Minnesota

Grilling Summer Favorites with Fireplace Corner

Cooking Connection: Fireplace Corner Grills

DULUTH, Minn. – Fireplace Corner in Duluth is known for keeping homes warm, but the business also features several grills. Every Friday and Saturday in the Summer employees grill for customers to show them how the different grills work while eating lunch. In this week’s Cooking Connection, Fireplace Corner Salesman Alan DelVecchio did some grilling with FOX 21’s William Seay….

Walleye Fishing on Mille Lacs Lake Reopens Friday

Will close again after Labor Day

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Catch-and-release walleye fishing and use of live bait returns to Mille Lacs Lake on Friday, Aug. 11, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Night fishing will continue to be prohibited from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Nov. 30. Regulations do allow anglers to fish for muskie and northern pike at night, but only artificial…

Nonprofits Want State Gambling/Gaming Taxes To Lower

Some Say The State Gets To Much Already

Duluth, Minn. Each year billions of dollars are spent on charitable gaming across the state of Minnesota. Sounds like a lot of money, but with increasing state taxes on gaming and the states percentages getting bigger and bigger. What’s left over for the charities that rely on their slice of the pie? Nonprofits across Minnesota including Duluth are feeling the…

Duluth and Superior Combine to Honor Survivors

Mayors Proclaimed Aug. 16 as Break the Silence Day in the Twin Ports

DULUTH, Minn. – Mayors Emily Larson and Jim Paine joined sexual assault survivors from Duluth and Superior, as well as their allies on Park point Wednesday to dedicate a day towards breaking silence. “Therefore, we, Jim Paine and Emily Larson, Mayors of the City of Superior and the City of Duluth, do officially proclaim August 16th, 2017 as Break the…

Gov. Dayton Appointed Chair of NGA’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The National Governor’s Association (NGA) has appointed Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton as chairman of the NGA’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. Dayton will replace Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas. “I am very honored to have been asked to serve as Chairman of the National Governors Association’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee,” said Gov. Dayton….

Minnesota Sees Growing Wind Energy Capacity

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – New data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that Minnesota’s wind energy capacity increased nearly 10 percent last year. The Minnesota Public Radio reports that wind power accounts for nearly 18 percent of the electricity generated in the state. The data shows that Minnesota ranks seventh in the nation for wind energy. Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike…

Technology Specialist Talks Back-to-School Gadgets

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer vacation is coming to an end in a few weeks and students will be heading back to school. Verizon Wireless Solutions Specialist Rachel Agurkis visited FOX 21 this morning to talk about must-have technology for students. Google Home: Students can ask the device homework questions. Fitbit Alta: This is a great accessory for student athletes. Track…

Fond du Lac Band Asks For Answers; What’s Next?

Ancient Burial Ground Unearthed By MnDOT Road Project

Duluth, Minn. This Spring, Native American grave sites were disturbed at a MnDOT Highway 23 work site. The Fond du Lac band called for some kind of resolution. Tuesday MnDOT held an open house for the community members affected by the issue to speak out. Months after the department of transportation mistake the construction site remains at a standstill and…

Firefighters help fight muscular dystrophy with Fill The Boot events

Firefighters are spread across the town, collecting money for youth with muscular dystrophy

DULUTH, Minn. – Firefighters in Duluth are spread out at busy intersections across town for the Fill the Boot event, which raises money for children with muscular dystrophy. “We take it seriously,” Duluth firefighter Aaron Bujold said.  “Its for a really good cause… Most of the people we deal with are pretty charitable. We get a good outcome out here.”…

Paddlers Alliance Holds Free Paddle Day

Community Paddle Days lets youth groups and the community experience paddling for free

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland Paddlers Alliance is continuing to help the community get out on the water. Last week, they helped folks get out on some stand up paddle boards, and this Tuesday, they set people up with canoes out at Boy Scout Landing. It’s all provided free of charge, for anyone of any skill level. “It’s all very…

