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Jan Swanson Commits To Council Run

Jan Swanson Kicked Off Her Campaign Tonight

Duluth, Minn. An at large candidate has put her name on the ballot to possibly become part of the Duluth City Council. Jan Swanson kicked off her campaign tonight at the Incline Station. There she met with residents and shared what would be her platform. She plans to focus on three things.  Lowering taxes to drive more businesses to the…

Eighties dance party supports Choice, Unlimited.

An 80s themed party supports individuals with disabilities

DULUTH, Minn. – Downtown Duluth’s Ignite Studio invited people for a party – 1980’s style. Eighties music, 80s hair, and 80s workout gear was everywhere as folks got “physical” for a good cause. The whole thing was a fundraiser for Choice, Unlimited, an organization which helps people with disabilities lead a more active life. “We think it’s key to be out and be…

Co-Workers Compete in Corporate Olympics

It's the 2nd Annual Corporate Olympics Put on by the YMCA

DULUTH, Minn.- Co-workers from businesses in the Northland enjoyed friendly competition at the 2nd annual Corporate Olympics at the Duluth YMCA. 13 co-ed teams competed in events like log rolling, battle ball soccer, and tug of war. The event is held to promote corporate wellness, and increase employee morale while raising funds for the community. “Each year we give back…

5th Annual Duluth Hunt Welcomes Hundreds of Eager Shoppers

DULUTH, Minn. — Shoppers from all over the Northland have come to Duluth, looking to turn repurposed “junk” into unique treasures. The Duluth Junk Hunt keeps growing and growing. More than 100 vendors are in the Duluth Heritage Sports Center, selling eager customers all sorts of items. Everyone here is looking for that one special item that could spruce up…

Click It or Ticket Campaign Launching May 22nd

Law Enforcement Is Asking People to Wear Seatbelts

  DULUTH, Minn.- Law Enforcement officers are warning people, click it or you’ll get a ticket. The national Click it or Ticket campaign is launching May 22nd.  Officers from Hundreds of law enforcement agencies in Minnesota and Wisconsin are working overtime during the campaign to remind motorists that wearing a seat belt is not only the law, but can also…

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center Looking to Break World Record

They're Working on Breaking the World Record for Number of People Wearing Life Jackets in One Photo

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center is calling for the help of the public to break a world record tomorrow. The World Record for the number of people wearing life jackets in one photo is almost 11,000. Tomorrow the Maritime visitor center is hoping to break that record. They’re inviting people to come to the visitor center in…

Cyclists Get Free Bus Rides for National Bike to Work Day

Organizations Have Been Calling for People to Use Public Transportation This Whole Month

DULUTH, Minn.- Friday is National Bike to Work day, and The Duluth Transit Authority is encouraging people to use public transportation. The DTA is sweetening the pot by offering free bus rides to passengers who get on the bus with their bikes. Representatives believe biking or riding the bus to work is good for the environment, good for physical health,…

Duluth Dylan Fest 2017 Begins Saturday

Events Feature Music, Poetry and Museum Displays

DULUTH, Minn. – The next week Duluth will be celebrating one of the Northland’s favorite musicians. Duluth Dylan Fest is Saturday, May 20 through Sunday, May 28. The eight days are a celebration of Bob Dylan’s 76th birthday and Nobel Prize in Literature. Duluth Dylan Fest highlights include a rare Bob Dylan Exhibit from the William Pagel Archives at Karpeles…

Fun Events Bring Awareness to Safe Boating

National Safe Boating Week

DULUTH, Minn. – National Safe Boating Week runs May 20-26 to promote safe and responsible boating. This includes consistent life jacket use every time boaters are on the water. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2013 and that 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life…

Superior Gym Focuses on Functional Movement Systems

Active Adventures: Kickboxing

SUPERIOR, Wis. – For this week’s Active Adventures the FOX 21 morning crew traveled to Superior. Meteorologist William Seay tried out kickboxing with The Strength Factory. The Strength Factory is located at 1423 N. 8th St. #109, Superior, WI. New members get their first week free and an introductory month for $45 for unlimited classes. For more information give them…

West Duluth Little League Takes Concussions Serious

Essentia Health Contributes With Big Donation

Duluth, Minn. Hundreds of baseball players in the West Duluth little league are now safer because of the contribution and team work from Essentia Health. A grant issued to the little league will allow technology into the dugout, a first of its kind in the state of Minnesota. Concussions are common in contact sports and now multiple MLB and NFL…

Night To Shine At Greysolon Ballroom

Teens Graduate Life House Program

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds came out to the Greysolon Ballroom to support local nonprofit Life House and graduates of their program. Dozens of area teens were celebrated tonight in front of a large audience. The teens have seen their fair share of hardships and have overcome their obstacles. Those graduating the program have either moved on to college, find themselves…

