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Woodland Hills Ready to Move to Rockridge

Renovations Will Cost $2.5 Million

DULUTH, Minn.- The shuttered Rockridge Elementary could soon become the new home for Woodland Hills School. Today a FOX 21 crew took a tour through the building to see what improvements need to be made before it’s ready for use. Twenty percent of the building will need to be completely be renovated while 80 percent of the classes will be reused….

Party and Event Expo Tomorrow in Duluth

Expo Runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn.-The EventPro Party and Event Expo is all ready to go at the Heritage Sports Complex tomorrow. Dozens of vendors will be on hand including caterers and decorators. Admission is free as the the expo runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To find out more, visit this website.

Hartley Begins Improvements at Park

New Accessible Loop Trail to be Installed

DULUTH, Minn.-Duluth Parks and Recreation are working on improvements for Hartley Nature Center as part of a Mini-Master Plan approved in 2014. Work at the park started last year, including building a new boardwalk. This year, they will focus on a accessible loop trail and parking area improvements, among other things. Most of the projects are expected to be completed…

Fans Celebrate the Life and Work of Prince

June 7, 1958 - April 21, 2016

CHANHASSEN, Minn. – One year ago the pop superstar, Prince Rogers Nelson, died from an accidental drug overdose at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was found unresponsive in an elevator. First responders attempted CPR, but he was later pronounced dead from a self-administered fentanyl overdose. He was 57 years old. His recording studio and home at Paisley Park has…

Three Dead on LCO Reservation From Possible Carbon Monoxide Poisining

Police Still Waiting on Autopsy Results.

LAC COURTE OREILLES RESERVATION, Wis.-Three people died yesterday on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation, possibly from carbon monoxide poisoning in the home they were in. According to the Dryden Wire, the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office received a call that two individuals were unresponsive at home on County Highway K, which is by the LCO Country Store. A third victim was…

Bill O’Reilly Out at Fox News After Sex Harassment Allegations

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Fox News Channel announced Wednesday that host Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the network. Fox News parent 21st Century Fox said in a statement that “after a thorough and careful review of allegations against him, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Mr. O’Reilly will not return. The New York Times reported April 2 that five women…

Aaron Hernandez Found Dead in Prison

He was found at 3:05 a.m. by corrections officers

Photo: FoxNews.com NEW YORK (FOX5NY) – Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star found guilty of murder, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his cell in a Massachusetts prison. Hernandez was found hanging in his cell by corrections officers around 3:05 a.m. at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center, Massachusetts Department of Correction officials said in a statement. He was…

Ely Veterans Memorial Vandlized

Police Investigating Incident

Photo courtesy of Ely Echo.ELY, Minn.-A veterans memorial in Ely was been vandalized late Sunday night or early Monday morning. Five crab apple trees planted at the head of the Trezona Trail, were broken and tipped over. The trees were part of a vets memorial there. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

‘Raise the Roses’ Event Cancelled Today, Moved to April 22

Weather Delays Annual Event

DULUTH, Minn.- The “Raise the Roses” event at Duluth Rose Garden has been cancelled today, due to the recent rainfall, and has been moved to Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. City staff and representatives from the Lake Superior Rose Society will be there to teach volunteers how to tend to roses. Northlanders are encouraged to come to the Rose Garden…

Temporary Road Closure from Ninth Street East to Sixth Avenue East

Closures Due to Water Main Break

DULUTH, Minn.-There will be a temporary closure at the east bound lane of Ninth Street at the intersection at Sixth Avenue East, beginning tomorrow. “This closure will allow for the patching of the pavement due to a prior water main break,” the city of Duluth said in a press release. “The west bound lane will remain open to traffic.” The…

Pine Cone Ole’s Burns Down in Herbster

The Cause of the Fire Hasn't Been Determined

BAYFIELD, Wis.- Authorities are investigating a fire that has destroyed Pine Cone Ole’s in Herbster. The fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. Monday. Five different agencies responded to the fire. “The building is a total loss,” the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “The cause of the fire has not been determined as of yet.” We have a…

Duluth Man Arrested on Felony Gun Charges

Was Also Arrested for Receiving Stolen Property

DULUTH, Minn.-Local authorities arrested Levi Miller, 21, of Duluth, yesterday for being a felon in possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property. Miller’s bail has been set at $50,000 for the crimes – both of which are felonies. Miller was on probation when he was arrested for the second-degree assault conviction, which is connected to a shooting incident in…

