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Valentine’s Day Glass Blowing

Couples Could Take Two Person Class to Make Pendants or Wine Goblets

DULUTH, Minn. – Another way Northlanders could celebrate Valentine’s Day was with a glass blowing class for two. Lake Superior Art Glass offered 60-90 minute classes where people could make pendants or wine goblets with their valentine. “I think it’s a pretty unusual date but I think it’s a good unusual, so it’s different, it’s fun, it’s been getting a…

Fourth Street Market Closed After 40 Years

Grocery Store's Closing May Cause Food Desert in Central Hillside

DULUTH, Minn. – The Fourth Street Market in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood has closed its doors, possibly for good. Fourth Street Market is now closed after more than 40 years in its current location on the corner of Fourth Street and First Avenue East. There is concern that the grocery store’s closing could cause a food desert in the Central Hillside…

Local Business Receives $20,000 Grant

Canal Bark Will Use Grant Money for Marketing Campaign

DULUTH, Minn. – A local business got a $20,000 grant today. Canal Bark–a one-stop pet facility that boards dogs and cats, offers dog day care, pet grooming, and training classes–was selected to receive the grant from Giant Voices. Canal Bark will use the money to improve their marketing efforts. “We have expertise with dogs and maybe some of the business…

Historical Exhibit Honors Minnesota Ballet

Costumes Displayed at St. Louis County Historical Society

DULUTH, Minn. – The stories of the Minnesota Ballet are on display at the St. Louis County Historical Society, along with the corresponding costume. The exhibit called, “Once upon a Ballet,” features costumes and props from Minnesota Ballet official productions of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and 1997-2008 The Nutcracker. The exhibit is located in the Small Fesler Gallery on the main…

Man Dies in Lakeside House Fire

Firefighters Remained on Scene for Four Hours

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesday morning a deadly fire broke out in the Lakeside neighborhood of Duluth. At midnight, the Duluth Fire Department responded to a report of a fully involved structure fire at 4516 Cooke Street. When crews arrived on scene they reported a person was possibly still inside. Crews immediately started to attack the fire and search for anyone…

New Fire Trucks Equipped to Prevent Cancer

The Duluth Fire Department received two new fire trucks that have mechanisms that can help prevent the firefighters from carcinogens.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department unveiled two new trucks equipped with the latest in firefighting technology, but they also help protect firefighters from another deadly aspect of the job, cancer. Every inch of these new trucks have been designed for form and function. They make fighting fires easier and help keep firefighters safer from coming into contact with…

Props Landing Opens in Hayward

New Restaurant Sits on Site of Original Famous Dave's

HAYWARD, Wis. – Props Landing isn’t a Bar–B–Que joint, but the new restaurant at the site of the original Famous Dave’s on Round Lake is open for business. Hayward lost a landmark when Famous Dave’s burned down in late 2014, but the owners of Props Landing hope to start a new tradition. Brian Weidendorf, and his wife Shari bought the…

Caring for Cancer with Valentine Cards

Children in the Community Handcrafted Valentine's Day Cards for the Cancer Resource Center of Essentia Health

DULUTH, Minn. – Handmade cards full of color and love are now decorating the Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center of Essentia Health in Duluth. The Duluth KidsClub started two years ago, when Founder Brandi Worthing wanted to create a social hub for parents to connect with events happening in the community. Over the weekend, the Pottery Burn Studio and Duluth KidsClub…

Duluth ESST Task Force Ready for Next Step

Task Force to Hold Informational Meetings Over the Next Two Months

DULUTH, Minn. – The city’s Earned Safe and Sick Time Task Force is ready for the next step towards its goal of a city ordinance requiring business to provide paid time off for employees. Eight public engagement meetings are scheduled between Feb. 17 and Apr. 19, so members can get feedback from the community. A little less than half of…

Organizers Gear Up for Birkebeiner Weekend

Weather is Becoming a Concern for the 44th Annual Nordic Ski Race

HAYWARD, Wis. – The countdown is on!  The 44th annual American Birkebeiner is only 12 days away. Organizers are hard at work gearing up for North America’s largest nordic ski race.  But weather is a concern. The trails are in great shape, for now but with temperatures above freezing and rain in the forecast, officials are worried this year’s Birkie…

Warm Weather Brings Out the Shovels

But the Thaw-Freeze Cycle is Bad for the Roads

DULUTH, Minn.- The warm weather helps the ice break up, making it easier to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, roads, and driveways. The warm weather even helps city workers remove ice using less chemicals. Many people are enjoying the warm weather, and utilizing it to finish up some chores. With temperatures well over freezing, ice and snow is easy…

Candy Shops Busy for Valentines Day

People Flock to Buy Candy For Their Sweet Hearts

DULUTH, Minn.- Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and businesses across the Northland are helping people celebrate the day of love. Candy shops in the Northland are busy as people come through to buy chocolates and other sweets for their loved ones. Tina Anderson, the owner of Hepzibah’s Sweet shoppe says some of her top sellers include truffles, sea salt caramels, and…

UMD Kicks Off Out Cold Week

It's a Week Full of Winter Fun

DULUTH, Minn.- The University of Duluth Minnesota is kicking off a week of winter fun. Events for Out Cold Week started today with a photo-booth and free Watermelon Sugar Cookies provided by Love Your Melon. The rest of the week will include game night, free hot cocoa, and comedy night. The goal of the week is to help students shake…

