Entertainment

Coffee Conversation: Michelle Lee Talks Getting Fired, KBJR-TV, Bodybuilding, Retirement

DULUTH, Minn. – Michelle Lee, 70, is best known for her decades at KDLH-TV and KBJR-TV before retiring about five years ago. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger recently went to Michelle’s home in Moose Lake to see what she is up to these days and look back at some life lessons made in her career – from getting fired, to bodybuilding,…

Proctor Speedway Re-Opens for Race Season

PROCTOR, Minn. — It’s a bit of a later start to the season than normal but racers are ready to go as Halvor Lines Speedway hosts its opening night here in Proctor. “It’s been a late season for all the tracks,” Duane Caywood, President of Halvor Lines Speedway Proctor Minnesota said. About a month late to be exact, which isn’t…

Hundreds Get Hands-On With Experiments, Art at Depot STEAM Festival

Organizers say they were beyond happy with the turnout at the STEAM Festival seeing more than 400 people in the first hour.

DULUTH, Minn.- Over a thousand people visited the Depot today for what organizers call the biggest event focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, or STEAM, in the Northland. Organizers say they were beyond happy with the turnout at the STEAM Festival seeing more than 400 people in the first hour. Families spread throughout different stations which included experiments…

Coffee Conversation: Duluth Flame To Host Kid-Friendly Drag Show Sunday

DULUTH, Minn. — Drag Queen Mama Dukes joined FOX 21’s Dan Hanger on the morning show Friday to talk about the Duluth Flame’s upcoming kid-friendly drag show this Sunday, May 15 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.   It’s called Mama’s Toybox. The drag show is a dry event and free for kids.   For more on the morning show chat, watch…

Blush Entertainment Venue Closing In Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – One of Duluth’s most eclectic entertainment and bar venues is preparing to close its doors. Blush opened in 2017 on First Avenue West. It’s been known for being an accepting space for all types of artists, musicians and people looking for that collective sense of belonging. The venue’s owners posted on Blush’s Facebook page saying their lease…

Coffee Conversation: New Wine Theater Group’s Production Of ‘Bright Star’

CLOQUET, Minn. – Members of New Wine, a Christian theater group at Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet, stopped by the FOX 21 morning show to talk with Dan Hanger about their production of “Bright Star,” which runs from May 11-15th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and include dessert and beverages during intermission. Tickets can be purchased at: newwine.ludus.com. Click…

Coffee Conversation: Saginaw Woman Discovers Hidden Talent To Draw

SAGINAW, Minn. – Imagine having a talent you never knew you were capable of until your adult years in life. That’s exactly what happened to Barb Fremling who two years ago discovered she is a talented artist who can draw amazing portraits of dogs, cats and horses. Click the video above to hear Barb’s story! And if you’re interested in…

A Hot Day? In Duluth?? Many Soak Up First 70-Degree Day of Year at Park Point Beach

The summer-like day brought sunbathers, swimmers, surfers, and more to Park Point Beach Tuesday.

DULUTH, Minn.- The summer-like day brought sunbathers, swimmers, surfers, and more to Park Point Beach Tuesday. With no cool breeze and some playful waves, it was the perfect opportunity to cool off in the water — which was still a bit chilly here in May. Some students say it was the perfect way to chill after the school year. “Just…

Vista Fleet Returns for 2022 Tourism Season

DULUTH, MN – The Vista Star has returned to the Duluth Harbor after spending the winter in Washburn Wisconsin. After undergoing a hull examination with the Coast Guard and getting a new paint job, the cruise vessel is ready for the summer tourism season.  Vista Fleet is always trying to mix it up with different events, such as a Family…

Depot Foundation Honors Contributions to Local Art, Community

This celebration was postponed from 2021, and officials say they couldn't let the opportunity to recognize local talent slip.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Depot Foundation honored some special people for their contributions to local arts, and the community as a whole. The Depot Foundation Circle of Friends, Arts, and Culture Awards and Celebration was held at the St. Louis County Depot. Recognition included a Lifetime Artist Award for Ann Aiko Bergeron, and a Community Enrichment Award for Lee Stuart, the…

National Train Day Celebration at Lake Superior Railroad Museum

National Train Day is modeled after the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad completion back in 1869.

