Education

End of Life Conference Held at U of M Medical School Duluth Campus

Conference discussed decision making at the end of one's life.

DULUTH, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth Campus hosted their second annual Healthcare Ethics Conference, about decision making at the end of one’s life. Panels focused on topics like rural end-of-life care, advanced care planning, and more. “We’re afraid to talk about death,” said Cathy McCarty, Associate Dean for Research. “And what’s really nice about today is we…

Kids Get First Hand Experience with Gears at Superior Public Library

Kids built monkey park powered by motor with help from UW Extension.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Kids in Superior got an opportunity to use their brains to put together parks powered by gears. Kids ages five and up and their parents got a challenge outside of school at the Superior Public Library. They learned about gears and then put that learning into action to build a monkey park powered by a motor, to get…

UWS Moving Forward Two Years After Program Suspensions

A path may soon be in place for suspended programs to possibly be reinstated

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior is reworking some academic programs to move forward after major cuts were made two years ago. Now, some of the suspended programs may get a chance to be reinstated. In 2017, UW-Superior administration announced the suspensions of twenty-five academic programs saying they wanted to trim down offerings and give students a clearer path…

Rotary Club Donation Helps Boys and Girls Club Tackle Mental Health

$25,000 helps support the new program.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland got a big donation from the Rotary of Duluth Club 25 to help support their new mental health access program. The 25 thousand dollar check will help place four CSS social work students at the Boys and Girls Clubs two locations. Those students will help kids identify issues and link…

UMD Becomes ‘Boo-MD’ for Halloween

About 400-500 people cycled through the evening.

DULUTH, Minn.- UMD’s Kirby Ballroom was crawling with little monsters, superheroes, and princesses as kids got to play dress up with college students who are kids at heart to celebrate Halloween. This is the second year Boo-MD has been put on, bringing out about 400-500 people throughout the evening. The event gives students the opportunity to give back and connect…

How to Trick or Treat Safely from Duluth Police

Officers advise to travel in groups, carry flashlights.

DULUTH, Minn.- With Halloween just days away, the Duluth Police Department has some tips and tricks for being safe, while being scary. Officers are reminding families to have younger kids travel in a group with a parent or responsible adult, and have older kids let their parents know where they’ll be. While drivers should be extra watchful for kids, Lt….

Zombies VS. Academics, UMD Brings Back ZombieFest

ZombieFest is Happening Wednesday, October 30 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at UMD

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD academics are sharing valuable research just in time for a potential Halloween zombie apocalypse. ZombieFest is Wednesday, October 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in room 90 of Bohannon Hall, 1207 Ordean Court. This event is free and open to the public. Seven speakers are joining together for this symposium on the topic of zombies, an…

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Opens in Duluth

Research Institute has over 100 field staff, most of which are native.

DULUTH, Minn.- The City of Duluth is now home to the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. The Center opened its first office in the Midwest last Monday right in Duluth on South Street near London Road. They partner with 11 different tribal communities across the Northland and Canada, to raise community health form the individual level. The research…

LSC Hosts First External Fire Department for Training

Firefighters and college learn from training.

DULUTH, Minn.- Lake Superior College’s Emergency Response Training Center hosted some visitors from afar–the Rochester Fire Department used the Center for their required fire ground training. The Rochester Fire Department is the first external group to use the recently completed multi-level facility. Firefighters used mock-up buildings called burn boxes to test their ability to go into a structure fire and…

Medical Professionals Talk Opioids at Panel Discussion

Panel aimed to educate about the impacts of opioid misuse and abuse.

DULUTH, Minn.- Medical professionals talked opioids in our community during a panel discussion at Clyde Iron Works. The Essentia Institute of Rural Health put on the panel, to open the public to help them learn more about the health, social, and economic impacts of opioid misuse and abuse. They also hoped to let people know about prevention, treatment, and recovery…

Esko Football Player Dies After Collapsing on Field During Game

Police say investigation is still ongoing.

ESKO, Minn.- An Esko High School Football player has died, after collapsing on the field during the Varsity game on Friday. According to Aitkin Police, 15-year-old Jackson Pfister was transported to Riverwood Healthcare Center with a serious medical condition following his collapse. He passed away a short time later. In a press release the Police Department said: “Our thoughts and…

UMD Students Celebrate Homecoming With Corn on the Cob

DULUTH, Minn- Who doesn’t love fair food. Well there was a bunch at the University of Minnesota Duluth, as they hosted a county fair to kick off homecoming weekend. The UMD Student Association gave away tons of corn with butter for free. Students say it’s a great opportunity to get excited, even with the stress of the semester. “It’s so…

UMD Hosts Luncheon For National Coming Out Day

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Commission held a luncheon at the Kirby Student Center to celebrate National Coming Out day. Students and faculty of all orientations gathered to enjoy food and conversation. The commission welcomed a multi-generational panel of guests to share stories and perspectives. One panelist says an event like this…

Take a Look Inside Historic UMD Limnology Building

Building began as a fish hatchery in 1880s, was taken over by UMD in the 1940s.

