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One Dead, Two Injured in Two Vehicle Crash On Mesaba Avenue

DULUTH, Minn.- One person is dead and two others sustain non-life threatening injuries after a fatal car crash in Duluth Saturday. Duluth police officers were dispatched to the area of Mesaba Ave and 7th St at 4:30 p.m, for a two vehicle crash with injuries, according to a spokesperson with the department. Upon arrival officers learned that an SUV traveling…

Duluth Police Respond to Shots Fired in Lincoln Park Saturday Morning

Authorities say they received reports of shots fired in the area of the 500 Block of 27th Ave W at 7:30 Saturday morning.  

DULUTH, Minn.- According to the Duluth Police Department, officers responded to shots fired in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Saturday — the 30th shooting incident this year, and 20th since July. Authorities say they received reports of shots fired in the area of the 500 Block of 27th Ave W at 7:30 Saturday morning. Upon arrival officers located evidence consistent with…

Duluth City Council to Vote On Proposal Monday to Fund Spirit Mountain Through Winter

The proposal would call for $340,000 from the half-and-half tourism tax to reimburse Spirit Mountain for money they spent on their lift system, snow-making equipment and alpine coaster over 2018, 2019, and 2020.

DULUTH, Minn.- Spirit Mountain could see life this coming winter, if Duluth City Council approves a new proposal to use money from the city’s half-and-half tourism tax to cover operation costs. Heard at an agenda session Thursday, the proposal would call for $340,000 from the half-and-half tourism tax to reimburse Spirit Mountain for money they spent on their lift system,…

St. Louis County Sees Highest Daily Jump in COVID-19 Cases; Many Linked to College Students

Of Friday's 73 new cases, 19 involve college-aged individuals.

DULUTH, Minn.- St. Louis County reported it’s highest jump in COVID-19 cases Friday, and what’s alarming health officials — much of those new cases are college students. On Friday the county reported 73 new confirmed cases; the previous highest jump was 50 just last week. With this spike, there were more cases over one day than there were over the entire…

Superior Fire Department Gets Donation For New Ladder Truck

The new ladder truck will be in commission for at least 15 years.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Fire Department is receiving a generous donation from Enbridge Energy. Company officials visited the fire department to present them a check for $7,500. This is the first annual donation from Enbridge’s commitment over the next 16 years to help the department lease a new ladder truck. I’ts going to be 100-foot tall and its also…

Halloween Costumes May Be In Limited Supply In Stores Due To Covid-19

DULUTH, Minn. – If you are on the hunt for your Halloween costumes, this year some of your favorite stores may not have such a large supply. Savers, one of Duluth’s popular locations to find Halloween gear, is only carrying a small selection of costumes and accessories this year. The reason for the change is to help ensure the safety…

Midday Update 9-25-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Have a great weekend! Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update, News

Morning Update 9-25-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Have a great weekend! Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update, News

Donations Needed To Provide Feminine Products To Young Girls In Superior Schools

The organization is halfway to reaching their goal.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior .project is looking for the community’s help with restocking supplies top provide feminine products to young girls at Superior area schools. Last year, the organization provided 400 bags filled with the necessary feminine supplies to girls at all six superior elementary schools. They are aiming for that goal again this year. A few items needed…

Public Hearing Scheduled To Discuss Plans For The Historic Old Central High School

DULUTH, Minn. – The Historic Old Central High School has been on the market for a potential buyer after the Duluth school board approved a proposal to put it up for sale back in January. Several buyers have already shown interest in purchasing the historic old central high school since it was listed for sale. If there is an offer…

Frost River Trading Co Holds Grand Reopening

DULUTH, Minn. – After being closed for six months Frost River Trading Co held its grand reopening Thursday morning. The retail store, located in the Lincoln Park Craft District, had been closed due to COVID-19 and extensive renovations. “We closed our retail location and shifted operations to produce PPE masks and shields back in March and saw this shutdown as…

Meals Made Easy with Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages

Cooking Connection: Ledge Rock Grille Now Offering Dozens of Grill Kits for Delicious Dinners

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – This week’s Cooking Connection takes us to Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages. This week, Executive Chef Richard Selz is chatting with FOX 21’s Brett Scott about new grill kits they offer. These boxed meals come complete with salad, bread, dessert, and an entree that can be picked up, carried home, and cooked to perfection with…

Northland Newborns 9-24-20

FOX 21 and Essentia Health Team Up to Showcase Newborn Bundles of Joy Across the Northland

