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Some Local Businesses Welcome the Snow

Snow Removal Companies and Food Delivery Drivers Count on Winter Precipitation

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A lot of snow fell on the No rthland over the past few days, and people are still digging an plowing their way out. A lot of snow removal companies love seeing snow, but they’d prefer if it didn’t fall all at once. Core Landscaping and AA Roll-off in Superior has had workers out all day and…

Northalnders dig way out of snow as it falls

Kevin Bowditch actually likes it

DULUTH, Minn. – With the snow piling up pretty nicely, people have been shoveling away on this President’s Day. Digging out, clearing pathways, all common as the snow just hasn’t let up for some. And for Northlander Kevin Bowditch, it’s no big thing. He actually likes all this snow. “It’s just kind of something to do. I enjoy shoveling. Always…

Snow Emergency Declared in Washburn

Snow Emergency Declared in Ashland as Well

WASHBURN, Wis.-A snow emergency has been declared in Washburn, Wis. It begins at 8 p.m. tonight. According to the city’s Facebook page, “a snow emergency means that all vehicles must be removed from all city streets, alleys, and parking lots. This snow emergency will remain in effect until further notice.” UPDATE: A snow emergency has also been declared in Ashland, which began…

How The Weather Impacted The Beargrease Trail Conditions

Cold Temperatures, Strong Winds & Snow Fell As The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Took Place

DULUTH, Minn — The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon wrapped up this morning at Billy’s Bar. The mushers and the dogs became one with mother nature as they spent 3 days out in the elements. Eager to get inside and rest up. Meteorologist Brittney Merlot talked with the top 2 finishers about the trail conditions and how important the speed…

Blue Moon, Super Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse Rolled into One

Some call it a “super blue blood moon.”

In this Aug. 28, 2007, file photo, the moon takes on different orange tones during a lunar eclipse seen from Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The moon is providing a rare triple treat this week. On Wednesday, much of the world will get to see not only a blue moon and a super moon,…

Floodwaters Peak in Paris

The waters are expected to stay unusually high for days or weeks.

The banks of river Seine are flooded in Paris, France, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. Floodwaters have reached a peak in Paris and are now threatening towns downstream along the rain-engorged Seine River. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) 1/5 The banks of river Seine are flooded in Paris, France, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. (AP Photo) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5 The banks of…

Lake Superior Water Level Nears Record High

Next Year's Level Could Be As High or Higher

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior water levels hit near record highs last year. This year, experts predict the lake levels could be just as high or higher. Lake Superior water levels were about a foot above normal last year. The high levels are better for shipping but can have negative effects on the shoreline. According to experts, the October storm…

Snow Drifts Pile High In Ashland

Strong Winds Monday Created Snow Dunes Along The Chequamagon Bayfront.

ASHLAND, Wis. — U.S. Highway 2 between State Highway 13 north in the town of Eileen and State Highway 112 in Ashland is re-opened, cleared and traffic is moving along just fine today. It was declared impassable on Monday afternoon as winds rushed across the frozen bay at 30-40mph and created blizzard-like white out conditions, deteriorating visibility quickly. Roads also…

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…

Staying Safe and Active in the Cold

How to keep your furry friend and you warm in the winter.

DULUTH, Minn.- These cold temperatures are just another Minnesota winter, which can’t stop you from mountain biking and cross country skiing. Eve Graves is a specialist about the cold and gave us the low down of what to do in low temperatures. Eve’s first tip is to use a device called Lung Plus, it’s a winter breathing solution. You place…

Snow Storm Doesn’t Stop The DTA

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Public Transportation was not effected by Thursday’s weather. Northlanders can count on the everyday routes even in heavy snowfall. Officials say driving the 30,000 pound bus equipped with snow tires is just like any day on the job for drivers. “Obviously some operators are going to be more experienced in these conditions than others and often…

Working in Winter Conditions

Many Northlanders face the cold everyday, are you doing what you can to avoid frostbite?

