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St. Luke’s Doctor Speaks on Staying Safe in the Sun

Sun and Heat Safety for Summer Months

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer is offically here and with the holiday weekend coming up several folks will be spending time in the sun. This morning, Dr. Chris Delp of St. Luke’s Regional Trauma Center stopped by FOX 21 to talk about sun and heat safety. Dr. Delp says it’s important to always wear sunscreen, because research shows just one bad…

Police Investigate Stabbing in Duluth’s Woodland Neighborhood

A 21-Year-Old Female Was Taken to Jail Pending Charges of 2nd Degree Assault

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred shortly after 2 a.m. Friday morning in Duluth’s Woodland neighborhood. Authorities responded to the 2200 block of Woodland Avenue after receiving a report of a 19-year-old male being stabbed in the leg. Officials say a 21-year-old female was taken into custody at the scene in connection with the stabbing. The male…

Special Report: Setting Sail with Superior Pursuits

For Captain Parker Bambenek, it took a tragedy to realize what he wanted as a summer career

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year thousands of people, whether local or visiting, love to fish in the Northland. However, adventure seekers are now taking to the big lake more than ever before, boosting the local economy. One Captain we caught up with says it’s not always easy for charter fishing companies to make a go of it in a competitive…

New Personal Training Studio Opens Downtown Duluth

Eric Franklin opened up the studio to give people a way to get fit without having to go to a public gym

DULUTH, Minn. – A new personal training studio is now open in downtown Duluth. XMT–3 Training is owned and operated by personal trainer Eric Franklin. The studio will be used for personal training, small group classes of 3 to 4 people, and group training sessions of up to 8. Franklin previously trained out of his own home giving 1–on–1 instruction…

Gallery Hop Brings Artists Together in Hibbing

Now In Its 25th Year, Festival Gets Bigger Every Summer

HIBBING, Minn. – Businesses in Downtown Hibbing became art galleries for a day at the annual Gallery Hop. The Hibbing Gallery Hop has been showcasing the work of local artists for twenty-five years, and every summer the celebration gets bigger and bigger. “It’s kind of a festival of people,” says Joan Cotton, an artist showcasing her work. “There’s a lot…

Making a Shake with Cold Fusion

Cooking Connection: Cold Fusion and Fit Lab

DULUTH, Minn. – A local nutrition club is keeping folks healthy downtown. The owner of Cold Fusion, Annie Call, tells us the goal of the business is to bring a healthy, active lifestyle to the community. Call described the business as “healthy fast food.” While there customers get a shot of aloe to help with disgestion, a 16 oz. energy…

Literary Mural Adorns the New Zenith Bookstore

ZENITH BOOKSTORE OPENS SATURDAY, JULY 1

Courtesy: Charlie Smith DULUTH, Minn. – Proctor artist Tom Napoli has put his touch on the storefront of the newest addition to West Duluth’s Central Avenue, Zenith Bookstore. Napoli put the finishing touches on the mural in mid-June, giving pedestrians a taste of what the new independently-owned bookstore will offer when they finally open their doors on July 1. “We…

New 5K to Take Place in Duluth Friday

First Annual Chester Park Trail Race

DULUTH, Minn. – A new 5K is taking place in Duluth on Friday, June 30. The Chester Park Trail Race, starting at 6:30 p.m., was created to encourage beginners to start trail running. The course is almost entirely off-road, including ski trails, the new Duluth Traverse Chester Rim mountain bike trail, Superior Hiking Trail and Dan Proctor Hiking Trail. Registration…

Theatre Company Plans “Fences” Production

Organizers Seek African-American Actors to Fill Cast

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Community Theatre is planning a production of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play, “Fences”. “Fences” is the story of the Maxsons, an African-American family in 1950’s Pittsburgh. The director, Paul Deaner, wants the production to be as authentic as possible, which means he needs an african american cast to fill the…

Essentia Promotes Healthy Life Style

Eating Healthy And Getting Outside

Duluth, Minn. Healthy food free bike helmets and lots of fun activities were on hand today at the Heritage Center. It was Essentia Health’s way of promoting a healthy life style and keeping kids active during the summer. “We’re committed to a healthy community and giving back to the community and this is one way that we’re able to do…

Downtown Duluth Businesses Prepare for 2018 Reconstruction

A Series of Informational Meetings will Take Place, Hosted by the City of Duluth and Greater Downtown Council

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s official, Superior Street in Downtown Duluth will be torn up starting in 2018. The City recently received $15 million dollars from the state bonding bill and will open bidding up in January. City officials say the project will cost nearly $23 million dollars to complete. With funding figured out, the conversation now centers on how local…

Lake Superior Railroad Museum Offering Historic Trolley Rides

The trolley was used in Portugal back in the early 1900s and is similar to ones used in Duluth at the turn of the century

