Health

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…

Duluth Welcomes New Downtown Fitness Center

DULUTH, Minn. – If you want to get your sweat on a new fitness center is now open in Duluth. AP Fitness, located on the 200 block of West Superior Street. A mother-daughter duo is behind the business. They’re hoping to pass their sports and wellness knowledge onto others. Co-owner Paige Stratioti says, “I’m really excited about this because I…

Crow and Loon Deaths Linked to West Nile Virus

While common for crows this time of year, wildlife experts are keeping watch of loons.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota DNR and wildlife experts are on the lookout for birds sick with West Nile Virus. This comes after two recorded deaths of loons in Northeast Minnesota earlier this month, and a handful of crow deaths this past year, all linked to West Nile. Crows and loons are more susceptible to West Nile Virus, as they are…

Plan to Swim or Not to Swim With New Lake Temperature Device in Park Point Beach

New temp and wave monitoring devices help Minnesota Sea Grant scientists get readings to public.

DULUTH, Minn.- New monitoring devices in the waters of Park Point Beach are allowing scientists to tell people how cold or warm the water is before they get to the beach. A temperature sensor and wave sensor were placed in the water last week for scientists with the Minnesota Sea Grant to measure water temperature and assess the possibility of…

‘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…

MDA Holds Muscle Walk for Those Affected by Muscular Diseases

MDA Muscle Walk draws walkers to Leif Erickson Park.

DULUTH, Minn.- Monday night Leif Erickson park was taken over by walkers coming together for a good cause. The Muscular Dystrophy Association held their first muscle walk in Duluth in a couple years. MDA holds muscle walks throughout Minnesota, raising about $250,000 collectively for muscle disease research. Organizers say the walks bring members of the community and those affected by…

Superior Man To Climb Mt. Rainier to Support Pediatric Cancer

Girga will make his trek up Mt. Rainier on August 1st.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Some people may run marathons or travel long distances to help bring awareness to a great cause. But a Superior man is taking it a step further by committing to climb Mt. Rainier in Washington to support childhood cancer. Mt. Rainier stands nearly 15,000 feet high. At the top temperatures can become very cold even in the summer….

Volunteers Remove Harmful Wild Parsnip from West Waterfront Trail

Invasive species can cause burns to skin and fur.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth is asking for your help to rid the area of the invasive species Wild Parsnip. The plant emits a sap that can cause burns on human skin and pets. This is not your run of the mill, vegetable parsnip. It looks like any flower. The Duluth Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, or CISMA, gathered volunteers by the…

MN Adult and Teen Challenge Center Expands with Grant

After purchasing a new apartment building, a grant from Minnesota Power is allowing the center to expand.

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge received a grant from Minnesota Power to help expand its Duluth Hillside location. The addiction treatment facility on East Second Street will now include an old apartment building right next door. The Center purchased the building back in March. A $10,000 grant from Minnesota Power will help them renovate it, to increase the…

Nurses Ask for More Staffing at Essentia Health, St. Luke’s

Minnesota Nurses Association members ask Duluth City Council to talk to the hospitals on their behalf

DULUTH, Minn. – Nurses at Essentia Health and St. Luke’s say the hospitals are not providing enough staffing for them to give patients proper care. This as the facilities are planning major expansions of $800 million and $300 million. According to the Minnesota Nurses Association, Essentia Health employs about 1,200 nurses in Duluth. St. Luke’s employs about 630. Nurses voiced…

Haze from Canadian Fires Moves Out with Wind and Rain

Rainfall clear smoke up, and wind moves it south.

DULUTH, Minn.- Since last weekend, fires in Canada have been burning and sending smoke into the air, which the wind blew into the Northland creating a haze throughout the sky. Officials with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) said the worst of the smoke filtered into the Southern parts of the state. However, it could still be irritable for some…

Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Drunk Boating in Northland

Crackdown is part of Operation Dry Water Campaign.

