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Theater Camp Students in Duluth Prepare for Performance

"All You Need is Bugs!" the Musical

DULUTH, Minn. – This week the hard work of several theater students will be on display in the musical “All You Need is Bugs!” The Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative is hosting the Hillside Youth Theatre camp once again this year. The matinee performances will be July 27-28 at 1:00 p.m. The night performances will both be at 7:00 p.m. on…

Tourists Flood Duluth for Summer Season

Coffee Conversation: Visit Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Summer tourist season is well underway in Duluth and several events have brought thousands to the city already this year. This week several free events, like the Chester Creek Concert Series and Concerts on the Pier at Glensheen, are followed by the annual All Pints North Brewfest in Bayfront Festival Park. Visit Duluth Media Communications Manager…

Fundraiser to Support Duluth Police Department

Shield616 Aims to Provide DPD with Active Threat Response Gear

DULUTH, Minn. – Two organizations are coming together Saturday, July 22 as they fundraise to support local police. Debbie and Kevin Skifstad with Shield 616 visited FOX 21 to give more details on the fundraiser. Shield616 is a non-profit working to raise money to purchase gear for police. The goal of this fundraiser is to provide the Duluth Police Department…

Paddle Board Company Finds New Home in Superior

Active Adventures: North Shore SUP

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A Northland company providing opportunities for families to enjoy the lake has moved to a new location. North Shore SUP has found a new home at Barkers Island. The company offers hourly and day rentals and also gives guided tours and host parties. They also have boards for all ages and sizes. They are open 10 a.m. –…

Vietnam Veterans Asked to Share Stories for Records, Local Documentary

"The Wall that Heals" on Display in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Over the next few days a wall in Superior is honoring those lost in the Vietnam War. “The Wall that Heals” is at Barkers Island July 20–23. Vietnam veterans are being asked to share memories on Saturday July 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. Crews will be available…

Spicy Pulled Pork Carnitas with Cast Iron Bar and Grill

Cooking Connection: Sweet and Spicy Appetizer

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth bar and grill has a new chef and recently updated its menu. Cast Iron Bar and Grill has kept the staples, but added a few new options as well. Chef Mike from Cast Iron Bar and Grill cooked with the FOX 21 morning crew for this week’s Cooking Connection. FOX 21’s William Seay learned how…

Vietnam War Memorial Arrives in Twin Ports

Since 1996, 'The Wall That Heals' has Traveled to More Than 400 Towns and Cities Across the United States

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The City of Superior came alive earlier Wednesday to welcome a piece of history into the Northland. From now through Sunday, Twin Ports residents will have the chance to walk through time and remember those who served for our country in the Vietnam War. “Our men and women deserve the military rights of all things from beginning to…

Musician Performs on FOX 21 Ahead of “A Day at the Wade”

Fundraiser Will Support Youth in Western Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – “A Day at the Wade,” a fundraiser supporting youth in Western Duluth, is taking place tonight. Funds raised will go to youth organizations to support them in regional and national competitions. There will be live music, food and vendors. It’s all taking place at Wade Stadium. The gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the fun starts at…

Summer Training with Endurance Kennels

Summer Conditioning with Sprint Sled Dogs Before Snow Starts to Fall

DULUTH, Minn. – We’re still months away from popular sled dog marathons such as John Beargrease and the Iditarod, but it doesn’t mean time off for the animal athletes. “They’re athletes, they’re extreme athletes,” said Tone Coughlin, Owner of Endurance Kennels. With any sports, many say practice makes perfect. “There’s nothing more that they like to do than run with…

Great Outdoors: Lake Superior Sea Kayaking

Guided Trips All Around the Lake Offer Many Chances to Give Sea Kayaking a Try

BAYFIELD, Wis. – What better way to get outside than paddling in a boat just inches above the world’s biggest freshwater lake? In this week’s Great Outdoors, we take you sea kayaking on Lake Superior. “Kayaking is just a really neat adventure with getting to actually use your own body to propel yourself across the water,” says sea kayaker Molly…

Beautiful Homes and Gardens on Display in Duluth

Duluth Woman's Club to Host 50th Annual Tour of Homes and Gardens

DULUTH, Minn. – Classic and modern homes, along with beautiful greenery, will be on display this week all for the 50th Annual Tour of Homes and Gardens in Duluth. The tour will feature the best of some old homes and the best of some new homes. The ticket price is $30.00 and includes lunch at the Duluth Woman’s Club. It’s…

