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Slip Bridge Repairs Come with Hefty Price Tag

Work on the 25-Year Old Bridge Expected to Cost $3.5M

DULUTH, Minn. – Some Duluthians are concerned after a recent published article put the price tag of repairs to the Minnesota Slip Bridge at more than $2 million.  Turns out, the price is actually higher. “This was supposed to be kind of a nice icon for the City of Duluth and it’s turned into more of an albatross over the…

Wrenshall School District Hoping For Millions

Referendum To Be Voted On In April

Wrenshall, Minn. Wrenshall School District is hoping to invest 12.5 million dollars into their school system if a proposed referendum is passed Tonight hundreds showed up to the meeting held by the school board to make sure their voices were heard. The referendum discussed tonight has been years I the making. Some approve while some are apprehensive It was a…

Superior Celebrates 18th Year as a Tree City

Play to be Put on at UWS as Well

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior celebrated its 18th year as a Tree City today, as students across the city were given a chance to learn all about what it means. Students from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and members of Superior’s Tree Board visited 22 different elementary classrooms to deliver a copy of the book “The Man Who Planted Trees.” They also read it to…

St. Scholastica Day of Giving a Big Hit

School Raised More than $160,000

DULUTH, Minn.-St. Scholastica announced today that its fifth annual Give to CSS Day last week raised more than $160,000. The purpose is to raise funds for current and future student programming. It was the biggest amount of money donated to the college since the campaign started. Most of the donations come from alumni. “A huge thank you is in order…

Local Shop Offers Free Coffee to Law Enforcement

Grand World Coffee Gives Free Coffee to Police to Thank Them for Their Service

DULUTH, Minn. – Grand World Coffee in West Duluth is offering a special treat for law enforcement officers. Any officer who comes into the coffee shop will receive a free cup of coffee. The Grand World owners say they think it’s an important way to reach out to law enforcement and make them feel welcome in the community. “City, county,…

Uber, Lyft Excited to Start Duluth Operations

Ride Sharing Services were Recently Approved by City Council

DULUTH, Minn. – While local cab companies aren’t happy, the Duluth City Council passed an ordinance Monday, allowing ride share companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in the city. Meanwhile, Uber and Lyft are excited to enter the Duluth market. In a statement to FOX 21, an Uber spokesperson said “We’re pleased that the Duluth city council passed regulations…

Runway Closure Possible at Duluth International Airport in 2018

Reconstruction could temporarily close runway for 60 days next summer

Duluth, Minn. The reconstruction of the main runway at the Duluth International Airport is running into some delays. The 60–year–old concrete on the main runway is currently in the process of being replaced. While the project is being completed in phases to minimize air traffic disruption, these current delays may potentially close the runway for two months in the summer…

Biking Industry’s Impact Tagged at $780 Million in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) – A new report pegs the economic impact of cycling in Minnesota at $780 million annually. The study finds more than 13-percent of Minnesotans commute by bike, at least once in a while. The state Department of Transportation commissioned the study, which also found about 5,500 jobs tied to the biking industry. The Star Tribune reports Minneapolis…

Level III Predatory Offender Moving to Hibbing

Jehri Johnson HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Police Department is notifying the public of a Level Three Predatory Offender moving into the area. A Notification Meeting is being held Wednesday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the Little Theater in the lower level of the Hibbing Memorial Building. The individual is Jheri Ray Johnson, 56 who is expected to be…

Taking Advantage of Spring with New Technology

Verizon Technology Expert Visits FOX 21

DULUTH, Minn. – Spring is here and many may be heading outdoors to enjoy the weather or heading on a family vacation. This morning Mathew Verbout, Solutions Specialist with Verizon, visited FOX 21 to show some technology that families could enjoy. The Waterkeeper Swim Guide app helps find the nearest beach. Folks can also use the Surf Report or Surfline app helps…

Volunteers Preparing Trains for Tourist Season

Northland Uncovered: North Shore Scenic Railroad

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s finally starting to feel like Spring outside and that means some vehicles seen chugging along the North Shore are getting tuned up for the season. Over at the Duluth Depot, volunteers are hard at work in the shop for the North Shore Scenic Railroad. The trains are winterized and stored for the winter. Now that Spring…

AMBER ALERT: Toddler Located Safe

UPDATE: The Amber Alert has been cancelled, Hulbert has been located safe, and according to authorities the suspect has been arrested. MINNESOTA – Minneapolis police have issued an Amber Alert for a missing toddler. Police are looking for 2 1/2 year old Harlen Hulbert, after he was taken by two men. One of the men stabbed his mother and has…

