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Election Judges Needed for Duluth and for St. Louis County

The pandemic has impacted many things during the past few months, including the election process, and with the Minnesota primary only about a month away, Duluth and St. Louis County are both dealing with a shortage of election judges.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The pandemic has impacted many things during the past few months, including the election process, and with the Minnesota primary only about a month away, Duluth and St. Louis County are both dealing with a shortage of election judges mainly because of concerns about potential COVID-19 exposure. Being a good listener and attending training. Those are…

Zeitgeist Cafe Gets Ready to Reopen

One local restaurant is opening up for the first time since the pandemic started.

DULUTH, Minn. – One local restaurant is opening up for the first time since the pandemic started. Zeitgeist Arts Cafe on East Superior Street, which is Duluth’s only nonprofit restaurant, will be opening for indoor and outdoor seating along with curbside pickup beginning Friday. All staff is required to wear masks while patrons are also encouraged to wear them. “We’re…

UMD to Host Virtual Career Fair

One local college is turning to online means to have a new kind of career fair.

DULUTH, Minn. – One local college is turning to online to have a new kind of career fair. UMD will be hosting three virtual fairs during this upcoming fall semester. Like the in-person fairs, there are no limits to how many people or employers can attend the virtual fairs. Some employers for these upcoming events include 3M, Cargill, and Northwestern…

William A. Irvin to Resume Onboard Tours for 2020 Season

DULUTH, Minn. – Officials with the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center announced Wednesday afternoon that the William A. Irvin will resume onboard tours on Friday. Station to station tours will continue every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through September. This marks the first time since 2017 that onboard tours have been conducted. Longtime Irvin Manager, Steve…

One Former Officer Charged in George Floyd Death Seeks Case Dismissal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for one of four Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd is asking to have his client’s case dismissed, saying there isn’t probable cause to charge him based on all of the evidence in the case and the law. In court filings made public Wednesday, Thomas Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, painted an…

Midday Update 7-8-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist William Seay for a local look at news and weather making headlines Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Local News, midday update, William Seay

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, July 8

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 39,589 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 8 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,485 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 692,970 tests have been completed to date. There are 34,902 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 4,272 patients have required hospitalization…

Enjoy the Outdoors This Summer With New Tech Gadgets

Verizon Wireless Showcases the Newest Tech to Help Enhance Your Outdoor Adventures

DULUTH, Minn. – Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many are turning to Mother Nature as a source of entertainment and relaxation. Bug mystery? Plant ID needed to check on rash first aid? Looking for hidden treasure? Your smartphone can help you do all this and more. If you’re finally headed out to enjoy the 12 weeks of summer sun, Verizon can…

Court: Some Employers can Refuse to Offer Free Birth Control

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has upheld Trump administration rules allowing some employers to refuse to provide free contraceptive coverage on religious grounds. The high court on Wednesday said the Trump administration acted properly when it allowed more employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt-out of covering birth control. The Obama-era health law said most employers…

Sex Offender to be Released in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Authorities in Superior say a sex offender will be released Friday, July 17, and plans to reside in the vicinity of the 1600 block of North 16th Street in Superior. According to police, Christopher Stevens, 32, pled no contact in Douglas County to five counts of possession of child pornography in 2018. Stevens is described as a…

Morning Update 7-8-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist William Seay for a local look at news and weather making headlines Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Local News, morning update, William Seay

Duluth Fire Department Extinguishes House Fire

Due to extensive water damage, the homeowners have been displaced

DULUTH, Minn. – Shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday night, the Duluth Fire Department received a call of flames coming through the roof of a home at 430 Nth 16th Ave E. When crews arrived, they met the homeowners outside of the residence. Damage is estimated at $40,000. Due to extensive water damage, the homeowners have been displaced. Following an investigation,…

University of Minnesota to Help International Students Comply With ICE Directive

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is reviewing its fall semester plans to make sure that international students aren’t forced to leave the country under new guidance from federal immigration authorities. The guidelines Monday from the U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement say international students must leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools plan to offer classes…

3 Great Lakes Ships Go Idle Amid Pandemic, Dozens of Jobs Lost in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly 100 shipping workers have been laid off in Duluth as the pandemic forces three Great Lakes ships to go idle for the rest of the season. According to the Star Tribune, the 94 employees out of a job are from Duluth-based Key Lakes. Some shipboard employees could return to work later this year. A company spokesperson…

Duluth Bars Extra Cautious as Gov. Walz Threatens Statewide Bar Shutdown

Bar owners in Duluth say a second closure could prove disastrous.

