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Hibbing Elementary Teacher Charged With Sending Nude Images to Juveniles

HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Police Department announced Friday that felony charges have been filed against a Lincoln Elementary School teacher for sending nude images to multiple juveniles. According to the criminal complaint, 27-year-old Jordan Michael Kochevar has been charged with four counts of distributing material via electronic communication that relates/describes sexual conduct to a child. Court records state that…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, June 26

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 34,616 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 5 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,411 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 557,278 tests have been completed to date. There are 30,008 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,966 patients have required hospitalization…

Hibbing Girl Injured in FedEx Truck vs. Bike Crash

HIBBING, Minn. – Authorities say a juvenile girl from Hibbing was injured Tuesday morning when a FedEx truck struck the girl as she was riding her bike. Police say the accident happened around 11:37 a.m. at the intersection of 31st Street West and 5th Avenue West. Authorities say the girl suffered serious injuries and was transported to Fairview Range Medical…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, June 25

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 34,123 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 9 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,406 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 542,696 tests have been completed to date. There are 29,854 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,943 patients have required hospitalization…

Essentia Health Announces Plans for First Ronald McDonald House in Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – The Essentia Health Foundation announced plans on Thursday for the first Ronald McDonald house in the Northland. The five-bedroom Ronald McDonald House Northland will be located on the fourth floor of the 5th Avenue Building and will “feed and provide respite for families of pediatric patients at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center.” “We know our pediatric families…

City of Duluth: Applications Now Open for Spirit Mountain Task Force

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth announced on Wednesday that they will be creating a Spirit Mountain Recreation Task Force to assist in drafting “a set of recommendations intended to help achieve financial stability” for Spirit Mountain moving forward, and applications are now open. In a recent press release, the city said Mayor Larson will be appointing nine to…

Midday Update 6-24-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Arman Rahman and Meteorologist William Seay for a local look at news and weather making headlines Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Categories: Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, June 24

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 33,763 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 5 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,397 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 529,643 tests have been completed to date. There are 29,707 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,897 patients have required hospitalization…

St. Luke’s Updates Policy to Allow Visitors

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s Hospital is updating its visitor’s policy so patients will, once again, be allowed to see loves ones. The hospital says the updates will allow also allow loved ones to accompany patients to appointments. “We take the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community very seriously,” St. Luke’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nick Van…

MN Trooper Charged After Taking Woman’s Phone, Sending Himself Nude Photos

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – A Minnesota State Patrol trooper was charged with felony stalking for taking a woman’s cell phone and using it to send himself nude photos of her, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. Albert Kuehne, 36, was charged with two counts of stalking with bias due to the fact the victim was a woman. According to the criminal complaint,…

Minntac to Restart Production Lines Next Month

DULUTH, Minn. – U.S. Steel says they plan to restart production lines at its Minntac mine as early as next month. United Steelworkers Local 1938 representatives confirmed on Tuesday that production lines 6 and 7 are expected to restart on July 27. Operations for the lines were originally planned to be stalled until August. Union reps also say maintenance workers…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, June 23

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 33,469 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 9 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,393 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 520,045 tests have been completed to date. There are 29,399 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,860 patients have required hospitalization…

Spirit Valley Days 2020 Canceled

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2020 Spirit Valley Days event in West Duluth has been canceled. According to a recent Facebook post, the Spirit Valley Days Coordinating Committee and the West Duluth Business Club Executive Board decided to cancel this year’s festival due to COVID-19 concerns. “Although we chose to hold on until the last possible timeframe to hold the event,…

Minnesota Small Businesses Can Apply for new Round of Grants Starting Tuesday

  (FOX 9) – Small businesses can apply for a new round of $10,000 grants from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development starting Tuesday. The Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program was approved by the state legislature and signed by the Governor earlier this month in an effort to support Minnesotan owned and operated businesses that suffered financial hardship related…

Man Dies Following ATV Crash in Cass County

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – Authorities say an Eden Prairie man Sunday night following an ATV crash earlier in the day. The Cass County Sheriff’s office says they received reports around 8:10 p.m. Sunday of a medical emergency at a home in Woodrow Township in rural Longville. When EMS arrived on the scene they learned the 57-year-old male had been in…

Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake Approves Essentia Health Partnership

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – Essentia Health announced on Monday that plans have been approved for a partnership between Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake and Essentia Health. According to a recent press release, the partnership will be effective in early August with Essentia assuming operations at that time. Last fall, Mercy Hospital issued a request for proposal to several health care providers…

Midday Update 6-22-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, June 22, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Arman Rahman and Meteorologist William Seay for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, June 22, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, June 22

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 33,227 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 4 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,384 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 513,137 tests have been completed to date. There are 29,065 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,830 patients have required hospitalization…

Morning Update 6-22-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, June 22, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Arman Rahman and Meteorologist William Seay for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, June 22, 2020. Categories: Community, News – Latest News, Political

2020 Bayfield Apple Festival Canceled

BAYFIELD, Wis. – The 59th Annual Bayfield Apple Festival has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. The Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau and it’s Board of Directors made the announcement Friday that the three-day event that draws in thousands of people every year will be postponed until 2021. “After nearly 60 years, Apple Festival has become a strong part of…

Ashland Police Chief to Retire Next Month

ASHLAND, Wis. – Ashland Police Chief Jim Gregoire announced Friday that he is retiring next month. Gregoire says his last day will be July 3. He has been with the Ashland Police Department for over 23 years. The news of Gregoire’s retirement comes shortly after Ashland Mayor Debra Lewis announced that a federal lawsuit had been filed against the city…

Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Ashland Police

ASHLAND, Wis. – A federal lawsuit has been filed against the city of Ashland and five Ashland Police Officers, according to a recent news release from the Ashland Mayor, Debra Lewis. The release states the lawsuit is in connection to the 2018 arrest of 39-year-old Andres Rodriguez who pointed a gun at a minor child while trying to intervene in…

Gov. Walz Declares Friday ‘Juneteenth Freedom Day,’ Calls on Legislature to Make it a State Holiday

(FOX 9) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has declared Friday “Juneteenth Freedom Day” in Minnesota to commemorate this day in 1865 when slavery ended in the United States. Walz is also calling on the state Legislature to make Juneteenth a state holiday. “Juneteenth marks our country’s second Independence Day, celebrating freedom and justice and emphasizing education, achievement, and tolerance,” the governor’s proclamation reads….

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, June 19

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 32,031 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 17 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,361 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 475,152 tests have been completed to date. There are 27,709 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,748 patients have required hospitalization…

Bishop-Elect Appointed by Pope for Dioceses of Duluth

(courtesy: Diocese of Duluth) DULUTH, Minn. – A Bishop-elect has been appointed for the Diocese of Duluth. According to a Friday press release, Pope Francis has appointed Father Michael. J. Mulloy, from the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota, to be the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Duluth. Mulloy’s episcopal ordination and installation will be held on Thursday, October…

Duluth Mayor Larson to Recommend New City Attorney

DULUTH, Minn. – Mayor Emily Larson announced Thursday that she will nominate Rebecca St. George as Duluth’s new City Attorney. For the past six years St. George has served as the staff attorney to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. City officials say the City Council will vote on the nomination at the City Council meeting on…

Level 3 Predatory Offender Relocates in Duluth

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say a level 3 predatory offender has moved to the West Duluth neighborhood earlier this month. According to the police, 47-year-old James Demetrius Redd has a history of sexual conduct and contact with known female teenagers. The conduct has included taking sexually explicit pictures of…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, June 18

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 31,675 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 19 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,344 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 460,879 tests have been completed to date. There are 27,566 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,718 patients have required hospitalization…

City: East Superior Street Reconditioning Project Construction to Begin Tomorrow

DULUTH, Minn. – Tomorrow the City of Duluth says they will begin construction on the East Superior Street Reconditioning Project. In a recent press release, the city says a temporary traffic signal will be activated tomorrow at the 60th Avenue East and London Road intersection. The road closures for this project will begin at Lester River and Highway 61. The…

Hibbing Taconite to Extend Layoffs Another Month

HIBBING, Minn. – Hibbing Taconite will be extending layoffs for 650 employees and idling operations for another month according to union leaders. The United Steelworkers Union says employees are now be expected to be brought back the week of July 26 with full production starting on August 6. ArcelorMittal USA first announced the decision to idle the plant at the…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, June 17

