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Paid Sick And Safe Task Force Steps Closer To Closing Deal

Referendum To Be Presented To City Council

Duluth, Minn. The Duluth City Council is working to adopt a sensible paid sick time policy. Tonight it seems as if some progress has been made. Duluth’s earn sick and safe time task force plans to present a final draft of the referendum to the Duluth City Council to approve or not approve. If approved employees that currently don’t receive…

Open House Held to Discuss Potential Enbridge Pipeline Permit Renewal

Pipeline Passes Through Eleven Miles of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Near Ashland

ASHLAND, Wis. – Enbridge Energy ahs asked to continue operating their pipeline that passes through a national forest near Ashland. Thursday night, an open house was held for people to learn more about that pipeline. The Enbridge pipeline was first built in 1953 and has continued operating through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Since then. Now, the U.S. Forest Service is…

Gordy’s Hi-Hat Has a Dog Park for Fido

Customers Can Let Their Dogs Play While They Eat

CLOQUET, Minn.- A dog park in the parking lot Of Gordy’s Hi-Hat and Gordy’s Warming House is helping people enjoy their meals, while getting their dogs some exercise. Earlier this month Gordy’s put up a fence for the dog play area, to help traveling pet owners let their dogs run and play in a safe environment. “We just want people…

House GOP Passes $788B Bill for Pentagon, Border Wall

(AP) WASHINGTON (AP) – The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump’s controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon. The 235-192 vote both eases a large backlog of unfinished spending bills and gives Trump and his House GOP allies political wins heading…

CASDA Hosts Golf Fundraiser Friday

At 'Socks for Survivors' Golfers are Encouraged to Wear Their Loudest Socks

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse is looking for golfers with a strong short game and a strong sock game. Friday CASDA hosts its 5th annual ‘Socks for Survivors’ golf tournament at Nemadji Golf Club. Golfers are encouraged to wear their wildest socks for a day on the links while raising money to help CASDA support…

Apple Ordered to Pay $506M in Wisconsin Patent Infringement

(Apple) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A judge has ordered computer-maker Apple Inc. to pay more than $506 million in a patent infringement case brought by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation after the two sides agreed on final damages. A jury in 2015 found Apple infringed on a patent held by the foundation, which supports research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The…

Minneapolis Posts Climate Change Data that EPA Deleted

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minneapolis has joined other cities in posting climate change data that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has removed from its website. The posted material is a snapshot of the EPA site before the real information was removed. Major cities including Atlanta, Boston, Houston, San Francisco, and Seattle have also posted the information. The city’s announcement Thursday says…

2 Arrested in Stolen Vehicle Incident

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department reports that just after 12 p.m. Thursday, an officer was taking a report of a stolen vehicle over the phone, when the vehicle reported stolen drove by. The officer managed to stop the vehicle when the four occupants fled on foot. All occupants of the vehicle were located. The driver was arrested for…

Duluth Airport Runway Construction to Begin Monday

Flights Will Operate as Scheduled During Construction

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth International Airport runway reconstruction project is set to begin Monday. The project next week will include about 2,000 feet of the west end of the runway – another 6,200 feet will be worked on beginning in late September and end around Labor Day. The final stages of the project will be completed in 2018. The airport told…

County Installing Roadside Cameras

Will Lead to Monitoring Winter Road Conditions Easier

DULUTH, Minn.-St. Louis County Public Works is already thinking about winter driving conditions as they are installing data sensors and cameras to monitor road conditions. Five different locations in the county will be getting them – four of them will have live cameras, which will make it easier for crews to figure which roads to maintain first during the winter….

