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WI Breaks Record For Daily COVID Cases, State Hopeful With Antiviral Pill Distribution

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin just broke a record as it tallied up more than 11,000 new COVID cases on Thursday, the highest single-day total ever for this state. Just on Wednesday, the state saw roughly 10,000 new cases. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says the daily rate is 200% higher than it was just two months ago. The state…

How A Grant From DSACF Is Helping Young Moms Who Have Nothing

TWIN PORTS–  The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation plans to give another $1 million out to nonprofits in the Northland this year. One nonprofit is the Duluth YWCA’s Young Moms program, which is getting $20,000 from the foundation. Young Moms provides daycare while mothers, ages 16 to 21 who may be experiencing homelessness or are at-risk of it, go to…

Grammys Postpone Ceremony, Citing Omicron Variant Risks

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The upcoming Grammy Awards have been postponed due to what organizers called “too many risks” from the omicron variant. The ceremony had been scheduled for Jan. 31st in Los Angeles with a live audience and performances. The Recording Academy said Wednesday it made the decision “after careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health…

Grand Marais Sven and Ole’s Building For Sale

  GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – The popular downtown Grand Marais pizzeria Sven & Ole’s Pizza is undergoing some changes. In a Wednesday Facebook post, owner and co-founder Sid “Sven” Backlund announced they are selling the building located on Wisconsin Street in downtown Grand Marais, but not the business. “We won’t be going anywhere until the building is sold,” Backlund said….

New Minnesota COVID-19 Testing Sites Start Opening Friday

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s newest COVID-19 community testing site will open at the National Guard Armory in Anoka on Friday, Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday, while the Guard will help raise the capacity of a similar site in downtown St. Paul by 50%. The moves to boost the state’s testing capacity amid the spike in omicron variant cases are…

Midday Update 1-6-22

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, January 6, 2022

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Rusty Mehlberg for a local look at news and weather making headlines Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Local News, midday update, News, Rusty Mehlberg, weather

Winning Tickets for Wednesday’s $632M Powerball Jackpot Sold in California, Wisconsin

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (CNN) – Two lucky lotto players will find themselves in a new tax bracket in 2022 after hitting the $632.6 million jackpot in Wednesday night’s drawing. The winning tickets, sold in California and Wisconsin, matched all six numbers: 6 – 14 – 25 – 33 – 46 with a Powerball number of 17. The winners will split…

Minnesota AG Ellison Quarantining Outside US With COVID-19

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says he’s quarantining outside the country after testing positive for COVID-19. In a statement Wednesday night, Ellison said he was experiencing only mild symptoms thanks to having been vaccinated and boosted. He said he was isolating himself in place and will travel home when it is safe while conducting business…

Morning Update 1-6-22

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, January 6, 2022

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Rusty Mehlberg for a local look at news and weather making headlines Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Local News, morning update, News, Rusty Mehlberg, weather

Hoops Brewing Closed Today Due to Pipe Burst

1/2 (courtesy: Hoops Brewing) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Hoops Brewing will be closed for the day Thursday after a water pipe burst in the condo above the brewery due to the cold weather, flooding the beer hall. Hoops said in an Instagram post that the Duluth Fire Department was on scene quickly…

UPDATE: Superior Warehouse Fire “Winding Down,” Sivertson, Bayside Buildings a Total Loss

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Superior Warehouse Fire Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Superior Warehouse Fire Show Caption Hide Caption   SUPERIOR, Wis. – UPDATE: Superior Mayor Jim Paine says both the Sivertson building and Bayside building in Superior’s North End district are a total loss after a massive fire broke out Thursday morning in the Severson building. According…

Happening Now: Large Warehouse Fire in North End of Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Fire Department crews are actively fighting a warehouse fire in the North End district of Superior. Smoke from this fire did affect traffic along the Blatnik Bridge, which was closed in both directions for nearly two hours. Superior Police say North 3rd Street connecting downtown Superior to Highway 2 remains open at this time. It is advised…

Cold, Snowy Days Helps Duluth Public Library Stay Busy

DULUTH, Minn. – When the weather gets snowy and windy, you may choose to stay inside.  That is what the Duluth Public Library hopes people do this winter. Leaders there say plenty of people choose to make their three locations a gathering place, using their physical and online resources, and just to relax in a warm setting with a good book….

