education

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….

Free Medicare Advice Offered This Evening in Duluth

UnitedHealthcare is Offering a Free Community Event Wednesday, September 19 for Folks to Learn About Medicare

DULUTH, Minn. – With 62 million Americans enrolled in Medicare, and more than 10,000 Americans turning 65 every single day, there is significant interest in Medicare health coverage. Unfortunately, there’s also tremendous confusion. According to UnitedHealthcare, roughly 39 percent of Medicare beneficiaries say they have a “fair” or “poor” understanding of Medicare, and two in five beneficiaries describes Medicare as “confusing”….

Inside Look at UMD’s Media Technology Lab

The director tells us the resources are meant to spark the student's creativity.

DULUTH, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Duluth is showing off their state of the art media technology lab. From the green screen to virtual reality this MMAD lab is utilized by everyone from theatre majors to researchers. The director tells us the resources are meant to spark the student’s creativity. “Nobody else in Hollywood is doing what we are, because we’re…

Student Senate Makes National Constitution Day Known on Campus

The CSS student body government is handing out pocket copies of the constitution.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s national constitution day and the College of St. Scholastica is making a day of it. The CSS student body government is handing out pocket copies of the constitution. Organizers tell us it’s extremely important their fellow students actually know the constitution. “It sets up the foundation of our government and it impacts literally every one of our…

Making Fun Fall Memories with Simek’s Family Farm

Simek's Family Farm Will Open Saturday, September 15

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s a sure sign fall is right around the corner. Family owned and operated Simek’s Farm is opening Saturday, September 15! Co-owner Andrea Simek says the farm is a wonderful place for both the young and the young-at-heart to enjoy a fall farm experience. The grounds include a corn maze, pick your own fall pumpkin, fresh produce,…

Unique School Bus Helps Special Olympic Athletes

The UCare Mobile Dental Clinic is providing teeth cleaning and other dental services to Special Olympic athletes.

DULUTH, Minn.- Surprising dentist visits are typically bad but one teeth-cleaning station cruising into the Northland is making quite the impact. Dental students from the University of Minnesota are cleaning teeth on a traveling bus, called the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic. During a pit stop in Duluth on Wednesday, September 12, Special Olympics Athletes are receiving free dental work. The soon-to-be dentists tell…

The Arc Northland Looks to Help Navigate the Workforce, Benefits

The Arc Northland Provides Resources and Assistance to People Living with Disabilities in the Region

DULUTH, Minn. – A free workshop happening on Tuesday, September 18 will help people with disabilities learn the possibilities of working and also keeping the proper benefits. The workshop will take place at the Duluth Workforce Development Center located at 402 West First Street. Folks are also able to participate via video conferencing. The workshop will provide information to people…

Construction and Classes Underway at Superior High School

On Monday, September 10th the Superior High School held it's first day after renovations.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s the first day of school at the Superior High School and also the first time students and teachers are seeing the multi-million dollar changes to classrooms. Construction is still underway but right now staff and students are getting to know the revamped space after a summer packed full of construction. The halls are packed full of life….

Walk Through History this Saturday in Superior

The Douglas County Historical Society is Presenting the 4th Annual Living History Walking Tour

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – It’s time once again for Superior’s past to come to life as the Douglas County Historical Society is proud to present the 4th Annual Living History Walk Saturday, September 8. The event is taking place at Greenwood Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Talented re-enactors will be portraying real-life characters from the Twin Port’s past, and developing a connection with…

Virtual Library Cards Give Students 24/7 Access to Resources

The Library Ports Project is a partnership between the Duluth Public School and the Duluth Public Library.

DULUTH, Minn.- This week 8,500 students in the Duluth School District now have24-hour access to resources from the Duluth Public Library. City leaders and educators believe this Library Port program will spark interest in reading. Every student will have their own unique virtual card with easy an easy to remember code. “Our students will be able to access information and resources from the…

First Classes in Many Rivers Montessori School’s New Location

Teachers say its all about community building on the first day at the school.

