Author: Melissa Lentz

Grand Rapids Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft by Check

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – A Grand Rapids woman pled guilty to two counts of felony Theft by Check in Itasca County District Court on Aug. 18, according to Itasca County Attorney John J. Muhar. Debra Lynn Solem, 53, was the office manager at Undem Law Office, where she was connected to the writing of unauthorized checks. According to Muhar, Solem…

2 Charged After Drug Bust in 100 Block of East 3rd Street in Duluth

Derrick Ewing (Left), Jomell Parlsey (Right) DULUTH, Minn. – Investigators from the Duluth Police Department and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant on Aug. 17, in the 100 block of East 3rd Street in Duluth. The search warrant was part of an investigation into the suspected sale of controlled substances. During the search,…

One-Year-Old Dies in Highway 135 Crash

UPDATE: The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the person driving the vehicle as the mother of the boy. DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota State Patrol reports that a one-year-old boy is dead after a crash along Highway 135 just after 8 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22. According to the incident report, 23-year-old Morgan Skinner, of Gilbert, was driving North on Highway…

21st Ave East, 4th Street Intersection to Close Aug. 23

DULUTH, Minn. – Work to rebuild 4th Street in Duluth is continue to progress east, and beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 23, the 21st Avenue East intersection will close, according to the St. Louis County Public Works Department. Those traveling along 21st Avenue E will be detoured to 24th Avenue E and Kent Road. Drivers should expect delays and are reminded…

16th Annual Dragon Boat Festival Traffic Advisories

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Barker’s Island will once again host the 16th annual Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival on Friday, Aug. 25 and Saturday, Aug. 26. The boat launch, swimming beach, and fishing platforms will close for the event, all other Barker’s Island operations will be open and accessible to the public. Motorists are urged to use caution along East 2nd…

Fire Destroys Home in Orr

4450 PELICAN ROAD, ORR, MINNESOTA

ORR, Minn. – Crews responded to the call of a house fire in the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 21, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. Several fire departments responded to the call just after 5:45 a.m., in the 4400 block of Pelican Road in Orr, Minnesota. When crews arrived on scene, they found the home fully…

MISSING: Kendra Lamb, of Glidden, Wis.

Kendra Lamb GLIDDEN, Wis. – The Ashland County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Kendra Lamb. Lamb reportedly left her residence on Wednesday, July 10 and her whereabouts are now unknown. Lamb is described as a Caucasian female, 5’2″ tall, 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. It is believed she may have gone to…

Single Lane Closures on Highway 1 Start Aug. 21

DULUTH, Minn. – Single lane closures will be encountered along Highway 1 between Isabella and Ely beginning Monday, Aug. 21, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Work will continue through October and traffic will be restricted to a single lane in each direction. A flagger and pilot car will lead traffic through the construction area. The project will include…

Electrical Fire on Baxter Avenue in Superior

  SUPERIOR, Wis. – Just after 11 a.m. Thursday, crews responded to a possible structure fire in the 800 block of Baxter Avenue, according to the Superior Fire Department. Initial reports indicated there was light smoke visible from the back of a two-story, single family home. Crews confirmed this as they arrived on scene, and found a working fire in…

Lead Glensheen Investigator, Gary Waller, Dies at Age 72

JAN. 4, 1945 - AUG. 15, 2017

Gary WallerPhoto: St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – Gary Waller, who led the investigation of the Glensheen murders in 1977, and later served as St. Louis County Sheriff has died, according to an obituary. Waller, 72, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at his home, according to the obituary. Waller dedicated his life to law enforcement. He…

Minnesota Minimum Wage Increases Jan 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s minimum-wage rates will increase on Jan. 1, 2018, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry. Minimum wage rates as of Jan. 1 will increase from $9.50 to $9.65 an hour for large employers, and from $7.50 to $7.87 for other state minimum wages. The rate increase is to adjust for inflation. “In 2014,…

Arson Fire on Vernon Street in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, crews were dispatched to a structure fire in the 3200 block of Vernon Street, according to the Duluth Fire Department. Crews arrived on scene and were able to extinguish the fire. A Deputy Fire Marshal was able to determine the cause of the fire to be arson. Damages are estimated…

Kids, Cops & Cars Event Tomorrow

11 A.M. TO 2 P.M. IN BAYFRONT FESTIVAL PARK

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids and their families will get the chance to hang out with members of the Duluth Police Department at the Kids, Cops & Cars event being held Wednesday, at Bayfront Festival Park. Numerous first responder vehicles will be on-hand including the department’s command post, tactical response team vehicle, and command post. Other responders will include a Coast…

Starry Stonewort Confirmed on 1 New Minnesota Lake

LOCATED AFTER A 20-COUNTY SEARCH

ST. PAUL, Minn. – After a search of 178 lakes in 20 counties by 200 trained volunteers, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that the invasive algae starry stonewort in Grand Lake in Stearns County. Starry stonewort is an alga that can form dense mats, which can interfere with the use of a lake and compete with native…

Wisconsin Regulators Approve SWL&P Rate Increases

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has authorized base utility rate changes for Superior Water, Light & Power’s electric, gas, and water utilities. The rate adjustments will help to pay for upgrades to electric substations and transmission lines, a portion of water infrastructure along Belknap Street and other areas of Superior, as well as gas utility infrastructure…

