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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…

Visit Duluth Moves to New Office

The Company Hopes to Open on Friday, or Early Next Week

DULUTH, Minn.- Visit Duluth is officially moved into their new office. Visit Duluth used to be in a building owned by Minnesota Power, but after Minnesota Power announced they were expanding their clean energy department, Visit Duluth decided to move buildings. It’s taken a few months for Visit Duluth find a space and make the move, but now they are…

Walgreens Installs New Safes to Prevent Drug Robberies

The Time Delay Safes Stop People From Getting Access to Drugs Immediately

DULUTH, Minn. Prescription drug abuse is a big problem across the Nation, but now, Walgreens in Minnesota are using time delay safes to prevent selected Narcotics from being stolen. The rates of robberies that happen in Pharmacies have gone up, since the Nation started facing an opioid epidemic. To combat this, Walgreens in Minnesota now put certain drugs in a…

Blue Angels Arrive in Duluth

Navy Demonstration Squadron to Appear at Duluth Air and Aviation Expo

DULUTH, Minn. – If you heard loud noises coming from the sky Thursday afternoon, it was likely the Blue Angels. The U.S. Navy’s demonstration squadron arrived for this year’s Duluth Air and Aviation Expo. The Blue Angels started in the 1940’s and appear at air shows across the country from March to November.  Pilots and flight crews rotate regularly, but…

Downtown Engwalls Location Closes Its Doors

Florist Still Open in Hermantown and Superior

DULUTH, Minn. – Downtown Duluth shoppers may have noticed the Engwall’s Flowers on Superior Street is closed. The downtown shop actually closed last week, but both the Superior and Hermantown locations are still open. Engwall’s owner says closing downtown doesn’t mean his business is struggling. “It’s just an acknowledgment of how things are changing in the marketplace, especially I think…

School Board Approves Funding for Repairs

District will Borrow $4.3 Million Through Bonds

DULUTH, Minn. – At Tuesday’s meeting, the Duluth School Board approved a new long term maintenance plan. Two projects were added; repairs at Rockridge Elementary to prepare for Woodland Hills moving in, and replacing rubber mulch on school playgrounds. To pay for the projects, the district needs to borrow $4.3 million through bonds to be paid back in five years. …

Duluth’s Affordable Housing Market Addressed

Housing for All Summit Brought Community Leaders Together

DULUTH, Minn. – Elected officials, landlords and community groups discussed issues regarding the city’s affordable housing market at the 5th annual Housing for All Summit. Organizers call the summit a grassroots effort to bring people together to work on housing issues in Duluth. Topics on Wednesday’s agenda included landlord incentive programs, the affordable housing trust fund, and the quality of…

Registration Not Needed for ATV Riders this Weekend

"No Registration Weekend" June 2-4

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend is the perfect time for ATV riders to spend some time outdoors. That’s because June 2-4 is “No Registration Weekend.” Meaning, Minnesota is providing ATV riders with free access to more than 3,000 miles of state forest and grant-in-aid trails. This is for Minnesotan an all-terrain vehicle registered for private or agricultural use and out-of-state…

Baking a Roasted Pear with Salted Caramel Sauce

Cooking Connection: A.G. Thomson House

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Cooking Connection we cooked with the A.G. Thomson House. The A.G. Thomson House was built in 1909 in Duluth and now serves as a Bed and Breakfast. Tim and Angie Allen own the establishment and do all the cooking for guests. For this week’s Cooking Connection we made a Roasted Pear with a Salted Caramel Sauce….