DULUTH, Minn.-It’s the first day back to school for many students in the Northland. Over at Many Rivers Montessori School, the students and teachers have a lot to be happy about because it’s their first day at their new permanent building on Red Wing Street in Woodland. Teachers say its all about community building today at the school. Students are…

Healthy Tips for Heading Back-to-School

School Starts on Tuesday, September 4 for Many Students in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – Heading back-to-school comes with excitement. It’s a time to meet friends, learn new stuff and grow. But it can be difficult to do so if we don’t stay healthy. Thursday morning, Dr. Addie Licari with St. Luke’s Mount Royal Medical Clinic stopped by FOX 21 Local News to offer tips as parents prepare to get children back…

A Stroll by the Water with Scoops and Snacks

The Great Lakes Aquarium is Home to Scoops and Snacks, Two Striped Skunks Providing Educations Opportunities to Visitors

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly every day if you drive by the Great Lakes Aquarium, chances are you’ll see two striped skunks out for a stroll. Natalie Riemer, Senior Animal Care Specialist at Great Lakes Aquarium and her colleagues make sure Snoops and Snacks take full advantage of their outdoor enrichment activities, weather permitting. The two brothers are used as educators…

Class Back in Session at Lake Superior College & UMD

Enrollment at LSC is up 2% this semester

DULUTH, Minn. – Students are getting back into the swing of campus over at Lake Superior College. Students tell us this week is all about meeting one another which makes living away from home easier. “Being on the soccer team helped a lot, but being in class also does, a lot of people are talkative and social so it’s pretty…

Hot Weather Worries: Tips for Keeping Pets Cool

In this Week's Animal Answers, Dr. Justin Dahl Offers Tips to Keeping Animals Safe When Weather Warms

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – In this week’s Animal Answers, we’re tackling the topic of hot weather worries when it comes to pets. With temperatures soaring into the 80s and lower 90s, it’s important for us all to remember we’re not the ones wearing a fur coat. Dr. Justin Dahl with Happy Tails Animal Hospital in Superior offers two important tips to…

Maple School District to Host Supplies Drive Saturday

Community Members in the Maple School District Have Decided to Host a Community Supply Drive for Students and Staff

POPLAR, Wisc. – Folks in the Maple School District have rallied together over the past two weeks in preparation for a school supply drive ahead of the 2018/2019 school year. “Pencils for Pupils” will take place in Poplar, Wisconsin on Saturday, August 11. The event is being held at the Gravel Pit Tavern in Poplar. There will be a band, bouncy house,…

Superior School District Says Bus Driver Contracts Inevitable

Despite a large amount of disapproval from the Superior School District's bus drivers few changes to the contracts were made and around five decided to not continue working for the district.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Superior School District has five open bus driver positions after some previous workers opted not to sign the newly enforced work contracts, which no longer allows drivers to keep their busses at home. Despite a large amount of disapproval from the Superior School District’s bus drivers few changes to the contracts were made and around five decided…

Buzzing for Bees This Weekend in Carlton

The Inaugural Honey Bee Folk Festival is Happening Friday, August 3 - Saturday, August 4 at the Oldenburg House in Carlton

CARLTON, Minn. – The inaugural Honey Bee Folk Festival begins Friday, August 3 and will run through Saturday, August 4 with fun for the whole family. On Friday, the honey bee folk festival will kick off at 3:00 p.m. with a pronouncement from the Mayor of Carlton and the Carlton City Council. The officials will state the City of Carlton…

Politicians Visit Local School to Talk About Opportunity Gaps

DULUTH, Minn.-Lester Park Elementary School welcomed some political leaders today as Minnesota’s campaign season heats up. DFL endorsed candidate for Governor Erin Murphy, along with Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, stopped by the school to visit with students attending the district’s summer Key Zone Program, which is an educational program that serves kids outside of school. Those who lead that program…

Music Camp Sparks Creativity for Life

The Lake Superior Youth Chorus Summer Sing is going on right now.

