Minnesota

Roasted Olives, Quick Holiday Dish

COOKING CONNECTION: Coco's Latest Bites Makes A Long Lasting Appetizer For Parties

DULUTH, Minn. – Coco’s Latest Bite’s made Roasted Mediterranean Olives in this week’s Cooking Connection. It’s great for appetizers and party foods as the holidays are right around the corner. These olives will keep in the fridge for up to 3 months if they last that long! RECIPE: 3 cups pitted kalamata olives, drained 1 lemon, thinly sliced 2 teaspoons…

UMD Students Meet Industry Reps At Insurance Career Day

DULUTH, Minn- UMD students got the chance to future career opportunities today. The Labovitz School of Business held the first-ever Insurance Career Day. There, students got the were able to network with UMD Alumni currently working in the industry. Staff say, the whole day is to set students up for success when it comes to the variety of careers in…

American Heart Association Wants You to Eat Smart, Live Smart

AHA partnered with Essentia Health and St. Luke's at Super One.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s Eat Smart Month, and the American Heart Association, St. Luke’s and Essentia Health partnered together to get Super One customers to eat healthier. The three had a display inside of the Duluth Kenwood Super One. Shoppers could talk to registered dieticians, be trained in hands-only CPR, and receive gift cards to purchase healthy foods. “Just to build…

UMD Undergrad First to Perform Drop Test on Building Material

Test dropped 250 lbs on material from a height of one foot.

DULUTH, Minn.- For the first time at UMD, an undergraduate student measured the resilience of a material using a drop tower test. As part of his Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), senior Tom DeMars dropped 250 lbs on material sent in from a building company, from a height of one foot. It measures how well the material handles under different…

YMCA Offers Special First-Time Swimming to 12 Students

Those students are no longer fearful of swimming anymore

DULUTH, Minn.- 12 Elementary kids in Duluth aren’t fearful of swimming anymore, thanks to free lessons from the YMCA. The 6-week program for the kids was donated to Myers-Wilkins School. It allowed 4th and 5th students who had never swam before the training and skills to be basic swimmers. “Having these kids get this experience is absolutely amazing because at…

Companies Show Superior High Students Manufacturing Careers

Five Companies and Lake Superior College stopped by the high school.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Five companies and Lake Superior College stopped by Superior High School to talk to students about manufacturing careers. This, at a time when the industry is also dealing with an aging labor force. Students stopped by each company’s table to learn about the different types of positions within those companies. According to the school’s Transition Coordinator, many of…

Being Prepared for Next Round of Snow

The chances of snow are increasing each day, and hardware stores are saying stock up before it's too late

DULUTH, Minn.- With the chances for significant snowfall growing every day, hardware stores are saying stock up on your snow removal tools before the big one hits. Shovels, snow blowers and salt are just some of the tools getting on the minds of Northlanders now that the first accumulating snowfall of the season has hit the Twin Ports. The General…

Glensheen Gives a Sneak Peek At Christmas Setup

Christmas tours will last until after the new year.

DULUTH, Minn- Glensheen Mansion has been closed for last two weeks to get ready for Christmas. And Fox 21 was invited in for a sneak peek of what folks can expect from the holiday setup. 25 Christmas trees are up all around the mansion. Stuffed elves are also being strategically hidden throughout the mansion for the youngsters find. Glensheen’s director…

Michelle Lee Announces Run for Senate District 11

CLOQUET, Minn. – Former news anchor Michelle Lee officially announced her run for Minnesota Senate District 11 on Wednesday morning. Lee will seek the DFL endorsement at the district convention in March. “Winning a DFL majority in the state senate is critical if we are to clear the Republican roadblock to passage of critical legislation designed to move Minnesotans and…

Update: Virginia Courthouse Evacuated Due to Alleged Bomb Threat

UPDATE: VIRGINIA, Minn. – After an extensive search of the Virginia Courthouse authorities say no explosive device was located. The St. Louis County 911 Dispatch received a call around 12:23 p.m. Wednesday with the caller stating there was a bomb located inside the Virginia Courthouse. Following an evacuation of the building a Duluth Police Department Bomb Detection Dog was used…

Hundreds of Waterways Added to List of Impaired Waters

581 Waterways Have Been Added to a List of Impaired Waters

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – More than half of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams don’t meet state pollution standards. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has added 581 waterways to its list of impaired waters in its biennial report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released Wednesday. The 3,416 waterways represent 56% of the state’s waters. They have a range of problems, including…

Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa Returns to Miller Hill Mall Saturday

With the Return of Santa Claus to the Miller Hill Mall, Legacy Toys will Also Kick off Their Annual Toy Drive

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Saturday, November 16, you’re encouraged to bring the kiddos to enjoy Breakfast with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and a few other well-known characters. The event is kicking off the holiday season at the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth. Janet Fawcett with the Miller Hill Mall, and Peter Cpin, Owner of Legacy Toys, stopped by FOX 21 Local…

Phase One of Lake Superior Zoo’s New Bear Country Exhibit Almost Complete

CEO Erik Simonson Says Phase One of Bear Country Should be Complete in Roughly Eight Weeks

DULUTH, Minn. – The new Bear Country Exhibit at the Lake Superior Zoo has been years in the making. Construction crews are currently on site, work is being completed as quickly as possible, and four of the zoo’s new animals have arrived. “Essentially, we have become the parents to our two new bears,” said Dave Thompson, Director of Animal Management…

Great Lakes Gear Exchange Moves to East 4th Street

Consignment equipment store went from pop-up shop to storefront.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new store in Duluth’s Hillside neighborhood is aiming to offer outdoor gear at lower prices, by selling them on consignment. Great Lakes Gear Exchange started as a pop-up shop at the Duluth Folk School before moving to its location on East 4th Street. The consignment store will accept any non-motorized, gently used, clean clothing and gear to…

Duluth Council Tables Plastic Bag Ordinance Again to Hear from Dept. of Revenue

Some councilors want questions about taxability to be answered, others say it's time to vote.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth City Council has once again tabled a plastic bag ordinance that would require businesses to charge customers five center per single-use bag. This time, councilors want to hear back from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, to find out whether or not the fee would need to be taxed. The bag fee has been in front of…

CHUM Hoping For Cash Donations To Help Give Families In Need A Holiday Meal

$15 donations are recommended to help CHUM meet its goal.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thanksgiving is about two weeks away and chum’s food shelf is asking for your help to provide meals to families who can’t afford it. Every year, the food shelf partners with the Duluth Chamber of Commerce to offer Thanksgiving baskets to low income families. This year they are hoping to give away nearly 300. They are asking…

U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Kikkan Randall to Visit Duluth Saturday

Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club Hosting Two Events Saturday, November 16, 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – Two big events are happening Saturday, November 16, put on by the Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club. Club President Dan Maki and committee member Annalisa Peterson stopped by FOX 21 Local News to chat about how the public can get involved. U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist, U.S. Nordic Ski Team legend, and breast cancer survivor Kikkan Randall will first…

Voyageur Park Lodge a Total Loss After Monday Fire

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Record-Breaking Cold Freezing Minnesota Lakes Early

Monday Was the Coldest High Temp in Three Decades in the Cities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Record-breaking cold temperatures are freezing Minnesota lakes weeks earlier than normal. Monday was the coldest high temperature in three decades in the Twin Cities. The temperature reached 18 degrees at midnight, tying the coldest high record set in 1986. The National Weather Service said Tuesday and Wednesday may see record cold from the southern Plains to the…

More Snow Means More Business Up North Shore

Different North Shore Businesses prepare for winter tourists after last week's snowfall.

NORTH SHORE, Minn.- It seems Jack Frost made an early stop up the North Shore, and businesses couldn’t be happier. “We all live here for a reason. So we’re big fans of the snow and the cold,” said Jordyn Timberlake. The Bartender and Housekeep at Knotted Pine Inn and Tavern in Isabella is looking at increased business for both the…

Northlanders Get A Rare Glimpse At The Planet Mercury

This is the first time since 2016 that Minnesota has been able to get this type of look.

