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Judge Blocks Texas from Cutting off Planned Parenthood Funds

AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) – A federal judge has temporarily blocked Texas from ousting Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015. The decision came Thursday from U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks adds Texas to the list of Republican-controlled states that have been thwarted in efforts to cut off Medicaid dollars to…

Obama Commutes 330 Drug Sentences in His Final Act

WASHINGTON (AP) – In his last major act as president, Barack Obama is cutting short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes. The move brings Obama’s bid to correct what he’s called a systematic injustice to a climactic close. Obama has now commuted the sentences of 1,715 people, more than any other president in U.S. History. During…

Rainy-Day Fund May Help Cover Insurance Hikes

ST. PAUL (AP) – Minnesota lawmakers are working to offset massive health insurance premium increases for more than 100,000 residents who buy their own coverage. It’s a novel step as other states grapple with rising health insurance costs and uncertainty of how the Donald Trump administration will handle the Affordable Care Act. Minneosta officials agree premium hikes of up to…

Three High School Students Struck by Pickup in Otsego

Were struck at a bus stop

OTSEGO, Minn. (AP) – Authorities say three students were hit by a pickup truck at a bus stop in Otsego. The students from Rogers High School were taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids Thursday morning and then transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Wright County Sheriff’s Captain Dan Anselment says all three students are currently in critical…

Eligible Voters in Minnesota Can Register When Filing Taxes

When filing electronically, taxpayers will see a message prompting them to register to vote online

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Income tax season opens on Monday, January 23, and Minnesota taxpayer who need or want to register to vote, or even update their voter registration, can now do so when they file their income taxes electronically, the Minnesota Department of Revenue and Secretary of State Steve Simon announced today. This year, all taxpayers using Minnesota-certified electronic…

Ice Racing Comes to Duluth

Local Pro Talks Thrilling Sport

DULUTH, Minn. – An extreme ice sport is coming to Duluth! The World Championship ICE Racing Series will be at AMSOIL Arena on Friday, January 20. There will be motorcycles and ATVs racing across the ice on studded tires. The competition kicks off at 7:30 p.m. For more information head to www.icespeedway.com. Categories: Community, Entertainment, News Tags: atv, ice racing,…

Level III Predatory Offender Relocating to 22nd Avenue West in Duluth

Willie Vaughn-BeyDULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is notifying the public of the release and relocation of a Level III Predatory Offender into the 200 North block of 22nd Avenue West in Duluth. Fifty-five-year-old, Willie James Vaughn-Bey, has a history of sexual contact with teenage and adult female victims. Contact included sexual touching, contact with the adult victims included…

Fixing a Quick and Healthy Meal with Pita Pit

Cooking Connection: Pita Pit

DULUTH, Minn. – Did you make a New Year’s resolution to eat healthy? If so, you can pick up a quick lunch and not break your resolution at the same time. Pita Pit worked with FOX 21 for this week’s Cooking Connection. Pita Pit employee Erica Koski showed FOX 21’s William Seay how to make a veggie and hummus pita….

Hibbing Murder Suspect Charged

Held on $1 Million Bail

HIBBING, Minn.- Benjamin Lundquist, 32, has been charged with second-degree murder with intent, in connection with Monday’s Hibbing homicide case. He’s being held on $1 million bail. The victim has been identified as Joel Gangness. Categories: Crime, News, News – Latest News Tags: crime hibbing news

Level III Predatory Offender Returning to Hibbing

James Chavers Jr. HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Police Department is notifying the public of a Level III Predatory Offender returning to the area. Sixty-year-old, James Chavers Jr. will be relocating to the 1600 block of 7th Avenue East in Hibbing. He is described at 5’11” with brown eyes, gray or partial graying hair, and approximately 203 pounds. His offense…

911 Down in Cook County

Working on Being Restored

COOK COUNTY, Minn.-Much of the phone service across Cook County, including 911, is currently unavailable. CenturyLink is currently working on restoring the phones. If you need emergency assistance in that area, it is recommended to go to the nearest fire fall. The outage was first reported about midnight yesterday. “The safety of our residents in Cook County is always paramount…

New Business Brings Balloons to You

DuluthBalloonCompany.com is trying to make balloon buying easy for the Twin Ports

DULUTH, MINN.- A first of its kind business has opened its virtual doors. Duluth ballooncompany.com started taking orders January 8 and has been seeing steady business since, with orders coming in as early as 1 am. The company allows customers to order their balloon creations online and have them delivered anywhere in the Twin Ports. “If you can bring us…

Blacklist Celebrates Official Grand Opening

The Brewery invited people in to celebrate their business being completely up and running.

