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Sen. Klobuchar, Lawmakers Working to Get Federal Disaster Relief to Flooded International Falls Area

Sen. Klobuchar said her and fellow Senator Tina Smith will make the case to President Biden to declare it a federal disaster area.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn.- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said she’s working with Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) to get federal aid dollars to help the home and business owners struggling to stay afloat in the flood-submerged International Falls Area. The Senators joined Gov. Tim Walz in touring the area Saturday, seeing firsthand the damages to homes and businesses, and the thousands…

Gov. Walz, Senators Tour International Falls Flood Damage Saturday

The lawmakers toured the Emergency Operations Center, sandbagging sites, and various areas of flood damage.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn.- On Saturday Governor Tim Walz and U.S. senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith got a first-hand look at the damage historic flooding has caused in International Falls. The lawmakers toured the Emergency Operations Center, sandbagging sites, and various areas of flood damage. Back in April the governor authorized the national guard to support emergency flood operations in…

Volunteers Rush To Save Items, Structures as Rainy Lake Waters Flood Mallard Island

Photo: Michael Reid, Mallard Island Board Treasurer. KOOCHICHING COUNTY, Minn.- The historic flooding of the Rainy River Basin near International Falls is soaking and filling buildings on Mallard Island, one of the 5 review islands used for wildlife research, education, and advocacy in Rainy Lake. According to posts on the Mallard Island Facebook Page, volunteers have been working the past…

Severe Storms, Tornadoes Rip Through Western Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Thousands of people in Minnesota and South Dakota are without electrical power as the region recovered from storms and tornadoes that left damaged buildings, trees and roadways. The National Weather Service says in a preliminary report there were four tornadoes on Monday in western Minnesota, along with wind gusts and large hail. More than 37,000 people were…

Hibbing Police Dept. Planning Volunteer Trip to Help Kabetogama Flooding Victims

According to the Chief, there will be a wide range of duties so anyone can help, regardless of physical restrictions.

Photo: Hibbing Police Department Facebook Page HIBBING, Minn.- Officials with the Hibbing Police Department plan to take a volunteer team Thursday to the Kabetogama area, as the floodwaters continue to claim more homes. According to the National Weather Service, the flooding in the Rainy River Basin is historic, and already exceeded the records set in 2014. It could break all-time…

Koochiching Co. Sheriff: Roads Closing Due to Rainy Lake Flooding; Some Int’l Falls Residents Should Evacuate

According to the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, the evacuation is currently voluntary, but anyone choosing to stay home must find other transportation.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn.- The Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office asked that International Falls residents prepare to evacuate, as historic flooding of Rainy Lake forced the closure of County Road 135 and Town Road 225 Friday. According to an alert from the Minnesota Integrated Alert and Warning System or IPAWS shared on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page, County Road 135 closed at…

St. Louis County Continues Monitoring Flooding

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County officials are continuing to monitor the worst flooding some parts have not seen since 2014. A combination of above average spring rainfall and a late snowpack melt has led to water covering roads, buildings, and resorts along Kabetogama Lake, Crane Lake, Island Lake and the Cloquet River reservoir. “Sandbagging continues up in Kabetogama, and also…

Historic Flooding Taking Place at Rainy Lake

KOOCHICHING COUNTY, Minn. — Although the rivers in Duluth don’t seem to be too affected, just two and a half hours north, they’re experiencing what they’re calling historic flooding, and they expect it to get much worse. Residents of Rainy Lake up by the Canadian border and near International Falls, have not seen water levels like this since 2014, and…

Swollen St. Louis River In Scanlon Means More Business For Some

SCANLON, Minn. – Weeks of heavy rainfall after the snowmelt have sent the St. Louis River on a wild ride, including in Scanlon. “It’s the highest we’ve seen in 10 years, 2012 obviously — the 500-year flood was the highest,” explained Aaron Hanson, co-owner of River Inn Bar & Grill, which sits along the river. During the 2012 flood, Hanson…

Lutsen Resort’s Historic Covered Bridges Damaged by Trees Barreling Down Raging River

While they sustained heavy damage, the spokesperson says enough infrastructure remains that they can save the bridges.

