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Minnesota Officials Urge Shots as Delta Variant Surges

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)-Minnesota health officials are warning that the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus now accounts for more than 75% of the state’s new COVID-19 cases. And they say it’s a serious threat to unvaccinated people as the state’s case numbers head back up. Kris Ehresmann, the state’s infectious disease director, says the delta variant has gone from causing…

Worker Injured at Husky Refinery in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis.-A worker was injured earlier today at Husky Refinery rebuild project in Superior. A representative from the Superior Fire Department said it happened over the noon hour as that department, along with an ambulance, responded to the scene. The worker was taken by ambulance to a local medical facility, according to the fire department. A spokesperson from Husky said…

Evers Calls Special Session While GOP Eyes Veto Override

MADISON, Wis. (AP)-Gov. Tony Evers is calling the Republican-controlled Legislature into a special session to increase funding for public schools and higher education on the same day the Assembly plans to vote on a veto override. The override of a bill ending a $300 weekly unemployment payment was almost certain to fail because there aren’t enough Republicans to vote for…

Gov. Walz Celebrates Minnesota Becoming a Clean Cars State

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan are celebrating clean car standards taking effect in Minnesota today. “The new standards, finalized by a notice in the state register today, reduce carbon emissions, create good-paying jobs, boost Minnesota’s manufacturing industry, and increase the choices Minnesotans have in purchasing cars,” the governor’s office said in a prepared statement. Minnesota…

Midday Update 7-26-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, July 26, 2021

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, July 26, 2021. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, midday update, News, weather

e-Bike Duluth Offers Effortless Entertainment

e-Bike Duluth Opened This Summer, Offering a Relaxing Way to Sightsee the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Active Adventures, Meteorologist Ken Slama takes an e-bike for a spin down on the Lakewalk to Canal Park with e-Bike Duluth. An e-bike is a great way to explore Duluth while not wearing yourself out pedaling uphill to your favorite vantage points. Just let the built-in electric motor do most of the work. Click…

Large Grain Elevator Catches Fire in Southern Minnesota

Fire Crews Battled the Fire for Hours Sunday

CLINTON, Minn. (FOX 9) – Firefighters in western Minnesota have battled for hours to contain a large fire that erupted in a grain elevator. According to the Big Stone County Sheriff’s Office, crews were called around 10:45 a.m. on Sunday for smoke billowing from the Wheaton-Dumont elevator in Clinton, Minnesota — just east of the South Dakota border and a three-hour drive…

Registration Now Open for St. Louis River Alliance Canoe Trip

The Excursion is Taking Place Saturday, Aug. 7

DULUTH, Minn. – After being sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the St. Louis River Alliance (SLRA) is bringing back its annual canoe trip. The event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Paddlers will set sail from Woodstock Bay Landing in Superior. Participants are encouraged to register by Aug. 4 at 4…

‘Operation’ Being Conducted at Site of Recent Downtown Duluth Shootings

DULUTH, Minn.-Multiple agencies are conducting an “operation” on the 100 block of East Third Street, which is the same area where there was some recent shootings. The Duluth Police Department, DPD’s Tactical Response Team, the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, and St. Louis County’s Emergency Response Team are at the scene. The public is asked to stay…

Morning Update 7-26-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, July 26, 2021

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, July 26, 2021. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Ken Slama, Local News, morning update, News, weather

High Turnout for 2021 Head of the Lakes Fair

SUPERIOR, Wis.– The Head of the Lakes Fair returned to the Superior Fairgrounds this week in full force. Continuing the tradition that’s lasted for nearly a century. For the first time in two years, the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds came alive again as visitors packed the fair. Bringing in double the amount of people compared to last year, as…

Carlton Daze Gives Local Businesses a Much-Needed Boost

Aaron Hanson, owner of Third Base Bar, said he's seeing a 70% increase in sales from last year at this time.

CARLTON, Minn.- Parade-goers weren’t the only ones enjoying “the daze” in Carlton during the “Carlton Daze” celebration. Local businesses have been enjoying a resurgence of customers this summer, especially during the festivities. Aaron Hanson, owner of Third Base Bar, said he’s seeing a 70% increase in sales from last year at this time. “We haven’t seen this in years, decades…

Local Jeopardy Champion Leads Return of Carlton Daze Parade

2019 Jeopardy Tournament of Champions Winner Sam Kavanaugh led the 100 floats down Highway 210.

CARLTON, Minn.- As local celebrations make a comeback after 2020, the streets of Carlton filled for the return of this year’s Carlton Daze parade led by quite a smart cookie – a Jeopardy champion and town native. What is: hometown hero for 200? Cheers rained for 2019 Jeopardy tournament champion Sam Kavanaugh to lead the parade back down Highway 210…

Duluth Police Union Calls Lack Of Qualified Officer Candidates A ‘Crisis’

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s police union is calling the struggle to hire qualified officers a “crisis” for the police department and the city. In a post on Local 807’s Facebook page, the union said they recently were not able to fill all open police officer positions because there weren’t enough qualified candidates interested in working for the Duluth Police Department….

