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Flavors of Fall Debut at Larsmont Cottages Ledge Rock Grille

Cooking Connection: Finnish Meatballs with Oven Roasted Potatoes

LARSMONT, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s Brett Scott is in the kitchen with Chef Richard Selz from Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages. Chef Richard is preparing Finnish Meatballs served with beef fat oven roasted potatoes. The restaurant is proud to debut a new menu that combines the best of a classic lakeshore meal with global…

Donations Impacting Decisions at Animal Allies Humane Society

A Stray Chihuahua is Struck and Left on the Side of a Duluth Road; Healing Hearts and Paws Fund to Pay for Emergency Surgery

DULUTH, Minn. – Throughout the years, FOX 21 has reported on countless fundraising efforts by Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. In this week’s Animal Answers, donors get a first hand look at how continued support and generosity is making an impact on a daily basis. This week, staff at the shelter have had to make many decisions based on…

Northern Star: Zach Edwards

For this week's segment, we feature the quarterback on the St. Scholastica football team.

DULUTH, Minn. -St. Scholastica quarterback Zach Edwards entered Saturday’s season opener with high expectations, as he officially started his last first game. “You think about it’s the last of the end. I’m looking forward to it, I’m excited. Nothing like senior year, nothing like football, so I think it will be a good time,” Edwards said. In his junior season,…

New Fall Menu Features Zesty, Savory Items at Ledge Rock Grille

Cooking Connection: Pork Belly Tacos

LARSMONT, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s Brett Scott is in the kitchen with Chef Richard Selz from Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages. The restaurant is proud to debut a new menu that combines the best of a classic lakeshore meal with global flavors and fresh, quality ingredients. The restaurant is open for breakfast lunch and…

Local Non-Profit Animal Rescue Seeking Foster Families

PJ's Rescue in Duluth is Looking for People Interested in Fostering Animals Until They Find Forever Homes

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth based PJ’s Rescue is a non-profit rescuing abandoned, neglected, injured, and stray animals from euthanasia throughout shelters in Texas. The Rescue is currently in search of foster families willing to house animals for a few weeks, up to months until the animal is able to be relocated to a forever home. “We are able to save…

Set Sail with the St. Louis River Alliance this Thursday

The SLRA is Hosting the annual Vista Boat Tour Thursday, September 5 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis River Alliance (SLRA) is setting sail Thursday, September 5 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. aboard the Vista Fleet in Duluth. The SLRA is excited to be hosting the Vista Star Boat Tour for yet another year. Boarding will begin at 5:00 p.m. Departure at 5:30 p.m. Arrival back to docks by 7:00 p.m. Light…

Northern Star: Eric Watson

For this week's Northern Star, we highlight a UWS men's soccer player with high expectations for the upcoming season.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – For University of Wisconsin-Superior senior Eric Watson, this upcoming season will be a big one for the Yellowjackets men’s soccer team. “The publishings that come out or the stories that come out about us, it’s all extra on top of it. A little bit of the cherry on top. But I think really if we’re being truthful…

Cooking Connection: Fresh French Fries at the Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get-Together Wraps up on Monday, September 2, 2019

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – The Great Minnesota Get-Together continues through Labor Day in Falcon Heights. This year there are dozens of new foods available to try, but the staples keep customers and fairgoers coming back. FOX 21 Local News stopped by Fresh French Fries in this week’s Cooking Connection. FOX 21’s Andrew Kirov learns how staff keep up with demand…

Great Minnesota Get-Together Teaches Sheep Shearing

This Week's Animal Answers Takes us to the Minnesota State Fair

DULUTH, Minn. – When you’re at the State Fair, you can’t forget about all the animal exhibits available. In this week’s Animal Answers, we’re taking you to the sheep barn to meet a couple who walks us through the process of shearing sheep. “My parents fit sheep for a living and I’ve been showing sheep my whole life,” said sheep…

Knowing Your Neighbors: New London Road Store Sells a Little Bit of Everything

New store sells items from estate sales, cleanouts.