Photo: Bryan Hansel LUTSEN, Minn.- More flood damage on the North Shore as Lutsen Resort’s historic red, covered bridges took some heavy damage due to the rushing Poplar River below. The resort asked for people to share pictures and images of the beloved bridges, which seemed to be the site of many weddings and other memories in the past decades….

Volunteers Needed to Help Sandbag Kabetogama Township, MN from Rising Floodwaters

According to a spokesperson with the Township, floodwaters are expected to exceed the 2014 flood event and could reach the all-time high set in 1950. 

Photo: St. Louis County, when they delivered supplies to the community Friday. KABETOGAMA, Minn.- Kabetogama Township is asking for volunteers to help with sandbagging to protect properties from the rising floodwaters in the Namakan Water Basin. Kabetogama is a small community bordering Lake Kabetogama on the southern boundary of Voyageurs National Park. It includes approximately 200 lakeshore properties, among them…

Duluth Fire Rescues 2 Teenage Paddleboarders Off Shore of Park Point

The young paddleboarders had no injuries to report, fire officials said.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Fire Officials rescued two paddleboarders who drifted off the shore of Park Point, due to a sudden wind change early Saturday afternoon. According to Assistant Fire Chief Brent Consie, crews responded to reports of two teens that had drifted about 100 yards offshore of Park Point near the Beach House. Firefighters launched Marine units to make their…

Wisconsin DNR Warns of Very High Fire Danger Across Most of State

All DNR-issued annual and special burning permits for debris piles, burn barrels and prescribed burns were suspended Saturday in these counties.

MADISON, Wis. – Douglas, Ashland, and Bayfield Counties are among those with very high fire danger Saturday, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, due to dry conditions and low moisture. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to stay vigilant and avoid burning because of very high fire danger across most of Wisconsin. Winds will…

DNR Warns Public Of Flooding, Dangerous High-Water Conditions Along North Shore

Severe storms have caused closure of multiple trails, roads, bridges and campgrounds.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning visitors to the North Shore of hazardous conditions caused by recent storms and snow-melt, sharing images of washed-out trails across many state parks. According to the DNR, many tributaries to Lake Superior are breaching trails, roads, and bridges and have resulted in closures to portions of state parks and trails…

A Hot Day? In Duluth?? Many Soak Up First 70-Degree Day of Year at Park Point Beach

The summer-like day brought sunbathers, swimmers, surfers, and more to Park Point Beach Tuesday.

DULUTH, Minn.- The summer-like day brought sunbathers, swimmers, surfers, and more to Park Point Beach Tuesday. With no cool breeze and some playful waves, it was the perfect opportunity to cool off in the water — which was still a bit chilly here in May. Some students say it was the perfect way to chill after the school year. “Just…

National Weather Service Advise Summer Severe Weather

You can follow NWS Duluth's updates on their website and social media pages.

DULUTH, Minn.-  As we push into May, the snowstorms are no longer looming in the forecast, but thunderstorms are becoming more frequent and can range in how intense they are. The National Weather Service here in Duluth tracks those storms in our region of Minnesota and Wisconsin. A lot of people and organizations rely on the updates, such as residents,…

Windy Dry Conditions Pose Wildfire Dangers in Parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin

Saturday’s high winds and dry conditions are posing dangers of wildfires in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. In Wisconsin, the state Department of Natural Resources has listed 52 counties in the “very high risk” category for fires, mostly in northern areas. Eight counties are listed as “high risk” and all other counties are at “moderate risk.” Officials said high winds, dry…

Drought Conditions End in Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – The persistent spring days of cold temperatures, scattered with rain and snow showers, may not be the most pleasant.  However, they have helped to eliminate all drought conditions across the Northland. For the first time in nearly two years, only a few parts of the region are abnormally dry, the lowest ranking in the drought monitor report….

Public Works Crews Responding to Road Washouts in Northern St. Louis County

With the continuing rain forecast this weekend, Boder said, more washouts are likely.

