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USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul to be Commissioned in Duluth

The ship will then sail the world with the name Minneapolis-Saint Paul displayed proudly.

DULUTH, Minn. – Mayor Emily Larson and the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, Jodi Greene were on hand Wednesday morning to announce the commissioning of littoral combat ship USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul will happen in Duluth. It is rare to commission a ship in a fresh water port. The ship is still being built in Marinette, Wis., and will be…

Taking Down Bayfront After Five-Day Concert Run

Local tent rental business feeling positive effects of Bayfront week.

DULUTH, Minn.- After a successful five-day stretch of concerts at Bayfront Festival Park, the Park is returning to its resting state. Crews with local business Doucette’s Special Events, Party, and Tent Rental were at Bayfront Monday disassembling the tents used during the shows. They say 4th of July week was a great boost for their business. “For this week I…

Nostalgic 90s Crafts at Hucklebeary

Craft store hosted 90s Craft Party.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some nostalgic 90s kids got crafty with their memories at Hucklebeary in Duluth today. The store hosted a 90s craft party. Those who signed up made desk accessories out of old 90s crafts like melted beads and weebles, all while enjoying a lunchables lunch and listening to 90s jams. “It’s good to reminisce and remember the good times…

Five Nights of Bayfront Boosts Business in Canal Park

Restaurants and Hotels experiencing an increase in sales as concert-goers flock after shows.

DULUTH, Minn.- All the events at Bayfront the last few days have been lucrative for Canal Park businesses. The staff at 310 pub tells us even though they’ve been working through the concerts, they enjoy hearing stories about the shows from customers who come in afterward for a drink. “Business is booming we definitely had quite a lot of business…

Battle is On at Superior Paintball’s Junkyard Paintball

A look inside the battlefield over at Superior Paintball

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Combine capture the flag, and paintball, and throw it in a junkyard. That’s what dozens of paintballers got to experience at Superior Paintball Saturday. Once the whistle blows to begin the round, you better keep an eye out for your opponent and hope your aim is on target. Players use bunkers to shield themselves, or even crawl on…

Duluth Gets a Boost in Tourism this Fourth of July

DULUTH, Minn. – Fourth of July can be one of the busiest times of the year for Duluth. It draws thousands of visitors from across the country. And the increase in tourism can have its advantages for the city. Many call Duluth the “go to” place to spend their weekend on a non–holiday. “Well it’s a beautiful city. You have…

Old Duluth Church Could Become New Duluth Restaurant

Two brothers are working to convert the old Bethany Lutheran Church into a full service restaurant.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new restaurant could be coming to Duluth, in a more unorthodox location. Brothers Chuck and Robert Bagley are working on turning the old Bethany Lutheran Church on the 2300 block of West 3rd Street into a restaurant. They have not decided the menu just yet, though have began amassing kitchen equipment and have their plans laid out….

New Kwik Trip Causing Proctor Small Businesses to Close

Proctor Milk House and Stokke's Meat Market Closing Doors.

DULUTH, Minn.- One Proctor business has closed, and another announced its closure, as the new Duluth Kwik Trip near Proctor undergoes construction. Back in 2017 over 100 Duluth and Proctor residents and business owners packed an open house, opposing the Kwik Trip on Boundary Avenue, for fear of it forcing smaller businesses out. Ultimately Kwik Trip got the land, and…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Brian’s Workshop

Craftsman constructs handmade coasters and trivets while battling Cerebral Palsy.

DULUTH, Minn.- Many people can turn a hobby into a business, but not quite like Brian Bentley has. “I don’t consider it work. Most would say it’s a job, but I don’t consider it work. I enjoy what I do.” You may have seen Bentley at markets or outdoor festivals. Though he may be more recognizable by his products. “People…

52nd Annual Gun Show Brings Hundreds to DECC

One of the largest Gun shows in Minnesota attracts almost 100 vendors.

