Minnesota

Duluth-Based Business Partnering With Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington

Locker Innovations Expanding to Work With More Inventors, Entrepreneurs

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth-based Locker Innovations is expanding its business and bringing in Kevin Harrington, a former shark from the television show Shark Tank to be on their team. Locker Innovations works with inventors and entrepreneurs to help them develop and market their products. On Wednesday, they showcased their business and some of their successful clients to potential investors at…

Minnesota Supreme Court to Livestream Attorney Arguments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s Supreme Court plans to begin livestreaming video of attorney oral arguments. The court says it will livestream video from both the State Capitol Courtroom and the Supreme Court’s courtroom in the Minnesota Judicial Center, starting Monday. The goal is to increase public access to the work of the state’s highest court. The court also…

Upcoming Events in Gary New Duluth Promote Safety and Community

Annual Raffle and Bike Rodeo to be Held This Week

DULUTH, Minn. – This week is full of activities at the Gary New Duluth Recreation Center. Thursday, August 24 the center is hosting its annual raffle event. Todd Eckart will be performing and funds raised will support the Gary New Duluth Development Alliance. The event on Thursday starts at 6 p.m., but event organizers recommend arriving at 5:30 p.m. On…

One-Year-Old Dies in Highway 135 Crash

UPDATE: The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the person driving the vehicle as the mother of the boy. DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota State Patrol reports that a one-year-old boy is dead after a crash along Highway 135 just after 8 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22. According to the incident report, 23-year-old Morgan Skinner, of Gilbert, was driving North on Highway…

Northland 4-H Groups Prepare for Minnesota State Fair

10th Grader Landen Dahl will Travel to the 'Great Minnesota Get Togehter' to Showcase Mason Bee Research

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening now through Monday, September 4, dozens of Northland 4-H youth will make way to the Minnesota State Fair, eager to share their projects, research, and livestock with other 4-H members. In this week’s Animal Answers, Duluthian Landen Dahl visited FOX 21 Local News alongside Tim Caines, Program Coordinator for South St. Louis County 4-H. Dahl will…

Digging Deeper with Northern Harvest CSA Farm

With CSA Farms Growing in Popularity in Recent Years, Local Crops are Selling Out for the Season

WRENSHALL, Minn. – The Northland is receiving ample amounts of rain this season, causing some local farmers to wish for higher ground. CSA farming is much more than freshly picked produce on your table. “You’re never going to master nature; you’re never going to master Mother Nature,” said Farmer Rick Dalen, Northern Harvest Farm. It’s almost time for books and…

Franken Impressed with Reservation’s Renewable Energy

Fond du Lac Reservation Reduced Fossil Fuel Dependence by 46%

CARLTON, Minn. – To wrap up his two-day visit to the Northland, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) stopped on the Fond du Lac Reservation Tuesday. Senator Franken serves on both the Senate Energy and Indian Affairs committees, so his visit to the reservation served multiple interests. Minnesota’s junior senator met with Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe officials to talk about…

A New Year Starts at FDLTCC

College Celebrates 30th Anniversary This Year

CLOQUET, Minn. – Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College celebrated the start of a new school year Tuesday. The campus was buzzing with students making their way to and from classes.  One student we spoke to says he loves FDLTCC’s sense of community. “Teachers are willing to help, along with classmates, even people you don’t know are willing to…

Guard and Reserve Vets See Improved Education Benefits

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken Helped Write the Legislation

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Veterans headed to college recently saw changes to their G.I. Bill benefits, changes which really help National Guard and Reserves veterans. Under the Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, Guard and Reserve members will get $2,300 in additional G.I. Bill benefits, if they were on active duty less than a year. Plus, vets can now use their benefits…

Biological Mother Charged with Missing Minnesota Teen’s Murder

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Savannah Leckie OZARK COUNTY, Mo. (KMSP) – The biological mother of missing Minnesota girl Savannah Leckie has been charged with murder after the 16-year-old’s burned bones were found on a property in rural Longrun, Missouri, the Ozark County Sheriff confirmed to Fox 9. Sheriff Darrin Reed said Monday that dental records helped confirm the recovered remains belong to Savannah Leckie. “From information I…

Antique Shop is Home to Generations of History

Northland Uncovered: Antique Boutique

DULUTH, Minn. – Shops with similar products around the country hold treasures and stories of generations. That is certainly the case at Antique Boutique in Duluth. “It’s kind of fun to find something different and unique,” said Co-owner Patricia Fish. With pieces from almost any era, Fish says the products give variety not found in department stores. Fish also says…

