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UMD Students Meet Industry Reps At Insurance Career Day

DULUTH, Minn- UMD students got the chance to future career opportunities today. The Labovitz School of Business held the first-ever Insurance Career Day. There, students got the were able to network with UMD Alumni currently working in the industry. Staff say, the whole day is to set students up for success when it comes to the variety of careers in…

Essentia Clinic Recruits Research Volunteers in Superior

"All of Us" research program recruits at Superior YMCA.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Essentia Health is looking for more community volunteers to enroll in their medical research program. “All of Us” is the name of the research program trying to collect data that is representative of all demographics in the Twin Ports. The program spent Wednesday enrolling people at the YMCA in Superior. Officials say they reach more people when they recruit…

American Heart Association Wants You to Eat Smart, Live Smart

AHA partnered with Essentia Health and St. Luke's at Super One.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s Eat Smart Month, and the American Heart Association, St. Luke’s and Essentia Health partnered together to get Super One customers to eat healthier. The three had a display inside of the Duluth Kenwood Super One. Shoppers could talk to registered dieticians, be trained in hands-only CPR, and receive gift cards to purchase healthy foods. “Just to build…

UMD Undergrad First to Perform Drop Test on Building Material

Test dropped 250 lbs on material from a height of one foot.

DULUTH, Minn.- For the first time at UMD, an undergraduate student measured the resilience of a material using a drop tower test. As part of his Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), senior Tom DeMars dropped 250 lbs on material sent in from a building company, from a height of one foot. It measures how well the material handles under different…

Bike-Share Program to Roll Into Duluth

This comes after Superior launched its own bike-share program last year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth is getting in on the bike-share transportation trend in 2020. The city of Duluth is giving $30,000 of its tourism tax revenue to Zeitgeist, an arts and community development organization, to help launch the city’s first-ever bike-sharing program. This comes after Superior launched its own bike-share program last year. The program by company Zagster would include…

YMCA Offers Special First-Time Swimming to 12 Students

Those students are no longer fearful of swimming anymore

DULUTH, Minn.- 12 Elementary kids in Duluth aren’t fearful of swimming anymore, thanks to free lessons from the YMCA. The 6-week program for the kids was donated to Myers-Wilkins School. It allowed 4th and 5th students who had never swam before the training and skills to be basic swimmers. “Having these kids get this experience is absolutely amazing because at…

Companies Show Superior High Students Manufacturing Careers

Five Companies and Lake Superior College stopped by the high school.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Five companies and Lake Superior College stopped by Superior High School to talk to students about manufacturing careers. This, at a time when the industry is also dealing with an aging labor force. Students stopped by each company’s table to learn about the different types of positions within those companies. According to the school’s Transition Coordinator, many of…

Annual Blanket Sale in Superior Selling Hundreds

500 blue blankets with the Spartan logo on them were for sale at the Spartan Shack.

DULUTH, Minn. – Dozens of people lined up for Superior High School’s annual blanket sale. 500 blue blankets with the Spartan logo on them were for sale at the Spartan Shack. A portion of the sales funds the high school’s competitive business club. “My family everyone has one even the dogs, it’s just something people love and it’s cold enough…

Being Prepared for Next Round of Snow

The chances of snow are increasing each day, and hardware stores are saying stock up before it's too late

DULUTH, Minn.- With the chances for significant snowfall growing every day, hardware stores are saying stock up on your snow removal tools before the big one hits. Shovels, snow blowers and salt are just some of the tools getting on the minds of Northlanders now that the first accumulating snowfall of the season has hit the Twin Ports. The General…

Glensheen Gives a Sneak Peek At Christmas Setup

Christmas tours will last until after the new year.

DULUTH, Minn- Glensheen Mansion has been closed for last two weeks to get ready for Christmas. And Fox 21 was invited in for a sneak peek of what folks can expect from the holiday setup. 25 Christmas trees are up all around the mansion. Stuffed elves are also being strategically hidden throughout the mansion for the youngsters find. Glensheen’s director…

Local Smoke Shops Voice Opinions On Proposed Federal Flavored Vape Ban

Ignite's owner says because of recent negativity surrounding e–cigs and vapes, his business has declined by nearly 50%.

SUPERIOR, Wis – President Trump recently proposed a federal ban on flavored vapes. The major goal is keeping young people away from starting the potentially dangerous habit. The ban could possibly hurt the pockets of vape stores across the country. Now local vape shop owners are sharing their thoughts on this ongoing battle. There are more than ten smoke shops…

Duluth Fire Department Names its First Female Deputy Chief

Marnie Grondahl is named deputy chief of the life safety division.

