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Lake Country Power Crews Responding to Extensive Damage Caused by Severe Storms

COHASSET, Minn. – Lake Country Power says that while line crews are continuing to respond to outages caused by Monday night’s severe storms, there are still a reported 90 total outages affecting roughly 1,356 members as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Affected areas are primarily in the Grand Rapids and Kettle River service areas. “The cooperative is reporting trees on…

Duluth Police: Four Arrested in Connection to Duluth Shootings

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say four people were arrested on Monday morning as part of an arrest and search warrant operation in connection to shootings that have occurred in Duluth. Authorities say the Duluth Police Department, DPD’s Tactical Response Team, the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Duluth Police Violent Crimes Unit, and St. Louis County Emergency…

Worker Injured at Husky Refinery in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis.-A worker was injured earlier today at Husky Refinery rebuild project in Superior. A representative from the Superior Fire Department said it happened over the noon hour as that department, along with an ambulance, responded to the scene. The worker was taken by ambulance to a local medical facility, according to the fire department. A spokesperson from Husky said…

Gov. Walz Celebrates Minnesota Becoming a Clean Cars State

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan are celebrating clean car standards taking effect in Minnesota today. “The new standards, finalized by a notice in the state register today, reduce carbon emissions, create good-paying jobs, boost Minnesota’s manufacturing industry, and increase the choices Minnesotans have in purchasing cars,” the governor’s office said in a prepared statement. Minnesota…

Large Grain Elevator Catches Fire in Southern Minnesota

Fire Crews Battled the Fire for Hours Sunday

CLINTON, Minn. (FOX 9) – Firefighters in western Minnesota have battled for hours to contain a large fire that erupted in a grain elevator. According to the Big Stone County Sheriff’s Office, crews were called around 10:45 a.m. on Sunday for smoke billowing from the Wheaton-Dumont elevator in Clinton, Minnesota — just east of the South Dakota border and a three-hour drive…

‘Operation’ Being Conducted at Site of Recent Downtown Duluth Shootings

DULUTH, Minn.-Multiple agencies are conducting an “operation” on the 100 block of East Third Street, which is the same area where there was some recent shootings. The Duluth Police Department, DPD’s Tactical Response Team, the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, and St. Louis County’s Emergency Response Team are at the scene. The public is asked to stay…

Duluth State Trooper Involved in Sandstone Crash

SANDSTONE, Minn. (FOX 9) – At least one person was injured in a crash involving a Minnesota State Patrol squad and a pickup truck on an Interstate 35 overpass in Sandstone late Friday morning. According to the State Patrol’s preliminary incident report, the trooper was driving east on Highway 23 and making a left turn onto the entrance ramp to northbound Interstate…

$200 Million Now Available to Help Loggers Hit Hard by Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Minnesota U.S. Senators Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar have announced $200 million is now available for logging and log hauling businesses that have been hurt by the pandemic. The funding was secured through the Loggers Relief Act, which Sen. Smith introduced with Sen. Collins (R-Maine) last year. According to a press release, timber harvesting and hauling businesses faced significant losses, and…

Suspect Arrested for Burglary of Duluth Essentia Pharmacy

DULUTH, Minn.-A 32-year-old man has been arrested after being accused of burglarizing Essentia’s Third Street pharmacy in Duluth. Police accuse the suspect of being involved in a burglary that happened at 1:08 a.m., at a pharmacy inside Essentia Health’s Third Street Clinic on Friday, July 16. Police say the suspect broke an exterior glass window, made entry into the pharmacy,…

‘Pizza and Pistons’ Celebrated in Hermantown

HERMANTOWN, Minn.-Earlier today classic cars and pizza were celebrated in Hermantown during a unique event. The annual “Pizza and Pistons” at Do North Pizza in Hermantown features dozens of classic cars along with specials on pizzas. “A lot of it’s the cars, a lot of it’s the people,” said Do North Owner Bryan Gray. “These guys and women are all…

Duluth Airport Authority Receives $750,000 Grant for Direct Air Service to Denver

DULUTH, Minn. – Congressman Pete Stauber announced today that the Duluth Airport Authority received a $750,000 grant from the Department of Transportation to help fund direct flights from Duluth to Denver. Congressman Stauber stated, “As Minnesotans become increasingly more excited to travel again, I am proud to announce funds to help establish a direct flight from the Duluth Airport to…

Superior National Forest, BWCA Tightens Fire Restrictions

DULUTH, Minn. – On Thursday, the Superior National Forest announced campfires of any kind will no longer be allowed in the Forest or the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The newly tightened restrictions include a ban on fires even in designated fire rings and go into effect immediately. According to a recent news release, the Forest Supervisor is restricting campfires…

