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Minnesota Couple Collaborates to Create Visual Memoir of Holocaust Survival

Sandra Brick has been working the last 9 years to craft the pieces of art based on her husband Fred Amram's story

DULUTH, Minn. – After narrowly escaping Nazi German with his Jewish family more than 70 years ago, Fred Amram is sharing his story of survival and he’s doing it with the help of his wife. Over the past nine years, Amram’s wife Sandra Brick has been collaborating with her husband, creating pieces of art to help visually tell his story….

Superior Mayor Asks City Councilor to Resign After Domestic Violence Incident

Graham Garfield is Facing Criminal Charges for the Incident

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior Mayor Jim Paine publicly demanded Councilor Graham Garfield to resign from his position on the Superior City council. Garfield is facing criminal charges after an alleged domestic violence incident on Friday. According to court documents Garfield allegedly bit his fiancée on the top of the head, and pointed a gun at her. As the Mayor, Paine doesn’t…

Roses Rising in the Rose Garden

The Roses Have Been Buried All Winter

DULUTH, Minn.- Volunteers and park maintenance worked Saturday to uncover the flowers at the Leif Erickson Park rose garden. The roses were buried in the ground using the Minnesota Rose tip method for many months, to protect them from the harsh conditions of a Northland winter. Now that Spring is here, the flowers are ready to come out and bloom….

Miller Hill Mall Expands Support for Breast Cancer Research through Bowling Tournament

Bowling for a Cure

DULUTH, Minn. – The Miller Hill Mall is a long-time supporter of the Susan G. Komen organization. This year, the mall is stepping up their support for the organization through a new event. That event is the Miller Hill Bowling for a Cure Tournament. It’s being held at Skyline Lanes on Thursday, April 27 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Skyline Lanes is…

UW-Superior Continues Tradition of Supporting Military Veterans

Coffee Conversation: 4th Annual Veterans Expo

SUPERIOR, Wis. – UW-Superior has been named a military-friendly school many times over the last several years. This week the school is proving just why that is. On Thursday, April 27, the school is hosting the 4th Annual Veterans Expo. The free event will run from 4:00-8:00 p.m. in the Great Room at the Yellowjacket Union. The Yellowjacket Union is…

11th Annual Bike Swap Wraps Up

Hundreds Of Bikes Were Sold

DULUTH, Minn.- It was the second and final day of the 11th Annual Duluth Bike Swap held at Continental Ski and Bike. Around 450 to 500 bikes were sold on Saturday, and though the weather was a lot colder today, Organizers say there were still plenty of people coming out to see and purchase a bike. “It’s a great, supported…

Janet Kennedy is Running for Duluth City Council

It's Her Second Time Running for City Council

DULUTH, Minn.- Janet Kennedy announced her candidacy for Duluth city council at large Sunday, at the Civic Center Park. Kennedy says she already works hard to create a better Duluth through her roles as planning commissioner, member of the Mayor’s Imagine Duluth 2035 Vision Committee, Co-founding member of the Cross Cultural Alliance of Duluth, and staff for health in all…

Canal Park Job Fair Held in Grandma’s Sports Garden

More Than 200 Jobs Were Available

DULUTH, Minn.- Folks looking for work had the chance to meet with employers at a job fair at Grandma’s Sports Garden Sunday. The job fair specifically focused on hospitality jobs in Canal Park. 9 different restaurant, hotel and family fun center businesses were at the fair, and more than 200 positions were open for people to apply to. “Everything from…

Western Duluth Little League is Raising Funds for Field Enhancements

Their Goal is to Raise More Than $30,000 This Year

DULUTH, Minn.- The Western Duluth Little League has been raising money through fundraisers for field enhancements, and Sunday, a spaghetti feed and silent auction was held to benefit their cause. Organizers of the event say their current facility and field is run down and in need for repairs.  The Western Duluth Little League is working with the city for a…

Thousands Run in the Fitger’s 5K

Proceeds go to Benefit Healthy Lifestyles for Youth

DULUTH, Minn.- Thousands took to the streets of Duluth today for the 28th annual Fitger’s 5k. Some of the runners used the race as a training session for Grandma’s marathon, while others were there just to enjoy running or walking on such a beautiful day. Jean Westberg, a participant, says she is a breast cancer survivor, and this is just one…

Thousands March for Science in Duluth

It's a March Taking Place Across the World.

DULUTH, Minn.- Leif Erickson park was full of people Saturday morning, holding signs to celebrate the environment, science, and the planet we live on. Though the march was a bi-partisan event, many of the participants say they believe some of President Donald Trump’s policies threaten the environment. “We have such great air, such great water, and it’s so important to…

Electric Fetus Celebrates Record Store Day

It's a Day to Celebrate Independent Record Stores

DULUTH, Minn.- Electric Fetus in Duluth was hoppin’ for the holiday, with in–store performances, vendors, and of course, the release of rare albums that can only be found on this special day. “It is very limited. Some of those pieces they only make a couple hundred pieces, some of them make a thousand. You never really know what you’re going…

11th Annual Bike Swap

Proceeds To Benefit Animal Allies Humane Society and the United Way.