First Duluth Boat Completes Yacht Race

The Eight-Person Crew Finished In Just Over Three Days

DULUTH, Minn. – Sailors on the Trans–Superior International Yacht Race are still making their way into the Twin Ports. Tuesday saw the first Duluth vessel cross the finish line. Papa Paucho II cruised into port a little after 2 p.m. The Duluth boat had a crew of eight. They finished the race in just over three days. “Lots of heavy…

Duluth Unveils Street Repair Plan

Mayor's Proposal Calls for a .5% Sales Tax Increase

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth streets are a problem for virtually every driver. However Mayor Emily Larson thinks she has a solution. “I am announcing a referendum for voters this fall, for a 0.5% sales tax dedicated entirely to fund our Streets Improvement Program,” said Mayor Larson, while unveiling her new plan Wednesday. According to Mayor Larson the sales tax increase…

UMD Police Hiring

University Wants to Add Four Officers

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth Police Department is looking for a few new officers. The UMD P.D. has openings for three new officers right now, with another opening later this year. The department conducted a staffing study a year ago which concluded the current staff of 10 wasn’t enough.  UMD’s police chief, Sean Huls, says more officers…

T-Shirts Designed to Raise Mental Illness Awareness

Steven Gold Selling "Mental Illness Sucks" Shirts to Encourage People to Address Issues

DULUTH, Minn. – Statistics say you or someone close to you battles some form of mental illness. One Duluth man wants to raise awareness. Steven Gold came up with the “Mental Illness Sucks” t–shirt as a way to get people talking about a difficult subject. Gold, who’s battled depression since the 10th grade, says getting people to talk about their…

Remer Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Sexual Conduct with Minors

Jacob White WALKER, Minn. – A Remer, Minnesota man has been sentenced to 12 year in prison for two sexual conduct cases involving minors, according to Cass County Attorney Christopher J. Strandlie. Jacob John White, 32, was sentenced for committing Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree, which will run concurrently with one year in jail for Criminal Sexual Conduct…

Thousands of Ship Documents Archived, Available for Public Research

Northland Uncovered: Fraser Shipping Documents

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The shipping industry is a business impacting the entire Northland. About four years ago, Fraser Shipyards donated thousands of ship drawings dating back to the 1890s to UW-Superior for archiving and research. Now, librarians are finishing up that task. “They’re more works of art than anything else,” Senior Project Assistant Dara Fillmore described of the donated documents….

Fuse Duluth Takes Networking Outdoors

Young Professionals Group Hosts First-ever Disc Golf Tournament

DULUTH, Minn. – This week Fuse Duluth is taking networking outdoors. The organization, designed by the Duluth Chamber of Commerce to attract and retain young talent to the area, is hosting a disc golf tournament on Thursday, August 10. This is taking place at the Miller Creek Disc Golf Course from noon to 5 p.m. Each of the course’s nine…

Trial Begins for Three I-94 Protesters Arrested in Castile Demostration

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Activists held a press conference Tuesday morning ahead of the first trial for the I-94 protesters (Fox 9)   ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – The first trial is set to begin Tuesday for some of the people arrested during protests on Interstate 94 last summer following the shooting death of Philando Castile. Three days after Castile was shot and killed…

Trans-Superior International Yacht Races Finishes in Duluth

The multi-day race starts in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

DULUTH, Minn. – Sailors racing in the Trans–Superior International Yacht Race are starting to sail into the Twin Ports. About 35 boats set sail from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and took part in the multi–day race that takes them through the center of Lake Superior, and finishes right here in Duluth. “The best part of sailing, especially distance racing, is…

Bald Eagle Nesting Areas Reopen at Voyageurs National Park

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – Five of Voyageurs National Park’s 276 visitor-use camping and houseboat sites are reopen after they were temporarily closed in May to protect bald eagle nesting pairs. The areas reopened include: Kabetogama Lake – Happy Landing Campsite, Camelback Island Campsite, Ek Bay Houseboat Site Namakan Lake – Hamilton Bay Campsite, Sexton Is. Campsite Each years since 1992,…

