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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…

Heavy Lake Effect Snow Benefits

GREAT OUTDOORS: Ironwood Slammed with Over A Foot of Lake Effect Snow

IRONWOOD, Mich. — In this weeks Great Outdoors, Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot takes us to the snowbelt that’s just finishing digging out of their recent lake effect winter storm. Plows and loaders filled the streets of Ironwood on Tuesday, clearing over 14 inches of snowfall that dropped in just 24 hours. Arctic air with temperatures in the single digits…

More Snow Means More Business Up North Shore

Different North Shore Businesses prepare for winter tourists after last week's snowfall.

NORTH SHORE, Minn.- It seems Jack Frost made an early stop up the North Shore, and businesses couldn’t be happier. “We all live here for a reason. So we’re big fans of the snow and the cold,” said Jordyn Timberlake. The Bartender and Housekeep at Knotted Pine Inn and Tavern in Isabella is looking at increased business for both the…

Bucks Beware: Minnesota Firearm Deer Season Begins

Nearly 500,000 hunters expected to bring in about 100,000 deer, according to DNR.

DULUTH, Minn.- Bucks Beware as nearly 500,000 hunters throughout the state are taking to the woods for the start of Firearm Deer Hunting Season. The Minnesota DNR reminds hunters that a deer license purchased after opening day is valid starting the next day after being issued, not the same day. You can register your deer in-person, over the phone, or…

“The Haunt” at Poplar Golf Course

A Horrifying Haunted Experience Leads Northlanders Through Fear

POPLAR, Wisc. —  A small Wisconsin town is now hosting local screams, “The Haunt”! In this week’s Great Outdoors Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot takes us inside at Poplar Golf Course, to experience a new fear. Formally known as The Haunt at Wentworth, it’s moved just a few miles down the road. “We had the opportunity to move it here and…

Northland Tree Services Busy After Storms

Duluth Tree Service says saturated soil can cause trees to fall.

DULUTH, Minn.- Monday’s storm brought high winds, which tore much of the Northland apart and ripped trees from their roots, which crashed onto houses, garages, and cars. The owner of Duluth Tree Service said he experienced call volumes like the peak of the season–at a time when they normally drop. He added that high winds aren’t the only thing that…

Parking Lots, Sidewalks and More Flood on Barker’s Island

Combination of high winds and high lake levels meant unprecedented waves.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The storm affected more than just Duluth. Across the bridge in Superior, a section of Barker’s Island got flooded. Parking lots, sidewalks, and more were drowned in water, along with the big attraction, the SS Meteor. Quite a few people in the area told FOX 21 that the Meteor tried to float away Monday, as Barker’s Island dealt…

Park Pointers Concerned as Flooding Strikes Again

Basements and homes flooded after Monday's powerful Lake Superior storm

DULUTH, Minn. – Park Point residents are concerned as flooding in and around their homes and businesses becomes more common. “It does seem to be happening like clockwork and that’s an alarming frequency,” said Rachel Mock, who lives on Park Point. There, hoses run from basements, draining the latest round of flooding from homes. “My sump pump runs continuously and…

Park Point Homes Experience Worst Flooding Homeowners Have Seen

"I've dealt with hurricanes, never seen anything like this," said one resident.

DULUTH, Minn.- Monday’s storm brought waves that were a spectacle at times, and a hazard at others in Canal Park. But over on Park Point many were seeing water from the bay as a nuisance flooding their homes. “It’s just been a disaster for everybody who lives along the lake,” said Keith McLoughlin, who has lived on Park Point for…

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…

Fuel Companies See Heating Oil Sales Go Up Ahead of Winter

Customers asked to keep paths to tanks and pipes clear of snow.

DULUTH, Minn.- Heating oil and propane are starting to be hot commodities again as we move loser to winter. Superior Fuel is already seeing more gallons of fuel go out the door as customers are turning on their heat for the first time. The company’s President, Ryan Gunderson, said while you heat up your home this winter, remember to shovel…

NAPA Auto Care Gives Away Free Inspections and a Car

NAPA Auto Care in Hermantown gifts a Toyota RAV4 to Inga Parsons.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- NAPA Auto Centers across the Northland were extra generous this weekend. Mechanics at the 9 Twin Ports locations offered free inspection tests for vehicles… To take on Winter weather, but that was just the tip of the ice berg! Four recipients were given a refurbished car from NAPA auto care. NAPA staff says they realize how hard finding a…

Preparing for Bad Weather: Tips and Tricks Walking into the Season’s First Storm

Tips and tricks to stay safe walking into bad Winter-like weather.

