Minnesota

Thunderbird Mall Offering More Shopping Experiences

The Thunderbird Mall is undergoing more additions.

VIRGINIA, Minn.- Good news for shoppers on the Iron Range, the Thunderbird Mall is adding more stores. The newest addition is Tractor Supply Co. The store is a one stop shop for the whole family, even your pets. This is just the beginning for more shops and job opportunities at the mall. “The building or the complex here is going…

Autism, Sleep Apnea Added as Minnesota Medical Marijuana Qualifiers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota health officials say they’re adding autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea as conditions that qualify for medical marijuana. Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says there is increasing evidence that medical marijuana can help people with severe autism or obstructive apnea. The state health department takes public input each year on conditions that might be…

Preparing Prime Rib with Texas Roadhouse

Cooking Connection: From Ribeye Loin to Prime Rib

DULUTH, Minn. – Prime rib is often a holiday treat for many, but at Texas Roadhouse it’s a year-round delicacy. Kitchen Manager Manny Gotchie says they “go fast”, so it’s best to be on the early end of the dinner rush. For this week’s Cooking Connection we learned what it takes to make the ribeye loin into prime rib. PRIME…

137 Days Later, Responding Officers Still to be Interviewed in Damond Killing

TOM LYDEN - FOX 9

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Nearly five months after a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Justine Damond, investigators have yet to interview the officers who responded to the scene in the immediate aftermath, the Fox 9 Investigators have learned. The investigation into the officer-involved shooting was conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). In September, the case was submitted to the Hennepin…

National Sexual Misconduct Allegations Spark Conversation on Campus

Addressing sexual misconduct now can prevent issues later in the workforce.

TWIN PORTS–  Women across the nation are coming forward with accusations against high profile men, which has created a ripple effect for college students in the Northland. The Women’s Resource and Action Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth has seen an increase in students reporting sexual misconduct. The incidents range from test messages to assaults that have occurred at…

Family Blames Red Lake Resort for Death of 2 Anglers

CHRISTINA PALLADINO - FOX 9

(FOX 9) – Two families are mourning the loss of their children after divers pulled the bodies of a young man and woman who were ice fishing on Red Lake. Now, family members say the resort should be held partly responsible for their son’s death. The Stacy, Minnesota family just celebrated their son Zeth’s 28th birthday on Thanksgiving when he…

Duluth Police Grow Beards For Good Cause

The money raised from the Hairy Holidays Campaign will go to local charities

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police officers are breaking the rules and getting away with it. For 120 years officers have followed a policy that permits just a mustache or a clean shaven look. Officers who paid $25 for the month of Nov. and Dec. can now grow out a beard. They came together today to recreate a photo of Duluth police officers from the 1890s…

Goodwill Makes Environmentally Friendly Change

Goodwill is now on the list of stores boycotting plastic bags.

DULUTH, Minn.- Goodwill is going green now using more environmentally friendly shopping bags. The organization will no longer purchase plastic bags, joining the Bag It Duluth campaign. Shoppers are encouraged; to bring a bag, offered a used plastic bag, or box at check out. Making the switch will prevent an estimated 800,00 plastic bags from becoming waste. “We’re also going…

Idling Your Vehicle Could Cost You

Idling also causes damage to the environment by increasing the amount of vehicle exhaust in the air

DULUTH, Minn. -You might want to think twice about leaving your keys in the ignition during the cold weather when trying to warm it up. You could end up with a ticket or walk out to something worse. We may have all done it before. It’s cold so you start your car, leave it running and walk away. Well you…

Castile’s Girlfriend Reaches Settlement Over Police Shooting

Diamond Reynolds Awarded $675,000

ST. ANTHONY, Minn.-The Minnesota city that employed a police officer who fatally shot a black motorist during a traffic stop has reached a settlement with Philando Castile’s girlfriend and her daughter, who were in the car with him when he was killed. The St. Anthony City Council voted Tuesday night to pay $675,000 to Diamond Reynolds and her daughter, who…

Minnesota Hires Colorado IT Firm to Fix Driver’s License System

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – Minnesota has hired a Colorado information technology firm to help ensure that REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses and IDs will be available by next October. Earlier this year, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law making the state compliant with a stricter federal ID standards. Minnesota has until October 2018 to upgrade its driver’s…

Medical Marijuana Company Hit by Product Shortage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – One of Minnesota’s two medical marijuana manufacturers is temporarily scaling back its business amid a shortage of medicine. The shortage of medical marijuana at LeafLine Labs is causing problems for patients like Kellie Germann, who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Germann says she’ll have to go at least six days without medication that helps her…

House Passes Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act, which finalizes a long-awaited land exchange in Northern Minnesota between the U.S. Forest Service and PolyMet Mining. The exchange has been undergoing seven years of review, and is key to the advancement of PolyMet’s copper-nickel mine project. The bill was forged by Rep….

