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Clinical Dietitian Reports Rise in Patients Dealing with Weight Gain, Eating Disorders

The COVID-19 Pandemic is Impacting Individuals on Different Levels Including Weight Gain & Eating Disorders

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’ve packed on a few pounds over the past year, you’re not alone. In a poll of more than 1,000 WebMD readers, nearly half of the women and almost one-quarter of the men said they’d gained weight “due to COVID restrictions.” St. Luke’s Clinical Dietitian, Mary Cherne, says she’s seeing an influx of patients coming in…

Help Raise Awareness for Huntington’s Disease Throughout May

May is Huntington's Disease Awareness Month; the Genetic Disease Eventually Leads to Death as a Cure is Not Known at This Time

DULUTH, Minn. – May is Huntington’s disease (HD) Awareness Month. HD is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities during their prime working years and has no cure. Recently, the HD Community was hit with devastating news as the Roche Phase III Generation HD1 Study…

Bid Now! Rotary Club of Superior Hosting Virtual Fundraiser

The Craft Beer & Wine Fundraising Event is Happening April 26 - May 2

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Rotary Club of Superior is hosting its 9th annual “Craft Beer and Wine Event” with a twist in 2021. This year, for the health and well-being of supporters, the Rotary Club will be offering an online-only auction via Bidding Owl throughout the week of April 26 – May 2. Proceeds from this year’s online auction will…

Humane Society of Douglas County Hosting Virtual ‘Paws for Love’ Fundraiser

The Fundraiser Ends Sunday, April 25 at 9 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Humane Society of Douglas County Paws for Love fundraising event is taking place virtually in 2021. The auction event is happening now, and will run through Sunday, April 25 at 9 p.m. Tickets are free in 2021. Organizers say they will still have a wonderful silent auction and heartwarming informational videos. Guests will have nine full…

New Book Showcases Best Wildflower Hotspots in Minnesota

"Minnesota's Best Wildflower Hikes," and "Wisconsin's Best Wildflower Hikes" are Available on Amazon

DULUTH, Minn. – A new travel guidebook describes more than 100 day hiking trails to enjoy wildflowers in Minnesota, including those in the Duluth-Superior area. Minnesota’s Best Wildflower Hikes, by hiking guidebook author Rob Bignell, covers trails from the North Shore to the state’s prairies and from the pine-covered Northwoods to the Driftless Area, as well as border counties in…

UMD Music Department Hosting Three Free Outdoor Concerts in April

The Concerts will Take Place Wednesday, April 7, 14, 21 in UMD Lot A

DULUTH, Minn. – Throughout the month of April you’re invited to join student musicians from UMD’s Department of Music as they return to the live stage in a series of outdoor concerts. The free events will feature a wide variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles. The concerts are happening Wednesday, April 7, 14, and 21 at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00…

International Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Hopeful for Success this Spring, Summer

The U.S., Canadian Border Remains Closed to Non-Essential Travel as the COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – With summer just around the corner, many small communities in the region are anticipating a boost in tourism as the weather starts to warm. Tricia Heibel is President of the International Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and is hopeful the spring and summer seasons will be beneficial this year for local businesses. Heibel says overall, she’s…

After Virtual Hiatus, Nearly Naked Ruck March Bounces Back in 2021

The Nearly Naked Ruck March is Happening Saturday, Mar. 27, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. – Northland residents are invited and encouraged to march for a great cause on Saturday, Mar. 27 starting at 10 a.m. along Skyline Parkway near Enger Tower. After a virtual hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, 23rd Veteran is proud to be bringing back the in-person version of the Nearly Naked Ruck March. The march is a way…

Shamrock Shake Season Sparks Donations for Ronald McDonald House Charities

The Shamrock Shake Fundraiser Runs Through Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening now through Wednesday, Mar. 17, you’re encouraged to treat yourself to a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake to help those in need. The annual Shamrock Shake Fundraiser donates 25 cents per sale of each shake to help Ronald McDonald House Charities across the Midwest. Since 2014, more than $600,000 has been raised, which goes directly back into multiple…

