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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,…

Love Creamery Looking for New ‘Champ’ UMD Flavor

30 submissions already received for new flavor ideas.

DULUTH, Minn.- I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream, and soon we could all be screaming for a UMD-inspired flavor of the cold treat from Love Creamery. The West Duluth ice cream shoppe is asking the community to help them come up with a new “Champ” flavor of ice cream. You can submit your idea online here…

UMD Walks a Mile to Support People with Disabilities

12th Annual Walk a Mile in Our Shoes hopes to raise $50,000.

DULUTH, Minn.- It was a sea of burgundy at the UMD Fieldhouse for Udac’s 12th Annual Walk a Mile in Our Shoes event. UMD athletes and Band students walked a one mile journey to support those who journey through life with intellectual and developmental disabilities. UMD teams were encouraged to raise funds before enjoying the energetic morning on campus. “It…

UMD Students Simulate How to Immigrate for Constitution Day

"Immigration Simulation" takes kids through the struggles of our country's immigration process.

DULUTH, Minn.- September 17th is federally recognized as Constitution and Citzenship Day. Tuesday at UMD, some students had an experience that shows what it’s like when you’re trying to get into the United States as an immigrant. “A Mile in their Shoes, an Immigration Simulation” allowed students to mimic going through the immigration process both legally and illegally. Stations included…

Celebrating Sustainable Farming at UMD Farm Fest

7th Annual Farm Fest features fresh local music, fresh produce, and fresh conversation.

DULUTH, Minn.- Students, local food vendors, and community members turned out for UMD Land Lab’s 7th Annual Farm Fest Saturday. Families were invited to come hear live local music and shop freshly picked produce. They also joined the conversation about local farming and sustainability in Northland agriculture. “Just getting people to have a connection with their food system, I think…

Search Is On For Missing UMD Student

Jacob Lavoie went missing Saturday night after a night out with friends

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Police are searching for missing 21 year-old UMD student Jacob Lavoie who vanished after a night out with friends at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Canal Park. Duluth Police describe Lavoie as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall weighing around 150 pounds. He has strawberry blonde hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing jeans, a…

3rd Annual Grand Slam Fundraiser Moves to Heritage Center, Still Draws Crowds

Fundraiser expected to raise $8,000-$10,000

DULUTH, Minn.- The Essentia Duluth Heritage Sports Center was packed for the Salvation Army’s Third Annual Grand Slam Festival Fundraiser. It was supposed to be held Wade Stadium like it has been before, but the rain changed those plans. The fundraiser raised money for the Salvation Army’s food program which organizers said served about 81,000 last year. It featured different…

UMD Marshall Allworth Planetarium Remembers Apollo Landing

UMD honors 50th anniversary with program for the community.

DULUTH, Minn.- To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Duluth, UMD’s Marshall W. Allworth Planetarium hosted a free anniversary event. Participants could make their own  stomp rocket, among other lunar crafts, to spark their curiosity about space. ” went into more than just getting to the moon, it helped us with technological advances in lots…

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…

Snow’s In, Surf’s Up on Lake Superior

Surfers make the best out of the cold windy day.

DULUTH, Minn.- While the wind and snow kept most inside, it brought surfers out to Brighton Beach to ride the waves. According to the surfers, once you’re in a wet suit, the cold isn’t that bad. They add that it’s worth it when you catch the perfect wave. “You catch the wave and you start to speed up a little…

SPECIAL REPORT: The Danger of Hockey Head Injuries

When a former UMD Hockey Star Died Unexpectedly, Researchers Found a Clue in His Brain

When UMD Bulldog hockey star Andrew Carroll died suddenly in 2018, his fans, friends and family were shocked. Researchers at Boston University, have now discovered a clue. It might be sibling rivalry that turned Andrew Carroll into a standout hockey player. Three years younger Andrew fought to keep up with his big brother Chris. “We were brothers, competing with each…

UMD Students Create Tech to Help Fight Off School Threats

Competition of 9 schools to create an Active Threat Emergency System

DULUTH, Minn.- Multiple school shootings have rocked the nation recently. In order to help stop those threats, UMD Engineering students have created groundbreaking technology to help law enforcement in situations like those. Eight colleges competed with UMD in the Air Force Research Lab Design Challenge. UMD Students won by creating a new Active Threat Emergency System, a victory despite the…

UMD Public Health Students Showcase This Year’s Projects

Students proud to show off their hard work.

DULUTH, Minn.- Public Health students at UMD showed off projects they’ve been working on throughout the year. The 2019 student showcase featured campaigns and projects focused on Health and Wellness in and around the University. Presentation topics included ways teachers can prevent burning out from stress. “We all work so hard throughout the semester and we need a chance to celebrate…

Aquatic Drop Off

Students at UMD today got a refresher on if they can't take care of their pet, to properly get rid of it

DULUTH, Minn.- Many think that pets like turtles are easy to take care of but some of their owners might not realize what type of workload they are taking on. And today, the group Habitattitude held an event at UMD where Northlanders could turn in their unwanted fish, aquatic plants, and reptiles so they can be give a healthier home…

UMD Fans Can Now Shop for Championship Gear

New merchandise rolls in.

DULUTH, Minn.- As students are celebrating the Bulldogs’ win, UMD Stores are preparing for the crowds to come get their gear. Official Frozen Four Championship merchandise has already been shipped in to the University bookstore. “We have orders from all 50 states, we have orders from foreign countries,” said Sales and Marketing Manager Julie Feiring. “We find that there are a…

UMD Welcomes Home National Champs

UMD Men's Hockey Team Greeted with Celebration Event.

DULUTH, Minn.- Everyone was a Bulldog at UMD’s Championship Celebration Tuesday. Students, staff, and longtime hockey fans welcomed the team home. To great fanfare, the 2019 NCAA Champions run through a big inflatable bulldog, greeted by a sea of maroon and gold. Three of the Bulldogs on the team are seniors this year so they get to end their college…

30th Annual Fiesta Put on by UMD Latinx/Chicanx Students

Longstanding cultural tradition continues.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s diversity was on display at the Greysolon Ballroom, as UMD’s Latinx/Chicanx Student Association hosted their 30th Annual Fiesta. Greysolon was flooded with the sights, sounds and smells of Hispanic culture, as hundreds gathered to have a good time. 30 student volunteers of all backgrounds buzzed around the ballroom, banding together to promote Hispanic culture through the Fiesta. A…

Hubble Telescope Images to be Showcased at Upcoming UMD Concert

The Concert is Happening Sunday, April 14 in Weber Music Hall at 7:30 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will be featuring several new works during their upcoming concert. The concert is taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 in the Weber Music Hall. The Concert Band will be performing a piece by Eric Whitacre called “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas!”, a soundtrack for a hypothetical script that pits the…