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Governor Signs Bill to Fight Opioid Epidemic

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bipartisan bill aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic in Minnesota. Walz says the compromise bill “will help more families access the treatment they need and prevent addiction in the first place.” The bill imposes sharply higher registration fees on drugmakers and distributors to raise around $21 million…

Grandma’s Restaurant Company CEO Buys Lincoln Park Building

DULUTH, Minn. – The owner of Grandma’s Restaurant Company, Andy Borg, has purchased a building in the growing Lincoln Park Craft District. The building is the former Duluth Sheet Metal building across from Duluth Cider on the 2300 block of West Superior Street. Grandma’s President Brian Dougherty says there aren’t major plans for the building right now other than eventually…

Thirsty Pagan Brewing to Open in Superior’s Soo Line Depot

Brewery held soft opening Wednesday.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior’s Thirsty Pagan Brewing has moved from its Broadway Street location into the Soo Line Depot on Winter Street. They plan to have a grand opening on June 8th. After renting the space at Broadway Street, the Brewery closed shop there. They now own this new location. According to owners, with more seating and performance space for 7 days…

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation hosts Story Corps

Annual Celebration featured guest speaker Story Corps.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation held their annual celebration at the DECC, with a pretty special guest. A guest speaker came from Story Corps, a nonprofit organization which compiles stories from different backgrounds. Organizers said stories are key for the work they do in the community. “We know that one of the things that can really be…

Plans to Ease Bayfront Area Traffic and Parking Unveiled

Metropolitan Interstate Council holds meeting to release full plan, get public feedback.

DULUTH, Minn.- As summer inches closer, so do festivals and concerts–both at the DECC and at Bayfront Festival Park. Those events are becoming more frequent, and that means growing parking concerns and traffic that backs up onto I-35. But plans are moving forward to help change that, unveiled Wednesday by the Metropolitan Interstate Council, or MIC. The Council is working…

1 Dead After Officer-Involved Shooting in Ashland

ASHLAND, Wis. – One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Ashland. It happened sometime after 3 p.m. Wednesday on the 800 block of 4th Avenue West in the city limits. “The shooting is currently under investigation and it will be several hours until the crime scene is clear. Currently, there is no danger to the citizens of Ashland…

SPECIAL REPORT: Body Camera Video Shows Lives Saved By Narcan

Superior Police have Adminstered the Opioid-Reversal Drug More than 50 Times Since 2016

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – As Superior Police Officers continue to respond to several opioid overdose calls each month, we’re getting a closer look at the reality behind the opioid crisis. In a FOX 21 exclusive, Superior Police released body camera video of officers using Narcan to save the lives of people overdosing on opioids. In the two videos released, officers respond…

Approaching Sexual Education a Different Way

Training to approach those with development disabilities about sexuality

DULUTH, Minn.- Forty professionals from the human services field started three days of training today to learn how to educate those with developmental disabilities about sexuality. Those leading the training course said when it comes to talking about sex with people with disabilities it can sometimes be tricky because educators don’t know how to approach the subject with them due…

UWS Student Art Displayed at St. Luke’s Mariner Medical Center

Art was created during a 15 week semester.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – St. Luke’s Mariner Medical clinic hosted a celebration to highlight new art work created by University of Wisconsin– Superior students for Mental Health Awareness Month. More than 15 art therapy students created nearly 60 pieces of art during the semester. The art is displayed on the walls of the lobby and exam rooms at the clinic. The…

Criminal Justice System Changing Approach Towards Mental Health

The Duluth police department says about 50% of people entering the county jail have been diagnosed with a mental illness.

