Education

STEM Day at Lowell Elementary

St. Scholastica Students Helped Kids Learn About Science

DULUTH, Minn. – Students at Duluth’s Lowell Elementary School had a hands–on day of science Tuesday. About a hundred students from the College of St. Scholastica brought a variety of experiments for the youngsters to try. The goal of STEM day at Lowell was to get more kids interested in science and related fields. “It is so much fun,” said…

Republican Proposes Raising UW Tuition by Inflation, Income

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A key Republican legislature says Governor Scott Walker’s plan to cut University of Wisconsin System tuition could hurt taxpayers and lawmakers should consider letting the system raising tuition according to inflation or income increases. Representative Dale Kooyenga, a member of the Legislature’s powerful budget committee, wrote on the Right Wisconsin website last week that cutting tuition…

Candidates for Wisconsin Superintendent Face Off at Forum

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Candidates to be Wisconsin’s to education official will meet for their first head-to-head forum since advancing form last week’s primary election. The race to lead Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction is proving to be feisty, with bribery allegations and accusations of improperly using work email to campaign. Incumbent Superintendent Tony Evers and challenger Lowell Holtz will meet…

University of Minnesota Encourages Medical School Path

New Program Guarantees Medical School Admission

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ten incoming college freshmen will be chosen to participate in a seven-year program that guarantees acceptance into the University of Minnesota medical school. The Minnesota Daily reports that school leaders started the new program to ensure that students work as physicians in the state after graduation. A panel from the university’s liberal arts college and medical school conducted…

State Candidate Sent Campaign Email from Schools Account

Email Appears to be Violation of State Law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) State superintendent candidate Lowell Holtz sent a campaign-focused email detailing his support among Republicans using his Whitnall Public School email address during a school day. The email sent in May appears to be in violation of the state law prohibiting the use of government resources for campaign work. The email was provided to The Associated Press by…

UMD Students Act in Magical and Funny Drama

School of Fine Arts Presents Marvin's Room

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota – Duluth School of Fine Arts is opening up a new show next week. “Marvin’s Room” features the character Bessie coping with her biggest challenge yet, exploring how and who we love, especially when aging and sickness get in the way. The show will be performed March 2-4 & 14-18 at 7:30pm and March…

UMD LGBTQ Community “Not Surprised” by Trump’s Decision on Transgender Rights

The campus does offer gender inclusive bathrooms and is looking to add more in the future

DULUTH, Minn. – Last year the Obama administration issued a joint guidance, along with the Department of Education, allowing transgender students at public schools to use a restroom that aligns with their gender identity. At UMD, the LGBTQ services office is reacting to the Trump administration’s latest withdrawal of this federal protection. Roze Brooks leads the GLBT services on campus…

Rochester Might Oust 200 Students Over Vaccine Requirements

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) – The Rochester School District might remove more than 200 students from school next week if they fail to meet immunization requirements. School officials say they have been working since January to notify families that students must be vaccinated to attend school or provide documents exempting them from the state law that requires them to be immunized….

Aviation Career Night

Career's Possible At Job Fair

Duluth, Minn It was aviation career night at LSC’s center for advanced aviation. For community members and Lake Superior College’s graduating students it was an opportunity to meet possible future employers. Aviation jobs are a growing commodity in Duluth and having everyone in the same building makes it easier for those seeking employment. “We’re able to meet the workforce needs…

Deer Management Seminar

DNR Puts Plan Together To Maintain Good Deer Population For Years To Come

Duluth, Minn Deer hunting in the Northland is a big deal and the DNR now has a plan to keep it that way. The plan is a first of its kind in Minnesota and its focus is on maintaining a healthy deer population that offers recreational and economic opportunities. Deer hunters came together tonight to discuss the plan that includes…

All-Girls Camp Takes over Animal Allies Humane Society

During Winter Break, A Group of Eight Girls Have the Chance to Learn and Have Fun at the Local Shelter

DULUTH, Minn. – Even though it’s beginning to feel like spring across the Northland, Duluth School District students are enjoying winter break this week. A group of eight girls, ages 10 to 14, are taking part in the first even all-girls camp at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. It’s a chance for the girls to engage in art projects,…

St. Scholastica Day of Volunteering

CSS Students, Faculty and Staff Gave Back to the Community

DULUTH, Minn. – College St. Scholastica students and staff gave back to the community Wednesday. It was part of the college’s Day of Volunteering.  Every two years, hundreds of Saints volunteer at various organizations in the community. A small group of volunteers helped out at Duluth’s First Lutheran Church, making and canning jams for the upcoming Rhubarb Festival. Many CSS…

UMD Hosts 24th Annual Diversity Summit

Students Came Together at Summit on Equity, Diversity and Multiculturalism

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth hosted a summit on equity, diversity and multiculturalism Wednesday. The all–day event included more than 40 interactive workshops, presentations and lectures. The keynote speaker was Debby Irving, author of “Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.”  Irving believes events like Wednesday’s help students better understand classmates of different…

Elementary Students Snowboard in Gym Class

New Class is the First of its Kind in Wisconsin

WASHBURN, Wis. – Washburn Elementary School just became the first school in Wisconsin to offer an indoor snowboarding unit in their P.E. classes. Snowboarding is typically done outside on the slopes, but elementary students in Washburn can now experience the snowboarding thrill in their school gymnasium. Washburn is the first school in Wisconsin to add indoor snowboarding their P.E. curriculum….