DULUTH, Minn.– This winter has been extremely cold so far in the Northland. While some are bundling up avoiding the outdoors others braving chilly temperatures at work. “It’s a battle but we’ve been through it before,” Krause Anderson Construction Mark Burdick said. Many workers around the Northland clock in, spending their workday outside in freezing temperatures.  One construction worker told…

Cold Roadways Could Be More Dangerous Than They Look

MnDOT Officials Warn that Road Salt Doesn't Melt Snow and Ice in Extreme Cold

DULUTH, Minn. – MnDOT officials are saying just because roadways look clear of ice and snow, they may be more dangerous than they appear. When temperatures drop below fifteen degrees, salt stops being effective in melting snow. In colder conditions, MnDOT mostly relies on sand to provide traction on icy roads. They also use potassium acetate on bridges, tunnels, and…

Firefighter Discusses Cold Weather Concerns

Extra Precautions Are Taken When Fighting Fires in the Cold

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Sub zero temperatures can be dangerous for anyone outside for very long. Firefighters have to do their job in all kinds of extreme conditions including dangerously cold weather. They recommend not going outside unless you need to and wearing as many layers as possible. The Superior Fire Department takes extra precautions when battling flames in the cold….

Adventure Zone busy during cold snap

Families look for inside fun thanks to these freezing temps

DULUTH, Minn. – With kids also out of school during this cold snap, cabin fever is also growing. Adventure Zone in Canal Park is a popular spot for kids and their families. It features all kinds of activities to keep those kid’s attention, and again, with the bitter cold outside, being inside is also a plus. “We have a two–level…

How to Keep Vehicles Running Smooth in Freezing Temps

Drivers typically notice car battery problems in extreme temperatures.

DULUTH, Minn.- Its below freezing is the Northland, the chilling temperatures might make you want to bundle up inside. This cold of weather can also make your vehicle not want to move either. Auto repair shops are receiving many calls today from Northlanders struggling starting up their vehicles. The Automedics in Duluth is offering up some tips to help ensure…

Spirits High At Spirit Mountain With Strong Start To Winter

DULUTH, Minn. – The blast snow on Wednesday and continued cold air are a welcomed signs for Spirit Mountain after a few tough and mild winters. Executive Director Brandy Ream said the mountain’s winter operations are moving into its fifth weekend. She says that’s one of the earliest season openings and comes with an uptick in season passes. “We’re lining…

Gales Of December Rock The South Shore

High Winds Created Massive Waves And Churned Up Lake Superior

PORT WING, Wis. — High winds battered the Northland today but the Lake Superior Shorelines felt the worst of it. “It’s very windy! Very blustery!” explained the owner of South Shore Bar, Holly Wyant. The winds howled at 20-30mph sustained today, with gusts up to 40mph at times. The lake was under a Storm Warning until 10am and a Gale…

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…

MnDOT Reminds Northlanders to Prepare for Winter Conditions

They Warn to Keep Up to Date with Weather Conditions and Check Tire Tread

DULUTH, Minn. – According to MnDOT officials, many of their ninety-one plows in Northeastern Minnesota are out and ready to begin clearing roadways. This year, they’re doing something different: using a more expensive but faster acting compound called potassium acidate bridges and tunnels. Plowing started during the afternoon hours in the International Falls area and is expected to continue throughout…

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…

Property Owners Patching-Up after Winter Storm

One local city is slowly recovering from Lake Superior's furious waves

ASHLAND, Wis.- Weather in the Northland has been relatively calm recently, but some Northlanders are still trying to catch–up after the impacts of the season’s first big storm. The furious storm that tore through the Northland on October 27th left significant damage in Ashland. Lake Superior waves reached 15 feet high, with winds 35 to 40 mph. “It was not pretty,…

2017-2018 Winter Weather Outlook From Fox 21’s Weather Team

Find Out What To Expect This Winter Season

Part of keeping you prepared for any winter weather situation is being informed about what is expected to come. That is one mission the National Weather Service and us here at FOX strive for… “During winter we have issued different types of advisories and warnings  to let people know what’s going to happen and it could get kind of confusing …

