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No Serious Injuries in Grand Rapids School bus Crash

Eleven Students and Driver Sent to Hospital

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption LENGBY, Minn. (AP) – A school bus crash in northwestern Minnesota resulted in no serious injuries. Grand Rapids Public Schools says 22 students and one staff member were traveling to the Great Plains Youth Institute in Crookston on Monday when their bus was involved in…

Wolf Ridge ELC Unveils Renovated Margaret A. Cargill Lodge

The Margaret A. Cargill Lodge is Renovated to Meet the Highest International Standard for Sustainability

FINLAND, Minn. – A vision of outdoor education and sustainability back in 1971 has become a huge success over the years in Lake County. Staff, students and visitors to this popular attraction continue to stay one step ahead of the game when it comes to going green. “Wolf Ridge started on the idea of let’s get kids outside and get…

Paint Your Pet Class Has People Creating Art of Their Furry Friends

No, they're not painting on their pets, they're painting pictures OF their pets.

DULUTH, Minn. –  Some people in Duluth spent a relaxing Sunday getting in touch with their creative side. Folks gathered at Blacklist Artisan Ales for a “Paint Your Pet” class. People submitted photos of their pet to the artist at MP Design Art, who then creates a paint–by–numbers image, so that even the most inexperienced painter can complete a masterpiece…

UMD Students walk across the stage for graduation

More than 2,000 students graduated on Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – Saturday was a big day for University of Minnesota – Duluth students at Amsoil Arena It was UMD’s commencement day for those students who have passed all their tests, and are ready to take the next steps in their lives. “It’s super exciting, seeing all these people, it kind of brings back the memories of all the…

Fire Leaves Local Business a Total Loss

Around 3:30 Thursday afternoon firefighters were called to Cloquet Interiors, more than 24 hours later crews are still working at the scene.

CLOQUET, Minn.- The investigation continues tonight into a major fire that broke out Thursday afternoon at a Cloquet business. Cloquet Interiors along Highway 33 is a total loss and Friday’s winds kept firefighters on site to make sure the fire didn’t cause more problems. Around 3:30 Thursday afternoon firefighters were called to Cloquet Interiors, more than 24 hours later crews…

Animal Control Changes in Carlton County

The President of Friends of Animals tells us shelters don’t typically provide animal control officers.

CLOQUET, Minn.- The animal shelter, Friends of Animals in Cloquet has been providing the community with an animal control officer for years. Last month the shelter notified the City it will no longer. The President of Friends of Animals tells us shelters don’t typically provide animal control officers. The motive behind the change is to put more resources into the shelter….

Update on the Cloquet Interiors Fire

All Occupants Exited Safely

CLOQUET, Minn. – Over 50 firefighters stayed on scene for nine hours to extinguish the fire that broke out yesterday afternoon at Cloquet Interiors. The Cloquet Area Fire District reports when they arrived on scene the back half of the flooring showroom and warehouse were heavily involved with fire and an adjacent warehouse was fully involved with fire venting through…

Authorities Uncover Marijuana Operation With 1,433 Plants

A Second Suspect was Also Arrested

DASSEL, Minn. (AP) – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office says officers who went to arrest a fugitive with an out-of-state warrant ended up uncovering a large-scale marijuana growing operation in Dassel. Officers who arrested the 37-year-old man Thursday seized 1,433 marijuana plants from the residence. Sheriff Brian Cruze says that in his 24-year law enforcement career he has never seen…

2018 Homegrown Music Festival Continues with Weekend Full of Shows

Bratwurst to Perform Saturday Night

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival is well underway and there’s still time to take in some great shows. One of the founding members of the band “Bratwurst” stopped by FOX 21 to chat about their upcoming show. Bratwurst will be performing at The Red Herring Lounge at 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. For more information on…

Kids Club Offers Child Care for Parents at Duluth YMCA

Active Adventures: Kids Club

DULUTH, Minn. – For busy parents, it can be a struggle to find time to get daily tasks done, let alone find time to work out. This causes many parents to put exercise at the bottom of their priority list. The Duluth YMCA is offering a program with their membership to help with that. Emily Ranta, the Associate Executive Director…

Health Expert Shares the Psychological Impact Husky Energy Explosion May Have On Someone

Experts say you should look for signs or symptoms and if they aren't resolved within a month after an event like this you're advised to seek professional help.

