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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…

Over 700 Dogs Dart into the DECC Starting Thursday

The Duluth Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show is Happening July 11 - 14

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth is going to the dogs July 11 – 14. More than 700 four legged friends and their owners will dart into the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) for the annual Duluth Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show. Organizers say the event brings a boost to the local economy, and smiles to the faces…

Knowing Your Neighbor: Lola Berry Farm

A crop has been recently added that has been a process four years in the making

WRENSHALL, Minn.- A popular Northland berry farm has added a new crop, four years in the making. Lola Berry Farm is America’s first commercial honey berry orchard. “We like to joke that the Duluth climate is very, very similar to Siberia”, says Jason Amundson, Co-Owner of Farm Lola. Amundson, of Farm Lola says the plant is special because it’s the…

Coffee Conversation: Saddle Up! 66th Annual Spooner Rodeo Starts Thursday

Click Below for a Full List of Events Happening During the 66th Annual Spooner Rodeo

SPOONER, Wis. – The Spooner Rodeo kicks off this Thursday, July 11 with the Coca-Cola Family/Youth night starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Washburn County Fairgrounds in Spooner. This year Spooner Rodeo Queen Faith Ciesielski and Spooner Rodeo Princess Abby Droessler stopped by the studio to let us know what fun events will be taking place this year at the…

SUP, SUP! Gliding On Water

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: North Shore SUP Rents Stand-up Paddle Boards

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are gliding across the water on a stand up paddle board! North Shore SUP offers cheap rentals for both hourly and for the entire day! Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot chatted with the co-owner Heather on some tips and tricks and why you should try this sport out. Interested? Click here to…

Keeping Fido Calm During Fourth Festivities

A Place for Fido Offers a Variety of Products to Help Keep Animals Calm During Stressful Situations

DULUTH, Minn. – Anxiety medications are flying out the doors of local veterinary clinics and hospitals this week along with other treats, toys, and materials used to keep animals calm as humans prepare to blast off fireworks to celebrate independence. “We do get a lot of anxiety ridden dogs that come in this time of year,” said Jamie Parent, Owner…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Brian’s Workshop

Craftsman constructs handmade coasters and trivets while battling Cerebral Palsy.

DULUTH, Minn.- Many people can turn a hobby into a business, but not quite like Brian Bentley has. “I don’t consider it work. Most would say it’s a job, but I don’t consider it work. I enjoy what I do.” You may have seen Bentley at markets or outdoor festivals. Though he may be more recognizable by his products. “People…

Beat The Heat In Whitewater Rapids On The St. Louis River

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Minnesota Whitewater Rafting

SCANLON, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are beating the heat and gearing up to cool down in whitewater rapids along the St. Louis River with Minnesota Whitewater Rafting. Check out the adrenaline adventure and what the Class II-IV rapids look like! Come prepared to paddle, this is an active workout. Join Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot as she…

Learn How To Make Your Own Waffle Cones

COOKING CONNECTION: Love Creamery

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are learning how to make waffle cones at home with Love Creamery! Waffle Cones 1 Cup granulated sugar 4 large egg whites 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoon butter melted 1 Cup all-purpose flour   Instructions 1. Preheat your waffle cone maker 2. Mix everything well, it will be…

Athletes With Disabilities Change Endurance Sports For The Better

Inclusion in Marathons for Special Needs Kids and Duo Young Racers

DULUTH, Minn. —  Grandma’s marathon may be over for 2019 but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to hit the pavement running! In this week’s Great Outdoors Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot introduces us to a duo team from Wisconsin who’s story is a little bit different from the rest. When it comes to race day some of the runners are…

Animal Answers: As Temperatures Rise, Police Warn of Hot Vehicle Dangers

Duluth Police Department Advises Calling 911 if an Animal is Showing Signs of Heat Exhaustion Inside a Vehicle

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year, PETA estimates nearly 100 animals will die due to negligence and heat exhaustion from being locked inside a hot vehicle. Officials say at just 70 degrees, a vehicle’s inside temperature can quickly reach well over 120 degrees. “It is deadly to leave your pet in a car in the summer time. It can happen faster…

Duluth Psychiatrist Offering Magnetic TMS Treatment for Depression & OCD

Dr. Eric Johnson says the treatment can help patients who have not responded to medications

