Business

Once Upon A Child Holds Halloween Costume Sale

DULUTH, Minn. – Once Upon A Child in burning tree plaza has started stocking their shelves with Halloween costumes. This helps parents get a head start with finding the perfect costume at a bargain price. “That’s gonna be 50-70% off what you’re gonna buy brand new. And your kids wear the Halloween costume once. And it’s a really fun night,…

Graduates of Carpentry Program Ready for Next Step

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A graduation ceremony was held in Hermantown at the Jerry Alander Training Center Friday afternoon. Participants spent six weeks in a carpentry program sponsored by multiple organizations including the local carpenters union. That work group says they are in need of workers as the construction industry continues to boom in the northland. The graduates- with the majority…

St. Luke’s Nurses Vote to Authorize Strike

Union can still negotiate a deal for 10 days before strike is implemented.

DULUTH, Minn.- After weeks of negotiations, nurses at St. Luke’s Hospital authorized a strike for what they call unfair labor practices. The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) says staffing and scheduling is inefficient at the hospital. They say while they don’t want to strike, they see no other way of having their needs met. “Like we’ve been clear from the very…

Ordean Building Sold for $1.2 Million, No Change for Tenants

Foundation Sells Building to Keep Focusing on Addressing Poverty

DULUTH, Minn.- The Ordean Building on Superior Street in Downtown Duluth is changing owners. The Ordean Foundation has sold the building to local professional real estate company Titanium Partners LLC. Officials with the Ordean Foundation say they sold the West Superior Street building because managing it was keeping them from their mission of addressing poverty issues in the area. The…

Preparations Underway for Inline Skating Marathon

TWO HARBORS, MN – The 24th Annual Inline Skating Marathon will get underway this Satuday. To kick things off, there will be an expo on Friday at the DECC, along with “Skatefest” followed by the race. Upwards of two-thousand people will be participating, bringing more business to the area. “It’s great. Any time you can have a great event like…

Two Harbors Wastewater Treatment Plant Seeking Upgrades

TWO HARBORS, MN – The wastewater treatment plant in Two Harbors is looking to get $20 million in upgrades. On Thursday morning, Two Harbors city leaders met with the senate and capitol investment committee to bring forward and appropriation bill which would cover half of the project. The plant was originally built in the 1950’s and has had upgrades throughout…

New Government Service Center Opens in Virginia

VIRGINIA, MN – Employees at the Northland Office Building in Virginia, Minnesota were in need of a big change. “The old building was basically a recreation hall converted to an office building, converted to a government office building,” Property Management Division Director, Tony Mancuso says. The 7,000 people a month seeking their services often had a difficult time finding their…

Nurses Ratify Agreement For Three-Year Contract With Essentia Health

St. Luke's nurses have yet to reach agreement with hospital

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Nurses Association has accepted the terms of a new three-year contract with Essentia Health, according to a press release from the group. The previous contract expired on June 30th, and Essentia Health nurses have been working without one since then. Both Essentia Health and St. Luke’s nurses went on informational strikes this summer to raise…

St. Luke’s Nurses Prepared to Strike After Failed Negotiations

Nurses say they need safer staffing. more consistent scheduling.

DULUTH, Minn.- Nurses at Saint Luke’s in Duluth are one step closer to a possible strike after negotiations stalled between the hospital and its union on Monday. It’s happening as nurses at Essentia Health are voting on their new contract. After negotiating for about 18 hours, Saint Luke’s nurses and management will return to the bargaining table again on Wednesday….

Take One Last Look Inside The Exchange

DULUTH, MN – Mark Edwards has been in the restaurant business for over 40 years. “I was at Spirit Mountain when they first opened and unpacked the plates from the straw back then,” Exchange Cafe and Bakery Owner, Mark Edwards says. The Exchange bakery and cafe first opened back in 1988, and after his tenure with Spirit Mountain, Edwards took…

Fans Celebrate Viking First Game Win at the Reef

Game ends 28-12 Vikings.