After COVID-19 Prompted Hiatus, Duluth Wedding Show Returns to the DECC

The Duluth Wedding Show is Taking Place Sunday, March 14, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. – After a one year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 33rd annual Duluth Wedding Show, in compliance with all current safety guidelines, will return to the DECC Sunday, March 14. “We have been working with the DECC and after reviewing the latest State of Minnesota guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic we will be able to present…

Duluth Playhouse Welcoming In-Person Audience For The First Time In Months

'Charlotte's Web' will Take Center Stage Starting Saturday, Feb. 27

DULUTH, Minn. – For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, excitement is bursting through the curtains at the Duluth Playhouse. The facility will welcome an in-person audience starting Saturday, Feb. 27 with the production of Charlotte’s Web. The production is taking place Feb. 27 – 28, and again during the first weekend in March. Showtimes are at 1:00…

Beating the Winter Blues with Outdoor Activities in Duluth

From Sled Sheds to Skating and Skiing, There Are Plenty of Activities to Help Beat Cabin Fever in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – The doldrums of winter are setting in for many, and the Duluth Parks and Recreation Department is ready to help you stay active and healthy. Residents and visitors in the City of Duluth now have a new reason to enjoy three local parks. Free sled use is being offered at Leif Erickson, Lincoln Park, and Portland Square…

UMD Theatre to Host Free, Virtual Performance of “Love and Information”

"Love and Information" Will Begin Streaming LIVE on YouTube Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. – In March of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic sidelined LIVE performance put on by UMD Theatre. Now for the first time this year, the theatre will host a free, virtual performance of “Love and Information” starting Thursday, Feb. 11. The performance will take place via live stream on Feb. 11, 12, 13 & 14 at 7:30 p.m. The…

Duluth’s Historic Chester Bowl Ski Hill Continues Providing Family Fun

Chester Bowl's First Ski Jump Opened in 1906; Alpine Skiing Began in the 1970s

DULUTH, Minn. – Chester Bowl is back open for business this winter and many families are taking advantage of all the activities the park has to offer. “The season has just been wonderful. People are excited to be out doing something active and social,” said Dave Schaeffer, Executive Director of Chester Bowl. Chester Bowl offers ski and snowboard lessons every…

Dozens of Activities Planned for 2021 Lake Superior Ice Festival

The Lake Superior Ice Festival Will Take Place Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Fire and ice will come together at the 2021 Lake Superior Ice Festival happening Friday, Jan. 29 – Saturday, Jan. 30. Event organizers are thrilled to be moving forward with this year’s festivities as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause many annual happenings to be canceled. Safety measures will be in place. Organizers will be utilizing the…

Despite Event Cancellations, Northern Lights Foundation Continues to Support Families in Need

The Northern Lights Foundation Supports Families with Children Suffering from Life-Threatening Illnesses

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year in January, the Northern Lights Foundation typically hosts one of its biggest fundraisers of the year — More Cowbell. The energetic lineup of performances usually captivates a large crowd inside Grandma’s Sports Garden in Canal Park, but the pandemic is putting a pause on the night of fundraising and entertainment. Dr. Ken Larson founded the…

Donations Encouraged for 3rd Annual Northland’s Largest Baby Shower

Donations Will Be Collected Throughout January

DULUTH, Minn. – Local radio station Life 97.3 and St. Luke’s Hospital are teaming up to host the third annual Northland’s Largest Baby Shower. The event is taking place throughout January with a goal of collecting typical baby shower items such as diapers, wipes, and clothing from donors in the community. Life 97.3’s station manager says during these tough times…

Deadline Looms to Apply for ‘FOX 21 Strength in the Community Scholarship’

The Deadline to Apply is Friday, Jan. 15

DULUTH, Minn. – Are you a high school senior graduating in 2021? If so, FOX 21 Local News in partnership with many fine sponsors invite you to apply for the 2021 Strength in the Community Scholarship. The Fox 21 Strength in the Community Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to deserving students in the Fox 21 viewing area who are pursing…

Tips for Improving Your Finances in 2021

Barry Bigelow, Lead Advisor at Great Waters Financial, Offers Advice For Improving Your Finances in 2021

