Author: Alexandra Burnley

City Council Votes to Give Forgivable Loan to Help Save Duluth Paper Mill

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth City Council unanimously voted to help keep the Verso Corporation’s paper mill in the city afloat amid its financial troubles. With demand for paper products dropping, the Verso Corporation’s paper mill is edging toward an uncertain future. Verso wants to convert its recycle mill so it can take scrap packaging and turn it into pulp…

Stabbing In Two Harbors Sends One Person to Hospital With Non-life Threatening Injuries

TWO HARBORS, Minn. — One person was brought to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a stabbing in Two Harbors on Sunday afternoon, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The Two Harbors Police Department responded to the scene shortly before 2:30 p.m. The two people involved know each other and the public isn’t in danger. The Two Harbors…

Hermantown City Council, Mayor Reject Proposed Housing Project

HERMANTOWN, Minn. — On Tuesday, the Hermantown City Council voted to reject a proposal for a 137-unit housing development called The Arbours of Maple Grove. City council’s vote was tied 2-2, with the tiebreaker vote made by Hermantown Mayor Wayne Boucher to deny the proposal. The Arbours of Maple Grove property would have sat on more than 10 acres of…

Bluestone Developer Talks About Vue Project, Why Developers Are Building Luxury Over Basic Housing

DULUTH, Minn. — In the next few years, Duluth will see more luxury housing than ever before popping up all over the area, from up on the hill to down by the lake. One of the luxury properties popping up in less than two years is Bluestone Vue by developer Mark Lambert. Since acquiring the 27 acres of land in…

Year in Review: July Through September

Here’s a look back at some of the biggest stories that happened around the Northland from July to September. Stories include the Rainbow Family Gathering in Bayfield County, the mayors of the Twin Ports reaffirming their stance that the EPA should look into refineries like Husky Energy using hydrogen fluoride, and nurses in Duluth picketing while negotiating new contracts with…

Union Representing St. Louis County Snow Plow Drivers Authorizes Potential Strike

VIRGINIA, Minn. — The Teamsters Local 320 union, which represents St. Louis County Public Works employees, voted in favor of authorizing a strike if contract negotiations fail with the county by the end of the year. The vote passed 112 to 1 Sunday morning. A potential strike would involve 180 St. Louis county employees, which includes snow plow operators, mechanics,…

Snowmobiler Rescued After Getting Stuck in Swamp

ARROWHEAD TOWNSHIP, Minn. — Rescue crews helped a stranded snowmobiler on Saturday after he became stuck in a swamp. Around noon on Saturday, the St. Louis County Rescue Squad, the Arrowhead Volunteer Fire Department, and the Floodwood Ambulance responded to the call of the stranded snowmobiler. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the man was riding on a…

Federal, State, Local Law Enforcement Educate Parents about Predators on Social Media

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – On Tuesday night, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors on the federal, state, and local levels joined together to educate parents about how predators coerce teens and kids for explicit photos and videos on social media. The illegal practice is also known as “sextortion,” which is when a predator uses tactics such as blackmail and harassment to intimidate…

Multiple Fire Departments Respond to Fire at Home in Greenwood Township

GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, Minn. — Multiple fire departments responded to a house fire in the Greenwood Township on Sunday afternoon. The house was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on scene at 3 p.m., and is now deemed a total loss, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. The home is located on 2600-block of Mordini Road and is…

Torah Scrolls Burned In September Synagogue Fire Damaged Again in Garage Fire

DULUTH, Minn. – The Torah scrolls that were damaged when the Adas Israel Synagogue burned down in September were inside a garage that caught fire on Sunday in Duluth. According to Adas Israel Synagogue board of directors member Mike Baddin, the garage was rented by a member of the congregation who offered the space to store the damaged scrolls. In…

Burnett Co. Animal Shelter Raising Funds for Abandoned, Starving Dogs

BURNETT CO., Wis. — The Humane Society of Burnett County  is raising funds for two dogs rescued from a home last Friday. According to the Humane Society, two dogs named Petey and Darla were locked inside a home and abandoned. Both dogs were starving. The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office and the Humane Society went to rescue the dogs by breaking…

