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Leaders Encourage People Claim Earned Income Tax Credits

For Some Families, Tax Refunds can Account for Around 30 Percent of an Entire Household Income

DULUTH, Minn.- Tax season has begun, and community leaders encourage low and moderate income households to claim the money they earned through the Earned Income Tax Credit and Working Family Credit. A tax refund can account for more than 30 percent of an entire household income, but one in five eligible taxpayers aren’t claiming their EITC. Leaders say these tax…

Ice Bar Opens at Lake Superior Ice Festival

The bar is open on Friday and Saturday nights until it melts.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Lake Superior Ice Festival is underway and there’s a cool, new place to raise a glass to the festivities. An ice bar was unveiled at the Barker’s Island Inn. Ice Occasions created the nearly ten foot bar. “It’s going to be interesting because we’ve never done this before and it’s actually quite comfortable out here. We…

Animal Allies Frozen Fundraiser

The annual event raises money for Animal Allies. All proceeds go to the shelter's operations fund.

DULUTH, Minn. – Animal lovers felt the warm embrace of a Frozen Fundraiser. The event at Fitger’s raised money for Animal Allies. The organization will use the proceeds from the fundraiser for their general operations fund. The annual Frozen Fundraiser was one of many fundraising events that Animal Allies hosts. According to board members, the Frozen Fundraiser brings them the…

Veterans Going Ice Fishing

The Event Helps Veterans be a Part of a Commuity

DULUTH, Minn.-Veterans and vet supporters are going Ice fishing this Sunday for a program by Operation 23 to Zero. Fishing will be held at Wild Rice Lake Reservoir and begins at 9 Am. There’s no registration, and anyone who wants can attend free of cost. Event Organizers believe many veterans miss the camaraderie and feeling of being part of something bigger…

Beargrease Photo Exhibit at Great Lakes Aquarium

The Exhibit Will Be Up Until March

DULUTH, Minn.- The Popular John Beargrease photo exhibit is back at the Great Lakes Aquarium. The collection features winning shots from Last year’s John Beargrease Photo Contest, plus dozens of other Candid images on the trail and checkpoints. The photographs show images of dogs, people, and what it’s like to compete in the longest dog sledding race in the lower…

Community Connection Helps People Connect with Resources

It's an Event Held in Duluth Twice a Year

DULUTH, Minn.- Community Connection is an event that happens every January and October in Duluth. The goal of the event is to connect people who are struggling financially with resources that can help them. Community Connect is based on a National Project Homeless Connect that started in San Francisco. The event has been going on in Duluth for more than …

New Duluth Officer Turns the Tables During Swearing-In Ceremony

Girlfriend gets a swearing in of her very own

DULUTH, Minn. – Today, eight new officers joined the Duluth Police force. The new officers and their families gathered for the swearing in ceremony at the Duluth Police Department. Chris Beekmann, Beau Hughes, Dakota Juarez, Ben Kneeland, Chris Olson, Andrew Park, Luke Renier, and Manuel Matos all took their oaths today. Officer Manuel Matos did more than just take his…

Becoming a Mascot at UMD

Active Adventures: Champ the Bulldog

DULUTH, Minn. – Champ the Bulldog is a staple at University of Minnesota Duluth athletic events and community gatherings. This week, FOX 21 got the chance to gear up with Champ. UMD Senior, Taylor Korum, is the lead Champ and has been a mascot at the university for five years. Korum is graduating this year and tells FOX 21 he’s…

Twin Ports Tonight Taping More Shows

Episodes 10-12 will be Taped Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. –  This weekend you have a chance to be part of a local late night talk show. Twin Ports Tonight is taping episodes 10-12 at Teatro Zuccone on Saturday, January 27. The show is hosted by Andrew Kirov who has been producing his own late night show since he was in high school. The taping begins at 7:00…

Duluth Police Investigate Robbery

No Suspect in Custody

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police are investigating a robbery. On Thursday, January 26 at 7:55 p.m., Duluth Police responded to the 1300 block of Highland Village Drive on a report of a robbery. No one is in custody at this time. This is an active investigation and no other information is available. Categories: Community, Crime, News Tags: duluth police, investigation,…

Duluth Police Respond to Shooting at 7th Ave E and 4th Street

DULUTH, Minn. – Early Thursday afternoon around 1:28 p.m., Duluth Police responded to a local hospital on a report of a shooting victim. Officers established a crime scene in the area of 7th Avenue East and 4th Street. Officers and investigators arrived at the location and are investigating the incident. A 17-year-old male is currently at a local hospital facility…

