Author: Melissa Lentz

Superior Man Charged with Homicide in Connection to Overdose Death

Nathan Birkholz SUPERIOR, Wis. – A 22-year-old Superior man has been charged with First Degree Reckless Homicide after his alleged involvement in the overdose death of Neil Christianson in Nov. 2016, according to Douglas County District Attorney Mark Fruehauf. Nathan Birkholz allegedly delivered a substance which contained heroin and fentanyl to Christianson, which resulted in his death. The criminal complaint…

IRS to Hold Public Auction in Ely

Auction begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 23

DULUTH, Minn. – The Internal Revenue has announced it will be conducting a public auction on Wednesday, Aug. 23, for the contents of an outfitters retail store, Wilderness Outfitters, in Ely, Minnesota, after it was shutdown for nonpayment of taxes. Items listed for auction include camping supplies, tents, grills, chairs, cookware, cots, as well as kayaks, boats, canoes, motors, and…

Man Charged with Electronic Solicitation of a Minor

Joshua Stewart DULUTH, Minn. – On Thursday, August 3, the Duluth Police Department Sex Crimes, Violent Crimes, and Financial Crimes Units arrested a 35-year-old male after investigators became aware of a conversation occurring between the male and a female minor over social media. Thirty-five-year-old Joshua Stewart was subsequently arrested after making arrangements with the female, he believed to be 14-years-old,…

Bald Eagle Nesting Areas Reopen at Voyageurs National Park

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – Five of Voyageurs National Park’s 276 visitor-use camping and houseboat sites are reopen after they were temporarily closed in May to protect bald eagle nesting pairs. The areas reopened include: Kabetogama Lake – Happy Landing Campsite, Camelback Island Campsite, Ek Bay Houseboat Site Namakan Lake – Hamilton Bay Campsite, Sexton Is. Campsite Each years since 1992,…

Chisholm Roundabout Construction Begins Aug. 14, Detour Set for Hwy 73

CHISHOLM, Minn. – Drivers will encounter a two-month detour on Highway 73 in Chisholm, as the next phase of construction begins on the roundabout. Hwy 73 will be closed between Hwy 169 and 6th Street. Drivers will be directed to use Truck Hwy 169, 4th Avenue East, and Lake Street. Crews will begin building the roundabout and work on approaching…

Hibbing Man Charged in Fatal Tower Fire

Jesse Bonacci-Koski   VIRGINIA, Minn. – A 24-year-old Hibbing man is facing charges for his involvement in the fatal fire that killed an 11-month-old boy on Aug. 2. Jesse Lee Bonacci-Koski was charged in State District Court in Virginia on Monday with four counts, including second degree manslaughter. According to the criminal complaint, the 11-month-old boy, identified as Bentley Joe…

Car Vs. Tractor Accident near Winter, Wis.

WINTER, Wis. – Sawyer County Sheriff’s Deputies and several other agencies responded to the call of a traffic crash on CTH W approximately 1.5 miles south of Winter involving a passenger car and a tractor, on Friday, Aug. 4 around 4:15 p.m. Both vehicles were proceeding westbound on CTH W when the crash occurred. Authorities report that the 40-year-old, male…

Level III Offender Relocates to Rice Lake, Minn.

Timothy Davich DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public of a Level III Predatory Offender being relocating to the area of Howard Gnesen Road in southern Rice Lake, Minnesota. Timothy Scott Alan Davich, 50 has a history of sexual contact with minor male victims ages 6-16. Some contact occurred on numerous occasions over a…

Patch Work Begins on I-35 from Grand Ave to Hwy 2

TWO WEEKS - 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M. WEEKDAYS

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports that a large-scale pavement patching project has started on Interstate 35. The project includes the section of I-35 from Grand Avenue to Highway 2 in Duluth. Crews will be using several vehicles traveling slowly along I-35 for the next two weeks on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists may…

Flo Rida Making a Stop in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Award-winning hip hop artist, Flo Rida, will be bringing his My Endless Summer Tour to Duluth in September. Flo Rida will be hitting the outdoor stage at Bayfront Festival Park on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The event is open to all ages, show is expected to get underway at 6 p.m. Headliners for the tour have yet to…