Over 95,000 Lbs. of Food Collected in Stamp Out Hunger Drive

DULUTH, Minn. – Local results for the nation’s largest single-day food drive, the National Association Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, were released today. Local letter carriers along with community volunteers collected 95,627 pounds of food donations throughout the Twin Ports on May 13 for area food shelves. Area food shelves will begin to receive the food over a…

Duluth Air Show Spreads Aviation Education to Local Students

Air Show Takes Off Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Air and Aviation Expo, Presented by St. Luke’s is just days away and several pilots and planes are already in town. The Co-Education Directors, Tara Anderson and Amy Hallback, visited FOX 21 to talk about the education aspect of the show. The air show offered free tickets to this year’s airshow to every elementary school…

Duluth Citizens Express Concerns Over LED Lights

Public Meeting Held Tonight Could Bring Better Light To The Situation

Discussion over the use of LED lights in the city of Duluth has been going on for months now. Tonight another public meeting was held to address outdoor lighting. The City of Duluth has already converted a majority of the cities street lights to a blueish colored LED. Because so many have had concerns over the brightness, city staff was…

Dayton Vetoes Legislative Funding, Republicans Prepare for Legal Fight

House republicans are calling the governor's move unconstitutional and are threatening to sue

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota governor Mark Dayton signed the state’s budget and bonding bills Tuesday to avoid a state government shutdown, but now, he’s taking some serious heat after deciding to veto funding to the house and senate as a way to get lawmakers to fix some key issues included in the bills. House republicans are calling this move unconstitutional…

Mysterious Mural Found in Historic Duluth Theatre

DULUTH, Minn. — As construction continues on Duluth’s historic NorShor Theatre, a mysterious work of art has been found. The nearly ten-foot-tall mural was found in the theatre’s attic, which is a space that used to be the balcony of the old Orpheum Theatre back in the early 1900s. Christine Gradl Seitz, Duluth Playhouse’s Artistic Director, says she hopes to…

Workshop Continues Work “Toward Zero Deaths”

State Agencies Want to Eliminate Crash Fatalities

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota’s Departments of Public Safety, Health and Transportation are working toward zero deaths on state highways. On Wednesday, officials from eight counties met at Northland Country Club to examine crash trends and come up with ways to reduce traffic deaths. Wednesday’s workshop came after a number of fatal and injury crashes in recent weeks.  Organizers say Summer…

New Program Aimed at Helping Homeless

St. Louis Co. Residents Can Get Help by Texting "Homeless" to 85511

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting June 1st, St. Louis County residents who are homeless or about to become homeless will have a new resource through the United Way’s 211 program. By texting ‘homeless’ to 85511, people can start the pre–screen process 24 hours a day. Officials say the text hotline will serve people who might not get the help they need…

Two Non-Profits in Duluth Receive Grants from St. Louis County Family Service Collaborative

DULUTH, Minn. – Two non-profit agencies in Duluth that serve children and families have been chosen to receive significant grants from the South St. Louis County Family Service Collaborative. The YWCA Duluth will receive $225,000 and the Lincoln Park Children and Family Collaborative will receive $25,000. Recipients took part in a comprehensive application process and were chosen based on their…

Trail Technology to Take in the Great Outdoors

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend the country will be celebrating nature as National Trials Day is Saturday, June 3. Rachel Agurkis, a Solutions Specialist for Verizon Wireless, joined the Fox 21 morning crew to go over technology suitable for outdoors. Fitbit Alta: Track your activity and take advantage of automatic recognition and recording of select exercises via the Fitbit app’s…

Pond Scientists on the Rise at Hartley Nature Center

Many Student Groups Flocking for Field Trips to Northland Educational Hub

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Animal Answers we’re taking you on a field trip! For some, it may be a trip to the park, museum or movie theater. However, many groups of Northland students are becoming seasoned pond scientists. “I think if you start kids at an early enough age they’ll have an appreciation for the outdoors,” said Matt…

Great Outdoors: Duluth Women Mountain Bike 101

The class was created to help get more women interested in the growing sport

DULUTH, Minn. – As the popularity of mountain biking continues to grow in Duluth, more and more women are starting to get involved with the sport. At Spirit Mountain, a full class is on hand for a “Ladies Only” Mountain Bike 101 class. “We’re just going to go over balance on your bike, braking, shifting a little bit,” said Dee…

