Public Safety

Authorities Believe Human Remains Are That Of Missing Twin Ports Man

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Friends Set Up Memorial For 15-Year-Old Drowning Victim

Flowers, Cross Put At Last Place Will Schlotec Was Seen Alive

DULUTH, Minn. – Heavy hearts continue for friends and family of 15-year-old Will Schlotec who drowned over the weekend in the popular swimming hole known as The Deeps. People close to Schlotec have begun to build a memorial at the site of the accident. On Monday, friends showed up with flowers and comforting words for one another as the new school…

Local Volunteers Help With Hurricane Harvey Relief

Nine Duluth Red Cross Volunteers are on Their Way to Texas or Already There

DULUTH, Minn. – Volunteers from across the country are heading to Texas to help communities recover from the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, and that includes volunteers from right here in the Northland. The American Red Cross in Duluth has nine volunteers either on their way to Texas or already there to help with Hurricane Harvey relief. Local officials are…

Emergency Pig-Out Raises Funds for Volunteer First Responders

Iron River Community to Host "Emergency Pig-Out"

IRON RIVER, Wis. – This weekend a Wisconsin community is banding together to support several projects in Iron River. White Winter Winery is once again hosting the Annual Emergency Pig Out. The event raises funds for Iron River’s Emergency Services to purchase and maintain EMS equipment. Also, this year some money will be going to the Iron River Lions Club…

Firefighter Faces Guilt After Double Drowning Off Park Point

Firefighter Kevin Haney: "You Get A Lot Of Different Feelings"

DULUTH, Minn. – A captain on the Duluth Fire Department is opening up about the relentless struggle to help rescue a missing father and daughter in the waters off Park Point earlier this month. The two victims would eventually be found without a pulse and later pronounced dead at a Duluth hospital. The purpose of this story is to get a…

Teen Who Jumped Into Flooded Lester River Prompts Water Rescue

Teen Is Known To Be Daring

DULUTH, Minn. On August 26th, 2017 at approximately 5:20 PM the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of 556 Occidental Blvd, in the City of Duluth for a report of a 15 year hold male jumped into the “DEEPS”, and has not resurfaced.  A short time later, emergency responders arrived on scene, and located the male in the…

Fire Rips Through Superior Complex

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Crews responded to the call of a structure fire at E5 Linden Courts in Superior at 6:15 on Thursday, Aug. 24, according to the Superior Fire Department. Initial reports indicated heavy, black smoke visible form the front of a two-story, multifamily building. The first engine to arrive confirmed a working fire in the front of the builting….

Bemidji Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash in North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – A Minnesota man is dead after a motorcycle crash in North Dakota. Police say 29-year-old, Anthony Lossing, of Bemidji, Minnesota, apparently disregarded traffic signals at an intersection in Grand Forks and collided with a pickup truck around 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Lossing was pronounced dead at the hospital. The two people in the pickup weren’t hurt….

Missing Brainerd Man Located Deceased

Last seen on July 4

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Simonson Named New Zoo CEO

Assistant Fire Chief Taking Early Retirement to Assume New Role

DULUTH, Minn. – Assistant Chief Erik Simonson is taking early retirement from the Duluth Fire Department in order to lead the Lake Superior Zoo. Simonson was introduced as the zoo’s new Chief Executive Officer Thursday morning. He takes over for Dave Benson, who’s been serving on an interim basis since former CEO Corey Leet resigned in May for family reasons…

One-Year-Old Dies in Highway 135 Crash

UPDATE: The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the person driving the vehicle as the mother of the boy. DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota State Patrol reports that a one-year-old boy is dead after a crash along Highway 135 just after 8 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22. According to the incident report, 23-year-old Morgan Skinner, of Gilbert, was driving North on Highway…

Level III Offender Relocating to Hibbing

1300 BLOCK OF 14TH AVE E

Billy Mike Peterson (Hibbing Police Dept.) HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Police Department is notifying the public of a Level III Predatory Offender that will be relocating to the area on Aug. 28. Billy Mike Peterson, 36, will be moving into the 1300 block of 14th Avenue East. Peterson has a history of sexual contact with male and female adolescent…

Active Shooter Response Exercise Held in Superior

Douglas County Sheriff's Department Partnered with Local Fire Departments to Complete Training

