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Wis. DNR Chief: Foxconn Bill Won’t Harm Environment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s top conservation official promised Wednesday that regulatory rollbacks in Gov. Scott Walker’s incentive plan for a giant Foxconn plant won’t harm the state’s environment. Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp, a Walker appointee, told the agency’s board during a meeting in Milwaukee that the plant is a “gift.” Walker’s incentives proposal merely streamlines the…

10-Year-Old Kills Brother while Playing ‘Cops and Robbers’

LOGANVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities in southern Wisconsin say a 10-year-old boy fatally shot his 14-year-old brother while playing “cops and robbers” with a rifle they didn’t think was loaded. The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a shooting at a home south of Loganville. A statement from the sheriff’s office…

Minnesota Sees Growing Wind Energy Capacity

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – New data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that Minnesota’s wind energy capacity increased nearly 10 percent last year. The Minnesota Public Radio reports that wind power accounts for nearly 18 percent of the electricity generated in the state. The data shows that Minnesota ranks seventh in the nation for wind energy. Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike…

Twin Ports Officers will Stake Out Dunkin’ Donuts Rooftops this Friday

TWIN PORTS – Officers in both Duluth and Superior will hit the rooftops of local Dunkin’ Donuts this Friday, Aug. 11 to support the Special Olympics.  Law enforcement officers in Minnesota will participate for the first time ever in a statewide Cop on a Rooftop event, at all six Minnesota locations, including Duluth. Wisconsin officers will be participating for the…

Technology Specialist Talks Back-to-School Gadgets

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer vacation is coming to an end in a few weeks and students will be heading back to school. Verizon Wireless Solutions Specialist Rachel Agurkis visited FOX 21 this morning to talk about must-have technology for students. Google Home: Students can ask the device homework questions. Fitbit Alta: This is a great accessory for student athletes. Track…

West Michigan Street Bike Lane Experiment Over

Nearly 900 Surveys Submitted About the Project

DULUTH, Minn. – West Michigan Street’s protected bike lane experiment is over and the street is back to normal. Nearly nine-hundred surveys were filled out about the project. Results are expected by the end of the month. While there are no immediate plans for permanent protected lanes in Duluth, officials tell us community involvement was a success. “There’s really been…

New Developments Help Provide Animal Enrichment

Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth is Building a New Catio and Dog Recreation Area

DULUTH, Minn. – Stepping outside or lounging on the deck is something we humans take for granted. Now, hundreds of furry friends will soon have the chance to spend more time in the fresh air at Animal Allies Humane Society. “I can’t wait until it’s done, it’s going to be beautiful! I think the cats and kittens are going to…

Fond du Lac Band Asks For Answers; What’s Next?

Ancient Burial Ground Unearthed By MnDOT Road Project

Duluth, Minn. This Spring, Native American grave sites were disturbed at a MnDOT Highway 23 work site. The Fond du Lac band called for some kind of resolution. Tuesday MnDOT held an open house for the community members affected by the issue to speak out. Months after the department of transportation mistake the construction site remains at a standstill and…

Carlton Residents Vote “No” On Referendum

CARLTON, Minn.- Carlton residents casted votes in a special election Tuesday. They voted “No” 1202 to 475 “Yes” votes not to approve the issuance of $23.6 million dollars in bonds to construct a grades 6-12 addition at the South Terrance site and make improvements to the existing building. By 11 a.m. Tuesday morning close to 300 people had turned out…

Firefighters help fight muscular dystrophy with Fill The Boot events

Firefighters are spread across the town, collecting money for youth with muscular dystrophy

DULUTH, Minn. – Firefighters in Duluth are spread out at busy intersections across town for the Fill the Boot event, which raises money for children with muscular dystrophy. “We take it seriously,” Duluth firefighter Aaron Bujold said.  “Its for a really good cause… Most of the people we deal with are pretty charitable. We get a good outcome out here.”…

Paddlers Alliance Holds Free Paddle Day

Community Paddle Days lets youth groups and the community experience paddling for free

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland Paddlers Alliance is continuing to help the community get out on the water. Last week, they helped folks get out on some stand up paddle boards, and this Tuesday, they set people up with canoes out at Boy Scout Landing. It’s all provided free of charge, for anyone of any skill level. “It’s all very…

First Duluth Boat Completes Yacht Race

The Eight-Person Crew Finished In Just Over Three Days

DULUTH, Minn. – Sailors on the Trans–Superior International Yacht Race are still making their way into the Twin Ports. Tuesday saw the first Duluth vessel cross the finish line. Papa Paucho II cruised into port a little after 2 p.m. The Duluth boat had a crew of eight. They finished the race in just over three days. “Lots of heavy…

