Minnesota

One Dead in Camper Fire Near Deer River

DEER RIVER, Minn. – The body of an adult male was found inside of a camper near Deer River early Tuesday morning after a fire reportedly broke out in the camper at the Little Winnie Resort. According to the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the call of a camper on fire a the resort around 12:10 a.m. The…

Suspect in 2018 Fatal Hibbing Shooting Found Guilty

HIBBING, Minn. – The 32-year-old man accused in a fatal 2018 shooting in Hibbing has been found guilty of multiple charges including first-degree premeditated murder. Jerome Dionte Spann was found guilty of first-degree-premeditated, murder in the second degree, and assault in the second degree on Monday. Last month Spann waived his right to a trial by jury opting for a…

Twin Ports Gearing Up for Winter

TWIN PORTS — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is estimating the first snowfall in almost a month, and different businesses around the Twin Ports are already shifting gears getting ready for this years winter season. There is a lot to prepare as the seasons and weather start to change, and MnDOT is already on it, switching their focus to be…

Mechanics: Winterize Vehicles Now Before Snow Falls

DULUTH, Minn. – The first day of fall is Wednesday, which means snowflakes are right around the corner. Mechanics at Allstar Service and Accessories are already getting calls from drivers looking to get their vehicles tuned up before winter arrives. The service manager says now is a good time to check your battery, fluid levels and tires. Snow tires shouldn’t…

Former Longtime Duluth City Attorney Headed to City of Hermantown

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Former longtime Duluth city attorney Gunnar Johnson is now going to work in that same role with the city of Hermantown. The city council voted unanimously Monday night to hire Johnson, who will start in January. He is replacing Steve Overom who held the city attorney position for 42 years.  Overom is scaling back duties with the…

Drsana Yoga Hosts Grand Opening

Drsana yoga held its grand opening Monday morning inside the fitgers complex.

DULUTH, Minn. — A new yoga studio just opened in Duluth. Drsana yoga held its grand opening Monday morning inside the fitgers complex. The studio’s name means “be the light” and the owner hopes to share the benefits of yoga with people in need of healing. “We offer quite a bit of different classes. We have sculpt classes. We have…

Bicyclist Slams Into Vehicle in Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — A 39-year-old male bicyclist is being cited for violating traffic laws after slamming into a vehicle at an intersection in downtown Duluth. The accident happened around 12:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of 2nd Avenue West and 2nd Street. “The bicyclist had disregard for the intersection, ran the red light and hit the side of the vehicle,”…

Forest Officials Lift Fire Restrictions as Greenwood Fire Remains 80% Contained

As of Monday, Sept. 20, the Greenwood Fire is 26,797 Acres and 80% Contained

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Authorities say they have lifted fire restrictions for the entire Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota after reports over the weekend that the Greenwood Lake blaze was 80% contained. The blaze has burned more than 26,000 acres of land. This announcement comes as the Minnesota Department of Transportation reopens Highway 1 near Isabella. Officials say drivers…

Duluth Fall Wedding Show Returns to DECC

DULUTH, Minn.– The Lake Superior Ballroom of the DECC transformed today as Lundeen Productions held its annual Duluth Fall Wedding show. Flower arrangements, wedding and bridesmaid dresses, and plenty of other items were set up today to help brides find ideas and inspiration when planning for their weddings. The expo not only shows couples what they might need, but it…

A Year-And-A-Half Later, Duluth Playhouse Finally Gets To Showcase “Monty Python’s Spamalot”

DULUTH, Minn. — Friday was a big day at the NorShor Theatre in Duluth, as it was opening night for the Duluth Playhouse’s first full production since the start of the pandemic. The Playhouse’s cast and crew are putting on Monty Python’s Spamalot production, which they were originally going to perform back in March 2020. That was, of course, when…

Greenwood Fire 80% Contained Since Friday

Photo courtesy: U.S. Forest Service SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST, Minn. — The sprawling Greenwood Fire that has burned more than 26,000 acres of land was updated to 80% containment on Friday. According to a press release from the multiple agencies working together on this fire, there are 196 crew members working on containment efforts. The fire ignited more than a month…

25th Annual Inline Marathon Rolls Through Northland

DULUTH, Minn.– Close to 2,000 racers of all ages sped down the North Shore Saturday morning for the nations largest Inline Marathon that makes it’s in person return after being held virtually last year. It was a beautiful fall morning to mark the 25th annual North Shore Inline Marathon. “It is just wonderful to finally have a good outdoor event,…

36th Annual Chester Bowl Fall Fest Returns

DULUTH, Minn.– The 36th annual Chester Bowl Fall Fest drew in thousands of people Saturday. The event featured more than 130 local vendors who showcased their handcrafted goods, and provided information and facts about local programs. Chester Bowl also collected donations for their seasonal children’s programs, a large part of their initiative, to provide everyone with equal and affordable opportunities…

