Education

Deer Tags On The Rise In Wisconsin

More Antler-less Deer Tags To Be Issued

Superior, Wis. For 3 consecutive years winters have been relatively warm. Because of the warmer weather the deer population has continued to grow according to Wisconsin department of natural resources. The herd needs to be thinned so the DNR plans to issue 50% more antler-less deer. “We think we’re at a point where we can issue a few of those…

Medical Experts Bring History to Life

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums Displays Medical Miracles

DULUTH, Minn. – History is coming to life at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Duluth. The exhibit currently on display shows medical discoveries throughout the years, including an original sample that first confirmed penicillin defeating bacteria. There are manuscripts and artifacts connected with Benjamin Franklin, Christian Bernard, Bernard Crick, Albert Schweitzer, and Dorothea Dix. Next week local experts will be…

Technology In Nature

Hartley Nature Center Issues A Challenge

DULUTH, Minn. – In an effort to get more community involvement in the outdoors, the Hartley Nature Center is issuing a challenge to four local communities. Not everybody can walk up to a tree and know exactly what they’re looking at “This right here is a White Pine.” Wouldn’t it be nice to know what you were looking at? Did…

Egg-citing Event Coming to Lake Superior Zoo

The Annual Easter Egg-stravaganza is Expected to Attract Thousands to the Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn. – An event happening this weekend in the Northland is sure to attract thousands to the Lake Superior Zoo! Preparations are well underway for the annual Easter Egg-stravaganza. It all happens this Saturday and organizers say it’s the largest public, pre-Easter fun activity in the Twin Ports. With fun for the entire family, you’re invited to stop by…

Officials: Dry Conditions, Human Error Cause Fire

Homeowner Was Burning Pine Needles

Duluth, Minn. The winter snow pack is gone, wildfires have begun and on top of that human error mixed in has created devastation for one Duluth home owner. It all happened at this home on the 500 block of 18th avenue east. Using a handheld torch to burn dry pine needles quickly turned into an all-out inferno. Human flames that…

Mercury In Our Water

The Bigger The Fish The More Mercury It Could Contain

Superior, Wis. Air pollution leads to mercury and that ends ups contaminating the natural resources right here including our lakes and rivers, even the fish that live in those water sources. According to one UMD professor, Minnesota has some of the highest levels of mercury in the region. Should this cause any concern for anglers gearing up for the fishing…

Duluth Public Schools Facing $2.3 Million Budget Deficit

The distric says it's making every effort to keep any cuts away from the classroom

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Public Schools is looking at more possible cuts as it faces another budget deficit. Declining enrollment is the main factor leaving the district with a nearly $2.3 million dollar budget shortfall. Doug Hasler, Chief Financial Officer with Duluth Public Schools, says the district is working to identify any possible areas to create savings in order to…

Breaking Ground on a New Elementary School in Superior

The school will be open for class in 2018

SUPERIOR, Wis. — The City of Superior is ready for a new elementary school; officials and students broke ground earlier this morning. Elementary students and their principal grabbed the shovels right at the spot where the new Cooper Elementary School will go. Voters approved a referendum in 2016 to fund the new state of the art, two-story school. School district…

Hibbing Auditorium Renovation to Start

Project Will be Completed Over Two Summers

HIBBING, Minn. – Work is set to begin on restoring Hibbing High School’s auditorium. The project will cost about $2.5 Million, with construction scheduled for the next two summers. In the past, the room has hosted Presidential candidates and of course a young Bob Dylan. The school’s superintendent says Hibbing is lucky to have so much community interest in the…

Denfeld To Change Things Up

School To Become A Community School

Duluth, Minn. Denfeld High School is looking to make some big changes for next school year. The school will no longer be considered just a public school but a fully functioning community school. A community school integrates focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement. Which will then leads to improved student learning, stronger…

400 Year Old Painting is Restored

"Portrait of an Elderly Lady" Can Be Seen at UMD's Tweed Museum

DULUTH, Minn. – a 400-year old painting at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Tweed Museum of Art has been restored. “Portrait of an Elderly Lady” was painted in the Netherlands in 1628 and has been on display in Duluth for a long time. Now, the painting has been restored to the way it was intended to be seen, and has…

