Melissa Lentz

Truck Breaks Through Ice on Grand Lake

SAGINAW, Minn. – Early Wednesday afternoon, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a truck going through the ice on Grand Lake. According to authorities, the incident happened just after 12:33 p.m. The report indicated that a truck went through the ice and two occupants of the vehicle were able to exit the truck before it…

UMD Athletic Director Signs Contract Extension

Josh Berlo (University of Minnesota Duluth) DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth and Athletic Director Josh Berlo, have agreed to a two-year contract extension. The extension would put his contract that he signed in November 2015 through May 1, 2023. “Josh is a tireless advocate for student athletes. I am confident in the direction and leadership Josh has…

Gov. Mark Dayton Appoints Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to Serve as US Senator

Courtesy of Minnesota Governor’s Office  ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton announced Wednesday during a press conference at the Minnesota State Capitol, that he will appoint Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to serve as United States Senator for Minnesota. Smith will be appointed to serve a one-year term in the Senate, concluding in January 2019. Minnesotans will chose a U.S….

Dayton to Announce Franken’s Replacement Wednesday

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton will announce his appointment to fill resigning U.S. Senator Al Franken’s seat at 10 a.m. Wednesday during a press conference at the state capitol. On Thursday, Dec. 7, Franken announced he would be resigning from the U.S. Senate following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. The senator has currently been accused by eight women….

Drug Bust in Fayal Township

(St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office) FAYAL TWP, Minn. – Members of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant on December 8, in the 3600 block of Highway¬† 53 in Fayal Township, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. During the search, investigators located 36 pounds of high-grade marijuana inside of the residence, along…

2 Fall Through Ice on St. Mary’s Lake

1/2 (Friends of Northland FireWire, Facebook) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (Friends of Northland FireWire, Facebook) Show Caption Hide Caption EVELETH, Minn. – Two males from Iron, Minnesota fell through the ice on St. Mary’s Lake in Fayal Township, just south of Eveleth, late Monday morning, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. According to authorities, first responders arrived…

Minnesota, Fond du Lac Band Reach Agreement Related to 1854 Treaty

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton and Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Chairman Kevin Dupuis announced an agreement to manage the Band’s fishing, hunting, and gathering rights in the areas of northern Minnesota established in an 1854 Treaty. The lands within the treaty include an area in northeastern Minnesota that includes portions of Carlton, St. Louis,…

Public Invited to Skate with Santa and Rudolph on Dec. 13

DULUTH, Minn. – The public is invited to join Santa, Rudolph and friends for a free ice skating party at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center on Wednesday, Dec. 13. The event will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Crafts, treats, science activities, and games will accompany Santa and his reindeer. Limited skates will be available for use. Attendees are asked to…

Bent Paddle Relocating Taproom, as Brewery Continues to Expand

Expected to open in early 2018

DULUTH, Minn. – Bent Paddle Brewing Company (BPBC) announced plans for a new taproom earlier this year, but details were not finalized. The brewery has officially announced relocation plans that will move their taproom into a historic space just across the street in early 2018. The taproom will shift to the next block to 1832 Michigan Street, a location formerly…

New Northern Pike Fishing Regulations Coming in Spring 2018

Regulations go into effect March 1, 2018 for Minnesotans fishing on inland waters

(MnDNR) MINNESOTA – Anglers and spearers going after northern pike this winter can prepare for new regulations that will be in effect for the spring fishing opener on Minnesota’s inland waters. The new regulations on inland waters will be in effect starting March 1, however northern pike fishing is not allowed until fishing opener on May 12. “Pike regulations remain…

Two Arrested after Cloquet Drug Bust

1/3 Drew Angell (Cloquet Police Dept.) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 (Cloquet Police Dept. ) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 (Cloquet Police Dept.) Show Caption Hide Caption CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet Police Department with the assistance of other agencies, has been working to crack down on a large-scale marijuana distribution operation. The operation began in November, as investigators looked…

I-35 Bridge Maintenance Scheduled Dec. 7, 8

DULUTH, Minn. – Motorists traveling southbound on Interstate 35 between Garfield Avenue and 27th Avenue West in Duluth will encounter a left lane closure from Dec. 7-8. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports the closure will allow crews to conduct bridge maintenance activties. Work will occur between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Width restriction will be in place – loads…

Text-to-911 Now Available Statewide in Minnesota

Calling still the preferred method for 911 services

Text to 911 Banner ST. PAUL, Minn. – In an emergency, safely dialing 911 might not be an option, as one may need to remain quiet in a dangerous situation, or if an individual has hearing loss, it can make calling 911 near impossible. The Department of Public Safety Emergency Communication Networks (DPS-ECN) has been working with Minnesota to develop…

