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‘Lake Superior Roots and Recipes’ Connects Residents with Local Produce, Ideas

Looking For Fresh Produce or Recipe Ideas? Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Assoc. Has You Covered

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite the cancellation of the 2020 Lake Superior Harvest Festival, the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association (LSSFA) has launched a new website called ‘Lake Superior Roots & Recipes,’ featuring recipes, cooking tips, and information about our local food system. Organizer Julie Allen says since the COVID-19 pandemic began, more people are finding themselves preparing meals and eating…

Award-Winning Author Discusses New Book, “Wisconsin’s Best Autumn Hikes”

As Fall Approaches, Author Rob Bignell Helps Leaf-Lookers Explore Best Hiking Spots in Wisconsin

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – With autumn-like temperatures blanketing much of the Northland, soon fall colors will pop throughout the many forests in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. It can be daunting to know where the best trails are when on the search for fall foliage, but one Wisconsin author is looking to help. Award-winning author and editor Rob Bignell spent…

Therapist Offers Advice on When to Seek Help With Mental Health Concerns

Coffee Conversation: Dealing with Mental Health Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Social Unrest

DULUTH, Minn. – The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting individuals on many different levels. Toss in political and social unrest across the country, and stress/anxiety have skyrocketed this year. Maren Barootian , a psychotherapist at Essentia Health in Duluth, says it’s important for those struggling with mental health issues to know they’re not alone. Barootian says it’s easy for many adults…

Coalition of Downtown Duluth Businesses Kick off Friday ‘HART Happy Hour’

HART Happy Hour Takes Place Every Friday in August

DULUTH, Minn. – A coalition of businesses located in the Historic Arts and Theater District in Downtown, Duluth, also known as HART, have come together to create HART Happy Hour every Friday in August. HART Happy Hour is meant to provide an atmosphere for the community to connect, socialize, and help stimulate the local economy. Every Friday in August from…

Duluth Superior Pride Festival Going Virtual Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Duluth Superior Pride Virtual Festival Begins Thursday, September 3, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – The 34th annual Duluth Superior Pride Festival will go on virtually this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Event organizers say after months of discussion, it simply wasn’t responsible to move forward with an in-person celebration as in year’s past. “I think it’s extremely important to host a virtual celebration. Pride is based on community and taking a…

International Falls Area Businesses Experience Impact of COVID-19

U.S., Canada Border Closure Impacts Businesses in the International Falls Area

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – COVID-19 continues to keep a tight lockdown on our daily lives and routines. Businesses are being impacted, and communities are having to come together now more than ever before to help one another. The community of International Falls, situated right along the Canadian border, is feeling the economic impact due to the ongoing U.S., Canadian border…

St. Luke’s Oncologist Emphasizes Importance of Routine Screenings Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Coffee Conversation: Continuing Routine Medical Exams, Cancer Screenings Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn. – Routine medical exams and cancer screenings are taking a back burner for many people amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a worry for many in the medical community, as this could have negative impacts in the years to come. Dr. Roberto Fernandez, a St. Luke’s Oncologist, says it’s vital for patients to come in for routine cancer…

St. Louis River Alliance Continues to Make Progress Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

A Small Skeletal Crew Continues to Work on Restoration Projects Impacting the St. Louis River Estuary

DULUTH, Minn. – The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting projects small and large across the Twin Ports, and restoration along the St. Louis River estuary is no exception. Kris Eilers, Executive Director of the St. Louis River Alliance (SLRA), says her team has had to rethink the way they are doing things amid the ongoing pandemic. She’s thankful the river has…

St. Luke’s Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center Healing Thousands

Coffee Conversation: Exploring St. Luke's Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center

DULUTH, Minn. – A specific type of treatment offered by St. Luke’s Hospital is yielding beneficial results for thousands of patient in the Northland. St. Luke’s Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center recently was recognized with a national award. The Center’s highly-trained wound care specialists work to create care plans to help each person become to healthiest version of themselves….

Trailfitters Hosting Warm Winter Clothing Drive

The Share the Love Clothing Drive will Benefit the Damiano Center in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Trailfitters, located in the Fitger’s Complex, is hosting their third annual clothing drive for the Damiano Center, running now through January 31st. The Damiano Center is in need of winter clothing to be distributed in their Free Store as demand ramps up with colder weather. The top needs include socks, jackets, boots, men’s clothing, gloves, and mittens….

