Minnesota

The Lumberjack World Championships Returns

HAYWARD, Wis.- The 61st annual Lumberjack World Championships and festival in Hayward, Wisconsin, where competitors, fans and vendors are gathering for all things wood. Although last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic people are happy for its return at the Lumberjack Bowl. “I’m very thankful to be having this event this year,” said competitor Ben Hansen. “All the…

USDA Issues Drought Disaster Declaration in Parts of Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a natural drought disaster designation for 14 Minnesota counties due to worsening drought conditions in the state. According to the USDA website, “This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters…

DTA Announces Temporary Service Reduction Due to Parts, Labor Shortages

DULUTH, Minn. – The DTA announced Thursday that it will be temporarily suspending four routes effective this Sunday, August 1. Officials say the reason for the suspensions are due to challenges in obtaining parts for buses, and a Bus Operator labor shortage. The routes suspended beginning Sunday include: Route #4 – West Duluth (alternative service available on routes 1,2,&3) Route…

DEDA Approves Development Agreement to Demolish Former Seaway for Potential New Apartment Building

DULUTH, Minn. -A potential new apartment building may be replacing the former Seaway Hotel in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. On Wednesday, the Duluth Economic Development Authority approved a development agreement for the proposed 45-unit mixed-use apartment building. Merge LLC says the construction would cost roughly $9.25 million and would offer commercial space on the ground level of the building. As…

Canceled Blueberry/Art Festival Now Going Virtual

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption ELY, Minn. – The 40th annual Blueberry/Art Festival that was canceled over the weekend due to damaging severe thunderstorms is now going virtual. Festival organizers announced on Facebook Wednesday that they will be hosting a virtual festival “to help the artists and vendors that were impacted” by the storm damage….

Man Charged With Killing Officer on Reservation in Minnesota

RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) – A man has been charged with the killing of a Red Lake Nation police officer who was fatally shot while responding to a call to a residence on the tribe’s reservation in northwestern Minnesota. Twenty-eight-year-old David Donnell Jr., of Redby, is charged in federal court with one count of second-degree murder and four counts of…

Cat Saved in Morgan Park House Fire

DULUTH, Minn. – A cat was safely rescued from a Wednesday night kitchen fire in Morgan Park. The Duluth Fire Department says crews responded to a report of a kitchen on fire around 9:17 p.m. at 843 87th Avenue West. The fire department reports that all occupants were out of the home upon arrival but a cat was still trapped…

One Woman Sets Out on Eco-Tour Across Country

DULUTH, Minn.– One woman is making her way cross-country hauling a tiny home as she discovers and films eco-friendly difference makers in various communities along the way, and today she made a stop in Duluth. Erika Gilsdorf is making a year-long eco tour called What Fuels You USA. This expedition highlights small businesses and independent workers who focus on creating…

Goodwill Holds Hiring Event to find New Employees

DULUTH, Minn.– At Goodwill you could be making 11 to 15 dollars an hour as stores are looking to fill open positions. Today on Garfield Ave, Goodwill hosted a hiring event with on the spot interviews and competitive wages for both full and part time positions. Goodwill is an industry that allows equal employment opportunities for people who have disabilities…

Duluth Police Department Introduces ‘Wednesday Walks’

DULUTH, Minn.– The Duluth Police Department began Wednesday walks in Canal Park to hopefully connect with the community on a more personal level. These walks are designated to reconnect law enforcement with the community it serves and encourage thoughtful conversations to address public questions and concerns. “In our mission statement, we talk about the importance of relationships, the success of…

Panel Weighs COVID Bonuses for Minnesota’s Frontline Workers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Health care, school, and food workers who risked their lives at the height of the pandemic have made pitches for a piece of the $250 million in COVID-19 relief money that Minnesota plans to allocate as bonuses to essential frontline workers. They told their stories Wednesday as a bipartisan panel of nine Minnesota lawmakers began sorting out…

Walz Noncommittal on Mask Requirement in Schools After CDC Changes

(FOX 9) – Gov. Tim Walz was noncommittal Tuesday when asked if he would go further than new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and impose a new mask mandate for Minnesota schools. Walz removed his statewide mask mandate this spring as vaccinations rates grew and COVID-19 cases receded. At the time, the CDC said vaccinated people…

Duluth Costco Now Accepting Applications for All Positions

DULUTH, Minn. – While construction continues on the Duluth Costco building, the company’s website says it is now accepting applications for all positions at the store. Construction crews started working on the site located at the intersection of Haines and West Arrowhead Roads last August. The store is expected to be around 160,000 square feet with more than 700 parking…

Mobile ‘Bus-eum’ Brings Research on Racism, Lynchings to Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial

This former school bus was transformed into this back in 2019, creating a walk-through collection of information and artifacts.

