Melissa Lentz

Kids, Cops & Cars Event Tomorrow

11 A.M. TO 2 P.M. IN BAYFRONT FESTIVAL PARK

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids and their families will get the chance to hang out with members of the Duluth Police Department at the Kids, Cops & Cars event being held Wednesday, at Bayfront Festival Park. Numerous first responder vehicles will be on-hand including the department’s command post, tactical response team vehicle, and command post. Other responders will include a Coast…

Starry Stonewort Confirmed on 1 New Minnesota Lake

LOCATED AFTER A 20-COUNTY SEARCH

ST. PAUL, Minn. – After a search of 178 lakes in 20 counties by 200 trained volunteers, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that the invasive algae starry stonewort in Grand Lake in Stearns County. Starry stonewort is an alga that can form dense mats, which can interfere with the use of a lake and compete with native…

Lake Superior Beach Advisories

DULUTH, Minn. – As of August 15, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health has reported advisories for the following beaches. These advisories recommend no water contact due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria identified from samples collected and tested.  Boy Scout Landing Beach, Commonwealth Ave – New Duluth Agate Bay Beach – Two Harbors If anyone becomes ill after…

MISSING: Edward Lepage, Vehicle Located North of Fredenberg Township

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Wisconsin Regulators Approve SWL&P Rate Increases

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has authorized base utility rate changes for Superior Water, Light & Power’s electric, gas, and water utilities. The rate adjustments will help to pay for upgrades to electric substations and transmission lines, a portion of water infrastructure along Belknap Street and other areas of Superior, as well as gas utility infrastructure…

Juvenile Male Shot in Lincoln Park Neighborhood

DULUTH, Minn. – Just after 11 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to a call of gunshots in the area of 23rd Avenue West and 3rd Street, according to the Duluth Police Department. Authorities were notified after arriving on scene by a local hospital they had a gunshot victim in the emergency room. A juvenile male was treated and released. The Duluth…

Update: Father, Daughter Pulled From Water Off Park Point Deceased

Victims Were Under Water For At Least One Hour

DULUTH, Minn. – After a vigorous fight against fierce waves off Park Point for Duluth firefighter and rescue crews, a young daughter, 10, and her father, 38, who were pulled from the water Thursday evening are deceased, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. The call for help came in around 4:30 p.m. just out from the Park Point Beach…

Superior Woman Sentenced to 48 Months in Fatal London Road Crash

1/3 Photo Courtesy Enrique Giner Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Photo Courtesy Enrique Giner Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Photo Courtesy Enrique Giner Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Theresa Katzmark, 49, of Superior has been sentenced to 48 months for the death of Donna Estrem, 62. The incident happened on April 4, when Katzmark struck and killed Estrem,…

Eveleth Days Inn to be Used in Fire Training Exercises

EVELETH, Minn. – The former Days Inn in Eveleth, on Hat Trick Avenue, has fallen into significant disrepair, has been tax-forfeited, and is up for demolition this fall. For the past month fire departments have used the building for training exercises on various skill including ladder operations, downed firefighter rescues, and roof ventilation, according to St. Louis County officials. Before…

New Blue Lights Installed at 14 Intersections in Duluth, Hermantown

DULUTH, Minn. – Across the state of Minnesota, the majority of serious and fatal crashes occur at four-way intersections with traffic signals, according to St. Louis County. In an effort to reduce crashes at these intersections, the County has installed a new tool to make these intersections safe as part of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths initiative. Bright, blue lights…

Walleye Fishing on Mille Lacs Lake Reopens Friday

Will close again after Labor Day

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Catch-and-release walleye fishing and use of live bait returns to Mille Lacs Lake on Friday, Aug. 11, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Night fishing will continue to be prohibited from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Nov. 30. Regulations do allow anglers to fish for muskie and northern pike at night, but only artificial…

