Business

4th Street Market Closes

The Only Grocery Store in the Neighborhood Closes

DULUTH, Minn.-  The 4th Street Market in Duluth closed its doors possibly for good, Monday. The market is the only grocery store in the neighborhood, and according to Tom Potter, the owner of the market, many people in the neighborhood who don’t have transportation depend on the store for groceries.  Potter says the closure is because Zeppa Foundation, the owner…

Buzz Frenzy Software Promotes Local Businesses on Facebook

Coffee Conversation: Buzz Frenzy

DULUTH, Minn. – A new tech company, Buzz Frenzy, is offering a software to help small businesses propel their marketing on Facebook. This new tool Buzz Frenzy created allows businesses to add a specific hashtag anywhere in their Facebook post and when posted, the post will spread over Facebook. Founder and CEO, Dan Stocke, came up with the idea to…

Love Your Local Artist

Local Artist Show Off Their Art Work

Superior, Northland artists showed off their talents tonight in Superior. The Superior Public Library hosted the 7th annual love your local artist fundraiser. It’s a popular even which gives artists a chance to sell their one of a kind piece. “I think this community loves local art, we love our artist. We’re looking for creative things, new things, we love…

Humane Happy Hour

Animal Allies Hosts Adult Happy Hour

Duluth, Animal Allies in Duluth held their first ever educational happy hour for adults tonight. They say the typical interaction they have is with children, so this was a good way to get to know the adults. People that came were also able to receive an exclusive after hours tour to see some areas of the shelter normally reserved for…

Chocolate After Dark

Many Local Restuarnats Come Up With Chocolate Creation For Good Cause

Duluth, Minn The 20th annual chocolate after dark was tonight. You could find almost any type of food covered in chocolate. Valentine’s Day must be around the corner so it makes since to talk some chocolate. Some interesting combinations were chocolate covered bacon and chocolate covered sushi. The annual fundraiser raises awareness for those with a disability. “All of our…

River Gala Held Tonight

St. Louis River Alliance Celebrates 21 Years

Duluth, Minn The St. Louis River Alliance held a gala tonight to celebrate 21 years of work on the river after it was deemed an area of concern after years of dumping uncontrolled pollution in 1987. The alliance was formed as a nonprofit organization in 1996 to oversee the activities and practices that are helping to restore the St. Louis…

New Superior Brewery to Open in Superior

Brought Forward by Fitger's Co-Founder

SUPERIOR, Wis.-A new Superior brewery will be rolling out the kegs this summer. Earth Rider Brewery in Superior is a start-up from Fitger’s co-founder Tim Nelson. It will be located at 1617 N. Third St. in the Leamon Mercantile Company Complex. There taproom will be at Nelson’s Cedar Lounge across the street. “We’re excited to bring back a production brewery…

Local Non-Profit Sets Goal to Make Prom More Affordable

If the Dress Fits Collects Used Prom Dresses

DULUTH, Minn. – Finding the perfect prom dress can be a fun experience, but it can also put a strain on the pocketbook. One Northland non-profit is hoping to change that for high school girls. Ashleigh Arntson is the co-founder of If the Dress Fits. The organization allows girls and their families to donate current, previously worn or brand new…

Special Report: The Canadian Connection | Part Two

FOX 21's Brett Scott Speaks with Local Tourism Officials and Business Owners on Canadian Cash Flow in the Northland

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Nearly fourteen million Canadians call the Province of Ontario home. Located directly north of Minnesota, thousands of our northern neighbors travel south each year. “A lot of them are on their way to Mall of America, and we are one of their major stops,” said Anna Klobuchar with Visit Cook County. Many miles separate the Canadian…

Boat Club Set to Open at Fitger’s

New Restaurant Replaces Midi on Lower Level

DULUTH, Minn – The newest addition to Duluth’s Fitger’s complex is set to open its doors. The Boat Club officially opens Saturday. They’re serving up fresh Lake Superior fish, seafood, steaks and pasta on the lower level of the Fitger’s mall. Fitger’s is excited to show off the new look. “This is beautiful, it’s a transformation,” says Tami Tanski-Sherman, mall…

Appeals Court: Decision on Trump Travel Ban Coming Thursday

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal appeals court in San Francisco is set to issue its ruling in the legal fight over whether to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominately Muslim nations. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced that it will release its decision before the end of the business day Thursday in California….

