Minnesota

Northlanders with Twins Gather for Support

Mothers with little Northland twins gather sharing experiences.

DULUTH, Minn.- Around 32 people out of every 1,000 are a twin, according to the Center for Disease Control. One group in the Northland meets specifically to discuss raising twins.  The Twin Ports Mothers Multiples Club is a support group for moms in the Northland. It also gives twins a chance to meet other twins. According to one mother having someone who…

Love–A–Pet Day Gives Animals a New Home

Local event highlights animals up for adoption.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Saturday was one for the dogs at Miller Hill Subaru. Dogs and cats from Animal Allies Humane Society and Lake County Humane Society found their new families at Love–A–Pet day. It’s Animal Allies largest off site adopt event. If you’re looking for a furry friend more pets will available on Sunday. “Adoption is so important because when you…

Festival of the Season Held in Duluth

Northlanders prepare for the holiday season at the last farmers market of the winter season.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Farmers Market is filled with Christmas spirit during the 11th annual Festival of the Season. vendors show off their holiday decorations at the market. Although some Northlanders may be holding off on decorating for the Christmas season, one vendor told FOX21 it’s never too early to decorate. “It’s never, especially a year like this year when winter…

Northlanders Help Create Gingerbread City

Families learn Nordic and Minnesota Christmas traditions while constructing the Gingerbread City.

DULUTH, Minn.- Little Northlanders gathered Saturday constructing a Gingerbread Village. The 6th annual Pepperkakebyen Gingerbread City is on display at the Nordic Center. Families got in to the holiday spirit making traditional Nordic crafts. Art education students from the University of Minnesota Duluth volunteered, helping create the winter wonderland. “I find it very interesting because a lot of this information I…

Bentleyville Tour of Lights Officially Open

Northlanders attended the first opening night of Bentleyville Tour of Lights.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Bentleyville Tour of Lights is now open to shine throughout the holiday season. Duluth is beaming with holiday spirit; families, couples, and friends stayed warm with hot chocolate while admiring the bright lights. With so many different attractions picking a favorite light display can be tough. What’s your favorite display at Bentleyville Tour of Lights? “The big…

45 Foot Tree Lit For The Season

Christmas Tree Is Located In Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn- Let there be light in downtown Duluth! The official lighting of the Christmas tree took place Friday evening. The ceremony is a 33 year old tradition for the city of Duluth. This year the white spruce tree is about 45 feet tall. 26 nominations from the community were received before this beauty made the final cut. After the…

Northlanders Spread Thanksgiving Cheer

Northlanders come together during the Thanksgiving season, ensuring everyone has a hot meal.

DULUTH, Minn.- Nearly 5,000 meals are given out on Thanksgiving at the 28th annual Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet. Preparations to feed Northlanders at the Thanksgiving feast, begin back in August. Friday volunteers brought in 2,200 pounds of turkey and nearly 1,900 pounds of mashed potatoes. The group of volunteers lending a hand, come from many different backgrounds. “We really all…

Bentleyville Brings in New Attractions

This year Northlanders are encouraged to use their cameras and capture moments at Bentleyville.

DULUTH, Minn.- Volunteers are working on the final preparations for Bentleyville, before the holiday season kicks off Saturday. Final touches are being perfected, before Santa parachutes in Saturday night. This year families and friends can cherish Bentleyville memories for years to come. The light festival has a variety of new photo spots set up as you walk through the Winter Wonderland….

Fighting Domestic Violence in the Northland

One local organization gives locals an opportunity to make a direct impact on abuse within the community.

DULUTH, Minn.- The organization Men as Peacemakers, aims to make a  direct impact on the domestic violence within our community. The organization is hosting domestic violence restorative circles, which rely on community support. The classes needed to be a volunteer are currently underway this weekend. Around four to six community members are needed during each circle meeting. This weekend the training…

Governor’s Christmas Tree Harvested near Willow River

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Christmas tree that will adorn the Minnesota governor’s residence this year has officially been harvested. The state Department of Natural Resources says the 30 foot tall white spruce was cut down Friday in the General C.C. Andrews State Forest, near Willow River. DNR staff and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota cut down the governor’s…

