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Cloquet Police Chief Under Investigation Releases Statement

CLOQUET, Minn. – FOX 21 learned new details Wednesday about the investigation of Cloquet’s Police Chief, Steve Stracek. Stracek’s complaint against him will be investigated by an outside firm — not the city councilors who put Stracek on paid administrative last Thursday. Interim city administrator and human resources director James Barclay said Stracek remains a city employee and clarified the…

Fuse Duluth Celebrates 12th Anniversary of Connecting Young Professionals

Since they started back in 2005, attendance at events has more than doubled

DULUTH, Minn. – Fuse Duluth is celebrating 12 years of connecting young professionals. The group gathered Wednesday night at Clyde Iron Works to network and celebrate with samples from local businesses. Fuse was started by the Duluth Chamber of Commerce to attract and retain young talent to the area. Since they started back in 2005, attendance at events has more…

Reinert Named VP of Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation

Reinert Previously Served in Minnesota's Senate and House

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation has named Roger Reinert its new vice president. It’s a new position for the group, which will lead the day-to-day operations. The Foundation gives grants to non-profit organizations throughout the community, along with scholarships. Since being started in 1983, it has given away $50 million. Reinert served six years in the Minnesota Senate…

County Seat Theater Company Recognized at State Festival

County Seat Theater Company Started 30 Years Ago at Carlton High School

CLOQUET, Minn. – As we head into spring, what better way to fight off the puddles and mud than with a trip to the theatre! Exciting things are happening at the County Seat Theater Company in Cloquet. Recently, the team of talented actors and actresses brought home recognition, placing third in a state festival. The award, presented by the Minnesota Association…

Two Men Charged in Fatal Accident on Hwy 169

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – Criminal complaints were filed for two men, today, in Itasca County District Court. One charges Tomas Charles Cuellar, 39, of Grand Rapids, with Criminal Vehicular Homicide and another charging Bradley Gene Doree, 48, of Hill City with Aiding and Abetting Criminal Vehicular Homicide and Aiding and Abetting Fourth Degree Driving While Intoxicated. These charges stem from…

Grandma’s Marathon Announces Musical Acts

Will Feature 90s Bands

DULUTH, Minn.-Grandma’s Marathon announced today that three huge 90s bands will play “Rock the Big Top” party June 16th in Canal Park. Everclear, Vertical Horizon, and Fastball will be playing some of their biggest hits, to kick off Grandma’s Marathon Weekend. “Whether you’re volunteering or running or just coming down to spectate…it is a community event and the music aspect…

Drug Bust in Eveleth, 3 Arrested

1/3 Photo: LSDVCTF Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Photo: LSDVCTF Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Photo: LSDVCTF Show Caption Hide Caption EVELETH, Minn. – Members of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force executed three search warrants on March 21, 2017, which resulted in three arrests. These individuals were arrested for various drug and weapons charges. As a…

Target Celebrates Stretch Marks in New Swimwear Campaign

NEW YORK (AP) – Target is celebrating the stretch mark as a thing of beauty. The chain has launched a swimwear campaign on social media that features four models in unretouched images as it promotes a focus on inclusivity. Social media star Megan Batoon, pro skateboarder Lizzie Armanto, model and body activist Denise Bidot, and TV host and model Kamie…

Police: 2 Injured in Wisconsin Shooting, Schools on Lockdown

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a shooting has critically injured two people in northern Wisconsin, and area schools and a hospital are on lockdown. Dozens of police cars and emergency vehicles were responding after a shooting was reported Wednesday afternoon in Rothschild. The Wausau Police Department posted a link on social media saying the situation was still active and…

Empty Bowl Auction Opens

Proceeds Help Food Bank

DULUTH, Minn.-Second Harvest’s Empty Bowl Auction officially opened today. The auction features bowls crafted by area artists. Proceeds help benefit the Northern Lakes Food Bank. The actual empty bowl event will be held April 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Depot. To find out how to bid, visit this website. Categories: News, News – Latest News Tags: empty bowl…

