New Habitat Home Being Built in Superior

Home Will House Family With Seven Children

  SUPERIOR, Wis.-A huge family with seven children is getting a home built for them in Superior. It’s all part of a project by the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity and regional carpenters. The family also works to put the home together and then pay off an affordable mortgage based on their income. The Defoe family told us today they…

Service Center Employees Honored

25 Retirees from St. Louis County Also Honored at Ceremony

DULUTH, Minn.-The St. Louis County Auditor’s Service Center at the Miller Hill Mall got some special recognition today from the County Board  for all the work they’ve done to battle the changes in Minnesota’s licensing system. Over the last year, multiple issues have popped up in that system. In July, a new $93 million statewide database was introduced to keep…

Operation K-9 This Thursday

Event Features Law Enforcement K-9’s

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Police K-9’s serve a vital role in law enforcement whether it’s helping apprehend an armed suspect or sniffing out a drug bust. This Thursday those skills will be on display during “Operation K-9” from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Superior at Amsoil Center right off the Bong Bridge. During the event, five different law enforcement agencies will have 14…

Fire Rips Through Garage on Congdon Boulevard

No One Injured

DULUTH, Minn.-A garage fire at 8031 Congdon Boulevard left no one injured in the early afternoon hours. Five trucks were on the scene to put out the blaze. There were no hydrants near the garage, so they had to set up a water system with the city’s pumping station there. The Duluth fire marshal is continuing to investigate the incident….

Police Camps Held for Youth in Cloquet

Students Get to Learn All About What Police Do

CLOQUET, Minn.-All week, kids from Cloquet and the Fond du Lac Reservation are learning all about what police officers do as they participate in a variety of camps throughout the area. The program, being run by the Cloquet and Fond du Lac police departments, aims to put police in a more positive light in young people’s eyes. Organizers we spoke…

Minnesota GOP Convention Begins in Duluth

Multiple Candidates Vying for Nomination

    **UPDATE** Representative Jim Newberger, Becker, was endorsed for the United States Senate seat with nearly 80% of the vote on the first ballot for the senate seat currently held by Amy Klobuchar. State Senator Karin Housley, Stillwater, was endorsed for the United States Senate seat on the first ballot for the senate seat resigned by Al Franken. The…

Duluth Design Expo Held

Expo Aimed at Hospitality Industry

DULUTH, Minn.-The hospitality industry took center stage today during the first ever Duluth Design Expo. The event, held at Clyde Iron Works, featured trending hospitality products from more than 30 vendors. The program was organized by the Duluth firm Architecture Advantage, who wanted industry leaders to learn more about trends in that market space. Organizers of the event said it…

Bubble Tea Shop Opens at Mall

Shop Opens in Old Teavana Location

DULUTH, Minn.-The Bubble Tea Company of Duluth has opened at the Miller Hill Mall right next to Younkers. The store opened earlier this week in the old Teavana location. Management of the new shop says she got the idea after making multiple trips to New York and seeing all the bubble tea shops there. The shop will not only specialize…

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…

Midday Update 5-28-18

Local News and Weather Headlines for Monday, May 28, 2018

Categories: News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, forecast, Garden House, Headlines, Lakewalk, midday update, News, solon springs, Storm, Update, weather, William Seay, wisconsin

Northlander’s React to Rising Gas Prices During Busy Memorial Day Weekend

Gas Prices Sit Nationally at $2.93 a Gallon

DULUTH, Minn.-Northland Roads are expected to be packed this weekend as its one of the busiest weekends of travel for the year. Nearly 40 million Americans are hitting the roads this weekend, according to AAA. They are expected to pay more at the pump when they are fueling up for their trip. AAA says gas prices have jumped about 12…

Students Learn Science Behind Lake Superior

200 Students Participate in Program Today

DULUTH, Minn.-Elementary and high school students got to learn all about Lake Superior today on the UMD’S Blue Heron Research Vessel. Scientists and researchers gave demonstrations and guided tours of the boat. Students even got to operate a remotely operated vehicle that explores the lake. Organizers said they hope the event gives kids more of an appreciation for Lake Superior….

