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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…

Harbor City Students Help Plant Gardens

Library Sale Also Set for Next Tuesday

DULUTH, Minn.-Harbor City students today broke out their green thumb and helped plant garden behind the library on Michigan Street. The students worked with Duluth’s Parks and Maintenance crews to plant beans and a variety of other vegetables, along with flowers Once the veggies are ripe, the public can pick them off the vine. “When people see this kind of…

Duluth and Thunder Bay Form Relationship Through Tai Chi

Duluth and Thunder Bay are Sister Cities

DULUTH, Minn.- Around 30 Canadians from Thunder Bay are in Duluth to experience one of their sister cities. UMD’s University of Seniors invited people from Thunder Bay to Duluth for a couple days of shopping, sight-seeing, and Tai Chi. Tai Chi is a slow exercise sometimes called a moving meditation, that is said to help reduce stress, and increase flexibility,…

Twin Ports Mayors are Starring in a Play

The Two Will Be in the Play "Love Letters"

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Mayor Emily Larson of Duluth and Mayor Jim Paine of Superior are working together to put on a play, just for one night. The play “Love Letters,” by AR Gurney, follows two life-long friends and how they communicate with each other throughout their lives. The play is being put on as a fundraiser for the Downtown Superior Arts…

Duluth Edison Charter School Won’t Be Opening a High School

School Officials Say It's No Longer Financially Feasible

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Edison Charter School had been looking for a building for their new school for years, but after finding the plan to open a high school was no longer financially feasible for them, they are dropping that idea. The Charter school hoped to fund the new high school through public bonding money.  But Bonnie Jorgenson, head of school,…

St. Luke’s Oncologist to Help Those Dealing with Chemo Brain

How Cancer Treatment can Effect the Brain

DULUTH, Minn. – Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be one of the toughest and most shocking things someone goes through. Dealing with the effects of cancer treatment can last a lifetime. A doctor at St. Luke’s Hospital and a UMD professor in Duluth are hoping to help cancer patients through that hard time. On Tuesday, June 13 St. Luke’s Oncologist and…

Going Inside the Old Cloquet Middle School

Northland Uncovered: Nearly 100 Years of Cloquet Middle School

CLOQUET, Minn. – School memories last forever, but some Northlanders are now having to say goodbye to the place those memories were formed. Cloquet Middle School is closing and moving to a new location. So, former and current students said goodbye and took last tours of the school. “The last month has been real bittersweet,” said Cloquet Middle School Principal Tom…

North Shore Adventure Park Enters Phase One

Four Investors Break Ground on Multiphase Adventure Park in Silver Bay

SILVER BAY, Minn. – Monday was the end of an era for one decades old pit stop on the North Shore. The old Spur gas station off of Highway 61 in Silver Bay is now demolished, making way for new opportunity. Four developers are now climbing toward new adventures, hoping the community and tourists will enjoy the development. “It just needs…

Group Voices Equity Concerns to Duluth School Board

The Community–Based School Equity Initiative gathered outside the administrative offices after becoming aware of some of the district's plans for next school year

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of parents and educators are voicing their concerns to the Duluth School Board. They’re upset about a number of inequities and unmet needs kids are facing in the district. Monday afternoon, the Community–Based School Equity Initiative gathered outside the administrative offices after becoming aware of some of the district’s plans for next school year. Among…

Hermantown Police Get Active Violence Safety Kits

Department Partnered with Shield616 and Community Members to Buy New Gear

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown Police Officers were presented with new active violence safety kits. The kits will give them rifle-rated protection in dangerous situations. The Police Department partnered with the non-profit Shield616 and received a lot of support and donations from the community to buy the new gear. “Not only do we want to be a blessing to them and…

Unions Are Recruiting Women and People of Color for Construction Jobs

They Are Offering an 8 Week Pre-Apprenticeship Program at No Cost

  DULUTH, Minn.- North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters and SOAR Career Solutions are inviting women and minorities who are interested in the construction industry to take part in their 8 week pre-apprenticeship program, all at no cost. The program aims to recruit people who are underrepresented in the industry, and put them through training so they can have…

