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New Cloquet Police Chief Vows For Better Community Relations

Jeff Palmer Has Been On Dept. For 16 Years

CLOQUET, Minn. –  The city of Cloquet officially has a new police chief. This comes after the former chief, Steve Stracek, agreed to retire with no wrongdoing after a “vote of no confidence” by his officers. Cloquet’s new chief is Jeff Palmer – a 16-year veteran of the department who was previously tapped as the interim chief by the city…

Kestrel Owes Millions to City of Superior and State of Wisconsin

Owner of Kestrel Still Optimistic About Building Plant in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The state of Wisconsin is moving forward with legal action against Kestrel Aircraft. The state says the company is in serious default on millions of dollars in loans that were supposed to be used to build a manufacturing plant in Superior. That plant was expected to break ground by the Superior airport in 2013 and bring more than 650…

Man Killed After ATV Rollover

SAGINAW, Minn. – A man died Wednesday after the ATV he was riding rolled. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Gregry Gundy, 58, of Saginaw. Authorities said the accident happened on the 5400 block of Bear Trap Road. The cause of the crash appears to be human error, according to officials, and Gundy was not wearing…

Chisholm City Councilor Accused of Groping Woman

CHISHOLM, Minn. – Chisholm City Councilor Kevin Scaia, 50, is being accused of groping a woman. The Hibbing Daily Tribune reports Scaia was at a local bar in Chisholm when he allegedly reached around a woman at the bar and grabbed her breasts. Scaia is set for court Nov. 30 on a fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. Scaia and his…

1 Arrested After Cars, Biwabik Post Office Damaged

BIWABIK, Minn. – The Gilbert Police Department has arrested a 21-year-old man after the Biwabik Post Office and vehicles in the neighborhood were damaged. As for the post office, police say several interior mailboxes were damaged. Officers determined mail was even stolen out of those mail boxes, according to the press release. Damage is estimated to add up to several…

Duluthians Survive Mass Shooting In Vegas, Talk Post Trauma

'Oh My Gosh, We Could Die Right Now'

DULUTH, Minn. – Four Duluthians are sharing their stories of survival – people who feel lucky to be alive after dodging bullets at the Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas. Nearly 60 people were killed and hundreds more injured. And while the four survivors made it out alive, the post traumatic streets is very real, as FOX 21’s Dan Hanger…

Expert Advice On Coping During Tragedies

DULUTH, Minn. – While the country mourns and tries to make the slightest sense of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, mental health experts are speaking out. Extreme tragedies can take a toll on one’s mental health, according to Kelly Chaudoin-Patzoldt, a mental health professional at St. Luke’s. She says it’s important to talk to other about your feelings and also…

Residents Get Update On Morgan Park Housing Development

DULUTH, Minn. – Residents of Morgan Park got a chance to learn about a housing development that’s in the works for the neighborhood. The proposed development consists of eight 12-plex buildings with a total of 96 two-bedroom units that will take over the old Morgan Park Middle School. “Basically what we’re looking for out here is a development that’s going…

Suspect Charged In Vista Fleet ‘Theft’

DULUTH, Minn. – A Minnesota man from the Twin Cities area is charged with releasing Duluth’s Vista boats into the harbor last week with one of them nearly getting hit by a freighter. The suspect is 49-year-old Mark Sullwold of Greenwood. The charge is felony theft, according to the Duluth Police Department. Vista owner Justin Steinbach told FOX 21he has no…

Hermantown’s Wellness Center To Break Ground In 2018

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Plans for Hermantown’s new wellness center are getting closer to breaking ground. Hermantown city officials say the design phase should wrap up by the end of October with construction in 2018 and completion by June of 2019. The wellness center, which is a partnership with Essentia Health and the YMCA, will act as a center of the…

