Minnesota

Blessing Bikes at Vineyard Church in Duluth

Annual event ushering in motorcycle riding season held.

DULUTH, Minn.- During Motorcycle Awareness Month, hundreds of bikers from as far as Rochester came together at the Vineyard Church in Duluth, to hold the annual Blessing of the Bikes. The music blares, as young and old scarf down baked beans and barbecue. At first glance it’s a typical Memorial Day Weekend Barbecue outside Vineyard church. “It’s something that I…

Basking in the Sun at Brighton Beach

Northlanders get out and enjoy the summer-like weather.

DULUTH, Minn.- It felt like summer on Sunday in Duluth, and many spots throughout the city were filled with people savoring the sun. Brighton Beach was packed with people enjoying the weather in a variety of different ways. It was the perfect day for some vacationing in the Northland as they splashed around in the waters of Lake Superior. “We…

Season for Adopting is Here at Animal Allies

Mating season means an influx of adoptable animals.

DULUTH, Minn.- Animal Allies Humane Society is trying to get more loveable pets homes with some incentives. If you adopted one pet, you went home with a Swiffer Cleaning Product. According to the staff at the Humane Society said spring and summer is a great time for adopting. “There are many more litters of kittens and more puppies come through…

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…

Filipino Food Here in the Northland

Gnesen Convenience store on Rice Lake Road serves as the home for Nanay's Kitchen

DULUTH, Minn.- The Gnesen Convenience Store on Rice Lake Road is more than just your every day local gas station. There’s also an authentic Filipino food-to-go. The menu includes pork, chicken, egg rolls, stir fried noodles and white rice. You can get all that for ten bucks. “I don’t want to get big to be honest. I don’t want a…

Calculating Pollen in Duluth

A look at how pollen levels are calculated here in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- Doctors are expecting this to be a particularly bad allergy season with all kinds of trees blooming in a short period of time. Today, we got a behind the scenes look at how pollen levels are calculated here in Duluth. On the roof of Essentia Health, there is a small spinning device that has a grease stick attached…

The Adventure Park on the North Shore is OPEN!

Silver Bay Minnesota Hosts Home To New Ropes & Zipline Course

SILVER BAY, Minn. — A new adventure park opened up today and is offering fun from new heights. It’s called The Adventure Park on the North Shore and they officially opened to the public Friday afternoon. They offer six courses that are a mix of challenging ropes climbing and adrenaline packed zip lining, all mixed into one location. “Small little…

Exclusive Look On The Ropes & Ziplines From The NEW Adventure Park on the North Shore

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: First One Try Test The Ropes & Lines at Silver Bay's Adventure Park

SILVER BAY, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are taking you on an exclusive look inside the new Adventure Park on the North Shore that is opening Friday May 24 at 3pm to the public! Scared of heights, so is Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot! Watch her climb and fly her way through the challenging course at 40 feet…

2019 Memorial Day Traffic Advisories

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has issued traffic advisories affecting the West Duluth and Gary New Duluth areas: Memorial Day Parade: start time 12:30 p.m. Monday on Grand Avenue in West Duluth Parade units will line up on 59th Avenue West between Raleigh Street and Grand Avenue beginning at 10:30 a.m. Parade Route: Starting at 59th Ave W…

Governor Calls Special Session to Complete $48B Budget

The Last Piece of the 2 Year Budget Fell Into Place Thursday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has called lawmakers back for a special session to complete a $48 billion state budget for the next two years. The Democratic governor told them to convene at 10 a.m. Friday in hopes of adjourning before 7 a.m. Saturday. But suspending the normal procedural rules to let that happen requires some…

Child who Survived Mall Plunge Undergoing Further Procedures

The Procedures are "Non-Life Threatening Complications" From the Fall

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The family of a 5-year-old boy who survived after being thrown from a third-story balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota says he will undergo further medical procedures. The Woodbury family posted Thursday evening on a GoFundMe page that the procedures are “non-life threatening complications” related to the fall. The boy, named Landen, plunged 40 feet…

Nearly 2 Months After Now-Former Fire Chief’s DWI, Mayor Larson Still Mum

Larson Appointed Dennis Edwards To Fire Chief In 2016

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been nearly two months since Duluth’s now-former fire chief, Dennis Edwards, was arrested and eventually charged with DWI. But there’s still no comment from Mayor Emily Larson who hand-selected Edwards for that position. FOX 21 has repeatedly asked Mayor Larson for any type of response, including this Thursday and Wednesday, but her spokesperson, Kate Van Daele,…

A New Way to Collect Rip Current Research

Wisconsin-Madison students collected new water safety data today at Park Point Beach

DULUTH, Minn.- Thursday, on the Park Point Beach, students were collecting some new water safety data. The U-W Madison students used a drone to gather information and learn how rip currents affect the beach. They’re also researching how those in the water can prevent getting caught in a dangerous current. One student tells us, drones give them a more advanced…

American Airlines Comes to Duluth

Two nonstop flights to Chicago each day, which means Northlanders could travel to Chicago and back in the same day.