Every Thursday morning on FOX 21 Local News from 7 – 9 a.m., we’re teaming up with Essentia Health to showcase Northland Newborns. If you would like to submit a photo with a description of a newborn in your life, click here, or email fox21morningcrew@kqdsfox21.tv. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, Northland Newborns Tags: Brett Scott, community, Essentia Health, Local…

Salvation Army Kicks Off Operation ‘Rescue Christmas’

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Salvation Army Could Serve Up To 155 Percent More People in 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting countless households this year. For the first time in 130 years, the Salvation Army is kicking off its annual holiday fundraiser campaign months ahead of time in order to help those who need it most this Christmas season. Staff at the Salvation Army in Duluth worry funds raised through the iconic red…

Midday Update 9-24-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

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Morning Update 9-24-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

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Some UMD Physics Students Took A Break From Virtual Class

DULUTH, Minn. – Due to the pandemic, many students at the University of Minnesota Duluth are participating in online classes. Some professors are getting creative to help those students build more personal connections. Some students for a physics class finally had a chance to meet for a hands-on experiment at the campus football field. They tested out how far an…

Duluth Fire Department Brings Awareness To Fire Prevention

In Duluth, there were more than 30 kitchen fires in 2019.

DULUTH, Minn. – October is fire prevention month. Every year members of the Duluth Fire Department visit area schools to teach students about potential fire dangers. The Duluth Fire Department is hoping by getting the message out community members and students will continue to think about fire prevention all year long. Kitchen-related incidents are one of the most common causes…

Pokegama River Launch Site Will Soon Get Needed Upgrades

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A boat launch site off of Pokegama River in Superior will soon receive some needed improvements. A grant for more than $100,000 from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration was awarded to the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve to help provide residents better access to the river. Other additions include bathrooms, a newly paved road, and a…

Midday Update 9-23-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, Sept. 23

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Have a great day! Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update, News

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Hosting Virtual 5K Fundraiser

The Fur-K Virtual Race is Happening Sept. 25 - 27, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – Like many organizations this year, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is expecting to take a hit due to the ongoing financial effects COVID-19. To help raise funds, Beargrease board members have come up with the inaugural Fur-K ‘virtual 5K.’ The race will take place Friday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 27 on your own time. Participants…

Morning Update 9-23-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, Sept. 23

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Have a great day! Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update, News

Voter Registration Pop-Up Helps Ex-Offenders Exercise Their Right

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s National Voter Registration Day and pop-up registration events across Duluth are helping ex-offenders qualify to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming presidential election. It is common for many former felons to be unaware of their legal status to vote in elections. Rules do vary from state to state, but in Minnesota, ex-offenders are entitled…

Grant Helps UMD Look Into Impacts Plastic Has On Lake Superior

DULUTH, Minn. – A professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology at UMD recently received a grant for more than $100,000 from the Minnesota Sea Grant to look further into the impacts plastic has on Lake Superior and the St. Louis River Estuary. The research will provide solutions for unanswered questions such as how plastic in Lake Superior can…

University Of Minnesota Medical School Of Duluth Tests Campus Sewage For COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn. – Several colleges and universities have already seen a large number of COVID-19 cases hit their campuses. Now researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School of Duluth are conducting a study to further examine COVID-19 through sewage waste. A couple of times a week, wastewater from residence halls on both U of M Duluth and Twin Cities…

OB-GYN Offices Seeing Increase In Pregnant Patients

Patient visits for prenatal care are up by more than 30% at St. Luke's Hospital compared to August of 2019.

DULUTH, Minn. – While more people are staying home due to the global pandemic, St. Luke’s Hospital is seeing a surge in the number of newly pregnant moms visiting for prenatal care. Patient visits are up by more than 30%  compared to August of 2019. Pregnant moms going in for regular check-ups can be very beneficial for helping to keep…

Midday Update 9-22-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update, News

Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance Hosting Virtual Program, Fundraiser

Shine Teal for MOCA is Happening Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) will be shining a light on ovarian cancer in new ways to help support and raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer Awareness month this September. The statewide nonprofit is hosting Shine Teal for MOCA, a free virtual event and auction, on Friday, Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m….

Spring Creek Manufacturing Seeing Increase in Business Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The Company Dates Back to 1985, With Tom and Grant Sega Purchasing the Business Back in 2017

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – Taking a business from point A to point B is no easy task – toss in a global pandemic, and things can get messy. For one company with deep roots on the Iron Range, sales show huge growth in the past year, and the product that helped get it all started decades ago could be one…

Morning Update 9-22-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update, News

DFL Elected Officials Come Together To Shed Light On The Importance Of Early Voting

"Everybody needs to vote. Its our right to vote. Its our duty to vote. Voting matters," said Duluth City Councilor Janet Kennedy.

