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Walz Says ‘Normalcy Is on the Horizon’ in State Address

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has delivered his third State of the State address from his former high school classroom and said that “brighter days are here” as a substantial portion of the population is being vaccinated against the coronavirus and businesses start to fully reopen. The first-term Democrat gave the speech Sunday from his old social studies…

Floyd Family, Leaders Hold Prayer Service On Eve Of Trial

Courtesy: KMSP/FOX9 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – National civil rights leaders appeared alongside several family members of George Floyd at a prayer service, hours before opening statements were set to begin in the murder trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged in Floyd’s death. Several dozen attendees gathered in the benches at Greater Friendship Missionary Church on Sunday night, where preachers…

Line 3 Pipeline Protesters March Through Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — A group of Line 3 pipeline protesters marched through the streets of downtown Duluth Sunday morning. The march was led by Indigenous water protectors, as they prefer to be called. The activists believe the pipeline is a threat to Native American waters and climate change. A Duluth police spokesperson said officers observed the protest from afar and…

Mylymok’s Game-Winner in Fifth Overtime Sends UMD Men’s Hockey To Frozen Four

The Bulldogs outlast NCHC rivals North Dakota in the longest NCAA men's hockey tournament game ever, advancing to their fourth straight Frozen Four.

FARGO, N.D. – Freshman forward Luke Mylymok scored 2:13 into the fifth overtime to give the No. 3 seed Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team the 3-2 win over No. 1 seed North Dakota in the Fargo Regional Final and send the Bulldogs to their fourth straight Frozen Four. Jackson Cates and Cole Koepke scored 80 seconds apart in the third…

Walz Says ‘Normalcy Is On The Horizon’ In State Address

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz delivered his third State of the State address Sunday from his former high school classroom and said brighter days have arrived and “normalcy is on the horizon” as a substantial portion of the population is being vaccinated against the coronavirus and businesses start to fully reopen. The first-term Democrat gave the speech from…

Some Superior Bars, Restaurants Hope New To-Go Cocktail Sales Help Industry

Per a new bill signed by Governor Tony Evers Friday, mixed drinks and glasses of wine can be sold to go for pickup only, as long as they have tamper-evident seals.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Starting Sunday Wisconsin bars and restaurants can sell cocktails to-go, and some Superior establishment owners say after a rough pandemic year, any way to make some extra money is welcome. Per a new bill signed by Governor Tony Evers Friday, mixed drinks and glasses of wine can be sold to go for pickup only, as long as they…

Superior National Forest to Start Prescribed Fires

Officials say residents around Virginia, Ely and Grand Marais may notice some smoke and see flames.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Superior National Forest is set to start a series of prescribed fires across the forest as soon as this week. Officials say residents around Virginia, Ely and Grand Marais may notice some smoke and see flames. The planned fires protect not only plant and wildlife, but also nearby homes and buildings from hazardous fuels and even wildfires….

In Minneapolis, An Immigrant Street Struggles To Recover

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly all the wreckage along Lake Street has been hauled away. The fire-swept buildings have been torn down or repaired. The police station is empty, its entryway sealed with stacked concrete blocks like a street corner pharaoh’s tomb. The street, the focus of so much violence when protests raged through Minneapolis after George Floyd died in police…

Boy Scouts in Duluth Collect About 3,300 lbs of Donated Food for CHUM

The scouts were stationed over at Mt. Royal Market in the Kenwood neighborhood and various Super One locations.

DULUTH, Minn.- Local Boy Scouts in Duluth did their part to address food insecurity in the Northland with a food drive for the CHUM food shelf. The scouts were stationed over at Mt. Royal Market in the Kenwood neighborhood and various Super One locations on Saturday. Shoppers could purchase a pre-made bag of food or donate money. Individual items such…

Big Daddy’s Burgers Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Big Daddy’s Burgers on Piedmont Avenue is celebrating its 20th anniversary today.

DULUTH, Minn. – Big Daddy’s Burgers on Piedmont Avenue is celebrated its 20th anniversary Friday. During the first portion of the pandemic, the restaurant didn’t do takeout and was shut down completely. But now that they are back open, owners say the support for their restaurant during these difficult times has been amazing. “It’s amazing that we’ve made it this…

City of Duluth Urges Proper Road Sand, Salt Disposal at Collection Sites

According to officials, this allows them to properly dispose it, and keep it out of the area's waterways

DULUTH, Minn.- As winter slowly wraps up, people may notice a lot of road sand in their sidewalks and boulevards pushed there by snow plows. Instead of just throwing it in the trash the City of Duluth is asking people deposit it at one of their road sand collection sites. According to officials, this allows them to properly dispose it,…

20th Annual Polar Plunge Begins Saturday

Donations are expected to exceed $90,000.

