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Lake Dedicated to Veteran Fishing Trips Receives Large Donation

Legacy Lake was Born Back in 2009 After the Land was Purchased by Local Businessman Larry Schanno

FINLAND, Minn. – This October marks 30 years since the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay first opened its doors. Since then, hundreds of residents have resided there, experiencing events and opportunities with the close community inside. One summer activity takes the cake, year after year. “Got a big one! Oh, I lost him,” said Frank Stella, a retired U.S….

Cruise Industry Could Cause Boost in Duluth Economy

In January of 2022, the Viking ship will sail to Antarctica and the Great Lakes.

DULUTH, Minn. — In 2022 the Viking cruise ship will be in the Great Lakes and Duluth is poised to reap the benefits. A report published by UMD’s Bureau of Business and Economics revealing initial visits would have a small economic impact, but over time it could add 60 jobs annually and more than five million dollars in added spending…

Super One Foods Makes Big Donation to American Heart Association

On Tuesday, the store presented a check worth over 45-thousand dollars to the organization. 

DULUTH, Minn. — Super One Foods made a large donation to the American Heart Association on Tuesday officially wrapping up their ‘life is why’ campaign. Throughout most of September, cashiers at Super One Foods at 41 locations throughout three states collected donations from customers. On Tuesday, the store presented a check worth over 45-thousand dollars to the organization. It will…

Optimism on the Iron Range as New Event & Convention Center Opens

The New Iron Trail Motors Event & Convention Center is a Project 20 Years in the Making

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A massive project 20 years in the making is now a reality, and standing tall in the City of Virginia. Now the City of Virginia Parks and Rec Department is proud to bring people inside the new Iron Trail Motors Event and Convention Center. “This is a game-changing facility for the entire Iron Range,” said Brian Silber,…

Wrenshall Near Completion of Multi-Millon Dollar Project

Due to air quality concerns, the school was able to fund the projects through the state of Minnesota.

WRENSHALL, Minn. — “It was really awesome to see the stands packed with our students on one side, parents on the other cheering on our volleyball team,” Wrenshall Principal, Michelle Blanchard says. Last Thursday, the Wrens played their first volleyball game on the brand new gym floor. “Our students are thrilled. They just can’t believe this is their school. They…

Enbridge Announces “Substantial” Completion of Line 3 Pipeline

Enbridge has even changed the route to avoid certain areas.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — After first becoming operational in the late 1960s the line 3 pipeline began to deteriorate over time. Now Enbridge is close to opening its replacement pipeline having made the new pipe twice as thick while also adding state-of-the-art engineering. The pipeline starts in Alberta, Canada and goes through a section of North Dakota and Minnesota before traveling…

Public Health Officials Concerned with New Covid-19 Cases in St. Louis County.

On Friday, both St. Luke's and Essentia Health announced northland residents can make appointments to receive the booster shot next week.

DULUTH, Minn. — Last week alone, 600 new cases of Covid-19 were detected in St. Louis County a trend that is all too familiar for public health officials. “We are really hoping that we don’t see the increase that we did following September last year. We had a big spike in October and going through November and December,” St. Louis County…

Drsana Yoga Hosts Grand Opening

Drsana yoga held its grand opening Monday morning inside the fitgers complex.

DULUTH, Minn. — A new yoga studio just opened in Duluth. Drsana yoga held its grand opening Monday morning inside the fitgers complex. The studio’s name means “be the light” and the owner hopes to share the benefits of yoga with people in need of healing. “We offer quite a bit of different classes. We have sculpt classes. We have…

New Apartments Proposed on West Arrowhead Road

That land could soon be turned into a 275 unit apartment complex.

DULUTH, Minn. — New market-rate apartments could soon be coming to West Arrowhead Road Duluth. The Duluth City Council will consider the development agreement Monday. There they will vote on permits and zoning requirements for the 19-acre plot. That land could soon be turned into a 275 unit apartment complex. The city of Duluth is excited about the opportunity to add…

‘Light the Night’ Campaign Geared Towards Spreading Ovarian Cancer Awareness

In addition to Enger tower the DECC, Glensheen Mansion, the silos at Pier B  and the Radisson will also be lit teal.