Exonerated Former Prisoner Speaks at UMD

Nathson Fields Spent 18 Years in Prison and 12 Years on Death Row

DULUTH, Minn. – A wrongfully convicted former prisoner spoke with students at the University of Minnesota-Duluth about his experience. Nathson Fields spent eighteen years in prison, including twelve on death row, before he was exonerated for a double murder he did not commit. Now he spreads awareness about wrongful convictions and why he believes the death penalty should be abolished. “We…

Officials Prepare UMD Staff and Faculty for Work With Foreign Nations

DULUTH, Minn. — Economic sanctions against nations like Russia or Cuba have made headlines in recent years. And they can even affect those at our local universities. Patrick Briscoe is the Export Controls and International Projects Officer within the University of Minnesota system. Briscoe’s job is to train staff members on how to comply with federal laws when doing university…

Leadership Group Spreads School Spirit at Myers-Wilkins Elementary

T-Shirt Fundraiser for Myers-Wilkins Wolves

DULUTH, Minn. – A local elementary school is hoping to drum up school spirit and an effort is underway to do just that at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School. A Leadership Duluth group is taking on the challenge. This morning, two members of the group, Ron Alston and Tyler Kimber, visited FOX 21 to talk about the importance of this project. They…

Education Fills 1890s Duluth Building

Northland Uncovered: Lakeview Christian Academy

DULUTH, Minn. – Memories made at school stay with many of us forever, and one school in Duluth is working to build that type of close-knit community inside a building already full of Duluth history. Learning fills the classrooms of Lakeview Christian Academy, but the walls preserve more than 120 years of history. “The neat thing is they don’t make…

Piedmont Panthers Prepare for State Testing

As State Testing Begins, Staff and Teachers Organized a Pep Rally for Students

DULUTH, Minn. – Excitement along with motivation helped welcome hundreds of Panthers back to Piedmont Elementary school on Monday after a week-long spring break. Students across the state are preparing to start taking the Minnesota Comprehension Assessment (MCA) tests this week. Before testing starts, staff at Piedmont Elementary wanted to pump the students and teachers up with music, drumming, and…

UMD Honored with Special Guest Artist Today

More Diversity Sought in Artmaking

DULUTH, Minn.-. The University of Minnesota Duluth was honored with a special guest today. Feminist performance artist Gabrielle Civil visited with students to discuss many issues including how to open your eyes to diversity. She said when people do that, they become much more joyous. “In the world we are living in today and with so much divisiveness… I think it’s important…

Democrats Rally for Education at UMD

Fighting for More Funding for Education

DULUTH, Minn.-Numerous representatives from Minnesota’s House met at UMD today, to discuss having a plan to fund all public schools in the state, while reducing the cost of higher education. All the representatives at the event were Democrats. They believe the Republican’s budget doesn’t make strong enough investments in education throughout the state. “We would like to emphasize higher education…

Bulldog Fan Makes Tough Decision To Go See Game

Surgery Wouldn't Stop One Young Fan From Seeing The Bulldogs Play For The National Title

Plenty of fans made the trip to Chicago for this can’t miss game. One fan had to rely on his gut feeling. You could say the Anderson’s love the Bulldogs. “He tells young ladies. Even before we started courting, before he asked me to be his steady girlfriend. He said I need to let you know if you don’t like…

Eveleth-Gilbert Band Raises Money With Truck on Ice

Annual Fundraiser Brought in $2,000 for Band This Year

EVELETH, Minn. – The Eveleth–Gilbert High School band put a truck on a frozen lake and are waiting for it to crash through the ice. The band asks people to bet on when the truck will sink and gives the closest guesser about $250. This winter, the annual fundraiser brought in over $2,000 for the band, who use the money to…

UMD Theater Presents Disney Classic

The Litte Mermaid

DULUTH, Minn. – A classic Disney tale will soon be coming to life at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. UMD Theater is presenting The Little Mermaid. The actors playing the main roles, Amelia Barr as Ariel and Ryan Haff as Prince Eric, visited FOX 21 this morning. Both Barr and Haff say the musical is very similar to the…

Minnesota Math and Reading Corps Looking for Tutors

The program is looking to hire about 80 tutors to work in participating schools throughout northeast Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – Two statewide programs are looking for people interested in tutoring students for next school year. The Minnesota Math and Reading Corps help students failing to reach basic levels of math and literacy. The program is looking to hire about 80 tutors to work in participating schools throughout northeast Minnesota. Those interested do not need any prior teaching…

