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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…

Choice Unlimited Masquerade Ball Set for Thursday

"A Royal Affair" Celebrates People and the Art They Produce

DULUTH, Minn. – Dust off your best mask because there’s a masquerade ball Thursday night in Duluth. “A Royal Affair” is this year’s theme for Choice Unlimited’s 4th annual fundraising gala, celebrating the talents of people with disabilities and the art they produce. Organizers say the fundraiser helps bring people together. “People get to know people,” said Annie Roseen, Arts…

Sen. Franken Tours Denfeld Techology Department

Senator Addressed Concerns About High-Tech Education

DULUTH, Minn. – U.S. Senator Al Franken toured the Duluth Denfeld High School’s technology department Tuesday, to see how students here are learning to fill tomorrow’s high tech jobs. The was part of the Senator’s “Advancing Career Pathways Tour” across Minnesota.  America is facing a shortage of high-tech workers, something Sen. Franken wants to see addressed. “We have skills gaps…

Minong Community Center Construction Continues

Could be Completed by August

MINONG, Wis.-Construction is humming along at the Jack Link’s Aquatic and Activity Center in Minong. The facility, which includes a gym, pool, and even a museum, is expected to be completed by August. Currently the walls have gone up around the pool, while construction is just beginning on the walls of the entire facility. Construction workers did say that the…

Minnesota Churches Prepare to House Immigrants

ST. PAUL (AP) – About 15 congregations across Minnesota are preparing for people living in the U.S. illegally to live at their churches long-term. Minnesota Public Radio reports that religious institutions, known as “sanctuary churches,” have committed to helping such immigrants from being deported. They’re relying on federal policy not to make arrests in “sensitive” places unless absolutely necessary. Religious…

Native American History on Display in Superior

New Exhibit Opens at Douglas County Historical Society

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A new exhibit is opening up at the Douglas County Historical Society highlighting Native American culture in our area. The planning for this exhibit began when a Dugout Canoe was discovered in storage in 2015. The canoe was actually donated in 1939 and was found to be authentic Dakota. On Saturday, February 25th at 11 a.m. the…

SPECIAL REPORT: A Long Wait, Rape Kits Unprocessed

Join us for Part One, Wednesday after Star and Part Two, Thursday after My Kitchen Rules

There’s a major backlog when it comes to processing rape kits in St. Louis County. It’s a problem throughout the state, but the number of pending kits is the highest, right here, in St. Louis County. Approximately one of every five untested kits is waiting in St. Louis County; some of them dating back to the 1980s. We’ll discover the…

Enrollment Continues to Rise in Aviation Programs at Lake Superior College

Lake Superior College to Host Aviation Career Night

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth is a large aviation hub. With an international airport and several independent aviation companies, there are several jobs available for Northlanders who would like to work in aviation. Dan Traska, Director of the Center for Advanced Aviation, stopped by FOX 21 to talk about the career opportunities within the aviation industry. Lake Superior…

Sticky Bun Fun With Lake Superior Bakehouse

On Tuesday, February 21, We Celebrate National Sticky Buns Day!

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s a lot to celebrate in the bakery world on Tuesday, February 21, 2017! The staff at Lake Superior Bakehouse stopped by the FOX 21 Tuesday morning with a few special treats to help celebrate. They say their fresh, homemade sticky buns are a top seller at the bakehouse, located at 102 West Superior Street in Duluth. National…

Rain, Warm Temperatures Lead to Change In Plans for Birkie Events

Officials say they will have a plan of action for race events by Wednesday

HAYWARD, Wisc. – The mix of rain and warm temperatures across the Northland are leading to some big changes for the American Birkebiner events this week. Race officials are keeping a close eye on the sky and monitoring conditions on the course. Most years, fans of the American Birkibiner are used to seeing thousands of cross country skiers flying down…

