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Chetek Greenhouse Lucky to Avoid Tornado

Destroyed Trailer Park, Turkey Farm was About a Mile Away

CHETEK, Wis. – While Tuesday’s tornado near Chetek left destruction and devastation in its path, less than a mile away a nearby business remained virtually untouched and the owner is counting his blessings. Jim Berger owns Treefrogs Greenhouse just outside Chetek.  He had just closed and was on his way home, when Tuesday’s storm hit.  He waited it out in…

WI Emergency Operations Update On Tornado Damage

Report #1 5-16-2017 One person was killed and more than 25 people were injured tonight following tornadoes that hit northwestern Wisconsin. The National Weather Service says a supercell tracked across Polk, Barron, and Rusk counties late Tuesday afternoon spanning one or more tornadoes. Barron County: One fatality, 25 injuries at the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park in Cameron. Approximately 40…

Tornado Rips Through Western Wisconsin; 1 Dead, 25 Injured

CAMERON, Wis. (KMSP) – One person is dead and 25 others are injured after tornado touchdowns near Cameron, Wis., according to the Barron County Sheriff. There is widespread damage in the area.   Click here for aerial footage. The search for survivors is ongoing. Responders could hear the voices of people trapped inside their homes when they first arrived, packing six…

Wisconsin Governor’s Fishing Home Opener

Anglers headed out to their favorite fishing spot on Saturday morning

It’s that time of year again when anglers are arriving in schools, launching their boats at Lake Namakagon. Motors tilt into the water for the first time of 2017 as anglers headed out to their favorite fishing spot on Saturday morning. “It’s always fun to get out fishing it doesn’t matter if it’s cold or warm or whatever any day…

A Strong Spring Storm Delivers Snow and High Winds to the Northland

Winter Storm Warnings & Gale Warnings Greeted the Northland to Kick Off May.

FLOODWOOD, Minn. – The Northland braced for bad weather today under multiple warnings and advisories. Rain pushed into the region Sunday night and turned into snow during the early morning hours on Monday. Wet snowflakes fell sideways across the sky spanning from Brainerd to Virginia, with 1-3″ of snow accumulating by the afternoon. “It was a total white out, it…

Storm Cleanup Continues In Biwabik

A Severe Thunderstorm Tore Through The Cemetery Last August

Biwabik, Minn. – People in Biwabik came together again today as residents continue to clean up after a thunderstorm last summer destroyed the town’s cemetery. Even trees that were over 100 years old didn’t stand a chance when a thunderstorm rolled through Biwabik, MN last August packing winds of over 100 mph. Residents say it’s going to take 1 –2 more…

Residents; Mother Nature Needs To Make Up Her Mind

Late April Storm Has Some Wanted Warmer Weather Back

Superior, Wis. As we all know with weather this time of the year can be tricky. Needless to say the tease that we had this past Saturday with those beautiful temps all across the area. People want Mother Nature to pick one season and stick with it. “Ready for spring, it’s time to get the cabin open and go fishing…

Sleet, Ice, Freezing Rain and Snow Hits the Northland

One Half of an Inch of Sleet Accumulates in Duluth, While A Quarter of an Inch of Ice Blankets the North Shore in April.

DULUTH, Minn. – Mother Nature sure has a grip on the Northland and it looks and feels like it is taking revenge on us in late April! A Wintry mix of ice pellets, sleet, freezing rain and snow fell across Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin today. It fell in a light to moderate intensity, as small ice pellets and sleet in…

Gadgets to Prepare for Severe Weather

Verizon Wireless Offers Severe Weather Preparedness Tips

DULUTH, Minn. – This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week and Verizon Wireless is helping you prepare for Spring and Summer storms. Joe Thunhorst, General Manager for the Duluth store, stopped by FOX 21 to give some tips. First, he noted how important it is to have devices to charge your phone and tablet. He also recommended a waterproof phone…

Lake Levels Are On A Rapid Rise

Due to early snow melt and recent rain, the Great Lakes have significantly risen by several inches.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Great Lakes water levels have been rapidly rising within the past two weeks. There has been a large amount of water added to each of the lakes due to early snow melt and recent rain according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Their weekly update on April 14, said that Lake Ontario rose 14 inches in the past…