DULUTH, Minn. – An in-home clinic in Duluth is now offering a magnetic procedure called TMS for treatment-resistant depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. During treatment at Duluth TMS, patients sit in a chair and fasten a helmet-like device to their head. Then, 2,000 magnetic stimulations are given to their brain over a twenty minute span. According to Dr. Eric Johnson,…

The DTA Celebrates Another Milestone in Long History of Transporting People Around Duluth

The DTA has been Duluth's public transit system since 1883

DULUTH, Minn. – With almost two thousand stops, 75 fixed–route buses and some of the highest ridership in the country, the Duluth Transit Authority has served as an example for transportation systems all over the nation. “In 1883 they had mule–drawn street cars because they needed transportation that was affordable to get people around the community and up the hill,”…

Listen Local! A Wellness Renaissance Podcast Party Happening Thursday

Wellness Renaissance is a Local Podcast Centered on Holistic Practices and Healing

DULUTH, Minn. – The host and creator of Wellness Renaissance Podcast, Judy Breuer, invites the Twin Ports community to celebrate the 85 episodes of her podcast Thursday, June 27 at the Zeitgeist Atrium. Listen Local! A Wellness Renaissance Podcast Party is happening from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Registration is required for the event. Click here for more information. Wellness…

Skate & Sip for FREE

Active Adventures: Rollerblade & Have A Pint of Bent Paddle This Summer

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are hitting the Willard Munger State Trails on rollerblades! Every other Tuesday night from 6:00 – 8:00 pm you can skate and sip with friends in the Northland, for FREE. The director of the NorthShore Inline Marathon is hosting these free group skates for all skill levels. Bring your own blades…

First Day of Summer Sweet Treat: Rhubarb Sorbet

COOKING CONNECTION: Loves Creamery Teaches Us How To Make Sorbet At Home!

DULUTH (LINCOLN PARK), Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection Love Creamery teaches us how to make a Rhubarb Sorbet from home! RECIPE: Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet 2 Cups cooked down rhubarb 2 Cups seeded strawberries 1 Cup sugar (really, sugar to taste. One can make this one sweeter or less sweet) Mix all ingredients together, blend Freeze in an ice…

Encouraging Conversation for Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Conversation Regarding Elder Abuse Awareness is Encouraged Throughout the Month of June

SUPERIOR, Wis. – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day takes place annually on June 15, as the world recognizes Elder Abuse Month. It’s an international observance, coming to be as a result of UN resolution 66/127. With a rapidly growing global population of seniors, and as longevity increases, abuse of the elderly is an increasing reality affecting health and human rights….

Raptor Ridge Soars into Great Lakes Aquarium Friday

Raptor Ridge is an Exhibit Five Years in the Making, Costing $120,000

DULUTH, Minn. – As thousands of runners make their way into Canal Park Friday, others will flock to the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth for the opening of their new exhibit, Raptor Ridge. Officials with the Aquarium believe the new experience is full of lessons and environmental education. “Granted, don’t get me wrong, fish are great, I love fish,” said…

Extreme Paddle Board Adventurer Leaves Twin Ports for Arctic in Never Before Attempted Trip

Jared Munch Raises Funds For Local Neighborhood Youth Services

DULUTH, Minn. — Monday morning a local Duluth man paddled away on a rare adventure to the Arctic. Taking a never before attempted trip on a stand up paddle board, Jared Munch has been planning this adventure for many years. He is traveling 490 miles up the north shore of Lake Superior to the northeast corner, where he will then…

Wisdom Center for Change Offers Acupuncture, Reiki Healing & More

Formally Known As 'Rooted Folks Center for Evolution'

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this weeks Active Adventures we are slowing things down and healing ourselves from the inside and out. Twin sisters in the Twin Ports can help with injuries both physically and mentally, using alternative & holistic health. Formally known as Rooted Folks Center for Evolution,  they have now re-branded and changed their name to Wisdom Center for…

Wood Fired Pizza at Ursa Minor Brewing

COOKING CONNECTION: Brittney Merlot Makes A Special Deep Dish Pizza

LINCOLN PARK, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are headed inside Ursa Minor Brewing and starting a fire! Don’t worry, it’s all to cook freshly made wood fired pizza’s! Learning from the pro’s, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot attempts her own version. “Brittney Special” is a deep dish, personal pizza with a lot of meat and a few greens….