DULUTH, Minn. – Organizers and volunteers are putting the finishing touches on the setup for the upcoming Polar Plunge event on Saturday at noon. Due to the pandemic, the plunge was pushed back a month. Right now, just over 400 participants will be running into the chilly waters of Lake Superior. Donations are expected to exceed $90,000. All of the…

Watch: Walz Expands Vaccine Eligibility Before Boost to Supply

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has announced a final expansion in vaccine eligibility to all Minnesotans 16 and older starting Tuesday. The expansion comes before an anticipated increase in the state’s weekly allotment in early April that will nearly double the state’s current weekly shipments to more than 300,000 doses. The governor’s office acknowledges that securing an appointment will…

Commission on Judicial Selection Recommends Six Candidates for Sixth Judicial District Vacancies

DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, the Commission on Judicial Selection announced it is recommending six candidates for two vacancies in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District. The first vacancy in the Sixth Judicial Court is a seat chambered in Duluth in St. Louis County. This seat was previously held by the Honorable Shaun R. Floerke. The candidates recommended for the Duluth seat…

Minnesota, Wisconsin Health Centers to Receive Millions in Funding to Expand COVID Vaccine Access

DULUTH, Minn. – Health centers in Cook, Duluth, and Grand Marais, Minnesota as well as Iron River, Wisconsin will receive nearly $10 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan. The American Rescue Plan is part of President Biden’s continued efforts to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines and services in underserved communities. According to a recent White House press release,…

One Man Dead, One Injured in Apparent Rock Climbing Fall

TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — One man was killed and another was injured in an apparent rock climbing accident in eastern Minnesota, authorities said. The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the lower landing at Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls Thursday at about 4 p.m. on a report of a rock-climbing fall with unknown injuries. Deputies…

Vaccines May Offer Good Protection Against Certain COVID Variants, Not Others

DULUTH, Minn. — The COVID-19 vaccines were all designed to protect people against the virus, but they may not be as effective against some of the variants spreading throughout the world right now. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the vaccines may offer less protection against certain variants such as B.1.351, the variant first discovered in South Africa,…

6 Arrested After Locking Themselves To Line 3 Construction Site

FLOODWOOD TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Six people are under arrest in St. Louis County after locking themselves to the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline construction site. The arrests happened Thursday in Floodwood Township, just east of the city of Floodwood. When deputies arrived, as many as 30 anti-pipeline demonstrators were there. Four of them were locked to heavy machinery and two…

Duluth Police Officer Sustains ‘Minor Injuries’ In Kenwood Avenue Crash

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth police officer is being treated for minor injuries at a local hospital after colliding with a car in the Kenwood neighborhood Thursday afternoon. According to the police department, the crash happened at the intersection of College Street and Kenwood Avenue around 4:15 p.m. The Duluth police squad car was traveling northbound on Kenwood Avenue with…

Walz: Minnesotans 16 Years Old and Older Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Beginning Tuesday

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Tomorrow, Governor Walz will announce that all Minnesotans 16 years of age and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination beginning Tuesday, March 30. The final eligibility expansion comes as the federal government has promised an increased supply of vaccines by April, and as Minnesota has become a national leader in getting shots. According to the…

Blue Angels Preparing for 2021 Duluth Airshow

This year, the show will be bringing back fan favorites and also an updated version of the Blue Angel planes.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Airshow is back in 2021 after its cancellation last year due to the pandemic. The headliners, the U.S Navy Blue Angels, were in town on Thursday to talk about some of the different things they are doing this year. Now, both Grandmas Marathon and the Duluth Air and Aviation Expo will kick off back-to-back weekends…

Justices Say Accident Victims Can Sue Ford in State Courts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled the Ford Motor Co. can be sued in the state courts of people who were killed or seriously injured in accidents involving Ford vehicles. The justices on Thursday unanimously rejected the Michigan-based company’s argument that its ties to Minnesota and Montana were too tenuous to allow it to be sued in those…

Damiano Center Announces Opening of Hygiene Facility

DULUTH, Minn. – Damiano Center announced on Thursday the opening of its six-unit hygiene facility which will be available to anyone who visits the center during regular operating hours or schedules an appointment. The Damiano Center says appointments can be scheduled through the Community services program. In a recent press release, Damiano Center officials said, “We have chosen this approach…

Dozens of Fully Vaccinated Minnesotans Have Gotten COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials report dozens of fully-vaccinated people have contracted COVID-19 in Minnesota, a development that wasn’t unexpected. The state has identified 89 coronavirus infections in people who have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. State infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann said the fraction of fully…

Man Arrested After Shooting In Duluth Heights

Investigator witnessed the suspect shoot from a vehicle.

