Public Safety

Judge Orders Spectrum Brands to Pay $1.9M in Civil Penalties

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin-based consumer products company has been ordered to pay $1.9 million in civil penalties for waiting to report a defect in coffee carafes that resulted in injuries to nearly 70 people, and for continuing to sell the carafes even after they were recalled. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that U.S. District Judge William Conley issued…

UMD Takes Back The Night

Public Forum To Unite Efforts For Those Impacted By Violence

DULUTH, Minn- Wednesday, the campus of UMD vowed to ‘Take Back the Night.’ It’s an event held every year where students and faculty gather to show their support for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Take Back the Night is a public forum to unite efforts to provide the space for individuals who have been impacted by violence to heal….

Duluth Vigil Held In Honor Of Those Killed In Vegas Massacre

Vigil Was Held At Peace United Church of Christ

DULUTH, Minn. – America and the Northland continue to mourn after one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history.  Dozens of Duluthians were invited Wednesday to Peace United Church of Christ to remember the lives lost in Las Vegas. People lit candles and emotions built up during prayer. Members of the church even read the names of dozens of victims…

Coleraine Crash Leaves 2 Injured

COLERAINE, Minn. – The Minnesota State Patrol reports a crash took place on Highway 169 in Coleraine around 10:19 Wednesday morning. According to the police report after initial investigation, a pickup driven by Timothy Dwyer, of Grand Rapids, was traveling eastbound on Highway 169 when a passenger vehicle, driven by Andrew Francisco, 36, of Deer River, was driving on the…

Power Outage on Central Entrance

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has notified FOX 21 of a power outage up on Central Entrance in Duluth. This outage has also impacted traffic signals in the area. Duluth PD says they are not currently directing traffic in the area and Public Works has not put signage out. Drivers are asked to pay attention and be alert…

Staying Safe This Season in the Woods

Minnesota DNR Offers Tips to Stay Safe When Hunting, Hiking or Spending Time in the Forest

DULUTH, Minn. – Within the past month, search and rescue teams have been dispatched to numerous calls involving lost individuals in the woods. The calls, coming weeks before thousands more people will enter into the forest for the firearm deer season. As the season pushes closer, local law enforcement and the Minnesota DNR want to remind anyone heading into the…

Duluth Crews Work to Correct Sanitary Sewer Release on Park Point

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth Public Works and Utilities has identified minor sanitary sewer releases along Minnesota Avenue from 18th to 20th Streets and is working to address the situation. Officials say the release is a result of high levels of ground water that is infiltrating the sanitary sewer from the record levels of Lake Superior. The public…

Body Discovered Off Becks Road in Maple

MAPLE, Wis. – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has reported that the body of an adult male was discovered in a wooded area off of Becks Road in Maple Township Tuesday afternoon. An autopsy will be performed to positively identify the individual and determine a cause of death. The incident remains under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Categories:…

OSHA Investigating Construction Accident in Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of an accident at a residence under construction. The incident happened in the 1600 block of Pamela Court NW in Bemidji and according to witnesses, Kemuel Beighley, 69, of Hines, Minnesota, was working on scaffolding and hanging sheetrock when he fell…

Highway Projects in Hibbing On Schedule Despite Rain

Photo: MnDOT DULUTH, Minn. – Highway projects in Hibbing are on schedule despite the rainy weather, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Paving on Highway 169 remains set to be completed by the end of the week. Next week, crews will complete pavement markings and shouldering. Traffic control will be removed once the work on Hwy 169 is complete….

