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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…

Governor Dayton to Have Surgery on Prostate

Governor Avoiding Radiation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced today he plans to undergo surgery in early March to treat his prostate cancer. He revealed the diagnosis late last month after collapsing during his State of the State address. His doctors have said the cancer was caught early and is treatable through surgery or radiation. It has not spread…

Proctor Set to Vote on New Sports Facility

Cost Could Reach $12 million

PROCTOR, Minn.-Tonight Proctor residents are voting on whether to pay for a new hockey arena and multi-functional turf field. The facility would cost about $12 million. School officials have said their current facility is about 45-years-old and outlived its lifespan. If voted in, property taxes would pay for the facility. The amount taxes would go up are dependent on a…

Cloquet Fire Victim Identified

Fire Crews Still Trying to Figure Out Cause

CLOQUET, Minn.-The remains of Thursday’s Cloquet fire victim have been identified. The homeowner, 51-year-old Sharyl Nelson was identified by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office. Multiple crews battled the blaze at 3912 Highway 33, but the home and attached garage were destroyed. The fire remains under investigation as they continue to try and figure out a cause.

One Dead After Crash in Two Harbors

Superior Teen Killed

TWO HARBORS, Minn.-One person is dead today after car crash in Two Harbors at 10 a.m. An 18-year-old Superior resident was killed after she lost control of her vehicle and collided with another car on Highway 61 on the outskirts of Two Harbors. The driver of the other vehicle was a 24-year-old resident of Grand Marais. She had non-life threatening…

Cloquet Murder Conviction Overturned

Could go to Minnesota Supreme Court

CLOQUET, Minn.-A third-degree murder conviction against a Cloquet man has been tossed out by the Minnesota Court of Appeals. 53-year-old Robert Ferguson was convicted in 2014 of selling a fentanyl patch to Paul Mrosla. The man later died after ingesting it. The court ruled that the case should be thrown out because the evidence does not corroborate a witness’s testimony….

Barn Burns in Barnum This Morning

Initial Reports Suggest No One Injured

BARNUM, Minn.-Reports of a barn fire came out of Barnum at about 10:30 this morning. Smoke could be seen billowing from the site as multiple fire departments responded to the scene. Authorities told FOX 21 that they didn’t believe anyone was injured. Initial reports also suggested no animals were harmed. Investigators are still looking into what caused that fire as…

Remains Haven’t Been Officially Identified in Hermantown Fire

Waiting on DNA Report

HERMANTOWN, Minn – There’s no word yet on the identity of an 87-year-old woman who was killed in a Hermantown house fire. Yesterday Hermantown Police said a K-9 united located the remains at the 5300 Block of Arrowhead Road. Family members have come forward and have said they are positive that it’s their loved one. Authorities told us DNA tests…

Arrest Made in Alleged Kidnapping

Superior Police Investigating

DULUTH, Minn.-A 27-year-old woman called police outside of Charlie’s Sub on Central Avenue today, reporting she had been kidnapped. Police responded quickly to the incident and found the 27-year-old female victim who was not harmed. Officers then arrested a 33-year-old male suspect on two felony warrants of bail jumping in Wisconsin. Due to the Wisconsin connection, Superior Police are still…

“Give Kids a Smile” Day Takes Over LSC

About 70 Kids Got Free Dental Care

DULUTH, Minn.-Almost 70 kids filled up Lake Superior College dental facility to get free dental care today. The event was part of the “Give Kids a Smile” day which went on throughout the state. The event is its 15th year. It was started to help children who didn’t have access to dental care. “Unfortunately the access to care is a…

Two Harbors Civic Leader Passes Away

Served 18 Years in Minnesota House

TWO HARBORS, Minn.-Two Harbors civic leader Dave Battaglia, 86, died on Wednesday at St. Luke’s Hospital. He served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for 18 years, while serving multiple terms as Two Harbors mayor starting in 1957. His political career ended in 2004 when he retired from the Two Harbors City Council.