Proctor Referendum Passes

New Sports Facilities To Be Built

PROCTOR, Minn. – It’s good news for the city of Proctor as the referendum to build new sports facilities has passed. The vote to build a $12 million sports complex passed and will move into construction soon. Administration, coaches and students were on pins and needles waiting for the results to come in. “Yesterday was a little bit nerve–wracking. We…

Do North Pizzeria Opens in New, Larger Location

The new space is nearly three times the size and now includes a full bar, party room, and a large patio

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A popular Northland restaurant opened its doors in a new location today. Do North Pizzeria held a grand opening and ribbon cutting this afternoon. The Hermantown restaurant closed its previous location and opened up in a larger building just down the street on Miller Trunk Highway. The new space is nearly three times the size and now…

Professional Surveyors Attend Conference at DECC

DULUTH, Minn. — In just about every industry, technology has gotten more and more advanced in recent years. And for professional surveyors that is especially true. It’s a job that requires advanced math skills, knowledge of physics, engineering, and zoning laws. And professional surveyors from around the region are in town for a three day conference at the DECC in…

Co-op Makes Large Donation to Food Bank

Co-op Celebrating 10,000 Members

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Whole Foods Co-op recently hit a milestone with 10,000 owners. Today they celebrated by donating $5,100 to the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. That amount of money will supply Northlander’s in need with 20,000 pounds of food. “This donation provides the ability to rescue and rehabilitate 20,000 pounds of food and to know that equals…

SPECIAL REPORT: Canadian Connection Part 2

Join us on Thursday, February 9 for Part Two of our Special Report: Canadian Connection

Join us on Thursday after My Kitchen Rules, for a special report on the Canadian Connection with FOX 21’s Brett Scott. We’ll take a look at how important our neighbors to the north are to our local economies, and just why they’ve chosen the Twin Ports to flock to.       Categories: Business, News, News – Latest News, Special…

Republicans Push for Carbon Tax to Fight Climate Change

WASHINGTON (AP) – A push by a group of senior Republican statesmen for a tax on carbon to help combat the effects of climate change is already meeting entrenched opposition from their own party. Former Secretary of State Jim Baker with to the White House today, looking for Trump administration support for the plan. It would place a new tax…

Paid Sick Leave Debate Continues

Community Forum Held Today to Discuss Issue

DULUTH, Minn.-The debate for whether employers should offer paid sick leave raged on at a community forum in Duluth today. Representatives from various organizations and businesses attended the event including the Duluth City Council President. One of the main goals was to learn more about how the council-sponsored Earned Sick and Safe Leave Taskforce. “It’s really to educate … on…

Endi Apartments Celebrates Grand Opening With Ribbon Cutting

The project began back in the fall of 2014

DULUTH, Minn. — A housing project that’s been more than two years in the making is celebrating its grand opening on London Road in Duluth. Developers and city leaders cut the ribbon in the lobby of Endi Apartments earlier this morning. We first reported on the project back in the fall of 2014, and now the housing and retail complex is…

Twin Cities Airport to get Automated Security Lanes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Automated security lanes are expected to make it easier for air travelers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Minnesota Public Radio reports the Metropolitan Airports Commission approved on Monday the purchase of the lanes that promise to increase the capacity of passenger screening by as much as 40 percent by using automatic bin dispensers and conveyors. The…

Senate confirms Betsy DeVos for Education Department

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has confirmed school choice activist Betsy DeVos as Education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie. The Senate historian says it was the first time a vice president had to break a tie on a Cabinet nomination. Two Republicans joined Democrats Tuesday to vote to derail DeVos’ nomination. Democrats cited her lack…

National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

Never Ending Classics at Olive Garden

DULUTH, Minn. – Today is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day. Alfredo Di Lelio created the dish in 1908. Di Lelio created the dish of noodles, cheese and butter when his wife had no appetite after giving birth to their son. This morning, Olive Garden visited FOX 21 to chat about all they have to offer on this special day. Olive Garden…

