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‘McDougall’s Dream’ Fundraiser for McDougall’s Dream Boat

SS Meteor Fundraiser Held at Bong Veterans Historical Center

SUPERIOR, Wis.-While Duluth said goodbye to one ship, Superior celebrated another. Superior Public Museums hosted their annual fundraiser for the maintenance of the SS Meteor at the Bong Veterans Historical Center. Around 40–50 people showed up from Superior and across the country. Organizers say, the last remaining whale-back ship and Superior go way back. “Superior in the time, and still…

So Long, William A. Irvin

Duluth Skyline Missing Key Part

DULUTH, Minn.- The news is in, the William A. Irvin safely ended its journey at Fraser Shipyards in Superior at 4 am Saturday morning, after setting out the night before. In the chill of Friday night, this longtime resident of Duluth left its home, like many of us do, to sort things out. The move came a couple hours behind…

Robots Take Over Peace Day at DECC

Duluth Sister Cities International Holds Celebration of International Peace Day

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Sister Cities International took their intercultural interaction to the DECC on Friday, to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The program included remarks from former Duluth mayor Gary Doty and a demonstration from Duluth East Daredevils Robotics. This past year the robotics team partnered with Duluth’s Swedish sister city, Vaxjo, to create their first ever robotics competition team….

Irvin Leaves, Leaving Empty Space In Duluth

Crowds Gather To Say Goodbye to Symbol of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- A longstanding staple of Duluth is leaving home for the first time in 30 years. The William A. Irvin is getting some cleaning and some work done at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. Crews began moving the ship at about 10:30 Friday night. This came after an hour and a half delay from the time they projected, due to…

Birds Flying High for Hawk Festival Weekend

The event serves as a showcase for one of the country's best places to watch the birds leave the area at Hawk Ridge.

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual Hawk Weekend Festival kicked off to celebrate fall bird migration. The event serves as a showcase for one of the country’s best places to watch the birds leave the area at Hawk Ridge. Events continue through Sunday and include programs such as field trips and even a dinner cruise. “We’ve only been here about half…

Hinckley Holds Ceremony on National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Sept. 21 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

HINCKLEY, Minn.- Many times you don’t hear enough about prisoners of war (POW) or those men and women who are missing in action (MIA). So they received some special recognition in Hinckley. President Donald Trump proclaimed Sept. 21 National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Up until now it wasn’t recognized in the state of Minnesota. Veterans, elected officials and several others gathered…

Pulled Pork & Line Dancing With Texas Roadhouse

Cooking Connection: Learn The Legendary Way To Cook Pulled Pork With Texas Roadhouse & Fox 21's Brittney Merlot

DULUTH, Minn. — Cooking Connection: Texas Roadhouse Pulled Pork & Line Dancing with Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot! RECIPE: Tender, slow-cooked pork covered in signature BBQ sauce and served with toasted Fresh-Baked Bread. Served with your choice of two sides. LOCATION: 902 Mall Dr, Duluth, MN 55811 HOURS: M-Th 4-10pm, F-Sun 11am-11pm PHONE NUMBER/CALL AHEAD SEATING: (218) 624-7427 PROMO CODE:…

Fun with Flannels at Duluth Pack

Store Holds First Annual Flannel Fest

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Pack went full lumberjack Thursday night, hosting their first ever Flannel Fest. Hoops Brewing collaborated with Duluth Pack for the event. They gave samples of a brew made special for the occasion: the 1882 Lager. 1882 was the year Duluth Pack was founded. Even some pets got their flannel on, enjoying this cultural garb. “Flannels are a big…

Raleigh Academy Block Party Moved Fun Indoors

Annual Block Party Held in Celebration of National Award

DULUTH, Minn.- West Duluth kids were having a blast at Duluth Edison Raleigh Academy on Thursday. The Academy hosted their annual block party, and the rain didn’t stop ’em, as they moved the party inside the school. It was all run by teachers, volunteering their extra time outside of the school day. But they say it’s all worth it to…

Superior Swingin’ Seniors

Senior Connections Hosts First Annual Senior Prom

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Seniors got all dressed up to go to the Prom at UWS on Thursday. But they might not be the seniors you’re expecting. Senior Prom at a University sounds like a rambunctious event for college seniors. But this prom, while equally rambunctious, was all about Senior Citizens. The hoppin’ band and clinking glasses take you back to a…

Light It Up Marquee Fundraiser Hopes to Get West Theater Back on Track

Bob Boone says the redevelopment of the theater will build a sense of community.