Police Investigating Homicide in Lavell Township

HIBBING, Minn. – The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a woman who was found in her home last week. According to police, the woman was identified as 71-year-old Courtney Lee Fenske of Lavell Township, just southeast of Hibbing. Preliminary autospy results from the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office indicates that Fenske died as a result of…

Difficult Driving Conditions Expected Late this Afternoon, Evening

DULUTH, Minn. – A large weather system is moving into northern Minnesota that is expected to create difficult driving conditions in the region. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising motorists to watch the weather carefully as road conditions often deteriorate quickly. Rain has been falling across the region, leaving roads wet, which can rapidly freeze when temperatures drop. Freezing…

Essentia Health Pharmacies Accepting Unwanted Medications

Anyone can safely and anonymously drop off at all pharmacy locations

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health is looking to keep unused or expired medications out of the wrong hands, as well as out of landfills and waters. Essentia announced Monday that anyone looking to get rid of prescription and over-the-counter drugs can do so anonymously at any Essentia Health retail pharmacy. Pharmacies are now equipped with bright blue drop-off boxes. Certain…

Body Armor Donated to Duluth PD’s K9

(Duluth Police Dept.) DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has announced their K9, Haas, will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a non-profit out of East Taunton, Massachusetts. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc, is a charity whose mission is to provide protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the…

Utility Repair Scheduled for 1500 Block of East Superior Street

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth Public Works will be conducting a utility repair in the 1500 block of East Superior Street on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The department reports that a water leak was identified in this area. Repairs will occur from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents and businesses may experience a disruption in water service during…

DNR: Early Ice is Not Safe, Wear Life Jackets on Cold Water

MINNESOTA – With daytime temperatures still reaching above freezing, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding the public to stay clear of early ice and use extreme caution when venturing on dangerously cold waters. Some locations in northern and western regions of the state have been reporting ice formation, recent fluctuations in temperatures have led to degrading ice conditions…

MnDOT Invites Public to ‘Can of Worms’ Project Online Survey

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is inviting the public to participate in an online survey regarding the Twin Ports Interchange “Can of Worms” reconstruction project, which will rebuild and modernize the highway infrastructure that serves the Port of Duluth/Superior and travelers. The project would replace three interchanges that operate together to provide access to the port and…

Cloquet Traffic Stop Leads Police to 15 Pounds of Marijuana

1/3 (Cloquet Police Dept. ) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 (Cloquet Police Dept.) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Zachary Mullen (Cloquet Police Dept.) Show Caption Hide Caption   CLOQUET, Minn. – Three are in custody after Cloquet Police made a traffic stop while investigating a multi-state marijuana distribution operation. According to the Cloquet Police Department, with the assistance of the…

House Passes Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act, which finalizes a long-awaited land exchange in Northern Minnesota between the U.S. Forest Service and PolyMet Mining. The exchange has been undergoing seven years of review, and is key to the advancement of PolyMet’s copper-nickel mine project. The bill was forged by Rep….

Bentleyville Numbers Up, Donations Down

DULUTH, Minn. – High winds toppled over some displays in Bentlyville, but the warmer temperatures coming along with them have kept the place hoppin’! According to officials, 7,000 more people have come to see the lights than this time last year. However, organizers say what they aren’t seeing are donations. The attraction looks for visitors to bring food and toys…

Gov. Dayton Authorizes Over $2.1M in Disaster Aid for St. Louis County

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton authorized an estimated $2,126,130 in relief for St. Louis County after the devastating October storm that ripped through the region. The first major winter storm on Oct. 27 brought significant damages to Park Point, the Duluth Lakewalk, and Brighton Beach, as well as other areas. Aid from the State Disaster Assistance Contingency Account…

Vehicle Drug Bust in Duluth

Kevin Roban (Duluth Police Dept.)   DULUTH, Minn. – A St. Paul man has been formally charged for drug crimes involving methamphetamine and a female from Waconia, arrested on outstanding warrants out of two Minnesota counties, according to the Duluth Police Department. On Nov. 20, investigators from the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force stopped a motor vehicle…

23 Year Old Dead After Snowmobile Accident

SWATARA, Minn. – A 23-year-old Swatara, Minnesota man is dead after a snowmobile accident that happened on Thursday, Nov. 23, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Officers responded to the call of a medical situation resulting from a snowmobile crash at a residence in rural Swatara, which is approximately 30 miles southwest of Grand Rapids. When Cass County Deputies…