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Lake Superior Zoo Debuts New Children’s Book Just in Time for the Holidays

Donate Today to Receive Your Copy of "New Friends Arrive at the Lake Superior Zoo"

DULUTH, Minn. – A new book is bringing the education and entertainment of the Lake Superior Zoo into your home this holiday season. The book “New Friends Arrive at the Lake Superior Zoo” was written by local author and artist Joe Klander. It’s all about the arrival of the Zoo’s new bears, Tundra and Banks, and how the other animals plan…

Up North Sundries Provides Customers With Variety of Unique Items

Located on Tower Ave. in Superior, Up North Sundries has been a local business operating in the Northland for nearly two decades. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With  more people aiming to shop local this holiday season, Up North Sundries is an option for finding unique items. Located on Tower Ave. in Superior, it has been a local business operating in the Northland for nearly two decades. “The business itself was founded by my husband’s family. His mom had the store in Chisholm, Minnesota…

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…

Enjoy Handcrafted Grab-And-Go Lunch Options with Yellow Bike Coffee

Cooking Connection: Lunch with Yellow Bike Coffee

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – This week’s Cooking Connection takes us to Yellow Bike Coffee in Hermantown where they “Shmo Me The Love” by sharing how they make two of their house-made sauces. The smoke sauce is made with smoked tomato paste, smoked garlic, smoked paprika and honey. Each ingredient is carefully selected including the smoked tomato paste which comes from the…

Better Business Bureau: 2020 Yields Rapid Rise in Puppy Scams

The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau Warns Online Puppy Scams Rising Sharply in 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – The COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for pets as people seek to add an animal to the family to ease the loneliness and stress of prolonged time at home. Many feel they now have more time to train a puppy. However, with this rising demand, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is reporting a spike in pet scams,…

Saginaw Man Continues Holiday Tradition with ‘Cut Your Own’ Tree Farm

Keith Miernicki Not Only Sells Christmas Trees, He's Also Dabbles in Stove Sales for Saunas

SAGINAW, Minn. – Finding the perfect Christmas tree begins with picking the best location to chop one down. One Saginaw man continues to spread Christmas cheer by opening up his many acres of land for families to take a drive and cut their own Tannenbaum. “I probably have a million trees,” said Keith Miernicki, owner of Duluth Saginaw Stove Works…

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….

Spice Up Your Holiday Menu with Homemade Creole Artichoke Bites

Cooking Connection: Chef Coco Prepares Her Handcrafted Creole Artichoke Bites

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, Chef Arlene Coco shares the perfect recipe to help spice up your holiday gatherings this year. Coco says her handcrafted Creole Artichoke Bites are delicious served with a marinara or remolaude sauce. Yield: 12-24 balls Serving size: 6 Calories per serving: 105 Ingredients: 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts chopped 1 1/3 cups…

Great Lakes Aquarium Providing Ways to Stay Connected Despite Second Shutdown

Aquarium Staff Say Memberships, Adoptions, and Virtual Learning are Great Ways to Stay Connected During the Shutdown

DULUTH, Minn. – The doors at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth are now closed for a second time this year. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz recently announced another statewide closure on bars, restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues due to a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the state. The aquarium will remain closed for a four week period, however,…

Special Report: Inside Duluth’s 2020 Surge In Gun Violence

One-one-ones with police Chief Mike Tusken, the head of Duluth's Major Crimes Bureau, the medical director at St. Luke's ER and Mayor Emily Larson

DULUTH, Minn. –  We’re in the final month of a pandemic-ridden 2020 that’s created a lot of pain, unknowns and problems of all types for so many in the Northland. For the Duluth Police Department, the challenge has not only been navigating the virus but facing a record number of shootings — 36 of them this year alone — something…

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…

Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipe to Top Off Your Thanksgiving Meal

Cooking Connection: Coco's Fresh Cranberry Relish

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, Chef Arlene Coco prepares her fresh relish for a change of pace. Coco says this relish is great with chicken, too. The side is sometimes referred to as “grinder relish” because it can also be made in a hand crank meat grinder. Serving size: 8 Calories per serving: 274 Ingredients: 1 pound…

