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Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, May 28

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 22,947 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 35 new deaths bringing the death total to 967 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 225,208 tests have been completed to date. There are 16,655 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 2,880 patients have required hospitalization…

FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office Making George Floyd Death Investigation a ‘Top Priority’

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office say they are making their investigation into the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody a top priority. The two organizations released a joint statement Thursday morning saying, “The Department of Justice has made the investigation a top priority and assigned experienced prosecutors and FBI criminal investigators to the matter.” Minneapolis Police…

Duluth News Tribune to Print Twice a Week Beginning in July

DULUTH, Minn. – According to a recent online Duluth News Tribune column by Rick Lubbers, the DNT newspaper will only print twice-a-week beginning in July. Starting July 8, the paper will only be printed on Wednesdays and Saturdays and will be delivered by mail instead of carriers. “Print advertising and subscriptions have been declining for years, all while digital readership…

Duluth Man Charged With Felony Arson

GRAND LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A Duluth man has been charged with two counts of first-degree arson after he set fire to two structures in Grand Lake Township on Monday. Authorities say 53-year-old James Phillip Shelton set a camper and a trailer home on fire around 6:15 a.m. on the 6400 block of Beckman Road. According to the criminal complaint,…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, May 27

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 22,464 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 33 new deaths bringing the death total to 932 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 216,532 tests have been completed to date. There are 16,314 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 2,796 patients have required hospitalization…

Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival Canceled

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The 19th Annual Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival was scheduled to take place on August 21-22. “Each dragon boat contains 20 people in very close proximity to each other,” explains Patricia Finney, Co-Chair of the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival. “Since we don’t know where things will…

Four Minneapolis Police Officers Fired Following Death of George Floyd

(Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP) MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) – According to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, the four responding officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been fired. Frey announced the update on Twitter Tuesday afternoon saying that “This is the right call.” Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated. This is…

2020 Bayfront Blues Festival Canceled

DULUTH, Minn. – The Annual Bayfront Blues Festival has been canceled for 2020. According to event organizers, the festival has been postponed until August 13-15, 20201 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the blues fest website, all tickets and VIP cash refund requests are currently suspended until June 1, 2021. At that time ticket holders will have until July…

Man Dies After Being Detained by Minneapolis Police, FBI Investigating

(Warning: Disturbing Video. The FBI has joined in the investigation after a man died after being detained by Minneapolis police officers. Video credit Darnella Frazier via Storyful) MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – A man died Monday night after pleading with Minneapolis police officers that he could not breathe while he was being detained. The FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, May 26

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 21,960 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 18 new deaths bringing the death total to 899 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 209,898 tests have been completed to date. There are 15,523 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 2,709 patients have required hospitalization…

745 New Cases, 12 New Deaths Reported in Minnesota Monday Tied to COVID-19

Of the 12 New Deaths, 10 Were Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota Department of Health reported 745 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 12 new deaths Monday, bringing the total number of positive cases the state has seen so far to 21,315 and the death toll to 881. Of the 12 deaths, 10 were residents of long-term care facilities. Residents of long-term care facilities now…

Minnesota to Offer Free COVID-19 Testing This Weekend

DULUTH, Minn. – Six National Guard Armory locations throughout Minnesota will offer free COVID-19 during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Minnesota National Guard members will be able to collect roughly 2,000 samples per day across the six sites. “Testing, tracing, and isolating are the best tools we have to understand the impact of the pandemic on our communities and to…

St. Scholastica to Reopen Campuses in the Fall

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Scholastica President Barbara McDonald announced Friday that the college plans on reopening its Duluth and extended campuses this fall. The reopening includes residence halls for the fall semester. Classes will begin for the fall semester on September 8 and will be taught using a mixture of in-person and virtual methods, according to McDonald. “In making this…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, May 22

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 19,005 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 33 new deaths bringing the death total to 842 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 180,971 tests have been completed to date. There are 12,696 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 2,432 patients have required hospitalization…

