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A Night to Shine in Proctor

A prom for those with special needs was held in Proctor. Attendees rode in limos, took pictures, and danced.

PROCTOR, Minn. – A Night to Shine is a prom for those with special needs. On Friday night in Proctor, the lights shone brightly on the kings and queens of this special night. Kyle Leske attended A Night to Shine and by the look on his face, it’s something he will never forget. “I got surprised,” said Leske. A Night…

Chocolate After Dark

Many Local Restuarnats Come Up With Chocolate Creation For Good Cause

Duluth, Minn The 20th annual chocolate after dark was tonight. You could find almost any type of food covered in chocolate. Valentine’s Day must be around the corner so it makes since to talk some chocolate. Some interesting combinations were chocolate covered bacon and chocolate covered sushi. The annual fundraiser raises awareness for those with a disability. “All of our…

River Gala Held Tonight

St. Louis River Alliance Celebrates 21 Years

Duluth, Minn The St. Louis River Alliance held a gala tonight to celebrate 21 years of work on the river after it was deemed an area of concern after years of dumping uncontrolled pollution in 1987. The alliance was formed as a nonprofit organization in 1996 to oversee the activities and practices that are helping to restore the St. Louis…

New Superior Brewery to Open in Superior

Brought Forward by Fitger's Co-Founder

SUPERIOR, Wis.-A new Superior brewery will be rolling out the kegs this summer. Earth Rider Brewery in Superior is a start-up from Fitger’s co-founder Tim Nelson. It will be located at 1617 N. Third St. in the Leamon Mercantile Company Complex. There taproom will be at Nelson’s Cedar Lounge across the street. “We’re excited to bring back a production brewery…

2017 Two Harbors Winter Frolic Begins

Events will be Happening Friday and Saturday in the North Shore Community

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Starting Friday, one community along the North Shore will be celebrating the winter season as temperatures begin to climb. Hundreds are expected to take part in the annual Two Harbors Winter Frolic. The two-day event kicks off Friday evening with a chili cook-off challenge and a community curling challenge. Sliding, skating, and snow sculptures are also…

Children Dress Up to Celebrate I Love to Read Month

It's an Event to Encourage Kids to Read More Books

DULUTH, Minn.- Hundreds of Children brought story book characters to life at the Edison Charter Schools North Stare Academy. Little Arthurs, Harry Potters, and Curious Georges walked through the halls of the school today. It’s part of the school’s effort to encourage kids to read more books.  While the school hosts many events to spark kids’ interest in reading, dress…

New Officer Sworn in for Superior Police

Fullfilling a Lifelong Dream

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The Superior Police Department swore in a new officer today. Megan Myer of Berlin, Wis.will begin her field training on Monday fulfilling a life long dream. “I’ve always been drawn to law enforcement,” she said. “I’ve always thought as very interesting. I decided to major in it at UWS and heard a lot of great things. I decided this…

Madeline Island Ferry to be Open All of Winter

It's a Rare Occurance That the Ferry Stays Open All Year

BAYFIELD, Wis.- The Madeline Island Ferry Line will stay opened for the winter. With the open waters of Lake Superior still visible from the marina, it’s the second year in a row that the ferry will be traveling between Bayfield and Madeline island all winter long. Shannon Mager who has been working at the Ferry Line for over a decade, says…

Local Non-Profit Sets Goal to Make Prom More Affordable

If the Dress Fits Collects Used Prom Dresses

DULUTH, Minn. – Finding the perfect prom dress can be a fun experience, but it can also put a strain on the pocketbook. One Northland non-profit is hoping to change that for high school girls. Ashleigh Arntson is the co-founder of If the Dress Fits. The organization allows girls and their families to donate current, previously worn or brand new…

Active Adventures: Winter Bike to Work Day

Dozens of Duluthians Rode Their Bikes to Work Friday, Celebrating Winter Bike to Work Day

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday morning, more than 30 Northlanders grabbed their bikes and headed to the Duluth Rose Garden to celebrate International Winter Bike to Work Day. The day is observed across the globe and aims to normalize winter biking. Cyclists gathered at the Rose Garden around 7:30, and rode via Superior Street to the Minnesota Power Plaza. Event organizers from…

Special Report: The Canadian Connection | Part Two

FOX 21's Brett Scott Speaks with Local Tourism Officials and Business Owners on Canadian Cash Flow in the Northland

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Nearly fourteen million Canadians call the Province of Ontario home. Located directly north of Minnesota, thousands of our northern neighbors travel south each year. “A lot of them are on their way to Mall of America, and we are one of their major stops,” said Anna Klobuchar with Visit Cook County. Many miles separate the Canadian…

