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Superior Police Department Getting New K9

Currently the Department Only Has One Dog

SUPERIOR, Wis.- With the current schedule and lack of dogs, the Superior Police Department has to use dogs from Duluth, St. Louis County, and other police departments with K9 Units, on a regular basis. But thanks to a grant from the Amsoil K9 Foundation, that’s all about to change.  The Superior Police Department will be getting a new K9 though the…

Food Shelves in the Northland Asking for Donations This March

It's Part of a State Wide Campaign to Benefit Thousands of People

DULUTH, Minn.- Food shelves across the Northland are participating in The Minnesota Foodshare March Campaign. Food shelves in Northeastern Minnesota are able to raise more money and food during the campaign, through getting a proportionate match to what is donated.  This means each dollar raised in March, goes further to help people in need. “It was developed 34 years ago…

Fire in Superior Damages Home in Superior

$70,000 Dollars Worth of Damages, But No One Was Injured

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A fire in Superior left behind $70,000 worth of damages to a home. The Superior Fire Department responded to a fire on Cumming Avenue in Superior late Sunday night. Upon Arrival Crews saw fire coming from the 2nd floor windows of the building.  Crews were able to extinguish the fire that started in the upstairs apartments kitchen. All…

Petition: Reinstate Former Proctor Police Chief

Walter Wobig Served As Chief Since 2002

PROCTOR, Minn.- An online petition was growing Monday for the reinstatement of former longtime Proctor Police Chief Walter Wobig. The petition had more than 180 signatures Monday evening, along with personal messages of support. This comes one week after Mayor Phil Larson and councilors Troy DeWall and Gary Nowak got the majority vote to not renew Wobig’s contract as chief….

St. Luke’s Unveils C.A.R.E. Channel in All Patient Rooms

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s Patient Experience Team unveils the C.A.R.E. Channel®, which offers continuous relaxation imagery and music. This channel is available on televisions in all patient rooms. The C.A.R.E. Channel® is produced by Healing Healthcare Systems, which uses evidence-based research to assure the channel’s benefit for patients in the hospital. The 24-hour format at St. Luke’s aims to…

Runners Get Inspiration from Olympic Athlete

Gearing Up for Grandma's

DULUTH, Minn. – Grandma’s Marathon weekend is just a few months away and training season is in full–swing. To help runners along in their training journey, Essentia Health and Grandma’s Marathon are hosting the annual Gearing up for Grandma’s pre–race seminar on Saturday, March 4 with keynote speaker, Jeff Galloway. This is a free event from 10 a.m. to 12…

Fat Tire Bike Festival Back for Second Year

Coffee Conversation: Frosted Fatty Fat Bike Festival

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend winter sport enthusiasts will be filling the hills at Spirit Mountain. It’s all for the 2nd Annual Frosted Fatty Fat Bike Festival. Competitors from around the country will be coming into town on March 4 and 5 for two days of fat bike races, events, silent auction and more with over 300 participants expected. New…

Sunday Liquor Sales Passes Minnesota Senate

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ The Minnesota Legislature has voted to repeal the state’s long-standing ban on Sunday liquor sales. The state Senate passed a bill undoing the Prohibition-era ban on a 38-28 vote Monday. It follows the House’s overwhelming approval of similar legislation last week. Lawmakers have struggled for years to lift the ban but those efforts have regularly…

NAACP Fundraiser Honors Black Leaders, Activists

DULUTH, Minn.- Throughout the years, many Iconic Figures have progressed the Civil Rights movement, and Sunday, images honoring some of those people lined the walls of the Zeitgeist arts building in Duluth, as part of a fundraiser for the local NAACP chapter. UMD graphic design students created all of the art on the wall, and each one features a black activist…

Despite Cancelled Race, Businesses In Hayward Still Saw Revenue

Birkebeiner May Have Been Cancelled But People Still Supported Local Businesses

This year’s Birkebeiner was different, due to the race being cancelled. With the race being cancelled for only the 2nd time in 44 years, many were celebrating. ‘Birkie Fever’ is what they call and some businesses say this weekend was one of the best. The Birkebeiner brings thousands of people to the small town of Hayward every year. Birkie or…

Birkebeiner Shortened To 5K Of Trail

Birkebeiner May Have Been Cancelled But The Party Wasn't

CABLE, Wis. – This year’s 44th annual Birkebeiner will be known to those who attended as “Birkiefest 2017”. The race being cancelled didn’t take away from the spirit of having fun. The normal distance for the North American Birkebeiner is 51 kilometers, this year Mother Nature decided otherwise, shortening the race to a 5 kilometer fun run. Some embraced the…

