Environment

Clean Water Advocates Applaud Halt of Key PolyMet Permits For Copper-Nickel Mine

DULUTH, Minn. – Environmentalists and advocates of clean water gathered in Duluth Monday to celebrate the Minnesota Court of Appeals’ ruling to put a halt on two crucial permits for PolyMet’s proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes. Leaders from WaterLegacy, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and even Duluth City Councilor Joel Sipress were among those praising…

Many in Hoyt Lakes Frustrated as Court of Appeals Halts PolyMet Permits

Many in town say after 15 years work, more delay is detrimental to the town.

HOYT LAKES, Minn.- A three judge panel said the Minnesota DNR made a mistake regarding the PolyMet NorthMet project, as the Minnesota Court of Appeals put a halt on two crucial permits. “It feels like a slap in the face, to tell you the truth. It really does,” said Hoyt Lakes Mayor Chris Vreeland. The word on the streets of…

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….

Proposed Solar Garden Could Power Over 100 Homes

Superior Water, Light & Power submitted proposal for 470 kilowatt solar garden.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Solar energy could soon be powering a large portion of homes in Superior. Superior Water, Light & Power submitted a proposal to the Public Service Commission last week for a community solar garden. The proposed site is at the corner of Hammond Avenue and 28th Street beside Heritage Park. At 470 kilowatts, it would be large enough to…

Superior Snow Removal on Hammond a Relief for Local Businesses

Local chiropractor said until now, it has been difficult for clients to get to their building.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Public Works crews in Superior spent their Wednesday clearing large snow and ice banks along Hammond Avenue. Staff at Luke Chiropractic along the busy street said they haven’t seen the tall banks touched since the snowstorm over Thanksgiving. It has been a big obstacle, they said, for handicapped clients or those with injuries. So to have them cleared…

Minnesota Fire Deaths on the Rise, Mostly Smoking-Related

Duluth Fire Officials share with us why, and how to further prevent one from starting.

DULUTH, Minn.- According to the Minnesota State Fire Marshal, 42 people died in fires statewide in 2019, a 14% increase from 2018, preliminary numbers say. The leading cause of these fires is smoking, with at least seven people dying in smoking related fires last year. According to Duluth Fire Department leaders, these fires tend to start outside by people improperly…

Tips to Keep Pipes from Freezing in Subzero Temps

ASP Plumbing shares how to protect your pipes from the cold.

DULUTH, Minn.- As temperatures are expected to drop below zero Tuesday night, pipes in your home are more likely to freeze, causing serious problems with your plumbing. Plumbers at ASP Plumbing say if you have pipes close to an outside wall, you should insulate the wall and around the pipes. Covering the pipes with insulation will trap the cold air,…

Lake Superior Levels High but Dropping This Winter

Experts say levels have dropped, and evaporation is expected to occur.

DULUTH, Minn.- The recent snow and rain the Northland has been getting has put experts on alert, watching Lake Superior lake levels. According to experts at the Minnesota Sea Grant, lake levels have remained about 20 inches above average, but decreased six inches since October. Levels are expected to drop another three inches through this month. Ice cover on the…

Ice Fishing More Like Slush Fishing Now, Hopefully Freezing Soon

Expert says go out next week, but still be careful.

DULUTH, Minn.- The weather and temperature hasn’t been ideal for ice fishing in the Northland, but that is subject to change. The owner of Marine General on London Road said the ice has been pretty slushy until now. He encourages anglers to get out next week when temps are expected to drop, and all that slush is expected to refreeze….

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…

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…

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Offers Smart Salting Tips

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Says 60 Percent of Home and Business Owners Tend to Oversalt

DULUTH, Minn. – With the winter months upon us, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is reminding business and homeowners of smart salting and deicing tips. Officials with MPCA say over 60 percent of residents routinely over salt, resulting in harsh chemicals making way into our area lakes, streams and rivers. According to the MPCA, one teaspoon of deicing agent…

Gloria Dei Warming Center Activated Monday-Wednesday

Guests should arrive no earlier than 8 p.m. each night.

DULUTH, Minn.- With dangerously cold air on the way, a new warming center will be opening tomorrow in Duluth. That center is the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on 6th Avenue East. CHUM will activate it on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Temperatures are expected to drop below 10 degrees those nights, which is the new…

Duluth Youth Strike for Climate Change

Students strike with youth around the world to demand action on Climate Change.