Sen. Franken Tours Denfeld Techology Department

Senator Addressed Concerns About High-Tech Education

DULUTH, Minn. – U.S. Senator Al Franken toured the Duluth Denfeld High School’s technology department Tuesday, to see how students here are learning to fill tomorrow’s high tech jobs. The was part of the Senator’s “Advancing Career Pathways Tour” across Minnesota.  America is facing a shortage of high-tech workers, something Sen. Franken wants to see addressed. “We have skills gaps…

Native American History on Display in Superior

New Exhibit Opens at Douglas County Historical Society

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A new exhibit is opening up at the Douglas County Historical Society highlighting Native American culture in our area. The planning for this exhibit began when a Dugout Canoe was discovered in storage in 2015. The canoe was actually donated in 1939 and was found to be authentic Dakota. On Saturday, February 25th at 11 a.m. the…

Enrollment Continues to Rise in Aviation Programs at Lake Superior College

Lake Superior College to Host Aviation Career Night

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth is a large aviation hub. With an international airport and several independent aviation companies, there are several jobs available for Northlanders who would like to work in aviation. Dan Traska, Director of the Center for Advanced Aviation, stopped by FOX 21 to talk about the career opportunities within the aviation industry. Lake Superior…

Wisconsin Superintendents Race Tomorrow

Narrowing it Down to Two Candidates

MADISON, Wis.-Wisconsin schools Superintendent Tony Evers faces two challengers, Lowell Holtz and John Humphries, in Tuesday’s primary. The two highest vote-getters will advance to the April 4 general election. Turnout Tuesday is expected to be low. The race is officially nonpartisan, but Evers is backed by Democrats and their allies while Holtz and Humphries are casting themselves as more conservative…

Twin Ports Colleges Renew Cross Registration

Students Can Attend Classes at Any of the Three Colleges

DULUTH, Minn. – The Twin Ports’ trio of four–year colleges renewed their bonds of cooperation Friday. Chancellors from the University of Minnesota Duluth, College of St. Scholastica and Univeristy of Wisconsin-Superior renewed a cross registration agreement between the schools. The program allows students to take courses at any of the other campuses, which gives those students students more options when…

Former Tribal Chairwoman Diver Will Teach at UMD

Karen Diver served in the Obama administration and has returned to the Northland. She will teach an ethics class at UMD'S MTAG program.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe tribal leader Karen Diver is back in the Northland after serving in the Obama administration as special assistant for Native American affairs. Diver said her experience in Washington D.C. was one of the most rewarding and intense parts of her life.She’s returning to the Northland to be an instructor for…

Gronseth Rejected for Elk River Job

Still Has Chance at Twin Cities Post

DULUTH, Minn.-Duluth Schools Superintendent Bill Gronseth was not selected for the superintendent position for Elk River school district. Gronseth was a finalist for the position. He is still vying for the post of superintendent in White Bear Lake. In the past, he’s tried getting positions in Arkansas, Washington state, and the Twin Cities. He could not be reached for comment…

‘Bag-It Duluth’ Calls On City Council For No-Plastic Ordinance

DULUTH, Minn. – Momentum is building as community members gather to talk about and potentially come up with a plan to rid away from using plastic bags and Styrofoam to–go containers. The event Thursday that was hosted by “Bag–It Duluth.” The group is hoping to raise the level of concern involving plastic and our surrounding water supply. Researchers and city…

Denfeld Robotics Team Unveils Robot

The Denfeld Nation Automation team has worked on their creation for the FIRST LEGO robotic compeition for six weeks.

  DULUTH, Minn. -The LEGO FIRST robotics competition is coming up in just a few weeks at the DECC and Duluth Denfeld revealed their big star at an open house. The Denfeld Nation Automation team has worked on their robot for the last six weeks and they’re getting ready to put on the final touches. The team is made up…

Experts Discuss Minnesota Children’s Well Being

The Minnesota Kids Count Data Book Helps Policy Makers Make Minnesota a Better Place for Kids

DULUTH, Minn.- Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota presented this year’s Minnesota Kids Count Data Book at Community Action Duluth The Kids Count Data Book provides state data to show the well-being of Children and families who live in Minnesota.  The Data is collected to help policy makers and citizens help make Minnesota a better place for Children. This year’s Kids Count…

UW-Madison Students Demand Free Tuition for Black Students

MADISON (AP) – The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s student government is demanding free tuition for black students. The Associated Students of Madison adopted a resolution Wednesday saying blacks were legally barred from education during slavery and that the flagship school remains out of reach for students of color. The resolution demands free access, tuition, and housing for all black people, including…

Technology Training with Lowrance at Duluth Boat Show

Marine Electronics University Available for Public

DULUTH, Minn. – The 51st Annual Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel and RV Show is underway and technology training is being offered there this year. Lowrance is bringing their Marine Electronics University to the Duluth Sport Show. They’re leading a hands–on workshop using Lowrance HDS GEN3 Touch units. Sessions will have instruction on everything from routine setup and product use, to…