Zoo Receives Donation Toward Animal Dental Health

The Lake Superior Zoo Started Dental Work Thursday, After Receiving a $9,500 Donation from the Make Me Smile Program

DULUTH, Minn. – A recent donation toward animal dental health was put to use for the first time Thursday at Duluth’s Lake Superior Zoo. A $9,500 dollar grant was recently given to the Zoo, from the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry’s Make Me Smile Program. In 2012, flood waters washed through the Zoo causing millions of dollars’ worth of damage. Included,…

Neighbors Lend a Hand in Time of Need

Family Who Lost Their Home Welcomed by Neighborhood

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Rhonda Manthey was coming home from dinner when she saw fire trucks in her neighborhood. “There was smoke coming out and I couldn’t determine who’s house it was,” said Manthey.  “I came right around and it’s Bob’s house.  Oh my gosh.” Bob is Bob Moniasque, who lived two doors down on Ogden Ave. “Bob cuts our lawn,…

Red Cross Offers Smoke Detector Replacement

Officials Say to Replace Smoke Detectors Every 10 Years

DULUTH, Minn. – With all the fires in the area lately officials remind everyone to make sure their smoke detectors are good to go. The American Red Cross and area fire departments teamed up as part of the Home Fire Campaign, to reduce deaths and injuries by 25%. The problem with most smoke detectors isn’t dead batteries, it’s age.  Smoke…

Boat Club Set to Open at Fitger’s

New Restaurant Replaces Midi on Lower Level

DULUTH, Minn – The newest addition to Duluth’s Fitger’s complex is set to open its doors. The Boat Club officially opens Saturday. They’re serving up fresh Lake Superior fish, seafood, steaks and pasta on the lower level of the Fitger’s mall. Fitger’s is excited to show off the new look. “This is beautiful, it’s a transformation,” says Tami Tanski-Sherman, mall…

U.S. Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Trump’s Travel Ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. The panel of three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to enter the U.S. An appeal to the U.S….

Valentine’s Fun for the Family

Duluth KidsClub 3rd Annual Valentine's Extravaganza

DULUTH, Minn. – Family fun will be had this weekend as the Duluth KidsClub hosts the 3rd Annual Valentine’s Extravaganza. There will be singing, dancing, bouncing, sliding, crafting, printing photo booth keepsakes, playing games and winning prizes, indulging in sweets and treats, and meeting costumed characters. This is taking place Saturday, February 11th at the Clyde Iron in Duluth. Event…

Proctor Referendum Passes

New Sports Facilities To Be Built

PROCTOR, Minn. – It’s good news for the city of Proctor as the referendum to build new sports facilities has passed. The vote to build a $12 million sports complex passed and will move into construction soon. Administration, coaches and students were on pins and needles waiting for the results to come in. “Yesterday was a little bit nerve–wracking. We…

High School Students Compete in Battle of Wits

This Year's Quiz Bowl Season Ends with Intense Face-to-Face Tournament

ASHLAND, Wis. – High school students from all over Northern Wisconsin faced off in a battle of knowledge today in Ashland. Competitive energy filled the air in the CESA 12 building in Ashland as the region’s top quiz bowl teams squared off in their only face-to-face tournament this season. “It’s a high stakes situation, you know?” says Phillips senior Harrison…

Special Report: The Canadian Connection | Part One

FOX 21's Brett Scott examines the Canadian Cash Flow into the Twin Ports

GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. – Over 150 miles separate the Twin Ports from our northern border. Each year hundreds of thousands of Canadians travel along Highway 61, making their way down to invest in our local economy. “We see four-hundred, five-hundred, up to one-thousand packages a day.” Jaime Spry, General Manager at Ryden’s Border Store, might be decking the halls while…

Do North Pizzeria Opens in New, Larger Location

The new space is nearly three times the size and now includes a full bar, party room, and a large patio

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A popular Northland restaurant opened its doors in a new location today. Do North Pizzeria held a grand opening and ribbon cutting this afternoon. The Hermantown restaurant closed its previous location and opened up in a larger building just down the street on Miller Trunk Highway. The new space is nearly three times the size and now…

Girl Scout Cookies Arrive in the Northland

Orders will be fulfilled on February 11th with booth sales starting on February 16th.

