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New Duluth Officer Turns the Tables During Swearing-In Ceremony

Girlfriend gets a swearing in of her very own

DULUTH, Minn. – Today, eight new officers joined the Duluth Police force. The new officers and their families gathered for the swearing in ceremony at the Duluth Police Department. Chris Beekmann, Beau Hughes, Dakota Juarez, Ben Kneeland, Chris Olson, Andrew Park, Luke Renier, and Manuel Matos all took their oaths today. Officer Manuel Matos did more than just take his…

Becoming a Mascot at UMD

Active Adventures: Champ the Bulldog

DULUTH, Minn. – Champ the Bulldog is a staple at University of Minnesota Duluth athletic events and community gatherings. This week, FOX 21 got the chance to gear up with Champ. UMD Senior, Taylor Korum, is the lead Champ and has been a mascot at the university for five years. Korum is graduating this year and tells FOX 21 he’s…

Twin Ports Tonight Taping More Shows

Episodes 10-12 will be Taped Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. –  This weekend you have a chance to be part of a local late night talk show. Twin Ports Tonight is taping episodes 10-12 at Teatro Zuccone on Saturday, January 27. The show is hosted by Andrew Kirov who has been producing his own late night show since he was in high school. The taping begins at 7:00…

Making Valentine’s Day Gifts on a Budget

Do-It-Yourself Crafts with Pure Event Planning

DULUTH, Minn. – Valentine’s Day is just a couple weeks away, so Mary Carlson, owner of Pure Event Planning, stopped by FOX 21 to help Northlanders prepare. Instead of putting off getting a gift until the last minute, why not work on some do-it-yourself gifts? Carlson gave two ideas for romantics to stay on budget. The first is a giant,…

18th Annual Step To The Future Powwow

Native American Cultural Celebration at Myers-Wilkins

DULUTH, Minn- For nearly 20 years children and families in Duluth have come together to honor Native American traditions at the annual steps to the future Powwow. The gathering allows kids and young adults from all backgrounds a chance to experience American Indian culture in a fun and familiar environment. Executive Director of the Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative, Jen Eddy…

Frozen Fun with Furry Tails

2nd Annual Fitger's Frozen Fundraiser this Friday

DULUTH, Minn. – Furry friends are getting some help from their human counterparts this weekend. On Friday, January 27, Animal Allies is hosting their Fitger’s Frozen Fundraiser from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. At the event, Northlanders can enjoy appetizers, beer, wine and raffles. All proceeds go back to Animal Allies. This is taking place on the third flood of Fitger’s….

Animal Answers: Mushing with Endurance Kennels

Endurance Kennels Specialize in Sprint Sled Dog Racing; Teaches Community Members about the Sport of Mushing

DULUTH, Minn. – The 34th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon will kick off this weekend, after months of hard work and preparation from mushers and their dogs. But what is it like for sled dogs that prefer to mush a shorter distance? In this week’s Animal Answers, we’re mushing with Endurance Kennels. “I usually start my morning…

St. Luke’s Hosts Laughing Yoga Class

Experts Say to Find Time to Laugh Throughout the Day

Duluth, Minn While children laugh nearly 300 times a day, adults only laugh about 20 times a day. Experts say five minutes of laughter a day can put you in a good mood for up three to five days after. St. Luke’s Medical Clinic in West Duluth is bringing another way via laughing yoga. “We’re here for a good time…

Marathon Honors Work of John Beargrease

Northland Uncovered: John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

DULUTH, Minn. – The John Beargrease Sled Dog Mararthon is just around the corner. The annual race takes off from Two Harbors on Sunday, January 29. Race Director Jason Rice visited FOX 21 to talk about the story behind the event. John Beargrease carried mail from Grand Marais to Two Harbors once a week. He and his brothers made this…

Rock On! Climbing Competition Attracts Athletes from Around Region

Funds Support UWS Climbing Program

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Climbers from all over the country, and even Canada, will be harnessing up at UW-Superior this weekend for the annual Rock On! Climbing Competition. This is the 13th year of the event. Rock On! was started by a group of students hoping to support their rock climbing program. All money raised through the competition goes back to…

Beargrease Starting Point Chosen

Group Met to Discuss Trail Conditions

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – A sign of winter is the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon and recent warm weather had organizers discussing an alternate starting point. Marathon officials met last night and solidified Two Harbors as the race start for 2017. The trail crew, Chief Veterinarian and mushers who have been practicing on the trails all contributed to this…

