Education

The True Meaning of Memorial Day

Captain of Duluth Honor Guard, John Marshall, Shares the Importance of Memorial Day, West Duluth Memorial Day Parade

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s a holiday many use to grill, connect with family and friends or travel to kick off the summer season. But for Captain of the Duluth Honor Guard John Marshall, Memorial Day is a time to educate and share knowledge of why we honor the day annually. Marshall says it’s important to honor Memorial Day every day, not…

Starbase Celebrates First School Year

The classroom is a whole new experience for children who learn to program rovers and create real-world architectural design.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some Northland students are experiencing what its like to be a scientist through a program called Starbase, which is celebrating the end of its first school year program. The classroom is a whole new experience for children who learn to program rovers and create real-world architectural design. The Starbase program operates on the base of the 148th Fighter…

Students Learn How to Leave No Trace on the Trails

Leave no trace is a set of principles to help enjoy the outdoors sustainably.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Great Outdoors took over Congdon Park Elementary School as students learn how to preserve our forests. The Superior National Forest’s educational outreach program aims to inspire students to enjoy our trails but also know the proper etiquette. The gym transformed into a mock boundary waters campsite at Congdon Elementary School. “We want kids to care about the environment…

Tutors Needed in the Northland

Duluth needs 52 tutors for the upcoming school year starting this fall.

DULUTH, Minn.- Elementary schools in the Northland are in need for more math and reading tutors, this comes after students are struggling at higher class levels such as algebra. Duluth needs 52 tutors for the upcoming school year starting this fall. Full-time and part-time tutors are being recruited by AmeriCorps. Educators say the preschool level has the largest demand for…

Twin Ports Residents Peddle Forth on National Bike to Work Day

National Bike to Work Day Events in Duluth and Superior are Organized by the Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community

DULUTH, Minn. – You may have noticed a few extra bicyclists on the road during your commute across the Twin Ports Friday. It was all to celebrate National Bike to Work Day. It’s a common sight year round throughout many communities in the Northland; bikers strapping on helmets and raising kickstands no matter how cold it gets. “It’s a perfect…

Time to Register for Summer Camp at Animal Allies

Staff at Animal Allies Humane Society Advise Signing up for Summer Camp Sooner Rather than Later

DULUTH, Minn. – Just a few days remain before summer camp will be full at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. Humane Education Manager Shawna Weaver stopped by FOX 21 Local News to chat about what your child will take part in during camp. Aside from getting to pet animals and work to make sure they’re happy and healthy on…

Companies to Classrooms Has Been Helping Teachers for Five Years

Organization has a free school supplies store for Northland educators

DULUTH, Minn. – An organization in Duluth has spent five years giving free school supplies to area teachers. Companies to Classrooms recently moved to a new location in the basement of the Old Central High School building. It is a free store filled with new and slightly used items donated by people and businesses to help students’ educational experience. “This…

Lake Superior College Holds 2018 Commencement

More than 700 graduates walked across the DECC Auditorium stage

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior College celebrated their 2018 graduating class at their annual commencement ceremony. More than seven-hundred students walked across the stage at the DECC Auditorium to get their degrees, diplomas, and certificates. As students prepare for the next steps in their lives, family members came to show their support. “We are very proud of her. Very proud….

Congdon Students Continue Getting in Gear

Rainy Weather Postponed Bike, Walk to School Day for Students at Congdon Park Elementary; Event Continues to Grow

DULUTH, Minn. – Back in 1997 students, staff and parent organizers took part in the first ever National Walk to School Day. In 2012, National Bike to School Day became a reality. The day technically happened on Wednesday, May 9 this year, but due to rainy, cold weather in the Northland, students held off to celebrate until the following day….

