Midday Update 11-25-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, November 25, 2021

Join FOX 21’s Natalie Noury and Meteorologist Rusty Mehlberg for a local look at news and weather making headlines Thursday, November 25, 2021. Categories: Minnesota, News, News – Latest News, Wisconsin Tags: midday update, Natalie Noury, News, Rusty Mehlberg, Thanksgiving, weather

Morning Update 11-25-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, November 25, 2021

Join FOX 21’s Natalie Noury and Meteorologist Rusty Mehlberg for a local look at news and weather making headlines Thursday, November 25, 2021. Categories: Minnesota, News, News – Latest News, Wisconsin Tags: morning update, Natalie Noury, News, Rusty Mehlberg, Thanksgiving, weather

CSS Volunteers Preparing Over 5,000 Meals for Thanksgiving

DULUTH, Minn. — The smell of Thanksgiving is flowing through the DECC. It’s the place where volunteers with The College of Scholastica are cooking thousands of meals for the community. The traditional in-person Thanksgiving buffet at the DECC won’t be happening for the second year in a row because of Covid-19. More than 5,000 meals will be handed out at…

No Concern: Duluth Whole Foods Co-op Has Plenty of Turkeys, Options Available

With National Supply Chain Issues Impacting the Thanksgiving Table, Whole Foods Co-op Explains Why They're Prepared

DULUTH, Minn. – The two Whole Foods Co-op locations in Duluth are preparing to help you secure the final menu items on your list ahead of Thanksgiving. After hearing nationally of turkey shortages, and a spike in the price for your Thanksgiving bird, we’re learning local might be your best option this holiday season. The Co-op offers frozen and fresh…

CHUM Hosts Pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution

DULUTH, Minn. — On Monday, chum kicked off its thanksgiving holiday season giving away 150 meal boxes and turkeys at the Our Saviors Lutheran Church in West Duluth. It’s a big event all about making sure families have a warm turkey dinner instead of nothing on the table. Start looking at the planning process way back in June in an…

Spirit Mountain Starts Snowmaking

Crews fired up two dozen snow-making guns on the slopes over the weekend.

DULUTH, Minn. — Snow is falling again at Spirit Mountain — and we aren’t talking about the weather we’ve had this past weekend. Crews fired up two dozen snow-making guns on the slopes over the weekend. As long as temperatures are around 24 degrees or lower, the fake snow will be flowing 24/7. It’s all to get ready for opening…

Northland Thanksgiving Staple Returns at Burrito Union

Cooking Connection: Burrito Union Thanksgiving Burrito

DULUTH, Minn. – This week’s Cooking Connection takes Meteorologist Ken Slama to Burrito Union in Duluth where he gets an early taste of turkey with their Thanksgiving burrito. It comes with everything you would expect to see come dinner time on the 4th Thursday in November and it is all made in-house, including the turkey. Click here for more information…

Two Harbors Area Food Shelf Getting Ready for Holiday Season

Employees pre-packaged boxes of meals with all the essentials.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. — The two harbors area food shelf has continued to be in high demand in the community. The non-profit originally started with curbside pickup last year with the pandemic, but then shifted to a drive-thru model which they say has been very successful. Employees pre-packaged boxes of meals with all the essentials. Right now, they’re boxing up…

Caution Again Advised for Christmas; Vaccine on Horizon for Public in 2021 Gov. Walz Says

After a surge in cases over Thanksgiving, the Governor said guidance will likely remain for Christmas, and public access to the vaccine in 2021.

ST. PAUL, Minn.- Governor Tim Walz and State Health leaders spoke out in a COVID-19 briefing Monday after a Thanksgiving weekend like no other. They stressed continued mitigation efforts by Minnesotans, with the horizon of a vaccine in the distance — in 2021. “Minnesotans did a pretty good job staying home, but there’s some data on movement especially the airport…

Cloquet VFW Delivers Thanksgiving Meals to Community Members

Dozens of community members took the time to cook, distribute, and deliver these meals.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Volunteers for the Cloquet VFW began preparing Thanksgiving meals in the early hours of Thursday morning. Dozens of community members took the time to cook, distribute, and deliver these meals. On a day when Thanksgiving will be different for some, they are doing their part to make sure everyone has something to be thankful for. Check out…

Tips for Having a Safe, Healthy Halloween Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Mary Cherne, St. Lukes Clinical Dietition, Provides Safer, Healthier Alternatives When it Comes to Celebrating the Holidays Amid COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn. – Having a safe and healthy Halloween will have a whole new meaning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Mary Cherne deals with dietitian, clinical nutrition, and diabetes care at St. Luke’s in Duluth. She’s urging Northlanders to err on the side of caution to keep yourself and loved ones safe this holiday season. This comes as the CDC is…