Keeping Card and Comic Collecting Alive

Collector's Connection offers a Wide Variety of Nostalgic Comics, Cards, and More

DULUTH, Minn. – Chances are the sight of baseball or Pokémon cards bring back a few childhood memories for many. In this week’s Knowing Your Neighbors, we’re taking a look at how the industry has grown as millennials move forward. “Back when I was growing up, sports cards were the big deal,” said Glen Booth, Manager at Collectors Connection in…

It’s A Yes For Uber & Lyft

City Council Votes 7-1 In Favor Of Share Transportation Ordinance

Duluth, Minn With a vote of 7–1, the Duluth City Council approves the ride sharing ordinance to allow transportation such as Uber and Lyft to operate within the city. In about 30 days everyone that lives in Duluth or visits will have the choice of what transportation they prefer. Nearly all city council members spoke in favor of the ordinance….

Dredging Project to Help Boaters at Arrowhead Fishing Pier

Flooding has caused extra sediment to pile up near the dock along the Saint Louis River

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – A project in Superior is aiming to make fishing a little easier on the Saint Louis River. The city is working with the DNR to dredge the area around the Arrowhead Fishing Pier. Flooding over the last few years has caused extra sediment to pile up near the dock. Fishermen have expressed frustrations about their motors bottoming…

New Outdoor Venue May Come to Grand Rapids

Venue Would Host Concerts and Other Events Along City's Riverfront

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.  – City officials are looking at building a new outdoor venue along the Mississippi riverfront. The new venue would offer theatre performances, concerts, boat shows, and much more. When the venue feasibility study ends in May, more details will be known. Right now, two potential locations next to the river are being considered. “The town was built…

Finding the Perfect Home with One Roof Housing

Coffee Conversation: One Roof Housing

DULUTH, Minn. – With Spring officially here, many Northlanders will have house-searching on the brain. Representatives from One Roof Housing visited FOX 21 to chat about important things to know when looking to move. Jackie Kemp, Education and Counseling Director for One Roof Housing, says there are education seminars to help future homebuyers. Noah Hobbs, Lending Director, says anyone looking…

Grand Rapids Elementary Schools in Need of Upgrades

Task Force Looks to Find Best Plan to Improve City's Four Elementary Schools

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – All four elementary schools in Grand Rapids are feeling cramped and outdated for many in the community. In 2015, an $80 million referendum to build two new elementary schools was voted down, and school district officials say, over the last two years, conditions have only gotten worse. A taskforce is now looking into how to best…

Solo Senior Helps Grizzlies Shatter Ceiling

North Woods Captain Set On State

George Bibeau didn’t really get into basketball until he was already a sophomore in high school. North Woods Senior Captain George Bibeau remembers, “It was just kind of a game I used to play once in a while with my friends.” Since his first competitive season, he’s been dedicated to the hardwood. Bibeau says, “Then you come out the following…

Northland Community Wellness Day

Event at UMD Promotes Healthy Families and Communities in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – Saturday was Northland Community Wellness Day at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. With over eighty interactive exhibits, the event promoted healthy families and communities across the Twin Ports region. It was a fun way for Northlanders young and old to learn about health and wellness, public safety, sustainability, and financial literacy. “It’s a perfect way for people to…

Genocide Awareness Workshop at UMD

Northlanders Were Educated About Past and Current Genocides and How They Can Be Prevented

DULUTH, Minn. – At UMD, a workshop was held to educate Northlanders about genocide that has happened throughout the world and genocide still going on today. The workshop featured four guest speakers who discussed the Holocaust and genocide affecting Native Americans and people in Africa and Armenia. “It’s happening in Syria right now, it’s happening in all parts of the…

Northland Horse Fair Fills the Mariner Mall

12th Annual Event Brings Hundreds of Horse Lovers to Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Saturday was the 12th annual Northland Horse Fair at the Mariner Mall. Horse lovers from across the area could meet mini-horses, shop from dozens of horse-related vendors, and attend presentations about horse riding, grooming, and health. “A lot of the horse people expressed a need for wanting an event in the area that was just a way…

Motorhead Madness Returns to the DECC

Thousands of Gearheads Attended Regional Car Show

DULUTH, Minn. – Gearheads gathered at the DECC Saturday for the 49th annual Motorhead Madness event. More than 150 one-of-a-kind cars and other vehicles are on display, plus all kinds of interactive fun including remote-controlled car races, model making, and a used parts swap meet. Many of the hot-rod creators think of themselves as artist who use a different kind…

