Author: Melissa Lentz

East 11th Street Murder Update

DULUTH, Minn. – An update on the murder that happened on East 11th Street, last week on February 14. Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken told FOX 21 that the shooting death of 22-year-old William Grahek was not random. The police continue to investigate the case at this time, as the follow up on numerous leads.   ORIGINAL REPORT 2/14 DULUTH,…

Officers in Hibbing Shooting Deemed ‘Authorized and Justified’

The incident happened on January 13, 2017

HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Police Department has released the findings of the officer involved shooting incident that occurred on January 13, 2017. The incident was investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and upon completion of the investigation by the agents, the information was sent to the Office of the St. Louis County Attorney for review. After review…

Richard Giles Found in Prescott, Wis.

UPDATE: Richard Giles was located safe in Prescott, Wisconsin on 2/24 The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office is looking for assistance in locating Richard Griffith Giles, 89, of Verndale, Minnesota. Richard was last seen at the Super 8 in Grand Rapids, Minn. Thursday morning, Feb. 23, around 9:30 a.m., after spending the night after getting lost. He is described as 5’09”,…

Two Charged after Authorities Seize of One Pound of Meth from Vehicle

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – Yesterday, Feb. 22, 2017, Christopher George Nytes, 35, of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, along with Morgan Marie Scheff, 25, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, appeared in Itasca County District Court, according to Itasca County Attorney John J. Muhar. They were both charged with one count of Controlled Substance Crime in the First Degree after both were arrested on…

Death Investigation at Virginia Jail

VIRGINIA, Minn. – On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, just before 2 p.m., a St. Louis County Corrections Deputy was making his rounds at the Virginia Jail when he noticed an unresponsive male collapsed inside of his cell. Medical personnel were immediately dispatched to the jail. Efforts to revive the male were unsuccessful and he was declared deceased. The St. Louis…

Over 3,500 Minnesota Power Customers Without Power in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Reports of power outages began just before 5 p.m. Wednesday evening. Areas including the Woodland, Congdon Park, Lester Park, and the edge of the Lakeside neighborhoods are experience outages. Minnesota Power is currently assessing the situation and crews are on scene. An estimated restoration for the red section of the map is expected around 7:30 p.m. The…

DTA Route and Schedule Changes go into Effect on Sunday, March 5, 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority will implement operational schedule changes to a limited number of bus routes on Sunday, March 5. All passenger hand schedules and shelter schedules impacted by these changes have been updated and will be distributed to the public one week before the schedule changes go into effect. The most significant change will be the…

Duluth Firefighters Urge Planning Ahead for a Disaster

Are you prepared?

DULUTH, Minn. – Disasters take many forms from fires to earthquakes, and they can strike anywhere, at anytime. “Before a disaster strikes, it’s important for families to have a plan. If you don’t already have one, start one today. Prepare now, so you don’t panic later,” says Local 101 firefighter Pete Johnson. Local 101 suggests using the following guidelines to…

Event Changes Announced for the Birkie

HAYWARD, Wis. – With the unseasonably warm temperatures, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has announced that Birkie Week events scheduled for Friday, February 24, have been moved to Saturday, February 25. These events include the Kortelopet and Prince Haakon races. In addition, ABSF officials have determined there are three possible scenarios for Saturday events. SCENARIO 1: With some snow…

SPECIAL REPORT: A Long Wait, Rape Kits Unprocessed

Join us for Part One, Wednesday after Star and Part Two, Thursday after My Kitchen Rules

There’s a major backlog when it comes to processing rape kits in St. Louis County. It’s a problem throughout the state, but the number of pending kits is the highest, right here, in St. Louis County. Approximately one of every five untested kits is waiting in St. Louis County; some of them dating back to the 1980s. We’ll discover the…

Change of Course for the Birkebeiner

Due to warm weather conditions, Lake Hayward is no longer safe for skiers

HAYWARD, Wisc. – With warm weather conditions throughout the state, along with a forecast of rain Monday, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has announced that an adjustment to the overall race course for Birkie Week events is required. After warm weather over the weekend, Lake Hayward is no longer a viable option for racers. As part of a normal…

