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Merritt Park Demolition Continues with Hockey Rink

The work is all part of the Duluth 2010 parks and recreation master plan calling for a fewer but higher quality parks facilities throughout the city.

DULUTH, Minn. – Merritt Park is undergoing a demolition which will include taking away the community center and historic ice rink. The work is all part of the Duluth 2010 parks and recreation master plan calling for a fewer but higher quality parks facilities throughout the city. The demolition of the hockey rink boards was done after the community club…

Hawk Weekend Festival Kicks Off

The festival coincides with the Broad-Winged Hawk migration over the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – The fall migration season is upon the Northland and birders are soaring into Duluth this weekend for the annual hawk weekend festival. The festival coincides with the Broad-Winged Hawk migration over the Northland. Dozens of avid birders visited Duluth to get a glimpse of thousands of birds flying overhead. The festival celebrates all things hawks and the…

Veterans Honored at POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony

DULUTH, Minn. – September 20th is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, when military service members who never returned home from war are remembered. The Vietnam Veterans Association hosted a ceremony at Memorial Park in West Duluth. There, people honored the sacrifices made by thousands of American veterans still missing in action. A military motto is “never leave a man behind,” but…

Wisconsin Point Fully Opens to Public After a Three Year Reconstruction Project

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Wisconsin Point in Superior went through a $1. 5 million restoration project. After three years, the popular attraction is now fully open to the public. Today, the City of Superior held a ribbon cutting to reintroduce it to everyone. Wisconsin Point is a nearly 250 acre peninsula with a large habitat and beaches. This restoration project is part…

Hundreds of Health Professionals Address Problems in Medicine at MN Medical Association Conference

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of health professionals filled the DECC in Duluth for the annual Minnesota Medical Association conference. Attendees participated in open forums. Multiple health vendors were available to share information on different services. Every year, the conference is a way for doctors and other health professionals to get together to discuss problems in medicine. One major issue is…

Bentleyville Candy Bar Sale Fundraiser Kicks Off This Weekend

Bentleyville candy bar sales begins Sept. 21.

DULUTH, Minn.- The holidays are coming to the Northland and that means preparations for the Bentleyville Tour of Lights are underway. Bentleyville’s biggest fundraiser kicks off Sept. 21 For one dollar, people can buy a chocolate candy bar at participating Holiday gas stations in the area in hopes of being one of 10 golden ticket recipients. Golden ticket winners could end…

Northlanders Participate in World Wide Climate Strike

Duluth youth host a climate protest at city hall.

DULUTH, Minn.- People in Duluth lined the steps of city hall Friday rallying against the climate crisis and striking against things they say are harmful to the planet. The hundreds who picketed in downtown Duluth were just a handful of the thousands who skipped school or work across the globe to combat climate change. Chants could be heard throughout the city….

Patriots Release Antonio Brown After Another Accusation

The Team Announced the Move Friday

(AP) – The New England Patriots have released receiver Antonio Brown after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct. The team announced the move Friday in a statement emailed to reporters. The statement said: “We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different…

Trump Proposal Could cut off Food Stamps to 35K in Minnesota

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota food pantry officials are opposing a federal proposal that could take away food stamp benefits from more than 35,000 state residents. The Trump administration in July proposed closing what it calls “a loophole” that that enables people receiving only minimal benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to be eligible automatically…

Walmart to Stop Selling Electronic Cigarettes at its Stores

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart says it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam’s Clubs following a string illnesses and deaths related to vaping. The nation’s largest retailer said Friday that it will complete its exit from e-cigarettes after selling through current inventory. It cited growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity regarding vaping products. More…

Get Lost In A Corn Maze

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Ru-Ridge Corn Maze Family Fun

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Get lost in a corn maze with Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot and Brett Scott. We timed their adventure to see how long it took to get out!  Ru-Ridge is a 400 acre farm with 8 acres of corn maze and family activities including a straw bale maze, ninja course, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, games, corn piles, photo…

Midday Update 9-20-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, September 20, 2019.

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, September 20, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Headlines, Local News, midday update, weather

International Falls Mayor Bob Anderson Passes Away at Age 77

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Wis. – International Falls Mayor Bob Anderson has passed away. City officials confirmed that Mayor Anderson’s family notified the city of his passing early Friday morning. Anderson, 77, had been serving as mayor since 2013. His current term was up in 2020. Anderson had also served as mayor in International Falls in the 1980s. Categories: Minnesota, News, News…

Wisconsin Lawmakers Introduce Medical Marijuana Bill

The Bill Faces an Uphill Battle

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Three legislators have introduced a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin. Sens. Jon Erpenbach and Patrick Testin along with Rep. Chris Taylor introduced the bill Friday. Erpenbach and Taylor are Democrats. Testin is a Republican. The bill would require patients to get a doctor’s recommendation. State health officials would have to create a registry…

Wisconsin Legislators Push In-State Tuition for Tribes

The Bill's Chances are Murky

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A group of lawmakers is introducing a bill that would allow American Indians from anywhere in the United States to pay resident tuition at University of Wisconsin System schools. The bill’s chief sponsors, Democratic state Rep. Nick Milroy, Republican Rep. Jeff Mursau and Democratic Sen. Jeff Smith, say they hope the bill will encourage more American…

