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Northlanders Help with Hurricane Harvey Relief

Organizations Across the Region are Providing Assistance to Those Affected by the Storm

HOUSTON – As Hurricane Harvey relief continues, volunteers from across the country head to Texas to lend a helping hand to people affected by the storm. Some of those volunteers are from right here in the Northland. From providing assistance to people in shelters to caring for animals left homeless by the storm, Northlanders are finding ways to help those…

Minnesota State Fair Tunnel of Love is Oldest in United States

Northland Uncovered: Ye Old Mill

DULUTH, Minn. – The Great Minnesota Get-Together started up last week and already thousands of visitors have taken a ride on one of the fair’s oldest traditions. Wooden boats floating through Ye Old Mill at the Minnesota State Fair carry generations of love stories with them. As the nation’s oldest tunnel of love, the ride has been taking lovebirds through…

Local Volunteers Help With Hurricane Harvey Relief

Nine Duluth Red Cross Volunteers are on Their Way to Texas or Already There

DULUTH, Minn. – Volunteers from across the country are heading to Texas to help communities recover from the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, and that includes volunteers from right here in the Northland. The American Red Cross in Duluth has nine volunteers either on their way to Texas or already there to help with Hurricane Harvey relief. Local officials are…

Emergency Pig-Out Raises Funds for Volunteer First Responders

Iron River Community to Host "Emergency Pig-Out"

IRON RIVER, Wis. – This weekend a Wisconsin community is banding together to support several projects in Iron River. White Winter Winery is once again hosting the Annual Emergency Pig Out. The event raises funds for Iron River’s Emergency Services to purchase and maintain EMS equipment. Also, this year some money will be going to the Iron River Lions Club…

Duluth YMCA Fall Open House Offers New Member Deal

New Programs to Begin at YMCA this Fall

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth YMCA is hosting its Fall Open House September 6-9, 2017. This week is open to the public and free for all. Several activities are being held daily during this week. The sign-up fee will be waived during the open house. There will also be activities held at the Gary New Duluth and Woodland locations. For…

Minnesota State Fair Welcomes Thousands of Eager Fairgoers on Opening Day

The Great Minnesota Get-Together Will Run Through Monday, September 4

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn – The time has finally come, the Great Minnesota Get-Together kicked off Thursday morning in Falcon Heights. Thousands of people lined up at the gates before six o’clock rolled around. Hundreds made final arrangements, setting up exhibits, heating up deep friers and lacing up those dancing shoes. “We just really have a good time dancing,” said Cindy…

Verizon Specialist Gives State Fair Tech Tips

Find Out What Technology Could Come in Handy at the Minnesota State Fair

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota State Fair is officially underway and thousands of people have already flocked to St. Paul. Verizon Wireless Solutions Specialist, Rachel Agurkis, stopped by FOX 21 to show us what gadgets could come in handy at the fair. Capturing and sharing your favorite State Fair memories shouldn’t be a hassle. Using the new Samsung Galaxy S8 with…

Cooking up Fried Favorites at the Minnesota State Fair

Cooking Connection: Corn Fritters and Fried Green Tomatoes

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – Fried food is a staple at the Minnesota State Fair, and a stand near the front gates is regularly busy. The Original Corn Fritters and Fried Green Tomatoes stand has been at the fair for 23 years. Owner John Harrington showed the FOX 21 crew how they make the fried green tomatoes and corn fritters and…

Dragon Boat Races to Take Over Barkers Island This Weekend

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival is coming up this weekend. The funds raised through the event go to Twin Ports Rotary Clubs and the Essentia Health Foundation. However, the races are all free for community members to attend. The event is taking place on August 25 – 26. Races can be watched at Barker’s Island. Other…

Upcoming Events in Gary New Duluth Promote Safety and Community

Annual Raffle and Bike Rodeo to be Held This Week

DULUTH, Minn. – This week is full of activities at the Gary New Duluth Recreation Center. Thursday, August 24 the center is hosting its annual raffle event. Todd Eckart will be performing and funds raised will support the Gary New Duluth Development Alliance. The event on Thursday starts at 6 p.m., but event organizers recommend arriving at 5:30 p.m. On…

Digging Deeper with Northern Harvest CSA Farm

With CSA Farms Growing in Popularity in Recent Years, Local Crops are Selling Out for the Season

WRENSHALL, Minn. – The Northland is receiving ample amounts of rain this season, causing some local farmers to wish for higher ground. CSA farming is much more than freshly picked produce on your table. “You’re never going to master nature; you’re never going to master Mother Nature,” said Farmer Rick Dalen, Northern Harvest Farm. It’s almost time for books and…