Give to the Max Day Raises $20.6 Million for Minnesota Organizations

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota set a new record during the state’s annual giving holiday. Roughly 5,400 nonprofits and schools across the state raised $20.6 million during the ninth annual Give to the Max Day. The day’s total was approximately $500,000 higher than the previous record set in 2016. Donations were made from 87 Minnesota counties, all 50 states, and…

Local Farmers Prepare for Holiday Decor Sales

DULUTH, Minn. – With Thanksgiving just next week, many Northlanders are close to purchasing their fresh Christmas tree. Derek Hoffbauer, Owner of the Duluth Flower Farm, says they have been busy preparing for the holiday season. Already they’ve received several orders online for wreaths, garland and more. Their products can be picked up in person at Dan’s Feed Bin in…

Working Out with Kettlebells

Active Adventures: Duluth YMCA

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth YMCA in downtown offers several options for exercise. They have offerings from group classes, rock climbing, racquetball, to swimming lessons, pickleball, basketball, and much more. For this week’s Active Adventures, FOX 21’s William Seay learned how to work with kettlebells. Alisha Bradley, Director of Healthy Living for the YMCA, says it’s a strength training device…

Northlanders raise money for hurricane victims in the Virgin Islands

The benifit was held to raise funds and awareness of the rebuilding efforts in the Virgin Islands

DULUTH, Minn. – A couple of Northlanders with ties to the virgin islands are hosting a fundraiser for hurricane victims there. It featured many live musical acts, as well as a silent auction. Organizers hope that this event can bring awareness to the recovering efforts that are still going on in those heavily affected areas. “The U.S. Virgin Islands is…

City of Duluth hosts open house to discuss Superior Street reconstruction

The Superior Street reconstruction project is set to begin in early 2018

DULUTH, Minn. -Plans for the major Superior Street reconstruction project in the Duluth is one step closer to being finalized. The city held an open house on Thursday for the public to see the plans for the downtown project. Residents, Superior Street business owners were on hand to share their input about the upcoming transformation. “This is the transition from…

The Great American Smokeout Reaches Out to Northlanders

The American Lung Association shows Northlanders options to use while quitting smoking.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The American Lung Association has been helping smokers put down cigarettes for over 35 years. The Great American Smokeout offers Northlanders looking to quit smoking cigarettes, many suggestions. The Minnesota Medicaid program covers; NRT Gum, NRT Patches, counseling, and other options to make the process a little easier. “I did the lozenges, I did the patch, and made…

Northlanders Renovate Old Buildings

Old abandoned buildings in Two Harbors are being restored and filled.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- Two Northland sisters are fixing up abandoned buildings, with hopes a small business will move in. Sharon Erickson Ropes and her sister are doing their part to clean up Two Harbors. The sisters purchased a small building and are in the process of flipping it. Ropes told FOX21 it’s exciting being on the first floor of restoration. “I think…

Supreme Court Upholds Dayton Veto of Legislature’s Budget

Ruling Leaves Legislature on Uncertain Future When it Comes to Finances

ST. PAUL, Minn. -The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of the Legislature’s operating budget. Thursday’s decision hands Dayton a major legal victory as he seeks to rework costly tax breaks and other measures he signed into law this spring as part of a new state budget. And it leaves the Legislature on uncertain financial footing….

Creating Chicken Saltimbocca

Cooking Connection: JJ Astor

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth restaurant is cooking up a new menu. JJ Astor has hired a new Food and Beverage Director, Bob Boyd, who is working on spicing up the menu. For this week’s Cooking Connection, Boyd showed FOX 21’s William Seay how to create Chicken Saltimbocca. CHICKEN SALTIMBOCCA: Place chicken breast skin side down on plastic wrap Place…

Johnson’s Bakery Prepares for Busy Holiday Season

Manager Megan Spitzley says Orders Should be Placed This Week or Early Next Week

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders looking for fresh bakery items are being advised by Johnson’s Bakery in Duluth to pre-order bakery items now before the big Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. Megan Spitzley, Manager Johnson’s Lakeside Bakery, stopped by FOX 21 Local News at 7 Thursday morning to chat about how busy the business gets once the holidays arrive. Spitzley says Wednesday before Thanksgiving is…

