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Gov. Evers Tours Sustainable Food Program at Northland College

On Friday Governor Tony Evers toured the Hulings Rice Food Center on the Northland College campus.

ASHLAND, Wis.– At Northland College in Ashland, a school food program has been teaching students how to grow sustainability. And it’s catching the eye of the Wisconsin governor. On Friday Governor Tony Evers toured the Hulings Rice Food Center on the Northland College campus. “It’s always good to get out of the bubble of the state capital,” said Evers. The…

Vitta Pizza Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary with Fundraiser for Domestic Violence Victims

10 percent of all of Vitta Pizza's sales Friday went to Safe Haven Shelter & Resource Center for battered women. 

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s been ten years since Vitta Pizza opened their doors in Canal Park, and on Friday they celebrated by donating to a good cause. 10 percent of all of Vitta Pizza’s sales Friday went to Safe Haven Shelter & Resource Center for battered women. Staff say customers are to thank for them serving wood-fired artesian pizzas, salads &…

Duluth Police Share Safety Tips on Driving in Foggy Conditions

Officers say in any type of inclement weather where visibility is low, slow down and make sure your lights are working properly.

DULUTH, Minn.- Local law enforcement is reminding people about driving safely in low visibility. The Duluth Police Department today responded to five car crashes before noon, and while officials don’t know if fog was the only factor, they say it definitely could have contributed. Officers say in any type of inclement weather where visibility is low, slow down and make…

Duluth Investigators Arrest Longtime Heroin, Fentanyl Dealer

According to officials, investigators seized over 60 grams of fentanyl, 250 ecstasy pills, meth, cocaine, and $3,246 in drug sale proceeds.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Police Department and Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force arrested a man Friday, seizing fentanyl and other drugs as well as thousands in drug sale money. According to a spokesperson with the City of Duluth, at approximately 12:40 p.m., officers from the Duluth Police Department arrested longtime heroin and fentanyl dealer, Carvell N. Robinson,…

Five Northland Students Competing in National History Day

DULUTH, Minn.– It was a record-breaking year for history students from three different area schools. Nine records were set between five young women, and they now get ready to compete in the National History Day contest next Sunday. Normally, the contest is held in-person at the University of Maryland, but this year, it will be virtual, and Duluth is proud…

Memorial Blood Center is Asking for Blood Donations Due to a National Blood Shortage

DULUTH, Minn.- With a recent surge in blood use and blood shortage across the nation, Memorial Blood Center has announced a blood emergency. School closures caused by the pandemic created a deficit of blood donations from donors between the ages of 17 and 24, having a big impact on Northland hospitals. “This has been virtually a year of no high…

Park Point Rummage Sale Kicks Off

DULUTH, Minn.– Today on Park Point the annual rummage sale kicked off making its return since the pandemic. The streets of Park Point filled up today with community members and people from out of town to attend the annual Park Point rummage sale. It was a rainy start to the weekend, but that didn’t stop people from coming out and…

Park Point Residents Launch Operation Slow Motion

DULUTH, Minn.– After an extreme car accident on Park Point in October 2020 almost killed several people, the residents of the point decided it was time for a change, and announced the launching of Operation Slow Motion today. The residents started a neighborhood watch in the January following the accident and 30 volunteers hold signs on the point encouraging traffic…

Erie Mining History Program Hosts First Annual Scholarship Presentation

DULUTH, Minn.- The Erie Mining History program worked with the St. Louis County Historical Society in hosting their first annual scholarship presentation. The $1,500 award was granted to a recent Cook County High School graduate, Abigail Stoddard. “I’m just elated that I could be a part of this opportunity especially since this is the first one ever. I feel like…

Time to Hunt! City of Duluth Hosting Event for ‘National Get Outdoors Day’

The Event is Happening Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re itching to get outside and explore with your friends and family this weekend, the City of Duluth has the perfect opportunity with prizes attached. The Parks and Rec Dept. is teaming up with Leadership Duluth to host a citywide scavenger hunt. It’s happening Saturday, June 12, which marks National Get Outdoors Day. The hunt is…

Governor Walz Calls Special Session to Complete State Budget

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is calling a special session of the Minnesota State Legislature beginning Monday to complete the two-year state budget. On Monday, he will also sign an executive order that extends Minnesota’s peacetime emergency for 30 days to allow Minnesota to maintain vaccination sites and the eviction moratorium. “Minnesota is in a good place in our…

Gov. Walz Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Paramedic Troy Boettcher

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.-Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has ordered all  flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset, on Monday, June 14, in honor and remembrance of paramedic Troy Boettcher. He died in a dump truck-ambulance crash in Lawrence Township near Grand Rapids Tuesday. “Troy Boettcher was an outstanding paramedic, who was…

Midday Update 6-11-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, June 11, 2021

