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Morning Update 10-5-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, Oct. 5, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update, News

Anderson, Decker Road Intersection Closing for Water Main Work

The City of Duluth will be closing the intersection of Anderson and Decker Roads until the 19th. 

DULUTH, Minn.- Starting Monday, an intersection near the busy Highway 53 and Haines Road in Duluth will close as the city does some underground work. The City of Duluth will be closing the intersection of Anderson and Decker Roads to install new water mains. Construction is expected to last until the 19th. Homeowners on Decker Road will still have access to…

Fundraiser to Open New Black-Owned Duluth Soul Food Restaurant Draws Hungry Crowd

Solomon and Stephan Witherspoon are raising money to open Doc Witherspoon's Soul Food Kitchen in Lincoln Park in 2021.

DULUTH, Minn.- A pop-up fundraiser at Peace United Church in Duluth Sunday raised money to help bring a new, black-owned soul food restaurant to the city next year. A line of cars snaked around the church, filled with anxious customers all hungry for some new soul food. “It’s a dream come true,” said Solomon Witherspoon, “I have tears of joy…

A Craft Market Looks To Spread Positive Energy

DULUTH, Minn. – If you don’t believe in magic, a local pop-up craft market and garage sale might persuade you to think differently. Dozens of handcrafted items, some with magical properties, were being sold including smudging sprays, fairy terrariums, and energy cleansing kits. The crafts aren’t only about introducing people to magic. It’s more about helping create positive energy. “It…

Nice Fall Day Offers Perfect Opportunity For Taking Photos at The Rose Garden

DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday was a nice fall day across the Northland. The sun was shining with temperatures in the 50s. It was even nice enough for a photoshoot at Leif Erikson’s Rose Garden in Duluth. Several people were snapping shots for graduation, family, and engagement photos. Even a bride and groom took a chance at creating lasting memories on…

A Local Church Helps Feed The Superior Community

The free meal service is offered on the first Sunday of the month.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Faith united Methodist church in Superior is looking forward to feed the community for many years to come, but right now they are focusing on helping many survive the struggle brought on by the pandemic. One member of the congregation at church has been helping the feed the community of superior since she was in middle school….

President Donald Trump’s Health is “Improving” But The Next 48 Hours Maybe “Critical” As He Fights Off COVID-19

"He is receiving outstanding, multi-disciplinary care for the state of the science for Coronavirus infection.," said Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley

BETHESDA, Md. (AP)- The next two days may be “critical” for President Donald Trump as he undergoes treatment for the Coronavirus at a military hospital. His chief of staff revealed on Saturday the President went through a “very concerning” period Friday evening. “We’re still not on a clear path yet to a full recovery,” said Mark Meadows, the President’s chief…

Trump’s Campaign Manager Catches The Coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Trump’s Campaign Manager Bill Stepien has also tested positive for COVID-19. A campaign spokesperson confirmed the news and stated Stepien was experiencing mild “flu-like” symptoms. Stepien joined Trump at Tuesday’s presidential debate. He is now in quarantine until he recovers Stepien is one of the numerous others who have contracted the virus including former White House…

Glensheen Mansion’s Pumpkin Hunt Returns

DULUTH, Minn. – The Great Glensheen Pumpkin Hunt has returned to the popular tourist destination. Visitors taking a tour can try their luck at finding as many pumpkins as they possibly can. Tons of pumpkins are hidden within the mansion and around grounds of the estate. Many believe this family-friendly Halloween activity might be what people need during these tough…

Fundraiser Hopes to Educate About Pitbulls During Pitbull Awareness Month

One Northland Pitbull organization held a fundraiser Saturday to educate more people about the dog breed. 

DULUTH, Minn.- For this October’s Pitbull Awareness Month, one Northland Pitbull organization held a fundraiser Saturday to educate more people about the dog breed. PJ’s Rescue held a barbecue fundraiser outside of GB Schneider’s in Duluth’s Denfeld neighborhood. The group sold hot dogs and chips, as well as raffle tickets for gifts and local art, to raise money to help…

Annual Church Harvest Bazaar Brings Holiday, Halloween Goodies to Duluth’s Norton Park

Norton Park United Methodist Church's Harvest Bazaar was held outdoors this year. 

