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COVID-19 Cases Rise in Douglas County, More Superior Bars Linked to Surge

Health Dept. has tracked "several" COVID-19 cases to President's Bar.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Douglas County Public Health is reporting seven more people tested positive for COVID-19 this week — specifically in Superior — bringing the total to 37. Common factors contributing to the spread of the virus are visitors from areas with high transmission rates and people who visited multiple public places while symptomatic. At least eight bars in the…

New Accelerated Nursing Program Introduced at CSS

One local college is meeting the need for nursing assistants through some new courses.

DULUTH, Minn. – One local college is meeting the need for nursing assistants through some new courses. The program will give students the opportunity to become nursing assistants in as little as six weeks. Essentially, it puts together online and in-person training to create a hybrid experience for students. Leadership at CSS says that there is a big need that…

Water Dumped on New Perspective Senior Living Manager’s Head After Popular Facebook Post

It all started when a staff member posted on Facebook saying if she got over 1000 comments, 10 likes, and 5 shares that she could pour a bucket of water on her boss's head.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Residents and staff at Betty’s Harbor, the memory care part of New Perspective Senior Living in Superior, witnessed the manager get water dumped on her head. It all started when a staff member posted on Facebook saying if she got over 1000 comments, 10 likes, and 5 shares that she could pour a bucket of water on…

Duluth Police Department Updates Use-of-Force Policies

This comes in the wake of George Floyd's death in the Twin Cities leading the community to urge the police to review their policies and make sure that they are using their best practices. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department’s Chief Mike Tusken announced on Thursday updates to the department’s use-of-force policy. This comes in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the Twin Cities leading the community to urge the police to review their policies and make sure that they are using their best practices. In 2019, only 0.15% of all calls…

Naked Man Found After 24 Hours in Downtown Duluth Sewer

DULUTH, Minn.– The naked man who decided to take a dip into the sewer system in downtown Duluth yesterday was located Thursday night. A passerby heard him yelling for help around five under a manhole by the Wells Fargo building. Yesterday, multiple agencies were searching for the man on Michigan Street by the Duluth Transit Center downtown. His clothes were…

Fitger’s Brewhouse and Burrito Union Will Now Require Masks Starting Friday

DULUTH, Minn.– As the Duluth City Council prepares to vote on an ordinance later this month requiring masks be worn in all public places, one Duluth restaurant owner isn’t waiting to mask up his staff and customers. Starting this weekend, two well-known Duluth restaurants are going to be taking an additional step to keep customers healthy. “We don’t want to…

Fireworks Displays Scheduled to Happen in Wisconsin Towns

Solon Springs still planning annual fireworks, Gordon's Buckhorn providing display

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – While the pandemic has forced many cities to cancel their fireworks shows, some towns in Northern Wisconsin aren’t backing down. But that doesn’t mean the events still won’t be canceled if officials expect too much of a risk. “I struggle with this decision every day to be frank, and I’ll probably never feel completely a hundred…

New Webpage Dedicated to Housing Introduced by City of Duluth

The website was put together to make a more user-centric experience for housing developers and local residents.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new webpage dedicated to housing has been introduced by the City of Duluth. The website was put together to make a more user-centric experience for housing developers and local residents. The page includes information about local, state, and federal funding opportunities and general housing market information. In addition, the City of Duluth is partnering with the…

Lifeguards Return To Park Point Beach

Lifeguards will only staff Park Point Beach from July 10th through Labor Day.

DULUTH, Minn. – Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the city had to put a pause on the use of lifeguards at park point beach. Now the city is partnering with the Duluth Area YMCA to bring those lifeguards back. Starting from July 10 until Labor Day the lifeguards will return to Park Point Beach. The Duluth Area YMCA is in…

Homeless Rate Goes Up In St. Louis County

Last year more than 500 people in the county said they were experiencing homelessness, but this year, it's up to 600 people.

DULUTH, Minn. – A study completed by St. Louis County in January uncovered an increase in the number of people dealing with homelessness The County conducts what it calls the “Point in Time” survey every year. This year, surveyors found that homeless people living in shelters or on the streets jumped by nearly 20% compared to last year. The study…

Missing Naked Man Found Under Manhole Cover in Downtown Duluth

From Wednesday’s search efforts. DULUTH, Minn.-Duluth officials are telling us tonight that the naked man who entered the sewers yesterday has been found alive. City spokesperson Kate Van Daele tells Fox 21 that he was discovered underneath a manhole cover at 5 p.m. today outside of the Wells Fargo building on Superior Street. The Duluth Fire Department received a call…

Minnesota Officials Back Mask Mandate Amid Spikes Elsewhere

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Health experts are urging Gov. Tim Walz to require masks in public statewide amid concerns over the spike in coronavirus cases elsewhere. Nationwide, the infection curve rising in 40 of 50 states. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says the evidence is increasingly clear that masks are effective. Walz says he’s reevaluating the situation daily. Minnesota has seen an uptick…

Midday Update 7-2-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, July 2, 2020

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Blasting Off for the Fourth with Delicious Desserts by Sweet Exchange

