Minnesota

Public Hearing Held for Enbridge Line 3

Protestors Storm Streets, Enbridge Hearing

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday night at the DECC, the hearing was divided, supporters from both sides stood shoulder to shoulder voicing concerns. The proposed line would replace 1,031 miles of pipeline, 337 miles of it will be built across Northern Minnesota. “It supplies about 80% of the crude oil that’s refined right here in the Minnesota refineries,” said Jessica Smith…

5-Year-Old Boy Dies After Tree Falls on Him

Edward Michalek BIG LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. (KMSP) – A five-year-old boy has died after a tree fell on him while he was playing in his backyard in Big Lake Township, Minnesota. According to the Sherburne County Sheriff, Edward “Eddie” Michalek was playing on a hammock with other children when a tree the hammock was tied to uprooted and fell. It hit Eddie on the head…

REAL ID Extension Granted for Minnesotans

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota residents will be able to use their driver’s licenses to board domestic flights for at least the next year. 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 is scheduled to take effect for…

Minnesota Lawmakers Seek More Federal Money for Wolf Control

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) – A federal program that helps Minnesota farmers and ranchers who lose livestock to wolves, has run out of money for the year. So members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation Wednesday, urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to find the money to allow wolf depredation services to continue. They cite Minnesota’s growing wolf population, which rose to an…

Minnesota Files Amazon Bid; Offers No Details

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s economic development commissioner says the state has submitted its bid for a second Amazon headquarters. The state hasn’t released details of the bid for a project that could bring a $5 billion investment and 50,000 jobs wherever it lands. Commissioner Shawntera Hardy gave no new details Wednesday, saying only that Minnesota’s bid showcases the…

Pet Photographer Looks to Capture More Clients

Pupparazzi Companion Pet Photography Started After Owner Lisa Johsnon Volunteered at Animal Allies Humane Society

DULUTH, Minn. – With the power of social media, animal pictures find a way to make many of us sink into our screens, begging for more. Now, more and more pet parents are looking for more professional options to capture breathtaking images of their furry companions. Fall is a typical time for scenic shots or graduation images. “It’s always been…

Officer-Involved Shooting in St. Cloud, Minnesota

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KMSP) – The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened late Monday night in St. Cloud. The man shot by police is expected to survive, and the initial investigation indicates the man fired a weapon at some point. According to the BCA, a Stearns County sheriff’s deputy and several St. Cloud police officers…

Group Focuses on Bridging Gap Between East and West Duluth

Soup & Civility: Bridging Duluth's West-East Divide

DULUTH, Minn. – On Wednesday, some Duluthians will be working together to bring unity to the city. It’s all part of Speak Your Peace: The Civility Project. On October 18, from 5:45-7:45 p.m., the group will be addressing ways to bridge the gap between East and West Duluth. This will be a workshop to talk about issues and voice concerns…

Duluth Bed and Breakfast was Once Home to Barnum Family

Northland Uncovered: The Firelight Inn on Oregon Creek

DULUTH, Minn. – In the early 1900s several business tycoons filled Duluth as champions of their industry. One of those men was George Barnum. He built a home in Duluth that now serves visitors from around the world. “Mr. Barnum was known as the “Grand Old Man of the Board of Trade.” His Barnum grain company was one of the…

Sneakers in Downtown Duluth closes after 32 years

The restaraunt and its employees will combine into the new Lyric Kitchen and Bar

DULUTH, Minn. – A long–time Downtown Duluth restaurant has closed its doors. Sneakers Sports Bar and Grill in the Holiday Center downtown has closed up shop after 32 years in business. With the opening of the new Lyric Kitchen and Bar opening up soon, Holiday management decided it would be best to combine the two businesses. “It was a staple…

1 Dead, 2 Injured After Home Being Set on Foundation Falls

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Just before 11 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 15, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call of three adult males injured and trapped under a small home that was being transferred onto a foundation. Several agencies responded to the call in the 16000 block of Whipple Lane in Kelliher, near Shotley Township, around 60 miles north of…

Bloomington Man Among Those Killed in Somalia Bombing

Man Was Known as Community Activist in Twin Cities

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.-A 50-year-old Bloomington man is among the nearly 300 people killed following a powerful bomb blast in the capital city of Somalia. The Star Tribune reports Ahmed AbdiKarin Eyow died in Saturday’s explosion in Mogadishu. Jaylani Hussein is executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He said at a news conference Sunday that Eyow…

Dayton OKs Reinsurance; MinnesotaCare Funding Still at Stake

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a federal waiver approving a new state program to lower health insurance premiums. The Democratic governor officially approved Minnesota’s new reinsurance program Monday. State lawmakers devoted $549 million to lower rates for shoppers who buy coverage on their own after years of double-digit increase. Dayton’s signature means the federal government…

