Minnesota

Superior Street Snow Removal to Begin Thursday

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth will begin accumulated snow removal from Superior Street on Thursday in the downtown area. The city says staff will start on Superior Street from 6th Avenue West and work their way East beginning on Thursday from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. No parking signs will be posted before snow removal begins. The city…

Shakopee Schools Report 400 Student Absences Due to Flu-Related Illnesses

Shakopee, Minn. (FOX 9) – Shakopee Public Schools says around 400 student absences due to flu-related illnesses have been reported in the last week. The district put out a notice to families saying more than 300 West Middle School absences have been reported and about 100 absences have been reported at Sun Path Elementary, too. As required by the Minnesota…

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Offers Smart Salting Tips

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Says 60 Percent of Home and Business Owners Tend to Oversalt

DULUTH, Minn. – With the winter months upon us, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is reminding business and homeowners of smart salting and deicing tips. Officials with MPCA say over 60 percent of residents routinely over salt, resulting in harsh chemicals making way into our area lakes, streams and rivers. According to the MPCA, one teaspoon of deicing agent…

Hermantown General Store Sells Winning Million Dollar Lottery Ticket

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Someone who purchased a Gopher 5 lottery ticket in Hermantown is over a million dollars richer Tuesday morning. According to the Minnesota Lottery Communications, a ticket purchased at the Hermantown General Store at 5105 Morris Thomas Road was worth $1,606,134. The ticket matched the numbers 4-14-23-31-34 drawn on December 16. Hermantown General Store will earn a $5,000…

One Dead in Early Morning Hibbing House Fire

The Remains Will be Transported for Identification and to Determine Cause of Death

1/2 (courtesy: Northland FireWire) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (courtesy: Northland FireWire) Show Caption Hide Caption HIBBING, Minn. – One person is dead following an early Tuesday morning house fire in Hibbing. According to the Hibbing Police and Fire Departments, fire crews responded to reports of a structure fire at 1834 25th Street around 12:17 a.m. Firefighters from Hibbing, Chisholm…

Local Holiday Toy Drive In Need of More Donations

Mike Letica's Toy Drive short of toys needed, as demand increases.

DULUTH, Minn.- The organizer of a local holiday toy drive is asking for more donations, as they’ve been lower this year while the demand has been higher. Mike Letica, owner of the Iron Mug Restaurant in Morgan Park is looking for more donations of phone accessories for teens, games and toys for 2-8 year-olds, and clothes for infants. Last year…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Free Air Life Connecting Northlanders with the Outdoors

New store brings western outdoor style to Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new clothing store on 20th Avenue West in the Lincoln Park Craft District is bringing a taste of Western outdoors style to Lincoln Park. Free Air Life moved to Lincoln Park this month, after occupying a space in the Miller Hill Mall for a few years as the store “I Lake It.” “We’re really stoked to have…

Rally Calls for Council Support to Pass Ban on Conversion Therapy

Council voted 8-0 with Councilor Jay Fosle opposed.

DULUTH, Minn.- Activists, city leaders, and other members of the LGBTQ Community gathered on the ground floor of City Hall for a rally asking the City Council to vote yes on a ban on Conversion Therapy. The council passed the ban 8-0, with Councilor Jay Fosle absent. “Will encourage our state legislature to pass a statewide ban in 2020,” said…

City of Duluth Proclaims Day in Local War Hero’s Honor

December 16th claimed David Wheat Day.

DULUTH, Minn.- U.S. Navy Commander David Wheat has done a lot in his life, and on Monday Duluth, the city he’s called home all his life, recognized all he’s done for our country. From being shot down in 1965 on his first mission to Vietnam, to spending over seven years as a prisoner of war, to retiring after 20 years…

Christmas Tree Sellers Talk Safety Tips

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re still in the market for a Christmas tree, Emmanuel Evergreens tree lot in West Duluth has you covered. The average life span of a Christmas tree in the home is ten weeks. Keeping it away from heat sources and watered are two ways to prolong its life. But owners say, the key to keep your…

