Education

Duluth Police, Fond du Lac Band Receive Grants for Combating Sex Trafficking

Funding to Provide Investigative Support and Training

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (DPS-OJP) recently awarded eight Sex Trafficking Investigation and Training Grants to help law enforcement agencies across the state for 2017. Statewide grants totaled $799,268 compared with $487,500 last year. Additional funding was appropriated by legislature and signed by Gov. Dayton. These grants will be used for new…

Arson Incident in UMD Dorms

Arsonists set fire to posters hung near study lounge

1/4 Photo: UMDPD Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Photo: UMDPD Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Photo: UMDPD Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Photo: UMDPD Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday, March 19, just after 7:30 p.m., UMDPD and personnel from the Duluth Fire Department responded to the sixth floor of Griggs Hall E on the report of an…

Online Campaign Supports St. Scholastica Students

Annual Give to CSS Day is Thursday

DULUTH, Minn. – This week the College of St. Scholastica is hoping for your support during their Annual Day of Giving Campaign. The 24-hour online campaign is Thursday, March 23. The money raised is used to strengthen current programs and enable new opportunities for the student population. It also supports everything from classroom equipment to financial aid, to keeping the…

Take Action Duluth Wants Paid Sick Leave

Could Sick Leave Become A Reality

DULUTH, Minn. – How would you like to earn paid sick leave from work no matter your yearly earning’s? Take action Minnesota met in 6 locations state wide today to join resistance efforts and take action on pressing issues including paid sick leave. According to recent surveys, employees not earning paid sick leave makes those on low income based salaries…

Dayton Devotes Budget Surplus to Preschool, Savings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton wants to put much of a growing budget surplus toward expanding a new preschool program. Governor Mark Dayton released his retooled budget proposal Friday that capitalizes on a surplus that’s grown since previous estimates of $1.4 billion. State budget officials now project the Legislature has a $1.65 billion budget to work…

Registration Now Open for Hartley Summer Camps

Since Wednesday, More than 600 Children Are Already Signed Up for Camps

DULUTH, Minn. – Registration for Hartley Nature Center Summer Camps is underway. Staff at Hartley tells FOX 21 over 600 kids have registered in just two days. Although a fresh coat of snow blanketed the Northland on Friday, Brett Amundson, Director of Operations at Hartley Nature Center says kids love to spend their summer days at Hartley. Amundson says Hartley…

Art Of Local Food

Good Food And Art All In One Place

It was all about good food, local artist, and great company tonight at Clyde Iron Works. It was the 6th annual Art of Local Food fundraiser to benefit the Duluth Community Garden Program and the Arrowhead Professional Chefs Association. It was 40 years ago that a few gardeners saw the need for fresh locally grown food and now 220 families…

Students Learn How to Protect St. Louis River

15th Annual River Watch Congress Drew About 200 Kids

CLOQUET, Minn. – Kids from area schools got hands–on lessons on how to protect the St. Louis River Thursday. St. Louis River–River Watch is a program that gets kids involved with studying the environment up close and personal, by actually getting in the river. While students didn’t get in the water as part of Thursday’s 15th annual River Watch Congress…

Superior Mayor Forum

Candidates Answer Questions For Citizens

We’re just weeks away from a new mayor in Superior. Two candidates Jim Paine and Brent Fennessey were left standing after February’s Primary. Tonight they met face to face trying to sway votes their way. The conversation between the two candidates included topics such as budget, personnel, services and facility concerns. The Superior Library was full of citizens eager to…

Hermantown Hawks Raising Money for Fellow Hawk

Mike Anderson of Hermantown was Once Again Diagnosed with Brain Cancer in February

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hundreds of Hawks were soaring together in the Northland Wednesday morning. Students, staff, and faculty at Hermantown Middle School were crowded together for a group photo. It’s all for the husband of Special Education teacher, Jen Anderson. Former Hawk Mike Anderson graduated from Hermantown in 2002. “People say there’s kind of a motto at school that Hawks fly…