Pop Up Band Performs In Leif Erickson

34th Infantry Gives Back With More Than Just Military Service

DULUTH, Minn. Monday evening, some special military performers showed off their musical talents in Leif Erickson Park in Duluth. Residents heard the sound of the 34th Infantry Band, a group made up of members of Minnesota’s Army National Guard. While they’re fully trained for duty, these special men and women perform at funerals, parties, and free pop–up concerts like this…

New Brighter Lights For Lakewalk

LED Lights To Replace Older Lights

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders who use the Lakewalk in Canal Park will soon see a brighter change. The city will replace the entire Lakewalk trail lighting with new and brighter L.E.D. light bulbs. Areas from the Endion Station to Leif Erickson Park will have narrowed lanes during the project. The work is expected take up to two weeks to complete, weather…

National Senior Citizens Day Celebrated at North Shore Estates

Residents checked out the eclipse and got in some games of bingo

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday was National Senior Citizens Day, and some folks in the Northland decided to celebrate. North Shore Estates in West Duluth threw a little party for their residents. First they checked out that solar eclipse, or what they could see of it, and then got together for some treats and a couple games of bingo. “Here in…

Sen. Al Franken Tours Virginia Fire Hall

City Officials Hope to Build New Public Safety Building Soon

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Minnesota Senator Al Franken was on the Iron Range today and took a tour of the aging Virginia Fire Hall, a place city leaders hope can be replaced with a new building. The Virginia Fire Hall is 109 years old. “It was originally designed to house horses and horse drawn steam pumpers and in that time, not…

Minnesota Regulators Propose Changes in Wild Rice Protection

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota regulators have released proposed rule changes meant to protect wild rice from sulfate pollution. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency outlined the proposal Monday. MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine says the agency believes the proposed changes “are an innovative and precise approach to protecting wild rice” while allowing for flexibility in permitting for the facilities…

Extra DWI Patrols on Minnesota Roadways

Labor Day Weekend is One of the Deadliest Holidays on Minnesota Roads

DULUTH, Minn. – Now through Labor Day, law enforcement agencies across the state of Minnesota are cracking down on drunk driving. In 2016, over 23,000 drivers received tickets for driving while intoxicated according to the Department of Public Safety. It’s a number the Toward Zero Deaths Campaign would like to see go down. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety,…

Prison Break Suspect Charged with Kidnapping, Escape from Custody

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James Mitchell LINO LAKES, Minn. (KMSP) – A prisoner who drove off in a state transport van with eight other inmates on May 26, has been charged with four counts of kidnapping and one cout of escape from custody, according to a criminal complaint released Monday. The incident started when the driver of a transport van left the vehicle running…

Duluth Police Officers and Firefighters to Battle on the Field

10th Annual Guns and Hoses Softball Game

DULUTH, Minn. – This week Duluth Police Officers and Firefighters will be battling on the field all for a good cause. The 10th Annual Guns and Hoses is taking place on Thursday, August 24. Other than the softball game, there will be a K-9 demonstration, fire trucks and police cars on display, and the mounted patrol on hand. Wade Stadium…

Red Herring Lounge gets ready for Super Big Block Party

Live music and entertainment on First Street

DULUTH, Minn. -First Street is the place to be on Saturday for the third annual Super Big Block Party. The red Herring Lounge hosts the celebration which brings in skateboarding demos live music, food and plenty of beer. Organizers say the block party celebrates Minnesota’s music culture. “It’s sort of an encapsulation of what the Red Herring does throughout the…

Body Found Believed to be Missing Brainerd Man

BRAINERD, Minn. (KMSP) – A body found in a wooded area in Brainerd is believed to be a man missing since July 4, according to Brainerd police. Thursday around 4:50 p.m. a body was found near the 300 block of Hattie Street just off a trail. Police say “initial indications” are that it is the body of 29-year-old John Greenwaldt of…

Unanimous Vote Names Arradondo as Mpls Police Chief

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously Friday morning to approve Medaria Arradondo as the city’s new police chief. Arradondo becomes the first African American police chief in Minneapolis history. Arradondo has been serving the as the acting Minneaolis police chief since the resignation of Chief Janee Harteau in the wake of the Justine Damond shooting. As acting chief,…

Minnesota Releases Review on Enbridge Line 3

(Garret Ellison | MLive)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota regulators have released the final environmental review of Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline, which carries Canadian crude across northern Minnesota to Wisconsin. The document has been updated since the draft was released for public comment in May. Changes include additional discussion of the socio-economic impacts of the…