DULUTH, Minn. – 2020 has impacted all of us, and the New Year brings an opportunity for a clean slate financially. Financial professional Barry Bigelow from Great Waters Financial recently spoke with FOX 21’s Brett Scott about ways to improve your finances in 2021. Cut Costs Where You Can Bigelow says one of the biggest money mistakes you can make…

Rubber Chicken Theater Looks to Make You Laugh This Christmas Eve

Rubber Chicken Theater is Hosting a Virtual Holiday Show, Streaming LIVE on Facebook Christmas Eve

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s very own Rubber Chicken Theater is about to do their first and only production of 2020 due to circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. This Christmas Eve you’re invited to laugh and sing carols with the crew at Rubber Chicken. “Here We Come A-Quarantining, or, We’ll Be Home For Christmas is a short, virtual production…

Visit Cook County Announces Upcoming Winter Activities

From Skiing to Snowboarding, Fat Tire Biking, and Shopping Local, There's Something For Everyone to Enjoy When They Visit Cook County

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – If you look around, you’ll quickly notice a lack of snow across the Northland this December, however, that’s not stopping the crew at Visit Cook County from promoting upcoming winter activities in the region. Linda Jurek, executive director of Visit Cook County says there’s plenty of outdoor recreation for everyone to enjoy this season. While there’s…

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank Seeks Donations Amid Rising Demand

The Need for Assistance From Second Harvest Has Increased More Than 10 Percent Throughout 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – COVID-19 continues to cause huge financial strains on many Northland residents and families due to several reasons. Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is standing by and ready to help anyone in need of food assistance due to difficult circumstances. Right now, gifts are being matched up to $50,000 thanks to the generosity of the Joan M….

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland Need Your Support This Holiday Season

FOX 21 Kicks Off ‘Gifts for Teens’ Toy Drive

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This holiday season, you have the chance to help make lasting holiday memories for teens living in the Twin Ports. FOX 21 Local News is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland for the annual ‘Gifts for Teens’ Toy Drive. Gift donations will be collected at…

6th Annual Christmas Lighting Challenge Now Underway

Voting is Now Open for Decorated Homes in Duluth, Superior, Hermantown and Cloquet

DULUTH, Minn. – It seems as if holiday traditions are being canceled or changed this year due to COVID-19, but the 6th annual Christmas Lighting Challenge is not one of those events. Event organizer Peter Cpin says dozens of homes and businesses have already registered to turn their lights on this year. Event Timeline • November 21st – 2020 Lighting…

Making Holiday Memories at Duluth’s Historic Glensheen Mansion

Glensheen Mansion is Now Offering Self-Guided Christmas Tours Through January, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. – The halls have been decked at the historic Glensheen mansion in Duluth, and now visitors are welcome to experience the magic of the holidays both inside and outside the estate. Staff has been busy setting up 25 Christmas trees, and stringing many feet of lights and garland in anticipation of this year’s holiday tours. Self-guided Christmas tours…

Chester Bowl Hosting Virtual Skis, Suds, Slices Fundraiser to Benefit Northland Youth

The Virtual Fundraiser is Happening Friday, Nov. 13

DULUTH, Minn. – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Chester Bowl Improvement Club is hosting Skis, Suds, & Slices, their annual fundraiser benefitting their scholarship fund, on Friday, Nov. 13. “Chester Bowl’s mission is to provide recreational opportunities to all Chester Bowl Park users, with an emphasis on family activities that are affordable to everyone,” said Dave Schaeffer, Executive…

Virtual 5k Trail Rivet Run Raising Funds for Superior Ski Trail Maintenance

The Virtual 5k Trail Rivet Run Will End on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The 2020 Virtual 5k Rivet Run/Walk is happening now through Sunday, Nov. 8. The fundraising event is taking place virtually this year to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The Rivet Run/Walk series raises money for the ski trails at Pattison State Park in Superior, Wis. Participants have until Nov. 8 to finish the virtual race, and…