DULUTH, Minn. — September is ovarian cancer awareness month and beginning Friday night through Saturday. Multiple Duluth landmarks will be lit teal to help spread awareness about the disease It’s part of the Minnesota ovarian cancer alliance’s events happening around the region. It will be capped off by the Light Duluth Teal Gala at the DECC Saturday beginning at 6…

Echo Valley Motocross Park Attracting Riders of All Ages

Active Adventures: Ken Visits the Echo Valley Motocross Park

BROOKSTON, Minn. – In this week’s Active Adventures, we are in Brookston, Minnesota to check out a motocross event at Echo Valley Motocross Park. Participants of all ages came out to compete in a weekend of family fun at the track. They have a few more events scheduled still this year so be sure to check them out! Click here…

2021 Summer: One of The Deadliest on MN Roads

Minnesota’s Office of Traffic Safety says there's been an uptick in impaired driving.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Labor Day weekend was another fatal one on Minnesota roads making this summer one of the deadliest. A total of four fatalities were recorded over the busy Labor Day holiday, increasing Minnesota’s death toll so far this year to 315. That’s 65 fatalities ahead of last year. Authorities say slowing down and finding a safe ride…

Teamwork Takes Center Stage During Recent Youth in Action Retreat

The Retreat Took Place at Camp Esquagama in Gilbert, Minnesota

GILBERT, Minn. – The saying goes, teamwork makes the dream work. During a recent Youth in Action retreat on the Iron Range, over 30 students from St. Louis County connected, in person, to help each other build and grow as good stewards of the community. “I was a little bit nervous coming in actually,” said Lauryn Biondi, a junior at…

Fire Crews Respond to Telephone Pole Fire

Fire crews put it out, while minnesota power worked to fix the issue and restore service.

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth firefighters also put out a power pole fire Monday morning. It happened around 11. Cables buried underground malfunctioned, sending electricity into the ground and igniting a fire, which spread to the base of the power pole. At the same time, over 2,000 power customers lost service. Fire crews put it out, while minnesota power worked to…

Duluth Fire Department Responds to Monday Morning Fire

There were no injuries to report. 

DULUTH, Minn. — On Monday morning, the Duluth Fire Department responded to the report of a fire and explosion in the 900 block of west 5th street. When crews arrived on the scene, they found the fire coming from the rear of the building in what appeared to be an attached garage beneath the house. Units were informed that a…

Parents of Minnesota Students File Suit Seeking Mask Mandate

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is Reviewing the Complaint

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Some parents of students at Minnesota K-12 schools that have not required face coverings have filed a lawsuit asking the governor to enact a statewide mask mandate because of the spike in COVID-19 cases. The complaint filed in Ramsey County Friday by a group calling itself “Parents Advocating for Safe Schools” cites a provision in…

Paul Gazelka Resigns as Senate Majority Leader as Governor’s Race Looms

Republican State Senator Michelle Benson Tosses Hat into Governor's Race

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – State Sen. Paul Gazelka said Wednesday he’s resigning his position as Senate majority leader, a likely precursor to joining the 2022 Minnesota governor’s race. Gazelka’s move stole some attention from fellow Republican state Sen. Michelle Benson, who is launching her own campaign for governor at a 10 a.m. event in Blaine. Already in the GOP primary:…

Duluth Fire Department Cancels Annual Pinning Ceremony

The department isn't ruling out rescheduling the pinning ceremony later on this year.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth fire department will be recognizing 33 firefighters who have received a promotion or completed probation in a different way this year. Because of covid-19 concerns, the department officially canceled their pinning ceremony Tuesday night. It’s typically held at the DECC. Instead, there will be a smaller internal celebration while still allowing members of the department…

Several Northland Red Cross Volunteers Assisting in Hurricane Relief

Volunteers must be 18 years and older and 21 to drive a red cross vehicle.

DULUTH, Minn. — Hurricane Ida made landfall Sunday on the gulf coast, and one northland organization has sent people down to help. Seven volunteers from the Northern Minnesota Red cross have been dispatched to assist in the hurricane relief. Some volunteers will spend two weeks or more at a given location on a natural operation. “Initially we will expect to…

Duluth Public Schools Push for Academic Recovery Programs Amid State Test Results

The assessments break down into three different categories, reading, math, and science.

