Melissa Lentz

DTA Adds Late-Night Saturday Service, Summer Trolley Schedule Changes

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority has announced it will implement operational schedule changes beginning on Sunday, June 4 for Routes 2, 6, and 10. According to the DTA, there will be a few minor time adjustments, as well as late-night trips on Saturdays – details below: Route 2 will add 11:20 p.m. and 12:20 a.m. trips “From Downtown”…

16-Year-Old Dead After Bus Crash near Ashland

The incident happened on STH 112

ASHLAND, Wis. – Around 7:45 a.m. Friday, May 19, the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a car that had rear-ended a school bus on State Highway 112 approximately two miles south of Ashland. Ashland County Deputies and other agencies arrived on scene to find the driver of the car not breathing. After preliminary investigations, a Lakeshore…

Two Arrested in Heroin, Crack Cocaine Bust

1/5 Duluth Police Dept. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5 Duluth Police Dept. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5 Duluth Police Dept. Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5 Duluth Police Dept. Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5 Duluth Police Dept. Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Two suspects were detained in the 100 block of West 4th Street in Duluth, and a search…

ATV Riders Can Explore Minnesota Trails for Free June 2-4

Free access to over 3,000 miles of state trails

ATVs on Spider Lake Trail MINNESOTA – Minnesotans with an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) registered for private or agricultural use won’t need to pay the additional registration fee ($53.50 for three years) to ride the state’s public ATV trails June 2-4, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Out-of-state riders can explore the ATV trails, as well without the need for…

Construction Begins May 22 for Highway 5 Bridge Replacement over the Bear River

Hwy 5 will be closed between N Airport Rd and Hwy 22 as a result

Photo: St. Louis Public Works COOK, Minn. – The St. Louis County Public Works Department has announced construction to build a new bridge on County State Aid Highway 5 over the Bear River, just west of Linden Grove Township, is set to begin on May 22. During this project, Highway 5 will be closed between North Airport Road and Highway…

Superior Common Council to Hold Special Election for 6th District Seat

SUPERIOR, Wis – The City of Superior Common Council has announced it will be holding a Special Election on April 3, 2018 to fill the vacant 6th District Aldermanic position, formerly held by Graham Garfield who stepped down earlier this month. Until the Special Election, the Council is seeking applicants to fill the position for a one-year term. Qualified applicants…

Porter’s Restaurant to Undergo Rebranding and Remodel

Renovations are estimated at $1 million

DULUTH, Minn. – Porter’s Restaurant announced Wednesday that it will undergo a major transformation including a new name, fresh look, and updated menu. Starting on May 30, the restaurant will temporarily close to begin the $1 million renovations. Porter’s has been serving visitors and locals in downtown Duluth inside the Holiday Center, for over 30 years. “We are excited to…

47-Year-Old Male Charged in Ironwood Standoff

IRONWOOD, Mich. – Gogebic County Prosecutor Nick Jacobs authorized a five count felony warrant for 47-year-old Leonard Hellier of Ironwood Township. The warrant contains two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and one count of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent. These charges stem…

Ramp Inspections, Closures Scheduled for May 22, 25 in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has scheduled routine ramp inspections in Duluth, which will require the ramps to close temporarily. These ramps include: The on-ramp from 40th Avenue West to southbound I-35 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, May 22 The on-ramp from 21st Avenue West to northbound Highway 53 from 9a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday,…

Armed Robbery Incident at CVS Pharmacy in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department reports that on Monday, May 15, officers responded to a call to the CVS Pharmacy at the intersection of 12th Avenue East and Superior Street to the report of an armed robbery. Authorities indicate a knife was displayed during the incident. Duluth Police Violent Crimes Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in…

State Receives Revised PolyMet Permits

ST. PAUL, Minn. – PolyMet Mining Inc., has submitted two revised Dam Safety Permit applications, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The applications address the Flotation Tailings Basin and the Hydrometallurgical Residue Facility for the proposed NorthMet Project near Hoyt Lakes. Changes made to the applications were based on feedback provided by DNR technical experts and external consultants. These…

House Explosion in Rural Itasca County

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office received a report Tuesday morning around 9 of a house explosion. Authorities responded to the incident which happened on Arbo Road in rural Itasca County. The house was occupied by one female at the time, authorities report that she escaped with minor injuries. The cause of the explosion is unknown at…

LOCATED: Linda Doyle

Linda Doyle UPDATE 5/15 7 p.m.: Authorities have located Linda, she was found safe! MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a woman with memory issues, who may not be aware family and police are looking for her. Linda Doyle, 62, has been missing since 1 p.m. on May 15. She was last seen at the…

TWO PART SPECIAL: Cancer Connections

JOIN US ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY FOR THIS SPECIAL REPORT

Join us on Monday May 15 and Tuesday May 16, for a two-part special report, Cancer Connections, from FOX 21’s Nikki Davidson, as she introduces us to some major health concerns and risks that firefighters are facing everyday. From the risks of cancer to the toxicity of new building materials, these firefighters aren’t just battling the flames while on the…

Mountain Iron Kitchen Fire Leaves 2 Dogs Deceased

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – Five fire departments along with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a house fire in the 8000 block of Gardenia Street in Mountain Iron, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department. The fire appeared to have started in the kitchen, and crews were able to contain the fire. The house was unoccupied…

Superior Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Crash on London Road