Duluth Library Keeps Northlanders of all Ages Reading in Winter

Cabin Fever Reliever Program

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Public Library is working to keep Northlanders entertained this winter through their Cabin Fever Reliever program. The program is for readers of all ages. Children and teens will be tracking the amount of time spent reading and will receive a book to keep when they reach 10 hours. For every five hours read, they will…

2017 Sees Expansion of Lake Superior Ice Festival

Coffee Conversation: Winter Fun on Barker's Island

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Lake Superior Ice Festival is expanding in 2017. The winter festival has added more events for the whole family. The fun kicks off on Friday, January 27 and runs through January 29. The festival takes place on Barker’s Island with many businesses throughout town hosting sales in honor of the event. On Friday, Northlanders can enjoy…

Armory Dance Party Commemorates Visit of Legends

Dance Party Benefits Historic Building and Music Program

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend folks will be dancing the night away to remember an historic event, fund raise for a couple good causes and have some good, old-fashioned fun! The 2017 Armory Dance Party is taking place on Saturday, January 28 from 7-10 p.m. at Sacred Heart Music Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This is all to remember…

Winter Reading Program Kicks Off at Duluth Library

The Programs Encourage Kids to Read More Books

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Public Library’s Cabin Fever Reliever Winter Reading Program kicks off. Children and teens track the amount of time they spend reading, and receive a book when they reach 10 hours. For every 5 hours read, they earn an entry into the prize drawing of their choice. The goal of the program is to encourage kids…

Ice Racing Comes to Duluth

Local Pro Talks Thrilling Sport

DULUTH, Minn. – An extreme ice sport is coming to Duluth! The World Championship ICE Racing Series will be at AMSOIL Arena on Friday, January 20. There will be motorcycles and ATVs racing across the ice on studded tires. The competition kicks off at 7:30 p.m. For more information head to www.icespeedway.com. Categories: Community, Entertainment, News Tags: atv, ice racing,…

Medical History on Display at Karpeles Manuscript Museum

Display to be shown through April

DULUTH, Minn. – Throughout history medical discoveries have changed the lives of thousands. For the next few months, some of these medical miracles will be on display at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Duluth. “This diskette was assembled by Alexander Fleming,” said Museum Director Doris Mulkmus, “this is one of only five disks from his original 1928 experiments.” The diskette…

Registration Opens for Boulder Lake Ski Race

14th Annual Ski & Snowshow Race

BOULDER LAKE, Minn. – An annual race is getting winter sport enthusiasts out on the trails. The Boulder Lake Ski Race hosts competitive Nordic skiers and snowshoers. For the 14th annual event, organizers are doing things a little differently. This year, registrations is opening just a week before the race using a method called “flash” registration. Race Director, Clayton Keim,…

Youth Poets Given Stage to Tell Stories

2017 Be Heard MN Youth Poetry Slam Series

DULUTH, Minn. – Youth throughout Minnesota are sharing their stories through a slam poetry series. Be Heard MN is giving the young artists a platform. This is through TruArtSpeaks as the poets compete with other teens across the country. Through eight poetry slam events, six youth poets will be chosen to compete in San Francisco this summer. This weekend, on…

Beating Cabin Fever with a Disco Party

Coffee Conversation: Renegade Theater Season Kick-off

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend Northlanders can beat their cabin fever by dancing at Zeitgeist Arts. Renegade Theater is celebrating the season kick-off with a disco dance party. Proceeds from this event support the theater company. The fun gets underway at 8:00 p.m. with dancing starting up at 9:30 p.m. Before the dance, there will be a fire, cookies, board…

Girls Youth Hockey Tournament Begins in Duluth

One of the Largest Youth Hockey Tourneys in the Nation

DULUTH, Minn. — Girls hockey is alive in Duluth this weekend – sixty teams from all around the region are here for the “Icebreakers Invitational.” Games began at 11:00am Friday morning; the tournament pits teams from Minnesota, and as far away as Wisconsin, Illinois, and Canada, in a round-robin style tournament. Girls ages 8 to 16 have the opportunity of…

Governor Walker Declares Jan. 13 Green and Gold Day

In anticipation of the Packers playoff game against the Cowboys

Courtesy: Green Bay PackersMADISON – Governor Walker has issued a proclamation declaring today, January 13, 2017, as “Green and Gold Day” throughout Wisconsin in anticipation of the Green Bay Packers playoff game versus the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday, January 15. Walker’s statement: Travel to any state in this great nation, and chances are you’ll find some Green Bay Packers fans,…

