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UMD Students Act in Magical and Funny Drama

School of Fine Arts Presents Marvin's Room

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota – Duluth School of Fine Arts is opening up a new show next week. “Marvin’s Room” features the character Bessie coping with her biggest challenge yet, exploring how and who we love, especially when aging and sickness get in the way. The show will be performed March 2-4 & 14-18 at 7:30pm and March…

UMD LGBTQ Community “Not Surprised” by Trump’s Decision on Transgender Rights

The campus does offer gender inclusive bathrooms and is looking to add more in the future

DULUTH, Minn. – Last year the Obama administration issued a joint guidance, along with the Department of Education, allowing transgender students at public schools to use a restroom that aligns with their gender identity. At UMD, the LGBTQ services office is reacting to the Trump administration’s latest withdrawal of this federal protection. Roze Brooks leads the GLBT services on campus…

Thousands Bunking in Hayward for Annual American Birkebeiner

Hotels are Filling Up Across Many Parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota in Preparation for the Annual Ski Race

HAYWARD, Wisc. – The annual American Birkebeiner calls for a lot of booking when it comes to travel reservations. Officials say the average commute from from hotel to the trail for a race participant can be up to two-and-a-half hours long. It’s why local hotels receive calls nearly one year in advance before the big weekend. “It is very important…

Richard Giles Found in Prescott, Wis.

UPDATE: Richard Giles was located safe in Prescott, Wisconsin on 2/24 The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office is looking for assistance in locating Richard Griffith Giles, 89, of Verndale, Minnesota. Richard was last seen at the Super 8 in Grand Rapids, Minn. Thursday morning, Feb. 23, around 9:30 a.m., after spending the night after getting lost. He is described as 5’09”,…

Choice Unlimited Masquerade Ball Tonight

Tickets Going Fast

Duluth, Minn.-It will be a “royal affair” tonight at Choice Unlimited Masquerade Ball. The annual event, which serves as a fundraiser for the group, celebrates the talents of people with disabilities and the art they produce. Our own Dan Hanger is set to MC the event which will be at 7 p.m. at Greysolon Ballroom. For more information and tickets,…

A Long Wait: Untested Sexual Assault Kits Part 1

Duluth Ranks No. 1 in the State for Untested Sexual Assault Kits

DULUTH, Minn. – In 2015 Duluth earned a notorious title, one that put a dark spot on hope for sexual assault survivors. Out of the entire state, the city is No. 1 in the amount of untested rape kits sitting shelved in the evidence room, 578 kits to be exact and some 23 years old. The information came out after…

Rally to Heal the Water

Jingle dress dancers gathered at Minnesota Power Plaza for a rally to express concern over water quality.

DULUTH, Minn. – Worried about water quality jingle dress dancers gathered for a rally at the Minnesota Power Plaza in downtown Duluth. Attendees expressed their concern over aging oil pipelines which they say are more prone to spills and leaks. The group also wanted to show solidarity with Standing Rock and bring healing to the water. “We don’t want to…

Aviation Career Night

Career's Possible At Job Fair

Duluth, Minn It was aviation career night at LSC’s center for advanced aviation. For community members and Lake Superior College’s graduating students it was an opportunity to meet possible future employers. Aviation jobs are a growing commodity in Duluth and having everyone in the same building makes it easier for those seeking employment. “We’re able to meet the workforce needs…

Deer Management Seminar

DNR Puts Plan Together To Maintain Good Deer Population For Years To Come

Duluth, Minn Deer hunting in the Northland is a big deal and the DNR now has a plan to keep it that way. The plan is a first of its kind in Minnesota and its focus is on maintaining a healthy deer population that offers recreational and economic opportunities. Deer hunters came together tonight to discuss the plan that includes…

All-Girls Camp Takes over Animal Allies Humane Society

During Winter Break, A Group of Eight Girls Have the Chance to Learn and Have Fun at the Local Shelter

DULUTH, Minn. – Even though it’s beginning to feel like spring across the Northland, Duluth School District students are enjoying winter break this week. A group of eight girls, ages 10 to 14, are taking part in the first even all-girls camp at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. It’s a chance for the girls to engage in art projects,…

