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Minnesota COVID-19 Positivity Rate Hits Vaccine-era High

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s COVID-19 test positivity rate has soared to 8.3%, the highest mark since the vaccines first rolled out late last year. The seven-day rolling average for the state’s positivity rate continues to climb toward the high-risk category. The state draws that line at 10%. Meanwhile, COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota reached 960 as of Monday and…

Amazon Distribution Center Coming to Twin Cities Suburb

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An Amazon distribution center is coming to a Twin Cities suburb. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Monday that the 517,000-square-foot facility will open in Woodbury late next summer. The center is expected to generate 500 jobs and may add another 500 during the holiday season. The building will be Amazon’s third large-scale facility in…

Lake Dedicated to Veteran Fishing Trips Receives Large Donation

Legacy Lake was Born Back in 2009 After the Land was Purchased by Local Businessman Larry Schanno

FINLAND, Minn. – This October marks 30 years since the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay first opened its doors. Since then, hundreds of residents have resided there, experiencing events and opportunities with the close community inside. One summer activity takes the cake, year after year. “Got a big one! Oh, I lost him,” said Frank Stella, a retired U.S….

Eviction Protections Ending for Minnesota Renters

(FOX 9) – When millions of Americans were unable to work because of the COVID-19 shutdown, a ban on evictions went into effect to help those behind on their rent. In Minnesota, those protections end Tuesday. The only exception is for renters who have already applied for rental assistance through the state. Tenants with pending rental assistance claims will have protection…

Nursing Shortage Affecting St. Ann’s, Lake Superior College’s CNA Program

60 people are employed at St. Ann's Residence, when 70 is what is considered full staff.

DULUTH, Minn.- While there’s been much about pandemic-fueled stress on Minnesota hospitals, the state’s long-term care industry is now facing a workforce shortage like no other. Now schools like Lake Superior College are struggling to graduate students into more entry-level healthcare positions to fill the void. “There is a huge need locally, regionally, across the state as well as nationally…

St. Louis County Depot Hosting Haunted History Tours

 Masks are required in the depot for all events. 

DULUTH, Minn. — The St. Louis County Depot has some brand new activities for the Halloween season. For the first time, the depot will host haunted history tours throughout the month of October ending with a free family event on October 30th. Organizers say the goal is to indulge people in historical areas of the depot that aren’t always talked…

Politicians and Community Leaders Discuss Affordable Child Care

DULUTH, Minn.- Both community and political leaders gathered for a roundtable discussion in Duluth today regarding affordable child care for Northeastern Minnesota. U.S. Senator Tina Smith and Mayor Emily Larson attended the roundtable held at the Duluth Public Library to hear from child care providers and their needs. In the past year, Senator Smith secured $50 billion for Minnesota child…

American Red Cross Experiencing Blood Shortage

This has left certain blood types with only a day's worth of supply when the red cross usually has around a five-day supply.

DULUTH, Minn. —  The American Red Cross Continues to see a blood shortage. Even though they typically see a rebound in the fall season following a slow summer this year there has been a lack of high school and college blood drives throughout the Northland. This has left certain blood types with only a day’s worth of supply when the…

Duluth Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

"We just picked up the momentum and kept going. I think this is the biggest turnout we've ever had," Sandman says. 

DULUTH, Minn. — “It was incredible. It was amazing. And this family we have here is just beautiful to watch the mom and the dad intact and teaching their boys the traditional ways,” Duluth Indigenous Commission Chair, Babette Sandman says. Indigenous community members came to Duluth city hall to help commemorate the day also known as Columbus Day. “Seeing him…

Minnesota Clinic Shooting Brings Premeditated Murder Charge

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota man accused of killing a staff member at a medical clinic and wounding four others during a February shooting is now facing an upgraded murder charge. A grand jury indicted Gregory Ulrich with one count of first-degree premeditated murder. He’s also charged with four counts of first-degree attempted murder in the shooting at the…

Duluth Man Arrested for Alleged Possession of Child Pornography

DULUTH, Minn. – A 43-year-old Duluth man was arrested Friday afternoon for the alleged possession of child pornography. According to the Duluth Police Department, Investigators from the Lake Superior Forensic Technology and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested the man around 2:45 p.m. Friday as the result of an ongoing investigation that began in April 2020. Authorities say police…

Minnesota Halts Deer Importation, Movement Within State

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota officials have blocked the importation and movement of deer into and within the state to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease. The state Department of Natural Resources announced the move early Monday morning. The decision comes after a CWD-positive game farm in Wisconsin shipped nearly 400 deer to farms in seven states. Minnesota…

UMD Student Organizations Clean Up Parks around City

10 different UMD student clubs and organizations fanned out across Duluth to clean up areas around neighborhoods and parks.