Duluth Public Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program

The Program is Also Open to Adults

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Library kicked off their summer reading program, Monday. The program encourages kids to read by giving them small prizes for logging reading hours. Once a child logs 20 hours of reading time, they also get a book of their choice. But the program isn’t just for kids. Adults can also join the reading program and win…

Trees Are Planted in Superior to Honor People

It's Part of the City's Tribute Tree Program

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The City of Superior planted trees to honor community members. It’s part of the City’s Tribute Tree program. People can buy a tree that will be planted in honor of something or someone. The tree is then planted by the city’s tree crew on the boulevard, or the neighborhood of the donor’s choice. Today some of the trees…

Grandma’s Marathon and Toyota Kick Off Shoe Drive

Funds Will Benefit the Young Athletes Foundation

DULUTH, Minn.- Grandma’s Marathon and Toyota are working together to fill up a Toyota Tundra truck with old sneakers. The organizations are partnering with Sneakers4Funds for a shoe drive.  They’re asking people to bring their gently used or new sneakers to one of their drop off locations. Once enough shoes are collected, Sneakers4Funds will donate money to benefit the Young…

Building Collapses in Lincoln Park Neighborhood

DULUTH, Minn. – The Red Cross responded to a building collapse on W. 3rd Street in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth early Monday morning. Authorities indicate that the building was vacant at the time the roof collapsed. A neighboring building was evacuated until authorities could determine it was safe to return, the Red Cross stated. Evacuation was to ensure…

Duluth Air Show Wraps Up

Thousands Attended the Popular Event

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Air Show 2017 that brought out thousands of spectators, wrapped up Sunday. This year’s Headliners were the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, but those who attended the show also enjoyed seeing performances by other aircraft, sky diving teams, and even a jet truck. And though the show is now done for the year, Aviation Fans only have to…

ATV Roll-Over Accident Leaves Sturgeon Lake Man Dead

Happened at Degerstrom Road and Cane Creek Road in Finlayson

FINLAYSON, Minn. – A man is dead after an ATV accident in Finlayson Township in Pine County, Minnesota. The Pine County Sheriff’s Department responded to the report of an ATV accident on Cane Creek Road on Saturday, June 3 around 1:30 p.m. Callers reported an ATV had rolled over and the driver with injuries to his head. Additional information prior…

Twin Ports Mayors Join Together for Theater Fundraiser

Mayors Paine and Larson to Perform in "Love Letters"

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week the mayors of Duluth and Superior will be joining forces for a good cause. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Superior Mayor Jim Paine will be performing in “Love Letters” with Twin Ports Stage on Thursday, June 8. Director of Twin Ports Stage Victoria Main says “Love Letters” is a play by A.R. Gurney that is funny,…

Superior Downtown Farmer’s Market Opens for Season

Farmer's Market Moves Location Due to Construction

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Spring is here, Summer is around the corner and farmer’s markets are back in the Northland! The 2017 Superior Downtown Farmers Market is every Wednesday through October 25, 2017. The market will be open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Downtown Market has moved due to Belknap Construction. The market is in the 1200 block of…

Sen. Al Franken Holds Book Signing In Duluth

Book Title: "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate"

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota Sen. Al Franken was in Duluth Sunday to talk about and sign his new book “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.” Franken’s new book is about his life growing up in Minneapolis, being a comedian on “Saturday Night Live,” and his transition into political life. Dozens of people packed Greysolon Ballroom for a chance to meet the…

Duluth Trolleys Are Back for the Summer

They Will Be Running Through Labor Day

DULUTH, Minn. – The Port Town Trolleys are back on the streets of Duluth for the summer. The trolleys circulate between downtown Duluth, Canal Park, and Bayfront Park daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The fare is only 50 cents and free for children 4 and under. The trolleys will be servicing customers through Labor Day. For more information,…

Giant Chair Greets Visitors In Two Harbors

The Chair Was Built by High School Students

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- The RJ Houle Information Center in Two Harbors now has a giant chair in front of it. People visiting Two Harbors can hop on the chair and take fun photos, which, Janelle Jones, President and CEO of the Two Harbor’s Chamber of Commerce, says is the biggest chair on the North Shore. “This year we’re just going…

