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Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, September 30

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 99,134 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 16 new deaths bringing the death total to 2,036 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 2,030,167 tests have been completed to date. There are 89,392 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,701 patients have required hospitalization…

Nfl: Steelers and Titans Will Play Monday or Tuesday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Pittsburgh-Tennessee NFL game will be played either Monday or Tuesday due to positive coronavirus test results among the Titans. The NFL announced the switch on Wednesday. The previous day the NFL said that three Titans and five other team personnel had tested positive for COVID-19. The Titans have closed their facility at least through Friday…

Update: Missing Hibbing Man Found Dead

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Itasca County Sheriff’s announced Wednesday that the body of a missing Hibbing man was found on the shoreline of Lake Pokegama near Grand Rapids. Authorities say trained K9 dogs along with search team volunteers located the body of 29-year-old Jeremiah Eliapoi Uti on Tuesday. Uti was reported missing on Sunday and was last seen around Pine…

‘Boo at the Zoo’ Moving Forward With COVID-19 Precautions In Place

Tickets Must Be Purchased In Advance for This Year's Boo at the Zoo Event

DULUTH, Minn. – Despite concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the Lake Superior Zoo is moving forward with this year’s ‘Boo at the Zoo.’ Safety measures will be put in place to ensure social distancing. This year’s event will take place throughout three weekends in October. Tickets are currently on sale for ‘Boo at the Zoo,’ taking place October 10,…

Morning Update 9-30-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

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Trump Returns to Minnesota for Post-Debate Rally, Fundraiser

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Fresh off the first presidential debate, President Donald Trump is returning to the battleground state of Minnesota. Trump will address a rally at Duluth International Airport on Wednesday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. The campaign has pushed the start time back to 8 p.m. from the originally announced 5 p.m. Trump will also attend a fundraiser earlier…

Clyde Malting Building Provides Safe Venue for Architecture, Design Expo

All vendors and attendees took COVID-19 questionnaires and had their temperatures checked before entering. 

DULUTH, Minn.- An annual architecture and design expo found a way to showcase this year’s newest products in a safe way during the pandemic. The third annual Duluth Design Expo at the Clyde Malting Building in Lincoln Park was modified this year to be a trade show only. All vendors and attendees took COVID-19 questionnaires and had their temperatures checked…

Duluth Folk School Looking To Expand

The school hosts popular hands on courses from soap making to sewing.

DULUTH, Minn. – After starting in May of 2016, the Duluth Folk School is now looking to expand The school hosts popular hands on courses from soap making to sewing. After evolution of the dovetail cafe, directors of the school realized it was time for an expansion so it can host more of a variety of courses in a rural…

2020 Golf Season Winding Down

Nemadji golf course will stay open as long as weather permits.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The golf course season is winding down in the Northland and people are itching to get one more crack out on the links. In a season where golfers have seen constant changes in how the courses are played, management at Nemadji Golf Course says that despite these obstacles, it has been a solid season because of a…

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, Health Officials Urge State to Take Virus Seriously Ahead of Winter

"If we do nothing differently, I would say it's a high likelihood that this is going to get much worse before it gets better," said the Chief Medical Officer. 

WISCONSIN- As the state of Wisconsin comes off of their highest single day jump in COVID-19 cases this weekend, Governor Tony Evers and public health officials urge Wisconsinites to take the virus more seriously going into the winter. Positive cases in Wisconsin increased by more than 2,000 each day for the past four days. Monday, there were 2,367 more cases….

Superior Man Arrested on Suspicion of Killing His Mother

Robert Bennett III, 39, of Superior, accused of first-degree intentional homicide of his mother Cindy Bennett. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A Superior man is behind bars, accused of the city’s first homicide since 2017. The victim, police say, is the suspect’s own mother. The prime suspect under arrest is Robert Bennett III, 39, of Superior, who is accused of first-degree intentional homicide of his mother Cindy Bennett. The call for help came in just before 7 a.m. Tuesday…

Visitors Learn About Bird Migration at Hawk Ridge

Hawk Ridge will be set up for viewing through the end of November, giving visitors and staff the chance to enjoy the beauty of the migration process. 

