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UMD Marshall Allworth Planetarium Remembers Apollo Landing

UMD honors 50th anniversary with program for the community.

DULUTH, Minn.- To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Duluth, UMD’s Marshall W. Allworth Planetarium hosted a free anniversary event. Participants could make their own  stomp rocket, among other lunar crafts, to spark their curiosity about space. ” went into more than just getting to the moon, it helped us with technological advances in lots…

Bayfront Gets Down to Reggae

Thousands come out to 14th Annual Reggae and World Music Festival.

DULUTH, Minn.- Bayfront Festival Park was grooving as crowds came out to get down at the 14th Annual Reggae and World Music Festival. The Park was alive with people shopping exotic items, enjoying authentic Jamaican food, and coming together through the power of Reggae Music. “Reggae music teaches life lessons,” said Arthur Sikor.  “It’s not just any kind of music….

Watching the Planes Soar at Duluth Air and Aviation Expo

From bombers to Blue Angels, Airshow demonstrated the power of American aviation.

DULUTH, Minn.- The roars of jet engines could be heard for miles, but to see the source, you had to come down to Duluth International Airport. “I didn’t really realize how big of a deal it was, so pretty awesome that it’s right here,” said National Guard Member Hunter Smith. The show was not easy to put together, requiring a…

Thrill-Seeking Racers Compete in World Championship Snowmobile Watercross Competition

Racers from all over the world compete in the snowmobile watercross challenge.

GRANSTBURG, Wis.- The best of the best in an unconventional sport are spending their weekend competing in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. It’s the World Championship Snowmobile Watercross Competition. Racers ripped through mud and water in Memory Lake. They say they love the competition because of the comrade and thrill it brings. “There’s no feeling like it. It’s almost like flying because you’re not…

Rock Creek Residents Plan Ahead After Devastating Storms Destroy Their Home

Pine City and Rock Creek, Minnesota were heavily affected by the Summer storms.

ROCK CREEK, Minn. –  Pine Co. residents are taking their next steps after devastating wind and hail storms trampled cars, buildings and homes in the course of just a few hours. Everyone’s talking about the damage cause by storms that ripped through Pine City, MN, but one household just over city lines in Rock Creek think they’re the ones who…

17-Year-Old Injured in Water Tubing Accident

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – A 17-year-old boy was injured in a water tubing accident Saturday afternoon at the Whiteface Reservoir, about ten miles south of Hoyt Lakes. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the South Dakota teen had been tubing along with two other individuals behind a Sea-Doo Jet Ski when he was ejected from the tube…

Duluth Police: Suspect Takes Officer’s Taser in Arrest, Limited Forced Used

Video courtesy: Facebook/Tiffany Mason DULUTH, Minn. – A suspect took a Duluth Police Officer’s taser and pointed at another officer’s face during an arrest on Friday afternoon. The incident happened just after 2:00 p.m. at Tri Towers on the 200 Block of 2nd Avenue East. According to police, officers responded to a report of an unwanted 32-year-old male who has…

Lake Superior Days Educate About Invasive Species

Viles of the invasive species were on hand to teach the public how bad they can be for the water systems.

  DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior Days are this weekend and scientists are at the maritime museum in Duluth educating the public on invasive species lurking in the waters. Containers with the harmful species were on display with helpful information if someone comes across one of the species in the water. “Invasive species effect everyone so whether you are a…

Update: Suspect Arrested in Superior Hit-and-Run

SUPERIOR, Wis.- An adult female suspect has been arrested in connection with hit-and-run incident in Superior on Friday. An 11-year-old boy, Cassius Carey, was hit on his bicycle by a vehicle. We’re told he had bruises and cuts to his face, arms, and legs, but doctors say no internal bleeding and no broken bones. As of Friday evening, he was…

Duluth East High School Hosts Off-Season Regional Robotics Competition

Duluth East High School hosts 6th annual Gitchi Gummi Get Together

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth East robotics team welcomed young engineers from all over the region for the 6th annual Gitchi Gummi Get Together. The off–season robotics competition brings in 24 high school teams from across the Northern Midwest for a friendly battle showing off the cool and unique things their robots do. Students also attend workshops hosted by other schools to…

South End Days in Superior Kicks off with Neighborhood Rummage Sales

Houses off Tower Avenue host rummage sales.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Bargain hunters hit a gold mine in Superior for the annual weekend rummage sales kicking off South End Days. Dozens of houses lining the streets near Webster Dream Park were open to the public to stop and shop. Susan Vogt says she loves selling crafts at South End Days because of all the people she gets to see. “I…