DFL Legislators Propose $100 Million Broadband Investment

Minnesota currently ranks 19th for average connection speed

ST. PAUL , Minn – Legislators from across greater Minnesota have joined together to call for a $100 million investment in broadband. They’re stressing the economic development reach that investment in broadband creates, something they say Minnesota is in need of. “For every dollar invested in broadband in the state, $10 is generated in economic activity. That kind of return…

Lake Nebagamon Suspect Facing 3 Felony Charges

John Raymond Lundberg Douglas Co. Sheriff’s OfficeSUPERIOR, Wis. – John Raymond Lundberg appeared in Douglas County Circuit Court, today, and is currently facing three separate felony charges for his alleged involvement in the stabbing of a man in Lake Nebagamon on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. According to the Probable Cause Statement, at approximately 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the Douglas County…

Making Valentine’s Day Gifts on a Budget

Do-It-Yourself Crafts with Pure Event Planning

DULUTH, Minn. – Valentine’s Day is just a couple weeks away, so Mary Carlson, owner of Pure Event Planning, stopped by FOX 21 to help Northlanders prepare. Instead of putting off getting a gift until the last minute, why not work on some do-it-yourself gifts? Carlson gave two ideas for romantics to stay on budget. The first is a giant,…

Barker’s Island Readies for Ice Festival

Festival Opens Friday with Events Planned for the Whole Family

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior is ready for another Lake Superior Ice Festival. “The community has really pulled together,” said Linda Cadotte; Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director for the City of Superior.  “Non–profits, businesses, partners, to put on a festival to showcase the coolest aspects of our region and have something for everybody.” Unlike the past couple of years, which centered…

18th Annual Step To The Future Powwow

Native American Cultural Celebration at Myers-Wilkins

DULUTH, Minn- For nearly 20 years children and families in Duluth have come together to honor Native American traditions at the annual steps to the future Powwow. The gathering allows kids and young adults from all backgrounds a chance to experience American Indian culture in a fun and familiar environment. Executive Director of the Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative, Jen Eddy…

Grand Avenue Estates Project Gets Pollution Grant

Development Project Near Morgan Park Gets a Boost

DULUTH, Minn- There is growing excitement for a major housing development along the St. Louis River corridor that hit a polluted snag. The city of Duluth and the developer have landed a $654,000  clean–up grant from the state. That money will go towards the nearly 1 million cost to get rid of contaminated soil on the property. This means the…

Wisconsin Point Restoration Plans Taking Shape

The project will focus on eliminating areas of concern, specifically to dunes along the peninsula

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Plans for restoration on Wisconsin Point are nearing completion. The Superior Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department shared design details of the project with residents tonight. The restoration focuses on eliminating areas of concern, specifically to the dunes along the peninsula. Some of the planned changes on Wisconsin Point include boardwalks from updated parking lots to the dunes…

Solon Springs Movies in the Park

In July, Solon Springs will show movies at the Lucious Woods Park.

The bright lights of Hollywood will light up the night skies in Solon Springs this summer. The Family Fun Days committee started a crowd-funding campaign to bring movies to Lucious Woods Park on Friday nights. The village has already stepped up to provide funding for the screen and projector. Organizers said the response from the community has been overflowing with…

Vikings Teach Kids to Stop Bullying

Vikings' Mascot Viktor Stopped at Lakewood Elementary in Duluth to Interact with Students

DULUTH, Minn. -The Minnesota Vikings stopped at Lakewood Elementary in Duluth today. The appearance was part of mascot Viktor the Viking’s quest to stop bullying. The program brings him and other members of the Vikings around the state to interact with kids and teach them how to prevent all kinds of bullying, including verbal, physical, social, and cyber bullying. “To…

Irving Community Club Makes Donation

Club Donated Over $85,000 to Local Non-Profits, Police

DULUTH, Minn. – The Irving Community Club continued its tradition of giving back to the community Wednesday. The club donated more than $85,000 to non–profits and police. Among the donations, $60,000 to Valley Youth Centers for a new teen building, and $15,000 each to the Duluth Police Department’s K–9 unit and to the West Duluth Little League. The club raises…

Snow Plow Simulator Teaches Drivers Safety

MnDOT Uses Simulator Year Round to Help Drivers Brush Up on Skills

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has a plow truck simulator they send around the state to train snow plow drivers. From the outside, this may look like an ordinary trailer, but inside there is a state of the art plow driving simulator. “The drivers get the opportunity every time we come around during a training cycle, they…

Frozen Fun with Furry Tails

2nd Annual Fitger's Frozen Fundraiser this Friday

DULUTH, Minn. – Furry friends are getting some help from their human counterparts this weekend. On Friday, January 27, Animal Allies is hosting their Fitger’s Frozen Fundraiser from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. At the event, Northlanders can enjoy appetizers, beer, wine and raffles. All proceeds go back to Animal Allies. This is taking place on the third flood of Fitger’s….