Duluth Unveils Street Repair Plan

Mayor's Proposal Calls for a .5% Sales Tax Increase

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth streets are a problem for virtually every driver. However Mayor Emily Larson thinks she has a solution. “I am announcing a referendum for voters this fall, for a 0.5% sales tax dedicated entirely to fund our Streets Improvement Program,” said Mayor Larson, while unveiling her new plan Wednesday. According to Mayor Larson the sales tax increase…

Superior Heroin Death Results in Homicide Charge

22-Year-Old Nathan Birkholz of Superior Charged for Distributing Lethal Dose of Opioids

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A fatal heroin overdose that took the life of a 25-year-old Superior man last year has turned into a homicide case. According to the criminal complaint, the suspect, 22-year-old Nathan Birkholz of Superior, knew he was selling a mix of heroin and fentanyl that was the strongest any of his users would ever get their hands on….

UMD Police Hiring

University Wants to Add Four Officers

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth Police Department is looking for a few new officers. The UMD P.D. has openings for three new officers right now, with another opening later this year. The department conducted a staffing study a year ago which concluded the current staff of 10 wasn’t enough.  UMD’s police chief, Sean Huls, says more officers…

T-Shirts Designed to Raise Mental Illness Awareness

Steven Gold Selling "Mental Illness Sucks" Shirts to Encourage People to Address Issues

DULUTH, Minn. – Statistics say you or someone close to you battles some form of mental illness. One Duluth man wants to raise awareness. Steven Gold came up with the “Mental Illness Sucks” t–shirt as a way to get people talking about a difficult subject. Gold, who’s battled depression since the 10th grade, says getting people to talk about their…

Carlton County Historical Society Invites Public to Watch Historical Movies

The Historical Society is Sorting Through What Movies to Keep

CLOQUET, Minn.- The Carlton County Historical Society is inviting you to join them in watching historical movies. The Historical Society has a few videos and film in their collection. But many of these old films are unmarked, or haven’t been watched in years. So historical society staff members are having a viewing of the movies to decide if they are going…

Cloquet Middle School Getting New Building

The Old School was Around 100 Years Old

DULUTH, Minn.- The old Cloquet Middle School building was almost 100 years old, and was in dire need for an upgrade. After the 50 million dollar referendum was passed and construction began, students are now only weeks away from stepping into the new building. The school has an upgraded pool facility, gymnasium, classrooms, and open learning spaces. The new school…

NE BBQ and Smokehouse Open in Cloquet

BBQ Lovers Have Been Waiting for 2 Years

CLOQUET, Minn.- The North East Barbecue and Smoke House in Cloquet is finally open. BBQ lovers in the area have been waiting for almost 2 years for the restaurant to open, and earlier this month, their wishes were answered. The menu includes smoked meats, burgers, sandwiches, and even offers vegetarian options like black bean burgers. “We’re really determined to make…

One Dead After Vehicle Crashes into Tower Avenue Slip

Victim Hasn't Been Identified

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A 77-year-old Superior man’s body was removed from a vehicle that was found in the waters of the Tower Avenue slip Monday night. At 4:30 p.m. yesterday, authorities responded to Barko Hydraulics at 1 Banks Ave. after workers there saw a white vehicle racing around on the Barko property. The vehicle made a few passes in a…

Ashland Assault Suspect Arrested

There was Also a Felony Warrant for a Burglary on the Suspect

ASHLAND, Wis.-Ashland police made an arrest earlier today in an alleged assault that occurred Thursday at Lakeshore Drive West. A 24-year-old man is accused of fighting with another man at that residence, which eventually led to a victim lying unconscious in the street after getting kicked in the head. The suspect also had a felony warrant out for his arrest…

Disney Unveils New Streaming Services

Says goodbye to Netflix

(FOX NEWS) – Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it will launch a pair of video-streaming services in the next two years, ending a distribution deal with Netflix as it responds to the cord-cutting trend pressuring the cable industry. The company plans to an ESPN video-streaming service early next year and a Disney-brand streaming service in 2019. In making these moves,…

Trump Warns North Korea of ‘Fire and Fury’ if It Threatens US

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned North Korea it could face “fire and fury” if it threatens the United States, after a new report Tuesday said U.S. intelligence officials believe Pyongyang has successfully produced a nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles. Washington’s alarm over North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s pursuit of a nuclear capability has intensified…

Foxconn Package Would Cost $50 Million in Lost Sales Taxes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – New fiscal estimates show Gov. Scott Walker’s incentives package for electronics giant Foxconn would cost the state and local governments nearly $50 million in lost sales taxes. Walker had introduced a bill that would give Foxconn up to $3 billion in incentives to build a plant in southeastern Wisconsin. According to fiscal estimates from state agencies,…