Garrison Keillor Fired from Minnesota Public Radio

Garrison KeillorMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Garrison Keillor, the former host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” said Wednesday he has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of what the network called improper behavior. Keillor told The Associated Press of his firing in an email. In a follow-up statement, he said he was fired over “a story that I think is…

UMD Dance Students to Perform Pieces Inspired by Jazz

"In a Jazz Way" Opens Thursday Evening

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend UMD students will be performing to show off their talents and it’s all inspired by the spirit of jazz. The Artistic Director of the performance, Rebecca Katz Harwood visited FOX 21 to discuss the show, “UMD Dance Concert: In a Jazz Way”. Katz Harwood tells us, “Jazz dance is so connected to popular music and…

Twin Ports Mayors Unite For AIDS Proclamation

Only 60 percent of people living with HIV know their status

SUPERIOR, Wis., – Dec. 1 is recognized as World AIDS Day. Twin Ports Mayors Emily Larson and Jim Paine held a dual proclamation to show how they’re working together to place the spotlight on the disease in the Northland. Both mayors agree that HIV and AIDS is a big problem and it affects millions, but it also hits close to…

Moose Lake Cooperative to Close After 97 Years

The Co-op General Manager Says the Store is Closing Due to Rising Debt, Diminishing Revenue and a Unprofitable Fertilizer Season

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – After much thought, the Board of Directors tell FOX 21 with a diminishing source of revenue, an unprofitable fertilizer season and mounting debt, it’s time to say farewell after 97 years in the agriculture industry. Customers and employees now share a lack of words as they continue coming into the Moose Lake Cooperative. “We’ve had an…

Duluthians Weigh In on How City Should Spend Federal Funds

$2.8 Million Will Go to Help Low and Moderate Income People in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluthians gave their input as to how the city should spend $2.8 million in federal funding to help low and moderate income people. The Community Development Committee got more than sixty written and verbal comments as to how the money should be spent. The suggestions ranged from increased funding to low income housing, to the Keen Creek…

Giving Tuesday Lets You Give Back to Local Non-Profits

In 2016, more than $180 million was raised on Giving Tuesday

DULUTH. Minn. – Now that the hoopla from Black Friday and Cyber Monday has eased off, now is the time to be in the giving spirit. Giving Tuesday happens after the American shopping holidays and it’s the largest day of giving where people are encouraged to donate to a local non-profit organization. Age Well Arrowhead in Duluth is one of the many organizations that benefit from Giving Tuesday….

Ore Shipments Way Up in Minnesota

Ore Shipments Up 770 Percent in Third Quarter

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Ore Exports have shot way up in the third quarter of 2017 in Minnesota. According to the Department of Employment and Economic Development, they are up 770 percent which is equivalent to $135 million. The main reason for the increase is renewed interest from the markets in Canada and Japan. Overall exports of all products in the state…

Thousands Expected for Duluth Winter Village

Local Businesses to Sell Goods out of Wooden Cabins

DULUTH, Minn. – Last year, thousands of eager Northlanders descended upon Glensheen mansion to check out local businesses selling their goods in a new winter village. That experience is back this weekend. The Duluth Winter Village is being held December 2 and 3 at Glensheen Mansion. The village will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Local…

Holiday Traditions Continue at Fairlawn Mansion

Northland Uncovered: Superior Public Museums

DULUTH, Minn. – Families around the world are taking part in holiday traditions and Superior Public Museums hopes some people in the Twin Ports participate in theirs. Fairlawn mansion is hosting several holiday events that have become a tradition Holiday Sampler: Thursday, December 7, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy a festive evening of wine & beer tasting. The evening…

Giving Tuesday Looks to Impact Hundreds of Local Organizations

Multiple Non Profit Organizations to Benefit from Giving Tuesday

DULUTH, Minn. – There will be a lot of giving going on in the Twin Ports Tuesday. That’s because it’s tradition for millions of people to follow Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a generous donation on Giving Tuesday to a local non profit organization. People across all 50 states and 98 countries are expected to participate, likely surpassing last year’s…