Update: Duluth Fire Department Says Central Hillside House Fire Intentionally Set

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. – The Duluth Fire Department says a Thursday house fire in the Central Hillside neighborhood was intentionally set. Fire crews responded to the fire around 11:36 a.a. on the 100 block of East 8th Street. When fire crews…

Greater Downtown Council: Downtown Farmers Market Canceled for Remainder of the Season

DULUTH, Minn. – On Thursday, the Greater Downtown Council announced that the Downtown Farmers Market has been canceled for the remainder of the summer season. The Farmers Market was originally scheduled to be held every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Fountain Plaza. The council says the decision was made to cancel the remaining dates due to…

Duluth Public Schools Prep for Return to In-Person Learning This Fall

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Public Schools Superintendent John Magas says schools are prepping to return to five days a week, in-person learning for the upcoming school year. “Our schools will continue to prioritize student learning needs while protecting the health and safety for staff and students and monitor any impact of COVID-19 on school operations,” said Magas. “We’re providing families…

Duluth Police Investigating “Deceased Individual” Found Near the Rose Garden

UPDATE: DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department says officers responded to the Lakewalk in Lief Erickson Park just before 10:00 a.m. Tuesday on reports that a deceased individual was found near the train tracks by a North Shore Scenic Railroad employee. Authorities have identified the individual as a 50-year-old male. The identity of the male will not be released…

Mesabi Metallics Acquires Land in Itasca County

NASHWAUK, Minn. – Mesabi Metallics announced Tuesday it has bought 3,200 acres of land from Butlertac Holdings LLC. According to a company press release, the acquired land interests include both mineral and surface leases as well as a combination of undivided and whole-fee interests, all lying within the Biwabik Iron Formation in the vicinity of the former Butler mine corridor…

Duluth Fire Department Warns of Dangerous Swimming Conditions

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department has issued a warning for dangerous swimming conditions due to a high risk of rip currents today. The warning is effective immediately and is in place until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. This warning means that wind and wave conditions can support strong rip currents. Rip currents develop randomly along the entire Park Point beachfront….

Duluth Police Searching for Kwik Trip Robbery Suspect

(courtesy: Facebook/Duluth Police Department) DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a man they say is allegedly involved in a robbery with a weapon at a Kwik Trip store in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. According to a Monday Facebook post on the Duluth Police Department page, the robbery happened on July 14, at…

Essentia Health to Launch Courtesy Shuttle for Patients, Visitors as Phase 2 Construction Begins

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health is launching a courtesy shuttle for patients and visitors as the hospital enters Phase 2 of its Vision Northland project. Phase 2 of Second Street closures is set to begin on July 21 at which time Second Street will reopen from Fourth Avenue East to the Intersection with Fifth Avenue East, which will be closed….

Forest Service Managers Identify Two Fires From Canadian Wildfires with Potential to Spread into Minnesota

As wildfires continue in Canada, Forest Service managers have identified two fires that have the potential to spread across the border into the Crooked Lake travel corridor of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and beyond to Crooked Lake and Iron Lake and other more heavily visited areas of the BWCA. Closures are now in place until fires in the region…

Former Superior Gymnastics Coach Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Assault Charges

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The former Superior gymnastics coach accused of sexually assaulting four minors, three of which he previously coached, has pleaded not guilty in Douglas County court by video on Friday morning. George Deppa, 47, has been charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child and one count of exposing genitals to a child. According to…

Camp Siegle Main Lodge a “Total Loss” After Friday Afternoon Fire

BIWABIK TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A fire has destroyed the main lodge at Camp Siegel according to reports from the Northland FireWire. Multiple fire crews responded to the fire at Camp Siegel around 12:45 p.m. Friday which is located near Biwabik. According to a Northland FireWire Facebook post, the lodge is a total loss. The Minnesota DNR and a wildland firefighting crew…

Lakeside Home Damaged in Basement Fire, Cat Saved

1/2 (courtesy: Facebook/Duluth Minnesota Fire Department) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (courtesy: Facebook/Duluth Minnesota Fire Department) Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – A Thursday afternoon fire caused an estimated $15,000 in damage to a home in Lakeside. The Duluth Fire Department says fire crews responded to reports of a structure fire around 2:15 p.m. on the 4600 block of…

Duluth Man Pleads Guilty to COVID Fraud

DULUTH, Minn. – The United States Attorney’s Office says a Duluth man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to “mail fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft in connection to a COVID-19 relief fraud scheme.” According to reports, between the months of April and August, 2020 34-year-old Jared John Fiege admitted to stealing the names, birth dates, and social security numbers of…

