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Model Train Show This Weekend at Depot

Show Will Feature About 30 Model Trains

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth Depot has always been the home to trains, but this weekend a smaller version of railroads will also make its way there. A massive model train layout will fill the Great Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and until about 1 p.m. Sunday. It’s all sponsored by the group Minnesota Free-Mo Modelers, who say that…

UMD Student Shares Love for Video Games by Creating Them

Student Creates Video Games as Art Form

  DULUTH, Minn.-A UMD student has taken his love of video games to a whole new level. Charles McGregor graduates tomorrow, but before he leaves, he offered the campus a culmination of his work in creating video games. The event , dubbed Digital Cove, showcased his work at the Tweed Museum of Art. He told us today, that video games…

Helium Shortage Hits the Northland

Local Business Says They've Seen Small Impact

SUPERIOR, Wis.-It’s that time of the year again where various parties are being held throughout the Northland whether it be for graduations, family reunions, or weddings. And you can’t have those parties without balloons, but getting the helium to fill them up is an ongoing issue. According to publication Chemical and Engineering News, there’s a helium shortage hitting the planet….

Cooper Fire and Reconstruction Update

Further Information is Expected on May 18th

Superior, Wis. – According to recent updates from the Superior School District, Paul Davis has been selected as the cleaning company to proceed with the cleaning process which started on April 25. The District will be focusing on cleanup efforts with Paul Davis to ensure no further damage or corrosion takes place inside the building. Paul Davis is also working…

Update on the Cloquet Interiors Fire

All Occupants Exited Safely

CLOQUET, Minn. – Over 50 firefighters stayed on scene for nine hours to extinguish the fire that broke out yesterday afternoon at Cloquet Interiors. The Cloquet Area Fire District reports when they arrived on scene the back half of the flooring showroom and warehouse were heavily involved with fire and an adjacent warehouse was fully involved with fire venting through…

Chisholm man Dies in ATV Accident

Shelledy was not Wearing a Helmet

HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Police Department and Hibbing Fire Departments were dispatched to a report of a single rider ATV accident near the intersection of Pelto Road and Rainey Road. The rider was identified as 29-year-old Joshua Dean Shelledy of Chisholm. Authorities determined that Shelledy lost control of the ATV and struck a tree. Shelledy was transported to Fairview…

Multiple Cars Vandalized in Superior

Officers Investigating car Windows Shot out With BB Guns

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Police Department is investigating reports of multiple car windows being shot out with BB guns between late Thursday night and early Friday morning. Officers say that the East End of Superior seems to be hit the hardest however they have received reports from other neighborhoods as well and are continuing to gather information on cars…

Duluth Schools Facing $4 Million Budget Shortfall

District Still Looking at Selling Two Vacant Properties

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth School District is facing a $4 million budget shortfall and the clock is ticking on when they have to get their final budget in. June 30th is the deadline for the district, which has been facing some tough financial times in recent years. Their budget sits at $100 million right now and they are hoping to get…

Husky Energy Continues to Receive Claims

DULUTH, Minn. – According to Husky Energy officials, out of the approximately 750 claims they have received following the explosion at the refinery very few of those claims have involved injury. Most of the claims they have received are for expenses that were incurred during the evacuation and for lost income. Husky says liability waivers are only required if you…

Large Fire at Cloquet Interiors

Firefighters are on Scene

Photo Credit: Ann MarieCLOQUET, Minn. – A large fire has broken out at Cloquet Interiors off of Highway 33 in Cloquet. The Cloquet Police Department has announced that Highway 33 north of Cloquet between Adam Street and English Road is now closed. The Cloquet Fire Department and other area fire departments are on-scene. At this time they are requesting commuters…

Brainerd Man Dies in Single Vehicle Crash

The Crash Remains Under Investigation

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – Cass County Sheriff’s responded to a report of a single vehicle crash this morning in the Gull River on the Gull Lake Dam Road. When officers arrived on the scene they located a 2007 Chevy Silverado on its roof in the river. The driver of the vehicle found deceased inside. Authorities say the driver was a…

