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Duluth Art Institute to Mandate COVID-9 Vaccine

DULUTH, Minn. – Beginning Friday, the Duluth Art Institute will mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all students, event attendees, renting artists, teaching artists, and staff who enter any DAI spaces. “For the wellbeing of our community, it is necessary to do everything we can to preserve the health of all individuals who utilize our facilities, and setting a mandated standard is…

Shortage on ICU Beds in Twin Cities Has Ripple Effect on Rural Minnesota

(FOX 9) – As more hospital ICU beds fill up in the metro, it’s having a ripple effect on patient care in rural hospitals. Rural healthcare staff says they are scrambling to get patients in critical care the help they need fast enough because the resources are just not there. “Rural hospitals are designed for primary care and general surgery….

Proctor Schools Superintendent Announces His Retirement

PROCTOR, Minn.-Proctor Schools Superintendent John Engelking has announced his retirement from that position at the end of this week. Last night, the school board accepted his letter of retirement, after serving in the role for the last 12 years. Engelking says today that he plans to stay on with the district as the interim superintendent, until they find a replacement,…

Cloquet Police Investigating ‘Suspicious Death,’ Adult Male in Custody

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet Police Department says it is investigating the death of a man in an apartment complex for veterans on the Fond Du Lac Reservation that has been deemed “suspicious in nature.” According to police, officers with the Cloquet Police Department and Fond du Lac Police Department responded to reports of an unwanted person in an apartment…

Gunflint Trail Campgrounds, Recreation Areas in Superior National Forest To Reopen

DULUTH, Minn. – The Superior National Forest says it is lifting the remaining closures along the upper Gunflint Trail beginning Wednesday. This includes Blankenburg Boat Launch, Trails End Campground, Iron Lake Campground, and all associated facilities including Trails End Boat Launch parking lot and Iron Lake canoe carry down. Additionally, all National Forest System lands and roads along the upper…

Driver Identified in Dump Truck Fatality

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A Grand Rapids man was killed Monday afternoon after the dump truck he was driving went off the road and rolled in Clinton Township. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the crash on Spirit Lake Road near the Virta Road West intersection around 1:28 p.m. Authorities say the driver, identified as…

Gordy’s Hi-Hat Closes for 2021 Season

CLOQUET, Minn. – Gordy’s Hi-Hat has closed for the 2021 season. Gordy’s made the official announcement on its Facebook page Monday morning. This was the popular fast-food restaurant’s 61st season. Gordy’s will open again when the weather gets a little warmer in Spring 2022. Categories: Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

City Crews Responding to Two Water Main Breaks in Congdon Park, Lakeside

DULUTH, Minn. – City of Duluth Utility Operations crews are responding to two water main breaks in Duluth’s Congdon Park and Lakeside neighborhoods. The breaks were reported just before 11:30 a.m. Monday. The first break is located on the 3700 block of East 3rd Street. Water is off on 3rd Street between Rockridge Circle and Misquah Road. The second break…

One Injured in ‘Serious Crash’ in Cass County

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – A 54-year-old Loretto man was seriously injured Saturday afternoon after the dirt bike he was driving crashed on the Sno-Way 1 Recreation Trail in rural Pine River. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to reports of a serious dirt bike crash with injuries around 12:39 p.m. When authorities arrived at the scene they…

Update: Duluth Man Dies After Being Hit by DTA Bus at Miller Hill Mall

  DULUTH, Minn. – A 64-year-old Duluth man has died from his injuries after being struck by a DTA bus Friday morning. According to the Duluth Police Department, authorities responded to reports of a pedestrian who was hit by a bus outside of Dick’s Sporting Good at the Miller Hill Mall around 9:52 a.m. When officers and firefighters arrived at…

Superior National Forest Scales Back Closures Related to the John Ek, Whelp Fires

DULUTH, Minn. – The Superior National Forest is scaling back closures associated with the John Ek and Whelp fires along the Gunflint Trail due to recent rains and moderated fire weather. “Fall weather conditions have moderated the John Ek and Whelp fires, both of which have remained within their perimeters for days. After talking with our fire, wilderness, and recreation…

Judy Garland Museum Gets Big Financial Boost From John Oliver

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.-The Judy Garland Museum recently received a big financial boost from an unlikely source. Comedian and HBO host John Oliver opened up applications to museums to apply to get a $10,000 donation. The museum, which is dedicated to the famed hometown actress, was eventually chosen to the surprise of staff. “The other locations that were chosen are small…

Duluth Police Seeking Public’s Help in Locating Missing Person

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman. According to police, 34-year-old Raechelle Monique Long Elk was last seen in the Duluth area on Friday, September 3, 2021. Long Elk is described as a 5’1”, 130 pound Native American/Hispanic woman. Authorities say The family is concerned about her well-being as…

City of Duluth to Host 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth will host a closed indoor Remembrance Ceremony this Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Members of the Duluth Police and Fire Departments will join Mayor Emily Larson, Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj, and Police Chief Mike Tusken for the ceremony at the Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center’s Ice Cube…