Big Top Chautauqua Announces Cancellation of Tanya Tucker Concert

(courtesy: Adkins Publicity) BAYFIELD, Wis. – On Wednesday, Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield announced the cancelation of the July 17th show with Tanya Tucker. In a recent press release, officials with the Big Top said Tanya Tucker’s representation issued the following statement this afternoon: “It is with regret that we have to cancel all shows for the remainder of July…

Canadian Wildfires Impact Air Quality in U.S.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Burning wildfires in Canada are causing air quality issues in parts of the U.S., including Minnesota and North Dakota. The smoke is lingering closer to the ground, according to weather experts. “Sometimes it stays aloft, but in this particular case behind the front, the smoke is finding its way closer to the surface. That’s why we…

Update: Harbor Drive Reopens Following DECC Ammonia Leak

DULUTH, Minn. – Harbor Drive has re-opened to vehicular traffic following an ammonia leak at the DECC that caused an evacuation of the building Tuesday night. According to city officials, the Minnesota Slip Bridge is also now re-opened to pedestrian traffic. DECC officials also say the majority of the DECC has reopened Wednesday morning as well. Duluth Fire crews remained…

Douglas County Employee Killed in “Work Related Accident” Identified

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Officials with Douglas County have identified the county employee that was killed in a “work-related accident” on Sunday while working in the Government Center. County officials said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon that Douglas County Building and Maintenance Worker, Robert Brown, 47, died Sunday morning “as a result of injuries he suffered while performing duties related…

Update: Cause of Death Determined in Fatal Ashland Fire

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption ASHLAND, Wis. – Authorities in Ashland provided an update Tuesday in the fatal Ashland house fire that killed three people. According to the Ashland Police Department, the preliminary autopsy results confirmed that Jordan Chowning age 36, Alyssa Chowning age 14, and Michelle Hathaway age 17 died of smoke inhalation. Authorities…

City Crews Responding to Water Main Break in Lincoln Park Neighborhood

DULUTH, Minn. – City of Duluth Utility Operations crews are responding to a water main break in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The break was reported Tuesday morning and is located at the intersection of Vernon Street and Grand Forks Avenue. City officials say the areas impacted are Vernon Street from West 1st Street to Chestnut Street, West 1st Street from…

Minnesota DNR Expands Burning Restrictions

(courtesy: Minnesota DNR)   DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota DNR announced on Monday that it is activating additional burning restrictions effective Tuesday. The additional burning restrictions are for the eastern portion of Roseau County and all of Beltrami, Cook, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis counties, within state jurisdiction. Burning restrictions remain in effect for Cass, Crow…

Douglas County Employee Killed in “Work-Related Accident”

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Douglas County officials say a county Buildings & Grounds employee was killed Sunday in a “work-related accident.” The accident happened Sunday morning at the County’s Government Center, according to the Douglas County Administrator Ann Doucette. The incident is currently under investigation by Douglas County and the State. County officials have not yet identified the employee or provided…

Fire Crews Battle Blaze in Downtown Virginia

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption VIRGINIA, Minn. – Fire crews are battling a large fire that broke out in downtown Virginia Friday morning. According to a Fox 21 reporter on the scene, the fire is believed to have started around 11:00 a.m. on the 300 block of Chestnut Street. Fire officials say one cat died…

Hibbing Man Arrested, Charged for Physically Assaulting 1 Month Old Baby

HIBBING, Minn. – Hibbing Police say they have arrested and formally charged a 21-year-old Hibbing man for physically assaulting his 1-month-old baby. According to police, officers responded to the 2600 block of 3rd Avenue East in Hibbing on reports of an assault around 4:40 p.m. Monday. When officers arrived at the scene they spoke with a 20-year-old female who told…

Superior Police Searching for Drive-By Shooting Suspect

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior police say they are looking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect possibly involved in a drive-by shooting from a month ago. According to the Superior Police Department, officers responded to reports of a gunshot in the area of Belknap Street and Ogden Avenue around 10:39 p.m. Thursday, June 17. Investigators learned that a suspect…

Victims Identified in Fatal Ashland House Fire

ASHLAND, Wis.-The victims in Monday’s fatal Ashland house fire have been identified. The victims have been identified as Jordan Chowning age 36, Alyssa Chowning age 14, and Michelle Hathaway age 17. At 9:33 a.m. Monday, Ashland County dispatch received a 911 call reporting a house fire at 1318 Sixth St. W. Ashland Police Department and Ashland Fire Department responded and…