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Two Injured in Pequot Lakes ATV Crash

PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. – Authorities say two were injured, one seriously, in a Saturday night ATV accident in rural Pequot Lakes. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report around 7:34 p.m. Saturday of a serious ATV crash near 17th Avenue Southwest. When officers arrived at the scene they learned that a 58-year-old female had been…

Duluth Police Looking for Suspect in Stabbing

The suspect reportedly fled the scene and has not yet been identified.

DULUTH, Minn.– On May 5th at 6:03pm, Duluth Police were called to an address in the 500 block of West 4th Street on a report of a female who had been stabbed and another male who had a broken leg.  The suspect reportedly fled the scene and has not yet been identified. The female victim was transported from the scene…

UMD Commencement Goes Virtual

DULUTH, Minn.-This year’s commencement at UMD will be virtual again as the pandemic continues on. More than 2,300 students will be graduating this year from the college, all of whom finished up their year facing some unusual circumstances including hybrid classes. The chancellor of the college says the decision to go virtual for the commencement, ensures everyone can stay safe….

Brazil Variant Found in Itasca County

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – A fourth variant of the COVID-19 virus was found in Itasca County earlier this week. Itasca County health officials say the P.1 variant which originated in Brazil was identified through genetic sequencing. “Virus mutations are possible when and where a virus spreads from person to person, which is why getting to widespread immunity is so critical…

1 Year Old Dies in Remer Duplex Fire

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded early Friday morning to reports of a house fire in rural Remer. According to reports, deputies arrived at the scene around 1:46 a.m. in the area of Ghe We Zance Lane Northeast in Boy Lake Township and found a duplex engulfed in flames. Deputies located and safely removed…

Mayor Larson Outlines Recommended Plan for Next Steps at Spirit Mountain

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson announced during a Thursday press conference her recommendations for the next steps in supporting Spirit Mountain Recreational Area. The mayor’s proposed plan includes launching a $24 million capital reinvestment program funded 50% by state bonding, 25% by the City from tourism taxes, and 25% by Spirit Mountain. “Now is the time to do…

Gov. Walz Announces Plan to End COVID-19 Restrictions in Minnesota by July 1

BY THEO KEITH, FOX 9 ST. PAUL, Minn.-Governor Tim Walz today announced a three-step timeline to end nearly all state COVID-19 restrictions by May 28, and end the statewide masking requirement once 70% of Minnesotans age 16 years and older get their vaccine, or by July 1. The announcement comes as more than 2.6 million Minnesotans have gotten their shot…

Duluth Police Investigating Two East Hillside Shots Fired Incidents

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police are investigating two shots fired incidents in the East Hillside neighborhood late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. According to police, officers responded to the first incident of shots fired around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday on North 3rd Avenue East and East 8th Street. When officers arrived at the scene they found multiple shell casings on…

Minnesota Eases COVID-19 Rules; Mask Mandate Ends by July 1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday announced a three-step timeline for lifting nearly all the state’s COVID-19 restrictions by May 28 and dropping the statewide masking requirement no later than July 1, or once 70% of Minnesotans age 16 and older get their first dose of vaccine. “Our nation-leading vaccination effort has put us in a strong position…

Minnesota DNR Moving Forward With Terminating Mesabi Metallics Leases

NASHWAUK, Minn. – On Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced they would be moving forward with terminating leases with Mesabi Metallics at their proposed project site in Nashwauk. The decision comes after Mesabi Metallics did not meet the terms of their agreement with the DNR to meet “critical and required benchmarks by May 1.” “Today’s announcement validates everything…

Duluth City Council to Vote Monday on Spirit Mountain Debt Forgiveness Plan

DULUTH, Minn. – On Monday, the Duluth City Council will vote on a resolution to forgive up to $900,000 of Spirit Mountain’s existing debt. The proposed debt forgiveness and repayment plan is a recommendation provided by the Spirit Mountain Task Force which was created by Mayor Larson last year. The 16-member task force was appointed by Mayor Larson last June…

College of St. Scholastica Planning for Modififed In-Person, Virtual Commencement Ceremony

