Public Safety

Bomb Threat Identical To Esko One Causes Evacuation Of Cloquet Middle And High Schools

CLOQUET, Minn. — The Cloquet middle school and high school were evacuated on Wednesday after a bomb threat was called into the high school over the phone, and both buildings have now been given the all-clear by police. Cloquet police say the bomb threat seemed to be the exact same one that was called into Esko High School last month,…

Decontamination Trailer Donated to Superior Fire Department, Will be Used Across Northwest Wisconsin

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A new piece of equipment will help firefighters in Superior get clean faster and easier when they are out on certain calls. Enbridge has donated a $400,000 53-foot decontamination trailer to the city.  Jeff Foster Trucking is also assisting by storing the trailer at their location, and having people available to move it to a scene when needed….

Bayfield Community Helping 8 Displaced Recover from Ashes of Saturday Apartment Fire

The building was one of the oldest in the city, and the only affordable housing in the small tourist town.

BAYFIELD, Wis.- After a massive apartment fire Saturday, it was a bleaker Easter Sunday in Bayfield as residents drove by to look at the burnt-down remains of one of the town’s oldest structures — and only affordable housing unit — while helping the displaced rise from the ashes and try to get back on their feet. “I saw some smoke…

Fire Destroys Bayfield Apartment Building, Displaces 6 Families

BAYFIELD, Wis.- 6 families have been displaced by a fire that destroyed an apartment building in downtown Bayfield Saturday, which burned into the night. According to Bayfield Fire Chief Jeff Boutin, the fire started around 12:30 at the building on Mannypenny Avenue & South Broad Street. Photo: Jon Armstrong Witnesses nearby said part of the wall collapsed, damaging a neighboring…

Boy, 10, Shot Dead while in Minneapolis Apartment with Minor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Police say a 10-year-old boy was fatally shot while he and another juvenile family member were alone in a downtown Minneapolis apartment. The shooting happened late Friday. Police say they were called to the apartment to find the 10-year-old boy with a life-threatening gunshot wound. The child died at a hospital. Police have not released the age…

Homeowner Arrested on Arson-Related Charges after House Catches Fire in Britt

Photo: Friends of the Northland FireWire BRITT, Minn.- A homeowner has been arrested by St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputies Friday on arson-related charges after a fire at his home in Britt. According to deputies, around 12:14 p.m. St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a house fire in the 8600 block of Donnywood Circle W. A neighbor reported flames coming…

St Louis County Sheriff’s Office: Esko Man Charged with Shooting Wrenshall Man While Waiting for Drug Sale Sunday

Webster was convicted of First-Degree Drug sale in 2021, which prohibits him from possessing a firearm, investigators said. 

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn.- A 29-year-old man from Esko has been charged with assault and possession of a firearm, arrested after a man from Wrenshall was found shot in his legs along I-35 Sunday. According to the criminal complaint, on Sunday St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputies located a man bleeding on both legs on I-35 just south of the Proctor…

Minnesota State Patrol Is Hiring, No Law Enforcement Experience Required

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota State Patrol is looking to fill about 100 patrol positions across the state over the next year, including Duluth. No law enforcement experience is required. All one needs is a two or four-year degree of any kind. The State Patrol does the rest by paying for a person’s three months of peace officer training and…

MN Tornado Destroys Half Of Community’s Homes, Cleanup Underway

Associated Press TAOPI, Minn. – Residents of a small farming community in southeastern Minnesota are working to recover from a devastating tornado that destroyed half of the town’s homes, toppled tall trees and left piles of debris in its wake. A tornado with winds of more than 110 mph struck Taopi near the Iowa border late Tuesday night, tearing the…

Esko Man Arrested After Victim Found Shot In Legs Along I-35

MIDWAY TOWNSHIP, Minn. – An Esko man is being held on preliminary charges of 2nd degree attempted murder and 2nd degree assault after a man was shot in the legs Sunday afternoon in Midway Township. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the 39-year-old victim from Wrenshall was seen Sunday afternoon around 1:20 p.m. limping on the shoulder of…

UPDATE: NYPD Locates Van Sought in Brooklyn Subway Shooting

New York City Police Department personnel gather at the entrance to a subway stop in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Five people were shot Tuesday morning at a subway station in Brooklyn, New York, law enforcement sources said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) NEW YORK (AP) – New York City police have found an unoccupied U-Haul van…

Plea Deal Rejected By 3 Ex-Officers In George Floyd’s Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Prosecutors have revealed that they offered plea deals to three former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting the murder of George Floyd, but say the defendants rejected them. Judge Peter Cahill held a Monday evening hearing mostly to consider whether he has the authority to allow live video coverage of the upcoming trial set for…

Duluth Fire Dept: Sunday Grass Fire a Reminder Brush Burns Easier in Spring

Crews knocked that 1 acre fire down within a couple of hours.

