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Northern Star: Blake Biondi

For this week's segment, meet the captain of the Hermantown boys hockey team and future UMD Bulldog.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Part of Blake Biondi always knew that he would be a Minnesota Duluth Bulldog. “Obviously I’m from the area and my dad played there and I’ve been a fan my whole life. So I think for UMD it was just kind of a no-brainer and I was going no matter what,” Biondi said. Biondi committed to UMD…

Superior Middle School Students Compete in Geography Bee

27 students answered geography questions with a chance to win the school competition

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Middle School students showed off their knowledge at the National Geographic Geography Bee. The geography bee is similar to a spelling bee, but the student scholars have a different area of expertise. “I love geography. It’s really my thing,” said seventh-grader Jack D. Milliken. Twenty-seven middle school students battle it out to be the king, or…

Mental Health Facility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Kids Opens in Duluth

Therapeutic Services Agency is located on the 1000 block of East Ninth Street

DULUTH, Minn. – A mental health office for kids who are deaf or hard of hearing has opened in Duluth. Therapeutic Services Agency is now open on the 1000 block of East Ninth Street. The agency has been helping kids for the last several years in schools, but the new, centralized location is expected to give kids and families a…

Mexican Chorizo Skillet Spices Up The Northland

COOKING CONNECTION: Crooked Pint Ale House

DULUTH, Minn. – In this weeks Cooking Connection, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot has Crooked Pint Ale House in featuring their brunch menu. This spicy skillet heats up the Northland in the dead of winter with flavor and a full belly. Check it out in the video above. MEXICAN CHORIZO SKILLET INGREDIENTS: 1/2 oz 80/20 oil 1/2 oz butter 8oz hasbrown…

Lake Superior Zoo Preschool Accepting Applications Starting February 3

The Nature-Based Preschool is Set to Open on September 8, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo School is gearing up to begin accepting preschool applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Families with children ages three to five years old will be able to submit registrations starting Monday, February 3. Preschool Director Leah Budnik says the mission of the Lake Superior Zoo School is to inspire the healthy social emotional,…

KYN: Yarn Harbor

DULUTH, Minn. – Yarn Harbor Incorporated has been open for the last 21 years that has the appeal for all things crafty. “A knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting supply store. We also have the support to help with projects as well as a classroom,” Yarn Harbor Owner, Kathy Thomas says. And the colder months are a busy time of year for…

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….

Northern Star: Hunter Shepard

For this week's Northern Star, we hear from the senior goalie and co-captain of the UMD men's hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – To say that UMD’s Hunter Shepard is a very competitive person would be an understatement. “That’s probably what I’ve made my career off of to this point. I think guys want to play in front of a guy that battles back there and the most important thing is winning. It’s not personal stats or shut-outs. Winning games…

Spicing Up Brunch With A Breakfast Flatbread

COOKING CONNECTION: Crooked Pint Ale House Offers A Brunch Menu On Weekend

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Cooking Connection, Crooked Pint Ale House prepares us a flavorful Breakfast Flatbread. They offer a WEEKEND BRUNCH MENU Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 2pm. BREAKFAST FLATBREAD RECIPE: 1/2 oz butter 3 oz hasbrowns Flatbread 1 oz Hollandaise 1 oz jalepenos loaf 2 oz scrambled eggs 1/2 oz jalepenos 1/2 oz green onion 1…

Blind Sled Dog to Race in Beargrease 120

"This year we started training him like he was going to be one of the marathon racing dogs and he looked great. In fact, he looked almost as good as he was when he was two years old. He was one of the best dogs on the team."

HOVLAND, Minn. – Frank Moe has 43 dogs on his property. 28 of them are in training and none of them are quite like the seven-year-old Alaskan husky named Indy. “We were really grateful to have him. Indy became a star right away. In fact, he finished the Beargrease marathon when he was two,” Dog Musher, Frank Moe says. Fast…

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…

Northern Star: Taya and Shaily Hakamaki

For this week's segment, meet cousins on the Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team who are hoping to make history in their final season.

CROMWELL, Minn. – When you go to a Cromwell-Wright girls basketball game, you’re bound to hear the name Hakamaki blasting through the gym. But seniors Taya and Shaily are just two of many Hakamakis who have worn the red and white colors. “Long line of Hakamakis have gone through. I’m kind of the baby, we’re getting there. We have one…

‘Duluze’ Weight Loss Challenge Kicks Off

Challenge aims to encourage healthier lifestyles in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluze Weight Loss Challenge started Thursday at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth. Every week for the next thirteen weeks, competitors will step on a scale and log their weight. At the end of the challenge, those who have lost the most weight will become winners. The event is put on by the Duluth News Tribune. Organizers…

MORE COWBELL, More Calories Burned, More Donations!

