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Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright Grabbed Gun Instead of Taser, Bodycam Video Released

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (FOX 9) – The police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, 20, during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota Sunday mistakenly drew her handgun instead of a Taser, according to the police chief. Officials released the body camera video of the incident Monday during a news conference. On body camera video, the officer is heard shouting “taser, taser!” but…

3rd Minnesotan Arrested On Charges Connected to Us Capitol Riot

LINDSTROM, Minn. (FOX 9) – A third Minnesotan has been arrested in connection to the U.S. Capitol riot that occurred on Jan. 6 while lawmakers were in the process of certifying the electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election. FBI special agents arrested Jonah Westbury, 26, of Lindstrom on Friday on charges related to the riot, according to the FBI Minneapolis Division….

Minnesota State Fairgrounds to Serve as COVID-19 Vaccination Site

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota State Fairgrounds will serve as a federally-supported COVID-19 mass vaccination site, state and federal officials announced Monday. The site will administer a combination of 168,000 Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson doses of the vaccine over eight weeks, which will result in over 100,000 total people being vaccinated, according to a news release from Gov….

MDH: Minnesotans Can Leave Long-Term Care Facilities for Easter, Other Celebrations

(FOX 9) – Minnesota long-term care facility residents can now leave their facilities for less than 24 hours without having to quarantine when they return, giving many Minnesotans the opportunity to visit family and friends ahead of the Easter holiday weekend. The Department of Health announced the updated guidance Thursday, allowing for one-day outings for holidays such as Easter, Passover, and other…

Over 113k Minnesotans Still Need to Renew Driver’s License, ID After COVID-19 Extension Ends

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Thousands of Minnesotans still need to renew their driver’s licenses or identification cards after the COVID-19 extension for expired identification ended on March 31, according to the state’s Department of Public Safety. About 113,814 Minnesotans now have invalid driver’s licenses, instruction permits, or ID cards, DPS said Thursday. The legislation had extended the expiration…

1 Million Minnesotans Now Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

(FOX 9) – Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday that 1,003,316 Minnesotans have completed the vaccination process against COVID-19. About 1,637,771 Minnesotans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The news comes as vaccine eligibility expanded on March 30, allowing Minnesotans 16 years of age and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Minnesota health officials reported more than 70,000 vaccines administered on Saturday and…

Biden Admin Working to Develop Vax ‘Passports’

CNN – The Biden administration is working on a system for people to prove they’ve been vaccinated against coronavirus. The so-called “vax pass” or vaccine passport could be used by individuals in the workplace, in school, or traveling internationally. According to a senior white house official, multiple agencies are involved in the planning. Potentially, the vaccine credentials could play a…

Floyd Family, Leaders Hold Prayer Service On Eve Of Trial

Courtesy: KMSP/FOX9 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – National civil rights leaders appeared alongside several family members of George Floyd at a prayer service, hours before opening statements were set to begin in the murder trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged in Floyd’s death. Several dozen attendees gathered in the benches at Greater Friendship Missionary Church on Sunday night, where preachers…

Line 3 Pipeline Protesters March Through Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — A group of Line 3 pipeline protesters marched through the streets of downtown Duluth Sunday morning. The march was led by Indigenous water protectors, as they prefer to be called. The activists believe the pipeline is a threat to Native American waters and climate change. A Duluth police spokesperson said officers observed the protest from afar and…

The CDC Is Tracking a Recent Uptick in COVID-19 Cases

(CNN) – Top US health officials say they’re encouraged by the accelerating Covid-19 vaccinations. But not enough Americans are fully vaccinated yet to suppress the spread of the virus — and eased restrictions across the country coupled with spring break crowds could spell trouble, one expert said Wednesday. “What concerns me is the footage of what’s happening in spring breakers,…

Man Arrested After Shooting In Duluth Heights

Investigator witnessed the suspect shoot from a vehicle.

