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Residents in ISD #381 to Vote on Two-Question Referendum Nov. 2

Question One Wouldn't Increase Taxes for Residents, Question Two Would

SILVER BAY, Minn. – This fall, leadership from Lake Superior School District is hoping residents will vote yes on two big referendum questions. “This school is the center of this community,” said Joe Nicklay, principal at William Kelley Schools in Silver Bay. Nicklay knows how important his building is when it comes to developing the future. “We have teachers who…

Midday Update 9-24-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, September 24, 2021

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Explore the Beauty of Bagley Nature Area as Fall Foliage Starts to Pop

Active Adventures: Autumn Adventures at Bagley Nature Area

DULUTH, Minn. – This week’s Active Adventures takes FOX 21’s Brett Scott to Bagley Nature Area on the campus of UMD. This 59-acre forest, pond, and open area are located in the northwest part of the campus. Tim Bates, Associate Director, Environmental Education Coordinator, says Bagley is a great place for running, cross-country skiing, walking, or any other quiet outdoor…

Morning Update 9-24-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, September 24, 2021

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Midday Update 9-23-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, September 23, 2021

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New Charcuterie Board Business Now Open in Duluth

Cooking Connection: Bloody Mary Charcuterie Board

DULUTH, Minn. – Can you say Yes, Cheese? The owners and creators of Duluth’s very own charcuterie board business can! In this week’s Cooking Connection, Ken meets with one of the co-founders to find out what the business is all about, and try their Bloody Mary Charcuterie Board. The creation is perfect for a weekend at home, or a gathering…

Inaugural Concert for Recovery Happening Saturday Along Harbor Drive

Concert for Recovery Takes Place Amid National Recovery Month

DULUTH, Minn. – The first-ever Concert for Recovery is set to take place Saturday, Sept. 25 along Harbor Drive behind the DECC. Gates will open at 3 p.m. for folks looking to get in and grab a good seat. Bands will be playing from 4 – 10 p.m. The event supports substance abuse treatment and mental health services. The music…

Morning Update 9-23-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, September 23, 2021

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Midday Update 9-22-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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‘Boo at the Zoo’ Returns for Three Weekends in October

'Boo at the Zoo' is Happening Saturday, October 16, 23, and 30

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual family-fun fall tradition of ‘Boo at the Zoo’ returns to the Lake Superior Zoo on Saturday, October 16, 23, and 30. Each day we will have 9, 2-hour time slots for guests to choose from. This year, there are no capacity limits at this time and the timeframe is your arrival time. 9 am –…

Morning Update 9-22-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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Timber Takes Center Stage at 67th Annual North Star Expo

The Annual Event Was Postponed in 2020 Due to COVID-19

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – It’s an industry providing over 32,000 Minnesotans with jobs, and over $2 billion in wages every year. Logging is vital to the state, and at a recent expo in Grand Rapids, the importance was front and center. “It’s good work for the people up here in northern Minnesota,” said Corey Wilson, attending from Cohasset. What may…

Midday Update 9-21-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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Boy Scouts of America Voyageurs Area Council Kicks off Fall Popcorn Sale

The Fall Popcorn Sale Runs Through Mid-November, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re interested in indulging in gourmet popcorn and supporting a good cause, the Boy Scouts of America Voyageurs Area Council has you covered. Based at 3877 Stebner Road in Hermantown, scouts sell popcorn year-round, however, the biggest sale of the year kicks off in the fall. Trail’s End has created a line of popcorn products specifically…

Explore the Sights, Sounds of Tettegouche State Park This Fall

The Park is Seeing an Influx of Visitors Looking to Catch a Glimpse of the Beautiful Fall Foliage

SILVER BAY, Minn. – It’s one of the most scenic sections along Highway 61. Just a hop off the highway, Tettegouche State Park offers a wide variety of hiking, climbing, and camping options. “It’s not too hot, not too cold, it’s just about right,” said Kelly Thielien, visiting from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The so-called “Goldilocks principle” holds true along the…

Midday Update 9-20-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, September 20, 2021

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Vaccination Rates Vary Widely on UW-System Campuses

UW-System Promotes Scholarship Drawing Aimed at Boosting Vaccination Rates Among Students

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – University of Wisconsin officials say student vaccination rates for COVID-19 vary widely among the system’s campuses. At the Madison campus, 91% of students are fully vaccinated, the highest number among the system’s universities. The lowest number of vaccinated students are at UW-Parkside where 38% have been inoculated. Other campuses range from 75% at La Crosse to…

