Author: Emma Propp

“Free Park Day” In Minnesota Happening Saturday

MINNESOTA — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced this Saturday, June 11 is “Free Park Day”. Free admission is being offered to all of the 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. This is just one of four days that MN DNR waives requirements for permits and fees for state parks. “Minnesota state parks and recreation areas are open…

Duluth City Councilor Renee Van Nett Dies At Age 52

DULUTH, Minn. — The City of Duluth shared the heartbreaking news Friday that Fourth District City Councilor Renee Van Nett passed away peacefully during the morning hours after fighting a terminal illness. Van Nett was surrounded by her family and friends in Duluth.  She was 52 years old. Mayor Emily Larson released the following statement: “Renee Van Nett was an incredibly powerful woman who lived…

UWNEMN Looking For Volunteers To Sign Up For “Sandbag Bus”

CHISHOLM, Minn. — United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) is hoping to send four buses full of volunteers and sandbags to and from International Falls in June. The UWNEMN has been donating food and beverages to volunteers as they are almost four weeks into filling sandbags in the International Falls/Kabetogama area. “After speaking with county officials, it was clear volunteers…

St. Louis County Encourages Residents To Apply For HomeHelpMN Assistance

The deadline to apply is June 17 at 5:00p.m.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. — Residents of St. Louis County are being encouraged to apply for HomeHelpMN assistance if they need help with past due mortgage payments or other housing expenses due to the pandemic. If you would like to apply you need to own and live in a home in Minnesota and meet certain income requirements. St. Louis County…

Water Main Break On North 59th Avenue West

DULUTH, Minn. — The City of Duluth operations crew is responding to a water main break on 3401 East 1st Street. Water that has been turned off is located along East 1st Street between 34th Avenue East and 36th Avenue East. The amount of time it will take to repair the break is unknown. Crews are working to repair the…

Duluth Requires Masks Again In All City Buildings

DULUTH, Minn. — The City of Duluth has announced they are now requiring masks in city facilities starting Monday, May 23 at 4:30 p.m. Regardless of vaccination status masks are required for everyone. On May 20, the CDC determined St. Louis County’s COVID-19 community level as high. Chief Administrative Officer Noah Schuchman said, “This is not a decision that we…

UMD In Search Of Interim Chancellor After Unsuccessful Search

DULUTH, Minn. — The University of Minnesota-Duluth is asking for nominations for interim chancellor to lead campus for a two-year term. A nationwide search for UMD’s next chancellor was announced last November. After a long search process and getting down to four finalists, the hunt for a new chancellor was unsuccessful. UMD’s President Joan Gabel sent an email Monday morning…

Second Harvest Announces Indoor Mask Requirement

DULUTH, Minn. — Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is going back to requiring masks indoors for any employee, volunteer, or guest entering its establishment. “Due to St. Louis County’s “high” level of COVID-19 transmission, effective immediately we will be reinstituting our indoor mask requirement for all employees, volunteers and guests for any Second Harvest activities. Please plan to properly…

St. Louis County COVID-19 Community Level Now ‘High’

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. — St. Louis County announced Friday the COVID-19 Community Level has increased from moderate to high. “Per the CDC, this level is determined based on three factors: new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population in the past week, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population…

Highway 194 Road Construction Starting May 23rd

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced construction on Highway 194 will start May 23rd, 2022.  No word on how long it will last. Construction on the 17 mile long highway will include a reduced conflict intersection at the intersection of Highway 194 and Highway 53. Be on the lookout for lane shifts, possible road closures, and…

St. Louis Co. Board Meeting Tuesday To Discuss Possible State Of Emergency Due To Flooding Risk

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. — A special meeting has been called for the St. Louis County board to consider declaring a state of local emergency on Tuesday morning, given the risk of flooding in some communities right now. Throughout the Northland, heavy rainfall and warmer temperatures causing the lingering snow to melt in the past few weeks has caused water…

Road Closures Due To Heavy Rain And Washouts

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. — St. Louis County has reported several road closures due to heavy rain and high waters. CR 860, also known as McAurther Rd, between CR 734/Shipley Road and CR 725/Birch Road in New Independence Township is closed. County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 49, also known as Three Lakes Road, CSAH 15/Munger Shaw Road and CSAH 4/Vermilion…

Cloquet Fire District’s Arson K-9 Passes Away Unexpectedly

Wish worked over 150 fire scenes in Minnesota and Wisconsin and had a total of 9 years in service.

CLOQUET, Minn. — According to the Cloquet Area Fire District, Arson K-9 Wish unexpectedly passed away Monday. In a Facebook post Wednesday, Cloquet Area Fire District wrote, “Wish was with the CAFD after gaining her certification on May 9th, 2013. She worked over 150 fire scenes in Minnesota and Wisconsin with her handler Jason Maki, Fire/Arson Investigator. She had a…

Water Main Break On North 59th Avenue

DULUTH, Minn. — The City of Duluth Operations Crew is responding to a water main break at 1010 North 59th Avenue West. City officials say the water has been turned off on North 59th Avenue West from Olney Street to Tacony Street. It is not known how long it will take to fix the break. Crews are working to repair…

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…