Mayor Larson Puts Duluth’s Tourism Tax Revenue Under Microscope

Tourism-Related Entities Asked To Prove Successful Use Of Tourism Tax Dollars

DULUTH, Minn. – With the city of Duluth facing $2.1 million in cuts for 2018, Mayor Emily Larson is looking at every single dollar that flows in and out of the city. That includes a deeper look into the lucrative revenue stream of tourism tax dollars – a stream that Larson says doesn’t have a clear story to tell –…

Superior Adds Funding To Police, Fire In 2018 Budget

No Tax Increase, No Job Loses

SUPERIOR, Wis. – While Duluth is facing cuts to police and fire, it’s the opposite for the city of Superior. Mayor Jim Paine says the police department is getting an additional $28,000 next year to help fund more community policing and provide officers training in crisis intervention, diversity and de-escalation. As for the fire department, an extra $10,000 is being allocated…

Duluth Council Votes to Uphold Water Rate Increase

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth city council voted to uphold a proposed 4.7 percent water rate increase at Monday night’s meeting. This means water rates will increase by 4.7 percent a year for the next six years. The resolution goes into effect January 1, 2018. Last week, the Duluth Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to approve the rate increase.

Man Who Died While Diving Near Split Rock Lighthouse Is Identified

Diving Location Was Near Madeira Shipwreck

  LAKE COUNTY, Minn. – A man is dead after going out on Lake Superior with a group of divers, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The man, identified as Aaron Timmerman, 42, of New Hope, Minnesota, was diving Saturday afternoon just north of Split Rock Lighthouse up the North Shore at the popular site of the Madeira shipwreck. Authorities…

Criminal Unties Vista Boats; 1 Boat Nearly Collides With Freighter

Surveillance Video Shows Suspect In Action

DULUTH, Minn. – Video from DuluthHarborCam.com shows the unbelievably close call between an unmanned Vista boat and a 750-foot ship gunning straight ahead into the Duluth harbor after a criminal unleashed that boat and another Vista boat from the dock behind the DECC. “Nightmare, a nightmare situation.  We missed it by about 20 feet,” said Justin Steinbach, owner of the…

Mayor Emily Larson Defends 2018 Proposed Budget Cuts

Larson: Officers, Firefighters Won't Lose Jobs

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson is defending her 2018 budget proposal that includes $2.1 million in cuts spread out throughout all city departments. Mayor Larson told FOX 21’s Dan Hanger Monday that nobody wants cuts and cuts are stressful, but she says that doesn’t mean her office should avoid the problem, especially with aging streets and infrastructure –…

Hermantown Mayor Encouraged By New Housing Development

Single-Family Homes Planned Near Future Home of YMCA

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – There is growing excitement in Hermantown as ground is now broken on a new housing development in a part of the city that’s seeing big changes. The nine single-family homes are adjacent to the future home of the new multi-million dollar YMCA wellness center. And as FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports, Hermantown’s mayor believes the development tonight is…

Bulldozer Rolls Over, Kills Man

SAGINAW, Minn. – A 79-year-old man is dead after the bulldozer he was riding on rolled over and trapped him underneath. The accident happened Saturday morning at 4955 Aune Road in Saginaw, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim is identified as Donald Raether who was found dead at the scene when medical and law enforcement personal arrived.

Duluth Police, Fire Unions Against Mayor Larson’s Proposed Budget Cuts

Departments Face A Combined $711,800 Cut With Record Calls For Service

DULUTH, Minn. – The clock is ticking. Duluth fire and police departments are facing a $711,800 combined budget cut proposed by Mayor Emily Larson – a cut the unions believe is putting lives at serious risk. It’s been one month since Larson released her 2018 budget proposal with a total of $2.1 million in cuts. And since then, the public…

City of Superior Releases Images Of Future Housing Development

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The city of Superior has released images of what a future housing development will look like when it is completed next year. The building is under construction at North 13th Street and Grand Avenue. It’ll include 54 one-and-two bedroom market rate apartments. All units will have a washer and dryer, dishwasher, air conditioning and a private balcony….