Tribute Fest Begins Tomorrow

Raises Money for Homeless Veterans

DULUTH, Minn.-The 9th annual Tribute Fest kicks off tomorrow to help raise funds and awareness for homeless veterans. Events begin at 3 p.m. with cardboard boat races at Pier B. A dance concert will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Bayfront Festival Park. Festivities continue on through Saturday. To find out more, visit thetributefest.com.   Categories: Environment,…

Virginia Daycare Center Damaged By Flooding

Apple Tree Learning Center Had Three to Four Inches of Standing Water in Some Classrooms

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Some businesses in Virginia were flooded last week after that are was hit with more than four inches of rain. The Apple Tree Learning Center had three to four inches standing water in some of their classrooms on Friday. They have since pumped the water out, but their cleanup has only just begun. “It was very heartbreaking…

Family Event Supports Superior Police and Fire Museum

Coffee Conversation: Superior Public Museums

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This evening the annual mini-golf fundraiser for the Old Firehouse and Police Museum is taking place. The family event runs from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, August 21. There will be mini-golf, hot dogs, drinks and chips for $7.00. Local firefighters and police officers will be onhand to talk with kids and show vehicles. This is all taking place…

‘Light and Low’ at Gary New Duluth Recreation Center

FOX 21's William Seay Caught Up With the Organizer's of Duluth YMCA's Light and Low Fitness Program

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Active Adventures, FOX 21’s William Seay caught up with the coordinators of ‘Light and Low,’ a program put together by the Duluth YMCA. The program takes place at the Gary New Duluth Recreation Center. Participants have the chance to work on increasing mobility, balance, range of movement, strength and conditioning by using light free weights,…

Lucky’s 13 Pub Cooks up “Minnesota Extreme Burger”

Cooking Connection: Lucky's 13 Pub

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Cooking Connection we’re heading into the kitchen with Lucky’s 13 Pub. The Minnesota Extreme Burger was cooked up by kitchen staff. The burger is made of beef and pork with blueberries, wild rice and maple syrup mixed in. The burger is topped with lettuce, tomatoes and a raspberry aoli. Lucky’s 13 Pub is located…

Men As Peacemakers Thanks Volunteers With Picnic

Organization Officials Say Their Programs Would Not Be Possible Without Volunteers

DULUTH, Minn. – Men As Peacemakers held a picnic today to celebrate all the work done by their volunteers. The organization serves over 1,000 community members every year through programs that promote equality and try to end violence against women and children. Men As Peacemakers officials say that work would not be possible without their volunteers. “Volunteers are really like…

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Seeks Community Support

Duluth's Wildwoods Rehabilitation Center Continues Fundraising for New Structure

DULUTH, Minn. – Northern Minnesota’s only wildlife rehabilitation center, Wildwoods, is looking for your support. The volunteer run organization is looking to raise money to complete work on a structure which houses animals taken into the center. Since 2016 crews have been making progress, but lack of funds is causing the progression to slow. Right now, 75 percent of the…

Glensheen Introduces “The Best Damn Tour”

New Tour Includes Kayaking, Bonfire and Flashlight Tour

DULUTH, Minn. – Glensheen officials are hoping to show guests their best time at the mansion yet with their new experience called “The Best Damn Tour.” This tour includes kayaking, a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior, and a flashlight tour inside the mansion. It’s offered every Tuesday through the end of September. Each tour is open to just…

Living History Walk Returns to Superior

Northland Uncovered: Douglas County Historical Society

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Living History Walk is coming back to Superior to bring the city’s past back to life. A history tour will be conducted through Greenwood Cemetery. Several actors from the Twin Ports will portray prominant former community members at their gravesite. Tony Tracy, the Executive Director of the Douglas County Historical Society, says this is just another…

Local, Regional Artists to Show Work at Annual Festival

Coffee Conversation: Art in Bayfront Park

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend art will be filling a park in Duluth. The 7th Annual Art in Bayfront Park Festival starts up Saturday, August 18 and runs through Sunday, August 19. The art fair features local and regional artists. Work includes jewelry, painting, photography, ceramics, metal work, glass and more. The event is free. Saturday, the festival is open…

Military and Civilian Vehicle Show is Saturday in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – If you like cars and learning about big vehicles, we know just where you should go this weekend. The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is hosting their Annual Military and Civilian Vehicle Show. Older military vehicles will be on display, along with a 30 foot Coast Guard boat and an operations M4 Sherman Tanks. “You’ll be…

Grilling Summer Favorites with Fireplace Corner

Cooking Connection: Fireplace Corner Grills

DULUTH, Minn. – Fireplace Corner in Duluth is known for keeping homes warm, but the business also features several grills. Every Friday and Saturday in the Summer employees grill for customers to show them how the different grills work while eating lunch. In this week’s Cooking Connection, Fireplace Corner Salesman Alan DelVecchio did some grilling with FOX 21’s William Seay….

