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Duluth Police Searching for Kwik Trip Robbery Suspect

(courtesy: Facebook/Duluth Police Department) DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a man they say is allegedly involved in a robbery with a weapon at a Kwik Trip store in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. According to a Monday Facebook post on the Duluth Police Department page, the robbery happened on July 14, at…

Essentia Health to Launch Courtesy Shuttle for Patients, Visitors as Phase 2 Construction Begins

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health is launching a courtesy shuttle for patients and visitors as the hospital enters Phase 2 of its Vision Northland project. Phase 2 of Second Street closures is set to begin on July 21 at which time Second Street will reopen from Fourth Avenue East to the Intersection with Fifth Avenue East, which will be closed….

Forest Service Managers Identify Two Fires From Canadian Wildfires with Potential to Spread into Minnesota

As wildfires continue in Canada, Forest Service managers have identified two fires that have the potential to spread across the border into the Crooked Lake travel corridor of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and beyond to Crooked Lake and Iron Lake and other more heavily visited areas of the BWCA. Closures are now in place until fires in the region…

Former Superior Gymnastics Coach Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Assault Charges

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The former Superior gymnastics coach accused of sexually assaulting four minors, three of which he previously coached, has pleaded not guilty in Douglas County court by video on Friday morning. George Deppa, 47, has been charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child and one count of exposing genitals to a child. According to…

Camp Siegle Main Lodge a “Total Loss” After Friday Afternoon Fire

BIWABIK TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A fire has destroyed the main lodge at Camp Siegel according to reports from the Northland FireWire. Multiple fire crews responded to the fire at Camp Siegel around 12:45 p.m. Friday which is located near Biwabik. According to a Northland FireWire Facebook post, the lodge is a total loss. The Minnesota DNR and a wildland firefighting crew…

Lakeside Home Damaged in Basement Fire, Cat Saved

lakeside fire (courtesy: Facebook/Duluth Minnesota Fire Department) lakeside fire 2 (courtesy: Facebook/Duluth Minnesota Fire Department) DULUTH, Minn. – A Thursday afternoon fire caused an estimated $15,000 in damage to a home in Lakeside. The Duluth Fire Department says fire crews responded to reports of a structure fire around 2:15 p.m. on the 4600 block of Dodge Street. When crews arrived…

Duluth Man Pleads Guilty to COVID Fraud

DULUTH, Minn. – The United States Attorney’s Office says a Duluth man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to “mail fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft in connection to a COVID-19 relief fraud scheme.” According to reports, between the months of April and August, 2020 34-year-old Jared John Fiege admitted to stealing the names, birth dates, and social security numbers of…

Big Top Chautauqua Announces Cancellation of Tanya Tucker Concert

(courtesy: Adkins Publicity) BAYFIELD, Wis. – On Wednesday, Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield announced the cancelation of the July 17th show with Tanya Tucker. In a recent press release, officials with the Big Top said Tanya Tucker’s representation issued the following statement this afternoon: “It is with regret that we have to cancel all shows for the remainder of July…

Canadian Wildfires Impact Air Quality in U.S.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Burning wildfires in Canada are causing air quality issues in parts of the U.S., including Minnesota and North Dakota. The smoke is lingering closer to the ground, according to weather experts. “Sometimes it stays aloft, but in this particular case behind the front, the smoke is finding its way closer to the surface. That’s why we…

Update: Harbor Drive Reopens Following DECC Ammonia Leak

DULUTH, Minn. – Harbor Drive has re-opened to vehicular traffic following an ammonia leak at the DECC that caused an evacuation of the building Tuesday night. According to city officials, the Minnesota Slip Bridge is also now re-opened to pedestrian traffic. DECC officials also say the majority of the DECC has reopened Wednesday morning as well. Duluth Fire crews remained…

Douglas County Employee Killed in “Work Related Accident” Identified

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Officials with Douglas County have identified the county employee that was killed in a “work-related accident” on Sunday while working in the Government Center. County officials said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon that Douglas County Building and Maintenance Worker, Robert Brown, 47, died Sunday morning “as a result of injuries he suffered while performing duties related…

Update: Cause of Death Determined in Fatal Ashland Fire

ashland fire 1 ashland fire 4 ASHLAND, Wis. – Authorities in Ashland provided an update Tuesday in the fatal Ashland house fire that killed three people. According to the Ashland Police Department, the preliminary autopsy results confirmed that Jordan Chowning age 36, Alyssa Chowning age 14, and Michelle Hathaway age 17 died of smoke inhalation. Authorities also say preliminary findings…

City Crews Responding to Water Main Break in Lincoln Park Neighborhood

DULUTH, Minn. – City of Duluth Utility Operations crews are responding to a water main break in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The break was reported Tuesday morning and is located at the intersection of Vernon Street and Grand Forks Avenue. City officials say the areas impacted are Vernon Street from West 1st Street to Chestnut Street, West 1st Street from…

