Author: Alexandra Burnley

Suspicious-looking Objects Temporarily Shut Down Hammond Avenue

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Superior Police had to temporarily shut down traffic on Hammond Avenue on Wednesday evening after two suspicious-looking objects were found in the area, that were later determined not to be dangerous. Shortly after 6 p.m., police went to the 800-block of Hammond Avenue after learning that there was an object on the sidewalk that looked like a…

Some Duluth Parents Enrolling Children in Private Schools for More In-Person Learning

Correction: This article has been updated to reflect that ISD 709 middle and high school students are on the full distance learning plan for the first quarter of the 2020-2021 academic school year. Middle and high school students were originally going to be on a hybrid plan. DULUTH, Minn. — Some parents in Duluth are enrolling their children in private…

Park Supervisor Reveals the Underrated Trail for Seeing Fall Colors in Pattison State Park

DOUGLAS CO., Wis. — The best time to see the fall colors at the Pattison State Park just south of Superior is beginning right now and will last for the next three weeks, according to a park supervisor with the Wisconsin DNR. Pattison has about four to five miles of trails for visitors to hike, but the natural resource property…

Wisconsin Sees High COVID Infection Rate, Loss of FEMA Funding For PPE in Schools and Other Public Entities

MADISON, Wis. — Governor Tony Evers’ administration shared an update on Tuesday that Wisconsin is dealing with a high COVID-19 infection rate, while FEMA has pulled funding to help supply PPE to public entities like schools. During Tuesday’s update, the administration shared that Wisconsin hit a new record for the number of COVID-19 test results coming back positive in a…

Absentee Ballots In High Demand, Won’t Need to be Re-printed in Wisconsin

WISCONSIN — Absentee ballots, which are in high demand this election year, can continue to print the way they are in Wisconsin after Monday’s state Supreme Court ruling. The Wisconsin Supreme Court judges ruled that absentee ballots would not need to be re-printed to include Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins. Before this decision was made, the high court put…

Trillium Services Celebrates Employees During Direct Support Professional Recognition Week

DULUTH, Minn. — An organization in Duluth called Trillium Services is taking part in Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, which shows appreciation for those who work with people who have intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Trillium Services has a staff of direct support professionals who help those who are disabled in the Duluth area connect to resources and live more independent…

Fire in Vacant Virginia House Ruled Arson

VIRGINIA, Minn. — A vacant home that caught on fire on Sunday in Virginia has been ruled as the target of an arson, after the city’s fire marshal investigated the cause. The announcement comes from Virginia’s fire and police departments. It’s unclear how the fire appeared to have been started. The fire at the home located at 119 6th Street…

Duluth Police Shoot Suspect During Domestic Assault Call

  DULUTH, Minn. — A Duluth police officer shot a suspect during a domestic assault call on Saturday night, according to a spokesperson with the Duluth Police Department. Officers were called to the 100-block of W. 1st Street in downtown Duluth shortly before 9:30 p.m to respond to “a report of a physical domestic.” During the call, one of the…

Deputies Find Body Inside Vehicle They Believe Went Airborne on Jean Duluth Road

LAKEWOOD TOWNSHIP, Minn. — On Sunday morning, deputies with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office discovered a body inside a vehicle they believe went airborne before landing in a ditch on Jean Duluth Road in Lakewood Township. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, deputies arrived on the 5400-block of Jean Duluth Road around 9:30 a.m. after learning…

ATV Passenger Dies After Collision with Car

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn. — A 31-year-old woman has died in a hospital after she was involved in a crash between an ATV and a car on Saturday. According to the Carlton County Sherriff’s Office, the collision happened around 3 p.m. east of Moose Lake. The ATV was riding along the Soo Trail when it traveled into the trail’s intersection with…

Duluth Sees More Gun Violence Over Weekend; Police Chief Responds

DULUTH, Minn. — Two more incidents involving guns occurred over the weekend from Saturday night into Sunday morning in Duluth, ending a week that the police chief said has seen a high rate of gun violence Around 8:15 on Saturday night, Duluth police responded to a call of several shots fired on West 1st Street between the 2400 to 2600…

President Trump Focuses On Farming, Iron Range Mining During Minnesota Campaign Stop

MANKATO, Minn. —  President Trump spent Monday afternoon campaigning in both Mankato, Minnesota and Oshkosh, Wisconsin, as both states are key battlegrounds in the presidential election this year. His presence in the Midwest comes on the heels of the Democratic National Convention kicking off in a virtual setting Monday evening. During President Trump’s visit to Mankato, he came prepared to…