Pizza Wars Competition in Superior

Voting ends August 30

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Business Improvement District (SBID) has announced the launch of a Pizza Wars competition for the month of August. Pizza Wars is a friendly competition among restaurants in Superior vying for the title of “Most Superior Pizza.” The competition features five local restaurants including Pizza Man, Sammy’s Pizza, Sclavi’s Italian Restaurant, Thirsty Pagan, and Vintage Italian…

Technology Specialist Talks Back-to-School Gadgets

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer vacation is coming to an end in a few weeks and students will be heading back to school. Verizon Wireless Solutions Specialist Rachel Agurkis visited FOX 21 this morning to talk about must-have technology for students. Google Home: Students can ask the device homework questions. Fitbit Alta: This is a great accessory for student athletes. Track…

New Developments Help Provide Animal Enrichment

Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth is Building a New Catio and Dog Recreation Area

DULUTH, Minn. – Stepping outside or lounging on the deck is something we humans take for granted. Now, hundreds of furry friends will soon have the chance to spend more time in the fresh air at Animal Allies Humane Society. “I can’t wait until it’s done, it’s going to be beautiful! I think the cats and kittens are going to…

Thousands of Ship Documents Archived, Available for Public Research

Northland Uncovered: Fraser Shipping Documents

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The shipping industry is a business impacting the entire Northland. About four years ago, Fraser Shipyards donated thousands of ship drawings dating back to the 1890s to UW-Superior for archiving and research. Now, librarians are finishing up that task. “They’re more works of art than anything else,” Senior Project Assistant Dara Fillmore described of the donated documents….

Fuse Duluth Takes Networking Outdoors

Young Professionals Group Hosts First-ever Disc Golf Tournament

DULUTH, Minn. – This week Fuse Duluth is taking networking outdoors. The organization, designed by the Duluth Chamber of Commerce to attract and retain young talent to the area, is hosting a disc golf tournament on Thursday, August 10. This is taking place at the Miller Creek Disc Golf Course from noon to 5 p.m. Each of the course’s nine…

30 Acts Expected for Bayfront Blues Festival

Coffee Conversation: 29th Annual Bayfront Blues Festival

DULUTH, Minn. – Music will be filling Bayfront Festival Park this weekend for the 29th Annual Bayfront Blues Festival. Cyndee Parsons, the Media Relations Director, says out of the 30 acts expected there will be something for everyone. The festival starts up on Friday, August 11 and runs through Sunday, August 13. Following the performances on the main stages, a…

Studies Show ‘Babies Need Boxes’

Studies Show Finland has one of the Lowest Infant Mortality Rates in the World

DULUTH, Minn. – For year, babies have been falling asleep in boxes. Closer to home, one Minnesota mother caught onto the trend back in 2015. Since then, proper education of the practice has been spread to various communities across the country. “I think it would have been fantastic,” said Lori Sawnson, St. Luke’s Birthing Center Nurse Manager. Helpful hands, for…

First Annual Bowfest to take Place at Mont du Lac

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Although it’s not quite hunting season, archers will be working hard in the wild this weekend. It’s all for the First Annual Bowfest at Mont du Lac Resort. Here’s a rundown of what to expect this weekend: BowFest has three Archery loops – all open at noon Friday, 10:00 a.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. Sunday. Prizes will…

Cooking up a Cuban with The Rambler

Cooking Connection: Food Truck Season

DULUTH, Minn. – August is here and food truck season is well underway in Duluth. One mobile restaurant, The Rambler, has been seen around town and this morning owner Jonathan Reznick cooked with FOX 21’s William Seay. Reznick showed viewers the unique spin The Rambler puts on a classic cuban. The Rambler’s full schedule can be viewed on their website…

Regional Premiere of New Musical at Teatro Zuccone Thursday

"Dogfight - A New Musical"

DULUTH, Minn. – This week Zeitgeist Arts is hosting the regional premeire of “Dogfight – A New Musical.” This musical was created by Oscar and Tony Award winning composers Pasek and Paul. The show will run August 3 – 19 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and a Sunday Matinee will be at 2 p.m. on August 13th….

