Author: Viktoria Capek

Cyclists Swarm the Honey Bee Folk Festival

Don't start the day with just another 5k!

CLOQUET, Minn.- The northtland celebrated and event sweeter than honey as the first ever Honey Bee Folk Festival made its way to Cloquet. One particular group of festival goers wanted to raise awareness for the honey bees and be one with nature, but they wanted to show up in style. Instead of flying in like a regular swarm of nature’s…

Dozens of Kids Participate in a Triathlon Made Just for Them

These tiny triathletes swim, bike, and run like champions

DULUTH, Minn.- The weather was just warm enough for the kids outside to crack open an ice cold root beer at the 2018 Root Beer Kids Triathlon. Overr 100 kids ages 6 to 14 participated in the annual race. It started in honor of the Lakewalk Surgery Center Brewhouse Triathalon, but is exclusively for child athletes. Come from a famility…

Proctor Speedway’s Biggest Event of the Year Brings in Local Celebrities to Race School Buses

You may recognize a familiar face from Fox 21...

PROCTOR, Minn. – Proctor Speedway’s biggest money maker of the year put the pedal to the metal with the 2018 Midsummer Night of Madness. Despite the rain delay pushing the event from Saturday to Sunday, nearly 3000 spectators filled the stands to cheer for everything from flipping cars to traditional dirt track racing, and everyone’s favorite celebrity bus racing. Timothy…

UMD Students Present 10 Weeks of Scientific Undergrad Research

The future of science is here!

DULUTH, Minn.- The future of science is closer than you’d think, and it lies in the hands of 25 University of Minnesota Duluth students. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry hosted their 2018 Swenson Undergrad Research Program (SURP) poster fair in the Swenson Science Center Friday, Aug. 3. Funded by the Swenson Family Foundation and university research grants, the event…

Protesters Raise Awareness of Potential Mining and Oil Issues

Community members gathered to share their concerns

DULUTH, Minn.- Dozens marched through downtown Duluth with a common goal to raise awareness of potential pollution problems in the area, preserve the eco-system and sustain human life. Supporters of the Water is Life movement and several other organizations lined the Minnesota Power Plaza to stand against the updated Enbridge line 3 oil pipeline, proposed sulfide mining projects and Husky…

GOP Candidate Bob Anderson Campaigns Across the Northland

The Republican candidate is running for U.S. Senate.

DULUTH, Minn.- . Minnesota GOP candidate Bob Anderson spent the day campaigning to become a U.S. Senator for the upcoming primary election. The dental technician is running for Al Franken’s former seat against two other republican candidates. Anderson prides himself on his lack of political background and support of the working class. “I think it resonates with our message of…

Officials are Investigating the Cause of Widespread 911 Service Outages

An internal maintenance issue caused emergency call centers to shut down across three states.

ST. LOUIS, Minn.- A 9-1-1 call system outage that affected St. Louis county also affected several other cities in the state and as far as North Dakota and North Carolina. Minnesota Emergency Communications announced Thursday afternoon that the outage had nothing to do with terrorism or a cyber attack but was an unusual occurrence. Officials believe the shutdown happened during…

Vikre and Bent Paddle’s Newest Whiskey Creation

The distillery releases its black ale made malt liquor

DULUTH, Minn.- The Vikre Distillery in Canal Park released its newest collaboration project to the public for purchase Friday. Bent Paddle Brewing Black Malt Whiskey has been a project five years in the making and finally made its debut after a bit of trial and error. Vikre founders and Bent Paddle Brewing Co-Owners gathered in the distillery in honor of…

Androy Hotel Takes on New Ownership

Restoration is the name of the game for the historic Superior building

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The historic Androy Hotel is looking to the future as new ownership releases plans for renovation. The hotel was originally build in 1925 but was acquired but the Regner Hotel Corporation in 1986. Owner Marjorie Regner remodled the interior of the complex and adjacent restaurants, but let some of the original structure fall through. Douglas County Historical Society…

Superior Husky Refinery to Begin Normal Operations in 2020

Company officials assure there will be no employment lay-offs despite the set-back

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Exactly three months to the day since the Superior Husky Energy explosion and company leaders come forward praising the company’s continued economic advancement to the city. The Wisconsin location should be running normal operations within 18 to 24 months, but in the mean time continues to employee the same, if not more workers than before the event. Between…

I-35 Flooding, Rock-Filled Storm Sewer Under Review For Long-Term Fix

The I-35 Off-Ramp Of Lake Avenue Is The Center Of Flooding Concerns

DULUTH, Minn.- Lake Superior’s force and lack of access inside some storm sewers are causing a nightmare for engineers with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the city of Duluth. A normal roadway may be all that you see driving along Interstate-35 to the off ramp of Lake Avenue on a sunny day, but even the slightest amount of rain…

Great Outdoors: Activities of the Lumberjack Lifestyle

Welcome to a land of endless woodland possibilities!