Things to Know About Foxconn Plant Coming to Wisconsin

(AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group’s manufacturing plant in Wisconsin will be the first U.S.-based facility for the Taiwan-based electronics giant. Here are some things to know about the plant: ___ WHAT WILL IT MAKE? Foxconn is perhaps best known for assembling Apple iPhones in China, but that’s not what would be made at the plant. Instead, it…

Two Females Robbed at Gunpoint in Drug Deal Gone Wrong

Five suspects were arrested in connection to the incident

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Around 4:30 a.m., Monday July 24, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department received a call that two adult females had been robbed at gun point outside a residence in the 5200 block of 15th Street NW in Grant Valley Township outside of Bemidji. The 911 caller indicated that one of the females was in the process of exiting…

Police Training Board Votes Against Naming Fund After Castile

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota board that oversees police training and standards has voted against a proposal to name a new fund after a black motorist who was killed by an officer last year. The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training voted Thursday against Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to name a new $12 million training fund…

Purchase a Blizzard – Help Children’s Miracle Network

Miracle Treat Day Benefits Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

DULUTH, Minn. – Today you can enjoy a sweet treat all while supporting Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. It’s all for Dairy Queen’s Annual “Miracle Treat Day” fundraiser. Gillette has clinics throughout Minnesota including a Duluth site in the Lakewalk Center on London Road. Donations collected on Miracle Treat Day will directly help Gillette fund vital treatments, equipment and support for…

Leak Concerns Causing Infighting in White House

White House Communications Director Sends Out Cryptic Tweet Last Night About Leaks

WASHINGTON-The president’s new communications director is doubling down on his complaints of leaks within the White House. Anthony Scaramucci tells CNN’s “New Day” that sometimes administration officials “leak things to reporters to help shape policy.” But he says he wants to stop what he calls “nefarious, unnecessary, backstabbing, palace intrigue-like leaks.” Scaramucci tweeted about leaks late Wednesday and mentioned the…

Two Detained in Fleet Farm Shoplifting Incident

One Suspect had Loaded Hand Gun and Hypodermic Needle

HERMANTOWN, Minn.-Two suspects were arrested at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hermantown’s Mills Fleet Farm in a shoplifting incident. A 26-year-old male suspect was found with a loaded handgun concealed in his waistband, along with a hypodermic needle which tested positive for a controlled substance. He has been arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possessing a pistol with a controlled…

Suspicious Fire at Residence on Calvary Road

No One was Injured in the Incident

DULUTH, Minn.-Authorities are investigating a suspicious fire today at a residence on Calvary Road, which left no one injured. Firefighters and deputies were called to the scene at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday at 3912 East Calvary Road. Smoke alarms could be heard at the property, as smoke poured out of the windows at the residence. A small fire was knocked down…

Farewell to Finke’s Berry Farm

After 32 Years in the Berry Business, Doug and Diane Finke are Set to Retire

CARLTON, Minn. – After more than three decades of digging in fields, one Northland couple is leaving the berry business, but not without heavy hearts. The owners of Finke’s Berry Farm are spending their final summer speaking with customers and making memories on their 120 acre plot of land. “They’re living organisms. It’s like adopting 65,000 kids every year,” said…

Vikre Distillery Hosts Nocturnal Animals Theme Night

Employees Select a Special Theme for the Last Wednesday of Every Month

DULUTH, Minn. – Vikre Distillery hosts theme nights on the last Wednesday of every month. This week’s theme is nocturnal animals. Employees and customers are encouraged, but not required, to come in costume as their favorite nighttime creature. They can also enjoy special drinks inspired by the nocturnal theme. “It’s an opportunity to be creative, sort of offer something new,…

‘Wednesday Night at the Races’ Keeping Kids Active

Kids 14 and younger got to race against others in their age group

DULUTH, Minn. – A popular summer tradition that keeps kids active has started back up. Wednesday Night at the Races kicked off at Duluth East High School’s Ordean Stadium. Kids 14 and younger got to race on the track against others in their age group. Grandma’s Marathon puts on this free event each year through its Young Athletes Foundation to…

Special Report: Final Farewells

Rural Northland Towns Struggle to Staff Honor Guards

DULUTH, Minn. – The end of a life can be one of the hardest experiences for a family to get through. The presentation of military honors at a veteran’s funeral can give that last bit of pride to the deceased. Unfortunately, across America, there is a struggle to keep honor guards staffed, and it’s even harder in rural areas. “They…

