Great Outdoors

Great Outdoors: Ice Fishing on Lake Superior

Anglers Get Out on Ice in Tough Weather Conditions

DULUTH, Minn.- As Lake Superior hardens with ice, you can bet Anglers are there to drill their holes and drop their lines. But these brave Northlanders have to get their timing just right, because in a day all that ice could be gone. The wind howls, cutting through ice houses like a knife. Suddenly, the wind’s song is interrupted by…

Great Outdoors: Emergency Response Training

DULUTH, Minn.- Severe weather can strike at anytime. However, when it does, emergency responders need to be ready. Dozens of incident management experts are in Duluth this week getting some special training. These teams truly are something special. Coming together in times of crisis to help those in need. One instance was back in 1998 when many of those folks…

Great Outdoors: Breathe Warmer With Lungplus

The Arctic Cold Blast Returns, Here's Some Useful Ways To Stay Warmer

DULUTH, Minn. — As the brutal cold temperatures return with a vengeance, ways to stay warm are important and crucial. Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot introduces us to the LUNG PLUS. “It’s a mouth worn, re-heater and humidifier.” explains the distributor of Lungplus, Eve Graves. It’s held by small flaps that you place in front of your teeth.  As you breathe…

Superior Skiing: Free This Week

Free Ski Week in Conjunction with Lake Superior Ice Festival

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The heart of the winter brings with it the annual Lake Superior Ice Festival. In conjunction with the festival, the city of Superior has made all of its cross-country ski trails free through the end of the festival on the 27th. Over 27 kilometers (about 17 miles) of groomed trails are wide open for use. They’re broken up…

Northlanders Skate Before Temps Drop

Subzero Temps Mean Outdoor Rinks Close

DULUTH, Minn.- Lately the weather’s been great to get out on the ice. No, not the frozen parking lots and sidewalks. Ice skating rinks. But many outdoor rinks in the Northland close once the windchill drops to about –20 degrees. Even though outdoor rinks may close, in Duluth, Essentia Health provides open skating at their Heritage Sports Center every Wednesday….

Winter Rover Program Gets Kiddos Outside For Learning & Fun!

Great Outdoors: Lake Superior Estuarium Hosts 2 Free Events At Barkers Island For Preschoolers & Kindergarteners

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — The Winter Rovers Program brings kiddos ages 3-7 together outside to learn! It’s like an old fashioned play date hosted by the Lake Superior Estuarium. “We are just trying to connect them to the community in the area and then also get them outside.” explained intern Megan Hogfeldt. “Show them some fun things that they can do…

Staying Active in Jay Cooke State Park During the Winter

Many visit for winter activities.

DULUTH, Minn.-This winter, many Minnesotans are choosing to be active by exploring nature at Jay Cooke State Park. The park has a variety of programs this upcoming year including, kids activities and Park after Dark, which is a night snowshoe hike. Trailblazers also enjoy biggest highlight, the swinging bridge. The parks naturalist says  everyone should get out this winter. You…

Great Outdoors: UMD’s Allworth Planetarium

Take Stargazing to a Whole New Level

DULUTH, Minn.- If you’ve ever wanted to soar through the stars, the rocket ship is closer than you think. UMD’s Alworth Planetarium will boldly go with you, where no one has gone before. The sound of lightsabers clashing echo down the hall. No, this isn’t a Star Wars attraction at Disneyworld. This is the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium’s fan favorite…

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree From The Superior National Forest!

Great Outdoors Holiday Tradition

SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST, Minn. — In this week’s Great Outdoors we are headed into the thick of the woods, to cut down our own Christmas Tree! First things first, MAKE SURE TO GET YOUR PERMIT! On average, 200-300 permits are sold annually! It’s only $5, cash or check only. It can be quickly picked up at the Superior National Forest…

SNOCROSS is BACK & Practice Makes Perfect

In This Weeks Great Outdoors, Snocross Teams Arrive To KLIM Compound In Aurora To Practice For The Snocross Season Kick Off At Spirit Mountain.

AURORA, Minn. – The Amsoil Championship Snocross season fires up this weekend in Duluth and many racers have already descended on one small Minnesota town to practice. Over 50 teams arrived beginning November 10th to the Scheuring Speed Sports Snocross training facility in Aurora. “So far it’s been good. The weather has been cold so the snow has been staying…

Wisconsin Goats Go Green

Lake Minnesuing Farm Led Goats on Plant Eating Parade

DULUTH, Minn.- While herds of Northlanders flocked to the polls for their civic duty, a herd of Northland Animals took the streets of Bennett Wisconsin, for their environmental duty. Breaking up the normal landscape of candidate signs on Bennett Road: goats on parade. Many are named after food: Sugar, Mama Coco, Maggie, Ginger, Ruby Tuesday, Devon, Mary Jane, Chippers, among…

Bluestreaks Football Feeling Impact of Declining Participation

Minnesota is seeing a decrease in students playing football, and that trend is hitting the Northland.

