Education

Live Interview: Author Talks ‘The Sower,’ Independent Bookstore Day At Fitger’s

DULUTH, Minn. — FOX 21’s  Dan Hanger sat down with Rob Jung, author of “The Sower,” during the 7 a.m. hour of the morning show to talk about his book signing at The Bookstore at Fitger’s Saturday afternoon to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day.   For more on that conversation, watch the video above.  And see a press release below about the…

UMD Host CEHSP Research and Scholarship Showcase

DULUTH, Minn. – From studying how a child might gaze at a humanoid robots to measuring a person’s enjoyment of their first romantic kiss, several dozen UMD students got their chance to showcase their research projects Thursday. The second annual College of Education and Human Service Professions’ Research and Scholarship Showcase took place inside the Kathryn A. Martin Library. Each of…

UW-Superior Holds 8th Annual Day of Giving

SUPERIOR, Wis. – UW-Superior’s 8th annual Superior Day of Giving took place Wednesday, one of their biggest fundraising days of the year. Alumni and anyone who wanted to help financially support the university’s various programs had the option to do so online over the 24-hour period. “This year we have a $50,000 challenge that has been offered up by a 1972…

Live Interview: WLSSD Talks Recycling, Reducing, Reusing On Earth Day

DULUTH, Minn. – AJ Axtell, environmental program coordinator at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD), stopped by the 8 a.m. hour of FOX 21’s morning show to talk about ways to be better to the planet.  Click the video for Axtell’s chat with Dan Hanger and Ken Slama, and see some information below. “Earth Day is an opportunity to…

Kirby Commencements Continue at UMD

DULUTH, Minn. – Some UMD students planning to graduate next month are taking advantage of a program this week that gives them a more personal send off. The Kirby Commencement allows students to get their pictures taken with their cap, gown, and diploma cover as if they were on stage during a commencement ceremony.  They also get the chance to meet…

Duluth Public Schools Begins New Strategic Plan Process

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School District is ready to begin the process to create a new comprehensive strategic plan. Superintendent John Magas says they hired TeamWorks International to assist them.  The approach they are taking is known as ‘schoolroom to boardroom’. “This process focuses more on first assessing on our current reality,” says Magas.  “What is our history? What are…

Art Exhibition at Tweed Museum of Art

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesday, UMD celebrated its annual student exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art. The exhibition is work completed by art and design students from the past year. The theme this year was layers, and two professionals from outside of UMD looked at submissions and selected 67 works to be included. The art is on display at the…

Researchers To Study Minnesotans Who Swim In Icy Waters

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Researchers plan to study a group of Minnesotans who dunk themselves in icy Lake Harriet every winter day. The Star Tribune reports that researchers from Rockefeller University’s Cohen Laboratory of Molecular Metabolism are studying so-called brown fat that generates heat in cold conditions in humans. They’re currently investigating blood biomarkers of brown fat in young New Yorkers…

New Jets in UMD Pool Simulate Surfing, Rafting Waves for Training

It has one setting for swimmers to practice in smaller waves, another for surfers to work on maneuvers, and the last setting -- river flow similar to whitewater rafting and sea kayaking.

DULUTH, Minn.- Thanks to upgraded jets, the pool in UMD’S Sports and Health Center can now better train kayakers, surfers, and swimmers in rough water conditions through their Rec Sports Outdoor Program (RSOP). The lap pool now has a “flow pump” system. It has one setting for swimmers to practice in smaller waves, another for surfers to work on maneuvers,…

KYN: Northwood Tech Takes Gold and Silver in Carpentry Competition

RICE LAKE, Wis. – “I think anybody right now knows that there is a shortage of people in the trades and an apprenticeship is a great way to get that kind of training in accomplished workforce development,” said President of Northwood Technical College, John Will. Northwood Technical College in Rice Lake, Wisconsin had two of their apprentices through the ABC…

UMD Students Hold Annual Asian Culture Show

DULUTH, Minn. — Saturday, the UMD community highlighted some of the cultures of their Asian students. The APAA, or Asian Pacific American Association, held their annual Asian Cultural Show on Saturday night. They brought together hundreds of students, faculty and staff, and even friends and families to enjoy a night of different performances. There was a fashion show, Thai dancers…

UWS Exhibit Hopes To Educate, Create Empathy for Refugees Worldwide

The exhibit became even more poignant with the millions of Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Twice a year over at UWS, students and professors put together an interactive exhibit where people can walk in the shoes of refugees escaping war-torn countries. At it’s showing Tuesday, it became more poignant for many, with the millions of Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion and bombardment of their country. The exhibit, called “From Afghanistan to Germany,” is a…

Essentia Health’s ‘Child Life Specialists’ Ready To Help Kids, Youth Cope

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to hospitals or doctors, they can be scary, especially for kids. But Essentia Health has a special way to help little ones feel more comfortable. They’re called Child Life Specialists, which provide support to infants, children, youth, and families facing all types of medical situations. The certified specialists also provide coping skills. “We have…

Proctor High School Opens On-Campus Thrift Store

Students renovated an old classroom to create a space for the thrift store.

