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White House: Cyberattack has not Affected US Government

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser says that so far, no U.S. federal systems have been affected by the global cyberattack. Tom Bossert says the U.S. government has been closely monitoring the attack, which has affected an estimated 300,000 machines in 150 countries. He said a few U.S. businesses, including FedEx were affected. Computers across the world…

Johnson Calls Possible Trump Recording “Troubling”

Wisconsin Senator Not Calling for Special Investigator

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson says it “would be troubling” if President Donald Trump recorded conversations with former FBI Director James Comey. Trump tweeted Friday that Comey “better hope that there are no `tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press.” Johnson told reporters Saturday he interpreted that to mean Comey may have…

Iowa Looks to Team Up with Minnesota for Medical Marijuana

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Top state lawmakers are trying to work out a system allowing Iowa residents to start buying medical marijuana oils and pills in Minnesota. A novel arrangement that could raise issues with the federal government. It’s not a done deal yet. The legislation creating a tightly controlled medical marijuana program is still awaiting Governor Terry Brandstad’s…

Guns Taken by Man Who Wrote Manifesto May Not Be Found

Joseph Jakubowski JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Rock County Sheriff’s investigators aren’t sure an automatic weapon and 12 handguns ditched by the man who wrote a threatening manifesto will ever be found. Authorities say they found five of the 18 weapons stolen from a Janesville area gun shop with Joseph Jakubowski after a manhunt which ended about 125 miles away in…

Sen. Klobuchar Helps Minnesota Man Who IRS Falsely Declared ‘Dead’ for 29 Years

Photo: Fox 9 BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) – A U.S. Senator from Minnesota has helped a man rectify his struggle with the IRS, which declared him dead for nearly 30 years. FOX 9 reports that Senator Amy Klobuchar managed to reverse the false declaration and Adam Ronning is now recognized as being alive by government standards. The false declaration initially…

National Tourism Rally in Duluth

Tourism is a Leading Contributor that Helped Shape Duluth's Economy.

It’s National Tourism Week and of course the tourism industry stands out in Duluth. Some say, it’s thanks in part to one man, whose efforts were celebrated at the Visit Duluth Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Tuesday. Tourism in Duluth all started with Grandmas Marathon and ever since, events like Blues Fest, the air show and much more has helped…

Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, saying it was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence” in the nation’s top law enforcement agency following several tumultuous months. “The FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions, and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,”…

Oregon on Track to be First State with No Gender on License

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon is on track to become the first state to allow residents to skip a gender identity on their driver’s licenses and identification cards. Transgender residents say the change would make them feel safer. The Oregonian/OregonLive said Tuesday, the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles doesn’t oppose the change and will hold a hearing Wednesday in Portland….

Prosecutor to Appeal Hernandez Conviction Ruling

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) – Prosecutors say they will appeal a ruling erasing former NFL star Aaron Hernandez’s conviction in a 2013 murder because he died before his appeal was heard. Judge Susan Garsh ruled Tuesday that Hernandez’s conviction must be dismissed under longstanding case law in Massachusetts that says a conviction is not final under a court has decided…

Teen’s Plea for Free Wendy’s Nuggets Sets Retweet Record

Retweeted more than 3.4 million times

RENO, Nev. (AP) – A Twitter plea form a Nevada teen for a year of free chicken nuggets from Wendy’s is now the most retweeted post of all time. Carter Wilkerson asked the fast food chain on Twitter last month how many retweets it would take for him to get free nuggets for a year. Wendy’s replied, “18 million.”  …

Trump Tabs Minnesota Justice for Federal Appeals Court

Justice David Stras MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) –  President Donald Trump has nominated Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice David Stras to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Stras formerly clerked for conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and shares the belief in a limited role for the judiciary. The 42-year-old former University of Minnesota Law School professor was on…

Madison Man Convicted of Sex Trafficking

Evidence presented at trial showed he had been engaged in the conduct since 2010

Maurice Withers, 28 MADISON, Wis. – A jury reached a guilty verdict after less than three hours, following a four-day trial of a Madison man, who was involved in prostitution and sex trafficking. Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Friday, that Maurice Adonis Withers, 28, was found guilty on Thursday of six counts of sex trafficking and three counts of interstate…

Prayer Day Held in Superior

Trying to Bring Positive Vibes to the Community

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The 66th National Day of Prayer was held today outside the courthouse in Superior. The event today was newly elected mayor Jim Paine’s first prayer event. The event was held to help bring positive vibes not only for the community, but the nation as well. The leader of the prayer group, Rose Ligman, said the prayer is…

Pre-Existing Conditions and the Health Plan: Who’s Covered?

