Public Safety

Coast Guard Announces Twin Ports Safety Zones for 4th of July Fireworks

DULUTH DULUTH/SUPERIOR – The United States Coast Guard has announced two safety zones for boaters on the water for the annual Duluth Fourth Fest and the Superior 4th of July Fireworks display on Tuesday. Safety zones for Duluth will go into effect from approximately 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 in the northwestern section of Duluth Harbor…

DNR Out in Full Force Against Drinking and Boating

Don't Boat with a Blood Alcohol Level Above .08

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and law enforcement officials will be out in full force during Operation Dry Ride this weekend, to prevent boaters from drinking and boating June 30 through July 2. The state’s 2017 boating season, has been the deadliest since 2005, with nine boating fatalities recorded so far. Operating a boat, with a…

MnDOT Urging Travelers to Use Caution in Work Zones Across the State

Extra DWI Enforcement is currently on Minnesota roads

MnDOT/D.R.GonzalezST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use caution while driving through work zones during the July 4th holiday. “Some projects will have crews working Friday, Saturday and Monday, but all projects will be shut down on the Fourth of July holiday,” said Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “We ask drivers to pay attention in work…

Fireworks Sold in Wisconsin Recalled, Could Explode Unexpectedly

  MILWAUKEE (FOX 6 NOW) – The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled fireworks ahead of Fourth of July holiday weekend because of burn and injury hazards. The TNT Red, White, and Blue Smoke fireworks were sold at Walmart, Target, Meijer, Kroger, and Albertsons stores in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and Vermont from May through June. CPSC officials said the recalled…

UMD Testing Police Cameras

Officers are Wearing Body Cameras During Two Month Test

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota is taking steps to make campuses safer. The three campuses with police forces; Twin Cities, Morris and here in Duluth are testing body cameras. Two UMD police officers have been wearing cameras for a couple weeks, and will continue to wear them  for a two month trial period.  If all goes well, all…

Barnum House Fire Reported a Total Loss

BARNUM, Minn. – Crews responded to the report of thick black smoke in the 4100 block of County Road 138 in Barnum around 7:11 a.m. Monday, June 26, according to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies and fire fighters responded to the residence to find it completely engulfed. Authorities contacted the homeowner and confirmed no one was inside at the…

UMD Police to Get Body Cameras

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota university is testing body cameras on its police officers for the next two months. The Minnesota Daily  reports that the University of Minnesota Police Department started giving officers tester body cameras June 14. University police department Chief Matt Clark says the university’s Twin Cities, Duluth and Morris campuses are each testing different camera brands. Mike Berthelsen…

Carbon Monoxide Suspected in Woman’s Death on Boat in St. Croix River

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Photo Courtesy: FOX 9 ST. CROIX COUNTY, Wisc. (KMSP) – The St. Croix Sheriff’s Office says a 24-year-old woman died from possible carbon monoxide poisoning while aboard a boat over the weekend. The victim, Ashley Speer, was out on the St. Croix River with Justin Roskos and Hayden Johnson. They were supposed to camp at a beach, but never made…

Bemidji Woman Missing Since June 19

Photo Courtesy: Beltrami County Chief Deputy Sheriff BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. – A missing persons report was filed with the Bemidji Police Department on Friday, June 23 for 26-year-old Chelsea Batchelder, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. She was last seen by a family member at Batchelder’s residence in the 1200 block of Little Norway Avenue SE in Bemidji Township…

Police Canines Show Off Their Skills

Official Certification Trials Featured At Least Eight Local K-9 Teams

HERMANTOWN, Minn- The K-9s were out in full force this evening, but not for the bad guys. It was all part of the annual United States Police Canine Association. K-9s from departments all over the region put on a free demonstration at the Hermantown High School football field. But those demonstrations were serious business for the K-9s and officers as…

Twin Cities Pride Apologizes, Invites Police Officers to March in Parade

ALLIE JOHNSON - FOX 9

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Twin Cities Price organizers now say they will allow police officers to participate in the start of Sunday’s parade after receiving backlash for their decision to scale back law enforcement presence at the event. Earlier this week, Twin Cities Pride announced thy would have only one, unmarked police car – as required by law – to clear…

