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Bad River Band Calls for Removal of Pipeline

The Pipeline Has Been in Operation for More than 60 Years

For the Bad river band, the land they live on has provided their livelihood for hundreds of years. “Things we do, collect medicine, collect maple syrup, hunting, fishing…” Robert Blanchard, the Tribal Chairman of the Bad River Tribal Council listed. But tribal members believe that could all be under threat, because of Enbridge’s Line 5.  It’s a pipeline that has…

Duluth International Airport Paying Close Attention to Fort Lauderdale Incident

Officials don't expect any delays for flights coming in or departing from the airport

DULUTH, Minn – The Duluth International Airport says they are constantly monitoring the situation in Fort Lauderdale to ensure the safety of all people flying in and out of the airport. The Duluth airport, along with all other commercial service airports in the United States, all have their very own security program in place for any potential threats. The airport’s…

Ashland Prepares for Book Across the Bay

The Unique Event Brings Thousands to Ashland

Northlanders are preparing to get out and book across the bay. It’s an Annual event where skiers and snowshoers of all ages travel on the frozen surface of Lake Superior at night, through a course that’s lit only by stars and candle light. “We have great snow and ice in the winter, and you might as well, if you’re going…

Staying Safe in Extreme, Cold Temperatures

Active Adventures: Gearing Up for Winter Weather

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Active Adventures we focused on the extreme cold the Northland is experiencing. FOX 21’s William Seay went to Trail Fitters to talk with Assistant Manager Biagio Nigrelli. Nigrelli says it’s important to layer in these conditions and always be prepared to go outside. Nigrelli suggested wearing long underwear, proper boots for the occasion, buff…

Banff Film Festival Visits Duluth This Weekend

Exteme Adventures Featured in Film Festival World Tour

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend the outdoors is coming to the big screen in Duluth. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be at the DECC Symphony Hall January 7-8. The festival features films with extreme outdoor activities, environmental messages, or humor. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner and films begins at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets are…

Viewer Photos: A SubZero Start to the New Year

Viewer Photos from January 2017

1/6 Stephanie Wagner, Canal Park, Duluth, MN Show Caption Hide Caption 2/6 Mary Beth Anderson, on Lake Eleven near Sandstone, Minnesota Show Caption Hide Caption 3/6 Kara and Joe Petron sending in frost from Virginia, Minnesota Show Caption Hide Caption 4/6 Chris Drovdal near the old Central High School in Duluth Show Caption Hide Caption 5/6 Richard Wyandt in Inglis,…

Free Radon Test Kits to Raise Awareness

Test Kits Will be Given Out at Six Locations in Duluth Throughout the Month of January

DULUTH, Minn. – The American Lung Association kicked off Radon Awareness Month Thursday, in effort to stop a silent killer. Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible gas, and also ranks as the number one cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon kills more than 21,000 people every year. To combat the issue, the Duluth Healthy Homes Partnership, working…

WITC offers New Broadband Academy

The Programs Help People Find a Lasting Career

  From Internet to Television, the broadband industry has become a necessity for many people’s lives, and offers different types of jobs within it. “Wisconsin Governor Just is initiating a 35 million dollar increase in broadband programs, new and existing programs throughout the state,” said Paul Kostner, the Broadband Academy Program Director. “With this initiative, they’re going to need qualified individuals…

Birkie Has a New and Permanent Start

It was a Move to Save the Future of the Race

The American Birkebeiner is just over a month away, but this year, the iconic ski race is starting from their new and permanent area. The Birkie’s starting line had been at the Cable Union Airport for a number of years. But in a move to secure the future of the race, The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation launched a capital campaign…

Fatal Accident on East North Cloquet Road

The incident happened near Ikola Road

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn. – On January 5, 2017 around 1:47 p.m., Carlton County 9-1-1 dispatch received a call of a two vehicle accident with injuries on the East North Cloquet Road near Ikola Road. A westbound car, driven by 54-year-old, Michael Eugene Sisto from Hermantown, crossed the centerline colliding with an eastbound pickup truck, driven by 32-year-old, Joshua Lee Wingness…

Delivering Food in the Cold

Drivers wear multiple layers as they make deliveries

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite the cold weather, delivery drivers are outside delivering food across the Northland. Tanner Carlson wears four layers of clothes as he makes his Pizza Luce deliveries in sub–zero temperatures. He says the worst part of the cold is waiting at doors hoping the customers answer, but he stays positive about doing his job in the freezing…

