Minnesota

Duluth Coffee Company celebrates opening of new space

The new space also features a bar, serving a few local favorites

DULUTH, Minn. – A new and expanded space was reason to celebrate for Duluth Coffee Company on Friday. Duluth Coffee Company opened the doors to the new expansion two doors down from the original shop. The new location was built to house a bigger roaster, Which owner Eric Faust says will help the company expand its market. “We’ve always viewed…

Guilty Plea in Reservation Murder

Wayne Bosto Admitted to Killing John Korby Lats December

CARLTON, Minn. – A man accused of a murder on the Fond du Lac Reservation says he’s guilty. 33 year old Wayne Bosto pled guilty to second degree murder charges in Carlton County court Friday. Bosto was accused of killing John Korby last December. Bosto was also charged with being a felon in possesion of a firearm. Bosto will be…

Free Range Film Festival

35 Different Movies During Two Nights

Wrenshall, Minn Film buffs packed a big red barn in Wrenshall tonight for the 15th annual Free Range Film Festival. This year’s festival features 35 different films with something to satisfy anyone’s tastes. Organizers say being able to watch films in a big red barn brings a different feel to the festival. “Watching something in a barn where you have…

Mall of America Closes Similar Ride after Deadly Ohio Fair Incident

Photo: Mall of AmericaBLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) – The Mall of America has shut down a ride that’s similar to the one that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair and killed one person and injured seven. A statement from the mall says the Shredder’s Mutant Masher will be closed until it’s inspected and cleared by the manufacturer, Chance Rides, Inc. The…

Code Red Alert Issued for Escaped Inmate near Bemidji

Keanu Major, 25 BEMIDJI, Minn. (KMSP) – A code red alert was issued Friday morning for an escaped inmate last seen in Bemidji, Minnesota. Police are asking for the public’s help in locating 25-year-old Keanu Joseph Major, who was last seen in the northwest part of the city in leg shackles and a waist belt with restraints and an orange prison jumpsuit. Major…

Sour Fest Back At Thirsty Pagan

Beers Brewed Longer For Different Taste

Superior, Wis. Sour fest is what it’s called. Thirsty pagan in Superior is having a beer fest of their own going on right now ahead of the big brew fest. Choose your choice of numerous beers that have a distinct taste because of the different brewing process the beers go through. “So it takes a bit longer for sour beers…

Affordable Housing Problems In Duluth

Panel Discusses Solutions To Solve Problem

Duluth, Minn. Duluth is working towards solutions to address our own affordable housing crisis. Tonight a panel full of organizations like loafs and fishes and the Salvation Army were on hand for a discussion on housing issues as they pertain to local, state and federal levels. The event was to shed light on issues and potential solutions to work together…

Paid Sick And Safe Task Force Steps Closer To Closing Deal

Referendum To Be Presented To City Council

Duluth, Minn. The Duluth City Council is working to adopt a sensible paid sick time policy. Tonight it seems as if some progress has been made. Duluth’s earn sick and safe time task force plans to present a final draft of the referendum to the Duluth City Council to approve or not approve. If approved employees that currently don’t receive…

Minneapolis Posts Climate Change Data that EPA Deleted

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minneapolis has joined other cities in posting climate change data that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has removed from its website. The posted material is a snapshot of the EPA site before the real information was removed. Major cities including Atlanta, Boston, Houston, San Francisco, and Seattle have also posted the information. The city’s announcement Thursday says…

Two Females Robbed at Gunpoint in Drug Deal Gone Wrong

Five suspects were arrested in connection to the incident

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Around 4:30 a.m., Monday July 24, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department received a call that two adult females had been robbed at gun point outside a residence in the 5200 block of 15th Street NW in Grant Valley Township outside of Bemidji. The 911 caller indicated that one of the females was in the process of exiting…

Police Training Board Votes Against Naming Fund After Castile

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota board that oversees police training and standards has voted against a proposal to name a new fund after a black motorist who was killed by an officer last year. The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training voted Thursday against Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to name a new $12 million training fund…