Male Arrested on Felony Warrant and Firearm Charges

1100 block of 87th Avenue West

Ryan Lahti, 35DULUTH, Minn. – Friday afternoon, just after 1:30 a.m., the Duluth Police Department responded to a residence in the 1100 block of 87th Avenue West after receiving information that an individual residing there had a felony warrant. Officers arrived at the location and found the vehicle belonging to the individual. An officer observed the male inside the residence,…

Duluth Man Found Guilty in September Hermantown Drive-By Shooting

The incident happened Sept. 24, 2016

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man, Robert John Lund, 47, was convicted on four counts of aiding and abetting second degree attempted murder, four counts of aiding and abetting drive-by shooting, and one count of ineligible possession of a firearm, according to St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin said. For four hours, a St. Louis County jury deliberated before returning…

Free Beekeeping 101 Workshops

The workshops will be held at Barstow Hall on the UWS Campus

UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming interest, all sessions are at capacity. Plans are in the works to add more sessions for the spring! SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior is hosting a free Beekeeping 101 workshop this weekend. Two workshops are planned for this weekend, one on Saturday February 18 from 9 a.m. – noon and another on Sunday…

Student Killed in Shooting was Son of St. Paul Police Sergeant

Will Grahek FacebookDULUTH, Minn. – The 22-year-old victim in Tuesday’s shooting, has been identified as William Andrew Grahek, a Duluth resident. Authorities have stated that no suspect is in custody at this time, and the investigation continues to be very active at this time as they follow up with numerous leads. Grahek is the son of St. Paul Police Sergeant Jon…

Man Arrested after 6-Hour Stand-Off with Police in Babbitt

Formal Charges are expected later this week

BABBITT, Minn. – Late Tuesday night, around 11:30 p.m., the Babbitt Police Department responded to a Stephen Nagel, 60 disturbance at the Alder Inn Motel. Upon arrival, officers encountered an adult male who had barricaded himself in a room. After determining an immediate threat to the safety of civilians and officers, the St. Louis County Emergency Response Team was called…

35-Year-Old Arrested and Charged for Sale of Fentanyl

Byron Robinson, 35DULUTH, Minn. – Thirty-five-year-old Byron Terrell Robinson, of Duluth, was arrested on Thursday, February 9, after the Duluth and Superior Police Departments along with the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force conducted a search warrant at an apartment in the 500 block of North 40th Avenue West. The search warrant was the result of an investigation…

3 Duluth Men Charged In I-35 Drive-by Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police have arrested and charged three men believed to be involved in the drive-by shooting that took place on Sunday, Feb. 5 on I-35. Duluth police initially responded to a call at a local hospital after receiving information of a 19-year-old male being admitted with an apparent gunshot wound. It was determined that the shootings took place…

SPECIAL REPORT: Dating Dangers

Join us for our Special Report: Dating Dangers, Tuesday after Bones

Join us Tuesday, February 14 after Bones, for our special report, Dating Dangers. While online dating has worked for many, there are some who have fallen victim to con artists looking to steal their possessions and even their identities. FOX 21’s Natalie Froistad will look at how people can avoid becoming a victim of potential scams associated with online dating….

Deer River Man Charged with Assault and Malicious Punishment of a Child

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – A criminal complaint was filed in Itasca County District Court, charging 28-year-old Corey Michael Cloud, of Deer River, Minnesota, with one count of felony Assault in the First Degree and one count of felony Malicious Punishment of a Child – Great Bodily Harm, according to Itasca County Attorney John J. Muhar. Corey Cloud, Itasca County Jail These…

Updated Water Appropriation Permit Application from PolyMet Received by DNR

Technical experts with the DNR will now review the updated applicaion

ST. PAUL – PolyMet Mining, Inc. has submitted their updated water appropriation permit application to the Department of Natural Resources. This updated permit application includes a request for an appropriation from Colby Lake. Technical experts from state, local, and tribal governments associated with the DNR will review the updated application, and it will be considered with the previously received applications…

SPECIAL REPORT: Canadian Connection Part 2

Join us on Thursday, February 9 for Part Two of our Special Report: Canadian Connection

Join us on Thursday after My Kitchen Rules, for a special report on the Canadian Connection with FOX 21’s Brett Scott. We’ll take a look at how important our neighbors to the north are to our local economies, and just why they’ve chosen the Twin Ports to flock to.       Categories: Business, News, News – Latest News, Special…

