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Whole Food Co-Op Raises $500,000 This Spring for Non-Profits

DULUTH, Minn. — The Whole Foods Co-op has reached a substantial milestone in their round-up-at-the-register efforts. It is an effort that asks customers to round up to the nearest dollar to help support organizations and the co-op supports area grower’s nonprofits and other food producers. This spring with the exception of the month of March, the East Hillside location along…

National Maritime Day Celebrated

SUPERIOR, Wis. — As we enter into prime shipping season, and acknowledge the operations of shipments that come in and out, a club that has been established since the 1930’s held a celebration For National Maritime Day. The celebration took place over at UW Superiors Jim Dan Hill library on Friday where the special collections archivist at UWS, Laura Jacobs,…

St. Louis County COVID-19 Community Level Now ‘High’

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. — St. Louis County announced Friday the COVID-19 Community Level has increased from moderate to high. “Per the CDC, this level is determined based on three factors: new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population in the past week, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population…

Bent Paddle’s Festiversary Returning This Weekend After Two Years Off During The Pandemic

Some of the video used in this story is courtesy of Nice Mediaworks.  DULUTH, Minn. — It’s a big weekend for Bent Paddle in Lincoln Park, as its Festiversary event is returning this Saturday after it was called off the past two years because of the pandemic. With more than 30 types of beer ready to be tapped, live music,…

Mayor’s Reception to Celebrate Commissioning of USS Minneapolis-St. Paul

DULUTH, Minn. — It’s been years in the making for the USS Minneapolis-St. Paul to be commissioned, and its finally happening here in Duluth as members of the navy league and twin ports community came out to celebrate. After many delays, and a few years of trying to finally launch this new naval ship, commissioning week has arrived, and it’s…

Benedictine Annual Jewelry Sale Returns

DULUTH, Minn. — For the first time in three years the Benedictine Senior Living and Health Care Services is holding their annual jewelry and purse sale. The event was being set up today in Somers Hall at the College of Saint Scholastica. The last sale they held raised $20,000 dollars towards the Benedictine Living Community Campus which helps improve their…

Touring the USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s one of the newest classes of naval ships for the United States, and for the first time it is here in Duluth for its commissioning. The USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul is one of over two dozen littoral combat ships, designed to work close to shorelines. Command Senior Chief Edward Pare (left) and Commander Alfonza White (right) of the…

St. Louis County Continues Monitoring Flooding

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County officials are continuing to monitor the worst flooding some parts have not seen since 2014. A combination of above average spring rainfall and a late snowpack melt has led to water covering roads, buildings, and resorts along Kabetogama Lake, Crane Lake, Island Lake and the Cloquet River reservoir. “Sandbagging continues up in Kabetogama, and also…

Duluth Receives $1 Million to Remove Hazardous Materials From Former St. Louis County Jailhouse

DULUTH, Minn. – Plans to renovate the former St. Louis County Jail into housing got a financial boost from the Environmental Protection Agency. One-million dollars will be going to remove asbestos, lead paint, and other contaminants.  It part of four-and-a-half million dollars the EPA is allocating to Minnesota for Brownfields projects, most of it coming from the infrastructure bill passed last…

Coffee Conversation: Former Longtime KBJR-TV Sportscaster Tom Hansen Then & Now

DULUTH, Minn.  — Former longtime Duluth sportscaster Tom Hansen stopped by the morning show Wednesday to talk about his 20-plus years at KBJR-TV, his time in radio and some of what he’s up to as a faculty member at UWS.  Click the videos below for the conversation! Part 1: Part 2: Categories: Coffee Conversation, Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest…

Congdon Park Bike Rodeo Returns

DULUTH, Minn. – The Congdon Park Bike Rodeo returned Tuesday for the first time since 2019. The Bike Rodeo was a free event for all elementary kids and families in the area to come and learn about pedestrian and bike safety and rules of the road. The event featured a mountain biking agility course, a bike raffle, and demonstrations on…

The Outreach Center to Hold Fundraiser

This is an annual fundraiser for the Outreach center, as it funds about half of their yearly budget.

CLOQUET, Minn.- May is Mental Health Awareness month and on non-profit in Cloquet is holding a fundraiser this Thursday, with money going toward the services it offers to the community. The Outreach Center serves people with mental illness and people who are homeless, through education and supportive services. The upcoming fundraiser provides about half of the Outreach center’s budget for…

Coffee Conversation: DogApproved.biz Launching Dog-Friendly Resource Guide

DULUTH, Minn. – Northland businesses in and around the Twin Ports are taking the pledge to be “dog approved” as part of a new dog-friendly resource guide that’s launching in June by DogApproved.biz. The guide will be online and also found in participating businesses around town as a way to let dog owners know the best dog-friendly patios, special doggy…

SOAR Career Solutions Starts Short-Term Job Training Programs

DULUTH, Minn. — If you’re looking for a career change SOAR Career Solutions is starting short-term training sessions this week. The health and construction trainings provide instruction from Duluth Adult Education and Lake Superior College. These courses help individuals who need help getting a foot in the door to these industries. For those who are eligible, there is no cost….

