Author: Matt Suoja

2019 Primary and Election Guide

Nine Candidates For Duluth Mayor

DULUTH, Minn.-Multiple primaries are being held today across Duluth along with a special election for a St. Louis County Board seat. Mayoral Primary (Two Advance) Nine candidates are vying for the seat of Duluth mayor including incumbent Emily Larson. Others running include Daniel Weatherly, an Army veteran, who says he wants to make the city government more transparent. Another military…

Some Minnesota Families in Need to Get Monthly Aid Boost

DULUTH, Minn.-Minnesota’s cash assistance program for low-income families will offer a $100 boost in monthly aid starting next year. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that state lawmakers approved the Minnesota Family Investment Program’s monthly grant increase in May. The extra funding will be available beginning February 2020. It’s the first increase to the program since it began 33 years ago….

Husky Rebuild Process Begins; Company Plans to Continue to Use Hydrogen Fluoride

Demolition has begun for the rebuilding process of the Husky Refinery after last year's explosion in Superior, and the organization says it plans to continue to use the controversial chemical hydrogen fluoride.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Demolition has begun for the rebuilding process of the Husky Refinery after last year’s explosion in Superior, and the organization says it plans to continue to use the controversial chemical hydrogen fluoride. “Ongoing use of hydrogen fluoride (HF) is proposed as part of the rebuild plan, with additional safety measures being implemented,” Husky said in a statement. “HF is…

Search for Missing Barron Teen Continues

Authorities in Barron Have Announced a $25,000 Reward

BARRON COUNTY, Wisc. – Authorities in Barron have now announced a $25,000 reward for those with information that could help find 13-year-old Jayme Closs. The teenager disappeared more than a week ago after her parents were found murdered in their home. No new evidence has been discovered during a search on Tuesday, but that has not stopped Jayme’s family from…

Congressional Leaders Want Public Meeting on Husky Explosion

They Have Requested a Fall Public Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Several Democratic Congressional leaders from Minnesota and Wisconsin are now calling on Husky Energy to hold a public meeting this fall. They want Husky leaders to talk more about the use of hydrogen fluoride at their Superior refinery. It was back in April when an explosion there injured 36 people and caused a mass evacuation. U.S. Senator…

Northlander Riding Motorcycle 10,000 Miles for Sick Kids

DULUTH, Minn.-A former Douglas County sheriff and Northland Shriner is about to take the motorcycle ride of a lifetime, all with the goal of helping sick kids. It’s all part a fundraiser, called the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge which raises money for Shriner’s children’s hospitals throughout the country. During the event, 150 motorcyclists agree to ride a route that travels…

UDAC Moving Into Old DBU Site

DULUTH, Minn.-A massive donation announced today is changing the organization UDAC for years to come. Nortlanders Joseph and and Nancy Bullyan, of Bullyan RV, have donated $3 million to UDAC so they can purchase the Duluth Business University building in the western end of Duluth. UDAC, which helps people with disabilities learn life skills while getting job training, expect to…

Shots Fired in Eveleth Leads to Arrest

EVELETH, Minn.-The Eveleth Police Department made an arrest at about 8 p.m. last night after a report of a bullet striking a home there. The police were dispatched to 618 Adams Ave. after a homeowner heard a loud “bang.” Officers were able to locate a bullet that penetrated an upstairs window, went through a hallway, and into a bedroom. Several…

New District Judge Named in Virginia

District Includes St. Louis, Lake, Carlton, and Cook Counties

VIRGINIA, Minn.-Governor Mark Dayton announced today the appointment of Robert Friday as a district court judge in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District. Friday will be replacing the Honorable Terrence M. Aronson, and will be chambered in Virginia in St. Louis County. “Mr. Robert Friday has a strong record of legal service on behalf of Minnesotans, working hard throughout his career to…

