Hermantown

Knowing Your Neighbors: Hermantown’s First Wellness Center

Essentia Wellness Center opens with YMCA, clinic, and more inside.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- On Tuesday Hermantown will open their first ever Wellness Center with fitness, healthare, and a hangout spot all in one. “It’s a great place for us to grow as a community, to build community together to help us to feel connected, and just be stronger together,” said John Mulder, Hermantown City Administrator. There’s no shortage of things to…

These Bricks Did More than Build Houses, They Built a Community

NORTHLAND UNCOVERED: The story behind the quaint 84 Jackson Project brick houses in Hermantown.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – America in the 1930’s is remembered for its high unemployment and struggle for working families to find affordable housing. President Franklin D. Roosevelt started a number of projects to help the nation’s families escape these problems and find a better life, including a Northland colony of depression–era housing projects, one of the nation’s only homestead colonies still…

Graduates of Carpentry Program Ready for Next Step

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A graduation ceremony was held in Hermantown at the Jerry Alander Training Center Friday afternoon. Participants spent six weeks in a carpentry program sponsored by multiple organizations including the local carpenters union. That work group says they are in need of workers as the construction industry continues to boom in the northland. The graduates- with the majority…

St. Louis County Deputies Justified In Fatal Shooting in Hermantown

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- A legal decision has been made about a fatal officer-involved shooting in Hermantown that happened back in May. The St. Louis County Attorney’s Office has ruled the two deputies involved were justified in their actions that killed the man who exchanged gunfire with them after fleeing from a traffic stop. St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin says “their…

Intersection of Stebner and Maple Grove Road Closed Monday

City to close intersection for the final time, officials say.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.-The intersection of Stebner Road and Maple Grove Road in Hermantown will be closed for most of the day Monday. St. Louis County is paving the roads there starting at 7:30 Monday morning until about 4 p.m. The closure means you may need to plan an alternate route to get to the Hermantown Community Church, Jefferson Children’s Center, and…

Become a Charter Member at Essentia Wellness Center’s YMCA Branch

Three Sign Up Events are Happening Throughout August 12 - 14

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Duluth Area Family YMCA is kicking off its Essentia Wellness Center membership open enrollment Monday, August 12. The new facility is on the lot that used to house the old Hermantown Middle School. The Essentia Wellness Center is set to open October 2019. Three membership drives are happening August 12 – 14, giving new members the…

Carpenter’s Training Gets Students Ready to be Apprentices

OSHA Safety training conducted before three weeks of hands-on skills training.

DULUTH, Minn.- Northlanders interested in getting into carpentry attended a class at the Duluth Workforce Development building Monday. The class focused on the OSHA safety guidelines, before students start the hands on portion of the training next week. This comes as carpentry and trade jobs are experiencing a shortage in labor, so instructors say to get apprenticed for an important…

Parade of Puppies Kicks Off Hermantown Summerfest

Annual Hermantown Pet Parade Held at City Hall.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Summerfest kicked off in Hermantown Wednesday, with a parade full of paws. The Summerfest Pet Parade continued its longstanding tradition outside Hermantown City Hall. “I think it’s just a lot of silliness, a lot of fun, and who doesn’t love their pets?” said emcee for the event, Rob Hofmann. “It’s an opportunity to share–” some barks interrupt–“and there’s…

Construction Season Continues in Duluth and Hermantown

Two intersections in Duluth and two stretches of road in Hermantown began roadwork Monday.

DULUTH, Minn.- Construction work is well underway this summer in the Northland, and Monday two new projects just started. Crews began work on one residential intersection in Duluth, and two parts of Maple Grove Road in Hermantown. At the intersection of 26th Avenue East and Jefferson Street in Duluth, crews will reconstruct pedestrian ramps to ADA standards and partially replace…

Northland Greenhouses in Full Bloom Thanks to Spring Weather

Lilac Hill Greenhouse report higher sales with Mother's Day and warmth.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- The warm air and sun came just in time for area greenhouses to go into their busy season. The florists at Lilac Hill Greenhouse, formerly Engwall’s, said this past Mother’s Day weekend and this week’s warm weather has given them a boost going into the summer season. They say, after a long Northland winter, the flowers are refreshing….

Hermantown Mayor Running For St. Louis County Commissioner

PROCTOR, Minn. – Hermantown Mayor Wayne Boucher has announced his candidacy for the St. Louis County Board seat for the fifth district, which was vacated after Pete Stauber was elected to Congress. Mayor Boucher, also a retired Hermantown police officer, began his political career on the Hermantown City Council before becoming mayor of the city in 2009. Mayor Boucher is…

Daniel Urshan’s ‘Where’s Duke?’ Found at Fitger’s

Book Signing Held Outside Bookstore

DULUTH, Minn.- The former mayor of Hermantown now finds himself in the completely new position of a children’s book author. Daniel Urshan was at Fitger’s on Sunday signing his book, “Where’s Duke?” It’s based on a true story, about a young Danny losing his dog, Duke. Eventually the two are reunited, with the help of good Samaritans, and Animal Allies….

