Melissa Lentz

Lake Superior Beach Advisories

DULUTH, Minn. – As of June 28, 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. Minnesota Point Harborside/15th Street Beach, Harborside – Duluth Sky Harbor Parking Lot Beach, Harborside – Duluth If anyone becomes ill…

Red Flag Warning in Place on Park Point Beaches

EFFECTIVE JUNE 28, 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. Wednesday. This warning means that wind and wave conditions can support rip currents, which are life-threatening to anyone…

Barnum House Fire Reported a Total Loss

BARNUM, Minn. – Crews responded to the report of thick black smoke in the 4100 block of County Road 138 in Barnum around 7:11 a.m. Monday, June 26, according to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies and fire fighters responded to the residence to find it completely engulfed. Authorities contacted the homeowner and confirmed no one was inside at the…

Three-Week Blatnik Bridge Inspection to begin July 10

Project is expected to run July 10-27 - weather permitting

DULUTH, Minn. – Beginning on Monday July 10, a three-week long bridge inspection project will begin on the Blatnik Bridge, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Superior-bound traffic will be restricted to one lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily July 10 to approximately Tuesday, July 18. Duluth-bound traffic will be restricted to one lane from 9 a.m….

Superior Spring Trail Racer Cause of Death, Cardiac Arrest

UPDATE 6-27: The cause of death for Jon Mathson, 41, of Eagan, has been confirmed by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. According to the report, Mathson died from a natural cardiac arrest during exertion due to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, which is the hardening of the arteries and can create life-threatening blockages, as…

Officials Warn of the Spread of Poisonous Hemlock in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is warning residents about the dangers of poison hemlock, which is a toxic member of the carrot family. Officials are asking residents to be on the lookout for the week and take precautions when handling it. A person should avoid exposure at all costs by wear gloves, long pants, and a…

Downtown Duluth Traffic Signal Painting Project Set to Begin Monday

Temporary lane shifts and closures are expected

DULUTH, Minn. – An upcoming painting project to refresh 10 traffic signal systems in the downtown Duluth area over the summer is expected to begin on Monday, June 26, according to the City of Duluth. Each intersection will take approximately two weeks to complete, weather permitting. Lane shifts and closures will be required for painting. Motorists are asked to proceed…

Apartment Dryer Fire Displaces Residents

Fire happened in the 100 block of West Railroad Drive N in Biwabik

GILBERT, Minn. – A small apartment fire has temporarily displaced residents in eight apartments in Biwabik, according to the Gilbert Police Department. Upon arrival at the complex in the 100 block of West Railroad Drive North, officers located a small fire in the laundry room of the complex. All residents were evacuated and no injuries have been reported. The cause…

Swatara Man Sentenced in Grand Rapids and Deer River Burglaries

Charges stem from a string of burglaries in Grand Rapids and Deer River

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – Michael Gerard Hanson appeared in Itasca County District Court on June 20, 2017, according to Itasca County Attorney John Muhar. Hanson is charged with six counts of Burglary in the Third Degree, stemming from allegations he burglarized multiple business in Deer River and Grand Rapids over a five month period from August 1, 2016 to January…

Philando Castile Shooting Dashcam Video

ST. PAUL, Minn.  – The case file for Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the shooting death of Philando Castile has been released by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, including dashcam video during the traffic stop on July 6, 2016 in Falcon Heights. Dashcam video has only been shown in court. FULL VIDEO: WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE AND GRAPHIC CONTENT Yanez…

Manhunt for U-P Jail Escapee

BESSEMER, Mich. – The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office and area departments on are the hunt for a man who escaped from the Gogebic County Jail Monday night. The escaped inmate is 26-year-old Daniel Ferguson. He was reported missing at 9:50 p.m. on Monday, June 19. He is described as 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, with hazel eyes and blonde hair….

