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Celebrating Sustainable Farming at UMD Farm Fest

7th Annual Farm Fest features fresh local music, fresh produce, and fresh conversation.

DULUTH, Minn.- Students, local food vendors, and community members turned out for UMD Land Lab’s 7th Annual Farm Fest Saturday. Families were invited to come hear live local music and shop freshly picked produce. They also joined the conversation about local farming and sustainability in Northland agriculture. “Just getting people to have a connection with their food system, I think…

Fun with Farm Life at Mr. Ed’s Farm

Farm invites people for free for Old Farm Day.

HIBBING, Minn.- A real life Old McDonald showed his farm off to the public Saturday, and with a moo moo here and a cluck cluck there, Old Farm Day provided great entertainment for all ages. “A farm is a place that brings together plants, animals, soil, water sun and creates life,” said farm owner Ed Nelson. Just hop on a…

Annual Library Sale This Weekend in Superior

Biggest fundraiser of the year hopes to bring $10,000 to the library.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The Superior Public Library is hosting its annual book sale fundraiser today and tomorrow. Throughout the year the public has been donating items for the sale including not only books. This year a member of the community passed away, donating their whole record collection to the sale. This is the first year the sale featured records. Organizers hope they…

Event on the Iron Range to Raise Awareness for Suicide Prevention

The Iron Range Walk to Remember is Happening Saturday, September 14 at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia

VIRGINIA, Minn. – On Saturday, September 14, you’re invited to come together and help raise awareness for suicide prevention on the Iron Range. Event organizer Dano Zebro stopped by FOX 21 Local News Thursday morning to share details about the event, and how the public can get involved. Registration for the 4th annual Iron Range Walk to Remember will begin…

Transparency Concerns: Duluth School Board Members Flag Hiring Process For New Superintendent

Supt. Bill Gronseth Will Leave After Contract Expires In June Of 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – The search to hire a new Duluth school superintendent to replace Bill Gronseth when he leaves in June is already being called into question. Board members like Nora Sandstad say there’s still a serious lack of transparency between Board Chair Rosie Loeffler-Kemp and the administration. And this comes even after FOX 21’s Dan Hanger broke the story…

Letter Details District’s Reasons For Firing Former Duluth Denfeld Principal

DULUTH, Minn. – Through a data request with the Duluth School District at a cost of 75 cents to obtain, FOX 21 was given the termination letter Wednesday of now-former Denfeld High School Principal Tonya Sconiers. It’s the first time we’re getting a sense of the reasons the school board fired Sconiers after 19 years with the district. A summary…

Former Denfeld Principal Blasts Dist., Top Leaders In Federal Lawsuit

Tonya Sconiers Claims Retaliation, Violation Of First Amendment Rights For Criticizing Dist. Policies, Practices

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth Denfeld High School principal Tonya Sconiers — who the school board voted to fire back in July — has filed a federal lawsuit against ISD 709, Superintendent Bill Gronseth and Asst. Superintendent Jeffrey Horton. The lawsuit claims Sconiers was retaliated and discriminated against for speaking out against district leadership about policies and practices violating her…

Back-to-School Prompts Healthy Home Lunch Tips from St. Luke’s

St. Luke's Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes Care Dietitian Mary Cherne Offers Helpful Tips for Northland Parents

DULUTH, Minn. – Without a healthy lunch, kids can have trouble concentrating, lack energy for after school activities and may end up filling up on low-nutrient snacks. St. Luke’s Clinical Dietitian Mary Cherne offers these tips to get started packing health lunches your kids will actually eat. Get kids involved. Let them pick out their lunch box and let them…

WITC Students Welcomed Back with Luau

SUPERIOR, Wis. – WITC students were welcomed back for the semester with a luau. They enjoyed a pork lunch, smoothies, and got free henna tattoos. College staff tell us it’s a great way to relieve students’ stress. “They’ve got jobs, they’ve got families, they’ve got school now that they’re adding to their plate and this is just a chance to…

Proctor High School Hires First Resource Officer in Nearly a Decade

Amid school shootings across the country, Proctor School Board and City agree on Police Presence.