Local Experts give Gardening Tips to Northlanders

Get Ready to Grow

FLOODWOOD, Minn. – The official start of Spring is just days away and many folks around the Northland are getting anxious to start gardening. This morning Bob Olen, Horticulturalist and Educator for St. Louis County, stopped by FOX 21 to chat about an upcoming gardening program. The county is hosting a seminar to give new home fruit and vegetable growing tips. The program…

Pi Day Celebrations

It's an Unofficial Holiday Across the Country

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s Pi Day today as math lovers celebrate the unofficial holiday across the country. The holiday celebrates the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, or 3.14. One local college math department always has some fun events planned for the holiday, whether it’s eating pie or even making jewelry. A lot of the events are held…

Concert Supports Young Musicians

Annual Pops Benefit Concert

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend music will be filling the air as organists raise money for a scholarship fund. The Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will have its annual Pops Benefit Concert on Sunday, March 19, at 3:00 p.m. at the The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (45th Ave. East, Duluth). Performers include Dr. Mark Monson…

Maritime Museum Prepares for Spring

Northland Uncovered: Spring Cleaning at Lake Superior Maritime Museum

DULUTH, Minn. – Spring is just days away and a local museum is preparing for tourism season. The Lake Superior Marine Museum Association is looking for volunteers for the Annual Spring Cleaning Day at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor. This annual Spring Cleaning Day is Wednesday, March 15 at the Visitor Center at 600 South Lake Avenue in Canal Park in Duluth,…

Rookie Basketball Season Over

Mayor Larson and Viking CJ Ham shared a video

Duluth, Minn It’s the end of the season for the Rookie Basketball Association. The DAA teamed up with the Salvation Army and had over 300 players that participated in this year’s season. The association was started to create an opportunity for the community as a whole to grow on and off the court. Over 2,000 hours were logged by coaches…

Duluth Marshall Art

Students Have Art On Display At Zeitgeist

Duluth, Min Works of art from Marshall School are now on display for the rest of the month. Students have been working on their pieces of art all year. Now you can enjoy them as display pieces at the Zeitgeist Arts building. Teachers pick pieces where the artist problem solved or took risks while creating them. “Try to inspire our…

New Entry Way To Be Added At Superior Middle School

Safety Comes First With New Entry Way

Superior, Wis For the School District of Superior, safety and the student’s education come first. The Superior School Board met tonight to approve the go ahead notion to restructure their middle school entry way for security purposes. The cost of the project will be nearly 200 thousand dollars. The money will be coming from the already approved school improvement referendum….

6 Madison Schools Test Positive for Lead in Drinking Water

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Madison School District officials say drinking fountains at six schools have leads levels higher than the national standard. District facilities manager Chad Wiese tells the Wisconsin State Journal the district tested drinking fountains at East High School, Blackhawk, and Sherman Middle schools, and Gompers, Lapham, and Lowell Elementary schools. All of the schools had at least…

Excitement Grows for 44th Annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival

The Two-Day Event Features Three Musical Guests and an Array of Talented Musicians

DULTUH, Minn. – The 44th Annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival is happening this weekend, March 17 and 18, at the Weber Music Hall and Marshall Performing Arts Center in Duluth. -Head of the Lakes Jazz Concert: Ingrid Jensen & Christine Jensen Quintet Friday, March 17, 2017 | 7:30 pm Weber Music Hall World renown saxophonist Christine Jensen and…

Sign-Up Date Approaches to Invest in CSA Farming

On Sunday, March 19, the 5th Annual Local Community Supported Agriculture Farm (CSA) Open House will Take Place

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Sunday, March 19, from 2:00 – 5:00p.m., more than 200 people will be gathering in Duluth to choose a local farm to grow their vegetables this summer. Event organizers are hoping more Northlanders will choose to invest and buy local in 2017. The 5th Annual Local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm Open House will take place…

