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Maintaining Sidewalks in Winter

Duluthians must clear snow from sidewalks in front of their properties

DULUTH, Minn. – Snow and ice have taken over most of the northland….and that means it’s shovel season. All over the region, people are shoveling and sprinkling salt to keep their sidewalks snow and ice free. “Year after year it always comes around and we know it’s coming,” says a Duluth shoveler. Sidewalks all over Duluth are covered with ice…

DTA Offering Free Rides on New Year’s Eve

Buses will run their normal Saturday routes, but will be free between 5 p.m. and 2:20 a.m.

The Duluth Transit Authority is bringing back free rides on New Year’s Eve on their buses in Duluth and Superior. The buses will run their normal Saturday routes and will be free from 5 p.m. to 2:20 a.m. “What we’re trying to do is promote safety for everybody. People can still go out and have a good time and take…

Shoveling Safety Tips

Local chiropractors busy with Northlanders shoveling snow and ice

SUPERIOR, Wis. – While you’re out shoveling snow this winter, make sure to do it safely so you don’t end up in a doctor’s or chiropractor’s office. As people work to break apart ice and lift and throw snow, it puts a lot of pressure on their backs. That’s why, after winter storms, local chiropractic offices are packed with people…

Explosive Device Located in Superior

Device was moved to disarm and preserve evidence

SUPERIOR, Wisc.-An explosive device was found yesterday by the Superior Police Department with the help of the Marathon County Bomb Squad. Superior responded to a suspicious package at the 2000 block of East Seventh Street at about 12 p.m. The packaged looked like it was either a backpack or duffel bag and had items sticking out of it. A perimeter…

New Vietnamese Restaurant Opens in Superior

Restaurant Features Pho

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Pho Cali Vietnamese Noodles Restaurant has been jam packed in Superior ever since it opened Dec. 17. The restaurant specializes in the Vietnamese noodle soup which can be filled with everything from beef to seafood. Owner Andy Tran, originally from Vietnam, saw a need in the area for restaurant. “Mostly I see only Chinese restaurants, so OK so…

St. Louis River Alliance to Celebrate Year of Accomplishments

St. Louis River Alliance Looks Toward Bright Future in 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis River Alliance (SLRA) will be hosting their annual Clean Water Open House and Celebration on Thursday, December 29, from 5:00p.m. until 6:00p.m. at Valentini’s Vicino Lago, located at 1400 London Road in Duluth. The SLRA works to restore, protect, and to enhance the St. Louis River. The celebration will recognize SLRA members and supporters…

Salvation Army Surpasses Donation Goal

Superior Salvation Army Bings in Almost $63,000 in Red Kettle Campaign

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Duluth Fire Department aren’t the only ones ready to help those in need this holiday season. The Superior Salvation Army is too, as they topped their fund–raising goal this year. The salvation army raised almost $63,000 through their red kettle campaign, shattering their goal of $50,000 for this season. They think good weather was a factor…

Animal Answers: Bright Future for Friends of Animals

Friends of Animals Humane Society Named Best Animal Rescue Shelter in Minnesota

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Friends of Animals Humane Society in Cloquet was named Best Animal Rescue Shelter in Minnesota. The award is given out from the producers of the Hollywood, California based Official Best Of production company. Numerous volunteers along with kind-hearted employees help keep the shelter running. Friends of Animals will be moving in May of 2017, to their new…

Suspicious Device Found in Superior

Duffel Bag Contained Possible Explosives

Superior Police Department officers were dispatched to a suspicious package in the 2000 block of E 7th Street Tuesday afternoon. Someone had left a duffel bag with items sticking out of it. The object was later determined to be an explosive device or made to look like an explosive device. Officers called out for a bomb squad, the Marathon County…

Busiest Day of the Year for Marcus Theatre

The company offers five dollar movies on Tuesdays.

DULUTH, Minn.- The holidays can be a busy time for movie theaters but over at Marcus theatre the Tuesday after Christmas and before New Years is their biggest of the entire year. People heading to the movie theater to see all different kinds of films including the newest Star Wars movie. “This is the movie I’m looking forward to most…

Bentleyville Begins Long Tear-Down Process

Monday was the final day Bentleyville was open this year.

DULUTH, Minn.- Another Christmas season has ended and that means it is time to pack away the lights of Bentleyville. The last day to visit the Christmas town was Monday. On Tuesday a small group of volunteers started the long process of tearing it down. After another Christmas, Mayor of Bentleyville, Nathan Bentley is welcoming the tear-down this year. “Thinking…

Salvation Army Short of Reaching Fundraising Goal

The Group is Looking to Raise $42,000 More

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle and Bell Ringing is Iconic to Christmas time, and the Holiday Fundraiser is crucial to fund many of the programs ran by the Salvation Army throughout the year, and is their biggest source of money. This year, the Salvation Army had the goal of raising $625,000 but are currently around $42,000 short of reaching that goal….