New art exhibit at Zeitgeist honors artist’s late sister

Gabriel Christopher Dee's exhibit runs through Labor Day

DULUTH, Minn. – A new art exhibit is on display at the Zeitgeist Arts Building in Downtown Duluth. Gabriel Christopher Dee’s exhibit is called Muse: Images of Women. The artwork heavily feature’s the artist’s sister, who recently lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. He says that working with his sister was a good way to remain connected to her. “While…

“Wolves At Our Door” Teaches Minnesotans Wolf Facts

The Traveling Outreach Program Stopped in Two Harbors on Monday

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – People in Two Harbors had the chance to learn all about wolves at the International Wolf Center’s program, “Wolves At Our Door.” The traveling outreach program helps Minnesotans understand wolves and the problems associated with them so they can learn to co-exist with the wild canines around them. “This is the animal that lives near me…

National Lighthouse Day Celebrated at Split Rock

Since 1989, August 7th Is Used to Recognize the Importance of Lighthouses

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – August 7th is National Lighthouse Day, when we pay tribute to the lighthouses along our shorelines. National Lighthouse Day is celebrated to honor the passing of the Lighthouse Act in 1789. That law put lighthouses under federal government control. Since 1989, today’s date has been used to recognize the importance of lighthouses to our country. At…

One Challenger Already for Sen. Klobuchar

State Rep. Newberger to Challenge Klobuchar

Jim NewbergerMINNEAPOLIS-State Rep. Jim Newberger is the first Republican to formally announce plans to take on Minnesota’s popular U.S. senator, Amy Klobuchar. Should Newberger win his party’s endorsement at next year’s state convention, the task of beating Klobuchar is a tall one. The Democratic senator beat her last two Republican opponents by double digits. And, she’s already raised nearly $6…

Minnesota Researchers Study the State’s Sex Buyers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Researchers in Minnesota have discovered that most sex buyers in the state are married, white men, with disposable income. Minnesota Public Radio reports that University of Minnesota researchers interviewed more than 150 law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and social service employees for the study. The study found that the men tend to be between 30 and 50 years…

Don Baylor, World Series Champ with Twins, Dead at 68

PHOENIX – APRIL 08: Coach Don Baylor of the Colorado Rockies looks on during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 8, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 9-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Don Baylor, the 1979 American League MVP and a 1987 World Series champion with the Minnesota…

30 Acts Expected for Bayfront Blues Festival

Coffee Conversation: 29th Annual Bayfront Blues Festival

DULUTH, Minn. – Music will be filling Bayfront Festival Park this weekend for the 29th Annual Bayfront Blues Festival. Cyndee Parsons, the Media Relations Director, says out of the 30 acts expected there will be something for everyone. The festival starts up on Friday, August 11 and runs through Sunday, August 13. Following the performances on the main stages, a…

Minnesota Governor: Islamic Center IED Blast an ‘Act of Terrorism’

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (KMSP) – A group of state and national politicians gathered Sunday to see for themselves the damage caused by an improvised explosive device at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington just one day earlier. The blast went off during morning prayers around 5:00 a.m., shocking those gathered with plumes of smoke coming from a window near the…

Duluth for Clean Water Asking for Polymet Evidentiary Hearing

Organizers Will Send Letter to Governor, DNR Next Week

DULUTH, Minn. – Discussions for and against a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in Northeast Minnesota continues. On Sunday, a Duluth environmental group held an event to gain support. According to Duluth for Clean Water officials, decisions could be made later this year on whether permits to mine are granted to the proposed PolyMet project. Before that happens, some in Duluth…

UPDATE: Missing Couple Found Dead

Ron and Mary Tarnowski Were Found in the Brookston Area

BROOKSTON, Minn. – The search for Ron and Mary Tarnowski had a tragic ending. The couple, missing since July 29th, was found Saturday by a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter west of U.S. Highway 2 near Brookston. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, though foul play isn’t suspected. The Tarnowskis were last seen in Duluth July 29th at the…

