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Obama Praises ‘Engagement’ Happening Around U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) – A spokesman for Barack Obama says the former president “fundamentally disagrees” with discrimination that targets people based on their religions. The statement alluded to but did not specifically mention President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on refugees from several Muslim-majority countries. The White House says the ban isn’t a Muslim ban because dozens of Muslim-majority countries aren’t affected….

North Dakota Pushes Bill to Raise Penalty for Rioting

North Dakota State GovernmentBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota law enforcement and state prosecutors are supporting a Republican-sponsored bill that would increase penalties for people involved in riots. Representative Todd Porter of Mandan told the House Judiciary Committee on Monday that the proposal is in response to the Dakota Access pipeline protests. Among other things, the bill would increase the…

Wisc. Attorney General, Group Announce Sex Assault Kit Tracking

MADISON (AP) – Attorney General Brad Schmiel and a sexual assault prevention group have launched a new initiative to help victims track evidence in their cases. The Department of Justice and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, announced the creation of the By Your Side campaign Monday. The campaign is designed to reach out to all sexual assault victims who…

Washington State Sues Trump Over Immigration Order

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s attorney general says he is suing President Donald Trump over an executive order that suspended immigration from seven countries with majority-Muslim populations and sparked nationwide protests. Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced his lawsuit Monday, becoming the first state attorney general to announce a legal action against the Trump administration over one of its policies. Trump…

Senate Procedural Vote Sets Up Debate Over Trump Travel Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) – A procedural vote in the Senate on Donald Trump’s secretary of state nominee sets up an extended debate over the president’s executive order barring refugees for at least four months and the direction of U.S. policy toward Russia. Rex Tillerson needs the backing of 51 senators Monday evening, to put his nomination on track for confirmation later…

Suspect Arrested In Lincoln Park Shooting

DULUTH, Minn.-A suspect has been arrested in the shooting that occurred at about 3 a.m. Sunday at the 2700 block of West Second Street. Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken made the announcement via Facebook stating: “The suspect from yesterday’s shooting was arrested last night at 10 p.m. while driving a car in downtown Duluth. Excellent work by DPD investigating this…

Shooting Witness Talks About His Experience

Shawn Johnson Saw Last Night's Lincoln Park Shooting While Walking Home

DULUTH, Minn. – When Shawn Johnson walked home at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning, he found himself right in the middle of what became the latest violent crime in Duluth. “Came across a large argument, about eight people and a bunch of ruckus, and I just kind of stopped to see what was going on,” says Shawn Johnson. He says…

33rd John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Kicks Off

12 Mushers are Competing in the Marathon This Year

TWO HARBORS, Minn. -Dr. Joe Carson has been running sled dogs for decades, but Saturday was his first time competing in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. “I have no foggy idea what’s down the trail here,” said Dr. Carson. The Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the biggest dog sledding race in the Lower 48 states.  The almost 400-mile long race…

Armed Robbery Reported In West Duluth

The Duluth Police Department is investigating an armed robbery at the Taco John’s in West Duluth. The crime happened around 10:20 a.m. Sunday on the 4600 block of Grand Avenue. The store’s manager told FOX 21 Sunday that a masked man barged in with a gun and a knife, demanded money out of the register and then took off. Nobody…

Duluth Police Investigate Third Shooting In One Week

Man, 25, Hospitalized With 'Unknown Injuries' In Sunday's Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating a third shooting to occur in the city over the course of a week. The shooting happened around 3:06 a.m. on the 2700 block of West 2nd Street. According to investigators, a 25-year-old man was hospitalized with “unknown injuries.” It is believed the victim and suspect were known to each other, according to…

Trio Charged in Duluth Drug Bust

Suspects Were Arrested Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn. – Three of the four people arrested in Wednesday’s drug bust in Duluth Were charged Friday. 37 year old Courtney Prude and 25 year old Antonio Johnson of Illinois, as well as 43 year old Joanne Smith of Duluth face felony drug charges. The trio were arrested Wednesday in the 400 block of Mesaba Ave. after a police…