Free Beekeeping 101 Workshops

The workshops will be held at Barstow Hall on the UWS Campus

UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming interest, all sessions are at capacity. Plans are in the works to add more sessions for the spring! SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior is hosting a free Beekeeping 101 workshop this weekend. Two workshops are planned for this weekend, one on Saturday February 18 from 9 a.m. – noon and another on Sunday…

Educating Teens on Dating Violence

High School Students Learn What a Healthy Relationship Looks Like

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Dating violence isn’t something just affecting adults, Northland teens are also dealing with those scary situations. Today, the Council on Child Protection talked with Superior High School students to kick off teen dating violence awareness month. The hope is to educate these young daters about what a healthy relationship looks like. “The ones that do sometimes don’t…

Duluth Supt. Gronseth Up For Outside Job — Again

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Public Schools Superintendent Bill Gronseth is up for yet another job. This time, he is being eyed up for the position of superintendent at White Bear Lake School District. Gronseth is also a finalist for another superintendent job near the Twin Cities. Gronseth has been a finalist for other superintendent jobs in the past few years,…

Animal Answers: Providing Dental Care at Lake Superior Zoo

A Recent Grant of $9,500 is Making it Easier for Zoo Staff to Once Again Provide Dependable Dental Care

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to dental diligence, we often forget to think about our pets. Whether it be dogs, cats, lions, or tigers, veterinarians say all teeth need to be touched up. “Animals have absolutely no way to tell us when they have dental pain,” said Dr. Michael Overend, Owner of Lake County Veterinary Clinics. When it comes…

Dating Dangers: Online Dating in the Northland

Special Report: Avoiding Internet Scams

DULUTH, Minn. – Finding the love of your life and being part of a happy, lasting relationship is a reason many head online to connect with someone special. “I was attracted to online dating because it kind of narrows the playing field a little bit,” said a Minnesota man looking for love, “the idea of like going out to a…

UMD Kicks Off Out Cold Week

It's a Week Full of Winter Fun

DULUTH, Minn.- The University of Duluth Minnesota is kicking off a week of winter fun. Events for Out Cold Week started today with a photo-booth and free Watermelon Sugar Cookies provided by Love Your Melon. The rest of the week will include game night, free hot cocoa, and comedy night. The goal of the week is to help students shake…

Digital Archives Gives Access to African American History

February is Black History Month

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A University of Minnesota-led digital archive of African American historical materials is now free and accessible online to the public. The Minnesota Daily reports that the university’s Umbra search includes handwritten 17th century letters, underground hip-hop albums from the 1970s and many other artifacts. Cecily Marcus, curator of the Archie Givens, Sr., Collection of African American Literature…

Humane Happy Hour

Animal Allies Hosts Adult Happy Hour

Duluth, Animal Allies in Duluth held their first ever educational happy hour for adults tonight. They say the typical interaction they have is with children, so this was a good way to get to know the adults. People that came were also able to receive an exclusive after hours tour to see some areas of the shelter normally reserved for…

River Gala Held Tonight

St. Louis River Alliance Celebrates 21 Years

Duluth, Minn The St. Louis River Alliance held a gala tonight to celebrate 21 years of work on the river after it was deemed an area of concern after years of dumping uncontrolled pollution in 1987. The alliance was formed as a nonprofit organization in 1996 to oversee the activities and practices that are helping to restore the St. Louis…

Wisconsin’s Deer Overpopulation Harms Soil, Plant Growth

MADISON (AP) – New research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests an overpopulation of deer is having a long-term impact on the state’s forests. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that biologists have known for a long time that an overabundance of deer negatively affects the number and diversity of plants in our forests, but a new study headed by Autumn Sabo,…

Local Non-Profit Sets Goal to Make Prom More Affordable

If the Dress Fits Collects Used Prom Dresses

DULUTH, Minn. – Finding the perfect prom dress can be a fun experience, but it can also put a strain on the pocketbook. One Northland non-profit is hoping to change that for high school girls. Ashleigh Arntson is the co-founder of If the Dress Fits. The organization allows girls and their families to donate current, previously worn or brand new…

$75K Cash Bond Set for Man Accused of Killing UW-Stout Student

Cullen OsburnMENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) – A judge has set cash bond at $75,000 for a Minnesota man accused of killing a Saudi Arabian college student in Wisconsin. Twenty-seven-year-old Cullen Osburn appeared in Dunn County court on Thursday after waiving extradition from Minnesota. He remains in jail and is due back in court March 27. The Minneapolis man is charged with…

Social Emotional Learning Helps Kids After School

The YMCA in Duluth is one of 37 programs to implement a new Social Emotional Learning initiative.

The Duluth YMCA is one of only thirty-seven YMCAs across the country to be selected for a new pilot project. The program aims to help kids develop their social and emotional skills. This program is intended to help kids kindergarten through fifth grade learn more about themselves in an after school setting. They hope the lessons learned stay with them…