DULUTH, Minn.- This Saturday is National Train Day. The Lake Superior Railroad Museum plans to celebrate with a variety of activities for the public. National Train Day started in honor of the Transcontinental railroad after its completion in May of 1869. The historic railroad connects the east and west coast and 153-years later it’s still celebrated. Railroad staff members are…

Coffee Conversation: North Shore Scenic Railroad Revs Up For Season

DULUTH, Minn. — The North Shore Scenic Railroad is revving up for the season, especially National Train Day this Saturday, May 14.  Click the videos below for a conversation with NSSR Station Master Josh Miller and Executive Director Ken Buehler.  And for everything trains, visit duluthtrains.com. Part 1: Part 2: Categories: Coffee Conversation, Community, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest…

Duluth’s ‘Kingdom of Smelt’ Welcomes Spring with Magic Smelt Run Parade’s Return to Lakewalk

The event came back to paint the Lakewalk silver after a two-year hiatus.

DULUTH, Minn.- The glint of silver on the Lakewalk means one of the most Duluth experiences of the year is back, signaling the end of winter with the Magic Smelt Run Parade. “And bring some great cheer, for the magnificent Smelt Queen will soon be here!” bellowed King Neptune, Jim Ouray in Canal Park. Who else could part the clouds…

Homegrown’s Kickball Classic Pits Friday Musicians V. Saturday Musicians

After 7 late nights of rocking live music, organizers say this was the perfect event for all ages to chill out.

DULUTH, Minn.- Homegrown continued Saturday with a tradition not entirely all about music – but about kickball. More than 100 people came out to watch the Homegrown Kickball Classic at Chester Bowl Park. The game was between the Friday Homegrown musicians and those that played Saturday. After 7 late nights of rocking live music, organizers say this was the perfect…

North Country Ride Celebrates 40 Years With Derby Gala

DULUTH, Minn.- North Country Ride celebrated 40 years of horseback riding-driven therapy for the special needs population with a Derby Gala at the Buffalo Junction in Duluth. The non-profit organization held a silent auction and dinner. And while the Kentucky Derby was happening Saturday, they also had their own run for the roses. North Country Ride uses horseback riding as…

Coffee Conversation: Ventriloquist Jeremy Lepak

DULUTH, Minn. – Ventriloquist Jeremy Lepak joined FOX 21’s Dan Hanger during the 7 a.m. hour of the morning show Thursday to talk about his 15 years of perfecting his craft. Click the video above for that fun conversation, and check out Jeremy’s website for booking opportunities. Categories: Business, Coffee Conversation, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Lake Superior College Spring Art Show

Art created by more than 200 students is on display at Lake Superior College. The Spring Art show includes ceramics, metal art Jewelry, sculptures, paintings, and photography. Each student was allowed to pick two pieces of there choosing to put in the show which they will be graded on. Some students have chosen to put their artwork up for sale,…

Ursa Minor Among Businesses Excited to be Part of Homegrown’s Comeback Track

Roughly double the staff prepared were ready to serve the bar-hopping music lovers who packed it in starting at 6:15 p.m. Monday.

DULUTH, Minn.- After an exciting first verse of Homegrown Music Festival’s comeback track Sunday the music kept flowing through the Lincoln Park Craft District Monday. And businesses like Ursa Minor Brewing again couldn’t be more excited. “It’s hard to remember a packed hall it’s been a few years you know,” owner Ben Hugus said. “But it was a different experience…

Filmmaking in the Northland: Lost 40 Studios Wraps Up Production of Canusa Street

CHISHOLM, Minn. – “It has been an incredible process. Filmmaking should not be this smooth, I have kept waiting, when is the second shoe gonna drop, when is some like chaos moment going to happen. But, it’s been an incredible shooting experience,” Canusa Street Writer and Director, Zack Morrison says. Canusa Street is a half hour TV comedy pilot about…

Live Interview: Duluth East Theatre Students Talk Production Of ‘Harvey’

Performances run May 4-6 at 7 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth East High School theatre students joined FOX 21’s Dan Hanger during the 7 a.m. hour Monday to talk about their upcoming performances of “Harvey,” which is a play that was made into a 1950 American comedy drama movie starring James Stuart. Performances are May 4-6 at 7 p.m. at the high school — 301 N. 40th…

24th Year of Duluth Homegrown Music Festival Returns

DULUTH, Minn. — The homegrown music festival not only brings people together and highlights local talent during a week of wonderful music but the kickoff to the 24th year of it celebrates more than just that. “Oh it’s so exciting we’ve been honestly like preparing for months for this show,” Diona Johnson “Afrogeode” of Afrogeode and the Gemstones said. This…

Families Get Active for 30th Healthy Kids Day at Duluth YMCA

DULUTH, Minn.- Saturday was the 30th Anniversary of the Duluth Area YMCA’s largest one-day event, celebrating healthy lifestyles for families and kicking off the Y’s Summer Schedule. FOX 21 Photojournalist Owen Zagrabelny takes us to Healthy Kids Day. Superior Douglas County Family YMCA will hold their Healthy Kids Day Event Sunday from 11-3. Categories: Community, Education, Entertainment, Health, Minnesota, News,…

Yarn Harbor Celebrates 5th Annual Local Yarn Shop Day

According to Kathy Thomas, owner of Yarn Harbor, it's important to celebrate brick and mortar yarn shops in all communities.