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Douglas County first responders held a training exercise Tuesday in Superior. The training is designed to help prepare agencies if there was ever an active shooter at a school. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department teamed up with the Town of Superior and the Town of Oakland fire departments for an active shooter training exercise at Four Corners…

Fatal Crash on Co Hwy A near Spooner

WASHBURN CO., Wis. – Just after 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug 21, authorities responded to a one vehicle crash on County Highway A near Fred Tripp Road in Washburn County, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol. Upon arrival an investigation was conducted and determined that the driver, a 48-year-old female of Springbrook, was under the influence of alcohol after a…

New Brighter Lights For Lakewalk

LED Lights To Replace Older Lights

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders who use the Lakewalk in Canal Park will soon see a brighter change. The city will replace the entire Lakewalk trail lighting with new and brighter L.E.D. light bulbs. Areas from the Endion Station to Leif Erickson Park will have narrowed lanes during the project. The work is expected take up to two weeks to complete, weather…

Sen. Al Franken Tours Virginia Fire Hall

City Officials Hope to Build New Public Safety Building Soon

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Minnesota Senator Al Franken was on the Iron Range today and took a tour of the aging Virginia Fire Hall, a place city leaders hope can be replaced with a new building. The Virginia Fire Hall is 109 years old. “It was originally designed to house horses and horse drawn steam pumpers and in that time, not…

Fundraiser Helps Support Superior’s Old Firehouse and Police Museum

Organizers say this event helps the museum grow and continue to be available to the community

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Families were out for a good cause on Barker’s Island Monday, as Superior Public Museums hosted its annual mini-golf fundraiser. The event helps raise money for the city’s Old Firehouse and Police Museum. Firefighters and police officers from Superior were also on hand at the event to interact with kids and families. Organizers say events like this help…

Extra DWI Patrols on Minnesota Roadways

Labor Day Weekend is One of the Deadliest Holidays on Minnesota Roads

DULUTH, Minn. – Now through Labor Day, law enforcement agencies across the state of Minnesota are cracking down on drunk driving. In 2016, over 23,000 drivers received tickets for driving while intoxicated according to the Department of Public Safety. It’s a number the Toward Zero Deaths Campaign would like to see go down. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety,…

Fire Destroys Home in Orr

4450 PELICAN ROAD, ORR, MINNESOTA

ORR, Minn. – Crews responded to the call of a house fire in the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 21, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. Several fire departments responded to the call just after 5:45 a.m., in the 4400 block of Pelican Road in Orr, Minnesota. When crews arrived on scene, they found the home fully…

MISSING: Kendra Lamb, of Glidden, Wis.

Kendra Lamb GLIDDEN, Wis. – The Ashland County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Kendra Lamb. Lamb reportedly left her residence on Wednesday, July 10 and her whereabouts are now unknown. Lamb is described as a Caucasian female, 5’2″ tall, 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. It is believed she may have gone to…

Duluth Police Officers and Firefighters to Battle on the Field

10th Annual Guns and Hoses Softball Game

DULUTH, Minn. – This week Duluth Police Officers and Firefighters will be battling on the field all for a good cause. The 10th Annual Guns and Hoses is taking place on Thursday, August 24. Other than the softball game, there will be a K-9 demonstration, fire trucks and police cars on display, and the mounted patrol on hand. Wade Stadium…

New Reports Released on Androy Hotel Elevator

Elevator Had Passed Inspection

SUPERIOR, Wis.-After a 63-year-old man plunged to his death Tuesday by falling down an elevator shaft at Superior’s Androy Hotel, where he worked, new details are emerging about the elevator’s inspection reports. Today, Wisconsin’s Department of Safety and Professional Services released inspection reports to Fox 21. They said they performed an inspection on the elevator yesterday and they said “while…

Remembering the Late Gary Waller

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. — Former St. Louis County Sheriff Gary Waller passed away earlier this week, and he is being remembered by a close colleague during his tenure in county government. Waller is perhaps best known as the lead investigator in the Congdon murders at Duluth’s Glensheen estate. He served for twenty one years with the Duluth Police Department…

Duluth Police Looking for Paintball Shooter

Courtesy: Duluth Police Department DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating individuals involved in paintball shooting incidents in Duluth. Authorities report two incidents have occurred, one on Wednesday, Aug. 16 around 9:10 p.m. in the 200 block of East 3rd Street and another on Thursday, Aug. 17 just after 9 p.m. Victims of…

