Minnesota

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Minnesota Sex Offender Case

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court won’t hear a challenge to Minnesota’s sex offender civil commitment system, which allows people deemed sexually dangerous to be committed to a treatment facility for an indefinite period of time. The court’s order, which declines to hear the case, came Monday. According to the sex offenders who brought the lawsuit, more than 700 people…

The Duluth Experience holds annual Fall Colors Photography Workshop

Duluth photographer William Hurst shared his skills with those intersted in photography

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Experience was took advantage of the fall beauty on Sunday. The adventure guide service in Duluth held their 4th annual Fall Colors Photography Workshop. Duluth photographer William Hurst shared his skills with the group as they traveled to different spots around town, taking in the sights, and learning more about their gear. “A lot of…

Third Annual Walk for Wishes held at UMD

The event included a 5k run and a 2.5k walk to raise money for Make-A-Wish

DULUTH, Minn. – Some Northland families came together on Sunday to make wishes come true for local children. It was the 3rd Annual Walk for Wishes at Bagely Nature Center at UMD. Make–A–Wish Minnesota teamed up with UMD to put on the 5k run and 2.5k walk. The event raises money for children fighting illnesses, by granting them a wish…

First Annual Bridge Days Community Walk Held in Virginia

Hundreds took a walk over the newly opened bridge

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Hundreds gathered in Virginia to take a walk over the newly constructed bridge there. It was the first annual Bridge Days Community Walk. People of all ages took the hike over to the bridge to get a look at some of the views the unique structure has to offer. “It is truly an amazing structure,” volunteer organizer…

Northlanders Take on Firefighter Challenge

The event had obsticle courses for kids and adults

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Iron Range community had the chance to train like firefighters on Saturday. It was the first ever Firefighter Challenge at the Mesabi Family YMCA. The free event had challenge courses that kids and adults could test out their skills on. Competitors wore weighted vests and air packs to get an idea of what the Virginia and…

Counterfeit Barbies Seized at US-Canada Border

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (KMSP) – Border patrol officers seized more than 3,000 counterfeit Barbie dolls at the United States-Canada border in International Falls, Minnesota last month. The dolls, piratical copies of Mattel’s CEO Barbie, were found in a rail container headed for the point-of-entry in Ranier, Minnesota in August. The counterfeit merchandise had a suggested…

“Antigone” Performed by UMD Theatre Department

"Antigone" is the Second Oldest Play on Record, Presented by the UMD Department of Theatre

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening now through October 7, you have the chance to see the second oldest play on record presented by the University of Minnesota Duluth Department of Theatre. “Antigone” is one of the most enduring ancient tragedies presenting universal questions of power and civic duty through a modern translation. The play depicts current political conflicts in our world…

Heroin Dealer Sentenced in 2 Deaths, Faces Charges in 3 More

Beverly Burrell MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Twin Cities heroin dealer has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for the overdose deaths of two men and still faces murder charges in the drugs death of three others. Thirty-one-year-old Beverly Burrell, of Maplewood, was convicted of third-degree murder in the death of Max Tillitt and Luke Ronnei. Their family members told…

I Stand With Kids Day

Helping Kids Understand Child Abuse

DULUTH, Minn. First Witness Child Advocacy Center held a fundraiser that helps fund the safe and strong child program Saturday afternoon. Thursday, the community gathered with them for, I Stand with Kids Day. This event is to raise awareness for child abuse, as well as raise funds to deliver prevention programming to schools and communities which they say are underfunded….

I-35W Closing to Cause Road Mess in Minneapolis this Weekend

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Getting around the Twin Cities will be a headache this weekend. Interstate 35W between downtown Minneapolis and Crosstown Highway 62 will be shut down Friday night through Monday morning – even though the Minnesota Twins, the Gophers football team, and the Minnesota Vikings all have games, and the Twin Cities Marathon is happening. Gov. Mark Dayton has…

Twins Clinch Unexpected Playoff Spot

The Minnesota Twins celebrate early Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Cleveland, as they earned the AL wild-card berth right after the Los Angeles Angels lost to the Chicago White Sox. The Twins had lost 4-2 to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night (AP) CLEVELAND (AP) — From worst to wild card, the Minnesota Twins have completed a most remarkable reversal….