Duluthians Share First Hand Experience During Vegas Shooting

LAS VEGAS, NV- FOX 21 sat down with two Duluthians via Facebook messenger earlier this afternoon, who described first hand the horrible events from last night’s attack. 28-year-old Briana Hess and 32-year-old Jolene Luczak share their story. “It started again, da da da da da da da and Jason Aldean, he kind of hesitated and then he turned around and…

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Minnesota Sex Offender Case

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court won’t hear a challenge to Minnesota’s sex offender civil commitment system, which allows people deemed sexually dangerous to be committed to a treatment facility for an indefinite period of time. The court’s order, which declines to hear the case, came Monday. According to the sex offenders who brought the lawsuit, more than 700 people…

UPDATE: More than 50 Dead After Gunfire Rings Out at Las Vegas Music Festival

Officials Say the Gunman Killed Himself

LAS VEGAS – LAS VEGAS (AP) — A gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas casino unleashed a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 50 people as tens of thousands of concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives, officials said Monday. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S….

Ashland Co. Authorities Searching for Missing Man

Shane Cadotte UPDATE: Cadotte was discovered deceased in Sanborn on Thursday, Sept. 28. ASHLAND, Wis. – The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help on the whereabouts of Shane A Cadotte who has been reported missing, possibly under circumstances indicated that he is endangered or has been harmed. Shane Cadotte, 39 is described as a Native American male, 5’8″…

Body Recovered from Storm Sewer along Lakewalk

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police have confirmed that human remains were recovered from a storm sewer line along the Lakewalk in Duluth. Authorities responded to the Lakewalk Restrooms around 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28. The report indicated a possible body in the storm sewer located there, according to police. Public Works members discovered what appeared to be a body…

Rail Safety Week in Wisconsin

Sept. 24-30

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The week of September 24-30 has been declared Rail Safety Week by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has teamed up with the Office of the Commissioner of Railroads, Wisconsin Operation Life Saver, and Federal Railroad Administration to increase awareness and educate the public on railroad safety. Operation Lifesaver says slowing down and being…

Hunter Located After Missing for 4 Days in Chippewa National Forest

WALKER, Minn. – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday, Sept. 25, at 2:15 p.m., they received the report of a missing hunter in rural Boy Lake Township, north of Remer. Deputies responded to the call and learned that an adult male, identified as 57-year-old Patrick Feiner, of South St. Paul, was missing from his hunting camp and…

Northern Regional Safety Day Trains Local Professionals

Conference Educates Business Leaders on Health and Safety Solutions

DULUTH, Minn. – Preparing for the unthinkable; that’s what hundreds of workers at the Northern Regional Safety Day Conference trained for. This year, preparing for emergencies also means understanding that the opioid epidemic might have an impact on workforce safety. The Safety Day is a unique training opportunity for local businesses and organizations to learn how to improve safety across…

Red Flag Warning in Place on Park Point Beaches

EFFECTIVE SEPT. 26, 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – Due to a high risk of rip currents in Lake Superior today, the Duluth Fire Department has issued a warning for dangerous swimming conditions for Park Point beaches. The red flag is effective immediately and continues until 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26. This warning means that wind and wave conditions can support rip currents, which are life-threatening…

Grand Rapids Man Involved in OHV Crash near Bemidji

BELTRAMI CO., Minn. – A Grand Rapids man was involved in an Off-Highway Vehicle crash 50 miles northeast of Bemidji, on Friday, Sept. 22, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities responded to the call around 5:11 p.m. Crews arrived on scene at the junction of Flowing Well Road (Co. Rd. 107) and Flowing Well Trail in Kelliher Township….

Duluth Councilors Set 2018 Maximum Levy, Reduce Police/Fire Cuts

Property Tax Increase At 6.43 Percent Equals $25 More A Year On $160,000 Home

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth city councilors have fulfilled their state duty to set the maximum operating levy for 2018 to a number higher than Mayor Emily Larson has proposed. In a 7–2 vote Monday night, councilors voted to increase the maximum 2018 levy from Mayor Larson’s 4 percent to 6.43 percent, which councilors say would allow more funding to the…

Diving Instructor Offers Safety Advice

SCUBA Divers Always Check Weather and Wave Conditions

DULUTH, Minn. – Diving instructors want to remind people to take safety precautions. They say it’s important to get certified as a SCUBA diver by taking a twenty hour program that includes textbook reading plus pool and open water training. Experienced divers always check weather and wave conditions before heading out. “You want to come back alive, definitely you want…