DULUTH, Minn. – One man was taken into custody Wednesday evening after a shooting in the Duluth Heights neighborhood involving several rounds. A spokesperson for the Duluth Police Department said the shots were fired around 5 p.m. at the intersection of Baylis Street and Pecan Avenue. An investigator witnessed the shooting go down while under surveillance for a different case…

COVID Cases Force Ely’s 6-12th Graders Back To Distance Learning

ELY, Minn. — A rise in COVID cases within the Ely School District is forcing officials to hit the reset button and send students back to full distance learning. The change starts March 19 for junior high and high school students, grades 6-12. This comes after seven positive cases popped up in the past three days. In-person learning will return…

Sidewalk Days Among Events Set to Return to Downtown Duluth

The Greater Downtown Council is planning to put on Eat Downtown week next month, while Sidewalk Days and Movies in the Park will return.

DULUTH, Minn.- The streets of Downtown Duluth will be busy with entertainment this summer. The Greater Downtown Council is planning on putting on Eat Downtown week next month while Sidewalk Days and Movies in the Park will return in June and July. President Kristi Stokes says after months planning before the governor eased restrictions it’s nice to know those events…

Judge Denies Duluth Officer’s Motion to Dismiss Shooting Case Against Him

2015 photo on City of Rosemount’s website congratulating Officer Tyler Leibfried on his new job with the Duluth Police Department. DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County Judge Sally Tarnowski has denied a Duluth police officer’s request to dismiss charges against him in a shooting that injured an unarmed man. Tyler Leibfried, 28, is facing two felony firearm charges, including one…

George Floyd Settlement: $27 Million Approved by Minneapolis City Council

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a $27 million settlement Friday in the civil lawsuit brought by the family of George Floyd. The vote was 13-0. The settlement includes $500,000 to be spent on community efforts near the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, which has become known as George Floyd Square. Attorney Ben Crump, who represents the family…

Gov. Walz to Announce More COVID Rollbacks on Friday

(FOX 9) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says he will announce a rollback of the state’s COVID-related restrictions on businesses and gatherings on Friday morning that will be “the biggest turn yet.” The announcement comes as Minnesota expanded vaccine eligibility to 1.8 million more people this week after surpassing its goal of getting 70% of seniors vaccinated. “I think you’ll start to see the…

Police: 2 Students Threatened To ‘Shoot Up’ Northwestern Middle School

MAPLE, Wis. – Two students are facing serious consequences after authorities say they threatened to “shoot up” Northwestern Middle School. The 12-year-old boys are in the custody of the Douglas County Juvenile Intake. The Sheriff’s Office says authorities were made aware of the threats Tuesday night. The two juveniles were overheard by other students making detailed, specific plans to not…

Derek Chauvin Trial Begins in Death of George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill has ruled jury selection in the Derek Chauvin trial for the death of George Floyd can move forward Monday morning despite the unresolved issue of a third-degree murder charge in the case. Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, told the court he intends to file a petition for the Minnesota Supreme Court to review the Court of Appeals opinion…

Floyd’s Cause Of Death, Ex-Cop’s Force Will Be Keys At Trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Legal experts say the murder case against the Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee on George Floyd’s neck is no slam dunk, despite powerful bystander video from the scene. Jury selection begins Monday in Derek Chauvin’s trial on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. The outcome of the trial is expected to come down to two key…

Key Players In Trial Of Ex-Officer Charged In Floyd’s Death

George Floyd MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jury selection begins Monday for a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd’s death. Derek Chauvin’s trial, which is expected to last weeks, will be overseen by an experienced, no-nonsense judge and argued by skilled attorneys on both sides. Outside issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and a global outcry…

George Floyd’s Family Only Allowed 1 Member in Courtroom During Chauvin Trial, Judge Rules

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – The families of both George Floyd and Derek Chauvin will only get one seat each in the courtroom for the murder trial, a Hennepin County Judge ruled this week. Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill issued a trial management order Monday detailing the schedule, decorum and other procedures for Chauvin’s trial, which is scheduled to begin next week. Only…

