Entertainment

Renegade Theater Kicks Off 2020 Season with Production of “Bright Star”

"Bright Star" Opens at Renegade Theater Friday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Renegade Theater Company is proud to present the first production of their 2020 season, “Bright Star.” Performers Christina Stroup Manchester and Blake Reistad stopped by FOX 21 Local News from 7 – 9 a.m. to chat about the upcoming production. It’s set to take center stage on Friday, January 24. Other performances will take place January 25,…

Pattison State Park to Host Centennial Celebration with Series of Events

Events Will Kick Off January 25 with a Winterfest Celebration

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – Pattison State Park becomes 100 year old on January 20th. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is kicking off the centennial year with “Winterfest” on Saturday, January 25th, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Pattison and Amnicon Falls State Parks. Winterfest will offer a sledding hill, candlelight hike/ski, and…

Less Than Week Ahead of Beargrease, Fundraiser Helps with Last Minute Expenses

Fundraiser helps accommodate for money lost from stolen bales of straw.

DULUTH, Minn.- Excitement is building less than a week before the 40th annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. A fundraiser was held at Breeze Inn on Jean Duluth Road to help raise money for the race, after 200 bales of straw were stolen back in October. That straw is used as bedding for the dogs. The race raised money in…

Minnesota State Fair to Add Metal Detectors, Other Upgrades This Year

Metal detectors at gates just one of many improvements and maintenance for 2020 Get Together.

MINNESOTA- This year the Minnesota State Fair will be adding metal detectors to their gates, among other upgrades and maintenance projects. According to Fair Officials entrance gates will be changed to accommodate fair-time metal detectors. “We’ve looked at adding metal detectors to our public safety program for a while now,” said State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer. “We added bag…

MLK Indoor Frisbee Tournament Raises Money for UMD Team

Fundraiser raises about $2,000 every year.

DULUTH, Minn.- UMD’s Northern Lights Ultimate Frisbee Team held their annual MLK Indoor Tournament Fundraiser at Ward Wells Fieldhouse Saturday. Teams from as far as Mankato and North Dakota came to the fieldhouse to play. The tournament is how the UMD team raises most of their money for travel expenses, jersey fees, and more for the whole season. According to…

International Athletes Tear Down Red Bull Ice Cross Hill

Riders speed down the hill at 40-50 mph.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Hundreds of athletes from around the world gathered at Mont Du Lac Ski Resort for the 6th Annual Red Bull Ice Cross World Championship. “Maybe we’re a little crazy,” said Alex Mercier, a rider from Quebec. Blink and you’ll miss the riders tearing down the hill. “These guys reach some pretty incredible speeds,” Operations Manager Mike O’Hara said,…

MORE COWBELL, More Calories Burned, More Donations!

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: 11th Annual More Cowbell Fundraiser For Northern Lights Foundation

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures Fox 21 competes for the third time in the Annual More Cowbell Event, put on by the Northern Lights Foundation. All proceeds go to helping local kids with serious illnesses. This took place Thursday January 16th, 2020 at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Canal Park. The competitive and fun fundraiser featured 10 teams…

Curlers as Old as 92 Play in Curl Mesabi Senior Curling League

Senior Curlers play for an hour and a half to two hours.

EVELETH, Minn.- On Mondays and Wednesdays at the Curl Mesabi Curling Club, the curlers taking over the ice are more experienced in the game, and in life. Curl Mesabi’s Senior Curling League is made up of 65 curlers. The youngest are 50-55, and the oldest curler sweeping those rocks is 92-years-old. According to organizers, the hour-and-a-half to two-hour sessions are…

Northern Lights Foundation to Host 11th Annual More Cowbell Fundraiser

The Energetic More Cowbell Fundraiser is Happening Thursday, January 16 at Grandma's Sports Garden in Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn. – For folks dealing with a strange fever in the Northland, the Northern Lights Foundation has a prescription — More Cowbell! The 11th annual Northern Lights Foundation Fundraiser supports local children facing life-threatening illnesses. The comical event is happening Thursday, January 16 at The Sports Garden in Canal Park. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. with the show…

