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Potholes in Duluth: What to Know

How are Duluth city leaders trying to fix them during a winter where the weather pattern has been ideal for pothole development?

DULUTH, Minn. – Potholes are scattered on roads all over the Northland, creating problems for drivers. Duluth city leaders are trying to fix them during a winter where the weather pattern has been ideal for pothole development. Due to its unique hilly terrain and the wide temperature variations this winter, more and more potholes are popping up around the city….

Former Kemps Dairy Plant Sold To Grand Forks Developer

Northridge Accomodations, LLC has seven hotels in the midwest including one in Rochester.

DULUTH, Minn. – A Grand Forks developer is looking to expand into Duluth’s up-and-coming Lincoln Park neighborhood. Northridge Accomodations, LLC recently purchased the former Kemps dairy processing plant on West First Street for $450,000, with hopes of continuing the growth of Lincoln Park. The company is known for building hotels in the midwest. The word around town is Northridge is…

Chris Jensen Rehab Center Hosts Career Fair To Attract New Employees

Chris Jensen hosts an onsite job fair every fourth Tuesday of the month.

DULUTH, Minn. – As more and more medical jobs are popping up in the region one local facility hosted a job fair to attract new employees. The Chris Jensen Rehabilitation Center in Duluth is looking to fill multiple positions such as Nursing Assistants and Culinary Aides. The center hosted walk-in interviews during the event and some qualified applicants received same-day…

Duluth Police Welcomes Residents To Join Citizen Police Academy

The Citizen Police Academy begins on March 11 and runs through May 27th.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is looking for citizens interested in learning more about police operations and how they serve the community. Duluth Police has opened registration for residents to join their Citizens Police Academy. Participants will take part in classroom instruction discussing a variety of topics over the nearly 12-week program. They are shown K-9 demonstrations and…

Students Celebrate Superhero Day

Stella Maris Academy, along with the other Northland catholic schools, are celebrating National Catholic Schools week.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…superhero day! Stella Maris Academy, along with the other Northland catholic schools, are celebrating National Catholic Schools week with multiple events happening all this week. Today’s event featured students dressed up as their favorite super heroes to celebrate those who do good in the community. “There are superheroes all around us,…

3M To Cut 1,500 Jobs as Part of Restructuring

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota-based 3M announced Tuesday it is eliminating approximately 1,500 jobs in what the company says is the next step in its “transformation journey.” The company said it is restructuring as it moves to a new global operating model and streamlined organizational structure. According to a news release, 3M took a pre-tax restructuring charge of $134…

Pence Touts School Choice in Liberal Capital of Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence touted alternatives to a public school education during a visit to the state where the private school voucher program began. His stop Tuesday in battleground Wisconsin was part of a celebration of national school choice week. Pence and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos were both drowned out briefly by chants of “shame”…

Midday Update 1-28-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Local News

Officer Shot in the Head Undergoes Reconstructive Surgery

The 32-Year-Old Waseca Officer was Shot in the Head Jan. 6

WASECA, Minn. – The southern Minnesota police officer gravely wounded in a shooting has undergone reconstructive surgery for broken bones in his face and skull. A family post on Arik Matson’s CaringBridge web page says the surgery Monday at North Memorial Health Hospital left him dealing with some pain and swelling but otherwise went well. The 32-year-old Waseca officer was…

Cold Front February Moves to Bayfront Festival Park This Year

The Festival is Taking Place Saturday, February 1, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – Warmer, spring-like temperatures are headed toward the Northland this weekend, but that’s not stopping the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department from hosting the third annual Cold Front February at Bayfront Festival Park. The event is changing venues this year. It was previously held in Canal Park, but organizers wanted to utilize Bayfront this year. “It’s…

Minnesota Lawmakers Worry Local Sales Taxes Would be Unfair

Local Officials Have Until Friday to Submit Proposals for 2020

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota cities are imposing local sales taxes more than ever before, and state lawmakers are concerned it could give communities with more retailers an unfair advantage. Legislators allowed 18 cities in 2019 to add or extend a sales tax and 14 in 2017, which is a dramatic jump from previous years when the state signed off on fewer…

