Author: Viktoria Capek

Shopping Safety Reminder for the Holidays

DULUTH, Minn.- With holiday shoppers comes holiday prowlers and easier access for thieves to steal goods out of people’s cars. Officials with the Duluth police department say there’s a stronger possibility for theft and burglary crimes during the Christmas season. This is because of gifts and bags being left in the open. Officers say this is a preventable crime, however,…

Duluth Police Department Welcomes Their Newest K-9

Kallie is a single purpose explosives dog.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth police department has a new, furry member of the squad. Kallie is a black lab and the 4th addition to the department’s k-9 unit. She’s 17 months old, a new graduate from training and the freshest face you’ll see at events all around the Northland. Kallie is a single purpose explosives dog. She was brought on as…

Duluth Council to Vote on Conversion Therapy Ban

The Duluth city council will vote to limit Conversion Therapy methods Monday.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth city councilors are working to ban medical conversion therapy across the city. The supposed practice is said it change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity and is usually aimed at young people. Under the proposed ordinance, a person found practicing conversion therapy would be ticketed and charged. 1st district councilor Gary Anderson said there’s been tremendous initiative…

Arrowhead Ice & Fishing Show Returns to DECC for 7th Year

DULUTH, Minn.- The Arrowhead Ice and Fishing Show is back at the DECC for its seventh year. More than 150 vendors, entertainers and Winter sport professionals began settling in for the event Thursday morning. The show has expanded this year to include more family friendly exhibits like an interactive grizzly bear encounter. “Ice fishing has really become a popular sport. It’s…

Icy Roads Lead to Increased Business at Twin Ports Collision Shops

Quality Collision will be busy with vehicle repairs through April.

DULUTH, Minn.- The back and forth of snow, ice and frigid temperatures this week has done a number on some roads in the Twin Ports. Slick and slippery conditions are usually easy to manage when the city and county spread salt on the roads, but it’s been too cold for the salt to melt the ice. Because of this, collision shops…

Pre-Checking Your Heating Sources Could Help Save Money in Frigid Temperatures

Superior Water, Light & Power recommends checking your heating sources early.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Protecting your self and your car are usually the first things we think of when temperatures drop dangerously low, but Superior Water, Light & Power says checking your furnaces and protecting your homes is just as important. They say it’ll be cheaper to protect your heating sources now, rather than later. People should check their furnace filters every…

How to Protect Your Skin When You Can’t Avoid Extreme Cold Temperatures

Essentia experts warn Northlanders of just how quick frostbite can set in.

DULUTH, Minn.- Most people try to avoid the outdoors in the sub-zero temperatures, but there are some who have no choice but to endure the frigid cold. Construction workers, people who don’t have a car, reporters are just some of the jobs and things that keep people outside during this time of year. But spending time outside can become hazardous when…

SAKI Program Receives Fifth Grant Toward Helping Survivors of Sexual Assault

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) totals $727,651 in 2019 fiscal year grants.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth– St. Louis county Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) project just received its fifth federal grant. The latest award will help victim–survivors of sexual assault by funding prosecution of their abusers. The award puts the SAKI program’s sum grant total at $727,651 this fiscal year. Duluth police, PAVSA and St. Louis county all say this money is helping…

Duluth Snow Brings Central Minnesotans Up the North Shore

Minnesotans embrace the snow and waves in Canal Park.

DULUTH, Minn.- Many Minnesotans call themselves the toughest people when it comes to gearing up for brutal winters, cold weather and major snow fall. In fact, a handful of them are embracing it! “I feel like if we live in Minnesota, we know it’s going to be cold, it’s going to snow and you’ve just got to get out and enjoy it…

More Snow Means More Sales at Local Hardware Stores

Marshall Hardware has been busy with last minute shoppers preparing for Duluth's snow storms.

