Education

North Star Academy Sheds Light On After School Programs

Student Led Event Held for After School Programs

DULUTH, Minn.-It’s not often an event at a school is hosted entirely by students. But today’s Lights on After School event was just that, as each after school club and program came together to show off what they do. The event was held to raise money for, and illustrate the importance of After School Programs. At first glance, it looks…

Give the Gift of Warmth at UWS

Cold Weather Clothing Drive Starts Today

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The Northland is known for its rough winter, and now people can get some help bundling up, thanks to UWS. Starting today they are accepting donations of new or gently used hats, gloves, scarves and winter jackets from, and for, anyone on campus or the surrounding community. “Our primary goal is #1 to meet our students’ needs,” said Senior…

Tweed Museum to Host Grand Opening of “122 Conversations” Exhibition

Artist Anne Labovitz Set to Officially Unveil "122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders" Thursday, October 25

DULUTH, Minn. – 122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders is a multi-city participatory exhibition by Anne Labovitz, whose endeavor is to be a catalyst for positive social change through this community-building project. Labovitz’s exhibition will be officially unveiled Thursday, October 25 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Tweet Museum of Art on the campus of UMD. Mayor…

Commemorative Air Force Exhibit to Open Thursday in Superior

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center will Host a Grand Opening Thursday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center has teamed up over the past year with the Commemorative Air Force – Lake Superior Squadron (CAF), bringing a new exhibit to life in Superior. The Center is hosting a grand opening Thursday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. with free beer and wine tasting for the public to enjoy. Hayes Scriven,…

Two Hundred Students Play in UWS Tri-State Band Festival

Young musicians performed in a concert with college faculty and students

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Two hundred young musicians were at UWS playing in the tri-state band festival. Students from thirty-six area high schools played in the festival. They got their music to practice ahead of time but they put it all together over the course of one day giving the musicians an experience they’ll remember for a long time. “It allows…

Trip Around the World at UWS

Cultures Around the World Event Held in Library

SUPERIOR, Wis.-University of Wisconsin-Superior was a melting pot of different cultures tonight, as they held its 3rd annual Cultures Around the World event on Wednesday. The upper floor of the Jim Dan Hill Library became filled with cultural games, different languages, and brightly colored garb. Organizers say while the event was marketed towards kids, any age can benefit from it….

Former Hermantown Mayor Donates New Book to Local Classrooms

Former Hermantown Mayor, Dan Urshan, is the Author of "Where's Duke," Now Being Donated to Local Classrooms in the Northland

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – When it comes to being in first grade, some real life topics are often tough to discuss with your children. But with the help and creativity of one local author, it’s now easier for Animal Allies to step in and continue teaching lessons for years to come. “Duke went missing in the middle of the winter in…

UMD Takes Back the Night

March and Rally held Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

DULUTH, Minn.- The UMD Campus was alive Thursday night, with rallying cries against sexual assault and domestic violence, and in support of survivors, as a group Took Back the Night. The Kirby Ballroom abuzz with men, women and children gathered to work to end sexual and domestic violence, and reclaim the nighttime from fear and vulnerability. “I think it’s just…

Ratatouille: Flavorful & Low Calorie Fall Dish

Cooking Lessons With Merlot & Coco

COOKING CONNECTION: This week we have Arlene Coco, a professional cooking instructor, teaching Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot how to make Ratatouille! RECIPE: This technique can be used for winter vegetables and tubers as well. Equipment: 9×13 pan or 14 inch black iron skillet 2 red onions can be substituted for yellow onions to add more color. 3 medium zucchini 3…

Local Artists, Free Cider and S’mores this Saturday at Silver Creek Co.

