Author: KQDS Staff

Scenic Highway 61 To Close For Emergency Erosion Repairs

DULUTH, Minn. — Significant erosion along portions of Scenic Highway 61 in Duluth has St. Louis County getting ready for five weeks of emergency repairs starting Monday. One of the locations of severe erosion along the slope of Lake Superior is across from New Scenic Café. Cones have been placed on the edge of the road where erosion has reached…

Blood Donations Urgent After Hurricane Ian

MINNESOTA — Hurricane Ian may be gone, but problems are only growing. Memorial Blood Centers issuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donations. Donations will be used in Florida and the Southeast, which were hit hard by the storm. “Minnesotans have a long tradition of stepping up for each other and helping when needed,” said the MBC Vice President…

Catalyst Festival Wraps Up After Busy Four Days

DULUTH, Minn. — The Catalyst Festival wrapped up four days of creativity over the weekend. The storytelling conference once again brought together anyone interested in creating stories, whether for television or social media platforms. The confab of minds gathered in Duluth beginning Wednesday, and finished on Saturday. For those pulling off the gathering, it was rewarding to see people from…

Man Who Went Missing Was Found Dead After Crashing ATV

The incident occurred in the Foothills State Forest/Spider Lake ATV Recreation Area.

SPIDER LAKE, Minn. — A man who went missing Saturday morning was found dead hours after crashing his ATV. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says they received a report of a missing man, 54 years-old of Center City, Minnesota just before 3 p.m. The man was camping in the Spider Lake ATV recreation area. The Sheriff’s Office learned the man…

Minnesota Power Crews On Their Way Back From Florida

MINNESOTA — After getting called-out to Florida for assistance, Minnesota Power crews are already returning home. Florida Public Utilities located near Jacksonville, requested the assistance of Minnesota Power. They needed help with restoring what was lost after the hurricane, but the area ultimately suffered far less damage than expected. They have been able to manage outages in their area with…

Minnesota Red Cross Volunteers Respond To Hurricane

MINNESOTA — Thousands of crisis response workers from many states are working to restore Florida, including 50 Red Cross volunteers who are Minnesota based. 12 people from the Northland landed in Orlando Friday and an additional volunteer from Duluth deployed in the morning. The crew is ready to help residents revive after the Category 4 hurricane. They set them up…

Catalyst Content Festival Brings Exciting Opportunities To Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — The world of potential new television programming continues to make its mark in Duluth. The 2022 Catalyst Content Festival brings together people involved in all aspects of script writing, story development, and how to get your work and ideas noticed. It’s a way to get experience and exposure without going to Hollywood. Jennifer Plotzke, the Catalyst Director…

2023 Duluth Street Construction Plans

DULUTH, Minn. — It is never too early to talk about next year’s street construction in Duluth. The public had two chances to learn about them Thursday. The first was a virtual meeting held over the noon hour. The second is going on Thursday evening at the Central Hillside Community Center. The meeting goes till 7 p.m. City staff is…

Eveleth Drug Dealer Convicted Of Murder

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. — An Eveleth man was convicted of murder on Monday after selling fentanyl to a woman who died from an overdose on it. 39 year-old Torisa Wallace will spend 11 years in prison for Third-Degree Murder. Prosecutors say he sold fentanyl to a 33 year-old woman named Brooke Miller from Virginia in October of 2021. She…

UPDATE: Man Wanted For Stealing Vehicles In Bayfield County Found

UPDATE (September 29, 3:45 p.m.) — The man who had been missing for almost a week was found Thursday afternoon. Seth Genereau was missing after stealing cars and fleeing from the police. He had already been wanted for other crimes including vehicle theft. The Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office said Genereau is in their custody and that he and all officers…

Duluth Police Bring Awareness To Drug Problems With “Red Ribbon Campaign”

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Police Department is bringing awareness to drug problems in the City by putting red magnets on their squad cars. The department says they are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration in the “Red Ribbon Campaign” during the month of October. The DEA is providing the magnets. “The red magnets will honor Enrique Camarena and also…

Zeitgeist Hosts Catalyst Content Festival

DULUTH, Minn. — If you’ve got a great idea for a breakthrough movie or television script Duluth is the place to be this week. Where else would you pitch your idea other than at Pitchworld? It was only one of the events kicking off the Catalyst Content Festival that runs through Saturday. It is a chance for new and creative…

Coffee Conversation: Hermantown Area Chamber Of Commerce President Talks Upcoming Events

HERMANTOWN, Minn. — Kim Parmeter, the President and CEO of the Hermantown Area Chamber Of Commerce came by the morning show to talk with Dan Hanger about upcoming events. Some of the events include: Catalyst Festival Wednesday night downtown A luncheon with the Superintendents of Proctor & Hermantown on Thursday at St. Luke’s Sports & Event Center UnWINEd at the…

Minnesota Power Sending Crews To Florida In Hurricane Ian Response

Crews could be gone for up to 2 weeks.

DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota Power is sending two dozen line-workers, supervisors, and mechanics to Florida to help in any way they can from Hurricane Ian’s wrath. They will be focusing on the Jacksonville area as that is where damage is predicted. The manager of line operations said in a press release, ““We’re always willing to lend a hand when we…

Northland Red Cross Volunteers Leave To Help In Florida As Hurricane Ian Approaches

DULUTH, Minn. — Northland agencies are stepping up and heading south to offer help to those facing Hurricane Ian. The Northland Chapter of the Red Cross has already sent a “large handful” of volunteers to Florida. It’s Red Cross Emergency Response vehicle left at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday. The vehicle had volunteers from Duluth and Nashwauk. Categories: Minnesota, News, News –…

UPDATE: Closed Middle School In Bovey Catches Fire, Crews Demolish What Is Left

Courtesy of “Friends of the Northland FireWire” Facebook page UPDATE (September 26, 5:00 p.m.) — On Monday, crews tore down what was left of the former Connor-Jasper Middle School in Bovey after it caught fire Sunday. According to the Northland FireWire, some parts of the middle school, which was already closed down when the fire broke out, were still smoldering…

UWS Enrollment Up Second Year In A Row

SUPERIOR, Wis. — UWS is feeling pretty good about this fall’s enrollment, and it should. Coming out of the challenges of COVID, the college announced Thursday that its overall enrollment is up for the second year in a row. There are just under 2,700 students. That is up 4% from last year. The online graduate program grew 31%. Part of…

UWS Recognized As An “Age Friendly University”

SUPERIOR, Wis. — We usually associate college campuses with a younger crowd, but UWS is getting recognized for welcoming those with a little gray in their hair. The campus is now officially a member of a global network known as the “Age Friendly University.” UWS has been working to offer more classes geared for people over the age of 55….

Duluth Airport Temporarily Offering TSA PreCheck Options

DULUTH, Minn. — If you have ever envied those at the airport that get to skip the security line, now’s your chance at our local airport. Duluth International Airport is inviting passengers to enroll in the TSA PreCheck, expedited screening program. A program present at over 200 airports nationwide. Now through September 23, those interested in the expedited screening option…

News Reporter/Writer – Part Time

Great opportunity to get your News Reporting and Writing career started! Maybe you know you want to be a reporter, or maybe you have been thinking about it. This is one way to find out. KQDS FOX 21 NEWS in Duluth, Minnesota is looking for a part-time news reporter/writer to join our team.  We take journalism seriously, and the ideal…

Governor Walz And Lieutenant Flanagan Unveil New Climate Plan

MINNESOTA — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Peggy Flanagan have announced 6 goals as part of a new climate action framework unveiled Friday. Some of the goals include building out the electric vehicle infrastructure such as more charging stations, enhancing use of wind and solar energy, and strategies to build carbon storage in the forests and soils. They are…

Instances Of Emergency Phone Scammers Spike In Wisconsin

Scammers are targeting the older population.

WISCONSIN — A common phone scam could be starting to make its way back into the Northland. The Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin says they have been getting complaints about “The Grandparent Scam.” Scammers specifically target older adults and pose as a grandchild, child, or friend that is in an emergency situation, such as being arrested or injured, and that…

UPDATE: Duluth Police Investigating Shooting At Speedway Gas Station, Suspect Found

The Speedway gas station shooter has been found and is in custody.

UPDATE (September 16, 3:30 p.m.) — The search for the Speedway gas station shooter has ended and the vehicle in question has been found. Friday, 31 year-old Joseph Butler was taken into custody in Bloomington in connection with the Sunday shooting that occurred at the Speedway gas station on East Fourth Street and 6th Avenue East, next to the Whole…

Oliver Bridge In Gary New Duluth To Close For Inspection

The bridge will be closed September 21-23, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. — A heads up for people who use the Oliver Bridge in Gary New Duluth. It will be closing for inspection September 21 for a few days. The bridge is located above the St. Louis River at the junction of Highway 39 and Wisconsin Highway 105. It will be closed daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There…