Citizens’ Police Academy Being Hosted by Superior Police Department

Registration Still Open

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Police Department is looking for residents to take part in their Citizens’ Police Academy. The academy focuses on teaching community members all about what the police do through a variety of classes including having a ride along. The program also aims to put police in a more positive light. “The biggest thing citizens take away…

BBQ Held for Law Enforcement

Chris Jensen is a Memory Care Facility

DULUTH, Minn. – Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation hosted a BBQ for law enforcement and first responders. Representatives there told us it’s a good way to get know all the heroes who help that organization in so many ways. Most of the time, authorities are there for some very serious matters, and the people that work there don’t get to…

Minnesota DWI Courts Aiming to Reduce Drunk Driving

Extra Enforcement on Minnesota roads Aug. 18 - Sept. 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Extra DWI enforcement on Minnesota roads begins Friday, Aug. 18, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. More than 300 law enforcement agencies will be putting extra enforcement on the roads from Aug. 18 to Sept. 3. As part of a broader effort to protect Minnesotans from the dangers of drunk…

Electrical Fire on Baxter Avenue in Superior

  SUPERIOR, Wis. – Just after 11 a.m. Thursday, crews responded to a possible structure fire in the 800 block of Baxter Avenue, according to the Superior Fire Department. Initial reports indicated there was light smoke visible from the back of a two-story, single family home. Crews confirmed this as they arrived on scene, and found a working fire in…

Firefighter Hospitalized for Second Time in a Week After Battling House Fire

The Duluth Fire Department confirmed that no one was in the house at the time of the incident

DULUTH, Minn. – Fire crews responded to the 500 block of Anderson Road around 9:49 a.m. to the report of a structure fire, according to the Duluth Fire Department. Crews arrived to find heavy fire in the upstairs of the 1 1/2 story single family home. The fire was extinguished quickly after crews were able to ventilate the roof. The…

Arson Fire on Vernon Street in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, crews were dispatched to a structure fire in the 3200 block of Vernon Street, according to the Duluth Fire Department. Crews arrived on scene and were able to extinguish the fire. A Deputy Fire Marshal was able to determine the cause of the fire to be arson. Damages are estimated…

Wisconsin ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Initiative Starts Friday

MADISON, Wis. – Law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin ill combine their resources to watch for impaired drivers as part of the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative that begins Friday, Aug. 18 and runs through Labor Day, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. “Whether it’s caused by alcohol, prescription medications, or other drugs, impaired driving is illegal,…

Kids, Cops & Cars Event Tomorrow

11 A.M. TO 2 P.M. IN BAYFRONT FESTIVAL PARK

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids and their families will get the chance to hang out with members of the Duluth Police Department at the Kids, Cops & Cars event being held Wednesday, at Bayfront Festival Park. Numerous first responder vehicles will be on-hand including the department’s command post, tactical response team vehicle, and command post. Other responders will include a Coast…

Agencies Work Together to Prepare for Water Rescues on Lake Superior

Thursday’s incident on Park Point also has agencies discussing more joint training

DULUTH, Minn. – Several agencies helped the Saint Louis County Rescue Squad search for the Fuglies. One of those agencies, the Duluth Fire Department, regularly trains for these types of situations. The department also trains with groups like the U.S. Coast Guard and the county rescue squad. Those sessions give each agency a sense of who does what well. “It…

Police Raise Money for Special Olympics

Fundraiser Held for Torch Run

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Police in Duluth and Superior staked out the rooftops of area Dunkin’ Donuts today, all for a good cause. It’s all part of fundraiser for Minnesota and Wisconsin’s Special Olympic torch run they have every year. That connection with those athletes, has become very deep over the years. “It’s a great experience to work with the athletes and support…

Update: Father, Daughter Pulled From Water Off Park Point Deceased

Victims Were Under Water For At Least One Hour

DULUTH, Minn. – After a vigorous fight against fierce waves off Park Point for Duluth firefighter and rescue crews, a young daughter, 10, and her father, 38, who were pulled from the water Thursday evening are deceased, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. The call for help came in around 4:30 p.m. just out from the Park Point Beach…

