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Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, September 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 84,949 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 3 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,922 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,724,779 tests have been completed to date. There are 78,238 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,954 patients have required hospitalization…

Walz Extends COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Tim Walz signed an Executive Order Friday extending the COVID-19 peacetime emergency through at least October 12. The peacetime emergency gives the state flexibility in responding to evolving issues stemming from COVID-19. “My top priority remains the health and safety of Minnesotans,” said Governor Walz. “The COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and the next stages…

Wisconsin Woman Dies in Head on Crash With School Bus

SAWYER COUNTY, Wis. – The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office says a Wisconsin woman died in a head-on collision with a school bus Thursday evening. The two-vehicle crash happened around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of State Highway 40 and State Highway 48 in the Town of Weirgor. Authorities say that a 2015 Bruce School District school bus was traveling north…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, September 11

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 82,716 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 13 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,897 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,665,328 tests have been completed to date. There are 75,757 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,863 patients have required hospitalization…

Former Hermantown Teacher, Coach Pleads Guilty to Sexual Misconduct

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A former Hermantown Middle School teacher and volleyball coach accused of sexually assaulting a student pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Madeleine Schmaltz, 29, of Saginaw, Minnesota is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old high school student while tutoring the student in her home last year. According to the criminal…

Joe Biden to campaign in Minnesota Sept. 18

DULUTH, Minn. (Fox 9/Fox 21) – Joe Biden will be visiting Minnesota next week according to a recent press release from his campaign. Biden will be in Minnesota on Friday, September 18 however specific details about the visit have not yet been released. This will be the first time he has visited Minnesota for his Presidential campaign. President Donald Trump…

College Hockey Delayed Due to COVID-19

(FOX 9) – The start of the 2020-21 college hockey season is being delayed due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hockey Commissioners Association, which represents the 11 Division I men’s and women’s hockey conferences, announced the delay Thursday. The HCA says each conference will announce details on game schedules, including the start dates, individually. “The 11 Division I men’s and…

Home on Lake Vermilion Destroyed by Fire

(courtesy: Facebook/Northland FireWire) COOK, Minn. – A home near Cook on the west end of Lake Vermilion was destroyed by a fire Wednesday night, according to the Northland FireWire. Fire crews from the Cook Fire Department responded to the 2400 block of Red Sunset Road around 9:55 p.m. According to reports the fire started in the chimney and spread to…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, September 10

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 82,249 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 15 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,884 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,646,961 tests have been completed to date. There are 75,425 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,830 patients have required hospitalization…

Us Layoffs Remain Elevated as Job Market’s Gains Weaken

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at 884,000, a sign that layoffs remain stuck at a historically high level six months after the viral pandemic flattened the economy. The latest figures coincide with other recent evidence that the job market’s improvement may be weakening after solid gains through the spring and…

Waters of Superior in Canal Park Closing its Doors for Good

(courtesy: Waters of Superior) DULUTH, Minn. – Waters of Superior in Canal Park is closing its doors for good. The business made the announcement on Thursday saying that the store will close on October 25. “While the store has been profitable, COVID-19 has reduced sales dramatically, and projections showed it would have been impossible to make it through the winter…

Watch: Donald Trump Jr. Hosts ‘Make America Great Again’ Event at DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – Donald Trump Jr. hosts a “Make America Great Again” event on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The rally will mark the Trump campaign’s second visit to Duluth in a matter of weeks. Vice President Mike Pence visited Duluth two weeks ago. Before that, President Trump also made a stop in Mankato as…

Bentleyville Tour of Lights Will be a Drive-Thru Experience in 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2020 Bentleyville Tour of Lights display will be reimagined as a drive-thru experience this year to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions. Bentleyville organizers and Duluth city leaders made the announcement during a Wednesday afternoon press conference at Bayfront Festival Park. According to Bentleyville owner Nathan Bentley while many aspects of the beloved annual lights display will stay the…

Watch Live: Bentleyville Organizers to Hold Afternoon Press Conference

DULUTH, Minn. – Bentleyville Tour of Lights organizers are scheduled to hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon. The press conference will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Bayfront Festival Park. Last month, Bentleyville owner Nathan Bentley said his team was discussing a variety of possible options for the massive lights display to return for another season. Fox 21 will…

