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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…

National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

Never Ending Classics at Olive Garden

DULUTH, Minn. – Today is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day. Alfredo Di Lelio created the dish in 1908. Di Lelio created the dish of noodles, cheese and butter when his wife had no appetite after giving birth to their son. This morning, Olive Garden visited FOX 21 to chat about all they have to offer on this special day. Olive Garden…

Proctor Referendum Vote Coming Soon

The referendum would pay for a new hockey arena and a multi-functional artificial turf field.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Proctor Rails hockey teams currently play in an arena that is forty-five years old and in need of repair. However, they could play in a new arena next year if a referendum passes. If Proctor voters pass the referendum on February 7th, the funding would go towards building a new hockey arena and a multi-functional artificial…

Nature Enthusiast Capturing Unique Views of Lake Superior

A Duluth man has been sharing stunng videos from beneath the water's surface

DULUTH, Minn. – We’ve all seen the beautiful images of Lake Superior through the lens of local photographers, but one Duluth man is sharing a different view. For the past few years, Jim Richardson, also known as the Lake Superior Aquaman, has been capturing views from below the lake’s surface. Richardson calls himself a nature enthusiast and has always loved…

Man Killed in Weekend Fire Was Well-Known Pastor

A memorial fund has been set up to help assist the family of Jeff Sorvik

NORMANA TOWNSHIP, Minn. – The man killed in a house fire this past Saturday in rural Normana Township has been identified as 52–year–old Jeffrey Sorvik. Sorvik was a well–known pastor and helped plant many evangelical free churches across the Northland, including Anchor Point Community Church in Lakeside and North Bay Church in Superior. His work led him to the Evangelical…

Gronks Welcomes Gift Certificates of a Closed Business

O'Neill's Pub and Liquor Gift Cards Can be Used at Gronks

    SUPERIOR, Wis.- Gronks Grill and Bar is accepting O’Neill’s Pub and Liquor gift cards and drink tickets. O’Neills had been open on its location on Tower Avenue for about 10 years, but closed for good on December 31st. Gronks Owners decided to extend a helping hand to O’Neills customers who never had the chance to use their gift…

Firefighters Battle More Than Blazes

Hypothermia is a Big Problem in Winter Fire Fighting

SUPERIOR, Wis.- More Heating and electrical appliances can mean more fires in homes across the Northland. When firefighters battle blazes in the wintertime, they may be in an environment like a burning house that can be more than 300 degrees, and within minutes come back outside to subzero temperatures. This contrast in temperature can cause hypothermia. To combat this, fire…

Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors Up in Douglas County

Under-aged Kids Were Able to Buy Tobbaco Products 13% of the Time They Tried

  SUPERIOR, Wis.- State mandated compliance checks were held in Douglas County to make sure businesses aren’t selling tobacco products to under aged minors. The minors who were part of the test were able to purchase the tobacco products 13 percent of the time they tried. Experts say the tobacco industry is producing products that appeal to a younger generation,…

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church is Torn Down

The Church is Around 100 Years Old

  DULUTH, Minn.- The St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church which closed in 2015, was demolished today The Duluth Diocese made a decision in 2012 to merge St. Elizabeth Catholic church in Gary New Duluth and St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Morgan Park with St. James Catholic Church in West Duluth back in 2012. It was a move to address…

Best Grocery Bagger in Minnesota On to National Competition

Sandstone College Student Has Chance to Be Bagging Champion in Las Vegas

SANDSTONE, Minn. – A grocery bagger recently won the state bagging competition and will now compete for the national title in Las Vegas. Seth Allen has been bagging groceries for more than three years at Chris’ Food Center in Sandstone. “I never thought I would be a professional bagger per se, it’s not something that as a kid you think…

UPS Store Owner Returns Package Misplaced for 4 Years

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) – The owner of a UPS store in Golden Valley has found the intended recipient of a packaged that has been misplaced for four years. The package ended up at Randy Holst’s UPS store after several failed attempts to deliver it. The box contained a framed military flag, spent shell casings, newspaper clippings, and other momentos….

Police Investigate I-35 Shooting in Duluth

The incident was the second shooting to take place over the weekend, and the fifth shooting since the 1st of the year

DULUTH, Minn. – New details have emerged in the shooting that took place Sunday evening in Duluth Just before 8 p.m., on Sunday, the Duluth Police Department responded to a local hospital after receiving information of a 19-year-old male victim being admitted with an apparent gunshot wound. Duluth Police Investigators determined the shooting took place from one moving vehicle into…

Snow Ball Gala to Benefit Duluth Cross Country Ski Club

Final Push to Support Cross Country Ski Projects

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, The Duluth Cross Country Ski Club (DXC) is hosting the Second Annual Snow Ball Gala. The gala is being held Saturday, February 11 at Greysolon Ballroom. This is a fundraiser for their capital campaign. The campaign focuses on ensuring the future of cross country skiing in the area by building snowmaking trails at the Grand…

Local Authors Featured at Barnes and Noble

Good Reads for Cold Weather

DULUTH, Minn. – Local authors were featured in this week’s Coffee Conversation. Shari Illig, Community Business Development Manager for Barnes & Noble, brought in four books to feature. The first is “Locally Laid” by, Lucie B. Amundsen. This book has been chosen as the One Book Northland for the community read. It’s coming out in paperback on February 28. Illig…

Community Forum Fights Poverty

Ending Economic Inequality

DULUTH, Minn. – Community leaders held a round table discussion on the issues surrounding poverty in the Northland and throughout the world. The discussion was centered around the ways economic inequality can be addressed and how new economic initiatives might help in the fight to end poverty. The discussion was put on by Basic Income Guaranteed Minnesota, an organization that…

Iron Range Man Flown to Hospital After Snowmobile Crash

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP., Minn. – An Iron Range man was transported to a hospital by helicopter on Friday, February 3 following a snowmobile crash in northern Minnesota. The 24-year-old Virginia man was riding his snowmobile with friends on Trail 14 on the West Spur from Trail’s End Resort near the Vermillion River in Portage Twp. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office…

Man Dies in Vehicle Rollover

DEER LAKE, Minn. – A 22-year-old Remer, Minnesota man is dead after his vehicle slid on ice in Itasca County. State Patrol says it happened on State Highway 6 near Deer Lake. The vehicle slid through a stop sign, rolled and hit a power pole. The drivers name is not being released at this time. He was not wearing a…

Sister City Delegation Returns to Duluth

Duluthians Had Been in Iraqi Kurdistan to Promote Cultural Understanding Between Cities

DULUTH, Minn. – A five person delegation recently visited one of Duluth’s sister cities in Kurdistan. Most of the group returned today after their three week trip and had a welcome home celebration at the Duluth International Airport. Five Duluthians visited sister city Rania in Iraqi Kurdistan to build understanding and promote peace between cultures. The delegation left on January 11th and…

Kids Slide Down Hill in Home-Made Sleds

5th Annual Art Sled Rally Raises Money for Northwood Children's Services

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids had the chance to slide down a hill in their own home-made sleds today at Ridgeview Country Club in Duluth. The 5th Annual Art Sled Rally featured creative, cardboard box sleds made and ridden by kids who were dressed as trolls, Prince, and other fun characters. Prizes for best in show, best themed, and most spirited…

Blizzard Tour Wraps Up With Banquet

225 Rode in Attempt to Raise $1 Million for ALS Foundation

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The 2017 Blizzard Snowmobile Tour to end ALS wrapped up today with a banquet at Cirrus Aircraft. 225 riders took to the trails in this year’s tour, which began on February 2nd. Riders traveled through Northern Minnesota to raise funds and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The disease has personally impacted many riders…