DULUTH, Minn. – Work has been underway for years to restore the West Theater in Duluth, but after hitting a few snags the project is over budget. A fundraiser was held to help get the project back on track. Bob Boone of the Duluth Reader is sphere–heading the redevelopment project and he managed a movie theater years ago in Superior. Right now…

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…

Veterans Say Thanks, Voice Opinions about VA

Town Hall Style Meeting Held at Twin Ports VA Clinic

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Veterans in Superior got a chance to say thank you and voice their concerns about the VA program at a town hall style meeting at the Twin Ports Outpatient VA Clinic today. This is the 23rd monthly community meeting held since 2014. Where officials say their primary concern is hearing from the men and women who served. “It’s always…

Residents, City at a Crossroads over Glenwood Street

Community Meeting at Lester Park Elementary Abuzz with Concerns

DULUTH, Minn.-Lester Park Elementary School was alive after school hours Wednesday. A meeting was held between the city and community members to address traffic concerns with Glenwood street intersecting with Jean Duluth and Snively roads. It appears after numerous speeding tickets, accidents, and even a fatality at that intersection, community members and the city both say enough is enough, but…

Mission Creek Updates from MnDOT

Community Members Voice Concerns at Meeting

DULUTH, Minn.- 387. That was the magic number from the Minnesota Department of Transportation to the community. They say it will take 387 days to finish burial recovery at the grave site unearthed by Mission Creek Bridge Construction. It is the first time they have had a measurable timeline for the project. After burial recovery, crews move to cemetery restoration,…

St. Louis County Employee Files Complaint, Wants Investigation on Commissioner Pete Stauber

Dennis Frazier believes Stauber is using his platform as a county commissioner to run for higher office.

DULUTH, Minn.  – A 30–year employee with St. Louis County is calling for an investigation into Commissioner Pete Stauber who is running for the 8th Congressional race on the republican side. Dennis Frazier believes Stauber is using his platform as a county commissioner to run for higher office. One example, Frazier says happened at an opioid round table in August where Stauber identified himself as a 8th District Congressional candidate….

Stella Maris Academy Receives Million Dollar Gift from Duluth Native

The mission at Stella Maris Academy is to teach students to lead, love and serve.

DULUTH, Minn. -The staff at Stella Maris Academy say this donation gives the school a stable financial base to grow future academic programs. Ninety-one-year-old Lorraine Casshie is the million–dollar donor who died last July. But in her will Lorraine desired for money to be given to the catholic schools in Duluth. Staff from Stella Maris Academy at the Holy Rosary School tell us they…

Get Ready for the Head of the Lakes Chilli Cook-Off

This savory event commemorates United Ways Giving Campaign.

DULUTH, Minn.- It comes once a year and just when the chilly weather starts to set in, the Head of The Lakes Chilli Cook-Off is here. The 27th annual Head of The Lakes Chilli Cook-Off starts Thursday, Sept. 20th at the DECC from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This savory event commemorates United Way’s Giving Campaign. United Way partners with…

ATV Ordinance Passes in Superior

The ATV ordinance has not yet gone into affect.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A long-debated ordinance allowing ATV’s on trails year-round throughout the city of Superior passed. The Superior City Council passed an ordinance allowing ATV’s to be driven all year round. The ordinance allows ATV’s to be driven on select trails throughout the city. It’s been a debate for almost a year now but city councilors believe allowing the recreational…

How to Help the Second Harvest Food Bank

Do you know the difference between food banks and food shelves?