Wildfire Breaks Out in Duluth

The blaze broke out just before 11 a.m. near Hartley Nature Center

DULUTH, Minn. –  A wildfire fire broke out early this morning just before 11 a.m. near the Hartley Nature Center and Glen Avon Overlook near the rock face. All fire units were called to a report of four to five separate areas burning with smoke filling the air. A Woodland resident who was out on her daily walk noticed the…

Salmon Season Hits Canal Park Pier

Coho Salmon are Running and Chasing their Primary Food Source, the Smelt.

DULUTH, Minn. – Each Spring anglers take the shores of Lake Superior in hopes of a tasty salmon biting their line. Right now the Coho Salmon are running and chasing their primary food source, the smelt. Fishing is good along the south pier of the Canal in Duluth where many anglers try their luck in hopes to catch the prize…

Nemadji Set to Open West Golf Course Friday

Maintenance and grounds crew have been working nonstop the past few weeks there, removing standing water to help dry out the fairways

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – With above average temps across the Northland, golfers are already getting their swings ready. Nemadji Golf Course in Superior was packed this afternoon. Right now only the driving range and putting surfaces are open, but staff there says they will open the west course this Friday. Maintenance and grounds crew have been working nonstop the past few…

March 6 Tornado in Minnesota was Earliest on State Record

(National Weather Service) BRICELYN, Minn. (AP) – The National Weather Service says a tornado that hit a southern Minnesota campground this month, was the earliest twister on record in the state. The agency recently conducted a survey that confirmed a tornado tore through the Pihls Park campground northeast of Bricelyn on March 6. The Mankato Free Press reports the weather…

Lakewalk Bustling for First Day of Spring

With temperatures near 50 degrees in Duluth, people flocked to Lake Superior to enjoy the start of a new season

DULUTH, Minn. – It may still look and feel a bit like winter around the Northland with some snow scattered about, but Monday marked the first official day of spring. Many people were out enjoying the warm weather, including Barb and Jim Lundborg, who were visiting from the St. Paul area. “There’s energy in spring,” said Barb. “It’s kind of…

Lake Effect Snow Leaves A Mess in Morgan Park

This afternoon, people were still digging out their cars, plowing the sidewalks, and shoveling out driveways.

DULUTH, Minn. – Snow in March isn’t out of the question here in the Northland, but the powder some folks woke up to this morning might have been one of the strangest of the season so far. While many areas of the Northland scraped through yesterday’s winter storm with just a dusting or even a few inches, lake effect snow…

Superior Hit with Snow

Temperatures Expected to Warm Up

SUPERIOR, Wisc.-Five inches of fresh powder fell in Superior overnight, causing schools there to be cancelled. With schools beings closed, some kids were put on shovel duty – like one Superior eighth grader who was digging out his neighbor’s driveway. “We haven’t really had any snow days,” said Garrett Labare, a Superior resident. “I’m thinking this is the first or…

Fat Bike Birkie Race

First Time The Fat Tire Bike Race Started at the New Location in Cable, Wis.

CABLE, Wis. – The Fat Bike Birkie race took place this morning and it’s the largest Fat Bike event in North America. This year the race drew in 1,200 riders from 18 different states and 2 different countries.   At the starting line this morning it was a cold one and a different one, as it was the first time…

Mid-March Cold Snap

Wind Chill Advisory Doesn't Stop Northlanders From Their Daily Routine

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been an unseasonably cold Mid-March day across the Northland and it’s likely the last cold snap of the season. A Wind Chill Advisory was in effect earlier this morning until 9am, feel like temperatures dropped down to -30° below zero. This frigid Friday didn’t stop some Northlanders from their daily routine though. “I like the weather…

Strong Winds Blow Across the Northland

From Tourists in Canal Park to Aerial Lift Bridge Operators, Everybody Was Feeling the Wind

DULUTH, Minn. – A very windy day in Duluth. There were reports of downed power lines, trees, and poles. All over the Northland,  people in Duluth were coping with this gusty day. “It’s really hard to stand an d you probably should hold on to the rocks because it will blow you over,” says Yuliya Yukhimchuk, a tourist walking along the…

