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Black Water Lounge to Reopen in Early 2022

(courtesy: Facebook/Black Water Lounge) DULUTH, Minn. – Black Water Lounge will be reopening in early 2022. The restaurant and bar made the announcement of their reopening in a Facebook post on Thursday afternoon. Black Water announced in 2018 that it would be temporarily closing effective January 1, 2019, during the completion of the Superior Street reconstruction project. During the temporary…

Suspects in East Hillside Shooting Formally Charged

DULUTH, Minn. – The suspects arrested in Tuesday’s East Hillside drive-by shooting have now been formally charged. According to court records, the alleged shooter, 21-year-old Kewon Dunn, has been charged with second-degree attempted murder, drive-by shooting, and felon convicted crime of violence-firearm violation. The driver of the vehicle, 25-year-old Brianna Clark-Johnson has also been charged with aiding an offender. According…

UW-Superior to Require Masks for All Students, Employees

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin Superior announced Thursday that it will require all students and staff to wear a face mask in all indoor spaces and facilities, regardless of vaccination status, beginning Monday, August 16. “We are striving to do everything within our power to deliver a top-quality educational experience while continuing to help slow or stop the…

Gov. Walz Announces Vaccination Requirements for State Agency Employees

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced today that state agency employees will be required to show proof of vaccination or participate in regular testing before returning to the workplace. Employees working in person will be required to show proof of vaccination and attest to their vaccination status by Wednesday, Sept. 8. Employees who are not vaccinated will be required…

UPDATE: Child Dies After Being Locked in Car in Hibbing, Twin Brother Released From Hospital

UPDATE: The Hibbing Police Department has now been informed that one of the twin boys has passed away while receiving medical care at a children’s hospital in Minneapolis. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office will be performing an autopsy on the boy. The other juvenile male was released from St. Mary’s in Duluth. Police added that possible charges on the…

St. Louis County Requiring Face Masks Inside All County Buildings Beginning Wednesday

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – Beginning Wednesday, St. Louis County will require face masks to be worn inside all county buildings. According to a Tuesday press release, this will apply to all employees and visitors regardless of vaccination status. “St. Louis County continues to experience substantial transmission of COVID-19. The CDC defines substantial transmission as 50 or more new cases…

Four Golfers Injured After Being Indirectly Struck by Lightning in Sawyer County

SAWYER COUNTY, Wis. – Four golfers were injured Tuesday morning after being indirectly struck by lightning at the Big Fish Golf Course in the Town of Hayward. According to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, authorities received a report of multiple people being struck by lightning around 11:26 a.m. When deputies and first responders arrived at the scene they found four…

UPDATE: Suspects Arrested in Connection to Tuesday Morning East Hillside Shooting

UPDATE: Duluth police say Tuesday’s shooting stemmed from an altercation the suspect and victim had with each other earlier in the day. The suspect and victim were known to each other and this was not a random shooting. Authorities say the victim is currently listed in stable condition. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available….

Duluth Black Woods Temporarily Closed Due to COVID-19

The restaurant says it will reopen Sunday, August 15

DULUTH, Minn. – DULUTH, Minn. – Black Woods Bar & Grill in Duluth announced Monday that it is temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. In a Facebook post, the restaurant says it will remain closed until Saturday, August 14. Both the Proctor and Two Harbors locations, as well as Tavern on the Hill, will remain open for…

One Injured in Tuesday Morning East Hillside Drive-By Shooting, Officers on the Scene

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. – Duluth police are one the scene of an apparent drive-by shooting that happened Tuesday morning in the area of 15th Avenue East and Superior Street. Authorities say one person was shot in the incident and is in…

Duluth City Council, Boards, and Commissions to Return to Virtual Meetings Aug. 12

DULUTH, Minn.-Effective Aug. 12, the city of Duluth will revert to virtual meetings for city council and boards and commissions. City Attorney Rebecca St. George and Chief Administrative Officer Noah Schuchman sent a determination to the city clerk’s office today that due to the substantial risk in transmission rates within St. Louis County and Duluth, public meetings would again be…

University of Minnesota to Require COVID-19 Vaccine for Students Once it Gets FDA Approval

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – The University of Minnesota will require students to get the COVID-19 vaccine once it receives full FDA approval, which is expected to happen in the coming weeks, according to a letter from University President Joan Gabel. Gabel said the COVID-19 vaccine will be added to the list of immunizations already required for students, with some exemptions. Details for…

