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St. Cloud Bank Robbery, Hostage Situation Ongoing

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (FOX 9) – St. Cloud police are responding to a reported bank robbery and hostage situation at a Wells Fargo, according to police and Wells Fargo officials. According to St. Cloud police, at 1:48 p.m. officers responded to the bank on 200 33rd Avenue South. The situation is still ongoing and law enforcement remains on the scene. The FBI…

Superior Gymnastics Coach Charged With Felony Sexual Assault Of Underage Girls

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A Superior gymnastics coach was arrested and charged on Wednesday for the alleged sexual assault of two teenagers he coached at Twin Ports Gymnastics. George Deppa Jr., 47, of Superior, is charged with two counts of felony sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age and one count of exposing genitals. According to the criminal…

Timeline to End All COVID-19 Restrictions in Minnesota to Be Announced Thursday

(FOX 9) – Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce Thursday a timeline to end all the COVID-19 restrictions in Minnesota, his office said in a news release. Walz will give a live statewide address at noon, followed by two Q&As with reporters at 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. According to Walz’s office, the governor plans to wind down Minnesota’s COVID-19 restrictions…

Chauvin Moves to Have Guilty Verdicts Thrown Out, Asks for New Trial

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Derek Chauvin’s attorney filed a motion asking the court to throw out his guilty verdicts and schedule a new trial Tuesday. The filing, made by Attorney Eric Nelson, cites jury intimidation and a failure of the court to sequester the jury as some of the reasons he is asking for a new trial. In the filing, Nelson argues…

Walz to Announce Reopening Plan for Minnesota Thursday

(FOX 9) – Gov. Tim Walz says he will announce a reopening plan for Minnesota on Thursday. Walz hinted last week that he would be easing more of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions soon. He has allowed businesses to reopen, although many still face capacity limits or curfews. Schools have reopened and athletes no longer need to wear masks when playing outdoor sports. “Thursday’s announcement should go…

Minnesota State Fair Announces 5-Day Walk-Through Event Over Memorial Day Weekend

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (FOX 9) – Missing the Great Minnesota Get-Together? You could get a preview later this month. The Minnesota State Fair announced it will host a five-day “Kickoff to Summer at the Fair” event over Memorial Day weekend. Guests will get to walk around the fairgrounds and experience many fair favorites, including popular food vendors, attractions like the Giant Slide, and…

Report: Aaron Rodgers Wants out of Green Bay

Aaron Rodgers (AP) MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is “disgruntled” and allegedly does not want to return to the team, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. Schefter reports the team is “aware” of his feelings. After the NFC Championship Game, Rodgers wondered aloud about his future in Green Bay. Speculation about the coming years has swirled since the team drafted quarterback Jordan Love in…

Minnesota Department of Health Reports 22 more COVID-19 deaths Wednesday

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 1,514  new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota on Wednesday bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 572,025 in the state. Health officials also reported 22 news deaths bringing the death total to 7,113  in Minnesota. The 22 newly reported deaths included four long-term care residents and one person in their 30s. According…

Walz to Announce Additional Easing Of Some COVID-19 Restrictions Within the Next Week

RICHFIELD, Minn. (FOX 9) – Gov. Tim Walz hinted Tuesday that he may be easing more of Minnesota’s COVID-19 restrictions soon as the state appears to be coming down from a spring surge in infections and hospitalizations. He told reporters to expect an announcement later this week or early next week. When it comes to dialing back restrictions, the state’s next move…

Derek Chauvin’s Sentencing Pushed Back to June 25

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer found guilty of murder in George Floyd’s death, will now be sentenced on June 25. Online court records show Chauvin’s sentencing has been pushed back from June 16 to June 25. The change was made due to the availability of the parties, sources told FOX 9. Chauvin, 45, was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree…

Shots Fired at Plymouth Middle School, ‘All Students Safe’

(courtesy: Fox9) PLYMOUTH, Minn. (FOX 9) – Plymouth Middle School in Plymouth, Minnesota is in lockdown due to a shots fired incident Monday morning, Plymouth police confirmed. Robbinsdale Area Schools says all students are safe. No injuries have been reported. One person is in custody and police said the scene is “contained” and officers are not looking for any additional suspects. Plymouth police…

Minnesota Reports 1,611 New COVID-19 Cases, 13 More Deaths Wednesday

(FOX 9) – Minnesota health officials reported 1,611 new COVID-19 cases and 13 more deaths Wednesday. The state has now seen 560,450 COVID-19 cases and 7,044 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Of the newly reported deaths, two people were residents in long-term care facilities. The ages of those who died ranged…

Derek Chauvin Found Guilty In the Death of George Floyd

(CNN) – Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted on all charges by a jury in the Hennepin County court. The 12 jurors found him guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd’s death in May 2020. The maximum sentence for second-degree unintentional murder is imprisonment of not more than 40 years. The…

Longtime Duluth City Councilor Zack Filipovich Not Seeking Re-Election

DULUTH, Minn. –  Duluth At-Large City Councilor Zack Filipovich says he is not running for a third term. Filipovich became the youngest councilor ever elected at the age of 23 in 2013. He is currently the Secretary of the Duluth Economic Development Authority Board, board member on the Metropolitan Interstate Council, and the Chair of the Planning and Economic Development…

Former Minnesota Cop Charged In Shooting Of Black Motorist

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP/Fox 9) — A Minnesota prosecutor has charged a white former suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright with second-degree manslaughter. Potter was arrested by agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at 11:30 a.m. CT at BCA headquarters in St. Paul. She will be booked into the Hennepin County Jail in…

Minnesota Asks Providers to Pause Use Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Follow Federal Recommendation

(FOX 9) – Minnesota health officials are advising health care providers to follow the federal recommendation to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine while federal agencies investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots. Gov. Tim Walz and Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm have scheduled an 11 a.m. news conference at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the site of the state’s…

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…