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Dance Competition to be First Event at DECC Since Start of Pandemic

While DECC is excited to open back up, the dance community is excited that they might be getting platforms to perform again.

DULUTH, Minn.- For the first time since March, the DECC in Duluth will play host to an event once again this weekend. The event is called the Ovation Dance Challenge, and capacity will be limited at the state guidelines of 250 people, with only family of the dancers allowed inside, and a livestream provided for anyone else who wants to…

Visit Duluth Furloughs Six Employees, As Summer Tourism Remains Uncertain

Six out of the 11 employees were temporarily furloughed.

DULUTH, Minn.- Six employees have been temporarily furloughed at Visit Duluth, the tourism bureau tasked with marketing the city to outsiders. “We are at a point now where it was the harsh reality of what we’re facing in our industry,” said President Anna Tanski. “We have the resources and took these steps to stretch our operation at least through the…

St. Louis River Quest Canceled for the First Time in Program History

Organizers hope to bring those that missed out this year aboard next year.

DULUTH, Minn.- The 28th Annual St. Louis River Quest, the three-day waterfront and water safety education program for sixth graders, has been canceled for the first time due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Originally scheduled for the beginning of May, River Quest has never been canceled since its start in 1993. 1,500 sixth graders from 13 area schools come to the…

Minnesota National Guard Delivers Cots to St. Louis County for Potential COVID-19 Shelter

250 cots from Camp Ripley will be stocked and distributed on a need-basis.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota National Guard arrived in St. Louis County Tuesday morning to deliver hundreds of cots for a potential COVID-19 shelter. According to officials, while they’ve planned for pandemics in the past, none come close to the magnitude of planning required for Coronavirus. The Minnesota National Guard assisted St. Louis County by delivering 250 cots, bringing their total…

Listen Up Ladies! 12th Annual Women’s Expo Happening Saturday in Duluth

The Duluth Women's Expo is Happening at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Saturday, February 29, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is gearing up to host the 12th annual Duluth Women’s Expo Saturday, February 29, 2020. The show will run one day only, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Thousands of women from throughout the region are set to attend the expo with more than 100 vendors, a fashion show, shopping, sampling, a…

Thousands Attend Annual Duluth Wedding Show

DULUTH, Minn. –  Thousands of people flooded the DECC in Duluth looking for the latest and greatest ideas for their big day. The 32nd annual wedding show was in full swing with hundreds of exhibitors for the future brides and grooms. One bride to be we spoke with says, events like these are essential for planning such an important day….

Thousands Pack the DECC for Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast

More than 5,000 Northlanders packed the DECC for the Twin Ports annual Thanksgiving buffet

DULUTH, Minn.- After preparing all week, the DECC opened its doors to more than 5,000 Northlanders on Thanksgiving. The annual Twin Ports Thanksgiving buffet put on by volunteers in the community, and the College of St. Scholastica celebrated 30 years Thursday. More than 4,000 meals were served up at the DECC Thursday, and more than 1,200 more were delivered throughout…

Volunteers Needed For Thanksgiving Day Buffet

DULUTH, Minn. – Thanksgiving is a little over a week away, but preparations are already underway at the DECC for their Thanksgiving buffet. Food has been coming into the DECC, waiting to be prepared for the thousands of community members that aren’t able to get a hot meal on Thanksgiving. Volunteers are still needed, especially during the afternoon shift, so…

Volunteers Needed for Annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet at DECC

The Annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the DECC is Happening Thursday, November 28

DULUTH, Minn. – More than 5,000 Northlanders will receive a free, home cooked meal on Thanksgiving thanks to help from hundreds of local volunteers. Organizers of the annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center are in crucial need of volunteers to help make the event a success once again this year. Organizer Monica Hendrickson says volunteers are…

More Than 180 Vendors Set Up for Festival of Trees at the DECC

The Junior League of Duluth is Hosting the Annual Festival of Trees Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2019 Junior League of Duluth (JLD) annual Festival of Trees at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC) is happening Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17. This year’s event includes more than 180 vendors for shoppers to enjoy. Festival of Trees is the JLD’s largest fundraiser. Proceeds go to support JLD and community projects, including…

