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Local Brewery Marks Anniversary with Annual Celebration

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Celebrates 4th Annual Festiversary

DULUTH, Minn. – Celebrations will be underway this weekend as a local brewery marks its anniversary. Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is hosting the 4th Annual Festiversary on Saturday, May 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This outdoor brewery festival celebrates the brewery’s 4th anniversary with live music, family activities, food trucks and plenty of Bent Paddle beer. The event…

Verizon Shows off Technology for Mother’s Day Gifts

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re on the hunt for a Mother’s Day gift, Verizon Wireless is hoping to help. This morning, Solutions Specialist Rachel Agurkis visited FOX 21 to talk about some options for mom. Google Home: Answers questions, googles anything hands-free, plays music, plays games. To purchase, head to verizonwireless.com. Wireless Soundsport Bose Headphones: Sweat resistant, versatile uses. To purchase,…

40 Years of Paint Removed from Glensheen Room

Stenciling Unveiled in Alfred's Room

DULUTH, Minn. – History is being revealed at Glensheen Mansion in Duluth. Hard work is bringing life back to the walls of Alfred’s room. After 40 years in hiding the original stenciling in Alfred’s room is on full display at the mansion. “We really strive to make it feel like it was in 1910,” said Jane Pederson, Marketing Manager for Glensheen….

Book Options for Spring Reading

Coffee Conversation: Books Sparking Discussions

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Midwest Roaster’s Coffee Conversation we’re highlighting some books perfect for Spring reading. Shari Illig, Community Business Development Manager for Barnes and Noble, gave a couple recommendations. Illig says both books would make great book club books because they spark conversations. The first recommendation is titled, “The Stranger in the Woods” by, Michael Finkel. This…

St. Luke’s Plastic Surgery Associates Hosts Mother’s Day Sale

Aestheticians to Help Clients Look Their Best

DULUTH, Minn. – Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend and if you haven’t found the perfect gift yet, no need to worry. St. Luke’s Plastic Surgery Associates is hosting a Mother’s Day Sale this week. The sale is offering products for mothers to pamper themselves. Veronica Ramos and Michelle Bohlman, aestheticians for St. Luke’s Plastic Surgery Associates, say these…

Yoga Train Offers Unique Ride Along the North Shore

Special Ride Will Be Offered for the Next Four Sundays

DULUTH, Minn. – For anyone looking to find inner peace in a unique place, you now have the chance to do yoga on a moving train. A trip along Lake Superior’s North Shore is just the thing some people need to cool down, especially when they take a ride on the yoga train. It may sound like a crazy idea,…

North Shore Scenic Railroad Opens for the Season

100,000 Riders Are Expected on the Rails This Year

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting today, the North Shore Scenic Railroad invites families to ride the rails along Lake Superior. Today was opening day for the railroad. There are plenty of options as far as experiences go this year. Officials say they expect more than 100,000 people to take a train ride this season. “It’s really fun to finally see people…

Local Horse Barns Open to Public Sunday

Event Educates Public about Horseback Riding and Care

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend Northland horse barns are opening up to the public. The Duluth Area Horse Trail Alliance is encouraging anyone interested in horseback riding to stop by, no matter the age. The 3rd Annual Horses in your Neighborhood event is held to get folks of all ages excited about horseback riding, and also educate about trail courtesy…

Aimee Tischer Performs on FOX 21 for Duluth Homegrown Music Festival

Tischer's Full Performance Takes Place Tonight

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival is filling the town with some beautiful sounds and it’s continuing through the weekend. This morning, Aimee Tischer performed on FOX 21 Local News at Eight ahead of her show tonight. Tischer is playing at Blacklist Artisan Ales tonight, Friday, May 5 at 8:00 p.m. For more on Tischer’s music and future…

Teague Alexy Performs on FOX 21 Ahead of Duluth Homegrown Appearance

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival runs through Sunday

DULUTH, Minn. – Music has taken over the city as the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival is well underway. The festival runs through Sunday, May 7th and will feature two hundred musical acts at multiple venues in Duluth and Superior. The Greater Downtown Council is sponsoring a Homegrown Trolley over the weekend for a quick and free ride up and down Superior…

Duluth Lions Club Celebrates 60th Pancake Day Thursday

Breakfast All Day Supports Local Causes

DULUTH, Minn. – An annual tradition will be back in Duluth tomorrow. The Duluth Lions Club 60th Annual Pancake Day is Thursday, May 4 from 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Pioneer Hall at the DECC. The Pancake Day event brings in between $75,000 – $80,000 which is the Duluth Lions Club major fundraiser for the year. All funds raised…

Minnesota-Based Author Releases Thrilling Fiction Book “Marathon”

Brian Freeman Hosts Book Signing Tonight

DULUTH, Minn. – In just over a month runners from around the world will be taking over Two Harbors and Duluth. Today, a thrilling book is being released with many locations and themes Northlanders will recognize. The fiction book “Marathon” is written by Minnesota-based author Brian Freeman. The back of the book gives a small glimpse at the plot, “On a…