Authorities Identify Victims In Wisconsin Triple Homicide

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have identified the victims of a triple homicide in far western Wisconsin. The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office says the bodies of 24-year-old Peng Lor, 24-year-old Nemo Yang and 23-year-old Trevor Maloney were discovered shortly before 5 a.m. Friday by two workers of the Milestone Quarry. The quarry is located near West Salem, about…

Nearly 3 Dozen Athletes With Wisconsin Ties In Tokyo Games

Credit: Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Nearly three dozen athletes with ties to Wisconsin will be going for the gold as the Olympics get underway in Tokyo. The Badger State athletes will represent Team USA in competition that includes trap shooting, track and field, rowing and sailing. Alie Rusher, from West Bend, will be participating in the quadruple sculls…

Taste of Greece Back in Duluth with Greek Food, Culture

After not having an event in 2020, they say the amount of people excited show how the area misses the taste of Greek culture.

The smells and music of Greek culture once again moved through the neighborhood around Marshall School, as the Taste Of Greece Festival is back this weekend. Within the first two hours organizers say a few hundred came through for the thousands of gyros, kabobs, pastries and more prepared. A grab and go option was once again available outside, and inside…

40th Blueberry/Art Festival Canceled After Storms Rip Through Ely, Destroy Vendor Booths

Around 6 p.m. Friday evening, high winds snapped some trees and uprooted others which crashed down onto many tents and booths in Whiteside Park. There were no injuries reported. 

  ELY, Minn.- The 40th Blueberry Arts Festival in Ely was forced to cancel for the rest of the weekend Friday night, after severe thunderstorms with 60 to 70 mile per hour winds ripped through the town including the park where festivities were already set up. “There wouldn’t have been a whole lot of show left for people to see…

Bowfest Makes an Impactful Return to Mont du Lac

SUPERIOR, Wis.– Record breaking attendances led to a successful weekend at Bowfest, which is billed as the worlds largest 3D archery and live music festival with both pro and amateur archers on site, and live music performances. “It’s honestly a wonderful feeling to see all these people come together, they’re from all over, we have plenty of new guests come,…

Festival by the Lake Returns to Bayfront Park

DULUTH, Minn.– Saturday at Bayfront Festival Park, Festival by the Lake welcomed thousands of community members through its gates. This is the first un-restricted, big event of the year, for Lundeen Productions, after the event was canceled due to COVID last year. More than 100 vendors and tents set up to interact with the public and offer different pieces of…

Humane Society Presents Upcoming Events at Head of the Lakes Fair

SUPERIOR, Wis.– One vendor at the Head of the Lakes Fair is happy to have the opportunity to teach the public about animals. The Humane Society of Douglas County is set up in the livestock barn at the fair Wednesday through Saturday afternoons to talk to the public about animals, their health, and the current pets at the shelter. This…

Ely Blueberry Fest Canceled

ELY, Minn.– Ely’s Blueberry/Art Festival is canceled due to severe storm damage, after returning from an off year last year. Some images from the Festival on Friday night, taken by Ryan Tischer of Duluth’s Tischer Art Gallery who had a booth there, show the extent of the damage. A severe thunderstorm bringing 60 to 70 mile per hour winds blew…

Roundtable Talks Economic Recovery

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development or DEED, met with local community leaders to talk economic recovery for Northlanders post pandemic. The discussion covered legislative programs for employment development and initiatives towards child care assistance. DEED is looking to help people who lost their job due to COVID. “We just got through an unprecedented moment in…

New Direct Flights are Coming to Duluth International Airport

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth International Airport is announcing its new direct flight service from Duluth to Denver, Colorado, and the $750,000 grant supporting it. The $750,000 grant is being matched with $250,000 from the community along with other financial pledges. “So it’s important for us to have a wide portfolio of air service where it helps the economy grow and…

With School Supply Stockpile, CHUM Makes Plea for Food, Monetary Donations

Monetary Donations Made Before July 31 will be Matched Dollar for Dollar

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s hard to believe, but the return to school is just around the corner. This year, instead of doing a back-to-school drive, CHUM is looking for your help with feeding Northland families in need. With virtual learning taking place for much of last year, the organization has plenty of school supplies already in stock for this fall….