St. Louis County Releases Homelessness Count 2022

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County released the results of a census conducted in January that shows the number of individuals experiencing homelessness in the county. The report showed that 606 individuals are experiencing homelessness with 234 experiencing unsheltered homelessness. These numbers have been trending up over the past five years as it is a 20 percent increase from what…

Highway 194 Road Construction Starting May 23rd

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced construction on Highway 194 will start May 23rd, 2022.  No word on how long it will last. Construction on the 17 mile long highway will include a reduced conflict intersection at the intersection of Highway 194 and Highway 53. Be on the lookout for lane shifts, possible road closures, and…

St. Louis Co. Board Meeting Tuesday To Discuss Possible State Of Emergency Due To Flooding Risk

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. — A special meeting has been called for the St. Louis County board to consider declaring a state of local emergency on Tuesday morning, given the risk of flooding in some communities right now. Throughout the Northland, heavy rainfall and warmer temperatures causing the lingering snow to melt in the past few weeks has caused water…

Bridging the Divide, Bus Bike Walk Event

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Cyclists got together Sunday afternoon and made the trek across the bong bridge in support of Bridging the Divide, a bike lock fundraiser for local Duluth and Superior kids. Part of Bus Bike Walk month, bikers started at the Bayfront parking lot and made their way to Earth Rider Brewery where the event was set up. The…

Lutsen Resort’s Historic Covered Bridges Damaged by Trees Barreling Down Raging River

While they sustained heavy damage, the spokesperson says enough infrastructure remains that they can save the bridges.

Photo: Bryan Hansel LUTSEN, Minn.- More flood damage on the North Shore as Lutsen Resort’s historic red, covered bridges took some heavy damage due to the rushing Poplar River below. The resort asked for people to share pictures and images of the beloved bridges, which seemed to be the site of many weddings and other memories in the past decades….

Volunteers Needed to Help Sandbag Kabetogama Township, MN from Rising Floodwaters

According to a spokesperson with the Township, floodwaters are expected to exceed the 2014 flood event and could reach the all-time high set in 1950. 

Photo: St. Louis County, when they delivered supplies to the community Friday. KABETOGAMA, Minn.- Kabetogama Township is asking for volunteers to help with sandbagging to protect properties from the rising floodwaters in the Namakan Water Basin. Kabetogama is a small community bordering Lake Kabetogama on the southern boundary of Voyageurs National Park. It includes approximately 200 lakeshore properties, among them…

North and Shore Goes From Mobile Pop-Up to Permanent Storefront In Lincoln Park

North and Shore celebrated their grand opening in the new Enger Lofts on West Superior Street.

DULUTH, Minn.- What was once a maker’s pop-up shop at breweries and events in the Twin Ports is now getting new life as a brick and mortar store in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. North and Shore celebrated their grand opening in the new Enger Lofts on West Superior Street. The owners operated as the Makers Mercantile pop-up for the last…

Hundreds Get Hands-On With Experiments, Art at Depot STEAM Festival

Organizers say they were beyond happy with the turnout at the STEAM Festival seeing more than 400 people in the first hour.

DULUTH, Minn.- Over a thousand people visited the Depot today for what organizers call the biggest event focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, or STEAM, in the Northland. Organizers say they were beyond happy with the turnout at the STEAM Festival seeing more than 400 people in the first hour. Families spread throughout different stations which included experiments…

Wisconsin DNR Warns of Very High Fire Danger Across Most of State

All DNR-issued annual and special burning permits for debris piles, burn barrels and prescribed burns were suspended Saturday in these counties.

MADISON, Wis. – Douglas, Ashland, and Bayfield Counties are among those with very high fire danger Saturday, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, due to dry conditions and low moisture. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to stay vigilant and avoid burning because of very high fire danger across most of Wisconsin. Winds will…

Duluth Councilor Renee Van Nett Ends Senate District 8 Campaign with Tweet

Van Nett announced her campaign as a DFL candidate back in March

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s 4th District City Councilor Renee Van Nett has announced on Twitter Friday night she is withdrawing from the race for Minnesota Senate District 8. Van Nett announced her campaign as a DFL candidate back in March, challenging first-term state senator Jen McEwen. “Thank you all for your support of my campaign to represent Duluth in Senate District…