Essentia Health Bills Approximately 1,000 Uninsured Patients For COVID-19 Tests

DULUTH, Minn. — A representative with Essentia Health in Duluth has admitted that the health care provider charged approximately 1,000 uninsured patients for COVID-19 tests, which are free under the federal CARES Act. The issue came to light after one patient told FOX21 he received a $171 bill for his COVID-19 test in July. That patient, Superior resident Nick Dalbec,…

How Parabon NanoLabs Helped Chisholm Police Identify A Cold Case Murder Suspect

CHISHOLM, Minn. — The company that helped Chisholm Police pinpoint suspect Michael Carbo Jr. in the cold case murder of Nancy Daughtery is called Parabon NanoLabs, which specializes in investigative genetic genealogy. Parabon has access to some DNA databases from companies such as GEDmatch and Family Tree DNA, which people send their DNA samples to when they want to learn…

Duluth Mayor Reacts to Costco Officially Coming to the City

DULUTH, Minn. –With about $2 million in tax breaks now approved for infrastructure improvements, Costco is officially coming to Duluth next fall. After a year of negotiating with the retailer, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson said she’s excited that both the city and county tax abatement proposals were approved. St. Louis County commissioners unanimously approved $650,000 in tax abatement for Costco…

City Green-Lights Tax Breaks For Costco, County To Have Public Hearing Next Week

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth city council unanimously approved a tax abatement plan on Monday evening for Costco to build on the corner of Arrowhead and Haines roads. St. Louis County still needs to approve tax breaks for Costco for the company to agree to build in Duluth. $1.3 million will come from the city of Duluth, and $650,000 may come…

After Storms, Red Cliff Band Declares State Of Emergency On Reservation

BAYFIELD CO., Wis. — The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has declared a state of emergency for its reservation after severe storms moved through the area over the weekend, according to a press release from the tribe. Richard Peterson, chairman of the tribe, wrote in the press release that Saturday’s storms tore down trees and power lines all…

Bayfield Co. Alerts Area to COVID-19 Exposure From a Bar/Restaurant Customer

BAYFIELD CO., Wis. — The Bayfield County Health Department says a individual who recently visited the Port Wing area is now hospitalized in another part of the state with COVID-19, and may have exposed people within the county to the virus. The health department said the person who tested positive for the virus visited the Port Bar & Restaurant in…

Update: Three People Rescued From Burning House in Virginia

VIRGINIA, Minn. — Two adults and a toddler were rescued from a house fire by a Virginia police officer on Sunday, according to the Virginia Fire Department. Firefighters received a call about a house fire on the 700-block of 11th Street North shortly before 11:30 a.m. Before firefighters arrived, a Virginia police officer grabbed a neighbor’s ladder and climbed up…

Fatal ATV Crash in Holyoke Township

HOLYOKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. — A 48-year-old man died on Saturday after an ATV accident, according to a press release from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities received a call around 8:30 p.m. that an ATV had crashed in the Holyoke Township off of Golf Course Road. The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office said it appeared that the man was going downhill…

Duluth Police Chief: Several Fourth of July Incidents Involving Guns

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth police responded to three incidents involving guns on the Fourth of July, according to Chief Mike Tusken. In one incident, police responded to shots fired in Lincoln Park. Officers found the address where it happened, and negotiated with the suspect to surrender for over an hour. They took the suspect into custody, and also executed a…

Wildfires in Superior National Forest, BWCA on Fourth of July

MINNESOTA — According to the U.S. Fire Service, multiple wildfires burned in the Superior National Forest and BWCA on the Fourth of July. In the Superior National Forest, four wildfires were reported in the west area. Three wildfires were reported in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness within St. Louis County, as well as another fire outside of the Boundary…

Two Arrested in Anoka in Connection to Makinen Murder

ANOKA, Minn. — Two suspects were arrested Thursday afternoon on suspicion of aiding and abetting second-degree murder in the death of a Makinen man. FOX21 cannot name the suspects at this time because they have not been formally charged. St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office investigators and special agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested a 53-year-old man and…

Duluth Rip Current Warning in Effect until 10 a.m. Monday

  DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Fire Department issued a rip current warning on Sunday, meaning it is too dangerous for swimming. The warning will expire at 10 a.m. tomorrow unless dangerous conditions continue. The warning is in place because of strong wind and wave conditions. Getting caught in a rip current can be deadly for even strong swimmers, and…

Events Remembering Clayton, Jackson, and McGhie Moved Partially Online

DULUTH, Minn. — The organization that educates the community about the Isaac McGhie, Elmer Jackson and Elias Clayton Memorial in Duluth has announced that the 100-year commemoration of the wrongful lynchings of the three men will be moved partially online because of the pandemic. The organization said that the original plan included hosting 10,000 people on June 15th of this…