Oktoberfest Makes Strong Return to Bayfront Festival Park

DULUTH, Minn.– The Duluth Oktoberfest is in full swing as people slipped on their lederhosen’s, and took in the authentic German culture. The sights and sounds of Bayfront Festival Park took its members to Munich for the day. Barrel rolling, helicopter rides, and an authentic beer hall are few of the many attractions at the fest this weekend, giving people…

Billman Estate Sale Features Vintage Tractors, Countless Collectibles & Antiques

The Billman Estate Sale is Happening at 6448 Ellison Road in Twig, Minnesota

TWIG, Minn. – How often do you get the chance to purchase a running tractor from the 1930s? This weekend only, the opportunities are endless for collectors in the Northland. “Tractors, parts, pedal tractors – absolute insanity in reality,” said Gregg Billman, the son of Donn and Aileen Billman. A piece of private property is open for business this weekend…

Logging Equipment Show Returns to Grand Rapids

The event also features many different events including the loader and master loader contests.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.-A major logging equipment show has returned to Grand Rapids after a one year hiatus due to the pandemic. The 67th annual North Star Expo is held through tomorrow at the Itasca County Fairgrounds and features over 100 exhibitors with a showcase focused on the latest in logging technology, while also serving to honor loggers. “We harvest less…

Duluth Workforce Development Makes Moves to Decrease Unemployment Numbers

DULUTH, Minn.- September is Workforce Development Month and is the end of unemployment benefits for many, and Duluth’s Workforce Development team is offering their services to job seekers. In the Twin Ports, 19,000 people were taken out of the labor force since the beginning of the pandemic, and workforce development has recovered nearly 70 percent of those jobs lost. “We’ve…

Duluth Drawing up Ways to Highlight Impact on Local Waterways

DULUTH, Minn.– The City of Duluth just received a $9,000 grant to support a new local initiative called the Lake Superior Stormwater Chalk Fest. This is a week long event meant to encourage chalk drawings from local schools, businesses and community members to help bring attention to the ways we impact local water sources. The City of Duluth is providing…

Duluth Fire Rescues 2 From Water Off Park Point After Sailboat Capsizes

They were retrieved by Marine 19 and did not need medical attention.

DULUTH, Minn.- Two people were rescued from the water by Duluth Firefighters after their sailboat capsized near the Sky Harbor Airport on Park Point. According to a spokesperson with the Duluth Fire Department, crews responded to the initial report of the capsized vessel around 8 p.m. Friday. Two were confirmed in the water, they were retrieved by Marine 19 and…

New Duluth Fire Department Recruitment Options

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Fire Department is adding to its recruitment process by allowing firefighters to transfer without a written exam. Lateral firefighters transferring to the Duluth Fire Department can apply without taking the written exam, as long as they have three or more years of experience. They will also start with 100 percent of their pay compared to new…

Man Identified in Motorcycle vs. Vehicle Crash in Fond du Lac

FOND DU LAC, Minn. – Duluth Police have identified the man who died Thursday afternoon after crashing his motorcycle into another vehicle in the Fond du Lac neighborhood. According to police, 66-year-old James William Chinn, of Duluth, passed away from injuries he sustained after crashing his motorcycle into the back of another vehicle that was stopped for a school bus…

Duluth Fire Crews Responding to Structure Fire in Central Hillside Neighborhood

UPDATE: DULUTH, Minn. – According to the Duluth Fire Department, two adult dogs and six puppies died in the Central Hillside house fire Friday morning. One adult dog survived the fire and was brought to the Lake Superior Vet Hospital. “Without the lifesaving efforts of the firefighters and oxygen mask the dog wouldn’t have made it,” said City of Duluth…

Duluth Public Library Introduces Teen Advisory Board

DULUTH, Minn.– Because so many young kids are brought to libraries with their parents, the Duluth Public Library is finding ways to keep these kids coming back, especially as they get older. The library’s downtown branch held an open house today for its newest installment of a Teen Advisory Board (TAB). They’re hoping teens join this new board to give…

Duluth Public Library Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month and the Duluth Public Library is celebrating. The downtown library has a display set up with books written by a Hispanic author or a story surrounding one of many Hispanic cultures. Some of the books recognize historical people like Frida Kahlo, who is known for her famous paintings. “It is really important that…

DFD Special Confined Space Training

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Fire Department conducts confined space rescue training on the William A. Irvin ship in Canal Park this week. Crew members are put in a scenario to rescue a person stuck in a small tunnel, needing medical attention. The training teaches firefighters how to handle unique situations properly. “Over the week, we have three sites, each of…