DULUTH, Minn.- Fall snow storms and colder weather is nothing Northlanders can’t handle, but it’s important to remember how to stay safe during these seasonal changes. “Every year when we get our first slippery roadway, ice event, we’re busy,” Minnesota State Patrol public information officer Sgt. Neil Dickenson said. Three major things state patrol want drivers to keep in mind…

With Frost Expected to Hit the Northland, Greenhouses Warn to Cover Plants

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Parts of the Northland could soon see scattered frost, so gardeners may want to cover their plants, or bring them into a garage or house. Tomatoes and peppers have to be brought inside before frost strikes, but some plants like cabbages can handle the cold. Larry Stute, the greenhouse manager at Engwall’s Florist in Hermantown, tells us…

Enjoy The Multi-Color Vibrant Views Of Fall

GREAT OUTDOORS: Jay Cooke State Park Colorful Fall Foliage Hike, Places To See That Are Less Visisted Within The Park

CARLTON, Minn. — In this week’s Great Outdoors, Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot takes on a hike through the fall foliage of Jay Cooke State Park. “The colors seem to be peaking a little faster than we’ve historically had in the past few years.” explained Assistant Park Manager Ty Gangelhoff. It’s said to be an “un–leaf–able” sight to explore the…

Flooding Washes Away Roads in Carlton County

$80,000 in damage has been assessed so far, with some townships still calculating damage

CLEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Multiple roads are washed out and closed in Carlton County, including County Road 8, which also washed out during last year’s flooding. Stony Brook rose feet in a matter of hours, carrying the entire gravel road downstream. “When you get it that quickly it has no place to go slow,” said Milt Hagen the Assistant…

Road Closures: Flash Flooding

Map Of Current Closed Roads

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wisc. – Douglas County Highway Department has CLOSED County HWY W between HWY B & C where it crosses the Nemadji River due to high water over the road. The Township of Summit is also reporting to Emergency Management that the Patzau Foxboro Road is CLOSED due to high standing water. Over 5.5″ of rain fell in these…

Update: One Dead in Lake Superior Water Emergency

Two men rescued, all three were employees of Roen Salvage of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

DULUTH, Minn. – One person is dead and two others are lucky to be alive after their boat capsized into the frigid waters of Lake Superior at the end of Park Point during Monday’s Red Flag warning. According to St. Louis County Undersheriff Dave Phillips, the men were believed to be working in the harbor as part of a dredging…

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…

Mechanic Shops Prepare for Winterization Boom

They advise checking your tires, heater, fluids and battery before the cold sets in.

DULUTH, Minn.- It may be warm now, but winter will be here before you know it. Mechanics at shops like Automedics in Duluth told us people start coming in to winterize their vehicles when the temperatures drop. While testing your heater, and looking at your battery are all things you should do, they said checking your tires is a big…

Blankets, Sleeping Bags Wanted for Homeless as Weather Cools

Donations can be dropped off at CHUM, Damiano Center, or Loaves and Fishes.

DULUTH, Minn.- There’s a strong need for donations to help keep the homeless in Duluth warm right now and into the winter. Besides hats and gloves, CHUM’s drop-in shelter on First Avenue West needs as many sleeping bags and blankets as possible. This comes especially with the up-and-down weather the Northland has been experiencing lately. “If we look over the…

Chester Bowl Fall Fest Brings Autumn Fun

Rain pushes Festival back to Sunday, park still filled.

DULUTH, Minn.- Saturday’s rain wasn’t enough to keep the 35th Annual Chester Bowl Fall Fest down. The event was rescheduled for Sunday, bringing thousands to the park. There were 130 vendors selling handcrafted items as well as 8 food vendors. The fresh caramel apples are one of the most popular treats, sold by the Duluth Lions club for more than…

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…

Park Point Community Plays Ball Together

All ages gather to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall.