Pierre The Voyageur Takes A Hit During Wind Storm

20 Foot Statue Loses Arm And Large Paddle

Two Harbors, Minn Pierre, the 20 foot tall Voyageur in Two Harbors needs a hand, literally. A victim of today’s vicious winds, Pierre lost his arm and giant canoe paddle. He’s the first thing you see when you’re traveling north into Two Harbors and was created 57 years ago. One employee at the Earthwood Inn tells us that she just hopes…

Messy Morning Commute for Drivers in Downtown Duluth

Over a Dozen Crashes were Reported, with Duluth Police Responding

1/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – It was a messy morning commute for drivers making their way through downtown Duluth Tuesday. Shortly after 8:00a.m., officials started receiving calls of vehicles sliding down Lake Avenue and other surrounding avenues in the area. Duluth Police…

Tornado Reported Near Princeton; Earliest for March

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A confirmed tornado near Zimmerman, Minnesota at 5:49 p.m. Monday. At 5:56 p.m., a confirmed tornado was located over the south side of Princeton, moving northeast at 40 mph. Law enforcement reported the tornado in east-central Minnesota, about 44 miles northwest of Minneapolis, late Monday afternoon. National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Krause says if confirmed, the tornado would…

Roads Turn To Ice As Storm Rolls Through

Hillside Crashes Were All Common As Drivers Tried To Make It Home

Duluth, Minn The roads were ugly tonight. Making travel difficult for many in the Twin Ports. It wasn’t very good. It only took a few blocks to see several accidents and multiple cars unable to gain traction to make it up the hill. One Duluth driver said that this has been the worst he’s seen all winter. “These road conditions…

2017 American Birkebeiner Cancelled

Birkie Fever Continues Despite the Cancellation

For only the second time in 44 years all ski races set for this weekend’s Annual American Birkebeiner have been cancelled. The only other time this happened was in 2000. Organizers for North America’s largest cross country ski race held out hope for this weekend as a potential snow storm was on the horizon. Last minute efforts started early as…

Birkie Trail and Race Updates

Snow Is In The Forecast

HAYWARD, Wisc. – Over 40,000 people are expected to arrive in the Northland tonight in anticipation for the 2017 American Birkibeiner Race. With the recent warm week melting nearly all of the snow pack from this winter, trail conditions are on everyone’s mind. Right now only the north half of the trail from Cable, Wisconsin to Trailhead OO is possibly ski-able on…

Spirit Mountain Closed Temporarily

Unseasonable Weather Forced Closure Until Friday

DULUTH, Minn. – February Should be peak ski season at Spirit Mountain, but warm temperatures and rain have temporarily closed the slopes. The mountain closed Monday with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees.  The closure couldn’t come at a worse time with Duluth Public Schools out for spring break. “We want to be their backyard playground,” said Brandy Ream, Spirit Mountain…

Major Flooding Possible in Northern Red River Valley

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Forecasters say there is an increased risk for moderate to major flooding in the northern Red River Valley of northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota this spring. those areas have the wettest soils and highest snowpack conditions, according to an updated spring flood outlook, released Thursday by the National Weather Service. The forecast says the…

Warm Weather Brings Out the Shovels

But the Thaw-Freeze Cycle is Bad for the Roads

DULUTH, Minn.- The warm weather helps the ice break up, making it easier to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, roads, and driveways. The warm weather even helps city workers remove ice using less chemicals. Many people are enjoying the warm weather, and utilizing it to finish up some chores. With temperatures well over freezing, ice and snow is easy…

Apostle Island Ice Caves Not Likely to Form This Year

Warm Temperatures and High Winds Are to Blame

BAYFIELD, Wis.- The Lake Superior Ice caves draw thousands of people to Bayfield when they form, but Park Officials say they wouldn’t count on seeing the caves this year The winter started out looking promising, but recent warm temperatures and high winds caused the little ice that did form to break apart. Park Officials are not positive the caves won’t…

