Minnesota

Update: Authorities Identify Male Victim of Skidsteer Tractor Incident

The Incident Remains Under Investigation

MORCOM TOWNSHIP, Minn. – The Saint Louis County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim of the Sunday night skidsteer tractor accident as 50-year-old Sheldon D. Sandberg of Cook. The sheriff’s office received a call around 8:00 p.m. that a male had been trapped underwater for approximately 30 minutes after the skidsteer he was driving flipped into a pond. According to…

Coffee Conversation: All Pints North Brew Fest at Bayfront Festival Park

All Pints North Brew Fest is Happening Saturday, July 27 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Craft brew enthusiasts are invited to raise a glass and cheers Saturday, July 27 at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The All Pints North Brew Fest, established in 2012, is back for another year featuring more than 120 craft breweries. Attendees will have the chance to sample from all of the…

Purrfect Film Festival Happening Saturday at Zeitgeist

The New York Cat Film Festival is Happening Saturday, July 27 at Zeitgeist Zinema 2

DULUTH, Minn. – The Cat Film Festival (TM) is an exploration through film of the fascinating felines who share our lives, creating a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. Cats have their own unique and indescribable bond with people, even when living independently as community cats. Event organizers say for far too long, felines have been the “invisible”…

Minnesota to Launch Working Group on Police Shootings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s top law enforcement officials are launching a working group and public hearings on police-involved shootings. Attorney General Keith Ellison and Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington say the group will begin work later this summer. The move comes as police departments and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension have often come under heavy criticism for…

50-Year-Old Male Dead After Incident Involving Skidsteer Tractor

The Incident Happened Sunday, July 21 Around 8:00 p.m. in rural Cook, Minnesota

MORCOM TOWNSHIP, Minn. – An evening of yard work turned tragic for a 50-year-old male in rural Cook, Minnesota over the weekend. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office received the call for help around 8:00 p.m. Sunday, July 21. When authorities arrived to the scene located in the 8700 Block of Highway 5 in Morcom Township (North of the Side…

Painting Intersections to Slow Drivers Down

Creative Crosswalks tackles reckless driving in the hillside with ground murals.

DULUTH, Minn.- Kids armed with paint brushes are combatting reckless driving at busy intersections throughout Duluth. Zeitgeist’s Creative Crosswalks program allows families and other community members to paint a Hillside intersection which has received many speeding complaints. On Sunday they took on East 6th street and 15th Avenue East, the second of four crosswalks on their list. According to parents…

UMD Marshall Allworth Planetarium Remembers Apollo Landing

UMD honors 50th anniversary with program for the community.

DULUTH, Minn.- To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Duluth, UMD’s Marshall W. Allworth Planetarium hosted a free anniversary event. Participants could make their own  stomp rocket, among other lunar crafts, to spark their curiosity about space. ” went into more than just getting to the moon, it helped us with technological advances in lots…

Bayfront Gets Down to Reggae

Thousands come out to 14th Annual Reggae and World Music Festival.

DULUTH, Minn.- Bayfront Festival Park was grooving as crowds came out to get down at the 14th Annual Reggae and World Music Festival. The Park was alive with people shopping exotic items, enjoying authentic Jamaican food, and coming together through the power of Reggae Music. “Reggae music teaches life lessons,” said Arthur Sikor.  “It’s not just any kind of music….

Watching the Planes Soar at Duluth Air and Aviation Expo

From bombers to Blue Angels, Airshow demonstrated the power of American aviation.

