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Mario-Themed Chalk Art in Canal Park

Artists Drew Mario, Princess Peach, and a Whole Level From the Game

DULUTH, Minn. – Anyone who walked along the lakewalk the last couple days may have noticed some Mario-themed chalk art. The mural depicts Mario himself, Princess Peach, and a whole level of the game, including fish and lava. Two artists made the chalk sketch on Wednesday to give lake walkers something fun to do while enjoying the beautiful weather. “We’ve…

UMD Chef Heads to National Competition

Cooking Connection: UMD Chef Conor Maki

DULUTH, Minn. – A University of Minnesota Duluth chef is heading to a national competition, the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) regional conference. Conor Maki will be competing against six other chefs from across the country. Maki won the gold medal at the NACUFS culinary competition in Fargo, N.D. on February 21, 2017. Conor’s winning dish was…

Sharing the Beauty of the Northland One Photo at a Time

Special Report: Top photographers give an inside look at how they capture stunning scenes throughout northern Minnesota

NORTH SHORE, Minn. – It’s an absolutely perfect sunny day on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Just a day shy of a major storm, the wind is calm but the waves are crashing against the rocks on the shoreline. “It’s just raw beauty,” says Christian Dalbec, clad in a wet suit and a pair of pants he shyly admits…

Battling Tick Bites with Essential Prevention

Experts are Warning of a Severe Tick Season Across Much of the Country

DULUTH, Minn. – According to a new report, tick-borne diseases are on the rise across much of the country. With that being said, it’s important to remain cautious, especially when pets are added into your daily life. Northland veterinarians are seeing a spike in cases already this spring, raising concern to get your pets vaccinated, and checked regularly for ticks….

Battle Flag from Spanish-American War in Superior

Northland Uncovered: Company I Flag Lives On

SUPERIOR, Wis. – An American flag is displayed proudly in Superior as military history lives within its fibers. This flag is owned by Dr. Jim Hoeffling of Twin Ports Chiropractic. His dad found this flag while tearing down a house and brought it home when Hoeffling was a child. After a little research, Hoeffling was able to get to the bottom…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Zen House

Resturant Offers Authentic Japanese Food

DULUTH, Minn.- From curry to noodle dishes, and an assortment of rice bowls the Zen House in Duluth offers Authentic Japanese food, and dishes that are considered comfort foods for people who have actually lived in the Land of the Rising Sun. “The people who were in Japan come to my restaurant compliment how authentic they are, so they just…

Minnesota DNR Warns Distemper in Raccoons Can Spread to Dogs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota officials are warning about a rising number of reports of a disease in raccoons that can affect dogs. The Department of Natural Resources says canine distemper cases have been confirmed in Olmsted and Yellow Medicine counties, and that the sick raccoons also have been reported in Dodge, Winona, and Kandiyohi counties. Dr. Joni Scheftel,…

Rally Reminds Drivers to Watch for Motorcycles

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Although the wintry weather has some folks thinking otherwise, Spring is upon us and with that brings more motorcycles on the roads. May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and is supported by ABATE of Wisconsin. Throughout the state, awareness day events are held to inform drivers the motorcyclists are back on the road. A rally is being held in…

Storm Claims Four Lives: 50 Years Later

Special Report: Deadly Storm

DULUTH, Minn. – 50 years ago wicked weather caused a tragedy that is still breaking hearts today. “I didn’t know what was happening up here and the tragedy that was unfolding,” said Capt. Tom Mackay, a friend of storm victim Edgar Culbertson. As Sunday, April 30, 1967, came to a close it took four lives with it. Three young men, 16-year-old…

Eau Claire Jazz Festival Brings Musicians Together

UWS Music Students Attend Festival and Experience Jazz Community

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – The Eau Claire Jazz Festival has brought musicians together for the last 51 years. And for some UW-Superior jazz players, that interaction has been key to them discovering the power of music. “I can’t think of a better example of an event that has pushed me to be the musician that I am,” says UWS music…

Tailyn Bennett On Target

Superior's Straight Shooter Takes Aim at National Competition

SUPERIOR, Wis- Competitive archery is a sport the requires patience and precision, with an outcome determined by just a few inches. However, it’s exactly this unique and meticulous approach that drives Tailyn Bennett. Superior High School Senior Tailyn Bennett remembers, “When I was little I had a little bow, and I thought it was really interesting, I used to shoot…

