Melissa Lentz

MnDOT Urging Motorists to be Cautious Around Snow Plows

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With significant snow totals around the state, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use extra caution during plowing and snow removal operations. According to MnDOT, there have been 22 crashes so far this season involving vehicles and snowplows. A total of 58 were reported last year. “Inattentive drivers, motorists driving too close to…

Mayor Larson Announces Community Listening Sessions for 2018

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson will be continuing her annual outreach to Duluth residents through City Hall in the City Community Listening sessions held throughout Duluth. City staff will also be in attendance representing Public Works, Parks, Public Safety, Human Rights, and Imagine Duluth Comprehensive Plan. “I’m excited to start 2018 with a new series of listening sessions…

UPDATE: Officers Identified in Gilbert Shooting

GILBERT, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the officers involved in a shooting that took place in Gilbert on Dec. 22.  According to the Minnesota DPS BCA preliminary investigation, Deputy Derrick Deutsch with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and Officer Joseph Bradach of the Gilbert Police Department were looking for an…

Wisconsin Woman Dead Following Snowmobile Accident

BESSEMER, Mich. – A 51-year-old Wisconsin woman is dead after a snowmobile accident Friday. According to the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office, the report came in just before 11:30 Friday morning. The accident happened on Powderhorn Road just north of US Highway 2. The initial investigation by police indicated that a group of snowmobiles were traveling southbound in the unplowed right…

Fire Claims Superior Home

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the Superior Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 1900 block of Tower Avenue. Crews arrived on scene to heavy smoke coming from the second floor of a two-story home. All residents were able to safely evacuate. Crews remained on scene for 2 1/2 hours. Damages have been estimated at $30,000….

Ely Man Dead After Apartment Fire

330 South 3rd Avenue West

ELY, Minn. – A 70-year-old man is dead after an apartment at the Grahek Apartments in Ely. According to the Ely Fire Department, crews were dispatched to the Grahek Apartments at 5 p.m. on Wednesday evening. Initial reports indicated flames and smoke coming from a third story apartment. An occupant, who has been identified as David Curtis Cashman, 70, of…

Structure Fire North of Chisholm

6894 Hwy 73

BALKAN TOWNSHIP, Minn. – The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a structure fire in the 6800 block of Highway 73 in Balkan Township around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26. According to authorities, first responders arrived on scene to heavy smoke and flames coming out of the residence. Three adult residents were able to safely evacuate…

MISSING: Dennis Jesh, of St. Cloud

Last seen on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Dennis Jesh (BCA) Dennis Jesh (BCA) ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Minnesota BCA and St. Cloud VA Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 65-year-old veteran who was last seen on the St. Cloud VA Hospital campus. Dennis Anton Jesh was last seen Wednesday, Dec. 20 at approximately 3 p.m. wearing a black leather jacket and work…

WLSSD Treecycling Program Begins Dec. 21

"Treecycling drop off sites are conveniently located in many neighborhoods, providing the opportunity for residents to Treecycle quickly and easily," said Anderson.

DULUTH, Minn. – Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and partners have kicked off the annual Treecyling program. The program is to encourage area residents to recycle their fresh-cut holiday trees. Multiple locations will be available 24-hours a day throughout the region. “Holiday trees, like yard and garden waste, are banned from the trash in Minnesota,” said Karen Anderson, WLSSD’s director…

DNR Confirms Cougar in Douglas County

A cougar was confirmed on a trail camera photo in Douglas County Nov. 11, 2017 (DNR) MADISON, Wis. – Department of Natural Resources biologists have confirmed photos taken by a trail cam in Douglas County showed a cougar wandering through the area in mid-November. Photos of the animal were captured in the Foxboro and Bennett areas in a week time…

Sen. Franken Will Officially Resign Jan. 2

WASHINGTON – Senator Al Franken’s last day in the U.S. Senate will be January 2, 2018, according to his office. Senator Designate Tina Smith will be sworn in the following day on, Jan. 3. Franken made the announcement of his resignation on Dec. 7 after multiple sexual misconduct allegations. Categories: Minnesota, News, News – Latest News, Political

LOCATED: Alyssa Leonardis, of Lauderdale

UPDATE: Alyssa Leonardis was located safe and uninjured, according to the BCA. Alyssa Leonardis LAUDERDALE, Minn. – The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a vulnerable adult that walked away from her group home on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. Alyssa Leonardis, 21 is described as 5’2″, 220 pounds, short brown hair. Last seen wearing…

St. Louis County Board Approves 2018 Budget

St. Louis County serves 200,000 residents spread across 7.000 square miles

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Board has unanimously approved its 2018 budget. The budget, $397,918,261, will direct additional resources to substance abuse and mental health, in addition to the funding of core services including public health and human services, public works, tax payer services and public safety. The budget will also make additional investments to support families providing…

MISSING: David Pagel, of Virginia, Minn.

