Author: Matt Suoja

Level III Predatory Offender Released

Lives on 22nd Avenue West

DULUTH, Minn.-Anthony Chacon, 27, a level III predatory offender has been released and is living at the 200 North block of 22nd Avenue West in Duluth. The offender has a history of sexual contact with minor girls and boys between the ages of 6 and 15. Contact has included penetration and gained compliance through physical force. The victims knew their…

Connection to Superior Murder Case to be Extradited

Person of Interest from Duluth

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Jamar Smith, 25, of Duluth, has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and misdemeanor bail jumping in connection with a murder that took place behind the Third Base Bar in Superior New Year’s Day. Currently Smith is being held on a probation hold in Minnesota after being arrested in St. Louis County Jan. 4…

Relocation of Level III Predatory Offender

Living at 100 Block of North First Avenue West

DULUTH, Minn.-Level III predatory offender Jason Koehler, 41, is currently living in the vicinity of the 100 North block of 1st Avenue West in Duluth. The offender has a history of conduct and contact with minor girls between the ages of 7 and 16. The offender engaged in a sexually explicit conversation with a 16-year-old victim and touched a 7-year-old….

Brickyard Fire Likely Caused By Lightning

HIBBING, Minn.-The cause of an August fire that burned down the Brickyard Sports Bar and Grill in Hibbing has come forward. The Hibbing fire marshal told Fox 21 that the most likely cause was a lightning strike. The marshal said he couldn’t rule out an extension cord as the source of blaze, but lightning was more likely. There was an…

More Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Minnesota Deer

Up to Five CWD Cases Now

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Wildlife managers have found two more deer suspected of being infected with chronic wasting disease near the southeastern Minnesota town of Preston, raising the number of confirmed and presumptive infected deer found in the area to five. The does were killed within a mile of where the first two deer that tested positive were shot in…

Woman Sentenced to Over 28 Years for Role in Iron Range Murder

Victim was Her Boyfriend

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Janessa Peters received a 346-month prison sentence after pleading guilty in November  to intentional second-degree murder for her role in the slaying of her boyfriend 28-year-old Harley Jacka of Virginia. Allegedly Jacka was murdered after his Peters requested it be done. Peters is the third of four people to be sentenced for being involved in the murder….

Superior Authorities Search for Missing Person on Wisconsin Point

Person from Twin Cities

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Superior Police Department is investigating a missing person’s case on Wisconsin Point. An abandoned vehicle was discovered at the point and it was determined it belonged to a missing person from a Twin Cities suburb. Multiple agencies are investigating the incident as they search along the point. No other information is available in the case. Categories: Crime,…

New Year’s Day Break-in Suspect Facing Seven Felony Charges

$75,000 bail set

DULUTH, Minn.-A Duluth man is being held on $75,000 bail after allegedly breaking into a Chester Park home on New Year’s Day and holding two women against their will while also threatening to shoot a 2-year-old. Phillip Butenhoff, 31, is facing seven felony charges in relation to the incident including first degree burglary, kidnapping to commit bodily harm, and five…

Gunflint Sled Dog Race This Weekend

Two Different Races Happening

GUNFLINT TRAIL, Minn.-The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race kicks off this weekend in Cook County. There will be two different races which start Saturday and end Sunday. There be one consisting of 12-dog teams that will go for 110 miles while the other race consists of 8-dog teams and is a 70-mile race. The races start at 8 a.m….

Bad River Denies Enbridge Line 5 Grant Easement

Asking Removal of Pipeline

Courtesy of Bad River ReservationODANAH, Wis.- The Bad River Tribal Council passed a formal resolution Wednesday that established the Tribe’s decision not to renew its interests in the grant of easement for rights-of-way of Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 crude oil pipeline through the Bad River Reservation. The decision also calls for the decommissioning, and removal of the pipeline from all…

Gov. Walker Wants Special Legislative Session to Tackle Opioid Abuse

Battling Herion and Prescription Drug Abuse

FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS MADISON, Wis.- (AP)-Gov. Scott Walker says part of the goal of his push to fight prescription drug and heroin addiction in Wisconsin is to get more people clean and in the workforce. Walker delivered the message in a speech Thursday to the Wisconsin Bankers Association. Walker has called a special legislative session to pass a series of…

Child Care Tax Credit Could be Expanded

Republicans to Mull Matter

FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Gov. Mark Dayton wants to see tax relief for low-income families, parents with child care costs and farmers. The governor unveiled his proposal Thursday for a $300 million tax bill in 2017 just days after the Legislative session began. But Dayton’s vision for how to dedicate part of a $1.4 billion budget…

