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40th Blueberry/Art Festival Canceled After Storms Rip Through Ely, Destroy Vendor Booths

Around 6 p.m. Friday evening, high winds snapped some trees and uprooted others which crashed down onto many tents and booths in Whiteside Park. There were no injuries reported. 

  ELY, Minn.- The 40th Blueberry Arts Festival in Ely was forced to cancel for the rest of the weekend Friday night, after severe thunderstorms with 60 to 70 mile per hour winds ripped through the town including the park where festivities were already set up. “There wouldn’t have been a whole lot of show left for people to see…

Current Drought Has Campers Thinking Twice Before Venturing North

Campfires Are Still Allowed Within Minnesota State Parks in Designated Fire Rings

SILVER CREEK TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Drought conditions in Northeastern Minnesota are causing some visitors to think ahead before making the trek up the North Shore. For Josh Killen and his 15-year-old son, Cody, visiting from Owatonna, Minnesota, is always something they look forward to. They visit roughly three times a year but have never experienced a camping trip when it’s…

Haze Blows Into Duluth Skies from Canada Wildfires

The haze was potentially problematic for those suffering from sensitive breathing.

DULUTH, Minn.- The skies above the Twin Ports getting getting choked by heavy smoke this weekend from wildfires in Canada making air quality poor. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the National Weather Service issued an air quality warning for all of this. It started Friday and ended Sunday morning. The haze was potentially problematic for those suffering from sensitive…

Burns Restricted in Superior National Forest

Due to dry conditions, fire activity, and limited resources, the Superior National Forest has prohibited campfires on Superior National Forest. 

DULUTH, Minn.- Due to dry conditions, fire activity, and limited resources, the Superior National Forest has prohibited campfires on Superior National Forest. Effective Friday, igniting, building, maintaining or using a campfire, including charcoal grills and barbecues, coal, and wood-burning stoves are prohibited, according to the order. Campfires are allowed in approved fire structures that have been installed a maintained by…

Minnesota Bracing for Extended Drought, Wildfire Conditions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota authorities are bracing for an extended wildfire season, saying the typical summer reprieve is looking more and more unlikely. Wildfires are typically at their worst in the spring and fall, slowing down in the summer when trees and plants are fully green and rain increases. But more than half of the state is experiencing drought conditions…

Images Captured of Partial “Ring of Fire” Solar Eclipse Thursday Morning

The Eclipse Wasn't Noticeable in the Northland

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – The top of the world got a sunrise special “ring of fire” solar eclipse. This so-called annular eclipse began Thursday at the Canadian province of Ontario, then swept across Greenland, the North Pole, and finally Siberia. An annular eclipse occurs when a new moon is around its farthest point from us and appearing smaller. It…

Biking to Beat the Heat as Summer-like Temps Continue

Those over at Ski Hut on Fourth Street remind people just breaking out their bike to get a tune-up first.

DULUTH, Minn.- As cyclists across the Northland get out on the trails to take advantage of the summer-like weather, local bike shops want to remind people to get their bikes tuned up and looked over first. “Today on a bike it doesn’t feel all that hot here,” said biker Brian Mallory. That may be the case for bikers like Mallory,…

Keeping Animals in Mind During This Hot, Humid Weather Ahead

Animal Allies Humane Society Reminds Pet Owners to Use Caution as Temps Reach Upper 80s, 90s

DULUTH, Minn. – With temperatures soaring well into the upper 80s and low 90s this weekend and into next week, staff at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth want to remind the public, especially pet owners, of the danger hot weather can pose to pets. “Keep that air conditioning on if you do have to leave your pet in the…

Firefighters Share Grill Safety Tips Ahead of Summer Barbecue Season

Charcoal should also be stored in a dry area because if it gets wet and need to be dried charcoal can be heat sensitive.

