Minnesota

Beargrease Broadcast Internationally for First Time

Over 100 countries can view the race this year.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Beargrease is making history this year, as it is the first year the race is being broadcast internationally. This year the race will be seen in over 100 countries. Mushers on the North Shore trail are competing with mushers in Norway, Russia, and the Iditarod not only with racing, but by the health of their dogs as…

Beargrease Vets on Alert with Warm Temperatures

Dogs more prone to overheating, dehydration in the heat.

DULUTH, Minn.- All the dogs taking mushers along the Beargrease trail, which is softer than usual due to warmer weather, calls for a big team of trained veterinarians. 11 vets and 7 veterinary technicians are stationed at each checkpoint, along with one EMT to check on the human mushers. Vets say while they’re there for medical attention, mushers are usually…

Dogs, Spectators Energetic at Beargrease Starting Line

Mushers prepare for a longer and softer trail, thanks to unseasonably warm temperatures.

DULUTH, Minn.- The excitement was in the air at the starting line of the 40th Annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. “These dogs were meant to run, they were born to run, they’re trained to run,” said Race Spokesperson Monica Hendrickson, the yip of excited race dogs behind her. The dogs’ howls light a flame in everyone’s hearts. “Everything about…

County Commissioner Patrick Boyle Announces Run for Reelection

Boyle has served as County Commissioner for the past 6 years.

DULUTH, Minn.- County Commissioner Patrick Boyle announced his campaign for re-election to the St. Louis County Board Sunday. “It’s been an honor to represent the citizens of eastern Duluth…I will be asking again for their vote this fall,” Boyle said in a press release. Boyle has served as Commissioner for the past 6 years, with the last year as chair….

The North Shore Federal Credit Union’s Second Duluth Branch Head For Lincoln Park

The Lincoln Park branch is slated to open in June.

DULUTH, Minn. – The North Shore Federal Credit Union will soon be expanding into Lincoln Park. The new branch is expected to take over the former Taco Arcada restaurant, which closed its doors in December. The credit union opened its first Duluth location more than a year ago and this new addition will be the seventh location for the financial…

Lake Superior Maritime Museum Hosts Talk on Ice’s Effects on Great Lakes Shipping

Talk focuses on how ice affects shipping paths, maintenance of ships, and other maritime activities.

DULUTH, Minn.- Ice is no stranger to the Northland or Lake Superior. On Friday folks could learn about how it effects the Great Lakes at the Lake Superior Maritime Museum. The Museum hosted “The History of Lake Ice and its Effects on Great Lakes Shipping,” where Ranger Scott Bjorklund spoke about how ice affects shipping paths, maintenance of ships, and…

Portion of Lakewalk to Temporarily Close Next Week

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth Parks, Properties and Libraries Department announced that a part of the Lakewalk will be closed from January 27 through January 31 to install new lighting along the pathway. The city says Leif Erickson, to the bottom of the Portland Malt Shop stairs will be affected by the closure. Crews will start work on…

Beer, Food, Bonfires to Kick Off Beargrease Weekend

Brewsheen by Beargrease is Happening Friday, January 24 at Glensheen Mansion in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is partnering with Glensheen Mansion and Canal Park Brewing Company for the annual Brewsheen by Beargrease. It’s taking place Friday, January 24, with a special keg tapping event at 5:30 p.m. At the event, guests will enjoy culinary creations and complimentary beer from Canal Park Brewing. Bonfires galore will be going…

Angora Township Home Heavily Damaged in Fire

(courtesy: Northland FireWire) ANGORA TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A home in Angora Township was heavily damaged in a fire early Friday morning, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s office. A St. Louis County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol near Anton Road spotted large amounts of smoke coming from the area and reported the fire around 2:30 a.m. Fire crews arriving on…

Enbridge Holds Community Meeting to Sign Piece of Pipeline

Company leaders, Pete Stauber, and more attend and express support for Line 3.