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Koochiching County

KOOCHICHING COUNTY, Minn. – The Minnesota State Patrol reports that a Baudette man is dead after a motorcycle accident on Highway 11 at County Road 4 in Koochiching County. Authorities say the crash happened around 2:26 p.m. Thursday. The driver, identified as 53-year-old Steven Million, was driving westbound on Highway 11 when the motorcycle went off the road into the…

Minneapolis to require face masks in all public indoor places

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey signed an emergency regulation Thursday requiring all people in Minneapolis to wear cloth face masks or coverings while indoors starting Tuesday. The Mayor made the announcement at 3 p.m. Thursday along with Minneapolis Health Commissioner Gretchen Musicant and Community Planning and Economic Development Director David Frank and Interim City Attorney Erik Nilsson. The face…

Costco Issues a Request for Bids for Duluth Project Months After Canceling Purchase Agreement

DULUTH, Minn. – According to recent reports, requests for bids on the previously halted Costco project in Duluth have been posted on the Builders Exchange website. The Minnesota Builders Exchange General Manager Don O’Connor says bids for the project are needed by May 28. Construction on the site would begin May 1, 2021, and would be completed by November 1,…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, May 21

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 18,200 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 32 new deaths bringing the death total to 809 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 173,556 tests have been completed to date. There are 12,488 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 2,380 patients have required hospitalization…

South St. Louis County Fair Canceled for 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – The 100th Annual South St. Louis County Fair has been canceled. Event organizers announced the decision to cancel the 2020 county fair on their Facebook page Wednesday. “With safety being the primary requirements to operate a successful fair, social distancing requirements, sterilization, and other safety precautions being recommended and/or enforced by federal and state governments to combat…

Gov. Walz Announces Phases for Slowly Reopening Restaurants, Bars, Salons

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced on Wednesday the next phases in his Stay Safe MN plan, which includes allowing limited restaurant dining and operation of bars beginning June 1. According to Gov. Walz, starting June 1 restaurants and bars can operate only outdoors with no more than 50 patrons at a time, maintaining social distancing, and…

67th Annual Heart of the North Spooner Rodeo Postponed

SPOONER, Wis. – The 67th Annual Heart of the North Spooner Rodeo is postponed until July 2021. Spooner Rodeo officials made the announcement on their Facebook page Wednesday that the rodeo will now take place on July 8-10, 2021. “This decision was not taken lightly as it has a huge impact on our community, businesses, rodeo personnel, contestants, fans, and…

Spirit Mountain Will Not Reopen Until Fall

DULUTH, Minn. – Spirit Mountain announced Wednesday that they will be postponing their reopening until fall due to their current financial situation. Spirit Mountain officials say the only way to open back up this winter is if the cash-strapped city of Duluth hands over $350,000 before winter revenue at the Mountain starts rolling in again. This information comes from a…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, May 20

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 17,670 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 29 new deaths bringing the death total to 777 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 167,338 tests have been completed to date. There are 12,227 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 2,308 patients have required hospitalization…

Duluth Airshow Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Airshow scheduled for July 2020 has been canceled. The announcement was made Wednesday morning citing the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for the cancelation. Duluth Airshow President Ryan Kern said, “The Duluth Airshow routinely draws upwards of 50,000 spectators over the weekend from across the Midwest.  The Airshow places a high priority on the safety…

Suspect Arrested in Connection to Grand Rapids Shooting

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Grand Rapids Police say a 36-year-old male suspect has been arrested in connection to the shooting of a Grand Rapids woman on May 8. According to police, the suspect was arrested around 9:50 p.m. on Highway 57 just south of Floodwood on Monday. Police reports indicate that the male suspect allegedly shot the 22-year-old woman in…

Walz to Announce ‘Phased Plans’ for Reopening Bars, Restaurants Wednesday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Walz administration will announce “phased plans” for reopening bars, restaurants, and other places of accommodation Wednesday, the state’s economic development commissioner said. Commissioner Steve Grove said in a tweet that state officials would use key public health factors as guideposts for reopening decisions, including: How close you are to another person  How long you are in close proximity to…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, May 19