The Inagural Makersfest is Happening Saturday, October 13 at 1825 Highway 61 near Two Harbors

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – If you’re still looking to celebrate the feelings of fall, you’re in luck this Saturday, October 13. Silver Creek Co. will be hosting the inaugural Makersfest, featuring more than 40 local artisans, children’s crafts, live music, free cider and roasted marshmallows. The event is happening from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Silver Creek Co., 1825 Highway 61 just north…

Animal Answers: Book Donation Helps Spark Animal Education

Hermantown Resident Dan Urshan Donates 1,000 Copies of His Recent Book to Local Classrooms, Shelter Contributors, Sparking Topic of Animal Humane Education

DULUTH, Minn. – Hermantown resident Dan Urshan has been rather busy lately, writing a children’s book about a dog called, “Where’s Duke?” Shawna Weaver, Humane Education Manager at Animal Allies in Duluth, tells FOX 21, Urshan is graciously donating 1,000 copies of the book to Animal Allies. Aside from some of the books being donated to local classrooms in the…

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…

Animal Answers: Duluth Retriever Club Working to Create Hero Hunters

The Duluth Retriever Club Primarily Hosts Training Sessions from May Through September

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to hunting, every hunter hopes to achieve the best retriever in man’s best friend. However, it’s not always easy to teach the fundamentals of retrieving. “They don’t come out of the box ready to go,” said Mark Helmer, President of the Duluth Retriever Club. Practice and patience are just two of the skills trainers…

St. Louis River Alliance to Host Fall Train Fundraiser Sunday

The St. Louis River Alliance is Teaming up with the Lake Superior Mississippi Railroad for an Afternoon Along the River

DULUTH, Minn. – You may wonder what fall colors and beautiful views of the St. Louis River have in common. As Kris Eilers, Executive Director of the St. Louis River Alliance would tell you, you’ll have the chance to enjoy both in the same day this Sunday, October 7. The annual Fall Colors Train Ride on the Lake Superior Mississippi Railroad…

Coffee Conversation: Zeitgeist to Host Second ‘Spirit of Duluth’ Series

On Monday, October 15, Zeitgeist will Kick Off the Second 'Spirit of Duluth' Series with South African Culture, Cuisine

DULUTH, Minn. – Culture and cuisine from across the globe will soon take center stage at Zeitgeist in Downtown Duluth. Tickets are on sale right now for the first ‘Spirit of Duluth’ series on Monday, October 15. This is the second year Zeitgeist has hosted events centered on highlighting culture and cuisine from other parts of the world. “A Taste of…

UMD Students Learn About Climate Change Impacts on the Northland

Field trip took them to the UMD Land Lab, Hawk Ridge, and a research vessel

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD students took a field trip to learn how climate change could be impacting the Northland. Students learned about sustainable farming practices on the UMD Land Lab farm, went to Hawk Ridge to learn about changing bird migration patters, and took a ride on a research vessel to learn how water has been impacted. “Things are happening…

Fuse Duluth Prepares to Network on the Disc Golf Course

Fuse Duluth will be Hosting Their Second Annual Disc Golf Scramble on Thursday, October 4

DULUTH, Minn. – Wild weather won’t stop Fuse Duluth from getting the opportunity to network and have some fun. The Second Annual Disc Golf Scramble has been moved to Thursday, October 4, rescheduled from a previous date due to strong winds and rain. The event is sponsored by the Lincoln Park Business Group. The Disc Golf Scramble will include a…

University ASL Program Recognizes Deaf Awareness Month

The University of Minnesota Duluth's ASL minor is the second largest minor at the school.

DULUTH, Minn.- As September comes to an end, Fox 21 goes into a national month topic that resonates with a small but present community in the Twin Ports. “Deaf Awareness Month is important to our community. It gives recognition to the language that we value,” Deaf studies instructor at the University of Minnesota Duluth Sunny Brysch signed, translated through an…

Glensheen Mansion to Offer Apple ‘Tasting Flights’

Visitors to the Historic Glensheen Mansion in Duluth can Enjoy Apple Samples Starting Friday, September 28

DULUTH, Minn. – For the first time ever starting Friday, September 28 and going through Sunday, September 30, Glensheen Mansion in Duluth will offer visitors ‘Apple Flights” for purchase. Guests will be able to purchase a flight of four different types of apples at the end of their tour. As Marketing Manager Jane Pederson says, “Each apple, like wine, has…

