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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…

Bucktales Cantina & Grill Expands Menu to Include Keto Option

Cooking Connection: Pollo Keto at Bucktales Cantina & Grill

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week’s Cooking Connection takes us to Bucktales Cantina and Grill located south of Superior along Highway 35. Owner Dee Morales specializes in whipping up authentic Mexican dishes, but the cantina also offers a wide variety of other foods such as burgers, gyros, appetizers and more. In this week’s segment, Morales prepares his newest item on the…

Recent Incident Sparks Plea from Wildwoods: “Stop Littering”

The Canadian Goose Caught in String Was Cut Free, Then Transferred For Further Medical Care

DULUTH, Minn. – Millions of animals are injured or even killed annually due to the careless actions of human beings. Littering – whether it be cans, containers, string, or fishing line, these materials don’t mix well when coming into contact with animals. Wildwoods Wildlife Rehab Center in Duluth is speaking out regarding a recent incident that could have taken the…

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…

Annual Car Show Returns in New Location, Pays Tribute to Local Drivers

Smalley-Moen Memorial Car Show brings hundreds of car lovers to Buffalo House

MIDWAY TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Every year, a memorial car show honors a local car racing legend. Kyle Smalley is usually celebrated at Spirit Valley Days, an event he helped organize. That gathering is canceled this year, so friends, family, and car lovers came together outside the Buffalo House restaurant and bar to honor Smalley’s life. Car people love talking about…

Summer Harvest Provides Perfect Ingredients for Garden Vegetable Stir Fry

Cooking Connection: Garden Vegetable Stir Fry with Noodles

DULUTH, Minn. – Gardens offer ample amounts of fresh ingredients throughout the summer months, but it can be difficult to come up with the perfect recipes to help use up your entire harvest. This is a classic, “you don’t need a recipe dish.” Vary the vegetables and add a protein on the side. Chef Arlene Coco says you can even…

Gary New Duluth Rec Center Distributes Food Bags from YMCA Summer Food Service

Volunteers say the meals help in the food desert of Gary New Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some people in Gary New Duluth Wednesday spent the warm sunny weather handing out bags of food to those in need. The Duluth Area YMCA Summer Food Service Program has been giving out grab-and-go meal bags at the Gary New Duluth Recreation Center since March. The bags included juice, healthy snacks, and produce from the community garden. A…

Local Veterinarians Warn Pet Owners of Hot Vehicle Dangers

Vets Say Even on a Mild Summer Day, Vehicles Can Reach Deadly Temperatures in a Matter of Minutes

DULUTH, Minn. – As the dog days of summer set in, local veterinarians and animal control remind pet owners to think twice before leaving your animal in any vehicle. Animals can quickly suffer from heatstroke or suffocation when left in a vehicle for a short amount of time. Lindsay Neimi, medical manager at Animal Allies Humane Society, says heatstroke or…

Knowing Your Neighbors: The Brat Barn

Dan Vesel has been making brats for over two decades but opened up The Brat Barn in 2013 and makes the brats in his Hermantown garage. 

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Dan Vesel has been making brats for over two decades but opened up The Brat Barn in 2013 and makes the brats in his Hermantown garage. “Started off as a hobby that got out of hand, carried away,” Vesel said. “We’re dedicated to quality, not chasing the all-mighty dollars that others maybe, but we have 100 percent…

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…

Fresh Garden Bruschetta with Chef Arlene Coco

Cooking Connection: Garden Bruschetta

DULUTH, Minn. – Nothing represents the tastes of summer more than a fresh picked meal from the garden. In this week’s Cooking Connection, Chef Arlene Coco teaches FOX 21’s Brett Scott how to make a delicious, easily handcrafted garden bruschetta using fresh picked herbs and vegetables from a Duluth community garden. Garden Bruschetta Recipe Serving size: 6 Ingredients: 4 tablespoons…

Pet Food Donations Wanted for Dog, Cat Owners in Need

Donations Are Being Accepted at Petco in Duluth, and Dan's Feed Bin in Superior

DULUTH, Minn. – The COVID-19 pandemic is not only impacting humans but animals as well. Recently Duluthian Tina Marcella, founder of PJ’s Rescue, was approached by an anonymous donor who wanted to start a pet food collection drive to help animal owners in the Duluth region who may be having a financially difficult time due to the ongoing pandemic. Pet…

Lilly’s Asian Cafe Opens New Location in Two Harbors

Lilly used to own the Vietnamese Lantern but when she was forced to leave, she found the new space in downtown Two Harbors to reopen as Lilly's Asian Cafe.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Lilly’s Asian Cafe is up and running in Two Harbors. “Lilly is the owner of the old Vietnamese Lantern that was down the street on the landing, and that changed hands so that required her to leave. And now she came to us and said can you change your building into a restaurant and we thought…