Update: Douglas County Man Killed While Servicing Dump Truck

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior police have released more details about the industrial accident that killed a man Tuesday morning in Superior’s South End. According to a recent press release, officers responded to Kimmes Oil and Tire around 9:15 a.m. for a report of an accident. When officers and rescue personnel arrived at the scene they learned that a 21-year-old male…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, September 9

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 81,868 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 7 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,869 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,621,174 tests have been completed to date. There are 75,055 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,792 patients have required hospitalization…

Grandma’s Marathon Minnesota Mile Traffic Advisory

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has issued a traffic advisory ahead of the 14th annual Grandma’s Marathon Minnesota Mile being held on Friday. Beginning at 3:00 p.m. Friday West Skyline Parkway around Enger Tower and Hank Jensen Drive will be closed to traffic. Traffic will not be allowed in or out of the Enger Tower/Enger Park parking lot…

One Dead After ‘Industrial Accident’ in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Police say one person has died in an ‘isolated industrial accident’ in Superior Tuesday morning. According to police, officers responded to reports of an accident at a business located in the South End around 9:15 a.m. Authorities say after arriving at the scene they learned that someone had an accident that involved a heavy piece of…

Essentia Health: Hermantown Urgent Care Closed Until Further Notice

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Essentia Health announced on Tuesday that the Hermantown Urgent Care has closed until further notice. The Essentia Health – Hermantown Clinic remains open and is available for walk-in care. Essentia did not specify the reason for the sudden closure, but we will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.   Categories: Minnesota, News, News…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, September 8

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 81,608 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 2 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,862 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,616,738 tests have been completed to date. There are 74,235 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,760 patients have required hospitalization…

Minnesota Starts Paying $300 a Week Unemployment Boost

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota started paying the $300 a week boost in unemployment benefits to laid-off workers Friday. The payments are backdated, meaning people who were laid off from late July through late August will get up to five separate payments of $300 apiece over the next week. Minnesotans who lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic do not…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, September 4

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 78,966 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 10 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,847 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,558,831 tests have been completed to date. There are 70,537 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,635 patients have required hospitalization…

Campaign Announces Donald Trump Jr. Will Host Rally in Duluth Next Week

DULUTH, Minn. (FOX 9/FOX21) – On the same day that Dr. Jill Biden is set to visit the Twin Cities, Donald Trump Jr. is planning a rally in Duluth. The president’s son will host a “Make America Great Again” event on Wednesday, September 9 at 5 p.m. at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Supporters wishing to attend the rally can register for tickets…

Watch Live: Duluth Police Department to Hold Press Conference Regarding Recent Shootings

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is holding a press conference Thursday afternoon at the Public Safety Building to discuss a string of shootings that have taken place in the area in July and August. We will also be live-streaming the 3:30 p.m. press conference on our Fox 21 Facebook page. Categories: Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Pilot Killed in Leech Lake Plane Crash

WALKER, Minn. – Authorities say the pilot of a small plane was killed after his plane crashed in Leech Lake Tuesday evening. According to the Natchez Democrat Newspaper, 62-year-old Thomas Borum, of Mississippi, was traveling from Missouri to Bemidji for a new job. He was grounded for a short time in St. Cloud due to bad weather. The plane left…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, September 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 78,123 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 7 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,837 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,540,107 tests have been completed to date. There are 70,175 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,592 patients have required hospitalization…

Suspect in Ironwood Stabbing Incident Arrested in Wisconsin

IRONWOOD, Mich. – The Ironwood Department of Public Safety says officers responded to reports of a stabbing incident around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night on the 400 block of West Cloverland Drive. Initial reports indicated a man had been assaulted and was on the ground bleeding heavily. When officers arrived on the scene they determined the man had been stabbed multiple…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, September 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 77,085 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 7 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,830 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,525,555 tests have been completed to date. There are 69,521 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,566 patients have required hospitalization…

Hermantown Man Charged in Lino Lakes Homicide

LINO LAKES, Minn. (FOX 9) – A 43-year-old Hermantown, Minnesota man has been charged in a deadly shooting at a Lino Lakes home, according to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. Nicholas Walter Zielinski is charged with second-degree murder for the death of 22-year-old Karl Mitchell Henderson. According to the criminal complaint, on Thursday around 2:35 p.m., Lino Lakes police officers responded to a reported…