Coats for Kids Helps Twin Ports Residents in Need

The Superior Salvation Army is distributing coats this week to help those in need.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s getting chillier in the Northland, but thanks to one local organization Twin Ports residents in need have access to winter gear. The Superior Salvation Army is hosting Coats for Kids Wednesday through Friday. Community members were asked to donate coats, which will be distributed this week. The event is for the whole family with coats for infants…

Preparing for Firearm Deer Hunting Season Opener

Hunting shops are busy with Northlanders preparing for deer hunting.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Many Northlanders making final preparations before Minnesota firearm deer hunting opener takes place bright and early Saturday morning. Many hunters have already spotted bucks on their trail cams. With all the excitement, hunters need to remember the essentials.  Many popular items bought from Fisherman’s Corner in preparation for the season are; scope protectors, hand warmers, and water proofing…

Duluth Assessing Storm Damages Cost

The city of Duluth is assessing damages from Friday's storm.

DULUTH, Minn.- Friday’s storm pummeled the Lake Superior shore with massive waves, the city is busy picking up the pieces. The total dollar amount of the damages is unknown. The city is currently assessing the damages, which will be announced in the next couple of days. If the damages exceed the State threshold of $368,000 seventy five percent of the…

Storm Damage Closes Parts of Lakewalk

Brighton Beach Closed Due to Storm Damage

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday’s snowstorm brought devastation to Duluth and this weekend FOX 21 got a first look at the damage left behind. The City of Duluth has been forced to close down parts of two popular attractions. At Duluth’s lakewalk, parts of the boardwalk have been completely ripped up, benches damaged and rocks have taken over what was once…

City Roads Ready for Winter

The roads are clear right now, but soon Northlanders will have their first snowy drive of the season.

DULTUH, Minn.- The first snowfall can be excited, but it requires some extra attention on the road. The roads are clear right now, but soon Northlanders will have their first snowy drive of the season. The city of Duluth is prepared for the conditions. Trucks started off the morning laying black top to fill potholes, within a couple hours its…

High Waves Batter The South Shore

Gale Warnings & Storm Warning Issued Today From High Waves

ONTANOGAN, Mich. — The strong winds created giant waves on Lake Superior on Tuesday, battering the south shore. Gale Warnings and Storm Warning were issued on the lake. Winds were sustained out of the north at 25-30mph with gusts up to 45mph over land. Over the lake they were sustained at 30-40mph with gusts up to 60mph at times. This…

Powerful Winds Damaged Coast Guard Building

Strong gusts of wind damaged roof at Park Point Coast Guard.

DULUTH, Minn.- Powerful winds slammed the Duluth Coast Guard out on Park Point. Nearly half of a roof on the Coast Guard’s storage building was ripped right off. The roof folded over onto a boat and even took down a power line.  “Usually we don’t see something quite like this,” Petty Officer Tristan Degrush said. “I’m not sure if it…

Northland Fall Colors From A Helicopter’s Perspective & Tours

Lake Superior Helicopters Took Us High Into The Sky On A Helicopter Tour Of The Twin Ports & Jay Cooke State Park

DULUTH, Minn – Flying High For Fall Colors! It’s a busy time of year at Lake Superior Helicopters as many people head up in the sky to the fall colors. As billions of trees pop yellow, red and orange against green pines, a unique perspective of the Northland’s changing terrain and lake, make flying high in the sky something special….

Northlanders Purchasing Space Heaters for Winter

Heaters Provide Great Alternative Until Furnaces are Turned On

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s now late October and that means winter is knocking on the door. Northlanders are preparing for the cold season by stopping into local shops and buying space heaters. They can be a great option for people who haven’t turned on their furnaces yet because of warm temperatures this fall. “It’s convenient,” said Steve Marshall, owner of…

Raw Sewage Contaminating Waters in Puerto Rico After Maria

21 out of 51 sewage treatment plants are still out of service on the island

Raw sewage is pouring into the rivers and reservoirs of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the Hurricane Maria. (AP – Oct. 12., 2017) CAGUAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — Raw sewage is pouring into the rivers and reservoirs of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. People without running water bathe and wash their clothes in contaminated streams, and…

A Massive Pumpkin Arrives At Lake Superior Zoo

Grab The Camera And Take A Snap Of A 310lbs Pumpkin!