Lincoln Park After Dark

Finding Ways To Attract More People

Duluth, Minn. Duluth businesses gathered tonight at the Duluth Children’s Museum in Lincoln Park for another round of Lincoln Park After Dark. A program aimed to bring businesses in the area to come together to discuss ways to make the community better. “We believe in building the neighborhood to be a very vibrant really economically vibrant place where tourists want…

New Superior Police Officers Sworn In

Family and Friends on Hand to See Four New Officers' Special Moment

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It was a big day at the Superior Police Department. Four new officers were sworn in to serve and protect. Police Chief Nicholas Alexander was there to set the tone of what’s ahead for these new officers. Family and friends were on hand to take in and remember this special moment before the officers hit the streets…

New Shooting Range to Open in Cloquet This Fall

It'll Be the First Indoor Shooting Range in Northern Minnesota

CLOQUET, Minn.- A new Shooting Range is opening up in Cloquet this fall. Construction has begun for a $1.9 million indoor shooting range called Dead-On. The 9,600 square foot facility will have 10 lanes for target practice. The shooting range will sell guns and ammunition, offer gun safety training, and conceal and carry permit classes. “The input has been great….

Duluth Residents Could Face Water-Rate Hikes

Would Go Up 4.7 Percent a Year from 2018-2023

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth Public Utilities Commission plans on raising the city’s water rates 4.7 percent a year beginning in 2018. The rate increase would go through 2023. They hope the increase will help pay for reconstructing parts of its water supply system which is aging. The commission will have meetings throughout June to get public input, and they hope to…

Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Honored at Luncheon

It's National Police Week

  DULUTH, Minn.- The 28th annual Law Enforcement Memorial Prayer and Luncheon was held in Duluth. A room full or law enforcement officers, families and supporters honored police officers who had given the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty, with talks and prayers. Nationwide, 143 officers died while serving their communities. It was a 16…

One-Act Plays Created in 24 Hours Bring Laughter to Duluth

Chicken Hat Plays: How You Can Submit a Prompt

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend The Chicken Hat Plays are coming back to Duluth. All the fun is happening Saturday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. Put on by Rubber Chicken Theater, there are eight one-act plays within the show. The individual acts are all created in 24 hours. On Friday night writers will select who, what and where prompts out of…

Chetek Greenhouse Lucky to Avoid Tornado

Destroyed Trailer Park, Turkey Farm was About a Mile Away

CHETEK, Wis. – While Tuesday’s tornado near Chetek left destruction and devastation in its path, less than a mile away a nearby business remained virtually untouched and the owner is counting his blessings. Jim Berger owns Treefrogs Greenhouse just outside Chetek.  He had just closed and was on his way home, when Tuesday’s storm hit.  He waited it out in…

First On FOX: Former Superior Councilor’s Ex-Fiance Vying For His Seat

'It's In No Way Revenge Or Anything Like That'

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The ex-fiancé of former Superior city councilor Graham Garfield broke her silence first to FOX 21’s Dan Hanger Wednesday. Kara Schmidt talked about the incident that lead to four domestic abuse charges against Garfield, as well as her jump into the race to replace Garfield’s former council seat. “It’s heart shattering. I didn’t expect my whole life…

Northern Lights Foundation Hosts Annual Gala

Organization Raises Money for Families with Children Who Have Life Threatening Illnesses

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of Northlanders came out to the annual Northern Lights Foundation Gala tonight to support children and families in need. Guests enjoyed a meal, bid on silent and live auction items, and spent time with kids who were helped by the Northern Lights Foundation. The charity has now given grants to over 160 Northland families who have…

“Stories with Seniors” Brings Kids to Superior Rehabilitation Center

Nursing Home Residents Read "Corduroy" to Children

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Nursing home resident and kids had a special chance to learn from each other at the Superior Rehabilitation Center. The first ever “Stories with Seniors” event allowed kids and parents to come to the center, make their own cotton candy, and listen to one of the residents read the classic children’s book, Corduroy. “I think we can…

Chipotle Teams Up With Animal Allies Humane Society

50 Percent of all Fundraiser Sales to be Given to Animal Allies Humane Society

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Wednesday only, Chipotle lovers across the Northland have the chance to make their purchase go a long way in the community. Chipotle recently contacted Animal Allies Humane Society with a fundraising offer. Wednesday from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Duluth Chipotle Mexican Grill will donate 50 percent of all fundraiser sales to the Animal Allies Humane…

