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Gov. Walz Tests Positive for COVID-19

(courtesy: Fox 9) ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz on Tuesday announced he has tested positive for COVID-19 along with his wife and son. A statement released from his office this morning reads: “Yesterday, my 9th grade son tested positive for COVID-19. Gwen and I were both tested that same day, and after initially testing negative yesterday morning, last…

Environmental Testing Finds Presence of Chemical Styrene at Spooner Middle School

SPOONER, Wis. – After a chemical exposure forced an evacuation of the Spooner Middle School, sickening several students and staff last month, district officials say in-person will resume tomorrow. Environmental testing, industrial hygiene, and occupational medicine reviews were conducted in the school, which indicated the presence of the chemical styrene. According to the school district, symptoms of styrene exposure include dizziness,…

Local Hospitals, Public Health Partner in Public Service Announcement

DULUTH, Minn. – Healthcare resources are strained. Medical workers are as committed as ever to caring for their patients, but they’re exhausted and pleading with people: Take COVID-19 seriously and do what you can to minimize virus spread. That is the message in a new public service announcement (PSA) created by Essentia Health, St. Luke’s, and St. Louis County Public Health…

4 Adults, 3 Children Found Dead Inside Moorhead Home, Police Say

MOORHEAD, Minn. (FOX 9) – Police say that seven people were found dead inside a northwestern Minnesota home Saturday night. According to police, family members were conducting a welfare check when they found the individuals and called 911. The Moorhead Police Department and Moorhead Fire arrived around 7:50 p.m. Saturday at the 4400 block of 13 Street South, and first responders confirmed…

Manchin Can’t Support Dems’ $2T bill, Potentially Dooming It

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Joe Manchin says he can’t back his party’s signature $2 trillion social and environment bill. That would deal a seemingly fatal blow to President Joe Biden’s leading domestic initiative heading into an election year when Democrats’ narrow hold on Congress was already in peril. The West Virginia senator said on “Fox News…

OSHA Vaccine Mandate Penalties to Start Jan. 10

The federal agency separately says there will be no citations of companies regarding its testing requirements before Feb. 9.

UNDATED (AP)- The Occupational Health and Safety Administration says it will not issue citations tied to its coronavirus vaccination mandate before Jan. 10. This will give companies time to adjust to and implement the requirements. The federal agency separately says there will be no citations of companies regarding its testing requirements before Feb. 9. Saturday’s announcement came after the U.S….

Leader of Planned Parenthood in Upper Midwest Stepping Down

The five-state organization provides health care to more than 100,000 patients each year.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The president of Planned Parenthood’s affiliate in the upper Midwest says she is stepping down from her position next year. Sarah Stoesz oversaw the organization for nearly 20 years and grew it into one of the largest Planned Parenthood affiliates in the country as it expanded from Minnesota and South Dakota to incorporate North Dakota, Iowa, and…

Gov. Walz Announces Increased COVID Testing Through the Holidays

DULUTH, Minn. – On Thursday Governor Walz announced an increase of testing capacity in the state’s COVID-19 community testing network in anticipation of increased demand before the holidays. “Holiday gatherings are right around the corner and getting tested before getting together with family is vital to protecting loved ones from COVID-19,” said Governor Walz. “In addition to expanding capacity at these…

Bentleyville to Reopen Thursday Night

DULUTH, Minn. – Bentleyville will be reopening tonight after forecasted inclement weather caused organizers to close the popular holiday lights display Wednesday night. Bentleyville will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday evening. Organizers are reminding visitors to bring food items and toys for the Salvation Army. There was no mention of storm damage to any of the…

Closures, Delays Due to Weather: 12/16

DELAYS The Human Development Center – delayed until 12:00 p.m. All services will still be offered and held via telehealth and telephone until 12:00 p.m. Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank – Mobile Food Pantry Program in Cloquet delayed until Thursday, December 23 from 10:a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Click here for a list of current school closures and delays.  …

UWS Vaccine Clinic to Move to Northwood Technical College

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The COVID community-based vaccine clinic currently being held at UW-Superior will soon be moving to the conference center at Northwood Technical College’s Superior Campus, formerly WITC. “We are proud to have had our campus serve as the site for these services,” said University of Wisconsin-Superior Chancellor Renée Wachter. “Since the clinic opened on April 13, there have…

Bentleyville Closes Due to Inclement Weather

DULUTH, Minn. – Bentleyville will be closed Wednesday due to forecasted inclement weather. According to Bentleyville’s Facebook page, the popular Tour of Lights display will reopen Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Any changes to the reopening will be posted on its Facebook page or at Bentleyvilleusa.org. Categories: Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

St. Louis County Board Approves Budget, Funding for Body Cams for Deputies

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Board on Tuesday approved its 2022 budget at $463 million. The board also unanimously voted to pass a resolution approving the purchase of body cameras for its deputies. The authorization will allow the purchase of 110 body cameras with supporting accessories and equipment. The cost for the new cameras and equipment will be…