Bearboo Coffee Escape and Car Wash Gets New Owners

Previous employee became owner on New Year's Day.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Cloquet’s only combination coffee shop and car wash is seeing new ownership this year. Natalie and Chris Swanson officially owned Bearaboo Coffee Escape and the adjacent car wash as of New Year’s Day. Natalie had been working at the hangout since February, she said customers warned not to change much and she respects that. So people can still…

Queen Agrees To Let Harry, Meghan Move Part-Time to Canada

SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II has agreed to grant Prince Harry and his wife Meghan their wish for a more independent life, allowing them to move part-time to Canada while remaining firmly in the House of Windsor. The British monarch said in a statement Monday that the summit of senior royals on Monday was “constructive,” and that it…

International Falls Community Prepares to Celebrate 40th Annual Icebox Days

Icebox Days Festival is Happening January 16 - 19 in International Falls

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – Many in the Northland travel south when temperatures drop below zero, but one community in Northern Minnesota looks to celebrate the cold with a three day festival jam packed with fun events. Icebox Days Festival is happening Friday, January 16 – Sunday, January 19 in International Falls. This will mark the 40th year of the celebration,…

Climbing Cliffs in Snowshoes

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Bluefin Bay Resort Activites Takes Us Along The Superior Hiking Trail

TOFTE, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures Bluefin Bay Resorts on Lake Superior takes Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot on a snowshoe hike up the Superior Hiking Trail Section 13, climbing cliffs to enjoy wonderful views of the Baptism River Valley. Join them as they blaze a trail through deep snow, on an advanced trail that goes uphill 450 feet….

The Noble Pour Cocktail Lounge Features Vita Excelenta

Cooking Connection: The Noble Pour Cocktail Lounge

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly one month after opening date, Noble Pour Cocktail Lounge in the Lincoln Park Craft District joins FOX 21 Local News for this week’s Cooking Connection. While there are no stovetops or ovens involved this week, the handcrafted beverage is stirred, and strong! The Vita Excelenta cocktail is crafted with tequila, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Bodega Vermouth,…

Explore Latest Trends in Wedding Planning Saturday at the DECC

The Duluth Wedding Show is Happening Saturday, January 11, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – On Saturday, January 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., local brides and grooms to be are invited to stop by the DECC to take part in the 32nd annual Duluth Wedding Show. Kynze Lundeen, Show Coordinator, stopped by FOX 21 Local News from 7 – 9 a.m. to chat about this year’s show. The show features…

Smoking Out Superior’s ‘SOUP-erior’ Soup

All month long you can vote on the best soup in Soup Town.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A new event this month is putting a warm spin on Superior’s nickname, “Soup Town.” SOUP Superior First is a survey open all month long for people to get out and try different handmade soups at any restaurant throughout the city. You can then vote for the restaurant and that specific soup online for it to be declared…

Prince Harry and Meghan to ‘Step Back’ as Senior UK Royals

LONDON (AP) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, say they plan “to step back” as senior members of the royal family and will “work to become financially independent.” A message from the couple issued Wednesday by Buckingham Palace said they intend to “balance” their time between the U.K. and North America while carving out “a progressive new role…

Mighty Pups Are Ready to Go! PAW Patrol LIVE! at the DECC

PAW Patrol LIVE! is Happening at the DECC Symphony Hall January 7 - 8

DULUTH, Minn. – No job is too big, no pup is too small! PAW Patrol LIVE! is taking place inside DECC Symphony Hall January 7 – 8. The PAW Patrol pups have a mission to accomplish in Duluth. Ahead of the upcoming three performances in the Northland, mighty pup Chase and spokesperson Michael Bartkiewicz stopped by FOX 21 Local News…

Mala Beadmaking Helps People Keep New Year’s Resolutions

Beadmaking workshop aims to keep people in touch with their intentions.

DULUTH, Minn.- If you have some trouble keeping up with your New Year’s Resolutions, Mala Beads may be able to help. It Takes a Village Healing Collective Downtown held its monthly Mala beadmaking workshop Sunday. Malas are strings of 108 beads used as a tool to help meditation practice. No one else is to touch your beads but you, so…

Community Day Brings Hundreds to Glensheen

Free day of admission attracted many to the mansion.