Olympic Curling Team Tells Their Story to Middle School Students

The Gold Medal athletes inspired kids to follow their dreams

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Members of the gold medal winning U.S. Olympic Curling Team shared their stories with middle school students in Duluth and Superior. The curlers shared their Olympic journey and their inspiring stories of growing up in the Northland and achieving their dreams. John Shuster, John Landsteiner, and Joe Polo spoke to hundreds of students at Superior Middle School….

Educators Celebrated on Teacher Appreciation Day

One Local Business Giving Away Books to Teachers

DULUTH, Minn.-Throughout the country today, teachers are being celebrated because it’s National Teacher Appreciation Day. Some businesses are giving teachers special deals as a way of saying thank you, including Duluth’s Once Upon a Child, which buys and sells used items for children. The owners say they have a special appreciation for educators, due to a family connection to teaching….

LSC Firefighting Students Complete Hands-on Training

After the '14 Hour Shift' second year students graduate from the program

DULUTH, Minn. – There is a big demand for firefighters across the nation. Lake Superior College firefighting students took their training to another level today before trying to find jobs in the competitive field. Firefighting students at LSC completed their ’14 Hour Shift’ Monday. The training puts together everything they’ve learned throughout the year and asks them to use it…

Wolf Ridge ELC Unveils Renovated Margaret A. Cargill Lodge

The Margaret A. Cargill Lodge is Renovated to Meet the Highest International Standard for Sustainability

FINLAND, Minn. – A vision of outdoor education and sustainability back in 1971 has become a huge success over the years in Lake County. Staff, students and visitors to this popular attraction continue to stay one step ahead of the game when it comes to going green. “Wolf Ridge started on the idea of let’s get kids outside and get…

Paint Your Pet Class Has People Creating Art of Their Furry Friends

No, they're not painting on their pets, they're painting pictures OF their pets.

DULUTH, Minn. –  Some people in Duluth spent a relaxing Sunday getting in touch with their creative side. Folks gathered at Blacklist Artisan Ales for a “Paint Your Pet” class. People submitted photos of their pet to the artist at MP Design Art, who then creates a paint–by–numbers image, so that even the most inexperienced painter can complete a masterpiece…

UMD Students walk across the stage for graduation

More than 2,000 students graduated on Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – Saturday was a big day for University of Minnesota – Duluth students at Amsoil Arena It was UMD’s commencement day for those students who have passed all their tests, and are ready to take the next steps in their lives. “It’s super exciting, seeing all these people, it kind of brings back the memories of all the…

Duluth Schools Facing $4 Million Budget Shortfall

District Still Looking at Selling Two Vacant Properties

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth School District is facing a $4 million budget shortfall and the clock is ticking on when they have to get their final budget in. June 30th is the deadline for the district, which has been facing some tough financial times in recent years. Their budget sits at $100 million right now and they are hoping to get…

Arrowhead Youth Games Bring Sunshine and Smiles

The Arrowhead Youth Games is an on-going tradition.

DULUTH, Minn.-The day camp invites kids with disabilities from various schools to try activities they may have never experienced before. We spoke with one student who mastered a new bike and even took up archery. “I got it right in the red circle and I got it above it, the black circle, I got it above it,” Daniel Loney said….

Students Pitch City Plans to Local Officials

The plans could be used for future city projects.

DULUTH, Minn.- Students at the University of Minnesota Duluth have been brainstorming ways to utilize plots in the city. Art history students are sharing their vision for redesigning the lots around Essentia Health and the former Cobb Elementary School. Their plans were pitched to the City Planning Commission and could be incorporated in future city projects. “The fact that it…

Superior Schools Helping Students Cope with Explosion

The school district wants to make sure students dealing with stress, will receive help.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s been a week of getting back to normal for some Superior students after just last week, some witnessed the Husky Refinery explosion right from their classroom window. Now educators and families are discussing mental health. The school district wants to make sure students dealing with stress, will receive help.  Families and educators are keeping a close eye…