Vietnam Veterans Remembered on Northland Memorial’s 25th Anniversary

The annual ceremony recognizes the names of the 136 soldiers from the area who lost their lives during the war

DULUTH, Minn. – A memorial service Tuesday evening honored Northland veterans who served in the Vietnam War. The annual ceremony recognizes the names of the 136 soldiers from the area who didn’t get to come home to their families. Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken and a soldier who just returned from overseas spoke about the significance of the Vietnam War…

United Taconite Officially Reopens

Officials Cut Ribbon on Facility Producing Mustang Pellets

FORBES, Minn. – Lawmakers and officials from Cliff’s Natural Resources had reason to celebrate, as they cut the ribbon on the re-opened United Taconite facility. “We are truly celebrating here today the largest producer of iron ore pellets in North America sending a brand new mustang pellet to the largest blast furnace in the United States,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar…

Veterans Memorial Hall Reopens

New Exhibits on Display

DULUTH, Minn.-Veterans Memorial Hall had its grand reopening today. The moment celebrated a major redesign at the facility which honors local veterans and their accomplishments. The exhibit now includes artifacts and stories from multiple conflicts, going back to the Civil War. “War and conflict impacts all lives,” said Jo Anne Coombe, executive director of the St. Louis County Historical Society….

Annual Film Festival Features Regionally Influenced Productions

8th Annual Duluth Superior Film Festival

DULUTH, Minn. – This week may be a good one to head to the theater as the Duluth Superior Film Festival gets underway. In its eighth year, the festival is running from May 31 – June 4. Films will be shown at several locations including Clyde Iron Works Event Center and Mezzanine, Zinema 2, Teatro Zuccone, The Rex Bar, Sacred Heart Music…

Uncovering Logging and Lumberjack History

Northland Uncovered: Tom's Logging Camp

DULUTH, Minn. – Shipping and mining are a couple of the industries many think of when picturing the beginnings of this region, but another profession also kept thousands of men employed. In this week’s Northland Uncovered we head to Tom’s Logging Camp just up Highway 61. “There was almost no protections. If you got hurt you were kind of out…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Paul’s Market

Pasties are the Specialty at this Iron Range Staple

EVELETH, Minn – Locals say in Eveleth there’s only one place to get a pasty. Paul’s Market. Owner Paul Nemanick sells so many pasties he can’t put a number on it. “I don’t know, lots of them,” said Nemanick. “We started out just Wednesdays and Fridays, and people would come in Tuesdays and turn around walk out the door because we…

One Killed in Head-On Collision In Duluth

A Driver Was Pronounced Dead at the Scene

DULUTH, Minn. – One man has died after an accident that happened Monday afternoon in Duluth. Officers arrived on scene and found a vehicle that had been traveling southbound on Rice Lake Road driving by 19-year-old Alex William Day of Duluth collided with a vehicle traveling northbound driven by Charles Frank Zupancich, 68, of Aurora. Zupancich was pronounced dead at…

Memorial Day Services Held at Green Wood Cemetery

Speakers Highlighted Contributions by Women in the Military

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Veterans, family members and loved ones honored fallen veterans at the Green Wood Cemetery in Superior. The Memorial Day celebration in the cemetery is an annual event. This year the vice commander of American legions spoke at the event and highlighted the contributions made by women in the military and the roles the alliance between US and Canadian…

Jeopardized Memorial Day Parade Successfully Takes Place in Duluth

Just Weeks Ago, the Parade Only Had 16 Units Registered to Participate

DULUTH, Minn.- The Northland Memorial Day Parade, which has been around since 1871, were having trouble getting people to participate this year with only 16 units registered just a few weeks ago. But after successfully finding 52 units to be in the parade, the committee was able to pull it off. Organizers believe the popularity of the parade has gone…

