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Spring loses job at Fox 21 News

Meteorologist Karl Spring was let go Wednesday from KQDS-TV Channel 21. Spring was head meteorologist for the Duluth Fox affiliate for about a year. Spring, 49, said Thursday that his departure was a cost-cutting decision and the result of him ha...

Karl Spring

Meteorologist Karl Spring was let go Wednesday from KQDS-TV Channel 21.

Spring was head meteorologist for the Duluth Fox affiliate for about a year.

Spring, 49, said Thursday that his departure was a cost-cutting decision and the result of him having a second job selling cars at a Duluth dealership.

"The new GM didn't like that," Spring said of general manager Jackie Bruenjes, who was hired in early August. "It was not OK with her, so they let me go."

Spring said he was working full time as head weekday meteorologist and about 30 hours a week as a car salesman at North Star Ford to help support his four children.

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Fox 21 News Director Julie Moravchik said Bruenjes was out of town and unavailable for comment, but she disputed Spring's claim.

"What Karl is saying is absolutely not true," Moravchik said. "We had no objection to him selling cars, and it is not appropriate to comment on the reasons he was let go."

The station will begin a search for his replacement soon, Moravchik said.

Before his stint at Fox, Spring worked at KBJR-TV for about two years until he was replaced by George Kessler last July. Spring moved to Duluth from Hopkins, Minn., more than three years ago after holding meteorologist positions at the Fox and ABC affiliates in the Twin Cities.

In conjunction with Fox's news partnership with the Duluth News Tribune, Spring wrote a weather column for the newspaper and its Web site.

Chris Snider, Fox's weekend meteorologist, will fill in for Spring.

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