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Cloquet VFW Delivers Thanksgiving Meals to Community Members

Dozens of community members took the time to cook, distribute, and deliver these meals.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Volunteers for the Cloquet VFW began preparing Thanksgiving meals in the early hours of Thursday morning. Dozens of community members took the time to cook, distribute, and deliver these meals. On a day when Thanksgiving will be different for some, they are doing their part to make sure everyone has something to be thankful for. Check out…

Northland Newborns 11-26-20

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, Northland Newborns Tags: Brett Scott, community, Essentia Health, Local News, Northland Newborns

Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipe to Top Off Your Thanksgiving Meal

Cooking Connection: Coco's Fresh Cranberry Relish

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, Chef Arlene Coco prepares her fresh relish for a change of pace. Coco says this relish is great with chicken, too. The side is sometimes referred to as “grinder relish” because it can also be made in a hand crank meat grinder. Serving size: 8 Calories per serving: 274 Ingredients: 1 pound…

DLH Airport Staying Ahead Of The Trend

Last month, U.S. passenger bookings were down by nearly 60% whereas the DLH Airport only reported a decline of more than 30%.

DULUTH, Minn. – More than 900,000 Americans traveled through airports across the nation, this week. Compared to last year that number was just over 2 million. Locally, the Duluth International Airport is staying busy this year for the thanksgiving holiday. Airport officials say they are continuing to stay ahead of the trend Last month, U.S. passenger bookings were down by…

Carlton County Law Enforcement Agencies Receive Drone Donation

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office received a big donation Wednesday that’ll get some digital eyes in the sky. Frandsen Bank and Trust, along with Maverick Drone Systems came together to donate the drone. It will be shared with other agencies, like the Cloquet Police Department, allowing them to be prepared for all types of  scenarios. “Not just…

Bridgeman’s Gives Proceeds From Thanksgiving To-Go Special To Workers

DULUTH, Minn. – Bridgeman’s Restaurant in Duluth is helping to make the holiday special for everyone with its thanksgiving to-go meals. On Wednesday, restaurant staff packed up about 500 meals pre-ordered for Thanksgiving. Each individual-sized platter comes with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and much more Of course, the best part is the pumpkin bars for dessert. Bridgman’s is also making…

Local Frontline Workers Give A Special Thank You To Other Frontline Workers

"I hope they feel recognized. I hope they feel they are part of the team," Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police and Fire Departments are sharing their appreciation for the other emergency teams that sometimes are not recognized nearly enough for their efforts. A fleet of emergency vehicles from both departments flooded the streets outside St. Luke’s Hospital to help show appreciation for other frontline workers. “It’s a beautiful thing to see the frontline heroes…

Douglas County Struggling With Contact Tracing As COVID-19 Case Numbers Rise

Last week, the county reported more than four hundred positive cases.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – COVID-19 case numbers are rapidly going up in Wisconsin. Douglas County Public Health officials say they are struggling to keep up with contact tracing as more people continue to be diagnosed with the virus once a person has tested positive. Last week, the county reported more than four hundred positive cases. With the continued spike in…

Midday Update 11-25-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020

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Local Vet Offers Reminders For Pet Owners as the Holidays Begin

Avoid Giving Pets Foods Such as Grapes, Raisins, Garlic, Onions, and Chocolate

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With many families choosing to celebrate Thanksgiving differently this year, what you feed your pets during the holidays hasn’t changed. Experts say when pets are fed, or get into any greasy foods rich in fat, it can results in stomach problems for several days, especially smaller animals. Dr. Justin Dahl with Happy Tails Animal Hospital in Superior says…

Healthcare Workers Describe Reality Inside Overwhelmed Duluth Hospitals

Medical Professionals From St. Luke's, Essentia Health Paint Picture of a Grim Reality

DULUTH, Minn. – Frontline workers from St. Luke’s and Essentia Health are speaking out, sharing what they experience during a routine shift amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. Critical care doctors and ICU nurses want residents to know the surge is here, and it’s going to take all of us working together to help limit the spread, and save our most…

Morning Update 11-25-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020

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Surge Affecting Minnesota Nursing Home Staffing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A current surge of COVID-19 cases throughout Minnesota is affecting staffing levels at many nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. That’s forcing the state to send the National Guard to help out in some homes, while the administration is also asking state employees to consider volunteering in facilities with critical staff shortages. The Star Tribune reports Wednesday that…

Lake Superior Art Glass Offers ‘Design Your Own Ornament’ Sessions

Pick the color, shape, and size of your glass ornaments, then glass blowers then work on your special creation ready for pickup the next day.