Arrowhead Road Construction Begins Monday in Hermantown

Engineers say this is one of the busiest county roads in the area, with about 13,000 cars passing through every day

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Construction is set to begin on a busy stretch of road in Hermantown. Starting Monday, Saint Louis County crews will start work along West Arrowhead Road near Highway 53 to help improve the flow of traffic and safety in that area. Engineers say this is one of the busiest county roads in the area, with about 13,000…

Library Donors Honored

2nd Annual Olga Walker Memorial Awards Ceremony was Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluthians who’ve made significant donations to the Duluth Public Library were honored at the 2nd annual Olga Walker Memorial Award ceremony Wednesday. The Olga Walker Award is named for a Duluthian who left her entire estate to the library when she passed in 1964. This year, the library honored six donors, including Ruth Ann Eaton and her…

Lego Robotics Camp at Duluth Boys and Girls Club

Campers Design and Build Their Own Robots

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids in Duluth are building robots this week at a special camp taught by the Duluth East High School Daredevils Robotics Team. Each camper designs and builds their own robot made out of Legos that can complete a series of tasks. If the robot can’t finish the special course, students make changes to their robot and try…

Trump Plan to Ban Transgender from Military Meets Criticism

President Tweeted Plan Wednesday Morning

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Local advocates aren’t happy with President Trump’s suggestion he’d ban transgender people from serving in the military. “It’s another step of making people that are very important in our community not exist anymore,” said Bob Jansen, LGBTQ advocate and owner of the Main Club in Superior. “If they aren’t around, if we don’t see them we don’t…

Wisconsin Airport Becomes World’s Busiest During Convention

Festival Continues on Through Sunday

OSHKOSH, Wis.-A small eastern Wisconsin airport gets the designation of “world’s busiest” once a year during a yearly plane convention. That makes for a lot of coordination and communication among the pilots and air traffic controllers during the week-long Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Air Traffic Manager Chuck Howard says there are sometimes as many…

Transgender Toolkit to be Used in Minnesota Public Schools

ST. PAUL, Minn.-The Minnesota Department of Education will begin distributing a new guide for schools on dealing with transgender and gender non-conforming students. Department deputy commissioner Charlene Briner says the toolkit of resources and best practices isn’t meant to be a mandate for schools, but rather to help administrators and others deal with issues that may be uncomfortable, both for…

MN Supreme Court Rules For-Profit Schools Issued Illegal Student Loans

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(KMSP) – The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business issued illegal loans to students. Now, Attorney General Lori Swanson is going back to court to ask a judge to cancel the loans. Swanson also sued Globe several years ago for offering police training classes that were not accredited. The university ended up shutting down that criminal justice…

Highway 53 to be Open to Traffic This November

The Construction is Coming Along Right on Schedule.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation built the original roadway in 1960, on land owned by mining companies. In 2010, the lease on the land expired and since then, MnDOT has been working to move Highway 53 to a new location. The highway relocation work has many components to it, including moving a portion of the highway onto…

ObamaCare ‘Straight Repeal’ Fails on Senate Vote

(FOX NEWS) – A conservative-backed plan to repeal the bulk of ObamaCare and give lawmakers a two-year window to replace the struggling health law failed on a Senate vote Wednesday, in the latest setback for the repeal push. The vote was 55-45 against the amendment, with seven Republicans opposing. The chamber’s 46 Democrats and two independent senators all voted against…

Legislature’s Dispute with Dayton Heads for Supreme Court

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The legal battle between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature is on a fast track to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The dispute revolves around Dayton’s move to zero out funding for the House and Senate while signing a $46 billion budget. The Democratic governor wants top Republicans to rework costly tax breaks and other measures…

