Weather in the News

Tips To Keep Your Home Safe In Extreme Cold

Furnace Failure & Bursting Pipes Becomes An Issue In Extended Cold Snap

TWIN PORTS — The cold effects not only how we feel but also how we live. Here are some tips to keep you and your home safe and warm. “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best!” said Service Tech Gartner Refrigeration Company Dave Duffy. “Have it checked on a regular basis to try and catch a potential problem…

Brand New State-Of-The-Art HD Sports Simulators Arrive In The Northland!

The Caddy Shack Offers Unique Experiences To Drink & Play

WEST DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures the cold has kept us looking for indoor fun and The Caddy Shack has brand new state of the art indoor sports simulators! Private rooms offer Golf Simulators of course but now they also offer a Soccer Simulator, Hockey Simulator and a Laser Shot HD Simulator that has… Six different handguns…

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…

The Lake Superior Ice Festival Cometh

Snow Slide is Up as City Gears Up

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Every year the Lake Superior Ice Festival promises to be bigger and better, showing that cold and snow doesn’t keep Northlanders inside, but brings them outside in a big way. A fan favorite at the free festival, the big snow slide is already up, towering over Barker’s Island Marina. Attendees this year have some new attractions to look…

Skiing, Skating and Snowshoeing by Candlelight

13th Annual Event Held in Cold Temps

DULUTH, Minn.- In true Northland fashion, families bundled up and took to the ice-cold outside at Hartley Nature Center. The Center hosted their 13th Annual Candlelight Ski, Skate and Snowshoe event. Families could enjoy fat biking and snowshoe hiking on a trail adorned with lights, skate on Hartley Pond, or share some hot chocolate at the yurt. Organizers say, when…

As Warming Center Opens, Concerns Arise

Homeless Persons Bill of Rights Coalition Writes Letter to City

DULUTH, Minn.-  Thursday night marked not only the beginning of extreme cold, but the opening of a new warming center in Duluth. Five people occupied warming center on the 5800 Block of Grand Avenue in West Duluth on Thursday. While the city and the Homeless Persons Bill of Rights coalition, or HPBR, both consider that a victory, HPBR wants to…

“Super Wolf Blood Moon” This Weekend!

Viewing Times For The Northland (Weather & Cloud Cover Permitting)

Get your telescopes ready Northland! Sky-watchers will have a front-row seat to a rare cosmic event, as three lunar phenomena come together and give rise to a ‘Super Wolf Blood Moon’ on Sunday night! So what is all of that? Let me break it down for you… Super Moon: Is when the moon is closest to Earth and appears much…

Lungplus Helps You Breathe Warm During Arctic Blasts

Active Adventures: Ways To Stay Active Outside During Cold Snaps

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures we introduce you to Lungplus! Lungplus is a device you place in your mouth and it aids in warming your entire body, so that you can still go outside in the below zero temperatures! It also helps you breathe easier. It also helps you with colds, throat pain, dry cough and will…

Letter Carriers Deliver Mail in the Bitter Cold

Carriers say the key to stay warm is dressing in layers

DULUTH, Minn. – All over the Northland people are working outside in the bitter cold. Letter carriers have to be prepared for all weather conditions, but one USPS employee says extreme cold is her least favorite. She tells us they key to staying warm is being prepared and wearing plenty of layers. “I have three pairs of pants on, I…

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….

Kick Sled Rentals At Hartley Nature Center

Active Adventures: Local Winter Rentals From Snowshoes, Skiis & Kick Sleds

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures Brittney Merlot takes us to Hartley Nature Center where you can rent a bunch of different winter equipment. This varies from traditional and metal snowshoes, cross country skiis and kick sleds! Categories: Active Adventures, Community, Entertainment, Features, News, News – Latest News, Weather in the News Tags: Hartley Nature Center, merlot weather,…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Warming Up the Homeless

Ruth House Opens as Warming Center

SUPERIOR, Wis.- As the frigid air of night sets in, the question of where to sleep enters the minds of the homeless in Duluth and Superior. Places like CHUM or Solid Rock often fill up quickly, leaving them with almost no options. Until now. The Ruth House in Superior is offering warmth, and care, to anyone who needs it during Northland…

Enjoy The Outdoors & Try New Winter Activities At Bluefin Bay On Lake Superior

Active Adventures: Skiing, Snowshoeing, Yaktrack Rentals and More To Get You Outdoors!