Cooking Connection: Sweet Exchange Fourth of July Cupcakes

DULUTH, Minn. – Independence Day is right around the corner, and you can’t forget dessert on the picnic table! In this week’s Cooking Connection, Lisa Quarles, pastry chef and owner of Sweet Exchange, teaches FOX 21’s Brett Scott how to make and decorate the company’s mouthwatering cupcakes. They’re red velvet with chocolate frosting, topped with a swirl of Sweet Exchange…

Duluth Police to Announce Use of Force Policy Updates Later Today

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth Police Department will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. today to announce updates made to their use of force policy. “The Duluth Police Department embraces our social contract with our community and works collaboratively to co-produce neighborhood safety,” the Department said in a press release. “After the tragic death of George Floyd, our community requested we…

Morning Update 7-2-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, July 2, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Chief Meteorologist Sam Gabrielli for a local look at news and weather making headlines Thursday, July 2, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Local News, morning update, William Seay

Lifeguards to Return to Park Point July 10

DULUTH, Minn.-The city of Duluth and the Duluth Area Family YMCA will once again provide lifeguards on Park Point this summer. Lifeguards will return to the beach on a limited basis, Friday through Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. Lifeguards services will begin on July 10 and go through Labor Day. “The city is grateful to the Duluth Area Family…

Minneapolis Commission to Hold Two Hearings on Police Proposal

MINNEAPOLIS-Some members of a commission reviewing a proposal to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department expressed concern about the fast-tracked timeline they must follow to get the issue on the November ballot. The Minneapolis Charter Commission voted Wednesday that it will have two public hearings on the issue. The first will be July 15. The City Council is proposing to amend…

Walleye Fishing on Mille Lacs Lake Closed for July

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Walleye fishing on Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake has closed for July. The planned closure took effect Wednesday, in anticipation of a fall walleye season. Officials with the Department of Natural Resources determined closing the popular lake to walleye fishing in July would provide the best chance for walleye fishing this fall, by reducing hooking mortality when water temperatures…

Jamrock Cultural Restaurant Finds New Home After Eviction Complicates Business

After being evicted due to serving the food to cars lined up outside his home, the owner and chef said, a Superior bar helped him out.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A local cook who’s Caribbean food business was sidelined after his landlord evicted him is teaming up with a Superior bar owner to serve his food once again. Average Joe’s Pub off Hammond Avenue was packed Tuesday evening, but people weren’t just there for a drink — but for Jamrock Cultural Restaurant in the back of the building….

Local Musician, Disability Rights Advocate Writes to Duluth Council in Favor of Mask Mandate

Gaelynn Lea says she feels requiring masks indoors is a logical first step for Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- A local musician and outspoken advocate for people with disabilities is voicing her support of the City Council approving a mask-mandate in public buildings. Gaelynn Lea recently wrote to Mayor Emily Larson and also the City Council urging them to require mask-wearing in the city. She said people who don’t wear a mask in public create a serious…

Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar Voluntarily Closes After Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn.– Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar in Duluth announced Wednesday they are voluntarily closing, explaining that staff has been exposed to a person with COVID-19. It’s also located in Canal Park, where the popular tourist destination has been seeing bigger crowds over the last few weeks. After a number of bars and restaurants in Superior closed yesterday due to…

John Magas Begins Role as Duluth Superintendent

DULUTH, Minn.– Today is the first day on the job for new Duluth Superintendent John Magas, who was named to the position in March. Magas has been spending the past few weeks transitioning virtually as the 30th superintendent in the district’s history. He says his long term goals include forming strategic plans on the district’s boundaries and finances. But Magas…

Wild State Cider Expands

Patrons are welcome into the taproom during the process.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been more than a year since Wild State Cider in Duluth opened its doors for the first time. Now it’s expanding. The popular cidery is extending its existing space to make room for six new tanks. A new canning line has already been added and some other building upgrades are taking place. Wild State distributes its…

Emergency Ordinance Proposal Could Require Everyone To Wear Masks Indoors

As an effort to ensure mass compliance with this proposed ordinance Essentia Health has offered to donate 20,000 masks to the public.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council is proposing an emergency ordinance to require everyone to wear masks while indoors From a statistical standpoint, many health officials believe wearing masks is a no brainer. As the number of Covid-19 cases keeps fluctuating daily around the nation, it can be difficult to see an end to the pandemic. Health experts believe…

Maritime Staff Help Tourists Navigate Area

While the local maritime museum remains closed to guests, it now has staff stationed outside the visitor center to provide information for guests and visitors.

DULUTH, Minn. – While the local maritime museum remains closed to guests, it now has staff stationed outside the visitor center to provide information for guests and visitors. It provides information about the shipping schedule along with brochures about the area. Those helping out say it’s important to get the word out about all the area has to offer. “This…

WITC Prepares for Fall Semester

As the pandemic continues, local colleges are getting ready for the fall semester.

