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Chess Champs Battle at Twin Ports Open

8th Annual Chess tournament brings players from other countries.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It was a meeting of the minds at University of Wisconsin Superior’s Yellowjacket Union for the 8th Annual Twin Ports Open Chess Tournament. Players were in town from as far as Canada. They’re as young as six and as old as 75. Some are even Mayors, like Superior Mayor Jim Paine, who was also hunched over a chess…

100 Years of YMCA Camp Lake Nebagamon

YMCA holds event for old campers to reminisce about their days in summer camp.

LAKE NEBAGAMON, Wis.- Summer camp, for many, is the highlight of the season, holding many fond memories. YMCA Camp Lake Nebagamon has been doing that for 100 years. “100 years is, it’s a huge amazing milestone, but it’s not our last,” said Camp Director Rachel Eisenmann. The one spot amid the trees by the lake carries with it a century…

Commemorative Air Force Museum Opens at Bong Airport

CAF Lake Superior Squadron holds car and plane show.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Planes and automobiles throughout history gathered at the Richard I. Bong Airport for the opening of the Commemorative Air Force museum. The Commemorative Air Force Lake Superior Squadron invited the public to a car show and plane show where they could even get a ride in one of the old flyers. The event honored veterans who piloted some…

Scooting Around Town On A Leaf

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Leaf Scooters Take Over Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot shows us how the new Leaf scooters work. You’ll see how to download the app, get it set up, where you can and can’t go with them and then she takes to the streets of Canal Park. Randomly going up to people and asking them to take it…

Classic Car and Plane Show Taking Over the Bong Airport Saturday

The PBY Black Cats Classic Car and Plane Show is Happening Saturday, August 17

SUPERIOR, Wis. – On Saturday, August 17, the community is invited to an event featuring food, historic planes, and classic cars. The Commemorative Air Force Lake Superior Squadron 101 is hosting the first ever PBY Black Cats Classic Car and Plane Show. Rides on an authentic WWII plane are taking place Friday, August 16. On Saturday a pancake breakfast will…

Slow Cooked Carnitas Taco in the Twin Ports

COOKING CONNECTION: La Tequila Cooks Flavorful & Fall of the Bone Pork Tacos

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this weeks Cooking Connection the brand new La Tequila in the Twin Ports cook us up a delicious Carnitas Taco! The recipe is in the video above to make this at home, otherwise you can visit the restaurant at: LOCATION: 5802 Tower Ave, Superior, WI 54880 HOURS: 11am – 10pm Tuesday- Saturday; 11am – 8:30pm Sunday…

Battle of the Burgers Tonight at Bayfront Festival Park

Grill Wars is Happening Wednesday, August 14 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – In the mood for a fresh, juicy burger but not excited to fire up your own grill? Grill Wars 2019 will once again benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland Wednesday, August 14 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. Some of the area’s most popular restaurants will be asking for…

Timbersports Take Over & Race Top Notch Handmade Saws

GREAT OUTDOORS: Lumberjack World Championships Brings The Best

HAYWARD, Wisc. — Lumberjacks in the Northland are common and the competition between them is said to be strong. In this week’s Great Outdoors, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot takes us to Lumberjack Bowl where all of the best gathered there to show us what they are made of. “It’s kind of in my blood, I’m a four generation competitor.” said…

Art in Bayfront Park to Feature 130 Vendors, Friday Night Concert

New this Year, a Concert Benefiting Save the Boundary Waters is Happening Friday, August 16 from 3:00 - 11:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Art in Bayfront Park is returning for the 10th year Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18. On Saturday, the festival will run from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This year there will be a concert Friday night as event organizers look to make the festival a three-day…

Ride a Water Car at Pier B Resort

Amphibious automobile astonishes guests at Pier B.

DULUTH, Minn.- While the Tall Ships dazzle crowds in Canal Park, another watercraft is attracting some eyes at Pier B Resort. The resort now offers promotional rides in a water car. It looks like a jeep, goes about 80 mph on land, and 45 mph in the water. Giving guests another look at all that’s going the lake. “Y’know what…

All Hands on Deck for Festival of Sail

Festival draws crowds of thousands from every state and Canadian province.

DULUTH, Minn.- The seven tall ships for this year’s Festival of Sail bring thousands of spectators to Canal Park each day of its three day run. “Each time you see a ship like this or any of these ships here today it’s like you’re seeing a ship for the first time they’re just so beautiful,” said a certain famous Captain….