DULUTH, Minn.- The city of Duluth made history this week by naming its first ever female deputy fire chief. Marnie Grondahl has been with the Duluth fire department for 32 years. After 8 years as fire marshal, she’s been appointed as the next deputy chief of the life safety and administration. Grondahl is one of 15 women out of the 148…

Duluth Golf Programs Go Even More in Debt

The 2019 golf season set Duluth back an estimated $190 thousand.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth golf programs have dug themselves into a hole, and it’s no hole in one. After years of trying to pull themselves out of debt, parks and recreation experienced a major setback during the 2019 golf season. It’s estimated the courses lost about $190 thousand this year, compared to 2018 where they lost $60 thousand. City administrators say…

Michelle Lee Announces Run for Senate District 11

CLOQUET, Minn. – Former news anchor Michelle Lee officially announced her run for Minnesota Senate District 11 on Wednesday morning. Lee will seek the DFL endorsement at the district convention in March. “Winning a DFL majority in the state senate is critical if we are to clear the Republican roadblock to passage of critical legislation designed to move Minnesotans and…

Life Sentence for Ashland County Murder Suspect

Sweet Has Not Yet Been Sentenced

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wis. – One of the two men involved in a 2017 Ashland County murder has been sentenced. 42-year-old Brian Nelis received a life sentence Wednesday after previously being found guilty of first degree murder in the stabbing death of 39-year-old Shane Cadotte. Cadotte’s body was found in a weedy area in the town of Sanborn in the fall…

WATCH LIVE: Trump Impeachment Hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) 3 p.m. – The two veteran diplomats testifying in the House impeachment hearing are denying President Donald Trump’s accusation that they adamantly oppose him. Shortly before Wednesday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing began, Trump tweeted, “NEVER TRUMPERS!” He mentioned no evidence. California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell asked both men if Trump’s claim was true. State Department official George Kent…

Shorewood Schools Closed After Hit List, Ammunition Found

SHOREWOOD, Wis. (AP) – All public schools in a Milwaukee suburb are closed after officials say a high school student wrote a hit list and was found in possession of a loaded magazine of ammunition. Shorewood School District officials said because of “ongoing safety concerns,” classes and activities are canceled Wednesday. In a message to parents, Superintendent Bryan Davis said…

Update: Virginia Courthouse Evacuated Due to Alleged Bomb Threat

UPDATE: VIRGINIA, Minn. – After an extensive search of the Virginia Courthouse authorities say no explosive device was located. The St. Louis County 911 Dispatch received a call around 12:23 p.m. Wednesday with the caller stating there was a bomb located inside the Virginia Courthouse. Following an evacuation of the building a Duluth Police Department Bomb Detection Dog was used…

Hundreds of Waterways Added to List of Impaired Waters

581 Waterways Have Been Added to a List of Impaired Waters

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – More than half of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams don’t meet state pollution standards. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has added 581 waterways to its list of impaired waters in its biennial report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released Wednesday. The 3,416 waterways represent 56% of the state’s waters. They have a range of problems, including…

Midday Update 11-13-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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Heavy Lake Effect Snow Benefits

GREAT OUTDOORS: Ironwood Slammed with Over A Foot of Lake Effect Snow

IRONWOOD, Mich. — In this weeks Great Outdoors, Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot takes us to the snowbelt that’s just finishing digging out of their recent lake effect winter storm. Plows and loaders filled the streets of Ironwood on Tuesday, clearing over 14 inches of snowfall that dropped in just 24 hours. Arctic air with temperatures in the single digits…

Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa Returns to Miller Hill Mall Saturday

With the Return of Santa Claus to the Miller Hill Mall, Legacy Toys will Also Kick off Their Annual Toy Drive

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Saturday, November 16, you’re encouraged to bring the kiddos to enjoy Breakfast with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and a few other well-known characters. The event is kicking off the holiday season at the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth. Janet Fawcett with the Miller Hill Mall, and Peter Cpin, Owner of Legacy Toys, stopped by FOX 21 Local…

Phase One of Lake Superior Zoo’s New Bear Country Exhibit Almost Complete

CEO Erik Simonson Says Phase One of Bear Country Should be Complete in Roughly Eight Weeks

DULUTH, Minn. – The new Bear Country Exhibit at the Lake Superior Zoo has been years in the making. Construction crews are currently on site, work is being completed as quickly as possible, and four of the zoo’s new animals have arrived. “Essentially, we have become the parents to our two new bears,” said Dave Thompson, Director of Animal Management…

Morning Update 11-13-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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Take a Tour of Three Historic Northland Theaters

Look inside the Lake Theater in Moose Lake, the Ironwood Theatre in Ironwood, and the State Theater in Ely