Downtown Duluth Traffic Signal Painting Project Set to Begin Monday

Temporary lane shifts and closures are expected

DULUTH, Minn. – An upcoming painting project to refresh 10 traffic signal systems in the downtown Duluth area over the summer is expected to begin on Monday, June 26, according to the City of Duluth. Each intersection will take approximately two weeks to complete, weather permitting. Lane shifts and closures will be required for painting. Motorists are asked to proceed…

WATCH: Road Rage Incident Triggers Crash in Santa Clarita

Katie Tschopp - Fox 11

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (FOX 11) – An apparent road rage incident was caught on camera in Santa Clarita in a video that’s gone viral. The video was posted to Facebook showing a crash that appears to be caused by road rage on the 14 Freeway. The Facebook post reads, “Driving on the 14 Fwy just before the Eternal Valley Cemetery,…

Car Crashes into Sweeper and Plow Truck on Mitchell Bridge in Hibbing

HIBBING, Minn.-A 2002 Saturn hit a Minnesota Department of Transportation Plow Truck and Elgin Street Sweeper who were conducting work zone operations on the Mitchell Bridge in Hibbing. At about 9:30 a.m. the driver of the car, identified as Ronald Hill, 43, of Keewatin first hit the plow and then continued on Elgin Street, hitting the sweeper in the southbound…

Wisconsin Police Department Gets Therapy Dog for the Force and Community

(WLUK/Alexa Santos) APPLETON, Wis. (WLUK) – A new addition to the Appleton Police Department will have a very important job to do. Patrolling the halls of the Appleton Police Department is Blue, the newest rookie officer in town. His main duty? Lifting the spirits of everyone in the department. Chief Todd Thomas got Blue, a 12-week-old golden doodle, to be…

Wisconsin Attorney General Visits Superior

Visit was Part of AG's Tour of the State

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel’s 72 county tour of the state stopped in Douglas County Wednesday.  His message to local leaders: we know you exist, and we want to help. The A.G. held a round-table discussion where officials told him about Douglas County’s serious drug problem.  Douglas Co. is Wisconsin’s only county ranked in the top ten…

Fire Burns Railroad Tracks Near Osaugie Trail

Area Affected is Little Used Stretch of BNSF Track

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Fire crews needed about 10 hours to battle an overnight fire by the Osaugie Trail. The fire started around 1:30 Wednesday morning on a little used stretch of track operated by the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad. Superior’s Battalion Chief Steve Edwards, says figuring out how the fire started won’t be easy. “Our fire investigator now will go…

Pride to Limit Police Participation in Parade after Castile Verdict

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Twin Cities Pride Parade 2016 – Fox 9 MINNEAPOLIS (KSMP) – Twin Cities Pride says it will limit police presence and participation in its annual parade and other festivities this year in response to the verdict in the Philando Castile case. Typically, several police departments roll down Hennepin Avenue as the first contingent in the parade to make sure the…

Safety Updates Coming to Barker’s Island Marina

Electrical Feed Upgrades and New Life Rings Will Be Added to the Docks

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Safety improvements are in the works at the popular Barker’s Island Marina. The Superior City Council voted to approve electrical feed upgrades to the docks and new life rings within the marina. “This is on the water. Safety is one of our biggest concerns down there and, again, this is one of several projects that we’ve done…

Minnesota Boating Safety Law Delayed

Sophia's Law Will Require Carbon Monoxide Detectors on Certain Boats

DULUTH, Minn. – A new boating safety law was expected to be in effect right now in Minnesota, but there’s been a hold up. Sophia’s Law was passed last year by the Minnesota legislature. The law is named after a seven-year-old girl who died in 2015 from carbon monoxide poisoning while napping on her family’s boat on Lake Minnetonka, near the Twin…