DULUTH, Minn.- Sometimes you just need somewhere to put all the things you don’t need anymore. Well “S&J’s Everything” on London Road can help, giving new meaning to the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” “Our niche is if we don’t have it we can get it. If we can’t get it, you don’t need it,” said co-owner Scott…

Wells Fargo Presents Check, Volunteers to Habitat for Humanity

Over 60 volunteers donate over 300 hours of their time to Habitat.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Wells Fargo Stagecoach returned to the Twin Ports for the second year in a row to support Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity home-building in our region. A $20,000 check was presented by Wells Fargo to the Habitat for Humanity at their new center in Superior. The bank is also donating time to the cause, as about…

Northern Star: Markus Pokornowski

For this week's segment, we feature a running back on the Cloquet football team who's using his injury as motivation for his senior season.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Last season, the Cloquet football team lost in the section 7AAAA final for the first time in three years. “It’s a team game and our team just didn’t do what we were supposed to do,” senior running back Markus Pokornowski said of that loss. But the Lumberjacks were missing a big piece in that game, as Pokornowski…

Knowing Your Neighbors: More than Coffee at White Pine Market

White Pine Market to sell coffee, vendors' crafts, and more.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- The owners of the unique White Pine Market sell everything from coffee to a wide variety of merchandise brought in by local Two Harbors vendors. Jim Aili has been brewing his own coffee for a while now. “It started about eight years ago,” he said. “I turned 50. She bought me a little roasting thing because I’ve…

The Tribute Fest to Benefit Homeless Veterans in Minnesota

The Tribute Fest Kicks off Thursday, August 22 at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Folks in the Northland are gearing up this week for the start of The Tribute Fest happening August 22 – 24 at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. The Fest was originally set up more than ten years ago to raise awareness and funds for homeless veterans in Minnesota. Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) is a nonprofit…

Northern Star: Reagan Ruffi and Brody Payton

For this week's segment, we feature two Northwestern alums and rookies on the UMD football team who are excited to go through this experience together.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team is officially one week into the 2019 season. “I am pumped to be here. I’ve been wishing away my summer to be here and I’m pretty excited,” freshman running back Reagan Ruffi said. Fall practice allows the whole team to come together and is crucial for the freshmen and newcomers to learn the…

Meet the Creators of Three Minnesota Podcasts

Root Beer Radio, Dungeons and Dweebs, and Take It With You are entertaining audiences across the state and beyond

MINNESOTA – A podcast is kind of like a radio show, but on demand. They’re all-original online content about specific subjects produced by people around the world, including here in Minnesota. Dave Herdan and Matt Holton have recorded thirteen episodes of their podcast, Root Beer Radio. “We went to middle and high school together and then after college or during…

Parents and Kids ‘Climb’ Out of Darkness of Postpartum Disorders

Walk through Chester Park raises awareness for perinatal and postpartum disorders.

DULUTH, Minn.- With babies strapped in strollers, on backs, or sitting on shoulders, families took to the trails of Chester Park for Duluth’s very first Climb Out of the Darkness hiking event, to bring awareness to a very common problem among new parents. “As new moms there’s a lot of change that we’re going through and it can be very…

Scooting Around Town On A Leaf

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Leaf Scooters Take Over Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot shows us how the new Leaf scooters work. You’ll see how to download the app, get it set up, where you can and can’t go with them and then she takes to the streets of Canal Park. Randomly going up to people and asking them to take it…

Slow Cooked Carnitas Taco in the Twin Ports

COOKING CONNECTION: La Tequila Cooks Flavorful & Fall of the Bone Pork Tacos

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this weeks Cooking Connection the brand new La Tequila in the Twin Ports cook us up a delicious Carnitas Taco! The recipe is in the video above to make this at home, otherwise you can visit the restaurant at: LOCATION: 5802 Tower Ave, Superior, WI 54880 HOURS: 11am – 10pm Tuesday- Saturday; 11am – 8:30pm Sunday…

