Minnesota

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…

MDH Links COVID-19 Cases to Trump, Pence, and Biden campaign visits

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting that there are multiple COVID-19 cases linked to recent presidential campaign visits in Minnesota. A representative with the MDH said that there are three cases linked to the President Trump rally that happened on Sept. 30th in Duluth. Two of those people live in the same home, so the department…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, October 12

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 113,439 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 3 new deaths bringing the death total to 2,144 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 2,337,122 tests have been completed to date. There are 101,376 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 8,421 patients have required hospitalization…

Minnesota Legislature to Convene for 5th Special Session

(AP Photo/Steve Karnowski) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House and Senate convene Monday for their fifth special session of 2020 and what’s likely their last chance to pass a public works construction package known as a bonding bill this year. A Senate committee met Monday morning to walk through a package that would borrow $1.36 billion in general…

Federal Judge Upholds Minnesota’s Extended Ballot Counting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has upheld a Minnesota state court agreement that allows counting of absentee ballots received up to seven days after Election Day as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. U.S. District Judge Nancy Brasel ruled late Sunday night that the plaintiffs in the case don’t have standing and denied their motion for a…

Duluth Council to Vote Monday on Leaving Lakewalk’s Missing Link Disconnected

Councilors say the shoreline behind the Ledges and Beacon Pointe is too washed out to try and make changes.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth City Council is expected to vote on whether to scrap plans to connect a missing link to the popular Lakewalk behind some shoreline properties. At their last meeting two weeks ago, the council tabled the resolution that would reallocate $915,695 in FEMA funds. Those funds were granted to repair the 2018 storm-damaged trail behind the Ledges Townhomes…

Duluth Family’s Dog, Wild Deer Become Unlikely Furry Friends

Frank, a year-and-a-half-old Black Labrador, and a wandering doe have regular morning playdates.

DULUTH, Minn.- One family’s dog in Duluth is proving that man may not be dog’s only best friend — a deer has taken that spot. In a video recorded from the Miller house’s window, a black lab and a doe carefully watch each other, each rearing to go. But this was not a vicious hunting or attack video. The dog…

Bentleyville Christmas Tree Installed in Bayfront Park

Volunteers worked four hours to install the 128-foot tree in front of Bayfront Pavilion.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s apparently never too early to get into the Christmas spirit for Bayfront Park, as the Bentleyville Christmas Tree went up Saturday. Volunteers worked four hours to install the 128-foot tree in front of Bayfront Pavilion. The hardest part of installing the tree, crews said, was moving the bottom piece — weighing over 16,000 lbs — from its…

Duluth Police: Man Pulled Gun During Argument at Dunkin Donuts

According to Police two males got into a verbal argument inside Dunkin Donuts, and one man left to get a firearm from his car before leaving.

DULUTH, Minn.- One man is in custody, according to the Duluth Police Department, after pulling a firearm on another man during an argument at a Dunkin Donuts. A spokesperson with the Department said around 11 a.m. Saturday officers responded to a report of a person with a gun at the Dunkin Donuts on Central Entrance Road. According to the spokesperson,…

Spirit Mountain Begins Selling Season Passes

The resort has the goal of opening in late November depending on the weather. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Spirit Mountain is gearing up for the skiing season. The ski hill has opened up eligibility to purchase season passes for the winter. After shutting down for the entire summer season due to the pandemic, management says that they have a plan for the hill in place and are ready to re-open. “We’re really excited to be…

One Person Is Dead In An Officer-involved Shooting On I-35 In Pine County

PINE COUNTY, Minn. – One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting that happened on I-35 in Pine County around 2 p.m. on Friday. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the shooting took place in the northbound lanes nearby the Mora exit along the interstate. Autorities say at about 1:45 p.m. on Friday, law enforcement responded to a 911…

Nashwauk Man Sentenced to 105 Months for Criminal Vehicular Homicide

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – A Nashwauk man charged with fatally hitting a two-year-old boy and injuring his teenaged aunt with his truck last August appeared in court for his sentencing Friday. 40-year-old Jake Michael Place was sentenced to 105 months in prison, the maximum sentence under the law. Place pleaded guilty in March to criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, October 9

