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Split Rock Lighthouse to Require Masks Indoors Starting Today

DULUTH, Minn. – Split Rock Lighthouse announced on its Facebook page Tuesday, along with the Minnesota Historical Society, that face masks will be required indoors beginning September 1. MNHS says the decision was made to reinstate the mask mandate, regardless of vaccination status, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the state. “According to the Centers for Disease Control…

City Council, Boards and Commission Meetings To Continue Meeting Virtually

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth announced Tuesday that the Duluth City Council and Boards and Commissions will continue meeting virtually as St. Louis County is classified as high or substantial risk for the spread of COVID. According to a recent press release, on August 12, City Attorney Rebecca St. George and Chief Administrative Officer Noah Schuchman sent a…

St. Louis County Announces Logging Restrictions Due to Wildfire Risk

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – Due to ongoing drought conditions and wildfire risk St. Louis County is implementing logging restrictions in the northern part of the county. County officials say the restrictions include cutting and logging operations on all county-managed lands and apply to the same area where no open burning and no campfires are allowed. In a Monday news…

Greenwood Fire Update: Fire Remains at 14% Containment

(US Forest Service) NEAR ISABELLA, Minn. – As of Monday morning, the Greenwood fire remains at 25,991 acres and 14% containment. Fire officials say significant rainfall over the weekend helped crews improve the fireline and “mop up”, extinguishing hot embers along the fire’s edge. On Sunday, heavy equipment operators continued improvements of the Stony River Grade Road, serving as the…

1 Dead, 1 Critically Injured in Early Morning Crash in Carlton

CARLTON, Minn. – One person is dead and another is critically injured after a single-vehicle crash in Carlton early Monday morning. According to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to reports of a vehicle leaving the roadway in the 200 block of Thomson Road around 12:18 a.m. Authorities say a truck driven by an adult male traveling southbound left…

St. Scholastica to Require COVID Vaccine for Students

DULUTH, Minn.-The College of St. Scholastica will require the COVID-19 vaccine for students taking part in in-person curricular and co-curricular activities. The requirement is connected with the Duluth, Health Science Center, and St. Cloud campuses. College leadership had previously said they would pursue the requirement, once the FDA approved the vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine was approved earlier this week. “Students…

Stauber Makes Statement on Minnesota National Guard Members in Afghanistan

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – On Friday, Congressman Pete Stauber (R-08) issued a statement expressing his concern for the Minnesota National Guard members currently in Afghanistan and also his relief to hear that none of the members were injured at the Kabul Airport during Thursday’s terrorist attacks. “Every day, our Minnesota National Guard servicemembers are representing the best of America both at…

Superior National Forest to Close Camping Outside of Developed Campgrounds

DULUTH, Minn. – As wildfires continue to rage and much of the Northland remains in severe drought, the U.S. Forest Service says it is closing camping on Superior National Forest lands outside of developed campgrounds, effective immediately. Officials say day use is allowed and most developed campgrounds will remain open to public use. A list of open campgrounds can be…

Suspected Human Bones Discovered by Utility Crew in Beltrami County

BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. – Utility crews in Beltrami County unearthed what is believed to be human bones on Tuesday afternoon. According to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department, the 911 center received a call from the workers around 12:40 p.m. to report the discovery. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the…

Greenwood Fire Remains at Nearly 26,000 Acres, Zero Percent Containment

(US Forest Service-Superior National Forest/Facebook) ISABELLA, Minn. – The U.S. Forest Service says cooler temps and higher humidity helped to slow the growth of the Greenwood fire on Thursday. Fire crews took advantage of the weather conditions to improve fire lines and use defensive operations in the west and north parts of the fire. Officials say the priority for Friday…

Gov. Walz Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of the Attack in Kabul

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz has ordered all United States and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota to remember, mourn, and honor theUnited States service members and other victims that were killed or wounded in a terrorist attack carried out in Kabul, Afghanistan Thursday. The governor’s office says the order…

Second Structure Fire Ignites at Spoons Bar & Grill

1/3 (courtesy: DFD) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 (courtesy: DFD) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 (courtesy: DFD) Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department has responded to a second report of fire coming from Lincoln Park’s Spoons Bar & Grill Thursday morning. According to the fire department, crews responded to the restaurant for a second time…

Greenwood Fire Grows to Nearly 26,000 Acres, Dozens of Homes, Outbuildings Destroyed

(Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via AP) ISABELLA, Minn. – The Greenwood wildfire has now grown to nearly 26,000 acres. Officials on Thursday updated the size of the fire to 25,991 acres and reported that 12 homes or cabins and 57 outbuildings have been destroyed in the fire. Forest officials decided to keep the popular Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness closed another…

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…

Judge Rejects Bid to Allow Guns at Minnesota State Fair

(AP Photo/Jim Mone, File) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A judge has rejected a request by a gun owners group for a temporary injunction to require the Minnesota State Fair to allow permit holders to carry their pistols on the fairgrounds. Judge Laura Nelson ruled Wednesday that they’re unlikely to prevail as the broader-case goes forward. The judge issued her ruling the…