Pattison State Park to Host Centennial Celebration with Series of Events

Events Will Kick Off January 25 with a Winterfest Celebration

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – Pattison State Park becomes 100 year old on January 20th. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is kicking off the centennial year with “Winterfest” on Saturday, January 25th, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Pattison and Amnicon Falls State Parks. Winterfest will offer a sledding hill, candlelight hike/ski, and…

International Falls Community Prepares to Celebrate 40th Annual Icebox Days

Icebox Days Festival is Happening January 16 - 19 in International Falls

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – Many in the Northland travel south when temperatures drop below zero, but one community in Northern Minnesota looks to celebrate the cold with a three day festival jam packed with fun events. Icebox Days Festival is happening Friday, January 16 – Sunday, January 19 in International Falls. This will mark the 40th year of the celebration,…

Registration Open for Team Duluth Winter Break Ski, Snowboard Camp

Coffee Conversation: Team Duluth Hosting Winter Break Ski, Snowboard Camp

DULUTH, Minn. – Since the 1960s, non-profit organization Team Duluth has been passionate about getting Northland youth outdoors and on the slopes, experiencing fun in the snow. Happening December 27 – 30, Team Duluth is hosting its annual Holiday Camp for youth on Winter Break. Parent volunteer Carlie LaLone says the camp is a great gift to give a child…

Red Kettle Campaign Impacted by Recent Winter Wallop, Donations Encouraged

Coffee Conversation: Duluth Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Suffers Due to Recent Winter Weather

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Salvation Army is currently seeking donations for this year’s Red Kettle Campaign. The annual campaign raises funds to help with many needs in our community, whether it be housing, food, or other services. Due to the recent blizzard that impacted much of the Northland, donations are slightly down compared to last year at this time. The…

Duluth Art Institute Hosting Annual HoliDAI Market

The Market and Free Day at the Depot is Happening Saturday, November 30 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Shoppers are invited to take part in Small Business Saturday special events on Saturday, November 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the St. Louis County Depot. Christina Woods, Executive Director of the Duluth Art Institute says the DAI HoliDAI Market is a unique way for artists to sell their creations, for collectors to purchase work,…

Ahoy Matey! Treasure Island Takes Center Stage at Duluth Playhouse Family Theater

Coffee Conversation: Treasure Island at the Duluth Playhouse Family Theater

DULUTH, Minn. – You’re invited to set sail with young Jim Hawkins as Treasure Island comes to life on stage at the Duluth Playhouse Family Theater. This performance is geared toward thrill-seekers of all ages with a story that’s both epic and funny. Adventure beckons when a mysterious blind man delivers the dreaded Black Spot to the aging sea captain,…

Bentleyville USA in Need of Volunteers, Donations

Coffee Conversation: 2019 Bentleyville USA; Need for Volunteers, Donations

DULUTH, Minn. – Bentleyville USA will flip on the lights for another year of holiday cheer Saturday, November 23. The need for volunteers is in high demand. Nathan Bentley, founder of Bentleyville USA, tells FOX 21 there are six weeks of work to be finished in a matter of four weeks. Volunteers are needed Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m….

Guest Orchestra to Perform at UMD Thursday Evening

The Superior Court Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra will be in Duluth Thursday, October 10 to Perform

DULUTH, Minn. – On Thursday, October 10, you have the chance to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Superior Court Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra. David Edmunds, Associate Professor of Music Education, stopped by FOX 21 Local News Monday morning to chat about the upcoming performance. The Superior Court Rising Stars Steel Orchestra members have served…

Craft, Vendor Expo Coming to Miners Memorial Building in Virginia

The Northern Minnesota Craft & Vendor Expo is Happening October 5 - 6 in Virginia

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Art, entertainment, food and fun is coming to the Miners Memorial Building Saturday and Sunday, October 5 – 6. Saturday hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Miners Memorial Building is located at 812 South 9th Avenue in Virginia. The Northern Minnesota Craft & Vendor Expo is set to feature…

Visit Cook County Announces Busy Lineup of Autumn Events

Staff at Visit Cook County Anticipate Peak Season to be Around the Last Weekend in September

COOK COUNTY, Minn. – Fall colors are popping along the North Shore, prompting the staff at Visit Cook County to encourage leaf lookers to take a drive and enjoy the majestic maple forests full of vibrant colors. Linda Jurek with Visit Cook County stopped by FOX 21 Local News to chat about a plethora of upcoming events this autumn. Jurek…

Zeitgeist to Host Pride Art Exhibit

The Exhibit is on Display at Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Pride events kick off Thursday, August 29 with the Mayor’s Reception at the Duluth Depot. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, Superior Mayor Jim Paine, as well as officials from surrounding communities will welcome visitors and residents alike to the Depot for the opener of the Labor Day Weekend 2019 Pride Celebration. The Mayor’s reception is happening from 5:00…

Duluth Women’s Club to Host 52nd Annual Tour of Homes and Gardens

The Tour is Happening Wednesday, July 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Have you ever wanted to take a tour of the most beautiful, historic homes and gardens in Duluth? If so, you’re invited to attend the Duluth Women’s Club 52nd annual Tour of Homes and Gardens happening Wednesday, July 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The event will include a luncheon and is open to the public….

