Matt Suoja

Enbridge Cutting Workforce

"Limited" Cuts in Northland

DULUTH, Minn.-Enbridge is making some cuts to its job force across the country, including some in the Northland. According to a Reuters report, the layoffs were decided after purchasing Spectra Energy Corporation out of Houston. Enbridge officials told FOX 21 today, they are reducing one thousand positions company wide, which is about six percent of their workforce. Officials said the impact on…

Grandma’s Marathon Announces Musical Acts

Will Feature 90s Bands

DULUTH, Minn.-Grandma’s Marathon announced today that three huge 90s bands will play “Rock the Big Top” party June 16th in Canal Park. Everclear, Vertical Horizon, and Fastball will be playing some of their biggest hits, to kick off Grandma’s Marathon Weekend. “Whether you’re volunteering or running or just coming down to spectate…it is a community event and the music aspect…

Lincoln Park House Fire Investigated as ‘Suspicious’

Someone Seen Running Away from Home at Time of Fire

DULUTH, Minn.-A Monday structure fire at 2006 W. Fourth St. has been deemed suspicious by the Duluth Fire Department. “This fire is suspicious in nature with a report of a person fleeing the scene before the fire was reported,” said the Duluth Fire Department in a prepared statement. When crews responded to the fire at the Lincoln Park home, they…

Smoking Forum Held in Duluth

Discussions Focused on Menthol Cigarette Use Among Minors

DULUTH, Minn.-The American Lung Association held it Kick Butts event today, which focused on how young minorities are targeted using menthol tobacco products. Data was also shared from the Menthol Cigarette Intervention Report from the Minnesota Legislature. One piece of information they found out from the study, is that young people in poorer neighborhoods are targeted through psychological lures like…

Two Bobcats Saved From Being Put Down

Help Name Them

SANDSTONE, Minn.-Two bobcats have a second chance at life at the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone. One of the bobcats was burned severely in a barn fire in Iowa when he was a few weeks old, causing him to have eye issues including light sensitivity. Now two-years-old, he cannot be released back into the wild. The sanctuary also received another bobcat recently,…

Council Looks to Refurbish Woodland Fire Hall

Study Could Cost $40,000

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth City council will look at a resolution to fund a design study for the Woodland Fire Hall tonight. The study, which could cost $40,000, would focus on whether to have a renovation or new construction at the site. New improvements could make the facility more operational and energy efficient.  

Sen. Franken Hosts Annual Hotdish Competition

Many Minnesota Politicians Participated

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Sen. Al Franken hosted his seventh annual hotdish competition in Washington D.C. today, with many noted Minnesota politicians participating. Democrat Rep. Collin Peterson from western Minnesota won the top prize this year with his “Right to Bear Arms” hotdish. It had actual bear in it. Despite Peterson’s win, Franken said he’s not bitter. “If I don’t win it’s fine,” he said….

Man Struck by Tree in Iron Yesterday

Has Non-Life-Threatening Injuries

IRON, Minn.-A 58-year-old man was struck by a tree yesterday afternoon due to the high winds, while working with a crew trying to remove another tree that fell on the roadway in Iron. Robert Edblom, 58, of Britt, was injured on the 4100 block of First Avenue East. He was transported to a Duluth hospital via air transport and has…

Fire in Hermantown Destroys Garage

No Cause has Been Released

HERMANTOWN, Minn.-A fire destroyed a garage on the 3800 Block of Almquist Road in Hermantown last night. Fire officials told us today, they are not sure what caused the fire, which started around 8 p.m. No one was hurt in the fire and no damage estimates have been released. The Hermantown Fire Department did tell us a vehicle and skid-loader were…

Commissioner Jewell to Chair Minnesota Water Council

Has Been on Water Council Since 2015

DULUTH, Minn.-St. Louis County Commissioner Frank Jewell has been tapped to chair the Minnesota Water Council. The council was established in 2006 to advise the legislature and governor on how to implement the Clean Water Legacy Act. “I am honored to have been nominated and elected by my colleagues as chair of the Clean Water Council,” Jewell said in a…