Trump Team Brushes Past Bolton, Attacks Impeachment Case

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s legal team is raising a broad-based attack on the impeachment case against him even as it mostly brushes past allegations in a new book that could undercut a key defense argument at the Senate trial. Former national security adviser John Bolton writes in a manuscript that Trump wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine…

Morning Update 1-28-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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Elections Commission: Fennessey To Be On Primary Ballot Despite Foster Campaign’s Complaints

Brent Fennessey | Amanda Foster SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin Elections Commission made a conclusion Monday that Incumbent Superior City Councilor Brent Fennessey will be on the February primary ballot despite formal complaints from candidate Amanda Foster’s campaign. The Foster campaign said Fennessey didn’t have enough valid signatures to be on the ballot because he didn’t sign one of his nomination…

City Council Votes to Give Forgivable Loan to Help Save Duluth Paper Mill

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth City Council unanimously voted to help keep the Verso Corporation’s paper mill in the city afloat amid its financial troubles. With demand for paper products dropping, the Verso Corporation’s paper mill is edging toward an uncertain future. Verso wants to convert its recycle mill so it can take scrap packaging and turn it into pulp…

Giving Life to Old Stuff by Recycling, Repurposing and Restyling

Showing how to use old fabric items to make something new.

DULUTH, Minn.- If your New Year’s Resolution involved using more of the stuff you have lying around, you could try using the items to make something new. On Monday Mt. Royal Library hosted a “Recycle, Repurpose, and Restyle” class. Presenter Mary Mulari showcased different projects she’s crafted out of old fabric items. For example, doilies can become table runners, and…

Lake Superior Zoo First in State to Be Sensory Inclusive

Zoo received certification, and sensory bags to help special needs children.

DULUTH, Minn.- Those with sensory needs can now enjoy all the sights and sounds of Lake Superior Zoo, without being overwhelmed by the senses. The Zoo is now the first zoo in Minnesota to be certified sensory inclusive. KultureCity certifies more than 350 locations across the nation as sensory inclusive, to help children with special needs who may be sensitive…

Duluth School District Asks for Public’s Help in Finding New Superintendent

Focus group meeting held to build a leadership profile for the position.

DULUTH, Minn.- The public was invited to meet with the consulting firm searching for Duluth Schools’ new Superintendent Monday night, to discuss what kind of person they want to see fill the position. The focus group aimed to develop a leadership profile describing district strengths, challenges, and goals along with the characteristics, abilities, and experiences they want in a new…

Duluth Man Pleads Guilty to Stabbing Wife to Death in Front of Daughter

Ryan Jazdzewski could spend nearly 37 years in prison.

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluth man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his wife in front of their younger daughter back in June. Now 40-year-old Ryan Jazdzewski could face a prison term of nearly 37 years, a longer sentence than presumed under Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines. According to the criminal complaint, Jazdzewski’s 41-year-old wife Nicole had asked for a divorce. The two…

A New Medical Center Specializing in Regenerative Medicine Opens In Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – A new medical center has opened in Duluth. Novus Health Solutions is Duluth’s first regenerative medical center aiming to provide alternatives to how people receive healthcare. Regenerative medicine is a brand new approach used to help the body repair itself. With the use of this type of medicine, this new medical facility may give people the chance…

Fans Are On The Hunt For Kobe Bryant Jerseys and Memorabilia

"People are just shocked. It's shocking, " said Store Manager Burt Crow.

DULUTH, Minn. – After the tragic loss of the iconic NBA star Kobe Bryant, fans have been on the hunt for jerseys and memorabilia. Staff at Pro Image Sports Shop in Miller Hill Mall say after the news broke, fans were stopping into the store looking for anything Kobe. The store had already sold out of its stock of Kobe’s…

Diversity Training at Proctor High School

The program was aimed at teaching staff at Proctor schools more about how to work with a diverse student population.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Equity and diversity took center stage today during a unique conference in Proctor. The program was aimed at teaching staff at Proctor schools more about how to work with a diverse student population, including the impact poverty can have on students. “Understanding how our experience affects our perceptions and then being open to others, so when we’re…

Crane Arrives for Essentia Health’s Vision Northland Project

The first of three cranes arrived for the construction project.