Wet Autumn Delays Minnesota Harvest

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s corn and soybean harvests are starting to pick up after delays due to wet field conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday in its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota that farmers took advantage of 4.2 days suitable for field work last week, though muddy fields remain a challenge in some…

Big Bentleyville Tree Now Standing Tall in Bayfront Park

Volunteers are busy getting the Bentleyville Tour of Lights ready for the season

DULUTH, Minn. – People might notice something a little different now in Bayfront Park – The Bentleyville tree is officially up. Volunteer crews are still busy setting up the Bentleyville Tour of Lights. Crews are out there stringing up lights and setting up the big displays. The 128 foot tree just went up on Saturday, and on Sunday, workers from…

Football fans come out for the border battle

Green Bay Packers squared off against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis

DULUTH, Minn. – Vikings and Packers fans were glued to their television sets on Sunday for the first border battle of the season. The Minnesota Vikings squared off against the Green Bay Packers at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. As always, the fans enjoy coming out as the rivalry rages on. “We all love the Vikings here, and they…

Train Ride Leads to Hidden Pumpkin Patch

Coffee Conversation: Pumpkin Patch Express

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend the Pumpkin Patch Express at the North Shore Scenic Railroad will be bringing families to a secret field to find the perfect pumpkin. There will be narration during the train ride and a chance to pick out a pumpkin at the destination. At the depot there will be magic shows, coloring, movies, bounce houses and…

Animal Allies hosts 16th annual Fur Ball Gala

The fundraiser looks to raise around $100,000 for Animal Allies Humane Society

DULUTH, Minn. – Animal Allies, friends and supporters came out to celebrate the organization on Saturday. It was the 16th annual Fur Ball Gala. The event is a fundraiser for the Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. Last year, the organization raised more than $100,000, and this year, they hope to top that. “We don’t have a lot of stray…

Lincoln Park businesses celebrate the Craft District with Open House

More than 30 businesses celebrated the second annual Lincoln Park Open House

DULUTH, Minn. – Businesses in Lincoln Park celebrated the growing Craft District on Saturday for the second annual Lincoln Park Open House. More than 35 businesses, as well as some pop–up shops, celebrated by hosting special events, deals, and showing off all the crafts the neighborhood has to offer. “I’m just really excited about being in the same place as…

Northlanders march to dismantle racism

More than 250 people showed up to march

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds marched in the streets of Downtown Duluth on Saturday, to address the issue of racism. The Justice City Coalition organized the March to Dismantle the Legacy of Racism and Build a Community of Peace. The marchers joined in with marches happening in cities across the United States. They are calling on elected officials, business owners, and…

The 9th Annual Suicide Awareness Walk Strolled Through Carlton

Hundreds Walk Side By Side Supporting Those Who've Lost Someone To Suicide

CARLTON, Minn. — Today the 9th Annual Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk took place at Carlton High School. Friends, family and everyone was welcome to walk side by side for support on Saturday morning. As Minnesota suicide rates have been on the rise since 2000.   “I lost my son; it’s a very excruciating time. It was very painful. I felt…

Klockow Brewery Brings Local Craft Beer To Grand Rapids

A New Brew Pub Is Set To Open Saturday, October 28th, 2017.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — Kegs are tapped as brand new Klockow Brewery will begin pouring on Saturday, October 28th. The idea for this brewery came about when the Klockow family kept visiting family in Grand Rapids, with no other local brew pub in the area, they decided that that they needed one and they were going to open it. The owner…

Gingerbread Giving Trees Are Going Up For Children In Need This Holiday Season

Itasca Holiday Program Is "Feeding Hope For The Holidays" By Collecting Money & Toy Donations For Children And Families.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — The holidays are just around the corner and the thoughts of how you can give back this holiday season are starting to arrive. “Gingerbread Giving Trees” are going up across churches and local businesses throughout Itasca county for children in need. Itasca Holiday Program has been “Feeding Hope For The Holidays” for 23 years. Making sure…

Northlanders to Remember Those Lost to Suicide

Saturday: 9th Annual Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk

CARLTON, Minn. – This weekend, hundreds of people in Carlton will be focused on breaking the stigma of mental illness as they take part in the 9th Annual Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk. It’s taking place on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. at Carlton High School in Carlton, MN. There will be a short, non-competitive, walk followed by…

