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Preservation Corps Uses Machines to Raise Grave Stones

DULUTH, Minn. — A preservation corps from here in Minnesota is working hard at Forest Hill Cemetery in Duluth. The Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps is resetting heavy grave stones and obelisks that have deteriorated over time. They’re doing it with the help of a chain hoist supported by a wooden tripod. Executive director Rolf Hagberg says the machinery is…

Spirit Valley YWCA Receives Sizable Donation

DULUTH, Minn. — The Spirit Valley YWCA in Duluth has been chosen to receive a pretty significant grant. The South St. Louis County Family Service Collaborative has awarded $225,000 to the local non-profit. Alice Jacobson, Director of External Programming, says she remembers screaming when she heard the news; she says funding like this can sometimes be difficult to come by….

Group Works to Preserve Gravestones

Northland Uncovered: Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps

DULUTH, Minn. – A local preservation corps is expanding their knowledge of gravesite conservation. The Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps is training at Forest Hill Cemetery in Duluth. Nationally recognized gravestone conservator, Jonathan Appell is leading the training, “It empowers people to have the knowledge and skills to go on and work themselves and make a difference in their region, their…

Business Booming at Beaver Bay Sports

For Nearly Four Decades, Beaver Bay Sports Shop Has Offered Locals and Tourists Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

BEAVER BAY, Minn. – Summer is officially here which means business is starting to boom along Lake Superior’s North Shore. Many businesses rely on a summer rush while others have found opportunities to evolve, catering to customers year round. In this week’s Knowing Your Neighbors, FOX 21’s Brett Scott stopped by one shop doing just that. “Everybody’s getting their boats…

Pre-Teens and Teenage Girls Learn to Become Rescue Divas

The Middleschoolers Are Learning Emergency Medical Skills

Mason, Wis.- Kylie Burhans wants to be a police officer when she grows up. That’s why she decided to take part in the Rescue Divas EMS Summer Camp for girls, hosted at Camp Northwoods in Mason Wisconsin. “To be a police officer you need to know how to help people,” said Kylie. “I wanted to learn how to help people…

Remembering Those Lost In The Largest Mass Shooting On U.S. Soil

49 Shot Dead At Pulse Night Club Are Remembered In Duluth

Duluth, Minn. Tonight local groups representing the LGBTQ community came together to remember all 49 of the victims shot and killed in Orlando. Dozens showed up to pay their respects at the Powless Cultural Center. Tonight “remembering pulse– one year later” was a commemorative event aiming to honor those 49 victims and all the others that were wounded or affected…

UW-Superior Hosting Summer Theatre Camp

Students will be performing an adapted version of Beauty and the Beast at the end of the camp

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The theatre department at UW-Superior is hosting a summer camp for area students. Over the next two weeks, the group of 6th through 12th graders will go through classes and workshops taught by faculty, local professionals and UWS theatre students. Each student auditioned on Monday for a role in Beauty and the Beast, which they will perform…

Community Paddleboard Event Brings Outdoor Enthusiasts Together

Some beginning paddlers joined in to circumnavigate Barker's Island on Monday

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – It was a perfect day to get out on Lake Superior and that’s exactly what one group was out doing Monday night. The North Shore Standup Paddleboarders held their first community paddle out at Barker’s Island. A few times throughout the summer, Heather Holmes and Garrett Russell lead a group around different areas of Lake Superior. On…

Friends of the Library Sale Runs Through Thursday

DULUTH, Minn.-The Friends of the Duluth Public Library’s 38th annual book sale began today. The funds from the sale will help with purchasing new resources for the library like e–readers and free downloadable music. Organizers are hoping they raise 21,000 dollars this year. “They’ve certainly expanded the last number of years the number of programs they’ve been able to offer…

Superior Fire Department Honored for Work with Kids

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Superior firefighters were honored today for all the work they do with kids. Today there were given the Pediatric Champion of the Year award from an emergency medical services group. In particular, they were recognized for teaching local middle school students lifesaving skills. “Outreach is key, especially for the middle school students,” said Erica Kane of EMS for Children….