DULUTH, MINN- Last fall Blacklist opened its doors to the taproom and brewery but Wednesday was their grand opening. Blacklist was waiting to get their canned and keg operations underway before they had the official ribbon cutting. The brewery offered happy hour and live music. “It’s great to have an evening to acknowledge the growth and the community around us…

Hibbing Community College Hopes to Reconfigure Campus

College is Asking for Funding from State Bonding Bill

HIBBING, Minn. – Hibbing Community College is planning a right-sizing and renovation project. College officials are hoping to fund the project with money from the state’s latest bonding bill. The much needed renovations would re-arrange the campus, moving the library to the center of the school and razing a building to reduce the size of campus. It would also create…

NASA 2016 Temperature Report

Latest Report From NASA Shows Warmest Year on Record

Meteorologist Gino Recchia discusses the latest NASA report for 2016 as the warmest year on record since records began back in 1880.  16 of the 17 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000 and the planet only seems to continue to warm. Categories: Environment, Weather Blog

Three Duluth Ideas are Finalists for Knight Cities Challenge

Popup parks, a story telling project, and entrepreneurial workshops made the list of finalists.

Three Duluth ideas have been chosen as finalists among thousands for the Knight Cities Challenge. 144 ideas have moved onto the second round and are vying for a share of up to five million dollars. The city of Duluth proposed the thought of making Canal Park more friendly to its residents all year long. City officials believe they could accomplish…

Veterans React to Memorial Vandalism

The Northland Vietnam Memorial was recently vandalized. Local veterans called the act a "disgrace".

Northland Vietnam veterans have a few choice words for those who vandalized the Northland Vietnam Memorial. “It’s a disgrace of course to all veterans that something like that would happen,” said Vietnam veteran Ray Stahl. To veterans and the community, the memorial is more than just a piece of rock and concrete, it’s a legacy and a reminder of the…

City of Two Harbors Continues Push For New Marina

TWO HARBORS, Minn. — The city of Two Harbors is trying to become more attractive for transient boaters. A meeting was held Wednesday night for community members to gain a better perspective into what the city is looking to build. The proposed design calls for more than 40 boating having the ability to be docked for up to a 15-night…

City of Duluth Seeking Input for Western Waterfront Trail Plans

An online survey is available and will be used to find out what the public would like done to the area

DULUTH, Minn. – The Western Waterfront Trail, located from near the Lake Superior Zoo to Morgan Park, connects many neighborhoods and recreational areas along Duluth’s west side.City officials are asking for public input regarding future plans along the trail corridor on the St. Louis River. The city of Duluth is investing over $18 million towards the project. Currently, the city…

Mother and Son Arrested in Meth Bust

Facing Multiple Felony Counts

CHISHOLM, Minn.-Two people in Chisholm are facing multiple felony charges after allegedly being busted for having a meth lab in a camper trailer last week. Constance Carlson, 45, is being held on $50,000 bail for her role in the incident for possession of meth with the intent to manufacture it. Her son, 26-year-old Mykal Myers, is facing four felonies including…

Homicide in Hibbing Has Community Concerned

Suspect Arrested in Crime That Leaves Some Iron Rangers Worried

HIBBING, Minn. – A homicide investigation continues tonight in Hibbing. It was yesterday when a man was found dead in his Hibbing apartment, and by last night a man had been arrested in connection with the case. While checking on a man who hadn’t shown up to work on Tuesday, police discovered a body in a Hibbing apartment. On Tuesday…

Zen House Moving To New Location

Local Business Opening Up in a New Neighborhood

A former Hermantown sushi spot, will soon be opening its door in a new neck of the woods. Zen House serves traditional Japanese sushi and entrees. After closing up shop next to the ICO in Hermantown during late fall of 2016, they’re moving to a new location at the corner of Calvary Road and Woodland, something the restaurant’s owner is…

Duluth Lakewalk Mini-Master Plan

City to Begin Comprehensive Plan to Reviltalize Duluth's Lakewalk

DULUTH, Minn- There could be some changes on the way to the Duluth Lakewalk. The city is hoping to create a plan, that will help earn funding to revitalize the Lakewalk. Recently the Lakewalk has been plagued by everything from heavy crowds to general wear and tear, but now in 2017 it’s time for some fresh ideas. Starting later in…