Upcoming 5K Run, Walk to Benefit Douglas County Soldiers and Sailors Relief Fund

Running for Our Heroes 5K Run/Walk is Happening Saturday, September 28 on the Campus of UW-Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior is hosting the 6th annual Running for Our Heroes 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 28, at 9:00 a.m. The event is hosted by UW-Superior’s Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center (VNSC) and Douglas County Veteran Services. “It’s been great to see this event grow,” said Monte Stewart, the VNSC Student Services Coordinator. “We’ve made…

Enjoy Ciders for a Cause Tuesday at Wild State Cider

Ciders for a Cause will Help Support Transportation, Community Development Efforts

DULUTH, Minn. – You’re invited to drink ciders for a cause! Zeitgeist is teaming up with Wild State Cider to celebrate and raise funds for active transportation in Duluth. On Tuesday, September 24 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., one dollar of every cider purchased at Wild State will go towards Zeitgeist’s active transportation and community development efforts. The family-friendly event…

Morning Update 9-20-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, September 20, 2019

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, September 20, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Headlines, Local News, morning update, weather

Send-Off Set for 700 Minnesota National Guard Members

Friday's Ceremony is Being Held at Grace Church in Eden Prairie

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – A ceremonial send-off is being held for 700 Minnesota National Guard members headed for Western Asia. The St. Paul-based 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade will provide Army helicopter, airplane and drone support to U.S. and coalition forces. The unit flies Black Hawk, Chinook and Apache helicopters and twin-engine turboprops for reconnaissance, transportation and medical evacuations….

New Senior Living to Open in Carlton

The new building is expected to be done in March of 2020 and not allow children, pets, or smoking.

CARLTON, Minn. – A brand new age 55 and older living community called The Willows. is coming to Carlton. The new building is expected to be done in March of 2020 and not allow children, pets, or smoking. According to the owner, the best amenity will be the neighborhood. “The location where it’s at the bike trails right here so…

One Roof Community Housing Celebrates 300th Home

Housing consistently comes at a low supply and high demand meaning the need for affordable housing continues to grow and One Roof is there to help

CLOQUET, Minn. – Housing consistently comes at a low supply and high demand meaning the need for affordable housing continues to grow. One Roof Community Housing is a group that tries to help families achieve homeownership and on Thursday they celebrated their 300th home sale. One Roof helps sell about 25 to 30 homes each year with their land trust…

A New Delivery-Only Restaurant Opens in Duluth

Orders can be made on Food Dudes.

DULUTH, Minn. – An new restaurant has opened in Duluth, but it’s not the traditional restaurant you may be thinking of. Bowls to go is a virtual restaurant  designed to be “delivery–only”. the restaurant will offer more than five different mac and cheese bowls along with other specialities. Owner Rick Lampton, who also owns 310 Pub and 7 West, says…

Child Car Seat Safety Clinic Helps Drivers Install Seats Correctly

Clinics offered the third Thursday of every month at various Duluth fire stations

DULUTH, Minn. – Drivers learned how to properly install child car seats in their vehicles. The free clinic is offered every month at various Duluth fire stations. Rear-facing car seats are recommended for kids until they’re between two and four years old. All kids should be in a special car seat until they’re between eight and twelve years old. Clinic…

Two Harbors Celebrates New Electric Car Charging Stations

Two new electric car charging stations open in Two Harbors.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- It’s drive electric week across the United Dtates and the Northland is taking part by opening up two new vehicle charging stations in downtown Two Harbors. The city celebrated the addition of their electric car charging stations right behind city hall. The joint project with Minnesota Power is a response to the increased number of electric cars the…

2019 Deer Hunting Regulations

The DNR is carefully monitoring the Chronic Wasting Disease management zones along with helping get youth into hunting this season.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Deer season is upon Minnesota and the Department of Natural Resources has added a few new regulations this year relating to a variety of things. The DNR is carefully monitoring the Chronic Wasting Disease management zones. They are also announcing a statewide youth season in October in hopes kids will become interested in hunting. “One of the…

29 Chilis Compete at Virginia-Quad Cities Cook-off

Event brings close to a thousand Iron Rangers together at the Miner's Memorial Building in Virginia

VIRGINIA, Minn. – At the Virginia-Quad Cities Chili Cook-off, twenty-nine chilis are competing for the top prize. Now in its tenth year, the cook-off brings close to a thousand people together from across the Iron Range to the Miner’s Memorial Building in Virginia. “And everyone thinks they make the best chili, so why not have a cook-off and get some…

Maurices Employees Hold ‘Best Day Ever’

Maurices shut down their headquarters in downtown Duluth to give back to the community

DULUTH, Minn.- Maurices employees shut down their headquarters in downtown Duluth for the day, to take time giving back to local non-profits. It’s part of the company’s “Best Day Ever”. Life House for homeless and street youth was one of the non-profits employees volunteered at today. Associates rolled in a boutique of Maurices clothing and jewelry for the young people…

