Author: Viktoria Capek

UMD ‘Students for Justice’ Speak Out Against the Purchase of Personal Protective Gear

A group of nearly 20 students calling themselves 'Students for Justice' are rallying against the city's possible purchase of riot gear.

DULUTH, Minn.- A group of students at the University of Minnesota Duluth calling themselves the Students for Justice marched around campus and spoke out against the city’s possible decision to purchase riot gear. The group of nearly 20 student activists chanted that a city that does not have problems with riots should not have to purchase riot gear. The students found…

Bowling to Beat Breast Cancer Entering its 12th and Final Year

Bowling to Beat Breast Cancer has created several opportunities to donate beyond their annual bowling event.

DULUTH, Minn.-“Everything comes to an end, and this, we thought, there’s 12 frames in– actually I think there’s 10 in bowling, but there’s really 12 for a perfect game… So this is our final frame,” said breast cancer survivor Barb Hoag. Bowling to Beat Breast Cancer, a non profit started in 2007, spent 12 years dedicated to changing the lives of those…

Over 500 Students and Teachers Start their School Day Getting Active

Piedmont Elementary School was one of 200 Minnesota school's participating in Walk to School Day.

DULUTH, Minn.- A brisk fall morning didn’t stop over 200 Minnesota schools from participating in International Walk and Bike to School Day. Nearly 500 Piedmont Elementary students were dropped off at the Seventh Day Advent Church, about three blocks from the school, so they could join their classmates in getting an active start to their day. Kids were greeted by…

Take a Halloween Haul Up the North Shore on the Pumpkin Patch Express

The Pumpkin Patch Express is the Northshore Scenic Railroad's second largest train ride

DULUTH, Minn.-To add to the list of fun Fall activities to do in the Northland this Halloween season, you can also take a trip down the Northshore Scenic Railroad on this year’s Pumpkin Patch Express! It’s the second biggest train ride offered at the railroad, hosting over ten thousand riders in four days. The train boards at the depot then…

Time to Stock Up in Winter Clothing for the Season

Northwest Outlet has Winter gear and tips to using it this coming season

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Employees at the Northwest Outlet in Superior shared their tips and tricks with customers during their busiest season of the year… The number one being the importance of buying and purchasing base layers to wear. Employees say that purchasing wicking base layers to wear underneath your clothing will be the best thing to keep you warm. This differs from…

Golf Knows No Season… Players Embrace the Cold Weather

Enger Golf Course is open year-round for anyone interest in playing.

DULUTH, Minn.- Walking into the changing of the seasons, Enger Golf Course is preparing for the Duluth Winter, though not quite the way you’d think. The 27–hole course is getting ready to change hours for the coming months not because of the cold weather, but because of available sunlight! Both employees and regulars to the course were ready to embrace…

Superior Firefighters Respond to Structure Fire

A structure fire in Superior was put to rest by firefighters.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 1709 Susquehanna Avenue in Superior early Saturday morning. Upon arrival, smoke was visible from the exterior of the home, the gas and the boiler was turned off. Fire had extended to the crawl space under the utility room. Crews were able to access the crawl space and extinguish the fire. No one…

Governor Scott Walker Speaks Out to Generations to Come in Superior

Governor Scott Walker stops in Superior to talk jobs and healthcare.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Governor Scott Walker made a stop at the Ace’s bar in Superior continuing his Wisconsin working bus tour. Republican leader of the state since 2011, Walker also made stops in Hayward and Ashland, dwelling heavily on the state’s decrease in unemployment in the past 7 months, and claiming the work force is greater than ever before. The governor also…

Savers in Duluth is the Top Selling Branch Location in the United States for Halloween Costumes

The local location sells more at Halloween than any other time of year.

DULUTH, Minn.-An important part of the Halloween traditions, picking out the perfect costumes, is made easy at a local Twin Ports location. Savers thrift store in Duluth is the number one branch location in the United States for bringing in Halloween costumes revenue. The store has hundreds of new and used costume pieces for sale, starting in Mid-September through October…

The Great Pumpkin Returns to Lake Superior Zoo… and it’s Bigger than Ever!

Lake Superior Zoo welcomes massive pumpkin for Boo at the Zoo event.

