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UMD Marshall Allworth Planetarium Remembers Apollo Landing

UMD honors 50th anniversary with program for the community.

DULUTH, Minn.- To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Duluth, UMD’s Marshall W. Allworth Planetarium hosted a free anniversary event. Participants could make their own  stomp rocket, among other lunar crafts, to spark their curiosity about space. ” went into more than just getting to the moon, it helped us with technological advances in lots…

Bayfront Gets Down to Reggae

Thousands come out to 14th Annual Reggae and World Music Festival.

DULUTH, Minn.- Bayfront Festival Park was grooving as crowds came out to get down at the 14th Annual Reggae and World Music Festival. The Park was alive with people shopping exotic items, enjoying authentic Jamaican food, and coming together through the power of Reggae Music. “Reggae music teaches life lessons,” said Arthur Sikor.  “It’s not just any kind of music….

Watching the Planes Soar at Duluth Air and Aviation Expo

From bombers to Blue Angels, Airshow demonstrated the power of American aviation.

DULUTH, Minn.- The roars of jet engines could be heard for miles, but to see the source, you had to come down to Duluth International Airport. “I didn’t really realize how big of a deal it was, so pretty awesome that it’s right here,” said National Guard Member Hunter Smith. The show was not easy to put together, requiring a…

Tornado Passes Over House in Orr

Tornado Warnings in Wirt, Effie and Orr Minnesota, A Look At The Path & Damage

ORR, Minn. — The summer heat, humidity and approaching storm front fueled perfect conditions for tornadoes on Wednesday. It’s a rare but possible scenario in the Northland and at 5:34 that evening, a funnel cloud was spotted by law enforcement in Northome, Minnesota. And uncommon disaster in the Northwoods, the tornado touched down to the ground in the town of…

Superior Police and Fire Departments Battle It Out for Guns ‘N’ Hoses Softball Game

SUPERIOR, Wis,. – The heroic men and women of the Superior Fire and Police departments, who sacrifice their lives everyday, get a chance to have some fun during this annual charity softball game. The dugout heats up as each emergency team battle it out. Both hoping to win it all, one team in particular has a strategy in mind. “Keeping…

Midday Update 7-19-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, July 19, 2019

FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot give an update on local news and weather making headlines Friday, July 19, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Headlines, Local News, weather

Reggae, World Music to be Jammin’ on Stage Saturday in Duluth

The Reggae and World Music Festival is Happening Saturday, July 20

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Saturday, July 20, the 14th annual Bayfront Reggae and World Music festival will attract folks from all across the globe. Show producer Janna Dreher and entertainer Olatunji stopped by FOX 21 Local News Friday morning to chat about the upcoming festival. Gates will open Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The festival is open to all ages, and…

Morning Update 7-19-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, July 19, 2019

FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot give an update on local news and weather making headlines Friday, July 19, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Headlines, Local News, weather

Superior Man To Climb Mt. Rainier to Support Pediatric Cancer

Girga will make his trek up Mt. Rainier on August 1st.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Some people may run marathons or travel long distances to help bring awareness to a great cause. But a Superior man is taking it a step further by committing to climb Mt. Rainier in Washington to support childhood cancer. Mt. Rainier stands nearly 15,000 feet high. At the top temperatures can become very cold even in the summer….

Hockey Legend Mark Sertich Celebrates 98th Birthday

Sertich continues to hold the Guiness World Record as the oldest hockey player in the world.

DULUTH, MINN. – According to the Guiness Book of World Records, Mark Sertich became the oldest hockey player in the world at the age of 95. Three years later, “Sertie” still has the title with no plans on relinquishing it anytime soon. “Of course it being my birthday I’m think about it a little bit. Otherwise I really don’t have…

Midday Update 7-18-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, July 18, 2019

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Thursday, July 18, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Local News, midday update, weather

Large Lakes Observatory Hosting Neighborhood “Block Party” Sunday

The Celebration will Help LLO Celebrate 25 Years of Research and Relations Throughout the Region

DULUTH, Minn. – On Sunday, July 21, you’re invited to a neighborhood celebration to help the Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) in Duluth celebrate 25 years of research and relationship in the region. The free event is happening from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sunday at 2205 East 5th Street in Duluth. Director of the Large Lakes Observatory, Dr. Bob Sterner,…

