Minnesota

I-35 Lane Closures Start Today in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting today north and southbound drivers on I-35 will encounter lane closures at 27th Avenue West and near the Garfield Avenue overpass in Duluth. Lane closures are expected to remain in place for approximately three to four weeks during the construction of median crossovers on I-35 in preparation for the Twin Ports Interchange project. The Minnesota Department…

Longtime Minnesota Sports Columnist Sid Hartman Dies at 100

(AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota sports columnist and radio personality Sid Hartman, an old-school home team booster who once ran the NBA’s Minneapolis Lakers, has died at age 100. Star Tribune sports editor Chris Carr says Hartman died Sunday while surrounded by family. Hartman’s first newspaper column was published in 1945. He kept up his age-defying pace…

‘Clouds’ by Minnesota Teen Who Died of Cancer Hits No. 1 on iTunes

(Ben Garvin/Pioneer Press via AP,File) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seven years after his death to cancer at age 18, a Minnesota singer-songwriter has returned to the top of the iTunes chart with his inspirational tune “Clouds.” The Star Tribune reports that “Clouds” by Zach Sobiech took over iTunes’ No. 1 slot from Justin Bieber on Sunday, two days after the Hollywood movie of…

Duluth Warming Center Locations Still Undecided for Winter

Warming centers face new challenges during the pandemic this year

DULUTH, Minn.- As the colder weather begins to come into the Northland, staff with the warming centers in Duluth are working on ways to open safely this winter. Officials with CHUM said no locations for warming centers other than the main CHUM shelter have been decided yet. “I do know that talks are going on they looked at a few…

Little Boat that Could: 2nd Grade Duluth Class Boat Survives 27 Years on Lake

An Ashland couple discovered the small wooden vessel on its journey to the ocean.

DULUTH, Minn.- Ships coming in off Lake Superior is a common sight on Northland shores. But a small wooden boat found on the Apostle Islands has a history as long as a barge, starting in Duluth in 1993. “We were just in the right place at the right time,” said Mike BeBeau Sunday. Mike and his wife Lynn happened upon…

East West Property Management Hosts Blood Drive

Blood donated by one person can help save the lives of at least three others.

DULUTH, Minn. – East West Property Management in Duluth took the opportunity to get more involved in the community by hosting a blood drive. The property company partnered with the American Red Cross to fill the need for blood. About forty people signed up to give blood for the event. A property manager at East West Property Management says donating…

Central Hillside Hit-and-Run Leaves 60-Year-Old Injured

A 20-year-old has been arrested for colliding with a 60-year-old pedestrian, who's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

DULUTH, Minn.- A 20-year-old suspect has been arrested for striking a 60-year-old pedestrian with her vehicle in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood leaving him injured Saturday, according to a spokesperson with the Duluth Police Department. At about 12:04 p.m. Duluth Police received report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at the intersection of 4th Street and 2nd Avenue West, the…

Hotels Seeing Increase in Visitors Over MEA Weekend

Management says, that people still have the need to get outside, but they are traveling differently making Duluth a prime destination.

DULUTH, Minn. – The South Pier Inn, located across the Lift Bridge on Park Point, has had an occupancy well over ninety percent for the last few months. Management says that people still have the need to get outside, but they are traveling differently making Duluth a prime destination. “Even though MEA is not in session- it’s virtual sessions they…

WLSSD Expanding Compost Site Hours

The compost site at WLSSD is now open Thursday through Monday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – WLSSD is adding more hours to accommodate everyone in the community who need to get rid of yard waste and brush. The compost site at WLSSD is now open Thursday through Monday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Staff with the site say the extended hours give people more of an opportunity to dispose of waste that can’t…

Minnesota Reports Record Level of New Coronavirus Cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials have reported nearly 2,300 new coronavirus cases, the first time the state has surpassed the 2,000 mark. The surge comes as Wisconsin and the Dakotas continue to experience some of the worst per-capita transmission rates in the country. Minnesota’s 2,297 new cases as of Friday raised the state’s total to over 119,000. Friday’s case…

Greater Duluth Business Association Starts Petition to Keep George Floyd Trial out of Duluth

(from left, Derek Chauvin, Tuo Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng) DULUTH, Minn. – The Greater Duluth Business Association announced in a press release Friday that they have started an online petition in an effort to keep the George Floyd trial out of the St. Louis County region. Last month all four defense teams filed motions to move the…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, October 16