St. Louis County Historical Society Seeking Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to attend the Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Historical Society is seeking volunteer gallery attendants for its Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery. The Ojibwe Gallery currently features the work of nationally recognized 19th century painter Eastman Johnson, whose paintings and drawings are notable for their realism and attention to detail. An equally important feature of the Gallery is the selection of American…

Animal Answers: Mushing with Endurance Kennels

Endurance Kennels Specialize in Sprint Sled Dog Racing; Teaches Community Members about the Sport of Mushing

DULUTH, Minn. – The 34th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon will kick off this weekend, after months of hard work and preparation from mushers and their dogs. But what is it like for sled dogs that prefer to mush a shorter distance? In this week’s Animal Answers, we’re mushing with Endurance Kennels. “I usually start my morning…

Former Navy Seal Inspires Solon Springs Students

Tom Hanrath is a former Navy Seal who travels around the country with the motto "Never Forget, Never Quit."

SOLON SPRINGS, Wis. – The positive impact a teacher can leaven on his or her students can last a lifetime. Solon Springs students had the chance to hear the story of a former Navy Seal. He credits his lifetime of service to one of his teachers and continues to thank him each and every day for defining the man he…

Twin Ports Women March in D.C.

A Local Organization Raised Funds to Send Twin Ports Women to the March

DULUTH, Minn. – Women from Duluth traveled to Washington D.C. last week to join the Women’s March On Washington. Feminist Action Collective, a women’s group in Duluth, raised funds to sponsor a bus trip to D.C. for 8 Twin Ports women.  The goal of sending local women to Washington was to foster more activists in the Twin Ports Region, no…

Stabbing Shakes the Town of Lake Nebagamon

News Shakes a Usually Quiet Neighborhood

LAKE NEBAGAMON, Wis. – Douglas County 911 responded to a report of a man whose throat had been cut and was bleeding out. When first responders arrived at the scene, they found a 47 year old man bleeding and crawling on the driveway of a home in Lake Nebagamon. The suspect had fled the scene before police had arrived, but…

Kids Channel Their Inner Musher and Learn to Dogsled

Positive Energy Outdoors Helps Kids Get Outside

  DULUTH, Minn. – Children learned to channel their inner mushers today as they had the chance to try out dog sledding with Positive Energy Outdoors. It’s all for the 2nd annual Field trip for the Secret Forest Playschool. The children spent the entire month of January learning about sled dogs, and today, the students finally met the dogs and…

Two Harbors Ready for Another Beargrease

Local Businesses Look Forward to Annual Boom from Sled-Dog Race

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Already a popular winter destination, this week there’s a little more excitement in the air in Two Harbors. “It’s exciting because it brings businesses some more business, it brings in people,” said Marsha Snowdon.  “It’s exciting to see all the mushers.” The week of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon also means booming business for Snowdon,…

Worker Struck and Killed on the Job in Ashland Co.

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wisc. – The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday, January 23, around 11 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office and Great Divide Ambulance were dispatched to State Highway 13 in Ashland, near Highbridge, for a male that had a tree fall on him. The male, employed with a professional tree cutting service, had been limbing a tree, while…

Marathon Honors Work of John Beargrease

Northland Uncovered: John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

DULUTH, Minn. – The John Beargrease Sled Dog Mararthon is just around the corner. The annual race takes off from Two Harbors on Sunday, January 29. Race Director Jason Rice visited FOX 21 to talk about the story behind the event. John Beargrease carried mail from Grand Marais to Two Harbors once a week. He and his brothers made this…

Rock On! Climbing Competition Attracts Athletes from Around Region

Funds Support UWS Climbing Program

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Climbers from all over the country, and even Canada, will be harnessing up at UW-Superior this weekend for the annual Rock On! Climbing Competition. This is the 13th year of the event. Rock On! was started by a group of students hoping to support their rock climbing program. All money raised through the competition goes back to…

Beargrease Starting Point Chosen

Group Met to Discuss Trail Conditions

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – A sign of winter is the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon and recent warm weather had organizers discussing an alternate starting point. Marathon officials met last night and solidified Two Harbors as the race start for 2017. The trail crew, Chief Veterinarian and mushers who have been practicing on the trails all contributed to this…

