Minnesota

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…

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…