Foxconn Announces $10 Billion Investment in New Wisconsin Campus

ESTIMATED TO ESTABLISH 13,000 NEW JOBS IN THE STATE

(AP) WASHINGTON – Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics manufacturing services provider, announced Wednesday that it will invest $10 billion by 2020 to build a world-class manufacturing campus in southeastern Wisconsin. The campus is expected to bring 13,000 new jobs to Wisconsin and represents the largest new greenfield investment made by a foreign-based company in U.S. history. The announcement…

Kenwood Avenue Improvements Set to Begin July 31

Project is expected to take 4-5 weeks to complete

DULUTH, Minn. – A street rehabilitation and construction project is set to begin on Kenwood Avenue at the College Street intersection next week, according to the City of Duluth. The goal of the project is to improve road conditions, better manage traffic congestion, and install new traffic control signals. The work to be performed will include: An asphalt mill and…

Dayton Appoints Judge for Vacant 6th District Seat

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Michelle M. Anderson as a District Court Judge in Minnesota’s 6th Judicial District. Anderson will replace the Honorable James B. Florey, who was appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals earlier this year. She will be chambered at the St. Louis County Court in Virginia. “Michelle Anderson brings a…

Walker with Trump for ‘Major Jobs Announcement’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says President Donald Trump plans to make a “major jobs announcement for Wisconsin” as anticipation builds it will be about electronics giant Foxconn locating in the state. Walker tweeted about the Wednesday afternoon news conference at the White House. Wisconsin state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he is in Washington for what he…

DSACF Awards Over 130 College Scholarships to Area Students

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation (DSACF) has been awarding students scholarships for the past 30 years, and this year they announced 134 scholarship recipients. “We are delighted to help area students achieve their education dreams,” said Holly Sampson, president of the Community Foundation. “These young adults join nearly 3,500 that we have assisted in the past…

Acting MPD Chief: Body Cameras Must be on When Dispatched to Any Call

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and acting police chief Medaria Arradondo announced changes Wednesday to Minneapolis Police Department’s body camera policy in the wake of the fatal shooting of Justine Damond. There was no footage of the July 15 shooting of Justine Damond because neither officer had activated their body cameras, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal…

Red Lake Reservation Struggling with Drug Epidemic

RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) – Tribal leaders of a northern Minnesota reservation have declared its heroin and opioid epidemic a public health emergency. The Star Tribune reports that Red Lake Indian Reservation tribal leaders are seeking outside help to deal with the crisis and are considering banishing tribal members who are involved with dealing drugs. They’ll discuss the option at…

Researchers Brainstorm to Stop Spread of Emerald Ash Borer

DULUTH, Minn. – An invasive species in spreading across America and harming the Ash tree population. The Emerald Ash Borer is now in the Northland, so researchers have gathered in Duluth to discuss ways to prevent the spread. Dr. Brian Palik, a research ecologist, says people from all over the Northeastern United States have come to the conference. He says…

Russia Slapped with Sanctions

North Korea and Iran Also Hit Hard

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) – The Republican-led House has decisively approved legislation that hits Russia with additional financial sanctions. The new penalties are aimed at rebuking Moscow for interfering in the 2016 presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria. Lawmakers voted 419-3 to pass the bill, which prevents President Donald Trump from waiving the sanctions against Russia without…

Animal Answers: Inside the Butterfly House

Visitors to the Lake Superior Zoo will Now be Able to Experience Native Butterflies Up-Close for the Rest of the Summer

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting today, visitors at the Lake Superior Zoo will have the chance to make way through an enclosed exhibit with hundreds of butterflies fluttering around. “Beautiful Butterflies: An Up-Close Experience,” is the Zoo’s newest exhibit, featuring hundreds of butterflies native to the Midwest. “This is a beautiful and fun exhibit, and we’re pleased to bring it to…

Trump to Bar Transgender Individuals from Armed Forces

Trump Sent Out Tweet This Morning

WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump says he will bar transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity” in the U.S. armed forces. Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that after consulting with “Generals and military experts,” that the government “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” Trump added that “Our military must be focused on…