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Coffee Convo: Foster Advocacy Nonprofit ‘New Hope For Families’ To Host Community Carnival

DULUTH, Minn. — New Hope For Families is getting ready to host a Community Carnival Saturday, May 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at its Duluth facility to show off all they offer to help support parents and children in the community, while increasing the number of foster families in the Northland. For more on the Community Carnival event…

Coffee Conversation: Duluth Flame To Host Kid-Friendly Drag Show Sunday

DULUTH, Minn. — Drag Queen Mama Dukes joined FOX 21’s Dan Hanger on the morning show Friday to talk about the Duluth Flame’s upcoming kid-friendly drag show this Sunday, May 15 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.   It’s called Mama’s Toybox. The drag show is a dry event and free for kids.   For more on the morning show chat, watch…

Blush Entertainment Venue Closing In Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – One of Duluth’s most eclectic entertainment and bar venues is preparing to close its doors. Blush opened in 2017 on First Avenue West. It’s been known for being an accepting space for all types of artists, musicians and people looking for that collective sense of belonging. The venue’s owners posted on Blush’s Facebook page saying their lease…

Mayor Paine Delivers State of the City Address, Ideas for Future

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Superior Mayor Jim Paine delivered his State of the City address at the old historical post office Thursday afternoon, which is the future site of a one stop business center. The economic growth, addition of new apartments, and restoration of historical properties were just a few items on the agenda that Mayor Paine outlined in his address….

Second Annual Luncheon from the Radisson to Police and Firefighters

DULUTH, Minn. — The Radisson hotel took the opportunity today to honor local law enforcement and fire departments with an annual luncheon. It was the second annual “Salute to Our Duluth Firefighters and Police Officers” luncheon hosted by the Radisson. This was an idea that originated in Texas, and was brought up north by an appreciative staff member who says…

Coffee Conversation: New Wine Theater Group’s Production Of ‘Bright Star’

CLOQUET, Minn. – Members of New Wine, a Christian theater group at Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet, stopped by the FOX 21 morning show to talk with Dan Hanger about their production of “Bright Star,” which runs from May 11-15th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and include dessert and beverages during intermission. Tickets can be purchased at: newwine.ludus.com. Click…

Coffee Conversation: ‘Art In The Alley’ Celebrates 14 Years Of Artwork, Clothing, Jewelry

DULUTH, Minn. — The owner of Art in the Alley, Tami LaPole Edmunds, stopped by FOX 21’s morning show Thursday to talk to Dan Hanger about the ups and downs of being in business for 14 years and how the business has evolved into its current space in the Miller Hill Mall.  Check out the conversation below and click here…

Inside Look At The Blood Donation Process As Some Centers Are Critically Low On Donations

DULUTH, Minn. — The Memorial Blood Centers, with locations across the Northland, says it needs more donors to help fill its critically low supply, along with more new hires to work at the facilities. On Monday, MBC announced it was experiencing a “blood emergency,” as its supplies are down so much, it only has enough type O blood and platelets…

CHUM in Need of Food Donations

DULUTH, Minn. – CHUM is asking for food donations as its supply has become increasingly low. The Director of Distributive Services says the issue has been compounded by increasing prices with inflation, the war in Ukraine affecting certain food imports, and even environmental issues. They are short on peanut butter, beef stew, and dried pastas which are all things they’ve…

National Police Week Observed In Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — This week is National Police Week and the Duluth Police Department takes this time to acknowledge and thank officers for the sacrifices made. National Police Week pays special recognition to officers who have died in the line of duty as well as those who make sacrifices to serve communities every day. Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken spoke…

Italian American Club of Duluth Resume Events, Host Spaghetti Dinner

DULUTH, Minn. – Members of the Italian American Club of Duluth celebrated their first spaghetti dinner in three years Wednesday. The event at American Legion Post 71 featured plenty of spaghetti, meatballs, and salad, as well as a cash raffle.  People also had the chance to order out and take the dinner home with them. “There’s some of the members of…

American Heart Association Talks Heart Health Awareness

DULUTH, Minn. — The American Heart Association hosted its Go Red For Women luncheon event at the DECC Wednesday to raise awareness about heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer in women and men in the United States. Click the video above to learn more about your hearth health, and check out the American Heart Association’s website for all…