DULUTH, Minn.- Thursday, the Duluth International Airport is celebrating adding American Airlines nonstop flights from Duluth to Chicago. The new partnership between the Duluth Airport and American Airlines is adding two more daily flights between the mid western cities. American Airlines representatives say it’s a great opportunity to expand the company’s reach in the Midwest. “We are starting with this…

Park Point Construction Begins Next Week

13th street to the Lift Bridge will be filled with construction cones starting next week

DULUTH, Minn.- A start date has now been set for a major Duluth construction project. Work on Park Point Road just south of the Lift Bridge will begin on May 29th. Starting later this month, 13th street to the Lift Bridge will be filled with construction cones. The city will take three inches of black top off the roads to…

Pedestrian Struck by car in Piedmont Heights Sustains Serious Injuries

DULUTH, Minn. – A 73-year-old female was struck by a car just before 12:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, according to the Duluth Police Department. Officers were dispatched to the 2800 Block of Piedmont Avenue where they found the pedestrian with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The 21-year-old male driver was cited for inattentive driving. Authorities say the female pedestrian was conscious…

Last Bills Settled; Lawmakers Await Word on Special Session

The Last Piece of the 2 Year Budget Fell Into Place Thursday

(AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders have now reached agreement on all nine of their major budget bills, and lawmakers are now waiting on the governor to call a special session so they can finish their work for the year. Aides say the last piece of the two-year budget fell into place…

Governor Signs Bill to Fight Opioid Epidemic

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bipartisan bill aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic in Minnesota. Walz says the compromise bill “will help more families access the treatment they need and prevent addiction in the first place.” The bill imposes sharply higher registration fees on drugmakers and distributors to raise around $21 million…

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation hosts Story Corps

Annual Celebration featured guest speaker Story Corps.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation held their annual celebration at the DECC, with a pretty special guest. A guest speaker came from Story Corps, a nonprofit organization which compiles stories from different backgrounds. Organizers said stories are key for the work they do in the community. “We know that one of the things that can really be…

Plans to Ease Bayfront Area Traffic and Parking Unveiled

Metropolitan Interstate Council holds meeting to release full plan, get public feedback.

DULUTH, Minn.- As summer inches closer, so do festivals and concerts–both at the DECC and at Bayfront Festival Park. Those events are becoming more frequent, and that means growing parking concerns and traffic that backs up onto I-35. But plans are moving forward to help change that, unveiled Wednesday by the Metropolitan Interstate Council, or MIC. The Council is working…

Approaching Sexual Education a Different Way

Training to approach those with development disabilities about sexuality

DULUTH, Minn.- Forty professionals from the human services field started three days of training today to learn how to educate those with developmental disabilities about sexuality. Those leading the training course said when it comes to talking about sex with people with disabilities it can sometimes be tricky because educators don’t know how to approach the subject with them due…

Lakeside Neighborhood’s First Liquor Store Opens

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s something the Duluth Lakeside neighborhood has never seen before — a liquor store now open for business. The Lakeside neighborhood has prohibited alcohol sales since the late 1800s until the Duluth City Council officially legalized those sales in 2016. Permits for two Lakeside liquor stores were approved in 2018 and as of Wednesday, Lakeside Liquors is…

Body Found in Canosia Believed to be Missing man

Foul Play is not Suspected

CANOSIA TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Authorities believe they have found the body of a man who went missing from an adult foster care home in Canosia earlier this month. The body was found today about 30 yards off of the Castle Road, which is approximately two miles from the group home Julian Daniel Decoux, 34, went missing from. Police say positive…

Lake Superior Art Glass Now Offering Kid’s Classes

Classes will be Offered Seven Days a Week Beginning Thursday, May 23

DULUTH, Minn. – A new kid’s class is coming to Lake Superior Art Glass in Duluth’s Canal Park. Owner Dan Neff says classes will begin on Thursday, May 23, and will be offered seven days a week. The Kid’s Class is offered to children ages 4 – 11 where the kids will help design and create their own pendant. As…

Authorities Investigate Drowning in Cass County

Authorities say This is an Ongoing Investigation

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, authorities received a report of a possible drowning just before 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Authorities responded to Louise Lake in Wabedo Township in rural Longville where first responders located a deceased adult male in the water near a fishing boat. The identity of the male is being withheld pending…

Campgrounds Prepare for Memorial Day Weekend

Buffalo House Campgrounds are busy getting ready for the rush.