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: 11th Annual More Cowbell Fundraiser For Northern Lights Foundation

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures Fox 21 competes for the third time in the Annual More Cowbell Event, put on by the Northern Lights Foundation. All proceeds go to helping local kids with serious illnesses. This took place Thursday January 16th, 2020 at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Canal Park. The competitive and fun fundraiser featured 10 teams…

The Noble Pour Cocktail Lounge Features Karin’s Cup

Cooking Connection: The Noble Pour Cocktail Lounge

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly one month after opening date, Noble Pour Cocktail Lounge in the Lincoln Park Craft District joins FOX 21 Local News for this week’s Cooking Connection. While there are no stovetops or ovens involved this week, the handcrafted beverage is shaken, and strong! Karin’s Cup cocktail is crafted with 1.5 oz of Cruz de Fuego Agave, .5…

International Falls Community Prepares to Celebrate 40th Annual Icebox Days

Icebox Days Festival is Happening January 16 - 19 in International Falls

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – Many in the Northland travel south when temperatures drop below zero, but one community in Northern Minnesota looks to celebrate the cold with a three day festival jam packed with fun events. Icebox Days Festival is happening Friday, January 16 – Sunday, January 19 in International Falls. This will mark the 40th year of the celebration,…

Northern Star: Connor and Cooper McClure

For this week's segment, meet two Duluth Denfeld boys hockey players who are making big impacts in their first season on the team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hockey is a family sport for Duluth Denfeld boys hockey forwards Cooper and Connor McClure. “Ever since we were little, our dad got us on skates around the age of three, and I think we always knew that hockey would be number one in our hearts,” Connor said. “They live next door to me so I’ve known…

Climbing Cliffs in Snowshoes

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Bluefin Bay Resort Activites Takes Us Along The Superior Hiking Trail

TOFTE, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures Bluefin Bay Resorts on Lake Superior takes Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot on a snowshoe hike up the Superior Hiking Trail Section 13, climbing cliffs to enjoy wonderful views of the Baptism River Valley. Join them as they blaze a trail through deep snow, on an advanced trail that goes uphill 450 feet….

The Noble Pour Cocktail Lounge Features Vita Excelenta

Cooking Connection: The Noble Pour Cocktail Lounge

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly one month after opening date, Noble Pour Cocktail Lounge in the Lincoln Park Craft District joins FOX 21 Local News for this week’s Cooking Connection. While there are no stovetops or ovens involved this week, the handcrafted beverage is stirred, and strong! The Vita Excelenta cocktail is crafted with tequila, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Bodega Vermouth,…

A Place for Fido to Begin Delivery Service in Duluth, Superior

A Place for Fido will Deliver to Customers Within a Six Mile Radius of Fitger's

DULUTH, Minn. – After eight years of operation, a Duluth pet supply business located in the Fitger’s complex is expanding. A Place for Fido will officially kick off delivery service on Friday, January 10. The service operates within a six mile radius of the Fitger’s location. Customers can visit A Place For Fido online to check availability. A delivery charge…

Blood Donations Strongly Encouraged During Winter Months

The American Red Cross Says Blood Donations Dwindle During Cold Months and After the Holidays

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re eligible to donate blood, the American Red Cross is in need of your help this winter. The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health and resolve to give blood regularly, beginning in January with National Blood Donor Month. January is known as National Blood Donor Month, which officials with the American Red…

Northern Star: Brooke Olson

For this week's segment, meet one of the young leaders on the UMD women's basketball team who has helped lead the Bulldogs to an undefeated NSIC record.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s basketball team is coming off of its 11th overall NCAA Tournament appearance is picking up right where they left off. But after graduating two big pieces last year, the Bulldogs have very young leadership this season. “We’ve got to keep getting better. We have young point guards and we’re still fairly youthful, which is…

Ringing in the New Year Outdoors in the Northland

With most people enjoying the day off of work, some spent the holiday outside.

DULUTH, Minn. – With most people enjoying the day off of work, some spent the holiday outside. FOX 21 photojournalist Marcus Asmus caught up with outdoor enthusiasts at the Hartley Nature Center in Duluth. Categories: Features, Great Outdoors, News

Northern Star: Grace Kirk

For this week's Northern Star, we hear from the captain of the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Back in March, the Duluth Marshall girls basketball team had their season end at the hands of Proctor in the Section 7AA title game. Nearly nine months later, that loss is still stuck in the minds of the Hilltoppers, even more so with senior guard Grace Kirk. “It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had…