One-Woman Show Remembers Laura Ingalls Wilder

Coffee Conversation: Douglas County Historical Society History Theatre

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This weekend a famous pioneer is being remembered through a one-woman show. The Douglas County Historical Society History Theatre is presenting “Laura Ingalls Wilder.” Jessica Michna is starring in the play. “Laura Ingalls Wilder” will be presented for one performance only; Saturday, June 17 at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 and are now on sale, by phone…

Runner Tracking Available at Grandma’s Marathon

DULUTH, Minn. – Grandma’s Marathon is only a few days away, and officials have announced a way to keep tabs on your favorite runners during the race. The tracking system has been made possible by T-Mobile, and will enable access to the progress of Grandma’s Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon participants to be tracked at checkpoints along the race…

Urologist Speaks Out During Men’s Health Week

Tips for Staying Healthy

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, June 12-16, is recognized as Men’s Health Week. This morning, Dr. Andrew Nisbet of St. Luke’s Urology Associates visited FOX 21 to speak on the topic. Dr. Nisbet says, “This is a week men should be encouraged to talk to their doctors about health concerns that they have. Some of these issues can be even embarrassing…

Duluth Receives Knight Foundation Grant for “Mega-Parklets”

"Making Canal Park Pop" is a Winner for Knight Cities Challenge

DULUTH, Minn. – There is big news for the City of Duluth, as $200,000 is coming its way in an effort to bring the community together. Some Duluth city leaders submitted the idea of “Making Canal Park Pop” to the Knight Cities Challenge. Canal Park is known for its great view of the lake, shops and also the many cars driving…

Sprouting Up With Shoreview Natives

Shoreview Natives Look to Showcase Natural Landscaping

DULUTH, Minn. – Many of you may be looking into landscaping projects this summer. One local company is looking to transition outdoor spaces into ecological hubs. Shoreview Natives is stemming from a lesson taught in one Northland classroom. For Duluth Woodland resident Will Bartsch, it’s common to have folks drive past his home, looking twice and stopping with a few questions….

The Great American Canoe Festival Wraps Up in Ely

But It's Not Just the Festival. Canoeing is a Part of Ely's Culture.

ELY, Minn.- Ely is known as the gateway to the boundary waters canoe area. Some even call it the canoe capital of the world. And thousands of people visit to paddle the pristine waters surrounding the town each year. “The people here are very dedicated to it and we like to show other people what we do here, and we…

Fire Department Talks Water Safety After Accident at “The Deeps”

22-Year-Old Man Is Recovering After Jumping Into Popular Lester River Swimming Hole

DULUTH, Minn. – A 22-year-old man is recovering after jumping into a popular swimming hole in the Lester River known as “The Deeps.” Authorities tell us the man was pulled from the water unconscious with a laceration to the back of the head after hitting a rock just below the water’s surface. The man eventually came to, began breathing, and…

Minnesota State Parks Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day

The Parks Let People In For Free

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- With warm temperatures giving the Northland a little taste of summer, it was a perfect day for families to frolic in the waters of Gooseberry River. But that wasn’t the only thing that invited people out to the State Parks of Minnesota Today. It’s the 10th Annual National Get Outdoors Day, and parks across the state celebrated…

Intro To Kayaking

Duluth Folk School Teaches Amateurs How To Kayak

Island Lake, Minn. With the more than 10 thousand lakes in Minnesota and not even counting Wisconsin there’s always some type of aquatic activity you can get involved in. Apparently going to Walmart and buying a blow up kayak may not be in your best interest until you have the skills to hit the water. Today at Island Lake the…

Free Youth Memberships Given Out at Duluth YMCA

One-Hundred Free Summer Youth Memberships at the Duluth Area Family YMCA

DULUTH, Minn. – Many youth in the Northland now have big plans for the summer all thanks to a generous donation from Western Bank. The Duluth YMCA is now able to give away 100 youth memberships this summer. Staff at the Duluth Area Family YMCA say this is the first time they’ve been able to do this. The YMCA and…

Take a Kid Fishing Weekend Begins in Minnesota

People Who Fish With Kids 15 Or Younger Don't Need a License

DULUTH, Minn.- Take-A-Kid fishing is a state wide event, where Minnesotans 16 or older who take kids 15 or younger fishing, can do so without a fishing license Many believe it’s a great way to promote quality time with family, while teaching children how to enjoy the natural beauty that the Northland has to offer. Some even say it’s a…

Book Signing to Benefit Marine Museum

"World War II Shipbuilding in Duluth and Superior" by, Gerald Sandvick

DULUTH, Minn. – A local author and historian has written a book about ship building in the Twin Ports and this weekend he’s using a book signing as a fundraiser. It’s all to raise money for the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association. The book is titled “World War II Shipbuilding in Duluth and Superior” by, Gerald Sandvick. Here’s a look…

Minnesota Adventurers Release Book about 2,200-mile Journey

"Adventure North" by Sean Bloomfield

DULUTH, Minn. – Nine years ago two Minnesotans tackled a courageous journey, and now, they’ve written a book about it. In May of 2008, Sean Bloomfield and Colton Witte were in the beginning stages of a 2,200-mile canoe trip from Chaska to Hudson Bay in Canada. In honor of the successful trip’s anniversary, a book about the adventure titled “Adventure…