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 119,396 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 13 new deaths bringing the death total to 2,212 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 2,448,315 tests have been completed to date. There are 105,120 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 8,718 patients have required hospitalization…

Rising COVID-19 Cases in Minnesota Schools Reducing in-Person Learning

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Surging coronavirus cases in Minnesota schools have reduced the number of counties where the virus is spreading at low enough rates to allow for full, in-person instruction. State health officials say statewide, more than 500 schools had at least one positive case in the last two weeks, and 24 public and private schools reported outbreaks with at…

Judge Rejects Request to Delay Access to Floyd Case Filings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has rejected a prosecution request to put a 48-hour hold on filings in the criminal cases of four Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill said Thursday that a natural lag in the court filing system gives prosecutors sufficient time to see filings and ask that they be…

Study Finds 4 Drugs Have Little to No Effect on COVID-19

GENEVA (AP) — The world’s largest randomized trial of COVID-19 treatments found “conclusive evidence” that remdesivir, a drug used to treat U.S. President Donald Trump when he fell ill, has little or no effect on severe cases, the U.N. health agency said Friday. The World Health Organization announced the long-awaited results of a six-month trial that endeavored to see if…

Essentia Health And St. Luke’s Hospital Overwhelmed With Patients

DULUTH, Minn. – Both St. Luke’s Hospital and Essentia Health are becoming overwhelmed with patients and most of them are non-COVID-19 related hospitalizations. On Thursday, leaders from the two hospitals hosted a press conference pleading with the public to get care when needed. Health officials from St. Luke’s Hospital say they have already reached capacity, while Essentia Health is also…

Great Pumpkin Train Begins

The great pumpkin train will wrap up on Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn. –  The annual Great Pumpkin Train departed Thursday morning for the first time this season. In all, there are five trains a day taking off from the St. Louis County Depot with the trains being sanitized before and during the ride. With this excursion, passengers get to see the pumpkin patch on the North Shore and take the…

Mountain Iron-Buhl Public Schools Move Students to Distance Learning Until November

MT. IRON, Minn. – Mountain Iron-Buhl Public Schools announced on their Facebook page Thursday morning that all students will be moved to distance learning start Wednesday, October 21. According to the post, schools will not be in session next Monday and Tuesday. Students will then move to distance learning from October 21 until Friday, October 30. Mountain Iron-Buhl Public Schools…

Minnesota Senate Passes $1.9 Billion Bonding Bill

(AP Photo/Steve Karnowski) ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – The Minnesota Senate sent a $1.9 billion package of construction projects, tax breaks, and spending to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk, ending a six-month stalemate in the Legislature. The vote was 64-3, getting overwhelming support from both parties. All three votes against came from Republicans: Bruce Anderson of Buffalo, Michelle Benson of Ham Lake,…

Property Management Firm Wants to Turn Old Central H.S. Building Into Mixed-Income Housing

DULUTH, Minn. – According to recent reports from the Star Tribune, a St. Louis Park property management firm is looking to turn the old Central High School building into mixed-income housing apartments. The news comes after the Duluth School Board unanimously voted Tuesday to move ahead with the potential sale of the historic building in downtown Duluth. The decision allows…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, October 15

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 117,106 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 19 new deaths bringing the death total to 2,199 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 2,403,811 tests have been completed to date. There are 104,547 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 8,652 patients have required hospitalization…

Retired St. Louis County K-9 Kilo Passes Away

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Falcons Shut Facility After 2nd Positive COVID Test, Vikings Game On

ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Falcons shut their facility Thursday following one new positive test for COVID-19. The team remains scheduled to play at Minnesota on Sunday. Defensive tackle Marlon Davidson was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list this week, and the addition of a second unidentified person caused the Falcons to act out of caution. All team activity will be…

Minnesota Man Grows Largest Pumpkin in North America, 2,350 lbs

(courtesy: Fox 9) (FOX 9) – An Anoka, Minnesota man has some big-time bragging rights after his massive pumpkin was crowned champion in the “Super Bowl” of pumpkin weigh-offs out in California. Over the summer, Travis Gienger spent hundreds of hours out in his small garden, carefully tending to his pumpkin patch. “I bought this one little seed for $80, and I…

