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‘Miracle on Ice’ Member Ruled Incompetent for Trial After Assault Arrest

GRAND MARAIS, Minn.-A member of the 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ Olympic hockey team has been ruled incompetent to stand trial after being arrested on multiple charges including felony assault back in August. Authorities say 61-year-old Mark Pavelich assaulted his Cook County neighbor with a metal pole causing serious injury. According to the criminal complaint, the attack happened in Pavelich’s home…

Minnesota Youth Deer Hunt Begins

DULUTH, Minn.-The annual Minnesota youth firearms deer hunt began today as way to get more young people involved in outdoor activities. The event coincides with MEA weekend where kids get a four-day break from school. The event is open for anyone ages 10 to 17 who has a deer hunting and firearms license – the young hunters must also be…

St. Luke’s Cardiac Unit Wins Multiple Awards

DULUTH, Minn.-St. Luke’s was honored today with national recognition for their treatment of severe heart attacks. The hospital received two different awards from the American Heart Association for all they do to save lives. Staff from the cardiac unit say they work hard to make sure they follow the latest trends in heart care so they can give their patients…

Cause of Death Released for Esko Football Player Who Died on Field

ESKO, Minn.-The cause of death has been released for 15-year-old Esko football player Jackson Pfister who died during a varsity game in Aitkin Friday. According to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office, the death is natural due to congenital heart disease. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Pfister family, Jackson’s teammates and the Esko community,” the Aitkin Police…

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….

Brittney Merlot

MORNING METEOROLOGIST

  Brittney Merlot joined the FOX 21 news team in March of 2016 as a Weekend Meteorologist. In December 2017 she stepped in as interim Chief Meteorologist through June 2018. Now she is the Morning Meteorologist on the 7-9am morning show. She enjoys waking everyone up with a smile and an accurate forecast! Her passion for Meteorology began at a…

St. Louis County Deputies Ruled Justified in Hermantown Shooting Death of Suspect

HERMANTOWN, Minn.-The St. Louis County Attorney’s Office has ruled that the two officers involved in killing a suspect in Hermantown in May, were justified. “Their actions taken in self-defense of both themselves and others,” said St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin. The suspect, Timothy Russell Majchrzak, 37, died after being shot by deputy Jason Kuhnly and then hit by a…

Fire Damages Hibbing Home

HIBBING, Minn.-The Hibbing Fire Department responded at 7:56 a.m. to a report of a building fire on the 300 block 41st Street East. Fire crews arrived on scene to a one story single-family home with smoke coming from the rear of the structure. Crews initiated a rapid offensive attack using tank water from the engine and suppressed the fire quickly….

More Opportunities Now Offered at Duluth YMCA

DULUTH, Minn.-All this week local kids can participate in Fun Days at the Duluth YMCA where they can take part in swimming lessons, gym games, along with numerous outdoor activities. Staff from the program say it’s a really good option for parents as summer camps wind down leaving parents in a bind for childcare. “This morning I was in the…

Float Plane Makes Emergency Landing Near Grand Rapids Airport

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.-One person was injured after their float plane made an emergency landing after take off  near Grand Rapids – Itasca County Airport earlier today. It all happened at about 1 p.m., according to Grand Rapids Fire Chief Travis Cole. He said a 68-year-old Grand Rapids man in the plane suffered lower back injuries and was taken to the…

Proposed Twin Metals Mining Group Signs Union Labor Deal

ELY, Minn.-A project labor agreement has been signed between Twin Metals mining company and the Iron Range Buildings and Construction Trades Council for building a proposed copper-nickel mine near Ely. “The agreement marks a formal commitment from Twin Metals to hire union workers for the construction phase of the planned underground mine once permits are granted,” Twin Metals said in…

Contractor Falls Into Tank at Husky Energy

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The Superior Fire Department is reporting a contractor fell about 20 feet into a tank this morning at Husky Energy in Superior. It happened just after 8 a.m. When the ambulance and fire department arrived, the contractor had already exited the tank. He was transported by ambulance to Essentia in Duluth for evaluation. Husky released the following statement in…

Denfeld High School Principal Placed on Leave as Subject of Allegations

Tonya Sconiers was placed on leave from her position at Denfeld High School.