Upstate New York Digging Out of 5 to 8 Feet of Lake-Effect Snow

OSCEOLA, N.Y. (AP) – State crews and local public works employees are working to remove five to eight feet of lake-effect snow that has fallen on parts of upstate New York since last week. The National Weather Service says its meteorologists recorded 76 inches, more than six feet in Oswego County town of Redfield and 66 inches, around 5 feet,…

The Coldest Place: How A Small Minnesota Town Earned the State’s Frigid Title

On February 2, 1996, two Minnesota towns battled to set a new record cold temperature

TOWER, Minn. – 21 years ago, the air temperature in Tower, Minnesota hit a chilly 60 degrees below zero. The town, with a population of 500, nestled in the Northland, is the coldest location based on average winter temperatures east of the Great Plains. “So here I am, in the coldest place there is in America,” said Randy Semo, owner…

Death Toll from Southeast Tornadoes Rises to 21

Photo: Fox 8 ALBANY, Ga. (AP) – The death toll from a weekend outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms int he Southeast has increased to at least 21. A 77-year-old woman in southwest Georgia died form storm-related injuries, Thrusday night, at a hospital. Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler told The Associated Press on Friday that Patricia Ann Gohman received head…

Winter Weather to Impact Wednesday Morning Commute

Snow and mixed precipitation expected to impact road conditions across northern Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is reminding motorists to be cautious if traveling in what could be hazardous conditions. Snow and a mix of snow and rain is expected to make driving difficult Tuesday evening through Wednesday. Precipitation is expected across the majority of the state, and road conditions will become slippery as snow mixes in. Snow is expected…

Warm Temperatures Affecting Local Businesses

Stores See an Increase in Sales with More People Taking Part in Outdoor Activities

DULUTH, Minn. -With above average temperatures across the Northland, people are getting outside more than usual this January. Today doesn’t feel like a typical January day in northern Minnesota.  And for most Northlanders wanting to enjoy themselves outdoors, the warm temperatures have been more than welcome. Stores like Marine General in Duluth have seen a big increase in sales as…

Record High Temperatures Bring Northlanders Outdoors

Duluth observed a high temperature of 45 degrees Thursday

DULUTH, Minn. – With temperatures in the 40s today, Duluthians took advantage of the above average weather outside. On the east hillside, lots of people were out biking, running and walking dogs. The warmup caused some streets to look more like streams, which was a little messy, but that didn’t stop people from enjoying the warmth. “It’s crazy,” said Lily…

Water Levels on Lake Superior at Normal For ‘Mild’ Winter, Experts Say

DULUTH, Minn. — Temperatures have been up and down since winter began, but how about the water levels on Lake Superior? Dr. Bob Sterne, director of the Large Lakes Observatory at University of Minnesota Duluth says week to week temperature changes don’t have too much effect on lake water balance, but overall winter weather patterns do. Dr. Sterner says in…

Northlanders Busy Shoveling After Snowfall

Shoveling Gives a Chance to Get Outside and Exercise in Winter

DULUTH, Minn. -Snowfall across the Northland over the last couple days means a lot of people are busy shoveling today. In Duluth, sidewalks have to be shoveled in front of homes and businesses within 24 hours of snowfall. But not all Duluthians dread going into the cold to shovel as it gives them a chance to be outside and get…

MnDOT Asks Motorists’ Help for Safer Driving Around Snowplows

More than 30 crashes involving vehicles and snowplows have been reported

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports that there have been more than 30 crashes this season involving vehicle sand snow plows, and they are urging motorists to use extra caution during plowing and snowing operations. “Crashes typically happen because of inattentive drivers, motorists driving too close to the plow, or motorists driivng too fast for conditions,”…

Tips on How to Fix Your Frozen Pipes

Frozen Pipes Stop Working, and Can Even Crack if Left Frozen

When temperatures drop low, frozen pipes can cause big problems, because pipes especially water lines, stop working altogether when they’re frozen. Experts say it’s crucial to keep pipes warm so they don’t freeze. You can do this by circulating air around the pipes with a fan, or keeping cabinet doors under the sink open so the pipes can get warm…