PROCTOR, Minn.- It’s the second day of school at Proctor High School, but the hallways will look a little different this year. A new school resource officer (SRO) is now protecting the school for the first time in nearly 10 years. On Tuesday the Proctor City Council discussed with the School Board to not only assign a primary officer, but…

UWS International Students Share College Experience

This Fall, UWS is welcoming 200 international students from 40 countries

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The school year starts Wednesday at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. This fall, the university is welcoming two hundred international students from forty different countries. About nine percent of UW-Superior students are from a foreign country. That’s the highest percentage of any college in Northwestern Wisconsin or Northeastern Minnesota. “I’m from Vietnam, an Eastern country, I really want…

Duluth Schools Supt. Gronseth Reacts To FOX 21’s Report On DWI History of Asst. Supt.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Public Schools Superintendent Bill Gronseth released a statement Friday one day after a FOX 21 report about Asst. Superintendent Jeffrey Horton’s past criminal record of three DWI cases, which was never shared with the school board — except to the previous Board Chair David Kirby — before they signed off on the new hire in June…

Duluth School Board Wasn’t Told Of Asst. Superintendent’s Criminal History When Hired

DULUTH, Minn. – FOX 21 has learned Duluth School District Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Horton is on probation through 2022 for a third DWI offense he was sentenced for just months before being hired for the No. 2 job in the school district in July of last 2018. And while DWIs are not a deal breaker for hiring administrators in the…

Kids Tap Dance Summer Away at Shooting Stars Dance

Tap Dancing Day of summer camp teaches kids the basics.

CLOQUET, Minn.- In Cloquet a few kids had happy feet as they learned to tap dance at camp. Shooting Stars Dance in Cloquet is hosting its last camp of the summer this week. Dance instructors said dancing is a great activity to get kids moving. “Bringing kids into dance at a young age is really good for them to meet…

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…

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…

Local Art Teacher Honored

  Duluth, MN- A Local Teacher was inducted into the Duluth Edison Charter Schools Hall of Fame on Monday. Patty Milliken was honored at Saint Scholastica’s Mitchell Auditorium for her 18 years of service. The honoree was nominated by her former colleagues and students. She says, one of her main goals as an art teacher was providing a place for…

First Class of CSS Physician Assistants Graduate, Take Jobs in Rural Areas

28 PAs graduate from St. Scholastica's program.

DULUTH, Minn.- As many college students across the country are celebrating the start of a new school year, these 28 College of St. Scholastica students are celebrating the end of their educational journey. After two years the 28 white-coated students are done being students as they transition to become the first physician assistants out of the College of St. Scholastica….

3rd Annual Bikers Against Bullies Rally Roars Through Northland

Bikers ride 128 miles to raise awareness of bullying.

DULUTH, Minn.- The roar of about 40 bike engines out of the Black Bear Casino parking lot as the 3rd Annual Syd’s Angels Bikers Against Bullies Rally took off on their 128 mile ride. The bikers ride to raise awareness of bullying in the Northland. “You look at bikers, wearing leather, get the long beards, look intimidating,” said Commander Jason…

Chief Buffalo Mural Project Kicks Off with Feast, Blessing

Murals start Thursday, will be worked on until the end of next summer.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Gitchi’Ode Akiing park was packed for a feast and a blessing before works start Thursday on a series of murals honoring Anishinaabe leader, Chief Buffalo. The murals will pay homage to how Chief Buffalo paved the way for indigenous people to settle in this part of Minnesota. “This is really significant to show both the contemporary side…

Superior Summer Readers Blast Off with Handmade Rockets

Kids built rockets out of straw, learned about astronomy.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Kids at Superior Public Library got a chance to build and fly their own rockets on Tuesday. Kids built rockets out of paper and straw that they launched by blowing into the straw. It was the final activity of the “Universe of Stories” summer reading program, which had over 200 kids participating. But according to Library staff, what’s…

Lake Superior Zoo Crew Showcases Work with Animals

Teen summer program shares all they learned throughout the ten weeks.

DULUTH, Minn.- For 10 weeks every summer, area teens learn how to handle and care for animals alongside Lake Superior Zookeepers, and teach visitors about wildlife and conservation. On Tuesday the Zoo Crew showed off all they do at the Zoo, along with what they’ve learned this summer. For some Zoo Crew members who want to become veterinarians, the program…

Help Light Duluth Teal Throughout the Month of September

A List of Events is Planned in Duluth to Help Raise Awareness for Ovarian Cancer

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth will go teal throughout the month of September. The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) welcomes Northlanders to help raise awareness and raise funds for ovarian cancer research. A series of events is planned starting with the Aerial Lift Bridge being lit teal on Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7. The Light Duluth…

Parents and Kids ‘Climb’ Out of Darkness of Postpartum Disorders

Walk through Chester Park raises awareness for perinatal and postpartum disorders.

