Author: Melissa Lentz

Public Invited to Skate with Santa and Rudolph on Dec. 13

DULUTH, Minn. – The public is invited to join Santa, Rudolph and friends for a free ice skating party at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center on Wednesday, Dec. 13. The event will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Crafts, treats, science activities, and games will accompany Santa and his reindeer. Limited skates will be available for use. Attendees are asked to…

Bent Paddle Relocating Taproom, as Brewery Continues to Expand

Expected to open in early 2018

DULUTH, Minn. – Bent Paddle Brewing Company (BPBC) announced plans for a new taproom earlier this year, but details were not finalized. The brewery has officially announced relocation plans that will move their taproom into a historic space just across the street in early 2018. The taproom will shift to the next block to 1832 Michigan Street, a location formerly…

New Northern Pike Fishing Regulations Coming in Spring 2018

Regulations go into effect March 1, 2018 for Minnesotans fishing on inland waters

(MnDNR) MINNESOTA – Anglers and spearers going after northern pike this winter can prepare for new regulations that will be in effect for the spring fishing opener on Minnesota’s inland waters. The new regulations on inland waters will be in effect starting March 1, however northern pike fishing is not allowed until fishing opener on May 12. “Pike regulations remain…

Two Arrested after Cloquet Drug Bust

1/3 Drew Angell (Cloquet Police Dept.) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 (Cloquet Police Dept. ) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 (Cloquet Police Dept.) Show Caption Hide Caption CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet Police Department with the assistance of other agencies, has been working to crack down on a large-scale marijuana distribution operation. The operation began in November, as investigators looked…

I-35 Bridge Maintenance Scheduled Dec. 7, 8

DULUTH, Minn. – Motorists traveling southbound on Interstate 35 between Garfield Avenue and 27th Avenue West in Duluth will encounter a left lane closure from Dec. 7-8. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports the closure will allow crews to conduct bridge maintenance activties. Work will occur between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Width restriction will be in place – loads…

Text-to-911 Now Available Statewide in Minnesota

Calling still the preferred method for 911 services

Text to 911 Banner ST. PAUL, Minn. – In an emergency, safely dialing 911 might not be an option, as one may need to remain quiet in a dangerous situation, or if an individual has hearing loss, it can make calling 911 near impossible. The Department of Public Safety Emergency Communication Networks (DPS-ECN) has been working with Minnesota to develop…

Police Investigating Homicide in Lavell Township

HIBBING, Minn. – The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a woman who was found in her home last week. According to police, the woman was identified as 71-year-old Courtney Lee Fenske of Lavell Township, just southeast of Hibbing. Preliminary autospy results from the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office indicates that Fenske died as a result of…

Difficult Driving Conditions Expected Late this Afternoon, Evening

DULUTH, Minn. – A large weather system is moving into northern Minnesota that is expected to create difficult driving conditions in the region. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising motorists to watch the weather carefully as road conditions often deteriorate quickly. Rain has been falling across the region, leaving roads wet, which can rapidly freeze when temperatures drop. Freezing…

Essentia Health Pharmacies Accepting Unwanted Medications

Anyone can safely and anonymously drop off at all pharmacy locations

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health is looking to keep unused or expired medications out of the wrong hands, as well as out of landfills and waters. Essentia announced Monday that anyone looking to get rid of prescription and over-the-counter drugs can do so anonymously at any Essentia Health retail pharmacy. Pharmacies are now equipped with bright blue drop-off boxes. Certain…

Body Armor Donated to Duluth PD’s K9

(Duluth Police Dept.) DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has announced their K9, Haas, will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a non-profit out of East Taunton, Massachusetts. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc, is a charity whose mission is to provide protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the…

Utility Repair Scheduled for 1500 Block of East Superior Street

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth Public Works will be conducting a utility repair in the 1500 block of East Superior Street on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The department reports that a water leak was identified in this area. Repairs will occur from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents and businesses may experience a disruption in water service during…

DNR: Early Ice is Not Safe, Wear Life Jackets on Cold Water

MINNESOTA – With daytime temperatures still reaching above freezing, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding the public to stay clear of early ice and use extreme caution when venturing on dangerously cold waters. Some locations in northern and western regions of the state have been reporting ice formation, recent fluctuations in temperatures have led to degrading ice conditions…

MnDOT Invites Public to ‘Can of Worms’ Project Online Survey

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is inviting the public to participate in an online survey regarding the Twin Ports Interchange “Can of Worms” reconstruction project, which will rebuild and modernize the highway infrastructure that serves the Port of Duluth/Superior and travelers. The project would replace three interchanges that operate together to provide access to the port and…

Cloquet Traffic Stop Leads Police to 15 Pounds of Marijuana

1/3 (Cloquet Police Dept. ) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 (Cloquet Police Dept.) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Zachary Mullen (Cloquet Police Dept.) Show Caption Hide Caption   CLOQUET, Minn. – Three are in custody after Cloquet Police made a traffic stop while investigating a multi-state marijuana distribution operation. According to the Cloquet Police Department, with the assistance of the…

House Passes Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act, which finalizes a long-awaited land exchange in Northern Minnesota between the U.S. Forest Service and PolyMet Mining. The exchange has been undergoing seven years of review, and is key to the advancement of PolyMet’s copper-nickel mine project. The bill was forged by Rep….

