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Unique boat gets a special launch on Lake Superior

The Norwegian boat was built with help from the community

A unique boat got its first official launch on Lake Superior on Thursday. A big crowd turned out to see this traditional Norwegian boat out on the waters. The boat was built by Spirit of The Lakes Community School woodworking teacher John Finkle, with a lot of help from students and members of the community. “We’re very excited,” Finkle said….

UMD Pep Band Strives To Pump Up The Crowd

Pep Band Travels To Championship Game

XCEL Energy Center, St. Paul, MN- While all eyes are on the ice watching the UMD men’s hockey team. Another team will be in the stands making sure all of the Bulldogs fans are pepped up for the big game. The UMD Pep Band has a chance to play in front of thousands of hockey fans in their home state….

Easter Sunday celebrated in the Northland

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Duluth celebrated with a Easter buffet after services

DULUTH, Minn. – Easter Sunday brought together family and friends across the Northland this weekend. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Duluth was one of many churches that hosted Easter celebrations, both during and after services. Rev. Bill Van Oss said Easter is a special day, not only for the faith, but for the community it brings together. “One of the wonderful…

Hundreds Turn Out for March for Our Lives Demonstration in Duluth

Student organizers held the march to call on lawmakers to commit to gun law reform

DULUTH, Minn.  As demonstrations take place across the United States and abroad, students in Duluth organized their own rally, that marched from the Old Central High School building to the steps of Duluth City Hall. Categories: Community, Education, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News, Video

Great Lakes Aquarium celebrates otters’ birthday

Otters Agate and Ore turned five years old.

DULUTH, Minn. – The otters Agate and Ore turned five years old this year. The playful little ladies were given a special treat on Saturday – a birthday “cake” made out of ice and other foods that otters enjoy. The audience also had the chance to learn a little bit about little animals. “It’s a great event for both our members,…

Spring Fling at Spirit Mountain Rounds out the Season for Midwest Masters

Fifty-six races took to the slopes to compete in the Midwest Masters races this weekend

DULUTH, Minn. – Skiers hit the slopes at Spirit Mountain for the last of the races this season. Skiers competed in the final races for the Midwest Masters, a non–profit organization which helps alpine ski racers find their passion on the hills. “It’s open to all abilities,” organizer Greg Abel said. “Even the beginner racers – a lot of the…

Watch: “Behind the Curtain”

A Look Inside the NorShor

Duluth, Minn. – The long awaited renovation of the historic NorShor Theatre in Duluth is now complete.  The first performances there in many years are happening now.  We look back at the unique history of this downtown landmark and reveal how several organizations returned this artistic treasure to its former glory. Reporter Brett Scott and photojournalist Adam Jagunich take you…

Construction Time-Lapse of US Bank Stadium for Super Bowl LII

Get an insiders look at the construction process of US Bank Stadium

(Photo Courtesy: EarthCam)Minneapolis, Minn. – On Sunday, February 4, the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will face-off at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for the biggest game of the year.  EarthCam is helping football fans get excited for this epic game by sharing its broadcast-quality construction time-lapse movie for the host stadium. Showcasing 32 months of progress, viewers can…

New science building taking shape at UMD

An engineer on the project is also a UMD alum

DULUTH, Minn. – Construction on the new science building at UMD is moving along. FOX 21 got a look inside the new facility on Friday. The building features four floors with both laboratories and classrooms together in one place. UMD’s Swenson College of Science and Engineering alum Laura Hart is an engineer on the project. “It’s really cool that I…

Cute Puppies Take Over Fitger’s

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon holds the puppy Cutest Puppy Contest a week before the big race

DULUTH, Minn. – The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is happening next Sunday, but this weekend is all about the puppies.  Dozens of puppies were at the Fitgers complex in Duluth for the John Beargrease Cutest Puppy Contest. People got to meet the little pups, and then vote on which one is their favorite. “Everybody that enters their puppies seems to…

Marshall Students Compete in Cyber Security Competition

High School and Middle Schoolers Learn the Basics of Keeping Digital Information Safe

DULUTH, Minn. – These days, it seems like almost everything is connected to the internet. And with that comes security concerns. Young people at Marshall High School and Marshall Middle School are learning about ways to prevent cyber vulnerabilities. The students are learning the basics of computer security and could potentially use those skills in their future careers. “They can…

Tigers at Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone Enjoy the Snow

Big cats take adavantage of cold weather and destroy snowmen

Sandstone, Minn – Rescued tigers play like kittens at the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone.  Check out this video sent to us by Executive Director and Founder, Tammy Thies. This style of rough-housing may give some “paws,” but the tigers seem to thoroughly enjoy themselves. The goal of the non-profit is providing a natural sanctuary to wildcats that cannot live in…