Mountain Biking Through the Fall Colors

Active Adventures: The Duluth Experience

DULUTH, Minn. – Colorful leaves are filling trees throughout the Northland. So, for this week’s Active Adventures FOX 21’s William Seay took in the view from a mountain bike. Dave Grandmaison, Co-owner and CEO of The Duluth Experience, took William on the Duluth Traverse Trail. The Duluth Experience offers several tours to experience the Northland with outdoor sports tours, brewery…

Aldi Opens Doors in Duluth

After Months of Construction, Aldi Duluth is Now Open for Business

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s official, grocery shoppers in the Northland now have one more Aldi location to add to their list. Thursday morning hundreds of people lines up to be the first ones through the door of the new Duluth location Now it’s time to grab your quarters and dig out the eco-bags. Store representatives say the Duluth location is…

Lincoln Park Businesses to Open Doors for Annual Open House

Deals, Activities and Samples to be Offered Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Duluth is welcoming Northlanders from all over into their area of town to check  out what they have to offer. This is for the 2nd Annual Lincoln Park Open House. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, thirty-plus businesses and organizations throughout Lincoln Park will host special…

Duluth’s Best Bread Shares Story of Success After Two Years of Business

Cooking Connection: Duluth's Best Bread

DULUTH, Minn. – A local bread company that opened in Duluth in 2015 is sharing some of their secrets to success this weekend. Duluth’s Best Bread provides bread, croissants, cinnamon rolls, and more baked goods to the Duluth community. On Saturday, October 14, one of the company’s founders will speak about how they got started, and what has inspired their…

Duluth resident creates big haunted maze in yard

Derick Tomaich wants to create the Bentleyville of Halloween

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth resident Derick Tomaich is getting his yard ready to scare the Lakeside neighborhood. He built his very own haunted maze full of all kinds of horrors right in his yard. The “Lakeside’s Lost Souls” has a soft opening set for Friday the 13th, with the full opening happening Saturday. “Every year, I decorate my yard, and…

‘Keep Everyone Warm’ Drive Collects Winter Items For Homeless

The group collected items such as food, clothes, hats and mittens.

DULUTH, Minn. – The fall chill is ramping up for the Northland, and a group is hoping to help keep people in need warm this season. On Wednesday, the “Keep Everyone Warm” drive was held at Duluth Dodge. Organizers were collecting items like warm winter clothes, sleeping bags and tents, as well as food and hygiene products, like towels and…

Fundraising Event will Support Breast Cancer Patients and Research

Sunday: Rockin' for Hope

DULUTH, Minn. – Many Northlanders will be rocking out this weekend at Clyde Iron Works for an important cause this weekend. It’s all to support Circle of Hope. Rockin’ for Hope is a fundraising event to benefit local breast cancer patients going through life saving treatments, and funding Stage IV breast cancer research at the University of Minnesota Medical School…

Harvest Moon Gala Supports Two Harbors Community Radio

KTWH Celebrates Two Years of Broadcasting

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – This weekend is your chance to enjoy a night out while supporting Two Harbors Community Radio. The Harvest Moon Gala is being held to benefit KTWH. On Saturday, October 14 the mainly volunteer-run group is inviting the public to the Two Harbors American Legion. There will be a sit-down dinner, silent auction and live music. If…

Today: Support Homeless Through Community Drive

"Keep Everyone Warm" Holds First Annual Community Drive

DULUTH, Minn. – Today the community will be giving back to support the homeless in Duluth for the First Annual Keep Everyone Warm Drive. The event organizer, Mike Letica, says he’s done something similar to this for years, but wanted to include the whole community this year. Volunteers will collect a variety of items including tents, tarps, sleeping bags, canned…

Local Solutions to End Poverty forum held in Duluth

Duluth city council and school board candidates field questions from community

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth City Council and Duluth School Board candidates took part in a public forum on Tuesday. The Local Solutions to End Poverty forum was held at the Duluth Denfeld High School. Local candidates fielded questions from the community on topics related to education, housing and transportation. “The hope is that collaboration comes out of it between the…

Minnesota Power updates Hydroelectric system at Island Lake Dam

The construction crew consists of divers working underwater

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Power is currently undergoing a unique construction project on the Island Lake Reservoir. Crews are working  to replace several gates under one of its hydroelectric dams. It’s a two-year project aimed at modernizing the more than 100-year-old hydroelectric system. “It’s a once in 100 year project,” hydro operations manager Chris Rousseau said. “It’s not often that…

Northforce hosts Mentor Connection

The event connects college students with local business leaders

DULUTH, Minn. – Business leaders in the Northland met with college students from the area to mentor them in their potential career field. The Mentor Connection event happened at The Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth. Fifty–five students from UMD and St. Scholastica met with local business leaders and discuss ways to pursue their careers in the Northland. Northforce, an organization…