DULUTH, Minn. – Girl Scout cookies have arrived in Duluth by the truckload. The Girl Scouts will begin fulfilling their orders this Saturday. They will start their booth sales next week on Thursday. The scouts use their proceeds for activities, community events, and camps. “It teaches the girls a lot of financial skills obviously customer service skills, leadership skills and…

Lakeview Christian Hosts Special Youth Practice

Salvation Army's RBA Practices with the LCA boys varsity squad

A group of the Northland’s up and coming basketball stars received a special practice session Wednesday night, as the Lakeview Christian Academy boys varsity basketball team welcomed more than 20 youngsters from the Salvation Army’s Rookie Basketball Association to the gym at St. James School. They focused on the fundamentals of the game as well as developing an early passion…

Ashland School District Building Project Moving Forward

District Reveals Final Project Plans at Community Meeting

ASHLAND, Wis. – Last April, a $34 million referendum passed allowing Ashland schools to complete a building project. The tax levy for that project went into effect as expected, but due to declining enrollment, another tax levy was introduced to increase funding, upsetting some Ashland residents. School district officials say the second tax can be removed after this school year when…

Professional Surveyors Attend Conference at DECC

DULUTH, Minn. — In just about every industry, technology has gotten more and more advanced in recent years. And for professional surveyors that is especially true. It’s a job that requires advanced math skills, knowledge of physics, engineering, and zoning laws. And professional surveyors from around the region are in town for a three day conference at the DECC in…

Canadian Forces Snowbirds Make Visit to Cirrus Aircraft

The Snowbirds are Preparing for the Upcoming 2017 Duluth Air and Aviation Expo Presented by St. Luke's

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite the frigid cold we experienced in the Northland Wednesday, it didn’t stop the Canadian Forces Snowbirds from flocking into Cirrus Aviation earlier in the day. The visit by the military flight demonstration team is in preparation for their longer visit this summer when they will be performing at the 2017 Duluth Air and Aviation Expo presented…

Co-op Makes Large Donation to Food Bank

Co-op Celebrating 10,000 Members

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Whole Foods Co-op recently hit a milestone with 10,000 owners. Today they celebrated by donating $5,100 to the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. That amount of money will supply Northlander’s in need with 20,000 pounds of food. “This donation provides the ability to rescue and rehabilitate 20,000 pounds of food and to know that equals…

Families in Need Get Gift of Transportation

Community Action Duluth Gave Three Cars to Needy Families

DULUTH, Minn. – Families in need got the gift of transportation thanks to Community Action Duluth and local NAPA Autocare Centers who partnered to give three worthy families a new car. The cars weren’t brand new, but thanks to generous donations, Community Action Duluth was able to give Corinthian Rutherford and two other single mothers, cars.  A grateful Rutherford calls…

Flu Cases on Rise in Duluth

Doctors Report Normal Surge in Cases for This Time of Year

DULUTH, Minn. – Winter may be winding down, but flu season is still going strong. Doctors at St. Luke’s in Duluth say they’ve seen an increase in flu cases over the last few weeks, which is normal for this time of year. Flu shots are still available. According to Dr. Andrew Thompson, M.D. of St. Luke’s Infectious Disease Clinic, now…

Lake Superior Surfers Hang Ten

Surfers Hit the Waves for a new Film

DULUTH, Minn. – Surfers were hanging ten on Lake Superior early Wednesday morning. About seven or eight surfers waxed their boards, and hit the water near Stoney Point.  They were there… making a film about winter surfing for an upcoming student film festival. “I just think it’s so interesting, especially in the winter,” said Brad Nordin, one of the filmmakers. …

Fire Breaks Out in Superior Home

The fire was reported on the 2300 block of John Avenue

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Around 8:36 a.m., Wednesday morning, the Superior Fire Department and other first responders, responded to a structure fire in the 2300 block of John Avenue. When crews arrived, they found a large volume of dark brown and black smoke coming form the roof vents and eves of a single story addition on a two story home. All…

Night Out with Chocolate Supports Arc Northland

20th Annual Chocolate After Dark

DULUTH, Minn. – Local chefs are getting creative by combining chocolate with courses of a meal. The 20th Annual Chocolate After Dark event will include chocolate creations from featured local chefs, a silent auction, a wine wall, and a cash bar. All proceeds from the event go to supporting and expanding Arc Northland’s core services. Here’s a preview of what…

Two Saved in Superior Apartment Fire

One Resident And First Responders Make Right Decisions

UPDATE: Both victims of this fire are currently in intensive care units. A male victim, Ronald Stark, is in critical condition at the burn unit at Miller Dwan, and a female victim, Kellie Cook is listed in stable condition, but remains in the intensive care unit at Essentia Duluth. SUPERIOR, Wis. – Heroic efforts by an apartment resident and the…

Emergency Personnel Deal with Snowy Conditions

Fire trucks come with chains and other safety devices to get them to emergencies quickly and safely when it snows.