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Sturgeon Lake

STURGEON LAKE, Minn. – The Pine County Sheriff’s Office reports that a Sturgeon Lake man is dead after a motorcycle accident on Northstar Drive in Sturgeon Lake. Authorities received the call at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, and when deputies arrived on scene, they found a single motorcycle off the roadway. It appeared that the motorcycle had struck nearby…

Man Drives Car Off Ledge, Reported To Be OK

Man Hit Accelerator Instead Of Break A Flew Off Ledge

DULUTH, Minn. According to the police report the 89 year old male pressed the accelerator instead of the break sending his car through a metal fence and off a more than 10 foot ledge onto London Rd. Police say the man was then able to still drive his car back into the McDonald’s parking lot The man was not given…

Duluth Police Investigating Shooting

Male, 19 Showed Up At Local Hospital With Gun Shot Wound

According to police, last night at 10:17 pm Duluth police responded to a local hospital on the report that a male had come in to be treated for a gunshot wound to the hand and leg. Police say the 19 year old victim had what appears to be a non–life threatening single gunshot wound that went through his hand and…

One Dead After Crash in Pine River Township

PINE RIVER TWP, Minn. – An 18-year-old is dead after an accident on 24th Avenue SW (Co. Rd. 42) in Pine River Township in rural Pine River, according to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities responded to the call of a single vehicle crash around 3:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Responders arrived on scene to find a 1993 Ford Ranger pickup…

Car Versus Motorcycle Crash in Esko

ESKO, Minn. – Early Thursday morning just before 5 a.m., the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office received the report of debris all over the roadway at Stillmeadow Road and Juntunen Road in Esko. The reporting party also stated a male wearing a reflective jacket was stumbling between the roadway and the ditch; they believed maybe a motorcycle had wiped out, according to…

Lost Hunter Located in Nemadji Forest

PINE COUNTY, Minn. – Around 6:45 a.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 19, the Pine County Sheriff’s Office received information about a lost hunter in the Nemadji Forest area of Pine County. The missing hunter was the caller and due to poor cell phone connectivity, information at the time was limited. Deputies responded to the area the call was believed to have…

Missing Pennsylvania Teen Located in the Twin Cities

UPDATE: Victoria Grimaldi was located safe earlier Thursday afternoon by a BCA special agent and North St. Paul officer. Victoria Grimaldi MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has issued a statewide alert on behalf of the West Whiteland, Pennsylvania Police Department for a missing 15-year-old girl who could be in Minnesota. Victoria Lynn Grimaldi was last seen at Henderson High…

Fiat Chrysler Recalling 494,417 Ram Trucks for Safety Issue

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling almost half a million Ram heavy-duty pickups and medium-duty trucks because their water pumps could be defective. The recall involves Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs from the 2013 to 2017 model years. All 494,417 of the vehicles involved have 6.7-liter engines. Most of the trucks…

Conference Aims to Educate Seniors About Scams Online and Over the Phone

DULUTH, Minn. — They’re more dangerous than telemarketers or spam email; they’re scam artists out to steal our identities or our private information. And they’re the topic of an educational conference at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth earlier this morning. The “Scam Jam” is put on by the Better Business Bureau and AARP Minnesota. It’s a free event aimed at…

Local Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Red Light Runners

Local Authorities Start Toward Zero Deaths Campaign

DULUTH, Minn.-Have you ever run a red light? Well, the next time you do it, you have a good chance of getting caught as local authorities are targeting those who do it in there Toward Zero Deaths campaign. Organizers say the goal of the campaign is not to issue tickets, but to raise awareness about paying more attention to traffic…

Early Morning Vehicle Chase in Virginia

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, Virginia Police attempted to stop a vehicle near the intersection of 6th Avenue North and 9th Street North, but the vehicle fled, heading east then southbound on 2nd Avenue South, according to the Virginia Police Department. The suspect was traveling 65 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. When…