Duluth State Trooper Involved in Sandstone Crash

SANDSTONE, Minn. (FOX 9) – At least one person was injured in a crash involving a Minnesota State Patrol squad and a pickup truck on an Interstate 35 overpass in Sandstone late Friday morning. According to the State Patrol’s preliminary incident report, the trooper was driving east on Highway 23 and making a left turn onto the entrance ramp to northbound Interstate…

$200 Million Now Available to Help Loggers Hit Hard by Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Minnesota U.S. Senators Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar have announced $200 million is now available for logging and log hauling businesses that have been hurt by the pandemic. The funding was secured through the Loggers Relief Act, which Sen. Smith introduced with Sen. Collins (R-Maine) last year. According to a press release, timber harvesting and hauling businesses faced significant losses, and…

Labor Agreements Reached for Thousands of State of Minnesota Employees

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)-Thousands of state employees in Minnesota would get a raise and a new paid holiday if labor contract agreements are finalized. Minnesota’s two biggest state employee unions on Thursday reached agreements with negotiators from Gov. Tim Walz’s administration. The contracts cover most of the state’s workforce and are subject to ratification by union members and the Legislature….

Midday Update 7-23-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, July 23, 2021

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Cleveland’s Baseball Team Goes From Indians to Guardians

CLEVELAND (AP)-Known as the Indians since 1915, Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team will be called Guardians. The ballclub announced the name change on Twitter, ending months of internal discussions triggered by a national reckoning by institutions and teams to permanently drop logos and names considered racist. The choice of Guardians will undoubtedly be criticized by many of the club’s die-hard…

Morning Update 7-23-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, July 23, 2021

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Suspect Arrested for Burglary of Duluth Essentia Pharmacy

DULUTH, Minn.-A 32-year-old man has been arrested after being accused of burglarizing Essentia’s Third Street pharmacy in Duluth. Police accuse the suspect of being involved in a burglary that happened at 1:08 a.m., at a pharmacy inside Essentia Health’s Third Street Clinic on Friday, July 16. Police say the suspect broke an exterior glass window, made entry into the pharmacy,…

AICHO’s Indigenous Food, Art Market Saturday

DULUTH, Minn.– An Indigenous Food and Arts Market is coming back to Duluth’s Central Hillside community this Saturday. It’s put on by the American Indian Community Housing Organization, known as AICHO. The market offers a local and diverse variety of indigenous food, artwork and handmade goods. Organizers tell us about 500 people showed up in July. “I’m not sure there’s…

28th Taste of Greece Preparations Underway

DULUTH, Minn.– The Taste of Greece Festival makes its return to the Marshall School this Saturday and Sunday for its 28th year. This two-day, free festival, showcases Greek culture through music, dance, and delicious food, drinks, and pastries. After serving pre-packaged meals during the pandemic last year, being able to prepare food and serve close to three thousand people in-person…

Duluth Downtown Farmers Market Canceled for Rest of Season

DULUTH, Minn.– On Thursday morning, the Greater Downtown Council called off Duluth’s farmers market for the 2021 summer season. Some of the reasons include farmers having trouble growing produce from the drought, and not being able to staff both the farms and their stands. One member of the market says “it’s sad” to hear of the cancellation, as so many…

‘Pizza and Pistons’ Celebrated in Hermantown

HERMANTOWN, Minn.-Earlier today classic cars and pizza were celebrated in Hermantown during a unique event. The annual “Pizza and Pistons” at Do North Pizza in Hermantown features dozens of classic cars along with specials on pizzas. “A lot of it’s the cars, a lot of it’s the people,” said Do North Owner Bryan Gray. “These guys and women are all…

Diversity and Inclusion Workshop for Local Business Leaders

DULUTH, Minn.- Diversity and inclusion are important topics for workplaces. That’s why the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, Lake Superior College, and Visit Duluth teamed up for a diversity and inclusion workshop for local businesses. “Practical ways that we can combat racism in our workplaces, to make those places more welcoming to not just employees but to customers, consumers, patients,…

Planter’s Mr. Peanut Visits Northland

DULUTH, Minn.- A Planter’s Nut Mobile made a stop in Duluth today. Mr. Peanut came to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum to take photos with fans. Families also accompanied Mr. Peanut for a train ride along the North Shore Scenic Railroad. “It’s so incredible to travel with Mr. Peanut in the nut mobile because it is such a historic brand,”…

Gardening Season Is Surviving the Drought

DULUTH, Minn.- Although the Northland is in a drought, local gardens and garden suppliers are doing well this growing season. Business is picking up for Marshall Hardware in the garden supply department. The current dry conditions are bringing crowds of people in for sprinkler systems and water tanks. “A lot of people out and about doing outdoor projects right now,”…