St. Scholastica Day of Volunteering

CSS Students, Faculty and Staff Gave Back to the Community

DULUTH, Minn. – College St. Scholastica students and staff gave back to the community Wednesday. It was part of the college’s Day of Volunteering.  Every two years, hundreds of Saints volunteer at various organizations in the community. A small group of volunteers helped out at Duluth’s First Lutheran Church, making and canning jams for the upcoming Rhubarb Festival. Many CSS…

UMD Hosts 24th Annual Diversity Summit

Students Came Together at Summit on Equity, Diversity and Multiculturalism

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth hosted a summit on equity, diversity and multiculturalism Wednesday. The all–day event included more than 40 interactive workshops, presentations and lectures. The keynote speaker was Debby Irving, author of “Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.”  Irving believes events like Wednesday’s help students better understand classmates of different…

Spirit Mountain Closed Temporarily

Unseasonable Weather Forced Closure Until Friday

DULUTH, Minn. – February Should be peak ski season at Spirit Mountain, but warm temperatures and rain have temporarily closed the slopes. The mountain closed Monday with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees.  The closure couldn’t come at a worse time with Duluth Public Schools out for spring break. “We want to be their backyard playground,” said Brandy Ream, Spirit Mountain…

Washburn Looks to Develop Land Near Waterfront

Development May Include Single and Multi Family Housing

WASHBURN, Wis. – The City of Washburn is looking to develop about ten acres of land near the city’s waterfront. The land parcel is located at Omaha Street and Second Avenue West. It may be developed into single and multiple family homes. The Mayor of Washburn says this is an important project to connect the city’s downtown to its waterfront….

Elementary Students Snowboard in Gym Class

New Class is the First of its Kind in Wisconsin

WASHBURN, Wis. – Washburn Elementary School just became the first school in Wisconsin to offer an indoor snowboarding unit in their P.E. classes. Snowboarding is typically done outside on the slopes, but elementary students in Washburn can now experience the snowboarding thrill in their school gymnasium. Washburn is the first school in Wisconsin to add indoor snowboarding their P.E. curriculum….

Over 3,500 Minnesota Power Customers Without Power in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Reports of power outages began just before 5 p.m. Wednesday evening. Areas including the Woodland, Congdon Park, Lester Park, and the edge of the Lakeside neighborhoods are experience outages. Minnesota Power is currently assessing the situation and crews are on scene. An estimated restoration for the red section of the map is expected around 7:30 p.m. The…

DTA Route and Schedule Changes go into Effect on Sunday, March 5, 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority will implement operational schedule changes to a limited number of bus routes on Sunday, March 5. All passenger hand schedules and shelter schedules impacted by these changes have been updated and will be distributed to the public one week before the schedule changes go into effect. The most significant change will be the…

Council Parts Ways With Longtime Proctor Police Chief

Walter Wobig Served As Chief Since 2002

PROCTOR, Minn. – After serving the city of Proctor as its police chief for more than 14 years, Walter Wobig has been voted out by the city council. The decision to not renew Wobig’s contract came on a 3-2 vote Tuesday, with Mayor Phil Larson and councilors Troy DeWall and Gary Nowak voting to end his employment. Councilors Jake Benson…

Biometric Screening Speeds Check-in at Twin Cities Airport

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Travelers who are willing to pay the price will be able to skip the long security checkpoints at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and go directly to the metal detector line. A service that uses biometrics to verify identity will be offered beginning Wednesday at both the north and south checkpoints in Terminal 1. For $179 a year,…

Duluth Firefighters Urge Planning Ahead for a Disaster

Are you prepared?

DULUTH, Minn. – Disasters take many forms from fires to earthquakes, and they can strike anywhere, at anytime. “Before a disaster strikes, it’s important for families to have a plan. If you don’t already have one, start one today. Prepare now, so you don’t panic later,” says Local 101 firefighter Pete Johnson. Local 101 suggests using the following guidelines to…

Animal Answers: Microchipping Month

One in Three Animals Will Go Missing at Some Point, Animal Allies is Looking to Help

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Animal Answers, FOX 21’s Brett Scott took a trip to Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth to find out more about a helpful event happening during the month of February. Statistics show one in three animals will go missing at some point in the life, leading to an array of problems. To celebrate Micro…

Superior Mayoral Primary Results

Spring election is April 4, 2017

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Tuesday was the Wisconsin primary election, and for Superior, that meant narrowing down to two opponents for the race for mayor. In the running was Brent Fennessey, Kalee Hermanson, Jim Paine, and Mike Herrick. Polls closed at 8 p.m. and shortly after that the official results were in: Brent Fennessey  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  ….