Duluth Fire Fighters Rescue Kitten Trapped in Storm Drain

A Neighbor Plans to Adopt the Rescued Kitten

DULUTH, Minn. – A kitten trapped in a storm drain was rescued Wednesday night by a couple of helpful Duluth fire fighters. According to the Duluth Fire Department, they received a call for a public assists request after three young girls on a walk with their dad heard a kitten crying from inside a storm drain. Responding crews were able…

Tasty Bites with a Fresh Arctic Char

Cooking Connection: The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort

LUTSEN, Minn. – Entrees are sizzling off the menu this summer at The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort up the North Shore. Executive Chef Chris Homyak has hand selected fine ingredients and recipes to refresh the restaurant’s menu this year. This week’s cooking connection features a fresh Arctic Char. Arctic Char: Pan seared skin on Arctic…

Morning Update 7-18-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, July 18

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Thursday, July 18, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Local News, morning update, News, weather

Superior Entry Lighthouse Up for Auction

National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act Program puts Superior and two other lighthouses up for sale.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A lighthouse that has stood off the coast of Superior since 1913 is now up for sale. As part of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act Program, Superior Entry, and two other lighthouses in Michigan, are up for an online auction. The auction for Superior Entry began on July 10, with a starting bid of $10,000. Interested bidders…

Parade of Puppies Kicks Off Hermantown Summerfest

Annual Hermantown Pet Parade Held at City Hall.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Summerfest kicked off in Hermantown Wednesday, with a parade full of paws. The Summerfest Pet Parade continued its longstanding tradition outside Hermantown City Hall. “I think it’s just a lot of silliness, a lot of fun, and who doesn’t love their pets?” said emcee for the event, Rob Hofmann. “It’s an opportunity to share–” some barks interrupt–“and there’s…

Mayor Larson Announces Commissioning of USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul to be Held in Duluth

The Commissioning is Expected to Happen in the Next 12 to 16 Months

(photo: Facebook/USS Minneapolis Saint Paul Commissioning Team) DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy Jodi J. Greene announced Wednesday morning that the commissioning of the USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul will be held in Duluth. “The City of Duluth is honored to be selected to commission the USS Minneapolis – Saint Paul. This is a…

Midday Update 7-17-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, July 17

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Headlines, Local News, midday update, weather

Twin Ports Paddle Festival to Kick off Paddlers, Rowers Week

The Twin Ports Paddle Festival is Happening Saturday, July 20 on Park Point

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland Paddlers Alliance is excited to be hosting the second annual Twin Ports Paddling Festival Saturday, July 20 at the Park Point Recreation Area Boat Launch. The festival kicks off at 1:00 p.m. and will run until 5:00 p.m. This event kicks off Paddlers and Rowers week where many local businesses are offering a fantastic variety…

Specialty Brews to be Unveiled During Zoo La Palooza Fundraiser

Zoo La Palooza is Happening Thursday, July 18 at the Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn. – The animals at the Lake Superior Zoo invite you to get wild with them Thursday, July 18 for the annual Zoo La Palooza fundraiser. The after-hours party at the Zoo features LIVE music, food trucks, specialty beer, games, silent auctions and more. Tickets for this year’s event are only $20, with the money going directly back into…

Red Flag Warning At Twin Ports Beaches

BEACH HAZARD STATEMENT: No Swimming On Park Point & Wisconsin Point Wednesday

TWIN PORTS BEACHES – A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Park Point and Wisconsin Point Beaches until 9pm. High waves will develop as early as 10am, with the greatest heights this afternoon and evening. Winds are sustained at 10-15mph, with gusts up to 20mph. This creates dangerous swimming conditions along the Lake Superior shoreline, due to rip currents…

Fairlawn Mansion Offering Free Tours During Ice Cream Social

Fairlawn's Annual Ice Cream Social is Happening Wednesday, July 17

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The annual Fairlawn Ice Cream Social is happening Wednesday, July 17  from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Staff with Superior Public Museums invite family and friends to Fairlawn for some old-fashioned fun. Brats and other foods will be sold at “yesteryear” prices along with carriage rides, games, cake walk, craft fair, and free guided tours. Harrington Arts…

Morning Update 7-17-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, July 17

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Headlines, Local News, morning update, weather

After Repairs Head of Lakes Fair Opens for Season

Fair week kicks off with Sneak a Peek Night Tuesday.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Head of the Lakes Fair in Superior opened for the year, offering rides, a horse show, a beef auction, and more over the next five days. This comes with major repairs completed after Douglas County conducted an inspection, revealing issues like Asbestos. Now, they say those issues have been taken care of. “We’re looking forward to a…

Officials, Citizens Share Thoughts on Future of Lester Park Golf

Community Listening Session Held in Lester Park pavilion.

