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Workshop Offers Genealogy Tips

First Genealogy Worshop Hosted Ten Students

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Historical Society offered a genealogy workshop at The Depot Thursday. In this Basic Genealogy class, people learned how to start their own family research using resources in their own backyard. The class’ instructor says genealogy teaches people about who they are. “I think it provides people with a sense of place,” said Kathleen…

Duluth Kennel Club Hosts Dog Shows

Nearly 800 Dogs Compete Over Four Days

DULUTH, Minn. – For the rest of this week, the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center has gone to the dogs. Through Sunday, the Duluth Kennel Club hosts its annual series of all–breed dog shows inside the DECC’s Pioneer Hall. Between 750 and 800 pure-bred dogs from across the United States and Canada take part in four days of competition for…

Productive Devices for Kids during Summer Months

DULUTH, Minn. – Whether they’re hitting the pool, hanging with friends or simply sleeping in, kids and teens alike embrace their summer break with gusto. Meanwhile, parents often struggle to not only keep their children productive, but also have peace of mind when their kids aren’t in school. Thankfully, Verizon offers various kid-friendly (and parent-approved!) devices to help Mom and…

Wine Tasting in Mendoza, Argentina

Foley Family Wines Travels to Argentina

MENDOZA, Argentina – You may remember a wine specialist featured on FOX 21 previously. Marc Carrigan, Regional Sales Manager of Foley Family Wines, has held wine tastings on FOX 21 Local News at 7 several times. Carrigan recently traveled to Argentina for work and sent back information on how wine is grown there. Carrigan spoke with the wine maker for…

Three Downtown Avenues Transitioning to Two Way Traffic

Conversions are expected to begin Monday, July 17

DULUTH, Minn. – Three avenues are slated to convert from one to two way as part of the City of Duluth’s plans to improve transit and access to downtown businesses. First, Second, and Third Avenues West (from Superior Street up to 4th Street) will ease and allow more direct connections to businesses with smoother circulation, according to the City. Other…

Hermantown Summerfest Begins

Meatballs And Puppies Were The Main Course Today

http://hermantownsummerfest.org/schedule.html The Hermantown Summerfest kicked off today. The event is really a celebration of the community as a whole. Today included tons of food, open houses and even a pet parade. That’s just a little taste of what’s in store for the rest of the week. Many local businesses give generously to provide free activities for all ages throughout the…

Historic Union Depot Needs Millions in Repairs

St. Louis Co. to Seek Funding During 2018 Application Process

DULUTH, Minn. – The more than century old Union Depot needs repairs.  About $8 million worth in the next five to seven years. “It’s time to make a significant investment back into this building to preserve it for the next 100–plus years,” said St. Louis Co. Property Management Director Tony Mancuso. One project though, needs immediate attention. “We need to…

Little League, Big Tournament

Western Little League Heads To Central Regional Tourney

DULUTH, Minn- The Western Duluth Little League Program has earned themselves an incredible opportunity. They’re preparing to head to Kalamazoo, Michigan for the Little League Central regional tournament on July 21st. The team, won the intermediate state championship Tuesday evening to earn their road trip. Should they win, they’re off to the Little League World Series n California. The team…

“A Day At The Wade” Fundraiser Next Week

All proceeds go right back to supporting youth programs in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – A fundraiser to help support local youth organizations takes place next Wednesday. A Day at the Wade will feature live music, food and special vendors with all proceeds going right back to help youth programming in Duluth. One of those organizations recently got a helping hand from some generous donations. Kids from the Valley Youth Center will…

Artists Paint Duluth Scenery for Paint du Nord Outdoor Art Festival

Artist's work will be on display Friday night at Blacklist

DULUTH, Minn. – 34 artists from around the country are taking part in the Plein Aire Duluth: Paint du Nord outdoor painting festival this week. Artists have been working their way through the city, capturing different aspects of Duluth’s beauty. Wednesday’s backdrop was Glensheen Mansion, where artists were scattered throughout the grounds with their paint and canvases. “Today I want…

Sidewalk Shuffle Held in Duluth

Festival Events go Through July 15

DULUTH, Minn.-The Sidewalk Shuffle was held today on the Lakewalk, as part of the annual Sidewalk Days. The 5–K run is celebrating its 10th year and helps raise money for YMCA scholarship programs. Race organizers expected hundreds of people to sign up for the event. Alisha Bradley, the YMCA director of healthy living, said the funds help the disadvantaged take…

Women’s Care Center in Duluth Receives a Huge Blessing

DULUTH, Minn. — The Women’s Care Center in downtown Duluth received a huge blessing earlier today; it was a literal blessing, as Bishop Paul Sirba prays over a brand new ultrasound machine. A coalition of regional chapters from the Knights of Columbus made this donation happen. The Women’s Care Center offers pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, prenatal care, and pregnancy counseling. And…