(courtesy: College of St. Scholastica) DULUTH, Minn. – The College of St. Scholastica announced on Tuesday that it will be holding a modified in-person commencement ceremony next week as well as a virtual ceremony for graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021. The in-person ceremony will be held at the Amsoil Arena on Saturday, May 15. The college says…

1-Year-Old Killed in Walker Following Hit-and-Run in Driveway, Suspect Arrested

WALKER, Minn. – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says a 1-year-old girl was struck and killed in a driveway in Walker, Minnesota Sunday evening. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a call that a girl had been hit by a car on Breezy Point Circle in Shingobee Township around 4:55 p.m. When authorities arrived at the scene they…

Hibbing Motorcycle Crash Leaves One Injured, One Dead

HIBBING, Minn. – A 46-year-old man was killed Saturday following a single-vehicle accident involving a motorcycle in Hibbing. According to the Hibbing Police Department, officers were called to the area of Brooklynn Drive in front of Napa Auto Parts around 3:05 p.m. Saturday on reports of a motorcycle crash. When officers arrived at the scene they found two victims, 46-year-old…

All Handmade Craft Show This Weekend in Cloquet

CLOQUET, Minn.-The All Handmade Craft Show began today and will continue on through this weekend in Cloquet. The event features two different locations to purchase everything from woodworking, to jewelry, and even pottery. Organizers tell us that the local artists participating are excited to be back out sharing their crafts with the community. “A lot of people have told me…

Multiple Porta Potties Set on Fire in Enger Park Thursday Night

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department responded to reports of multiple porta-potties being set on fire Thursday night in Enger Park. According to reports, fire crews responded to the call just after 7:30 p.m. When crews arrived at Enger Park they found four porta-potties on fire which had spread to several nearby trees and ground vegetation due to the…

Party Supply Rental Stores Getting Busy

DULUTH, Minn. One rental store in Duluth says they are expecting a big year for business as the pandemic slows down. Over at London Road Rental, which has the same owner as Party Express in Superior, business has been growing for those renting out tents and other supplies for parties as restrictions are loosened. Owner Jerry Kortesmaki tells us last…

Suspect Formally Charged in Piedmont Standoff

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say the man arrested in connection to last week’s standoff in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood has been formally charged. According to court documents, 31-year-old Jesse Lee Fechner has been charged with felony receiving stolen property, possessing ammo/any firearm, two counts of fourth-degree assault on a police officer, and obstructing legal process with force. Last week,…

Superior Business Gets Ready for Wisconsin Fishing Opener

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Staff at Northwest Outlet in Superior are getting busier as the Wisconsin fishing opener is this weekend. Some of the more popular items that always sell well this time of year are tackle boxes and lures. Management added sun protective shirts, shorts, and hats are also hot sellers. Overall staff say business has been good this year, despite the…

Gov. Walz Joins Bipartisan Leaders in Minnesota Legislature to Call for Action on Police Reform

ST, PAUL, Minn. – On Thursday, Gov. Walz joined bipartisan leaders in the Minnesota Legislature to call for action among Minnesota Senate Republicans on police reform, following the passage of meaningful police reform legislation in the Minnesota House. “The accountability we saw last week for George Floyd is the floor – not the ceiling – of what we need to…

SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Adult, Child Fall Into Rouchleau Pit in Virginia

VIRGINIA, Minn. —  The Virginia Police Department has confirmed a 5-year-old boy was found dead after falling about 70 feet over the side of a mine pit in Virginia. Chief Nicole Mattson says the call for help came in around 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Rouchleau Pit near 3rd Street North and 1st Avenue North. The incident is currently under…

Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics Opening in Smaller Communities

PROCTOR, Minn.-As the pandemic continues on, more vaccination clinics are popping up around the region. Today the Proctor turf facility opened its doors to more than 100 people seeking their first dose of the vaccine. St. Louis County Public Health leaders say this is the first time they’ve had a clinic in that area before, as they work to get…