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Railroad Museum has a new attraction that’s giving visitors a look back at Duluth’s past. Trolley rides are now being offered with admission to the museum. This particular trolley was used in Portugal back in the early 1900s. It’s now part of the museum because of similarities to the trolleys used in Duluth at…

Wisconsin DNR Updating Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan

The current plan hasn't been updated since 1988

ASHLAND, Wisc. -The Wisconsin DNR is working to update its management of fisheries on Lake Superior. The current plan hasn’t been updated since 1988, so the Department of Natural Resources is reaching out to stakeholders who actively fish Wisconsin’s Lake Superior waters. Earlier this week, the DNR was in Ashland to do just that. Bradley Ray, a senior fisheries biologist…

Rain or Shine, Mighty Thomas Carnival Begins Thursday

The carnival runs through July 9 in the DECC parking lot

DULUTH, Minn. – The constant rain isn’t stopping The Mighty Thomas Carnival from rolling into Duluth to get rides, food stands and games set up for the next two weeks. Carnival organizers say they’re used to working in all types of weather throughout the country and usually expect some rain when they come to Duluth. “If it rains we will…

Northland Activist Discuss Violence in the Transgender Community

Conversation focused on creating dialogue and and working to find ways to promote equity

DULUTH, Minn. – A conversation was held tonight in Duluth about violence in the transgender community. The group Men As Peacemakers brought together a panel of local advocates to discuss the levels of domestic and sexual violence transgender people face in the Northland. Nicole Vanderheiden, an activist with Transforming Families MN, led the discussion on Wednesday. She says those in…

Duluth Celebrates Swedish Midsommer

Swedish Culutral Society Hosts Annual Celebration

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood hosted a celebration of Swedish culture Wednesday. The Swedish Cultural Society of Duluth hosted its annual Midsommer celebration.  Swedes traditionally celebrate midsommer on the Friday closest to the Summer Solstice as a way to get outside after a long dark Winter. Organizers say it’s important to them to keep these traditions alive. “We take…

DRCC Among State’s Best Employers

Duluth Firm Ranked Second in Survey by Star-Tribune

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Regional Care Center was recently recognized as one of the top places to work in Minnesota. DRCC ranked 2nd among the state’s largest employer when it comes to what workers think about their jobs. DRCC helps people with disabilities get the most out of life and runs several group homes and apartment programs across the…

Local Governments Get MnDOT Grant Information

Roughly $22 Million is Available Through the DOT and DEED

DULUTH, Minn. – Representatives from Northland city and county governments were in Duluth Wednesday, to find out how they can get some of the more than $22 million in grant money the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Department of Employment and Economic Development are handing out this year. This money is awarded every two years through the state’s Transportation…

Gordon Good Neighbor Days Kicks Off this Friday

GORDON, Wis. – As Summer starts to officially get underway, festivals are beginning to pop up around the Northland. This weekend, Gordon Good Neighbor Days will take place. The annual event, attracting folks from around the state, is June 30, July 1 and July 2. There will be a car show, vendors, crafts, parade, fireworks, bands, mud volleyball, a rubber…

Animal Allies Humane Society Seeking Foster Families

Animal Allies has Reduced the Fostering Age Requirement to 18-Years-Old

DULUTH, Minn. – Adopting an animal comes with long term responsibility. For some, the commitment could stop an animal from finding a forever home. That’s why Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth is looking for your help in the form of foster care. “We’re really looking to get our college aged people involved,” said Emily Aldritt, Volunteer Coordinator at Animal…

Glensheen Murders Relived Through Authors Of Best Selling Book

Will To Murder Writen By Three People Close To The Case

Duluth, Minn. Tonight the lead prosecutor in the Glensheen murders spoke out to dozens of curious minds on this 40th anniversary of the killings. It was a Ted–talk style format at the Figter’s building discussing the book “will to murder” the true story behind the crimes and trials surrounding the Glensheen killings. Now retired judge John Desanto was that lead…

Boundary Ave. Property Won’t Be Re-Zoned

Kwik Trip Eyed Location Near Proctor Border

DULUTH, Minn. – On Monday, City Councilors voted 5–3 in favor of re–zoning a property on Boundary Avenue along the border with Proctor as mixed use residential and commercial.  However, re–zoning requires a super majority of six votes. “The ordinance as it is, is done and we can’t pass it in the form it was shot down,” said At-Large Councilor…

Hoops Brewing Opens in Canal Park

The vision of longtime brewer Dave Hoops is now a reality in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s craft beer industry took a giant step forward on Tuesday. The long–awaited Hoops Brewing opened for business in Canal Park. After many months of construction, brewery founder Dave Hoops and his team welcomed the public inside to get the first taste of their beer. What used to be the old Timber Lodge Steakhouse is now a…