Coffee Conversation: Saginaw Woman Discovers Hidden Talent To Draw

SAGINAW, Minn. – Imagine having a talent you never knew you were capable of until your adult years in life. That’s exactly what happened to Barb Fremling who two years ago discovered she is a talented artist who can draw amazing portraits of dogs, cats and horses. Click the video above to hear Barb’s story! And if you’re interested in…

Depot Foundation Honors Contributions to Local Art, Community

This celebration was postponed from 2021, and officials say they couldn't let the opportunity to recognize local talent slip.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Depot Foundation honored some special people for their contributions to local arts, and the community as a whole. The Depot Foundation Circle of Friends, Arts, and Culture Awards and Celebration was held at the St. Louis County Depot. Recognition included a Lifetime Artist Award for Ann Aiko Bergeron, and a Community Enrichment Award for Lee Stuart, the…

Digital Wellness Event at Cloquet Public Library

DULUTH, Minn.- Tuesday, an event called Digital Wellness for Teens, Tweens, and Caregivers was held at the Cloquet Library. One of the leaders from the Carlton County Youth Collaborative spoke at the event. She said with many people, especially youth, feeling different pressures from society, it’s important to de-stigmatize topics that can still feel somewhat taboo to talk about, such…

Sweet Treats for Wrenshall High School

DULUTH, Minn.- Tuesday, the Dairy Queen in Cloquet helped raise money for Wrenshall high school’s Spirit Night. Customers who bought a sweet treat from the DQ tonight had 15 percent of their total at the cash register donated to the Wrenshall PIE fundraiser, and they also had the option to round up to add a few more cents to the…

National Train Day Celebration at Lake Superior Railroad Museum

National Train Day is modeled after the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad completion back in 1869.

DULUTH, Minn.- This Saturday is National Train Day. The Lake Superior Railroad Museum plans to celebrate with a variety of activities for the public. National Train Day started in honor of the Transcontinental railroad after its completion in May of 1869. The historic railroad connects the east and west coast and 153-years later it’s still celebrated. Railroad staff members are…

The Rambler Gearing Up for Food Truck Season

The food truck has incorporated some vegetarian options to their menu this season.

DULUTH, Minn.- Today is finally feeling more like May, and many Northlanders have been out and about, experiencing a little spring fever. Of course, one great way to enjoy the weather is grabbing a delicious meal from a local food truck and taking a seat outside. The Rambler is one Northland staple, and today it was perched outside the rose…

Duluth City Council Approves Projects for Affordable Housing

Seven presentations for affordable housing projects were brought before city council in last night meeting.

DULUTH, Minn.- Affordable housing continues to be an issue across the country, and Duluth is no exception. Now, Duluth City Council has approved applications for up to 480 units of new affordable housing. Those projects will now go to the state level to determine available funding for each project. Seven projects were presented to Duluth council member last night. The…

Coffee Conversation: North Shore Scenic Railroad Revs Up For Season

DULUTH, Minn. — The North Shore Scenic Railroad is revving up for the season, especially National Train Day this Saturday, May 14.  Click the videos below for a conversation with NSSR Station Master Josh Miller and Executive Director Ken Buehler.  And for everything trains, visit duluthtrains.com. Part 1: Part 2: Categories: Coffee Conversation, Community, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest…

MN Ovarian Cancer Alliance ‘Disappointed’ New Lift Bridge Lighting Policy Won’t Include Requests

The Lift Bridge will be lit for nine national holidays/special days decided by Mayor Emily Larson's administration. Enger Tower will accept public requests.

DULUTH, Minn. – One of the most vocal organizations in support of lighting Duluth’s Lift Bridge for special causes is “disappointed” Mayor Emily Larson’s new policy still restricts that from becoming a reality after public scrutiny on her prior policy. It was late Friday when Larson released the new policy, which will light the iconic structure for nine national holidays…

Essentia Leaders, Employees Get Sneak-Peek Inside New Cloquet Urgent Care Clinic Opening Next Week

Patients will be welcomed into the urgent care clinic next Monday, with a ribbon-cutting planned for May 23rd. 