Vehicle Fire at Hermantown U-Haul

Hermantown, Minn.-At about 1 p.m. the Hermantown Police Department and Hermantown Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle fire at U-Haul Moving and Storage, located on Miller Trunk Highway in Hermantown. “Initial reports indicated a GMC U-Haul moving truck was on fire next to the concrete building,” a press release said. “Additional reports indicated that the fire…

REMINDER: Duluth Primary Tuesday

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth primary election is Tuesday with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The following races are on the ballot: Duluth City Council At-Large (Two Seats) Duluth City Council Second District Duluth City Council Fourth District The St. Louis County Health Division is recommending mask wearing for all indoor, public places in St. Louis County, therefore it’s…

Poplar Man, Former NFL Player, Pleads Not Guilty to Child Sexual Assault Charges

DULUTH, Minn. – Former NFL football player and Poplar native, Tom Burke, 44, has pleaded not guilty to the charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct of a 7-year-old girl. In June, Burke was arrested after a female contacted the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office in February to report that the young victim confided in her that Burke had been performing…

Brighton Beach to Close on Monday

  DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth announced Friday that Brighton Beach will close to users beginning Monday. At that time construction will begin on the Lakewalk extension through the park as part of the Brighton Beach Mini-Master Plan. The Plan recommends the extension of the Lakewalk, relocation of the road to move it away from the shoreline, and…

Help Set the Record for Most Candy Canes on a Christmas Tree

The goal is to place more than 6,500 candy canes on a Christmas tree to break the record.

DULUTH, Minn.-A new world record could be set in Bayfront Park this weekend. The goal is to place more than 6,500 candy canes on a Christmas tree to break the record. It’s all part of a fundraiser for the organization The Best Christmas Ever. The group is selling thousands of candy canes for a dollar each during the City on…

Masks Required In All Duluth School Buildings Beginning Monday

DULUTH, Minn.-Duluth School officials announced that the district will require indoor mask wearing in all ISD 709 buildings beginning Monday.  Masks will be required for students age 2 and older, ISD 709 employees and the public unless medically exempted, regardless of vaccination status. This requirement runs until further notice and a final decision for the 2021-22 school year will be…

St. Scholastica, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College to Require Masks Effective Today

DULUTH, Minn. – The College of St. Scholastica and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College announced Wednesday that they will be reinstating mask mandates at both of the colleges beginning Thursday, August 5. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College say they will require “all employees, students, vendors, and visitors to wear masks inside campus buildings.” “From the very…

Superior Farmers Market Going Strong

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Despite the dry conditions, the Superior Downtown Farmers Market continues to be going strong. Leadership from the market says that if you have access to water at your grow site, the warm temps are leading to a really good growing season. The pandemic has also kept the market afloat. “We’ve been doing this for 22 years and we’ve always…

Essentia Health to Require COVID Vaccine as Condition of Employment

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health announced Wednesday that it will require all staff to be vaccinated against COVID as a condition of their employment. “Employees must receive their first dose of vaccine by Oct. 1 and their second dose in a two-dose series by Nov. 1,” the hospital wrote in a statement. Additionally, vaccination will be also be required to…

Lake Superior College to Require Masks Beginning Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Superior College will once again be requiring masks or facial coverings to be worn in public indoor settings on all four campus locations beginning Wednesday. Lake Superior College President Patricia Rogers wrote in a memo on Tuesday, “The health and safety of our campus community remain among our absolute highest priorities. As we prepare for the…

City of Duluth to Require Masks in City Facilities Beginning Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth says starting Wednesday masks will be required for staff and the public in all city facilities. “Earlier today, an email was sent to staff alerting them of this change,” Chief Administrative Officer Noah Schuchman said. “This is not a decision that we make lightly and is a short-term step which we feel is…

Hibbing Man Arrested After Allegedly Stealing St. Louis County Sheriff’s Patrol Squad Car

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A 21-year-old Hibbing man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly stole a St. Louis County Sheriff’s patrol squad and then led authorities on a vehicle pursuit towards Tower. According to police, the incident happened around 10:20 p.m. when a deputy parked the squad car outside of the County Courthouse complex in Virginia, which he believed to be…

Duluth Police Department Rolls out New Community Engagement Bus

(courtesy: Duluth Police Department) DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is rolling out a new community engagement bus just in time for National Night Out. The police department says the bus was donated by the Duluth Transit Authority and was provided through the JAG Grant, which focuses on community policing initiatives. “Since it’s a community engagement bus, we opened…

University of St. Thomas to Require COVID Vaccine for All Students, Staff for Fall Semester

