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SPECIAL REPORT: Canadian Connection Part 1

Join us for Part One of our Special Report: Canadian Connection on Wednesday after Star

Join us on Wednesday after Star, for a special report on the Canadian Connection with FOX 21’s Brett Scott. We’ll take a look at how important our neighbors to the north are to our local economies, and just why they’ve chosen the Twin Ports to flock to. Brett will also take us to some area businesses near the border and…

Cloquet Murder Conviction Overturned

Could go to Minnesota Supreme Court

CLOQUET, Minn.-A third-degree murder conviction against a Cloquet man has been tossed out by the Minnesota Court of Appeals. 53-year-old Robert Ferguson was convicted in 2014 of selling a fentanyl patch to Paul Mrosla. The man later died after ingesting it. The court ruled that the case should be thrown out because the evidence does not corroborate a witness’s testimony….

Senate confirms Betsy DeVos for Education Department

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has confirmed school choice activist Betsy DeVos as Education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie. The Senate historian says it was the first time a vice president had to break a tie on a Cabinet nomination. Two Republicans joined Democrats Tuesday to vote to derail DeVos’ nomination. Democrats cited her lack…

Knowing Your Neighbor: Vietnamese Lantern

Vietnamese Lantern In Two Harbors Works To Give Original Recipes

Two Harbors, Minn. – A Vietnamese restaurant in Two Harbors has recently changed owners, who are wanting to serve good, traditional Vietnamese food, with a smile. For this week’s Knowing Your Neighbors, we’re heading to the Vietnamese Lantern. Cooking is an art, an art that Lilly Bailey loves to do in her very own restaurant and a restaurant that was a dream…

How Local Hospitals React When a Shooting Occurs

Hospitals work with law enforcement to determine if a lockdown is necessary when they admit shooting victims.

DULUTH, Minn. – In light of the recent shootings, some areas have had to go into lockdowns when victims arrive at their facilities. St. Luke’s in Duluth has four different types of lockdowns that they can go into depending upon the situation. They work with law enforcement and measure the severity of the threat. Many areas are already restricted and…

Proctor Referendum Vote Coming Soon

The referendum would pay for a new hockey arena and a multi-functional artificial turf field.

PROCTOR, Minn. – The Proctor Rails hockey teams currently play in an arena that is forty-five years old and in need of repair. However, they could play in a new arena next year if a referendum passes. If Proctor voters pass the referendum on February 7th, the funding would go towards building a new hockey arena and a multi-functional artificial…

Nature Enthusiast Capturing Unique Views of Lake Superior

A Duluth man has been sharing stunng videos from beneath the water's surface

DULUTH, Minn. – We’ve all seen the beautiful images of Lake Superior through the lens of local photographers, but one Duluth man is sharing a different view. For the past few years, Jim Richardson, also known as the Lake Superior Aquaman, has been capturing views from below the lake’s surface. Richardson calls himself a nature enthusiast and has always loved…

Man Killed in Weekend Fire Was Well-Known Pastor

A memorial fund has been set up to help assist the family of Jeff Sorvik

NORMANA TOWNSHIP, Minn. – The man killed in a house fire this past Saturday in rural Normana Township has been identified as 52–year–old Jeffrey Sorvik. Sorvik was a well–known pastor and helped plant many evangelical free churches across the Northland, including Anchor Point Community Church in Lakeside and North Bay Church in Superior. His work led him to the Evangelical…

Gronks Welcomes Gift Certificates of a Closed Business

O'Neill's Pub and Liquor Gift Cards Can be Used at Gronks

    SUPERIOR, Wis.- Gronks Grill and Bar is accepting O’Neill’s Pub and Liquor gift cards and drink tickets. O’Neills had been open on its location on Tower Avenue for about 10 years, but closed for good on December 31st. Gronks Owners decided to extend a helping hand to O’Neills customers who never had the chance to use their gift…

Firefighters Battle More Than Blazes

Hypothermia is a Big Problem in Winter Fire Fighting

SUPERIOR, Wis.- More Heating and electrical appliances can mean more fires in homes across the Northland. When firefighters battle blazes in the wintertime, they may be in an environment like a burning house that can be more than 300 degrees, and within minutes come back outside to subzero temperatures. This contrast in temperature can cause hypothermia. To combat this, fire…

Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors Up in Douglas County

Under-aged Kids Were Able to Buy Tobbaco Products 13% of the Time They Tried

  SUPERIOR, Wis.- State mandated compliance checks were held in Douglas County to make sure businesses aren’t selling tobacco products to under aged minors. The minors who were part of the test were able to purchase the tobacco products 13 percent of the time they tried. Experts say the tobacco industry is producing products that appeal to a younger generation,…

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church is Torn Down

The Church is Around 100 Years Old

  DULUTH, Minn.- The St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church which closed in 2015, was demolished today The Duluth Diocese made a decision in 2012 to merge St. Elizabeth Catholic church in Gary New Duluth and St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Morgan Park with St. James Catholic Church in West Duluth back in 2012. It was a move to address…

Best Grocery Bagger in Minnesota On to National Competition

Sandstone College Student Has Chance to Be Bagging Champion in Las Vegas

SANDSTONE, Minn. – A grocery bagger recently won the state bagging competition and will now compete for the national title in Las Vegas. Seth Allen has been bagging groceries for more than three years at Chris’ Food Center in Sandstone. “I never thought I would be a professional bagger per se, it’s not something that as a kid you think…

UPS Store Owner Returns Package Misplaced for 4 Years

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) – The owner of a UPS store in Golden Valley has found the intended recipient of a packaged that has been misplaced for four years. The package ended up at Randy Holst’s UPS store after several failed attempts to deliver it. The box contained a framed military flag, spent shell casings, newspaper clippings, and other momentos….

Report: Opioid Prescriptions Drop 11.7 Percent in Wisconsin

MADISON (AP) – A new report says opioid prescriptions dropped nearly 12-percent in the last three months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. The report from the state Controlled Substances Board found the number of prescriptions decreased 11.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with the fourth quarter of 2015, from 1.26 million prescriptions in…

Minnesota Law School Gets Major Grant for Serving Immigrants

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The University of Minnesota Law School has announced a $25 million grant from the Robina Foundation to bolster its efforts to provide comprehensive legal services to immigrants and refugees. The grant will fund the newly renamed James H. Binger Center for New Americans, set up a clinical law professorship in his name and provide scholarships. Binger was…

Police Investigate I-35 Shooting in Duluth

The incident was the second shooting to take place over the weekend, and the fifth shooting since the 1st of the year

DULUTH, Minn. – New details have emerged in the shooting that took place Sunday evening in Duluth Just before 8 p.m., on Sunday, the Duluth Police Department responded to a local hospital after receiving information of a 19-year-old male victim being admitted with an apparent gunshot wound. Duluth Police Investigators determined the shooting took place from one moving vehicle into…

GOP’s Rise Powers Move to Block Local Sick Leave, Wage Hikes

ST. PAUL (AP) – Minnesota Republicans are moving to block cities from implementing their own sick leave policies and minimum wage hikes. The effort comes amid mandatory sick leave requirements that are set to take effect this summer in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Both cities are also home to long-brewing efforts to raise wages to as much as $15 hourly….

Meteor Over Lake Michigan Lights Up Sky in Several States

  Videos from Lisle Police Department and Morton Grove Police GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP ) – A meteor over Lake Michigan lit up the sky Monday morning across several states in the Midwest. Dashcam video from police cruisers in Wisconsin and Illinois captured the fireball streaking through the night about 1:30 a.m. In addition to Illinois and Wisconsin, the American…

Upstate New York Digging Out of 5 to 8 Feet of Lake-Effect Snow

OSCEOLA, N.Y. (AP) – State crews and local public works employees are working to remove five to eight feet of lake-effect snow that has fallen on parts of upstate New York since last week. The National Weather Service says its meteorologists recorded 76 inches, more than six feet in Oswego County town of Redfield and 66 inches, around 5 feet,…

Minnesota Man Reunited with Wife, Kids Caught in Travel Ban

While carrying his older daughter, Mahamed Iye smiles at his youngest daughter, right, carried by a family friend Suado Abdikadir (in purple) after his wife Saido Ahmed Abdille, left, and two children arrived safely. Judy Griesedieck for MPR NewsMINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minnesota man has been reunited with his wife and two children who were caught up in President Donald…

UW Study Finds DNR Under-reported Wolf Deaths

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A new study has found the state Department of Natural Resources has underreported wolf poaching. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers reviewed the deaths of 937 wolves from October 1979 to April 2012. The state’s first wolf hunting season began that fall. Of the 979 wolves, 431 wore radio collars. The researches found that…

Sister City Delegation Returns to Duluth

Duluthians Had Been in Iraqi Kurdistan to Promote Cultural Understanding Between Cities

