Author: Melissa Lentz

Minnesota Named the Happiest State in America

Minnesota has been named the happiest state in America by WalletHub.  WalletHub conducted a study where analysts determined which environmental factors are linked to a person’s overall well-being and satisfaction with life. To determine these factors, analysts examined all 50 states across 28 key metrics ranging from depression rates to sports participation rates to income growth. Three key dimensions; emotional…

Northern Paddler’s Alliance Hosts Final Free Event of the Season

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northern Paddler’s Alliance has teamed up with Swiftwater Adventures to host their fifth and final event of the season. On Saturday, Sept. 16 community members can join the crews to go whitewater rafting down the St. Louis River followed by a BBQ picnic. The event is free and open to the public. Participants must be 11…

Wisconsin National Guard Troops Deploy to Florida

Soldiers from the 173rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, part of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, depart the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Madison, Wis., Monday morning (Sept. 11) as part of a convoy en route to Florida to assist with Hurricane Irma response efforts there. Gov. Scott Walker issued Executive Order 254 Sept. 8, which authorized…

Balloon Fest Color Run Traffic Advisory

SUNDAY, SEPT. 17 - 9 A.M.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Balloon Fest Color Run will be taking place in Bayfront Park on Sunday, Sept. 17. The run gets underway at 9 a.m. with staggered starts. The Duluth Police Department is warning the public of road closures and traffic changes happening for the race. Traffic closures will begin at 8:30 a.m. with Railroad Street closing between 5th…

North Shore Inline Marathon Traffic Advisory

SATURDAY, SEPT. 16

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has issued a traffic advisory for the North Shore Inline Marathon taking place on Saturday, Sept. 16, as several area roads will be closed for this event. The course will travel down North Shore Scenic drive, then down London Raod to 26th Avenue East where participants will travel down southbound I-35, existing on the…

Range Regional Airport Receives Over $3.7 Million for Safety Improvements

(Facebook) HIBBING, Minn. – The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a grant of $3,729,074 for safety improvements at the Range Regional Airport in Hibbing. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Rep. Rick Nolan, made the announcement Monday. “Improving the safety of our infrastructure serves as a down payment on the long-term economic well-being of Minnesota and the country,”…

Malware Incident at Tettegouche State Park

(Explore MN) The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports that state IT security specialists discovered malware on state computers at Tettegouche State Park in Silver Bay in late August. While the MnDNR has no evidence that credit card numbers were accessed, out of caution, they are advising those who visited the park and charged items from Aug. 22-25 are asked…

Highway 61 Bridge at Baptism River Maintenance Begins Sept. 11

DULUTH, Minn. – Motorists travelling along Highway 61 at the Baptism River will encounter alternating lane closures for bridge maintenance starting Monday, Sept. 11, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. A flagging operation will be in place to move traffic through the work area, as crews alternate closures from north to southbound lanes. Width restrictions will be in place,…

Bong Bridge Maintenance Scheduled to Begin Sept. 11

DULUTH, Minn. – Motorists traveling between Duluth and Superior over the Bong Bridge will encounter alternating lane closures for bridge maintenance activities for approximately three weeks, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Crews will begin work the week of Sept. 11. The project will include alternating left and right lane closures in both directions. Work will be conducted from…

Committee Approves $76 Billion Wisconsin Budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The $76 billion Wisconsin budget is headed to the state Assembly and Senate for approval. The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee passed the two-year spending plan Wednesday night on a party line vote, more than two months after the budget was due. Current spending levels have continued during the impasse. The spending plan sends more aid to…

Color Vibe 5K Traffic Advisory, Sept. 9

Race is set to begin at 8 a.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has issued a traffic advisory for Saturday, Sept. 9 in the Miller Hill area of Duluth. The Color Vibe 5K Race will begin in the Miller Mall Lot and travels out onto Decker Road, to Anderson Road where runners will turn and head back in the same direction. Decker Road will be closed…