In small towns across the Northland, historic movie theaters serve as the primary entertainment venue. Many of these theaters have been around for generations and mean a great deal to communities. In Moose Lake, Minnesota, you can take a journey back in time at the historic Lake Theater. “I’m fourth generation doing it. I have a nephew that’s working here,…

Great Lakes Gear Exchange Moves to East 4th Street

Consignment equipment store went from pop-up shop to storefront.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new store in Duluth’s Hillside neighborhood is aiming to offer outdoor gear at lower prices, by selling them on consignment. Great Lakes Gear Exchange started as a pop-up shop at the Duluth Folk School before moving to its location on East 4th Street. The consignment store will accept any non-motorized, gently used, clean clothing and gear to…

Study Presented to Superior City Council Recommending Part-Time Mayor, Full-Time Administrator

Study also recommends major software investment and some staffing changes

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A study was presented to the Superior City Council about how the city can become more efficient and effective. The study focused on things like staffing, workflow, and management structure. One recommendation calls for the mayor’s position to be reduced to part-time while hiring a full-time city administrator. According to RW Management Group who conducted the study,…

Duluth Council Tables Plastic Bag Ordinance Again to Hear from Dept. of Revenue

Some councilors want questions about taxability to be answered, others say it's time to vote.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth City Council has once again tabled a plastic bag ordinance that would require businesses to charge customers five center per single-use bag. This time, councilors want to hear back from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, to find out whether or not the fee would need to be taxed. The bag fee has been in front of…

Undergraduate Students Showcase Months-Long Research Projects

UMD undergraduate students showcase research projects.

DULUTH, Minn.- Specially selected undergraduate students at u–m–d showed off months worth of research at the school’s Fall showcase Tuesday. Most majors were represented at the fair. Many STEM students focused on their advancements in the medical field, including Dean Nguyen, who was presenting his research on the heat capacity of certain molecules. “For mine, I kind of give an…

The Lakewalk Phase Two Officially Open

No longer do people have to detour up to Superior Street as they walk along the Lakewalk.

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth celebrated the  completion of a section of the storm-battered Lakewalk. No longer do people have to detour up to Superior Street as they walk along the Lakewalk. The completely redone phase two is open. In the next couple of months new lights along with fences will be installed. The project manager says it…

Costco One Step Closer to Opening in Duluth

The store would be located on the corner of Haines and Arrowhead Roads.

DULUTH, Minn. – Big-box Costco is one step closer to opening its first-ever store in Duluth employing around 200 people. Tuesday, the planning commission unanimously approved a plot of land on the corner of Haines and Arrowhead Roads for the development of Costco. The church currently on the land has agreed to re-locate. “The city is enthusiastic about new development…

UW-Superior Students Write Holiday Cards To Military Members

The Red Cross has collected nearly 10,000 cards for this years holiday card collection.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The American Red Cross joined forces with UW–Superior’s Veteran and Non-traditional Student Center to give back to military members. Students, faculty and staff wrote meaningful messages on cards donated by the Red cross. They will be sent out to service members locally and those stationed abroad. One student says writing cards helps build a bond with service…

CHUM Hoping For Cash Donations To Help Give Families In Need A Holiday Meal

$15 donations are recommended to help CHUM meet its goal.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thanksgiving is about two weeks away and chum’s food shelf is asking for your help to provide meals to families who can’t afford it. Every year, the food shelf partners with the Duluth Chamber of Commerce to offer Thanksgiving baskets to low income families. This year they are hoping to give away nearly 300. They are asking…

Veteran Shares Inspirational Story With UW-Superior Students

"I didn't think I was going to survive," said John Kriesel.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A Minnesota National Guard veteran who beat all odds after surviving a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq visited the University of Wisconsin– Superior to share his journey with students and the community. John Kriesel, a native of Cottage Grove, served in the National Guard for ten years. In 2006, he volunteered to deploy to Iraq, where…

Funding for Warming Shelters in St. Louis County Approved

Additional funding for St. Louis County warming shelters approved in a 7-0 vote.

ST. LOUIS CO., Minn.- It’s been a long, back and forth battle over where money would come from to fund Northland warming centers this winter. With temperatures already dropping below zero in some places this week, it’s as though St. Louis Co. passed the allowance of additional funds just in the nick of time. The St. Louis County board chair says…

Piedmont Elementary Students Given the Gift of Sight

Students at Piedmont Elementary School received free vision tests.