Summer Pet Apparel with A Place for Fido

Local Pet Store Offers Summer Safety Tips for Your Furry Friends

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Animal Answers, we’re tackling summertime apparel for your pets. It’s something many of us often forget about when in the water, on the sidewalk or even lounging at home. “Animals can sense the drop of the barometric pressure and we don’t even feel it,” said Ben Parents, Co-owner of A Place for Fido. Thunderstorms…

1 Year Later, The Bad River Band is Still Recovering from Big Storm

Some Tribal Members Say it was the Worst Storm They Had Ever Seen

BAD RIVER RESERVATION, Wis.- A year ago a storm swept through Northern Wisconsin, damaging infrastructure on the Bad river reservation, like this very bridge. “Over night we received like 9 inches of rain, close to 9 inches of rain. All the roads washed away,” says Nicholas Blanchard, a Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribal Member. The bridge, along…

Miller Hill Subaru Donates Blankets to Cancer Center

The car dealership also donated a dozen craft kits for pediatric cancer patients

DULUTH, Minn. – Cancer patients at Essentia Health were given a special gift today. The staff at Miller Hill Subaru delivered 80 blankets to the Cancer Center, as well as some hand written notes from some of their customers. The blankets will help provide warmth to patients, especially those undergoing treatment. Charlene Buescher was given just two weeks to live…

Head of the Lakes Fair Underway in Superior

Carnival rides, games and food will be out at the fairgrounds through Sunday.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – One of Superior’s biggest summer attractions is now underway. The Head of the Lakes Fair kicked off Monday evening. Carnival rides, games and food will be out at the fairgrounds through Sunday. Festivities got started with some dirt track racing over at the AMSOIL Speedway. “I think it’s all the grilling that brings people in” said Jodi…

Mr. Ed’s in Hibbing to Host Supper on the Farm

Guests Can Meet Mr. Ed's Animals and Get to Know Local Farmers

HIBBING, Minn. – On Wednesday, you have the chance to eat a special, home-cooked meal at a local farm. Mr. Ed’s Farm in Hibbing is hosting a free supper on Wednesday where anyone can come enjoy sloppy joes made from homegrown beef. Guests can also tour the farm, meet Mr. Ed’s animals, and get to know local farmers. “They can…

South St. Louis County Fair Kicks Off Wednesday

The Festival Has Been Going on For Almost 100 Years

PROCTOR, Minn. – The South St. Louis County Fair kicks off Wednesday. Organizers were busy setting up rides and booths at the Proctor fairgrounds. The fair has been going on for almost a century, and this year, where will be an endure race, a petting zoo, live music, and of course 4-H competitions. “Throughout the week we’ll have animals being…

Tuesdays are Kids Days Downtown

Library, Depot Offer Summer Kids Activities

DULUTH, Minn. – The downtown Duluth Public Library kicked off its annual Kaleidoscope for Kids summer program Tuesday. The library has run the Kaleidoscope program for more than 35 years. Every Tuesday through early August, kids and their parents can take in a free show outside in the library’s plaza area. Some lucky kids might even get to be part…

DTA Unveils New Bus Routes

Four New Routes Start Service August 27th

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority will soon offer more options for public transportation users. Starting August 27th, the DTA will expand Route 5 service to run from Gary New Duluth to the Miller Hill Mall. Also, three brand new routes will start on the 27th. Route 21 will go from Lakeside to the mall via UMD’s Kirby Student…

Annual Sidewalk Days Festival Begins Wednesday with New Events

Sales and Car Show Return to Take Over Superior Street

DULUTH, Minn. – A downtown, summertime tradition will be shutting down parts of Superior Street once again. The Sidewalk Days Festival begins Wednesday, July 12 and runs through Friday, July 14. About 80 vendors are expected to participate. There will be a car show, crafts, clothes, food, live music and more. New this year, there will be a selfie scavanger…

Minnesota’s Oldest Craft Co-op Celebrates 45 Years

Northland Uncovered: Northwoods Pioneer Gallery and Gifts

CASTLE DANGER, Minn. – In a little shop along the North Shore dozens of Northland artists and crafters display their passions. “There are some forms that are kind of lost. Like, we have a lady that does tatting. Most people don’t even know what tatting is,” said Mabel Tarlton, President of the Board for Northwoods Pioneer Gallery and Gifts. Northwoods…

New Café Brings Year-Round Jobs, Revitalization to Gary New Duluth

The Trophy Café is locally owned and operated by Mont du Lac Resort

GARY NEW DULUTH, Minn. – Gary New Duluth has lived through decades of history. Buildings have changed ownership and new beginnings have come and gone. Now, one local resort is expanding into the neighborhood, inviting you to stop by for a fresh home cooked meal. “When you make an order, a chef in the back is going to make it…