Helping Elderly Prevent Falls at Superior YMCA

Dove Home Health Professionals hosts Fall Prevention Classes.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Falling is the leading cause of death from injury in individuals 65 and older. If a senior citizen falls once, their chances of falling again are doubled. Senior citizens are invited to the Superior YMCA to help change that. Dove Home Health Professionals hosted the first part of their three-part Fall Prevention series, called “The Truth About Falling.”…

Animal Allies, Irving Community Club to Host Free Event

The Event will Feature Free Collars, Leashes, and Microchipping on Tuesday, August 27

DULUTH, Minn. – Pet supplies and services can be difficult to keep up with, and the cost can oftentimes detour animal owners from getting the necessities needed. On Tuesday, August 27, Animal Allies and Irving Community Club are teaming up to host a free collar, leash, and microchipping clinic. The event is taking place at the  Evergreen Senior Center in…

Timbersports Take Over & Race Top Notch Handmade Saws

GREAT OUTDOORS: Lumberjack World Championships Brings The Best

HAYWARD, Wisc. — Lumberjacks in the Northland are common and the competition between them is said to be strong. In this week’s Great Outdoors, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot takes us to Lumberjack Bowl where all of the best gathered there to show us what they are made of. “It’s kind of in my blood, I’m a four generation competitor.” said…

Become a Charter Member at Essentia Wellness Center’s YMCA Branch

Three Sign Up Events are Happening Throughout August 12 - 14

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Duluth Area Family YMCA is kicking off its Essentia Wellness Center membership open enrollment Monday, August 12. The new facility is on the lot that used to house the old Hermantown Middle School. The Essentia Wellness Center is set to open October 2019. Three membership drives are happening August 12 – 14, giving new members the…

Throwing Axes & Tossing Back Ales Together

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Duluth Experience & Blacklist Artisan Ales Collaboration Tour

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot takes us AXE THROWING, the perfect Northland sport. Currently Blacklist Artisan Ales in Duluth hosts the axe throwing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. They have also paired with Duluth Experience to tie in local brewery tours and tastes as well. Become an axepert and learn all the…

Minnesota Breakfast Hash is Popping

COOKING CONNECTION: Bridgeman's Breakfast, Minnesota Hash

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Cooking Connection Bridgeman’s stirs up a Minnesota version of the classic breakfast hash. Adding in the wild rice has the chef and Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot popping with dance moves and all. You can ask for this breakfast anytime at their restaurant and you can also learn how to make it for yourself at…

See a Movie, Donate a Dollar Today at Marcus Duluth Cinema

The Fundriaser for the Lake Superior Zoo is Happening Wednesday, August 7

DULUTH, Minn. – Since The Lion King was released 25 years ago, we have lost half of Africa’s lions. Officials estimate only 20,000 remain. Disney and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) are now teaming up to bring awareness to the declining lion population with their Protect the Pride campaign. Haley Hedstrom with the Lake Superior Zoo says the facility…

Two Theaters, One Stone: Historic Auditoriums Brought Back to Life in West Duluth

NORTHLAND UNCOVERED: The West Theater was an art deco movie palace when it was originally built in 1937.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s not your average movie theater, it has a lot of history! The West Theater is one of two historic theaters making a comeback in the Northland. “I said I would only be interested if I could turn it back into a theater,” Bob Boone said. This was the promise Boone made to the last owner of his…

YOHO! Lumberjacks & Lumberjills Competing In Lumberjack World Championships

Swing, Chop and Axe Your Way Into Hayward Wisconsin This Weekend

HAYWARD, Wis.-The smell of fresh cut lumber is taking over in Hayward at the second day of the 60th Annual Lumberjack World Championships. Lumberjacks and Lumberjills are swinging, axing, chopping, sawing, log rolling, climbing and boom running into 24 different events in Hayward, Wisconsin this weekend. Today was the semifinals, marking who will be competing in tomorrow’s World Championship rounds….

