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Annual Lincoln Park Walleye Open to Take Place This Weekend

$20,000 in Prizes up for Grabs

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota lakes have been filled with fishermen lately as the weather continues to improve, and this weekend the St. Louis River will be packed with hundreds participating in the 17th Annual Lincoln Park Walleye Open. It starts up at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 17 anywhere on the St. Louis River. Each angler may weigh–in one walleye…

Fall-off-the-bone Ribs with Texas Roadhouse

Cooking Connection: Texas Roadhouse

DULUTH, Minn. – The weather is warming up and summer celebrations are beginning to take place. Barbecue ribs are a staple at many gatherings. For this week’s Cooking Connection we make some smoked, fall-off-the-bone ribs with Texas Roadhouse. Season pork ribs on both sides, rub it in Add liquid smoke and water to bottom of pan with drainer grate in place Transfer…

Two Harbors Gears Up For Big Weekend

Grandma's Marathon Heading To Town

In Two Harbors, Hotels and restaurants are gearing up for their biggest weekend of their year. With the over 9,000 runners participating in the full marathon the city’s population will more than double during the race. The town hovers just under 4,000 residents. So doubling that number with just the racers and not even counting the tourist, you could imagine…

Kids Get Up-Close View of Bats on Zoomobile Stop

The Lake Superior Zoo brought along an African fruit bat named Webber

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Things got bat–crazy at the Superior Public Library Wednesday afternoon. The Lake Superior Zoo brought along an African fruit bat named Webber as part of the Zoomobile tour. Kids were able to get an up–close look at the bat and learn more about different species found in Minnesota and around the world. “These guys are amazing because…

Superior Elks Hold Annual Flag Day Celebration

The Fraternal Order of Elks mandates that all of its lodges throughout the United States hold the formal ceremony every year

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Superior Elks held their annual Flag Day ceremony on Wednesday. The Fraternal Order of Elks mandates that all of its lodges throughout the United States hold the formal ceremony every year. With help from Boy Scout Troop 213, the elks honored many of the American flags from the Revolutionary War era through the current flag. Those…

Runners Taking Over Twin Ports Ahead of Marathon Weekend

Volunteers are still needed to assist with security around the finish line in Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn. – Just two days until Grandma’s Marathon weekend begins and tonight the runners are already arriving. Nearly 20,000 runners will descend on Duluth for the 5K, half and full marathons. Some people are already checking  in at hotels across the twin ports ahead of the weekend’s events. Staff over at the Park Point Marina Inn tell us their…

Austin Jarrow Honored by Grandma’s Marathon

DULUTH, Minn. — A running store in Duluth is being recognized for their commitment to the sport and contributions to Grandma’s Marathon. “The lake, the people, it’s really well run by the management and the race directors,” says Jarrow Wahman, co-owner of Austin Jarrow, the oldest running store in the city.  “They’re great people.  So it’s just a great experience…

Citizen Groups Oppose Minnesota Power Rate Hikes

Increase Could Cost Customers $225 per Year

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Power wants to raise your electric bill.  But citizen watchdog groups won’t let those hikes pass without a fight. Representatives from the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota, the Minnesota Citizens Federation NE and Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light voiced their concerns with the proposed hikes Wednesday. These increases average out to about $225 a year per…

Bong Museum Dedicates New Exhibit

M60A3 Tank in Museum's Latest Permanent Display

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center unveiled a new exhibit Wednesday more than a decade in the making. Officials dedicated a U.S. Army M60–A3 tank, displayed in front of the museum.  Mayor Jim Paine proclaimed Wednesday as M60 Tank Day in Superior. Members of Superior’s American Legion Post 435 lobbied for nearly a dozen years to bring…

Superior Farmers’ Market Open in New Location

Market had to Move Because of Belknap Rd. Construction

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Belknap Rd. construction project forced the local farmers’ market to find a new home. The market moved to the 1200 block of Banks Ave., near the World of Wheels roller rink. Shoppers can browse a wide variety of vendors from produce to meats to crafts; and everything is made or grown in Douglas County. Organizers wanted…

Flower Baskets Add Color to Downtown

Downtown Duluth is Getting Spruced Up for Summer

DULUTH, Minn. – If you were downtown Wednesday, you may have noticed an extra splash of color. Members of the city’s Clean and Safe Team hung flower baskets on light poles throughout downtown. The Greater Downtown Council has done this for about 15 years and officials say the baskets help make downtown more hospitable just in time for Grandma’s Marathon….

