Public Safety

2 Injured in Train, Vehicle Crash near Bemidji

LAMMERS TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Around 2:10 p.m. on Sunday July 16, authorities responded to the call of a crash involving a BNSF Train and pickup truck at the railroad crossing located on Centerline Rd NW just south of Highway 2 in Lammers Township, 12 miles west of Bemidji, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department. When officers arrived on scene,…

City Looking to Make Pavement and Sidewalk Improvements on 4th Street

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is working to make improvements to the sidewalks and pavement along 4th Street from Mesaba Avenue to 6th Avenue East. Preparations are underway and is estimated to take around 6 weeks to complete. Various stretches of 4th Street will be marked as no parking to accommodate the sidewalk and pavement patching work. Construction…

Cleanup Begins at West Duluth Housing Complex

The Building's Roof on West Third Street in Duluth Collapsed June 5

DULUTH, Minn. – Construction work started Friday afternoon at a West Duluth housing complex just weeks after the roof collapsed, displacing residents. The Red Cross responded to the building on West Third Street in the Lincoln Park neighborhood during the morning of June 5. Authorities say the building was vacant at the time of the incident. A neighboring building was…

Fire Deaths Up 36 Percent from 2016

MINNESOTA – The Minnesota State Fire Marshal reports that fire deaths are up 36-percent compared to this time last year, according to preliminary numbers. According to the preliminary data, 30 people have died in fires in 2017, and by July last year, 22 people had died. The most recent fatality was reported just last week on July 28, when John…

Over 300 Agencies to Crack Down on Speeding

The Minnesota State Patrol is Partnering with Local Agencies from July 7-23

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting Friday, July 7, the Minnesota State Patrol will be joining forces with 300 local agencies across the state to crack down on speeding. The partnership comes as Minnesotans drive through the 100 deadliest days of summer on Minnesota roadways. According to the State Patrol, 92 people lost their lives last year on Minnesota roads due to…

One Dead in Train vs. Road Grader Crash

TOIVOLA TOWNSHIP, Minn. – The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reports that a driver of a road grader died in a collision with a train late Thursday morning. Deputies responded to the area and located the crash at the intersection of Zim Road and Maki Road in Toivola Township. The driver of the road grader, Walter Maki Jr., of Hibbing,…

LOCATED: Leah Buehring, of Duluth

Last seen on July 1

Leah Buehring Leah was located on July 7, and according to authorities is safe. DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 17-year-old female. Leah Buehring, 17, is described as a white female, 5’7″, 180 pounds, brown hair, with hazel eyes. She was last seen on July 1, in the 4000 block…

LCP Works to Restore Power in Grand Rapids, Kettle River Areas

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Thursday morning’s fast moving thunderstorms affected electric service for more than 1,200 Lake Country Power members. As of 9 a.m. Thursday, crews repaired service to more than 570 members. Those affected were primarily in the Grand Rapids and Kettle River areas. LCP crews will be working to restore service today. Line crews from Mountain Iron are…

Gov. Dayton Urges New Police Training Fund to be Named after Philando Castile

Dayton also appoints Castile's uncle to the Peace Office Standards Training Board

Joined by family of Philando Castile, Governor Dayton recommends new law enforcement training fund be named in memory of Philando Castile. ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton today issued a letter to the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board, requesting that its members name a new law enforcement training fund in memory of Philando Castile, who was tragically…

Minnesota Man Faces 10th Drunken Driving Offense

He was arrested by the Wisconsin State Patrol

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Wisconsin State Patrol arrested a 47-year-old Minnesota man for drunken driving, which would be his 10th offense, if convicted. The Star Tribune reports that a trooper stopped Lawrence LaPole, of Rosemount, around 10:07 p.m. Tuesday in Elk Mound, Wisconsin. He was charged with drunken driving, failure to install an ignition interlock device, operating a motor vehicle…

Officials Investigating Drowning on East Bear Lake in Michigan

Incident happened on Sunday, July 2

GOGEBIC COUNTY, Mich. – The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an apparent drowning that happened Sunday evening at East Bear Lake of the Sylvania Wilderness Area in Watersmeet Township. Authorities say they were notified of the incident around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Information from witnesses states that all but one of the campers was out of the water and…

Experts Urge People to Stay Safe While Enjoying Fireworks

Fireworks Start Around 20,000 Fires Per Year in U.S.

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Independence Day is around the corner, and many people are looking forward to celebrating with fireworks, but experts say it’s important to keep safety in mind. Fireworks start around 20,000 fires per year. And though permits are required for aerial fireworks in both Duluth and Superior, 33 percent of all firework injuries are caused by sparklers that are…

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

FOX 9 - KMSP

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

FOX 9 - KMSP

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….