High-School Students Face Off in Skills Competition

Welding, Carpentry, and Other Career-Related Skills Were Showcased

EVELETH, Minn. – A skills competition gave high school kids the chance to show off their talents in career–related fields… Two-hundred-seventy students competed in thirteen different events including welding, carpentry, and nursing at Mesabi Range College. The high-schoolers had the chance to win a lot of different prizes and medals for finishing in the top three of any competition. “It’s a good…

St. Luke’s Urologists Raise Awareness of Testicular Cancer

Doctors Emphasize Importance of Monthly Checks

DULUTH, Minn. – This month doctors around the world are bringing light to a disease not often talked about. April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, so Dr. Rebekah Beach, a Urologist with St. Luke’s Urology Associates, visited FOX 21 to talk about this cancer. Dr. Beach says this is the most common cancer among men ages 15-44. According to the…

9/11 Mobile Exhibit on Display at Home & Builders Show

The tour helps raise money for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which helps build homes for injured service men and women

DULUTH, Minn. – Visitors to the Arrowhead Home and Builders Show will have a unique opportunity to get an up close view of one of America’s darkest days. The 9/11 Never Forget mobile exhibit will be on display at Pioneer Hall through the end of the week. First responders from the New York City Fire Department will be on hand…

Community Gardens Being Created in Virginia

Sixty Plots Are Available in Five New Gardens

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Now that spring has arrived, people in Virginia are ready to get outside and do some gardening. This summer, Virginians will have the chance to maintain their own plot in one of the city’s five new community gardens. The Growing Together Project started to give people better access to healthy foods, now the program has also grown…

American Heroes Educate about 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit

DULUTH, Minn. – The 51st Annual Arrowhead Home and Builders Show start tonight. The annual show runs Wednesday, April 5th through Sunday, April 9th. Hundreds of exhibitors will fill the DECC for the event. There will be building materials, decorating ideas, remodeling and interior design booths. One exhibit is highlighting American Heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice 15 years ago…

Furry Friends Aid in Rehabilitation Process

Essentia Health Miller-Dwan Rehabilitation Center is Using Therapy Dogs for Recovering Patients

1/2 Maggie is a certified therapy dog, working at Essentia Health Miller-Dwan Rehabilitation Center Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Jazz is a certified therapy dog, working at Essentia Health Miller-Dwan Rehabilitation Center Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Injuries are often unpredictable. When a crash, stroke or any type of trauma to the body happens, it can be devastating…

Fennessey Loses Mayoral Race 58% to 42%

Fennessey Still Looking Forward To Working With Paine

Current City Councilman Brent Fennessey reacts after a tough hard fought loss to Jim Paine to become the next Mayor of Superior. He says being on the City Council will still allow him to work closely with the city and hes excited to work with Jim as the new Mayor. Categories: Business, Community, Education, News, News – Latest News

City Of Superior Has New Mayor

Jim Paine Wins 58% Of The Vote

Officially with 58% of the vote, Jim Paine is now the Mayor of Superior. Paine defeated City Councilman Brent Fennessey by over 700 votes. Paine announced his candidacy back in October of 2016 when then Mayor Bruce Hagen decided it was time to step down. Jim Paine is allowed to start moving into the Mayor’s office tomorrow. Current Mayor Bruce…

Fun and Leaning for Kids at Day Camps

Duluth Children's Museum Offers Hands on Experience for Kids on Spring Break

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids get to have a lot of fun and learn all about science this week at the Duluth Children’s Museum. The annual April Day Camps give kids a chance to engage in hands on learning like making slime and exploring an ore boat and other museum exhibits. Each day camp has its own theme like science, gardening,…

Early Childhood Summit Connects Educators

More Than 200 School Officials Learned Importance of Pre-K Through Third Grade Education

DULUTH, Minn. – Educators from across Northeastern Minnesota attended the eleventh annual Early Childhood Summit today in Duluth. More than two hundred school officials focused on the importance of Pre-K through third grade education and how important it is to connect Pre-K educators with elementary teachers in order to help students make a better transition. “They’re hearing the same information, they’re…

