Minnesota

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…

Minnesota Lawmaker Hopes to Stop School Lunch Debt Shaming

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota lawmaker says she’s exploring ways to force school districts to back off hard-line tactics for students with school lunch debt. The Star Tribune reports that Republican Rep. Sarah Anderson of Plymouth is pushing the effort. The move comes amid reports that a Minnesota school cafeteria worker took food from children who owed lunch…

100,000 Minnesotans Sign Up for Private Health Insurance So Far

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Officials say more than 100,000 Minnesotans who buy health insurance on their own have signed up through the state’s insurance exchange so far. Open enrollment for 2018 health coverage began Nov. 1. Gov. Mark Dayton and MNsure CEO Allison O’Toole released the new enrollment numbers Wednesday. More than 50,000 Minnesotans already have signed up through…

Local Businesses Offer Deals for Small Business Saturday

Shopping Small to Support Northland Businesses

DULUTH, Minn. – Later this week many shoppers will be heading out in the early hours of Friday morning to find an unbelievable deal, but some Duluthians are asking you to wait until the weekend. That’s because Small Business Saturday is Saturday, November 25. Many local shops will be hosting open houses and offering special promotions, demonstrations, and workshops. For…

Animal Blood Donors Needed in the Northland

Dogs and Cats Can Be Tested to See if They're Eligable to Donate

DULUTH, Minn. – According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the United States is in need of donated blood. Experts say it’s why blood drives are so critical in every community across the Northland. But have you ever thought about your animals when it comes to donating? Every year thousands of humans do good by donating…

Boys and Girls Club Hosts Feast Of Thanks

Giving Kids A Good Meal During Thanksgiving Week

DULUTH, Minn-Staff members of the Boys and Girls Club will have served over two hundred meals. Every year during the week leading up to Thanksgiving, the Boys and Girls Club of the Northland hosts their annual dinner, Feast of Thanks. The meal gives girls and boys involved with the club the opportunity for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This dinner is…

Open Studio Invites All Artists

Artists who specialize in various mediums gather to work.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Calling all artists, you’re invited to create in a space together during open studio. Thanks to the Duluth Art Institute open studio happens once a week at the Depot and on West Second Street in Lincoln Park. The art institute says this gives artists of all ages and a variety of mediums a common place to share ideas. “So…

Rep. Cornish to Resign Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

Rep. Tony CornishST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – Following allegations of sexual harassment, Representative Tony Cornish announced he will be resigning from his position at the Capitol by December 1. His announcement comes about an hour after the lawyer for Sen. Dan Schoen announced Schoen’s plans to resign after sexual harassment allegations came to light. “As a proud former peace officer and longtime champion for…

Minnesota Sen. Schoen to Resign Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations

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Sen. Dan SchoenST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – Minnesota Sen. Dan Schoen’s attorney confirmed to the Associated Press Tuesday that the embattled state politician will resign over sexual harassment allegations first reported in the MinnPost. Schoen, a Democrat who represents St. Paul Park and also works as a police officer there, denied “ever making inappropriate contact with anyone,” though the city’s police department put Schoen on…

Minnesota Announces $26M in High-Speed Internet Grants

ST. PAUL, Minn. – State officials have announced $26 million in grants to expand high-speed internet access in Greater Minnesota. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and the Department of Employment and Economic Development announced the 2017 Border-to-Border Broadband Grant recipients Tuesday. The latest grants go to 39 broadband infrastructure projects across Minnesota aimed at providing access to reliable and affordable high-speed…

Former Students Remember Happy Times at Morgan Park School

Northland Uncovered: Morgan Park School

DULUTH, Minn. – A school standing in Duluth for over 100 years is being torn down to make room for new apartments. A fence and no trespassing signs now surround the old Morgan Park School. These images representing a much different message than the one former students remember. “It was like a big, happy community,” said 1980 graduate Mike Letica….