Experience the Superior Street Reconstruction Walking Tour

Tours are Given by The Duluth Experience, Paid for by the City of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s not every day you have the chance to take a tour of a construction site in the heart of a city. The Duluth Experience is teaming up with the City of Duluth during reconstruction of Superior Street to provide locals and tourists an up close and personal view of history in the making. “They enjoy all…

Renegade Theater Company Production of “Fun Home” Breaks Down Barriers in Regional Premiere

Tony Award winning musical "Fun Home" premieres in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- Renegade Theater Company in Duluth is breaking down barriers with a show unlike anything seen before in the Northland. It’s the regional premiere of “Fun Home.” The Tony Award winning musical opened Friday night, a tribute kicking off pride month in Duluth and adding on to Zeitgeist Creative Community’s ‘Year of the Womxn’ celebration, honoring stories by women, for…

Throwing Axes & Tossing Back Ales Together

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Duluth Experience & Blacklist Artisan Ales Collaboration Tour

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot takes us AXE THROWING, the perfect Northland sport. Currently Blacklist Artisan Ales in Duluth hosts the axe throwing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. They have also paired with Duluth Experience to tie in local brewery tours and tastes as well. Become an axepert and learn all the…

Two Harbors Hosts 25th Annual Art Festival

"Under the Spreading Walnut Tree" Art Festival is Happening August 9 - 11 in Two Harbors

DULUTH, Minn. – Artists and vendors are flocking to Two Harbors August 9 – 11 to take part in the 25th annual “Under the Spreading Walnut Tree” Art Festival. The festival takes place at the Superior Hiking Train Info Center located at 731 Highway 61. Nearly 30 artists will be on-site selling their artwork. Mediums include ceramic, pottery, fiber, glass,…

Bubbles Galore Sunday at Clyde Park in Duluth

The Duluth Bubble Festival is Happening Sunday, August 11 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Clyde Park in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Bubbles and entertainment will be in full force at Clyde Park (29th Avenue West and Michigan Street) in Duluth Sunday, August 11 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. For the 11th year in a row, the Duluth Children’s Museum invites the community to celebrate the end of summer with a pop at Bubble Festival. Cameron Kruger, event coordinator…

Music for the Heart in the HART

Music in the HART concert series held through the month of August.

DULUTH, Minn.- Another concert sent music flowing through Duluth, originating somewhere you can only find on the Lakewalk. Throughout the month of August, the Gitchi-Ode Akiing, or Lake Place, Park along the Lakewalk will host the Music in the HART concert series. Five different bands will each play a day through August 29th and it is completely free to come…

Minnesota Breakfast Hash is Popping

COOKING CONNECTION: Bridgeman's Breakfast, Minnesota Hash

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Cooking Connection Bridgeman’s stirs up a Minnesota version of the classic breakfast hash. Adding in the wild rice has the chef and Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot popping with dance moves and all. You can ask for this breakfast anytime at their restaurant and you can also learn how to make it for yourself at…

Craft, Vendor Expo Coming to IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids

The Northern Minnesota Craft & Vendor Expo is Happening August 10 - 11 in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Art, entertainment, food and fun is coming to the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids Saturday and Sunday, August 10 – 11. Saturday hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The IRA Civic Center is located at 1401 Northwest 3rd Avenue in Grand Rapids. The Northern Minnesota Craft & Vendor…

Guns and Hoses Play Ball for Good Cause

12th annual Guns and Hoses Charity Softball game raises money for Northern Lights Foundation.

DULUTH, Minn.- The bases were loaded, the crowd was pumped, and the players knew all eyes were on them to play a good game, for a great cause. Every year Duluth Firefighters and Police Officers battle it out on the diamond in the 12th Annual Guns and Hoses Charity Softball Game, to raise money for the Northern Lights Foundation, which…

See a Movie, Save a Lion at Marcus Duluth Cinemas

Theater partners with Lake Superior Zoo to raise money to conserve lion.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Zoo partnered with Marcus Duluth Cinemas in capitalizing on the success of a new Disney movie for conservation efforts. $1 from any ticket purchased went towards the Lion Recovery Fund to help Lion conservation efforts. Since the first Lion King was released 25 years ago, half of Africa’s Lions have been lost and only 20,000…