Former Sen. Feingold Launches New Advocacy Campaign

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Former Democratic Senator Russ Feingold is starting a new nonprofit political advocacy group focused on voters’ rights, campaign finance reform, protecting the independence of the U.S. Supreme Court and abolishing the Electoral College. Feingold announced the new group, called LegitAction, on Wednesday. It comes four months after he lost a rematch for the U.S. Senate against…

Animal Allies Educating Northland Youth

For Over 25 Years, Animal Allies Has Been Making Way Into Northland Classrooms

DULUTH, Minn. – Some say seeing is believing. Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth is looking to educate Northland youth by making way into classrooms, to teach hands-on. Twenty-five years later, these visits still have a lasting effect on local students. “I had twelve dollars and the ropes we bought, I think were .95 cents,” said Isabella, 2nd grade student…

Aquatic Invasive Species Course

Stopping A Problem With The Public's Help

Duluth, Minn Invasive species have caught the attention of the St. Louis River Alliance and there doing what they can to take on the issue before it gets worse. Ordinary citizens are taking a course on how to identify invasive species and their possible impacts on the waters in the Twin Ports. They’ll also learn how to record data and…

Superior To Invest In Local Attractions

Wisconsin Point And Nemadji To Be Renovated

Superior, Wis Tonight the City of Superior is looking to make a splash in the tourism industry by revamping two of its most treasured pieces of land. Wisconsin Point will finally see the benefits of thousands of dollars giving visitors and citizens a destination to look forward too for years to come. Broken down by mankind and the elements of…

Seminar Held to Help Duluthians Understand Utility Bills

Citizens Utility Board Also Offered Individual Appointments to Teach Consumers How to Lower Utility Use

DULUTH, Minn. – For anyone having a hard understanding their utility bill, the Citizens Utility Board was in Duluth today to help. The statewide organization held seminars at the Coppertop Church and had one-on-one consultations with Duluthians to teach them how to interpret their utility bills and what they can do to lower their utility use. “We really try to…

Great Outdoors: UMD’s Clean Snowmobile Team Takes 3rd in National Competition

A busted engine was no problem for this experienced group of engineering students

DULUTH, Minn. – Living in the Northland, most people have seen and heard snowmobiles buzzing through the snow during the winter months. Over at UMD, a group of students has been working hard, designing a new, cleaner sled and they’re already seeing the results pay off. “When we first started we were just barely trying to get something to work,”…

Gordy’s Hosts Charity Fundraiser Before Opening

Restaurant Offers Special Meal to Customers Who Bid the Highest on Local Charities

CLOQUET, Minn. – Gordy’s Hi-Hat in Cloquet opens for the season tomorrrow. The restaurant hosted a fundraiser tonight, allowing the highest bidders to enjoy a private party at the famous diner, all while giving to charity. The night before they open for their 47th season, the grills were frying up burgers, fries, and onion rings at Gordy’s. But only the customers…

Lake Superior College Students Awarded Toolboxes

Industry Partners Sponsor the Grant to Ensure Students Graduate From In Demand Programs

DULUTH, Minn. – Three Lake Superior College students were awarded a toolbox today that they can use to complete their machine tool program and work professionally in the field. The Machine Tech Toolbox Grant is provided by the LSC industry partners as a way to ensure skilled students graduate from in-demand programs. The students have until the toolboxes on loan…

Federal Budget Cuts Could Impact Foster Grandparent Program

Students Wrote Letters to Senator Al Franken, Asking to Save the Foster Grandparent Program

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of Duluth second graders put to use their daily writing lesson, lobbying to keep a classroom helper on hand Tuesday. It all started with the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Each new President brings a new wish-list of ideas to the table when it comes to budget cuts. Nearly 200 senior citizens in the Twin…

Local Leaders United Against Trump Budget

Duluth Mayor Says Budget has Serious Implications for City

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth and St. Louis County officials voiced concerns over the proposed federal budget at a unique press conference Tuesday morning at City Hall. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson was joined by nearly 40 representatives from various state, county and city organizations. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget calls for massive cuts to nearly every federal department.  Mayor Larson is…

