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Fans Get Photo Opportunity with National Championship Trophies

The Bulldogs will look to repeat as champs when they start their season on Oct. 6.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hockey season is quickly approaching, but many fans are still celebrating UMD’s national championship from April. The 2018 and 2011 UMD men’s hockey national championship trophies appeared at JC Penney at the mall today, and fans could take pictures with them, meet Champ the Bulldog, celebrate the recent success and get pumped for what they hope to…

“Walk a Mile” Raises Money for People with Disabilities

The event was put on by UDAC, which is an organization that helps and works with people with all types of disabilities.

DULUTH, Minn. – Community members, volunteers, UMD students and more joined together at the Malosky Stadium Saturday morning to walk a mile and raise money for UDAC, which works with and helps people with disabilities. “We are raising money this year for accessible transportation which is wheelchair transportation with people with disabilities,” UDAC executive director Karen Herman said. The money raised…

Reusable Bags Collected for CHUM Food Shelf

'Bag It Duluth' organization aims to move the organization away from using plastics

DULUTH, Minn. – The organization ‘Bag It Duluth’ held a reusable bag donation drive at the Great Lakes Aquarium. The bags are being collected for the CHUM food shelf so they can move away from plastic and spend less money on containers. The event also had a screening of the film “Bag It” which calls attention to the way plastic…

‘McDougall’s Dream’ Fundraiser for McDougall’s Dream Boat

SS Meteor Fundraiser Held at Bong Veterans Historical Center

SUPERIOR, Wis.-While Duluth said goodbye to one ship, Superior celebrated another. Superior Public Museums hosted their annual fundraiser for the maintenance of the SS Meteor at the Bong Veterans Historical Center. Around 40–50 people showed up from Superior and across the country. Organizers say, the last remaining whale-back ship and Superior go way back. “Superior in the time, and still…

So Long, William A. Irvin

Duluth Skyline Missing Key Part

DULUTH, Minn.- The news is in, the William A. Irvin safely ended its journey at Fraser Shipyards in Superior at 4 am Saturday morning, after setting out the night before. In the chill of Friday night, this longtime resident of Duluth left its home, like many of us do, to sort things out. The move came a couple hours behind…

Early Voting Now Open in Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn.-It’s less than 50 days away from the election and if you’re an absentee Minnesota voter you can cast your ballot right now. Early voting is now open for the November election. Local officials told us if you’re going to be out of town or unable to go to the polls early voting in Minnesota is now easier than ever…

Robots Take Over Peace Day at DECC

Duluth Sister Cities International Holds Celebration of International Peace Day

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Sister Cities International took their intercultural interaction to the DECC on Friday, to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The program included remarks from former Duluth mayor Gary Doty and a demonstration from Duluth East Daredevils Robotics. This past year the robotics team partnered with Duluth’s Swedish sister city, Vaxjo, to create their first ever robotics competition team….

Irvin Leaves, Leaving Empty Space In Duluth

Crowds Gather To Say Goodbye to Symbol of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- A longstanding staple of Duluth is leaving home for the first time in 30 years. The William A. Irvin is getting some cleaning and some work done at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. Crews began moving the ship at about 10:30 Friday night. This came after an hour and a half delay from the time they projected, due to…

Changes to the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

The Beargrease Beer and Bacon Bash kicks-off the 2019 season on Saturday, at the South St. Louis County Fair Grounds.

DULUTH, Minn.- The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is changing up the course this year. The Beargrease is one of the first sled dog races of the season and organizers tell us there’s typically not too much snow then which makes it hard on the mushers and dogs. The full course used to be around 400 miles, this year it’s knocked…

Birds Flying High for Hawk Festival Weekend

The event serves as a showcase for one of the country's best places to watch the birds leave the area at Hawk Ridge.

