Author: Rusty Mehlberg

“It Is A Grave Concern For Us.” Duluth Chief Reacts To Latest Teenage Gun Violence

DULUTH, Minn. – The investigation continues into Duluth’s second gun-related homicide of the year. The shooting on July 2 killed a 17-year-old boy near the intersection of North 16th Avenue East and East 1st Street, next to Endion Park. Duluth Police spent part of the morning of July 5 continuing their investigation around the scene, but did not provide the name…

Know Your Fireworks Regulations, Safety Before Setting Them Off

DULUTH, Minn. – With the Fourth of July right around the corner, fireworks are taking flight. But before you light that match, you better know the rules. In Minnesota, firecrackers are illegal. Residents can, however, use non-explosives like sparklers and ground snakes. “Minnesota has one of the most restrictive fireworks laws and Wisconsin is not so strict,” says Sergeant Kelly Greenwalt…

Public Comment Period Begins For Blatnik Bridge Alternatives

TWIN PORTS – Anyone who uses the Blatnik Bridge to get across the Twin Ports can now help transportation officials plan its replacement. The public comment period is open for people to view the possible locations of the bridge, and whether it should shift slightly west or east of its current position. People can also see different designs for how the…

One Injured After Jet Ski Explodes

KINNEY, Minn. – One person is recovering from injuries after a jet ski exploded Saturday afternoon. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office got word of the accident around 12:47 p.m. July 2, 2022 on Lake Little 14.  That is approximately 15 miles north of Kinney. An investigation determined a 42-year-old Virginia man had just refueled the jet ski and was about…

Bayfront Country Jam Begins Busy Holiday Weekend in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Bayfront Park is gearing up for a busy Fourth of July weekend. Activities gets underway Friday evening with the 4th annual Bayfront Country Jam. Crews have been busy this week getting tents, barriers, and refreshment stands set up. Put on by Twin Ports Entertainment, they say this is their biggest Country Jam yet with Jake Owen headlining.  Also…

Police Task Force Welcomes New K9 Member

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force has a new four-legged member. K9 Maverick is a one-year-old Black Lab from South Dakota.  He just completed six weeks of training with his handler, Investigator Taylor Stusman, in the Twin Cities. Thanks to a federal grant, he is the first K9 whose only duty with the department will…

Spooner Rodeo Prepares for 68th Year

SPOONER, Wis. – A Spooner tradition since 1954 is getting ready for its 68th year. The Spooner Rodeo will see competitors doing their best bull riding, cattle roping, barrel racing, and other events July 7th, 8th, and 9th.  Also scheduled to perform are Charro and Rope Artist Tomas Garcilazo and Rodeo Clown Trent McFarland. This year’s royalty are Rodeo Queen Baylee…

LoLa’s Flyers: How Drones Are Keeping Honeyberries Safe From Cedar Waxwings

WRENSHALL, Minn. – One may know Locally Laid Egg Company for its chickens and eggs, but they are also in the berry business. Farm Lola is the first commercial farm in the U-S to grow honeyberry at a commercial-scale, meaning it can be picked and purchased by the public.  These honeysuckles are native to Siberia and Japan, but they can also…

Duluth’s ‘Stepping On Up’ Supports ‘Safe Zones’ For Homeless

DULUTH, Minn. – Anyone who lives or travels in Duluth can see the signs of homelessness. “People are camping all over the city,” says Deb Holman, a Street Outreach Coordinator for CHUM and Human Development Center.  “It’s not just one area, it’s like everywhere.” St. Louis County’s latest count on homelessness found 606 people experiencing it.  That number has grown over…

Project Joy Gives $30,000 to Help Feed Kids This Summer

DULUTH, Minn. – Project Joy Northland has given out one of their largest one-time lump sum donations. Union Gospel Mission, the Duluth Area Family YMCA, and CHUM each received 10-thousand dollars, which will go towards their efforts to feeding kids this summer. The donations came about after CHUM announced last week they were limiting the number of boxes they could hand…

Grains to Glass: How a Farm Helps a Grantsburg Brewery Thrive

GRANTSBURG, Wis. – What role can a dairy farm play to help a small town brewery thrive?  Once can figure that out in Grantsburg, Wisconsin.  The largest village in Burnett County has been the home to Brickfield Brewery since 2018. “Our welcoming staff will serve you up a pint, a 10-ounce, a flight of four,” says owner Nicki Peterson.  “We also…

Downtown Duluth To Add Pop-Up CoLab Businesses

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Greater Downtown Council is bringing back their pop-up program to help entrepreneurs get a foothold in the physical business world. Those selected will fill three vacant storefronts on the 300 block of West Superior Street for three months free of charge.  The program is considered a co-lab, where multiple businesses can share a storefront depending on how…

Corktown To Move to New Lincoln Park Location

DULUTH, Minn. – A popular restaurant in Duluth’s Lincoln Park Craft District is planning to move to a different part of the neighborhood. Corktown Deli and Brews first opened in 2018 inside the Frost River Marketplace.  After surviving and thriving during the pandemic, Co-owner Jeff Petcoff says the reason for the move is simple. They need more space.  “We want one level…

DTA Needs 15 New Drivers to Resume All Routes

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority wants to hire 15 more bus drivers so they can operate all their routes. “We’ve struggled with this for the last several years,” says General Manager Rob Fournier.  “Keeping in mind that we really want to just provide the best, most reliable service that we can.” A shortage due to retirements and other reasons…