DULUTH, Minn. – The first of three cranes have arrived for Essentia Health’s Vision Northland project. We talked with some local businesses near the site, and they say it has had little impact. “We do know that there’s a crane there,” said Tami Tanksi Sherman, Mall Manager of Fitger’s. “We do know that parking from our parking lot, we are…

Coronavirus: What Should Duluthians Expect?

Lab tests have come back negative for two suspected Coronavirus cases in Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – Lab tests have come back negative for two suspected Coronavirus cases in Minnesota. But what exactly is the Coronavirus and what should you know about it? In recent weeks, the Coronavirus has moved from China to the U.S. Most of the nearly 3,000 people who have contracted the virus live in China, but more than 100 people…

Suspect Pleads Guilty After Driving Through Kettle River, Killing Passenger

PINE COUNTY, Minn.-A Willow River man has pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide, after driving through a river in September while high on meth, which lead to one of his passengers being killed. According to court records, 43-year-old Preston Prokasky told authorities he thought he could make it across the river in his 2004 Ford Escape because he didn’t think…

Fond du Lac Band Introduces Land Use Policy

FOND DU LAC RESERVATION, Minn.-The Fond du Lac Band has announced a new policy governing hunting and access to its Band lands. Over the upcoming months, the Band will post signs that read “No Trespassing – Fond du Lac Permit Required.” Those signs will also provide more information on how to obtain a land-use permit. As part of this, the…

Superior Sister City Commission Hosting Free Japanese New Year Celebration

Shinnenkai 2020 is Happening Monday, January 27 at Christ Lutheran Church in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Japanese New Year will be front and center at Christ Lutheran Church in Superior on Monday, January 27. Superior Sister City Commission is hosting the annual Japanese New Year’s Celebration. The event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. and will run though 8:00 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. Participants will enjoy foods, activities, origami, Kimono…

Trailfitters Hosting Warm Winter Clothing Drive

The Share the Love Clothing Drive will Benefit the Damiano Center in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Trailfitters, located in the Fitger’s Complex, is hosting their third annual clothing drive for the Damiano Center, running now through January 31st. The Damiano Center is in need of winter clothing to be distributed in their Free Store as demand ramps up with colder weather. The top needs include socks, jackets, boots, men’s clothing, gloves, and mittens….

Test Results Negative for Two Suspected Coronavirus Cases in Minnesota

(FOX 9) – The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed Monday the laboratory results for the suspected cases of the new coronavirus in the state came back negative for the illness. On Friday, state health officials said they were evaluating two people in Minnesota for possible coronavirus. MDH sent samples from both patients to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing. The results…

Midday Update 1-27-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, January 27, 2020

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Duluth Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Wife

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man charged with fatally stabbing his wife in June has pleaded guilty to murder. According to court records, 40-year-old Ryan Jazdzewski pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Monday morning. Jazdzewski is accused of stabbing his wife, Nicole, to death in their Chester Park home after she asked him for a divorce. According to the criminal…

Democrats Demand Bolton Testify at Trump’s Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats have new fuel in their pursuit of sworn testimony at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. A draft of a book from former national security adviser John Bolton appears to undercut a key defense argument that the president never tied withholding of aid to Ukraine to a demand the country investigate political rival, Joe Biden. Bolton writes…

Morning Update 1-27-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, January 27, 2020

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Beargrease Broadcast Internationally for First Time

Over 100 countries can view the race this year.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Beargrease is making history this year, as it is the first year the race is being broadcast internationally. This year the race will be seen in over 100 countries. Mushers on the North Shore trail are competing with mushers in Norway, Russia, and the Iditarod not only with racing, but by the health of their dogs as…

Beargrease Vets on Alert with Warm Temperatures

Dogs more prone to overheating, dehydration in the heat.

DULUTH, Minn.- All the dogs taking mushers along the Beargrease trail, which is softer than usual due to warmer weather, calls for a big team of trained veterinarians. 11 vets and 7 veterinary technicians are stationed at each checkpoint, along with one EMT to check on the human mushers. Vets say while they’re there for medical attention, mushers are usually…

Dogs, Spectators Energetic at Beargrease Starting Line

Mushers prepare for a longer and softer trail, thanks to unseasonably warm temperatures.