Carlton County Attorney Says Officer Justified In Shooting Suspect

CARLTON CO., Minn. — A sergeant with the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office who shot a suspect while trying to arrest him has been justified in using deadly force, the Carlton County attorney said on Tuesday. Back on July 29th, Sgt. Jason Wornygora was executing an arrest warrant for a suspect named Shawn Olthoff at the suspect’s mom’s house in Moose…

28 Year-Old Man Gets 12 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Child

ITASCA CO., Minn. – Cody Michael Porter, 28, was sentenced to twelve years in prison for felony first degree criminal sexual conduct. Porter is from Wheeling, West Virginia. He initially was charged with four counts of felony first degree criminal sexual conduct. When Porter pleaded guilty to one felony charge on October 7th, the rest were dropped. The Itasca County…

Suspect Allegedly Cut Father With Knife After Trying to Steal Son’s Toys

VIRGINIA, Minn. — According to the Virginia Police Department, a father was allegedly cut on the finger by a man named Aaron Hendrickson who was trying to steal his son’s toys. The incident happened on September 26th on First Avenue South in Virginia. The victim explained to police that his eight year-old son had told him that his toys were…

St. Luke’s New Contract With Nurses Is Ratified

Strike planned for October 3rd is cancelled

DULUTH, Minn. — Nurses who work for St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth voted to formally accept a new three-year contract agreement with the hospital, according to the Minnesota Nurses Association. St. Luke’s nurses have been working at the hospital without a contract since June 30th. This new contract is now retroactively effective from July 1st of this past summer. In…

Teenage Girl From Cloquet Missing After Running Away

CLOQUET, Minn. — The Cloquet Police Department is searching for a 15 year-old girl named Genesis Lacquier-Stillday who has been missing since Friday. According to Cloquet Police, Genesis is a 15 year-old Native American girl from Cloquet with brown hair and brown eyes, and has her upper lip pierced. She’s 5’5″ and 130 pounds. She may be carrying a white…

State Patrol: Driver Passes Out From Drug Use, Crosses Into Opposite Lane

ITASCA CO., Minn — A 19 year-old man passed out while driving after using drugs on Monday afternoon, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. He was driving north on Highway 38 in the Deer Lake Unorganized Territory. After the man passed out while driving, his car went over the centerline and into a ditch. It then hit a retaining wall…

Woman Dies After Crashing Car Into Tree

ALBORN, Minn. – A woman died after crashing her car into a tree on Saturday afternoon shortly before 5 p.m., according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. 61 year-old Rachel Wermter of Culver died after her car skidded off the road and went into the opposite lane, then hit a tree. The sheriff’s office said that speed and alcohol…

Essentia Health Treated Two Patients With Lung Issues Likely Caused By Vaping

St. Luke's Hospital says it hasn't seen any vaping-related lung issues with patients

(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)DULUTH, Minn. — Two people in the Northland have been treated for lung issues earlier this summer that may have been caused by vaping, according to Essentia Health, which treated the patients. Essentia Health was not able to share the ages or current conditions of the two patients with respect to HIPPA laws. St. Luke’s Hospital has…

Adas Israel Congregation Synagogue Will Be Demolished, Possibility Of Rebuilding Uncertain

DULUTH, Minn. — The Adas Israel Congregation synagogue will be demolished after the investigation into the fire is complete, and the answer to the question of if it will be rebuilt is still up the air, according to a member of the board of directors with the synagogue. “We are a very small congregation so our need for space is…

Nurses Ratify Agreement For Three-Year Contract With Essentia Health

St. Luke's nurses have yet to reach agreement with hospital

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Nurses Association has accepted the terms of a new three-year contract with Essentia Health, according to a press release from the group. The previous contract expired on June 30th, and Essentia Health nurses have been working without one since then. Both Essentia Health and St. Luke’s nurses went on informational strikes this summer to raise…