DULUTH, Minn.- With babies strapped in strollers, on backs, or sitting on shoulders, families took to the trails of Chester Park for Duluth’s very first Climb Out of the Darkness hiking event, to bring awareness to a very common problem among new parents. “As new moms there’s a lot of change that we’re going through and it can be very…

Backpack Giveaway Happening Tonight in West Duluth

The Free Backpack Giveaway is Taking Place from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Followed by a Concert from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Free backpacks, school supplies, food, and a concert will help light up the afternoon with smiles in West Duluth Thursday, August 15. Mike Letica, owner of Letica’s Iron Mug in Duluth’s Morgan Park neighborhood is teaming up with the Valley Youth Center of Duluth to host a free Backpack Giveaway. The event is meant to help those…

Helping Elderly Prevent Falls at Superior YMCA

Dove Home Health Professionals hosts Fall Prevention Classes.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Falling is the leading cause of death from injury in individuals 65 and older. If a senior citizen falls once, their chances of falling again are doubled. Senior citizens are invited to the Superior YMCA to help change that. Dove Home Health Professionals hosted the first part of their three-part Fall Prevention series, called “The Truth About Falling.”…

Fond Du Lac Breaks Ground for Cultural Language and Learning Center

New building to be used for ceremonies, community events.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa broke ground on their reservation for the construction of a new Cultural Language and Learning Center. Construction for the new building begins Monday, and developers are planning to spend the next 200 days constructing it, to complete the project by the spring of 2020. The building, called “Anishinaabetwaakamig,” or…

Families Get Back to School Help at Resource Fair

Free event held at Harbor Highlands Community Center.

DULUTH, Minn.-Back to school shopping can be hard on the wallet, especially for families with multiple kids, or low income. On Wednesday a Back to School Resource Fair helped families in the Harbor Highlands and Hillside neighborhoods check things off their shopping lists. The fair also included resources for families from vendors in the community. Kids also got free bike…

Animal Allies, Irving Community Club to Host Free Event

The Event will Feature Free Collars, Leashes, and Microchipping on Tuesday, August 27

DULUTH, Minn. – Pet supplies and services can be difficult to keep up with, and the cost can oftentimes detour animal owners from getting the necessities needed. On Tuesday, August 27, Animal Allies and Irving Community Club are teaming up to host a free collar, leash, and microchipping clinic. The event is taking place at the  Evergreen Senior Center in…

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…

Tagging Butterflies at Hartley Nature Center

Members event at Nature Center tag butterflies before migration.

DULUTH, Minn.- Families who are members at Hartley Nature Center got a chance to send off monarch butterflies with something to help researchers. The Nature Center hosted a volunteer butterfly tagging event. Kids, parents and others gathered in the Center’s garden to learn about monarchs and milkweed. Then they tagged monarch butterflies before they migrate to Mexico where researchers can…

Donations Needed During Art Supply Drive in Duluth

The Art Supply Drive is Happening Through August 30

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to providing students with essential art materials, it can quickly become expensive. Thankfully there’s a group in Duluth looking to help make a difference during the annual Art Supplies 4 Kids fundraising drive. For the second year, the Downtown Duluth Arts Collective (DDAC) is partnering with Art for Ed’s Sake (A4ES), to collect and…

Experience the Superior Street Reconstruction Walking Tour

Tours are Given by The Duluth Experience, Paid for by the City of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s not every day you have the chance to take a tour of a construction site in the heart of a city. The Duluth Experience is teaming up with the City of Duluth during reconstruction of Superior Street to provide locals and tourists an up close and personal view of history in the making. “They enjoy all…

Bubbles Galore Sunday at Clyde Park in Duluth

The Duluth Bubble Festival is Happening Sunday, August 11 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Clyde Park in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Bubbles and entertainment will be in full force at Clyde Park (29th Avenue West and Michigan Street) in Duluth Sunday, August 11 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. For the 11th year in a row, the Duluth Children’s Museum invites the community to celebrate the end of summer with a pop at Bubble Festival. Cameron Kruger, event coordinator…

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…

Girls Soaring to New Heights at Air and Space Camp

High school girls from around the Midwest are getting an in depth look into the vast expanses of aeronautics.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week the University of Wisconsin-Superior is hosting an air and space camp for girls. High school girls from around the Midwest are getting an in depth look into the vast expanses of aeronautics. The hands-on experience includes learning how to build and launch rockets, flying planes in flight simulators, and even checking out fighter planes at…

Learn to Make Stained Glass at Shannon’s Stained Glassery Kids Camp

Kids get a chance to handmake different glass crafts.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Kids in Superior are getting a hands on look at making different kinds of glassware. Starting Wednesday, Shannon’s Stained Glassery is hosting a kids’ camp. On the first day they painted and glazed pottery, and for the next two days they’ll work on mosaic and fuse tile. Store owner Shannon Johnson said kids lobe the chance to work…