Two Harbors Science Lab Brings High-Tech Jobs To The Northland

BRTI Life Sciences Creates and Sells Products Used for Stem Cell Research

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – A science lab in Two Harbors is on the cutting edge of some important bio-medical work. BRTI Life Sciences is having success with their Stem Cell related technology. The lab creates and sells products other companies use for cell research. In the process, BRTI is bringing high-tech jobs to Northern Minnesota. Their Cell Mate devices are…

Northlanders Enjoy Summer Temperatures

It Was Over 80 Degrees At One Point On Sunday

DULUTH, Minn.- It was a hot day in Duluth, and folks were out soaking up the sun. Some families spent the day watching baseball and cheering on the Duluth Huskies that played at Wade Stadium. Darin Bergsven, who was watching the game said enjoying a warm day with his family reminds him that summer is just around the corner. “We’ve been…

Volunteers Needed For Local Fire Departments

Be Somebody Campaign In Brule Looks For Recruits

Brule, Wis. – As part of the “Be Somebody” campaign, more than 30 volunteer fire departments throughout North West Wisconsin came together in Brule. No matter what day, or the time in the day it is. If you’re a volunteer first responder and duty calls, you drop everything and head out the door. “I’ve had to walk away from games…

Small Business Open House In Superior

Construction Is Taking A Toll

Superior, Wis. – Small businesses in downtown superior are doing anything possible to get patrons in the door. Construction on U.S. highway 2 has begun to take a toll on small businesses in the area. Today an open house was held by multiple businesses near the intersection of Belknap and Tower. With many of them holding raffle prizes as a…

Pets and Owners Strut at the Walk for Animals Event

It's One of Animal Allies' Biggest Fundraisers

DULUTH, Minn.- Pet lovers had the chance to strut their mutts at Animal Allies’ 25th Anniversary Walk for Animals Event. It’s the biggest pet centered event in the twin ports with lots of fun activities. Dogs bobbed for hot dogs, tried their paws at an agility course, and walked a two mile course. Their owners had the chance to make…

Duluth Airshow 2017 Kicks Off

The Blue Angels Headlined This Year

DULUTH, Minn.- Thousands of Aviation lovers watched in awe as planes twirled and zipped through the air for Minnesota’s Greatest Air show. “It was fun seeing the parachutes I mean I’ve never actually seen the act before so it was fun seeing them rotate in the air,” said Sam Thompson, an attendee. The show usually happens every other year, but this…

Trent Klatt Steps Down As Grand Rapids Head Coach

Thunderhawks Bench Boss Retires To Persue Degree

Grand Rapids, Minn- After two season at the helm of their varsity hockey program, Head Coach Trent Klatt has decided to step down to pursue a degree. Katt and the Thunderhawks finished with a final record of 23-7-1 and became Class AA Boy’s Hockey State Champions for the first time since 1980. Klatt was also named the 2016-17 American Family Insurance…

Kolar Toyota ALS Walleye Tournament

Fighting To Find A Cure For ALS

Duluth, Minn – Fisherman have all but dropped their boats into the water ahead of tomorrow’s big fishing tournament benefiting the ALS Association. It’s the 22nd annual Kolar Toyota ALS Walleye Tournament. Bright and early tomorrow morning Island Lake will be packed with over 175 eager fishermen ready to snag their next big catch. Executive Director of the ALS Upper…

Minnesota Celebrates “No Registration Weekend” for ATV Trails

No Registration Weekend Runs June 2-4

DULUTH, Minn. – As it’s starting to feel like summer, more and more Northlanders are heading outdoors. This weekend is perfect for ATV riders ready to hit the trails.   It’s “No Registration Weekend” for all Minnesota public ATV trails. Meaning, Minnesotans with private registrations or anyone out-of-state can ride more than 3,000 miles of public trails for free.  …