Cloquet to Implement Water Restrictions Starting Friday

CLOQUET, Minn. – Councilors in Cloquet passed a resolution Tuesday to restrict non-essential water usage in the city due to ongoing drought conditions. With 78 percent of Minnesota now experiencing at least severe drought, the Minnesota DNR has determined that the state is now in the drought warning phase of the State Drought Plan. To help conserve and protect local…

Two Injured in Cass County ATV Crash

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – Two people suffered serious injuries following an ATV crash in Cass County Sunday evening. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of an ATV crash in rural Bena and south of Lake Winnibigoshish in the Chippewa National Forest around 5:43 p.m. When deputies arrived at the scene of the crash they…

DECC Raising Parking Prices Effective Tomorrow

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is raising its parking fee to $10 effective Wednesday, September 8. The current $5 parking fee will remain in place for some events including UMD Bulldog hockey season ticket holders and those attending the Duluth Home Show and the Duluth Fall Wedding Show, says DECC Director of Communications, Lucie Amundsen. This is…

St. Louis County Board Recommends Kim Maki as County Attorney

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Board has given preliminary approval to appoint Kim Maki as St. Louis County Attorney. Current County Attorney Mark Rubin announced his retirement effective September 30 last month. Maki’s appointment would be for the remainder of Rubin’s term, which runs through the end of 2022. Maki, an Iron Range native, has worked in the…

One Dead in Sawyer County Single Vehicle Crash

SAWYER COUNTY, Wis. – One person is dead following a single-vehicle crash in Sawyer County early Sunday morning. According to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to reports of a crash on County Highway NN in the Town of Couderay around 2:26 a.m. Sunday. Upon arrival at the scene, authorities located a black 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup truck in…

Final Portion of Superior Street Reconstruction Project to Reopen Today

The street will reopen at 6:30 p.m. on Friday

    DULUTH, Minn. – After four years of construction, the final portion of the Superior Street Reconstruction Project is reopening today, according to city officials. Work started on the $31.5 million project in 2018  to replace bricks on the street’s surface as well as replace utilities that dated back to the 1880s. “In the first phase of the project,…

Community Meeting to be Held Tonight for Greenwood Fire Update

NEAR ISABELLA, Minn. – A Greenwood fire community meeting will be held tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Wold Ridge Environmental Learning Center at 6282 Cranberry Road in Finland. The meeting will also be live streamed on the Superior National Forest’s Facebook page. The new incident management team will be in attendance and fire officials will provide current fire updates….

Bayfield County Health Department Issues Mask Advisory

BAYFIELD COUNTY, Wis. – The Bayfield County Health Department has issued an advisory to residents and visitors recommending face mask use in indoor public settings. Health officials say the advisory is being issued due to an increase in COVID cases in the community. The Bayfield County Health Department says it is also strongly advising Bayfield County schools to require the…

1st Degree Manslaughter Charge Added Against Kim Potter

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison added the count of first-degree manslaughter against Kim Potter, the former Brooklyn Center police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright during an April traffic stop in Brooklyn Center. Ellison filed the amended complaint in Hennepin County District Thursday. This new charge of first-degree manslaughter by recklessly handling a firearm is…

Superior National Forest Lifts Camping, Heavy Equipment Restrictions

DULUTH, Minn. – Superior National Forest officials announced Thursday that backcountry camping and heavy equipment restrictions on National Forest land will be lifted effective Friday. Forest officials made the decision to lift the restrictions as fall temperatures, recent rains, and shorter days have helped to lessen fire conditions. Officials are still asking contractors and the public to continue to practice…

Superior National Forest to Reopen Portions of the BWCAW, National Forest Lands

DULUTH, Minn. – The Superior National Forest is reopening the BWCA later this week due to recent rains, cooling temperatures, and progress made on fires. Forest officials say the BWCA will reopen Saturday but closures will remain in place near the still-active John Ek and Whelp fires. Portions of the BWCAW closed due to the Crooked Lake fires in Canada…

‘Favorable Weather’ Continues To Help Greenwood Fire Fighting Operations

fire fighters Greenwood Fire aug 30 (US Forest Service) Greenwood Briefing Greenwood Fire aug 26 (Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via AP) NEAR ISABELLA, Minn. – Fire officials say moderate weather has helped firefighters make progress on the Greenwood fire containment efforts. As of Wednesday morning, the fire has burned 26,028 acres and is 37 percent contained. The John Ek and Whelp…

Esko Public Schools Provides Updates to COVID Mitigation Strategy

ESKO, Minn. – On Tuesday, Esko Public Schools provided an update to the district’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies which will now include requiring face coverings while indoors for all students Pre-K through 6th grade. Additionally, staff, visitors, and volunteers who work with Pre-K through 6th-grade students will be required to wear a face-covering while indoors regardless of vaccination status. The district…