Winter Fun on the Snowy Trails

Active Adventures: The Duluth Experience

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Active Adventures FOX 21 hit the snowy trails with The Duluth Experience. Dave Grandmaison, Co-Owner and CEO, took FOX 21’s William Seay snowshoeing for the first time. Grandmaison says they have tours for every season, including snowshoeing, fat tire biking, brewery tours, mountain biking tours and more. For more information on The Duluth Experience…

Bill Would Allow Another 2 Hours of 2018 Super Bowl Drinking

Bars would stay open until 4 a.m. Super Bowl Weekend

ST. PAUL (AP) – Fans attending next year’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis could squeeze in an extra two hours of celebratory drinking. A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers introduction a bill, Thursday, that would allow bars to stay open until 4 a.m. on Super Bowl weekend. Local governments would have to approve the extra hours of sales between February 2-5,…

Essentia Helps Provide New Service at Chester Bowl

Snowboards Are Now Available for Rent at Chester Bowl, Thanks to a Generous Grant

  DULUTH, Minn. – The Chester Bowl Ski Hill in Duluth is now home to a brand new service this season, thanks to a generous grant from the Essentia Health Community Contributions Fund. Fifty new snowboards and seventy-five sets of boots are now available to be rented out for those looking to hit the slopes. The snowboard rental program goes along…

Fairlawn Mansion Offers Flashlight Tours for Friday the 13th

Touring the Mansion in a Different Light

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Friday the 13th is just around the corner and Fairlawn Mansion is ready to celebrate. There will be flashlight tours offered on Friday to see the mansion in a different light. It’s not your typical Fairlawn tour. Guides will talk about ghost stories and superstitions throughout the tour. Additionally, the garden talks offered at Fairlawn mansion will…

No Tipping At The Delta Diner

Customers and Employees Liking The Delta Diner's New Policy

DELTA, Wis. – How much do you tip at a restaurant? 15? Even 20 percent? Well one Wisconsin restaurant says zero tipping necessary. The Delta Diner, recently implemented a new no tipping policy. Although no tipping is far from an industry standard, the decision at the Delta has been popular with both staff and customers. Todd Bucher, owner of the…

Vote Now: Reader’s Best In The Northland Poll

Polls Close at Midnight

DULUTH, Minn. – The “Duluth Reader” is looking for your vote for the 2016 Best of the Northland poll. There are more than 80 categories to vote on. They range from best car dealership, TV station, and dance club to the best kept secret restaurant. “There’s a great new place nobody has ever heard of and they win best kept…

Zero Hour Escape Rooms Unveils “Lake Superior” Themed Challenge

Players take the role of an engineering team trapped aboard a sinking cargo vessel

DULUTH, Minn. – Zero Hour Escape Rooms unveiled a new challenge today called “The Wheelhouse”. Players take the role of an engineering team trapped aboard the sinking “Bill E. Irvin” Lake Superior cargo vessel. The room took about a couple months to build and test out before it was ready for the public to take on. “We thought it would…

The Boat Club Restaurant Opening At Fitgers

New Restaurant Coming To The Fitgers Mall

There’s a new place to eat is coming to the Fitger’s building. The Boat Club restaurant will soon be featured in the basement of the Fitger’s building,  replacing the old Midi restaurant. The new spot will specialize in fresh seafood and steaks, as well as other options. Fitger’s Mall Manager Tami Tanski Sherman says, “The Boat Club is actually not…

Organ Recital Performed Ahead of Major Renovation

Historic Organ to be Refurbished in February

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend historic music will fill Sacred Heart Music Center as an organ recital takes place. On Saturday, January 14, resident organist Rev. Dr. David Tryggestad, Dr. Jason Branham, Director of Music Ministries at First Lutheran Church, and Parker Hinnencamp, one of the organists at First Covenant Church and First United Methodist Church, and a recipient of…

Duluth Offering Free Winter Recreation Fun at Bayfront Park

Free fires, hot chocolate, marshmallow roasting, and outdoor music

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Parks and Recreation division invites the public to experience the best of nature and winter recreation. The Bayfront skating rink is open and reportedly in excellent shape for user 7 days a week, weather permitting. The Bayfront Family Center also provides a place to warm up after skating or to try out any of the…