Local Expert Discusses Sex Offender Program Ruling

Christos Petsoulis of the Duluth Institute talks about offender rehabilitation

DULUTH, Minn. – Yesterday a federal appeals court tossed out an earlier ruling that the Minnesota sex offender program is unconstitutional. The program keeps sex offenders confined indefinitely after their release from prison. Over 700 people are currently in sex offender program. Only a handful of offenders have been released from the program over its 20 year history. Governor Mark…

Tater Tot Hot Dish Burrito Now Available

Will be at Burrito Union through January 31st

DULUTH, Minn – The burrito is full of Minnesota comfort foods like beef, corn, green beans, cheese and of course, tater tots. Anyone who grew up on hot dish will soon recognize the burrito’s unmistakable flavors. “The college kids come in and have a taste of going back to their mom and dad’s house, and just something that’s comforting and…

O’Neill’s Pub and Liquor Closed

Bar has been open in Superior for 23 years

SUPERIOR, Wis. – O’Neill’s Pub and Liquor in Superior has closed its doors for good. The bar had been open for 23 years and was the only drive–through liquor store in Superior since moving to its new location on Tower Avenue about 10 years ago. Owners Tom and Nancy O’Neill thanked patrons in a Facebook post and closed the bar…

Northlanders Do Activities Indoors to Keep Out of the Cold Temperatures

Ways to warm up in the frigid temperatures

DULUTH, Minn. -With the frigid temperatures this week, places like coffee shops have been really busy. Over at Amity Coffee in Duluth, employees have noticed a couple common trends among their customers. Jordan Pykkonen, the Manager at Amity Coffee, said “The first customers don’t come until later and they are staying in longer, I don’t think they want to go…

Bayfront Family Center and Rink Closed Due to Weather

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division is closing the Bayfront Family Center and ice rink located in Bayfront park today, January 4, through Saturday, January 7, due to extreme freezing temperatures and dangerous wind chills. The Parks division anticipates reopening the Family Center and rink on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 1-5 p.m. pending warmer temperatures…

Giants Ridge Adjusts Hours for Cold Weather

Hibbing Alpine Invitation scheduled for Thursday has been postponed

BIWABIK, Minn. – Due to the extremely cold temperatures that have been predicted for Thursday, January 5, Giants Ridge Ski Area will be closed. The Hibbing Alpine Invitation scheduled for Thursday has been postponed until further notice. Hours will be reduced on Friday and Saturday, January 6 and 7, with the ski area closing at 4:30 p.m. Regular hours are…

Animal Answers: Healing with Animal Kingdom Chiropractic

Dr. Claudia Cottrell Uses the Power of Her Hands to Give Motion Back to Animals in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – For humans, it can be extremely never wracking to commit to seeing a chiropractor. But what if noise or anticipation didn’t exist; only the thought of getting better came to mind. Dr. Claudia Cottrell cracks her patients up. “It was a slow start but every month I got busier and busier,” said Dr. Claudia Cottrell, Owner of…

Hockey Night In Superior Is Wednesday

Kids Are Encouraged To Get Outside And Play At The Outdoor Rinks

Superior, Wis. — It’s time to lace up your skates, get them sharpened and head out to one of the 8 outdoor rinks in Superior. Wednesday, Jan 4th the rinks will be fully staffed with Spartan varsity hockey players, UWS hockey players and staff members of the Superior Amateur Hockey Association.  They’ll be ready to interact with all current players…

New Year Keeps Local Gyms Busy

Some Northlanders have been thinking about New Year's resolutions for at least a month. Several workout classes are already sold out.

While many may be hitting the gym in these first few days of the New Year, some Northlanders have already been thinking about their 2017 goals for at least a month. Impact Sports Training kicked off their first bootcamp of the year. The camp has actually been sold out since early December. They say consistency and creating a sense of…

School Board Elects New Officers

Duluth Public Schools ISD 709 voted in their new officers for 2017

ISD 709 voted David Kirby as their new chairperson. Rosie Loeffler-Kemp will serve as vice chairperson. Annie Harala will be the clerk and Nora Sandstad will serve as treasurer. “I hope we have a good year and remember our objective is to improve the learning opportunities and outcomes for the students and working conditions for the staff, that’s our main…

Volunteers Needed to Tear Down Bentleyville for the Season

Anybody is welcome to come help at Bayfron Park both Saturday and Sunday

DULUTH, Minn. – Bentleyville saw a record breaking 292,000 people walk through the gates this year. This weekend, they’re asking for help from the community to help pack up the lights for the season. The official teardown takes place this Saturday and Sunday at Bayfront Park. Anybody is invited to show up between 8 and 4:30 p.m.  to help cut…

