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Minnesota Task Force Takes Aim at Prescription Drug Prices

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has unveiled a task force report that makes 14 separate recommendations for lowering prescription drug prices. They range from new legislation to stronger enforcement action. Ellison said at a news conference Wednesday that the pharmaceutical market is “opaque and dysfunctional.” And he says the confusion has been a barrier to fixing the problem….

Midday Update 2-19-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Andrew Kirov and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Categories: Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Fire at Minnesota Recycling Plant Possibly Affecting Air Quality

(courtesy: Bill Keller/FOX 9) BECKER, Minn. – Officials are monitoring the air quality in a small Minnesota community where a fire at a metal recycling plant has burned for more than 24 hours. Firefighters in the Sherburne County community of Becker continued to fight the stubborn blaze Wednesday after working all day and through the night Tuesday at Northern Metal…

No Injuries Reported in I-35 Logging Truck Spill

DULUTH, Minn. – Authorities say a semi-truck with the Claw Trucking Group delayed traffic Tuesday evening after the truck spilled its load of logs onto the southbound Hwy 53 ramp. The truck was exiting the ramp onto I-35 south when it lost its load of logs around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday which caused a significant backup of traffic. Authorities say there…

Morning Update 2-19-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Andrew Kirov and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Categories: Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Park Officials Remind Pet Owners to “Pick Up Poop”

Piles of Poop Left Behind Causes Concerns from Park Officials, City Staff

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s warm, squishy, and it stinks. We’re talking poop. Chances are you’re guilty once or twice of watching your pet poo, and walking away in a public place. But it’s now becoming a problem within the Twin Ports, one pile leading to hundreds if not thousands left unattended. “No one wants to walk in poop when they’re…

It’s National Drink Wine Day!

DULUTH, Minn – Here’s a reminder to grab yourself a glass of your favorite wine today. It’s National Drink Wine Day. It’s not to be confused with National Wine Day which is celebrated in May. Today’s unofficial holiday celebrates those who just like to enjoy a glass of wine. But those lovers can take it a step further by making…

HealthPartners Union Workers Reach Tentative Contract Deal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The union representing 1,800 HealthPartners workers in Minnesota says it has reached a tentative labor agreement and averted a strike that was scheduled to begin Wednesday. The Service Employees International Union says the agreement was reached early Tuesday after 17 hours of negotiations. Union members will vote on it next week. Members include nurses, physicians assistants, dental…

Polls Open for Wisconsin Spring Primary Election

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Suspect Sought in Fatal Bemidji Shooting

Authorities are Still Searching for the Suspect

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Authorities in northern Minnesota are searching for a suspect in a fatal shooting. Beltrami County sheriff’s dispatchers got a call about a man who had been shot outside a residence Monday night. Police officers and sheriff’s deputies arrived and found the body of a 20-year-old man. According to reports, another victim in the shooting, a 17-year-old male,…

Special Report: Suicidal Thoughts Resulting in “The Final Journey”

Contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

LAKE COUNTY, Minn. – It’s one word surrounded by stigma and often never discussed — Suicide. Nationally, the number of people taking their lives continues to dramatically rise year-after-year. So how do the numbers break down locally? The number of suicides reported along the North Shore of Minnesota have spiked over the past ten years. Many people have come from…

The Number Of Flu Cases In Northland Jump From Last Year

Experts say flu cases are up by 15% for this season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland is really taking a hit with the influenza virus. Schools and senior living facilities are some of the places that are experiencing a widespread outbreak. Healthcare providers say the number of cases is up by 15% from last year. There are three strains of the Influenza Virus, but most commonly people get the “A” or…

At Sara’s Table Reopens After Week Long Renovations

DULUTH, Minn – The popular restaurant At Sara’s Table in Duluth has reopened after closing for more than a week while undergoing renovations. The restaurant added a few new bathrooms and an upstairs conference space, which can hold up to 30 people. Most notably, there is a new re-designed french-inspired professional kitchen. The new set up is more open giving…

Midday Update 2-17-20

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Monday, February 17, 2020

Join FOX 21’s Arman Rahman and Meteorologist Ryan Johnson for a local look at news and weather making headlines Monday, February 17, 2020. Categories: Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Multiple Crashes Reported in Duluth Monday Morning

DULUTH, Minn. – Multiple crashes have been reported Monday morning due to slick road conditions on I-35. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation 511 website, there were three reported crashes as of 9:20 a.m. One crash was reported between exit 258 and MN I94 at 5th Avenue West; another between Garfield Avenue and the end of I-535, between Exit…

First Annual Rice Lake Winter Frolic Brings Families Together

Frolic offered sledding, s'mores, and cider.

RICE LAKE, Minn.- Families in Rice Lake got out to enjoy the winter day at the first annual Winter Frolic. The event included s’mores-making on an open fire, hot chocolate and cider, a sledding hill and a snowy playground. Ice skating was going to be available as well, but was canceled due to excess snow. According to organizer Kathy LeFave,…

Move Over Downward Facing Dog; Laughter Yoga Lifts the Spirit

Relatively young practice uses laughter to bring positivity.