DULUTH, Minn.- Young people in Duluth rallied with youth around the world holding a strike to raise awareness of Climate Change. Students with Duluth Youth Climate Strike posted up in front of City Hall to demand legislative action, and draw attention to the issue. They said it’s important that youth continue to stand up, as climate scientists have said there…

Report: Gray Wolves Adjusting Nicely on Isle Royale National Park

The Findings Released Monday are From Observations of Wolves That Were Recently Relocated to the Lake Superior Park

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) – Scientists say gray wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park are adjusting nicely to their new surroundings and finding plenty of prey. Officials released findings Monday, December 2 from observations of wolves that were captured on the mainland and taken to the Lake Superior park over the past year. They concluded that more than half of…

Winter Storm Brings Down Popular Tettegouche Sea Stack

Photos Provided by Tettegouche State Park Show the Sea Stack Dating Back to 1932

SILVER BAY, Minn. – A popular natural landmark for North Shore photography is no longer. The famed Tettegouche State Park Sea Stack toppled during the recent winter wallop that started blanketing the region with multiple inches of snow on Saturday, November 30. One archived picture provided by Tettegouche State Park is a black and white photo from around 1932, showing…

Travelers Hunkering Down, Cancelling Thanksgiving Plans Due to Storms

Comfort Suites in Canal Park has already received at least 15 cancellations.

DULUTH,Minn.- The effects of the incoming storms are creating cancellations for business in Duluth. Comfort Suites in Canal Park received at least 15 cancellations Monday night for Thanksgiving weekend. But one family isn’t letting the storm stop their holiday plans to get up to the Gunflint Trail–as they’ve been doing for almost 30 years. “We’re gonna ride out the storm…

Ahead of Winter Storms Park Point Gears Up for More Flooding

High wind gusts could push Lake Superior's already high lake levels on to shore.

DULUTH, Minn.- While snow is a big concern for most with the oncoming storms, lakeshore flooding is a whole other story, especially for homeowners on Park Point. Last month’s wicked October storm slammed Canal Park and Park Point homes with Lake Superior’s waves. “I heard stories all up and down on Park Point about that kind of thing,” said Bob…

Multiple Snow Storms Create Holiday Headaches

Breaking Down The Two Major Systems Targeting The Northland, Packing Heavy Snowfall

DULUTH, Minn. —  Two significant snowstorms will make holiday travel dangerous across the Great Lakes and both systems will drop heavy snow across parts of the Northland. A WINTER STORM WARNING in effect until noon Wednesday for St. Louis, Lake, Cook, Carlton, Aitkin, Pine, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Gogebic, Sawyer, Washburn and Burnett counties, where 5-15″ of heavy wet snow…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Downtown Duluth Photo Gallery Celebrates Two Year Anniversary

Tischer Photographic Gallery sells nature images.

DULUTH, Minn.- The photographer at Tischer Photographic Gallery on West Superior Street captures breathtaking scenes of Lake Superior, Gooseberry Falls, or other Northland scenes and turns them into pieces you can hang in your home. “If you come into our gallery and purchase a piece of artwork y’know we make it with our hands right here,” owner and photographer Ryan…

Duluth Council Passes Plastic Bag Fee, Two Councilors Opposed

City has until April to decide enforcement.

DULUTH, Minn.- After discussing the issue of plastic bags for almost four years and  debating the Five Cent Bag Fee ordinance for two months, Duluth City Council has passed the ordinance 6-2, with Councilors Forsman and Van Nett opposed. As per usual with the meetings over the past couple months, many members of the public spoke out on the issue,…

Holiday Pop-Up Gives the Gift of Essential Oils

Participants make colognes and perfumes out of essential oils.

DULUTH, Minn.- A Holiday Pop-up at Clyde Iron Works is focused on making some holiday gifts out of essential oils. The group mixed natural scents like lemon, frankinscense and rose with a base of vodka to make perfumes and colognes. They hoped to provide a healthy alternative to the conventional perfumes and colognes that use toxic ingredients. “People want a…

Wisconsin Hunters Take to the Woods for Deer Opener

Hunters reach milestones with family, meat processors see spikes in business.

POPLAR, Wis.- Hunters across Wisconsin took to the millions of acres of public hunting lands for the firearm deer hunting opener. “It’s one of the best states in the nation for both quality of deer and quantity of deer historically,” said Greg Kessler, Wildlife Biologist with the Wisconsin DNR. It’s that time of year again, and hunters aren’t wasting a…

Shooting For A Big Buck

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Firearms Deer Hunting Season is Underway

NORTHLAND — Minnesota Firearms Deer Hunting season ends on Sunday the 24th, as Wisconsin’s Rifle Season kicks off on Saturday the 23rd and runs until December 1st. Hunters gather from all over and head into the woods to lock and load. But it’s not all about the big buck, it’s also about winding down in the woods and making memories…

DNR: Ten Elk Shot in Wisconsin’s Second Hunt

Hunters Kill Ten Elk in Wisconsin's Second Hunt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin wildlife officials say hunters killed 10 elk in Wisconsin’s second elk season. The Department of Natural Resources set a 10-bull limit for the season, which ran from October 12 to November 10 in Ashland, Bayfield, Price and Sawyer counties. The department says hunters authorized by the state killed five bulls. Ojibwe tribal hunters killed five….