DULUTH, Minn.- Hundreds packed the DECC for one of the largest Gun Shows in Minnesota. The Duluth Gun Show is now in its 52nd year with 286 tables and 85 vendors displaying their firearms this year. For some, guns and the guns how have become important parts of their heritage. “It’s one of the, I would say one of the…

DECC Prepares for Grandma’s Marathon, Officials Monitoring Weather

Getting things ready for Health and Fitness Expo, Spaghetti Dinner.

DULUTH, Minn.- Before runners take off on either the William A. Irvin 5K, Half, or Grandma’s Full Marathon, they get to eat and shop around some products at the DECC. The two halls of the DECC were empty Wednesday, but these crews are preparing for the Essentia Health and Fitness Expo Thursday and Friday. “It’s really the gateway for people…

Superior Councilors Sutherland, Van Sickle Call To Censure Each Other

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Heads are butting at Superior City Hall as two councilors have introduced resolutions to formally censure each other at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Acting Council President Craig Sutherland is calling to censure Councilor Jenny Van Sickle over her recent social media blast against longtime City Attorney Frog Prell after Prell concluded it is legal to select…

Congressman Stauber Holds Roundtable in Duluth

Congressman Stauber invites business leaders to discuss federal grants.

DULUTH, Minn.- Congressman Pete Stauber held a Roundtable discussion at the Kitchi Gammi Country Club on Monday. The meeting was held to discuss how to make federal grants more accessible to organizations in rural communities. Media was only allowed in for the first five minutes of the meeting. They talked issues like rural broadband and housing, and how they can…

Running Stores Prepare for Grandma’s Marathon

Duluth Running Company getting store ready for race weekend.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s Grandma’s Marathon Race Week, and Duluth running stores are getting ready for over 20,000 runners to take to the streets this weekend. Duluth Running Company is bringing out all their stock to prepare for runners, getting last minute gear not only during the week, but even right before the race. “We’ve had sales like happen day of,”…

Twin Ports Business Owner Running For Duluth Council

DULUTH, Minn. (Press Release) – Born and raised in Western Duluth, entrepreneur Derek Medved, announced his candidacy for City Council at Large today in front of his Gary Korner Store.  Medved grew up in Gary within blocks of the Milk House convenience store and gas station at 1331 Commonwealth Ave. that he purchased at age 19 after the store encountered financial difficulties and…

Summer, Tourism Season Right Around the Corner

Tourism expected to have over $900 million dollar impact.

DULUTH, Minn.- The official start of summer is a little more than a week away, and in Duluth that means Grandma’s Marathon, outdoor festivals, and live music at Bayfront Festival Park. Those events all bring in Tourists. Grandma’s Marathon brings in as many as 20,000 runners and their friends and family. That weekend kicks off Duluth’s summer of fun. Grandma’s…

Vikre Distillery Launches Canned Craft Cocktail

Vikre will Host a Launch Party at the Distillery Cocktail Room June 15

DULUTH, Minn. – Canal Park based Vikre Distillery is branching out, releasing their first ready to drink craft cocktail. The distillery will host a launch party for the new beverage at the Distillery Cocktail Room on Saturday, June 15. The cocktail is called Frenchie and is a blend of Vikre’s organic Juniper Gin, sparkling rosé wine, a floral rosé liqueur,…

Report: Iron Ore Trade Up Two Percent in May

Shipments of Iron Ore from U.S. Great Lakes Ports Increased Two Percent in May Compared to 2018

CLEVELAND – A new report released by the Lake Carriers’ Association shows shipments of iron ore from U.S. Great Lakes ports totaled six million tons in May, an increase of nearly two percent compared to a year ago. The new data is also four percent above the month’s 5-year average. Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 14.5 million tons, an increase of…

Pet Supply Store Secures Location in New Duluth Retail Development

Chuck & Don's is Expected to Open Late Winter, Early Spring of 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – FOX 21 is learning more about a new Eagan, Minnesota based pet store coming to Duluth. According to a company spokesperson for the pet supply company, Launch Properties is responsible for building the retail development that Chuck & Don’s will call home in late winter, early spring of 2020. The space will be located in the Jigsaw retail development…

Summer Means Time to Care for Lawns

Lawn Mowing businesses are busy preparing lawns after rain and snow.