Two Harbors High School Takes Precaution Against Rumored School Threat

Two Harbors High School closed until 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- The Two Harbors High School community experienced a bit of a scare Thursday morning after rumors of a possible threat led to closing the school for most of the day. The principle received a call early Thursday morning from a staff member reporting a threat directed at the campus. Once the superintendent was informed, they decided to cancel…

Remodeled Skyline Social and Games to Reopen Soon

Former Skyline Lanes set to open Friday, September 27th after $3 million renovation

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Skyline Social and Games is expected to reopen soon after a major renovation. After a $3 million renovation project, the former Skyline Lanes will include a lot more than bowling. The entertainment center will have a forty-piece arcade, virtual reality experiences, and a game called Duckpin bowling in the expanded bar area. “Winter’s a lot longer up…

Fall Colors Appear up the North Shore

Lake Superior Hiking Trail sees Fall colors come in early.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- We may be soaking up our final days of Summer, but Fall is getting a head start in some of the trees along the Superior Hiking Trail. Shades of red and yellow have already appeared up the North Shore, including on the Superior Hiking Trail. Trail services and nearby businesses are ready for all the people coming to…

Minnesota Senate GOP Unveils Insulin Affordability Bill

Senate GOP Leaders Unveiled the Plan Thursday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Senate Republicans want to require drug makers to provide free insulin to qualifying residents who can’t afford the high cost of the life-saving medication. Senate GOP leaders unveiled the plan Thursday, a week ahead of when House Democrats plan to announce their own proposal. The clock ran out on the 2019 session before the…

Wisconsin School Chief Calls Achievement Gap a ‘Crisis’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s schools chief says a nearly $600 million boost in education funding is a “down payment” on equity and closing the state’s persistent achievement gap. State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor calls that gap a “crisis.” She delivered the message Thursday during her first state of education address at the Capitol. Taylor took over as state superintendent…

Game Day Apps with Bucktales Cantina and Grill

Cooking Connection: Fresh Baked Loaded Nachos and Homemade Guacamole

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s football season and with it comes the munchies! In this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s Brett Scott chats with Bucktales Cantina and Grill owner Dee Morales as business picks up for the fall season. Morales is the only chef in the kitchen at Bucktales, handcrafting each order to perfection. The business is located near Pattison State…

Evers Would Consider Mandatory Gun Buy-Backs

Evers Unveiled the Proposal Thursday

(AP Photo) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says he would consider mandatory buybacks for assault weapons. Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke has been pushing for mandatory buybacks on the campaign trail. Republicans have balked at the idea. Asked if he supports mandatory buybacks during a news conference Thursday to introduce a red flag…

At least One Dead in Fond du Lac House Fire

Firefighters Were Called to the House Around 6:00 a.m.

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Age Well Arrowhead Hosting Inaugural “The Art of Aging” Fundraiser

The Fundraiser is Happening Thursday, September 26 at Northland Country Club in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Age Well Arrowhead’s first annual The Art of Aging fundraising event is taking place September 26, at Northland Country Club in Duluth. The fundraiser begins at 5:00 p.m. The event includes live and silent auctions, art demonstrations, opportunities to meet local artists and a chance to take home amazing pieces of art and other prizes. All of…

Morning Update 9-19-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, September 19, 2019

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Thursday, September 19, 2019. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Headlines, Local News, morning update, weather

Court Suspends Two Polymet Permits

On Wednesday afternoon, the Minnesota Court of Appeals suspended Polymet’s permit to mine and dam safety permits for its proposed $1 billion copper-nickel mine near Babbitt. The permits will be discussed at an Oct. 23 hearing.  That’s when the “DNR shall be prepared to advise the court on the status of post-permit developments, including its evaluation of the Brumadinho dam…

Minnesota Commissioner of Education Visits UMD

Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker has held the position since January and she is visiting six different schools around the region.

DULUTH, Minn. – Education students at the University of Minnesota Duluth were visited by the Minnesota Commissioner of Education Mary Cathryn Ricker on her Back to School tour. She stopped by schools to talk to teachers and students and learn more about education in the state. Commissioner Ricker has held the position since January and she is visiting six different…

Zoomobile Stops At University of Wisconsin-Superior

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoomobile made a stop today at the University of Wisconsin- Superior Library. A tortoise, a tarantula, and a few other animals went along for the ride. Visitors had the opportunity to pet and interact with the animals. Zoo staff were also available to give the visitors a lesson about the wildlife ambassadors. “We can…

Complaint: Man High on Meth Kills Passenger While Driving Through Kettle River

43-year-old charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide

DULUTH, Minn.- A Willow River man is facing two counts of vehicular homicide after driving through a river while on meth, killing one of his passengers, according to the complaint. Two formal charges of criminal vehicular homicide have been filed against him, one for operating a vehicle with any amount of a controlled substance in his body. No bail has…

New Senior Housing Expected for London Road

Construction is expected to be completed by Sepetember 2020.

DULUTH, Minn. – Housing continues to be a big issue in Duluth, but a new  housing option is on the way for seniors on London Road next to the Ecumen Lake Shore Community. And today Developers broke ground on the new property. Zvago Lake Superior is a cooperative housing unit where residents can still have ownership, but not the usual…