Road Construction Hits the Northland

Many Big Projects Slated for this Area

DULUTH, Minn.-The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released some its top priorities for road construction projects this spring with a couple of huge ones being right here in the Northland. One of the top ones being worked on in this area will be the bridge construction project between Eveleth and Virginia. That project will also lead to rerouting Highway 53…

Commercial Production Assistant – Part Time

KQDS FOX 21 is hiring for a part-time commercial production position. Commercial producers will participate in all parts of creating both digital and broadcast commercials. Including writing, shooting and editing local commercials. Graphic design experience and general camera/shooting experience a plus. This position will also entail promotional creative duties including commercials, web and social media. Recent college graduates encouraged to…

Lawmakers: Bill Would Help Wisconsin Veterans Become Farmers

Bill is Getting Bipartisan Support

MADISON, Wis.– Democratic and Republican lawmakers are teaming up on a bill to create a program that would help veterans become farmers and establish a logo to differentiate the state’s veteran–grown products. Democrat Rep. Evan Goyke and Republicans Sen. Patrick Testin and Rep. Ed Brooks announced the bill at a news conference Wednesday. The bill would require the Department of…

Two Separate Fires at Hibbing Taconite Leaves No Injuries

Crews Were at Scene for 2.5 Hours

HIBBING, Minn.-The Hibbing Fire Department responded to two fires at Hibbing Taconite at about 11 p.m. yesterday. When fire crews arrived they found a production truck on fire. A few minutes later, a second fire was reported in the pellet plant. That fire was found in an electrical room on the third floor. Both fires were extinguished after crews were…

Empty Bowl Raises Over $57,000 for Second Harvest

More than 150,000 Meals Raised for Needy

DULUTH, Minn. – Yesterday’s Empty Bowl event, raised $57,715 for the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. The annual event ensures that about 150,000 meals will be available to the less fortunate. Since it started in 1994, the event has raised more than a million dollars for the hungry, which equals about 3.1 million meals. “Once again we are amazed…

Job Seekers Hit the DECC for Annual Career Fair

Job Market Getting Better

DULUTH, Minn.- More than 100 employers packed the DECC today for the annual Northland Career Fair. Job seekers were able to meet with employers and apply for a variety of jobs. One official from the event told us, the job market is getting stronger in this area. “There’s full-time, part-time, seasonal – there’s just really everything, which is just amazing to me,”…

Time Winding Down to File Taxes

Get Your Returns in by Tuesday

DULUTH, Minn.-Your tax filing date is fast approaching. On Tuesday you are supposed to have all you information turned into the IRS, otherwise you can be fined. One local expert from Community Action Duluth, offered up some advice for those who owe the government some money. “You don’t necessarily have to pay balance due,” said Julia Cheng, of Community Action…

Two Suspects Wanted in Dollar Store Robbery

Contact Authorities if You Have Any Informaiton

DULUTH, Minn.-Duluth police are looking for two suspects involved in an alleged robbery at the Dollar Tree on the 300 block of Central Entrance. Employees at the store said a firearm was displayed during the incident. The first suspect is being described as a black man in his late 20’s. He’s believed to be six-feet tall with a skinny build…

Empty Bowl Fundraiser Looks to Raise $60,000

Expected to Raise about $60,000

DULUTH, Minn. – The 24th annual Empty Bowl fundraiser was held today at the Depot in downtown Duluth. The event raises money for the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. Participants buy a handcrafted bowl for $20. Then they get to enjoy soup and refreshments from local restaurants after the purchase. “People really like the art side of it,” said…

Douglas County Employee Recognized as Telecommunicator of the Year

Emergency Call Centers Seeking More Money

SUPERIOR, Wis. – 9-1-1 operators were celebrated today in Superior. It’s all part of Douglas County’s Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week. Douglas County Communication Center employee Elizabeth Eibon was recognized today as Wisconsin’s Telecommunicator of Year. Since beginning her career, she has been instrumental in training many employees involved in 9-1-1 services in Douglas County. Irregardless of the recognition today, 9-1-1 operators…

Burnsville HS Teacher Arrested for ‘Sexually Explicit’ Communication with Student

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Erik Akervik BURNSVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) – A Burnsville High School music teacher was arrested Monday on suspicion of having explicit electronic communications with a student. The school district said they received a complaint about Erik Akervik last Saturday and immediately began an investigation. Police were notified that the teacher “had been communicating with a student electronically and the communication contained…

Emergency Personnel Honored in St. Louis County

Life Saver Awards Handed Out

1/7 Sheriff Ross Litman, Steve Roskoski, and paramedics Frank Roark and David McClellan (shown holding his daughter) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/7 Shown L-R: Emergency Communications Specialist Carmen Kimball, Hermantown Firefighters Jamie Lapage and Patrick Albrecht, Hermantown Police Officer Jon Enright, Sheriff Ross Litman, and Michele and Michael Mihalik and their daughters. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/7 Beau Foix, John…

Most Duluth Dog Parks are Open

Jean Duluth Park Still too Wet to Use

DULUTH, Minn.-After battling the muddy spring conditions, many of Duluth’s dog parks are open again. Both the Keene Creek and Observation Park dog parks are already open. The one on Jean Duluth Road remains closed at it’s still too wet to use. City officials told us to expect the Jean Duluth park to open by next week.  