DULUTH, Minn.- An impressive win for the Minnesota Vikings in their first game of the season as the NFL celebrates its 100th year. “GO VIKINGS! Come on let’s hear it for the Vikings! Woohooo!” Purple was everywhere as Vikings fans flooded the Reef Bar on London Road as fans turned out for the first game of the season. They said…

First Wine Bar and Winery Opens in Superior

Owner handmakes and sells her own wine.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The first wine bar and winery in Superior held its grand opening, and the wines you get there you really can’t get anywhere else. Wine Seller Winery on Belknap Street is selling homemade wines that you can taste and buy for yourself. The owner has been making her own wine for years and wanted to share her creations…

26th Annual Harvest Festival Takes Over Bayfront Park

Farmers, local crafts and artists came out to meet their customers.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Harvest Festival took over Bayfront Festival Park Saturday. Farmers and more than 30 local craftspeople and artists showed off their items. They also attended a renewable energy fair to learn more about making farming more sustainable. “This event is a really good time for people to meet their farmers face to face,” said Festival Director…

America is Running out of White Claw Hard Seltzer

Sales of the Drink Grew 283% to $327.7 Million in July

NEW YORK – White Claw is a victim of its own success: The hard seltzer brand confirmed a nationwide shortage in the United States, sparked by the drink’s rising popularity. “We are working around the clock to increase supply given the rapid growth in consumer demand,” Sanjiv Gajiwala, White Claw’s senior vice president of marketing, told CNN Business. “White Claw…

Walmart to Stop Selling Handgun Ammunition

Walmart Will Also Discontinue Handgun Sales in Alaska

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart says it will discontinue the sale of handgun ammunition and also publicly request that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores even where state laws allow it. The announcement comes after a mass shooting claimed seven lives in Odessa, Texas and follows two other back-to-back shootings last month, one of them at a Walmart…

New Fall Menu Features Zesty, Savory Items at Ledge Rock Grille

Cooking Connection: Pork Belly Tacos

LARSMONT, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s Brett Scott is in the kitchen with Chef Richard Selz from Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages. The restaurant is proud to debut a new menu that combines the best of a classic lakeshore meal with global flavors and fresh, quality ingredients. The restaurant is open for breakfast lunch and…

Big Changes on Horizon for Soo Locks

DULUTH, MN – “The impact of the Soo Locks is felt nationwide,” Congressman, Pete Stauber says. That statement was the theme of today’s press conference where future improvement plans for the locks were announced. It’s not unusual for more than seventy thousand tons of iron ore to be carried on a vessel using the locks. That is not even the…

Superior Businesses Put Out Purple for Alzheimer’s Awareness

All this week businesses have special events before the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Duluth.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- September is Alzheimer’s Awareness month and in the Twin Ports, it’s recognized with the yearly Walk to End Alzheimer’s this Saturday in Duluth. But the awareness campaign is already kicking off today with businesses across the bridge in Superior that are getting involved for the first time. “I don’t think there’s anybody in our community that has not…

Cooking Connection: Fresh French Fries at the Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get-Together Wraps up on Monday, September 2, 2019

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – The Great Minnesota Get-Together continues through Labor Day in Falcon Heights. This year there are dozens of new foods available to try, but the staples keep customers and fairgoers coming back. FOX 21 Local News stopped by Fresh French Fries in this week’s Cooking Connection. FOX 21’s Andrew Kirov learns how staff keep up with demand…

Remembering Duluth Business Owner, Community Advocate Rick Boo

Co-owner of Carmody locations dies at 60.

DULUTH, Minn.- Longtime Duluth business owner, son of a former mayor, and longtime LGBTQ community supporter Rick Boo has died. No cause of death has been released at this time. Carmody Irish Pub and Brewery was packed Wednesday with people reminiscing about his life. “He’s touched a lot of lives in this town, and helped a lot of deadbeat musicians…

AICHO Workshop Helps Grow Indigenous Economy

Series focuses on Indigenous Economy and Indigenous Entrepreneurs.

DULUTH, Minn.- The American Indian Community Housing Organization or AICHO is hosting a forum that gives the indigenous community the tools to build the Indigenous economy. The first of the three part series Indigenous Economy, Indigenous Entrepreneurs was held Wednesday. A business owner shared his story and how native people in Duluth can start their own businesses that can help…

Anderson Furniture To Close In Lincoln Park

The Store Has Been Open For More than 100 Years

DULUTH, Minn.- Another longtime furniture store in Lincoln Park has announced it’s closing. Anderson Furniture will close its doors in the next couple of months after more than 100 years in business, according to a store employee. There’s no word on how many employees will be affected. The Anderson Furniture store in Virginia will stay open. In terms of the…

Proctor Businesses React to Construction

Proctor, MN – Construction in Proctor is continuing to buzz along. Stop light repairs and accessibility to county road eleven are taking up the bulk of the work. The construction, which started August 7th, is on the main drag of town on highway two. One local business owner says, crossing the street and taking new delivers has been difficult. “The…

Major Grant Will Help Fix Area Bridges

DULUTH, MN – Congressman Pete Stauber announced today that Saint Louis County will receive $10,252,000 from the Department of Transportation towards bridge repairs. There are more than six-hundred bridges in Saint Louis County. The grant would allow the public works team to accelerate their plan for bridge maintenance. An additional fifteen or more bridges with weight restrictions could be replaced….