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth Public Schools is looking to help students academically recover after recent statewide assessment results revealed declining students meeting grade-level standards. The 2021 results show students who took the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments and Test of Academic Skills scoring lower than previous assessments in the spring of 2019. The assessments break down into three different categories, reading, math,…

North Shore Businesses Going Strong Despite Air Quality Concerns

Resorts and campgrounds up the North Shore are continuing to feel the effects of the Greenwood fire.

SILVER BAY, Minn. — Resorts and campgrounds up the North Shore are continuing to feel the effects of the Greenwood fire. “The majority of our guests come up here to go hiking and visit the state park. Split Rock and Tettegouche being the most popular,” Cove Point Lodge Director of Operations, Kyra Bremer says. For much of the summer, business…

Firefighters Continue Battling Greenwood Fire

Firefighters are also monitoring areas of concern along the border of the fire.

ISABELLA, Minn. —  On Wednesday more than 400 firefighters on the ground were busy conducting several defensive operations with the help of air resources. One of the main goals is helping to reduce burnable natural fuel near homes and the edge of the fire. “We really gotta make sure highway one is closed to the public,” Greenwood Fire Public Information…

Army Corps Begin Vessel Yard Pier Repairs

The army corps will then continue repairs in the spring of 2022.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Army Corps of Engineers began the repair of a portion of their Piers at the southern vessel yard Tuesday morning. Crews were mobilizing equipment to replace one of the old concrete walls built in THE 1940s which is worn down due to age. It will be replaced with steel sheet pile. People working on the project…

Area Police Departments Raise Funds for Special Olympics

Law enforcement in the area are also part of the Minnesota Law Enforcement Torch Run.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Police Department was out in full force today helping support the Special Olympics. The Coffee of Champions event at Dunkin Donuts is geared towards raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics in Minnesota. It also helps families with costs for sporting events. Anyone who made a contribution received a free donut with the hopes of…

Highway 53 Bridge Dedicated to Late State Rep. Tom Rukavina

On Thursday, the bridge he fought so hard to build back in 2017 was officially dedicated to him.

VIRGINIA, Minn. — “He often urged people to buy American-made products. In fact, he would tell you even his underwear was made in the U.S.A by union workers. If you didn’t believe him, he would volunteer to prove it to you,” District 6 Senator, David Tomassoni says. Former Minnesota House Representative Tom Rukavina passed away two years ago after a…

Duluth School Superintendent Given More Power Over District Regulations

This comes after the school board voted last night following a recommendation from the Minnesota School Board Association.

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth School Superintendent John Magas will continue to have executive power over the Duluth School Board during the 2021-2022 school year when it comes to the safety of students related to Covid-19. This comes after the school board voted last night following a recommendation from the Minnesota School Board Association. Magas says, he is looking to maximize…

St. Louis County Rescue Squad Continuing Search for Missing Man on Sand Lake

The St. Louis County Rescue Squad is continuing to search the island and the lake for Philip.

BRITT AREA, Minn. – On Thursday around 4 p.m. the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and Rescue Squad responded to Sand Lake in the Britt area just north of Virginia for a water emergency. A man identified as Philip Poulose, a Roseville resident, and a friend were canoeing on the lake when water started to flood their canoe due to…

Ground Is Broken At Riverwest Development Site

DULUTH, Minn. — Ground was broken Wednesday on the Riverwest development in West Duluth across from Spirit Mountain. The work to get the permits for this project began in 2015 with the idea to have retail stores along Grand Avenue. The city of Duluth would also like to also eventually see development of multi-family and single-family housing on a portion…

Duluth Fire Department Begins Training at Esmond Building

Normally, Duluth fire crews would do this type of training at the Lake Superior College Emergency Response Training Center out in Gary-New Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. — The abandoned Esmond building in Lincoln Park has now become the newest training grounds for the Duluth Fire Department. Formerly the Seaway Hotel, the vacant building is set to be torn down in one month. Until then the department will be using the structure for hands-on training in a realistic environment. Firefighters say, the 80 rooms on…

Iron Ore Trade Up in July on Great Lakes

Iron ore shipments are 5.2 percent above their 5-year average for the first seven months of the year.