Superior Common Council to Hold Special Election for 6th District Seat

SUPERIOR, Wis – The City of Superior Common Council has announced it will be holding a Special Election on April 3, 2018 to fill the vacant 6th District Aldermanic position, formerly held by Graham Garfield who stepped down earlier this month. Until the Special Election, the Council is seeking applicants to fill the position for a one-year term. Qualified applicants…

Annual Workout Event Supports Local Veterans

23rd Veteran to Receive Funds

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend military supporters will be getting a good workout all for a good cause. The 4th Annual Memorial Day Murph is Saturday, May 20 at Crossfit Duluth starting at 9 a.m. Crossfit Duluth puts this on this event to show support for the military and this year is donating proceeds to 23rd Veteran. 23rd Veteran is a local non-profit…

Duluth Junk Hunt to Celebrate Five Years

Finding Vintage Goods at Duluth Junk Hunt

DULUTH, Minn. – Some say one man’s junk is another man’s treasure and that’s certainly true at the Duluth Junk Hunt. The event is hosting nearly 100 vendors displaying their vintage goods. These vendors come from all over the state. Part of the proceeds are donated to the Encounter Youth Center. The Duluth Junk Hunt is Friday, May 19 and…

Great Outdoors: Minnesota Fishing Opener

Northland Youth Learns The Lure of The Lake

ISLAND LAKE, Minn- It’s the pursuit of the catch, that has so many of Minnesota’s anxious anglers up well before dawn and hitting the water at first light. Youth Angler, Keegan Charnley says, “We had to wake up pretty early to get here, but, well we’ve had a few bites.” For Keegan Charnley and is father Richie, they look forward…

Harrison Park To Be Revamped

Work To Be Done Over This Summer

Duluth, Wis. The Harrison Park neighborhood will see some big changes to the community park this summer. The park is one of 13 parks that qualify for 90 thousand dollars’ worth of half and half funding. Some of the bigger changes will include making the facility ADA accessible a formal gathering space and a new revamp community garden. “We know…

Superior Councilors Approves Application Process For Vacant Council Seat

City Council Will Chose New Councilor During June 6th Meeting

Superior, Wis. – Superior city councilors convened Tuesday to move forward with the resignation of councilor Graham Garfield who is facing four charges of domestic abuse. Councilors officially accepted Garfield’s resignation Tuesday night. They also made a decision on what to do with the vacant council seat. In a vote across the board councilors chose to appoint someone to Garfield’s…

Superior Police Honored By UWS Black Student Union

Chief Alexander Presented with a Traditional African Sash

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander has gotten a first-of-its-kind award from the Black Student Union at UWS. Over the last few years under Chief Alexander’s leadership, the Superior Police Department has worked to build relationships between the department and diverse groups in the community. Today, students in the UW-Superior Black Student Union honored the chief by presenting…

WWI Trenches Exhibit on Display at Bong Museum

Display Honors 58 Douglas County Men Who Lost Their Lives During the War

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A new World War I exhibit is now open at the Richard I. Bong Veteran’s Historical Center in Superior. To honor the hundredth anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I, a mock trench is now on display for museum-goers to see what trench life may have been like. The exhibit also tells the story of the…

Crooked Pint Open in Kenwood Village

New Restaurant Features More than 30 Tap Beers

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s new Kenwood Village now offers more food than bagels. The Crooked Pint Ale House opened for business Tuesday Morning. Owned by the same company as Green Mill restaurants, the new location is Crooked Pint’s sixth in Minnesota, and first north of the Twin Cities. General Manger Russ Smith Was happy see his work pay off Tuesday….

Church Invites Superior Police to Lunch

Members Wanted to Show Appreciation During National Police Week

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Members of a Superior church. did something nice Tuesday for the men and women who protect and serve them as part of National Police Week. A group from the Central Assembly of God showed their appreciation to police, by inviting the entire department to lunch at the church. Close to 25 volunteers worked since January, raising money…

Emergency Responders Gather for Conference

6th Annual Under One Roof Continues Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn. – Disaster relief agencies from the Twin Ports and beyond gathered Tuesday for the start of a two day conference at the DECC. At the Under One Roof conference, emergency response professionals and volunteers swap notes so they’re better prepared if disaster strikes. Organizers say by learning from and sharing with one another, everyone is more effective when…

House Explosion in Rural Itasca County

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office received a report Tuesday morning around 9 of a house explosion. Authorities responded to the incident which happened on Arbo Road in rural Itasca County. The house was occupied by one female at the time, authorities report that she escaped with minor injuries. The cause of the explosion is unknown at…

Solve Entertainment to Open New Location and Escape Room Friday

DULUTH, Minn. – Soon there will be a new mystery in town for Northlanders to solve. Solve Entertainment has moved locations and is ready to officially open to the public with a new escape room. The interactive entertainment company is now located at 120 E. Superior St. in downtown Duluth. This is right above Blacklist Brewery in the Historic Arts and…

Superior Once Predicted to be “Next Chicago”

Northland Uncovered: Superior the Boom Town?