DULUTH, Minn. — It’s time to grab your camera as a massive pumpkin has made its arrival in the Northland! A 310-lbs pumpkin has made its home at the Lake Superior Zoo on Wednesday morning. After picking the beast up off of the truck and unloading in it’s new patch… we found out this massive pumpkins journey began in April,…

Aid Lags in Hurricane-Torn Puerto Rico

1/3 Maribel Valentin Espino sits in her hurricane-destroyed home in Montebello, Puerto Rico. Five days after the Category 4 storm slammed into Puerto Rico, many of the more than 3.4 million U.S. citizens in the territory were still without adequate food, water, and fuel. Officials said electrical power may not be fully restored for more than a month. (AP) Show…

Broken Dam and Island-Wide Blackout Stir Fear in Puerto Rico

A local looks at the devastation left by Hurricane Maria, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (AP) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A failing dam prompted emergency evacuations of two towns in northwestern Puerto Rico on Friday as the U.S. territory struggled with flooding, an island-wide blackout and other dangers in Hurricane Maria’s wake. The National Weather…

Maria Knocks Out Power, Triggers Flooding in Puerto Rico

Satellite image taken Tuesday, Sept. 19 show Hurricane Maria southeast of Puerto Rico (NOAA via AP) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and triggered heavy flooding Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into…

Wisconsin Trees May Have Less Vibrant Fall Colors This Year

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – With the first day of autumn right around the corner, experts predict recent weather conditions in Wisconsin could mean fall colors will be less vibrant. Colleen Matula is a forestry specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Ashland. She tells Wisconsin Public Radio that increased rain this year means many trees are getting fungal disease…

Strong Storms Cause Heavy Damage in Central Minnesota

Damage on a farm in Kerkoven, Minn. after strong storms ripped through the area early Wednesday morning. (Photo courtesy of Darlene Henry via FOX 9) MELROSE, Minn. (AP) – Residents in and around Melrose are cleaning up trees, branches, and debris after a strong thunderstorm moved through the area. City leaders say there are a lot of trees down at…

Hurricane Maria Slams Dominica, Now Takes Aim at Puerto Rico

Satellite image taken Tuesday, Sept. 19 show Hurricane Maria southeast of Puerto Rico (NOAA via AP) ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Dominica’s leader sent out an emotional plea for help as Hurricane Maria smashed into the Caribbean island and caused “mind-boggling” devastation, but an ominous silence followed as the country lost all communications on Tuesday and the Category 5 hurricane took…

Hurricane Maria Grows, Threatening Storm-Battered Caribbean

GOES East Satellite Image provided by NASA taken at 7:45 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Sept. 17. (NASA via AP) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Hurricane Maria grew into a Category 3 storm on Monday as it barreled toward a potentially devastating collision with islands in the eastern Caribbean. Forecasters warned it was likely to grow even stronger. The storm…

Five St. Louis County Roads Closed Due to Flooding

County Road 338 (Aurora Road) south of the Townline Road (Photo: St. Louis County Public Works) ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – Heavy rain overnight has caused several County Roads in the area near Palo, Markham, and Makinen to flood. St. Louis County Public Works has announced the temporary closure of these roads until high waters recede: County Road 338 (Aurora…

Winter Gear Already Hitting Store Shelves

Local Business Says This is the Best Time of the Year to Sell Skis

DULUTH, Minn.-After temperatures reached 80-degrees yesterday, the Northland will be hit with a dose of reality soon. We are getting very close to feeling that fall chill on our skin and local businesses are already getting out their winter gear. One we spoke to today, says now is the time to get your winter gear. “If you are in the…

Northland Residents Enjoy Warm Weather

Temperatures to Dip into 60s Over Weekend

DULUTH, Minn.-We are about a week away from when fall officially begins and many Northland residents are having one last hurrah as they enjoy summer time weather. Highs were expected to be in the 80s today with temperatures dipping into the 60s over the weekend. Today we caught up with one family enjoying one of the last hot days, as…