Author: Alexandra Burnley

Wisconsin DWD Receives 115,679 New Unemployment Applications, 1.5 Million Calls In A Week

WISCONSIN – In Wisconsin, the Department of Workforce Development has seen new applications for unemployment go from a steady 6,000 a week to 115,679 just last week. The DWD said it received 1.5 million calls last week, which includes those who called multiple times. The requirement that you must apply to several jobs every week to receive your unemployment check…

Essential Businesses Currently Hiring in the Northland During the Pandemic

Many workers in the Northland have been laid off from jobs due to the response to the coronavirus pandemic. If you are currently looking for work, there are businesses still hiring in our region. If you are a business looking to hire workers during the coronavirus pandemic and would like to be added to this list, email news@fox21online.com with the…

Duluth Fitness Studios Pivot to Online Platforms to Try to Stay Afloat

DULUTH, Minn. — Fitness and wellness businesses in Duluth are fighting to keep revenue going as they have had to shut their doors to clients amid the coronavirus pandemic. Two of the businesses we spoke with are Movo Studio and Runa Yoga. Jessica Rossing, owner of Movo Studio, opened her business in its new home on East First Street just…

Cass County Sees Its First Case of Coronavirus

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – A coronavirus case has been confirmed in Cass County by the Minnesota Department of Health. The patient is older, and hadn’t traveled recently. They developed symptoms on March 9th, but did not seek treatment for their health until one week later, on the 16th. St. Louis County, Douglas County, and Bayfield County have each seen one…

Latest Worldwide Coronavirus Numbers: Approximately 196,000 Cases, more than 7,000 Deaths

According to the Johns Hopkins University & Health Center Coronavirus Resource Center, there are 196,640 confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide as of Tuesday afternoon. Other worldwide confirmed coronavirus numbers include 80,840 recoveries, and 7,893 deaths. The United States has seen 5,894 cases so far, with 97 deaths and 17 recoveries. China still has the highest number of cases at…

Essentia Health and St. Mary’s Hospital Limiting Visitors Amid Coronavirus Concerns

DULUTH, Minn. — Essentia Health is changing its policy for visitors amid the coronavirus outbreak reaching Minnesota. Essentia will be restricting visitors to its facilities, including St. Mary’s Hospital, to keep patients and staff safe. There are limited exceptions, and those who want to visit need to call Essentia and confirm if they are allowed in. The healthcare provider is…

St. Luke’s Hospital Says Coronavirus Testing is Limited

DULUTH, Minn.  — St. Luke’s Hospital is warning the community that testing for the coronavirus is limited right now. The healthcare provider said it will not test for coronavirus in people who aren’t showing any symptoms. It will give coronavirus tests to those who think they’ve been exposed to the virus and have the symptoms, such as a fever, cough,…

Duluth School Board Releases Names Of Six Superintendent Candidates

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth School Board has released the names of the six candidates who will be interviewed for the Duluth Public School District superintendent job. The board approved the final six candidates on Tuesday. The semifinalists were selected from 20 applicants. The candidates are James Wagner, the superintendent of the Johnson County School District in Buffalo, Wyoming, Fabby…

VFW, Behavioral Health Clinic Destroyed by Fire in Grand Rapids

Crews were not able to get into Lakeview Behavioral Health that caught fire upon arriving at the scene, but they were able to enter the VFW and save important items.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — A Saturday night fire has destroyed two buildings and damaged a third in downtown Grand Rapids on NW 3rd street. The Grand Rapids VFW and the Lakeview Behavioral Health were left in ruins from the blaze. No one was hurt in the fire except for one firefighter who was treated and released. The fire department arrived…

Talking with Doctor, Airport Authority About Coronavirus Preparations in the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. — There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Duluth right now, but if one were to hit tomorrow, accurate test kits that detect the virus haven’t been distributed to most hospitals in the United States yet. During a strong influenza season, it’s critical to have the kits to determine if a patient has coronavirus, or just the…

Duluth Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Two Underage Girls at Daycare

DULUTH, Minn. — A 23-year-old Duluth man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two felony charges of first degree sexual assault of two underage girls. According criminal complaints, Daniel Bunnell sexually assaulted an 11-year-old who was staying at the 24-hour at-home daycare that Bunnell’s mother was running. The victim told police he had sexually assaulted her more than once, and it…

Illinois Man Dies in Snowmobile Crash in Iron County

TOWN OF MERCER, Wis. — A 40-year-old man from Illinois died over the weekend after a snowmobile accident in the Town of Mercer. According to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, the man had gone off a trail and crashed into a tree. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday. They were unable to revive…

Park Point Residents Work to Protect Properties and Find Funding to Stop Erosion and Flooding

DULUTH, Minn. – If you could choose any neighborhood to live in in Duluth, Park Point is one of the most desirable. A beautiful six-mile isle on Lake Superior, there’s no better place to be close to the water in the city. However, in recent years, Duluthians who are living on Park Point are battling the power of Lake Superior…

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…