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More Money Coming to Minnesota to Fight Opioid Addiction

$6 Million Coming to Minnesota

  DULUTH, Minn.-Minnesota got some good news today in its fight against opioid addiction. The state is now due to receive major federal funding to the tune of $6 million to help fight the disease. That money will be dedicated to medication-assisted treatment. In 2016 more than 600 people in that state died from an opioid overdose.   Categories: Crime,…

LOCATED: Dakotah Braun, of Duluth

1/5 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5 Show Caption Hide Caption UPDATE: The Duluth Police Department has reported that Dekotah was located safe at an address in the 2100 block of East 2nd Street. Authorities arrested him on-scene for a warrant out of Pope County, Minn. DULUTH, Minn….

DNR Opens 30-Day Public Comment for Several PolyMet Draft Permits

(KQDS) – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has opened a 30-day public comment period on the draft PolyMet dam safety and public works permits. From Sept. 15 through Oct. 16, the public can submit comments on two draft dam safety permits and a draft public waters work permit for the PolyMet Mining, Inc. NorthMet mining project. The DNR dam…

Minnesota State Fair Already has a 2018 Concert Booked

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FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (KMSP) – It hasn’t even been two weeks since the 2017 Minnesota State Fair wrapped up, but there’s already a Grandstand headliner for the 2018 State Fair concert series. One Direction alum Niall Horan will play the Grandstand on the Fair’s opening night. Thursday, Aug. 23. Tickets go on sale later this month, at 10 a.m. on Sept. 22 ($59…

Wayzata Policeman Remembered as Officer with Big Heart

Officer Mathews and his wife and son. (Courtesy Wayzata PD) PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) – A Wayzata policeman who was fatally struck by an unlicensed driver was eulogized as a friendly and conscientious officer. Hundreds of law officers from across Minnesota turned out Thursday for the funeral of 47-year-old William Mathews in Plymouth. Mathews received full honors, as he had requested…

Motorcyclists Gear Up for Fall Flood Run This Weekend

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Motorists are urged to use extra caution this weekend along the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers as thousands of motorcyclists take to the streets for the Fall Flood Run. As many as 30,000 riders are expected to travel between the Twin Cities and Winona on Saturday, Sept. 16. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is asking riders…

Duluth Named Least Stressed City in America

Adam JagunichBayfront Park, Duluth, MN DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth has been named the Least Stressed City in America by smartasset.com. Smartasset analyzed data for 512 cities in the country. Nine factors were considered when analyzing the cities including, average work week, average commute times, percent of residents getting sufficient physical exercise, density of entertainment establishment, unemployment rate, bankruptcy rate, housing costs…

Hermantown Community Church Hosts Block Party for Harvey Victims

Hermantown Community Church Hosted Block Party

DULUTH, Minn. As millions continue to try and get their lives back together after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Northland continues to show their support. Another benefit for the victims of Hurricane Harvey was held by the Hermantown Community Church. Hundreds showed up Wednesday night at the church to show their support for the victims of Hurricane Harvey Lead pastor…

Grant Hart, of Pioneering Indie Rock Band Husker Du, Dies

Grant Hart (left) and Bob Mould (right) Photo courtesy of Bob Mould/Facebook. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Grant Hart, the drummer and vocalist for pioneering indie rock band Husker Du, has died at age 56. Ken Shipley, who runs the band’s record label Numero Group, tells The Associated Press that Hart died Wednesday in Minnesota. Hart had been diagnosed with…

Annual Walk Creates Space of Support for those in Recovery

Twin Ports Recovery Walk

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, Northlanders will be walking for recovery to support those going through the process. September is Recovery Month, so the walk is taking place on Saturday, September 16 on the campus of the College of St. Scholastica. Registration is free and starts at 9 a.m. The walk gets underway at 10 a.m. Food, vendors and games…

JJ Astor Makes Fall Favorites in Preparation for New Menu

Cooking Connection: JJ Astor

DULUTH, Minn. – JJ Astor, the revolving restaurant in the Radisson in Duluth, has hired a new Executive Chef and is creating an updated menu. The new Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage, Bob Boyd, joined FOX 21 in the kitchen for this week’s Cooking Connection. JJ Astor Restaurant and Lounge is located in the Radisson at 505…

Air Quality Reduced in Areas of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A combination of smoke from Western wildfires, high temperatures, and sunshine is eroding the air quality in the Twin Cities and in eastern and central Minnesota. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an alert for Thursday, warning those sensitive to air quality that it’s at an unhealthy level. The worst conditions are expected during the afternoon…