DULUTH, Minn. – One man was taken into custody Wednesday evening after a shooting in the Duluth Heights neighborhood involving several rounds. A spokesperson for the Duluth Police Department said the shots were fired around 5 p.m. at the intersection of Baylis Street and Pecan Avenue. An investigator witnessed the shooting go down while under surveillance for a different case…

$2.9 Million Proposal Would Better Prepare Minnesota Communities for Effects of Climate Change

The Proposal of $2.9 Million Would Provide Grants to Roughly 15 Communities in Central, Northeastern Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – Climate change is expensive, and now with a new proposal from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), funding for preventative planning and infrastructure repairs could become a reality. The proposal is for $2.9 million in grant money to be spent over the next two years. According to the MPCA, funding would help…

Justices: Drunk Rape Victim Was Not ‘Mentally Incapacitated’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A person who is sexually assaulted while intoxicated does not fit the designation for a more serious charge if he or she consumed the alcohol or drugs voluntarily, the Minnesota Supreme Court said in a ruling released Wednesday. The opinion stems from the case of Francois Momulu Khalil, a Minneapolis man who was convicted of third-degree criminal…

Records Suggest Defendant Called 911 During Minnesota Attack

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — A man charged with carrying out a mass shooting at a Minnesota health clinic last month allegedly called 911 during the attack and told the dispatcher he was the shooter and to send “a lotta ambulances,” records show. Medical assistant Lindsay Overbay was killed and four other staff members were wounded in the Feb. 9 shooting at the…

Spirit Valley Home Damaged in Electrical Fire

DULUTH, Minn. – A home in Spirit Valley sustained $40,000 worth of damage when a fire broke out early Wednesday morning. According to the Duluth Fire Department, fire crews responded to reports of a fire around 3:32 a.m. at 4706 West 5th Street. When fire crews arrived at the scene they found flames engulfing the rear addition of the home….

Longtime Blues Musician Mick Sterling Stopping in Duluth to Promote New Book

Sterling Will Visit Duluth's West Theatre Thursday, Mar. 25, and Friday, Mar. 26 to Discuss the Book and Perform

DULUTH, Minn. – Many people throughout the region know Mick Sterling as the soulful rock singer and leader of many bands, a key performer in the annual Bayfront Blues Fest, plus as a committed philanthropist. In his new book, And Else: A Version of Life According to Mick Sterling, readers get to meet Mick Sterling, the engaging observer and talented…

College of St. Scholastica Planning To Return To In-Person Learning This Fall

DULUTH, Minn. – The College of St. Scholastica announced on Wednesday that it is planning for a more “normal semester” for fall 2021. The college says it is making plans to return to full in-person learning and has appointed a Planning Task Force to develop plans for a safe return to the campus. The Task Force, comprised of faculty and…

Walz: Minnesota Ranks First in the Nation in Vaccines Administered

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Tim Walz announced today that Minnesota currently ranks number one in the country for the highest percentage of vaccine dosages administered. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Minnesota has administered 88.55% of the vaccine dosages received. “I am so proud of all the hard work done in our state to make Minnesota…

Jury Set for Ex-Cop’s Trial in Floyd Death; Starts Monday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A jury has been seated for the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd’s death, with opening statements set for Monday. The final juror was chosen Tuesday, more than two weeks after the process began. Attorneys and the judge worked through more than 100 people, dismissing most because they acknowledged strong views about an…

Two Women Killed in Carlton County Crash

CLEAR CREEK, Minn. (AP) — Two women have died in a crash in northeastern Minnesota, according to the State Patrol. The two died Tuesday evening in a single-vehicle crash that shut down a portion of Highway 23 in Carlton County, the patrol said. The victims have been identified as 35-year-old Angela Severson, of Pierre, South Dakota, and 36-year-old Jennifer Bokusky,…

Canal Bark Recovering After Tough Pandemic Year

Before the pandemic, about 50 to 70 dogs would board at Canal Bark per night, now owners said they're improving at 10-15 per night.

DULUTH, Minn.- As people are slowly starting to travel again, doggy daycare facilities like Canal Bark are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel after a quiet year. Before the pandemic, about 50 to 70 dogs would board at Canal Bark per night. But last year, there were no more than 5 at a time throughout…

‘Tacos Tacos Tacos’ Brings Mexican Flavor to Downtown Duluth

The owner says opening up during the pandemic came with challenges, like securing equipment, importing ingredients, and hiring.