Gronks Welcomes Gift Certificates of a Closed Business

O'Neill's Pub and Liquor Gift Cards Can be Used at Gronks

    SUPERIOR, Wis.- Gronks Grill and Bar is accepting O’Neill’s Pub and Liquor gift cards and drink tickets. O’Neills had been open on its location on Tower Avenue for about 10 years, but closed for good on December 31st. Gronks Owners decided to extend a helping hand to O’Neills customers who never had the chance to use their gift…

Firefighters Battle More Than Blazes

Hypothermia is a Big Problem in Winter Fire Fighting

SUPERIOR, Wis.- More Heating and electrical appliances can mean more fires in homes across the Northland. When firefighters battle blazes in the wintertime, they may be in an environment like a burning house that can be more than 300 degrees, and within minutes come back outside to subzero temperatures. This contrast in temperature can cause hypothermia. To combat this, fire…

Minnesota Law School Gets Major Grant for Serving Immigrants

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The University of Minnesota Law School has announced a $25 million grant from the Robina Foundation to bolster its efforts to provide comprehensive legal services to immigrants and refugees. The grant will fund the newly renamed James H. Binger Center for New Americans, set up a clinical law professorship in his name and provide scholarships. Binger was…

GOP’s Rise Powers Move to Block Local Sick Leave, Wage Hikes

ST. PAUL (AP) – Minnesota Republicans are moving to block cities from implementing their own sick leave policies and minimum wage hikes. The effort comes amid mandatory sick leave requirements that are set to take effect this summer in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Both cities are also home to long-brewing efforts to raise wages to as much as $15 hourly….

Snow Ball Gala to Benefit Duluth Cross Country Ski Club

Final Push to Support Cross Country Ski Projects

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, The Duluth Cross Country Ski Club (DXC) is hosting the Second Annual Snow Ball Gala. The gala is being held Saturday, February 11 at Greysolon Ballroom. This is a fundraiser for their capital campaign. The campaign focuses on ensuring the future of cross country skiing in the area by building snowmaking trails at the Grand…

Community Forum Fights Poverty

Ending Economic Inequality

DULUTH, Minn. – Community leaders held a round table discussion on the issues surrounding poverty in the Northland and throughout the world. The discussion was centered around the ways economic inequality can be addressed and how new economic initiatives might help in the fight to end poverty. The discussion was put on by Basic Income Guaranteed Minnesota, an organization that…

PolyMet Forum Addresses Possible Environmental Impacts of Mining Project

Health and Environmental Experts Led Discussion about Proposed Mining Project Near Hoyt Lakes

DULUTH, Minn. – A panel discussion of the potential effects of the proposed PolyMet Mine was held in Duluth today. The forum allowed Northlanders to learn more about the possible environmental impacts of the mine, which may be built between Hoyt Lakes and Babbitt. Three health and environmental experts led the discussion which centered around potential impacts to the Duluth…

Sports Shop Sees Merchandise Sales Increase for Super Bowl Teams

Patriots gear sells well in the Northland, but Atlanta Falcons merchandise has also been popular in the last week.

DULUTH, Minn. – Even though there might not be a lot of Atlanta Falcons or New England Patriots fans in the Northland, jerseys for both teams have been flying off the shelves. Pro Image in the Miller Hill Mall said that Patriots gear is their number three seller behind the Vikings and the Packers. The Falcons aren’t as popular in…

Wis. Attorney General Renews Rebate Agreement for Opiate Antidote

$6 rebate given for each syringe purchased by public entities in Wisconsin

Gretchen Ertl/Reuters/LandovMADISON – Attorney General Brad Schimel announced today, that he has renewed the State’s agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, which established a rebate program for the heroin and prescription painkiller antidote naloxone. Naloxone is often branded as Narcan, and can be administered as a nasal spray or injection. It works within minutes to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose….