16th Annual Holiday Window and Lighting Display Contest Winners Announced

DULUTH, Minn. – The winners have been announced for the Greater Downtown Council’s 16th Annual Holiday Window and Lighting Display Contest. Nineteen local businesses participated in this year’s contest. Official judging took place November 19 through November 23 and winners were chosen based on execution of theme and design presentation. The winners of the 2021 Holiday Window and Lighting Display…

Carlton County Man Charged With Murder

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn – A 65-year-old Carlton County man arrested Friday afternoon for the alleged shooting death of his 62-year-old wife has now been formally charged with intentional second-degree murder. The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to 3665 Heiskari Road in Kalevala Township for a welfare check on Raymond Julian and his wife Tracy. According to the…

As COVID-19 Surges, Minnesota Health System CEOs Make Public Appeal

DULUTH, Minn. – In a Monday news release, CEOs from nine Minnesota health systems have come together in an appeal to the public, asking them to help the state’s overwhelmed health care system. You can read the full news release below: As COVID-19 continues to surge, leaders have taken out a full-page ad in major newspapers across the state this…

Duluth Man Arrested for Vehicle Theft, Fleeing Police

DULUTH, Minn. – An 18-year-old Duluth man was arrested early Wednesday morning after Duluth Police Officers noticed two people “acting suspiciously” in the Endion neighborhood. Authorities say a concerned citizen flagged down the officers patrolling in the area of 18th Avenue East and East Superior Street and told them the two people were allegedly stealing items from parked vehicles. Officers…

Uber Unveils New Audio Recording Feature During Rides as Part of Safety Enhancements

WASHINGTON (FOX TV Digital Team) – Uber is launching a new audio recording option for drivers and riders during trips. This new feature is part of several new safety initiatives the company is starting. According to a press release from the company, a rider and driver can enable the audio recording feature by choosing to record audio by pressing the…

State Commission Recommends Spirit Mountain for $1.2M Grant

DULUTH, Minn. – The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission has recommended Duluth’s Spirit Mountain for a $1.2 million Parks and Trails Legacy Fund grant. The $1,254,471 Spirit Mountain grant would be part of the $12.2 million recommended by the commission for 20 parks and trails around the state. Spirit Mountain says the grant would allow Spirit Mountain to…

Benedictine Living Community-Duluth To Acquire Hearthstone Home Care

DULUTH, Minn. – Benedictine Living Community-Duluth will acquire Hearthstone Home Care in Duluth effective December 1. “Hearthstone Home Care has been providing quality home care services to area seniors for many years. For the past seven years, Benedictine Living Community-Duluth has partnered with Hearthstone with Benedictine Duluth’s professionals providing in-home physical, occupational, and speech therapy to Hearthstone clients,” said Barb…

Bayfield County Health Department Reports Five COVID Deaths in November

BAYFIELD COUNTY, Wis. – The Bayfield County Health Department on Tuesday announced there had been five COVID-related deaths in the month of November. Health department officials say this brings the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the county to 30. “Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of these five patients,” stated Sara Wartman, Health Officer for Bayfield…

Minnesota Projects Record $7.7 Billion Surplus

(AP Photo/Steve Karnowski) ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota has a record-shattering $7.7 billion surplus, state budget officials project, setting the stage for lawmakers to debate how to spend it in 2022. The Minnesota Department of Management and Budget released the projection Tuesday morning, basing it on strong growth in income, consumer spending, and corporate profits that have driven…

Church Honors St. Nicholas Day

DULUTH, Minn. — Monday is St. Nicholas Day, and in Duluth, children and adult volunteers gathered outside the Twelve Holy Apostles Orthodox Church to celebrate. St. Nicholas was a 4th-century Christian bishop known for being a secret gift giver and helping the poor. These good deeds eventually formed the basis for Santa Claus. Volunteers outside the church handed out cookies,…

16th Annual Veterans Remembrance Dinner Held At Depot

  DULUTH, Minn. –The St. Louis County Historical Society and its Veterans Memorial Hall Program held it’s 16th annual Veterans Remembrance Dinner at the Duluth Depot on Monday. The Veterans Memorial Hall collects veterans’ stories and artifacts to educate its visitors. Attendees purchased $50 tickets for a dinner and silent auction was held Monday night to help fundraise for the…

DFD Talks About Cold Temperature Dangers And Bundling Up

DULUTH, Minn. — With subzero temperatures on the horizon, the Duluth Fire Department wants to remind the public to be weary of the dangers of frostbite and hypothermia. Officials say that bundling up with multiple layers and covering yourself up as much as you can is the best way to stay safe, along with simply limiting your time outside. It…

Superior Police Increasing Traffic Enforcement in an Effort to Reduce Crashes

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Police Department says it is increasing traffic enforcement in an effort to prevent and reduce traffic crashes within the city. According to the police department, crashes are up approximately 25% in 2021 while nationwide data shows crashes have increased 18.4% in the first six months of 2021. “Studies have shown increasing enforcement of speeding, safety…

Duluth School District Proposes to Extend Upcoming Winter Break

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School District says they are proposing to extend the upcoming Winter Break by two days to help with student and staff COVID safety as well as address staffing shortages. “With general staffing shortages, many unfilled positions, and a shortage of temporary help, every position in the district has been impacted. We need to ensure that…

