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Minnesota Firefighters Who Gave Ultimate Sacrifice Remembered on Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day

Crews say it’s also important to raise awareness of the biggest cause of job-related deaths among firefighters -- cancer and other health issues.

DULUTH, Minn.- Across the state of Minnesota Sunday, firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty or due to job-related causes were honored for their service on Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day. In Duluth, 19 firefighters from as far back as the 1800s to 2010 were remembered for paying the ultimate sacrifice. “It’s not always what you see…

Residents in ISD #381 to Vote on Two-Question Referendum Nov. 2

Question One Wouldn't Increase Taxes for Residents, Question Two Would

SILVER BAY, Minn. – This fall, leadership from Lake Superior School District is hoping residents will vote yes on two big referendum questions. “This school is the center of this community,” said Joe Nicklay, principal at William Kelley Schools in Silver Bay. Nicklay knows how important his building is when it comes to developing the future. “We have teachers who…

Family Remembers St. Paul Man Found Dismembered in Lake Superior, Advocates for Other Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

On Sunday, family and friends of Ricky Balsimo and community members gathered to honor him with cultural performances and a healing walk on the Lakewalk.

DULUTH, Minn.- A murdered indigenous man from St. Paul whose body was found dismembered in Lake Superior over the summer was remembered at a rally and walk in Canal Park Sunday, as organizers also hoped to bring attention to the cases of other missing and murdered indigenous people. “The main purpose for today is to show Ricky’s spirit that we…

Duluth Bethel’s First Concert for Recovery Takes Over Harbor Drive

Members of the Northland Music and Recovery community, the Duluth Bethel Treatment Center, and the DECC hope to make this an annual event.

DULUTH, Minn.- September is National Recovery Month, and community organizers teamed up for the Northland’s first Concert for Recovery, taking place on Harbor Drive behind the DECC, Saturday night. Members of the Northland Music and Recovery community, the Duluth Bethel Treatment Center, and the DECC hope to make this an annual event, supporting substance abuse treatment and mental health services….

City of Duluth, Ecolibrium3 Host Chalkfest to Draw Attention to Local Waterways

At the fall party, Ecolibrium3 showcased an assortment of watershed demonstrations, a free harvest soup lunch as a part of their Stone Soup Project, and several other activities.

DULUTH, Minn.- In collaboration with the City of Duluth, Ecolibrium3 hosted a Lake Superior Stormwater Chalkfest fall party, including family-friendly activities. At the fall party, Ecolibrium3 showcased an assortment of watershed demonstrations, a free harvest soup lunch as a part of their Stone Soup Project, and several other activities. They also invited the community to stop by and show off…

Setup Begins for Bentleyville Tour of Lights

Around 55 high school students from the College of St. Scholastica's Upward Bound program came out to help set up the famous holiday attraction.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Bentleyville “Tour of Lights” setup at Bayfront Festival Park has officially begun. Bentleyville staff and volunteers started their Saturday early at 8 a.m., testing lights, unloading trucks, and putting together holiday displays. Around 55 high school students from the College of St. Scholastica’s Upward Bound program came out to help set up the famous holiday attraction. “This…

Lester River Rendezvous Takes Lakeside Back in Time

If cannons and blacksmiths weren't your thing, there were also 30 vendors selling more modern handcrafted goods.

DULUTH, Minn.- A blast of a party and a blast from the past was back at Lester Park in Duluth with the return of the Lester River Rendezvous. The event was back for its 22nd year with the Voyageur Village, taking folks back in time to check out the lifestyles and folkways of early settlers in Minnesota and Wisconsin history….

Duluth Preservation Alliance Announces City’s 10 Most Endangered Places for 2021

The 10 locations on the list include the Esmond Building (known to many as the former Seaway Hotel), the Pastoret Terrace or Kozy Bar and Apartments, and the St. Regis Apartments.

DULUTH, Minn.– The Duluth Preservation Alliance announced its 2021 ten most endangered places list, they said to demand the City of Duluth take historic preservation into account in its long-term comprehensive planning, and encourage private property owners to take responsibility for historic places. The list is organized from west to east. Each place falls under one of three categories: Impending…

GND Rec Center Hosts Rummage Sale

Organizers say it's a great way to help support the community.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Gary New Duluth Rec Center is having its semi-annual rummage sale to support the final phase of their recreational area. Hosted every September, the proceeds from the rummage sale go right back into the rec center with a minimal cost associated with a variety of items from clothes, crafts and board games. Organizers say it’s a…

Public Health Officials Concerned with New Covid-19 Cases in St. Louis County.

