Minnesota

Two People Charged in Central Hillside Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. – Authorities say two people have been charged in connection to last week’s shooting in Central Hillside that left one victim in critical condition. Alexia Cutbank, 19, has been charged with first degree premeditated attempted murder and felon in possession of a firearm in connection to the shooting. Seneca Steeprock, 39, has been charged with first-degree aiding and…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, January 5

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 1,612 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota on Tuesday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 425,261 in the state. Health officials also reported 18 news deaths bringing the death total to 5,461 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 5,738,715 tests have been completed to date. There…

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival to be Held Virtually

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival will be going virtual for 2021. The festival made the announcement Monday on their Facebook page saying, “In response to the Center for Disease Control COVID-19 mitigation recommendations to limit large gatherings, and in the interest of public health and safety, Homegrown Music Festival made the decision that any Festival programming will…

Vikre Distillery Offers Toasty ‘Winter Wunderbar’ Outdoor Seating

The "Winter Wunderbar" consists of six fire pits and sets of warmed benches. 

DULUTH, Minn.- Vikre Distillery in Canal Park is joining the list of local bars and restaurants with warm places to sit outside for some food and drink while indoor dining is restricted statewide. Vikre constructed their outdoor seating area: the “Winter Wunderbar,” consisting of six fire pits and sets of warmed benches. Management hopes customers keep toasty while enjoying hand-crafted…

Local Videogame, Book Stores Busy as More Crave At-Home Entertainment

Games Then and Now and The Bookstore at Fitger's are experiencing boosts in sales recently.

DULUTH/SUPERIOR- With so many still schooling and working from home, entertainment has also had to happen at home — so local businesses offering activities like videogames and books are seeing an influx in customers. “As you can see when you guys came in it was constant people in and out of here,” said Jason Matic. co-owner of Games Then and…

KYN: Weeping Willow Heartfelt Gifts

Starting next week Weeping Willow Heartfelt Gifts will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

DULUTH, Minn. – After opening less than one month ago, Weeping Willow Heartfelt gifts has had a steady flow of customers who want something local and unique. “Especially with the holidays and everything that is going on people are really trying to go for the shop local.  And just the response has been really awesome,” Weeping Willow Heartfelt Gifts Manager,…

Northland Public Health Officials Worry For Another COVID-19 Spike

"We probably will be seeing effects or see trends in our case count in the next couple of weeks. It's still really too early to tell if there was an impact from holiday gatherings yet," said Westbrook."We probably will be seeing effects or see trends in our case count in the next couple of weeks. It's still really too early to tell if there was an impact from holiday gatherings yet," said Westbrook.

NORTHLAND – Now that the holidays are over, public health officials in the Northland are bracing for the potential for another spike in COVID-19 cases. The pandemic has already had a deep impact on the Northland. Health experts strongly advised people to avoid holiday gatherings to help keep new COVID-19 case numbers down. “Our numbers have been going in the…

Some People Enjoy Sledding At Proctor Golf Course

"It's just what the doctor ordered," said Sandra Benney, a parent with her kids visiting the sledding hill at Proctor Golf Course.

PROCTOR, Minn. – Some folks were making the most of a Minnesota winter while spending time at the sledding hill on the Proctor Golf Course. One family, with sleds in tow, made a trip to the hill to find a little excitement. Sandra Benney says this is a weekly activity for her family as a way to make up for…

Local Organizations Host Virtual Opening Ceremony For Human Trafficking Prevention Month

DULUTH, Minn. – January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Local community organizations kicked off the month with the annual opening ceremony to shed light on this ongoing issue. This is the first year the event had to be held virtually due to the pandemic. Traditions such as the ceremonial indigenous prayer and the dancing women in red shawls continued through…

Gov. Walz To Provide Update Wednesday About COVID-19 Restrictions

DULUTH, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz will be holding a press call on Wednesday to discuss the next steps in the state’s response to COVID-19, including an update on restrictions for indoor dining. In a media advisory Monday evening, the Governor’s Office said, “As COVID-19 numbers improve following the pause on activities around the holidays, Governor Tim Walz will hold…

MN Sex Offender Program Announces Third COVID Related Death at Moose Lake Facility

  MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – Another client has died at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in Moose Lake of COVID-19, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections. The client passed away on Friday, January 1. This is the third client that has died from COVID-19 among the MSOP facilities. Prior COVID-related deaths occurred on December 2 and December 9, 2020….