Red Flag Warning in Place on Park Point Beaches

EFFECTIVE AUGUST 10, 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – Due to a high risk of rip currents in Lake Superior today, the Duluth Fire Department has issued a warning for dangerous swimming conditions for Park Point beaches. The red flag is effective immediately and continues until 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11. This warning means that wind and wave conditions can support rip currents, which are life-threatening…

Pizza Wars Competition in Superior

Voting ends August 30

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Business Improvement District (SBID) has announced the launch of a Pizza Wars competition for the month of August. Pizza Wars is a friendly competition among restaurants in Superior vying for the title of “Most Superior Pizza.” The competition features five local restaurants including Pizza Man, Sammy’s Pizza, Sclavi’s Italian Restaurant, Thirsty Pagan, and Vintage Italian…

Scammers Targeting Minnesota Power Customers

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Power has received reports of scam callers targeting their customers for payments, which have alarmingly increased over the past few days. Company officials are cautioning customers to protect themselves. Scammers have reportedly been able to manipulate caller ID to display a fake number, which shows as a possible Minnesota Power line. Scammers will then pose as…

Gov. Dayton Appointed Chair of NGA’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The National Governor’s Association (NGA) has appointed Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton as chairman of the NGA’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. Dayton will replace Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas. “I am very honored to have been asked to serve as Chairman of the National Governors Association’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee,” said Gov. Dayton….

Dubh Linn Brew Pub Recognized as One of the Top 40 Whiskey Bar/Restaurants in the Nation

  DULUTH, Minn. – Whisky Advocate Magazine has recognized Dubh Linn Brew Pub in Duluth as one of the Top 40 Whiskey Bar and Restaurants in the United States. The criteria for the award was based on whiskey selection, variety, food quality, entertainment, and ambiance. Whisky Advocate Dubh Linn has a massive collection of different whiskeys available, over 350 bottles…

Twin Ports Officers will Stake Out Dunkin’ Donuts Rooftops this Friday

TWIN PORTS – Officers in both Duluth and Superior will hit the rooftops of local Dunkin’ Donuts this Friday, Aug. 11 to support the Special Olympics.  Law enforcement officers in Minnesota will participate for the first time ever in a statewide Cop on a Rooftop event, at all six Minnesota locations, including Duluth. Wisconsin officers will be participating for the…

Woman Stabbed at Bar in Mountain Iron

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an assault at a bar in Mountain Iron just before 1:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 8, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. When officers arrived on scene, they located a woman inside the bar with a stab wound to the left side of her stomach. She was…

Remer Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Sexual Conduct with Minors

Jacob White WALKER, Minn. – A Remer, Minnesota man has been sentenced to 12 year in prison for two sexual conduct cases involving minors, according to Cass County Attorney Christopher J. Strandlie. Jacob John White, 32, was sentenced for committing Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree, which will run concurrently with one year in jail for Criminal Sexual Conduct…

Superior Man Charged with Homicide in Connection to Overdose Death

Nathan Birkholz SUPERIOR, Wis. – A 22-year-old Superior man has been charged with First Degree Reckless Homicide after his alleged involvement in the overdose death of Neil Christianson in Nov. 2016, according to Douglas County District Attorney Mark Fruehauf. Nathan Birkholz allegedly delivered a substance which contained heroin and fentanyl to Christianson, which resulted in his death. The criminal complaint…

IRS to Hold Public Auction in Ely

Auction begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 23

DULUTH, Minn. – The Internal Revenue has announced it will be conducting a public auction on Wednesday, Aug. 23, for the contents of an outfitters retail store, Wilderness Outfitters, in Ely, Minnesota, after it was shutdown for nonpayment of taxes. Items listed for auction include camping supplies, tents, grills, chairs, cookware, cots, as well as kayaks, boats, canoes, motors, and…