PROCTOR, Minn.– Proctor high school students can now use their free time to donate or sift through a new thrift-store located on their every campus. Proctor students put it together earlier this year, it’s filled with clothes, shoes and hygiene products. Students in a business class at Proctor came up with the idea to help their fellow classmates who might…

Essentia Health: What Is A Child Life Specialist?

DULUTH, Minn. – JoHanna Orman joined FOX 21’s Dan Hanger during the 8 a.m. hour of the morning show to talk about Essentia Health’s Child Life Specialists and what they do for kids and youth facing uneasy doctor visits, treatments and procedures.   For more on the specialists, click here. Categories: Coffee Conversation, Education, Health, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Troop 25 Boy Scouts Giving Back In Conservation Service Project

DULUTH, Minn. — Sunday evening over in West Duluth, Scouts of Troop 25 got together to continue working on their conservation service projects. Last spring the scouts visited the Sax-Zim Bog, and this spring, they’re building ways to give back and help preserve it. They’re building bird houses for the blue bird and kestrel population to provide a place for…

UMD Hosts Student Craft Sale

UMD Students Got a Chance to Showcase and Sell Their Artwork

DULUTH, Minn.- A craft show and sale at UMD featured artwork and crafts made entirely by students. There were 30 student vendors in total, selling anything from ceramics to stickers. One of the organizers, Karley Graves, who is a student herself, said it’s a good opportunity for UMD students to showcase their work. “We really wanted to host an event…

Minnesota Plans to Pay Athletes for Academic Success

(University of Minnesota) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The University of Minnesota plans to start paying its athletes for doing well in the classroom. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Minnesota Athletics Director Mark Coyle announced the move Friday. The NCAA currently allows schools to give academic bonuses of up to $5,980 annually to athletes as per a federal judge’s mandate two…

UMD Engineering Students Raising Money to Return to Kenya with Water Distribution System

After a trip to Kenya in 2020 to assess water needs, UMD's Engineers without Borders is raising $30,000 to travel back and drill a well in that village.

DULUTH, Minn.-UMD students in the engineers without borders group are on a mission to help provide clean water in Kenya, and on Friday they were looking for help from the community at hoops brewing in Canal Park. In 2020, a few students visited Nyansakia in Kenya, a village of about 2,000 people, to assess the village’s water needs. They found…

Special Report: Road To, Beyond CODA for Duluth’s Daniel Durant

Hear from Durant's first teacher, childhood friends' parent, and leaders in Duluth's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.

DULUTH, Minn.- While the glitz and glam of the Oscars can seem like the ultimate achievement for a film, this year’s Best Picture CODA and the Duluth-native in its cast are accomplishing more by shedding light on the limitless potential of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. It seemed all of Duluth turned out to the DECC Monday to welcome Daniel…

UW Delays Free Speech Survey After Interim Chancellor Quit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A University of Wisconsin-Stout professor has decided to delay sending a survey to UW System students about their thoughts on free speech until fall after an interim chancellor resigned over the questionnaire. UW-Stout’s Menard Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovation had planned to send the survey out to students systemwide Thursday. But UW-Whitewater Interim…

UW-Superior Hosts Annual Math Meet

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Over 100 of the best young math minds from across the Northland gathered at UW-Superior Wednesday to put their knowledge to the test. The university’s mathematics and computer science department’s annual High School Math Meet had students from eight schools answer questions in geometry, calculus, algebra, trigonometry and elementary functions, and probability and statistics. “Each event has an…

Passed: $49.7M Bond Referendum To Update, Renovate Hayward Community School Dist.

