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Grand Avenue Estates Project Gets Pollution Grant

Development Project Near Morgan Park Gets a Boost

DULUTH, Minn- There is growing excitement for a major housing development along the St. Louis River corridor that hit a polluted snag. The city of Duluth and the developer have landed a $654,000  clean–up grant from the state. That money will go towards the nearly 1 million cost to get rid of contaminated soil on the property. This means the…

Wisconsin Point Restoration Plans Taking Shape

The project will focus on eliminating areas of concern, specifically to dunes along the peninsula

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Plans for restoration on Wisconsin Point are nearing completion. The Superior Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department shared design details of the project with residents tonight. The restoration focuses on eliminating areas of concern, specifically to the dunes along the peninsula. Some of the planned changes on Wisconsin Point include boardwalks from updated parking lots to the dunes…

Solon Springs Movies in the Park

In July, Solon Springs will show movies at the Lucious Woods Park.

The bright lights of Hollywood will light up the night skies in Solon Springs this summer. The Family Fun Days committee started a crowd-funding campaign to bring movies to Lucious Woods Park on Friday nights. The village has already stepped up to provide funding for the screen and projector. Organizers said the response from the community has been overflowing with…

Berndt Sentenced for Two Superior Robberies

Berndt will serve twenty-five years in prison for the May assaults on two women in Superior.

Scott Berndt was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for two separate assaults that happened just eleven hours apart from each other. After emotional testimony from one of the victims, Berndt broke down in tears. The judge noticed his remorse, but said Berndt’s crimes and previous history were worthy of a long sentence. Berndt was convicted for violently attacking two…

Vikings Teach Kids to Stop Bullying

Vikings' Mascot Viktor Stopped at Lakewood Elementary in Duluth to Interact with Students

DULUTH, Minn. -The Minnesota Vikings stopped at Lakewood Elementary in Duluth today. The appearance was part of mascot Viktor the Viking’s quest to stop bullying. The program brings him and other members of the Vikings around the state to interact with kids and teach them how to prevent all kinds of bullying, including verbal, physical, social, and cyber bullying. “To…

Irving Community Club Makes Donation

Club Donated Over $85,000 to Local Non-Profits, Police

DULUTH, Minn. – The Irving Community Club continued its tradition of giving back to the community Wednesday. The club donated more than $85,000 to non–profits and police. Among the donations, $60,000 to Valley Youth Centers for a new teen building, and $15,000 each to the Duluth Police Department’s K–9 unit and to the West Duluth Little League. The club raises…

Snow Plow Simulator Teaches Drivers Safety

MnDOT Uses Simulator Year Round to Help Drivers Brush Up on Skills

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has a plow truck simulator they send around the state to train snow plow drivers. From the outside, this may look like an ordinary trailer, but inside there is a state of the art plow driving simulator. “The drivers get the opportunity every time we come around during a training cycle, they…

White Bear Lake Man Missing

Jeffery EckbladUPDATE: Mr. Eckblad was located safe on 1/27/17 WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. – The White Bear Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Jeffery Eckblad, 46, of White Bear Lake. Jeffery was last see at his residence on January 20, 2017. Because of on-going health concerns, family and authorities are concerned for his welfare. Jeffery does not…

Trump Moves to Build Border Wall, Cut Sanctuary City Funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation’s immigration controls Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall and block federal grants from immigrant-protecting “sanctuary cities.” “Beginning today the United States of America gets back control of its borders,” Trump declared during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security. “We are…

Danny Heinrich Sent to Prison Near Boston

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The man who admitted, last year, to killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in central Minnesota in 1989 is serving his sentence at a federal prison outside Boston. Fifty-three-year-old Danny Heinrich is listed as an inmate at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts. His release date is listed as March 28, 2033. Last year, Heinrich was sentenced…

Civil Lawsuit Filed in Pine County Cult Case

Suspect Previously Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

PINE COUNTY , Minn.-A woman that was sexually assaulted by a Pine County cult leader filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday against 15 former leaders of the River Road Fellowship. Lindsey Tornambe said she was sexually assaulted beginning at the age of 13 by 55-year-old Victor Barnard, the leader of the group. A lawsuit was also filed in Washington state, where…