Knowing Your Neighbors: New London Road Store Sells a Little Bit of Everything

New store sells items from estate sales, cleanouts.

DULUTH, Minn.- Sometimes you just need somewhere to put all the things you don’t need anymore. Well “S&J’s Everything” on London Road can help, giving new meaning to the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” “Our niche is if we don’t have it we can get it. If we can’t get it, you don’t need it,” said co-owner Scott…

Poe Lock Closes for Emergency Repairs

Closure causes concerns, stops two thousand-footer ships.

Emergency repairs forced the closure of the largest of the Soo Locks on Monday, causing some concern for the Duluth-Superior Port. The Poe Lock was closed for repairs for 12 hours. This cased delays in port shipping, including two thousand-footers waiting to get through at Sault Saint Marie, Michigan. According to Jayson Hron of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, this…

DTA Adds Pilot Bus Route

Duluth , MN – A new DTA bus route was added Monday morning to one of Duluth’s busiest tourist areas. Route 24 will take passengers through the downtown waterfront area. Previously, the only public transportation system there was the free trolley. Since that was only seasonal, a pilot route has been introduced by the DTA, allowing commuters accessibility to different…

Department of Transportation Hosts Monthly Meeting

  Duluth, MN- The Minnesota DOT hosted another monthly meeting to share where they are at with the three-hundred million dollar can of worms interstate project. The project includes replacing aging ramps and bridges to accommodate better freight movement. It won’t get underway until next summer, but some of the early stages are taking effect. Milling and repaving railroad street…

Essentia Health, Minn. Nurses Assoc. Reach Tentative Agreement

St. Luke's Nurses Remain Without An Agreement

DULUTH, Minn. — One day after Essentia Health and St. Luke’s nurses hit the streets of Duluth for an informational picket over failed contract negotiations that call for “safe” staffing levels, Essentia announced a tentative agreement late Wednesday with the Minnesota Nurses Association. Below is the statement from Essentia: Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association have reached a tentative…

Knowing Your Neighbors: More than Coffee at White Pine Market

White Pine Market to sell coffee, vendors' crafts, and more.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- The owners of the unique White Pine Market sell everything from coffee to a wide variety of merchandise brought in by local Two Harbors vendors. Jim Aili has been brewing his own coffee for a while now. “It started about eight years ago,” he said. “I turned 50. She bought me a little roasting thing because I’ve…

Council Passes Amended Golf Course Resolution, Step Closer to Calling for Development Proposals

Council voted 8-0, with amendment that new property must meet certain requirements.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth City Council voted to pass a resolution that allows the potential sale of 50 acres of Lester Park Golf Course and 10 acres of Enger Park Golf Course to a developer to use for affordable housing. The council passed the resolution 8-0, with Councilor Jay Fosley absent. It comes with an amendment that any proposals for…

S and J’s Everything on London Road Open Selling Everything

New store holds grand opening.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new store has opened up on London Road in Duluth, selling, well, a little bit of everything. S and J’s Everything held its grand opening at 1702 London Road Sunday. They help with estate sales and house and business clean outs, and whatever is left over, they get to sell. With a hodgepodge mix of furniture, knick…

Intersection of Stebner and Maple Grove Road Closed Monday

City to close intersection for the final time, officials say.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.-The intersection of Stebner Road and Maple Grove Road in Hermantown will be closed for most of the day Monday. St. Louis County is paving the roads there starting at 7:30 Monday morning until about 4 p.m. The closure means you may need to plan an alternate route to get to the Hermantown Community Church, Jefferson Children’s Center, and…

Going Thrifty for Back to School Shopping

More are turning to thrift stores to buy clothes, supplies.