Omicron Variant Case Confirmed in Minnesota

UPDATE: NEW YORK (AP) — Just a day after the U.S. announced its first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus had been detected in California, health officials announced Thursday it was found in a man who attended an anime convention in New York City in late November. The man tested positive after returning home to Minnesota, health officials…

Minnesota DOT Brings Back Popular “Name a Snowplow” Contest

(courtesy: Minnesota Department of Transportation) ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is bringing back its popular “Name a Snowplow” contest. After last year’s success, the MnDOT is inviting the public to help name another eight snowplows – one snowplow for each MnDOT district. MnDOT encourages the public to get creative and submit their most witty, unique, or…

Skyline Parkway Seasonal Closure to Begin Today

DULUTH, Minn. – Portions of Skyline Parkway and Seven Bridges Road will close to motorized traffic beginning today Wednesday, December 1. This is a planned, annual closure for the winter season. These roads will open to motorized traffic again next spring. The portions of roads closing for the winter include: Skyline Parkway from 0.4 miles east of Glenwood Street to…

Duluth Man Injured in Crash With School Bus

DULUTH, Minn. – Authorities say a 68-year-old Duluth man was injured Tuesday in a car accident with a school bus transporting children on Highway 53. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the driver of the bus and children were not injured in the crash. Reports state the man was driving his van south on Highway 53 approaching Caribou Lake Road…

Duluth Man Arrested for DWI After Driving Wrong-Way on One-Way Street Downtown

DULUTH, Minn. – A 38-year-old Duluth man was arrested Tuesday morning on multiple charges including fourth-degree DWI after driving his vehicle the wrong way on a one-way street in downtown Duluth. According to police, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of East 3rd Street around 5:15 a.m. on reports of a car traveling the wrong way down the road….

1 Dead, 2 Injured in Fatal Crash Near Eveleth

EVELETH, Minn. – The Minnesota State Patrol says one man is dead and two others injured following a crash Monday afternoon due to icy roadways near Eveleth. According to reports, the crash happened just before 4:00 p.m. Monday on Highway 53 near milepost 49 south of Eveleth. The state patrol says the GMC van was heading northbound on Highway 53…

Duluth Police Investigating Burglary at UPS Shipping Center

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating a burglary that took place on Sunday evening at the UPS shipping center on Port Terminal Drive. According to police, officers responded to reports of a burglary around 5:40 p.m. When officers arrived at the scene they found multiple items had been “ransacked through” at the shipping center. The Duluth Police Department’s Crime…

Suspect in 2018 Fatal Hibbing Shooting Sentenced to Life in Prison

HIBBING, Minn. – The 32-year-old Hibbing man found guilty of the 2018 murder of Jeryel Octavious McBeth has been sentenced to life in prison. According to the St. Louis County Attorney’s office, Jerome Dionte Spann waived his right to a jury trial opting for a trial to the Court. In September, Judge Rachel Sullivan found Spann guilty of premeditated first-degree…

Update: Sprinkler Pipe Break in Duluth Apartment Building Displaces Over 20 People

1/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department says over 20 people have been displaced after a sprinkler pipe broke in an apartment building in the Observation Hill neighborhood Tuesday. Crews responded to the building around noon after a resident reported…

Brian Laundrie Autopsy: Forensic Anthropologist Says Laundrie Died of Suicide

(Fox News) – Deceased fugitive Brian Laundrie died of suicide, a forensic anthropologist told Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino on Tuesday. Laundrie took his own life with a gunshot wound to the head, Bertolino said. “Chris and Robert are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families,” he said. Laundrie…

Duluth Fire Crews Responding to Apartment Building Sprinkler Malfunction

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Fire Crews are responding to a sprinkler malfunction at an apartment building in the Observation Hill neighborhood. Crews were called to the building located on the 1300 block of West 3rd Street around 12:00 p.m. Tuesday. According to a recent Twitter post, the sprinkler malfunctioned in the building causing the ceiling in one of the apartment…

Extra Holiday DWI Patrols on Minnesota Roads Starts Wednesday

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota drivers will start seeing extra DWI enforcement on the roads this weekend as part of a statewide effort to crack down on drunk driving this holiday season. The Department of Public Safety’s extra DWI holiday patrols campaign starts Wednesday and runs through Dec. 31. During that time, law enforcement officers will be looking…

Walz Activates 400 National Guard Members To Help Staff Nursing Homes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Gov. Tim Walz announced Monday he is activating the Minnesota National Guard to form skilled nursing “response teams” that will provide support to long-term care facilities experiencing staffing shortages amid the state’s COVID-19 surge. Over the next week, 400 National Guard members will start training as certified nursing assistants and temporary nursing aides over…

St. Luke’s Updates Visitor Policy Due to Increasing Positive COVID Rates

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s has updated its visitor policy citing growing COVID-19 cases in the community and rising test positivity rates. Changes to the policy went into effect Saturday. Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 will not be allowed visitors until the patient is no longer contagious. Exceptions include one adult support person during labor and delivery, two parents…