Mobile Pantry Comes to Cloquet

Second Harvest Will Run the Pantry Monthly

CLOQUET, Minn. – Carlton County residents lined up at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on a rainy Thursday morning, waiting for the county’s first mobile food pantry to open. “This is a great opportunity for people who need a little bit of food to come grab some,” said Rachel Johnston, who visited the pantry Thursday. Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank…

Cosplay Costumes On Display

Duluth Library Hosts Cosplayers

DULUTH, Minn. – All sorts of characters made their way to the Duluth Public Library Thursday afternoon. Cosplayers had their chance to dress up to the nines as princesses, pirates, ninjas and many other characters. One princess we talked to says that events like today’s gives her a chance to see people she hasn’t seen in a while. “Me and…

Time Capsule Celebration In Virginia, MN

Artifacts Seen For First Time In 50 Years

Virginia, Minn. At this time 50 years ago the City of Virginia, MN was having a 5 day party, the Diamond Day Celebration. They were also celebrating 75 years as a city by putting cool stuff in the ground. Wednesday, Virginia residents went back in time to open something they haven’t seen in years. Residents that celebrated on that day…

Carlton County Fair Opens

This Year's Fair is the 127th

BARNUM, Minn. – The 127th Carlton County fair is open. Between Thursday and Sunday, fair–goers can check out the best livestock the county has to offer, while also enjoying rides, and of course fair food. Organizers say this is the best time of year. “The only sad thing is it’s the end of summer,” said Allysha Sample, Fair Manager. “It’s…

New Accreditation for FDLTCC

College is Only School in U.S. Accredited by WINHEC

CLOQUET, Minn. – Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is celebrating a new accreditation. FDLTCC was recently accredited by the World Indigenous Nations Higher Educatiuon Consortium (WINHEC). The accreditation lasts 10 years and makes the college a full voting member of the WINHEC. Fond du Lac is the only college in the United States accredited by the WINHEC. Categories:…

Minnesota DWI Courts Aiming to Reduce Drunk Driving

Extra Enforcement on Minnesota roads Aug. 18 - Sept. 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Extra DWI enforcement on Minnesota roads begins Friday, Aug. 18, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. More than 300 law enforcement agencies will be putting extra enforcement on the roads from Aug. 18 to Sept. 3. As part of a broader effort to protect Minnesotans from the dangers of drunk…

Minnesota Minimum Wage Increases Jan 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s minimum-wage rates will increase on Jan. 1, 2018, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry. Minimum wage rates as of Jan. 1 will increase from $9.50 to $9.65 an hour for large employers, and from $7.50 to $7.87 for other state minimum wages. The rate increase is to adjust for inflation. “In 2014,…

Annual Bubble Festival Returns Sunday

Duluth Children's Museum Hosts 9th Annual Bubble Festival

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend bubbles will be filling the air as the 9th Annual Bubble Festival Kicks off. It’s taking place on Sunday, August 20 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Clyde Park. Clyde Park is located at 29th Ave. W. and Michigan St. At the festival, there will be a bubble so large kids can stand inside it,…

Lucky’s 13 Pub Cooks up “Minnesota Extreme Burger”

Cooking Connection: Lucky's 13 Pub

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Cooking Connection we’re heading into the kitchen with Lucky’s 13 Pub. The Minnesota Extreme Burger was cooked up by kitchen staff. The burger is made of beef and pork with blueberries, wild rice and maple syrup mixed in. The burger is topped with lettuce, tomatoes and a raspberry aoli. Lucky’s 13 Pub is located…

Aviation a Boom for Duluth’s Economy

DEED Study Shows Aviation Responsible for More than $600 Million Added to Local Economy

DULUTH, Minn. – Officials From Duluth’s aviation industry celebrated a decade of aviation’s economic impact on the city. They also announced the results of a study by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). According to DEED, aviation activity at and around the Duluth International Airport since 2007 is responsible for 3,451 direct jobs, 5,669 total jobs, $646,500,000…

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Seeks Community Support

Duluth's Wildwoods Rehabilitation Center Continues Fundraising for New Structure

DULUTH, Minn. – Northern Minnesota’s only wildlife rehabilitation center, Wildwoods, is looking for your support. The volunteer run organization is looking to raise money to complete work on a structure which houses animals taken into the center. Since 2016 crews have been making progress, but lack of funds is causing the progression to slow. Right now, 75 percent of the…

West Duluth Equestrian Trail To Be Built

Trail Will Be Ready In October

DULUTH, Minn. – The West Duluth Equestrian community will soon have a trail of their own. The project was approved by the Duluth City Council in 2014, due to high demand from West Duluth horse riders. The first installment called the Ely Peak Loop, is expected to be completed by October 1. The trail will also be used for multiple outdoor…

Minnesota Power Discusses Community Solar Gardens With Public

The next information session will be held Tuesday, August 22.

