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Special Report: Road To, Beyond CODA for Duluth’s Daniel Durant

Hear from Durant's first teacher, childhood friends' parent, and leaders in Duluth's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.

DULUTH, Minn.- While the glitz and glam of the Oscars can seem like the ultimate achievement for a film, this year’s Best Picture CODA and the Duluth-native in its cast are accomplishing more by shedding light on the limitless potential of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. It seemed all of Duluth turned out to the DECC Monday to welcome Daniel…

U of M Asks Lawmakers for $30M for Scholarships

Each student would get $4,000 to $5,000 in their first year and $1,000 to $2,000 in each of their next three years.

DULUTH, Minn.- University of Minnesota officials are asking legislators to approve $30 million for scholarships for students who attend regional campuses. The Star Tribune reports the proposed Greater Minnesota Scholarship Program would go give money to Minnesota residents who enroll as freshmen at the university’s Duluth, Rochester, Crookston, and Morris campuses. Each student would get $4,000 to $5,000 in their…

Power of Storytelling at UMD’S Equity, Race, Ethnicity Summit

More than 400 people were set to participate in the event held both in person and through zoom.

DULUTH, Minn.- Members of the BIPOC community hoped to build more bridges with the power of their stories at UMD’s annual Summit on Equity, Race and Ethnicity. More than 400 people were set to participate in the event held both in person and through zoom. Workshops focused on community leaders sharing personal stories accounts of events and more around a…

UMD Engineering Students Offering Chocolates Made in an On-Campus Lab this Valentine’s Day

The students were able to model the chocolate-making process starting with cocoa beans they harvested themselves.

DULUTH, MN – Several chemical engineering students at UMD have created a chocolate lab to put some of the concepts they have learned to practical use. The students were able to model the chocolate-making process starting with cocoa beans they harvested themselves. The lab itself comes as a surprise to many who venture through the halls of the engineering building….

U of M Proposing New Academic Health Center Building in Duluth Medical District

The University is asking the state legislature for $12 million to start designing the standalone building close to both Essentia and St. Luke's Hospitals.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new University of Minnesota academic health center could be a part of the skyline of Duluth’s medical district, with legislative approval being the green light for design work to start this summer. “Duluth has always provided really great healthcare and the challenges that exist now to keep people in their community to be served really that’s one…

UMD’s ‘Preschool at the Park’ Reopening On-Campus Nature-Based Program

The Preschool at the Park is set to open on January 10th after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March of 2020.

DULUTH, Minn.- After almost two years UMD will be welcoming back some much younger students to their campus little preschoolers. The Preschool at the Park is set to open on January 10th after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March of 2020. Located in the Chester Park Building, the program is nature-based enhancing the 3 to 5-year-old’s…

UMD Students Head Home After Last Day of Last Semester of 2021

The first semester back to full operations after the pandemic forced UMD to limit the number of face-to-face classes last academic season.

DULUTH, Minn.- UMD students wrapped up their final day of classes for the semester today. It was the first semester back to full operations after the pandemic forced UMD to limit the number of face-to-face classes last academic season. It was a quiet last day on campus, as many students wrapped up their final tests and prepared to head home…

UMD Undergrad Students Showcase Research Projects

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of UMD undergraduate students had the chance to showcase their recent research projects to the public today. The Undergraduate Research and Artistic Showcase takes place each November and April. Students participating are awarded a $1,500 scholarship to use toward their research project. For one student, the research was pandemic-related, specifically looking at zoom fatigue, and…

UMD Police Officers Now Sporting Body Cameras, UWS to Follow in 2022

Both Police Chiefs say, holding officers, as well as civilians accountable, is important in even the safest of environments.

DULUTH/SUPERIOR- For the first time UMD’S Police Department has gotten body-worn cameras this year. This as the police chief across the bridge at the University of Wisconsin Superior also announced they’re set to receive body cameras in February of 2022. “It was something that we wanted to do for quite some time,” UMD Police Chief Sean Huls said. After several…

U of M Offering Free, Reduced Tuition to Native American Students on All Campuses

First-year or tribal college transfer undergrads from families making under $75,000 will be eligible to have 100% of their tuition waived. 

