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Appeals Court Upholds Provisional Release of Sex Offender

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The state Court of Appeals has upheld a judicial panel’s decision to provisionally release a man from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. Jesse Lee, formally known as Dennis Wisinger, pleaded guilty in 1976 to kidnapping and raping a woman in Ramsey County. He was civilly committed and asked for a provisional discharge from the sex offender program…

Medical History on Display at Karpeles Manuscript Museum

Display to be shown through April

DULUTH, Minn. – Throughout history medical discoveries have changed the lives of thousands. For the next few months, some of these medical miracles will be on display at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Duluth. “This diskette was assembled by Alexander Fleming,” said Museum Director Doris Mulkmus, “this is one of only five disks from his original 1928 experiments.” The diskette…

Three Duluth Projects are Finalists in Knight Cities Challenge

MIAMI – The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today, January 17, 2017, announced 144 finalists, including 3 in Duluth, in the third annual Knight Cities Challenge, a national call for ideas to make the 26 communities where Knights invests more vibrant places to live and work. Applicants were asked to answer the question: What’s your best idea to…

Registration Opens for Boulder Lake Ski Race

14th Annual Ski & Snowshow Race

BOULDER LAKE, Minn. – An annual race is getting winter sport enthusiasts out on the trails. The Boulder Lake Ski Race hosts competitive Nordic skiers and snowshoers. For the 14th annual event, organizers are doing things a little differently. This year, registrations is opening just a week before the race using a method called “flash” registration. Race Director, Clayton Keim,…

UW-Superior Upward Bound Students to Attend Presidential Inauguration

Students were selected from an essay application process

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Six local high school student members of the Upward Bound program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior are gearing up for an opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. for the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump, on Friday, January 20. These students were selected from a competitive internal essay application process that took place in October. In their application…

Majority of Superior Shipyard Workers Test Positive for Lead

Investigation began last Spring

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Health officials say the majority of more than 200 workers tested for lead exposure at a Superior shipyard had elevated levels of lead in their blood. Wisconsin and Minnesota health departments began a joint investigation last spring after workers at Fraser Shipyards were exposed to lead while retrofitting the Herbert C. Jackson originally built in 1959. Wisconsin…

Motley House Fire Results in Fatality

Cause of Fire Still Unknown

MOTLEY, Minn. – A 20-year-old Motley man is dead following a fire in a home. On Friday, January 13, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a house fire on the 12000 block of State 64 around 6:42 a.m. First responders arrived and found a trailer house fully engulfed in fire. Efforts to extinguish the fire were…

Families Enjoy Warmup Outside on MLK Day

Many students and parents both had the holiday off together Monday

DULUTH, Minn. – Lots of families took advantage of the above average temperatures today. Bayfront Park’s outdoor rink was filled with families out on the ice. With many students out of school and parents off work for MLK day, it was the perfect opportunity to spend some time together outside. “It’s really sunny, it’s nice,” said Sonya Bombardieri. “It’s a…

Pledge to Volunteer Campaign

The food bank is looking for volunteers for the year.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank has kicked off their Pledge to Volunteer campaign. The effort hopes to attract new volunteers and increase the food bank’s support system. Northern Lakes relies on many volunteers to sort and label food and assist with programs like their food shelf and senior programs. Northern Lakes provides donated food for nearly…

2016 Shipping Season Coming to a Close

Coal and Iron Ore Shipments Went Down, Grain Shipments Saw Record Numbers

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2016 shipping season is coming to a close, with the last Last Laker of the Season, the Lee A. Tregurtha arriving in the Twin Ports earlier today. Duluth Seaway Port Authority representatives say this year’s shipping season was a bit steady. Though grain shipping saw record numbers, The Iron Ore shipments didn’t pick up until the…

Hundreds March for Martin Luther King Jr.

It's a Celebration of the Civil Rights Leader's Life and Legacy

  DULUTH, Minn. – Kids made posters and signs with hand written messages, as they prepared for the Martin Luther King Jr. March in Duluth. It’s in honor of the iconic civil rights leader who peacefully fought for racial equality in the 50’s and 60’s. “He gave his life and dedicated himself to the community, so that we can walk…

State Leaders Push for More Progress at MLK Day Celebration

ST. PAUL (AP) – Hundreds of Minnesota residents have marched through downtown St. Paul, to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Afterward, city and state leaders spoke at the Ordway Center on Monday about the progress the country has made, as well as the inequalities that still exist. Speakers included U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, St. Paul Mayor Chris…