DULUTH, Minn. – A five person delegation recently visited one of Duluth’s sister cities in Kurdistan. Most of the group returned today after their three week trip and had a welcome home celebration at the Duluth International Airport. Five Duluthians visited sister city Rania in Iraqi Kurdistan to build understanding and promote peace between cultures. The delegation left on January 11th and…

Man Shot Inside Duluth Home

No Arrests Have Been Made

A man is being treated at the hospital after being shot in Duluth Saturday evening at 11:53 p.m. Police say they responded to a report of a shooting in the 100 block of North 65th Avenue West. Investigators determined there was a party at the victim’s home, and shots were fired at the house. A 37-year-old man was struck inside…

Kids Slide Down Hill in Home-Made Sleds

5th Annual Art Sled Rally Raises Money for Northwood Children's Services

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids had the chance to slide down a hill in their own home-made sleds today at Ridgeview Country Club in Duluth. The 5th Annual Art Sled Rally featured creative, cardboard box sleds made and ridden by kids who were dressed as trolls, Prince, and other fun characters. Prizes for best in show, best themed, and most spirited…

PolyMet Forum Addresses Possible Environmental Impacts of Mining Project

Health and Environmental Experts Led Discussion about Proposed Mining Project Near Hoyt Lakes

DULUTH, Minn. – A panel discussion of the potential effects of the proposed PolyMet Mine was held in Duluth today. The forum allowed Northlanders to learn more about the possible environmental impacts of the mine, which may be built between Hoyt Lakes and Babbitt. Three health and environmental experts led the discussion which centered around potential impacts to the Duluth…

Blizzard Tour Wraps Up With Banquet

225 Rode in Attempt to Raise $1 Million for ALS Foundation

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The 2017 Blizzard Snowmobile Tour to end ALS wrapped up today with a banquet at Cirrus Aircraft. 225 riders took to the trails in this year’s tour, which began on February 2nd. Riders traveled through Northern Minnesota to raise funds and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The disease has personally impacted many riders…

One Unaccounted For After Fire This Afternoon

One Missing After Fire In Normanna Township

Incident Summary: At 1256 hours on 2/4/17, deputies and firefighters responded to call of a structure fire in Normanna Township. Initial reports stated that the home was full of smoke. Shortly after the initial call, it was reported that the home was fully engulfed, and two occupants were able to escape uninjured. At this time, the scene is still active…

Benefit Helps Support Superior Man Paralyzed in Car Crash

Reese Stariha is currently receiving treatment at a hospital in Milwaukee

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Superior Hockey Association helped one of its own tonight. SAHA hosted a benefit to help out the family of Reese Stariha, who was seriously injured in a car accident last November. Friday night the Superior Junior Golds, coached by Reese’s brother-in-law, hosted Duluth for a hockey game. Money raised tonight through donations, a silent auction, 50/50…

Proctor Honors 1997 State Tournament Team

The 1997 Rails team was the one and only to make it to the boys state hockey tournament.

The Proctor Rails celebrated the 20th anniversary of their 1997 team that went to state. THE ’97 squad was the one and only team in school history to make it to the boys state hockey tournament. The Rails went 18-3-1. They lost to only 2A schools. “It was a special group of guys, they worked hard for each other day…

Congdon Park Hockey In Danger of Losing Their Ice

Neighbors want the Lower Chester Park to be more user-friendly all year long.

Duluth’s Congdon Park Hockey Association is in danger of losing its outdoor rink for the second time in less than five years. Congdon Park Hockey wants to keep their home in Lower Chester Park for years to come, but they fear new plans for the park would leave them without a place to lace their skates. UMD senior Connor Kenefick…

Officials Warn of Space Heater Dangers

Caution is Urged When Using Portable Heaters Because of Fire Risks

DULUTH, Minn. – Fire officials are reminding everyone to keep safety in mind this winter. Experts urge caution when using extra an heat source like a space heater.  These portable heaters will keep you warm, but they can also be dangerous if not used properly. “If you’re using a space heater, make sure you’re using it in a flat area…

Essentia Health Goes Red for Women

The Cardiovascular Team at Essential Reminds Northlanders to Call for Help Right Away

DULUTH, Minn. – You may have noticed more Northlanders wearing red on Friday, and if so, you’re not alone. Doctors and researchers at Essentia Health in Duluth are looking to spread the word when it comes to heart attack awareness, especially for women. Experts say one in three women die of cardiovascular disease, equal to one life every minute. However,…

