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Remembering Senator Paul Wellstone’s Legacy

Northlanders remember Senator Paul Wellstone on the 15th anniversary of his death.

DULUTH, Minn.- Fifteen years ago on October 25th Northlanders were devastated when a plane crash took the life of a beloved Senator. FOX21 is remembering the legacy of Senator Paul Wellstone. “We all do better, when we all do better,” Paul Wellstone said. Those words have stuck with Northlanders. FOX21 spoke with one of Wellstone’s early supporters- which grew later…

Chaplain Training Underway in Duluth

Training underway for chaplains, who help our community and local law enforcement.

DULTUH, Minn.- Chaplains from across the region are in Duluth this week. Chaplains are participating in training at the Public Safety Office by the St. Louis County Sheriff’s office, to be the best chaplains possible. FOX21 is told their role is to offer emotional and spiritual support to all people. Chaplains serve as a listening ear to police officers, their…

Burial Sites Continue To Stall Bridge Replacement Project

MnDOT Mistake Of Unearthing Grave Sites Will Prolong Project

DULUTH, Minn- Construction on the Fond du Lac reservation to replace the Mission Creek bridge continues to be at a stand still. This because of mishandling of the project from MnDOT that lead to the discovery of an ancient Native American burial ground on Hwy 53 that runs through the Fond du Lac neighborhood. The original plan was to have…

Duluth Pack Launches New Collaboration with Minnetonka Moccasin

Collection Includes Moccosins and Bags

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Pack is touting an exciting new collaboration with another Minnesota-based company. President and Owner of Duluth Pack, Tom Sega, says the company has been working with Minnetonka Moccasin Company for about a year to develop the new line. The companies used Duluth Pack’s canvas fabric for Minnetonka moccasins and Minnetonka leather on a Duluth Pack bags….

Dayton Pushes to Make Cybersecurity Funding Priority

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton says he’ll continue to press to get the funding necessary to protect the state’s computer system from hackers. Dayton got only a fraction of the spending he proposed for technology and cybersecurity upgrades last session and plans to push the issue again next year. Speaking to cybersecurity experts in Minneapolis Tuesday, Dayton…

Jobs Cut at the Lake Superior Zoo

The Lake Superior Zoo cut jobs as part of a budget sustainable program.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Zoo started facing many challenges after the loss of the polar shores exhibit. On Monday twelve positions at the Zoo were cut, as part of a revitalization process.  Ten workers at the zoo were laid-off on Monday, two of the twelve jobs were unfilled. The layoffs are helping create a sustainable budget plan; to help…

Energy Awareness Expo Helps Northlanders

The 14th annual Energy Awareness Expo was packed full of eager customers.

DULUTH, Minn.- The 14th annual Energy Awareness Expo kicked off today at the Salvation Army. The event is hosted by the Minnesota Board of Light and Power, AEOA, and Comfort Systems. The organizations invited income eligible customers to meet with energy providers ask questions and learn tips on energy conservation. The event is popular with customers, the line to get…

City Snow Plow Training Underway

The city is prepping workers for the winter months during snow plow training.

DULUTH, Minn.- On Tuesday city workers in Duluth prepared for the upcoming snow during a training session at Spirit Mountain. The course gives workers an opportunity to operate the machinery, before work will be in full swing during winter in the Northland.  City employees are practicing maneuvering graters and plows for snow removal.  “What we do here is we get them…

Powerful Winds Damaged Coast Guard Building

Strong gusts of wind damaged roof at Park Point Coast Guard.

DULUTH, Minn.- Powerful winds slammed the Duluth Coast Guard out on Park Point. Nearly half of a roof on the Coast Guard’s storage building was ripped right off. The roof folded over onto a boat and even took down a power line.  “Usually we don’t see something quite like this,” Petty Officer Tristan Degrush said. “I’m not sure if it…

Grounds Crew at Glensheen Prepares for First Snow

Northland Uncovered: Prepping Plants for Winter Freeze

DULUTH, Minn. – The grounds crew at Glensheen Mansion is preparing for the upcoming freeze. It’s big undertaking as the workers winterize the fountain in the formal garden by draining and scrubbing it, then covering it in plastic. They also harvest the rest of the vegetables and rake leaves. “The changing of the season always happens at different times this…

Dayton Now in Support of PolyMet Copper-Nickel Mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s moved from being “genuinely undecided” on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine to being a genuine supporter of the project. Dayton tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press nothing of that magnitude is risk free, bu the thinks it’s a risk worth taking. However, he adds, PolyMet still must meet the…

North Shore Scenic Railroad Prepares Trains for Winter

Northland Uncovered: Transitioning Trains for Cold Months

DULUTH, Minn. – As the leaves continue to fall of trees and temperatures stay chilly, many of us are getting ready for winter. Some museums in town are also making a transition for the cold months. North Shore Scenic Railroad officials tell us they need to use several hundred gallons of antifreeze to get all the radiators ready for winter….