DULUTH, Minn.- The double layer of snow falling in the Twin Ports has people rushing through local hardware stores to buy new snow gear. Car and sidewalk scrapers were a big seller at Marshall Hardware Store Monday morning. The store owner says he’s glad to see people learning that one shovel won’t cut it in this kind of snow. “So the…

148th Fighter Wing Honors Active and Newly Retired Members

The 2019 148th Fighter Wing Awards and Retirement Ceremony

DULUTH, Minn.- Active and newly retired members of Duluth’s 148th Fighter Wing were recognized at the DECC Sunday for their accomplishments in 2019. The 148th fighter wing is home to more than one thousand active duty members and employees, many of whom received national attention in 2019. “2019 has been one of the most rewarding years in the history of the…

Adas Israel Synagogue Demolition Begins

The Adas Israel Synagogue began demolition Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn.- Demolition of Duluth’s Adas Israel synagogue has begun. The historic building on 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue East was the oldest Jewish Orthodox congregation in Duluth before it burned down in September. Neighbors watched machines tear down what was left of the building. David Lewis lived across from the synagogue for 22 years and still can’t believe it’s gone….

Northlanders Cut Down Their Own Christmas Trees

Boulder Lake Environmental Center hosts their 20th annual Christmas tree cut.

DULUTH, Minn.- The smell of fresh cut pine filled the Northland air Saturday. The 20th annual Boulder Lake Environmental Center tree cut invited families to chop down and take home their very own Christmas tree. This was sisters Taylor and Ria Cole’s first year at the Boulder Lake cut. They had their sights on a tree with the perfect shape and…

Second Small Business Saturday Encourages Northlanders to Shop Local

Small Business Saturday 2.0 sweeps local shops in the Twin Ports.

DULUTH, Minn; SUPERIOR, Wis.- Local shops in the Twin Ports got a second chance at Small Business Saturday after it was snowed out by last weekend’s storm. More than 50 stores, restaurants and artists in the Northland put their best foot forward for Small Business Saturday 2.0. Superior Street was crawling with Duluth shoppers looking for a bargain. Stores like…

Spirit Mountain Asks Council for $235 Thousand to Make Up Lost Wages

Spirit Mountain is facing a financial crisis after their cancelled snocross event.

DULUTH, Minn.- Spirit Mountain needs cash. The executive director of Duluth’s snowy tourist attraction says they’re struggling to meet payroll for employees heading into the holiday season. Ironically, snow is holding the snow mountain back. The recent blizzard cancelled last weekend’s national snocross event and put spirit hundreds of thousands of dollars in the hole. “There’s not an insurance policy…

Parking Services Buckle Down on Parked Cars After Snow Storm

Duluth Parking Services says wrongly parked cars are blocking snow plows.

DULUTH, Minn.- The city of Duluth says they can’t give any more passes to people parked on the wrong side of the street after the snow storm. Officials were lenient with cars stuck early in the week but have started ticketing vehicles blocking plows from clearing residential roads. The Central and East Hillside neighborhoods are among the areas experiencing the most…

Buy Coffee With a Side Sleeve of Care

Red Mug Coffeehouse sells coffee with sleeves decorated by Cooper Elementary students.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Coffee drinkers can get their lattes with a little side of love at Red Mug Coffeehouse. Each to-go coffee from the shop will get a custom sleeve decorated by a student at Cooper Elementary School. Every student at the school made at least one coffee sleeve in honor of “caring and giving” month. “The first thing I thought is…

Age Well Arrowhead Volunteers Pay Extra Focus to Elderly Community After Snow Storm

Age Well Arrowhead volunteers shovel snow and deliver groceries for Twin Ports elderly community.

DULUTH, Minn.- The snow doesn’t exactly make it easy for people to do common tasks like grocery shopping- This is especially true for the elderly community in the Twin Ports and is why Age Well Arrowhead is doing what they can to help out while the snow is piled high. Age Well Arrowhead helps older folks year–round. During a doozy…

Community Professionals Fight Recidivism in Duluth

SOAR Career Solutions holds final Transition Coalition of 2019.

DULUTH, Minn.- The common goal of keeping people out of jail brought the community together for SOAR Career Solutions final “Transition Coalition” meeting of the year. The event invited mental health, academic and employment professionals to share different methods of helping people get back to normal life after incarceration. “Most people don’t have just the one problem. If you’re homeless,…

UMD Chancellor Gives Details on School’s Budget Cuts

Chancellor Lendley C. Black makes intentions clear with up and coming school budget cuts.