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s that time of year where birds are going through their migration phase and Lake Superior is always a popular stop. “They don’t want to expend any more energy than they really need to, so they wait for the right conditions, they’re waiting for the thermals to start rising on the lake shore here, and they get…

148th Fighter Wing Holding Night Training Throughout the Northland

148th officials tell us they try hard to balance training at night while being respectful of the community.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 148th Fighter Wing is high in the sky over the Northland as part of a training mission that’s been going on since last week. It’s all about helping F-16 pilots get as comfortable as possible flying after dark to carry out missions by using night vision goggles and special heat sensors to detect what’s around them…

Whole Foods Co-Op Holds Food Truck Extravaganza

Management at the co-op said they wanted to throw this party to vie their employees some thanks for all the hard work they've done during the pandemic as essential workers.

DULUTH, Minn. – After months of making changes to adapt to the pandemic, the whole foods co-op threw a celebration on Wednesday for employees to kick back and have some free food and enjoy themselves. Management at the co-op said they wanted to throw this party to vie their employees some thanks for all the hard work they’ve done during…

Watch Live: Trump, Biden Push Into Crucial First 2020 Campaign Face-Off

CLEVELAND (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden prepared to face off Tuesday night in their crucial first debate of the 2020 campaign. It’s the most pivotal opportunity yet for the candidates to outline starkly different visions for a country facing multiple crises in an election year like no other. The nation is in the midst of…

Upward Trend for Absentee Voting Due to Pandemic

As the election draws near, the requests for absentee ballots in St. Louis County continue to pile up, already doubling from 2016.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – As the election draws near, the requests for absentee ballots in St. Louis County continue to pile up, already doubling from 2016. So far in today’s numbers, there have been over 40,000 requests for absentee ballots in St. Louis County compared to the 2016 presidential election when there was about 16,000. According to county clerk officials,…

Census Ending Soon

The census will likely end on Monday pending a court ruling. Right now, Minnesota is ranking 16th in the country behind Wisconsin with regards to census data.

DULUTH, Minn. – The census will likely end on Monday pending a court ruling. Right now, Minnesota is ranking 16th in the country behind Wisconsin with regards to census data. The census is important to determine the amount of funding that is received by the state along with resources that are allocated to different cities within the state. “Please encourage…

Spirit Mountain Not Hosting Snocross

Last night, the Duluth City Council voted unanimously to give $300,000 to Spirit Mountain so it can reopen this winter, but that decision did come out with some fallout.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last night, the Duluth City Council voted unanimously to give $300,000 to Spirit Mountain so it can reopen this winter, but that decision did come out with some fallout. The recreation area will now not be hosting the Amsoil Snocross due to budget issues. City councilors say it just didn’t make financial sense to host the event…

Update: Superior Man Arrested in Connection to Mother’s ‘Suspicious Death’

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior police say they have arrested an adult male in connection to Tuesday’s ‘suspicious death’ in the city’s Central Park neighborhood. Police say after receiving a call for help from the home of Cindy Bennett they believe an altercation ensued between the victim and her adult son. Bennett died as a result of injuries sustained during the…

Biden Releases 2019 Taxes as Pre-Debate Contrast With Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden paid nearly $288,000 in federal income taxes last year, according to returns he released just hours before his debate with President Donald Trump. The move Tuesday came after a New York Times report that Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016, the year he ran for president, and 2017,…

Evers, Wisconsin Health Officials Say State in ‘Crisis’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers urged people throughout Wisconsin on Tuesday to “get on the same team” by taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, with cases statewide at their highest numbers since the pandemic started. “We are in crisis right now,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Wisconsin’s chief medical officer. On Tuesday, Wisconsin recorded its highest single-day…

Superior Police Investigating ‘Suspicious Death’ in Central Park Neighborhood

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Police Department says they are investigating a ‘suspicious death’ at a residence in the Central Park neighborhood. According to police, officers responded to a call about a person in need of medical attention at a home near the intersection of…

Records: Failed UW President Search Costs About $216,000

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A failed search for a person to lead the University of Wisconsin System has cost taxpayers about $216,000, a cost unlikely to be recouped because of contract language with the company hired to help find the next president. According to records obtained by the Wisconsin State Journal, the UW paid about $214,000 to Storbeck Search and Associates….

