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Mont du Lac Still Open Despite Warm Weather

Could go to Weekend-Only Schedule Soon

MONT DU LAC, Wis.-Despite the recent string of rain and warm temperatures, Mont du Lac is still buzzing along with many winter sports enthusiasts enjoying the hills. Preparation are key this year for outlasting an unusually warm trend. Management of the resort told us that current conditions are “variable,” as the weather is acting more like spring then winter. “Winter…

Choice Unlimited Masquerade Ball Tonight

Tickets Going Fast

Duluth, Minn.-It will be a “royal affair” tonight at Choice Unlimited Masquerade Ball. The annual event, which serves as a fundraiser for the group, celebrates the talents of people with disabilities and the art they produce. Our own Dan Hanger is set to MC the event which will be at 7 p.m. at Greysolon Ballroom. For more information and tickets,…

Superior Trails and Rinks Shutdown

No Timetable for When They Reopen

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Yesterday, all trails and rinks in Superior were closed, due to being in such bad shape from the recent warm weather. These closures also include the road to McClure’s Landing. City officials told us there’s no timetable for when they reopen this season.

Many Factors to Blame for Duluth Power Outage

Squirrel a Contributing Factor to Power Outage

DULUTH, Minn.-Power has been restored to all Minnesota Power customers as of 10 a.m. The first outages, reported at about 5 p.m. last night, caused 4,000 customers to lose power in many East Duluth neighborhoods. Minnesota Power contributed the outage to a squirrel coming into contact with the wires, ice buildup, and equipment failure. For more on any outage information,…

Superior Mayoral Primary Results

Spring election is April 4, 2017

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Tuesday was the Wisconsin primary election, and for Superior, that meant narrowing down to two opponents for the race for mayor. In the running was Brent Fennessey, Kalee Hermanson, Jim Paine, and Mike Herrick. Polls closed at 8 p.m. and shortly after that the official results were in: Brent Fennessey  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  ….

Duluth Closes 85 Miles of Traverse Trails

Warm weather has left many of the trails in poor condition

DULUTH, Minn. – The warmer conditions in the area have caused Duluth to close nearly eighty-five miles of trails. Many of the traverse trails are in delicate condition. The trails are wet, muddy, and prone to damage. Cyclists of Gitchi Gumee Shores said that going out onto the trails in these conditions will lead to water gathering on them that…

Duluth Transit Authority Works on Five Year Plan

The DTA is looking for help form the public in developing their new five year development plan

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority is asking for the public’s help in coming up with their five year transit development plan. They specifically asked riders what they’re doing well and in what ways can they improve. Early respondents at an open house said the DTA has many courteous drivers but could use more buses and routes. The DTA…

Garbage, Human Waste at DAPL Camps Main Concerns of Polluting Missouri River

THE GARBAGE ISN'T THE ONLY THING THAT MAY MAKE ITS WAY TO THE RIVER AND CREATE A NEGATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Governor Burgum’s concerns for cleaning up at the main pipeline protest camp rise along with the temperatures. He issued an evacuation order on Wednesday. He says what protesters have left behind could end up polluting the rivers. Protesters left their mark on the site of the Dakota Access pipeline. That area of land floods almost every spring….

Experts Discuss Minnesota Children’s Well Being

The Minnesota Kids Count Data Book Helps Policy Makers Make Minnesota a Better Place for Kids

DULUTH, Minn.- Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota presented this year’s Minnesota Kids Count Data Book at Community Action Duluth The Kids Count Data Book provides state data to show the well-being of Children and families who live in Minnesota.  The Data is collected to help policy makers and citizens help make Minnesota a better place for Children. This year’s Kids Count…

Minnesota Democrats Work to Pass Wage Theft Prevention Protections

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Lt. Governor Tina Smith was joined by Minnesota workers and legislators at the State Capitol today, to rally and urge the Legislature to hold employees that commit wage theft accountable for their failure to pay for work already performed. Wage theft occurs when employers don’t pay workers what is owed to them for work performed. The…