Paul Gazelka Resigns as Senate Majority Leader as Governor’s Race Looms

Republican State Senator Michelle Benson Tosses Hat into Governor's Race

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – State Sen. Paul Gazelka said Wednesday he’s resigning his position as Senate majority leader, a likely precursor to joining the 2022 Minnesota governor’s race. Gazelka’s move stole some attention from fellow Republican state Sen. Michelle Benson, who is launching her own campaign for governor at a 10 a.m. event in Blaine. Already in the GOP primary:…

Essentia Health-Moose Lake Clinic Opening Sept. 7

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health is opening a new clinic in Moose Lake later this month. The hospital says the new clinic will be opening on September 7 in the existing Moose Lake hospital. The Moose Lake Clinic will have two family medicine physicians, solely dedicated to the clinic, with plans to eventually expand to four physicians and will also…

City Crews Responding to a Water Main Break in Mount Royal Market Parking Lot

DULUTH, Minn. – City of Duluth Utility Operations crews are responding to a water main break in the Mount Royal Market parking lot. The break was reported just before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and is located at 1600 Woodland Avenue. City officials say water has been shut off in the nearby Mount Royal Pines apartment buildings at the address of 50…

Split Rock Lighthouse to Require Masks Indoors Starting Today

DULUTH, Minn. – Split Rock Lighthouse announced on its Facebook page Tuesday, along with the Minnesota Historical Society, that face masks will be required indoors beginning September 1. MNHS says the decision was made to reinstate the mask mandate, regardless of vaccination status, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the state. “According to the Centers for Disease Control…

City Council, Boards and Commission Meetings To Continue Meeting Virtually

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth announced Tuesday that the Duluth City Council and Boards and Commissions will continue meeting virtually as St. Louis County is classified as high or substantial risk for the spread of COVID. According to a recent press release, on August 12, City Attorney Rebecca St. George and Chief Administrative Officer Noah Schuchman sent a…

St. Louis County Announces Logging Restrictions Due to Wildfire Risk

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – Due to ongoing drought conditions and wildfire risk St. Louis County is implementing logging restrictions in the northern part of the county. County officials say the restrictions include cutting and logging operations on all county-managed lands and apply to the same area where no open burning and no campfires are allowed. In a Monday news…

Greenwood Fire Update: Fire Remains at 14% Containment

(US Forest Service) NEAR ISABELLA, Minn. – As of Monday morning, the Greenwood fire remains at 25,991 acres and 14% containment. Fire officials say significant rainfall over the weekend helped crews improve the fireline and “mop up”, extinguishing hot embers along the fire’s edge. On Sunday, heavy equipment operators continued improvements of the Stony River Grade Road, serving as the…

1 Dead, 1 Critically Injured in Early Morning Crash in Carlton

CARLTON, Minn. – One person is dead and another is critically injured after a single-vehicle crash in Carlton early Monday morning. According to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to reports of a vehicle leaving the roadway in the 200 block of Thomson Road around 12:18 a.m. Authorities say a truck driven by an adult male traveling southbound left…

St. Scholastica to Require COVID Vaccine for Students

DULUTH, Minn.-The College of St. Scholastica will require the COVID-19 vaccine for students taking part in in-person curricular and co-curricular activities. The requirement is connected with the Duluth, Health Science Center, and St. Cloud campuses. College leadership had previously said they would pursue the requirement, once the FDA approved the vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine was approved earlier this week. “Students…

Stauber Makes Statement on Minnesota National Guard Members in Afghanistan

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – On Friday, Congressman Pete Stauber (R-08) issued a statement expressing his concern for the Minnesota National Guard members currently in Afghanistan and also his relief to hear that none of the members were injured at the Kabul Airport during Thursday’s terrorist attacks. “Every day, our Minnesota National Guard servicemembers are representing the best of America both at…

Superior National Forest to Close Camping Outside of Developed Campgrounds

DULUTH, Minn. – As wildfires continue to rage and much of the Northland remains in severe drought, the U.S. Forest Service says it is closing camping on Superior National Forest lands outside of developed campgrounds, effective immediately. Officials say day use is allowed and most developed campgrounds will remain open to public use. A list of open campgrounds can be…

Suspected Human Bones Discovered by Utility Crew in Beltrami County

BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. – Utility crews in Beltrami County unearthed what is believed to be human bones on Tuesday afternoon. According to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department, the 911 center received a call from the workers around 12:40 p.m. to report the discovery. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the…

Greenwood Fire Remains at Nearly 26,000 Acres, Zero Percent Containment

(US Forest Service-Superior National Forest/Facebook) ISABELLA, Minn. – The U.S. Forest Service says cooler temps and higher humidity helped to slow the growth of the Greenwood fire on Thursday. Fire crews took advantage of the weather conditions to improve fire lines and use defensive operations in the west and north parts of the fire. Officials say the priority for Friday…

Gov. Walz Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of the Attack in Kabul

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz has ordered all United States and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota to remember, mourn, and honor theUnited States service members and other victims that were killed or wounded in a terrorist attack carried out in Kabul, Afghanistan Thursday. The governor’s office says the order…