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual Hawk Weekend Festival kicked off to celebrate fall bird migration. The event serves as a showcase for one of the country’s best places to watch the birds leave the area at Hawk Ridge. Events continue through Sunday and include programs such as field trips and even a dinner cruise. “We’ve only been here about half…

Hinckley Holds Ceremony on National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Sept. 21 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

HINCKLEY, Minn.- Many times you don’t hear enough about prisoners of war (POW) or those men and women who are missing in action (MIA). So they received some special recognition in Hinckley. President Donald Trump proclaimed Sept. 21 National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Up until now it wasn’t recognized in the state of Minnesota. Veterans, elected officials and several others gathered…

U-Haul Business Celebrates Grand Opening

U–Haul currently has storage units available for rent

SUPERIOR, Wis.-A new U–Haul facility is celebrating its opening in Superior. The business held it’s grand opening on Friday morning.  U–haul rents moving trucks and equipment as well as heat controlled storage units, which owners tell us are necessary with the Twin Ports weather. “In the winter it’s just like in your home when you’re storing your goods it’s 70…

Irvin Expected to Move Tonight

The Move Will Take About Five Hours

DULUTH, Minn. – The William A. Irvin is expected to make its move tonight out of the Minnesota Slip as long as weather permits. After multiple delays city officials say the move could happen by 8:00 p.m., but wind conditions could halt the move yet again. Officials say wind speeds need to stay below six miles per hour for a…

Officials Prepare to Relocate Wolves to Isle Royale Park

The Animals Will be Fitted With Tracking Collars

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – Officials are preparing to relocate six to eight mainland wolves to Isle Royale National Park, a first step toward rebuilding a depleted population of the predators that help keep the Lake Superior island’s ecology in balance. Superintendent Phyllis Green says federal, state and tribal specialists plan to trap the gray wolves in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula…

Hawk Weekend Festival Kicks off Today

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual Hawk Weekend Festival kicked off today to celebrate fall bird migration. The event serves as a showcase for one of the country’s best places to watch the birds leave the area at Hawk Ridge. Events continue through Sunday and include programs such as field trips, hikes and even a dinner cruise. To register for the…

Changes in Place for 2019 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

The Race Will Start at Billy's Bar in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon officials announced on Friday there will be upcoming changes to the 2019 races including making the race shorter, as the main race will now end in Grand Portage instead of Duluth. Marathon officials say they made the tough decision to shorten the 2019 full marathon to 300 miles. “The reality is that…

NEW Tai Chi Class Offered in the Twin Ports!

Find Your Inner Chi, Relieve Stress, Workout & Learn Self Defense In This Week's Active Adventures

DULUTH, Minn. — Active Adventures: Tai Chi Join Lake Superior Tai Chi instructor Richard and his class as Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot tries out the ancient Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. Tai Chi requires very little space, no bending or stretching and no special clothing. It also does not require a particular…

Pulled Pork & Line Dancing With Texas Roadhouse

Cooking Connection: Learn The Legendary Way To Cook Pulled Pork With Texas Roadhouse & Fox 21's Brittney Merlot

DULUTH, Minn. — Cooking Connection: Texas Roadhouse Pulled Pork & Line Dancing with Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot! RECIPE: Tender, slow-cooked pork covered in signature BBQ sauce and served with toasted Fresh-Baked Bread. Served with your choice of two sides. LOCATION: 902 Mall Dr, Duluth, MN 55811 HOURS: M-Th 4-10pm, F-Sun 11am-11pm PHONE NUMBER/CALL AHEAD SEATING: (218) 624-7427 PROMO CODE:…

Early Voting Begins as Midterms Season Enters Final Phase

In-Person Voting Begins Friday

(AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Much of the political world is consumed with a battle over a Supreme Court nominee, an expanding trade war and President Donald Trump’s social media posts. But on the ground in Minnesota, the first votes of the 2018 midterm elections are being cast. While Election Day is technically Nov. 6, Minnesota law allows in-person voting…

Gov. Mark Dayton to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Nashwauk

DULUTH, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton along with DNR Commissioner Tom Lanwehr and IRRRB Commissioner Mark Phillips will be holding a town hall meeting on Monday to discuss the Nashwauk mining and pellet plant project. Gov. Dayton’s office announced on Thursday that Mesabi Metallics CEO will also participate in town hall meeting and will discuss the company’s plans for the…

Severe Storms Cause Damage in Several Minnesota Communities

There Were no Reported Injuries

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Health Officials Pushing to Increase Legal Age to Purchase Tobacco

Tobacco 21 is being led by the American Lung Association.