Updegrove Kicks Off Council Campaign

Candidate was Delagate for Bernie Sanders

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s another candidate hoping to fill one of the Duluth City Council’s two at–large seats. Rich Updegrove offically kicked off his campaign Saturday. Updegrove wants to focus on housing, homeless rights as well as keeping Lake Superior clean. “I really want to place our lake at the forefront of what I’m doing,” said Updegrove.  “I think it’s…

Grizzlies Finish Second At State

North Woods Falls in State Championship 96-49

After hitting a buzzer beater to survive the first round, and draining some clutch free–throws to advance past the semifinals, The North Woods Grizzlies continued their unseeded Cinderella run, taking on Minneapolis North in the Class A State Championship. North Woods put up a good fight, but ultimately falls short, final score 96–49. Tate Olson lead the grizzlies with 14…

Fire Destroys Semi at Hibbing Community College

Damage was Limited by Automatic Sprinkler System

HIBBING, Minn. – A truck was destroyed during a fire early Saturday morning at Hibbing Community College. Fire crews from Hibbing, Chisholm and Keewatin responded to the scene shortly before 5:00 a.m. Saturday.  When crews arrived, the fire had been contained by the building’s automatic sprinkler system. The truck, a 2014 Freightliner, was a total loss.  The building sustained only…

A Musical Fundraiser for Mentor Duluth

Organization Connects Mentors to Children Who Need Them

DULUTH, Minn. – Mentor Duluth celebrated one of the group’s biggest nights of the year Friday evening. It was Mentor Duluth’s March into Mentoring fundraiser.  Everyone on hand was treated to live music. March is the program’s biggest fundraising month and Mentor Duluth is close to the goal of 31 new mentors recruited in March. Organizers say mentoring youth is…

Kenwood Village Open for Business

Developers Held Ribbon-Cutting Friday

DULUTH, Minn. – Another in a series of mixed use developments in Duluth is open for business. United properties celebrated the opening of Kenwood Village with a ribbon cutting Friday afternoon. The new building features luxury apartments as well as retail space.  Developers say Friday’s opening marked the end of a three year process. “Our vison from three years ago…

4th District City Council Candidate Plans Listening Sessions

DULUTH, Minn. – Fourth District Duluth City Council candidate, Renee Van Nett, has announced she will be starting a series of listening sessions with the community. Residents of the 4th District are encouraged to come out and share their comments and concerns. Van Nett is working toward building positive relationships within the community and ensuring that the 4th District is…

Denfeld Grad Named One of World’s Top Leaders

Currently Serves as Minneapolis Police Chief

DULUTH, Minn.- Minneapolis police chief and Denfeld graduate Janeé Harteau has been named one of the world’s greatest leaders. Yesterday Fortune Magazine revealed a list of the top 50 most influential leaders. The former Duluthian ranked number 22, right behind U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. She ranked right ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden. To read the full article…

New Executive Director Plans to Make Bong Veterans Historical Center More Social

Hayes Scriven plans to bring more community events to the museum

SUPERIOR, Wis. – There’s a new face in charge of Superior’s Bong Veterans Historical Center. Hayes Scriven was hired as the executive director, to oversee the museum’s day-to-day operations and help with fundraising. Scriven interned with the center while in school at UMD and plans to make the museum more social, by opening it up for more community events. He…

STARBASE STEM Program Gets Trial Run with Duluth Elementary Students

State Sen. Erik Simonson says he's working on legislation to expand the program to Duluth by next school year

DULUTH, Minn. – The 148th Fighter Wing hosted a group of Duluth elementary school kids for a unique look at a future in science, technology, engineering, and math . All week, instructors from the STARBASE program in the Twin Cities worked with 5th graders from Lowell Elementary, applying lessons learned in the classroom to stem challenges and experiments. “We get…

House of Hearts Brings Curlers Together to Support “Project Joy” Program

Organizers hope to raise about $40,000 to help feed hungry kids on weekends

DULUTH, Minn. – Some of America’s best curlers are in Duluth raising money by doing what they do best. More than 100 curlers are here for the 16th Annual House of Hearts charity bonspiel, raising money for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank’s “Project Joy” program. “That organization was started by the Plys family. They started that in Patrick’s name…

Motorhead Madness Car Show Starts Saturday

Remote–controlled car races, free model making for kids, and a used parts swap meet are all planned for the event

DULUTH, Minn. – If cars are your passion, a drive to the DECC is in order this weekend. The 49th Annual Motorhead Madness car show starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. Owners from around the region will be showing off a variety of cars, both old and new, from the early 1920s up to the 2000s. Vendors will also be…