DULUTH, Minn.- On Saturday an annual Halloween and Holiday Bazaar in Duluth’s Norton Park neighborhood found a way to bring their goodies to the area during the pandemic. Norton Park United Methodist Church’s Harvest Bazaar was held outdoors this year. Fall and Scandinavian treats along with decorations for Halloween and Christmas — all homemade by church-goers — were on sale…

7-Year-Old from Virginia, MN Collects Truck-Load of Donations for Homeless at CHUM

"Because there are homeless people in the world and they had nothing, they had to dumpster dive to get food," said Grayson Zebro.

DULUTH, Minn.- With a pandemic-ravaged summer coming to an end and another cold Minnesota winter around the corner, the homeless population in Duluth is getting some help from a small but mighty source. “I’m collecting donations, for homeless people, said 7-year-old Grayson Zebro. A room fills with donations at the CHUM Shelter in downtown Duluth, gathered by the 7-year-old Iron…

President Trump Hospitalized After Testing Positive For Covid-19

Sources say no transfer of power is expected to happen.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sources are reporting President Donald Trump is feeling “feverish” and “fatigued” after being strickened with COVID-19. Friday night, Potus was flown to Walter Reed Military Hospital in Washington, where he is undergoing an experimental treatment. The president is expected to stay for a “few days” at the hospital and will continue to work from a presidental suite,…

Former WH Advisor Kellyanne Conway and Others Test Positive For Coronavirus

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON (AP) – Former White House Advisor Kellynne Conway announced Friday evening she tested positive for COVID-19. This diagnosis comes just days after she attended a White House Rose Garden event on Saturday with others, who also have contracted the virus. Conway later tweeted she has a “light cough” and is feeling “fine.” Some of the…

Some Folks Find Time To Make Glass Pumpkins

Later this month Lake Superior Art Glass in Duluth will be hosting a great pumpkin hunt.

DULUTH, Minn.- As we inch closer to Halloween, Lake Superior Art Glass in Duluth is offering classes for those looking to get into the spirit of the holiday. Photojournalist Adam Jagunich gives a look at some people making glass pumpkins.   Categories: Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Dumpster Art Unveiled

"Anyone can come and enjoy it and that’s a very beautiful thing to me. I think having access to art is super important to the mind and the spirit," said Tom Moriarty, a freelance artist.

DULUTH, Minn. – One local organization has unveiled another project in Duluth to promote art in the community. The Duluth Street Art Initiative in partnership with the Greater Downtown Council converted a blue Hartel’s dumpster into a piece of street art. The artist took about a week and a half for the actual painting of the dumpster, which includes pictures…

UW-Superior Foundation Kicks Off $20 Million Fundraising Campaign

The Campaign Will Help Support Students, Staff, Campus Development in the Future

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The COVID-19 pandemic is not stopping the generosity of UW-Superior alumni from helping make a difference for the future of students and academics for years to come. “No gift is too large, and no gift is too small. The collective power of giving is what will make our campaign succeed,” said Jeanne Thompson, university advancement vice-chancellor. 20…

Midday Update 10-2-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, Oct. 2, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update, News

Morning Update 10-2-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, Oct. 2, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update, News

Itasca County Health Dept. Urges Caution As COVID-19 Cases Climb

COVID Questions? Contact Itasca County COVID Message Line at 218-327-6784

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Cases of COVID-19 continue to climb daily in Itasca County, according to Kelly Chandler, department manager, Itasca County Public Health. During a mass drive-thru testing event on Sept. 23 at the Itasca County Fairgrounds, 907 individuals were tested, 15 positive cases were identified, and three of those cases were asymptomatic. As of Thursday, Oct. 1, the…

Bentleyville Setup Gets Underway

The setup officially started September 26th and will go up until the its opening in late November.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s that time of year again the setup for Bentleyville Tour of Lights is officially underway. The setup officially started September 26th and will go up until the its opening in late November. The Executive director of the tour of lights says, this year is more challenging then others with figuring out logistics for each display so…

U of M Medical School Researchers Found Traces Of COVID-19 On Beaches

DULUTH, Minn. – Researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth are reporting they have found traces of the COVID-19 virus in water from four area beaches. The group has been taking samples from eight local beaches since July. Researchers have found evidence of the genetic makeup of the COVID-19 virus at Leif Erikson, Park Point, Brighton, and 42nd…