On Friday, both St. Luke's and Essentia Health announced northland residents can make appointments to receive the booster shot next week.

DULUTH, Minn. — Last week alone, 600 new cases of Covid-19 were detected in St. Louis County a trend that is all too familiar for public health officials. “We are really hoping that we don’t see the increase that we did following September last year. We had a big spike in October and going through November and December,” St. Louis County…

Midday Update 9-24-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, September 24, 2021

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Explore the Beauty of Bagley Nature Area as Fall Foliage Starts to Pop

Active Adventures: Autumn Adventures at Bagley Nature Area

DULUTH, Minn. – This week’s Active Adventures takes FOX 21’s Brett Scott to Bagley Nature Area on the campus of UMD. This 59-acre forest, pond, and open area are located in the northwest part of the campus. Tim Bates, Associate Director, Environmental Education Coordinator, says Bagley is a great place for running, cross-country skiing, walking, or any other quiet outdoor…

Morning Update 9-24-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, September 24, 2021

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Experts Give Tips on Keeping Outdoor Plants Green

Typically they like to have their last day around Halloween depending on the weather.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. — As the temperatures get colder, landscapers and gardeners will be looking to prolong the life of their outside plants. Experts are trying to educate growers on how to keep their plants going before the first frost. They say some of the best ways are to bring the more delicate flowers inside during cold nights, wrapping cedar or…

City Leaders Announce ‘Safer Duluth for All’ Budget Plan

The added funds are coming from the proposed increased tax levy and Duluth's nearly 60 million in 'American Rescue Plan' dollars.

DULUTH, Minn. —  On Thursday Duluth’s police and fire departments are among those in line to get a boost in funding for 2022. City leaders announced what they call the “Safer Duluth For All” budget plan on Thursday. The added funds are coming from the proposed increased tax levy and Duluth’s nearly 60 million in ‘American Rescue Plan’ dollars. The…

Senate Capital Investment Committee Tours Areas Around Northland

One of the areas they visited, is the four million dollar project at Glensheen Mansion which is restoring the formal garden and installing a backup boiler inside the home.

DULUTH, Minn. — Members of the Minnesota Senate Budget Committee spent the day touring areas of the Northland. They spent time checking out first-hand projects already being by bonding dollars or ones that are in need of funding. Whether it’s before or after a legislative session, the capital investment committee comes to different sites to review new projects or see…

Midday Update 9-23-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, September 23, 2021

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New Charcuterie Board Business Now Open in Duluth

Cooking Connection: Bloody Mary Charcuterie Board

DULUTH, Minn. – Can you say Yes, Cheese? The owners and creators of Duluth’s very own charcuterie board business can! In this week’s Cooking Connection, Ken meets with one of the co-founders to find out what the business is all about, and try their Bloody Mary Charcuterie Board. The creation is perfect for a weekend at home, or a gathering…

Inaugural Concert for Recovery Happening Saturday Along Harbor Drive

Concert for Recovery Takes Place Amid National Recovery Month

DULUTH, Minn. – The first-ever Concert for Recovery is set to take place Saturday, Sept. 25 along Harbor Drive behind the DECC. Gates will open at 3 p.m. for folks looking to get in and grab a good seat. Bands will be playing from 4 – 10 p.m. The event supports substance abuse treatment and mental health services. The music…

Morning Update 9-23-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, September 23, 2021

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Lake Superior Reserve Debuts New Boat Launch

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — After two years of work, a new boat launch is complete on the Pokegama Bay in Superior. The Lake Superior Reserve held a ribbon cutting ceremony to present the new launch Wednesday where a grant from the Wisconsin Coastal Management program, along with contributions from the Reserve System and City of Superior made this $200,000 upgrade possible….

