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Knowing Your Neighbors: Better Results with Building Logic

Building Logic Started in 2010 to Assist Residents in the Twin Ports with Everyday Property Care and Repair Needs

DULUTH, Minn. – Becoming a home or business owner can be exciting but it also comes with a price tag, countless hours of hard work and labor. That’s why Duluth based Building Logic is looking to be there for you when there’s property care and repair needs. It’s located in a small grey building just off Piedmont Avenue in Duluth….

Elite Beach Volleyball Tournament Comes to Skyline Lanes

Tournament to be Hosted Memorial Day Weekend

DULUTH, Minn. – An elite volleyball competition is coming to Duluth. Skyline Lanes is hosting an AVPFirst Tournament and AVPNext Tournament. This is taking place Saturday, May 26 – Sunday, May 27 at Skyline Lanes. The tournament has been in the Twin Cities before, but this is the first time this tournament has been held in Duluth. AVPFirst is for…

Glensheen Mansion to Host Free Classic Tours for Moms on Mother’s Day

DULUTH, Minn. – Mother’s Day is coming up and Glensheen Mansion is offering a fun way to spend time your mom. The Historic Congdon Estate is offering free Classic Tours for mothers on Sunday, May 13. This is in honor of Clara Congdon. The mansion is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Also in May, Glensheen is once again…

Ex-officer who Killed Australian Woman Appears in Court

Noor Will Plead not Guilty

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman last summer after she called 911 to report a possible assault didn’t speak in a brief court appearance. Mohamed Noor is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 15 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Amy Sweasy said…

Vista Queen Arrives In Duluth Port For 2018 Season

Vista Owner Says City Will Be Building Temporary Docking For Safe Harbor During Seawall Construction

DULUTH, Minn. – There is a sigh of relief and excitement for the Vista Fleet’s 2018 tourism season with the arrival of the Vista Queen boat in the port of Duluth. Boat tours begin on Wednesday and the bigger Vista Star will arrive on Thursday. Owner Justin Steinbach said after he did a story last week with FOX 21’s Dan Hanger about…

Beloved 50’s Drive-In Restaurant Open for the Season

A and Dubs Drive-In is open for the summer season.

DULUTH, Minn.-It’s been around since the 1950’s and is still keeping the drive-in style eatery alive and well in Duluth. A and Dubs Drive-In is open for the summer season, Monday customers enjoyed the sunshine and car-side service at the diner. A and Dubs has been serving Duluth since the 1950s and is the city’s first drive-in. The owner says…

Hospital Offers Free Skin Cancer Detection

Screenings are the most effective way to detect skin cancer.

DULUTH, Minn.- Nearly one in five Americans develop skin cancer, today dermatologists in Duluth are helping community members detect warning signs. The Spot Me event offers free skin cancer detection all day long. The American Academy of Dermatology deemed today Melanoma Monday, local dermatologists checked moles and concern spots for free. The Skin Renewal Center at Essentia Health opened its…

City Leaders Discuss the Proposed Affordable Housing Work Act

Duluth city leaders speaking out Wednesday believe the proposed bill would affect over 900 households in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth city leaders gathered discussing how the Affordable Housing Work Act 2018 proposed bill could potentially affect the area if passed. The Trump administration’s making Affordable Housing Work Act 2018 proposal aims to increase the minimum rent paid by low–income households. It’s estimated over than two million people would be affected by the increase nationwide. The proposal still…

Minnesota Says old IDs Should Suffice at Airports Until 2020

The Current Extension Will Lapse in October

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota officials say standard driver’s licenses should be accepted for domestic flights until October 2020 as stronger Real ID requirements roll out. That’s been an open question for years as the state has struggled to satisfy the federal Real ID Act. The 2005 law requires upgraded security standards for licenses and took effect in January….

