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Runners, Bikers, and Skiers Travel 135 Miles in the Snow

It's an Extreme Race from International Falls to Tower

DULUTH, Minn.- Joe Stiller has been competing in the Arrowhead Ultra for 4 years, and says the 135 mile race is one of his favorites. “This has a real tight family community, more than any other race that I do,” says Stiller. The race starts in International Falls Minnesota, and Ends in Tower. Competitors pack gear like sleeping bags, extra…

Marshall Opens Wellness Center

The new center gives students a larger space to achieve their wellness goals.

A new wellness center has opened up at Marshall School. The center takes over a spot on the mezzanine that wasn’t used a whole lot, but now students have a space to run, lift weights, and achieve fitness goals. Renovations also included a fitness and movement studio for yoga classes and the school’s dance teams. “When it first started to…

Soudan Underground Mine Hoping Bonding Bill Passes

The mine is set to receive $3 million to repair sections of the mine's shaft and remove other debris.

According to the Minnesota DNR, a popular Northland tourist attaction is need of an upgrade so it can last for future generations. Minnesota’s oldest mine, the Soudan Underground mine, is hoping to get money from Governor Dayton’s bonding proposal. Visitors can tour the mine and see firsthand how mining formed the backbone for the region’s economy. The hoist tells a…

Big Tower Project to Start Construction This Spring

The Project Has Been in the Works for A Decade

TOWER, Minn.- The city of Tower is preparing for some big things this spring. The Vermilion Harbor Development Site plan has been in the works for around a decade, but city officials say they’re ready to start construction this spring.  The project will be quite the facelift for Tower, and will include town homes, a restaurant, and a hotel. “Up until…

UMD Responds to Trump’s Travel Ban

University is Home to Students from Affected Countries

DULUTH, Minn. – Last Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order which banned refugees from entering the country for 120 days and immigrants from seven muslim majority countires for three months. While many support the executive order, it also sparked protests both in this country and across the globe. At first “Green Card” holders questioned whether they would be…

Charter School Students Visit Star Lab

Interactive Program Teaches About Stars and Constellations from Native Perspective

DULUTH, Minn. – Students at the Duluth Edison Charter School North Star Academy learned about stars and constellations from a Native perspective. The Dakota and Ojibwe Language Immersion Program brought its Star Lab, an inflatible, portable planetarium designed to teach the kids how something as simple as looking up at the night sky played such an important role in Native…

Lake Superior Zoo Needs Volunteers

Positions are Available in a Number of Departments

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo needs help for the upcoming season. The zoo is looking for volunteers to help out in the barnyard, teach guests about the animals, even some gardening.  These positions are filled entirely by volunteers, and no experience is necessary. “We will do all the training they need, we just ask that they really like…

Minnesotans Encouraged to Swap Older Stoves

Project Stove Swap Offers Homeowners an Incentive to Replace Wood-Burning Stoves

DULUTH, Minn. – You’ve likely heard of “Cash for Clunkers”; well, there’s now a similar program for wood–burning stoves. Project Stove Swap gives Northern Minnesotans an incentive to replace their older, inefficient wood–burning stoves with a newer more environmentally friendly model. The project is a partnership between Minnesota Power and the non–profit Environmental Initiative.  Organizers say swapping out an old…

Three Actors Take on 37 Plays at UMD

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

DULUTH, Minn. – Actors with the University of Minnesota – Duluth Department of Theatre have been working hard for their next production. Three actors will be taking on roles to perform 37 plays in less than two hours. It’s all for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) directed by Jenna Soleo-Shanks. The play is described as fast-paced with a…

History of The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce

Northland Uncovered

DULUTH, Minn. – Downtown Duluth is bustling with growing businesses moving into the Zenith City. The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce played a role in that as they were founded the same year the city was incorporated. “We started in the core of downtown when there were very few buildings in the entire city,” said David Ross, President and CEO…

Minnesota Man Airlifted to Twin Cities After Snowmobile Crash

Authorities Urge Responsible Snowmobile Driving

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office is urging safe and responsible driving while operating any motorized vehicle after a Minnesota man crashed his ATV. On January 30, 2017 around 1:40 p.m., the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, along with members from the International Falls Ambulance Service, Kabetogama Fire and First Responders, St. Louis County Rescue Squad, and Voyageur National Park…

