Author: Alexandra Burnley

Duluth Police: Abortion Rights Protesters Were On Streets Illegally When Driver Got Stuck

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Police Department is sharing new details about an incident involving a driver in the middle of Monday’s Roe v. Wade protest downtown. The DPD estimates that up to 500 people were at the pro-choice march, and kept to the sidewalks until an hour later, when demonstrators starting walking on certain streets downtown. Then as protesters…

New Mental Health Clinic With Variety Of Therapists Opens In Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — A new therapy clinic called Two Rivers Counseling opened in downtown Duluth Thursday morning. It’s located on West Superior Street and offers a wide variety of specialized help, including treatment for depression, anxiety, issues with families and relationships, trauma, abuse, and more. Therapists are available for in-person and virtual appointments. All types of clients are welcome, including…

Duluth City Council Begins Process Of Filling 4th District Seat After Van Nett Passing

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth city council will move forward with filling the vacant seat left by city councilor Renee Van Nett, who passed away from cancer earlier this month. Van Nett represented the fourth district, and the process will only be open to residents of it. Those interested will have until June 27th to apply. After that, council will start…

Federal Agency Investigating After Viking Cruise Crew Member Didn’t Return To Ship

DULUTH, Minn. — The search continues for a missing crew member from the Viking cruise ship. It’s unclear where the individual is from, but they did not return to the ship after it stopped in Duluth on May 30th. The U.S. Customs And Border Protection Agency says it is investigating, but could not provide more details, such as the person’s…

Duluth City Councilor Renee Van Nett Battling Terminal Illness

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth city councilor Renee Van Nett is battling a terminal illness. A GoFundMe has launched to help cover the costs, with a goal of raising $30,000. The fundraising page reads, “Renee Van Nett is currently in the hospital in Duluth, battling a terminal illness. Renee’s courage and bravery have inspired many, and it’s time to have her…

Grandma’s Marathon Weekend Sells Out For First Time Since 2016

DULUTH, Minn. — Grandma’s Marathon organizers said on Monday that all three of its June races have sold out for the first time since 2016. In total, there are more than 20,000 people signed up to participate. The sell-out is a healthy sign that the demand for the races never went away, after Grandma’s Marathon was cancelled because of the…

Man Arrested After Hitting Palace Bar Bouncer, Threatening To Shoot Him While Firing Gun In Alley

SUPERIOR, Wis. — A man was brought to jail after Superior Police say he shot a gun several times in an alley behind the Palace Bar on Tower Avenue. The call about a man firing shots into the air came in after 1 a.m. on Thursday morning. When Superior police officers arrived on-scene, they found the suspect in the Cobblestone…

Tugboat That Was Sinking In Duluth Harbor Is Afloat Again

DULUTH, Minn. — The tugboat named “Lake Superior” that partially sunk in the Duluth Harbor back in March is now floating once again. According to the Coast Guard, contractors are working on what’s called “lightering and dewatering operations,” which will remove any leftover water, fuel, and lube oil from the tugboat, so pollutants don’t leak into the waterway. The Coast…

Bent Paddle’s Festiversary Returning This Weekend After Two Years Off During The Pandemic

Some of the video used in this story is courtesy of Nice Mediaworks.  DULUTH, Minn. — It’s a big weekend for Bent Paddle in Lincoln Park, as its Festiversary event is returning this Saturday after it was called off the past two years because of the pandemic. With more than 30 types of beer ready to be tapped, live music,…

Gov. Walz Deploying National Guard to Northeastern MN In Response To Floods

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order on Thursday that activated the state’s National Guard troops to head up to Northeastern Minnesota to help respond to the floodwaters rising in communities. A peacetime emergency was also declared. “As severe weather pushes flooding beyond historic highs, I’m incredibly grateful that the members of our National Guard…

Inside Look At The Blood Donation Process As Some Centers Are Critically Low On Donations

DULUTH, Minn. — The Memorial Blood Centers, with locations across the Northland, says it needs more donors to help fill its critically low supply, along with more new hires to work at the facilities. On Monday, MBC announced it was experiencing a “blood emergency,” as its supplies are down so much, it only has enough type O blood and platelets…

Taco Bell Coming to Tower Avenue in Superior

Ground just broke on the new development within the past few days. The plan is to have the restaurant completed sometime this summer.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Good news for Taco Bell lovers who live in Superior: the fast food franchise will have a new location in the city. Ground just broke on the new development within the past few days. The location is over at 3541 Tower Avenue. This will be the first Taco Bell for Superior, while Duluth already has a couple….

Duluth Police Says Third-Party Found No Evidence Of Biased Policing, Community Organization Has Doubts About Methodology

DULUTH, Minn. — On Wednesday, the Duluth Police Department released a statement summarizing what it says a third-party researcher found after looking into its policing practices in regard to interactions with people of color in the Duluth community. The third-party was hired after the Duluth chapter of the NCAAP president held a press conference in March of 2021, accusing the…

Duluth Student Brings Loaded Gun To ALC

DULUTH, Minn. — A student at Duluth’s Area Learning School brought a loaded gun into a classroom on Wednesday, according to the district administration. It was discovered by two staff members, who alerted an administrator. The student was taken away from the classroom and the gun was confiscated. Police then brought the student into custody. The student will face possible…

Sen. Klobuchar Hosts Virtual Roundtable With Police Chiefs About Spike In Violent Carjackings

MINNESOTA — Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota recently hosted a roundtable on the rise in carjackings that has hit both the state and the rest of the country. Carjackings have spiked over the past two years, especially in metro areas like the Twin Cities. At the virtual roundtable, police chiefs spoke about how tough the crime is to combat, along…