Hartley Offers Nature Camps for Children

The Kids are Excited to Play Outside After Being Cooped Up

Children are playing in and learning about nature, at the Winter Camps at Hartley Nature Center. It’s a chance for children to get outside with other kids, even in the cold. Programs include activities like tracking animals, sledding, and exploring the park. The campers range from ages 4 to 9 years old. “It gives them an opportunity to be active,…

Lutheran Social Services Still Looking for Diapers

The Diapers Will Go to Families in Need

The Lutheran Social Services have been hosting a diaper drive through December, but as the year comes to a close, they’re still looking for more donations. LSS had the goal of raising 25,000 diapers to stockpile a year’s worth of diapers for families in need, but they are around 13,000 short of reaching their goals. LSS is especially in need…

Kids Learn to Ski at Spirit Mountain Holiday Camp

Participants Range from Ages 5 to 16

Some Kids got their new skis and boards out, or even learned how to ski for the first time at Spirit Mountain. The Ski Hill teamed up with Team Duluth for a Holiday Camp to get kids outside. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels, from first timers to advanced, are practicing their skills on the hill and the terrain park…

Snowmobile Season Begins in Minnesota

Northlanders Can Finally Hit The Trails

FINLAND, Minn.- Snowmobiling is one of Minnesota’s favorite recreational sports, and this season has lacked a little luster. However, now that the temperatures are down and the snow is finally here, its time to hit the trails. Avid snowmobiler Scott Rose says, “It’s ahead of schedule compared to last year. I think last year we really didn’t get out until…

Hartley Nature Center Offers Winter Camp for Kids

Making Winter Fun, While Learning During Holiday Break

DULUTH, Minn. – Many of you probably have the week off from school, or just simply want to stay inside, bundle up, and forget about the cold. However, the opportunities are endless when it comes to exploring in the winter. With the beginning of winter finally here, Hartley Nature Center is taking on the task of making the season bright….

New Drunken Driving Penalties to Begin in Wisconsin

New Year, New Penalties

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Repeat drunken drivers will face tougher penalties in Wisconsin starting with the new year. Governor Scott Walker signed a law in April that makes a fourth drunken driving offense a felony regardless of when it’s committed. Currently a fourth offense is a felony only if committed within five years of a third offense. The law also…

Northland Uncovered: 2016 Year in Review

A Look Back at Our Series "Northland Uncovered" Throughout the Year, From Split Rock Lighthouse to the Minnesota State Fair

DULUTH, Minn. – Throughout 2016 we’ve highlighted history around the Northland. FOX 21’s Natalie Froistad is taking a look back at the year of historical moments, from Wade Stadium in Duluth, to the Great Minnesota Get Together. Throughout this series in 2016, fun facts and history was also discovered at the Horton Covered Bridge in Wisconsin, Split Rock Lighthouse on…

Glensheen Unveils Candlelight Christmas Tours

Glensheen gives tours a new view of the mansion.

Many have toured Glensheen at all different times of the year but Monday night was the first time visitors got this view of the mansion. With only the glow of Glensheen’s 25 Christmas trees tours roamed the mansion. An idea that came from those who see Glensheen when the lights go out. “We were just closing at the end of…

Bentleyville Celebrates Christmas Season With Fireworks

Christmas is over but Bentleyville Opens for one final night.

Even though Sunday was Christmas, some people continued to celebrate by visiting Bentleyville one last time. Monday was the final night to walk through the Christmas town and to celebrate this holiday season Bentleyville gave their visitors a firework show, Keeping the Christmas season alive. “We just came from Christmas so we were just up and about and said why…

Few Travel, While Many Shop on the Day After Christmas

Shoppers filled the mall to spend Christmas gift cards but few were traveling on the icy roads.

Christmas Day may have been Sunday but due to poor road conditions, many extended their holiday to Monday. While others decided to brave the roads for shopping. “This thick sheet of ice we have out here has been a deterrent to customers coming in and out. Usually on a week day we’re pretty busy… Really, really slow today,” said Cameron…

Kids Learn to Ski at Chesterbowl

For Many It's Their First Time Trying the Sport

2 year old Twins, Nolan and Gabe are bundled up from head to toe, with little skis on their feet.  It’s their first time being on the slopes, and they’re learning the basics of the sport. “Their dad is big into skiing, I’m terrible at skiing,” Erica Scott, their mom, explains. Many believe skiing is a great family activity, and…