Holocaust Survivor Speaks to Elementary Students

Marion Blumenthal Lazan Will Make Two More Stops in the Northland Tomorrow

SUPERIOR, Wis. –  A Holocaust survivor spoke to kids at Northern Lights Elementary School in Superior today. Marion Blumenthal Lazan spent many years of her childhood at a concentration camp in Germany. She published her story Four Perfect Pebbles in 1996 and now spends time telling it to kids across the United States and teaching them the importance of having respect and…

Audit of Minnesota High School Sports Transfers Finds Lack of Consistency, Transparency

Report by FOX 9 - KMSP

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – A state audit of student-athlete transfers in the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) found the league’s process lacks consistency, transparency, sufficient public notice, and external review. The review from the Office of Legislative Auditor also found “deficiencies in how the League makes individual eligibility decisions.” Background on MSHSL transfers The MSHSL and its 630…

New Exhibit Coming to Children’s Discovery Museum in Grand Rapids

The exhibit includes activities themed around Minnesota's four seasons of life at the lake

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – The Grand Rapids Children’s Discovery Museum will be featuring a new interactive exhibit later this month. On April 22nd, the museum will debut Lake Life. The exhibit includes activities themed around Minnesota’s four seasons of life at the lake. Kids will be able to learn about the environment around them on a fishing dock, a hunting…

Day Dedicated to Supporting UW-Superior

Coffee Conversation: UWS Day of Giving

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This week there’s an opportunity to give back to a local university. The University of Wisconsin-Superior Foundation will host its third annual “Superior Day of Giving” on Wednesday, April 5. This is a 24-hour fundraising drive for alumni, parents, friends, community partners, local businesses, faculty, staff and students. Donors can choose where they’d like the money to…

9/11 Never Forget Exhibit Arrives in Duluth

Traveling Museum Will Be on Display April 5th-9th at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – The 9/11 Never Forget Mobile exhibit is now in Duluth, but Northlanders will have to wait until later this week for a chance to walk through the traveling museum at the DECC. People lined the streets waving American flags as the nationally touring 9/11 display made its way down Railroad Street following an emergency vehicle procession. The…

Elementary School Patrollers Get Treated to Movie

Students Help Classmates Cross Streets Before and After School

DULUTH, Minn. – Some local elementary school kids got a special treat for keeping their classmates safe. These students who help classmates cross streets before and after school, were invited to a special showing of the new movie “The Boss Baby.” The event, paid for by community donations, was sponsored by the Duluth Police Department as a way to say…

Lung Association Exhibit

Students Display Art Work Based On Tobacco Stories

Duluth, Minn. The American Lung Association wants raise awareness about tobacco’s effects in the Twin Ports. Tonight the Lung Association put on a short program displaying art created by area students. It’s the result of a weeklong photography workshop designed for youth to share the impact tobacco’s had on their lives. The goal is to steer the next generation away…

Myers-Wilkins Student Council Gives Back

Students are Collecting Food, Clothes and Books for Local Charities

DULUTH, Minn. – Myers-Wilkins Elementary School is home to a group of some impressive 4th and 5th graders. The student council there is giving back through a food, clothing and book drive.  They’re collecting these items for Global Youth Services Day next month. Britt Johnson, who works with the student council, calls what the kids are doing nothing short of…

UMD alumni authors share published works

Students and community members heard readings from published authors

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth invited a few alumni to read from their published works. The Masters of Liberal Studies program hosted the event as a way to bring the community together to learn more about the masters program and the careers graduates can pursue. “I think it’s really important,” guest author and UMD alum, Lyle Wildes…

Evers, Holtz to Debate Days Before Wisconsin Election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Incumbent Tony Evers and challenger Lowell Holtz will meet for a live debate being televised statewide just before the election for state superintendent. Friday night’s debate in Madison is being broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio. It marks the third joint appearance by Evers and Holtz this week and comes after a testy…

Sip For Scholarships

WITC Raises Money For Students

Superior, Wis. There was also some fun to have in Superior. WITC hosted the annual sip for scholarships fundraiser with proceeds going right back to the students. Of course there was a lot of wine to be had. But this year featured a new vendor. “This year is our first year the Benoit cheese is here so were real excited…

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…