DULUTH, Minn.- City officials met with concerned citizens in Lester Park Tuesday to hear more feedback on the fate of Duluth’s Public Lester Park Golf Course. This comes after the council voted in may to potentially use part of the Lester and Enger park golf courses for multi family mixed income housing. The vote means the “Lake Nine” holes will…

Midday Update 7-16-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, July 16

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Tuesday, July 19, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Headlines, Local News, midday update, weather

Duluth Depot Hosting Inaugural Festival of Steam

The Festival of Steam is Happening July 19 - 21

DULUTH, Minn. – Union Pacific Railroad’s “Big Boy” No. 4014 steam engine will be on display all weekend at the Duluth Depot. The inaugural Festival of Steam is happening Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21. Rides won’t be available on “Big Boy,” but the engine will be steamed up and on display. For those looking to roll down the…

Morning Update 7-16-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Headlines, Local News, morning update, weather

Duluth Art Institute Gets Teens Off Phones Into Art

Teen camp held Monday.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Art Institute helped local teens find their creative side through mixed media art. The institute held a youth camp where teens were introduced to art such as clay sculptures and photography at the Depot. Institute staff said it’s important to get today’s youth to do something else with their hands other than type on their phones….

Construction Season Continues in Duluth and Hermantown

Two intersections in Duluth and two stretches of road in Hermantown began roadwork Monday.

DULUTH, Minn.- Construction work is well underway this summer in the Northland, and Monday two new projects just started. Crews began work on one residential intersection in Duluth, and two parts of Maple Grove Road in Hermantown. At the intersection of 26th Avenue East and Jefferson Street in Duluth, crews will reconstruct pedestrian ramps to ADA standards and partially replace…

Duluth Women’s Club to Host 52nd Annual Tour of Homes and Gardens

The Tour is Happening Wednesday, July 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Have you ever wanted to take a tour of the most beautiful, historic homes and gardens in Duluth? If so, you’re invited to attend the Duluth Women’s Club 52nd annual Tour of Homes and Gardens happening Wednesday, July 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The event will include a luncheon and is open to the public….

Midday Update 7-15-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, July 15, 2019

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Sailors, Officers Arrive in Duluth for Navy Week

Duluth Navy Week is Happening July 15 - 21, More than 75 Events are Taking Place

DULUTH, Minn. – Navy Week is making its way back to Duluth and this year’s celebration features a lineup full of events with something for everyone. Sailors are arriving in the Twin Ports July 15 – 21 to take part in more than 75 events spread throughout Duluth and the surrounding communities. This outreach mission is to build and strengthen…

Morning Update 7-15-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, July 15, 2019

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, July 15, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Headlines, Local News, morning update, weather

Meet on the Street Brings Out Lincoln Park Businesses, Community Members

This year Meet on the Street merged with last year's Solstice party, organizers combining.

DULUTH, Minn.- On Sunday Meet on the Street took over West Superior Street in Duluth’s Lincoln Park Neighborhood. The event brought out local businesses, community members, and local authorities to eat some food, play some games, and celebrate all the neighborhood has to offer. “We’ve had so much growth in the craft district itself that people have sort of had…

Officer Saves Two-Year-Old Girl From Runaway Car Dangling in Trees

Officer says he was in the right place at the right time, and the family is thankful for that.

DULUTH, Minn.- A runaway van took a two-year-old girl for a wild ride that could have ended tragically, were it not for the actions of a Duluth Police Officer who happened to be in the right place at the right time. Megan Newman was taking her daughters out of the car in the parking lot of Munger Terrace Apartments after…

Two Harbors Bustling Celebrating Heritage Days

Four day festival features live music, food, a car show and more.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- Two Harbors was bustling Saturday for the third day of the four-day long Heritage Days in Two Harbors. The event featured live music, food, a car show at Danny’s Auto on Third Avenue, and a parade throughout the town. Heritage Days also featured unique vendors from across Minnesota. Dale Lessard is one of them. He fashions sculptures…

Taste of Greece Puts the ‘Opa’ in Minnesota

Marshall High School turned into Little Greece for the 27th Annual Festival.

