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Rebuild Duluth Announces Second Round of Programming

DULUTH, Minn. – On Monday, the City of Duluth’s Planning and Economic Development Division announced a second round of the Rebuild Duluth Program. Rebuild Duluth was developed with the intent of identifying and reducing the costs of construction of infill housing within the city. Vacant, developable lots will be given at no cost to individuals or organizations that can provide…

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Visits Fond du Lac

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (Pictured from left to right: Chairman Kevin Dupuis, Irum Zaidi, District I Representative Wally Dupuis, District III Representative Bruce Savage, Secretary/Treasurer Ferdinand Martineau, and Dr. Deborah Birx) Show Caption Hide Caption CLOQUET, Minn. – Whitehouse Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx visited the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa on Friday to…

541 Food Service Employees at Xcel Energy Center Laid-off Amid COVID-19

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Hundreds of food service employees, who worked at Xcel Energy Center, were laid off at the beginning of August following COVID-19 restrictions, which caused events to be canceled or prohibited fan attendance, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. In June, Levy Premium Foodservice notified DEED 541 employees based out of the Xcel Energy Center would be…

Duluth Police Respond to Two Separate Shootings on Thursday

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say officers responded to two separate shooting incidents on Thursday. According to police, around 2:20 a.m. Thursday an officer witnessed multiple shots fired from two vehicles in the downtown Duluth area. Police say the shooting took place in an alley on 2nd Avenue East and both vehicles fled the vicinity. One of the vehicles involved…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, August 28

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 73,240 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 4 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,810 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,443,344 tests have been completed to date. There are 65,204 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,357 patients have required hospitalization…

Duluth Lions Club 63rd Annual Pancake Day Canceled Due to COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn. – The 63rd Annual Duluth Lions Club Pancake Day has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent press release, Duluth Lions Club Pancake Day Committee Chair, Lion PDG Larry Winner made the announcement Thursday that the club would be following Minnesota Department of Health guidelines which state that events with 250 or more people…

Watch Live: Republican National Convention Day Four

WASHINGTON (AP) — With crises brewing beyond the White House gates, President Donald Trump is about to stand on the South Lawn to accept his party’s nomination for president. He is presenting himself as the last barrier protecting an American way of life that’s under siege from radical forces. Facing a fraught national moment, Trump is expected to paint an…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, August 27

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 72,390 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 13 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,806 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,427,347 tests have been completed to date. There are 64,876 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,326 patients have required hospitalization…

Sam Gabrielli

Chief Meteorologist

Sam began working at FOX 21 in April of 2020 and comes here from KSFY/Dakota News Now where he worked as the weekend meteorologist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is proud to be an Emmy Award Winner for extended team coverage of an Upper Midwest blizzard from the Spring of 2018. Sam graduated in the Spring of 2017 from…

Sammy’s Pizza in Superior Permanently Closes Its Doors

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Sammy’s Pizza in Superior announced on Wednesday that it is closing its doors for good citing the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the reasons behind the closing. In a recent Facebook post, the restaurant wrote, “Due to on-going health concerns with the restaurant’s leadership and also adverse business effects due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s with heavy…

Watch Live: Republican National Convention Day Three

WASHINGTON (AP) —A speaker who had been expected to deliver remarks on the third night of the Republican National Convention has been unexpectedly removed from the program hours before airtime. Another speaker’s appearance is up in the air. The campaign confirmed that Robert Unanue, the president and CEO of Goya Foods, will not be speaking Wednesday night, citing a “logistical…

DTA Announces Upcoming Service Changes

DULUTH, Minn. – The DTA announced upcoming services changes on Wednesday which includes pausing two routes to Park Point and West Duluth. On Wednesday, the DTA said they would be pausing routes #4 and #15 until further notice due to “current staffing realities, and the operational approach required to deliver a safe and reliable service level to the public.” Dial-a-ride…

Fatal Duluth Hillside Apartment Fire Deemed Accidental

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Marshal’s Office says a fatal fire that broke out earlier this month in Duluth’s East Hillside neighborhood has been deemed accidental. In the early morning hours of August 11, Duluth fire crews responded to reports of an apartment building fire. When crews arrived on the scene they found smoke coming from the first and…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, August 26