DULUTH, Minn.- A mobile museum that travels the country to educate the public on racial violence such as lynchings throughout history stopped in Duluth this week. The TRACES Center for History and Culture “Bus-eum” parked by the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial. This former school bus was transformed into this back in 2019, creating a walk-through collection of information and artifacts….

Family’s Newly Purchased Home Among Extensive Storm Damage In Grand Rapids

Wind speeds during Monday night’s storms clocked in between 70 and 80 miles an hour in Grand Rapids, snapping trees and power poles and damaging homes.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.- Wind speeds during Monday night’s storms clocked in between 70 and 80 miles an hour in Grand Rapids, snapping trees and power poles and damaging homes – some where families just moved in. “It’s kind of unbelievable that’s for sure,” said Emily Major. The storm — and a big hole in the roof — was definitely not…

North Shore Cleans Up After Destructive Storm

TWO HARBORS, Minn.– After 70 mile per hour winds whip through the Northland, Two Harbors spends the day cleaning up what is described as a short but destructive storm. The town was littered with debris from last nights storm and community members shared their initial reactions to what they saw and heard, including one homeowner who experienced the brunt of…

City Leaders Hoping for Larger Voter Turnout in Municipal Primary

The municipal primary will be held Tuesday, August 10th.

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth’s municipal primary is just a few weeks away and city leaders are pushing for a larger turnout. The city council at large, city council second district and city council fourth district seats are up for grabs come November. With early voting now open at city hall, officials say in a comparable election back in 2017, they…

Fire Crews Respond to Several Weather Related Calls Monday Night

Fire department crews were responding to storm related calls for several hours Monday night.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Fire Department responded to several calls Monday night due to the storms. In addition to responding to their normal medical calls, departments also responded to several calls regarding down trees and power lines. Officials want to remind the public to steer clear of debris during inclement weather. “It’s really imperative to make sure that there’s…

South St. Louis County Fair in Need of Volunteers

The fair starts Wednesday and goes through Sunday.

PROCTOR, Minn. — The annual South Saint Louis County and Proctor Fair is coming back for its 100th year. This year they will have an inflatable carnival, several food and carnival venders along with monster trucks and racing on the weekend. Organizers are still looking for volunteers throughout the fair to help keep the tradition going. “We always need volunteers,”…

Four Arrested During Multiple Arrest Operations in Connection to Duluth Shootings

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say four individuals were arrested Monday morning during multiple arrest and search warrant operations stemming from an ongoing investigation into Duluth shootings. Around 8:00 a.m. the Duluth Police Department, DPD’s Tactical Response Team, the Lake Superior Drug, and Violent Crime Task Force, Duluth Police Violent Crimes Unit, and St. Louis County Emergency Response Team conducted…

Duluth Man Arrested in Connection to June Downtown Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police have arrested and charged a 37-yer-old Duluth man with second-degree attempted murder after he shot a 41-year-old during a verbal altercation last month. Police say, James Lamont Burns, 37, shot 41-year-old William David Urrutia on the 100 block of East 3rd Street around 9:15 p.m. June 20. According to the criminal complaint, Urrutia was transported…

Mayo Clinic Joins Others in Requiring Worker Vaccinations

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) – Mayo Clinic says it will require employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus by mid-September, becoming one of the latest health systems to do so as delta variant cases rise around the country. The Rochester-based medical system says the “vast majority” of its employees are already vaccinated. But it says all employees must be fully vaccinated…

Great Lakes Aquarium Will Take Your Lead Tackle

DULUTH, Minn. – The Great Lakes Aquarium is collecting lead-based fishing tackle in hopes of reducing lead poisoning in wildlife. Working with the Minnesota pollution control agency the aquarium is encouraging people to bring in their lead tackle by giving lead-free tackle as a replacement. Lead can be especially harmful to loons as the birds oftentimes prey on fish who…