DULUTH, Minn. – Several Democratic elected officials banded together outside Duluth City hall to highlight the importance of early voting. Early voting in the state began on Friday. Nearly 950,000 Minnesotans have already requested absentee ballots for this year’s election compared to about 70-thousand the same time in 2018. For Duluth city councilor Janet Kennedy voting has a strong significance…

DECC, Visit Duluth Discussing Potential Merger

DULUTH, Minn. – The advisory boards for the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and Visit Duluth are starting conversations about potentially merging together as they face severe financial setbacks from the COVID-19 pandemic. Both entities have assembled their own sub-committees to discuss what a merger could look like. The committees would develop an idea for an organizational structure that would serve…

Visitors Look To State Parks For Fall Activities

Visitation is up compared to last fall.

CARLTON, Minn. – Fall is typically a busy time for many state parks and Jay Cooke State Park is already seeing a spike in visitors looking to enjoy the start of the fall season. Park staff say they have seen a jump in daily park and campground visits going into the fall. In the midst of the pandemic, staff also…

Health Officials Urging People To Get Flu Shots Early

Each year, on average one in five people catch the flu.

DULUTH, Minn. – Health officials are urging people to get their flu shots early to help prevent potential impacts during the ongoing global pandemic. Both the flu and COVID-19 are illnesses that affect a person’s respiratory system. Each year, on average one in five people catch the flu. Having an outbreak of both at the same time could have major…

Midday Update 9-21-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, Sept. 21, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update, weather

Visit Cook County Talks Fall Foliage, Upcoming Autumn Events

Fall Foliage in Parts of Cook County is 50 - 75 Percent Changed as of Monday, Sept. 21

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – Cook County is open, with safety measures in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. Thousands are taking trips up the North Shore this fall to see the multi-color foliage change daily. According to the Minnesota DNR, some areas in Cook County are already 50 – 75 percent changed. Click here to see the up-to-date fall…

Morning Update 9-21-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, Sept. 21, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update

Wild State Cider Collects Apples For Community Cider

DULUTH, Minn. – Wild State Cider is working on creating this year batch of “Duluth People’s Cider”, which is being made from backyard apples. Community members dropped off their donations of apples on Friday. This is the second time the cidery has created this community-based beverage. Every year the flavor comes out differently due to the multiple varieties of apples….

Cloquet Airport Gets Financial Support To Build on Emerging Aviation Industry

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Carlton County-Cloquet Airport is receiving some extra financial support to help it continue to be a valuable asset to the community. The U.S. Economic Development Administrations is awarding the county a $1 million grant to establish a new aviation workforce training center. The aviation industry is rapidly growing in the region and the EDA recognizes investing…

St. Louis County Reports Its Highest Daily Increase Since Beginning Of Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn. – 50 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed by the St. Louis County Public Health Division… This the largest day increase in the county since the start of the pandemic. 40 of those cases being reported in the Duluth area alone, while the rest are confirmed from communities throughout the county. More than 60% of the people diagnosed…

Midday Update 9-18-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, Sept. 18, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Have a great weekend! Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update, News

Morning Update 9-18-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, Sept. 18, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Have a great weekend! Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update, News

Free COVID-19 Testing Event Planned in Itasca County

Free Drive-Thru Testing is Happening Sept. 23 at the Itasca County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – COVID-19 continues to take a toll on employers and employees across Minnesota. Thursday during a weekly update from Itasca County Public Health Department, local health officials and management from area companies expressed the importance of communications between employees and employers when it comes to COVID-19 cases in the workplace. Employees are encouraged to brush up on…

St. Luke’s Participates In COVID-19 Study Conducted By CDC

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s hospital is one of six national healthcare organizations and the only in Minnesota taking part in a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study is an opportunity to learn more about COVID-19, which could be beneficial for the treatment of the virus. There are still many questions surrounding the coronavirus,…

LSC Makes COVID-19 Case Numbers Public Through Database

DULUTH, Minn.- Lake Superior College is one of many Northland higher education institutions choosing to keep the public informed of its COVID-19 case numbers. LSC along with other schools like Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College have signed on to report case numbers to a public database. Every Wednesday, the colleges and universities will report their status and the…

Early Voting Begins On Friday In Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn- There are six weeks left until the general election, but early voting starts on Friday in Minnesota. As the global pandemic continues to create concerns, election officials for the City of Duluth are encouraging residents to vote by mail. The city has also implemented many safety protocols including frequent sanitizing practices, to still allow those who prefer to…

Midday Update 9-17-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020

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