Duluth Organizations to Extend Outdoor Opportunities to Kids

Community Leaders Focused on Getting More Children Outside

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth has gotten plenty of recognition in recent years for being one of America’s best outdoor cities. Many in the community want to make sure children get the most out of Duluth’s outdoor opportunities. Duluth is making big investments into parks and outdoor spaces. Many organizations want to make sure those outdoor benefits extend to everyone in…

Duluth Air Show Adding a 4-K Race

Race will take place Saturday, June 3rd at Sky Harbor Airport

DULUTH, Minn. – A new event is being added to the Duluth Air Show this summer. For the first time ever, a 4K race will be held at Sky Harbor Airport on Park Point along both the bay and lake shore. Air Show organizers hope the race brings in a new group of fans to the event and helps kick…

Duluth’s Best Bread Hires Arm Wrestler as Spokesman

Company Using Endorsement to Sell "Big Fat German Pretzels"

DULUTH, Minn. – A local bakery has a new, and very unusual sponsor. Duluth’s Best Bread has hired a world class arm wrestler to promote its product. Mattias “Hellboy” Schlitte, Germany’s #1 ranked arm wrestler, promotes the bakery in an ad where he says “This is everyone else’s bread and this is Duluth’s Best Bread.” Signing Germany’s top arm wrestler is…

Thinking Turtle Safety this Spring

Experts say Turtles will Start Moving, Crossing Roadways Early May, Beginning of June

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s getting to be the time of year when certain animals in the Northland wake up and make their way into the world once again. However, it isn’t always without risk. Wildlife experts are reminding drivers to be on the lookout for turtles. “If the shell is broken and blood is coming out, you can see flesh…

Great Outdoors: Smelt Fry

Smelt Are Running and Northlanders are Getting Their Seasonal Fix

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s that time of year. Smelt are running through the waters of the Northland. In this week’s Great Outdoors, we explore the smelting tradition and how much people love to eat these small, silver fish. “I love smelt and haven’t had any for a long time.” The smelt are running and Northlanders are casting their nets to…

Historic Duluth Estate to Host Annual Gala

2017 Glensheen Gala Focuses on French Culture

DULUTH, Minn. – Soon, Glensheen Mansion will be opening the doors to guests for an evening full of class and celebration. The Annual Glensheen Gala is Saturday, May 13 from 7-10 p.m. This year, the event follows a French theme with appropriate food and drink selections. Glensheen will be opening rarely-seen spaces as well as some not available to the…

Bent Paddle Brewing Company is Paddling it Foward

Meet this week's Knowing Your Neighbors

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Knowing Your Neighbor, photojournalist Graham Hakala, takes us to Bent Paddle, where they’re on a mission to do more than serve up a refreshing brew. For more information on Bent Paddle’s Paddle It Forward initiative and how they continually work to minimize their carbon footprint, visit their website www.bentpaddlebrewing.com Categories: Business, Features, Knowing Your Neighbors,…

UW-Superior Continues Tradition of Supporting Military Veterans

Coffee Conversation: 4th Annual Veterans Expo

SUPERIOR, Wis. – UW-Superior has been named a military-friendly school many times over the last several years. This week the school is proving just why that is. On Thursday, April 27, the school is hosting the 4th Annual Veterans Expo. The free event will run from 4:00-8:00 p.m. in the Great Room at the Yellowjacket Union. The Yellowjacket Union is…

Twin Ports Gymnastics Sends Four to the Regional Meet

This week's Northern Star features four athletes that are all breaking new ground.

SUPERIOR, WIS- Twin Ports Gymnastics sent four girls to the regional meet over the weekend. Taylor Thursby, Brooklyn Gould, Reese Deyo and Andrea Silverio all competed. This is the first year that level six and seven athletes were able to qualify. “It’s a big opportunity, not many girls like me get to do it,” said Thursby. The girls spend anywhere…

Crafting Wild Rice Walleye Cakes

Cooking Connection: Burnt Onion Kitchen & Brews

BIWABIK, Minn. – Burnt Onion Kitchen and Brews is the restaurant in the new chalet at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik, Minnesota. It’s headed up by Chef Dan Schimka. There is hand-crafted beer, hand-cut steaks, seafood flown in from Hawaii and fresh pasta. For this week’s Cooking Connection Chef Dan taught FOX 21’s William Seay how to make wild rice walleye cakes….