DULUTH, Minn.- Enbridge and other companies working on the proposed Line 3 Pipeline Project gathered supporters of the project and others at United Piping in Duluth. The event was the final stop on Enbridge’s “Safest Way” Tour, the company’s campaign to share information on the project. After hearing from different company leaders, people could then sign a piece of the…

Duluth Schools Holds Second Boundary Project Meeting, Calmer than First

Second meeting at Denfeld more calm than first at East High School.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Public Schools ISD 709 held its second community meeting at Denfeld High School Thursday to discuss changing the district’s boundaries. This comes after a tense meeting at Duluth East High School Wednesday night. The public was able to discuss three proposed scenarios for realigning the district’s boundaries, to address overpopulation at Lester Park and Congdon Elementary Schools,…

Protective Gear Policy Released

1/6 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/6 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/6 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/6 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/6 Show Caption Hide Caption 6/6 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth says after 10 months the Duluth Police Policy Working Group is ready to present their protective gear policy final draft to the Duluth…

Minnesota Reports First Child Death of Flu Season

The Health Department Says Influenza Continues to be Widespread Across Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials are reporting the first child death of the flu season. According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s weekly influenza and respiratory illness report, a total of 31 people in the state have died of the flu so far this season. The number of people hospitalized due to the flu has topped 1,200 this…

Edina Student Injured in Hit-And-Run Crash While Getting on School Bus

Edina Police are looking for this vehicle they believe struck and injured an Edina High School student Thursday morning. (Edina Police Department / FOX 9) EDINA, Minn. (FOX 9) – A female student was injured in a hit-and-run crash as they were getting on a school bus heading to Edina High School Thursday morning, according to police. According to Edina Police…

Spicing Up Brunch With A Breakfast Flatbread

COOKING CONNECTION: Crooked Pint Ale House Offers A Brunch Menu On Weekend

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Cooking Connection, Crooked Pint Ale House prepares us a flavorful Breakfast Flatbread. They offer a WEEKEND BRUNCH MENU Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 2pm. BREAKFAST FLATBREAD RECIPE: 1/2 oz butter 3 oz hasbrowns Flatbread 1 oz Hollandaise 1 oz jalepenos loaf 2 oz scrambled eggs 1/2 oz jalepenos 1/2 oz green onion 1…

UMD Police Urge Drivers to Use Caution, Watch for Pedestrians

Pedestrian Right of Way: Not Always Clear

DULUTH, Minn. – Three weeks into the new year, and already three drivers have been given citations for failing to yield to pedestrians on the campus of UMD. Just last year, 24 drivers received tickets, an uptick from 2018. With recent weather conditions making for tall snow banks and sloppy, slick roads, it’s prompting UMD Police Department to speak out…

King Of Creams Planning To Open A Second Location In Hermantown

The new restaurant is expected to be open next month.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – King of Creams restaurant in Duluth, is expanding its business with a second location in Hermantown. Customers can expect to have all the same menu items such as their famous burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, and ice cream to be sold at the new location. The Hermantown restaurant will provide more room to accommodate double the seating capacity as…

The $20 Million Senior Development Planned For Hermantown Comes To A Halt After Strong Concerns

The developer tells Fox 21 the feedback received has been very supportive, but the decision to stop the project seems to be political.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A $20 million project to build a new senior housing development in Hermantown has hit a roadblock. After hearing strong community concerns the Hermantown City Council voted to reject the project at Tuesday night’s council meeting. The Arbours of Maple Grove development project planned for the area has been in the works for more than a year….

Two Charged in Woodland Home Invasion

1/2 Paulk Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Thorstenson Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – The two suspects arrested in connection to a home invasion in the Woodland neighborhood Sunday have now been formally charged. Dallan Timothy Thorstenson, 23, and Martin Luther Paulk Jr., 26, both of South Carolina, have been charged with felony kidnapping, first-degree aggravated robbery, second-degree assault,…

Bayfield Man Found Guilty of Murder

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn. – A Bayfield man accused of fatally shooting his uncle and injuring his cousin in 2018 has been found guilty of murder. James Montano, 34, was found guilty of premeditated first-degree murder, intentional second-degree murder, and attempted premeditated first-degree murder early Wednesday morning in a Carlton County courtroom. In April 2018 Montano shot and killed his Uncle…

Looking to Stress Less? Follow These Tips!

Local Health & Wellness Speaker & Trainer Berta Lippert Offers Tips to Help You Stress Less in 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – Are you looking to get healthy and feel better about yourself? Maybe lose weight, get organized, or reduce stress? Thankfully, local health and wellness speaker, Berta Lippert, is here to help Twin Ports residents. Lippert says when it comes to creating lasting change, you may or may not know what it is you need to do. Or,…

Blind Sled Dog to Race in Beargrease 120

"This year we started training him like he was going to be one of the marathon racing dogs and he looked great. In fact, he looked almost as good as he was when he was two years old. He was one of the best dogs on the team."