DULUTH, Minn.- The University of Minnesota will be offering free or reduced tuition for Native American students at all five campuses, including UMD. In the Native American Promise Tuition Program, first-year or tribal college transfer undergrads from families making under $75,000 will be eligible to have 100% of their tuition waived. Students from higher-earning families (up to $125,000 annually) will…

UMD Hosts Flu Shot Clinic

Health officials recommend people get the flu shot annually.

DULUTH, Minn. — UMD hosted their first flu shot clinic of the season today for students and staff. Roughly 300 staff signed up to receive the vaccine. The campus was equipped to take walk-ins as well. With people coming to the university from all over the world, nurses say that it is essential for students on-campus, in housing and close…

UMD Student Organizations Clean Up Parks around City

10 different UMD student clubs and organizations fanned out across Duluth to clean up areas around neighborhoods and parks.

DULUTH, Minn.- What better way to take in Duluth’s fall colors than by showing some TLC to Mother Nature? That’s exactly what some UMD students did Sunday. 10 different UMD student clubs and organizations fanned out across Duluth to clean up areas around neighborhoods and parks. One group at Bagley Nature Area says as they helped the environment, the environment…

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…

Senate Capital Investment Committee Tours Areas Around Northland

One of the areas they visited, is the four million dollar project at Glensheen Mansion which is restoring the formal garden and installing a backup boiler inside the home.

DULUTH, Minn. — Members of the Minnesota Senate Budget Committee spent the day touring areas of the Northland. They spent time checking out first-hand projects already being by bonding dollars or ones that are in need of funding. Whether it’s before or after a legislative session, the capital investment committee comes to different sites to review new projects or see…

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…

UMD Students Return to Campus

In the food court, there are some new signs up and even a new sushi restaurant.

DULUTH, Minn. — It was a familiar sight at UMD Monday afternoon as thousands of students could be seen walking the halls of campus headed to class. We caught up with one student who says it’s great to be back, especially for the new students who finally get that college experience of being on campus. “Just to see a lot…

UMD Hosts Environment Sustainability Day Camp

Area high school students went out to the UMD land lab today to learn about all things sustainable. 

DULUTH, Minn. — Area high school students went out to the UMD Land Lab today to learn about all things sustainable. Living skills and food systems were just some of the objectives students had. “As well as learning some sustainable living skills, getting outside and learning some hands-on experience. And learning through that hands-on experience about food systems and sustainability…

St. Louis County Recommends Masks Indoors Again, Blames Unvaccinated for COVID Spike

Meanwhile UMD is requiring masks for all indoor buildings.

DULUTH, Minn.- Masks are making a comeback, with some Northland businesses and even UMD requiring them in their buildings. Now St. Louis County Public Health leaders are recommending everyone mask up indoors vaccinated or not — pointing to those who still haven’t gotten the COVID shot for the surge in community spread. “It’s frustrating. It’s unfortunate,” said Amy Westbrook, Public…

UMD’s New Project Aims to Help Plants Adapt to Northland Climate

Moving forward, several of the trees will be planted on UMD property while the bigger part of the project is distributing the seeds to farmers for them to grow and sell.

DULUTH, Minn. — UMD students and faculty are doing their part to help the northland go green. It’s all part of an on-going effort in the biology research lab at UMD in collaboration with a number of community partners to help transition native plants such as red oaks, birches and white pines into northern forests. “The idea is to plant…

UMD Students Design Rover To Deliver Payloads Where Troops Find Dangerous

The University’s entry into the Air Force Research Lab Challenge could help our nation's troops.