One Dead as Truck Breaks Through Ice on Long Lake

Body Recovered Today

A diver tries to recover a body on Long Lake.WASHBURN COUNTY, Wis.-David Magnus, 60, is dead after his vehicle broke through the ice on Long Lake in Washburn County last night. According to witnesses, they heard a loud truck spinning around on the lake last night. The witnesses then found vehicle tracks leading to a hole in the ice. Multiple…

Pregnant Woman Found Dead in Eagan

Suspect has been arrested

Senicha LessmanEAGAN, Minn. (KMSP – Fox 9) – A 25-year-old woman has died after an incident Tuesday afternoon in Eagan, Minnesota. Wednesday morning, Eagan police identified the victim as Senicha Marie Lessman and confirmed her baby also died. Eagan police were called to the 3100 block of Alden Pond Lane shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday where Lessman was found unresponsive….

Mayo Clinic: Dayton’s Fall Unrelated to Cancer Diagnosis

ST. PAUL (AP) – The Mayo Clinic says Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s fall during his State of the State address was not related to his prostate cancer diagnosis. In a statement Tuesday evening, Mayo Clinic spokesman Karl Oestreich says doctors believe Dayton’s fainting spell “was situational and related to standing for a long time while giving his speech and possible…

Former S.C. Gov. Sworn in as UN Ambassador

Senate voted 96-4 in favor of her nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has been sworn in to be President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations. Vice President Mike Pence swore in Haley on Wednesday. The Senate voted 96-4, Tuesday night, in favor of her nomination despite her lack of significant foreign policy experience. During her confirmation hearing, the South Carolina-born daughter of…

St. Louis County Historical Society Seeking Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to attend the Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Historical Society is seeking volunteer gallery attendants for its Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery. The Ojibwe Gallery currently features the work of nationally recognized 19th century painter Eastman Johnson, whose paintings and drawings are notable for their realism and attention to detail. An equally important feature of the Gallery is the selection of American…

Animal Answers: Mushing with Endurance Kennels

Endurance Kennels Specialize in Sprint Sled Dog Racing; Teaches Community Members about the Sport of Mushing

DULUTH, Minn. – The 34th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon will kick off this weekend, after months of hard work and preparation from mushers and their dogs. But what is it like for sled dogs that prefer to mush a shorter distance? In this week’s Animal Answers, we’re mushing with Endurance Kennels. “I usually start my morning…

Lady Brew “Pantsuit” on Tap in Superior

Female Brewers and Beer Drinkers Taking on Craft Brew Scene

The Women’s March on Washington happened the same weekend a Northland brewery released a one- of-its- kind beer called “Pantsuit.” The timing wasn’t a coincidence; it’s a beer with a meaning at Thirsty Pagan in Superior. Allyson Rolph is one of few female master brewers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She says her gender hasn’t affected her success, apart from some…

St. Luke’s Hosts Laughing Yoga Class

Experts Say to Find Time to Laugh Throughout the Day

Duluth, Minn While children laugh nearly 300 times a day, adults only laugh about 20 times a day. Experts say five minutes of laughter a day can put you in a good mood for up three to five days after. St. Luke’s Medical Clinic in West Duluth is bringing another way via laughing yoga. “We’re here for a good time…

Former Navy Seal Inspires Solon Springs Students

Tom Hanrath is a former Navy Seal who travels around the country with the motto "Never Forget, Never Quit."

SOLON SPRINGS, Wis. – The positive impact a teacher can leaven on his or her students can last a lifetime. Solon Springs students had the chance to hear the story of a former Navy Seal. He credits his lifetime of service to one of his teachers and continues to thank him each and every day for defining the man he…

Governor’s Budget Impacts Duluth

Possible Funding for Human Rights Office

DULUTH, Minn.-After passing out during yesterday’s State of the State Address, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton was back on track today as he released his budget plans. One area mentioned locally is investing $2.3 million in Department of Human Rights’ offices throughout the state including one in Duluth. Some funds have also been allocated for operating the proposed Veteran’s Cemetery in…

Two Harbors Ready for Another Beargrease

Local Businesses Look Forward to Annual Boom from Sled-Dog Race

1/1 Show Caption Hide Caption TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Already a popular winter destination, this week there’s a little more excitement in the air in Two Harbors. “It’s exciting because it brings businesses some more business, it brings in people,” said Marsha Snowdon.  “It’s exciting to see all the mushers.” The week of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon also…

Retired Wisconsin Brewery Head, Leinenkugel Going to D.C.