DULUTH, Minn. – The impact of a traumatic event like the Husky Energy explosion in Superior can have serious psychological effects on a person. Health experts know young children may sometimes begin to act out or show regressive behaviors after events like this. There is also potential for teens to indulge in risky behaviors and turn to drugs or alcohol….

Smoke From Cloquet Interiors Fire Moves North Over Cloquet and Esko

The Cloquet Fire Department says there were a few buildings involved in the fire.

CLOQUET, Minn. – A long standing business in Cloquet goes up in flames and caused road closures as the Cloquet Fire Department responded to the fire. It happened earlier this afternoon around 4 p.m. at Cloquet Interiors, a flooring and carpeting business, which happens to be located near gas stations. Driving into Cloquet you could see the smoke from miles away. And because…

Lake Superior Brewing Company Now Canning Beer

Brewers tell us buying canned beer rather than bottles, has perks.

DULUTH, Minn.- For the first time ever craft beer lovers will be able to grab beers from the oldest microbrewery in Minnesota in cans. The canning line is up and running at the Lake Superior Brewing Company, filling nearly 800 cases in just one day. In past years canning hasn’t been considered due to space concerns. But dreams came to…

Arrowhead Youth Games Bring Sunshine and Smiles

The Arrowhead Youth Games is an on-going tradition.

DULUTH, Minn.-The day camp invites kids with disabilities from various schools to try activities they may have never experienced before. We spoke with one student who mastered a new bike and even took up archery. “I got it right in the red circle and I got it above it, the black circle, I got it above it,” Daniel Loney said….

Students Pitch City Plans to Local Officials

The plans could be used for future city projects.

DULUTH, Minn.- Students at the University of Minnesota Duluth have been brainstorming ways to utilize plots in the city. Art history students are sharing their vision for redesigning the lots around Essentia Health and the former Cobb Elementary School. Their plans were pitched to the City Planning Commission and could be incorporated in future city projects. “The fact that it…

Senate Poised to Vote on tax Plan With Income tax cut

A Final Vote is Expected Later Today

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Senate is preparing to vote on its plan to cut income tax rates while matching the federal tax overhaul. The Republican-controlled Senate’s proposal up for a vote Thursday would lower taxes on the first income bracket from 5.35 percent to 5.1 percent. It would also trigger future tax cuts when the state has…

Health Officials Tighten Fish Guidance for two Minnesota Lakes

The new Guidance was Issued Today

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Department of Health is advising people not to eat any fish from Lake Elmo or any smallmouth bass from Lake Harriet under its updated fish consumption guidelines. The two lakes are among six Twin Cities area lakes and a stretch of the Mississippi River where health officials previously advised limiting consumption of certain…

“Horses in Your Neighborhood” Invites Public into Barns

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of local equestrians has been working continuously to make riding horses a part of regular recreation in the Northland. This weekend the Duluth Area Horse Trail Alliance is hosting Horses in Your Neighborhood. This is a free event to teach about horses, horse care and horse activities. It’s being held on Sunday, May 6 from…

Duluth Playhouse’s Family Theatre Performs Dr. Seuss Classic

The Cat in the Hat Performances are Saturdays and Sundays

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Playhouse is performing a children’s classic this month. Two actors from “The Cat in the Hat” stopped by to chat about the work that’s been put into the production. The performance follows the Dr. Seuss story when The Cat in the Hat visits Sally and her brother on a gloomy day. The shows will be…

