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Promotion Aims to Support Downtown Local Businesses

Coffee Conversation: Get Downtown Week

DULUTH, Minn. – Spring tourism season is starting and more folks will be heading to downtown to get some shopping done. Get Downtown Week, put on by the Greater Downtown Council, is running through May 20. More than 30 businesses are teaming up to offer special BOGO deals this week. This is the second year for this promotion and it’s a…

Annual Smelt Parade Takes On Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Smelt, smelters and other mythical creatures marched down the Lakewalk Saturday for the Annual Run-Smelt-Run Parade and Party. It’s an annual tradition that is unique to the Northland. The parade starts in Canal Park before heading down the Lakewalk to the Zeitgeist Arts Café where party-goers enjoy a fish fry. Check out the video for all the…

‘Get Downtown Week’ Is Full Of Deals

Promotion Lasts Through May 20

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s :”Get Downtown Week” in Duluth, and businesses are encouraging people to shop locally with deals. Downtown Duluth is full of businesses, many of them locally owned, and more than 30 of those businesses are enticing people to get downtown with special deals. All you have to do is present a Get Downtown Card, which you can…

Duluth Mother Gives Back to Essentia NICU

Amanda Mallinson Had Two Babies in the NICU, Now She Works There

DULUTH, Minn. – Beth Hall has seen many patients in her 34 years at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s, but remembers the first time she met Amanda Mallinson well. “I remember her being a young, vulnerable, new mom who was scared to death,” said Hall. Amanda just gave birth to her son, Riley. However, Riley was premature and needed a lengthy stay at…

North Shore Tourism Season Begins

Officials Are Expecting Busiest Summer Ever

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Once summer weather arrives, the tourism rush is on along Lake Superior’s North Shore. If the recent trend continues, this could be some destinations’ busiest season yet. The North Shore has always been a favorite Minnesota vacation spot. “When the sun is shining, people like to take rides up from the Twin Cities and see the…

Mother’s Day Tea Served to Chris Jensen Residents

Health and Rehabilitation Center Treated Mothers and Families to Roses and Tea

DULUTH, Minn. – In honor of Mother’s Day today, residents at Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center in Duluth were treated to a special Mother’s Day tea. Everyone got free soaps donated by North Star Academy, and mothers and their family members were each given a rose. “Some people have expressed that their family members live out of town so,…

Grandma’s Boxcar Open for the Season

Canal Park Favorite Serves Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, Sandwiches

DULUTH, Minn. – Another sign of summer: In Canal Park, the Boxcar Ice Cream Machine is back open for the season. You probably recognize the small business. It’s right next to the historic Grandma’s Restaurant. Ice cream, hot dogs, popcorn, and sandwiches bought right out the doors of this old boxcar. “I mean, it’s just kind of unique,” says Max…

Youth Helped Transform the Lake Superior Zoo for a Day

The Day Included Activities for Families of All Ages

DULUTH, Minn.- 9th grade students from the Northland Foundation’s Kids Plus Youth Leadership Academy helped transform the lake Superior Zoo. The group, called “Lions Tigers and Leaders, oh my!” helped build a nature play space in the zoo, and put on fun activities like face painting and games.  The goal of the Northland foundation’s kid’s plus youth leadership program is…

Belly Dancers Shake Their Hips for a Good Cause

They Danced to Raise Money to Fight Domestic Violence

DULUTH, Minn.- The Shimmy mob celebrated world belly dance day through dancing for a good cause for the second year in a row. The Shimmy Mob made appearances in Leif Erickson park, the lake walk, and Bent Paddle’s Festiversary to shake those hips and raise funds for Safe Haven and Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse. “We have women from…

Bent Paddle Celebrates 4th Anniversary

Bent Paddle Debuted a New Beer, the Kanu Session Pale Ale.

DULUTH, Minn.- Bent Paddle celebrated their 4 year Anniversary with their annual event, Festiversary. Festival attendees enjoyed beer infused with special flavors, food trucks, games, and family friendly activities. They also received a commemorative Festiversary pint glass and a complimentary 16 ounce beer. “We do it just because we’re so grateful to everyone in Duluth and beyond for helping bent paddle…

Fundraiser For New Good Neighbor Boxes

Boxes For Non Perishable Items

Superior’s Lake Point Church wants to bring the community together through puzzles and history. The church wants to raise money for its “good neighbor boxes”. These boxes are like library donation boxes but organizers want non–perishable food and other household items. Those items in turn will be given to people in need. “I’ve gone through hard times and other people…