Enbridge Line 3 Opponents to Rally at Capitol Before Hearing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A series of 18 public hearings in nine cities on Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its Line 3 oil pipeline has moved to the Twin Cities. At issue is whether the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission should grant a certificate of need for replacing the 1960s-era pipeline, which carries Canadian crude from Alberta across Minnesota to…

Douglas County Historical Society Welcomes “The Reading Room”

Twin Ports Residents will have Two Chances to See "The Reading Room"

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Direct from Finland, the Douglas County Historical Society welcomes the Fiasko Theatre with the presentation of “The Reading Room” written by Ann Toumi. The Finish National Theater Company will present “The Reading Room” at the Douglas County Historical Society located at 1101 John Avenue in Superior on Thursday, September 28. Twin Ports residents will have the chance…

Duluth Flower Farm Offers Fall Canning Tips

In This Week's Cooking Connection, The Duluth Flower Farm Visited FOX 21 Local News

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Flower Farm visited Brett Scott and Meteorologist William Seay on FOX 21 Local News Thursday morning. In this week’s Cooking Connection, Owner Derek Hoffbauer offered tips on canning produce fresh from the garden this fall. The Duluth Flower Farm will be selling fresh produce and flower arrangements Saturday, September 30 at the Lester River Rendezvous…

Caring Corner Cube Gives Back To Those In Need

Food And Daily Esentails Loaded Inside For The Taking

DULUTH, Minn. A West Duluth resident has started a new way to give back to her neighbors. It’s called the “caring corner cube” and it’s located at the intersection of 8th St. and North Central Ave in West Duluth, the caring corner cube is full of nonperishable food items and daily essentials like shampoo and soap. The idea is for…

Cloquet Community Garden Celebrates First Harvest

Pot Luck Set For Thursday Afternoon

CLOQUET, Minn. The newly established Cloquet Community Garden has become quite the hit around town. Located at the Zion Lutheran Church, the garden consist of 36 different plots that were planted by 26 different community members that grew all sorts of vegetables like tomatoes, onions, beets, corn, and turnips. Thursday the church plans to celebrate the gardens first grow with…

Students Volunteer to Grab Groceries-to-Go

Groceries-to-Go, a Program Set Up By Age Well Arrowhead, is Gaining in Popularity Across the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – A program known as Groceries-to-Go run by Age Well Arrowhead is now picking up popularity in Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor. When the program started, only a handful of senior citizens were signed up to have grocery shopping done for them. Now, more than 50 participants receive orders weekly. On Wednesday, Age Well Arrowhead trained in a new…

Environmentalists Seek More Comment Time on PolyMet Permits

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Environmental groups are asking the Department of Natural Resources to give the public more time to comment on the draft dam safety permits for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The latest request came Wednesday from four groups: WaterLegacy, the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Cloquet Valley State Forest, and the Izaak Walton…

Voyageur National Park Hunting Reminder

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – Voyageurs National Park reminds visitors that hunting and trapping of any type or manner is prohibited on Federal lands and all waters within the boundary of the park. This includes the removal of animals that have entered the park boundary after being shot outside of the park. Park rangers enforce hunting and trapping laws under federal regulations….

Hunter Located After Missing for 4 Days in Chippewa National Forest

WALKER, Minn. – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday, Sept. 25, at 2:15 p.m., they received the report of a missing hunter in rural Boy Lake Township, north of Remer. Deputies responded to the call and learned that an adult male, identified as 57-year-old Patrick Feiner, of South St. Paul, was missing from his hunting camp and…

$21 Million in Funding to Improve Student Literacy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The U.S. Department of Education has provided $21 million to improve student literacy for some 30,000 students in Minnesota. Preschool programs, low-income students, those who are learning English and students with special needs will benefit from the funding. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the money comes from the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program and will be used…

Northland Foundation Awarded $686,500 Grant

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland Foundation has been awarded $686,500 from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. The fund supports increased lending activity in low-income and economically distressed communities. “The Northland Foundation’s business lending is directly tied to our mission to ‘invest in people and communities to support a thriving Northeastern Minnesota,’ and a healthy…

Animal Allies Introduces New Outdoor Enrichment Spaces

A New Cat Catio, Doggie Agility and Play Yard Unveiled at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – For the past few months construction has been a common sight and sound at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. Now, official ribbons are cut and outdoor adventures just became a little more exciting. “Oh my gosh, this is awesome! I wish that I had something at home like this for my cat,” said Michelle Sternberg, Marketing…