Temporary Lane Closures Along I-35 in Carlton County

SEPT. 7-11

DULUTH, Minn. – motorists traveling north and southbound on I-35 from Barnum to Scanlon may encounter some temporary single lane closures Sept 7-11, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT will be working to paint stripes on the recently installed pavement along this stretch of 35. Motorists are asked to drive with caution around and in all work zones. Categories:…

911 Service Restored in Lake County

UPDATE 9/7: 911 service was restored Thursday morning for cell phone users in Lake County. LAKE COUNTY, Minn. – Lake County dispatch has announced a 911 outage for the county. All cell phones at the moment are unable to get through to dispatch. Landlines remain unaffected. Those with an emergency in the Two Harbors area are asked to dial 218-834-8385….

3 Formally Charged in Connection to Alexandria Girl’s Disappearance

1/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Joshua Holby Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Steven Powers Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Thomas Barker Show Caption Hide Caption   ALEXANDRIA, Minn.  – A 15-year-old girl missing for nearly a month from her Alexandria home, on the 200 block of North McKay Avenue, was found Tuesday. Jasmine Block disappeared from her home on…

Man Catches Massive, Record-Breaking Flathead Catfish in St. Croix River

Photo: Minnesota DNR STILLWATER, Minn. – An angler from St. Anthony, Minnesota has broken the state record for flathead catfish after catching a 52.5 inch-long fish on the St. Croix River last month, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday. Mark Mosby reeled in the monster on Aug. 2 on the St. Croix River near Stillwater breaking the state…

Hibbing Fire Awarded SAFER Grant

WILL ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT TO INCREASE THEIR STAFFING

HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Fire Department announced today that they have been awarded the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A cost-sharing amount of $937,140 was awarded, $359,237 of the award is the responsibility of the City. The SAFER grant is a competitive grant in which the Hibbing Fire…

Woman Abducted from I-Falls Located Near Bemidji, Suspect Arrested

BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. – On Friday, Sept. 1, around 7 p.m., Beltrami County Deputies assisted the Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office in investigating an alleged abduction that had occurred earlier in the day in International Falls, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities received information that a male subject, 31, of Blackduck, had taken his ex-girlfriend against her will, and…

Minnesota Mile Traffic Advisory

RACE IS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, SEPT. 7

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has issued a traffic advisory for the Minnesota Mile Race taking place on Thursday, Sept. 7. Beginning at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, traffic will not be allowed on Skyline Parkway around Enger Tower for the race. RELATED: NEW COURSE AND DATE UNVEILED FOR MINNESOTA MILE Warning signs will be posted at 10th Ave W…

LOCATED: Emil Mannila

Emil Mannila UPDATE: The Duluth Police Department has reported that Emil was located on Wednesday, Sept. 6. DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing Duluth man. Emil Eugene Mannila, 56, was last seen on Sept. 3 around 11 a.m. in the area of 15th Avenue East and 2nd Street. He is…

Minnesota National Guard Deployed to Texas

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton has approved soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Combat Aviation Brigade to support response efforts for Hurricane Harvey.  The soldiers will depart Friday from St. Cloud via CH-47 Chinook helicopters to conduct aviation operations in Texas. “I am glad that Minnesota will be able to assist the victims of the terrible tragedy…

Special Deer Hunt Permits Available for Cascade River, Judge C. R. Magney State Parks

THE GOAL OF STATE PARK HUNTS IS TO ENSURE HEALTHY NATURAL COMMUNITIES

DULUTH, Minn. – A special firearms deer hunt will be held at Cascade River and Judge C.R. Magney state parks from Nov. 4-19, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Hunters wishing to participate in one of the special hunts can obtain a state park deer hunt permit in addition to their regular license. Hunters must apply to participate…