Minnesota Food Justice Summit Brings Diverse Farmers to Talk Equality

Summit runs Monday through Wednesday at the DECC.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Food Justice Summit packed the DECC with farmers, food buyers, and other members of Minnesota’s food system to focus on making the way Minnesota gets its food equal to all. Summit officials say that due to redlining, or denying services to residents or specific neighborhoods, mostly based on race, has made it hard for black, indigenous,…

DSSO Kicks Off New Season of Concerts Saturday at the DECC

Season Open for the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra is Saturday, October 5

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re in the mood for a night at the Symphony Orchestra, you’re in luck! The Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dirk Meyer is thrilled to present their 2019-2020 concert lineup. The new season won’t have a theme as in previous years. Instead, the DSSO will be focusing on the experiences of simply going to…

Railroad Street to Close in Preparation for Can of Worms Project

Project to complete by October 11th.

DULUTH, Minn.- Starting Monday, a big portion of Railroad Street will be closed for the next two weeks to replace train crossings. The closure is between 5th Avenue West by the DECC, and Garfield Avenue. The new rail crossings are part of improvements to railroad street in preparation for increased traffic when the “Twin Ports Interchange Project” begins on the…

William A. Irvin to be Back in Minnesota Slip in Coming Weeks

The Irvin, however, won't be open to the public until next summer

DULUTH, Minn.- We are learning the William A. Irvin will be back in the Minnesota Slip in the coming weeks. The Irvin has been at a dry dock in Fraser Shipyards getting detailed maintenance done to it. Fraser Shipyards is cleaning the bottom of the boat, while AMI Consulting is inspecting all of the rivets to check which ones need…

Showing Off On Inline Skates

All ages showed off their tricks and talents on wheels today ahead of the Inline Marathon Saturday

DULUTH, Minn.- This weekend, the 24th Annual Inline Marathon will bring than 2,000 athletes to Duluth, and Friday skaters got to show off their skills in a unique way. Those of all ages laced up their skates for a different reason today. To hit the ramps and soar through the sky and show off their their moves on wheels. Ooo’s…

William A. Irvin To Begin Restoration Process

Starting Thursday, work will begin on the Irvin ten months after leaving Minnesota Slip

DULUTH, Minn.- Starting Thursday, more than ten months after the William A. Irvin was move from it’s home in the Minnesota Slip during reconstruction there, work to restore the Irvin will begin. Back in September, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center officials said the Irvin would be moving back to the Minnesota Slip this spring in time for tourism season. But, when…

Over 700 Dogs Dart into the DECC Starting Thursday

The Duluth Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show is Happening July 11 - 14

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth is going to the dogs July 11 – 14. More than 700 four legged friends and their owners will dart into the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) for the annual Duluth Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show. Organizers say the event brings a boost to the local economy, and smiles to the faces…

52nd Annual Gun Show Brings Hundreds to DECC

One of the largest Gun shows in Minnesota attracts almost 100 vendors.

DULUTH, Minn.- Hundreds packed the DECC for one of the largest Gun Shows in Minnesota. The Duluth Gun Show is now in its 52nd year with 286 tables and 85 vendors displaying their firearms this year. For some, guns and the guns how have become important parts of their heritage. “It’s one of the, I would say one of the…

North Shore Railroad Offering Rides For Grandma’s Runners

The North Shore Scenic Railroad will take 1,100 runners to Two Harbors at 5:45 Saturday morning

DULUTH, Minn.- Moving people around the Northland is very difficult this weekend, but one local business is offering a free way for runners to get to the starting line from Duluth. The North Shore Scenic Railroad will be taking around 1,100 runners from Duluth to Two Harbors. It will leave at 5:45 in the morning from over by the DECC…

Grandma’s Marathon Race Week Begins

Preparations begin for the 5k, 1/2 and Full Marathons.