Theresa Katzmark (St. Louis County Jail) DULUTH, Minn. – A Superior woman accused of killing a woman on London Road in Duluth, pleaded not guilty at a hearing on Friday, May 12. Forty-nine-year-old Theresa Katzmark is charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of 62-year-old Donna Estrem. The incident happened on April 4, when Katzmark allegedly struck and killed…

Guns Taken by Man Who Wrote Manifesto May Not Be Found

Joseph Jakubowski JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Rock County Sheriff’s investigators aren’t sure an automatic weapon and 12 handguns ditched by the man who wrote a threatening manifesto will ever be found. Authorities say they found five of the 18 weapons stolen from a Janesville area gun shop with Joseph Jakubowski after a manhunt which ended about 125 miles away in…

White Nose Syndrome Causes Drastic Decline in Wisconsin Bat Population

  MADISON, Wis. – A deadly disease affecting bats, has spread to 24 Wisconsin counties, according to the Department of Natural Resources. White Nose Syndrome (WNS), has killed upwards of seven million bats throughout the United States and Canada, and has now decreased populations in Wisconsin from 30 to 100 percent in areas around the state. WNS is named for…

Search on for Missing Man in Cook County

Did not return from an early morning walk Thursday

Aaron Banks COOK COUNTY, Minn. – The Cook County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating an individual who was reported missing Thursday morning. Aaron Banks, 34, was reported missing by his wife after he did not return from an early morning walk near County Road 14 West around 4 a.m, around seven miles east of Grand Marais….

Duluth Grill Owner Receives Inaugural Mary Mathews Legacy Award

Left to right: Jaima and Tom Hanson, Mary Mathews and Shawn Wellnitz Photo: Entrepreneur Fund DULUTH, Minn. – The Entrepreneur Fund has announced that the owner of the Duluth Grill and OMC Smokehouse, Tom Hanson, is the recipient of the inaugural Mary Mathews Legacy Award. The award recognizes outstanding small business owners in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin, and was created…

Events Announced for Duluth Dylan Fest 2017

May 20-28

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Dylan Fest has announced 13 events for this year’s celebration, May 20-28. Duluth Dylan Fest’s mission is to celebrate the spirit of artistic freedom, intellectual, honesty, and integrity of Duluth native, Bob Dylan. The fest is dedicated to showcasing Duluth’s vibrant art and music scene. This year’s event will celebrate Bob Dylan’s 76th birthday, as well…

Human Remains Discovered in Pine County During Search for Sandstone Man

May be those of a man missing for 2 years

PINE COUNTY, Minn. – Human remains have been discovered after a search for a missing man, according to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities indicate that on May 6, members of the search group United Legacy were conducting a search in the region for a man that has been missing since March 3, 2015. Kenneth “Scott” Kleppen, who went missing just…

Classes, Activities Cancelled at Gransburg High School Following Threats

GRANSBURG, Wis. – Grantsburg High School cancelled all classes and activities Tuesday following a threat on social media. The Grantsburg Superintendent released a letter to parents and the public stating that the district was notified just after 7 a.m. about a social media post that stated a student had intentions to become a school shooter. As a result, classes were…

2 Formally Charged in Duluth Apartment Drug Bust

Search warrant executed in the 100 block of N 30th Ave W

Tyjuan Hill (left) and Rachel Fenzel (right)Photo: St. Louis County DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department reports that on Monday, May 8, the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant at an apartment in the 100 block of North 30th Avenue West. The search warrant was a result of an investigation into the suspected…

Tree Removal Project Scheduled on Highways 200 and 169

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has scheduled storm-damaged tree removal in Itasca and Aitkin Counties. The project will take place on Highway 200 from Hill City to approximately six miles east on Highway 169 from Hill City to approximately three miles north. The work will require lane closures in both directions, Monday through Friday between 6:30 a.m. and…

Search Warrants Can Now Be Processed Electronically in Minnesota

Since the electronic transition began in October, 2,121 warrant applications have been filed and processed

  ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced the eSearch Warrant application, which is now available to law enforcement agencies statewide. “Before eSearch Warrants, a peace officer would write a search warrant application and then drive it to the judge for review, said BCA Superintendent Drew Evans. “Making this process electronic is particularly beneficial for after-hours…

Spring Bridge Maintenance Begins May 8

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Department of Transportation bridge maintenance crews will sweep and flush all state bridge in the Duluth area beginning on Monday, May 8. This project is scheduled for May 8 through Thursday, May 18. Motorists may encounter temporary lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The operation will take place in three separate…

Minnesota DNR to Hold Metallic Minerals Lease Sale

Public bid scheduled for June 9 at 8:30 a.m.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is initiating the sale of leases for state-owned metallic minerals in Beltrami, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis Counties. The total amount of land up for lease is 195,324 acres. The lease sale involves nonferrous minerals, which are all metals, such as copper, nickel, platinum, palladium, gold,…

Natural Surface Trails Begin to Open in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth reports that city-managed natural surface trails are open. Trail users are asked to use trails with care, practice etiquette on shared trails, and avoid entering wet areas to prevent trail damage. Cyclists of Gitchee Gumi Shores trails are OPEN at: Hawk Ridge and Morningside Duluth Traverse Hartley Park Enger Park Traverse from Observation…

Madison Man Convicted of Sex Trafficking

Evidence presented at trial showed he had been engaged in the conduct since 2010

Maurice Withers, 28 MADISON, Wis. – A jury reached a guilty verdict after less than three hours, following a four-day trial of a Madison man, who was involved in prostitution and sex trafficking. Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Friday, that Maurice Adonis Withers, 28, was found guilty on Thursday of six counts of sex trafficking and three counts of interstate…