Juvenile Male Shot in Lincoln Park Neighborhood

DULUTH, Minn. – Just after 11 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to a call of gunshots in the area of 23rd Avenue West and 3rd Street, according to the Duluth Police Department. Authorities were notified after arriving on scene by a local hospital they had a gunshot victim in the emergency room. A juvenile male was treated and released. The Duluth…

Update: Father, Daughter Pulled From Water Off Park Point Deceased

Victims Were Under Water For At Least One Hour

DULUTH, Minn. –¬†After a vigorous fight against fierce waves off Park Point for Duluth firefighter and rescue crews, a young daughter, 10, and her father, 38, who were pulled from the water Thursday evening are deceased, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. The call for help came in around 4:30 p.m. just out from the Park Point Beach…

29th Annual Bayfront Blues Fest Kicks off Friday

DULUTH, Minn. – The 29th annual Bayfront Blue Festival, one of the largest outdoor music events in the upper Midwest. For 29 years the Blues Festival has hosted nearly 500 artists on the stages. This year the headliners include Robert Randolph on Friday, The Fabulous Thunderbird on Saturday, and Lucky Peterson on Sunday. The festival will feature a variety of…

Superior Woman Sentenced to 48 Months in Fatal London Road Crash

1/3 Photo Courtesy Enrique Giner Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Photo Courtesy Enrique Giner Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Photo Courtesy Enrique Giner Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Theresa Katzmark, 49, of Superior has been sentenced to 48 months for the death of Donna Estrem, 62. The incident happened on April 4, when Katzmark struck and killed Estrem,…

Eveleth Days Inn to be Used in Fire Training Exercises

EVELETH, Minn. – The former Days Inn in Eveleth, on Hat Trick Avenue, has fallen into significant disrepair, has been tax-forfeited, and is up for demolition this fall. For the past month fire departments have used the building for training exercises on various skill including ladder operations, downed firefighter rescues, and roof ventilation, according to St. Louis County officials. Before…

New Blue Lights Installed at 14 Intersections in Duluth, Hermantown

DULUTH, Minn. – Across the state of Minnesota, the majority of serious and fatal crashes occur at four-way intersections with traffic signals, according to St. Louis County. In an effort to reduce crashes at these intersections, the County has installed a new tool to make these intersections safe as part of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths initiative. Bright, blue lights…

Walleye Fishing on Mille Lacs Lake Reopens Friday

Will close again after Labor Day

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Catch-and-release walleye fishing and use of live bait returns to Mille Lacs Lake on Friday, Aug. 11, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Night fishing will continue to be prohibited from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Nov. 30. Regulations do allow anglers to fish for muskie and northern pike at night, but only artificial…

Pizza Wars Competition in Superior

Voting ends August 30

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Business Improvement District (SBID) has announced the launch of a Pizza Wars competition for the month of August. Pizza Wars is a friendly competition among restaurants in Superior vying for the title of “Most Superior Pizza.” The competition features five local restaurants including Pizza Man, Sammy’s Pizza, Sclavi’s Italian Restaurant, Thirsty Pagan, and Vintage Italian…

Scammers Targeting Minnesota Power Customers

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Power has received reports of scam callers targeting their customers for payments, which have alarmingly increased over the past few days. Company officials are cautioning customers to protect themselves. Scammers have reportedly been able to manipulate caller ID to display a fake number, which shows as a possible Minnesota Power line. Scammers will then pose as…

Gov. Dayton Appointed Chair of NGA’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The National Governor’s Association (NGA) has appointed Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton as chairman of the NGA’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. Dayton will replace Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas. “I am very honored to have been asked to serve as Chairman of the National Governors Association’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee,” said Gov. Dayton….

Crews Battle Garage Fire on Swan Lake Road

1/7 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/7 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/7 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/7 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/7 Show Caption Hide Caption 6/7 Show Caption Hide Caption 7/7 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Crews today responded to a garage fire around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 2600 block of Swan Lake Road. The Duluth Fire…

Dubh Linn Brew Pub Recognized as One of the Top 40 Whiskey Bar/Restaurants in the Nation

  DULUTH, Minn. – Whisky Advocate Magazine has recognized Dubh Linn Brew Pub in Duluth as one of the Top 40 Whiskey Bar and Restaurants in the United States. The criteria for the award was based on whiskey selection, variety, food quality, entertainment, and ambiance. Whisky Advocate Dubh Linn has a massive collection of different whiskeys available, over 350 bottles…

Twin Ports Officers will Stake Out Dunkin’ Donuts Rooftops this Friday

TWIN PORTS – Officers in both Duluth and Superior will hit the rooftops of local Dunkin’ Donuts this Friday, Aug. 11 to support the Special Olympics.¬† Law enforcement officers in Minnesota will participate for the first time ever in a statewide Cop on a Rooftop event, at all six Minnesota locations, including Duluth. Wisconsin officers will be participating for the…

Woman Stabbed at Bar in Mountain Iron

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an assault at a bar in Mountain Iron just before 1:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 8, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. When officers arrived on scene, they located a woman inside the bar with a stab wound to the left side of her stomach. She was…

Remer Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Sexual Conduct with Minors

Jacob White WALKER, Minn. – A Remer, Minnesota man has been sentenced to 12 year in prison for two sexual conduct cases involving minors, according to Cass County Attorney Christopher J. Strandlie. Jacob John White, 32, was sentenced for committing Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree, which will run concurrently with one year in jail for Criminal Sexual Conduct…