New Strategies In Place For Missing Duluth Couple Case

Command Center And Agencies State Wide Are Now On The Case

Saturday August 5th, It was day 8 of the missing Duluth couple Ron and Mary Tarnowski. Saturday hundreds gathered at the Tarnowski home in hopes that a search party would bring them home. “We are not giving up hope. We’re keeping our heads held high, we’re going to be strong, and we’re going to bring mom and dad home. But…

Explosion at Twin Cities Islamic Center

A Witness Saw Someone by the Imam's Window Before Blast

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Muslim American Society of Minnesota says that someone threw an explosive device that started a fire in the imam’s office at a mosque near Minneapolis. The society said in a statement that attendees extinguished the fire at Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington. Police say the explosion was reported at about 5 a.m. Saturday and there…

Lighthouse Days shows off historical importance of the unique structures

The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center has many activities to celebrate lighthouses.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, The Lake Superior Maritime Museum celebrates lighthouses. Several days of activities are planned for the weekend, designed to teach visitors the role lighthouses played in keeping mariners safe on the water. “As technology has progressed, more and more lighthouses are being decommissioned and we don’t want to loose that important history,” museum director Denise Wolvin…

City On The Hill Music Fest

Setting Up For A Big Weekend

Duluth, Minn. Set up for the City on the Hill Music Festival is underway at Bayfront Park. Organizers say ticket sells are at an all–time high. They’re expecting over 5,000 thousand people both Friday and Saturday night. The concert consists of Christian bands that bring their up lifting songs for all to enjoy. “It’s a chance for families to get…

‘Night Of Mayhem’ Coming To Proctor Speedway Saturday

Reverse races, trailer races, and bus races and more

PROCTOR, Minn. – Chaos is coming to the Proctor Speedway this weekend. It’s the Mid–Summer Night of Mayhem this Saturday. The event features all kinds of destructive fun, from reverse races, trailer races, and the crowd favorite – the bus races. “There’s going to be buses rolling over, there’s going to be cars smashing into everything, there’s going to be…

Thomas the Tank Engine brings a friend to the Northland

Percy makes an appearance this year for Thomas's day out.

DULUTH, Minn. – A friendly face has made his way back to the Northland. Thomas the Tank Engine has made his way to The Depot in Duluth for the “Day out with Thomas” event this weekend. It features all kinds of family friendly activities, and this year, Thomas even brought a friend with him. ” said that Duluth was his…

Search Continues for Missing Couple

Ronald and Mary Tarnowski Were Last Seen July 29th

DULUTH, Minn. – Ronald and Mary Tarnowski were last seen Saturday, July 29th. On Wednesday, their son asked for the public’s help. “Any help to get my Mom and Dad home would be more than welcome,” saind Karl Tarnowski. For Karl, his wife Bev, his brother Kurt, and the rest of their family, not knowing where Ron and Mary are…

Cooking up a Cuban with The Rambler

Cooking Connection: Food Truck Season

DULUTH, Minn. – August is here and food truck season is well underway in Duluth. One mobile restaurant, The Rambler, has been seen around town and this morning owner Jonathan Reznick cooked with FOX 21’s William Seay. Reznick showed viewers the unique spin The Rambler puts on a classic cuban. The Rambler’s full schedule can be viewed on their website…

‘Martha’s Daughter’ Opening Soon In Downtown Duluth

New Restaurant To Open In Former Home Of Coney Island

DULUTH, Minn. – A new restaurant is planned for the old Superior Street Coney Island. The space is undergoing extensive renovations to soon become Martha’s Daughter. The new owner moved in about a month ago. She says Martha’s Daughter will serve globally inspired food sourced locally. “Having a local connection is very important to me,” said Nyanika Banda. “I know…