CLOQUET, Minn.- Essentia leaders and employees got a sneak peek Monday of the hospital’s 73rd clinic to open up in the Northland region — a new Urgent Care clinic in Cloquet. The new 7,600 square foot urgent care facility has been in the works since 2019, but the pandemic delayed moving ahead to late 2020 and early last year. Now…

Life House In Need Of $10k More For Recording Studio For Homeless, At-Risk Youth

Life House Duluth purchased a building right across 1st avenue they're calling the “Imaginarium.”

DULUTH, Minn-. A new music recording studio could soon come to Duluth’s Hillside, but this one hopes to provide an outlet for homeless and at-risk youth. Life House Duluth purchased a building right across 1st Avenue they’re calling the “Imaginarium.” They raised $20,000 from a Mental Health Action Concert last month. They only need $10,000 more to turn the basement…

Applications Due Soon For Bong Center’s Veterans Fishing Trip To BWCA

May 28th is when applications have to be sent online or at the museum for this year's fishing trip.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The deadline is nearing for veterans to apply for a free fishing trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, compliments of the Richard I. Bong Veteran’s Historical Center in Superior. May 28th is when applications have to be sent online or at the museum for this year’s fishing trip. About 6 veterans of any age, or active…

Benedictine Living Community Celebrates Skilled Nursing Care Week

The week of recognition was started by the American Health Care Association and has been going on since 1967.

DULUTH, Minn.- This week is National Skilled Nursing Care Week and Benedictine Living Community in Duluth designed an interactive week for residents and staff to celebrate. The week of recognition was started by the American Health Care Association and has been going on since 1967. This years theme is “Creating and Nurturing Connections.” Benedictine organizers say they urge anyone to…

Duluth’s ‘Kingdom of Smelt’ Welcomes Spring with Magic Smelt Run Parade’s Return to Lakewalk

The event came back to paint the Lakewalk silver after a two-year hiatus.

DULUTH, Minn.- The glint of silver on the Lakewalk means one of the most Duluth experiences of the year is back, signaling the end of winter with the Magic Smelt Run Parade. “And bring some great cheer, for the magnificent Smelt Queen will soon be here!” bellowed King Neptune, Jim Ouray in Canal Park. Who else could part the clouds…

Engwall Flowers Busy for Mother’s Day Week

Starting Tuesday florists say they were doing 200 to 300 deliveries daily.

DULUTH, Minn.- Business was in full bloom this Mother’s Day week at Engwall Flowers. Starting Tuesday florists at the store on Matterhorn Drive by the Miller Hill Mall say they were doing 200 to 300 deliveries daily. They say this year they saw a lot more people wanting their flowers delivered early. Of course, things slowed down today but they…

Homegrown’s Kickball Classic Pits Friday Musicians V. Saturday Musicians

After 7 late nights of rocking live music, organizers say this was the perfect event for all ages to chill out.

DULUTH, Minn.- Homegrown continued Saturday with a tradition not entirely all about music – but about kickball. More than 100 people came out to watch the Homegrown Kickball Classic at Chester Bowl Park. The game was between the Friday Homegrown musicians and those that played Saturday. After 7 late nights of rocking live music, organizers say this was the perfect…

Twelve Holy Apostles Orthodox Church Gyro Sale Returns

From noon until 5 the church turned out hundreds of gyros, Greek salads, baklava, and more.

DULUTH, Minn.- Well if you wanted a little taste of Greece Saturday, the Twelve Holy Apostles Orthodox Church in Duluth’s Hillside had your fix with the return of their gyro sale. From noon until 5 the church turned out hundreds of gyros, Greek salads, baklava, and more. Organizers said proceeds will be used to benefit local charities from the Damiano…

North Country Ride Celebrates 40 Years With Derby Gala

DULUTH, Minn.- North Country Ride celebrated 40 years of horseback riding-driven therapy for the special needs population with a Derby Gala at the Buffalo Junction in Duluth. The non-profit organization held a silent auction and dinner. And while the Kentucky Derby was happening Saturday, they also had their own run for the roses. North Country Ride uses horseback riding as…

Mayor Larson Releases New Lighting Policy for Lift Bridge, Enger Tower After Public Scrutiny

Duluth’s Lift Bridge DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth Mayor Emily Larson says the lights on the Aerial Lift Bridge once again will change colors for specific holidays in her updated lighting policy. It comes after she faced heavy public scrutiny two months ago for the previous policy that did not accept any special requests to light the bridge in different colors….