DULUTH, Minn.- The students at Piedmont Elementary School were given the gift of sight thanks to a grant that allowed them to take free vision tests. The grant, provided by “America’s Best” vision in Duluth, came as a complete surprise to the school’s principal Beth Shermoen was only trying to get vision screenings for about 40 students that she saw struggling with…

Burnett Co. Animal Shelter Raising Funds for Abandoned, Starving Dogs

BURNETT CO., Wis. — The Humane Society of Burnett County  is raising funds for two dogs rescued from a home last Friday. According to the Humane Society, two dogs named Petey and Darla were locked inside a home and abandoned. Both dogs were starving. The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office and the Humane Society went to rescue the dogs by breaking…

Owner Arrested in Wisconsin Starving Dog Case

(courtesy: Facbook/Dunn County Sheriff’s Office) MENOMONIE, Wis. (FOX 9) – Authorities in western Wisconsin arrested a 29-year-old woman for animal mistreatment after dropping off a severely malnourished dog at an animal shelter, claiming it was a stray. When the woman surrendered the 2-year-old dog to the Dunn County Humane Society on Nov. 1, he weighed only 24 pounds. Shelter staff and…

Duffy Takes Job as Lobbyist After Resigning From Congress

Duffy Resigned in September

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Sean Duffy has taken a job for a Washington lobbying firm after resigning from Congress two months ago, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and newborn who has a heart defect and Down syndrome. BGR Group announced Tuesday that the Republican Duffy would be working for the firm as a senior counsel…

Midday Update 11-12-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Kikkan Randall to Visit Duluth Saturday

Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club Hosting Two Events Saturday, November 16, 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – Two big events are happening Saturday, November 16, put on by the Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club. Club President Dan Maki and committee member Annalisa Peterson stopped by FOX 21 Local News to chat about how the public can get involved. U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist, U.S. Nordic Ski Team legend, and breast cancer survivor Kikkan Randall will first…

Former President Jimmy Carter Out of Surgery

ATLANTA (AP) – Jimmy Carter’s spokeswoman says the former president is recovering at Emory University Hospital following surgery to relieve pressure from bleeding on his brain. Deanna Congileo says there were no complications from the surgery. She says Carter will remain in the hospital for observation, and she doesn’t anticipate making more announcements until he’s released. Her Tuesday statement also…

Morning Update 11-12-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Local News, morning update

Voyageur Park Lodge a Total Loss After Monday Fire

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Record-Breaking Cold Freezing Minnesota Lakes Early

Monday Was the Coldest High Temp in Three Decades in the Cities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Record-breaking cold temperatures are freezing Minnesota lakes weeks earlier than normal. Monday was the coldest high temperature in three decades in the Twin Cities. The temperature reached 18 degrees at midnight, tying the coldest high record set in 1986. The National Weather Service said Tuesday and Wednesday may see record cold from the southern Plains to the…

Spirit of Duluth Series at Zeitgeist Cafe Features Liberian Food

The gourmet meal featured four courses of traditional Liberian food like peanut soup, Jollof rice, and even pineapple upside-down cake.

DULUTH, Minn. – Zeitgeist Cafe served up Liberian food as part of its monthly Spirit of Duluth Dinner and Film series. The gourmet meal featured four courses of traditional Liberian food like peanut soup, Jollof rice, and even pineapple upside-down cake. The cultural food also reflected influence from African-American slaves who immigrated to Liberia. “It’s just fun to submerge yourself…

Texas Roadhouse Treats Veterans To A Free Lunch

Staff say more than 1,000 people stopped in for lunch.

DULUTH, Minn. – Texas Roadhouse in Duluth  offered veterans and active military a free lunch today to show their appreciation. The restaurant opened earlier than usual to welcome veterans in for lunch. Within the first 15 minutes the restaurant was packed full of military members and their families. They were offered a free entrée plus a beverage, while also being…

Free Blizzards for Veterans at Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen hoped to give away more than one hundred medium blizzards over the course of the day.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Dairy Queen got into the Veterans Day spirit by giving away free blizzards to both veterans and active duty military members. Dairy Queen hoped to give away more than one hundred medium blizzards over the course of the day. It turns out that some employees at the Hermantown location have also served in the military and the…

More Snow Means More Business Up North Shore

Different North Shore Businesses prepare for winter tourists after last week's snowfall.

NORTH SHORE, Minn.- It seems Jack Frost made an early stop up the North Shore, and businesses couldn’t be happier. “We all live here for a reason. So we’re big fans of the snow and the cold,” said Jordyn Timberlake. The Bartender and Housekeep at Knotted Pine Inn and Tavern in Isabella is looking at increased business for both the…

Ice Fishing to Start Soon at Hi-Banks Resort

The resort is on Fish Lake in Duluth and the owners say ice fishing is just days from starting.

DULUTH, Minn. – Inches of ice have already formed on some Northland lakes including at Hi-Banks Resort on Fish Lake in Duluth. Tim Wagner has owned the resort with his family for 17 years and says this year walkable ice is three weeks earlier than last year. “I like to see five inches before I let people start walking out…