Minnesota Department of Health Reports 22 more COVID-19 deaths Wednesday

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 1,514  new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota on Wednesday bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 572,025 in the state. Health officials also reported 22 news deaths bringing the death total to 7,113  in Minnesota. The 22 newly reported deaths included four long-term care residents and one person in their 30s. According…

Canal Park Businesses Team Up for Cleanup Project

DULUTH, Minn.-Businesses in Canal Park came together today to help clean up the area. Volunteers scattered about both Park Point Beach and Railroad Street to pick up trash as the summer tourism season nears. Organizers say this is a great way to give back. “It makes us all feel good,” said Amber Nichols, the general manager of Lake Superior Art…

Update: One Person Shot in Downtown Duluth Tuesday Morning

UPDATE: Authorities have provided additional information in connection to Tuesday morning’s downtown Duluth shooting incident. Police say they received reports of hearing multiple gunshots just before 8:00 a.m. and that a male had been shot. When officers arrived at the scene on the 200 block of East 3rd Street they did not locate a victim but found multiple casings as…

New Bagel Business Opens in Northland

Lift Bridge Bagels is currently taking orders online for a variety of flavors of bagels and the owner loves interacting with her customers.

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- After starting making her bagels a few years ago, owner Lexy Land’s bagel business began to take shape. “They are all made out of organic wheat, and then organic cane sugar goes in the dough as well as the yeast and the salt,” Lift Bridge Bagels Owner, Lexy Land says. This past winter season, Lift Bridge Bagels was…

Sun Country Airlines Announces Flights to Fort Myers, Phoenix From Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – On Tuesday Sun Country Airlines announced the addition of 18 new nonstop routes, including two nonstop routes from the Duluth International Airport. “With more and more people excited to resume traveling, we’re thrilled to be able to offer them the opportunity to visit these incredible vacation destinations this winter,” said Sun Country Airlines Chief Revenue Officer Grant…

One Arrested in Backus Drug Investigation

BACKUS, Minn. – According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, a 56-year-old Backus man was arrested Monday following an ongoing drug investigation related to the sale of methamphetamine. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says a search warrant was conducted at a residence in the City of Backus where 62 grams of suspected methamphetamine was found along with other drug paraphernalia…

Duluth Police Investigating Tuesday Morning Downtown Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police are investigating a shooting that took place in the downtown area of Duluth Tuesday morning. According to police, officers responded to reports of a shooting around 8:00 a.m. in the location of 2nd Avenue East and 3rd Street. Authorities are still on the scene and say this is an active investigation. No additional information was…

Duluth Hiring Registered Nurse To Help Police During Mental Health And Substance Abuse Calls

The RN will help with calls, evaluations, and interventions, while also following up on cases of those who may need help.

DULUTH, Minn. — On Monday night, the Duluth city council voted unanimously to add a registered nurse position with the Duluth Police Department that will help with mental health and substance abuse calls. The job calls for a registered nurse from the Human Development Center, a nonprofit, who will embed themselves within the department. The department first launched its mental…

Duluth International Airport to Announce New Air Service Coming to Region Tuesday

DULUTH, Minn. – On Tuesday, the Duluth International Airport says they will hold a press conference to announce a new air service coming to the area. The press conference will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. where the Duluth International Airport executive director, vice president of the DIA Board of Directors, and representative for the new air service will…

Norton Park Methodist Church Hosts Rummage Sale Fundraiser

DULUTH, Minn.-The Norton Park United Methodist Church has kicked off its rummage sale fundraiser. The event continues tomorrow from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at its location on North 79th Avenue West. The funds from the event go to support a variety of programs connected with the church. “It’s important because it helps pay for different things we need at our church,”…

Housing Issues at Forefront During Sen. Smith Visit to Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.-Sen. Tina Smith was in Duluth today where she expressed continued support to bring more affordable housing to the area with the help of COVID relief funding. Smith visited the Northland’s latest collaborative project, where various entities are working together to turn the former Duluth Inn motel into housing for the homeless. Smith says she is continuing to work…

