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One Injured in Hermantown Motorcycle vs. Vehicle Crash

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A 56-year-old Solon Springs man was injured Friday afternoon when the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a vehicle in Hermantown. According to the Hermantown Police Department, the crash happened around 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lavaque Road and Arrowhead Road. A preliminary investigation into the crash found that a 2000 Harley Davidson being driven by…

Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival Cancelled

SUPERIOR, Wis. –  The Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival has been canceled for 2021. The festival’s Executive Committee made the decision to cancel the event this year because there was not enough time to successfully organize the event. “Each dragon boat team is made up of 20 people,” explains Charlie Johnson, President of Superior Rotary Club 40. “We typically begin…

Cass County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Homicide

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says it is investigating a fatal shooting incident that left a 34-year-old Cass County man dead. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a report of a drive-by shooting around 2:45 a.m. Monday. When authorities arrived at the scene they found a 34-year-old male had been struck by gunfire while…

Essentia Health Returning to Pre-Pandemic Patient Visitation

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health announced Tuesday morning that it will be returning to pre-pandemic patient visitation in its hospitals and clinics effective immediately due to declining COVID-19 cases in the area. In 2020 Essentia limited visitors in its facilities and has adjusted its patient visitation restrictions as needed throughout the pandemic. In May Essentia began relaxing its restrictions in…

Red Flag Warning Issued for Park Point Beaches

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department has issued a warning for dangerous swimming conditions at Park Point beaches effective immediately 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. Red flags are flying along the beach to indicate dangerous swimming conditions. You are advised…

Brighton Beach to Remain Open for Now

DULUTH, Minn.– Due to a change in construction planning, Brighton Beach will remain open until further notice. This comes at the popular Duluth beach was first scheduled to close on July 6th until October to extend the Lakewalk, relocate the road away from the shoreline, and restore the shoreline to withstand storms from Lake Superior. The city of Duluth will…

Gary-New Duluth Stabbing Suspect Charged

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say the suspect in Thursday afternoon’s Gary-New Duluth stabbing has been formally charged. Police say a 37-year-old male was stabbed outside of Reed’s Pine Board Lodging on the 100 block of West Gary Street around 2:18 p.m. According to the criminal complaint, the victim was a tenant of the building and got into a physical…

Suspect in Two Cloquet Shootings Located, Arrested

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet Police Department says a suspect believed to be involved in two separate shootings in Cloquet on May 17 has been arrested. According to police, 26-year-old Nicholas Joseph Ammesmaki was taken into custody on Thursday on an unrelated charge and is now being held at the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston. Authorities say in May,…

Body of Missing Woman Found in Virginia Lake

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The body of a woman reported missing on Tuesday by the Virginia Police Department was found in a lake in Virginia Thursday evening. According to Virginia Police, a distraught caller contacted St. Louis County dispatch on June 29 to report that Amanda Bjork, 30, had not had contact with her family since June 26. Authorities were told…

Authorities: Man Stabbed in Gary New Duluth, Suspect Arrested

UPDATE: DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say a suspect was arrested around 4:32 p.m. in connection to the Gary-New Duluth stabbing. The investigation remains ongoing. DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say they are investigating a stabbing in the Gary-New Duluth neighborhood. The stabbing happened Thursday around 2:18 p.m. outside of Reed’s Pine Board Lodging on the 100 block of West…

Woman Rescued in Park Point Water Emergency

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department responded to a water emergency Thursday afternoon just before 4:00 p.m. on the 4600 block of Minnesota Avenue. According to reports, a woman was heard calling for help roughly 40 feet from the shore. Authorities say the woman was successfully pulled from the water and received medical treatment. Earlier today the Duluth Fire…

Brighton Beach to Close for Construction Beginning Next Week

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth announced Thursday that Brighton Beach will close to users beginning Tuesday. The closure is due to the upcoming construction of the Lakewalk extension through the park. According to a recent press release from the city, “The Brighton Beach Mini-Master Plan calls for extension of the Lakewalk relocation of the roadway from the shoreline,…

Duluth Salvation Army Monetary Donations Matched Through July

DULUTH, Minn. -Throughout the month of July, monetary donations to the Duluth Salvation Army will be matched thanks to a partnership with Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless. “There is no reason anyone in Duluth needs to go hungry, especially kids,” said Captain Bryan Ellison, Duluth Salvation Army Officer. “Summer should be a time for family and vacations,…

Minnesota Lawmakers Avoid Partial Shutdown as Final Budget Passes

The Final Budget Bill Was Sent to Gov. Tim Walz's Desk Late Tuesday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota lawmakers averted a partial government shutdown at midnight Wednesday by sending the final budget bill to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk. The Senate unanimously approved the $21 billion K-12 education funding agreement, the last must-pass bill before the midnight deadline. Walz has now signed eight budget bills into law and has four others on his desk….