Dark Skies Protest Party

People Protest Duluth's New Street Lights

There’s been some concern about new street lighting in Duluth’s downtown district. Those involved are protesting the cities decision to use intense LED lighting along certain streets in Duluth. The protests’ supporters claim that the new lights will ruin Duluth’s historic feel but won’t make the streets any safer. Owner of Take Action Inc. Rod Raymond says, “When it comes…

Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial Restored

Markings on The Duluth Lakewalk Memorial are Removed

DULUTH, Minn- The Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial that was vandalized earlier this week is now back to its previous condition. The Lakewalk memorial that lists the names of the 136 northland residents who died in Vietnam was vandalized with silver marker. Police chief Mike Tusken posted a message to those responsible on Facebook, saying, “Disgracing this memorial and the veterans…

Nearly 60,000 Acres Returned to Red Lake Band

Bureau of Land Management finalized the return of the land, Friday

In support of meeting the nation’s obligations to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians in Minnesota, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) announced Friday, that the BLM has completed its land surveys and legal identification of nearly 60,000 acres, scattered across five northern Minnesota counties, that were restored to the Red Lake…

George H.W. Bush and Wife Hospitalized

HOUSTON (AP) – A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit at Houston’s Methodist Hospital to address a respiratory problem from pneumonia. Spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush’s wife Barbara Bush, 91, as also been hospitalized as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing. McGrath says the 92-year-old former president was…

Animal Answers: Diving in the Door at World of Fish

Acquariums are Proven to Lower Stress Levels, as Well as Blood Pressure Levels

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The winter months can be difficult for your mood when dealing with cold temperatures and lack of sunlight. But what if you could easily transform your mind to a tropical destination, easing your worry and level of stress? It can be tricky to find open water in the winter, across Northern Minnesota. “You have to create this…

Duluth Police Warn of an Increase in Fake Money

"Motion Picture Use Only" printed on them

Counterfeit Bills 4 Counterfeit Bills 3 Counterfeit Bills 2 Counterfeit Bills 1 DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is warning the public of an increase in fake and counterfeit bills circulating in the Duluth area. Specifically bills that have “Motion Picture Use Only” printed on them. The bills may appear real, with the exception of the “Motion Picture Use…

State Sues Former UW-Oshkosh Chancellor, Business Officer

MADISON (AP) – The University of Wisconsin System regents have filed a lawsuit against UW-Oshkosh’s former chancellor and chief business officers over alleged improper financial transactions with the school’s foundation. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, alleges Chancellor Richard Wells and Chief Business Officer Thomas Sonnleitner illegally transferred millions of dollars from the university to its foundation between 2010 and 2014 to…

Report: More Work Needed on Identifying Great Lakes Toxins

Familiar toxins seem to be declining, but others are emerging

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – A report by a U.S. – Canadian agency says the two nations are behind schedule on identifying chemical pollutants in the Great Lakes and developing strategies to deal with them. Familiar toxic substances such as PCBs and dioxins appear to be declining or at least getting no worse in herring gull eggs, a key indicator…

Apostle Islands Ice Caves too Dangerous to Explore

Not Known When it Will be Safe Enough

FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CORNUCOPIA, Wis. (AP)-The National Park Service says it’s still too dangerous to explore the Apostle Islands ice caves off the Wisconsin shore of Lake Superior. When accessible, the majestic ice caves have attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the area. The park service says it’s not known if or when the ice will be safe…

Music Resource Center Open Mic Night

Students Show Off Their Talents

Students from the Student Resource Center in Duluth were able to showcase their talents tonight. Every 3rd Tuesday an open mic session is held at the Amazing Grace Café. The Music Resource Center here in Duluth runs a free after school music program for any teens looking for resources they might not be able to afford on their own. Most…

Homicide Investigation Underway In Hibbing

HIBBING, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Hibbing Police Department are investigating a homicide. Hibbing police discovered the body while conducting a welfare check around 10 a.m. Tuesday on a person who lived in an apartment at 3901 1st Avenue. Investigators suspect foul play in the man’s death. Benjamin Lundquist, 32,…

Go Red For Women: The Grocery Store Challenge

10 Women Join A 10-Week Class To Become Healthier

DULUTH, Minn. – According to heart disease experts, every 34 seconds someone in the United States suffers a heart attack. And women account for nearly half of all heart attack deaths. In an effort to help prevent heart attacks, 10 women from the Twin Ports got a grocery makeover Tuesday to promote a healthier lifestyle. It’s the start of a…