Crabby Ol’ Bill’s Open for the Season in Canal Park

New owners have revamped the menu, but the mini donuts are here to stay

DULUTH, Minn. – A Canal Park staple is now open for the season. With a fresh coat of paint and a new owner, Crabby Ol’ bill’s opened up today at noon. The popular waterfront spot has revamped its menu, but don’t worry, the mini donuts aren’t going anywhere and people were lined up Friday to get their orders in. “I…

Exploring Super Science Fridays

Mrs. KP Incorporates Science into all Methods of Learning at Homecroft Elementary

DULUTH, Minn. – For the past ten years one elementary school teacher in Duluth has been pouring out passion for science into the classroom. It’s now becoming a favorite lesson, every Friday. When walking past room 206 at Homecroft Elementary you can hear a beat and a buzz coming from inside. “Science is real, science is everywhere! This is Professor…

Climate Change Affects Great Lakes

Surface Water Temperatures are Up

DULUTH, Minn.- President Donald Trump announced he is withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Deal. The controversy is leaving many Northlanders wondering about the future of our area. The surface water temperatures of the Great Lakes have been rising in the last few decades, and people who study the lakes say climate change is to blame. Scientists also…

Community Members Remember Those Who Died by Gun Violence

Dozens of People Rang the Memorial Bell in Honor of Gun Violence Victims

DULUTH, Minn.- The Northland Brandy Campaign and Protect Minnesota chapter honored those who had passed away because of gun violence, at a ceremony held in Duluth. Dozens of people rang a memorial bell at the ceremony, in memory of loved ones who had lost their lives to incidents involving guns. Many of the attendees wore orange to raise awareness of…

Aerial Fitness Now Available in Duluth

Active Adventures: Aerial at Ignite Studio

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Active Adventures FOX 21 visited Ignite Studio in downtown Duluth. The studio recently moved and introduced more classes. One of those classes is Aerial. There are “Be Fly” classes for all levels of aerial. The studio also offers zumba, fuse, buti yoga, stretch, p90x and stretch. Ignite Studio is located at 207 W Superior St….

Jack Link’s Crew Excited for “Hometown” Show

The Screamin' Sasquatch Performs at Shows Across the Country

DULUTH, Minn. – To John Klatt, Summer is air show season.  But this week, this pilot is on cloud nine. “I feel like I’m home when  I come back to Duluth,” Klatt said. Klatt flew F–16’s for the 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth for 14 years.  Now he flies the Jack Link’s Screamin’ Sasquatch, a one of a kind…

Superior Band Teacher Passes Baton

40 Years In The Books

Superior, Wis. Tonight in students at Superior High School honored their orchestra teacher. Jean Leibfried is retiring after 26 years with the Superior School District. Jean’s former students took the opportunity to surprise her for her final concert and celebrate with her as she journeys into retirement. “It’s been the most fun job ever because I get to have the…

Lowell Elementary School Works With Nature

School Receives Award For Nature Play

Duluth, Minn. Lowell Elementary students joined by their parents enjoyed a picnic this afternoon at the schools nature play scape. Lowell elementary school received an award today for the many ways they encompass nature in their curriculum. The nature play achievement award was presented to the school today for the commitment to connecting students with learning and play opportunities in…

Duluth Playhouse Children’s Theatre Director Steps Down After 10 Years

Reception Held to Wish Kate Horvath Well and Say Goodbye

DULUTH, Minn. – A familiar face is leaving the Duluth Playhouse after 10 years. Kate Horvath has led the Children’s Theatre and  Education Program at the Playhouse for the last decade and is leaving to explore another career opportunity. Tonight, the Playhouse held a reception for Horvath’s current and former students to send her their best wishes. “Kate is an…

Project in Duluth is Preserving Area Veteran Stories

A Training for Volunteers Was Held Thursday

DULUTH, Minn.- Veterans Memorial Hall, a Duluth Historical Society program,  is putting together a project to preserve stories about Veterans. Volunteers were trained today to conduct one on one interviews with veterans in the area, for the Memorial Hall’s Oral History Program. Once the interviews are done, they will be transcribed and stored at the Albert J Amatuzio Research Center…