Apartment Dryer Fire Displaces Residents

Fire happened in the 100 block of West Railroad Drive N in Biwabik

GILBERT, Minn. – A small apartment fire has temporarily displaced residents in eight apartments in Biwabik, according to the Gilbert Police Department. Upon arrival at the complex in the 100 block of West Railroad Drive North, officers located a small fire in the laundry room of the complex. All residents were evacuated and no injuries have been reported. The cause…

Students Get Hands-On Look at Firefighting

20 Kids are Attending LSC's Fire Camp

DULUTH, Minn. – Local high school students are spending part of their summer learning what it takes to be a firefighter. Twenty kids are spending the week at Lake Superior College’s Fire Camp leaning from actual Duluth firefighters. Organizers hope the camp encourages kids to get into firefighting. “This is a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience and see…

Manhunt for U-P Jail Escapee

BESSEMER, Mich. – The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office and area departments on are the hunt for a man who escaped from the Gogebic County Jail Monday night. The escaped inmate is 26-year-old Daniel Ferguson. He was reported missing at 9:50 p.m. on Monday, June 19. He is described as 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, with hazel eyes and blonde hair….

Four Arrested and Formally Arrested on Drug Charges

1/4 Trahern Pollard Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 Stephanie Berndt Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 Robert Christen Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 Austin Edberg Show Caption Hide Caption   DULUTH, Minn. – Investigators form the Duluth Police Department and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant in the 1300 block of 105th Avenue West…

State Patrol Unveils Airplane Used to Track Aggressive Drivers

Tim Blotz - FOX 9

(KMSP) – The Minnesota State Patrol has a brand new way of tracking and stopping aggressive drivers. And in this case, you’ll never see them coming. To demonstrate the capabilities of the new surveillance airplane, State Patrol Captain Jim Englin gave Fox 9’s Tim Blotz a ride. “In the end, it’s going to save more lives than what any of us…

Roads Closed in Sawyer County After Severe Storms

5SAWYER COUNTY, Wis. – Due to severe storms on Sunday, June 11, the following highways and roads are closed in Sawyer County, according to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office. Ashegon Fire Lane in the Town of Radisson Larsen Road between CTH N and Devils Lake Road At this time there are no established detours, as crews work to repair damage…

MnDOT to Post Human Trafficking Messages at Rest Areas

Minnesota has the third highest number of human trafficking cases in the nation, according to the FBI

  ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced it will be installing posters at 41 rest areas across the state to educate the public about human trafficking. The posters include guidelines on how to recognize signs of human trafficking and potential victims, and a toll-free hotline to report any suspicious activity. Human trafficking often involves travel,…

Grandma’s Marathon Weekend Traffic Advisory

WILLIAM A. IRVIN 5K / GARRY BJORKLUND HALF MARATHON / GRANDMA'S MARATHON

DULUTH, Minn. – Events for the 41st annual Grandma’s Marathon weekend begin Friday evening and run through Saturday evening. The following advisories have been issued by the Duluth Police Department: Friday, June 16 – William A Irvin 5K:  Race begins at 6 p.m. Traffic on Harbor Drive behind the DECC will be closed beginning at 3 p.m. At 5:30 p.m….

Group Unveils $1M Plan to Address Super Bowl Sex Trafficking

Super Bowl LII will take place in Minneapolis in 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Community leaders have come up with a plan to fight sex trafficking during the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. The Star Tribune reports the 40-member group unveiled a plan Tuesday that includes billboard campaigns and statewide law enforcement stings. The effort is estimated to cost around $1 million. The group is made up of representatives from counties, nonprofits,…

Foot Patrol Officer Now Assigned To Downtown, Canal Park Beat

Officer To Build Relationships, Perform Long-Term Problem Solving

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is going old school in the way it patrols the downtown and Canal Park business districts. For the first time in a decade, a full-time police officer will now be on foot patrol, as FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports. It’s a new day for Duluth police officer Mike Jambor. There’s no squad car…

Cloquet Fire Leaves One Injured

CLOQUET, Minn.-A Cloquet home started on fire at 10 p.m. Sunday causing one person to be injured. Twenty-six firefighters came to scene and put out the blaze at about 1 a.m. Monday at 1715 Cloquet Avenue. Local fire authorities believe the fire started in an upstairs apartment. Five people were displaced during the fire, as the American Red Cross is helping them….