Superior Street Workers Thanked

Hot Dog Roast Held in Their Honor

DULUTH, Minn.-A hot dog roast was held today to thank workers who are doing all the work on Superior Street. The event, sponsored by Security Jewelers, brought together dozens of construction workers to the business as one of the owners cooked the dogs right in front of the store. “We see them every day … we thought we’ll throw a…

Allergy Season in Full Bloom

Dust a Big Part of Our Allergy Problems

DULUTH, Minn.-With the warm weather hitting the Northland, that also means it’s pollen season. Today the pollen level in Duluth has been ranked at medium level and it’s expected to grow over the weekend. Allergy experts Fox 21 spoke to said Northlander’s are also getting hit by dust really hard right now. They say a lot of that has to…

City Officials Say Superior Street Construction is On Schedule

DULUTH, Minn –The reconstruction project on Superior Street in Duluth is really moving along. City officials say with good weather they’ve remained pretty much on schedule. The stretch of Superior Street from 3rd Avenue West to 7th Avenue West now has a hole more than eight feet deep as crews work to renovate water and steam pipes that will function…

‘Earth Tracks’ Event Held at Zoo

‘Earth Tracks’ Teaches Kids About Environmental Awareness

DULUTH, Minn.-Environmental educators from across the region came to the Lake Superior Zoo today to teach Northland students all about wildlife research and conservation. The event, dubbed “Earth Tracks,” featured 18 hands–on learning stations throughout the zoo. One of the aims of the event is too bring more educational topics to the classroom. “We hope that teachers do a unit…

Care Packages Assembled for 148th

Maurices and Duluth Blue Star Chapter Assemble Care Packages for 148th Fighter Wing

DULUTH, Minn.-Those who serve our country were honored today by the Duluth–based Maurices Corporation, along with the Duluth Blue Star Chapter. They came together to assemble care packages for the 148th Fighter Wing, as some of them are currently serving overseas. Those directing the event today said they hope these care packages bring smiles to soldiers’ faces. “It’s an expression…

Colalillo Monument Fixed in Western Duluth

Two Locals Stepped Up to Get it Fixed

DULUTH, Minn.-A monument dedicated to a Northland World War II hero has received a makeover. Two Northlander’s heard the monument for Mike Colalillo,  who won the Medal of Honor for all he did serving in the Army, was being worn down by the elements. So they stepped to get it fixed up so future generations will understand all the sacrifices that…

Seat Belt Safety Brought Forward in Northland

90 Percent of Minnesotans Wear Seat Belts

DULUTH, Minn.-Over the last five years more than 400 Minnesotans lost their lives because they weren’t wearing a seat belt. Today, the Northeast Minnesota chapter of the Toward Zero Deaths Campaign, brought together law enforcement and the medical community to talk with the public about how wearing one can save your life. They said more than 90 percent of Minnesotans…

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…

Fire Rips Through House on West Fourth Street

No One Injured in Blaze

DULUTH, Minn.- Scary moments on Tuesday afternoon after fire broke out inside a home on West Fourth Street in Duluth. At one point, fire officials worried the homeowner was trapped. Nobody was injured in this fire. The cause all centers around a cigarette. The fire broke out around 3:30 p.m at 4209 West Fourth Street. A neighbor called in the…

US Says it’s Going Ahead With North Korea Summit Plan

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency Reported That the North Was Threatening to Cancel the Summit With That Country

(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)SEOUL, South Korea-The United States says it is going ahead with plans for the meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. A spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department says the U.S. has not heard anything directly from Pyongyang or Seoul that would change that. Her comment came shortly after South Korea’s Yonhap News…

Tax Court Ruling for Enbridge Could Cost Counties Millions

Enbridge Says it Was Overtaxed by $55 Million

ST. PAUL, Minn.-A Minnesota Tax Court ruling says the state has overvalued Enbridge Energy’s pipeline system in Minnesota, a decision that could leave several counties owing tens of millions of dollars in refunds. Enbridge says it was overtaxed by $55 million from 2012 to 2017. Tuesday’s ruling covers the first three years, when Enbridge says it was overtaxed by $15…

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…

Johnson Names Duluth’s Bergstrom to Governor Campaign

The Announcement was Made Monday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Republican Jeff Johnson has chosen a running mate in his bid for governor. Johnson added Donna Bergstrom to his ticket in a Monday announcement. Bergstrom is a Republican activist and a retired lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve who lives in the Duluth area. Bergstrom ran and lost for a heavily Democratic Duluth state…

Morning Update 5-14-18

Local News and Weather Update for Monday, May 14, 2018

Categories: News Update Tags: city council, duluth, Headlines, Morning, News, Nordic Ski, Twin Ports, Update

Tourism Season Brings Big Money to Douglas County

$100 Million Spent by Tourists in Douglas County in 2017

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Douglas County had a great year when it comes to tourism in 2017, as they brought in nearly $100 million dollars to the area. That’s according to a study by the group Tourism Economics, who says that travel spending was up about five percent compared to last year in the county. Those numbers are all a sign for local…

