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Bake Sale Raises Money for Child Abuse Victims

First Witness Child Advocacy Center Hosts Bake Sale at Holiday Center

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluth organization sold some sweet treats today, to benefit victims of child abuse. First Witness Child Advocacy Center sold baked goods donated by their board of directors and their friends and family at the Holiday Center. Organizers say, the sale’s impact is far-reaching. “Spreading the word about First Witness, and how important it is to our community…

Expansion Plans for a Local Family Owned Business

Moline Machinery Expands

  DULUTH, Minn.- Some big changes are coming for a long time business in West Duluth. A nine million dollar expansion is planned for the Moline Machinery plant on South Central Avenue. The fourth generation business now has one hundred thousand square feet of space and the new plans will expand the building by an extra twenty five thousand square…

OMC Smokes Your Turkey

Smokehouse Sells Smoked Turkeys for Thanksgiving

DULUTH, Minn.-As many across the Northland are planning their Thanksgiving meals, some may want to give smoked turkey a try. Until Sunday, OMC Smokehouse is taking orders for their smoked turkeys. For $110.98 you can get a big bird, weighing in at about 22-24 lbs. They come brined with stock at the bottom, ready for pick up anytime next Tuesday…

Wisconsin Deer Hunting Begins as License Sales are Low

Hunting Stores Help Hunters Gear Up

DULUTH, Minn.-With the Wisconsin Gun Deer Opener happening at first light on Saturday, hunting stores like Superior Shooters Supply are helping hunters gear up to start the season. The gleam of polished rifles and the rattling of ammunition boxes mean it’s that time of year: Wisconsin deer hunting begins. Which means products at area hunting stores are flying off the…

Liquor May Soon Flow in Lakeside

Two New Liquor Stores Awaiting Council Approval

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lakeside neighborhood had been dry of alcohol sales for more than 100 years. But alcohol may soon flow there once more. After lifting the ban on liquor in 2016, multiple liquor stores could pop up there in the near future. Whether or not alcohol can be sold off sale in that neighborhood, comes down to the city council’s…

Schwan’s Co. Sold to South Korean Company for $1.8 Billion

Schwan's Will Keep its Name and Office in Minnesota

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – A food distributor with deep roots in Minnesota has been sold to South Korea’s largest food company. The Schwan’s Co. is well known for home deliveries made by its gold trucks. The companies released a statement Thursday saying CJ CheilJedang will pay $1.8 billion for an 80 percent stake in Schwan’s and gain control of its businesses…

First Cidery Opens in Lincoln Park in Duluth

Duluth Cider Holds Grand Opening

DULUTH, Minn.-  A new cidery three and a half years in the making opened Wednesday on the 2300 block of W. Superior Street. Duluth Cider treated dozens of people to their new cider. They have six different ciders on tap. According to the staff, they hope to be the ones to introduce Northlanders to the unique culture that’s connected to…

‘Meating’ Thanksgiving Demands

Superior Meats Busy with Meat Orders

SUPERIOR, Wis.- As Thanksgiving nears, area butchers are getting busy. Employees at Superior Meats say they’ve been about two dozen turkey orders a day, as well as one or two Turducken orders. “Lot of wow factor,” said Manager Benjamin Buchanan. “It’s a chicken stuffed inside a duck, stuffed inside a turkey. With our homemade wild rice stuffing in between the…

Hot Turkey Sandwiches and Soup at Marine General

Store Hands Out Free Food to Raise Money for Bob's Bike Drive

DULUTH, Minn.- The parking lot of Marine General was packed Wednesday, as they hosted their annual Turkey Fry. People could get a free turkey sandwich and some wild rice soup, all with donations being accepted for Bob’s Bike Drive. The Drive gives bikes to needy kids around the holidays. “Bringing awareness to the Bob’s Bike Drive,” said Marine General’s Retail…

