Minnesota

Holiday Pop-Up Gives the Gift of Essential Oils

Participants make colognes and perfumes out of essential oils.

DULUTH, Minn.- A Holiday Pop-up at Clyde Iron Works is focused on making some holiday gifts out of essential oils. The group mixed natural scents like lemon, frankinscense and rose with a base of vodka to make perfumes and colognes. They hoped to provide a healthy alternative to the conventional perfumes and colognes that use toxic ingredients. “People want a…

Hundreds of Bowlers of All Abilities Fill Special Olympics State Tournament

Over 5,000 participants statewide, over 450 here in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- Hundreds of bowlers of all abilities gathered at the Incline Station in Downtown Duluth for Special Olympic’s Minnesota’s State Tournament. Duluth was one of nine cities hosting a state tournament Sunday, adding to the pot of over 5,000 participants statewide. Bowling balls land on the lane floor with a resounding thud. “Knock those pins down,” Jeniece Klammer of…

Multiple Fire Departments Respond to Fire at Home in Greenwood Township

GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, Minn. — Multiple fire departments responded to a house fire in the Greenwood Township on Sunday afternoon. The house was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on scene at 3 p.m., and is now deemed a total loss, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. The home is located on 2600-block of Mordini Road and is…

Dancers Gather to Compete, Honor Fallen Breakdancer

9th annual Willie Kruger Dance Competition held at the Encounter.

DULUTH, Minn.- Tapping feet and grooving bodies filled the Encounter on First Street for the 9th Annual Willie Kruger Dance Competition, held in honor of the local breakdancing pioneer. Dancers came from around the country–from nine-year-olds to adults. Founder John D’Auria started the competition in honor of his cousin Willie, who died in 2010. According to dancers, the competition highlights…

Christmas City of the North Parade Decks the Halls of Superior Street

Crowds take over sidewalks to watch the 61st Parade.

DULUTH, Minn.- The crowds outside of Sir Ben’s were full of holiday cheer as Superior Street turned into a Winter Wonderland for the 61st Annual Christmas City of the North Parade. Thumping marching bands, colorful floats, and favorite characters line the street. It’s a special night not only for spectators, but those who have been preparing to be in the…

First Witness Holds Annual Bake Sale

DULUTH, Minn. – First Witness Child Advocacy Center held their annual bake sale Friday morning at the Holiday Center. The sale has thousand of baked goods including cupcakes, muffins and cookies. All of the proceeds donated go directly back to the families they serve. “It can go to anything from if the family comes in and the family doesn’t have…

Changes May Come To Superior’s Stormwater Flood Control Program

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The public works committee recently approved the changes, which will then go before city council on December 3rd. Right now, only homeowners can apply to the program which includes sump pump installation to help prevent basement flooding. The proposed resolution would also apply to landlords who own rental properties. “The occupancy criteria would be taken into consideration…

Essentia Health Breaks Ground For New Cloquet Clinic

The clinic is expected to open next summer.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Ground has been broken for the new $4 million dollar Essentia Health clinic planned for Cloquet. The new 10,000 square foot facility will take over the site of the former driftwood hotel. It will feature an urgent care unit and a primary care practice. Also a rehab space for physical therapy patients as well as lab and…

Thunderbird-Wren Halfway House Opens Doors To New Facility

The $7 million project was solely paid for with loans and very little private money.

DULUTH, Minn. – In September of 2018 the Thunderbird–Wren Halfway House broke ground on a $7 million project to build a new treatment center. After 14 months of construction, the new facility has opened its doors. The Thunderbird-Wren House moved from a nearly 100 year old building, which no longer fit the needs to fulfill their mission. This new facility…

Duluth Receives $17 Million in State Funding for Affordable Housing

One Roof Community Housing and City Center Housing to build affordable housing project in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth is celebrating a victory in its fight for more affordable housing. The city has been granted $17 million in state funding dedicated to building three housing projects. “It is not coincidental that we are getting funding because we are being bold and talking about how housing is a real struggle for us,” Duluth mayor Emily Larson said. City…

Harbor House Crisis Shelters Seeking Volunteers

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Harbor House Crisis Shelters in Superior are seeking volunteers before the holiday season. The Organization provides transitional living for the homeless, and are looking for people to help with the upkeep of the homes. Although donations are always appreciated- right now, the organization just needs people’s time. “We need help fixing things that are broken in the…

Shooting For A Big Buck

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Firearms Deer Hunting Season is Underway

NORTHLAND — Minnesota Firearms Deer Hunting season ends on Sunday the 24th, as Wisconsin’s Rifle Season kicks off on Saturday the 23rd and runs until December 1st. Hunters gather from all over and head into the woods to lock and load. But it’s not all about the big buck, it’s also about winding down in the woods and making memories…