DULUTH, Minn.- Members of the Park Point community got outside for the last few days of the Summer before Fall moves in. Folks of all ages gathered at the Lafayette Community Center to play a friendly game of softball, broken into Bayside versus Lakeside teams. Organizers say it’s nice to have neighbors out and mingling together. “I think it’s great…

Red Cross Seeks Northland Volunteers to Help with Dorian

Five volunteers sent already, more is always needed.

DULUTH, Minn.- As Dorian continues to threaten landfall on the east coast, the American Red Cross Serving Northern Minnesota is already sending volunteers down south to help with recovery efforts. The Northland Chapter of the Red Cross will have sent 5 volunteers by Wednesday, spread out between Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. They will help with medical and mental health…

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…

Timbersports Take Over & Race Top Notch Handmade Saws

GREAT OUTDOORS: Lumberjack World Championships Brings The Best

HAYWARD, Wisc. — Lumberjacks in the Northland are common and the competition between them is said to be strong. In this week’s Great Outdoors, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot takes us to Lumberjack Bowl where all of the best gathered there to show us what they are made of. “It’s kind of in my blood, I’m a four generation competitor.” said…

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…

Black Super New Moon Coming Tonight

North America Only - Rest Of World Waits Until August 30th

NORTHLAND — A first since 2016, an astronomical event called the ‘Black Moon’ occurs tonight. What exactly is it? Well, you’ve heard of a ‘Blue Moon’ – right? It’s the second full moon within one month. And a ‘Black Moon’ is the second new moon of the month. This is something that rarely happens and is just as uncommon as a…

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…

Plan to Swim or Not to Swim With New Lake Temperature Device in Park Point Beach

New temp and wave monitoring devices help Minnesota Sea Grant scientists get readings to public.

DULUTH, Minn.- New monitoring devices in the waters of Park Point Beach are allowing scientists to tell people how cold or warm the water is before they get to the beach. A temperature sensor and wave sensor were placed in the water last week for scientists with the Minnesota Sea Grant to measure water temperature and assess the possibility of…

Update: Never Before Attempted Stand Up Paddle Board To Arctic Ocean

Adventurer Jared Munch Takes To The Water On A SUP To Break Records

DULUTH, Minn. — Stand up paddle boarding is the new craze on calm and sunny days but what about in bad weather and through river rapids? In this week’s Great Outdoors Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot catches up with a true adventurer looking to be the first to complete a unique journey. A local Duluthian who took to the water last…

Tornado Passes Over House in Orr

Tornado Warnings in Wirt, Effie and Orr Minnesota, A Look At The Path & Damage

ORR, Minn. — The summer heat, humidity and approaching storm front fueled perfect conditions for tornadoes on Wednesday. It’s a rare but possible scenario in the Northland and at 5:34 that evening, a funnel cloud was spotted by law enforcement in Northome, Minnesota. And uncommon disaster in the Northwoods, the tornado touched down to the ground in the town of…

Red Flag Warning At Twin Ports Beaches

BEACH HAZARD STATEMENT: No Swimming On Park Point & Wisconsin Point Wednesday

TWIN PORTS BEACHES – A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Park Point and Wisconsin Point Beaches until 9pm. High waves will develop as early as 10am, with the greatest heights this afternoon and evening. Winds are sustained at 10-15mph, with gusts up to 20mph. This creates dangerous swimming conditions along the Lake Superior shoreline, due to rip currents…

Severe Storms Produce A Tornado & Knock Down Trees

After A Hot & Humid Day, Severe Thunderstorms Tore Through The Northland

BRUCE, Wisc. — A confirmed tornado touched down in Bruce, WI Monday night at 7:15. No damage has been reported yet, the NWS will be out there surveying the area Tuesday. As Severe Thunderstorms rolled across the Northland, many trees were knocked down in the strong winds that gusted up to 52mph. Several large poplar trees were uprooted in Marcell,…

Minnesotan Prepares for His First Hurricane in New Orleans

Graham Hakala shows us his new city and shares photos of recent flooding in the French Quarter

NEW ORLEANS – Graham Hakala is from the Iron Range. He also lived in Duluth for years. And now, he’s preparing to experience his first hurricane after recently moving to New Orleans, Louisiana. “It’s a beautiful day right now, it’s hot, you can see I’m a Minnesota boy so I’ve got sweat on my everywhere, really,” said Hakala. But that…

Haze from Canadian Fires Moves Out with Wind and Rain

Rainfall clear smoke up, and wind moves it south.