Dayton Vetoes Bill Repealing Wild Rice Water Standards

Dayton Said the Bill was an "Extreme Overreach"

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill that would nullify a water quality standard that’s meant to protect wild rice. The legislation passed by the Republican Legislature would have nixed a largely unenforced 1973 law limiting sulfate discharges into water where wild rice grows to 10 milligrams per liter. Supporters argued that standard is outdated and would cost…

Gardening Season Still a Few Weeks Away

Potatoes and Onions Can be Planted Now

DULUTH, Minn.-The temperatures are rising across the Northland which may lead you to want to scratch your gardening itch. Experts warn though, that it’s still too early to plant most items other than vegetables like potatoes and onions. The peak season for planting is still a few weeks away, which can be frustrating for some local gardeners. “We are certainly…

Child Abuse Victim and Author Speaks Out

Event Was Sponsored by The Hills Youth Services

DULUTH, Minn.-Back in 2016, a study was released by the group Child Trends showing nearly 700,000 children were abused in this country, or about one in a hundred. Today an international best–selling author visited the Holiday Inn in downtown Duluth to share her story that involved a terrifying childhood filled with abuse. The event, which was sponsored by The Hills…

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….

Fire Danger Rated ‘Extreme’ in Northland

DNR is Asking Public to Remain Vigilant

DULUTH, Minn.-The wildfire danger in the Northland has been rated as “extreme” causing burning restrictions to be put in throughout much of the region. The current dry conditions are ideal for what could be an “explosive” fire situation that could lead to extensive property damage. The DNR wants to remind the public to remain vigilant to avoid a catastrophe in…

Model Train Show This Weekend at Depot

Show Will Feature About 30 Model Trains

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth Depot has always been the home to trains, but this weekend a smaller version of railroads will also make its way there. A massive model train layout will fill the Great Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and until about 1 p.m. Sunday. It’s all sponsored by the group Minnesota Free-Mo Modelers, who say that…

UMD Student Shares Love for Video Games by Creating Them

Student Creates Video Games as Art Form

  DULUTH, Minn.-A UMD student has taken his love of video games to a whole new level. Charles McGregor graduates tomorrow, but before he leaves, he offered the campus a culmination of his work in creating video games. The event , dubbed Digital Cove, showcased his work at the Tweed Museum of Art. He told us today, that video games…

Helium Shortage Hits the Northland

Local Business Says They've Seen Small Impact

SUPERIOR, Wis.-It’s that time of the year again where various parties are being held throughout the Northland whether it be for graduations, family reunions, or weddings. And you can’t have those parties without balloons, but getting the helium to fill them up is an ongoing issue. According to publication Chemical and Engineering News, there’s a helium shortage hitting the planet….

Duluth Schools Facing $4 Million Budget Shortfall

District Still Looking at Selling Two Vacant Properties

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth School District is facing a $4 million budget shortfall and the clock is ticking on when they have to get their final budget in. June 30th is the deadline for the district, which has been facing some tough financial times in recent years. Their budget sits at $100 million right now and they are hoping to get…

Precautions Announced in Western Neighborhoods of Duluth Due to Refinery Fire

City Officials Will Continue to Monitor the Situation

DULUTH, Minn.-St. Louis County and the city of Duluth are issuing a shelter in place advisory for the western portion of the city of Duluth. While reports from Superior indicate the fire has been suppressed, this precautionary advisory is based on consultation with St. Louis County and the National Weather Service. This advisory applies to the Fond du Lac neighborhood…

All Vessels Prohibited From Entering Port Due to Refinery Fire

Coast Guard Monitoring the Situation

DULUTH, Minn.-The Coast Guard captain of the port has established a safety zone in the Port of Duluth-Superior, Thursday, in response to the Husky Refinery incident to protect personnel and vessels from possible air quality hazards. All vessels are prohibited from entering, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone. The safety zone includes all waters from buoy gated pair “3”…

Multiple Explosions at Oil Refinery in Superior: 11 Injuries; No Fatalities Being Reported

Fire is Out; Evacuations Remain in Place

UPDATE (6:50 p.m): Officials are now saying that the fire is out. Evacuations do remain in place. We will have more details as they become available. Here’s a link to the city of Superior which has more updates: _________________________________________________________________________________________________ UPDATE: The City of Duluth is opening a host site for Superior residents who have been evacuated due to the Husky Refinery…