Two Harbors Man Celebrates Playing Santa Claus for 50 Years

Jerry Carlson has played the Two Harbors Santa Claus for 50 years.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- Many know him as Santa Claus, St. Nick, or good old Chris Cringle. It’s a Christmas fact that Jerry Carlson DOESN’T have that same ring to it, but he’s been the man behind the holiday magic since 1969. “Everything is so spontaneous when you play Santa Claus,” Carlson said. Jerry Carlson started as Santa riding down the…

Miller Hill Mall Welcomes Brand-Name Discount Store to Community

KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBORS: Black Friday's

DULUTH, Minn.- Bargain hunters who love Black Friday shopping can get their fix year round at Miller Hill Mall’s newest store. “Black Friday’s” sells discount brand name items- If you like TJ-Maxx, Marshalls or any sort of one stop shop on a dime, Black Friday’s may be your new go-to. “We wanted to bring across the concept of a good deal,…

Registration Now Open for Hartley Nature Center Holiday & Winter Camp

December Camp Will Use a Different Format This Year, Allowing for Daily Registration Instead of Weekly

DULUTH, Minn. – Hartley Nature Center in Duluth is giving local youth many reasons to spend winter break outdoors this season. Their wintertime day camp opportunities are offered during the school year when the Duluth school system is on break. This year, there will be  a new December Camp format, allowing for daily registration instead of weekly. The camp will run…

Northern Star: Braelyn Sathers

For this week's segment, meet a Proctor/Hermantown defender who isn't letting a slow start hold her back.

PROCTOR, Minn. – While many of the pieces have changed, senior defender Braelyn Sathers has been a consistent part of the Proctor Hermantown Mirage blue line this season. “She’s a tall girl, she takes up a lot of space just with her size and her stick and her positioning. Every game she’s been bringing it and she’s really doing a…

Hearty Lamb Shank For The Holidays

COOKING CONNECTION: The Boat Club Restaurant and Bar in Duluth, MN

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Cooking Connection we are making braised grass-fed Oregon lamb shank, avgolemono sauce, celery root, carrots, dill and oven roasted Yukon gold potatoes. Watch the video above for the rare recipe that came straight from Greece or head on over The Boat Club Restaurant and Bar this season while it’s still on the menu. Categories:…

Jingle Bells For A Good Cause

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Volunteer Salvation Army Bell Ringing Taken To The Next Level

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot and Brett Scott donated their time to help the less fortunate this holiday season. Volunteering to bell ring for Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive at Mount Royal turned out to be a fun experience, check it out. Brittney Merlot wanted to take it to the next level with…

Cloquet, Fond du Lac Police Departments Fill Squad Cars with Toy Donations

Annual "Stuff the Squad" toy drive collects donations for Cloquet Area Salvation Army

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet and Fond do Lac Police Departments are spreading holiday cheer with an annual toy drive for the Salvation Army. This year, they hope to fill three and a half or four squad cars with toys for kids in need. Law enforcement officers have been collecting donations all week for the ‘Stuff the Squad’ toy drive….

Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm Provides Educational Experiences

Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm is Open to Visitors Year Round for Educational Experiences

DULUTH, Minn. – The alpaca species isn’t native to northern Minnesota. The livestock originates from the Andes Mountains in Peru, living at an average elevation of 14,000 feet. It wasn’t until the 1970s that alpacas were introduced to North America. In this week’s Animal Answers, FOX 21’s Brett Scott takes you to a growing herd living in the Northland. “I’m…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Free Air Life Connecting Northlanders with the Outdoors

New store brings western outdoor style to Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new clothing store on 20th Avenue West in the Lincoln Park Craft District is bringing a taste of Western outdoors style to Lincoln Park. Free Air Life moved to Lincoln Park this month, after occupying a space in the Miller Hill Mall for a few years as the store “I Lake It.” “We’re really stoked to have…

Registration Open for Team Duluth Winter Break Ski, Snowboard Camp

Coffee Conversation: Team Duluth Hosting Winter Break Ski, Snowboard Camp

DULUTH, Minn. – Since the 1960s, non-profit organization Team Duluth has been passionate about getting Northland youth outdoors and on the slopes, experiencing fun in the snow. Happening December 27 – 30, Team Duluth is hosting its annual Holiday Camp for youth on Winter Break. Parent volunteer Carlie LaLone says the camp is a great gift to give a child…

Northern Star: Nate Pionk

For this week's segment, meet the St. Scholastica men's hockey captain who's creating his own legacy within the program.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hermantown high school hockey is a program that will always stand out across the state of Minnesota. “It’s a hockey community. You see it all over the news in the state of Minnesota. Just growing up there and playing there, you always had a target on your back, teams would want to beat you being one of…

Butter Poached Lobster Crawls Onto A Local Menu

COOKING CONNECTION: The Boat Club Restaurant Adds A Buttery Delicious Lobster Option This Winter Season