County Road 65 is temporarily closed approximately 1.2 miles west of State Highway 73 due to a culvert washout. Repairs are expected to be done next week. ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn.- St. Louis County Public Works crews closed parts of several roads in the Northern part of the county, due to excessive rain and snowmelt Saturday. According to Public Works…

Researchers To Study Minnesotans Who Swim In Icy Waters

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Researchers plan to study a group of Minnesotans who dunk themselves in icy Lake Harriet every winter day. The Star Tribune reports that researchers from Rockefeller University’s Cohen Laboratory of Molecular Metabolism are studying so-called brown fat that generates heat in cold conditions in humans. They’re currently investigating blood biomarkers of brown fat in young New Yorkers…

Blizzard in North Dakota, Possible Tornado in SE Minnesota

Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A possible tornado tore up a small Minnesota town and a blizzard forced the closure of the North Dakota Capitol, schools and roads, as spring storms wreaked havoc across the Upper Midwest. The National Weather Service said the unconfirmed tornado took the roofs off houses, destroyed grain bins, snapped power lines and lifted a…

Wind Overturns 9 Semi-Trucks on I-35 in Minnesota

(FOX 9) – As storms begin to roll through most of Minnesota, communities are embracing for the possibility of heavy rains, strong winds and potential snow totals. As a result, at 1:50 p.m. strong winds tipped over nine semis at mile marker 55 south of Faribault on northbound I-35, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. No injuries were reported. Heavy delays are expected…

Mid To Late Week Winter/Spring Storm Reports

The following reports come from the Northland’s Tuesday-Thursday storm system! Mainly snow and precipitation totals have been listed with this system. Snow Silver Bay, MN: 13.0″ Murphy City, MN: 12.0″ Grand Marais, MN: 9.0″ Hovland, MN: 9.0″ Finland, MN: 8.0″ Sea Gull Lake, MN: 8.0″ Two Harbors, MN: 7.8″ Lutsen, MN: 7.2″ Sawbill Lake, MN: 7.2″ Duluth, MN: 6.5″ Castle…

Lake County Power Members Effected by Wet Spring Conditions

COHASET, Minn.– Tuesday night’s spring snowstorm is affecting electric service for more than 1,600 Lake Country Power members and the numbers are growing. Line crews are working to restore service at more than 69 various outage points. Additional line crews from Mountain Iron and McGregor have been called to assist the Cohasset and Remer crews. Those affected are primarily in…

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…

Tuesday-Wednesday’s Winter/Spring Storm System

The following are reports of snow and freezing rain across the Northland from Tuesday night and Wednesday’s winter storm system. •Snowfall Wirt, MN: 7.5″ Bigfork, MN: 6.0″ Squaw Lake, MN: 6.0″ Marcell, MN: 5.0″ Mahtowa, MN: 4.5″ Orr, MN: 4.2″ Cloquet, MN: 3.5″ Holyoke, MN: 3.5″ Big Falls, MN: 3.5″ Duluth, MN: 3.3″ Foxboro, WI: 3.1″ West Duluth, MN: 3.0″…

The Horns Return To Duluth-Superior Port As First Ship Departs Sunday

DULUTH, Minn. – The true sound of spring in Duluth was heard Sunday morning as the first blast of the horns went off for that first big ship of the season leaving the Duluth-Superior Port. The 1,000-foot Burns Harbor left through chunks of ice under the Lift Bridge during the 7 o’clock hour. The 1,000-foot Edwin H. Gott departed and…

Fox 21 Meteorologists Stop By Cloquet Middle School

CLOQUET, Minn. — Our FOX 21 weather team, Rusty Mehlberg, Ken Slama and Sam Gabrielli, stopped by Cloquet Middle School on Friday morning to get some 8th graders jazzed up about weather and other science stuff. The 8th grade science class has been doing different experiments and learning about pressures, and weather systems like cold and warm fronts. “It’s great…