UMD Holds Mock Incident

Mock Active Shooter Event Happened at NRRI

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth held an emergency drill Thursday at the school’s Natural Resources Research Institute. The university staged an active shooter situation, UMD’s first ever active drill event. The exercise was paid for with a $12,000 grant involved several law enforcement agencies. UMD Police Chief Sean Huls says bringing in outside emergency responders made the…

Emergency Response Drill Conducted at AMSOIL

Superior Fire Department Participated in the Mock Fire and Chemical Leak Training Exercise

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s all about being prepared. An emergency procedure drill was conducted at the AMSOIL Distribution Center in Superior Today to make sure emergency responders are ready if disaster strikes. The emergency response training started when AMSOIL officials called in a drill to Douglas County 911 reporting a chemical leak and fire. Several minutes later, Superior firefighters arrived…

Eveleth Days Inn to be Used in Fire Training Exercises

EVELETH, Minn. – The former Days Inn in Eveleth, on Hat Trick Avenue, has fallen into significant disrepair, has been tax-forfeited, and is up for demolition this fall. For the past month fire departments have used the building for training exercises on various skill including ladder operations, downed firefighter rescues, and roof ventilation, according to St. Louis County officials. Before…

New Blue Lights Installed at 14 Intersections in Duluth, Hermantown

DULUTH, Minn. – Across the state of Minnesota, the majority of serious and fatal crashes occur at four-way intersections with traffic signals, according to St. Louis County. In an effort to reduce crashes at these intersections, the County has installed a new tool to make these intersections safe as part of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths initiative. Bright, blue lights…

Duluth and Superior Combine to Honor Survivors

Mayors Proclaimed Aug. 16 as Break the Silence Day in the Twin Ports

DULUTH, Minn. – Mayors Emily Larson and Jim Paine joined sexual assault survivors from Duluth and Superior, as well as their allies on Park point Wednesday to dedicate a day towards breaking silence. “Therefore, we, Jim Paine and Emily Larson, Mayors of the City of Superior and the City of Duluth, do officially proclaim August 16th, 2017 as Break the…

Scammers Targeting Minnesota Power Customers

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Power has received reports of scam callers targeting their customers for payments, which have alarmingly increased over the past few days. Company officials are cautioning customers to protect themselves. Scammers have reportedly been able to manipulate caller ID to display a fake number, which shows as a possible Minnesota Power line. Scammers will then pose as…

Crews Battle Garage Fire on Swan Lake Road

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UMD Police Hiring

University Wants to Add Four Officers

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth Police Department is looking for a few new officers. The UMD P.D. has openings for three new officers right now, with another opening later this year. The department conducted a staffing study a year ago which concluded the current staff of 10 wasn’t enough.  UMD’s police chief, Sean Huls, says more officers…

109 Salmonella Cases Linked to Papayas from Mexico

(KMSP) – United States health officials say several people from Minnesota and dozens of others across the country have contracted Salmonella after eating papayas grown on a farm in southern Mexico. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 109 people across 16 states, including four from Minnesota, have fallen ill. One person has died and 35 people have been…

Semi Rollover Causes Diesel Fuel Leak Near Piedmont Avenue

Officials Responded to the Call Around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, No Injuries Were Reported

DULUTH, Minn. – Shortly after 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Duluth Fire Department responded to reports of a rollover involving an 18-wheeler Marvin truck. The vehicle was traveling from Warroad, Minnesota, and crashed near the intersection of Highway 53 and Piedmont Avenue. Officials tell FOX 21 the driver of the vehicle lost control while traveling south on Highway 53. Authorities also…

GM Recalling Roughly 800,000 Pickups for Steering Defect

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling roughly 800,000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks worldwide. The company says the vehicles can temporarily lose electric power steering assist, especially during low-speed turns. If that happens, the driver could lose control of the steering wheel. The recall affects trucks from the 2014 model year. Most of the…

Car Vs. Tractor Accident near Winter, Wis.

WINTER, Wis. – Sawyer County Sheriff’s Deputies and several other agencies responded to the call of a traffic crash on CTH W approximately 1.5 miles south of Winter involving a passenger car and a tractor, on Friday, Aug. 4 around 4:15 p.m. Both vehicles were proceeding westbound on CTH W when the crash occurred. Authorities report that the 40-year-old, male…