DULUTH, Minn. -Northlanders got the chance to learn a little bit about Minnesota Power’s community solar garden program. Customers are able to purchase a subscription to the solar power in exchange for a fixed utility rate. They are holding several information sessions in the area for people who may be interested. “It gives them a chance to ask me very…

A Look at Hate Groups in Minnesota

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(FOX 9 KMSP) – In Minnesota, 10 different organizations considered current hate groups are in operation, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that monitors online activities, rallies and tracks hate crime reports from police. Compared to the southeastern portion of the country, Minnesota has very few hate groups, but those that exist are actively recruiting. “You can…

Group Wants Hearing on Proposed Mine

Duluth for Clean Water Opposes Copper-Nickel Mining near Lake Superior

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of concerned citizens sent a message to Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday regarding PolyMet’s proposed copper–nickel mine. The group called Duluth for Clean Water wants an evidentiary hearing before a permit to mine is issued to PolyMet for its proposed site. Critics call the type of mining proposed the most toxic form of mining known in…

U.S. Bank Stadium in Consideration to Host 2026 World Cup Matches

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – U.S. Bank Stadium is one of 49 stadiums in consideration to host World Cup soccer matches as part of the United States, Mexico and Canada’s joint bid for to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The United Bid Committee of the U.S., Mexico and Canada announced Tuesday it is considering Minneapolis and the U.S. Bank Stadium as one of the…

Starry Stonewort Confirmed on 1 New Minnesota Lake

LOCATED AFTER A 20-COUNTY SEARCH

ST. PAUL, Minn. – After a search of 178 lakes in 20 counties by 200 trained volunteers, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that the invasive algae starry stonewort in Grand Lake in Stearns County. Starry stonewort is an alga that can form dense mats, which can interfere with the use of a lake and compete with native…

Minnesota Unions Approve Contract, Raises for State Workers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Members of Minnesota’s two massive public employee unions have ratified a new, two-year contract for the state’s 30,000-plus workers. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the contracts for the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees and AFSCME Council 5 call for a 2-percent raise this year and a 2.5-percent raise in 2018. The results of the…

Protesters Hit Minneapolis Streets in Response to Deadly Charlottesville Protest

(FOX 9) MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Protesters in Minneapolis hit the streets to rally against hate in the wake of the deadly Charlottesville protest led by white nationalists and Nazis. The group started with a rally at the Minneapolis Republican Party Office at 2200 East Franklin Avenue at 5 p.m. Hundreds of people then marched from Franklin Avenue to Cedar Avenue…

Glensheen Introduces “The Best Damn Tour”

New Tour Includes Kayaking, Bonfire and Flashlight Tour

DULUTH, Minn. – Glensheen officials are hoping to show guests their best time at the mansion yet with their new experience called “The Best Damn Tour.” This tour includes kayaking, a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior, and a flashlight tour inside the mansion. It’s offered every Tuesday through the end of September. Each tour is open to just…

Two Harbors Campground Addition Named after Late Representative David Dill

Dill represented Disctrict 3A in Northeastern Minnestota

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – A Two Harbors campground expansion officially got a new name on Monday in honor of a man who helped make it possible. The $1,000,000 expansion at the Burlington Bay Campground was named in honor of the late Minnesota representative, David Dill. The expansion was one of Dill’s projects. State and local representatives, along with Dill’s wife,…

Health Officials Unable to Identify Source in Siblings’ E. coli Infections

(KMSP) – The source of an E. coli bacterial infection that killed a young Wright County girl and seriously sickened her brother remains unclear, according to a Minnesota Department of Health investigation. As a precaution, MDH investigated A maze’n Farmyard near Eden Valley and asked the petting zoo to pull some of their animals from public viewing. The Maresh family had visited the petting zoo before their…

Minnesota Health Insurers Propose Higher Rates

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota’s four largest small-business health insurers are proposing average premium increases next year. The Star Tribune reports that increases range from 8 to 17 percent. Some insurers say the increases are needed because enrollees are consuming more care while medical costs are rising. The proposed increases could affect about 160,000 people. They’re also rekindling fears that some…