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 31,296 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 12 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,325 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 448,587 tests have been completed to date. There are 27,404 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,689 patients have required hospitalization…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, June 16

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 30,882 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 9 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,313 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 429,145 tests have been completed to date. There are 27,006 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,658 patients have required hospitalization…

Walz Marks 100th Anniversary of Duluth Lynching

1/2 (courtesy: Facebook/Governor Tim Walz) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (courtesy: Facebook/Governor Tim Walz) Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz marked the 100th anniversary of a painful chapter in Duluth history by visiting a memorial to three black men lynched by a white mob. Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie were traveling circus workers…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, June 15

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 30,693 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 6 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,304 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 422,922 tests have been completed to date. There are 26,609 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,630 patients have required hospitalization…

Duluth Public School Playgrounds to Reopen Next Week

DULUTH, Minn. – Many Duluth Public School playgrounds will reopen next week for school programs and public use, according to ISD 709 officials. On Monday, playgrounds at Lester Park, Lowell, Laura McArthur, and Ordean East will open for Duluth KEY Zone program and the public. The KEY Zone program will use the playgrounds from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 o.m. Monday…

Minnesota Senate Votes to end Walz Peacetime Emergency

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota Senate has voted 38-29 to end Gov. Tim Walz’s peacetime emergency over the coronavirus, though the governor’s broad powers are likely to stay in place. Three Democratic senators — Paul Eken, Melissa Franzen, and John Hoffman — joined with all 35 Republicans voting yes. The House is currently debating a similar resolution, which majority…

City on the Hill Music Festival Postponed

DULUTH, Minn. – DULUTH, Minn. – The City on the Hill Music Festival has been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Event organizers announced Friday that the music festival will now take place on August 6-7, 2021. City on the Hill President and Co-Founder Walt Aplin says the decision was made due to health and safety concerns, “It…

Minnesota Couple Charged With Murder

ANOKA, Minn. – The two suspects arrested Thursday afternoon in connection to the murder of a Makinen man have been formally charged. Authorities say 53-year-old J. Nicholas Cramer and 46-year-old Michelle L. Cramer have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 47-year-old Frank Gerald Meyer. Meyer’s body was found in his garage on October 8, 209 by police…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, June 12

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 29,795 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 25 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,274 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 395,202 tests have been completed to date. There are 25,028 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,557 patients have required hospitalization…

Minnesota Board Grants Historic Posthumous Pardon for Black Man Wrongly Convicted in 1920 Duluth Rape

DULUTH, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota Board of Pardons posthumously pardoned a man who was convicted in a 1920 rape case, which sparked the Duluth lynchings. The three-person pardon board, which includes Attorney General Keith Ellison and Gov. Tim Walz, voted unanimously Friday to pardon Max Mason. Mason was one of six black circus workers arrested for the alleged rape of a…

Lake Superior College to Resume On-Campus Courses for Fall

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior College announced on Thursday that it will be resuming on-campus classes for the fall semester. LSC says they will continue online, blend/hybrid courses, and on-campus courses this upcoming fall semester which will begin on August 24. “Schools within the Minnesota State system, including LSC, were officially informed on Tuesday that we can resume on-campus courses…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, June 11

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 29,316 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 13 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,249 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 381,841 tests have been completed to date. There are 24,870 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,522 patients have required hospitalization…

Black Bear Casino Resort Reopening Next Week

CARLTON, Minn. – Black Bear Casino Resort announced Thursday that it will be reopening next week. According to Black Bear’s website, they will be re-opening at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 15. During Phase 1 of reopening the new hours of operation will be 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. every day. Some changes that have been implemented for reopening include new…

Firefighters Suffer Minor Injuries in Ashland House Fire

1/4 (courtesy: Ashland Fire Department/Facebook) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 (courtesy: Ashland Fire Department/Facebook) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 (courtesy: Ashland Fire Department/Facebook) Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 (courtesy: Ashland Fire Department/Facebook) Show Caption Hide Caption ASHLAND, Wis. – The Ashland Fire Department says two firefighters suffered minor injuries battling a house fire late Wednesday afternoon. The blaze broke out…