MNSure Enrollment Extension

Minnesotans Have Until Feb. 8th to Buy Health Insurance

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There’s good news for Minnesotans who need health insurance. MNSure, the state–run insurance exchange announced a special one–week enrollment period. This extension gives Minnesotans extra time to take advantage of a new law which provides relief from rising premiums. The current enrollment now runs through February 8th, instead of January 31st.  All state residents are eligible,…

Schroeder Raising Funds for Iditarod

Northland musher Nathan Schroeder needs to raise $5,000 to make it to his fourth Iditarod.

DULUTH, Minn. – Northland musher Nathan Schroeder is headed back to the Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska. Schroeder needs around $5,000 to make it to his fourth Iditarod. Schroeder held a meet and greet fundraiser at Green Mill in Canal Park so he can make the journey a reality once again. “You got to challenge yourself for the Iditarod….

Duluth Shooting Update

17 Year Old Victim Remains Hospitalized

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s new information in Thursday’s shooting in Duluth. Police tell FOX 21, the victim, a 17–year–old male, is still in the hospital, though his injuries aren’t considered serious. The hospital actually called police after the victim checked in to the emergency room with a gunshot wound. Later, a crime scene was set up at an apartment at…

Ice Bar Opens at Lake Superior Ice Festival

The bar is open on Friday and Saturday nights until it melts.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Lake Superior Ice Festival is underway and there’s a cool, new place to raise a glass to the festivities. An ice bar was unveiled at the Barker’s Island Inn. Ice Occasions created the nearly ten foot bar. “It’s going to be interesting because we’ve never done this before and it’s actually quite comfortable out here. We…

Animal Allies Frozen Fundraiser

The annual event raises money for Animal Allies. All proceeds go to the shelter's operations fund.

DULUTH, Minn. – Animal lovers felt the warm embrace of a Frozen Fundraiser. The event at Fitger’s raised money for Animal Allies. The organization will use the proceeds from the fundraiser for their general operations fund. The annual Frozen Fundraiser was one of many fundraising events that Animal Allies hosts. According to board members, the Frozen Fundraiser brings them the…

New Duluth Officer Turns the Tables During Swearing-In Ceremony

Girlfriend gets a swearing in of her very own

DULUTH, Minn. – Today, eight new officers joined the Duluth Police force. The new officers and their families gathered for the swearing in ceremony at the Duluth Police Department. Chris Beekmann, Beau Hughes, Dakota Juarez, Ben Kneeland, Chris Olson, Andrew Park, Luke Renier, and Manuel Matos all took their oaths today. Officer Manuel Matos did more than just take his…

Death Toll from Southeast Tornadoes Rises to 21

Photo: Fox 8 ALBANY, Ga. (AP) – The death toll from a weekend outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms int he Southeast has increased to at least 21. A 77-year-old woman in southwest Georgia died form storm-related injuries, Thrusday night, at a hospital. Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler told The Associated Press on Friday that Patricia Ann Gohman received head…

Minnesota Poultry Farmers Warily Watch Bird Flu Outbreaks

Bird flu has been found in 40 countries, putting WHO on high alert

ST. PAUL (AP) – Poultry farmers in Minnesota are cautiously watching the spread of bird flu in Europe and Asia. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the World Health Organization is on “high alert” because the bird flu virus has been found in 40 countries around the world since last fall and is quickly spreading. Michael Osterholm, director of the University…

Seventh Avenue East Shooting Update

Victim Most Likely Knew Shooter

DULUTH, Minn.-New information has come out in the shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon at Seventh Avenue East and Fourth Street. The Duluth Police told Fox 21 they believe 17-year-old male victim knew the person that shot him. Originally the police responded to a local hospital who reported they had a shooting victim. Soon after officers established a crime scene at…