DULUTH, Minn.- Glensheen Mansion saw quite a few people come through Sunday, as it was the next stop on the list of the City’s Community Day destinations. Tourist destinations that benefit from the tourism tax revenue each have a Community Day where special offers are available for anyone to attend. On Sunday Glensheen offered free admission for tours, including the…

Vikings Fans Flood Grandma’s to Watch Wild Card Game

Dozens of fans cheered on the Vikes.

DULUTH, Minn.- Grandma’s Sports Garden was alive with dozens of fans as they cheered on the Vikings to win against the Saints Sunday. Fans whooped and hollered, flooding the Sports Garden floor with purple and yellow. Whether they were cheering wildly or groaning at some bad calls, they were all united in their love of SKOL. “We got a lot…

Ozobots Take Over Duluth Public Library

Families learn how to code with Ozobots.

DULUTH, Minn.- Robots took over Duluth Saturday, as the Duluth Public Library taught families how to code with Ozobots. The little orbs on wheels follow lines drawn on paper with special markers, allowing kids to program what they do. According to library staff, while programming sounds difficult, it isn’t hard at all. “It’s a really easy learning curve. the best…

FIRST Robotics Competition Season Kicks Off

Game reveal held at UMD with teams from across the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn.- The robotics season has officially begun, as Saturday high school robotics teams from across the Northland got a first look at their game for this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition. The Marshall Performing Arts Center Auditorium packed with anxious high school engineers waiting to see how they’ll have to design their robots this year. “Getting that experience and being…

Night at the Museum Shown at Depot Museum

Movies on Michigan packs Great Hall of the Depot.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some families enjoyed a relaxing movie night at a pretty interesting location. The Depot held their first ever Movies on Michigan movie night. To a Great Hall packed with bodies on sleeping bags and blankets, they showed “Night at the Museum.” An appropriate choice for the Depot, which also serves as a museum for the Veterans Memorial Hall,…

Ready, Set, Mush! Trail Talk with Musher Ryan Redington

Active Adventures: Mushing with Alaska Native Ryan Redington

DULUTH, Minn. – Have you ever wanted to bundle up and give sled dog mushing a try? Meteorologist Brittney Merlot recently caught up with musher Ryan Redington for this week’s Active Adventures. Redington will be mushing in this year’s John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon taking place January 27 – 30 along Minnesota’s North Shore. The Alaska native says he’s very excited…

Glensheen to Offer Free General Admission to Locals Sunday, January 5

Glensheen Mansion is Celebrating Another Successful Holiday Season by Thanking Local Residents

DULUTH, Minn. – Staff at Glensheen in Duluth are looking to say thank you to the community for their support the past year, and to finish out the final day of Christmas tours at the Mansion. A complimentary Community Day is happening Sunday, January 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. “General Admission is self-guided, guests do not need advance…

Winter Entertainment at Cable Natural History Museum

Cable Natural History Museum is Offering a New Program Request Opportunity in the New Year

CABLE, Wis. – Winter is a busy season for the educators at Cable Natural History Museum in Cable, Wisconsin. From education to entertainment, the center is hosting something for folks of all ages to enjoy. Naturalist and Education Director Emily Stone stopped by FOX 21 Local News to chat about upcoming events. The center is also offering a new program…

Go Vegan this January with ‘Veganuary’

Initiative by Whole Foods Co-op aims to show people the benefits of a plant-based diet.

DULUTH, Minn.- If eating healthier is one of your New Year’s resolutions, a new initiative in Duluth wants to support you. Duluth Does Veganuary is part of an international movement to get more people to try plant-based diets. In Duluth it’s sponsored by the Whole Foods Co-op, with a Facebook group that currently has more than 300 members posting recipes…

Eveleth-Gilbert Girls Hockey Get One-on-One Time with UMD Women’s Hockey

College players help girls brush up on skills and learn about a typical day in the life of a college athlete.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some young female hockey players from Eveleth-Gilbert got to brush up on their skills with members of the UMD Women’s Hockey Team, as a thank you from the Red Cross for their involvement in projects this year. In November, the Eveleth-Gilbert 12U Girls Team wrote holiday cards for the Red Cross’s Holiday Mail for Heroes Project. They also…

DSSO to Ring in the New Year with a Time Warp Celebration

Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Ringing in 2020 with Sights, Sounds From Rocky Horror Picture Show

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) is featuring the music of The Rocky Horror Picture Show this New Year’s Eve. Starting at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, DECC Symphony Hall will come alive with the sights and sounds of the 1975 flick. The DSSO will be joined by Jeans ‘n Classics, who helped put on the New…

Starks Academy Boys Build Snowmen to Build Smiles at Diamond Willow Assisted Living

Boys on the Basketball Team build snowmen for Assisted Living residents to view.