St. Luke’s Plastic Surgery Associates Hosts Black Friday Sale

Discount on Make Up and Skin Care Products

DULUTH, Minn. – Thanksgiving is a week away meaning Black Friday sales are also right around the corner. St. Luke’s Plastic Surgery Associates is hosting another Black Friday sale. All make up, skin care and injectables gift certificates will be 25 percent off on Friday, November 24. Also, if a customer spends $30, they’ll receive a $15 coupon for future…

Special Report: Finding Pet Friendly Housing in the Northland

Landlords and Pet Owners Open Up Regarding Pet Friendly Rules and Regulations When it Comes to Renting in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – According to the American Pet Products Association, nearly 85 million families in the United States own a pet. As more and more people are purchasing animals, many are also deeming it difficult to find their family a forever home. Every year, thousands are descending on Duluth; human beings constantly on the move in today’s ever changing world….

Shelters Team Up For Annual “Love A Pet” Adoption Event

The Adoption Event is Happening Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders have the chance to “Love a Pet” this weekend at Miller Hill Subaru. Happening Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 19 from 11:00 a.m. until 3 p.m., three local shelters will come together for the Northland’s biggest adoption event of the year. Star of the North Shelter in Grand Rapids,…

Minnesota Bid for 2023 World’s Fair Finishes 3rd

PARIS (KMSP) – The Minnesota bid to host the 2023 World’s Fair finished third in voting Wednesday by the Bureau International des Expositions member state delegates. The delegates elected Buenos Aires, Argentina over Lodz, Poland in the second round of voting. The United States bid with a Minnesota host site was eliminated in the first round of voting. Now called “World Expos,” the events might…

Gingerbread City Offers Nordic Experience for Northlanders

6th Annual Pepperkakebyen Gingerbread City

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend the holiday spirit will be in full swing at the Nordic Center in Duluth. The 6th Annual Pepperkakebyen Gingerbread City opens to the public on Saturday, November 18. A gingerbread village will fill the Nordic Center and there will also be a chance for families to make some traditional Nordic-Minnesota crafts. The event is free,…

Minnesota Deer Harvest Up 10 Percent from 2016

Minnesota firearms hunters registered over 145,000 deer through the second weekend of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Preliminary results through the weekend show that 145,054 deer were registered, which is up 10 percent from 2016. Of the deer harvested, 54 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent during the same period in 2016. In northeastern Minnesota,…

UMD Hosts 24th Annual Undergraduate Research & Artistic Showcase

Some students will have their work published in Civil Engineering's Hydraulics Engineering Magazine.

DULUTH, Minn. – After months and long hours of research more than 40 University of Minnesota of  Duluth students had their projects on display. It’s all a part of the 24th Annual Undergraduate Research & Artistic Showcase. Students work alongside a faculty member and conduct research outside of their regular courses. The showcase featured topics ranging from long-term effects to…

State Legislators Visit Lake Superior College

Lawmakers also had lunch with students and spoke to a political science class.

DULUTH, Minn. – Students at Lake Superior College in Duluth want to bring politicians to a local level, so they hosted A Know Your Legislators forum today. It’s the first time LSC has done something like this on campus. Members of the Student Senate were behind the idea. “This was a really awesome opportunity and I think that some of…

Gubernatorial Candidate Chris Coleman Visits Duluth

Candidate Coleman Making Rounds Throughout State This Week

DULUTH, Minn.-The governor’s race is heating up in Minnesota as candidates are beginning to make their way to the Northland. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman stopped by the Lyric Restaurant in Duluth, to visit with supporters of his cause. The Democrat said he’s making the rounds this week as he’s trying to make sure his campaign speaks for all of…

Helpful Hands Prepare for ‘A Glensheen Christmas’

A Glensheen Christmas will Open Saturday, November 18 for Tours at the Historic Estate

DULUTH, Minn. – A crew of roughly 20 students and staff are working to deck the halls of the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth this week. When touring through “A Glensheen Christmas,” guests will be able to experience 25 Christmas trees and hundreds of feet of garland. Visitors will have the chance to find dozens of hidden elves during holiday tours. Many decorations…