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Remembered in Vigil

SUPERIOR, Wis. — A vigil was held today by advocates to continue the work to bring awareness to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, and to promote healing for those who have been affected. Rene Ann Goodrich started her advocacy in 2014 in the Twin Cities, and brought her movement up to the Twin Ports. Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous…

Annual Lake Superior Open Disc Golf Tournament Begins

This is one of the last tournaments organizers will be hosting as the temperatures get colder.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Wednesday was the start of the annual Lake Superior Open at the brand new course in the superior municipal forest. “This course went in last year. Toward maybe the end of the fall of the prior year. It’s got a little of everything. It’s got long tees and short tees so it accommodates all skill levels,” Tournament…

Duluth School District Sees Rise in Covid-19 Cases

A few days ago, there were four staff and eight students that had contracted the virus.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth School District has seen an increase in Covid-19 cases within the district. A few days ago, there were four staff and eight students that had contracted the virus. The district says now they’re dealing with even more, but could not specifically say how many at this point. Students are encouraged to get tested before returning…

Midday Update 9-22-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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‘Boo at the Zoo’ Returns for Three Weekends in October

'Boo at the Zoo' is Happening Saturday, October 16, 23, and 30

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual family-fun fall tradition of ‘Boo at the Zoo’ returns to the Lake Superior Zoo on Saturday, October 16, 23, and 30. Each day we will have 9, 2-hour time slots for guests to choose from. This year, there are no capacity limits at this time and the timeframe is your arrival time. 9 am –…

Morning Update 9-22-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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Timber Takes Center Stage at 67th Annual North Star Expo

The Annual Event Was Postponed in 2020 Due to COVID-19

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – It’s an industry providing over 32,000 Minnesotans with jobs, and over $2 billion in wages every year. Logging is vital to the state, and at a recent expo in Grand Rapids, the importance was front and center. “It’s good work for the people up here in northern Minnesota,” said Corey Wilson, attending from Cohasset. What may…

DWP Trail Re-Opens with Better Access for Disabled

DULUTH, Minn. — The city of Duluth is celebrating upgrades to a 10-mile trail that’s now more accessible to people with disabilities. The Duluth Winnipeg and Pacific trail, as it’s known, runs from 63rd Street West to Becks Road. Today the Duluth Parks and Rec Department showed off infrastructure repairs there to make it ADA compliant. There’s a newly graded…

Duluth Still in Search of Sheila St. Clair, Six Years Later

Six years ago, the Duluth Police Department received a missing persons report of 54 year old Sheila St. Clair, today, they are still looking for her.

DULUTH, Minn. — Sheila St. Clair was last seen in the Central Hillside neighborhood in August of 2015, a month later she was reported missing. This case is still active six years later, and the Duluth Police Department along with national advocates are still trying tirelessly to get her home. Across the state of Minnesota, the unknown numbers of missing…

New Affordable Housing Opens on Decker Road

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth’s newest affordable housing development is officially open for tenants. Tuesday, One Roof Community Housing cut the ribbon for Decker Dwellings, on Decker Drive. It’s a three-story building with 42 units including one, two, and three bedroom apartments. Construction started last September, all with a goal of helping addressing the affordable housing crisis in the city of…

City of Duluth Receives Award for Green Efforts

The city has several hundred more trees left to plant.

DULUTH, Minn. — Mayor Emily Larson proclaimed Tuesday Arbor Day 2021 in Duluth to celebrate the city’s longtime commitment to trees. During most years, trees are planted in the community by city workers to mark this occasion. Due to Covid-19 precautions still keeping a lot of things virtual, the city is encouraging people to plant trees on their own this…

Ursa Minor Hosts Week-Long Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest at Ursa Minor will end Saturday the 25th.

DULUTH, Minn. — The folks at Ursa Minor Brewing in Duluth are holding their own version of Oktoberfest to help mark their third year in business. It all started this past Saturday with more activities going on each day this week. Some of the different themes include family-friendly events, pride day and more. “This is why we do this. It’s…

More Changes Coming to Twin Ports Interchange Project

All of these changes are to help with the flow and safety of traffic.

