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Former VP Biden Meets Gov. Walz, Mayor Larson in Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn.-Former Vice President Joe Biden has had a busy day in the Northland. After the Democratic presidential nominee went to Hermantown, where he met with local carpenters, he visited Canal Park to meet with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Duluth Mayor Emily Larson. Later, he also visited a local fire station. We’ll have more on his entire trip, tonight…

Six Students in Esko School District Test Positive for COVID-19, 35 Quarantined

ESKO, Minn. – A week after Esko High School confirmed its first case of COVID-19, the school district says more students have now tested positive for coronavirus. In total, district officials say six students in the district have tested positive and 35 students are in quarantine. One of the students that tested positive is in elementary school while the other…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, September 18

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 87,807 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 8 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,950 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,791,680 tests have been completed to date. There are 80,221 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,091 patients have required hospitalization…

Minnesota Embarks on 4-Week COVID-19 Testing Push With Free Tests, Regardless of Symptoms

(FOX 9) – The Minnesota Department of Health is embarking on a four-week push to increase access to “no barrier” COVID-19 testing in response to an increase in community spread of the disease across the state. For each of the next four weeks, free COVID-19 testing will be offered in several different communities for anyone who feels they need to be tested,…

$300 Weekly Federal Boost to Minnesota Unemployment Benefits Likely Over

(FOX 9) – The $300 a week federal boost to unemployment benefits for Minnesotans who were laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic is likely over after six weeks, state economic officials say. During a press conference Thursday, Economic Commissioner Steve Grove said the last payout for the extra boost in unemployment benefits was the first week of September. “We believe it’s done,” Grove told…

Duluth Police Investigate Wednesday Night Shots Fired Incident

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say they are investigating another shots fired incident that was reported Wednesday night in the Central Hillside neighborhood. According to police, officers responded around 8:00 p.m. to the alleyway in the 100 block between East 4th Street and East 5th Street to the report of shots fired. When officers arrived at the scene they found…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, September 17

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 86,722 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 9 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,942 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,763,735 tests have been completed to date. There are 79,878 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,050 patients have required hospitalization…

International Falls Police Investigating Tuesday Night Kidnapping and Pursuit

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – The International Falls Police Department says they are investigating a Tuesday evening kidnapping and pursuit that stretched from International Falls to Orr, Minnesota. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the International Falls Police Department received a report of a kidnapping on the 1400 block of Highway 11-71 around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. Police say an…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, September 16

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 85,813 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 7 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,933 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,743,611 tests have been completed to date. There are 79,583 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,019 patients have required hospitalization…

Production Assistant – Part Time

Fox 21 News is seeking a part-time Production Assistant to join our team. Major job duties include running robotic cameras, audio, graphics, and teleprompter for our newscasts as well as other duties as assigned. Photoshop experience preferred but not required. Great job for someone interested in getting started in the television business or an experienced applicant looking for part-time work….

Churchill Elementary in Cloquet Confirms One Case of COVID-19

CLOQUET, Minn. – Five days into the school year, families and staff at Churchill Elementary in Cloquet have been notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19. “Our school leaders worked with the Minnesota Department of Health and our Regional Support Team to ensure an appropriate response to the situation,” said Cloquet Schools Superintendent Michael Cary. The school district confirmed that the…

Health Officials Conducting Statewide COVID-19 Survey of Minnesota Households, Includes Free Testing

(FOX 9) – The Minnesota Department of Health is conducting a voluntary statewide survey over the next two weeks to help officials better understand the prevalence of COVID-19 in the state. The survey will include free COVID-19 testing for all members of participating households. Through Sept. 30, teams of public health professionals will be visiting randomly selected households in 180 preselected sites across…

Former Congressman Rick Nolans’s Daughter Dies of Cancer at Age 46

(courtesy: Facebook/Former Congressman Rick Nolan) ROSEVILLE, Minn. – The daughter of former Congressman Rick Nolan died on Tuesday after a five year battle with non-small cell lung cancer. Nolan, D-Minn., of Crosby, shared a Facebook post on Tuesday announcing his daughter’s passing at the age of 46. According to Nolan’s post, his daughter, Katherine Alicia Bensen,  passed away Tuesday at…

