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Senator Klobuchar Leads Transportation Summit in Duluth

Local Leaders Discuss How to Improve Northern Minnesota Infrastructure

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar was in Duluth today leading a transportation summit to exchange ideas and opinions about infrastructure challenges in Minnesota. Transportation and business leaders from across Northeastern Minnesota talked with Senator Klobuchar about what they think is needed to improve infrastructure across the region. That includes a lot more than roads and highways. Improvements to…

Republicans Propose Tax Breaks for Wisconsin Beekeepers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican lawmakers say they want to combat a rapidly declining bee population by giving Wisconsin beekeepers tax exemptions. Representative Amy Loudenbeck said in a memo Tuesday she and Senator Steve Nass are seeking co-sponsors on a bill that would define beekeeping in state law. It would also extend to beekeepers sales and use tax exemptions on…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Mainstream Has The Fashion For All Men

No Matter The Season They Have You Covered

DULUTH, Minn. – For guys that take a little pride when they get dressed in the morning we have the place for you. This week’s edition of Knowing Your Neighbor we take to into downtown Duluth to Mainstream Fashion for Men. No matter the occasion or the season, you can find whatever you need here at mainstream fashion for men. They…

Man Dies After Burn Incident at Fraser Shipyards

OSHA to Investigate

SUPERIOR, WI – A man who was burned while working at Fraser Shipyards in Superior in February has died. The incident occurred Feb. 6 during work when Joseph Burch was working on a vessel undergoing services and repairs by Fraser. The ship was in winter layup in the Duluth-Superior Harbor. “Fraser Shipyards is saddened to learn of the death of Mr….

House Votes to Allow Line 3 Pipeline to Bypass Regulation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Republican lawmakers have approved an amendment that would let Enbridge Energy bypass the Public Utilities Commission and build a replacement for its aging Line 3 oil pipeline. It passed largely along party lines Thursday by a vote of 75-57. Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington amended his jobs and energy bill to allow Enbridge to…

Fannie Rose Candy Shop Celebrates National Caramel Popcorn Day

Candy Shop Creates Gourmet Popcorn

DULUTH, Minn. – Today is a day for popcorn lovers. The sweet and salty treat, caramel corn, is celebrated every April 6. Fannie Rose Candy Shop in Duluth makes fresh popcorn daily. They make several blends including a trio mix, theater popcorn, cheese popcorn, birthday cake popcorn, and of course caramel popcorn. Fannie Rose is located at 103 E. Superior St., Duluth,…

Panera Bought by Caribou Coffee for $7.5 Billion

Allie Johnson - FOX 9 KMSP

(KMSP) – Panera Bread Co. has agreed to sell itself to JAB Holding Co., the company that also owns Caribou Coffee. The St. Louis-based bakery and café chain is being bought out for approximately $7.5 billion, according a news release. In comparison, JAB acquired Caribou Coffee for $340 million in 2013, the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reported. The sale…

Fennessey Loses Mayoral Race 58% to 42%

Fennessey Still Looking Forward To Working With Paine

Current City Councilman Brent Fennessey reacts after a tough hard fought loss to Jim Paine to become the next Mayor of Superior. He says being on the City Council will still allow him to work closely with the city and hes excited to work with Jim as the new Mayor. Categories: Business, Community, Education, News, News – Latest News

City Of Superior Has New Mayor

Jim Paine Wins 58% Of The Vote

Officially with 58% of the vote, Jim Paine is now the Mayor of Superior. Paine defeated City Councilman Brent Fennessey by over 700 votes. Paine announced his candidacy back in October of 2016 when then Mayor Bruce Hagen decided it was time to step down. Jim Paine is allowed to start moving into the Mayor’s office tomorrow. Current Mayor Bruce…

Superior Election Results

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Here are the official April 4th election results from the City of Superior:   Mayor Paine                      2849 Fennessey          2058   2nd District Van Sickle           276 Harp                    192   4th District Sweeney             382   6th District Garfield                142 Elm                      141   8th District Herrick                164 Sutherland         268   10th District Dalbec                209 Categories: Business, Community, News, News – Latest…

