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North Country Ride Celebrates 40 Years With Derby Gala

DULUTH, Minn.- North Country Ride celebrated 40 years of horseback riding-driven therapy for the special needs population with a Derby Gala at the Buffalo Junction in Duluth. The non-profit organization held a silent auction and dinner. And while the Kentucky Derby was happening Saturday, they also had their own run for the roses. North Country Ride uses horseback riding as…

Windy Dry Conditions Pose Wildfire Dangers in Parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin

Saturday’s high winds and dry conditions are posing dangers of wildfires in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. In Wisconsin, the state Department of Natural Resources has listed 52 counties in the “very high risk” category for fires, mostly in northern areas. Eight counties are listed as “high risk” and all other counties are at “moderate risk.” Officials said high winds, dry…

Lake Superior College Holds Spring Open House

Educators hoped it would allow interested students to get a real feel of what it would be like if they chose LSC. 

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, Lake Superior College let prospective students stop by for an open house. They learned about the different programs, visited labs and met instructors for the more hands-on career programs the college offers, ranging from nursing to automotive to cybersecurity. Educators hoped it would allow interested students to get a real feel of what it would…

Mayor Larson Releases New Lighting Policy for Lift Bridge, Enger Tower After Public Scrutiny

Duluth’s Lift Bridge DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth Mayor Emily Larson says the lights on the Aerial Lift Bridge once again will change colors for specific holidays in her updated lighting policy. It comes after she faced heavy public scrutiny two months ago for the previous policy that did not accept any special requests to light the bridge in different colors….

Hartley Nature Center Expansion

DULUTH, Minn. — We got an inside look at the new multimillion dollar building expansion of Duluth’s Hartley Nature Center. This $2.9 million dollar project was outlined in the 2014 Hartley Park Master Plan. It features new restrooms, community gathering centers, parking, and park-wide signage. The classrooms will also be upgraded to help nurture the educational component of their operations….

Grandmothers for Peace Call for End to Ukraine War This Mother’s Day

DULUTH, Minn. — As Mother’s Day approaches and the war in Ukraine rages on local activists with the Grandmothers for Peace want to call on women across the world to unite and re enforce the importance of peace. In 1870, a writer, Julia Ward Howe wrote the ‘Mother’s Day Proclamation’, which was a call to action asking mothers to come forward…

University Of Minnesota To Host 2026 Special Olympics USA

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The 2026 Special Olympics USA Games will be held at the University of Minnesota, officials announced Friday. Gov. Tim Walz said he is “incredibly proud” to have Minnesota host the seven-day event, which is expected to draw as many as 4,000 athletes, 10,000 volunteers, 1,500 coaches and 75,000 fans from all 50 states, Canada and the Caribbean….

Coffee Conversation: Oasis Del Norte To Expand To Restaurant In Duluth’s Lincoln Park

DULUTH, Minn. – The owner of Oasis Del Norte, Eduardo Sandoval-Luna, talked to FOX 21’s Dan Hanger about the success of his food trailer and his plans to expand the brand into a restaurant in the Lincoln Park Craft District. Click the video above for that conversation, and click here to find out where Oasis Del Norte will have its…

Daunte Wright’s Mother Detained After Recording Traffic Stop

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — The mother of Daunte Wright, who was fatally shot by a suburban Minneapolis police officer, said she was injured while she was briefly detained by one of the same department’s officers after she stopped to record an arrest of a person during a traffic stop. Katie Wright said Thursday she was worried about what the Brooklyn Center officers…

Coffee Conversation: Barbara Reyelts Talks New Book, Journalism, Retirement

DULUTH, Minn. — Barbara Reyelts, who retired from broadcasting three years ago after spending nearly 40 years as an anchor, investigative reporter and news director at KBJR-TV, stopped by FOX 21’s morning show Friday to talk to Dan Hanger about her new book, “Dying To Live.” The book is about an elderly medical scientist who awakes in a hospital to…

MMIW National Day of Awareness

DULUTH, Minn. — For the first time in two years, a group was able to march down to the water in honor of National Awareness Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, girls, and two Spirit The ongoing issue of violence against indigenous women and girls in some cases are fatal, and in others, loved ones go missing. Dozens of…

Coffee Conversation: Spiritual Coach Monique Forcier

DULUTH, Minn. — Spiritual Coach Monique Forcier stopped by the morning show Thursday to talk to FOX 21’s Dan Hanger about different ways to help people heal and become more mindful and awake in their lives. Click the video above for that conversation, and click here to view Monique’s website of services. Categories: Business, Coffee Conversation, Education, Health, Minnesota, News,…

Coffee Conversation: Ventriloquist Jeremy Lepak

DULUTH, Minn. – Ventriloquist Jeremy Lepak joined FOX 21’s Dan Hanger during the 7 a.m. hour of the morning show Thursday to talk about his 15 years of perfecting his craft. Click the video above for that fun conversation, and check out Jeremy’s website for booking opportunities. Categories: Business, Coffee Conversation, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