Saxon Harbor Still Mostly Unusable After 2016 Flood

Restoration Could Cost $8 Million or More

SAXON, Wis.- Several inches of rain fell in northern Wisconsin last year, causing a flood that severely destroyed parts of Saxon Harbor. Large pieces of the bridge at the harbor crumbled away, the beach was washed out, and the harbor was covered in debris from fallen trees and uprooted plants. “We are unable to have the same boater traffic, families…

New Mural Taking Shape in Duluth

Painting Shows the History of the Lincoln Park Neighborhood

DULUTH, Minn. – A unique mural is taking shape in Duluth’s Lincoln Park Neighborhood. The mural was painted in the Duluth Art Institute studio and was glued to the wall on the east side of the Frost River Trading Company building. It tells the history of jobs in Lincoln Park with blue collar labor jobs pictured on the mural’s bottom…

Wisconsin Point Dunes Restoration Receives Over $1.3 Million from State

A total of $2.4 million in grants awarded

City of Superior MADISON, Wis. – Governor Scott Walker announced $2.4 million in grants to protect and improve the Great Lakes resources in Wisconsin’s coastal communities. Thirty-four grants will be used by local and state governments, regional planning commissions, universities, and non-profit organizations. The largest grant was received by the City of Superior for the Wisconsin Point Dunes Restoration Project…

NRRI Receives Recurring Funding

Coffee Conversation: Natural Resources Research Institute

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s big news and big funding for the Natural Resources Research Institute. The institute was granted an additional $2 million in recurring funding from the Minnesota State Legislature. This almost doubles the previous state funding they were receiving and was the first funding increase since the 1980s. According to June Breneman, External Affairs Manager for the NRRI,…

New Duluth Company Helps Tame Frizzy Beards

There's a Beard Care Product Company in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- It all started as a conversation inside of Living Art Tattoo studio in Duluth, when tattoo artist Josh Kirkpatrick was giving Scott Rabold a tattoo. “He was having trouble finding a decent beard care product, one that he liked the smell of, one that worked in his beard,” explained Kirkpatrick. So Kirkpatrick offered Rabold a little bit of…

People March to Raise Awareness of Veteran Suicide

Around 20 Veterans Die by Suicide Each Day

DULUTH, Minn.- Though it was rainy today, around 50 people braved the elements and marched to raise awareness of Veteran suicide. Veterans, Community members and active service members joined together for a Ruck March. The participants walked approximately 6 and a half miles from Lester Park in Duluth, through Hawks Ridge, and back to the park. The goal of the…

‘Freedom Fest’ Tourney Honors Friend Killed In Car Accident

2017 LT Freedom Fest Memorial Tournament

Duluth, Minn. A high-speed crash six years ago took the life of one person, while seriously injuring three others. The life taken was that of Tim Stephenson, a caring person whose favorite thing to do was playing ultimate Frisbee. Every year since his death, Tim’s teammates and friends remember him by hosting a ultimate Frisbee tournament in his honor. Tim…

Retired Chiropractor is Selling Hundreds of Medical Books

He Calls it the Everything Related to Paper Sale

CLOQUET, Minn.- Steve Parkhurst was a chiropractor working in his office in Cloquet for 37 years, but now that he has been retired for a few years, he’s having a big sale he calls “everything paper sale” Parkhurst calls himself a life long book collector, and the inside of his office is lined with thousands of medical books, magazines, paintings,…

Minnesota Artists Gather in Grand Marais for Art Festival

Around 70 Artists Had Their Work for Sale

GRAND MARAIS, Minn.- Wooden rings, handmade cutting boards and naturally dyed silk shirts lined the inside of one booth at the Art festival in Grand Marais. Dawnette Davis and Andrew Kringen the artists that manned the booth, have been attending the festival for half a decade “I do wood cutting boards, jewelry, and my work is laminated wood. I use…

Silver Bay Residents Celebrate Bay Days

The Festival Has Been Going on for Years

SILVER BAY, Minn.- Bay Day celebrations are continuing in Silver Bay. The festival has been going on for years, but grows bigger each year. Organizers say this year the festival has cost 45,000 dollars to put on, but that the experience has been well worth it.  Friends and families enjoyed eating at food trucks, checking out craft booths, and jumping…

Twin Ports Pro Development Camp Returns to Superior

The camp is hosting a kickoff event Sunday

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Professional athletes are working together in Superior to help area youth improve their hockey skills. The Twin Ports Pro Development Camp is starting up on Monday, July 10 and running through Friday, July 14. The kick off event on Sunday, July 9 will feature a “Skate with the Pros,” coaches symposium and silent auction. Superior native and…