DULUTH, Minn.- A slice of authentic Mexican cuisine opened up downtown in the old Coney Island space on East Superior Street. The joint is called Tacos Tacos Tacos. They serve a variety of authentic Mexican taqueria favorites most notably Al Pastor style: pork rotating on a spit cooked over a low flame. The owner says opening up during the pandemic…

First Photo to Close Doors After 28 Years in Business

Printing at First Photo will be available through the end of this month, with the business closing in late April.

DULUTH, Minn.- A longtime photo printing and photography store in Duluth is closing its doors after more than 28 years in business. The owner of First Photo on Central Entrance Road says it wasn’t necessarily just the pandemic. He says demand for high quality photo orders and prints has dropped over the years as more people took to sharing photos…

Duluth Man Arrested in Lincoln Park Home Invasion, Assault

A felony warrant was also issued to the victim for violating his supervised release for a separate criminal court case -- days before this latest crime.

  DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man was arrested on Saturday after breaking into a home in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and assaulting the 92-year-old female resident. According to the criminal complaint, officers responded to a burglary in the 700 block of North 20th Avenue West around 4:00 p.m. Saturday. When officers arrived at the residence they learned that the…

Local Breeder Sees Career Best Litter

"Usually we expect to have eight to ten puppies per litter."

  DULUTH, Minn. – The local kennel Wolfe Den Retrievers is celebrating its most recent litter of American pointing lab puppies. “Usually we expect to have eight to ten puppies per litter,” Wolfe Den Retrievers Owner, Colette Wolfe Dickmeyer says. Lucy, the first-time mom, surprised her owners with sixteen. “This is a first for me. The biggest litter I ever…

Need for Disputed Pipeline Argued in Minnesota Appeals Court

(AP Photo/Jim Mone, File) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has heard arguments over Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 replacement project in northern Minnesota, which opponents are calling unnecessary due to an eventual decline in the demand for oil. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, along with the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and…

Jury Set for Ex-Cop’s Trial in Floyd Death; Starts March 29

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A jury has been seated for the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd’s death, with opening statements set for March 29. The final juror was chosen Tuesday,  more than two weeks after the process began. Attorneys and the judge worked through more than 100 people, dismissing most because they acknowledged strong views about…

9-Year-Old Minnesota Boy Survives Shark Attack in Miami

1/2 (courtesy: Fox 9) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (courtesy: Fox 9) Show Caption Hide Caption (FOX 9) – A Minnesota boy vacationing in Florida with his family survived a shark attack Sunday in Miami Beach. Nine-year-old Jay Weiskopf was rushed to the hospital where he received treatment for injuries to his right shoulder, including surgery. He received more than 100 stitches…

Essentia Health Donates To CHUM Food Shelf’s Produce Partnership With Local Farmers

DULUTH, Minn. — Essentia Health donated $7,500 to the CHUM Food Shelf in Duluth on Monday. CHUM partners with the Community-Supported Agriculture Guild by buying fresh produce from local farmers, which is then distributed to people in need through the food shelf. Essentia’s donation will go toward that program, with the locally-grown fruits and vegetables adding more nutritional value to…

Planning Moves Forward For 2022 Seawall Reconstruction, Walkway Redesign Behind DECC 

Duluth Council gave the go-ahead to begin looking at designs for reconstructing the aging seawall and the surrounding greenspace from the Slip to Bayfront.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth City Council passed two resolutions for pre-design and pre-engineering work for Phase II  of seawall construction and rehabilitating the pedestrian walkway along Harbor Drive between Canal Park and Bayfront. Councilors say they expect construction to begin on the seawall in 2022. They plan to use some of the $13 million in state bonding bill money the city…

Health Department Assists Rural Minnesota Town with Covid-19 Testing Site

East Range Communities and the city of Aurora are doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

AURORA, Minn. – A temporary COVID testing site is now open at the Aurora Community and Senior Center. Due to the recent spike in cases in the area, the Minnesota Department of Health got the go-ahead to open up a facility in the East Range Area. “What we noticed over the last few weeks specifically in town here and kind…

4th Of July Fireworks To Return To Duluth’s Bayfront Park

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council has approved up to $50,000 to bring back the annual 4th of July fireworks display down at Bayfront Park. The city and DECC will work together to adapt the event within Bayfront Park as new state and federal guidelines are released involving COVID. “We would encourage people to come up, we would encourage…