Vandals Strike Duluth’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial

There was growing anger and sadness Tuesday after vandals defaced Duluth Vietnam Veterans Memorial. News traveled fast for family members of the veterans whose names are engraved on the monument, which is near the Lakewalk. One of those people was Judith McKeever, of Duluth, whose brother Michael was killed in the Vietnam War nearly 50 years ago. “It’s like somebody…

Schroeder Headed Back to Iditarod

Northland Musher to Make 4th Appearance in Famous Sled Dog Race

DULUTH, Minn. – Northland Musher n Nathan Schroeder is headed back to the Iditarod Sled Dog race in Alaska. Schroeder made the announcement last week on his Facebook page.  It will be his fourth trip to the Iditarod. He’s holding  meet and greet on Friday, January 27th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Green Mill in Canal Park.  Fans…

Superior Bar Sells Special Drink to Celebrate Betty White’s 95th Birthday

95 cents of each drink was given to the Douglas County Humane Society

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – “Golden Girl” Betty White turned 95 years old today and one local bar held a party in her honor and helped out a good cause at the same time. For Betty’s big day, the Spirit Room in Superior donated 95 cents from each sale of their “Betty White Russian” drink to the Humane Society of Douglas County….

Group of Superior High School Students to Attend Inauguration

The six students are part of the federally-funded Upward Bound program through UWS

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – President-elect Donald trump will officially be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend, including a group of six students from Superior High School. The students are part of Upward Bound, a federally funded program through the University of Wisconsin Superior. On Thursday morning,…

Water Levels on Lake Superior at Normal For ‘Mild’ Winter, Experts Say

DULUTH, Minn. — Temperatures have been up and down since winter began, but how about the water levels on Lake Superior? Dr. Bob Sterne, director of the Large Lakes Observatory at University of Minnesota Duluth says week to week temperature changes don’t have too much effect on lake water balance, but overall winter weather patterns do. Dr. Sterner says in…

Officers, Subject Identified in Hibbing Officer-Involved Shooting

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified two officers in an officer involved shooting incident that happened last Friday in Hibbing. Captain Kurt Metzing is a 19-year veteran with the Hibbing Police Department and Officer Cody Loewen has been with the Hibbing Police Department for three years. Both officers fired their…

Duluth’s Global Village Settles into New Location in Canal Park

Ahead of Superior Street Reconstruction, Global Village of Duluth Relocates to Bigger Space

DULUTH, Minn. – The owner of Duluth’s Global Village is working on settling in after switching locations nearly two months ago. Rachel Mock says she’s sinking into the honeymoon phase, enjoying every day in her new Canal Park location. “It’s all brand new so we’re really learning as we go and taking it as it comes,” said Mock. Global Village sells…

Highway 53 Relocation Ahead of Schedule

New highway expected to open in November

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Last fall, work began on the Highway 53 relocation project near Virginia. Plans call for the new roadway to be open to traffic this November. But so far, the work is moving along. The colossal new Highway 53 bridge towers above Rouchleau Pit near Virginia. “You’re looking at the completed span of the bridge now. We got…

Local Tanning Salon Seeing Spike in Customers

Northlanders Looking to Fight the Winter Blues are Turning to Tanning

DULUTH, Minn. – Whether you’re taking a trip or just trying to manage your mood this winter, local tanning salons across the Northland are seeing a spike in business. “The base of customers this time of year just increases dramatically, almost day–by–day,” said Chris Verhel, Owner of AJ’s Tanning in Duluth. This time of year many customers can be referred to…

UW-Madison Suspends Fraternity for Serving Minors

The fraternity is suspended until March 1

MADISON (AP) – University of Wisconsin-Madison officials have suspended a fraternity chapter for serving alcohol to minors. The university announced, Tuesday, that the Sigma Chi chapter will be suspended until March 1 after the Committee on Student Organizations found the chapter violated the Student Organization Code of Conduct. According to the university news release, the fraternity served or permitted the…

Wisconsin Republican Senator Circulates Marijuana Extract Bill

MADISON (AP) – State Senator Van Wanggaard is circulating a bill that would make possessing a marijuana extract used to prevent seizures legal, in Wisconsin, with a doctor’s certification. Parents of children who suffer from seizures have been pushing for legislation that would allow them to use CBD oil to ease the symptoms. A similar bill passed the Assembly last…