DULUTH, Minn.- What better way to take in Duluth’s fall colors than by showing some TLC to Mother Nature? That’s exactly what some UMD students did Sunday. 10 different UMD student clubs and organizations fanned out across Duluth to clean up areas around neighborhoods and parks. One group at Bagley Nature Area says as they helped the environment, the environment…

Duluth Council to Discuss Indigenous People’s Abuse, Trauma from Christian Boarding Schools

The resolution allows the Duluth City Council to officially go on record calling on Congress to commission a study and report on the boarding school policy.

DULUTH, Minn.- As Duluth City Council prepares to meet on Monday, also Indigenous People’s Day, one of the biggest items on their agenda is a resolution calling for awareness and reconciliation for Christian boarding schools who abused and in some cases killed many indigenous children throughout history. As the Northland prepares to recognize Indigenous People’s Day, the resolution put forth…

3 Arrested in Connection to St. Paul Shooting That Killed 1, Injured 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Three people were arrested in connection to the bar shooting that left one woman dead and 14 people injured early Sunday morning in downtown St. Paul. At about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to a shooting on the 200 block of 7th Street West near the Xcel Energy Center. There, they found what St. Paul police…

Duluth Cider’s ‘Big Bad Apple Bash’ Back Celebrating Fall, Cider Pressing

Families could also get in on some apple pressing, with apples from as close by as local backyards, and as far as Bayfield.

DULUTH, Minn.- The folks at Duluth Cider brought the community together to have a smashing good time, smashing some apples at their 3rd annual Big Bad Apple Bash. The event returned in-person this year, after going virtual with a Livestream and take-home “Bash Boxes” during the pandemic. Hundreds came throughout the day and into the night Saturday enjoying live music,…

All Things Horror At Zeitgeist Arts Cafe

DULUTH, Minn. — Just in time for spooky season, a horror-themed Facebook group, met for the first time in person at the Zeitgeist Arts Café for an arts and hobby bazaar. The Twin Ports Horror Society bonds over their love for horror genre related topics. They were showcasing and selling their creations, and connecting over their scary interests. An organizer…

13th Annual Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk in Carlton

104 people showed up to remember those who passed, and those they left behind.

CARLTON, Minn. — Over 100 people gathered Saturday morning for the 13th annual Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk in Carlton, to remember those lost to, or touched by suicide, and raise awareness towards prevention as well. The Carlton County Suicide Prevention Task Force has hosted this event for the past 12 years. With this year being the 13th, it has grown…

Minnesota Long-Term Care Facilities have 23,000 Job Openings

Leaders from senior living organizations throughout the state say they have about 23,000 job openings, about 20 percent of the workforce at full strength.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – While much has been made about the stress that COVID-19 has placed on Minnesota hospitals, the state’s long-term care industry says it is facing its worst-ever workforce shortage. Leaders from senior living organizations throughout the state say they have about 23,000 job openings. That is about 20 percent of the workforce at full strength. Leaders…

UMD Planning to Enhance Fan Experience at AMSOIL Arena

A record number of student season tickets were sold for men's hockey for this season. UMD says they're planning to really enhance the fan experience with new videos and bringing back in-game activities

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD hockey fans are certainly excited to return to AMSOIL Arena as a record number of student season tickets were sold for men’s hockey. UMD says they’re planning to really enhance their fan experience with video and in-game activities to help not only the fans but also the players enjoy the experience. “We have some great fan…

Cruise Industry Could Cause Boost in Duluth Economy

In January of 2022, the Viking ship will sail to Antarctica and the Great Lakes.

DULUTH, Minn. — In 2022 the Viking cruise ship will be in the Great Lakes and Duluth is poised to reap the benefits. A report published by UMD’s Bureau of Business and Economics revealing initial visits would have a small economic impact, but over time it could add 60 jobs annually and more than five million dollars in added spending…

City Seeking Public Input with Broadband Survey

The goal is to get every community member connected in their homes allowing for a master broadband plan.

DULUTH, Minn. — “One of the things we have learned in the past 18 months, the past two years is the urgent need we have in this community for every resident in this community to have access to reliable high-speed internet or broadband,” Duluth Mayor, Emily Larson says. On Friday the city of Duluth announced they are looking for the…

Businesses are Busy with Customers Winterizing

TWIN PORTS- Northlanders are preparing for the winter season in more ways than one, getting ready before the first snowfall. Local businesses are seeing an uptick in customers, whether people are looking for a new pair of snow boots or winterizing their vehicles. Northwest Outlet in Superior is flooded with customers getting ready for the colder weather. From gloves to…

Road Maintenance Workers Needed in Duluth

The city is actively looking for people with a commercial driver's license to fill these positions.