Forest Officials Lift Fire Restrictions as Greenwood Fire Remains 80% Contained

As of Monday, Sept. 20, the Greenwood Fire is 26,797 Acres and 80% Contained

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Authorities say they have lifted fire restrictions for the entire Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota after reports over the weekend that the Greenwood Lake blaze was 80% contained. The blaze has burned more than 26,000 acres of land. This announcement comes as the Minnesota Department of Transportation reopens Highway 1 near Isabella. Officials say drivers…

Huntington’s Disease Society of America Hosting ‘Hope Walk’ in Duluth

Duluth Team Hope Walk is Happening Saturday, Sept. 25 Beginning at 11 a.m. at Endion Park

DULUTH, Minn. – Team Hope is Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s (HDSA) largest national grassroots fundraising event. Thousands of families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and communities walk together each year to support HDSA’s fight to improve the lives of people affected by HD and their families. This year’s walk is happening Saturday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. at Endion Park, located…

Morning Update 9-20-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, September 20, 2021

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Billman Estate Sale Features Vintage Tractors, Countless Collectibles & Antiques

The Billman Estate Sale is Happening at 6448 Ellison Road in Twig, Minnesota

TWIG, Minn. – How often do you get the chance to purchase a running tractor from the 1930s? This weekend only, the opportunities are endless for collectors in the Northland. “Tractors, parts, pedal tractors – absolute insanity in reality,” said Gregg Billman, the son of Donn and Aileen Billman. A piece of private property is open for business this weekend…

ISD #381 to Require Masks for All Elementary Students Starting Monday, Sept. 20

The Requirement Comes Amid a Spike in COVID-19 Cases in Lake County

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Starting Monday, Sept. 20, masks will be required for elementary students in Lake Superior School District #381. This includes schools elementary grades in Two Harbors and Silver Bay. The district’s superintendent says due to an increase in new COVID-19 cases in the county, their only option was to make masks a requirement for elementary grades due…

Midday Update 9-17-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, September 17, 2021

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Duluth Fall Wedding Show Returns to the DECC

The Duluth Fall Wedding Show is Happening Sunday, September 19 at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fall Wedding Show returns to the DECC Sunday, Sept. 19. This year to help limit crowd size, the show will take place at two different times throughout the day. The first session is from 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., and the second is happening from 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. inside Lake Superior Ballroom. “When…

Morning Update 9-17-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, September 17, 2021

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Itasca County Health Officials Concerned as Delta Variant Spreads

Vaccination Rates Continue to Climb, but Health Officials Say More Work Needs to be Done

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – Health officials in Itasca County are looking to get ahead of the spread as the Delta variant of COVID-19 is being passed through community transmission. “We have to get back to basics. Everyone is tired of COVID and no one wants to be doing this anymore, but we do know what works,” said Kayla Scrivner, COO…

Midday Update 9-16-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, September 16, 2021

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Essentia Urologist Explains Importance of Screening for Prostate Cancer

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

DULUTH, Minn. – One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Dr. Nathan Hoffman, a urologist with Essentia Health in Duluth, explains why it’s so vital to begin routine screening at the right time in your life. “In general, if you’re starting to feel the symptoms, you’re a little bit later on the scale of…

Potato Salad Perfection Inside the Kitchen of Howard’s Que

Cooking Connection: Homemade Potato Salad with Howard's Que

DULUTH, Minn. – We’re back at Howard’s Que in this week’s Cooking Connection where we get a sneak peek into Howard’s famous potato salad. While some of the ingredients remain a family secret,  the source of inspiration shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The amazing potato salad is a great compliment to the delicious, fall of the bone ribs, at…

Morning Update 9-16-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, September 16, 2021

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Midday Update 9-15-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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Fall Fest Returns to Duluth’s Chester Bowl This Saturday

Fall Fest Was Canceled in 2020 Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn. – The 36th annual Chester Bowl Fall Fest is happening Saturday, Sept. 18 at Chester Bowl in Duluth from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year’s festival will feature over 130 vendors selling locally and hand-made items, a farmers market, live music, nearly a dozen food vendors, and activities for families and children. The Chester Bowl Improvement Club…

Visitors Flock to See Fall Migration at Duluth’s Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

Hawk Weekend Festival is Happening Friday, Sept. 17 - Sunday, Sept. 19

DULUTH, Minn. – Each fall, millions of birds flock south, migrating to warmer climates for the winter months. Happening now, the natural phenomenon is attracting repeat visitors, and new watchers to Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory for the great fall migration. “Would you like to see 10,000 hawks in one day come right over your head?” If you ask the average…