CASDA Kicks Off National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

There have been more than 700 calls for service for domestic violence-related incidents reported by the Superior Police and Douglas County Sheriff's Departments.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A local organization is speaking up for domestic violence victims all month long. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. The Center Against Sexual and Domestic abuse kicked off the month by place purple flags on the lawn outside of the Government Center in Superior. The flags represent all of the victims and survivors of abuse in…

Midday Update 10-1-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update

Sweet Exchange Bakery Offering ‘Pandemic Bridal Special’

Cooking Connection: Sweet Exchange Classic Wedding Cake with Raspberry Infused Meringue Filling

DULUTH, Minn. – Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many brides and grooms-to-be are stressed to the max, having to adjust and deal with safety guidelines as the spread of the virus continues. Lisa Quarles of Sweet Exchange Bakery is looking to take a little of the stress off their shoulders, offering a limited time ‘Pandemic Bridal Special.’ Sweet Exchange Wedding Cakes…

Northland Newborns 10-1-20

FOX 21 and Essentia Health Team Up to Showcase Newborn Bundles of Joy Across the Northland

Every Thursday morning on FOX 21 Local News from 7 – 9 a.m., we’re teaming up with Essentia Health to showcase Northland Newborns. If you would like to submit a photo with a description of a newborn in your life, click here, or email fox21morningcrew@kqdsfox21.tv. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, Northland Newborns Tags: Brett Scott, community, Essentia Health, Local…

Morning Update 10-1-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update, News

DFL Leaders Speak On Trump’s Leadership Ahead Of Visit

DULUTH, Minn- Ahead of President Trump’s visit local DFL leaders joined together virtually to highlight their displeasure with the leadership from the Trump administration. Leaders such as House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, and others expressed their feelings on the recent presidential debate and confirmed their support for Joe Biden during the press conference. Those key elected…

Trump Administration Shares Vision For Northeast Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn- The White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing joined President Trump on  his visit to Duluth on Wednesday. The administration shared their vision for the Iron Range and Northern Minnesota with Fox 21. Navarro  says the goal is to keep the Iron Range booming. The administrations vision includings building on trades like mining and manufacturing. The hope is…

Midday Update 9-30-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update, News

‘Boo at the Zoo’ Moving Forward With COVID-19 Precautions In Place

Tickets Must Be Purchased In Advance for This Year's Boo at the Zoo Event

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the Lake Superior Zoo is moving forward with this year’s ‘Boo at the Zoo.’ Safety measures will be put in place to ensure social distancing. This year’s event will take place throughout three weekends in October. Tickets are currently on sale for ‘Boo at the Zoo,’ taking place October 10,…

Morning Update 9-30-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update

Clyde Malting Building Provides Safe Venue for Architecture, Design Expo

All vendors and attendees took COVID-19 questionnaires and had their temperatures checked before entering. 

DULUTH, Minn.- An annual architecture and design expo found a way to showcase this year’s newest products in a safe way during the pandemic. The third annual Duluth Design Expo at the Clyde Malting Building in Lincoln Park was modified this year to be a trade show only. All vendors and attendees took COVID-19 questionnaires and had their temperatures checked…

Duluth Folk School Looking To Expand

The school hosts popular hands on courses from soap making to sewing.

DULUTH, Minn. – After starting in May of 2016, the Duluth Folk School is now looking to expand The school hosts popular hands on courses from soap making to sewing. After evolution of the dovetail cafe, directors of the school realized it was time for an expansion so it can host more of a variety of courses in a rural…

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, Health Officials Urge State to Take Virus Seriously Ahead of Winter

"If we do nothing differently, I would say it's a high likelihood that this is going to get much worse before it gets better," said the Chief Medical Officer. 

WISCONSIN- As the state of Wisconsin comes off of their highest single day jump in COVID-19 cases this weekend, Governor Tony Evers and public health officials urge Wisconsinites to take the virus more seriously going into the winter. Positive cases in Wisconsin increased by more than 2,000 each day for the past four days. Monday, there were 2,367 more cases….