DULUTH, Minn.- September is Hunger Action Month and the Second Harvest Food Bank is opening its doors highlighting how you can help. Fun fact food banks and food shelves are different. We’re taking a look inside the Second Harvest Food Bank which distributes food to local non–profit programs. Second Harvest is the only food bank in the region which serves…

Tips for Avoiding Future Money Problems

Money Problems Were Different Back in the Day; Barry Bigelow with Great Waters Financial Offers Tips to Staying Financially Alert

DULUTH, Minn. – Planning for retirement used to be fairly predictable. As decades pass, times have changed and we’re now facing money problems today that didn’t exist years ago. Financial professional Barry Bigelow with Great Waters Financial stopped by FOX 21 Local News Wednesday morning to share a few key tips when it comes to staying up-to-date financially.  Q: What…

Free Medicare Advice Offered This Evening in Duluth

UnitedHealthcare is Offering a Free Community Event Wednesday, September 19 for Folks to Learn About Medicare

DULUTH, Minn. – With 62 million Americans enrolled in Medicare, and more than 10,000 Americans turning 65 every single day, there is significant interest in Medicare health coverage. Unfortunately, there’s also tremendous confusion. According to UnitedHealthcare, roughly 39 percent of Medicare beneficiaries say they have a “fair” or “poor” understanding of Medicare, and two in five beneficiaries describes Medicare as “confusing”….

Lights, Camera, Action! Ironbound Studios Open House

Ironbound Studios is located in the basement at Chisholm City Hall.

CHISHOLM, Minn. – If you have dreams of making it big you don’t have to travel to Hollywood. Just drive up to the Iron Range to Ironbound Studios. “There aren’t many sound stages of this size east of Burbank,” said Ironbound Studios President Joel McGuire. Lights, camera, action! During an open house people could see the 45,000 square foot sound…

All Aboard the Fall Colors Train Starting this Friday

CNN Once Named the North Shore Fall Colors Train Tour "Top 5 out of the Top 10 in America"

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting Friday, September 21, folks will be able to hop aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad’s Fall Color Tours. Executive Director of the North Shore Scenic Railroad, Ken Buehler, told FOX 21’s Brett Scott Tuesday morning that this opportunity gives riders the chance to view the Northland in a vibrant, colorful perspective. The Fall Color Tours will be…

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…

United Steelworkers Local 6115 Vote Unanimously for Strike Authorization

Negotiations from both sides will resume on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A crucial vote for the members of the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 6115. The group in Virginia is demanding an increase in their wages and better benefits. One member told me as recently as 2015 they took some concessions like wage freezes since the company wasn’t doing so well. Now that they are, members want an increase in…

Fall into Autumn Adventures with The Duluth Experience

The Duluth Experience is Offering a Wide List of Fall Happenings Throughout the Autumn Months

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth region offers seasonal attractions for thousands of visitors every year. Combine the amount of entertainment and adventure with beautiful fall colors and there’s certainly something for everyone to enjoy. Co-Founder and CEO Dave Grandmaison stopped by FOX 21 Local News Monday morning to chat about the upcoming events scheduled. The Duluth Experience is already thinking…

Ignite Your Taste Buds this Thursday at the DECC

The 27th Annual United Way Chili Cook-Off Happens Thursday, September 20

DULUTH, Minn. – Are you a sweet or spicy chili fan? No matter the type you favor most, there’s sure to a flavor for you at the 2018 United Way Chili Cook-Off Thursday, September 20 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The 27th annual event is happening at the DECC. Organizers say it’s a great way to check out amateur and…

UMD Students Showcase Harvested Goods at Farm Fest

Every year almost 1,000 students use the Land Lab as an educational tool.

DULUTH, Minn. – Farm Fest is one of the highlights for students at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). It’s the time for them to show off everything they’ve harvested all season. Farm Fest takes place at the UMD Land Lab. The Lab has been around for almost 10 years and one of its purposes is to teach students about agriculture….

Annual Properties Tour Highlights Duluth’s Historic Buildings

The tour also doubled as a fundraiser for the Duluth Preservation Alliance.