DULUTH, Minn.- The City of Duluth is looking for employees who can operate heavy equipment. As we are nearing the winter season, there is a need for more people to plow snow and maintain icy roads in Duluth. The city is actively looking for people with a commercial driver’s license to fill these positions. Snow season is one of Duluth’s…

Woman found fatally shot in Crow Wing County cabin

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say a woman was found fatally shot in a cabin in Crow Wing County after deputies responded to a call about gunfire and arrested an armed man. Dispatchers received a shooting complaint about 11 p.m. Thursday. The caller said several gunshots were heard in Lake Edward Township. Law enforcement officers responded and encountered a…

97% Of University of Minnesota Students Vaccinated Before Mandate Deadline

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – When students returned to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus last month, it was with the understanding they had to be vaccinated by October 8. Now that the deadline is here, university officials say most students have complied with the vaccine mandate. “I filled mine out yesterday. They sent me a reminder email,” said sophomore…

Minnesota Health Leaders Warn of Strain on Caregivers, Kids

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota health leaders are warning that the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is putting a heavy strain on hospitals and health care workers statewide as the coronavirus burns through the unvaccinated population. They also told reporters Thursday that transmission in schools and among children is a particular concern, with pediatric ICU beds in short supply. Health…

LSC Integrated Manufacturing Open House

DULUTH, Minn. — Lake Superior College hosted the annual integrated manufacturing open house today at their downtown location. That’s campus offers computerized machines, 3D printers and scanners, robotic welders, and a variety of other high tech equipment, all at affordable costs for students interested. There’s a strong work force demand for machinists, welders and engineers right now, which means this…

High-End Condos Planned For Waterfront Property

DULUTH, Minn. — A new high-end condominium development is being planned for prime waterfront property in Duluth. F.I. Salter real estate, which built Pier B Resort in Duluth, wants to build a four-story, 16-unit condo complex at 23rd Avenue East along the Lakewalk next to Beacon Pointe Resort. The condos would cost anywhere from $900,000 to $2 million. F.I. Salter’s president…

City of Duluth Announces Proposed Housing Trust Fund

DULUTH, Minn. —  “It was supported by a group of housing experts. Some of whom you will hear from today as well,” Duluth Mayor Emily Larson says. Mayor Larson first spoke about the housing trust fund in her state of the city address proposing the investment of two million dollars to the fund courtesy of the community investment trust. “After…

Haunted Ship is Back by the DECC

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s Haunted Ship is back tonight for its first haunting of the season after taking a break for three years due to repairs and the pandemic. The S.S. William A. Irvin is completely decked out for the spooky season and is themed, “What Are You Afraid of?” From touch to smell, the haunting experience utilizes all of the…

Local Food Bank Needs Volunteers

DULUTH, Minn.- Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is looking for volunteers to help with its BackPack Program, distributing food to schools. The BackPack Program sends food to various Northland schools on Wednesdays, twice a month, so that kids can have meals provided on the weekends. Volunteers are needed to pick up food from the food bank facility and transport…

UWS Guest Speaker Talks Data Surveillance

She added that some of these virtual programs also have the major flaw of falsely flagging some students for cheating on tests they're taking on their computers at home, based on their movements in front of web cameras.

  SUPERIOR, Wisc. — There are quite a few websites and virtual programs that colleges are using to help make academics easier, but one expert that visited UWS today says campuses need to be more aware of one possible issue with those platforms. A law professor from New York talked to students, staff, and others at her guest lecture on…

Family Freedom Center to Host Community Event

DULUTH, Minn.- The Family Freedom Center partners with local organizations for Freedom Farm’s Big Tent Event on Saturday. Executive Director Jacob Aaron Bell stepped up to take over Family Freedom Center after his late father Xavier Bell founded the organization in July 2018. “It gets big sometimes,” said Bell. “I always say I’ve got big shoes to fill, but we’ve…

Most State Workers Get COVID Shots, but Some Face Discipline

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Some Minnesota government employees say that a month into the COVID-19 vaccine policy for state workers, their agencies are ramping up discipline for employees who either won’t get the vaccine or submit to weekly testing. State officials say more than 500 employees have declined both options, Employees who decline to be vaccinated or tested can…

Duluth Police Ask for Public’s Help in Identifying Vandalism Suspects

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department says the individuals have been identified. UPDATE: The individuals in relation to the below incident have been identified and charges will be pending. We want to thank the community for helping us identify the individuals. — Duluth MN Police (@DuluthMNPolice) October 7, 2021 DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is asking for…

Healthcare Workers Terminated for Refusing COVID Vaccine

DULUTH, Minn. — Local hospitals are now losing some of their employees over their vaccine requirements. It’s a small percentage for Essentia Health and St. Luke’s, but both will have to work through some resignations and terminations. Both Essentia and St. Luke’s announced in early August, that they would be requiring the vaccine for all of their employees by October…

Giant Pumpkin Arrives at Lake Superior Zoo

DULUTH, Minn.- Boo at the Zoo is making its return to the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth with an extra-large addition. The pumpkin made its arrival just in time for Boo at the Zoo’s kick-off on October 16th. The Halloween event welcomes people of all ages for trick or treating, food trucks, a pumpkin patch, and more. “Having the giant…