Strength in the Community Scholarship Winner, Madeline Roberts

Meet Madeline Roberts, one of 12 winners of the FOX 21 Strength in the Community Scholarship. The Strength in the Community Scholarship was created to help students reach their goals to pursue higher education in a time of rising tuition costs. Twelve finalists will receive $1,000, but one will trade in their $1,000 for a $10,000 check. Madeline is a…

CSS Student Thanks Volunteer Gardener With $500

DULUTH, Minn. – A Saint Scholastica student has raised money to help out a good Samaritan in her neighborhood. Last summer, Lindsay Monson came across an elderly woman named Rosemary, who spends her day cleaning up parks in the Duluth community. Monson wanted to do something to give back to her neighbor before she graduated. Categories: Community, News, News –…

21st Annual Battle of the Jug Bands Rocks in Duluth

Bands Played Hand-Made Instruments at the Event

DULUTH, Minn.- Bands from around the region made unique music using jugs and washboards at the 21st annual Battle of the Jug Bands in Duluth. The musicians played some interesting homemade instruments at the event held at Amazing Grace Bakery in Canal Park for a chance to win the Krumkake Iron, a Norwegian Waffle Iron used by Jug Bands as…

Horse and Carriage Company in Canal Park for Sale

Asking Price: $25,000

DULUTH, Minn.- Bayfront Carriages has been looking to sell the business for a few years now, after owner Andrew James found a full-time job. James first purchased the business eight years ago, and has delighted tourists from all over the place with leisurely horse drawn carriage rides. “You’re sitting there looking at this, looking at that and being able to…

Veterans’ Garden Revamped at Local Cemetery

Garden Revitalized by Local Volunteers

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Veterans’ Garden at Sunrise Cemetery has been around for quite a while, but in recent years, the monument fell on disrepair. Now, thanks to a local organization, the garden has been revitalized. “My friend and I walked the cemetery, visit our husbands’ graves, and then we happened to come down this way and it was very…

Blue Star Marker Dedicated in Duluth and Sturgeon Lake

The Markers Honor the Service Men and Women of Our Country

DULUTH, Minn .- Blue Star Memorial Markers first started showing up right after World War 2, and now mark highways across the United States from the East to west coast, reminding all who see them, of the sacrifices made by the service men and women of the country. A Blue Star Marker was placed at Thompson Hill Visitor Center this…

Jay Cooke State Park Offers Programs to Connect People With Nature

Kids Had the Chance to Learn About Monarch Butterflies on Saturday

CARLTON, Minn.- Kids and families learned about Monarch Butterflies at Jay Cooke State Park, Saturday. Minnesota State Parks host events to help connect visitors to the natural wonders the parks have to offer. Many events were held at Jay Cooke State Park today, including an educational class about Monarch butterflies. Attendees learned about the state butterfly, its habitat, and life…

The Great Lakes of Fine Arts Exhibit Showcases Students Work

The Exhibit Shows the Students Progress Over the School Year

DULUTH, Minn.- The Great Lakes Academy of Fine Arts is hosting an art Exhibit showcasing the One year progression of the students that study there. Six students have been studying at the academy under professional artists Jeffrey and Brock Larson since September of last year. The art exhibit which kicked off Friday, shows life like drawings the students have been working…

Fuel Oil Leak in Hermantown

Officials Concerned for Runoff into Keane Creek

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown police and fire departments responded to reports of a fuel oil spill Saturday. According to investigators, a residential fuel oil tank leaked in the 48–hundred block of Maple Grove Rd. Saturday afternoon. The fuel oil may have run off into the Keane Creek water system. Hermantown officials have notified the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Categories: Community,…

Charter Utility Truck Catches Fire

Driver Made It Out Ok

Duluth, Minn. A Charter Communications utility truck caught on fire with the driver still inside. The fire briefly bringing Miller Trunk Highway to a standstill this afternoon. The driver told Fox 21 he started seeing smoke as he was driving up the hill. He pulled over and before he knew it the truck was on fire. The DFD along with…