Thousands Participate In Annual Gobble Gallop Run

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands of area runners gathered for the 14th Annual Gobble Gallop. The kids run, Gobble Giddy Up and one miler Tough Turkey races were also part of the day. Some runners even wore creative attire for the thanksgiving day race. “Hence why I’m dressed up as a tree. But also because it’s thanksgiving day and I was…

Cook That Bird to 165 Degrees Fahrenheit

The FOX 21 Morning Crew Creates Musical Entertainment on Thanksgiving; "Cook That Bird Remix 2019"

DULUTH, Minn. – For fans of the FOX 21 Morning Show, you may recall when Meteorologist Brittney Merlot had some fun back on Thanksgiving of 2018 and created the song, “Cook That Bird.” The song is simple, and consists of singing “Cook That Bird” on repeat. This Thanksgiving, the FOX 21 Morning Crew brought back the blooper from 2018, creating…

Veterinarians Stress Safety for Pets Over Thanksgiving Holiday

Dr. Justin Dahl with Happy Tails Animal Hospital in Superior Recommends Paying Extra Attention to Pets this Holiday Season

SUPERIOR, Wis. – With a Thanksgiving feast on everyone’s mind, local veterinarians say you should consider the safety of your pets during the holiday season. Thanksgiving could potentially be dangerous for some animals, with the possibility of getting table scraps, or getting into the garbage filled with leftovers and grease. Experts say to avoid letting your pets eat grapes, raisins,…

Travelers Hunkering Down, Cancelling Thanksgiving Plans Due to Storms

Comfort Suites in Canal Park has already received at least 15 cancellations.

DULUTH,Minn.- The effects of the incoming storms are creating cancellations for business in Duluth. Comfort Suites in Canal Park received at least 15 cancellations Monday night for Thanksgiving weekend. But one family isn’t letting the storm stop their holiday plans to get up to the Gunflint Trail–as they’ve been doing for almost 30 years. “We’re gonna ride out the storm…

Avoiding a Fire on Thanksgiving

The Duluth Fire Department offered some tips to the public on ways to avoid fires on Thursday.

DULUTH, Minn.- With Thanksgiving just two days away, it is a time for family and holiday traditions. For some, that includes deep frying a turkey. The Duluth Fire Department offered some tips to the public on ways to avoid fires on Thursday. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires followed by Christmas Eve and Christmas Day here in…

Superior Meats Busy with Fresh Turkeys

Meat Shop says new batch of Turkeys will be gone by Wednesday.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- If you still haven’t gotten your Thanksgiving turkey yet, it’s not too late as Superior Meats just got in a fresh batch of turkeys. The meat shop offers fresh never frozen turkeys along with double smoked hams and turduckens. The manager said the new turkeys aren’t going to last long. “We offer fresh never frozen, all natural turkeys,”…

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…

Minnesota State Patrol: Extra DUI Enforcement Starts Today

The Minnesota State Patrol is Cracking Down on Drung Drivers this Holiday Season; Extra Officers will be on Minnesota Roads

ST. PAUL – The holidays are filled with joy, happiness and time together with family and friends. Too often the joy turns to sorrow when a family is notified of a loved one’s tragic death on Minnesota roads due to someone driving impaired. To help keep families together this holiday season, more than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota are…

Boys and Girls Club Gives Feast of Thanks and Coats for Kids

Hot Thanksgiving Meal and a Coat Provided to Families

DULUTH, Minn.- On Tuesday night the Boys and Girls Club of the Northland held its annual Feast of Thanks, for dozens of families who otherwise might not get to enjoy a traditional hot thanksgiving meal. Around 200 people packed the Holy Family Catholic Church in Duluth for Turkey, Ham, Stuffing, and all the fixings. The free event is designed to…

Locally Sourced Items Help Brighten Thanksgiving Dinner

Staff at Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth Offer a Variety of Locally Sourced Items to Include in Your Thanksgiving Meal

DULUTH, Minn. – “You definitely taste the difference,” said Ali Wade, Brand Manager at the Duluth Whole Foods Co-op. Wade stopped by FOX 21 Local News Tuesday morning to offer some fresh, locally sourced items for your Thanksgiving table this year. She says both Whole Foods locations have been busy with shoppers rushing in to finalize their turkey day meals….