Pet Supply Store Secures Location in New Duluth Retail Development

Chuck & Don's is Expected to Open Late Winter, Early Spring of 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – FOX 21 is learning more about a new Eagan, Minnesota based pet store coming to Duluth. According to a company spokesperson for the pet supply company, Launch Properties is responsible for building the retail development that Chuck & Don’s will call home in late winter, early spring of 2020. The space will be located in the Jigsaw retail development…

Whiskey Trail Kicks off Chester Creek Concert Series Tuesday Evening

The Chester Creek Concert Series Begins Tuesday, June 11

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s time for live music and entertainment! Summer activities are kicking off at Duluth’s Chester Bowl with the 2019 Chester Creek Concert Series on Tuesday, June 11. The 37th annual concert series continues each Tuesday through August 13th (with a rain date on 8/20 if needed). Shows start at 7:00 p.m. for June and July, with earlier start times…

Tunnels Under Duluth Remain Some of the City’s Oldest Infrastructure

The tunnels under Duluth are a part of the city's storm drain system

DULUTH, Minn. – Infrastructure development was booming at the turn of the twentieth century in Duluth and under it. The tunnels of Duluth were built to convey water under major roads without disrupting the city above. “They are durable. That blue stone doesn’t wear away. The bottoms of them are still on their original bedrock channel,” city program coordinator Todd Carlson…

Local Attempts Stand-Up Paddle Boarding from Duluth to Arctic Ocean

An adventure of a lifetime, attempted by a true adrenaline junkie from Duluth, Jared Munch

DULUTH, Minn. — An adventure of a lifetime begins this week, attempted by a true adrenaline junkie from Duluth, Jared Munch. He is a local man and is attempting to stand up paddle board his way up Lake Superior all the way to the Arctic Ocean. Most stand up paddle boarders prefer the calm winds and sunny days when balancing…

The Results Are In: Does Personal Training Work?

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Fox 21's Brittney Merlot Does Personal Training For 3 Months, Check Out The Difference

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are taking a look at the results after 3 months of personal training at Snap Fitness. Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot volunteered herself to give it a shot and see what can change.  Beach body or not? Watch the video above to see if weight was lost, where muscle was built and…

Ursa Minor Brewing Cans Crowlers For Local Shelves

COOKING CONNECTION: Two New Brews Hit Stores Thursday Morning

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are taking you to Ursa Minor Brewing as the can their first batch of a double New England IPA (Ditch Monster). They also canned 3-pack crowlers of Constellation Cream Ale as well. These two new brews are the first of Ursa Minor’s craft beers to hit local shelves. You can find…

Animal Answers: Dirty Feeders are Killing Hummingbirds

Wildlife Officials Recommend Cleaning Hummingbird Feeders Once Every Three Days

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s official! Hummingbirds are back in the Northland making their seasonal homes and searching for the best feeding spots possible. This often ends up being a feeder near your home, which is why local wildlife experts are urging caution before you take on the responsibility of feeding the tiny creatures this summer. The staff and volunteers at…

Ropes Course & Ziplining Along North Shore

GREAT OUTDOORS: Adventure Park on the North Shore

SILVER BAY, Minn. — A brand new adventure has popped up in Minnesota! In this week’s great outdoors Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot takes us up into the tree tops, climbing and zipping with a new experience! Face a fear of heights and challenge yourself…Step by step… This is a place for all ages, family and friends; offering a unique challenge…

The Man Behind the Courtney Medal of Honor

NORTHLAND UNCOVERED: Major Henry A. Courtney and the Medal of Honor

DULUTH, Minn. – The Courtney Medal of Honor is a symbol of leadership to many. “My regret is he was taken in a war, and I never got to grow up and get to know him,” Major Henry Courtney’s nephew Courtney Storey said. Major Courtney was killed in 1945, two years after his nephew Courtney Storey was born. What Storey knows…

Northern Star: Gabby Seyfer of the Duluth Figure Skating Club

She will be skating at a new national competition in Florida this June.

DULUTH, Minn. – Gabby Seyer, a rising sophomore at East High School, has made figure skating her life for the past ten years. Now, she’s one of only 18 girls in her level competing at the inaugural National Excel Festival in Coral Springs, Florida. “I’m excited about meeting new competitors from all over the country. So I’m kind of excited…

Countdown Begins to Grandma’s Marathon, Volunteers Needed

Grandma's Marathon Weekend is Happening June 21 - 23

DULUTH, Minn. – The countdown to Grandma’s Marathon is on! The jam packed weekend of events will run June 21 – 23 this year. While the 2019 race isn’t even over yet, planning has already started for next year’s big race. More than 6,000 volunteers are needed to make race weekend happen. Volunteers are needed from Two Harbors to Canal…

Experience The Le Grand Du Nord Bike Race

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Fox 21's Brittney Merlot Finishes Her Race She's Been Training Months For!