DULUTH, Minn. – The worlds of mental health and criminal justice often come together in our court system as law enforcement tries to help those dealing with mental illness One in five people in Minnesota face a mental illness every year. Some of them end up having run–ins with the law. Many Criminal justice systems nationwide now have adapted mental…

Lakeside Neighborhood’s First Liquor Store Opens

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s something the Duluth Lakeside neighborhood has never seen before — a liquor store now open for business. The Lakeside neighborhood has prohibited alcohol sales since the late 1800s until the Duluth City Council officially legalized those sales in 2016. Permits for two Lakeside liquor stores were approved in 2018 and as of Wednesday, Lakeside Liquors is…

Four Arrested in Hayward Shooting Incident

The Incident Remains Under Investigation

HAYWARD, Wis. – Officers with the Hayward Police Department say they responded to multiple calls about shots fired in the area of West Fourth Street on May 14. Soon after, Sawyer County dispatch received a call from an adult male saying he had just been shot at and was following the black Chevy vehicle the suspects fled in. Officers located…

Body Found in Canosia Believed to be Missing man

Foul Play is not Suspected

CANOSIA TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Authorities believe they have found the body of a man who went missing from an adult foster care home in Canosia earlier this month. The body was found today about 30 yards off of the Castle Road, which is approximately two miles from the group home Julian Daniel Decoux, 34, went missing from. Police say positive…

Ashland Police Officer Accused of Auto Theft, Retired From Force

The Investigation is Ongoing

ASHLAND, Wis. – An 18-year veteran of the Ashland Police Department has retired from the force after being accused of stealing a vehicle in Ashland on April 28. According to the Ashland Police Department, officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 100 Block of 7th Avenue East. That same morning the victim called police after locating…

Lake Superior Art Glass Now Offering Kid’s Classes

Classes will be Offered Seven Days a Week Beginning Thursday, May 23

DULUTH, Minn. – A new kid’s class is coming to Lake Superior Art Glass in Duluth’s Canal Park. Owner Dan Neff says classes will begin on Thursday, May 23, and will be offered seven days a week. The Kid’s Class is offered to children ages 4 – 11 where the kids will help design and create their own pendant. As…

Midday Update 5-22-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Morning Update 5-22-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Kwik Trip Veggie Trays Again Linked to Salmonella

Several Illnesses Have Been Reported

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Kwik Trip has removed some vegetable trays from its convenience stores after several reported illnesses in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Health officials say the Del Monte vegetable trays, which included broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip, have been linked to salmonella bacteria which has, so far, sickened three people in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota. Symptoms of…

Authorities Investigate Drowning in Cass County

Authorities say This is an Ongoing Investigation

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, authorities received a report of a possible drowning just before 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Authorities responded to Louise Lake in Wabedo Township in rural Longville where first responders located a deceased adult male in the water near a fishing boat. The identity of the male is being withheld pending…

More Airport Infrastructure Upgrades Planned After Runway Reconstruction

DULUTH, Minn. – More upgrades are in the master plan for the Duluth International Airport, as the final phase of the main runway’s reconstruction is underway. There are discussions to eventually extend the smaller “cross wing runway” to 8,000 feet from the roughly 5,700 it’s at now. Airport officials say a larger second runway would help to support aviation growth…

Campgrounds Prepare for Memorial Day Weekend

Buffalo House Campgrounds are busy getting ready for the rush.

DULUTH, Minn.- Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and that’s famously a time when families get in their camper, or pack up their tents, to go camping. With 105 campsites for RVs and areas for tents, the staff at Buffalo House Campground is busy getting ready for the Memorial Day rush. The peaceful trees and sounds of birds…

Students Put on Empty Bowl Fundraiser

Funds raised total $5,000.

DULUTH, Minn.- Two seniors from Duluth Marshall school put on their version of the Empty Bowl Fundraiser, previously put on for 25 years by the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. Organizers said Tuesday’s event raised roughly $5,000, which they say helps because one dollar can turn around three meals. The two seniors, Elizabeth Jarocki and David Olsen, said that…

Public Voting for City of Duluth Flag Begins

9 final options available for choosing.

DULUTH, Minn.- Now’s your chance to help Duluth pick which design should be on the next city flag. There were at total of 195 designs submitted by people in Duluth, and a volunteer flag committee narrowed the choices down to its top 9. Those designs were unveiled tonight at city hall, and one of them will soon become the next symbol…

Ely Resort Impacts Veterans, People Living with Disabilities

Veterans on the Lake Resort is Located at 161 Fernberg Road; The Resort is Open Year-Round

ELY, Minn. – Recent studies show up to 20 percent of military veterans will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after returning home from war. While these numbers may seem small, the grim reality shows nearly 20 veterans commit suicide every day. One secluded resort in Northeastern Minnesota is looking to shed positive light on the reality, one visit at…