Northland Winter Weather Outlook 2019-2020

The Northland Gears Up for Another Long Winter

DULUTH, Minn. — It’s time for the 2019-2020 Winter Weather Outlook from our Fox 21 Meteorologists! While we’re still a month away from the official start of winter, snow arrives earlier in the Northland and sticks around beyond March!  We’ve already seen big snow events this season with a “Winter Storm Warning” across the Snowbelt with more than a foot…

UMD Undergrad First to Perform Drop Test on Building Material

Test dropped 250 lbs on material from a height of one foot.

DULUTH, Minn.- For the first time at UMD, an undergraduate student measured the resilience of a material using a drop tower test. As part of his Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), senior Tom DeMars dropped 250 lbs on material sent in from a building company, from a height of one foot. It measures how well the material handles under different…

Heavy Lake Effect Snow Benefits

GREAT OUTDOORS: Ironwood Slammed with Over A Foot of Lake Effect Snow

IRONWOOD, Mich. — In this weeks Great Outdoors, Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot takes us to the snowbelt that’s just finishing digging out of their recent lake effect winter storm. Plows and loaders filled the streets of Ironwood on Tuesday, clearing over 14 inches of snowfall that dropped in just 24 hours. Arctic air with temperatures in the single digits…

Duluth Council Tables Plastic Bag Ordinance Again to Hear from Dept. of Revenue

Some councilors want questions about taxability to be answered, others say it's time to vote.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth City Council has once again tabled a plastic bag ordinance that would require businesses to charge customers five center per single-use bag. This time, councilors want to hear back from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, to find out whether or not the fee would need to be taxed. The bag fee has been in front of…

Bucks Beware: Minnesota Firearm Deer Season Begins

Nearly 500,000 hunters expected to bring in about 100,000 deer, according to DNR.

DULUTH, Minn.- Bucks Beware as nearly 500,000 hunters throughout the state are taking to the woods for the start of Firearm Deer Hunting Season. The Minnesota DNR reminds hunters that a deer license purchased after opening day is valid starting the next day after being issued, not the same day. You can register your deer in-person, over the phone, or…

Production Crew Makes a Pit Stop in Duluth, Focused on Renewable Energy

The Production Crew will be Shooting Scenes at Canal Park Brewery for an Upcoming Series to be Released

DULUTH, Minn. – On Tuesday, November 5 at 12:00 p.m., an electric powered road trip will be making a stop in Duluth highlighting inspirational individuals in our community and businesses going above and beyond to become more sustainable with green energy. The What Fuels – electric road trip is happening from October 28 through November 7. The purpose is to…

Minnesota Food Justice Summit Brings Diverse Farmers to Talk Equality

Summit runs Monday through Wednesday at the DECC.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Food Justice Summit packed the DECC with farmers, food buyers, and other members of Minnesota’s food system to focus on making the way Minnesota gets its food equal to all. Summit officials say that due to redlining, or denying services to residents or specific neighborhoods, mostly based on race, has made it hard for black, indigenous,…

Bales of Straw for Beargrease Dog Bedding Stolen

Cost to replace the necessary straw is about $2,000.

DULUTH, Minn.- The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon just experienced a bit of a roadblock putting this race together this year. A regular phone call to the straw supplier turned into a nightmare of a problem as $2,000 worth of straw was stolen right from the farmer’s property. The 200 bales of straw are used at checkpoints along the course…

Northland Tree Services Busy After Storms

Duluth Tree Service says saturated soil can cause trees to fall.

DULUTH, Minn.- Monday’s storm brought high winds, which tore much of the Northland apart and ripped trees from their roots, which crashed onto houses, garages, and cars. The owner of Duluth Tree Service said he experienced call volumes like the peak of the season–at a time when they normally drop. He added that high winds aren’t the only thing that…

Parking Lots, Sidewalks and More Flood on Barker’s Island

Combination of high winds and high lake levels meant unprecedented waves.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The storm affected more than just Duluth. Across the bridge in Superior, a section of Barker’s Island got flooded. Parking lots, sidewalks, and more were drowned in water, along with the big attraction, the SS Meteor. Quite a few people in the area told FOX 21 that the Meteor tried to float away Monday, as Barker’s Island dealt…

Gov. Walz Visits Hibbing on Bonding Tour

Governor hears bonding request from DNR for $9.5 million.

HIBBING, Minn.- On Monday Governor Tim Walz made a stop at the Hibbing Airtanker Base as part of his bonding tour, as the State of Minnesota has over $3 billion in available bonding capacity for 2020-2021. The Governor heard a bonding request form the Minnesota DNR’s Wildire Aviation Divison for $9.5 million to make repairs at the Hibbing Airtanker Base,…

Park Point Homes Experience Worst Flooding Homeowners Have Seen

"I've dealt with hurricanes, never seen anything like this," said one resident.