Jake Leinenkugel Photo: Ross Evavold Chippewa HeraldCHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) – The retired head of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company is joining President Trump’s administration as an adviser on Veterans issues. The Chippewa Herald reported, Tuesday, that Jake Leinenkugel had accepted a position as a senior White House adviser to the Office of Veterans Affairs. The White House would not…

Worker Struck and Killed on the Job in Ashland Co.

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wisc. – The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday, January 23, around 11 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office and Great Divide Ambulance were dispatched to State Highway 13 in Ashland, near Highbridge, for a male that had a tree fall on him. The male, employed with a professional tree cutting service, had been limbing a tree, while…

Investigators Seek Tips About Upper Peninsula Wolf Poaching

STAMBAUGH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Michigan conservation officers are appealing for public tips about the illegal shooting of a wolf in the Upper Peninsula’s Iron County. The Department of Natural Resources says the poaching happened about 10 miles southwest of Iron River, in Stambaugh Township. A passerby spotted the wolf Sunday afternoon lying several feet off East Brule Lake Road,…

Gov. Walker to Deliver Budget Address February 8

MADISON (AP) – Governor Scott Walker will deliver his budget address to the state Legislature on Wednesday, February 8. Walker alerted lawmakers on Tuesday that he will unveil his two-year spending plan that day. The speech is set for 4 p.m., breaking tradition of nighttime addresses. The budget comes as Walker is expected to mount a re-election bid for a…

Winter Weather to Impact Wednesday Morning Commute

Snow and mixed precipitation expected to impact road conditions across northern Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is reminding motorists to be cautious if traveling in what could be hazardous conditions. Snow and a mix of snow and rain is expected to make driving difficult Tuesday evening through Wednesday. Precipitation is expected across the majority of the state, and road conditions will become slippery as snow mixes in. Snow is expected…

Trump Administration Institutes Media Blackout at EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants. Emails sent to EPA staff since President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday and reviewed by The Associated Press detailed the specific prohibitions banning press releases, blog updates, or posts to the agency’s social media…

Flint Water Falls Below Federal Lead Limit

Falls below "Action level" of 15 ppb

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan environmental officials say Flint’s water system no longer has lead levels exceeding the federal limit. The finding by the Department of Environmental Quality is good news for a city whose 100,000 residents have grappled with the man-made water crisis since 2014. Officials told The Associated Press, ahead of an official announcement Tuesday, that the 90th…

One in Custody after Lake Nebagamon Stabbing

The incident took place early Tuesday morning

LAKE NEBAGAMON, Wis. – A 49-year-old Lake Nebagamon man is in custody after a stabbing incident this morning. Douglas County 911 received a call around 5:00 a.m., Tuesday morning, from a man stating he was bleeding to death. The connection was lost before further information was obtained. At 5:13 a.m. a call was received from a third party, directing officers…

Governor Dayton Announces Battle with Prostate Cancer

ST. PAUL (AP) – Governor Mark Dayton says he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but will finish the final two years of his term. Dayton made the announcement, Tuesday, just a day after collapsing while delivering his State of the State address. “I always thought I was incredibly fortunate…cancer seems to me like Russian Roulette. Everytime I get a clean…

Data Shows Deadliest Year Since 2007 for Michigan Drivers

2016 brought over 300,000 crashes in Michigan

DETROIT (AP) – Preliminary state data shows that 2016 was the deadliest year since 2007 for drivers in Michigan. The Detroit Free Press reports that a running total of 1,021 people were killed in 301,525 overall crashes last year in Michigan. Ann Readett with the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says as more reports are received the number of…

MN House Committee Approves Bill that Would Charge Protesters

Associated with disruptive demonstrations

ST. PAUL (AP) – A Minnesota House committee has approved a bill that would charge protesters for law enforcement costs associated with disruptive demonstrations. The House Civil Law Committee passed the bill 6-3, amid outcry from critics who say it could be used to silence dissent. Citizens at Tuesday’s hearing shouted “Shame, shame!” after the vote, prompting lawmakers to walk…

Wisconsin Manufacturing Tax Credit Continues to Grow

MADISON (AP) – A manufacturing tax credit touted by Republicans is projected to cost the state more than $650 million over the next two years. Democratic critic Representative Gordon Hintz, of Oshkosh, on Tuesday released the latest estimates from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. It shows that the program will have reduced state tax collections by about $1.4 billion by…

