Public Safety

Helping Elderly Prevent Falls at Superior YMCA

Dove Home Health Professionals hosts Fall Prevention Classes.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Falling is the leading cause of death from injury in individuals 65 and older. If a senior citizen falls once, their chances of falling again are doubled. Senior citizens are invited to the Superior YMCA to help change that. Dove Home Health Professionals hosted the first part of their three-part Fall Prevention series, called “The Truth About Falling.”…

Cloquet Police Chief Resigns After 4-Month Voluntary Leave; City Admin. To Exit In Sept.

CLOQUET, Minn. – It’s over and out for Cloquet Police Chief Jeff Palmer who has chosen to leave the department – making him the third chief to do just that since Wade Lamirande in 2014. Cloquet City Administrator Aaron Reeves said Palmer was not being investigated for any complaints while he was on leave for the past four months leading…

Block Party Celebrates Health Center’s Impact in Northland

Lake Superior Community Health Center holds Block Party for surrounding community.

DULUTH, Minn.- To celebrate National Health Center Week, Lake Superior Community Health Center put on their annual block party to celebrate being rooted in the community for 37 years. The event at the health center’s Duluth location on Grand Avenue featured live music, free bags of fresh produce from the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, a free yard sale,…

Two-Year-Old Boy Killed in Nashwauk Fatal Hit-and-Run

NASHWAUK, Minn. – Stuffed bears and flowers are what’s left at the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident that killed a young boy. 16-year-old girl Lexi Carroll was pushing two-year-old Logan Dean Klennert on Thursday at about 1 p.m. on the shoulder of Highway 65 at milepost 188 when a pickup truck swerved and hit them from behind. 38-year-old Jake…

Douglas Co. Dist. Atty. Reviewing Auto Theft Case Against Ashland Police Officer

ASHLAND, Wis. – The case against a longtime Ashland police officer accused of auto theft is now in the hands of Douglas County District Attorney Mark Fruehauf for possible charges. The 18-year veteran of the Ashland Police Department retired in May – the same month Ashland Police Chief Jim Gregoire sent out a press release about the allegations against the…

Minnesota Preps To Go Hands-Free

We are just a week away from the hands-free law going in place

DULUTH, Minn.- We are just under a week away from Minnesota becoming a hands-free driving state. The new law takes in effect next Thursday and it allows a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music and get directions, but only by voice commands or single–touch activation without holding the phone. Once this law starts,…

Superior Intersection Painted Green Following Hit and Run

After 11-year-old boy hit and survived, City of Superior changes intersection to slow drivers down.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The City of Superior has implemented safety changes at an intersection on Hammond Avenue after Police say an 11-year-old boy on his bicycle was struck by a driver, who then took off, last Friday. 11-year-old Cassius Carey is out of the hospital, his mother saying he suffered a concussion but no internal injuries. The woman who Superior Police…

Car on Fire on Blatnik Bridge in Superior

Crews responded, closed bridge causing heavy traffic.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- On Monday afternoon traffic was backed up coming out of Superior on the Blatnik Bridge as a car was found on fire. Superior Fire and Police responded to the burning car. Crews were able to put out the fire. This happened right off the on–ramp to I–35, causing a standstill both down Hammond avenue and Second street. Crews…

Painting Intersections to Slow Drivers Down

Creative Crosswalks tackles reckless driving in the hillside with ground murals.

DULUTH, Minn.- Kids armed with paint brushes are combatting reckless driving at busy intersections throughout Duluth. Zeitgeist’s Creative Crosswalks program allows families and other community members to paint a Hillside intersection which has received many speeding complaints. On Sunday they took on East 6th street and 15th Avenue East, the second of four crosswalks on their list. According to parents…

Celebrating Lake Superior, Restored Barker’s Island Beach

Lake Superior Day coincided with opening of Barker Island Beach to the public.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- At Barker’s Island Sunday Lake Superior was given its own day for the important role it plays in the Northland. “It really is what draws people here and keeps people here,” said Deanna Erickson, Education Coordinator with the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve. “It supports our economy it supports our health it creates our weather, it adds…