CHISHOLM, Minn. – Over the past few years, there has been a decline in the number of student-athletes playing high school football. Minnesota State High School League statistics show a drop of more than 400 players statewide over just the past few years, and that decline is hitting the Northland hard, especially in Chisholm. “We were expecting 25 to maybe…

Great Outdoors: Fall Colors

CARLTON, Minn. – Fall colors are near their peak in many places across the Northland. In this week’s Great Outdoors, we take you to the colorful landscape at Jay Cooke State Park. “You’ve got to love the crisp fall air, the beautiful variety of the colors, the bright reds, the greens, the yellows, it’s just a great time of year,”…

Great Outdoors: Deadheading at the Rose Garden

City employees and volunteers deadhead the roses from April until early October.

DULUTH, Minn. – Throughout the summer and early part of fall, the rose garden has become a beautiful sight in Duluth. But keeping it as beautiful as it is takes a lot of work. The rose garden has become a popular attraction for both tourists and Duluth residents. “This is my fourth trip here and every time we come to…

Great Outdoors: Superior Announces New Bike Share Program

The new partnership is now available across four different locations in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Traveling around Superior just became a little easier and healthier, as the city announced Tuesday that they have a new partnership Zagster Bike Share Program. The partnership is a two-year agreement and was made possible with sponsorships from Essentia Health, Enbridge, Dairyland Power Cooperative and Minnesota Power. There are four different locations to grab a bike: Millennium…

Tall Ships to Rendezvous in Bayfield this Weekend

The First Bayfield Classic Boat and Schooner Rendezvous is Happening September 7 - 9 in Bayfield

BAYFIELD, Wisc. – Tall ships will not be docking in the Duluth, Superior harbor in the near future, but they will be on display in Bayfield. Lake Superior Tall Ships is proud to present classic wooden boats and schooners in the Bayfield harbor September 7 – 9, 2018. Visitors will be able to enjoy the beautiful views and educational tours as…

Kayaking Around Lake Superior all ‘Four the Water’

The crew is paddling their way to a cleaner Great Lakes.

DULUTH, Minn.- Four kayak guides are taking the summer off to paddling their way around Lake Superior to advocate for clean water. They’re called “Four the Water” a crew of four men started a journey around Lake Superior back in May, pushing off from Lake Superior. The crew paddled up around Canada and down Minnesota’s North Shore. Overall the journey…

Great Outdoors: Wednesday Night at the Races

The next race will be Aug. 22 in Hermantown.

DULUTH, Minn. -The Wednesday night tradition here in Duluth continues to get kids outside and be active during the summer. Wednesday night at the races, part of Grandma’s marathon, is a six week event that features a short race at a different location each week. The races are free and any kid ages four to 14 can participate. “Not only…

Great Outdoors: Fishing With Cops at Chambers Grove

Kids learn more about local police officers and how to fish at the second annual event.

DULUTH, Minn. – Local police officers took the opportunity to get outside and bond with kids, hoping to build relationships and bridge the gap between the two. Several Duluth police officers met up about 20 kids at Chambers Grove on Monday for the second annual Hooked on Fishing event. “What better way to interact with the kids, bond with the…

Great Outdoors: Blueberry Picking at Blackbirds & Blueberries Farm

Blackbirds & Blueberries is located at 3601 Crosby Rd, Cloquet, MN 55720.

CLOQUET, Minn. – You can pick one or try to pick them all. Blueberry picking season is upon us. A bucket of blueberries filled all the way to the top is the goal for most blueberry pickers and at Blackbirds & Blueberries farm is where you’ll find Gail Olson. “It’s important to pick the blueberries that are blue all the way…

Great Outdoors: Bike Camp at Spirit Mountain

The bike camp offers several programs based on the child's age and experience.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week was the start of Spirit Mountain’s Annual bike camp for young adventurers. It’s where kids as young as six are taking it to the trails on their bikes. These kids know how to get into gear at Spirit Mountain’s Annual Bike Camp. That’s where you’ll find kids like six–year–old Amelia Allen and seven–year–old Bella Harala….