DULUTH, Minn.- Summer is a time for many fun activities: vacations, swimming, barbecues. But it’s also a time to care for your lawns. After a long winter, many Northlanders get a good look at their lawns for the first time in a while. “Of course we’re running into things like 12 inch grass,” said Shane Madrinich. “With the snowfall it…

Earth Rider Brewery Planning Major Expansion

Superior craft brewery will double beer production and expand event space between buildings

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Earth Rider Brewery in Superior is selling more beer than they can make. Now, they’re making a big expansion they say will double their beer production. Earth Rider started brewing almost two years ago. Soon the Superior company will make even more craft beer and will host big events between their brewery and taproom. Grain elevators and…

Captain’s Platter Fishing Contest Takes Anglers to Allouez Bay

15th year of competition brings Anglers of all ages together.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- On Saturday Anglers took advantage of the nice weather out on Allouez bay for the Captain’s Platter Fishing Contest. Over 50 boats full of anglers tried the water and caught some pretty big trout, walleye and salmon. One of the largest was a 23 lb trout. According to the organizers with the Duluth Sail and Power Squadron, anglers…

Mayor Paine Rides with Bikers through Superior

First ever bike ride held from UWS to Thirsty Pagan.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- City officials, business leaders, and families pedaled through the streets on the Northland’s own Tour De Superior. “The importance of riding bikes in Superior is the importance of getting around,” said Mayor Jim Paine. Dozens of men, women, and children on two wheels took over the streets for the first ever Mayor’s bike race. “I really just thought…

Ursa Minor Brewing Cans Crowlers For Local Shelves

COOKING CONNECTION: Two New Brews Hit Stores Thursday Morning

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are taking you to Ursa Minor Brewing as the can their first batch of a double New England IPA (Ditch Monster). They also canned 3-pack crowlers of Constellation Cream Ale as well. These two new brews are the first of Ursa Minor’s craft beers to hit local shelves. You can find…

Landline Twin Cities Bus Service Takes Flight

Non-stop low cost service from DLH to MSP.

DULUTH, Minn.- Driving to the Twin Cities from Duluth can be tiring, especially if you’re trying to catch an early flight. That’s why the two entrepreneurs who started the bus service Landline said they chose Minnesota–to launch a low-cost transportation option to save people money, and bring more people in and out of Duluth International Airport. An open house was…

Order Up! ‘Bite Squad’ Rolls into Duluth, Hermantown

Bite Squad is a Food Delivery Service Based in Minneapolis

DULUTH, Minn. – Are you hungry, but don’t want to cook or wait at the restaurant to get your food? Minnesota based Bite Squad is now serving the Duluth and Hermantown areas. Bite Squad started in Minneapolis in 2012 serving 17 restaurants and employing five drivers. The food delivery business is now in more than 375 cities across the United…

Speedway Gas Station Closes In Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A gas station in Superior that was most known for being a SuperAmerica and recently became a Speedway has closed. The gas station is located on the corner of Hammond Avenue and Broadway Street. The last day of operation was Memorial Day. There was no official word from company officials Tuesday on why it closed. This comes…

Bean Bag Leagues Begin Playing at Skyline Lanes and Volleyball

84 bags teams, 70 bacci ball and 350 volleyball teams play at Skyline.

DULUTH, Minn.- Warm, sunny weather means it’s time for summer sports and activities at places like Skyline Lanes and Volleyball in Duluth. They’ve opened up their deck space for leagues to play Volleyball, Bacci Ball, and starting Tuesday, Bean Bags. A total of 84 teams play bags at Skyline Lanes–42 on Mondays and 42 on Tuesdays. Along with the Volleyball…

Wisconsin Wineries Help Boost Tourism Fund

The Recent Study was Conducted by Michigan State University

WISCONSIN (AP) – Wisconsin might be best known for its beer and cheese offerings, but the state is now dabbling in other areas of interest. A new report shows the states wineries are dragging tourists from across the Upper Midwest. A recent Michigan State University study estimated 1.78 million visits were made to Wisconsin’s winery tasting rooms in 2015, bringing…

Season for Adopting is Here at Animal Allies

Mating season means an influx of adoptable animals.