Victim Identified in East 11th Street Shooting

The incident happened around 2 p.m. in the 500 block of East 11th Street

UPDATE 2/15: The 22-year-old victim has been identified as William Andrew Grahek, a Duluth resident. Authorities have stated that no suspect is in custody at this time, and the investigation continues to be very active at this time as they follow up with numerous leads.   ORIGINAL REPORT: Will GrahekFacebook DULUTH, Minn. – Another shooting has been reported Tuesday around…

County Board Shows Support for National Forest Mining and Fighting Invasive Species

DULUTH, Minn.-The St. Louis County Board today approved a resolution in support of copper mining in Superior National Forest and funding to fight aquatic invasive species. The copper mining resolution calls on Trump’s administration to reverse President Obama’s decision to block mining in 234,000 acres of the forest. Last week, commissioners heard arguments on both sides of the issues, and…

Drunk Driver Attempts to Flee Deputy by Driving Across Green Lake

Fled with his children inside the vehicle

CHISAGO CITY, Minn. (KMSP – Fox 9) – Chisago County sheriff’s deputies arrested a drunk driver who got into his car with his children inside and attempted to flee authorities by driving across Green Lake in Chisago City, Minnesota Thursday afternoon. A deputy doing routine patrol on the lake was alerted to the drunk driver after concerned citizens called to…

Border Agents Seize Nearly 4,000 Pounds of Marijuana Hidden in Fake Key Limes

1/2 (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol) Show Caption Hide Caption FOX NEWS – Authorities in Texas last month recovered about 4,000 pounds of marijuana hidden inside a shipment of fake key limes near the U.S.-Mexico Border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials found the drugs in a commercial shipment on…

Owl Lands on Squad Car

Owl Eventually Flew Away

Courtesy of Duluth Police DULUTH, Minn.-An owl landed on the hood of a Duluth Police squad car Monday. Originally an officer was flagged down to check on it on the road, according to an officer’s Facebook post. When getting ready to check on it, the owl flew up on the hood of the car. It eventually flew away.

SPECIAL REPORT: Canadian Connection Part 1

Join us for Part One of our Special Report: Canadian Connection on Wednesday after Star

Join us on Wednesday after Star, for a special report on the Canadian Connection with FOX 21’s Brett Scott. We’ll take a look at how important our neighbors to the north are to our local economies, and just why they’ve chosen the Twin Ports to flock to. Brett will also take us to some area businesses near the border and…

Community Forum Fights Poverty

Ending Economic Inequality

DULUTH, Minn. – Community leaders held a round table discussion on the issues surrounding poverty in the Northland and throughout the world. The discussion was centered around the ways economic inequality can be addressed and how new economic initiatives might help in the fight to end poverty. The discussion was put on by Basic Income Guaranteed Minnesota, an organization that…

Remains Found in Hermantown House Fire

An 87-year-old woman was the homeowner

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Early this morning, Hermantown Fire and Police responded to a structure fire in the 5300 block of Arrowhead Road. When first responders arrived, they found a single family dwelling fully engulfed in flames. Officers noted two vehicles in a detached garage and upon making contact with a relative of the homeowner, it was suspected that the residence…

Minnesota couple accused of soliciting Duluth girl, 14

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – A couple from central Minnesota is charged with planning through Facebook to have sex with a 14-year-old Duluth girl. Investigators say 32-year-old Kayla Marie Frank and 33-year-old Phillip James Adkins drove from Rice to Duluth to meet the girl. Frank and Adkins are charged in St. Louis County with electronic solicitation of a child, a felony….

