Minnesota

Woman Dies After Crashing Car Into Tree

ALBORN, Minn. – A woman died after crashing her car into a tree on Saturday afternoon shortly before 5 p.m., according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. 61 year-old Rachel Wermter of Culver died after her car skidded off the road and went into the opposite lane, then hit a tree. The sheriff’s office said that speed and alcohol…

Arrest Made in Synagogue Fire, No Evidence of Hate Crime Yet

36-year-old Matthew James Amiot of Duluth arrested for arson.

DULUTH, Minn.- At a press conference Sunday Duluth Police and Fire announced that a suspect has been arrested for starting the Adas Israel Synagogue Fire. 36-year-old Matthew James Amiot of Duluth was arrested for Arson Friday afternoon, Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken said. Charges are imminent, meanwhile authorities recommended charging Amiot with arson in the first degree. Despite being arrested…

Celebrating Sustainable Farming at UMD Farm Fest

7th Annual Farm Fest features fresh local music, fresh produce, and fresh conversation.

DULUTH, Minn.- Students, local food vendors, and community members turned out for UMD Land Lab’s 7th Annual Farm Fest Saturday. Families were invited to come hear live local music and shop freshly picked produce. They also joined the conversation about local farming and sustainability in Northland agriculture. “Just getting people to have a connection with their food system, I think…

Fun with Farm Life at Mr. Ed’s Farm

Farm invites people for free for Old Farm Day.

HIBBING, Minn.- A real life Old McDonald showed his farm off to the public Saturday, and with a moo moo here and a cluck cluck there, Old Farm Day provided great entertainment for all ages. “A farm is a place that brings together plants, animals, soil, water sun and creates life,” said farm owner Ed Nelson. Just hop on a…

Once Upon A Child Holds Halloween Costume Sale

DULUTH, Minn. – Once Upon A Child in burning tree plaza has started stocking their shelves with Halloween costumes. This helps parents get a head start with finding the perfect costume at a bargain price. “That’s gonna be 50-70% off what you’re gonna buy brand new. And your kids wear the Halloween costume once. And it’s a really fun night,…

Graduates of Carpentry Program Ready for Next Step

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A graduation ceremony was held in Hermantown at the Jerry Alander Training Center Friday afternoon. Participants spent six weeks in a carpentry program sponsored by multiple organizations including the local carpenters union. That work group says they are in need of workers as the construction industry continues to boom in the northland. The graduates- with the majority…

Fast Growing Company Recognized In Duluth

A Duluth Credit company was recognized as one of the fastest growing in America on Friday

DULUTH, Minn.- Friday, a Duluth Credit Company was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in America. The Inc. 5000 showcases fast-growing private companies in the U.S. and explains how they reached their lofty heights. The owner of Duluth’s Credit Services International who is a Denfeld and Saint Scholastica alum says it’s a dream come true that his company…

Showing Off On Inline Skates

All ages showed off their tricks and talents on wheels today ahead of the Inline Marathon Saturday

DULUTH, Minn.- This weekend, the 24th Annual Inline Marathon will bring than 2,000 athletes to Duluth, and Friday skaters got to show off their skills in a unique way. Those of all ages laced up their skates for a different reason today. To hit the ramps and soar through the sky and show off their their moves on wheels. Ooo’s…

Preps Begin For Inline Marathon

Those in the marathon tomorrow picked up their race packets Friday

DULUTH, Minn.- Those in the marathon Saturday picked up their race packets, filled with all the information they need to know about the marathon. The race director tells us the attendance is up, due in part to the course the racers compete on. “Our course is just pristine. It’s so beautiful. It’s pretty rare to get a point to point…

St. Luke’s Nurses Vote to Authorize Strike

Union can still negotiate a deal for 10 days before strike is implemented.