Letter Carriers Ask for Public’s Help with Annual Food Drive

Stamp Out Hunger Takes Place Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend the public can help the hungry in the Northland just by taking a stroll to the mailbox. The National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is taking place on Saturday, May 12. This is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. On this day, letter carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in…

Bent Paddle to Celebrate Five Years with Annual Festival

Festiversary Takes Over West Michigan Street on Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – Bent Paddle is celebrating their fifth anniversary and they want the public to join. Their annual Festiversary is taking place on Saturday, May 12 from 2 – 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and $10 for those under 21 or the designated driver. Kids 14 and under are free. This is a…

Late ice-out Worries Minnesota Anglers as Opener Approaches

Around 5,000 Anglers Traditionally Fish on Opening Weekend

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Many of Minnesota’s most popular lakes still have ice as the state’s fishing season opener approaches on Saturday. But one of the coldest and snowiest Aprils on record has given way to a warm, sunny May that’s causing rapid melting. That’s giving hope to anglers, resorts and bait shops. While most big walleye lakes across the northern…

No Serious Injuries in Grand Rapids School bus Crash

Eleven Students and Driver Sent to Hospital

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption LENGBY, Minn. (AP) – A school bus crash in northwestern Minnesota resulted in no serious injuries. Grand Rapids Public Schools says 22 students and one staff member were traveling to the Great Plains Youth Institute in Crookston on Monday when their bus was involved in…

Wolf Ridge ELC Unveils Renovated Margaret A. Cargill Lodge

The Margaret A. Cargill Lodge is Renovated to Meet the Highest International Standard for Sustainability

FINLAND, Minn. – A vision of outdoor education and sustainability back in 1971 has become a huge success over the years in Lake County. Staff, students and visitors to this popular attraction continue to stay one step ahead of the game when it comes to going green. “Wolf Ridge started on the idea of let’s get kids outside and get…

Paint Your Pet Class Has People Creating Art of Their Furry Friends

No, they're not painting on their pets, they're painting pictures OF their pets.

DULUTH, Minn. –  Some people in Duluth spent a relaxing Sunday getting in touch with their creative side. Folks gathered at Blacklist Artisan Ales for a “Paint Your Pet” class. People submitted photos of their pet to the artist at MP Design Art, who then creates a paint–by–numbers image, so that even the most inexperienced painter can complete a masterpiece…

UMD Students walk across the stage for graduation

More than 2,000 students graduated on Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – Saturday was a big day for University of Minnesota – Duluth students at Amsoil Arena It was UMD’s commencement day for those students who have passed all their tests, and are ready to take the next steps in their lives. “It’s super exciting, seeing all these people, it kind of brings back the memories of all the…

Fire Leaves Local Business a Total Loss

Around 3:30 Thursday afternoon firefighters were called to Cloquet Interiors, more than 24 hours later crews are still working at the scene.

CLOQUET, Minn.- The investigation continues tonight into a major fire that broke out Thursday afternoon at a Cloquet business. Cloquet Interiors along Highway 33 is a total loss and Friday’s winds kept firefighters on site to make sure the fire didn’t cause more problems. Around 3:30 Thursday afternoon firefighters were called to Cloquet Interiors, more than 24 hours later crews…

Animal Control Changes in Carlton County

The President of Friends of Animals tells us shelters don’t typically provide animal control officers.

CLOQUET, Minn.- The animal shelter, Friends of Animals in Cloquet has been providing the community with an animal control officer for years. Last month the shelter notified the City it will no longer. The President of Friends of Animals tells us shelters don’t typically provide animal control officers. The motive behind the change is to put more resources into the shelter….