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 71,236 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 14 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,793 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,406,007 tests have been completed to date. There are 64,374 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,274 patients have required hospitalization…

Former State Senator, Duluth City Councilor Named as DECC Interim Executive Director

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center board has formally nominated former state Senator and Duluth City Councilor Roger Reinert as the Interim Executive Director. The decision was made during a Wednesday morning virtual meeting about the DECC’s status and plan for the remainder of the year. Reinert has acted as the interim liaison for the last two months…

Watch Live: Republican National Convention Day Two

WASHINGTON (AP) — The people closest to President Donald Trump — his family — are starring on the second night of the Republican National Convention as the GOP works to reintroduce the president to American voters in the midst of the campaign and pandemic. Tuesday’s program is designed around the theme of “Land of Opportunity.” Beyond the president’s family, the…

Red Flag Warning Issued Due to Dangerous Swimming Conditions on Park Point

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Fire Department has issued a warning for dangerous swimming conditions at Park Point beaches until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. The warning means that wind and wave conditions can support rip currents, which are life-threatening to anyone entering the water. There are no lifeguards on Park Point and red flags are flying along the beach to indicate the…

Fire Crews Battle Blaze in Downtown Hibbing

HIBBING, Minn. – According to the Northland FireWire, multiple fire departments are continuing to battle a fire in downtown Hibbing. The fire broke out at the Moose Event Center around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Northland FireWire reported around 11:30 a.m. that crews were battling a “defensive fire” and firefighters were out of the building. It is not yet known if…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, August 25

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 70,707 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 8 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,779 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,394,986 tests have been completed to date. There are 63,725 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,238 patients have required hospitalization…

Watch Live: Republican National Convention Day One

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republicans this week will renominate President Donald Trump and highlight four years of his administration and promises he delivered on. While Democrats held an entirely virtual convention last week to nominate Joe Biden, the Republicans are holding a pared-down version of an in-person gathering on Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina. The rest of the convention runs…

Republicans Nominate Trump; He Questions Election Integrity

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump has turned a surprise opening-day appearance at his party’s scaled-down national political convention into an opportunity to cast doubt on the integrity of the fall election. That was just moments after delegates nominated him for a second term. Trump vigorously contended that he’s done such a great job as president that the only…

U of M Board of Regents Approves Starting Semester With Online Classes

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted on Monday to push back move-in dates and to begin the semester with online classes for students at the Twin Cities, Rochester, and Duluth campuses. The University of Minnesota System President Joan Gabel proposed the changes on Friday which was presented to the Board Monday morning for a vote….

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, August 24

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 70,298 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 4 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,771 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,386,513 tests have been completed to date. There are 63,059 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,195 patients have required hospitalization…

University of Minnesota System President Proposes Start of Semester Primarily Online

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota System President Joan Gabel has proposed pushing back move-in dates for students and starting the semester primarily online due to COVID-19 concerns. The proposed changes will be presented to the Board of Regents on Monday. In a message to students on Friday, UMD Chancellor Lendley Black wrote, “Our priority from the beginning of…

Minnesota Confirms 15 COVID-19 Cases Linked to Sturgis

(Amy Harris/Invision/AP) ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota Department of Health has 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in people who went to the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. One of those patients is hospitalized, MDH director of infectious disease and epidemiology Kris Ehresmann said on a briefing phone call Friday. Minnesota health officials are expecting to see more COVID-19…

Duluth Fire Department: Dangerous Swimming Conditions at Park Point

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Fire Department has issued a warning for dangerous swimming conditions at Park Point beaches until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. The warning means that wind and wave conditions can support rip currents, which are life-threatening to anyone entering the water. “There are currently no lifeguards at Park Point, and red flags are flying along the beach to indicate…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, August 21

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 68,133 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 8 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,753 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,340,850 tests have been completed to date. There are 60,920 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,064 patients have required hospitalization…

Pilot Killed in Small Plane Crash on White Iron Lake in Ely

1/3 (courtesy: Kerry Davis/Ely Echo) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 (courtesy: Kerry Davis/Ely Echo) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 (courtesy: Kerry Davis/Ely Echo) Show Caption Hide Caption   ELY, Minn. – The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says the pilot of a small plane was killed Thursday night when his plane crashed into White Iron Lake. Lake County Dispatch received reports…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, August 20