Payless Shoesource Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

400 stores will be closed immediately as a result

Payless Logo (PRNewsFoto/Payless ShoeSource, Inc.) NEW YORK (AP) — Shoe chain Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest retailer to succumb to increasing competition from online rivals like Amazon. The Topeka, Kansas-based retailer said Tuesday that it will be immediately closing nearly 400 stores as part of the reorganization. It has over 4,400 stores in…

Duluth Gives Proclamation For Awareness

April Is National Abuse Awareness Month

Mayor Emily Larson teamed up with County Attorney Mark Rubin who issued their own proclamation. St. Louis County Court House was littered with supports of the cause as they declared April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Experts spoke up for the need to understand that it is a difficult subject to talk about, but silence is never the answer. “You…

Child Abuse Awareness Raised In April

Superior Sets Proclamation For Today

Superior, Wis. April is National Child Abuse Awareness month but Superior took it a step further. It all happened this afternoon to kick off the month long campaign. Mayor Bruce Hagen proclaimed today as “Celebrate Children Day” in Superior. According to the National Children’s Alliance, nearly 700 thousand children are abused or neglected in the U.S. each year and about…

Ground Is Broken On Belknap Reconstruction Project

Construction Will Wrap Up In 2018

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior city officials broke ground Monday on the Belknap Street reconstruction project. The project will starts west of Banks Avenue and extend east through the Hill Avenue intersection. During the reconstruction, Belknap will be completely revamped as the roadways, sidewalks, and underground utilities will all be worked on. “This is critical when we look at enhancing our…

First Saltie Arrives in Twin Ports

Will be Loading up on Grain and Heading to Italy

DULUTH, Minn.-The first saltie arrived in the Twin Ports over the weekend. The event is the unofficial kick-off to the shipping season. The ship the Lake Ontario, will load up on grain and then set sail for Italy on Tuesday. The ship’s captain told us it was smooth sailing most of the way. “The voyage was good,” said Captain Costelus…

Horses Help Outfit Cellphone Towers in Rural Wisconsin

(Photo: Tyler Rickenbach / USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin) MEDFORD, Wis. (AP) – Old and new technologies are merging in rural Wisconsin, as U.S. Cellular is using draft horses to help install cellphone equipment. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the horses that pulled plows for farmers int he olden days are being used to haul equipment up steep wooded hillsides, where trucks…

City of Duluth to Host First-Ever Mayor’s Business Resources Summit

DULUTH, Minn. – Mayor Emily Larson and several City of Duluth departments, the University of Minnesota Duluth Center for Economic Development (UMD CED) and the Entrepreneur Fund are hosting a first of its kind Mayor’s Business Resources Summit for area business owners. The goal is for businesses to share their experiences, hear about other community programs, and gain insight on how businesses…

Lake Superior Art Glass Hot Shop Opens

New Location Offers Local Artists a Chance at Making Furnace Blown Glass

DULUTH, Minn. – Ever wanted to make a paperweight? A new art class lets you do that. Lake Superior Art Glass opened its new Hot Shop on London Road in the Armory Arts Center earlier today. The new shop allows artists to try their hand at furnace blown glass to make a variety of projects. “We’re really excited to bring hot…

“Nevertheless She Persisted” Tattoos Offered in Superior

Dozens of Women Lined Up at Ink Tattoo for Female Empowerment Tattoo

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Earlier this year, “Nevertheless She Persisted” became a feminist battle cry after Republican Senator Mitch McConnell made disparaging comments towards Democratic colleague Elizabeth Warren. Women across the country have the phrase tattooed on their bodies, including dozens who lined up today at Ink Tattoo in Superior for their own empowerment tattoo. “It’s something that I think has…

Tourist Season Has Arrived In Canal Park

Families from near and far come to Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn. – The first nice weekend of Spring brought the unofficial start of tourist season to Duluth. Canal Park was packed with locals and out of towners like the azure family from Minneapolis who hoped to squeeze in as many sights as possible before heading back south to the Cities. “There’s just so much to see. The kids have…

Taste At Fitgers

Money Raised Goes To Local Non-profit

Duluth, Minn. Arguably the Fitger’s complex most popular event of the year. Hundreds turned out for this year’s Taste At Fitger’s. Local restaurants, breweries, and vendors had plenty for people to try. Organizers say the taste at Fitger’s is a way to try something new and the proceeds all go to a great cause. “It goes to the 2nd harvest…