2019 Wettest Year Recorded for Wisconsin, Midwest

More Than 43 Inches of Rain & Snow Fell in the Midwest Through November

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin and the Midwest recorded their wettest year ever in 2019 since record-keeping began in 1895, climatologists said. More than 43 inches of rain and snow fell across nine states in the Midwest through November. That breaks the previous record set in 1993 by 2 inches, according to data from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center. Climatologist…

Blue Cross Blue Shield Scrambling to Improve Cybersecurity

MINNEAPOLIS – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota is scrambling to improve its cybersecurity after an internal whistle blower raised concerns that the state’s largest health insurer has neglected thousands of important updates to its computer system. The company’s top cybersecurity executive, Amy Ecklund, says the insurer has been working diligently in recent weeks to reduce its vulnerability for a…

The Duluth Experience, DSSO Team Up for New Backstage Experience

The Inaugural Backstage Experience is Happening Friday, January 31

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Experience announcing a brand new partnership and experience Monday on FOX 21 Local News with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO). The Backstage Experience with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra gives guests an exclusive behind-the-scenes exploration of the power of symphonic music and combines the harmonies of locally crafted brews and gourmet cuisine. Hoops Brewing…

Registration Open for Team Duluth Winter Break Ski, Snowboard Camp

Coffee Conversation: Team Duluth Hosting Winter Break Ski, Snowboard Camp

DULUTH, Minn. – Since the 1960s, non-profit organization Team Duluth has been passionate about getting Northland youth outdoors and on the slopes, experiencing fun in the snow. Happening December 27 – 30, Team Duluth is hosting its annual Holiday Camp for youth on Winter Break. Parent volunteer Carlie LaLone says the camp is a great gift to give a child…

Snowmobiler Killed in Collision With Pickup Truck

MONTGOMERY, Minn. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say a snowmobiler has died in a collision with a pickup truck in Le Sueur County. Deputies say the crash happened in Montgomery Township Saturday afternoon. The victim is identified as 55-year-old Larry Gene Haynes, of Montgomery. The sheriff’s office says it appears Haynes was unable to stop before crossing a road and collided…

Open House Shows off New Early Childhood Development Center at YMCA Essentia Wellness Center

New child care program keeps kids all day, Monday through Friday.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Families got a first look at the new Early Childhood Development Center at the YMCA at the Essentia Wellness Center in Hermantown Sunday. The “Y” held an open house for the new center, which will provide child care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. From 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. kids will get lessons, meals and…

Union Representing St. Louis County Snow Plow Drivers Authorizes Potential Strike

VIRGINIA, Minn. — The Teamsters Local 320 union, which represents St. Louis County Public Works employees, voted in favor of authorizing a strike if contract negotiations fail with the county by the end of the year. The vote passed 112 to 1 Sunday morning. A potential strike would involve 180 St. Louis county employees, which includes snow plow operators, mechanics,…

Snowmobiler Rescued After Getting Stuck in Swamp

ARROWHEAD TOWNSHIP, Minn. — Rescue crews helped a stranded snowmobiler on Saturday after he became stuck in a swamp. Around noon on Saturday, the St. Louis County Rescue Squad, the Arrowhead Volunteer Fire Department, and the Floodwood Ambulance responded to the call of the stranded snowmobiler. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the man was riding on a…

Swedes Celebrate ‘Sankta Lucia’ Day in Duluth

Swedish celebration is a tradition around the holidays.

DULUTH, Minn.- In Sweden, the Holidays are ushered in by the ancient celebration of Sankta Lucia, or Luciadagen. “The Lucia legend is that we want to bring light to the world,” said Jennifer Conboy, President of the Swedish Cultural Society of Duluth. “Sankta Lucia was a Christian girl who was betrothed to a pagan man…and she did not want to…

West Duluth Businesses Get Holiday Boost with Winter West Market

Last year businesses saw doubled sales.

DULUTH, Minn.- The business community in West Duluth got into the holiday spirit for the first day of the second annual Winter West Market. 11 businesses participated in this year’s event. They offered special discounts as well as hot chocolate and cider. Bailey Builds on Grand Avenue saw 50 people come through their store Saturday morning. Last year all businesses…

U of M President Asks System to Eliminate UMD’s Sequestered Debt

The Funds Will Not Affect the 2020 Budget Cuts

  DULUTH, Minn. – University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel announced on Friday that she has asked the System for funds to eliminate UMD’s sequestered debt over the next two years. Gabel wrote in an email on Friday: “Duluth has been front of mind for me since becoming President on July 1. UMD is a core part of our mission….