DULUTH, Minn.- What has four wheels, two propellers, two cameras, and can climb walls? The newest rover designed by UMD students to deploy cameras or sensors in places hostile to a human operator.  “When you think, ‘oh I need to get something high up in the air,’ you think a plane or a helicopter or something like that — you…

UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program Providing Opportunities for Students, Community

This Summer the Program will Expand Its Offerings to Your Camping Destination

DULUTH, Minn – Over the past year, many have turned to the outdoors as a source of solace amid a global health crisis and other stressors in our everyday lives. “It’s perfect. I couldn’t be any more grateful,” said Hannah Holmberg, a senior at UMD. It’s a source of gratitude only Mother Nature can provide. “We have three extra days…

Kirby Student Board Hosts ‘Kirby Commencement’

Students had the opportunity to take photos with their dean, professors, college banners, and solo photos with their diploma jackets.

DULUTH, Minn. – For the second year in a row, the commencement at the University of Minnesota Duluth will be virtual. Students have the opportunity to take photos with their dean, professors, college banners, and solo photos with their diploma jackets. Organizers say, adding more end of the year activities for students gives them a little more of an experience…

UMD Hosts Bulldog-Themed Blood Drive

Organizers say all 41 donation slots were filled.

DULUTH, Minn. – The American Red Cross and the UMD pre-med club hosted a Bulldog-themed blood drive at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Organizers say all 41 donation slots were filled. Although there is always a need for blood donations, this drive in particular is also geared towards promoting student engagement and volunteering on campus. Organizers also hope it helps…

UMD Hosts Entrepreneurship Conference

Over 500 students from various age groups participated in a conference.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 6th annual UMD Entrepreneurship conference was held this morning in the Kirby Student Center. This year was the first year the event has been completely virtual. Over 500 students from various age groups participated in a conference geared towards showing how several companies are breaking the barriers and still thriving during the pandemic. “No matter what…

UMD Deaf Studies Program Adjusting to Virtual Learning

The deaf studies minor at UMD has the second largest enrollment in the school.

DULUTH, Minn. – After starting his new job at UMD at the beginning of the semester, Professor Christopher Johnson is learning how to transform his classwork online. “It’s really different settings. You know, how to support different students and the different things that they need in the midst of all of this,” UMD Deaf Studies Professor, Christopher Johnson signed in…

Great Outdoors: UMD Land Farm

The farm typically produces 20 to 30 thousand pounds of food during an average year.

DULUTH, Minn. – From the classroom to the farm UMD’s land lab is wrapping up its season. The project originally started in 2009, and although this year has been different for faculty and students it provided them with some unique opportunities for growth. Just off of Jean Duluth Road you’ll find UMD’s lab farm. It’s an outdoor classroom providing students…

2020 UMD Homecoming Underway

This year they have an added focus on safety during the pandemic while still providing the same atmosphere Bulldogs are used to. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Members of the Kirby Student Board have put together a variety of events for current students complete with discounts and other giveaways during homecoming. This year they have an added focus on safety during the pandemic while still providing the same atmosphere Bulldogs are used to. “We have pretty much all the same events we’ve done in…

St. Louis County Sees Highest Daily Jump in COVID-19 Cases; Many Linked to College Students

Of Friday's 73 new cases, 19 involve college-aged individuals.

DULUTH, Minn.- St. Louis County reported it’s highest jump in COVID-19 cases Friday, and what’s alarming health officials — much of those new cases are college students. On Friday the county reported 73 new confirmed cases; the previous highest jump was 50 just last week. With this spike, there were more cases over one day than there were over the entire…

UMD Black Male Athletes Rally Hundreds to March Against Police Brutality, Racism

It's the first protest of its kind in the University's history, organized by a group called Black Men Serving Excellence (BMSE)

DULUTH, Minn.- Hundreds of UMD students, staff, and community members organized by Black male athletes at the school marched nonviolently Wednesday, with a loud and clear message spanning the whole campus to end police brutality and racism. “We are gathered here today to come together as people, we are gathered here today to fight for equality,” said UMD Defensive Backs…

City of Duluth Proclaims ‘Ann Redelfs Day’ to Honor Late Community Advocate

Redelfs served as an educator at UMD, worked with neighborhoods and police, and more before she died suddenly in April. 