YOHO! Boom Running in the Lumberjack World Championships

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Last Year Brittney Merlot Log Rolled, Now She Attempts Boom Running For The First Time!

HAYWARD, Wisc. — In this weeks Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot is boom running at the Lumberjack World Championships semifinals. She’s never done it before and will make her first attempt this morning on LIVE TV! Ellie Davenport, offers her words of wisdom as she has been a pro log roller and boom runner since she was 15 years…

Blueberry Bread Pudding Sweet Treat

COOKING CONNECTION: Bridgeman's Bakes Tasty Treats

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection, the last standing Bridgeman’s is baking us a Blueberry Bread Pudding. Using one day old cinnamon rolls, pudding, melted white chocolate, blueberries and topped with their signature vanilla ice cram. Enjoy the video above for the full recipe details, remember this goes well for breakfast, lunch, snacks, desserts and more. Categories: Cooking…

Adopt a Rescue Dog Recently Transported to Duluth from Texas

The Seven Rescue Dogs are Currently Living at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – More than 114,000 animals are euthanized every year in the state of Texas due to overpopulation in local shelters. This grim statistic is what gives Lindsay Niemi with Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth the drive and passion to bring back to the Northland as many animals as possible during trips to the southern state. Niemi recently…

Knowing Your Neighbors: East End Driving Academy Now Open in Lakeside Neighborhood

East End Driving Academy is Located at 512 North 45th Avenue East in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – When teens start their drivers training course they’re well on their way to legally getting behind the wheel. But with few options in Duluth to take the required courses, one local man is trying to fill the void. Before East End Driving Academy, parents in this specific area of the city didn’t have any alternatives to enroll…

Paddle The Brule River, A Clear, Cool & Spring Fed Waterway

Experience Picturesque Beauty Or Aggressive Rapids With Brule River Canoe & Kayak Rental

BRULE, Wisc. — In this weeks Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot and Brett Scott kayak down the world-famous Brule River. It’s known as a gem among the waterways of the Upper Midwest. Flowing 50 miles north into Lake Superior, the River provides consistent spring fed water through the Brule River State Forest. (It’s cool and refreshing)! Experience the picturesque…

Disabilities Expo Raises Money for All-Abilities Park

Ground is expected to be broken in August at the Webster Dream Park in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – People with disabilities came together in Superior to learn about available resources in the Twin Ports and raise money for a good cause. The annual Empowerment Expo at the Mariner Business and Retail Center is organized by North Country Independent Living. The center provides services, job skills training and more for people with all kinds of disabilities….

Handcrafted Ravioli Augusti Offers Seafood Satisfaction

Cooking Connection: The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort

LUTSEN, Minn. – Entrees are sizzling off the menu this summer at The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort up the North Shore. Executive Chef Chris Homyak has hand selected fine ingredients and recipes to refresh the restaurant’s menu this year. This week’s cooking connection features a handcrafted Ravioli Augusti. Ravioli Augusti: House made beet ravioli with…

Animal Allies Offering New “Working Cats” Program

Working Cats Program Offers Feral Cat Adoptions to Benefit Local Businesses

ESKO, Minn. – If you frequent Widdes Feed and Farm Supply off County Road 61 in Esko, chances are you’ve met the two newest employees. They’re friendly, love the occasional cuddle, but are also helping the business thrive and keep rodents at bay. As customers come in, Buzz and Woody come out to play. “We’ve got a bunch of kids…

Update: Never Before Attempted Stand Up Paddle Board To Arctic Ocean

Adventurer Jared Munch Takes To The Water On A SUP To Break Records

DULUTH, Minn. — Stand up paddle boarding is the new craze on calm and sunny days but what about in bad weather and through river rapids? In this week’s Great Outdoors Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot catches up with a true adventurer looking to be the first to complete a unique journey. A local Duluthian who took to the water last…

