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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…

Dozens Attend Vigil To Support Cloquet Police Chief

Chief Steve Stracek Is On Paid Admin. Leave After ‘Vote of No Confidence’ By Officer

CLOQUET, Minn. – A different kind of vigil was held outside Cloquet City Hall Tuesday  that didn’t involve a death. It was instead a community effort to close what some consider a growing divide between the City Council, residents, and the Police Department. This all stems around Police Chief Steve Stracek, who was put on paid administrative leave about a…

Great Outdoors: Gearing Up For Camping Season

Great Outdoors: Local Experts Give Camping Tips

Although it’s been rainy and chilly to start the week, Spring is here and many are gearing up for the camping season. Local outdoor experts spoke with FOX 21 to give some tips on having a successful trip. “As soon as the weather begins to warm up and the days get longer you start thinking about camping,” said Greg Pinther,…

Iron Range Theatre Making Renovations

1912 Opera House is One of Few Remaining Vaudeville Theatres in Minnesota

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A truly historic theatre in Virginia is undergoing major renovations. Virginia’s Lyric Opera House opened in 1912 and remains one of Minnesota’s last remaining vaudeville theatres. “You can feel the creativity,” says Lyric Center for the Arts Executive Director Mary McReynolds. “You can feel the history.” “The sound, the sight lines, the closeness, the intimacy to the…

Mayor Paine and Superior City Councilors Sworn In

Council President and Vice President Also Decided

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Mayor Jim Paine and new city councilors Jenny Van Sickle and Craig Sutherland were sworn in Tuesday at the Superior City Council meeting. Mayor Paine thanked the community for electing him and talked about how he plans to move the city forward. “We have a lot to accomplish together. Our city faces some very real challenges in…

Northland Pizza Shop Celebrates 63 Years

Northland Uncovered: Sammy's Pizza

DULUTH, Minn. – Picking up a slice can mean a tasty dinner for many Northlanders, but for one family it means carrying on a tradition. This year Sammy’s Pizza Inc. is celebrating 63 years. Sam Perrella is the Vice President for Sammy’s Pizza Inc. and is the third generation working for Sammy’s Pizza. His grandfather started the business in 1954…

Councilor Joel Sipress Kicks Off Re-election Campaign

Sipress is Running For Duluth's 2nd Dist. Seat

Duluth, Minn. — City council president Joel Sipress kicked off his re-election campaign Monday. Sipress is running for re–election to Duluth’s 2nd Dist. seat. Supporters gathered at Sara’s Table to hear the candidate discuss issues he hopes to address in the community. “We’re getting a good, active start,” Sipress said. “We’re going to be working hard and talking with people…

Deer Tags On The Rise In Wisconsin

More Antler-less Deer Tags To Be Issued

Superior, Wis. For 3 consecutive years winters have been relatively warm. Because of the warmer weather the deer population has continued to grow according to Wisconsin department of natural resources. The herd needs to be thinned so the DNR plans to issue 50% more antler-less deer. “We think we’re at a point where we can issue a few of those…

Community Saddened After Popular South Shore Restaurant Burns Down

Pine Cone Ole's has been a staple in the Wisconsin town of Herbster since the 1920s

HERBSTER, Wis. – Pine Cone Ole’s restaurant and bar in Herbster, Wisconsin is being called a total loss after it caught fire early Monday morning. “It was a great little bar restaurant,” said John Powers, who used to be a cook at the staple along Highway 13. “It was a fabulous meeting place for the locals. It’s quite the hit…

Tax Season is Coming to an End

Experts Warn to Get Taxes Done

DULUTH, Minn.- Tax season is ending tomorrow, and if you’re put off doing taxes until the very last minute, you still have time. Taxes can still be filed electronically, or be sent in as long as they are post marked by Tuesday. Whether you’re actually getting your taxes done last minute, or planning on getting an extension, experts say it’s…

UMD Students Teach Grade Schoolers Science

It's an Outreach Program to Help Kids Get Interested in Science

DULUTH, Minn.- Science can be hard for a lot of young students, especially if they’re just learning from a book. That’s why UMD created an outreach program, so that college students could help teach science to grade school students in fun and creative ways. The UMD students work with grade school students a couple times a month to teach them…

Duluth Parks to Receive Sixty New Recycling Bins

Bins will be Donated to the City of Duluth by Keep America Beautiful and Dr. Pepper Snapple Park Bin Grant Program

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is moving one step closer to become a more eco-friendly City! Recycling will soon be easier thanks to a grant from the Keep America Beautiful program and the Dr. Pepper Snapple Park Bin grant program. Sixty new recycling bins will be placed in 17 parks across the City. The City of Duluth was…

Medical Experts Bring History to Life

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums Displays Medical Miracles

DULUTH, Minn. – History is coming to life at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Duluth. The exhibit currently on display shows medical discoveries throughout the years, including an original sample that first confirmed penicillin defeating bacteria. There are manuscripts and artifacts connected with Benjamin Franklin, Christian Bernard, Bernard Crick, Albert Schweitzer, and Dorothea Dix. Next week local experts will be…

Wildfire Week Sparks Awareness from Minnesota DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is Looking to Bring Awareness of Wildfire Danger April 16-22

DULUTH, Minn. (DNR) – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is raising wildfire awareness throughout the week of April 16-22. The DNR is asking Minnesotans to be thoughtful when it comes to using fire, and how they are using it. Many wildfires occur during the spring due to dry vegetation. Experts say this material can quickly catch fire between the…

Annual Bike Swap to Support Two Charities this Year

Coffee Conversation: Continental Ski & Bike

DULUTH, Minn. – Spring is here and Summer is quickly approaching, getting many Northlanders excited for the bicycling season. The 11th Annual Continental Ski and Bike Swap is coming up on April 21st-23rd. Discounted retail bikes and gently used bikes are available for purchase. Free bike helmets will be provided for those who purchase a children’s bike. Anyone can donate a…

The Dow Of Luke

Dow, Wilderness Continue Thier Run at The Robertson

In hockey, strength, speed, and size are all essential. Just don’t try telling that to Wilderness forward Luke Dow. Former Duluth East Greyhound and Current Minnesota Wilderness Forward Luke Dow says, “Especially when you’re a smaller guy like me you got to learn how to avoid contact I guess, and try to play your game through the physicality and the…

Families Celebrate Easter at the Zoo

DULUTH, Minn.- Families across the Northland celebrated Easter Sunday in special ways, but some families wanted to do something a little different, and the Lake Superior Zoo helped them do just that. Many families were at the zoo to see both real life animals and the Easter Bunny, and to have a quick meal at the zoo’s first Easter Brunch in…

Families Spend Easter Playing Golf

Courses Are Open About Two Weeks Earlier Than Usual

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The warm spring Easter day had Northlanders outdoors taking in the holiday and even taking a swing. It was a great day to be outside and a lot of families used the beautiful weather to play their first round of golf for the season. Many courses, like Nemadji Golf Club in Superior, are now open for business….