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Walz Activates 400 National Guard Members To Help Staff Nursing Homes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Gov. Tim Walz announced Monday he is activating the Minnesota National Guard to form skilled nursing “response teams” that will provide support to long-term care facilities experiencing staffing shortages amid the state’s COVID-19 surge. Over the next week, 400 National Guard members will start training as certified nursing assistants and temporary nursing aides over…

Harris To Announce $1.5B Investment in Health Care Workforce

WASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Kamala Harris will announce the Biden administration is investing $1.5 billion from the coronavirus aid package to address the health care worker shortage in underserved communities. The funding being announced Monday will go to the National Health Service Corps, Nurse Corps, and Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery programs. They’re all federal programs that offer…

Morning Update 11-22-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, November 22, 2021

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St. Luke’s Updates Visitor Policy Due to Increasing Positive COVID Rates

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s has updated its visitor policy citing growing COVID-19 cases in the community and rising test positivity rates. Changes to the policy went into effect Saturday. Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 will not be allowed visitors until the patient is no longer contagious. Exceptions include one adult support person during labor and delivery, two parents…

SUV Driver in Wisconsin Parade Crash May Have Been Fleeing a Crime

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – A person taken into custody after an SUV plowed into a crowd of holiday parade marchers in Wisconsin, killing at least five people, has been identified as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks. Police haven’t yet identified the “person of interest” they are holding. But two law enforcement officials briefed on the matter provided the identification to The Associated…

Historic St. Louis County Jailhouse Getting New Life as Apartment Building

Developers hope to have the building complete and open for tenants by the end of 2022.

DULUTH, Minn.- After sitting unused for more than a decade the historic St. Louis County Jailhouse in downtown Duluth is getting new life as mixed rate apartments. “It’s over 10 yrs in the making since the stay of demolition of this building in 2010,” said Jason Hale, Senior Housing Developer with the City of Duluth. “So this has been a…

Minnesota COVID-19 Hospitalizations Top 1,400 Amid Surge

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The number of Minnesota patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has surpassed 1,400 for the first time since last December, before vaccines became available. According to state health department statistics released Friday, Minnesota hospitals were caring for 1,414 patients with complications of the coronavirus, including 340 patients in intensive care. Only 2% of adult intensive care unit…

CHUM Will Begin Handing Out Thanksgiving Boxes Full Of Food On Monday

DULUTH, Minn. — Beginning on Monday, the CHUM Food Shelf will be handing out 300 boxes of Thanksgiving meals in Duluth with everything you need for a feast. They will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. On Monday, boxes will be distributed at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. The address is 4831 Grand Avenue. Then,…

Expect To Pay More For Christmas Trees, Experts Say

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) – Add Christmas trees to the list of items facing shortages and higher prices this year. Several factors are driving the trend, Newsday reported. These include over-the-top sales last year during the first Christmas during the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain issues this year. Experts said tree buyers should expect to pay between 10% and 30% more…

Researchers Assessing Restoration On Minnesota Trout Streams

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A team of northern Minnesota researchers is evaluating the results of millions of dollars of major restoration work on dozens of trout streams across the state in the last decade. In addition to finding out whether the trout have returned, the state needs to know if realigning creeks has upset their natural connection with groundwater or if…

In Kenosha And Beyond, Guns Become More Common On US Streets

As Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted in two killings that he said were self-defense, armed civilians patrolled the streets near the Wisconsin courthouse with guns in plain view. In Georgia, testimony in the trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers showed that armed patrols were commonplace in the neighborhood where Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was chased down by three white men and shot. The…

Douglas County Humane Society Santa Paws

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Some lucky youngins got to have their Christmas pictures taken Saturday, but the treats they asked Santa for were milk bones. Pets were photographed at Campbells Lumber and Supply in Superior Saturday for the Douglas County Humane society’s annual Santa Paws event. Donations supporting the Humane Society, or purchases of fudge and coffee sales got you a…

Bentleyville Makes its Return to the Shores of Lake Superior

DULUTH, Minn. —  It’s the night that everyone’s been looking forward to, Bentleyville officially open again, and the festivities began with quite the entrance from Santa Claus himself. Earlier today, Santa learned how to parachute, so he could safely visit the girls and boys of Bentleyville from the North Pole. “I’m coming in to open up Bentleyville 2021 to parachute…

St. Louis County Vaccine Clinic Sees More Adults Get Boosters After Eligibility Expands

There will be another vaccine clinic at the Shriners Center on Miller Trunk Highway in Hermantown this Wednesday.