Red Flag Warning At Twin Ports Beaches

BEACH HAZARD STATEMENT: No Swimming On Park Point & Wisconsin Point Wednesday

TWIN PORTS BEACHES – A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Park Point and Wisconsin Point Beaches until 9pm. High waves will develop as early as 10am, with the greatest heights this afternoon and evening. Winds are sustained at 10-15mph, with gusts up to 20mph. This creates dangerous swimming conditions along the Lake Superior shoreline, due to rip currents…

After Repairs Head of Lakes Fair Opens for Season

Fair week kicks off with Sneak a Peek Night Tuesday.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Head of the Lakes Fair in Superior opened for the year, offering rides, a horse show, a beef auction, and more over the next five days. This comes with major repairs completed after Douglas County conducted an inspection, revealing issues like Asbestos. Now, they say those issues have been taken care of. “We’re looking forward to a…

Officer Saves Two-Year-Old Girl From Runaway Car Dangling in Trees

Officer says he was in the right place at the right time, and the family is thankful for that.

DULUTH, Minn.- A runaway van took a two-year-old girl for a wild ride that could have ended tragically, were it not for the actions of a Duluth Police Officer who happened to be in the right place at the right time. Megan Newman was taking her daughters out of the car in the parking lot of Munger Terrace Apartments after…

Volunteers Remove Harmful Wild Parsnip from West Waterfront Trail

Invasive species can cause burns to skin and fur.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth is asking for your help to rid the area of the invasive species Wild Parsnip. The plant emits a sap that can cause burns on human skin and pets. This is not your run of the mill, vegetable parsnip. It looks like any flower. The Duluth Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, or CISMA, gathered volunteers by the…

Haze from Canadian Fires Moves Out with Wind and Rain

Rainfall clear smoke up, and wind moves it south.

DULUTH, Minn.- Since last weekend, fires in Canada have been burning and sending smoke into the air, which the wind blew into the Northland creating a haze throughout the sky. Officials with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) said the worst of the smoke filtered into the Southern parts of the state. However, it could still be irritable for some…

Record High Lake Levels Good For Shipping, Bad for Shoreline

Experts say more water is better for carrying shipping cargo, but more damaging to shoreline especially with storms.

DULUTH, Minn.- Water levels on Lake Superior have been in an upward trend, breaking record averages for July, still months away from the Fall when they’re expected to rise. As of Monday Lake Superior sits at 603.22 ft for the month of July. It is 14 inches above the norm for the month. According the Associate Director of Outreach with…

Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Drunk Boating in Northland

Crackdown is part of Operation Dry Water Campaign.

MINNESOTA-  Safety on the water will be a top priority this weekend. According to authorities, drunk boating is drunk driving. Law enforcement will be increasing patrols on Northland waters as part of their yearly Operation Dry Water campaign. From 2013 to 2017 alcohol was a factor in 26 boating deaths and 46 injuries on Minnesota waters. Meanwhile Wisconsin was the…

Man Dies of Natural Causes in Lake Vermillion

St. Louis County is investigating the incident.

ELY, Minn.- A man is pronounced dead Tuesday after trying to get back on his watercraft on Lake Vermillion, about 30 miles west of Ely. A resident saw 58-year-old Darrell Pfannenstein of St. Joseph struggling to get back on his jet ski in shallow water. The resident offered help but Pfannenstein declined. Later he was seen walking towards shore and…

Phase I of Improvements Done at Duluth’s Riverside Park

Ribbon cutting held with Parks and Rec and community members.

DULUTH, Minn.- Members of Duluth’s Riverside community came out to an unveiling of a newly renovated Riverside Park Tuesday. It’s the first phase of improvements to parks along the St. Louis River Corridor. Riverside is one of the 13 parks along the Corridor selected in the 2016 council-approved mini-master plan. The St. Louis River Corridor Initiative hopes to improve trails and…

Van Sickle Pulls Back Social Media Posts Mentioned in City Attorney’s Legal Notice

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior City Councilor Jenny Van Sickle of Dist. 2 has pulled back social media posts that City Attorney Frog Prell claims are libelous against him and could result in a civil suit. Sometime late Monday night after FOX 21 aired a story about Prell’s legal notice to Van Sickle with claims of defamation, her Twitter page was…

Maternity Home Hopes to Help Homeless Mothers

Star of the North Maternity House holds Grand Opening.