DULUTH, Minn.- The roars of jet engines could be heard for miles, but to see the source, you had to come down to Duluth International Airport. “I didn’t really realize how big of a deal it was, so pretty awesome that it’s right here,” said National Guard Member Hunter Smith. The show was not easy to put together, requiring a…

Tornado Passes Over House in Orr

Tornado Warnings in Wirt, Effie and Orr Minnesota, A Look At The Path & Damage

ORR, Minn. — The summer heat, humidity and approaching storm front fueled perfect conditions for tornadoes on Wednesday. It’s a rare but possible scenario in the Northland and at 5:34 that evening, a funnel cloud was spotted by law enforcement in Northome, Minnesota. And uncommon disaster in the Northwoods, the tornado touched down to the ground in the town of…

Babe Ruth Visits Duluth

The Great Bambino was back in Duluth for the first time in 93 years

DULUTH, Minn.- The Great Bambino was back in Duluth today, 93 years after his first visit to the Northland. Steve Folven, who is a walking encyclopedia goes around the country telling people the effect Babe Ruth had on the game of baseball. Folven even re-created Ruth’s famous ‘Called Home Run Shot’ from back in 1932. His fondest memory from his…

Connecting A Community Through A Kitten

We catch up with those first responders along with the woman fostering "Stormy"

DULUTH, Minn.- Earlier this week, we shared with you the story of a kitten saved from a storm drain by some local fire fighters. Today, we caught up with those first responders, along with the woman who is fostering the kitten for the time being. Wednesday night, the Duluth Fire Department responded to an unusual public assists request in a…

Reggae, World Music to be Jammin’ on Stage Saturday in Duluth

The Reggae and World Music Festival is Happening Saturday, July 20

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Saturday, July 20, the 14th annual Bayfront Reggae and World Music festival will attract folks from all across the globe. Show producer Janna Dreher and entertainer Olatunji stopped by FOX 21 Local News Friday morning to chat about the upcoming festival. Gates will open Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The festival is open to all ages, and…

DNR: Noticeable Increase in Loon Deaths

West Nile was First Confirmed in Minnesota in 2002

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota conservation officials say there’s a small, but noticeable increase in loon deaths and the likely cause is West Nile virus. The Department of Natural Resources says the virus was confirmed as the cause of death in two of three loons from northeastern Minnesota earlier this month. Minnesota Public Radio News says the agency is…

An Inside Look At A World War II Bomber

We will give you a first hand look inside one of the planes that will be up in the air this weekend

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Air Show is happening this weekend, and we got to go three thousand feet above in a B-17 to see all around Duluth. “It was just awesome. Pretty much just the way I thought it was going to be. Noisy, you could feel the power, the vibration”, said Bob Matarelli, B-17 rider. Its not all that…

Drawing Awareness For PAVSA

PAVSA held its annual Bar-B-Q and Cupcake sale in Duluth Thursday

DULUTH, Minn.- In support of the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault mission, the group held its annual bar-b-q and cupcake sale today in downtown Duluth. The funds gathered through donations go towards supporting services for men, women and children who are victims of sexual violence. The plaza at the Building For Women was filled with dozen of…

First Hand Battlefield Trauma Training

National Guard members from all over the country are in the Northland for trauma simulation exercises

DULUTH, Minn.- National Guard service members are in Duluth for training to ready them for what is out there on the battlefield. From burns, to assessing wounds, this event hosted at the College of St. Scholastica this week, serves as a way for them to be ready when the travel to war zones overseas. “My goal is that you develop…

Sandy Fun & Safety At The Beach

Families and kids packed Park Point Beach to learn water tips and create sand castles

DULUTH, Minn.- A morning rain shower didn’t stop hundreds of kids and families from coming out to Park Point Beach. Kids of all ages brought their shovels, pails, large and small buckets to the beach today to show off their creativity and have their sand castles judged for prizes. “Some kid picked SpongeBob and we figured that would probably be…

Minnesota Lawmakers Propose DHS Split After Resignations

Sen. Jim Abeler Says There are Deep Problems in the Department

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota lawmakers are considering reorganizing the state’s Department of Human Services following a series of leadership resignations. Commissioner Tony Lourey abruptly announced his resignation, followed by chief of staff Stacie Weeks. Two veteran deputy commissioners, Chuck Johnson and Claire Wilson, also resigned but rescinded their decision Wednesday. Minnesota Public Radio News reports some Republican lawmakers…

