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2,000-Plus Saliva Tests Given in First Week of Pilot Program at DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – The first week of COVID-19 testing by saliva in Duluth is complete and thousands showed up. St Louis County confirmed to FOX 21 Monday that 2,374 tests were given out between Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 27. There was no immediate word on how many tests came back positive, but county officials said they were working…

Owner of Duluth Storefront Smashed by SUV: ‘It Could Have Been A Lot Worse’

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department says an SUV crashed into a storefront in downtown Duluth Monday morning. According to police, officers responded to the incident around 7:30 a.m. in the 100 block of West 1st Street. The 53-year-old male driver told police he lost his brakes at the stop sign on 3rd Street while traveling down 2nd Avenue…

MDH Warns Against Large Unsafe Gatherings as State Nears 100,000 COVID-19 Cases

Seven new deaths were also reported Monday, meaning 2,015 Minnesotans have now lost their lives to the virus, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota Department of Health leaders spoke out Monday, as the total COVID-19 cases statewide gets closer to 100,000. After reaching a milestone over the weekend of 2,003,115 tests performed so far, 936 new cases were reported Monday, bringing the total to 97,638 since the pandemic began. Seven new deaths were also reported Monday, meaning 2,015 Minnesotans have now…

SUV Crashes Into Building in Downtown Duluth

1/4 (courtesy: Duluth Police Department) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department says an SUV crashed into a storefront in downtown Duluth Monday morning. According to police, officers responded to the incident around 7:30 a.m. in the 100 block of West…

Council Approves Funds to Re-Open Spirit Mountain This Winter, Tables Lakewalk Extension Talks

The Duluth City Council voted unanimously to fork over $300,000 to Spirit Mountain to help it re-open this coming winter, and tabled a resolution which would cancel work on the Lakewalk by Beacon Pointe.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth City Council voted unanimously to fork over $300,000 to Spirit Mountain to help it re-open this coming winter. Council also tabled another resolution Monday night which proposed leaving some homes and condominiums along the lake disconnected from the main Lakewalk. The $300,000 to Spirit Mountain is to reimburse most of the $340,000 the Mountain spent on…

Bayfield County Public Health Orders 60-Day Restriction on Interscholastic Events

The shutdown begins this Saturday, October 3rd  and ends December 2nd.

WASHBURN, Wis. – Bayfield County Public Health has ordered a restriction on interscholastic competitions and spectator events for 60 days. The shutdown begins this Saturday, October 3rd  and ends December 2nd. According to a press release, the order is intended to prevent communities from taking part in large gatherings in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. For more information,…

DFL Holds Pop-Up Sign Event in Duluth

One leader with the DFL said during election seasons, it's important to roll out the bumper stickers and yard signs to encourage support for both the party and its candidates.

DULUTH, Minn. – The DFL held a pop-up shop selling yard signs showing support for Democratic candidates on London Road in Duluth on Monday. The pop-up shop was started by the DFL to make sure Democratic candidates get visible support from the party. One leader with the DFL said during election seasons, it’s important to roll out the bumper stickers…

Duluth School District Bus Hubs to Hand out Free Breakfasts and Lunches

Buses have now started pulling up to hubs at 6 different locations across Duluth with the breakfasts and lunches pre-packaged so parents can grab them and go.

DULUTH, Minn. – Free bagged breakfasts and lunches are now available to all Duluth school children 18 years of age and younger at schools and select bus hub sites on weekdays. Buses have now started pulling up to hubs at 6 different locations across Duluth with the breakfasts and lunches pre-packaged so parents can grab them and go. These bus…

Free Produce Distributed in Morgan Park in Support of Community Garden

It's all to help combat the issue of lack of access to food in that neighborhood of Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Locally grown fresh produce was distributed to residents of Morgan Park in Duluth on the final night of a six-week program. f NAACP partnered with UMD and the Morgan Park Community Gardens to give out free, fresh produce and get people in the neighborhood excited about home-grown veggies. “It’s free food, can’t really say no to free…

John’s Tiny Workshop Makes Customized Wood Signs

John Bonk makes a variety of wood signs for whatever people desire. 

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – John’s Tiny Workshop, located off of Highway 61 in Two Harbors, has been open for three years but has been in the works for much longer. “My son-in-law had this trailer that he had a hot tub on and we had just taken the hot tub off and moved it into his backyard and he had…

Preparations for Trump’s Arrival in Duluth on Wednesday

This Wednesday, President Donald Trump will be arriving in Duluth at the airplane hangars near Monaco Air for a Make America Great Again campaign stop at 8 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – This Wednesday, President Donald Trump will be arriving in Duluth at the airplane hangars near Monaco Air for a Make America Great Again campaign stop at 8 p.m. The last time the president visited the city was in 2018 and this will be his third stop in Minnesota since August. Leadership at the airport says that having…

Council to Vote on Spirit Mountain Funding

The Duluth City Council is set to vote tonight on a resolution that could give $300,000 to Spirit Mountain to help get it back open for the winter season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council is set to vote tonight on a resolution that could give $300,000 to Spirit Mountain to help get it back open for the winter season. That money would reimburse most of the $340,000 Spirit Mountain spent over the past few years on improvements for its lift system, snowmaking machines and the alpine coaster….