Trump gets Briefing on Opioid Drug Epidemic

First lady Melania Trump listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on the opioid crisis, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP) BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is attending a briefing on the country’s opioid drug epidemic during his break from Washington. The session is being held at Trump’s private…

Woman Stabbed at Bar in Mountain Iron

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. – St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an assault at a bar in Mountain Iron just before 1:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 8, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. When officers arrived on scene, they located a woman inside the bar with a stab wound to the left side of her stomach. She was…

109 Salmonella Cases Linked to Papayas from Mexico

(KMSP) – United States health officials say several people from Minnesota and dozens of others across the country have contracted Salmonella after eating papayas grown on a farm in southern Mexico. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 109 people across 16 states, including four from Minnesota, have fallen ill. One person has died and 35 people have been…

Remer Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Sexual Conduct with Minors

Jacob White WALKER, Minn. – A Remer, Minnesota man has been sentenced to 12 year in prison for two sexual conduct cases involving minors, according to Cass County Attorney Christopher J. Strandlie. Jacob John White, 32, was sentenced for committing Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree, which will run concurrently with one year in jail for Criminal Sexual Conduct…

Thousands of Ship Documents Archived, Available for Public Research

Northland Uncovered: Fraser Shipping Documents

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The shipping industry is a business impacting the entire Northland. About four years ago, Fraser Shipyards donated thousands of ship drawings dating back to the 1890s to UW-Superior for archiving and research. Now, librarians are finishing up that task. “They’re more works of art than anything else,” Senior Project Assistant Dara Fillmore described of the donated documents….

Superior Man Charged with Homicide in Connection to Overdose Death

Nathan Birkholz SUPERIOR, Wis. – A 22-year-old Superior man has been charged with First Degree Reckless Homicide after his alleged involvement in the overdose death of Neil Christianson in Nov. 2016, according to Douglas County District Attorney Mark Fruehauf. Nathan Birkholz allegedly delivered a substance which contained heroin and fentanyl to Christianson, which resulted in his death. The criminal complaint…

Fuse Duluth Takes Networking Outdoors

Young Professionals Group Hosts First-ever Disc Golf Tournament

DULUTH, Minn. – This week Fuse Duluth is taking networking outdoors. The organization, designed by the Duluth Chamber of Commerce to attract and retain young talent to the area, is hosting a disc golf tournament on Thursday, August 10. This is taking place at the Miller Creek Disc Golf Course from noon to 5 p.m. Each of the course’s nine…

Dems Seek Federal Payments to Trump Business

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) – As President Donald Trump spends much of August at his New Jersey golf club, Democratic lawmakers are making a new push for information about how much money the federal government is spending at his for-profit properties. Democrats on the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday asked departments to hand over information about their Trump-related spending…

Trial Begins for Three I-94 Protesters Arrested in Castile Demostration

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Activists held a press conference Tuesday morning ahead of the first trial for the I-94 protesters (Fox 9)   ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – The first trial is set to begin Tuesday for some of the people arrested during protests on Interstate 94 last summer following the shooting death of Philando Castile. Three days after Castile was shot and killed…

IRS to Hold Public Auction in Ely

Auction begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 23

DULUTH, Minn. – The Internal Revenue has announced it will be conducting a public auction on Wednesday, Aug. 23, for the contents of an outfitters retail store, Wilderness Outfitters, in Ely, Minnesota, after it was shutdown for nonpayment of taxes. Items listed for auction include camping supplies, tents, grills, chairs, cookware, cots, as well as kayaks, boats, canoes, motors, and…

Man Charged with Electronic Solicitation of a Minor

Joshua Stewart DULUTH, Minn. – On Thursday, August 3, the Duluth Police Department Sex Crimes, Violent Crimes, and Financial Crimes Units arrested a 35-year-old male after investigators became aware of a conversation occurring between the male and a female minor over social media. Thirty-five-year-old Joshua Stewart was subsequently arrested after making arrangements with the female, he believed to be 14-years-old,…

Trans-Superior International Yacht Races Finishes in Duluth

The multi-day race starts in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

DULUTH, Minn. – Sailors racing in the Trans–Superior International Yacht Race are starting to sail into the Twin Ports. About 35 boats set sail from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and took part in the multi–day race that takes them through the center of Lake Superior, and finishes right here in Duluth. “The best part of sailing, especially distance racing, is…

Bald Eagle Nesting Areas Reopen at Voyageurs National Park

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – Five of Voyageurs National Park’s 276 visitor-use camping and houseboat sites are reopen after they were temporarily closed in May to protect bald eagle nesting pairs. The areas reopened include: Kabetogama Lake – Happy Landing Campsite, Camelback Island Campsite, Ek Bay Houseboat Site Namakan Lake – Hamilton Bay Campsite, Sexton Is. Campsite Each years since 1992,…

