all this week.

DULUTH, Minn.-Banned books are being celebrated at UMD all this week. It’s all part of a nationwide effort to get people more interested in books that have a negative reputation. Library officials told us that some of the top reasons the public has wanted books banned include the way they depict violence, sex, and drugs. “Censorship is bad and we…

Read to Final Four Program Begins

The Final Four will be in Minneapolis this spring, but that hasn't stopped the NCAA from kicking off the festivities early.

DULUTH, Minn.-The Final Four will be in Minneapolis this spring, but that hasn’t stopped the NCAA from kicking off the festivities early. Earlier today the UMD men’s and women’s basketball teams came to Piedmont Elementary to launch the “Read to the Final Four” program. The initiative includes free access to a library of more than 5,000 books online while also…

Single Vehicle Crash Leaves man With Life Threatening Injuries

Police Believe Alcohol was a Factor in the Crash

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – A Grand Rapids man is battling life threatening injuries after his vehicle went off the road Wednesday evening. The single vehicle accident happened on Highway 38 near Abro Road in Itasca County. The 57-year-old driver was transported to Grand Itasca Hospital for his injuries. Authorities say there was severe damage to the vehicle and believe alcohol…

Suspect Pleads Guilty in Assault Over Cigarette

Smith Faces 20 Years

DULUTH, Minn. – The 22-year-old charged with first degree felony assault for repeatedly punching another man in the head over a cigarette has pleaded guilty. Joseph Chazz Smith of Duluth had a verbal dispute with a 27-year-old male in Mr.D’s in West Duluth on August 5. The two then took the argument outside where both men struck each other before…

Mercuria Energy Announces Plans to Invest in Mesabi Metallics

DULUTH, Minn. – Mercuria Energy announced on Wednesday that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chippewa Capital Partners, LLC the owner of Mesabi Metallics LLC. Mercuria says the investment is intended to support the creation of new long-term jobs on the Mesabi Range. The transaction with CCP will allow Mercuria to acquire majority stake in the iron ore…

Trial Starts for Hibbing man Charged in Child’s Death

Bonacci-Koski Confessed to Neglecting the Child

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The trial has begun for 26-year-old Jesse Lee Bonacci-Koski who is facing charges for his involvement in the fatal fire that killed an 11-month old boy on August 2, 2017. Bonacci-Koski, of Hibbing, is charged with four counts, including second degree manslaughter and fifth degree possession of a controlled substance. According to the criminal complaint, the 11-month…

Speeding Vehicles Crashes Into Crystal Lake, One Dead

The Victims Names Were not Immediately Released

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Authorities say a car traveling at a high rate of speed on Pokegama Avenue crashed into Crystal Lake just before 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Grand Rapids Police believe the car went straight at a “T” intersection on Crystal Boulevard landing the vehicle in the lake. The female passenger, identified as 22-year-old Savannah Hegdahl of Keewatin,…

St. Louis County Deputy Vehicle hit by Alleged Drunk Driver

The Incident may Have Been Intentional

Courtesy: St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office DULUTH, Minn. – According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office a Patrol Sergeant was hit head on by an alleged drunk driver at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday night. The accident took place on Highway 8 in Industrial Township and authorities believe the 25-year-old Saginaw man possibly hit the Deputy’s vehicle intentionally. Authorities…

Jacket Fest Held at UWS

The largest Jacket Fest in history took place on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus earlier today.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The largest Jacket Fest in history took place on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus earlier today. The event featured more than 80 different organizations, and allows for students to explore what opportunities are available for them when it comes to employment and clubs they can join. One staff member from the college told us, that jobs and internships in…

Vehicle Hits DTA bus Injuring Three People in Duluth

No one Sustained Life Threatening Injuries

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department say a car collided with a DTA bus just before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning sending three people to local area hospitals. According to authorities the Duluth Police Department, Duluth Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the…

Eleven Charged in Major Twin Ports Drug Bust

One Defendant is Still on the run

1/5 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – A major drug bust in the Twin Ports has led to 11 people being charged in court today for their roles in supplying multiple pounds of meth per week in the area….

Towns NOT Eligible For Town of the Week

The following towns have been Town of the Week and are not eligible again at this time. Some of our early winners are now able to participate again. if your town is not on this list please feel free to nominate them: Barnum Ashland Grand Marais Two Harbors Cook Port Wing Proctor Cloquet Eveleth Hayward Lake Nebagamon Sandstone Babbitt Mountain…

New Murals Unveiled in Northland

Both Duluth and Superior Have New Murals

NORTHLAND-Multiple new murals have popped up in the Northland. Over at the pub Jack’s Place on Tower Avenue, a huge mural is being painted by artist Brian Olson in the bar’s beer garden. The co-owner of the bar said this is the 13th mural at the site with this one focusing on a cityscape from Superior’s past. “Customer’s love it;…

Bayfront Blues Festival Tomorrow

About 30 Bands Set to Perform

DULUTH, Minn.-The 30th annual Bayfront Blue Festival kicks off tomorrow with gates opening at 11 a.m. More than 20,000 fans are expected to take over Bayfront this weekend with about 30 acts performing. Event organizers said the last three decades have flown by and they are proud that Bayfront has grown so much over the years. “It’s amazing, it doesn’t…