MINNESOTA-  Safety on the water will be a top priority this weekend. According to authorities, drunk boating is drunk driving. Law enforcement will be increasing patrols on Northland waters as part of their yearly Operation Dry Water campaign. From 2013 to 2017 alcohol was a factor in 26 boating deaths and 46 injuries on Minnesota waters. Meanwhile Wisconsin was the…

Man Dies of Natural Causes in Lake Vermillion

St. Louis County is investigating the incident.

ELY, Minn.- A man is pronounced dead Tuesday after trying to get back on his watercraft on Lake Vermillion, about 30 miles west of Ely. A resident saw 58-year-old Darrell Pfannenstein of St. Joseph struggling to get back on his jet ski in shallow water. The resident offered help but Pfannenstein declined. Later he was seen walking towards shore and…

All About Rhubarb at Rhubarb Festival

Fundraiser benefits CHUM Food Shelf

DULUTH, Minn.- You know summer is here when it’s time for the Annual Rhubarb Festival. Benefiting the CHUM Food Shelf, the 15th Annual Rhubarb Festival took over part of London Road with Rhubarb Pie, Rhubarb Lemonade, and Rhubarb Bratwurst, and more Rhubarb. The festival raises about $60,000-$70,000 for CHUM each year. This year’s goal was to raise more than $75,000….

Athletes With Disabilities Change Endurance Sports For The Better

Inclusion in Marathons for Special Needs Kids and Duo Young Racers

DULUTH, Minn. —  Grandma’s marathon may be over for 2019 but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to hit the pavement running! In this week’s Great Outdoors Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot introduces us to a duo team from Wisconsin who’s story is a little bit different from the rest. When it comes to race day some of the runners are…

Phase I of Improvements Done at Duluth’s Riverside Park

Ribbon cutting held with Parks and Rec and community members.

DULUTH, Minn.- Members of Duluth’s Riverside community came out to an unveiling of a newly renovated Riverside Park Tuesday. It’s the first phase of improvements to parks along the St. Louis River Corridor. Riverside is one of the 13 parks along the Corridor selected in the 2016 council-approved mini-master plan. The St. Louis River Corridor Initiative hopes to improve trails and…

Duluth Psychiatrist Offering Magnetic TMS Treatment for Depression & OCD

Dr. Eric Johnson says the treatment can help patients who have not responded to medications

DULUTH, Minn. – An in-home clinic in Duluth is now offering a magnetic procedure called TMS for treatment-resistant depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. During treatment at Duluth TMS, patients sit in a chair and fasten a helmet-like device to their head. Then, 2,000 magnetic stimulations are given to their brain over a twenty minute span. According to Dr. Eric Johnson,…

Nutritional Education Class For Teens

Teens were taught proper cooking tips during a class Monday

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Better self preservation is on the mind of FoodWIse educators this week as teens are taught proper cooking tips during a unique class in Superior. During the event, students learn a variety of important skills including the important of hand and food washing. Students are also learning the basics of the program ‘MyPlate’ which gives kids a better…

Essentia Health Gives Families ‘Passport’ to Healthy Summer

'Passport to Adventure' event brings out community and law enforcement to celebrate health.

DULUTH, Minn.- Making summer fun, and healthy, was the goal at “Passport to Adventure” at Essentia Duluth Heritage Sports Center. Essentia Health brought together law enforcement, emergency services, and families to celebrate healthy eating and activities. Families could get tours of ambulances and firetrucks, ride mountain bikes, and eat a healthy dinner to get them excited about having a healthy…

Medical Tents Aid Runners at Grandma’s

Marathons require athletes to push their minds and bodies to the limit. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Marathons require athletes to push their minds and bodies to the limit. Five medical tents throughout the course along with first aid stations at every mile marker were available along the route to make sure runners got to the finish safely. “We have 400 medical volunteers total. It’s a team of physical therapists, athletic trainers, nurses and…

Maternity Home Hopes to Help Homeless Mothers

Star of the North Maternity House holds Grand Opening.

DULUTH, Minn.-Affordable housing is hard to find for many in the Northland, but one organization is hoping to change that for the city’s new and soon –to—be moms. Together for Life Northland held the grand opening of their Star of the North Maternity Home, on the upper floor of the Morning Star Women and Birthing Center on East Superior Street….