DULUTH, Minn.- The FDA is calling youth smoking an epidemic and a push to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 is coming through Duluth and Hermantown. Tobacco 21 is being led by the American Lung Association. Organizers tell us tightening the age restriction would make a positive impact. The menthol ban as just a big step to…

U.S. Senate Candidate Newberger Visits Northland

Newberger is running against Senator Amy Klobuchar in the upcoming November election.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Minnesota Republican candidate for the United States Senate, Jim Newberger, stopped in the Northland Thursday. The luncheon was in Hermantown at Real Closet Inc.  Newberger tells us he’s a huge supporter of mines. During this visit, the candidate is touring Cirrus and welding facilities. “Those jobs that are here are important, and it’s a priority that we protect…

Fun with Flannels at Duluth Pack

Store Holds First Annual Flannel Fest

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Pack went full lumberjack Thursday night, hosting their first ever Flannel Fest. Hoops Brewing collaborated with Duluth Pack for the event. They gave samples of a brew made special for the occasion: the 1882 Lager. 1882 was the year Duluth Pack was founded. Even some pets got their flannel on, enjoying this cultural garb. “Flannels are a big…

Raleigh Academy Block Party Moved Fun Indoors

Annual Block Party Held in Celebration of National Award

DULUTH, Minn.- West Duluth kids were having a blast at Duluth Edison Raleigh Academy on Thursday. The Academy hosted their annual block party, and the rain didn’t stop ’em, as they moved the party inside the school. It was all run by teachers, volunteering their extra time outside of the school day. But they say it’s all worth it to…

Superior Swingin’ Seniors

Senior Connections Hosts First Annual Senior Prom

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Seniors got all dressed up to go to the Prom at UWS on Thursday. But they might not be the seniors you’re expecting. Senior Prom at a University sounds like a rambunctious event for college seniors. But this prom, while equally rambunctious, was all about Senior Citizens. The hoppin’ band and clinking glasses take you back to a…

Light It Up Marquee Fundraiser Hopes to Get West Theater Back on Track

Bob Boone says the redevelopment of the theater will build a sense of community.

DULUTH, Minn. – Work has been underway for years to restore the West Theater in Duluth, but after hitting a few snags the project is over budget. A fundraiser was held to help get the project back on track. Bob Boone of the Duluth Reader is sphere–heading the redevelopment project and he managed a movie theater years ago in Superior. Right now…

Virginia Chili Cook-off Raises Money for St. Michael’s Foundation

34 different chilis competed in three divisions for the title of best on the Iron Range

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The 9th Annual St. Michael’s Foundation Chili Cook-off was Thursday in Virginia. The Miner’s Memorial Building was filled with hundreds of people tasting thirty-four different chilis made by cooks competing in three divisions for the title of “best on the Iron Range.” “This is the range’s biggest gas because with all the chili and beans, of course…

Urban Search and Rescue Team Coming to the Iron Range

Virginia Fire Department got a grant to pay for training and equipment for the team

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Virginia Fire Department has received a federal grant of more than $700,000 to get urban search and rescue training and equipment. The group based in Virginia will be the only team with that training in Minnesota outside of the Twin Cities metro area. Urban search and rescue includes situations like building collapses, trench collapses, and confined…

Maurices Employees Lend a Helping Hand in the Community

They call it "Our Best Day Ever"

DULUTH, Minn.- Maurices employees are taking a break from the office on Thursday and rolling up their sleeves to work for the community. They call it “Our Best Day Ever” the company spreads out in the city volunteering with more than 20 non–profits. We stopped by the care package assembly at the Maurices headquarters. Workers are teaming up with Blue Star…

Duluth Folk School Welcomes New Coffee Roaster and Cafe to Open this Fall

Almanac Coffee is a part of the Duluth Folk School, set to open for business Fall 2018.

DULUTH, Minn.- Another new business is making their debut in the Lincoln Park Craft District. Almanac coffee will be West Duluth’s newest micro-roastery, just one of many businesses to live in the renovated Duluth Folk School. Almanac’s specialty grade coffees will be distributed to local partners like Dovetail, the cafe also set to open in the folk school. Owner Russell…

Police Arrest 15-Year-old boy in Accidental bus Shooting

The boy was Showing the gun to Others When it Went off

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Madison police have arrested a 15-year-old boy suspected of accidentally shooting two teenagers on a city bus near a high school. Police arrested the teen at his home Thursday. Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain tells the Wisconsin State Journal the boy’s family had been in contact with police and that he surrendered when police showed up….