DULUTH, Minn.- The second week of St. Louis County’s vaccine clinic at the First United Methodist or Coppertop Church saw a boost in adults getting boosters after eligibility was expanded nationwide Friday. Initially, the clinic was started to provide 5 to 11-year-olds their COVID shot and adults their first and second. But officials say after the FDA and CDC both…

Ten People, Dog Displaced by East Hillside Apartment Fire

No one was injured, damage is estimated to be $65,000. 

Still from a Facebook Video taken by viewer Joel Heller. DULUTH, Minn.- Ten tenants and one dog were displaced by an apartment fire late Friday night in Duluth’s East Hillside neighborhood. According to a spokesperson with the Duluth Fire Department, crews responded to a passerby noticing smoke from the second story of a multi-unit apartment building on the 600 block…

Round Table Held to Talk Supply Chains and Labor Shortage

TWIN PORTS, Minn. — Friday morning Minnesota and Wisconsin congressmen Pete Stauber and Tom Tiffany sat down with local business owners to address the supply chain crisis and labor shortage, and they’re hoping to bring some of these ideas to Washington. Multiple supply chain issues continue plaguing the nation, including in the Twin Ports, where its making business difficult. Now…

Life House Continuing To Be an Outlet for Homeless Youth

DULUTH, Minn. — A non-profit in Duluth helping homeless and troubled youth for the past 25 years is preparing to continue this support through the tough winter months. Life House in Duluth offers support, transitional housing, and educational programs to ages 14 to 24. Some of these youth are homeless, or come from troubled homes. As the holidays approach, the organization…

Mont Du Lac Snowmaking Underway to Open Hills Thanksgiving Weekend

Since Sunday night crews say nighttime conditions have been best to make snow and keep monitoring weather on their 9 ski runs.

DULUTH, Minn.- While we may have seen less snow falling from the sky than usual this November, the hills of Mont Du Lac are in the process of getting powdered up to open in the coming weeks. Since Sunday night crews say nighttime conditions have been best to make snow and keep monitoring weather on their 9 ski runs. They…

Judge: Wisconsin DNR Broke Law by Not Scheduling Wolf Hunt

MADISON, Wis. – A Wisconsin judge says the Department of Natural Resources violated the law by not immediately scheduling a wolf hunting season after federal protections were removed in February. In an order Thursday, Jefferson County Judge Bennett Brantmeier said the agency must hold a hunt immediately any time federal protections are lifted during the statutory hunting season, which runs…

Jingle Bus Shuttle Service to Bentleyville Returns to Canal Park, Downtown Duluth

The Greater Downtown Council is once again offering its free weekend shuttle service for people attending the Bentleyville Tour of Lights. The Jingle Buses run approximately every 10 to 20 minutes beginning at 5:00 p.m. The Canal Park Jingle Bus stop is at Buchanan Street near Canal Park Drive. The Downtown Jingle Bus travels along Superior Street with stops at…

Visit Duluth President Stepping Down at End of Year

DULUTH, Minn. – After 16 years with Visit Duluth, President and CEO Anna Tanski will be stepping down at the end of the year. “As Duluth’s hospitality industry emerges from the challenges brought on by the pandemic, I feel it’s the right time to step aside and pave the way for a new leader at Visit Duluth,” said Tanski. “Tourism…

Rittenhouse Found Not Guilty on All Counts

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – The Kenosha County jury found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of all charges against him. Rittenhouse killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz in August 2020 during chaotic protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. The jury came back with its verdict after close to 3 1/2 days of deliberation. Rittenhouse, 18, could…

Midday Update 11-19-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, November 19, 2021

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Rittenhouse Prosecutors Argue Against Mistrial as Jury Meets

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – The jury at Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial deliberated for a fourth day Friday, as prosecutors argued against defense requests for a mistrial. The prosecutors argued there’s “no factual or legal basis” for the judge to grant the requests. The 18-year-old Rittenhouse is on trial for killing two men and wounding a third with a rifle during…

Wrestle the Massive Rasputin Burrito on an Empty Stomach

Cooking Connection: Rasputin Burrito

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Cooking Connection, we are back in the kitchen at Burrito Union. If you are tired of potatoes and turkey, but still have that Thanksgiving appetite, check out the Rasputin. It comes with nearly everything on the line and barely fits in their largest tortilla.  It is also large enough to share with a friend…