Spirit Valley Days Kick Off

Car Show In Remembrance Of Long Time Car Guy

Duluth, Minn. The weather was nice and Twin Ports residents sure seemed to have enjoyed it. Grand Avenue was jammed packed today. The first of a 5 day stretch celebrating west Duluth. “It’s very nice to have a gathering like this for multiple days because you get to see people that have moved away. They come back here to enjoy…

Mexico Travel Safe Despite Incidents

Problems at All-Inclusive Resorts Happen Rarely According to Travel Agent

DULUTH, Minn. – Before you know it fall and winter will be here and many in the Northland will head to warmer weather. Mexico is a popular destination. But in light of recent stories of tainted alcohol and rape at all inclusive resorts, some may think wice about a Mexican holiday. According to one Duluth travel agent, incidents do happen,…

Regional Premiere of New Musical at Teatro Zuccone Thursday

"Dogfight - A New Musical"

DULUTH, Minn. – This week Zeitgeist Arts is hosting the regional premeire of “Dogfight – A New Musical.” This musical was created by Oscar and Tony Award winning composers Pasek and Paul. The show will run August 3 – 19 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and a Sunday Matinee will be at 2 p.m. on August 13th….

Minneapolis Fire Department Responds to Building Collapse

Three People are Unaccounted For

Image from Fox 9FROM FOX 9 MINNEAPOLIS-Multiple people are trapped after an explosion and collapse at the Minnehaha Academy Upper School in Minneapolis. Minneapolis Assistant Fire Chief of Bryan Tyner confirmed crews are searching for three people who are unaccounted for. Crews already rescued three people from the roof of the building. five people have been transported to the hospital,…

Berries are Ready at Farm LoLa

Recent Heatwave Sped Up This Year's Crop

WRENSHALL, Minn. – Locally Laid is known for its eggs but did you know the company started producing raspberries last year? The recent heatwave sped up this year’s berry crop at Farm LoLa. In fact, farmers say now is the time to pick the best of the best. As neighboring patches ditch the berry business, the business of picking berries…

‘Adopt a Backpack’ Drive Underway

ISD 709, CHUM, Union Gospel Mission Partner to Collect School Supplies

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Public Schools, CHUM, and the Union Gospel Mission want to send kids back to school prepared. These groups have partnered for another ‘Adopt a Backpack’ drive. Between now and August 15th you can drop off school supplies at CHUM’s food shelf in Downtown Duluth to help families in need. Organizers say going back to school on…

Duluth Helps Groups Apply for Grants

City has $3 Million for Revitalization Through HUD

DULUTH, Minn. – Local officials helped groups land grant money through the Department of Housing & Urban Development. The city has about $3 million for community revitalization through the Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant programs. Representatives from the community planning office were on hand at the Duluth Public Library Tuesday to answer any questions. “This is a…

Fake Driveway Contractor Near Biwabik

Be on the Lookout

BIWABIK, Minn.-St. Louis County has received reports of someone going door-to-door around Highway 4 on the Vermilion Trail near Biwabik, claiming to be part of an asphalt company. “This individual reportedly is asking residents if they’d like their driveway redone b y his company while they are working in the area,” said St. Louis County in a prepared statement. “The…

Anniversary of Mississippi Bridge Collapse is Today

Ceremonies to be Held in Twin Cities to Honor Victims

MINNEAPOLIS-Ten years ago Tuesday, a bridge on a busy freeway collapsed without warning into the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis during the evening rush hour. The disaster killed 13 people and injured 145. Many leaders saw it as a wake-up call about the country’s deteriorating infrastructure. It changed the bridge industry and helped spur states into catching up on their…

PTSD Patients Can Now Buy Medical Marijuana in Minnesota

The Medical Marijuana Program Launched in 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Minnesota residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can start buying medical marijuana. Tuesday brought the latest expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program that launched in July 2015. Patients suffering chronic pain that couldn’t be treated with other means were allowed to use the drug starting last summer, a move that added thousands of customers to the state’s…