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Duluth Fire Department Warns of Dangerous Swimming Conditions Today

DULUTH, Minn.-Due to a high risk of rip currents today, the Duluth Fire Department is issuing a warning of dangerous swimming conditions for Park Point beaches effective immediately and continuing until 10 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. Rip currents form…

‘Great Minnesota Get Together’ Officially Happening this Summer, Masks Not Required

The Minnesota State Fair is Happening August 26 - Labor Day, September 6

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota State Fair is officially back this summer after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fair officials made the announcement Friday. At this time, the State Fair does not expect there will be daily attendance limits. Face masks will not be required, but are “strongly” encouraged for those who are not fully…

AP Source: J&J Doses to be Released, But Many Will be Tossed

U.S. regulators are allowing for the release of 10 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine from a troubled Baltimore factory. But material to make many more must be thrown out because of possible contamination. That’s according to a person familiar with the decision. The FDA announced Friday that it had determined that two batches from the plant could…

Boundary Waters Fire Near Tower Fully Contained

BWCAW-A 21-acre wildfire in the Boundary Waters has been stopped from going any further. The fire started last Friday near Hassel Lake 10 miles northeast of Tower. It’s believed a lightning strike started the blaze. “This morning firefighters will patrol the fire area one more time to make sure that the conditions have not changed,” a statement read. “Minimum impact…

Court: Wisconsin Heath Departments Can’t Close Schools

MADISON, Wis.-The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that local health departments do not have the authority to close schools due emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic. The conservative majority of the court, in a 4-3 decision Friday, also ruled that a school closure order issued last year by Public Health Madison & Dane County infringed on religious rights. The ruling is…

Twin Cities Roads Buckling in Extreme Heat

MINNEAPOLIS-Roads are breaking apart as an oppressive heat wave continues to bake the Twin Cities. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports state transportation officials have responded to 43 incidents of road buckling in the metro area since 90-degree temperatures enveloped the region on June 3. The area is experiencing the third-longest streak of temperatures at 90 degrees of higher in history….

Morning Update 6-11-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, June 11, 2021

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Hibbing Man Hit With Murder Charge In 2017 Homicide

HIBBING, Minn. – A Hibbing man charged in the death of a woman in 2017 has been hit with a new charge in the case: second-degree murder. 51-year-old Blake Stangel was also charged about two weeks ago with second-degree manslaughter. He’s charged in connection to the 2017 Hibbing homicide of 71-year-old Courtney Fenske. Court documents say Fenske was found dead…

UMD’s New Project Aims to Help Plants Adapt to Northland Climate

Moving forward, several of the trees will be planted on UMD property while the bigger part of the project is distributing the seeds to farmers for them to grow and sell.

DULUTH, Minn. — UMD students and faculty are doing their part to help the northland go green. It’s all part of an on-going effort in the biology research lab at UMD in collaboration with a number of community partners to help transition native plants such as red oaks, birches and white pines into northern forests. “The idea is to plant…

Denfeld High School Holds 96th Commencement Ceremony

DULUTH, Minn.– Over at Denfeld High School, the class of 2021 was honored Thursday. The 96th commencement took place this afternoon at the public school stadium. After last year’s ceremony was moved to a virtual format due to the pandemic, this Denfeld graduation was the first one ever held outside. Those with Denfeld high say no matter where the ceremony…

Car Seat Clinics to Return this Summer

DULUTH, Minn.– This summer, a popular city program is returning to help families keep their kids safe on the road. Starting next Thursday, the Duluth Fire Department will bring back its car seat clinics at different fire stations every third Thursday of the month until November. The free service provides information and resources, including car seat inspection and help installing…

Fog Covers Duluth Amid Warm Start to Summer

DULUTH, Minn.– The early summer heat, along with the impact of Lake Superior, has been creating some weather phenomena around Duluth. “That marine can influence a lot,” said NOAA Meteorologist Dean Melde. “More early in the season in the summer and then over the winter before we start seeing some ice. If you were anywhere close to the waters of…

Lakewood Elementary Ends the Year with a Splash

DULUTH, Minn.– After a year of three different learning styles, Lakewood Elementary School celebrated their last day of school outside, and together. After good behavior and hard work all year, Lakewood got to dunk their principle and have a pizza party to celebrate the last day of school. A year full of COVID, and distance learning, made for a stressful…

Hotels Are Seeking More Employees, and Offering Incentives

SUPERIOR, Wisc.– Through the up’s and down’s of COVID, the Twin Ports have consistently seen traffic in the the hospitality department. Hotels have been busier than ever trying to keep up with customers, but they are struggling to find new employees, while trying not to work current ones too hard. In areas such as restaurants or front desks, some members…