DULUTH, Minn.- After weeks of negotiations, nurses at St. Luke’s Hospital authorized a strike for what they call unfair labor practices. The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) says staffing and scheduling is inefficient at the hospital. They say while they don’t want to strike, they see no other way of having their needs met. “Like we’ve been clear from the very…

Vigil Held for Missing Northland Woman Sheila St. Clair

Indigenous woman missing since 2015 still being looked for by Police, family.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s been four years since 48-year-old Sheila St. Clair of Duluth went missing, and Duluth Police say the case is still open. Today the members of the indigenous community and the Duluth Police Department met for a press conference at One Roof Community Housing to hear any possible tips into the woman’s whereabouts. They also met to keep…

Ordean Building Sold for $1.2 Million, No Change for Tenants

Foundation Sells Building to Keep Focusing on Addressing Poverty

DULUTH, Minn.- The Ordean Building on Superior Street in Downtown Duluth is changing owners. The Ordean Foundation has sold the building to local professional real estate company Titanium Partners LLC. Officials with the Ordean Foundation say they sold the West Superior Street building because managing it was keeping them from their mission of addressing poverty issues in the area. The…

Organizers, Athletes Prepare for 2019 North Shore Inline Marathon

Active Adventures: North Shore Inline Marathon

DULUTH, Minn. – It takes a village and year round dedication to make the North Shore Inline Marathon a success every year. Race Director Mike Ward stopped by FOX 21 Local News Friday morning ahead of the jam packed lineup of events. Ward says many folks are concerned about detouring around the Lester Bridge construction this year. Traffic will be…

2019 Gitche Gumee Wedding Show Happening Sunday

The Show is Happening Sunday, September 15 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – Are you a bride or groom-to-be? If so, the perfect is event is happening in Duluth Sunday, September 15. The Gitche Gumee Wedding Show is taking place from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the DECC’s Lakeside Ballroom in Duluth. Wedding planning professionals, the stunning Lake Superior Lounge, Inspiration Stations and Fashion Experiences will highlight this year’s…

Interested in Finnish Culture? You Won’t Want to Miss this Musical Performance

The Kardemimmit Kantele Concert is Happening Friday, September 12

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Friday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m., the United Protestant Church in Duluth in partnership with the Finlandia Foundation Northland Chapter, are set to host a Finnish concert featuring Finnish group Kardemimmit. The church is located at 830 88th Avenue West in Morgan Park. Admission is $10 for adults, and there’s no charge for children to attend….

Preparations Underway for Inline Skating Marathon

TWO HARBORS, MN – The 24th Annual Inline Skating Marathon will get underway this Satuday. To kick things off, there will be an expo on Friday at the DECC, along with “Skatefest” followed by the race. Upwards of two-thousand people will be participating, bringing more business to the area. “It’s great. Any time you can have a great event like…

Catalyst Content Festival to Bring Hundreds of TV Executives, Creators to Duluth

Festival organizers say the event could be the beginning of a year-round film and TV industry in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – In October, the Catalyst Content Festival will bring a hundred TV executives and hundreds more producers from Hollywood to Downtown Duluth. At the festival, people will watch never-before-seen shows made all around the world. The Catalyst Content Festival, formerly called the Independent TV Festival, chose Duluth as its home over every other city in America because it…

Essentia Health Treated Two Patients With Lung Issues Likely Caused By Vaping

St. Luke's Hospital says it hasn't seen any vaping-related lung issues with patients

(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)DULUTH, Minn. — Two people in the Northland have been treated for lung issues earlier this summer that may have been caused by vaping, according to Essentia Health, which treated the patients. Essentia Health was not able to share the ages or current conditions of the two patients with respect to HIPPA laws. St. Luke’s Hospital has…

Grandma’s 44th Annual Oktoberfest Gets Underway

DULUTH, MN – Grandma’s 44th annual Oktoberfest kicked off this afternoon with a ceremonial keg tapping and live music. Grandma’s is also working with the Duluth Oktober Festival at Bayfront Park this weekend to give everyone a unique German experience. “It begins a longtime tradition with our company where we bring in authentic German fair, food, features and beer,” Grandma’s…