Bent Paddle Hosts Festiversary

Block Party To Be Held Saturday

Bent Paddle celebrates another year of brewing beer tomorrow and they’re throwing a big party. Bent Paddle hosts “festiversary” tomorrow as a way to show their appreciation to the Twin Ports’ craft beer community and celebrate four years of business. The kid friendly event features activities for all ages plus food trucks and plenty of bent paddle beer “It’s been…

Duluth’s Got Talent

Finals Were Held At Lincoln Park MS

The finals of Duluth’s Got Talent was held tonight. 14 acts made the final cut and performed in front of an audience at Lincoln Park Middle School. There was anything from a ventriloquist, opera singers and local bands that you may have seen during Home Grown. Money raised from tonight’s event will go towards a scholarship fund. “Any student that…

Police Looking for Missing Man

He Was Last Seen May 5th

DULUTH, Minn. -The Duluth Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating missing person Larry Alan Hoffman. Hoffman is a white male, 60 years old white male, 5’4″ tall, between 210–220 pounds., has brown hair with grey in it, grey beard and brown eyes. Hoffman also has a tattoo of a Tasmanian Devil on the upper left arm. Hoffman…

Mountain Iron Kitchen Fire Leaves 2 Dogs Deceased

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – Five fire departments along with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a house fire in the 8000 block of Gardenia Street in Mountain Iron, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department. The fire appeared to have started in the kitchen, and crews were able to contain the fire. The house was unoccupied…

Fountains Flowing Again in Canal Park

Fountains Mark the Beginning of Tourism Season

DULUTH, Minn.-The Canal Park fountains across the street from Angie’s Cantina are flowing again, which marks the beginning of the summer tourism season. The streets were hopping this morning in the Canal as tourists and Duluthians alike, took in the sights. For one family, it was a very special occasion for their infant daughter. “It’s beautiful,” said Perry Regas, who…

Anglers Prepare Boats for Fishing Opener

Experts Give Tips on How to Stay Safe

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota fishing opener is Saturday, and stores across the Northland are busy with people getting last minute supplies. Fishing Store owners we talked with said a lot of the anglers already have their fishing licenses thanks to the warm weather, and what customers are buying now, are items like new fishing rods. ” Get new fishing line on…

MISSING: Larry Hoffman

Last seen on May 5, 2017

Larry Hoffman DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Larry Alan Hoffman, who was last seen on May 5. Hoffman is described as a 60-year-old male, 5’3″, 200 pounds, with gray hair and green eyes. Authorities state that it is imperative that Hoffman is located due to his need for his prescribed medications….

Getting Prepared for Fishing Opener

Local Expert Gives Safety and Fishing Tips

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of Minnesotans will be heading to the lake this weekend, all with the hope of catching a big one. The Minnesota Fishing Opener is Saturday, May 13. Russ Francisco, the owner of Marine General, says the most important thing to keep in your boat is a life jacket. He adds it’s important all child’s life jackets…

Kids Plant Trees in Cloquet for an Arbor Day Celebration

225 Kids Had the Chance to Help Plant a Forest

CLOQUET, Minn.- The sound of kids chattering and planting bars crunching into the Earth filled the air in a field on Mission road in Cloquet. It was for the annual Arbor Day Celebration, where experts and volunteers taught 4th grade students about trees, and how to plant them. “You have this thing it’s kinda like a shovel, you put it…

Water Aerobics with the Duluth YMCA

Active Adventures: Workout in the Water

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth YMCA offers many options for getting active and one gets you in the pool. Water aerobics is a low impact, therapeutic, aerobic, and strength conditioning class. The class is open to all ages. For more information on the class and all the Duluth YMCA has to offer, call (218) 722-4745 or head to duluthymca.org. The…

Cloquet Community Garden is Ready for the Season

Gardeners in Cloquet have a community spot to grow

CLOQUET, Minn. – There’s a new community garden ready for gardeners in Cloquet. After two years of planning, the Cloquet Community Garden is ready to see some plants this spring. The land for the garden was donated by Zion Lutheran Church, and is available for members of the community who would like a place to plant things. “Here, it’s available, ready to…

Missing Man Found Alive in Cook County

Officials say Aaron Banks, 34, is a Twin Cities Resident Visitng a Family Cabin in Grand Marais

COOK COUNTY, Minn. – The Cook County Sheriff’s Office and Search & Rescue have located Aaron Banks, 34, after reportedly being missing since Thursday morning. Banks was located approximately a quarter mile in from Cliff Creek Pit near County Road 14, just off Highway 61 outside of Grand Marais. Banks was reported missing  by his wife after he didn’t return…