St. Louis County’s Adopt a Highway Program Gets Makeover

The Application is Easier for Volunteers

DULUTH, Minn.- St Louis County’s Adopt a Highway Program has received an upgrade. Organizations, groups and individuals have been able to adopt a highway through the program for two decades, by cleaning the highway twice a year. But now, the Public Works Department has given the program a make-over to make it easier for volunteers. The application process is online…

Duluth Receives $50,000 Grant For Lincoln Park Project

The Project Will Give Kids a Safe Space to Play

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy fund is giving away grants to 52 communities in the state, and on Tuesday, Duluth was awarded 50,000 dollars to go towards the Lincoln Park’s Place to Play project. 50 percent of the children who reside in Lincoln Park live in poverty, and don’t always have access to a place to…

Community Prepares to Grill Out for 4th Of July

The Day Before Independence Day is One of The Busiest Days of the Year for Meat Markets

DULUTH, Minn.- Independence Day is just around the corner, and people are ready to get the grill out and celebrate July 3rd, the day before Independence Day, is Superior Meat’s busiest day of the year. Every year the business starts smoking extra sausages and preparing for the big day a week in advance. Though steaks and burger patties sell quickly,…

Duluthian Receives Prestigious Award Speaking Out Against Tobacco Industry

The Award is Given to Just One Person in the Nation Each Year

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluthian was given a prestigious award for her hard work advocating against the Tobacco industry, and for a healthy lifestyle. Pat McKone of the American Lung Association helped pass some of Minnesota’s first smoke free policies. And after 40 years of being with the organization, she received the Hoyt E. Dearholt Distinguished Professional Service Award. “It’s really…

FDLTCC Announces Summer Concert Series

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College have announced their line-up for the 2017 Hot Summer Nights Concert Series, a series of free concerts scheduled at the indoor/outdoor amphitheater. The performances are scheduled 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday evening for four weeks starting on July 6. Concerts are held rain or shine at the…

Douglas County History: The Story Behind Charles Starkweather

Former Superior Mayor Impeached Just to Become Mayor Again

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A one-time mayor of Superior, Wisconsin had an unlikely path to the mayor’s office and an uncommon exit as well. Charles Starkweather, originally from Vermont, moved to Superior in 1889. He was elected to the common council in 1893 and became the city’s mayor two years later. Starkweather was impeached because he allowed salloons to have unlicensed…

Discussion to Focus on Making Women Better Leaders in Workplace

Aim High Network Hosts Duluth Native Tricia Correia

DULUTH, Minn. – Women and millennials often struggle to find their path in the workplace, even though women make up almost half of the workforce in the United States. The Aim High Network is bringing in an expert and Duluth native, Tricia Correia, to talk about how women can be better leaders for other women and future generations. Correia has…

Two New Exhibitions to Open at Duluth Art Institute

DULUTH, Minn. – This week two new exhibitions are opening at the Duluth Art Institute. The first is a solo exhibit by Jonathan Thunder. “Peripheral Vignettes” features all new paintings and will be accompanied by a color catalog, an animation screening, and an artist talk and book signing. The second, “Play,” showcases the work of three artists, Robert Dewitt Adams,…

New “Taste of Duluth” Festival to Provide Local Entertainment

Festival Encourages Family-Fun

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend a first-of-its-kind festival is coming to Bayfront Festival Park. The Taste of Duluth is Saturday, July 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be more than 60 vendors of food, beer, crafts and more. There will also be live music throughout the entire festival. The event is aimed at highlighting all the great…

Dayton, Legislative Leaders Head to Court over Funding

(Photo: Newsfile)ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature are headed to court in their dispute over the governor’s veto of the Legislature’s funding. Dayton’s veto following a special session was aimed at reopening negotiations on tax changes that he says favor the wealthy. Republican legislative leaders say his move is unconstitutional. Without the money, paychecks will eventually…

Neighborhood Youth Services Celebrates 25 Years in Hillside Neighborhood

The Program Sees 40 to 70 Students On a Daily Basis

DULUTH, Minn.- Seiquayia Morris was first introduced to the Neighborhood Youth Services around a decade ago, as a student. “My family was we were living in poverty, and it was just a place to come and get away from troubles and help get tutored with homework, I mean it was a great dynamic of culture here and sense of family,”…

Finnish Holiday Juhannus Celebrated in the Northland

Traditional Holiday Celebrates the Beginning of Summer

SAGINAW, Minn. – Juhannus is a traditional Finnish holiday that celebrates the beginning of summer. The festivities came to Minnesota, where the Finlandia Foundation Northland held their annual Juhannus celebration in Saginaw. This year, the holiday is especially big because Finland is celebrating one hundred years as a country on December 6th. Categories: Community, Features, Minnesota, News, News – Latest…