Kitchen Fire at Spoon’s Bar & Grill Causes $75k in Damage

DULUTH, Minn. – An early morning kitchen fire at Spoon’s Restaurant in West Duluth caused an estimated $75,000 in damage. According to the Duluth Fire Department, fire crews responded to the restaurant around 2:27 a.m. Thursday on reports of flames showing from the building. When crews arrived at the restaurant, located at 2113 West Superior Street, they found flames coming…

Greenwood Fire Update: Fire Grows to Over 21,000 Acres

ISABELLA, Minn. – Officials say the Greenwood fire grew to 21,720 acres Wednesday with suppression operations expanding to the east and south. Wednesday’s weather is expected to be favorable for firing operations with lights winds, lower temperatures, and relative humidity in the high 30th percentile. Authorities say firefighters plan to conduct several defensive firing operations today to reduce the burnable…

Superior National Forest Closes National Forest Lands Along Upper Gunflint Trail

DULUTH, Minn. – On Wednesday, the U.S. Forest Service announced it is closing the Superior National Forest lands along the upper portion of the Gunflint Trail due to ongoing fires and limited availability of firefighting resources. This closure includes all forest lands along Cook County 12/Gunflint Trail beginning at the Cook County 92 Intersection to the end of the Gunflint…

Gannucci’s Liquidation Auction Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn.-The famous Gannucci’s Italian Market and Restaurant will be hosting a full business liquidation sale Wednesday. The auction includes everything from food to coolers, and even items from the old Jade Fountain which is in the adjoining building. We caught up with the auctioneer for the event, who has been a longtime customer, saying the business is an institution…

Babbitt Evacuation Point Turned Into Overnight Shelter

(courtesy: U.S. Forest Service/Facebook) BABBITT, Minn. – The American Red Cross says they are turning the Temporary Evacuation Point in Babbitt into an overnight shelter to help those displaced by the Greenwood fires. The shelter will provide by providing safe shelter, food, emergency relief supplies, emotional support, health services, current disaster information, and other resources. People are encouraged to bring…

Greenwood Fire Grows to Over 19,000 Acres Tuesday

ISABELLA, Minn.  – The Greenwood fire has grown to approximately 19,493 acres, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. As of Monday evening, the fire was zero percent contained and was expected to jump over Highway 1 causing new evacuation orders for those in the fire’s path. The fire had also broken out in two new areas, one on the…

Duluth Fire Department: “Residents Should Keep Windows Closed” Due to Smoke

  DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department issued an advisement early Tuesday morning due to heavy smoke in the area. According to a Tuesday news release, “The Duluth Fire Department is issuing an advisement that early this morning around 0420, a wind switch from the approaching weather front has brought smoke from the wildfires north of Duluth to our…

Mouth of Lester River Dries Up

DULUTH, Minn.-The mouth of the Lester River heading into Lake Superior has dried up. The recent drought conditions are causing the unusual sight. Some tourists are seeing the bright side to all of this, however, as it makes for easier agate picking. “It’s strange, my little agate hunter here was hoping to find some agates in the stream since it…

Fall Semester Begins at Multiple Northland Colleges

DULUTH, Minn.-The fall semester has begun at Lake Superior College and it includes in-person classes. Currently masks are required on campus to help reduce the amount of COVID cases. One student we caught up with says he’s happy to be back for the fall semester, as he works to get his associate of arts degree. “I just want to make…

New Evacuation Orders Issued Due to Greenwood Fire

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (courtesy: U.S. Forest Service/Facebook) Show Caption Hide Caption FINLAND, Minn. – New evacuation orders were issued Monday afternoon due to the growing Greenwood fire. The U.S. Forest Service posted on their Facebook page Monday, “The Greenwood Fire is expected to cross State Highway 1 near the intersection of Lake County Highway 2. It has…

Authorities: No Injuries in SUV vs. Train ‘Minor Crash’ in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Authorities say there were no reported injuries after an SUV was involved in a crash with a train in Superior Monday morning. According to the Superior Police Department, the accident happened around 9:52 a.m. in the area of North 12 Street and Poplar Avenue. Authorities say the incident was considered a “minor crash” According to reports, the…

US Forest Service Provides Update on John Ek, Whelp Fires in BWCA

(US Forest Service) DULUTH, Minn. – On Monday, the US Forest Service provided updates on the status of the John Ek and Whelp fires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. According to officials, no fire-fighting crews have been sent directly to the fires due to difficult access, limited aircraft resources, and safety concerns. Instead, crews will focus on fuels…

U.S. Forest Service: More Evacuations Due to Greenwood Fire

1/2 (Facebook/U.S. Forest Service) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (Facebook/U.S. Forest Service) Show Caption Hide Caption FINLAND, Minn. – The Lake County Sheriff’s Department is evacuating more residents due to the Greenwood Fire. (U.S. Forest Service) According to the U.S. Forest Service Facebook page, the fire has jumped over to the west side of Highway 2 just north of Stony…