DULUTH, Minn.- Monday’s storm brought waves that were a spectacle at times, and a hazard at others in Canal Park. But over on Park Point many were seeing water from the bay as a nuisance flooding their homes. “It’s just been a disaster for everybody who lives along the lake,” said Keith McLoughlin, who has lived on Park Point for…

Duluth Council Tables Vote on Five Cent Bag Ordinance

Councilors site unanswered questions in reason to table.

DULUTH, Minn.- The proposed fee on plastic and paper bags in the City of Duluth has been postponed, as the City Council voted to table the ordinance to allow further discussion. The ordinance would apply to all retail establishments, excluding bags used to transport take-out food, bags from pharmacists and bags for produce and meats. Retailers would keep the five…

Bong Center Director to Become Lighthouse Manager

Executive Director of the Bong Center will start part-time as Split Rock Lighthouse Manager November 1st.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors now has a new manager. Hayes Scriven, current Executive Director of the Bong Veterans Center in Superior was named the new manager Thursday. He will be replacing Lee Radzak, who stepped down from the position after 36 years in April. The lighthouse is a big part of Scriven’s life, he even…

Preparing for Bad Weather: Tips and Tricks Walking into the Season’s First Storm

Tips and tricks to stay safe walking into bad Winter-like weather.

DULUTH, Minn.- Fall snow storms and colder weather is nothing Northlanders can’t handle, but it’s important to remember how to stay safe during these seasonal changes. “Every year when we get our first slippery roadway, ice event, we’re busy,” Minnesota State Patrol public information officer Sgt. Neil Dickenson said. Three major things state patrol want drivers to keep in mind…

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…

Enjoy The Multi-Color Vibrant Views Of Fall

GREAT OUTDOORS: Jay Cooke State Park Colorful Fall Foliage Hike, Places To See That Are Less Visisted Within The Park

CARLTON, Minn. — In this week’s Great Outdoors, Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot takes on a hike through the fall foliage of Jay Cooke State Park. “The colors seem to be peaking a little faster than we’ve historically had in the past few years.” explained Assistant Park Manager Ty Gangelhoff. It’s said to be an “un–leaf–able” sight to explore the…

Road Closures: Flash Flooding

Map Of Current Closed Roads

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wisc. – Douglas County Highway Department has CLOSED County HWY W between HWY B & C where it crosses the Nemadji River due to high water over the road. The Township of Summit is also reporting to Emergency Management that the Patzau Foxboro Road is CLOSED due to high standing water. Over 5.5″ of rain fell in these…

Update: One Dead in Lake Superior Water Emergency

Two men rescued, all three were employees of Roen Salvage of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

DULUTH, Minn. – One person is dead and two others are lucky to be alive after their boat capsized into the frigid waters of Lake Superior at the end of Park Point during Monday’s Red Flag warning. According to St. Louis County Undersheriff Dave Phillips, the men were believed to be working in the harbor as part of a dredging…

Just Be-Leaf in Yourself, Hike Through Fall Colors

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Fall Foliage Popping At Jay Cooke State Park

CARLTON, Minn. — Jay Cooke State Park is popping with color this time of year. This state park protects the lower reaches of the St. Louis River and is located about 10 miles southwest of Duluth. It’s one of the ten most visited state parks in Minnesota, with the western half of the park containing part of a rocky, 13-mile…

Mechanic Shops Prepare for Winterization Boom

They advise checking your tires, heater, fluids and battery before the cold sets in.

DULUTH, Minn.- It may be warm now, but winter will be here before you know it. Mechanics at shops like Automedics in Duluth told us people start coming in to winterize their vehicles when the temperatures drop. While testing your heater, and looking at your battery are all things you should do, they said checking your tires is a big…

Duluth Council Packed for 5-Cent Charge Ordinance for Single-Use Bags

Dozens speak in support of the ordinance, no one speaks against.

DULUTH, Minn.- A potential new ordinance in Duluth could mean that for every paper or plastic bag you use from a store, you’re charged an extra five cents. The proposal is got its first read at Monday night’s City Council meeting, with residents sharing how they feel about it during public comments. They could vote on the ordinance at their…

Council Reads Ordinance Charging 5 Cents Per Single-Use Bags

Ordinance is an effort to phase out single-use paper or plastic bags in the City.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluthians are one step closer to being charged five cents for every single-use plastic or paper carryout bag used while shopping. The ordinance gets its first read at City Council Monday night. It would apply to all retail establishments, excluding bags used to transport take-out food, bags from pharmacists, and bags for produce and meats. The retailers would keep…