Duluth Lions Club to Host Annual Pancake Day on Thursday

Annual Fundraiser Supports Local Organization

DULUTH, Minn. – This Thursday Northlanders will have the chance to eat breakfast at any point in the day. The Duluth Lions Club is hosting its Annual Pancake Day, giving hungry eaters the option to eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack! The event will run from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Pioneer Hall at the Duluth Entertainment…

Duluth YMCA Offers Swim Scholarships for Underserved Communities

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer is just a couple months away which means families will be out on the lakes enjoying weekends up North. But while enjoying the warmer weather, families should always have water safety on their minds. Sara Eder, the Aquatics Director for the Duluth YMCA, stopped by FOX 21 this morning to chat about safety education opportunities at…

‘One District, One Book’ Project at Duluth Edison Charter Schools

Students, Staff, and Administrators will all read "The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles" together

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Edison Charter Schools are starting a district-wide special reading project. Every kindergarten through fifth grade student, staff member, and administrator will receive a copy of “The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles,” a children’s book by Julie Andrews. They are all asked to read the book at home over the next few weeks. “It’s a great…

Duluth Public Library Focuses on Health and Wellness

DULUTH, Minn. – Taking care of your health is something important no matter your age, and this weekend the Duluth Public Library is dedicating a day to wellness. The Duluth Public Library is hosting its 2nd annual Wellness Day, dedicated to learning about and trying out healthy lifestyle practices throughout the afternoon. This event will take place at the  Duluth…

Fond Du Lac College is Helping Connect Students with Local Jobs

Officials say the expo shows students other routes their degree can take them.

CLOQUET, Minn.- One local college is helping health and nursing students get a foot in the door for jobs after graduation. Fond Du Lac Community College is hosting a Nurse and Health Sciences Expo. The event brings local organizations in the industry to show students the many job opportunities in their field locally. “It’s great to have the local job fair…

Zoo Hosts “Party for the Planet” Ahead of Earth Day

Event Supports Snow Leopard Trust

DULUTH, Minn. – Tonight it’s going to be a big party at the Lake Superior Zoo and everyone is invited! The Party for the Planet celebrates Earth Day and gives visitors a chance to explore the zoo after hours. It’s taking place Friday, April 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Guest can check out the animals and meet endangered species…

Local Student Discusses Gender Neutrality at State Tournament

The Denfeld High School speech team qualified for the state tournament.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Students at Denfeld Highschool are speaking out for what they believe in at a state level competition. The Denfeld Highschool speech team qualified for the state tournament. The five students are competing in St. Paul on Friday, April 20th. One student is using this platform to speak-out on gender neutrality. “It’s really nice to be able to share…

Education Leaders Discuss Helping Kids Experiencing Trauma

Organizers believe educating a variety of organizations using the same message, helps with consistency.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s a common concern for educators trying to find the best way to reach students facing tough situations in their lives. Education leaders from across Northland spent Thursday learning how to better handle these students. The conference is not only a space for educators to learn as a team but also a chance to share experiences. The Early…

UW-Superior Students to Perform Comedy Musical

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

SUPERIOR, Wis. – If you’re looking for a laugh in the coming weeks, you may want to check out UW-Superior’s performance of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The musical will be performed April 27-28 and May 4-5 at 7:30 p.m. and April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m. in the Manion Theatre on the UWS  campus. Written…

Meteorologist Talks Weather with Future Scientists

FOX 21's William Seay spoke with second graders at Wrenshall Elementary School.