DULUTH, Minn.- As holiday shopping begins for many in the Northland, Lake Superior Art Glass in Canal Park hopes to offer a fun way to add a bit of your creativity to a gift, while also supporting small businesses. You can design your own glass ornaments in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Those interested must reserve a 30-minute…

New Black-Owned ‘Stop and Go Pizza’ Aims to Bring Diversity in Pizza, People to Superior

Stop and Go Pizza opened Friday on Tower Avenue in the old Sammy's Pizza location. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A new black-owned pizzeria has opened up in Superior with such a focus on carryout, that it inspired the name. Stop and Go Pizza opened Friday on Tower Avenue in the old Sammy’s Pizza location. The family-run business makes all dough, sauce, and other ingredients in-house — including what they say is a favorite, the sweet chili pineapple…

Superior Restaurants See Extra Customers from Minnesota After Gov. Walz’s Restrictions

While business owners in Superior said they welcome the extra business, they said they feel for the restaurants suffering in Duluth.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Restaurants in Superior are seeing more customers from across the bridge four days into Minnesota’s four-week-long restrictions closing in-person dining. Governor Tim Walz turned the dial back Friday, to try and keep the mounting COVID-19 case numbers from maxing out capacity at hospitals statewide. While business owners in Superior said they welcome the extra business, they said they…

Hoffbauer Tree Farm Helping Keep Holiday Traditions Alive

The Hoffbauer's Hope to Be Open Through Dec. 20, or Until Supplies Last

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s oftentimes a family tradition. For others, it could be a year of new beginnings. Picking out the Christmas tree brings back memories for many, and for one local family, they’re just happy to help make it all happen. “You’ll be overwhelmed by the fragrance which would be the smell of the balsam and a little bit…

City Of Superior Working To Increase Internet Access For Residents And Businesses

The survey has a total of seven questions and can be completed in less than five minutes.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The City of Superior is making it a priority to provide better internet access for residents, through its initiative called Connect Superior. Now Superior residents are being asked to participate in a survey, which will help city staff understand how current broadband networks are working from their households. Some of the goals of the intiative are to…

Duluth Public Schools Extend Distance Learning Through January 21

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Public Schools announced Tuesday that they will be extending distance learning for elementary and secondary level students through at least January 21 due to the current projected COVID rates in the area. In a Tuesday press release, Duluth Superintendent John Magas said the decision comes in response to the sharp rise in positive COVID -19 cases…

Midday Update 11-24-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020

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Morning Update 11-24-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020

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CHUM Feeds Community By Hosting A Thanksgiving Food Giveaway

About 75 turkeys were given away in just over 30 minutes of starting the event.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, CHUM is giving away Thanksgiving food baskets to people in need of the essentials for a traditional holiday meal. Monday was the first day the organization handed out those boxes of food. Dozens of community members lined up outside Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Duluth patiently waiting to take a basket home. Those in line…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Bentleyville Gift Shop

From snow globes to holiday sweaters, Bentleyville Gift Shop is officially open to the public and is ready to provide all kinds of holiday-esque items to visitors, near and far. 

DULUTH, Minn. – From snow globes to holiday sweaters, the Bentleyville Gift Shop is officially open to the public and is ready to provide all kinds of holiday-esque items to visitors, near and far. The store is usually at Bayfront Festival Park in a smaller building but this year, the shop is located in Grandma’s Sports Garden for the purpose…

Plans Underway for 2021 Lake Superior Ice Festival with COVID-19 Changes

The Ice Festival is tentatively set for the last weekend of January, but officials said nothing is for sure with the pandemic.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The annual Lake Superior Ice Festival in Superior is so far still a go this year, with changes to follow COVID-19 health guidelines. According to organizers the popular snow-slide is expected to be back, you’ll just need to bring your own sleds this time around with a limited supply of disinfected ones available for those who won’t be…

Earth Rider Selling Wreaths, Christmas Trees to Celebrate Holidays

Earth Rider will be selling the wreaths and trees through December 13th.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- While most people first think of lights when decorating for the holidays, Earth Rider Brewery in Superior doesn’t want you to forget about another way to “spruce” up your decor — wreaths. Balsam wreaths and Christmas trees from Duluth Flower Farm are being sold outside the Brewery on Tower Avenue. You can also buy some twine to wrap…

COVID-19 Outbreak Hits A Twin Ports Long Term Care Facility

About 50 employees have tested positive since the recent outbreak.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – More than 75 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus at a Twin Ports long term care facility. Four of those residents have since died. The Superior Rehabilitation Center has been suffering a COVID-19 outbreak since the start of November and is slowly working to bounce back from the surge in cases. Many of those individuals testing…

Yarn Harbor Helps Warm Up The City

Donations can still be brought to the store.

