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School Expansion Referendum Proposed in Wrenshall

School Wants to Update and Expand Building Because of Increased Enrollment

WRENSHALL, Minn. – Last week, the Wrenshall School Board proposed a referendum to improve and expand their school building. Wrenshall enrollment is up by about 30 students this year, which puts more demand on their facilities. School officials say they are still open to all options moving forward, including a proposed consolidation with Carlton schools, but an expansion needs to…

School Resource Police Officer May Be Added in Cloquet

Officer Would Increase Safety and Build Relationships Between Students and Law Enforcement

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet School District is planning to add a full time school resource police officer. The resource officer would provide counseling and education to students, in addition to increased school security. The Cloquet Superintendent says adding a resource officer will help students build relationships with police and is not in response to any issues with crime. “The…

American Red Cross Holds Blood Drive at UMD

Winter Weather Causes Blood Shortage for American Red Cross

DULUTH, Minn.- The American Red Cross is having a blood shortage, after several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country forced them to cancel blood drives. Since December 1, around 300 blood drives across 27 states have been canceled because of weather, but hospital patients still need blood transfusions. So today, students and community members donated…

Lucky’s 13 Pub Opens in Duluth

The Store Brought More Than 100 Jobs to Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Lucky’s 13 Pub opened in Duluth Monday. Lucky’s is a growing restaurant that takes pride in their rustic feel and welcoming atmosphere. The Duluth location is Lucky’s 7th store, and with the opening of it, Lucky’s has brought more than 100 new jobs to Duluth. “We thought Duluth was a really good market, because even though the town…

Duluth Police Chief Addresses Spike In Gun Crimes

Six Gun-Related Crimes Were Reported Over Eight Days

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken announced at a news conference Monday that his department has arrested a suspect in Sunday’s shooting in Lincoln Park. Tusken also addressed public safety concerns after the recent string of violent crimes involving guns. Three shootings and three armed robberies happened within eight days, which prompted Chief Tusken and Mayor Emily Larson…

Aurora Man Gets Longer-Than-Guideline Sentence for Murder

DULUTH, Minn.  – John Joseph Plevell received a 35-year- prison sentence today, after pleading guilty last month to intentional second-degree murder in the November 8, 2015 shooting death of Julie Ann Hildreth outside the Aurora American Legion club, St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin said. The longer-than guideline sentence was warranted by Judge Gary Pagaliaccetti because Plevell ambushed his former…

Panel of Women Leaders Share Advice

Women in Leadership

DULUTH, Minn. – This week Northland women are getting together to lift one another up and share advice for a successful career. Aim High Network is assembling a panel of achievers to discuss success. The Women in Leadership event is Wednesday, February 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kitchi Gammi Club. The panel will be sharing their experiences, philosophies, advice…

Giant Voices Giving Away $20,000 in Free Marketing Services

Local Northland Businesses can Apply for Prize

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re a small business looking to improve your marketing efforts, you’re in luck. Giant Voices is giving away $20,000 worth of free marketing services. Depending on the growth ambitions and needs of the winning business, marketing services will vary and may include: Ambition planning Brand development marketing plan development Advertising campaign development Lead generation strategy development…

Adventuring through Hartley Park by Candlelight

Coffee Conversation: Candlelight Ski, Skate & Snowshoe

DULUTH, Minn. – Winter is back in the Northland and Hartley Park is filling up with outdoor enthusiasts. To celebrate the season, Hartley Nature Center is hosting their annual Candlelight Ski, Skate & Snowshoe event. It’s being held on February 11 from 4-7 p.m. There will be naturalist-led snowshoe hikes, cross-country skiing by candlelight, ice skating on Hartley Pond, dessert…

Shooting Witness Talks About His Experience

Shawn Johnson Saw Last Night's Lincoln Park Shooting While Walking Home

DULUTH, Minn. – When Shawn Johnson walked home at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning, he found himself right in the middle of what became the latest violent crime in Duluth. “Came across a large argument, about eight people and a bunch of ruckus, and I just kind of stopped to see what was going on,” says Shawn Johnson. He says…

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Kicks Off with Opening Ceremony

Mushers Prepare for the Big Race

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Opening Ceremony marked the beginning of this year’s race. Dogs went through the vet checks, and mushers attended the mandatory meetings earlier today, to prepare for the big race. And tonight, mushers and their supporters attended the Opening Ceremony to get their bibs, and learn what order they will be…

MNSure Enrollment Extension

Minnesotans Have Until Feb. 8th to Buy Health Insurance

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There’s good news for Minnesotans who need health insurance. MNSure, the state–run insurance exchange announced a special one–week enrollment period. This extension gives Minnesotans extra time to take advantage of a new law which provides relief from rising premiums. The current enrollment now runs through February 8th, instead of January 31st.  All state residents are eligible,…