Rip Current Warning on Park Point Beaches

Fire Department warns against swimming.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Fire Department is warning the public that it’s too dangerous to swim at park point beaches because of rip currents in Lake Superior. The rip currents extend as far as 100 yards offshore, and there aren’t any lifeguards at the beaches. There are red flags up at the 12th st beach, Lafayette Square, and the Park…

Wisdom Center for Change Offers Acupuncture, Reiki Healing & More

Formally Known As 'Rooted Folks Center for Evolution'

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this weeks Active Adventures we are slowing things down and healing ourselves from the inside and out. Twin sisters in the Twin Ports can help with injuries both physically and mentally, using alternative & holistic health. Formally known as Rooted Folks Center for Evolution,  they have now re-branded and changed their name to Wisdom Center for…

Cancer Survivors Celebrated in Duluth

Miller Dwan Foundation and Essentia Health hosted third annual event at Clyde Iron Works

DULUTH, Minn. – June is national cancer survivorship month. The Miller Dwan Foundation says a patient isn’t a cancer survivor only if they beat the disease. They are already survivors the moment they are diagnosed with it as they begin the difficult battle to fight for their lives. A celebration at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth honored recently diagnosed cancer…

Walk to Support Huntington’s Disease Saturday in Duluth

The Duluth Team Hope Walk is Happening Saturday, June 15 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Leif Erikson Park

DULUTH, Minn. – Fewer than 200,000 cases are diagnosed every year, yet Huntington’s Disease proves to be an ongoing battle in the lives of many folks. On Saturday, June 15, you’re invited to help raise awareness for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. HDSA’s Minnesota Chapter is having the Duluth Minnesota Team Hope Walk Saturday June 15 from 8:00 a.m….

Cancer Patients, Survivors Encouraged to Attend Essentia Celebration

The Survivors Celebration is Happening Wednesday, June 12 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Miller-Dwan Foundation is hosting their 4th annual Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center Survivorship Celebration for cancer survivors and their families Wednesday, June 12. The event is set to take place from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth. Folks are encouraged to attend and enjoy live music, square dancing, food, and fun for…

Lifeguards Finish Training at Duluth YMCA

Final training session held for lifeguards to work on Park Point and at Camp Miller.

DULUTH, Minn.- Summer is almost here, bringing swimmers out to pools and beaches throughout the Northland. As they bring out their floats and bathing suits, Lifeguards are dusting off their skills, and rescue tubes, some for the first time. Only four bodies occupy the pool at the Duluth Area Family YMCA on Sunday. They take turns jumping in, grabbing another…

‘Cornholing’ MS at the Other Place Bar and Grill

Bar holds Cornhole Tournament to fight Multiple Sclerosis.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Other Place Bar and Grill in Duluth invited people to take to the boards to “cornhole” MS, or multiple sclerosis. According to organizers with Right BikeMS, the game of beanbags and boards was perfect for the whole family. “I was trying to find an event that we could get kids and parents all doing the same thing,”…

Fishing for a Cure for ALS

24th Annual Kolar Toyota ALS Fishing Tournament brings 300 anglers to Island Lake.

DULUTH, Minn.- Dozens of boats dot the water of Island Lake. They come in from a long day of fishing, and move out of the dock to make room for the boat to weigh what they caught. “Today we have 300 anglers out here fishing for bass, fishing for walleye, they’re out here trying to get the big one, get…

Narcan or Not? Law Enforcement Agencies Vary on Approach to Overdoses

While Donations and Grants Make Narcan Easily Accessible For Police, Some Choose Not to Use It

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The number of people dying from opioid overdose in the Northland is not slowing down. Five people died in the Duluth area in January alone, and across the bridge in Superior overdose calls are becoming more frequent – and often police officers are the first ones on scene. Now, even the smaller law enforcement agencies are now faced…

Food Allergy Walk to Raise Awareness in Duluth

The Walk is Happening Saturday, June 1

DULUTH, Minn. – The national organization, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is hosting a local Hometown Heroes Walk in Duluth Saturday, June 1. The event aims to raise critical funds to address the food allergy epidemic. Event organizer Emily Homan says the goal is not only to raise awareness, but also to celebrate families, educators, health professionals, emergency responders,…

Barking Biking and Walking through Canal Park

Zeitgeist holds Bike Bark Walk through Canal Park.