DULUTH, Minn. – First responders not only have traffic to deal with when heading to an emergency, but they also have to deal with less than ideal conditions when the weather gets bad. The Duluth Fire Department said that snowy roadways mixed in with Duluth’s hills and unique terrain bring some challenges. Their trucks do come with automatic chains and…

Proctor Athletic Facilities Referendum Passed

Property taxes over the next 20 years will help pay for the nearly $12 million facility

PROCTOR, Minn. – Proctor residents have voted to pass a referendum to pay for a new hockey arena and multi–functional turf field. The referendum was approved with 1159 votes in favor and 909 votes against. Property taxes over the next 20 years will help pay for the nearly $12 million facility. The amount taxes will go up is dependent on…

Paid Sick Leave Debate Continues

Community Forum Held Today to Discuss Issue

DULUTH, Minn.-The debate for whether employers should offer paid sick leave raged on at a community forum in Duluth today. Representatives from various organizations and businesses attended the event including the Duluth City Council President. One of the main goals was to learn more about how the council-sponsored Earned Sick and Safe Leave Taskforce. “It’s really to educate … on…

Proctor Set to Vote on New Sports Facility

Cost Could Reach $12 million

PROCTOR, Minn.-Tonight Proctor residents are voting on whether to pay for a new hockey arena and multi-functional turf field. The facility would cost about $12 million. School officials have said their current facility is about 45-years-old and outlived its lifespan. If voted in, property taxes would pay for the facility. The amount taxes would go up are dependent on a…

Endi Apartments Celebrates Grand Opening With Ribbon Cutting

The project began back in the fall of 2014

DULUTH, Minn. — A housing project that’s been more than two years in the making is celebrating its grand opening on London Road in Duluth. Developers and city leaders cut the ribbon in the lobby of Endi Apartments earlier this morning. We first reported on the project back in the fall of 2014, and now the housing and retail complex is…

St. Louis County Closer to Supporting National Forest Mining

Commission Approved Preliminary Resolution 4-3

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County commissioners are one step closer to approving a resolution in favor of copper mining in the Superior National Forest. Commissioners heard arguments both for and against the resolution, which calls on the Trump administration to reverse President Obama’s decision to block copper mining in more than 234,000 acres of the forest. Some, came from…

More People Celebrating Pet Birthdays

Matilda's Bakery in Duluth Specializes in Treats for any Occasion

DULUTH, Minn. – For many, dogs and cats are more than pets, they’re part of the family. More and more pet owners treat their furry friends as such.  Joanne Elliott, owner of Matilda’s Bakery in Duluth is one of those people, and her shop is packed with all kinds of tasty treats.  One of her most popular items is the…

Students Get College Preview at WITC Career Day

More than 400 Students from Nine Schools were on Campus

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College opened its doors to more than 400 high school students From nine Northland schools Tuesday. As part of Career Day, these kids could experience everything WITC has to offer.  From nursing, to early childhood education, to trade programs, students got to work with teachers and current students to find out what WITC is…

Walker’s Budget Looks to Cut UW Tuition by 5-Percent

MADISON (AP) – Governor Scott Walker wants to cut the University of Wisconsin System tuition by 5 percent, letting students opt out of paying some fees and grant the system’s request for additional state aid. The governor made the announcement at UW- La Crosse on Tuesday. He says the budget he will release on Wednesday will cut resident undergraduate tuition…

Douglas County Historical Society Brings History to Life through Theater

Northland Uncovered: Mary Todd Lincoln

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Douglas County Historical Society is hosting the first production of the 2017 History Theater season with Jessica Michna as “Mary Todd Lincoln”. There will be two different performances, the first Saturday, Feb. 11th at 7:00 p.m. and the second show Sunday, Feb. 12th at 2:00 p.m. The first performance, “Preserve the Union,” is based on her…

Clean Water Gala Supports St. Louis River Alliance

Organization Celebrates 21 Years

DULUTH, Minn. – This week the St. Louis River Alliance is celebrating 21 years of hard work with their Clean Water Gala. The event raises money for the St. Louis River Alliance and their efforts in cleaning up the St. Louis River Estuary. There will be a silent auction featuring a Harbor Cruise on Marine Tech Barge, a River Excursion…

Senate confirms Betsy DeVos for Education Department

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has confirmed school choice activist Betsy DeVos as Education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie. The Senate historian says it was the first time a vice president had to break a tie on a Cabinet nomination. Two Republicans joined Democrats Tuesday to vote to derail DeVos’ nomination. Democrats cited her lack…