HOVLAND, Minn. – Frank Moe has 43 dogs on his property. 28 of them are in training and none of them are quite like the seven-year-old Alaskan husky named Indy. “We were really grateful to have him. Indy became a star right away. In fact, he finished the Beargrease marathon when he was two,” Dog Musher, Frank Moe says. Fast…

Hermantown City Council, Mayor Reject Proposed Housing Project

HERMANTOWN, Minn. — On Tuesday, the Hermantown City Council voted to reject a proposal for a 137-unit housing development called The Arbours of Maple Grove. City council’s vote was tied 2-2, with the tiebreaker vote made by Hermantown Mayor Wayne Boucher to deny the proposal. The Arbours of Maple Grove property would have sat on more than 10 acres of…

St. Louis County Public Works Employees Return to Work After Strike

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – St. Louis County Public Works employees are back at work after a six-day strike. The Teamsters Local 320 approved a new three-year contract Monday night with a unanimous vote. According to the county, the Teamsters will get wage increases, extra personal leave days, and the chance to shop around for health insurance plans. County officials…

State Senators Head To Hibbing As Ongoing Debates Continue Into Proposed Minnesota Gun Law

HIBBING, Minn. – Ongoing debates about new Minnesota gun laws continue. Several state senators traveled to Hibbing for a public informational hearing to touch on a few proposed bills addressing firearms and public safety in Minnesota Nearly 100 advocates from both ends of the spectrum of gun rights and gun control showed up to testify about their stance on the…

Audit Finds More Violations at Department of Human Services

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – An internal audit has found several violations of laws to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in a Department of Human Services division responsible for a string of improper payments. The department’s behavioral health division was responsible for $29 million in overpayments to two American Indian bands and $70 million in improper payments to chemical dependency…

Vikings Pick up 5 Additions to Pro Bowl, Including Cousins

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have five additions to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, giving them eight players in the all-star game for their highest total in 10 years. The team announced Tuesday that quarterback Kirk Cousins, defensive end Everson Griffen, fullback C.J. Ham, linebacker Eric Kendricks, and cornerback Xavier Rhodes were picked as replacements. Running back Dalvin…

Renegade Theater Kicks Off 2020 Season with Production of “Bright Star”

"Bright Star" Opens at Renegade Theater Friday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Renegade Theater Company is proud to present the first production of their 2020 season, “Bright Star.” Performers Christina Stroup Manchester and Blake Reistad stopped by FOX 21 Local News from 7 – 9 a.m. to chat about the upcoming production. It’s set to take center stage on Friday, January 24. Other performances will take place January 25,…

St. Louis County Public Works Employees Vote to Ratify New Contract with County

Union members voted unanimously 133-0.

EVELETH, Minn.- In an unprecedented unanimous vote, the Teamsters Local 320 Union representing St. Louis County Public Works employees voted to ratify a contract agreement with the County, ending their strike which began last Wednesday. “You ratified the contract 133-0, it was unanimous,” announced Teamsters Recording Secretary Erik Skoog. That announcement was met with raucous cheers from the Union members….

High School Band Students Visit CSS For Annual Honor Band Festival

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly 100 high school students visited the College of St. Scholastica for a day of music-making. The college hosted it’s fourth annual High School Honor Band Festival. High school band directors from around the region nominated students to take part in this year’s event. The students spent the day rehearsing in preparation for their big concert at…

KYN: Lost Cove Co. Tattoo

DULUTH, Minn. – The pop-up shop in the Miller Hill Mall is now filled with a *new tattoo shop. The lost cove co was founded by Minnesota native, and celebrity tattoo artist and MTV start Travis Ross along with his friend Aaron Larson. The two began collaborating after several months ago when the two met in the Twin Cities. “I…

Prince Wrongful Death Case Dismissed; Estate Case Continues

(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota court records show a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Prince’s family members has been quietly dismissed in recent months against all defendants. Though the dismissal of one defendant is being appealed, the rest were dismissed by agreement, which experts say could indicate settlements. Meanwhile, efforts to determine the value of Prince’s estate…