Hiccup Helps Grandma’s Marathon Reach Sustainability Goal with Reusable Cups

DULUTH, Minn. – Grandma’s Marathon is trying to make itself more sustainable and reach a net-zero greenhouse gas emission goal by 2040.  This year’s race saw a relatively new company step up to help reduce the trash that quickly piles up with any race. A company called Hiccup provided 26,000 silicone cups at one of the mile marker stations.   All…

Renovated Motorsports Park Host Car Show, Helps Lions Club

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Two groups near Pattison State Park came together Saturday to bring more attention to their organizations.  For one of them, it was a chance to introduce themselves to the larger community. Black River Motorsports Park teamed up with the Pattison State Park Lions Club to put on a concert and car show. All kinds of cars were present…

One Injured After Gun Goes Off in Duluth Bar

DULUTH, Minn. – One person was injured after a gun went off inside a bar in Duluth early Saturday morning. Duluth Police say officers on foot patrol noticed people running from Aces on First just after 2 a.m. on June 18, 2022.  They were told that there might have been multiple people shot in the bar, prompting a larger police…

DECC Prepares for All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

DULUTH, Minn. – There are many traditions to Grandma’s Marathon, and one of them is tastier than others. The kitchen staff at the DECC is getting ready for their annual Michelina’s All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner. A 10-person crew is preparing 2,400 pounds of spaghetti, 5,000 pounds of sauce, 2,500 pounds of meatballs, 360 pounds of lettuce, and 25 pounds of basil. “I…

Scott Anderson Leadership Forum Taking Place

DULUTH, Minn. – An annual program is teaching leadership skills to a select group of high school students this week. The Scott Anderson Leadership Forum has brought 120 students from 14 Minnesota schools to the College of Saint Scholastica, taking part in building exercises, listening to speakers, and performing community service projects. The forum is named after Anderson, a Duluth resident…

Park Point Beach To Have Full Lifeguard Crew This Summer

DULUTH, Minn. – Park Point Beach will have a full lifeguard crew through the summer season. “We’re starting with a clean slate,” says Cheryl Podtburg, Risk and Safety Manager for the Duluth Area Family YMCA. There were concerns if there would be any lifeguards in early April when the YMCA announced no one had applied. This changed after additional searching was…

Remembering A Dark Day in Duluth’s History: The Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Lynching

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday marks the 102th anniversary of the only known lynching of African-Americans in Minnesota, which took place in downtown Duluth. It was on the corner of East First Street and North Second Avenue East where Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Issac McGhie, all Black men part of a traveling circus, were beaten and hung from a lamppost by…

145 Years Strong: Celebrating June Dairy Month at Four Cubs Farm

GRANTSBURG, Wis. – June is Dairy Month in Wisconsin, an annual recognition for those who help feed people all over the world. For one farm near Grantsburg, Four Cubs Farm, their livelihood of raising cows has been in the family since 1877.  The same year they were homesteaded is the same year Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. “We’re farming some of…

Klobuchar: Bill Passes Congress to Help Combat International Shipping Woes

DULUTH, Minn. – A recently passed bill by Congress could help the Twin Ports’ international shipping business. The Ocean Shipping Reform Act passed the House June 13.  it would prohibit international shipping carriers from discriminating against companies looking to export goods from the U.S.  It also gives the Federal Maritime Commission authority to investigate these issues.  It also gives them…

People Take Advantage of “Free Park Day” at Jay Cooke State Park

CARLTON, Minn. –  June 11 was the latest “free park day” for all 75 of Minnesota’s parks and recreational areas. It also coincided with “national get outdoors day”, to promote the benefits of being outside in nature. Fox 21’s Owen Zagrabelny caught up with several people enjoying Jay Cooke State Park. Categories: Environment, News – Latest News, Video

Duluth Monarch Buddies Host Workshop

DULUTH, Minn. – A community event was held today in support of pollinators and helping to increase their numbers in the northland. The Duluth Monarch Buddies hosted a marketplace at First United Methodist Church in Duluth. Several booths offered information and plants for sale that will help attract butterflies and other species that help pollinate them. The group was formed in…

Fill-A-Truck, Feed a Family Food and Fund Drive Underway

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth-Superior Transportation Association is running their “Fill-a-Truck, Feed a Family” Food and Fund Drive. Richie Rochel, Vice President of DSTA, says it’s the first time this is taking place since 2019 due to COVID.  “We’re hoping to make it the biggest year yet.  In the past we’ve raised $9,000 and 9,000 pounds of food.  We’re hoping to…

Castle Danger Brewery Resumes Growler Sales

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – After a two-and-a-half year hiatus, growler sales returned to Castle Danger Brewery last week. They stopped selling them back in October of 2019 when they began producing more than 20-thousand barrels of craft beer a year, reaching a then-state limit for growler sales.  A new bill signed last month raised the limit to 150-thousand barrels.  They thank…

Enbridge, Line 5 Supporters Kick Off Safest Way Tour in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Supporters of the Enbridge Line 5 relocation project got a chance to see what will be going into the ground Tuesday. Enbridge and the Wisconsin Jobs and Energy Coalition hosted local leaders, trade union representatives, and tribal members at their Superior terminal to get an up-close up look of the 30-inch diameter steel pipe, as well as the…