DULUTH, Minn. — Coming next week, the public can expect to see some changes on I-35 including the southbound lane being diverted to lower Michigan Street and more. “Other major changes are there will be two lanes southbound as opposed to present-day one lane southbound,” MnDOT Major Projects Construction Manager, Peter Marthaler says. Then come October, northbound traffic will be…

Midday Update 9-21-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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Boy Scouts of America Voyageurs Area Council Kicks off Fall Popcorn Sale

The Fall Popcorn Sale Runs Through Mid-November, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re interested in indulging in gourmet popcorn and supporting a good cause, the Boy Scouts of America Voyageurs Area Council has you covered. Based at 3877 Stebner Road in Hermantown, scouts sell popcorn year-round, however, the biggest sale of the year kicks off in the fall. Trail’s End has created a line of popcorn products specifically…

Morning Update 9-21-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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Explore the Sights, Sounds of Tettegouche State Park This Fall

The Park is Seeing an Influx of Visitors Looking to Catch a Glimpse of the Beautiful Fall Foliage

SILVER BAY, Minn. – It’s one of the most scenic sections along Highway 61. Just a hop off the highway, Tettegouche State Park offers a wide variety of hiking, climbing, and camping options. “It’s not too hot, not too cold, it’s just about right,” said Kelly Thielien, visiting from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The so-called “Goldilocks principle” holds true along the…

UWS Sees Rise in Enrollment

Currently, enrollment is just over 2,600 students which is consistent with what the college has seen prior to 2020.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Enrollment has jumped up at UWS this year. After what was a challenging 2020 for most area colleges, the University of Wisconsin-Superior was down nearly four percent. The college also saw a dip in transfers and international students. This year, however, they have seen a 23 percent increase in the freshmen class something admissions is excited about….

Drsana Yoga Hosts Grand Opening

Drsana yoga held its grand opening Monday morning inside the fitgers complex.

DULUTH, Minn. — A new yoga studio just opened in Duluth. Drsana yoga held its grand opening Monday morning inside the fitgers complex. The studio’s name means “be the light” and the owner hopes to share the benefits of yoga with people in need of healing. “We offer quite a bit of different classes. We have sculpt classes. We have…

UWS Hosts Student Involvement Event

The jacket fest was buzzing with students ready to learn more about the different student organizations on campus.

DULUTH, Minn. — After going virtual last year, students and faculty alike are happy to participate in their regular event schedule. “Now I’m super excited to be back. Promoting the club in-person and being able to go to games and back in class for my last year is a lot of fun and really exciting,” UWS Senior, Payton Dutcher says….

Midday Update 9-20-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, September 20, 2021

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Vaccination Rates Vary Widely on UW-System Campuses

UW-System Promotes Scholarship Drawing Aimed at Boosting Vaccination Rates Among Students

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – University of Wisconsin officials say student vaccination rates for COVID-19 vary widely among the system’s campuses. At the Madison campus, 91% of students are fully vaccinated, the highest number among the system’s universities. The lowest number of vaccinated students are at UW-Parkside where 38% have been inoculated. Other campuses range from 75% at La Crosse to…

Forest Officials Lift Fire Restrictions as Greenwood Fire Remains 80% Contained

As of Monday, Sept. 20, the Greenwood Fire is 26,797 Acres and 80% Contained

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Authorities say they have lifted fire restrictions for the entire Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota after reports over the weekend that the Greenwood Lake blaze was 80% contained. The blaze has burned more than 26,000 acres of land. This announcement comes as the Minnesota Department of Transportation reopens Highway 1 near Isabella. Officials say drivers…

Huntington’s Disease Society of America Hosting ‘Hope Walk’ in Duluth

Duluth Team Hope Walk is Happening Saturday, Sept. 25 Beginning at 11 a.m. at Endion Park

DULUTH, Minn. – Team Hope is Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s (HDSA) largest national grassroots fundraising event. Thousands of families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and communities walk together each year to support HDSA’s fight to improve the lives of people affected by HD and their families. This year’s walk is happening Saturday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. at Endion Park, located…

Pfizer: COVID-19 Vaccine Works in Children Ages 5 to 11

The Vaccine Maker Plans to Seek Authorization in U.S., Britain, and Europe

(Associated Press) – Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11. The vaccine maker said Monday it plans to seek authorization for this age group soon in the U.S., Britain, and Europe. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is available for anyone 12 and older. But many parents are anxiously awaiting…

Morning Update 9-20-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, September 20, 2021

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, September 20, 2021. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update, News, weather