Minnesota Dentists Offering Free Dental Care for over 2,000 Children

Participants for "Give Kids a Smile" Must be 18 Years of Age or Younger

DULUTH, Minn. – Northland children in need of dental care are now able to apply for free services to be completed on February 7 & 8. The Minnesota Dental Association (MDA) is proud to provide free dental care to thousands of Minnesota children from low-income families through the annual volunteer program, Give Kids a Smile. This is the eighteenth year,…

Minnesota Teen Found Unresponsive After Fall From Park Cliff

TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say a teenager was found unresponsive after falling off a 30-foot cliff at a state park north of the Twin Cities. The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office says deputies navigated the “extreme terrain” to reach 19-year-old Luke Zajac from Marine on St. Croix at Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls Sunday afternoon. Deputies used…

St. Louis County, Teamsters Local 320 Reach Contract Agreement

The Agreement Was Announced Monday Morning on the Facebook Page of Teamsters 320 Local Recording Secretary Erik Skoog

DULUTH, Minn. – According to Teamsters Local 320 Recording Secretary Erik Skoog, an agreement has been reached between public works employees and St. Louis County. The announcement was made early Monday morning on Skoog’s Facebook page. In a post, Skoog says, “After 15 hours of mediation, we reached an agreement that both parties can be proud of! Congrats Teamsters and…

Less Than Week Ahead of Beargrease, Fundraiser Helps with Last Minute Expenses

Fundraiser helps accommodate for money lost from stolen bales of straw.

DULUTH, Minn.- Excitement is building less than a week before the 40th annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. A fundraiser was held at Breeze Inn on Jean Duluth Road to help raise money for the race, after 200 bales of straw were stolen back in October. That straw is used as bedding for the dogs. The race raised money in…

Interfaith Service Honors Martin Luther King Jr., Continues Fight for Equality

Gloria Dei Church packed with all faith backgrounds honoring Rev. Dr. King.

DULUTH, Minn.- The kickoff to Duluth’s events commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. was an interfaith service honoring the work of freedom fighters of the past, with performances by youth continuing the fight in the future. “We’re still remembering the words of him 60 years later,” said Salaam Witherspoon, Chair of the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee. “We’re still asking for…

1 Injured, 2 Arrested In Home Invasion, Robbery In Duluth’s Woodland Neighborhood

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating an apparent home invasion and robbery that injured a man. The call for help came in around 5:30 p.m. Sunday on the 200 block of St. Paul Avenue in the Woodland neighborhood. Two suspects were arrested and police were not searching for anyone else. Authorities say two BB guns, baseball bats, and marijuana…

Minnesota State Fair to Add Metal Detectors, Other Upgrades This Year

Metal detectors at gates just one of many improvements and maintenance for 2020 Get Together.

MINNESOTA- This year the Minnesota State Fair will be adding metal detectors to their gates, among other upgrades and maintenance projects. According to Fair Officials entrance gates will be changed to accommodate fair-time metal detectors. “We’ve looked at adding metal detectors to our public safety program for a while now,” said State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer. “We added bag…

MLK Indoor Frisbee Tournament Raises Money for UMD Team

Fundraiser raises about $2,000 every year.

DULUTH, Minn.- UMD’s Northern Lights Ultimate Frisbee Team held their annual MLK Indoor Tournament Fundraiser at Ward Wells Fieldhouse Saturday. Teams from as far as Mankato and North Dakota came to the fieldhouse to play. The tournament is how the UMD team raises most of their money for travel expenses, jersey fees, and more for the whole season. According to…

$1 Million In Governor Walz’s Bonding Proposal Could Fund New Manufacturing Department At LSC

The entire project will cost between $12-14 million.

DULUTH, Minn. – Governor Walz recently announced his higher education proposal. The proposal included nearly $1 million in pre-design funding for new manufacturing labs at Lake Superior College. LSC’s manufacturing department resides in downtown Duluth, but the program has outgrown the leased space over the years. If the funding is awarded, it would allow the manufacturing department to move from…

Early Voting Begins In Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluthians were out early Friday morning casting their votes for the 2020 Presidential Primary Election. Voters say this is a convenience factor that should allow more people to get to the polls. “That’s exciting because folks who are just busy who still want to participate don’t have to get a babysitter to go to their caucus night…