Update on the Cloquet Interiors Fire

All Occupants Exited Safely

CLOQUET, Minn. – Over 50 firefighters stayed on scene for nine hours to extinguish the fire that broke out yesterday afternoon at Cloquet Interiors. The Cloquet Area Fire District reports when they arrived on scene the back half of the flooring showroom and warehouse were heavily involved with fire and an adjacent warehouse was fully involved with fire venting through…

Authorities Uncover Marijuana Operation With 1,433 Plants

A Second Suspect was Also Arrested

DASSEL, Minn. (AP) – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office says officers who went to arrest a fugitive with an out-of-state warrant ended up uncovering a large-scale marijuana growing operation in Dassel. Officers who arrested the 37-year-old man Thursday seized 1,433 marijuana plants from the residence. Sheriff Brian Cruze says that in his 24-year law enforcement career he has never seen…

2018 Homegrown Music Festival Continues with Weekend Full of Shows

Bratwurst to Perform Saturday Night

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival is well underway and there’s still time to take in some great shows. One of the founding members of the band “Bratwurst” stopped by FOX 21 to chat about their upcoming show. Bratwurst will be performing at The Red Herring Lounge at 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. For more information on…

Kids Club Offers Child Care for Parents at Duluth YMCA

Active Adventures: Kids Club

DULUTH, Minn. – For busy parents, it can be a struggle to find time to get daily tasks done, let alone find time to work out. This causes many parents to put exercise at the bottom of their priority list. The Duluth YMCA is offering a program with their membership to help with that. Emily Ranta, the Associate Executive Director…

Health Expert Shares the Psychological Impact Husky Energy Explosion May Have On Someone

Experts say you should look for signs or symptoms and if they aren't resolved within a month after an event like this you're advised to seek professional help.

DULUTH, Minn. – The impact of a traumatic event like the Husky Energy explosion in Superior can have serious psychological effects on a person. Health experts know young children may sometimes begin to act out or show regressive behaviors after events like this. There is also potential for teens to indulge in risky behaviors and turn to drugs or alcohol….

Smoke From Cloquet Interiors Fire Moves North Over Cloquet and Esko

The Cloquet Fire Department says there were a few buildings involved in the fire.

CLOQUET, Minn. – A long standing business in Cloquet goes up in flames and caused road closures as the Cloquet Fire Department responded to the fire. It happened earlier this afternoon around 4 p.m. at Cloquet Interiors, a flooring and carpeting business, which happens to be located near gas stations. Driving into Cloquet you could see the smoke from miles away. And because…

Lake Superior Brewing Company Now Canning Beer

Brewers tell us buying canned beer rather than bottles, has perks.

DULUTH, Minn.- For the first time ever craft beer lovers will be able to grab beers from the oldest microbrewery in Minnesota in cans. The canning line is up and running at the Lake Superior Brewing Company, filling nearly 800 cases in just one day. In past years canning hasn’t been considered due to space concerns. But dreams came to…

Arrowhead Youth Games Bring Sunshine and Smiles

The Arrowhead Youth Games is an on-going tradition.

DULUTH, Minn.-The day camp invites kids with disabilities from various schools to try activities they may have never experienced before. We spoke with one student who mastered a new bike and even took up archery. “I got it right in the red circle and I got it above it, the black circle, I got it above it,” Daniel Loney said….

Students Pitch City Plans to Local Officials

The plans could be used for future city projects.

DULUTH, Minn.- Students at the University of Minnesota Duluth have been brainstorming ways to utilize plots in the city. Art history students are sharing their vision for redesigning the lots around Essentia Health and the former Cobb Elementary School. Their plans were pitched to the City Planning Commission and could be incorporated in future city projects. “The fact that it…

Senate Poised to Vote on tax Plan With Income tax cut

A Final Vote is Expected Later Today

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Senate is preparing to vote on its plan to cut income tax rates while matching the federal tax overhaul. The Republican-controlled Senate’s proposal up for a vote Thursday would lower taxes on the first income bracket from 5.35 percent to 5.1 percent. It would also trigger future tax cuts when the state has…

Health Officials Tighten Fish Guidance for two Minnesota Lakes

The new Guidance was Issued Today

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Department of Health is advising people not to eat any fish from Lake Elmo or any smallmouth bass from Lake Harriet under its updated fish consumption guidelines. The two lakes are among six Twin Cities area lakes and a stretch of the Mississippi River where health officials previously advised limiting consumption of certain…