Growing Tension in Minneapolis As Trial Looms In Floyd Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Barbed wire and concrete barriers surround the courthouse where the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd is due to soon go on trial. It’s a sign of the deep uneasiness hanging over the city where violence erupted after the Black man’s death and protests reverberated around the world. Mayor Jacob Frey and Gov, Tim…

2 Dead, 2 officers Struck In Police Shooting in Wadena County

NORTH GERMANY TOWNSHIP, Minn. (FOX 9) – Authorities are investigating a police shooting that left two people dead and a deputy injured in Wadena County, Minnesota. According to the sheriff’s office, at about 8:48 p.m. Saturday, deputies tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic offense near the intersection of 205th Avenue and 280th Street in North Germany Township. The vehicle eventually stopped near…

Dist. 709 Expands Plan For In-Person Learning For Middle, H.S. Students

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School District is expanding its in-person learning plan for middle and high school students to include four days of in-person learning beginning March 29. The updated learning plan follows new guidelines announced by Governor Tim Walz last week. “The updated guidelines and declining COVID rates have opened up the ability to bring our middle and…

COVID-19 Vaccine Connector Will Alert Minnesotans When They’re Eligible for Vaccine

(FOX 9) – Minnesota is launching a new vaccination website to help people find out when, where, and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Minnesotans who have not yet been vaccinated are encouraged to sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, regardless of their current vaccine eligibility status. There is no cost and no deadline for signing up. After you fill out a…

City: Lester Park Golf Course Will Permanently Close After 2023 Season

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth has announced it is permanently closing Lester Park Golf Course after the 2023 golf season. Chief Administrative Officer Noah Schuchman said the failure to sell Lester Golf real estate, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the collapse of the economy has made it “painfully clear” Duluth can’t operate two golf courses anymore. “When we continued…

Doctors Who Say No To Opioid Use Face Threats From Patients

Doctors say they’re facing increasing threats of violence for refusing to prescribe opioids or trying to wean patients off the addictive painkillers. The issue was underscored by Tuesday’s shooting at a Minnesota clinic that left one person dead and four injured. Authorities say 67-year-old Gregory Paul Ulrich was angry about his medical treatment and had threatened a similar mass shooting…

Appeals Court Says It Won’t Step in to Delay Derek Chauvin Trial

(from left, Derek Chauvin, Tuo Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng) MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – The Minnesota Court of Appeals said Friday it will not step in and delay the upcoming murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin is scheduled to go to trial on March 8. State prosecutors, led by…

$1,400 Stimulus Check: When Could You Get Your Third Payment?

  WASHINGTON D.C. (Fox Business) – Congressional Democrats are pushing ahead with passing President Biden’s nearly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, paving the way for a third $1,400 stimulus check for millions of Americans — and households could start to receive the money in just a few weeks. Once Congress approves the emergency aid bill, Biden needs to sign the…

School Closings, Delays: Monday, Feb. 8, 2021

The following cancellations or delays have been reported to FOX 21 for Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 Bessemer Area School District – Closed Drummond Area School District – Closed (no after-school activities or virtual classes) Hayward Schools – Closed South Shore School District – Closed Lakeview Christian Academy – 2 hour delay Lake Superior School District – 2 hour delay (Two…

Nearly 500K Minnesota Adults Have Received at Least 1st COVID-19 Vaccine Dose

(FOX 9) – Minnesota health officials reported Friday 497,843 Minnesotans have now received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, or 11.6% of the state’s adult population, although the state’s data lags by a few days. A total of 138,212 Minnesotans are fully inoculated, or 3.2% of the adult population, according to the latest state Department of Health data. So…

Superior Council Wants State’s Ethical Opinion Involving Mayor Paine’s Marriage To Councilor

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior City Councilor Craig Sutherland proposed a formal request through the council Tuesday night to have City Attorney Frog Prell seek an advisory opinion from the Wisconsin Ethics Commission involving possible ethical concerns around Mayor Jim Paine’s recent marriage to 2nd District Councilor Jenny Van Sickle. Mayor Paine did not want a discussion on the topic at…