DULUTH, Minn.- On Wednesday Duluth families and their four-legged friends enjoyed the nice weather by taking a long walk along the lake. The Bark Bike Walk took the group to 12th street beach from Endion Station. It’s part of Zeitgeist Community’s Duluth Superior Bus Bike Walk Month, to celebrate people-powered modes of transportation. “Sometimes it’s hard to forget that some…

A Workout Fit for the Troops at Aerial Athletics

Annual Memorial Day Murph held.

DULUTH, Minn.- As many break out their grills and picnic tables this Memorial Day Weekend, fitness fanatics at Aerial Athletics honored Memorial Day in a different way: with an intense workout. The dripping sweat and the grunts of intensity feel more like a boot camp than a Memorial Day event. “Do something that’s maybe a little more important than an…

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Barbecue Diet

With Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, Millions of Americans will be Sparking up the Grill to Kick off the Summer Season

DULUTH, Minn. – Memorial Day weekend means it’s time to honor those we’ve lost, while also enjoying a barbecue and some time in the sun. Mary Cherne, Clinical Dietitian at St. Luke’s, stopped by FOX 21 Local News Friday ahead of the Memorial Day weekend to chat about healthier food choices to enjoy at your backyard feast. Cherne suggests choosing…

$800 Million Essentia Health Expansion to Begin This Fall

New renderings and details about the 340 foot tall facility are now available

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health’s new $800 million health care facility in Downtown Duluth is closer to breaking ground this fall with demolition beginning as early as September. During the construction of the 340-foot-tall facility, both East First Street and Fourth Avenue East will be closed for nearly two years. New Renderings show details of what’s being called the “Vision…

SPECIAL REPORT: Body Camera Video Shows Lives Saved By Narcan

Superior Police have Adminstered the Opioid-Reversal Drug More than 50 Times Since 2016

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – As Superior Police Officers continue to respond to several opioid overdose calls each month, we’re getting a closer look at the reality behind the opioid crisis. In a FOX 21 exclusive, Superior Police released body camera video of officers using Narcan to save the lives of people overdosing on opioids. In the two videos released, officers respond…

NAMI Holds Fundraiser at Superior Culver’s

Fundraiser raised money for programming.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Douglas County chapter of NAMI, also known as the National Alliance on Mental Illness held a fundraiser at a local fast food chain on Monday. The Culver’s on Second Street in Superior donated a portion of today’s profits to NAMI. Plenty of people came out to support, including law enforcement, local officials, and members of the community. Organizers…

Race Day Tips For Le Grand Du Nord Gravel Bike Race

Grand Marais Hosts Heck of the North Productions, "Le Grand Du Nord" 100, 58 and 20 Mile Gravel Bike Race

GRAND MARAIS, Minn – Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot has been training hard the past few months for the Le Grand Du Nord gravel bike race taking place in Grand Marias, Minnesota on Saturday May, 25th. With just a week left until the big race, we met up with the Le Grand Du Nord organizer Jeremy Kershaw for some last minute…

Kids Practice Reading with Canines at West Duluth Public Library

Organizers say it's a good way for kids with reading trouble to practice.

DULUTH, Minn.- It was a perfect Wednesday afternoon for being inside reading at the West Duluth Branch Library. Kids got a chance to practice their reading skills out loud to a very relaxed listener – a licensed therapy dog, named Moe. “Some are a little bit reluctant reading and often feel judged by human audiences and a dog is a…

Living Well with Diabetes Workshop Offered in Duluth

The Six-Week Class is Offered Every Monday at Blue Cross Blue Shield Retail Center in Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Managing a serious health condition can not only take a physical toll, but a mental and emotional toll as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in ten adults have diabetes. That rate rises to one in three for adults with pre-diabetes. These conditions can be managed with proven, simple lifestyle changes. If you or a…

Punch & Kick Your Way to Happiness & Health with Kickboxing in the Northland!