GOP Lawmakers Offer gun Bills

Anderson Says They aim to Strengthen Current Laws

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Two Republican lawmakers from Minneapolis suburbs are proposing bills aimed at gun possession and ownership. One would give private sellers an incentive to verify a buyer has a legal right to own a gun before making a sale. The other involves several changes to the process by which guns can be taken from people after…

House GOP Proposes $825M in Public Construction

Much of the Bill's Money is for Repairs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota House Republicans are proposing to spend $825 million on public works projects with a heavy focus on water infrastructure, roads and state building repairs. The House’s so-called bonding bill is roughly half the size of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s $1.5 billion proposal. Republican legislative leaders had dismissed that plan as too large and promised…

Fatal car Accident in Lakewood Township

The Incident Remains Under Investigation

DULUTH,Minn. – St. Louis County Deputies responded to a single vehicle car accident yesterday afternoon. Authorities say the vehicle driven by 76-year-old Frank Zatocil of Duluth left the roadway on West Tischer Road eventually striking a downed tree. Deputies attempted to revive Zatocil but were unsuccessful. Alcohol containers were present at the scene; however it is unknown at this time…

Meet A Young Entrepreneur, Mountain Biker and LSC’s Student-Athlete of the Year

Max also runs a media group and Max Organics, which provides produce to the local co-op.

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year Lake Superior College (LSC) recognizes students at an Honors Banquet for their hard work in their academics and in some cases on the bike trails. For the 20th year in a row LSC is honoring a young student and this one wears many titles. Max Fierek is a student, entrepreneur and avid mountain biker and now…

Duluth Restaurant Owners Admit Using ‘Zapper’ to Dodge Taxes

These Convictions are the First of Their Kind in Minnesota

Photo: facebook/osakaDULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Two Duluth restaurant owners have admitted to using so-called “zapper” software to dodge nearly $300,000 in taxes. Osaka Sushi Hibachi & Steak House owners Dan Xu and Zhong Wei Lin each pleaded guilty in St. Louis County District Court. They were allowed to avoid prison time in exchange for making immediate restitution and will each…

Essentia Health to Open West Duluth Urgent Care

The Clinic Will Open on May 7th

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health announced today that they will be opening an Urgent Care at their West Duluth Clinic on May 7. The new Urgent Care addition will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week. “Opening our Urgent Care in West Duluth shows how we are responding to the health care needs of the…

Duluth Lions Club to Host Annual Pancake Day on Thursday

Annual Fundraiser Supports Local Organization

DULUTH, Minn. – This Thursday Northlanders will have the chance to eat breakfast at any point in the day. The Duluth Lions Club is hosting its Annual Pancake Day, giving hungry eaters the option to eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack! The event will run from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Pioneer Hall at the Duluth Entertainment…

Veterinarian Expresses Concern Over Heartworm, Urges Prevention

On Average, Seven Dogs Every Year will Receive Treatment for Heartworm at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The disease is deadly, but the group targeted cannot speak up when they’re feeling ill. Heartworm is more common in southern states due to warm weather year round, but it doesn’t mean animals in the Midwest are out of the clear. “I have actually seen mosquitos out already,” said Lindsay Niemi, Practice Manager at Animal Allies Humane…

Charter Season Feeling Cramps With Seawall Reconstruction Delay

William A. Irvin Is 10 Feet Closer To Docks During Seawall Work

DULUTH, Minn. – 12-hour work days, six days a week: That’s the new pace underway for the $6 million seawall reconstruction project in Duluth’s Minnesota Slip that the city says is scheduled to be completed by mid-June, with new bike lanes and sidewalks wrapping up in August. The delayed seawall project has the William A. Irvin pushed out about 10…

Following Along on Local Judge’s Morning Commute

Judge Shaun Floerke rides to the Duluth Court House regardless of the weather.