Ukraine Woman Living In Duluth Heads Back To Border to Deliver Medical Supplies

DULUTH, Minn. — Bogdana Krivogorsky went to the Poland-Ukraine border last April for 3 weeks, visiting and handing out 13 duffel bags of medical supplies she collected from hospitals in Minneapolis. This time she’s going back, and local dentist offices are helping her with this trip called “Duluth to Ukraine, With Love.” Bogdana is getting more local support this time…

Love Your Block Grant Applications Live

DULUTH, Minn. — Grant applications are now live for the first cycle of the 2022 Love Your Block Duluth. Grant applications went live this week for residents of Lincoln Park and Central Hillside to apply for grants up to $1,500 dollars to address blight run down properties or public spaces that cause safety and health hazards or need repair. Projects…

Coffee Convo: Foster Advocacy Nonprofit ‘New Hope For Families’ To Host Community Carnival

DULUTH, Minn. — New Hope For Families is getting ready to host a Community Carnival Saturday, May 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at its Duluth facility to show off all they offer to help support parents and children in the community, while increasing the number of foster families in the Northland. For more on the Community Carnival event…

Coffee Conversation: Duluth Flame To Host Kid-Friendly Drag Show Sunday

DULUTH, Minn. — Drag Queen Mama Dukes joined FOX 21’s Dan Hanger on the morning show Friday to talk about the Duluth Flame’s upcoming kid-friendly drag show this Sunday, May 15 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.   It’s called Mama’s Toybox. The drag show is a dry event and free for kids.   For more on the morning show chat, watch…

Blush Entertainment Venue Closing In Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – One of Duluth’s most eclectic entertainment and bar venues is preparing to close its doors. Blush opened in 2017 on First Avenue West. It’s been known for being an accepting space for all types of artists, musicians and people looking for that collective sense of belonging. The venue’s owners posted on Blush’s Facebook page saying their lease…

Mayor Paine Delivers State of the City Address, Ideas for Future

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Superior Mayor Jim Paine delivered his State of the City address at the old historical post office Thursday afternoon, which is the future site of a one stop business center. The economic growth, addition of new apartments, and restoration of historical properties were just a few items on the agenda that Mayor Paine outlined in his address….

Second Annual Luncheon from the Radisson to Police and Firefighters

DULUTH, Minn. — The Radisson hotel took the opportunity today to honor local law enforcement and fire departments with an annual luncheon. It was the second annual “Salute to Our Duluth Firefighters and Police Officers” luncheon hosted by the Radisson. This was an idea that originated in Texas, and was brought up north by an appreciative staff member who says…

Coffee Conversation: New Wine Theater Group’s Production Of ‘Bright Star’

CLOQUET, Minn. – Members of New Wine, a Christian theater group at Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet, stopped by the FOX 21 morning show to talk with Dan Hanger about their production of “Bright Star,” which runs from May 11-15th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and include dessert and beverages during intermission. Tickets can be purchased at: newwine.ludus.com. Click…

Coffee Conversation: ‘Art In The Alley’ Celebrates 14 Years Of Artwork, Clothing, Jewelry

DULUTH, Minn. — The owner of Art in the Alley, Tami LaPole Edmunds, stopped by FOX 21’s morning show Thursday to talk to Dan Hanger about the ups and downs of being in business for 14 years and how the business has evolved into its current space in the Miller Hill Mall.  Check out the conversation below and click here…

Inside Look At The Blood Donation Process As Some Centers Are Critically Low On Donations

DULUTH, Minn. — The Memorial Blood Centers, with locations across the Northland, says it needs more donors to help fill its critically low supply, along with more new hires to work at the facilities. On Monday, MBC announced it was experiencing a “blood emergency,” as its supplies are down so much, it only has enough type O blood and platelets…

CHUM in Need of Food Donations

DULUTH, Minn. – CHUM is asking for food donations as its supply has become increasingly low. The Director of Distributive Services says the issue has been compounded by increasing prices with inflation, the war in Ukraine affecting certain food imports, and even environmental issues. They are short on peanut butter, beef stew, and dried pastas which are all things they’ve…

National Police Week Observed In Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — This week is National Police Week and the Duluth Police Department takes this time to acknowledge and thank officers for the sacrifices made. National Police Week pays special recognition to officers who have died in the line of duty as well as those who make sacrifices to serve communities every day. Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken spoke…

Italian American Club of Duluth Resume Events, Host Spaghetti Dinner

DULUTH, Minn. – Members of the Italian American Club of Duluth celebrated their first spaghetti dinner in three years Wednesday. The event at American Legion Post 71 featured plenty of spaghetti, meatballs, and salad, as well as a cash raffle.  People also had the chance to order out and take the dinner home with them. “There’s some of the members of…