DULUTH, Minn.- Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and that’s famously a time when families get in their camper, or pack up their tents, to go camping. With 105 campsites for RVs and areas for tents, the staff at Buffalo House Campground is busy getting ready for the Memorial Day rush. The peaceful trees and sounds of birds…

Students Put on Empty Bowl Fundraiser

Funds raised total $5,000.

DULUTH, Minn.- Two seniors from Duluth Marshall school put on their version of the Empty Bowl Fundraiser, previously put on for 25 years by the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. Organizers said Tuesday’s event raised roughly $5,000, which they say helps because one dollar can turn around three meals. The two seniors, Elizabeth Jarocki and David Olsen, said that…

Public Voting for City of Duluth Flag Begins

9 final options available for choosing.

DULUTH, Minn.- Now’s your chance to help Duluth pick which design should be on the next city flag. There were at total of 195 designs submitted by people in Duluth, and a volunteer flag committee narrowed the choices down to its top 9. Those designs were unveiled tonight at city hall, and one of them will soon become the next symbol…

Ely Resort Impacts Veterans, People Living with Disabilities

Veterans on the Lake Resort is Located at 161 Fernberg Road; The Resort is Open Year-Round

ELY, Minn. – Recent studies show up to 20 percent of military veterans will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after returning home from war. While these numbers may seem small, the grim reality shows nearly 20 veterans commit suicide every day. One secluded resort in Northeastern Minnesota is looking to shed positive light on the reality, one visit at…

Two Arrested Following Drug Bust in Hibbing

HIBBING, Minn. – Two individuals were arrested Monday following a drug bust by the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force. A search warrant was executed by the Task Force, Hibbing Police Department and St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office at 121 18th Street East in Hibbing. Law enforcement recovered seven pounds of methamphetamine, heroin, mushrooms, marijuana and $10,840 at…

Apparent Drowning in Leech Lake Investigated

The Woman has not Been Identified

WALKER, Minn. (AP) – Cass County sheriff officials are investigating an apparent drowning in Leech Lake. Sheriff Tom Burch says deputies were called to Woodland Resort on the lake’s Kabekona Bay in Shingobee Township Monday afternoon. An adult female was found unresponsive in the water near a dock. Individuals at the scene began CPR until first responders arrived, but the…

Minnesota Legislature Wraps Regular Session, but OT Awaits

An Overall Budget Agreement was Struck Sunday Evening

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Legislature is headed into overtime. Legislators adjourned their regular session at midnight, but so much work remains that they’ll need to come back in special session in the days ahead. It’s just not clear when. Gov. Tim Walz and leaders of the House and Senate struck and overall budget agreement Sunday evening, but…

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…

Marshall Empty Bowl to Help Hungry in the Northland

Two Duluth Marshall students are getting their final preps in ahead of the big event tomorrow

DULUTH, Minn.- Two Duluth Marshall students are finishing up final preparations tonight for their version of the ‘Empty Bowl’ fundraiser tomorrow to help the hungry in the Northland. It’s part of their senior capstone project. Elizabeth Jarocki and David Olsen got the idea when learning Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank was taking a break from its Empty Bowl fundraiser…

Lake Superior Nurse Graduation

Around 100 students received their pins Monday afternoon

DULUTH, Minn.- Today, about 100 nursing students graduating from Lake Superior College received their pins today, and they gear up to start their careers. Families packed the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center to cheer on these new nurses. One graduate we talked with today said the job market is looking good because there are enough job opportunities in the Healthcare field…

Woodland Avenue Construction Begins

A two-year project to reconstruct a mile of Woodland Ave. and Calvary Road began Monday

DULUTH, Minn.- A two-year project to reconstruct a mile of Woodland Avenue and Calvary Road began Monday in Duluth. With it comes road closures and detours but most affected are business owners in that area. You have probably heard the saying that Minnesota has two seasons: winter and construction. This project will cost around 11.5 million dollars with the city…

Jumping Out of the Cold, Into Summer Break

Planet 3 Extreme Air Park attracts families looking for fun indoor activities.