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 109,312 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 14 new deaths bringing the death total to 2,121 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 2,256,165 tests have been completed to date. There are 97,715 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 8,251 patients have required hospitalization…

Suspect, 16, Arrested After Ely Teen Rescued From Ravine With Stab Wounds

ELY, Minn. – The Ely Police Department says a 16-year-old suspect has been arrested after a 13-year-old male was found injured down a ravine Thursday afternoon. According to police, officers were dispatched to the area of 800 Miners Drive around 3:30 p.m. on a medical call after a hiker called 911 to report that someone appeared to have fallen down…

University of Minnesota Alters Spring Break for 5 Campuses

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is changing spring break plans at its five campuses because of the coronavirus. University leaders are moving the weeklong vacation from March to April for Twin Cities and Rochester students and spreading the days across the semester for those attending in Duluth, Morris, and Crookston, the Star Tribune reported. In addition, university officials…

Duluth Workforce Development Program Looking to Help Recently Laid Off DECC Employees

DULUTH, Minn. — After the DECC announced earlier this week that the roughly 400 employees it furloughed are now permanently laid off, the city of Duluth’s Workforce Development Program wants to help those former workers find new opportunities. The program can first connect Duluth residents to emergency assistance, such as healthcare, housing, and making sure services like heat aren’t turned…

Mike’s Western Cafe Closes After Nearly Four Decades

"I met so many nice people. I met fishing buddies, golfing buddies, and bowling buddies. It's really been a fun experience," said Mike Pracher, the owner of Mike's Western Cafe.

DULUTH, Minn. – A hometown restaurant in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is closing its doors after nearly 40 years in business. Mike’s Western Cafe has lasted through multiple generations of many in the Lincoln Park Community. Those who have come to love the local restaurant will now have to say farewell. Mike Pracher, the owner of Mike’s Western Cafe, has…

Duluth Library Foundation Receives Grant for School Readiness

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Library Foundation received a grant today going towards a city-wide library led school initiative called “Every Child Ready Duluth.” The grant is from the Lloyd K. Johnson foundation for $25,000. Those funds will be used to help reduce Duluth’s opportunity gap especially when it comes to kids getting ready for kindergarten. “We’ve been getting batches…

Minnesota Man Cited After Assaulting Reporter Near Trump Rally

(Facebook/Duluth Police Department) DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Attorney announced on Thursday that a citation has been issued to the Minnesota man caught on video assaulting a reporter near the Trump rally held at the Duluth International Airport last week. According to a recent press release from the city, 70-year-old Duane Waldriff, of Lamberton, was cited with misdemeanor assault…

Minnesota Loosens Bar Rules Put in Place for the Coronavirus

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Thursday reported the second-highest number of daily COVID-19 hospital admissions, on the same day the state loosened regulations in bars and restaurants. Updated guidelines permit as many as 10 people seated together in restaurants and event spaces, up from four or six if they were members of a single household. Live music will…

St. Scholastica Hosts Virtual 2020 Homecoming

The events kick off on Thursday with a virtual 5k. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The College of Saint Scholastica will be having a different variation of homecoming this year. Due to the pandemic, the school will be hosting a virtual homecoming. The events begins on Thursday with a virtual 5K. For a list of full events and schedules, click here:  Saint Scholastica Homecoming     Categories: Community, Minnesota, News Tags: 2020, Homecoming,…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, October 8

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 107,922 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 8 new deaths bringing the death total to 2,107 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 2,224,194 tests have been completed to date. There are 97,254 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 8,187 patients have required hospitalization…

Nonprofit Preserves 2,000 Acres in Superior National Forest

TOFTE, Minn. (AP) — More than 2,000 acres of private land deep in the heart of the Superior National Forest will remain undeveloped. The nonprofit Nature Conservancy said it purchased the land this week from retired forestry professor Mike Freed. The land near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near Tofte in Cook County includes six wilderness lakes and 3…

Duluth Cider’s “Big Bad Apple Bash” Goes Virtual with Take-Home Celebration Boxes

Customers are encouraged to enjoy the boxes while watching the livestream on Duluth Cider's Facebook page Saturday at 7 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn.- A popular cider in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is celebrating its “Big Bad Apple Bash” anniversary with a virtual event Saturday. Last year’s Big Bad Apple Bash celebrated the first year Duluth Cider was open. This year, fans are encouraged to stop by the cidery on West Superior Street before Saturday to purchase a Big Bad Apple Bash…

Fitger’s Awarded ‘Best Place to Work’ by Minnesota Retailers Assoc.