Minnesota to Ramp up Vaccinations Amid Questions of Pace

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials are aiming to ramp up vaccination efforts as the pace to administer doses to healthcare workers and long-term care residents and staff move slower than expected. The Minnesota Department of Health reported on Monday that providers across the state have administered 78,402 doses of their nearly 300,000 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines — less…

Some Minnesota COVID-19 Restrictions Relax Monday, Sports Resume

(FOX 9) – Some of Minnesota’s COVID-19 restrictions are being relaxed Monday. Gov. Tim Walz’s most recent executive order eased some of his coronavirus-related restrictions, allowing a limited restart for youth and adult sports and group fitness classes in January. The governor’s ban on indoor dining at bars and restaurants, however, remains in place for at least another week. Walz is expected to announce…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, January 4

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 3,148 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota on Monday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 423,688 in the state. Health officials also reported 13 news deaths bringing the death total to 5,443 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 5,723,166 tests have been completed to date. There…

Beargrease Without Fans Hard But Better Than Canceled Mushers, Businesses Say

Bar and restaurant owners said Beargrease is the busiest time of their year, so not having spectators will hurt business.

DULUTH, Minn.- The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are stretching to the Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, causing changes including not allowing fans to watch in-person. “Safety has always been the #1 priority for our organization whether it’s a COVID year or non-COVID year,” race spokesperson Monica Hendrickson said. Some of this year’s changes include closing all buildings used along the…

No Spectators for 2021 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

Officials say they see no way to properly social distance the thousands that come out to the start.

DULUTH, Minn.- The 41st Annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is planned to go on this year, but it will look different as no spectators will be allowed due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. Every year thousands of spectators gather at the start of the race at Billy’s Bar in Duluth. But according to Beargrease spokesperson Monica Hendrickson, organizers saw…

Natural Black Hair Stylist, Supply ‘Loc’d Up Kreationz Studio’ in Duluth Expanding

LUKS Beauty Supply will hold the grand opening of their new space in the old Pineapple Arts Supply this weekend.

DULUTH, Minn.- A small braiding and dreadlock stylist and supply store in Downtown Duluth will be expanding in the first days of 2021, to better fill the need they see to serve black hair types in the Northland. Tammy Moll opened up Loc’d Up Kreationz studio on First Street two years ago after hair braiding and dreadlock styling in the…

Duluth Police Arrest Two Suspects Connected To Central Hillside Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth Police arrested two suspects on Thursday evening who they say are connected to the shooting that happened on Tuesday in the city’s Central Hillside neighborhood. The two suspects were arrested by the 600-block of West Superior Street at 6 p.m. FOX21 will not name the suspects until they have been charged. One is 19-years-old, and the…

Year In Review Part Four

DULUTH, Minn. – FOX 21 Local News is taking a look back at the top stories that made headlines in 2020. Here are some of those stories from October, November and December. Categories: Community, Crime, Education, Minnesota, News Tags: Bentleyville, biden, crime, duluth, Election, shooting, Trump, year in review

COVID-19 Testing At DECC To Run Through January, But Future Is Uncertain

DULUTH, Minn. — COVID-19 saliva tests at the DECC in Duluth will continue through the month of January, but it’s unclear if Minnesota will have enough funding to continue it after that. Testing sites in the state are set up by the Minnesota Department of Health. In the latest economic relief package that was just signed into law, the federal…

Duluth Experiences Quiet New Year’s Eve Without Big Venue Celebrations

Normally filled with about 700 people ringing in New Year's, Greysolon Ballroom and other Downtown businesses were empty this year.