Newly Restored Dome Car Gives Unique View on North Shore Scenic Railroad

Northland Uncovered: Silver Club Dome Car

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s a common occurance to see the North Shore Scenic Railroad trains chugging along the tracks in Summer months. This year, a new dome car was added to that train. “247 of these cars were eventually built with the dome on the top for seating and they became exceedingly popular,” said Ken Buehler, Executive Director for the…

Annual Reggae Festival to Bring Jamaican Culture to Duluth

12th Annual Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend music, food, artisans and dancing will be taking over Bayfront Festival Park. The 12th Annual Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival is taking place. It all starts Saturday, July 15 when gates open at 11 a.m. Music begins at 1 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. Tickets are available online, at the gate or at…

Local Doctor Speaks on Benefits of Physical Therapy

Active Adventures: In Motion Therapy

DULUTH, Minn. – Through many different instances, one can become injured. A local doctor is looking to educate those injured about proper healing methods. For some, an injury could be so serious they require surgery, but according to Annita Winkels, DPT, for others, physical therapy is the answer. Dr. Winkels, Founder of In Motion Therapy says the goal is to…

Productive Devices for Kids during Summer Months

DULUTH, Minn. – Whether they’re hitting the pool, hanging with friends or simply sleeping in, kids and teens alike embrace their summer break with gusto. Meanwhile, parents often struggle to not only keep their children productive, but also have peace of mind when their kids aren’t in school. Thankfully, Verizon offers various kid-friendly (and parent-approved!) devices to help Mom and…

Summer Pet Apparel with A Place for Fido

Local Pet Store Offers Summer Safety Tips for Your Furry Friends

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Animal Answers, we’re tackling summertime apparel for your pets. It’s something many of us often forget about when in the water, on the sidewalk or even lounging at home. “Animals can sense the drop of the barometric pressure and we don’t even feel it,” said Ben Parents, Co-owner of A Place for Fido. Thunderstorms…

Annual Sidewalk Days Festival Begins Wednesday with New Events

Sales and Car Show Return to Take Over Superior Street

DULUTH, Minn. – A downtown, summertime tradition will be shutting down parts of Superior Street once again. The Sidewalk Days Festival begins Wednesday, July 12 and runs through Friday, July 14. About 80 vendors are expected to participate. There will be a car show, crafts, clothes, food, live music and more. New this year, there will be a selfie scavanger…

Minnesota’s Oldest Craft Co-op Celebrates 45 Years

Northland Uncovered: Northwoods Pioneer Gallery and Gifts

CASTLE DANGER, Minn. – In a little shop along the North Shore dozens of Northland artists and crafters display their passions. “There are some forms that are kind of lost. Like, we have a lady that does tatting. Most people don’t even know what tatting is,” said Mabel Tarlton, President of the Board for Northwoods Pioneer Gallery and Gifts. Northwoods…

Minnesota Mental Health Crisis Line to Shut Down

The Service Will Be Shut Down Friday, July 14th for Financial Reasons

MINNESOTA – A Minnesota mental health crisis hot line will be shutting down at the end of the week. It’s a service that took 50,000 calls last year alone, connecting people with local psychiatrists and counselors, as well as first-responders and emergency rooms. The Crisis Connection hot line was seeing an increase in calls this year, but will have to…

NRRI Receives Recurring Funding

Coffee Conversation: Natural Resources Research Institute

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s big news and big funding for the Natural Resources Research Institute. The institute was granted an additional $2 million in recurring funding from the Minnesota State Legislature. This almost doubles the previous state funding they were receiving and was the first funding increase since the 1980s. According to June Breneman, External Affairs Manager for the NRRI,…

Twin Ports Pro Development Camp Returns to Superior

The camp is hosting a kickoff event Sunday

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Professional athletes are working together in Superior to help area youth improve their hockey skills. The Twin Ports Pro Development Camp is starting up on Monday, July 10 and running through Friday, July 14. The kick off event on Sunday, July 9 will feature a “Skate with the Pros,” coaches symposium and silent auction. Superior native and…

Summer Camps Beginning at Spirit Mountain

DULUTH, Minn. – Several parents throughout the Northland are looking for ways to keep their kids busy while they’re off from school for the summer. Spirit Mountain in Duluth is hosting several camps to encourage kids to stay moving and try new activities. The following is a sample of the camp programs offered in July at Spirit Mountain, based on…