DULUTH, Minn.- As the popular song goes, “Do you wanna build a snowman?” Well the boys on the Starks Academy Northland Youth Basketball Alliance Team sure did, heading over to the East side to spread some snowy cheer. “Using that snow which is giving some people some heartaches I can imagine, spread some holiday cheer and put some smiles on…

Mini Mushers at the Secret Forest Playschool

GREAT OUTDOORS: Ryan Redington Takes Preschoolers Mushing

DULUTH, Minn. — Dog sledding was widely used by those traveling from village to village along the north shore and later by mail carriers. One legendary mail carrier in particular, John Beargrease, is still recognized and honored here today. With the Beargrease race just weeks away, in this weeks great outdoors Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot takes us mushing with a…

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Celebrates Birth of Christ, Birth of Church

First service ever held at St. Paul's was Christmas Day 1869.

DULUTH, Minn.- Families across the Northland began their Christmases with the evening mass Tuesday night. But one at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church marks a very special day in the church’s history. The first service ever held at the church happened Christmas Day 1869. So for the Christmas Eve service 150 years later, past traditions were included such as a tall…

Duluth’s Best Bread Introduces Monthly Subscription Boxes

The First Delivery of Boxes will be Thursday, January 2

DULUTH, Minn. – Just in time for the holiday season, Duluth’s Best Bread is launching monthly subscription boxes. “It’s like Birchbox, but with croissants instead of makeup,” said co-owner Michael Lillegard. Duluth’s Best Bread Taste Tester Box launches new and unique baked goods into the mouths of subscribers on the first Thursday of each month starting January 2. There are…

Rubber Chicken Theater to Host Annual Holiday Comedy Show

The Comedy Show Sheds Light on Big Headlines from the Northland in 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – The farce will be with many this weekend as Rubber Chicken Theater presents its annual classic comedy show. This year’s theme is “Storm Wars: The Rise of Lakewalker.” Rubber Chicken Theater celebrates all things silly — local, regional, and national — with their Year-In-Review Revue. This year’s show will be staged one weekend only, December 27 &…

Registration Now Open for Hartley Nature Center Holiday & Winter Camp

December Camp Will Use a Different Format This Year, Allowing for Daily Registration Instead of Weekly

DULUTH, Minn. – Hartley Nature Center in Duluth is giving local youth many reasons to spend winter break outdoors this season. Their wintertime day camp opportunities are offered during the school year when the Duluth school system is on break. This year, there will be  a new December Camp format, allowing for daily registration instead of weekly. The camp will run…

A Festivus for the Rest of Us at the Spirit Room in Superior

3rd annual Festivus at bar.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- On Sunday, some at the Spirit Room got into the holiday spirit, celebrating a holiday that doesn’t quite exist on the calendar yet. Festivus was popularized on the TV show Seinfeld as an alternate holiday to Christmas. Characters celebrated with the bare “Festivus Pole,”an airing of grievances by everyone present, and a wrestling match called “Feats of Strength.”…

Dozens Turn Out to Celebrate Hanukkah at Miller Hill Mall

Chabad of Duluth lighting menorah for the second year in a row.

DULUTH, Minn.- For hundreds of years the miracle and sacrifices of the Macabees as they fought for their independence from the Greeks–is remembered across the world, and right at Miller Hill Mall, during Hanukah. A large crowd gathered, reciting prayers and songs as Rabbi Mendy Ross lights the giant menorah. A show of unity, after a tough year for the…

Living Up Shortest Day, Longest Night at Thirsty Pagan Solstice Celebration

Party featured a bonfire, dark beer, and even Krampuses.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s the shortest day of the year, but that didn’t stop some in Superior from celebrating before the days get longer. “Getting together on a cold, dark winter’s night,” said Thirsty Pagan co-owner Steve Knauss. This is one night where the party at Thirsty Pagan is outside the Thirsty Pagan. “What we’re doing is we’re burning the yule…

Hearty Lamb Shank For The Holidays

COOKING CONNECTION: The Boat Club Restaurant and Bar in Duluth, MN

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Cooking Connection we are making braised grass-fed Oregon lamb shank, avgolemono sauce, celery root, carrots, dill and oven roasted Yukon gold potatoes. Watch the video above for the rare recipe that came straight from Greece or head on over The Boat Club Restaurant and Bar this season while it’s still on the menu. Categories:…

UMD’s ‘An Enemy of the People’ Selected to Perform at Regional Theatre Festival

Play one of seven to be picked to perform.