HAYWARD, Wis. – The Lumberjack World Championships may be the place for you if you’re tired of “normal” outdoor activities… The festival hosts a number of unique events every year, from log rolling to the double buck saw, all of which are available for non-competitors at the event to learn. Many of the activities present are extremely dangerous, however. That’s…

Elected Officials Call for Congressman Nolan’s Resignation

7 DFL Duluth-Based Figures Come Forward in Agreement

DULUTH, Minn.- City Council President Noah Hobbs released a statement Tuesday afternoon regarding Congressman Rick Nolan’s engagement with the sexual assault harassment allegations placed on his former staffer Jim Swidurski. Rather than being fired in 2015, Swidurski was allowed to leave Nolan’s office and was then hired to work again on Nolan’s 2016 campaign. Nolan later said in hindsight he…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Walk About Real Leather Hats

These hats are more than just a fashion staple

HAYWARD, Wis.- At an outdoor oasis like the Lumberjack World Championships, it’s important to remember to protect yourself from the sun, and Dane Heckendorn is here to make sure you do just that. Heckendorn was a featured vendor at this year’s “Olympics of the Forest,” there to sell his various styles of hats, including real kangaroo leather hats. Originally from…

Wisconsin Democratic Candidate Matthew Flynn Campaigns for Governor

Online registration for the primaries closes July 25

DULUTH, Minn. – Democratic candidate for Wisconsin Governor Matthew Flynn campaigned in the Northern part of the state and surrounding areas early Monday. Flynn is a former chairman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and a U.S. Navy Veteran who says he’s running for governor because he doesn’t want to watch the nation’s democracy be destroyed. His major concerns for…

Calling All Artists in Duluth: The City Wants to Display Your Art

Make your mark on the city's Historic Arts and Theatre district

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Public Arts Commission and the City of Duluth is requesting artist qualifications for new art to be displayed in the third floor corridor in the NorShor Theatre. The corridor connects to the skywalk in the Historic Arts and Theatre District. Submissions for the art to be displayed will be accepted from artists within a 200-mile radius…

Duluth Celebrates its Greatest Natural Resource

The Water for Life Festival featured good music for a good cause

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s no surprise that the heart of the Northland lays with the lake, which is many gathered Sunday afternoon to honor not only the Earth but also its water. Bayfront Festival Park filled with guests anxious to hear big time musical acts like the Indigo Girls, and activists groups and speakers all uniting to support the protection of…

UMD Students Take Political Action

Through rain, sleet, snow, or hail...

DULUTH, Minn.- University of Minnesota Duluth students are encouraging young people to get out and vote, but in a personal way. The group of college Democrats are knocking on doors in the school’s surrounding area in the weeks leading up to the state’s primary elections. This is the group’s second week of knocking on doors and has received a positive…

Valley Youth Center’s Biggest Fundraising Event of the Year

Grab Your Harley and Get Ready to Ride

DULUTH, Minn.- The Valley Youth Center’s 3rd annual Bike Run fundraiser has arrived. The event is the center’s biggest fundraiser of the year and helps raise money for children’s after school and summer programs. The “run” starts with a motorcycle ride through the city starting from Player’s Sports Bar at noon, and ends in the same spot, with raffles and…

Emotions in Motion 5k Run/Walk for Suicide Awareness

Back for it's fifth year with a community stronger than ever

DULUTH, Minn.-  An event that started as a family honoring a lost loved one nearly 15 years ago has grown into a national cause. The Emotions in Motion 5k is a suicide prevention and mental illness awareness event that made it from the Twin Cities to all over the country. The walk in Duluth, started by Ashley Johnsen, has grown…

Chop, Drop, and Roll at the 59th Annual Lumberjack World Championship`

You don't want to mess with these Jacks and Jills!

HAYWARD, Wis. – What many refer to as the “Forest Olympics” is back again for the 59th annual Lumberjack World Championship in Northern Wisconsin. The event hosts athletes from all over the world to compete in everything from your traditional block chop to Jack and Jill events like the double buck saw. Competing for nearly 20 years now is Hayward’s…

Lake Superior Zoo Hosts Its Biggest Fundraising Event of the Year

Zoo La Palooza: Fun to Say, Even More Fun to Attend

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Zoo hosted it’s first fundraising event of 2018 to raise money for improvements to the facility and additions to the zoo in the coming year. Zoo La Palooza, an annual event previously held in February, hosted activities for people of all ages, including bouncy houses for children and craft beers for adults. Most of the…

Margaret Engebretson Campaigns for Wisconsin 7th Congressional District

Democratic candidate speaks out in light of federal engagements

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Democratic candidate Margaret Engebretson held a media conference and campaigned for the 7th congressional district seat in Superior. Engebretson is a 24-year armed forces veteran and is running against incumbent Sean Duffy for the spot as a U.S. Congresswoman. Thursday’s conference was the candidate’s call to action in light of the federal interactions between President Trump and Russian…

The Brotherhood of Carpentry Welcomes New Members

They hit the nail on the head with this one!

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- A program designed for helping women and people of color graduated its second class partnered with the brotherhood of carpentry, looking into the field of construction. The North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters and Soar Career Solutions of Duluth held an 8-week hands on summer program for those interested in pursuing a career turning blueprints into buildings….

Friday the 13th Supersitions

Do you have any superstitions?