Tornado Passes Over House in Orr

Tornado Warnings in Wirt, Effie and Orr Minnesota, A Look At The Path & Damage

ORR, Minn. — The summer heat, humidity and approaching storm front fueled perfect conditions for tornadoes on Wednesday. It’s a rare but possible scenario in the Northland and at 5:34 that evening, a funnel cloud was spotted by law enforcement in Northome, Minnesota. And uncommon disaster in the Northwoods, the tornado touched down to the ground in the town of…

Superior Police and Fire Departments Battle It Out for Guns ‘N’ Hoses Softball Game

SUPERIOR, Wis,. – The heroic men and women of the Superior Fire and Police departments, who sacrifice their lives everyday, get a chance to have some fun during this annual charity softball game. The dugout heats up as each emergency team battle it out. Both hoping to win it all, one team in particular has a strategy in mind. “Keeping…

Officials Lobby for F-35s to Come to Duluth

The plane is in Duluth for the airshow, and some leaders are trying to make them a permanent fixture at the 148th Fighter Wing.

DULUTH, Minn. – F-35 fighters are said to be the most lethal and advanced jets in the world. This weekend, they are in Duluth for the airshow, and some leaders are trying to make them a permanent fixture at the 148th Fighter Wing. Employees from plane maker Lockheed Martin and local leaders were at the Cirrus headquarters in Duluth trying…

R/V Heron Educating with Tours

The vessel routinely assists scientists and next week they will travel to Lake Michigan to study zebra muscles.

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday, UMD’s research vessel the Blue Heron opened its doors for the public to learn what it does out on the water. The vessel routinely assists scientists and next week they will travel to Lake Michigan to study zebra muscles. The students and teachers on the ship say they love what they do and that it is…

Babe Ruth Visits Duluth

The Great Bambino was back in Duluth for the first time in 93 years

DULUTH, Minn.- The Great Bambino was back in Duluth today, 93 years after his first visit to the Northland. Steve Folven, who is a walking encyclopedia goes around the country telling people the effect Babe Ruth had on the game of baseball. Folven even re-created Ruth’s famous ‘Called Home Run Shot’ from back in 1932. His fondest memory from his…

Connecting A Community Through A Kitten

We catch up with those first responders along with the woman fostering "Stormy"

DULUTH, Minn.- Earlier this week, we shared with you the story of a kitten saved from a storm drain by some local fire fighters. Today, we caught up with those first responders, along with the woman who is fostering the kitten for the time being. Wednesday night, the Duluth Fire Department responded to an unusual public assists request in a…

Top Administrator Resigns from Corrections Department

ST. PAUL, Minn.-A top administrator has resigned from the Minnesota Department of Corrections, the latest incidence of turnover in Gov. Tim Walz’s administration. Sarah Walker resigned Friday as deputy commissioner of the department. Walker’s announcement follows resignations of two deputy commissioners in the Department of Human Services last week _ but they rescinded their departures this week after Human Services…

Midday Update 7-19-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, July 19, 2019

FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot give an update on local news and weather making headlines Friday, July 19, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Headlines, Local News, weather

Reggae, World Music to be Jammin’ on Stage Saturday in Duluth

The Reggae and World Music Festival is Happening Saturday, July 20

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Saturday, July 20, the 14th annual Bayfront Reggae and World Music festival will attract folks from all across the globe. Show producer Janna Dreher and entertainer Olatunji stopped by FOX 21 Local News Friday morning to chat about the upcoming festival. Gates will open Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The festival is open to all ages, and…

Morning Update 7-19-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, July 19, 2019

FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot give an update on local news and weather making headlines Friday, July 19, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Headlines, Local News, weather

Power Station Fires Knock out Service to Thousands

Power has Been Knocked out for 11,000 Customers

(WKOW-TV via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Fires at two Madison Gas and Electric substations have knocked about power to more than 11,000 customers on what is promising to be a sweltering day of heat and humidity. An explosion and fire at the utility’s main power center sent a plume of thick, black smoke over Madison’s east side about 7:40…

DNR: Noticeable Increase in Loon Deaths

West Nile was First Confirmed in Minnesota in 2002

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota conservation officials say there’s a small, but noticeable increase in loon deaths and the likely cause is West Nile virus. The Department of Natural Resources says the virus was confirmed as the cause of death in two of three loons from northeastern Minnesota earlier this month. Minnesota Public Radio News says the agency is…

Superior Man To Climb Mt. Rainier to Support Pediatric Cancer

Girga will make his trek up Mt. Rainier on August 1st.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Some people may run marathons or travel long distances to help bring awareness to a great cause. But a Superior man is taking it a step further by committing to climb Mt. Rainier in Washington to support childhood cancer. Mt. Rainier stands nearly 15,000 feet high. At the top temperatures can become very cold even in the summer….

