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Morning Update 9-27-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, September 27, 2021

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, September 27, 2021. Have a great day! Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update, News, weather

Two People Seriously Injured in Cass County Single Vehicle Crash

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – Authorities in Cass County say two people were seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash Sunday evening. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to reports around 4:37 p.m. Sunday of a motor vehicle crash with injuries on County Road 5 in Birch Lake Township in rural Hackensack. When deputies and first responders arrived at…

Facebook Puts Instagram for Kids on Hold After Pushback

(AP) – Instagram is putting a hold on the development of Instagram kids, geared towards children under 13, so it can address concerns about the vulnerability of younger users. Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, wrote in a blog post on Monday that a delay will give the company time to “work with parents, experts, policymakers and regulators, to listen…

St. Luke’s To Offer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses to Those Eligible

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s will start offering COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for those eligible beginning next week. The hospital says the vaccines will be given at the St. Luke’s COVID-19 Clinic by appointment only. Appointments are available to schedule via the myCare patient portal or by calling the Vaccine Clinic at 218-249-4200. The CDC’s recent recommendations for COVID-19 boosters…

Texas Law Limits Medication Abortions as Near-Ban Remains

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday lauded another new abortion law that tightens limits on abortion-inducing medications, creating an additional layer of restrictions after a near-total ban on abortion in the state began this month. The new restrictions, which take effect in December, shrinks the window when doctors and clinics in Texas can give abortion-inducing medication…

Minnesota Firefighters Who Gave Ultimate Sacrifice Remembered on Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day

Crews say it’s also important to raise awareness of the biggest cause of job-related deaths among firefighters -- cancer and other health issues.

DULUTH, Minn.- Across the state of Minnesota Sunday, firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty or due to job-related causes were honored for their service on Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day. In Duluth, 19 firefighters from as far back as the 1800s to 2010 were remembered for paying the ultimate sacrifice. “It’s not always what you see…

Residents in ISD #381 to Vote on Two-Question Referendum Nov. 2

Question One Wouldn't Increase Taxes for Residents, Question Two Would

SILVER BAY, Minn. – This fall, leadership from Lake Superior School District is hoping residents will vote yes on two big referendum questions. “This school is the center of this community,” said Joe Nicklay, principal at William Kelley Schools in Silver Bay. Nicklay knows how important his building is when it comes to developing the future. “We have teachers who…

Family Remembers St. Paul Man Found Dismembered in Lake Superior, Advocates for Other Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

On Sunday, family and friends of Ricky Balsimo and community members gathered to honor him with cultural performances and a healing walk on the Lakewalk.

DULUTH, Minn.- A murdered indigenous man from St. Paul whose body was found dismembered in Lake Superior over the summer was remembered at a rally and walk in Canal Park Sunday, as organizers also hoped to bring attention to the cases of other missing and murdered indigenous people. “The main purpose for today is to show Ricky’s spirit that we…

Police: Wisconsin Woman Made Frantic Phone Call Before Going Missing

(FOX 9) – A western Wisconsin woman, who has been missing for more than a week, made a frantic phone to a friend before vanishing. In an alert sent out by Wisconsin state authorities on Friday, police said 43-year-old Hailey Anderson was last seen on September 16 in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin leaving the casino around 7:53 p.m. On that day, police say…

Duluth Bethel’s First Concert for Recovery Takes Over Harbor Drive

Members of the Northland Music and Recovery community, the Duluth Bethel Treatment Center, and the DECC hope to make this an annual event.

DULUTH, Minn.- September is National Recovery Month, and community organizers teamed up for the Northland’s first Concert for Recovery, taking place on Harbor Drive behind the DECC, Saturday night. Members of the Northland Music and Recovery community, the Duluth Bethel Treatment Center, and the DECC hope to make this an annual event, supporting substance abuse treatment and mental health services….

City of Duluth, Ecolibrium3 Host Chalkfest to Draw Attention to Local Waterways

At the fall party, Ecolibrium3 showcased an assortment of watershed demonstrations, a free harvest soup lunch as a part of their Stone Soup Project, and several other activities.