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…

Thousands Pick Strawberries This Season at Spectrum Farms

Strawberry season drawing to an end, but Northlanders still finding delicious fruits

CARLTON, Minn. – Thousands of people have picked their own strawberries this year at Spectrum Farms in Carlton. This year’s season was a strong one. Even though it’s now winding down, many people came out to Spectrum this week to get their last bucketfuls of the summer. “They are so perfect,” said Spectrum co-owner Steve Schulstrom. “Red, juicy, sweet, they…

Oasis Del Norte Serving Authentic Mexican Food Across the Northland

Cooking Connection: Mexican Street Tacos

DULUTH, Minn. – One Northland business seeing an increase in sales amid the COVID-19 pandemic is Oasis Del Norte. The food truck pops up frequently in the Northland, from Superior Street in Duluth to Castle Danger Brewery in Two Harbors. Eduardo Sandoval Luna says business is booming this summer. His recipes are authentic, coming from his mother many years ago. “These…

MPCA Warns of Blue-Green Algae Dangers for Dogs

Two Dogs Have Died in Minnesota This Summer After Coming into Contact with Blue-Green Algae

DULUTH, Minn. – A toxic form of algae continues to take over area lakes, rivers, and ponds. Just this summer, two dogs in Minnesota have died after swimming in water tainted by blue-green algae. As we reach the dog days of summer, officials who research the growth often are looking to alert pet owners of potential danger. “You can’t identify…

K1 Sportswear Continues to Serve Sports Community

K1 Sportswear manufactures jerseys across all levels, and even creates specialized jerseys that support charities and other events.

CLOQUET, Minn. – K1 Sportswear has been a staple in Cloquet since 1987 and has now grown into a popular name across the country. “We’re the largest hockey jersey manufacturer in the country based right here in Cloquet. But we don’t just do hockey. We do baseball, we do softball, we do lacrosse. We do a full line of apparel….

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…

Decadent Layer Chocolate Cake Offers Sweet Tooth Satisfaction

Cooking Connection: Sweet Exchange Triple Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling, Chocolate Ganache

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’ve been craving sweets more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re not alone! In this week’s Cooking Connection, Lisa Quarles, pastry chef and owner of Sweet Exchange, teaches FOX 21’s Brett Scott how to make and decorate the company’s triple chocolate cake with raspberry filling, and of course, chocolate ganache to top it off. Sweet…

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…

Blasting Off for the Fourth with Delicious Desserts by Sweet Exchange

Cooking Connection: Sweet Exchange Fourth of July Cupcakes

DULUTH, Minn. – Independence Day is right around the corner, and you can’t forget dessert on the picnic table! In this week’s Cooking Connection, Lisa Quarles, pastry chef and owner of Sweet Exchange, teaches FOX 21’s Brett Scott how to make and decorate the company’s mouthwatering cupcakes. They’re red velvet with chocolate frosting, topped with a swirl of Sweet Exchange…

Lake Superior Zoo Launches Phase Two of Reopening, Membership Drive Extended

Starting Thursday, July 2, Lake Superior Zoo will Welcome Back Visitors to Indoor Exhibits

DULUTH, Minn. – The call of the wild is calling Northlanders back to the Lake Superior Zoo amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Thursday, July 2, the zoo will begin phase two in the reopening process. This will allow visitors to once again check out indoor exhibits, just in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. “We’re just really excited…

Stokke’s Liquor Expands to Lakeside Neighborhood

Stokke's Liquor Store in Lakeside is located at 5631 East Superior Street. 

DULUTH, Minn. – After decades of being a dry neighborhood, there’s now an additional liquor store in Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood. “I know that for a really long time, Lakeside didn’t have a liquor store. So it’s kind of cool to open in a certain period of time,” assistant manager of Stokke’s Liquor Store Destanie Michelizzi said. Stokke’s Liquor Store expanded…

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…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Fred’s Store

Fred's Store has been a staple in the small town for over 70 years when Lynn's father Fred opened the original shop just across the street. 

GOODLAND, Minn. – Tucked away about 20 miles from Grand Rapids is Fred’s Store, the only business in Goodland, Minnesota. “Blink and you went through it,” co-owner of Fred’s Store Cindy Majewski said. “We’re very busy so it is pretty cool that a lot of people really do know about it us. It’s hard to believe such a little place…

Northern Lights Cutting Center Sparks Equestrian Interest in the Northland

Talmadge River Ranch, home of Northern Lights Cutting Center, is Open for Private Lessons

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s something you may have taken part in as a kid at least once or twice – horseback riding. FOX 21’s Brett Scott digs deeper into the competition world of cutting and shows how one local family is looking to share their talent with adventure seekers living in the Northland. “I think they’re shocked that it’s something…

Oldenburg House Gearing Up for Re-Opening

"We could have three suits open every night. We're not likely to do that. We want to have enough down time between the stays that we can completely sanitize the suite."