Youth Poets Given Stage to Tell Stories

2017 Be Heard MN Youth Poetry Slam Series

DULUTH, Minn. – Youth throughout Minnesota are sharing their stories through a slam poetry series. Be Heard MN is giving the young artists a platform. This is through TruArtSpeaks as the poets compete with other teens across the country. Through eight poetry slam events, six youth poets will be chosen to compete in San Francisco this summer. This weekend, on…

Beating Cabin Fever with a Disco Party

Coffee Conversation: Renegade Theater Season Kick-off

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend Northlanders can beat their cabin fever by dancing at Zeitgeist Arts. Renegade Theater is celebrating the season kick-off with a disco dance party. Proceeds from this event support the theater company. The fun gets underway at 8:00 p.m. with dancing starting up at 9:30 p.m. Before the dance, there will be a fire, cookies, board…

Trump Calls on Americans to Honor Dr. King

ATLANTA (AP) – Civil rights leaders and activists are gathering around the country to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. In a message sent on Twitter on Monday, Trump said: “Celebrate Martin Luther King Day and all of the many wonderful things he stood for. honor him for being the great man that he was!” As American’s celebrate…

Pow Wow at Black Bear Casino Draws Hundreds from In and Out of State

Attendees Learned About Anishinaabe Culture and Language

CARLTON, Minn. – Taking Care of the Land and Community was the theme of the pow wow, and First Nations people from many different tribes, State, and Federal agencies came together to do just that. Hundreds of people learned about the traditions of the Anishinaabe culture and language at the pow wow, where tribal members drummed, sang, and danced to…

Carlton County Historical Society Raises Funds for Museum

The Goal was to Raise $100

CLOQUET, Minn. – History Buffs had the chance to pick up collector’s items at the Carlton County Historical Society Museum in Cloquet. Collectible and More is a fundraising sale where people can purchase items from the historical society  collection that are duplicates, or items that don’t directly relate to the history of Carlton County. Some of the items included historical…

Duluth Wedding Show Sees Record Attendance

Around 2,000 People Attended This Year

DULUTH, Minn. – Brides and grooms to be had the chance to learn about trends in Dresses, Cakes, and all things wedding. The 29th Annual Wedding Show held at the DECC in Duluth drew record crowds this year. More than 2000 attendees turned out to get help with wedding planning from around 150 vendors.  The event closed with a fashion…

Kids Run Their Hearts Out at the Saturday Morning at the Races at CSS

Kids 14 and Under Participated in the Event

DULUTH, Minn. – Around 300 Children raced their hearts out at the 2nd Saturday Morning at the Races of 2017, held at the College of St. Scholastica. Kids 14 and under participated in the races, and the distance of the race varied by age group.  The children also had a chance to meet Mascots like Viktor from the Minnesota Vikings,…

Finding Natural Remedies for Body Pain During Cold Winter Months

Holistic Healing Methods Could Be What the Doctor Ordered

DULUTH, Minn. — For people suffering from joint pain or other chronic pain, the extreme cold in winter can make certain symptoms even worse. At Duluth Natural Medicine and Chiropractic, several natural remedies are recommended to help relieve body pain during these frigid months. Massages or regular chiropractic visits come to mind, as well as light and laser therapy. Dr….

Girls Youth Hockey Tournament Begins in Duluth

One of the Largest Youth Hockey Tourneys in the Nation

DULUTH, Minn. — Girls hockey is alive in Duluth this weekend – sixty teams from all around the region are here for the “Icebreakers Invitational.” Games began at 11:00am Friday morning; the tournament pits teams from Minnesota, and as far away as Wisconsin, Illinois, and Canada, in a round-robin style tournament. Girls ages 8 to 16 have the opportunity of…

Indoor Plants Liven Up Homes

Experts Give Us a Tip on How to Keep Them Alive

DULUTH, Minn. – Many people use indoor plants to liven up the inside of their homes. And though taking care of indoor plants can seem effortless, it’s important to learn about the type of plant to have to avoid giving it too much or not enough water or light. In the winter time, keep plants away from the window to…

Shipping Season Heading into Winter Layup

The last few freighters are heading into port as the season wraps up

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2016 Great Lakes commercial shipping season wraps up this weekend with the Soo Locks (Sault Ste. Marie) set to close at midnight Sunday, January 15. The last four freighters heading into the Port of Duluth-Superior for winter layup will be the Philip R. Clarke, Arthur M. Anderson, Lee A. Tregurtha, and the Roger Blough. Two outbound vessels left the…

