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Superior Armed Robbery, Shoplifting Suspect Formally Charged

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Authorities say the male suspect arrested in Duluth Wednesday in connection to an armed robbery and shoplifting incident in Superior has been formally charged. Norman Wayne Cutbank, 25, of Duluth is charged with one count of armed robbery with use of force, one count of attempted armed robbery with threat of force, and one count of attempting…

One Injured in Virginia House Fire

(courtesy: Facebook/Northland FireWire) VIRGINIA, Minn. – One person was hospitalized after a house fire in Virginia Thursday evening. According to reports from the Northland FireWire, the fire was reported around 7:30 p.m. on the 300 block of First Street North. The fire was contained in the kitchen and living room of the house. The sole woman occupant was taken to…

Groundbreaking Held for Ely Schools Renovation Project

Ely school groundbreaking groundbreaking ELY, Minn. – On Thursday, the groundbreaking was held for the $20 million expansion project for Ely Public Schools. The project will include a new structure that connects the elementary and high schools, and renovations of the existing school buildings which will include building a new gym, cafeteria, media center, and classrooms. Renovations are expected to…

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. There are no lifeguards on Park Point and red flags are flying along the beach…

Governor Walz Launches ‘Your Shot to Summer’ Campaign to Encourage COVID-19 Vaccinations

ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Thursday, Governor Walz announced a vaccine incentive campaign called “Your Shot to Summer” to encourage Minnesotans to get their COVID-19 vaccine by July 1. The governor’s office said in a Thursday news release, “The first 100,000 Minnesotans who get their first shot between May 27 and June 30 will be able to choose the reward…

Superior Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested in Duluth

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior police say the suspect in a Wednesday evening armed robbery and shoplifting incident was located and arrested in Duluth following a short pursuit from Superior. Authorities say officers responded to a CVS located at North 28th Street and Tower Avenue around 5:45 p.m. on reports of an armed robbery. Police say the suspect had robbed the…

Essentia Health Eases Visitor Restrictions

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health announced Thursday morning that it is moving to ease visitation guidelines as COVID-19 positivity rates decrease in the community. Starting today, two adult visitors per patient will be allowed in Essentia clinic and hospital settings, including emergency departments. Some surgical and procedural spaces may have special instructions that will be communicated to patients prior to…

Walz Orders Flags at Half-Staff In Honor of Conservation Officer Grell

ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Wednesday, Governor Tim Walz ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all State and Federal buildings in Minnesota on Friday in honor of Conservation Officer Sarah Grell. “Sarah Grell was an outstanding Conservation Officer, who was highly regarded and respected by her colleagues and her community, serving the people…

Superior Gymnastics Coach Charged with Sexually Assaulting Third Teenager

DULUTH, Minn. – A third teenage girl has come forward saying she was sexually assaulted by the Superior gymnastics coach charged earlier this month with sexually assaulting two teens he previously coached at Twin Ports Gymnastics. George Deppa Jr., 47, is charged with an additional count of felony sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age. Earlier this…

Duluth Police Arrest Second Suspect in Fatal Downtown Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police announced Wednesday morning that a second suspect wanted in Saturday’s fatal downtown shooting has been arrested. According to police, Laurel Ladd, 25, was arrested around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday after investigators identified an address on East Village View Drive in the Harbor Highlands as a possible location for Ladd. Ladd was located at the address and…

Conservation Officer Killed While on Duty Is Identified

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified the state conservation officer who died while on duty when a semi struck her pickup truck in Itasca County. Sarah Grell, 39, of Cohasset, was killed Monday morning while driving north of Grand Rapids, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The patrol says Grell’s pickup was hit broadside by the…

17-Year-Old Charged in Fatal Downtown Duluth Shooting

UPDATE: DULUTH, Minn. – Patrick Battees Jr., the 17-year-old male charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old male Saturday night in downtown Duluth, is said to have been involved in a fight prior to the shooting. Court documents say officers reviewed surveillance footage from the night of the shooting which showed the teen pulling a gun…

Brevator Township Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Fond du Lac Reservation Fatal Shooting

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Brevator Township man charged with murder for shooting his friend at his home in November 2019 has been sentenced 86 months in prison. Thomas Allen Micklewrigh, 45, pleaded guilty in March to fatally shooting his friend 65-year-old James Arthur Couture at his home located at the 3500 block of Brevator Road. When police arrived on the…

Wildcat Sanctuary Rescues Tigers, Lions Seized From Oklahoma Tiger King Park

SANDSTONE, Minn. – On Monday the Wildcat Sanctuary announced they had accepted several tigers, lions, and hybrid big cats that were seized last week by the U.S Department of Justice from the Tiger King Park. During a large-scale rescue effort, 69 protected lions, tigers, lion-tiger hybrids, and a jaguar were seized from the park after it was found that the…