Iron Mug Coffee House is Closing Their Doors

photo: facebook/iron mug coffee houseDULUTH, Minn. – The Iron Mug Coffee House will be shutting their doors for good on May 25th according to a post on the businesses Facebook page. “As most of you know we have decided to make the hard decision to close our wonderful restaurant. We have enjoyed getting to know the wonderful people in Morgan…

Fatal car Accident in Lakewood Township

The Incident Remains Under Investigation

DULUTH,Minn. – St. Louis County Deputies responded to a single vehicle car accident yesterday afternoon. Authorities say the vehicle driven by 76-year-old Frank Zatocil of Duluth left the roadway on West Tischer Road eventually striking a downed tree. Deputies attempted to revive Zatocil but were unsuccessful. Alcohol containers were present at the scene; however it is unknown at this time…

Statement from City of Superior Updates Situation With Explosion Aftermath

Husky Energy Releases More Information About Explosion

SUPERIOR Wis.-The city of Superior released the following information earlier today about the aftermath of the Husky Energy explosion last week. Mayor Paine met with U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). This is an independent, non-regulatory, non-cabinet federal agency.  They arrived in Superior last Thursday night and their investigation was underway within 18 hours of the start of…

Water Line Break in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – According to a press release from the City of Superior Belknap Street will be closed today between Catlin Avenue and Grand Avenue due to a water line break. Officials expect that work will be finished prior to Thursday morning commutes. Commuter can expect that traffic will be detoured from Belknap Street to Winter Street using either Catlin…

Essentia Health to Open West Duluth Urgent Care

The Clinic Will Open on May 7th

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health announced today that they will be opening an Urgent Care at their West Duluth Clinic on May 7. The new Urgent Care addition will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week. “Opening our Urgent Care in West Duluth shows how we are responding to the health care needs of the…

Tunnel Cleaning Project to Begin Sunday

The Project is Scheduled for Evening Hours

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released their I-35 and Highway 61 tunnel cleaning schedules that will begin on Sunday. The project is scheduled for evening hours to reduce traffic interference. Cleaning schedule The northbound tunnels on I-35 in Duluth will be cleaned Sunday, May 6, from 6 p.m. to Monday, May 7, 4:30 a.m.   The…

Female Wanted for Assault by Cloquet Police

Cloquet Police Department Seeking Public's Assistance

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a female wanted for assault. Melissa Ann Defoe, 41, is wanted for felony 2nd degree assault. Defoe is 5’6, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. If you have any information you are asked to please call 911 or contact the Cloquet Police Department at…

One Resolution Made in Alleged Fraser Shipyard Lead Poisoning Case

Multiple Employees at Fraser Claim They Got Lead Poisoning While Working There

SUPERIOR, Wis.-One of the employees who was working at Fraser Shipyards in Superior has reached a resolution with the business after he suspected he got lead poisoning there back in 2016. The resolution was made with James Holder, a welder at the site. His attorney in Chicago would not go into details on the settlement, but said he represents 60…

Mayor Paine Releases an Update Regarding Community Concerns Over Hydrogen Fluoride

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Mayor Jim Paine released an update this afternoon regarding the communities concern of the use of Hydrogen Fluoride at the Husky Energy refinery as well as updates about the progress and improvements of the plant moving forward: “I just spoke with the officers of Husky Energy including Rob Peabody, President and CEO, and Rob Symonds, COO….

Mayor Larson Issues Statement in Response to Husky Energy Explosion

Mayor Emily Larson Released Statement

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson released a statement this afternoon in response to last week’s explosion at the Husky Energy refinery plant: “We call ourselves the Twin Ports for a reason. When something significant happens on one side of the bridge, we feel it on the other. I consider last week’s explosion at the Husky oil refinery as…

$5.49 Million Eco Friendly Dream Home for Sale in Silver Bay

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15 Arrested in Cloquet Drug Investigation

More Arrests are Expected

CLOQUET, Minn. – An investigation by the Cloquet Police Department dubbed “Operation Spring Cleaning” has led to the arrest of 15 individuals selling controlled substances in the City of Cloquet and surrounding areas. Authorities say during the investigation, “detectives purchased substantial amounts of controlled substance from more than 20 individuals, many of which were arrested and later arraigned in Carlton…

Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter – Full Time

KQDS, FOX 21 NEWS in Duluth, Minnesota has an opening for a Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter.  Primary duties include anchoring/producing our weekend evening sportscasts, and serving as a sports reporter. You will also play a big role in planning and appearing on our weekly sports show “Friday Night Frenzy.”  The ideal candidate has experience in a television newsroom and a college…

MPR News Announces Minnesota’s Most-Loved Lake

The Votes are in

DULUTH, Minn. – The votes are in and the most-loved Minnesota Lake is…Lake Superior! MPR News announced the winner today in their month-long ‘Minnesota’s Most-Loved Lake contest’. MPR News readers submitted hundreds of nominations, thousands of votes and heartfelt testimonials about what made their favorite Minnesota lakes so special. According to MPR News, Lake Superior beat out a total of…

U.S. Olympians Honored at White House Celebration

Team Shuster Among Those Honored

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the White House hosted a celebration for Team USA. Team Shuster was among more than 200 athletes that attended the celebration alongside President Donald Trump. President Trump told the members of the 2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams during his speech this morning, “You made us very proud!.” The President was presented with flags signed by…

UW-Superior Concert Will go on as Scheduled

UW-Superior Will Honor Those Involved in Explosion

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Tomorrow UW-Superior will be holding a concert featuring Canaan Smith, Maddie & Tae, and Chris Hawkey at Wessman Arena at 7 p.m. The concert will honor first responders, members of the American Red Cross and employees of Husky Energy who will all be admitted to the show free of charge. “On behalf of Yellowjacket Athletics, Canaan Smith,…

Grandma’s Marathon Confirms Race Course Reroute

The Reroute Will be in Effect Through 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – Runners participating in this year’s Grandma’s Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon will notice a slight change of scenery along the race course. The race course has been modified through downtown Duluth due to the Superior Street construction project. Marathon officials say the reroute will be in effect for the 2018-2020 race seasons and is contingent…

Coast Guard Lifts Safety Zone in Port of Duluth-Superior

DULUTH, Minn. – The United State Coast Guard has issued the following press release this morning: The Coast Guard Captain of the Port has lifted the previously established a safety zone in the Port of Duluth-Superior, Friday morning. The safety zone from buoy gated pair “3” and “4” in the vicinity of Barker’s Island southeast through the harbor, including the Superior entry…

16 Patients Cared for at Essentia Health After Husky Refinery Fire

One Patient Suffered a Blast Injury

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health Duluth announced this morning that their staff cared for a total of 16 patients Thursday in response to the Husky Refinery incident. One male patient, who suffered a blast injury, was admitted to St. Mary’s Medical Center and is currently listed as stable. Four other patients seen at St. Mary’s Medical Center were treated and…

Precautions Announced in Western Neighborhoods of Duluth Due to Refinery Fire

City Officials Will Continue to Monitor the Situation

DULUTH, Minn.-St. Louis County and the city of Duluth are issuing a shelter in place advisory for the western portion of the city of Duluth. While reports from Superior indicate the fire has been suppressed, this precautionary advisory is based on consultation with St. Louis County and the National Weather Service. This advisory applies to the Fond du Lac neighborhood…

All Vessels Prohibited From Entering Port Due to Refinery Fire

Coast Guard Monitoring the Situation

DULUTH, Minn.-The Coast Guard captain of the port has established a safety zone in the Port of Duluth-Superior, Thursday, in response to the Husky Refinery incident to protect personnel and vessels from possible air quality hazards. All vessels are prohibited from entering, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone. The safety zone includes all waters from buoy gated pair “3”…

Multiple Explosions at Oil Refinery in Superior: 11 Injuries; No Fatalities Being Reported

Fire is Out; Evacuations Remain in Place

UPDATE (6:50 p.m): Officials are now saying that the fire is out. Evacuations do remain in place. We will have more details as they become available. Here’s a link to the city of Superior which has more updates: https://www.douglascountywi.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=520 _________________________________________________________________________________________________ UPDATE: The City of Duluth is opening a host site for Superior residents who have been evacuated due to the Husky Refinery…