DULUTH, Minn.- In collaboration with the City of Duluth, Ecolibrium3 hosted a Lake Superior Stormwater Chalkfest fall party, including family-friendly activities. At the fall party, Ecolibrium3 showcased an assortment of watershed demonstrations, a free harvest soup lunch as a part of their Stone Soup Project, and several other activities. They also invited the community to stop by and show off…

Setup Begins for Bentleyville Tour of Lights

Around 55 high school students from the College of St. Scholastica's Upward Bound program came out to help set up the famous holiday attraction.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Bentleyville “Tour of Lights” setup at Bayfront Festival Park has officially begun. Bentleyville staff and volunteers started their Saturday early at 8 a.m., testing lights, unloading trucks, and putting together holiday displays. Around 55 high school students from the College of St. Scholastica’s Upward Bound program came out to help set up the famous holiday attraction. “This…

Lester River Rendezvous Takes Lakeside Back in Time

If cannons and blacksmiths weren't your thing, there were also 30 vendors selling more modern handcrafted goods.

DULUTH, Minn.- A blast of a party and a blast from the past was back at Lester Park in Duluth with the return of the Lester River Rendezvous. The event was back for its 22nd year with the Voyageur Village, taking folks back in time to check out the lifestyles and folkways of early settlers in Minnesota and Wisconsin history….

Duluth Preservation Alliance Announces City’s 10 Most Endangered Places for 2021

The 10 locations on the list include the Esmond Building (known to many as the former Seaway Hotel), the Pastoret Terrace or Kozy Bar and Apartments, and the St. Regis Apartments.

DULUTH, Minn.– The Duluth Preservation Alliance announced its 2021 ten most endangered places list, they said to demand the City of Duluth take historic preservation into account in its long-term comprehensive planning, and encourage private property owners to take responsibility for historic places. The list is organized from west to east. Each place falls under one of three categories: Impending…

One Man Dead in Single-Vehicle Crash in Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- One man is dead following a single-vehicle crash in downtown Duluth Saturday night. According to a spokesperson with the Duluth Police Department, officers responded to the area of S 1st Ave E at E Michigan Street on a report of a single-vehicle crash. The sole occupant of the vehicle, a 52-year-old male, was ejected and died from injuries…

Gun Show Returns to Superior with a Bang

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — The Superior Gun Show makes its return this weekend for two days at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds. Vendors gathered to showcase some of their best items from the early 1900’s to modern day pieces. They say being able to share them with people who are just as passionate as they are makes these types of…

Ammo Shortage Adding Stress This Hunting Season

SUPERIOR, Wic. — It’s prime time of year to go hunting, but a shortage in ammunition is making a normally exciting time of year for those who participate a bit of stressful. Supply shop owners did not think the shortage would be going on for the two years it has. They say it’s due to many different reasons like panic-buying, shipment…

GND Rec Center Hosts Rummage Sale

Organizers say it's a great way to help support the community.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Gary New Duluth Rec Center is having its semi-annual rummage sale to support the final phase of their recreational area. Hosted every September, the proceeds from the rummage sale go right back into the rec center with a minimal cost associated with a variety of items from clothes, crafts and board games. Organizers say it’s a…

Public Health Officials Concerned with New Covid-19 Cases in St. Louis County.

On Friday, both St. Luke's and Essentia Health announced northland residents can make appointments to receive the booster shot next week.

DULUTH, Minn. — Last week alone, 600 new cases of Covid-19 were detected in St. Louis County a trend that is all too familiar for public health officials. “We are really hoping that we don’t see the increase that we did following September last year. We had a big spike in October and going through November and December,” St. Louis County…

Winter Attire Needed at the Damiano Center

DULUTH, Minn.- The seasons are changing, meaning more people need winter attire. And the Damiano Center in Duluth is asking for help. The Damiano Center is hosting its annual Community Connect event, inviting people looking for winter clothing and additional resources. “It’s housed here at the Damiano center, but it is a community-wide planned event, and so it’ll be from…

Hillside Makers Market is Back

DULUTH, Minn.- The Hillside Makers Market is back today and tomorrow, offering various goods. The once-a-month pop-up market showcases jewelry, clothing, and baked goods, all made by local artisans. You can even find accessories for your four-legged friends. “So we have all sorts of fantastic artists this weekend for Friday and Saturday, and there’s everything from floral arrangement to jewelry…