Two Harbors Wastewater Treatment Plant Seeking Upgrades

TWO HARBORS, MN – The wastewater treatment plant in Two Harbors is looking to get $20 million in upgrades. On Thursday morning, Two Harbors city leaders met with the senate and capitol investment committee to bring forward and appropriation bill which would cover half of the project. The plant was originally built in the 1950’s and has had upgrades throughout…

Event on the Iron Range to Raise Awareness for Suicide Prevention

The Iron Range Walk to Remember is Happening Saturday, September 14 at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia

VIRGINIA, Minn. – On Saturday, September 14, you’re invited to come together and help raise awareness for suicide prevention on the Iron Range. Event organizer Dano Zebro stopped by FOX 21 Local News Thursday morning to share details about the event, and how the public can get involved. Registration for the 4th annual Iron Range Walk to Remember will begin…

New Government Service Center Opens in Virginia

VIRGINIA, MN – Employees at the Northland Office Building in Virginia, Minnesota were in need of a big change. “The old building was basically a recreation hall converted to an office building, converted to a government office building,” Property Management Division Director, Tony Mancuso says. The 7,000 people a month seeking their services often had a difficult time finding their…

Relief Coming To Duluth Roads

With the half percent sales tax starting next month, the City of Duluth announced their first part of the sales tax project Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn.- With the half percent sales tax taking effect next month, the city announced their first part of the sales tax project Wednesday. The city says the sales tax will bring in $10 million dollars of revenue that Duluth can use to fund road projects for the next 25 years. The project will be broken up into 52 segments…

St. Louis County Deputies Justified In Fatal Shooting in Hermantown

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- A legal decision has been made about a fatal officer-involved shooting in Hermantown that happened back in May. The St. Louis County Attorney’s Office has ruled the two deputies involved were justified in their actions that killed the man who exchanged gunfire with them after fleeing from a traffic stop. St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin says “their…

Adas Israel Congregation Synagogue Will Be Demolished, Possibility Of Rebuilding Uncertain

DULUTH, Minn. — The Adas Israel Congregation synagogue will be demolished after the investigation into the fire is complete, and the answer to the question of if it will be rebuilt is still up the air, according to a member of the board of directors with the synagogue. “We are a very small congregation so our need for space is…

Fire Officials: No Swimming Advised on Park Point Beaches

A Red Flag Warning is in Effect Through 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 12

DULUTH, Minn. – Folks are not advised to be swimming at Park Point Beaches today. The Duluth Fire Department has issued a red flag warning Wednesday, September 11 due to the high risk of rip currents. The warning is effective through Thursday, September 12. This means wind and wave conditions can support rip currents. Fire officials say rip currents are life-threatening…

Experience “Cirque Italia” This Weekend at Miller Hill Mall

Cirque Italia is Happening September 12 - 15 in the Parking Lot of Miller Hill Mall in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders will have the chance to visit Italy September 12 – 15, but you won’t have to travel to do so! In it’s newest production, Cirque Italia is bringing the towns of Italy to the Northland as their majestic ship sails from port to port. Performers with the show are thrilled to be stopping in Duluth. The…

Donations Impacting Decisions at Animal Allies Humane Society

A Stray Chihuahua is Struck and Left on the Side of a Duluth Road; Healing Hearts and Paws Fund to Pay for Emergency Surgery

DULUTH, Minn. – Throughout the years, FOX 21 has reported on countless fundraising efforts by Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. In this week’s Animal Answers, donors get a first hand look at how continued support and generosity is making an impact on a daily basis. This week, staff at the shelter have had to make many decisions based on…

Nurses Ratify Agreement For Three-Year Contract With Essentia Health

St. Luke's nurses have yet to reach agreement with hospital

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Nurses Association has accepted the terms of a new three-year contract with Essentia Health, according to a press release from the group. The previous contract expired on June 30th, and Essentia Health nurses have been working without one since then. Both Essentia Health and St. Luke’s nurses went on informational strikes this summer to raise…

St. Luke’s Nurses Prepared to Strike After Failed Negotiations

Nurses say they need safer staffing. more consistent scheduling.

