Author: Melissa Lentz

Hunter Located After Missing for 4 Days in Chippewa National Forest

WALKER, Minn. – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday, Sept. 25, at 2:15 p.m., they received the report of a missing hunter in rural Boy Lake Township, north of Remer. Deputies responded to the call and learned that an adult male, identified as 57-year-old Patrick Feiner, of South St. Paul, was missing from his hunting camp and…

Northland Foundation Awarded $686,500 Grant

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland Foundation has been awarded $686,500 from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. The fund supports increased lending activity in low-income and economically distressed communities. “The Northland Foundation’s business lending is directly tied to our mission to ‘invest in people and communities to support a thriving Northeastern Minnesota,’ and a healthy…

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hit Another High in US

NEW YORK (AP) – Health officials are reporting another record increase in infections from three sexually transmitted diseases. More than 2 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported in the United States last year – the most ever. The diseases are treatable with antibiotics. Rates for all three have been rising for several years. Health officials have…

Red Flag Warning in Place on Park Point Beaches

EFFECTIVE SEPT. 26, 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – Due to a high risk of rip currents in Lake Superior today, the Duluth Fire Department has issued a warning for dangerous swimming conditions for Park Point beaches. The red flag is effective immediately and continues until 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26. This warning means that wind and wave conditions can support rip currents, which are life-threatening…

St. Louis County Board Approves 2018 Property Tax Levy

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County commissioners have unanimously approved the 2018 property tax levy at $132.2 million. The levy, or revenue collected from property taxes, makes up about one-third of the St. Louis County budget. The levy is a 4.45 percent increase from 2017, nearly all of which will be offset by the estimated 3.95 percent growth in property…

Grand Rapids Man Involved in OHV Crash near Bemidji

BELTRAMI CO., Minn. – A Grand Rapids man was involved in an Off-Highway Vehicle crash 50 miles northeast of Bemidji, on Friday, Sept. 22, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities responded to the call around 5:11 p.m. Crews arrived on scene at the junction of Flowing Well Road (Co. Rd. 107) and Flowing Well Trail in Kelliher Township….

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Sturgeon Lake

STURGEON LAKE, Minn. – The Pine County Sheriff’s Office reports that a Sturgeon Lake man is dead after a motorcycle accident on Northstar Drive in Sturgeon Lake. Authorities received the call at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, and when deputies arrived on scene, they found a single motorcycle off the roadway. It appeared that the motorcycle had struck nearby…

Annual Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – Volunteers will be hitting the beach to participate in the largest Great Lakes cleanup day on Saturday. From Lake Superior to Lake Ontario Adopt-a-Beach volunteers will take to the shoreline to pick up litter and debris. Groups will be along the Lakewalk, Bayfront, Brighton, and Park Point Beaches. Those interested in joining the effort are encouraged to…

One Dead After Crash in Pine River Township

PINE RIVER TWP, Minn. – An 18-year-old is dead after an accident on 24th Avenue SW (Co. Rd. 42) in Pine River Township in rural Pine River, according to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities responded to the call of a single vehicle crash around 3:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Responders arrived on scene to find a 1993 Ford Ranger pickup…

Home Invasion near Backus, Suspect Remains At-Large

Home invasion suspect sketch (Pine County Sheriff’s Office) UPDATE 9-22: An investigation has been underway in a home invasion, according to Cass Co. Sheriff Tom Burch. The sheriff reports that several leads have been followed, but nothing substantial has led to making an identification of the suspect. Authorities have released a sketch of the suspect with the same description originally…

Duluth International Airport Awarded Over $1 Million

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth International Airport has received over $1 million for safety improvements. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Rep. Rick Nolan made the announcement Thursday. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the airport with a grant of $1,084,668 for safety improvements. “Helping ensure our airports stay up-to-date makes for a common sense investment,” Klobuchar said….

Island Returned to Grand Portage Band

Photo courtesy The Nature Conservancy GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. – The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and The Nature Conservancy announced Tuesday that Susie Island on Lake Superior has been returned to the tribe. The 142-acre island is the largest of 13 small, rocky islands near where the Pigeon River empties into Lake Superior in the northeast corner of…

Little Falls Man Facing Drug Charges After Grand Rapids Bust

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – A Little Falls, Minnesota man has been charged with several drug charges after a drug bust at a Grand Rapids motel, according to Itasca County District Attorney, John J. Muhar. On the morning of Sept. 18, Grand Rapids police received information that 54-year-old Mark Batters was dealing methamphetamine from a room at the Sawmill Inn. Batters…

Early Morning Vehicle Chase in Virginia

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, Virginia Police attempted to stop a vehicle near the intersection of 6th Avenue North and 9th Street North, but the vehicle fled, heading east then southbound on 2nd Avenue South, according to the Virginia Police Department. The suspect was traveling 65 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. When…

Temporary Road Closures Scheduled in Chippewa National Forest

CASS LAKE, Minn. – Five temporary road closures in Sept. and Oct. have been announced by the Chippewa National Forest. Bridge deck replacements are part of the forest’s routine maintenance and will result in road closures taking place from Sept. 25 through Oct. 11. Forest Road 2203 at Decker Lake will be closed Sept. 25-26 Forest Road 2240 at Mitt…

