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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…

Rock On! Climbing Competition Attracts Athletes from Around Region

Funds Support UWS Climbing Program

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Climbers from all over the country, and even Canada, will be harnessing up at UW-Superior this weekend for the annual Rock On! Climbing Competition. This is the 13th year of the event. Rock On! was started by a group of students hoping to support their rock climbing program. All money raised through the competition goes back to…

Beargrease Starting Point Chosen

Group Met to Discuss Trail Conditions

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – A sign of winter is the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon and recent warm weather had organizers discussing an alternate starting point. Marathon officials met last night and solidified Two Harbors as the race start for 2017. The trail crew, Chief Veterinarian and mushers who have been practicing on the trails all contributed to this…

Turkish Students Learn About Life in Minnesota

Students at Marshall, Learn About Life in Turkey

The Turkish students are from Middle East Technical University Development Foundation Private School, one of the most prestigious schools in Turkey. Students were selected from a large pool of competitive applicants. “We’ve hosted students from Vietnam, Columbia, France, Germany, Russia, and this opportunity to host Turkish students, this is a first for Marshall,” says Christa Knudsen, the Director of International Programs at…

A Taste of Home at Carlson’s Diner

Local Diner Serves Up Hearty Plates of Homemade Fair

HERMANTOWN, Minn- Carlson’s Diner opened their doors August 24th, after taking over the location of a Hermantown community staple Starvin’ Marvins. Owner of Carlson’s Diner Amber Carlson says, “We updated the interior a lot, new cabinets, counters, light fixtures and things, just warmed it up a little bit.” Since then, Carlson’s Diner, has been committed to sticking to their roots….

Businesses Voice Concern of Duluth City Council’s Standing Rock Resolution

The group of 51 businesses believe city council should spend more time focusing on local issues

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of Twin Ports businesses are voicing concern over the Duluth city council’s resolution of support with the Standing Rock protestors back in December. Today, some of those businesses involved in the pipeline industry gathered at United Piping in Duluth to express their disappointment toward city council’s decision. “They never took the opportunity to listen to…

Today is the First Day to File Income Tax Returns

Local Accounting Firms Busy with Tax Preparation

DULUTH, Minn. -Today is the first day Americans can file their income tax returns. In Duluth, accounting businesses are seeing a rush of appointments with people trying to prepare their returns. DKK Accounting in Duluth urges people to stay organized and keep all their tax documents together, and they say people with complicated taxes may want to get help from…

Ice Rinks Closed Due to Warm Temperatures

Officials Ask You to Stay Off the Ice

DULUTH, Minn. – The temperatures have been warm the last couple of days, thawing the Ice on skating Rinks. Most of the city’s outdoor ice rinks are closed, and city officials ask people to stay off of the rinks to prevent further damage to the ice.   Officials say once the temperatures drop again, they will evaluate the ice conditions, and…

Car Removed from Railroad

The Railroad is Not Pressing Charges

DULUTH, Minn. – Early Sunday Morning, Police Responded to a report of a car abandoned on the railroad tracks near the Endion station in Canal Park. The vehicle is believed to have gotten on the tracks at the crossing near the Duluth energy system’s steam plant, and driven down the tracks until it slipped off the ties, and was hung…

Walker Proposes New Welfare Work Requirements

Calling for taking away food stamp benefits for parents with children between the ages of 6 and 18, if they do not meet certain requirements

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Governor Scott Walker announced a new welfare reform package, which would require more people receiving public welfare benefits to be working or searching for work. Walker announced Monday, that he intends to propose new work requirement son able-bodied adults with school-age children who are receiving food stamps through the FoodShare program. He is also calling for imposing…

Co-op Light & Power Outage Scheduled

Set for January 26

A planned power outage for Co-op Light & Power is scheduled for Thursday, January 26. The outage will take place to safely perform substation repairs and is expected to last from approximately 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. It will impact consumers in and around Bassett, Northstar, Ault, and Fairbanks Townships, as well as the Pequaywan Lakes area. For more information: http://www.clpower.com/…

Duluth Library Keeps Northlanders of all Ages Reading in Winter

Cabin Fever Reliever Program

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Public Library is working to keep Northlanders entertained this winter through their Cabin Fever Reliever program. The program is for readers of all ages. Children and teens will be tracking the amount of time spent reading and will receive a book to keep when they reach 10 hours. For every five hours read, they will…

2017 Sees Expansion of Lake Superior Ice Festival

Coffee Conversation: Winter Fun on Barker's Island

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Lake Superior Ice Festival is expanding in 2017. The winter festival has added more events for the whole family. The fun kicks off on Friday, January 27 and runs through January 29. The festival takes place on Barker’s Island with many businesses throughout town hosting sales in honor of the event. On Friday, Northlanders can enjoy…