Crabby Ol’ Bill’s Saved From Closure

Opening Day Is May 26

DULUTH, Minn. – An iconic boat in Canal Park that has a summer smell like no other has been rescued. We’re talking about Crabby Ol’ Bill’s. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger confirmed Thursday the owners of Titanium Partners have purchased the historic boat along the Lakewalk and the business inside. The sale means the popular mini donuts of all kinds will…

Beloved Ashland Teacher Gets Huge Surprise

Hulmer Plans To Retire After 37 years

Ashland, Wis. For nearly four decades Christine Hulmer has taught band at Ashland High School. Hulmer has raised 4 outstanding boys; all who went through her class and according to her has an amazing husband that took care of the homestead while she worked long hours. “My husband gets mother’s day cards from my sons. He takes care of things…

Road Trip Season Means Time to Check Brakes

Many Shops Offer Free Inspections

DULUTH, Minn. – The brakes might just be the most important part of a car. After all, without brakes cars don’t stop, something which happens in all too often in Duluth. Under normal driving conditions, a set of brakes can last about a few years.  But in city like Duluth, with so many hills, brakes get worn much faster. “They…

Lakewalk Mini-Master Plan Will Focus on Safety, Infrastructure

The group Friends of the Lakewalk met Thursday to discuss ways to improve the trail

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lakewalk is one of the most used trails in Duluth, which is why the city is looking at ways to preserve and improve it. The lakewalk  mini–master plan is in its initial inventory stage. Crews were out today looking at the existing infrastructure of the trail, noting possible areas of improvement. Later this fall, the city’s…

Volunteers Raise Money Through Jewelry Sale

'Bling and Bargains' Could be Found

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of volunteers hoped to raise a lot of money for the Benedictine Living Community through an annual jewelry sale. This was the 22nd annual jewelry sale.  It started in 1996 as a way to raise money for the Benedictine Community. Over the years, the sale has grown from raising hundreds of dollars to thousands, thanks…

Dry Weather Means High Risk for Fires

Experts Call This Time of Year Spring Dip

CLOQUET, Minn.- With the dry weather and grass that hasn’t greened up all the way, many parts of the Northland is at a high risk for wild fires. Experts call this time of year, the Spring dip. It’s when the trees suck up moisture from the ground and dries up the fine fuels like grass, making it easier for wild…

Raising Awareness for Homeless Youth

"A Couch is Not a Home" Presentation Given at Thursday's Awareness Event

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday afternoon hundreds of Northlanders came together at the Greysolon Ballroom in Downtown Duluth, raising awareness for youth homelessness in the Twin Ports. The benefit luncheon centered on the topic, “A Couch is Not a Home.” Organizers with Lutheran Social Services are looking to create conversation and financial support for youth who can’t go home. Those attending…

8th Graders Organize Food Drive

Students Were Inspired by Lessons on Genocide

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A group of 8th graders at Superior Middle School did their part to feed the hungry. These students organized a food drive and convinced classmates to donate. Lessons on The Holocaust and other genocides prompted the student who organized the drive to take action. “You always see people of starving people, and that still exists today, there…

Search on for Missing Man in Cook County

Did not return from an early morning walk Thursday

Aaron Banks COOK COUNTY, Minn. – The Cook County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating an individual who was reported missing Thursday morning. Aaron Banks, 34, was reported missing by his wife after he did not return from an early morning walk near County Road 14 West around 4 a.m, around seven miles east of Grand Marais….

Lake Superior Railroad Museum to Celebrate National Train Day

Steam Locomotive #28 to be Dedicated and Christened

DULUTH, Minn. – With the warm weather taking over, this weekend is perfect for getting outside to explore Duluth and its history. National Train Day was marked this week and the Lake Superior Railroad Museum is hosting some fun events to celebrate. This is all taking place Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Duluth Depot. Steam Locomotive…

One Dead in Crash Near Aurora

1/3 Courtesy: Jørn Christiansen Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Courtesy: Jørn Christiansen Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Courtesy: Jørn Christiansen Show Caption Hide Caption   WHITE TWP., Minn. – A 26-year-old male died Wednesday afternoon as the result of a head-on collision on Highway 135 in White Township, just North of Aurora. The crash victim, Elias Cersine of Eveleth, was driving a…