Great Outdoors: Mont du Lac Archery

Long after the snow melts, Mont du Lac Resort remains open for business.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Long after the snow melts, Mont du Lac Resort remains open for business. “Everybody’s familiar with us in the wintertime so we’re constantly trying to add summertime activities,” said Mont du Lac hill manager Mike O’Hara. Recently, they’ve added a new attraction. “Archery is an important sport,” said O’Hara. “It’s actually something that’s great to have out…

Enjoying the Park Point Rummage Sale Tradition

It's been a Duluth tradition for over 30 years.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The Park Point Rummage Sale stretches four miles long, drawing in first-time “garage salers” and veterans who know all the tricks. This year did not disappoint shoppers or sellers. “Beautiful area of Duluth for one thing, to be coming into Park Point, seeing the lake right around here and they have such beautiful flowers here,” shoppers Lindy Danielski…

Students Learn How to Leave No Trace on the Trails

Leave no trace is a set of principles to help enjoy the outdoors sustainably.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Great Outdoors took over Congdon Park Elementary School as students learn how to preserve our forests. The Superior National Forest’s educational outreach program aims to inspire students to enjoy our trails but also know the proper etiquette. The gym transformed into a mock boundary waters campsite at Congdon Elementary School. “We want kids to care about the environment…

Great Outdoors: Drone Racing

DULUTH, Minn. — “I’m a racer. I like to race,” says Johnny Wiita, a self-described drone enthusiast. Wiita got his start racing RC Cars, but his friends out west convinced him to try drones. “These things go from zero to 80 in about two seconds,” says Wiita with a huge smile. The drones are basically quad copters that are controlled…

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…

Out with the Snow in with the Campers

Although Buffalo Valley Campground is open year-round, its busy season is coming soon.

DULUTH, Minn.-The Buffalo Valley Campground, is open all year-round but excitement is blooming, as they prepare for the busy season. Located just 10 miles outside of Duluth, the campground is packed with Northshore adventurists. But getting blanketed with snow in late April, pushed the season back a smidge. “Mother nature threw a big monkey wrench into us this year,” campground…

Great Outdoors: 52nd Annual Arrowhead Home & Builders Show

It's one of the largest shows dedicated to gardening and remodeling for your homes.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands of people rolled into the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) for the Arrowhead Home and Builders Show. It’s one of the largest shows dedicated to gardening and remodeling for your homes. For this week’s Great Outdoors we give you to a front row ticket to the Arrowhead Home and Builders Show. The Arrowhead Home and Builders…

Trees Are Tapped For Sap, It’s Maple Syrup Season

Wisconsinites Are Collecting And Boiling Sap For A Sweet Treat

KELLY, Wis. — Trees are tapped and sap is running with these below freezing nights and warmer days. 100 maple trees are dripping sap for Gregg Johnson and John Barnes to collect. They tap not only hard maple, but also soft maples. Spending 2 hours each Spring day, they collect and boiling sap to make maple syrup. “It takes about…

Great Outdoors: Cutting Ice with the Coast Guard Alder

DULUTH, Minn. — Mason Cambridge mans his post on the Coast Guard ice alder on Lake Superior. His mission is important, since there’s still plenty of ice to break for shipping season to really get started. “When they eventually have to get out and move and get their loads shipped, they’re going to need all this open so we’re breaking…

Great Outdoors: Midwest Masters Ski Races

Skiers hit the slopes at Spirit Mountain for the final race of the season

DULUTH, Minn. – The Ski racing season came to a close as Spirit Mountain hosted the Midwest Masters Ski Races last Saturday. Fox 21 Photojournalist Graham Hakala talked to skiers and organizers at the event who say they find their passion on the hills.  56 racers took to the slopes during the competition. The Midwest Masters is a U.S. Alpine…

Snowmobiling Reaches Peak in Sawyer County

Hayward Power Sports Rents Affordable Sleds As Season Winds Down

HAYWARD, Wis. — Right now is the time to hop on the sleds and hit the trails in Sawyer and Washburn counties! They are at peak after the near 10″ of fresh snow fell from the last storm, blanketing their 600 miles of trails. “Tourists are still coming in but it’s slowing down. So locals get to take over the…

Birkie Preparations Underway

Full installation of the infamous American Birkebeiner International Bridge will begin next week.

DULUTH, Minn.- Northern Wisconsin is preparing for the American Birkebeiner. Racers are anxious for trail condition updates and nearly 25 hundred volunteers are working to make it happen. “I think it’s beyond anybody’s wildest dreams, certainly we know the impact for Hayward, we know the impact for Cable,” executive director Ben Popp said. “We also know what it means to…

Great Outdoors: Snowshoeing at Glensheen Mansion

DULUTH, Minn. – Moonlight Snowshoes at Glensheen was hugely popular last year, and it is back this year. Visitors to the historic estate tour the grounds after dark and experience the Glensheen and Congdon story. There is a bonfire afterwards with s’mores afterword. The snowshoe hikes at Glensheen are happening every Wednesday in January.  It’s free.  You just need to…