Two Energetic Performances Opening This Week at The Duluth Playhouse

The Duluth Playhouse will Host Two Opening Performances this Week

DULUTH, Minn. – Two new performances are set to take center stage this week at The Duluth Playhouse’s Family Theatre. Xanadu Jr. is a lighthearted spoof of the 1980 movie, Xanadu, which includes tons of references to the original film as well as to the 80’s in general. Cooper Petermeier plays Sonny in Xanadu Jr. Petermeier says it’s a fun…

See a Movie, Donate a Dollar Today at Marcus Duluth Cinema

The Fundriaser for the Lake Superior Zoo is Happening Wednesday, August 7

DULUTH, Minn. – Since The Lion King was released 25 years ago, we have lost half of Africa’s lions. Officials estimate only 20,000 remain. Disney and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) are now teaming up to bring awareness to the declining lion population with their Protect the Pride campaign. Haley Hedstrom with the Lake Superior Zoo says the facility…

Explore Art in the Artists’ Studio at CHARAC Art Crawl This Weekend

Cable Hayward Area Arts Council holds 8th Annual Art Crawl through six Northwest Wisconsin towns.

HAYWARD, Wis.- This weekend the public is invited to take the Studio Art tour through six towns in Northwest Wisconsin during the 8th annual CHARAC (Cable Hayward Area Arts Council) Art Crawl. The Crawl goes through Barnes, Drummond, Cable, Hayward, Springbrook, and Stone Lake. CHARAC President Carol Morness stopped by the FOX21 Studio to chat about the art crawl, and…

Tall Timber Days Packs Grand Rapids for 39th Year

Festival brings in hundreds to the streets and businesses of Grand Rapids.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.- The smell of sawdust is in the air and the hot summer weather isn’t keeping the crowds from downtown Grand Rapids for the 39th annual Tall Timber Days. “Been good attendance, very good attendance,” said festival Founder, Dr. Lee Jess. “Again like I said temperature has a little bearing on attendance but it has been good.” “And…

Duluth Says Goodbye To Thomas After Another Year

Thomas's Visit coupled with the Big Boy Steam Engine's brought about 30,000 people to Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- Sunday was the final day of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friend Percy’s visit to Duluth. Organizers say around 18,000 people visited Thomas and Percy over the past two weekends, making an estimated economic impact of $8.5 million in the Northland. The two trains also bring out about 200 volunteers from different community organizations, who also receive…

Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad Season Kicks Off

After delay due to mechanical issues, train leaves for first trip from West Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad took its first trip of the year out of West Duluth Saturday. The train normally starts in June but due to some mechanical issues and rideaway issues with high water on the St. Louis River, the first departure was pushed back. The Railroad runs along the river to the St. Louis River…

Celebrities In School Buses Tear Up Proctor Speedway

Celebrity Bus Race kicks off Midsummer Night of Mayhem.

PROCTOR, Minn.- The roars of engines is a normal sound at Proctor Speedway. But these engines are newcomers- school buses. The Speedway’s Midsummer Night of Mayhem kicked off with the fan favorite Celebrity Bus Races. Business owners, city officials, and more community members got behind the wheel of a bus drifting around the track to win the coveted trophy. “Just…

Spirit Mountain Fills with Mountain Bikers for Bike Duluth Festival

Over 300 registered bikers flood the mountain.

DULUTH, Minn.- Everywhere you looked were helmets and handlebars as the Bike Duluth Festival celebrated its 6th anniversary. The festival raised money for Cyclists of the Gitchee Gumee Shore (COGGS) and Gary New Duluth Development Alliance. Last year $25,000 was raised for each beneficiary, and this year they hope to clear $50,000. “Duluth has become a world class mountain biking…

YOHO! Lumberjacks & Lumberjills Competing In Lumberjack World Championships

Swing, Chop and Axe Your Way Into Hayward Wisconsin This Weekend

HAYWARD, Wis.-The smell of fresh cut lumber is taking over in Hayward at the second day of the 60th Annual Lumberjack World Championships. Lumberjacks and Lumberjills are swinging, axing, chopping, sawing, log rolling, climbing and boom running into 24 different events in Hayward, Wisconsin this weekend. Today was the semifinals, marking who will be competing in tomorrow’s World Championship rounds….