People March Nearly Naked for a Good Cause

Veterans and allies hiked 10 miles on Duluth’s Lakewalk

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of people dressed down to their skivvies and braved the cold to raise awareness of Veteran suicide rates Veterans and allies hiked 10 miles on Duluth’s lakewalk wearing nothing but underwear and a pack full of weights. The packs represented the weight that veterans carry in the battle against combat stress. “I have many military friends,…

Students Observe Trio Day at CSS

It's a Day to Celebrate Federal Programs That Help Underprivileged Kids

DULUTH, Minn.- Federal Trio programs help students with disadvantaged backgrounds get into college, and have experiences they might not get otherwise. Congress designated National Trio day back in 1986. Since then, the 4th Saturday in February has been celebrated as National Trio Day each year.  This year St. Scholastica celebrated with keynote speakers, wellness classes, and workshops.  Students say the…

Snowmobiler Crashes Through Thin Ice

Victim Was Pulled from Lake Vermillion by Neighbor

GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, Minn. – The St. Louis County Sherrif’s Office helped a snowmobiler who went through the ice. It happened around 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon in the Oak Narrows of Lake Vermillion in Greenwood Township. 70 year old Ronald Hautala of Eveleth was pulled from the water by a neighbor. He was taken to Cook Hospital and treated for minor…

2017 American Birkebeiner Cancelled

Birkie Fever Continues Despite the Cancellation

For only the second time in 44 years all ski races set for this weekend’s Annual American Birkebeiner have been cancelled. The only other time this happened was in 2000. Organizers for North America’s largest cross country ski race held out hope for this weekend as a potential snow storm was on the horizon. Last minute efforts started early as…

Chris Jensen Art Show

Residents showcased their talents with an art show.

DULUTH, Minn. – Residents of the Chris Jensen Rehabilitation Center showed off their creativity on Friday night. Residents displayed their talents in a community art show. Artists took on a wide range of projects from photography to water colors and sculpture. For most of the artists, the creative process is relaxing and everyone enjoyed sharing their work. Residents used art…

Kozy Development Projects Rejected

Dilapidated Building Has Been Vacant Since 2010

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s back to the drawing board for officials hoping to redevelop the Kozy Apartments. The City of Duluth and its review committee determined three proposed plans for the site weren’t good enough for the future of East 1st Street downtown. City officials want to find the right development to revitalize the area. “The ones that we received,…

Downtown Businesses Prepare for Birkie Crowds

With Over 40,000 visitors in One Weekend, Local Eateries are Prepared for Big Business

HAYWARD, Wisc. – Thousands of skiers, fans, and followers are heading to the Hayward area this weekend, taking part in the annual American Birkebeiner tradition despite this year’s lack of snow. However, trail conditions aren’t keeping folks from enjoying cold brews, Birkie fever, and friendship. The owner of the Gridiron Pub and Grub in Downtown Hayward tells FOX 21, his…

Narcan Cheaper for First Responders in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Deal With Adapt Pharma Makes Narcan More Easily Accessible

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Naloxone, known as Narcan, is used in emergencies to treat people who have overdosed on Heroin or Prescription Opioids. The state of Wisconsin has made a 1 year deal with Adapt Pharma that makes it possible for First Responders, state and local governments and community organizations to purchase Narcan at a 40 percent discount, when buying more than…

Renee Van Nett Announces Campaign for Duluth City Council

  DULUTH, Minn. – Renee Van Nett announces campaign for Duluth’s 4th district City Council seat. Van Nett founded the Cross Cultural Alliance of Duluth, which works to use cross-cultural collaboration to build a foundation of justice, education, and wellness for the community. She has also worked on various boards including the Duluth Citizen Review Board, Civil Service Board, The…

UMD Students Act in Magical and Funny Drama

School of Fine Arts Presents Marvin's Room

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota – Duluth School of Fine Arts is opening up a new show next week. “Marvin’s Room” features the character Bessie coping with her biggest challenge yet, exploring how and who we love, especially when aging and sickness get in the way. The show will be performed March 2-4 & 14-18 at 7:30pm and March…

UMD LGBTQ Community “Not Surprised” by Trump’s Decision on Transgender Rights

The campus does offer gender inclusive bathrooms and is looking to add more in the future