Weekend Meteorologist – Full Time

KQDS-TV in Duluth, MN is seeking a Full Time Weekend Meteorologist. This is a great opportunity for someone looking for a career as a television meteorologist! Fox21 is looking for the right person to join our weather team and be part of our weekend newscasts. Duluth is along the shore of Lake Superior. It is a beautiful area, but also…

Man Found Dead In Work-Related Accident In Industrial Township

INDUSTRIAL TOWNSHIP, Minn. — A 40 year-old man died in a work-related accident Wednesday afternoon. The incident happened in the Industrial Township in St. Louis County. First responders got the call just before 3 p.m., according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. It is unclear what happened, but the Sheriff’s Office says the 40 year-old Brad Wojtysiak from Culver…

Coffee Conversation: Miller-Dwan Foundation To Host Annual ARTcetera Fundraiser

DULUTH, Minn. — The Miller-Dwan Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of people across the region, is hosting their annual gala, ARTcetera 2022 for the first time since 2019. The event is happening Thursday, September 22, 5-10 p.m. at The Garden. It includes an auction, gourmet dinner, and national speaker Nora McInerny. Tracy and Mary Kay from…

Everything Looking Up For Hawk Ridge Bird Migration

DULUTH, Minn. — Some people may be sad that summer is over, but fall also brings a lot of excitement and anticipation to others. This was the familiar and wonderful scene at Hawk Ridge today. Mother nature and the great migration are underway. Hawks in all sizes and species filled the sky and watching from below were the viewing faithful….

Man Shot At Local Business In Superior, Injuries Non Life-Threatening

SUPERIOR, Wis. — The Superior Police Department says there was a shooting at a local business Sunday in Superior. The incident happened at Lady Vi’s just before 2 a.m. When officers arrived on-scene, they saw a lot of people leaving at once, with some of them telling police that the shooting happened inside the men’s bathroom. As Superior Police were…

UPDATE: Man Identified Who Was Found In Vermilion River, Cause Of Death Being Investigated

UPDATE (September 12, 2:15 p.m.) — The 43 year-old man who was found in Vermilion River has been identified. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says the name of the man is Keith Joseph Roy of Orr, Minnesota. The cause of death is still being investigated. ORIGINAL POST: CRANE LAKE, Minn. — A death investigation is underway after a man’s…

Body Found Under I-35 Ramp In Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — A man’s body was found under the I-35 ramp in Downtown Duluth, according to the Duluth Police Department. Police say the call came in around 4:20 p.m. Sunday along the 800 block of West Railroad Street at the underpass. Investigators believe the 29 year-old man died of an apparent overdose. Categories: Crime, Minnesota, News, News – Latest…

UPDATE: Police Found Silver Chevy Impala That Was At Scene Of Speedway Shooting

UPDATE (September 12, 10:55 a.m.) — The Duluth Police Department says they have found the vehicle involved in Sunday’s shooting. The vehicle was found in the 200 block North 16th Avenue East. No arrests have been made yet and the DPD are still actively investigating the incident. ORIGINAL POST: DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth police are looking for a a silver…

Bobcat Receives First-Ever Stem Cell Treatment At The Wild Cat Sanctuary

SANDSTONE, Minn. — An aging bobcat’s life has been turned around through a promising new avenue for joint treatment. Meet Baby Jenga Blue, the Wildcat Sanctuary’s 19 year-old bobcat. Baby Jenga is suffering from chronic arthritis affecting his wrists. That is, until he became the first ever bobcat to receive stem cell therapy. The treatment used cells grown in a…

Lake Superior Zoo Hosts Free “College Days”

DULUTH, Minn. — College students in the Twin Ports are truly getting a “wild” start to the school year. This is all thanks to the Lake Superior Zoo as hundreds of animal friends there are offering up their home for free, all weekend long. The only requirement is a college ID to not only see the furry ones up close,…

University Of Minnesota Duluth Medical School Students Stand With MNA Nurses

MINNESOTA — As 15,000 nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association prepare to strike Monday, up-and-coming nurses are standing in solidarity. There was a statement released Friday by 131 nursing students with the University of Minnesota Medical School, and part of it says: “We have your backs as we stand with you to call on healthcare networks around the state to…

Coffee Conversation: Zeitgeist Bringing Back Spirit Of The Times Fundraiser

DULUTH, Minn. — Zeitgeist is getting ready to bring back its Spirit of the Times fundraiser bigger than ever September 16. They are shutting down a block of East Superior Street in front of its downtown Duluth arts building. The event will be block party style with street-wide tents, an outdoor stage, screen, and bar. Sara and Mary from Zeitgeist…