Twin Ports Back to School COVID Update

TWIN PORTS- It has been a couple of weeks since students returned to the classroom, and schools across the Northland are continuing their efforts to battle COVID within campuses. School faculty members enjoy seeing campuses full of students again. After an increased number of positive COVID cases moved kindergarten through 3rd-grade classes at a Chisholm elementary school to distanced learning…

Minnesota DNR Order Enbridge to $3.32M For Failure to Follow Environmental Laws

(AP Photo/Jim Mone, File) DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has ordered Enbridge to pay $3.32 million for failing to follow environmental laws. “Enbridge breached the confining layer of an artesian aquifer, resulting in an unauthorized groundwater appropriation during the construction of the Line 3 replacement project near Enbridge’s Clearbrook Terminal,” Minnesota DNR officials said in a…

One Dead in Motorcycle vs. Vehicle Crash in Fond du Lac

FOND DU LAC, Minn. – Duluth Police say one person has died from injuries they sustained after crashing their motorcycle into the back of another vehicle in the Fond du Lac neighborhood. According to reports, officers responded to Highway 23 and 121st Avenue West around 3:35 p.m. on reports of a motorcycle versus motor vehicle crash. When authorities arrived at…

Man Arrested in Fatal Shootings of 4 Found in Wisconsin SUV

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — Police have arrested one suspect and are seeking another in connection with the fatal shootings of four people found in an abandoned SUV in western Wisconsin, sheriff’s officials said Thursday. Darren Lee McWright, 56, from St. Paul, Minnesota, who also uses the alias last name of Osborne, was arrested on a warrant from Dunn County and…

Cloquet Man Charged With First Degree Manslaughter

CLOQUET, Minn. – A 58-year-old Cloquet man has been formally charged with first-degree manslaughter after another man was found dead in his apartment following a physical altercation. According to the criminal complaint, Fond du Lac Tribal Police responded to the apartment of Joel Jay Ammesmaki, 58, at the Veteran’s Housing Complex after he reported that he got into a fight…

Duluth Lions Club 2021 Pancake Day Canceled

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Lions Club has once again canceled its annual pancake day due to COVID-19 concerns. The event was scheduled to be held on September 30 in Pioneer Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The popular event is traditionally held every year on the first Thursday of May but was canceled last year due to the…

Chauvin To Be Arraigned for Alleged Civil Rights Violation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in George Floyd’s death is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday for allegedly violating a teenager’s civil rights in a separate case that involved a restraint similar to the one used on Floyd. Derek Chauvin was convicted this year on state charges of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s 2020 death….

Duluth Waterfront Expecting Thousands for Packed Weekend of Events

DULUTH, Minn. — The Inline Marathon celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend, while Oktoberfest returns to Bayfront Festival Park for its 2nd year. But combined, Duluth might see close to 10,000 people between events, and through the weekend. The Inline Marathon kicks off on Friday with an expo starting at noon at the DECC where racers are able to receive…

Local Direct Service Provider Recognized for Quality Care

DULUTH, Minn.– It is Direct Support Professional Recognition Week and Trillium Services in Duluth is honoring those who work with patients who have may have physical and-or intellectual disabilities. Trillium Services held a gathering Wednesday to highlight DSP appreciation week and to present one of their own with an award from the Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota. Steve Halvorson…

COVID Concerns Forcing Chisholm’s K-3rd Graders Back To Distance Learning

CHISHOLM, Minn. – An “increasing” number of COVID cases is forcing some elementary grades in the Chisholm School District to learn from home for at least the next two weeks. The changes are affecting K-3rd graders at Vaughan Steffensrud Elementary School, according to Adrian Norman, the district’s superintendent. Norman confirms St. Louis County health officials raised the alarm about the…

Everyday is National Double Cheeseburger Day for Big Daddy’s Burgers

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s National Double Cheeseburger Day, and local Northland burger shops are crowded. Big Daddy’s Burgers on Piedmont Avenue was packed with people getting their burger fix. They are also known for their Belly Buster challenge, including a one-pound double cheeseburger and a large portion of fries. And if you finish the entire dish, the burger spot will hang…

Hermantown Superfund Site is Now Clean

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday, Hermantown’s 10-acre Arrowhead Refinery Superfund site is no longer on the Superfund National Priorities List. According to the EPA, the refinery frequently dumped metal-laced sludge into a two-acre lagoon located on the property from 1945 to 1977. The site first landed its spot on the list in 1984. “Used to…

Superior Fuel Opens New Rail Terminal

TWIN PORTS, Minn.- Superior Fuel celebrated the grand opening of a new rail terminal with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, bringing more propane to the Northland. The multimillion-dollar investment will provide propane in the Twin Ports and surrounding areas. The new terminal will hold nearly one million gallons of propane on-site, providing service to thousands of residents. “It’s an investment…