Superior Fire Department Honored for Work with Kids

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Superior firefighters were honored today for all the work they do with kids. Today there were given the Pediatric Champion of the Year award from an emergency medical services group. In particular, they were recognized for teaching local middle school students lifesaving skills. “Outreach is key, especially for the middle school students,” said Erica Kane of EMS for Children….

Sawyer County Deputies Respond to Explosion in Winter

VILLAGE OF WINTER, Wis. – A residence in the Village of Winter experienced an explosion on the afternoon of Thursday, June 8, according to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies and the Winter Fire Department responded to the call, assisted by several other agencies, including the DNR. Authorities report that the residence sustained extensive damage and two occupants were injured….

Fire Destroys Shed in Lakewood Twp.

No People or Animals Were in Shed at the Time

LAKEWOOD TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A fire destroyed a barn in Lakewood Township Saturday afternoon. Crews responded to the blaze in the 5100 block of Lester River Rd. around 4:30 p.m. and found a half moon shaped shed on fire. There were no people or livestock inside the shed and there were no injuries reported, but the shed was destroyed. Officials…

4th Annual Operation K-9

Area Agencies Show Off Dogs Capabilities

Superior, Wis. More than a dozen Northland K-9 teams demonstrated their skills in front of a massive crowd today at AMSOIL Center in Superior. “Its really cool to be here to show off the dogs skills. What they can actually do and allow the public to have this close interaction with these dogs,” Sgt. Brandon Silgjord of St. Louis County…

Students Get Hands-On Experience at Minnesota Wildfire Academy

Students from nine states throughout the region are going through extensive training to learn about safely combating wildfires

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Hundreds of people are in Grand Rapids this week for the Minnesota Wildfire Academy. Students from nine states throughout the region are going through extensive training to learn about safely combating wildfires. On Thursday, some of the new recruits got to watch a simulated air operation and get hands–on experience of some firefighting basics. Instructors say…

Cloquet Police Chief Exonerated, Retires; What’s Next?

CLOQUET, Minn. – After a three-month investigation, Cloquet’s police chief, Steve Stracek, is cleared of that “vote of no confidence” complaint by officers of his own department. It’s part of a separation agreement between Stracek and the city, which includes Stracek retiring Thursday. And now, for the first time since the investigation began in March, a longtime police commander is…

WisDOT Warns Drivers of Increased Potential Deer/Vehicle Crashes in June

20,413 deer/vehicle crashes were reported by Wisconsin law enforcement agencies in 2016

MADISON, Wis. – Safety officials with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation are cautioning motorists about the increased potential of deer darting across roadways over the next several weeks. Deer activity spikes in June as does search for places to give birth and fawns separate from their mothers. June ranks higher than fall months for motorists getting injured in deer vs….

Cloquet Police Chief Found with No Wrongdoiong, but Will Retire

This All Comes After A Long Council Meeting Last Night

CLOQUET, Minn.-The Cloquet City Council ended up having a long session going into the early morning hours Wednesday to determine the fate of Police Chief Steve Stracek. At about 2:30 a.m., the council announced that Stracek has been cleared of any wrongdoing, but will retire on Thursday. Councilors told Fox 21 his attorney, along with the city’s, met for hours…

4th Worker Dies After Wisconsin Mill Explosion

The explosion happened on Thursday, June 1

(WISN via AP) CAMBRIA, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin company says a fourth worker has died after an explosion at its corn milling plant. Didion Milling released a statement saying 46-year-old Angel Reyes died Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. The company says Reyes was a pack operator at the plant and died from injuries he suffered…

Fatal Accident on Highway 77 in Hayward

Incident happened at STH 77 and Peninsula Rd.

HAYWARD, Wis. – First responders responded to a single vehicle crash on State Highway 77 in Hayward just before 5:20 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, who authorities identified as Anthony Jalowitz, 52, of Hayward, was pronounced dead at the scene. The initial investigation revealed that the vehicle had…