FBI Statistics Show Hate Crimes Rise in Minnesota in 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Hate crimes in Minnesota rose for the second straight year in 2016, with the bulk of crimes motivated by the victim’s race or ethnicity. Crimes were also committed against victims because of their religion or sexual orientation. The FBI released its 2016 hate crime statistics report Monday. Minnesota reported 119 hate crimes last year, up from 109…

St. Cloud PD: 3-Year-Old Boy Shot Self with Negligently-Stored Gun

UPDATE: William Deandre Dickerson, 28, was arrested in Miles City, Montana during a traffic stop, according to a FOX 9 report. Dickerson is being held in custody in Montana pending extradition to Minnesota. ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KMSP) – Police in St. Cloud, Minnesota say a three-year-old boy taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound Monday morning pulled the trigger on…

Minnesota Corn, Soybean Farmers See Slight Production Dip

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Profits are expected to remain steady for Minnesota corn and soybean farmers despite a slight production dip in 2017. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the state’s corn production will be 1.45 billion bushels, a 6 percent decrease from last year. The department predicts the state’s soybean production will be 373 million bushels, down 4 percent…

Feds Head to Court to Seek Dismissal of Twin Metals Lawsuit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Government lawyers go to federal court Tuesday to seek dismissal of a lawsuit by developers of the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine who are seeking to regain their mineral rights leases. The Obama administration last year declined to renew the longstanding leases that Twin Metals needs for the underground mine near Ely in northeastern Minnesota….

Christmas by the Lake XI to be Released Wednesday

Local and Homegrown Musicians Create Christmas Music for Bluebird Foundation

DULUTH, Minn. – For months local and homegrown musicians have been working to produce a Christmas album that spreads cheer and supports aspiring artists. All of this work is for Christmas by the Lake Volume XI. The album features more than 200 musicians. The CD release party is being held on Wednesday, November 15 from 5-9 p.m. at Clyde Iron…

Spirit of Duluth Dinner and Film Series hosts A Taste of Russia

The event included a Russian dinner and a screening of a Russian film

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders had the chance to enjoy a taste of another culture at the Zeitgeist Arts Building on Monday. The Spirit of Duluth Dinner and Film Series, hosted by Zeitgeist held “A Taste of Russia,” where community members enjoyed an authentic Russian dinner, followed by a Russian film screening. The series is meant to showcase some of Duluth’s…

Newer, bigger coffee roaster arrives at Duluth Coffee Company

Duluth Coffee Company's new roaster will substantially increase output

DULUTH, Minn. –  It was an exciting day for Duluth Coffee Company on Monday. A custom built coffee roaster arrived at the Duluth Coffee Company’s new second location on Superior Street. Owner Eric Faust said the big new roaster is in response to the community embracing the local coffee company, and this new addition is going to expand their reach…

Local Women’s Organization Making Community Impact for Nearly 100 Years

Northland Uncovered; Junior League of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – An organization in Duluth has been giving back to the community for nearly 100 years. The Junior League of Duluth is celebrating 96 years in December. The national organization was actually founded in 1901, beginning a chapter in Duluth in 1921. It’s a women’s volunteer organization with more than 150,000 members. Their goal is to invest in…

Duluth Superior Community Foundation Seeks to Close Opportunity Gap for Children

There are more than 1,000 children living in poverty in Superior, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Community members in Superior gathered on Monday to talk about the opportunity gap that underprivileged children face in the Twin Ports. The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation hosted the Opportunity Rising dinner, and discussed ways to better help children in poverty have the same chances in life as their peers. “Every child deserves to have opportunities that…

Wizard of Oz Auditions Bringing Play To Life

It's Been 20 Years Since Duluth Playhouse Has Done The Play

DULUTH, Minn- The cast is beginning to come together for one of the most renounced plays to hit the stage, the Wizard of Oz! For the first time in 20 years the Duluth Playhouse is hosting auditions for the play. Kids ranging from 10 to 18 came out to show their talents to the casting director. After auditions wrap up…