Duluth Hockey Company Keeping Skaters Sharp on the Ice

The business has been sharpening hundreds of skates over the last few weeks

DULUTH, Minn. – With hockey season in full swing, that means skates are starting to get a little worn down. The Duluth Hockey Company has been busy sharpening and profiling hundreds of skates the last few weeks. The store is one of the few places in the Duluth area that specializes in hockey equipment and sees business from customers all…

Conservation Corps Employs Hundreds this New Year

Conservation Corps Employs Hundreds

DULUTH, Minn.  – The Conservation Corps of Minnesota is offering 700 service opportunities this new year through a job training program. The only criteria is you must be between 15-25 years old. Jobs offered include conservation work as well as trail building and restoration. Chris Severson, the District Manager, said “It is a service to our state and in return…

Many Enroll for Classes at Lake Superior College

Enrollment Up at Local Colleges after New Years

  DULUTH, Minn. – Today in Duluth, 30 students were busy at Lake Superior College getting signed up for Spring classes. School leaders expect to see 340 new students walking through the halls next week when the new semester gets started. LSC has a number of short term programs that students can start in the Spring and finish as a…

St. Louis County Board Selects Chair

Board also introduces new members, sets meeting schedule

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Board held its annual organizational meeting this morning in Duluth. Commissioner Frank Jewell was elected Board Chair for 2017 and commissioner Keith Nelson was elected Vice Chair. The board introduced newly–elected commissioners Beth Olson and Mike Jugovich. They also appointed committee members and approved their 2017 meeting schedule. Categories: Business, Community, News, News…

UWS Hopes for More State Funding

UW System asks State for $42.5 Million Budget Increase

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Over the last five years, the University of Wisconsin System has faced $362 million in funding cuts from the state government. Because of that decrease, the University of Wisconsin-Superior has had to make significant cuts of its own. But this year, UWS is hoping to see an increase in state funding. Earlier this year, the University of…

Wisconsin DNR Revenue Options Include Raising Hunting, Fishing Fees

Linking fees to inflation to generate more revenue for wildlife managment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is proposing raising hunting and fishing fees or linking the fees to inflation as options for generating more revenue for wildlife management. The current state budget mandated the DNR report on dwindling revenue in the agency’s Fish and Wildlife Account. The account funds wildlife management efforts and DNR warden, and…

Dayton’s Budget Proposal Would Reduce Health Insurance Premiums for 125,000 Minnesotans

Could reduce premiums by up to 25 percent for some by March 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton released his first budget proposal, Tuesday, of the 2017 legislative session. He called for a 25-percent reduction in health insurance premiums for the more than 125,000 Minnesotans facing significant increases in the individual market. “For more than two months, I have proposed this relief, so that 125,000 Minnesotans can better afford the health…

Train Timekeepers Featured at Lake Superior Railroad Museum

Northland Uncovered: Railroad Watch History

DULUTH, Minn – Railroad tracks cover thousands of miles throughout Minnesota including routes for freight rail, passenger rail and rail transit. Back in the day, railroad companies helped many industries throughout the area to grow and prosper. The trains are on time at the Duluth Depot thanks to a new exhibit featuring the watches responsible for railroad success. “It allows…

Four Seasons Supper Club

A Finland Staple Filling Up Hungry Snowmobilers For Nearly 50 Years

It’s no secret, Northlander’s love their four seasons. However, for residents of Finland Minnesota the feeling means something a little different. Owner Bonnie Tikkanen says, “I love winter just as much as summer, except for when it gets way too cold. Nobody likes that too much.” Instead of a winter freeze or summer heat, think sizzling burgers and cold drinks….

Business Owner Reacts to Superior Shooting

New Year''s Day shooting hits close to home for area businesses.

  SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Police continue to investigate a New Year’s day shooting. One victim was found dead in the alley behind the Third Base Bar in Superior on New Year’s morning. The other was found inside the bar with a gunshot wound to the chest. Police believe an altercation happened inside the bar which led to the shooting…

Bars Busy with Badger Fans

Winning Teams Means More Beer Sales

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Badger Fans cheered their team on in the Cotton Bowl, at Gronk’s Grill and Bar in Superior Gronk’s employees say game days are always exciting, and even more so when the favored team wins. It leads to customers buying more food, more beer, being louder, staying longer, and being friendlier. “When teams have a good season, we…

Great Lakes Aquarium Sees Record Attendance

144,000 People Visited the Aquarium in 2016

  DULUTH, Minn. – 2016 Brought a record number of visitors to A Popular Attraction in the Northland. Around 144,000 people visited the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth in 2016, a 5 percent increase since last year. It’s the highest number of visitors the Aquarium has seen since 2002.  Aquarium representatives believe the new exhibit, Unsalted seas, featuring the sturgeon…