Duluth Firefighters Host Story Time

Duluth, Minn.-A local Duluth library had a packed house this morning during a unique story time with local firefighters. The Mount Royal Public Library hosted their annual firefighter story time allowing kids to interact with some of Duluth’s heroes. One local fire captain says, it’s a great opportunity for the community to learn who the firefighters are. “Just give them…

Dozens of New Jobs on Horizon as AAR Aviation Maintenance Signs 20 Year Lease

AAR signs a 20 year lease renewal with Duluth Economic Development Authority.

DULUTH, Minn.- AAR Corporation, an aircraft maintenance company in Duluth signed an agreement that could potentially make them an aviation industry leader in the region for the next 35 years The company celebrated its new lease in hopes of soon employing dozens of new workers from the area. AAR leaders have been working with the Duluth Economic Development Authority, or DEDA,…

An Inside Look At A World War II Bomber

We will give you a first hand look inside one of the planes that will be up in the air this weekend

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Air Show is happening this weekend, and we got to go three thousand feet above in a B-17 to see all around Duluth. “It was just awesome. Pretty much just the way I thought it was going to be. Noisy, you could feel the power, the vibration”, said Bob Matarelli, B-17 rider. Its not all that…

‘Zoo La Palooza’ Aims to Raise $30,000 for Lake Superior Zoo

The event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the zoo

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday was the biggest fundraiser of the year at Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth. “Zoo La Palooza” brought families for a night of games, live music, food trucks, and raffles. Staff hope to raise $30,000 and show off all the zoo has to offer. “To bring people out that live in the community both here in Duluth…

New CBD Oil Store to Open in Ashland

Sutherland CBD is planning to open their third location on September 1st

ASHLAND, Wis. – The Twin Ports’ first specialty CBD store is getting ready to expand for a third time, this time in Ashland. Sutherland CBD opened its first location in Superior about a year ago. They’ve since opened another store in Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood. Now, the family-owned business will bring their hemp oil products like energy drinks, oils, and dog…

F-35’s Jetting Into Town for the Northland

The performance the F-35 puts on during the airshow should be just as impressive as its statistics.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Blue Angels will not be the only impressive planes in the skies for the Airshow, a jet called the F-35 might steal some of the spotlight. The plane boasts breakthrough aviation technology with a top speed of 1.6 times the speed of sound and a low speed of only 70 miles per hour. The performance the…

Blue Angels Soaring Into the Airshow

For 73 years, the Blue Angels have been taking to the skies to showcase precision and excellence in flying.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Navy Blue Angels arrived in town ahead of the upcoming Duluth Airshow. For 73 years, the Blue Angels have been taking to the skies to showcase precision and excellene in flying. Some formations require the planes to fly only 18 inches apart and the pilots understand ow important they are to the Navy. “It is I’d…

Drawing Awareness For PAVSA

PAVSA held its annual Bar-B-Q and Cupcake sale in Duluth Thursday

DULUTH, Minn.- In support of the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault mission, the group held its annual bar-b-q and cupcake sale today in downtown Duluth. The funds gathered through donations go towards supporting services for men, women and children who are victims of sexual violence. The plaza at the Building For Women was filled with dozen of…

First Hand Battlefield Trauma Training

National Guard members from all over the country are in the Northland for trauma simulation exercises

DULUTH, Minn.- National Guard service members are in Duluth for training to ready them for what is out there on the battlefield. From burns, to assessing wounds, this event hosted at the College of St. Scholastica this week, serves as a way for them to be ready when the travel to war zones overseas. “My goal is that you develop…

Sandy Fun & Safety At The Beach

Families and kids packed Park Point Beach to learn water tips and create sand castles

DULUTH, Minn.- A morning rain shower didn’t stop hundreds of kids and families from coming out to Park Point Beach. Kids of all ages brought their shovels, pails, large and small buckets to the beach today to show off their creativity and have their sand castles judged for prizes. “Some kid picked SpongeBob and we figured that would probably be…