The Duluth Playhouse Presents Tony Award-Winning Musical

La Cage Aux Folles

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Playhouse is now presenting a musical that has won six Tony Awards. La Cage Aux Folles is on the main stage April 28-30 and May 3-7. Show times are Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday Matinees (2:00 p.m.) on April 29 and May 6. The plot follows two men who learn their son is…

Local Doctor Promotes Well-being through Physical Therapy

Active Adventures: In Motion Therapy

DULUTH, Minn. – Spring is upon us and Summer is a few months away, so many Northlanders will be getting off the couch to get outdoors. However, some previous surgeries or injuries may slow down one’s movement while outside. Annita Winkels, DPT, is the founder of In Motion Therapy. She says In Motion Therapy’s mission is “to restore physical well-being…

Rummage Sale Supports Epilepsy Foundation

Sale Proceeds Support Team Totals

DULUTH, Minn. – Spring is here and soon rummage sales will be popping up across the Northland. One in Duluth this weekend will be giving back to a good cause. It’s the Annual Rummage and Bake Sale for the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota. Money raised through the sale will go to teams walking in the 2017 Rise Above Seizures Walk….

CSS Football Team Raising Funds for Childhood Cancer Research

Saints Helping Saints will be Happening Saturday, April 29 at CSS Tower Hall in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Saturday, April 29 at The College of St. Scholastica, students on the football team will be raising money to help fight childhood cancer. Put on by the CSS football team in coordination with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Saints will be shaving their heads with the hope of finding a cure for children diagnosed with cancer. They…

Surrender Unwanted Fish, Plants in the Northland

Minnesota Sea Grant is Partnering with Local Businesses to Find New Homes for Unwanted Aquatic Species, Plants

DULUTH, Minn. – Invasive species have become a big issue in Northland waters over the past few years. Wednesday afternoon, the Minnesota Sea Grant Organization helped provide a safe solution to the problem. Northlanders had two hours to take their unwanted fish and aquatic plants to the UMD Kirby Center. The event is designed to give people the chance to…

Registration Opens for 2018 American Birkebeiner on May 1

HAYWARD, Wis. – The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation board of directors announced today that registration will open for the 2018 American Birkebeiner on Monday, May 1, 2017. The 2018 race is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, with the Kortelopet and Prince Haakon slated for Friday, Feb. 23. The Fat Bike Birkie, the world’s largest fat bike race is scheduled for…

UW-Superior Presents “Crimes of the Heart”

SUPERIOR, Wis. – UW-Superior is now presenting a story of three sisters reuniting and dealing with past decisions. The play is called “Crimes of the Heart.” Ellen Badger, who plays Babe Botrelle, visited FOX 21 to chat about the play. She says the show brings comedy to serious circumstances. Performances are April 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and April 30…

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…

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…

Miller Hill Mall Expands Support for Breast Cancer Research through Bowling Tournament

Bowling for a Cure

DULUTH, Minn. – The Miller Hill Mall is a long-time supporter of the Susan G. Komen organization. This year, the mall is stepping up their support for the organization through a new event. That event is the Miller Hill Bowling for a Cure Tournament. It’s being held at Skyline Lanes on Thursday, April 27 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Skyline Lanes is…

Eight Scholarship Opportunities Open to Northland Students

Deadline to Apply for the 2017 Bluebird Foundation Scholarships is Friday, April 28

DULUTH, Minn. – Eight scholarship opportunities are up for grabs in the Northland. The Bluebird Foundation is currently looking for talented high school students looking to study in the arts to apply for the opportunity. The Bluebird Foundation strives to be an advocate for area youth in the performing arts and to create awareness of the power of the arts…

Northlanders Walk to End Multiple Sclerosis

The Annual Walk to End MS is Happening Saturday, May 6, Starting in Duluth's Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn. – This year those in the Northland living with and affected by multiple sclerosis are looking for your help in raising over $36,000 dollars. Multiple sclerosis is a disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves. The annual MS Walk will be happening Saturday, May 6, starting at the Canal Park Hampton…

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….

Gadgets to Prepare for Severe Weather

Verizon Wireless Offers Severe Weather Preparedness Tips

DULUTH, Minn. – This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week and Verizon Wireless is helping you prepare for Spring and Summer storms. Joe Thunhorst, General Manager for the Duluth store, stopped by FOX 21 to give some tips. First, he noted how important it is to have devices to charge your phone and tablet. He also recommended a waterproof phone…

St. Louis River Alliance Works to Fight Invasive Species

Open House and Panel Focuses on Non-native Phragmites

DULUTH, Minn. – As the weather continues to warm many Northlanders will be focusing on getting in the water or heading out on hikes, so the St. Louis River Alliance is hoping to educate the public about a certain invasive species. They’re hosting an open house and panel discussion to highlight the prevention and control on non-native phragmites in the…

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…

Great Outdoors: Gearing Up For Camping Season

Great Outdoors: Local Experts Give Camping Tips

Although it’s been rainy and chilly to start the week, Spring is here and many are gearing up for the camping season. Local outdoor experts spoke with FOX 21 to give some tips on having a successful trip. “As soon as the weather begins to warm up and the days get longer you start thinking about camping,” said Greg Pinther,…