New Animal Ownership Rules in Superior

Previously banned animals like small goats and small pigs will now be allowed

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior City Council voted unanimously to change their animal ownership rules. It is now legal to own more than three dogs or more than three cats. In addition, it’s now legal to own some animals that were previously banned like small goats and small pigs. To qualify for the new ownership rules, residents will have to…

Nemadji Golf Course to be Managed by KemperSports

Mark Carlson has managed the course for 44 years, will continue to manage it through end of 2019

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Public golf courses are struggling. Duluth recently announced they will be selling nine holes of the Lester Park Golf Course for a private housing development. Now, a big change is coming to Nemadji Golf Course in Superior. The city council voted to move on from longtime golf course manager and instead have company KemperSports manage the public…

Duluth Projects Still in the Mix for State Funding

Local projects include Essentia expansion, sales tax increase for road improvements

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota legislature is expected to hold a special session soon that could pump a lot of state money into Duluth. The Verso Paper Mill is asking the state for a million dollar loan so it can do some upgrades. Essentia health hopes to receive $184 million from the state for its medical district plans. And, the…

New Nutrition Store Headed for Superior

Third location planned for Poplar within the next year.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Impact Nutrition in Superior is expanding its business. They’re going to open up a second location where subway used to be on Belknap Street. The owner says the demand for nutritional options in the Twin Ports is rapidly growing. The original store on Tower Avenue is only about 400 square feet. The owner says she’s excited…

Flooding Continues to be a Concern in Northern Wisconsin

More rain in the forecast for Bayfield County. It could mean more flooding for the area.

BAYFIELD COUNTY, Wis. – Flooding from Pigeon Lake has been a concern for quite some time. Residents say they are hoping for a permanent solution. Recent rain fall in Bayfield County has caused the lake to rise. With nowhere to go, water overflows on to the main county highway between Barnes and Drummond. We talked to a Barnes resident who…

Two Arrested Following Drug Bust in Hibbing

HIBBING, Minn. – Two individuals were arrested Monday following a drug bust by the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force. A search warrant was executed by the Task Force, Hibbing Police Department and St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office at 121 18th Street East in Hibbing. Law enforcement recovered seven pounds of methamphetamine, heroin, mushrooms, marijuana and $10,840 at…

Education Advocates, Business Group Expect Funding Increase

Evers Proposed $1.4 Billion Increase

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Advocates for K-12 schools and the University of Wisconsin System say they think Republicans will want to spend more money on education, but they don’t anticipate it will be as much as Democratic Gov. Tony Evers proposed. Education advocates and the lobbyist for the state chamber of commerce spoke Tuesday at an event organized by the…

States sue Over Rule Allowing Clinicians to Refuse Abortions

NEW YORK (AP) – Nearly two dozen states and municipalities are suing the federal government to stop a new rule letting health care clinicians object to providing abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court asks a judge to block a rule by the Department of Health and…

Vault Apps: Why Every Parent Should be on the Lookout

Vault Apps are known as a Decoy to Hide Photos, Videos, Messages and More

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to parents protecting children on mobile devices and social media, it can be tricky to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and tricks. Tech expert and V.P. of Strategy & Operations, Christopher Mohs, stopped by FOX 21 Local News with tips for Northland parents. Mohs says so-called “Vault Apps” are skyrocketing in popularity with…

Body Found in Vehicle Submerged in Lake Winnebago

An Autopsy is Being Conducted

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – Oshkosh police say a body has been recovered from a vehicle submerged in Lake Winnebago. Police say they were notified Monday that there was damage to the railing at the Bowen Street fishing dock, indicating a vehicle may have plunged into the lake. Oshkosh Fire Department divers did an initial search, but didn’t find anything. The…

Apparent Drowning in Leech Lake Investigated

The Woman has not Been Identified

WALKER, Minn. (AP) – Cass County sheriff officials are investigating an apparent drowning in Leech Lake. Sheriff Tom Burch says deputies were called to Woodland Resort on the lake’s Kabekona Bay in Shingobee Township Monday afternoon. An adult female was found unresponsive in the water near a dock. Individuals at the scene began CPR until first responders arrived, but the…