Local Vet Offers Reminders For Pet Owners as the Holidays Begin

Avoid Giving Pets Foods Such as Grapes, Raisins, Garlic, Onions, and Chocolate

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With many families choosing to celebrate Thanksgiving differently this year, what you feed your pets during the holidays hasn’t changed. Experts say when pets are fed, or get into any greasy foods rich in fat, it can results in stomach problems for several days, especially smaller animals. Dr. Justin Dahl with Happy Tails Animal Hospital in Superior says…

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…

Handcrafted Po’ Boy Sandwiches From Gumbo Boi

Cooking Connection: Blackened Chicken, Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwiches

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders with a craving for Cajun cuisine now have a weekly option in Duluth. Robert Lee, also known as Gumbo Boi, is a Louisiana native turned Duluthian, and is now cooking up his favorite recipes for all to enjoy. He recently started serving sandwich options every Monday. You’re encouraged to order ahead of time online to make…

Lake Superior Zoo Encourages Donations During Give to the Max Day

Give to the Max Day is Happening Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – Give to the Max, Minnesota’s giving holiday, is happening on Thursday, Nov. 19, and the Lake Superior Zoo encourages you to donate something nice. The day of giving is a time when thousands of donors across Minnesota will come together for their favorite charities by making gifts through GiveMN to increase the wellbeing of our communities. Haley…

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…

Personality, Not Disability Defines Proctor’s New Homecoming Queen

Carly Barnstorf, 2020 Homecoming Queen, is a smiling face throughout Proctor High's Sports and Cheer Squad.

PROCTOR, Minn.- It’s Homecoming season for high schools across the Northland, and at Proctor High School they have crowned a very special Homecoming Queen who isn’t letting her Down Syndrome define her or her high school experience. The Homecoming Ceremony and Court at Proctor Wednesday was like no other. “It was pretty exciting,” said Senior Cheerleader Carly Barnstorf. Barnstorf was…

Louisiana Native Turned Gumbo Boi Now Serving Cajun Cuisine in the Northland

Cooking Connection: Crawfish Étouffée from Gumbo Boi

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders with a craving for Cajun cuisine now have a weekly option in Duluth. Robert Lee, also known as Gumbo Boi, is a Louisiana native turned Duluthian, and is now cooking up his favorite recipes for all to enjoy. In this week’s Cooking Connection, Lee prepares his homemade crawfish étouffée. The flavors of the dish combine to…

Lake County Sheriff’s Department Welcomes K9 Arrow

K9 Arrow Works With His Handler, Lake County Sheriff's Deputy Jack Dietz

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – After nearly 10 years of taking the hard road in many cases, the road is now a lot smoother looking ahead for the Lake County Sheriff’s Department. The law enforcement team recently welcomed a new four-legged enforcer, K9 Arrow. “He’s kind of — the best way to describe it is a very active kid,” said Deputy…

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…

Craving for Pizza and Cheeseburgers? Papa Murphy’s Has the Answer

Cooking Connection: New Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza at Papa Murphy's

DULUTH, Minn. – Have you ever had a craving for pizza, and a cheeseburger at the same time? If so, Papa Murphy’s has the perfect answer! In this week’s Cooking Connection, Meteorologist Ken Slama chats with the staff at the Grand Avenue Papa Murphy’s location about their upcoming promotions, and new creations on the menu. The Papa Murphy’s is located…

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…

Busy Halloween Weekend Ahead? Hundreds of Jack-O-Lantern Pizzas Are Ready to be Baked

Cooking Connection: Keeping Halloween Dinner Stress-Free with Papa Murphy's

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, Meteorologist Ken Slama is helping take the stress out of dinner on Halloween. The West Duluth Papa Murphy’s location is expected to create more than 600 pizza on Halloween night, including their famous Jack-O-Lantern pies. The Papa Murphy’s is located at 4602 Grand Avenue Suite 400 in Duluth. Have a happy, safe…

Matilda’s Dog Bakery & Boutique Experiences Huge Influx of Customers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

With Pet Adoption Rates on the Rise, Joanne Elliott Says She's Working Around the Clock to Keep Customers Stocked on Pet Food, Treats, and Toys

DULUTH, Minn. – Throughout the pandemic, countless local businesses have been dealt with many struggles, however, for one small business owner, sales are soaring as Northlanders are adopting and spending more time with their four-legged furry friends. “It’s all about the pets this year. It’s all about puppies, kittens, adoptions; we’ve sold more kitten food in the last three months…