DULUTH, Minn.-UMD Chancellor Lendley Black spoke out for the first time today regarding his decisions to make $5.2 million in budget cuts for 2020 school year. This, after facing public backlash from faculty and staff in the school of fine arts for choosing to focus some of his cuts on the humanities departments. UMD’s College for Liberal Arts and the…

Officials Keep Close Eye on City After Storm, Still Cautioning Travel in Some Areas

Canal Park and surrounding areas take hits from deep snow and standing water.

DULUTH, Minn.- Among major neighborhoods in Duluth affected by the storm, Canal Park and Park Point may have taken the hardest hit over the last two days. Duluth police kept a close watch on the downtown area after closing several roads in and around it. “This was a snowfall total that’s right up there with some of the worst ones I’ve…

Emergency Personnel Break Out Blizzard Gear for Fall Snow Storm

Duluth Fire Department prepares for the worst.

DULUTH, Minn.- 30 mile per hour winds making 15 foot high waves on Lake Superior Saturday. A portion of the Duluth Harbor has even shut down and Park Point is closed to non–residents. Meanwhile, a foot or more of snow could fall on the Northland overnight into tomorrow, causing power outages and closures across the region, including Bentleyville and the DTA…

Grocery Stores Double Business Before Storm on a Normally Slow Holiday Weekend

The Plaza Super One in Duluth is busy post-Thanksgiving with people preparing for the Fall blizzard.

DULUTH, Minn.-Grocery stores in the Northland, like the Plaza Super One on Superior Street have been staying busy over the last two days with people stocking up on food for the storm. Staff say grocery sales on Black Friday more than doubled sales in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Many people buying items to eat in the next couple…

Thanksgiving Then and Now: How Traditions Have Changed Over the Years

Taking a closer look at the history behind the modern Thanksgiving.

MINNESOTA – For some, Thanksgiving continues to be an important day of the year filled with many time–honored family traditions. For others, it’s just another day for football, turkey and mashed potatoes- hardly a celebration at all. As Fox 21’s Viktoria Capek reports, the holiday has gone through quite a journey over the years. “A lot of people have lived…

St. Luke’s Hospital Prepares Special Thanksgiving Menu for Patients

St. Luke's staff celebrate Thanksgiving with their own holiday traditions.

DULUTH, Minn.- Sometimes, work or unfortunate circumstances means that not everyone can gather around the dining room table to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with their loved ones. That’s why staff at St. Luke’s hospital spent their holiday making a special dinner for the doctors, nurses and patients to enjoy. Their Thanksgiving has a few food traditions the whole hospital looks forward…

Richard I. Bong Center Serving Those Who’ve Served this Thanksgiving

Richard I. Bong Center's hosts 2nd annual Veteran's Thanksgiving.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Volunteers at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior spent their Thanksgiving holiday serving those who have already served. This was the second year veterans and their families were invited to the center for a warm meal of turkey, ham, candied yams, stuffing and all the homemade desserts you can think of. “I really respect people…

Volunteers Hit the Ground Running with DECC Thanksgiving Preps

The DECC Thanksgiving Day Buffet will be Thursday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn.- Thanksgiving preps were already in full swing at the DECC early Monday morning. Hundreds of volunteers came in for a week of peeling potatoes, baking bread and cooking more than 200 turkeys to feed thousands at Duluth’s annual holiday meal. Volunteers like Mike Dittmar, who’s been helping prep the dinner for 15 years, say giving back to those in…

MnDOT Announces Major Delays Due to Costs of Upcoming “Can of Worms” Project

MnDOT delays two major parts of the Twin Ports Interchange project indefinitely.