Sugar Gliders Soaring into Northland Homes

Local Breeder Believes Sugar Gliders are Being Sold Without Proper Background Knowledge

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Exotic animals are increasing in popularity across much of the United States. In the Northland, little creatures known as sugar gliders are making way into homes. The market for these furry friends is quite competitive and comes with much responsibility. “They’re like potato chips, you can’t have just one,” said Amy Laessig, Founder, Superior Suggies. In a…

Northland Pizza Shop Celebrates 63 Years

Northland Uncovered: Sammy's Pizza

DULUTH, Minn. – Picking up a slice can mean a tasty dinner for many Northlanders, but for one family it means carrying on a tradition. This year Sammy’s Pizza Inc. is celebrating 63 years. Sam Perrella is the Vice President for Sammy’s Pizza Inc. and is the third generation working for Sammy’s Pizza. His grandfather started the business in 1954…

Annual Bike Swap to Support Two Charities this Year

Coffee Conversation: Continental Ski & Bike

DULUTH, Minn. – Spring is here and Summer is quickly approaching, getting many Northlanders excited for the bicycling season. The 11th Annual Continental Ski and Bike Swap is coming up on April 21st-23rd. Discounted retail bikes and gently used bikes are available for purchase. Free bike helmets will be provided for those who purchase a children’s bike. Anyone can donate a…

The Dow Of Luke

Dow, Wilderness Continue Thier Run at The Robertson

In hockey, strength, speed, and size are all essential. Just don’t try telling that to Wilderness forward Luke Dow. Former Duluth East Greyhound and Current Minnesota Wilderness Forward Luke Dow says, “Especially when you’re a smaller guy like me you got to learn how to avoid contact I guess, and try to play your game through the physicality and the…

Families Spend Easter Playing Golf

Courses Are Open About Two Weeks Earlier Than Usual

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The warm spring Easter day had Northlanders outdoors taking in the holiday and even taking a swing. It was a great day to be outside and a lot of families used the beautiful weather to play their first round of golf for the season. Many courses, like Nemadji Golf Club in Superior, are now open for business….

Hot and Cold Salad Perfect for Spring

Cooking Connection: Burnt Onion Kitchen & Brews

BIWABIK, Minn. – Burnt Onion Kitchen and Brews is the restaurant in the new chalet at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik, Minnesota. It’s headed up by Chef Dan Schimka. There is hand-crafted beer, hand-cut steaks, seafood flown in from Hawaii and fresh pasta. For this week’s Cooking Connection Chef Dan taught FOX 21’s William Seay how to make a hot and cold…

Thinking Twice Before Buying Rabbits, Chickens

Zookeepers Remind Northlanders to Think Twice Before Buying Cute Bunnies and Chicks for Gifts

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth is home to many exotic animals, but we can’t forget about our barnyard friends! Zookeepers say rabbits and chickens are once again gaining in popularity as the season turns to spring. In this week’s Animal Answers, FOX 21’s Brett Scott found out why it might be best to just visit them at…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Mainstream Has The Fashion For All Men

No Matter The Season They Have You Covered

DULUTH, Minn. – For guys that take a little pride when they get dressed in the morning we have the place for you. This week’s edition of Knowing Your Neighbor we take to into downtown Duluth to Mainstream Fashion for Men. No matter the occasion or the season, you can find whatever you need here at mainstream fashion for men. They…

Take Action Minnesota Is Taking Action

A Rally Was Held In Support Of Paid Sick Time For All

DULUTH, Minn. – People rallied in Duluth today to support earned sick and safe time. The rally was part of Take Action Minnesota. There was also a listening session where perspectives were given on the issue. The task force is in the 2nd faze of the resolution that would allow low income families gain much needed sick leave from work….