DULUTH, Minn.- A brush fire Sunday out in Gary New Duluth is a reminder, firefighters say, that we’re entering one of the seasons where grass and wildland fires are common. According to firefighters out at Station 10 in Gary, sparks from railway tracks off Becks Road, which is near Grand Avenue, likely started a brush fire that burned for about…

Duluth Council To Vote To Support $25M In State Surplus For 148th Fighter Wing’s Future

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota lawmakers are working on bi-partisan legislation to spend $25 million from the state’s budget surplus to upgrade the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth for future success. It’s a move in St. Paul that has Duluth City Council President Arik Forsman, Vice President Janet Kennedy and Councilor Renee Van Nett co-sponsoring an amended…

April Marks Distracting Driving Awareness Month, A Deadly Problem On American Roads

Looking down at your phone for just five seconds while behind-the-wheel at 55 mph is like driving the length of a football field while blindfolded. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and during a virtual conference on Monday about the devastating consequences of not paying attention on the road, a Maryland woman spoke about a tragedy that she caused. Investigators…

Fire Department Participates in Severe Weather Awareness Week

Duluth Fire Department Chief Krizaj Shares with Us the Importance of Emergency Alerts and Warnings

This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Duluth Fire Department takes a management role with alert systems and warnings when severe weather is approaching. They decided to focus on different severe weather related topics on their social media throughout the week. Duluth Fire Department Chief Shawn Krizaj describes the department’s reliance on local weather…

Superior Police Chief Releases Dash Cam Video of Squad Car v.s. Pedestrian Incident as DOJ Hands Investigation to District Attorney

Chief Nicholas Alexander "does not anticipate any disciplinary action" to be taken.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- After a Wisconsin Department of Justice review, Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander says the officer who allegedly ran over a person in his squad car in February will likely not receive any punishment for what he calls “a tragic and unfortunate accident.” According to the Chief, while investigating an alleged vehicle prowler on February 19th, an officer turned…

Poultry Sales, Exhibits Temporarily Banned due to Bird Flu

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota animal health officials are imposing a ban on all poultry sales and exhibitions through the month of April after the presence of bird flu was found in the state. The ban, which includes poultry community sales, swaps, fairs, exhibitions, and other events where birds are brought together, is effective Friday and lasts through May…

Duluth Police Department Releases Demographic Disparity Analysis Results

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department held a public forum Wednesday addressing the results from the Demographic Disparity Analysis. The analysis was done by a third party researcher, Bob Scales from Police Strategies LLC, to better understand data and recognize demographic disparities the department may be partaking in. The DPD decided to do the study after the NAACP called…

Superior Police Now Accepts Incident Reports Online

Citizens will receive a report case number and can print a copy of their police report for free.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior citizens can now file police incident reports that don’t require emergency response online, with the Citizens Online Reporting System. Citizens can find the system on the City of Superior website and use it to file online reports for many types of incidents that don’t require an emergency response. The reports will generally be reviewed within several hours…

Sheriff’s Office: Esko Bomb Threat Came From Another Continent

ESKO, Minn. — The March 17th anonymous call that claimed an explosive device was inside an Esko Public Schools classroom and caused the entire campus to evacuate came from someone who didn’t even live in North America, according to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office. A lieutenant tells FOX21 that the call originated from Africa, but it is unclear which country…

Bird Flu Confirmed in Two Minnesota Poultry Flocks

The state Board of Animal Health says the poultry flocks are in Meeker and Mower counties.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The bird flu has been confirmed in two poultry flocks in Minnesota. The state Board of Animal Health says the poultry flocks are in Meeker and Mower counties. Samples collected from both flocks were tested on March 25 and confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture The state Board of Animal Health says it’s the first confirmed…

Two Duluth Men Arrested, 52g of Heroin/Fentanyl Seized in Ongoing Drug Investigation

Investigators also seized $1,685 in cash, drug packaging, and other evidence of drug sales. 

DULUTH, Minn.- A 33-year-old and 29-year-old, both from Duluth, were arrested in a home in Central Hillside by Duluth Police Officers and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force (LSDVCTF), as part of an ongoing drug investigation. According to a spokesperson with the Duluth Police Department, around 1:42 p.m. Friday, the Task Force executed a search warrant of…

Babbitt Police Officer Uses Taser to Help Arrest Suspect who Allegedly Rammed Into, Fled St. Louis County Deputy

The Deputy was still in the car when the suspect allegedly rammed into him. Law Enforcement said he later headbutted the Babbitt officer.