State Officers Will Help Minneapolis With Policing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State law enforcement officers will help Minneapolis with patrols as the city deals with a police force that has seen its ranks reduced in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. The arrangement announced Wednesday by city and state officials has state troopers patrolling city streets three nights a week beginning Thursday and agents from the Minnesota Bureau…

Brighton Beach Construction Update

DULUTH, Minn. — The construction on Brighton Beach began at the end of last summer, and its looking like it may continue on a few more seasons. A new walkway was paved and extended at Brighton Beach for reconstruction last September, but what comes next is prioritizing the park and shoreline improvements to try and reinforce them. Depending on contractor…

Coffee Conversation: Tickets Available For North Country Ride’s Derby Gala Saturday

The non-profit in Esko helps people with special needs live their best lives through interactions with horses.

DULUTH, Minn. – North Country Ride’s Derby Gala is happening this Saturday, May 7, at the Buffalo House Junction, and one of the non-profit’s board members joined Dan Hanger, who is emceeing the gala, on the morning show to talk about what to expect.  Click the video above for that conversation. For ticket information for the Derby Gala, click here….

Judge Overseeing Chauvin Civil Rights Case Accepts Plea Deal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The judge overseeing the federal civil rights cases of four former Minneapolis police officers in the killing of George Floyd said Wednesday that he has accepted the terms of Derek Chauvin’s plea agreement and will sentence him to 20 to 25 years in prison. Chauvin pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to violating Floyd’s civil rights, admitting for the first…

Sen. Klobuchar Hosts Virtual Roundtable With Police Chiefs About Spike In Violent Carjackings

MINNESOTA — Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota recently hosted a roundtable on the rise in carjackings that has hit both the state and the rest of the country. Carjackings have spiked over the past two years, especially in metro areas like the Twin Cities. At the virtual roundtable, police chiefs spoke about how tough the crime is to combat, along…

EPA Recommends Against Reissuing Permit for PolyMet Mine

The Environmental Protection Agency says the project could raise levels of mercury and other pollutants downstream from the site in northeastern Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Federal regulators are recommending that the Army Corps of Engineers decline to reissue a key permit for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The Environmental Protection Agency says the project could raise levels of mercury and other pollutants downstream from the site in northeastern Minnesota. It’s just a recommendation, but Minnesota Public Radio reports it could…

Minnesota Prepares To Be Abortion Destination If Roe Falls

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota could become a destination for abortion services for women from other states if the U.S. Supreme Court throws out the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, and the state’s abortion providers said Tuesday that they’re preparing for the anticipated surge. That’s because abortion would remain legal, at least for now, under a 1995 Minnesota Supreme Court…

12-Unit Apartment Building Catches Fire In Duluth

  DULUTH, Minn. – An apartment building fire in Duluth has displaced multiple tenants. The fire was reported around 10:15 p.m. Monday on the 600 block of West 2nd Street. A resident woke up to sounds of smoke detectors, according to officials. Fire crews responded within two minutes. Everybody was evacuated. One tenant was hospitalized for possible smoke inhalation. Two…

UMD Students Hold ‘Duluth Power Dialogue’ Discussing Environmental Justice

DULUTH, Minn.- Young environmentalists over at UMD kept the conversation around climate change fresh today with the help of a unique friend. This larger-than-life owl puppet made by the Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe helped attract people to the Duluth Power Dialogue in the Kirby Student Center. “We wanted to find a way to bring art and performance into the environmental…

Ursa Minor Among Businesses Excited to be Part of Homegrown’s Comeback Track

Roughly double the staff prepared were ready to serve the bar-hopping music lovers who packed it in starting at 6:15 p.m. Monday.

DULUTH, Minn.- After an exciting first verse of Homegrown Music Festival’s comeback track Sunday the music kept flowing through the Lincoln Park Craft District Monday. And businesses like Ursa Minor Brewing again couldn’t be more excited. “It’s hard to remember a packed hall it’s been a few years you know,” owner Ben Hugus said. “But it was a different experience…

Filmmaking in the Northland: Lost 40 Studios Wraps Up Production of Canusa Street

CHISHOLM, Minn. – “It has been an incredible process. Filmmaking should not be this smooth, I have kept waiting, when is the second shoe gonna drop, when is some like chaos moment going to happen. But, it’s been an incredible shooting experience,” Canusa Street Writer and Director, Zack Morrison says. Canusa Street is a half hour TV comedy pilot about…

Proctor Golf Course Open to Public

The Proctor-Esko vs. Hermantown match is the first event hosted at the Proctor Golf Course this year.