(AP) – The Republican push to replace the Affordable Care Act was revived this week in Congress by a change to their plan designed to combat concerns over coverage for those with pre-existing health problems. The change helped get the bill through the House of Representatives in a tight vote Thursday, but experts say it may make little difference in…

Man Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in Crookston

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The Crookston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating an individual who may have information related to a death investigation. Eddie Markeith Frazier is described as age 49, 6′ 4″ tall, 320 pounds, with black hair, and brown eyes. He is believed to be driving a silver 4-door 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora with Minnesota license plate…

You Can Now Stay at “A Christmas Story” House

(achristmasstoryhouse.com) CLEVELAND, Ohio (FOX 32 News) – The house featured in the 1983 holiday film “A Christmas Story” is now accepting overnight guests. The home, located in Cleveland, is currently a museum that offers tours for fans of the movie. But starting in June, you can rent out the house overnight. Guests will have access to the entire house and…

A Strong Spring Storm Delivers Snow and High Winds to the Northland

Winter Storm Warnings & Gale Warnings Greeted the Northland to Kick Off May.

FLOODWOOD, Minn. – The Northland braced for bad weather today under multiple warnings and advisories. Rain pushed into the region Sunday night and turned into snow during the early morning hours on Monday. Wet snowflakes fell sideways across the sky spanning from Brainerd to Virginia, with 1-3″ of snow accumulating by the afternoon. “It was a total white out, it…

Immigration Arrests Increase in Region Compared to 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – New data from the federal government shows immigration arrests in Minnesota and four surrounding states increased about 80 percent since President Donald Trump took office, compared to the same time in 2016. But, the number of arrests is in line with the level earlier in President Barack Obama’s second term. Under the Trump administration, 620 immigrants have…

Grand Marais Voted Best Midwestern Small Town

Two Minnesota towns make the top 3

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – For the past four weeks, readers of USA Today, have been voting daily for their favorite Midwestern Small Towns. The votes were tallied and announced today, and Minnesota’s own Grand Marais came in at number one! A panel of experts partnered with USA Today’s 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees and the top 10…

Congress OKs Short-Term Bill to Avert Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress has sent President Donald Trump a short-term spending bill preventing a partial government shutdown on Saturday, his 100th day in office. But lawmakers have failed to take action on two measures Trump would love to claim as victories. Bipartisan talks are continuing over remaining issues in a $1 trillion measure financing federal agencies through September 30….

Wisconsin Man Removed from Delta Flight for Using Bathroom Before Takeoff

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Wisconsin man was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight after using the bathroom against crew instructions shortly before takeoff. Kima Hamilton says he urgently needed to use the bathroom April 18 while on a Milwaukee-bound plane in Atlanta. He says takeoff was delayed and the flight wasn’t moving, so he decided to go. Cellphone video…

WisDOT Receives $20,000 National Award to Help Combat Drugged Driving

Funds will provide training to 384 law enforcement officers

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Safety has been awarded a $20,000 national grant to help combat the growing problem of drugged driving. The funds will provide Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement training to 384 law enforcement officers across the state. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), in 2015, drugs were present in…

Fraud Case in Minnesota Stirs New Legal Ripples Years Later

Sherburne County Jail – File, Star Tribune ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota lawmakers are considering changing the rules on money that may be recovered for victims of businessman Tom Petters’ $3.7 billion Ponzi scheme. Minnesota Public Radio reports the change would limit the recovery of investment income earned by charitable or religious organizations that took gifts from Petters or…

Chipotle Investigating Data Breach After Unauthorized Activity in Payment System

NEW YORK (AP) — Chipotle saw a key sales figure rise more than expected as it works to regain customers’ trust after a series of food scares, but may have lost at least a little ground again in disclosing a possible data security issue. The company said it recently detected unauthorized activity on the network that supports its payment system…

Frito Lay Issues Recall Due to Salmonella Risks

Frito Lay announced a voluntary recall of select Jalapeno Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeno Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips due to the potential presence of Salmonella in the seasoning. This action is a direct result of a seasoning blend which includes jalapeno power that could contain Salmonella. There have been no confirmed illnesses related to this…

Trump, Walker Discuss Wisconsin Dairy Dispute

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Governor Scott Walker says he spoke with President Donald Trump about the nearly 40 Wisconsin dairy farmers desperately seeking help after being dropped by their milk buyer following a Canadian policy change. Walker told Trump on Twitter Tuesday that it was “great” to speak to him that morning and thanked him for supporting Wisconsin dairy farmers….

Missing Level 3 Sex Offender from Minnesota Found in California

Michael Costa MINNESOTA – Level III Predatory Offender, Michael James Costa was taken into custody in California over the weekend after he was no longer compliant with the conditions of his release, mid-April. Costa had been on a fugitive status after absconding from his supervised release in Rochester, Minnesota. He was arrested near Van Nuys, California after information led investigators…

Wisconsin Dairy Farms Face Closure Due to Canadian Policies

MOSINEE, Wis. (AP) – A cheese factory in central Wisconsin is offering a lifeline to a handful of dairy farms threatened by Canada’s milk pricing policies that may force other farms to close. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Mullins Cheese Vice President Bill Mullins signed contracts to buy milk from eight family-owned operations. A local milk processor, Greenwood-based Grassland…