  DULUTH, Minn.-Fox 21 has confirmed that Denfeld Principal Tonya Sconiers has been placed on leave beginning June 18. In an email to Fox 21, Superintendent Bill Gronseth said “she was the subject of allegations. The nature of the allegations remain private at this time.” Gronseth said they will name an experienced substitute principal shortly. He also said there are…

5th Annual Billing’s Park Days Begins Today

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The fifth annual Billing Park Day’s celebration began today with a fleet of fun activities for the whole family. Activities included a bean bag tournament and a rummage sale and one vendor literally brought the sale and the customers to her front door with her handmade items. Stone Sostre owner Ellen Kreidler says, “Other years I have done a…

Northlander Wins Highest Honor at AirVenture Award Show

DULUTH, Minn.-Out of planes from all over the country, a Northlander won a prestigious award for his homemade aircraft in Oshkosh, Wisc. Michael Shannon of Duluth entered his homemade seaplane into the Air Venture Aircraft Award Show to be scored and judged having little idea he’d end up receiving the gold Lindy Award named after Charles Lindbergh, one of the…

Duluth Welcomes New Downtown Fitness Center

DULUTH, Minn. – If you want to get your sweat on a new fitness center is now open in Duluth. AP Fitness, located on the 200 block of West Superior Street. A mother-daughter duo is behind the business. They’re hoping to pass their sports and wellness knowledge onto others. Co-owner Paige Stratioti says, “I’m really excited about this because I…

Flora North Boutique Relocates to Lincoln Park

Just around the corner on West Superior Street Flora North, known formally as “Bella Flora,” is celebrating its move to Lincoln Park. From the former location on West First Street. The Company has been around for 19 years and the owners say Lincoln Park is the perfect fit. Co-Owner Ellie Just says, “We care about the things we bring into…

Officer and Suspect Identified in Officer-Involved Shooting in Moose Lake

MOOSE LAKE, Minn.-The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the officer and suspect involved in an officer-involved shooting Monday at a mobile home park in Moose Lake. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the deputy as Sgt. Jason Warnygora, who has been with the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years. Sgt. Warnygora is on standard administrative leave. The…

Man Accused of Stealing Duluth Officer’s Taser Charged

DULUTH, Minn.-The suspect accused of taking a Duluth police officer’s taser Friday has been charged with four different counts including a felony (video found here). Bryan Hathaway, 32, has been charged with disarming a police officer (felony), along with the misdemeanors of obstructing the legal process, assault on a peace officer in the fourth degree, and fleeing on foot. According…

Trump Tweets he Will Win Minnesota in 2020

The Tweet focused in on Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar calling her an anti-semite.

WASHINGTON, D.C.-In the early morning hours, President Donald Trump vowed to win Minnesota after sending out a Tweet at 5:51 a.m. The Tweet focused in on Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar calling her an anti-semite. In the Tweet, Trump said: “In 2016 I almost won Minnesota. In 2020, because of America hating anti-Semite Rep. Omar, & the fact that Minnesota…

Duluth Firefighters Host Story Time

Duluth, Minn.-A local Duluth library had a packed house this morning during a unique story time with local firefighters. The Mount Royal Public Library hosted their annual firefighter story time allowing kids to interact with some of Duluth’s heroes. One local fire captain says, it’s a great opportunity for the community to learn who the firefighters are. “Just give them…

Fast Draw Competition Begins Tomorrow in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Tomorrow the annual 10th annual Wisconsin Cowboy Fast Draw Tournament begins at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds in Superior. The shooting competition draws gunslingers from across the country to participate in the shootout and many are returning members competing year after year. Members don’t only come to participate in the competition for money and prizes, but they also…

Moose Lake Campground Dry, Busy After 2018 Flood Damage

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – The Moose Lake Campground is starting off the season dry and busy after recovering from destructive flooding last year. Campers and RVs were lined up Monday on site, with the nearby Moose Lake in the distance not causing any problems like it did last year after heavy rainfall. The campground was closed due to flooding last…

DECC Prepares for Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Two thousand pounds of pasta will be prepared for the Michelina's all-you-can-eat dinner

DULUTH, Minn. The tradition of carb-o loading is still strong before Grandma’s Marathon. Meal preparation began Monday including two thousand pounds of pasta, five thousand pounds of sauce, and more than thirty thousand meatballs for the Michelina’s all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner Friday at the DECC. Those organizing the event say the event continues to grow. “It’s the place to be during…

More Candidates File for Duluth Mayor’s Race

DULUTH, Minn.-The field is continuing to grow for the Duluth Mayor’s race. Currently six candidates are vying for the seat including incumbent Emily Larson. Those also running include Caleb Anderson, Corey Ford, Doris Queen Lavender, Jesse Peterson, and John Socha. Previous candidate Israel Malachi dropped out of the race. The filing period for all municipal seats ends June 18. To…

Twin Ports Business Owner Running For Duluth Council

DULUTH, Minn. (Press Release) – Born and raised in Western Duluth, entrepreneur Derek Medved, announced his candidacy for City Council at Large today in front of his Gary Korner Store.  Medved grew up in Gary within blocks of the Milk House convenience store and gas station at 1331 Commonwealth Ave. that he purchased at age 19 after the store encountered financial difficulties and…

Three Injured in Duluth Kitchen Fire

DULUTH, Minn.-Three people were injured last night after a kitchen fire in an apartment at 2510 W. Second St. in Duluth. Two persons were treated on scene and released and one person was transported to Essentia Hospital with unknown injuries It all happened at about 8 p.m. Wednesday. The first arriving company reported smoke coming from the windows upstairs and…

New Music Fest Coming to Duluth This Summer

DULUTH, Minn.-A new music festival has been announced for Duluth this summer with tickets going on sale Friday. The Wild Waters Music Festival will be held Aug. 16 at Bayfront Festival Park and will feature a variety of acts including Atmosphere, Cloud Cult, and Low. A portion of the ticket sales will go toward the Save the Boundary Waters campaign….