Portion of Lester River Road to be Closed for Culvert Replacement

The Road Will be Closed for Three Weeks

DULUTH, Minn. – A portion of Lester River Road, from the Lester Park Golf Course to Strand Road, will be closed beginning Monday, July 22. The road will be closed for culvert replacement work. The closure is expected to last three weeks and is the first part of a repaving project that will be completed this fall. Anyone visiting the…

Duluth Air Show Traffic Advisory

The Duluth Police Department Issues a Traffic Advisory Ahead of the Duluth Air and Aviation Expo

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has issued a traffic advisory ahead of the Duluth Air and Aviation Expo happening on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. Traffic on portions of Airbase Road, Airport Road, Airport Approach Road, and Stebner Road near the Duluth Airport will be restricted at times…

Twin Metals Announces Use of ‘Environmentally Friendly’ Dry Stack Method for Proposed Mine

The Company Says This Will Eliminate Need for a Storage Pond

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Twin Metals Minnesota announced Thursday morning that they plan to use the environmentally friendly dry stack method to store leftover rock for their proposed copper-nickel mine southeast of Ely. The company says this method will eliminate the need for a storage pond and dam which are commonly used at conventional tailing facilities. The dry stack method…

Large Lakes Observatory Hosting Neighborhood “Block Party” Sunday

The Celebration will Help LLO Celebrate 25 Years of Research and Relations Throughout the Region

DULUTH, Minn. – On Sunday, July 21, you’re invited to a neighborhood celebration to help the Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) in Duluth celebrate 25 years of research and relationship in the region. The free event is happening from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sunday at 2205 East 5th Street in Duluth. Director of the Large Lakes Observatory, Dr. Bob Sterner,…

Duluth Fire Fighters Rescue Kitten Trapped in Storm Drain

A Neighbor Plans to Adopt the Rescued Kitten

DULUTH, Minn. – A kitten trapped in a storm drain was rescued Wednesday night by a couple of helpful Duluth fire fighters. According to the Duluth Fire Department, they received a call for a public assists request after three young girls on a walk with their dad heard a kitten crying from inside a storm drain. Responding crews were able…

Tasty Bites with a Fresh Arctic Char

Cooking Connection: The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort

LUTSEN, Minn. – Entrees are sizzling off the menu this summer at The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort up the North Shore. Executive Chef Chris Homyak has hand selected fine ingredients and recipes to refresh the restaurant’s menu this year. This week’s cooking connection features a fresh Arctic Char. Arctic Char: Pan seared skin on Arctic…

One Seriously Injured in ATV Crash in Longville

Authorities Continue to Investigate the Accident

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – A Bayport man was injured on Tuesday after he lost control of his ATV and crashed into a ditch. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, officers received a report of a serious ATV crash in the area of County Road 8 in rural Longville around 8:32 a.m. Tuesday. When deputies arrived they found a 31-year-old…

Complaints: CenturyLink Failed to Respond to Cable Marking

State Officials say They Have Received Hundreds of Complaints

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – State officials are investigating CenturyLink after receiving hundreds of complaints that the utility failed to respond to requests to locate and mark underground cables. Minnesota Public Radio News cites a state Office of Administrative Hearings document which shows CenturyLink faces more than $780,000 in fines for alleged violations of a law intended to protect the…

Parade of Puppies Kicks Off Hermantown Summerfest

Annual Hermantown Pet Parade Held at City Hall.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- Summerfest kicked off in Hermantown Wednesday, with a parade full of paws. The Summerfest Pet Parade continued its longstanding tradition outside Hermantown City Hall. “I think it’s just a lot of silliness, a lot of fun, and who doesn’t love their pets?” said emcee for the event, Rob Hofmann. “It’s an opportunity to share–” some barks interrupt–“and there’s…

An Inside Look At A WWII Fighter Plane

With the Duluth Air Show just days away, the B-17 Yankee Lady was on display for media members to go inside of

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Air Show is taking off this weekend, and to help build up some hype, organizers let members of the media get an inside look at one of the planes that will be part of the show. The B-17 Yankee Lady was flown during World War II, and is just one of nine operational B-17 bombers in…

Duluth Women’s Club Home And Garden Tour

Members got to tour five homes, and six gardens in the event's 52nd year.