Every year they award one recipient based on treatment of employees and the overall work environment.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Northland’s own Fitger’s on the Lake was recognized as the Best Retail Place to Work in the state of Minnesota in 2020. The award comes from the Minnesota Retailers Association. Every year they award one recipient based on treatment of employees and the overall work environment. The president and owner of Fitger’s said it’s an honor to…

Walz Activates MN National Guard to Help ‘Keep the Peace’ After Chauvin Posts Bond

(Courtesy: Twitter/MN National Guard) MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced on Wednesday that he has activated the Minnesota National Guard to help Twin Cities law enforcement keep the peace following the release of Derek Chauvin. “Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of Minnesotans, we have asked the Minnesota National Guard to prepare to assist in…

Derek Chauvin Released From Minnesota Prison

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Derek Chauvin has been released from the Oak Park Heights, Minnesota prison after posting a non-cash bond. A Minnesota Department of Corrections spokesperson confirmed Chauvin was no longer being held at the prison on Wednesday, and state court records show Chauvin posted bond. Chauvin had been at the Oak Park Heights prison since May 31, awaiting his scheduled…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, October 7

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 106,651 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 14 new deaths bringing the death total to 2,101 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 2,195,882 tests have been completed to date. There are 96,616 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 8,089 patients have required hospitalization…

Northern Minnesota Is State’s Recent Coronavirus Hot Spot

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Northern Minnesota has been the state’s COVID-19 hot spot in recent weeks, with more new cases per capita than elsewhere in the state. Though President Donald Trump has hosted rallies in the region recently, with few wearing masks or physical distancing, health officials said it’s been much smaller get-togethers and “pandemic fatigue” that seem to be driving the…

‘Night to Unite’ Aims to Bring Together Hibbing Police, Community

At Bennett Park in Hibbing, the police were on hand to connect with community members as well as share food drive-thru style. 

HIBBING, Minn.- This year due to the pandemic, August’s annual National Night Out event was postponed to Tuesday, and Hibbing celebrated with their own “Night to Unite” to bring Police and the community together. First introduced in 1984, the National Night Out organization aims to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. At Bennett Park in Hibbing, the police were on…

Experimental COVID-19 Treatment Given To President Trump Part of Study At U of M Medical School

This study is also being conduction nationally, which will enroll about 2,000 people.

DULUTH, Minn. – The experimental treatment recently given to President Donald Trump for his diagnosis with COVID-19 will soon be part of a study being conducted at the University of Minnesota Medical School. The particular drug treatment is made up of two identical antibodies, which are created in a lab. The antibodies are expected to bind to the virus to…

Previously Furloughed Employees At The DECC Permanently Laid Off

The DECC now only has about $1 million left in its cash reserve.

DULUTH, Minn. – Roughly 400 previously furloughed employees at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center are now being permanently laid off — some who have only been employed for months and others for decades. This move comes as big economic blows to the center continue to happen during the ongoing global pandemic. The organization is now losing about $200,000 a month….

UPDATE: Reporter Now Pressing Charges in Attack During Protest

UPDATE: Earlier today, the Duluth Police Department announced the photojournalist involved in an attack at a Trump protest would not press charges in the case. Duluth police now say the victim expressed the desire to move forward with seeking charges. Authorities are forwarding the case to the City Attorney’s Office for review of misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct. ——————————————— DULUTH,…

KYN: Ketamine North Infusion Center

The infusion center is located on Central Entrance in Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – A new wellness option is now available in the Twin Ports for patients who suffer from anxiety and depression. Since opening up the Ketamine North Infusion Center last year, anesthetists Natalie Johnson and Patrick Bailey have seen a number of people coming in for a variety of ailments. “Someone who has struggled with lifelong depression, anxiety, PTSD….