DTA to Return to Traditional Fare Collection Next Month

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority announced on Tuesday that they will return to standard fare collection next month. After installing Plexiglass driver-protection barriers on the fleet, the DTA says they will begin standard fare collection on Thursday, October 1. DTA General Manager Phil Pumphrey noted: “We were very pleased to procure and install these barriers across our fleet…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, September 15

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 85,351 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 5 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,927 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,733,292 tests have been completed to date. There are 78,953 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,979 patients have required hospitalization…

MDH Releases New Guidelines for When to Keep Kids Home From School, Childcare

(FOX 9) – The Minnesota Department of Health has issued new guidance for parents advising them to keep their children home from school or child care if they are sick, being tested for COVID-19 or have been exposed to the disease. Medical professionals say following the guidance is the key to keeping schools open this fall. The COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents and Families lays…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, September 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 84,949 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 3 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,922 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,724,779 tests have been completed to date. There are 78,238 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,954 patients have required hospitalization…

Walz Extends COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Tim Walz signed an Executive Order Friday extending the COVID-19 peacetime emergency through at least October 12. The peacetime emergency gives the state flexibility in responding to evolving issues stemming from COVID-19. “My top priority remains the health and safety of Minnesotans,” said Governor Walz. “The COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and the next stages…

Wisconsin Woman Dies in Head on Crash With School Bus

SAWYER COUNTY, Wis. – The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office says a Wisconsin woman died in a head-on collision with a school bus Thursday evening. The two-vehicle crash happened around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of State Highway 40 and State Highway 48 in the Town of Weirgor. Authorities say that a 2015 Bruce School District school bus was traveling north…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, September 11

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 82,716 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 13 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,897 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,665,328 tests have been completed to date. There are 75,757 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,863 patients have required hospitalization…

Former Hermantown Teacher, Coach Pleads Guilty to Sexual Misconduct

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A former Hermantown Middle School teacher and volleyball coach accused of sexually assaulting a student pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Madeleine Schmaltz, 29, of Saginaw, Minnesota is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old high school student while tutoring the student in her home last year. According to the criminal…

Joe Biden to campaign in Minnesota Sept. 18

DULUTH, Minn. (Fox 9/Fox 21) – Joe Biden will be visiting Minnesota next week according to a recent press release from his campaign. Biden will be in Minnesota on Friday, September 18 however specific details about the visit have not yet been released. This will be the first time he has visited Minnesota for his Presidential campaign. President Donald Trump…

College Hockey Delayed Due to COVID-19

(FOX 9) – The start of the 2020-21 college hockey season is being delayed due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hockey Commissioners Association, which represents the 11 Division I men’s and women’s hockey conferences, announced the delay Thursday. The HCA says each conference will announce details on game schedules, including the start dates, individually. “The 11 Division I men’s and…

Home on Lake Vermilion Destroyed by Fire

(courtesy: Facebook/Northland FireWire) COOK, Minn. – A home near Cook on the west end of Lake Vermilion was destroyed by a fire Wednesday night, according to the Northland FireWire. Fire crews from the Cook Fire Department responded to the 2400 block of Red Sunset Road around 9:55 p.m. According to reports the fire started in the chimney and spread to…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, September 10

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 82,249 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 15 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,884 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,646,961 tests have been completed to date. There are 75,425 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,830 patients have required hospitalization…

Us Layoffs Remain Elevated as Job Market’s Gains Weaken

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at 884,000, a sign that layoffs remain stuck at a historically high level six months after the viral pandemic flattened the economy. The latest figures coincide with other recent evidence that the job market’s improvement may be weakening after solid gains through the spring and…

Waters of Superior in Canal Park Closing its Doors for Good

(courtesy: Waters of Superior) DULUTH, Minn. – Waters of Superior in Canal Park is closing its doors for good. The business made the announcement on Thursday saying that the store will close on October 25. “While the store has been profitable, COVID-19 has reduced sales dramatically, and projections showed it would have been impossible to make it through the winter…