DULUTH, Minn. – As you drive along Highway 61 on your way in or out of Duluth, you may notice a unique building on the Lake Superior shoreline. That’s the UMD Limnology Building, a historic estate at 6008 London Road, that many people aren’t familiar with. It got its start as a freshwater fish hatchery in the 1880s. The University…

UMD Hosts Annual Sustainability Fair

Students learned about sustainable resources in the area and browse through donated winter clothes

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s National Campus Sustainability Month and the University of Minnesota Duluth is celebrating with a sustainability fair and a pop-up winter shop. Twenty local and regional organizations met with students about how they can get involved with sustainability efforts. Some ways are walking and biking instead of driving, and changing diet and shopping habits. “Anybody and everybody…

Twin Ports College Students Connect with Business Mentors

Mentor Connection program helps students establish connections with the Twin Ports Business Community.

DULUTH, Minn.- Northland College students got to rub elbows with Twin Ports business leaders who work in the field they’re studying. The career-finding organization Northforce put on the event at Great Lakes Aquarium. It’s part of the launch of their Mentor Connect program, which matches students from the College of St. Scholastica, Lake Superior College, University of Wisconsin-Superior, and UMD…

700 High School Students Attend Wisconsin Education Fair at UWS

Students meet with colleges, universities, and military branches

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Seven-hundred high school students came to the Wisconsin Education Fair at UWS. Sixty-three colleges, universities, and military branches met with prospective students at the fair. It gives high-schoolers a two-hour window to see how many options they have after graduation. “You get the chance to talk to representatives about the application process, about scholarship opportunities, about the…

Tri-State Jazz Festival Brings Dozens of High School Musicians to UWS

Students from across the Northland put together jazz concert in one day

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Some of the best high school musicians in the Northland are at UW-Superior for the annual Tri-State Jazz Festival. Dozens of high school musicians traveled hundreds of miles to UWS and put together a jazz concert all in one day. The students rehearsed music for hours, having some fun along the way. It’s an opportunity for them…

Rural Fire Departments Train to Combat Car and Structure Fires

Two volunteer rural departments and the Duluth Fire Department train in Lakewood.

LAKEWOOD, Minn.- Two rural Fire Departments and the Duluth Fire Department teamed up for training, to work on their response to car and structure fires. The two rural departments, Lakewood and Normanna, are volunteer run, with the training taking place at Lakewood Fire Hall. Crews burned a test car supplied by the State Fire Marshall, to simulate the high flames…

Marshall School Celebrates Completion of $4.3 Million Next Horizon Campaign

New art and music classrooms unveiled Monday

DULUTH, Minn. – The Marshall School is celebrating the completion of its Next Horizon Campaign. The multi-million dollar project remodeled much of the private school that serves grades 4-12. New art and music classrooms have been unveiled at the Marshall School. School officials call them “bright spaces dedicated to creativity.” The school’s $4.3 million Next Horizon Campaign is now complete….

Guest Orchestra to Perform at UMD Thursday Evening

The Superior Court Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra will be in Duluth Thursday, October 10 to Perform

DULUTH, Minn. – On Thursday, October 10, you have the chance to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Superior Court Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra. David Edmunds, Associate Professor of Music Education, stopped by FOX 21 Local News Monday morning to chat about the upcoming performance. The Superior Court Rising Stars Steel Orchestra members have served…

St. Luke’s to Host Women’s Health Night

Women's Health Night is Happening Wednesday, October 9 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s is looking to start a community conversation regarding women’s health, and being proactive. The event comes as the nation recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October. Women’s Health Night is open to women of all ages. It’s happening Wednesday, October 9 in the St. Luke’s Auditorium, 2 Center located at 915 East First Street in…

Lake Superior College Helps Students Achieve Success

DULUTH, Minn. – Students at Lake Superior College made the most of their day off from regular classes by attending the school’s student success day. It is a day set aside each semester to help promote academic success. LSC’s Student Success Day not only helps students achieve academic success, but also gives them an opportunity to find success in life….

University of Minnesota President Tours UMD

President Joan Gabel visited the Community Sciences and Disorders Department

DULUTH, Minn. – The new University of Minnesota president is touring the UMD campus and meeting with students and staff about opportunities in Duluth. President Joan Gabel visited the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department on Wednesday. She tells us the tour helps her learn about the programs in Duluth and how they fit with needs across the state. “I’m also…

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Used to Instantly Calculate Road Damage Estimates

Students at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College studying GIS with goal of pursuing in-demand career

CLOQUET, Minn. – Damage estimates on roads from events like floods are now calculated instantly for Carlton County with the help of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It’s all part of a collector app that gives officials information digitally that normally took days to figure out on paper. At Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, a program is…

UMD Rock Climbing Students Scale West Duluth Rock Formation

Class climbs real rock for the first time off of First Street.