DULUTH, Minn. – An estimated 600 people spread out throughout Duluth as part of the 38th Annual Historic Properties Tour. A behind–the–scenes look at the NorShor Theatre in downtown Duluth was a highlight. The Duluth Preservation Alliance is behind the tour. Staff say people really enjoy walking through history. “For instance the Norshor Theatre its deep history. You know, starting as the Orpheum Theatre in the 30s and 40s…

East End Family Fun Day Day In Superior

The event had lots of food, good times, and even a pet parade

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The east end of Superior knows how to have a good time. Many people came out for the family fun day there. Lots of food, good times and a pet parade. Fur babies, big and small were ready to strut their stuff. Some people come every year because of the environment for the dogs to come and…

Last Day to Score Deals at Friends of the Library Book Sale

Proceeds from the book sale support the Superior Public Library.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s the second day of the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale and many people were out to grab a deal. The shelves were filled with thousands of books of all varieties at a low price. Shoppers could fill up a bag and get as many books as they wanted for a donation of their choice. Proceeds…

2018 Walk for Thought Raising Awareness for Brain Injuries

The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance says falls are the leading cause of brain injury.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance says falls are the leading cause of brain injury. The organization supports people and families affected by brain injuries. Its annual walk for thought event does just that. There were walks in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and here in Duluth. For one family the Walk for Thought hits close to home…

AmeriCorps Presents at City Hall

Volunteers Introduce Themselves, Talk Future Projects

DULUTH, Minn.- The Northland’s AmeriCorps VISTA program introduced itself to the public today during a special presentation at City Hall. Local politicians and leaders met with Americorps VISTA members to learn all about what they do. If you didn’t know, VISTA–which stands for Volunteers In Service To America–is a one year commitment young people take at non-profit organizations or local government…

Having A Stressful Day?

Try Meditation, Relaxation & Yoga With Yoga North & Brittney Merlot

DULUTH, Minn. —  Yoga North gives Brittney Merlot a stress-free night on the shores of Lake Superior in this week’s Active Adventures! Using meditation, relaxation and yoga at Brighton Beach, even this video will make you more relaxed! Give it a try! LOCATION: 4628 Pitt Street, Duluth, MN 55804 PHONE: 218-722-9642 WEBSITE: Yoga North SCHEDULE: Categories: Active Adventures, Community, Features,…

Tailgating Tech Tips with Verizon Wireless

For Avid Football Fans, Verizon Wireless Wants to Offer a Few Tips to Staying Up-To-Date with Technology

DULUTH, Minn. – Whether you’re a die-hard sports fan, or simply love to tailgate once in awhile, Verizon Wireless offers a few of their best products to help you get through the long day. Verizon Wireless Solutions Specialist, Chad Fajkus, stopped by the FOX 21 Local News Morning Show Friday to share four items now on the market. Fajkus says…

Making Fun Fall Memories with Simek’s Family Farm

Simek's Family Farm Will Open Saturday, September 15

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s a sure sign fall is right around the corner. Family owned and operated Simek’s Farm is opening Saturday, September 15! Co-owner Andrea Simek says the farm is a wonderful place for both the young and the young-at-heart to enjoy a fall farm experience. The grounds include a corn maze, pick your own fall pumpkin, fresh produce,…

One Roof Opens 285th Land Trust Home

Open House for New 4-Bedroom In Denfeld

DULUTH, Minn.- A newly renovated, single-family home is now available in Duluth for low and middle-income home seekers. One Roof Community Housing, which is behind the effort, held an open house to show off the home in the Denfeld Neighborhood. This is the 285th of its kind in the Duluth Area. One Roof buys old homes and repurposes them to…

Look to 320 North, New Apartments Being Built

P&R Starts Construction on Superior's 3rd Apartment Complex

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The owners behind the newly opened Onyx Apartments in Superior are building another luxury apartment building. It’s located at 320 North F St. The complex will house 46 One Bedroom Apartments starting at about $1,200 a month. Then 36 Two Bedrooms at $1,600, and 4 Three Bedroom Apartments at $1,900 a month. “Y’know, we have other brand new apartment…