Abraham Lincoln at the Depot for President’s Day

One Man Show About Lincoln Plus Other Re-Enactments Presented in Museum

DULUTH, Minn. – President Abraham Lincoln, or an actor playing our sixteenth president, presented his one-man show today as part of the President’s Day celebration at the Depot. The play depicts what may have been going through Lincoln’s mind in the moments before he was shot in Ford’s Theatre until his death. The actor playing Lincoln thinks the former president’s story…

Minnesota Grocery Bagging Champion Competes at Nationals

Sandstone Native Finishes Just Outside of Top Five at National Competition

LAS VEGAS, NV. – Two weeks ago, we told you about Minnesota grocery bagging champion Seth Allen as he was preparing to compete in the national competition in Las Vegas. The competition is now over, and the Sandstone native fared well, finishing just outside the top five baggers, and narrowly missing out on winning a cash prize and competing in…

Interest in Open Carry Up After Recent Events

But Minnesota and Wisconsin Have Slightly Different Requirements

DULUTH, Minn.- Some Gun advocates believe having your own weapon is the best way to protect yourself from violent crimes. But in the state of Minnesota, a permit is required to carry a gun, whether open or concealed. Obtaining a concealed carry permit requires attending 5 to 7 hours of class learning about gun laws, training at a shooting range,…

Warm Temperatures Means Grilling in February

Local Meat Shops Saw Increase in Sales After Warm Week

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Northland saw temperatures 10 to 20 degrees higher than average last week. And Meat lovers took advantage. Deanna Reder, a meat handler at Superior Meats says sales spiked, as Northlanders fired up their grills to enjoy delicious food and time outside. Some of the best sellers included beef patties, and smoked sausages.   “You get to be outside,…

Abraham Lincoln, Civil War Reenactors Perform for President’s Day

Coffee Conversation: President's Day at Duluth Depot

DULUTH, Minn. – In celebration of President’s Day, the Duluth Depot is welcoming a famous guest. Abraham Lincoln, played by Fritz Klein, is making an appearance today. Klein will be performing the “Last Full Measure” which chronicles the time between when he was shot and when he died. Additionally, Klein will give “Lincoln Talks” throughout the day. The Lincoln Funeral…

One Year Since Fire That Devastated Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Members Remembered the Day With a Prayer Service

  DULUTH, Minn.- It’s been exactly One Year since members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church have been without their original space of worship, and Saturday, those members remembered the fire that devastated their beloved church building, at a prayer service held at Dougherty’s Funeral home. “We think that marking this day is important.  We might remember where we were when…

Local Legislators Hold Town Hall

The Venue at the Children's Museum was Packed

DULUTH, Minn.- More than a hundred people turned out for the town hall with State Senator Erik Simonson, as well as representatives Jennifer Schultz and Liz Olson. Saturday’s listening session was the first since the Minnesota’s legislative period opened in January. “It’s really important for any elected official to make sure that they stay in tune with their constituents, and…

Polar Plunge Benefits Special Olympics

Fox 21 News Team Raised $3,153 for the Cause

DULUTH, Minn.- The annual Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Minnesota was held Saturday. Despite warmer temperatures, plungers were still quick to get out of the icy water. The Fox 21 crew took the plunge again this year. Our team raised a total of $3153. Thank you to everyone who donated. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News

Science and Engineering Night at UMD

Event Ran in Conjunction with Men's and Women's Basketball Games

DULUTH, Minn. – Fans at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Romano Gymnasium Saturday were treated to more than basketball. UMD’s Swenson School of Science and Engineering took over Romano’s lobby for an evening of fun and demonstrations. The event helped recognize how similar demands are on engineering students and student-athletes. Organizers say they were most encouraged by how many chidren…

Man Critical After Snowmobile Accident

The Crash Happened on Fish Lake

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man is fighting for his life after a snowmobile accident Saturday afternoon. The crash happened on Fish Lake in Duluth.  A 22 year old Duluth man was flown to Essentia Health where he is listed in critical condition. According to investigators, alcohol and speed were factors in the crash. Authorities haven’t released the victim’s identity….