Tips for Having a Safe, Healthy Halloween Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Mary Cherne, St. Lukes Clinical Dietition, Provides Safer, Healthier Alternatives When it Comes to Celebrating the Holidays Amid COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn. – Having a safe and healthy Halloween will have a whole new meaning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Mary Cherne deals with dietitian, clinical nutrition, and diabetes care at St. Luke’s in Duluth. She’s urging Northlanders to err on the side of caution to keep yourself and loved ones safe this holiday season. This comes as the CDC is…

Spooktacular Events Planned for Superior’s Annual Halloween Celebration

Superior Spooktacular Events Begin the Week of October 19

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Superior Spooktacular will move forward, with safety guidelines and altered events in place. The fun kicks off the week of October 19 with home decorating contest. Nearly two dozen entries were selected this year. A list will be posted on the Superior Spooktacular Facebook page with addresses of the qualifying homes….

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…

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…

‘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…

Visit Cook County Talks Fall Foliage, Upcoming Autumn Events

Fall Foliage in Parts of Cook County is 50 - 75 Percent Changed as of Monday, Sept. 21

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – Cook County is open, with safety measures in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. Thousands are taking trips up the North Shore this fall to see the multi-color foliage change daily. According to the Minnesota DNR, some areas in Cook County are already 50 – 75 percent changed. Click here to see the up-to-date fall…

Award-Winning Author Discusses New Book, “Wisconsin’s Best Autumn Hikes”

As Fall Approaches, Author Rob Bignell Helps Leaf-Lookers Explore Best Hiking Spots in Wisconsin

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – With autumn-like temperatures blanketing much of the Northland, soon fall colors will pop throughout the many forests in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. It can be daunting to know where the best trails are when on the search for fall foliage, but one Wisconsin author is looking to help. Award-winning author and editor Rob Bignell spent…

Nominate a Northland Family in Need for This Year’s ‘Best Christmas Ever’ Giveaway

'Best Christmas Ever' Nominations Will Remain Open Through Nov. 15, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – Best Christmas Ever is a non-profit organization working to partner with business leaders and communities across the country to lift up families who have fallen on difficult times due to health conditions and other life challenges. The vision of Best Christmas Ever started when Co-Founder Don Liimatainen began battling Ulcerative Colitis in 2010. It was Christmas Eve,…

Therapist Offers Advice on When to Seek Help With Mental Health Concerns

Coffee Conversation: Dealing with Mental Health Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Social Unrest

DULUTH, Minn. – The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting individuals on many different levels. Toss in political and social unrest across the country, and stress/anxiety have skyrocketed this year. Maren Barootian , a psychotherapist at Essentia Health in Duluth, says it’s important for those struggling with mental health issues to know they’re not alone. Barootian says it’s easy for many adults…

Coalition of Downtown Duluth Businesses Kick off Friday ‘HART Happy Hour’

HART Happy Hour Takes Place Every Friday in August

DULUTH, Minn. – A coalition of businesses located in the Historic Arts and Theater District in Downtown, Duluth, also known as HART, have come together to create HART Happy Hour every Friday in August. HART Happy Hour is meant to provide an atmosphere for the community to connect, socialize, and help stimulate the local economy. Every Friday in August from…

Duluth Superior Pride Festival Going Virtual Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Duluth Superior Pride Virtual Festival Begins Thursday, September 3, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – The 34th annual Duluth Superior Pride Festival will go on virtually this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Event organizers say after months of discussion, it simply wasn’t responsible to move forward with an in-person celebration as in year’s past. “I think it’s extremely important to host a virtual celebration. Pride is based on community and taking a…

International Falls Area Businesses Experience Impact of COVID-19

U.S., Canada Border Closure Impacts Businesses in the International Falls Area

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – COVID-19 continues to keep a tight lockdown on our daily lives and routines. Businesses are being impacted, and communities are having to come together now more than ever before to help one another. The community of International Falls, situated right along the Canadian border, is feeling the economic impact due to the ongoing U.S., Canadian border…

St. Luke’s Oncologist Emphasizes Importance of Routine Screenings Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Coffee Conversation: Continuing Routine Medical Exams, Cancer Screenings Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn. – Routine medical exams and cancer screenings are taking a back burner for many people amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a worry for many in the medical community, as this could have negative impacts in the years to come. Dr. Roberto Fernandez, a St. Luke’s Oncologist, says it’s vital for patients to come in for routine cancer…