YOHO! Boom Running in the Lumberjack World Championships

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Last Year Brittney Merlot Log Rolled, Now She Attempts Boom Running For The First Time!

HAYWARD, Wisc. — In this weeks Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot is boom running at the Lumberjack World Championships semifinals. She’s never done it before and will make her first attempt this morning on LIVE TV! Ellie Davenport, offers her words of wisdom as she has been a pro log roller and boom runner since she was 15 years…

Duluth Bowling Alley Getting Multi-Million Dollar Renovations To Become Entertainment Center

  Skyline Lanes and Volleyball is no more, as it undergoes a full multi-million dollar remodel and rebranding to become Skyline Social and Games. The general manager says Skyline will be adding new games, entertainment, and even more unique bowling lanes. He said the space will have a more industrial and modern look to it to appeal to younger adults,…

Blueberry Bread Pudding Sweet Treat

COOKING CONNECTION: Bridgeman's Bakes Tasty Treats

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection, the last standing Bridgeman’s is baking us a Blueberry Bread Pudding. Using one day old cinnamon rolls, pudding, melted white chocolate, blueberries and topped with their signature vanilla ice cram. Enjoy the video above for the full recipe details, remember this goes well for breakfast, lunch, snacks, desserts and more. Categories: Cooking…

Learn to Make Stained Glass at Shannon’s Stained Glassery Kids Camp

Kids get a chance to handmake different glass crafts.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Kids in Superior are getting a hands on look at making different kinds of glassware. Starting Wednesday, Shannon’s Stained Glassery is hosting a kids’ camp. On the first day they painted and glazed pottery, and for the next two days they’ll work on mosaic and fuse tile. Store owner Shannon Johnson said kids lobe the chance to work…

Lumberjacks, Jills Arriving in Hayward for World Championships

The 60th Annual Lumberjack World Championships are Happening August 1 - 3 in Hayward

HAYWARD, Wis. – Preparations are underway at the Lumberjack Bowl for the 60th annual Lumberjack World Championships taking place August 1 – 3 in Hayward, Wisconsin. The international competition showcases the best in sawing, chopping, speed climbing, log rolling, boom running and much more. This family fun event attracts athletes and fans from around the world. Executive Director of the…

Spirit Valley Days to Include Pub Crawl, Family Yoga, Community Block Party

Spirit Valley Days is Happening Thursday, August 1 through Saturday, August 3 in West Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Spirit Valley Days is celebrating 40 years of summer fun in 2019. To celebrate the milestone, organizers have created a new logo for the festival, along with carefully planning three new events to bring in the community. Committee member Joy Herbert hopes the events also encourage folks outside of the area to visit West Duluth and see…

Coffee Conversation: Preparations Underway for City on the Hill Music Festival

The City on the Hill Music Festival is Happening August 2 - 3 at Bayfront Festival Park

DULUTH, Minn. – Tickets are now on sale for the annual City on the Hill Music Festival. The event was created five years ago after organizers realized there wasn’t a Christian music festival being offered in the region. Twin Ports Entertainment helped bring this dream to a reality. Niki Corbin with Life 97.3 stopped by FOX 21 Local News to chat…

Paddle The Brule River, A Clear, Cool & Spring Fed Waterway

Experience Picturesque Beauty Or Aggressive Rapids With Brule River Canoe & Kayak Rental

BRULE, Wisc. — In this weeks Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot and Brett Scott kayak down the world-famous Brule River. It’s known as a gem among the waterways of the Upper Midwest. Flowing 50 miles north into Lake Superior, the River provides consistent spring fed water through the Brule River State Forest. (It’s cool and refreshing)! Experience the picturesque…

Blueberry Festival to Benefit Iron River Lions Club This Weekend

The 55th Annual Iron River Lions Club Blueberry Festival is Happening July 25 - 28

IRON RIVER, Wis. – Food, fun and live entertainment is taking over the community of Iron River, Wisconsin Thursday, July 25 – Sunday, July 28. The 55th annual Iron River Lion Club Blueberry Festival is set to raise money for community programs and projects. The money raised from the Blueberry Festival goes directly back into the community for vision screening…

All Aboard! Thomas, Percy Begin Two Week Stay in Duluth

Thomas and Percy will Spend Two Weekends in the Twin Ports for the Steam Team Tour 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – The Steam Team Tour 2019 features Thomas the Tank Engine and his best friend Percy the Small Engine. Children and their families are invited to spend a day with Thomas & Friends when they chug into the Depot on the North Shore Scenic Railroad July 26 – 28 and August 2 – 4. The tour, now in…

Local Art Meets Local Brews at Hoops Brewing

Monthly Local Art Show held in brewery.