Minnesota AG’s Office Says GOP Senate Leader Can’t do Two Jobs

Issue Deals With Naming of New Lieutenant Governor

ST. PAUL, Minn.-The Minnesota attorney general’s office says Republican state Senate President Michelle Fischbach cannot legally keep her Senate seat when she becomes lieutenant governor. Solicitor General Alan Gilbert issued an opinion Thursday saying an 1898 decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court that Republicans have pointed to is no longer valid. But Gilbert notes only a court can decide the…

Holiday Lighting Contest Begins

Multiple Cities Involved This Year

DULUTH, Minn.-The Christmas Lighting Challenge has begun. Categories are now open for “Best Home,” “Best Business,” and even “Grand Master” in a variety of communities around the region including Duluth,  Superior, Two Harbors, Cloquet, Hermantown, and Proctor. One of the event organizers said going around seeing all the lights reminds families about what this time of year is all about. “What’s…

75 Vehicles Went Into Ditch Today

One Accident Lead to Driver Being Killed

DULUTH, Minn.-The Minnesota State Patrol is reporting 75 vehicles went off the road today due to the winter travel conditions. They also told Fox 21 that there have been 21 crashes that involve property damage, and eight with injuries, including a fatal one earlier today which involved a semi. To find out more about the road conditions in the region,…

Suicide Awareness Walk Happening in Carlton Saturday

Hundreds are Expected to Gather for the 9th Annual Suicide Memorial Awareness Walk

CARLTON, Minn. – More than 200 Northlanders are expected to hit the streets of Carlton tomorrow, to raise awareness about suicide. The 9th annual Suicide Memorial Awareness Walk will begin at Carlton High School at 10 a.m. According to event organizers, Carlton County has one of the highest rates of suicide in Minnesota. “This walk has been an important focus…

Duluth Band Cloud Cult to Perform at Capital Grand Opening

Concert to be Held Aug. 12

SAINT PAUL, Minn.-The Duluth band Cloud Cult will perform at the state capital’s Grand Opening Celebration next weekend. The group will join two other bands in Polica and Lizzo at 7 p.m. Aug. 12. “We are thrilled to have Cloud Cult join with us at this exciting celebration,” said Administration Commissioner Matt Massman. “I hope all Minnesotans will mark their…

Dangerous Swimming Conditions at Park Point

High Risk for Rip Current Today

DULUTH, Minn.-Due to the high risk of rip currents today, the Duluth Fire Department is issuing a warning of dangerous swimming conditions until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. “There are currently no lifeguards at Park Point, and red flags are flying along the beach to indicate the dangerous swimming condition,” said the Fire Department in a prepared statement. Flag locations are at:…

Fire Burns Home in Wrenshall that’s Connected to Alleged Kidnapping Last Week

Home Believed to be Unoccupied at the Time

WRENSHALL, Minn.-An early morning fire in Wrenshall has left a two-story house in shambles for the second time in a week. Scott Lindgren, Carlton Co. Jail Last week 21-year-old Scott Lindgren was charged with seven felonies in connection to a May 15 incident at 804 County Road 18 in Wrenshall – the same place where the fire was at about…

Shooting Occurs this Morning at Hillside Super America Parking Lot

Victim Left with Non-Life Threatening Injuries

DULUTH, Minn.-A man was shot earlier this morning in the Super America parking lot at 602 E. Fourth St. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. One firearm was found at the scene and it was determined that it belonged to the victim. No one else was hurt during the shooting. Probable cause does exist to…

Man Sentenced for Role in Hit-and-Run Homicide in Gilbert

Will Get 67 Months in Prison

GILBERT, Minn.-A 57-year-old man was sentenced to 67 months in jail today, for his role in a fatal hit-and-run in Gilbert in October of last year. Jeffrey Airhart hit 85-year-old Florence Mannelin with his vehicle on the 100 block of Broadway Avenue. After Airhart left the scene, the victim was taken to the hospital where she later died. Airhart has had…