In Wake Of Two Ice Related ATV Deaths: Experts Give Early Season Ice Safety Tips

Deaths Stem From Two Falling Through The Ice

DULUTH, Minn- It’s a start to the winter season that experts are warning is very dangerous right now with up–and–down temperatures. Ice condition reports range from none at all to pretty solid. Experts warn to prepare, have a plan, and don’t chance it, ever. According to the Minnesota DNR, from 2012 to March of this year, Minnesota has seen 16…

Former Minnesota Attorney General Warren Spannaus Dies at 86

Warren Spannaus, former Minnesota attorney general. Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society 1975 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Former Minnesota Attorney General Warren Spannaus, who ran for governor in 1982, has died. He was 86. Spannaus died Monday at a Minneapolis-area hospital of complications of cancer, his family told the Dorsey & Whitney law firm, where he was a retired partner. Spannaus…

Superior Middle School Students Get Hands On Health & Safety Training

There were four stations including an Automatic External Defibrillator and firefighter as a career station

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Students as young as 12 learned how to save a person’s life. Superior Middle School turned into a hub for heart and health safety. In its second year, 325 seventh grade students were taught hands on training in CPR and first aid basics by off duty Superior Fire Department firefighters. “The idea is for us, the Fire Department,…

Volunteers Needed to Ring Bells this Holiday Season

The Salvation Army of Duluth is Looking to Recruit Ringers This Holiday Season

DULUTH, Minn. – The Salvation Army of Duluth is now into its largest fundraiser of the year and organizers need your help. This year they hope the Red Kettle Campaign will raise $300,000 dollars; a goal which won’t be possible without many volunteers. With a mission of “Doing The Most Good,” the Salvation Army of Duluth is looking to recruit…

Gov. Dayton Authorizes Over $2.1M in Disaster Aid for St. Louis County

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton authorized an estimated $2,126,130 in relief for St. Louis County after the devastating October storm that ripped through the region. The first major winter storm on Oct. 27 brought significant damages to Park Point, the Duluth Lakewalk, and Brighton Beach, as well as other areas. Aid from the State Disaster Assistance Contingency Account…

First Woman with Down Syndrome to Compete in Miss Minnesota Pageant

CHRISTINA PALLADINO - FOX 9

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) – Mikayla Holmgren’s parents say she’s always loved to perform. So when she became the first woman with Down Syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota pageant Sunday night, they didn’t think twice–especially given the competition’s history of breaking barriers. “Anybody that even spends five minutes with her knows that she is the right person to be the first to represent a community…

UMD Offers Three Different Concerts for “Sounds of the Season”

Concerts Take Place First Weekend of December

DULUTH, Minn. – With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas just about a month away, many Northlanders are getting into the holiday spirit. The University of Minnesota Duluth is helping locals get into the holiday spirit by hosting the Sounds of the Season concerts. They’ll be December 1, 2 and 3 at Weber Music Hall. Three different UMD Music concerts to…

Local Knitters to Distribute “Yarn Bomb” for Good Cause

Warm up the City Takes Place Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of knitters in Duluth is hoping to keep some folks warm this winter through their drive “Warm up the City.” Yarn Harbor is collecting hats, mittens, and scarves to distribute throughout the city this weekend. They’ll place the donations around town so people in need can pick them up. They’ll all have a tag reading…

UMD Bulldogs Men’s Hockey Team Hosts Skate Party

People of all ages came out for the annual Winter Skate Party

DULUTH, Minn. -The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs left it all on the ice Sunday. The men’s hockey team hit up Amsoil Arena and welcomed all for a winter skate party. The free two hour skating event lets anyone skate alongside their favorite hockey player. Then you can pose for pictures and get autographs. “Free opportunity to come down and…

Shoppers Hit the Twin Ports Shops For Small Business Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – Kathryn Senn of Art On the Planet says she wishes Small Business Saturday was a trend every Saturday. “It’s been just wonderful,” said Senn. “We’ve seen a lot of new customers. We’ve seen a lot of returning customers.” Held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving Small Business Saturday is about spending big and shopping small. “Small…

Santa Claus Arrives at Fitger’s

Santa and his reindeer met little Northlanders at Fitgers Courtyard.

DULUTH, Minn.- Santa and his reindeer greeted little kiddos Friday at the Fitgers Courtyard. Jingle bells and ho ho hos filled the court yard. Children who have done their best to stay on the nice list all year long waited in line to tell Santa Christmas wishes. The meet-and-greet also gives children an opportunity to ask questions about the reindeer….