Dems’ Sweeping Social, Climate Bill Passes Divided House

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON (AP) – A sharply divided House has approved the Democrats’ sweeping social and environment bill, a big victory for President Joe Biden. Republicans solidly opposed the measure, but Democrats prevailed after the party’s progressives and moderates ended months of disputes over its size and scope. The legislation now moves to the Senate, where moderates like…

US Expands COVID Boosters to All Adults, Final Hurdle Ahead

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration has opened up COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, letting them choose another dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. The move expands the U.S. government’s booster campaign to shore up protection and get ahead of rising coronavirus cases that may worsen with the holidays. But there’s…

Bank Donates $10K to CHUM

DULUTH, Minn. — The North Shore Bank in Duluth presented CHUM with a $10,000 donation on Thursday. Funds came from the bank’s employees, which the bank then matched. “North Shore Bank really values all of the wonderful organizations in our community that do give back, especially they give back to help out with basic human needs,” Mandi Peterson with the…

Exhibit at UWS Meant to Teach and Shed Light On Refugees

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Students of international politics at UWS showed off an exhibit today focused around the lives of refugees. It’s called the ‘Refugee for 50 Minutes Exhibit: from Afghanistan to Germany.” The students had a goal to teach people about the definition of refugees, their legal protections, and their experiences. “The idea is that we can all do something,…

Local Schools Covering Their Bases with the Rise of COVID-19 Cases

DULUTH/HERMANTOWN, Minn. — With Minnesota making recent headlines for being one of the states with the most new covid cases nationwide, local school districts are having to step back, making sure they are still doing what they can to keep everyone safe. Cases continue to rise in Minnesota, and as healthcare workers are tirelessly trying to slow the spread, so…

Rittenhouse Jury Deliberates for Third Day Without a Verdict

(Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool) KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – The jury at Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial has completed the third day of deliberations without reaching a verdict. Meanwhile, the judge has banned MSNBC from the courthouse after a network freelancer was accused of following the jurors’ bus. Two mistrial requests from the defense are hanging over the politically and…

State Attorneys General Probing Instagram’s Effects on Kids

(AP) – A group of state attorneys general are investigating Instagram and its effects on children and young adults, saying its parent company Facebook – recently renamed Meta Platforms – ignored research about the harms it causes to young people. The investigation is led by a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general from California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee,…

Bentleyville Adds Surveillance System to Bayfront’s “Tour of Lights”

DULUTH, Minn. –  Bentleyville will be adding video surveillance to this year’s “Tour of Lights” to help deter vandalism and theft. Today, Bentleyville founder Nathan Bentley announced that Downtown Computer has donated a campus-wide CCTV system, complete with cameras in elevated locations, recorders, surveillance management systems, and other technologies that can be remotely accessed 24/7. “Nearly every year Bentleyville experiences…

Nearly a Quarter of St. Cloud Prisoners Have COVID-19

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud has the largest outbreak of coronavirus cases in the state’s prison system in months. According to corrections officials, 242 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. That’s nearly a quarter of the inmate population at the St. Cloud prison. The state Department of Corrections is working with the Department…

Midday Update 11-18-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, November 18, 2021

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Morning Update 11-18-21

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, November 18, 2021

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Rittenhouse Jury To Resume After Fresh Mistrial Request

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – The jury in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial was to move into the third day of deliberations Thursday, even as its request to re-watch video in the case sparked another bid from his attorneys for a mistrial. Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorneys say the defense received an inferior copy of a key video from prosecutors. Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi told…

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop Seventh Straight Week to 268,000

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell for the seventh straight week to a pandemic low of 268,000. U.S. jobless claims dipped by 1,000 last week from the week before, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The applications for unemployment aid are a proxy for layoffs, and their steady decline this year – after topping 900,000…

Superior Man Now Federally Charged In Twin Ports Day-Long Crime Spree

Federal charges have now been filed against a Superior man who is accused of a wild and dangerous crime spree through the Twin Ports. Cody Walker-Nelson, 30, is federally charged with attempted bank robbery and multiple gun crimes. The indictment says, in part, that Walker-Nelson attempted to rob the Associated Bank in Superior on Oct. 1 while brandishing a firearm…

Dustin Heckman Starts as Glensheen’s New Executive Director

Heckman previously served as Executive Director of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior.

DULUTH, Minn.- Someone new is at the helm of Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, and he’s a familiar face when it comes to educating people about the Northland’s history. Dustin Heckman has just started as Executive Director of Glensheen. Heckman served as Executive Director of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior since 2019. Before that, he was the…