Animal Allies Offering Discount Adoption Fees

DULUTH, Minn. – After receiving a grant from the A-S-P-C-A, Animal Allies is offering a discount in adoption fees. The event will run from Sunday the 15th to Sunday the 22nd. People can adopt dogs for half price, and cats over one-year-old for twenty five dollars. Staff say, this promotion will allow them to cover certain fees and hopefully entice…

Children Shop for their Families at Holly Jolly Santa Shop

About 70 volunteers helped make the Shop possible.

DULUTH, Minn.- For the eighth year in a row, some children in Lincoln Park got a chance to pick out the perfect gifts for their whole family. The 8th annual Holly Jolly Santa Shop was held at First Covenant Church. Underserved children shopped through a room of donated items for everybody on their Christmas lists. About 70 volunteers helped them…

Yuletide Market Brings Customers to Local Makers

About 10 artists filled Zen Eye Care.

DULUTH, Minn.- Local artisans and makers got to sell their items in an unlikely space: Zen Eye Care on London Road hosted a Yuletide Market Friday. About 10 artists displayed everything from hats and mittens to jewelry and stationary. This gave vendors a chance to sell their goods outside of a festival or outdoor market. “I think it’s important for…

Governor to Hire Outside Experts to Study Troubled Agency

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov Tim Walz says his administration will hire outside experts to make recommendations on whether to restructure the state’s troubled Department of Human Services. They’re engaging the company Public Sector Consultants to determine the scope for a third-party outside review of the agency by prospective consultants. That review will include specific recommendations for the future…

Report: Flu Season in Minnesota Kicking Off With Influenza B

B Strains Have Historically Spread Faster Among Children

MINNEAPOLIS – Flu season in Minnesota is off to an unusual start, with the B strain of influenza causing most of the lab-confirmed cases instead of the usual A strain. The Star Tribune reports that the Minnesota Department of Health released data Thursday showing that B strains made up about 80% of the positive flu specimens obtained in clinics and…

Butter Poached Lobster Crawls Onto A Local Menu

COOKING CONNECTION: The Boat Club Restaurant Adds A Buttery Delicious Lobster Option This Winter Season

DULUTH, Minn – In this weeks Cooking Connection we are cooking up a butter poached lobster, laid on top of risotto and topped with smoked caviar and beach mushrooms. This dish will have your taste buds satisfied and wanting to come back for more. Watch the video above for the recipe or stop by The Boat Club Restaurant in Duluth…

Lemon Wolf Café Spicing Up Breakfast Menu with Homemade Huevos Rancheros

Cooking Connection: Lemon Wolf Cafe Prepares Homemade Huevos Rancheros with Fried Pork Chop

BEAVER BAY, Minn. – Located in Beaver Bay, Minnesota, across the street from the Mobile Gas Station along Highway 61 sits the Lemon Wolf Café. Lemon Wolf Café was taken over by new ownership in March of 2019. Chefs Jon and Mike are now behind the operation, and have included a new breakfast menu for customers to enjoy. In this…

All Slopes Are Open At Lutsen Mountain

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Lutsen Mountin Fully Opens All Hills

LUTSEN, Minn – In this weeks Active Adventures we are chatting with Lutsen Mountain as they officially open up all of their downhill runs on the mountains. Heading into the holiday season has locals and tourists ready to shred some fresh powder and the north shore is currently getting hit with heavy lake effect snow. With high school ski races…

The Grizzly Experience Showcased at Arrowhead Ice Fishing & Winter Show

The Arrowhead Ice Fishing & Winter Show Runs December 13 - 15 at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – Kicking off Friday, December 13, the Arrowhead Ice Fishing & Winter Show will include entertainment and products for everyone. This year’s show takes place December 13 – 15. Show hours listed below. Friday: 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Entertainment for this year’s show includes the “Ice…

