Business

Celebrating Pi Day with Johnson’s Lakeside Bakery

On March 14, the Nation Honors the Mathematical Constant, While Indulging in a Slice of Pie

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re looking for a reason to crunch some numbers on this Tuesday, math lovers can get excited! Tuesday, March 14 (3.14) is National Pi Day. Not the pie as in the dessert, but as in the math symbol. Megan Spitzley with Johnson’s Lakeside Bakery stopped by the FOX 21 Studios with a few fresh baked pies…

New Entry Way To Be Added At Superior Middle School

Safety Comes First With New Entry Way

Superior, Wis For the School District of Superior, safety and the student’s education come first. The Superior School Board met tonight to approve the go ahead notion to restructure their middle school entry way for security purposes. The cost of the project will be nearly 200 thousand dollars. The money will be coming from the already approved school improvement referendum….

Project Bringing Life to Forgotten “Pocket Park”

The Lincoln Park Business Group is asking for public opinion for the park at 19th Avenue West and Superior Street

DULUTH,Minn. – As the revitalization of Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood continues, a local group is working to bring life to a forgotten park. Tonight, the Lincoln Park Business Group heard feedback from residents about the “Pocket Park” at 19th Avenue West and Superior Street. The park sits in the heart of Lincoln Park. Businesses in the area saw this as…

Duluth City Council Takes Up Uber Ordinance

Cab Companies are Pushing Back

DULUTH, Minn.-Tonight, the Duluth City Council, will review an ordinance to allow ride-sharing services in Duluth. Businesses like Uber and Lyft have been clamoring to get into the area for months, but there has been push-back from local cab companies on the ordinance. Tonight at 9 we’ll hear more from Duluth City Councilors on what this ordinance means for the city….

Minneapolis Liquor Store Receives 30-Day Suspension, Starting on First Legal Sunday

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – The city of Minneapolis on Monday handed down its penalty for Surdyk’s Liqour owner Jim Surdyk for opening his store for Sunday liquor sales this weekend, months ahead of the first legal date of July 2. Surdyk’s has been fined $2,000 and will face a 30-day license suspension, beginning July 2 – blocking Surdyk’s for participating in…

Slip Bridge to See Some Improvements Beginning Next Week

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth has continuously been working since last year with its consultant engineer LHB Corp, on a new design for the blue, Minnesota Slip Bridge in Duluth’s Canal Park. The City’s consultant engineer has been working to design new custom manufactured parts for the 26-year-old bridge, which has been riddled with numerous repairs and closures…

Vikre Celebrates Anniversary with New Single Malt Whiskey

Iron Range American Single Malt is Vikre's 3rd anniversary blend

DULUTH, Minn. – Today is a happy birthday for Vikre Distillery and they’re celebrating with a brand new whiskey. Iron Range American Single Malt is Vikre’s 3rd anniversary blend.  This release is a little more special, because it’s the first batch of whiskey distilled when Vikre opened. “We sat down the other night with a bottle of it off the…

New MDI Facility Coming to Hibbing

100 New Jobs Expected Over the Coming Years

HIBBING, Minn.-Iron Rangers will be gaining more job opportunities at a new Minnesota Diversified Industry manufacturing facility in Hibbing. The facility, which will be 35,000 square feet, will be funded by a $1 million loan from the IRRRB and a $350,000 infrastructure grant. The new facility will improve working conditions from its current facility which is nearly 100-years-old, and expand…

Minnesota Power’s Competitive Rate Advances Following Utilities Commission Decision

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Power has received a decision form the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) that advances the approval of its new competitive rate for some of northeastern Minnesota’s largest employers. The 2015 Minnesota Legislature enacted a law authorizing Minnesota Power to submit discounted rate plans for a limited number of its large industrial customers, including taconite mines and…

Wisconsin Company Wins U.S. Championship Cheese Contest

(Barry Adams/State Journal) GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin company can lay claim to having the best cheese in America. The Sartori company in Antigo won the title at this year’s U.S. Championship Cheese Contest with its Sartori Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano, by master cheesemaker Mike Matucheski. The U.S. championship is considered the largest technical cheese, butter, and yogurt…

Sampling Spring Wines with an Expert

Marc Carrigan, Regional Sales Manager for Foley Family Wines Samples Spring Wines