DFL Mandates Sexual Harassment Training for All Campaigns Wanting Party Support

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Laborer (DFL) Party has announced that all campaigns seeking the party’s support must under go sexual harassment training. DFL Chairman Ken Martin today announced that all campaigns receiving official party support from the DFL will be required to attend sexual harassment and workplace conduct training. “Sexual harassment is a pervasive problem that needs to…

Hat-Tossing Mary Tyler Moore Statue Back at Minneapolis Site

(Fox 9) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A statue of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her hat in the air is back at is familiar spot in downtown Minneapolis. A bronze statue of the Emmy-winning star of “The Mary Tyler Moore” was returned Saturday to its original location at Nicollet Mall. The life-sized statue, along with other public art, had been removed during…

Bentleyville Remains Nation’s Largest Free Lighting Display

Coffee Conversation: Bentleyville Tour of Lights

DULUTH, Minn. – With the holidays right around the corner, giant lighting displays are beginning to take over Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. This is for Bentelyville Tour of Lights. Nearly four million lights fill the nation’s largest free walk through lighting display. Through the walk, there are stops for complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn and roasted marshmallows. Children will…

Local Workshop Highlights Effective Communication Skills

A workshop held in the Northland aims to help improve communication.

DULUTH, Minn.- Explaining your stance in politics issues can sometimes be frustrating when speaking to individuals with opposing views. Connection Labs came to Duluth helping Northlanders more effectively frame messages. According to research presented Sunday, responding re-actively during a conversation, creates a smaller chance of being heard. “We want to fight that, instead of stepping back and saying ‘what is…

Final Preparations Underway for Bentleyville Tour of Lights

Northlander volunteers play a large role in getting Bentleyville up and running.

DULUTH, Minn.-Bentleyville will be open in just six days, last minute preparations are currently underway. Many Northlanders have lent a hand setting up Bentleyville, now its the final count down till the holiday lights flick on. The helpers still out preparing the final details have special skill sets, necessary to get the park up and running. This year there are plenty…

‘Music With Robots’ Workshop Inspires Northland Kids

The unique instruments show their full potential at the kid friendly workshop.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth is known for its local musicians, Sunday Blacklist Brewery allowed kids to tap into their creative side with a special set of instruments. “Making Music with Robots” is a hands–on educational workshop. Creator Troy Rogers started making the instruments 14 years ago. Rogers told FOX21 sometimes the creator isn’t always the best musician, to actually use the instruments. “The…

Local Craft Festival Gives Back to Northland

The Festival of Trees gives Northland shoppers an opportunity to donate.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The Festival of Trees offers something for everyone. It has become a staple holiday event in the Northland. The event gives many local artists a place to show off and sell crafts. The Festival of Trees is the largest fundraiser for a local non–profit, the Junior League of Duluth. Fox21 spoke to one vendor, with a similar business plan…

Northlanders Donate to Help Ensure Officer Safety

Over one hundred gathered to give money for local officers safety equipment.

DULUTH, Minn.- A non–profit organization aims to help boast safety for local law enforcement with help from the community. The organizers of shield 616 said with the rise in active shootings they want to make sure our officers are protected. Sheild 616 hosts events around the Northland, gathering donations to purchase bullet proof gear for local law officials. “People are so…

Veterans Voiced Concerns to Senator Amy Klobuchar

Northland veterans discussed local issues with Senator Amy Klobuchar.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Senator Amy Klobuchar listened to Northland’s rural veterans speak out on concerns. Senator Klobuchar said there are some serious problems with veterans’ health benefits. Ensuring the Guard and the Reserve recieve the same health benefits other branches are given, is the biggest issue currently being worked on. One of the main issues addressed today, the long drive rural…

Annual Beacon Lighting Commemorates 42nd Anniversary of SS Edmund Fitzgerald

It's the only time each year visitors can climb to the top of the tower while the beacon is lit and revolving after dark.

TWIN HARBORS, Minn. – Nov.10 marks the 42nd anniversary of the Edmund Fitzgerald freighter sinking into Lake Superior. Split Rock has been the site of the memorial since 1985 to make sure those men are not forgotten. In 1975, the ship sailed out of Superior with nearly 26,000 tons of ore on-board. The Edmund Fitzgerald sailed by Split Rock the…