TOFTE, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we take you to Bluefin Bay Resorts on Lake Superior! They offer free rentals of skis, snowshoes, yaktraks and more with your stay at the resort! Temperance River State Park is 2 miles away and it’s a great option to get out and test out a new outdoor activity without having to…

The First Meteor Shower of the Year Peaks Tonight

The Quadrantid Meteor Shower Will Be Visible By The Northland Overnight

DULUTH, Minn. — The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks tonight, one of the best annual shows in the night sky, according to NASA. A moonless night should help our chances to see it between midnight and dawn, but location is also a factor with this one-night-only meteor shower peak. Those in the Northern Hemisphere, especially Europe and the surrounding areas, will…

Lake Temperature Data Unavailable Due To Government Shutdown

The Partial Government Shutdown Is Affecting The Northland Directly, Especially Meteorologists

DULUTH, Minn. — With the partial Government Shutdown still underway the affects are being felt here in the Northland, even by local Meteorologists as they forecast this winter weather. First things first says Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot, “As a Meteorologist an important reading we need this time of year is the water temperature. It helps us determine lake effect…

MnDOT Says Prepare for Dangerous Roads

Extreme Cold Will Freeze, Making Driving Treacherous for New Years Eve

DULUTH, Minn.- On top of not driving under the influence, the freezing temperatures on the way spell double trouble for drivers late tonight. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has had their hands full with the new snow already, and officials said the extreme cold will make their job even harder. “The chemicals don’t work as well when it’s this cold, so…

Build A Community Of Snowmen!

Northland Gets Hit With More Snow, So Build A Snowman!

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are grabbing a handful of snow and rolling it into a community of snowmen across the Northland, one snowball at a time! Join Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot for her tips and tricks on how to quickly create the perfect snowman or snowoman! Send her your pictures after you’ve built yours, she…

Dangerous Snow Covered & Icy Roads: After Heavy Snowfall & Flash Freeze Overnight

Lake Effect Continues To Pile Up & Cold Air Surges In

DULUTH, Minn. — Overnight the Northland experienced a heavy dumping of wet snow as our temperatures dropped below freezing. All of the slush and water on the roads froze and became solid ice. Driving this morning was a headache to say the least and plows have been clearing the streets around Duluth, but travel is not advised on HWY 2…

Duluth Library’s Winter Job: Part Time Movie Theater

Movies in the Library Caters to Kids Home on Break

DULUTH, Minn.- Not all families can make it to the slopes for skiing. Parents with jobs, or lack of ski-lodge money can make it difficult to entertain kids on Winter Break, so the Duluth Public Library has got a free solution. Movies at the Library allows kids of all ages to come and watch a family friendly movie with other…

When Snow Falls and Piles, the Northland Skis and Snowboards

Spirit Mountain Hectic with Skiers and Snowboarders on Break

DULUTH, Minn.-The flakes are falling, which means winter has officially arrived in the Northland, and no one is happier about it than the skiers and snowboarders of Spirit Mountain. Hundreds flocked to the popular winter destination on Thursday. Left and right, the “crunch” of boots trudging through snow, and the “choom” of snowboards wedging into the snow create a winter…

Balsam Bough Harvesting: Make Your Own Wreath!

Active Adventures: Harvesting Boughs And Assembling A Holiday Wreath

SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot takes us deep into the woods to collect balsam boughs! Then we head inside to learn how to assemble your own wreath! A permit is required for collecting balsam boughs and can picked up at the district DNR offices for $25. Minnesota is a leader in…

Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree!

Active Adventures: Hike Into The Superior National Forest For A Family Tradiation!

SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures 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…

Unseasonable Warmth Brings Duluth Outside

High Temps Mean Comfortable Outdoor Fun

DULUTH, Minn.- Despite how the song goes, it’s beginning to look anything but like a White Christmas. Unseasonably warm weather is gripping the Northland, with temperatures reaching nearly 50  degrees today. Quite a few spots around Duluth were bustling with folks living it up in the hot winter sun. If you took a look at the thermometer in your car,…

Little Snow Doesn’t Bury Plow Sales

Unlike Clothing and Hardware, Snow Plow Sales Increase

DULUTH, Minn.- With temperatures on the rise, and snow missing from the picturesque “Northland Winter” scene, some businesses are noticing a decline in sales of hardware and winter clothing. But the plows are still flying off the shelves. Snow plow retailers have been soaking up the sun. At Bears Heavy Duty Parts and Accessories, they’ve seen sales double since last…