DULUTH, Minn.- Since last weekend, fires in Canada have been burning and sending smoke into the air, which the wind blew into the Northland creating a haze throughout the sky. Officials with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) said the worst of the smoke filtered into the Southern parts of the state. However, it could still be irritable for some…

Record High Lake Levels Good For Shipping, Bad for Shoreline

Experts say more water is better for carrying shipping cargo, but more damaging to shoreline especially with storms.

DULUTH, Minn.- Water levels on Lake Superior have been in an upward trend, breaking record averages for July, still months away from the Fall when they’re expected to rise. As of Monday Lake Superior sits at 603.22 ft for the month of July. It is 14 inches above the norm for the month. According the Associate Director of Outreach with…

Duluth Gets a Boost in Tourism this Fourth of July

DULUTH, Minn. – Fourth of July can be one of the busiest times of the year for Duluth. It draws thousands of visitors from across the country. And the increase in tourism can have its advantages for the city. Many call Duluth the “go to” place to spend their weekend on a non–holiday. “Well it’s a beautiful city. You have…

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…

Wishing America Happy Birthday from Cloquet July 4th Fest

Cloquet hosts longstanding Fourth of July Fest

CLOQUET, Minn.- Veterans Park was packed with Cloquet residents enjoying fair food, live music, and 4th of July fun, despite the wet weather. Red, white and blue flooded the park as everyone put on their patriotic best to celebrate the 4th of July. “I think that people in Cloquet are patriotic and really like their town so they stay here…

Celebrating Midsommar in Duluth

Swedish Celebration of Summer at Spirit of God Lutheran Church

DULUTH, Minn.- The Swedish community in Duluth spent Sunday celebrating the End of Winter and the beginning of Summer, a holiday called Midsommar. The sounds of the accordion and the smell of flowers mean summer is here. “Midsommar in Sweden is about closing up the city it’s about going out to the countryside to the cabins to the fields to…

Duluth Comes Outside After Violent Storms

Enger Park bustling with people enjoying sun and nature.

DULUTH, Minn.- After the storms moved out of the area Sunday morning, the weather turned out pretty nice. Enger Park was full of people enjoying the look of the landscape, the views from the Tower, and the temps from the Sun. This is after storms whipped through the area, whipping lightning, wind, rain and even some hail across the sky…

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…

Learning to Paddleboard at SUP Camp

North Shore SUP holds 4-day camp for kids to learn basics.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Kids on Barkers Island in Superior took advantage of the warmer weather by getting in the water on Paddleboards. North Shore SUP held their annual SUP, or Stand-Up Paddleboarding camp. The four-day camp supplies 8-12 year-olds with all the equipment including PFDs, or Personal Floation Devices, and teaches them the basics like paddling and docking properly. According to…

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…

First Day of Summer Sweet Treat: Rhubarb Sorbet

COOKING CONNECTION: Loves Creamery Teaches Us How To Make Sorbet At Home!

DULUTH (LINCOLN PARK), Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection Love Creamery teaches us how to make a Rhubarb Sorbet from home! RECIPE: Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet 2 Cups cooked down rhubarb 2 Cups seeded strawberries 1 Cup sugar (really, sugar to taste. One can make this one sweeter or less sweet) Mix all ingredients together, blend Freeze in an ice…

Duluth Reflects on Devastating Flood of 2012

"I hadn't been through anything quite like that in my 30 years of running restaurants."

DULUTH, Minn. – Seven years ago, the Northland was struck by a historic flash flood that destroyed cities, including Duluth. On June 19, 2012, heavy rain rolled through Duluth prompting the entire city to take cover. The next morning many woke up to damaged homes, roads and other infrastructure. More than 800 houses were assessed by the city for livability….

DECC Prepares for Grandma’s Marathon, Officials Monitoring Weather

Getting things ready for Health and Fitness Expo, Spaghetti Dinner.

DULUTH, Minn.- Before runners take off on either the William A. Irvin 5K, Half, or Grandma’s Full Marathon, they get to eat and shop around some products at the DECC. The two halls of the DECC were empty Wednesday, but these crews are preparing for the Essentia Health and Fitness Expo Thursday and Friday. “It’s really the gateway for people…