DULUTH, Minn.- A longtime member of the Duluth community, the late Ann Redelfs was honored at Glensheen Sunday for her contributions to the environmental, social, and political landscape of the city. Throughout her life Redelfs lived Oklahoma, Houston, Ithaca, New York, and San Diego before moving to Duluth in 2004. She served as an educator at UMD, organized regular meetings…

UMD Staff Member Creates Unique Signs for Social Distancing

The goal is to help ease students transitioning back to campus

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UMD To Hold Virtual Graduation Commencement

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD graduating seniors won’t be getting the traditional in-person commencement ceremony this year. However, a virtual ceremony will go live on the universities website at 11 a.m. on May 16th. Each of the five university of Minnesota campuses have this option for students with family and friends able to watch. There will be a series of recorded…

U-Haul Rental Services Busy as College Students Head Home

With online classes and nowhere to go, students head home.

DULUTH, Minn.- With colleges and universities across the Northland moving all classes online for the rest of the year and asking students to leave dorms, many are heading to their nearest U-Hauls to pack up and head home. The only truck that Complete Auto Repair Service (CARS) has left is a cardboard model that sits on their front desk. Their…

UMD Police Urge Drivers to Use Caution, Watch for Pedestrians

Pedestrian Right of Way: Not Always Clear

DULUTH, Minn. – Three weeks into the new year, and already three drivers have been given citations for failing to yield to pedestrians on the campus of UMD. Just last year, 24 drivers received tickets, an uptick from 2018. With recent weather conditions making for tall snow banks and sloppy, slick roads, it’s prompting UMD Police Department to speak out…

MLK Indoor Frisbee Tournament Raises Money for UMD Team

Fundraiser raises about $2,000 every year.

DULUTH, Minn.- UMD’s Northern Lights Ultimate Frisbee Team held their annual MLK Indoor Tournament Fundraiser at Ward Wells Fieldhouse Saturday. Teams from as far as Mankato and North Dakota came to the fieldhouse to play. The tournament is how the UMD team raises most of their money for travel expenses, jersey fees, and more for the whole season. According to…

In Case of Iranian Cyber Attack, How to Keep Your Data Secure

Officials say a cyber attack is possible, local expert shares tips on how to protect yourself.

DULUTH, Minn.- President Trump has said Iran appears to be standing down after their missile attack on U.S. bases in Iraq, but experts say they could hit us with a different type of attack. An FBI and Homeland Security Intelligence Bulletin sent to law enforcement nationwide said a cyber attack in retaliation is possible, due to Iran’s long history of…

FIRST Robotics Competition Season Kicks Off

Game reveal held at UMD with teams from across the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn.- The robotics season has officially begun, as Saturday high school robotics teams from across the Northland got a first look at their game for this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition. The Marshall Performing Arts Center Auditorium packed with anxious high school engineers waiting to see how they’ll have to design their robots this year. “Getting that experience and being…

UMD’s ‘An Enemy of the People’ Selected to Perform at Regional Theatre Festival

Play one of seven to be picked to perform.

DULUTH, Minn.- This year a UMD Theatre production has been selected to perform at a highly anticipated regional competition in South Dakota next month. An Enemy of the People, directedy by Tom Isbell, was selected among seven other shows to perform at the seven-state Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Isbell stopped by FOX 21 to discuss the play,…

UMD Students Meet Industry Reps At Insurance Career Day

DULUTH, Minn- UMD students got the chance to future career opportunities today. The Labovitz School of Business held the first-ever Insurance Career Day. There, students got the were able to network with UMD Alumni currently working in the industry. Staff say, the whole day is to set students up for success when it comes to the variety of careers in…

UMD Undergrad First to Perform Drop Test on Building Material

Test dropped 250 lbs on material from a height of one foot.