Mask Mandates Return To Twin Cities; No Plans In Motion For Twin Ports

Duluth and Superior mayors told FOX 21 Wednesday there are no immediate plans to bring back a mask mandate for their cities after Minneapolis and St. Paul both announced indoor mask mandates returning at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson’s office released the following statement: “The City is tracking the infection and spread of COVID-19 in Duluth,…

“Freshwater”, Documentary on Lake Superior, Premiers in February

NORTH SHORE, Minn. – Lake Superior will be the focal point of a new documentary set for release next month. “Freshwater” began with a surfing only focus for filmmaker Ian Planchon after seeing people ride the lake’s waves in 2019. “I never knew this group of people existed until we started this documentary,” says Planchon. It has been expanded to include…

Sen. Tina Smith Applauds Bi-Partisan Passage Of ‘No Surprises Act’ Involving Emergency Medical Bills

Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith is applauding lawmakers on both sides of the isle in D.C. for a new law now in effect to stop surprise medical bills for most emergency care. The “No Surprises Act” went into effect Jan. 1. Smith said Americans have faced unexpected medical bills for years after seeking emergency care ranging from hundreds to tens of…

DTA Talks About Further Impact From Route Temporarily Shutting Down

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Transit Authority is updating the public on the further impact from shutting down one route temporarily. The DTA is experiencing staffing shortages, and some employees are calling out sick with COVID and seasonal illnesses. For now, the trips on Route 5 are on pause. It’s a direct connection between West Duluth and the Miller Hill…

UMD’s ‘Preschool at the Park’ Reopening On-Campus Nature-Based Program

The Preschool at the Park is set to open on January 10th after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March of 2020.

DULUTH, Minn.- After almost two years UMD will be welcoming back some much younger students to their campus little preschoolers. The Preschool at the Park is set to open on January 10th after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March of 2020. Located in the Chester Park Building, the program is nature-based enhancing the 3 to 5-year-old’s…

Duluth Warming Centers at Capacity as New, Larger Facility’s Opening Delayed

The new warming center in Lincoln Park was supposed to open in December, but COVID supply chain issues pushed that to February.

DULUTH, Minn- Duluth’s homeless population is truly feeling the pain from these types of cold nights. And that’s fueling a desperate call for more attention and investment in affordable housing — as a new and bigger warmer center has been delayed for months. A new warming center in the lower level of the Lincoln Park Center is in its final…

Cousins Returns From COVID-19 Absence to Vikings for Finale

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Kirk Cousins has returned to the Minnesota Vikings from COVID-19 reserve. He missed the previous game while experiencing mild symptoms. That loss at Green Bay eliminated the Vikings from contention for the playoffs. They play Chicago on Sunday in a meaningless finale game. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer plans to play Cousins and all of the other regulars…

Minneapolis, St. Paul Reinstate Indoor Mask Mandates

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Minneapolis and St. Paul reinstated indoor mask mandates Wednesday as the state grapples with a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey signed an emergency regulation reinstating the city-wide mask policy, which requires patrons, employees, and visitors to wear a mask in businesses and places of public accommodation. St. Paul…

Snow Emergency Declared for City of Washburn

WASHBURN, Wis. – A snow emergency has been declared for the City of Washburn effective at midnight on Thursday. The snow emergency will end at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday. The City of Washburn says a snow emergency means that all vehicles must be removed from all city streets, alleys, and parking lots to allow city streets to be cleared completely…

Spirit Mountain Skating Rink to Open Friday

(courtesy: Spirit Mountain) DULUTH, Minn. – Spirit Mountain’s new Grand Avenue skating rink is set to open this Friday at the Grand Avenue Chalet. A grand opening event will be held on Friday starting at 5:30 p.m. and will include a bonfire and hot cocoa with marshmallows. The skating rink, located at 8551 Grand Avenue in West Duluth, is free…

Midday Update 1-5-22

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Rusty Mehlberg for a look at local news and weather making headlines Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Local News, midday update, News, Rusty Mehlberg, weather

Child Tax Credit 2021 Payments: How To Know if You Owe, IRS Letter to Watch For

WASHINGTON (FOX-TV via Fox 9) – Many parents across the U.S. received monthly payments in 2021 as part of the expanded Child Tax Credit program, and with tax season coming up, there is some important information to know and look out for in 2022. The Internal Revenue Service began sending letters to recipients of the program in late December and…

School Closings, Delays for Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022

Closed:  Bayfield Schools – Closed Bessemer Area School District – Closed Maple Schools – Closed Northwood School District – Closed Solon Springs School – Closed South Shore School District – Closed Superior School District – Closed Opening 2 Hours Late:  Lake Superior School District – 2-hour delay Early Dismissal: Ashland School District – Elementary released at 1 p.m., Middle and…

Local Animal Shelters Taking Part in Viral #BettyWhiteChallenge

Participants Can Donate on or Before Jan. 17 -- What Would Have Been White's 100th Birthday

