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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…

Duluth Police Investigating Shooting

Male, 19 Showed Up At Local Hospital With Gun Shot Wound

According to police, last night at 10:17 pm Duluth police responded to a local hospital on the report that a male had come in to be treated for a gunshot wound to the hand and leg. Police say the 19 year old victim had what appears to be a non–life threatening single gunshot wound that went through his hand and…

Maurices Gives Back to the Community with Best Day Ever

Maurices associates volunteered at more than 30 different non-profits

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday was the 4th annual Best Day Ever thanks to Maurices. Maurices associates made their way across town to more than 30 different non–profits to help give back to the community. They made a stop at the Damiano Center in Duluth, providing meals to the people there. “It’s really special to them,” development director at the Damiano…

Duluth Gets Ready to be Lit Teal for Ovarian Cancer

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, the Aerial Lift Bridge and Enger Tower will be lit teal to help raise awareness for ovarian cancer. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer can often go undiagnosed during the early stages, which makes it a very lethal illness. A fundraising gala will be held at the DECC this Saturday to try and…

UMD Chancellor Addresses Budget Concerns

The university is working to reduce the budget deficit over the next few years

DULUTH, Minn. – University of Minnesota Duluth’s budget deficit will continue this year. But some good news is on the horizon. The deficit is projected be down from the $4 million dollars last year around $3.2 million this fiscal year. According to the administration, the budget troubles are due to legacy costs as well as recent years of declining student…

Bully Free Block Party

Raleigh Edison School invited parents, students and surrounding neighbors

DULUTH, Minn. Raleigh Edison School invited parents, students and surrounding neighbors to enjoy a night of fun festivities for their bully free block party. Schools around the area are doing what they can to stop bullying. Staff at the school tells us that by inviting everyone in the surrounding area and gives them an opportunity to see what Raleigh Edison…

Bacon and Beer are the Focus of a New Beargrease Fundraiser

Saturday: Beer and Bacon Bash

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is still a few months away, but that doesn’t mean the big race isn’t on the minds of Northlanders. Jason Rice, the Vice President of the Board of Director for the race, visited FOX 21 to chat about the Beer and Bacon Bash. The event is taking place Saturday, September 23…

Encounter Youth Center to Host New Fundraiser Saturday

Saturday: First Annual Skate and Cake Fundraiser

DULUTH, Minn. – The Encounter Youth Center is looking for support and this weekend the non-profit’s leaders are hoping Northlanders step up to help. The First Annual Skate and Cake Fundraiser will be held at the Encounter Youth Center on Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. This is an all-you-can-eat Pancake Dinner to benefit the Encounter’s indoor…

Health Center Offers 24-Hour Fitness Center and Physical Therapy

Active Adventures: Bodies in Balance

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – A fitness center in Two Harbors is promoting fitness and wellness. Bodies in Balance offers physical therapy services as well as a 24-hour gym. For this week’s Active Adventures, FOX 21’s William Seay worked with a physical therapist in the fitness center to get his body moving. Bodies in Balance is located at 1451 Highway 2, Two…

Lake Superior Zoo hosts Uncorked and Tapped for Conversation

It's the 8 year for the fundraiser

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo hosted the 8th annual Uncorked and Tapped for Conversation wine and beer tasting event on Thursday. The event is a fundraiser that looks to raise around $15,000 for the zoo’s programs. “Being able to do educational events that engage children and youth, and just working on the infrastructure of the zoo that always…

Firewood sales rise and temperatures drop

Dluth Firewood has been busy fulfilling winter orders since August

DULUTH, Minn. – With the fall temps starting to set in, people are looking to get their heat in order for the winter. Businesses like Duluth Firewood have been busy this time of year, cutting and delivering firewood for customers that enjoy heating their houses the old-fashioned way. “It’s what Minnesotans do,” Duluth Firewood owner Wade Haworth said. “We live…