DULUTH, Minn.- Despite feeling like an early Winter in the Twin Ports, there are still some Fall preparations underway as the Lake Superior Zoo prepares for its annual Boo at the Zoo event. The zoo welcomed local gardener Danny Tanner’s giant pumpkin early Wednesday morning, a crowd favorite at the Halloween event for many years. The pumpkin, weighing in at…

Pocan and Radinovich Discuss Labor Issues with Union Leaders

Congressman Mark Pocan and 8th Congressional District Democratic candidate Joe Radinovich meet with Union Leaders.

DULUTH, Minn.- The future of the Minnesota economy and rights for labor unions was discussed Wednesday as congressman Mark Pocan joined either district congressional candidate Joe Radinovich for a roundtable at the Labor Temple in Duluth. The Democratic candidate welcomed congressman Pocan to the discussion as a former union organizer and current co-chair of the congressional progressive caucus, Radinovich said…

Student DJs are Recognized for College Radio Day

A national holiday celebrating college DJs.

DULUTH, Minn.- Colleges across the nation celebrated local music and student led radio stations for College Radio Day. University of Minnesota Duluth’s radio station, 103.3 FM, or “The Basement” as it’s called, has nearly 200 students involved with the school’s program. The basement’s regular hours are from 9 to 11 every night, but the holiday’s celebration allowed student DJ’s the…

Locomotive Letdown! Steam Engine Rides Cancelled Until Summer 2019

The Norshore Scenic Railroad Steam Engine 28 will be out of use until 2019.

DULUTH, Minn.- Those who were looking forward to the Fall season’s trip down the Norshore Scenic Railroad on a steam engine will have to wait just a bit longer. Steam Engine 28 is not quite ready to ride as engineers had anticipated. After discovering a misalignment issue with one of the engine’s wheels, the locomotive has been under repair for…

Hot Dog! The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Travels Through the Twin Ports!

One of six Wienermobiles traveling across the country!

SUPERIOR Wis.- Northlander’s relished in the fun of seeing the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile travel through the Twin Ports! The famous weenie on wheels is one of only six driving all across the country. The dog made two stops in Superior Thursday sporting its Oscar Mayer jingle and certified drivers, known as Hotdoggers, Ann Ma-Weenie and Ketch-Up Kyle. “You have to…

UMD Rallies Support for Consent Week

A week dedicated to fighting harassment and teaching people what consent really is.

DULUTH, Minn.- University of Minnesota Duluth students and faculty are rallying together in honor of “Consent Week.” The week is filled with events including speakers and informational sessions from organizations like the Women’s Resource and Action Center, a group of college students supporting those who have experienced sexual harassment. Consent week was organized to let students with allies know they…

Parent-Toddler Art Class is in Session at the Duluth Art Institute

Children under the age of five can learn how to make various art projects.

DULUTH, Minn.-Parents and their talented tots kicked off a Fall class at the Duluth Art Institute in Lincoln Park called ‘Big Art for Littles” Children under the age of five had the opportunity to sign up for the five week class teaching them how to do different art projects. The program has been going on for about four years at…

Students at Lake Superior College Aim for Success

Over 500 students attended the day's event.

DULUTH, Minn.- For the past 10 years, Lake Superior College has found a way to benefit students in ways greater than just learning in a classroom. Every semester the school hosts a student success day dedicated to showcasing college and community resources. The day’s event gathered several school organizations, community action groups and key note speakers for students to interact…

St. Scholastica Students Rack Up Volunteer Hours

Hundreds of students helped out in the Twin Ports community.

DULUTH, Minn.- Students at the College of St. Scholastica are getting their volunteer hours in, as the student body was released from class to get out and help in the community. For Community Day, independent students and several organizations from the school dedicated their day to Twin Ports area non-profits, doing things like moving equipment, cleaning beaches and writing Christmas…

Art Around Town: Meet Pete, the Man Who Knits

With local art, comes plenty of local artists!

TWO HARBORS, Minn.-With local art comes local artists, and one Minnesota native is owning his craft with great pride! “I’ve always loved art and art in general, and I’ve always wanted to work for myself. So when this opportunity arose, it was really great,” said 39 year-old Pete Barnett, who has been enveloped with the arts for as long as…

Canal Park Resumes Normal Operation After Striping the Streets

The Imagine Canal Park trial comes to a close.