DULUTH, Minn.- Our very own William Seay informed our future scientists what it’s like as a meteorologist. William spoke with second graders at Wrenshall Elementary School. Students are currently learning about weather in class. Their teacher says hearing from an expert gives students a better perspective. Weather is taught in the spring because here in the Northland, you never know…

CASDA Officially Launches Pet Foster Program

Donations and Foster Families Needed as Program Launches, Gains Popularity

DULUTH, Minn. – On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by a partner in the United States, according to the National Center Against Domestic Violence. Officials say it can be difficult to escape an abuser, especially when animals are involved. However, a new program at The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA) in Superior is looking…

Duluth East Daredevils Raise Money for Trip to World Championships

Team Hopes to Raise About $30,000 to Compete at Worlds Next Week in Detroit

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth East Daredevils robotics team is competing in the world championships next week in Detroit. The team held an annual fundraiser to raise money for lodging, food, and travel costs associated with their trip. They hope to raise about $30,000 from today’s pasta dinner, bake sale, silent auction, and robotics demonstrations to fund their chance at…

College Campus Sparks Conversation for Sexual Assault Awareness

Nearly 500 universities across the U.S. are taking part in the It's On Us campaign.

DULUTH, Minn.- Students at St. Scholastica are joining in on a national movement to end sexual assault on campus. April is sexual assault awareness month and the saints are joining the It’s On Us campaign to address on-campus issues. The It’s On Us movement started back in 2014. Now nearly 500 campuses across the nation are involved. On Tuesday St….

Students Create Customizable Shin Guards

The product is made using a 3D printer.

DULUTH, Minn.- A group of student-athletes are creating a product they say isn’t available in the current market. At St. Scholastica students are creating shin guards by using a 3D printer. A group of four soccer players are making fully customizable shin guards. The students say this is the only product like it on the market and they can be made in nearly…

UMD Opera Studio, Symphony Students Team up for Performance

Le Nozze di Figaro Performances Start April 27

DULUTH, Minn. – This month it’s a dramatic event you won’t want to miss, the UMD Opera Studio is teaming up with the UMD Symphony Orchestra. Together, they’re performing Le Nozze di Figaro ( The Marriage of Figaro) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The first performance is Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. The second performance will be Sunday, April 29…

Volunteers Keep Historical Landmarks Functioning in the Northland

Northland Uncovered: Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s National Volunteer week across America and it’s volunteers that help keep our favorite historical landmarks running throughout the country. It’s easy to see Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center volunteer Debbie Ritzinger’s passion for her job. “I read the letters, I touch everything that comes in, I work with wonderful people,” said Ritzinger. Ritzinger has been…

The Push for Special Education Funding

The Governor is pushing for a nineteen million dollar increase in special education funding

DULUTH, Minn.- Governor Dayton has proposed an increase in special education funding statewide by nineteen million dollars. The Duluth school district said they could receive around two hundred and fifty thousand dollars of funding if it’s approved. Leaders of the district say the amount is appreciated, but that number is a drop in the bucket considering the district spends about nine million dollars when…

Fish Regrows Tail in UMD Experiment

Students at UMD are sharing their semester long studies with the public.

DULUTH, Minn. – Students at the University of Minnesota Duluth got to show off their semester-long research. From finding one of the oldest rocks in the world on the Iron Range, to finding out one fish can regrow its tail, UMD students will take us there. Bulldog students put in many hours and a lot of hard work for research which…

First Witness Child Advocacy Center Hosts Fundraiser

Spring Splash raises money for the agency's efforts to educate and respond to child abuse

DULUTH, Minn. – First Witness Child Advocacy Center is celebrating its 25th year serving children in the Northland and around the world. On Friday, the agency hosted its Spring Splash fundraiser gala. Hundreds of community members came out to support for the work First Witness does in strengthening the community response to child abuse. Organizers say the gala is an important fundraiser…

Family Freedom Center Kicks Off Series of Community Events

Family Freedom Summer features workshops focused on connecting community and culture in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – Culture and community come together at the Family Freedom Center in Lincoln Park in Duluth.   Family Freedom Summer kicked off on Friday, with the start of 12 weeks of workshops, events and cultural experiences at the Family Freedom Center. Organizers say it’s important to bring communities together to learn from one another, and to hear from those…

Mock Rape Trial Held at UMD

Fictional trial aimed to educate the community about what real trials are like

DULUTH, Minn. – A mock rape trial was held at the University of Minnesota Duluth. It featured a fictional crime being presented by real attorneys in front of a real judge. Students served as a jury and decided whether to convict the fake defendant. Organizers hope the event will teach the community what a real rape trial is like. “I’m…

NASA Program Brings Lunar Samples to Duluth Classrooms

Training sessions, such as this are made possible through the Duluth Childrens Museum and NASA partnership.