Prescribed Fires Coming to Superior National Forest

Fires Could Reduce Invasive Species

DULUTH, Minn.-Superior National Forest crews will have multiple intentional fires in the coming weeks with the goal of creating and improving the habitat for native wildlife and plants. The fires are also expected to prepare sites for planting, while also reducing the threat of a future wildfire as they would be “reducing fuel build-up.” “Prescribed fires are carefully planned far…

Duluth Man Sentenced to 15 Years on Gun, Drug Crimes

Suspect Found with Homemade Silencer

1/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn.-A Duluth man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday for distributing 15 kilos of methamphetamine, possessing an unregistered machine gun, and being a felon with a firearm. Morgan Baumann, 36, had previously pleaded guilty to the aforementioned…

UMD Honored with Special Guest Artist Today

More Diversity Sought in Artmaking

DULUTH, Minn.-. The University of Minnesota Duluth was honored with a special guest today. Feminist performance artist Gabrielle Civil visited with students to discuss many issues including how to open your eyes to diversity. She said when people do that, they become much more joyous. “In the world we are living in today and with so much divisiveness… I think it’s important…

Work Resumes on Highway 23 Reconstruction Project

Should be Completed by Mid-June

DULUTH, Minn.-Work resumed today on the Highway 23 reconstruction project in West Duluth. Motorists are being restricted to a single lane near Freemont Street as crews construct a new storm sewer system from Grand Avenue to Freemont. Construction will also continue on the Grand Avenue sidewalks in two weeks, which will also lead to single lanes in that area. The…

Democrats Rally for Education at UMD

Fighting for More Funding for Education

DULUTH, Minn.-Numerous representatives from Minnesota’s House met at UMD today, to discuss having a plan to fund all public schools in the state, while reducing the cost of higher education. All the representatives at the event were Democrats. They believe the Republican’s budget doesn’t make strong enough investments in education throughout the state. “We would like to emphasize higher education…

Superior Recount Results Are In

Nothing Changed from Last Week's Vote

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A recount held in Superior today, upheld last week’s results for one city council seat. It was requested by Tylor Elm, who was running for a Sixth District seat against incumbent Graham Garfield. Garfield won last week’s election by one vote. Today’s recount came out the exact same way for Garfield.

Victim in Stable Condition After Sunday Stabbing

Suspect Still at Large

DULUTH, Minn.-The 26-year-old victim of a stabbing at the apartment building of the 100 North Block of 30th Avenue West Sunday, has been upgraded to stable condition. Duluth Police do not have a suspect in custody. Police were called to the building at 4 a.m. after hearing reports of fighting in a hallway. Law enforcement is continuing to investigate the incident….

Suspect Released in St. Paul Triple Homicide Case

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP- FOX 9) – The lone surviving suspect in last week’s triple homicide in St. Paul, Minnesota has been released from custody after prosecutors said they needed more time to determine the extend and nature of his role in the shooting. The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office did not file charges on Monday and instead sent the case…

Two Adults Dead, Two Children Wounded in Elementary School Murder-Suicide Shooting

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (FOX 11) – Four people were shot Monday in an apparent murder-suicide inside an elementary school classroom in San Bernardino, including a teacher and two students, police and school officials said. Two students were airlifted to a hospital after what’s believed to be a domestic dispute, San Bernardino City Unified School District spokeswoman Marria Garcia tells news media…

Man Dies After Burn Incident at Fraser Shipyards

OSHA to Investigate

SUPERIOR, WI – A man who was burned while working at Fraser Shipyards in Superior in February has died. The incident occurred Feb. 6 during work when Joseph Burch was working on a vessel undergoing services and repairs by Fraser. The ship was in winter layup in the Duluth-Superior Harbor. “Fraser Shipyards is saddened to learn of the death of Mr….