DULUTH, Minn.- As COVID-19 cases grow nationwide, many states are already turning back to restrictions on business. Now states like Minnesota may be considering the same, as Governor Tim Walz warns that mass gatherings without masks in bars will cause numbers to rise faster. “The bars right now are not safe,” said the Governor at a press conference last week,…

Fire Department Stays Busy on Fourth

The Duluth Fire Department was busy during this past July fourth.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department was busy during this past July fourth. There were six outside fire calls, along with 63 fireworks-related calls on the fourth. Leadership from the department says that although they were busy, it certainly wasn’t unexpected. “It’s the time of the year, there’s a lot of people at home, “said Jonathan Otis, the Duluth…

Covid-19 Cases Spike in St. Louis County

More than half of the 15 people that tested positive are under the age of 30.

DULUTH, Minn. – 15 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in St. Louis County. Officials are reporting this is the largest single-day increase, so far, in the county. St. Louis County officials say it is not surprising to see a jump in Covid-19 cases, but it is also not good news for a potential end to the pandemic. The…

Indoor Shooting Range at Custom Archery and Outdoors Gives Customers Early Practice

Custom Archery and Outdoors is a full pro and retail archery shop, selling a variety of products to help hunters hit the trails.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s been a busy summer already for Custom Archery and Outdoors. “We were down quite a bit, money wise but then once everything started opening back up, boom we were right back at it, we were super busy, this is probably the busiest June we’ve ever had,” owner of Custom Archery and Outdoors Randy Graber said. Custom…

DLH Airport Sets Safety Plan As Passenger Numbers Go Up

DULUTH, Minn. – More people are choosing to fly this summer as the pandemic continues. Officials from the Duluth International Airport say the number of passengers traveling through is on the rise. Due to the increase in passengers, the airport is now implementing a plan to protect everyone. That plan includes requiring all employees to wear masks and the continuous…

Chester Bowl Summer Camp Opens

DULUTH, Minn. – Chester Bowl welcomed nearly fifty kids back to summer camp this week. With the Covid-19 crisis continuing to create health concerns, this year’s summer camp program looks a little different. Campers are split up into three groups to minimize the risk of spreading the virus throughout the entire camp. When indoors everyone is required to wear masks….

City of Duluth, St. Louis County to Consider $2 Million in Tax Abatements for Proposed Costco Store

DULUTH, Minn. – Costco may move forward with a new store in Duluth if the retailer gets tax abatement money from local government. This news comes after the international chain had ended a previous agreement to build a store at the same site because of high project bids. The site, located at the intersection of West Arrowhead Road and Haines Road,…

North Shore SUP Holds Kids Paddle Club

The two hour event takes kids on a guided trip around Barkers Island on stand up paddleboards.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – North Shore Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) held its kid SUP club on Tuesday afternoon, giving kids the chance to explore Lake Superior. The two hour event takes kids on a guided trip around Barkers Island on stand up paddleboards. North Shore SUP hopes the club introduces kids to the sport and teaches them different skills while getting…

‘At Sara’s Table’ Among Duluth Businesses Requiring Customers to Wear Masks

Duluth City Council expected to take up mask ordinance on July 13th

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council is expected to vote on requiring masks in some indoor public places on July 13th, but some local businesses have required mask-wearing for weeks. At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe tells us many customers have been happy with the restaurant’s mask requirement, but it has upset some. Staff say the cafe-goers do not…

Animal Allies Girls Power Summer Camp Kicks Off

The ongoing pandemic is making it much harder than usual to host summer camps for young people, but many Northland camps are still moving forward by taking plenty of COVID-19 precautions.

DULUTH, Minn. – The ongoing pandemic is making it much harder than usual to host summer camps for young people, but many Northland camps are still moving forward by taking plenty of COVID-19 precautions. It’s being run a bit differently than usual, but the Animal Allies Girl Power Camp is underway, and campers are excited to get started. “Probably getting…

Blue Arrow Boutique Getting Ready to Reopen

One local shop is planning to open after being temporarily closed for the past few months due to the pandemic.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – One local shop is planning to open after being temporarily closed for the past few months due to the pandemic. Ownership from Blue Arrow Boutique in Superior, which specializes in women’s clothing, say they would have opened sooner, but were having trouble getting enough inventory while figuring out a plan to keep customers safe. “We’re pumped but…

Duluth Police: Suspect Arrested in Connection to Tuesday Hit-and-Run Incident

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say they have located and arrested a suspect in connection to a Tuesday hit-and-run incident. Authorities say police were dispatched to the 200 Block of West 4th Street around 11:17 a.m. on reports of an assault. While responding to the call police learned that one…

Trump Says he Will Pressure States to Reopen Schools in Fall

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP) – President Donald Trump says he will pressure governors to reopen schools and colleges this fall, arguing that some want to keep schools closed for political reasons against the will of families. Trump said he is “very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools.” Trump did not immediately explain…

US Notifies UN of Withdrawal From World Health Organization Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, although the pullout won’t take effect until next year, meaning it could be rescinded under a new administration or if circumstances change. The withdrawal notification makes good on President Donald Trump’s vow in late May to terminate U.S. participation in…