DULUTH, Minn.-Affordable housing is hard to find for many in the Northland, but one organization is hoping to change that for the city’s new and soon –to—be moms. Together for Life Northland held the grand opening of their Star of the North Maternity Home, on the upper floor of the Morning Star Women and Birthing Center on East Superior Street….

DECC Prepares for Grandma’s Marathon, Officials Monitoring Weather

Getting things ready for Health and Fitness Expo, Spaghetti Dinner.

DULUTH, Minn.- Before runners take off on either the William A. Irvin 5K, Half, or Grandma’s Full Marathon, they get to eat and shop around some products at the DECC. The two halls of the DECC were empty Wednesday, but these crews are preparing for the Essentia Health and Fitness Expo Thursday and Friday. “It’s really the gateway for people…

Lake Superior Zoo After the 2012 Flood

After major damage and missing and dead animals, Zoo says they're back and better than ever.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Zoo was one of many areas ripped apart by the 2012 Northland Flash Floods. Now, seven years later, they’re on the right track, according to Zoo officials. The 2012 flood damaged the Barnyard, destroyed the Polar Shores exhibit, and claimed the lives of fourteen animals, even leaving a seal stranded on a nearby street. Now…

Grandma’s Marathon Race Week Begins

Preparations begin for the 5k, 1/2 and Full Marathons.

DULUTH, Minn.- Pieces of Grandma’s Marathon are coming together in Duluth, as the Big Top Tent has just gone up in Canal Park. It seems the Marathon will reshape the city, to give runners a solid course, and give spectators a comfortable experience to cheer them on. Finishing touches still have to be added, like painting the finish line, which…

Rip Current Warning on Park Point Beaches

Fire Department warns against swimming.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Fire Department is warning the public that it’s too dangerous to swim at park point beaches because of rip currents in Lake Superior. The rip currents extend as far as 100 yards offshore, and there aren’t any lifeguards at the beaches. There are red flags up at the 12th st beach, Lafayette Square, and the Park…

Two Teens Killed in Nashwauk Crash Remembered

Aiden Hall and Trent Salminen remembered by Northern Lights Community School

DULUTH, Minn.- A memorial with balloons, and wreckage are all that’s left of a fatal car crash in Nashwauk, which took place Saturday afternoon. The crash took the lives of two teenage passengers. According to Minnesota State Patrol, a Honda Accord carrying 4 teenagers inside was traveling north on Highway 169 and tried turning left onto Highway 65 north. It…

Lifeguards Finish Training at Duluth YMCA

Final training session held for lifeguards to work on Park Point and at Camp Miller.

DULUTH, Minn.- Summer is almost here, bringing swimmers out to pools and beaches throughout the Northland. As they bring out their floats and bathing suits, Lifeguards are dusting off their skills, and rescue tubes, some for the first time. Only four bodies occupy the pool at the Duluth Area Family YMCA on Sunday. They take turns jumping in, grabbing another…

UPDATE: Two Missing Children Located, Suspect in Custody

Authorities Locate Two Missing Children, Suspect in Custody

UPDATE: Officials say the abducted children have been found safe. The suspect, 25-year-old Jeffrey Lo is in custody. ________________________________________________________________________ COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. – An Amber Alert is currently in effect out of Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Police say shortly after 6:30 a.m. Friday, Jeffrey Lo assaulted the mother of his two children and left the scene in the mother’s mini-van with…

Fire Department Prepares for Water Safety this Summer

Department works to reinstall rescue stations.

