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Gov. Walz Announces Pardon Hearing for Man Connected with Clayton-Jackson-McGhie Case

DULUTH, Minn.-During an announcement today about calling a special legislative session for Friday to extend the state’s peace time emergency, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz also said the state will hold a pardon hearing this week for Max Mason, a black circus laborer who was accused of raping the same white woman Isaac Mcghie, Elmer Jackson, and Elias Clayton were accused…

Fond-du-Luth to Reopen Next Week

DULUTH, Minn. – Fond-du-Luth Casino announced Wednesday that they will be reopening next week. The casino said in a recent press release that they will open their doors once again at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 15. Face masks will be made available to guests on opening day while supplies last. Casino staff says some temporary adjustments have been made…

Itasca County Board Approves Plan for new Jail

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – On Tuesday, the Itasca County Board approved in a 3-2 vote one of the plans for a new jail facility. According to the Itasca County Sheriff, the plan calls for taking over three downtown Grand Rapids businesses for expansion which include North Print, Northland Flooring, and Vanity Cleaners. Earlier this year a special jail task force…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, June 10

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 28,869 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 19 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,236 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 369,795 tests have been completed to date. There are 24,675 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,482 patients have required hospitalization…

Minneapolis Police Chief Announces Withdrawal From Contract Negotiations With Police Union

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced Wednesday he is withdrawing from contract negotiations on the unfinished contract with the police union and restarting an effort to identify troubled officers through early warning signs. The chief held a news conference Wednesday morning to discuss structural and policy changes he is planning for the police department in the wake of the death…

Duluth YMCA to Reopen Next Week

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Area Family YMCA announced Wednesday that they will be reopening the facility next week. According to a recent press release, the YMCA will open for members on June 15. “While many of the things you love about the Y will be the same, you will notice some changes as well,” said Duluth Area Family YMCA…

FDL Band Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

CLOQUET, Minn. – Minnesota health officials announced on Tuesday that a Fond du Lac Band member has tested positive for COVID-19. The Fond du Lac Human Services Division says they were notified late afternoon on Monday and that the member lives at Mino-Bimaadizi Waakaa’igan in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Department of Health says they will be working with the Human Services…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, June 9

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 28,523 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 20 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,217 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 360,991 tests have been completed to date. There are 24,221 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,441 patients have required hospitalization…

Authorities: Tree Intentionally Cut to Block Traffic to Cook County

COOK COUNTY, Minn. – The Cook County Sheriff’s Office believes someone intentionally cut down a tree to block both lanes of traffic on Highway 61. According to a recent post on the Cook County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, deputies responded to reports of a large tree blocking the highway around 1:52 a.m. Monday. The Sheriff’s Office believes the tree was…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, June 8

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 28,224 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 11 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,197 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 354,226 tests have been completed to date. There are 23,657 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,401 patients have required hospitalization…

‘Taste of Duluth’ Event Postponed

DULUTH, Minn. – The ‘Taste of Duluth’ event has been postponed, according to a recent press release from event organizers. In a joint statement, Tracy Lundeen of Lundeen Productions and Walt Aplin of Twin Ports Entertainment said, “This decision has been made due to the Governors continuing restrictions being placed on large gatherings due to COVID-19.” The event was originally…

Defunding the Minneapolis Police Department Would Likely Require Public Vote

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Sunday, nine Minneapolis City Councilmembers joined a call for the city to defund and dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. Speaking during a rally, which was hosted by two groups that promote community-led policing, nine councilmembers put their backing behind the major change that has been pushed in the days following the death of George Floyd while in the…

Veto-proof Majority of Minneapolis City Council Announces Support for Dismantling MPD

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council announced their support for de-funding the Minneapolis Police Department and replacing it with a community-based public safety model at a rally in Powderhorn Park Sunday afternoon. At the end of the rally, the councilmembers and some community activisits committed to ending the Minneapolis Police Department through the budget process. The group…

Gov. Walz Gradually Lifts Restrictions on Indoor Dining, Entertainment, Gyms Starting June 10

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Tim Walz announced on Friday phase 3 of the Stay Safe Plan, which includes gradually loosening restrictions of indoor dining, gyms, and entertainment venues. Starting June 10, limited re-openings will be allowed with occupancy rates limited based on risk. “Thank you, Minnesotans, for the sacrifices you’ve made to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Governor Walz said. “Thanks…

Watch Live: Walz to Announce Next Steps in States Reopening

UPDATE: ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will announce he’s loosening more coronavirus-related restrictions on Minnesota businesses Friday afternoon. Walz will allow restaurant indoor dining, fitness centers, and some entertainment venues to reopen at a limited capacity on June 10, multiple sources said ahead of the governor’s news conference. ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota Gov. Tim…

College of St. Scholastica Announces More Budget Cuts

DULUTH, Minn. – The College of St. Scholastica announced more budget cuts on Thursday due to significant financial losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to recent reports, the college experienced over $5 million in lost revenue during the spring semester. Bob Aschenmacher, Executive Director of College Communication for CSS says upcoming cuts will include a salary reduction for staff…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, June 5

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 26,980 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 33 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,148 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 322,340 tests have been completed to date. There are 21,864 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,289 patients have required hospitalization…

2020 Itasca County Fair Canceled

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – The 2020 Itasca County Fair has been canceled, according to a Wednesday Facebook post from the Itasca County Agricultural Association President. Itasca County Agricultural Association President Melissa Johnson wrote: “This has not been an easy decision to make, but circumstances beyond our control have made it necessary. While disappointed that our gathering of friends and neighbors…

3 of 4 Charged Minneapolis Police Officers to Make First Court Appearances

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Three Minneapolis Police officers charged with aiding and abetting the murder of George Floyd will go before a judge for their first court appearances Thursday afternoon. J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao will go before the judge at 12:45 p.m. for their first appearances since being taken into custody Wednesday. The three men were charged with aiding…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, June 4