DULUTH, Minn.- On Wednesday local artists put their creations up for sale at Hoops Brewing Company during its Homemade Artisan Market. Artists were selling all types of things like necklaces made of Lake Superior sea glass, to artwork of the Northland’s nature. “We are, in the brewery we are all about community and coming together and just we have a…

‘Share the Shred’ Gets Kids Outside and On Bikes

Spirit Mountain's program provides bikes to kids who may not be able to afford one.

DULUTH, Minn.- Kids and families got a free and friendly welcome into the sport of Mountain Biking at the Spirit Mountain Grand Avenue Chalet. The summer “Share the Shred” series drew about 90-110 kids Tuesday night. This year the YMCA Bike Fleet was available for kids to rent a limited number of youth-sized bikes and helmets to kids who may…

Summer Readers Build-a-UFO at Superior Public Library

Kids make flying saucers out of household supplies and craft materials.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- On Tuesday some young Space Explorers at Superior Public Library made their own versions of alien flying saucers. As part of the Library’s “Universe of Stories” Summer reading program, kids constructed their own flying saucers with paper plates, pipe cleaners, plastic cups, and other household and craft materials. For some, it was a chance to channel their love…

Update: Never Before Attempted Stand Up Paddle Board To Arctic Ocean

Adventurer Jared Munch Takes To The Water On A SUP To Break Records

DULUTH, Minn. — Stand up paddle boarding is the new craze on calm and sunny days but what about in bad weather and through river rapids? In this week’s Great Outdoors Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot catches up with a true adventurer looking to be the first to complete a unique journey. A local Duluthian who took to the water last…

Fish Heads to Perform Thursday Evening in Gary New Duluth

The Fish Heads' Performance is One of Three Free Musical Events Happening this Summer in Gary New Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Fish Heads and Friends, an evening of blues to bluegrass, will entertain crowds Thursday, July 25 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Gary New Duluth Pavilion. Fish Heads and Friends will perform starting at 5:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public to attend. Concessions will be available for sale. This is…

Coffee Conversation: All Pints North Brew Fest at Bayfront Festival Park

All Pints North Brew Fest is Happening Saturday, July 27 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Craft brew enthusiasts are invited to raise a glass and cheers Saturday, July 27 at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The All Pints North Brew Fest, established in 2012, is back for another year featuring more than 120 craft breweries. Attendees will have the chance to sample from all of the…

Purrfect Film Festival Happening Saturday at Zeitgeist

The New York Cat Film Festival is Happening Saturday, July 27 at Zeitgeist Zinema 2

DULUTH, Minn. – The Cat Film Festival (TM) is an exploration through film of the fascinating felines who share our lives, creating a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. Cats have their own unique and indescribable bond with people, even when living independently as community cats. Event organizers say for far too long, felines have been the “invisible”…

Painting Intersections to Slow Drivers Down

Creative Crosswalks tackles reckless driving in the hillside with ground murals.

DULUTH, Minn.- Kids armed with paint brushes are combatting reckless driving at busy intersections throughout Duluth. Zeitgeist’s Creative Crosswalks program allows families and other community members to paint a Hillside intersection which has received many speeding complaints. On Sunday they took on East 6th street and 15th Avenue East, the second of four crosswalks on their list. According to parents…

Celebrating Lake Superior, Restored Barker’s Island Beach

Lake Superior Day coincided with opening of Barker Island Beach to the public.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- At Barker’s Island Sunday Lake Superior was given its own day for the important role it plays in the Northland. “It really is what draws people here and keeps people here,” said Deanna Erickson, Education Coordinator with the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve. “It supports our economy it supports our health it creates our weather, it adds…

UMD Marshall Allworth Planetarium Remembers Apollo Landing

UMD honors 50th anniversary with program for the community.

DULUTH, Minn.- To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Duluth, UMD’s Marshall W. Allworth Planetarium hosted a free anniversary event. Participants could make their own  stomp rocket, among other lunar crafts, to spark their curiosity about space. ” went into more than just getting to the moon, it helped us with technological advances in lots…