Poll: Over 1 Billion People Worldwide Unwilling to Get COVID-19 Vaccine, Global Herd Immunity at Risk

WASHINGTON – A recent Gallup poll estimated that more than 1 billion people across the globe were unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine during the first year of the pandemic, making it harder for the world to reach herd immunity. Researchers surveyed 116 countries and calculated only 68% of adults were willing to get inoculated, still below the 70-90% scientists believe is needed to…

Joe Macor Joins Race for Duluth City Council At-Large

DULUTH, Minn. – On Monday morning, business owner and Duluth resident Joe Macor,38, announced he is running for Duluth City Council-At-Large. “Public Safety, streets and infrastructure, housing and taxes, and family-supporting jobs are priorities that I feel need our undivided attention as a community,” said Macor. “We need to address these issues head-on. I have seen and experienced the challenges…

Four New Officers Sworn in at Superior Police Department

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Four new officers were sworn in to the Superior Police Department Friday. Before the official ceremony, Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander explained to them the difficulties that come with being a police officer. He added he hopes this day serves as a reminder of why they joined law enforcement. “When things are tough, maybe a few years have gone…

Tourist Train Kicks Off Summer Season at Depot

DULUTH, Minn.-The first scheduled North Shore Scenic Railroad tourist train left the Depot today which kicks off the historic site’s summer season. Normally trains would have been operating on weekends for more than a month during this time of the year, but staff used the additional time to train volunteer crews who missed last season due to COVID. The railroad…

St. Scholastica Awarded $1.5 Million to Support Physician Assistant Program

DULUTH, Minn.-St. Scholastica has been awarded nearly a $1.5 million grant to help bolster up the number of physician assistants in the Northland. The grant will be used to support curriculum development for the college’s program, including more training for mental health situations and the opioid crisis. It will also help with recruiting efforts from across the region, with a…

Denfeld Seniors Participate in Graduation Parade at Piedmont Elementary

DULUTH, Minn.-Denfeld seniors held a special parade for Piedmont Elementary students today. The parade serves multiple purposes including as encouragement for a younger generation. “These are really the students and siblings they look up to and we just want them to see what they can accomplish,” said Kristene Stariha, the dean of students at Piedmont Elementary. Duluth Schools Superintendent John…

Portions of West Superior Street to Close Temporarily Due to Construction

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth says portions of West Superior Street in Lincoln Park will close beginning Monday, May 24, due to construction. A contractor will be installing pavement markings for the Cross City Trail relocation which will provide a safe alternate route for bicyclists while the existing trail is closed due to the Twin Ports Interchange project….

Four Structures Destroyed by Bezhik Wildfire Thursday

Bezhik Fire 1 May 18, 2021 Bezhik Fire 2 May 18, 2021 SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST, Minn. – Superior National Forest officials say the Bezhik wildfire that has burned roughly 950 acres since Monday has now destroyed four structures. Officials say one cabin and three outbuildings were destroyed Thursday afternoon when the blaze exited the Wilderness near the Moose Loop Road….

Lifeguards Returning to Park Point This Summer

DULUTH, Minn.-The city of Duluth and the YMCA are partnering up once again to bring lifeguards back to the Park Point Beach House after a reduced season last year. Lifeguards will return to duty Memorial Day weekend and continue on through Labor Day. They will be supported by $25,000 in funding from tourism tax funds. Last year, they had lifeguards…

New Bishop Ordained in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.-A new Bishop has been ordained for the Duluth Catholic Diocese. Bishop Daniel Felton, who was formerly with the Diocese of Green Bay, has been named the 10th Bishop for Duluth. Leadership from the church say they are excited to have a bishop once again. “This day is really important, really joyful,” said Patrice Critchley-Menor, the social outreach director…

Gary Recreation Center Volunteers Thanked With Free Lunch

DULUTH, Minn.-Volunteers for the Gary New Duluth Recreation Center were thanked today during a free lunch for all they do to keep the site running. The event at Clyde Iron Works got more than 100 people together, who are helping build up the site which includes picnic areas, a sports court, and even a skateboard park which is currently under…

Superior Mayor Jim Paine to Give ‘State of the City’ Address Next Week

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Mayor Jim Paine will deliver his ‘State of the City’ address next week. Paine is scheduled to address the Superior community at 7:00 p.m. next Thursday at the Earth Rider Brewery’s outdoor space. This will be Mayor Paine’s third State of the City address. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, Wisconsin

Bezhik Wildfire Exits BWCA Impacting Private Property

SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST, Minn. – The U.S. Forest Service says the Bezhik wildfire has moved out of the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness and is encroaching on private property in the area. The fire, which is believed to have been started on Sunday by a lightning strike, has burned roughly 950 acres. On Wednesday, the Superior National Forest ordered a Minnesota…

