Active Adventures

MORE COWBELL, More Calories Burned, More Donations!

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: 11th Annual More Cowbell Fundraiser For Northern Lights Foundation

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures Fox 21 competes for the third time in the Annual More Cowbell Event, put on by the Northern Lights Foundation. All proceeds go to helping local kids with serious illnesses. This took place Thursday January 16th, 2020 at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Canal Park. The competitive and fun fundraiser featured 10 teams…

Climbing Cliffs in Snowshoes

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Bluefin Bay Resort Activites Takes Us Along The Superior Hiking Trail

TOFTE, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures Bluefin Bay Resorts on Lake Superior takes Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot on a snowshoe hike up the Superior Hiking Trail Section 13, climbing cliffs to enjoy wonderful views of the Baptism River Valley. Join them as they blaze a trail through deep snow, on an advanced trail that goes uphill 450 feet….

Ready, Set, Mush! Trail Talk with Musher Ryan Redington

Active Adventures: Mushing with Alaska Native Ryan Redington

DULUTH, Minn. – Have you ever wanted to bundle up and give sled dog mushing a try? Meteorologist Brittney Merlot recently caught up with musher Ryan Redington for this week’s Active Adventures. Redington will be mushing in this year’s John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon taking place January 27 – 30 along Minnesota’s North Shore. The Alaska native says he’s very excited…

Jingle Bells For A Good Cause

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Volunteer Salvation Army Bell Ringing Taken To The Next Level

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot and Brett Scott donated their time to help the less fortunate this holiday season. Volunteering to bell ring for Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive at Mount Royal turned out to be a fun experience, check it out. Brittney Merlot wanted to take it to the next level with…

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…

Perfecting the Snow Angel

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Take A Break From Shoveling & Make A Snow Angel!

DULUTH, Minn. — It’s time to stop stressing about the recent blizzard and heavy snow we’ve been buried in and drop to the ground, take a deep breath and make a snow angel! This may be considered a childhood game but it’s for the adults too. Meteorologist Brittney Merlot says “It’s a great stress reliever. It makes you slow down,…

Mont Du Lac Opens In Record Breaking Time

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: The early cold snap helped a local ski hill open early

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- The early snap of arctic air made the perfect recipe for snow making at Northland resorts, especially at Mont du Lac. The resort officially opened Thursday, the earliest on record. It may only be the middle of November, but it’s looking more like the middle of the ski and snowboarding season there. The main alpine runs are covered…

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…

Experience Absinthe Ritual Taking Place Only Once a Year

Releasing the Green Fairy on Halloween

DULUTH, Minn. – In this weeks Active Adventures, we are tagging along in a sacred ritual that happens only once a year… Absinthe and the Green Fairy, is one of the oldest drinks in history, dating back to end of the eighteenth century. Invented by a French doctor who distilled wormwood and other herbs in an alcoholic base as a…

The Haunt is BACK!

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Poplar Golf Course Hosts Haunted House & Hayride

POPLAR, Wisc. — There is a new local scare in the Northland! The Haunt, at Poplar Golf Course, just a few miles off of HWY 2 in Douglas County opens Friday October 18th for their first screams and laughs of the season. Formerly held at Wentworth Gardens, the rural haunt has moved just a few miles down the road. Members…

Picking the Perfect Pumpkin In a Sea of Gourds

DC's Best Produce Farms is Expected to Keep Their Patches Open Through Halloween

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s a sea of pumpkins, gourds and vegetable for sale on the corner of Arlington Avenue and Central Entrance in Duluth. In this week’s Active Adventures, Meteorologist Brittney Merlot swings by the temporary produce stand set up for the Halloween season. For more than 20 years, DC’s Best Produce Farms has set up shop at the busy…

Just Be-Leaf in Yourself, Hike Through Fall Colors

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Fall Foliage Popping At Jay Cooke State Park

CARLTON, Minn. — Jay Cooke State Park is popping with color this time of year. This state park protects the lower reaches of the St. Louis River and is located about 10 miles southwest of Duluth. It’s one of the ten most visited state parks in Minnesota, with the western half of the park containing part of a rocky, 13-mile…

Get Lost In A Corn Maze

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Ru-Ridge Corn Maze Family Fun

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Get lost in a corn maze with Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot and Brett Scott. We timed their adventure to see how long it took to get out!  Ru-Ridge is a 400 acre farm with 8 acres of corn maze and family activities including a straw bale maze, ninja course, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, games, corn piles, photo…

Organizers, Athletes Prepare for 2019 North Shore Inline Marathon

Active Adventures: North Shore Inline Marathon

DULUTH, Minn. – It takes a village and year round dedication to make the North Shore Inline Marathon a success every year. Race Director Mike Ward stopped by FOX 21 Local News Friday morning ahead of the jam packed lineup of events. Ward says many folks are concerned about detouring around the Lester Bridge construction this year. Traffic will be…