Minnesota DNR Expands Burning Restrictions

(courtesy: Minnesota DNR)   DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota DNR announced on Monday that it is activating additional burning restrictions effective Tuesday. The additional burning restrictions are for the eastern portion of Roseau County and all of Beltrami, Cook, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis counties, within state jurisdiction. Burning restrictions remain in effect for Cass, Crow…

Douglas County Employee Killed in “Work-Related Accident”

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Douglas County officials say a county Buildings & Grounds employee was killed Sunday in a “work-related accident.” The accident happened Sunday morning at the County’s Government Center, according to the Douglas County Administrator Ann Doucette. The incident is currently under investigation by Douglas County and the State. County officials have not yet identified the employee or provided…

Fire Crews Battle Blaze in Downtown Virginia

IMG_4893 IMG_4894 VIRGINIA, Minn. – Fire crews are battling a large fire that broke out in downtown Virginia Friday morning. According to a Fox 21 reporter on the scene, the fire is believed to have started around 11:00 a.m. on the 300 block of Chestnut Street. Fire officials say one cat died in the fire, however, no other fatalities were…

Hibbing Man Arrested, Charged for Physically Assaulting 1 Month Old Baby

HIBBING, Minn. – Hibbing Police say they have arrested and formally charged a 21-year-old Hibbing man for physically assaulting his 1-month-old baby. According to police, officers responded to the 2600 block of 3rd Avenue East in Hibbing on reports of an assault around 4:40 p.m. Monday. When officers arrived at the scene they spoke with a 20-year-old female who told…

Superior Police Searching for Drive-By Shooting Suspect

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior police say they are looking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect possibly involved in a drive-by shooting from a month ago. According to the Superior Police Department, officers responded to reports of a gunshot in the area of Belknap Street and Ogden Avenue around 10:39 p.m. Thursday, June 17. Investigators learned that a suspect…

Victims Identified in Fatal Ashland House Fire

ASHLAND, Wis.-The victims in Monday’s fatal Ashland house fire have been identified. The victims have been identified as Jordan Chowning age 36, Alyssa Chowning age 14, and Michelle Hathaway age 17. At 9:33 a.m. Monday, Ashland County dispatch received a 911 call reporting a house fire at 1318 Sixth St. W. Ashland Police Department and Ashland Fire Department responded and…

One Injured in Hermantown Motorcycle vs. Vehicle Crash

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A 56-year-old Solon Springs man was injured Friday afternoon when the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a vehicle in Hermantown. According to the Hermantown Police Department, the crash happened around 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lavaque Road and Arrowhead Road. A preliminary investigation into the crash found that a 2000 Harley Davidson being driven by…

Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival Cancelled

SUPERIOR, Wis. –  The Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival has been canceled for 2021. The festival’s Executive Committee made the decision to cancel the event this year because there was not enough time to successfully organize the event. “Each dragon boat team is made up of 20 people,” explains Charlie Johnson, President of Superior Rotary Club 40. “We typically begin…

Cass County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Homicide

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says it is investigating a fatal shooting incident that left a 34-year-old Cass County man dead. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a report of a drive-by shooting around 2:45 a.m. Monday. When authorities arrived at the scene they found a 34-year-old male had been struck by gunfire while…

Essentia Health Returning to Pre-Pandemic Patient Visitation

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health announced Tuesday morning that it will be returning to pre-pandemic patient visitation in its hospitals and clinics effective immediately due to declining COVID-19 cases in the area. In 2020 Essentia limited visitors in its facilities and has adjusted its patient visitation restrictions as needed throughout the pandemic. In May Essentia began relaxing its restrictions in…

Red Flag Warning Issued for Park Point Beaches

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department has issued a warning for dangerous swimming conditions at Park Point beaches effective immediately until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. The warning means that wind and wave conditions can support rip currents, which are life-threatening to anyone entering the water. Red flags are flying along the beach to indicate dangerous swimming conditions. You are advised…

Brighton Beach to Remain Open for Now

DULUTH, Minn.– Due to a change in construction planning, Brighton Beach will remain open until further notice. This comes at the popular Duluth beach was first scheduled to close on July 6th until October to extend the Lakewalk, relocate the road away from the shoreline, and restore the shoreline to withstand storms from Lake Superior. The city of Duluth will…

Gary-New Duluth Stabbing Suspect Charged

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say the suspect in Thursday afternoon’s Gary-New Duluth stabbing has been formally charged. Police say a 37-year-old male was stabbed outside of Reed’s Pine Board Lodging on the 100 block of West Gary Street around 2:18 p.m. According to the criminal complaint, the victim was a tenant of the building and got into a physical…