DULUTH, Minn – In this weeks Cooking Connection we are cooking up a butter poached lobster, laid on top of risotto and topped with smoked caviar and beach mushrooms. This dish will have your taste buds satisfied and wanting to come back for more. Watch the video above for the recipe or stop by The Boat Club Restaurant in Duluth…

Lemon Wolf Café Spicing Up Breakfast Menu with Homemade Huevos Rancheros

Cooking Connection: Lemon Wolf Cafe Prepares Homemade Huevos Rancheros with Fried Pork Chop

BEAVER BAY, Minn. – Located in Beaver Bay, Minnesota, across the street from the Mobile Gas Station along Highway 61 sits the Lemon Wolf Café. Lemon Wolf Café was taken over by new ownership in March of 2019. Chefs Jon and Mike are now behind the operation, and have included a new breakfast menu for customers to enjoy. In this…

All Slopes Are Open At Lutsen Mountain

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Lutsen Mountin Fully Opens All Hills

LUTSEN, Minn – In this weeks Active Adventures we are chatting with Lutsen Mountain as they officially open up all of their downhill runs on the mountains. Heading into the holiday season has locals and tourists ready to shred some fresh powder and the north shore is currently getting hit with heavy lake effect snow. With high school ski races…

Knowing Your Neighbors: In a New Light Gallery

WEBSTER, Wis. – Kids in mental health treatment are finding their strengths in a unique program in Northwestern Wisconsin. Northwest Passage is a residential treatment facility that helps about seventy-five kids at a time and three-hundred fifty every year on campuses in Webster and Frederic, Wisconsin. Along Highway 35, the program has a special gallery showcasing original artwork made by…

Red Kettle Campaign Impacted by Recent Winter Wallop, Donations Encouraged

Coffee Conversation: Duluth Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Suffers Due to Recent Winter Weather

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Salvation Army is currently seeking donations for this year’s Red Kettle Campaign. The annual campaign raises funds to help with many needs in our community, whether it be housing, food, or other services. Due to the recent blizzard that impacted much of the Northland, donations are slightly down compared to last year at this time. The…

Northern Star: Eva Reinertsen

For this week's segment, meet a Wisconsin-Superior women's basketball player who's looking to leave one final mark on the program.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Eva Reinertsen is one of just four seniors on a very young Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team this season. “I think it’s surreal, it’s surreal for sure. I’ve been playing basketball for a little over a decade and it’s been such a big part of my life. It’s not over yet but it’s for sure a sense of…

Perfecting the Snow Angel

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Take A Break From Shoveling & Make A Snow Angel!

DULUTH, Minn. — It’s time to stop stressing about the recent blizzard and heavy snow we’ve been buried in and drop to the ground, take a deep breath and make a snow angel! This may be considered a childhood game but it’s for the adults too. Meteorologist Brittney Merlot says “It’s a great stress reliever. It makes you slow down,…

Doctors Remind to Shovel Smart to Avoid Heart Problems

People with heart and weight problems and the elderly advised to shovel light.

DULUTH, Minn.- When shoveling all this snow off driveways, streets and cars in a hurry, it can be hard to remember to take it easy for your health. According to Cardiologists with Essentia Health, people should be careful not to lift enormous amounts of snow when shoveling to avoid a possible heart attack. That goes double, they said, for the…

Northern Star: Chikara Hanzawa

For this week's segment, meet a Minnesota Wilderness player who traveled halfway across the world to continue his hockey career.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Minnesota Wilderness are currently made up of eight local players. But for Japenese forward Chikara Hanzawa, he’s in America for the first time ever. “It’s good, I like it so far,” Hanzawa said of Minnesota. Hanzawa first came to the U.S. to play with the Tri-City Storm of the USHL. After four games, he was traded to…

Under New Ownership, Lemon Wolf Café Debuts New Breakfast Menu

Cooking Connection: Lemon Wolf Cafe Prepares Eggmundfishgerald

DULUTH, Minn. – Located in Beaver Bay, Minnesota, across the street from the Mobile Gas Station along Highway 61 sits the Lemon Wolf Café. Lemon Wolf Café was taken over by new ownership in March of 2019. Chefs Jon and Mike are now behind the operation, and have included a new breakfast menu for customers to enjoy. In this week’s…

Veterinarians Stress Safety for Pets Over Thanksgiving Holiday

Dr. Justin Dahl with Happy Tails Animal Hospital in Superior Recommends Paying Extra Attention to Pets this Holiday Season

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With a Thanksgiving feast on everyone’s mind, local veterinarians say you should consider the safety of your pets during the holiday season. Thanksgiving could potentially be dangerous for some animals, with the possibility of getting table scraps, or getting into the garbage filled with leftovers and grease. Experts say to avoid letting your pets eat grapes, raisins,…