DULUTH, Minn.- For the first time at UMD, an undergraduate student measured the resilience of a material using a drop tower test. As part of his Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), senior Tom DeMars dropped 250 lbs on material sent in from a building company, from a height of one foot. It measures how well the material handles under different…

Neuroscience Lab Helps Middle Schoolers Have Fun with Brains

Lab visits Cloquet Middle School, with sheep brains.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Kids at Cloquet Middle School got an in-depth look at the inner workings of the brain. The UMD Mobile Neuroscience Lab made a stop at the school with some sheep brains. 13 UMD psychology undergrad and graduate students used the brains to help the middle schoolers learn about the functions and parts of the human brain. “They’re, I…

Area High School Girls Participate In Sonia Kovalesky Day

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Area high school girls gathered at UWS for the third annual Sonia Kovalesky Day. Kovalesky was a Russian Mathematician who made a number of contributions to the subject. Roughly thirty girls from Duluth and Superior schools participated in workshops, panels and activities. Each were geared to help give them great exposure, and learn the importance of mathematics…

Special Report: Professionals Helping Prepare For, Study Different Aspects of Grief

FOX 21's Brett Scott Examines the Landscape When it Comes to Getting Through a Tough Time of Loss

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s a topic many shy away from, talking about what happens after we lose a loved one, and are left to live in the physical world without them. FOX 21’s Brett Scott examines how grief is studied on an academic level, and prepared for with the help of hospice professionals. “I think that mostly why I’m in…

Opera Studio at UMD Presenting Production of “Love Scenes”

The Production of "Love Scenes" is Happening Friday, November 8 in Weber Music Hall on the Campus of UMD

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Friday, November 8, you’re encouraged to make way to Weber Music Hall on the campus of UMD. Opera Studio is proud to present a very special program titled, “Love Scenes.” The production begins at 7:30 p.m. Performers Rachel Inselman and Adam Gieber stopped by FOX 21 Local News Tuesday morning to chat about the upcoming performance….

UMD Rocketry Club Students Test Motor Ahead of June Competition

Motor test held for International Rocket Engineering Competition.

DULUTH, Minn.- Students from UMD’s Rocketry Club held an explosive motor test for their high-powered rocket. They tested the motor for the International Rocket Engineering Competition held annually in the New Mexico Desert in June. Students have been working on this since July, to eventually deliver a payload of 8.8 lbs and hit altitudes of either 10,000 ft or 30,000…

UMD Becomes ‘Boo-MD’ for Halloween

About 400-500 people cycled through the evening.

DULUTH, Minn.- UMD’s Kirby Ballroom was crawling with little monsters, superheroes, and princesses as kids got to play dress up with college students who are kids at heart to celebrate Halloween. This is the second year Boo-MD has been put on, bringing out about 400-500 people throughout the evening. The event gives students the opportunity to give back and connect…

UMD Creates Murals for Land Acknowledgement

Two new murals will soon be available for all to see at UMD's Kirby Student Center

DULUTH, Minn.- Two murals will be painted at UMD this week both inside and outside of the Kirby Student Center. UMD is built on tribal land, and the murals are a way for the university to honor the Dakota and Anishinaabe people. A local artist painting these murals says it’s important for the students to get the full background of…

Guest Orchestra to Perform at UMD Thursday Evening

The Superior Court Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra will be in Duluth Thursday, October 10 to Perform

DULUTH, Minn. – On Thursday, October 10, you have the chance to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Superior Court Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra. David Edmunds, Associate Professor of Music Education, stopped by FOX 21 Local News Monday morning to chat about the upcoming performance. The Superior Court Rising Stars Steel Orchestra members have served…

Hundreds Walk to Help Grant Wishes

Make a Wish holds annual Walk for Wishes, raises over $10,000.

DULUTH, Minn.- Hundreds of people gathered at UMD’s Bagley Nature Center for a walk and run benefitting the Make-A-Wish foundation, to grant wishes for kids suffering from critical illnesses. Over $10,000 was raised for Make-A-Wish today, exceeding their goal. About 100 people pre-registered to participate in the Walk for Wishes. The smiles at events like these continue long after everyone…

Walk for Wishes Sunday at Bagley Nature Area in Duluth

The Annual Walk for Wishes is Happening Sunday, September 29 at Bagley Nature

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2019 Walk for Wishes Duluth is happening Sunday, September 29 at Bagley Nature Area on the campus of UMD. Walk For Wishes is a spirited event that gives participants the choice to participate in either the 2.5K trail walk or 5K run. The event is powered by wish families, volunteers, donors, and friends. Throughout the event,…