DULUTH, Minn.- Knitting enthusiasts got all tied up in the 5th annual Local Yarn Shop Day at Yarn Harbor in Duluth. The store featured special limited yarn shop day supplies and free patterns with your yarn purchase. According to Kathy Thomas, owner of Yarn Harbor, it’s important to celebrate brick and mortar yarn shops in all communities. “It’s a lot…

Live Interview: Author Talks ‘The Sower,’ Independent Bookstore Day At Fitger’s

DULUTH, Minn. — FOX 21’s  Dan Hanger sat down with Rob Jung, author of “The Sower,” during the 7 a.m. hour of the morning show to talk about his book signing at The Bookstore at Fitger’s Saturday afternoon to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day.   For more on that conversation, watch the video above.  And see a press release below about the…

Live Interview: Nearly 15 Years Of Rubber Chicken Theater

DULUTH, Minn. — Rubber Chicken Theater in Duluth has been around since 2008, and the team of talent behind the sketches, live reads and plays is showing no signs of slowing down. Click the video above for a conversation with Rubber Chicken Theater’s executive producer, Brian Matuszak, who joined Dan Hanger on the morning show Thursday during the 8 a.m….

Hoops Brewing Owner Dave Hoops Talks Beer Industry, Community, His Legacy

DULUTH, Minn. – Dave Hoops, owner of Hoops Brewing in Canal Park, is one of a select group chosen to judge the World Beer Cup in Minneapolis next month. In the meantime, Hoops talked to FOX 21’s Dan Hanger about the beer industry, community and his legacy.  Click the video above for the conversation. Categories: Business, Coffee Conversation, Community, Entertainment,…

DECC Introduces Hairball VIP Tickets for Upcoming Party at the Park Concert

Hairball combines both rock & roll hits with the classic costumes to capture the essence of the original artists.

DULUTH, Minn.– The DECC announced earlier today that a fan favorite is returning to perform at Bayfront Festival Park, which will include a special experience for concert-goers. Hairball, a popular rock and roll cover band will be performing for the annual Party in the Park as part of July 4 celebrations. In addition to the return of the band, the…

Hoops Brewing Owner Dave Hoops Tapped To Judge World Beer Cup

DULUTH, Minn. – Veteran Duluth brewer Dave Hoops, who owns Hoops Brewing Company in Canal Park, is getting his palate ready as one of only 200 people chosen from around the world to judge the World Beer Cup in Minneapolis next month. It’s the most prestigious beer competition in the world. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger caught up with Dave to…

Two Harbors Community Radio Boosting Broadcast from Low-Power to Full-Power

Back in March, the FCC granted Two Harbors Community Radio a noncommercial educational full-power radio station construction permit.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- One of the only local radio stations on the North Shore, KTWH in Two Harbors, just got an FCC permit to boost their broadcasting power to bring local programs to more spots on the north shore. Soon the little radio studio in the harbor landing building broadcasting to just the immediate Two Harbors area will now expand…

33rd Annual Fitgers 5K Brings Out Eager Runners Despite Gloomy Weather

DULUTH, Minn. — Less than ideal conditions for a race on Saturday morning, but it’s Duluth — it’s what people do. More than 800 people came out for the 33rd annual Fitgers 5k. The running community in Duluth is always active rain or shine, and it shows in the hundreds who run multiple grandma’s marathon races throughout the year. The Fitger’s…

Lester River Race Marks Unofficial Open to Whitewater Kayak Season in Northern MN

DULUTH, Minn. — The Lester River Race happens during the spring thaw challenging expert paddlers from the Midwest to help kick start the white-water kayaking season. The date of this year’s race has been up in the air this past month with organizers waiting for perfectly thawed conditions. After the snow melts, it’s much easier to avoid rocks when flying…

‘Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure’ At DECC This Weekend

DULUTH, Minn. – Very important pups are invited to the DECC this weekend for “Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure.” It involves the discovery of a secret pirate treasure map. And the Paw Patrol is on the hunt. “Paw Patrol Live” is that first introduction to live theatre and is described as a rock concert for kids. The performers…

Grandma’s Marathon Weekend Live Entertainment Returning To Bayfront Park

Schneider added they're closing in on 20,000 runners total for all three races.