Fly Tying Classes at Great Lakes Fly Shop

Learn how to tie your own flies for spring

DULUTH, Minn. – Being that it’s winter, the only kind of fishing there is to do is through a hole in the ice.  But that’s not stopping some fishing enthusiasts from thinking about spring time. Great Lakes Fly Shop in Duluth offers fly tying classes furring the winter months, helping fly fishing fans learn the craft of tying their own…

Rhythm and Hues Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Spirit

The event featured a dinner, music and spoken word performances

DULUTH, Minn. – Peace United Church of Christ played host to the Rhythm and Hues event on Friday. The free event is part of a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It kicked off with a dinner and lead into a night of live music and spoken word performances, featuring artists who have made contributions in the fight for equal…

Post-holiday exercise options

9Round Fitness 30 minute Kickboxing might help knock you back into shape

DULUTH, Minn. – After the holidays is when most people start feeling like it’s time to hit the gym.A new kind of gym has opened up in Duluth recently. 9Round Fitness is a 30 minute kickboxing studio, where folks can work with a trainer, and have a slightly different workout experience than your typical gym. “The whole thing with kickboxing…

Duluth rink rats brave the cold for the love of hockey

Well below-zero temps won't stop these little athletes

DULUTH, Minn. – Well, it may be cold outside but that’s not stopping hearty Northlanders from keeping busy out there. Being that it’s Minnesota, kids don’t seem to mind that it’s a few degrees below zero. FOX21 caught up with some young rink rats playing a game of pick-up hockey at the Glen Avon hockey rinks. “It’s cold, but, I…

Northland businesses prepare for New Year’s Eve celebrations

Liquor stores are sure to be busy this weekend

SUPERIOR, Wisc. –  Now that Christmas is out of the way, it’s time to start to think about those New Year’s Eve plans. Liquor stores are obviously a major stop for many people getting ready for the celebration. Stores are getting rid of the Christmas gifts sets to make room for the champagne. Employees say this time of year is…

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Looks Forward to New Year with New Hope

Almost two years after the fire, Gloria Dei plans to rebuild

DULUTH, MINN.-  It’s been almost two years since Gloria Dei Lutheran Church caught fire but this Christmas they are looking forward to the future, instead of the past. This week the church is expected to receive their permit from the city to begin construction and to celebrate Gloria Dei held a groundbreaking prayer on Christmas Eve.   Categories: Community, News,…

Lights go on for another year at Marcia Hales’ house

Thanks to the help of the neighborhood, Hales' lights shine for yet another season

DULUTH, Minn. – After almost not happening this year, the lights are lit and the public is invited to come check out Marcia Hales’ lights display. Marcia Hales loved looking at Christmas lights as a kid, and now her light display on park point has been a tradition for many families for several years. After announcing that last year might…

7th annual Evening of the ARTS for CHOICE, unlimited

The program helps adults with disabilities with employment and community inclusion

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday was the 7th annual Evening of the ARTS for Choice, unlimited. Choice, unlimited is a day program that helps adults with disabilities find employment and inclusion in their local communities. on Wednesday, the organization shared some of the arts projects they worked on, such as writing and dance. “It’s a sense of accomplishment,” visual arts instructor Maria…

Northland Finnish community celebrates 100 years of independence

Finland declared their independence from Russia in 1917

DULUTH, Minn. – December 6 Finland’s Independence Day, and Northlanders were celebrating. Wednesday is the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence from Russia in 1917. Northlanders filled the Great Hall at The Depot to celebrate Finnish heritage, listen to music and eat some traditional food “There certainly are a lot of people here,” organizer Arlene Putikka Tucker said. “You go through the phone…

Holiday Party For Morgan Park Seniors

Live Music And Food Hosted By The City Of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn- Morgan Park seniors got in the holiday spirit tonight during the sold out holiday party hosted by the City of Duluth. Turkey and ham was on the menu along with live Christmas music. One resident says it’s a good reason to get out of the house “It keeps you young. It’s good to get out and be with…

Shovels and Salt Flew Off The Shelves

Bracing For The Storm

LAKESIDE, Minn -Hardware stores are welcoming a winter storm of any kind to get that register making’ noise. The crew over at Hanks Hardware in the Lakeside neighborhood tell us they’ve seen an increase in salt sales. “Today they’ve been buying salt and grit. There’s a few snow shovels going out but it seems like the people that are prepared…

Hmong Community Prepares to Celebrate New Year

Coppertop Church will be the place to be to celebrate Hmong culture Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. –  The people of the local Hmong community are getting ready for a celebration this Saturday.  The Hmong New Year celebration is happening on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, also known as the Coppertop Church in Duluth. It will be a celebration of Hmong culture with traditional music, clothing and of course, great food. “Coming here…

Hermantown Students Graduate from D.A.R.E.