Cult Leader Victor Barnard Now Appealing Criminal Case

Taking his attorneys by surprise

Victor Barnard(KMSP – Fox 9) – Minnesota cult leader Victor Barnard is appealing his criminal conviction in which he plead guilty to sexually molesting tow of his teenage followers. As part of a plea bargain, Barnard had agreed to a 30 year prison sentence. The notice of appeal was filed Tuesday by Amy Lawler, an Assistant State Public Defender. Barnard’s…

Wisconsin Republicans Ask for Review of Road Project Costs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Assembly Republican leaders are asking the state Department of Transportation for a review of costs for recently completed, ongoing, and planned projects. The letter sent Friday to DOT Secretary Dave Ross, comes after release of an audit that said the DOT underestimated costs of projects of ongoing projects by more than $3 billion. The letter was signed…

Hibbing Murder Update

Suspect Needs to Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

HIBBING, Minn.-A Grand Rapids man accused of murder has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation before going to trial. 32-year-old Benjamin Lundquist has been charged with second-degree murder for his connection to the Jan. 17 stabbing death of 54-year-old Joel Gangness of Hibbing. Lundquist initially told police that Jesus told him to commit the crime. Lundquist’s next court…

Man Charged with Killing Pregnant Eagan Woman

Senicha LessmanEAGAN, Minn. (AP) – A Brooklyn Park man is charged with killing the woman pregnant with his child. Senicha Lessman was found dead in her Eagan townhome by her mother, Margi Lessman, Tuesday afternoon. A criminal complaint states her throat was cut and a cloth was stuffed in her mouth; she was 25 years old and eight months pregnant….

Police Hold Parent Summit in Virginia

Parents Recieve Tips On How To Deal With Social Media And Drugs

Virginia, Minn Parents are raising kids in uncharted territory, as social media is making it easier for kids to get access to drugs. Community leaders in Virginia are hoping to help parents raise their children by filling them on some valuable information they need to know. Drugs and social media go hand in hand, it’s easier and faster to get…

Fungus Killing Northern Minnesota Bats

Bats at the Soudan Underground Mine have been dying from white nose syndrome.

Somewhere between 8,000-12,000 bats call the Soudan Underground Mine home, but a wide spreading fungus is hurting their numbers. The fungus known as white nose syndrome grows on the bat’s muzzle and causes them to wake up from their winter hibernation. The bats then leave the mine to look for food, but don’t have enough fat stored up for the…

Superior’s ‘Chicken Spur’ To Close Friday

Owner's Daughter: Nearby Kwik Trip Is To Blame

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A longtime Superior gas station known for its fresh chicken and hometown feel is being forced to shut down. The family of the Hammond Spur, or “Chicken Spur” as its best known, is telling us the nearby Kwik Trip is to blame, as FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports. It was a different type of vibe Thursday with…

Dayton Signs Premium Relief Bill

Will provide immediate relief to 125,000 Minnesotans

ST. PAUL – Governor Mark Dayton today signed Chapter 2, SF 1 to provide an automatic 25-percent reduction in health insurance premiums for the more than 125,000 Minnesotans facing significant premium increases in the individual market. The following is a statement from Governor Mark Dayton: “In order to provide urgently-needed health insurance premium relief to 125,000 Minnesotans, I am signing…

Superior Fire Department Teaches First Aid to Area Middle School Students

Students Enjoy Day of Learning New Skills

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Superior fire fighters gathered today to teach the city’s seventh graders all about their craft. The fire department hosted four classes at Superior Middle School including ones relating to CPR, first aid, AED’s, along with the basics for fire fighting. The event is part of the state Assembly Bill 545 which makes it mandatory for school districts to introduce…

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Still Needed in Many Area Homes

Ice Fishing Houses All Threaten Public with CO

DULUTH, Minn.-Carbon monoxide can be deadly as it may go unnoticed. CO killed 64 people between 2011 and 2015 in Minnesota, according to the department of health. The Duluth Fire Department said CO-detectors are just as important as smoke detectors. They can be found at any place that sells smoke alarms, but the fire department urges every homeowner to have…