Temporary Road Closure Planned for Fisherman’s Road

MONDAY, AUGUST 14 TO FRIDAY, AUGUST 18

CASS LAKE, Minn. – The Chippewa National Forest has announced a temporary week-long road closure on Fisherman’s Road (Forest Road 2384) near Lake Winnibigoshish. The closure from Aug. 14 to Aug. 18 will be located 1.5 miles south of Itasca Co. Rd 33 and 2.7 miles north of Forest Rd 2171. The Forest Service indicates that the closure is planned…

Sky Harbor Airport Receives Over $4 Million for Improvements

DULUTH, Minn. – Today, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representative Rick Nolan announced over $4 million for the Sky Harbor Airport. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grant to the airport, totaling $4,611,690 for infrastructure improvements. “This investment in the Sky Harbor Airport is crucial to supporting safe and efficient air travel in our region,” Nolan…

Registration Open for 2017 Tee Up FORE Kids Golf Classic

Benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual Tee Up FORE Kids Golf Classic will held by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland, on Monday, August 21 at the Northland Country Club. The classic allows for individuals to play an award-winning course, while also helping children in need across the Northland. The classic raises funds to provide supportive services to children…

Spirit Valley Days Traffic Advisory

Festival runs from August 2-6

DULUTH, Minn. – Spirit Valley Days kicks off on Wednesday, August 2, with several events resulting in several road closures. Through the duration of events from August 2 to August 6 the following streets will be barricaded and closed: Ramsey St – from 57th Ave W to Central Ave 57th Ave W – from Grand Ave to Bristol St Wednesday,…

Two Females Robbed at Gunpoint in Drug Deal Gone Wrong

Five suspects were arrested in connection to the incident

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Around 4:30 a.m., Monday July 24, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department received a call that two adult females had been robbed at gun point outside a residence in the 5200 block of 15th Street NW in Grant Valley Township outside of Bemidji. The 911 caller indicated that one of the females was in the process of exiting…

Foxconn Announces $10 Billion Investment in New Wisconsin Campus

ESTIMATED TO ESTABLISH 13,000 NEW JOBS IN THE STATE

(AP) WASHINGTON – Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics manufacturing services provider, announced Wednesday that it will invest $10 billion by 2020 to build a world-class manufacturing campus in southeastern Wisconsin. The campus is expected to bring 13,000 new jobs to Wisconsin and represents the largest new greenfield investment made by a foreign-based company in U.S. history. The announcement…

Kenwood Avenue Improvements Set to Begin July 31

Project is expected to take 4-5 weeks to complete

DULUTH, Minn. – A street rehabilitation and construction project is set to begin on Kenwood Avenue at the College Street intersection next week, according to the City of Duluth. The goal of the project is to improve road conditions, better manage traffic congestion, and install new traffic control signals. The work to be performed will include: An asphalt mill and…

Dayton Appoints Judge for Vacant 6th District Seat

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Michelle M. Anderson as a District Court Judge in Minnesota’s 6th Judicial District. Anderson will replace the Honorable James B. Florey, who was appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals earlier this year. She will be chambered at the St. Louis County Court in Virginia. “Michelle Anderson brings a…

New Exhibit Flutters into the Lake Superior Zoo

EXHIBIT OPENS JULY 26 AND WILL RUN THROUGH THE FIRST FROST

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior Zoo visitors will be able to walk through an enclosed exhibit with hundreds of butterflies inside the zoo’s newest exhibit, “Beautiful Butterflies: An Up-Close Experience.”   “This is a beautiful and fun exhibit, and we’re pleased to bring it to the zoo for the summer,” said Dave Benson, the zoo’s interim CEO. “They are unique…

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Near Mellen, Wisconsin

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wis. – Around 1:45 p.m. authorities responded to the call of a motorcycle accident on County Highway GG approximately two miles south of Mellen, according to the Ashland County Sheriff’s Department. According to authorities, the caller reported that a male was injured and unresponsive. Authorities determined that the motorcycle left the roadway, crossed the gravel shoulder, and crashed…