Education Fills 1890s Duluth Building

Northland Uncovered: Lakeview Christian Academy

DULUTH, Minn. – Memories made at school stay with many of us forever, and one school in Duluth is working to build that type of close-knit community inside a building already full of Duluth history. Learning fills the classrooms of Lakeview Christian Academy, but the walls preserve more than 120 years of history. “The neat thing is they don’t make…

City of Duluth Prepares for Tourist Season

Coffee Conversation: Spring Brings Visitors to Town

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth experienced a record number of tourists in 2016 due to major events like The Tall Ships Festival, the 40th Anniversary of Grandma’s Marathon and the Duluth Airshow. Although the summer of 2017 won’t be quite as busy, the Media Communications Manager for Visit Duluth, Bob Gustafson, says to expect many fun events. Things…

Olcott Park Fountain to Be Renovated

Historic Fountain May Also Be Designated As National Historic Site

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The historic Olcott Park Fountain in Virginia doesn’t make quite the splash it used to, and some residents are trying to change that. By June 1st, the fountain could be recognized as a national historic site, and Virginians who remember its glory days have raised over $200,000, more than half their goal, to begin renovations this summer….

Weekend Spotlight: April 7-9

DULUTH, Minn. – Craft beer lovers- it’s that time of year… the 20th annual Gitchee Gumee Brewfest is this Saturday at UWS’s Wessman Arena in Superior.  It’s your chance to sample over 100 plus different beers from 30 different brewers all under one roof.  The event is limited to just 1,200 people and a handful of General Admission tickets are…

Cooking up a Classic with Bucktales Cantina & Grill

Cooking Connection: Chilaquiles

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A Mexican restaurant in Superior is bringing traditional flavor to town. Bucktales Cantina & Grill is owned by Dee Morales, who also does all the cooking by himself. For this week’s Cooking Connection, Morales showed FOX 21’s William Seay how to make Chilaquiles. Bucktales Cantina & Grill is located at 6098 WI-35, Superior, WI 54880, which is about half a mile…

Furry Friends Aid in Rehabilitation Process

Essentia Health Miller-Dwan Rehabilitation Center is Using Therapy Dogs for Recovering Patients

DULUTH, Minn. – Injuries are often unpredictable. When a crash, stroke or any type of trauma to the body happens, it can be devastating to our mental health. However, Essentia Health Medical Center in Duluth is looking to change that mindset, one pet at a time. “They need to be healthy to do this job. I want them to be…

Day Dedicated to Supporting UW-Superior

Coffee Conversation: UWS Day of Giving

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week there’s an opportunity to give back to a local university. The University of Wisconsin-Superior Foundation will host its third annual “Superior Day of Giving” on Wednesday, April 5. This is a 24-hour fundraising drive for alumni, parents, friends, community partners, local businesses, faculty, staff and students. Donors can choose where they’d like the money to…

Pehrson Finds Perfect Fit on UWS’ Mound

This week's Northern Star is former Thunderhawk Megan Pehrson, a freshman at UWS.

From Superior, up to Grand Rapids. Megan Pehrson knows playing softball in the Northland can be a challenge but UWS was a perfect fit for the former Thunderhawk. “I’m really close with my family. I have loved Duluth my entire life it was easy to come here,” said UWS Freshman Pehrson. Going to college was easy but playing college softball?…

Cooking up Tradition with Bucktales Cantina & Grill

Cooking Connection: Bistec Ranchero

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A Mexican restaurant in Superior is bringing traditional flavor to town. Bucktales Cantina & Grill is owned by Dee Morales, who also does all the cooking by himself. For this week’s Cooking Connection, Morales showed FOX 21’s William Seay how to make Bistec Ranchero. Bucktales Cantina & Grill is located at 6098 WI-35, Superior, WI 54880, which is about half…

Essential Spring Grooming with Riley Rue Pet Spa

Experts Advise Pet Parents to Bring Dogs and Cats in Every Four to Six Weeks for Optimal Health

DULUTH, Minn. – When we think of spring cleaning, carpets, car mats, and closets probably come to mind, but for many it’s a time to shed the winter coat, and feel good about yourself. “Pork Chop comes in every six or eight weeks,” Erin Boo, Owner of Riley Rue Pet Grooming said. Boo takes pride in her little shop located…

Volunteers Preparing Trains for Tourist Season

Northland Uncovered: North Shore Scenic Railroad

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s finally starting to feel like Spring outside and that means some vehicles seen chugging along the North Shore are getting tuned up for the season. Over at the Duluth Depot, volunteers are hard at work in the shop for the North Shore Scenic Railroad. The trains are winterized and stored for the winter. Now that Spring…