City of Superior Extends Mask Mandate

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior city council has voted to renew the city’s mask mandate through the end of April. Previously, when Gov. Tony Evers ordered his mask mandate, the city of Superior let its own mandate expire. However, the Assembly could repeal Evers’ mandate as soon as this week, and because of this Mayor Jim Paine says it’s best…

Summerfest Moves to September, Allow More Time to Vaccinate Public

(courtesy: Twitter/Summerfest) MILWAUKEE – Summerfest will move from its original June 2021 dates to give health professionals more time to vaccinate the general public. Summerfest 2021 will be held September 2 – 4, 9 – 11, and 16 – 18. The festival will retain the three-weekend format, running Thursday – Saturday, three consecutive weekends. “While the progress made through the vaccine rollout…

Minnesota Driver’s License COVID-19 Extensions Ending

(FOX 9) – Minnesotans with driver’s licenses or ID cards that expire as COVID-19 extensions come to an end are urged to renew online or in-person in the coming weeks. According to a release from the Department of Public Safety, there are approximately 300,000 Minnesota driver’s license and ID cards that would have expired between March 13, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021….

Walz Proposes Tax Hikes on the Rich to Balance State Budget

MINNEAPOLIS (AP/FOX9) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed raising taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans and large companies Tuesday to help plug a projected $1.28 billion gap in the next two-year budget while increasing spending on education and on helping the state recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic governor’s budget proposal includes new spending of $745 million on education through 12th…

Wisconsin Authorizes State National Guard, Boards Up Capitol Building

MADISON, Wis. – Windows of the Wisconsin Capitol are now boarded up as the FBI continues its warning to lawmakers around the country about the threat of armed protests and violence directed at government buildings this week and next week. There’s also been more capitol police in the area since Wednesday’s violence in Washington, D.C. The Wisconsin National Guard has also…

Gov. Walz Calls On National Guard To Handle Threats Of Violence At State Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday he will call up the Minnesota National Guard to deal with threats of violence at the state Capitol. The Guard will be called up for several days, he said, likely through President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The official announcement will happen Wednesday. The FBI has warned that the Minnesota State…

Trump Signs Measure Funding Government, COVID Relief

(AP) – The massive, year-end catchall bill that President Donald Trump has signed into law combines $900 billion in COVID-19 aid with a $1.4 trillion spending bill and reams of other unfinished legislation on taxes, energy, education and health care. In one highlight, the package revives supplemental federal pandemic unemployment benefits but at $300 per week – through March 14…

Duluth Officer ‘Off Duty Indefinitely’ After Internal Review Of Shooting

2015 photo on City of Rosemount’s website congratulating Officer Tyler Leibfried on his new job with the Duluth Police Department. DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – The Duluth Police Department says the actions of an officer charged in a September shooting that left a man with a bullet lodged in his shoulder went against department policies and training regarding the use of…

President Trump, First Lady Test Positive For COVID-19

(Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images/CNN) WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has tweeted that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump’s positive test comes just hours after the White House announced that senior aide Hope Hicks came down with the virus after traveling with the president several times this week. Trump is 74 years…

President Trump Pushes Back Wednesday’s Duluth Rally to 8 P.M.

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) DULUTH, Minn. –  President Donald Trump will now be campaigning a little later in the day Wednesday in Duluth. Doors will open at 5 p.m. at the Duluth International Airport with his “Make America Great Again” speech starting at 8 p.m. People interested in attending are required to pre-register here. You can only register up to two…

Duluth Firefighter On Unpaid Suspension After Woman’s Assault Over Unleashed Dogs

DULUTH, Minn. — A Duluth firefighter is now serving a 30-day unpaid suspension after being accused of assaulting a woman on a West Duluth trail in July. Conrad Sunde, 48, was originally placed on paid administrative leave in mid-July during an internal investigation about the assault. Sunde was cited in July with a 5th-degree assault charge after police say he…