New Foods Announced for the Great Minnesota Get-Together

MN State Fair announces foods joining the already expansive menu

Bowl O’ Dough – scoops of straight-up raw cookie dough that is safe to eat. (Photo: Minnesota State Fair) ST. PAUL, Minn – The Minnesota State Fair has announced 31 brand new foods that will be offered this year. From small plates to savory entrees and sweet treats there’s something new for everyone to try. Some new options include a…

Four Arrested and Formally Arrested on Drug Charges

1/4 Trahern Pollard Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Stephanie Berndt Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Robert Christen Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Austin Edberg Show Caption Hide Caption   DULUTH, Minn. – Investigators form the Duluth Police Department and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant in the 1300 block of 105th Avenue West…

Kettle River Bridge Project on Highway 73 Set to Begin June 19

Detours will be put in place during the project

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that a project to replace the Kettle River Bridge on Highway 73 in Carlton County will begin on Monday, June 19. Beginning Monday, Hwy 73 will close at milemarker 15, just north of the town of Kettle River. A detour will be put in place until the project is scheduled…

Roads Closed in Sawyer County After Severe Storms

5SAWYER COUNTY, Wis. – Due to severe storms on Sunday, June 11, the following highways and roads are closed in Sawyer County, according to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office. Ashegon Fire Lane in the Town of Radisson Larsen Road between CTH N and Devils Lake Road At this time there are no established detours, as crews work to repair damage…

MnDOT to Post Human Trafficking Messages at Rest Areas

Minnesota has the third highest number of human trafficking cases in the nation, according to the FBI

  ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced it will be installing posters at 41 rest areas across the state to educate the public about human trafficking. The posters include guidelines on how to recognize signs of human trafficking and potential victims, and a toll-free hotline to report any suspicious activity. Human trafficking often involves travel,…

Grandma’s Marathon Weekend Traffic Advisory

WILLIAM A. IRVIN 5K / GARRY BJORKLUND HALF MARATHON / GRANDMA'S MARATHON

DULUTH, Minn. – Events for the 41st annual Grandma’s Marathon weekend begin Friday evening and run through Saturday evening. The following advisories have been issued by the Duluth Police Department: Friday, June 16 – William A Irvin 5K:  Race begins at 6 p.m. Traffic on Harbor Drive behind the DECC will be closed beginning at 3 p.m. At 5:30 p.m….

WisDOT Warns Drivers of Increased Potential Deer/Vehicle Crashes in June

20,413 deer/vehicle crashes were reported by Wisconsin law enforcement agencies in 2016

MADISON, Wis. – Safety officials with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation are cautioning motorists about the increased potential of deer darting across roadways over the next several weeks. Deer activity spikes in June as does search for places to give birth and fawns separate from their mothers. June ranks higher than fall months for motorists getting injured in deer vs….

Fatal Accident on Highway 77 in Hayward

Incident happened at STH 77 and Peninsula Rd.

HAYWARD, Wis. – First responders responded to a single vehicle crash on State Highway 77 in Hayward just before 5:20 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, who authorities identified as Anthony Jalowitz, 52, of Hayward, was pronounced dead at the scene. The initial investigation revealed that the vehicle had…

Registration Opens for 17th Annual Lincoln Park Walleye Open

Hosted by the Lincoln Park Business Group

DULUTH, Minn. – Registration is now open for the 17th Annual Lincoln Park District Walleye Open. Over $20,000 in prizes and hundreds of raffle items will be up for grabs, and organizers are hoping for a record turnout. 2016 brought in over 400 participants. Participants will be able to cast their lines anywhere on the St. Louis River beginning at…

Lake Superior Zoo Names Interim CEO

New exective has background of nonprofit leadership

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Zoo announced today that it has hired an interim CEO. Dave Benson will serve as interim CEO at the Lake Superior Zoo, following seven years as executive director and three years as development director at the Daminao Center in Duluth. “Dave brings years of knowledge running an important local non-profit organization, including strategic planning,…

Upward Bound Program at UWS Receives $1.28 Million Grant

Serves 56 high school students from the Superior School District

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Upward Bound program at the University of Wisconsin – Superior received a $1.28 million grant for the next five years from the U.S. Department of Education. The Upward Bound program, established in 1999, currently serves over 50 high school students from the Superior School District who are low-income or first-generation college students, who have a desire…

Rescue Crews Locate Missing Canoers in BWCA

UPDATE: Rescue crews have located the missing individuals in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Around 1 a.m. Friday, a fixed wing aircraft of the Minnesota State Patrol was searching near Oyster Lake, and spotted the lost party when they used a flashlight from the ground to signal the plane. The party was retrieved by an Air Guard helicopter out…

Over 95,000 Lbs. of Food Collected in Stamp Out Hunger Drive

DULUTH, Minn. – Local results for the nation’s largest single-day food drive, the National Association Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, were released today. Local letter carriers along with community volunteers collected 95,627 pounds of food donations throughout the Twin Ports on May 13 for area food shelves. Area food shelves will begin to receive the food over a…