Public Safety

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…

Missing Buffalo Teen Located in Iowa

2 ANNA THORSON 1 ANNA THORSON 091317 3 ANNA THORSON UPDATE 9-13: Anna Thorson was located safe in Iowa by authorities. BUFFALO, Minn. – The Buffalo Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old, Anna Thorson. Anna was last seen in Buffalo on Sunday, Sept. 10. It is unknown whether she left on foot or by vehicle. Authorities…

New Flashing Lights in West Duluth Will Help Pedestrians

Project Paid for by $3 Million Grant

DULUTH, Minn.-West Duluth roads got a little bit safer today. The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently completed the Highway 23 reconstruction project there and have installed five flashing warning lights for pedestrians. The goal is to make it a safer place for pedestrians to cross highways. “We’ve operated in this corridor for almost 100 years now and over the years…

Suspects Charged in Shooting of Grand Rapids Officer’s Home, Squad Car

Both Facing Felony Charges

Left to Right, Dominic Carlson and Timothy Hilgedick (Itasca Co. Sheriff’s Office) GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Two men have been charged in Grand Rapids after allegedly firing a weapon at an officer’s house and squad car Sunday evening. Twenty-year-old Timothy Hilgedick of Grand Rapids and 18-year-old Dominic Carlson of Bemidji appeared in Itasca County Court. Both are facing felony second-degree…

Balloon Fest Color Run Traffic Advisory

SUNDAY, SEPT. 17 - 9 A.M.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Balloon Fest Color Run will be taking place in Bayfront Park on Sunday, Sept. 17. The run gets underway at 9 a.m. with staggered starts. The Duluth Police Department is warning the public of road closures and traffic changes happening for the race. Traffic closures will begin at 8:30 a.m. with Railroad Street closing between 5th…

14-Year-Old Dies After Fatal Fall off Palisade Head

The Girl Was With Friends When She Fell Over the Cliff

SILVER BAY, Minn. – The Lake County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a fall from a cliff on the North Shore. Just after 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office received several 9-1-1 calls after a 14-year-old girl. identified as Bailey Belisle, fell from Palisade Head. The girl was with friends when she fell. After her fall, some bystanders rappelled…

Superior city budget nearing final stages

The budget features more funding for public safety and neighborhood improvements

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Superior’s city budget is in the final stages and getting ready to go to city council. The roughly $29 million budget features in increase in the Neighborhood Improvement Fund, and added funding for public safety, including more training for police. City leaders were able to close the deficit, leave a surplus, all without adding any new tax…

Flags Lowered at Wayzata Police Station Amid Reports of Officer Dead

FOX 9 WAYZATA, Minn. (AP) – Flags are flying half-staff at a suburban Minneapolis police department amid reports that one officer was struck and killed by a vehicle. The Wayzata Police Department has not officially announced the officer’s death but has called a news conference for 4:30 p.m. Friday. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arrandando asked those attending his swearing-in ceremony Friday…

Twin Ports Utility Crews Head to Florida

As Hurricane Irma Inches Closer to Florida, Minnesota Power and Superior Water Light and Power Crews Head South to Help

DULUTH, Minn. – Hurricane Irma is slowly making way toward mainland Florida. Thursday evening, the storm impacted Puerto Rico. Forecasters are still uncertain which route the storm will take, but it’s not stopping local power workers from heading south to help. “It’s going to be pretty much mass devastation,” said Minnesota Power Lineman Mike Linn. The natural disaster is continuing…

St. Louis County Awarded $675,000 in Grant Money Target for Opioid Crisis

DULUTH, Minn. — Opioid addiction has become a national crisis, and earlier this summer President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency. At a press conference earlier today, St. Louis County leaders announce a partnership across a number of agencies targeting opioid addiction and its treatment. According to local health officials, St. Louis County had the highest opioid…

Level III Offender Meeting in Virginia

Sept. 7, 2017 at 6 p.m.

John Novicky VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Virginia Police Department is notifying the public of a Level III Predatory Offender that has relocated to the 300 block of Chestnut Street. John Joseph Novicky, 67, is described as a white male, 6’1″, 190 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. Novicky has a history of attempted kidnapping and kidnapping of adult females….

Fire Destroys Garage in Western Duluth

No One Injured in Fire

DULUTH, Minn. – No one was injured today after a fire blasted through a garage in western Duluth. Crews responded to the call at 414 N 77th Ave W just after 1 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities report that there were two cars and a motorcycle in the garage at the time of the fire. The house nearby suffered damage from the…

Hibbing Fire Awarded SAFER Grant

WILL ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT TO INCREASE THEIR STAFFING

HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Fire Department announced today that they have been awarded the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A cost-sharing amount of $937,140 was awarded, $359,237 of the award is the responsibility of the City. The SAFER grant is a competitive grant in which the Hibbing Fire…