DULUTH, Minn.- Members of the Duluth Women’s Club took some unique tours of the Northland today. Club members got to tour five homes and three gardens around the Northland including one over at Endi Apartments that over looks Lake Superior along with having some different ideas for members on how to spruce up their homes. But a club like this…

Earth Celebration Coming to Duluth

Celebration of clear water and connecting communities is being held on Sunday

DULUTH, Minn.- A celebration of clean water and connecting communities is being held this Sunday at Bayfront Festival Park. ‘Honor The Earth’s’ “Water is Life Festival” kicks off at 2 p.m. and will feature multiple music acts featuring numerous genres including jazz, folk, and even hip-hop. Those performing at the event, say Duluth is the perfect venue for it. “This…

Construction Continues On Woodland Avenue

Businesses and visitors gave some uplifting thoughts when it comes to the heartaches of construction season

DULUTH, Minn.- A two year project to reconstruct a mile of Woodland Avenue and Calvary Road in Duluth is underway. As construction continues there are some headaches but also a lot of folks excited about the planned improvements. We caught up with a business and someone visiting who gave some uplifting thoughts on the headaches of construction season. The project…

Crookston Diocese Reaches $5M Settlement With 15 Victims

Names and Files of Clergy Will be Released at a Later Date

CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) – The Diocese of Crookston has reached a $5 million settlement with 15 people who were children when they were sexually abused by priests. As part of the settlement, the diocese agreed to make public the names and files of clergy who have been accused of abuse. That information will be released at a later date. Victims’…

Three Charged in Duluth Heroin Bust

Two Children Were Also Removed From the Home

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say after executing a search warrant on Friday, three suspects were arrested on first-degree sale of heroin charges. According to reports, investigators along with the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, executed a search warrant on the 900…

Two top Leaders at Human Services Rescind Resignations

They Announced Their Resignation Last Week

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Two top leaders at the Minnesota Department of Human Services have rescinded their resignations after Commissioner Tony Lourey’s abrupt departure. Deputy Commissioners Chuck Johnson and Claire Wilson announced their resignations last week. They didn’t say why they were resigning, but Gov. Tim Walz said it was over concerns about the agency’s direction. Lourey resigned on…

Mayor Larson Announces Commissioning of USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul to be Held in Duluth

The Commissioning is Expected to Happen in the Next 12 to 16 Months

(photo: Facebook/USS Minneapolis Saint Paul Commissioning Team) DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy Jodi J. Greene announced Wednesday morning that the commissioning of the USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul will be held in Duluth. “The City of Duluth is honored to be selected to commission the USS Minneapolis – Saint Paul. This is a…

Twin Ports Paddle Festival to Kick off Paddlers, Rowers Week

The Twin Ports Paddle Festival is Happening Saturday, July 20 on Park Point

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland Paddlers Alliance is excited to be hosting the second annual Twin Ports Paddling Festival Saturday, July 20 at the Park Point Recreation Area Boat Launch. The festival kicks off at 1:00 p.m. and will run until 5:00 p.m. This event kicks off Paddlers and Rowers week where many local businesses are offering a fantastic variety…

Specialty Brews to be Unveiled During Zoo La Palooza Fundraiser

Zoo La Palooza is Happening Thursday, July 18 at the Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn. – The animals at the Lake Superior Zoo invite you to get wild with them Thursday, July 18 for the annual Zoo La Palooza fundraiser. The after-hours party at the Zoo features LIVE music, food trucks, specialty beer, games, silent auctions and more. Tickets for this year’s event are only $20, with the money going directly back into…

Red Flag Warning At Twin Ports Beaches

BEACH HAZARD STATEMENT: No Swimming On Park Point & Wisconsin Point Wednesday

TWIN PORTS BEACHES – A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Park Point and Wisconsin Point Beaches until 9pm. High waves will develop as early as 10am, with the greatest heights this afternoon and evening. Winds are sustained at 10-15mph, with gusts up to 20mph. This creates dangerous swimming conditions along the Lake Superior shoreline, due to rip currents…