Bentleyville Numbers Up, Donations Down

DULUTH, Minn. – High winds toppled over some displays in Bentlyville, but the warmer temperatures coming along with them have kept the place hoppin’! According to officials, 7,000 more people have come to see the lights than this time last year. However, organizers say what they aren’t seeing are donations. The attraction looks for visitors to bring food and toys…

Gov. Dayton Authorizes Over $2.1M in Disaster Aid for St. Louis County

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton authorized an estimated $2,126,130 in relief for St. Louis County after the devastating October storm that ripped through the region. The first major winter storm on Oct. 27 brought significant damages to Park Point, the Duluth Lakewalk, and Brighton Beach, as well as other areas. Aid from the State Disaster Assistance Contingency Account…

Vehicle Drug Bust in Duluth

Kevin Roban (Duluth Police Dept.)   DULUTH, Minn. – A St. Paul man has been formally charged for drug crimes involving methamphetamine and a female from Waconia, arrested on outstanding warrants out of two Minnesota counties, according to the Duluth Police Department. On Nov. 20, investigators from the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force stopped a motor vehicle…

23 Year Old Dead After Snowmobile Accident

SWATARA, Minn. – A 23-year-old Swatara, Minnesota man is dead after a snowmobile accident that happened on Thursday, Nov. 23, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Officers responded to the call of a medical situation resulting from a snowmobile crash at a residence in rural Swatara, which is approximately 30 miles southwest of Grand Rapids. When Cass County Deputies…

Pedestrian Struck in Crosswalk on 9th Ave E

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department and Fire Department, along with Gold Cross, responded to 9th Avenue East and 1st Street on the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle just before 1 p.m. Thursday, according to the Duluth PD. Authorities report that a 29-year-old female was crossing 9th Avenue East on foot when she was struck by…

Body Found in East Hillside on East 5th St

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has reported that a body was located in the 800 block of East 5th Street late, Thursday morning around 10:30. Authorities report that a 37-year-old male was confirmed deceased when first responders arrived on scene. Preliminary reports indicate the man may have slipped and fell and been outside all night. The investigation is…

Snowy Owls Showing Up Across Wisconsin

Photo Courtesy Ryan Brady via DNR MADISON, Wis. – As of Nov. 20, at least 69 individual Snowy Owls have been spotted in 31 counties across Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. By this time last year, only three birds had been found. Sightings this year have been across the entire state, but the areas with the…

Duluth Winter Village Returns to Glensheen

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Winter Village is returning to the grounds of Glensheen Mansion for its second year. The outdoor winter market is designed to promote small businesses and artists in the Duluth area and is aiming to become a new tradition in the Northland. The Duluth Winter Village is a two-day event featuring wooden cabins where local businesses…

DTA to Offer Free Shuttle to DECC on Thanksgiving

Sponsored by the National Bank of Commerce

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority has announced that it is once against partnering up with the College of St. Scholastica to offer passenger free rides to the annual Thanksgiving buffet at the DECC. For 28 years, the DTA has offered free holiday service on Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving Holiday Service will feature two special shuttle buses; “Turkey Bus 1”…

CN Announces Completion of Oliver Bridge Rehabilitation

DULUTH, Minn. – Canadian National will complete the major two-year project on the Oliver railroad bridge over the St. Louis River between Duluth, Minnesota and Oliver, Wisconsin before the end of the year. The maintenance and strengthening of the bridge is complete, according to CN and the road will reopen to traffic permanently beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov….

Foreigner Returns to the DECC with Dave Eggar Orchestra

WED, APRIL 4 | DOORS OPEN AT 7 P.M. | SHOW AT 8 P.M.

(via Jade Presents) DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center has announced that rock and roll band, Foreigner will be taking the stage once again in April. On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at 8 p.m. Foreigner will hit the stage with Dave Eggar Orchestra. This collaboration will add new flavor and excitement into Foreigner’s long list of hits. Tickets…

LOCATED: Todd Sarkela, of Duluth

Todd Sarkela (Facebook) UPDATE: Todd Sarkela has been found safe. DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 55-year-old Todd Sarkela, of Duluth. Todd is described as a white male, 5’9″, 120 pounds, with hazel eyes and sandy hair; and typically walks with a cane. He was reported missing to police on Sunday, Nov….

Pedestrian Hit and Run in Duluth, Police Searching for Suspect

Incident happened Friday, Nov. 17

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police responded to the report of a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian at 13th Avenue East and London Road on Friday, Nov. 11 just before 8:30 p.m. According to police, officers arrived on scene and located a 49-year-old female who had been struck while crossing the street. She was transported to the hospital with non-life…

UMD Announces Romano Gym Renovation Plans

Three Phase $10 Million Plan

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Minnesota Fish Houses and Wheelhouses Require License Purchase This Season

MINNESOTA – Beginning this ice fishing season, anglers using a wheelhouse type of ice or dark house shelter are required to purchase a license to place the shelter on the ice, even when occupying it, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. A new definition for portable shelters has been provided in law, which states that a portable shelter…