Habitat for Humanity Puts Electricity in Superior Home

It's the First Habitat Home to be Built in Superior in 6 Years

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s been six years since the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity built a Home in Superior. The organization broke ground for the house on 1001 North 7th Street, back in September of last year. And the project has come a long way since then. “We’re getting over the hill now as far as the most of…

Climbers Rock On! at UW-Superior

The Climbing Competition Drew 80 People

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The 13th Annual Rock On Indoor Climbing Competition brought climbers from all over Minnesota and Wisconsin to Superior. The competition is organized by UW-Superior Campus Recreation Program, and is part of the Wisconsin Indoor Climbing Series, where climbers of all ages and skill levels compete. Around 80 people showed up to UWS today to climb their way to…

Denfeld Girl’s Basketball Investing in the Future

Slavation Army Rookie Basktball Players Join Special Practice

Its been a long time since freshman forward Elizabeth Emmel first learned how to play basketball, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten the excitement of first learning her favorite sport. Emmel says, “Scoring your 1st basket during a game and then having my parents and friends go and watch your games is a lot of fun.” Now along with her…

Leaders Encourage People Claim Earned Income Tax Credits

For Some Families, Tax Refunds can Account for Around 30 Percent of an Entire Household Income

DULUTH, Minn.- Tax season has begun, and community leaders encourage low and moderate income households to claim the money they earned through the Earned Income Tax Credit and Working Family Credit. A tax refund can account for more than 30 percent of an entire household income, but one in five eligible taxpayers aren’t claiming their EITC. Leaders say these tax…

Ice Bar Opens at Lake Superior Ice Festival

The bar is open on Friday and Saturday nights until it melts.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Lake Superior Ice Festival is underway and there’s a cool, new place to raise a glass to the festivities. An ice bar was unveiled at the Barker’s Island Inn. Ice Occasions created the nearly ten foot bar. “It’s going to be interesting because we’ve never done this before and it’s actually quite comfortable out here. We…

Animal Allies Frozen Fundraiser

The annual event raises money for Animal Allies. All proceeds go to the shelter's operations fund.

DULUTH, Minn. – Animal lovers felt the warm embrace of a Frozen Fundraiser. The event at Fitger’s raised money for Animal Allies. The organization will use the proceeds from the fundraiser for their general operations fund. The annual Frozen Fundraiser was one of many fundraising events that Animal Allies hosts. According to board members, the Frozen Fundraiser brings them the…

Veterans Going Ice Fishing

The Event Helps Veterans be a Part of a Commuity

DULUTH, Minn.-Veterans and vet supporters are going Ice fishing this Sunday for a program by Operation 23 to Zero. Fishing will be held at Wild Rice Lake Reservoir and begins at 9 Am. There’s no registration, and anyone who wants can attend free of cost. Event Organizers believe many veterans miss the camaraderie and feeling of being part of something bigger…

Beargrease Photo Exhibit at Great Lakes Aquarium

The Exhibit Will Be Up Until March

DULUTH, Minn.- The Popular John Beargrease photo exhibit is back at the Great Lakes Aquarium. The collection features winning shots from Last year’s John Beargrease Photo Contest, plus dozens of other Candid images on the trail and checkpoints. The photographs show images of dogs, people, and what it’s like to compete in the longest dog sledding race in the lower…

Community Connection Helps People Connect with Resources

It's an Event Held in Duluth Twice a Year

DULUTH, Minn.- Community Connection is an event that happens every January and October in Duluth. The goal of the event is to connect people who are struggling financially with resources that can help them. Community Connect is based on a National Project Homeless Connect that started in San Francisco. The event has been going on in Duluth for more than …

New Duluth Officer Turns the Tables During Swearing-In Ceremony

Girlfriend gets a swearing in of her very own

DULUTH, Minn. – Today, eight new officers joined the Duluth Police force. The new officers and their families gathered for the swearing in ceremony at the Duluth Police Department. Chris Beekmann, Beau Hughes, Dakota Juarez, Ben Kneeland, Chris Olson, Andrew Park, Luke Renier, and Manuel Matos all took their oaths today. Officer Manuel Matos did more than just take his…

Becoming a Mascot at UMD

Active Adventures: Champ the Bulldog

DULUTH, Minn. – Champ the Bulldog is a staple at University of Minnesota Duluth athletic events and community gatherings. This week, FOX 21 got the chance to gear up with Champ. UMD Senior, Taylor Korum, is the lead Champ and has been a mascot at the university for five years. Korum is graduating this year and tells FOX 21 he’s…