Man Pleads Guilty to Criminal Vehicular Homicide in Gilbert Case

Will be Sentenced May 3rd

GILBERT, Minn.-A 57-year-old man has plead guilty to criminal vehicular homicide for his involvement in a fatal hit and run in Gilbert. In October, Jeffrey Airhart hit 85-year-old Florence Mannelin with his vehicle on the 100 Block of Broadway Avenue. After Airhart left the scene, Mannelin was taken to the hospital where she later died. Airhart has a history of…

Sea Grant Battling Government to Stay Alive

Federal Government Looking to Cut NOAA by 17 Percent

DULUTH, Minn.-Discussions are looming on Capitol Hill to cut 17 percent of the budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These cuts could affect many different organizations including the National Weather Service and the local chapter of the Minnesota Sea Grant. The Sea Grant helps with fighting invasive species, along with other environmental issues related to the Great Lakes,…

Bald Eagles Migrating Earlier

Warm Weather Big Factor

DULUTH, Minn.-In other environmental news, bald eagles are migrating back to Minnesota a few weeks ahead of schedule. The early migration, comes after February melted much of the snow, while ice is breaking up along the rivers. Small groups of eagles have already been seen along the Minnesota River. Only two states have larger populations of eagles – Florida and…

Proctor City Council Meets Tonight to Discuss Fired Police Chief

A Petition Will be Presented

PROCTOR, Minn.-Tonight more than 250 people have signed a petition to reinstate Proctor’s Police Chief Walter Wobig. Supporters will be at tonight’s council meeting to present the petition. Mayor Phil Larson, along with councilors Troy Dewall and Gary Nowak, were against renewing Wobig’s contract. Wobig was the chief for more than 14 years and did not have any major complaints…

Reusable Bags Now Available for Food Shelf Clients

Part of Bag It Duluth Campaign

DULUTH, Minn.-Clients of Churches United in Ministry will now be able to use reusable bags when picking up their groceries. The bags were collected recently by the League of Women Voters at a recent Bag It Duluth film screening. The Bag It Duluth campaign, which involves 70 different organizations, has developed a proposal to phase out plastic bags. “We know…

Duluth Police Chief Visits D.C.

Discussions Included How to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Courtesy of Duluth Police FacebookWASHINGTON, D.C.-Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken visited Washinton D.C. earlier this week with four members of the Duluth Police, along with the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association. Tusken met with congressional leaders to discuss opioid problems in our area. He also discussed an increase in community police funding.

Recreational Park Could be Coming to Silver Bay

Would Have Zip Line and Climbing Wall

SILVER BAY, Minn.-Phil Huston, owner of the Silver Bay Spur on Highway 61, has plans to build a recreational park behind his gas station. City officials told us today, the park would include a climbing wall and a zip line. The city of Silver Bay currently owns the three acres, the park would sit on. Huston has made an offer of…

Northland Man Facing Multiple Felonies After 13-Hour Manhunt

Due Back in Court March 6

FINLAND, Minn.-A Silver Bay man is facing five different charges, including three felonies, after a 13-hour manhunt in Finland Sunday. Mark Wherley is facing two felony counts of assault in the second degree, and one felony charge of making threats of violence. He’s also been charged with two misdemeanors – carrying a weapon without Mark Wherley a permit and fleeing on foot….

Alleged Heroin Dealer Arrested and Charged in Duluth

Suspect has had Numerous Run-ins with Law Enforcement

DULUTH, Minn.-A 22-year-old Duluth man has been charged with first-degree sale of a controlled substance and being a felon in possession of a fire arm, for his role in a suspected heroin dealing operation on the 2600 block of West Fourth Street. On Monday, investigators from the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant on…

Search Still Ongoing for Missing International Falls Teen

Call Authorities if You Have Any Information

BEMIDJI, Minn.- The Bemidji Police Department is still seeking the public’s help in finding a missing teen. Gary Tilander, 13, was last seen Feb. 22 at about 8:30 a.m. on the 600 block of Mississippi Avenue in Bemidji. Tilander, who is an International Falls resident, is being described as six-foot-one, and weighs 160 pounds. He has sandy blonde hair and blue eyes….