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center to Host Small Thanksgiving Meal

Staff at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center Have Decided to Host a Free, Small (Up to 40 People) Thanksgiving Meal

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Staff members and volunteers from the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center have decided to host a free, small Thanksgiving meal for residents in the Twin Ports to enjoy. The Center is emphasizing that this year’s inaugural meal will remain small (up to 40 people). However, it’s a tradition they hope to keep going for years to come….

OMC Smokes Your Turkey

Smokehouse Sells Smoked Turkeys for Thanksgiving

DULUTH, Minn.-As many across the Northland are planning their Thanksgiving meals, some may want to give smoked turkey a try. Until Sunday, OMC Smokehouse is taking orders for their smoked turkeys. For $110.98 you can get a big bird, weighing in at about 22-24 lbs. They come brined with stock at the bottom, ready for pick up anytime next Tuesday…

‘Meating’ Thanksgiving Demands

Superior Meats Busy with Meat Orders

SUPERIOR, Wis.- As Thanksgiving nears, area butchers are getting busy. Employees at Superior Meats say they’ve been about two dozen turkey orders a day, as well as one or two Turducken orders. “Lot of wow factor,” said Manager Benjamin Buchanan. “It’s a chicken stuffed inside a duck, stuffed inside a turkey. With our homemade wild rice stuffing in between the…

Coffee Conversation: 70th Annual Turkey Bingo in Duluth

This Year There are Two Nights to Take Part in Turkey Bingo; Wednesday, November 14 and Thursday, November 15

DULUTH, Minn. – Back by popular demand, the Lincoln Park Business Group is inviting all Northlanders to purchase tickets now for the 70th Annual Turkey Bingo. This year, they’re adding another day to the madness for double the amount of fun. Turkey Bingo will be played Wednesday, November 14 and Thursday, November 15. Tickets are $30, include dinner and 15…

Holiday Tech Tips for Capturing the Best Memories

Verizon Wireless Specialist Steve Van Dinter Shares the Best Tech Gadgets for Capturing Holiday Photos

DULUTH, Minn. – As we start the month of November, the countdown is officially on to the holiday season. So how can you make sure to capture the best photos and memories this season? Verizon Wireless Solutions Specialist Steve Van Dinter stopped by FOX 21 Local News Thursday morning with a few tech gadgets that’ll make the photo taking process a…

Annual Gobble Gallop Attracts Thousands to Downtown Duluth

Over 2,500 People Participated in the Annual Gobble Gallop in Downtown Duluth Thanksgiving Morning

DULUTH, Minn. – Hundreds of families and friends showed up bright and early Thursday morning to break records when it comes to attendance at the annual Thanksgiving Gobble Gallop. 2,500 participants lined up for either the quarter mile gobble giddy up, the tough turkey one mile or the grand finale, the gobble gallop 5K. The event is put on every…

Northlanders Celebrate at Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet

Northlanders flock the Twin Ports Buffet.

DULUTH, Minn.-  On average 46 million turkeys are gobbled up on Thanksgiving according to the National Turkey Federation.The Thanksgiving buffet at the DECC served up plenty in the Northland. The 28th annual Twin Ports Buffet fed nearly 5,ooo people of all ages. Families gather around the table, others are filled with Northlanders getting to know their neighbors. One couple attends…

Preparing Side Dishes for Thanksgiving Dinner

Cooking Connection: Thanksgiving Sides with Texas Roadhouse

DULUTH, Minn. – Many Northlanders may have their turkey prepared, but what about the side dishes? For this week’s Cooking Connection we got some tips from Texas Roadhouse on making the best green beans, gravy and sweet potatoes possible. GREEN BEANS: Chop apple smoked bacon and cook in pan Add onions Add bases: water, dry seasonings Add sugar, salt, and…

Northlanders Hit the Road, Air For Thanksgiving

The AAA reports nearly one million more Americans will travel this Thanksgiving.

DULUTH, Minn.- The busy holiday travel season is underway AAA reports 48.7 million Americans will travel over 50 miles this Thanksgiving. Traveling during the holidays can be a stressful one, but Duluthians told FOX21 they are packed prepared and ready to go. Over at the Duluth International Airport travelers are coming and going pretty smoothly and the stress has minimized…

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for firefighters.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Thanksgiving turkey can be delicious, but in some homes it can be quite dangerous. The number of fires on Thanksgiving day, are typically three times higher than on an average day. The Duluth Fire Department told FOX21 some key tips to make sure your feast is fire free. Typically on this holiday several dishes are cooking in the…