“Horses in Your Neighborhood” Invites Public into Barns

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of local equestrians has been working continuously to make riding horses a part of regular recreation in the Northland. This weekend the Duluth Area Horse Trail Alliance is hosting Horses in Your Neighborhood. This is a free event to teach about horses, horse care and horse activities. It’s being held on Sunday, May 6 from…

Duluth Playhouse’s Family Theatre Performs Dr. Seuss Classic

The Cat in the Hat Performances are Saturdays and Sundays

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Playhouse is performing a children’s classic this month. Two actors from “The Cat in the Hat” stopped by to chat about the work that’s been put into the production. The performance follows the Dr. Seuss story when The Cat in the Hat visits Sally and her brother on a gloomy day. The shows will be…

GOP Lawmakers Offer gun Bills

Anderson Says They aim to Strengthen Current Laws

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Two Republican lawmakers from Minneapolis suburbs are proposing bills aimed at gun possession and ownership. One would give private sellers an incentive to verify a buyer has a legal right to own a gun before making a sale. The other involves several changes to the process by which guns can be taken from people after…

House GOP Proposes $825M in Public Construction

Much of the Bill's Money is for Repairs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota House Republicans are proposing to spend $825 million on public works projects with a heavy focus on water infrastructure, roads and state building repairs. The House’s so-called bonding bill is roughly half the size of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s $1.5 billion proposal. Republican legislative leaders had dismissed that plan as too large and promised…

Fatal car Accident in Lakewood Township

The Incident Remains Under Investigation

DULUTH,Minn. – St. Louis County Deputies responded to a single vehicle car accident yesterday afternoon. Authorities say the vehicle driven by 76-year-old Frank Zatocil of Duluth left the roadway on West Tischer Road eventually striking a downed tree. Deputies attempted to revive Zatocil but were unsuccessful. Alcohol containers were present at the scene; however it is unknown at this time…

Meet A Young Entrepreneur, Mountain Biker and LSC’s Student-Athlete of the Year

Max also runs a media group and Max Organics, which provides produce to the local co-op.

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year Lake Superior College (LSC) recognizes students at an Honors Banquet for their hard work in their academics and in some cases on the bike trails. For the 20th year in a row LSC is honoring a young student and this one wears many titles. Max Fierek is a student, entrepreneur and avid mountain biker and now…

Duluth Restaurant Owners Admit Using ‘Zapper’ to Dodge Taxes

These Convictions are the First of Their Kind in Minnesota

Photo: facebook/osakaDULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Two Duluth restaurant owners have admitted to using so-called “zapper” software to dodge nearly $300,000 in taxes. Osaka Sushi Hibachi & Steak House owners Dan Xu and Zhong Wei Lin each pleaded guilty in St. Louis County District Court. They were allowed to avoid prison time in exchange for making immediate restitution and will each…

Essentia Health to Open West Duluth Urgent Care

The Clinic Will Open on May 7th

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health announced today that they will be opening an Urgent Care at their West Duluth Clinic on May 7. The new Urgent Care addition will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week. “Opening our Urgent Care in West Duluth shows how we are responding to the health care needs of the…

Duluth Lions Club to Host Annual Pancake Day on Thursday

Annual Fundraiser Supports Local Organization

DULUTH, Minn. – This Thursday Northlanders will have the chance to eat breakfast at any point in the day. The Duluth Lions Club is hosting its Annual Pancake Day, giving hungry eaters the option to eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack! The event will run from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Pioneer Hall at the Duluth Entertainment…

Veterinarian Expresses Concern Over Heartworm, Urges Prevention

On Average, Seven Dogs Every Year will Receive Treatment for Heartworm at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The disease is deadly, but the group targeted cannot speak up when they’re feeling ill. Heartworm is more common in southern states due to warm weather year round, but it doesn’t mean animals in the Midwest are out of the clear. “I have actually seen mosquitos out already,” said Lindsay Niemi, Practice Manager at Animal Allies Humane…