Lung Association Exhibit

Students Display Art Work Based On Tobacco Stories

Duluth, Minn. The American Lung Association wants raise awareness about tobacco’s effects in the Twin Ports. Tonight the Lung Association put on a short program displaying art created by area students. It’s the result of a weeklong photography workshop designed for youth to share the impact tobacco’s had on their lives. The goal is to steer the next generation away…

Popular Malt Shoppe Opens

Portland Malt Shoppe Is Open For Spring

Duluth, Minn. If you thought the Portland Malt Shoppe opened for the season on April fool’s day, the joke is on you. That’s because the shop opened today and those who noticed stopped by for an early taste of their favorite treat. Portland Malt Shoppe is known for its secret malt recipe and is known as one of Duluth’s must…

Dressing for Less this Prom Season

Friday, March 31 is National Prom Day and Take 2 Consignments is Ready for Business

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Friday, March 31 is National Prom Day, and many stores in the Northland are getting busy as local high school students are searching out for the perfect dress. In Superior, staff at Take 2 Consignments say they start seeing young ladies come in around January, February, and early March, looking to pick out the perfect dress. Owner…

Special Spring Break Hours at Lake Superior Zoo

With school out in Duluth, the zoo will be open every day

DULUTH, Minn. – Students and faculty of Duluth schools will be out of classes next week for spring break, and the Lake Superior Zoo has announced that hours will be expanded for the week. The zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday through Saturday next week. Normally, winter hours have the zoo closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays,…

Hotel Development Project in Works in Ashland

Cobblestone Hotels looks to build new hotel in downtown Ashland

Ashland, Wis. Growing excitement in Ashland, Wisconsin. A new multi-million dollar development is planned for the city’s downtown, in the form of a new hotel. The city council has voted to move forward with the proposed four-story hotel project. The 51 unit hotel is set to be build on the west end of downtown Ashland, adjacent to Deepwater Grille and South…

Sip For Scholarships

WITC Raises Money For Students

Superior, Wis. There was also some fun to have in Superior. WITC hosted the annual sip for scholarships fundraiser with proceeds going right back to the students. Of course there was a lot of wine to be had. But this year featured a new vendor. “This year is our first year the Benoit cheese is here so were real excited…

Zoo La Palooza

Fun And Games Raising For The Zoo

Duluth, Minn. Have you ever played wallaby beer pong? If not, you didn’t make it to Zoo La Palooza tonight where hundreds packed inside Greysolon. It was the carnival themed annual fundraiser for Lake Superior Zoo. Supporters that came competed for prizes while playing a series of animal themed games. If you weren’t able make it, there is many other…

Science On Tap

AN Easy Way To Learn While You Eat

Duluth, Minn What do you get when you mix science and food? Things like liquid nitrogen ice cream and soda pop caviar. Tonight UMD’s science and engineering students were on hand for their annual science on tap event at Clyde Iron Works. The event showcased different ways to enjoy food while learning at the same time. “They’re going to learn…

Limited Tickets Remaining for Friday’s Taste at Fitger’s

Organizers say you can still purchase tickets online or at the Fitgers Inn

DULUTH, Minn. – The 23rd Annual “Taste at Fitger’s” is Friday night. The event features food and spirits, all crafted by chefs and bartenders from more than 30 Duluth area restaurants. All proceeds collected at the event benefit the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. “If you’re new to Duluth or have been to Duluth and haven’t had the opportunity…

Lake Superior Art Glass Hot Shop Opening

New Location Offers Different Kinds of Glass Blowing

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior Art Glass is set to expand into a second location. The new “Hot Shop” on London Road opens April 1st. At the new location, people can come in and learn how to make glass in different ways than in the Downtown Duluth shop. “A lot of times when people come to our classes, they expect…

Collection of 21,000 Vinyl Records Donated to Thrift Stores

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Platteville man has donated more than 21,000 vinyl record albums to raise money for a thrift store chain in Madison. Agrace Thrift Stores will begin selling Jerry Roh’s albums Friday morning. Genres include rock, country, religious, polka, children’s, classical, and blues music. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that most of the records will sell for…