UMD Theatre Gives Encore Performance in Fundraising Effort

"One River" Heads to Regionals

DULUTH, Minn. – University of Minnesota-Duluth theater students are being recognized for their work. The production “One River,” written and directed by UMD Professor Tom Isbell, has been selected as one of six in the region to be performed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at the Region V Festival in Des Moines, Iowa. The regional competition runs…

Banff Mountain Film Festival Comes To Duluth

Festival Features Over 30 Outdoor-Themed films

DULUTH, Minn. – The Banff Mountain Film Festival world tour came to the DECC this weekend. The touring film festival features over 30 outdoors-themed films about a wide variety of outdoor subjects like climbing, biking, skiing and the environment. This is the 12th year the Duluth Cross Country Ski Club has brought the festival to Duluth. “We enjoy bring this…

Banff Film Festival Visits Duluth This Weekend

Exteme Adventures Featured in Film Festival World Tour

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend the outdoors is coming to the big screen in Duluth. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be at the DECC Symphony Hall January 7-8. The festival features films with extreme outdoor activities, environmental messages, or humor. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner and films begins at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets are…

Northland Woman Sells Products to Keep You Warm

Solutions for those who enjoy outdoor activities in the winter

DULUTH, Minn. – One Northland woman is very busy selling two products that are proven to keep you warmer in these cold winter months. Eve Graves stumbled upon two products when she was trying to solve her own problems with the winter temperatures. As an outdoor winter enthusiast, Grave struggled to stay warm while doing her favorite activities but now,…

Northlanders Do Activities Indoors to Keep Out of the Cold Temperatures

Ways to warm up in the frigid temperatures

DULUTH, Minn. -With the frigid temperatures this week, places like coffee shops have been really busy. Over at Amity Coffee in Duluth, employees have noticed a couple common trends among their customers. Jordan Pykkonen, the Manager at Amity Coffee, said “The first customers don’t come until later and they are staying in longer, I don’t think they want to go…

Bayfront Family Center and Rink Closed Due to Weather

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division is closing the Bayfront Family Center and ice rink located in Bayfront park today, January 4, through Saturday, January 7, due to extreme freezing temperatures and dangerous wind chills. The Parks division anticipates reopening the Family Center and rink on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 1-5 p.m. pending warmer temperatures…

Giants Ridge Adjusts Hours for Cold Weather

Hibbing Alpine Invitation scheduled for Thursday has been postponed

BIWABIK, Minn. – Due to the extremely cold temperatures that have been predicted for Thursday, January 5, Giants Ridge Ski Area will be closed. The Hibbing Alpine Invitation scheduled for Thursday has been postponed until further notice. Hours will be reduced on Friday and Saturday, January 6 and 7, with the ski area closing at 4:30 p.m. Regular hours are…

Hockey Night In Superior Is Wednesday

Kids Are Encouraged To Get Outside And Play At The Outdoor Rinks

Superior, Wis. — It’s time to lace up your skates, get them sharpened and head out to one of the 8 outdoor rinks in Superior. Wednesday, Jan 4th the rinks will be fully staffed with Spartan varsity hockey players, UWS hockey players and staff members of the Superior Amateur Hockey Association.  They’ll be ready to interact with all current players…

Train Timekeepers Featured at Lake Superior Railroad Museum

Northland Uncovered: Railroad Watch History

DULUTH, Minn – Railroad tracks cover thousands of miles throughout Minnesota including routes for freight rail, passenger rail and rail transit. Back in the day, railroad companies helped many industries throughout the area to grow and prosper. The trains are on time at the Duluth Depot thanks to a new exhibit featuring the watches responsible for railroad success. “It allows…

Sledding in the New Year

Kids Enjoy Monster Hill in Cloquet

CLOQUET, Minn. – Many kids…and adults in Cloquet rang in the New Year today by sledding down a monster hill. For some it was the last day before the holiday break ended to get in some winter activities, along with getting away from some of the indoor activities kids enjoy like video games. “I think being outside and enjoying the…

Late Fees Paid for Books Checked Out in 1970s

Calculated using the nickel a day fee form the 70s-era

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) – A Minnesota family has given a Maryland library a check for about $1,550 to cover the late fees for two books that were supposed to have been returned more than 40 years ago. Jon Kramer, of Minneapolis, says he was searching through his deceased parents’ library last month at their vacation cabin on an island in…