1/3 David Pagel (Virginia Police Dept) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 David Pagel (Virginia Police Dept) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Tattoos (Virginia Police Dept) Show Caption Hide Caption VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Virginia Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating David Roger Pagel, of Virginia. David Pagel, 49, is described as 6’1″, 175 pounds with brown hair…

Level III Predatory Offender Relocating to Virginia

Adam Hart (Virginia PD) VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Virginia Police Department is notifying the public of a Level III Predatory Offender that has relocated to Virginia. Thirty-two-year-old Adam Samuel Hart has relocated to the 300 block of Chestnut Street. Hart has a history of sexual contact with adolescent females between the age of 13-17. Contact has included sexual touching and…

18 Year-Old Eveleth Woman Dies After Snowmobile Accident

ORR, Minn. – An 18-year-old Eveleth woman is dead after a snowmobile accident northwest of Orr, Minnesota, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. According to authorities, the incident happened around 6:42 a.m. at the intersection of Lost River Road and Ash Lake Camp Road. When authorities arrived on scene they found a single snowmobile with two occupants had…

Truck Breaks Through Ice on Grand Lake

SAGINAW, Minn. – Early Wednesday afternoon, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a truck going through the ice on Grand Lake. According to authorities, the incident happened just after 12:33 p.m. The report indicated that a truck went through the ice and two occupants of the vehicle were able to exit the truck before it…

UMD Athletic Director Signs Contract Extension

Josh Berlo (University of Minnesota Duluth) DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth and Athletic Director Josh Berlo, have agreed to a two-year contract extension. The extension would put his contract that he signed in November 2015 through May 1, 2023. “Josh is a tireless advocate for student athletes. I am confident in the direction and leadership Josh has…

Gov. Mark Dayton Appoints Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to Serve as US Senator

Courtesy of Minnesota Governor’s Office  ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton announced Wednesday during a press conference at the Minnesota State Capitol, that he will appoint Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to serve as United States Senator for Minnesota. Smith will be appointed to serve a one-year term in the Senate, concluding in January 2019. Minnesotans will chose a U.S….

Dayton to Announce Franken’s Replacement Wednesday

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton will announce his appointment to fill resigning U.S. Senator Al Franken’s seat at 10 a.m. Wednesday during a press conference at the state capitol. On Thursday, Dec. 7, Franken announced he would be resigning from the U.S. Senate following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. The senator has currently been accused by eight women….

Drug Bust in Fayal Township

(St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office) FAYAL TWP, Minn. – Members of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant on December 8, in the 3600 block of Highway  53 in Fayal Township, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. During the search, investigators located 36 pounds of high-grade marijuana inside of the residence, along…

Train vs. Semi Crash in Kelsey Township

KELSEY TWP, Minn. – A 75-year-old man was left uninjured after his semi truck collided with a train, just west of Cotton, Minnesota in Kelsey Township. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reports that the call came in around 5 p.m. Monday of a semi pulling a trailer had been struck by a train West of Highway 7 on Arkola…

2 Fall Through Ice on St. Mary’s Lake

1/2 (Friends of Northland FireWire, Facebook) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (Friends of Northland FireWire, Facebook) Show Caption Hide Caption EVELETH, Minn. – Two males from Iron, Minnesota fell through the ice on St. Mary’s Lake in Fayal Township, just south of Eveleth, late Monday morning, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. According to authorities, first responders arrived…

Minnesota, Fond du Lac Band Reach Agreement Related to 1854 Treaty

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton and Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Chairman Kevin Dupuis announced an agreement to manage the Band’s fishing, hunting, and gathering rights in the areas of northern Minnesota established in an 1854 Treaty. The lands within the treaty include an area in northeastern Minnesota that includes portions of Carlton, St. Louis,…