Hermantown City Council Approves Raising Age to Buy Tobacco to 21

The Hermantown City Council voted 5-0 last night to move the tobacco purchase age in the city to 21, starting Jan. 1 of 2019.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.-The Hermantown City Council voted 5-0 last night to move the tobacco purchase age in the city to 21, starting Jan. 1 of 2019. The age limit also applies to vaping devices. Councilor Gloria Nelson told Fox 21 that the move was made because they want to get tobacco products out of young people’s hands so the area can…

Animal Answers: Book Donation Helps Spark Animal Education

Hermantown Resident Dan Urshan Donates 1,000 Copies of His Recent Book to Local Classrooms, Shelter Contributors, Sparking Topic of Animal Humane Education

DULUTH, Minn. – Hermantown resident Dan Urshan has been rather busy lately, writing a children’s book about a dog called, “Where’s Duke?” Shawna Weaver, Humane Education Manager at Animal Allies in Duluth, tells FOX 21, Urshan is graciously donating 1,000 copies of the book to Animal Allies. Aside from some of the books being donated to local classrooms in the…

Large Black Bear Feasts on Hermantown Garbage Cans

The Bear With a Big Belly Has Been Spotted By Dozens

HERMANTOWN, Minn – As it gets colder outside chances are getting higher that you might encounter a certain kind of creature in your neighborhood. There’s one that’s become a sort of ‘neighborhood celebrity’ spotted by dozens of people in Hermantown looking for a snack. Talk to most people on Morris Thomas road in Hermantown and you’ll hear something like what…

Health Officials Pushing to Increase Legal Age to Purchase Tobacco

Tobacco 21 is being led by the American Lung Association.

DULUTH, Minn.- The FDA is calling youth smoking an epidemic and a push to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 is coming through Duluth and Hermantown. Tobacco 21 is being led by the American Lung Association. Organizers tell us tightening the age restriction would make a positive impact. The menthol ban as just a big step to…

Woman Shot at the Econolodge Hotel in Hermantown

The Hermantown Police Department Reports the Suspect as 21-Year-Old Benny Ray Urrutia of Duluth

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Officials with the Hermantown Police Department report one woman is now hospitalized after suffering a gunshot wound early Friday morning. Officers first responded to the Econolodge Hotel in Hermantown on reports of shots being fired and a female screaming. Witnesses report seeing a male wearing a red sweatshirt shove a female into a dark colored SUV. Witnesses say…

New Roundabout Close to Opening in Hermantown

It's that time of year when most drivers are ready to see those orange construction cones disappear.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- After several weeks of construction, a long-awaited roundabout is set to open. It’s that time of year when most drivers are ready to see those orange construction cones disappear and at Maple Grove Road and Midway Road your wish is close to being granted.  The brand new roundabout construction is close to the finish line. This Saturday, drivers will finally…

New Hermantown Market Space Hosts Groundbreaking

Once complete eight new buildings will be built on 12 acres of land available for small and large businesses to lease spaces.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- An exciting new development center is coming to Hermantown. The Hermantown Marketspace has been years in the making and broke ground on Wednesday. The Hermantown Marketspace is located on Miller Trunk Highway by Haines and Stebner road. Once complete eight new buildings will be built on 12 acres of land available for small and large businesses to lease…

Superior Engwall Folding Its Petals

Store Closing at End of the Month

Superior, WI- Engwall’s flower shop is closing it’s doors in Superior and merging with their Hermantown location at the end of the month. Despite the closure, Engwall’s employees can still work at the Hermantown location. Owners said the move is due to the decreased number of walk-in customers at that store, with about 90 percent of their business coming online. They…

McKenzie’s Bar and Grill Under New Ownership

Owners tell us menu favorites will stay the same.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.-  A staple American food pub in Hermantown is under new ownership, but don’t worry your favorites will stay the same. McKenzie’s Bar and Grill is celebrating under new ownership. New owners tell us the American style menu featuring pulled pork tacos and burger, that are favored by locals will stay the same. “Keep the specials all the same…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Getting to Know The Bauble Fairy

The Bauble Fairy Started Three Years Ago by Hermantown Resident Lyndsey Manning

DULUTH, Minn. – Big box and department stores have a large selection when it comes to bling and jewelry for babies and children. But one Northland mother simply wasn’t satisfied with the choices. “Probably not your typical style, the blue hair and black walls in my house,” said Lyndsey Manning, Owner of The Bauble Fairy. For this stay-at-home mom, fashion…

Fire in Rural Duluth Causes Total Loss of Garage, Contents Inside

Multiple Fire Departments Responded to the Fire at 302 Thurber Road in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Just before 4:00 a.m. Friday crews were called to battle a fully engulfed garage fire in rural Duluth. Duluth, Rice Lake, Lakewood, Hermantown and 148th Air Guard fire departments along with the Gold Cross were on scene when FOX 21 arrived. The blaze happened at 302 Thurber Road just off Norton Road in Duluth. Crews dealt with…

Spots Still Open for St. Fennessy 4K

This is the first year the race is offering special youth pricing.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- The Saint Fennessy 4K race is coming up on St. Patrick’s Day, this Saturday and spots are still open as of Wednesday. New this year, the race is offering youth pricing, inviting runners as young as six to join in. Runners are encouraged to dress-up in festive green and gold outfits. After the race votes will be placed…

Hermantown Police Seize 26 Pounds of Marijuana, Two Arrested

Seven pounds of Butane Hash Oil, or "Wax," also seized.