Turkish Students Learn About Life in Minnesota

Students at Marshall, Learn About Life in Turkey

The Turkish students are from Middle East Technical University Development Foundation Private School, one of the most prestigious schools in Turkey. Students were selected from a large pool of competitive applicants. “We’ve hosted students from Vietnam, Columbia, France, Germany, Russia, and this opportunity to host Turkish students, this is a first for Marshall,” says Christa Knudsen, the Director of International Programs at…

A Taste of Home at Carlson’s Diner

Local Diner Serves Up Hearty Plates of Homemade Fair

HERMANTOWN, Minn- Carlson’s Diner opened their doors August 24th, after taking over the location of a Hermantown community staple Starvin’ Marvins. Owner of Carlson’s Diner Amber Carlson says, “We updated the interior a lot, new cabinets, counters, light fixtures and things, just warmed it up a little bit.” Since then, Carlson’s Diner, has been committed to sticking to their roots….

Businesses Voice Concern of Duluth City Council’s Standing Rock Resolution

The group of 51 businesses believe city council should spend more time focusing on local issues

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of Twin Ports businesses are voicing concern over the Duluth city council’s resolution of support with the Standing Rock protestors back in December. Today, some of those businesses involved in the pipeline industry gathered at United Piping in Duluth to express their disappointment toward city council’s decision. “They never took the opportunity to listen to…

Today is the First Day to File Income Tax Returns

Local Accounting Firms Busy with Tax Preparation

DULUTH, Minn. -Today is the first day Americans can file their income tax returns. In Duluth, accounting businesses are seeing a rush of appointments with people trying to prepare their returns. DKK Accounting in Duluth urges people to stay organized and keep all their tax documents together, and they say people with complicated taxes may want to get help from…

Ice Rinks Closed Due to Warm Temperatures

Officials Ask You to Stay Off the Ice

DULUTH, Minn. – The temperatures have been warm the last couple of days, thawing the Ice on skating Rinks. Most of the city’s outdoor ice rinks are closed, and city officials ask people to stay off of the rinks to prevent further damage to the ice.   Officials say once the temperatures drop again, they will evaluate the ice conditions, and…

Car Removed from Railroad

The Railroad is Not Pressing Charges

DULUTH, Minn. – Early Sunday Morning, Police Responded to a report of a car abandoned on the railroad tracks near the Endion station in Canal Park. The vehicle is believed to have gotten on the tracks at the crossing near the Duluth energy system’s steam plant, and driven down the tracks until it slipped off the ties, and was hung…

Walker Proposes New Welfare Work Requirements

Calling for taking away food stamp benefits for parents with children between the ages of 6 and 18, if they do not meet certain requirements

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Governor Scott Walker announced a new welfare reform package, which would require more people receiving public welfare benefits to be working or searching for work. Walker announced Monday, that he intends to propose new work requirement son able-bodied adults with school-age children who are receiving food stamps through the FoodShare program. He is also calling for imposing…

Co-op Light & Power Outage Scheduled

Set for January 26

A planned power outage for Co-op Light & Power is scheduled for Thursday, January 26. The outage will take place to safely perform substation repairs and is expected to last from approximately 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. It will impact consumers in and around Bassett, Northstar, Ault, and Fairbanks Townships, as well as the Pequaywan Lakes area. For more information: http://www.clpower.com/…

Duluth Library Keeps Northlanders of all Ages Reading in Winter

Cabin Fever Reliever Program

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Public Library is working to keep Northlanders entertained this winter through their Cabin Fever Reliever program. The program is for readers of all ages. Children and teens will be tracking the amount of time spent reading and will receive a book to keep when they reach 10 hours. For every five hours read, they will…

2017 Sees Expansion of Lake Superior Ice Festival

Coffee Conversation: Winter Fun on Barker's Island

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Lake Superior Ice Festival is expanding in 2017. The winter festival has added more events for the whole family. The fun kicks off on Friday, January 27 and runs through January 29. The festival takes place on Barker’s Island with many businesses throughout town hosting sales in honor of the event. On Friday, Northlanders can enjoy…

Armory Dance Party Commemorates Visit of Legends

Dance Party Benefits Historic Building and Music Program

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend folks will be dancing the night away to remember an historic event, fund raise for a couple good causes and have some good, old-fashioned fun! The 2017 Armory Dance Party is taking place on Saturday, January 28 from 7-10 p.m. at Sacred Heart Music Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This is all to remember…

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Ideologies Clash Downtown

Activists From Both Sides of the Debate Protest Peacefully

DULUTH, Minn. – Lena Berthiaume has been participating in the annual march for life at the Women’s building for 4 years. “Life begins at conception. I’m pro women. Pro women at conception,  and pro man,” says Berthiaume. As a college aged woman, Berthiaume says her beliefs are not popular among her peers. “It’s really different to be the one in…