Nordic Trail Conditions Not Ideal But Skiers Still Out

Skiers say about three or four more inches of snow are needed for ideal conditions

DULUTH, Minn. – Nordic ski trail conditions are not what many skiers hoped for. The Snowflake Nordic Center in Duluth has about 95% snow coverage on their trails but they’d like to be 100%. The manager there tells us hard-core skiers are out but more snow is needed for the season to really take off. “Ideally I’d like to get…

How Many Steps Does It Take? Bentleyville Tour of Lights

Fox 21's Brittney Merlot Takes Us Through Bentleyville For A Beautiful & Bright Active Adventures

DULUTH, Minn. — Looking for ways to get those extra steps in during the holiday season? Take a walk through Bentleyville! In this weeks Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot takes us through the tour of lights – joined by Mayor Bentleyville’s daughter, underneath the 128-foot tree! We chat about what it takes to put on the big light show,…

Winter Village Packed Away for Next Year

Annual Two-Day Event Wraps Up

DULUTH, Minn.-Winter Village at Glensheen Mansion was another hit, attracting roughly 20,000 people over the two-day event. The annual event gives small businesses a chance to show off their holiday goods to the masses. On Sunday crews were busy taking down lights, leaving their wooden cabins, and packing up. “It’s encouraging to see the businesses participate and the visitors come…

Snocross Crosses Finish Line

AMSOIL Snocross Wraps Up

DULUTH, Minn.- Another year in the books for the AMSOIL Snocross National at Spirit Mountain. The three-day competition wrapped up on Sunday. Despite the track getting heavily rained on on Friday, the President of the AMSOIL Snocross said the crowds remained strong, cheering on their favorite racers. “For the weather, the rain on Friday, attendance was great all 3 days,”…

Rain Didn’t Soak the Snocross

Friday's Rain Didn't Impact Snow Sport Competition

DULUTH, Minn.-  Our little bout with rain Friday night did not put a dent in the AMSOIL Snocross competition at Spirit Mountain. They’re still going hard as their 27th year continues. Organizers say, a little rain doesn’t stop the cheers at this massive snow sport event. “Y’know, it’s wet and sugary bu at the same time every racer has to race…

BRAPP! BRAPP! Snocross Rips Through Duluth This Weekend

Active Adventures: Brittney Merlot Chats With The Pro's As They Practice For Snocross Opening Weekend & Takes The Sled Out For A Spin!

AURORA, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures, Brittney Merlot takes us to a small Minnesota town to a practice track made for Snocross Pro’s! We caught up with Corin Todd to chat about this weekends Amsoil Championship Snocross Opener and he even let Brittney take the sled out for a spin. Check it out! Categories: Active Adventures, Community, Entertainment,…

As Temps Drop, CHUM Proposes Warming Centers

CHUM Asks Council to Consider Proposal As Their Space Decreases

DULUTH, Minn.- As the extreme cold starts setting in, finding a warm, safe place to sleep becomes a serious, and even deadly challenge for Duluth’s homeless community. According to CHUM, more warm shelter options are needed in the city of Duluth, especially during a deep freeze. Last winter, 42 nights dropped below zero. In those conditions, it can take only…

Skip the Gym & Hit the ICE!

Active Adventures: Adult Open Skate Ice Skating At Heritage Sports Center Provides A Great Workout

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures we are ice skating with Meteorologist Brittney Merlot at Duluth’s Heritage Sports Center! It’s a great indoor workout, affordable and for adults only! Check out all the fun Fox 21 had out on the ice in the video above. LOCATION: Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Sports Center COST: $4.00 per adult or a…

Winter Weather Hiking At Amnicon Falls

Head Outside For A Hike, Regardless Of The Snow & Colder Temperatures!