DULUTH, Minn.- This year a UMD Theatre production has been selected to perform at a highly anticipated regional competition in South Dakota next month. An Enemy of the People, directedy by Tom Isbell, was selected among seven other shows to perform at the seven-state Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Isbell stopped by FOX 21 to discuss the play,…

Jingle Bells For A Good Cause

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Volunteer Salvation Army Bell Ringing Taken To The Next Level

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot and Brett Scott donated their time to help the less fortunate this holiday season. Volunteering to bell ring for Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive at Mount Royal turned out to be a fun experience, check it out. Brittney Merlot wanted to take it to the next level with…

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Ursa Minor Brewing

The 2019 Winter Solstice Celebration is Happening Saturday, December 21 at Ursa Minor Brewing

DULUTH, Minn. – Ursa Minor Brewing invites you to celebrate the shortest day of the year with them during a day-long lineup of entertainment and locally crafted brews. The 2019 Winter Solstice Celebration is happening Saturday, December 21 from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the brewery located at 2415 West Superior Street in Duluth. The Winter celebration is set…

Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm Provides Educational Experiences

Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm is Open to Visitors Year Round for Educational Experiences

DULUTH, Minn. – The alpaca species isn’t native to northern Minnesota. The livestock originates from the Andes Mountains in Peru, living at an average elevation of 14,000 feet. It wasn’t until the 1970s that alpacas were introduced to North America. In this week’s Animal Answers, FOX 21’s Brett Scott takes you to a growing herd living in the Northland. “I’m…

Jay Cooke State Park Offers Multiple Upcoming Winter Events

Ski Trails at Jay Cooke State Park Are Currently Closed While Crews Continue to Groom, Perform Maintenance

CARLTON, Minn. – As winter break approaches for many Northland students, families will have more time to venture out and explore the winter wilderness. Two upcoming events are set to take place at Jay Cooke State Park in December. Carly Hawkinson-Sohm stopped by FOX 21 Local News to chat about the events and let folks know how to get involved….

Great Outdoors: Enjoying the Winter Magic at Gooseberry Falls

People come from all across the country to experience the falls.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- While most dread seeing snow and ice here in Duluth they’re the cherry on top of the experience up at Gooseberry Falls. The fluffy white snow and icicles inching closer to the rushing water paint a pristine winter picture. “The sunset makes it look really nice,” said Amy Yip. The scene makes for the perfect background to…

Kids Shop Til they Drop with Cops for Christmas

10th annual Shop with a Cop brought 32 kids and 22 officers to Target.

DULUTH, Minn.- On Tuesday 22 Duluth Police Officers were able to make this Christmas one to remember for a special group of kids. The Duluth Police Department held their 10th annual Shop with a Cop event at the Target up the hill. Each of the 32 children was given a $200 gift card to pick out anything for themselves or…

The Duluth Experience, DSSO Team Up for New Backstage Experience

The Inaugural Backstage Experience is Happening Friday, January 31

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Experience announcing a brand new partnership and experience Monday on FOX 21 Local News with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO). The Backstage Experience with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra gives guests an exclusive behind-the-scenes exploration of the power of symphonic music and combines the harmonies of locally crafted brews and gourmet cuisine. Hoops Brewing…

Registration Open for Team Duluth Winter Break Ski, Snowboard Camp

Coffee Conversation: Team Duluth Hosting Winter Break Ski, Snowboard Camp

DULUTH, Minn. – Since the 1960s, non-profit organization Team Duluth has been passionate about getting Northland youth outdoors and on the slopes, experiencing fun in the snow. Happening December 27 – 30, Team Duluth is hosting its annual Holiday Camp for youth on Winter Break. Parent volunteer Carlie LaLone says the camp is a great gift to give a child…