DULUTH, Minn.- Officials with the city blocked off South Lake Ave. for about two hours while they removed the tape and road blocks in place from the Imagine Canal Park Trial. This marks the end of the five week trial. Officials say the parking meters blocked off from use lost the city nearly $3000. Parking meters, Buchanan Street access and…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Diamond Royal Tack

The one stop shop for all your Weatern wear needs in the Northland!

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Northern Midwest isn’t normally knowing for its Western staples, but Fox 21 found one of the only places in the Twin Ports that can help you gear up for a ride. On the brim of Lake Superior, Diamond Royal Tack has a little something for everyone, but the family owned business focuses on giving those in the…

Glensheen Mansion Offers Apple Flights as a Fall Treat

The flights are an experiment for possible future fall festivities.

DULUTH, Minn.- Apples are taking center stage at Glensheen Mansion as a Fall celebration begins there. Similar to a flight of beer, the mansion is offering apple flights to guests for the first time. The flight comes with four different types of apples and an informational poster describing what each apple is like and where it comes from. Glensheen Mansion…

Specialists in Cardiovascular Medicine Discuss Their Latest Findings

Experts present to those in the field of heart medicine at the Duluth conference.

DULUTH, Minn.- Specialists in cardiovascular medicine from Essentia Health gathered to hear from experts in their field. The annual conference at the DECC was dedicated to practitioners and health care team members interested in learning the latest strategies in heart care. Program coordinators like Dr. Wilson Ginete said that conferences like this are important for physicians who rarely get to…

Mammography Physicians Get Together to Talk Advancements in the Field

The 22nd Annual Breast Imaging Duluth conference kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Medical Technology Management Institute held their 22nd annual Breast Imaging Duluth Conference. Radiologists and Mammography technicians gathered at the Inn on Lake Superior to hear from fellow professionals. The conference showcased the latest in screening and mammogram technology including the 3D scanner used to evaluate early onset of breast cancer in men and women. “It’s important for…

University ASL Program Recognizes Deaf Awareness Month

The University of Minnesota Duluth's ASL minor is the second largest minor at the school.

DULUTH, Minn.- As September comes to an end, Fox 21 goes into a national month topic that resonates with a small but present community in the Twin Ports. “Deaf Awareness Month is important to our community. It gives recognition to the language that we value,” Deaf studies instructor at the University of Minnesota Duluth Sunny Brysch signed, translated through an…

National Coffee Day is Finishing off September, but There’s More to it Than Your Regular Cup of Joe

What else can you do with coffee besides drink it?

DULUTH, Minn.- Fox 21’s Viktoria Capek takes you to the “lab” of Duluth Coffee Company where Jess Rossing creates organic beauty products and body scrubs from dried coffee grounds. She tells us all about her business Pretty Gritty Body. For more information on Pretty Gritty Body, you can learn in person at Duluth Coffee Company on Superior Street or visit…

Iron Mug to Host Anti-Bully Pancake Breakfast for the Public

Iron Mug is working with Teach, and Anti-Bullying organization working through Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- An anti-bulling pancake breakfast is happening Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Iron Mug in West Duluth. Everyone is invited to the cafe Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon to enjoy a breakfast served by local community leaders and celebrities. Iron Mug owner Mike Letecia wanted to host the event in the restaurant hoping to bring together at least…

Ursa Minor Brewing Opens in Lincoln Park

The brewery will celebrate thought the week in honor of its grand opening.

DULUTH, Minn.- Making its debut as the newest addition to the Lincoln Park Craft District, Ursa Minor Brewing opened Wednesday, Sept. 26 with a celebration that lasts through the week. Breaking ground in early January, construction for the brewery lasted up until the day before opening. Kegs of several different beers were hooked up fresh before the opening celebration at…

Bluebird Foundation Announces New Year’s Celebration to Take Place

One of the biggest New Year's Eve celebration's in Duluth in over a decade!

