Education

Science On Tap

AN Easy Way To Learn While You Eat

Duluth, Minn What do you get when you mix science and food? Things like liquid nitrogen ice cream and soda pop caviar. Tonight UMD’s science and engineering students were on hand for their annual science on tap event at Clyde Iron Works. The event showcased different ways to enjoy food while learning at the same time. “They’re going to learn…

Skatetime Offers New Opportunity to Students

Students at Duluth Edison Charter Schools are Learning Roller Skating Basics and Life Lessons

DULUTH, Minn. – One physical education class in the Northland is starting to look like a roller rink thanks to a partnership with the nationwide program known as Skatetime School Programs. Physical Education Teacher Sonja Riddle is in her first year of teaching at Duluth Edison Charter Schools. As her previous job, teaching in Brainerd, the roller skating unit had…

Life House Sees Huge Increase In Attendance

Helping Teens Contribute To The Community

  Duluth, Minn Duluth’s homeless shelter for teens known as Life House has crunched attendance numbers and the growth is large. A surge of more than 400% since 2012. The numbers stem from the rise in teenage homelessness in our area. For instance, in 2012 the number of teens seen only about 25% of them were homeless. If that isn’t…

Local Districts Allocated State Pre-K Funds

Gov. Dayton Set Aside $175 Million to Fund Pre-K Statewide

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Studies say Pre–K is essential to children’s development which is why Gov. Mark Dayton wants to make sure as many as 17,000 4-year-olds can attend Pre–K. “We can do more good to benefit the kids than we can when the kids are older,” said Virginia School Superintendent Dr. Noel Schmidt. Dr. Schmidt isn’t the only one over…

Walker Names New UW-System Regents

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Governor Scott Walker has appointed two new University of Wisconsin System regents. Walker’s office announced Wednesday the governor has selected Mike Jones and Bob Atwell to serve as regents. Jones works as an attorney with Michael Best & Friedrich specializing in corporate governance. He also has served as vice president of corporate affairs for MillerCoors. He…

Superior Celebrates 18th Year as a Tree City

Play to be Put on at UWS as Well

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior celebrated its 18th year as a Tree City today, as students across the city were given a chance to learn all about what it means. Students from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and members of Superior’s Tree Board visited 22 different elementary classrooms to deliver a copy of the book “The Man Who Planted Trees.” They also read it to…

St. Scholastica Day of Giving a Big Hit

School Raised More than $160,000

DULUTH, Minn.-St. Scholastica announced today that its fifth annual Give to CSS Day last week raised more than $160,000. The purpose is to raise funds for current and future student programming. It was the biggest amount of money donated to the college since the campaign started. Most of the donations come from alumni. “A huge thank you is in order…

Superintendent Gronseth Explains Reason for Job Hunt

Gronseth has been a finalist for three jobs in 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth schools superintendent Bill Gronseth was not chosen Monday night as the new superintendent of Winona Area Public Schools in southern Minnesota. Gronseth was one of three candidates up for the position. He has been seeking new employment for the last few years. Just this year he was also a finalist for two other districts in Minnesota, including…

Finding the Perfect Home with One Roof Housing

Coffee Conversation: One Roof Housing

DULUTH, Minn. – With Spring officially here, many Northlanders will have house-searching on the brain. Representatives from One Roof Housing visited FOX 21 to chat about important things to know when looking to move. Jackie Kemp, Education and Counseling Director for One Roof Housing, says there are education seminars to help future homebuyers. Noah Hobbs, Lending Director, says anyone looking…

Grand Rapids Elementary Schools in Need of Upgrades

Task Force Looks to Find Best Plan to Improve City's Four Elementary Schools

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – All four elementary schools in Grand Rapids are feeling cramped and outdated for many in the community. In 2015, an $80 million referendum to build two new elementary schools was voted down, and school district officials say, over the last two years, conditions have only gotten worse. A taskforce is now looking into how to best…

Nikki’s Notebook: Duluth Yoga Girl

Class Aims to Foster Body and Mind Connection

Kids spend a lot of time in the classroom during the school year, much of that time is sitting in place. One class outside of the school buildings is hoping to help keep young minds connected and confident A unique program at Duluth Yoga is only for young girls, aged 9-13. “What they learn here on the mat in this…

Genocide Awareness Workshop at UMD

Northlanders Were Educated About Past and Current Genocides and How They Can Be Prevented

DULUTH, Minn. – At UMD, a workshop was held to educate Northlanders about genocide that has happened throughout the world and genocide still going on today. The workshop featured four guest speakers who discussed the Holocaust and genocide affecting Native Americans and people in Africa and Armenia. “It’s happening in Syria right now, it’s happening in all parts of the…

Fire Destroys Semi at Hibbing Community College

Damage was Limited by Automatic Sprinkler System

HIBBING, Minn. – A truck was destroyed during a fire early Saturday morning at Hibbing Community College. Fire crews from Hibbing, Chisholm and Keewatin responded to the scene shortly before 5:00 a.m. Saturday.  When crews arrived, the fire had been contained by the building’s automatic sprinkler system. The truck, a 2014 Freightliner, was a total loss.  The building sustained only…

Board of Regents Talks Budget

Also Approved Internal Review to Look Into Gophers Sexual Assault Case

DULUTH, Minn.-The University of Minnesota Board of Regents met at UMD once again today, to discuss budget issues. The University System has a $4 billion budget which still needs to be approved by legislators. It’s expected the budget will not be approved until May or June. Whatever is decided, could have a big impact on tuition rates. “This is preliminary…