Far West Fest Invites People to Gary New Duluth

The Event Has Been Going on for 7 Years

DULUTH, Minn.- The Far West Fest continued today on the 1300 block of Commonwelath Avenue in Gary New Duluth. The festival has been going on for 7 years, with the goal of getting people out to enjoy the neighborhood, and meet their neighbors. The event draws around 5,000 attendees to the neighborhood each year. “You’ll be surprised at what we…

CHUM’s Rhubarb Festival Draws Big Crowd

It's One of the Organizations Biggest Fundraisers

DULUTH, Minn.- Churches United in Ministry or CHUM’s Rhubarb festival is a tradition that’s been going on for years, and has become a staple event in Duluth. Pie, Bratwursts, Burritos and lemonades were all served with a rhubarb twist. With Hundreds of people attending each year, the Rhubarb festival is one of CHUM’s biggest fundraisers held all year. Organizers say…

High School and Jr. High School Students Study Music at UMD Music Camp

The Students Held a Concert at the End of the Camp

DULUTH, Minn.- 140 High School and Jr. High School students developed their musical talents at the 23rd Annual North shore Summer Music Experience at UMD. It’s a music camp for students interested in pursuing a career or education in Music. The camp had 4 different categories like Piano, Choir, String instruments, and band. Saturday was the final day of the…

Belknap St. Closes as Construction Continues

Belknap Closed Between Hill and Catlin for Six Days

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The next phase in the Belknap Street construction project started Saturday. Belknap St. closed for six days at 6:00 a.m. Saturday between Hill Ave. and Catlin Ave. to allow workers to install new water lines and storm sewers. Officials say crews will work day and night to get Belknap open by 6:00 a.m. on June 30th. As…

Park Point Art Festival Is Back in Duluth

More Than 100 Artists Showcase Their Work

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s a celebration of arts, community and the environment. More than 100 artists were down at Park Point for the Park Point Art Fair. The event started as a neighborhood gathering 48 years ago, that grew into the premiere outdoor visual showcase that it is today. Photographers, painters, sculptors and jewelry crafters showed off some of their work…

Kids Enjoy Puppet Show at the Duluth Public Library

It's Part Of the Kids Summer Reading Program

DULUTH, Minn.- Children enjoyed a puppet show at the Duluth Public Library Plaza, Friday. The traveling show was a one-time event for the library, and featured funny puppets, clowns, and original music and songs. It’s sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System, is part of the kids summer reading program. The library will have more children’s programs in the plaza starting…

Community Members Rally to Defend the BWCA

A Public Hearing Will Be Held July 25th in Virginia

DULUTH, Minn.- Congressman Rick Nolan was on the Iron Range on Tuesday to show his support for the Twin Metals lease renewal, and today, demonstrators rallied in front of Nolan’s office in Duluth, calling for the congressman to protect the BWCA. Many people at the rally believe pollution from the mines could have negative impacts on the boundary waters that…

Vacant Building Owners Could Face Harsher Penalties

Vacant Buildings Can Be Dangerous for Fire Fighters

DULUTH, Minn.- Vacant buildings can be a safety hazard to the public, according to Duluth City officials. That’s why a resolution is headed to the Duluth City Council, proposing harsher penalties to owners of those buildings. Vacant building registration fees are currently 500 dollars a year, but the new proposal would bump the registration fee up 500 dollars, every year…

Outdoor Writers Conference Brings Crowds From Out of State

The Conference Covers Topics Surrounding the Outdoor Industry

DULUTH, Minn.- The 90th Annual Outdoor Writers Association of America Conference kicked off in Duluth. The conference is an opportunity for outdoor writers and journalists to network, brainstorm, and discuss issues surrounding the Outdoor industry. The talks at the event cover everything from photography, writing, and outdoor media ethics, to more political topics like Public Lands, and the new administration….

Duluth Playhouse Presents One Act Festival

Festival Kicks Off in Duluth, Celebrates New Plays Written and Directed by Women Playwrights

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Playhouse is inviting you to join in on the fun of their first ever One Act Festival. The festival is a celebration of new plays written by women playwrights from around the country and directed by women in Duluth. The goal of the event is to highlight women voices, while showcasing many short seven to…

Active Adventures: HART of Duluth Walking Tour

The Duluth Expereince Now Offers a Tour of Downtown Duluth's HART District

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Experience is inviting you to step into the vibrant downtown craft scene, meet local roasters, artisans, restauranteurs and brewers looking to revitalize the HART District. The walking tour offers behind-the-scenes historical facts and future plans for the Historic Arts & Theater District. Meteorologist William Seay followed along on a tour for this week’s Active Adventures with Kyle…