Midday Update 9-29-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020

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Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, September 29

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 98,447 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 5 new deaths bringing the death total to 2,020 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 2,017,350 tests have been completed to date. There are 88,380 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,633 patients have required hospitalization…

Trump, Biden Prepare to Debate at a Time of Mounting Crises

CLEVELAND (AP) — The first debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden looms as a milestone in an American election year like no other. It’s a potential pivot point for a race that has remained stubbornly unchanged in the face of historic tumult. But with partisan feelings hardened over the most polarizing of presidents, comparatively few undecided voters remain….

The Latest: Titans, Vikings Suspend In-Person Activities

(AP) – The NFL says the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings are suspending in-person activities after the Titans had three players test positive for the coronavirus, along with five other personnel. The league said Tuesday that both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the players’ union, including their infectious disease experts, on tracing contacts, more testing, and monitoring…

Morning Update 9-29-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Have a great day! Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update, News

AG Agrees to Release Grand Jury Tapes in Breonna Taylor Case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s attorney general has agreed to release the recordings of the secret grand jury proceeding that considered charges against three officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. A grand jury member sued to have the record of the proceedings open to the public. Attorney General Daniel Cameron says that the only charge prosecutors recommended…

Worldwide Grief: Death Toll From Coronavirus Tops 1 Million

NEW DELHI (AP) — The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed 1 million. The milestone, recorded by Johns Hopkins University, comes nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders’ resolve, pitted science against politics, and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work. The virus has also spread untold…

2,000-Plus Saliva Tests Given in First Week of Pilot Program at DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – The first week of COVID-19 testing by saliva in Duluth is complete and thousands showed up. St Louis County confirmed to FOX 21 Monday that 2,374 tests were given out between Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 27. There was no immediate word on how many tests came back positive, but county officials said they were working…

Owner of Duluth Storefront Smashed by SUV: ‘It Could Have Been A Lot Worse’

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department says an SUV crashed into a storefront in downtown Duluth Monday morning. According to police, officers responded to the incident around 7:30 a.m. in the 100 block of West 1st Street. The 53-year-old male driver told police he lost his brakes at the stop sign on 3rd Street while traveling down 2nd Avenue…

MDH Warns Against Large Unsafe Gatherings as State Nears 100,000 COVID-19 Cases

Seven new deaths were also reported Monday, meaning 2,015 Minnesotans have now lost their lives to the virus, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota Department of Health leaders spoke out Monday, as the total COVID-19 cases statewide gets closer to 100,000. After reaching a milestone over the weekend of 2,003,115 tests performed so far, 936 new cases were reported Monday, bringing the total to 97,638 since the pandemic began. Seven new deaths were also reported Monday, meaning 2,015 Minnesotans have now…

SUV Crashes Into Building in Downtown Duluth

1/4 (courtesy: Duluth Police Department) 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 Police Department says an SUV crashed into a storefront in downtown Duluth Monday morning. According to police, officers responded to the incident around 7:30 a.m. in the 100 block of West…

Council Approves Funds to Re-Open Spirit Mountain This Winter, Tables Lakewalk Extension Talks

The Duluth City Council voted unanimously to fork over $300,000 to Spirit Mountain to help it re-open this coming winter, and tabled a resolution which would cancel work on the Lakewalk by Beacon Pointe.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth City Council voted unanimously to fork over $300,000 to Spirit Mountain to help it re-open this coming winter. Council also tabled another resolution Monday night which proposed leaving some homes and condominiums along the lake disconnected from the main Lakewalk. The $300,000 to Spirit Mountain is to reimburse most of the $340,000 the Mountain spent on…

Bayfield County Public Health Orders 60-Day Restriction on Interscholastic Events

The shutdown begins this Saturday, October 3rd  and ends December 2nd.

WASHBURN, Wis. – Bayfield County Public Health has ordered a restriction on interscholastic competitions and spectator events for 60 days. The shutdown begins this Saturday, October 3rd  and ends December 2nd. According to a press release, the order is intended to prevent communities from taking part in large gatherings in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. For more information,…

8th District Candidates Hold Virtual Debate

The Hibbing Chamber of Commerce hosted the virtual debate between the candidates.