Ashland Accident Update: Driver Goes onto Lake Superior

Issued Citation for OWI

From the Ashland Fire Department ASHLAND, Wis.-Yesterday morning authorities found a car that had gone over an enbankment off Johnson Road in the Township of Sanborn near Ashland, landing on the frozen shoreline of Lake Superior 15 feet below. Various authorities responded and rescued the driver, 48-year-old Susan Malueg of Ironwood, Mich. She was later transported to a hospital. The…

GOP Wants Income Limits, Big Changes in Health Care Cost Fix

Health Care Battle

FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Republicans who control the Minnesota Legislature have their own plans to address health insurance costs. GOP lawmakers vowed to quickly move a relief package for the residents paying premium increases of up to 67 percent this year on the individual market. But disagreements with Gov. Mark Dayton over how to shape…

One Suspect Pleads Guilty in Hermantown Drive-By

Another Suspect Will be in Court Feb. 9

DULUTH, Minn. – A Superior man has plead guilty to three counts of felony drive–by shooting in relation to a September incident in Hermantown. Denzel Perrin Denzel Perrin, 20, is facing 7 1/2 years in jail for his involvement in the shooting which led to one person being shot with non–life threatening injuries. He will be sentenced Feb. 13. Another…

Fraser Shipyards Reaches Agreement to Improve Safety

OSHA Will Reduce Fine

SUPERIOR, Wis.—Fraser Shipyards has reached an agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in an effort to reduce a proposed fine and improve safety. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with OSHA and respect their oversight as well as our joint commitment to the health and safety of all workers at Fraser,” said James Farkas, President and Chief Operating…

Cloquet Murder Update

Omnibus Hearing Set for Feb. 27

CLOQUET, Minn.-Wayne Bosto, 33, was in Carlton County Court today for a preliminary hearing in connection with the murder of a Cloquet man last month. Bosto has been charged with second-degree murder after allegedly shooting and killing 36-year-old John Korby on the Fond du Lac Reservation Dec. 23. He is also facing a charge of being a felon in possession…

Tofte Murder Trial Date Moved

Will Take Place in Spring or Early Summer

TOFTE, Minn.-A trial that was set for next week for a man accused of shooting and killing another man at Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte in 2015 has been delayed until late spring or early summer. 62-year-old Kirk Bigby has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Marcus Roberts of Bloomington Minnesota. Bigby has been held on…

Local Spots Making Bonding Bill List

Millions dedicated to Northland

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Governor Mark Dayton announced a jobs bill today that could invest $1.5 billion in community infrastructure projects statewide which could lead to the creation of about 23,000 jobs in the state. Some of the top projects locally on the list include $21,000,000 for the Duluth steam plant project, $8 million for a wellness center in Hermantown, $28 million…

Ashland Accident Lands Driver on Lake Superior

Driver Has Moderate Injuries

ASHLAND, Wisc.-The Ashland County Sheriff’s Bad River Patrol and Ashland Police found a car at about 5 a.m. this morning that had gone over an embankment and onto a frozen Lake Superior on Johnson Road in Ashland. Susan Malueg, 48, of Ironwood, Mich. was found in the vehicle which had fallen about 15-feet. The passenger reported it took several hours…

Hockey Night in Superior Postponed

Rescheduled for Jan. 11

SUPERIOR, Wisc.-Hockey Night in Superior has been postponed tonight, due to below zero temperature concerns. It has been rescheduled for Jan. 11 from 6-8 p.m. Kids will be able to skate with University of Wisconsin-Superior hockey players. Helmets are required. For more information, visit http://superior.pucksystems2.com/.   Categories: News, News – Latest News Tags: hockey superior cold

Shooting in Pine City

Police Still Investigating

PINE CITY, Minn.-A shooting in Pine City Monday has left one man with an injured leg. Pine County dispatch received a call of gun shots at about 10 p.m. yesterday at the Pine Terrace Trailer Park where they found a 47-year-old male with a gunshot wound to his left leg. He was later transferred to a hospital in the Twin…

Sledding in the New Year

Kids Enjoy Monster Hill in Cloquet

CLOQUET, Minn. – Many kids…and adults in Cloquet rang in the New Year today by sledding down a monster hill. For some it was the last day before the holiday break ended to get in some winter activities, along with getting away from some of the indoor activities kids enjoy like video games. “I think being outside and enjoying the…

Wisconsin Legislators Set to Return

Will Take on Road Issues

MADISON, Wis. (AP)-Wisconsin legislators will start their next two-year session with plenty of pomp and circumstance but they’ll face some thorny issues almost immediately. Lawmakers return to Madison on Tuesday for inauguration, a ceremony marked by smiles, handshakes and photo opportunities. From there the heavy lifting will start almost immediately. Gov. Scott Walker delivers his state of the state speech…