Level III Offender Relocating to Superior

Will be released Sept. 18

Dean Swenson (Oct. 2015 – Wisconsin DOC) SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Police Department is notifying the public of a Level III Predatory Offender that will be released and residing in Superior. Dean Allen Swenson, 36, will be living in the 1600 block of N 16th Street after he is released on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Swenson is described as 5’9″…

2 Students Arrested for Threats Against Ashland School District

BOTH ARE FACING TERRORISTIC THREAT CHARGES

ASHLAND, Wis. – Ashland School District has received two separate threats, according to the Ashland Police Department. According to the release, on Sunday, Sept. 17, a concerned citizen said they observed a threat to Ashland High School on a Snapchat account. The Snapchat featured a picture of two boxes of shotgun shells and said, “Don’t come to school Monday.” Police…

Voyageurs National Park Announces Fall Hours

Hours begin on Oct. 1

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – Voyageurs National Park visitor centers will begin fall operations beginning Sunday, Oct. 1, the park announced Monday. The Kabetogama Lake and Ash River Visitor Centers will be closed for the season starting Oct. 1 and will reopen in mid-May. The Rainy Lake Visitor Center will be open Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 Wednesdays through Sundays from…

DNR Opens 30-Day Public Comment for Several PolyMet Draft Permits

(KQDS) – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has opened a 30-day public comment period on the draft PolyMet dam safety and public works permits. From Sept. 15 through Oct. 16, the public can submit comments on two draft dam safety permits and a draft public waters work permit for the PolyMet Mining, Inc. NorthMet mining project. The DNR dam…

Five St. Louis County Roads Closed Due to Flooding

County Road 338 (Aurora Road) south of the Townline Road (Photo: St. Louis County Public Works) ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – Heavy rain overnight has caused several County Roads in the area near Palo, Markham, and Makinen to flood. St. Louis County Public Works has announced the temporary closure of these roads until high waters recede: County Road 338 (Aurora…

Routine Bridge Inspections Scheduled in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Ramp closures will take place on Monday, Sept. 18 and Tuesday, Sept. 19 as Minnesota Department of Transportation crews work to conduct routine bridge inspections. Temporary ramp closures will include Sept. 18 – northbound I-35 to eastbound Highway 535 ramp will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 – southbound I-35 to eastbound Highway…

Motorcyclists Gear Up for Fall Flood Run This Weekend

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Motorists are urged to use extra caution this weekend along the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers as thousands of motorcyclists take to the streets for the Fall Flood Run. As many as 30,000 riders are expected to travel between the Twin Cities and Winona on Saturday, Sept. 16. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is asking riders…

Duluth Named Least Stressed City in America

Adam JagunichBayfront Park, Duluth, MN DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth has been named the Least Stressed City in America by smartasset.com. Smartasset analyzed data for 512 cities in the country. Nine factors were considered when analyzing the cities including, average work week, average commute times, percent of residents getting sufficient physical exercise, density of entertainment establishment, unemployment rate, bankruptcy rate, housing costs…

UW-Superior’s Lake Superior Research Institute Celebrates 50 Years

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin Superior’s Lake Superior Research Institute will celebrate 50 years with a free conference featuring keynote speaker Alexandra Consteau. “This is exciting time to celebrate 50 years of hard work by an environmental organization that is largely funded by extramural funds,” said Dr. Matthew TenEyck, director of Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI.) “The celebration…

Utility Repair Underway on East Superior St and 34th Ave East

UPDATE: The city expects the intersection to reopen by 4 p.m. Friday. DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth reports that a failed storm drain pipe caused a washout at the intersection of East Superior Street and 34th Avenue East. The intersection has been closed to traffic as repairs to the pipe and road surface are conducted. The City anticipates…

Virginia PD Looking for Public’s Help in Burglary Incident

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Virginia Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying suspects that were involved in an early morning burglary on Sept. 13. On Wednesday, Sept. 13, around 12:42 a.m., two male suspects entered an occupied residence in the 800 block of 7th Street South by kicking in the door. Suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash,…

Target Recalls Dresser for Tip-Over Hazard

Target is recalling nearly 180,000 dressers after 12 reports of dressers tipping or collapsing. Incidents reportedly involved two three-year-old children, according to the recall notice.  The recalled dressers are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Room Essentials 4-drawer dresser was sold in Target stores nationwide and online…

Missing Buffalo Teen Located in Iowa

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption UPDATE 9-13: Anna Thorson was located safe in Iowa by authorities. BUFFALO, Minn. – The Buffalo Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old, Anna Thorson. Anna was last seen in Buffalo on Sunday, Sept. 10. It is unknown whether she left on…

Minnesota Super Bowl Volunteers Will Receive Custom Love Your Melon Beanies

ALL VOLUNTEERS WILL WILL RECEIVE A FULL WINTER-READY UNIFORM FREE OF CHARGE

(Superbowl Host Committee) MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Super Bowl’s Crew 52 volunteers will hit the streets in style with custom Love Your Melon (LYM) beanies. Crew 52 is a team of 10,000 volunteers that will help welcome more than 1 million visitors to the Twin Cities over the course of the 10-day festival. Volunteers will serve at public gathering points…