DULUTH, Minn. -Marc Carrigan, Regional Sales Manager for Foley Family Wines, stopped by the FOX 21 Studios Friday morning, with a few spring wine samples, and a whiskey. Carrigan noticed the weather starting to warm up, and change for the better, deciding it was time to think spring and cleanse the winter palate. “The Wine Guy” brought along two white…

Duluth Workforce Workshops

Getting You Ready For The Job Fair

Duluth, Minn Are you looking for a job and need help putting the finishing touches on that resume? Well stress no more because help is here and it’s free! The Minnesota workforce is teaming up with the Duluth public library every Thursday in March to get you that jump start that you need. The Northland job fair is just over…

Minnesota Lawmakers Debate Permitless Carry, ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bills

Rob Olson FOX 9 KMSP

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – Two gun bills making their way through the Minnesota legislature are raising concerns among some in the law and law enforcement community. One of the bills would do away with permit to carry. The other would redefine self-defense laws. Nearly every person who testified for over two hours on Wednesday about the two gun bills…

Duluth Pack Unveils New City Portfolio Product

The Handcrafted Bag Comes to Duluth Pack's Line of Products after Receiving Community Feedback

DULUTH, Minn. – After months of gathering community feedback, staff members at Duluth pack are excited to release their newest product for consumers to enjoy. The City Portfolio bag was developed with a lightweight, affordable style in mine. Portfolio bags already produced by Duluth Pack can run anywhere from $200 to $300 dollars. The new product costs $145 dollars. The…

Miner’s Inc. Super One Foods Purchases Grand Rapids Cub Foods

This will bring the Miner's Inc. to 38 grocery stores and liquor stores

  GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Miner’s of Grand Rapids, Inc. has reached a tentative agreement to sell its Grand Rapids, Minnesota Cub Foods location to Miner’s Incorporated d/b/a Super One Foods. The Miner family has operated grocery stores in the region since the 1940s. President of Miner’s Grand Rapids, Inc, Jerry Miner and his family have owned and operated several…

DEDA Selects Developer for Lot D

City Entered into Agreement with Same Firm that Developed Pier B Resort

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is ready to move forward in its waterfront development. “Lot D” is the last piece of mixed use real estate available for redevelopment on the waterfront, a process now closer to fruition. “This waterfront has been waiting 150 years for a vision like this,” said Mayor Emily Larson.  “It will combine housing with…

Miracle Eleven Provides Donations to CHUM, Other Shelters

Nearly $6,000 was Donated to Three Local Charities in Dultuh Wesdnesday Morning

DULUTH, Minn. – The CHUM Food Shelf and Shelter in Duluth received a big donation Wednesday from a local non-profit organization. Miracle Eleven was created by a group of brave men and women after a skydiving plane crash happened over Superior in 2013. You may recall, nine skydivers and two pilots walked away from the incident with minor injuries. The…

Duluth Coffee Company Expanding

Owners Adding Second Storefront to Serve as Roastery

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s exciting news for the Duluth Coffee Company. The company is adding a new 1,000 square foot roastery and event space two doors down from the current shop on East Superior Street. Duluth coffee currently roasts its beans right there in the store.  Those beans are then served in the shop or are shipped to stores as…

Wisconsin Men Arrested in Theft of 100,000 Diapers

FOX CROSSING, Wis. (AP) – Two Wisconsin men are accused of stealing 100,000 diapers. The Post-Crescent reports the police allege the men stole nearly 1,800 cases of diapers — valued at more than $45,000, from a charitable organization that provides goods to families in need. Authorities say the diapers were stolen during several thefts between January 3 and February 13…

Duluth Airshow, DARE2B to Provide Free Airshow Tickets to Students

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Air & Aviation Expo, presented by St. Luke’s and Twin Ports D.A.R.E.(DARE2B) held an event today to announce that tickets to the most anticipated event happening this summer, will be free for more than 7,500 elementary school students in grades K-5, thanks to underwriting from DARE2B. Judy Weber, the founder of Twin Ports DARE Inc,…

Two Harbors 7th Ave/Hwy 61 Getting Face Lift

Resurfacing Project To Start Spring Of 2018

Two Harbors, Minn Two Harbors will be getting a face lift during the summer of 2018. Construction along 7th ave (Hwy 61) will make things easier for the locals and those passing through. Currently the three lights that are along 7th Ave (Hwy 61) are the oldest set of lights in the area. By replacing the lights and adding left hand…