KUGLER TWP, Minn.- A 47-year-old man was arrested Friday using “less lethal” tactics after an alleged vehicle chase and violent encounter with a Babbitt Police Officer and St. Louis County Deputy, which left them both injured. According to a spokesperson with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the Deputy tried to perform a traffic stop on Wahlsten road for suspicious…

Wisconsin Dad Wants Cop Charged For Restraint Of Daughter

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin father is demanding that prosecutors charge an off-duty police officer who appears to have briefly pressed his knee into his 12-year-old daughter’s neck similar to how Derek Chauvin restrained George Floyd. Surveillance video appears to show off-duty Kenosha Police Officer Shawn Guetschow press his knee into Jerrel Perez’s daughter’s neck for about 25 seconds…

Early Morning Fire Destroys Side Lake Liquor on Iron Range

Photo: Friends of the Northland FireWire FRENCH TWP., Minn.- Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire Saturday that burned an Iron Range Liquor Store down. According to a spokesperson with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, around 7:05 a.m. Saturday, deputies and several fire departments responded to a structure fire at the Side Lake Liquor store in French township….

Bomb Threat Prankster Creates Large Evacuation At Esko Public Schools

No explosive device was located after an extensive search by authorities.

ESKO, Minn. – Some scary moments unfolded for more than 1,000 students and staff at Esko Public Schools Wednesday after a bomb threat at the High School. The threat was called in to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office around 12:50 p.m. The anonymous 911 caller said an explosive device was seen in an Esko High School classroom, according to authorities….

Esko Schools Evacuated Over Anonymous Call Of A Bomb Threat

UPDATE – ESKO, Minn. –The evacuation on Thursday afternoon at Esko Public Schools was due to a bomb threat that was made by an anonymous caller, according to the school administration. The school district says that Carlton County 911 dispatchers received a call from an unknown person claiming that an explosive device was spotted inside one of the high school’s…

Gordon Ramsay Becomes Third Candidate For St. Louis County Sheriff

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay was in Hibbing and Duluth Wednesday to announce his run for St. Louis County Sheriff. Ramsay was raised in Duluth and got a Bachelor’s degree at UMD and Master’s at CSS. He served as police chief from 2006 to 2016 before becoming chief of police in Wichita, Kansas. Ramsay said his…

Fire Officials: Stay Off Lake Superior’s Ice As Temps Rise Above Freezing

DULUTH, Minn. – The deadline to get those ice fishing shelters off the water for the season may be Monday, but the boost in melting air and more of it to come this weekend have officials hoping they don’t have to respond to any emergencies, especially on Lake Superior. “There’s never really a safe time to be on the ice….

Former Duluth Police Chief Joins Race For St. Louis County Sheriff

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay is officially in the race for St. Louis County Sheriff. Ramsay joins two other candidates for the job — St. Louis County Undersheriff Jason Lukovsky and Moose Lake police officer Chad Walsh. “Reducing crime in the county is goal number one,” said Ramsay in a news release Tuesday. “To do that…

Duluth Crews To Remove Snow In Downtown Business District Wed., Thurs.

DULUTH, Minn. – With spring-like air on the way, the city of Duluth will be removing piles of snow throughout the Downtown Business District this week. Starting Wednesday, crews will begin removing snow on Michigan Street from 6th Avenue West to 3rd Avenue East. Then on Thursday, crews will remove snow from 6th Avenue West down to Michigan on the…

Senators Klobuchar, Smith Secure Funding For Lift Bridge, Duluth 911

DULUTH, Minn. – More than $1 million in federal funding is headed to Duluth to revitalize the Aerial Lift Bridge and modernize the city’s 911 system. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, both Democrats representing Minnesota, made the announcement Monday. They say $500,000 will go to infrastructure improvements on the Lift Bridge and $750,000 will help modernize the Duluth…

Minnesota DNR: Clear Ice Houses Off Northern Lakes By March 21st

If you have any trouble, officials say to just contact your local DNR officer for help.