Naloxone “Narcan” Training For Medical Professionals Held In Duluth

Training Possible Through Newly Obtained Grant

DULUTH, Minn- Medical professionals in Duluth are getting some hands on training with Narcan. It’s a drug that can save lives by reversing the effects of an opioid overdose. Pharmacists, dentists, nurses, and doctors all got training as part of the Minnesota Targeted Response Grant. The goal of the grant is to expand the use of Narcan and create more…

Police Still Seek Information For Woman Found Severely Burned

Arnold Still Remains In Critical Condition, Set For Surgery Tuesday

DULUTH Minn- We are learning more about the woman that was found on fire, and critically injured on Hwy 23 near Duluth last week. 24 year old Jaclyn Arnold works as a community advocate in Duluth. It’s been 4 days since Arnold was found on fire on Hwy 23. A passerby extinguished the fire, but she was severely burned. Police…

Best Christmas Ever is Seeking Family Nominations

Group Looks to Provide Families with Surprise Gifts

DULUTH, Minn. – This year Best Christmas Ever has a goal of blessing 100 families with a perfect Christmas. BCE is a group dedicated to providing families who have fallen on hard times with a surprise delivery of Christmas presents and money that are used for the family’s specific needs. Right now, BCE is in need of family nominations. If…

Beastie Bash Expected to Bring Big Bucks for Friends of Animals Humane Society

Event to Include Silent Auction and Raffle

CLOQUET, Minn. – This weekend many Northlanders will be supporting shelter animals from Friends of Animals Humane Society. The Annual Beastie Bash is being held at the Black Bear Otter Creek Event Center on Saturday, October 28. There are advance ticket sales only and the sales end on Wednesday, October 25. Tickets can be purchased at the humane society, or…

Area Goodwills hold Halloween sales

The Goodwill stores have discounts on costumes and halloween supplies

DULUTH, Minn. – Halloween is just around the corner, and many folks still haven’t picked out their costumes yet. So, if you need some help, Goodwill stores in the Twin Ports area might be a nice stop. The stores are packed with Halloween gear, and right now those items are up to 50 percent off. “We have that unique, one…

Earned sick and safe time advocates express disappointment with Duluth City Council

The Duluth City Council voted to postpone hearing taskforce recomendations.

DULUTH, Minn. – Supporters of earned sick and safe time showed up at the Duluth City Council meeting to express disappointment in the council’s decision to postpone hearing recommendations from the earned sick and safe time task force. Last year, Duluth City Council voted to assemble a task force to investigate the possibility of passing an earned sick and safe…

Winter Preparation Tips

Are you prepared for the first snowfall of the season.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s been a warm October in the Northland, but we could be seeing some now later in the week. FOX21 has winter preparation tips. Northlanders are use to the cold and snow, but an unexpected snowfall or frozen windshield can sometimes set you behind schedule. Don’t be thrown off guard, add some of these items to your shopping…

Limitless Candles Prepares Young Adults for Work

A new Life House program helps young adults prepare for work.

DULUTH, Minn.- Life House is launching a new social enterprise business, through its in house job training the Legitimate Hustle Program. The project, Limitless Candles, gives young adults an opportunity to create business models and learn soft business skills. Around 26 youth click in 10 hours a week, making candles out of bees wax. “The youth are the ones really…

Chester Bowl Improvement Club to Host Ski Lottery

Chester Bowl Offers Unique Rental Program

DULUTH, Minn. – As the temperatures cool down many are starting to think about winter sports. The Chester Bowl Improvement Club offers a unique approach to renting out gear. They actually rent out gear for the entire season. To make things fair, they host a ski and snowboard lottery. That lottery is taking place on Tuesday, October 24. Officials recommend…