Duluth Closes 85 Miles of Traverse Trails

Warm weather has left many of the trails in poor condition

DULUTH, Minn. – The warmer conditions in the area have caused Duluth to close nearly eighty-five miles of trails. Many of the traverse trails are in delicate condition. The trails are wet, muddy, and prone to damage. Cyclists of Gitchi Gumee Shores said that going out onto the trails in these conditions will lead to water gathering on them that…

Duluth Transit Authority Works on Five Year Plan

The DTA is looking for help form the public in developing their new five year development plan

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority is asking for the public’s help in coming up with their five year transit development plan. They specifically asked riders what they’re doing well and in what ways can they improve. Early respondents at an open house said the DTA has many courteous drivers but could use more buses and routes. The DTA…

Choice Unlimited Masquerade Ball Set for Thursday

"A Royal Affair" Celebrates People and the Art They Produce

DULUTH, Minn. – Dust off your best mask because there’s a masquerade ball Thursday night in Duluth. “A Royal Affair” is this year’s theme for Choice Unlimited’s 4th annual fundraising gala, celebrating the talents of people with disabilities and the art they produce. Organizers say the fundraiser helps bring people together. “People get to know people,” said Annie Roseen, Arts…

Sen. Franken Tours Denfeld Techology Department

Senator Addressed Concerns About High-Tech Education

DULUTH, Minn. – U.S. Senator Al Franken toured the Duluth Denfeld High School’s technology department Tuesday, to see how students here are learning to fill tomorrow’s high tech jobs. The was part of the Senator’s “Advancing Career Pathways Tour” across Minnesota.  America is facing a shortage of high-tech workers, something Sen. Franken wants to see addressed. “We have skills gaps…

Minong Community Center Construction Continues

Could be Completed by August

MINONG, Wis.-Construction is humming along at the Jack Link’s Aquatic and Activity Center in Minong. The facility, which includes a gym, pool, and even a museum, is expected to be completed by August. Currently the walls have gone up around the pool, while construction is just beginning on the walls of the entire facility. Construction workers did say that the…

Minnesota Churches Prepare to House Immigrants

ST. PAUL (AP) – About 15 congregations across Minnesota are preparing for people living in the U.S. illegally to live at their churches long-term. Minnesota Public Radio reports that religious institutions, known as “sanctuary churches,” have committed to helping such immigrants from being deported. They’re relying on federal policy not to make arrests in “sensitive” places unless absolutely necessary. Religious…

Native American History on Display in Superior

New Exhibit Opens at Douglas County Historical Society

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A new exhibit is opening up at the Douglas County Historical Society highlighting Native American culture in our area. The planning for this exhibit began when a Dugout Canoe was discovered in storage in 2015. The canoe was actually donated in 1939 and was found to be authentic Dakota. On Saturday, February 25th at 11 a.m. the…

SPECIAL REPORT: A Long Wait, Rape Kits Unprocessed

Join us for Part One, Wednesday after Star and Part Two, Thursday after My Kitchen Rules

There’s a major backlog when it comes to processing rape kits in St. Louis County. It’s a problem throughout the state, but the number of pending kits is the highest, right here, in St. Louis County. Approximately one of every five untested kits is waiting in St. Louis County; some of them dating back to the 1980s. We’ll discover the…

Enrollment Continues to Rise in Aviation Programs at Lake Superior College

Lake Superior College to Host Aviation Career Night

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth is a large aviation hub. With an international airport and several independent aviation companies, there are several jobs available for Northlanders who would like to work in aviation. Dan Traska, Director of the Center for Advanced Aviation, stopped by FOX 21 to talk about the career opportunities within the aviation industry. Lake Superior…

Sticky Bun Fun With Lake Superior Bakehouse

On Tuesday, February 21, We Celebrate National Sticky Buns Day!