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 17,029 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 17 new deaths bringing the death total to 748 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 161,835 tests have been completed to date. There are 11,540 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 2,221 patients have required hospitalization…

Bayfield Man Charged With Homicide

Erickson is Scheduled to Appear in Court Tomorrow Morning

BAYFIELD, Wis. – A 62-year-old Bayfield man has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide for the fatal shooting of 64-year-old Michael Kinney. According to the criminal complaint, Randy Erickson, 62, shot Kinney three times during a physical altercation on the night of May 8. According to reports law enforcement was aware, there was a long history of tension and frustration…

Suspects in Hibbing Shot Fired Incident Formally Charged

HIBBING, Minn. – Two men arrested last week in connection to a shot fired incident in Hibbing have been formally charged. One of the suspects, Nicholas Ray Champa, 22, has been charged with second-degree felony assault, felon in possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property, and intentionally pointing a gun at another. The other suspect, Levi Jean Jacobson, 24, has…

Grand Casino Announces Phased Approach to Reopening

HINCKLEY, Minn. – Grand Casino announced on Monday that while they have not yet set a date for their reopening, they have developed a health and safety plan so they can open as safely as possible. Grand Casino says guests will notice several procedural and physical changes due to a multi-phase reopening strategy they are implementing. “We looked at every…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, May 18

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 16,372 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 9 new deaths bringing the death total to 731 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 156,606 tests have been completed to date. There are 10,764 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 2,128 patients have required hospitalization…

Miller Hill Mall Reopens

DULUTH, Minn. – Miller Hill Mall announced Monday morning that they are reopening. According to a recent press release, the mall will reopen today at 11:00 a.m. “The health, safety, and well-being of the community we serve will always be our highest priority, and we have developed a thorough and detailed set of protocols highlighting the exceptional measures we’ve implemented…

BWCA to Reopen for Day and Overnight Use

DULUTH, Minn. – According to a Friday press release, the Superior National Forest will reopen the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for both day and overnight use starting May 18. “We are happy to be fully allowing visitors into the BWCAW,” says Connie Cummins, Forest Supervisor. “We ask that visitors please continue to follow local, state, and federal guidelines on…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, May 15, Three Additional Deaths Reported in Itasca County

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 14,240 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 20 new deaths bringing the death total to 683 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 134,669 tests have been completed to date. There are 9,503 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 1,985 patients have required hospitalization…

Two Arrested in Hibbing Shots Fired Incident

HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Police Department says two males were arrested Thursday night in relation to shots fired incident. According to Hibbing Police, officers were dispatched to the 2500 Block of 4th Avenue East around 10:53 a.m. on reports of a single gunshot. When officers arrived on the scene they learned that a fight had broken out and a…

Mall of America Retail Stores to Reopen June 1

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Mall of America will reopen its retail stores on June 1, the company announced Thursday. The Governor of Minnesota announced Wednesday that the current stay-at-home order will expire Sunday and be replaced by an order allowing retailers to open stores at 50 percent capacity. Although many stores would be allowed to open Monday, the Mall said opening June…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, May 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 13,435 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 25 new deaths bringing the death total to 663 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 128,752 tests have been completed to date. There are 9,136 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 1,915 patients have required hospitalization…

Live: Walz to Address Minnesotans on Next Steps in COVID-19 Fight

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz plans to describe the next steps in Minnesota’s fight against COVID-19 Wednesday evening after health officials released updated modeling — couched in caveats — that shows the potential effects of various scenarios he could choose. The Democratic governor is expected to extend his emergency declaration, which expires Wednesday. He may also discuss the future…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, May 13

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 12,917 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 24 new deaths bringing the death total to 638 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 122,035 tests have been completed to date. There are 8,787 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 1,851 patients have required hospitalization…

Gov. Walz to Provide Update on Minnesota’s Stay Home Order Tonight

(Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP, Pool) ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday morning that he will give an update to Minnesotan’s about the state’s response to COVID-19 during a live address at 6:00 p.m. Walz is expected to extend his peacetime state of emergency order until June 12. The governor has used his emergency powers to order…