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Today, the Twin Ports is a thriving harbor, but years ago the city of Superior was predicted to be the “next Chicago.” Executive Director of the Douglas County Historical Society, Tony Tracy, says the population was once even at 40,000 compared to the nearly 27,000 today. Tracy says the enthusiasm for the city started back in the 1600s….

Blaze at Floodwood Business Monday

FLOODWOOD, Minn. – Flames filling a local business in the Northland Monday evening. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department got a call of a structure fire at 12402 Hwy 2, West of Floodwood at 5:12 p.m. The fire was at MAT Incorporated, a business that produces erosion control products for hydraulic seeding. A fire had started in some of the…

Essentia-St. Mary’s Rolls Out NICU Innovation

"Roo-Wraps" Help Parents Have Skin to Skin Contact with NICU Infants

DULUTH, Minn. – For mothers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, bonding with baby can be overwhelming. “The mom would sit down, we would all come at her with her baby and all sorts of wires and equipment,” said Angela Follin, a Registered Nurse in Essentia-St. Mary’s NICU.  “It would be a little intimidating.” But a new innovation, called Roo-Wraps…

Students Go on Quest to Learn About St. Louis River Estuary

This Year Marks 25 Years Since the Event Started

DULUTH, Minn.- More than 1,500 students hopped aboard the Vista Star and visited the Pioneer Hall of the DECC for a special day of hands-on learning, provided directly by experts of the St. Louis River Estuary. Both the Vista Star and the DECC had six learning stations each, hosted by volunteers — some from organizations like Western Lake Superior Sanitary…

Broadcasters Remember Radio Legend Pat Cadigan

Cadigan Was 81 Years Old

DULUTH, Minn. – The Twin Ports broadcasting industry is remembering the life of radio icon Pat Cadigan. Cadigan died Monday morning after a short illness. He was 81 years old. Cadigan was originally from Superior and began his career at KDAL radio in 1961. His sidekick for 26 of those years was Rick Jordan. Later, longtime KDLH-TV anchor Pat Kelly…

Local Experts Offer Advice After Major Cyber Attack

Staff at Duluth's Downtown Computer say it's Important to Update Anti-Virus Software

DULUTH, Minn. – Local computer experts are now speaking out after the latest major cyber-attack hit hard in the eastern part of the world last Friday. Staff at Duluth’s Downtown Computer shop say they alerted clients via email and phone Friday, shortly after learning of the cyber-attack. Downtown Computer provides anti-virus and firewall services throughout the Northland, along with many…

Cloquet Gets New Fire Truck

New Cloquet Fire Truck has State-of-the-Art Capabilities

CLOQUET, Minn.-The Cloquet Fire Department has a new fire truck. Six firefighters will now be able to go on the state-of-the-art truck. It will hold up to 1,200 gallons of water as well. “The engine was specifically designed for this area,” said Jesse Buhs, battalion chief for the Cloquet Fire District. “We are going to have the capability to make…

Artist Diagnosed With Cancer Stays Connected to Community Through Art

The Necklace is Available at Art in the Alley

DULUTH, Minn.- Tami LaPole Edmunds, Owner of Art in the Alley, was diagnosed with Lymphoma 6 weeks ago. Since her Diagnoses, Edmunds has started chemotherapy, and isn’t able to work at her store, where she used to work 7 days a week. But that doesn’t stop her from continuing to pursue her Passion. Edmunds now makes handmade necklaces called “Tami Love” from…

Duluth Teen Awarded Citizen Award

The Teen Helped Save Her Elderly Neighbor

DULUTH,Minn.- A Duluth teenager received a special Citizen Award for helping save her neighbor. Ruth Kristensen was visiting with her Elderly neighbor, when she noticed something seemed wrong with her neighbor. After realizing her neighbor may need medical attention, Kristensen called 911, and stayed with her while the neighbor received the help she needed. Monday, Kristensen was awarded the Citizen…

Annual Gala to Support Northern Lights Foundation

"A Night to Shine" Honors Children Battling Life-Threatening Illnesses

DULUTH, Minn. – This week you can enjoy a nice evening out all while supporting a local organization. The Northern Lights Foundation is hosting their annual gala at Greysolon Ballroom by Black Woods on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017. The foundation and gala support local children facing life–threatening illnesses. Black Woods Catering will prepare a dinner, there will be a brief program…