DULUTH, Minn.-  For nearly a decade Judge Shaun Floerke has been gearing up for each full day of work at the Duluth Court House by hopping on his bike. Once gas prices hit three dollars a gallon all those years ago, Judge Floerke changed up his morning commute, biking instead of driving. “The first couple of weeks were just super…

How to Ensure Safe Campfire Traditions

Park officials say its important to teach your child campfire safety at every age.

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn.- As the weather is slowly getting warmer, its that time of year for smores and campfire stories, along with the fun comes fire responsibility. Dryer weather and winds are ideal conditions for wildfires to spark. To avoid your campfire getting out of hand, park officials ask campers to use a fire ring, avoid liquid fire starters, and…

Twin Ports Focuses on Mental Health Awareness Following Chaotic Week

The month of May is now dedicated to Northland Healthy Minds.

TWIN PORTS-  Mayors from both sides of the bridge are working to break down the stigma that often surrounds mental health. They’re calling it Northland Healthy Minds and they say this is even more timely given the recent traumatic events the Twin Ports have faced. Just this past month Superior firefighters faced the suicide of their longtime battalion chief Eric…

$5.49 Million Eco Friendly Dream Home for Sale in Silver Bay

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Dayton Pushes for $138M for Schools’ Budget Shortfalls

Dayton Urging Legislature to Approve Funding

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton is calling for $138 million in emergency funding for Minnesota schools as districts across the state grapple with budget shortfalls. Dayton unveiled his request to lawmakers Tuesday as the Legislature heads toward a mandatory May 22 adjournment. The Democratic governor’s proposal would increase the state’s per-pupil funding formula by 2 percent. More…

Duluth YMCA Offers Swim Scholarships for Underserved Communities

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer is just a couple months away which means families will be out on the lakes enjoying weekends up North. But while enjoying the warmer weather, families should always have water safety on their minds. Sara Eder, the Aquatics Director for the Duluth YMCA, stopped by FOX 21 this morning to chat about safety education opportunities at…

Minnesota Man Works to Support Vietnam Veterans

Program Highlights Nonprofit Work with Minnesota Veterans for Progress

SUPERIOR, Wis. – History is hard to miss throughout the Northland and one center in the Twin Ports is continuously educating citizens and supporting local veterans. One way the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is working to do that is through a program being hosted next week. Veteran Fletcher Hinds is visiting the center on Thursday, May 10 to…

15 Arrested in Cloquet Drug Investigation

More Arrests are Expected

CLOQUET, Minn. – An investigation by the Cloquet Police Department dubbed “Operation Spring Cleaning” has led to the arrest of 15 individuals selling controlled substances in the City of Cloquet and surrounding areas. Authorities say during the investigation, “detectives purchased substantial amounts of controlled substance from more than 20 individuals, many of which were arrested and later arraigned in Carlton…

Northern Minnesota Wildfire Burns Nearly 6,000 Acres

Mulitple air and Ground Crews are on Site

ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — A northern Minnesota wildfire has burned nearly 6,000 acres. The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center says the blaze that began Sunday evening remains very active due to westerly winds. The fire is burning about 15 miles northwest of Greenbush in Roseau County. The Fire Center’s Christi Powers tells KARE-TV no structures are threatened. There are multiple air…

Superior Pursuits Back on the Big Lake

In this week's Knowing Your Neighbors, Captain Parker Bambenek Launches the Elixir for Another Season of Success

McQUADE HARBOR, Minn. – Just one semester shy of graduating from Northern Michigan University, Captain Parker Bambenek of Superior Pursuits was hit by a snowmobiler while ice fishing. That incident left Bambenek with two broken legs and a new outlook on life. “If someone wants to go tomorrow, they can give me a call right now,” said Bambenek. Captain Parker…

Local Road Improvements Take Priority Before Twin Ports Interchange Project Begins

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is hoping to receive feedback from the community.