Minnesota Lawmakers Avoid Government Shutdown As Final Budget Passes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota lawmakers averted a partial government shutdown at midnight Wednesday by sending the final budget bill to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk. The Senate unanimously approved the $21 billion K-12 education funding agreement, the last must-pass bill before the midnight deadline. Walz has now signed eight budget bills into law and has four others on his desk….

Duluth Police Asking for Public’s Help Locating Burglary Suspect

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a male responsible for a Wednesday morning apartment burglary. According to police, officers responded to the 1100 block of GLen Place Drive just after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on reports of a burglary. The resident told police that when they arrived home they found that a male…

UPDATE: Man Arrested for Manslaughter in Virginia Released From Custody

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Virginia Police Department announced Wednesday that the 31-year-old male arrested Saturday on preliminary charges of manslaughter has been released. According to a recent press release, the police department was advised by the Saint Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office of the release pending further investigation. Authorities responded to reports of an altercation and an unresponsive man around…

Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Selects Next President

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced Wednesday that Matthew Baumgartner has been selected to serve as their next president. Baumgartner will be taking the seat of long-time president David Ross who is retiring on July 31. “Thanks to the leadership and legacy of David Ross, the Duluth Area Chamber, and Duluth’s business community,…

Respiratory Clinic Closes at St. Luke’s Miller Creek Clinic Due to Decline in COVID-19 Cases

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s has closed the Respiratory Clinic at its Miller Creek Clinic location due to a decline in COVID-19 cases in the community. The hospital announced on Monday that the Miller Creek Urgent Care will remain open six days a week to continue treating urgent medical conditions, including COVID-19. “The close of St. Luke’s Respiratory Clinic is…

Four People Rescued From Water at Voyageurs National Park

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says four people were rescued from the water Sunday night after their boat capsized on Namakan Lake in Voyageurs National Park. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Voyageur National Park Service, MN DNR, St. Louis County Rescue Squad, International Falls Ambulance, and Kabetogama Fire/First Responders responded to the lake just…

Level 3 Predatory Offender Relocates to Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Authorities in Duluth say a level 3 predatory offender was released on Tuesday and has relocated to the Duluth region. According to police, Royce Drift, 34, has a history of physically assaulting and holding a known adult female against her will. Force and a weapon were used to gain compliance. He also had a juvenile history of…

Update: Duluth Police Asking for Public’s Help Identifying Suspect in Smoke Shop Robbery

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect from the Tuesday morning Sadi’s Smoke Shop robbery. Video surveillance from the smoke shop was recovered by investigators with the Duluth Police DepartmentsViolent Crimes Unit. According to police, officers responded to a hold-up alarm at the smoke shop located on the 1600 block…

Suspect in St. Cloud Shooting Formally Charged

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The 45-year-old Duluth man arrested for the murder of 68-year-old Ed Ward has been formally charged. On Tuesday, Jason Robert Beckman was charged with three felony counts including second-degree murder with intent-not premeditated. According to the criminal complaint, St. Cloud police responded to reports of a shooting at a residence around 6:16 a.m. Sunday where officers…

Duluth Police Identify Victim in Downtown Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police have identified the victim injured in a shooting that took place Sunday night in downtown Duluth. Police say 41-year-old William David Urrutia was struck by gunfire on the 100 block of East 3rd Street around 9:15 p.m. Urrutia was transported to a local hospital for his injuries but has since been released. Authorities say Urrutia…

St. Cloud State Professor Identified as Victim of ‘Random’ Deadly Shooting

(photo credit: Family of Ed Ward) ST. CLOUD, Minn. (FOX 9) – The man shot and killed in what police say was a “random” incident Sunday morning in St. Cloud has been identified as a 68-year-old St. Cloud State University professor. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office said the victim was Dr. Edward Anthony Ward. The University confirmed the news Monday,…

Authorities in Bayfield Identify Fatal Motorcycle Crash Victim

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Authorities in Bayfield have identified the victim of Thursday’s fatal motorcycle crash. According to the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office, 50-year-old Keith Damon of Ashland was the driver of the motorcycle involved in the collision on Highway 2 in the Township of Eileen. First responders were called to the area just after 1:00 p.m. last week where they…

Iron Range Board Approves Funding for Manufacturing Mill

COHASSET, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz announced Monday the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board approved $15 million to construct a new wood products manufacturing facility in Cohasset. The mill was expected to bring about 150 jobs to the region that have a median hourly wage of $31 plus benefits. “Something like this, the once in a 40-year deal that…

Family Of Victim Shocked And Dismayed After Dismembered Man Found In Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – 24 hours after dismembered body parts were identified by authorities, family members are reeling after learning 36-year-old Adam Johnson was murdered. Behind the gruesome and shocking headlines is a man that JoJo, who requested to be identified as such to protect her privacy and safety, says was a valuable part of her family. “He would always – no…

St. Louis County Attorney: Use of Deadly Force Justified in Saginaw Officer-Involved Shooting