Cloquet Could Be Getting New Roundabout

The Intersection Has Seen Fatal Car Crashes in Recent Years

  CLOQUET, Minn.- The interchange on Minnesota Highway 33 at Interstate 35 in Cloquet has seen many car crashes in recent years, and even fatalities. So Minnesota Department of Transportation representatives have been working on a plan to make the spot safer. “The state has been working for a number of years, they’ve tried many different things in terms of…

Lady Slippers Blooming in Jay Cooke State Park

It's Minnesota's State Flower

CARLTON, Minn.- It’s a rare sight to see.  The Lady Slippers at Jay Cooke State Park are in bloom. A few of Minnesota’s state flower, Lady Slippers, were transferred to Jay Cooke State Park, when a road construction project put them in jeopardy two years ago. Now, the state park has put them towards the front of the park where…

Cleanup Begins at West Duluth Housing Complex

The Building's Roof on West Third Street in Duluth Collapsed June 5

DULUTH, Minn. – Construction work started Friday afternoon at a West Duluth housing complex just weeks after the roof collapsed, displacing residents. The Red Cross responded to the building on West Third Street in the Lincoln Park neighborhood during the morning of June 5. Authorities say the building was vacant at the time of the incident. A neighboring building was…

Summer Camps Beginning at Spirit Mountain

DULUTH, Minn. – Several parents throughout the Northland are looking for ways to keep their kids busy while they’re off from school for the summer. Spirit Mountain in Duluth is hosting several camps to encourage kids to stay moving and try new activities. The following is a sample of the camp programs offered in July at Spirit Mountain, based on…

Sidewalk Days Festival Kicks Off Wednesday

Festival runs from July 12-14

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Sidewalk Days Festival is set to kick off on Wednesday, July 12 and run through July 14. Vendors will hit the bricks of West Superior Street from Lake Avenue to 5th Avenue West to offer up some mouth-watering food, shopping, and entertainment for the whole family. Events for the festival include: Sidewalk Shuffle 5K – 12…

Professional Athletes Host Hockey Camp for Youth

Twin Ports Pro Development Camp Back for Second Year

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It may be warm and sunny outside, but that’s not stopping many folks in the Northland from thinking about hockey. The Twin Ports Pro Development Camp starts up next week and a coaches symposium, skate with the pros and silent auction is kicking it all off this weekend. The camp was started after several professional hockey players…

The Reader Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Summer Concert Series

Every Thursday through the end of August two musical acts will perform at the park

DULUTH, Minn. – Live music took over Leif Erikson Park Thursday evening as part of The Reader’s Lake Effect Concert Series. Every Thursday through the end of August two musical acts will perform at the park. The concerts are a way to celebrate the magazine’s 20th anniversary in Duluth. “We started it for $1,000 20 years ago” said Bob Boone…

Rural Inns Want to See More Homeshare Regulations

19,000 guests stayed in Airbnb rental homes outside larger metro areas over the past year

New information is out regarding house sharing numbers in rural Minnesota. According to the Airbnb, 19,000 guests stayed in homes outside larger metro areas over the past year, accounting for more than $2 million in earnings. These figures have many small bed and breakfast owners throughout the state asking for more equal regulations against homesharing services. An ordinance was recently…

Over 300 Agencies to Crack Down on Speeding

The Minnesota State Patrol is Partnering with Local Agencies from July 7-23

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting Friday, July 7, the Minnesota State Patrol will be joining forces with 300 local agencies across the state to crack down on speeding. The partnership comes as Minnesotans drive through the 100 deadliest days of summer on Minnesota roadways. According to the State Patrol, 92 people lost their lives last year on Minnesota roads due to…

MNsure Assistance Offered at Duluth Public Library

Every Thursday, a MNsure Navigator Answers Questions and Helps Fill Out Applications

DULUTH, Minn. – Anybody with questions about MNsure can get some help at the Duluth Public Library. A certified MNsure navigator is stationed on the Downtown Library’s second floor every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for anyone with questions about health coverage, or who needs assistance filling out a MNsure application. “People don’t think about or have insurance until…

Westbound Bus Stop in Front of Holiday Center Discontinued until Further Notice

DULUTH, Minn. – Effective Saturday, July 8, 2017, the Duluth Transit Authority will discontinue service to the bus stop located directly in front of the Holiday Center on Superior Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues West. Due to expanded construction, buses will no longer be able to safely access the curb and shelters. No boarding or alighting will take place…

Local Musician, Todd Eckart, Performs on FOX 21

Summer Concert Series Begins Tonight at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

CLOQUET, Minn. – Starting tonight, music will be filling Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s Ampitheater Stage. The 2017 Hot Summer Nights Concert Series will be held from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. every Thursday night in July. The first performer of the series, Todd Eckart, visited FOX 21 to chat about the series, his new album and to play…