DULUTH, Minn.- The streets of Duluth were uncharacteristically quiet this New Year’s Eve as the city’s big bashes were all canceled due to COVID-19, including New Year’s on the Lake at Greysolon Ballroom. This time last year the ballroom was decked out in decorations and minibars and filled with suits and gowns for a night of entertainment. New Year’s on…

Supco Ruling: ‘Revenge Porn’ Not Protected Free Speech

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld the state’s revenge porn law, ruling that sharing nude images of a person without their consent is not constitutionally protected free speech. The Star Tribune reports the unanimous ruling Wednesday reverses an earlier order by the state Court of Appeals, which struck down the 2016 law which made it a crime to…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, December 31

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 2,204 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota on Thursday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 415,302 in the state. Health officials also reported 61 news deaths bringing the death total to 5,323 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 5,574,962 tests have been completed to date. There…

Update: Victim Identified in Fond du Lac Shooting, Suspect on the Run

Joseph James Fohrenkam CLOQUET, Minn. – Authorities have released the identity of the 16-year-old victim fatally shot early Monday morning on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says Joseph James Peterson, of Cloquet, was found deceased outside of a residence on Giiniw Road after deputies responded to reports of someone being shot around 1:19 a.m….

Tubing Season at Spirit Mountain Slides in with Blizzard Snow

Duluth's Christmas Eve Blizzard brought with it the perfect weather for tubing.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Northland’s recent snowstorm, while a nuisance for some, was perfect to usher in the tubing season at Spirit Mountain. “The tubing hill’s fun,” said Jon Regenold, co-director of Resort Services. “You hear laughter and smiles all over the place. And then the ride is exhilarating too.” As of Tuesday those looking for a winter thrill a bit…

Duluth YMCA Wraps Up Distribution of Thousands of Meal Kits During Pandemic

The need has always been there, they said, but was exacerbated by the effects of the pandemic. 

DULUTH, Minn.- This week is the last for the Duluth Area Family YMCA’s Meal Kit Distribution Program, which donated thousands of meals to people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Leadership with the YMCA said since March of this year they have given out more than 45,000 meal kits at the Downtown Duluth YMCA, Gary New Duluth Recreation Center, Harbor…

MN Veteran’s Home in Silver Bay Gives Out Covid-19 Vaccine

"I am happy I got it," said Frank Stella, an army veteran and resident of the home. "I feel good."

SILVER BAY, Minn. – More than 100 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given out to help protect employees and residents. Dozens of residents and staff at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay rolled up their sleeves to be some of the first to receive COVID-19 vaccines. “I am happy I got it,” said Frank Stella, an army veteran…

Families Head Up The Shore For NYE

"I am hoping COVID-19 will be over," said Wynnie Howard, a 10-year-old visiting from Texas.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Families headed up the North Shore to welcome in the New Year, which is keeping some hotel busy for the weekend. Several hotels, cottages, and cabins up the shore were already filled up for the New Year’s weekend. Some on the other hand, still have a few vacancies. One girl from Texas visiting her family in…

Semi Overturns on Highway 61

DULUTH, Minn. – A semi lost control and overturned Wednesday afternoon on a somewhat snowy Highway 61 in Duluth. The Minnesota State Patrol responded, along with some other big rigs to help get that truck out of the way. A Department of Transportation employee on scene told FOX 21 the semi was carrying a heavy load of paper rolls at…

Victim in Central Hillside Shooting Incident in Critical Condition, Police Seeking Public’s Help

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police say they are continuing to investigate Tuesday’s Central Hillside shooting incident that has left one person in critical condition. Authorities say they have determined that the shooting was not random and there is no danger to the public. Police are seeking the public’s help with information pertaining to the incident, specifically any footage from exterior…

WLSSD Discovers Explosive Device at Materials Recovery Center

DULUTH, Minn. – Western Lake Superior Sanitary District is cautioning residents to not transport or dispose of explosive materials they may find after staff discovered a hand grenade in the mixed waste area at WLSSD’s Material Recovery Center earlier this week. According to a recent press release, staff discovered the explosive device on Saturday wrapped in bubble wrap and found…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, December 30

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 2,019 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota on Wednesday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 413,107 in the state. Health officials also reported 66 news deaths bringing the death total to 5,262 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 5,527,037 tests have been completed to date. There…