Duluth Council To Vote On Lakewalk Path Extension

The Duluth City Council is also voting tonight on a measure that will impact funding for the lakewalk. However, the city did not inform the Friends of the Lakewalk about this resolution right away, and the organization says they were caught off-guard by the news. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council is also voting tonight on a measure that will impact funding for the lakewalk. The measure supports three things: It would cancel plans to restore the lakewalk bluestone footpath in front of the Ledges development and cancel the construction of a pedestrian-only path in front of the Beacon Pointe Hotel. It would also…

WLSSD Accepting Fall Leaves, Garden Debris to Turn into Compost

Any of your grass clippings, leaves, garden debris and even fresh-cut holiday trees can be dropped off for free and turn into compost to purchase for your gardening next year.

DULUTH, Minn.- As Fall leaves and garden debris pile up in your yard, WLSSD is accepting that yard waste to turn into compost. The drop-off site is on Courtland Street, off I-35 at 27th Avenue West. Any of your grass clippings, leaves, garden debris and even fresh-cut holiday trees can be dropped off for free and turn into compost to…

President Trump Pushes Back Wednesday’s Duluth Rally to 8 P.M.

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) DULUTH, Minn. –  President Donald Trump will now be campaigning a little later in the day Wednesday in Duluth. Doors will open at 5 p.m. at the Duluth International Airport with his “Make America Great Again” speech starting at 8 p.m. People interested in attending are required to pre-register here. You can only register up to two…

US to Ship Millions of Tests in Push to Reopen K-12 Schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce the shipment of millions of rapid coronavirus tests to states this week. He plans to urge governors to use them to reopen schools. An administration official tells the Associated Press the federal government aims to ship 100 million tests to states over the next several weeks. The move to dramatically…

Boat Parade for Trump in Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn.– In the lead up to this year’s presidential election, boat parades have been going on across the country to show their support for President Trump’s reelection campaign. And today, Trump supporters filled the waters of Canal Park to show their support. Boat parade for Trump from little fishing boats to a large tugboat, dozens of watercrafts traveled through…

Court: Separate Locker Room Violated Transgender Boy’s Right

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a suburban school district violated the rights of a transgender student who identified as male when it kept him from using the boys’ locker room. The parents of the boy identified as N.H. sued the Anoka-Hennepin School District last year, claiming the district violated his rights to…

Itasca County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help Locating Missing Man

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 29-year-old Jeremiah Uti. Authorities say Jeremiah was last seen around Pine Landing Drive in the Grand Rapids area on Sunday. He was wearing tan khaki pants, a black shirt, and possibly ‘Vans’ shoes. Jeremiah has tattoos on both arms. He is described as…

Midday Update 9-28-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Have a great day! Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, September 28

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 97,638 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 7 new deaths bringing the death total to 2,015 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 2,003,115 tests have been completed to date. There are 87,330 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,546 patients have required hospitalization…

Update: Victim Identified in Mesaba Avenue Fatal Crash

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has released the name of the female killed in Saturday afternoon’s two-vehicle crash on Mesaba Avenue. Authorities identified the victim as 63-year-old Angela Joyce Wanta. According to reports, officers were dispatched to the area of Mesaba Avenue and 7th Street around 4:30 p.m. Saturday for a two-vehicle crash with injuries. When police arrived…

CDC’s Thanksgiving Guidelines Say Gatherings Should Be Small

PHILADELPHIA – The CDC is continuing to help Americans prepare for adjustments to their holiday plans amid the coronavirus pandemic after releasing their guidelines for safe Thanksgiving celebrations. Similar to their Halloween guidelines, the agency ranked a number of popular Thanksgiving activities by their level of risk. Among the most notable takeaways from the list is the recommendation that gatherings remain small and…

2020 Watch: How Much Do Debates Matter This Year?

NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: Days to the general election: 36 Days to first debate: 1 The race is tightening in some states, but Joe Biden is maintaining a remarkably stable lead over President Donald Trump in most polls five weeks before Election Day. Still,…

‘Lake Superior Roots and Recipes’ Connects Residents with Local Produce, Ideas

Looking For Fresh Produce or Recipe Ideas? Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Assoc. Has You Covered

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite the cancellation of the 2020 Lake Superior Harvest Festival, the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association (LSSFA) has launched a new website called ‘Lake Superior Roots & Recipes,’ featuring recipes, cooking tips, and information about our local food system. Organizer Julie Allen says since the COVID-19 pandemic began, more people are finding themselves preparing meals and eating…