Crews Respond to Two Fires in Hibbing

7th Ave E Fire Photo: Hibbing Police Dept. HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Fire Department with the assistance of Chisholm and Keewatin, responded to two fires Friday, according to Hibbing Fire Marshal Bryan Fagerstrom. Around 1:45 p.m., crews responded to the call of a fire in the 2100 block of 7th Avenue East. Upon arrival, crews were unable to detect…

Walker Declares State of Emergency for 17 Counties

MADISON, Wis. – Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency, on July 21, for 17 counties following torrential rains that fell in western Wisconsin. Several counties will deal with potentially heavy rains once again Friday night. Gov. Walker, Adjutant General of the Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian Satula, and Wisconsin DNR Deputy Secretary Kurt Thiede met…

MISSING: Kenneth Gordon, of Duluth

Last seen on July 18 in the 2500 block of Rice Lake Road

Kenneth Gordon DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 63-year-old Kenneth Jay Gordon. Gordon was last seen leaving the 2500 block of Rice Lake Road around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18 in a small red or brown passenger vehicle. He has not been seen since. He is described as a Native American…

Two Dead in Longville, Minnesota House Fire

KEGO TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Authorities responded to the call of a fire around 12:30 a.m., Friday, July 21, at a residence in Kego Township, near Longville, Minnesota, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. Crews arrived on scene to find a home fully engulfed, and efforts to extinguish began immediately. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that two females, one…

Police Shutdown Superior-Bound Lanes of Bong Bridge

UPDATE: Authorities have reopened the bridge as of 3:20 p.m. Police negotiators were successfully able to resolve the situation. The individual is being transported to the hospital for evaluation. DULUTH, Minn. – Southbound lanes heading into Superior on the Richard I. Bong Bridge have been shutdown by the Duluth Police Department at the request of the Minnesota State Patrol. Authorities…

Percy to Join Thomas at this Year’s ‘Day Out with Thomas’ Event

Events take place August 4-6, 11-13

DULUTH, Minn. – The North Shore Scenic Railroad (NSSR) is expecting to exceed record levels and organizers are preparing for their largest event ever. Presale numbers have already exceeded last year’s numbers, according to officials. This year Thomas the Tank Engine will be joined by his best friend Percy. The two engines from the Island of Sodor will join their…

Speed Limits to Increase on 4 Northeastern Minnesota Highways

WILL OFFICIALLY GO INTO EFFECT WHEN SIGNS ARE POSTED

Photo: MnDOTDULUTH, Minn. – Speed limits on four highways in northeast Minnesota will see a 5 mph increase within the next two to three weeks, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Speed limits will increase from 55 to 60 mph, and will go into effect when the new signs are posted. These highways will include: Aitkin County – Hwy…

Ashland Man Arrested for Child Pornography

ASHLAND, Wis. – A seven month investigation that started with an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) tip, has led to the arrest of a male, according to the Ashland Police Department. Detectives from Ashland PD and the State of Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation executed a search warrant at an Ashland residence, resulting in the arrest of a 29-year-old male….

Lincoln Park Restoration Receives $750,000 from Department of Interior

The grant will help undeserved communities looking to plan, build, and enhance parks and other outdoor recreation facilities

DULUTH, Minn. – The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service announced today that $750,000 was awarded to Minnesota through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership program. The City of Duluth will now receive these funds for the Lincoln Park Restoration. The grant is part of $13.3 million, helping 22 cities in 17 states with projects looking to…

Spooner Man Dead after Motorcycle Crash

SPOONER, Wis. – Around 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 15 Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the report of a motorcycle crash on County Highway A in the Township of Evergreen, west of Spooner. When officers arrived on scene, CPR was being administered to the driver of the motorcycle, who was pulseless and not breathing, according to to State Patrol. The driver,…

New Course and Date Unveiled for the Minnesota Mile

Thursday, September 7 at 6 p.m.

  DULUTH, Minn. – Participants of the Minnesota Mile will experience a new, scenic race course along Duluth’s Skyline Parkway on Thursday, September 7. “Over the past year, the Grandma’s Marathon team has worked to design a course and rethink the event to create a unique opportunity for participants. The new course showcases come of the most scenic views of…