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Update: Duluth Police Asking for Public’s Help Identifying Suspect in Smoke Shop Robbery

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect from the Tuesday morning Sadi’s Smoke Shop robbery. Video surveillance from the smoke shop was recovered by investigators with the Duluth Police DepartmentsViolent Crimes Unit. According to police, officers responded to a hold-up alarm at the smoke shop located on the 1600 block…

Suspect in St. Cloud Shooting Formally Charged

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The 45-year-old Duluth man arrested for the murder of 68-year-old Ed Ward has been formally charged. On Tuesday, Jason Robert Beckman was charged with three felony counts including second-degree murder with intent-not premeditated. According to the criminal complaint, St. Cloud police responded to reports of a shooting at a residence around 6:16 a.m. Sunday where officers…

Duluth Police Identify Victim in Downtown Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police have identified the victim injured in a shooting that took place Sunday night in downtown Duluth. Police say 41-year-old William David Urrutia was struck by gunfire on the 100 block of East 3rd Street around 9:15 p.m. Urrutia was transported to a local hospital for his injuries but has since been released. Authorities say Urrutia…

St. Cloud State Professor Identified as Victim of ‘Random’ Deadly Shooting

(photo credit: Family of Ed Ward) ST. CLOUD, Minn. (FOX 9) – The man shot and killed in what police say was a “random” incident Sunday morning in St. Cloud has been identified as a 68-year-old St. Cloud State University professor. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office said the victim was Dr. Edward Anthony Ward. The University confirmed the news Monday,…

Authorities in Bayfield Identify Fatal Motorcycle Crash Victim

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Authorities in Bayfield have identified the victim of Thursday’s fatal motorcycle crash. According to the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office, 50-year-old Keith Damon of Ashland was the driver of the motorcycle involved in the collision on Highway 2 in the Township of Eileen. First responders were called to the area just after 1:00 p.m. last week where they…

Iron Range Board Approves Funding for Manufacturing Mill

COHASSET, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz announced Monday the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board approved $15 million to construct a new wood products manufacturing facility in Cohasset. The mill was expected to bring about 150 jobs to the region that have a median hourly wage of $31 plus benefits. “Something like this, the once in a 40-year deal that…

Family Of Victim Shocked And Dismayed After Dismembered Man Found In Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – 24 hours after dismembered body parts were identified by authorities, family members are reeling after learning 36-year-old Adam Johnson was murdered. Behind the gruesome and shocking headlines is a man that JoJo, who requested to be identified as such to protect her privacy and safety, says was a valuable part of her family. “He would always – no…

St. Louis County Attorney: Use of Deadly Force Justified in Saginaw Officer-Involved Shooting

SAGINAW, Minn. – The St. Louis County Attorney’s Office has ruled that the use of deadly force was justified in a January officer-involved shooting in Saginaw. The ruling is in connection to a January 29, 2021 incident, when Deputy Jason Kuhnly of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office fired his gun in the direction of 34-year-old Scott Michael Jordan while…

Suspect in Lakeside Stabbing Formally Charged

DULUTH, Minn. – The 28-year-old Duluth man arrested for allegedly stabbing a 78-year-old man at his Lakeside home on Wednesday has been formally charged. Authorities say Warren Holt Jr. is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, and two counts of first-degree burglary. According to the criminal complaint, officers responded to reports of a medical assault just before 2:00 p.m. Wednesday on…

Duluth School Board Approves Moving Forward With New Location for ALC, Academic Excellence Online Programs

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth School District administration can now move forward with lease negotiations for the Radio Central building. On Thursday, the Duluth School Board approved a resolution to allow the administration to carry out a lease agreement with Advance Acquisitions for the space located on Central Entrance. The plan is for the building to be utilized by the Area…

Duluth Police K9 Hondo Retires After 6 Years on the Job

(courtesy: Northland K9 Foundation/Facebook) DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland K9 Foundation announced in a Friday Facebook post that Duluth Police K9 Hondo is retiring after six years on the job. K9 Hondo finished his last patrol shift Friday with his partner Officer Hurst who he has been working alongside since 2015. With a specialty in explosive detection, K9 Hondo and…

Suspect Arrested for Assaulting, Stabbing 78-Year-Old Man in Lakeside

DULUTH, Minn. – Authorities say a 28-year-old Duluth man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing a 78-year-old man at his home in Lakeside and then stealing his truck. Warren Holt Jr. is currently being lodged at the St. Louis County Jail on pending charges of first-degree aggravated robbery, first and second-degree assault, and motor vehicle theft. According to the Duluth…

Gov. Walz Appoints Bhupesh Pattni to Fill Sixth Judicial District Vacancy

DULUTH, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced on Thursday the appointment of Bhupesh Pattni as District Court Judge in the Sixth Judicial District. Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District encompasses Carlton, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis counties. “I am honored to appoint Bhupesh Pattni to the Sixth Judicial District,” said Governor Walz. “Mr. Pattni has a wealth of experience,…