Huge Toy Collection on Display at Depot

Will Run Through April 8th

DULUTH, Minn.-A massive toy collection is about to go on display at the Depot. Tomorrow Minnesotan David Barnhill will open up his collection to the public. It will feature toys focused on monsters, super heroes, and villains. Barnhill has a collection of 200,000 items – one of the largest in America. “Everyone that comes through either had it, wanted it,…

Permit to Carry Numbers Way Up in St. Louis County

Numbers Highest They've Ever Been in Minnesota

Duluth, Minn.-Permit to carry numbers were the highest they’ve been in Minnesota since firearms permit laws were introduced in the state in 2003, according to a report released today by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. About 71,000 permits were issued in 2016. In St. Louis County, about 32,000 were issued last year, which up over 800 from 2015. “Minnesota’s Personal…

Proctor Math Teacher a Semifinalist for Minnesota ‘Teacher of the Year’

Kristin Kelpo has been praised for use of technology in her classroom

PROCTOR, Minn. – A seventh grade Proctor math teacher is one step closer to becoming  Minnesota’s next Teacher of the Year. Kristen Kilpo has taught at Proctor for 7 years and is one of 37 semifinalists up for the award. She has received praise from her colleagues for her use of technology in the classroom and a new method she…

Virginia Police Investigate Assault Incident

Originally Reported as Shooting

VIRGINIA, Minn.-Reports of a shooting in Virginia a little after midnight Wednesday, turned out not to be true. Multiple police agencies responded to a call of gun shots at 1000 Bourgin Road, but when they got there, it was discovered that two males had been involved in a physical altercation – no firearms were involved. One of the men is…

IRRRB to Privatize Skiing Operations

Much of Facility Already Privately Run

ST. PAUL, Minn.-A private management firm will take over skiing operations at Giants Ridge. The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board approved that plan on a 5-4 vote today in St. Paul. Much of the Biwabik resort is already privatized, including the golf course. IRRRB Commissioner Mark Phillips believes some employees will now take an early retirement option. Giants Ridge…

Weather Shaping Sales Goals of Local Retailers

Businesses Still Have Hope for More Snow

DULUTH, Minn.-With the recent warm weather, local retailers are taking advantage of it. Duluth Lawn and Sport has quite a mix of snowmobiles and ATV’s on its showroom floor, as they are currently sitting in the crux between winter and spring. Management at the business told us that it was a good season for them, but just a little short….

Man Goes Through Ice on St. Louis River

Lost Six-Wheeler to the River

VILLAGE OF OLIVER, Wis.-Some good Samaritans rescued an elderly man from the frigid waters of the St. Louis River today. The event happened about 2:45 p.m. near the Oliver Bridge, after two passerby’s heard a man yelling for help. They then noticed a man in the water hanging on a sheet of ice. Authorities said the man was driving a…

Court Hearing Held Today in West Duluth Murder Case

Next Court Date Set for March 15th

DULUTH, Minn.-A suspect in connection with an October murder at the 2000 block of West Superior Street was in court today. 54–year–old Orin Vann has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Today an omnibus hearing was held. His next court date is scheduled for March 29th. He’s currently out on bail. 43–year–old Aaron Humphreys plead…

Birkie Organizers Hoping for Better Weather

Events Start Tomorrow

Hayward, Wis.-Birkebeiner ski race organizers still have many concerns over the weather. There are some puddles on the trails, as crews work on siphoning off water from them. Some trails are also being repaired after they were damaged from the recent weather. “With below freezing temps in our future, along with snow in the forecast, we’re going all in with…

Mother Has Message for Missing Son

Christopher Kerze has Been Missing Since 1990

DULUTH, Minn.-Today marks the 44th birthday for Christopher Kerze, who went missing from Eagan April 20, 1990 when he was 17-years-old. After he went missing, his parents received a note allegedly from Kerze postmarked from Duluth. In the note he mentioned a desire to commit suicide. A few days later his parents van, which he allegedly took, was found in…