DULUTH, Minn.- Animal Allies Humane Society is trying to get more loveable pets homes with some incentives. If you adopted one pet, you went home with a Swiffer Cleaning Product. According to the staff at the Humane Society said spring and summer is a great time for adopting. “There are many more litters of kittens and more puppies come through…

Grandma’s Restaurant Company CEO Buys Lincoln Park Building

DULUTH, Minn. – The owner of Grandma’s Restaurant Company, Andy Borg, has purchased a building in the growing Lincoln Park Craft District. The building is the former Duluth Sheet Metal building across from Duluth Cider on the 2300 block of West Superior Street. Grandma’s President Brian Dougherty says there aren’t major plans for the building right now other than eventually…

Thirsty Pagan Brewing to Open in Superior’s Soo Line Depot

Brewery held soft opening Wednesday.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior’s Thirsty Pagan Brewing has moved from its Broadway Street location into the Soo Line Depot on Winter Street. They plan to have a grand opening on June 8th. After renting the space at Broadway Street, the Brewery closed shop there. They now own this new location. According to owners, with more seating and performance space for 7 days…

Plans to Ease Bayfront Area Traffic and Parking Unveiled

Metropolitan Interstate Council holds meeting to release full plan, get public feedback.

DULUTH, Minn.- As summer inches closer, so do festivals and concerts–both at the DECC and at Bayfront Festival Park. Those events are becoming more frequent, and that means growing parking concerns and traffic that backs up onto I-35. But plans are moving forward to help change that, unveiled Wednesday by the Metropolitan Interstate Council, or MIC. The Council is working…

Lake Superior Art Glass Now Offering Kid’s Classes

Classes will be Offered Seven Days a Week Beginning Thursday, May 23

DULUTH, Minn. – A new kid’s class is coming to Lake Superior Art Glass in Duluth’s Canal Park. Owner Dan Neff says classes will begin on Thursday, May 23, and will be offered seven days a week. The Kid’s Class is offered to children ages 4 – 11 where the kids will help design and create their own pendant. As…

Kwik Trip Veggie Trays Again Linked to Salmonella

Several Illnesses Have Been Reported

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Kwik Trip has removed some vegetable trays from its convenience stores after several reported illnesses in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Health officials say the Del Monte vegetable trays, which included broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip, have been linked to salmonella bacteria which has, so far, sickened three people in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota. Symptoms of…

More Airport Infrastructure Upgrades Planned After Runway Reconstruction

DULUTH, Minn. – More upgrades are in the master plan for the Duluth International Airport, as the final phase of the main runway’s reconstruction is underway. There are discussions to eventually extend the smaller “cross wing runway” to 8,000 feet from the roughly 5,700 it’s at now. Airport officials say a larger second runway would help to support aviation growth…

Campgrounds Prepare for Memorial Day Weekend

Buffalo House Campgrounds are busy getting ready for the rush.

DULUTH, Minn.- Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and that’s famously a time when families get in their camper, or pack up their tents, to go camping. With 105 campsites for RVs and areas for tents, the staff at Buffalo House Campground is busy getting ready for the Memorial Day rush. The peaceful trees and sounds of birds…

Students Put on Empty Bowl Fundraiser

Funds raised total $5,000.

DULUTH, Minn.- Two seniors from Duluth Marshall school put on their version of the Empty Bowl Fundraiser, previously put on for 25 years by the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. Organizers said Tuesday’s event raised roughly $5,000, which they say helps because one dollar can turn around three meals. The two seniors, Elizabeth Jarocki and David Olsen, said that…

Vault Apps: Why Every Parent Should be on the Lookout

Vault Apps are known as a Decoy to Hide Photos, Videos, Messages and More

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to parents protecting children on mobile devices and social media, it can be tricky to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and tricks. Tech expert and V.P. of Strategy & Operations, Christopher Mohs, stopped by FOX 21 Local News with tips for Northland parents. Mohs says so-called “Vault Apps” are skyrocketing in popularity with…

Women’s Clothing Chain Dressbarn to Close All its 650 Stores

The Miller Hill Mall in Duluth does have a Roz & Ali store, which is owned by the Dressbarn group. That store would be part of the closure process.