One Dead in Cloquet House Fire

Multiple Agencies responded to Scene

CLOQUET, Minn.- One person is dead after a fire destroyed a home and attached garage at about 8 p.m. last night near Cloquet. Multiple agencies responded to the fire at 3912 Highway 33 spending hours extinguishing the flames. The body of the victim has been seen to Anoka for an autopsy. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  

Suspect Sought in Taco John’s Robbery

Robbery Occurred Sunday Morning

DULUTH, Minn.-Duluth Police are looking for a suspect for the armed robbery of Taco John’s Sunday morning on Grand Avenue in West Duluth. The suspect displayed a firearm at the scene. According to the the police department, the suspect is a light skin African American or Native American man, with a medium build, weighing about 180 pounds. He also has…

United Healthcare Adding 100 Jobs

Applications Can be Submitted by May 1

DULUTH, Minn. – Good news in the local job market. United Healthcare is hiring 100 people for its Duluth office. Positions include customer service and enrollment representatives. United Healthcare told Fox 21 that they are seeing a growth in customers across the country for their health insurance plans. Applications can be submitted on their website between now and May 1….

Suspect Arrested In Lincoln Park Shooting

DULUTH, Minn.-A suspect has been arrested in the shooting that occurred at about 3 a.m. Sunday at the 2700 block of West Second Street. Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken made the announcement via Facebook stating: “The suspect from yesterday’s shooting was arrested last night at 10 p.m. while driving a car in downtown Duluth. Excellent work by DPD investigating this…

Seventh Avenue East Shooting Update

Victim Most Likely Knew Shooter

DULUTH, Minn.-New information has come out in the shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon at Seventh Avenue East and Fourth Street. The Duluth Police told Fox 21 they believe 17-year-old male victim knew the person that shot him. Originally the police responded to a local hospital who reported they had a shooting victim. Soon after officers established a crime scene at…

Hibbing Murder Update

Suspect Needs to Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

HIBBING, Minn.-A Grand Rapids man accused of murder has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation before going to trial. 32-year-old Benjamin Lundquist has been charged with second-degree murder for his connection to the Jan. 17 stabbing death of 54-year-old Joel Gangness of Hibbing. Lundquist initially told police that Jesus told him to commit the crime. Lundquist’s next court…

Superior Fire Department Teaches First Aid to Area Middle School Students

Students Enjoy Day of Learning New Skills

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Superior fire fighters gathered today to teach the city’s seventh graders all about their craft. The fire department hosted four classes at Superior Middle School including ones relating to CPR, first aid, AED’s, along with the basics for fire fighting. The event is part of the state Assembly Bill 545 which makes it mandatory for school districts to introduce…

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Still Needed in Many Area Homes

Ice Fishing Houses All Threaten Public with CO

DULUTH, Minn.-Carbon monoxide can be deadly as it may go unnoticed. CO killed 64 people between 2011 and 2015 in Minnesota, according to the department of health. The Duluth Fire Department said CO-detectors are just as important as smoke detectors. They can be found at any place that sells smoke alarms, but the fire department urges every homeowner to have…

Teachers of the Year Nominated

Four From Area Nominated

  Jeanne Bymark Kristen Kilpo DULUTH, Minn.-Four local teachers have been nominated for Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year. Annette Petersmyer, and Sheila Shusterich of Duluth, along with Kristen Kilpo of Proctor and Jeanne Bymark of Hibbing have all been honored as nominees. The winner will be announced May 7 at the Radisson by the Mall of America.

Civil Lawsuit Filed in Pine County Cult Case

Suspect Previously Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

PINE COUNTY , Minn.-A woman that was sexually assaulted by a Pine County cult leader filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday against 15 former leaders of the River Road Fellowship. Lindsey Tornambe said she was sexually assaulted beginning at the age of 13 by 55-year-old Victor Barnard, the leader of the group. A lawsuit was also filed in Washington state, where…

One Dead as Truck Breaks Through Ice on Long Lake

Body Recovered Today

A diver tries to recover a body on Long Lake.WASHBURN COUNTY, Wis.-David Magnus, 60, is dead after his vehicle broke through the ice on Long Lake in Washburn County last night. According to witnesses, they heard a loud truck spinning around on the lake last night. The witnesses then found vehicle tracks leading to a hole in the ice. Multiple…