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 26,273 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 29 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,115 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 275,622 tests have been completed to date. There are 21,490 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,253 patients have required hospitalization…

Superior Residents to Protest George Floyd Murder, Racial Violence Thursday

(Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP) SUPERIOR, Wis. – Residents in Superior will hold a peaceful protest in the parking lot of the Government Center Thursday afternoon to protest the murder of George Floyd and demand an end to racial violence. In a recent Facebook post, Mayor Jim Paine said he and Police Chief Nicholas Alexander have been in contact with…

Prosecutors Charge Three More Officers in George Floyd’s Death

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Duluth K9 Luna Receives Donation of Body Armor

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police Department’s K9 Luna has received a donation of a bullet and stab protective vest from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The donation came with a special sentiment embroidered on the vest which read, “In memory of K9 Haas, Duluth Police Department, MN.” Vested Interest in K9s, Inc was established in 2009. The…

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Announces Additional Charges Coming in George Floyd Case

DULUTH, Minn. – U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing charges against Derek Chauvin. According to a recent tweet from Sen. Klobuchar, Ellison is increasing charges against Derek Chauvin to second-degree murder and will also be charging the other three officers involved in the killing of George Floyd. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, June 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 25,870 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 14 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,086 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 265,718 tests have been completed to date. There are 21,169 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,203 patients have required hospitalization…

Duluth City Hall to Begin Reopening Process

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth announced today that it will begin the process of reopening City Hall to the public on an appointment-only basis. According to a recent press release, starting today the building will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for residents needing to meet with City staff. Anyone needing to meet with City staff…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, June 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 25,508 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 22 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,072 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 258,747 tests have been completed to date. There are 20,381 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,134 patients have required hospitalization…

Victim Identified in Cass County Fatal Crash

MOTLEY, Minn. – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says they have identified the 68-year-old victim in Friday night’s single-vehicle crash. According to reports, the victim in the fatal crash was Edward Coyle of Blackduck. Authorities say deputies responded to the crash on State Highway 64 at Mile Marker 2 in May Township around 12:10 p.m. Friday. Upon arrival, deputies and…

Hennepin County Medical Examiner Declares George Floyd Death Homicide

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Fox 9 reports that the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s report released Monday ruled the death of George Floyd a homicide. The updated report states that on May 25, George Floyd experienced a cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by a law enforcement officer(s). Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is now charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in connection to Floyd’s…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, June 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 25,208 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 10 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,050 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 255,592 tests have been completed to date. There are 19,441 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,086 patients have required hospitalization…

Restaurants, Bars, Salons and Campgrounds Allowed to Reopen Under Phase 2 of Stay Safe MN Plan

(FOX 9) – Minnesota moved into its second phase of reopening Monday amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Phase II of Gov. Stay Safe MN plan, restaurants and bars can reopen for outdoor dining. A maximum of 50 people will be allowed at a time and reservations are required. For the 70 to 80 percent of restaurants in Minnesota that do not have patios,…

No Injuries Reported, Driver Arrested after Truck Drives into Crowd of Protesters in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Authorities have identified the man they say drove a tanker truck through a massive group of protesters on I-35W Sunday afternoon. According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Bogdan Vechirko has been booked on suspicion of assault. Deputies say he is the man who was behind the wheel when the truck went through a crowd standing on I-35W. Police say…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Sunday, May 31

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 24,850 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Sunday morning and 14 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,040 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 249,519 tests have been completed to date. There are 18,695 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 3,047 patients have required hospitalization…

Minnesota Authorities: Police Officer Who Knelt on George Floyd Has Been Arrested

FOX 9-Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for his role in the death of George Floyd, Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said Friday. According to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, charges have been filed against Chauvin for third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin was seen in a video kneeling on…

City Leaders Release Statements on Recent Incidents in Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, Mayor Larson, Councilor Kennedy, and Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken released individual written statements regarding recent incidents in Minnesota pertaining to the death of George Floyd. Their statements read: Statement from Mayor Larson: “Minneapolis is our human brokenness. The murder of Mr. George Floyd, the lack of accountability for MPD, has laid open and bare…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, May 29

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 23,531 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 29 new deaths bringing the death total to 996 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 233,873 tests have been completed to date. There are 16,930 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 2,936 patients have required hospitalization…

MN Power Working to Restore Outages in Lakeside, Congdon Areas

UPDATE: Minnesota Power says crews have restored power to the majority of customers in the Lakeside, Congdon areas but about 330 customers still remain without power. The estimated restoration time for the remaining 330 customers is around 5:00 p.m. Friday. DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Power says crews are working to restore power to about 1,800 customers in the Lakeside, Congdon,…

Fires and Rioting Continue as Tensions Reignite in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – A fire has broken out at the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct building as riots continue on Thursday. Flames can be seen shooting from the corner of the police station along Lake Street while a large crowd surrounds the building as protests once again turned violent on Thursday. It all comes hours after a night of violence in Minneapolis…

Gov. Tim Walz Activates National Guard to Maintain Safety of Minnesotans During Protests

(Mark Vancleave/Star Tribune via AP) ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an Executive Order to activate the Minnesota National Guard Thursday afternoon to help protect the safety of Minnesotans during ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd in police custody. According to a recent press release, local leaders requested National Guard resources after extensive damage to…

Bayfront Country Jam Postponed Until 2021

DULUTH, Minn. – Bayfront Country Jam announced on Thursday that the event has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bayfront Country Jam, originally scheduled for July 2, 2020, at the Bayfront Festival Park, will now take place on July 2, 2021. “It is with deep regret that we have to make the difficult decision to postpone, but it’s the…