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Fox21’s Viktoria Capek had the chance to visit the Head of the Lakes Fair to ask workers and guests what some of their superstitions or rituals were. These were their responses: “We have a lot of things in the carnie world that we believe are superstitious. One of the things that we do is that we wake up…

Second Summer Supermoon Appeared Friday

"Appeared" is used lightly...

DULUTH, Minn.- You may not have known that the second supermoon of the summer season happened, but that’s because you couldn’t see it! Not only was the supermoon primarily taking effect while the sun was out, but it was also a new moon, meaning it was in conjunction with the sun and unable to be seen from the earth. With…

Build-A-Bear Pay Your Age Deal

From Cute to Chaotic

DULUTH, Minn.- A nationwide deal allowing anyone to pay the same price as their age to take home a Build-A-Bear stuffed animal brought long lines to the Miller Hill Mall on Thursday. The deal, which caused chaos in certain stores across the country, brought people from all over the Northern Midwest to make and take home their new friend. Families…

Mesaba Ramp Construction and Closure

Construction to Expand Through the Night

DULUTH, Minn.- Starting 9:00 p.m. Thursday evening, the ramp from Mesaba Avenue southbound on to interstate 35 will be closing until 5:00 a.m. Friday morning. Construction crews will be removing the concrete bridge deck over the ramp. Minnesota Department of Transportation Engineer Todd Campbell told Fox 21 details on the detour opening up for the project. “The reason we’re detouring…

Ashland Flooding Damage Update

What is the City Doing to Prevent Floods?

ASHLAND, Wis.- The city of Ashland is no stranger to severe floods. The historic town is picking up the pieces from the storms that came through about three weeks ago. “Unfortunately this is not an isolated event. We’re starting to see a pattern,” Mayor Debra Lewis told Fox 21 regarding the similar damage the city has seen in the past….

Wisconsin Main Street Celebration Day

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch Recognizes Business Development

ASHLAND, Wis.- The city of Ashland was recognized as a commercial business area for the state. The historic town in Northern Wisconsin was celebrated as one of eight communities to lead in economic development thanks to local businesses in the area. Executive Director for the Ashland Chamber of Commerce Mary McPhetridge shared with Fox 21 some of the new and…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Penmarallter Campsite

Treat People Like You Like to be Treated

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- In this week’s Knowing Your Neighbors, FOX 21’s Viktoria Capek takes us up the North Shore to the Penmarallter Campsite. It’s the perfect time of year to spend in the great out doors and for those who love camping, the Penmarallter Campgrounds may be your wilderness home away from home. The mom and pop campsite is owned…

Duluth Pack Opens New Operating Facility

Home Grown Company Continues to Grow

DULUTH, Minn.- The successful 136-year-old Duluth Pack has opened its fourth operating location in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The newest location, a hub for marketing and public relations for the company, opened right next door to one of its distributing locations on the corner of Garfield Avenue and West Superior Street in Lincoln Park. Assistant Marketing Manager for the business,…

Superior Street Construction Update

Construction Reaches a Milestone

DULUTH, Minn.- Mayor Emily Larson and city officials comment on the progress Northland Construction has made on Superior Street and celebrate the reopening of the 5TH Avenue West intersection. The intersection is a major pathway into the downtown Duluth area from Canal Park. “This is the first of many celebrations we will be having as we slowly move across downtown,”…

Dune Grass Remediation Project

Preserve the Beaches in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- With great fun comes great responsibility. And with the weather so warm, the beach is a hot spot for visitors and natives alike. Foot traffic is a leading cause of trampled dune grass on the beaches in Duluth and takes several years to regrow. That’s why Minnesota Point Preservation Society members like Gary Glass decided to do something…

Make Your Own Kombucha

Good Taste, Good Health Benefits

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Folk School held its first class to make your own kombucha. Led by the owner of the Duluth Kombuchery, Rachelle Rahn, the hands-on class had step by step instruction on how to use ingredients in your home to make the popular drink. “I really like to give back and to teach people how to use these…

Duluth Air Show Takes Off

Set Your Eyes on the Sky

DULUTH, Minn.- The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, along with many others, perform in the annual Duluth Air and Aviation Expo. The highly anticipated event opened its gates at 9 a.m. and expects a larger turn out than the 50 thousand people that showed up in attendance to last years show featuring the Blue Angels. From helicopter rides to vendor tents,…

Heritage Days Festival

Fun on the North Shore

    TWO HARBORS, Minn.- The annual Heritage Days Festival is happening now- a reunion event for many and all around good time for the whole family. The post-holiday event began Thursday with a classic car cruise through the Scenic Shores and has a line up of fun events and things to do like the Heritage Days 5k, helicopter rides…

Duluth Air Show Happening This Weekend

Take Flight With the Whole Family

DULUTH, Minn.- The annual Air and Aviation Expo takes flight this Saturday and Sunday at the Duluth airport, featuring a large line-up of sky performers. The air show will have performers like the United States Air Force Thunderbirds and touring flight performer, Michael Wiskus. “Incredible show if you’ve never seen it. It’s fantastic… a little noisy, a lot of smoke,…