4 Dead, 1 Injured in St. Paul Shooting, Toddler Found Before AMBER Alert Issued

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – Four people are dead and one person was seriously injured during a shooting in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota early Friday morning. A toddler was also taken, but officers and a K9 safely recovered the girl as police were in the process of preparing an AMBER Alert. The shooting took place around 1…

Mesabi Metallics Gets New Life

Construction Could Begin by June 1

NASHWAUK, Minn.-Mesabi Metallics partially built plant in Nashwauk got some new life yesterday as a Delaware judge ordered that they can use up to $5 million, that had been locked up in a bankruptcy case. According to court documents, the company may lose some environmental permits if they do continue construction by June 1. The company was formally known as…

Don Rickles, Comedy Legend, Dead at 90

(FOX NEWS) – Comedy legend and actor Don Rickles died of kidney failure, Fox News has confirmed. He was 90 years old. Rickles was known for his stand-up comedy work and his frequent longtime appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” Rickles publicist confirmed the New York native’s death to Fox News on…

Bulldogs Ready for Frozen Four

UMD Takes on Harverd Thursday

CHICAGO – The Bulldogs were the first team to take the ice at the United Center Wednesday for practice. UMD will face Harvard Thursday at 5 pm in the Frozen Four semifinals. Even though this is arguably the biggest game of UMD’s college career so far, the Bulldogs aren’t treating it any differently. “I’m not going to change what I…

Panera Bought by Caribou Coffee for $7.5 Billion

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(KMSP) – Panera Bread Co. has agreed to sell itself to JAB Holding Co., the company that also owns Caribou Coffee. The St. Louis-based bakery and café chain is being bought out for approximately $7.5 billion, according a news release. In comparison, JAB acquired Caribou Coffee for $340 million in 2013, the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reported. The sale…

Part of MSP Airport Terminal 1 Evacuated Over Unattended Bag

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – A section of the mall area of Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport’s Terminal 1 was evacuated at about 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon after airport police received a report of an unattended bag. The bag was located at the Stone Arch restaurant, which is locate din the airport mall near a security checkpoint. Airport police contacted the Bloomington bomb squad,…

Wild Clinch Home Ice for 1st Round of Stanley Cup Playoffs

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – With a 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, the Minnesota Wild clinched the second spot in the Western Conference and guaranteed themselves home ice in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. This will be Minnesota’s fifth straight trip to the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Wild will likely take on the St. Louis Blues,…

Steve Bannon Removed from National Security Council

WASHINGTON (FOX NEWS) – President Trump’s controversial chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, was removed from the National Security Council on Wednesday, Fox News confirmed. Bannon was put on the NSC’s “Principals Committee” as a check on former National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn to make sure Flynn carried through with a directive to depoliticize the NSC, a senior administration official…

Hayward School Referendum Fails

Would Have Brought New Staff to Disctrict

HAYWARD, Wis.-The Hayward Schools Referendum failed last night, by a narrow margin. Just 59 votes stopped the district from getting a huge influx of money from local property tax payers. The referendum would have called for a boost of nearly $2 million a year, over a five-year period. The funding would have been used on getting new teachers and educational staff….

Board of Trade Building Sold

DULUTH, Minn. – A historic building in downtown Duluth has been sold. The Board of Trade building on West 1st Street is a done deal. Sold for $800,000 to Dubin Does Duluth. The new owner tells us there are no plans to remove any of the current tenants. Instead, he wants to refurbish it to its former glory and try…

Study: 88 Percent of Mayo Clinic Referrals for 2nd Opinion Get New Diagnosis

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KMSP) – Eight-eight-percent of patients who go to the Mayo Clinic in Rochster, Minnesota for a second opinion, leave with a new or refined diagnosis, according to a new study. The study found approximately one in every five patients may initially receive an incorrect diagnosis, the Mayo Clinic said in a news release. Researchers studied the records of…

Public Urged to Stay off Duluth Trails Until Conditions Improve

Could be Ready in a Few Weeks

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth trails are still in rough shape after the winter. City officials told us today they are just too muddy to use right now. If Northlander’s do decide to go out on them, they could damage them greatly which could cost the city. “Right now there are people using the trails,” said Jim Shoberg, parks project coordinator. ”…

Opiate Problems Come to Forefront in Wisconsin

About $5 Million Being Suggested for Opiate Treatment

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The Wisconsin House of Representatives today, worked on passing a bill to expand opiate treatment facilities at a cost of almost $5 million. The funding could help many different organizations in Superior including the local fire department. They have responded to many opioid overdoses over the years, saving many lives with NARCAN – a drug that reverses an opioid…