DULUTH, Minn.- Pieces of Grandma’s Marathon are coming together in Duluth, as the Big Top Tent has just gone up in Canal Park. It seems the Marathon will reshape the city, to give runners a solid course, and give spectators a comfortable experience to cheer them on. Finishing touches still have to be added, like painting the finish line, which…

Plans to Ease Bayfront Area Traffic and Parking Unveiled

Metropolitan Interstate Council holds meeting to release full plan, get public feedback.

DULUTH, Minn.- As summer inches closer, so do festivals and concerts–both at the DECC and at Bayfront Festival Park. Those events are becoming more frequent, and that means growing parking concerns and traffic that backs up onto I-35. But plans are moving forward to help change that, unveiled Wednesday by the Metropolitan Interstate Council, or MIC. The Council is working…

Lake Superior Nurse Graduation

Around 100 students received their pins Monday afternoon

DULUTH, Minn.- Today, about 100 nursing students graduating from Lake Superior College received their pins today, and they gear up to start their careers. Families packed the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center to cheer on these new nurses. One graduate we talked with today said the job market is looking good because there are enough job opportunities in the Healthcare field…

Northland Sixth Graders Go On a River Quest for Learning

Students learned about the waterfront at the DECC and on a boat.

DULUTH, Minn.- More than 1,500 sixth graders from throughout the region are learning about the Duluth waterfront and water safety all this week, during the 27th Annual Saint Louis River Quest Program. The program began Monday at the DECC’s Pioneer Hall, where students heard from experts about water pollution and the dangers of rip currents. Some, like Lydia Polkoski, said…

Lions Club Pancake Day

The annual event hopes to bring in around 11,000 people this year

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s been a day full of pancakes at the DECC in Duluth. Just two hours into the annual pancake day feast, more than seven hundred people had already been served. Pat Swenson, Chairman of Pancake Day, says that “I love this. Each ticket that we sell goes back to the community in some fashion. And so to see,…

Pancake Day Prep

Organizers begun preparing for the expected crowd of over 11,000 tomorrow

DULUTH, Minn.- Organizers are busy getting ready for the 2019 version of Lions Club Pancake Day in Duluth. They are expecting to feed more than eleven thousand people tomorrow. Volunteers started showing up around eight this morning to get ready for pancake day 2019. They are bringing in more than 2,500 pounds of pancake flour, 1,200 pounds of sausage, and…

Charter Docks Installed at Newly Constructed Minnesota Slip

Spring is in the air as ten docks were put in the new look Minnesota slip

DULUTH, Minn.- The signs of summer are starting to pop up in Duluth. Today, charter docks were installed in the newly constructed Minnesota Slip. This comes after a cramped season last summer for the charters during the slip’s reconstruction project that pushed the William A. Irvin out from the slips seawall. It’s been a wild scene in the Minnesota slip…

Irvin May Not Return To Slip Until August; Ship’s Maintenance Work In Question

DULUTH, Minn.- The William A. Irvin may not get its paint job and rehab work after all. According to DECC’s Executive Director Chelly Townsend, the bids for the Irvin’s maintenance work at Fraser Shipyards are coming in higher than expected. Townsend said they can’t pay much more than $500,000 worth of grant money available from the Minnesota Historical Society. The…

74th Annual Annual AAD Shrine Circus Comes to Town

Crowds pack Amsoil Arena to get a look at the circus fun.

DULUTH, Minn.- Thousands of people packed the DECC’s Amsoil Arena this weekend for the 74th Annual AAD Shrine Circus. “Are you ready for the circus?!” asks the ringleader to a full stadium of family fans. Families got to see everything from Tigers and Elephants, to the flying trapeze artists, and of course the silly clowns. Categories: Community, Entertainment, Minnesota, News,…

Northland Hit By Late April Storm

April storm causes havoc for some around the Northland, for others, it's just another day living in Minnesota.