Wisconsin Company Gives Employees Revolvers for Christmas

Wolfgram Says he is not Worried About Workplace Violence

HORTONVILLE, Wis. – A Wisconsin company is giving employees revolvers for Christmas in what it says is an effort to promote personal safety and team building. Ben Wolfgram is co-owner of Hortonville-based BenShot. The company makes novelty glassware embedded with a bullet to make it look like it’s been shot. Wolfgram has 16 full-time employees, some of whom have never…

Zup’s Owners Speak Out After Cook Store Fire

COOK, Minn. – Crews arrived to Zup’s Food Market around 8:45 p.m. Monday after receiving reports of smoke and flames coming from the back of the store along Highway 53. The blaze spread quickly and immediate help was requested from several nearby fire departments. Crews remained on the scene for more than seven hours attempting to gain control of the…

Duluth’s Black Water Lounge To Close Through 2020

Company Will Reopen After Superior Street Reconstruction Is Complete

  DULUTH, Minn. – Downtown Duluth’s Black Water Lounge will “temporarily” close after New Year’s Eve celebrations Jan. 1, 2019 and stay that way through the completion of the Superior Street reconstruction project in 2020 with a reopening in early to mid-2021. “It’s been challenging on Superior Street and will continue to be for the next few years. But there…

Want Tips On How To Start Your Own Small Business?

Small Business Workshops Offering Tips To Help Beginners Start Up In Wisconsin

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — A small business workshop kicked off today, providing tips on how you can start up your own business in Douglas County. Regional Cooking Instructor Arlene Coco lead Monday’s class on restaurant start-ups. “Everybody’s just in the listening stage. One of the best tips I give people when they are starting a business is to remember everything takes…

West Duluth Dollar Tree Burglarized

Store Broken Into Sunday Morning

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth police are investigating after a business in West Duluth was burglarized. The crime happened around 8:30 Sunday morning at the Dollar Tree on Central Avenue. According to police, one or more burglars broke windows to gain access to the building. Police say roughly $5,000 worth of items was stolen. No arrests had been made as of late…

Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas at the DECC

Festival of Trees Begins

DULUTH, Minn.-If you need a little Christmas right this very minute, then the DECC is the place for you this weekend. The Junior League of Duluth’s annual Festival of Trees kicked off Saturday, with over 180 vendors there with their own unique pieces of holiday delight, as well as Christmas trees to auction off. Organizers say, it’s become a Northland…

Duluth Armory Getting Revamped

Restoration and Redevelopment Underway

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s housed the who’s who in 20th century music and culture, including Buddy Holly, in one of his final performances before his death. That performance was watched by Bob Dylan, inspiring him to pursue his own music career. The Duluth Armory has sat unused for over a decade, now plans are in motion to bring it back. Redevelopment…

Welcome to the Hostel Duluth

New Hostel Hosts Grand Opening

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s newest, and only, hostel held its grand opening Thursday. Hostel Du Nord is located on W. First Street in Duluth. It’s place were people can pay a fraction of the price of other downtown local hotels, and get a private bunk but share a living space with others.. Staff believes the hostel experience will enhance Duluth. “They…

How To Build A Perfect Beer

Hoops Brewing Teaches Brittney Merlot What Goes In To Brewing A Seasonal Beer

DULUTH, Minn. — Learn how brew masters build the perfect beer in this week’s Cooking Connection. We take you to Hoops Brewing to talk with Dave Hoop himself on seasonal brews, techniques and flavors. Categories: Business, Community, Cooking Connection, Entertainment, Features, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News Tags: Brew Master, Building a Beer, Cooking Connection, Craft Beer, Dave Hoops, Hoops…

Former Carlson Bookstore Building Sold; Pop-Up Venue Planned For Garage

DULUTH, Minn. – Some changes in real estate are coming to downtown Duluth. The old Carlson Bookstore building at 206 E. Superior Street has been sold. Duluth businessman Rod Raymond of Just Take Action, Inc. told FOX 21 Wednesday he sold the vacant building to his investor group out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Raymond says the unannounced tenants have been…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Dovetail Cafe