DULUTH, Minn.- Grandma’s Marathon is set to be even more of a party again this year, as live music will be returning to Bayfront Park on race weekend. Last year there was live music at the finish line and modified entertainment in Canal Park. Now this year the six musical acts — one Friday and five through midnight Saturday —…

Live Interview: Locally Produced Horror Flick ‘Beyond The North Woods’ To Debut At ‘North X North Fest’

DULUTH, Minn. – Local actors, editors and camera operators joined FOX 21’s Dan Hanger during the 8 a.m. hour of the morning show Tuesday to talk about their new horror film called “Beyond the North Woods.” The film was shot mostly in Duluth’s Lester Park and at the Androy Hotel in Superior.  It’s described as “raw, unedited footage recovered from…

Live Interview: ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ At Fitger’s Theatre, Boat Club’s Stand Up Comedy

DULUTH,  Minn. – Boat Club Productions is getting ready to debut “Tuesdays with Morrie” this Friday at the Spirit of the North Theatre at Fitger’s. Jason Vincent, owner of the Boat Club Restaurant and Productions, is producing the show and joined FOX 21’s Dan Hanger during the 7 a.m. hour of the morning show Tuesday to talk about what people…

Kids Eat Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at AAD Shrine

AAD Shrine Hosted "Breakfast With the Easter Bunny" in Hermantown

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- The Easter Bunny made a stop in Hermantown over the weekend. The AAD Shrine Event Center in Hermantown wrapped up another successful Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Kids got the chance to meet the Easter bunny and instead of just candy, they enjoyed a hearty breakfast. 4-year-old Kenlee got to join in on the festivities. “We had breakfast….

UMD Students Hold Annual Asian Culture Show

DULUTH, Minn. — Saturday, the UMD community highlighted some of the cultures of their Asian students. The APAA, or Asian Pacific American Association, held their annual Asian Cultural Show on Saturday night. They brought together hundreds of students, faculty and staff, and even friends and families to enjoy a night of different performances. There was a fashion show, Thai dancers…

Carrot Cake Desserts for Easter with The Sweet Exchange

Easter is around the corner and what better way to attract the Easter Bunny than with some Carrot Cake.  Lisa Quarles with The Sweet Exchange helps Meteorologist Ken Slama decorate cupcakes in the spirit of Easter in this week’s Cooking Connection. For orders and inquiries, Lisa can be reached at (218) 310-2412 or by email at SweetExchangeMN@gmail.com. Categories: Community, Cooking…

DECC To Trial Run Fast Pass Program

DULUTH, Minn. – The DECC is ready to trial run a fast pass program for one of its concession items. Called “Fast Two”, people who purchase tickets online to see Travis Tritt on July 10 will have the option to pre-purchase two beers for an additional fee.  People will be able to get them at a concession stand at Amsoil Arena…

Live Interview: UMD Theatre Starts Performing ‘Pippin’ April 14

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD Theatre is getting ready to hit the stage starting April 14 to perform in “Pippin” the musical. The character Pippin is said to be determined to be extraordinary. But will the price be too high? The 1970s musical is all about Pippin exploring what makes a meaningful life. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger talked to the show’s…

Homegrown Preparing for In Person Return, Needs More Volunteers

DULUTH, Minn. – The Twin Ports’ largest music festival is getting ready to return in person. Homegrown begins May 1 and will feature around 200 musical acts over eight days across several dozen venues in Duluth and Superior.  Executive Director Melissa LaTour says bands and performers responded well to their call for acts, which also connects to the excitement across the…

Zeitgeist Excited To Launch ‘North By North International Film Festival’

DULUTH, Minn. – Excitement is building for the first film festival at Zeitgeist Arts Center in Duluth later this month. The North by North International Film Festival will feature 80 films by up-and-coming filmmakers in the Northland and around the region. The festival’s director, Matthew Koshmrl, said it’s all about giving a larger platform of support for filmmakers trying to…

New Tourism Campaign Titled “Love it Like We Do”

The campaigns new brand image soft launched at the end of April.

DULUTH, Minn.– A new marketing campaign for Duluth tourism debuted ahead of the summer season, with the rollout hosted by the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, at the DECC earlier today. The new campaign is a partnership between the Duluth City Government, Visit Duluth, The DECC, the Twin-cities based public relations firm Bellmont Partners and its South Dakota-based partner, Lawrence…