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s a lot to celebrate in the bakery world on Tuesday, February 21, 2017! The staff at Lake Superior Bakehouse stopped by the FOX 21 Tuesday morning with a few special treats to help celebrate. They say their fresh, homemade sticky buns are a top seller at the bakehouse, located at 102 West Superior Street in Duluth. National…

Rain, Warm Temperatures Lead to Change In Plans for Birkie Events

Officials say they will have a plan of action for race events by Wednesday

HAYWARD, Wisc. – The mix of rain and warm temperatures across the Northland are leading to some big changes for the American Birkebiner events this week. Race officials are keeping a close eye on the sky and monitoring conditions on the course. Most years, fans of the American Birkibiner are used to seeing thousands of cross country skiers flying down…

Abraham Lincoln at the Depot for President’s Day

One Man Show About Lincoln Plus Other Re-Enactments Presented in Museum

DULUTH, Minn. – President Abraham Lincoln, or an actor playing our sixteenth president, presented his one-man show today as part of the President’s Day celebration at the Depot. The play depicts what may have been going through Lincoln’s mind in the moments before he was shot in Ford’s Theatre until his death. The actor playing Lincoln thinks the former president’s story…

Minnesota Grocery Bagging Champion Competes at Nationals

Sandstone Native Finishes Just Outside of Top Five at National Competition

LAS VEGAS, NV. – Two weeks ago, we told you about Minnesota grocery bagging champion Seth Allen as he was preparing to compete in the national competition in Las Vegas. The competition is now over, and the Sandstone native fared well, finishing just outside the top five baggers, and narrowly missing out on winning a cash prize and competing in…

Interest in Open Carry Up After Recent Events

But Minnesota and Wisconsin Have Slightly Different Requirements

DULUTH, Minn.- Some Gun advocates believe having your own weapon is the best way to protect yourself from violent crimes. But in the state of Minnesota, a permit is required to carry a gun, whether open or concealed. Obtaining a concealed carry permit requires attending 5 to 7 hours of class learning about gun laws, training at a shooting range,…

Warm Temperatures Means Grilling in February

Local Meat Shops Saw Increase in Sales After Warm Week

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Northland saw temperatures 10 to 20 degrees higher than average last week. And Meat lovers took advantage. Deanna Reder, a meat handler at Superior Meats says sales spiked, as Northlanders fired up their grills to enjoy delicious food and time outside. Some of the best sellers included beef patties, and smoked sausages.   “You get to be outside,…

Abraham Lincoln, Civil War Reenactors Perform for President’s Day

Coffee Conversation: President's Day at Duluth Depot

DULUTH, Minn. – In celebration of President’s Day, the Duluth Depot is welcoming a famous guest. Abraham Lincoln, played by Fritz Klein, is making an appearance today. Klein will be performing the “Last Full Measure” which chronicles the time between when he was shot and when he died. Additionally, Klein will give “Lincoln Talks” throughout the day. The Lincoln Funeral…

One Year Since Fire That Devastated Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Members Remembered the Day With a Prayer Service

  DULUTH, Minn.- It’s been exactly One Year since members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church have been without their original space of worship, and Saturday, those members remembered the fire that devastated their beloved church building, at a prayer service held at Dougherty’s Funeral home. “We think that marking this day is important.  We might remember where we were when…

Local Legislators Hold Town Hall

The Venue at the Children's Museum was Packed

DULUTH, Minn.- More than a hundred people turned out for the town hall with State Senator Erik Simonson, as well as representatives Jennifer Schultz and Liz Olson. Saturday’s listening session was the first since the Minnesota’s legislative period opened in January. “It’s really important for any elected official to make sure that they stay in tune with their constituents, and…

Polar Plunge Benefits Special Olympics

Fox 21 News Team Raised $3,153 for the Cause

DULUTH, Minn.- The annual Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Minnesota was held Saturday. Despite warmer temperatures, plungers were still quick to get out of the icy water. The Fox 21 crew took the plunge again this year. Our team raised a total of $3153. Thank you to everyone who donated. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News