DULUTH, Minn.- The big storm hasn’t stopped people from doing what they need to do. Even a country music singer made sure he could get to Duluth, for his concert tonight at AMSOIL. Today’s April snow storm caused havoc for many around the Northland, but for others it’s just another day in the life living in Minnesota. Wild winds, and…

Duluth WorkForce Center Gets a New Name

The WorkForce Center is now know as Career Force

DULUTH, Minn.- Same place, new face. The Duluth WorkForce Center is now know as Career Force. The change is part of a transition for Minnesota’s entire workforce system, bringing multiple partners under the same brand. Career Force will still offer the same amount of services to career seekers while hoping to continue to make sure the economy stays thriving. Elena…

Home Show Day 2

Second Day of the Arrowhead Home and Builders Show took place Thursday

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s the second day of the Arrowhead Home and Builders show at the DECC and just like most of us, one vendor in particular is dreaming of summer temperatures. KG Fireworks is hoping to spark some enthusiasm for summer from the people coming out to the Home Show. It’s a long way until Fourth of July but the…

Laundry Room Lessons with Minnesota’s Laundry Evangelist

The Laundry Evangelist will be at the Home & Builders Show April 3 - 7 at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – Patric Richardson simply loves to do laundry. Luckily for those in the Northland who don’t enjoy the weekly chore as much, Richardson will be at the 53rd Annual Home and Builders Show at the DECC April 3 – 7. His rising stardom is thanks in part to people growing tired of fast fashion and the culture of…

Curling Club Forced to Close Early

An ice malfunction forced the curling facility at the DECC to close a day early

DULUTH, Minn.- Tonight, a major ice failure at the DECC has ended the season early for the Duluth Curling Club. An announcement on the club’s Facebook page says “all games are cancelled but the meeting and banquet will go on tomorrow night” As for the ice, the DECC’s ice maker, tells us a part malfunctioned with the oil pump causing…

Day Two of Motorhead Madness

Day two of three was held this afternoon with hundreds in attendance

DULUTH, Minn.- Motorhead Madness continued today at the DECC. With the warm weather, hundreds flocked to check out all the old fashion cars, trucks antiques, and even a radio controlled car race. One shop from the Twin Cities has been to the event since 2011. They travel all over the country showing off their cars and cycles. They really enjoy…

51st Annual Motorhead Madness Revs up Northland Auto Enthusiasts

The 51st Annual Arrowhead Auto Body Motorhead Madness is Happening March 23 - 24

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland’s biggest indoor car show is coming to the DECC March 23 – 24. The show is in its 51st year, featuring four overflowing arenas filled with customs, street rods, trucks, 4X4s, race cars, cycles, rat rods and antiques. Vendors will be on site along with a swap meet and flea market for folks to enjoy….

Large Crowd Celebrates Women Expo at the DECC

More than five thousand women packed the DECC Saturday

DULUTH, Minn.- Today, more than five thousand women packed the DECC for the Duluth Women’s Expo. 120 exhibitors gave women of the Northland options on travel, home improvement, health, and beauty. And it wasn’t just the expo that was going on today. The Womenrock Breast Cancer Awareness Event and fundraiser was also happening today at the DECC. Vice President of…

FIRST Robotics Competition Kicks Off

Competition teaches students valuable skills.

DULUTH, Minn.- 120 plus teams and their mechanical mates gathered at the DECC to battle it out. The Double Decc’er started with practice matches, as teams tested out their robots on the official “FIRST Minnesota” arena. Organizers say the competition requires students to branch out of the world of robotics, as they’re judged on other skills. “One of the key…

Energy-Efficient Innovations Showcased at the DECC for Minnesota Power’s 29th Annual Energy Design Conference

Nearly 40 exhibits showcased a variety of energy-efficient products, services, and practices.

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Power brings energy–efficient innovations back to Duluth for its 29th Annual Energy Design conference at the DECC. The annual conference has something for everyone. Minnesota Power works with energy conscious agencies from around the state to put spotlight on new innovations to save energy. Nearly 40 exhibits showcased a variety of energy-efficient products, services, and practices….

Extreme Raptors Taking Over the DECC

The Raptor Project will be Taking Over the DECC During the 2019 Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel & RV Show

DULUTH, Minn. – Back in 1996, Johnathan Wood founded Raptor Project Inc. Wood specializes in training and caring for the biggest traveling collection of birds of prey around the world. They’re fierce, feathered and fantastic, winging your way in an avian extravaganza that captures the spirit of the wild. Extreme Raptors is the premium wildlife production featuring birds of prey…

Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel, RV Show Kicks Off

Some vendors have gone to the birds.

