Minnesota

Authorities Warn of Phone Scam Targeting St. Louis County

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning to residents about a recent phone scam hitting the area. According to authorities, scammers have been identifying themselves as members of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and claiming the recipient has missed court regarding jury duty or has a warrant. The Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents…

Three Hurt in Apartment Fire That Displaced 200 in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minneapolis firefighters are trying to put out a blaze at an apartment building downtown that displaced more than 200 people and injured three others. The fire department says it responded to the Francis Drake Hotel apartments at about 3 a.m. Wednesday. The severity of the injuries is unknown. The one-time luxury hotel was built in 1926 with…

Officer Shows Compassion After Citing Woman for Taking Food

WOODBURY, Minn. – A Minnesota police officer who cited a 61-year-old widow for trying to steal groceries from a Walmart had a change of heart when he realized she was caring for numerous children and was desperate. After citing the woman for shoplifting a few days before Thanksgiving, Woodbury Officer Bryan Wagner looked further into her story and found her…

Duluth Firefighters Celebrate Christmas

DULUTH, Minn. – “Christmas in a lot of ways is just like a normal day for us.” The firefighters here in Duluth get to the station early- doing their normal routines- making sure the rigs are good to go. “Our response is the exact same as any other day.” With being away from their families, these firefighters at the Duluth…

St. Paul Church Celebrates 150th Anniversary Of First Christmas Service

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Paul Episcopal church is one of the oldest churches in duluth. This Christmas has a very special special meaning for this church’s community. In 1869, the church celebrated its first Christmas service. “We have been so blessed by our ancestors for 150 years,” said Rector Bill Van Oss. Nearly two centuries later the spirit of Christmas…

Mini Mushers at the Secret Forest Playschool

GREAT OUTDOORS: Ryan Redington Takes Preschoolers Mushing

DULUTH, Minn. — Dog sledding was widely used by those traveling from village to village along the north shore and later by mail carriers. One legendary mail carrier in particular, John Beargrease, is still recognized and honored here today. With the Beargrease race just weeks away, in this weeks great outdoors Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot takes us mushing with a…

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Celebrates Birth of Christ, Birth of Church

First service ever held at St. Paul's was Christmas Day 1869.

DULUTH, Minn.- Families across the Northland began their Christmases with the evening mass Tuesday night. But one at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church marks a very special day in the church’s history. The first service ever held at the church happened Christmas Day 1869. So for the Christmas Eve service 150 years later, past traditions were included such as a tall…

Family or Bust: Northlanders Set Out on One of the Busiest Travel Days of the Year

Variety of transportation used to get to their destinations.

DULUTH, Minn.- A record number of Americans are expected to head out of town this Holiday season, with Christmas Eve being one of the busiest travel days of the year. By car, by bus, by train or by plane, nothing was going to stop some Northlanders from getting to their loved ones this holiday. At the Holiday Stationstore on the…

Police: Harbor Highlands Drive Shooting Not a Random Incident

The Shooting Occured on Monday, December 23, 2019 on the 100 Block of East Harbor Highlands Drive in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police believe a shooting that occurred Monday on the 100 Block of East Harbor Highlands Drive was not a random incident. Authorities say no one is at large, therefore there is no active threat to the public. When police arrived Monday at 2:49 p.m., they discovered a shooting had occurred outside a residence and located two…

Duluth’s Best Bread Introduces Monthly Subscription Boxes

The First Delivery of Boxes will be Thursday, January 2

DULUTH, Minn. – Just in time for the holiday season, Duluth’s Best Bread is launching monthly subscription boxes. “It’s like Birchbox, but with croissants instead of makeup,” said co-owner Michael Lillegard. Duluth’s Best Bread Taste Tester Box launches new and unique baked goods into the mouths of subscribers on the first Thursday of each month starting January 2. There are…

Morning Update 12-24-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Join FOX 21’s Brett Scott and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Tuesday, December 24, 2019. Categories: Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News, News Update Tags: Brett Scott, brittney merlot, community, Local News, morning update