Tri-Towers Residents Voice Concerns

Tenants Held a Meeting with Police Representative to Discuss Issues

DULUTH, Minn. – Some residents At Downtown Duluth’s Tri–Towers Apartments are scared Because of recent trouble in and around the complex.  However, Duluth police say some incidents are exaggerated. Those were the messages at a meeting between some concerned Tri–Towers tenants and Housing and Redevelopment Authority Community Officer Steve Ring Tuesday. The meeting was inspired by a weekend incident Where…

Wisconsin DHS Head Doesn’t Know How Many May Lose Insurance

Asked about it during a forum, Tuesday

Linda Seemeyer MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The head of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services says she doesn’t know how many people may lose insurance in the state under the proposed federal health care overhaul. Linda Seemeyer was asked about the proposal Tuesday during a forum hosted by Wisconsin Health News. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicted 24 million would…

Sheriff Who Investigated Wetterling Abduction Announces Retirement

Courtney Perry for MPR News ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) – A central Minnesota sheriff who worked to solve the decades-old kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling is hanging up his badge. Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner announced his retirement Tuesday. Sanner has worked for the sheriff’s office for nearly 33 years and has been sheriff for the last 14. Sanner was among…

Subject Identified in Polk County Officer Involved Shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an officer involved shooting incident that happened on Monday, March 20 in Polk County. The Grand Forks County Medical Examiner has identified the deceased suspect as Clarence Duane Huderle, 73, of Warren, Minnesota. Huderle died of a gunshot wound; the manner of his death…

Duluth Police, Fond du Lac Band Receive Grants for Combating Sex Trafficking

Funding to Provide Investigative Support and Training

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (DPS-OJP) recently awarded eight Sex Trafficking Investigation and Training Grants to help law enforcement agencies across the state for 2017. Statewide grants totaled $799,268 compared with $487,500 last year. Additional funding was appropriated by legislature and signed by Gov. Dayton. These grants will be used for new…

Duluth Police Introduce Internet Purchase Exchange Locations

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has announced it will be installing Internet Purchase Exchange Location signs. These locations are designed to promote a safe location for those purchasing items from others online. Whether it’s Craigslist or a Facebook group, these locations will make it easy for the buyer and seller to meet up without the fear of being…

Arson Incident in UMD Dorms

Arsonists set fire to posters hung near study lounge

1/4 Photo: UMDPD Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Photo: UMDPD Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Photo: UMDPD Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Photo: UMDPD Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday, March 19, just after 7:30 p.m., UMDPD and personnel from the Duluth Fire Department responded to the sixth floor of Griggs Hall E on the report of an…

Body Found in Ironwood Home that was Set for Demolition

Believed to be the Homeowner

IRONWOOD, Mich.-The Ironwood Department of Public Safety have discovered human remains inside a home that was due for demolition Monday. The Ironwood home was being inspected prior to being destroyed when the remains were found. Authorities have said the person found inside the home had been deceased “for some time, and was perhaps the homeowner.” Authorities have identified the individual…

Catch-and-Release Walleye Season Announced at Mille Lacs Lake

Mille Lacs Lake Needs to Rebuild Walleye Population

Mille Lacs Lake, Minn.-Catch-and-release regulations will be in effect again this year, in order to rebuild the Walleye population. Anglers will be on the water May 13, with the walleye season running until Sept. 4. “Our goal is to have the longest fishing season possible while ensuring the conservation of the lake’s future walleye spawning stock,” said DNR Commissioner Tom…

Man Dies in ATV Accident in Town of Oakland

Accident Occurred Saturday

Town of Oakland, Wis.-A 28-year-old man has died as the result of injuries sustained in an ATV accident in the Town of Oakland Saturday. Andrew Mirkot, of South Range, has been identified as the victim. The crash happened at about 2:30 p.m. on Clara Barton Road. When emergency personnel arrived at the scene, they decided to airlift the victim to a hospital…