Aurora Woman Dies in Three-Vehicle Crash

BIWABIK TWP., Minn. – An Aurora woman has died as a result of a crash Wednesday night. Marilyn Kriner, 66, has been identified as the victim of the crash. Kriner was driving a 2005 Chevy Classic and heading eastbound on Highway 135. A semi, driven by 40-year-old Todd Statsman of Eveleth, and a Toyota 4 runner, driven by Mary Walker of Hibbing, were…

Wish Babies Bringing Happiness to Homes

Carol Pederson Has Dealt With the Loss of Her Daughter, a Cancer Diagnosis, and Life's Unforgettable Lessons

DULUTH, Minn. – One Duluth woman, living through a roller coaster of unfortunate events, is now looking to brighten her mood by bringing smiles to others’ faces. Wish Babies were born, after one life was lost. New Jersey Native turned Florida girl, Carol Pederson has dealt with a strong dose of reality over her lifetime. “My husband, Greg, was diagnosed…

Developer Has Big Plans For Former Bagley’s Building

Developer Kevin Kuklis Grew Up In Hermantown, Lives In Texas

DULUTH, Minn. – A new developer in town has big plans for the former Bagley’s building on the 300 block of West Superior Street. Kevin Kuklis, 40, is a Hermantown native who lives in Texas these days, but has a strong passion for downtown Duluth. Kuklis told FOX 21’s Dan Hanger he’s working on the top floor of the building…

Dick Beardsley Speaks with Middle Schoolers

Grandma's Marathon Champion Hopes to Inspire Kids to Live Healthy Lifestyles

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Grandma’s Marathon champion Dick Beardsley spoke with students at Superior Middle School. Beardsley talked about his past, including his athletic achievements and his addiction to narcotic pain killers. He and fellow speaker, Minnesota runner Emma Lee, hope to inspire kids to live healthy lifestyles free of drugs and with positive eating habits. “Maybe they’ll think back to…

Homegrown Photos on Display at Red Herring Lounge

Disposable Cameras Took Candid Pictures of Music Festival

DULUTH, Minn. – A photo display celebrating the Homegrown Music Festival is now being show in Duluth. During Homegrown this year, the Duluth Art Institute gave thirty disposable cameras to festival-goers. Now, the photos taken with those cameras are hanging from the ceiling at the Red Herring Lounge, so the photographers, and everyone else, can look back on the festival…

Duluth Car is a Finalist in National TV Contest

Michael Janousek's Modified 1988 Mazda is in Discovery Channel's Motor Mayhem

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man had his car selected to be a finalist in a Discovery Channel Contest. Duluth’s own Michael Janousek bought a 1988 Mazda from his dad about 17 years ago. Now, the car he has worked hard to modify and make his own could win a national competition. Michael’s car is one of sixteen finalists in…

A & Dubs Drive-In Open for the Season

Cars lined up Wednesday at the West End staple to place orders for burgers, fries, and ice cold root beer

DULUTH, Minn. – A & Dubs is back open for the season! The popular West Duluth drive-in was packed all day with cars lining up outside for an order of burgers and fries. “They’re happy we’re open,” one employee said. “They’re ready for our root beer.” The seasonal restaurant has been a staple in the west end for more than…

Race Season Kicks Off Friday at AMSOIL Speedway

Late models, modifieds and super stock races will all be featured at the season opener

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Races at AMSOIL Speedway in Superior kick off this Friday in Superior. Late models, modifieds and super stock races will all be featured at the season opener. Tonight, some of the drivers got in some practice runs for the first time this year. AMSOIL Speedway’s race director Bobby Wherritt says a lot of time has been put…

Shimmy Mobs Planned for Duluth

Belly Dance Events Raise Awarness for Sexual Assault Victims

DULUTH, Minn. – Saturday is the 6th annual World Belly Dance Day.  Duluth will celebrate with a series of Shimmy Mobs for the 2nd year in a row. A Shimmy Mob is similar to a Flash Mob with belly dancers.  They’re dancing to raise awareness for sexual assault prevention. Organizers say Shimmy Mobs are a fun way to handle a…

Duluth’s Top Cop, Fireman Honored

Prestigious Awards are Picked by Fellow Officers

DULUTH, Minn. – The Kiwanis Club helped honor the city’s Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year Wednesday. Joseph DeJesus was Police Officer of the Year, while Damon Laurion was Firefighter of the year. Both told FOX 21 they were humbled by the honors, because the awards were picked by their peers. “It means a lot,” said DeJesus.  “Words can’t…