Author: Zach Richie

Hockey Night in Superior

Hockey Night in Superior lets players enjoy pick-up games outside under the lights.

SUPERIOR, WIS.- After being postponed last week because of severe cold, hockey players of all ages braved the temps for the first ever Hockey Night in Superior. Skaters hit the ice at Superior’s outdoor rinks for pick-up games throughout the city for a chance to play under the lights. “The best part about it is seeing so many kids outside…

Duluth Sees Increase in Tourism Tax Dollars

Events like Tall Ships and more hotel rooms in the city helped bring more money into the area in 2016.

Once again, the city of Duluth saw an increase in their tourism tax dollars. Receipts from the hotel/motel tax are up over 10% for January through November of 2016. The food and beverage tax is up over 4%. The city credits marquee events like Grandma’s marathon, the Tall Ships festival, and Hockey Day Minnesota for the big gains. They also…

Photographer’s Work Lives on at Denfeld High School

Susan Menz was killed in a car crash in October 2015. Some of her photographs will be displayed at Denfeld as a memorial.

Duluth, Minn.-In October of 2015, Susan Menz died as the result of a hit and run car crash near the area known as the Twin Ponds. She was an avid photographer and died doing what she loved the most. Menz enjoyed taking photographs around Duluth and now some of her work will be donated to her alma mater, Denfeld High…

Duluth City Council Elects New President

Joel Sipress was voted as city council president for 2017.

Duluth, Minn.-The Duluth city council voted Joel Sipress as their president for 2017. The selection usually comes without a lot of fanfare, but this year brought some added interest to the council chambers. Councilor Noah Hobbs is on his first term on the council and was also vying for the seat. The city council was clearly divided on the issue,…

Superior Welcomes New Police Officer

Duluth native Justin McIntosh is the latest member of the Superior Police Department.

The Superior Police Department worked the majority of 2016 up to six officers short, but with the hiring of Duluth native Justin McIntosh they’re closer to being fully staffed. Superior Police Chief Nick Alexander said that he expects new members of the force to be honest, display integrity, and show empathy. Before hitting the streets on patrol, officer McIntosh will…

Bag It Duluth Hopes to Reduce Waste

New campaign is launced to bring an end to the use of plastic bags in the community.

It’s estimated that one Duluth grocery store alone that nearly 1.5 million plastic bags go out its doors in one year and are only used once. A new campaign wants to reduce that waste and create a city ordinance aimed at eliminating single use plastic bags and phase out styrofoam take-out containers. Bag It Duluth hopes the city council takes…

Republican Lawmakers Propose Healthcare Relief

Over 100,000 Minnesotans could see significant changes and relief in their healthcare premium costs.

Republican lawmakers in Minnesota announced their plan to bring relief to those who are paying rising health insurance premiums. Some of those currently insured face premium increases of up to sixty-seven percent. Healthcare facilities around the Northland say they’re keeping tabs on the legislative process. The GOP plan provides both some short and long term solutions to the problems MnSure…

Local Projects React to Governor’s Bonding Bill Proposal

The bill would bring millions of dollars of funding to projects all across the Northland.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proposed the largest bonding bill in the state’s history. The $1.5 billion bill would fund projects all over the state. Several projects around the Northland have made the governor’s list. Many of them were on last year’s bonding bill as well. Some are hoping that the 2017 version of the bill passes and that it…

New Year Keeps Local Gyms Busy

Some Northlanders have been thinking about New Year's resolutions for at least a month. Several workout classes are already sold out.

While many may be hitting the gym in these first few days of the New Year, some Northlanders have already been thinking about their 2017 goals for at least a month. Impact Sports Training kicked off their first bootcamp of the year. The camp has actually been sold out since early December. They say consistency and creating a sense of…

School Board Elects New Officers

Duluth Public Schools ISD 709 voted in their new officers for 2017

ISD 709 voted David Kirby as their new chairperson. Rosie Loeffler-Kemp will serve as vice chairperson. Annie Harala will be the clerk and Nora Sandstad will serve as treasurer. “I hope we have a good year and remember our objective is to improve the learning opportunities and outcomes for the students and working conditions for the staff, that’s our main…

Business Owner Reacts to Superior Shooting

New Year''s Day shooting hits close to home for area businesses.

  SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Police continue to investigate a New Year’s day shooting. One victim was found dead in the alley behind the Third Base Bar in Superior on New Year’s morning. The other was found inside the bar with a gunshot wound to the chest. Police believe an altercation happened inside the bar which led to the shooting…

Experts Offer Tips on How to Stick with New Year’s Resolutions.

Whether it's financial resolutions or losing weight, experts say to lay out specific goals.

The New Year is just around the corner and many in the Northland have been busy coming up with resolutions. Of course losing weight and being more healthy are always top resolutions, but many want to run the race to financial stability as well. The YMCA and other gyms have been busy with new members. New goals and resolutions haven’t…

2016 Year in Review: October through December

The last months of the year saw headlines like Bob Dylan winning a Nobel prize to the close 8th district race between Nolan and Mills.

The last few months of the year saw Duluth’s first homicide of the year to Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen resigning to the extremely close 8th district race between Rick Nolan and Stewart Mills. Hibbing native and Duluth-born Bob Dylan received the Nobel prize in literature in October. Dylan is only the second Minnesotan to receive the award. In honor of…

DTA Offering Free Rides on New Year’s Eve

Buses will run their normal Saturday routes, but will be free between 5 p.m. and 2:20 a.m.

The Duluth Transit Authority is bringing back free rides on New Year’s Eve on their buses in Duluth and Superior. The buses will run their normal Saturday routes and will be free from 5 p.m. to 2:20 a.m. “What we’re trying to do is promote safety for everybody. People can still go out and have a good time and take…

2016 Year in Review: July through September

Summer storms, the Tall Ships festival, and Jacob Wetterling's remains being found were some of the top headlines of July through September 2016.

FOX 21 is taking a look at some of the top headlines of 2016 from July through September: The $30 million Pier B Resort opened in the Duluth harbor with the Silos restaurant. However, it wasn’t all summer fun as the region saw storm damage all over the Northland from flooding and washed out roads near Ashland to high winds…

Fishing Experts Offer Ice Fishing Tips

Experts say ice picks can be the cheapest and most effective ways to keep yourself safe on the ice.

The Minnesota DNR says that there’s no such thing as ice that’s 100% safe. They say caution and preparation can keep anglers and others from skating on thin ice. Spencer Otis has been out on frozen lakes to ice fish since he was twelve. “I like to fish all the time, it’s my passion. I do it more than anything,”…

Duluth City Council develops plan for Emerald Ash Borer

The council approved a plan to fight the invasive species.

DULUTH, Minn. – Emerald Ash Borer has been on the city of Duluth’s mind for months and they now will move forward with a plan to fight against the invasive species. Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species that can be considered one of the most destructive forest pests ever seen in North America. Emerald Ash Borer targets ash trees…

Experts Encourage Safety While Using Space Heaters

Never plug a space heater into an extension cord, rather they should always be plugged into an outlet.

DULUTH, Minn. – Experts say to always plug space heaters into an outlet and never into an extension cord. Consumers should also be sure to check the cord for any cuts. Also when buying a new space heater, look for one that has an automatic shutoff. “A lot of them have a tip over feature if the heater falls over….

KYN: Kamloops Restaurant

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Kamloops is a part of the Superior Shores resort in Two Harbors. The views that come from the kitchen with each meal just might rival those of Lake Superior. “It’s a nice quiet place to get away,” said Jenna Pederson, co-owner. The restaurant is celebrating its 20th anniversary of serving guests and the public at Superior…

Chimneys should be inspected annually

Experts say that chimneys should be inspected annually by a certified professional

DULUTH, Minn. – Experts say that chimneys should be inspected at least once a year or every fifty fires. The inspection should be done by a certified chimney sweep who can tell whether or not the chimney is safe. “If it smokes back on you, if you notice some nasty smells inside the house, creosote doesn’t smell good. The smokier…

Cold Weather and Snow Prepare Ski Trails for the Season

Many of the trails around town have been groomed and are ready.

Many ski trails have been groomed and are ready for some good skiing, however some wet spots do remain. Skiers are hoping for the cold to stick around and for a few more snowflakes to hit the ground. “This has been such a weird, warm, fall so the ground really didn’t freeze and that made it so when we did…

Center City Housing and One Roof Community House team up to buy Gateway Tower Apartments

Center City Housing Corporation and One Roof Community Housing have bought the Gateway Tower apartments in Duluth and will begin renovations immediately. Total cost of the project is around $18.5 million. “I can describe it as One Roof does the heavy lifting on the front end in other words they’re more involved in the rehab and once the building is…