Professional Athletes Host Hockey Camp for Youth

Twin Ports Pro Development Camp Back for Second Year

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It may be warm and sunny outside, but that’s not stopping many folks in the Northland from thinking about hockey. The Twin Ports Pro Development Camp starts up next week and a coaches symposium, skate with the pros and silent auction is kicking it all off this weekend. The camp was started after several professional hockey players…

Local Musician, Todd Eckart, Performs on FOX 21

Summer Concert Series Begins Tonight at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

CLOQUET, Minn. – Starting tonight, music will be filling Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s Ampitheater Stage. The 2017 Hot Summer Nights Concert Series will be held from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. every Thursday night in July. The first performer of the series, Todd Eckart, visited FOX 21 to chat about the series, his new album and to play…

Applebee’s: Big and Bold for the Summer

Cooking Connection: Grilling Favorites with Applebee's

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland is beginning to feel the heat of Summer and many people are also heating up their grills. Applebee’s is doing just that as well. The restaurant has introduced its new Big and Bold Grill Combos at its locations throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. The New Big and Bold Grill Combos include: Grilled Shrimp Skewer with lemon…

Superheroes to Invade Duluth Playhouse

Superheroes will Perform on Stage at the Duluth Playhouse Underground Theatre

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting Saturday, July 8, superheroes will be flying into the Duluth Playhouse ready to work together and save the day. Imaginarium: Superheroes! will be performed July 8 through July 23 every Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday the show starts at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., and Sundays performance begins at 2:00 p.m. Two brothers and the girl…

Canal Bark Expanding to Michigan Street Location

Locally Owned Canal Bark will be Opening a Facility for Dogs Early Fall of 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – Canal Bark is set to open their second location in Fall 2017. The local company will be expanding to a second location in the heart of downtown Duluth. Located at 211 West Michigan Street, the downtown location will offer day care and training opportunities, making caring for pets easier for downtown residents and workers. The new spot will…

64th Annual Spooner Rodeo Starts Thursday

Thousands are Expected to Descend on Spooner, Wisconsin, for the Annual Weekend Rodeo

SPOONER, Wisc. – Happening Thursday, July 6 through Sunday, July 9, thousands will crowd into the town of Spooner, Wisconsin, for the 64th Annual Spooner Rodeo. This year Queen Missa Taylor and Princess Katie Crosby stopped by the FOX 21 Studios to chat about the jam packed three days of events. A full schedule is listed below: 2017 Spooner Rodeo…

New Fairlawn Exhibit Features Servants’ Quarters

The Fairlawn Mansion in Superior Will Now Host Tours of the Servants' Quarters

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Most Northlanders have heard the name Martin Pattison and understand the incredible impact he had on the City of Superior any beyond. But what about another group of about a dozen who lived at his mansion as well? In this week’s Northland Uncovered, we learn a little about them and the new way they’re being honored on…

DTA to Operate Holiday Service During Fourth Fest

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority will operate a limited holiday service schedule for regular route buses on Tuesday, July 4. The holiday services, which can be found in the shaded area of the “Sunday” section of the DTA’s passenger hand schedule, will only be provided in the City of Duluth, not Superior. The Port Town Trolley service in…

Movies in the Park to Start Friday

It's Going to be a Wild Summer at Movies in the Park, Hosted by the Greater Downtown Council

DULUTH, Minn. -The Greater Downtown Council along with other fine sponsors are excited to invite the community to Leif Erikson Park for the 2017 Movies in the Park series. Every Friday evening from July 7 to August 4, gather the family and head to the park for free featured films. Darlene Marshall with the Greater Downtown Council stopped by FOX 21 to chat with…

St. Luke’s Doctor Speaks on Staying Safe in the Sun

Sun and Heat Safety for Summer Months

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer is offically here and with the holiday weekend coming up several folks will be spending time in the sun. This morning, Dr. Chris Delp of St. Luke’s Regional Trauma Center stopped by FOX 21 to talk about sun and heat safety. Dr. Delp says it’s important to always wear sunscreen, because research shows just one bad…

Special Report: Setting Sail with Superior Pursuits

For Captain Parker Bambenek, it took a tragedy to realize what he wanted as a summer career

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year thousands of people, whether local or visiting, love to fish in the Northland. However, adventure seekers are now taking to the big lake more than ever before, boosting the local economy. One Captain we caught up with says it’s not always easy for charter fishing companies to make a go of it in a competitive…