Dayton Repeals Old Sunday Liquor Sales Ban

Sales will begin in July

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – It’s official, come July, Minnesotans can begin buying liquor on Sundays. Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill on Tuesday repealing the decades-old ban. Minnesota liquor store can open their doors on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. beginning in July. His signature is the final chapter in years of efforts to repeal the Prohibition-era…

U-Haul to Settle in Vacant Superior Kmart Space

The Development will Invest Six Million Dollars in the City of Superior, Adding 35 Jobs

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – After closing its doors nearly a year ago, the Superior Kmart building will soon have a new beginning. U-Haul is set to be moving into the location off Tower Avenue. The building has been on the market for over two years, and vacant for one. Florida based Kin Properties currently owns the property, but will soon finalize…

Savory Meals for a Good Deal

Eat Downtown: Duluth Restaurant Week

DULUTH, Minn. – This week Northlanders can experience a delicious dish at many restaurants in the city. Eat Downtown: Duluth Restaurant Week is running Monday, March 6 through Friday, March 10. Participating restaurants are offering $10 lunch and $25 dinner deals. For a full list of restaurants participating, and to view the menus, head to the Greater Downtown Council website….

Women’s Expo Returns to DECC

Coffee Conversation: Duluth Women's Expo

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Women’s Expo is back in Duluth. The annual event will be taking place Saturday, March 11 at the DECC. This year there will be more than 100 exhibitors. Women Rock, a fundraising organization benefiting breast cancer, will also have a presence at the event this year. Doors will be open for the expo from 9…

High School Girls Get Free Prom Dresses

33 Dresses Have Been Chosen Already

DULUTH, Minn.- High school girls had the chance to pick out a perfect dress for free Sunday at the 2nd Annual Prom Dress Giveaway. Girls chose their favorite dress from 170 formal dresses, donated from community members over the past year. The event is put on by If the Dress Fits, a local non-profit that helps high school girls get…

Salvation Army Fundraiser

40 Days Of Lint And Donations

Duluth, Minn The Salvation Army in Duluth hopes a new fund raiser will stock their food shelf by the end of lent. Happening now the “lent challenge” encourages people to put an item in a box or trash bag each day. The items can consist of food, clothing or anything they can sell in the Salvation Army store. When the…

Wisconsin Company Vies to Build Wall Along US-Mexico Border

BROWNSVILLE, Wis. (AP) – A Dodge County construction company is the lone Wisconsin firm bidding on the federal government’s call for designing and building a wall along the U.S. Mexico border. The Fond du Lac Reporter reports that Brownsville-based Michels Corp. is answering the government’s early call for bids to build a wall spanning the roughly 2,000 mile border with…

Fraser Shipyards Working with OSHA on Burn Investigation

Company reported incident which required worker to be hospitalized

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Fraser Shipyards Inc. said today that it is working with the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers after reporting an incident involving an employee being burned, which required hospitalization. The incident occurred on February 6 during work on a vessel undergoing services and repairs by Fraser during winter layup…

House Endorses State Authority Over Wages, Sick Leave

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota House has taken a step toward giving the state sole authority over whether to hike the minimum wage or require sick leave, a move opponents say strips local control from cities in favor of the state businesses. The Republican-controlled House passed the bill following hours of debate Thursday, mainly along party lines. The…

The Duluth Experience Promotes New Tour, Duluth in Europe

Active Adventures: Promoting Duluth to European Mountain Bike Enthusiasts

DULUTH, Minn. – Dave Grandmaison, Co-Founder and CEO of The Duluth Experience, has such a passion for the outdoors he started a company promoting them. Now, he’s traveling internationally to tell Europeans about the City of Duluth and all it has to offer. Twice, in 2015 and 2017, Grandmaison made appearances at conventions to promote mountain biking and the beautiful…

Spring Is In The Air

West Duluth Dairy Queen Opens Their Doors

  Meteorologist may say that today is the start of their Spring season. The Dairy Queen in West Duluth says it’s the start of Spring for all of us. Closed for the winter the Dairy Queen on Grand Avenue in West Duluth now has their doors open. The store has been a staple in the community of west Duluth since…

Study: Minnesota Millennials Stressed Over Health Care

Minnesotans Show Striking Generational Gap in Knowledge of Health Insurance

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to texting terms such as “LOL” or “BRB” it’s no secret millennials have no problem understanding what’s being conveyed. However, a new study released by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is showing stunning statistics. The study show while nearly 80 percent of Minnesotans think managing their health is an important topic, far…

