KQDS Staff

Austin Authorities: Another Explosion Reported

This is the 6th explosion in the Austin area since March 2nd

An FBI official carries items into a FedEX Office store Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in the southwest Austin suburb of Sunset Valley, Texas, as authorities investigate a recent string of package bombs. (Reshma Kirpalani/Austin American-Statesman via AP) UPDATE: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Police and federal authorities say the latest explosion to hit Austin was caused by an “incendiary device” and…

Great Outdoors: Midwest Masters Ski Races

Skiers hit the slopes at Spirit Mountain for the final race of the season

DULUTH, Minn. – The Ski racing season came to a close as Spirit Mountain hosted the Midwest Masters Ski Races last Saturday. Fox 21 Photojournalist Graham Hakala talked to skiers and organizers at the event who say they find their passion on the hills.  56 racers took to the slopes during the competition. The Midwest Masters is a U.S. Alpine…

Pennsylvania Congressional Contest Considered Preview for November Midterms

Due to new congressional boundaries, the winner will have to start campaigning for re-elecetion in November.

(Photo Courtesy: AP)MT. LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — Voters across western Pennsylvania weighed in Tuesday on a surprisingly tight congressional contest that pitted the strength of President Donald Trump’s grasp on blue-collar America against the energy and anger of the political left. The fight between Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb has drawn national attention as a bellwether…

Bent Paddle Brewing Teams Up with Northwoods Women in Science

Five percent of sales from the Session Barleywine beer will go toward the non-profit.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bent Paddle Brewing Company has announced their latest partnership.  Five percent of the sales from their current Valve Jockey beer, “Session” Barleywine, will benefit  Northwoods Women in Science. The Valve Jockey Brewer’s Series celebrates the brewers’ creativity by giving them a platform to create a new brew. Beyond creating a recipe, they also showcase their passions and interests by…

Minnesota State’s Registration System Needs $10 Million Infusion

MNLARS says it needs $10 million in immediate emergency funds by Thursday

ST. PAUL, Minn. – MNLARS says it needs $10 million dollars in emergency funds by Thursday. The state’s newly appointed IT Commissioner telling lawmakers if they “Don’t get the money, critical workers could be laid off or leave immediately.” The cost of MNLARS has already ballooned to more than $100 million dollars, and officials say the end cost could be…

Sen. Tom Bakk Invites Delta Air Lines to Minnesota Amid Gun Debate

Bakk to Delta Air Lines: You can always come home

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk is encouraging Delta Air Lines to move its corporate headquarters to Minnesota.  Delta absorbed Minnesota grown airline Northwest in 2008 and consolidated operations in Atlanta, Georgia.  This invitation comes on the heals of a threat Georgia lawmakers made to Delta to vote down a $50 million sales tax exemption…

Governor Dayton Signs Legislative Budget

“I am glad to put this matter behind us." - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton today signed Chapter 100, HF 399 into law. This bill provides budget funding for the Minnesota Senate and House, and reimburses funding to the Legislative Coordinating Commission. In a statement to the press, Dayton said, “I am glad to put this matter behind us, so that we may turn our attention to the…

School Closings and Delays for Friday 2-23-18

The following schools are closed are starting late on Friday, 2-23-18 Closed Watersmeet Township Schools 2-hour delay Barnum Schools Birchwood School District East Central Schools Esko Schools Carlton Schools – no morning preschool Cloquet Schools Moose Lake Schools Northwood School, Minong, WI St. Scholastica – opening at 10 a.m. University of Minnesota – Duluth – opening at 10 a.m.

Will the Ice Caves Open this Year?

It takes more than just cold temps to open this national treasure.

BAYFIELD, Wis. – The ice caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are closed right now, but when they are open to the public, massive crowds gather at the site.  Will they or won’t they open?  Tonight in a special report we go out with park rangers responsible for making that call.

Two Level 3 Predatory Offenders Moving to Hibbing

Public Notification Meeting to be held tomorrow, February 22, 2018 at 6 PM.

ROYCE ANTHONY DRIFT TIMOTHY DAVID PAIGE HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Police Department will be holding a Community Notification Meeting tomorrow, February 22, 2018 at 6 PM.  The meeting will be held in the Little Theater located on the lower level of the Hibbing Memorial Building 400 East 23rd Street. This meeting is to inform the public that two Level…

10-Year-Old Duluth Boy Celebrates Life, Stars in Movie

The working title of the film: "The Dexter Project"

DULUTH, Minn. – Attention horror movie fans:  Soon you’ll have a chance to see a local film project starring a young boy whose dying wish is to be in a scary movie. Ten-year-old Dexter Ojeda has a rare form of cancer for which there is no cure.  He’s not been given much time to live, but he’s celebrating his life…

Cloquet Police Seeking Help Identifying Woman

Cloquet PD wants to speak to the woman regarding the theft of a purse at L&M today.

Contact Cloquet Police if you have seen this woman. 218-879-1247CLOQUET, Minn – The Cloquet Police Department is looking to identify the woman shown in the photo and talk to her regarding the theft of a purse at L&M today. The woman left in a red Ford Focus with an unknown license plate. If you know the identity of this woman,…

School Closings and Delays for Tuesday 2-20-18

Closings and delays for Tuesday, 2-20-18 CLOSINGS: Ashland, WI School District and all evening school activities Duluth Public Schools Key Zone Program Lake Superior College Lake Superior School District Maple Northwestern School in Maple, WI Proctor School District South Shore Schools Superior, WI School District and all evening school activities Superior Cathedral School and pre-school University of Wisconsin-Superior: All UWS…

Lucky Charms Introduces Unicorn Marshmallow

The white unicorn confection will be first new marshmallow in nearly 10 years.

To some, dreams can come true. According to General Mills, the white unicorn with blue and purple accents is the first based on input from children.Golden Valley, Minn. – A unicorn is now the most recent addition to Lucky Charms’ marshmallow lineup.  General Mills has been producing Lucky Charms for over 50 years.  The oat and marshmallow cereal has seen…

1998 Tornado Causes Missing Bell Mystery

Historians are one step closer to uncovering the origin of a 132-year-old bell in St. Peter, MN.

Photo by Jackson Forderer (Courtesy: Mankato Free Press)ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) – History experts in southern Minnesota are investigating the possibility that a large bell anonymously left at a historic site in the state a few years ago is the same one that once hung in St. Peter’s history center. The Mankato Free Press reports that the 132-year-old brass object…