WisDOT Issues Two New Specialty License Plates

New designs include Whitetails Unlimited and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

MADISON – Two new designs are the latest additions to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s offering of specialty license plates. The two new designs include Whitetails Unlimited and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation artwork. Purchasing these plates includes a $15 issuance fee and a tax-deductible donation of $25 at each registration renewal. These specialty plates are available for automobiles; motor homes…

New Duluth Officer Turns the Tables During Swearing-In Ceremony

Girlfriend gets a swearing in of her very own

DULUTH, Minn. – Today, eight new officers joined the Duluth Police force. The new officers and their families gathered for the swearing in ceremony at the Duluth Police Department. Chris Beekmann, Beau Hughes, Dakota Juarez, Ben Kneeland, Chris Olson, Andrew Park, Luke Renier, and Manuel Matos all took their oaths today. Officer Manuel Matos did more than just take his…

Cult Leader Victor Barnard Now Appealing Criminal Case

Taking his attorneys by surprise

(KMSP – Fox 9) – Minnesota cult leader Victor Barnard is appealing his criminal conviction in which he plead guilty to sexually molesting tow of his teenage followers. As part of a plea bargain, Barnard had agreed to a 30 year prison sentence. The notice of appeal was filed Tuesday by Amy Lawler, an Assistant State Public Defender. Barnard’s attorneys…

Pregnant Woman Found Dead in Eagan

Suspect has been arrested

Senicha LessmanEAGAN, Minn. (KMSP – Fox 9) – A 25-year-old woman has died after an incident Tuesday afternoon in Eagan, Minnesota. Wednesday morning, Eagan police identified the victim as Senicha Marie Lessman and confirmed her baby also died. Eagan police were called to the 3100 block of Alden Pond Lane shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday where Lessman was found unresponsive….

Minnesota Pro-Life Headquarters Vandalized

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption ST. PAUL – The St. Paul headquarters of Pro-Life Action Ministries has been vandalized with spray painted messages and an upside-down cross. Brian Gibson, executive director of Pro-Life Action Ministries says a staff member found the messages after arriving to work Monday morning. The messages contained profanity. One was against…

Suspect Sentenced in Virginia Murder

Suspect Gets 32 Years

Bartholamy DriftVIRGINIA, Minn. – Bartholamy Jake Drift, 42, of Virginia, has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for his role in the murder of another Virginia man in 2014. Drift was convicted of second-degree murder in relation to killing 28-year-old Harley Joseph Jacka. Jacka was killed after his girlfriend requested it be done, according to court sources. Harley Jacka…

Man Killed After Setting Off Apartment Explosion

Officers tried to make contact when he set off the explosion

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have confirmed that a man was killed after he followed through on his threat to explode a bomb in his apartment building, in a small northwestern Wisconsin community. Rice Lake police say 12 to 14 residents were evacuated before the explosion and subsequent fire that destroyed the one-story building Sunday night. Police Captain Tracy…

Newborn Kidnapped 18 Years Ago Found Alive

She was just 8 hours old when she was taken

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – A newborn girl stolen form a Florida hospital 18 years ago has been found alive, and overwhelmed, in South Caroline, where police accused the woman who raised her of kidnapping. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said, Friday, DNA analysis identified the young woman, who never knew her birth name was Kamiyah Mobley. He said she’s in good…

Maurices Lays Off 25 Employees in Duluth

165 Positions Were Eliminated Company-wide

  DULUTH, Minn.-Ascena Retail Group, which owns Maurices, announced today that they eliminated 165 positions across the country including 25 corporate positions in Duluth. Fox 21 has been told, that the company’s stock fell nearly 11 percent today after they announced some weak sales results for the holidays. Maurices, which is headquartered in Duluth, told us that the terminations today…

Forest Service Signs Land Deal Exchange with PolyMet

6,650 Acres Will be Transferred

DULUTH, Minn.-PolyMet Mining and Superior National Forest signed an agreement today to transfer roughly 7,000 acres between the two. PolyMet will get nearly 7,000 acres in the Superior National Forest land of the surface, which it already has mineral rights to. PolyMet will then transfer about 7,000 acres on non-federal land to the national forest. This exchange could lead to…

