KQDS Staff

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…

Governor Dayton Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Curb Opioid Abuse

Opioid overdose deaths increased 66% between 2010 and 2016 - noticeable spike in St. Louis County.

Opioid overdose deaths have risen dramatically in recent years – increasing 66 percent between 2010 and 2016. Prescription opioids continue to be the most common cause of opioid overdose deaths. In 2016, there were 194 prescription opioid overdose deaths. Heroin-involved overdose death and synthetic opioids deaths also have seen a significant increase. There were 150 heroin involved deaths in 2016,…

Water Leak Repair Planned for Port Area February 9

Work to be done along Garfield Avenue.

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth Public Works and Utilities crew will be fixing a water leak on Garfield Ave on Friday, February 9th, 2018. The City anticipates turning off water service to properties along Garfield Ave, south of Railroad St., down to Port Terminal Drive.  The work will take place between 9A.M. and 5P.M. The public can track…

Austin Hilden Sentenced in Vehicular Homicide Case

Criminal vehicular homicide results in 41 month sentence

DULUTH, Minn. – Today 19 year old Austin Darrell Hilden is sentenced to 41 months in prison.  According to St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin, Hilden pled guilty in State District Court to one count of Criminal Vehicular Homicide and one count of Criminal Vehicular Operation causing Great Bodily Harm. The charges stemmed from a one-car accident on May 29,…

Governor Dayton Proclaims “Minnesota Winter Olympians Day”

Minnesota sends third-most Winter Olympians of any state behind California and Colorado

Several men and women from the Northland make up most of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Curling teams. (photo: newsfile)ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton officially proclaimed February 8, 2018 to be “Minnesota Winter Olympians Day.”  Minnesotans have a long tradition of representing the United States at the Winter Olympics.  20 Minnesota athletes are competing in the 2018 winter…

Super Bowl Seat Heist

Seats at US Bank Stadium were a popular Super Bowl souvenir

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The seating capacity at US Bank Stadium is a little lower after Super Bowl LII.  Operators of the Minneapolis venue that hosted the big game have noticed several seats missing, including one taken by a Philadelphia Eagles fan who was seen carrying the stolen seat through the airport. A traveler snapped a photo of a man with…

Level Three Predatory Offender Meeting in Hibbing

Robert Alan Keogh changed addresss within the city of Hibbing

Level 3 offender, Robert Alan Keogh, changed addresses within the city of Hibbing, MN. HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Police Department will be conducting a Community Notification Level Three Predatory Offender Meeting on February 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Little Theater located on the lower level of the Hibbing Memorial Building, which is at 400 E 23rd St,…

Watch: “Behind the Curtain”

A Look Inside the NorShor

Duluth, Minn. – The long awaited renovation of the historic NorShor Theatre in Duluth is now complete.  The first performances there in many years are happening now.  We look back at the unique history of this downtown landmark and reveal how several organizations returned this artistic treasure to its former glory. Reporter Brett Scott and photojournalist Adam Jagunich take you…

Bent Paddle Brewing Company Releasing DüsselDirk Altbier

DSSO Music Director gets a beer named for him

DSSO Music Director Dirk Meyer smiles proudly with a pint of DüsselDirk, Bent Paddle’s latest creation named for the “Maestro.”Duluth, Minn. – Bent Paddle Brewing’s latest collaboration may have you singing their praises.  The brewing company has teamed up with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra to create a Düsseldorf Altbier, which they named DüsselDirk, after the DSSO music director, Dirk…

Cook County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes K-9 Deputy

"I feel like he chose me" - Paul Spry, Cook County Sheriff's Deputy

Deputy Paul Spry and K-9 Deputy Eddy (Photo: Cook County Sheriff’s Office)Grand Marais, Minn. – The newest member of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the Law Enforcement Center this week. Meet Eddy, a one-year-old German  Shepherd from Slovakia. Eddy was secured through Performance Kennels, Inc. in Buffalo, MN, who specializes in top-quality law enforcement working dogs.  K-9 training…

Construction Time-Lapse of US Bank Stadium for Super Bowl LII

Get an insiders look at the construction process of US Bank Stadium

(Photo Courtesy: EarthCam)Minneapolis, Minn. – On Sunday, February 4, the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will face-off at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for the biggest game of the year.  EarthCam is helping football fans get excited for this epic game by sharing its broadcast-quality construction time-lapse movie for the host stadium. Showcasing 32 months of progress, viewers can…

148TH Fighter Wing Keep Skies Safe Above Super Bowl

Fox 21 flies with the 148th to see how it's done

Duluth, Minn. – Keeping the Super Bowl safe is on the minds of Duluth’s 148th Fighter Wing.  Different departments come together to help achieve their mission of protecting the sky. Fox 21 photojournalist Adam Jagunich flew aboard a KC135 Stratotanker on an F-16 refueling mission.  The plane reached 20,000ft with a full crew on board.

Fatal Crash North of Duluth

A logging truck and sedan were involved in the collision

Duluth, Minn. – A logging truck and a car collided near the intersection of Arnold and Normanna roads, about 10 miles North of Duluth.  The accident happened at about 3pm this afternoon.  Emergency officials have confirmed one fatality.  Another minor passenger has been taken to St. Mary’s.  That individual’s condition has not been released. A portion of Normanna Road is…

Superior Younkers Announces Closing

Closing sales will start in February.

Superior, Wis. – Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announced today it will be closing the Younkers in Superior at the Mariner Mall.  This comes as the retailer released plans to close 47 locations nationwide during the early part of 2018.  The stores closing will include locations under all of the company’s nameplates, such as Herberger’s, Carson’s, Bergner’s, and Younkers. The store closing…

The Birkebeiner Bridge in Minneapolis Super Bowl Festivities

A portion of the Northland is on Display for the Super Bowl LII

Minneapolis, Minn – The big game is this Sunday but Super Bowl fans have been celebrating a piece of the Northland pride all week.  The Birkebeiner Bridge was packed up and shipped down to Minneapolis for NFL revelers to enjoy.  Fox 21’s Nikki Davidson was there today where large crowds gathered at the Birkie Bridge.

Attempted Murder Charge Filed in Duluth Stabbing

Authorities says suspect, victim did not know each other

Duluth, Minn. – An attempted murder charge is now filed against Willie Nicholson, 23, of Duluth.   Nicholson is accused of stabbing a man, who authorities say he didn’t know, more than a dozen times. According to the complaint, Nicholson broke in the victim’s apartment to find a place to sleep before the attack unfolded. Nicholson entered the apartment building at…