Minnesota

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…

Surviving The Boundary Waters Severe Weather

Meteorologist Brittney Merlot Takes Us Deep Into The Vast Wilderness When The Weather Turns Severe.

Meteorologist Brittney Merlot takes us back into some remote Boundary Waters locations that were in the direct path of severe weather. While talking to two survivors of the 1999 and 2016 blow down that brought 70-80mph winds through the wilderness and how they survived. “On my way to the lake a very large trees went over and it went over…

Vietnam War Memorial Arrives in Twin Ports

Since 1996, 'The Wall That Heals' has Traveled to More Than 400 Towns and Cities Across the United States

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The City of Superior came alive earlier Wednesday to welcome a piece of history into the Northland. From now through Sunday, Twin Ports residents will have the chance to walk through time and remember those who served for our country in the Vietnam War. “Our men and women deserve the military rights of all things from beginning to…

Minnesota Teen Missing for 40 Years Identified as Victim of John Wayne Gacy

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CHICAGO (AP) – An Illinois sheriff’s office said Wednesday that it has identified a Minnesota runaway as one of the victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said in a news release that the remains of a person whose body was found under the crawl space of Gacy’s Chicago area home in 1978 were those…

Minnesota Petting Zoo Under Investigation after Child Death

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EDEN VALLEY, Minn. (KMSP) – The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating how two children came down with a toxin-producing bacteria after one little girl died and her brother fights for his life. Out of an abundance of caution, officials asked the petting zoo to pull their farm animals from display. But, the investigation is still ongoing. Just days after Kallan Maresh started getting sick, she…

911 Transcripts of Justine Damond’s Calls to Minneapolis Police

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Justine Damond, Fox 9 MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – The Minneapolis Police Department has released the 911 transcript of the call Justine Damond placed on the night of July 15, just minutes before she was shot and killed by officers who responded to the call. Damond called 911 twice that night to report a possible sexual assault near 51st Street and Washburn…

Musician Performs on FOX 21 Ahead of “A Day at the Wade”

Fundraiser Will Support Youth in Western Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – “A Day at the Wade,” a fundraiser supporting youth in Western Duluth, is taking place tonight. Funds raised will go to youth organizations to support them in regional and national competitions. There will be live music, food and vendors. It’s all taking place at Wade Stadium. The gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the fun starts at…

Inside the Boundary Waters

Meteorologist Brittney Merlot Takes Us Deep Into The Vast Wilderness To Prepare For All Types Of Weather.

The vast wilderness of the Boundary Waters  is in our backyard with thousands of visitors a year. It has the highest point in Minnesota and some of the oldest rock on Earth. But what about the weather when you head into the wilderness? How can you prepare? Our very own Meteorologist Brittney Merlot recently spent a lot of time in…

Musicians Prepare for “A Day at the Wade”

Fundraiser Supports Youth of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Musicians are tuning up and preparing for a new fundraiser supporting youth in Duluth. It’s called “A Day at the Wade” and is taking place Wednesday, July 19. There will be live music, food, raffles and vendors.   One band playing, “Born Too Late,” is a group of young musicians in Duluth who recently won Duluth’s Got…

Duluth Police Department Explains Their Body Camera Policy

Duluth Officers Set Cameras to Record Whenever an Enforcement Action Takes Place

DULUTH, Minn. – The police shooting of an Australian woman in Minneapolis this week continues to make international headlines. During the incident, the police officer’s body camera was not recording as the fatal shot was fired, raising questions about what the policies are when it comes to police body cameras. Duluth Police Department policy is that officers wear body cameras…

Father Calls for Justice in Police Shooting Death of Justine Damond

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – The family of Justine Damond made their first public comments in Sydney Tuesday after their daughter was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer over the weekend. John Ruszczyk, Justine’s father, said the family is still trying to come to terms with what has happened. “Justine, our daughter, was so special to us and to so many others,”…

Vikings Training Camp to Move to Eagan Headquarters in 2018

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Photo courtesy of Minnesota Vikings EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (KMSP) – It’s the end of an era that has lasted over half a century. Starting in 2018, the Minnesota Vikings will now hold training camp at their Eagan headquarters. For 52 years, the Vikings have held camp at Minnesota State University in Mankato. But with the team christening their new headquarters…

Beautiful Homes and Gardens on Display in Duluth

Duluth Woman's Club to Host 50th Annual Tour of Homes and Gardens

DULUTH, Minn. – Classic and modern homes, along with beautiful greenery, will be on display this week all for the 50th Annual Tour of Homes and Gardens in Duluth. The tour will feature the best of some old homes and the best of some new homes. The ticket price is $30.00 and includes lunch at the Duluth Woman’s Club. It’s…

Newly Restored Dome Car Gives Unique View on North Shore Scenic Railroad

Northland Uncovered: Silver Club Dome Car

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s a common occurance to see the North Shore Scenic Railroad trains chugging along the tracks in Summer months. This year, a new dome car was added to that train. “247 of these cars were eventually built with the dome on the top for seating and they became exceedingly popular,” said Ken Buehler, Executive Director for the…

CJ Ham Prepares For Vikings’ Training Camp

Denfeld Native Now Entering His 2nd Year in the NFL

DULUTH, Minn- It may be the middle of summer, but the Minnesota Vikings are already just one week away from the start of their 2017 training camp. This will be the 52nd year the Vikings will train in Mankato, but the first year that CJ Ham will enter camp as the team’s starting fullback. In 2016, the Denfeld native, rushed…

Attorney General Visits Minnesota

Talks Tough on Harsher Sentences for Criminal Offenses

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is visiting Minnesota to speak to state and local prosecutors. Sessions was expected to address an annual gathering of district attorneys from around the country in Minneapolis on Monday afternoon. Sessions has pitched a tough-on-crime mentality as President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Justice. He has…