Encouraging Conversation for Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Conversation Regarding Elder Abuse Awareness is Encouraged Throughout the Month of June

SUPERIOR, Wis. – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day takes place annually on June 15, as the world recognizes Elder Abuse Month. It’s an international observance, coming to be as a result of UN resolution 66/127. With a rapidly growing global population of seniors, and as longevity increases, abuse of the elderly is an increasing reality affecting health and human rights….

Whiskey Trail Kicks off Chester Creek Concert Series Tuesday Evening

The Chester Creek Concert Series Begins Tuesday, June 11

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s time for live music and entertainment! Summer activities are kicking off at Duluth’s Chester Bowl with the 2019 Chester Creek Concert Series on Tuesday, June 11. The 37th annual concert series continues each Tuesday through August 13th (with a rain date on 8/20 if needed). Shows start at 7:00 p.m. for June and July, with earlier start times…

Countdown Begins to Grandma’s Marathon, Volunteers Needed

Grandma's Marathon Weekend is Happening June 21 - 23

DULUTH, Minn. – The countdown to Grandma’s Marathon is on! The jam packed weekend of events will run June 21 – 23 this year. While the 2019 race isn’t even over yet, planning has already started for next year’s big race. More than 6,000 volunteers are needed to make race weekend happen. Volunteers are needed from Two Harbors to Canal…

Coffee Conversation: Children’s Charity Gala to Support Local Families

The Northern Lights Foundation is Hosting the Gala on Thursday, May 16

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northern Lights Foundation is proud to present the 2019 Children’s Charity Gala on Thursday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. The event is happening at the Harborside Ballroom at the DECC. The annual gala is the Northern Lights Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the event are provided as unrestricted grants to local families with…

Opening Soon: The Adventure Park on the North Shore

A Grand Opening for The Adventure Park on the North Shore is Set for Friday, May 24

SILVER BAY, Minn. – The layout of the land is changing on the corner of Highway 61 and Outer Drive in Silver Bay. The Adventure Park on the North Shore is currently expanding to include a high ropes course with an opening date of Friday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m. The Park was first exposed in 2017 when the owners…

Coffee Conversation: Need for Tutors Rises in Duluth Public Schools

29 Tutors are Needed for Reading, Five Turors are Needed for Math

DULUTH, Minn. – Tutors are in high demand inside Duluth Public Schools. Duluth schools are currently looking for 29 literacy tutors and five math tutors for the 2019-2020 school year according to Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps. Minnesota is reported to have one of the largest achievement gaps in the nation, heightening the need for literacy and math tutors in schools throughout…

Coffee Conversation: Local Author Proud to Release “Milo the Legend”

"Milo the Legend" is Sold Only in Local Bookstores and by Savage Press out of Brule, Wisconsin

DULUTH, Minn. – Northland native and author David Waldbillig is proud to see his first-ever book “Milo the Legend” popping up in local bookstores. Eager readers are able to purchase a copy of the mystical tale at Fitger’s, Zenith Bookstore, Savage Press and online from Barnes & Noble. Waldbillig says Milo is a very special horse. He travels the dimensions…

Duluth East National Honor Society to Host Formal Attire Drive

Duluth East Student Lauren Skar Discusses how the Community can Donate to the Dress-Wear Closet

DULUTH, Minn. – Dressing for success can come with a steep price tag. That’s why Duluth East National Honor Society President Lauren Skar and her team have worked to develop the Dress-Wear Closet at East High School. The National Honor Society will be hosting a formal dress-wear drive April 29 – May 10. Skar developed the idea after shopping for…

Veterans Encouraged to Apply for Upcoming BWCA Trip

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior is Hosting a Veterans to the BWCA in July

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Back for the second year in a row, the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior is proud to announce applications are now being accepted for the Veterans to the BWCA Trip in July. Seven lucky veterans will be chosen to take part in the six day excursion taking place July 9 – 14. Four days…