DULUTH, Minn.- When the weather on this planet gets you down, why not travel to a new planet? Planet 3 to be exact. Summer Break is beginning for students and in nasty weather like Sunday’s, families are trying to find fun indoor activities. So in the gloomy, windy, snowy outdoors, Planet 3 Extreme Air Park on 46th Avenue West, turns into…

Snow’s In, Surf’s Up on Lake Superior

Surfers make the best out of the cold windy day.

DULUTH, Minn.- While the wind and snow kept most inside, it brought surfers out to Brighton Beach to ride the waves. According to the surfers, once you’re in a wet suit, the cold isn’t that bad. They add that it’s worth it when you catch the perfect wave. “You catch the wave and you start to speed up a little…

Minnesota Senate GOP Prepares ‘Lights on’ Bill Amid Impasse

Lawmakers 'Unlikely' to Pass Major Budget Bill before Monday Night

(AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate is prepared to pass a measure to prevent a state government shutdown if legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tim Walz can’t agree on a budget deal. Senate Republicans launched the gambit Thursday evening as talks bogged down among the governor and leaders of the Senate GOP and House Democratic…

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…

The Duluth Experience, Ursa Minor Brewing Team Up to Help Others

The Lillydipper Pale Ale will be Released Thursday, May 23, 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – Beer coinsurers, you’re in luck! The Duluth Experience and Ursa Minor Brewing are teaming up to craft a new brew with a community focused purpose. The Lillydipper Pale Ale will be released Thursday, May 23. 100% of the proceeds will support the Northland Paddlers Alliance, a local, grassroots non-profit whose mission is to expand paddling opportunities in…

Vegan & Gluten Free Cactus Tacos

COOKING CONNECTION: Taco Arcada Nopales Tacos

LINCOLN PARK, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection, we are making Nopales Tacos with Taco Arcada! This taco option is vegan and also gluten free. It’s main ingredient is cactus, yes! A nopal is a prickly pear cactus and a common ingredient in Mexican cooking. (The owners made a trip all the way down to Mexico to learn this…

Hobby Lobby Store Coming to Thunderbird Mall

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A new Hobby Lobby location is moving into the Thunderbird Mall in Virginia. A recent Facebook post by the Thunderbird Mall says the store is looking to hire a Co-Manager position. There is no word yet on when the location will be opening. The company website says the store is primarily an arts-and-crafts store but also includes…

Senate and House Pass Bill Aimed at Drug Prices

The Senate Passed it Unanimously Thursday

(AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Senate and House have approved the final version of a bill for greater oversight over pharmacy benefit managers – the middlemen between insurers and patients that are supposed to hold down drug expenses. The Senate passed it unanimously Thursday, 67-0. The House then passed it 130-2 and sent it to Gov….

9th Annual Duluth Dylan Fest Kicks off Saturday

Duluth Dylan Fest is Happening May 18 - 26

DULUTH, Minn. – The sights and sounds of Duluth native Bob Dylan will take over the Northland May 18 – 26 as the Bob Dylan Way Committee hosts 2019 Duluth Dylan Fest. This annual week-long celebration includes music, art and much more. During this year’s festival, Dylan will turn 78-years-old. Miriam Hanson, host of KUMD’s Highway 61 Revisited and Duluth…

Minnesota 4th Grader Nearly hit by car Failing to Stop for School bus

There Have Been more Than 6,500 Stop arm Citations in Five Years

ZUMBROTA, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota State Patrol hopes a shocking video of a driver nearly hitting a fourth grader in Wabasha County in January is the last video they need to share. According to the State Patrol, the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Elementary School fourth-grader was crossing the road to get on her bus when a driver failed to yield, almost…

Northland Greenhouses in Full Bloom Thanks to Spring Weather

Lilac Hill Greenhouse report higher sales with Mother's Day and warmth.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- The warm air and sun came just in time for area greenhouses to go into their busy season. The florists at Lilac Hill Greenhouse, formerly Engwall’s, said this past Mother’s Day weekend and this week’s warm weather has given them a boost going into the summer season. They say, after a long Northland winter, the flowers are refreshing….

Blacklist’s New Axe-Throwing Set to be On Target

New activity opens this Friday.

DULUTH, Minn.- The trend of Axe-Throwing in bars makes its way to Duluth, as Blacklist Artisan Ales prepares to open Axe-Throwing in their downtown Superior Street location. This Friday they will be debuting Duluth’s first recreational Axe-Throwing location, which started as all great ideas do. “It’s kinda fun because I thought it was a joke when it first started,” said…