Duluthian Living In Virgin Islands: Hurricane Irma ‘Changed Me’

DULUTH, Minn. – Laura Von Lokken, a lifelong Duluthian, recently moved to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands with her husband Paul. They were hunkered down for Hurricane Irma as it blasted the island as a category-five storm with winds around 180 mph. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reached Laura via Facebook Messenger video chat who says the experience before,…

Former Duluthian Prepares For Irma

DULUTH, Minn. – Nichole Phillips, a Duluthian who now lives in Clearwater, Florida, is bracing for the worst as Hurricane Irma moves through the state. She experienced the mega ‘Halloween Blizzard of 91’ in the Northland but she says nothing like Irma. “I can deal with snow. Snow you can shovel away. Water you can’t run from. Wind is picking up….

Family From Hermantown Moves To Florida, Faces Hurricane Irma

DULUTH, Minn. – We’re learning about Northlanders who are riding out the storm in Florida, including the Pfingsten family of Hermantown who are hunkered down in the Ft. Lauderdale area. Gina and her husband Matt Pfingsten still own Pelican Coffee in Hermantown. They moved to Florida only three weeks ago, along with their five children. The family is staying in…

Iron Range Shines To Help Harvey Victims

VIRGINIA, Minn. – An overwhelming amount of donations on the Iron Range have poured in for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. And now, a truck load is headed to a church in the Houston area for distribution. It was an effort in Virginia organized by Eveleth firefighter David Poderzay who simply wanted to help and give the platform for others on…

Missing Deer River Girls Located

UPDATE: The two girls have been located by local authorities and appear to be in good physical condition. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for their assistance. INITIAL REPORT 9/5: GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office is looking for assistance from the public in locating two females from the Deer River area….

Eveleth Firefighter Holds Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive

VIRGINIA, Minn. – As clean-up efforts continue in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, Northlanders are continuing to step up to help, including those on the Iron Range. Eveleth firefighter David Poderzay and Virginia business owner of DMP Transport set up a drop-off site at the Miners Memorial Building Tuesday. People were seen donating items like baby products, dog and cat food,…

B105’S Cathy Kates To Leave Morning Radio After 20 Years

Kates Says She Will Become Admin. Assistant For Better Financial Stability

DULUTH, Minn. – A big name in Northland country radio is about to step away from the microphone. That person is B105’s Cathy Kates who has been on the radio in the Northland for two decades. But that’s all coming to an end – on her terms – at the end of the week. “Probably just the fact that I…

Duluth Vacation Rental Permits Reach Cap

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth city council unanimously passed new vacation rental permits for properties in the city on Monday. The approval brings the number of vacation rentals to 60. That number is the cap under a city ordinance that was put into place last year after councilors Zack Filipovich and Noah Hobbs heard from concerned residents. “One of the reasons…

Passenger Bus Gets Stuck In Duluth Neighborhood

DULUTH, Minn. – A passenger bus got stuck on the 2100 block of East Third Street after making a wrong turn. The Duluth Police Department says the driver was from out of town and got confused after driving through the construction on Fourth Street. The bus got wedged at the end of a one-way and damaged a fire hydrant. A tow…

Firefighter Faces Guilt After Double Drownings Off Park Point

Firefighter Kevin Haney: "You Get A Lot Of Different Feelings"

DULUTH, Minn. – A captain on the Duluth Fire Department is opening up about the relentless struggle to help rescue a missing father and daughter in the waters off Park Point earlier this month. The two victims would eventually be found without a pulse and later pronounced dead at a Duluth hospital. The purpose of this story is to get a…

Duluth Red Cross Deploys To Harvey, MN Power On Standby

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross has deployed to Texas to help victims of Harvey. A total of six Northlanders are part of the effort. Financial help is also needed.  The Red Cross encourages you to donate $10 by texting the word “Harvey” to 90999. Meanwhile, Minnesota Power has about 30 lineworkers and support staff on…