Five new Lawsuits Filed in Fatal School Explosion

Two People Were Killed in the Explosion and Nine Others Injured

(photo courtesy: CNN) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Five new lawsuits have been filed more than two years after a natural gas explosion caused part of a Minneapolis school to collapse, killing two people and injuring nine others. The lawsuits say CenterPoint Energy and Master Mechanical knew their work at Minnehaha Academy was “hazardous and abnormally dangerous” but “failed to inspect and…

Ex-Officer who Fatally Shot 911 Caller Appeals Convictions

Noor was Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Attorneys for the former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 about a possible assault have filed an appeal. Mohamed Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia. He was sentenced to more…

Officials, Citizens Share Thoughts on Future of Lester Park Golf

Community Listening Session Held in Lester Park pavilion.

DULUTH, Minn.- City officials met with concerned citizens in Lester Park Tuesday to hear more feedback on the fate of Duluth’s Public Lester Park Golf Course. This comes after the council voted in may to potentially use part of the Lester and Enger park golf courses for multi family mixed income housing. The vote means the “Lake Nine” holes will…

Congolese Music Comes To Duluth

Kids learn and play at the same time with Duluth Library's Kaleidoscope Program

DULUTH, Minn.- The second week of Duluth Public Library’s Kaleidoscope Music and Storytelling Program for kids was also held Tuesday. Hundreds of kids and parents packed the stage area behind the main library, to learn more about the culture connected to the Congo in Africa. Those organizing the event say programs like this let kids have fun while learning at…

Lincoln Park Stabbing Update

A woman was injured in a suspected domestic assault

DULUTH, Minn.- A 33 year old woman is recovering after a suspected domestic assault in Lincoln Park. Police responded to a scene around six last night on the 500 block of 22nd Avenue West. They found the women with non-life threatening injuries. A 46 year old man was taken into custody. Police initially reported the incident as a stabbing, but…

NASA Funded Camp Comes To The Northland

As a celebration of Apollo 11, some Northland students got some in-depth space lessons

CLOQUET, Minn.- On the anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic event, some Northland students spent the day getting some in-depth lessons about space. Justin Dinger is running a week long space camp in Cloquet. He received an email back in January about hosting a NASA funded event so area kids could do some first hand learning about space. Dinger, grew up…

Two Injured in Single Vehicle Crash in Rural Gilbert

The Cause of the Accident is Under Investigation

GILBERT, Minn. – A woman and male child were injured in a single vehicle crash that happened around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in rural Gilbert. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, officers responded to a single vehicle crash that occurred in the 6600 Block of Barker Road E. approximately half mile south of Heritage Trail E. in rural Gilbert….

Authorities Searching for Stolen Dump Truck in Pine County

(photo: Facebook/Pine County Sheriff’s Office) PINE COUNTY, Minn. – The Pine County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a stolen dump truck. According to the Minnesota BCA, Pine County Deputies were called to a Shafer Contracting construction site on reports of a vehicle prowl Monday evening. Authorities say an employee reported one of the dump trucks…

Duluth Depot Hosting Inaugural Festival of Steam

The Festival of Steam is Happening July 19 - 21

DULUTH, Minn. – Union Pacific Railroad’s “Big Boy” No. 4014 steam engine will be on display all weekend at the Duluth Depot. The inaugural Festival of Steam is happening Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21. Rides won’t be available on “Big Boy,” but the engine will be steamed up and on display. For those looking to roll down the…

Duluth man Rescued From Whiteface Reservoir

The Water Emergency Happened Late Monday Night

COLVIN TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A 34-year-old Duluth man was rescued Monday night from the Whiteface Reservoir. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, authorities responded to reports of a water emergency around 10:15 p.m. Officials say a homeowner on North Cabin Circle heard a man yelling for help from the lake. The homeowner got in his boat and located…