McNair Scholarship Students Show Off Research at St. Scholastica

Symposium Held in Somers Lounge

DULUTH, Minn.- After completing in-depth research projects over the past summer thanks to the McNair Scholarship, students at St. Scholastica showed off their hard work to the public Wednesday. Students, parents, staff and others could walk through the different projects, while the students behind them presented them. Scholarship recipients say, McNairs can be a great resource to future students, as…

Chisholm and Hibbing Teachers Rally for New Contracts

Teachers say they want the districts to negotiate raises with them

CHISHOLM, Minn. – Teachers in the Hibbing and Chisholm school districts rallied. The teachers’ union is asking for a new contract but, so far, they haven’t gotten one they find suitable. Teachers in Hibbing and Chisholm are fed up. Their unions are asking for new contracts from the school districts but they say so far the districts have refused to…

Voyageur Village to Come Alive at Lester Park Saturday

This will be the 20th Annual Lester River Rendezvous at Lester Park in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Students from across Northern Minnesota will have the chance to explore and learn lifelong skills at the 2018 Lester River Rendezvous starting Thursday, September 27. For two days, classrooms will come alive outdoors as students and staff get the first chance to learn about the fur trade lifestyle and much more. Coordinator Don Mendoza stopped by FOX…

Animal Allies to Host Series of Community Microchip Events

Animal Allies Humane Society is Hosting a Microchip Event Wednesday, September 26 at Bent Paddle Brewing Co. in Duluth's Lincoln Park Neighborhood

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Wednesday, September 26, Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth will be teaming up with Bent Paddle Brewing to offer a microchip and tag clinic for local pets. The event is happening from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. For $25 dollars, pets will receive a microchip and personalized tag. Michelle Sternberg with Animal Allies says with the capability…

Crime Novelist Matt Goldman to Speak at Fitger’s Bookstore

Crime Novelist Matt Goldman will be Presenting his Latest Publications at Fitger's Friday, October 5

DULUTH, Minn. – Emmy-award winning TV writer for Seinfeld, Ellen TV Series and many other productions, Matt Goldman, stopped by FOX 21 Local News Tuesday morning to chat about his upcoming book tour in Duluth. Goldman will be making a stop at the Fitger’s Bookstore in Duluth on Friday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss his latest releases “Gone to…

Marshall School to Unveil New STEM Workspace Today

Marshall School in Duluth will be Hosting an Open House Today

DULUTH, Minn. – Marshall School in Duluth will open its renovated STEM wing today. Renovations include 32,000 square feet of newly renovated classroom and lab space in the school’s science, technology, engineering and math area. The project was funded by generous donations to the school’s Next Horizon Campaign. This campaign is a $4.5 million dollar comprehensive fundraising effort to support…

Coffee Conversation: Art Walk, School Supply Drive in Downtown Duluth

The School Supply Drive will Help Benefit Students in ISD 709

DULUTH, Minn. – Students are now back in the classroom which means creative juices will soon be running wild throughout many art rooms across the Northland. With the rising cost of materials and budget shortfalls, the September Downtown Duluth Arts Walk will work to benefit art classrooms throughout School District 709, Art Demos by UMD Arts Education and more local organizations….

Robots Take Over Peace Day at DECC

Duluth Sister Cities International Holds Celebration of International Peace Day

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Sister Cities International took their intercultural interaction to the DECC on Friday, to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The program included remarks from former Duluth mayor Gary Doty and a demonstration from Duluth East Daredevils Robotics. This past year the robotics team partnered with Duluth’s Swedish sister city, Vaxjo, to create their first ever robotics competition team….

Raleigh Academy Block Party Moved Fun Indoors

Annual Block Party Held in Celebration of National Award

DULUTH, Minn.- West Duluth kids were having a blast at Duluth Edison Raleigh Academy on Thursday. The Academy hosted their annual block party, and the rain didn’t stop ’em, as they moved the party inside the school. It was all run by teachers, volunteering their extra time outside of the school day. But they say it’s all worth it to…

Maurices Employees Lend a Helping Hand in the Community

They call it "Our Best Day Ever"

DULUTH, Minn.- Maurices employees are taking a break from the office on Thursday and rolling up their sleeves to work for the community. They call it “Our Best Day Ever” the company spreads out in the city volunteering with more than 20 non–profits. We stopped by the care package assembly at the Maurices headquarters. Workers are teaming up with Blue Star…