Christmas City Express Ranked One of 10 Best Christmas Trains in America

Annual Train Ride Begins Friday

DULUTH, Minn. – A holiday season staple in the Northland is now chugging down the tracks with a big title. Web portal MSN has named the Christmas City Express of the North Shore Scenic Railroad one of the 10 best Christmas train rides in America. The ride received this honor due to a combination of the train ride and the…

FOX 21 Exclusive: Jim Carlson Breaks Silence From Prison

After more than four years in prison, former Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson speaks to FOX 21 in his first television interview.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a FOX 21 exclusive, former Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson breaks his silence to FOX 21’s Dan Hanger. It’s his first television interview since he went to prison four years ago and since he got his lengthy sentence a year after that. In part one, we talk about Carlson’s life behind bars, if he…

How Sweet It Is Back Open for Business

Two local businesses team up to keep staple eats in the Twin Ports available

DULUTH, Minn.- A popular sweets shop that was forced to close last month after 20 years of business has officially made an unexpected comeback. How Sweet It Is Cakes has re–opened a revised business model inside the Duluth Grill in Lincoln Park. The owner of How Sweet It Is closed in October because of declining sales, after moving into the Holiday…

Packed Council Chambers Discusses Paid Sick And Safe Time

Task Force Gives Two Recommendations To City Council

DULUTH, Minn- The Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force recommended the Duluth City Council adopt an ordinance that would provide two alternatives for businesses to give paid time off to workers who don’t currently get any. In a survey conducted by the task force, data shows that 46% of workers within the Duluth currently aren’t getting any sick and…

Ideal Winter Conditions at Spirit Mountain

The largest event at Spirit Mountain is this coming weekend and the hill is prepared.

DULUTH, Minn.- This coming weekend is a busy one for Spirit Mountain as they will host the 26th annual AMSOIL Duluth Snocross. The event will run across the length of the top chalet with other parts of the mountain remaining open. Although the Northland has yet to become a winter wonderland, officials at the mountain told FOX 21 the hill…

Minnesota Fish Houses and Wheelhouses Require License Purchase This Season

MINNESOTA – Beginning this ice fishing season, anglers using a wheelhouse type of ice or dark house shelter are required to purchase a license to place the shelter on the ice, even when occupying it, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. A new definition for portable shelters has been provided in law, which states that a portable shelter…

Cult Leader Victor Barnard Wins Appeal, Sentence Will Be Reduced

Victor Barnard (FOX 9 – KMSP) – Minnesota cult leader Victor Barnard’s has won an appeal of his criminal conviction, throwing out the upward departure of his 30-year prison. Barnard’s sentence will be reduced to 24 years. The court ruled “the case law on this issue is clear: when a district court fails to provide reasons for a sentencing departure on the record…

Technology Tips to Help with Holiday Travels

DULUTH, Minn. – Many Northlanders will be taking to the skies and the roads to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving. Verizon Wireless Solutions Specialist Rachel Agurkis stopped by FOX 21 to give tips for keeping the home and vehicle safe during these trips. Some technology that can be picked up at Verizon Wireless includes: Arlo Cam: Protect your home…

Northland Breweries Helping Habitat for Humanity

Northlanders can grab a cold one for a good cause.

DULUTH, Minn.- Breweries in the Northland are teaming up to help out a local non–profit. The Suds for Shelter Benefit is giving craft brew lovers a good reason to grab a cold one. Participating breweries are donating a portion of pint sales to the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity. This Tuesday, Nov. 21st.  the benefit will be held at Blacklist Brewery….

Shuster Skates to Fourth Winter Olympics

Shuster Joins Multiple Duluthians Headed to South Korea

OMAHA, Neb- Chisholm native John Shuster is heading back to the Winter Olympics for an incredible fourth time. Shuster bested Heath McCormick in the final of a best of 3 series to win the U.S. Olympic trials. Duluth natives, and teammates Tyler George and John Landsteiner, as well as Wisconsin native Matt Hamilton, will join him. The 2018 Winter Olympics will…

Christmas Trees Take Over Duluth Farmers’ Market

Northlanders can now decorate for the holiday season before Thanksgiving.

DULUTH, Minn.- Are you eager to spruce up your house for the holiday season? Christmas trees are now for sale at the Duluth Farmers’ Market.  This is the first year Hoffbauer Tree Farm is selling Christmas trees before Thanksgiving. At the market, Northlanders can pick out the perfect tree for their home with sizes ranging from eight feet high to a…

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…