Costco’s Grand Opening is Near

DULUTH, Minn.- Costco’s official grand opening is October 28th, making their famous Kirkland brand products available to Northlanders in just one month. If you’re not looking for groceries, the membership-based store offers various hot foods, electronics, household items, and clothing. “Costco offers quality goods and services at the lowest possible price,” said general manager John Kuzas. “In this location, we…

Minnesota DNR Launches New Hearing Process for PolyMet Mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)-Minnesota regulators have launched a court-ordered process for assessing the risks to clean water from waste from the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources announced plans for a trial-like proceeding known as a contested case hearing, which was ordered by the Minnesota Supreme Court in April. The hearing will be confined…

Minnesota to Begin Administering Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Shots

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has announced that Minnesota will begin administering Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots to residents who are eligible to receive one. Minnesotans who got the Pfizer vaccine can receive a booster shot at least six months after their initial series based on CDC guidance: people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should…

Midday Update 9-24-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, September 24, 2021

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, September 24, 2021. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update, News, weather

Explore the Beauty of Bagley Nature Area as Fall Foliage Starts to Pop

Active Adventures: Autumn Adventures at Bagley Nature Area

DULUTH, Minn. – This week’s Active Adventures takes FOX 21’s Brett Scott to Bagley Nature Area on the campus of UMD. This 59-acre forest, pond, and open area are located in the northwest part of the campus. Tim Bates, Associate Director, Environmental Education Coordinator, says Bagley is a great place for running, cross-country skiing, walking, or any other quiet outdoor…

Fire Destroys Residence in Solway Township

SOLWAY TOWNSHIP, Minn.-At about 8:45 p.m. Thursday deputies from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of a structure fire on the 6000 block of Morris Thomas Road in Solway Township. Upon arrival, the residence was found to be fully engulfed.  The fire was put out, but the residence was a complete loss. There were no…

Morning Update 9-24-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, September 24, 2021

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, September 24, 2021. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update, News, weather

Chauvin to Appeal Conviction, Sentence in Floyd’s Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in George Floyd’s death intends to appeal his conviction and sentence, saying the judge abused his discretion or erred during several key points in the case. Derek Chauvin said he intends to appeal on 14 grounds. Among them, he claims Judge Peter Cahill abused his discretion when he denied…

Fundraiser For Fire-Damaged Spoon’s Bar & Grill

Damage is now estimated to be as much as $400,000, according to owner Solomon Witherspoon.

DULUTH, Minn. — The official cause of a fire at Spoon’s Bar & Grill in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood remains under investigation, but people came out Thursday evening to raise money for the owner so he can eventually reopen. That event was held at the Spirit Room in Superior. Spoon’s owner Solomon Witherspoon said damage is now estimated to be…

Experts Give Tips on Keeping Outdoor Plants Green

Typically they like to have their last day around Halloween depending on the weather.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. — As the temperatures get colder, landscapers and gardeners will be looking to prolong the life of their outside plants. Experts are trying to educate growers on how to keep their plants going before the first frost. They say some of the best ways are to bring the more delicate flowers inside during cold nights, wrapping cedar or…

City Leaders Announce ‘Safer Duluth for All’ Budget Plan

The added funds are coming from the proposed increased tax levy and Duluth's nearly 60 million in 'American Rescue Plan' dollars.

DULUTH, Minn. —  On Thursday Duluth’s police and fire departments are among those in line to get a boost in funding for 2022. City leaders announced what they call the “Safer Duluth For All” budget plan on Thursday. The added funds are coming from the proposed increased tax levy and Duluth’s nearly 60 million in ‘American Rescue Plan’ dollars. The…

Senate Capital Investment Committee Tours Areas Around Northland

One of the areas they visited, is the four million dollar project at Glensheen Mansion which is restoring the formal garden and installing a backup boiler inside the home.