Superior City Councilor Arrested in Domestic Dispute Last Night

Councilor Allegedly Used Dangerous Weapon

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Superior City Councilor Graham Garfield was arrested last night, following a domestic dispute at his residence. Superior police responded to the scene at about 7:30 p.m. on Banks Avenue in Superior. During the investigation, police identified Garfield as a suspect, but he left the residence before the officers arrived. Garfield was later located near Pattison State Park, about 10…

Groundbreaking Held for New Superior High School

Project Will Include a new Three-Story Academic Building

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A groundbreaking was held today for renovations at Superior High School. The project will include a three-story academic building, along with a brand new media center, commons area, and a new seating area for lunch. There also plans to continue to use the old portion of the Superior High School, which will be renovated. “It really is a…

New Logo Wanted at Myers-Wilkins to Build School Pride

$5,000 Needs to be Raised

DULUTH, Minn.- A new initiative is trying to build pride in the students at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School. The project is focused on raising $5,000 to have a local artist design a new logo for the school. The plan is to revamp its current logo of a wolf, as the students will vote on their favorite design, which will be painted at the…

Mining Industry Report Indicates High Wages for Jobs

Tourism Jobs Found to be Low Paying

DULUTH, Minn.-A recent study about the mining industry’s impact on the Northland has revealed some startling statistics. According to a report from the Praxis Strategy Group, mining supports about 5,100 jobs in the area, while tourism accounts for 6,400. The mining jobs pay out at average rate of $82,000 a year, while tourism sits at $18,000 a year. “The region tails…

Clean Sweep of Downtown Delayed Until Tomorrow

Rain Causes Delay of Clean Sweep

DULUTH, Minn.-Due to weather conditions, the “Clean Sweep” for downtown has been moved to tomorrow, April 19, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. It’s Earth Week and Duluth street sweeping crews will be out in full force. Business and property owners are also encouraged to take part in the spring cleaning. Due to city crews being out, sidewalk debris can be swept…

Superior to Get New Apartment Development

Apartments Expected to Cost $1,000-$1,200

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The city of Superior is looking at getting some new market-rate apartments, with construction beginning this summer. A new 54-unit apartment building would go at the corner of North 13th Street and Weeks Avenue. The group who will own the property, P and R Twin Ports Properties, is purchasing the property for a little less than $160,000. It…

Sen. Klobuchar Takes on Chinese Steel

The Senator is Hoping for a Bipartisan Solution

DULUTH, Minn. – President Donald Trump met with the president of China today to talk about a number of issues including illegal steel entering the U.S. market from China. FOX 21 spoke with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar today about the issue and she believes a number of factors are in play when controlling steel that’s imported. One such policy is having higher…

Klobuchar Backs Opioid Bill

Would Help Stop Drug-Seeking Behavior

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar helped introduce a bill today that would require prescription drug monitoring programs for all states that receive federal funding for opioid abuse. It would also make prescription data available across stateliness, making it easier for doctors to be more familiar with patients who have drug-seeking behavior. Klobuchar said the legislation was inspired by the opioid…

Honored Duluth Police Officer to Retire at End of Week

Retiring Officer Said Retirement is "Bittersweet"

DULUTH, Minn.-Lieutenant Brad Wick of the Duluth Police Department received quite a send off today, as friends and family wished him well. Wick’s day of employment with the department is at the end of the week, after working there for 31 years. Wick had a decorated career, receiving praise nationally for his work. In 2015 he received the Medal of…

Board of Regents Talks Budget

Also Approved Internal Review to Look Into Gophers Sexual Assault Case

DULUTH, Minn.-The University of Minnesota Board of Regents met at UMD once again today, to discuss budget issues. The University System has a $4 billion budget which still needs to be approved by legislators. It’s expected the budget will not be approved until May or June. Whatever is decided, could have a big impact on tuition rates. “This is preliminary…