Land O’ Lakes Acquires Vermont Creamery

WEBSTERVILLE, Vt. (AP) – Land O’ Lakes has purchased Vermont Creamery, which has experienced growth and says it needs a partner that will help it realize its business potential. Vermont Creamery will continue to make goat cheese, cultured butter, and fresh dairy in Websterville. Co-founders Allison Hooper and Bob Reese said the company is “a good fit”for Minnesota-based butter-maker. Chris…

Cooking up Tradition with Bucktales Cantina & Grill

Cooking Connection: Bistec Ranchero

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A Mexican restaurant in Superior is bringing traditional flavor to town. Bucktales Cantina & Grill is owned by Dee Morales, who also does all the cooking by himself. For this week’s Cooking Connection, Morales showed FOX 21’s William Seay how to make Bistec Ranchero. Bucktales Cantina & Grill is located at 6098 WI-35, Superior, WI 54880, which is about half…

Coyote Performs for Final 2017 Glensheen Unplugged Concert

Music In New Places

DULUTH, Minn. – Glensheen Mansion was buzzing Wednesday night, as the Mansion hosted their Glensheen Unplugged series, presented by 90.9 The Current Duluth. Glensheen Unplugged is a free event that was held every Wednesday in March, to celebrate local music. “It’s a great way to showcase the space in a whole new way and to bring the Duluth community and…

Life House Sees Huge Increase In Attendance

Helping Teens Contribute To The Community

  Duluth, Minn Duluth’s homeless shelter for teens known as Life House has crunched attendance numbers and the growth is large. A surge of more than 400% since 2012. The numbers stem from the rise in teenage homelessness in our area. For instance, in 2012 the number of teens seen only about 25% of them were homeless. If that isn’t…

Essential Spring Grooming with Riley Rue Pet Spa

Experts Advise Pet Parents to Bring Dogs and Cats in Every Four to Six Weeks for Optimal Health

DULUTH, Minn. – When we think of spring cleaning, carpets, car mats, and closets probably come to mind, but for many it’s a time to shed the winter coat, and feel good about yourself. “Pork Chop comes in every six or eight weeks,” Erin Boo, Owner of Riley Rue Pet Grooming said. Boo takes pride in her little shop located…

Slip Bridge Repairs Come with Hefty Price Tag

Work on the 25-Year Old Bridge Expected to Cost $3.5M

DULUTH, Minn. – Some Duluthians are concerned after a recent published article put the price tag of repairs to the Minnesota Slip Bridge at more than $2 million.  Turns out, the price is actually higher. “This was supposed to be kind of a nice icon for the City of Duluth and it’s turned into more of an albatross over the…

Wrenshall School District Hoping For Millions

Referendum To Be Voted On In April

Wrenshall, Minn. Wrenshall School District is hoping to invest 12.5 million dollars into their school system if a proposed referendum is passed Tonight hundreds showed up to the meeting held by the school board to make sure their voices were heard. The referendum discussed tonight has been years I the making. Some approve while some are apprehensive It was a…

Local Shop Offers Free Coffee to Law Enforcement

Grand World Coffee Gives Free Coffee to Police to Thank Them for Their Service

DULUTH, Minn. – Grand World Coffee in West Duluth is offering a special treat for law enforcement officers. Any officer who comes into the coffee shop will receive a free cup of coffee. The Grand World owners say they think it’s an important way to reach out to law enforcement and make them feel welcome in the community. “City, county,…

New Terminal in Twin Ports will Increase Imports and Exports

New Facility Will Allow Imports and Exports from Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts

DULUTH, Minn. – A new intermodal container ramp is now open in Duluth. The new terminal is the first of its kind in the Twin Ports. The facility makes it possible to transfer containers between rail cars and trucks, and connects the Twin Ports region with imports and exports to and from the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts through the Canadian…

Uber, Lyft Excited to Start Duluth Operations

Ride Sharing Services were Recently Approved by City Council

DULUTH, Minn. – While local cab companies aren’t happy, the Duluth City Council passed an ordinance Monday, allowing ride share companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in the city. Meanwhile, Uber and Lyft are excited to enter the Duluth market. In a statement to FOX 21, an Uber spokesperson said “We’re pleased that the Duluth city council passed regulations…