New Cafe and Marketplace Opens In Lincoln Park

DULUTH, Minn.-Many big coffee shops like Starbucks, and smaller niche cafes like to boast of their organic, single origin coffee. But how many can boast that their entire coffee shop is homegrown? One cafe in Lincoln Park sure seems like it can. “That’s something we really believe strongly in, and if we can re-purpose something so that it’s not going…

Taste the Flavors of Fall this Week in Downtown Duluth

Visitors and Northland Residents are Invited to Enjoy $10 Lunch Specials and $25 Dinner Specials Through Saturday, November 10

DULUTH, Minn. – Are you looking for easy lunch and dinner options this week? If so, the Greater Downtown Council in Duluth has you covered! Eat Downtown – Flavors of Fall Duluth Restaurant Week kicks off Monday, November 5 and will run through Saturday, November 10. Darlene Marshall with the Greater Downtown Council says the goal of this week is to…

Community Asked How 4th Street Indigenous Market Be Developed

AICHO Holds Open House at Old 4th Street Market

DULUTH, Minn.- The American Indian Community housing organization or AICHO invited the community to the site of the future indigenous food market for an Open House on Saturday. Attendees got to see an anishinaabe blessing, check out local indigenous vendors, and share feedback on what they would like to see happen with the old 4th Street Market. For decades the…

Duluth and Germany Come Together Next Fall

New Oktoberfest Event Coming to Bayfront Park

DULUTH, Minn.- Next fall Bayfront Park will be turned into a little Germany. Kern and Kompany just announced they’ll be hosting an Oktoberfestival at Bayfront. The event will feature German games, food, and of course, plenty of beer. “It’s really just about the experience,” said Event Coordinator Jon Ehmke. “We want people to come into Bayfront and get transported to…

PUC Votes to Approve Minnesota Power Natural gas Plant

The Plant Will Cost About $700 Million to Build

DULUTH, Minn. – In a Monday morning 3-2 vote the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved Minnesota Power’s Nemadji Trails Energy Center. Last year Minnesota Power announced plans to build a $700 million natural gas plant in Superior. Minnesota Power would be responsible for half of the $700 million bill for constructing the plant. The costs would also be shared with…

Dovetail Open for Business

New Cafe Opens in Duluth Folk School

DULUTH, Minn.- A new cafe has opened at the Duluth Folk School in Lincoln Park. Dovetail Cafe and Marketplace opened their doors and welcomed first customers last week. The Folk School says, they hope to provide a space for the community to come together, being the only coffee shop in Lincoln Park. Almost everything in the cafe is handcrafted by artists…

US Probes Ford Pickup Tailgates Opening Unexpectedly

Ford is Cooperating With NHTSA

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. safety regulators are trying to figure out why the power tailgates on some Ford F-Series pickup trucks can open unexpectedly while the trucks are moving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks from the 2017 model year. The agency says In documents posted Wednesday that it has…

Sears Files for Chapter 11 Amid Plunging Sales, Massive Debt

Sears is Filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

NEW YORK (AP) – The company, inundated by debt and falling sales, said Monday that it would begin liquidation sales and close another 142 stores before the end of the year. The company that dominated the American retail landscape in the 20th century joins a long list of stores ravaged by changing technology and shopping patterns. Some stores have pulled…

USW Frustrations Grow, say ArcelorMittal Management Provoking Work Stoppage

There is no Planned Work Stoppage as of yet

DULUTH, Minn. – A day after members of the USW union voted by a 10-1 margin to ratify a new four-year contract with Cleveland Cliffs, the USW Negotiating Committee released a bargaining update highlighting growing frustrations with ArcelorMittal management. The update explains ArcelorMittal, which has operations in Virginia, opened negotiations in July by expressing appreciation for union contributions over the…