Man Hospitalized After Snowmobile Accident

Crash Happened Friday on Heikkila Lake

EVELETH, Minn. – A 20 year old man is in the hospital after a snowmobile accident Friday night. The crash happened on Heikkila Lake, south of Eveleth. The victim was flown unconscious to Essentia Health in Duluth.  The extent of his injuries aren’t known and authorities are waiting to identify him until the family is notified. Investigators say speed, alcohol,…

Community Leaders Speak Out Against Big Tobacco

Big Tobacco Company Has Focus Group Planned for Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s an email that Duluth Mayor Emily Larson was quoted as saying was “Shady to begin with,” and Community Action Duluth said was “unprecedented.” A big tobacco company has reportedly been looking to schedule a focus group about “America’s dwindling middle class.” And at a press conference earlier this morning, representatives with the American Lung Association and…

Twin Ports Colleges Renew Cross Registration

Students Can Attend Classes at Any of the Three Colleges

DULUTH, Minn. – The Twin Ports’ trio of four–year colleges renewed their bonds of cooperation Friday. Chancellors from the University of Minnesota Duluth, College of St. Scholastica and Univeristy of Wisconsin-Superior renewed a cross registration agreement between the schools. The program allows students to take courses at any of the other campuses, which gives those students students more options when…

Special Olympics Athlete Leads in Plunge Donations

Athlete Brandon Moe has raised over $12,000 to take the plunge for the Special Olympics.

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders are getting ready to brave the cold waters of Lake Superior for the annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota. One of those special athletes is leading the pack when it comes to donations. Brandon Moe is about to take his sixth plunge and this year he has raised over $12,000. His goal was $8,000. Brandon’s…

Black History Month Celebrated at Lincoln Park Elementary

The celebration honored those who have made an impact on the African American community in the Twin Ports.

Duluth, Minn. – In honor of Black History month, a celebration was held at the Lincoln Park elementary school auditorium. The event honored those who have made an impact on the Twin Ports African American community. The night was full of speakers, singers, and drummers. Everyone was welcome and organizers said teh celebration helped break down barriers and brought people…

Former Tribal Chairwoman Diver Will Teach at UMD

Karen Diver served in the Obama administration and has returned to the Northland. She will teach an ethics class at UMD'S MTAG program.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe tribal leader Karen Diver is back in the Northland after serving in the Obama administration as special assistant for Native American affairs. Diver said her experience in Washington D.C. was one of the most rewarding and intense parts of her life.She’s returning to the Northland to be an instructor for…

Northlanders Enjoy Warm Weather

It's the 2nd Warmest February 17th on Record

DULUTH, Minn.- Though the unseasonably warm weather hurts snow conditions and other winter sports, some community members took advantage of the sunny days. People could be seen walking, running, and soaking up the rays. Temperatures were as high as 51 degrees in Duluth, making it the 2nd warmest February 17th on record, and only 1 degree away from making it…

Children Experience ‘Dog Sledding’ at 10th Annual Ikidarod

The Event Helps Teach Children About Local and National Dog Sledding Races

  DULUTH, Minn.- Excited barking noises echoed from the playground of North Shore Community school. But those sounds weren’t coming from dogs, but rather, kids playing the role of sled dogs pulling a plastic sled. On the sled was a musher, also played by a classmate. “We go around our nature trail in some sleds, while the kids pull you…

Northland Beer Lovers to fill Brewer’s Row

Brewer's Row Poker Pub Crawl

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend the 1st Annual Brewer’s Row Poker Pub Crawl is taking place. Brewer’s Row recognizes craft beer establishments along Superior St. in downtown Duluth. The crawl begins at 6:30 p.m. at The Blind Pig where participants will receive a glass to bring to each bar. Then, participants will drink one beer from each location, starting with…

Damage Days Hosts Snowboarders at Spirit Mountain

Party in the Pipe & After Hours Rope Tow

DULUTH, Minn. – Damage Days is taking place at Spirit Mountain once again. The annual snowboarding event is being held this weekend. Tonight, February 17th they’re holding the Party in the Pipe from 6-8 p.m. On Saturday, February 18th Damage Days is featuring an after hours rope tow session from 9:30 p.m. – midnight. Additionally, their will be product giveaways,…