Local Solutions in Poverty Holds Accountability Session

DULUTH, Minn. – With poverty continuing to be an issue in the City of the Duluth elected officials, residents, and area experts worked on making a change at Denfeld High School today. The Local Solutions to End Poverty accountability session is an opportunity for members of the community who have experienced poverty and homelessness to share their experiences with elected…

Wheel Fun Rentals Closed for Summer

Stay Tuned for an Opening Date

DULUTH, Minn. – Canal Park visitors looking to rent a cycle or bicycle to cruise Canal Park this summer will unfortunately have to wait. Wheel Fun Rentals posted on their website that they are closed for summer 2018 due to Lakewalk repairs: “We are closed summer 2018. We are unable to operate while the Lakewalk damages are being repaired. Stay…

Olympic Gold Medalists Shuster and Duggan Attend State Dinner

Shuster and Duggan Attend the White House State Dinner

TwitterWASHINGTON, D.C. – Olympic gold medalists John Shuster and Meghan Duggan were in attendance last night at the State Dinner at the White House. Shuster and Duggan made sure to bring along their gold medals to show off to guests. Shuster tweeted picture of the evening including a photo he got with House Speaker Paul Ryan. President Donald Trump and…

Sex Offender Relocates to Virginia

Level 3 Offender Moved to Virginia Last Week

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Virginia Police Department is notifying the public that a Level 3 sex offender has relocated to Virginia. Timothy David Paige moved to the 300 block of Chestnut Street in Virginia on April 19. According to the Notification of Release, Paige has a history of “sexual contact with a 6-year-old male. Contact included penetration. Offender gained access…

State of Local Disaster Area Issued for City of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Board has approved a resolution to declare a State of Local Disaster Area in Duluth following the April snow storm. The storm left multiple severely damaged areas including the Lake Walk Trail, the sea wall and adjacent landscaped areas and flat surfaces and dame to storm water outfalls along the lake shore. The…

Murder Charges for Carlton County Shooting Suspect

Montano Allegedly Shot and Killed his Uncle

PROGRESS TOWNSHIP, Minn. – James Montano, 32, of Bayfield, Wisconsin, has been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder and second degree assault after a shooting Friday night in Progress Township, which is part of Carlton County. Montano is accused of shooting and killing his uncle, Andrew Gokee, 57, of Wisconsin Rapids, in the head at Gokee’s brother’s home at…

Fourth Arrest in Hibbing Armed Robbery

Three Other Suspects in Custody

HIBBING, Minn. – A fourth suspect has been taken into custody for involvement in the alleged armed robbery on April 18 in Hibbing. The suspect is expected to be charged with 2nd Degree Assault and 1st Degree Robbery according to the Hibbing Police Department. The armed robbery took place in the 800 block of East 41st Street in Hibbing. A…

One Injured in Walker Hit and Run

The Investigation Into the Crash Continues

WALKER, Minn. – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that took place Sunday on County Road 13 in the Onigum area of Turtle Lake Township, rural Walker. The Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a pedestrian being hit by a motor vehicle, which was no longer at the scene. The female victim was treated…

Safety at Forefront During Worker’s Memorial Day

29th Year This Event Was Held

DULUTH, Minn.-Across the country today, union halls gathered in solidarity to remember those killed on the job. Members of the local labor temple in Duluth came together to plant a tree for those lost in workplace incidents for Worker’s Memorial Day. Representatives from that group said job safety should be a top priority no matter where you work. This was…

Victim of Carlton County Shooting Dies

A Criminal Complaint to be Filed Tomorrow

PROGRESS TOWNSHIP, Minn. – According to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office 57-year-old Andrew James Gokee of Wisconsin Rapids has died as a result of his injuries from Friday’s shooting. James Francis Montano, 32, of Bayfield remains in custody at the Carlton County Jail, and is expected to appear in Carlton County District Court, however the date and time has yet…

One Dead After Breaking Through Ice on Prairie Lake

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – A man from Wright, Minnesota, is dead after the UTV he was riding in with his son fell through the ice in Prairie Lake, which is just south of Floodwood. The victim is Wallace Schulke, 82, of Wright, Minnesota.  His son, Mark Schulke, 61, of Duluth, suffered minor injuries. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s…