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The late Betty White is being honored with a new social media challenge. The idea says that on Jan. 17 — which would have been white’s 100th birthday, people should pick a local rescue or animal shelter in their area and donate $5 in White’s name. White was a lifelong animal lover and wrote an animal book…

Morning Update 1-5-22

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, January 5, 2022

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Wisconsin Tax Burden Rises for First Time in Decade

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s state tax burden increased slightly last year for the first time in a decade due largely to a pandemic-related economic surge, according to a report released Wednesday. The nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum’s study found total state and local taxes in Wisconsin grew to $34 billion last year, up 7.1% from 2020. Overall, combined state and…

Winter Freezing Fish Lake Energizes Anglers, Local Businesses

When the fish start biting, anglers start biting at the products and services of local businesses.

DULUTH, Minn.- For residents and businesses around smaller bodies of water like Fish Lake in Duluth, winter with its frozen water and snowy trails bring back anglers, snowmobilers, and a much-needed boost to local business and life.   “Especially when we get snow on the ground, we get more snowmobilers that want to stay and the trails just right up…

Preparing Christmas Trees for Proper Disposal

DULUTH, Minn. – The end of the Christmas holiday season means people with live trees will need a place to properly dispose of them. The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District is reminding people that they cannot be part of curbside pickup.  They will need to be dropped off at one of 11 locations in Duluth and Carlton County. Environmental Program Coordinator…

Superior School District Ends Mask Mandate For 4K-6th Grade Classrooms

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Masks are no longer required in the Superior school district. The mandate, which was only in place for students in 4k through sixth grade and the staff and visitors who were around them, was lifted on Monday when the holiday break ended. The superintendent, Amy Starzecki, said that there has been a decline in cases within the…

Sen. Klobuchar Meeting with Capitol Police Chief to Discuss Safety Improvements Since Jan. 6 Insurrection

The U.S. Capitol Was Invaded January 6, 2021 Ahead of the Certification of Electoral Votes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – One year after a mob of disgruntled protesters invaded the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is preparing to meet with the new Capitol Police Chief Wednesday regarding progress made on policies and security measures moving forward. Sen. Klobuchar also serves as the Chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee, which oversees the Capitol Police….

Push Continues to Get Children, Teens Vaccinated for COVID

DULUTH, Minn. – The FDA’s recent approval for COVID vaccine booster shots for kids ages 12 through 15 has local healthcare providers encouraged that parents will take their kids to get them. Sherry Johnson, a Certified Nurse Practitioner in Infectious Disease at St Luke’s says they have seen a steady demand for kids’ vaccine shots during the recent winter break.  She hopes…

Walz Announces More COVID-19 Testing Sites as Omicron Surges

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz has announced plans to open three more community testing sites for COVID-19 as the rapid spread of the omicron variant puts new strains on Minnesota’s testing capacity. According to updated figures Tuesday, Minnesota is coming off its deadliest month of the pandemic for 2021, with 874 deaths in December. The state’s seven-day test positivity…

Man Arrested for Allegedly Driving Denfeld Boys Basketball Team Drunk Charged With Three DWIs

COTTON, Minn. – A 47-year-old bus driver has been charged with three DWIs after allegedly driving the Denfeld Boys Basketball team while intoxicated last Thursday. According to court documents, Shawn Edward Zelazny was the driver of the coach bus being used to transport the basketball team to and from a tournament in Hibbing. Shortly into their trip, coaching staff noted…

Early Morning Duluth House Fire Causes $70K in Damages

(photo: Twitter/Duluth Fire) DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth firefighters say a condemned house in the Observation Hill neighborhood sustained $70,000 in damages after a fire broke out early Tuesday morning. Fire crews responded to the 700 block of West 2nd Street around 6:15 a.m. on reports of a fire at the home. When fire crews arrived at the scene they found…

Midday Update 1-4-22

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, January 4, 2022

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CDC Signs off on Pfizer Extra Dose Measures

NEW YORK (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed off on two measures to increase access to additional doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. The CDC on Tuesday recommended shortening the recommended interval of time between when people who had an initial series of Pfizer vaccinations and when they receive a Pfizer booster shot, from six…

Morning Update 1-4-22

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Rusty Mehlberg for a local look at news and weather making headlines Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, community, Headlines, Local News, morning update, News, Rusty Mehlberg, weather

Trial Opens for Wisconsin Man Accused of Killing Parents

(Dane County Sheriff’s Office via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Opening statements were scheduled for Tuesday in the trial of a 23-year-old Wisconsin man charged with killing and dismembering his parents. A jury was selected Monday in Dane County Circuit Court to hear the case against Chandler Halderson, who faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide and mutilating and hiding a…