The Latest: Pipeline Protesters Arrested at Vikings Stadium

Viking Stadium Protests

FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minneapolis police have arrested two Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters who unfurled a huge banner inside U.S. Bank Stadium during a Minnesota Vikings game. The man and woman were arrested Sunday afternoon after climbing into a catwalk just after the Vikings’ season finale against the Chicago Bears ended around 3 p.m. Police spokesman…

Reopened Capitol, Big To-Do List Await Minnesota Legislature

$310 Million Renovation at Capital

FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota lawmakers are ready to return to the freshly renovated state Capitol. They just won’t have much time to soak it all in. The Legislature has a big to-do list waiting when the legislative session begins Tuesday. That marks the first time all 201 lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton will meet…

Fire Department Reminds Public of New Year’s Safety Issues

Leave Room on Streets for Emergency Vehicles

DULUTH, Minn.-With the New Year’s Eve on the horizon, there can be an uptick in emergency calls to police and the fire department. Members of the Duluth Fire Department said a big factor in that is alcohol consumption. The amount of people parked outside of houses for parties is another important factor to consider. “It’s a concern for us where…

Fire at Piedmont Avenue Home

Three Dogs Perish

DULUTH, Minn.-A fire broke at a home on the 2500 block of Piedmont Avenue in the late morning hours of Friday, December 30, 2016. Upon arrival crews found heavy smoke coming from the basement window of a one-story single family house. Crews attacked the fire from the front and rear of the house, as a heavy fire was found in…

Blood Drives Continue in Northland

Will be Held in Coming Months

DULUTH, Minn.- Many different locations throughout the Northland will be holding blood drives in the coming weeks run by the American Red Cross. One such location is at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard in Duluth, where student’s from Duluth East’s Key Club came to help run the event today. Members of that group saw this as an opportunity…

New Year’s Eve Waterpark Event Scheduled for Kids

The Annual Event Returns

DULUTH, Minn.- If you have younger kids, the bars may not be an option on New Year’s Eve, but the Edge Waterpark might be. They will be hosting their annual New Year’s Eve Splash Bash which will feature a DJ, air-brush tattoos, movies, crafts, and a photo booth. There will even be a toast at midnight…non-alcoholic of course. “It’s so…

Registration Prices to go up for Grandma’s Marathon

Set to go to $135

DULUTH, Minn.-Registration prices to enter Grandma’s Marathon will be increasing Jan. 1. The fee will go up $10 to $135. Those who registered early got the discounted price. The price will go up another 10 dollars in April. Registration for the William A. Irvin 5K and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is already closed. Grandma’s Marathon weekend will be held June…

Explosive Device Located in Superior

Device was moved to disarm and preserve evidence

SUPERIOR, Wisc.-An explosive device was found yesterday by the Superior Police Department with the help of the Marathon County Bomb Squad. Superior responded to a suspicious package at the 2000 block of East Seventh Street at about 12 p.m. The packaged looked like it was either a backpack or duffel bag and had items sticking out of it. A perimeter…

New Vietnamese Restaurant Opens in Superior

Restaurant Features Pho

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Pho Cali Vietnamese Noodles Restaurant has been jam packed in Superior ever since it opened Dec. 17. The restaurant specializes in the Vietnamese noodle soup which can be filled with everything from beef to seafood. Owner Andy Tran, originally from Vietnam, saw a need in the area for restaurant. “Mostly I see only Chinese restaurants, so OK so…

City Crews Battle Difficult Road Conditions

Ice-Packed Roads Fill Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- The roads are still quite slick out there, even though city of Duluth crews have been out in full force. Currently city crews have been putting in a lot of hours as they try to dig up the ice that has been compacted down. Over the next few days there are plans to clean up the residential areas….

Monaghan Drops Out of Superior Mayor’s Race

Will Support Candidate Kalee Hermanson

Jeff Monaghan is dropping out of the Superior mayoral race. “Due to personal reasons, I am discontinuing my campaign for Mayor of Superior,” he said in a prepared statement. “By next Tuesday, Jan. 3… I anticipate not having the 200 signatures required to be placed on the primary ballot. Still, I intend to participate in the election and vote for…

MnDOT Warns of Poor Road Conditions

Many Roads Still Have Compacted Snow

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Department of Transportation said many Northeastern Minnesota highways are still partially covered with compacted snow and ice. “We have applied 730-tons of salt, 310-tons of salt/sand mix and we haven’t finished calculating how much salt brine and Magnesium Chloride we have applied,” said Chris Cheney, MnDOT D1 operations superintendent. “We’ve had every truck out there since…

Alleged Cloquet Murderer Bail Set at $1 million

Victim Identified

FOND DU LAC RESERVATION, Minn.- A Cloquet man has been identified as the victim of an alleged murder on Fond du Lac Reservation Friday. Carlton County court officials told Fox 21 today that the man shot and killed last week was 36-year-old John Korby. The alleged shooter, 33-year-old Wayne Bosto, was charged today with second-degree murder and being a felon…