Barn Burns in Barnum This Morning

Initial Reports Suggest No One Injured

BARNUM, Minn.-Reports of a barn fire came out of Barnum at about 10:30 this morning. Smoke could be seen billowing from the site as multiple fire departments responded to the scene. Authorities told FOX 21 that they didn’t believe anyone was injured. Initial reports also suggested no animals were harmed. Investigators are still looking into what caused that fire as…

Remains Haven’t Been Officially Identified in Hermantown Fire

Waiting on DNA Report

HERMANTOWN, Minn – There’s no word yet on the identity of an 87-year-old woman who was killed in a Hermantown house fire. Yesterday Hermantown Police said a K-9 united located the remains at the 5300 Block of Arrowhead Road. Family members have come forward and have said they are positive that it’s their loved one. Authorities told us DNA tests…

Arrest Made in Alleged Kidnapping

Superior Police Investigating

DULUTH, Minn.-A 27-year-old woman called police outside of Charlie’s Sub on Central Avenue today, reporting she had been kidnapped. Police responded quickly to the incident and found the 27-year-old female victim who was not harmed. Officers then arrested a 33-year-old male suspect on two felony warrants of bail jumping in Wisconsin. Due to the Wisconsin connection, Superior Police are still…

“Give Kids a Smile” Day Takes Over LSC

About 70 Kids Got Free Dental Care

DULUTH, Minn.-Almost 70 kids filled up Lake Superior College dental facility to get free dental care today. The event was part of the “Give Kids a Smile” day which went on throughout the state. The event is its 15th year. It was started to help children who didn’t have access to dental care. “Unfortunately the access to care is a…

Two Harbors Civic Leader Passes Away

Served 18 Years in Minnesota House

TWO HARBORS, Minn.-Two Harbors civic leader Dave Battaglia, 86, died on Wednesday at St. Luke’s Hospital. He served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for 18 years, while serving multiple terms as Two Harbors mayor starting in 1957. His political career ended in 2004 when he retired from the Two Harbors City Council. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News,…

Ely’s Winterfest Draws People from Across the State and Canada

The Event Celebrates All Things Winter.

ELY, Minn.- The pick of a shovel, the grind of a saw, and bitter cold temperatures of a February day welcomes the winter festival in Ely Minnesota. Teams of people are carving away at 12 foot snow blocks in Whiteside Park, turning each of them into unique sculptures. It’s Jodi Pratt‘s second year building snow sculptures with 3 of her…

One Dead in Cloquet House Fire

Multiple Agencies responded to Scene

CLOQUET, Minn.- One person is dead after a fire destroyed a home and attached garage at about 8 p.m. last night near Cloquet. Multiple agencies responded to the fire at 3912 Highway 33 spending hours extinguishing the flames. The body of the victim has been seen to Anoka for an autopsy. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  …

Flames Destroy House and Garage in Cloquet

Crews Spent Multiple Hours Working to Save the Strucutres at 3912 Highway 33

CLOQUET, Minn.  – Fire officials responded to a blaze in Cloquet just after 8:00p.m. Thursday. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and multiple fire departments responded to 3912 Highway 33 for a report of a fully engulfed home on fire. Fire crews spent hours working to extinguish the flames, but the home and attached garage were completely destroyed. The cause…

Police: Human Remains Found In Hermantown House Fire

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A house fire turned into tragedy Thursday for a Hermantown family. Authorities discovered human remains within the charred rubble of the home on the 5300 block of Arrowhead Road. While authorities were unable to make a positive identification Sunday, family members of the 87-year-old woman who owns the home are certain the remains are of their loved…

The Coldest Place: How A Small Minnesota Town Earned the State’s Frigid Title

On February 2, 1996, two Minnesota towns battled to set a new record cold temperature

TOWER, Minn. – 21 years ago, the air temperature in Tower, Minnesota hit a chilly 60 degrees below zero. The town, with a population of 500, nestled in the Northland, is the coldest location based on average winter temperatures east of the Great Plains. “So here I am, in the coldest place there is in America,” said Randy Semo, owner…

New Math Lab at UMD Inspires Students

The Securian Learning Commons and Math Lab lets students work at their own pace and with instructors.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new math lab is changing the way students learn at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Securian Learning Commons and Math Lab at the Martin Library gives students a bigger and more welcoming space to study. The lab allows for smaller groups and also lets students go at their own pace. “It’s just another place for…