College of St. Scholastica Hosts Health Management Forum

The College of St. Scholastica hosted 100 Health Informatics and Information Management professionals

DULUTH, Minn.- As clinics and hospitals switch over to electronic health records, ‘Health Informatics and Information Management is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country. The College of St. Scholastica was the first program in the nation, and Thursday they hosted 100 H.I.I.M. professionals. Barbara Spurrier gave a presentation about her perspective on healthcare innovation and leadership sharing…

Get the Snowblower Fixed Before its too Late

One Duluth business is stressing to test your snowblower now, before a big storm happens and it doesn't work

DULUTH, Minn.- One Duluth business is stressing that you should test out your snowblower to make sure it works to avoid scrambling to fix it last minute. Denny’s Lawn and Garden in Duluth started snowblower repairs back in August, and are still way behind because of the grueling winter Northlanders faced last season. The owner says get the little problems…

Giving Thanks to Community Veterans

The Fon du Lac Tribal and Community College hosted veterans for their annual Thanksgiving Thursday night

CLOQUET, Minn.- As we are just one week away from Thanksgiving, the Fon du Lac Tribal and Community College hosted veterans for their annual Thanksgiving feast to honor all they have done for us. Before the feast began, an opening ceremony was held with an honor guard and song as well as traditional music played. The ‘Giving Thanks Feast’ started…

Amsoil Snocross Team Visits Two Harbors High School

The team will also visit Denfeld High School next week.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Amsoil Snocross team visited two harbors high school to talk to students to talk to them all about what it takes to be a racer. The team even gave students an inside look into the official Snocross transporter truck. Students were also shown the type of technology the Amsoil team uses. “We want to show technology…

Asian Inspired Wild Rice Salad

COOKING CONNECTION: Vegan Holiday Options With Coco's Latest Bites

DULUTH, Minn – Asian Inspired Wild Rice Salad: Made with locally grown wild rice and can be tailored to any ethnic style flavor profile of your choice. RECIPE: 2 cups cooked wild rice (You can sub fresh 3 shredded or chopped cabbage or sauerkraut for the wild rice.) 1 clove Chinese pea pods 1 cup matchstick raw carrots 1 cup…

Grizzly Bear Attack Survivor Alex Messenger Releases New Book, “The Twenty-Ninth Day”

Alex Messenger Was Attacked by a Grizzly Bear in the Canadian Wilderness in 2005

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a dream come true for then 17-year-old Alex Messenger. What he didn’t know about his trip to the serene Canadian wilderness is that it would quickly change his life. Messenger recently released his new tell-all book, “The Twenty-Ninth Day.” The book details Messenger’s attack by a grizzly bear back in 2005 on the twenty-ninth day…

United Way Looks To Spread Kindness

DULUTH, Minn. – United Ways Across Minnesota have sparked the initiative “Acts of Kindness Week” this week. The Head of The Lakes was out in full force this afternoon in the Holiday Center. They also partnered with the red gross, giving people the opportunity to fill out holiday cards to military personnel. It’s all in an effort to help people…

Northland Prepares for First Widespread Snowfall

Preparation began earlier than usual for the Minnesota Department of Transportation

DULUTH, Minn.- As the Northland prepares for its first widespread significant snowfall of the season, the preparation began earlier than usual fro the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT isn’t the only one preparing. Local businesses selling snow removal equipment have seen an up-tick in business. The day for MnDOT was spent preparing their trucks for what could be a long…

Tips to Remember When Stray Animals Are Found

Animal Allies Humane Society Says They Receive Multiple Calls Per Day Regarding What to Do With Stray Animals

DULUTH, Minn. – It can often be difficult to know what’s the right thing to do when coming across stray animals, especially in the cold winter months. Stray or feral animals may be timid, or show force, leaving helpful animal advocates to wonder what’s the best way of going about getting the animal to a safe place. Michelle Carter, Development…

New Local Business Taking Stress Out Of Holiday Baking

Lake Superior Baking Co. Began in October of 2019; Hermantown Resident Chloe Harris is the Founder of the Company

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Baking is all the buzz in the kitchen of one Hermantown resident. 17-year-old Chloe Harris started Lake Superior Baking Co. in October of 2019. Harris says she has had a passion for baking since she was 7-years-old. Now she’s turning her passion into a profession by starting up her very own company. Harris bakes out of her…

Gobble, Gobble! Tickets on Sale for 71st Annual Lincoln Park Business Group Turkey Bingo

Turkey Bingo is Happening Wednesday, November 20, and Thursday, November 21

DULUTH, Minn. – Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which can only mean one thing. Lincoln Park Business Group is inviting all Northlanders to purchase tickets now for the 71st Annual Turkey Bingo. This year, they’re adding another day to the madness for double the amount of fun. Turkey Bingo will be played Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21….