Minong Community Center Construction Continues

Could be Completed by August

MINONG, Wis.-Construction is humming along at the Jack Link’s Aquatic and Activity Center in Minong. The facility, which includes a gym, pool, and even a museum, is expected to be completed by August. Currently the walls have gone up around the pool, while construction is just beginning on the walls of the entire facility. Construction workers did say that the…

Bayfront Ice Rink Closed for Rest of Season

Warm Temperatures to Blame

DULUTH, Minn.-Due to unseasonably warm temperatures, Duluth Parks and Recreation is closing the outdoor rink at Bayfront Park for the rest of the winter season. Skaters will still have the chance to hit the rink at indoor events. From 6:30-8 p.m. every Wednesday, the Duluth Heritage Sports Center will offer an open skate. Additional hours will be offered this week…

More Changes Coming to Birkie

Still Battling Weather

HAYWARD, Wis.-After yesterday’s rain, the American Birkebeiner ski race has changed much of its route. The Birkie Trail south of Highway OO is not available for any events. Officials today said Duffy’s Field will no longer be the finish line either. Originally, the finish was supposed to be in downtown Hayward, but that was scrapped due to recent warm temperatures…

Lieutenant Governor Visits Duluth to Celebrate Local Businesses

Highlights Many Different Local Businesses

DULUTH, Minn.-Lt. Gov. Tina Smith visited Duluth today highlighting Minnesota’s innovative economy. The event followed the recent launch of the Innovative Minnesota Campaign. It’s meant to celebrate emerging discoveries in technology throughout the state. “Innovation is embedded in our Minnesota identity,” she said. “Our state annually ranks among the top five in new patents and is home to many leading…

Coast Guard Warns of Thin Ice

Stay Away from Slushy Areas

DULUTH, Minn.- The U.S. Coast Guard is warning to the public of dangers of thinning ice due to the warmer temperatures. The unseasonably warm is causing frozen lakes to melt at a faster rate. Thin ice is especially prevalent in areas where there are bridges and inlets. Darker and slushy areas also signify thinner ice in that area. The Coast…

Gronseth Rejected for Elk River Job

Still Has Chance at Twin Cities Post

DULUTH, Minn.-Duluth Schools Superintendent Bill Gronseth was not selected for the superintendent position for Elk River school district. Gronseth was a finalist for the position. He is still vying for the post of superintendent in White Bear Lake. In the past, he’s tried getting positions in Arkansas, Washington state, and the Twin Cities. He could not be reached for comment…

Enbridge Adds Part of Dakota Access Pipeline to Their System

Using $1.5 Billion Bridge Loan for Acquisition

DULUTH, Minn.-Enbridge has announced it’s acquiring 27.6 percent of the Bakken Pipeline System. That pipeline is part of the very controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, which runs through some ancient Native American sites in North Dakota.  It’s has also caused concern for the environment in that region as well. Both of those issues have caused large protests at the site. Enbridge…

Bar Close Time Could be Changed to 4 a.m.

Still Long Ways Away from Becoming Law

ST. PAUL, Minn.- Talk has begun in the Minnesota Legislature to keep bars open until 4 a.m. Currently closing time is set for 2 a.m. The bill is still a long ways away from becoming law. There have also be recent discussions on having liquor stores stay open on Sunday. That too, is a long ways away from becoming a…

Duluth Supt. Gronseth Up For Outside Job — Again

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Public Schools Superintendent Bill Gronseth is up for yet another job. This time, he is being eyed up for the position of superintendent at White Bear Lake School District. Gronseth is also a finalist for another superintendent job near the Twin Cities. Gronseth has been a finalist for other superintendent jobs in the past few years,…

New Group Supports Nolan for Governor

Nolan Hasn't Officially Announced He's Running for Governor

MINNESOTA-The Coalition to Draft Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan for Minnesota governor was announced yesterday. The group distributed a letter signed by more than 100 political, business, and civic leaders. It’s expected in the coming weeks, that the organization will try to gather even more support for Nolan. The Congressman has not officially announced yet, whether he’s running for governor.  