FOX NEWS REPORT: Chauvin Has Sentencing Date Set for June

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.-According to a Fox News report, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been convicted of killing George Floyd, will be sentenced June 16. A Minnesota Judicial Branch spokesperson told Fox News that there was an entry for the sentencing but documents have not been filed yet. The sentencing will take place at 1:30 p.m. Jurors found Chauvin, 45,…

Minnesota Police Oversight Board Votes to Ban White Supremacists, Update Crowd Control Tactics

Story by Theo Keith of Fox 9 ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota’s police oversight board voted Thursday to take a first step toward banning officers who affiliate with white supremacy groups and imposing limits on police responding to protests. The Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board took the unanimous votes two days after Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction and on the same…

Duluth Police Responding to an Individual Barricaded Inside His Home

DULUTH, Minn. – A nearly eight-hour police standoff in Duluth’s Piedmont neighborhood Thursday ended peacefully with the suspect in custody. The standoff started around 1 p.m. in a home on the 2200 block of Nanticoke Street involving a 30-year-old man wanted on “significant charges,” according to a city spokesperson, Kate Van Daele. “Our officers exhausted every option to have this…

Discrimination Lawsuits by Former UMD Coaches Dismissed by Judge

DULUTH, Minn.-A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit against UMD by two former coaches claiming they faced discrimination due to their sexual orientation. Jen Banford, the former head softball coach and director of hockey operations, and Annette Wiles, the former women’s basketball coach, had initially filed the claim saying they also experienced a hostile work environment. The judge said: “The…

Gov. Walz Calls on Police Licensing Board to Take Steps to Increase Transparency

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Gov. Tim Walz has written a letter to the Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board, which meets today, calling on them to take immediate steps to increase trust and transparency in policing.  “Your work as members of the POST Board, a duly authorized and empowered professional licensing body, is critical to ensuring the law enforcement profession’s legitimacy…

Local Businesses Come Together to Cleanup Rice’s Point

DULUTH, Minn.-The Rice’s Point Business Group came together this morning to do a neighborhood cleanup at four different sites near the DNR boat launch by the Blatnik Bridge. More than 30 businesses took part in the event in honor of Earth Week. “We’re stewards of the environment here in the industrial heartland of the city of Duluth and we’re making…

Superior Mask Mandate Extended Through June 1

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior City Council voted Tuesday to extend Superior’s emergency declaration through June 1, which once again extends the citywide mask mandate. Earlier this year, Superior’s mask mandate was reinstated until April 30 when Evers’ statewide mask mandate was overturned by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The declaration can help in getting funding for their pandemic efforts. Categories:…

Mayor Larson, Police Chief Tusken, Human Rights Office Crawford Release Statements on the Chauvin Verdict

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, Police Chief Mike Tusken, and Human Rights Officer Carl Crawford have each released statements following the verdict of the Chauvin trial and the next steps for the community. You can read each statement in full below: Statement from Mayor Emily Larson: “Yesterday, Carl (Crawford) and I listened to the verdict come in together….

First Saltie Arrives in Twin Ports

DULUTH, Minn.-The first saltie has arrived in the Twin Ports which kicks off the region’s international shipping season. The Federal Biscay arrived Sunday from Turkey carrying 21,000 metric tons of cement. Leadership from the Port Authority say these ships are vital to the Northland economy and help with a variety of construction projects. “One of the key things that we…

UWS Students Celebrate Earth Week by Giving Out Plants

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Students at UWS are continuing to celebrate Earth Week with a variety of giveaways. Today they handed out 100 seed pots to students who could plant them or even keep them in their dorm room if they are left by a window and were watered once in a while. Organizers say they hope events like these make students more…

Rambler Food Truck Reopens for Season

Staff say the warmer months couldn’t have come soon enough as they love seeing all their customers once again.

DULUTH, Minn.-The Rambler food truck has opened for its 2021 season. The truck was spotted outside the Rose Garden earlier Tuesday where they dish up everything from teriyaki pulled pork to Mahi tacos. Staff say the warmer months couldn’t have come soon enough as they love seeing all their customers once again. “We’re all super excited for the season,” said…