DULUTH, Minn.- You know spring is almost near when the Boats, Sports, Travel and RV Show comes to the DECC. The 53rd Annual Event opened Wednesday night, and will continue through Sunday. There are dozens of vendors, from archery and hunting gear, to everything you need to head out on the lake. FOX 21 News also has a booth, we…

DECC to Host Free Pop-Up Play Event Saturday, January 5

The Inaugural Free Pop-Up Play Event is Open to the Public

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is set to host its first ever free Pop-Up Play Event on Saturday, January 5. Community members are invited to enjoy equipment contributed by local organizations geared for families with children aged eight and under. The event will provide children a morning of unstructured physical and mental play in a warm, safe indoor space…

Duluth East Choralaires Deck the Halls of the Skywalk with Song

High Schoolers Sing Carols in Different Businesses

DULUTH, Minn.- Some Duluth East High School students spread some holiday cheer downtown, filling the Skywalk with the sounds of Christmas. The East Choralaires started their musical journey at the Republic Bank, singing such holiday favorites as Deck the Halls and God Rest Ye Marry Gentlemen. They then moved across the avenue to Wells Fargo, then U.S. Bank, before ending…

Visit Bering Sea Gold’s Shawn Pomrenke this Weekend at the DECC

Shawn Pomrenke Appears Regularly on the Discovery Channel's Bering Sea Gold

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re a fan of the Discovery Channel, chances are you’ve seen Shawn Pomrenke a time or two. He’s currently spending the weekend visiting the Northland for the 52nd Annual Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show at the DECC. The show runs from Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9. Pomrenke chatted with FOX 21’s Brett Scott…

Savory Grilled Salmon with Mad Dog and Merrill

Mad Dog and Merrill will be offering Cooking Demonstartions and More December 7-9 at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – Promoting the fine art of barbeque through mesmerizing performances self-proclaimed “grillologists” Mad Dog and Merrill awaken the taste buds of people where ever they go. Having grilled together for over 35 years Mad Dog & Merrill feel they have a partnership made in barbeque heaven. The barbeque duo stopped by FOX 21 Local News Thursday morning for…

Minnesota Ballet Presents The Nutcracker LIVE at the DECC

The Minnesota Ballet will Perform The Nutcracker Friday, December 7 - Sunday, December 9 at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Ballet invites the community to experience The Nutcracker LIVE on stage at the DECC Symphony Hall. The performances will run Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9. This magical family favorite by Allen Fields is a holiday treat the whole family will enjoy. Organizers say The Nutcracker lights up the season in many ways. Synopsis:…

Walz, Flanagan Listen to Duluthians On the Road to St. Paul

Governor and Lieutenant Governor Elects Join Citizens at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn.- Hot off his election victory against Republican Jeff Johnson, DFL Governor Elect Tim Walz and his running mate Peggy Flanagan made a stop in Duluth for a listening session. And Duluth surprised the event organizers, who had to switch locations from City Hall to the DECC to accommodate the numbers. After visiting the Silver Bay Veterans Home and…

Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas at the DECC

Festival of Trees Begins

DULUTH, Minn.-If you need a little Christmas right this very minute, then the DECC is the place for you this weekend. The Junior League of Duluth’s annual Festival of Trees kicked off Saturday, with over 180 vendors there with their own unique pieces of holiday delight, as well as Christmas trees to auction off. Organizers say, it’s become a Northland…

Many ‘Fall’ for PAVSA Autumn Event

Annual Fundraiser Held at DECC

DULUTH, Minn.-For years PAVSA has been offering their services free of charge to victims of sexual abuse and violence. Friday night, the community gave back at the 38th Annual PAVSA Autumn Event Fundraiser. Hundreds packed the DECC in their suits and dresses for PAVSA’s biggest Fundraiser of the year. Guests could donate by participating in the silent auction, live auction,…