Port Of Duluth-Superior Pulls Out Of Hibernation With Arrival Of Cutter Vessels

DULUTH, Minn. – The Port of Duluth-Superior is pulling out of hibernation with the Soo Locks opening in just days and ice cutting now underway. Two ice cutting vessels arrived in the port Wednesday and will focus first on freeing tugboats so they can free five domestic ships that have been docked all winter. The arrival also means the return…

Monday-Wednesday’s Winter Storm Snow Totals

The following snow totals were reports across the Northland to open up this week! Hovland, MN: 14.0″ Grand Portage, MN: 14.0″ International Falls, MN: 13.1″ Silver Bay, MN: 10.7″ Grand Marais, MN: 9.5″ Talmoon, MN: 8.5″ Deer River, MN: 8.0″ Wirt, MN: 8.0″ Orr, MN: 7.5″ Outing, MN: 7.5″ Celina, MN: 7.0″ Pine River, MN: 6.5″ Cohasset, MN: 6.4″ Kabetogama,…

Tugboat ‘Lake Superior’ Partially Sinks In Duluth Port

The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring the situation but has not seen any environmental impacts, according to officials.

DULUTH, Minn. — The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating after a retired tugboat partially sunk in the Duluth Port Monday morning. At this time, there are no reports of any pollution impacts to the environment, according to Lt. Joseph McGinnis, with the Coast Guard. McGinnis said the partial sinking was reported around 9 a.m. near the Compass Minerals dock off…

Car Detailers Ready For Big Business As Sloppy Spring Approaches

DULUTH, Minn. – As spring approaches and the snow begins to melt, car washes and detailing businesses are seeing more customers. Zach Tharge, owner of Detail & Dash in Superior, says this time of year is definitely one of the busiest. “In the winter we stay busy enough, but in the summer I’d say we’re doing 8-10 vehicles per day….

National Weather Service Looking for CoCoRaHS Volunteers

DULUTH, Minn. – The National Weather Service is looking for more volunteers to report rain, snow, and hail totals. March is the annual push for new members to join CoCoRaHS, which stands for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network.  It’s a program that allows people to measure precipitation from where they live, and supplement measurements recorded by automated devices…

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ‘Spar’ Headed For New Homeport In Duluth

With the deep freeze moving past us, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter known as the Spar is on its way to its new home right here in Duluth. The Spar was commissioned in 2001 and originally based in Kodiak, Alaska. The 225-foot buoy tender left in 2020 for the Coast Guard Yard to undergo maintenance in Baltimore, Maryland. The Coast…

As Spring Approaches, Flooding Concerns Grow For Homeowners

DULUTH, Minn. – As many people are getting anxious for warmer air to move in, some are getting anxious about flooding concerns, especially inside homes, which can quickly turn into a nightmare. Kevin Buck, owner of SERVPRO in The Twin Ports, said as ice melts off roofs, water can back up into a home’s shingles and get into ceilings and…

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…

Morning Update 3-9-22

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Join FOX 21’s Natalie Noury and Meteorologist Ken Slama for a local look at news and weather making headlines Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Categories: Minnesota, News, News – Latest News, News Update, Weather in the News, Wisconsin Tags: Ken Slama, midday update, Natalie Noury, News, news update, weather

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,…

NWS Warns of ‘Messy’ Storm Bringing Mix of Rain, Snow, Ice

The freezing rain this storm could bring has the potential to affect roads, trees, and powerlines.

DULUTH, Minn-. The Northland is bracing for a winter storm bringing with it a mixed bag of elements we haven’t seen in a few months. “We’ve got quite the messy system that’s coming in this week, or, this weekend,” said Ketzel Levens, NWS Meteorologist. While winter storms over the previous months have brought colder temperatures and snow, forecasters at the…

Two Brothers Take On Spirit Mountain After Storm: ‘It Just Gives You, Like, So Much Energy’

DULUTH, Minn. –  Cedar Holden and his brother, Coulter, were more than pumped to get out on the fresh snow at Spirit Mountain after a two-day storm. “It just gives you, like, so much energy and like it’s so clean, and bright, and crisp. It just feels so good and it just gets you, like, so excited to go do…