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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…

Twins Delivered Minutes Apart Have Different Birth Years

GLENDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ) – For Holly and Brandon Shay, expecting twins was a surprise. Going into labor on New Year’s Eve was shocking, but what makes the birth of their two boys even more unbelievable is the fact that they were born in different years! Sawyer, born at 11:51 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and just 10 minutes later, Everett…

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…

Donald Trump remains winner of Wisconsin

Trump picked up a net 162 votes

Republican Donald Trump’s victory in Wisconsin has been reaffirmed following a presidential recount that showed him defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton by more than 22,000 votes.

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

Tips on How to Prevent Vehicle Theft

From the Duluth Police Department

It’s the holiday season, and many are out shopping for that perfect holiday gift. Vehicle prowl thefts are a crime of opportunity that can be prevent, if the right steps are taken to avoid such opportunities for thieves.

Banks in India suing Essar Group

$560 million in damages sought

Some banks in India are suing the Essar Group. They want to be paid back for overruns in cost related to Essar’s unfinished mine and processing plant in Nashwauk.

Multiple arrests made on Sale of Heroin charges

Approximately 94 grams of heroin

On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, investigators from the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and Superior Police Department Narcotics Investigators, executed a search warrant in the city of Superior.

Male arrested on sale of methamphetamine charges

67-year-old Duluth resident

In a multi-agency investigation between members of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, Superior Police Department, and Douglas County Sheriff’s Department Investigators conducted a search warrant in the 1300 block of East 2nd Street in Duluth, on December 5, 2016.

3 killed in 40-vehicle pileup on slick Michigan interstate

Several crashes reported near Detroit

Authorities say three people have died and 11 others are hurt following a pileup on a snow-slickened Interstate 96 near Lansing, Michigan.Lt. Eric Sanborn of the Livingston County Sheriff Department confirmed the three deaths Thursday in the pileup involving about 40 vehicles. He says 11 other people were transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.Sanborn says westbound lanes of the interstate about 55 miles west of Detroit remained closed about 5{ hours after the pileup began Thursday morning.Several crashes also were reported on Detroit-area freeways