Making a Shake with Cold Fusion

Cooking Connection: Cold Fusion and Fit Lab

DULUTH, Minn. – A local nutrition club is keeping folks healthy downtown. The owner of Cold Fusion, Annie Call, tells us the goal of the business is to bring a healthy, active lifestyle to the community. Call described the business as “healthy fast food.” While there customers get a shot of aloe to help with disgestion, a 16 oz. energy…

New 5K to Take Place in Duluth Friday

First Annual Chester Park Trail Race

DULUTH, Minn. – A new 5K is taking place in Duluth on Friday, June 30. The Chester Park Trail Race, starting at 6:30 p.m., was created to encourage beginners to start trail running. The course is almost entirely off-road, including ski trails, the new Duluth Traverse Chester Rim mountain bike trail, Superior Hiking Trail and Dan Proctor Hiking Trail. Registration…

Animal Allies Humane Society Seeking Foster Families

Animal Allies has Reduced the Fostering Age Requirement to 18-Years-Old

DULUTH, Minn. – Adopting an animal comes with long term responsibility. For some, the commitment could stop an animal from finding a forever home. That’s why Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth is looking for your help in the form of foster care. “We’re really looking to get our college aged people involved,” said Emily Aldritt, Volunteer Coordinator at Animal…

Douglas County History: The Story Behind Charles Starkweather

Former Superior Mayor Impeached Just to Become Mayor Again

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A one-time mayor of Superior, Wisconsin had an unlikely path to the mayor’s office and an uncommon exit as well. Charles Starkweather, originally from Vermont, moved to Superior in 1889. He was elected to the common council in 1893 and became the city’s mayor two years later. Starkweather was impeached because he allowed salloons to have unlicensed…

Discussion to Focus on Making Women Better Leaders in Workplace

Aim High Network Hosts Duluth Native Tricia Correia

DULUTH, Minn. – Women and millennials often struggle to find their path in the workplace, even though women make up almost half of the workforce in the United States. The Aim High Network is bringing in an expert and Duluth native, Tricia Correia, to talk about how women can be better leaders for other women and future generations. Correia has…

Two New Exhibitions to Open at Duluth Art Institute

DULUTH, Minn. – This week two new exhibitions are opening at the Duluth Art Institute. The first is a solo exhibit by Jonathan Thunder. “Peripheral Vignettes” features all new paintings and will be accompanied by a color catalog, an animation screening, and an artist talk and book signing. The second, “Play,” showcases the work of three artists, Robert Dewitt Adams,…

New “Taste of Duluth” Festival to Provide Local Entertainment

Festival Encourages Family-Fun

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend a first-of-its-kind festival is coming to Bayfront Festival Park. The Taste of Duluth is Saturday, July 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be more than 60 vendors of food, beer, crafts and more. There will also be live music throughout the entire festival. The event is aimed at highlighting all the great…

Duluth Playhouse Presents One Act Festival

Festival Kicks Off in Duluth, Celebrates New Plays Written and Directed by Women Playwrights

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Playhouse is inviting you to join in on the fun of their first ever One Act Festival. The festival is a celebration of new plays written by women playwrights from around the country and directed by women in Duluth. The goal of the event is to highlight women voices, while showcasing many short seven to…

Active Adventures: HART of Duluth Walking Tour

The Duluth Expereince Now Offers a Tour of Downtown Duluth's HART District

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Experience is inviting you to step into the vibrant downtown craft scene, meet local roasters, artisans, restauranteurs and brewers looking to revitalize the HART District. The walking tour offers behind-the-scenes historical facts and future plans for the Historic Arts & Theater District. Meteorologist William Seay followed along on a tour for this week’s Active Adventures with Kyle…

Outdoor Writers Association of America Hosts Conference in Duluth

Outdoor Writers to Meet in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland has endless terrain for outdoor lovers to enjoy and this weekend some writers will be taking advantage of that as well.   The 90th Annual Outdoor Writers Association of America Conference is June 24-26 in Duluth. This is the third time the conference has been held in Duluth. No other city has hosted the conference more…

Beatrice Ojakangas Displays Many Uses of Rhubarb Juice

Cooking Connection: CHUM Rhubarb Festival

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend rhubarb will be filling Duluth for an annual festival. CHUM’s Rhubarb Festival is Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m There will be everything rhubarb from pies and jams to sausage and juice. There will also be games, crafts, music, auctions and stage shows. This is all taking place at 11th Ave. E….