Western Michigan’s PJ Fleck Named Gophers Head Football Coach

Fox 9 has confirmed that PJ Fleck has been named Gopher Head Football Coach

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP- FOX 9) – The Gophers officially announced PJ Fleck as their new football head coach Friday morning. The University of Minnesota and Fleck agreed to a five-year term. There will be press conference at 3 p.m. at the University of Minnesota to introduce Fleck. Fox 9 first learned of the hire Thursday night from multiple sources. Statements from…

Tracy Claeys Fired as Gophers Football Coach

Fox 9 confirmed on Tuesday, January 3

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – University of Minnesota football coach, Tracy Claeys, has been fired, Fox 9 confirmed. The decision comes just days after Gophers athletics director Mark Coyle said he wanted to sit down with Claeys to talk about his “expectations” for the program. “Now that our football team has completed its season following an exciting win in Tuesday night’s Holiday…

Shakopee Teacher Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

Teacher Killed at Mankato Country Inn & Suites

FROM FOX 9 MINNEAPOLIS MANKATO, Minn. – A man who died in an officer-involved shooting in Mankato over the weekend has been identified as Shakopee school teacher Chase Tuseth. On Saturday morning, Mankato police responded to a disturbance at the Country Inn & Suites there. Tuseth was reportedly behind the counter in the lobby and was throwing items. According to…

Weekend Anchor – Full Time

KQDS-TV, FOX 21 NEWS in Duluth, MN is looking for a full time weekend news anchor.   Besides anchoring weekend evening newscasts (Friday/Saturday), you will report three days a week.  This reporting will involve frequent live shots.  You will also anchor for other shifts/newscasts as needed.  Producing experience is a big plus.  Although we have a team of photojournalists, ability to…

Carrie Fisher Dies at 60

Best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars

Carrie Fisher Photo: Fox NewsCarrie Fisher, best known as the iconic double-bun hairdo-wearing Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, died Tuesday following a heart attack, Fox News reports. She was 60 years old. Fisher, who also starred in a host of popular 1980s movies, suffered from bipolar disorder and drug addiction, and eventually became a mental health advocate. She…

Winter Brings Extra Parking Tickets

The City of Duluth tends to see a spike in parking tickets during the winter season

The City of Duluth tends to see a spike in parking tickets during the winter months, as snowplows work to clear emergency routes and side streets. The city says snowplows are unable to effectively clear city streets if cars stay parked for longer than the 24-hour ordinance states. The 24-hour ordinance are put in place for specific reasons, “Really to…

Brittney Merlot

Weekend Meteorologist

Brittney Merlot joined the FOX 21 news team in March of 2016 as a Weekend Meteorologist. Her passion for Meteorology began at a young age, when she experienced an EF5 tornado. Brittney studied Meteorology at the College of DuPage in Illinois where she received two Associates Degrees in Science and Art. During that time she chased over 20 tornadoes all…

Environmental report card highlights threat from ‘mega-rains’ for Minnesota

Ticks are also becoming more wide-spread

A draft environmental report card for the state warns that as global temperatures warm, Minnesotans need to prepare for increases in catastrophic “mega-rains” and a greater spread of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease.The report card comes from the Environmental Quality Board, which will discuss the draft next week. The final version will provide a foundation for the Minnesota Environmental Congress in February.The report card singles out climate-related issues for the lowest marks.Minnesota is getting more frequent “mega-rains,” when at least 6 inches affects over 1,000 square miles. Minnesota has experienced seven in the past 17 years, compared with four in the previous 27. Minnesota recorded two this summer alone.The report also shows how ticks are becoming more widespread across Minnesota with the warmer weather.___Online:The draft 2017 Minnesota Environment and Energy Report Card can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/2hwjr4CMinnesota Environmental Congress: https://www.eqb.state.mn.us/environmentalcongress