DULUTH, Minn.- As beach season gets closer the Duluth Fire Department is working to reinstall the rescue stations along Park Point beaches. The stations offered information and helpful tips, as well as a rescue ring to throw out to someone caught in a rip current. They were destroyed by last October’s storms. “What didn’t take our rescue stations last fall…

Duluth Authorities Make ‘Historic’ Drug Bust

Police and Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force make largest seizure in city's history.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Police Department and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force are hot off a massive drug bust, that’s being called the largest in the city’s history. After a two-month long investigation, two suspects–39-year-old Otis Weaver of St. Paul and 36-year-old Eric Black–are behind bars. Eric Black recently moved to Duluth from Chicago, where he…

One Injured in East Hillside Shooting

Injuries not critical, victim and shooter know each other.

DULUTH, Minn,- Duluth Police are investigating a shooting in the East Hillside Neighborhood. Around 12:30 Sunday afternoon on the 600 block of East Fourth Street, Police arrived to find a forty-two year-old man with an injury to his ear and the surface of his head. His injuries are not critical. Authorities believe the shooter and the victim now each other,…

Teen Suspect in April Shooting Found Dead in Lincoln Park

The Shooting Happened Around 2:47 a.m. Monday, May 27

DULUTH, Minn.- A 16-year-old boy charged in an April shooting incident was found dead early Monday morning in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Duluth police discovered Ausineese Aubin Dufault dead from a gunshot wound inside a home while responding to a report of a gunshot in the 2100 block of West Third Street around 2:47 a.m. At last report from police…

Cloquet Police Chief Jeff Palmer Still On ‘Voluntary Paid Leave’ Since April 16

City Admin. Aaron Reeves Does Not Have A Return Date For Palmer

CLOQUET, Minn. – There’s still no official word on why Cloquet Police Chief Jeff Palmer remains off the job or when he will return. Chief Palmer began his “voluntary paid leave” on April 16. City Administrator Aaron Reeves told FOX 21 this week that the leave “… can’t go on forever but I also can’t provide a set time frame…

Plans to Ease Bayfront Area Traffic and Parking Unveiled

Metropolitan Interstate Council holds meeting to release full plan, get public feedback.

DULUTH, Minn.- As summer inches closer, so do festivals and concerts–both at the DECC and at Bayfront Festival Park. Those events are becoming more frequent, and that means growing parking concerns and traffic that backs up onto I-35. But plans are moving forward to help change that, unveiled Wednesday by the Metropolitan Interstate Council, or MIC. The Council is working…

Red Cross Holds Mass Casualty Incident Training at Duluth International Airport

Drills went through how to open up a Family Assistance Center during a Mass Casualty Incident.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s training they hope is never actually used. With summer right around the corner, concerts, festivals and other large crowded events carry the potential for an accident or active threat scenario. The Red Cross gathered law enforcement, fire and medical experts to evaluate how they’d assist people if something like that happened in the Northland. The goal of…

UPDATE: House Explodes In Superior; Police Investigating

Firefighters turn investigation to Superior Police, there is no threat to the public.

  SUPERIOR, Wis.- Police are now investigating an explosion in Superior’s Billings Park neighborhood. Officials report that the incident was isolated and there is no threat to the public. The explosion was reported around 10:50 Sunday morning, in a small home on 22nd Street near Corning Avenue along the railyard. Mayo Ambulance was also called in. The smoke from the…

Millard LaJoy Dies at 106 Years Old

DULUTH, Minn. – Millard LaJoy — a man we have followed since he turned 100 — has died at the age of 106. LaJoy, of Pike Lake, died peacefully Friday in his sleep. He graduated in 1930 from Duluth Central and went to the U of M to receive engineering and law degrees. He owned Cubs Roller Skating Rink, worked…

No Injuries in Fire at CCU College of Hair in Downtown Duluth

Cause of fire still unknown, building was unoccupied.

DULUTH, Minn.- The cause of a fire at CCU College of Hair on West Superior Street is still unknown, according to Duluth Fire officials. No one was injured, as the building was unoccupied. Crews responded to a report of black smoke in the area of 1st Avenue West. Upon arrival, they made entry from the alley side of the building….

Duluth Officer Shot On Duty Remembers Fallen K-9, Trains For Next Chapter With New K-9

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been four months since a suicidal domestic-assault suspect shot Duluth police officer Aaron Haller and fatally shot his K-9 partner Haas. Officer Aaron Haller and K-9 Haas People lined the street during Haas’ funeral procession, and they’d later pack the DECC for his memorial. As FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports, Aaron and his wife open up…

Great Outdoors: Women in Duluth Take a Hike

Women Hike Duluth unite women to get active.