Former Superior Mayor Named Transportation Secretary

Ross to be Reigned in Jan. 6

MADISON, Wisc. Former Superior Mayor Dave Ross has been named the new Department of Transportation Secretary for Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker made the announcement today after current Secretary Mark Gottlieb offered his resignation effective Jan. 6. Former Superior Mayor Dave Ross has been named the new Department of Transportation Secretary for Wisconsin. Prior to taking on this post, Ross as…

Gov. Walker wants new nukes

Supports Trump's plans

MAPLE BLUFF, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says he hopes President-elect Donald Trump’s remarks last week about an arms race signals that Trump believes in upgrading the country’s nuclear delivery systems in hopes of deterring enemies. Walker said Monday following a menorah lighting at the governor’s mansion that he learned during his short-lived presidential bid last year that the…

Giants Ridge ready for holiday rush

Many events going on during holiday break at Giants Ridge

With a new chalet already built for the ski season, many Iron Range residents have come out to enjoy the slopes at Giants Ridge. The Ridge official opened December 9th, but with the Christmas holiday soon approaching, the hills should be packed with snowboarders and skiers alike. About 65 percent of their Alpine runs were open today during the unseasonably…

New details in Superior deaths

Autopsy conducted today

Yesterday, Superior Police found two residents outside their home in the Butler Park neighborhood deceased. Today the police announced that one of the residents was a 78-year-old female, while the other was an 83-year-old male. After an exam of the scene and preliminary investigation, the police do not feel this was a criminal event and the public should have not…

Magnetation deal on hold

Deal could be done Tuesday

A deal that would lead to E.R.P. Iron Ore purchasing the now bankrupt Magnetation’s plants on the Iron Range, was put on hold yesterday. Judge William Fisher’s office in St. Paul, told Fox 21 the hearing has been rescheduled for Tuesday. If approved E.R.P. would take over Magnetation’s idled plants plants in Grand Rapids, Bovey, and Keewatin. E.R.P. Iron Ore’s…

MnDot warns of holiday travel conditions

MnDot 511 can be used to check out road conditions

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging travelers to check out road conditions using their 5-1-1 system before heading out to their holiday destinations. One area of concern is blown ice, which occurs after snow is shifted out onto roadways due to a strong wind. The snow melts and refreezes creating an icy patch. The 5-1-1 is available online, within…

Wisconsin DNR could be in upheaval

Discussion of breaking up different departments

Republicans are considering splitting up Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources, scattering parks, forestry, environmental, hunting and fishing programs among three existing agencies and two new ones. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Thursday that lawmakers behind the plan say they’re pursuing the dramatic change because the DNR is not working well. Gov. Scott Walker tells the newspaper that the plan is…

Deputy shooting found to be justified

Eveleth officer-involved shooting justified

A St. Louis County sheriff’s deputy was found justified in using deadly force to shoot a fleeing felon. Deputy Tim Officer  shot 27-year-old Aaron Boshey of Tower after a 17-minute car chase through Eveleth Nov. 22. Boshey was originally pulled over on a felony warrant. Boshey eventually drove off the road and ran into the woods where Officer shot him….

Carlton County Jail looking at enhancements

Focusing on rehabilitating re-offenders

The Carlton County Jail took a huge step today in making their jail stronger. Numerous law enforcement stakeholders met in there today to discuss how the needs and issues the jail is currently facing. Recently the Carlton County Board approved funding for an assessment study for the jail at a cost of $67,000. Officials told Fox 21 today they are…

Polar Express Day held in celebration of the holidays

Kids drove computerized train

The annual Polar Express Day was held at the Duluth Edison’s North Star Academy today. Model trains were set up which included a holiday theme. There were even holiday villages created for the trains. This isn’t the only classroom where holiday events took place today. “Throughout every classroom there’s all different kinds of holiday celebrations going on in the classrooms,…

Former Mayor Ness takes new position

Ness will be new executive director of the Ordean Foundation

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth Mayor Don Ness has been named the new executive director of the Ordean Foundation. Ness is taking over for retiring Executive Director Steve Mangan in late January. The Ordean Foundation focuses on poverty issues and has given about $68 million in grants to various Northland organizations since 1933. Ness had previously worked at Lake Superior…

Isle Royale wolf numbers decline

Talks of replenishing wolf population

The National Park Service is leaning toward relocating as many as 30 gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park. The wolves would come from the mainland to restore the predator species which is on the verge of disappearing from the Lake Superior Island. Other options include taking up to 15 wolves to the wilderness park in the short term and…