Coffee Conversation: New Year’s Safety

Duluth Police Department Offers Tips on Staying Safe While Ringing in the New Year

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is offering a few reminders to Northlanders who are looking to ring in the New Year. Office Ron Tinsley says he wants everyone to have a good time and have fun, but reminds folks to be safe, plan ahead, and use caution. Utilize the Duluth Transportation Authority (DTA) and their free ride system…

Different Faiths Come Together for the Gospel Mission Union Christmas Dinner

It's an Interfaith Tradition Going on for Decades

Susan Ginsburg smiles as she cuts another slice of pie to serve. She comes to the Union Gospel Mission each year, to give her time to the interfaith tradition that has been going on for decades. “We don’t celebrate Christmas, and so we can let the people who usually work here have Christmas with their families,” Ginsburg who is Jewish, says….

People Brave Bad Weather for Bentleyville

The Attraction is Closing on Monday

Sleet and bad road conditions, didn’t stop some people from enjoying one of the last days of Bentleyville. One family even drove down from the Twin Cities area to see the lights. For them It’s a family tradition that they couldn’t miss. “We only had two nights left to choose from, tomorrow it’s supposed to be really bad, today, it’s not…

Northlanders Find Gifts of Joy While Working on Christmas

Employees, Patients, and Visitors at One Duluth Hospital Find Happiness For the Holidays

DULUTH, Minn. – Giving the gift of care can be the greatest gift of all. “We’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Lauryn Wilson, R.N. at Essentia Newborn ICU. “Christmas is really no different than any other day,” said Howard Lamirande, Security Officer at Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Duluth. For Howard, his workload might even be…

CHUM Honors Lives Lost With Christmas Vigil

41 Lives Were Lost This Year

Dozens of people who either personally experienced homelessness, or advocated for homeless people in the Twin Ports lost their lives this year. Tonight, Churches United in Ministry, known as CHUM took time to honor them. 41 people held candles and white signs, each with a name written on them. Most are the names are of people in the twin ports…

Missing Man in Hartley Nature Park Found Dead

The Man's Body was Located Shortly Before Noon Friday in Hartley Park

DULUTH, Minn. – An update on the 66-year-old man who went missing last night at Hartley Nature Center in Duluth. Shortly before noon Friday, the Duluth Police Department along with the St. Louis County Rescue Squad, located the body of the man who had been missing since Thursday afternoon. The man was located within Hartley Park. At this time, authorities…

Structure Fire in Superior Causes $300,000 in Damages

The Fire Broke Out Shortly Before Seven Friday Morning at AA Roll Off Landscaping

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Shortly before 7:00a.m. Friday morning, Superior Fire Officials responded to reports of a structure fire at AA Roll Off Landscaping. Officials say heavy smoke was coming from the building, located on Garfield Avenue. Crews tried to gain access to the building, but high heat and low visibility due to fire conditions made it nearly impossible to do…

Northlanders Travel for Christmas

Travel is up 1.5% Across the Country

Christmas is around the corner and some Northlanders are gearing up to travel. Some staying close by, while others are going across the country. According to AAA more than 103 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday season. It’s a 1.5 percent increase from last year. The Minnesota Department of Transportation Is urging travelers to check out road conditions…

One Person Dead After a Shooting in Fond Du Lac

Suspect is in Police Custody

Shots rang out at this home on the 1700 block of Wolf Ridge Road in Cloquet, just before 9 am. Officers who responded to a report of the shooting, found a man, in this house with gunshot wounds. The victim, in his thirties, was taken to a hospital in Duluth where he died from the injuries. A suspect was found…

Duluth Family Fighting Cancer Receives “Best Christmas Ever”

A Cloquet business delivered more than a hundred gifts and presented the family $8,000

DULUTH, Minn. – In 2011, the charity “Best Christmas Ever” was started, with a mission of helping a Superior family have a life changing Christmas. This year, the non-profit organization is blessing 50 families across the United States with an unforgettable holiday. The staff at Northland Health Filtration in Cloquet wanted to do something special for a local family in…

VFW Prepares for Holiday Dinner

The Tradition Has Been Going on for Decades

The Veterans of Foreign Wars 137 Annual Christmas dinner is this weekend. The VFW is preparing for the free holiday dinner, and anticipating hundreds of people to show up. Though they already have volunteers lined up, they’re still looking for more, and are always accepting donations of hats and gloves to give away to people who attend the dinner. “We…

Hotels Busy During Holiday Season

From Bentleyville to Hockey... Tourists Come to Duluth Even in the Winter

Seasonal events, from hockey to Bentleyville, have kept hotels in Duluth busy this holiday season And though Bentleyville is ending soon, there are plenty of hockey tournaments scheduled in January, and the skiing season will be in full swing.  Holiday Inn Representatives are crossing their fingers that those events combined with other winter outdoor recreation like ice climbing and fat…