DULUTH, Minn.- Updates on the long-awaited can of worms construction formally known as the Twin Ports Interchange Project. Officials say construction on local roads will be the first priority before starting work on the interchange itself. Minnesota Department of Transportation officials tell us work will begin on Garfield Avenue, Railroad Street, and 7th Avenue W. during the 2019 construction season. The…

Senate Votes to Nullify Minnesota Wild Rice Water Standard

The Governor has not Said Whether he Will Sign or Veto

(AP) – The Minnesota Senate has voted 38-28 to nullify a water quality standard that’s meant to protect wild rice, a food central to the culture and diet of the region’s Ojibwe Indians. Senators voted Monday to add $500,000 for restoration work to the bill, which passed the House last week, so the legislation will have to go back to…

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival Kicks Off

"Big Science" Describes Their Sound Ahead of Performance

DULUTH, Minn. – Music is filling Duluth as the Homegrown Music Festival is officially underway. With several performances each day, the festival will run through Sunday, May 6. Tonight, Monday, April 30, “Big Science” is performing at 8:45 p.m. at the Rex Bar at Fitger’s. “Big Science” describes their music as experimental. Group members tell FOX 21 they avoid rehearsing…

Prominent Trump Critic Painter Enters Minnesota Senate Race

Richard Painter Filed Paperwork Last Week

TwitterST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A former Republican White House lawyer and prominent critic of President Donald Trump is running for former Sen. Al Franken’s seat. And he’s running as a Democrat. Richard Painter filed paperwork with the FEC late last week. Painter served as chief White House ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush but has emerged as a…

New “Learning Community” Provides Space for Families of Job Seekers with Disabilities

Employment Learning Community Created to Support Families

DULUTH, Minn. – It can sometimes be difficult for those with disabilities to find a competitive job in the workforce. On Tuesday, May 1, families can get more insight on the topic through a new group. The Arc Minnesota is hosting an “Employment Learning Community” to support family members and job seekers with disabilities. This event will be from 4:30…

Minnesota Author to Release Newest Duluth-based Book

Alter Ego by, Brian Freeman

DULUTH, Minn. – A fictional Duluth Detective is back in action in Brian Freeman’s newest book, “Alter Ego” following Jonathan Stride. Alter Ego, like other books in the “Stride” series, features a character who lives on Park Point, homicide Detective Jonathan Stride of the Duluth PD – the rumpled, lovable, Indiana Jones-like character, a man who struggles in his personal…

Chmielewski Polkafest to Celebrate 40 Years

Coffee Conversation: Polkafest Preparations

HINCKLEY, Minn. – The polka tradition is continuing in Minnesota with the 40th Annual Chmielewski Polkafest this year. The long-standing weekend event is taking place Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20 at Grand Casino Hinckley. Florian Chmielewski describes polka as “happy music.” This year, there will be ten bands, 30 hours of dancing, polka dance lessons, door prizes, a…

Special Report: The Fight Against Distracted Driving

Throughout Distracted Driving Awareness Month, 83 Citations Were Given to Distracted Drivers in the Duluth District

DULUTH, Minn. – According to the organization We Save Lives, millennials find distracted drivers scarier than public speaking, spiders, snakes and even death. It’s why local advocates and law enforcement are continuing to spread a strong message to drivers who chose to engage in other activities while behind the wheel. “When you’re driving, just concentrate on driving,” said Lt. Jason…

Local Library Helps Community Focus on Health

One method used, was coloring.

DULUTH, Minn.- You’ve heard it many times before, taking time out of your day to care for yourself is important. The Duluth Public Library gave a space for community members to focus on their health on Saturday. Organizers say there are many ways we can reduce stress in our life. One method used, was coloring. Studies show coloring has mental health…

Meeting Puppy Connections at the Canine Carnival

This is the 6th annual Canine Carnival

DULUTH, Minn.- It was a party puppy Saturday afternoon at the Canine Carnival. The festival is put on by a Place for Fido and Fitgers. Dogs and owners participate in fun challenges, such as trying to balance a potato on a spoon, while walking your pooch. “You could use word commands with the dog, absolutely walking works very well, I…