Bent Paddle Set to Release New Beer With Eastern European Inspiration

DULUTH, Minn. — Craft breweries are known to be creative with their beers from time to time, and Bent Paddle is doing just that with its new series of beers called “Valve Jockeys.” Named after the brewers that work day in and day out making the flagship beers that Duluthians currently enjoy, these beers are from the brewers themselves. Brewer…

Austin-Jarrow Celebrates 33 Years in Business

Specialty Running Store Offers 33% Off for Anniversary

DULUTH, Minn. – Austin-Jarrow, Duluth’s original running specialty store, is celebrating 33 years in business today. The store is marking the anniversary by offering a 33% discount on everything in stock. Austin–Jarrow owners say the sale is how they kick off running season every year, as runners start to prepare for Grandma’s Marathon and other races. “We’re just going month to…

Wild Winter Temperature Swings Have Been Damaging to Plants, Experts Say

HERMANTOWN, Minn. — We have seen some pretty dramatic temperature swings this winter, which, according to some experts, has not been good for our plants or lawns. At Miller Creek Lawn and Landscape in Hermantown, all the plants are buried under snow, which is good for the plants that need to lay dormant during the winter. Landscape Architect Trish Crego…

Indoor Golf Range Open Again

The Sweet Spot Re-Opened in January Under New Management

DULUTH, Minn. – With Spring on the way, many local golfers have the itch to hit the links. The Sweet Spot, West Duluth’s indoor golf range re–opened in mid–January in a new location and with new owners who say business is booming like a Bubba Watson drive. The Sweet Spot hosted three times the golfers in February as the month…

Macy’s Downtown Sells for $59 Million

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Macy’s in downtown Minneapolis has sold for $59 million cash, the company announced on Wednesday. The store will close this spring. The store was bought by 601W Companies, which is planning a major mixed-used redevelopment for the historic building, according to a press release. Back in January, Macy’s announced it had signed an agreement to sell the…

Business is Booming at Local Bait Shops

A Mid-Winter Warmup Has Not Impacted Ice Fishing, According to Local Businesses

DULUTH, Minn. – We’re learning the recent mid-winter warm-up has not impacted business at local bait shops in the Northland. Store owners at Chalstrom’s Bait and Tackle, and Fisherman’s Corner tell FOX 21 it’s been the best year for ice fishing business in the past five years. It’s a passion for many, only Mother Nature can deny. “Once you’re into…

IRRRB to Privatize Skiing Operations

Much of Facility Already Privately Run

ST. PAUL, Minn.-A private management firm will take over skiing operations at Giants Ridge. The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board approved that plan on a 5-4 vote today in St. Paul. Much of the Biwabik resort is already privatized, including the golf course. IRRRB Commissioner Mark Phillips believes some employees will now take an early retirement option. Giants Ridge…

Community Groups Team Up to Squash Hunger

35th Minnesota Food Share Runs Through March

DULUTH, Minn. – The 35th Minnesota Food Share kicks off March 1st, the start of a big month for CHUM. While donations are accepted and encouraged year round, the March Food Share is one of CHUM’s most important drives. And even more important than food, is money. With cash donations, CHUM has access to food sources only available to charitable…

New Apartment Complex Closer to Being Built

Duluth City Council Approves a Tax Abatement for the Proposed 80-Unit Development

DULUTH, Minn. – A proposed 80-unit apartment complex took a step closer to being built last night. The Duluth City Council approved a $278,000 tax abatement for the development. The proposed Capstone Apartment Complex is located off of Matterhorn Drive, west of Burning Tree Road. It is part of the project that began with the construction of the Village at Matterhorn…

Target Rattles Wall Street with Weak Quarter

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) – Target Corp. on Tuesday reported a fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $817 million. The Minneapolis-based company said it had profit of $1.45 per share. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.50 per share. The retailer posted revenue of $20.69…

Local Business Remains Family-Owned for Decades

Northland Uncovered: Dee Independent Launders and Cleaners

DULUTH, Minn. – Family businesses fill the Northland and inside the doors of one Duluth business everyone is family. Driving down Superior Street it’s hard to miss the vintage sign marking Dee Independent Launders and Cleaners. The business has been owned by this family for 37 years and the previous owner had the business for 40 years. “We have a…