Author: Melissa Lentz

Crews Respond to Afternoon Fire in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Fire crews in Superior responded to the call of a possible structure fire around 1:47 p.m. Tuesday, according to Battalion Chief Steven Edwards. Crews arrived on scene to discover a fire in the attic area of a structure in the 2700 block of E 6th Street. No injuries were reported in this fire. After the initial investigation…

Duluth Man Arrested in Connection to Car Dealership Burglary

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown Police responded to an alarm at a car dealership located in the 4700 block of Miller Trunk Highway around 5:30 a.m. Monday, according to the Hermantown Police Department. When officers arrived on scene, they discovered forced entry into the business, but no one was located in the building during the search. Investigators collected evidence, and found…

Lane Closures Begin July 24 on Highway 37 in Hibbing

HIBBING, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a resurfacing project resulting in temporary lane closures beginning on Monday, July 24 on Highway 37, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Throughout the project, flaggers and a pilot car will alternate traffic through single lane closures. The project is expected to be complete by mid-October. Categories: News, News – Latest News, Road…

Basement Fire in Barnum

BARNUM, Minn. – Authorities responded to the call of a large amount of smoke coming from a residence near Barnum Elementary, around 3 a.m. on Monday, July 18. Law enforcement and fire personnel arrived on scene to find a large amount of smoke inside the residence in the 3800 block of North Street in Barnum. Crews were able to pin…

Michigan Street Utilities Upgrades Resume July 17

DULUTH, Minn. – Michigan Street in downtown Duluth has undergone a significant utilities upgrade project since April involving electrical, gas, and water lines. The first phase was completed on June 30, allowing for the temporary re-opening of Michigan Street. Phase two will begin at 6 a.m. July 17 from 2nd Avenue West to 1st Avenue West. The project is expected…

Three Downtown Avenues Transitioning to Two Way Traffic

Conversions are expected to begin Monday, July 17

DULUTH, Minn. – Three avenues are slated to convert from one to two way as part of the City of Duluth’s plans to improve transit and access to downtown businesses. First, Second, and Third Avenues West (from Superior Street up to 4th Street) will ease and allow more direct connections to businesses with smoother circulation, according to the City. Other…

City Looking to Make Pavement and Sidewalk Improvements on 4th Street

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is working to make improvements to the sidewalks and pavement along 4th Street from Mesaba Avenue to 6th Avenue East. Preparations are underway and is estimated to take around 6 weeks to complete. Various stretches of 4th Street will be marked as no parking to accommodate the sidewalk and pavement patching work. Construction…

Holiday Stationstores Bought by Canadian Company

MINNESOTA – Canadian company, Couche-Tard Incorporated, announced today that it signed an agreement with Holiday Companies to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Holiday Stationstores and affiliated companies. Holiday is a privately owned company based in Minnesota that has been in operation since 1928 and currently has 522 stores in the Upper Midwest. “We are pleased to…

Wisconsin Point Dunes Restoration Receives Over $1.3 Million from State

A total of $2.4 million in grants awarded

City of Superior MADISON, Wis. – Governor Scott Walker announced $2.4 million in grants to protect and improve the Great Lakes resources in Wisconsin’s coastal communities. Thirty-four grants will be used by local and state governments, regional planning commissions, universities, and non-profit organizations. The largest grant was received by the City of Superior for the Wisconsin Point Dunes Restoration Project…

St. Louis County Commissioner Announces Bid for US Congress

Has served on the Duluth Police Department for 22 years

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police Lieutenant and St. Louis County Commissioner, Pete Stauber has announced that he will be running for U.S. Congress from Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. Stauber, a Republican, will be seeking the seat currently occupied by Democratic Representative Rick Nolan. Pete Stauber Stauber was elected to the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners in 2012, representing the…

Sidewalk Days Festival Kicks Off Wednesday

Festival runs from July 12-14

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Sidewalk Days Festival is set to kick off on Wednesday, July 12 and run through July 14. Vendors will hit the bricks of West Superior Street from Lake Avenue to 5th Avenue West to offer up some mouth-watering food, shopping, and entertainment for the whole family. Events for the festival include: Sidewalk Shuffle 5K – 12…

Duluth Pack Offering Pack Rental Program

Can be rented online and picked up in store!