Duluth Workforce Workshops

Getting You Ready For The Job Fair

Duluth, Minn Are you looking for a job and need help putting the finishing touches on that resume? Well stress no more because help is here and it’s free! The Minnesota workforce is teaming up with the Duluth public library every Thursday in March to get you that jump start that you need. The Northland job fair is just over…

Local Author Talks To Teens About Books

Reading Is Important For Young Minds

Duluth, Minn Local professor and acclaimed author Tom Isbell was on hand to talk with teens about his popular post–apocalyptic trilogy “The Prey”. Isbell wanted to give his insights on the dystopian world of literature as well as his characters from his novels. “Books provide comfort, they provide knowledge, they let us escape from reality, and they get the imagination…

Changing the World for People with MS

Marking MS Awareness Week

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, March 5-11, marks MS Awareness Week. Multiple Sclerosis happens when a body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system. This can cause many symptoms including fatigue, walking difficulties, vision problems, dizziness, pain, and cognitive changes. The National MS Society works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS. They do this by…

102-Year-Old Rochester Man Honored with High School Diploma

(Post Bulletin/ Scott Jacobson) ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) – A 102-year-old Rochester man can finally call himself a high school graduate. Leon Swendsen received an honorary diploma Tuesday, from Rochester Public Schools, in a ceremony that saw him don a cap and gown, and march to the front of the room while a small student orchestra played the traditional graduation song…

Duluth Airshow, DARE2B to Provide Free Airshow Tickets to Students

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Air & Aviation Expo, presented by St. Luke’s and Twin Ports D.A.R.E.(DARE2B) held an event today to announce that tickets to the most anticipated event happening this summer, will be free for more than 7,500 elementary school students in grades K-5, thanks to underwriting from DARE2B. Judy Weber, the founder of Twin Ports DARE Inc,…

Animal Allies to Host Nibbles and Networking Event

Staff at Animal Allies Hope to Reach out and Connect with Local Veterinarians in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – Animal Allies will be hosting their first ever Nibbles and Networking event Wednesday evening, starting at 5:30p.m. The social opportunity will allow local veterinarians to connect with each other, while getting a chance to tour and speak with the medical staff from Animal Allies. Veterinarians, Vet Technicians, and Staff are welcome to attend. Animal Allies offers a…

State Leaders Meet In Duluth About Immigration

Public Forum For On Travel Ban Impacting Immigration, Refugee's & Muslim Citizens

Duluth, Minn Minnesota leaders and immigration experts held a discussion tonight pertaining to the executive orders put in place by President Trumps Administration. The discussion was geared towards the possible negative impacts the travel bans have on immigrants, refugee’s and Muslim families in the Northland. Immigration experts were brought in not only to inform the public on how to deal…

Proctor Schools Parent Academy

School Opens Communication With Parents

Proctor, Minn Parents went back to school tonight in Proctor. The Proctor School District held a parent academy tonight discussing many topics parents are most concerned about. The academy is the first of its kind in Proctor. Topics like student athlete recruiting, curriculum and state testing among others were all topics the parents came up with and wanted more information…

Wisconsin Schools Borrowing at Highest Level in 20 Years

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new report says borrowing by Wisconsin Public School Districts is at its highest level in at least 20 years. The Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance reported Monday that voters approved $1.35 billion in new borrowing for Wisconsin public schools last year. The previous high, adjusted for inflation, was more than $1 billion in 1996. And this spring,…

Duluth Airmen Bowling Fundraiser

Bowlers Lace Up For Good Cause

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of bowlers came out to support higher education today. Money raised at the event directly supports a scholarship which provides financial assistance to the children of the 148th Fighter Wing. Even with serious bowlers in a tournament format. The atmosphere for this event is still fun. “We make it as fun as possible. There are a…

Augsburg College to Become Augsburg University in September

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) – Minneapolis-based Augsburg College is changing its name. Starting September 1, the nearly 150-year-old school will be known as Augsburg University. School officials say the name change reflects the fact that Augsburg already offers nine graduate degree programs in addition to more than 50 undergraduate degree programs. Augsburg President Paul Pribbenow says becoming Augsburg University does not…