Crow and Loon Deaths Linked to West Nile Virus

While common for crows this time of year, wildlife experts are keeping watch of loons.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota DNR and wildlife experts are on the lookout for birds sick with West Nile Virus. This comes after two recorded deaths of loons in Northeast Minnesota earlier this month, and a handful of crow deaths this past year, all linked to West Nile. Crows and loons are more susceptible to West Nile Virus, as they are…

Renovations Happening at Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College

A $1.15 million project and separate $853,000 project are bringing improvements to campus

CLOQUET, Minn. – Big renovations are happening at Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College. A $1.15 million project will remodel classrooms, update the kitchen, and create an outdoor classroom. Meanwhile, another $853,000 project will install a new staircase and create a custom-designed floor. “There’s some Ojibwe floral design work in it and the college has five cultural values, and…

Knowing Your Neighbors: East End Driving Academy Now Open in Lakeside Neighborhood

East End Driving Academy is Located at 512 North 45th Avenue East in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – When teens start their drivers training course they’re well on their way to legally getting behind the wheel. But with few options in Duluth to take the required courses, one local man is trying to fill the void. Before East End Driving Academy, parents in this specific area of the city didn’t have any alternatives to enroll…

Summer Readers Build-a-UFO at Superior Public Library

Kids make flying saucers out of household supplies and craft materials.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- On Tuesday some young Space Explorers at Superior Public Library made their own versions of alien flying saucers. As part of the Library’s “Universe of Stories” Summer reading program, kids constructed their own flying saucers with paper plates, pipe cleaners, plastic cups, and other household and craft materials. For some, it was a chance to channel their love…

UMD Marshall Allworth Planetarium Remembers Apollo Landing

UMD honors 50th anniversary with program for the community.

DULUTH, Minn.- To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Duluth, UMD’s Marshall W. Allworth Planetarium hosted a free anniversary event. Participants could make their own  stomp rocket, among other lunar crafts, to spark their curiosity about space. ” went into more than just getting to the moon, it helped us with technological advances in lots…

Duluth Art Institute Gets Teens Off Phones Into Art

Teen camp held Monday.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Art Institute helped local teens find their creative side through mixed media art. The institute held a youth camp where teens were introduced to art such as clay sculptures and photography at the Depot. Institute staff said it’s important to get today’s youth to do something else with their hands other than type on their phones….

Car Show Brings Classic Rides, CHUM School Supplies

Along with cars, attendants can donate a backpack of school supplies for CHUM to distribute.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s Sidewalk Days has kicked off on West Superior Street as the annual Car Show rolled in not only to show off, but also get kids ready for school. Vintage, unique, and fixed up rides came from all over the Northland for people to admire on Superior Street. At the Kolar Chevrolet tent, you can admire new cars…

Kids Learn About Economics at Free Camp

'Economically Lit' summer camp meets every Tuesday afternoon

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids are leaning all about economics this summer. The ‘Economically Lit’ summer camp teaches fifteen through eighteen-year-olds basic money skills. They’re learning about credit scores, career strategies, how to save money, and other subjects. “Do you think you want to save up to buy a house or rent a house? What would be better to rent or…

After Dropping ‘Midgets’ Wisconsin’s Hurley High Gets New Mascot

After dropping controversial nickname Hurley High School decides on new mascot.

HURLEY, Wis. (AP)- Six months after dropping its controversial nickname, a northern Wisconsin high school has a new moniker. According to Wisconsin Public Radio, Hurley High School will now be known as the “Northstars.” Back in January FOX 21 covered the Hurley School Board’s unanimous decision to change the controversial mascot. They said in a statement: “In a school district…

Learning to Paddleboard at SUP Camp

North Shore SUP holds 4-day camp for kids to learn basics.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Kids on Barkers Island in Superior took advantage of the warmer weather by getting in the water on Paddleboards. North Shore SUP held their annual SUP, or Stand-Up Paddleboarding camp. The four-day camp supplies 8-12 year-olds with all the equipment including PFDs, or Personal Floation Devices, and teaches them the basics like paddling and docking properly. According to…

UMD Women’s Basketball Team Hosts Camp

Some of the women's basketball team was on hand giving out pointers for high schoolers around the area

DULUTH, Minn.- Dozens of camps are happening all summer at UMD on a variety of topics from science to athletics. Monday, some Northland girls got some extra help when it comes to their basketball skills from those who they look up too. During the event, girls participated in a variety of drills, and event got the chance to be coached…

Teaching How to be Psychic at Valentini’s in Duluth

Beginners Psychic/Mediumship Development Workshop held.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some in Duluth learned how to tap into their extra senses at Valentini’s Vicino Lago in Duluth on Saturday. A Beginners Psychic/Mediumship Development Workshop was held, where participants learned how to give readings. The class cost $100 and takes place in different cities. According to the instructor, it can change how you see and experience your life. “Everybody’s…