DULUTH, Minn. – As the pandemic continues, local colleges are getting ready for the fall semester. Over at WITC, leadership says they are still figuring out what that looks like logistically. Students may or may not be required to wear a mask depending on how close in proximity they may be to other students in the classroom. They added they…

North Shore Scenic Railroad Kicks Off Summer Tourism Season

The coronavirus pandemic stopped operations at the North Shore Scenic Railroad in Duluth for many weeks, but a train finally left the depot today.

DULUTH, Minn. – The coronavirus pandemic stopped operations at the North Shore Scenic Railroad in Duluth for many weeks, but a train finally left the depot today. It’s the first run of the season. After three and a half months of preparations, the North Shore Scenic Railroad is welcoming in passengers and guests. “Even though we’re delayed, we’re sold out…

Health Officials Close Indoor Service at Madison Bars

(William Glasheen/The Post-Crescent via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Public health officials are closing indoor service at bars in Madison as the Fourth of July weekend approaches and as the number of reported coronavirus cases accelerate. Many of the new cases involve young people in Wisconsin’s largest college community. The order from Public Health Madison & Dane County allows bars…

Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar Temporarily Closing After Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

(photo courtesy: Facebook/Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar) DULUTH, Minn. – Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar announced on Wednesday they will be closing temporarily due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19. In a recent Facebook post, the restaurant wrote, “We are focusing right now on ensuring that the rest of our employees get tested. We continue to follow the cleaning…

Authorities Respond to Reports of Man in Duluth Sewer System, No one Located in Search

DULUTH, Minn. – Authorities in Duluth say they have ended their search for a person that allegedly crawled into the sewer system near the downtown area Wednesday afternoon. A city spokesperson says the Duluth Fire Department received a call around 12:17 p.m. reporting a man that was seen crawling into a sewer pipe around South 3rd Avenue West and I-35….

Pharmaceutical Industry Sues to Block Minnesota Insulin Law

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The drug industry is suing to overturn a Minnesota law that took effect Wednesday that requires them to provide emergency and longer-term insulin supplies to diabetics who can’t afford them. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, also known as PhRMA, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Minnesota late Tuesday, just hours before the…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, July 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 36,716 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 4 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,445 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 617,107 tests have been completed to date. There are 31,947 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 4,081 patients have required hospitalization…

Duluth City Council to Introduce Ordinance Requiring Mask Use

DULUTH, Minn.-Duluth residents may soon be required to wear masks in indoor spaces where business with the public is conducted. Multiple Duluth city councilors made that announcement during a press conference today with a vote expected on July 13. If approved, it would go into effect immediately and last until the end of state and local emergencies. Councilor Arik Forsman…

Midday Update 7-1-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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Trial Date Set for Former Minneapolis Officers Charged in George Floyd’s Death

(from left, Derek Chauvin, Tuo Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng) MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – A Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill has set the date for the first trial of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd as well as other deadlines in the case. The first trial will commence on March 8, 2021, at…

Lake Superior Zoo Launches Phase Two of Reopening, Membership Drive Extended

Starting Thursday, July 2, Lake Superior Zoo will Welcome Back Visitors to Indoor Exhibits

DULUTH, Minn. – The call of the wild is calling Northlanders back to the Lake Superior Zoo amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Thursday, July 2, the zoo will begin phase two in the reopening process. This will allow visitors to once again check out indoor exhibits, just in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. “We’re just really excited…

Morning Update 7-1-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist William Seay for a local look at news and weather making headlines Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Local News, morning update, William Seay

University of Minnesota: 7 Students Test COVID-19 Positive

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota said Tuesday that seven athletes from “multiple sports” have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Gopher Athletics Department conducted 170 COVID-19 tests during June, and seven athletes tested positive. The school said students who test positive are entered into a protocol and asked to self-isolate. Those students will have access to all necessary…

Wisconsin DNR to Allow Group Camping of 50 People or Less, Starting July 13

(FOX 9) – As COVID-19 restrictions loosen, Wisconsin campsites will also be taking more steps to reopen. Starting July 13, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will allow group camping for groups 50 or less. A reservation is required before setting up camp. Also, the DNR will start placing camp hosts at state park campgrounds and firewood at some state parks. While visiting the…

Former Hermantown Police Chief, Sons Among Injured In Hit-And-Run; Suspect Charged

Complaint: Suspect Rodney Scandin Jr. of Two Harbors drank two beers and got distracted before crash.

DULUTH, Minn. – A Two Harbors man was charged in St. Louis County Court Tuesday after a hit-and-run in Midway Township Friday that seriously injured five people — one of them critically. Suspect Rodney Scandin Rodney Scandin Jr., 35, of Two Harbors is charged with five felonies and a misdemeanor, including Criminal Vehicular Operation leading to bodily harm while also leaving…

Fireworks Stands Stay Busy

Northlanders are also continuing to prep for the fourth by buying up fireworks.

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders are also continuing to prep for the fourth by buying up fireworks. The owners at one stand at Cub Foods in Duluth says sales are up 300 percent higher than they were last year. Owners attribute this to coronavirus, saying since many celebrations are canceled, Northlanders are celebrating in their own ways, while keeping safety in…