Mentor Duluth Seeking 31 Mentors in 31 Days

March into Mentoring

DULUTH, Minn. – An organization is seeking help from Northlanders to give local children a chance to spend time with a positive role model. Mentor Duluth pairs adults with children between the ages of 5-18. The mentors are asked to be a role model, guide, resource and a friend to their mentees. Every year they host “March into Mentoring” during…

Students Art Work On Display

Art Work Displayed At Whole Foods Denfeld Location

Duluth, Minn For months students from Duluth, Cloquet and Hermantown have put their artistic skills to the test. Now the Duluth Art Institute has recognized their artistic achievements by placing some of the best artwork in Denfeld’s Whole Foods location for all to see. They hope by students seeing their own art on display their imagination won’t stop growing. “It’s…

“Broken Duluth” Photo Exhibit Displays Destruction of 2012 Flood

Photos taken by Kip Praslowicz are on display at the Red Herring Lounge downtown

DULUTH, Minn. – A local photographer is sharing his view from the flood that affected Duluth back in 2012. Photos taken by Kip Praslowicz are now on display at the Red Herring Lounge. It’s part of an exhibit called Broken Duluth. On the day of the flood, Praslowicz left work early after hearing about all the damage around the city….

Minnesota state parks get 2 new campgrounds for 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – New campgrounds, a new water trail and a new chance to see bison are coming to the Minnesota State Parks and Trails system this year. The Department of Natural Resources says two new campgrounds will open this summer at the Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota and Whitewater State Park in the…

No more snow days? It could happen in Minnesota

Snow days could be replaced with "e-learning" days

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota lawmakers are considering legislation that could spell the end for snow days. A House committee Thursday will discuss a bill that could replace up to five snow days each year with “e-learning days.” Students would get on a laptop or tablet at home and follow along with online lessons on school days that would…

Duluth School Board Faces Budget Deficit

Shortfall in Budget is Actually Lower than in Previous Years

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School District faces a budget deficit of at least a $1 million over the next two fiscal years. That was the report from district administrators at Tuesday’s School Board meeting. The numbers are still preliminary, and depend on factors like number of students enrolled in the district and the state budget. Governor Mark Dayton’s proposal…

71 Rochester Students Barred from Classes Over Vaccinations

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) -Rochester school officials say 71 students were barred from classes Wednesday because they haven’t been immunized or gotten exemptions. The district said in a statement that 71 of its nearly 18,000 students failed to submit the required immunization documentation or paperwork to get an exemption by Wednesday’s deadline. It says those who reported to school weren’t allowed…

New Cloquet Middle School Taking Shape

School Officials Give Tour of New Building, Expected to Open By Next School Year

CLOQUET, Minn. – The new Cloquet Middle School is expected to open for students in September. Now that the building is starting to come together, school officials gave us a special look inside. Cloquet is getting its first new middle school in more than a hundred years. “We’re moving into a facility that will handle our technology a lot better,…

Lake Superior College Celebrates Mardi Gras

Student Life Organization Held a Party in the Hallways

DULUTH, Minn. – Fat Tuesday celebrations found their way to Lake Superior College. LSC’s Student Life organization sponsored a Mardi Gras party on-campus Tuesday. The traditional festive sounds of New Orleans Jazz music filled the hallways, as students donned masks and played games. “People have had a really good time,” said Julia Summer of LSC Student Life.  “We’re giving out…

Students Test Toothpick Bridges

Competition at UMD was the 24th Annual

DULUTH, Minn. – High school students from across the Northland gathered at the University of Minnesota Duluth Tuesday for the 24th annual Toothpick Bridge Competition. The contest, hosted by UMD’s Civil Engineering department, challenged kids to build the strongest and most economical bridge possible, using only toothpicks and glue. “The kids love it,” said John Hinsman, one of the competition…