SAGINAW, Minn. – The St. Louis County Attorney’s Office has ruled that the use of deadly force was justified in a January officer-involved shooting in Saginaw. The ruling is in connection to a January 29, 2021 incident, when Deputy Jason Kuhnly of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office fired his gun in the direction of 34-year-old Scott Michael Jordan while…

Suspect in Lakeside Stabbing Formally Charged

DULUTH, Minn. – The 28-year-old Duluth man arrested for allegedly stabbing a 78-year-old man at his Lakeside home on Wednesday has been formally charged. Authorities say Warren Holt Jr. is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, and two counts of first-degree burglary. According to the criminal complaint, officers responded to reports of a medical assault just before 2:00 p.m. Wednesday on…

Duluth School Board Approves Moving Forward With New Location for ALC, Academic Excellence Online Programs

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth School District administration can now move forward with lease negotiations for the Radio Central building. On Thursday, the Duluth School Board approved a resolution to allow the administration to carry out a lease agreement with Advance Acquisitions for the space located on Central Entrance. The plan is for the building to be utilized by the Area…

Duluth Police K9 Hondo Retires After 6 Years on the Job

(courtesy: Northland K9 Foundation/Facebook) DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland K9 Foundation announced in a Friday Facebook post that Duluth Police K9 Hondo is retiring after six years on the job. K9 Hondo finished his last patrol shift Friday with his partner Officer Hurst who he has been working alongside since 2015. With a specialty in explosive detection, K9 Hondo and…

Suspect Arrested for Assaulting, Stabbing 78-Year-Old Man in Lakeside

DULUTH, Minn. – Authorities say a 28-year-old Duluth man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing a 78-year-old man at his home in Lakeside and then stealing his truck. Warren Holt Jr. is currently being lodged at the St. Louis County Jail on pending charges of first-degree aggravated robbery, first and second-degree assault, and motor vehicle theft. According to the Duluth…

Gov. Walz Appoints Bhupesh Pattni to Fill Sixth Judicial District Vacancy

DULUTH, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced on Thursday the appointment of Bhupesh Pattni as District Court Judge in the Sixth Judicial District. Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District encompasses Carlton, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis counties. “I am honored to appoint Bhupesh Pattni to the Sixth Judicial District,” said Governor Walz. “Mr. Pattni has a wealth of experience,…

Minnesota Slip Bridge to Have Special Hours of Operation Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth announced Wednesday that the Minnesota Slip Bridge will have special hours of operation on Saturday, June 19. The special hours of operation will be from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. due to many Grandma’s Marathon events taking place at Bayfront Park and an expected increase in pedestrian traffic crossing the bridge. The bridge…

Biden Reveals 9 Ambassador Nominations, Including Duluth Native Thomas Nides

(courtesy: United States Department of State) DULUTH, Minn. (Fox) – President Biden unveiled a slate of nominations for nine ambassadorial positions on Tuesday, including a Duluth native to serve as U.S. ambassador to Israel. Thomas Nides, a Morgan Stanley executive and former senior State Department official, has been tapped to hold the key diplomatic post. On Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Senator…

Traffic Advisories for the 45th Annual Grandma’s Marathon Weekend

DULUTH, Minn. – Motorists can expect a number of road closures and heavier-than-normal traffic as thousands of runners and visitors descend on Duluth and the surrounding area for the 45th annual Grandma’s Marathon this weekend. “We encourage anyone traveling to town for our event to do so as early as possible this week,” Race Director Greg Haapala said. “If you can…

Hills Youth Services to Close July 2 in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.-The Hills Youth and Family Services in Duluth announced it will close July 2. In a letter the president and CEO cited costs, the “State’s inaction on rate adjustments,” and the COVID-19 pandemic. The group also announced the closure of their East Bethel facility. Below is the full letter from the president and CEO. Dear Friends: It is with…

One Severely Injured in Cloquet Apartment Fire

CLOQUET, Minn. – One person was severely injured in a Sunday morning apartment fire in Cloquet according to the Cloquet Fire Department. Fire crews responded to the area of 810 Cloquet Avenue around 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Upon arrival crews found an apartment filled full of smoke and learned a victim was possibly trapped inside. Firefighters were able to locate…

Former NFL Player, Poplar Native, Charged With Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child

DULUTH, Minn. – Former NFL football player and Poplar native, Tom Burke, 44, has been arrested and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct of a 7-year-old girl. According to the criminal complaint, St. Louis County dispatch received a call from a “distraught adult female” in February who said the young victim told her “I need to tell you something that’s…

One Seriously Injured in Cass County ATV Crash

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – Authorities say one person was seriously injured in a Saturday evening ATV crash in Cass County. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to reports of a crash with injuries just after 6:00 p.m. Saturday on the Pikus Forest Road in Smokey Hollow Township in rural Outing, MN. Upon arrival, deputies learned that a…