St. Paul Security Guard Arrested for Filing False Shooting Report

Security Guard Accidentally Shot Himself

ST. PAUL, Minn.-St. Paul police say a security guard who was shot at St. Catherine University has been arrested for falsely reporting a crime. In a statement posted on the department’s Facebook page, police say the 25-year-old guard was taken into custody Wednesday night after he admitted to investigators that he accidentally shot himself while on duty Tuesday night. Authorities…

Final Preparations Before North Shore Inline Marathon

The Race Weekend Kicks Off Friday with the Inline Marathon Expo

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend the largest inline marathon in North America will kick off near Two Harbors with a finish line in Duluth’s Canal Park. It’s time once again for the 22nd Annual North Shore Inline Marathon. Nearly 2,000 athletes are registered throughout a series of six different races. Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, but those interested…

Missing Buffalo Teen Located in Iowa

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption UPDATE 9-13: Anna Thorson was located safe in Iowa by authorities. BUFFALO, Minn. – The Buffalo Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old, Anna Thorson. Anna was last seen in Buffalo on Sunday, Sept. 10. It is unknown whether she left on…

Minnesota Super Bowl Volunteers Will Receive Custom Love Your Melon Beanies

ALL VOLUNTEERS WILL WILL RECEIVE A FULL WINTER-READY UNIFORM FREE OF CHARGE

(Superbowl Host Committee) MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Super Bowl’s Crew 52 volunteers will hit the streets in style with custom Love Your Melon (LYM) beanies. Crew 52 is a team of 10,000 volunteers that will help welcome more than 1 million visitors to the Twin Cities over the course of the 10-day festival. Volunteers will serve at public gathering points…

Imagine Canal Park Launch Party

A New Vision For Canal Park

DULUTH. Minn Imagine Duluth has been collaborating with residents and the Canal Park Business Association to consider the future of Canal Park. The hope for the Imagine Canal Park project is to build upon the successes in this part of the city, while also preserving the area. Imagine Canal Park is working with the public to address issues and figure…

Music Resource Center Back In Session For Students

The after-school programs connects youth and music

DULUTH, Minn. – One of Duluth’s music hot spots is back open after a summer break. The Music Resource Center at Sacred Heart is an after-school program for kids to get a chance to work with music professionals, quality gear, and helps them grow their creative sides. “Music is something that’s so near and dear to so many young people,”…

Mediator Chosen in Dayton-Legislature Legal Fight

Status Report Wanted by Minnesota Supreme Court by Late Septmeber

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton and top Republicans have chosen a mediator to try to help them out of a constitutional battle. The two sides have been locked in a legal battle for months over Dayton’s decision to veto the Legislature’s budget after the session concluded in late May. The Minnesota Supreme Court didn’t make a definitive…

Minnesota Named the Happiest State in America

Minnesota has been named the happiest state in America by WalletHub.  WalletHub conducted a study where analysts determined which environmental factors are linked to a person’s overall well-being and satisfaction with life. To determine these factors, analysts examined all 50 states across 28 key metrics ranging from depression rates to sports participation rates to income growth. Three key dimensions; emotional…

Ethnic Days to Feature Slovenian Button Box Player

Gary New Duluth Hosts "Ethnic Days" at New Pavilion This Weekend

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend Ethnic Days is taking over Gary New Duluth. There will be performances by The Singing Slovenes with special guest performers. Gasper Krek, visiting from Slovenia, will play the button box. The Sam Miletich Tamburica Ensemble will also perform. There will also be Kolo dance instruction, face painting and ethnic food available. This will all be…

Prosecutors to Consider Charges in Australian Woman’s Death

Justine Damond, Fox 9MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The case of a Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in July has been handed to prosecutors for possible charges. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Tuesday that they have finished their investigation into Officer Mohamed Noor and have turned the case over to prosecutors for review. Noor fatally…

Duluth Woman’s Club Receives Historical Designation

Northland Uncovered: Duluth Heritage Preservation Landmark

DULUTH, Minn. – In Duluth, historical buildings fill the town and old mansions line the streets, giving beautiful views for visitors to enjoy. One Duluth home is now recognized as a Duluth Heritage Preservation Landmark. The women of the Duluth Woman’s Club are continuing a tradition. “We all feel like it’s a very special place and it’s home,” explained Ellie…

Imagine Canal Park Pops Up At Miller Hill Mall

The group is seeking public input on what improvements could be made to Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn. – Community members were invited to come by the Miller Hill Mall on Monday to give input on Canal Park improvements. Imagine Canal Park is an offshoot of the Imagine Duluth campaign. City officials are looking to get public input on Canal Park, and what potential changes the community might like to see. “We want every aspect of…