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…

MISO Desserts and Catering Showcase Handcrafted Sweet Treats

Cooking Connection: Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Debuting a new business during a global pandemic is no easy task, but Cindy and Jonathan Katzmark were ready for the challenge. The duo has worked in the culinary industry for many years, and finally decided to branch off and begin an adventure of their own. The team works out of the kitchen space located inside the…

St. Luke’s New 3D Mammogram Machine Makes More Detailed Breast Cancer Scans Accessible in Superior

The first 3D system in Superior allowing patients to get more detailed scans without traveling as far as Hibbing or Mountain Iron.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A new machine unveiled at St. Luke’s Mariner Medical Center in Superior will now provide more detailed 3D mammograms, which are known to detect cancer earlier. The new Hologic 3D Mammography system captures 15 different images for each scan and divides them into one milometer layers so doctors can scan the breast tissue for abnormalities — detecting cancers…

A Place for Fido Expanding in Duluth’s Fitger’s Complex

Jamie Parent, Co-Owner of A Place for Fido, is Aiming to Open the New, Bigger Location by Mid-November

DULUTH, Minn. – Expanding a business is no easy task, but for the owners of one local pet supply store, this year has been full of first-time adventures. The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t putting a pause on expansion plans at A Place for Fido in the Fitger’s complex. “One thing that’s super exciting is we’re going to have a lake view,”…

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….

Little Boat that Could: 2nd Grade Duluth Class Boat Survives 27 Years on Lake

An Ashland couple discovered the small wooden vessel on its journey to the ocean.

DULUTH, Minn.- Ships coming in off Lake Superior is a common sight on Northland shores. But a small wooden boat found on the Apostle Islands has a history as long as a barge, starting in Duluth in 1993. “We were just in the right place at the right time,” said Mike BeBeau Sunday. Mike and his wife Lynn happened upon…

Cooking Connection: MISO Desserts and Catering Cooks Pan-Seared Chicken Breast

SUPERIOR, Wis.- In this week’s Cooking Connection, MISO Desserts and Catering teaches FOX21 Meteorologist Ken Slama how to make pan-seared chicken breast with green beans and roasted potatoes. MISO Desserts and Catering out of Superior offers wedding, event, and corporate catering, and more. Check out their website for details. Categories: Cooking Connection, News, News – Latest News, Wisconsin Tags: MISO…

Coyote Problem Prompts Proctor Mayor to Contract Fur-Beatles, Owner to Investigate

Joe Thompson Estimates 15 Coyotes are Causing a Ruckus In and Around Proctor

PROCTOR, Minn. – The City of Proctor is dealing with a bit of a wildlife problem. Multiple coyotes have settled in, and it’s causing a ruckus for many residents. Instead of taking an extreme approach to dealing with the situation, the city’s mayor is calling in the famed Fur-Beatles and their owner to investigate with a humane solution in mind. “Proctor…

Firefighters Deliver Dinner to Brighten Day for Young Boy with Leukemia

Firefighters brought spaghetti to first-grader Roman Laakso and his family, thanks to his kindergarten teacher who is married to one of the firefighters.  

DULUTH, Minn.- Members of the Duluth Fire Department Monday boosted the spirits of a young boy just starting his battle with Leukemia. Firefighters delivered dinner to first-grader Roman Laakso and his family, thanks to his kindergarten teacher who is married to one of the firefighters. Little Roman was diagnosed not long ago, and according to his GoFundMe, the family says…

Doc Witherspoon’s Soul Food Kitchen Preparing for 2021 Opening

Brothers Stephan and Solomon Witherspoon are preparing to open Doc Witherspoon's Soul Food Kitchen in the Lincoln Park Craft District sometime in 2021. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Brothers Stephan and Solomon Witherspoon are preparing to open Doc Witherspoon’s Soul Food Kitchen in the Lincoln Park Craft District sometime in 2021. “We have Doc’s fried chicken, which I make the best chicken in the northern hemisphere. We have cornbread based dressing, which is incredible; we have oven-baked mac and cheese, we have sweet cornbread, we…

