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Midday Update 10-14-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update, News

Coyote Problem Prompts Proctor Mayor to Contract Fur-Beatles, Owner to Investigate

Joe Thompson Estimates 15 Coyotes are Causing a Ruckus In and Around Proctor

PROCTOR, Minn. – The City of Proctor is dealing with a bit of a wildlife problem. Multiple coyotes have settled in, and it’s causing a ruckus for many residents. Instead of taking an extreme approach to dealing with the situation, the city’s mayor is calling in the famed Fur-Beatles and their owner to investigate with a humane solution in mind. “Proctor…

Morning Update 10-14-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

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Great Outdoors: Tourists Enjoying Fall Foliage

Tourists are flocking from all over to see the fall foliage. Some are coming from as far away as California to enjoy the brilliant scenery.

DULUTH, Minn. – Over at Enger Park in Duluth, the hillside is full of unbe-leaf-ably vibrant colors of reds, yellows and bright greens. “It’s really pretty. It’s very beautiful. We’ve never been up here in the fall so it’s really cool to be up here. It’s like the perfect time to come to,” Chaska Resident, Josh Wiltsie says. With the…

Midday Update 10-13-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update, News

Firefighters Deliver Dinner to Brighten Day for Young Boy with Leukemia

Firefighters brought spaghetti to first-grader Roman Laakso and his family, thanks to his kindergarten teacher who is married to one of the firefighters.  

DULUTH, Minn.- Members of the Duluth Fire Department Monday boosted the spirits of a young boy just starting his battle with Leukemia. Firefighters delivered dinner to first-grader Roman Laakso and his family, thanks to his kindergarten teacher who is married to one of the firefighters. Little Roman was diagnosed not long ago, and according to his GoFundMe, the family says…

Duluth Council Unanimously Votes to Wash Out Lakewalk Extension Plans

The resolution calls to reallocate FEMA funds to repair the storm damaged shorelines at Brighton Beach and the Marten Trail. 

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday to leave a missing part of the Duluth’s Lakewalk trail disconnected after storms severely eroded the shoreline in 2018. The resolution calls for the indefinite closure of the shoreline trails behind the Ledges Townhomes on 21st Ave. East, and indefinitely halting construction of a new footpath from the Beacon Pointe…

DTA Temporarily Reduces Bus Routes Due To Driver Shortage

The cutback is affecting about six routes including the new DuLooper.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority will be temporarily reducing its routes starting on Tuesday. This change is the reflection of a bus driver shortage the company is currently experiencing. DTA officials say this is due to one of their drivers testing positive for the Coronavirus and four others out for quarantine as a result of contact tracing. “We…

Losing Outdoor Dining As Winter Approaches May Create More Challenges For Restaurants

"My fear is that, come next spring, the restaurant scene could look a lot different and there may be fewer of us around," said Tony Bronson, director of business development for Grandma's Restaurant Company.

DULUTH, Minn. – Colder weather has already started showing up in the Northland, leading many restaurants to think about the challenges they face this coming winter. One major concern is outdoor dining no longer being an option for them as temperatures drop. This dining option has been a big advantage for many Northland restaurants and has helped them get through…

MDH Links COVID-19 Cases to Trump, Pence, and Biden campaign visits

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting that there are multiple COVID-19 cases linked to recent presidential campaign visits in Minnesota. A representative with the MDH said that there are three cases linked to the President Trump rally that happened on Sept. 30th in Duluth. Two of those people live in the same home, so the department…

Midday Update 10-12-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, Oct. 12, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update, News

St. Luke’s Infectious Disease Expert Discusses COIVD-19 Severity, Holiday Concerns

Dr. Andrew Thompson is an Infectious Disease Physician at St. Luke's in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Daily COVID-19 testing data released by the Minnesota Department of Health shows a steady rise in COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations in recent weeks, and it’s prompting local health experts to speak out with a reminder for residents. “The recent rise in COVID-19 cases is definitely causing concern,” said St. Luke’s Infectious Disease Dr. Andrew Thompson. Thompson…

Morning Update 10-12-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, Oct. 12, 2020

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Duluth Council to Vote Monday on Leaving Lakewalk’s Missing Link Disconnected

Councilors say the shoreline behind the Ledges and Beacon Pointe is too washed out to try and make changes.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth City Council is expected to vote on whether to scrap plans to connect a missing link to the popular Lakewalk behind some shoreline properties. At their last meeting two weeks ago, the council tabled the resolution that would reallocate $915,695 in FEMA funds. Those funds were granted to repair the 2018 storm-damaged trail behind the Ledges Townhomes…

Bentleyville Christmas Tree Installed in Bayfront Park

Volunteers worked four hours to install the 128-foot tree in front of Bayfront Pavilion.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s apparently never too early to get into the Christmas spirit for Bayfront Park, as the Bentleyville Christmas Tree went up Saturday. Volunteers worked four hours to install the 128-foot tree in front of Bayfront Pavilion. The hardest part of installing the tree, crews said, was moving the bottom piece — weighing over 16,000 lbs — from its…