Suspect in Two Cloquet Shootings Located, Arrested

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet Police Department says a suspect believed to be involved in two separate shootings in Cloquet on May 17 has been arrested. According to police, 26-year-old Nicholas Joseph Ammesmaki was taken into custody on Thursday on an unrelated charge and is now being held at the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston. Authorities say in May,…

Body of Missing Woman Found in Virginia Lake

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The body of a woman reported missing on Tuesday by the Virginia Police Department was found in a lake in Virginia Thursday evening. According to Virginia Police, a distraught caller contacted St. Louis County dispatch on June 29 to report that Amanda Bjork, 30, had not had contact with her family since June 26. Authorities were told…

Authorities: Man Stabbed in Gary New Duluth, Suspect Arrested

UPDATE: DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say a suspect was arrested around 4:32 p.m. in connection to the Gary-New Duluth stabbing. The investigation remains ongoing. DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say they are investigating a stabbing in the Gary-New Duluth neighborhood. The stabbing happened Thursday around 2:18 p.m. outside of Reed’s Pine Board Lodging on the 100 block of West…

Woman Rescued in Park Point Water Emergency

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department responded to a water emergency Thursday afternoon just before 4:00 p.m. on the 4600 block of Minnesota Avenue. According to reports, a woman was heard calling for help roughly 40 feet from the shore. Authorities say the woman was successfully pulled from the water and received medical treatment. Earlier today the Duluth Fire…

Brighton Beach to Close for Construction Beginning Next Week

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth announced Thursday that Brighton Beach will close to users beginning Tuesday. The closure is due to the upcoming construction of the Lakewalk extension through the park. According to a recent press release from the city, “The Brighton Beach Mini-Master Plan calls for extension of the Lakewalk relocation of the roadway from the shoreline,…

Duluth Salvation Army Monetary Donations Matched Through July

DULUTH, Minn. -Throughout the month of July, monetary donations to the Duluth Salvation Army will be matched thanks to a partnership with Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless. “There is no reason anyone in Duluth needs to go hungry, especially kids,” said Captain Bryan Ellison, Duluth Salvation Army Officer. “Summer should be a time for family and vacations,…

Minnesota Lawmakers Avoid Partial Shutdown as Final Budget Passes

The Final Budget Bill Was Sent to Gov. Tim Walz's Desk Late Tuesday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota lawmakers averted a partial government shutdown at midnight Wednesday by sending the final budget bill to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk. The Senate unanimously approved the $21 billion K-12 education funding agreement, the last must-pass bill before the midnight deadline. Walz has now signed eight budget bills into law and has four others on his desk….

Minnesota Lawmakers Avoid Government Shutdown As Final Budget Passes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota lawmakers averted a partial government shutdown at midnight Wednesday by sending the final budget bill to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk. The Senate unanimously approved the $21 billion K-12 education funding agreement, the last must-pass bill before the midnight deadline. Walz has now signed eight budget bills into law and has four others on his desk….

Duluth Police Asking for Public’s Help Locating Burglary Suspect

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a male responsible for a Wednesday morning apartment burglary. According to police, officers responded to the 1100 block of GLen Place Drive just after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on reports of a burglary. The resident told police that when they arrived home they found that a male…

UPDATE: Man Arrested for Manslaughter in Virginia Released From Custody

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Virginia Police Department announced Wednesday that the 31-year-old male arrested Saturday on preliminary charges of manslaughter has been released. According to a recent press release, the police department was advised by the Saint Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office of the release pending further investigation. Authorities responded to reports of an altercation and an unresponsive man around…

Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Selects Next President

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced Wednesday that Matthew Baumgartner has been selected to serve as their next president. Baumgartner will be taking the seat of long-time president David Ross who is retiring on July 31. “Thanks to the leadership and legacy of David Ross, the Duluth Area Chamber, and Duluth’s business community,…

Respiratory Clinic Closes at St. Luke’s Miller Creek Clinic Due to Decline in COVID-19 Cases

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s has closed the Respiratory Clinic at its Miller Creek Clinic location due to a decline in COVID-19 cases in the community. The hospital announced on Monday that the Miller Creek Urgent Care will remain open six days a week to continue treating urgent medical conditions, including COVID-19. “The close of St. Luke’s Respiratory Clinic is…

Four People Rescued From Water at Voyageurs National Park

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says four people were rescued from the water Sunday night after their boat capsized on Namakan Lake in Voyageurs National Park. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Voyageur National Park Service, MN DNR, St. Louis County Rescue Squad, International Falls Ambulance, and Kabetogama Fire/First Responders responded to the lake just…

Level 3 Predatory Offender Relocates to Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Authorities in Duluth say a level 3 predatory offender was released on Tuesday and has relocated to the Duluth region. According to police, Royce Drift, 34, has a history of physically assaulting and holding a known adult female against her will. Force and a weapon were used to gain compliance. He also had a juvenile history of…