Northland Clinics to Start Offering Flu Vaccinations

St. Luke's Primary Care Clinics will Offer Flu Shots Starting in Early October

DULUTH, Minn. – Flu shot season is fast approaching and physicians at St. Luke’s in Duluth are reminding folks about an easy way to reduce your risk. The flu vaccine will soon be offered at all St. Luke’s primary care clinics in the Northland come early October. Medical experts say it’s important to wash your hands, but the vaccine can…

General Mills to Bring Back Old Trix with Artificial Colors

NEW YORK (AP) – Trix is back to its old tricks: The colorful cereal will once again be made with artificial dyes and flavors, nearly two years after they were banished from the cereal. Food maker General Mills said Thursday that Classic Trix will return to supermarket shelves in October. But it will also continue to sell the version without…

Missing Pennsylvania Teen Located in the Twin Cities

UPDATE: Victoria Grimaldi was located safe earlier Thursday afternoon by a BCA special agent and North St. Paul officer. Victoria Grimaldi MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has issued a statewide alert on behalf of the West Whiteland, Pennsylvania Police Department for a missing 15-year-old girl who could be in Minnesota. Victoria Lynn Grimaldi was last seen at Henderson High…

Island Returned to Grand Portage Band

Photo courtesy The Nature Conservancy GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. – The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and The Nature Conservancy announced Tuesday that Susie Island on Lake Superior has been returned to the tribe. The 142-acre island is the largest of 13 small, rocky islands near where the Pigeon River empties into Lake Superior in the northeast corner of…

Creating Creamy and Savory Pork Tenderloin Medallions with JJ Astor

Cooking Connection: JJ Astor

DULUTH, Minn. – JJ Astor, the revolving restaurant in the Radisson in Duluth, has hired a new Executive Chef and is creating an updated menu. The new Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage, Bob Boyd, joined FOX 21 in the kitchen for this week’s Cooking Connection. This week Boyd showed FOX 21’s Natalie Froistad how to make Roasted…

Minneapolis Council Reaches Agreement with Ex-Police Chief

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) – The Minneapolis City Council has approved a separation agreement with the city’s former police chief, who resigned in July after a police officer fatally shot an Australian woman. The council approved the $183,000 agreement Wednesday with Janee Harteau. It doesn’t include a clause that would have barred Harteau from making disparaging comments about Mayor Betsy Hodges and…

Mayor Larson Meets With Morgan Park Residents

Talking About Sales Tax Increase

DULUTH, Minn. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson is continuing her speaking sessions across town focusing on her proposed 0.5 percent sales tax increase for 2018 to specifically fix roads and the infrastructure below. Mayor Larson projects $7 million would come out of this 0.5 percent sales tax increase if voters approve it in November and if the legislature gives the final…

66-Year-Old Man Dies After Being Ejected from Boat

The 66-Year-Old Male was Pronounced Dead at the Scene on Lake Kabetogama

KABETOGAMA, Minn. – A 66-year-old male is dead following a water emergency on Lake Kabetogama Wednesday evening. Shortly before 5:00 p.m., the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Park Point Resort at 10498 Waltz Road in Kabetogama, Minnesota. Officials received a call that a male, 66-year-old Wlodzimierz Dziechciowski of Chicago, Illinois, had fallen out of a boat and…

Vision Jet Becomes Reality for Duluth Based Cirrus Aircraft

New Vision Jet by Cirrus Aircraft Proves to be Popular with Consumers

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth aircraft manufacturer, founded back in 1984, is now skyrocketing to new heights in the Northland. Cirrus Aircraft recently unveiled the company’s latest product and company officials say demand is already taking off. “There’s not a better place to be than up above the clouds,” said Matt Bergwall, Director of Cirrus’ new Vision Jet. Northlanders woke…

Little Falls Man Facing Drug Charges After Grand Rapids Bust

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – A Little Falls, Minnesota man has been charged with several drug charges after a drug bust at a Grand Rapids motel, according to Itasca County District Attorney, John J. Muhar. On the morning of Sept. 18, Grand Rapids police received information that 54-year-old Mark Batters was dealing methamphetamine from a room at the Sawmill Inn. Batters…