Governor Dayton Signs Tax Cuts for Over 200,000 Minnesotans

Original bill would have provided tax cuts to more than 450,000 Minnesotans

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton today signed a bipartisan legislation cutting taxes by $21 million for more than 200,000 Minnesota taxpayers. The cuts signed by Dayton today, were included int he Dayton-Smith Administration’s original tax bill proposal, which in total would provide $300 million in tax cuts for more than 450,000 Minnesotans. The bill would provide relief to…

Governor Walker Declares Jan. 13 Green and Gold Day

In anticipation of the Packers playoff game against the Cowboys

Courtesy: Green Bay PackersMADISON – Governor Walker has issued a proclamation declaring today, January 13, 2017, as “Green and Gold Day” throughout Wisconsin in anticipation of the Green Bay Packers playoff game versus the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday, January 15. Walker’s statement: Travel to any state in this great nation, and chances are you’ll find some Green Bay Packers fans,…

Winter Fun on the Snowy Trails

Active Adventures: The Duluth Experience

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Active Adventures FOX 21 hit the snowy trails with The Duluth Experience. Dave Grandmaison, Co-Owner and CEO, took FOX 21’s William Seay snowshoeing for the first time. Grandmaison says they have tours for every season, including snowshoeing, fat tire biking, brewery tours, mountain biking tours and more. For more information on The Duluth Experience…

Lift Bridge Opened to Vehicle Traffic 87 Years Ago

The bridge turned from the Aerial Ferry Bridge to the Aerial Lift Bridge on January 12th, 1930.

87 years ago, the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge opened for automobile traffic for the very first time. Hundreds of cars used it on that very first day and now over two million vehicles use it every year. “The Aerial Lift Bridge is the most famous icon in all of Duluth.This is the best job for me. I have the best…

Health Premium Relief Bill Passed by Senate

ST. PAUL (AP) – Minnesota’s Senate has passed a bill providing relief for massive health insurance premium hikes. Thursday’s action on a major priority in the 2017 legislative session, doesn’t mean the work is over. The House is expected to pass similar legislation next week, but they’ll need to iron out major difference with Governor Mark Dayton before checks start…

Maurices Lays Off 25 Employees in Duluth

165 Positions Were Eliminated Company-wide

  DULUTH, Minn.-Ascena Retail Group, which owns Maurices, announced today that they eliminated 165 positions across the country including 25 corporate positions in Duluth. Fox 21 has been told, that the company’s stock fell nearly 11 percent today after they announced some weak sales results for the holidays. Maurices, which is headquartered in Duluth, told us that the terminations today…

Hermantown Church Helps Red Cross with Annual Blood Drive

Today's event helped provide about 20 units of blood

  HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Peace in Christ Lutheran Church held a blood drive today to help support the American Red Cross. After the holiday season and recent cold weather, the Red Cross is facing a critical need for blood. Last year, they approached the Hermantown church asking if they would help them in their efforts. “We thought ‘yeah that would…

Snow Blower Sales Increasing with Steady Snowfall

Denny's Lawn and Garden has seen increased sales compared to the past few years

DULUTH, Minn. – Snow blowers have gotten quite a work out this season. Duluth has seen nearly 40 inches of snow since November. Denny’s Lawn and Garden has seen increased sales on snow blowers compared to the past few years. The business has done a lot of repairs on them as well. The owner tells us sales typically drop off…

Study: Trace Medications, Chemicals May Be Harming Fish

50 river locations tested for 146 chemicals

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota Pollution Control Agency study finds trace levels of pharmaceuticals and other chemicals may be harming fish in Minnesota rivers and lakes. Recent studies found a variety of pharmaceuticals and other chemicals in Minnesota water, ranging from antidepressants to insect repellents, but the new study confirms how common these chemicals are in surface water,…

Essentia Helps Provide New Service at Chester Bowl

Snowboards Are Now Available for Rent at Chester Bowl, Thanks to a Generous Grant

  DULUTH, Minn. – The Chester Bowl Ski Hill in Duluth is now home to a brand new service this season, thanks to a generous grant from the Essentia Health Community Contributions Fund. Fifty new snowboards and seventy-five sets of boots are now available to be rented out for those looking to hit the slopes. The snowboard rental program goes along…

Fairlawn Mansion Offers Flashlight Tours for Friday the 13th

Touring the Mansion in a Different Light

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Friday the 13th is just around the corner and Fairlawn Mansion is ready to celebrate. There will be flashlight tours offered on Friday to see the mansion in a different light. It’s not your typical Fairlawn tour. Guides will talk about ghost stories and superstitions throughout the tour. Additionally, the garden talks offered at Fairlawn mansion will…