Duluth, Minn. If you were in the market for a bike you were probably at the 11th annual Bike Swap today. Each year Continental Ski & Bike allows bike owners to take over their property with thousands of bikes. Whether it was a new or used bike, there was a bike there that fit your budget. “The prices are phenomenal….

The 71st annual AAD Shrine Circus

There's great things that you're not going to see anywhere else.

Duluth, Minn. The 71st annual AAD Shrine Circus has once again made its way to Duluth for the weekend. The AAD shrine is headquartered in Duluth, MN but also covers Bemidji, International Falls, and most of central Minnesota. The circus is a fundraiser for the local AAD shrine and funds raised from the circus go back to the AAD shrine…

The Slovenian Impact On Minnesota’s Cultural Landscape

It's a three part exhibit

Duluth, Minn. The Duluth Depot and the St. Louis County Historical Society celebrated the opening of a new exhibit. The exhibit is called “The Slovenian impact on Minnesota’s cultural landscape” It’s a three part exhibit, Part one features a series of panel displays fixated on the Slovenian immigration in Minnesota. Part two is art work that offers recollections of early…

Woodland Hills Ready to Move to Rockridge

Renovations Will Cost $2.5 Million

DULUTH, Minn.- The shuttered Rockridge Elementary could soon become the new home for Woodland Hills School. Today a FOX 21 crew took a tour through the building to see what improvements need to be made before it’s ready for use. Twenty percent of the building will need to be completely be renovated while 80 percent of the classes will be reused….

Bears at the North American Bear Center Are Out of Hibernation

The Bear Center Will Open Daily Starting May 1st

ELY, Minn.- The bears at the North American Bear Center are out of hibernation. The four bears that live at the center came out of hibernation a little earlier than wild bears in the Northland because of a difference in their genes and the environment they live in. The bears being out means the Bear Center is that much closer…

Experts Urge People to Get Carbon Monoxide Detectors

If You Have One, Batteries Should Be Checked Twice a Year

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Colorless and odorless, Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer, and without a detector, it’s easy to go unnoticed until it’s too late. The Superior Fire Department urges everyone to invest in a Carbon Monoxide Detector, and says it can help save lives.  The detectors are sold at most places that sell smoke alarms, and are just as important….

4 Year Olds Clean Trash Around Barker’s Island

Learning to Appreciate the Lake is Part of Their Education

SUPERIOR, Wis.- 4 year old kids learned about Lake Superior while cleaning up trash around Barker’s Island. The students were from Newborn 2 School Education in Superior, and had been learning about the importance of the place where we live, and the role Lake Superior plays in everyone’s lives. Cleaning up the shores of Lake Superior today was part of…

High School Students Show Off Their Welding Skills

It's a Competition Held at LSC Each Year

DULUTH, Minn.- High School students showed off their Welding skills at a competition held by Lake Superior College. 5 schools participated in the event where students were judged on their welding skills and a written test. The goal of the competition was to encourage high school students to pursue a career in welding. “This is a big help in increasing…

Superior City Councilor Arrested After Alleged Domestic Dispute

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior City Councilor Graham Garfield was taken into custody Thursday night, after a third party called the Superior Police Department about a domestic dispute at Garfield’s residence on Banks Avenue. Superior police arrived on the scene after receiving the call at around 7:30 Thursday night, and found Garfield’s Fiance, the alleged victim, who had been living with…

Active Adventures: Putting Lessons with Duluth Golf

Meteorologist William Seay Puts His Putting Skills to the Test

DULUTH, Minn. – Meteorologist William Seay put his putting skills to the test in this week’s Active Adventures! With warmer weather moving into the Northland, many courses around the Northland are now preparing for a busy summer season. General Manager of Duluth Golf, Mike Bender, gives William a few tips on his putting techniques. Duluth Golf is located at 1801…

Eight Scholarship Opportunities Open to Northland Students

Deadline to Apply for the 2017 Bluebird Foundation Scholarships is Friday, April 28

DULUTH, Minn. – Eight scholarship opportunities are up for grabs in the Northland. The Bluebird Foundation is currently looking for talented high school students looking to study in the arts to apply for the opportunity. The Bluebird Foundation strives to be an advocate for area youth in the performing arts and to create awareness of the power of the arts…

Northlanders Walk to End Multiple Sclerosis

The Annual Walk to End MS is Happening Saturday, May 6, Starting in Duluth's Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn. – This year those in the Northland living with and affected by multiple sclerosis are looking for your help in raising over $36,000 dollars. Multiple sclerosis is a disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves. The annual MS Walk will be happening Saturday, May 6, starting at the Canal Park Hampton…