Purchase a Blizzard – Help Children’s Miracle Network

Miracle Treat Day Benefits Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

DULUTH, Minn. – Today you can enjoy a sweet treat all while supporting Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. It’s all for Dairy Queen’s Annual “Miracle Treat Day” fundraiser. Gillette has clinics throughout Minnesota including a Duluth site in the Lakewalk Center on London Road. Donations collected on Miracle Treat Day will directly help Gillette fund vital treatments, equipment and support for…

Morgan Park Historic Tour

Local Amerature Historian Takes Folks On Walk Around Morgan Park

Morgan Park, Minn. A group walked Morgan Park tonight to learn more about the unique past of the town. Local amateur historian Bob Berg walks to former and current sites and gave the rich history of each building. Here’s a fun fact, Known as the “company town”, Morgan Park was built alongside the site of U.S. Steel. Until 1940 the…

Special Report: Final Farewells

Rural Northland Towns Struggle to Staff Honor Guards

DULUTH, Minn. – The end of a life can be one of the hardest experiences for a family to get through. The presentation of military honors at a veteran’s funeral can give that last bit of pride to the deceased. Unfortunately, across America, there is a struggle to keep honor guards staffed, and it’s even harder in rural areas. “They…

Library Donors Honored

2nd Annual Olga Walker Memorial Awards Ceremony was Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluthians who’ve made significant donations to the Duluth Public Library were honored at the 2nd annual Olga Walker Memorial Award ceremony Wednesday. The Olga Walker Award is named for a Duluthian who left her entire estate to the library when she passed in 1964. This year, the library honored six donors, including Ruth Ann Eaton and her…

Transgender Toolkit to be Used in Minnesota Public Schools

ST. PAUL, Minn.-The Minnesota Department of Education will begin distributing a new guide for schools on dealing with transgender and gender non-conforming students. Department deputy commissioner Charlene Briner says the toolkit of resources and best practices isn’t meant to be a mandate for schools, but rather to help administrators and others deal with issues that may be uncomfortable, both for…

MN Supreme Court Rules For-Profit Schools Issued Illegal Student Loans

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(KMSP) – The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business issued illegal loans to students. Now, Attorney General Lori Swanson is going back to court to ask a judge to cancel the loans. Swanson also sued Globe several years ago for offering police training classes that were not accredited. The university ended up shutting down that criminal justice…

Legislature’s Dispute with Dayton Heads for Supreme Court

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The legal battle between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature is on a fast track to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The dispute revolves around Dayton’s move to zero out funding for the House and Senate while signing a $46 billion budget. The Democratic governor wants top Republicans to rework costly tax breaks and other measures…

Acting MPD Chief: Body Cameras Must be on When Dispatched to Any Call

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and acting police chief Medaria Arradondo announced changes Wednesday to Minneapolis Police Department’s body camera policy in the wake of the fatal shooting of Justine Damond. There was no footage of the July 15 shooting of Justine Damond because neither officer had activated their body cameras, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal…

Red Lake Reservation Struggling with Drug Epidemic

RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) – Tribal leaders of a northern Minnesota reservation have declared its heroin and opioid epidemic a public health emergency. The Star Tribune reports that Red Lake Indian Reservation tribal leaders are seeking outside help to deal with the crisis and are considering banishing tribal members who are involved with dealing drugs. They’ll discuss the option at…

Researchers Brainstorm to Stop Spread of Emerald Ash Borer

DULUTH, Minn. – An invasive species in spreading across America and harming the Ash tree population. The Emerald Ash Borer is now in the Northland, so researchers have gathered in Duluth to discuss ways to prevent the spread. Dr. Brian Palik, a research ecologist, says people from all over the Northeastern United States have come to the conference. He says…

Mining, BWCA Supporters Make Final Cases in Copper-Nickel Land Use Debate

Virgina High School was packed Tuesday for the last public hearing in front of the U.S. Forest Service

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The auditorium at Virginia High School was packed this evening with hundreds showing up to voice their opinions of the U.S. Forest Service’s proposal to withdraw 234,000 acres of federal land around the boundary waters that would be used for future copper–nickel mining. It’s an issue that’s been debated back and forth, ever since the forest service…

DPD, DEA Enter Partnership to Battle Opioids

Program is First of its Kind in United States

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department and Drug Enforcement Agency announced a new partnership to help fight the city’s opioid problem. As part of this partnership, the DEA will give the city $18,000 to pay for overtime hours during drug raids.  Plus, the city now has access to DEA labs and intelligence databases. “This is an opportunity for us…