Researchers Find Unique U.S. Declaration of Independence Copy in England

The team studied the document for two years before sharing their findings

LONDON (AP) — A unique copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence has been discovered in an unexpected place – England. The copy, similar to the one viewed by millions each year at the National Archives in Washington has been locked away in a local records office in southeast England forgotten by historians. Its significance wasn’t understood until recently, when…

First Battalion Aviation Unit Deploys to the Middle East

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Dozens of Wisconsin National Guard members from the First Battalion’s 147th Aviation unit are being sent to the Middle East until January. Hundreds of friends and family members attended a special send-off ceremony at Madison College over the weekend to show support for 85 soldiers. The Associated Press reports that Major General Don Dunbar told the…

Report: Voyageurs Visitors Add Over $24 Million to Local Economies

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – A new report from the National Park Service estimates the local economic impact of visitors to Voyageurs National Park to be around $24 million in 2016. The report states that 241,911 people visited the park in 2016 and spent an estimated $19,780,200 in communities surrounding the park. That spending supported 310 jobs in the local area and…

3 Paris Officers Shot, 1 Fatally, in Champs-Elysees Attack

(AP Photo) PARIS (AP) — An attacker with an automatic weapon opened fire on police in Paris’ iconic Champs-Elysees shopping district Thursday night, killing one officer and seriously wounding two others before police shot and killed him. Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press that the attacker targeted officers guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station…

Bill O’Reilly Out at Fox News After Sex Harassment Allegations

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Fox News Channel announced Wednesday that host Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the network. Fox News parent 21st Century Fox said in a statement that “after a thorough and careful review of allegations against him, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Mr. O’Reilly will not return. The New York Times reported April 2 that five women…

Gun theft fugitive caught in southwest Wisconsin

Man who found fugitive describes him as cordial

Joseph JakubowskiMILWAUKEE – Sheriff’s officials say a man suspected of stealing firearms from a gun store and sending President Donald Trump an anti-government manifesto has been arrested in southwestern Wisconsin. The Rock County Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski was captured around 6 a.m. Friday near Readstown, Wisconsin. The sheriff’s office said in a statement that he was captured without…

San Bernardino School Closed Following Murder-Suicide

(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Students dove under desks when a man walked into his estranged wife’s elementary school classroom and opened fire without saying a word, killing her and an 8-year-old student and wounding a 9-year-old before fatally shooting himself, authorities said. Some six weeks earlier, 53-year-old Cedric Anderson was a newlywed calling his 53-year-old…

Official: Russia Knew in Advance of Syrian Chemical Attack

ROBERT BURNS - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) – A senior U.S. official says the United States has concluded that Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack last week. The official says a Russian-operated drone flew over a hospital in Syria as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a Russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in…

Two Adults Dead, Two Children Wounded in Elementary School Murder-Suicide Shooting

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (FOX 11) – Four people were shot Monday in an apparent murder-suicide inside an elementary school classroom in San Bernardino, including a teacher and two students, police and school officials said. Two students were airlifted to a hospital after what’s believed to be a domestic dispute, San Bernardino City Unified School District spokeswoman Marria Garcia tells news media…

Manhunt Underway for Wisconsin Gun Thief Who Mailed Manifesto to Trump

Joseph Jakubowski prior booking photo (left) and surveillance photo (right) taken on April 4 at 1p.m. at the Mobil Gas Station, 1215 Milton Avenue, Janesville, Wisconsin. JANESVILLE, Wis. – Authorities say a man suspected of stealing firearms from a Wisconsin gun store who sent an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump, and has threatened to carry out an unspecified attack…

Wisconsin Republicans Praise US Missile Strike on Syria

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Republicans are praising President Donald Trump’s missile strike against Syria. House Speaker Paul Ryan calls the action “appropriate and just.” Senator Ron Johnson calls the U.S. strike a “swift and appropriate action.” And Rep. Mike Gallagher says he also supports the strike as a “clear signal that the United States will not stand idly by…

Senate Confirms Trump Pick Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

The Senate voted 54-45 in favor of Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch speaks at his nomination hearing to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 on Capitol Hill in Washignton. (Lauren Victoria Burke for The Denver Post) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to become the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court Friday, elevating Donald Trump’s nominee following a…

US Missiles Target Syria Airfield In Response To Chemical Weapons Attack

(FOX NEWS) – The United States launched nearly five dozen cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield early Friday in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians, the first direct assault on the Damascus government since the beginning of that country’s bloody civil war in 2011. “It is in the vital national security interest of the United…

Panera Bought by Caribou Coffee for $7.5 Billion

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(KMSP) – Panera Bread Co. has agreed to sell itself to JAB Holding Co., the company that also owns Caribou Coffee. The St. Louis-based bakery and café chain is being bought out for approximately $7.5 billion, according a news release. In comparison, JAB acquired Caribou Coffee for $340 million in 2013, the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reported. The sale…