Wide Variety of Pumpkins to Pick From at Farmer Doug’s Patch

Farmer Doug's Pumpkin Patch is Located at 3361 Lindahl Road in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Autumn is the perfect time of year to promote the significance of agriculture. That’s exactly what one local farmer and his family continue to do this year as they welcome hundreds to pick their own pumpkins. “It’s getting cold so I’m feeling the fall vibes so we decided to come to pick pumpkins,” said Sabrina Fosness, visiting…

Midday Update 9-14-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. Ross Perko, a Pediatric Oncologist with Essentia Health, Discusses Topics Related to Childhood Cancer

DULUTH, Minn. – Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM) is recognized every September by childhood cancer organizations around the world. With a goal to increase awareness and raise funds for those affected by childhood cancer, the American Childhood Cancer Organization encourages everyone to Go Gold® during September in honor and in memory of kids with cancer. Click here to learn more from…

Morning Update 9-14-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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Solar Module Production Facility Taking Shape in Mountain Iron

The Sun is Shining Brighter in the Community of Mountain Iron as a New Solar Project Gets Underway

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – Aside from the vibrant mining industry, one Iron Range community is now helping to diversify the workforce, becoming a new leader in solar energy. “We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him,” said Martin Pochtaruk, President and CEO of Heliene. With the help of a dedicated state senator, solar energy will soon be shining brighter…

Midday Update 9-13-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, September 13, 2021

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Duluth Oktoberfestival Returning to Bayfront Park

Duluth Oktoberfestival is Happening Sept. 17, 18, 19 at Bayfront Festival Park

DULUTH, Minn. – Grab your stein and dig out the lederhosen! Duluth Oktoberfestival makes a return to Bayfront Festival Park on Sept. 17, 18, and 19. This is the second time the event is taking place. COVID-19 sidelined the festival back in 2020. The family fun begins Friday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. Duluth Oktoberfestival 2021 will feature the largest…

Morning Update 9-13-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, September 13, 2021

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Echo Valley Motocross Park Attracting Riders of All Ages

Active Adventures: Ken Visits the Echo Valley Motocross Park

BROOKSTON, Minn. – In this week’s Active Adventures, we are in Brookston, Minnesota to check out a motocross event at Echo Valley Motocross Park. Participants of all ages came out to compete in a weekend of family fun at the track. They have a few more events scheduled still this year so be sure to check them out! Click here…

Midday Update 9-10-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, September 10, 2021

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Twin Ports ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ Happening Saturday

The Walk Begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021

DULUTH, Minn. – Residents of the Twin Ports are encouraged to join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Sept. 11 along the Lakewalk in Duluth. Check-in begins at 1 p.m. at the DECC. The opening ceremony of the Walk begins at 2 p.m. outside the DECC with the walk to follow along the Lakewalk. This year, the Alzheimer’s Association has…

Morning Update 9-10-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, September 10, 2021

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Judy Garland Museum Seeing Strong Visitation in 2021

A Recent $10,000 Donation from Celebrity John Oliver is Helping Keep the Museum in Good Standing Financially

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave small, non-profit organizations scrambling to pay the bills from month to month. Staff at the Judy Garland Museum are thankful for visitors, and the recent visibility they’ve received from a well-known celebrity. If you’re off to see the wizard in Northern Minnesota, you’ll end up smack dab in the middle…

Essentia Radiologist Expresses Importance of Annual Breast Cancer Screening

Annual Mammograms Should Begin for High-Risk Women at Age 40

DULUTH, Minn. – On the heels of Sen. Klobuchar’s breast cancer announcement, local oncologists and radiologists are taking time to express the importance of routine mammograms. At Essentia Health in Duluth, numbers are returning to normal after a pause on routine screenings from March through May in 2020. Roughly 200 mammograms are performed each day throughout Essentia facilities. The American…

Midday Update 9-9-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, September 9, 2021

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Lake Superior Harvest Festival Returns to Bayfront Park

Lake Superior Harvest Festival is Happening Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Fall is the perfect time of year to get your hands on locally grown, farm-fresh produce and goods. The Lake Superior Harvest Festival will return to Bayfront Festival Park on Saturday, September 11. It’s happening from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Participants are invited to enjoy the largest farmer’s market in the region as well as artisan…

Howard’s Que Sets Up Shop in Duluth’s All American Club

Cooking Connection: Chicken Vegetable Alfredo from Howard's Que

DULUTH, Minn. – This week’s Cooking Connection takes you to Howard’s Que in the Lincoln Park Craft District of Duluth. Owner Howard Ross now operates his business out of the All American Club. Aside from ribs, potato salad, and other traditional BBQ staples, Ross also whips up a mouthwatering chicken alfredo with mixed vegetables. Click here to see the full…