2020 Park Point 5-Miler Includes Several Options for Runners

Park Point 5-Miler In-Person Race Happening Thursday, July 16

DULUTH, Minn. – This year’s Park Point 5-Miler will go forward with multiple options for runners amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Grandma’s Marathon has been working for weeks with guidance from the City of Duluth and the Grandma’s Marathon Medical Director to come up with a safe way to host the annual event. The plan allows the event to move forward…

St. Louis River Alliance Continues to Make Progress Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

A Small Skeletal Crew Continues to Work on Restoration Projects Impacting the St. Louis River Estuary

DULUTH, Minn. – The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting projects small and large across the Twin Ports, and restoration along the St. Louis River estuary is no exception. Kris Eilers, Executive Director of the St. Louis River Alliance (SLRA), says her team has had to rethink the way they are doing things amid the ongoing pandemic. She’s thankful the river has…

Pick Your Own! Honeyberry Harvest in Full Swing at Farm LoLa

Honeyberries Have Rippened at Farm LoLa; Raspberries Will Soon Follow Suit

WRENSHALL, Minn. – In this week’s Coffee Conversation, Farm LoLa co-owner Lucie Amundsen chats about picking season as the honeyberry crops ripen and are ready to harvest. Honeyberries taste similar to a blueberry with notes of citrus toward the end. Farm Lola is located at 852 Cemetery Road in Wrenshall, Minnesota. You’re encouraged to visit Farm LoLa online, or call the…

St. Luke’s Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center Healing Thousands

Coffee Conversation: Exploring St. Luke's Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center

DULUTH, Minn. – A specific type of treatment offered by St. Luke’s Hospital is yielding beneficial results for thousands of patient in the Northland. St. Luke’s Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center recently was recognized with a national award. The Center’s highly-trained wound care specialists work to create care plans to help each person become to healthiest version of themselves….

Spring Eat Downtown Week Serves Up Delicious Deals

15 Restaurants Are Offering $10 Lunch Specials and $25 Dinner Specials

DULUTH, Minn. – March 9 – 14 is a special week for Northlanders looking to try out local restaurants in downtown Duluth. Spring Eat Downtown Week offers the opportunity to enjoy special multi–course meals from fifteen local restaurants. Lunch specials are all $10, and dinner specials are $25. Event organizers say it’s a special chance to taste some new menu…

Duluth Cross Country Ski Club Hosting Year-End Event

Tour DuLuth Ski Fest is Happening Saturday, March 7, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Cross-County Ski Club is gearing up to host its year-end celebration, the Tour Duluth Ski Fest on Saturday, March 7. The event features all-day/all-evening ski events around the city of Duluth. Schedule of Events: 9:00 a.m. – Lester-Amity Chalet open with doughnuts and coffee All day – Ski Duluth’s Trail System – The more the…

Think Local Gift Giving This Valentine’s Day

Duluth Loves Local Encourages Northlanders to Shop Small Businesses This Valentine's Day

DULUTH, Minn. – Flowers, chocolates, and a nice dinner out. It’s the traditional Valentine’s Day date, but it doesn’t have to be the same old plan every year. Duluth Loves Local is encouraging Northlanders to think outside of the box when it comes to gift giving for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. The 2020 Portside Pass is now available at…

Trailfitters Hosting Warm Winter Clothing Drive

The Share the Love Clothing Drive will Benefit the Damiano Center in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Trailfitters, located in the Fitger’s Complex, is hosting their third annual clothing drive for the Damiano Center, running now through January 31st. The Damiano Center is in need of winter clothing to be distributed in their Free Store as demand ramps up with colder weather. The top needs include socks, jackets, boots, men’s clothing, gloves, and mittens….

Pattison State Park to Host Centennial Celebration with Series of Events

Events Will Kick Off January 25 with a Winterfest Celebration

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – Pattison State Park becomes 100 year old on January 20th. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is kicking off the centennial year with “Winterfest” on Saturday, January 25th, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Pattison and Amnicon Falls State Parks. Winterfest will offer a sledding hill, candlelight hike/ski, and…