Fire in Buzzle Township Claims Life of Homeowner

BEMIDJI, Minn. – A man is dead after a residential fire Thursday morning around 6 a.m., according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities responded to the call of a residential structure fire in the 17000 block of Buzzle Rd NW in Buzzle Township, 20 miles northwest of Bemidji. Crews arrived to find the home fully engulfed in flames. Neighbors…

Lake Superior Beach Advisories

DULUTH, Minn. – As of September 1, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health has reported advisories for the following beaches. These advisories recommend no water contact due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria identified from samples collected and tested.   If anyone becomes ill after contact with beach water contact the Minnesota Department of Health at 1-877-366-3455. For more…

Crews Work Overnight to Remove Taconite Harbor Bridge

1/6 MnDOT Show Caption Hide Caption 2/6 MnDOT Show Caption Hide Caption 3/6 MnDOT Show Caption Hide Caption 4/6 MnDOT Show Caption Hide Caption 5/6 MnDOT Show Caption Hide Caption 6/6 MnDOT Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. -Motorists traveling on Highway 61 will no longer be rerouted, as Minnesota Department of Transportation crews worked overnight to remove a damaged…

Adventure Run Taking Runners Off the Beaten Path

RACE TAKES PLACE ON LABOR DAY

CLOQUET, Minn. – A unique race, winding through the scenic pines and hardwoods of Cloquet, with one goal in mind; find the Lost Forester in three hours or less. The Lost Forester is an intense 20K adventure run designed to be difficult, running off trail up and down some of the steepest hills. The route includes 11K of trails followed…

Medical Examiner: Greywind’s Death Due to Homicidal Violence

FARGO, N.D. – Fargo Police have announced the preliminary autopsy results of Savanna Greywind who was found in the Red River on Sunday, Aug. 27, after she was reported missing on Saturday, Aug. 19. According to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner, the preliminary cause of Greywind’s death was due to homicidal violence. Specific were unable to be released, including how…

Man Dies After Motorcycle Crash on Hwy 37 near Clinton Township

DULUTH, Minn. – According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Cohasset, Minnesota man is dead after an accident on Highway 37 near Clinton Township. The incident happened around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29. A motorcycle driven by Donald Hilligoss, 60, was traveling westbound on Hwy 37 when a Hyundai Sonata driven by 19-year-old Niomi Boulanger, of Eveleth pulled out in…

Authorities Believe Human Remains Are That Of Missing Twin Ports Man

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2 Facing Murder, Kidnapping Charges in Savanna Greywind Case

FARGO, N.D. – Two individuals believed to be involved in the death of Savanna Greywind have been charged in Cass County District Court, according to Cass County State’s Attorney Birch Burdick. Brooke Lynn Crews, 38, and William Henry Hoehn, 32 were each charged with Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping on Thursday, Aug. 24, after they were found with Greywind’s newborn child…

New Feeding Ban in 11 Minnesota Counties after CWD Found on Deer Farms

(MINNESOTA) – A new deer feeding ban is in place until 2019 for 11 central and north-central Minnesota counties surrounding two farms where multiple captive deer have been found to be infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Feeding bans in central and north-central Minnesota are precautionary,” said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager…

Pregnant Fargo Woman Disappears, Infant Found

She was reported missing Saturday, Aug. 19

1/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Show Caption Hide Caption UPDATE 8/28: The body of Savanna Greywind was discovered on Sunday, Aug. 27 in the Red River near Harwood, N.D. More: http://www.fox21online.com/2017/08/28/fargo-police-body-missing-woman-found-river/ FARGO, N.D. – Fargo police are continuing to search for a 22-year-old pregnant Fargo woman, who was last seen…

Missing Brainerd Man Located Deceased

Last seen on July 4

1/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Right and left forearm Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Right, neck Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Upper right arm Show Caption Hide Caption UPDATE: The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that the body found in a wooded area in Brainerd to be that of John Greenwaldt. MISSING REPORT: BRAINERD, Minn. – The…