New “Makers Mercantile” is Space for Northland Makers

New Shop to Host Grand Opening Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – A new space for makers has opened in Duluth. Makers Mercantile is a shop selling work from many North Shore makers. The shop carries a mix of art, décor, and goods from local North Shore Makers. Every store item is handcrafted from one of the 25 makers. The new store opened up in the Spirit Valley neighborhood…

Duluth Housekeepers Compete In Housekeeping Olympics

Local Hotels Show Their Appreciation For Their Housekeepers

DULUTH, Minn. – Housekeeping Appreciation Week is this week, giving local hotels a chance to show their appreciation for their hard workers.  In Duluth, local hotels went head to head at Grandma’s Sports Garden in a housekeeping Olympic-style competition. This year’s housekeeping Olympics where Canal Park’s Hampton Inn and Comfort Suites, West Duluth’s Comfort Inn and last year’s champs the…

The Breeze Inn Gets In The Oktoberfest Spirit

Festivities To Continue Through October 8th

DULUTH, Minn. — It’s fall and almost October, and many places are transforming into the Oktoberfest mood. That’s exactly what’s happening at the Breeze Inn on Jean Duluth Road. This is the 5th year the Juicy Lucy burger place has been flipping the fun of Oktoberfest. The cooks are even putting out a German menu that includes the “Herman the…

Science Institute for Educators workshops held at Great Lakes Aquarium

Educators from all types of classrooms discuss education techniques

DULUTH, Minn. – The Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth is helping educators of all kinds learn from one another. The aquarium is hosting a series of workshops called the “Science Institute for Educators.” School teachers, park naturalists, zoo keepers and more all come together to meet each other and share what they know. “What works in a pre–k room, versus…

Homicide Rates Down Significantly in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – New data from the FBI shows a significant drop in the number of homicides in Minnesota. While violent crime remained relatively unchanged, homicides dropped about 25 percent from 2015 to 2016, per 100,000 residents. Minnesota’s rate of decline was third nationwide, behind North Dakota and Connecticut. Last year, there were 101 homicides statewide, down from 131 in…

St. Louis County Board Approves 2018 Property Tax Levy

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County commissioners have unanimously approved the 2018 property tax levy at $132.2 million. The levy, or revenue collected from property taxes, makes up about one-third of the St. Louis County budget. The levy is a 4.45 percent increase from 2017, nearly all of which will be offset by the estimated 3.95 percent growth in property…

St. Luke’s Shows Off Birthing Center Remodel

Hospital Receives Baby-Friendly Designation

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s is celebrating what seems like a brand new birthing center and a baby-friendly designation. The birthing center recently went through a complete remodel and hospital officials are loving what they see. Every room is considered a suite, there are laboring tubs in each room and families are able to enjoy a more home-like and calm-like…

Sampling Fall Favorite Wines with Foley Family Wines

DULUTH, Minn. – As the seasons transition, many different wines will be appropriate for the weather. Marc Carrigan, the Regional Sales Manager for Foley Family Wines, stopped by FOX 21 to sample wines with the morning crew. Carrigan brought two types of wine that go well with sunshine and a few full-bodied white and robust reds for the Fall. Lucien…

Pickwick is Home to more than 100 Years of History

Northland Uncovered: Pickwick

DULUTH, Minn. – A restaurant in Duluth is home to some of the city’s oldest stories. In fact, it’s been around for 103 years. In this week’s Northland Uncovered we visited Pickwick. Pickwick is Duluth’s oldest public restaurant. It opened in 1914 as The Old Brewery Saloon. “It originally was the tasting room for the Fitger Brewing Company,” said Co-Owner…

Grand Rapids Man Involved in OHV Crash near Bemidji

BELTRAMI CO., Minn. – A Grand Rapids man was involved in an Off-Highway Vehicle crash 50 miles northeast of Bemidji, on Friday, Sept. 22, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities responded to the call around 5:11 p.m. Crews arrived on scene at the junction of Flowing Well Road (Co. Rd. 107) and Flowing Well Trail in Kelliher Township….

Duluth Councilors Set 2018 Maximum Levy, Reduce Police/Fire Cuts

Property Tax Increase At 6.43 Percent Equals $25 More A Year On $160,000 Home

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth city councilors have fulfilled their state duty to set the maximum operating levy for 2018 to a number higher than Mayor Emily Larson has proposed. In a 7–2 vote Monday night, councilors voted to increase the maximum 2018 levy from Mayor Larson’s 4 percent to 6.43 percent, which councilors say would allow more funding to the…

Farmers Seeing An End To The Season

Farmers Markets Coming To An End

Hermantown, Minn. Local farmers are wrapping up their growing seasons. That also means that the local farmers markets are coming to an end. Monday the Hermantown farmers market ended their season. Local farmers say the weather this year played a big part in this year’s great turnout. “This little patch of warm weather that we had made things just pop….