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: 9Round Kickboxing 30-Minute Intense Workout

DULUTH, Minn. — Life stressing you out? Does the cooler weather make you upset? Then it’s time to PUNCH IT OUT at Duluth’s 9 Round kickboxing program in this week’s Active Adventures with Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot! 9Round is a kickboxing themed fitness program that incorporates a functional, interval, cardiovascular and circuit training regimens. The program consists of a proprietary…

UMD Public Health Students Showcase This Year’s Projects

Students proud to show off their hard work.

DULUTH, Minn.- Public Health students at UMD showed off projects they’ve been working on throughout the year. The 2019 student showcase featured campaigns and projects focused on Health and Wellness in and around the University. Presentation topics included ways teachers can prevent burning out from stress. “We all work so hard throughout the semester and we need a chance to celebrate…

FOX 21 Partnering with Memorial Blood Centers to Host Blood Drive for Bennett

The Blood Drive for Bennett is Happening Saturday, May 4 at the FOX 21 Studios on London Road in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Every day, patients at local hospitals rely on donated blood, but blood doesn’t last forever which is why FOX 21 Local News is partnering with Memorial Blood Centers to host a blood drive Saturday, May 4 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Bennett Young, a normally cheerful, sweet 21-month-old boy developed unusual bruising on his leg. He…

Great Outdoors: Women in Duluth Take a Hike

Women Hike Duluth unite women to get active.

DULUTH, Minn.- As the weather warms up, trails fill up with hikers and walkers. Women Hike Duluth is a group making sure Northland women can get out, get active, and stay safe. “People stopped us on the trail and asked us what we were marching for, it looked more like a women’s march than a women’s hike,” said the group’s…

Superior YMCA Helps Make Healthy Kids for a Healthy Summer

Healthy Kids Day event held.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- With summer just a few months away, the Superior YMCA helped kids get a healthy head start. They hosted Healthy Kids Day on Sunday. Families could come and enjoy free swimming, bouncy houses, healthy snacks, and more to prepare for a fit summer. “To encourage families and kids to come out and be healthy and create healthy habits…

Runners and Walkers Take to the Streets for Fitger’s 5K

Over two thousand competed in the 30th Annual Race.

DULUTH, Minn.- For the 30th year, runners and walkers took over the streets of Duluth to complete the Fitger’s 5K Run and Walk, benefitting the Young Athletes Foundation. The chilly race warms athletes up to run 26 miles at Grandma’s Marathon in June. The airhorn sends off the first wave of runners, who take-off like a stampede. Runners of all…

Remembering The Role The Weather Played In The Husky Superior Refinery Explosion

Evacuation Area Quickly Spread South From Strong Winds

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Many of us will never forget the fear and nervousness as the evacuation zone continued to grow last year on April 26th Husky Refinery explosion. The National Weather Service in Duluth and Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot closely forecasted the winds strength and direction that quickly carried the thick, possibly toxic, heavy black smoke southward. Winds were…

Young Girl’s Wish Granted at Lake Superior Zoo

Make-a-Wish Foundation surprises girl with trip to San Diego Zoo.

DULUTH, Minn.- Sometimes, a trip to the zoo is all you need to have a good day. On Sunday, Lake Superior Zoo donated some space, and time with animals to help make it a very special day for one girl who’s battled cancer twice. “A Lizard!” “Oohs” and “aahhs” are a normal sound at the Zoo. But today is no ordinary…

Zilch to 5k Class

Active Adventures: A Truly Beginner Walking & Running Class in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are joining a truly beginner fitness class. This is for people who don’t work out and also for those who need to move after injuries, surgeries, replacements, illnesses and more. This is a class for those who enjoy moving slowly, while learning about pacing, form, nutrition, hydration, ball, theraband, stretching, proper…