Teachers of the Year Nominated

Four From Area Nominated

  Jeanne Bymark Kristen Kilpo DULUTH, Minn.-Four local teachers have been nominated for Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year. Annette Petersmyer, and Sheila Shusterich of Duluth, along with Kristen Kilpo of Proctor and Jeanne Bymark of Hibbing have all been honored as nominees. The winner will be announced May 7 at the Radisson by the Mall of America. Categories: News, News…

Duluth Police Respond to Shooting at 7th Ave E and 4th Street

DULUTH, Minn. – Early Thursday afternoon around 1:28 p.m., Duluth Police responded to a local hospital on a report of a shooting victim. Officers established a crime scene in the area of 7th Avenue East and 4th Street. Officers and investigators arrived at the location and are investigating the incident. A 17-year-old male is currently at a local hospital facility…

3 Charged in Millville Gun Shop Robbery; 75 Guns Stolen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Three people are charged with stealing about 75 firearms from a Millville gunshop in September and trying to sell them. A federal indictment unsealed this week, charged 38-year-old Alex Boyd, 30-year-old Sasha Marie Erdner, and 19-year-old Trinity James Wicka with conspiracy to possess and distribute stolen fire arms and possession of stolen fire arms. Boyd faces another…

Premium Relief Deal Starts Path to Dayton’s Desk

ST. PAUL (AP) – Financial help for Minnesota residents paying massive health insurance premium hikes is nearing the finish line at the Minnesota Legislature. The Minnesota Senate approved a bill, Thursday, using $325 million in state funds to cut monthly premiums by 25-percent. The House was expected to follow up later Thursday, and Governor Mark Dayton has indicated he’ll sign…

Official: Trump Wants to Slash EPA Workforce, Budget

WASHINGTON (AP) – The former head of President Donald Trump’s transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency says he expects the new administration to seek budget and staff cuts. Myron Ebell left the transition team last week saying, in an interview with The Associated Press, that his specific proposals to the White House remain confidential. But asked what he personally…

Highly Critical Audit of WisDOT Released

MADISON (AP) – A highly critical audit of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, released Thursday morning, says the agency budgeted to complete more highway projects than could be done with the money available because it didn’t take into account inflation and unexpected cost increases. The audit comes as Governor Scott Walker and the Legislature are grappling with how to deal…

DFL Legislators Propose $100 Million Broadband Investment

Minnesota currently ranks 19th for average connection speed

ST. PAUL , Minn – Legislators from across greater Minnesota have joined together to call for a $100 million investment in broadband. They’re stressing the economic development reach that investment in broadband creates, something they say Minnesota is in need of. “For every dollar invested in broadband in the state, $10 is generated in economic activity. That kind of return…

Lake Nebagamon Suspect Facing 3 Felony Charges

John Raymond Lundberg Douglas Co. Sheriff’s OfficeSUPERIOR, Wis. – John Raymond Lundberg appeared in Douglas County Circuit Court, today, and is currently facing three separate felony charges for his alleged involvement in the stabbing of a man in Lake Nebagamon on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. According to the Probable Cause Statement, at approximately 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the Douglas County…

Barker’s Island Readies for Ice Festival

Festival Opens Friday with Events Planned for the Whole Family

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior is ready for another Lake Superior Ice Festival. “The community has really pulled together,” said Linda Cadotte; Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director for the City of Superior.  “Non–profits, businesses, partners, to put on a festival to showcase the coolest aspects of our region and have something for everybody.” Unlike the past couple of years, which centered…

Superior Students Witness Inauguration and Women’s March in D.C.

The group also visited the office of Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – A group of Superior High School students got to be part of some historic events last weekend in Washington D.C. Six students from the UW-Superior Upward Bound program traveled from Wisconsin to the nation’s capital to witness the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The group was given special entrance to watch the ceremony from just below the…