Morning Update 9-28-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Have a great day! Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update, News

New Toppers Pizza, CBD Shop To Open October on Tower Avenue in Superior

Port City Collective opens on Halloween. Toppers is set to open October 19th and they're still hiring. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Two new businesses are opening up during the pandemic in a vacant building in the city of Superior. A new Toppers Pizza and CBD Shop called Port City Collective are opening in October at 1214 Tower Avenue in the heart of downtown. The young business owners of the Toppers also own the Duluth location in the East Hillside…

Customers Enjoy Spirit Room One Last Time Before Temporary Winter Closure

The owner says she simply can't provide a safe space inside the quaint social setting, but this is not a permanent closure. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A crowd of people in Superior gathered for one last hurrah at a popular cocktail bar that’s closing for the colder months due to the pandemic. The Spirit Room is closing for the fall and winter seasons after being in business in the old city hall building on Hammond Avenue for the past six years. The owner says…

Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day Hits Home for Duluth Firefighter Who Lost Father in Line of Duty

Duluth Fire Equipment Operator Dylan Mills remembers his father Captain Robert Mills, while also spreading awareness of the many issues firefighters face.

DULUTH, Minn,- Flags flew at half-staff throughout the state of Minnesota Sunday, ordered by Governor Tim Walz to remember the firefighters across the state who have given their lives to keep the public safe, on Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day. “It’s a day that’s honored every year,” said Duluth Fire Equipment Operator, Dylan Mills. “Just kind of a time of…

Gordy’s Last Day of the 60th Season

You know it's the change of the seasons when Gordy's Hi-Hat in Cloquet serves up its last hamburger on the grill.

CLOQUET, Minn. – You know it’s the change of the seasons when Gordy’s Hi-Hat in Cloquet serves up its last hamburger on the grill. Today marked the end of the 60th season at Gordy’s and this year will go down in the history books during the pandemic. The popular restaurant created a car-hop service to safely serve customers. Cars lined…

Weather Perfect For Fall Colors

After a foggy, rainy weekend, the skies cleared up a bit today with temperatures comfortably in the 60s across the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a foggy, rainy weekend, the skies cleared up a bit today with temperatures comfortably in the 60s across the Northland. People were out enjoying the fall weather and colors at places like Leif Erickson Park in Duluth, including a couple from Minneapolis. “It’s been really nice,” said Michael Rolfe, along with Geraldine Del Rosario, who are…

Businesses Brace For the Colder Weather

Winter is coming and local businesses are planning accordingly to adjust to the cold.

DULUTH, Minn. – While we’ve had a warm fall so far, colder weather is imminent in the Northland. With outside seating, how are local restaurants and breweries accomodating customers during these changes? Winter is coming and local businesses are planning accordingly to adjust to the cold. At Bent Paddle in the Lincoln Park Craft District, the brewery is partnering with…

One Dead, Two Injured in Two Vehicle Crash On Mesaba Avenue

DULUTH, Minn.- One person is dead and two others sustain non-life threatening injuries after a fatal car crash in Duluth Saturday. Duluth police officers were dispatched to the area of Mesaba Ave and 7th St at 4:30 p.m, for a two vehicle crash with injuries, according to a spokesperson with the department. Upon arrival officers learned that an SUV traveling…

UMD Land Lab Celebrates National Public Lands Day

To celebrate National Public Lands Day today, one Duluth research location is providing projects for volunteers to partake in.

DULUTH, Minn. – To celebrate National Public Lands Day today, one Duluth research location is providing projects for volunteers to partake in. The UMD Land Lab located on Riley Road commemorated the special day with projects such as pulling tansies and other invasive species, organic site prep, and planting trees. Leadership says people have reached out to volunteer at the…

Church Hosts “Gyro Saturdays”

Even though the pandemic forced the cancellation of the Taste of Greece festival in Duluth this year, organizers still found a way to bring that Mediterranean taste to the Northland this year.

DULUTH, Minn. – Even though the pandemic forced the cancellation of the Taste of Greece festival in Duluth this year, organizers still found a way to bring that Mediterranean taste to the Northland this year. Twelve Holy Apostles Orthodox Church on East 2nd Street is hosting two “Gyro Saturdays” where they are selling items like gyros, greek salads and baklava….

Twin Ports Virtual Coastal Clean-up Kicks Off

Today's Twin Ports Virtual Coastal Clean-up encouraged people from both Duluth and Superior to spend time cleaning up local waterways.