Northland Authorities Make Major Drug Bust Last Week

DULUTH, Minn.-A major drug bust was made last Friday, after multiple Northland agencies executed a search warrant on East Second Street. Law enforcement agencies executed the warrant at a residence on the 1300 block of East Second Street and during the search, investigators located cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, ecstasy pills, along with other evidence of drug sales. Additionally, investigators seized four…

St. Luke’s Names New President and CEO

DULUTH, Minn.-The St. Luke’s Board of Directors has named Kevin Nokels as the health care system’s new president and chief executive officer. Nokels currently serves as President of CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. A native of Long Prairie, MN, he succeeds John Strange who retired in February after nearly 23 years as president and CEO. “After an…

Three More Candidates Added to Duluth Mayoral Field, One Drops Out

DULUTH, Minn.-Three new candidates have entered the mayoral race in Duluth, while one is no longer listed on the state’s website as a candidate. Now Caleb Anderson, Corey Ford, and Jesse Peterson have filed to run against Mayor Emily Larson. Israel Malachi, who announced he’s running against Larson last week, is no longer listed on the state of Minnesota’s website…

Pinnacle Pointe Music Studios Opens in Duluth

Have you ever wanted to record your own album or single?

BY PHOTOJOURNALIST BRANDON GORDON DULUTH, Minn.-Have you ever wanted to record your own album or single? There’s a new opportunity for you to do just that in Duluth. Pinnacle Pointe Studios in West Duluth is now open for artists in any music genre. The new space’s goal, which is run by a local music producer, is not only going to…

Cloquet Police Seek Shooting Suspects

It is believed both the vehicles and occupants were leaving a funeral/wake service at the Brookston Community Center for a teenager who died Monday in Duluth. 

CLOQUET, Minn.-Last night around 9:30 p.m., officers responded to the Fond du Lac Gas & Grocery Store for a report of a person who had been shot inside their SUV. Officers learned the juvenile victim was a passenger in an SUV traveling south on Brevator Road when another car approached and fired something at their SUV, causing two windows to…

Highway N Remains Closed in Bayfield County Due to Flooding

Bayfield County Highway N between Barnes and Drummond remains closed due to flooding.

BAYFIELD, Wis.-Bayfield County Highway N between Barnes and Drummond remains closed due to flooding. Water levels in Pigeon Lake have continued to rise. Bayfield County Highway Department secured permits for work on the road from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers. The highway department has started the work to raise a section of N…

Flag Raising Ceremony Honors Veterans in Superior

A flag raising ceremony was held today at the Bong Center in Superior to honor a fallen veteran, as we are about a week out from Memorial Day.

BY BRANDON GORDON, FOX 21 PHOTOJOURNALIST SUPERIOR, Wis.-A flag raising ceremony was held today at the Bong Center in Superior to honor a fallen veteran, as we are about a week out from Memorial Day. The Flag of Remembrance program is sponsored by the Superior American Legion Post 435 and honors the life and memory of one deceased veteran every…

NTSB Report Released for Fatal Moose Lake Plane Crash

A preliminary report has been released that looks further into the fatal private plane crash near the Moose Lake Airport last Wednesday.

MOOSE LAKE, Minn.-A preliminary report has been released that looks further into the fatal private plane crash near the Moose Lake Airport last Wednesday. The report, from the National Transportation Safety Board, does not list a cause as the investigation continues, but it did say the sole occupant in pilot 65-year-old Dr. Thomas Stillwell, did get a weather briefing before…

Duluth Airshow Adds Air Force and Navy F-35 Variants to Event

The Duluth Airshow has announced that the United States Air Force will send the F-35 Lighting II Demonstration Team to perform during this summer’s Duluth Airshow which will take place July 20-21 at the Duluth International Airport.

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth Airshow has announced that the United States Air Force will send the F-35 Lighting II Demonstration Team to perform during this summer’s Duluth Airshow which will take place July 20-21 at the Duluth International Airport. “We were very fortunate that Air Education Training Command (AETC) and Air Combat Command (ACC) selected us to host the most sought…

Multiple Elections Happening in the Northland Tomorrow

Multiple school referendums and a primary for a county board seat are happening in the Northland tomorrow.