United Healthcare Adding 100 Jobs

Applications Can be Submitted by May 1

DULUTH, Minn. – Good news in the local job market. United Healthcare is hiring 100 people for its Duluth office. Positions include customer service and enrollment representatives. United Healthcare told Fox 21 that they are seeing a growth in customers across the country for their health insurance plans. Applications can be submitted on their website between now and May 1….

History of The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce

Northland Uncovered

DULUTH, Minn. – Downtown Duluth is bustling with growing businesses moving into the Zenith City. The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce played a role in that as they were founded the same year the city was incorporated. “We started in the core of downtown when there were very few buildings in the entire city,” said David Ross, President and CEO…

Northwind Book & Fiber

Knowing Your Neighbor

  SPOONER, Wis. –  Picture it now staying in a lakeside cabin, feet up, sitting by a nice fire snuggled up with a favorite blanket reading a book with not a care in the world. That’s exactly the scenario that Carol Dunn lives for to keep her book store thriving. “Book stores across the country right now are seeing a…

Former Nettleton School to Become Senior Housing

A purchase agreement was made between the school district and the Minneapolis based developer United Properties

DULUTH, Minn. – A plan for new senior housing is in the works at an old Duluth school. The proposed development would be at the former Nettleton Elementary. A purchase agreement was made between the school district and the Minneapolis based developer United Properties. The city of Duluth says about 50 to 60 units of independent senior houses are expected…

Panel of Women Leaders Share Advice

Women in Leadership

DULUTH, Minn. – This week Northland women are getting together to lift one another up and share advice for a successful career. Aim High Network is assembling a panel of achievers to discuss success. The Women in Leadership event is Wednesday, February 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kitchi Gammi Club. The panel will be sharing their experiences, philosophies, advice…

Giant Voices Giving Away $20,000 in Free Marketing Services

Local Northland Businesses can Apply for Prize

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re a small business looking to improve your marketing efforts, you’re in luck. Giant Voices is giving away $20,000 worth of free marketing services. Depending on the growth ambitions and needs of the winning business, marketing services will vary and may include: Ambition planning Brand development marketing plan development Advertising campaign development Lead generation strategy development…

DFL Legislators Propose $100 Million Broadband Investment

Minnesota currently ranks 19th for average connection speed

ST. PAUL , Minn – Legislators from across greater Minnesota have joined together to call for a $100 million investment in broadband. They’re stressing the economic development reach that investment in broadband creates, something they say Minnesota is in need of. “For every dollar invested in broadband in the state, $10 is generated in economic activity. That kind of return…

Barker’s Island Readies for Ice Festival

Festival Opens Friday with Events Planned for the Whole Family

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior is ready for another Lake Superior Ice Festival. “The community has really pulled together,” said Linda Cadotte; Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director for the City of Superior.  “Non–profits, businesses, partners, to put on a festival to showcase the coolest aspects of our region and have something for everybody.” Unlike the past couple of years, which centered…

Irving Community Club Makes Donation

Club Donated Over $85,000 to Local Non-Profits, Police

DULUTH, Minn. – The Irving Community Club continued its tradition of giving back to the community Wednesday. The club donated more than $85,000 to non–profits and police. Among the donations, $60,000 to Valley Youth Centers for a new teen building, and $15,000 each to the Duluth Police Department’s K–9 unit and to the West Duluth Little League. The club raises…

Lady Brew “Pantsuit” on Tap in Superior

Female Brewers and Beer Drinkers Taking on Craft Brew Scene

The Women’s March on Washington happened the same weekend a Northland brewery released a one- of-its- kind beer called “Pantsuit.” The timing wasn’t a coincidence; it’s a beer with a meaning at Thirsty Pagan in Superior. Allyson Rolph is one of few female master brewers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She says her gender hasn’t affected her success, apart from some…

Two Harbors Ready for Another Beargrease

Local Businesses Look Forward to Annual Boom from Sled-Dog Race

1/1 Show Caption Hide Caption TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Already a popular winter destination, this week there’s a little more excitement in the air in Two Harbors. “It’s exciting because it brings businesses some more business, it brings in people,” said Marsha Snowdon.  “It’s exciting to see all the mushers.” The week of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon also…