First Frost Blankets Local Golf Courses

Greens at Enger Park Golf Course Turned White Tuesday Morning, Prompting Workers to Think Winter Preparation

DULUTH, Minn. – Greens around the Northland turned white Tuesday morning as much of the Northland experienced a first frost. Staff with Duluth Golf tell FOX 21, fall is one of the busiest times to get out and enjoy a tee time. By the end of October, General Manager Mike Bender says the course superintendent will be shutting down nine…

Synthetic Drug Overdoses on Rise

No Known Way to Reverse Synthetic Marijuana Overdose

MINNEAPOLIS-Minnesota health officials say there’s been a spike in the number of overdoses from synthetic marijuana in Minneapolis. The Star Tribune reports that last week alone Minneapolis hospitals handled at least 60 cases related to the synthetic drug, which causes hallucinations and violent behavior in some users and leaves others comatose. Officials say none of the cases has been fatal….

Local Preservation Corps Works Life Back into Historic Log Church

Northland Uncovered: Sts. Mary and Joseph Church

SAWYER, Minn. – A church in Sawyer on the Minnesota Registry of Historic Places has been under construction for about a year as a preservation corps puts life into the structure. Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps members are working to restore the Saints Mary and Joseph Church which was built in 1884. The goal was to provide a place of…

Body Found in Storm Sewer on Lakewalk Identified

Authorities Confirm the Body is that of 50-Year-Old William Robert Saker, Missing Since March 13, 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – The Midwest Medical Examiners Office has identified the body found in the storm sewer on Duluth’s Lakewalk on September 28, 2017. The body was that of 50-year-old William Robert Saker. Saker was reported missing to the Duluth Police Department on March 13, 2017. Authorities say Saker needed prescribed medications. Authorities are still waiting on toxicology reports to determine…

Healthy Options are Celebrated in Minnesota for National School Lunch Week

DULUTH, Minn. – This week schools across the country are celebrating National School Lunch Week. This is all with a goal of educating students and encouraging them to eat healthy foods. Northland schools offer farm-to-school initiatives, customizable meals, and innovative ways to help kids make healthy choices. The Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA), founded in 1956 as a state–wide association…

Local Businesses Offer Specials for “Get Downtown Week”

Coffee Conversation: Get Downtown Week

DULUTH, Minn. – Local business owners are hoping patrons shop local this week for Get Downtown Week in Duluth. It’s a week developed to highlight the shops in Duluth’s downtown waterfront area. The participating stores will be featuring specials and Buy One Get One deals. More than 30 businesses are taking part in the bi-annual event. Get Downtown Week specials…

Moving Truck Too Tall For Duluth Bridge

Truck Becomes Wedged Underneath Low Bridge In Duluth

DULUTH, Minn- Saturday around 11:46 a.m., Duluth Police responded to 32nd Ave E above London Rd. in reference to a vehicle that struck a railroad bridge. The Penske rental truck, which was 13 ft. 1 inch at its high point, was wedged under the bridge, which was marked as 10 ft 9 inches in height allowance, The driver of the…

Active Adventures: Keeping Your Body Healthy in Cool Weather

In Motion Therapy Physical Therapist Gives Exercise Tips

DULUTH, Minn. – As Fall ushers in cool weather, many Northlanders may feel a change in their body. Annita Winkels, DPT, visited FOX 21 to give some tips on keeping the body feeling great throughout Fall and Winter. Winkels says in temperatures between 35 and 45 degrees the body needs an extra 10 minute warmup before any type of exercise….

Republicans Vote to Reject Raises for State Employees

30,000 Public Employees Affected

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Legislative Republicans have voted to reject a new contract for Minnesota’s 30,000 public employees. The state’s two massive unions for state employees ratified a new contract earlier this year. The contracts for the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees and AFSCME Council 5 call for a 2 percent raise this year and a 2.5 percent hike…

Grandparents Parenting Over Again

Parents That Lose Kids Over Opioids Or Alcohol Have Kids Sent To Grandparents

PROCTOR, Minn- Some would say that parenting is tough to begin with, but what if you had to do it all over again as a grandparent? Sadly it’s not uncommon in the Northland for grandparents to have to become a parent once again because of the choices made by their children. Parents that abuse drugs or alcohol are seeing their…

3 In Custody After Assault at Bemidji Convenience Store

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Just after 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the report of gunshots at 7189 Pete Lane NW near Highway 2 and Highway 89 at Pete’s Place West Convenience Store in Bemidji. Several agencies responded to the call including Beltrami County, Bemidji Police, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota BCA, Bureau of…