Woman Dies In ATV Versus Motorcycle Accident In Gilbert

A 23 year-old woman died after suffering from life-threatening injuries in an ATV versus motorcycle accident, according to Gilbert Police. On Sunday around 5:30, an ATV driven by 35 year-old Carlos Arevalo of Burnsville with 23 year-old Natasha Diaz-Cruz of Burnsville in the passenger seat collided with a motorcycle, which was driven by 37 year-old Erwin Viera of Hancock. Arevalo…

Shooting In Maple, Wisconsin: Three Detained, One Victim Hospitalized

MAPLE, Wis. — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed an afternoon shooting in Maple, Wisconsin. Deputies responded to reports of shots fired shortly before 4 p.m. on Monday on Pellman Loop Road, where they found one man with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, a 29 year-old man from Maple, was airlifted to a hospital in Duluth. His injuries from…

20 AmeriCorps Tutors Sworn In For New School Year

On Monday, AmeriCorps hosted its kick-off day where 20 math and reading tutors pledged to serve students in Duluth for the upcoming school year. According to the organization, one in three children in Minnesota have reading skills below their grade level, and 40% of Minnesota students in 8th grade struggle with math. AmeriCorps tutors work at Duluth-area schools with students…

Three People Arrested At McDonald’s In Duluth

On Saturday night around 10 p.m., Duluth Police responded to a call of one person threatening another with what appeared to be a gun on the 2200-block of London Road. Duluth Police found the car the suspect was driving pulling into the McDonald’s on London Road a short time later, and removed five people from the vehicle. Officers found an…

Duluth Bowling Alley Getting Multi-Million Dollar Renovations To Become Entertainment Center

  Skyline Lanes and Volleyball is no more, as it undergoes a full multi-million dollar remodel and rebranding to become Skyline Social and Games. The general manager says Skyline will be adding new games, entertainment, and even more unique bowling lanes. He said the space will have a more industrial and modern look to it to appeal to younger adults,…

Two Dogs Rescued From Fire In Gilbert

Dogs suffered from burns and smoke inhalation but are expected to fully recover

Gilbert Police and Fire responded to a home that was on fire shortly after 2:30 this afternoon. The home was completely engulfed by the blaze when crews arrived. First responders rescued two dogs from the home, and both suffered from burns and smoke inhalation but are expected to recover. The Gilbert fire chief did not say if anyone was home…

Governor Tony Evers Declares State Of Emergency For Wisconsin After Severe Weather

On Sunday, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers declared a state of emergency for the entire state after several regions of Wisconsin suffered through severe weather. In the past week, many areas of Wisconsin were struck with confirmed tornadoes, strong winds, thunderstorms, hail, flash floods, and torrential downpours. Toppled trees tore down power lines and crashed onto homes and cars, while debris…

Deadly Crash Kills Two Teens Near Nashwauk

Two other teens and two adults survived

NASHWAUK, Minn. – Two teens are dead after a Saturday afternoon crash between Highway 169 and Highway 65 near Nashwauk. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 17 year-old driving a Honda Accord was driving north on Highway 169 around 2:45 p.m. when he started turning left onto Highway 65. During the left turn, a 61 year-old man driving a…

Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia School Districts’ Referendum Passes

The Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia referendum has passed, which will allow the two districts to combine their high schools, for which a brand new high school will be built, while also building two new elementary schools. The construction on the new high school is set to begin in 2020 and will take two years to build. It will be built in…

Wayne Boucher, Keith Musolf Win Primary Race in St. Louis County

Special election is on August 13th

Wayne Boucher Current Hermantown mayor Wayne Boucher and iron worker advocate Keith Musolf will advance to the special election this summer for the St. Louis County Board 5th district race. The seat opened up after Representative Pete Stauber was elected to Congress. Boucher took home the most votes, with 346 ballots cast in his favor. Musolf won the second-most votes,…

School Parents File Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Duluth Edison Charter Schools

Duluth Edison Charter Schools Denies Any Discrimination

DULUTH, Minn. — Three parents of students who are attending or did attend Duluth Edison Charter Schools have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the school system. In an email sent to school parents and faculty on Friday, Bonnie Jorgenson, the head of Duluth Edison, addressed the lawsuit but did not go into specific allegations made against the schools, which…