Zoomobile Visits UWS

Animals interacted with students and taught all about their species

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Animals from the Lake Superior Zoo visited the library at UW-Superior Wednesday. The Zoomobile program traveled with a python, hedgehog, bearded dragon, plus much more. Students could hold and touch the animals and ask educators any questions they could think of. “For the snake, how they go to the bathroom is a great question that we get…

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…

Free Medicare Advice Offered This Evening in Duluth

UnitedHealthcare is Offering a Free Community Event Wednesday, September 19 for Folks to Learn About Medicare

DULUTH, Minn. – With 62 million Americans enrolled in Medicare, and more than 10,000 Americans turning 65 every single day, there is significant interest in Medicare health coverage. Unfortunately, there’s also tremendous confusion. According to UnitedHealthcare, roughly 39 percent of Medicare beneficiaries say they have a “fair” or “poor” understanding of Medicare, and two in five beneficiaries describes Medicare as “confusing”….

UMD Students Help One Another Get Home Safely

Students can call a free hotline to be assisted walking anywhere within a two mile radius of campus.

DULUTH, Minn.- At the University of Minnesota Duluth, one campus program is helping students feel safe and ensuring no one has to walk alone. With the exception of alcohol and drug arrests sexual assault and stalking cases are the most commonly reported crimes on the UMD campus. Now some students are helping one–another feel safe on campus so they don’t…

Student Senate Makes National Constitution Day Known on Campus

The CSS student body government is handing out pocket copies of the constitution.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s national constitution day and the College of St. Scholastica is making a day of it. The CSS student body government is handing out pocket copies of the constitution. Organizers tell us it’s extremely important their fellow students actually know the constitution. “It sets up the foundation of our government and it impacts literally every one of our…

Fall into Autumn Adventures with The Duluth Experience

The Duluth Experience is Offering a Wide List of Fall Happenings Throughout the Autumn Months

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth region offers seasonal attractions for thousands of visitors every year. Combine the amount of entertainment and adventure with beautiful fall colors and there’s certainly something for everyone to enjoy. Co-Founder and CEO Dave Grandmaison stopped by FOX 21 Local News Monday morning to chat about the upcoming events scheduled. The Duluth Experience is already thinking…

Minnesota Amps Up Oversight For Student Loan Repayments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Office of Higher Education has become more aggressive about taking student loan recipients to court when they fall behind on payments to keep its rates low. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the Student Education Loan Fund provides low-interest loans to Minnesota students to help bridge the gap between financial aid and the cost of education….

Read to Final Four Program Begins

The Final Four will be in Minneapolis this spring, but that hasn't stopped the NCAA from kicking off the festivities early.

DULUTH, Minn.-The Final Four will be in Minneapolis this spring, but that hasn’t stopped the NCAA from kicking off the festivities early. Earlier today the UMD men’s and women’s basketball teams came to Piedmont Elementary to launch the “Read to the Final Four” program. The initiative includes free access to a library of more than 5,000 books online while also…

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…

Making Fun Fall Memories with Simek’s Family Farm

Simek's Family Farm Will Open Saturday, September 15

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s a sure sign fall is right around the corner. Family owned and operated Simek’s Farm is opening Saturday, September 15! Co-owner Andrea Simek says the farm is a wonderful place for both the young and the young-at-heart to enjoy a fall farm experience. The grounds include a corn maze, pick your own fall pumpkin, fresh produce,…

Hunger Action Month Looks to Raise Awareness in the Northland

Hunger Action Month is Part of a Larger Campaign Started by the Organization, Feeding America

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday, September 13 marks the official celebration of Hunger Action Month. To honor this month long campaign of raising awareness, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank will be hosting an open house tour of their facility on Wednesday, September 19 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Second Harvest is located at 4503 Airpark Boulevard in Duluth. This behind-the-scenes…

2018 Twin Ports Recovery Walk this Saturday

The 2018 Twin Ports Recovery Walk is Happening in Leif Erikson Park

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2018 Twin Ports Recovery Walk looks spread encouragement and community support. The event is happening on Saturday, September 15 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Leif Erikson Park in Duluth. The walk will be a total of one mile, beginning at scenic Leif Erikson Park and continuing east down the Lakewalk. Schedule of Events: 4:45 p.m….

