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St. Louis County landfill fire ‘under control’

VIRGINIA, MN -- A garbage fire at the St. Louis County Regional Landfill is under control Thursday night. According to Friends of the Northland FireWire, several Iron Range crews responded to the landfill at 6:45 P.M. When they arrived, the fire was contained to a large pile of garbage. With...
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Charges: Iron Range man fired shots at neighbor's graduation party

An Iron Range man is accused of firing several shots in the direction of a neighbor's graduation party before holding a gun to the head of one attendee. Joseph Duane Johnson, 24, of Biwabik Township, was charged Wednesday with three felonies stemming from the Sunday night incident that allegedly escalated after Johnson's neighbor told him to stop riding an all-terrain vehicle on his property.
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Northland COVID-19 cases decline for 8th consecutive week

The Northland's 10 counties recorded 51 positive COVID-19 cases June 18-24. The weekly total of cases has continued to decrease in the region for eight consecutive weeks. Five deaths were recorded in the Northland in the seven-day period — four in St. Louis County and one in Koochiching County. Seven-day...
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Final charge dropped against former Tower city clerk

Prosecutors have dropped the final remaining charge against the former Tower city clerk ahead of a trial that was scheduled to begin next week. Linda Kaye Keith, 48, was set to face a jury next week on a felony count of first-degree damage to property for allegedly destroying a city-owned laptop computer while she was on administrative leave stemming from another investigation. But Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Chris Florey filed a notice of dismissal June 15, citing only "interests of justice."
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Video: Rahkola Road Fire Mostly Contained

The Rahkola Road fire started on Friday after gusty winds caused a tree to fall onto a power line. Fire conditions have been prevalent for months, which is abnormal for the state. Carl Crawford, the Operations Special Chief of the Type III MNICS Team, said that the fire season usually last around six weeks.
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Minnesota lawmakers prepare to 'push it to the finish line,' move several budget bills

ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers on Tuesday, June 22, continued hammering away at a state budget as the clock continued to wind down on a special legislative session. The Minnesota Senate approved a pair of agriculture and commerce and energy spending bills, sending the measures to the governor's desk for approval. Meanwhile, proposals to fund economic development and job creation programs, transportation funding, environment and natural resources advanced at the Capitol.
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County drops charge against former Tower clerk-treasurer

TOWER— Nearly two years to the day after Linda Keith admitted she intentionally destroyed a city laptop computer, the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office has dismissed the criminal complaint against the former Tower City Clerk-Treasurer. The felony charge for the destruction of public property had hung over Keith’s head for...

County To City Land Transfer Project

DULUTH, MN (KDAL) – The future ownership, management, and use of over 5500 acres of tax forfeit open space in Duluth is the subject of a partnership between the City of Duluth and St. Louis County. Labeled the Strategic Lands Realignment Project, the collaborative initiative supports some critical goals in...

Suspect jailed after stabbing 78-year-old Duluth man

A Duluth man is in jail after police say he attacked and stabbed a 78-year-old man he didn't know in the Lakeside neighborhood Wednesday. Warren Holt, 28, has been booked into the St. Louis County Jail on 1st Degree Aggravated Robbery, 1st and 2nd Degree Assault, and Motor Vehicle Theft charges.
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St. Louis County Attorney: Use of Deadly Force Justified in Saginaw Officer-Involved Shooting

SAGINAW, Minn. – The St. Louis County Attorney’s Office has ruled that the use of deadly force was justified in a January officer-involved shooting in Saginaw. The ruling is in connection to a January 29, 2021 incident, when Deputy Jason Kuhnly of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office fired his gun in the direction of 34-year-old Scott Michael Jordan while tracking him into a wooded area after a reported carjacking.

Governor Walz appoints new judge for Hibbing courthouse

DULUTH, MN -- Minnesota's governor has appointed a new judge who will be seated at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Hibbing. Governor Tim Walz announced Thursday, Bhupesh Pattni will be the next District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District. Pattni will fill Judge Mark Starr's seat. “Mr. Pattni...
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Inside a grassroots effort to vaccinate Black people in Duluth

On a sizzling Friday earlier this month in the Central Hillside, Desiré Singer went around back to greet Ever Johnson in her garden. Together, they talked about different kinds of greens already sprouting, picking weeds and having to do something to pass the time. On the topic of a COVID-19...
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St. Louis County deputy cleared in use-of-force incident

An investigation and review concluded that the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office deputy who shot at an armed carjacking suspect earlier this year in Saginaw used force that was "reasonable and lawful under the circumstances." St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin said in a news release Friday that Deputy Jason...

Use of deadly force in Saginaw shooting by deputy justified, authorized

On January 29,2021, Scott M. Jordan, DOB 04-10-1986, died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head after an encounter with two St. Louis County deputies in the Midway/Saginaw area of St. Louis County, Minnesota, said St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin. During the encounter, two shots were fired by Deputy Jason Kuhnly of the St. Louis County Sheriffls Office. Neither of the shots struck Mr. Jordan.

Pattni appointed as new 6th District judge in Hibbing

HIBBING — An Iron Range public defender has been named to replace longtime Judge Mark M. Starr in the St. Louis County Courthouse in Hibbing. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan on Thursday announced that Bhupesh Pattni, of Virginia, will move into the top seat in the courtroom. Starr retired from his seat earlier this year after serving more than 13 years.