DULUTH, Minn.- Nurses at Saint Luke’s in Duluth are one step closer to a possible strike after negotiations stalled between the hospital and its union on Monday. It’s happening as nurses at Essentia Health are voting on their new contract. After negotiating for about 18 hours, Saint Luke’s nurses and management will return to the bargaining table again on Wednesday….

Authorities Still Not Ruling Out Crime in Adas Israel Fire, Investigation Continues

Police are interviewing two people of interest and those living around the synagogue.

DULUTH, Minn.- Police Chief Mike Tusken has ordered nearly two dozen officers and detectives with the Duluth Police Department to find out if anybody started the fire at the Adas Israel Synagogue, a place of worship for more than a century. The Chief said his department is following up interviews with two people of interest who were at the scene…

Raising Fund For Abuse Education

The First Witness Child Advocacy Center is looking to raise $50,000 for education of all ages about child abuse

DULUTH, Minn.- September is “I Stand With Kids Month” which recognizes the grave problem of child abuse in society, and rallies a call to action to prevent it. Which is why, The First Witness Child Advocacy Center announced on Tuesday a campaign to raise $50,000 to support local school districts. 1 in 6 girls and 1 in 8 boys are…

Cases of Rare Fungal Disease Rise in Northern Minnesota

The Infections are Caused by Fungi in the Ground

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) – A summer of heavy rains has caused a rise in cases of a rare fungal infection in northern Minnesota. So far this year, more than 45 people and 150 animals have been diagnosed with blastomycosis. Last year, only 31 human cases and fewer than 100 animal infections were reported by this time. An epidemiologist with the…

Moose Lake Police Chief on Paid Leave

There is no Word on Why Bogenholm Was Put on Leave

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. –  Moose Lake police chief Bryce Bogenholm was put on paid leave last month according to city officials. Bogenholm, a nine-year-veteran of the department, was placed on leave August 26. At this time there has been no word on why Bogenholm was put on leave or when he will return. City officials verified that there is no…

AMSOIL Arena to Offer Seven New Concession Food Items

The New Items Will Debut on October 5

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St. Luke’s Nurses Schedule Strike Vote by End of Week

Essentia Nurses Vote on new Contract Today

DULUTH, Minn. – Nurses at St. Luke’s Hospital are one step closer to a possible strike after negotiations stalled between the hospital and the Minnesota Nurses Association Monday night. Negotiations lasted until nearly 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday and according to MNA spokesperson Rick Fuentes they did not go well. According to Fuentes, St. Luke’s nurses and management will return to…

The Latest: No Accelerant Signs at Minnesota Synagogue Fire

Two Investigators Assigned From the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Authorities say a preliminary investigation has found no signs of accelerants at a fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northern Minnesota. But Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj said Monday that further investigation will have to be done once the building is stabilized. Firefighters responded to the fire at the Adas Israel Congregation in downtown Duluth…

Former Denfeld Principal Blasts Dist., Top Leaders In Federal Lawsuit

Tonya Sconiers Claims Retaliation, Violation Of First Amendment Rights For Criticizing Dist. Policies, Practices

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth Denfeld High School principal Tonya Sconiers — who the school board voted to fire back in July — has filed a federal lawsuit against ISD 709, Superintendent Bill Gronseth and Asst. Superintendent Jeffrey Horton. The lawsuit claims Sconiers was retaliated and discriminated against for speaking out against district leadership about policies and practices violating her…

No Cause Known for Adas Israel Fire, Police Chief Not Ruling Out Arson

Police and Fire Chief updated the public in a press conference on Monday.