DULUTH, Minn.- Northland classrooms have an opportunity to learn with lunar rocks through a NASA program. Lunar samples have been collected from the Apollo missions, but thanks to this training the rare pieces are easily accessible. Nearly a dozen educators participated in the hands-on training course. A researcher with NASA tells us, teachers are required to take the course because…

Retirement Planning Week Prompts Simple Saving Tips

National Retirement Planning Week is April 9 - 13, Prompting Tips to Start Saving Now

DULUTH, Minn. – This week is National Retirement Planning Week, a week dedicated to helping American’s get their financial plans on track so that they can retire on their terms. Whether you’re a millennial just entering the workforce or a baby boomer transitioning into retirement, you may be surprised to learn some of the basic tips you should be implementing…

Cyberbullying, Social Networking & Sexting Talk Presented at UMD

While Bullying Remains a Problem Among Teens, Most Students Use the Internet Responsibly

DULUTH, Minn. – One out of every four people report being cyberbullied at some point in their lives, and one out of every six people admit to cyberbullying others. Spreading hurtful comments or rumors and sharing explicit images on the internet is a problem among teens but, according to Justin Patchin, most students are misbehaving online. Patchin is a professor…

Fine Arts Week at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Events Around Campus Highlight College's Arts Programs

CLOQUET, Minn. – It’s fine arts week at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Events around campus are showcasing the college’s arts programs including visual art, music and writing. Instructors hope it will inspire more students to explore arts classes and enhance their education. “It helps people expand the potential of their thinking,” said Sterling Rathsack, the college’s visual…

YWCA Duluth Receives A Large Donation To Support Young Mothers

AT&T Donates To Teen Moms Education and High School Experience Through The YWCA

DULUTH, Min. — The YWCA received a $12,000 donation from AT&T on Thursday to support young mothers education. The funds will go specifically to support moms on their academic journey through high school and into college. It will fund not only college applications and tutoring but also things like sports, drivers ed, prom and graduation pictures. This money will ultimately…

UMD Theatre Presents Fairy Tale Classic

"Into the Woods" Performances Begin April 12

DULUTH, Minn. – Students from UMD are taking on a story involving some well-known fairy tale characters. UMD Theatre is presenting “Into the Woods” April 12 – 21. The stories of the characters intertwine and the plot takes them to a darker place than the fairytale stories that are so well known. The shows will be April 12 – 14…

U of M Researchers Share Findings with Community at Spark Event

Researchers share knowledge with alumni and community members in Cloquet

DULUTH, Minn. – The university of Minnesota held another one of its “Sparks” events on Tuesday. Researchers from the university presented some of their studies to alumni and other members of the community. The theme focused on Minnesota’s natural environment, and how things like climate change are affecting the region. “For a lot of these forest health issues that we’re dealing…

Duluth Public Library Hosts Events for Kids

A pajama reading party was held Monday night

DULUTH, Minn. – With it being Spring Break for the little ones, families may be looking for things to do to keep them busy. The Duluth Public Library has programming events planned for the kids this week, like story times and movie showings. On Monday, they held a pajama reading party party “We love to have events, especially in the evening…

Duluth Folk School Hosts Class on Keeping Cutting Tools Sharp

Sharpen Up is a class that teaches people to their tools and cutlery themselves

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Folk School was still active with classes on Easter Sunday. The folk school hosted the class “Sharpen Up” taught by local woodworker Clancy Ward. Ward went through some of the basics to getting knives, cutlery and tools as sharp as they can be, without having to bring them to a professional. “A lot of people take…