DULUTH, Minn.-Lundeen productions and Twin Ports Entertainment announced their collaboration to throw the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration held in the Northland in over a decade. Across four venues- the Greysolon Ballroom, Moorish Room, Black Water Lounge and the Norshore Theatre- the celebration will feature full course meal, live music, dancing and champagne. Lundeen Productions president Tracy Lundeen thinks the…

Rail Safety Week Kicks Off with “Officer on a Train”

The week is to engage the community in how they can be a part of railroad safety awareness/

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Rail Safety Week kicked off across the nation Monday, Sept. 24, encouraging the community to engage in what they can do to be more aware at railway intersections. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Superior hosted their annual “Officer on a Train” event to start the week. During the ride, officers monitored for any safety concerns noticed…

City Officials and Duluthians Rally Against Kavanaugh Allegations

The rally spoke out in support of sexual harassment and assault victims.

DULUTH, Minn.-Dozens gathered at the Building for Women in Duluth to speak their minds and rally against the recent sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominees Brett Kavanaugh. The rally, organized in just under 48 hours at the spontaneous hand of several local elected officials, sexual assault clinic representatives and Duluth activist, included speeches, chants and a call to action….

Duluth Folk School Welcomes New Coffee Roaster and Cafe to Open this Fall

Almanac Coffee is a part of the Duluth Folk School, set to open for business Fall 2018.

DULUTH, Minn.- Another new business is making their debut in the Lincoln Park Craft District. Almanac coffee will be West Duluth’s newest micro-roastery, just one of many businesses to live in the renovated Duluth Folk School. Almanac’s specialty grade coffees will be distributed to local partners like Dovetail, the cafe also set to open in the folk school. Owner Russell…

Animal Answers: Hawk Ridge Observes Bird Migration

Bird migration season is in full swing!

DULUTH, Minn.- Bird Migration season started in mid-August and runs through November. For this week’s Animal Answers, Fox 21’s Viktoria Capek talks with John Richardson and Margie Menzies from the bird watching platform at Hawk Ridge to learn about the year’s migration season and what people can expect from the annual bird migration festival. Categories: Animal Answers, News, News –…

Remembering the 100-Year Anniversary of the Death of Finnish Immigrant

Olli Kinkkonen was hanged in Lester Park for his acts, or lack thereof.

DULUTH, Minn.- Sept. 18, 1918 marks the supposed lynching of Finnish immigrant Olli Kinkkonen. The story goes that Olli refused to fight in World War I and there was a toss up on if he was a peaceful man refusing to fight or an outspoken anti-war advocate. A group known as the “Knights of Loyalty” labeled men who didn’t go…

Hotel Pikku Opens in Lincoln Park

One of the many newly opened editions for the Lincoln Park Craft District.

DULUTH, Minn.- Pikku means ‘small and odd,’ but the Hotel Pukku’s size and aesthetic appears to fit perfectly in the renovated Lincoln Park Craft District. The hotel was opened for guests to stay at for the first time in mid-September. With three suite style rooms, each with a living room, bedroom and bathroom and two with full kitchens, it was…

Local Business Has Fun With Construction Traffic

Two Harbors construction is causing a back up in traffic and one local business wanted to lighten the mood.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- A local business is making light of the traffic construction is causing through town. Sweet Pea’s Gift Shop waned to make sure their store was noticed by backed up cars, so they decided to put jokes in the windows for passer-by’s to read. This was owners Randy and Katie Lancaster’s idea to keep people from getting frustrated…

Emergency Response Team Revamps Place in Twin Ports

Wenck is an Environmental Consultant Company whose emergency response sector is looking to protect the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn.- A Twin Cities based company, experts in emergency response are ramping up their image in Duluth. Wenck is an environmental consultant whose response team is expanding into the Twin Ports to protect the several industries in the area. The company plans to work alongside the fire and police departments, but will focus primarily on the clean up and…

Chester Bowl Fall Fest Highlights the Changing Season

Another Fall festival is taking place in the Twin Ports.

DULUTH, Minn.- The annual Chester Bowl Fall Festival celebrates the changing of the season with art vendors, live music and activities for kids. The festival is a free event, but a suggested donation of $5 is asked for at the door to help raise money to get kids on skis and out in the snow for the Winter. Operations manager…

Superior Public Library Hosts their First Big Book Sale Since Renovation

The annual sale is a crowd favorite among the Northland!

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Friends of the Superior Public Library hosted their annual book sale! Bargains on books- paperbacks, hardbacks, CDs, DVDs, artwork and more were available for the first time since the library’s renovation. People from all over the Twin Ports, like Paul Peterson and his wife, packed the building to support an events they hope to see continue in…