DULUTH, Minn.- The charred remains are all that stands of the historic Adas Israel Synagogue in Duluth. At a press conference at City Hall, officials said while it is early in the investigation, arson has not been ruled out, and they are interviewing people of interest. “We have today interviewed a couple of people of interest and we will see…

Take One Last Look Inside The Exchange

DULUTH, MN – Mark Edwards has been in the restaurant business for over 40 years. “I was at Spirit Mountain when they first opened and unpacked the plates from the straw back then,” Exchange Cafe and Bakery Owner, Mark Edwards says. The Exchange bakery and cafe first opened back in 1988, and after his tenure with Spirit Mountain, Edwards took…

Vision Northland Project Begins

The largest private investment in Duluth's history began Monday

DULUTH, Minn.- The largest private investment in Duluth’s history began Monday as Essentia Health started construction on its 3 year Vision Northland Project. And with it comes road closures that will restrict access to the 1st Street building which is why Essentia is now offering free valet parking via the 2nd Street building enterance at 502 East 2nd Street, something…

School Board Accepting Applications To Fill Josh Gorham’s Seat

The school board voted unanimously to accept applications this month

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth School Board is moving forward to fill a vacant seat after last week’s abrupt resignation by Josh Gorham. Gorham cited his frustrations with administration and board leadership for what he calls a “dismissive approach to improving graduation rates and student test scores”. Monday the board held a special meeting and voted unanimously to accept applications this…

Streets Around Adas Israel Synagogue Closed as Fire Crews Investigate Cause

Fire was the biggest they've seen in while, Fire Chief said.

DULUTH, Minn.- At a press conference, the Duluth Fire Chief released an update on the fire that burned down the Adas Israel Synagogue in Duluth. The East Third Street building caught fire around 2:30 Monday morning, in a blaze the Fire Chief said is the biggest they’ve seen in a while. It took crews a few hours to get the…

Minnesota Oil Pipeline Fight Highlights Democratic Dilemmas

(AP Photo/Jim Mone, File) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A divisive fight over a crude-oil pipeline across Minnesota is pinning Democratic presidential hopefuls between environmentalists and trade unions in the 2020 battleground state. And that’s testing those candidates’ campaign promises to ease away from fossil fuels. Progressive candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have condemned a Canadian company’s plan to replace and…

Medical Examiner Cites Drowning as Cause of UMD Student’s Death

Toxicology is Still Pending

DULUTH, Minn. – According to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, drowning was cited as the preliminary cause of death for 21-year-old Jacob Lavoie. The UMD student was pulled from the Minnesota Slip in Canal Park around 3:00 p.m. on Friday. Lavoie was last seen leaving Grandma’s Sports Garden around midnight and early morning September 1. The Medical Examiner’s Office says…

Watch Live: Sconiers, Attorneys to Announce Federal Lawsuit Against Duluth Public Schools

Watch the Press Conference Live at 11:00 a.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Longtime Denfeld High School Principal Tonya Sconiers announced on Monday morning she is filing a lawsuit against the Duluth School District. Sconiers was placed on administrative leave in June for unknown reasons. In an email to Fox 21 last month, Superintendent Bill Gronseth said “she was the subject of allegations. The nature of the allegations remains private…

Driver, Child Escaped Fiery Train Crash

Firefighters Kept the Train From Catching Fire

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) – Authorities say an adult and a child escaped from their car just before it was hit by a freight train and caught fire in Coon Rapids. Fire officials say the car got stuck on railroad tracks late Saturday. The driver saw the approaching train and made it out of the vehicle with the child. Firefighters…

Historic Log Church Renovated, Open for 134 More Years of Memories

St. Mary and Joseph Church in Sawyer built in 1884 is open after seven years of renovations.

SAWYER, Minn.- This Sunday mass was no regular one for these churchgoers. They were attending service in the newly restored St. Mary and Joseph Log Church. “They think this is the greatest thing that happened,” said Deacon Bryan Bassa. “I’m just, oh I can’t explain, it’s just out of this world.” Also called the “Sawyer Log Church” and the “Church…

Fans Celebrate Viking First Game Win at the Reef

Game ends 28-12 Vikings.

DULUTH, Minn.- An impressive win for the Minnesota Vikings in their first game of the season as the NFL celebrates its 100th year. “GO VIKINGS! Come on let’s hear it for the Vikings! Woohooo!” Purple was everywhere as Vikings fans flooded the Reef Bar on London Road as fans turned out for the first game of the season. They said…