Conquering the Ropes Course at YMCA Camp Miller

Active Adventures: Camp Miller

DULUTH, Minn. – With school out for Summer kids from around the country are looking for ways to stay busy. YMCA Camp Miller has been providing activities for decades. The camp is one of the oldest YMCA camps in the nation. For this week’s Active Adventures, FOX 21 tackled the ropes course. Camp Miller is located at 89382 E Frontage Rd, Sturgeon…

4th Annual Operation K-9

Area Agencies Show Off Dogs Capabilities

Superior, Wis. More than a dozen Northland K-9 teams demonstrated their skills in front of a massive crowd today at AMSOIL Center in Superior. “Its really cool to be here to show off the dogs skills. What they can actually do and allow the public to have this close interaction with these dogs,” Sgt. Brandon Silgjord of St. Louis County…

Wizard of Oz Festival Gets Underway in Grand Rapids

Festivities began with a tea party and live music inside Judy Garland's historic childhood home

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – The 42nd annual Wizard of Oz Festival got underway in Grand Rapids on Thursday. Festivities began with a tea party and live music inside Judy Garland’s historic childhood home. Friday night, The Wizard of Oz will play outside on a jumbo screen on the Evergreen Terrace lawn next to the museum. Organizers say this event brings…

Students Get Hands-On Experience at Minnesota Wildfire Academy

Students from nine states throughout the region are going through extensive training to learn about safely combating wildfires

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Hundreds of people are in Grand Rapids this week for the Minnesota Wildfire Academy. Students from nine states throughout the region are going through extensive training to learn about safely combating wildfires. On Thursday, some of the new recruits got to watch a simulated air operation and get hands–on experience of some firefighting basics. Instructors say…

Finnish Choir to Perform in Duluth

Concert Celebrates Finland's 100 Years of Independence

DULUTH, Minn. – This year Finland is celebrating 100 years of independence. To celebrate, local Finnish-Americans are hosting several events throughout the year. Friday, June 9 a Finnish choir is performing in Duluth. The Naantali Chamber Choir will provide the audience a variety of Finnish choral music, from beloved classics to brand new pieces. The theme of the concert is…

Bike MS 150 Looking for Volunteers

Bike Ride is June 9-11

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend thousands will be getting out their bikes for a ride from Proctor to White Bear Lake, Minnesota. It’s all to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research. However, the MS Society needs help with the race. Organizers are still looking for several volunteers in Proctor, Hinckley, White Bear Lake, and everywhere in between. Local volunteer opportunities…

Grilling a Steak with Texas Roadhouse

Cooking Connection: Preparing for Grilling Season

DULUTH, Minn. – Summertime is nearly here and that means it’s time for grilling. Texas Roadhouse in Duluth features grilled hand-cut steaks the meat cutters carve fresh every day. For this week’s Cooking Connection kitchen manager Justin Beacom described the differences between several cuts of meat. The three main cuts of meat are sirloin, ribeye, and filet mignon. Grilling a…

Cloquet Police Chief Exonerated, Retires; What’s Next?

CLOQUET, Minn. – After a three-month investigation, Cloquet’s police chief, Steve Stracek, is cleared of that “vote of no confidence” complaint by officers of his own department. It’s part of a separation agreement between Stracek and the city, which includes Stracek retiring Thursday. And now, for the first time since the investigation began in March, a longtime police commander is…

Discounts, Rebates Making Some Electric Cars More Affordable

Minnesota Power customers can get a Nissan Leaf for around $13,000 through the month of June

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Power is hoping to get Duluthians to start thinking green when it comes to driving. Representatives with the company were out at Whole Foods Co–op on Wednesday to promote electric vehicle technology. Through the month of June, Minnesota Power is offering a $10,000 discount to customers who buy a Nissan Leaf electric car. Along with a…

Imagine Duluth 2035 Looking For Different Ways Of Commuting Around Town

Focus Group Looks Into Possible Lake Ave Overpass Change

DULUTH, Minn. – Congestion on Lake Avenue from those trying to access Canal Park from Superior Street has become a growing concern for the city of Duluth. A focus group met tonight to talk about 6 different proposed policies that would better forms of transportation in different parts of the city. The focus group, which is part of the Imagine…

Minnesota Power Announces Plans for Natural Gas Plant in Superior

The $700 million plant would be built along the Nemadji River in Superior's industrial corridor

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Minnesota Power announced some big plans that would bring a $700 million natural gas power plant to Superior. If approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the proposed Nemadji Trail Energy Center would start construction as early as 2020 and come online in 2025. The project would bring hundreds of construction and industry jobs, 26 full0time plant…