New Moose Lake School Taking Shape

Progress Being Made on School Set to Open This Spring

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – It was back in 2014 when voters in Moose Lake approved a nearly $35 million referendum to build a new school, and now construction on that is nearing completion. “As you can tell from the sounds and commotion, we are under construction,” says Moose Lake Superintendent Bob Indihar. Ground was broken last summer and now, in…

MnDOT Applies Seeks Funding for “Can Of Worms” Project

The project would be completed in three phases, the first beginning in 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has submitted an application for a federal grant, in hopes of funding a major project to fix the well–known “Can of Worms” interchange on Interstate 35 in Duluth. The grant was submitted to the Federal Highway Administration to fund $45 million towards the first of the three-phase project. If the grant is…

Former Nettleton School to Become Senior Housing

A purchase agreement was made between the school district and the Minneapolis based developer United Properties

DULUTH, Minn. – A plan for new senior housing is in the works at an old Duluth school. The proposed development would be at the former Nettleton Elementary. A purchase agreement was made between the school district and the Minneapolis based developer United Properties. The city of Duluth says about 50 to 60 units of independent senior houses are expected…

School Expansion Referendum Proposed in Wrenshall

School Wants to Update and Expand Building Because of Increased Enrollment

WRENSHALL, Minn. – Last week, the Wrenshall School Board proposed a referendum to improve and expand their school building. Wrenshall enrollment is up by about 30 students this year, which puts more demand on their facilities. School officials say they are still open to all options moving forward, including a proposed consolidation with Carlton schools, but an expansion needs to…

School Resource Police Officer May Be Added in Cloquet

Officer Would Increase Safety and Build Relationships Between Students and Law Enforcement

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet School District is planning to add a full time school resource police officer. The resource officer would provide counseling and education to students, in addition to increased school security. The Cloquet Superintendent says adding a resource officer will help students build relationships with police and is not in response to any issues with crime. “The…

American Red Cross Holds Blood Drive at UMD

Winter Weather Causes Blood Shortage for American Red Cross

DULUTH, Minn.- The American Red Cross is having a blood shortage, after several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country forced them to cancel blood drives. Since December 1, around 300 blood drives across 27 states have been canceled because of weather, but hospital patients still need blood transfusions. So today, students and community members donated…

Lucky’s 13 Pub Opens in Duluth

The Store Brought More Than 100 Jobs to Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Lucky’s 13 Pub opened in Duluth Monday. Lucky’s is a growing restaurant that takes pride in their rustic feel and welcoming atmosphere. The Duluth location is Lucky’s 7th store, and with the opening of it, Lucky’s has brought more than 100 new jobs to Duluth. “We thought Duluth was a really good market, because even though the town…

Duluth Police Chief Addresses Spike In Gun Crimes

Six Gun-Related Crimes Were Reported Over Eight Days

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken announced at a news conference Monday that his department has arrested a suspect in Sunday’s shooting in Lincoln Park. Tusken also addressed public safety concerns after the recent string of violent crimes involving guns. Three shootings and three armed robberies happened within eight days, which prompted Chief Tusken and Mayor Emily Larson…

Aurora Man Gets Longer-Than-Guideline Sentence for Murder

DULUTH, Minn.  – John Joseph Plevell received a 35-year- prison sentence today, after pleading guilty last month to intentional second-degree murder in the November 8, 2015 shooting death of Julie Ann Hildreth outside the Aurora American Legion club, St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin said. The longer-than guideline sentence was warranted by Judge Gary Pagaliaccetti because Plevell ambushed his former…

Panel of Women Leaders Share Advice

Women in Leadership

DULUTH, Minn. – This week Northland women are getting together to lift one another up and share advice for a successful career. Aim High Network is assembling a panel of achievers to discuss success. The Women in Leadership event is Wednesday, February 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kitchi Gammi Club. The panel will be sharing their experiences, philosophies, advice…

Giant Voices Giving Away $20,000 in Free Marketing Services

Local Northland Businesses can Apply for Prize

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re a small business looking to improve your marketing efforts, you’re in luck. Giant Voices is giving away $20,000 worth of free marketing services. Depending on the growth ambitions and needs of the winning business, marketing services will vary and may include: Ambition planning Brand development marketing plan development Advertising campaign development Lead generation strategy development…

Adventuring through Hartley Park by Candlelight

Coffee Conversation: Candlelight Ski, Skate & Snowshoe

DULUTH, Minn. – Winter is back in the Northland and Hartley Park is filling up with outdoor enthusiasts. To celebrate the season, Hartley Nature Center is hosting their annual Candlelight Ski, Skate & Snowshoe event. It’s being held on February 11 from 4-7 p.m. There will be naturalist-led snowshoe hikes, cross-country skiing by candlelight, ice skating on Hartley Pond, dessert…