Wisconsin Battles Chronic Wasting Disease

Seven Percent of Deer Infected with CWD

MADISON, Wis.- The state Department of Natural Resources says a little more than 7 percent of deer tested last year were infected with chronic wasting disease. Data on the DNR’s website shows 441 of 6,039 deer analyzed tested positive for the disease, a prevalence rate of 7.3 percent. The prevalence rate in 2015 was 9.4 percent, the highest rate since…

Minnesota GOP Takes on Road Funding Debate

Lack of Funding Found for Mass Transit Projects

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Senate Republicans say they have a plan to fund billions of dollars in road and bridge repairs without raising the gas tax. Legislation unveiled Monday would tap a mixture of existing taxes on car parts and other automobile expenses, federal grants and borrowing to drum up $3.6 billion over the next decade. But it hinges…

Lincoln Park House Fire Investigated as ‘Suspicious’

Someone Seen Running Away from Home at Time of Fire

DULUTH, Minn.-A Monday structure fire at 2006 W. Fourth St. has been deemed suspicious by the Duluth Fire Department. “This fire is suspicious in nature with a report of a person fleeing the scene before the fire was reported,” said the Duluth Fire Department in a prepared statement. When crews responded to the fire at the Lincoln Park home, they…

Ely Teacher Killed In Snowmobile Accident

ELY, Minn. – An Ely man has died from injuries suffered during a snowmobile accident that happened Sunday around 3 p.m. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office identified the man Monday as 48-year-old Christopher Yarger. The Ely Echo reported Yarger as a first-year teacher at Ely Memorial High School. Authorities say Yarger crashed his snowmobile on Shagawa Lake, and they…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Benoit Cheese Haus

Store Has More Than 150 Kinds of Cheese

BENOIT, Wis. — Jill Jones is a true Wisconsinite. As the newest owner of Benoit Cheese Haus in Benoit, Wisconsin, she knows her home state loves its cheese. “I couldn’t imagine a world without cheese,” she says with a wry smile. From Havarti, to Colby Jack, Pepper Jack, Swiss, Gouda, and Cheddar, Benoit Cheese Haus in Bayfield County boasts that…

Lakewalk Bustling for First Day of Spring

With temperatures near 50 degrees in Duluth, people flocked to Lake Superior to enjoy the start of a new season

DULUTH, Minn. – It may still look and feel a bit like winter around the Northland with some snow scattered about, but Monday marked the first official day of spring. Many people were out enjoying the warm weather, including Barb and Jim Lundborg, who were visiting from the St. Paul area. “There’s energy in spring,” said Barb. “It’s kind of…

Local Arts 2017 Schedules Unveiled

DULUTH, Minn. – The art scene in the Twin Ports has grown quickly, creating its own brand. Due to the major support system from the community, it allows for new never-before-seen productions to make their way to northeastern Minnesota. Monday evening, three major productions including the Duluth-Superior Symphony, Minnesota Ballet, and Lyrics of the North, came together at the Zeitgeist…

Local Leader Wins Well Deserved Award

Phil Norrgard Wins Award for Work During His Time With the Fond du Lac Band

DULUTH, Minn.- A local leader wins a prestigious award at UMD. An award ceremony was held for Phil Norrgard who received the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement Award for the work he has done as the Human Services Director for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The Outstanding Achievement Award is given to people who have demonstrated outstanding…

Belknap Construction Project is Beginning in Superior

Some Roads Will Be Closed

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Construction to improve Belknap Street in Superior is beginning as soon as the weather is warm enough. People involved with the project say the current street is reaching the end of its useful life, and costing too much to maintain. The two year project on Belknap Street will replace around 1.4 miles of concrete roadway, upgrade the storm…

It’s Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen

It's Dairy Queen's Way of Celebrating Spring

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s the first day of spring, and Dairy Queens across the Northland and Nation, is celebrating with free Ice Cream Cones Ice Cream Cones are free today at participating Dairy Queens. The Cones are limited to one per person, and each person getting a free cone needs to be there in person, but no purchase is required. “The…