Gov. Dayton Returns to Work after Collapse

Dayton collapsed during his State of the State address Monday night

ST. PAUL (AP) – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is planning to keep to his normal schedule Tuesday after collapsing during his State of the State address. The 69-year-old Democrat fainted as he neared the end of his annual speech Monday night. He appeared conscious as he was helped to a back room minutes later. A top staffer said he walked…

Trump Takes Executive Action on Oil Pipelines

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has signed executive actions to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. Trump tells reporters in the Oval Office that the construction of the pipelines will subject to the terms and conditions being renegotiated by the United States. Former President Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in…

Turkish Students Learn About Life in Minnesota

Students at Marshall, Learn About Life in Turkey

The Turkish students are from Middle East Technical University Development Foundation Private School, one of the most prestigious schools in Turkey. Students were selected from a large pool of competitive applicants. “We’ve hosted students from Vietnam, Columbia, France, Germany, Russia, and this opportunity to host Turkish students, this is a first for Marshall,” says Christa Knudsen, the Director of International Programs at…

Warm Temperatures Affecting Local Businesses

Stores See an Increase in Sales with More People Taking Part in Outdoor Activities

DULUTH, Minn. -With above average temperatures across the Northland, people are getting outside more than usual this January. Today doesn’t feel like a typical January day in northern Minnesota.  And for most Northlanders wanting to enjoy themselves outdoors, the warm temperatures have been more than welcome. Stores like Marine General in Duluth have seen a big increase in sales as…

Referendum Vote Nears For Proctor Sports Facility

PROCTOR, Minn. – Officials say it’s time for a facelift because the Proctor Arena has outlived its life expectancy. Just as the movie saying goes, “If you build it they will come” — and that’s exactly what school officials are hoping to do. “We really want to have an environment that not only provides hockey but provides an opportunity for…

Standing Rock Rally Shows Support for City Council

Supporters of a resolution showing solidarity with those of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe thanked the Duluth City Council for passing the resolution.

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth City Council recently passed a resolution expressing their support for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. It’s a decision that the council has heard both praise and criticism for making. Supporters of the resolution held a rally in the city hall rotunda and thanked the council for their actions. Those supporters said the city council was well within…

Businesses Voice Concern of Duluth City Council’s Standing Rock Resolution

The group of 51 businesses believe city council should spend more time focusing on local issues

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of Twin Ports businesses are voicing concern over the Duluth city council’s resolution of support with the Standing Rock protestors back in December. Today, some of those businesses involved in the pipeline industry gathered at United Piping in Duluth to express their disappointment toward city council’s decision. “They never took the opportunity to listen to…

Gov. Mark Dayton Collapses During State of the State

Dayton Was Resting At Home After The Incident

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed at the podium while delivering his State of the State address at the Minnesota State Capitol Monday night. Dayton, 69, had been speaking for more than 40 minutes when he collapsed. He was reportedly about to make an offer of a new public health care option. House Speaker Kurt Daudt quickly adjourned…

Today is the First Day to File Income Tax Returns

Local Accounting Firms Busy with Tax Preparation

DULUTH, Minn. -Today is the first day Americans can file their income tax returns. In Duluth, accounting businesses are seeing a rush of appointments with people trying to prepare their returns. DKK Accounting in Duluth urges people to stay organized and keep all their tax documents together, and they say people with complicated taxes may want to get help from…

New Miller Creek Medical Clinic Now Open

Clinic Holds Community Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Today

HERMANTOWN, Minn. -The new Miller Creek Medical Clinic in Hermantown is now open. The clinic opened its doors on December 19th and held their community open house and ribbon cutting ceremony today. St. Luke’s officials are hoping the new clinic will allow them to expand on services they offered at their old location. “We’re trying to create a more convenient…

Ice Rinks Closed Due to Warm Temperatures

Officials Ask You to Stay Off the Ice

DULUTH, Minn. – The temperatures have been warm the last couple of days, thawing the Ice on skating Rinks. Most of the city’s outdoor ice rinks are closed, and city officials ask people to stay off of the rinks to prevent further damage to the ice.   Officials say once the temperatures drop again, they will evaluate the ice conditions, and…