DULUTH, Minn.-Dressbarn, the women’s clothing chain that’s been around for nearly 60 years, is closing all 650 of its stores. The company’s chief financial officer, Steven Taylor, said Dressbarn has not been operating at an “acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment.” Its owner, Ascena Retail Group Inc., says it wants to focus on its more profitable brands. Ascena…

NAMI Holds Fundraiser at Superior Culver’s

Fundraiser raised money for programming.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Douglas County chapter of NAMI, also known as the National Alliance on Mental Illness held a fundraiser at a local fast food chain on Monday. The Culver’s on Second Street in Superior donated a portion of today’s profits to NAMI. Plenty of people came out to support, including law enforcement, local officials, and members of the community. Organizers…

Ice Cream with a K-9 at Superior Dairy Queen

Northland K-9 Foundation hosted fundraiser.

SUPERIOR, Wis- It was a great day to go out and grab some ice cream while hanging out with Superior’s finest four-legged law enforcement: a K-9 from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The Northland K-9 Foundation hosted its Spirit Night Fundraiser at the Dairy Queen on Tower Avenue. There you could meet Deputy Cory Fossum and his K-9 Raptor, and…

Lake Breeze Motel and Resort Sold

New owners keeping hometown feel while upgrading for the future

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Breeze Motel and Resort, on the shores of Lake Superior just north of Duluth, has been sold. Brad and Kimberly Baerg have dreamed of owning a Northern Minnesota Resort for more than ten years. Since last Wednesday, the family has called the Lake Breeze Motel and Resort home. “We wanted to look at trying to…

Jumping Out of the Cold, Into Summer Break

Planet 3 Extreme Air Park attracts families looking for fun indoor activities.

DULUTH, Minn.- When the weather on this planet gets you down, why not travel to a new planet? Planet 3 to be exact. Summer Break is beginning for students and in nasty weather like Sunday’s, families are trying to find fun indoor activities. So in the gloomy, windy, snowy outdoors, Planet 3 Extreme Air Park on 46th Avenue West, turns into…

Northland Greenhouses in Full Bloom Thanks to Spring Weather

Lilac Hill Greenhouse report higher sales with Mother's Day and warmth.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- The warm air and sun came just in time for area greenhouses to go into their busy season. The florists at Lilac Hill Greenhouse, formerly Engwall’s, said this past Mother’s Day weekend and this week’s warm weather has given them a boost going into the summer season. They say, after a long Northland winter, the flowers are refreshing….

Blacklist’s New Axe-Throwing Set to be On Target

New activity opens this Friday.

DULUTH, Minn.- The trend of Axe-Throwing in bars makes its way to Duluth, as Blacklist Artisan Ales prepares to open Axe-Throwing in their downtown Superior Street location. This Friday they will be debuting Duluth’s first recreational Axe-Throwing location, which started as all great ideas do. “It’s kinda fun because I thought it was a joke when it first started,” said…

Ford Adds 270,000 Cars to Recall for Unintended Rollaways

The Addition Covers Certain 2013 Through 2016 Fusion Midsize Cars

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is adding 270,000 vehicles to a recall in North America to fix a gearshift problem that could cause them roll away unexpectedly. The addition covers certain 2013 through 2016 Fusion midsize cars with 2.5-liter engines. The company is urging drivers to always use the parking brake until repairs are made. Ford says a bushing that attaches…

Thinking Spring at the Think Spring Craft and Vendor Show

Event held at Black Bear Casino in Carlton

CARLTON, Minn.- The Otter Creek Event Center was packed with at least 100 booths of unique handmade items, like puppets and fudge. If you visited at least 25 booths, you had a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Seven Fires Steakhouse at Black Bear Casino. “Anything in this arena today, a lot of stuff you might be able…