Valentini’s Opens in Hermantown

"I think it means they like my food. I am assuming that's why they are coming here," said Owner Carol Valentini.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Valentini’s Restaurant is officially open for business in Hermantown after moving from its old location on London Road in Duluth. The bistro-style restaurant has a freshly new décor and is open for sit down dining or takeout. Many of the same items are back on the menu along with a few new additions. The owner says it…

MDH Continues to Urge Duluth Trump Rally Attendees Get Tested Frequently for COVID-19

State health officials said it's important that those who attended to get tested frequently until they've cleared the two-week mark. 

ST. PAUL, Minn.- As President Donald Trump returns to the White House after being treated for the virus Monday, Minnesota state health officials continue to urge people who were at his rally in Duluth to get tested several times over the next few weeks. In a COVID-19 Briefing Monday, Minnesota Department of Health leaders said just because you test negative…

Many Outside Enjoying Duluth’s Nice Day after Chilly Week

People made the most of the sixty-degree Monday, knowing old man winter is right around the corner.

DULUTH, Minn.- Monday’s warmer temperatures made many in Duluth prepare for it to be the last nice-weather week before winter, as they got out on the city’s parks and trials enjoying a break from a chilly week. “Love it yes,” said Dave Tedlund. “Especially after last week hopefully we get more than just this week too.” Bike wheels and hiking…

Local Dental Office Hosts Blood Drive In Honor Of Employee

"Kathy is really a positive presence in the office. She is always so welcoming, and a really great person to have around," said Amanda Newcomb, a dental hygienist.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands are diagnosed with leukemia every year. When it hit close to home for those at Piedmont Dental in Duluth, they jumped into action to help a member of their work family. Kathy Andrews, has been a loyal employee of Piedmont Dental for more than 30 years. “Kathy is really a positive presence in the office. She…

Tuesday Marks One Month Until Presidential Election

About 4,500 ballots have already been accepted.

DULUTH, Minn – We are just about a month away from the presidential election. City officials say they are seeing a very high turnout for early voting and absentee ballots So far, 4,500 ballots have already been accepted and about 20,000 have been requested by residents in the City of Duluth. As time is winding down for the presidential election,…

Anderson, Decker Road Intersection Closing for Water Main Work

The City of Duluth will be closing the intersection of Anderson and Decker Roads until the 19th. 

DULUTH, Minn.- Starting Monday, an intersection near the busy Highway 53 and Haines Road in Duluth will close as the city does some underground work. The City of Duluth will be closing the intersection of Anderson and Decker Roads to install new water mains. Construction is expected to last until the 19th. Homeowners on Decker Road will still have access to…

Fundraiser to Open New Black-Owned Duluth Soul Food Restaurant Draws Hungry Crowd

Solomon and Stephan Witherspoon are raising money to open Doc Witherspoon's Soul Food Kitchen in Lincoln Park in 2021.

DULUTH, Minn.- A pop-up fundraiser at Peace United Church in Duluth Sunday raised money to help bring a new, black-owned soul food restaurant to the city next year. A line of cars snaked around the church, filled with anxious customers all hungry for some new soul food. “It’s a dream come true,” said Solomon Witherspoon, “I have tears of joy…

A Craft Market Looks To Spread Positive Energy

DULUTH, Minn. – If you don’t believe in magic, a local pop-up craft market and garage sale might persuade you to think differently. Dozens of handcrafted items, some with magical properties, were being sold including smudging sprays, fairy terrariums, and energy cleansing kits. The crafts aren’t only about introducing people to magic. It’s more about helping create positive energy. “It…

Nice Fall Day Offers Perfect Opportunity For Taking Photos at The Rose Garden

DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday was a nice fall day across the Northland. The sun was shining with temperatures in the 50s. It was even nice enough for a photoshoot at Leif Erikson’s Rose Garden in Duluth. Several people were snapping shots for graduation, family, and engagement photos. Even a bride and groom took a chance at creating lasting memories on…

Police: 3 Shot at ‘Gathering’ Inside Central Hillside Apartment

Essentia ER reported three gunshot wound victims; a 23-year-old male, a 28-year-old male, and a 32-year-old female. All have non-life threatening injuries.

DULUTH, Minn.- Three people were hospitalized Sunday for injuries Duluth police believe are related to a shooting incident in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood. According to a department spokesperson, officers responded to a report of a shooting inside an apartment on the 500 Block of West 3rd Street at 4:53 a.m. Sunday morning. Shortly after receiving the report, authorities said Essentia…