Author: KQDS Staff

15,000 MNA Nurses To Hold Strike Vote Monday In Duluth, Twin Cities

DULUTH, Minn. — 15,000 nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association are planning to hold a strike vote on Monday, according to a press release. Nurses in the Twin Ports and Twin Cities are coming together for the first time to fight for fair contracts to hold healthcare executives accountable to put patients before profits. “Corporate healthcare policies in our hospitals…

August 9 Primary Election Results

Below is the results of the key races in Tuesday’s Primary Election U.S. Representative District 8 – Two Advance Republican: Pete Stauber (incumbent) – 91% Harry Welty – 8% Stauber took the overwhelming win and will be seen at the November election. DFL: Jen Shultz – 86% John Munter – 14% Shultz took the big win and will face off…

Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson Faces Recall Election Tuesday

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson will learn Tuesday if he is staying in office as he faces a recall election. In June, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution calling for Swanson to step down. Council members said allegations against him are a distraction and damaging the City’s reputation. A recent state auditor’s report supported the…

Tuesday’s Primary Election Preview

Tuesday’s primary elections have some key state and federal seats up for grabs in Minnesota, along with Sheriff’s races in St. Louis and Douglas County. Starting in St. Louis County for the 8th Congressional race: On the Republican side incumbent Pete Stauber is running against Harry Welty.       On the Democratic side Jen Shultz is running against John…

Two Men Severely Injured After Boating Accident On Rainy Lake

KOOCHICHING COUNTY, Minn. — The Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office says a boating accident resulted in two people severely injured Thursday night. The accident happened on Rainy Lake near Franzen Island around 9:19 p.m. Officials say the boat hit a rock causing the motor to land in the boat. The motor was still running and it’s propeller severely injured the passenger’s…

14 Year-Old Boy Dies In Bayfield County Drowning

BAYFIELD COUNTY, Wis. — On Wednesday a boy went under the water and drowned in Wisconsin, according to the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office. It happened around 3:30 p.m. at Deep Lake, Town of Hughes, Wisconsin. It was reported that a 14 year-old boy was swimming in the middle of the lake with a group of people when he suddenly went…

UPDATE: Officers Injured During Arrest Of Barricaded Burglar In Virginia, Suspect Charged

UPDATE (August 2, 12:00 p.m.)- A 53 year-old man from Virginia was charged after a burglary and barricade situation occurred at a home in Virginia on Friday, according to the Virginia Police Department. Mark Williams, who did not have permission to be in the home and injured officers after he barricaded himself in was officially charged Monday. Officials say he…

Essentia Health Closing Patient Drop Off/Pick Up Till Late September

DULUTH, Minn. — As construction work on Vision Northland gets closer to completion, it will be tougher to get into Essentia Health’s Duluth Clinic Second Street Building over the next two months. Starting August 1, the patient drop-off off Second Street will close through late September. New drop off locations will be set up along Second Street between Fifth and…

Bret Holland

MORNING NEWS DIRECTOR

Bret has worked at FOX21 since 2014. In his personal time he rides dirt bikes, performs music, and spends time with his two cats; Frank and Mr. Sir. Stylish, quick witted, and excellent with a camera, the FOX21 Morning Show wouldn’t be the same without him. Categories: Management, Production Team

Jeff Schwarten

MORNING PRODUCTION LEAD - DIRECTOR

Jeff Schwarten joined the FOX 21 News Team in October of 2011 as a Production Assistant. In July of 2013 he was promoted to Assistant Production Manager. Jeff moved to Duluth to in 2003 where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. In his free time Jeff enjoys the local music scene, and…

Dan Hanger

ANCHOR / REPORTER / PRODUCER

Dan joined FOX 21 as a reporter in October 2010 before being promoted to main anchor in August 2011 for the 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts.  He has more than 17 years of experience in television, radio and online journalism. To help fill a staffing void in April of 2022, Dan hopped over to the morning show to produce…

Alexandra Burnley

ANCHOR / REPORTER / PRODUCER

Alexandra Burnley anchors FOX 21 News at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. She joined the news team in May of 2019. She was raised in Alexandria, Virginia, about a half-hour away from the nation’s capitol. Growing up near Washington, D.C. fueled Alexandra’s interest in news and politics. She went south for college, graduating with a journalism degree from the University…

Viking Cruise Ship Arrives In The Duluth Harbor

DULUTH, Minn. – Early Monday morning the Duluth Harbor welcomed its first cruise ship in 10 years. Viking Cruise’s first expedition vessel, the 700-foot Viking Octantis, traveled under the Lift Bridge shortly after 6 a.m. Tender boats later transported the 400 guests and 200 crew members off the boat to the Customs Facility in the DECC.   This unloading process is…

All Church Rummage Sale Raises Money for Mission Work

Home décor, books, toys, knick-knacks, and more were available, with all proceeds going to the church's outreach work.