Minor Injuries Reported in Accident Between Bus, Pedestrians in Lincoln Park

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police say two pedestrians were involved in an accident with a DTA bus Friday afternoon in Lincoln Park resulting in “minor injuries.” The accident happened in the area of West Michigan Street and 27th Avenue West around 2:09 p.m. According to police, both pedestrians sustained minor injuries in the crash and were treated by Duluth Fire…

Oak Grove Man Drowns in Leech Lake

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – A 65-year-old Oak Grove man drowned in Leech Lake Thursday afternoon after a witness reported seeing the man struggling in the water near a pontoon. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the witness called authorities around 12:50 p.m. to report seeing a man struggling in the water, but as they got closer they no longer…

Itasca County Fair Begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.-The Itasca County Fair has begun in Grand Rapids. Above, check out Fox 21 photojournalist Adam Jagunich’s story on the event. For more on the festivities, click here. Categories: News, News – Latest News

Line 3 Protesters Prevent Lift Bridge From Functioning for Short Time Thursday

  DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department says officers responded to the Aerial Lift Bridge Thursday afternoon due to protesters on the bridge that were preventing the bridge from functioning. Authorities were pulled from the Kids, Cops, and Cars event to help respond to the incident which lasted about 30 minutes. Officers were able to speak with the protesters…

Proctor Middle School Teacher Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct of Former Student

PROCTOR, Minn. – A Proctor Middle School teacher has been charged with felony criminal sexual conduct after he allegedly sexually abused a former student multiple times over the course of a year. On Thursday, 51-year-old Todd Robert Clark was charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of first-degree…

City Crews Responding to a 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 around 11:20 a.m. Thursday and is located on the 3000 block of Devonshire Street. City officials say water has been shut off from Devonshire Street and Pacific Avenue to where Devonshire becomes a dead end….

Northeastern Minnesota Wildfire Grows to 6 1/4 Square Miles

ISABELLA, Minn.  — A wildfire in the Superior National Forest of northeastern Minnesota that crews have been fighting since the weekend has grown to 6 1/4 square miles, but U.S. Forest Service officials said Thursday morning that it grew little overnight. The fire near Greenwood Lake, about 25 miles southwest of Isabella, was first spotted Sunday. It grew from 5…

Firefighters on Scene of New Fire Detected Near Britt

BRITT, Minn. – A new fire was detected near Britt Wednesday afternoon and was estimated to be nearly 25 acres in size. The fire, named the Moose Lake fire, is located in the Lake Leander area, according to the U.S. Forest Service-Superior National Forest Facebook page. Seven aircraft, heavy equipment, and engines were previously on the scene to help contain…

Proctor Middle School Teacher Arrested for Alleged Criminal Sexual Conduct

PROCTOR, Minn. – A 51-year-old teacher at a Proctor middle school was arrested Tuesday afternoon on pending charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. According to the Duluth Police Department, the teacher was booked in the St. Louis County Jail and is awaiting formal charges. According to Proctor Schools Superintendent John Engelking, the teacher “is employed by the school district, but…

Three People Rescued After Boats Gets Stuck in Beaver River

FREDENBERG TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Three people were rescued Tuesday evening after their boats became stuck in the mud and heavy vegetation in Beaver River, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. Around 8:36 p.m. first responders and law enforcement responded to reports of two boaters getting stuck while boating on the river in Fredenberg Township. While waiting for authorities…

Heritage Center Hosts Hockey Camp

DULUTH, Minn.-Despite the warm temperatures outside, kids are getting the chance to still enjoy winter sports like hockey at the Heritage Sports Center. This week they are hosting a camp focused on power skating so youth can build up those skills before the upcoming season. “If nothing else, we want them to feel more confident on their feet,” said Christian…

Vintage Sports Camps Continue

DULUTH, Minn.-Vintage Sports Camps are continuing this summer despite the pandemic. The director of the camp says the aim of them is to get kids out of the house and away from those electronics, while also taking part in some old school sports like dragon boat racing and dodge ball. “Part of what we are doing is not only teaching…

Full Business Liquidation Auction Planned for Gannucci’s

DULUTH, Minn. -West Duluth’s Gannucci’s Italian Market & Restaurant is holding a full business liquidation next week. According to a Facebook post by Nordic Auction, a full business liquidation auction will be held on Wednesday, August 25 at 301 North Central Avenue beginning at 4:00 p.m. Gannucci’s, originally named Conito’s Italian Village, was established in 1976 and was renamed Ganucci’s…

Superior School Board Votes to Require Masks for Elementary Students

SUPERIOR, Wis. – On Monday, the Superior School Board voted to require masks for elementary students for the upcoming school year. Additionally, all students and staff will be required to wear a mask while using Superior public transportation. During Monday night’s meeting, the school board said they also recommend the use of school cafeterias again. Current CDC guidelines recommend universal…

Duluth Airport Hosting Pre-check Pop-Up Event This Week

DULUTH, Minn.-This week, the Duluth Airport is inviting future passengers to enroll in the TSA pre-check screening program during a pop-up event. The program allows low-risk air travelers to go through a quicker screening process where they don’t have to remove their shoes, laptops or even take off belts. Those with the airport say it will make the traveling process…