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we get to see the Le Grand Du Nord gravel bike race from a personal perspective; as Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot hits the pavement, climbs the Sawtooth Mountains and rides through muddy logging trails. Experience the ups and downs on a long bike race and learn some valuable tips first hand….

Massive Orio Cookies Available at Vikre Now

COOKING CONNECTION: Vikre's New Food Menu Made By Duluth's Best Bread

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are making massive freshly made ORIO cookies! Not Oreo, but Orio! Check the sweet treat recipe out and how to make it yourself, in the video above. Vikre Distillery teamed up with Duluth’s Best Bread to add more small bites to their snack menu too. So you can also get this…

Upcoming Walk for Animals to Support Animal Allies Humane Society

Walk for Animals is Happening Saturday, June 1, in Bayfront Festival Park

DULUTH, Minn. – Animal Allies is proud to host the 27th annual Walk for Animals happening Saturday, June 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pets, owners, and other furry friend enthusiasts are invited to stop by Bayfront Festival Park. Animal Allies will kick off the day with the Furry 5K Fun Ran. It’s the largest pet-friendly event in the…

Vikre Distillery Offers A Special Menu With Duluth’s Best Bread

Two Local Buisness Are Partnering Up With A Special Menu

DULUTH, Minn. — Vikre Distillery is teaming up with Duluth’s Best Bread to add more small bites to their snack menu. Duluth’s Best Bread has crafted a set of snacks to pair with Vikre’s creative cocktails. The menu will include both vegetarian and gluten–free options. In this week’s Cooking Connection we are making Sun–dried Tomato Pesto Tarts (also known as…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Nanay’s Kitchen Bringing Filipino Food to the Northland

Gnesen Convenience Store on Rice Lake Road is more than just your everyday local gas station

DULUTH, Minn. – Gnesen Convenience Store on Rice Lake Road is more than just your everyday local gas station. It’s also the home for authentic Filipino food. Beth Canete, owner of Nanay’s Kitchen, got her start by selling egg rolls and empanadas. Soon after, she would host a fundraiser for the Philippines disaster relief after super typhoon Haiyan hit in…

Northern Star: Ben Pedersen

For this week's segment, we feature the ace on the Duluth Marshall baseball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – When you think of athletes in northern Minnesota, you think of all of the great hockey players and the kids who learned how to skate before they can walk. But baseball is growing in the Northland, and part of the reason for that is Hilltoppers senior pitcher Ben Pedersen. “I grew up wanting to play hockey. I…

The Adventure Park on the North Shore is OPEN!

Silver Bay Minnesota Hosts Home To New Ropes & Zipline Course

SILVER BAY, Minn. — A new adventure park opened up today and is offering fun from new heights. It’s called The Adventure Park on the North Shore and they officially opened to the public Friday afternoon. They offer six courses that are a mix of challenging ropes climbing and adrenaline packed zip lining, all mixed into one location. “Small little…

Exclusive Look On The Ropes & Ziplines From The NEW Adventure Park on the North Shore

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: First One Try Test The Ropes & Lines at Silver Bay's Adventure Park

SILVER BAY, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are taking you on an exclusive look inside the new Adventure Park on the North Shore that is opening Friday May 24 at 3pm to the public! Scared of heights, so is Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot! Watch her climb and fly her way through the challenging course at 40 feet…

$800 Million Essentia Health Expansion to Begin This Fall

New renderings and details about the 340 foot tall facility are now available

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health’s new $800 million health care facility in Downtown Duluth is closer to breaking ground this fall with demolition beginning as early as September. During the construction of the 340-foot-tall facility, both East First Street and Fourth Avenue East will be closed for nearly two years. New Renderings show details of what’s being called the “Vision…

Campgrounds Prepare for Memorial Day Weekend

Buffalo House Campgrounds are busy getting ready for the rush.

DULUTH, Minn.- Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and that’s famously a time when families get in their camper, or pack up their tents, to go camping. With 105 campsites for RVs and areas for tents, the staff at Buffalo House Campground is busy getting ready for the Memorial Day rush. The peaceful trees and sounds of birds…