Earth Rider Brewery Brings German Culture to Superior with Annual Oktoberfest

The whole-day event included music, stein-holding and hammer-striking competitions, and of course plenty of beer. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The sounds of polka filled Earth Rider Brewery in Superior for their annual Oktoberfest celebration Sunday. The whole-day event included music, stein-holding and hammer-striking competitions, and of course plenty of beer. Some changes to this year’s festival included requiring masks in certain areas, and limiting attendance to only 200 advanced tickets. But staff at the brewery said it was…

Spirit Mountain Begins Selling Season Passes

The resort has the goal of opening in late November depending on the weather. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Spirit Mountain is gearing up for the skiing season. The ski hill has opened up eligibility to purchase season passes for the winter. After shutting down for the entire summer season due to the pandemic, management says that they have a plan for the hill in place and are ready to re-open. “We’re really excited to be…

Harbor House Adds Permanent Housing for Homeless

The Tabitha Apartments on Harris street in Superior recently announced they are opening up four rooms.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Superior now has more options for permanent housing for the homeless. The Tabitha Apartments on Harris street in Superior recently announced they are opening up four rooms. Although residents still haven’t moved in yet, directors of the organization say this is a big step in reducing the homeless population in the community. “We’re just trying to help…

One Person Is Dead In An Officer-involved Shooting On I-35 In Pine County

PINE COUNTY, Minn. – One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting that happened on I-35 in Pine County around 2 p.m. on Friday. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the shooting took place in the northbound lanes nearby the Mora exit along the interstate. Autorities say at about 1:45 p.m. on Friday, law enforcement responded to a 911…

Midday Update 10-9-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, Oct. 9, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, Oct. 9, 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

Essentia Health Offering Saturday Mammography Clinics in October

Doctors Urge Women to Make Regular Mammograms Part of Your Lifelong Health Care Routine

DULUTH, Minn. – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While routine medical exams should be a part of your routine, medical experts at Essentia Health in Duluth are taking the month to offer quality-care to those in need. Doctors say routine screening mammograms can help your provider detect breast cancer before you have symptoms. Diagnostic mammograms help identify cancer after…

Morning Update 10-9-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, Oct. 9, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, Oct. 9, 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

Duluth Workforce Development Program Looking to Help Recently Laid Off DECC Employees

DULUTH, Minn. — After the DECC announced earlier this week that the roughly 400 employees it furloughed are now permanently laid off, the city of Duluth’s Workforce Development Program wants to help those former workers find new opportunities. The program can first connect Duluth residents to emergency assistance, such as healthcare, housing, and making sure services like heat aren’t turned…

New Art Exhibit at UWS Explores Struggles With Alcoholism

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A new exhibit is now showing in the Kruk Art Gallery at The University of Wisconsin-Superior. The exhibition called Aqua Vitae features the work of two artists exploring their own struggles with alcoholism. The visual imagery also looks deeper into the triggers and the problematic relationships these artists have had with alcohol. “I think it’s really fascinating…

Mike’s Western Cafe Closes After Nearly Four Decades

"I met so many nice people. I met fishing buddies, golfing buddies, and bowling buddies. It's really been a fun experience," said Mike Pracher, the owner of Mike's Western Cafe.

DULUTH, Minn. – A hometown restaurant in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is closing its doors after nearly 40 years in business. Mike’s Western Cafe has lasted through multiple generations of many in the Lincoln Park Community. Those who have come to love the local restaurant will now have to say farewell. Mike Pracher, the owner of Mike’s Western Cafe, has…

Duluth Library Foundation Receives Grant for School Readiness

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Library Foundation received a grant today going towards a city-wide library led school initiative called “Every Child Ready Duluth.” The grant is from the Lloyd K. Johnson foundation for $25,000. Those funds will be used to help reduce Duluth’s opportunity gap especially when it comes to kids getting ready for kindergarten. “We’ve been getting batches…

St. Scholastica Hosts Virtual 2020 Homecoming

The events kick off on Thursday with a virtual 5k. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The College of Saint Scholastica will be having a different variation of homecoming this year. Due to the pandemic, the school will be hosting a virtual homecoming. The events begins on Thursday with a virtual 5K. For a list of full events and schedules, click here:  Saint Scholastica Homecoming     Categories: Community, Minnesota, News Tags: 2020, Homecoming,…

Sweetly Spooktacular Treats with Sweet Exchange Bakery

Cooking Connection: Halloween Cake Pops with Sweet Exchange

DULUTH, Minn. – Halloween is right around the corner, and it’ll no doubt look a little different in the amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Lisa Quarles, owner of Sweet Exchange, says she’s worried about the children in the community not getting to trick-or-treat, or do some of the traditional activities associated with Halloween. She’s offering up a unique experience that can…

Northland Newborns 10-8-20

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, Northland Newborns Tags: Brett Scott, community, Essentia Health, Local News, Northland Newborns, The Morning…

Midday Update 10-8-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020

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Morning Update 10-8-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020

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Duluth Cider’s “Big Bad Apple Bash” Goes Virtual with Take-Home Celebration Boxes

Customers are encouraged to enjoy the boxes while watching the livestream on Duluth Cider's Facebook page Saturday at 7 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn.- A popular cider in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is celebrating its “Big Bad Apple Bash” anniversary with a virtual event Saturday. Last year’s Big Bad Apple Bash celebrated the first year Duluth Cider was open. This year, fans are encouraged to stop by the cidery on West Superior Street before Saturday to purchase a Big Bad Apple Bash…

Fitger’s Awarded ‘Best Place to Work’ by Minnesota Retailers Assoc.

