Weather in the News

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…

Extreme Paddle Board Adventurer Leaves Twin Ports for Arctic in Never Before Attempted Trip

Jared Munch Raises Funds For Local Neighborhood Youth Services

DULUTH, Minn. — Monday morning a local Duluth man paddled away on a rare adventure to the Arctic. Taking a never before attempted trip on a stand up paddle board, Jared Munch has been planning this adventure for many years. He is traveling 490 miles up the north shore of Lake Superior to the northeast corner, where he will then…

Rip Current Warning on Park Point Beaches

Fire Department warns against swimming.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Fire Department is warning the public that it’s too dangerous to swim at park point beaches because of rip currents in Lake Superior. The rip currents extend as far as 100 yards offshore, and there aren’t any lifeguards at the beaches. There are red flags up at the 12th st beach, Lafayette Square, and the Park…

Summer Means Time to Care for Lawns

Lawn Mowing businesses are busy preparing lawns after rain and snow.

DULUTH, Minn.- Summer is a time for many fun activities: vacations, swimming, barbecues. But it’s also a time to care for your lawns. After a long winter, many Northlanders get a good look at their lawns for the first time in a while. “Of course we’re running into things like 12 inch grass,” said Shane Madrinich. “With the snowfall it…

Local Attempts Stand-Up Paddle Boarding from Duluth to Arctic Ocean

An adventure of a lifetime, attempted by a true adrenaline junkie from Duluth, Jared Munch

DULUTH, Minn. — An adventure of a lifetime begins this week, attempted by a true adrenaline junkie from Duluth, Jared Munch. He is a local man and is attempting to stand up paddle board his way up Lake Superior all the way to the Arctic Ocean. Most stand up paddle boarders prefer the calm winds and sunny days when balancing…

Making Way for Monarchs in Duluth

Monarch Butterfly population decreasing over time, in need of saving experts say.

DULUTH, Minn.- A certain winged insect was celebrated for arriving in Duluth. The Coppertop Church held their 4th Annual Monarch Festival, marking the Monarchs ending their migration here from Mexico. Experts, caterpillars, and real Monarch butterflies were in attendance, helping to educate and encourage the public to plant milkweed, a non-invasive plant that attracts and feeds Monarchs. According to experts,…

National Weather Service Prepares for Storm Season

Extra staff on hand to help NWS keep Northland ahead of severe weather.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The National Weather Service has extra staff on duty to monitor severe weather like the storms we had earlier Tuesday. Forecasters say it’s imperative to warn those on land and water of incoming bad weather to potentially save lives. “Our critical mission here at the National Weather Service is the protection of life and property,” said Science and…

Ropes Course & Ziplining Along North Shore

GREAT OUTDOORS: Adventure Park on the North Shore

SILVER BAY, Minn. — A brand new adventure has popped up in Minnesota! In this week’s great outdoors Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot takes us up into the tree tops, climbing and zipping with a new experience! Face a fear of heights and challenge yourself…Step by step… This is a place for all ages, family and friends; offering a unique challenge…

Fire Department Prepares for Water Safety this Summer

Department works to reinstall rescue stations.

DULUTH, Minn.- As beach season gets closer the Duluth Fire Department is working to reinstall the rescue stations along Park Point beaches. The stations offered information and helpful tips, as well as a rescue ring to throw out to someone caught in a rip current. They were destroyed by last October’s storms. “What didn’t take our rescue stations last fall…

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….

Basking in the Sun at Brighton Beach

Northlanders get out and enjoy the summer-like weather.

DULUTH, Minn.- It felt like summer on Sunday in Duluth, and many spots throughout the city were filled with people savoring the sun. Brighton Beach was packed with people enjoying the weather in a variety of different ways. It was the perfect day for some vacationing in the Northland as they splashed around in the waters of Lake Superior. “We…

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…

Snow’s In, Surf’s Up on Lake Superior

Surfers make the best out of the cold windy day.

DULUTH, Minn.- While the wind and snow kept most inside, it brought surfers out to Brighton Beach to ride the waves. According to the surfers, once you’re in a wet suit, the cold isn’t that bad. They add that it’s worth it when you catch the perfect wave. “You catch the wave and you start to speed up a little…

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…

Northland Greenhouses in Full Bloom Thanks to Spring Weather

Lilac Hill Greenhouse report higher sales with Mother's Day and warmth.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- The warm air and sun came just in time for area greenhouses to go into their busy season. The florists at Lilac Hill Greenhouse, formerly Engwall’s, said this past Mother’s Day weekend and this week’s warm weather has given them a boost going into the summer season. They say, after a long Northland winter, the flowers are refreshing….

Superior Pursuits Charter Fishing on Lake Superior

Great Outdoors: Family Fishing On Lake Superior For Novice & Expert on the Elixir

TWIN PORTS, Minn. — With Lake Superior on our doorstep, the urge to fish on it, is quite high! It can get expensive having a boat, buying the gear you need and knowing exactly where the fish will bite. For this week’s Great Outdoors, forget all of that, because we are joining an expert with a huge passion to fish…

Weather This Weekend Perfect for Mother’s Day

Moms out in Rose Garden enjoying the day.