DULUTH, Minn. – Both students and interest people from the community visited University of Minnesota Duluth’s Marshall A. Alworth Planetarium to take a rare peek at the planet Mercury during its transit across the sun. This is the first time since 2016 that Minnesota has been able to get this type of look. A sight of Mercury like this doesn’t…

Area Entrepreneurs Learn About Food Industry

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Have you ever wanted to start your own restaurant? Well, the Superior Business Center and UWS Small Business Development Center gave folks some tips Monday morning. The Center held a workshop which gave people the first steps, and other resources to push them in the right direction. The goal is to make sure they can support a…

Lake Superior Zoo Hosting Annual Uncorked and Tapped for Conservation Fundraiser

The Fundraiser is Happening Thursday, November 14, 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo invites you to the annual Uncorked and Tapped for Conservation Fundraiser on Thursday, November 14 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The event is happening at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth. The evening will include wine and beer tasting, food from local restaurants, live music, raffles, and more. Proceeds from this event go towards…

Chester Bowl Improvement Club Hosting Annual Skis, Suds, Slices Fundraiser

Skis, Suds & Slices Fundraiser is Happening Friday, November 15

DULUTH, Minn. – The 12th Annual Skis, Suds and Slices fundraiser is happening Friday, November 15 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth (2920 West Michigan Street). Skis, Suds and Slices is a pizza, wine, and beer tasting event with a silent auction. Participants will get to vote on the “Twin Ports’ Best Pizza” to help…

Twin Ports Veterans Day March, Ceremony

DULUTH, Minn. – Many celebrations and ceremonies are taking place across the Northland today in honor of Veteran’s Day. The Twin Ports Veteran’s Day march and program in Duluth will begin at 10:30 a.m. Participants are encourages to line up for the march at the Depot starting at 9:00 a.m. The march will proceed to the DECC via 5th Avenue…

Hundreds of Pets Adopted at Miller Hill Subaru ‘Love-A-Pet’

117 animals adopted, including 55 dogs.

DULUTH, Minn.- Miller Hill Subaru was crawling with pets this weekend for their annual Love-A-Pet Adoption event. 117 animals were adopted at discounted fees over the course of the weekend. Saturday was “Cat-ur-day,” and Sunday was “Pup Day,” where 55 dogs went home with their new families. Five different organizations including Animal Allies Humane Society came together to get these…

Remembering the Lives Lost on the Edmund Fitzgerald

Split Rock Lighthouse holds their annual Muster Roll and Beacon Lighting.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- On this day in 1975, tragedy rocked Lake Superior. The Edmund Fitzgerald sank, taking all 29 crew members with it. At Split Rock Lighthouse, a crowd gathers in front of the lighthouse, in front of a lone gray ship’s bell. “Frederick J. Beecher, Porter.” The bell tolls. “Very, very sad. All the people who died. And the…

Legacy Toys Packed with Families for Neighborhood Toy Store Day

Day is a chance to celebrate local toy stores.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s National Neighborhood Toy Store Day, and toy stores throughout the country are celebrating with the little customers who love them so much. Legacy Toys in Miller Hill Mall celebrated with a 25% discount on any item, and other sales. They also had free arts and crafts and coloring for anyone who came in. Legacy Toys’s Store Manager…

St. Scholastica Honors Veterans with Music

Let Freedom Ring concert by band and orchestra.

DULUTH, Minn.- With Veterans Day just two days away, the College of St. Scholastica honored those who served our country with some music. On Saturday they hosted their Let Freedom Ring Band and Orchestra Concert. Two of their students weren’t playing tonight, as they have just been deployed themselves. So the concert was a chance to honor them, along with…

Bucks Beware: Minnesota Firearm Deer Season Begins

Nearly 500,000 hunters expected to bring in about 100,000 deer, according to DNR.

DULUTH, Minn.- Bucks Beware as nearly 500,000 hunters throughout the state are taking to the woods for the start of Firearm Deer Hunting Season. The Minnesota DNR reminds hunters that a deer license purchased after opening day is valid starting the next day after being issued, not the same day. You can register your deer in-person, over the phone, or…

Neuroscience Lab Helps Middle Schoolers Have Fun with Brains

Lab visits Cloquet Middle School, with sheep brains.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Kids at Cloquet Middle School got an in-depth look at the inner workings of the brain. The UMD Mobile Neuroscience Lab made a stop at the school with some sheep brains. 13 UMD psychology undergrad and graduate students used the brains to help the middle schoolers learn about the functions and parts of the human brain. “They’re, I…

Community Breaks Ground of Extension of Cloquet Library

7,000 foot expansion costs roughly $2 million.