4th Street Market Closes

The Only Grocery Store in the Neighborhood Closes

DULUTH, Minn.-  The 4th Street Market in Duluth closed its doors possibly for good, Monday. The market is the only grocery store in the neighborhood, and according to Tom Potter, the owner of the market, many people in the neighborhood who don’t have transportation depend on the store for groceries.  Potter says the closure is because Zeppa Foundation, the owner…

Digital Archives Gives Access to African American History

February is Black History Month

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A University of Minnesota-led digital archive of African American historical materials is now free and accessible online to the public. The Minnesota Daily reports that the university’s Umbra search includes handwritten 17th century letters, underground hip-hop albums from the 1970s and many other artifacts. Cecily Marcus, curator of the Archie Givens, Sr., Collection of African American Literature…

Buzz Frenzy Software Promotes Local Businesses on Facebook

Coffee Conversation: Buzz Frenzy

DULUTH, Minn. – A new tech company, Buzz Frenzy, is offering a software to help small businesses propel their marketing on Facebook. This new tool Buzz Frenzy created allows businesses to add a specific hashtag anywhere in their Facebook post and when posted, the post will spread over Facebook. Founder and CEO, Dan Stocke, came up with the idea to…

Figure Skating Club Offers Valentine’s Ice Show

UMD Figure Skaters Perform Annual Valentine's Show

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD students showed off their figure skating skills today at the Mars Lakeview Arena. The UMD Figure Skating Club presented their annual Valentine Ice Show, which featured members of the club performing solo routines and in small groups. The whole show was underscored by popular love songs to get everyone in the Valentine’s Day spirit. The show…

Duluthians Learn to Make Laser Hearts for Valentine’s Day

MakerSpace Offers Class for Community Members to Get Creative with Gifts

DULUTH, Minn. – Another way Duluthians got into the mood for Valentine’s Day was by creating laser cut hearts at Duluth MakerSpace. Six participants learned how to engrave and cut their own heart designs with lasers and other equipment. They also attached LEDs along the edges to light their hearts up. The class presented an opportunity to be creative with…

Planned Parenthood Protests Spread to Duluth

It's a Conversation Taking Place Nation Wide

DULUTH, Minn. – Pro Life people across the nation took a stand at more than 130 Planned Parenthoods across the Nation, calling for legislators to de-fund the women’s health care provider, And here in the Northland, dozens of people turned out for the cause, holding signs denouncing planned parenthood and abortions, in front of the Duluth planned parenthood clinic. “It’s…

Ice Climbing Festival Draws More Than 100 to Quarry Park

It's Held at the City's Newest Park

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Climbing Coalition’s 2nd Annual Winter Rendezvous brought over 100 people to Casket Quarry in Duluth Dozens of people tried ice climbing and mixed climbing, a combination of climbing rock and ice, at the Casket Quarry. The walls at Casket Quarry are known for their steepness and technical difficulty, but organizers say climbing is only one of…

Kids Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Clyde Iron Works

It's a Day Full of Family Friendly Fun

DULUTH, Minn.- Children celebrated valentines day with family fun at Clyde Iron works The event, hosted by Duluth’s Kids Club had things like bouncy houses, dances, and costumed characters, and food. Organizers say it’s a safe way for kids to get their wiggles out while staying warm inside. “We really focus on the importance of play with families, and building…

A Long Road To The Ring

Aging Boxers Prepare For First Amatuer Fight Saturday Night

DULUTH, Minn- John D’Auria is no stranger to the boxing community. He’s been around the sport all his life doing everything from photography to coaching. D’Auria says, “Believe it or not I actually got into a fight in school with a guy that was a amateur boxer, and I had no knowledge of it, I was kind of cocky and…

Love Your Local Artist

Local Artist Show Off Their Art Work

Superior, Northland artists showed off their talents tonight in Superior. The Superior Public Library hosted the 7th annual love your local artist fundraiser. It’s a popular even which gives artists a chance to sell their one of a kind piece. “I think this community loves local art, we love our artist. We’re looking for creative things, new things, we love…

Skate Bowl Opens at The Encounter

Skaters Celebrated the Opening with a Skate Jam

DULUTH, Minn. – The Encounter has a new attraction just for local skaters. A brand new skate bowl opened at the Encouter Friday, and skaters celebrated with a Skate Jam. The new bowl was paid for thanks to a donation by the Common Apparel clothing company, and it’s the only ramp of its kind in the Twin Ports. “To have…

Apostle Island Ice Caves Not Likely to Form This Year

Warm Temperatures and High Winds Are to Blame

BAYFIELD, Wis.- The Lake Superior Ice caves draw thousands of people to Bayfield when they form, but Park Officials say they wouldn’t count on seeing the caves this year The winter started out looking promising, but recent warm temperatures and high winds caused the little ice that did form to break apart. Park Officials are not positive the caves won’t…

Humane Happy Hour

Animal Allies Hosts Adult Happy Hour

Duluth, Animal Allies in Duluth held their first ever educational happy hour for adults tonight. They say the typical interaction they have is with children, so this was a good way to get to know the adults. People that came were also able to receive an exclusive after hours tour to see some areas of the shelter normally reserved for…

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…