DULTUH, Minn.- Another way to get school supplies without breaking your budget is shopping at thrift stores. Thrift stores like Savers up by Miller Hill Mall are seeing more families coming in and shopping for back to school clothes, some supplies, and athletic equipment. This Saturday will be a 99 Cent T-Shirt Sale for National Thrift Store Day. Staff said…

Art in Bayfront Park to Feature 130 Vendors, Friday Night Concert

New this Year, a Concert Benefiting Save the Boundary Waters is Happening Friday, August 16 from 3:00 - 11:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Art in Bayfront Park is returning for the 10th year Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18. On Saturday, the festival will run from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This year there will be a concert Friday night as event organizers look to make the festival a three-day…

Flammable Vapor Causes Explosion in West Duluth

A vapor from an adhesive remover caused the explosion on Duluth's West End Monday afternoon

DULUTH, Minn.- A flammable vapor caused an explosion on the West End of Duluth Monday afternoon. Duluth Fire officials say the vapors from an adhesive remover that’s used in construction or cleaning products ignited a flash fire that caused an explosion on Grand Avenue. A man was using the adhesive remover while refurbishing a building that used to be a…

Ride a Water Car at Pier B Resort

Amphibious automobile astonishes guests at Pier B.

DULUTH, Minn.- While the Tall Ships dazzle crowds in Canal Park, another watercraft is attracting some eyes at Pier B Resort. The resort now offers promotional rides in a water car. It looks like a jeep, goes about 80 mph on land, and 45 mph in the water. Giving guests another look at all that’s going the lake. “Y’know what…

Vandals Strike Two Harbors Golf Course

Two Harbors, MN – The Lakeview National Golf Course received damage to two greens, a bunker and six golf carts are now out of commission. There are no estimates on the costs of the damages. Although the greens will take awhile to repair, managers say the golf cars received significant damage affecting their suspension. “Most of them look like the…

Two Harbors Hosts 25th Annual Art Festival

"Under the Spreading Walnut Tree" Art Festival is Happening August 9 - 11 in Two Harbors

DULUTH, Minn. – Artists and vendors are flocking to Two Harbors August 9 – 11 to take part in the 25th annual “Under the Spreading Walnut Tree” Art Festival. The festival takes place at the Superior Hiking Train Info Center located at 731 Highway 61. Nearly 30 artists will be on-site selling their artwork. Mediums include ceramic, pottery, fiber, glass,…

Minneapolis Bans new Drive-Through Windows

The City Council Voted Thursday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Local planners say Minneapolis is the first city of its size in the country to ban new drive-through windows. The City Council voted Thursday to ban new construction of drive-through facilities. The existing ones are grandfathered. Council President Lisa Bender proposed the ban last year to cut down on vehicle noise, idling and traffic and to make…

Cloquet Police Chief Resigns After 4-Month Voluntary Leave; City Admin. To Exit In Sept.

CLOQUET, Minn. – It’s over and out for Cloquet Police Chief Jeff Palmer who has chosen to leave the department – making him the third chief to do just that since Wade Lamirande in 2014. Cloquet City Administrator Aaron Reeves said Palmer was not being investigated for any complaints while he was on leave for the past four months leading…

Unique Farm Sets Up In Carlton County

WRIGHT, MN – A unique farm has set up shop west of Prairie Lake in Wright. What makes this farm so special is that its business has traveled all over Carlton County. Heather-Marie Bloom, is the founder of Rising Phoenix Community Farm, which is a community supported agriculture farm she started back in 2011. From there, she and her father…

FedEx to end Ground Delivery Business with Amazon

The Announcement was Made Wednesday

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) NEW YORK (AP) – FedEx says it will no longer make ground deliveries for Amazon as the online shopping giant builds its own fleet and becomes more of a threat to delivery companies. The announcement Wednesday comes two months after FedEx terminated its air delivery contract with Amazon. FedEx said dumping Amazon is part of…

See a Movie, Save a Lion at Marcus Duluth Cinemas

Theater partners with Lake Superior Zoo to raise money to conserve lion.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Zoo partnered with Marcus Duluth Cinemas in capitalizing on the success of a new Disney movie for conservation efforts. $1 from any ticket purchased went towards the Lion Recovery Fund to help Lion conservation efforts. Since the first Lion King was released 25 years ago, half of Africa’s Lions have been lost and only 20,000…

Local Farmers Reflect on Slow Season

SUPERIOR, WI – On Wednesday afternoon, the Superior Business Improvement District hosted their weekly farmers market. It’s been a rough season for the farmers due to the wild spring and summer weather. One farmer says, his “catch” or production rate was hit pretty hard. “This year I think I only got a forty percent catch and I attribute that because…