Holiday Shoppers Flock to Grocery Stores

Some Stores Offer Both Groceries and Last Minute Gift Options

Grocery stores in the Northland are bustling with people gearing up for the holidays Many customers flock to the grocery store, so they can get all the ingredients they need for their special holiday meal. The Week of Christmas is the busiest time of year at Mount Royal, where people can purchase all of their groceries and even pick up…

Think Twice Before Buying a Pet for Christmas

Adopt Don't Shop

Many children and even adults dream of waking up to a fluffy little puppy or kitten on Christmas morning.  But experts remind us that bringing a pet into the family means committing your time and money to taking care of it, for years. Animals, Especially young ones, take a lot of time to train, and may take a while to…

Make a Child Smile Campaign Seeking Donations

Local Toy Donation Drive Looks to Help Needy Families

DULUTH – A donation drive that started as a way to help a few families during the holiday season has taken off. We’ve told you about the “Make a Child Smile” campaign put on by Mike Letica with Super America. Now, Letica tells FOX 21 he’s received several requests from needy families since our story last night. He’s asking for…

Cloquet Business Giving Local Family the “Best Christmas Ever”

Northland Health Filtration will also be presenting the family with a check for about $7,000

CLOQUET, Minn. – A business in Cloquet is doing its part to make sure a family in need has a special Christmas this year. Northland Health Filtration adopted a family as part of the Best Christmas Ever campaign. The business received about 140 gifts, all donated by the community. Tonight, friends and family helped wrap the presents, which they will…

The Breeze Inn Celebrates 5 Years

There was some fun in town Tuesday night up on Jean Duluth Road

The Breeze Inn may seem small on the outside, but there was a big party inside. The Inn’s owners are celebrating 5 years of serving up, good times, cold drinks, and their signature Juicy Lucy burgers. Owner Kate Wagner says, “I think we’re celebrating a few things, we’ve been here 5 years, how we’ve gone from 6 to 22 employees,…

Hundreds of Gifts Wrapped For Families in Need

Volunteers and even some of the families receiving the gifts helped wrap the presents

DULUTH, Minn. – Over 700 gifts were wrapped today as part of the “Make A Child Smile” campaign. Mike Letica, with Super America, has received donations from business and people around the community to help purchase gifts for nearly twenty families. Today, volunteers and even some of the families receiving the gifts helped wrap the presents. “I was expecting Christmas…

Duluth Airport Sweetens Holiday Travels

Holiday Travel Heats Up At Duluth International Airport

With the holiday’s almost here it’s a busy time to travel. The Duluth International Airport is already bustling with people off to their holiday destinations. The Duluth Airport Authority made traveler’s trips a little sweeter with some warm holiday cookies. If you still have to catch your flight there are some helpful tips that can make your trip go smoothly….

Northland Family has Built Memories in Grocery Aisles for Decades

Northland Uncovered: Super One Foods

DULUTH, Minn. – Stopping at a grocery store is on the errands list of many. In Duluth, there are many options including Super One Foods. This popular grocery chain got its start right here in the Northland. “It starts back with my great–grandparents, Ida and Tony Miner,” Miner’s Inc. Store Director Patrick Miner explained. The family business started up in…

Animal Answers: Benefits of Feeding Birds in the Northland

Experts at Wild Birds Unlimited say Winter is the Most Important time to Feed our Feathered Friends

DULUTH, Minn. – Cold climates can become a constant battle for those who never have the chance to warm up or thaw out. Summer soaring can be sweet sailing for our friends with wings in the Northland. “The chickadees, the nuthatches, woodpeckers are all clinger birds, so they don’t necessarily need a perching area. Many people ask us what types…

Great Outdoors: Sunshine On The Slopes

People Head To Spirit Mountain To Enjoy Warm Winter Weather

DULUTH, Minn- Just a few short days ago was not a good time to be outside. Minnesota Duluth student and experienced skier Ben Merrill remembers, “It was freezing, I had 5 layers. We were taking 5 runs we’re like lets go sit in the chalet for a couple of hours and warm up.” Skier Siera LaFave comments, “Like with a…

New Timekeepers Exhibit Opens at Duluth’s Depot

"Timekeepers" or Pocket Watches Were Used by the American Railroad Industry in the 1880s

DULUTH, Minn. – Time is now ticking in history at Duluth’s Lake Superior Railroad Museum. The museum’s latest exhibit isn’t taking up much space in the collection, but had a huge purpose back in the 1880s. Many Seventeen Jeweled Timekeepers were given out by the American Railroad Industry after they created the four standard time zones, which we still use…