Strong Storms Cause Heavy Damage in Central Minnesota

Damage on a farm in Kerkoven, Minn. after strong storms ripped through the area early Wednesday morning. (Photo courtesy of Darlene Henry via FOX 9) MELROSE, Minn. (AP) – Residents in and around Melrose are cleaning up trees, branches, and debris after a strong thunderstorm moved through the area. City leaders say there are a lot of trees down at…

Dayton Cranks Up Pressure on Feds to Protect Health Programs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is blasting federal health officials for holding up approval of a program meant to lower health insurance costs and threatening millions of dollars in cuts to health care for the working poor. State lawmakers plowed $542 million into a reinsurance program that should lower premiums by as much as 20 percent…

Friends of Animals Trade Donations for Dogs

Humane Society Sets Up Donation Drive to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

CLOQUET, Minn. – Hurricane Harvey shook the lives of many just weeks ago. Since then, Northlanders have rallied, looking for ways to help Texans as they overcome this natural disaster. On August 25, Harvey washed ashore the coast of Texas, tampering with the lives of millions. “I said, what kind of stuff you guys need? Give me a list,” said…

Archery Hunting Season Starts Off Strong

Experts Say its Better Than Last Three or Four Years

DULUTH, Minn. – The archery deer season kicked off last weekend and after talking to one local expert, it’s looking like it will be a good season for local hunters. They say one of the big reasons why is the mild weather the area has seen the last few years. “It looks like this year is looking a little better…

Reinsurance Approval Costly for Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota should get federal approval for a new program to control health insurance premiums but may lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. That’s according to a letter Gov. Mark Dayton sent to federal health officials Tuesday and obtained by The Associated Press. Dayton says President Donald Trump’s administration has said it would…

GOP Warns Legislature Could Run Out of Money

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A report filed by attorneys for the Republican-led Legislature says lawmakers will have to start furloughing employees in December and shut down completely by February unless there’s a resolution to a legal battle with Gov. Mark Dayton over its operating budget. Top Republicans and the DFL governor have been locked in a legal battle for…

Annual Oktoberfest Celebrations to Take Over Grandma’s Saloon & Grill

Grandma's Celebrates 42 Years of Oktoberfest Fun

DULUTH, Minn. – This week the keg will be tapped to kick off Oktoberfest celebrations at Grandma’s Saloon and Grill. This is the 42nd year of the festival at Grandma’s Restaurants. The beer tapping will take place at 11 a.m. at the Canal Park location on Wednesday, September 20. For the first week of Oktoberfest at Grandma’s there will be…

Research Center Preserves Stories of Minnesota’s Iron Ranges

Northland Uncovered: Iron Range Research Center at Minnesota Discovery Center

CHISHOLM, Minn. -For hundreds of years mining has been the focus of life on the Iron Ranges of Minnesota. The Iron Range Research Center in the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm preserves the past of these areas in its archive collection. The mission of this department is to collect materials to interpret the human experience on all three of Minnesota’s…

Essentia Health – Duluth hosts 19th annual Journey Awards

The awards recognize those who have made an impact on people living with disabilities

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health – Duluth hosted the 19th annual Journey Awards on Monday. The Journey Awards recognizes individuals who have made contributions to helping people living with disabilities. This year’s award went to Kelsey Peterson, for her work on the film project The Cure Map, as they look find a cure for paralysis. “We drove around the country…

Life House promotes peace before International Day of Peace

The youth organization is celebrating peace all week

DULUTH, Minn. – International Day of Peace day is coming up this Thursday, but one Duluth organization is celebrating all week long. Life House, an organization that helps homeless youth in the community, is trying to promote the idea of peace and nonviolence. On Monday they held a get together at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial to kick off the…

Over $600,000 Coming to Northland to Fight Opioid Addiction

One Area of Concern is Over-Prescription of Opiates

DULUTH, Minn.-Minnesota is getting $6 million in funding to help battle opioid addiction. About 10 percent of that money will be going to St. Louis County. FOX 21 spoke with Senator Amy Klobuchar, Monday, about the addiction issues Minnesota faces. She said there has been a rapid rise in overdose deaths over the last few years, and she believes some…