Hermantown K9 Officer Receives Body Armor

The vest is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown Police Department’s K9, Jack, has received a bullet and stab protective vest. The vest comes as a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Jack’s vest is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor and has been embroidered with the sentiment “Born to love, trained to serve, loyal to the end.” K9 Jack hit the…

Assistant Principal Facing Sexual Conduct Charges

The public's assistance has been requested by the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office

BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. – Assistant Principal of Bemidji Middle School was placed in custody at the Beltrami County Jail, on Thursday, March 22. Brandon Bjerkness, 34, has been charged with two counts of solicitation of children to engage in sexual Brandon BjerknessBeltrami County Jail conduct. He has been contacting juvenile children through Facebook, Snapchat, and email accounts he had set…

Mayo Clinic Helps Reunite Boy Battling Cancer with Lost Teddy Bear

The teddy bear received a police escort back to his owner

Courtesy Tracy Remme ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) – A 5-year-old boy who briefly lost the teddy bear that has helped him through cancer treatment was reunited with his stuffed animal thanks to Mayo Clinic workers, a round of social media shares, and a police escort. Aiden Remme, of Brewster, Minnesota, was undergoing his 60th round of chemotherapy when Teddy went missing….

Award-Winning Author to Speak on Addiction & Recovery

Two Presentations to be Held in Moose Lake

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – Addiction to drugs and alcohol is an issuing affecting families around the country. Many Minnesotans have had friends and family members suffer from some type of addiction. One Minnesotan who has faced these challenges is award-winning author and public speaker Daniel D. Maurer. Maurer’s non-fiction brand deals with personal transformation and how a person’s story affects…

Tuning Bicycles for Spring Season

Active Adventures: Bicycling

DULUTH, Minn. – Spring is here and many folks are getting their bicycles ready for the riding season. Over at Twin Ports Cyclery, Owner Denis Sauve helped FOX 21’s William Seay pick out the right fit. Sauve says the main thing people should check when tuning up their bikes for the season is the chain. He says Twin Ports Cyclery…

Hibbing Airport Officials Concerned Over Budget

Delta Airlines Could Leave Airport if $2.8 Million Subsidy is Lost

HIBBING, Minn. – The proposed federal budget concerns another local community. This time the focus is on Hibbing’s Range Regional Airport. As one of 12 weekly flights from Range Regional Airport prepared for take–off Thursday, airport officials’ thoughts were in Washington, D.C. as the Federal Aviation Administration Re-Authorization Bill hits Congress. “The FAA Re-Authorization Bill is reintroduced every couple of…

Donations Needed to Send Northland Veterans on Honor Flight

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held this Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland’s tenth Honor Flight will depart Duluth next month for Washington D.C., but they still need help to get there. Honor Flight Northland is hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser this Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the All American Club, 1931 West Michigan Street. Dinner is $10 per person. All money raised will fund sending…

Paine Trying To Build on Strong Mayoral Primary Results

The two candidates for mayor of Superior took part in a debate Thursday night

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Jim Paine says he feels he’s feeling good as Election Day approaches. The candidate for mayor of Superior had a strong performance in last month’s primary, receiving nearly 600 more votes than his opponent Brent Fennessey. According to Paine, eight labor organization and more than two dozen current and former elected officials have come forward to endorse…

Structure Fire on N 24th Street in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Just before 6 p.m. this evening, all three fire crews, Battalion Chief, and Gold Cross Ambulance were called to a structure fire at 24 N 24th Street. Initial reports indicated there was light smoke visible from the front door of a single family home. Crews confirmed a fire in the wall by the main entrance. All crews…

Hagen Endorses Fennessey For Mayor

Thursday Morning, Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen Spoke to Superior Residents, Showing Support for Brent Fennessey

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Only 11 days remain before the City of Superior takes on new leadership. Thursday morning, Mayor Bruce Hagen announced he is endorsing mayoral candidate Brent Fennessey. “I believe that Brent Fennessey is the candidate and the only candidate that has these qualifications and proven experience,” said Mayor Bruce Hagen. Hagen believes Fennessey has a young, fresh vision…

Virginia Co-Op Set to Relocate

New Building More than Doubles the Store's Size

VIRGINIA, Minn. – It’s an exciting time for members of Virginia’s Natural Harvest Co–Op. Next month, the co–op moves into a brand new 9,000 square foot store at 732 4th St N., which is double the size of the current building. The new co–op will feature a classroom, as well as a larger deli, including salad and hot bars. Natural…