DULUTH, Minn.- A summer music camp is helping kids hit the right notes for life. The Lake Superior Youth Chorus Summer Sing is helping students in third through sixth grade learn more about music. Organizers say the day camp does more than spark interest in the arts but teaches students lifelong skills. “What we teach here is community building, how…

Back-to-School Tech Ideas

Verizon Wireless Offers a Few Back-to-School Tech Items That Can Help Make Your School Life Easier

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to back-to-school shopping, it can be boring to buy backpacks, notebooks, pencils and other supplies. That’s why the staff at Verizon Wireless are looking to brighten your list as school shopping ramps up and summer vacation winds down. Solutions Specialist Tayler Miller stopped by FOX 21 Local News to offer a few gadgets to get…

Duluth Elks, Volunteers Teaching Kids to Fish

Teaching Kids to Fish is Happening Saturday, July 28 at Boulder Lake

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Saturday, July 28, more than 50 children from across the Northland will take part in a fun-filled day of events at Boulder Lake near Duluth. The Duluth Elks #133 along with many local sponsors and volunteers will help take kids fishing, some, for the first time in their life. The group partners with youth centers across…

What it Takes to Compete in 4H

The St. Louis County Fair is a big event for 4H showmen.

PROCTOR, Minn.- County fairs are underway in the Twin Ports and 4H is a big part of it all, teaching students how to raise livestock and perform. These County Fairs are the big show for the animal caretakers, it’s the time they get to show off all their hard work after training animals one–on–one to perform, this weekend is the…

Animal Answers: Teaching with Touch at Great Lakes Aquarium

Great Lakes Aquarium Unveiled their New Touchpools on Memorial Day Weekend; the Attraction is Increasing in Popularity

DULUTH, Minn. – Some say seeing is believing, but at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, touching is teaching. On Memorial Day weekend, the Aquarium unveiled three touchpools for the public to visit, including horseshow crabs, sharks, jelly fish and more. The Great Lakes Aquarium is open Monday – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Click here to learn more information….

UMD’s Land Lab Named Top Five in the Nation

UMD's Land Lab is officially the fifth best college farm according to Best Value Schools.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Land Lab at the University of Minnesota Duluth is officially ranked one of the top college farms in the country. UMD’s Land Lab is officially the fifth best college farm according to Best Value Schools. The farm stretches over 30 acres and is ran by over a thousand students every year. Fruits and vegetables grown on the…

“Break the Chain” for Cancer Research this Sunday

The Event is Hosted by the University of Minnesota Medical School and College Pharmacy, Duluth Campus

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Sunday, June 24, The University of Minnesota Medical School and College of Pharmacy, Duluth Campus join the “chain” of community groups in the fight against cancer. The University of Minnesota Medical School and College of Pharmacy on the Duluth Campus have joined the Chainbreaker event for the second year. One-hundred percent of the proceeds goes toward…

Superior School Bus Drivers Upset with District Changes

The bus drivers don't want to sign any contracts until they can talk with the incoming superintendent.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Bus drivers with the Superior School District are slamming the brakes on the district’s changes to operations. The changes involve where the buses are stored overnight and new non-breakable one–year work contracts. Emotions were high as bus drivers sounded off to Superior School District Superintendent Jana Stevens on Thursday. More than two dozen bus drivers showed up to…

Proctor Middle School Students Host Fundraiser for International Trip

PROCTOR, Minn. – Students from Proctor Middle School are raising money for their London, England trip in October 2018. After submitting personal essays and receiving teacher recommendation letters, students were selected to represent their school and community on this exciting travel adventure. The students will visit historical sites such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and more. As…

Duluth Teacher Deemed Negligent After Two Kindergarten Students Locked Outside of School

The mother of one of the students involved tells us mistakes happen but not being truthful is another story.