Multiple school referendums and a primary for a county board seat are happening in the Northland tomorrow. The primary will feature six candidates vying for the District 5 St. Louis County commissioner seat which represents Hermantown, Proctor, and Rice Lake. The candidates are: Wayne Boucher, Keith Macdonald, Keith Musolf, Kal Randa, Timothy Herstad, and Robert Wagner. Up on the Iron…

Two Missing Duluth Children Found Safe

UPDATE: The Children Have Been Found Safe.

UPDATE: The Children Have Been Found Safe. _____________________________ DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating two missing children who police are saying are runaways. Alexander LaFave: 15-years-old, 5’2″ 150lb white male with auburn hair and hazel eyes. Possibly wearing a gray hoodie, green army color jacket, black Air Jordans, and jeans. Addison LaFave: 9-years-old, 4’9″…

Howards Bay Cleanup Project to Get $14 Million in Funding

It's part of the St. Louis River Area of Concern (AOC) on the lake. Work will be funded through a cost-sharing partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the city of Superior and Fraser Shipyards.  

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a $13.8 million cleanup of Howards Bay in Superior. It’s part of the St. Louis River Area of Concern (AOC) on the lake. Work will be funded through a cost-sharing partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the city of Superior and Fraser Shipyards. “The Howards Bay project is yet another…

Suspect Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting in Hermantown Identified

Majchrzak was wanted on multiple charges in both Douglas and St. Louis County including domestic assault and drugs.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.-A motorcyclist who allegedly fled from police in northern Minnesota was shot and killed by officers who also struck him with a squad car. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office says 37-year-old Timothy Majchrzak was shot multiple times and died at the scene Saturday afternoon. A gun was found near him, but authorities haven’t…

Suspect Dead After Officer Involved Shooting in Hermantown

In encounter with police, shots were fired and subject was struck by squad car

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A suspect is dead after an officer involved shooting Saturday in Hermantown. Accrording to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), two Hermantown police officers and a St. Louis County sheriff’s deputy shortly after 3 p.m. pursued a motorcyclist who was traveling northbound on Midway Road just past West Arrowhead Road at speeds in excess of 100…

More Events Coming to Northshore Inline Marathon

Multiple changes are coming to this fall’s annual inline marathon.

DULUTH, Minn.-Multiple changes are coming to this fall’s annual inline marathon. It will now be known as the Northshore Inline Marathon and Skate Fest. Leaders from the event said they are adding even more races like the tunnel 10-K skate and 21-K roller ski events. Plans are also in the works for having more skating clinics, demos, and shows to…

Body of Missing Superior Man Found

The body of a missing Superior man was recovered from the Middle River Sunday afternoon about a mile south from the mouth at Lake Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The body of a missing Superior man was recovered from the Middle River Sunday afternoon about a mile south from the mouth at Lake Superior. Anthony Puckett, Sr. was last seen Saturday April 20 at a residence near Highway 13 and the Middle River.  He was reported as a missing person to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office late Monday…

Final Suspect Sentenced in Murder of UMD Student

The final suspect in the 2017 murder of a UMD student was sentenced today.

DULUTH, Minn.-The final suspect in the 2017 murder of a UMD student was sentenced today. Twenty-eight–year–old Xavier Haywood was sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison after being found guilty of  aiding an offender in the murder of William Grahek. Prosecutors say three men entered Grahek’s home looking to steal cash and drugs. When the plan went wrong Grahek was…

Radinovich Resigns From Position at Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation

After some controversy over how he was hired, effective Tuesday, April 30th, Joe Radinovich will resign from his position as state program administrator working with the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board.

EVELETH, Minn.-After some controversy over how he was hired, effective Tuesday, April 30th, Joe Radinovich will resign from his position as state program administrator working with the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board. The IRRRB came under fire this month after Joe Radinovich, a former state legislator, was fast-tracked for a job working with the IRRRB. The weekly Ely Timberjay newspaper…

Multiple Vehicle Crash Reported at Can of Worms

A multiple vehicle crash has been reported at the Can of Worms intersection in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.-A multiple vehicle crash has been reported at the Can of Worms intersection in Duluth. There’s no word yet on how many victims are involved in the crash, but a traffic cam at the site does indicate at least two cars and a semi were involved at one of the ramps at the site. The exit ramp is closed. Traffic is…

Brighton Beach Reopens After Being Closed Due to Last Week’s Storm

Portions of Skyline Still Closed

DULUTH, Minn.-The city of Duluth has reopened Brighton Beach. The park was closed last week during the storm due to debris from Lake Superior collecting on the roadway. The debris has been removed, and the park is now open for traffic and visitors alike. Portions of Skyline Still Closed The city of Duluth is delaying the opening of parts of…