CLEVELAND, OH – Great Lakes iron ore trade was up 61.8% in July. Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.7 million tons in July, an increase of 61.8 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments were also 3.2 percent above the month’s 5-year average. Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 26.4 million tons, an increase of 27.6 percent compared to…

Sheraton Holds Grand Re-Opening

DULUTH, Minn. — A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday for the grand re-opening of the Sheraton Duluth Hotel on East Superior Street. The top-to-bottom renovation is the first since the hotel opened 14 years ago. Crews were able to make all the upgrades since late 2019 while the hotel stayed opened. In each room, every surface guests touch got a…

Large Grain Elevator Catches Fire in Southern Minnesota

Fire Crews Battled the Fire for Hours Sunday

CLINTON, Minn. (FOX 9) – Firefighters in western Minnesota have battled for hours to contain a large fire that erupted in a grain elevator. According to the Big Stone County Sheriff’s Office, crews were called around 10:45 a.m. on Sunday for smoke billowing from the Wheaton-Dumont elevator in Clinton, Minnesota — just east of the South Dakota border and a three-hour drive…

Grand Rapids Business Owners Experiencing Positive Economic Rebound

Crowds are Coming in Droves to Many Locally Owned Businesses in the City of Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Small business owners on the Iron Range are continuing to witness more customers coming back through their doors as COVID-19 restrictions ease, and more people become vaccinated. Staff at Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods in Grand Rapids are seeing droves of people coming in to purchase clothing, footwear, bait, and fishing gear. With the continued closure of…

Over 100 Minnesota Breweries, Cideries Prepare for All Pints North Brew Fest

All Pints North Brew Festival is Happening Saturday, July 31 at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Good beer, beautiful sights, and fun sounds will return to Bayfront Festival Park on Saturday, July 31 for the annual All Pints North Brew Festival. After a cancellation in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 100 Minnesota breweries and cideries are thrilled to be taking part in this year’s event. Organizers expect this year to…

GO: Honeyberry Picking

First planted in 2016, the first and only commercial honeyberry orchard in the united states is just a short drive from the twin ports in Wrenshall.

WRENSHALL, Minn. — First planted in 2016, the first and only commercial honeyberry orchard in the united states is just a short drive from the twin ports in Wrenshall. “So if you can envision a blueberry that kind of fell in love with a pack of sweet tarts. Some are sweet. Some are sour and some are tart. Every variety…

Northwood Children’s Services Steps in to Fill Gap Left After The Hills

Programs will resume through Northwood on July 12th. 

DULUTH, Minn. — The Hills Youth and Family Services in Duluth is officially closed. The facility announced its closure in June because of an due to extraordinarily high fixed costs, the state’s inaction on rate adjustments and the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. Now stepping in, Northwood Children Services will be taking on 40 children ages 10-18 along with ten…

Minnesota Lawmakers Avoid Partial Shutdown as Final Budget Passes

The Final Budget Bill Was Sent to Gov. Tim Walz's Desk Late Tuesday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota lawmakers averted a partial government shutdown at midnight Wednesday by sending the final budget bill to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk. The Senate unanimously approved the $21 billion K-12 education funding agreement, the last must-pass bill before the midnight deadline. Walz has now signed eight budget bills into law and has four others on his desk….

One Injured in Early Morning Hwy 61 Crash

Speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors in the crash.

June 20 car crash 1 June 30 Car crash 2 June 30 Car crash 3 DULUTH, Minn. — Just after 6 a.m. Wednesday morning the Duluth police department responded to a crash on Highway 61 near Congdon boulevard. The 31-year-old driver from Shakopee was driving southbound at a high rate of speed when the vehicle collided with railroad lights and…

Airshow Preview B-25 Bomber Miss Mitchell

Members of the commemorative air force crew say, they can't wait to bring this plane back to the fans of the air show.

DULUTH, Minn. — One of the replica planes performing in the airshow is the B-25 Bomber Miss Mitchell. “This is our first airshow this summer. We couldn’t be happier to be here. The return to normalcy I know everybody appreciates,” Miss Mitchell Pilot, Janaka Bolduc says. It’s a plane that played a huge part in the allies victory during World…

Crews Respond to Overnight Duluth Heights Neighborhood Fire

The damage to the home is estimated at $75,000. 