DULUTH, Minn.- As the weather warms up, trails fill up with hikers and walkers. Women Hike Duluth is a group making sure Northland women can get out, get active, and stay safe. “People stopped us on the trail and asked us what we were marching for, it looked more like a women’s march than a women’s hike,” said the group’s…

Superior Emergency Departments Practice Response to Mass Casualty Incident

Fire and Police Department, and Paramedics evaluated response to active shooter situation.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Superior Fire Department and Police Department joined together for their third mass casualty training. Rather than practicing their response to an active shooter directly, firefighters, police officers, and paramedics worked on getting quick and precise care to those wounded after the shooter had been neutralized. With makeup and uniforms scattered across the Wessman Arena Gym, it may…

Volunteers Spend Day Cleaning Up Skyline Parkway

Dozens of volunteers line the street picking up trash.

DULUTH, Minn.- For this year’s 2nd Annual Skyline Parkway Spring Cleanup, volunteers attacked the garbage down Skyline Parkway between Haines Road and Highland Street. The wind and rustling of leaves mixes with the rustling of plastic bags, and the deep crinkle of soda cans. “We’re just gonna keep doing the garbage cleanup,” said one young volunteer. A sea of neon…

Remembering The Role The Weather Played In The Husky Superior Refinery Explosion

Evacuation Area Quickly Spread South From Strong Winds

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Many of us will never forget the fear and nervousness as the evacuation zone continued to grow last year on April 26th Husky Refinery explosion. The National Weather Service in Duluth and Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot closely forecasted the winds strength and direction that quickly carried the thick, possibly toxic, heavy black smoke southward. Winds were…

Ordinance To Restrict Duluth Massage Businesses Gets First Read

Some are in favor of some new city regulations, but say current proposal hurts their legitimate businesses.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth City Council had its first read of an ordinance that would tighten up restrictions for massage businesses. Amendments to the ordinance include broadening hours of operations from 6 am to 11 pm, allowing clients to enter or exit through more than one entrance, and allowing doors to be locked during business hours. Previously, the ordinance stated…

Grand Rapids Police Investigate Fatal Stabbing on Elementary School Playground

Woman died as a result, 15-year-old male charged in juvenile court.

Disclaimer: Police identify the victim as 20-years-old, but a relative tells us she was 19. GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.- Grand Rapids Police are investigating the death of a Grand Rapids woman, after she was found stabbed on a local school playground. When authorities arrived they found a 15-year-old boy holding a knife. Now the Itasca County Attorney’s office is asking he…

1 Arrested, Light Pole Toppled During Bulldogs Celebrations In Canal Park

Overall, Duluth police said the large crowd mostly remained in control

DULUTH, Minn.- Canal Park was alive Saturday night after the UMD Bulldogs’ historic National Championship back-to-back win. Soon, a large crowd flooded Lake Avenue near 310 Pub, causing Duluth police to block off the road to traffic. Some fans took their excitement a little too far. “The guy got up on the light post and started shaking it real hard,…

Police Chief, ISD 709 Superintendent Debrief After School Shooting Threat

Chief Tusken and Superintendent Gronseth Proud of Teams' responses.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s top cop Chief Mike Tusken, and Superintendent of District 709 Schools Bill Gronseth are reflecting on last week’s active shooter threat at Duluth East High School. The incident involved 36-year-old Travis Busch, who was accused of threatening to shoot officers and others in the school. Authorities also found guns in his car in the school parking lot, and…

Community Preps to Sew Bags, Rid Duluth of Plastic Bags on Earth Day

Bag-A-Thon event happening city wide on April 20th.

DULUTH, Minn.- To raise awareness about the climate impacts and pollution caused by plastic bag use, the Bag It Duluth campaign is preparing for a city wide event on Earth Day. “Bag—A—Thon” will occur at locations across the city on April 20th. Different locations will accept donations until the 17th. Then people would be invited to come and sew reusable…