Alleged Heroin Dealer Arrested

Found With 25 Grams of Heroin

DULUTH, Minn.-After a search warrant was executed Monday, one man is in custody for his involvement in the Duluth’s heroin trade. Antwan Ray, 32, has been charged with first-degree sale of a controlled substance. Police searched his apartment at the 6700 block of Redruth Street and found 25 grams of heroin packaged for sale and $11,000. A 25-year-old woman and…

Governor’s Budget Impacts Duluth

Possible Funding for Human Rights Office

DULUTH, Minn.-After passing out during yesterday’s State of the State Address, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton was back on track today as he released his budget plans. One area mentioned locally is investing $2.3 million in Department of Human Rights’ offices throughout the state including one in Duluth. Some funds have also been allocated for operating the proposed Veteran’s Cemetery in…

Ski Trails and Ice Rinks Close

Warm Temperatures and Rain to Blame

DULUTH, Minn.-Due to the warm temperatures and rain, ski trails and ice rinks are closed in Superior, and officials in Duluth are urging caution when use there’s. City officials have said that any activities during these events could significantly damage them. Trail grooming will continue once temperatures allow. One rink in Duluth that is closed is Bayfront.

UPDATE: Wisconsin Road Conditions Alert

Salt and Sand Truck in Ditch

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wisc.-The Douglas County Highway Department has announced that County Highway A from Solon Springs to State Highway 27 is  now reopened. It had been closed due to glare ice conditions. It has been reported that the Lake Nebagamon and Solon Springs area roads are still difficult. Dozens of vehicles have been reported in ditches in these areas including…

Carlton Wellness Center Thriving

Discounts Offered to Many Age Groups

CARLTON, Minn. – The Carlton County Wellness Center may have opened in the fall, but the novelty hasn’t worn off on community members as they continually join the program. About 100 people have joined the center over the last few months. The center offers state-of the art fitness equipment and classes for people of all ages, but its main focus…

East Third Street Arson Suspect Found

Being Held on $25,000 Bail

DULUTH, Minn-One woman is behind bars for her alleged involvement in an arson at a duplex at 219 East Third Street in Duluth Jan. 11. Cindy Libby, 48, has been charged with felony first-degree burglary, along with aggravated robbery. So far, she has not been charged with arson. According to St. Louis County Court officials, she brought a knife into…

Hibbing Murder Suspect Charged

Held on $1 Million Bail

HIBBING, Minn.- Benjamin Lundquist, 32, has been charged with second-degree murder with intent, in connection with Monday’s Hibbing homicide case. He’s being held on $1 million bail. The victim has been identified as Joel Gangness.

911 Down in Cook County

Working on Being Restored

COOK COUNTY, Minn.-Much of the phone service across Cook County, including 911, is currently unavailable. CenturyLink is currently working on restoring the phones. If you need emergency assistance in that area, it is recommended to go to the nearest fire fall. The outage was first reported about midnight yesterday. “The safety of our residents in Cook County is always paramount…

Mother and Son Arrested in Meth Bust

Facing Multiple Felony Counts

CHISHOLM, Minn.-Two people in Chisholm are facing multiple felony charges after allegedly being busted for having a meth lab in a camper trailer last week. Constance Carlson, 45, is being held on $50,000 bail for her role in the incident for possession of meth with the intent to manufacture it. Her son, 26-year-old Mykal Myers, is facing four felonies including…

Tips for Your Phone in the Cold

Keep in Warm Places

DULUTH, Minn.-With the bitter cold temperatures hitting the Northland over the last few months many Northlanders are tired of dealing with day to day outdoor activities. That cell phone that you are holding in your hand right now, along with its battery, feels the same way too. One local expert told Fox 21 that the cold can be brutal on…

Mountain Iron Fire Leaves One Dead

Two Others Taken to Hospital

UPDATE 1-16-17: Authorities have confirmed that the female who died in this fire has been identified as Ginnie L. Hanka, 57, from Mt. Iron, Minnesota. Her husband, 61-year-old David M. Hanka, from Mt. Iron, is currently in critical, but stable condition at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital Burn Unit. Their son, David M. Hanka Jr., 25, is also at Essentia…