PROCTOR, Minn.– It’s officially tee-time in the Northland again, as golf courses are opening back up for those eager to back out on the green. The Proctor Golf Course officially opened today, with high school golf teams competed in their first match of the season. The Proctor Golf Course manager tells us that the course is about a month behind…

Frontline Workers Will Get Bonus Checks By Summer, Minnesota Officials Say

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – It will take 10-12 weeks before Minnesota workers who were on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic receive bonus checks, Gov. Tim Walz’s administration officials estimate. State officials expect 667,000 people from 15 eligible industries will apply for the rewards. The checks are likely to be around $750, though they will be larger or smaller depending…

Report Calls Out Abuse Of Social Media By Minneapolis Police

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Among the scathing findings of an investigation launched after the police killing of George Floyd is that Minneapolis police used covert or bogus social media accounts to monitor Black individuals and groups despite having no clear public safety rationale for doing so. The report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights echoes numerous past revelations that the FBI and…

Live Interview: Duluth East Theatre Students Talk Production Of ‘Harvey’

Performances run May 4-6 at 7 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth East High School theatre students joined FOX 21’s Dan Hanger during the 7 a.m. hour Monday to talk about their upcoming performances of “Harvey,” which is a play that was made into a 1950 American comedy drama movie starring James Stuart. Performances are May 4-6 at 7 p.m. at the high school — 301 N. 40th…

Public Joins Friends, Relatives in Mourning Sean, Riana, Shiway, Sadie Barry

Grief and laughter were brought out in the Marshall School Auditorium Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn.- Hundreds from the Duluth area and beyond joined relatives of the Barry Family at their Funeral Sunday as they shared their memories, paid their respects, and said farewell to Sean, Riana, Shiway, and Sadie. “I’d just like to thank everybody. The last 10 days, have been hard,” said Sean’s younger brother, Brian, holding back tears. The two parents,…

Labor Unions, Community Hold International Worker Solidarity Rally

Organizers said the number of people present showed that workers’ rights are a priority for the community.

DULUTH, Minn.- Around the world, the first day of May is celebrated as May Day, which represents International Workers’ Day. At the Harrison Community Center in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, roughly a dozen different labor unions and community organizations came together for the 2nd annual International Worker Solidarity Rally. City Councilor Azrin Awal read a proclamation by Mayor Emily Larson…

‘He Changed The Nation’: Former VP Walter Mondale Honored At Memorial Service

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Former Vice President Walter Mondale was remembered by friends and family on Sunday as a man who fought for what was right and who loved Minnesota — and was loved back by Minnesota. Speakers ranging from President Joe Biden to Senator Amy Klobuchar, a former Mondale intern, to historians and family members came together Sunday to honor the…

24th Year of Duluth Homegrown Music Festival Returns

DULUTH, Minn. — The homegrown music festival not only brings people together and highlights local talent during a week of wonderful music but the kickoff to the 24th year of it celebrates more than just that. “Oh it’s so exciting we’ve been honestly like preparing for months for this show,” Diona Johnson “Afrogeode” of Afrogeode and the Gemstones said. This…

Relatives Encourage Community to Join in Celebrating Lives of Barry Family at Funeral Sunday

According to the Council President, the family plans to Livestream the funeral as well, and you can catch it on FOX 21 News at 9 Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn.- The community is asked to once again come together, this time to celebrate the lives of Sean, Rianna, Shiway, and Sadie Barry before they are laid to rest. The family is urging the public to join them for the funeral service Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Marshall School Auditorium. Duluth City Council President Arik Forsman, who was…

Families Get Active for 30th Healthy Kids Day at Duluth YMCA

DULUTH, Minn.- Saturday was the 30th Anniversary of the Duluth Area YMCA’s largest one-day event, celebrating healthy lifestyles for families and kicking off the Y’s Summer Schedule. FOX 21 Photojournalist Owen Zagrabelny takes us to Healthy Kids Day. Superior Douglas County Family YMCA will hold their Healthy Kids Day Event Sunday from 11-3. Categories: Community, Education, Entertainment, Health, Minnesota, News,…

Yarn Harbor Celebrates 5th Annual Local Yarn Shop Day

According to Kathy Thomas, owner of Yarn Harbor, it's important to celebrate brick and mortar yarn shops in all communities.

DULUTH, Minn.- Knitting enthusiasts got all tied up in the 5th annual Local Yarn Shop Day at Yarn Harbor in Duluth. The store featured special limited yarn shop day supplies and free patterns with your yarn purchase. According to Kathy Thomas, owner of Yarn Harbor, it’s important to celebrate brick and mortar yarn shops in all communities. “It’s a lot…

JDRF Walk Brings Awareness, Support for Those Suffering with Type 1 Diabetes

DULUTH, Minn. — Saturday morning brought out over a hundred people to the Gichi-Dde’ Akiing park for a walk that raises awareness about type one diabetes, and shows those who have it, that they are not alone. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or JDRF, partnered with Essentia Health to bring this walk back to Duluth. Teams spent the 3 to…