Enbridge Cutting Workforce

"Limited" Cuts in Northland

DULUTH, Minn.-Enbridge is making some cuts to its job force across the country, including some in the Northland. According to a Reuters report, the layoffs were decided after purchasing Spectra Energy Corporation out of Houston. Enbridge officials told FOX 21 today, they are reducing one thousand positions company wide, which is about six percent of their workforce. Officials said the impact on…

Grandma’s Marathon Announces Musical Acts

Will Feature 90s Bands

DULUTH, Minn.-Grandma’s Marathon announced today that three huge 90s bands will play “Rock the Big Top” party June 16th in Canal Park. Everclear, Vertical Horizon, and Fastball will be playing some of their biggest hits, to kick off Grandma’s Marathon Weekend. “Whether you’re volunteering or running or just coming down to spectate…it is a community event and the music aspect…

Lincoln Park House Fire Investigated as ‘Suspicious’

Someone Seen Running Away from Home at Time of Fire

DULUTH, Minn.-A Monday structure fire at 2006 W. Fourth St. has been deemed suspicious by the Duluth Fire Department. “This fire is suspicious in nature with a report of a person fleeing the scene before the fire was reported,” said the Duluth Fire Department in a prepared statement. When crews responded to the fire at the Lincoln Park home, they…

Smoking Forum Held in Duluth

Discussions Focused on Menthol Cigarette Use Among Minors

DULUTH, Minn.-The American Lung Association held it Kick Butts event today, which focused on how young minorities are targeted using menthol tobacco products. Data was also shared from the Menthol Cigarette Intervention Report from the Minnesota Legislature. One piece of information they found out from the study, is that young people in poorer neighborhoods are targeted through psychological lures like…

Two Bobcats Saved From Being Put Down

Help Name Them

SANDSTONE, Minn.-Two bobcats have a second chance at life at the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone. One of the bobcats was burned severely in a barn fire in Iowa when he was a few weeks old, causing him to have eye issues including light sensitivity. Now two-years-old, he cannot be released back into the wild. The sanctuary also received another bobcat recently,…

Council Looks to Refurbish Woodland Fire Hall

Study Could Cost $40,000

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth City council will look at a resolution to fund a design study for the Woodland Fire Hall tonight. The study, which could cost $40,000, would focus on whether to have a renovation or new construction at the site. New improvements could make the facility more operational and energy efficient.   Categories: News, News – Latest News Tags:…

Sen. Franken Hosts Annual Hotdish Competition

Many Minnesota Politicians Participated

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Sen. Al Franken hosted his seventh annual hotdish competition in Washington D.C. today, with many noted Minnesota politicians participating. Democrat Rep. Collin Peterson from western Minnesota won the top prize this year with his “Right to Bear Arms” hotdish. It had actual bear in it. Despite Peterson’s win, Franken said he’s not bitter. “If I don’t win it’s fine,” he said….

Man Struck by Tree in Iron Yesterday

Has Non-Life-Threatening Injuries

IRON, Minn.-A 58-year-old man was struck by a tree yesterday afternoon due to the high winds, while working with a crew trying to remove another tree that fell on the roadway in Iron. Robert Edblom, 58, of Britt, was injured on the 4100 block of First Avenue East. He was transported to a Duluth hospital via air transport and has…

Fire in Hermantown Destroys Garage

No Cause has Been Released

HERMANTOWN, Minn.-A fire destroyed a garage on the 3800 Block of Almquist Road in Hermantown last night. Fire officials told us today, they are not sure what caused the fire, which started around 8 p.m. No one was hurt in the fire and no damage estimates have been released. The Hermantown Fire Department did tell us a vehicle and skid-loader were…

Commissioner Jewell to Chair Minnesota Water Council

Has Been on Water Council Since 2015

DULUTH, Minn.-St. Louis County Commissioner Frank Jewell has been tapped to chair the Minnesota Water Council. The council was established in 2006 to advise the legislature and governor on how to implement the Clean Water Legacy Act. “I am honored to have been nominated and elected by my colleagues as chair of the Clean Water Council,” Jewell said in a…