Minnesota Slip Bridge to Have Special Hours of Operation Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth announced Wednesday that the Minnesota Slip Bridge will have special hours of operation on Saturday, June 19. The special hours of operation will be from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. due to many Grandma’s Marathon events taking place at Bayfront Park and an expected increase in pedestrian traffic crossing the bridge. The bridge…

Biden Reveals 9 Ambassador Nominations, Including Duluth Native Thomas Nides

(courtesy: United States Department of State) DULUTH, Minn. (Fox) – President Biden unveiled a slate of nominations for nine ambassadorial positions on Tuesday, including a Duluth native to serve as U.S. ambassador to Israel. Thomas Nides, a Morgan Stanley executive and former senior State Department official, has been tapped to hold the key diplomatic post. On Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Senator…

Traffic Advisories for the 45th Annual Grandma’s Marathon Weekend

DULUTH, Minn. – Motorists can expect a number of road closures and heavier-than-normal traffic as thousands of runners and visitors descend on Duluth and the surrounding area for the 45th annual Grandma’s Marathon this weekend. “We encourage anyone traveling to town for our event to do so as early as possible this week,” Race Director Greg Haapala said. “If you can…

Hills Youth Services to Close July 2 in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.-The Hills Youth and Family Services in Duluth announced it will close July 2. In a letter the president and CEO cited costs, the “State’s inaction on rate adjustments,” and the COVID-19 pandemic. The group also announced the closure of their East Bethel facility. Below is the full letter from the president and CEO. Dear Friends: It is with…

One Severely Injured in Cloquet Apartment Fire

CLOQUET, Minn. – One person was severely injured in a Sunday morning apartment fire in Cloquet according to the Cloquet Fire Department. Fire crews responded to the area of 810 Cloquet Avenue around 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Upon arrival crews found an apartment filled full of smoke and learned a victim was possibly trapped inside. Firefighters were able to locate…

Former NFL Player, Poplar Native, Charged With Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child

DULUTH, Minn. – Former NFL football player and Poplar native, Tom Burke, 44, has been arrested and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct of a 7-year-old girl. According to the criminal complaint, St. Louis County dispatch received a call from a “distraught adult female” in February who said the young victim told her “I need to tell you something that’s…

One Seriously Injured in Cass County ATV Crash

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – Authorities say one person was seriously injured in a Saturday evening ATV crash in Cass County. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to reports of a crash with injuries just after 6:00 p.m. Saturday on the Pikus Forest Road in Smokey Hollow Township in rural Outing, MN. Upon arrival, deputies learned that a…

Governor Walz Calls Special Session to Complete State Budget

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is calling a special session of the Minnesota State Legislature beginning Monday to complete the two-year state budget. On Monday, he will also sign an executive order that extends Minnesota’s peacetime emergency for 30 days to allow Minnesota to maintain vaccination sites and the eviction moratorium. “Minnesota is in a good place in our…

Gov. Walz Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Paramedic Troy Boettcher

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.-Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has ordered all  flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset, on Monday, June 14, in honor and remembrance of paramedic Troy Boettcher. He died in a dump truck-ambulance crash in Lawrence Township near Grand Rapids Tuesday. “Troy Boettcher was an outstanding paramedic, who was…

Duluth Fire Department Warns of Dangerous Swimming Conditions Today

DULUTH, Minn.-Due to a high risk of rip currents today, the Duluth Fire Department is issuing a warning of dangerous swimming conditions for Park Point beaches effective immediately and continuing until 10 a.m. tomorrow. This warning means that wind and wave conditions can support strong rip currents. Rip currents develop randomly along the entire Park Point beachfront. Rip currents form…

‘Great Minnesota Get Together’ Officially Happening this Summer, Masks Not Required

The Minnesota State Fair is Happening August 26 - Labor Day, September 6

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota State Fair is officially back this summer after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fair officials made the announcement Friday. At this time, the State Fair does not expect there will be daily attendance limits. Face masks will not be required, but are “strongly” encouraged for those who are not fully…

Boundary Waters Fire Near Tower Fully Contained

BWCAW-A 21-acre wildfire in the Boundary Waters has been stopped from going any further. The fire started last Friday near Hassel Lake 10 miles northeast of Tower. It’s believed a lightning strike started the blaze. “This morning firefighters will patrol the fire area one more time to make sure that the conditions have not changed,” a statement read. “Minimum impact…

Hibbing Man Hit With Murder Charge In 2017 Homicide

HIBBING, Minn. – A Hibbing man charged in the death of a woman in 2017 has been hit with a new charge in the case: second-degree murder. 51-year-old Blake Stangel was also charged about two weeks ago with second-degree manslaughter. He’s charged in connection to the 2017 Hibbing homicide of 71-year-old Courtney Fenske. Court documents say Fenske was found dead…

Minnesota State Capitol Reopening to the Public Ahead of Special Session

Thursday Marks the First Reopening to the Public Since the Start of the COVID-19 Pandemic

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota State Capitol will start welcoming visitors once again on Thursday. It had been closed since the early days of the pandemic. Thursday’s reopening comes just one week after the fence around the capitol was fully removed. It was installed in response to the riots following the death of George Floyd and was even beefed…