American Society of Civil Engineers Duluth Section celebrates 100th anniversary

The ASCE also named the Aerial Lift Bridge a civil engineering historical landmark

DULUTH, Minn. – The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Duluth Section celebrated its 100th anniversary on Monday.  The ASCE celebrated by dedicating the Aerial Lift bridge as a national historic civil engineering landmark, and recognized all the important work civil engineers do behind the scenes. ASCE president-elect Kristina Swallow said, “From the moment we get up and stumble into…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Skyline Lanes

The Bowling Alley Is More Than Just Bowling

HERMANTOWN, Minn. — In this week’s Knowing Your Neighbors, we head to Skyline Lanes in Hermantown where it’s more than just bowling. “We have a variety of different activities from bowling. We do volleyball as you can see were standing out here on the courts. We also have bocce and bean bag leagues,” said Corey Kolquist, manager at Skyline Lanes….

Minnesota Commerce Department Against Line 3 Plan

No Decision Made Yet on Pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS-The Minnesota Department of Commerce says Enbridge Energy has failed to establish the need for its proposal to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. Instead, the department says it might be better to just shut down the existing line. In filings with the Public Utilities Commission Monday, the agency says refineries in the region already…

Local Utility Crews Work to Restore Power in Florida

Minnesota Power and Superior Water Light and Power Crews are in Miami Working to Restore Power

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Power and Superior Water Light and Power (SWLP) crews are hitting the ground in Miami Monday. Sunday night, 31 utility workers were stationed waiting out the storm in Orlando at Florida Power and Light’s staging area. They have now been moved to Miami at the request of Florida Power and Light. The crews will help with…

Minnesota’s New License System Causing Headaches

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Car dealership managers, motor vehicle service employees and frustrated drivers and sounding off about problems with the state’s new computer system for license plates and tabs. The state rolled out its replacement for a 40-year-old mainframe in July. The Minnesota Licensing and Registration System was delayed by years and cost more than $90 million –…

Local Leaders Seek Community Input on Future of Canal Park

Imagine Canal Park 2035

DULUTH, Minn. – Imagine Canal Park is a new initiative with the goal to make that area a spot for residents and not just tourists. In June, Duluth received a grant from the Knight Foundation to look at ways to further engage and create a common public space for residents to increase social interaction and connect with their city. The…

Food Banks Seek Donations in September

Coffee Conversation: Hunger Action Month

DULUTH, Minn. – This month people across the country are doing what they can to help the hungry. September is annually recognized as Hunger Action Month. This is meant to encourage people to donate to their local food banks. Shaye Moris, the Executive Director of Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, says monetary donations go the farthest. The food bank…

6 Hurt When Man Drives Car into Crowd in Mankato

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) – Police say six people were hurt when a man deliberately drove his vehicle into a group in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Minnesota. Authorities say the 21-year-old Montgomery, Minnesota man fled the scene in Mankato early Sunday before Blue Earth County sheriff’s deputies arrested him. Police commander Craid Frericks tells The Associated Press…

Range Regional Airport Receives Over $3.7 Million for Safety Improvements

(Facebook) HIBBING, Minn. – The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a grant of $3,729,074 for safety improvements at the Range Regional Airport in Hibbing. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Rep. Rick Nolan, made the announcement Monday. “Improving the safety of our infrastructure serves as a down payment on the long-term economic well-being of Minnesota and the country,”…

14-Year-Old Dies After Fatal Fall off Palisade Head

The Girl Was With Friends When She Fell Over the Cliff

SILVER BAY, Minn. – The Lake County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a fall from a cliff on the North Shore. Just after 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office received several 9-1-1 calls after a 14-year-old girl. identified as Bailey Belisle, fell from Palisade Head. The girl was with friends when she fell. After her fall, some bystanders rappelled…

Lake Superior Zoo Gains Accreditation

Zoo's Accreditation Extended by Four Years

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s good news for the Lake Superior Zoo. The zoo’s accreditation was extended four years by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The AZA, which grants accreditation to less than 10% of the approximately 2,800 animal attractions licensed by the Department of Agriculture, praised the zoo for stabilizing its finances while developing a plan for sustainability. “We…

New banners unveiled at Heritage Sports Center

30 foot banners feature values they wish to instill in young athletes

DULUTH, Minn. – New artwork is hanging outside the Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Sports Center. The facility recently unveiled eight 30-foot banners featuring illustrations from local artist Tim Cortes. Each banner also includes one of the Heritage Center’s values, which staff tries to instill in young athletes. “We’re trying to emphasize the values that were present as we built this place,”…