Mayor Emily Larson Defends 2018 Proposed Budget Cuts

Larson: Officers, Firefighters Won't Lose Jobs

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson is defending her 2018 budget proposal that includes $2.1 million in cuts spread out throughout all city departments. Mayor Larson told FOX 21’s Dan Hanger Monday that nobody wants cuts and cuts are stressful, but she says that doesn’t mean her office should avoid the problem, especially with aging streets and infrastructure –…

Minneapolis Chief: Body Camera Use Up After Policy Change

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) – Minneapolis’ police chief says he’s seeing an increase in the use of body cameras since he required that officers turn them on when responding to any call. Numbers released Monday show that from July 29 to Aug. 27, officers recorded 55,729 videos with their body-worn cameras. That’s up 133 percent from the 23,876 videos recorded from…

Level III Offender Relocating to Superior

Will be released Sept. 18

Dean Swenson (Oct. 2015 – Wisconsin DOC) SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Police Department is notifying the public of a Level III Predatory Offender that will be released and residing in Superior. Dean Allen Swenson, 36, will be living in the 1600 block of N 16th Street after he is released on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Swenson is described as 5’9″…

LOCATED: Dakotah Braun, of Duluth

Dekotah Braun Braun 2 Braun 3 Braun 4 Braun 5 UPDATE: The Duluth Police Department has reported that Dekotah was located safe at an address in the 2100 block of East 2nd Street. Authorities arrested him on-scene for a warrant out of Pope County, Minn. DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 20-year-old…

Five St. Louis County Roads Closed Due to Flooding

County Road 338 (Aurora Road) south of the Townline Road (Photo: St. Louis County Public Works) ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – Heavy rain overnight has caused several County Roads in the area near Palo, Markham, and Makinen to flood. St. Louis County Public Works has announced the temporary closure of these roads until high waters recede: County Road 338 (Aurora…

Motorcyclists Gear Up for Fall Flood Run This Weekend

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Motorists are urged to use extra caution this weekend along the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers as thousands of motorcyclists take to the streets for the Fall Flood Run. As many as 30,000 riders are expected to travel between the Twin Cities and Winona on Saturday, Sept. 16. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is asking riders…

Enbridge Protestors Arrested In Superior

Blockade Set Up Prevented Construction Workers From Working

SUPERIOR, Wis. Protestors hoping to keep Enbridge workers from getting into their construction site on the line 3 replacement project Thursday morning are now in trouble with the law. In a dramatic scene, several protesters were arrested Thursday in Superior. One has been charged with disorderly conduct during the incident while three others were booked for resisting arrest and trespassing….

Duluth Police, Fire Unions Against Mayor Larson’s Proposed Budget Cuts

Departments Face A Combined $711,800 Cut With Record Calls For Service

DULUTH, Minn. – The clock is ticking. Duluth fire and police departments are facing a $711,800 combined budget cut proposed by Mayor Emily Larson – a cut the unions believe is putting lives at serious risk. It’s been one month since Larson released her 2018 budget proposal with a total of $2.1 million in cuts. And since then, the public…

Volunteers Work to Count Pedestrians and Bikers in Duluth

Will Help Determine Course of Action for Future Developments

DULUTH, Minn.-A step was taken today, to determine how to make the city of Duluth more bike and pedestrian friendly. Dozens of volunteers took to the streets to count just how many people are using the Duluth’s walkways and bike routes. Organizers say the data will be quite useful. “This will kind of give us; the city planners and the…

Target Recalls Dresser for Tip-Over Hazard

Target is recalling nearly 180,000 dressers after 12 reports of dressers tipping or collapsing. Incidents reportedly involved two three-year-old children, according to the recall notice.  The recalled dressers are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Room Essentials 4-drawer dresser was sold in Target stores nationwide and online…