DULUTH, Minn. — Members of the Minnesota Senate Budget Committee spent the day touring areas of the Northland. They spent time checking out first-hand projects already being by bonding dollars or ones that are in need of funding. Whether it’s before or after a legislative session, the capital investment committee comes to different sites to review new projects or see…

New Credit Union at Lake Superior College

DULUTH, Minn.- Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union is opening a new location at Lake Superior College. The credit union is looking to help students at the main campus make sound financial decisions with an onsite banker and ATM. The new credit union is a convenient way for students and staff to cash checks, apply for loans, and make deposits or…

Women in the Construction Industry Come Together

DULUTH, Minn.- The National Association of Women in Construction for the Southeast Minnesota chapter gathered in support Thursday to elect board members and discuss goals within the construction industry. Twenty-five Women from Minnesota Power, Northland Construction, and several other construction companies were in attendance. “It is super exciting for me because, in the Northland, there’s a lot of women that…

Bentleyville Tour of Lights is Approaching

DULUTH, Minn.- Fall may have just started, but Bentleyville preparations are underway at Bayfront Festival Park as we approach the colder seasons. Trailers full of decorations, lights, and equipment are making their way to Bayfront Park and starting Saturday, volunteers will begin setting up for the famous holiday attraction. Bentleyville invites anyone ages 16 and older to help with the…

FBI Issues Arrest Warrant for Brian Laundrie

(The Moab Police Department via AP) (FOX NEWS) – On Thursday evening FBI Denver posted on Twitter, “On September 22, 2021, the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Christopher Laundrie pursuant to a Federal Grand Jury indictment related to Mr. Laundrie’s activities following the death of Gabrielle Petito.” On September 22, 2021, the U.S….

US Sets the Stage for COVID Booster Shots for Millions

(AP) – The U.S. vaccination drive against COVID-19 stands on the verge of a major new phase: Government advisers on Thursday recommended booster doses of Pfizer’s vaccine for millions of Americans. This, despite concern among some experts that the extra shots will do little to slow the pandemic. The advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended…

Police: Shooting at Tennessee Store Kills One, Injures 12; Shooter Dead

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A shooting at a Tennessee grocery store east of Memphis left one person dead and injured 12 others Thursday afternoon, and the shooter was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane said the shooting broke out at a Kroger store in that suburban community about 30 miles east…

Four Men Charged Following Human Trafficking Operation in St. Louis County

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – Four men have been formally charged following their arrests last week during a human trafficking operation in St. Louis County. According to the Minnesota BCA, the one-day operation in partnership with the Tribes United Against Sex Trafficking (TRUST) Task Force and the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, targeted people attempting to buy a minor for…

Target Trims Holiday Hiring Goals

NEW YORK (AP) – Target will hire fewer seasonal workers this year and will instead offer more hours to current employees. The move, announced Thursday, is in response to its permanent workers wanting more hours, the company said. About 100,000 seasonal workers will be hired nationwide, the company said Thursday, about 30,000 less than last year. Many of those workers…

‘Tiger King 2’ Is Coming to Netflix

The second season was filmed in 2020 and into part of 2021

(courtesy: Twitter/Netflix) (CNN) – Get ready all you cool cats and kittens, Netflix has announced: “Tiger King 2” is coming to the streaming service. The first season of the series, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness,” was told over seven episodes. The second season was filmed in 2020 and into part of 2021. It’s not known which colorful characters from…

Midday Update 9-23-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, September 23, 2021

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Thursday, September 23, 2021. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update, News, weather

Wisconsin Assembly to Vote on Bill Banning Race Theory

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly plans to vote next week on a Republican bill that would prohibit public schools from teaching students and training employees about concepts such as systemic racism and implicit bias. A Republican-controlled Assembly committee on Wednesday approved the bill on a party-line vote. It is slated to be taken up by the full Assembly…

New Charcuterie Board Business Now Open in Duluth

Cooking Connection: Bloody Mary Charcuterie Board

DULUTH, Minn. – Can you say Yes, Cheese? The owners and creators of Duluth’s very own charcuterie board business can! In this week’s Cooking Connection, Ken meets with one of the co-founders to find out what the business is all about, and try their Bloody Mary Charcuterie Board. The creation is perfect for a weekend at home, or a gathering…