Duluth Fire Department Continues Training For Major Fires

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth Fire Department is training this week with some of their largest hoses, making sure they are prepared if a massive fire breaks out. The 2.5-inch hose lines can deliver large volumes of water with up to 325 gallons a minute. Those training say it helps them learn about how they can become more efficient, including teaching the…

DTA Launches New App Which Includes Payment System

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth Transit Authority has launched a new app which allows riders to purchase mobile fares anytime they want. As part of the project, 80 validation devices have been installed across DTA’s bus network. Passengers tap their phone when boarding, which scans their mobile passes and identifies the ticket as valid. “We took a look at what we can…

Gilbert Man Arrested, Charged for Exposing Himself to Children

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Police say a 27-year-old Gilbert man was arrested Monday after exposing his genitals to multiple children and hitting a woman on the buttocks as she mowed her lawn in Virginia. According to the criminal complaint, Logan Andrew Smitherman has been charged with fifth-degree non-consensual sexual contact and two charges of fifth-degree lewd exhibition with children under 16…

Duluth School Board Approves Sconiers Settlement Agreement

DULUTH, Minn. – On Tuesday, the Duluth School Board approved a settlement agreement with former Denfeld high school principal Tonya Sconiers. According to the settlement agreement, Sconiers will receive $329,000 in exchange for a release of all claims. Duluth Public Schools and its insurance company will pay $229,411.33 to Sconiers with the remaining $99,588.67 going to her attorneys. Additionally, the…

Update: BWCA Wildfire Estimated at 950 Acres

Bezhik Fire 2 May 18, 2021 Bezhik Fire 1 May 18, 2021 SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST, Minn. – Officials with the Superior National Forest say the wildfire burning at the BWCA is currently estimated to be between 920 to 950 acres in size Wednesday morning. Weather conditions have moderated the fire which officials say did come out of the BWCA and…

Electric Fetus to Permanently Close Duluth Location

(courtesy: Facebook/ElectricFetusDuluth) DULUTH, Minn. – Electric Fetus says they will be closing their Duluth location permanently after 33 years in business. The business says they made the difficult decision after having been closed since the beginning of the pandemic last March. “It’s been incredible to be a part of the very special Duluth community and music scene, and we have…

Duluth Man on Parole for Murder, Now Charged in Kidnapping, Rape

DULUTH, Minn. – A 62-year-old Duluth man currently out on parole for first-degree murder has been charged for the kidnapping and rape of a woman over the weekend in St. Louis County. Reports state that Dennis John Hannuksela has been charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of kidnapping. According to the criminal complaint, the…

Douglas County: Fully Vaccinated People Can Resume Indoor, Outdoor Activities Without Masks

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – Douglas County Public Health Officials announced Tuesday morning that fully vaccinated individuals may resume indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or social distancing. Exceptions to the new guidance include any places where masks are required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations including local businesses and workplaces. According to a…

10 Acre Wildfire Started by Lightning Strike in BWCA

  UPDATE:  Forestry officials say the fire has grown to more than 1,600 acres as of Tuesday evening.  The fire is about 16 miles north of Tower, Minn., and moving northward. SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST, Minn. – The U.S. Forest Service says a wildfire started by a lightning strike has been detected on the LaCroix Ranger District of the Superior National…

One Injured in Cass County Motorcycle Crash

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – A 47-year-old Hill City man was injured Sunday afternoon in a Cass County motorcycle crash. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office says they received a report of a motorcycle crash on County Road #155 in Crooked Lake Township just before 1:00 p.m. When responders arrived on the scene they found a 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle…

‘Armed and Dangerous’ Suspect Wanted in Two Cloquet Shootings

One man was hospitalized after being shot in the leg.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet Police Department says it’s searching for a suspect believed to be involved in two separate shootings in Cloquet early Monday morning. According to police, officers responded to a report of shots fired at a home at 227 Scotty Drive just after midnight. Officers responded to the residence and confirmed the shooting. No one was reported…

UPDATE: Escaped NERCC Inmate Located, Arrested

SAGINAW, Minn. – Authorities say an inmate who escaped from the Northeast Regional Corrections Center in Saginaw on Sunday has been located and arrested. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says 48-year-old James Crabtree, of Hibbing, was located around 10:15 p.m. Sunday in Industrial Township. According to reports, an individual called the Sheriff’s Office to report a ‘suspicious person on…

Rental Help Available in Northland

DULUTH, Minn.-U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, along with housing leaders from around the state, came together today to discuss rental assistance in Minnesota. Currently Minnesota has the program RentHelpMN, which helps those having a hard time paying rent due to the pandemic – $400 million is currently available to those who need the most help. Local organizations like the American Indian…