Armory Dance Party Commemorates Visit of Legends

Dance Party Benefits Historic Building and Music Program

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend folks will be dancing the night away to remember an historic event, fund raise for a couple good causes and have some good, old-fashioned fun! The 2017 Armory Dance Party is taking place on Saturday, January 28 from 7-10 p.m. at Sacred Heart Music Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This is all to remember…

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Ideologies Clash Downtown

Activists From Both Sides of the Debate Protest Peacefully

DULUTH, Minn. – Lena Berthiaume has been participating in the annual march for life at the Women’s building for 4 years. “Life begins at conception. I’m pro women. Pro women at conception,  and pro man,” says Berthiaume. As a college aged woman, Berthiaume says her beliefs are not popular among her peers. “It’s really different to be the one in…

Packers Fans Cheer on Team During Season-Ending Loss

Fans in Superior React to Packers' Loss in NFC Championship

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers’ season came to an end earlier Sunday with a 44–to–21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. But Packers fans were heard cheering on their team across the Northland, including at Schultz’s Sports Bar in Superior. Here are some sights and sounds from the big game earlier today. Categories: Community, Features,…

Thunderbird Motorcycle Club Gives Donation to Minnesota Veterans Home

The club donated $3,000 to the Minnesota Veteran's Home in Silver Bay.

The Thunderbird Motorcycle Club is just as passionate about helping their own as the members are about riding their bikes. The Thunderbird Motorcycle Club presented the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay with a check for $3,000. The group which includes several veterans promotes good fellowship in riding. “It’s important to me to take care of the people that have…

Duluth Catholic Schools Unify

Four Schools are Becoming One

Four Catholic schools are coming together to form One big school, in a project “Called to be One.” St. Michael’s, St. John’s, Holy Rosary and St, James schools are joining together to make the school. The Duluth area catholic schools board believes the unified school will provide improved fiscal responsibility, best use of facility and resources, and a vibrant learning environment. …

Winter Reading Program Kicks Off at Duluth Library

The Programs Encourage Kids to Read More Books

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Public Library’s Cabin Fever Reliever Winter Reading Program kicks off. Children and teens track the amount of time they spend reading, and receive a book when they reach 10 hours. For every 5 hours read, they earn an entry into the prize drawing of their choice. The goal of the program is to encourage kids…

Duluth Crews Clean City

The Crews Work 7 Days a Week

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth cleaning crews are clearing the streets so people can have easier access to Duluth’s downtown. The crews shovel snow and chip ice to clear intersections so that people can walk or bike down the sidewalks without having to deal with too much slush or snow. The services are important so people can get downtown to work,…

UMD Resources for Sexual Assault Victims

2 People Were Assaulted Near Campus Thursday night

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday evening, a woman reported to police she was physically assaulted at St. Marie and Kirby street near campus. After a campus alert, a second woman also reported being assaulted and forcibly fondled. Though the cases are still under investigation, There are a number of resources on campus for Students who experience sexual assault or misconduct. The UMD’s…

Claiming Earned Income Tax Credits

Local Urging to Contact Lawmakers

DULUTH, Minn. – This morning local advocates visited FOX 21 to talk about the earned income tax credit. Julia Cheng, Tax Site Program Manager for Community Action Duluth, says the earned income tax credit is a refundable tax credit that benefits working families and individuals. Cheng says as a tax credit “it functions just like money that was taken out…

Wisconsin Farmers Could be Affected by Late Cabinet Pick

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – A congressman and political scientist say the late nomination of Georgia governor as U.S. agricultural secretary could impact Wisconsin farmers. U.S. Representative Ron Kind, D-La Cross, tells Wisconsin Public Radio that the late pick could delay work on the next farm bill. Kind says if, and when, Governor Sonny Perdue is confirmed he will not…

Snowboarding on the Hills of Spirit Mountain

Active Adventures: Winter Sports

DULUTH, Minn. – Winter has arrived and the hills are ready for athletes at Spirit Mountain. For this week’s Active Adventures, FOX 21’s William Seay and Natalie Froistad learned to snowboard. Snowboard instructor Charlie Barette showed William and Natalie the basics. They practiced a j-turn and a c-turn. To sign up for a lesson, or learn more information, head to…

UMD Police Investigate Reported Assaults

Two Females Report Being Assaulted in the Same Location

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD Police are investigating multiple reported assaults and are searching for a possible suspect. According to a campus alert two females have been assaulted in the same area, possibly by the same person. At 7:15 Thursday, a female reported to police she was physically assaulted at St. Marie and Kirby Street. Following the issue of a campus…

Perseverance and Hard Work Paying Off for Anglin

Anglin is working toward a second State Tournament.