I Love You Pop-Up Event at UMD

UMD students offered some kind words to those in the Northland, with the help of a well-known Minnesota artist

DULUTH, Minn.- We tell people we love them all the time, but when was the last time you wrote a letter to someone, and ended it with “I love you”? Tuesday, UMD students offered some kind words to those in the Northland, with the help of a well-known Minnesota artist. It’s the season of giving, and UMD students are giving…

Torah Scroll Remnants from Adas Israel Synagogue Fire Caught in Garage Fire

Remnants of four Torah scrolls stored in storage garage to be buried, garage caught fire Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn.- More than two months since the Adas Israel Synagogue burned to the ground, a new tragedy has struck the congregation–remnants of four Torah scrolls that were damaged in the original fire were caught in another fire Sunday. Rabbi Phillip Sher of the Adas Israel Congregation said the remnants of those four Torah scrolls were stored in that garage…

Duluth ISD 709 Tenured Teachers Celebrated

44 Duluth Public School Teachers were celebrated for three years on the job, all becoming tenured in the district.

DULUTH, Minn.- 44 Duluth Public School Teachers were celebrated for three years on the job, all becoming tenured in the district. Teachers from Duluth East, Congdon Park Elementary, and Denfeld were just some of those honored in front of friends and family members. For one teacher in particular, whose students from Denfeld catered the event says being with them on…

Volunteers Needed For Thanksgiving Day Buffet

DULUTH, Minn. – Thanksgiving is a little over a week away, but preparations are already underway at the DECC for their Thanksgiving buffet. Food has been coming into the DECC, waiting to be prepared for the thousands of community members that aren’t able to get a hot meal on Thanksgiving. Volunteers are still needed, especially during the afternoon shift, so…

Lake Superior College’s PT Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior College’s Physical Therapy Program Celebrated its 20th Anniversary Tuesday afternoon. It was all started by students who were part of a class to develop a clinic back in 1998. Then, the clinic opened in 1999 as a partnership with Saint Scholastica’s PT program. The program accepts students, LSC employees and the public as patients. Students…

Small Business Owners And Elected Officials Advocate For Paid Leave

DULUTH, Minn. – The implementation of Duluth’s Earned Sick and Safe Time is set to go into effect in January. Elected officials and small business owners  gathered at Vikre Distillery in Duluth to advocate for statewide Paid Family and Medical Leave insurance. The Duluth earned sick and safe time will allow people to accrue days off to care for themselves…

Torah Scrolls Burned In September Synagogue Fire Damaged Again in Garage Fire

DULUTH, Minn. – The Torah scrolls that were damaged when the Adas Israel Synagogue burned down in September were inside a garage that caught fire on Sunday in Duluth. According to Adas Israel Synagogue board of directors member Mike Baddin, the garage was rented by a member of the congregation who offered the space to store the damaged scrolls. In…

Governor Walz Urges Public Hearings to Break Insulin Impasse

Lawmakers Report Little Progress Made in Closed-Door Talks Over the Past Month Regarding the Cost of Insulin

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz is urging Minnesota lawmakers to hold public hearings to try to break an impasse over legislation to make insulin more affordable. Lawmakers have made little apparent progress in closed-door talks over the past month toward reconciling the differences between competing House Democratic and Senate Republican plans. Their last meeting was Friday. The…

It’s Turkey Fry Time! Marine General Hosting Annual Fundraiser Wednesday

Marine General is Hosting the Annual Turkey Fry Fundraiser Wednesday, November 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – 60 turkeys will be deep fried outside Marine General in Duluth on Wednesday, November 20. The public is invited to stop by the store located at 1501 London Road from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for turkey sandwiches, ice fishing information, and more. The 11th annual event will also kick off Bob’s Bike Drive. This year, more…

Northland Winter Weather Outlook 2019-2020

The Northland Gears Up for Another Long Winter

DULUTH, Minn. — It’s time for the 2019-2020 Winter Weather Outlook from our Fox 21 Meteorologists! While we’re still a month away from the official start of winter, snow arrives earlier in the Northland and sticks around beyond March!  We’ve already seen big snow events this season with a “Winter Storm Warning” across the Snowbelt with more than a foot…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Buy and Sell Gear at Great Lakes Gear Exchange

New outdoor gear consignment store opens in East Hillside.