Former Drug Addict Turns Life Around

Davey Speaks To Kids Across The U.S. As A Form Of Motivation On Recovery

Duluth, Minn. A former drug addict turned musician met with youth tonight in west Duluth to talk about the role drugs played in her life. Mindy Davey has traveled the country talking to young teens about her trials and tribulations while she was addicted to crack–cocaine and prescription pain pills. After numerous run-ins with the law and a number of…

New Hardwood Floors Discovered at Glensheen

DULUTH, Minn.-Some new discoveries have been unveiled at Glensheen Mansion just in time for the tourism season. Today Glensheen showed off some of the original hardwood floors in the basement after some of the carpet was ripped up. Earlier this spring, some stenciling was unveiled, which the staff didn’t know about until restorations went forward at the historic site. “We’re…

Myers-Wilkins Unveils New Logo

Students will receive a t-shirt with the new logo for their last day of school

DULUTH, Minn. – Myers-Wilkins Elementary School has unveiled their new logo and students will be donning it on t-shirts for their last day of school. Students will receive a free t-shirt with the new wolf mascot thanks to a Leadership Duluth service project and some generous donors. Leadership Duluth met with Myers-Wilkins principal Elisa Maldonado, and identified a need for…

Chainbreaker Bicycle Ride to Raise Cancer Research Funds

Ride Takes Place in August

DULUTH, Minn. – Taking a bike ride this summer could help with cancer research. The University of Minnesota is partnering with a group called Chainbreaker to launch a fundraising experience for the Masonic Cancer Center at the University. Many treatments are now available to patients around the world were pioneered at the Masonic Cancer Center. For example, the University has been…

Professional Wrestlers to Take Over Clyde Iron Works this Weekend

WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart to Appear

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend several professional wrestlers will be in the ring at Clyde Iron Works. Heavy on Wrestling is presenting the matches on Sunday, June 11. Dave Sabick, Founder of Heavy on Wrestling, tells FOX 21, “what’s great about professional wrestling is it’s the ultimate adrenaline rush, the closest thing to real-life superheroes in front of you performing…

Friends of Animals Now Open, Seeking Donations in New Location

Donations Highly Encouraged at Friends of Animals as Humane Society Starts Fresh in New Location

CLOQUET, Minn. – After being closed for nearly one month, staff and volunteers at Friends of Animals Humane Society in Cloquet are opening up the doors to a new location. While the excitement is high, funding is still needed to reach the final goal. Right now, there’s a kingdom of condos being built; condos housing herds of cute kittens. “We…

Retired Teachers, Faculty From Cloquet Schools Share Memories

CLOQUET, Minn. — Earlier this morning, the library at Cloquet Middle School was filled with memories and stories. Retired teachers and staff members from the Cloquet School District share coffee and pastries, provided by Gordy’s Warming House, as they reminisce about the past. “Even though we are a small town, you don’t always see everybody.  This is a great way…

Great Outdoors: Roger Peterson Little League Tournament

26 teams from across the region came together in Duluth to take part in the annual West Duluth tournament

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of youth baseball players from across the Northland were in Duluth this past weekend for Western Duluth Little League’s annual Roger Peterson Baseball Tournament. In tonight’s Great Outdoors, Fox 21’s Matt Van Winkle shows us to the sights and sounds from the diamonds. Categories: Community, Great Outdoors, News, News – Latest News

Vacant Superior Council Seat Goes To Elm

City Council Members Vote Tylor Elm To Seat With A 7-2 Vote.

Superior, Wis. After more than a month of emotions, anger and frustrations the Superior City Council has turned a new chapter involving the open council seat Graham Garfield resigned from. Garfield who is facing those serious charges of domestic abuse. The council chambers were packed mostly with support for Tylor Elm who the council ultimately appointed tonight seven to two….

Meeting Held to Address Proposed Minnesota Power Rate Increase

Citizens Utility Board Held Session to Discuss Rate Details

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Power has proposed rate increases that would affect customers across the Northland. The Citizens Utility Board held an information session to let people know what the impact of the rate hike could be, and how customers can voice their concerns. “The rate increases are quite significant, especially, more so on low-income people and it impacts their…

Duluth Making Sidewalks More ADA Compliant

Meeting Held for Community Members to Offer Input on Sidewalk Plan

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is making their sidewalks more ADA compliant. The first of four public meetings was held for the city to gather input from community members on how to best improve sidewalks for people with disabilities. “The sidewalks are public and everyone uses them an it’s important to have safe, convenient access to the businesses,…

UWS Upward Bound Program Receives Funding for Next Five Years

Program Got $1.28 Million Grant to Continue Helping Superior Kids Get Education

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UW-Superior Upward Bound program has been re-funded for the next five years. The program recently got a federal grant of more than $1 million. They’ll use that to continue to help high-schoolers from the Superior School District. who are low income or first generation college students, continue their education. “It’s important for these students to have…