The Gary New Duluth Community Hosts Third Annual Rummage Sale

GARY NEW DULUTH, Min.- From clothing to toys, Gary New Duluth’s annual rummage sale has eight locations open all weekend long. The organizer of the Commonwealth Avenue location saw people coming in around 9 a.m. Thursday morning. The proceeds from this location are donated through the Larry and Donna foundation to organizations helping kids. “Last year we gave a bunch…

49-Year-Old Ham Lake Resident Dead After Crash in Culver Township

The Incident Happened Wednesday, June 9 Shortly After 10 p.m. in Culver Township

CULVER TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Authorities say a 49-year-old male from Ham Lake, Minnesota, has died after the vehicle he was driving left the roadway and struck several trees. St. Louis County Deputies responded to the incident shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday. It happened near the intersection of Highway 31 and Bong Road in Culver Township. Authorities say the man was…

Midday Update 6-10-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, June 10, 2021

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Minnesota State Capitol Reopening to the Public Ahead of Special Session

Thursday Marks the First Reopening to the Public Since the Start of the COVID-19 Pandemic

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota State Capitol will start welcoming visitors once again on Thursday. It had been closed since the early days of the pandemic. Thursday’s reopening comes just one week after the fence around the capitol was fully removed. It was installed in response to the riots following the death of George Floyd and was even beefed…

U.S. Donating 500 Million COVID-19 Vaccines to Developing Countries

The 500 Million Vaccines will be Distributed Throughout 2021 and 2022

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) – Health officials and experts around the world are welcoming a U.S. plan to donate 500 million more COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries. But the celebrations Thursday came with hesitation. For instance, when exactly will those vaccines reach regions left behind in the global race and that are feeling the bite right now with deadly…

Progress Reported on Wildfire Burning in BWCA

The Fire is Believed to Have Been Ignited by a Lightning Strike Last Friday

BWCA, Minn. – Crews are reporting progress on the Hassel Lake Fire burning approximately 10 miles northeast of Tower, Minn. within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) on the Superior National Forest. According to the U.S. Forest Service, Wednesday, firefighters were able to work directly along the edge of the fire after setting up water pumps and hose lines…

Ledge Rock Grille Showcases New Italian Entrée Ahead of the Summer Season

Cooking Connection: Papparadelle Con Maiale

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The summer season is kicking off along scenic Highway 61 near Two Harbors. In this week’s Cooking Connection, Chef Richard Selz with Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages showcases a dish from their new summer menu. Enjoy! Ingredients:  Pork belly – 4oz Garlic, minced – 1tsp Oven-roasted tomato – 3 Pernod – 2oz White wine –…

Wisconsin Senate Passes Bills Making it Harder to Vote

The Measures Are Likely to be Vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Senate has approved Republican-backed bills that would create new hurdles for the elderly and disabled to cast absentee ballots, limit the number and location of ballot drop boxes and impose new penalties for violating election law. All of the measures are almost certain to be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who has said…

Morning Update 6-10-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, June 10, 2021

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Man Drowns In St. Louis River After Attempting To Rescue 2 Children

DULUTH, Minn.– A father from Superior is dead after drowning in the St. Louis River while trying to help save two children struggling in the water. One of those children was his own. “There was multiple agencies participating in the rescue. Good communication, good coordination. Unfortunately, the outcome is not what we or anyone else wanted,” said Duluth Assistant Fire…

Knights of Columbus Makes a Large Donation to Twin Ports Collaborative

DULUTH, Minn.- Knights of Columbus made a large donation in support of the Together for Life Northland collaborative. “Today we are presenting a check to Together for Life Northland for $5,000, which we raised over the last month with the councils around Duluth and Superior,” said Bob Spehar The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic Fraternal organization founded on the…

Local Fireworks Shop Faces Supply Shortage

SOUTH RANGE, Wis.- The combination of a nationwide shortage and high demand is keeping the fireworks supply low. A nationwide firework shortage may lead to a small selection of product for your 4th of July plans. KG Fireworks in South Range is among fireworks stores dealing with a supply shortage because not as many fireworks are being imported and demand…

New Paddle Board Excursions with Zenith Adventure

DULUTH, Minn.– Zenith Adventure, which operates out of Vista in Duluth, is introducing two new paddle board excursions that take place during sunrise and sunset. Paddle board rentals are open now, but beginning July 2nd, these sunrise and set excursions will be available to the public, and everybody is welcome, no matter what skill level you are. “I think just…

Lake Superior Zoo is Aiding Animals Through Thermal Imaging

DULUTH, Minn.– The Lake Superior Zoo has been granted a special piece of equipment that allows them to make diagnoses on their animals from a distance. Through a thermal imaging camera Lake Superior Zoo is utilizing a new piece of equipment that is helping them find different injuries in their animals. Teletherm Infared, based out of Florida, granted Amy Gallagher,…