Superior Man Sentenced for Role in Hermantown Drive-by Shooting

Suspect Gets 7 1/2 Years

Denzel PerrinDULUTH, Minn.- A Superior man was sentenced today to 7 1/2 years in prison for his role in a September drive-by shooting in Hermantown. Denzel Perrin, 20, had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of felony drive-by shooting. One person was shot in the incident and left with non-life threatening injuries. Another suspect in the case, 47-year-old Robert Lund,…

New Superior Brewery to Open in Superior

Brought Forward by Fitger's Co-Founder

SUPERIOR, Wis.-A new Superior brewery will be rolling out the kegs this summer. Earth Rider Brewery in Superior is a start-up from Fitger’s co-founder Tim Nelson. It will be located at 1617 N. Third St. in the Leamon Mercantile Company Complex. There taproom will be at Nelson’s Cedar Lounge across the street. “We’re excited to bring back a production brewery…

New Officer Sworn in for Superior Police

Fullfilling a Lifelong Dream

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The Superior Police Department swore in a new officer today. Megan Myer of Berlin, Wis.will begin her field training on Monday fulfilling a life long dream. “I’ve always been drawn to law enforcement,” she said. “I’ve always thought as very interesting. I decided to major in it at UWS and heard a lot of great things. I decided this…

17-Year-Old Gets Probation in Hibbing Murder Case

Will be on Probation Until She's 21

HIBBING, Minn.-A 17-year-old Hibbing resident has been placed on probation Thursday for her involvement in an Iron Range murder. Julianna Sala had previously admitted that she lied several times to the police about her involvement in the murder of 20-year-old Jaysen Greenwood. She has also confessed that she went with the murder to dispose of the body in an abandoned…

St. Louis County Holds Huge Property Auction

County Makes $600,000

DULUTH, Minn.-St. Louis County had a financial windfall today. The county scored nearly $600,000 during tax forfeited land sale. Nineteen properties went up for sale and were bid on by 180 Northlanders. About 100 properties were featured in total. Those that weren’t sold can still be bought from the county. The county said this was the largest auction they’ve had…

Amendment Introduced for Recreational Use of Pot in Minnesota

Still Has a Long Ways to Go

ST. PAUL, Minn.-A Minnesota state representative from Virginia introduced a proposed amendment today to legalize recreational marijuana Democrat Jason Metsa is hoping the amendment can reach a general election ballot in 2018. If passed, it would allow those older than 21 to buy or produce the drug. Metsa does include terms for how sales would be taxed. The measure still…

Cliffs Announces Huge Fourth Quarter

Revenues Up 58 Percent from Last Year

DULUTH, Minn.-Final financial reports released today for Cliffs Natural Resources revealed a huge fourth quarter for them. Revenues were up to $754 million this quarter for the ore pellet manufacturer, which is an increase of 58 percent compared to last year. Overall revenues were up five percent for the company in 2016 topping out at $2.1 billion. The C-E-O of…

Co-op Makes Large Donation to Food Bank

Co-op Celebrating 10,000 Members

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Whole Foods Co-op recently hit a milestone with 10,000 owners. Today they celebrated by donating $5,100 to the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. That amount of money will supply Northlander’s in need with 20,000 pounds of food. “This donation provides the ability to rescue and rehabilitate 20,000 pounds of food and to know that equals…

Duluth Schools Superintendent Looking for New Job

Has Sought Other Opportunities Before

DULUTH, Minn.-Duluth Public Schools Superintendent Bill Gronseth is a finalist for that same position for Independent School District 728 in the Twin Cities area. That district includes schools in Elk River, Ostego, Rogers, and Zimmerman. Five other candidates are also up for the post. ISD 728 is currently narrowing down the field of candidates to two or three. Interviews will…

Paid Sick Leave Debate Continues

Community Forum Held Today to Discuss Issue

DULUTH, Minn.-The debate for whether employers should offer paid sick leave raged on at a community forum in Duluth today. Representatives from various organizations and businesses attended the event including the Duluth City Council President. One of the main goals was to learn more about how the council-sponsored Earned Sick and Safe Leave Taskforce. “It’s really to educate … on…