U of M Return to Campus Housing Plan Includes 10-Day Quarantine

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – The University of Minnesota released a four-step plan for how students will return to university housing this fall, which includes a phased approach for student access across campus and residence hall curfews. Under the “Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan” residence hall students can start moving in on September 15 on the Twin Cities campus. The move-in date for…

Missing Bear Hunter Rescued in BWCA

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. (FOX 9) – A bear hunter had to be rescued after getting lost in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said the 64-year-old man was hunting with another person near Burntside Lake when they became separated after the 64-year-old took a rest near the walking path the pair was…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, September 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 76,355 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 6 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,823 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,498,919 tests have been completed to date. There are 68,488 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,520 patients have required hospitalization…

Zeitgeist Arts Cafe Announces Temporary Closure

DULUTH, Minn. – The Zeitgeist Arts Cafe announced Monday that it will be temporarily closing due to the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent press release, Zeitgeist leadership wrote, “We’re going to use this time as an opportunity to build on the successes our staff has worked so hard to realize to and to reimagine a restaurant…

Minnesota Court of Appeals Reverses Kozy Demolition Order

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed an order for the demolition of the former Kozy Bar building in downtown Duluth. On Monday, the court determined that the district court’s justification for the DEDA’s rejection of the Pastoret, LLC and OCH/Hoeft proposals were solely economic in nature. According to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, “The court, therefore,…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, August 31

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 75,864 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 1 new death bringing the death total to 1,817 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,489,726 tests have been completed to date. There are 67,656 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,480 patients have required hospitalization…

Rebuild Duluth Announces Second Round of Programming

DULUTH, Minn. – On Monday, the City of Duluth’s Planning and Economic Development Division announced a second round of the Rebuild Duluth Program. Rebuild Duluth was developed with the intent of identifying and reducing the costs of construction of infill housing within the city. Vacant, developable lots will be given at no cost to individuals or organizations that can provide…

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Visits Fond du Lac

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (Pictured from left to right: Chairman Kevin Dupuis, Irum Zaidi, District I Representative Wally Dupuis, District III Representative Bruce Savage, Secretary/Treasurer Ferdinand Martineau, and Dr. Deborah Birx) Show Caption Hide Caption CLOQUET, Minn. – Whitehouse Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx visited the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa on Friday to…

541 Food Service Employees at Xcel Energy Center Laid-off Amid COVID-19

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Hundreds of food service employees, who worked at Xcel Energy Center, were laid off at the beginning of August following COVID-19 restrictions, which caused events to be canceled or prohibited fan attendance, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. In June, Levy Premium Foodservice notified DEED 541 employees based out of the Xcel Energy Center would be…

Duluth Police Respond to Two Separate Shootings on Thursday

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say officers responded to two separate shooting incidents on Thursday. According to police, around 2:20 a.m. Thursday an officer witnessed multiple shots fired from two vehicles in the downtown Duluth area. Police say the shooting took place in an alley on 2nd Avenue East and both vehicles fled the vicinity. One of the vehicles involved…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, August 28

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 73,240 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 4 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,810 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,443,344 tests have been completed to date. There are 65,204 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,357 patients have required hospitalization…

Duluth Lions Club 63rd Annual Pancake Day Canceled Due to COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn. – The 63rd Annual Duluth Lions Club Pancake Day has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent press release, Duluth Lions Club Pancake Day Committee Chair, Lion PDG Larry Winner made the announcement Thursday that the club would be following Minnesota Department of Health guidelines which state that events with 250 or more people…

Watch Live: Republican National Convention Day Four

WASHINGTON (AP) — With crises brewing beyond the White House gates, President Donald Trump is about to stand on the South Lawn to accept his party’s nomination for president. He is presenting himself as the last barrier protecting an American way of life that’s under siege from radical forces. Facing a fraught national moment, Trump is expected to paint an…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, August 27

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 72,390 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 13 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,806 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,427,347 tests have been completed to date. There are 64,876 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,326 patients have required hospitalization…

Sam Gabrielli

Chief Meteorologist

Sam began working at FOX 21 in April of 2020 and comes here from KSFY/Dakota News Now where he worked as the weekend meteorologist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is proud to be an Emmy Award Winner for extended team coverage of an Upper Midwest blizzard from the Spring of 2018. Sam graduated in the Spring of 2017 from…