Every year they award one recipient based on treatment of employees and the overall work environment.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Northland’s own Fitger’s on the Lake was recognized as the Best Retail Place to Work in the state of Minnesota in 2020. The award comes from the Minnesota Retailers Association. Every year they award one recipient based on treatment of employees and the overall work environment. The president and owner of Fitger’s said it’s an honor to…

Kids Learn to Skate for Free With Superior Amateur Hockey Association

At least 40 kids were out on the ice Wednesday, inching along behind their chairs. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The ice at the Superior Ice Arena is now open, but on Wednesday it was filled not only with skates, but chairs supporting small skaters, as the Superior Amateur Hockey Association (SAHA) taught kids how to skate. “I like skating,” said one 5-year-old beginner, Hillary Davis. SAHA delayed starting their free learn-to-skate program this year due to the…

Family, Friends Remember Apple Fest Founder

"Jim was a huge inspirational character in this area. Just missing him drive by and waving. It was a kind of a daily routine."

Credit: Erickson Orchards & Country Store BAYFIELD, Wisc. –  For the first time in decades, the Apple Fest didn’t happen last weekend, but crowds still showed up for some of the usual activities. “It was great. The people that came here were fantastic,” Erickson Orchards Owner, Fred Erickson says. Instead of the usual vendors setting up booths downtown, visitors ventured…

Superior Businesses React To New Mandate To Limit Capacities

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Cases continue to steadily rise in Wisconsin. Starting Thursday, Governor Tony Evers is limiting the capacity for indoor places like bars, restaurants, and stores across the state to help reduce the public’s exposure to the virus. The newly issued order only allows these indoor businesses in Wisconsin to operate with 25% capacity or less. For some of…

New Cobblestone Hotel Headed For Superior Breaks Ground

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Dozens gathered to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the new Cobblestone Hotel and Suites expected to be built on Tower Avenue in Superior. The new hotel will include 60 rooms including a mixture of suites. A high-end steak house will also take residency at Cobblestone, which will serve specialty wines and craft beers from wisconsin. Cobblestone has…

Midday Update 10-7-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

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Pet Owners Reminded of Rodenticide Dangers as Winter Approaches

Local Veterinarians Remind Pet Owners to Book Routine Exams and Lookout for Harmful Poisions Often Used to Kill Rodents

SUPERIOR, Wis. – As winter approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, local veterinarians have a reminder for pet owners, and also those in the neighborhood looking to keep rodents away. With COVID-19 continuing to cause health concerns for many, the staff at Superior Animal Hospital want to remind new and returning customers that safety is of the utmost importance for…

Morning Update 10-7-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

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Superior ‘National Night Out’ Event Celebrates Community, Local Organizations

Community fellowship is especially vital, organizers said, as many area businesses have been struggling in the pandemic. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- With August’s National Night Out postponed to Tuesday, Sterling Silver Dance Studio at the Mariner Mall in Superior held their own event. Live music from local bands Born Too Late and Crescent Moon were featured, as well as hot dogs and prizes from local organizations like World of Wheels skating rink. According to the Director of Sterling Silver…

‘Night to Unite’ Aims to Bring Together Hibbing Police, Community

At Bennett Park in Hibbing, the police were on hand to connect with community members as well as share food drive-thru style. 

HIBBING, Minn.- This year due to the pandemic, August’s annual National Night Out event was postponed to Tuesday, and Hibbing celebrated with their own “Night to Unite” to bring Police and the community together. First introduced in 1984, the National Night Out organization aims to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. At Bennett Park in Hibbing, the police were on…

Experimental COVID-19 Treatment Given To President Trump Part of Study At U of M Medical School

This study is also being conduction nationally, which will enroll about 2,000 people.

DULUTH, Minn. – The experimental treatment recently given to President Donald Trump for his diagnosis with COVID-19 will soon be part of a study being conducted at the University of Minnesota Medical School. The particular drug treatment is made up of two identical antibodies, which are created in a lab. The antibodies are expected to bind to the virus to…

Previously Furloughed Employees At The DECC Permanently Laid Off

The DECC now only has about $1 million left in its cash reserve.

DULUTH, Minn. – Roughly 400 previously furloughed employees at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center are now being permanently laid off — some who have only been employed for months and others for decades. This move comes as big economic blows to the center continue to happen during the ongoing global pandemic. The organization is now losing about $200,000 a month….

Midday Update 10-6-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020

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Morning Update 10-6-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update, News