CLOQUET, Minn.- On Friday ground was broken on a major expansion to the Cloquet Public Library, which should be completed next summer. This 7,000 foot library extension is 10 years in the making but after getting a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education last fall, the plans are now becoming a reality. The library expansion is expected to cost…

Adding Some Color to Your House

Flora North is offering demonstrations on how to make Windowboxes this weekend

DULUTH, Minn.- If you’re looking to add some color to your home, for the winter season, then a Windowbox may be for you. Flora North is now offering demonstrations on how to make Windowboxes. They are filled with plants using a bohemian design, with a holiday flare that includes white washed greenery. The whole process aims to make your house…

New West Duluth Taco Bell to Open Monday

DULUTH, Minn. – Demolition is underway at the former B.P gas station on London Road to make room for the new Taco Bell. On Friday morning crews began demolishing the old gas station. This new taco bell isn’t expected to be open until 2020. Over in West Duluth another Taco Bell has popped up on Grand Avenue across from Denfeld…

UWS Students Honor Local Veterans

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – With Veterans Day just around the corner, one UWS class has partnered with the Red Cross to help show support for area veterans. The public relations course at UWS is putting the finishing touches on a banner and holiday cards for Northland veterans. This project is something they have been working on all semester. Students say, it’s…

German Native Speaks To UMD About the Anniversary Of The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

November 9th marks the 30th anniversary.

DULUTH, Minn. – November marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the start of the city’s peace revolution for freedom. A former German native spoke to UMD students and faculty. He shared his story about growing up in East Berlin and the struggles his family faced during the climate of the government at that time….

U.S. Steel Eliminates a Number of Non-Union Positions at Minntac, Keetac

DULUTH, Minn. – Officials with U.S. Steel say they have eliminated a number of non-union positions at their Minntac and Keetac facilities. The company made the decision following the announcement of their new operating structure on October 8 as well as “challenging market conditions.” The company released a statement Friday afternoon saying in part: “This was a necessary step in…

Mesaba Avenue Fatal Crash Victim Identified

DULUTH, Minn. – The 24-year-old man killed in a single-vehicle crash on Mesaba Avenue Thursday has been identified. According to the Duluth Police department the victim has been identified as Gabriel Zachariah Stunkel of Duluth. The incident happened around 4:38 a.m. on Thursday when authorities responded to the scene of the crash on Mesaba Avenue at West 5th Street and…

Minorca Mine Crash Victim Identified

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The man killed in a single-vehicle crash at the Minorca Mine on Tuesday has been identified. According to the president of the United Steelworkers Local 6115 the victim was 51-year-old Kenny Mattson of Gilbert. The incident happened around 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday when authorities responded to the scene of the crash and found a service truck flipped…

Put A Rose Between Your Teeth and Learn to Tango!

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Superior Ballroom Dance Studio Lessons

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot and Brett Scott take dance lessons at Superior Ballroom Dance Studio. Learning step by step the skills to do the tango. Adding style to the basic moves and creating muscle memory, you can dance your way into fitness and mental health. Click here for more information on how…

Walz Seeks Agriculture Disaster Declaration for NW Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to declare a disaster for 12 counties of northwestern Minnesota where farmers are having a difficult harvest season. In his request Thursday, the governor said the unrelenting bad weather this season has come on top of challenges farmers were already facing from low commodity…

Deep Fried Catfish in Duluth

COOKING CONNECTION: Lyric Eat Downtown Week

DULUTH, Minn. — Eat downtown week is here! In this week’s Cooking Connection we are featuring a Deep Fried Catfish dinner special offered at Lyric. Complimented with sides of cauliflower rice and roasted vegetables. Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot has flames flying for this recipe, check it out in the video above. LOCATION: Holiday Center ADDRESS: : 205 W Superior St,…

HealthPartners to Close All Retail Pharmacies in 2020, Eliminating 300 Employees

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (FOX 9) – HealthPartners announced it is closing all of its Minnesota and western Wisconsin retail pharmacies in 2020. The Bloomington-based business said it will shutter 30 retail pharmacies located within HealthPartners, Park Nicollet, Central Minnesota and Stillwater Medical Group clinics. The organization’s mail-order pharmacy operations will also cease. About 300 positions will be eliminated as a result of the…

Yarn Harbor Searching for Volunteers, Winter Apparel Donations

Warm Up the City Donations Needed; Volunteers to Place Items Around the City of Duluth Saturday, November 16

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening now through Saturday, November 16, Northlanders are encouraged to donate hats, mittens, scarves, and other warm winter items to Yarn Harbor in Duluth. The store is located at 4629 East Superior Street in Duluth. They’re open Monday & Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from…