HAYWARD, Wis. – Tuesday’s Spring Election brought a big backing for the Hayward Community School District and its proposal to borrow nearly $50 million to upgrade and renovate multiple school buildings. 1,922 people voted in favor of the bond referendum while 956 voted against it. According to the district, the money would improve safety and security, increase learning opportunities for…

Longtime Superior School Board Member Kintop Voted Out, 2 Newcomers Move In

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Christina Kintop, a nearly 20-year veteran of the Superior School Board and current board vice president, was voted out of her seat during Tuesday’s Spring General Election with nearly 27 percent of the vote, according to the county’s unofficial results Tuesday evening. Christina Kintop Edward Gallagher, a detective of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, got 32 percent…

Duluth Adult Education Opens Their Doors at a New Location

Duluth Adult Education Finds New Location After Sale of Old Central High School

The Duluth Adult Education (DAE) program is excited to announce a new location to offer their services in. Previously located in the Old Central High School, the program is now housed in the Arvig Building on Third Street. The change of locations was needed when the Old Central building was initially sold. The DAE held a grand opening today to…

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College to Offer Drone Classes

FDLTCC will be offering drone classes this summer for students seeking Remote Pilot Certification

The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) is offering a drone class this summer for those who are interested in working toward getting certified. The course starts in June and will offer test prep for the Remote Pilot Certificate Exam. Students will also have hands on, live flight training. Students have 12 weeks to complete the class, which…

Superior Addresses Child Care Issue with Relief Grant

Grant applications will begin April 1 and run through June of 2024.

SUPERIOR, Wisc.– The city of Superior has created a grant program to target the issues surrounding the lack of child care in the area. The city has set aside 200-thousand dollars to provide existing child care facilities that can help with anything from remodeling and safety enhancement to training and recruitment of employees. Superior City Councilor Jenny Van Sickle says,…

Friends of ‘CODA’ Star Daniel Durant, Twin Ports Deaf Community Inspired by Oscars Win

The deaf studies minor at UMD has the second-largest enrollment in the school.

DULUTH, Minn.- The small town pride for Duluth actor Daniel Durant was amplified by his fellow members of the deaf and hard of hearing community here in town. The deaf studies minor at UMD has the second-largest enrollment in the school. Courses include Linguistics, Deaf Culture, and American Sign Language Skill Building Workshop. Coordinators at UMD’s American Sign Language Lab…

Spring Feast Returns to UMD

DULUTH, Minn. – A spring tradition at UMD resumed Tuesday as the American Indian Learning Resource Center held their Spring Feast. The event coincides with a similar event in the fall to celebrate the changing of the seasons.  It’s a chance for American Indian and Alaska Native students, their allies, and anyone interested in learning more about Indigenous cultures, as well…

UMD Bulldog Rocketry Blasts Motor In Test Before ‘Spaceport American Cup’

DULUTH, Minn. – The Bulldog Rocketry Team at UMD is working hard to perfect its competitive rocket for an upcoming national competition — Spaceport American Cup. The team members performing an on-the-ground test Sunday to find out just how powerful their engine is right now. Data gathered from the test will help the team optimize their rocket launch to hopefully…

Lincoln Park to Undergo Much Needed Transformations

DULUTH, Minn.– Duluth’s Ecolibrium3 has been awarded more than 800-thousand dollars to address economic, educational and health disparities in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood. The money is coming from the Department of Employment and Economic Development. It’ll fund three construction projects including a small-footprint grocery store with fresh produce on W Superior St. This effort will help to close the gap…

NASP Archery State Championship

DULUTH, Minn. — The arrows were flying this weekend at the DECC as hundreds of young archers took up their bows in the state competition, for the Minnesota National Archery in the Schools Program, or NASP. Close to 1,500 archers, ages 4th through 12th grade from across the state of Minnesota participated. Arrows were shot into both bullseye targets, and…

UMD Teen Science Café Helps Twin Ports Youth Explore Real-World STEM

There'll be one more science cafe this year on cryptography next month but they'll be back with more in the fall.

DULUTH, Minn.- It was a meeting of the minds at UMD’s Swenson College of Engineering as some college professors and high schoolers hoped to get other stem-interested teens together. Friday was the launch of the Teen Science Cafe. A UMD professor specializing in “gamification”, using the power of games for decision making spoke to teens and engaged them in activities…

Fox 21 Meteorologists Stop By Cloquet Middle School

CLOQUET, Minn. — Our FOX 21 weather team, Rusty Mehlberg, Ken Slama and Sam Gabrielli, stopped by Cloquet Middle School on Friday morning to get some 8th graders jazzed up about weather and other science stuff. The 8th grade science class has been doing different experiments and learning about pressures, and weather systems like cold and warm fronts. “It’s great…

Lake Superior College Hosts Career And Transfer Fair

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior College is having its first big networking event since the pandemic as employers set up their booths in hopes of connecting with students walking through. More than 70 employers turned out Wednesday representing fields such as healthcare, trade jobs, military, and much more. Kaitlyn Steffen, director of career services, said it’s an opportunity for students…