Judge Orders State to Cover Transition Surgery

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal judge has ordered the state of Wisconsin and its insurers to pay for transgender transition surgery for its employees. U.S. District Judge William Conley says there’s no legal reason to exclude medically necessary care for the employees. University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student Alina Boyden and UW School of Medicine researcher Shannon Andrews filed a…

‘Multiple Victims’ Reported in Maryland Shooting

Active Shooter Situation Reported

PERRYMAN, Md. (AP) — Authorities say multiple people have been shot in northeast Maryland in what the FBI is describing as an “active shooter situation.” The Harford County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that there was a shooting Thursday morning in the Perryman area that involves “multiple victims.” They warn that the situation is still fluid and ask people to avoid the…

Minnesota Supreme Court Clears Release of Serial Rapist

Human Services Commissioner Opposed Release 'out of Deep Concern for Public Safety'

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Supreme Court has cleared the way for the release of a convicted serial rapist. The court Tuesday declined to review a petition by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to review the case of Thomas Duvall. In July, the state Court of Appeals ruled Duvall should be allowed to be released into the…

Wetterling Family Expresses Condolences Before Files Release

Jacob's Parents Fought to Keep Some Documents Private

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) – The family of Jacob Wetterling is expressing condolences before investigative files on the 1989 abduction and killing of their son are released. The Wetterling family issued a statement Wednesday saying, “Our hearts are hurt for anyone who is pained or hurt from the release of this file.” Stearns County authorities plan to release their investigative…

Veterans Say Thanks, Voice Opinions about VA

Town Hall Style Meeting Held at Twin Ports VA Clinic

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Veterans in Superior got a chance to say thank you and voice their concerns about the VA program at a town hall style meeting at the Twin Ports Outpatient VA Clinic today. This is the 23rd monthly community meeting held since 2014. Where officials say their primary concern is hearing from the men and women who served. “It’s always…

Residents, City at a Crossroads over Glenwood Street

Community Meeting at Lester Park Elementary Abuzz with Concerns

DULUTH, Minn.-Lester Park Elementary School was alive after school hours Wednesday. A meeting was held between the city and community members to address traffic concerns with Glenwood street intersecting with Jean Duluth and Snively roads. It appears after numerous speeding tickets, accidents, and even a fatality at that intersection, community members and the city both say enough is enough, but…

Mission Creek Updates from MnDOT

Community Members Voice Concerns at Meeting

DULUTH, Minn.- 387. That was the magic number from the Minnesota Department of Transportation to the community. They say it will take 387 days to finish burial recovery at the grave site unearthed by Mission Creek Bridge Construction. It is the first time they have had a measurable timeline for the project. After burial recovery, crews move to cemetery restoration,…

St. Louis County Employee Files Complaint, Wants Investigation on Commissioner Pete Stauber

Dennis Frazier believes Stauber is using his platform as a county commissioner to run for higher office.

DULUTH, Minn.  – A 30–year employee with St. Louis County is calling for an investigation into Commissioner Pete Stauber who is running for the 8th Congressional race on the republican side. Dennis Frazier believes Stauber is using his platform as a county commissioner to run for higher office. One example, Frazier says happened at an opioid round table in August where Stauber identified himself as a 8th District Congressional candidate….

Stella Maris Academy Receives Million Dollar Gift from Duluth Native

The mission at Stella Maris Academy is to teach students to lead, love and serve.

DULUTH, Minn. -The staff at Stella Maris Academy say this donation gives the school a stable financial base to grow future academic programs. Ninety-one-year-old Lorraine Casshie is the million–dollar donor who died last July. But in her will Lorraine desired for money to be given to the catholic schools in Duluth. Staff from Stella Maris Academy at the Holy Rosary School tell us they…

Zoomobile Visits UWS

Animals interacted with students and taught all about their species

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Animals from the Lake Superior Zoo visited the library at UW-Superior Wednesday. The Zoomobile program traveled with a python, hedgehog, bearded dragon, plus much more. Students could hold and touch the animals and ask educators any questions they could think of. “For the snake, how they go to the bathroom is a great question that we get…