Harvest Festival celebrates 24 years

Music, food, and crafts

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Harvest Festival celebrated 24th years of connecting the community to local food growers as well as sustainable energy providers. Harvest Festival is hosted at Bayfront Festival Park by the Lake Superior chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association. The event featured locally grown food, live music and craft demonstrations. “We are a really vibrant community, and lots…

Hundreds come out for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The event raised more than $170,000 for Alzheimer's research and assistance

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly one-thousand people walked this morning to help end Alzheimer’s Disease. This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s was the first joint venture between organizations in Duluth and Superior. By combining forces, more than $170,000 were raised to support research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia. “Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death, and the only one in…

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is sending fudge for troops

Chocolate Factory is matching each pound of fudge purchased by customers

The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is teaming up with the Blue Star Mothers of America to help send some fudge to our troops overseas. Throughout the month of September, when anyone buys a pound of fudge from any of the stores, the factory will match that pound to be sent overseas. “It’s just fun to have something like fudge,” owner…

Letica Looks for More Donations, Leaves Sunday for Texas

Northlander's Donated Thousands of Items Just Days Ago, Now Letica and Volunteers Travel to Texas a Second Time

DULUTH, Minn. – After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Duluth Entrepreneur Mike Letica organized a drive, gathered a group of volunteers and drove south with a truckload of 45,000 pounds of donations for storm victims. Letica and his group are doing it again, Saturday and Sunday. “How much more can people take,” said Letica. It’s a question he may never have…

Flags Lowered at Wayzata Police Station Amid Reports of Officer Dead

FOX 9 WAYZATA, Minn. (AP) – Flags are flying half-staff at a suburban Minneapolis police department amid reports that one officer was struck and killed by a vehicle. The Wayzata Police Department has not officially announced the officer’s death but has called a news conference for 4:30 p.m. Friday. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arrandando asked those attending his swearing-in ceremony Friday…

Supreme Court Backs Dayton Veto of Legislature Budget

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Supreme Court says Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of the Legislature’s budget was constitutional. The ruling Friday is counter to a lower-court ruling this summer that Dayton had acted unconstitutionally, but is not the last word in the case. The high court ordered the two sides to hire a mediator, by Tuesday, to resolve…

Malware Incident at Tettegouche State Park

(Explore MN) The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports that state IT security specialists discovered malware on state computers at Tettegouche State Park in Silver Bay in late August. While the MnDNR has no evidence that credit card numbers were accessed, out of caution, they are advising those who visited the park and charged items from Aug. 22-25 are asked…

Replica Of U.S.S. Duluth Turned Over To City

Model Sized Boat On Display At The Depot

DULUTH, Minn. Crew members that once served on the Navy’s U.S.S Duluth battleship, had the chance to relive their glory days on Thursday, with a model sized replica of the ship. The scale model ship was hand crafted to look just like the battleship. It took over a year to build, and one crew member tells FOX 21 that he’s…

Highway 61 Bridge at Baptism River Maintenance Begins Sept. 11

DULUTH, Minn. – Motorists travelling along Highway 61 at the Baptism River will encounter alternating lane closures for bridge maintenance starting Monday, Sept. 11, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. A flagging operation will be in place to move traffic through the work area, as crews alternate closures from north to southbound lanes. Width restrictions will be in place,…

Jasmine Block Describes 29-Day Abduction, Escape

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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (KMSP) – Jasmine Block is barely 15 and one courageous young lady. “I was usually in a closet and I usually stayed quiet because I was scared they might hit me or do something,” said Jasmine. Jasmine was allegedly lured from her Alexandria home August 8 by family acquaintance Thomas Barker. Court documents detail a nightmarish month. The suspects restrained the…

Largest Farmers’ Market in Region Coming to Duluth this Weekend

Saturday: 24th Annual Harvest Festival

DULUTH, Minn. -Fresh produce and sustainable energy are the focus of a festival in Duluth this weekend. The 24th Annual Harvest Festival will be held in Bayfront Festival Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 9. This festival is considered one of the largest farmers’ markets in the region. In the park visitors can enjoy live music,…

New Duluth Fitness Center Features “9 Rounds”

9Round is Latest Kickboxing Gym to Open in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – A new fitness center has opend in Duluth. 9Round Fitness is a kickboxing gym. It features a nine round, 30 minute workout to help clients get a good workout in during a short amount of time. The workout is a for the entire body, and trainers are on hand to guide clients. The fitness center also offers…

Duluth Pack Celebrates Grand Opening After Remodel

The event included free beer and pizza

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Pack celebrated its grand opening today after finishing up some remodeling of their store in Canal Park. The store hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Duluth Chamber of Commerce. The event included free pizza, free beer, and Duluth Pack giveaways. It was all to celebrate the company’s place in Duluth’s outdoors culture. “We are aware…