Duluth Officials Ask for Residents’ Help in Stopping Emerald Ash Borer

Green Ribbons on Ash Trees Are Part of the City's Educational Campaign

DULUTH, Minn. – Emerald Ash Borer was first discovered in Duluth on Park Point in 2015 and has since been found elsewhere in the city. Duluth officials have a plan to stop the infestation from spreading, and are asking for residents’ help in implementing it. The City of Duluth is launching an educational campaign to teach residents about Emerald Ash…

Copper Mining Fight Near BWCA Heats Up

Meeting to be Held in St. Paul Tomorrow

MINNEAPOLIS–The fight over whether to allow copper–nickel mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northeastern Minnesota is shifting to St. Paul. The U.S. Forest Service is opening a new set of public meetings on its proposal to bar minerals exploration and development on more than 234,000 acres near the pristine wilderness for up to 20 years. The first meeting…

Kids Learn From Hands-On Chemistry Experiments

Mad Science of Minnesota Program Stops in Carlton

CARLTON, Minn. – Kids in Carlton got to watch live, interactive chemistry experiments with a real life mad scientist. The educational program by Mad Science of Minnesota gives kids a hands-on experience making slime, experimenting with dry ice, and making liquid change into a rainbow of colors. The traveling program gets kids excited about learning. “It sparks their imagination and…

St. Louis River Alliance Celebrates River Restoration Funding

DULUTH, Minn. – In May the Minnesota Legislature passed their $988 million bonding bill Among the projects included in the bill is $25.4 million in funding for the St. Louis River Estuary Restoration Project. These funds will trigger $47.2 million in federal funds made available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to accelerate the cleanup efforts of the St. Louis…

Report: Solar More Cost Effective than Natural Gas

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A report from a Minnesota university shows adding energy storage may be a cost effective way to help meet the state’s electricity demand. Minnesota Public Radio reports that University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab presented its report to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission this month. The commission recommended the state pursue energy storage pilot projects….

Australian Woman Shot, Killed by Police in Southwest Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – A memorial for Justine Damond is growing near the spot where she was shot and killed by a police officer Saturday night, through information about what exactly happened in that southwest Minneapolis alleyway remains scarce. Justine Damond, Fox 9 Officials confirmed in a release Sunday, and later at a press conference, that a woman died as the…

Duluth Native And Lost Marine Laid To Rest After Nearly 75 Years

James Hubert Fought In World War II, His Remains Finally Found

Duluth, Minn A Duluth native killed more than 70 years ago in World War II finally returned home. November 21st 1943, United States Marine Company H, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marines Division lead an amphibious assault in what is considered one of the most important battles in World War II, the battle of Tarawa. “It had a very big…

WWII Marine to be Laid to Rest Saturday

Sgt. James Hubert's Remains were Unaccounted for Since Battle of Tarawa

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth Marine missing since 1943 finally returns home Saturday. Sergeant James Hubert will be laid to rest 74 years after he was killed at the Battle of Tarawa in the Pacific theatre of World War II. Sgt. Hubert’s remains were discovered by a group called History Flight and recently identified. His sister, Mary Kay Hagen says…

Health department temporarily funding suicide hotline

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Department of Health will provide temporary funding to maintain a suicide prevention hotline that was expected to shut down. The department will provide $139,000 to keep the hotline open at least until September 29. The hotline is operated by the nonprofit Canvas Health of Oakdale. It announced earlier this month that it would…

Annual Reggae Festival to Bring Jamaican Culture to Duluth

12th Annual Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend music, food, artisans and dancing will be taking over Bayfront Festival Park. The 12th Annual Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival is taking place. It all starts Saturday, July 15 when gates open at 11 a.m. Music begins at 1 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. Tickets are available online, at the gate or at…

Local Doctor Speaks on Benefits of Physical Therapy

Active Adventures: In Motion Therapy

DULUTH, Minn. – Through many different instances, one can become injured. A local doctor is looking to educate those injured about proper healing methods. For some, an injury could be so serious they require surgery, but according to Annita Winkels, DPT, for others, physical therapy is the answer. Dr. Winkels, Founder of In Motion Therapy says the goal is to…

WWII Veteran Awarded High School Diploma

Marine Sgt. James Hubert was Killed in the Battle of Tarawa

DULUTH, Minn. – Some 78 years after Marine Sgt. James Hubert should have graduated from Denfeld High School, the World War II veteran received his diploma. “This is just one small thing we as a district and as a community can do to honor the ultimate sacrifice the family and Sgt. Hubert made for our country,” said Amy Starzecki, Duluth…

Workshop Offers Genealogy Tips

First Genealogy Worshop Hosted Ten Students

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis County Historical Society offered a genealogy workshop at The Depot Thursday. In this Basic Genealogy class, people learned how to start their own family research using resources in their own backyard. The class’ instructor says genealogy teaches people about who they are. “I think it provides people with a sense of place,” said Kathleen…

Duluth Kennel Club Hosts Dog Shows

Nearly 800 Dogs Compete Over Four Days

DULUTH, Minn. – For the rest of this week, the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center has gone to the dogs. Through Sunday, the Duluth Kennel Club hosts its annual series of all–breed dog shows inside the DECC’s Pioneer Hall. Between 750 and 800 pure-bred dogs from across the United States and Canada take part in four days of competition for…

Minnesota Nabs $8M in Health Care Fraud in National Sweep

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Several Minnesota residents are facing charges of defrauding the state of millions of dollars in health care money as part of a national crackdown. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit Thursday against a Brooklyn Center woman and her daughter for allegedly claiming more fraudulent personal care assistant expenses. The lawsuit says Juanita Swain…