Miller Hill Mall Welcomes Brand-Name Discount Store to Community

KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBORS: Black Friday's

DULUTH, Minn.- Bargain hunters who love Black Friday shopping can get their fix year round at Miller Hill Mall’s newest store. “Black Friday’s” sells discount brand name items- If you like TJ-Maxx, Marshalls or any sort of one stop shop on a dime, Black Friday’s may be your new go-to. “We wanted to bring across the concept of a good deal,…

Court of Appeals Strikes Down Minnesota’s Revenge Porn Law

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota’s law against revenge porn has been declared unconstitutional. The Minnesota Court of Appeals struck down the statute Monday as it reversed the conviction of a man who circulated explicit photos of a former girlfriend. The court ruled that the state law was such a broad violation of First Amendment free-speech rights that it couldn’t be fixed….

Eveleth Police Search For Missing Woman, 9-Month-Old Daughter

EVELETH, Minn. – The Eveleth Police Department along with the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 27-year-old and her 9-month-old daughter. Authorities say Taylor Larell Toulhouse, 27, and her daughter Delphine Vivian Lisa French, 9 months, were last seen on Monday, December 16. Their whereabouts are unknown and police are concerned…

Duluth Police Respond to Central Hillside Shooting

UPDATE: According to Duluth police, officers discovered two people with gunshot wounds when responding to reports of a shooting on the 100 Block of East Harbor Highlands Drive Monday afternoon. The individuals are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at local hospitals. DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police responded to a report of a shooting Monday afternoon in the Central Hillside…

Minnesota Court Rules Against Planned Power Plant in Wisconsin

The Proposal is Also Making its Way Through The Regulatory Process in Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ordered state regulators to reconsider whether an environmental review is necessary for a proposed natural gas-fired power plant that would be built by Minnesota and Wisconsin utilities. Minnesota Power and Dairyland Power Cooperative are seeking approval in both states for the proposed $700 million Nemadji Trail Energy Center in Superior, Wisconsin….

Rubber Chicken Theater to Host Annual Holiday Comedy Show

The Comedy Show Sheds Light on Big Headlines from the Northland in 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – The farce will be with many this weekend as Rubber Chicken Theater presents its annual classic comedy show. This year’s theme is “Storm Wars: The Rise of Lakewalker.” Rubber Chicken Theater celebrates all things silly — local, regional, and national — with their Year-In-Review Revue. This year’s show will be staged one weekend only, December 27 &…

Registration Now Open for Hartley Nature Center Holiday & Winter Camp

December Camp Will Use a Different Format This Year, Allowing for Daily Registration Instead of Weekly

DULUTH, Minn. – Hartley Nature Center in Duluth is giving local youth many reasons to spend winter break outdoors this season. Their wintertime day camp opportunities are offered during the school year when the Duluth school system is on break. This year, there will be  a new December Camp format, allowing for daily registration instead of weekly. The camp will run…

Walz Uses Holidays to Call Attention to Food Stamp Cuts

Changes to the Program Would cut an Estimated 30,000 Minnesotans

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan are using the holiday season to call attention to a Trump administration plan to cut hundreds of thousands of Americans from the federal food stamp program. Walz and Flanagan plan to volunteer Monday at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center food shelf in St. Paul. They’ll…

Barnes and Noble Helps Raise Funds for Stowe Elementary Book Fair

While part of purchase went to the book fair, school officials sat outside and offered to wrap gifts for free.

DULUTH, Minn.- Shoppers at Barnes and Noble at the Miller Hill Mall got a headstart on their Christmas wrapping–while helping out at a local school. A portion of Barnes and Noble sales during the day went towards Stowe Elementary School’s book fair in February. After shopping, you could get your gifts wrapped by an official from Stowe, partnered with the…

Slumberland Gives Away Bed Sets To Deserving Children

Nationally nearly 3,000 bed sets were delivered to children, who have never had one.

DULUTH, Minn. – Slumberland in Hermantown is helping kids in need. All month long they have been giving away twin beds, box springs, and bed frames to kids who may have never had one. It’s all part of their program called ‘Homes for the Holidays.’ The furniture store works with non-profits and social workers to find families with children in…

Kids Make The Most Of Indoor Play Time

The play gym is held every Wednesday and Friday.