Volunteers Needed For Spring Cleaning Along Lake Walk

From Brighten Beach To Superior Point, Trash Needs To Be Picked Up

Duluth, Minn. The snow is gone and the temps are warming up. It’s time to clean up the mess left behind so we can enjoy the beaches and the lake walk Volunteers are needed this Saturday. Which also happens to be earth day, to pick up trash from Brighten Beach to Superior Point. Organizers are looking for 150 people to…

Port Has Now Been Blessed For The Year

Ceremony Held Today Blesses The Port

Duluth, Minn. As of today the port has been blessed. Each year the Twin Ports ministry to seafarers hosts the ceremony of blessing for all in the maritime industry in the Twin Ports. “It’s a way for all businesses and people and ships and lakers that are part of the port to realize that we’re in this together. That’s there’s…

Grant Money Mean Big Things For One Local Organization

Center For Changing Lives Will Now Be Under One Roof

Duluth, Minn. Senator Al Franken was in Duluth today talking about the importance of federal funding for local communities. For an organization like the Center for Changing Lives that serves hundreds of homeless youth across Duluth. What does this grant mean for them? It means the programs they provide can now have a whole new meaning. Currently the school district…

International Wolf Center Reaches Visitor Milestone

One Million People Have Visited the Wolf Center

ELY, Minn.- One million people have walked through the doors of Ely’s International Wolf center since it first opened in 1993. Visitors have been a mix of locals and tourists, all stopping by to get a look at the wolves living at the center, and to take part in one of the many programs offered there. “People are coming from…

CSS Students Design and Promote New Products

Instructors saw this project as a great way to get students real world experience, by bringing many different majors together to collaborate

DULUTH, Minn. – Young Northland inventors showed of their stuff at a St. Scholastica trade show this afternoon. Students from different classes teamed up to develop, market, and promote a brand new product. The project also combined an e–commerce class to design a website and an entrepreneurship class to showcase a business plan for the product. Some ideas students came…

Legacy Glassworks Raises Funds for Chum Homeless Shelter

The shop is also hosting a music festival and silent auction at The Rex bar

DULUTH, Minn. – Local artists are coming together for a good cause on Thursday. Legacy Glassworks in Duluth is hosting their Spring Celebration with live music and glassblowing demonstrations. This year is a little different, as Legacy is helping raise funds for the CHUM homeless shelter. “We like to support the community, and since they’re our neighbors, we like to…

Proposed State Funding Would Cause Tuition Increase, Cuts at UMD

State lawmakers plan to make big cuts in funding to University of Minnesota Schools

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota lawmakers are currently working through a spending plan for public colleges in the state. As it stands right now, it appears lawmakers plan to make big cuts in funding to University of Minnesota Schools. For UMD, this could mean an increase in tuition and cuts to university programs. The U of M had requested about $147…

Toward Zero Deaths and Local Schools Partner to Put the Phone Down

SPEAK UP: PUT THE PHONE DOWN

CLOQUET, Minn. – Local schools and regional Toward Zero Deaths partners are working to encourage high school students to practice safe driving habits and speak up when others drive distracted. For the first time, law enforcement across the state is extending the extra enforcement period to two weeks to conduct overtime patrols for distracted driving. The campaign, run by the…

Gadgets to Prepare for Severe Weather

Verizon Wireless Offers Severe Weather Preparedness Tips

DULUTH, Minn. – This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week and Verizon Wireless is helping you prepare for Spring and Summer storms. Joe Thunhorst, General Manager for the Duluth store, stopped by FOX 21 to give some tips. First, he noted how important it is to have devices to charge your phone and tablet. He also recommended a waterproof phone…

Duluth Parents Promote Healthy Playgrounds

Fundraiser for School Support on Earth Day

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of concerned parents has been working together to create what they believe is the best environment for their children on the school playground. Duluth Parents for Healthy Playgrounds worked to have tire mulch removed from Duluth schools playgrounds and replaced with wood mulch. This weekend they’re hosting a fundraiser to help with the process of…

Motorists Asked to be Alert as Adopt-a-Highway Crews Out

Volunteers work to remove trash and recyclables from roadsides

Photo: WisDOT MADISON, Wis. – Motorists are asked to be alert for Wisconsin’s Adopt-a-Highway volunteers who are busy collecting up trash and recyclables that have built up along state highways. County highway crews will gather up the bagged materials for proper disposal. Last year, 2,864 crews collected 180 tons of trash and recyclables. “Wisconsin’s Adopt-a-Highway volunteers provide a tremendous service…