Historic Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad in Search of Volunteers

Volunteers are Invited to Attend an Upcoming Meeting at the Superior Public Library Saturday, March 30

DULUTH, Minn. – According to a recent study conducted by UMD, the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad (LSMR) is responsible for bringing nearly $1.6 million dollars to the Duluth area thanks to tourism every year. President of LSMR Joel Manns says he and his team are surprised at the recent results, but honored to be making such a big impact in…

Cabin Fever Reliever to Raise Funds for Two Harbors Community Radio

The 5th Annual Cabin Fever Reliever is Happening Sunday, March 24 at the Two Harbors High School

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Two Harbors Community Radio is preparing to host its 5th annual Cabin Fever Reliever featuring live music and entertainment. The community event is happening Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m. in the Two Harbors High School Auditorium. This year’s event will showcase music and storytelling, with featured guest Charlie Parr, a blues and folk musician from…

Fond du Lac Band Presents “We are Water MN” Exhibit

The Traveling Exhibit will be Available to View at Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth Through April 22

DULUTH, Minn. – The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa presents “We Are Water MN”, a traveling exhibit and community engagement initiative at Great Lakes Aquarium, March 10-April 22. “We Are Water MN” is a partnership among state agencies and host sites, formed to tell Minnesota’s water stories collaboratively, bringing together personal narratives, historical materials, and scientific information….

Winter Blues Setting in? Dietitian Advises Three Superfoods to Consume

St. Luke's Clinical Dietitian Mary Cherne Offers Tips to Keeping Your Spirits High Throughout Winter

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to the winter blues, it’s important to have the correct diet and exercise routine to help keep depression at bay. Mary Cherne, St. Luke’s Clinical Dietitian, encourages a diet high in vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids and fruits and vegetables. Cherne wants to encourage physical activity on a daily basis to help boost…

Coffee Conversation: Stuffie Boot Camp, Wellness Fair at the Bong Veterans Center

A Busy Week Ahead at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – All Northland stuffed animals are to report to boot camp Friday, March 1 at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior. The boot camp is designed to be a fun and educational event for children Pre-K through third grade. Anyone who has a stuffed animal is welcome to join in on the fun. The event…

Coffee Conversation: UWS Theatre Presents “I and You”

The Productions of "I and You" will Begin Friday, February 15, 2019

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Students involved with UWS Theatre are counting down the minutes until the premiere of the drama “I and You.” The upcoming performances, directed by Kathy Laakso, will be taking place February 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and February 17 and 24 at 2:00 p.m. “The audience will experience an appreciation of life for what it…

Winter Bike Week Rolls into the Northland

Winter Bike Week, Sponsored by Zeitgeist, is Happening February 2 - 9

DULUTH, Minn. – Some say biking in the winter impossible, but Winter Bike Week proves that the season is as great as any through events that teach, encourage, and celebrate all forms of biking for every type of rider. Working with partner organizations in the Duluth area, Zeitgeist is hosting community events over the week of February 2 – 9, including educational workshops,…

Superior Sister City to Host Japanese New Year Celebration

The Celebration is Happening Monday, January 28 at Christ Lutheran Church in Superior

DULUTH, Minn. – The Superior Sister City Commission is excited to be partnering with Christ Lutheran Church to host a Japanese New Year Celebration. The event is happening Monday, January 28 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church located at 320 North 28th Street in Superior. The community is welcome to taste test exotic foods, try origami…

Coffee Conversation: Duluth Wedding Show 2019

Wedding Bells are Ringing as Ticket Sales Continue for the Duluth Wedding Show Saturday, January 12, 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Wedding Show, the area’s premier wedding planning event, hosts its 31st annual show at the DECC on January 12, 2019 with over 140 exhibitors and one of its newest enhancements, the ULTA VIP lounge. “The Duluth Wedding Show sees over 2,000 attendees each year,” said show producer, Tracy Lundeen. “We added the VIP Lounge in…

Coffee Conversation: Staying Heart Healthy this Winter

Dr. Leif Christianson, St. Luke's Cardiologist, Offers Tips to Stay Heart Healthy this Winter Season

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Midwest Roaster’s Coffee Conversation, St. Luke’s Cardiologist, Dr. Leif Christianson, stopped by FOX 21 Local News to chat about ways to stay heart healthy this winter. The Northland is suffering a lack of snowfall so far this year, but that doesn’t mean we won’t make up for it as the season goes on. Christianson wants to…