Minnesota House Passes Public Works Infrastructure Bill, on to Senate

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota House has finally passed a $1.37 billion public works construction borrowing package after months of gridlock. Twenty-five Republicans crossed over Wednesday night to give the Democrats the 60% supermajority the legislations needed to pass. The vote was 100-34. The bill now goes to the Republican-led Senate, which was scheduled to reconvene Thursday. The bonding…

Ecolibrium3 Starts New Program Helping Low-Income Families Address Energy Effiency

DULUTH, Minn. – Ecolibrium3 has started a new program to help homeowners in low-income communities address energy efficiency in their homes. Homeowners can sign up for virtually energy efficiency audits. These audits will analyze a house’s energy usage and help give recommendations on ways to make improvements. This can also help estimate some of the savings homeowners can get by…

Joint Effort Provides Food Assistance For The Fond Du Lac Reservation

"As a community member, I can imagine they are feeling a bit of a relief," said FDL Communications Director Rita Aspinwall.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Food insecurity is becoming a big concern for many people in communities across the Northland. A joint partnership between the Fond Du Lac Reservation and the Second Harvest Food Bank is helping address the need in that community. hundreds of people in their cars lined up in the parking lot of the Fond Du Lac Headstart building…

MN National Guard Called to Assist 2 Nursing Homes Battling COVID-19 Outbreaks

HIBBING, Minn. – The Minnesota National Guard has been called to assist two Minnesota nursing homes battling coronavirus outbreaks amongst staff and residents. According to recent reports, one of the facilities is located in Austin and the other is located in Hibbing. The Minnesota Department of Health says the Guard was called to help the Guardian Angels Health and Rehabilitation…

Minnesota Reports 29 More COVID-19 Deaths, Highest Number Since June

(FOX 9) – The Minnesota Department of Health reported 29 more COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, the highest single-day number since early June. The state also reported 1,254 new COVID-19 cases, making this the seventh straight day of more than 1,000 new cases. The newly reported deaths include people ages 50-100 and older. Of the 29, 11 lived in long-term care facilities, 12 lived in private…

Level 3 Offender Located After Tip From Public

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A Level 3 predatory offender has been located and taken into custody thanks to a tip from the public. In a Wednesday press release, the Minnesota Department of Corrections asked for the public’s help in locating 33-year-old Royce Anthony Drift who was wanted for violations of the conditions of his supervised release. Drift had been listed as fugitive…

Update: Ely Stabbing Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder

ELY, Minn. – The Ely Police Department announced on Tuesday that the 16-year-old suspect arrested earlier this month for assaulting and stabbing a 13-year-old male has been charged with attempted murder. Authorities say, Michael William Haapala, 16, is currently being held at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center in Duluth and is charged with second-degree attempted murder. According to reports, officers were…

Enbridge Completes 12-Mile North Dakota Stretch of Line 3

PEMBINA, N.D. (AP) — Enbridge Energy officials said Wednesday they have completed a small section of its Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement project in North Dakota, leaving only the Minnesota stretch that has been challenged by state officials and others. Line 3 starts in Alberta and clips a corner of North Dakota before crossing northern Minnesota en route to…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, October 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 115,943 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 29 new deaths bringing the death total to 2,180 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 2,383,527 tests have been completed to date. There are 103,830 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 8,585 patients have required hospitalization…

Minnesota House to Reconvene for Vote on $1.4B Bonding Bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House reconvenes Wednesday for what could be its last chance to pass a $1.37 billion public works construction borrowing package, but it requires at least six Republican votes. The legislation, known as a bonding bill, requires a 60% supermajority to pass. And the Democratic-controlled House must approve it before the Republican-controlled Senate can…

Walmart to Spread Out Deals to Avoid Black Friday Crowds

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is spreading out its traditional one-day Black Friday deals over three weekends in November in an effort to reduce crowds in its stores during a pandemic. The company’s plans announced Wednesday offers the first glimpse from a major retailer of what a reinvented Black Friday will look like during a pandemic. Others like Macy’s have…

St. Louis County Deputies Respond to Three Vehicle Accident Wednesday Night

All parties involved were wearing seatbelts.  