DULUTH, Minn.- A normally bare rock formation off First Street by Piedmont Avenue is suddenly crawling with people climbing up and down the cliff. “Duluth is full of hidden wonders kind of, y’know, you’re finding new trails, finding new things to do everyday,” said Sierra Kooistra. “New formations to climb, it’s a big city so you’re always finding new things…

Tackle Student Debt During College Savings Month

September is National College Savings Month, Financial Professional Barry Bigelow Offers Advice on Tackling College Debt

DULUTH, Minn. – In Minnesota, the average graduate leaves college with $32,052 in student loan debt. September is college savings month and local financial professional Barry Bigelow from Great Waters Financial recently stopped by FOX 21 Local News with tips to tackle student debt. Student debt is at an all time high, how much do we owe in student loans?…

UMD Walks a Mile to Support People with Disabilities

12th Annual Walk a Mile in Our Shoes hopes to raise $50,000.

DULUTH, Minn.- It was a sea of burgundy at the UMD Fieldhouse for Udac’s 12th Annual Walk a Mile in Our Shoes event. UMD athletes and Band students walked a one mile journey to support those who journey through life with intellectual and developmental disabilities. UMD teams were encouraged to raise funds before enjoying the energetic morning on campus. “It…

Lawmakers Hold Community Conversation on Cannabis

Duluth is the first stop of 15 communities to give feedback.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth was the first stop on a list of 15 communities lawmakers are planning on visiting to get feedback from community members as they craft a marijuana legalization bill to present to the house when they reconvene in February. In a town hall format the five lawmakers heard thoughts and concerns about legalizing cannabis. From whether or not…

College of St. Scholastica Celebrates Homecoming Week

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s Homecoming week at the College of St. Scholastica, and students are celebrating school pride. A student activities fair filled the Benedictine Commons. About fifty clubs met with students, teaching them all the ways they can get involved on campus. “I think it’s good for people to get involved, especially for our first year students who are…

UMD Multicultural Center Reopens After Renovation

New design features larger community space for students to connect

DULUTH, Minn. – A big renovation has transformed the Multicultural Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Multicultural Center is a space for all students to feel welcome at UMD. Staff tell us it hasn’t been updated since it opened in 2004, and a remodel was more than a decade in the works. The new layout has a bigger…

UMD Students Simulate How to Immigrate for Constitution Day

"Immigration Simulation" takes kids through the struggles of our country's immigration process.

DULUTH, Minn.- September 17th is federally recognized as Constitution and Citzenship Day. Tuesday at UMD, some students had an experience that shows what it’s like when you’re trying to get into the United States as an immigrant. “A Mile in their Shoes, an Immigration Simulation” allowed students to mimic going through the immigration process both legally and illegally. Stations included…

Celebrating Sustainable Farming at UMD Farm Fest

7th Annual Farm Fest features fresh local music, fresh produce, and fresh conversation.

DULUTH, Minn.- Students, local food vendors, and community members turned out for UMD Land Lab’s 7th Annual Farm Fest Saturday. Families were invited to come hear live local music and shop freshly picked produce. They also joined the conversation about local farming and sustainability in Northland agriculture. “Just getting people to have a connection with their food system, I think…

Fun with Farm Life at Mr. Ed’s Farm

Farm invites people for free for Old Farm Day.

HIBBING, Minn.- A real life Old McDonald showed his farm off to the public Saturday, and with a moo moo here and a cluck cluck there, Old Farm Day provided great entertainment for all ages. “A farm is a place that brings together plants, animals, soil, water sun and creates life,” said farm owner Ed Nelson. Just hop on a…

Annual Library Sale This Weekend in Superior

Biggest fundraiser of the year hopes to bring $10,000 to the library.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The Superior Public Library is hosting its annual book sale fundraiser today and tomorrow. Throughout the year the public has been donating items for the sale including not only books. This year a member of the community passed away, donating their whole record collection to the sale. This is the first year the sale featured records. Organizers hope they…

Event on the Iron Range to Raise Awareness for Suicide Prevention

The Iron Range Walk to Remember is Happening Saturday, September 14 at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia

VIRGINIA, Minn. – On Saturday, September 14, you’re invited to come together and help raise awareness for suicide prevention on the Iron Range. Event organizer Dano Zebro stopped by FOX 21 Local News Thursday morning to share details about the event, and how the public can get involved. Registration for the 4th annual Iron Range Walk to Remember will begin…