More than 170 sixth graders graduated the program

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown kids are ready for some of life’s toughest lessons, thanks to the D.A.R.E program. More than 170 sixth grade students graduated from the 2017 D.A.R.E program In Friday. Hermantown police handed out certificates and prizes. The program teaches kids about the effects of drugs and alcohol, but it doesn’t stop there. “The D.A.R.E. program is so much…

Northlanders Raise Awareness on World AIDS Day

More than 36 million people are living with HIV

DULUTH, Minn. – A candlelight vigil took place in  Downtown Duluth to commemorate the lives lost to HIV and AIDS, as well as draw attention to the illness as a way to de-stigmatize the topic. “People with HIV and AIDS are just that – They’re people,” advocate Will McGraw said. “I think that all people deserve to feel safe and respected…

In Wake Of Two Ice Related ATV Deaths: Experts Give Early Season Ice Safety Tips

Deaths Stem From Two Falling Through The Ice

DULUTH, Minn- It’s a start to the winter season that experts are warning is very dangerous right now with up–and–down temperatures. Ice condition reports range from none at all to pretty solid. Experts warn to prepare, have a plan, and don’t chance it, ever. According to the Minnesota DNR, from 2012 to March of this year, Minnesota has seen 16…

Superior Police Spread Acts of Kindness For The Holidays

Superior police are issuing gift cards instead of tickets

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Superior Police Department is getting in on the giving spirit. Between now and Christmas, police officers will be handing out gift cards instead of tickets. Superior’s police chief Nicholas Alexander tells Fox 21 it’s a great way to build positive relationships with the community. “It lightens the mood. When someone gets a gift card, it opens…

Holiday Spirit In The Lights: A Park Point Jewel Is On For Another Year

Display Was Close To Shutdown Because Of Volunteers Needed

DULUTH, Minn- The Holiday Spirit in the Lights display on Park Point has won numerous awards over the past 25 years. With one flip of the switch all that nearly came to an end this year. For Marcia Hales, the love of Christmas and the love of Christmas lights stem from her childhood. “We used to pile the family in…

Boys and Girls Club Hosts Feast Of Thanks

Giving Kids A Good Meal During Thanksgiving Week

DULUTH, Minn-Staff members of the Boys and Girls Club will have served over two hundred meals. Every year during the week leading up to Thanksgiving, the Boys and Girls Club of the Northland hosts their annual dinner, Feast of Thanks. The meal gives girls and boys involved with the club the opportunity for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This dinner is…

Packed Council Chambers Discusses Paid Sick And Safe Time

Task Force Gives Two Recommendations To City Council

DULUTH, Minn- The Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force recommended the Duluth City Council adopt an ordinance that would provide two alternatives for businesses to give paid time off to workers who don’t currently get any. In a survey conducted by the task force, data shows that 46% of workers within the Duluth currently aren’t getting any sick and…

45 Foot Tree Lit For The Season

Christmas Tree Is Located In Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn- Let there be light in downtown Duluth! The official lighting of the Christmas tree took place Friday evening. The ceremony is a 33 year old tradition for the city of Duluth. This year the white spruce tree is about 45 feet tall. 26 nominations from the community were received before this beauty made the final cut. After the…

Northlanders raise money for hurricane victims in the Virgin Islands

The benifit was held to raise funds and awareness of the rebuilding efforts in the Virgin Islands

DULUTH, Minn. – A couple of Northlanders with ties to the virgin islands are hosting a fundraiser for hurricane victims there. It featured many live musical acts, as well as a silent auction. Organizers hope that this event can bring awareness to the recovering efforts that are still going on in those heavily affected areas. “The U.S. Virgin Islands is…

Lincoln Park Business Business Group hosts annual Turkey Bingo

It was the 69th annual Turkey Bingo

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lincoln Park community came together a the VFW for the annual Turkey Bingo. It was the 69th year for the Turkey Bingo. The event is put on by the Lincoln Park Business Group as a way to bring people together, share some laughs, and hear about all the ways Lincoln Park is growing. “We got some…

Superior’s Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

Public Opinion Needed For Plans

SUPERIOR, Wis- The City of Superior continues to move forward with their comprehensive outdoor recreation plan. Tuesday night was the 2nd of 4 public input sessions. The purpose of the public input sessions is to provide an interactive experience designed to include community residents and identify the community’s priorities that will serve as the foundation for the future of area…

Police: Firearm Recovered In Morgan Park Believed To Be Connected To Weekend Shootings

Woman Shows Up In Hospital Reported Being Shot

DULUTH, Minn- Duluth Police investigators told Fox 21 that two separate shooting incidents over the weekend are connected to a gun incident in Morgan Park on Tuesday night. Police responded this evening to the area of 89th Ave W and Edward St. on reports of people in the neighborhood with guns. Lt. Robert Shene said his officers did recover a…