Wildfire in Boundary Waters Continues to Grow

BWCAW-A wildfire in a portion of the Boundary Waters has now grown to 21 acres. The fire near Hassel Lake, which is 10 miles northeast of Tower, was between 10-12 acres yesterday. Fire officials say the increase in size is due to more accurate mapping of the blaze on the ground. “Fire crews were able to approach the fire’s edge…

Oil Pipeline Foes Protest Enbridge’s Line 3 in Minnesota

(Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP) SOLWAY, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters chanting “Stop Line 3!” and “Water is life!” gathered at the headwaters of the Mississippi River in northern Minnesota on Monday, vowing to do whatever it takes to stop a Canadian-based company’s plan to replace an aging pipeline that carries oil from Alberta to Wisconsin. Environmental and tribal groups say…

Duluth East Boys Hockey Coach Mike Randolph Addresses His Resignation in Friday Press Conference

DULUTH, Minn.-Duluth East Boys Hockey Coach Mike Randolph held a Friday morning news conference to address his sudden resignation as head coach of the Duluth East boys hockey team. Randolph has coached hockey for the past 36 years, 32 of them with Duluth East. During the Friday news conference, Randolph said he wanted to focus more on the positives than…

Minnesota Reports 238 New COVID-19 Cases, 10 Deaths Thursday

(FOX 9) – Minnesota health officials reported 238 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 more deaths Thursday. The state has now seen daily case counts under 300 for four of the last seven days. The 238 newly reported cases were out of 9,706 tests, a 2.5% positivity rate, according to the latest data from the Minnesota Department of Health. Minnesota’s seven-day average…

More Felony Sexual Assault Charges Filed Against Former Superior Gymnastics Coach

DULUTH, Minn. – More sexual assault charges have been filed against former Superior gymnastics coach George Deppa, 47, who is already accused of sexually assaulting three teens he previously coached. The newest complaint charges Deppa with two counts of felony first-degree sexual conduct. According to court documents, the victim told authorities that between the ages of 8 and 10 Deppa…

26-Year-Old Lioness Shanti Deva Dies at Wildcat Sanctuary

SANDSTONE, Minn. – The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone announced Thursday morning that its 26-year-old lioness matriarch named Shanti Deva has passed away. Shanti Deva came to the sanctuary in 2006 when she was rescued from an auction at the now-closed Catskill game farm in (courtesy: The Wildcat Sanctuary) New York by an animal watchdog group. The sanctuary says Shanti Deva…

Volunteers Needed for Annual Flower Planting in Downtown Duluth

BY LAUREN AKABORI, Fox 21 Reporter DULUTH, Minn.-Volunteers are still needed to help plant flowers in downtown Duluth as a part of the Clean and Safe Team’s 18th annual “Dig in for the Downtown Waterfront.” Nearly a dozen volunteers came out to help plant flowers in the 100 empty streetscape planters in the downtown area today. Volunteers are still needed…

Donors Needed for Blood Drive on Thursday at AMSOIL Arena

BY LAUREN AKABORI, Fox 21 Reporter DULUTH, Minn.-As the pandemic continues the need for blood donations across the country is growing. The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at AMSOIL Arena through Thursday. There were 50 donation appointments booked for Wednesday and more blood donors are needed for tomorrow’s event. “I started with the Red Cross almost a…

Pizza Ranch Announces Mid-June Opening

DULUTH, Minn. – On Wednesday, Pizza Ranch announced on their Facebook page they will be opening their doors later this month. The restaurant, which will be located at the former Lucky’s 13 Pub space at the Miller Hill Mall, wrote on their Facebook page they will officially be open for business on Monday, June 14 at 11:00 a.m. For the…

One Arrested in Cass County Shots Fired Incident

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says a 25-year-old male has been arrested in connection to a Tuesday morning shots fired incident. Deputies responded to reports of several shots fired at individuals around 10:32 a.m. in the Sugar Point area of Gould Township. When authorities arrived at the scene they spoke with the caller who was reported…

Suspect Arrested in 2017 Hibbing Homicide

HIBBING, Minn. – Authorities say a suspect has been arrested and charged in connection to the 2017 Hibbing homicide of 71-year-old Courtney Fenske. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, 51-year-old Blake Stangel was charged Friday with second-degree manslaughter, He is currently being held at the St.Louis County Jail on $100,000 bail. Court documents say Fenske was found dead…

Teen Arrested for Aggravated Robbery in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police say an 18-year-old male was arrested Monday after robbing an individual at the Northland Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. According to the police, the incident happened just after 4:00 p.m. The victim told authorities that the teen threatened him with a machete and stole his backpack. The victim was able to take pictures of the suspect during…

Governor Walz Appoints Shawn Pearson to Fill Sixth Judicial District Vacancy

ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Friday, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Shawn Pearson as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District. “I am proud to appoint Shawn Pearson to the Sixth Judicial District bench,” said Governor Walz. “Mr. Pearson brings a wealth and depth of experience and steadfast leadership to the bench. I have…