World of Wheels Skate Center Debuts Fresh New Rink

Active Adventures: World of Wheels Skate Center in Superior, Wisconsin

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s back to school for students in the Twin Ports! What better way to release some steam and have fun on the weekends than with a trip to the roller rink? World of Wheels Skate Center in Superior was recently closed for a short period of time to resurface and update their rink. Now it’s back open…

Active Adventures: Race Day at Echo Valley Motocross Park

Echo Valley Motocross Park is Located at 4650 Lavoy Road in Brookston, Minnesota

  BROOKSTON, Minn. – Dirt biking enthusiasts still have another chance to tear up the dirt track at Echo Valley Motocross Park located in Brookston, Minnesota. The elite Moto-Cross riders in the region will be racing on a one mile long track that includes a “90 foot table top” jump, as well as many other riveting jumps, high speeds and…

Scooting Around Town On A Leaf

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Leaf Scooters Take Over Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot shows us how the new Leaf scooters work. You’ll see how to download the app, get it set up, where you can and can’t go with them and then she takes to the streets of Canal Park. Randomly going up to people and asking them to take it…

Throwing Axes & Tossing Back Ales Together

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Duluth Experience & Blacklist Artisan Ales Collaboration Tour

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot takes us AXE THROWING, the perfect Northland sport. Currently Blacklist Artisan Ales in Duluth hosts the axe throwing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. They have also paired with Duluth Experience to tie in local brewery tours and tastes as well. Become an axepert and learn all the…

YOHO! Boom Running in the Lumberjack World Championships

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Last Year Brittney Merlot Log Rolled, Now She Attempts Boom Running For The First Time!

HAYWARD, Wisc. — In this weeks Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot is boom running at the Lumberjack World Championships semifinals. She’s never done it before and will make her first attempt this morning on LIVE TV! Ellie Davenport, offers her words of wisdom as she has been a pro log roller and boom runner since she was 15 years…

Paddle The Brule River, A Clear, Cool & Spring Fed Waterway

Experience Picturesque Beauty Or Aggressive Rapids With Brule River Canoe & Kayak Rental

BRULE, Wisc. — In this weeks Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot and Brett Scott kayak down the world-famous Brule River. It’s known as a gem among the waterways of the Upper Midwest. Flowing 50 miles north into Lake Superior, the River provides consistent spring fed water through the Brule River State Forest. (It’s cool and refreshing)! Experience the picturesque…

Dirt Bikes Brraaap To The Holeshot

Active Adventures: Echo Valley MotoCross

BROOKSTON, Minn. — Just 35 miles west of Duluth lies Echo Valley MotoCross Track, that’s where we are taking you for this week’s Active Adventures. Get ready to tear through the dirt track and fly high in the sky, just don’t get roosted! 2019 Northern Series Race Schedule DISTRICT 23 DIRTBIKE RACES FOR 2019! * July 14th – Dirt Bike…

SUP, SUP! Gliding On Water

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: North Shore SUP Rents Stand-up Paddle Boards

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are gliding across the water on a stand up paddle board! North Shore SUP offers cheap rentals for both hourly and for the entire day! Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot chatted with the co-owner Heather on some tips and tricks and why you should try this sport out. Interested? Click here to…

Beat The Heat In Whitewater Rapids On The St. Louis River

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Minnesota Whitewater Rafting

SCANLON, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are beating the heat and gearing up to cool down in whitewater rapids along the St. Louis River with Minnesota Whitewater Rafting. Check out the adrenaline adventure and what the Class II-IV rapids look like! Come prepared to paddle, this is an active workout. Join Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot as she…

Skate & Sip for FREE

Active Adventures: Rollerblade & Have A Pint of Bent Paddle This Summer

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are hitting the Willard Munger State Trails on rollerblades! Every other Tuesday night from 6:00 – 8:00 pm you can skate and sip with friends in the Northland, for FREE. The director of the NorthShore Inline Marathon is hosting these free group skates for all skill levels. Bring your own blades…

Wisdom Center for Change Offers Acupuncture, Reiki Healing & More

Formally Known As 'Rooted Folks Center for Evolution'

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this weeks Active Adventures we are slowing things down and healing ourselves from the inside and out. Twin sisters in the Twin Ports can help with injuries both physically and mentally, using alternative & holistic health. Formally known as Rooted Folks Center for Evolution,  they have now re-branded and changed their name to Wisdom Center for…

The Results Are In: Does Personal Training Work?

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Fox 21's Brittney Merlot Does Personal Training For 3 Months, Check Out The Difference

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are taking a look at the results after 3 months of personal training at Snap Fitness. Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot volunteered herself to give it a shot and see what can change.  Beach body or not? Watch the video above to see if weight was lost, where muscle was built and…

Experience The Le Grand Du Nord Bike Race

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Fox 21's Brittney Merlot Finishes Her Race She's Been Training Months For!