HIBBING, Minn. – One of the other high profile political races in the Northland involves the Congressional seat in the 8th District. On Monday, incumbent Republican Pete Stauber and Democratic challenger Quinn Nystrom took part in an online debate. The Hibbing Chamber of Commerce hosted the virtual debate between the candidates. Stauber and Nystrom fielded questions on topics ranging from…

DFL Holds Pop-Up Sign Event in Duluth

One leader with the DFL said during election seasons, it's important to roll out the bumper stickers and yard signs to encourage support for both the party and its candidates.

DULUTH, Minn. – The DFL held a pop-up shop selling yard signs showing support for Democratic candidates on London Road in Duluth on Monday. The pop-up shop was started by the DFL to make sure Democratic candidates get visible support from the party. One leader with the DFL said during election seasons, it’s important to roll out the bumper stickers…

Duluth School District Bus Hubs to Hand out Free Breakfasts and Lunches

Buses have now started pulling up to hubs at 6 different locations across Duluth with the breakfasts and lunches pre-packaged so parents can grab them and go.

DULUTH, Minn. – Free bagged breakfasts and lunches are now available to all Duluth school children 18 years of age and younger at schools and select bus hub sites on weekdays. Buses have now started pulling up to hubs at 6 different locations across Duluth with the breakfasts and lunches pre-packaged so parents can grab them and go. These bus…

Free Produce Distributed in Morgan Park in Support of Community Garden

It's all to help combat the issue of lack of access to food in that neighborhood of Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Locally grown fresh produce was distributed to residents of Morgan Park in Duluth on the final night of a six-week program. f NAACP partnered with UMD and the Morgan Park Community Gardens to give out free, fresh produce and get people in the neighborhood excited about home-grown veggies. “It’s free food, can’t really say no to free…

John’s Tiny Workshop Makes Customized Wood Signs

John Bonk makes a variety of wood signs for whatever people desire. 

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – John’s Tiny Workshop, located off of Highway 61 in Two Harbors, has been open for three years but has been in the works for much longer. “My son-in-law had this trailer that he had a hot tub on and we had just taken the hot tub off and moved it into his backyard and he had…

Preparations for Trump’s Arrival in Duluth on Wednesday

This Wednesday, President Donald Trump will be arriving in Duluth at the airplane hangars near Monaco Air for a Make America Great Again campaign stop at 8 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – This Wednesday, President Donald Trump will be arriving in Duluth at the airplane hangars near Monaco Air for a Make America Great Again campaign stop at 8 p.m. The last time the president visited the city was in 2018 and this will be his third stop in Minnesota since August. Leadership at the airport says that having…

Council to Vote on Spirit Mountain Funding

The Duluth City Council is set to vote tonight on a resolution that could give $300,000 to Spirit Mountain to help get it back open for the winter season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council is set to vote tonight on a resolution that could give $300,000 to Spirit Mountain to help get it back open for the winter season. That money would reimburse most of the $340,000 Spirit Mountain spent over the past few years on improvements for its lift system, snowmaking machines and the alpine coaster….

Duluth Council To Vote On Lakewalk Path Extension

The Duluth City Council is also voting tonight on a measure that will impact funding for the lakewalk. However, the city did not inform the Friends of the Lakewalk about this resolution right away, and the organization says they were caught off-guard by the news. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council is also voting tonight on a measure that will impact funding for the lakewalk. The measure supports three things: It would cancel plans to restore the lakewalk bluestone footpath in front of the Ledges development and cancel the construction of a pedestrian-only path in front of the Beacon Pointe Hotel. It would also…

WLSSD Accepting Fall Leaves, Garden Debris to Turn into Compost

Any of your grass clippings, leaves, garden debris and even fresh-cut holiday trees can be dropped off for free and turn into compost to purchase for your gardening next year.

DULUTH, Minn.- As Fall leaves and garden debris pile up in your yard, WLSSD is accepting that yard waste to turn into compost. The drop-off site is on Courtland Street, off I-35 at 27th Avenue West. Any of your grass clippings, leaves, garden debris and even fresh-cut holiday trees can be dropped off for free and turn into compost to…

President Trump Pushes Back Wednesday’s Duluth Rally to 8 P.M.

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) DULUTH, Minn. –  President Donald Trump will now be campaigning a little later in the day Wednesday in Duluth. Doors will open at 5 p.m. at the Duluth International Airport with his “Make America Great Again” speech starting at 8 p.m. People interested in attending are required to pre-register here. You can only register up to two…