DULUTH, Minn.- MnDOT says they’re struggling to get funding for unforeseen costs adding up in the upcoming Twin Ports Interchange, or “Can of Worms,” reconstruction project, and it’s causing parts of the project to downsize. Officials say they’re projecting construction to cost more than $100 million over the original budget, putting new estimated costs at $443 million. Some of the new…

UW-Superior Students Show Off Their Gratitude

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Students at UW-Superior got their hands in the paint and made gratitude cards in honor of the season of thanks. The arts and crafts project was a first time event put on by the university’s Residence Hall Association. The program aims to encourage students to reach out and thank their friends and family who have supported them all semester…

Wisconsin Firearm Deer Season Opens Saturday

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Fire arm deer season kicks off this weekend in Wisconsin. Superior Shooter Supply is busy with hunters making last minute purchases for the opener. Staff say they’ve enjoyed seeing a young crowd of hunters making their first round of preps this year. “We have so many rifles for youth and ladies this year, more than normal,” store owner Pat…

Duluth Receives $17 Million in State Funding for Affordable Housing

One Roof Community Housing and City Center Housing to build affordable housing project in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth is celebrating a victory in its fight for more affordable housing. The city has been granted $17 million in state funding dedicated to building three housing projects. “It is not coincidental that we are getting funding because we are being bold and talking about how housing is a real struggle for us,” Duluth mayor Emily Larson said. City…

Lana the Tiger Dies at Lake Superior Zoo

Lana lived at Lake Superior Zoo since 2015.

DULUTH, Minn.-Lake Superior Zoo’s tiger Lana has died. She was 15-years-old and was diagnosed with liver disease last September. Below is a statement from the Zoo on Lana’s passing: It is with heavy hearts that we share the sad news that Lana, our 15-year-old Amur tiger, has passed away. Lana was diagnosed with liver disease this past September and was…

“Stone Soup” Brings the Community Together for a Warm Meal

The Superior YMCA hosts their annual "Stone Soup" tradition.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A fable based on hot water and a rock brought people inside the Superior YMCA today to escape the icy cold. “Stone soup” as it’s called, is a mix if different foods shared in a community. It’s an annual tradition at the Superior “Y” to invite childcare staff and kids in YMCA programs to eat soup and spend time…

Fannie Rose Candy Shop is Getting a Sweet Upgrade

Fannie Rose Candy Shop changes name to Duluth Candy Co.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s local candy store is getting a sweet upgrade before the end of the month. Fannie Rose Candy Shop on Superior Street is changing its name to Duluth Candy Co. The shop says it’s time to paint the walls and renovate the insides after a decade downtown. The building the candy store is in, however, will still be called…

Essentia’s ‘Vision Northland’ Project Takes the Construction Spotlight Downtown

Superior Street construction ends, Essentia Health expansion continues.

DULUTH, Minn.- From one construction project to the next, People in Duluth are free to drive down Superior Street just to see the multi-million dollar Essentia Health expansion project take the construction spotlight downtown. Essentia says it’s “Vision Northland” project is turning into a reality now that they’re finishing the demolition phase of their three-year makeover. Officials say working on their…

Marine General Turkey Fry Raises Thousands for Duluth Bike Drive

Marine General, The Salvation Army and Duluth businesses celebrate the season of giving with the annual Turkey Fry.

DULUTH, Minn.- It was a three-in-one celebration at Marine General in Duluth Wednesday: A holiday turkey fry, the kick–off to ice fishing season and a fundraiser for the annual city bike drive This is the 11th year Marine General… The Salvation Army and several Duluth Businesses have raised money to buy bikes for kids and families. They were able to…

Gov. Walz Talks Apprenticeships with Labor Leaders in Duluth

The Apprenticeship Summit represented trade jobs in Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some state leaders believe the “learn as you go” technique may be the best way to encourage young professionals to pursue trade careers, many represented at an apprenticeship summit in Duluth Friday. An apprenticeship is a way to train and study while you work and there are a record number of openings for them in Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz…

The Thanksgiving Pizza Arrives in the Northland

Turkey, stuffing and gravy... oh my!