DULUTH, Minn.- A teacher with the Duluth School District is under investigation and on unpaid leave after two kindergarten students were accidentally locked outside in the cold. The incident happened in January 2017, at Congdon Park Elementary School. The mother of one of the students involved tells us mistakes happen but not being truthful is another story. The Minnesota Department of…

Dental Assistant Shortage Hits Northland

LSC and Hibbing Community College Combining for New Program

DULUTH, Minn.-Right now there is critical shortage in the Northland when it comes to dental assistants. In order to battle that problem, Lake Superior College and Hibbing Community College, are coming together to develop a dual campus to provide a dental assistant program in the Twin Ports. LSC already does offer a dental hygienist program, but dental assistants serve a…

Duluth Brothers Donate Allowance to Bear Country Exhibit

Winter Brothers Choose to Donate Their "Giving" Allowance to Future Bear Country Exhibit at Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn. – If you ask any child what they’d like to spend an allowance on, chances are it’ll most likely be toys, but one family in the Northland has come up with a solution which is also spreading future financial knowledge. “I’m going to be really excited probably,” said Elijah Winter. A trip to the zoo can be wild…

Starbase Celebrates First School Year

The classroom is a whole new experience for children who learn to program rovers and create real-world architectural design.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some Northland students are experiencing what its like to be a scientist through a program called Starbase, which is celebrating the end of its first school year program. The classroom is a whole new experience for children who learn to program rovers and create real-world architectural design. The Starbase program operates on the base of the 148th Fighter…

Students Learn How to Leave No Trace on the Trails

Leave no trace is a set of principles to help enjoy the outdoors sustainably.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Great Outdoors took over Congdon Park Elementary School as students learn how to preserve our forests. The Superior National Forest’s educational outreach program aims to inspire students to enjoy our trails but also know the proper etiquette. The gym transformed into a mock boundary waters campsite at Congdon Elementary School. “We want kids to care about the environment…

Time to Register for Summer Camp at Animal Allies

Staff at Animal Allies Humane Society Advise Signing up for Summer Camp Sooner Rather than Later

DULUTH, Minn. – Just a few days remain before summer camp will be full at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. Humane Education Manager Shawna Weaver stopped by FOX 21 Local News to chat about what your child will take part in during camp. Aside from getting to pet animals and work to make sure they’re happy and healthy on…

River Quest Begins in Duluth

Program Began This Week Which Teaches Kids All About Lake Superior

DULUTH, Minn.-1,500 sixth graders are making their way to the Duluth waterfront all this week to learn about Lake Superior. Students will be taking one hour trips out on the Vista where learning stations are set up. Students will also go through a variety of educational programs in the DECC as well, many of which will be hands-on. “I think…

Congdon Students Continue Getting in Gear

Rainy Weather Postponed Bike, Walk to School Day for Students at Congdon Park Elementary; Event Continues to Grow

DULUTH, Minn. – Back in 1997 students, staff and parent organizers took part in the first ever National Walk to School Day. In 2012, National Bike to School Day became a reality. The day technically happened on Wednesday, May 9 this year, but due to rainy, cold weather in the Northland, students held off to celebrate until the following day….

Educators Celebrated on Teacher Appreciation Day

One Local Business Giving Away Books to Teachers

DULUTH, Minn.-Throughout the country today, teachers are being celebrated because it’s National Teacher Appreciation Day. Some businesses are giving teachers special deals as a way of saying thank you, including Duluth’s Once Upon a Child, which buys and sells used items for children. The owners say they have a special appreciation for educators, due to a family connection to teaching….

Arrowhead Youth Games Bring Sunshine and Smiles

The Arrowhead Youth Games is an on-going tradition.

DULUTH, Minn.-The day camp invites kids with disabilities from various schools to try activities they may have never experienced before. We spoke with one student who mastered a new bike and even took up archery. “I got it right in the red circle and I got it above it, the black circle, I got it above it,” Daniel Loney said….

Students Pitch City Plans to Local Officials

The plans could be used for future city projects.

DULUTH, Minn.- Students at the University of Minnesota Duluth have been brainstorming ways to utilize plots in the city. Art history students are sharing their vision for redesigning the lots around Essentia Health and the former Cobb Elementary School. Their plans were pitched to the City Planning Commission and could be incorporated in future city projects. “The fact that it…

Walk through Ashland School District’s Phase Two Construction

Construction began last April after the $34 million referendum passed.

ASHLAND, Wis.- The Ashland School District is undergoing infrastructure renovations. Construction began last April after the $34 million referendum passed. FOX21’s getting a look at phase two of the project at the high school. You can see what used to be the high school’s exterior brick wall inside the new expanded cafeteria. Updated classrooms and a library, open up more natural…

Fond Du Lac College is Helping Connect Students with Local Jobs

Officials say the expo shows students other routes their degree can take them.