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we get to see the Le Grand Du Nord gravel bike race from a personal perspective; as Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot hits the pavement, climbs the Sawtooth Mountains and rides through muddy logging trails. Experience the ups and downs on a long bike race and learn some valuable tips first hand….

Exclusive Look On The Ropes & Ziplines From The NEW Adventure Park on the North Shore

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: First One Try Test The Ropes & Lines at Silver Bay's Adventure Park

SILVER BAY, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are taking you on an exclusive look inside the new Adventure Park on the North Shore that is opening Friday May 24 at 3pm to the public! Scared of heights, so is Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot! Watch her climb and fly her way through the challenging course at 40 feet…

Race Day Tips For Le Grand Du Nord Gravel Bike Race

Grand Marais Hosts Heck of the North Productions, "Le Grand Du Nord" 100, 58 and 20 Mile Gravel Bike Race

GRAND MARAIS, Minn – Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot has been training hard the past few months for the Le Grand Du Nord gravel bike race taking place in Grand Marias, Minnesota on Saturday May, 25th. With just a week left until the big race, we met up with the Le Grand Du Nord organizer Jeremy Kershaw for some last minute…

Tips To Hook The Big Walleye

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Minnesota Fishing Opener Walleye Fishing Tips

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures I caught up with Captain Parker, the owner and fishing guide at Superior Pursuits. He gave us a few tips on how to catch that big walleye this weekend. We’re talking bait, tactics and location. Check it out! Categories: Active Adventures, Community, Education, Entertainment, Features, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News, Weather…

Punch & Kick Your Way to Happiness & Health with Kickboxing in the Northland!

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: 9Round Kickboxing 30-Minute Intense Workout

DULUTH, Minn. — Life stressing you out? Does the cooler weather make you upset? Then it’s time to PUNCH IT OUT at Duluth’s 9 Round kickboxing program in this week’s Active Adventures with Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot! 9Round is a kickboxing themed fitness program that incorporates a functional, interval, cardiovascular and circuit training regimens. The program consists of a proprietary…

Wings North Offers Off-Season Hunting

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Wings North Pheasant Hunting & Clay Trapshooting

PINE CITY, Minn. — If the long winter has had you feeling cooped up, grab your over under shotgun and head on over to Wings North; where pheasant hunting is still underway, even though it’s the off-season. In this weeks Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot learns how to pheasant hunt and also gets her shot at clay trap pigeon…

Colorado Rocky Mountain Adventure

Active Adventures: Climbing Mountains, Soaking in Hot Springs, Fat Tire Bike Riding and More

DENVER, Co. – In this week’s Active Adventures we are taking the Northland past the mile high city and into the Rocky Mountains, where the wind and snow storm formed that slammed the Northland in April. Climbing mountains and struggling with the elevation changes and lack of oxygen can change things. Especially as you drive up Pike’s Peak and wander…

Skiers, Snowboarders Rejoice with Mountain Meltdown at Lutsen Mountains

The Mountain Meltdown is Happening April 12 - 14 at Lutsen Mountains in Cook County

LUTSEN, Minn. – With soft snow and sunny skies, staff at Lutsen Mountains say it’s hard not to enjoy spring skiing! The annual Mountain Meltdown is happening April 12 – 14 at Lutsen Mountains in Cook County. Special deals will include two-for-one lift and lodging experiences. The Mountain Meltdown bash will also include ten bands with a live outdoor stage (weather permitting),…

Zilch to 5k Class

Active Adventures: A Truly Beginner Walking & Running Class in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are joining a truly beginner fitness class. This is for people who don’t work out and also for those who need to move after injuries, surgeries, replacements, illnesses and more. This is a class for those who enjoy moving slowly, while learning about pacing, form, nutrition, hydration, ball, theraband, stretching, proper…

Nearly Naked Ruck March

Active Adventures: Rucking Enger Tower For Northland Veterans Struggling With PTSD

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are getting nearly naked and raising money to help Northland veterans. Everyday 22 veterans take their lives, struggling from PTSD, trauma, depression and having trouble adjusting and finding their purpose back in civilian life. The 23 Veteran started here in Duluth 4 years ago by Mike Waldron. The non-profit 23 Veteran…

Mustache March & 5k Fun Run

Active Adventures: Slap On The Fake Mustaches And Run For Fun!

DULUTH, Minn. — The Mustache March Run is back for 2019! Join Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot with the event organizer Mike Ward in the video above for the hairy details! WHAT: 5k fun run, plus prizes and a “Best Mustache Contest” WHERE: Fitger’s Rex Bar. The 5k (3.1 mile) run/walk course is on the Duluth Lakewalk, starting and finishing below…

Get Your Beach Body Going!