Two Arrested Following Discovery of Meth Lab on Iron Range

Lab Poses No Danger to Public

CHISHOLM – Wednesday around 5:20 p.m. the Chisholm Police Department reported to a suspicious activity call on the 500 block of 4th St. NW. The investigation soon lead to the address of 511 4th St. NW where officers discovered what appeared to be a clandestine laboratory in a camper trailer on the property. A search warrant confirmed the existence of…

Snowshoers Hike Glensheen Under the Moonlight

The group is hosting the hiking tours every Wednesday night in January

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite the below zero temperatures, a large group of snowshoers hiked the grounds at Glensheen Mansion tonight. Guides with Day Tripper of Duluth led the group on a tour of the area under the light of the moon. Organizers say this event is a great way to get people outdoors in the winter and learn something about…

Preparations Begins at Lake Superior Ice Festival

A large half pipe slide will be built for kids to sled on throughout the weekend

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Lake Superior Ice Festival is starting to take shape at Barkers Island. Crews have already started clearing the ice for the Great Lakes Pond Hockey Tournament. This year, the festival will feature some new events. Stock car, dirt bike, motorcycle, and ATV races will all happen right on the Lake Superior ice. Enbridge is also building…

Lucky’s 13 Pub to Open in Duluth

Twin Cities Based Restaurant Chain to Open Store at Miller Hill Mall

DULUTH, Minn. – The new Lucky’s 13 Restaurant is close to opening at the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth. This will be the seventh Lucky’s 13 location, and the second one outside of the Twin Cities area. The menu is described as feel–good cooking, is all made from scratch, and will feature some local food and beer choices. “We’re glad…

Nettleton Elementary School to Be Sold

Duluth School District Has Entered Into an Agreement to Sell School to Developer

DULUTH, Minn. – There are new developments tonight involving the sale of the vacant Nettleton Elementary School. The Duluth School District has entered into an agreement with a property developer. Meanwhile, Many Rivers Montessori School sits on the sideline with an offer on Nettleton as well. The Duluth School District now says it intends to move forward with the sale…

Snowmobile Season in Wisconsin

Riders Finally Head Out and Hit The Trails

IRON RIVER, Wis. – The rain and ice of 2016 is finally behind us and it’s been a snowy start to 2017. With a solid layer of snow finally sticking around snowmobilers in Wisconsin are firing up their sleds. Now that the trails are groomed and ready its not just the riders who are happy snowmobile season is finally here….

Northlanders Busy Shoveling After Snowfall

Shoveling Gives a Chance to Get Outside and Exercise in Winter

DULUTH, Minn. -Snowfall across the Northland over the last couple days means a lot of people are busy shoveling today. In Duluth, sidewalks have to be shoveled in front of homes and businesses within 24 hours of snowfall. But not all Duluthians dread going into the cold to shovel as it gives them a chance to be outside and get…

No Tipping At The Delta Diner

Customers and Employees Liking The Delta Diner's New Policy

DELTA, Wis. – How much do you tip at a restaurant? 15? Even 20 percent? Well one Wisconsin restaurant says zero tipping necessary. The Delta Diner, recently implemented a new no tipping policy. Although no tipping is far from an industry standard, the decision at the Delta has been popular with both staff and customers. Todd Bucher, owner of the…

MnDOT Asks Motorists’ Help for Safer Driving Around Snowplows

More than 30 crashes involving vehicles and snowplows have been reported

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports that there have been more than 30 crashes this season involving vehicle sand snow plows, and they are urging motorists to use extra caution during plowing and snowing operations. “Crashes typically happen because of inattentive drivers, motorists driving too close to the plow, or motorists driivng too fast for conditions,”…

Broadband Projects Announced Across Greater Minnesota

New state grant funding will leverage an additional $40 million in private and local funding

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Lt. Governor Tina Smith and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced, today, grants totaling $34 million for 42 broadband infrastructure projects that will provide 16,627 households, 2,240 businesses, and 71 community institutions across Minnesota access to reliable, affordable high-speeds internet. Smith and Gov. Dayton first proposed a $100 million investment during the 2016…

Vote Now: Reader’s Best In The Northland Poll

Polls Close at Midnight

DULUTH, Minn. – The “Duluth Reader” is looking for your vote for the 2016 Best of the Northland poll. There are more than 80 categories to vote on. They range from best car dealership, TV station, and dance club to the best kept secret restaurant. “There’s a great new place nobody has ever heard of and they win best kept…