MIDWAY TOWNSHIP, Minn. – St. Louis County Deputies responded to a call of a three-car accident at the intersection of Midway Road and Stark Road in Midway Township on Wednesday night around 7:30 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies found that a vehicle traveling southbound on Midway Road attempted to turn East on Stark Road in front of a northbound vehicle. The…

School Board Approves Potential Future Sale of Historic Old Central Building H.S.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School Board unanimously voted Tuesday night to move forward with the potential sale of the Historic Old Central High School building in downtown Duluth. The vote allows the district to enter into a final purchase agreement with a potential buyer down the road. “A purchase agreement allows a buyer to conduct due diligence prior to…

Cloquet Man Indicted on Five Counts of First Degree Murder

CLOQUET, Minn. – Charges have been upgraded for a Cloquet man accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend along with her son earlier this year on the Fond du Lac reservation. 33-year-old Sheldon Thompson now faces eight total charges including five counts of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder in connection to the deaths of 27-year-old Jackie Defoe and…

Minnesota To Open 10 COVID-19 Saliva Testing Sites

(FOX 9) – Minnesota will soon have 10 COVID-19 saliva testing sites open, Gov. Tim Walz says. Walz joined the Minnesota Department of Health’s briefing Tuesday, where he said new saliva testing sites are opening in Winona and Moorhead this week and Brooklyn Park next week. This is in addition to the saliva testing site that opened last month in Duluth. The state is currently…

Minnesota Eases Visits To Long-Term Care Facility Residents

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials have rolled back rules that prevented many families from visiting loved ones in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities because of the coronavirus pandemic. The new guidelines put in place Monday allow indoor visitations at most senior homes that have not had new infections in the preceding two weeks and when the infection rate in…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, October 13

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 114,574 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 7 new deaths bringing the death total to 2,151 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 2,355,124 tests have been completed to date. There are 102,624 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 8,500 patients have required hospitalization…

Minnesota Supreme Court To Take up PolyMet Mine Dispute

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A dispute over the future of the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine goes before the Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday. The state Department of Natural Resources and PolyMet are challenging a ruling by the Minnesota Court of Appeals that canceled three major permits for the project. The appeals court ruled in January that the state agency…

Firefighters Deliver Dinner to Brighten Day for Young Boy with Leukemia

Firefighters brought spaghetti to first-grader Roman Laakso and his family, thanks to his kindergarten teacher who is married to one of the firefighters.  

DULUTH, Minn.- Members of the Duluth Fire Department Monday boosted the spirits of a young boy just starting his battle with Leukemia. Firefighters delivered dinner to first-grader Roman Laakso and his family, thanks to his kindergarten teacher who is married to one of the firefighters. Little Roman was diagnosed not long ago, and according to his GoFundMe, the family says…

Duluth Council Unanimously Votes to Wash Out Lakewalk Extension Plans

The resolution calls to reallocate FEMA funds to repair the storm damaged shorelines at Brighton Beach and the Marten Trail. 

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday to leave a missing part of the Duluth’s Lakewalk trail disconnected after storms severely eroded the shoreline in 2018. The resolution calls for the indefinite closure of the shoreline trails behind the Ledges Townhomes on 21st Ave. East, and indefinitely halting construction of a new footpath from the Beacon Pointe…

Attorney for Man Shot by Duluth Police Calls for Officer’s Firing, More Transparency by City

"The only conclusion you can possibly glean from the facts is that that officer intended to kill Mr. Fyle," Attorney Andrew Poole said. 

DULUTH, Minn.- The attorney for an unarmed man shot by Duluth Police one month ago during a domestic assault call is calling for the officer to be fired, and for the city to be more transparent. This comes as the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has not yet concluded its independent investigation into the case. In pictures provided by Duluth…

DTA Temporarily Reduces Bus Routes Due To Driver Shortage

The cutback is affecting about six routes including the new DuLooper.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority will be temporarily reducing its routes starting on Tuesday. This change is the reflection of a bus driver shortage the company is currently experiencing. DTA officials say this is due to one of their drivers testing positive for the Coronavirus and four others out for quarantine as a result of contact tracing. “We…

Losing Outdoor Dining As Winter Approaches May Create More Challenges For Restaurants

"My fear is that, come next spring, the restaurant scene could look a lot different and there may be fewer of us around," said Tony Bronson, director of business development for Grandma's Restaurant Company.

DULUTH, Minn. – Colder weather has already started showing up in the Northland, leading many restaurants to think about the challenges they face this coming winter. One major concern is outdoor dining no longer being an option for them as temperatures drop. This dining option has been a big advantage for many Northland restaurants and has helped them get through…