As Wrenshall School Deteriorates, Referendum Modified

Facilities Committee Meets with Community to Discuss Changes to Referendum

WRENSHALL, Minn.- Talks continue about a proposed referendum in Wrenshall’s School District. Last year, voters turned down a $12.5 million referendum. But the district is bringing back a $13 million referendum. Some who voted no last year were still for a referendum and remodel, but the terms pulled voters in opposite directions. “Well I’ll tell you what last time I…

UMD Office of Sustainability Aims to Limit Food Waste

School is studying how much is composted by their dining services daily

DULUTH, Minn. – About a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted every year according to the United Nations. The UMD Office of Sustainability is trying to cut down that waste on their campus. To build awareness, they had students scrape all their excess food into bins. Those bins were weighed to determine how much…

Unique School Bus Helps Special Olympic Athletes

The UCare Mobile Dental Clinic is providing teeth cleaning and other dental services to Special Olympic athletes.

DULUTH, Minn.- Surprising dentist visits are typically bad but one teeth-cleaning station cruising into the Northland is making quite the impact. Dental students from the University of Minnesota are cleaning teeth on a traveling bus, called the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic. During a pit stop in Duluth on Wednesday, September 12, Special Olympics Athletes are receiving free dental work. The soon-to-be dentists tell…

Animal Answers: Avoiding Fatalities Linked to “Dog Bloat”

Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus or More Commonly Known as "Dog Bloat" Can Turn Fatal in a Matter of Hours

DULUTH, Minn. – This week’s Animal Answers is centering on a topic known as the “mother of all emergencies,” most commonly found in large breed dogs. The scientific name is Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus, but it’s also referred to as sever bloating. FOX 21 caught up with North Shore Veterinary Hospital Owner Dr. Michael Hargrove to go over the tips…

UMD Land Lab to Promote Sustainability this Sunday

The 6th Annual UMD Farm Fest is Happening Sunday, September 16

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders are invited to stop by UMD’s Land Lab, located at 3568 Riley Road in Duluth, on Sunday, September 16 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Throughout the growing season, students and staff have worked to grow a plentiful harvest and educate the community on the topic of sustainability. UMD’s Land Lab Director, Randel Hanson, is excited to invite…

The Arc Northland Looks to Help Navigate the Workforce, Benefits

The Arc Northland Provides Resources and Assistance to People Living with Disabilities in the Region

DULUTH, Minn. – A free workshop happening on Tuesday, September 18 will help people with disabilities learn the possibilities of working and also keeping the proper benefits. The workshop will take place at the Duluth Workforce Development Center located at 402 West First Street. Folks are also able to participate via video conferencing. The workshop will provide information to people…

Look Inside Historic Homes and Properties this Sunday in Duluth

The Duluth Preservation Alliance is Proud to Present the 38th Annual Historic Properties Tour

DULUTH, Minn. – The Zenith City will be on full display this Sunday, September 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Duluth Preservation Alliance’s 38th Annual Historic Properties Tour. The tour will allow curious and interested Northlanders the chance to wander inside and out of five historic gems around the city of Duluth. Tickets are $20 dollars and can…

Construction and Classes Underway at Superior High School

On Monday, September 10th the Superior High School held it's first day after renovations.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s the first day of school at the Superior High School and also the first time students and teachers are seeing the multi-million dollar changes to classrooms. Construction is still underway but right now staff and students are getting to know the revamped space after a summer packed full of construction. The halls are packed full of life….

Tim Walz Visits Northland

Walz Stops by Grant Community Center to talk Education

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s Grant Recreation Center got a visit from DFL gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz on Friday. Walz met with the Duluth Community Schools Collaborative to discuss education concerns. “I think it’s just great for Tim to come visit and see what’s happening in our schools,” said DCSC Board Chair Bernie Burnham. “And understand the importance of community schools, and…