Watch: Donald Trump Jr. Hosts ‘Make America Great Again’ Event at DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – Donald Trump Jr. hosts a “Make America Great Again” event on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The rally will mark the Trump campaign’s second visit to Duluth in a matter of weeks. Vice President Mike Pence visited Duluth two weeks ago. Before that, President Trump also made a stop in Mankato as…

Bentleyville Tour of Lights Will be a Drive-Thru Experience in 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2020 Bentleyville Tour of Lights display will be reimagined as a drive-thru experience this year to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions. Bentleyville organizers and Duluth city leaders made the announcement during a Wednesday afternoon press conference at Bayfront Festival Park. According to Bentleyville owner Nathan Bentley while many aspects of the beloved annual lights display will stay the…

Watch Live: Bentleyville Organizers to Hold Afternoon Press Conference

DULUTH, Minn. – Bentleyville Tour of Lights organizers are scheduled to hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon. The press conference will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Bayfront Festival Park. Last month, Bentleyville owner Nathan Bentley said his team was discussing a variety of possible options for the massive lights display to return for another season. Fox 21 will…

Update: Douglas County Man Killed While Servicing Dump Truck

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior police have released more details about the industrial accident that killed a man Tuesday morning in Superior’s South End. According to a recent press release, officers responded to Kimmes Oil and Tire around 9:15 a.m. for a report of an accident. When officers and rescue personnel arrived at the scene they learned that a 21-year-old male…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, September 9

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 81,868 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 7 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,869 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,621,174 tests have been completed to date. There are 75,055 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,792 patients have required hospitalization…

Grandma’s Marathon Minnesota Mile Traffic Advisory

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has issued a traffic advisory ahead of the 14th annual Grandma’s Marathon Minnesota Mile being held on Friday. Beginning at 3:00 p.m. Friday West Skyline Parkway around Enger Tower and Hank Jensen Drive will be closed to traffic. Traffic will not be allowed in or out of the Enger Tower/Enger Park parking lot…

One Dead After ‘Industrial Accident’ in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Police say one person has died in an ‘isolated industrial accident’ in Superior Tuesday morning. According to police, officers responded to reports of an accident at a business located in the South End around 9:15 a.m. Authorities say after arriving at the scene they learned that someone had an accident that involved a heavy piece of…

Essentia Health: Hermantown Urgent Care Closed Until Further Notice

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Essentia Health announced on Tuesday that the Hermantown Urgent Care has closed until further notice. The Essentia Health – Hermantown Clinic remains open and is available for walk-in care. Essentia did not specify the reason for the sudden closure, but we will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.   Categories: Minnesota, News, News…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, September 8

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 81,608 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 2 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,862 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,616,738 tests have been completed to date. There are 74,235 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,760 patients have required hospitalization…

Minnesota Starts Paying $300 a Week Unemployment Boost

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota started paying the $300 a week boost in unemployment benefits to laid-off workers Friday. The payments are backdated, meaning people who were laid off from late July through late August will get up to five separate payments of $300 apiece over the next week. Minnesotans who lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic do not…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, September 4

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 78,966 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 10 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,847 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,558,831 tests have been completed to date. There are 70,537 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,635 patients have required hospitalization…

Campaign Announces Donald Trump Jr. Will Host Rally in Duluth Next Week

DULUTH, Minn. (FOX 9/FOX21) – On the same day that Dr. Jill Biden is set to visit the Twin Cities, Donald Trump Jr. is planning a rally in Duluth. The president’s son will host a “Make America Great Again” event on Wednesday, September 9 at 5 p.m. at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Supporters wishing to attend the rally can register for tickets…

Watch Live: Duluth Police Department to Hold Press Conference Regarding Recent Shootings

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is holding a press conference Thursday afternoon at the Public Safety Building to discuss a string of shootings that have taken place in the area in July and August. We will also be live-streaming the 3:30 p.m. press conference on our Fox 21 Facebook page. Categories: Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Pilot Killed in Leech Lake Plane Crash

WALKER, Minn. – Authorities say the pilot of a small plane was killed after his plane crashed in Leech Lake Tuesday evening. According to the Natchez Democrat Newspaper, 62-year-old Thomas Borum, of Mississippi, was traveling from Missouri to Bemidji for a new job. He was grounded for a short time in St. Cloud due to bad weather. The plane left…