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Make way for the Northland’s newest Thanksgiving delicacy: The Thanksgiving pizza at Shamrock Bar in Superior started as a meal the cooks would throw together in the past with their holiday leftovers, but staff decided it was time to put it on the menu as the featured pizza of the month. The pie comes with gravy, turkey, stuffing and…

New Baby Primate Joins Lake Superior Zoo Family

An Angolan Colobus Monkey was born.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Zoo welcomed a new member to their furry family this week. Weighing in at just under a pound, a baby Angolan Colobus monkey was born to 17-year-old Kero and 7-year-old Ndizi. This is the first Angolan Colobus born at the zoo in over six years, Kero’s second baby and Ndizi’s first. “The role that the…

UW-Superior Student Veterans Share Military-Civilian Transition Experience

Green Zone Train offers a way to connect veterans and civilians at UW-Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Student veterans at UW-Superior shared their experiences transitioning to life after the military. They led a “green zone training” at the university to teach faculty, staff and students some of the difficulties they face when they make the switch back to civilian life. Some current student veterans say the toughest part about transitioning is finding a new social…

Staying Safe on the Northland’s First Ice this Winter

Ice gear and preparation is key to safety.

DULUTH, Minn; SUPERIOR, Wis.- People who love ice fishing have probably already found their go–to spot on the water this year thanks to the Northland’s early freezing temperatures. But that first ice isn’t always the most reliable to step on. The DNR’s ice thickness recommendations are as follows: Don’t stand on anything less than 4 inches 5 to 6 inches for…

Auto Shops Slammed with Last-Minute Winter Tire Changes

Perfect Timing Auto Repair in West Duluth has picked up business Winterizing vehicles.

DULUTH, Minn.- Lakes aren’t the only thing freezing over this week. Tire and auto shops in the Twin Ports have been busy with people Winterinzing their vehicles to stay safe on the icy roads. Some shops have up to a three week wait for people trying to get snow tires, but Perfect Timing Auto Repair in West Duluth says there’s…

Essentia Clinic Recruits Research Volunteers in Superior

"All of Us" research program recruits at Superior YMCA.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Essentia Health is looking for more community volunteers to enroll in their medical research program. “All of Us” is the name of the research program trying to collect data that is representative of all demographics in the Twin Ports. The program spent Wednesday enrolling people at the YMCA in Superior. Officials say they reach more people when they recruit…

Duluth Fire Department Names its First Female Deputy Chief

Marnie Grondahl is named deputy chief of the life safety division.

DULUTH, Minn.- The city of Duluth made history this week by naming its first ever female deputy fire chief. Marnie Grondahl has been with the Duluth fire department for 32 years. After 8 years as fire marshal, she’s been appointed as the next deputy chief of the life safety and administration. Grondahl is one of 15 women out of the 148…

Duluth Golf Programs Go Even More in Debt

The 2019 golf season set Duluth back an estimated $190 thousand.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth golf programs have dug themselves into a hole, and it’s no hole in one. After years of trying to pull themselves out of debt, parks and recreation experienced a major setback during the 2019 golf season. It’s estimated the courses lost about $190 thousand this year, compared to 2018 where they lost $60 thousand. City administrators say…

Undergraduate Students Showcase Months-Long Research Projects

UMD undergraduate students showcase research projects.

DULUTH, Minn.- Specially selected undergraduate students at u–m–d showed off months worth of research at the school’s Fall showcase Tuesday. Most majors were represented at the fair. Many STEM students focused on their advancements in the medical field, including Dean Nguyen, who was presenting his research on the heat capacity of certain molecules. “For mine, I kind of give an…

Funding for Warming Shelters in St. Louis County Approved

Additional funding for St. Louis County warming shelters approved in a 7-0 vote.

ST. LOUIS CO., Minn.- It’s been a long, back and forth battle over where money would come from to fund Northland warming centers this winter. With temperatures already dropping below zero in some places this week, it’s as though St. Louis Co. passed the allowance of additional funds just in the nick of time. The St. Louis County board chair says…

Piedmont Elementary Students Given the Gift of Sight

Students at Piedmont Elementary School received free vision tests.

DULUTH, Minn.- The students at Piedmont Elementary School were given the gift of sight thanks to a grant that allowed them to take free vision tests. The grant, provided by “America’s Best” vision in Duluth, came as a complete surprise to the school’s principal Beth Shermoen was only trying to get vision screenings for about 40 students that she saw struggling with…