Midday Update 9-29-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Have a great day! Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update, News

Morning Update 9-29-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Have a great day! Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update, News

Council Approves Funds to Re-Open Spirit Mountain This Winter, Tables Lakewalk Extension Talks

The Duluth City Council voted unanimously to fork over $300,000 to Spirit Mountain to help it re-open this coming winter, and tabled a resolution which would cancel work on the Lakewalk by Beacon Pointe.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth City Council voted unanimously to fork over $300,000 to Spirit Mountain to help it re-open this coming winter. Council also tabled another resolution Monday night which proposed leaving some homes and condominiums along the lake disconnected from the main Lakewalk. The $300,000 to Spirit Mountain is to reimburse most of the $340,000 the Mountain spent on…

Midday Update 9-28-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Have a great day! Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update

‘Lake Superior Roots and Recipes’ Connects Residents with Local Produce, Ideas

Looking For Fresh Produce or Recipe Ideas? Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Assoc. Has You Covered

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite the cancellation of the 2020 Lake Superior Harvest Festival, the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association (LSSFA) has launched a new website called ‘Lake Superior Roots & Recipes,’ featuring recipes, cooking tips, and information about our local food system. Organizer Julie Allen says since the COVID-19 pandemic began, more people are finding themselves preparing meals and eating…

Morning Update 9-28-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Have a great day! Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update, News

New Toppers Pizza, CBD Shop To Open October on Tower Avenue in Superior

Port City Collective opens on Halloween. Toppers is set to open October 19th and they're still hiring. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Two new businesses are opening up during the pandemic in a vacant building in the city of Superior. A new Toppers Pizza and CBD Shop called Port City Collective are opening in October at 1214 Tower Avenue in the heart of downtown. The young business owners of the Toppers also own the Duluth location in the East Hillside…

Customers Enjoy Spirit Room One Last Time Before Temporary Winter Closure

The owner says she simply can't provide a safe space inside the quaint social setting, but this is not a permanent closure. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A crowd of people in Superior gathered for one last hurrah at a popular cocktail bar that’s closing for the colder months due to the pandemic. The Spirit Room is closing for the fall and winter seasons after being in business in the old city hall building on Hammond Avenue for the past six years. The owner says…

Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day Hits Home for Duluth Firefighter Who Lost Father in Line of Duty

Duluth Fire Equipment Operator Dylan Mills remembers his father Captain Robert Mills, while also spreading awareness of the many issues firefighters face.

DULUTH, Minn,- Flags flew at half-staff throughout the state of Minnesota Sunday, ordered by Governor Tim Walz to remember the firefighters across the state who have given their lives to keep the public safe, on Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day. “It’s a day that’s honored every year,” said Duluth Fire Equipment Operator, Dylan Mills. “Just kind of a time of…

One Dead, Two Injured in Two Vehicle Crash On Mesaba Avenue

DULUTH, Minn.- One person is dead and two others sustain non-life threatening injuries after a fatal car crash in Duluth Saturday. Duluth police officers were dispatched to the area of Mesaba Ave and 7th St at 4:30 p.m, for a two vehicle crash with injuries, according to a spokesperson with the department. Upon arrival officers learned that an SUV traveling…

Duluth Police Respond to Shots Fired in Lincoln Park Saturday Morning

Authorities say they received reports of shots fired in the area of the 500 Block of 27th Ave W at 7:30 Saturday morning.  

DULUTH, Minn.- According to the Duluth Police Department, officers responded to shots fired in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Saturday — the 30th shooting incident this year, and 20th since July. Authorities say they received reports of shots fired in the area of the 500 Block of 27th Ave W at 7:30 Saturday morning. Upon arrival officers located evidence consistent with…

Duluth City Council to Vote On Proposal Monday to Fund Spirit Mountain Through Winter

The proposal would call for $340,000 from the half-and-half tourism tax to reimburse Spirit Mountain for money they spent on their lift system, snow-making equipment and alpine coaster over 2018, 2019, and 2020.

DULUTH, Minn.- Spirit Mountain could see life this coming winter, if Duluth City Council approves a new proposal to use money from the city’s half-and-half tourism tax to cover operation costs. Heard at an agenda session Thursday, the proposal would call for $340,000 from the half-and-half tourism tax to reimburse Spirit Mountain for money they spent on their lift system,…