Semi Rollover Causes Diesel Fuel Leak Near Piedmont Avenue

Officials Responded to the Call Around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, No Injuries Were Reported

DULUTH, Minn. – Shortly after 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Duluth Fire Department responded to reports of a rollover involving an 18-wheeler Marvin truck. The vehicle was traveling from Warroad, Minnesota, and crashed near the intersection of Highway 53 and Piedmont Avenue. Officials tell FOX 21 the driver of the vehicle lost control while traveling south on Highway 53. Authorities also…

Cash Stolen From Billings Park Days Box

Community Chips In Donations After Theft

A theft in Superior has some people hoping for answers after a community fundraiser box was broken into. Nearly 7,000 people came out to annual Billings Park Days in Superior last weekend, that’s a higher attendance than normal. Organizers however got a big surprise when they found one of the donation boxes to raise funds for next year’s events was…

New art exhibit at Zeitgeist honors artist’s late sister

Gabriel Christopher Dee's exhibit runs through Labor Day

DULUTH, Minn. – A new art exhibit is on display at the Zeitgeist Arts Building in Downtown Duluth. Gabriel Christopher Dee’s exhibit is called Muse: Images of Women. The artwork heavily feature’s the artist’s sister, who recently lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. He says that working with his sister was a good way to remain connected to her. “While…

‘Can Of Worms’ Reconstruction Project Hits Financial Snag

DULUTH, Minn. – Federal funding for the Interstate 35 ‘Can of Worms’ reconstruction project has been halted. MnDOT officials say the Trump administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure promise is shifting greater responsibility onto states and municipalities, which means the $205 million Can of Worms project can now only be awarded up to 20 percent worth of federal dollars compared to 80 percent…

“Wolves At Our Door” Teaches Minnesotans Wolf Facts

The Traveling Outreach Program Stopped in Two Harbors on Monday

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – People in Two Harbors had the chance to learn all about wolves at the International Wolf Center’s program, “Wolves At Our Door.” The traveling outreach program helps Minnesotans understand wolves and the problems associated with them so they can learn to co-exist with the wild canines around them. “This is the animal that lives near me…

National Lighthouse Day Celebrated at Split Rock

Since 1989, August 7th Is Used to Recognize the Importance of Lighthouses

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – August 7th is National Lighthouse Day, when we pay tribute to the lighthouses along our shorelines. National Lighthouse Day is celebrated to honor the passing of the Lighthouse Act in 1789. That law put lighthouses under federal government control. Since 1989, today’s date has been used to recognize the importance of lighthouses to our country. At…

Carlton Residents Voting in a Special Election Tuesday

Community Residents Will Vote on Carlton School District Referendum

CARLTON, Minn.- Carlton residents will be casting votes in a special election Tuesday. There will be two questions on the ballot. One is for renovating South Terrace Elementary School and building a new High school. The second question is for building an auditorium, outdoor spaces, and other improvements for those schools. “Carlton high school was built in 1916, and South…

It’s National Purple Heart Day

It's an Honor Given to Soldiers Wounded or Killed in Battle

  DULUTH, Minn.- The Purple Heart is a medal awarded to members of the United States Military who are wounded or killed in combat. Bradley Bennett of Duluth served our country during the Vietnam War. While at war, Bennett was hit by shrapnel through his arm and ankle during a battle. He says the wounds were relatively minor, and after…

Students with Autism Attend Creative Workshop

The Event Has Been Going on for 2 Years in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.0- Students on the autism spectrum and members of the creative community worked together for an art workshop. Islands of Brilliance, a non-profit organization, is using the Hailey Sault office in the Dewitt Seitz building in Duluth to help people with autism use their creativity to make art. The students are paired one on one with art mentors to…

One Challenger Already for Sen. Klobuchar

State Rep. Newberger to Challenge Klobuchar

Jim NewbergerMINNEAPOLIS-State Rep. Jim Newberger is the first Republican to formally announce plans to take on Minnesota’s popular U.S. senator, Amy Klobuchar. Should Newberger win his party’s endorsement at next year’s state convention, the task of beating Klobuchar is a tall one. The Democratic senator beat her last two Republican opponents by double digits. And, she’s already raised nearly $6…

7 West Taphouse Opening Second Duluth Location Next Week

The Taphouse Has Expanded to a Location Along Maple Grove Road

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders will soon have a new location to stop for a burger and a brew in the Twin Ports. The owner of 7 West Taphouse tells FOX 21 he and his staff should be ready to open their new Duluth location Monday, August 14. Since May, crews have been busy turning the former Nevada Bob’s Golf space…