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…

Sweetly Spooktacular Treats with Sweet Exchange Bakery

Cooking Connection: Halloween Cake Pops with Sweet Exchange

DULUTH, Minn. – Halloween is right around the corner, and it’ll no doubt look a little different in the amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Lisa Quarles, owner of Sweet Exchange, says she’s worried about the children in the community not getting to trick-or-treat, or do some of the traditional activities associated with Halloween. She’s offering up a unique experience that can…

Pet Owners Reminded of Rodenticide Dangers as Winter Approaches

Local Veterinarians Remind Pet Owners to Book Routine Exams and Lookout for Harmful Poisions Often Used to Kill Rodents

SUPERIOR, Wis. – As winter approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, local veterinarians have a reminder for pet owners, and also those in the neighborhood looking to keep rodents away. With COVID-19 continuing to cause health concerns for many, the staff at Superior Animal Hospital want to remind new and returning customers that safety is of the utmost importance for…

KYN: Ketamine North Infusion Center

The infusion center is located on Central Entrance in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new wellness option is now available in the Twin Ports for patients who suffer from anxiety and depression. Since opening up the Ketamine North Infusion Center last year, anesthetists Natalie Johnson and Patrick Bailey have seen a number of people coming in for a variety of ailments. “Someone who has struggled with lifelong depression, anxiety, PTSD….

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…

Sweet Exchange Bakery Offering ‘Pandemic Bridal Special’

Cooking Connection: Sweet Exchange Classic Wedding Cake with Raspberry Infused Meringue Filling

DULUTH, Minn. – Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many brides and grooms-to-be are stressed to the max, having to adjust and deal with safety guidelines as the spread of the virus continues. Lisa Quarles of Sweet Exchange Bakery is looking to take a little of the stress off their shoulders, offering a limited time ‘Pandemic Bridal Special.’ Sweet Exchange Wedding Cakes…

‘Boo at the Zoo’ Moving Forward With COVID-19 Precautions In Place

Tickets Must Be Purchased In Advance for This Year's Boo at the Zoo Event

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the Lake Superior Zoo is moving forward with this year’s ‘Boo at the Zoo.’ Safety measures will be put in place to ensure social distancing. This year’s event will take place throughout three weekends in October. Tickets are currently on sale for ‘Boo at the Zoo,’ taking place October 10,…

John’s Tiny Workshop Makes Customized Wood Signs

John Bonk makes a variety of wood signs for whatever people desire. 

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – John’s Tiny Workshop, located off of Highway 61 in Two Harbors, has been open for three years but has been in the works for much longer. “My son-in-law had this trailer that he had a hot tub on and we had just taken the hot tub off and moved it into his backyard and he had…

‘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…

Meals Made Easy with Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages

Cooking Connection: Ledge Rock Grille Now Offering Dozens of Grill Kits for Delicious Dinners

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – This week’s Cooking Connection takes us to Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages. This week, Executive Chef Richard Selz is chatting with FOX 21’s Brett Scott about new grill kits they offer. These boxed meals come complete with salad, bread, dessert, and an entree that can be picked up, carried home, and cooked to perfection with…

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Hosting Virtual 5K Fundraiser

The Fur-K Virtual Race is Happening Sept. 25 - 27, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – Like many organizations this year, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is expecting to take a hit due to the ongoing financial effects COVID-19. To help raise funds, Beargrease board members have come up with the inaugural Fur-K ‘virtual 5K.’ The race will take place Friday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 27 on your own time. Participants…

Spring Creek Manufacturing Seeing Increase in Business Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The Company Dates Back to 1985, With Tom and Grant Sega Purchasing the Business Back in 2017

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – Taking a business from point A to point B is no easy task – toss in a global pandemic, and things can get messy. For one company with deep roots on the Iron Range, sales show huge growth in the past year, and the product that helped get it all started decades ago could be one…

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…

Gourmet Fair Foods from Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages

Cooking Connection: Ledge Rock Grill Creates Unique Version of State Fair Foods

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – With the cancellation of the Great Minnesota Get-Together (Minnesota State Fair) this year, many people were disappointed they’d miss out on fair food favorites. However, the creative chefs at Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages in Two Harbors came up with their own unique spin on fair food staples. In this week’s Cooking Connection, Executive Chef…