What Deer Hunters Can Expect This Season in Minnesota

DNR REGIONAL WILDLIFE MANAGERS GIVE THE RUNDOWN FOR THIS HUNTING SEASON

Thanks to mild winters and conservative hunting regulations, which have resulted in rebounding deer populations across Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Firearm deer season opens on Saturday, Nov. 4 with 130 permit areas across the state. For information on each permit area visit the DNR’s interactive deer map at mndnr.gov/deermap. The following are reports from each DNR Regional…

Hartley Nature Center Hosts Outdoor Halloween Event for Families

Coffee Conversation: Howl-O-Ween

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend superheroes, cartoon characters, witches and many more costumed kiddos will be filling Hartley Park. It’s all for the nature center’s annual Howl-O-Ween event. Families will look for animals along the trails on Saturday, October 28. There are two sessions for fun. The first is from 10 a.m. to noon and the second is from 1:00…

University of Minnesota Starts Sexual Assault Task Force

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Students at the University of Minnesota have created a task force that will develop new strategies to combat sexual assault on campus. Minnesota Daily reports that the task force created by the Minnesota Student Association will hold its first meeting in early November. The group has two parts: an advisory council that will get input from groups…

Mass Choir holds concert at Peace United Church of Christ

The concert will be put on a CD, and proceeds will go to local MLK organization

DULUTH, Minn. – The Mass Choir held a concert for the community at Peace United Church of Christ. The concert was recorded and will be put on CD, and the proceeds from the CD sales will be put towards the Twin Ports Martin Luther King Planning Committee. Categories: Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News, Video

“Harmony” Forum Discusses Culture, Environmentalism

The panelists included people from a variety of faith backgrounds

DULUTH, Minn. – A community discussion was held at the College of St. Scholastica on Sunday, about how humanity relates to the environment. The panelists were gathered from a variety of faith–based backgrounds, and they discussed the connections between cultures and the natural world, as well as ways to keep the environment healthy. “Our goal is to try to build…

Hallo-Wee-Ones Gather at Zeitgeist

Children tested out their costumes early while watching classic Halloween movies.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s Halloween week at the Zeitgeist Art Building, today was one for the kids at Hallo-Wee Ones. It’s nine more days until Trick-or-Treating, but the free event today gave children an opportunity to test our their costumes a little early. “Halloween is just an awesome holiday, it’s an opportunity for everybody to get a little silly and dress…

Kids Show Off Creative Costumes For ‘Boo At The Zoo’

DULUTH, Minn.- Northland families got in the Halloween spirit Saturday for the annual Boo at the Zoo celebration. The Lake Superior Zoo transformed into the Wonka Chocolate Factory. It was an afternoon filled with costumes and competitions. Kids were treated to plenty of candy while trick-or-treating throughout the zoo. “Well Ezraa’s favorite animal is a zebra, so obviously we wanted…

Electric Fetus Hosts 30th Birthday Celebration

DULUTH, Minn.- One spot over the years has become a staple for the music scene in Duluth and is celebrating 30 years in running. Saturday Electric Fetus celebrated its 30th birthday. If there’s one thing that was made clear at the party, it’s how much the independent record store offers the community. “It’s one of the few places that local…

Lake Superior Zoo celebrates International Sloth Day

Northlanders got the chance to see Georgie the Sloth hang out on her special day

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday was International Sloth day, and the Lake Superior Zoo decided to get in on the action. The zoo offered fun activities like scavenger hunts, as well as a chance to get to see their very own sloth, Georgie. “There just so cute, and so slow moving,” zoo goer Claire Roufs said. “They’re just really cool animals.”…

Duluth Public Library throws Captain Underpants party

The event included arts and crafts and a showing of the Captain Underpants movie

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Public Library was the place to be for young fans of Captain Underpants on Friday. The library threw a party for the popular children’s book, complete with crafts and games. The library throws events like these to encourage young people to read. “It’s just about imagination and about getting kids interested in reading,” Duluth Public…

Grant Creates Local Affordable Housing

A ten million dollar State Housing Grant makes impact on Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- More affordable housing options are coming to the Northland. Friday Duluth’s Mayor Emily Larson announced ten million dollar State Housing Grant, that should have a big impact on the housing scene.  The grant will be going towards more affordable housing in the community. A 50 bedroom unit will be built at Garfield and Superior St. known as Garfield…

Businesses Booming During MEA Weekend

Families flock to the Northland during MEA weekend.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s officially MEA weekend, the Northland is full of many families enjoying a getaway from school. Families are taking in a lot of popular Duluth attractions. One busy spot is the Duluth Children’s Museum. This weekend it’s packed full of smiling faces, getting some family bonding time. “We provide an experience where you’re not just running around and…