DULUTH, Minn. – Tiny tots had a little bit of indoor play time at the Washington Center in Duluth’s Hillside neighborhood. About a half dozen kids, all with high energy, enjoyed time playing with one another. Some took a ride around the gym on a double seated tricycle. While others found excitment with a rainbow colored parachute. One parent says…

Deer River Healthcare Workers Set Strike for January

DEER RIVER, Minn. – A union representing healthcare workers at Essentia Deer River has filed notice for a two-day Unfair Labor Practice strike. The strike is scheduled for January 2 and 3rd according to a recent press release. A member of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and Essentia Health-Deer River employee Chuck Davis said of the support for the strike action: “This…

$5,000 Reward for Information in Northern Minnesota Deadly Dog Stabbing

CASS LAKE, Minn. (FOX 9) – There is now a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for fatally stabbing a dog in northern Minnesota, according to the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department. On Dec. 6, police responded to a report of a dog bleeding from multiple injuries at the Allen’s Bay Housing area…

Midday Update 12-20-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, December 20, 2019

Join Fox 21’s Arman Rahman and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, December 20, 2019 Categories: Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

No Charges for 2 Minnesota Wrestlers in Alleged Sex Assault

The Men Will Not Face Criminal Charges Due to 'Inadequate Evidence'

(courtesy: Fox 9) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two University of Minnesota wrestlers who were arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct in June will not face criminal charges due to “inadequate evidence,” a prosecutor announced Friday. Gable Steveson and Dylan Martinez were arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct after someone reported rape on June 15 and went to a hospital…

Hearty Lamb Shank For The Holidays

COOKING CONNECTION: The Boat Club Restaurant and Bar in Duluth, MN

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Cooking Connection we are making braised grass-fed Oregon lamb shank, avgolemono sauce, celery root, carrots, dill and oven roasted Yukon gold potatoes. Watch the video above for the rare recipe that came straight from Greece or head on over The Boat Club Restaurant and Bar this season while it’s still on the menu. Categories:…

Morning Update 12-20-19

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Friday, December 20, 2019

Join Fox 21’s Arman Rahman and Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for a local look at news and weather making headlines Friday, December 20, 2019 Categories: Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

UMD’s ‘An Enemy of the People’ Selected to Perform at Regional Theatre Festival

Play one of seven to be picked to perform.

DULUTH, Minn.- This year a UMD Theatre production has been selected to perform at a highly anticipated regional competition in South Dakota next month. An Enemy of the People, directedy by Tom Isbell, was selected among seven other shows to perform at the seven-state Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Isbell stopped by FOX 21 to discuss the play,…

Jingle Bells For A Good Cause

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Volunteer Salvation Army Bell Ringing Taken To The Next Level

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot and Brett Scott donated their time to help the less fortunate this holiday season. Volunteering to bell ring for Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive at Mount Royal turned out to be a fun experience, check it out. Brittney Merlot wanted to take it to the next level with…

Snow No Longer Clogs Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Downtown Duluth may now look a little different after massive amounts of snow used to clog the streets. Overnight snow removal teams went through and whisked away huge snow banks from Superior Street between Second Avenue East and Sixth Avenue West. Business owners say parking became very limited. And the big chunks of snow made it hard…

UMD, Shannon Miller Reach Global Settlement

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth announced Thursday afternoon that they have reached a global settlement with former women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller. According to a statement from the Director of marking and Public Relations Lynne Williams: “The University has finalized a global settlement with Shannon Miller in the amount of $4,530,157.77. The settlement breaks down to payments…

Minneapolis VA Worker Accused of Hiding Bathroom Camera

Morales Has Not Worked at the VA For About 10 Months

MINNEAPOLIS – A former worker at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center is charged with filming 11 people with a hidden camera in a men’s restroom trash can. Forty-five-year-old Mauricio Morales of Eden Prairie was charged Tuesday with 11 counts of interfering with privacy. According to the charges, Morales said he drilled a hole into the trash can, mounted the…