(courtesy: Fox 9)   ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – The University of St. Thomas announced it will require students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus this fall. According to the university, the decision was made due to the spread of the delta variant. Additionally, following recent CDC guidance, the university will still…

St. Louis County Recommending Masks in Indoor, Public Places

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – St. Louis County public health officials say they are recommending face masks be worn in indoor, public places regardless of vaccination status due to substantial transmission of COVID-19 throughout the county. “We are as frustrated as anyone, but more than that, we are concerned by this growth in cases,” said Amy Westbrook, St. Louis County…

More Bears Are Stealing Food From Campers As Drought Impacts Berry Supply In Northern Minnesota

(FOX 9) – As drought conditions linger in Minnesota, Superior National Forest is warning campers to secure their food as reports of bears seeking out food from humans are on the rise. According to wildlife officials, the drought has led to a poor berry crop, a major food source for black bears. As a result, the forest has seen increased incidents of…

UPDATE: Water Rescue Underway Off Park Point

UPDATE: DULUTH, Minn.- The swimmer was taken aboard Marine 19 and transferred to shore. He is not injured and in good spirits. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ DULUTH, Minn.-A water rescue is underway on Park Point. The rescue is happening off the 4200 block of Minnesota Avenue and was reported at about 5:45 p.m. According to a spokesperson for the Duluth Fire Department, they…

Female Arrested in Ashland County for Allegedly Stabbing Husband Multiple Times

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wis. – A female has been arrested in Ashland County for allegedly stabbing her husband multiple times during an altercation. According to the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, authorities responded to an “open-air” call of a male and female screaming around 2:09 a.m. Friday. When authorities called the number back they were told by a male that he had…

East Superior Street Reconditioning Project to Begin on August 2

DULUTH, Minn. – Construction on the East Superior Street Reconditioning Project will begin on Monday, August 2, according to the City of Duluth. The project work area will take place between 45th and 60th Avenue East. Traffic control signs will be placed throughout the work area. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained for most of the project. Construction crews…

Two Arrested, Charged in April Hibbing Drug Bust

HIBBING, Minn. – Two people have now been federally indicted for trafficking and distributing controlled substances after Hibbing police, with the help of K9 Chase, located drugs in their vehicle during a traffic stop in April. According to authorities, Hibbing officers conducted a traffic stop on an SUV around 1:50 a.m. on the morning of April 20. During the traffic…

President Biden, Vice President Harris Meet With Governors to Hold a Discussion on Wildfires

(AP) – President Joe Biden is sounding the alarm about the need for more resources to fight a series of wildfires in Western states. The president met Friday with governors of western states to discuss the resulting supply shortages as the fires have worsened. Biden says climate change is to blame for the spread and ferocity of the blazes. Washington…

USDA Issues Drought Disaster Declaration in Parts of Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a natural drought disaster designation for 14 Minnesota counties due to worsening drought conditions in the state. According to the USDA website, “This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters…

DTA Announces Temporary Service Reduction Due to Parts, Labor Shortages

DULUTH, Minn. – The DTA announced Thursday that it will be temporarily suspending four routes effective this Sunday, August 1. Officials say the reason for the suspensions are due to challenges in obtaining parts for buses, and a Bus Operator labor shortage. The routes suspended beginning Sunday include: Route #4 – West Duluth (alternative service available on routes 1,2,&3) Route…

DEDA Approves Development Agreement to Demolish Former Seaway for Potential New Apartment Building

DULUTH, Minn. -A potential new apartment building may be replacing the former Seaway Hotel in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. On Wednesday, the Duluth Economic Development Authority approved a development agreement for the proposed 45-unit mixed-use apartment building. Merge LLC says the construction would cost roughly $9.25 million and would offer commercial space on the ground level of the building. As…

Canceled Blueberry/Art Festival Now Going Virtual

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption ELY, Minn. – The 40th annual Blueberry/Art Festival that was canceled over the weekend due to damaging severe thunderstorms is now going virtual. Festival organizers announced on Facebook Wednesday that they will be hosting a virtual festival “to help the artists and vendors that were impacted” by the storm damage….

Cat Saved in Morgan Park House Fire

DULUTH, Minn. – A cat was safely rescued from a Wednesday night kitchen fire in Morgan Park. The Duluth Fire Department says crews responded to a report of a kitchen on fire around 9:17 p.m. at 843 87th Avenue West. The fire department reports that all occupants were out of the home upon arrival but a cat was still trapped…