Updated: 01/15/2014 11:08 PM
Created: 01/15/2014 6:34 PM WDIO.com
By: Alan Hoglund
Chances are you've either got a smartphone, need a smartphone, or you can't figure out how to make the thing work.
The new Verizon Wireless store opens near the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth on Thursday morning. The business had to relocate to a kiosk in the mall temporarily after 2012 flooding damaged their old building.
District Manager Matt Hagert told Eyewitness News that the new store features the "smart store design," and that it's only the second like it in Minnesota.
"Instead of having everything in the back of the store that we have to bring out to you, we want you to see it all, feel it, play with it, get your hands on it," Hagert said. "This entire store is about that wow factor."
Hagert said the focus of the new store's design is on the customer experience. "Verizon Wireless is pushing all of the stores into this over the next couple of years."
At the new location, Hagert said customers will also find the "Wireless Workshop." He said the store will hold classes held several times each day to teach customers about using a smartphone, regardless of their cell phone service provider.
McFadden and Franken Clash on Mining, Health Care
Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden spent their first debate in Duluth clashing over mining and Pres. Obama's health care law. The pair will meet again on October 26.
Updated: Police ID Victim in Superior Homicide, Still Searching for Suspect
The Superior Police Department has released the name of a homicide victim in Superior Tuesday evening. They say 20-year-old Garth H. Velin of Superior was killed. Police say they are still searching for the person responsible.
MNsure Says 4.5 Percent Average Hike in 2015
Minnesota officials say the average rate for policies sold on the state health insurance exchange next year will go up 4.5 percent. They say that will still give Minnesota the lowest average rate in the nation.
Wis. Court: Castle Doctrine Doesn't Apply Outside Dwelling
The 2nd District Court of Appeals ruling Thursday stems from the case of Charles Chew, who fired at two men as they fled across a parking lot after they beat him in his apartment in 2012.
Man Pleads Guilty in Deaths of Parents
An Iron River, Wis., man has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of his parents last winter. 45-year-old James Crain, Jr., entered the plea Tuesday as part of a plea agreement.