Public Forum in Duluth Will Take Comments on Enbridge Line 3

(AP Photo/Jim Mone, File) DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota regulators will hold a forum in Duluth on Thursday for members of the public to comment on additions to the state’s environmental review for Enbridge Energy’s plan to replace its Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The update became necessary after a court declared that the previous version was…

Wisconsin, UW Employees Pay Raise Approved

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A special bipartisan legislative committee has unanimously approved pay raises for University of Wisconsin and state employees. The Joint Committee on Employment Relations on Wednesday approved 2% pay raises in each of the next two years. The raises are for state workers, University of Wisconsin System employees and workers on the flagship Madison campus. The committee…

Minnesota Power Crews Working to Restore Power to Customers Downtown

  Update: Power has been restored to the affected customers: Our crews restored power at 11:30 a.m. to the downtown/Canal Park areas of Duluth; cause was a faulty underground cable and power was restored quickly through the process of switching. — Minnesota Power (@mnpower) December 18, 2019 DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Power says they are working to restore power to…

Victim Identified in Hibbing House Fire

(courtesy: Northland FireWire) HIBBING, Minn. – Authorities have released the identity of the man who died in Tuesday’s Hibbing house fire. After completion of an autopsy the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 55-year-old Kevin Charles Buchwitz of Hibbing. The preliminary cause of death is smoke inhalation. Hibbing Fire and Police Departments responded to reports of a house…

Twin Metals Files Formal Mine Plan With Regulators

(AP Photo/Steve Karnowski, File) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Twin Metals Minnesota has formally submitted a plan to regulators for an underground copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The filing launches what’s expected to be a lengthy environmental review and permitting process for what would be Minnesota’s second copper-nickel mine. The project has drawn fierce opposition because it would sit just…

Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm Provides Educational Experiences

Frosty Ridge Alpaca Farm is Open to Visitors Year Round for Educational Experiences

DULUTH, Minn. – The alpaca species isn’t native to northern Minnesota. The livestock originates from the Andes Mountains in Peru, living at an average elevation of 14,000 feet. It wasn’t until the 1970s that alpacas were introduced to North America. In this week’s Animal Answers, FOX 21’s Brett Scott takes you to a growing herd living in the Northland. “I’m…

Jay Cooke State Park Offers Multiple Upcoming Winter Events

Ski Trails at Jay Cooke State Park Are Currently Closed While Crews Continue to Groom, Perform Maintenance

CARLTON, Minn. – As winter break approaches for many Northland students, families will have more time to venture out and explore the winter wilderness. Two upcoming events are set to take place at Jay Cooke State Park in December. Carly Hawkinson-Sohm stopped by FOX 21 Local News to chat about the events and let folks know how to get involved….

Great Outdoors: Enjoying the Winter Magic at Gooseberry Falls

People come from all across the country to experience the falls.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- While most dread seeing snow and ice here in Duluth they’re the cherry on top of the experience up at Gooseberry Falls. The fluffy white snow and icicles inching closer to the rushing water paint a pristine winter picture. “The sunset makes it look really nice,” said Amy Yip. The scene makes for the perfect background to…

Protestors Rally in Duluth to Support Trump Impeachment

Protestors voiced disappointment with Republican Congressman Pete Stauber.

DULUTH, Minn.- As the House of Representatives is set to vote on President Trump’s impeachment Wednesday, some in Duluth voiced their support for his ouster. The “No One is Above the Law” Rally was one of the more than 500 protests planned in all fifty states Tuesday. According to organizers, they want to ensure Congress holds President Trump accountable for…

Kids Shop Til they Drop with Cops for Christmas

10th annual Shop with a Cop brought 32 kids and 22 officers to Target.

DULUTH, Minn.- On Tuesday 22 Duluth Police Officers were able to make this Christmas one to remember for a special group of kids. The Duluth Police Department held their 10th annual Shop with a Cop event at the Target up the hill. Each of the 32 children was given a $200 gift card to pick out anything for themselves or…