DECC to Hold First Event Since March

DULUTH, Minn. –  The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center announced on Tuesday that it will have its first event since March due to COVID-19 concerns. The Ovation Dance Challenge event will be a live-streamed dance competition from Symphony Hall July 10-11. “This is exciting news as it is the first event to take place since Manions held its Wholesale Spring Buying…

Minnesota Headed for Another Special Session Next Week

(AP Photo/Steve Karnowski) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is prepared to call Minnesota lawmakers into a special session that would begin Monday. The session is triggered by an extension of the peacetime authority that Walz has used to manage the coronavirus in Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. The first special session this summer came soon after the…

Level 3 Predatory Offender to be Released in Duluth

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Authorities say a level 3 predatory offender will be released on Monday and plans to reside in the vicinity of Mesaba Avenue and West 1st Street in Duluth. According to police, David Michael Schmidt, 46, has a history of possessing child pornography and has also engaged in…

City: Infrastructure Improvements Needed at Proposed Duluth Costco Site to Continue Project

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth says public infrastructure improvements are needed at the proposed site for the Costco Wholesale development project for the project to move forward. According to recent documents submitted to the St. Louis County Board, the City of Duluth has “requested to establish a public hearing for input on proposed tax abatement financing for the…

Wisconsin Won’t Name Businesses with Multiple COVID-19 Cases

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is retreating from its original plans to name businesses and other places where there have been at least two confirmed coronavirus cases after business groups and Republican lawmakers opposed the idea. The department told local health officials in a call that it initially planned to start naming the businesses on…

Midday Update 7-7-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist William Seay for a local look at news and weather making headlines Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Local News, midday update, William Seay

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, July 7

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 39,133 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 3 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,477 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 685,247 tests have been completed to date. There are 34,377 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 4,252 patients have required hospitalization…

Monetary Donations Matched to Feed Hungry in Duluth Throughout July

Monetary Donations Can Be Made in Person or By Mail at the Duluth Salvation Army, 215 South 27th Avenue West

DULUTH, Minn. – Monetary donations to the Duluth Salvation Army will go much further throughout the month of July thanks to a generous partnership. Thanks to a match of up to $5,000 from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless, the more you donate this month, the bigger impact you’ll have on those facing hunger in the community. “There…

New Rules: Foreign Students Must Leave US if Classes go Online

(AP) – New federal guidelines say international students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall. The guidelines provide additional pressure for campuses to reopen even amid growing concerns about the recent spread of COVID-19 among young adults. President Donald Trump has insisted that schools and universities…

Morning Update 7-7-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist William Seay for a local look at news and weather making headlines Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Local News, morning update, William Seay

Sailboat Heavily Damaged in Fire at Duluth Marina

DULUTH, Minn. – A sailboat caught fire in a Duluth marina Monday afternoon causing an estimated $40,000 damage, according to the Duluth Fire Department. The incident happened around 4:15 p.m. Monday at the Harbor Cove Marina. Fire crews arriving first on the scene found a 40-foot sailboat tied to the dock with heavy smoke and flames coming from the boat….

Minnesota Department of Health Reports Multiple Days of Single-Digit Deaths From COVID-19

ST. PAUL, Minn.– Minnesota health experts gave an update Monday on COVID-19 in the state. They also included information on the state seeing lower death numbers in recent weeks. Minnesota has seen single digit deaths in 13 of the last 15 days. Health officials attribute this to new treatment options, a higher number of young people getting COVID-19 who recover,…

Red Cross Hosts Blood Drive at Kenwood Lutheran Church

With elective surgeries being allowed again, the Red Cross is asking for those that are healthy to donate blood.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the need for blood continues, more blood drives are popping up around the Northland. On Monday, the Red Cross hosted a blood drive at the Kenwood Lutheran Church. The Red Cross has put multiple safety measures in place like taking donors’ temperatures when they arrive, spacing donors out, only taking appointments and requiring masks. They will…

New Drinks at Duluth Grill

One local restaurant is sprucing up its cocktail menu with some fun takes on brunch.

DULUTH, Minn. – One local restaurant is sprucing up its cocktail menu with some fun takes on brunch. The Duluth Grill is featuring four new Bloody Marys. One favorite is the Bacon Bloody, which features Lakehouse Vodka made in Waconia with candied bacon and a celery stalk. Management says they want to make unique additions to the menu that are…

Tourism Takes Hit During Holiday Weekend

While Canal Park was still busy over the holiday weekend, the Maritime Visitor Center says it saw a couple of thousand fewer people stop by on the fourth.

DULUTH, Minn. – While Canal Park was still busy over the holiday weekend, the maritime visitor center says it saw a couple of thousand fewer people stop by on the fourth. The visitor center had about 1,000 people stop by its booth over the holiday weekend. But last year when the museum building was open, the visitor booth estimated between…