Handmade in the Northland: Minnesota Art on Tap

FOX 21 Local News is Looking to Highlight Local Makers in the Northland Ahead of the Holiday Season

DULUTH, Minn. – During the week of December 9 – 13, FOX 21 Local News from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. will be highlighting local makers in the Northland ahead of the Christmas holiday. Throughout the holiday season, many folks are working to pick out unique, locally made gifts for friends and loved ones. Minnesota Art on Tap is a mobile…

Hidden Recording Devices Found in Student Rooms at Minnesota Hotel

No Suspects are in Custody at This Time

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Wisconsin school district has put a staff member on leave after some students from Madison East High School found recording devices in their hotel rooms during a field trip to Minneapolis. A Madison school district spokesman tells the Wisconsin State Journal the response was a cautionary measure that’s standard during a police investigation. The police chief…

Hartley Nature Center Receives A 20,000 Donation

Nearly $2 million have already been raised for Hartley's new construction project.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hartley Nature Center’s “Step Outside” campaign has received a $20,000 donation from a duluth business. The donation is part of Duluth’s recycled furniture company Loll Designs, which is participating in a global program called ‘one percent for the planet.” The program is an effort to get businesses to donate at least one percent of their revenue to…

U of Minn Regents OK New Provost Contract of $500K-Plus

MINNEAPOLIS – Regents at the University of Minnesota has approved a salary of more than a half-million dollars for a new provost. The board voted 8-4 Thursday to approve Rachel Croson’s contract as the university’s next executive vice president and provost. Croson is currently dean of Michigan State University’s College of Social Science. She is the first major hire by…

FCC Votes to Set Up 3-Digit Suicide Hotline Number

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. Similar to 911 for emergencies, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help – once it’s implemented. Currently, the National Suicide Prevention…

Minnesota Municipal Liquor Stores See Strong Profits From Sunday Sales

ST. ANTHONY VILLAGE, Minn. (FOX 9) – After the first full year of Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota, the results are in. Wednesday, the Minnesota State Auditor released its annual Municipal Liquor Store report for 2018. The combined net profit of all municipal liquor operations totaled $29 million in 2018, a 25 percent increase compared to 2017. 2018 was the…

Recording Devices Found in Downtown Minneapolis Hotel Rooms

MINNEAPOLIS – Police are investigating after recording devices were found in guest rooms at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Police spokesman John Elder says it’s not immediately known if the devices recorded any guests, but police are still gathering data. When asked how many rooms were involved he said “not many.” Elder says it doesn’t appear that anyone…

Eskimo Pro Staff Talk New Products Ahead of Arrowhead Ice Fishing & Winter Show

The Arrowhead Ice Fishing & Winter Show Runs December 13 - 15 at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – Kicking off Friday, December 13, the Arrowhead Ice Fishing & Winter Show will include entertainment and products for everyone. This year’s show takes place December 13 – 15. Friday: 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. A big part of the show attracts ice anglers from near and…

Handmade in the Northland: Riverside Soy Candles

FOX 21 Local News is Looking to Highlight Local Makers in the Northland Ahead of the Holiday Season

DULUTH, Minn. – During the week of December 9 – 13, FOX 21 Local News from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. will be highlighting local makers in the Northland ahead of the Christmas holiday. Throughout the holiday season, many folks are working to pick out unique, locally made gifts for friends and loved ones. It’s beginning to look, and smell a…

Pet Safety Tips For Frigid Temps

DULUTH, Minn. – Humans aren’t the only one who have a tough time with frigid temperatures. Pet owners need to also be wary of how long their animals are outside. Animal Allies says it’s important to keep your pet’s bathroom breaks and walks short outside. They also recommend as you bundle up in boots and a coat, you can also…

Firefighters Battle Esko Home Fire In Freezing Temps

ESKO, Minn. – A space heater is believed to be the cause of a small structure fire in Esko on Wednesday. Wrenshall, Carlton and Esko fire departments responded to the fire around 11 a.m. on Erickson Road. Officials say they take extra precautions during these cold temperatures making scene safety a top priority for firefighters. “Watching where you’re stepping. A…