Shooting Witness Talks About His Experience

Shawn Johnson Saw Last Night's Lincoln Park Shooting While Walking Home

DULUTH, Minn. – When Shawn Johnson walked home at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning, he found himself right in the middle of what became the latest violent crime in Duluth. “Came across a large argument, about eight people and a bunch of ruckus, and I just kind of stopped to see what was going on,” says Shawn Johnson. He says…

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Kicks Off with Opening Ceremony

Mushers Prepare for the Big Race

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Opening Ceremony marked the beginning of this year’s race. Dogs went through the vet checks, and mushers attended the mandatory meetings earlier today, to prepare for the big race. And tonight, mushers and their supporters attended the Opening Ceremony to get their bibs, and learn what order they will be…

MNSure Enrollment Extension

Minnesotans Have Until Feb. 8th to Buy Health Insurance

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There’s good news for Minnesotans who need health insurance. MNSure, the state–run insurance exchange announced a special one–week enrollment period. This extension gives Minnesotans extra time to take advantage of a new law which provides relief from rising premiums. The current enrollment now runs through February 8th, instead of January 31st.  All state residents are eligible,…

Habitat for Humanity Puts Electricity in Superior Home

It's the First Habitat Home to be Built in Superior in 6 Years

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s been six years since the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity built a Home in Superior. The organization broke ground for the house on 1001 North 7th Street, back in September of last year. And the project has come a long way since then. “We’re getting over the hill now as far as the most of…

Climbers Rock On! at UW-Superior

The Climbing Competition Drew 80 People

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The 13th Annual Rock On Indoor Climbing Competition brought climbers from all over Minnesota and Wisconsin to Superior. The competition is organized by UW-Superior Campus Recreation Program, and is part of the Wisconsin Indoor Climbing Series, where climbers of all ages and skill levels compete. Around 80 people showed up to UWS today to climb their way to…

Denfeld Girl’s Basketball Investing in the Future

Slavation Army Rookie Basktball Players Join Special Practice

Its been a long time since freshman forward Elizabeth Emmel first learned how to play basketball, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten the excitement of first learning her favorite sport. Emmel says, “Scoring your 1st basket during a game and then having my parents and friends go and watch your games is a lot of fun.” Now along with her…

Leaders Encourage People Claim Earned Income Tax Credits

For Some Families, Tax Refunds can Account for Around 30 Percent of an Entire Household Income

DULUTH, Minn.- Tax season has begun, and community leaders encourage low and moderate income households to claim the money they earned through the Earned Income Tax Credit and Working Family Credit. A tax refund can account for more than 30 percent of an entire household income, but one in five eligible taxpayers aren’t claiming their EITC. Leaders say these tax…

Ice Bar Opens at Lake Superior Ice Festival

The bar is open on Friday and Saturday nights until it melts.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Lake Superior Ice Festival is underway and there’s a cool, new place to raise a glass to the festivities. An ice bar was unveiled at the Barker’s Island Inn. Ice Occasions created the nearly ten foot bar. “It’s going to be interesting because we’ve never done this before and it’s actually quite comfortable out here. We…

Animal Allies Frozen Fundraiser

The annual event raises money for Animal Allies. All proceeds go to the shelter's operations fund.

DULUTH, Minn. – Animal lovers felt the warm embrace of a Frozen Fundraiser. The event at Fitger’s raised money for Animal Allies. The organization will use the proceeds from the fundraiser for their general operations fund. The annual Frozen Fundraiser was one of many fundraising events that Animal Allies hosts. According to board members, the Frozen Fundraiser brings them the…

Veterans Going Ice Fishing

The Event Helps Veterans be a Part of a Commuity

DULUTH, Minn.-Veterans and vet supporters are going Ice fishing this Sunday for a program by Operation 23 to Zero. Fishing will be held at Wild Rice Lake Reservoir and begins at 9 Am. There’s no registration, and anyone who wants can attend free of cost. Event Organizers believe many veterans miss the camaraderie and feeling of being part of something bigger…

Beargrease Photo Exhibit at Great Lakes Aquarium

The Exhibit Will Be Up Until March

DULUTH, Minn.- The Popular John Beargrease photo exhibit is back at the Great Lakes Aquarium. The collection features winning shots from Last year’s John Beargrease Photo Contest, plus dozens of other Candid images on the trail and checkpoints. The photographs show images of dogs, people, and what it’s like to compete in the longest dog sledding race in the lower…