CLOQUET, Minn.- One local college is helping health and nursing students get a foot in the door for jobs after graduation. Fond Du Lac Community College is hosting a Nurse and Health Sciences Expo. The event brings local organizations in the industry to show students the many job opportunities in their field locally. “It’s great to have the local job fair…

Dream job: Harley-Davidson interns get a free motorcycle

Harley's Given to Interns After Completing 12-Week Internship

MILWAUKEE-Harley-Davidson is offering free motorcycles for those who join its summer internship program. Eight college students or recent graduates will have the enviable task of being paid to ride a Harley and share their adventures on social media. And the best part? They’ll keep their bikes at the end of the 12-week internship. The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker says it will…

Local Student Discusses Gender Neutrality at State Tournament

The Denfeld High School speech team qualified for the state tournament.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Students at Denfeld Highschool are speaking out for what they believe in at a state level competition. The Denfeld Highschool speech team qualified for the state tournament. The five students are competing in St. Paul on Friday, April 20th. One student is using this platform to speak-out on gender neutrality. “It’s really nice to be able to share…

Education Leaders Discuss Helping Kids Experiencing Trauma

Organizers believe educating a variety of organizations using the same message, helps with consistency.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s a common concern for educators trying to find the best way to reach students facing tough situations in their lives. Education leaders from across Northland spent Thursday learning how to better handle these students. The conference is not only a space for educators to learn as a team but also a chance to share experiences. The Early…

Meteorologist Talks Weather with Future Scientists

FOX 21's William Seay spoke with second graders at Wrenshall Elementary School.

DULUTH, Minn.- Our very own William Seay informed our future scientists what it’s like as a meteorologist. William spoke with second graders at Wrenshall Elementary School. Students are currently learning about weather in class. Their teacher says hearing from an expert gives students a better perspective. Weather is taught in the spring because here in the Northland, you never know…

Students Create Customizable Shin Guards

The product is made using a 3D printer.

DULUTH, Minn.- A group of student-athletes are creating a product they say isn’t available in the current market. At St. Scholastica students are creating shin guards by using a 3D printer. A group of four soccer players are making fully customizable shin guards. The students say this is the only product like it on the market and they can be made in nearly…

Fish Regrows Tail in UMD Experiment

Students at UMD are sharing their semester long studies with the public.

DULUTH, Minn. – Students at the University of Minnesota Duluth got to show off their semester-long research. From finding one of the oldest rocks in the world on the Iron Range, to finding out one fish can regrow its tail, UMD students will take us there. Bulldog students put in many hours and a lot of hard work for research which…

NASA Program Brings Lunar Samples to Duluth Classrooms

Training sessions, such as this are made possible through the Duluth Childrens Museum and NASA partnership.

DULUTH, Minn.- Northland classrooms have an opportunity to learn with lunar rocks through a NASA program. Lunar samples have been collected from the Apollo missions, but thanks to this training the rare pieces are easily accessible. Nearly a dozen educators participated in the hands-on training course. A researcher with NASA tells us, teachers are required to take the course because…

Residents in Grand Rapids Region Voting on School Referendum Today

Voters Have Until 8 p.m. to Cast Ballot

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.-Today residents who live in the Independent School District 318 region (which includes Grand Rapids, Cohasset, and Bigfork) will have their voices heard about referendums to the school district there. Voters have until 8 p.m. to cast their ballot. Below are the two ballot questions that will be asked. BALLOT QUESTION 1 (cost $68.9 million): Build two new…

Animal Answers: Easter Baskets Over Bunnies

Education Coordinators at Lake Superior Zoo Remind of the Commitment Bunnies and Chickens Come With

DULUTH, Minn. – With Easter right around the corner, many folks are purchasing candies, baskets and other gifts for children ahead of the holiday. However, Lake Superior Zoo Education Program Coordinator Jessamy Schwartz says now is not the time to purchase a bunny or chicken for your children. She wants to remind people that these animals can live to be…