(left) Original #4 (right) Original #3 (Duluth Pack) DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Pack has announced they will be offering a new program for those seeking to rent one of their packs. The program will offer their Original #3 and 4 canoe packs in a variety of colors. Those interested in renting can sign up at their website and pick the…

1 Hospitalized After Shooting In Central Hillside

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating a shooting in the East Hillside neighborhood. The shooting is believed to have happened around 5:50 p.m. Thursday on the 600 block of East 4th Street. That’s the location officers were told to look for a possible gun in the high grass by an apartment building across from the Whole Foods Co-op. This…

Bird Tests Positive for West Nile Virus in Washburn County

WASHBURN COUNTY, Wis. – A dead raven has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Washburn County, according to the Washburn County Health Department. West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, which acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. “Finding the virus in birds indicates that West Nile virus may be present…

Westbound Bus Stop in Front of Holiday Center Discontinued until Further Notice

DULUTH, Minn. – Effective Saturday, July 8, 2017, the Duluth Transit Authority will discontinue service to the bus stop located directly in front of the Holiday Center on Superior Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues West. Due to expanded construction, buses will no longer be able to safely access the curb and shelters. No boarding or alighting will take place…

One Dead in Train vs. Road Grader Crash

TOIVOLA TOWNSHIP, Minn. – The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reports that a driver of a road grader died in a collision with a train late Thursday morning. Deputies responded to the area and located the crash at the intersection of Zim Road and Maki Road in Toivola Township. The driver of the road grader, Walter Maki Jr., of Hibbing,…

LOCATED: Leah Buehring, of Duluth

Last seen on July 1

Leah Buehring Leah was located on July 7, and according to authorities is safe. DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 17-year-old female. Leah Buehring, 17, is described as a white female, 5’7″, 180 pounds, brown hair, with hazel eyes. She was last seen on July 1, in the 4000 block…

LCP Works to Restore Power in Grand Rapids, Kettle River Areas

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Thursday morning’s fast moving thunderstorms affected electric service for more than 1,200 Lake Country Power members. As of 9 a.m. Thursday, crews repaired service to more than 570 members. Those affected were primarily in the Grand Rapids and Kettle River areas. LCP crews will be working to restore service today. Line crews from Mountain Iron are…

Gov. Dayton Urges New Police Training Fund to be Named after Philando Castile

Dayton also appoints Castile's uncle to the Peace Office Standards Training Board

Joined by family of Philando Castile, Governor Dayton recommends new law enforcement training fund be named in memory of Philando Castile. ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton today issued a letter to the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board, requesting that its members name a new law enforcement training fund in memory of Philando Castile, who was tragically…

Two Events Combine Forces for the Lumberjack 5K Run/Walk

It's time to channel your flannel!

HAYWARD, Wis. – The American Birkebeiner Foundation has joined forces with the Lumberjack World Championships for the annual Lumberjack 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 22. The Lumberjack Run marks the blending of two community events, the American Birkebeiner ski race and the Lumberjack World Championship, both designed by Hayward native, Tony Wise. Both events have grown to draw competitors from…

DNR: Mille Lacs Walleye Fishing Closed from July 7-28

For other species only artificial baits and lures are allowed in possession, unless anglers are targeting pike or muskie

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding anglers that walleye fishing will be closed on Mille Lacs Lake for 20 days. According to the DNR, walleye fishing will be closed from July 7-27. Fishing fall all other species, including bass will remain open. With a ban on night fishing already in place for the season,…

Dayton Announces 10 Meetings to Discuss Water Quality in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton announced locations Wednesday, for a series of Water Quality Town Hall meetings beginning in late July. Ten town halls will offer Minnesotans an opportunity to discuss water quality challenges facing their communities and our state, as well as hear from experts and engage with policymakers. The meetings build on the momentum from Dayton’s…

