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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…

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…