Trump Weighs Mobilizing National Guard for Immigration Roundups

UPDATE: http://www.fox21online.com/2017/02/17/white-house-denies-national-guard-immigration-roundup-report/ (AP) – A draft memo obtained by The Associated Press outlines a Trump administration proposal under consideration to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants. Millions of those who would be affected in 11 states live nowhere near the Mexico border. The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as…

Barley’s Angels Brings Women Together to Talk Craft Beer

The group meets monthly to learn and talk about different beer

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Every month throughout the year, women from the Duluth–Superior area get together and talk about craft beer. The group is named the Barley’s Angels and they meet annually at different bars and breweries around the Twin Ports to talk and learn about beer. The ladies of Barley’s Angels go through training about beer flavors and learn how…

Superior Mayoral Candidates Meet with Young Professionals

Members had the opportunity to talk one–on–one with candidates about issues important to them

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – In less than a week, Superior residents will vote on which two candidates they’d like to see on the ballot for mayor. Tonight, the Superior Young Professionals hosted a meet and greet with the four mayoral candidates. Members had the opportunity to talk one–on–one with each candidate about issues that are important to them. “I think the…

Experts Discuss Minnesota Children’s Well Being

The Minnesota Kids Count Data Book Helps Policy Makers Make Minnesota a Better Place for Kids

DULUTH, Minn.- Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota presented this year’s Minnesota Kids Count Data Book at Community Action Duluth The Kids Count Data Book provides state data to show the well-being of Children and families who live in Minnesota.  The Data is collected to help policy makers and citizens help make Minnesota a better place for Children. This year’s Kids Count…

Update on 11th Street Shooting in Duluth

Police Can't Give Any New Information to Protect the Case

DULUTH, Minn.- A shooting that left one person dead happened on 11th Street in Duluth, Tuesday. Since then the victim has been identified as 22 year old William Andrew Grahek.  A person of interest has been detained since the shooting, but no new updates have been released. Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken says homicide investigation are some of the most…

New Task Force Helps Fight Drugs and Violence

It's a Merge of 2 Task Forces in the Northland

  DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force merged with the Boundary Waters Drug Task Force to Form the New Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. The new task force will be fighting violent crimes and drugs in St. Louis County, Lake County, Carlton County, all of Minnesota, and Douglas county of Wisconsin. By…

Officers Recognized for Good Work at Ceremony

Dozens of Police Officers Are Celebrated For Their Work

DULUTH, Minn.- Police Officers were recognized for their hard work and achievements at a ceremony held in Duluth, Thursday. The Duluth Police Department Recognition Ceremony celebrated dozens of officers, and their service to the community.  Some were recognized for their promotions and leadership skills, while others were presented with special awards. “Our employees of the Duluth Police department, both civilian…

Duluth Man Found Guilty in September Hermantown Drive-By Shooting

The incident happened Sept. 24, 2016

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man, Robert John Lund, 47, was convicted on four counts of aiding and abetting second degree attempted murder, four counts of aiding and abetting drive-by shooting, and one count of ineligible possession of a firearm, according to St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin said. For four hours, a St. Louis County jury deliberated before returning…

Anglers Can Fish Without a Michigan License this Weekend

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Want to go fishing but don’t have a license? No problem, but just for a couple of days. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has scheduled its Winter Free Fishing Weekend for Saturday and Sunday. No license is required, although other fishing regulations will remain in force. The free weekend is held each year to promote…

Cooking Connection: Bread Making With Great Harvest

The Staff at Great Harvest Bread Company in Duluth Show How to Prepare Bread, Granola and More

DULUTH, Minn. – The FOX 21 Morning Crew hit the road for this week’s Cooking Connection, stopping by Great Harvest Bread Co. in Duluth. Lee Davidson, Co-Owner of Great Harvest, gave Brett Scott a tour of the facility, while employees were hard at work shaping fresh baguettes. The team typically gets to work around 3:45a.m., with one baker sponging breads, while…