Lake Country Power Crews Responding to Extensive Damage Caused by Severe Storms

COHASSET, Minn. – Lake Country Power says that while line crews are continuing to respond to outages caused by Monday night’s severe storms, there are still a reported 90 total outages affecting roughly 1,356 members as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Affected areas are primarily in the Grand Rapids and Kettle River service areas. “The cooperative is reporting trees on…

Duluth Police: Four Arrested in Connection to Duluth Shootings

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police say four people were arrested on Monday morning as part of an arrest and search warrant operation in connection to shootings that have occurred in Duluth. Authorities say the Duluth Police Department, DPD’s Tactical Response Team, the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Duluth Police Violent Crimes Unit, and St. Louis County Emergency…

Large Grain Elevator Catches Fire in Southern Minnesota

Fire Crews Battled the Fire for Hours Sunday

CLINTON, Minn. (FOX 9) – Firefighters in western Minnesota have battled for hours to contain a large fire that erupted in a grain elevator. According to the Big Stone County Sheriff’s Office, crews were called around 10:45 a.m. on Sunday for smoke billowing from the Wheaton-Dumont elevator in Clinton, Minnesota — just east of the South Dakota border and a three-hour drive…

Carlton Daze Gives Local Businesses a Much-Needed Boost

Aaron Hanson, owner of Third Base Bar, said he's seeing a 70% increase in sales from last year at this time.

CARLTON, Minn.- Parade-goers weren’t the only ones enjoying “the daze” in Carlton during the “Carlton Daze” celebration. Local businesses have been enjoying a resurgence of customers this summer, especially during the festivities. Aaron Hanson, owner of Third Base Bar, said he’s seeing a 70% increase in sales from last year at this time. “We haven’t seen this in years, decades…

Local Jeopardy Champion Leads Return of Carlton Daze Parade

2019 Jeopardy Tournament of Champions Winner Sam Kavanaugh led the 100 floats down Highway 210.

CARLTON, Minn.- As local celebrations make a comeback after 2020, the streets of Carlton filled for the return of this year’s Carlton Daze parade led by quite a smart cookie – a Jeopardy champion and town native. What is: hometown hero for 200? Cheers rained for 2019 Jeopardy tournament champion Sam Kavanaugh to lead the parade back down Highway 210…

Duluth Police Union Calls Lack Of Qualified Officer Candidates A ‘Crisis’

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s police union is calling the struggle to hire qualified officers a “crisis” for the police department and the city. In a post on Local 807’s Facebook page, the union said they recently were not able to fill all open police officer positions because there weren’t enough qualified candidates interested in working for the Duluth Police Department….

Taste of Greece Back in Duluth with Greek Food, Culture

After not having an event in 2020, they say the amount of people excited show how the area misses the taste of Greek culture.

The smells and music of Greek culture once again moved through the neighborhood around Marshall School, as the Taste Of Greece Festival is back this weekend. Within the first two hours organizers say a few hundred came through for the thousands of gyros, kabobs, pastries and more prepared. A grab and go option was once again available outside, and inside…

40th Blueberry/Art Festival Canceled After Storms Rip Through Ely, Destroy Vendor Booths

Around 6 p.m. Friday evening, high winds snapped some trees and uprooted others which crashed down onto many tents and booths in Whiteside Park. There were no injuries reported. 

  ELY, Minn.- The 40th Blueberry Arts Festival in Ely was forced to cancel for the rest of the weekend Friday night, after severe thunderstorms with 60 to 70 mile per hour winds ripped through the town including the park where festivities were already set up. “There wouldn’t have been a whole lot of show left for people to see…

Festival by the Lake Returns to Bayfront Park

DULUTH, Minn.– Saturday at Bayfront Festival Park, Festival by the Lake welcomed thousands of community members through its gates. This is the first un-restricted, big event of the year, for Lundeen Productions, after the event was canceled due to COVID last year. More than 100 vendors and tents set up to interact with the public and offer different pieces of…

Ely Blueberry Fest Canceled

ELY, Minn.– Ely’s Blueberry/Art Festival is canceled due to severe storm damage, after returning from an off year last year. Some images from the Festival on Friday night, taken by Ryan Tischer of Duluth’s Tischer Art Gallery who had a booth there, show the extent of the damage. A severe thunderstorm bringing 60 to 70 mile per hour winds blew…