Coffee Conversation: Renegade Theater Presents ‘Dear Elizabeth’

The Renegade Theater Company is Proud to Present 'Dear Elizabeth' at Zeitgeist in Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday morning on FOX 21 Local News, Mary Fox with Renegade Theater stopped by to chat about their latest production of ‘Dear Elizabeth’ now playing at Zeitgeist Teatro Zuccone. The show already wowed audiences for one weekend, but if you missed your chance to see the compelling performance, there are three more showings! Synopsis: From 1947 to…

Coffee Conversation: Shop with a Hero Impacting North Shore Families

Silver Bay Police Chief Doug Frericks Started Shop with a Hero During His Time with the Mankato Police Department

SILVER BAY, Minn. – Thousands of communities across the nation take part in special “Shop with a Cop” events during the holiday season. But for the community of Silver Bay, “Shop with a Hero” means so much more for nearly 40 residents this year who will be impacted by generosity Saturday, December 8. Silver Bay Police Chief Doug Frericks stopped by FOX 21…

Taste the Flavors of Fall this Week in Downtown Duluth

Visitors and Northland Residents are Invited to Enjoy $10 Lunch Specials and $25 Dinner Specials Through Saturday, November 10

DULUTH, Minn. – Are you looking for easy lunch and dinner options this week? If so, the Greater Downtown Council in Duluth has you covered! Eat Downtown – Flavors of Fall Duluth Restaurant Week kicks off Monday, November 5 and will run through Saturday, November 10. Darlene Marshall with the Greater Downtown Council says the goal of this week is to…

Dr. Dolittle Jr. Takes Over the Stage at The Duluth Playhouse

Dr. Dolittle Jr. Will be Performed Again at The Duluth Playhouse November 2 - 4

DULUTH, Minn. – If you missed your first chance to witness Dr. Dolittle Jr. LIVE on stage at The Duluth Playhouse, you still have one more weekend to check out the action. Dr. Dolittle Jr. will once again take center stage Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4. The classic tale of kindness to animals trots, crawls and flies onto…

“Dear Finder 2018” to Open at UMD Thursday

This will be the Third and Possibly Final Production of "Dear Finder" by the UMD School of Fine Arts

DULUTH, Minn. – Dear Finder 2018 is set to open on Thursday, October 11 at the Marshall Performing Arts Center on the campus of UMD. This will be the third time the production has been performed by the UMD School of Fine Arts. Director Tom Isbell helped write the production and tells FOX 21 this could be the last time it’s performed at…

Coffee Conversation: Zeitgeist to Host Second ‘Spirit of Duluth’ Series

On Monday, October 15, Zeitgeist will Kick Off the Second 'Spirit of Duluth' Series with South African Culture, Cuisine

DULUTH, Minn. – Culture and cuisine from across the globe will soon take center stage at Zeitgeist in Downtown Duluth. Tickets are on sale right now for the first ‘Spirit of Duluth’ series on Monday, October 15. This is the second year Zeitgeist has hosted events centered on highlighting culture and cuisine from other parts of the world. “A Taste of…

Coffee Conversation: Art Walk, School Supply Drive in Downtown Duluth

The School Supply Drive will Help Benefit Students in ISD 709

DULUTH, Minn. – Students are now back in the classroom which means creative juices will soon be running wild throughout many art rooms across the Northland. With the rising cost of materials and budget shortfalls, the September Downtown Duluth Arts Walk will work to benefit art classrooms throughout School District 709, Art Demos by UMD Arts Education and more local organizations….

Coffee Conversation: Minnesota Mile to Attract Hundreds this Friday

The Minnesota Mile Sponsored by Grandma's Marathon will Take Over Skyline Parkway Friday, September 7

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders are welcome to sign up now as an individual or team member for the 12th annual Minnesota Mile taking place on Friday, September 7. The course will be set along Duluth’s Skyline Parkway. Participants will run a one mile loop while enjoying breathtaking views of Lake Superior, the St. Louis River Bay and the start of…

Duluth Superior Pride to Celebrate 32 Years of Northland Diversity

The 32nd Duluth Superior Pride will Begin Thursday, August 30 with the Mayor's Reception at the Duluth Depot

DULUTH, Minn. – The 32nd anniversary of the Duluth Superior Pride will take place on Labor Day Weekend; August 30 through September 2. Duluth Superior Pride was established in 1986 and continues to share entertainment, equality and diversity throughout the Northland. The event will take over the entire Duluth, Superior area including local bars, restaurants, art spaces and Bayfront Festival Park to…