Yarn Harbor in Duluth is helping to warm up the city thanks to donations from local community members. Every year the store puts on an event to distributed hats, mittens, gloves to those in need. This year’s winter accessories are sprinkled around town in places like near the enrance of the Chester Creek Trail across from Burrito Union and at…

Lake Superior Ice Festival Will Return in 2021

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Midday Update 11-23-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, Nov. 23, 2020

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6th Annual Christmas Lighting Challenge Now Underway

Voting is Now Open for Decorated Homes in Duluth, Superior, Hermantown and Cloquet

DULUTH, Minn. – It seems as if holiday traditions are being canceled or changed this year due to COVID-19, but the 6th annual Christmas Lighting Challenge is not one of those events. Event organizer Peter Cpin says dozens of homes and businesses have already registered to turn their lights on this year. Event Timeline • November 21st – 2020 Lighting…

Morning Update 11-23-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, Nov. 23, 2020

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Keene Creek Dog Park Partially Reopens After Summer Construction

About a third of the large dog area and small dog area are now open. 

DULUTH, Minn.- A popular dog park in West Duluth is now partially reopened to the public. Keene Creek Dog Park near Grand Avenue had been under construction during the summer season. About a third of the large dog area and small dog area are now open. According to city officials a large part of the park remains closed to allow…

Bentleyville Modifying Drive-Thru Tour After Vehicles Turned Away Opening Night

Volunteers and Duluth Police had to work though traffic hiccups with the new setup, but said all-in-all it was a successful start.

DULUTH, Minn.-Bentleyville Tour of Lights kicked off its new 2020 drive-thru season Saturday night, and before getting to the Christmas lights — vehicle headlights decorated the streets around Bayfront Festival Park, as crews worked through some challenges with the new setup. “When it’s the very first time you’re attempting to do a drive-thru and it’s opening night there’s always gonna…

Bentleyville Tour of Lights Drive-Thru Opens to Hundreds of Cars

A long line of cars could be seen waiting before the now drive-thru light display opened Saturday. 

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s that time of year, Bentleyville Tour of Lights is once again lighting up the skyline of Duluth. But this year both guests and staff are adapting to the holiday staple being drive-thru. A long line of cars could be seen waiting before the light display opened Saturday. This year the event went all drive-thru to ensure social…

Saturday’s Fire on First Street Causes Concerns of Duluth’s Old Structures

Staff at Legacy Glassworks said that fires are a problem them, and other businesses on that street should be prepared for with structures this old.

DULUTH, Minn.- Following the fire in Downtown Duluth that destroyed a building at 118 E. 1st Street, other businesses along that road said the number of fires happening to older buildings on their street is cause for a little alarm. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the Duluth Fire Marshal’s office is asking the public for…

Small Town Bars And Restaurants May Be Hit Harder In Latest Shutdown

By being such a strong staple for these communities, the sense of togetherness will be missed.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bars and restaurants get by thanks to the support from their own community members, but due to smaller population sizes in certain communities, the impacts from this second shutdown may hit even harder. Many businesses like the Mainline Station Bar in Floodwood, were just beginning to get back to normal operations after shutting down at the start…

Health Professionals Fear Suicide Rates Might Go Up

Many factors such as isolation and substance abuse during the pandemic may be contributing to the increase in mental health difficulties.

DULUTH, Minn. – It might be a good day to check in on your loved ones. The hardships caused by the pandemic is creating an increase in the number of people battling a mental illness such as depression or anxiety. Health experts now fear suicide rates might also rise as the global crisis continues. Many factors such as isolation and…

Midday Update 11-20-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

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Morning Update 11-20-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

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Northland Foundations Urge Seniors to Apply for Scholarship Opportunities

Over $5 million in funds are available for Northland seniors.

DULUTH, Minn. – Several foundations around the Northland announced new scholarship opportunities for high school seniors who may decide to take a gap year instead of attending college. The Greater Denfeld Foundation is just one of many organizations available for students to apply to. Organizers say that the best way to go about doing so is to speak with your…

Craft Kits Available for UWS Students

Students at UWS now have some more activities to do over the holiday break. 

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Students at UWS now have some more activities to do over the holiday break. Campus activity organizers have assembled popular grab-and-go craft kits for students to make. The kits include string art, mug decorating and more. The goal is to provide Yellowjackets with something else for them to do while they are stuck at home. The bags…

DECC, Visit Duluth Move Forward With Merger Discussions

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and the city’s destination marketing arm — Visit Duluth — are moving forward with discussions to merge operations as they continue to face serious financial strains from the pandemic. The merger is the official recommendation just released by a working group made up of board members from each entity. The discussions were…

DEDA Approves Option to Purchase Agreement for West Duluth Affordable Housing Development

DULUTH, Minn. – On Wednesday night the Duluth Economic Development Authority approved a resolution to provide the Minneapolis-based nonprofit Aeon Inc. an option to purchase agreement for vacant land near the Menards in West Duluth. Aeon Inc. hopes to build 120 affordable housing apartment units on the plot of land which is located on the corner of Wadena Street and…