DULUTH, Minn.- The deadline is nearing for Minnesota anglers on frozen lakes north of Highway 2 and 10 to bring their ice houses back to shore. Midnight on March 21st is the cutoff for the Northern part of the state — a couple of weeks later than the March 7th deadline for Southern Minnesota, as the ice stays thicker longer…

Snapshots Of 4 Men Charged In Whitmer Kidnapping Plot

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — After more than two days of testimony, jurors have unflattering snapshots of four men who are charged with planning to strike back against government by kidnapping Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer from her weekend home. Prosecutors introduced videos, messages and secretly recorded conversations full of antigovernment screeds, mostly expressed by Barry Croft Jr. and Adam Fox, who are described…

Liberal US Cities Change Course, Now Clearing Homeless Camps

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Makeshift shelters abut busy roadways, tent cities line sidewalks, tarps cover broken-down cars, and sleeping bags are tucked in storefront doorways. The reality of the homelessness crisis in Oregon’s largest city can’t be denied. “I would be an idiot to sit here and tell you that things are better today than they were five years ago…

Coast Guard Cutter Spar Headed to New Home in Duluth

The Coast Guard Cutter Alder left Duluth for Baltimore in mid-June 2021 and is expected to move to its new homeport in San Francisco this summer.

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Cutter SPAR Facebook Page DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spar is traveling from Baltimore to its new homeport in Duluth. The crew’s duties will include maintaining aids to navigation, domestic icebreaking, search and rescue, and law enforcement. The Spar was commissioned in 2001 and originally based in Kodiak, Alaska. The 225-foot buoy…

Cause Of Superior Warehouse Fire Ruled ‘Undetermined’

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Fire Department has ended its investigation without a cause of a massive January warehouse fire that took down two historic buildings on the city’s North End near the Blatnik Bridge. Camron Vollbrecht, battalion chief for the Superior Fire Department, said investigators were able to determine the fire appears to have started in the northern half…

Officials: 7 Dead After Tornadoes Tore Through Central Iowa

Betty Hope of Winterset, Iowa, searches for items worth keeping at her home as cleanup efforts are underway on Sunday, March 6, 2022, after a tornado tore through an area southwest of town on Saturday. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP) WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say seven people are dead after tornadoes swept through central Iowa, destroying homes,…

Gov. Walz Directs State Agencies To End Russian Contracts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz has directed state agencies to terminate any contracts with Russian entities to punish the country for invading Ukraine. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Walz issued an executive order on Friday directing more than two dozen state agencies to end their contracts. He also asked his cabinet not to enter into any future contracts…

Some City of Duluth Plow Drivers Refuse to Work Overtime For Saturday Storm as Union Members Prepare to Vote on Contract Agreement

On Saturday city officials said snowplows would be out for this storm through the city, but the fleet would be operating fewer than normal.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some plow drivers refused to come in to work overtime for this weekend’s winter storm as the City of Duluth says their contract requires them to do. While the reasoning is unclear at this time, this comes as a tentative contract agreement was reached in the 11th hour between union workers and the city administration. On Saturday city…

Duluth Police Chief Testifies For ‘Statewide Missing And Murdered Indigenous Fund’

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Duluth’s newly created Missing and Murdered Indigenous Fund is gaining attention as the state capitol. Members of the Minnesota House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Committee met Thursday to hear testimony from members involved with the fund, including Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken. The bill would create a reward fund to help get information and…

Wisconsin Prisons To Allow In-Person Visits Again

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin prisons will allow in-person visits again beginning next week as COVID-19 cases continue to decline. Department of Corrections officials said Friday that they will reopen their facilities to visitors starting Tuesday. The prison system initially closed its doors to visitors in March 2020 as the pandemic was taking hold. The DOC reopened to visits in…

Sentence, State Trial Loom For Ex-Cops In Floyd’s Killing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Three former Minneapolis police officers convicted of violating George Floyd’s civil rights now face federal sentences that one expert says could range from less than five years in prison to as much as the 25 years prosecutors are seeking for Derek Chauvin. A comprehensive process to determine how that plays out could take months. Meanwhile, the officers…

Duluth Police: 20-Year-Old Arrested in Alleged Baseball Bat Assault in Central Hillside Friday

Investigators learned someone living at one of the apartments allegedly assaulted a resident of another apartment with a baseball bat. 

DULUTH, Minn.- A 20-year-old man is in jail after an assault with a baseball bat occurred in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood Friday. According to a spokesperson with the Duluth Police Department, at 3:15 p.m. Friday officers responded to an assault at an address in the 300 Block of North 2nd Avenue East. Investigators learned someone living at one of the…

Gov. Walz Visits Duluth to Discuss what $300 Million Public Safety Proposal Could Mean for City

Duluth would receive about $1.5 million per year from the budget surplus for public safety improvements.

DULUTH, Minn.- Governor Tim Walz stopped in Duluth, as part of his statewide public safety tour to discuss what his $300 million public safety plan could mean for the city. Duluth would receive about $1.5 million per year from the budget surplus for public safety improvements. The Governor says it’s important these measures address not only crime and arrests, but…