Duluth School Board, Teachers Union, And Paraprofessionals Agree To New Contract

DULUTH, Minn. — A new contract for the teachers union and paraprofessionals was approved by the Duluth school board on Tuesday. The Duluth Federation Of Teachers, along with paraprofessionals, reached an agreement with the board to receive 2.25% raises for this year and next. For this school year, teachers will also be paid a one-time $600 stipend related to retention…

Tugboat Stuck In Duluth Harbor Still There A Month Later, Has Leaked Less Than Four Gallons Of Oil

Courtesy: Paul ScinoccaDULUTH, Minn. — The partially-sunken tugboat in the Duluth Harbor is still there more than a month later, with no immediate plans for it to be moved. The U.S. Coast Guard tells FOX21 that the tugboat is still leaking oil, but in total it’s been less than four gallons so far. A contractor is there every day laying…

St. Louis County Crews Restoring Access To Washed Out Roads

ST. LOUIS CO., Minn.. — St. Louis County says that its public works team is restoring access to roads that were washed out during last week’s storms after making repairs. The county shared photos on its Facebook page of the Heritage Trail-County State Aid Highway 20 reopening near McKinley. The gravel had washed out under the pavement, with crews working…

Duluth Police Confirm Bodies Found In East Hillside Home Were Result Of Murder-Suicide

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth Police confirmed on Thursday that the five bodies found in an East Hillside home on Wednesday were the result of a murder-suicide committed by Brandon Taylor Cole-Skogstad, age 29. The victims are Sean Christopher Barry, age 47, Riana Lou Barry, age 44, Shiway Elizabeth Barry, age 12, and Sadie Lucille Barry, age 9, who are all…

Verified GoFundMe Created For Funeral Expenses Of Duluth Murder-Suicide Victims

DULUTH, Minn. — If you would like to support the loved ones of the family that was killed in a murder-suicide in Duluth on Wednesday, a GoFundMe has started where you can donate. FOX21 has confirmed that this GoFundMe is legitimate and was set up through two of the family’s friends. The description says that with this sudden tragedy, donations…

ISD 709 Releases Statement After Two Former Students Killed In Murder-Suicide

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Public Schools superintendent, John Magas, released a statement following the deaths of two young girls who were killed in a murder-suicide on Wednesday. 12-year-old Shiway Barry and 9-year-old Sadie Barry were two of the four victims in the tragedy. It is unclear which school or schools they attended. “The Duluth community was struck by a…

Bomb Threat Identical To Esko One Causes Evacuation Of Cloquet Middle And High Schools

CLOQUET, Minn. — The Cloquet middle school and high school were evacuated on Wednesday after a bomb threat was called into the high school over the phone, and both buildings have now been given the all-clear by police. Cloquet police say the bomb threat seemed to be the exact same one that was called into Esko High School last month,…

Duluth International Airport Drops Mask Mandate After Federal Judge Ends Requirement

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth International Airport will no longer require masks on its property after a federal judge ended the requirement nationally on Monday. “Since the beginning of pandemic, the Duluth International Airport has instituted reasonable mitigation measures that promote public health, including increased disinfection and air exchange inside the airport terminal,” Tom Werner, the executive director of DIA,…

Fire Leaves $25K In Damages To Curling Club’s Kitchen In Hibbing

HIBBING, Minn. –The kitchen inside of the Hibbing Memorial Building’s curling club caught fire on Saturday night, according to the Northland FireWire. The fire was called in just before 9:30 p.m. Firefighters found that the flames from a stove were put out quickly by the appliance’s own fire suppression system. However, the fire still damaged the walls and cabinets around…

April Marks Distracting Driving Awareness Month, A Deadly Problem On American Roads

Looking down at your phone for just five seconds while behind-the-wheel at 55 mph is like driving the length of a football field while blindfolded. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and during a virtual conference on Monday about the devastating consequences of not paying attention on the road, a Maryland woman spoke about a tragedy that she caused. Investigators…

SUPerior Paddle Academy Enjoys Last Days Of Colder Excursions Before Summer Tours Start

DULUTH, Minn. — Even though our spring weather is still feeling more like winter, that didn’t stop some paddleboarders from enjoying time on Lake Superior around Duluth on Sunday. The owner of SUPerior Paddle Academy, a local business that organizes paddleboarding excursions, took a group out on the water. He says the experience is still comfortable in chillier temperatures, even…

How Some Minnesotans Support A Ukranian Nonprofit Helping Orphans

MINNESOTA/UKRAINE — A nonprofit ministry in Ukraine has had its world turned upside-down after Russia invaded the country, but it is still receiving a lot of support through the turmoil, including from its longtime board members in Minnesota. Max Festisov and his wife Amanda lead the True Hope Ministry, which helps orphans and also teens who are aging out of…

UPDATE: Teen Arrested After Two Stabbed in Mountain Iron Bar Fight

They were transported to the Virginia Regional Medical Center where they were treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries. 

MT. IRON, Minn.- A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the midnight bar fight that left two victims with stab wounds on Wednesday, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. The teen was arrested at his home in Virginia hours later, around 9:30 a.m., and booked into jail on preliminary charges of second-degree assault. FOX21 cannot name…

Sheriff’s Office: Esko Bomb Threat Came From Another Continent

ESKO, Minn. — The March 17th anonymous call that claimed an explosive device was inside an Esko Public Schools classroom and caused the entire campus to evacuate came from someone who didn’t even live in North America, according to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office. A lieutenant tells FOX21 that the call originated from Africa, but it is unclear which country…