BAYFIELD, WIS.- Bayfield–Washburn wrestler Zack Anglin can count the steps needed to get to state. “Alls I’ve been thinking about is that state title, it’s just focus and dedication to reach that goal,” said Anglin. He has taken this path before, making it to Madison, Wisconsin and the State Tournament his sophomore year and ike any athlete the journey to…

Superior Mayoral Candidates Take Part in Public Forum

Brent Fennessey, Kalee Hermanson, Mike Herrick and Jim Payne addressed a variety of topics

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – On April 4th, residents in Superior will elect a new mayor to lead the city. Thursday night, the four candidates took part in a forum hosted by Explore Superior. Brent Fennessey, Kalee Hermanson, Mike Herrick and Jim Payne addressed a variety of topics including financial challenges the city faces and ways Superior can partner with Duluth to…

Warm Weather Means It’s Time to Fire Up the Grill Again

Old World Meats has had a lot of people buying meat to put on the grill this week

DULUTH, Minn. – With the warm weather the Northland is seeing,  people are starting to fire up the grills again. Old World Meats in Duluth has had a lot of people buying meat to put on the grill this week. The store manager there says they will be putting out a lot more fresh meat to keep up with demand…

Record High Temperatures Bring Northlanders Outdoors

Duluth observed a high temperature of 45 degrees Thursday

DULUTH, Minn. – With temperatures in the 40s today, Duluthians took advantage of the above average weather outside. On the east hillside, lots of people were out biking, running and walking dogs. The warmup caused some streets to look more like streams, which was a little messy, but that didn’t stop people from enjoying the warmth. “It’s crazy,” said Lily…

Minnesota House Passes Health Insurance Bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Tonight on a vote of 73-54, the Minnesota House passed a bill creating a relief subsidy program aimed to address increasing health insurance premiums in the individual market. Under the plan, policyholders wouldn’t see relief until 2018, and it also contains many complex health insurance policy changes. “Minnesotans are being hit hard by massive premium increases,…

Parents and School Board Officials Take Steps to Replace Rubber Mulch

Duluth Schools Set to Replace Rubber Mulch with Wood Chips, Costing Nearly $630,000

DULUTH, Minn. – On Tuesday, members of the Duluth School board motioned to remove all rubber mulch chips on school playgrounds, and replace the potentially harmful material with wood. Kristen Klos-Maki is proud to have her daughter attend Lowell Elementary after attending a nature-based preschool. “When I was starting to decide where I wanted to have her go to kindergarten, I…

Eligible Voters in Minnesota Can Register When Filing Taxes

When filing electronically, taxpayers will see a message prompting them to register to vote online

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Income tax season opens on Monday, January 23, and Minnesota taxpayer who need or want to register to vote, or even update their voter registration, can now do so when they file their income taxes electronically, the Minnesota Department of Revenue and Secretary of State Steve Simon announced today. This year, all taxpayers using Minnesota-certified electronic…

Ice Racing Comes to Duluth

Local Pro Talks Thrilling Sport

DULUTH, Minn. – An extreme ice sport is coming to Duluth! The World Championship ICE Racing Series will be at AMSOIL Arena on Friday, January 20. There will be motorcycles and ATVs racing across the ice on studded tires. The competition kicks off at 7:30 p.m. For more information head to www.icespeedway.com. Categories: Community, Entertainment, News Tags: atv, ice racing,…

Level III Predatory Offender Relocating to 22nd Avenue West in Duluth

Willie Vaughn-BeyDULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is notifying the public of the release and relocation of a Level III Predatory Offender into the 200 North block of 22nd Avenue West in Duluth. Fifty-five-year-old, Willie James Vaughn-Bey, has a history of sexual contact with teenage and adult female victims. Contact included sexual touching, contact with the adult victims included…

Level III Predatory Offender Returning to Hibbing

James Chavers Jr. HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Police Department is notifying the public of a Level III Predatory Offender returning to the area. Sixty-year-old, James Chavers Jr. will be relocating to the 1600 block of 7th Avenue East in Hibbing. He is described at 5’11” with brown eyes, gray or partial graying hair, and approximately 203 pounds. His offense…

New Business Brings Balloons to You

DuluthBalloonCompany.com is trying to make balloon buying easy for the Twin Ports

DULUTH, MINN.- A first of its kind business has opened its virtual doors. Duluth ballooncompany.com started taking orders January 8 and has been seeing steady business since, with orders coming in as early as 1 am. The company allows customers to order their balloon creations online and have them delivered anywhere in the Twin Ports. “If you can bring us…

Blacklist Celebrates Official Grand Opening

The Brewery invited people in to celebrate their business being completely up and running.