DULUTH, Minn.- Here outdoor activities are a part of life in any season. But all of that equipment can get pricey. Great Lakes Gear Exchange is hoping to change that. “Our mission is to make outdoor adventure financially and culturally accessible while promoting sustainability in the outdoor industry,” said co-owner Brooke Wetmore. Before occupying their new storefront on East 4th…

Minnesota Power Strings Lights on 35th Christmas Tree

3400 ft of LED lights strung on tree.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas throughout the rest of Duluth as crews decorated the Minnesota Power Christmas Tree in lights for the 35th year. The 54 ft tree will be strung in 3400 feet of LED lights, to be lit Friday at five before the Christmas City of the North Parade. The tree will be…

Bentleyville Prep Wraps Up Five Days Before Opening

Volunteers finish setting up gift shop.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Bentleyville Tour of Lights is almost done setting up in Bayfront Park, for opening night this Saturday. Over the last eight weeks, about 15 hundred volunteers helped set up the 21 acres of over 5 million lights. Founder Nathan Bentley said the display wouldn’t happen without all of that help. “I sometimes believe the public maybe doesn’t…

Raising Awareness for Pancreatic Cancer

In Minnesota alone, 780 deaths will occur from Pancreatic Cancer this year

DULUTH, Minn.- Every year, 55,000 Americans are diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. There’s no exact cause known, other than smoking and obesity having a strong link to the disease. And on Monday night, one women affected by the disease hosted an event to raise awareness. In Minnesota alone, 780 deaths will occur from Pancreatic Cancer this year, which is one of…

City of Duluth Announces New Planning and Economic Development Director

Chris Fleege will be replacing Keith Hamre who recently retired after 22 years

DULUTH, Minn.- The City of Duluth has officially named a new ‘Planning and Economic Development Director’. Chris Fleege will be replacing Keith Hamre who retired after 22 years. Duluth native Chris Fleege brings in 27 years of work at various capacities in the Northland at place like Minnesota Power and Superior Water Light and Power. Fleege is a UMD alum…

UMD Opens A U.S. Passport Office On Campus

Services are provided by appointment only.

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re looking for another option to get your passport, UMD now has a U.S. passport facility on campus. A grand opening was celebrated on Monday. Students, staff, and the public can use the facility to fill out an application and take a passport photo. Without this new service, UMD officials tell us getting a passport would…

First Duluth Man Charged From SAKI Grant Sentenced

Clark Was Found Guilty in June

DULUTH, Minn. – A man found guilty of criminal sexual conduct due to evidence collected in the Duluth Sexual Assault Kit Initiative has been sentenced. In a press release from the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office, Kenneth Keith Clark, 66, was sentenced to 144-months in prison after being found guilty of first degree criminal sexual conduct in June. Clark was…

Walz Calls for Public Hearings to Break Insulin Impasse

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz is urging Minnesota lawmakers to hold public hearings to try to break an impasse over legislation to make insulin more affordable. Lawmakers have made little apparent progress in closed-door talks over the past month toward reconciling the differences between competing House Democratic and Senate Republican plans. Their last meeting was Friday. The…

One Arrested After Stabbing In Gary-New Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – One man was arrested and another was transported to a local hospital early Monday morning after a stabbing incident. Authorities responded to reports of a stabbing in the 1300 Block of Commonwealth Avenue around 1:45 a.m. According to Duluth police, when officers arrived on scene they found a 27-year-old male with a large stab wound to his…

Falls Schools Evacuated Due to Potential Threat

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – Authorities have confirmed that the Falls High School and Elementary School were evacuated Monday morning due to a potential bomb threat against the high school. Students were evacuated and sent to the First Lutheran Church located on Wayside Lane. Staff at First Lutheran confirmed parents are able to pick their children up at the church via…

Mosquito-Borne Virus Found in Minnesota Ruffed Grouse

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota wildlife officials say three ruffed grouse in Itasca County have tested positive for a mosquito-borne virus. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Monday it is the first time the virus called eastern equine encephalitis has been confirmed to cause illness in a Minnesota wild animal. The hunters who harvested the grouse brought them…

Mount Royal Center Temporarily Closed Due To Plumbing Issue

UPDATE: Bulldog Pizza and Mount Royal Library are back open as of Monday afternoon. Additionally, Vanilla Bean wrote in a Facebook post Monday afternoon that they will be open for regular business hours on Tuesday. DULUTH, Minn. – Several businesses at the Mount Royal Center were closed this past weekend. According to signs posted on the building, the closure is…

Bluebird Foundation Inc. Hosts 2019 Christmas By The Lake CD Release Party

The CD Release Party is Happening Wednesday, November 20 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Greysolon Plaza Ballroom

DULUTH, Minn. – In its first five years of existence, The Bluebird Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, has awarded nearly $50,000 in grants and scholarships to regional high school age youth in the performing arts. The foundation’s major annual fundraiser is the Christmas by the Lake Album. The annual music album (two CD’s or digital download) consisting of 33…