Twin Ports Tonight Taping More Shows

Episodes 10-12 will be Taped Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. –  This weekend you have a chance to be part of a local late night talk show. Twin Ports Tonight is taping episodes 10-12 at Teatro Zuccone on Saturday, January 27. The show is hosted by Andrew Kirov who has been producing his own late night show since he was in high school. The taping begins at 7:00…

Duluth Police Investigate Robbery

No Suspect in Custody

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police are investigating a robbery. On Thursday, January 26 at 7:55 p.m., Duluth Police responded to the 1300 block of Highland Village Drive on a report of a robbery. No one is in custody at this time. This is an active investigation and no other information is available. Categories: Community, Crime, News Tags: duluth police, investigation,…

Duluth Police Respond to Shooting at 7th Ave E and 4th Street

DULUTH, Minn. – Early Thursday afternoon around 1:28 p.m., Duluth Police responded to a local hospital on a report of a shooting victim. Officers established a crime scene in the area of 7th Avenue East and 4th Street. Officers and investigators arrived at the location and are investigating the incident. A 17-year-old male is currently at a local hospital facility…

DFL Legislators Propose $100 Million Broadband Investment

Minnesota currently ranks 19th for average connection speed

ST. PAUL , Minn – Legislators from across greater Minnesota have joined together to call for a $100 million investment in broadband. They’re stressing the economic development reach that investment in broadband creates, something they say Minnesota is in need of. “For every dollar invested in broadband in the state, $10 is generated in economic activity. That kind of return…

Lake Nebagamon Suspect Facing 3 Felony Charges

John Raymond Lundberg Douglas Co. Sheriff’s OfficeSUPERIOR, Wis. – John Raymond Lundberg appeared in Douglas County Circuit Court, today, and is currently facing three separate felony charges for his alleged involvement in the stabbing of a man in Lake Nebagamon on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. According to the Probable Cause Statement, at approximately 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the Douglas County…

Making Valentine’s Day Gifts on a Budget

Do-It-Yourself Crafts with Pure Event Planning

DULUTH, Minn. – Valentine’s Day is just a couple weeks away, so Mary Carlson, owner of Pure Event Planning, stopped by FOX 21 to help Northlanders prepare. Instead of putting off getting a gift until the last minute, why not work on some do-it-yourself gifts? Carlson gave two ideas for romantics to stay on budget. The first is a giant,…

Barker’s Island Readies for Ice Festival

Festival Opens Friday with Events Planned for the Whole Family

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior is ready for another Lake Superior Ice Festival. “The community has really pulled together,” said Linda Cadotte; Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director for the City of Superior.  “Non–profits, businesses, partners, to put on a festival to showcase the coolest aspects of our region and have something for everybody.” Unlike the past couple of years, which centered…

18th Annual Step To The Future Powwow

Native American Cultural Celebration at Myers-Wilkins

DULUTH, Minn- For nearly 20 years children and families in Duluth have come together to honor Native American traditions at the annual steps to the future Powwow. The gathering allows kids and young adults from all backgrounds a chance to experience American Indian culture in a fun and familiar environment. Executive Director of the Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative, Jen Eddy…

Grand Avenue Estates Project Gets Pollution Grant

Development Project Near Morgan Park Gets a Boost

DULUTH, Minn- There is growing excitement for a major housing development along the St. Louis River corridor that hit a polluted snag. The city of Duluth and the developer have landed a $654,000  clean–up grant from the state. That money will go towards the nearly 1 million cost to get rid of contaminated soil on the property. This means the…

Wisconsin Point Restoration Plans Taking Shape

The project will focus on eliminating areas of concern, specifically to dunes along the peninsula

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Plans for restoration on Wisconsin Point are nearing completion. The Superior Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department shared design details of the project with residents tonight. The restoration focuses on eliminating areas of concern, specifically to the dunes along the peninsula. Some of the planned changes on Wisconsin Point include boardwalks from updated parking lots to the dunes…

Solon Springs Movies in the Park

In July, Solon Springs will show movies at the Lucious Woods Park.

The bright lights of Hollywood will light up the night skies in Solon Springs this summer. The Family Fun Days committee started a crowd-funding campaign to bring movies to Lucious Woods Park on Friday nights. The village has already stepped up to provide funding for the screen and projector. Organizers said the response from the community has been overflowing with…

Vikings Teach Kids to Stop Bullying

Vikings' Mascot Viktor Stopped at Lakewood Elementary in Duluth to Interact with Students

DULUTH, Minn. -The Minnesota Vikings stopped at Lakewood Elementary in Duluth today. The appearance was part of mascot Viktor the Viking’s quest to stop bullying. The program brings him and other members of the Vikings around the state to interact with kids and teach them how to prevent all kinds of bullying, including verbal, physical, social, and cyber bullying. “To…