BWCA Trip Brings Peace, Tranquility to Local Veterans

Click Below if You'd Like to Donate to the 2020 Veterans to the BWCA Trip

LAKE ISABELLA, Minn. – More than a dozen area veterans recently returned home after experiencing a life changing getaway. The annual Veterans to the BWCA excursion started in 2018 after Hayes Scriven, Executive Director of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior, wanted to come up with a way to give back while also helping disabled veterans and…

Coffee Conversation: All Pints North Brew Fest at Bayfront Festival Park

All Pints North Brew Fest is Happening Saturday, July 27 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Craft brew enthusiasts are invited to raise a glass and cheers Saturday, July 27 at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The All Pints North Brew Fest, established in 2012, is back for another year featuring more than 120 craft breweries. Attendees will have the chance to sample from all of the…

Tornado Passes Over House in Orr

Tornado Warnings in Wirt, Effie and Orr Minnesota, A Look At The Path & Damage

ORR, Minn. — The summer heat, humidity and approaching storm front fueled perfect conditions for tornadoes on Wednesday. It’s a rare but possible scenario in the Northland and at 5:34 that evening, a funnel cloud was spotted by law enforcement in Northome, Minnesota. And uncommon disaster in the Northwoods, the tornado touched down to the ground in the town of…

Superior Man To Climb Mt. Rainier to Support Pediatric Cancer

Girga will make his trek up Mt. Rainier on August 1st.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Some people may run marathons or travel long distances to help bring awareness to a great cause. But a Superior man is taking it a step further by committing to climb Mt. Rainier in Washington to support childhood cancer. Mt. Rainier stands nearly 15,000 feet high. At the top temperatures can become very cold even in the summer….

Tasty Bites with a Fresh Arctic Char

Cooking Connection: The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort

LUTSEN, Minn. – Entrees are sizzling off the menu this summer at The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort up the North Shore. Executive Chef Chris Homyak has hand selected fine ingredients and recipes to refresh the restaurant’s menu this year. This week’s cooking connection features a fresh Arctic Char. Arctic Char: Pan seared skin on Arctic…

Specialty Brews to be Unveiled During Zoo La Palooza Fundraiser

Zoo La Palooza is Happening Thursday, July 18 at the Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn. – The animals at the Lake Superior Zoo invite you to get wild with them Thursday, July 18 for the annual Zoo La Palooza fundraiser. The after-hours party at the Zoo features LIVE music, food trucks, specialty beer, games, silent auctions and more. Tickets for this year’s event are only $20, with the money going directly back into…

Wasabi Poke Bowl

COOKING CONNECTION: Wasabi Sushi & Poke Bowl

DULUTH, Minn. — Wasabi Restaurant in Duluth is still open, even with the construction on Superior Street; with great lunch specials on both their sushi and poke bowls. In this week’s Cooking Connection we are making a Tuna & Salmon Poke Bowl and mixing in all the right sauces to fit your taste buds needs. Plus, the manager and Fox…

Dirt Bikes Brraaap To The Holeshot

Active Adventures: Echo Valley MotoCross

BROOKSTON, Minn. — Just 35 miles west of Duluth lies Echo Valley MotoCross Track, that’s where we are taking you for this week’s Active Adventures. Get ready to tear through the dirt track and fly high in the sky, just don’t get roosted! 2019 Northern Series Race Schedule DISTRICT 23 DIRTBIKE RACES FOR 2019! * July 14th – Dirt Bike…

Car Show Brings Classic Rides, CHUM School Supplies

Along with cars, attendants can donate a backpack of school supplies for CHUM to distribute.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s Sidewalk Days has kicked off on West Superior Street as the annual Car Show rolled in not only to show off, but also get kids ready for school. Vintage, unique, and fixed up rides came from all over the Northland for people to admire on Superior Street. At the Kolar Chevrolet tent, you can admire new cars…