Charter Season Feeling Cramps With Seawall Reconstruction Delay

William A. Irvin Is 10 Feet Closer To Docks During Seawall Work

DULUTH, Minn. – 12-hour work days, six days a week: That’s the new pace underway for the $6 million seawall reconstruction project in Duluth’s Minnesota Slip that the city says is scheduled to be completed by mid-June, with new bike lanes and sidewalks wrapping up in August. The delayed seawall project has the William A. Irvin pushed out about 10…

Following Along on Local Judge’s Morning Commute

Judge Shaun Floerke rides to the Duluth Court House regardless of the weather.

DULUTH, Minn.-  For nearly a decade Judge Shaun Floerke has been gearing up for each full day of work at the Duluth Court House by hopping on his bike. Once gas prices hit three dollars a gallon all those years ago, Judge Floerke changed up his morning commute, biking instead of driving. “The first couple of weeks were just super…

How to Ensure Safe Campfire Traditions

Park officials say its important to teach your child campfire safety at every age.

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn.- As the weather is slowly getting warmer, its that time of year for smores and campfire stories, along with the fun comes fire responsibility. Dryer weather and winds are ideal conditions for wildfires to spark. To avoid your campfire getting out of hand, park officials ask campers to use a fire ring, avoid liquid fire starters, and…

Twin Ports Focuses on Mental Health Awareness Following Chaotic Week

The month of May is now dedicated to Northland Healthy Minds.

TWIN PORTS-  Mayors from both sides of the bridge are working to break down the stigma that often surrounds mental health. They’re calling it Northland Healthy Minds and they say this is even more timely given the recent traumatic events the Twin Ports have faced. Just this past month Superior firefighters faced the suicide of their longtime battalion chief Eric…

$5.49 Million Eco Friendly Dream Home for Sale in Silver Bay

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Dayton Pushes for $138M for Schools’ Budget Shortfalls

Dayton Urging Legislature to Approve Funding

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton is calling for $138 million in emergency funding for Minnesota schools as districts across the state grapple with budget shortfalls. Dayton unveiled his request to lawmakers Tuesday as the Legislature heads toward a mandatory May 22 adjournment. The Democratic governor’s proposal would increase the state’s per-pupil funding formula by 2 percent. More…

Duluth YMCA Offers Swim Scholarships for Underserved Communities

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer is just a couple months away which means families will be out on the lakes enjoying weekends up North. But while enjoying the warmer weather, families should always have water safety on their minds. Sara Eder, the Aquatics Director for the Duluth YMCA, stopped by FOX 21 this morning to chat about safety education opportunities at…

Minnesota Man Works to Support Vietnam Veterans

Program Highlights Nonprofit Work with Minnesota Veterans for Progress

SUPERIOR, Wis. – History is hard to miss throughout the Northland and one center in the Twin Ports is continuously educating citizens and supporting local veterans. One way the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is working to do that is through a program being hosted next week. Veteran Fletcher Hinds is visiting the center on Thursday, May 10 to…

15 Arrested in Cloquet Drug Investigation

More Arrests are Expected

CLOQUET, Minn. – An investigation by the Cloquet Police Department dubbed “Operation Spring Cleaning” has led to the arrest of 15 individuals selling controlled substances in the City of Cloquet and surrounding areas. Authorities say during the investigation, “detectives purchased substantial amounts of controlled substance from more than 20 individuals, many of which were arrested and later arraigned in Carlton…

Northern Minnesota Wildfire Burns Nearly 6,000 Acres

Mulitple air and Ground Crews are on Site

ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — A northern Minnesota wildfire has burned nearly 6,000 acres. The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center says the blaze that began Sunday evening remains very active due to westerly winds. The fire is burning about 15 miles northwest of Greenbush in Roseau County. The Fire Center’s Christi Powers tells KARE-TV no structures are threatened. There are multiple air…