UMD’s Cultural Entrepreneurship

students showcased their ideas tonight

The future is looking bright! As UMD’s cultural entrepreneurship students showcased their ideas tonight at the bi–annual cultural fair. It is enlightening to see the bright young minds come up with real ideas that could adapt in the real world. One idea that stood out was that of Sebastian Nemec. Nemec is transgender and steps away from opening an online…

DTA Looking to Add Five New Routes, Expand Downtown Trolley Service

Officials tell us the proposed routes are a direct result from community feedback

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority is on the move to expand bus routes within the city. DTA officials tell us the proposed routes are a direct result from community feedback. Those routes include a circle between the Hillside neighborhood and UMD, along with new routes between Lakeside and the Miller Hill Mall and a route on Arlington Road…

Roundabout Proposed At Midway And Maple Grove Roads

T–bone accidents account for up 70-percent of crashes at the intersection

Saint Louis County is hoping to cut down on serious crashes at a busy Hermantown intersection, proposing a single lane roundabout to be installed at Midway and Maple Grove Roads. T–bone accidents account for up 70-percent of crashes at this intersection, making it one of the most dangerous along the Midway corridor. Engineers conducted a study to look at the…

Students Raising Money to Repair Vandalized Playground

4th graders Zack Ellestad and Bryce Twaddle decided to come up with a way to help raise money to fix the damaged court

DULUTH, Minn. – Students at Bay View Elementary are taking action after somebody set fire to the school’s outdoor basketball court and spray painted graffiti on the school. When the kids returned to class on Monday, teachers told them about the damage that occurred to the playground. Two 4th grade students, Zack Ellestad and Bryce Twaddle, decided to come up…

Woodland Hills Academy May Move to Rockridge School Building

Youth and Family Services Provider is Currently Housed in Cobb School Building

DULUTH, Minn. – There may be a new tenant in the Rockridge Elementary School building. Woodland Hills Academy, which is now housed in the former Cobb Elementary School, may soon move to Rockridge. The change of scenery is expected to be more cost effective for Woodland Hills and the Duluth School District. “By moving them into a setting that’s more…

Duluth School District May Look at Referendum to Reduce Deficit

District Likely Faces a $2.3 Million Budget Shortfall

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School District is facing another budget deficit. District officials are looking into how to make up that shortfall, including a possible referendum that could be on the table as early as next year. “This is a sobering budget for us,” says school board member Harry Welty. With the school district in the red again, cuts…

Downtown Duluth Shines Bright Once Again

City Crews Along with Business and Property Owners Pitched in to Clean up Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Downtown Duluth is shining bright once again, after residents and city workers pitched in for a little spring cleaning. The Greater Downtown Council had to postpone the annual event due to Tuesday’s heavy rainfall. However, business and property owners, the Clean and Safe Team, along with City Street crews helped wash away the winter dirt from 10…

Duluthians Fight for Earned Sick and Safe Time

Final Listening Session Takes Place in Duluth for Earned Sick and Safe Time

DULUTH, Minn. – The Earned Sick and Safe Time Taskforce in Duluth hosted their final rally and listening session Wednesday morning outside Grandmas Sports Garden. You may recall, the sessions were set up to hear input from workers within the City of Duluth. The Duluth City Council originally set up the taskforce after learning nearly 46 percent of Duluth workers…

Highway 169 Cross Range Expressway Work Begins

Photo: MnDOT DULUTH, Minn. – Crews have started their wok on the Highway 169 Cross Range Expressway project. Motorists will see crews doing grading and other excavation work in the area. A two-lane bypass, using portable barriers has been put in place in the vicinity of County Road 7 to protect passing traffic from any construction debris. MnDOT advises motorists…

Traffic Advisory for Fitger’s 5K Race Saturday, April 22

DULUTH, Minn. – On Saturday, April 22 starting at 8:30 a.m., traffic will be diverted from portions of Superior Street in downtown Duluth, Lake Avenue, and Railroad Street for the Fitger’s 5K Foot Race. “No Parking” areas will be posted on Superior Street from Lake Avenue to 8th Avenue East, and the West side of Lake Avenue South from Railroad…

St. Louis River Alliance Works to Fight Invasive Species

Open House and Panel Focuses on Non-native Phragmites

DULUTH, Minn. – As the weather continues to warm many Northlanders will be focusing on getting in the water or heading out on hikes, so the St. Louis River Alliance is hoping to educate the public about a certain invasive species. They’re hosting an open house and panel discussion to highlight the prevention and control on non-native phragmites in the…

Sugar Gliders Soaring into Northland Homes

Local Breeder Believes Sugar Gliders are Being Sold Without Proper Background Knowledge

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Exotic animals are increasing in popularity across much of the United States. In the Northland, little creatures known as sugar gliders are making way into homes. The market for these furry friends is quite competitive and comes with much responsibility. “They’re like potato chips, you can’t have just one,” said Amy Laessig, Founder, Superior Suggies. In a…