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 67,308 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 7 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,745 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,322,220 tests have been completed to date. There are 60,605 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,019 patients have required hospitalization…

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Harris Prepares to Make History With VP Acceptance Speech

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Kamala Harris is poised to make history as the first Black woman to accept a spot on a major party’s presidential ticket. It’s a moment intended to galvanize Democratic voters heading into the fall campaign against President Donald Trump. The stakes on Wednesday night are high as Harris tries to unite the party behind its presidential…

Minnesota Renaissance Festival Canceled Due to COVID-19

(Facebook/MN Renaissance Festival) SHAKOPEE, Minn. – The Minnesota Renaissance Festival has been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Festival organizers made the announcement Wednesday on their Facebook page saying, “We worked hard the last five months to develop a plan and mitigation measures which we firmly believe would have resulted in a safe and healthy Renaissance Festival. However,…

Cloquet Police Officer Placed on Paid Administrative Leave Following DWI Arrest

CLOQUET, Minn. – A Cloquet police officer has been placed on paid non-disciplinary administrative leave following his August 6 arrest for DWI. According to court records, officer Andrew Michael Murray, 34, was off-duty when he was cited for DWI by the Minnesota State Patrol in the city of Carlton. Authorities say Murray crashed his vehicle around 9 p.m. before fleeing…

Hermantown School Board Votes Unanimously for Hybrid Learning Model

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The Hermantown School Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to begin the 2020-21 school year with a hybrid learning model for students. According to the district’s learning models, elementary class sizes will be reduced by half and placed into two groups which will be based on households. Mondays will be distance learning for all students while Tuesday through…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, August 19

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 66,618 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 17 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,738 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,308,264 tests have been completed to date. There are 60,242 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 5,988 patients have required hospitalization…

Watch Live: Democratic National Convention Day Two

LOS ANGELES (Fox) – The Democratic National Convention (DNC) continues Tuesday, Aug. 18. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the convention is an all-virtual event. Tuesday evening there will be remarks from notable politicians and lawmakers including Sen. Chuck Schumer, former Secretary of State John Kerry, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former President Bill Clinton, and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of presidential nominee…

Minneapolis Officer’s Attorney Alleges George Floyd Overdosed on Fentanyl, Charges Should Be Dropped

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – In a new filing in the case against a now-fired Minneapolis police officer involved in the killing of George Floyd, the officer’s attorney alleged that Floyd overdosed on fentanyl while resisting arrest and in doing so contributed to his own death, arguing the charges against the officer should be dropped. Thomas Lane is charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and…

Minnesota Court of Appeals Upholds Conviction of Accomplice in UMD Student Murder Case

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction and sentencing of one of the accomplices charged in the 2017 murder of UMD student William Grahek. Xavier Haywood, 30, was found guilty in 2019 for aiding an offender in the fatal shooting of Grahek during a robbery gone wrong. He was sentenced to nearly 16 years in…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, August 18

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 66,061 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 9 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,721 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,273,397 tests have been completed to date. There are 59,568 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 5,932 patients have required hospitalization…

Duluth Marcus Theatre to Reopen This Week

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Marcus Theatre is scheduled to reopen later this week. According to the Marcus Theatres website 35 of its theatre locations, including the Duluth Cinema, will reopen on Friday, August 21. The theatre says masks will be required except while eating and drinking and updated safety measures have been put in place. “The safety and well-being…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, August 17

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 65,716 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 6 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,712 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,266,561 tests have been completed to date. There are 58,859 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 5,886 patients have required hospitalization…

Remaining 2020 Duluth City Council Meetings to be Held Virtually

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council announced on Friday that all remaining City Council meetings in 2020 will be held virtually. “This decision was made with all of my Council colleagues,” Council President Gary Anderson said. “As leaders, the Council wants to set a good example for our community. To continue to hold our meetings virtually, we feel is…

Update: Eagle That Attacked Woman Along the North Shore Transported to Wildwoods

1/3 (courtesy: USDA Forest Service, Superior National Forest) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 (courtesy: USDA Forest Service, Superior National Forest) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 (courtesy: USDA Forest Service, Superior National Forest) Show Caption Hide Caption LUTSEN, Minn. – The Bald Eagle that attacked a woman along the North Shore Thursday afternoon has been safely captured. According to a spokesperson…