Midday Update 5-21-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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Bong Center to Host Event Honoring Memorial Day

The Event is Happening Saturday, May 25 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Staff and volunteers at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center invite the community to honor Memorial Day with them Saturday, May 25 starting at 11:00 a.m. The Center will host a free BBQ for families, with food provided by Blackwood’s. The idea for a Memorial Day community BBQ began in 2018. Staff anticipated 300 people to…

Women’s Clothing Chain Dressbarn to Close All its 650 Stores

The Miller Hill Mall in Duluth does have a Roz & Ali store, which is owned by the Dressbarn group. That store would be part of the closure process.

DULUTH, Minn.-Dressbarn, the women’s clothing chain that’s been around for nearly 60 years, is closing all 650 of its stores. The company’s chief financial officer, Steven Taylor, said Dressbarn has not been operating at an “acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment.” Its owner, Ascena Retail Group Inc., says it wants to focus on its more profitable brands. Ascena…

Seafarers Experience a Ministry of Hospitality for 50 Years in the Twin Ports

NORTHLAND UNCOVERED: The Ministry of Seafarers

DULUTH, Minn. – When ships come to the Twin Ports those on board are usually far from home, their families, things that are familiar to them. The Twin Ports is one of the farthest Western points ships can travel on the great lakes. Crew members facing tough conditions for months at a time. “Probably the shortest amount of time that…

Morning Update 5-21-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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Minnesota Legislature Wraps Regular Session, but OT Awaits

An Overall Budget Agreement was Struck Sunday Evening

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Legislature is headed into overtime. Legislators adjourned their regular session at midnight, but so much work remains that they’ll need to come back in special session in the days ahead. It’s just not clear when. Gov. Tim Walz and leaders of the House and Senate struck and overall budget agreement Sunday evening, but…

NAMI Holds Fundraiser at Superior Culver’s

Fundraiser raised money for programming.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Douglas County chapter of NAMI, also known as the National Alliance on Mental Illness held a fundraiser at a local fast food chain on Monday. The Culver’s on Second Street in Superior donated a portion of today’s profits to NAMI. Plenty of people came out to support, including law enforcement, local officials, and members of the community. Organizers…

Ice Cream with a K-9 at Superior Dairy Queen

Northland K-9 Foundation hosted fundraiser.

SUPERIOR, Wis- It was a great day to go out and grab some ice cream while hanging out with Superior’s finest four-legged law enforcement: a K-9 from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The Northland K-9 Foundation hosted its Spirit Night Fundraiser at the Dairy Queen on Tower Avenue. There you could meet Deputy Cory Fossum and his K-9 Raptor, and…

Always Fresh, Never Frozen Meals with Individual Nutrition

KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBORS: Individual Nutrition LLC

DULUTH, Minn.- Sometimes everyday tasks like cooking are hard to keep up with when you have other responsibilities like a job or a family. Katie Dague and Tracy Rosas are like a lot of us: active, jobs, families- enough going on to keep them from finding time to make healthy meals. “With kids it was so hard to eat healthy, and we…

New Cooper Elementary School Building Ready for New School Year

A year after the fire and explosion, the new building prepares to open.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A year after a fire halted the opening of a new Cooper Elementary School Building in Superior, the school is complete, and ready for the first classes to attend next Fall. According to the Superintendent of Superior School District, teachers will begin moving into the new building as early as June to set up their rooms and offices….

5th Street Malt Shoppe Now Open in Two Harbors

Malt and ice cream shop at the location of the former 5th Street Tacos

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – There’s a new place to get ice cream and malts in Two Harbors. 5th Street Malt Shoppe is now open at the former location of 5th Street Tacos on Highway 61. It has the same owner as the former taco business. The crew tell us they think ice cream will be a better fit, serving everything…

Lake Breeze Motel and Resort Sold

New owners keeping hometown feel while upgrading for the future

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Breeze Motel and Resort, on the shores of Lake Superior just north of Duluth, has been sold. Brad and Kimberly Baerg have dreamed of owning a Northern Minnesota Resort for more than ten years. Since last Wednesday, the family has called the Lake Breeze Motel and Resort home. “We wanted to look at trying to…