Workshop Addresses Battle Against Emerald Ash Borer

Researchers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Vermont are in Duluth This Week

DULUTH, Minn. – Researchers and forest managers from Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Northeast are in Duluth this week to develop a game plan for battling the emerald ash borer. The workshop opened Tuesday at the Inn on Lake Superior with lectures discussing the borer’s effect on ash forests. The highlight of the workshop comes Wednesday as participants will get their…

Search Warrant: Woman ‘Slapped’ Back of Squad Car Before Fatal Shooting

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Justine Damond, Fox 9 MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – A newly unsealed search warrant details the evidence the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension  has gathered about what led up to the fatal officer-involved shooting of Justine Damond in southwest Minneapolis on July 15. Damond was shot and killed by Minneapolis Police Officer Mohammed Noor, who was in the squad car with his partner, Officer…

Sacred Heart Music Center Organ Restored for First Time in Decades

Northland Uncovered: Organ Restoration

DULUTH, Minn. – Over the past several years Duluthians have raised $40,000 to tune up an historic organ in town. That organ is now being put back together at Sacred Heart Music Center. “It sings; there’s breath that goes through the pipes. It’s the closest to the human voice as any instrument,” said Reverend Dr. David Tryggestad, resident organist at…

Ordinance To Allow More Road Usage By Class One ATV’s

Carlton County Looking To Adopt New Ordinance

Carlton, Minn Carlton County officials aim to take ATV’s from off the road to on them through a new ordinance. The ordinance would allow more access along county and state roads and highways. Something other Northland counties have already done. Carlton County, unlike St. Louis and Pine Counties prohibits class one ATV’s from using the side of county state roads…

ACLU Demanding Reforms to MPD after Justine Damond Shooting

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is calling for reforms in the Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of the fatal shooting of Justine Damond by Officer Mohammed Noor last week. The ACLU issued a statement Monday in response to the appointment of Medaria Arradondo as the new Chief of Police, replacing Chief Janee Harteau. The…

Minnesota Agency Collects More Data on Health of Watersheds

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has spent years documenting and monitoring all 80 of Minnesota’s major watershed in order to gain data about the health of the state’s rivers, lakes, and streams. Minnesota Public Radio reports that pollution control agency staff members are now revisiting places that were first tested a decade ago. Water is…

Fake Signs in the Twin Cities Warn of ‘Easily Startled’ Police

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – At least two illegal street signs with the message “Warning: Twin Cities police easily startled” were posted Sunday in Minneapolis and St. Paul, according to police spokespeople. The signs were quickly taken down by both cities’ respective public works departments, but not before the message made its rounds on social media–garnering thousands of shares and responses on Twitter…

Theater Camp Students in Duluth Prepare for Performance

"All You Need is Bugs!" the Musical

DULUTH, Minn. – This week the hard work of several theater students will be on display in the musical “All You Need is Bugs!” The Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative is hosting the Hillside Youth Theatre camp once again this year. The matinee performances will be July 27-28 at 1:00 p.m. The night performances will both be at 7:00 p.m. on…

Tourists Flood Duluth for Summer Season

Coffee Conversation: Visit Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Summer tourist season is well underway in Duluth and several events have brought thousands to the city already this year. This week several free events, like the Chester Creek Concert Series and Concerts on the Pier at Glensheen, are followed by the annual All Pints North Brewfest in Bayfront Festival Park. Visit Duluth Media Communications Manager…

Minnesota Researchers Make Progress in Fish Cryopreservation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Researchers at the University of Minnesota have made a breakthrough in the cryopreservation of fish, which could help preserve specie and repopulate the ocean. The Minnesota Daily reports that researchers are using gold nanoparticles and lasers to freeze and thaw live fish embryos. Researchers have previously been able to successfully cryopreserve mammal embryos and some animal sperm,…

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau Resigns

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau has resigned from her position as police chief at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges. Resignation Statement from Chief Harteau “Over the 30+ years that I’ve served as a police officer in the City of Mpls, moving up through the ranks to Police Chief, I have woken up every day knowing that this job is not…