DULUTH, MINN- Last fall Blacklist opened its doors to the taproom and brewery but Wednesday was their grand opening. Blacklist was waiting to get their canned and keg operations underway before they had the official ribbon cutting. The brewery offered happy hour and live music. “It’s great to have an evening to acknowledge the growth and the community around us…

Hibbing Community College Hopes to Reconfigure Campus

College is Asking for Funding from State Bonding Bill

HIBBING, Minn. – Hibbing Community College is planning a right-sizing and renovation project. College officials are hoping to fund the project with money from the state’s latest bonding bill. The much needed renovations would re-arrange the campus, moving the library to the center of the school and razing a building to reduce the size of campus. It would also create…

Three Duluth Ideas are Finalists for Knight Cities Challenge

Popup parks, a story telling project, and entrepreneurial workshops made the list of finalists.

Three Duluth ideas have been chosen as finalists among thousands for the Knight Cities Challenge. 144 ideas have moved onto the second round and are vying for a share of up to five million dollars. The city of Duluth proposed the thought of making Canal Park more friendly to its residents all year long. City officials believe they could accomplish…

City of Duluth Seeking Input for Western Waterfront Trail Plans

An online survey is available and will be used to find out what the public would like done to the area

DULUTH, Minn. – The Western Waterfront Trail, located from near the Lake Superior Zoo to Morgan Park, connects many neighborhoods and recreational areas along Duluth’s west side.City officials are asking for public input regarding future plans along the trail corridor on the St. Louis River. The city of Duluth is investing over $18 million towards the project. Currently, the city…

Homicide in Hibbing Has Community Concerned

Suspect Arrested in Crime That Leaves Some Iron Rangers Worried

HIBBING, Minn. – A homicide investigation continues tonight in Hibbing. It was yesterday when a man was found dead in his Hibbing apartment, and by last night a man had been arrested in connection with the case. While checking on a man who hadn’t shown up to work on Tuesday, police discovered a body in a Hibbing apartment. On Tuesday…

Zen House Moving To New Location

Local Business Opening Up in a New Neighborhood

A former Hermantown sushi spot, will soon be opening its door in a new neck of the woods. Zen House serves traditional Japanese sushi and entrees. After closing up shop next to the ICO in Hermantown during late fall of 2016, they’re moving to a new location at the corner of Calvary Road and Woodland, something the restaurant’s owner is…

Duluth Lakewalk Mini-Master Plan

City to Begin Comprehensive Plan to Reviltalize Duluth's Lakewalk

DULUTH, Minn- There could be some changes on the way to the Duluth Lakewalk. The city is hoping to create a plan, that will help earn funding to revitalize the Lakewalk. Recently the Lakewalk has been plagued by everything from heavy crowds to general wear and tear, but now in 2017 it’s time for some fresh ideas. Starting later in…

Dark Skies Protest Party

People Protest Duluth's New Street Lights

There’s been some concern about new street lighting in Duluth’s downtown district. Those involved are protesting the cities decision to use intense LED lighting along certain streets in Duluth. The protests’ supporters claim that the new lights will ruin Duluth’s historic feel but won’t make the streets any safer. Owner of Take Action Inc. Rod Raymond says, “When it comes…

Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial Restored

Markings on The Duluth Lakewalk Memorial are Removed

DULUTH, Minn- The Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial that was vandalized earlier this week is now back to its previous condition. The Lakewalk memorial that lists the names of the 136 northland residents who died in Vietnam was vandalized with silver marker. Police chief Mike Tusken posted a message to those responsible on Facebook, saying, “Disgracing this memorial and the veterans…

Nearly 60,000 Acres Returned to Red Lake Band

Bureau of Land Management finalized the return of the land, Friday

In support of meeting the nation’s obligations to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians in Minnesota, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) announced Friday, that the BLM has completed its land surveys and legal identification of nearly 60,000 acres, scattered across five northern Minnesota counties, that were restored to the Red Lake…

Animal Answers: Diving in the Door at World of Fish

Acquariums are Proven to Lower Stress Levels, as Well as Blood Pressure Levels

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The winter months can be difficult for your mood when dealing with cold temperatures and lack of sunlight. But what if you could easily transform your mind to a tropical destination, easing your worry and level of stress? It can be tricky to find open water in the winter, across Northern Minnesota. “You have to create this…

Duluth Police Warn of an Increase in Fake Money

"Motion Picture Use Only" printed on them

1/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is warning the public of an increase in fake and counterfeit bills circulating in the Duluth area. Specifically bills that have “Motion Picture Use Only” printed on them. The bills may appear real,…