(Still Awaiting Mugshot for Williams)HERMANTOWN, Minn. – On February 21 the Hermantown Police Department and Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at the 4100 Block of Meadow Parkway in Hermantown. Officers seized approximately 26 pounds of marijuana, 7 pounds of Butane Hash Oil, also known as “Wax,” and $27,000 in cash. Two loaded handguns,…

Growing Season Sprouts at Engwall’s

Spring Officially Begins on March 20, but the Staff at Engwall's are Already Ordering, Planting and Watering

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland is still a little over two months away from the official start of spring, but when temperatures plummet as low as they have been, it’s hard not to think of warmer weather. Spring in the northern hemisphere begins on Tuesday, March 20, and one business in the Northland is already growing more and more excited….

Hermantown Students Graduate from D.A.R.E.

More than 170 sixth graders graduated the program

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown kids are ready for some of life’s toughest lessons, thanks to the D.A.R.E program. More than 170 sixth grade students graduated from the 2017 D.A.R.E program In Friday. Hermantown police handed out certificates and prizes. The program teaches kids about the effects of drugs and alcohol, but it doesn’t stop there. “The D.A.R.E. program is so much…

Love–A–Pet Day Gives Animals a New Home

Local event highlights animals up for adoption.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Saturday was one for the dogs at Miller Hill Subaru. Dogs and cats from Animal Allies Humane Society and Lake County Humane Society found their new families at Love–A–Pet day. It’s Animal Allies largest off site adopt event. If you’re looking for a furry friend more pets will available on Sunday. “Adoption is so important because when you…

Hermantown is not Receiving LGA in Upcoming Budget

Local government aid cut in Hermantown due to a glitch.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Hermantown is receiving no local government aid for the 2018 budget. This is the fourth year the city has received a cut in LGA. Back in 2016 an unintentional error caused the city to receive less LGA than the state determined. The glitch was corrected, but it was too late to fix the city from getting funding in…

Preparing for Firearm Deer Hunting Season Opener

Hunting shops are busy with Northlanders preparing for deer hunting.

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

RV Dealers Advise Early Winterization

Bullyan RV in Hermantown is Seeing an Increase of Business in their Service Department as Campers Winterize Units

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – With winter right around the corner local RV dealers are advising campers to think ahead before Jack Frost potentially damages your equipment. The Service Department at Bullyan RV in Hermantown says now is the time to drain your RV’s plumbing system. There are various pumps and ways to get all the water out of lines before putting…

Holiday Decor Hits Store Shelves

Staff at Hermantown Menards Say it Takes Nearly Three Weeks to Set Up Holiday Displays

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Signs of the holiday season are quickly decking the isles of local Menards stores around the Northland. Staff at Hermantown Menards are in the first week of setting up displays. General Manager Tom Hanson says once patio furniture sales start to dwindle, they know it’s time to start getting shipments of holiday themed decor on the shelves….

Students Volunteer to Grab Groceries-to-Go

Groceries-to-Go, a Program Set Up By Age Well Arrowhead, is Gaining in Popularity Across the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – A program known as Groceries-to-Go run by Age Well Arrowhead is now picking up popularity in Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor. When the program started, only a handful of senior citizens were signed up to have grocery shopping done for them. Now, more than 50 participants receive orders weekly. On Wednesday, Age Well Arrowhead trained in a new…

7 West Taphouse Opening Second Duluth Location Next Week

The Taphouse Has Expanded to a Location Along Maple Grove Road

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders will soon have a new location to stop for a burger and a brew in the Twin Ports. The owner of 7 West Taphouse tells FOX 21 he and his staff should be ready to open their new Duluth location Monday, August 14. Since May, crews have been busy turning the former Nevada Bob’s Golf space…

Shopping Made Easier with Groceries-to-Go

Groceries-to-Go Started in January 2017, Offering Seniors in Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor Help with Grocery Shopping

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to getting older, independence can often start to slip away, however, one local organization wants to change the outlook. Age Well Arrowhead is working to connect senior citizens in the Northland with volunteers, so living at home can continue for as long as possible. A trip to the grocery store can oftentimes be a…

Hermantown Hawks Raising Money for Fellow Hawk

Mike Anderson of Hermantown was Once Again Diagnosed with Brain Cancer in February

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hundreds of Hawks were soaring together in the Northland Wednesday morning. Students, staff, and faculty at Hermantown Middle School were crowded together for a group photo. It’s all for the husband of Special Education teacher, Jen Anderson. Former Hawk Mike Anderson graduated from Hermantown in 2002. “People say there’s kind of a motto at school that Hawks fly…