Follow the Green Balloons this Saturday in Lincoln Park

The Third Annual Lincoln Park Open House is Happening Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Local business owners in Duluth’s Lincoln Park Neighborhood invite you to stop by and explore their space this Saturday, October 13. The third annual Lincoln Park Open House is taking place from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Activities and great deals will be offered by local businesses such as Ursa Minor Brewing, Corktown Deli & Brews, Love…

Canal Park Recovers After Storm

Businesses are back open as crews begin assessing infrastructure damage

DULUTH, Minn. – A normal fall day in Canal Park; sunshine, tourists walking along the shore. It’s a sharp contrast from the fury on Lake Superior only one day before. “She’s like holy cow look at all the waves and stuff and it progressively got worse and worse and worse and so we decided to come out here and take…

Starbucks Provides Backup Care Benefit to US Workers

Employees Will get up to to Backup Care Days Each Year

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)SEATTLE (AP) – Starbucks’ U.S. employees have a new benefit: subsidized backup care for children and adults. The company says employees will get up to 10 backup care days each year to use when regular care is unavailable. More than 180,000 employees will be eligible. In-home backup care for kids or adults will cost employees $1…

Get Felted Soap at Apple Fest

Some Unique Vendors Selling their Goods Alongside Apples

BAYFIELD, Wis.- Believe it or not there’s more than just apples at Apple Fest. There are all types of vendors taking advantage of the large crowds to sell their unique items, like felted soap. “It’s a bar of handmade soap that has wool roving wet-felted around the outside in alternating layers,” said Naomi McFadden, daughter of The Felted Soap Lady….

Students Tour Factory for Manufacturing Week

The Pathways to Prosperity program aims to get more women in manufacturing jobs

DULUTH, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton declared this “Manufacturing Week” in Minnesota. Some prospective workers had the chance to tour a manufacturing facility in Duluth. Students in the Pathways to Prosperities program through Lake Superior College took the tour. The program is aimed at getting more women working in manufacturing careers like machine operation. “The one thing I really do…

Bayfield Apple Festival This Weekend

Businesses are getting stands and booths ready for the thousands of tourists

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Shops in Bayfield have been spending the week preparing for the Apple Festival crowds. Booths, tents, and stands are going up all around town. The Fat Radish will be serving shrimp tempura, fish tacos, hot drinks, and plenty of pie for all the tourist passing by their restaurant. “The last week or two we’re just prep, prep,…

Amazon ups Hourly Wage to $15, Will Advocate for Higher pay

The Federally Mandated Minimum Wage Stands at $7.25 per Hour

(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, which has faced political and economic pressure to raise pay for thousands of employees, is boosting its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 per hour starting next month and said it will push for an increase in the federally mandated minimum wage, which now stands at $7.25 per hour….

Knowing Your Neighbors: Diamond Royal Tack

The one stop shop for all your Weatern wear needs in the Northland!

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Northern Midwest isn’t normally knowing for its Western staples, but Fox 21 found one of the only places in the Twin Ports that can help you gear up for a ride. On the brim of Lake Superior, Diamond Royal Tack has a little something for everyone, but the family owned business focuses on giving those in the…

Cleveland-Cliffs, Steelworkers Reach Contract Agreement

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) –  Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. and the United Steelworkers have reached a tentative agreement on a new, four-year contract. The Cleveland-based company and the union announced the deal Sunday. The proposed contract takes effect Monday and covers about 1,800 union workers at Cliffs’ Tilden and Empire mines in Michigan and its United Taconite and Hibbing Taconite mines in Minnesota….

National Coffee Day is Finishing off September, but There’s More to it Than Your Regular Cup of Joe

What else can you do with coffee besides drink it?

