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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

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Valentini’s Opens in Hermantown

"I think it means they like my food. I am assuming that's why they are coming here," said Owner Carol Valentini.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Valentini’s Restaurant is officially open for business in Hermantown after moving from its old location on London Road in Duluth. The bistro-style restaurant has a freshly new décor and is open for sit down dining or takeout. Many of the same items are back on the menu along with a few new additions. The owner says it…

MDH Continues to Urge Duluth Trump Rally Attendees Get Tested Frequently for COVID-19

State health officials said it's important that those who attended to get tested frequently until they've cleared the two-week mark. 

ST. PAUL, Minn.- As President Donald Trump returns to the White House after being treated for the virus Monday, Minnesota state health officials continue to urge people who were at his rally in Duluth to get tested several times over the next few weeks. In a COVID-19 Briefing Monday, Minnesota Department of Health leaders said just because you test negative…

Plump Pumpkins, Unique Gourds Sold on Tower Ave in Superior

The stand looks more like a small pumpkin farm with all types of gourds and squashes available. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Fall is here, and so are the pumpkins! DC Farms set up their pumpkin and gourd stand on Tower Avenue in Superior, across from the fire station. The stand looks more like a small pumpkin farm with all types of gourds and squashes available. While it’s that variety that Tim W., the pumpkin farmer there said makes them…

Many Outside Enjoying Duluth’s Nice Day after Chilly Week

People made the most of the sixty-degree Monday, knowing old man winter is right around the corner.

DULUTH, Minn.- Monday’s warmer temperatures made many in Duluth prepare for it to be the last nice-weather week before winter, as they got out on the city’s parks and trials enjoying a break from a chilly week. “Love it yes,” said Dave Tedlund. “Especially after last week hopefully we get more than just this week too.” Bike wheels and hiking…

Local Dental Office Hosts Blood Drive In Honor Of Employee

"Kathy is really a positive presence in the office. She is always so welcoming, and a really great person to have around," said Amanda Newcomb, a dental hygienist.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands are diagnosed with leukemia every year. When it hit close to home for those at Piedmont Dental in Duluth, they jumped into action to help a member of their work family. Kathy Andrews, has been a loyal employee of Piedmont Dental for more than 30 years. “Kathy is really a positive presence in the office. She…

Tuesday Marks One Month Until Presidential Election

About 4,500 ballots have already been accepted.

DULUTH, Minn – We are just about a month away from the presidential election. City officials say they are seeing a very high turnout for early voting and absentee ballots So far, 4,500 ballots have already been accepted and about 20,000 have been requested by residents in the City of Duluth. As time is winding down for the presidential election,…

Founder of Bayfield’s Apple Festival Dies

According to the Ashland Daily Press, Jim Erickson died Sunday night after an illness.

BAYFIELD, Wisc. – One of the founders of Bayfield’s Apple Festival has died this past weekend. According to the Ashland Daily Press, Jim Erickson died Sunday night after an illness. The Facebook page of Erickson farms says they are closed October 5th, and apologized for any inconvenience. Erickson Orchards was started over 100 years ago. Jim’s son, Fred Erickson is…

Police: Person of Interest Identified in Recent Central Hillside Shooting Incident

Duluth Police Responded to the 500 Block of West 3rd Street Shortly Before 5:00 a.m. Sunday

DULUTH, Minn. – Three people were hospitalized Sunday for injuries Duluth police believe are related to a shooting incident in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood. Shortly after receiving the report, authorities said Essentia ER reported three gunshot wound victims; a 23-year-old male, a 28-year-old male, and a 32-year-old female. All have non-life threatening injuries. Police believe their wounds are a result…

Midday Update 10-5-20

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

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Second Harvest North Central Food Bank ‘Gingerbread Giving Tree’ Program in Jeopardy

The Grand Rapids Bases Food Bank is Forced to Make Some Changes Ahead of the Holiday Season

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Second Harvest North Central Food Bank is having to make changes as they work through the COVID-19 pandemic. With the holiday season quickly approaching, there will be changes to this year’s Itasca Holiday Program organized by North Central Food Bank. Due to financial difficulty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization will not be offering the…

Morning Update 10-5-20

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

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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

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Morning Update 10-2-20

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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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…