DULUTH, Minn.- The excitement was in the air at the starting line of the 40th Annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. “These dogs were meant to run, they were born to run, they’re trained to run,” said Race Spokesperson Monica Hendrickson, the yip of excited race dogs behind her. The dogs’ howls light a flame in everyone’s hearts. “Everything about…

67th Annual United Northern Sportsmen Ice Fishing Tournament Draws Hundreds

The day is a fundraiser for the United Northern Sportsmen Club which regularly helps kids go camping and learn how to enjoy the outdoors.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 67th annual United Northern Sportsmen Ice Fishing Tournament was held at Island Lake and drew nearly 500 anglers. They were all out hoping to reel in the biggest catch of the year. The day is a fundraiser for the United Northern Sportsmen Club (UNS) which regularly helps kids go camping and learn how to enjoy the…

Remembering Grand Rapids Squirt Hockey Player Marshall Bader

Thousands filled the IRA Civic Center wearing their jerseys to remember a little boy who was crazy about hockey.

DULUTH, Minn. – On January 19, 2020, Marshall Bader, a nine-year-old from Boy River, Minnesota, died in a farming accident. He was a student in the Grand Rapids school system and an avid hockey player. The Friday after Marshall’s passing, his team played their first game since his tragedy. Thousands filled the IRA Civic Center wearing their jerseys to remember…

Stabbing In Two Harbors Sends One Person to Hospital With Non-life Threatening Injuries

TWO HARBORS, Minn. — One person was brought to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a stabbing in Two Harbors on Sunday afternoon, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The Two Harbors Police Department responded to the scene shortly before 2:30 p.m. The two people involved know each other and the public isn’t in danger. The Two Harbors…

Kobe Bryant, daughter perish in copter crash, 7 others dead

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on a remote, steep hillside in Southern California on Sunday, his sudden death at age 41 touching off an outpouring of grief for a star whose celebrity transcended basketball. The chopper went down in Calabasas, about 30 miles (48 kilometers)…

County Commissioner Patrick Boyle Announces Run for Reelection

Boyle has served as County Commissioner for the past 6 years.

DULUTH, Minn.- County Commissioner Patrick Boyle announced his campaign for re-election to the St. Louis County Board Sunday. “It’s been an honor to represent the citizens of eastern Duluth…I will be asking again for their vote this fall,” Boyle said in a press release. Boyle has served as Commissioner for the past 6 years, with the last year as chair….

Fourth Annual Lake Superior Ice Festival Kicks Off

Locals jumped into the festivities.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The fourth annual Lake Superior Ice Festival kicked off in Superior and locals jumped into the festivities. The weather was quite warm in comparison to last year’s event. Families enjoyed both indoor and outdoor activities. Activities included sledding, ice racing and ice sculptures, including one of a baby Yoda. Ice racers revved up their engines as they…

Pattison State Park Celebrates 100 Years

The day include snowshoe racing, sledding, and even a candlelight ski trail.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – Pattison State Park celebrated its 100th birthday in January, and Saturday they held their winter festival encouraging families to come out and enjoy the park. The day includd snowshoe racing, sledding, and even a candlelight ski trail. Kids and their families made the most of the park and even got a chance to do crafts and…

Annual Cutest Puppy Contest Returns Ahead of Beargrease

At the end of the day a Great Dane named Moose won out as the cutest puppy of them all, however, they are all very good dogs.

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly 40 puppies and their owners came together at Fitgers to pick the cutest puppy ahead of the Beargrease starting tomorrow. The contest has been going on since the 1980s. The dogs ranged in all sizes, shapes, and amounts of fluffiness. Voters could walk down the hallway and pick which dog was their favorite and then vote…

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Kicks Off Sunday Morning

Pre-race festivities kicked off Saturday with vet checks, a musher meeting, silent auction, and bib draw all to prepare for the coming tough days ahead of racing.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2020 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is set to begin Sunday morning at Billy’s Bar. Pre-race festivities kicked off Saturday with vet checks, a musher meeting, silent auction, and bib draw all to prepare for the coming tough days ahead of racing. The biggest difference this year is it is more than 30 degrees warmer this…