Iron Range Theatre Making Renovations

1912 Opera House is One of Few Remaining Vaudeville Theatres in Minnesota

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A truly historic theatre in Virginia is undergoing major renovations. Virginia’s Lyric Opera House opened in 1912 and remains one of Minnesota’s last remaining vaudeville theatres. “You can feel the creativity,” says Lyric Center for the Arts Executive Director Mary McReynolds. “You can feel the history.” “The sound, the sight lines, the closeness, the intimacy to the…

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…

Duluth Parks to Receive Sixty New Recycling Bins

Bins will be Donated to the City of Duluth by Keep America Beautiful and Dr. Pepper Snapple Park Bin Grant Program

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is moving one step closer to become a more eco-friendly City! Recycling will soon be easier thanks to a grant from the Keep America Beautiful program and the Dr. Pepper Snapple Park Bin grant program. Sixty new recycling bins will be placed in 17 parks across the City. The City of Duluth was…

Medical Experts Bring History to Life

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums Displays Medical Miracles

DULUTH, Minn. – History is coming to life at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Duluth. The exhibit currently on display shows medical discoveries throughout the years, including an original sample that first confirmed penicillin defeating bacteria. There are manuscripts and artifacts connected with Benjamin Franklin, Christian Bernard, Bernard Crick, Albert Schweitzer, and Dorothea Dix. Next week local experts will be…

Wildfire Week Sparks Awareness from Minnesota DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is Looking to Bring Awareness of Wildfire Danger April 16-22

DULUTH, Minn. (DNR) – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is raising wildfire awareness throughout the week of April 16-22. The DNR is asking Minnesotans to be thoughtful when it comes to using fire, and how they are using it. Many wildfires occur during the spring due to dry vegetation. Experts say this material can quickly catch fire between the…

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…

Tackling the Jungle Gym at Green Light Fitness

Active Adventures: Gym Offers Kettlebells, Spin Classes and Jungle Gym

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Spring is here and many Northlanders will be working to get ready for bikini season. At Green Light Fitness in Superior, Paul and Amanda Rockwood are helping those folks get in shape. The fitness center offers kettlebell workouts, spin classes, and Jungle Gym XT training. Amanda also coaches a Booty Camp. For this week’s Active Adventures, FOX…

Johnson’s Bakery Taking Orders for Easter Treats

Duluth Bakery Offers Several Options for Holiday Treats

DULUTH, Minn. – Easter is just days away and if you haven’t started baking yet, no need to worry! Johnson’s Bakery in Duluth has you covered. The long-time Duluth Bakery is currently taking orders for buns, pies, tortes, cookies, cakes and more. The bakery has two locations in Duluth: 2230 W 3rd St, Duluth, MN 55806 – (218) 727-1889 4509 E…

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…

Getting Toasty on National Grilled Cheese Day

Locally Owned Toasty's in Duluth is Seeing a Spike in Business Since Opening a Second Location

DULUTH, Minn. – Things were getting toasty in the Northland Wednesday, and no, we’re not talking weather! Northlanders are taking part in National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, especially the staff at Toasty’s Sandwich Shop in Duluth. Owner Tom Hagen says since the opening of their second location on Superior Street, business is booming. Toasty’s is using all fresh ingredients in…

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…

Leadership Group Spreads School Spirit at Myers-Wilkins Elementary

T-Shirt Fundraiser for Myers-Wilkins Wolves

DULUTH, Minn. – A local elementary school is hoping to drum up school spirit and an effort is underway to do just that at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School. A Leadership Duluth group is taking on the challenge. This morning, two members of the group, Ron Alston and Tyler Kimber, visited FOX 21 to talk about the importance of this project. They…

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…

Giving Life through Organ Donation

National Donate Life Month Highlights Organ Donation in April

DULUTH, Minn. – April is National Donate Life Month and Tuesday there’s a chance to learn more about organ donation at St. Luke’s Hospital. The Head of the Lakes Transplant Group is collaborating on a Donation and Transplantation Q & A, for community members and hospital staff. It’s an opportunity to meet transplant recipients, their families and donor families and…

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…

UMD Theater Presents Disney Classic

The Litte Mermaid

DULUTH, Minn. – A classic Disney tale will soon be coming to life at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. UMD Theater is presenting The Little Mermaid. The actors playing the main roles, Amelia Barr as Ariel and Ryan Haff as Prince Eric, visited FOX 21 this morning. Both Barr and Haff say the musical is very similar to the…

Unique Machines Work Core Muscles

Active Adventures: Xcel Xercise

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Active Adventures, core muscles were the focus of the workout. Xcel Xercise offers the opportunity to use machines not found at any other gym in Duluth. Karen Anderson showed FOX 21’s William Seay the ropes. Xcel Xercise is located at 5324 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55804. They can be reached at (218) 525-4808. For more information,…

Empty Bowl Event Supports Artists and Feeds Hungry

DULUTH, Minn. – Next week Northlanders will have a chance to feed the hungry and support local artists at the same time. The annual Sea of Bowls and Empty Bowl events are taking. Proceeds go to Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. The Sea of Bowls is an Empty Bowl preview happening Monday, April 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the…