Community Connection Helps People Connect with Resources

It's an Event Held in Duluth Twice a Year

DULUTH, Minn.- Community Connection is an event that happens every January and October in Duluth. The goal of the event is to connect people who are struggling financially with resources that can help them. Community Connect is based on a National Project Homeless Connect that started in San Francisco. The event has been going on in Duluth for more than …

New Duluth Officer Turns the Tables During Swearing-In Ceremony

Girlfriend gets a swearing in of her very own

DULUTH, Minn. – Today, eight new officers joined the Duluth Police force. The new officers and their families gathered for the swearing in ceremony at the Duluth Police Department. Chris Beekmann, Beau Hughes, Dakota Juarez, Ben Kneeland, Chris Olson, Andrew Park, Luke Renier, and Manuel Matos all took their oaths today. Officer Manuel Matos did more than just take his…

Becoming a Mascot at UMD

Active Adventures: Champ the Bulldog

DULUTH, Minn. – Champ the Bulldog is a staple at University of Minnesota Duluth athletic events and community gatherings. This week, FOX 21 got the chance to gear up with Champ. UMD Senior, Taylor Korum, is the lead Champ and has been a mascot at the university for five years. Korum is graduating this year and tells FOX 21 he’s…

Twin Ports Tonight Taping More Shows

Episodes 10-12 will be Taped Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. –  This weekend you have a chance to be part of a local late night talk show. Twin Ports Tonight is taping episodes 10-12 at Teatro Zuccone on Saturday, January 27. The show is hosted by Andrew Kirov who has been producing his own late night show since he was in high school. The taping begins at 7:00…

Duluth Police Investigate Robbery

No Suspect in Custody

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police are investigating a robbery. On Thursday, January 26 at 7:55 p.m., Duluth Police responded to the 1300 block of Highland Village Drive on a report of a robbery. No one is in custody at this time. This is an active investigation and no other information is available. Categories: Community, Crime, News Tags: duluth police, investigation,…

Duluth Police Respond to Shooting at 7th Ave E and 4th Street

DULUTH, Minn. – Early Thursday afternoon around 1:28 p.m., Duluth Police responded to a local hospital on a report of a shooting victim. Officers established a crime scene in the area of 7th Avenue East and 4th Street. Officers and investigators arrived at the location and are investigating the incident. A 17-year-old male is currently at a local hospital facility…

DFL Legislators Propose $100 Million Broadband Investment

Minnesota currently ranks 19th for average connection speed

ST. PAUL , Minn – Legislators from across greater Minnesota have joined together to call for a $100 million investment in broadband. They’re stressing the economic development reach that investment in broadband creates, something they say Minnesota is in need of. “For every dollar invested in broadband in the state, $10 is generated in economic activity. That kind of return…

Lake Nebagamon Suspect Facing 3 Felony Charges

John Raymond Lundberg Douglas Co. Sheriff’s OfficeSUPERIOR, Wis. – John Raymond Lundberg appeared in Douglas County Circuit Court, today, and is currently facing three separate felony charges for his alleged involvement in the stabbing of a man in Lake Nebagamon on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. According to the Probable Cause Statement, at approximately 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the Douglas County…

Making Valentine’s Day Gifts on a Budget

Do-It-Yourself Crafts with Pure Event Planning

DULUTH, Minn. – Valentine’s Day is just a couple weeks away, so Mary Carlson, owner of Pure Event Planning, stopped by FOX 21 to help Northlanders prepare. Instead of putting off getting a gift until the last minute, why not work on some do-it-yourself gifts? Carlson gave two ideas for romantics to stay on budget. The first is a giant,…

Barker’s Island Readies for Ice Festival

Festival Opens Friday with Events Planned for the Whole Family

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior is ready for another Lake Superior Ice Festival. “The community has really pulled together,” said Linda Cadotte; Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director for the City of Superior.  “Non–profits, businesses, partners, to put on a festival to showcase the coolest aspects of our region and have something for everybody.” Unlike the past couple of years, which centered…

18th Annual Step To The Future Powwow

Native American Cultural Celebration at Myers-Wilkins

DULUTH, Minn- For nearly 20 years children and families in Duluth have come together to honor Native American traditions at the annual steps to the future Powwow. The gathering allows kids and young adults from all backgrounds a chance to experience American Indian culture in a fun and familiar environment. Executive Director of the Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative, Jen Eddy…