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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…

Auto Dealer Denny Hecker to be Released from Halfway House Today

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A former Minnesota auto dealer will be released from a halfway house where he’s lived since serving most of a 10-year sentence in federal prison. The Pioneer Press reports that 65-year-old Denny Hecker will be released from the Minneapolis halfway house Thursday. Hecker filed for bankruptcy in June 2009, when he owed $767 million. He was sentenced…

Quarantine Duluth Brings Zombies Back to the City

4th Annual Quarantine Duluth is Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend zombies will be filling the streets of Duluth for an annual pub crawl. The 4th Annual Quarantine Duluth is Saturday, October 7. The crawl starts up at 7:00 p.m. and heads to 7 West Taphouse, Aces on First, Carmody Irish Brew Pub, Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub, Flame Nightclub, Red Herring and Spurs on First….

Horror Play Premieres at Zeigeist Arts

Cooking Connection: Recipe for Edible Blood

DULUTH, Minn. – Renegade Theater’s latest production is starting up, and the horror-themed play is sure to bring a fright. Halloween decorations are starting to pop up at homes across the Northland and the theater is making something scary a little tasty. “Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage” opens on Thursday, October 5th. This show is a horror-western featuring comic…

Lynx Capture 4th Title with 85-76 Win Over Sparks in Game 5

The new Minnesota Lynx logo, unveiled Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (Courtesy of MN Lynx) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Sylvia Fowls had 17 points and broke her own WNBA Finals record by grabbing 20 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx to their fourth championship in seven years with an 85-76 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 5 on Wednesday night….

Duluth Vigil Held In Honor Of Those Killed In Vegas Massacre

Vigil Was Held At Peace United Church of Christ

DULUTH, Minn. – America and the Northland continue to mourn after one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history.  Dozens of Duluthians were invited Wednesday to Peace United Church of Christ to remember the lives lost in Las Vegas. People lit candles and emotions built up during prayer. Members of the church even read the names of dozens of victims…

Minnesota Man Sentenced to Jail in Revenge Porn Case

Michael Weigel ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – An eastern Minnesota man has been sentenced under a new state law that seeks to hold people accountable for revenge porn. The Pioneer Press reports that 39-year-old Michael Weigel was sentenced to four months in jail and three years of probation. He was convicted on one count of felony non-consensual dissemination of private…

Northern Minnesota is Highlighted in the 2017 Twin Cities Film Fest

Annual Film Fest Starts October 18

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. – Hollywood is coming to Minnesota and the Northland is highlighted in some of the films at the 2017  Twin Cities Film Fest. This morning, the Managing Director of the Twin Cities Film Fest, Bill Cooper, stopped by FOX 21. Films about Northern Minnesota are featured in this year’s film fest. They include: Cold November –…

Minnesota, North Dakota Governors Plan Meeting on Diversion

  MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – The governors of Minnesota and North Dakota have scheduled a meeting to discuss the future of a flood control project in the Fargo-Moorhead area. A federal judge last month stopped construction of the $2.2 billion Red River diversion project over complaints that the Fargo-Moorhead Division Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not…

Staying Safe This Season in the Woods

Minnesota DNR Offers Tips to Stay Safe When Hunting, Hiking or Spending Time in the Forest

DULUTH, Minn. – Within the past month, search and rescue teams have been dispatched to numerous calls involving lost individuals in the woods. The calls, coming weeks before thousands more people will enter into the forest for the firearm deer season. As the season pushes closer, local law enforcement and the Minnesota DNR want to remind anyone heading into the…

Northern Minnesota Counties Could Lose Some Enbridge Tax Money

Enbridge Looking to Get Back at Least $18 Million

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – County officials in northern Minnesota say they’re anxious about a property tax case involving Enbridge Energy that could force them to repay $18 million in tax revenue collected between 2012 and 2014. Minnesota Public Radio reports that Enbridge contends the state Department of Revenue began using new methodology in 2012 to determine the value of pipelines…

One Minnesotan Dead, Another Critically Injured in Vegas Shooting

Steve Berger (left), Phil Aurich (right) LAS VEGAS – One Minnesota man is dead and another critically wounded after a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas. The incident killed 59 people and injured 527 others; it was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Minnesota native, Philip Aurich, living in Las Vegas was among…

Minnesota Man Arrested for 28th DWI

TJ Nelson - KVRR

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. (KVRR) – The man with the record for the most DWI convictions in Minnesota has been arrested again. It is the 28th DWI arrest for 64-year-old Danny Bettcher of rural New York Mills. An off-duty Deputy saw Dettcher drinking at the VFW before getting into his car. Another officer followed Bettcher on Highway 10 where he…

Highway Projects in Hibbing On Schedule Despite Rain

Photo: MnDOT DULUTH, Minn. – Highway projects in Hibbing are on schedule despite the rainy weather, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Paving on Highway 169 remains set to be completed by the end of the week. Next week, crews will complete pavement markings and shouldering. Traffic control will be removed once the work on Hwy 169 is complete….

Glensheen Mansion to Open Doors for Free Tours Wednesday

Wednesday: Night at the Museum

Courtesy: Glensheen MansionDULUTH, Minn. – Glensheen Mansion is opening its door to the public Wednesday, and lucky for visitors, it’s for free. This is all part of the annual Night at the Museum event. The gates will be open from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4, but Glensheen officials recommend getting in line early. Other than the free,…

Duluthians Share First Hand Experience During Vegas Shooting

LAS VEGAS, NV- FOX 21 sat down with two Duluthians via Facebook messenger earlier this afternoon, who described first hand the horrible events from last night’s attack. 28-year-old Briana Hess and 32-year-old Jolene Luczak share their story. “It started again, da da da da da da da and Jason Aldean, he kind of hesitated and then he turned around and…

Life House Unveils ‘The Loft’ For Homeless Teens

'The Loft' will hold teens 15 to 19 years old

DULUTH, Minn. – Life House unveiled its new 10 bed emergency shelter for homeless teens Monday. Life House is an organization that provides services to homeless youth in Duluth. They held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new emergency shelter on Monday. Once all the paperwork is in order, Life House hopes to be sheltering teens by the end of October….

Little Angie’s Employees Help Co-Worker In Need

After Bobby Poirier needed emergency neck surgery, his co-workers are coming to his aid

DULUTH, Minn. – The employees at Little Angie’s in Canal Park are stepping up to help a co–worker in need. Prep cook Bobby Poirier needed to have emergency neck surgery, which left him out of commission for five weeks. His co–workers decided to help him out by donating all the tips they earned on Monday, to help bobby recover some…

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…