Over 200 Crashes, 1 Death on Minnesota Roads Amid Winter Weather

(FOX 9) – The Minnesota State Patrol responded to over 200 crashes and over 230 spinouts as Tuesday’s winter weather left roads snow-covered and slippery. The State Patrol said 212 crashes were reported on Minnesota roads between noon Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday. Twelve of those crashes involved injuries, including one crash that led to a fatality in Faribault County. There were 236…

Man Suspected of Abusing Wife Fatally Shot by Sister-in-Law

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Bemidji woman is accused of fatally shooting her brother-in-law on Christmas Day at his home, allegedly for mistreating her sister. The Star Tribune reports Janelle L. Johnson was charged Tuesday with second-degree intentional murder in connection with the death of 48-year-old Jesse Farris at his house near Bemidji. Johnson remains jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail ahead…

Silver Bay Veterans Home to Administer Covid-19 Vaccine to Residents and Staff

The Minnesota Veterans Homes are using the Moderna vaccine. 

SILVER BAY, Minn. – On Wednesday, the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay will begin to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to Residents and staff. The Minnesota Veterans Homes are using the Moderna vaccine. The vaccine is being administered by clinical leaders at each location. Other veterans homes across the state will begin their vaccinations this week. The vaccinations come after…

Minnesota Discovery Center Looks Ahead to Jan. 12 Reopening

Due to Current COVID-19 Restrictions in Minnesota, Minnesota Discovery Center Remains Closed to the Public

CHISHOLM, Minn. – Creativity is on overdrive at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisolm as staff work to navigate through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from the center’s gift shop, the facility remains closed due to restrictions put in place by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The Center will be…

Duluth Police Investigate 41st Shooting of 2020; Victim Shot Multiple Times

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth police are investigating a shooting that injured a person in the Central Hillside neighborhood Tuesday afternoon. The shooting was reported around 2:40 p.m. in an apartment on the corner of Lake Avenue and West 4th Street. “Upon arrival officers located one victim with multiple gunshot wounds,” according to Ingrid Hornibrook, police information officer. The condition, age…

Superior Bars Prepare For More Customers For New Year’s Eve

"We're going to have extra staff on hand," said Brittney Young, a bartender at Top Hat Tavern in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior bars are gearing up for what could be a busy New Year’s Eve. Bars and restaurants in Minnesota won’t get to enjoy the excitement of New Year’s Eve crowds as they can only open for takeout. “I do feel really bad. I work at another bar in Minnesota,” said Jessica Horn, a bartender and server at…

Carlton County Public Health Hosts Drive-thru Vaccine Clinic

100 doses of the Moderna vaccine was received for Tuesday's clinic.

CARLTON, Minn. – Carlton County’s Public Health and Human Services Division held its first drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The county distributed its first shipment of the Moderna vaccine. The clinic was not open to the public. The vaccinations were only for emergency medical services workers and others helping to do community COVID-19 testing. One first responder says getting the vaccine…

Authorities Search for Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Fond du Lac Teen, Issue Arrest Warrant

Joseph Fohrenkam FOND DU LAC RESERVATION, Minn. – Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the suspect believed to be responsible for the shooting death of a 16-year-old male on the Fond du Lac Reservation early Monday morning. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says they have not yet located the suspect, identified as Joseph James Fohrenkam, 18. According to…

Central Hillside Building Blocked Off By Duluth Police Tape

DULUTH, Minn. —  Duluth police released new details around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday involving a shooting that injured a person in the Central Hillside neighborhood. The shooting was reported around 2:40 p.m. in an apartment on the corner of Lake Avenue and West 4th Street. “Upon arrival officers located one victim with multiple gunshot wounds,” according to Ingrid Hornibrook, police information…

Minnesota Reports 36 Deaths as Testing Dwindles Over Holiday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday reported 36 more people have died due to COVID-19, and 988 new infections on a lower-than-normal testing volume. It was the first time since October that daily new cases fell below 1,000. Testing volume has fallen due to testing sites closing during the Christmas holiday. State health officials reported 7,742…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, December 29

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 988 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota Tuesday morning bringing the total confirmed COVID cases to 411,110 in the state. Health officials also reported 36 news deaths bringing the death total to 5,196 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 5,501,277 tests have been completed to date. There are…