Newer, bigger coffee roaster arrives at Duluth Coffee Company

Duluth Coffee Company's new roaster will substantially increase output

DULUTH, Minn. –  It was an exciting day for Duluth Coffee Company on Monday. A custom built coffee roaster arrived at the Duluth Coffee Company’s new second location on Superior Street. Owner Eric Faust said the big new roaster is in response to the community embracing the local coffee company, and this new addition is going to expand their reach…

Santa Claus Arrives at the Miller Hill Mall in Style

It was the 5th annual Santa Slumber Party

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of Northland kids were at the Miller Hill Mall this evening to see Santa Claus arrive. It is the 5th annual Santa Slumber Party at the mall. Santa arrived in style in a decorated trolley thanks to the Duluth Transit Authority. “We just dropped Santa Claus off, and now all the boys and girls of the…

Duluth Train Depot Celebrates 125 Years

Free Tours Were Given At The Event

DULUTH, Minn- The Duluth Train Depot celebrated another milestone Wednesday. Many came out to the celebration marking 125 years in existence. The Depot along with the St. Louis county heritage and arts center wanted to celebrate the arts culture and history that made their way to the region starting in 1892 via the Duluth Union Depot. “The immigrants that came…

“Lettuce Meet Up” with the Duluth Community Garden Program

The community garden group holds a meet up every month

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Community Garden Program held their first monthly get–together at Bent Paddle on Tuesday. It’s called “Lettuce Meet Up!” It’s a way for community gardeners to get to know each other, and discuss tips and tricks. “You can meet people from different gardens, some all the way in west side, some all the way in Chester…

Snow Is Flying At Mont du Lac Ski Resort

This Weeks Great Outdoors

  Just last year on this date, temperatures were soaring 20 to 30 degrees above normal. For the ski hills making snow was weeks away. In this week’s great outdoors we head to Mont du Lac Ski Resort in superior where the snow is already flying. “The last two years, everybody had a tough time getting open before Christmas,” says…

Congdon Students Enjoy Science Night

UMD Science Department Puts On Science Fair

DULUTH, Minn- Congdon Elementary School was full of students being inspired by science Friday evening. 45 students from UMD’s biology, chemistry, engineering and physics departments presented science related demonstrations and activities for the students and their families. One student says being a college student at UMD means you are a part of the Duluth community and it’s fun to get…

Language and Literacy at Duluth Children’s Museum

UMD's Communication Sciences and Disorder Department Put On Event

DULUTH, Minn- Language and literacy was another component kids could learn about at the Duluth Children’s Museum Friday. UMD’s Communication Sciences and Disorder Department teamed up with the museum for a dragons, queens, kings and castles themed event to raise awareness about literacy, language, and speech. Organizers looked to identify and address unmet needs in the community. “It’s a great…

Medical Discovery Team Has New Home

Hoping New Home Relieves Workplace Stress

DULUTH, Minn- Duluth now has a new home for their Medical Discovery Team. In the new quarters, they hope to gain better knowledge on diabetes and dementia in the Native American communities around the Northland. In 2014 Medical Discovery Teams or “MDT’s” were created in Minnesota through support of Governor Mark Dayton. The Duluth-based team has a new facility to…

Norshor Theatre Deadline Fast Approaching

Walk Through Theatre Allowed Duluthians To See Progress

DULUTH, Minn- The pressure is on and the excitement is bursting from the supporters, backers, and arts community ready for the Norshor Theatre’s comeback. Developer and big financial backer George Sherman was at today’s press event among city leaders and the Duluth Playhouse. The transformation and restoration of the historic Norshor Theatre on E Superior St. is looking the clearest…

The Spirit Room Pairs Beer with Halloween Candy

The Spirit Room experiments with the beer and candy combinations

  SUPERIOR, Minn. – Halloween isn’t only for the kids. The Spirit Room in Superior hosted the Beer and Candy Tasting event this Halloween. They paired several kinds of local beer with a bit of Halloween candy, in an effort to find some unique tastes. “This kind of brings a new level of seeing what kind of flavors can be…

Kids pack Miller Hill Mall for Mall-O-Ween

Kids trick-or-treated at the stores inside the mall

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of kids packed the Miller Hill Mall Halloween night for “Mall–O–Ween!” There was a costume contest, and kids were able to trick-or-treat at each of the stores. A free photo booth was available at the mall to capture all the spooky memories. Categories: Business, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News, Video

UMD Hosts 22nd Annual ‘Haunted Halls’ For Kids

UMD students decorated the halls and handed out candy to trick-or-treaters

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD students had the chance to celebrate Halloween with younger members of the community on Monday. It was the 22nd annual Haunted Halls at UMD. Students dressed up in costumes and decorated the living spaces  on campus, and hundreds of kids got to go trick or treating with them through the halls. “Kids going through get to…