TWIN PORTS – Being productive while keeping the environment clean. Today’s Twin Ports Virtual Coastal Clean-up encouraged people from both Duluth and Superior to spend time cleaning up local waterways. Both Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Superior Mayor Jim Paine invited residents from both cities to virtually clean up their neighborhoods or favorite waterways in a socially-distanced manner. Participants could…

Visit Duluth Launches Campaign

Visit Duluth recently launched a social media campaign focused on hybrid learning.

DULUTH, Minn. – Visit Duluth recently launched a social media campaign focused on hybrid learning. Locals and visitors can go to a set of different attractions throughout Duluth where they learn a lesson about it. This week’s lesson is Lake Superior and the highlighted attractions are the William A. Irvin and the Vista Fleet. “We want people to come to…

President Trump Nominates Amy Coney Barrett to Fill Late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Seat

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The move on Saturday caps a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation. He also hopes it will provide boost his reelection effort as he looks to fend off Democrat Joe Biden. Republican senators are lining up for a…

Duluth Police Respond to Shots Fired in Lincoln Park Saturday Morning

Authorities say they received reports of shots fired in the area of the 500 Block of 27th Ave W at 7:30 Saturday morning.  

DULUTH, Minn.- According to the Duluth Police Department, officers responded to shots fired in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Saturday — the 30th shooting incident this year, and 20th since July. Authorities say they received reports of shots fired in the area of the 500 Block of 27th Ave W at 7:30 Saturday morning. Upon arrival officers located evidence consistent with…

Carlton County Offering Drive-Thru Flu Vaccinations

CARLTON, Minn.– With the concern of flu season now during the COVID-19 pandemic, Carlton County is offering easy access to influenza vaccinations. The county puts on a flu vaccine clinic every year and while this year’s may look a bit different due to the pandemic, it’s still just as important as ever says county public health officials to get vaccinated….

Duluth City Council to Vote On Proposal Monday to Fund Spirit Mountain Through Winter

The proposal would call for $340,000 from the half-and-half tourism tax to reimburse Spirit Mountain for money they spent on their lift system, snow-making equipment and alpine coaster over 2018, 2019, and 2020.

DULUTH, Minn.- Spirit Mountain could see life this coming winter, if Duluth City Council approves a new proposal to use money from the city’s half-and-half tourism tax to cover operation costs. Heard at an agenda session Thursday, the proposal would call for $340,000 from the half-and-half tourism tax to reimburse Spirit Mountain for money they spent on their lift system,…

St. Louis County Sees Highest Daily Jump in COVID-19 Cases; Many Linked to College Students

Of Friday's 73 new cases, 19 involve college-aged individuals.

DULUTH, Minn.- St. Louis County reported it’s highest jump in COVID-19 cases Friday, and what’s alarming health officials — much of those new cases are college students. On Friday the county reported 73 new confirmed cases; the previous highest jump was 50 just last week. With this spike, there were more cases over one day than there were over the entire…

23rd Veteran Looking for Veteran’s to Join 14-Week Program which Includes Trip to Alaska

Selected veterans will be at the Kilcher Homestead in Homer, Alaska which is featured on the Discovery Channel show Alaska: The Last Frontier.

DULUTH, Minn. – The non-profit veteran support group 23rd Veteran is looking for 12 local vets who have experienced trauma to join a 14-week program next month which kicks off in Alaska. Selected veterans will be at the Kilcher Homestead in Homer, Alaska which is featured on the Discovery Channel show Alaska: The Last Frontier. The first week of the…

Superior Fire Department Gets Donation For New Ladder Truck

The new ladder truck will be in commission for at least 15 years.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Fire Department is receiving a generous donation from Enbridge Energy. Company officials visited the fire department to present them a check for $7,500. This is the first annual donation from Enbridge’s commitment over the next 16 years to help the department lease a new ladder truck. I’ts going to be 100-foot tall and its also…

President Donald Trump Campaigning in Duluth on Wednesday

The president will be delivering remarks at the Duluth International Airport.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) DULUTH, Minn. – The Trump campaign has announced that President Donald Trump will be campaigning on Duluth for a Make America Great Again event on Wednesday, September 25. The president will be delivering remarks at the Duluth International Airport. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the event beings at 5 p.m. People who would like to attend…

Halloween Costumes May Be In Limited Supply In Stores Due To Covid-19

DULUTH, Minn. – If you are on the hunt for your Halloween costumes, this year some of your favorite stores may not have such a large supply. Savers, one of Duluth’s popular locations to find Halloween gear, is only carrying a small selection of costumes and accessories this year. The reason for the change is to help ensure the safety…

Taste of Greece This Weekend

Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church is hosting Taste of Greece this Saturday where they will be serving up Greek food for takeout from noon to 5 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church is hosting Taste of Greece this Saturday along with the next one where they will be serving up Greek food for takeout from noon to 5 p.m. The church, located 632 E 2nd St, will have gyros, big greek salads and pastries including Baklava. “We’re going to be doing everything as…