DULUTH, Minn.- On Saturday the Greek culture showed off their customs and delicious food at Marshall School. According to organizers this year brought a record number of attendees to enjoy traditional Greek Gyros and Loukoumades, dances, and above all, hospitality. “They can just expect a really welcoming environment, great food, great pastries, lot of entertainment,” said George Patronas, co-chair for…

Taste of Duluth Takes Hundreds Around the World of Food

Event showcases food from variety of different cultures, including Amish.

DULUTH, Minn.- There’s only one place and one time of year where you can take a trip around the world without leaving Duluth: when Taste of Duluth comes to Bayfront Festival Park. The sounds, sights, smells and above all tastes embraces people into each of the different cultures represented at this year’s Taste of Duluth. “Well y’know we’ve got Italian…

Midday Update 7-12-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, July 12, 2019

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, July 12, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Headlines, Local News, midday update, weather

Cultural Food Frenzy Takes Over Bayfront Festival Park This Saturday

Twin Ports Entertainment and Lundeen Productions are Proud to Present the 3rd Annual Taste of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The 3rd annual Taste of Duluth is taking on a new look and sound for 2019. Performers are being featured on the main stage this year that are going to reflect many of the ethnic origins that are a rich part of Duluth’s history. In the previous two years the festival has been going on, more than…

New Beekeeping Nonprofit Meets in Superior

Meetings Will Continue Throughout the Summer at UWS

DULUTH, Minn. – According to local Beekeepers, 60 percent of the honeybees up north died this past winter. In order to counteract the winter bee kill-off, the Head of the Lakes Beekeeping Association has started monthly meetings at UWS to help spread the word on protecting nature’s pollinators by educating the public. “We are such a great community. For example,…

Morning Update 7-12-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, July 12, 2019

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, July 12, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Headlines, Local News, morning update, weather

Nearly 300 Rowers Will Compete in 61st Annual Duluth Regatta

Races will be going on all throughout the day beginning at 8 a.m and wrapping up at 5 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 61st annual Duluth Regatta is set to take place Saturday at Park Point. An estimated 300 rowers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Canada are expected to compete in 28 men’s and women’s events. The regatta is a very unique event, which is a lot more popular than you would think. “We are a rowing community and…

Mayor Larson: Continued Use of Hydrogen Fluoride at Husky Unacceptable

  DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson released a statement Thursday afternoon that she will be “asking the Duluth City Council to vote on a resolution that requests that the EPA review usage of hydrogen fluoride in refineries throughout the country.” Mayor Larson’s Facebook post reads in full: “On multiple occasions since the Husky Refinery explosion on April 26th,…

Strawberry Picking Kicks off for the Season

Dozens of berry lovers are out picking Spectrum Farm Strawberries on the first day of the season.

CARLTON, Minn. – Strawberry picking season is finally underway at Spectrum Farm Strawberries in Carlton. The season is starting about a week late this year due to inclement weather in the spring, and on Wednesday, they finally opened for the public to pick the berries. “They are fabulous right out of the field they are sweet they are juicy they…

Pickleball Popularity Increasing in the Northland

The sport has only been around Duluth for a few years, but fans are flocking to learn how to play it.

DULUTH, Minn. – Have you ever wondered what the midway point is between ping pong and tennis? Well that would be pickleball. “It’s fun. It’s a good exercise. You don’t realize you’re getting a good workout. New ownership took over and we wanted to incorporate not just tennis, but more indoor sports for Duluth,” DISC manager Joe Jurich said. “A…

Volunteers Remove Harmful Wild Parsnip from West Waterfront Trail

Invasive species can cause burns to skin and fur.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth is asking for your help to rid the area of the invasive species Wild Parsnip. The plant emits a sap that can cause burns on human skin and pets. This is not your run of the mill, vegetable parsnip. It looks like any flower. The Duluth Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, or CISMA, gathered volunteers by the…

Car Show Brings Classic Rides, CHUM School Supplies

Along with cars, attendants can donate a backpack of school supplies for CHUM to distribute.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s Sidewalk Days has kicked off on West Superior Street as the annual Car Show rolled in not only to show off, but also get kids ready for school. Vintage, unique, and fixed up rides came from all over the Northland for people to admire on Superior Street. At the Kolar Chevrolet tent, you can admire new cars…