Fire Breaks Out in Superior Home

The fire was reported on the 2300 block of John Avenue

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Around 8:36 a.m., Wednesday morning, the Superior Fire Department and other first responders, responded to a structure fire in the 2300 block of John Avenue. When crews arrived, they found a large volume of dark brown and black smoke coming form the roof vents and eves of a single story addition on a two story home. All…

South St. Paul School District Notified of Sexual Abuse by Former Teacher

The former teacher was involved in an apparent murder-suicide back in August

Aric BabbittSOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. – The South St. Paul School District has been notified of a claim of sexual abuse by a former Lincoln Elementary School teacher. Forty-year-old Aric Babbitt, was found dead along with his husband, Matthew Deyo, in an apparent murder-suicide on an island in Washington state in August 2016. The incident came after Babbitt was placed…

Dog Food Sold in Minnesota Recalled for Pentobarbital Contamination

Five lots of Hunk of Beef have been voluntarily recalled

An Illinois-based pet food company is voluntarily recalling one of its products after four dogs became sick and one died after consuming the company’s dog food. Evanders Dog & Cat Food is recalling five lots of its Hunk of Beef product due to potential contamination with Pentobarbital, which can affect animals causing drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, and…

Heroin Bust Leads to Six Arrests in Duluth

Search warrant executed on Feb. 2

1/5 Bloxton, Matthew Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5 Osborne, Ricky Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5 Reilly, Adam Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5 Nicholson, Willie Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5 Graves, Jillian Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Just before 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, investigators from the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force executed a search…

Police Investigate I-35 Shooting in Duluth

The incident was the second shooting to take place over the weekend, and the fifth shooting since the 1st of the year

DULUTH, Minn. – New details have emerged in the shooting that took place Sunday evening in Duluth Just before 8 p.m., on Sunday, the Duluth Police Department responded to a local hospital after receiving information of a 19-year-old male victim being admitted with an apparent gunshot wound. Duluth Police Investigators determined the shooting took place from one moving vehicle into…

SPECIAL REPORT: Extreme Skiing

Join us Sunday, February 6 for this special report on a growing sport in the Northland

Join us on Sunday after the Super Bowl and 24 Legacy, for a special report on an extreme sport that has called the Northland home: Extreme Skiing. We’ll check out some of the awesome stunts that these athletes perform, from rails to jumps, you’ll see it all. Join us on Sunday for FOX 21 News to learn more about this…

Itasca County Jury Awards $28.6 Million to Woman Paralyzed in 2009 Coleraine Crash

The incident happened on October 9, 2009

1/3 Newsfile Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Newsfile Show Caption Hide Caption An Itasca County jury has awarded $28.6 million to a Marble, Minnesota woman who was paralyzed when an Ely Public School District bus crashed into the car that she was a passenger in. Paige Anderson was 16 years old when the accident happened…

Governor Dayton Visits Mayo Clinic Regarding Cancer Diagnosis

Dayton announced his diagnosis after collapsing during his State of the State address

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Governor Mark Dayton visited the Mayo Clinic for his scheduled appointments regarding his recent diagnosis of prostate cancer. “Governor Mark Dayton’s prostate cancer was caught early and is localized, treatable, and curable,” Mayo Clinic spokesperson, Karl Oestreich stated. “His Mayo Clinic physicians have discussed several treatment options with the Governor…

Wis. Attorney General Renews Rebate Agreement for Opiate Antidote

$6 rebate given for each syringe purchased by public entities in Wisconsin

Gretchen Ertl/Reuters/LandovMADISON – Attorney General Brad Schimel announced today, that he has renewed the State’s agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, which established a rebate program for the heroin and prescription painkiller antidote naloxone. Naloxone is often branded as Narcan, and can be administered as a nasal spray or injection. It works within minutes to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose….

Duluth Man Charged In Lincoln Park Shooting

Quentin LakeDULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man is facing an assault charge after his alleged involvement in a shooting that happened early Sunday morning in Lincoln Park. On Tuesday, January 31, Quentin Lake, 27, appeared in court after authorities say he shot a man three times. The criminal complaint states the victim, a 25-year-old male, was with friends at an…

Aurora Man Gets Longer-Than-Guideline Sentence for Murder

DULUTH, Minn.  – John Joseph Plevell received a 35-year- prison sentence today, after pleading guilty last month to intentional second-degree murder in the November 8, 2015 shooting death of Julie Ann Hildreth outside the Aurora American Legion club, St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin said. The longer-than guideline sentence was warranted by Judge Gary Pagaliaccetti because Plevell ambushed his former…