Officials Investigating Drowning on East Bear Lake in Michigan

Incident happened on Sunday, July 2

GOGEBIC COUNTY, Mich. – The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an apparent drowning that happened Sunday evening at East Bear Lake of the Sylvania Wilderness Area in Watersmeet Township. Authorities say they were notified of the incident around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Information from witnesses states that all but one of the campers was out of the water and…

DTA to Operate Holiday Service During Fourth Fest

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority will operate a limited holiday service schedule for regular route buses on Tuesday, July 4. The holiday services, which can be found in the shaded area of the “Sunday” section of the DTA’s passenger hand schedule, will only be provided in the City of Duluth, not Superior. The Port Town Trolley service in…

Duluth Fourth Fest Traffic Advisories

Adam Jagunich Bayfront Park, Duluth, MNDULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth will be hosting the Annual Fourth Fest Celebration in the Bayfront Area on Tuesday and the Duluth Police Department have issued the following traffic advisories for travelers in the area. PARKING: Limited parking will be available at the DECC parking ramp, Great Lakes Aquarium Lot, and in parking…

Coast Guard Announces Twin Ports Safety Zones for 4th of July Fireworks

DULUTH DULUTH/SUPERIOR – The United States Coast Guard has announced two safety zones for boaters on the water for the annual Duluth Fourth Fest and the Superior 4th of July Fireworks display on Tuesday. Safety zones for Duluth will go into effect from approximately 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 in the northwestern section of Duluth Harbor…

MnDOT Urging Travelers to Use Caution in Work Zones Across the State

Extra DWI Enforcement is currently on Minnesota roads

MnDOT/D.R.GonzalezST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use caution while driving through work zones during the July 4th holiday. “Some projects will have crews working Friday, Saturday and Monday, but all projects will be shut down on the Fourth of July holiday,” said Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “We ask drivers to pay attention in work…

Winter Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Meth Trafficking

Investigation was conducted in 2016

William Koch (Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office) SAWYER COUNTY, Wis. – A Winter man was sentenced in Sawyer County Circuit Court Thursday, for his involvement in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy in Sawyer County in 2016. Fifty-three-year-old William Koch was sentenced to 15 years of confinement in prison and 13 years of extended supervision after his release, resulting in a total of…

Mille Lacs Named Best Bass Fishing Lake in the Country by Bassmaster Magazine

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Bassmaster Magazine has released its top 12 Best Bass Lakes of 2017 and has named Mille Lacs number one thanks to its abundance of smallmouth bass. The magazine states it was selected for its hearty bass, as winners of several fishing championships wrangled in basses weighing in over 20 pounds and some measuring longer than 17…

Literary Mural Adorns the New Zenith Bookstore

ZENITH BOOKSTORE OPENS SATURDAY, JULY 1

Courtesy: Charlie Smith DULUTH, Minn. – Proctor artist Tom Napoli has put his touch on the storefront of the newest addition to West Duluth’s Central Avenue, Zenith Bookstore. Napoli put the finishing touches on the mural in mid-June, giving pedestrians a taste of what the new independently-owned bookstore will offer when they finally open their doors on July 1. “We…

Superior 4th of July Events

FESTIVITIES KICK OFF WITH A MILITARY FLYBY ON THE 4TH

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The City of Superior has announced an expansion of its 4th of July Celebration for 2017. A military flyover will kick off the parade at 11 a.m. 4th of July Parade will take place at 11 a.m. on 28th Street and Catlin Avenue. This year’s route will travel from the Middle School and end at the Senior…

Duluth Pack Crafts Leather Backpack for Ed Sheeran

DULUTH PACK TEAMS UP WITH XCEL ENERGY CENTER

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Pack has announced that they are teaming up with Xcel Energy to create a hand-crafted bag for singer Ed Sheeran. Photo: Duluth Pack The company has selected its most popular backpack style, the Leather Standard Backpack. To customize it for Sheeran’s style they have used a pebbled leather material, along with the traditional features including leather…