DULUTH, Minn.- With Memorial Day being the unofficial kickoff to summer, many break out and fire up the grill for the season, so the Duluth Fire Department wants to remind the public of proper grill safety. According to state rules open flames are prohibited on decks of apartments with three or more dwelling units. Firefighters also say to be cautious…

Bears Come A-Knockin’ At Home In Superior’s Billings Park

SUPERIOR, Wis. — We’re all coming out of hibernation with the nicer weather, including a  family of bears in Superior’s Billings Park neighborhood. Ken Kurtz captured five black bears on his security camera and tried to scare them off the property by yelling through the mic on the camera while at his winter home in Palm Springs, California. But he…

Most of Duluth’s Natural Surface Trails Reopen After Closing Due to Wet Conditions

City staff ask trail users to observe proper trail etiquette and stewardship by respecting individual trail closures and avoiding any wet/muddy trails.

DULUTH, Minn.- The majority of natural surface trails in Duluth are now open and ready for public use, according to the City’s Parks and Recreation Division. City staff ask trail users to observe proper trail etiquette and stewardship by respecting individual trail closures and avoiding any wet/muddy trails. If you notice that you are leaving a footprint or bicycle tire…

Duluth’s Sustainability Officer Ready To Tackle City Council’s ‘Climate Emergency’ Declaration

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s sustainability officer, Mindy Granley, is applauding the city council’s declaration of a “climate emergency” and says she’s ready to take Duluth to the next level to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the city. Granley says the city will be creating an initial five-year “climate action plan,” which will be presented to the council by the…

UPDATE: Firefighters Investigating Cause, Watching for Hotspots on Highway 61 After Multiple Fires Saturday

The multiple fires have burned an estimated 45 acres, according to the the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center. 

  GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.- Hotspots along Highway 61 North of Silver Bay are still being monitored Sunday by fire crews from six different area fire departments, Minnesota DNR Fire and Air assets, and Lake County Rescue squad, among other responders. The cause remains under investigation. The multiple fires have burned an estimated 45 acres, according to the the Minnesota Interagency…

Marinas Getting Prepared for Summer

SUPERIOR, Wis.-As the temperatures warm up, local marinas are getting busy preparing boats. Over at Barker’s Island in Superior, they expect to be launching boats in a few weeks, as the ice is almost out of the harbor. Management says this is always a fun time of the year as it means summer will be here soon. “It’s always really…

City of Duluth Urges Proper Road Sand, Salt Disposal at Collection Sites

According to officials, this allows them to properly dispose it, and keep it out of the area's waterways

DULUTH, Minn.- As winter slowly wraps up, people may notice a lot of road sand in their sidewalks and boulevards pushed there by snow plows. Instead of just throwing it in the trash the City of Duluth is asking people deposit it at one of their road sand collection sites. According to officials, this allows them to properly dispose it,…

Skiers, Snowboarders Fill Spirit Mountain on Last Day of Season; Officials Excited for Summer Activities

After a much warmer winter coupled with financial hardships worsened by the pandemic, officials say Spirit has fared the roller coaster of a season well.

DULUTH, Minn.- Despite Sunday’s spring-like temperatures, many headed to the Northland’s slice of winter for Spirit Mountain’s last day of the season for skiers and snowboarders — one officials there called a roller-coaster. “We’ve got sunshine, we’ve got warm temps, we have smiling faces, families that are having a blast,” said Co-Director of Resort Services Jon Regenold. The last day…

Officials Want Public to Stay Safe During Spring Fire Season

The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for parts of northeastern Minnesota including in St. Louis and Carlton counties as gusty winds and low humidity means fires can spread quickly.

DULUTH, Minn. – The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for parts of northeastern Minnesota including in St. Louis and Carlton counties as gusty winds and low humidity means fires can spread quickly. Minnesota traditionally has two active fire seasons – once in the fall and once in the spring. The spring fire season starts as soon…

Unseasonable Warmth Brings Welcomed Boost for Duluth Breweries During Pandemic Winter

Staff at Ursa Minor and Blacklist Brewing say the warm weather is bringing many customers to sit outside, and inside.

DULUTH, Minn.- Small breweries across Duluth say the unseasonably warm temperatures — pushing 50 degrees in some places Sunday — has brought their businesses closer to normal than they’ve ever felt in the past year. “It has been nice to do things back to, quote-unquote, ‘normal,’” said Niki McArthur, Bartender and Pizza Oven Tender at Ursa Minor Brewing. It looked…

COVID-Adapted American Birkebeiner Skis On

The course is closed to spectators to avoid spreading Coronavirus, and skiers can participate virtually.