SOUTH RANGE, Wisc. — In this weeks Active Adventures we are headed outside for a hike, regardless of the snow and colder temperatures arriving! This only means State Parks become less crowded and beautiful! Join Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot on a hike through the park to see the beautiful falls! Don’t worry, being active in the chilly temperatures, will keep…

Raising Funds to Ski Hills

Chester Bowl Fundraiser at Clyde Iron Works

DULUTH, Minn.- With cold and snow beginning to move in, skiers and snowboarders are anxious to hit the hills at places like Chester Bowl in Duluth. But that sport, comes with a cost. Which is why hundreds packed Clyde Iron Works Thursday night, for the 11th Annual Skis, Suds and Slices fundraiser. Money raised will support scholarships for the ski…

Some Like it Rainy, Some Like it Snowy

Rain by Lake, Snow Inland

DULUTH, Minn.-The Twin Ports was pulled two different ways today. Shoppers at Miller Hill Mall were taken by surprise by the immense snowfall, while those by the lake were treated to an all too familiar sight: wind and rain. In Canal Park waves crashed ashore, reaching heights of 10–14 feet, drowning parts of the sidewalk underwater. Yet that didn’t stop…

Yarn Harbor Warms Up the City

Yarn Store Holds Charity Event

DULUTH, Minn.- For many of us, bundling up in the winter is second nature. But it’s a luxury not everyone can afford. The staff at Yarn Harbor hope to change that. After collecting donations over the past few months, today they “yarn bombed” different spots around Duluth. People could come in and pick up donated hats, mittens, and scarves to…

Lake Superior Strengthened by Recent Storms

Lake Levels Risen After Heavy Participation

DULUTH, Minn.-  Last month’s storms had a big impact on Lake Superior. Her water levels have increased dramatically, and the Gales of November could increase levels even more. According to Minnesota Sea Grant, the direct precipitation from those recent storms, coupled with global warming, have brought water levels up 12 in. higher than average for this time of year. As…

Northland Winter Weather Outlook 2018-2019

Wondering What This Northland Winter Has In Store? Check Out The Fox 21 Weather Teams Forecast

DULUTH, Minn. – Halloween is right around the corner.  Along with the parties, kids are getting ready for trick-or-treating.  But, Northlanders know that the weather can very well be more of a trick rather than a treat. Last year, just in time for Halloween weekend, more than ten inches of snow fell in Duluth.  While an inconvenience, that pales in…

Local Church Lends Helping Hand to Hurricane Victims

Jesus is Life Ministries Plans Trip to Hurricane Effected Areas

DULUTH, Minn- For the 5th year in a row, one Northland church is stepping up to provide disaster aid and relief. Jesus is Life World Ministries is now accepting donations of food, water, money, and other supplies. On November 8th they will go to the Carolinas and Panama City, Florida, to help victims of Hurricane Florence and Michael. “When I watched…

Give the Gift of Warmth at UWS

Cold Weather Clothing Drive Starts Today

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The Northland is known for its rough winter, and now people can get some help bundling up, thanks to UWS. Starting today they are accepting donations of new or gently used hats, gloves, scarves and winter jackets from, and for, anyone on campus or the surrounding community. “Our primary goal is #1 to meet our students’ needs,” said Senior…

Duluth Declares Disaster Area

Federal Aid Being Sought for Lakewalk Damages

DULUTH, Minn.- The Saint Louis County Board has declared a “state of local disaster area” in Duluth after the October 10th storm. That declaration was made in order to help the city get needed funding for repairs along the lakewalk, along with numerous other spots along the shoreline. The total cost of damages sits at $18.4 million right now after an…

Blessing from a Bar for Hurricane Michael Victims

Carmody's Irish Pub Holds Fundraiser

DULUTH, Minn.- With beer on every table and football on every TV, it looks like a typical Sunday at Carmody’s Irish Pub. But today is no ordinary Sunday, and these are no ordinary patrons. “It’s really nice that everybody paid attention to the invitation and came out to see us,” said Jonathan Lee. Newlywed Duluth natives Jonathan Lee and Jessica…

Get Lost In A Corn Maze!

Oulu Wisconsin Features A Corn Maze, Flashlight & Haunted Maze, Games, Barn Animals, Snacks & Prizes!

OULU, Wis. — In this week’s Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot gets us lost in a corn maze!  Just a short 40 minute ride from Duluth/Superior or 45 minutes from Ashland or Hayward. The field is tucked away in beautiful Bayfield county on Ken Johnson’s farm. When you get there, go right into the barn and get your ticket…

Storm Damages Boats, Sends One Into Duluth Harbor

DULUTH, Minn.- The raging water of Lake Superior knows no bounds. It doesn’t recognize that the dock is where boats are to be kept, safe and secure. The bobbing stern of a boat reads “Wild Water.” That boat lived up to its name, rocking back and forth violently with its peers at the pier by Lakehead Boat Basin. The dock fights…