CARLTON, Minn. – “When you’re around good players, your ears start to hear the right stuff,” Oldenburg House Proprietor, Glenn Swanson says. At five years old, Glenn Swanson developed a love for music. In his later years, began using his skills for fundraisers… And then, the pandemic hit. “In March and in April had cancelled our indoor events for our…

Animal Allies Takes in 24 Surrendered Dogs

Humane society now raising money to care for the animals and is looking to find them homes

DULUTH, Minn. – Animal Allies in Duluth recently took in 24 dogs from St. Louis County. Now, the humane society is raising money to care for the animals and is looking to find them homes. Animal Allies took in the two dozen dogs on Memorial Day. As far as staff are aware, this is the largest group of animals the…

Lake Superior Zoo Plans ‘A Walk on the Wild Side’ Reopening

Indoor Exhibits Will Remain Closed as the Zoo Takes a Phased Approach to Reopening

DULUTH, Minn. – Under the latest phase of Minnesota’s ‘Stay Safe’ executive order, many public facilitates are allowed to reopen with health restrictions in place. On the list to reopen is the Lake Superior Zoo. Staff is breathing a sigh of relief after losing roughly $500,000 in earned revenue since being forced to close doors almost three months ago. Before…

West’s Hayward Dairy Serving Scoops for Summer Memories

This Week's Knowing Your Neighbors Shares Delicious Details of One Locally Owned Business in Hayward

HAYWARD, Wis. – Happiness in Hayward is served one scoop at a time. “No one tub is ever the same because it’s whatever I’m grabbing,” said Tom Baranick, co-owner of West’s Hayward Dairy. “We’re one of the few stores in Wisconsin that makes their ice cream on site.” Consistency is key, but creativity often prevails at this Hayward hotspot. “It…

Thirsty Pagan Brewing Hosts Live Music With Social Distancing

The Fractals played live music outside at free tailgate party

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Thirsty Pagan Brewing in Superior took advantage of the nice weather for some live music and social distancing. The Fractals played the music while Thirsty Pagan staff served pizza and beer to people attending the free tailgate party. Owner Steve Knauss tells us live music has always been a big part of the Thirsty Pagan, so he’s…

Animal Allies Moves Forward With Reduced Summer Camp Class Sizes

Summer Camps Will Begin in June With Reduced Class Sizes Due to COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn. – Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many summer events are canceled, but Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth has figured out a way to still host educational summer camps with restrictions in place. “We worked really hard collaborating with other humane societies to see what we could offer our community after a stressful period of sheltering in place and…

Families Enjoy Summer-like Temps at Solon Springs Beach

Many families came from Superior to enjoy 80 degree temperatures at Lucius Woods County Park

SOLON SPRINGS, Wis. – Solon Springs hit 81 degrees Wednesday. Those summer-like conditions brought a lot of families 30 miles south from Superior, where it stayed 20 degrees cooler. “We’re just chasing the warm weather,” said beach-goer Nikole Honness. It looked and felt more like mid-July than mid-May on the beach at Lucius Woods County Park. “It was 57 when…

Experience Shearing Day at Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm

Frosty Ridge Alpacas Will Soon Be Open to the Public for Free Farm Tours

DULUTH, Minn. – Can you imagine shearing more than 50 alpaca all in a matter of six hours? It happened Tuesday morning at Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm located along Maple Grove Road in Duluth. “Believe it or not we sell more socks in the winter than the summer,” said Loni Blumerich, owner of Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm. The process only…

Knowing Your Neightboors: BoomTown Woodfire Drive Thru BBQ

The drive thru BBQ is available on Tuesdays in Hibbing and Wednesdays in Eveleth. Customers can order a pre-packaged meal for $55 and pick it up from 4-7 p.m.

HIBBING, Minn. – When the coronavirus pandemic first caused restaurants to close inside dinning, BoomTown Woodfire on the Iron Range closed its doors. “We wanted to make sure we could employ everyone and have something that maybe be brought to the community later that we could open up with that wasn’t offered and that’s why we decided to come up…

Comedian Charlie Berens Gives Shoutout to Spooner High School Seniors

SPOONER, Wis. – Comedian Charlie Berens gave a shoutout to the 2020 seniors at Spooner High School. Berens is a Wisconsin native known for hosting the online show, the Manitowoc Minute. According to the Spooner School District’s Facebook page, the teachers enlisted the help of Berens to help spread humor and positivity during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch and…