Irving Community Club Makes Donation

Club Donated Over $85,000 to Local Non-Profits, Police

DULUTH, Minn. – The Irving Community Club continued its tradition of giving back to the community Wednesday. The club donated more than $85,000 to non–profits and police. Among the donations, $60,000 to Valley Youth Centers for a new teen building, and $15,000 each to the Duluth Police Department’s K–9 unit and to the West Duluth Little League. The club raises…

Snow Plow Simulator Teaches Drivers Safety

MnDOT Uses Simulator Year Round to Help Drivers Brush Up on Skills

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has a plow truck simulator they send around the state to train snow plow drivers. From the outside, this may look like an ordinary trailer, but inside there is a state of the art plow driving simulator. “The drivers get the opportunity every time we come around during a training cycle, they…

Frozen Fun with Furry Tails

2nd Annual Fitger's Frozen Fundraiser this Friday

DULUTH, Minn. – Furry friends are getting some help from their human counterparts this weekend. On Friday, January 27, Animal Allies is hosting their Fitger’s Frozen Fundraiser from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. At the event, Northlanders can enjoy appetizers, beer, wine and raffles. All proceeds go back to Animal Allies. This is taking place on the third flood of Fitger’s….

St. Louis County Historical Society Seeking Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to attend the Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Historical Society is seeking volunteer gallery attendants for its Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery. The Ojibwe Gallery currently features the work of nationally recognized 19th century painter Eastman Johnson, whose paintings and drawings are notable for their realism and attention to detail. An equally important feature of the Gallery is the selection of American…

Animal Answers: Mushing with Endurance Kennels

Endurance Kennels Specialize in Sprint Sled Dog Racing; Teaches Community Members about the Sport of Mushing

DULUTH, Minn. – The 34th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon will kick off this weekend, after months of hard work and preparation from mushers and their dogs. But what is it like for sled dogs that prefer to mush a shorter distance? In this week’s Animal Answers, we’re mushing with Endurance Kennels. “I usually start my morning…

Former Navy Seal Inspires Solon Springs Students

Tom Hanrath is a former Navy Seal who travels around the country with the motto "Never Forget, Never Quit."

SOLON SPRINGS, Wis. – The positive impact a teacher can leaven on his or her students can last a lifetime. Solon Springs students had the chance to hear the story of a former Navy Seal. He credits his lifetime of service to one of his teachers and continues to thank him each and every day for defining the man he…

Twin Ports Women March in D.C.

A Local Organization Raised Funds to Send Twin Ports Women to the March

DULUTH, Minn. – Women from Duluth traveled to Washington D.C. last week to join the Women’s March On Washington. Feminist Action Collective, a women’s group in Duluth, raised funds to sponsor a bus trip to D.C. for 8 Twin Ports women.  The goal of sending local women to Washington was to foster more activists in the Twin Ports Region, no…

Stabbing Shakes the Town of Lake Nebagamon

News Shakes a Usually Quiet Neighborhood

LAKE NEBAGAMON, Wis. – Douglas County 911 responded to a report of a man whose throat had been cut and was bleeding out. When first responders arrived at the scene, they found a 47 year old man bleeding and crawling on the driveway of a home in Lake Nebagamon. The suspect had fled the scene before police had arrived, but…

Kids Channel Their Inner Musher and Learn to Dogsled

Positive Energy Outdoors Helps Kids Get Outside

  DULUTH, Minn. – Children learned to channel their inner mushers today as they had the chance to try out dog sledding with Positive Energy Outdoors. It’s all for the 2nd annual Field trip for the Secret Forest Playschool. The children spent the entire month of January learning about sled dogs, and today, the students finally met the dogs and…

Two Harbors Ready for Another Beargrease

Local Businesses Look Forward to Annual Boom from Sled-Dog Race

1/1 Show Caption Hide Caption TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Already a popular winter destination, this week there’s a little more excitement in the air in Two Harbors. “It’s exciting because it brings businesses some more business, it brings in people,” said Marsha Snowdon.  “It’s exciting to see all the mushers.” The week of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon also…

Worker Struck and Killed on the Job in Ashland Co.

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wisc. – The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday, January 23, around 11 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office and Great Divide Ambulance were dispatched to State Highway 13 in Ashland, near Highbridge, for a male that had a tree fall on him. The male, employed with a professional tree cutting service, had been limbing a tree, while…

Marathon Honors Work of John Beargrease

Northland Uncovered: John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

DULUTH, Minn. – The John Beargrease Sled Dog Mararthon is just around the corner. The annual race takes off from Two Harbors on Sunday, January 29. Race Director Jason Rice visited FOX 21 to talk about the story behind the event. John Beargrease carried mail from Grand Marais to Two Harbors once a week. He and his brothers made this…