Minnesota Lawmakers Propose DHS Split After Resignations

Sen. Jim Abeler Says There are Deep Problems in the Department

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota lawmakers are considering reorganizing the state’s Department of Human Services following a series of leadership resignations. Commissioner Tony Lourey abruptly announced his resignation, followed by chief of staff Stacie Weeks. Two veteran deputy commissioners, Chuck Johnson and Claire Wilson, also resigned but rescinded their decision Wednesday. Minnesota Public Radio News reports some Republican lawmakers…

Portion of Lester River Road to be Closed for Culvert Replacement

The Road Will be Closed for Three Weeks

DULUTH, Minn. – A portion of Lester River Road, from the Lester Park Golf Course to Strand Road, will be closed beginning Monday, July 22. The road will be closed for culvert replacement work. The closure is expected to last three weeks and is the first part of a repaving project that will be completed this fall. Anyone visiting the…

Duluth Air Show Traffic Advisory

The Duluth Police Department Issues a Traffic Advisory Ahead of the Duluth Air and Aviation Expo

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has issued a traffic advisory ahead of the Duluth Air and Aviation Expo happening on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. Traffic on portions of Airbase Road, Airport Road, Airport Approach Road, and Stebner Road near the Duluth Airport will be restricted at times…

New Program Makes $75 Million Available for Local Roads

The Evers Administration Shifted the Money to Make it a Grant Program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Republican leader of the Wisconsin state Senate is calling for a veto override after Gov. Tony Evers’ administration said Milwaukee’s street car could compete for $75 million in grant money. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald called for the veto override on Thursday. His call came shortly after Transportation Secretary Craig Thompson outlined how the new…

Midday Update 7-18-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, July 18, 2019

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Thursday, July 18, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Local News, midday update, weather

Twin Metals Announces Use of ‘Environmentally Friendly’ Dry Stack Method for Proposed Mine

The Company Says This Will Eliminate Need for a Storage Pond

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Twin Metals Minnesota announced Thursday morning that they plan to use the environmentally friendly dry stack method to store leftover rock for their proposed copper-nickel mine southeast of Ely. The company says this method will eliminate the need for a storage pond and dam which are commonly used at conventional tailing facilities. The dry stack method…

Epstein Denied Bail in sex Trafficking Case

The Judge Announced the Decision Thursday Morning

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal judge has denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges involving underage girls. The judge’s decision Thursday comes after prosecutors argued Epstein should remain behind bars in New York City because he has the means to flee and is a danger to the public. Prosecutors fear Epstein also might try to…

Large Lakes Observatory Hosting Neighborhood “Block Party” Sunday

The Celebration will Help LLO Celebrate 25 Years of Research and Relations Throughout the Region

DULUTH, Minn. – On Sunday, July 21, you’re invited to a neighborhood celebration to help the Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) in Duluth celebrate 25 years of research and relationship in the region. The free event is happening from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sunday at 2205 East 5th Street in Duluth. Director of the Large Lakes Observatory, Dr. Bob Sterner,…

Duluth Fire Fighters Rescue Kitten Trapped in Storm Drain

A Neighbor Plans to Adopt the Rescued Kitten

DULUTH, Minn. – A kitten trapped in a storm drain was rescued Wednesday night by a couple of helpful Duluth fire fighters. According to the Duluth Fire Department, they received a call for a public assists request after three young girls on a walk with their dad heard a kitten crying from inside a storm drain. Responding crews were able…

Tasty Bites with a Fresh Arctic Char

Cooking Connection: The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort

LUTSEN, Minn. – Entrees are sizzling off the menu this summer at The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort up the North Shore. Executive Chef Chris Homyak has hand selected fine ingredients and recipes to refresh the restaurant’s menu this year. This week’s cooking connection features a fresh Arctic Char. Arctic Char: Pan seared skin on Arctic…

Morning Update 7-18-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, July 18

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Thursday, July 18, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Local News, morning update, News, weather

National Guard Drone Crashes Near Volk Field

The Incident is Under Investigation

(photo: WI National Guard) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin National Guard is trying to determine how a drone crashed near Volk Field. The Guard issued a news release Thursday saying a RQ-7 Shadow drone lost its link to its operator at Volk Field on Wednesday afternoon about two miles northwest of the base during a training exercise. The drone…

One Seriously Injured in ATV Crash in Longville

Authorities Continue to Investigate the Accident

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – A Bayport man was injured on Tuesday after he lost control of his ATV and crashed into a ditch. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, officers received a report of a serious ATV crash in the area of County Road 8 in rural Longville around 8:32 a.m. Tuesday. When deputies arrived they found a 31-year-old…