CABLE , Wis.- The 47th American Birkebeiner Ski Race, the largest cross-country ski race in North America and third largest in the world, began in a completely new way Wednesday. Skiers for each race started in waves over five days in Cable, Wisconsin. Participants who come from across the globe can still take part virtually if they couldn’t make it…

Burst Pipe Sends Water Gushing Through Skywalk, Into Greysolon Plaza

According to Duluth Fire Crews, no one was injured or displaced from Greysolon.

DULUTH, Minn.- A scare at Duluth’s Greysolon plaza on East Superior Street downtown on Tuesday, after water came gushing into part of the building and out onto the alley behind, a burst water pipe in the Skywalk to blame. According to Duluth Fire Crews, no one was injured or displaced as a result of this. The recent extreme cold, coupled…

Warming House at Bayfront Ice Rink Opens for the Season

25 people are now allowed inside at a time, social distancing markers are on the benches.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Warming House at the Bayfront Park Ice Rink is back open for the season — with limited capacity. 25 people are now allowed inside at a time, social distancing markers are on the benches. The Parks and Rec. Department hopes the opening encourages more people to use the outdoor space. “The ice is usually very nice, and…

Extreme Cold Keeping Some Property Managers Busy with Repairs on Houses, Apartments

At ShipRock Management maintenance staff offers to check on homes when tenants are away, to catch cold weather damage before it escalates.

DULUTH, Minn.- The recent arctic weather has been harder on homes in the area, especially Duluth’s older, more heat-inefficient houses and apartments. And some property managers say they’re finding their hands full with maintenance. At ShipRock Management, maintenance staff says their 10 full-time crew members have been working around the clock to combat frozen water lines and drains. “This past…

With Cold Temps, Experts Say Watch for Frozen Pipes and Faulty Windows or Doors

During cold weather conditions, it’s important to make sure you’re watching out for things like frozen pipes, and faulty windows or doors.

DULUTH, Minn.- The temps are expected to remain frigid over the coming days, which may have an impact on your home. During cold weather conditions, it’s important to make sure you’re watching out for things like frozen pipes, and faulty windows or doors. Once you discover that your pipes are frozen, be sure to call a plumber as soon as…

Extreme Cold Frightful for Humans, Delightful for Animals at Zoo

According to Lake Superior Zookeepers, their animals are no strangers to climates like this.

DULUTH, Minn.- While humans have to take extra safety measures in this extreme cold, many animals at the Lake Superior Zoo love to be outside – but with windchills this low, things like frostbite are a still a danger, regardless of species. “Most all of the animals that we have here if they’re outside this is gonna be similar to…

Duluth City Crews Tackle 5 Water Main Breaks In Less Than 72 Hours

DULUTH, Minn. – Officials with the city of Duluth said crews have dealt with five water main breaks in less than 72 hours. The most recent break happened Sunday evening on the 2800-block of Hagberg Street in the Piedmont neighborhood. As of around 9:30 p.m., a city spokesperson said “crews have shut off the water and are in the process…

School Closings, Delays: Monday, Feb. 8, 2021

The following cancellations or delays have been reported to FOX 21 for Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 Bessemer Area School District – Closed Drummond Area School District – Closed (no after-school activities or virtual classes) Hayward Schools – Closed South Shore School District – Closed Lakeview Christian Academy – 2 hour delay Lake Superior School District – 2 hour delay (Two…

Lack of Snow Leaving Many Northland Snowmobile Trails in Poor Condition

According to the Minnesota DNR, many of the trails around Duluth are labeled "poor."

DULUTH, Minn.- It would seem Mother Nature is not keeping up with the pandemic-fueled demand to get outside and try new winter activities, as a winter lacking in snow has made an ugly scene and poor conditions on Northland ski and snowmobile trails. “We’ve been a little short on snow,” said Rob Waksdahl, Groomer Operator with the Duluth Drift Toppers….