STARBASE STEM Program Gets Trial Run with Duluth Elementary Students

State Sen. Erik Simonson says he's working on legislation to expand the program to Duluth by next school year

DULUTH, Minn. – The 148th Fighter Wing hosted a group of Duluth elementary school kids for a unique look at a future in science, technology, engineering, and math . All week, instructors from the STARBASE program in the Twin Cities worked with 5th graders from Lowell Elementary, applying lessons learned in the classroom to stem challenges and experiments. “We get…

Award-Winning Author to Speak on Addiction & Recovery

Two Presentations to be Held in Moose Lake

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – Addiction to drugs and alcohol is an issuing affecting families around the country. Many Minnesotans have had friends and family members suffer from some type of addiction. One Minnesotan who has faced these challenges is award-winning author and public speaker Daniel D. Maurer. Maurer’s non-fiction brand deals with personal transformation and how a person’s story affects…

Education Bill Would Eliminate Early Education Funding

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – House Republicans are taking a defiant stand against Governor Mark Dayton by proposing the elimination of his signature early childhood education program. The proposed cuts announced Thursday are very different from Dayton’s proposed $175 million addition to the program and signals that a larger fight looms as lawmakers and the governor search for compromise. Dayton…

Students Get Hands-On Golf Lesson

Cook County is the First Northland School to host Golf in the Schools Program

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – With Spring slowly taking hold local golf courses prepare to open.  Meanwhile, one local pro spent his Tuesday introducing kids to the sport. Students at Cook County School in Grand Marais spent their Physical Education period getting into the swing.  Of golf that is.  They took part in the Golf in the Schools program, sponsored by…

Award-Winning Actress Visits UMD for Movie Screening

"Tangerine" Screening Tonight

DULUTH, Minn. – This evening an award-winning actress is stopping at the University of Minnesota – Duluth for the screening of a movie she appeared in. “Tangerine” will be shown at 7:00 p.m. at the UMD Library Rotunda. There will be a question and answer segment with the film’s star, Mya Taylor, following the screening. This event is free and…

Gronseth Comments on Job Search Endeavors

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth School Superintendent Bill Gronseth provided a statement about his recent search endeavors stating, “A superintendent search is a long process. In view of the delays and less than positive support of a minority of the board during recent contract negotiations, I thought it would be prudent to explore other opportunities. I didn’t plan to consider other…

World Water Day

Tours At The Water Treatment Plant

Superior, Wis Today was world water day. 150 miles of sewer, drains 4 million gallons of water directly to the superior water treatment plant daily. The public was allowed on site for tours to find out exactly what happens after you flush water down your toilet. Every gallon that moves through the plant goes throw a vigorous process to make…

UMD Students Celebrate Anniversary of Legal Access to Birth Control

Representatives from Planned Parenthood spoke about the history of birth control and reproductive rights in the United States

DULUTH, Minn. – 45 years ago the Supreme Court legalized the use of birth control for non–married couples. Today, students at UMD celebrated the anniversary of that decision on campus. Representatives from Planned Parenthood spoke about the history of birth control and reproductive rights in the United States. “It really gave access to women who weren’t married, whereas before it…

Middle School Career Day

Greenway Seventh and Eighth Graders Learn About Many Careers and Education Options

COLERAINE, Minn. – A middle school career fair happened today at Greenway High School. Fox 21 sent staff members to talk with the kids about careers in broadcast journalism and meteorology. The Greenway seventh and eighth Graders had many questions and a lot of interest in a variety of careers. “We’re basically interviewing people for jobs in the future,” says seventh grader Bodie…

Animal Allies Educating Northland Youth

For Over 25 Years, Animal Allies Has Been Making Way Into Northland Classrooms

DULUTH, Minn. – Some say seeing is believing. Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth is looking to educate Northland youth by making way into classrooms, to teach hands-on. Twenty-five years later, these visits still have a lasting effect on local students. “I had twelve dollars and the ropes we bought, I think were .95 cents,” said Isabella, 2nd grade student…

Aquatic Invasive Species Course

Stopping A Problem With The Public's Help

Duluth, Minn Invasive species have caught the attention of the St. Louis River Alliance and there doing what they can to take on the issue before it gets worse. Ordinary citizens are taking a course on how to identify invasive species and their possible impacts on the waters in the Twin Ports. They’ll also learn how to record data and…

Great Outdoors: UMD’s Clean Snowmobile Team Takes 3rd in National Competition

A busted engine was no problem for this experienced group of engineering students

DULUTH, Minn. – Living in the Northland, most people have seen and heard snowmobiles buzzing through the snow during the winter months. Over at UMD, a group of students has been working hard, designing a new, cleaner sled and they’re already seeing the results pay off. “When we first started we were just barely trying to get something to work,”…

Lake Superior College Students Awarded Toolboxes

Industry Partners Sponsor the Grant to Ensure Students Graduate From In Demand Programs

DULUTH, Minn. – Three Lake Superior College students were awarded a toolbox today that they can use to complete their machine tool program and work professionally in the field. The Machine Tech Toolbox Grant is provided by the LSC industry partners as a way to ensure skilled students graduate from in-demand programs. The students have until the toolboxes on loan…

Federal Budget Cuts Could Impact Foster Grandparent Program

Students Wrote Letters to Senator Al Franken, Asking to Save the Foster Grandparent Program

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of Duluth second graders put to use their daily writing lesson, lobbying to keep a classroom helper on hand Tuesday. It all started with the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Each new President brings a new wish-list of ideas to the table when it comes to budget cuts. Nearly 200 senior citizens in the Twin…

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….