DULUTH, Minn.- Mothers were out enjoying the nice weather on their special day. The Rose Garden in Duluth was full of mothers with their kids enjoying the sun, and each other’s company. “We’ve been stuck inside all winter so it’s just a good chance to spend time with them they’re still little and I want to take as much time…

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…

Charter Boats Dock in Minnesota Slip for Upcoming Season

For some, season is already underway.

DULUTH, Minn.- As snow is falling, the Charter boats in the Minnesota Slip are docked. The Charter fishing season in Duluth is already underway. The owner of Happy Hooker Charters, one of the longest running charters in the city, said they’re receiving bookings at double the pace of last year, no matter the nasty weather blanketing the Northland now. “So…

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…

Lions Club Pancake Day Details

Pancakes For Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Today In Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — It’s that time of year again for “Duluth’s Great Get Together” also known as the 62nd Annual Pancake Day at the DECC! Watch the video below for times, prices and what it all includes! Volunteers have been participating in this gathering for nearly 50 years, check out one local that makes something special for the kids upon…

Remembering The Role The Weather Played In The Husky Superior Refinery Explosion

Evacuation Area Quickly Spread South From Strong Winds

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Many of us will never forget the fear and nervousness as the evacuation zone continued to grow last year on April 26th Husky Refinery explosion. The National Weather Service in Duluth and Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot closely forecasted the winds strength and direction that quickly carried the thick, possibly toxic, heavy black smoke southward. Winds were…

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…

Skywarn Severe Storm Spotter Training Begins

Help the National Weather Service Identify Severe Storms

DULUTH, Minn. — We’ve had our fair share of rainy days so far this Spring but the severe storm season hasn’t quite hit the Northland yet. In this weeks Great Outdoors we are taking you to a severe storm spotter class offered here in the Northland. Learning about the sky above, can help keep you and others safe when the…

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…

Gloomy Weather on Easter Sunday

Cold and wet doesn't stop Northlanders from enjoying the lake.

DULUTH, Minn.- Wind, rain, clouds and cool air took over the Northland on Easter Sunday. In Canal Park, sheets of ice replaced the waves around the lighthouse. But, that didn’t stop visitors from checking out Lake Superior. “We were hoping with this strong Northeast wind we’d see some waves, but we see iceberg, which is good,” said Phil White, visiting…

Annual Battle of the TV Meteorologists

Meteorologists from the four stations in Duluth went head-to-head with one another for a great cause

DULUTH, Minn.- Tonight, the meteorologists of the Northland put their minds to the test, paired up with students from the Boys and Girls Club of the Northland for a quiz battle. Teams were asked math, history, and meteorology questions. There were four teams competing tonight, each representing a meteorologist from a local T.V. station. “Our kids inside its important to…

Lakewalk Escapes Damage after Recent Winter Storm

Project leaders report no extra damage costs after last week's storm.

DULUTH, Minn.- Winds reaching nearly 70 miles per hour battered parts of the Lake Superior shoreline last week. Meanwhile, crews have already spent months restoring Duluth’s lakewalk from previous storms. But according to officials, the lakewalk escaped any additional damage. The lakewalk’s project supervisor says they were gearing up to have more damage after this past week’s snowstorm, but the ice…

Capturing Mother Nature’s Wild Side from Canal Park

Hundreds of Hearty Midwesterners Flock to Canal Park to Capture Mother Nature's Wild Side

Wind gusts of more than 50mph are not stopping folks from capturing moments firsthand from the powerful April winter blast. As of Thursday morning there was no snow yet for the City of Duluth, but that didn’t stop residents and tourists from freezing for a reason to check out the natural beauty of a wild Lake Superior. “We’re from Fargo,…

Ski Season Successful, said Spirit Mountain

Officials say profits are good, but not as good as previous year.

DULUTH, Minn.- The end of season numbers have come in, and it appears it’s been another successful one for Spirit Mountain. According to the resort’s General Manager, they’ll be rounding out the fiscal year with a profit of $180,000. This is a bit short of their $302,000 profit from the previous year. They say they’re happy with business despite the…

Portland Malt Shoppe Open for Season

Popular malt and ice cream stop bringing customers in the cold.

DULUTH, Minn.- Is it cold? A little. Too cold for ice cream? “This is Minnesota. Nothing, nothing’s cold about Ice Cream,” said Joel Heller. Heller joins dozens of others in a long line at Portland Malt Shoppe, for their first day open for the season. The chill and the drizzle aren’t enough to stop Northland malt lovers, and for some,…

Nearly Naked Ruck March To Raise Funds For Struggling Veterans

Everyday 22 Veterans Take Their Lives, 23 Veteran Reconditioning Program Can Help

DULUTH, Minn. — 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 is a reconditioning program designed to help veterans struggling, live happier and healthier lives. You can help…