DULUTH, Minn.- Fox 21’s Viktoria Capek takes you to the “lab” of Duluth Coffee Company where Jess Rossing creates organic beauty products and body scrubs from dried coffee grounds. She tells us all about her business Pretty Gritty Body. For more information on Pretty Gritty Body, you can learn in person at Duluth Coffee Company on Superior Street or visit…

Wasabi Coming to Duluth

Second Location of Superior Japanese Eatery to Open in Duluth Soon

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A popular Japanese restaurant in Superior is expanding into Downtown Duluth’s old City Hall. Wasabi Restaurant will be the fourth restaurant to move into the building on the 100 block of East Superior Street. Tycoons, Blind Pig, and most recently, Sound Restaurant once operated in the space. But owners of Wasabi believe their business model will be a…

Winter Flurries Make Hardware Stores Hurry to Stock Winter Supplies

Menard's and Marshall Hardware Gear Up

DULUTH, Minn.-As Lord Stark from Game of Thrones warned, “winter is coming” to the Northland. So snowplows, salt, and shovels are now headed to store shelves, waiting for their big debut. Regardless of how much snow actually falls this month, it’s still a sign that winter is on the horizon, a sign Northlanders know all too well. So they turn to…

Eight Years, Three Lawsuits Later, Kozy Bar Building to Come Down

Pastoret and Roberson Buildings Voted to Be Demolished by City

DULUTH, Minn.- Eight years since the Kozy Bar and Apartments went up in flames. Eight years being condemned and falling apart. And on Wednesday night, in a unanimous vote the Duluth Economic Development Authority gave the official authorization to demolish the Pastoret and Roberson buildings, which housed the Kozy Bar. They say, any ship to save the property has sailed….

4th Time’s A Charm? New Restaurant Planned For ‘Old City Hall’ Bldg.

DULUTH, Minn. – Fourth time’s a charm? Another restaurant is planned inside the Old City Hall building on the 100 block of East Superior Street. Dennis Kempton, spokesperson for Just Take Action, which owns the building, says the new tenant is a family owned business in the Northland that has two other restaurants. Details were limited Tuesday, as the lease was…

Fun with Flannels at Duluth Pack

Store Holds First Annual Flannel Fest

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Pack went full lumberjack Thursday night, hosting their first ever Flannel Fest. Hoops Brewing collaborated with Duluth Pack for the event. They gave samples of a brew made special for the occasion: the 1882 Lager. 1882 was the year Duluth Pack was founded. Even some pets got their flannel on, enjoying this cultural garb. “Flannels are a big…

Tips for Avoiding Future Money Problems

Money Problems Were Different Back in the Day; Barry Bigelow with Great Waters Financial Offers Tips to Staying Financially Alert

DULUTH, Minn. – Planning for retirement used to be fairly predictable. As decades pass, times have changed and we’re now facing money problems today that didn’t exist years ago. Financial professional Barry Bigelow with Great Waters Financial stopped by FOX 21 Local News Wednesday morning to share a few key tips when it comes to staying up-to-date financially.  Q: What…

Hotel Pikku Opens in Lincoln Park

One of the many newly opened editions for the Lincoln Park Craft District.

DULUTH, Minn.- Pikku means ‘small and odd,’ but the Hotel Pukku’s size and aesthetic appears to fit perfectly in the renovated Lincoln Park Craft District. The hotel was opened for guests to stay at for the first time in mid-September. With three suite style rooms, each with a living room, bedroom and bathroom and two with full kitchens, it was…

Wisconsin To Hit Highest Loss Of Dairy Farms Since 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin is on pace for losing the most dairy farms this year since 2013. The Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says Wisconsin lost 47 dairy farms in August alone. The department’s figures show there were fewer than 8,400 licensed dairy producers at the beginning of this month,…

Tailgating Tech Tips with Verizon Wireless

For Avid Football Fans, Verizon Wireless Wants to Offer a Few Tips to Staying Up-To-Date with Technology

DULUTH, Minn. – Whether you’re a die-hard sports fan, or simply love to tailgate once in awhile, Verizon Wireless offers a few of their best products to help you get through the long day. Verizon Wireless Solutions Specialist, Chad Fajkus, stopped by the FOX 21 Local News Morning Show Friday to share four items now on the market. Fajkus says…