Mine Project In Nashwauk Steps Closer to Reopening

Chippewa Capital Partners and Governor Mark Dayton Reached a Settlement Tuesday

NASHWAUK, Minn.- An Iron Ore Mine project in Nashwauk is steps closer to reopening. Chippewa Capital Partners and Governor Mark Dayton reached a settlement, allowing Chippewa to take over the Former Essar Steel Project. Essar had been working on the project in Nashwauk for more than 7 years, but after racking up millions of dollars in debt, Essar filed for…

Grandma’s Marathon Weekend Traffic Advisory

WILLIAM A. IRVIN 5K / GARRY BJORKLUND HALF MARATHON / GRANDMA'S MARATHON

DULUTH, Minn. – Events for the 41st annual Grandma’s Marathon weekend begin Friday evening and run through Saturday evening. The following advisories have been issued by the Duluth Police Department: Friday, June 16 – William A Irvin 5K:  Race begins at 6 p.m. Traffic on Harbor Drive behind the DECC will be closed beginning at 3 p.m. At 5:30 p.m….

Local 1091 Celebrates 80 Years this Month

BBQ Planned to Recognize Milestone

DULUTH, Minn. – This month the Laborers International Union of North America Local 1091 is celebrating 80 years. The Local has helped bring several recognizable buildings to Duluth including the Amsoil Arena, the Duluth International Airport, Maurices Headquarters and Pier B. The group is celebrating with a BBQ at the Duluth Labor Temple on Thursday, June 15. This is open to the public from…

Lake Superior Zoo: Five Years After the Flood

Zoo Officials Hope to Downsize, Restructure Space and Offer New Exhibits

DULUTH, Minn. – Five years have passed since major flooding washed away years of hard work and dedication at the Lake Superior Zoo. Millions of dollars are still being spent to repair and rebuild what was lost during those overnight hours. “My first response is we had a problem, we had to get things done, my staff is amazing,” said…

UMD’s Bushey Receives Honor

Radio Host Has Studio Named After Them

DULUTH, Minn. — After hosting KUMD’s long running radio show “Highway 61 Revisited” for half a century radio personality John Bushey receives a huge honor. The studio Bushey has sat in for more than 25 years was dedicated to him and will forever be named the John Bushey Studio. During Bushey’s weekly show he shares his understanding of everything there…

Foot Patrol Officer Now Assigned To Downtown, Canal Park Beat

Officer To Build Relationships, Perform Long-Term Problem Solving

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is going old school in the way it patrols the downtown and Canal Park business districts. For the first time in a decade, a full-time police officer will now be on foot patrol, as FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports. It’s a new day for Duluth police officer Mike Jambor. There’s no squad car…

St. Louis River Master Plan Relieved

Plans To Add More Access Points To Water And Connect Neighborhoods

The city of Duluth unveiled new details about the western waterfront and trail master plan tonight. After nearly a year of studies along the St. Louis River and multiple public input sessions have finally brought some insight to what the master plan might intel. The Morgan Park recreation center was packed with local citizens eager to see this master plan…

Concerned Citizens Have Their Voices Heard at a Meeting About Enbridge Line 3

Meetings Are Being Held Across the State of Minnesota

Enbridge Energy is proposing to construct a new 340 mile oil pipeline to replace an old Oil pipeline, called Line 3. “This Line 3 replacement project does is it modernizes the pipeline, so the best way to continue to keep the Environment and the community safe is to replace it,” said Jennifer Smith, the Community Engagement Manager of Enbridge. But…

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…