Active Adventures: Snap Fitness Personal Training Session

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot gets us in a personal training session at the gym! Why? Because it’s sloppy, slushy and icy outside and Spring is days away! So that means, summer will be here before you know it! Start to get that beach body going now! Break down the fear barriers and…

Relax In A Beginner Yoga Class

Active Adventures: Yoga North

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot and Brett Scott try out a beginner yoga class, with Yoga North! If you’ve never done yoga before and think you can’t, or if you’re intimidated by yoga classes, this is the perfect one to sign up for. Especially if you feel stiff, uncoordinated or awkward.  This class…

World’s Longest Fat Bike Birkie

This Weekend Ride Your Fat Tire Bike In The Worlds Largest Fat Bike Race!

CABLE, Wisc. — The 45NRTH Fat Bike Birkie is taking over the world famous American Birkebeiner trails this weekend on Saturday March 9th! Fat Bike riders can test their skills and endurance on the professionally groomed ski trails! THREE events to choose from this year; the 47K Big Fat, the 21K Chico and NEW in 2019, the un-timed 10K Tour-…

Train For The Le Grand Du Nord!

Active Adventures: Fox 21's Brittney Merlot Trains For The Big Gravel Bike Race

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures we are training in the winter! Both for a race and for our minds. Winters can be long, with cabin fever kicking in. Join us for some tips on where to go to get outside and ease your mind, or train for a race coming up this Memorial Day weekend! The…

Stride, Ride & Glide A Triathlon

Get Your Friends Together And Run, Bike & Ski Through The Superior Municipal Forest

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are headed to the beautiful woods, in the middle of winter, for a TRIATHLON! The Stride, Ride, Glide Tri is in the Superior Municipal Forest on Sunday March 3 at 10am. It consists of a 5k run on a flat snow covered dirt road, a 10k bike on a very scenic…

Learn to Curl At The World Famous Duluth Curling Club

Active Adventures: Curling & Brews With The Duluth Experience

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures, Brittney Merlot and Nikki Davidson try their skills out on the ice, curling! The Duluth Experience takes you on the largest indoor sheet of ice and teaches you step by step the skills needed to curl! Duluth’s curling tradition goes back to 1891 when a group of local Duluthians formed The Duluth…

Escape Rooms Take Over The Bong Historical Center For A Good Cause

This Weekend Only! You Can "Escape The Bong" With 3 Different Themed Room Options.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this weeks Active Adventures, Brittney Merlot and Brett Scott get locked into a mobile escape room with 1 hour to get out! Watch the video above to see if they got out in time! Northland, you get the chance to try out the 3 new escape rooms that are only here for this weekend only! Grab…

Personal Training For Le Grand Du Nord

Snap Fitness Personal Trainers Get You In Shape Quick

DULUTH, Minn. —  In this week’s Active Adventures Brittney Merlot starts working out at Snap Fitness! With the help of two personal trainers, she is training to complete the Le Grand Du Nord gravel race that takes place on May 25th in Grand Marais! We will follow her along the journey of personal training, to see how quickly she can…

Brand New State-Of-The-Art HD Sports Simulators Arrive In The Northland!

The Caddy Shack Offers Unique Experiences To Drink & Play

WEST DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures the cold has kept us looking for indoor fun and The Caddy Shack has brand new state of the art indoor sports simulators! Private rooms offer Golf Simulators of course but now they also offer a Soccer Simulator, Hockey Simulator and a Laser Shot HD Simulator that has… Six different handguns…

Lungplus Helps You Breathe Warm During Arctic Blasts

Active Adventures: Ways To Stay Active Outside During Cold Snaps

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures we introduce you to Lungplus! Lungplus is a device you place in your mouth and it aids in warming your entire body, so that you can still go outside in the below zero temperatures! It also helps you breathe easier. It also helps you with colds, throat pain, dry cough and will…

Kick Sled Rentals At Hartley Nature Center

Active Adventures: Local Winter Rentals From Snowshoes, Skiis & Kick Sleds

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures Brittney Merlot takes us to Hartley Nature Center where you can rent a bunch of different winter equipment. This varies from traditional and metal snowshoes, cross country skiis and kick sleds! Categories: Active Adventures, Community, Entertainment, Features, News, News – Latest News, Weather in the News Tags: Hartley Nature Center, merlot weather,…

Enjoy The Outdoors & Try New Winter Activities At Bluefin Bay On Lake Superior

Active Adventures: Skiing, Snowshoeing, Yaktrack Rentals and More To Get You Outdoors!

TOFTE, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we take you to Bluefin Bay Resorts on Lake Superior! They offer free rentals of skis, snowshoes, yaktraks and more with your stay at the resort! Temperance River State Park is 2 miles away and it’s a great option to get out and test out a new outdoor activity without having to…