DULUTH, Minn.- They say laughter is the best medicine, well at the Lake Superior Interfaith Community Church in East Hillside, one group is putting that to the test and getting some pretty hilarious results. “When we start laughing we can’t stop,” said Laughter Yoga Leader Sue Brewer. If you stop in and wonder what’s so funny, don’t worry, you didn’t…

“Duluth Bikes” Hosts Annual Winter Bike To Work Day

DULUTH, Minn. – The organization “Duluth Bikes” hosted their 6th annual winter bike to work day Friday morning. Members of the group were out at the Minnesota power plaza on Friday morning, handing out coffee and greeting people who bike to work. Organizers say, although this is one of the colder events they have put on, dozens of people are…

UMD Plans To Sell Campus Radio Station To Local Public Television Station

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth has agreed to sell its radio station to the parent company that runs Duluth’s PBS station, WDSE. The university has owned and operated its campus radio station for more than 60 years. According to an agreement, the Duluth- Superior Area Educational Television corporation is expected to purchase the radio station for $175,000….

Minnesota Senate Panel Passes GOP Insulin Affordability Bill

The Passing Comes As Patients and Parents Urged Senators to Keep Working on a Compromise Between Parties

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The long-running debate at the Capitol over insulin affordability has shifted to the Minnesota Senate. Patients and parents urged senators Thursday to keep working toward a compromise between competing Senate Republican and House Democratic proposals. Helping diabetics afford insulin is one of the main pieces of unfinished business left over from the 2019 session, when…

Fatal Snowmobile Crash in St. Louis County

Authorities Say the Snowmobiler Veered Off the Trail, Eventually Hitting a Tree

TOWER, Minn. – A snowmobiler is dead after a crash in Northern St. Louis County. Authorities say 51-year-old Daniel Cottew of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, was on the Arrowhead Trail near Tower when he veered off the trail, eventually hitting a tree. Cottew was pronounced dead at the scene despite life-saving efforts by first responders from Tower, Vermilion Lake, St. Louis County…

Group Makes Banners Empowering Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women March

Currently 20 unaccounted women are logged in urban parts.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Native Lives Matter Coalition spent the day making banners for Friday’s fifth annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Memorial March. According to data from the Urban Indian Health Institute, 20 indigenous women are murdered or missing from urban areas in Minnesota. A task force is working on determining numbers for the whole state. The banners empower family…

U. S. Census Hosts Open House To Recruit For Open Positions

The available jobs have a pay rate of up to $24 an hour.

DULUTH, Minn. – There are four more weeks left until the 2020 Census data collection process begins. The Census wants to get nearly 2,500 applicants in St. Louis County. The bureau has now reached around 75% of that goal. The Duluth-area Census office is responsible for filling jobs in nearly 50 counties in Northern Minnesota. The goal is to recruit…

American Airlines Plans To Leave The Duluth International Airport

DULUTH, Minn. – One day after Duluth Airport officials celebrated the expansion of flights from Delta, we’re learning American Airlines is packing up to leave DLH. On April 28, the major airline will discontinue its two daily non-stop flights between Duluth and Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. American joined Delta and United in Duluth just last year. A spokeswoman for the Duluth…

Preschoolers Make The Most Of The Subzero Temperatures

DULUTH, Minn – Even with temperatures hitting below zero, the cold weather didn’t hold back preschool students at the Hartley Nature Center from exploring and playing outdoors. On these freezing cold days teachers at the Hartley Nature Center follow windchill charts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to determine exactly how long they can stay outside. Before heading out…

RV Couple Makes a Pit Stop in Duluth to Talk RVing Lifestyle

The Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel & RV Show is Happening February 12 - 16, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands of Northlanders enjoy packing up the vehicle, loading firewood, and heading out for a weekend away at the campground. But could you imagine living in your RV year round? One couple from Kentucky did so for more than ten years. Howard and Linda Payne were living the “American Dream” according to most people. But there was…

Blackened Salmon Valentine’s Day Dinner

COOKING CONNECTION: Texas Roadhouse

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Cooking Connection Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot hosts a restaurant that you can still get into for a Valentines Dinner! No reservations are taken there on Friday, but you can use call ahead seating. Hearty steaks aren’t the only thing Texas Roadhouse specializes in… try their blackened salmon! Check out the video above if you…

Delta to Offer Mainline Aircraft Flights from DLH to MSP and Back

New aircraft comes with new seats and new digs.

DULUTH, Minn.- Northlanders may find it easier to fly to the Twin Cities from Duluth International Airport, as Delta Airlines will be adding a new mainline plane to the route. Beginning in March Delta will operate a mainline aircraft out of DLH. The route will be the first flight out in the morning and last flight in from MSP Airport….

Volunteer Snowmobile Trail Groomer In Need of Repair or Replacement

The only groomer tackling trails in East Duluth and up the North Shore is out of service.