Local Videogame, Book Stores Busy as More Crave At-Home Entertainment

Games Then and Now and The Bookstore at Fitger's are experiencing boosts in sales recently.

DULUTH/SUPERIOR- With so many still schooling and working from home, entertainment has also had to happen at home — so local businesses offering activities like videogames and books are seeing an influx in customers. “As you can see when you guys came in it was constant people in and out of here,” said Jason Matic. co-owner of Games Then and…

Tubing Season at Spirit Mountain Slides in with Blizzard Snow

Duluth's Christmas Eve Blizzard brought with it the perfect weather for tubing.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Northland’s recent snowstorm, while a nuisance for some, was perfect to usher in the tubing season at Spirit Mountain. “The tubing hill’s fun,” said Jon Regenold, co-director of Resort Services. “You hear laughter and smiles all over the place. And then the ride is exhilarating too.” As of Tuesday those looking for a winter thrill a bit…

Eastridge Community Church Takes Christmas Eve Services Outside

DULUTH, Minn. – Members of the Eastridge Community Church bundled up and came together outside for Christmas Eve worship services. Bonfires were set up, along with candle light and a message of hope and renewal. Senior Pastor Thomas Asbury said Christmas services are some of the biggest events of the year for the church, so they decided COVID and the…

Blizzard Causes ‘Extensive Damage’ At Bentleyville; Clean-Up Volunteers Needed

Volunteers can start showing up at Bentleyville at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

DULUTH — The drive-thru version of Bentleyville Tour of Lights suffered “extensive damage” during Wednesday’s blizzard in Duluth, according to a post on the Bentleyville Facebook page late Wednesday. “We are asking any and all people that are able to assist Bentleyville, starting at 9:30 am on Thursday. We are in GREAT NEED of help to be able to try…

Local Businesses Prepare as Blizzard Hits Twin Ports

DULUTH, Minn.– It was a winter wonderland Wednesday in Duluth. But while it’s keeping some people indoors for the time being, a handful of local businesses are geared up for their time to shine during the blizzard. Starting on Wednesday afternoon, Duluth was hit with its first significant winter storm of the season. “Well, I guess officially winter’s here I…

City of Duluth Issues ‘No Travel Advisory’ During Blizzard Warning

DULUTH, Minn. (Press Release) – Starting immediately, the City of Duluth in coordination with the National Weather Service in Duluth are issuing a no travel advisory until further notice. The National Weather Service of Duluth recently issued a blizzard warning for Duluth, and thus the City is asking residents not to travel unless it is an emergency. The City will…

Heavy Snow and Strong Winds Today and Tomorrow

The most significant snowstorm of the season will be passing through the Northland bringing heavy snowfall and strong winds today and tonight.    During the early morning hours today, we will likely have a wintry mix of rain, snow and freezing rain.  Winds will be calm and temperatures will be in the low 30s. Between 9 and 11 am the precipitation…

Duluth Photographer Captures ‘Once-In-A-Lifetime’ Bobcat Experience

DULUTH, Minn. — Mike Mayou, of Mike Mayou MM Photography, captured some amazing drone video of a family of bobcats hanging out along the St. Louis River Wednesday. “I stumbled upon a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Down by the St. Louis River, I noticed a few creatures moving across the ice. After flying a drone over to investigate, I discovered that there…

Skiers, Snowboarders Excited to Hit the Reopened Spirit Mountain Slopes

After a summer spent closed, Spirit Mountain reopened Thanksgiving weekend and was filled with excited guests.

DULUTH, Minn- Spirit Mountain reopened Friday after months closed due to financial woes caused by both the coronavirus pandemic and past financial struggles, and Northland winter sport lovers couldn’t wait to get back on the slopes. “We get this every winter,” Co-Director of Resort Services Jon Regenold said. “This is normal every winter, skiers and boarders are ready to get…

Duluthians Dig Out After Overnight Snowfall

Under a Duluth city ordinance, property owners with a public sidewalk are required to remove snow from that sidewalk within 24 hours after a snow fall.