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Fire Department responded to a house fire around midnight on Friday morning at 6 West Linden Street in the Duluth Heights neighborhood. When crews arrived, they found a large amount of fire on the porch of the home. Two residents were able to escape and taken to a local hospital for treatment. Two cats were…

Renegade Theatre Programs Reopen to Public

The Zinema at Zeitgeist is currently open for community rentals. 

DULUTH, Minn. —  Programs at the Zeitgeist Renegade Theatre are now back open. The Renegade Improv group has been performing in the atrium for the past two weeks on Fridays and is working towards getting back into the theatre. Meanwhile the first Zeitgeist and Renegade produced musical will be back in the theater in August. The Zinema at Zeitgeist is…

Finding Maxie: Minnesota Family Mourns Loss of Dog’s Remains After Vehicle is Broken Into

The Weber's Grandparents Stayed at the Radisson in Duluth Sunday, That's When The Ashes Were Stolen

DULUTH, Minn. – A Minnesota family is mourning the loss of their pet, and his remains after a senseless crime took place Sunday in Duluth. Now they’re asking you to be on the lookout so they can move forward and heal. “He was a chubby dachshund who loved treats,” said Gretchen Weber, Maxie’s owner. Its memories that keep the legacy…

Duluth City Hall Closes Due to Power Outage

The public will be notified once power has been restored.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth City Hall will be closed to the public until power can be restored. A power outage occurred early Wednesday morning which is impacting City Hall. The public will be notified once power has been restored. Minnesota power crews are also working to restore power to in several Duluth neighborhoods. Over 4,000 customers are currently without power…

Boomtown Holds Soft Opening

Boomtown restaurant on Martin Road in Duluth, held a soft opening on Monday with plans of fully opening in early July.

DULUTH, Minn.-A popular restaurant on the Iron Range has made its way down to Duluth and is getting ready to open fully. Boomtown Restaurant on Martin Road in Duluth, held a soft opening last week with plans of fully opening in early July. “Locations typically don’t fail. Once you find a good location you go for it,” Boomtown Owner, Erik…

Early Morning Fire Causes $7,000 in Damage

Duluth fire crews responded shortly before 2 o'clock Tuesday morning. 

DULUTH, Minn. — An early morning fire along the 2200 block of west 11th street in Duluth has caused $7,000 in damage. Duluth fire crews responded shortly before 2 o’clock Tuesday morning. The fire was contained to the front porch of the home. All residents and pets were able to get out of the home safely. The fire was put…

Pinehurst Pool Opens With New Safety Guidelines

The pool will be open Monday through Friday 12-7 p.m. and 12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. 

CLOQUET, Minn. — The Pinehurst Pool in Cloquet officially opened for the 2021 season Monday afternoon. The sand bottom pond in Cloquet is one of the few left in Minnesota. “We are good for any age group to be able to come in from toddlers to young teenagers,” Cloquet Community Education Director, Erin Bates says. After closing all of last…

USPCA K9 Trials Wrap Up

Over 60 teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois came out to the three day event. 

ASHLAND, Wisc. — The USPCA’s Upper Midwest region along with the Ashland police department helped put on the event which helps patrol K9’s get recertified. “We come down to trials and try to promote our dogs as much as possible and get them in the best ability that they can,” Ashland Police Officer, Nick Ovaska says. Over 60 teams from…

15-Year-Old Credited with Saving Families Lives in Morning Structure Fire

The red cross is currently assisting the family displaced by the fire. 

DULUTH, Minn. — A 15-year-old girl is credited with saving her family’s lives during a  structure fire Tuesday morning. The Duluth fire department responded to a two-story single-family home just before one o’clock Tuesday morning on the 1100 block of East 10th Street. Crews noticed heavy fire on the second floor of the building. The four adults and four children…

New Clothing Store Opens in Holiday Center

Hours are limited right now at Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. — A new business has opened in the holiday center skywalk on superior street. “I’m a mama so everything is handmade by me so it kind of just fit perfectly,” Handmade Mama owner, Kayla Moorhead says. Owner Kayla Moorhead has been selling her products online and has gained an international following but wanted to market her products to the…