Proposed Legislation Could Pay Part of UMD Tuition for Future Minnesota Students

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesotans who graduate high school and attend UMD could have a sizable chunk of their tuition covered if a proposal in the state legislature become law. The Greater Minnesota Scholarship Program could cover around $4,000 of the student’s first year, and an additional $1,000 to $2,000 each year over their next three years. The goal is to end…

Duluth Sister Cities International Won’t Drop Sister City Petrozavodsk, Russia Amid War

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Sister Cities is speaking out in support of Petrozavodsk, Russia, which is one of Duluth’s sister cities, as that country’s leader continues to pummel Ukraine. In an email Tuesday to Mayor Emily Larson and city councilors, Sister Cities board members said they condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and they stand in solidarity of the people of…

Birdwatching 101 at Duluth Folk School

DULUTH, Minn. – The birds are starting to come back and in preparation, the Duluth Folk School had its first Birdwatching 101 class of the season Tuesday, which is an annual class that couldn’t happen the past two years due to COVID. The class teaches how to be a successful bird watcher by learning tips on how to find them,…

U of M Asks Lawmakers for $30M for Scholarships

Each student would get $4,000 to $5,000 in their first year and $1,000 to $2,000 in each of their next three years.

DULUTH, Minn.- University of Minnesota officials are asking legislators to approve $30 million for scholarships for students who attend regional campuses. The Star Tribune reports the proposed Greater Minnesota Scholarship Program would go give money to Minnesota residents who enroll as freshmen at the university’s Duluth, Rochester, Crookston, and Morris campuses. Each student would get $4,000 to $5,000 in their…

UMD Students Root for Bulldog Women in Frozen Four with Gear from UMD Stores

Management says orders have been steady for t-shirts and sweatshirts celebrating the team making it to the Frozen Four.

DULUTH, Minn.- Even though the UMD Women’s Hockey Team lost to Ohio State after a hard-fought game, leading up to the championship excitement was bubbling on the UMD campus and merch was flying off the shelves at the school’s Store. Management says orders have been steady for t-shirts and sweatshirts celebrating the team making it to the Frozen Four. And…

Kids Have Fun with ‘Maggot Art,’ Planetarium Visit at UMD’S STEM Discovery Day

Kids learned about microplastics, electricity, carbon, and visited the Allworth Planetarium.

DULUTH, Minn.- Saturday middle and high school students interested in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, or STEM got hands-on with some experiments and activities with the help of some bulldogs. UMD’S Swenson College of Science and Engineering brought its annual Stem Discovery Day back to campus. Kids learned about microplastics, electricity, carbon, and visited the Allworth Planetarium….

Video Shows Cop Kneeling on Wisconsin Student’s Neck While Breaking Up Fight

The girl’s father has called for criminal charges against the officer for using a type of restraint that was banned for Wisconsin law enforcement officers last year.

KENOSHA, Wis. – School officials in Kenosha, Wisconsin, released surveillance footage that shows an off-duty police officer putting his knee on a 12-year-old girl’s neck to restrain her amid a lunchtime fight. The Kenosha Unified School District released redacted footage of the March 4 fight on Friday. It shows Kenosha officer Shawn Guetschow intervening in the fight and then scuffling…

Day Two of UMD Environmental Summit

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday was the second day OF UMD’S Environmental Summit, an event put on by SEE Change and other local environmental organizations. SEE Change is an acronym for Social, Environment, and Economic Change, and that what the summit was all about. Thursday, the event featured a sustainability fair with community organizations from throughout the state and today presentations…

Cloquet Police Investigating Shooting Threat Made to Cloquet Middle School

CLOQUET, Minn.- The Cloquet Police Department is currently investigating emails threatening a shooting at the Cloquet Middle School. According to a spokesperson with the department on Wednesday, 2 staff members reported getting emails indicating the school was targeted for a possible school shooting on Thursday. Officers immediately began investigating the source of the threat. As of Friday the spokesperson said,…

Mask Requirements Loosening On U of M Campuses Starting March 21st

MINNESOTA — The University of Minnesota system is loosening its mask requirements for all campuses as COVID case rates drop. The university president wrote in a statement last Friday that the school system always aligned its mask policies with CDC recommendations. Starting on March 21st, the restrictions are loosening but not going away entirely yet. Anyone on campus will no…

Blaze the Black Bear Named Mascot of New Northwood College in Superior

WITC became a Northwood campus back in August.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- There’s a new furry face making its home at the new Northwood Technical College formerly WITC in Superior. Blaze the Bear is the new mascot after a 2-year-long student selection process. While they don’t have sports at the technical college, students compete with their skills in nursing, business, and more on the statewide and national levels. So they…