DULUTH, Minn. – Several inches of snow fell in Duluth overnight and some residents spent the morning digging out. Those without snow blowers spent a little extra time shoveling  and one Lakeside resident was even helping clear off a neighbor’s sidewalk. “We try to help out our neighbors who might not have an easy of a time shoveling their walkways….

National Weather Service, Dept. of Public Safety Promote Winter Hazard Awareness Week

The two organizations are advertising a few lists on their website that can be helpful to prepare for winter before it happens.

DULUTH, Minn. – The National Weather Service and Minnesota Department of Public Safety are promoting Winter Hazard Awareness Week across Minnesota and Wisconsin. The two organizations are advertising a few lists on their website that can be helpful to prepare for winter before it happens. They have included a list of supplies for your vehicle and ways to check to…

Fire Pit Overlook from 1930s Restored for Community Use by City of Superior

The original 1930s era Stone Council Circle is found at the end of Girl Scout Point in the Billings Park neighborhood. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- An almost 100-year-old outdoor gathering spot in Superior is now open to the public again after being newly restored. According to Superior Mayor Jim Paine, Stone Council Circle was quietly restored all-year long by the Parks Department, and finished this summer. The original 1930s era structure is found at the end of Girl Scout Point in the Billings…

Rambler Food Truck Helps Life House Collect Winter Supply Donations

The food truck gave free food to anyone who donated coats, socks, hats, gloves, or toiletries like toothpaste, body wash, or deodorant. 

DULUTH, Minn.- On the last day of their season, the Northland’s Rambler Food Truck, decided to lend a hand to a local winter supply drive. The food truck parked outside of Life House in Downtown Duluth, giving free food to anyone who donates coats, socks, hats, gloves, or toiletries like toothpaste, body wash, or deodorant. Rambler staff say before they…

Advocates Pitch Tents Outside Duluth City Hall to Call Action to Homelessness

Local organizations gathered the crowd to raise awareness of the growing number of people sleeping on the streets.

DULUTH, Minn.- A different type of rally Monday filled the lawns outside Duluth City Hall with tents symbolizing the homeless population, which advocates hope speak louder than words or signs. “I want city council and the mayor and all of city government to look at these tents out here and realize that these tents represent just a fraction of the…

Ministry Group Raises Money for Hurricane Relief Down South

Jesus is Life Ministries will be in the Hobby Lobby parking lot until Sunday raising money to bring supplies to Florida and Alabama.

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluth church is once again collecting donations to give aid and supplies to those impacted by the hurricanes that have decimated the Southern United States. Every year Jesus is Life Ministries raises money in parking lots of various stores on Miller Hill. They will be in the Hobby Lobby parking lot until Sunday when they go to…

Duluth Police Advise Slow, Cautious Driving Ahead of More Snow

Police also remind drivers to leave room behind other to provide enough distance to brake in slippery conditions.

DULUTH, Minn.- As the Northland prepares for another blast of snow officials with the Duluth Police Department want to remind people that driving is going to have to change with the road conditions. They say that when there’s snow, drive slow. Many road accidents can be avoided just by doing that, they say, especially with Duluth’s hilly terrain. Police also…

‘Snow’ Place Like Home: Early Big Blast of Winter Brings Northlanders Out

The few inches that fell Tuesday was enough to blanket cars, driveways, parks -- pretty much everything.

DULUTH, Minn.- Whether enjoying the freshly fallen snow, clearing it off or preparing for more to come, Northlanders were out and about after the first big snowfall of the season. It was beginning to look a lot like winter at Leif Erickson Park Tuesday evening, the falling snow obscuring the Aerial Lift Bridge in the distance. But that didn’t stop…

St. Louis County Plow Drivers Gear Up for First Heavy Snowfall

"You just never know what mother nature throws at us but whatever it is we're ready for, ready for the challenge," a county plow worker said.

DULUTH, Minn.- As much of the Northland is gearing up for Tuesday’s dumping of snow, St. Louis County plow crews say they’re ready to roll out. The County’s 34-truck fleet got their plow wings Monday, the last part the trucks are outfitted with ahead of the first snow. According to District Maintenance Superintendent Gordy Halverson, all of the sand and…