Hartley Nature Center Expansion

DULUTH, Minn. — We got an inside look at the new multimillion dollar building expansion of Duluth’s Hartley Nature Center. This $2.9 million dollar project was outlined in the 2014 Hartley Park Master Plan. It features new restrooms, community gathering centers, parking, and park-wide signage. The classrooms will also be upgraded to help nurture the educational component of their operations….

Grandmothers for Peace Call for End to Ukraine War This Mother’s Day

DULUTH, Minn. — As Mother’s Day approaches and the war in Ukraine rages on local activists with the Grandmothers for Peace want to call on women across the world to unite and re enforce the importance of peace. In 1870, a writer, Julia Ward Howe wrote the ‘Mother’s Day Proclamation’, which was a call to action asking mothers to come forward…

Coffee Conversation: Oasis Del Norte To Expand To Restaurant In Duluth’s Lincoln Park

DULUTH, Minn. – The owner of Oasis Del Norte, Eduardo Sandoval-Luna, talked to FOX 21’s Dan Hanger about the success of his food trailer and his plans to expand the brand into a restaurant in the Lincoln Park Craft District. Click the video above for that conversation, and click here to find out where Oasis Del Norte will have its…

Coffee Conversation: Barbara Reyelts Talks New Book, Journalism, Retirement

DULUTH, Minn. — Barbara Reyelts, who retired from broadcasting three years ago after spending nearly 40 years as an anchor, investigative reporter and news director at KBJR-TV, stopped by FOX 21’s morning show Friday to talk to Dan Hanger about her new book, “Dying To Live.” The book is about an elderly medical scientist who awakes in a hospital to…

MMIW National Day of Awareness

DULUTH, Minn. — For the first time in two years, a group was able to march down to the water in honor of National Awareness Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, girls, and two Spirit The ongoing issue of violence against indigenous women and girls in some cases are fatal, and in others, loved ones go missing. Dozens of…

Local Photographer Highlighting the Northland and Beyond

Joe Polecheck is a passionate and local photographer who uses a combination of DSLR's and drones to capture the many scenes of the Northland and beyond.

SUPERIOR, Wis. — The Northland offers so much beautiful scenery for photographers to take advantage of, and one local artist is showing us the view through his lens and how a local business is helping showcase it. Joe Polecheck is a passionate and local photographer who uses a combination of DSLR’s and drones to capture the many scenes of the…

Coffee Conversation: Tickets Available For North Country Ride’s Derby Gala Saturday

The non-profit in Esko helps people with special needs live their best lives through interactions with horses.

DULUTH, Minn. – North Country Ride’s Derby Gala is happening this Saturday, May 7, at the Buffalo House Junction, and one of the non-profit’s board members joined Dan Hanger, who is emceeing the gala, on the morning show to talk about what to expect.  Click the video above for that conversation. For ticket information for the Derby Gala, click here….

Superior Officials, Mental Health Service Providers Connect with Residents at Mental Health Awareness Night

Mayor Jim Paine announced he's proposing to devote $50,000 in federal funding for therapy in high schools.

DULUTH, Minn.- Superior Mayor Jim Paine announced he’s proposing to devote thousands in federal COVID relief to help address mental health among young people, as service providers hoped to keep the conversation going at the Mental Health Awareness Night. Dozens of resources and service providers gathered at the Belgian club on East 2nd Street in Superior, kicking off Mental Health…

Report: Husky Refinery Knew About Issues Before Blast

WPR secured nearly 1,300 pages of documents from OSHA that shed new light on what those officials knew in the days leading up to the explosion at the refinery in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Officials at a northwestern Wisconsin oil refinery knew about equipment issues years before a 2018 explosion there, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration documents obtained by Wisconsin Public Radio. WPR secured nearly 1,300 pages of documents from OSHA that shed new light on what those officials knew in the days leading up to the explosion at…