LOCATED: Emil Mannila

Emil Mannila UPDATE: The Duluth Police Department has reported that Emil was located on Wednesday, Sept. 6. DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing Duluth man. Emil Eugene Mannila, 56, was last seen on Sept. 3 around 11 a.m. in the area of 15th Avenue East and 2nd Street. He is…

Fire in Buzzle Township Claims Life of Homeowner

BEMIDJI, Minn. – A man is dead after a residential fire Thursday morning around 6 a.m., according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities responded to the call of a residential structure fire in the 17000 block of Buzzle Rd NW in Buzzle Township, 20 miles northwest of Bemidji. Crews arrived to find the home fully engulfed in flames. Neighbors…

Lake Superior Beach Advisories

DULUTH, Minn. – As of September 1, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health has reported advisories for the following beaches. These advisories recommend no water contact due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria identified from samples collected and tested.   If anyone becomes ill after contact with beach water contact the Minnesota Department of Health at 1-877-366-3455. For more…

Crews Work Overnight to Remove Taconite Harbor Bridge

1 MnDOT 2 MnDOT 3 MnDOT 4 MnDOT 5 MnDOT 6 MnDOT DULUTH, Minn. -Motorists traveling on Highway 61 will no longer be rerouted, as Minnesota Department of Transportation crews worked overnight to remove a damaged railroad bridge near Taconite Harbor. MnDOT issued an emergency closure Thursday after the dilapidated bridge was struck by a truck. Because of the instability of…

Farming Accident Results in Fatality

NORTHWOOD TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A Minnesota man has lost his life after a farming-related accident. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene on Tuesday, August 29 just after 10 a.m. The accident occurred in the 43000 block of Moose River Rd, in Northwood Township. That is located in the far northwest portion of Beltrami County, approximately 100 miles…

Man Dies After Motorcycle Crash on Hwy 37 near Clinton Township

DULUTH, Minn. – According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Cohasset, Minnesota man is dead after an accident on Highway 37 near Clinton Township. The incident happened around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29. A motorcycle driven by Donald Hilligoss, 60, was traveling westbound on Hwy 37 when a Hyundai Sonata driven by 19-year-old Niomi Boulanger, of Eveleth pulled out in…

Level III Offender Moving to Hibbing

Robert Keogh HIBBING, Minn. – The Hibbing Police Department is notifying the public of a Level III Predatory Offender moving into the Hibbing area. Forty-two-year-old Robert Alan Keogh, will be relocating to the 4100 block of Kerr Location. A notification meeting will be held on August 31 at 6 p.m. at the Little Theatre in the lower level of the…

Water Drive to Support those Affected by Tropical Storm Harvey

Local Businessman to Travel to Texas

DULUTH, Minn. – A local Duluth man is heading to Texas this weekend to help those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey and he’s asking for help. Mike Letica is hosting a Water Drive on Thursday, August 31 from noon to 7 p.m. at Denfeld High School. Letica is asking for donations of water, cots, air mattresses, medical supplies, cash donations…

American Red Cross: How Northlanders Can Support Harvey Victims

Monetary Donations Encouraged by Red Cross Officials

DULUTH, Minn. – Tropical Storm Harvey is causing devastation in Texas with thousands evacuated and mutiple deaths reported. As people around the country try to help those affected, the American Red Cross is doing whatever they can to help as well. Dan Williams, the Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, stopped by FOX 21…

Northlanders Help with Hurricane Harvey Relief

Organizations Across the Region are Providing Assistance to Those Affected by the Storm

HOUSTON – As Hurricane Harvey relief continues, volunteers from across the country head to Texas to lend a helping hand to people affected by the storm. Some of those volunteers are from right here in the Northland. From providing assistance to people in shelters to caring for animals left homeless by the storm, Northlanders are finding ways to help those…

Harvey Donation Drive Set For Thursday at Denfeld High School

Cash donations, bottled water, air mattresses, toiletries and pet food are all needed

  DULUTH, Minn. – A donation drive for those affected by Hurricane Harvey will be held at Denfeld High School on Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. Mike Letica and other local business leaders are asking the public to drop off cash donations, as well as items like bottled water, air mattresses, toiletries and pet food. This weekend, Letica will…

Authorities Believe Human Remains Are That Of Missing Twin Ports Man

LEPAGE LEPAGE CAR LEPAGE 2 LEPAGE 4 LEPAGE 5 LEPAGE 3 EDWARD LEPAGE 2 07-02-17 EDWARD LEPAGE 07-02-17 UPDATE 8/28:  The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office sent out a news release late Monday saying they believe human remains located in Twig are that of Edward Lepage.  Family members and friends who held a ground search Sunday made the discovery. The…

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

JOHN GREENWALDT 072417 BRAINERD GREENWALDT TATTOO FOREARM Right and left forearm GREENWALDT TATTOO RIGHT NECK Right, neck GREENWALDT TATTOO UPPER RIGHT ARM Upper right arm UPDATE: The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that the body found in a wooded area in Brainerd to be that of John Greenwaldt. MISSING REPORT: BRAINERD, Minn. – The Brainerd Police Department is…

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…