2017 Bentleyville Ornament Released

Every year the ornament is designed to match the Bentleyville theme.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Youth Chorus rang in the release of the 2017 Bentleyville Ornament, at Security Jewelers. This year the decoration is designed with a believe theme. The proceeds from every ornament are donated to Bentelyville. Jewelers said the shape was modeled after a gift box. “People love Bentleyville,” jeweler Jay Seiler said. “To be able to have…

Franken Apologizes After Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

(KMSP) – In a Thanksgiving Day statement, Senator Al Franken is apologizing to Minnesotans and making a commitment to regain their trust after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct have been brought to light. This latest statement comes a day after the Huffington Post published an article, in which two women described being groped on the buttocks by Franken during political…

Spirit Mountain Offers Kids’ Camps and Cyber Monday Deals

DULUTH, Minn. – Winter is almost here and a local ski hill is ready to take on winter sports. Spirit Mountain offers winter kids programs for all ages and skill levels. There are varying winter kids’ programs from ages 4-12. There are Learn to Ski and Ride packages for ages 13 and up, as well as lessons starting at age…

State Parks Offer Free Admission for Free Park Friday

DULUTH, Minn. – Black Friday deals aren’t just taking place inside shopping malls and storefronts today. State Parks across the country are offering free admission for Free Park Friday. Some are even hosting programs. Tettegouche State Park is teaching Primitive Fire Starting from noon until 2:00 p.m. For more information head to www.dnr.mn.us. Categories: Community, Entertainment, Environment, Features, Health, Links,…

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Buck on Winona County Farm

(DNR) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Animal health officials say routine testing has discovered chronic wasting disease in a 3-year-old white-tailed buck from a Winona County farm. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health said Wednesday it confirmed the results with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The state board already has quarantined the herd and begun its disease investigation. Board officials…

Dayton Reaches Out to Franken Amid Misconduct Stories

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he reached out to Sen. Al Franken “on a personal level” after a swirl of allegations of improper conduct. The Democratic governor said Wednesday he has no insight into how Franken will respond to pressure over questions about misconduct. Franken was accused last week of forcibly kissing a woman during…

State Patrol Gives Tips for Safe Winter Driving

Millions are Expected to Travel for the Holiday Weekend

DULUTH, Minn. – Are you traveling for the holiday weekend? AAA predicts 55 million people will be driving 50 miles away from home on roads across America this weekend. The Minnesota State Patrol is expecting a very busy holiday travel season. Sgt. Neil Dickenson visited FOX 21 to give a few winter travel safety tips: Slow down on slick roads…

Preparing Side Dishes for Thanksgiving Dinner

Cooking Connection: Thanksgiving Sides with Texas Roadhouse

DULUTH, Minn. – Many Northlanders may have their turkey prepared, but what about the side dishes? For this week’s Cooking Connection we got some tips from Texas Roadhouse on making the best green beans, gravy and sweet potatoes possible. GREEN BEANS: Chop apple smoked bacon and cook in pan Add onions Add bases: water, dry seasonings Add sugar, salt, and…

Homemade Pie’s Up For Auction At Local Church

People Had The Chance To Get That After Turkey Desert

DULUTH, Minn- After you get all fattened up with the Thanksgiving fixings and then you realize you still have to find a way to fit in dessert. What better way to do that than to buy a nice homemade pie. Wednesday, Duluth Gospel Tabernacle auctioned off many different pies including the pastor’s famous cheesecake. “People in our entire church make…

Hermantown Sammy’s Pizza Closes

The pizza place loses its lease as the Lakehead Oil's gas station closes

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – After 26 years in Hermantown, the Sammy’s Pizza at the BP gas station on Miller Trunk Highway is closed. Lakehead Oil’s gas station, that housed the pizza place, has closed, which means that the Sammy’s Pizza there had lost its lease and was also forced to close up shop. Sammy’s manager Pat Daly said it’s the people…

Holiday Spirit In The Lights: A Park Point Jewel Is On For Another Year

Display Was Close To Shutdown Because Of Volunteers Needed

DULUTH, Minn- The Holiday Spirit in the Lights display on Park Point has won numerous awards over the past 25 years. With one flip of the switch all that nearly came to an end this year. For Marcia Hales, the love of Christmas and the love of Christmas lights stem from her childhood. “We used to pile the family in…

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for firefighters.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Thanksgiving turkey can be delicious, but in some homes it can be quite dangerous. The number of fires on Thanksgiving day, are typically three times higher than on an average day. The Duluth Fire Department told FOX21 some key tips to make sure your feast is fire free. Typically on this holiday several dishes are cooking in the…