Local Expert Gives Tips for Staying Warm and Healthy While Bicycling in Cool Temperatures

Active Adventures: Twin Ports Cyclery

DULUTH, Minn. – As the temperatures begin to cool down during the Fall, outdoor athletes adjust their gear to stay healthy and safe. One group that needs to make gear changes is bicyclists. This morning, Denis Sauve, the owner of Twin Ports Cyclery, visited FOX 21 to give some tips. Sauve says the most important parts of the body to…

DNR Urges Caution Burning Yard Debris, as Fire Danger is Elevated

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging caution while burning yard wast or leaf piles outdoors, as areas of northwestern and central Minnesota have elevated fire danger due to sparse rain, high winds, and lack of humidity. As a result, open burning may be restricted in certain counties. Those looking to burn are encouraged to check the…

Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet unveils new clinic

The Advanced Wound Clinic treats patients with wounds that won't heal

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Community Memorial Hospital is celebrating new ways to help patients. The Advanced Wound Clinic opened in September, and on Thursday, it hosted an open house for the community. The clinic specializes in treating patients with wounds that are not healing or responding to traditional treatment. Clinic officials say it’s important to have facilities like this in…

Cancer researchers at Essentia Health share work with community

Northlanders gathered at Clyde Iron Works to hear from healthcare professionals on cancer research

DULUTH, Minn. – Health professionals from Essentia Health hosted a gathering at Clyde Iron Works on Thursday to share with the public ways in which local researchers are studying cancer and treatments. Researchers there say it’s less about finding an all–out cure, and more focused on reducing deaths from cancer, improving the lives of those living with it. “Research is…

Northland Fall Colors From A Helicopter’s Perspective & Tours

Lake Superior Helicopters Took Us High Into The Sky On A Helicopter Tour Of The Twin Ports & Jay Cooke State Park

DULUTH, Minn – Flying High For Fall Colors! It’s a busy time of year at Lake Superior Helicopters as many people head up in the sky to the fall colors. As billions of trees pop yellow, red and orange against green pines, a unique perspective of the Northland’s changing terrain and lake, make flying high in the sky something special….

RV Dealers Advise Early Winterization

Bullyan RV in Hermantown is Seeing an Increase of Business in their Service Department as Campers Winterize Units

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – With winter right around the corner local RV dealers are advising campers to think ahead before Jack Frost potentially damages your equipment. The Service Department at Bullyan RV in Hermantown says now is the time to drain your RV’s plumbing system. There are various pumps and ways to get all the water out of lines before putting…

MNSure Offers Insurance Checkup

Free enrollment coming soon to see if your health insurance is healthy.

DULUTH, Minn. – Is your health insurance healthy? MNsure navigators are helping make sure your coverage is all set before enrollment. Next week the organization is hosting a health insurance checkup. Monday, Oct. 23rd from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. you can get a jump start on open enrollment for free at Duluth Public Library. The checkup aims to see…

Tech Gadgets for a Fun and Safe Halloween

DULUTH, Minn. – Halloween is just around the corner and homes and yards are decorated all across the Northland. This morning, Rachel Agurkis, a Solutions Specialist for Verizon Wireless, visited FOX 21 to chat about some gadgets perfect for the spooky season. Ghoulish lighting – With Philips Hue Lights, you can put the haunt in your house. Turn the lights…

Homemade Salsa with FOX 21’s William Seay

Cooking Connection: Fresh Salsa Recipe

DULUTH, Minn. -As football season continues, and hockey and basketball season begin, it’s the perfect time of year to make recipes many folks can munch on. So, for this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s William Seay made his homemade salsa. Necessary Ingredients: 1 28 oz. can whole tomatoes, peeled, unsalted 1/2 red onion, roughly chopped 3 jalapenos, sliced (no seeds…

Receptionist’s Family Sues Over Fatal Minnesota School Blast

Family Seeking $50,000 in Damages

Image from Fox 9MINNEAPOLIS -The family of a school receptionist is suing over an explosion that killed her at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis this summer. Ruth Berg’s family is seeking at least $50,000 in damages. Berg and custodian John Carlson were killed and nine others injured when the building fell on Aug. 2. The lawsuit alleges that contractors for CenterPoint…

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…