Thomas and Percy Take Over the North Shore Scenic Railroad

For the Next Two Weekends, Thomas the Tank Engine and His Friend Percy will be Chugging Throught the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands are expected to welcome two special guests to the Northland this weekend all the way from the Island of Sodor. The largest crowd ever is anticipated this year for the “Day Out With Thomas,” at the North Shore Scenic Railroad. “We’re very fortunate to have Thomas back with us again this summer for the Friendship Tour…

El Dorado Bar Gears Up for Fifth Annual Veterans Fundraiser

100 Percent of the Proceeds from Saturdays Fundraiser Benefit Local Homeless Veterans

DULUTH, Minn. – Preps are underway for the fifth-annual Veterans Benefit. It’s happening this Saturday at the El Dorado Bar and Grill in the Village of Oliver. A walk will start at 10 a.m. followed by the benefit, horseshoe tournament, raffles and pig roast. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit local homeless veterans. Todd Pfeffer, Owner of the El Dorado Bar…

Duluth Police Encourage National Night Out Participation

Thousands of Communities will Celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Tuesday, August 1, thousands of neighborhoods throughout the country will be invited to join forces for the 34th Annual National Night Out Crime and Drug Prevention Event. The Duluth Police Department registered more than 60 block parties in 2016. That number is now up to 74 this year. Over 37.8 million neighbors across 16, 124 communities…

Active Adventures: Swimming Safety with Duluth YMCA

Duluth, Minn. – In this week’s Active Adventures, Katie Dailey, Marketing Director at the Duluth YMCA and Sara Eder, Aquatics Director at the YMCA visited the FOX 21 Studios to chat about the upcoming Woodland Barbecue and the importance of swimming lessons as summer rolls on. The Woodland Barbecue will be happening August 29, and is free for the public…

Open House Held to Discuss Potential Enbridge Pipeline Permit Renewal

Pipeline Passes Through Eleven Miles of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Near Ashland

ASHLAND, Wis. – Enbridge Energy ahs asked to continue operating their pipeline that passes through a national forest near Ashland. Thursday night, an open house was held for people to learn more about that pipeline. The Enbridge pipeline was first built in 1953 and has continued operating through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Since then. Now, the U.S. Forest Service is…

Purchase a Blizzard – Help Children’s Miracle Network

Miracle Treat Day Benefits Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

DULUTH, Minn. – Today you can enjoy a sweet treat all while supporting Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. It’s all for Dairy Queen’s Annual “Miracle Treat Day” fundraiser. Gillette has clinics throughout Minnesota including a Duluth site in the Lakewalk Center on London Road. Donations collected on Miracle Treat Day will directly help Gillette fund vital treatments, equipment and support for…

Wisconsin Airport Becomes World’s Busiest During Convention

Festival Continues on Through Sunday

OSHKOSH, Wis.-A small eastern Wisconsin airport gets the designation of “world’s busiest” once a year during a yearly plane convention. That makes for a lot of coordination and communication among the pilots and air traffic controllers during the week-long Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Air Traffic Manager Chuck Howard says there are sometimes as many…

Researchers Brainstorm to Stop Spread of Emerald Ash Borer

DULUTH, Minn. – An invasive species in spreading across America and harming the Ash tree population. The Emerald Ash Borer is now in the Northland, so researchers have gathered in Duluth to discuss ways to prevent the spread. Dr. Brian Palik, a research ecologist, says people from all over the Northeastern United States have come to the conference. He says…

Animal Answers: Inside the Butterfly House

Visitors to the Lake Superior Zoo will Now be Able to Experience Native Butterflies Up-Close for the Rest of the Summer

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting today, visitors at the Lake Superior Zoo will have the chance to make way through an enclosed exhibit with hundreds of butterflies fluttering around. “Beautiful Butterflies: An Up-Close Experience,” is the Zoo’s newest exhibit, featuring hundreds of butterflies native to the Midwest. “This is a beautiful and fun exhibit, and we’re pleased to bring it to…

Sacred Heart Music Center Organ Restored for First Time in Decades

Northland Uncovered: Organ Restoration

DULUTH, Minn. – Over the past several years Duluthians have raised $40,000 to tune up an historic organ in town. That organ is now being put back together at Sacred Heart Music Center. “It sings; there’s breath that goes through the pipes. It’s the closest to the human voice as any instrument,” said Reverend Dr. David Tryggestad, resident organist at…

New Developments Could Be Coming to Ashland

A New Distillery, Brew Pub, and Outdoor Event Space Could Begin Construction Next Year

ASHLAND, Wis. – One of Ashland’s biggest hotels are seriously eyeing the waterfront for new development there. The Hotel Chequamegon has been a staple in Ashland for decades, and the owners now want to expand their business along the city’s lake shore. In addition to making improvements to the historic hotel, the owners are considering building a new distillery and…