Savor the Flavors of Spring with Fresh Buddah Bowls

Cooking Connection: Buddah Bowls with Chef Arlene Coco

DULUTH, Minn. – Buddah bowls are one of Chef Coco’s favorite things to make in late spring, early summer because they tend to be real easy to pull together and yield a wonderful combination of flavors. See below the recipe Chef Coco used in this week’s Cooking Connection. Enjoy! Sesame Soy Tofu Note from Chef Coco – I cooked this…

Tips for Keeping Ticks From Latching on to Your Pets

The CDC Recommends Using Preventative Products to Avoid Tickborne Diseases

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s that time of year again! Creepy, crawly ticks are back out and ready to latch on to you and your pets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccines are not available for most of the tick-borne diseases that animals can get. That’s why local vets say it’s important for pet owners to…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Oasis Del Norte

The food struck started as family recipes that are now feeding the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – Oasis Del Norte has become a popular spot since its opening, bringing authentic Mexican food and culture to the area. “We’re here to share our food with everybody,” Oasis Del Norte owner Eduardo Sandoval Luna said. Oasis Del Norte started by serving family recipes that are now feeding the Northland. “This is all my mom’s recipes I…

Classic Cocktail Recipes with a Spring Twist

Meteorologist William Seay Shares His Favorite Cocktail Recipes with a Refreshing Spring Twist

DULUTH, Minn. – Spring has sprung in the Northland, and with it comes a refreshing twist on classic cocktail recipes. Meteorologist William Seay has many years as a mixologist under his belt, and shares three classic cocktail concoctions in this week’s Cooking Connection. Enjoy, and sip responsibly! Tequila Cosmopolitan In a shaker with ice, combine: 1.5 oz tequila 0.5 oz…

Windy Weather Yields Smaller Bird Count During Spring Migration

Spring Bird Counters Set Up Near Enger Tower and Thompson Hill Depending on Wind Conditions

DULUTH, Minn. – Coronavirus has pretty much put a halt to humans traveling across the nation, but it’s not stopping birds and other wildlife from soaring back into the Northland for the summer season. “We have to be here regardless of the weather,” said John Richardson, a spring migration counter with Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth. A windy, cold…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Farmer Doug

Farmer Doug has started selling his locally grown products, including flowers and jelly, at the end of his driveway.

PROCTOR, Minn. – With farmer’s markets needing to adapt to the pandemic, Doug “Farmer Doug” Hoffbauer has taken his products to the end of the driveway. “We just started doing it self-serve and as you’ve seen, it’s been kind of a constant flow of people from neighbors who are walking and biking to people from around the area who come…

MN Nurses Assoc.: Nearly 300 Essentia Nurses Take Temporary Furloughs

DULUTH, Minn. –  The financial blow from the pandemic has placed nearly 300 nurses at Essentia Health in the Twin Ports on “special administrative leave.” A spokesperson for the Minnesota Nurses Association union told FOX 21 on Thursday that the workers have taken voluntary furloughs to avoid potential layoffs and keep their health insurance benefits. Being furloughed also allows the…

One-Pan Pasta Primavera Recipe Makes for a Delicious Dinner Idea

Cooking Connection: One-Pan Pasta Primavera by Chef Arlene Coco

DULUTH, Minn. – This week’s cooking connection combines the love of pasta dishes with a lighter spring palate. As the weather warms, many of us are looking for lighter dishes to enjoy full of fresh vegetables. Regional cooking instructor Chef Arlene Coco shares her favorite one-pan pasta primavera recipe in this week’s at-home segment. One-Pan Pasta Primavera Ingredients: 16 ounces…

Minnesota DNR: Take Feeders Down, Utilize Preventative Measures

As Bears Begin to Roam, The Minnesota DNR Reminds Residents to Use Caution

DULUTH, Minn. – Spring has sprung and now bears are all the buzz, waking up from a long winter slumber with new cubs who are ready to eat and roam with the parents. The Minnesota DNR is receiving reports of bear sightings near the Duluth Lakewalk and other urban areas. Officials want to remind residents that black bears are generally…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Perk Place Coffee

Perk Place Coffee is now offering curbside pickup and delivery options to continue serving their customers.

DULUTH, Minn. – “That’s what all of this is, adapting and accepting your situation and trying to get creative and attempt to maintain the normalcy,” Perk Place Coffee manager Ria Takhar said. After six years of business, Perk Place Coffee has had to change how they serve customers. Restaurants and coffee shops are currently not allowed inside dinning, so Perk…

Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry Cancels Northern MN Summer Camps

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer camps have been canceled across Northern Minnesota by Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry. The organization operates Camp Hiawatha in Deer River and Camp Vermilion in Cook. The executive director tells us the camps host up to 1,000 kids and 60 staff members every year. The programs have been canceled for the season to help keep everybody safe during…