Dayton Signs Premium Relief Bill

Will provide immediate relief to 125,000 Minnesotans

ST. PAUL – Governor Mark Dayton today signed Chapter 2, SF 1 to provide an automatic 25-percent reduction in health insurance premiums for the more than 125,000 Minnesotans facing significant premium increases in the individual market. The following is a statement from Governor Mark Dayton: “In order to provide urgently-needed health insurance premium relief to 125,000 Minnesotans, I am signing…

Duluth Police Respond to Shooting at 7th Ave E and 4th Street

DULUTH, Minn. – Early Thursday afternoon around 1:28 p.m., Duluth Police responded to a local hospital on a report of a shooting victim. Officers established a crime scene in the area of 7th Avenue East and 4th Street. Officers and investigators arrived at the location and are investigating the incident. A 17-year-old male is currently at a local hospital facility…

DFL Legislators Propose $100 Million Broadband Investment

Minnesota currently ranks 19th for average connection speed

ST. PAUL , Minn – Legislators from across greater Minnesota have joined together to call for a $100 million investment in broadband. They’re stressing the economic development reach that investment in broadband creates, something they say Minnesota is in need of. “For every dollar invested in broadband in the state, $10 is generated in economic activity. That kind of return…

Lake Nebagamon Suspect Facing 3 Felony Charges

John Raymond Lundberg Douglas Co. Sheriff’s OfficeSUPERIOR, Wis. – John Raymond Lundberg appeared in Douglas County Circuit Court, today, and is currently facing three separate felony charges for his alleged involvement in the stabbing of a man in Lake Nebagamon on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. According to the Probable Cause Statement, at approximately 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the Douglas County…

White Bear Lake Man Missing

Jeffery EckbladUPDATE: Mr. Eckblad was located safe on 1/27/17 WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. – The White Bear Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Jeffery Eckblad, 46, of White Bear Lake. Jeffery was last see at his residence on January 20, 2017. Because of on-going health concerns, family and authorities are concerned for his welfare. Jeffery does not…

St. Louis County Historical Society Seeking Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to attend the Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Historical Society is seeking volunteer gallery attendants for its Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery. The Ojibwe Gallery currently features the work of nationally recognized 19th century painter Eastman Johnson, whose paintings and drawings are notable for their realism and attention to detail. An equally important feature of the Gallery is the selection of American…

Worker Struck and Killed on the Job in Ashland Co.

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wisc. – The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday, January 23, around 11 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office and Great Divide Ambulance were dispatched to State Highway 13 in Ashland, near Highbridge, for a male that had a tree fall on him. The male, employed with a professional tree cutting service, had been limbing a tree, while…

Winter Weather to Impact Wednesday Morning Commute

Snow and mixed precipitation expected to impact road conditions across northern Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is reminding motorists to be cautious if traveling in what could be hazardous conditions. Snow and a mix of snow and rain is expected to make driving difficult Tuesday evening through Wednesday. Precipitation is expected across the majority of the state, and road conditions will become slippery as snow mixes in. Snow is expected…

One in Custody after Lake Nebagamon Stabbing

The incident took place early Tuesday morning

LAKE NEBAGAMON, Wis. – A 49-year-old Lake Nebagamon man is in custody after a stabbing incident this morning. Douglas County 911 received a call around 5:00 a.m., Tuesday morning, from a man stating he was bleeding to death. The connection was lost before further information was obtained. At 5:13 a.m. a call was received from a third party, directing officers…

Gov. Mark Dayton Collapses During State of the State

Dayton Was Resting At Home After The Incident

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed at the podium while delivering his State of the State address at the Minnesota State Capitol Monday night. Dayton, 69, had been speaking for more than 40 minutes when he collapsed. He was reportedly about to make an offer of a new public health care option. House Speaker Kurt Daudt quickly adjourned…

Co-op Light & Power Outage Scheduled

Set for January 26

A planned power outage for Co-op Light & Power is scheduled for Thursday, January 26. The outage will take place to safely perform substation repairs and is expected to last from approximately 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. It will impact consumers in and around Bassett, Northstar, Ault, and Fairbanks Townships, as well as the Pequaywan Lakes area. For more information: http://www.clpower.com/…