DULUTH, Minn.- The only snow groomer working on snowmobile trails in East Duluth is out of commission and in need of repair. While grooming the trails, the Duluth Drift-Toppers Snowmobile Club’s machine encountered an engine failure. Now the motor has to be redone, in order to keep the trails used by snowmobilers, fat-tire bikers, and hikers smooth and clean. The…

Polar Plunge Taking Place on Park Point This Year

The Polar Bear Plunge is Happening Saturday, February 15

DULUTH, Minn. – For the first time, the 2020 Duluth Polar Plunge will liven up Park Point (instead of the traditional Canal Park plunge spot) on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Participants will first enjoy a pre-check-in party at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Canal Park Friday, February 14 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. A day-of check-in will take place at Grandma’s…

Rainforest Exhibit Welcomes Exotic Animals to the DECC

The Show Begins Wednesday, February 12 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

DULUTH, Minn. – A rainforest is an exotic place filled with birds, snakes, insects, and animals you might not think of living in this type of climate. The Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel & RV Show kicks off Wednesday, February 12 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, giving the public a chance to experience the rainforest. The show runs through Sunday,…

Beijing Restaurant Reopens to Chinese-Craving Customers

Restaurant opened nearly two years after fire shut it down.

DULUTH, Minn.- London Road smelled a little more like Chinese food Tuesday as the popular Beijing restaurant finally opened after a fire shut it down in 2018. The place was pretty busy throughout the day. Beijing is known for its big portions at a reasonable price. Longtime customers were all smiles, anxious to try their favorite dishes. “Every two weeks…

The Ups and Downs of Unfrozen Lake Superior

Experts share different effects of the lake's low ice cover, while some Northlanders miss the ice.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Northland has gone through an unseasonably warm winter, eliminating the chance for much ice to form on the surface of Lake Superior. “I was excited for the ice build up and it’s just not coming yet,” Lindsey Ruhnke said. Lapping waves is a surprising sound to hear by the lake at the beginning of February. “I think…

Boys and Girls Club Names Youth of the Year

Annual event highlights young people with exceptional character qualities.

DULUTH, Minn.- Four youth from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland competed to be named Youth of the Year Tuesday. The annual event highlights young people who exemplify the pillars of a healthy lifestyle, good character and citizenship, and academic success. It was established in 1947 to help more youth develop the skills they’ll use throughout life. “It’s…

Duluth Area Horse Trail Alliance Hosting 2nd Annual Fundraiser

Classic Horse Movie Night is Happening Thursday, February 13, 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – This bitter winter weather doesn’t help local horse enthusiasts get out on the trails, but that’s not stopping the Duluth Area Horse Trail Alliance from thinking about warmer months ahead. The Alliance is set to host the second annual Classic Horse Movie Night Fundraiser, raising money for horse trails and education efforts on Thursday, February 13 at…

Duluth Council Approves Grant to Continue Mental Health Officer Position

Officer helps build relationships and get people help from Mental Health Services.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth City Council approved a $206,793 grant that’ll allow the Duluth Police Department to continue dedicating an officer specifically for mental health calls. The officer is part of the Department’s Mental Health Unit based out of the DTA substation downtown. He works with people based on referrals from other officers and community members. Since the grant was…

Council Approves Demolition of Kozy; Former Owner Still Determined to Stop Wrecking Ball

Former owner Eric Ringsred didn't come up with the $50,000 bond court required to keep building up.

DULUTH, Minn.- The City of Duluth is the closest its ever been to tearing down the condemned Kozy building on East First Street. DEDA owns the building, and the Council voted to approve DEDA’s decision to demolish the building that’s sat vacant for nearly a decade. The council voted unanimously, 8-0 with Councilor Russ absent, to demolish the structure. But…

Appeals Court Upholds Hibbing Man’s 2017 Manslaughter Conviction

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a manslaughter conviction of a Hibbing man who left his baby nephew home alone before a fire broke out. Jesse Bonacci-Koski, 27, left the home for several hours to use drugs the day of the 11-month-old’s death. He’s serving an eight-year prison sentence for the crime. Attorneys for Bonacci-Koski argued…

The Duluth City Council Could Vote To Approve Funding For The Demolition Of The Old Kozy Building

DULUTH, Minn. – The city council could also vote tonight to approve nearly $150,000 to move forward with the demolition of the old Kozy building in downtown Duluth. The fate of the building has been involved in an ongoing legal battle between the city and the former owner Eric Ringsred along with a group called “Respect Starts Here.” A district…

Giant Teddy Bear Made Out Of Snow In Hermantown Catches Some Attention

The Johnson family sculpted a snowman in 2005 that stood nearly 25 feet high.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A 16-foot teddy bear made out of snow in Hermantown is stealing a few hearts The giant bear was created by a Hermantown couple along with the help of a few neighbors. It goes by the name Theodore. The creation of the heart hugging bear began on Christmas Eve and took nearly six weeks to finish. The…