Northland Ukulele Group Holds Community Jams

The Duluth Ukulele Strum Group meets twice a month for jam session

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Ukulele Strum Group is one of several ukulele groups in the Northland. They meet twice a month, to hang out with friends and jam on the ukulele. “There’s a trend in the United States,” group organizer Christina Cotruvo said. “There’s a huge movement of people picking up the ukulele again, and in Duluth there’s more…

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Sturgeon Lake

STURGEON LAKE, Minn. – The Pine County Sheriff’s Office reports that a Sturgeon Lake man is dead after a motorcycle accident on Northstar Drive in Sturgeon Lake. Authorities received the call at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, and when deputies arrived on scene, they found a single motorcycle off the roadway. It appeared that the motorcycle had struck nearby…

Dayton Questions Athletes Kneeling During National Anthem

(Photo: Newsfile)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he disagrees with professional athletes who sit or kneel during the national anthem. At least 200 NFL players knelt, sat, stretched, or prayed during the anthem Sunday after President Donald Trump’s weekend criticism of athletes who don’t stand for the pregame ritual. Minnesota Vikings players and management stood with…

Minnesota Wolf Population Appears to Rise 25 Percent

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Wildlife managers say Minnesota’s wolf population appears to have grown by 25 percent. The Department of Natural Resources on Monday released its 2016-2017 population survey. It estimates that Minnesota had about 500 packs and 2,856 wolves at midwinter. The margin of error is plus or minus 500 wolves. Minnesota’s wolf population had been stable in the four…

St. Louis River Alliance Highlights Fall Colors, Estuary Projects on Annual Train Ride

Annual Fall Color Train Ride is Sunday

DULUTH, Minn. – Fall has officially started and the season changes are visible as many leaves are changing colors. The St. Louis River Alliance is taking advantage of this beauty this weekend for the annual Fall Color Train Ride. The ride shows off the Fall colors, while SLRA staff discuss the projects taking place in the St. Louis River Estuary….

Annual Festival Takes Duluthians Hundreds of Years Back in Time

Annual Lester River Rendezvous

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend Duluth is going back in time 200 years for an annual festival. The Lester River Rendezvous is Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival shows what life was like over 200 years ago and is described as being “a living history attraction devoted to recreating the days of the fur trade.”…

Minnesota Teen Injured in Duck Hunting Accident

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) – Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was hurt in a duck hunting accident on the opening day of Minnesota waterfowl season. Douglas County Sheriff’s officials say the boy and a 17-year-old hunting partner were in a boat on North Union Lake when the accident happened Saturday. Investigators say the 17-year-old believed his shotgun was empty and put…

Vikings Players, Owners Lock Arms in Response to Trump

Fox 9 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – With NFL owners and players around the league condemning President Donald Trump’s recent remarks about national anthem protest, the Minnesota Vikings have put forth their own show of unity. The Vikings stood along their sideline with arms locked together during the “Star Spangled Banner” on Sunday before their game against Tampa Bay. Vikings owners Zygi…

Two Harbors Man Brings Home Gold in Horseshoe Competition

Joe Raycraft Started Tossing Horseshoes Years Ago, Now he Competes in State Competitions

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – A Two Harbors man is now sporting gold after trying his best in a state horseshoe competition. After many years of practice and dedication to the game, Joe Raycraft is looking to encourage others to join the fun as he continues to compete in competitions. “I still needed to be throwing something,” said Raycraft. “I’ve always…

Man Drives Car Off Ledge, Reported To Be OK

Man Hit Accelerator Instead Of Break A Flew Off Ledge

DULUTH, Minn. According to the police report the 89 year old male pressed the accelerator instead of the break sending his car through a metal fence and off a more than 10 foot ledge onto London Rd. Police say the man was then able to still drive his car back into the McDonald’s parking lot The man was not given…

First annual Ice Fishing Expo at Black Bear Casino

Ice houses, ATVs and more from various local vendors

CARLTON, Minn. – The first annual Ice Fishing Expo at Black Bear Casino is being put on by Coates RV. Attendees were able to get up close looks at all the latest ice fishing gear, as well as brand new ice fishing houses. Organizers say these kinds of events are a good way for potential customers to see a variety…