Gloria Dei Plans to Remodel Church Damaged by Fire

The Project Could Cost Around $5 Million

Gloria Dei members have been holding Sunday services at the Old Faith Lutheran Church Building, since the fire that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage on the Gloria Dei building. But now the church members are preparing to rebuild and restore their space of worship. Ashes, dust, and burnt remains of chairs and pianos, are what’s left…

Life Coach Speaks on Making 2017 a Success

Coffee Conversation: New Year's Resolutions

DULUTH, Minn. – Last year, 2016, is now in the past and 2017 is underway. With a new year comes new resolutions from many folks across the Northland. While goals differ, the actions to make them stick are the same. This morning, Pam Solberg-Tapper, President of Coach for Success, visited FOX 21 to gives tips on the best way to…

Wisconsin Legislators Ask to Reinstate OWI Vehicle Seizure Law

The authority was taken away in 2009

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – State lawmakers have been asked to once again give Wisconsin circuit court judges the authority to order the seizure of vehicles owned by repeat drunken drivers. That authority was taken away from judges in 2009 and replaced with a law that emphasized the use of ignition-interlock devices. At the time, there were concerns about taking…

State Parks Begin 2017 Snowshoeing Tours

It's An Event Going On Across The Country

CARLTON, Minn.- Crunchy snow covered the trails of Jay Cooke State Park Sunday — where outdoor enthusiasts strapped on snowshoes to prepare for the first state park naturalist guided snowshoeing tour of the year. “My family was going and I thought it would be fun,” said Tori Goepferd, a visitor. “All states are doing a first-day hike, whether it’s on…

Children Ring in the New Year With Zoo Animals

Children Used Makeshift Passports to Travel Around the Zoo "World"

DULUTH, Minn.-Children looked on in awe as Lana the Tiger stalked around her enclosure. Many kids held makeshift passports in their hands. “They go around the zoo to collect their stamps from various countries and while they’re doing that they can find out what time it is here, if it’s midnight there and they also get to learn how some…

Musicians Celebrate New Year at Beaner’s

24 Musicians Are Performing at the Coffee Shop

DULUTH, Minn.-Musicians are ringing in the new years at Beaner’s Central Coffeehouse with Food, coffee, and of course Music. 24 Musicians shared their talents at the New Years Eve Bash that started at 7 Am.  Beaners offered Extended Brunch Hours so music lovers could enjoy a meal, while listening to some of their favorite local artists “Local beer is big,…

Northlanders Stock Up on Food for New Year’s

Grocery stores are busy with shoppers preparing for this weekend

DULUTH, Minn. – Thanksgiving and Christmas have well known meal traditions, but New Year’s is also a big food holiday. Grocery stores across the Northland are busy with people stocking up on their new year’s food, and unlike other holidays, people consume a wide variety of food to kick off the new year. “After the Christmas holiday, we have a…

Fire Department Reminds Public of New Year’s Safety Issues

Leave Room on Streets for Emergency Vehicles

DULUTH, Minn.-With the New Year’s Eve on the horizon, there can be an uptick in emergency calls to police and the fire department. Members of the Duluth Fire Department said a big factor in that is alcohol consumption. The amount of people parked outside of houses for parties is another important factor to consider. “It’s a concern for us where…

Iron Rangers React to Keetac Reopening

The Mines Will Bring Back Around 200 Mining Jobs Back to the Iron Range

KEEWATIN, Minn.- There’s a collective sigh of relief across the city of Keewatin,  after U.S. Steel reached agreements to supply iron ore pellets to third-party customers, and announced the Reopening of Keetac, and the return of around 200 mining jobs back to the Iron Range. “To hear that they’re going  back and to know that they’re going back is really…

Fire at Piedmont Avenue Home

Three Dogs Perish

DULUTH, Minn.-A fire broke at a home on the 2500 block of Piedmont Avenue in the late morning hours of Friday, December 30, 2016. Upon arrival crews found heavy smoke coming from the basement window of a one-story single family house. Crews attacked the fire from the front and rear of the house, as a heavy fire was found in…

Experts Offer Tips on How to Stick with New Year’s Resolutions.

Whether it's financial resolutions or losing weight, experts say to lay out specific goals.

The New Year is just around the corner and many in the Northland have been busy coming up with resolutions. Of course losing weight and being more healthy are always top resolutions, but many want to run the race to financial stability as well. The YMCA and other gyms have been busy with new members. New goals and resolutions haven’t…