Man Charged with Electronic Solicitation of a Minor

Joshua Stewart DULUTH, Minn. – On Thursday, August 3, the Duluth Police Department Sex Crimes, Violent Crimes, and Financial Crimes Units arrested a 35-year-old male after investigators became aware of a conversation occurring between the male and a female minor over social media. Thirty-five-year-old Joshua Stewart was subsequently arrested after making arrangements with the female, he believed to be 14-years-old,…

Bald Eagle Nesting Areas Reopen at Voyageurs National Park

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – Five of Voyageurs National Park’s 276 visitor-use camping and houseboat sites are reopen after they were temporarily closed in May to protect bald eagle nesting pairs. The areas reopened include: Kabetogama Lake – Happy Landing Campsite, Camelback Island Campsite, Ek Bay Houseboat Site Namakan Lake – Hamilton Bay Campsite, Sexton Is. Campsite Each years since 1992,…

Chisholm Roundabout Construction Begins Aug. 14, Detour Set for Hwy 73

CHISHOLM, Minn. – Drivers will encounter a two-month detour on Highway 73 in Chisholm, as the next phase of construction begins on the roundabout. Hwy 73 will be closed between Hwy 169 and 6th Street. Drivers will be directed to use Truck Hwy 169, 4th Avenue East, and Lake Street. Crews will begin building the roundabout and work on approaching…

Hibbing Man Charged in Fatal Tower Fire

Jesse Bonacci-Koski   VIRGINIA, Minn. – A 24-year-old Hibbing man is facing charges for his involvement in the fatal fire that killed an 11-month-old boy on Aug. 2. Jesse Lee Bonacci-Koski was charged in State District Court in Virginia on Monday with four counts, including second degree manslaughter. According to the criminal complaint, the 11-month-old boy, identified as Bentley Joe…

Car Vs. Tractor Accident near Winter, Wis.

WINTER, Wis. – Sawyer County Sheriff’s Deputies and several other agencies responded to the call of a traffic crash on CTH W approximately 1.5 miles south of Winter involving a passenger car and a tractor, on Friday, Aug. 4 around 4:15 p.m. Both vehicles were proceeding westbound on CTH W when the crash occurred. Authorities report that the 40-year-old, male…

Patch Work Begins on I-35 from Grand Ave to Hwy 2

TWO WEEKS - 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M. WEEKDAYS

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports that a large-scale pavement patching project has started on Interstate 35. The project includes the section of I-35 from Grand Avenue to Highway 2 in Duluth. Crews will be using several vehicles traveling slowly along I-35 for the next two weeks on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists may…

Flo Rida Making a Stop in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Award-winning hip hop artist, Flo Rida, will be bringing his My Endless Summer Tour to Duluth in September. Flo Rida will be hitting the outdoor stage at Bayfront Festival Park on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The event is open to all ages, show is expected to get underway at 6 p.m. Headliners for the tour have yet to…

Temporary Road Closure Planned for Fisherman’s Road

MONDAY, AUGUST 14 TO FRIDAY, AUGUST 18

CASS LAKE, Minn. – The Chippewa National Forest has announced a temporary week-long road closure on Fisherman’s Road (Forest Road 2384) near Lake Winnibigoshish. The closure from Aug. 14 to Aug. 18 will be located 1.5 miles south of Itasca Co. Rd 33 and 2.7 miles north of Forest Rd 2171. The Forest Service indicates that the closure is planned…

Sky Harbor Airport Receives Over $4 Million for Improvements

DULUTH, Minn. – Today, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representative Rick Nolan announced over $4 million for the Sky Harbor Airport. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grant to the airport, totaling $4,611,690 for infrastructure improvements. “This investment in the Sky Harbor Airport is crucial to supporting safe and efficient air travel in our region,” Nolan…

Registration Open for 2017 Tee Up FORE Kids Golf Classic

Benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual Tee Up FORE Kids Golf Classic will held by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland, on Monday, August 21 at the Northland Country Club. The classic allows for individuals to play an award-winning course, while also helping children in need across the Northland. The classic raises funds to provide supportive services to children…