DULUTH, Minn. – Last year the Obama administration issued a joint guidance, along with the Department of Education, allowing transgender students at public schools to use a restroom that aligns with their gender identity. At UMD, the LGBTQ services office is reacting to the Trump administration’s latest withdrawal of this federal protection. Roze Brooks leads the GLBT services on campus…

Thousands Bunking in Hayward for Annual American Birkebeiner

Hotels are Filling Up Across Many Parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota in Preparation for the Annual Ski Race

HAYWARD, Wisc. – The annual American Birkebeiner calls for a lot of booking when it comes to travel reservations. Officials say the average commute from from hotel to the trail for a race participant can be up to two-and-a-half hours long. It’s why local hotels receive calls nearly one year in advance before the big weekend. “It is very important…

Richard Giles Found in Prescott, Wis.

UPDATE: Richard Giles was located safe in Prescott, Wisconsin on 2/24 The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office is looking for assistance in locating Richard Griffith Giles, 89, of Verndale, Minnesota. Richard was last seen at the Super 8 in Grand Rapids, Minn. Thursday morning, Feb. 23, around 9:30 a.m., after spending the night after getting lost. He is described as 5’09”,…

Choice Unlimited Masquerade Ball Tonight

Tickets Going Fast

Duluth, Minn.-It will be a “royal affair” tonight at Choice Unlimited Masquerade Ball. The annual event, which serves as a fundraiser for the group, celebrates the talents of people with disabilities and the art they produce. Our own Dan Hanger is set to MC the event which will be at 7 p.m. at Greysolon Ballroom. For more information and tickets,…

A Long Wait: Untested Sexual Assault Kits Part 1

Duluth Ranks No. 1 in the State for Untested Sexual Assault Kits

DULUTH, Minn. – In 2015 Duluth earned a notorious title, one that put a dark spot on hope for sexual assault survivors. Out of the entire state, the city is No. 1 in the amount of untested rape kits sitting shelved in the evidence room, 578 kits to be exact and some 23 years old. The information came out after…

Rally to Heal the Water

Jingle dress dancers gathered at Minnesota Power Plaza for a rally to express concern over water quality.

DULUTH, Minn. – Worried about water quality jingle dress dancers gathered for a rally at the Minnesota Power Plaza in downtown Duluth. Attendees expressed their concern over aging oil pipelines which they say are more prone to spills and leaks. The group also wanted to show solidarity with Standing Rock and bring healing to the water. “We don’t want to…

Aviation Career Night

Career's Possible At Job Fair

Duluth, Minn It was aviation career night at LSC’s center for advanced aviation. For community members and Lake Superior College’s graduating students it was an opportunity to meet possible future employers. Aviation jobs are a growing commodity in Duluth and having everyone in the same building makes it easier for those seeking employment. “We’re able to meet the workforce needs…

Deer Management Seminar

DNR Puts Plan Together To Maintain Good Deer Population For Years To Come

Duluth, Minn Deer hunting in the Northland is a big deal and the DNR now has a plan to keep it that way. The plan is a first of its kind in Minnesota and its focus is on maintaining a healthy deer population that offers recreational and economic opportunities. Deer hunters came together tonight to discuss the plan that includes…

All-Girls Camp Takes over Animal Allies Humane Society

During Winter Break, A Group of Eight Girls Have the Chance to Learn and Have Fun at the Local Shelter

DULUTH, Minn. – Even though it’s beginning to feel like spring across the Northland, Duluth School District students are enjoying winter break this week. A group of eight girls, ages 10 to 14, are taking part in the first even all-girls camp at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. It’s a chance for the girls to engage in art projects,…

St. Scholastica Day of Volunteering

CSS Students, Faculty and Staff Gave Back to the Community

DULUTH, Minn. – College St. Scholastica students and staff gave back to the community Wednesday. It was part of the college’s Day of Volunteering.  Every two years, hundreds of Saints volunteer at various organizations in the community. A small group of volunteers helped out at Duluth’s First Lutheran Church, making and canning jams for the upcoming Rhubarb Festival. Many CSS…

UMD Hosts 24th Annual Diversity Summit

Students Came Together at Summit on Equity, Diversity and Multiculturalism

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth hosted a summit on equity, diversity and multiculturalism Wednesday. The all–day event included more than 40 interactive workshops, presentations and lectures. The keynote speaker was Debby Irving, author of “Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.”  Irving believes events like Wednesday’s help students better understand classmates of different…