DULUTH, Minn.- Today people shopped a hodge-podge of items in West Duluth while supporting a church’s mission work. Believer’s Church on 58th Avenue West held their All Church Rummage Sale. Home décor, books, toys, knick-knacks, and more were available, with all proceeds going to the church’s outreach work. “An opportunity for my church to come together and serve together. To…

Police Chief Wants Palace Bar’s Liquor License Not Renewed Amid Ongoing Violence

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior’s top cop is calling for the Palace Bar to lose its liquor and amusement device licenses after a shooting in March and after more than 150 calls for police services since January of 2021. Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander said beyond the recent shooting there are ongoing calls of violence at the Palace Bar on the…

Sixth Judicial District Treatment Courts Celebrate National Drug Court Month

Instead of sending them to jail, the drug court uses a treatment-based approach with intensive supervision to help offenders maintain sobriety and successfully re-enter the community. 

DULUTH, Minn. – May is national drug court month and on Friday, members of Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District celebrated the work they have done to help drug offenders recover. Treatment court brings together members of the courts, probation, law enforcement and treatment providers to work with those involved in the criminal justice system who are chemically dependent or suffer from…

Monday Update: Duluth Man Turns Self In After 6-Hour Standoff, Domestic Shooting Incident

  DULUTH, Minn. – (Monday Press Release) At approximately 5:54 p.m., Duluth Police Officers were dispatched to the 700 block of E 1st St for sounds of shots fired. Initial information received from the victim stated a male, later identified as 36-year-old Duluth resident Valentino Dodge, was inside the residence on the 700 block of E 1st St after having a domestic…

Dermatology Duluth Holds Free Skin Cancer Screenings for Melanoma Monday

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. and melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday, health experts raised awareness and helped out the public on the first day of skin cancer awareness month. It’s called Melanoma Monday and Dermatology Duluth was holding free SPOTme skin cancer screenings throughout the day. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. and melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Health experts…

Families Get Active for 30th Healthy Kids Day at Duluth YMCA

DULUTH, Minn.- Saturday was the 30th Anniversary of the Duluth Area YMCA’s largest one-day event, celebrating healthy lifestyles for families and kicking off the Y’s Summer Schedule. FOX 21 Photojournalist Owen Zagrabelny takes us to Healthy Kids Day. Superior Douglas County Family YMCA will hold their Healthy Kids Day Event Sunday from 11-3. Categories: Community, Education, Entertainment, Health, Minnesota, News,…

Prescribed Burns Set to Begin When Conditions Allow

Superior National Forest experts planned to do around 6 to 7 thousand prescribed burns this year.

DULUTH, Minn. – The ongoing cold weather is putting a damper on the start of the prescribed burn season in the Superior National Forest. Experts with the Superior National Forest were hoping to start with the prescribed burns a month ago, but the ongoing winter and wet weekend ahead have not allowed it. They say prescribed fires help reduce hazardous…

WLSSD Holds Unwanted Medication Collection Event

The drop-off allows an easy, safe and environmentally friendly way for people to get rid of their unwanted or expired medications while learning the importance of disposing them separately.

DULUTH, Minn. – As many people continue getting into spring cleaning, WLSSD in Duluth helped residents with a safe place to dispose of any unwanted medications. Medicine cabinet clean out day provided a free drive up drop-off of people’s unwanted or expired medications. The drop-off allows an easy, safe and environmentally friendly way for people to get rid of their…

Update: Superior Police Give All Clear After Investigating Suspicious Devices

Update:  Superior police have given the all clear involving the suspicious devices. The department posted on its Facebook last night saying, “The Marathon County Bomb Squad has determined the items found in the 1600 block of Baxter Ave. are not dangerous. Area residents are able to return home.” SUPERIOR, Wis. — Contractors removing items from a home in Superior discovered…

North By North Film Festival Begins at Zeitgeist

The five day festival kicked off Wednesday with an opening ceremony at Zeitgeist. Throughout the week, 80 films will be shown with 50 filmmakers in town. 

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re a film lover, this is the perfect week to stop by Zeitgeist for the North By North Film Festival. The five day festival kicked off Wednesday with an opening ceremony at Zeitgeist. Throughout the week, 80 films will be shown with 50 filmmakers in town. A big part of this festival is supporting the local…

The Garden Wedding and Event Center Celebrates Grand Opening

Wednesday's ribbon cutting gave the community a chance to see the renovations and learn more about the new venue, which can hold weddings, business meetings, banquets, fundraisers and more.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Wednesday, a new era is beginning at The Garden Wedding and Event Center with its official grand opening. The space, which was previously known as Grandma’s Sports Garden Bar and Grill, has been open for about six months now. But Wednesday’s ribbon cutting gave the community a chance to see the renovations and learn more about…