Transparency Concerns: Duluth School Board Members Flag Hiring Process For New Superintendent

Supt. Bill Gronseth Will Leave After Contract Expires In June Of 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – The search to hire a new Duluth school superintendent to replace Bill Gronseth when he leaves in June is already being called into question. Board members like Nora Sandstad say there’s still a serious lack of transparency between Board Chair Rosie Loeffler-Kemp and the administration. And this comes even after FOX 21’s Dan Hanger broke the story…

Letter Details District’s Reasons For Firing Former Duluth Denfeld Principal

DULUTH, Minn. – Through a data request with the Duluth School District at a cost of 75 cents to obtain, FOX 21 was given the termination letter Wednesday of now-former Denfeld High School Principal Tonya Sconiers. It’s the first time we’re getting a sense of the reasons the school board fired Sconiers after 19 years with the district. A summary…

Former Denfeld Principal Blasts Dist., Top Leaders In Federal Lawsuit

Tonya Sconiers Claims Retaliation, Violation Of First Amendment Rights For Criticizing Dist. Policies, Practices

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth Denfeld High School principal Tonya Sconiers — who the school board voted to fire back in July — has filed a federal lawsuit against ISD 709, Superintendent Bill Gronseth and Asst. Superintendent Jeffrey Horton. The lawsuit claims Sconiers was retaliated and discriminated against for speaking out against district leadership about policies and practices violating her…

Back-to-School Prompts Healthy Home Lunch Tips from St. Luke’s

St. Luke's Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes Care Dietitian Mary Cherne Offers Helpful Tips for Northland Parents

DULUTH, Minn. – Without a healthy lunch, kids can have trouble concentrating, lack energy for after school activities and may end up filling up on low-nutrient snacks. St. Luke’s Clinical Dietitian Mary Cherne offers these tips to get started packing health lunches your kids will actually eat. Get kids involved. Let them pick out their lunch box and let them…

WITC Students Welcomed Back with Luau

SUPERIOR, Wis. – WITC students were welcomed back for the semester with a luau. They enjoyed a pork lunch, smoothies, and got free henna tattoos. College staff tell us it’s a great way to relieve students’ stress. “They’ve got jobs, they’ve got families, they’ve got school now that they’re adding to their plate and this is just a chance to…

Proctor High School Hires First Resource Officer in Nearly a Decade

Amid school shootings across the country, Proctor School Board and City agree on Police Presence.

PROCTOR, Minn.- It’s the second day of school at Proctor High School, but the hallways will look a little different this year. A new school resource officer (SRO) is now protecting the school for the first time in nearly 10 years. On Tuesday the Proctor City Council discussed with the School Board to not only assign a primary officer, but…

UWS International Students Share College Experience

This Fall, UWS is welcoming 200 international students from 40 countries

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The school year starts Wednesday at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. This fall, the university is welcoming two hundred international students from forty different countries. About nine percent of UW-Superior students are from a foreign country. That’s the highest percentage of any college in Northwestern Wisconsin or Northeastern Minnesota. “I’m from Vietnam, an Eastern country, I really want…

Duluth School Board Wasn’t Told Of Asst. Superintendent’s Criminal History When Hired

DULUTH, Minn. – FOX 21 has learned Duluth School District Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Horton is on probation through 2022 for a second DWI offense he was sentenced for just months before being hired for the No. 2 job in the school district in July of last 2018. And while DWIs are not a deal breaker for hiring administrators in the…

Kids Tap Dance Summer Away at Shooting Stars Dance

Tap Dancing Day of summer camp teaches kids the basics.

CLOQUET, Minn.- In Cloquet a few kids had happy feet as they learned to tap dance at camp. Shooting Stars Dance in Cloquet is hosting its last camp of the summer this week. Dance instructors said dancing is a great activity to get kids moving. “Bringing kids into dance at a young age is really good for them to meet…

AICHO Workshop Helps Grow Indigenous Economy

Series focuses on Indigenous Economy and Indigenous Entrepreneurs.

DULUTH, Minn.- The American Indian Community Housing Organization or AICHO is hosting a forum that gives the indigenous community the tools to build the Indigenous economy. The first of the three part series Indigenous Economy, Indigenous Entrepreneurs was held Wednesday. A business owner shared his story and how native people in Duluth can start their own businesses that can help…

Poe Lock Closes for Emergency Repairs

Closure causes concerns, stops two thousand-footer ships.

Emergency repairs forced the closure of the largest of the Soo Locks on Monday, causing some concern for the Duluth-Superior Port. The Poe Lock was closed for repairs for 12 hours. This cased delays in port shipping, including two thousand-footers waiting to get through at Sault Saint Marie, Michigan. According to Jayson Hron of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, this…