Spirit Mountain Closed Temporarily

Unseasonable Weather Forced Closure Until Friday

DULUTH, Minn. – February Should be peak ski season at Spirit Mountain, but warm temperatures and rain have temporarily closed the slopes. The mountain closed Monday with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees.  The closure couldn’t come at a worse time with Duluth Public Schools out for spring break. “We want to be their backyard playground,” said Brandy Ream, Spirit Mountain…

Washburn Looks to Develop Land Near Waterfront

Development May Include Single and Multi Family Housing

WASHBURN, Wis. – The City of Washburn is looking to develop about ten acres of land near the city’s waterfront. The land parcel is located at Omaha Street and Second Avenue West. It may be developed into single and multiple family homes. The Mayor of Washburn says this is an important project to connect the city’s downtown to its waterfront….

Elementary Students Snowboard in Gym Class

New Class is the First of its Kind in Wisconsin

WASHBURN, Wis. – Washburn Elementary School just became the first school in Wisconsin to offer an indoor snowboarding unit in their P.E. classes. Snowboarding is typically done outside on the slopes, but elementary students in Washburn can now experience the snowboarding thrill in their school gymnasium. Washburn is the first school in Wisconsin to add indoor snowboarding their P.E. curriculum….

Over 3,500 Minnesota Power Customers Without Power in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Reports of power outages began just before 5 p.m. Wednesday evening. Areas including the Woodland, Congdon Park, Lester Park, and the edge of the Lakeside neighborhoods are experience outages. Minnesota Power is currently assessing the situation and crews are on scene. An estimated restoration for the red section of the map is expected around 7:30 p.m. The…

DTA Route and Schedule Changes go into Effect on Sunday, March 5, 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority will implement operational schedule changes to a limited number of bus routes on Sunday, March 5. All passenger hand schedules and shelter schedules impacted by these changes have been updated and will be distributed to the public one week before the schedule changes go into effect. The most significant change will be the…

Council Parts Ways With Longtime Proctor Police Chief

Walter Wobig Served As Chief Since 2002

PROCTOR, Minn. – After serving the city of Proctor as its police chief for more than 14 years, Walter Wobig has been voted out by the city council. The decision to not renew Wobig’s contract came on a 3-2 vote Tuesday, with Mayor Phil Larson and councilors Troy DeWall and Gary Nowak voting to end his employment. Councilors Jake Benson…

Biometric Screening Speeds Check-in at Twin Cities Airport

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Travelers who are willing to pay the price will be able to skip the long security checkpoints at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and go directly to the metal detector line. A service that uses biometrics to verify identity will be offered beginning Wednesday at both the north and south checkpoints in Terminal 1. For $179 a year,…

Duluth Firefighters Urge Planning Ahead for a Disaster

Are you prepared?

DULUTH, Minn. – Disasters take many forms from fires to earthquakes, and they can strike anywhere, at anytime. “Before a disaster strikes, it’s important for families to have a plan. If you don’t already have one, start one today. Prepare now, so you don’t panic later,” says Local 101 firefighter Pete Johnson. Local 101 suggests using the following guidelines to…

Animal Answers: Microchipping Month

One in Three Animals Will Go Missing at Some Point, Animal Allies is Looking to Help

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Animal Answers, FOX 21’s Brett Scott took a trip to Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth to find out more about a helpful event happening during the month of February. Statistics show one in three animals will go missing at some point in the life, leading to an array of problems. To celebrate Micro…

Superior Mayoral Primary Results

Spring election is April 4, 2017

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Tuesday was the Wisconsin primary election, and for Superior, that meant narrowing down to two opponents for the race for mayor. In the running was Brent Fennessey, Kalee Hermanson, Jim Paine, and Mike Herrick. Polls closed at 8 p.m. and shortly after that the official results were in: Brent Fennessey  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  ….

Duluth Closes 85 Miles of Traverse Trails

Warm weather has left many of the trails in poor condition

DULUTH, Minn. – The warmer conditions in the area have caused Duluth to close nearly eighty-five miles of trails. Many of the traverse trails are in delicate condition. The trails are wet, muddy, and prone to damage. Cyclists of Gitchi Gumee Shores said that going out onto the trails in these conditions will lead to water gathering on them that…

Duluth Transit Authority Works on Five Year Plan

The DTA is looking for help form the public in developing their new five year development plan

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority is asking for the public’s help in coming up with their five year transit development plan. They specifically asked riders what they’re doing well and in what ways can they improve. Early respondents at an open house said the DTA has many courteous drivers but could use more buses and routes. The DTA…