Castile’s Mother Files for Entirety of $3M Settlement

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The mother of slain motorist Philando Castile has filed a petition to receive nearly all of a $3 million settlement in his death. Valerie Castile’s petition proposes she get $2 million, with the remaining $995,000 going to attorneys. A Hennepin Couny judge will review the petition Aug. 2. The Star Tribune reports  Castile sought to reach relatives…

Two Dead in Longville, Minnesota House Fire

KEGO TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Authorities responded to the call of a fire around 12:30 a.m., Friday, July 21, at a residence in Kego Township, near Longville, Minnesota, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. Crews arrived on scene to find a home fully engulfed, and efforts to extinguish began immediately. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that two females, one…

Fundraiser to Support Duluth Police Department

Shield616 Aims to Provide DPD with Active Threat Response Gear

DULUTH, Minn. – Two organizations are coming together Saturday, July 22 as they fundraise to support local police. Debbie and Kevin Skifstad with Shield 616 visited FOX 21 to give more details on the fundraiser. Shield616 is a non-profit working to raise money to purchase gear for police. The goal of this fundraiser is to provide the Duluth Police Department…

Cloquet Color Run Dedicated to Enthusiast

Cole Drechsler Loved Color Runs, so Rotary Club Honored Him

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet Rotary Club is ready for the city’s 4th annual Color Run. “It’s just a really fun event we do to raise money for community projects in the future,” said Junior Rotarian Holly McGinn. One of the Rotary Club’s three major fundraisers, Cloquet’s Color Run gets bigger every year. This year the Rotary Club decided to…

Deadly Intersection In Cloquet To Be Reconstructed

Some Cloquet Citizens Say No On Proposed Roundabout

Cloquet, Minn. The intersection of I–35 and Hwy 33 in Cloquet continues to be a problem. This as the Minnesota Department of Transportation thought they came up with an easy solution. They’re proposing to replace that dangerous intersection with a roundabout. Multiple fatalities and a handful of serious car accidents in just the last ten years is the reason MnDot…

Swimmers Beat the Heat at Pinehurst

Public Beach Packed with Swimmers on Hot Day

CLOQUET, Minn. – A sunny day across the Northland left many looking for ways to beat the heat. Cloquet residents lined up before noon to get into the Pinehurst Beach swimming area. Officials there say on a day like Thursday as many as 500 people could stop by for a dip at what’s known as a Cloquet gem. “People love…

Water Safety Expo Draws a Crowd

Event on Park Point Featured a Sand Mondeling Contest

DULUTH, Minn. – Park Point Beach was packed for the city’s Water Safety Expo. Duluth Parks and Recreation teamed up with the YMCA, the National Weather Service and Minnesota Sea Grant for a day of fun at the beach, including a sand modeling contest. “I saw some cool stuff out there,” said Kraig Decker, Duluth Parks Permit Coordinator. “I’m a…

Job Gains Push Total Minnesota Employment Above 3 Million

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Big summer job gains have pushed Minnesota’s total employment above 3 million for the first time in state history. The Department of Employment and Economic Development said Thursday that the state added 4,400 new jobs in June. That leaves the state’s unemployment rate at 3.7 percent – below the national average of 4.4 percent unemployment….

Vietnam Veterans Asked to Share Stories for Records, Local Documentary

"The Wall that Heals" on Display in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Over the next few days a wall in Superior is honoring those lost in the Vietnam War. “The Wall that Heals” is at Barkers Island July 20–23. Vietnam veterans are being asked to share memories on Saturday July 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. Crews will be available…

Spicy Pulled Pork Carnitas with Cast Iron Bar and Grill

Cooking Connection: Sweet and Spicy Appetizer

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth bar and grill has a new chef and recently updated its menu. Cast Iron Bar and Grill has kept the staples, but added a few new options as well. Chef Mike from Cast Iron Bar and Grill cooked with the FOX 21 morning crew for this week’s Cooking Connection. FOX 21’s William Seay learned how…

Community Forum Raises Opioid Awareness In St. Louis County

Some Call It An Epidemic

Hibbing, Minn. The Hibbing community is doing their part to combat the opioid and meth problem in St. Louis County. Hundreds came out to hear from multiple agencies that deal with the problem head on. A panel consisting of representatives from St. Louis county public health, local law enforcement, attorney’s and even addiction survivors were on hand tonight. The panel…