Dan Hanger

Craft Brewers Fear Last-Minute Regulations In Budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP)  Wisconsin’s craft brewers and wineries are trying to head off a plan they fear legislators will tuck into the state budget that would prevent them from selling their products on-site and force them into contracts with distributors. The Wisconsin Tavern League and the Wisconsin Beer Distributors Association have been trying to convince lawmakers to adopt legislation clearly…

Black Lives Matter Protesters Stall Twin Cities Pride Parade

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Several protesters interrupted the annual Twin Cities Pride Parade Sunday morning in downtown Minneapolis. As parade participants marched down Hennepin Avenue, Black Lives Matter protesters joined in, carrying signs reading “No KKKops at Pride. Make Pride revolutionary again,” and others. The group stopped at 9th Street and 10th Street, halting the parade for several minutes at a time. One protester…

Dist. 709 Integration Funding In Question From State

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School District was in limbo mode Thursday involving millions of dollars in funding from the state that supports Native American students, students of color, and specialized teachers. The district’s Education Equity Advisory Committee met Thursday night about the latest on the issue. In short, an updated formula at the state level that qualifies schools for…

2 Charged In Cloquet Dog’s Attack, Death

UPDATE 6-22-17: The owners of the three dogs that killed another person’s dog, pleaded guilty to criminal charges against them. As part of a plea agreement, the owners have agreed to euthanize their dogs, according to Cloquet Police. No further information was made available. CLOQUET, Minn. – Charges are now filed against the owners of three dogs accused of escaping…

Forum Raises Awareness About Elder Abuse

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Twin Ports is experiencing a trend that’s becoming something of an epidemic — hitting one of the most vulnerable groups of our population. According to UWS officers, one out of every 10 people 60 and older are abused every year. The abuse includes financial exploitation, fraud, scams, emotional and physical mistreatment, and neglect. UWS estimates 3,800…

Camper Accidentally Shoots Self In Buttocks Near Ely

A man was hospitalized Thursday after accidentally shooting himself in the buttocks. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened around 3 p.m. in the area of Angleworm Lake off the Echo Trail north of Ely. The 29-year-old from Maplewood, Minn., was getting ready for a nap in his tent in the BWCAW, went to remove his loaded…

Foot Patrol Officer Now Assigned To Downtown, Canal Park Beat

Officer To Build Relationships, Perform Long-Term Problem Solving

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is going old school in the way it patrols the downtown and Canal Park business districts. For the first time in a decade, a full-time police officer will now be on foot patrol, as FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports. It’s a new day for Duluth police officer Mike Jambor. There’s no squad car…

Council’s Rezoning Vote For Kwik Trip Is Now Void

DULUTH, Minn. – A vote by the Duluth city council Monday to rezone land for a proposed Kwik Trip near Proctor did not have the proper amount of votes to do so, according to council president Joel Sipress. Sipress said a super majority vote of six was needed to rezone the land from residential to mixed-use — not the 5-3…

Duluth Council OKs Path For Kwik Trip Near Proctor

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council voted Monday night to rezone property near Proctor from residential to mixed-use, which allows a Kwik Trip development to move forward. The vote came down to a 5-3 vote with councilors Joel Sipress, Gary Anderson and Howie Hanson voting against the rezoning and Elissa Hansen absent. The parcels of land are at Boundary…

Electric Car Owners In Minnesota To Face $75 Annual Fee

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota owners of vehicles powered exclusively by electricity will face a new fee next year. Minnesota Public Radio reports the annual $75 surcharge approved by state lawmakers takes effect in January. Minnesota joins a growing number of states tacking on an extra registration charge on electric vehicles to make up for lost gas tax revenues….

Motorcyclist Killed Near Bayfield

Driver Of Vehicle Under The Influence Of Alcohol

BAYFIELD, Wis. – A 64-year-old motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries after an accident on WIS 13 near Bayfield, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The incident happened on Saturday, June 10 just after 7 p.m. on WIS 13 at Superior Avenue in Bayfield County. A Volkswagon Jetta was traveling northbound on WIS 13, and attempted to make a left-hand turn…

Vista Building Temporary Platform Over Decaying Seawall

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth has begun installing a temporary loading platform for the Vista Fleet while the city deals with fixing the crumbling dock walls and areas around it behind the DECC. The wooden platform will allow visitors to safely get on the Vista cruises, according to the city. The problem comes from the aging timbers below…

Cloquet Police Chief Exonerated, Retires; What’s Next?

CLOQUET, Minn. – After a three-month investigation, Cloquet’s police chief, Steve Stracek, is cleared of that “vote of no confidence” complaint by officers of his own department. It’s part of a separation agreement between Stracek and the city, which includes Stracek retiring Thursday. And now, for the first time since the investigation began in March, a longtime police commander is…

Police: Man Stabbed Multiple Times In Finlayson

Victim, Suspect Live Together

FINLAYSON, Minn. (Press Release) — The Pine County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an assault which took place early this morning in the city of Finlayson. Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) agents and crime scene personnel are assisting with the investigation. Shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday, Pine County sheriff’s deputies responded to two 911 calls reporting an assault at an…

Crabby Ol’ Bill’s Opens Friday With New Owners

DULUTH, Minn. – The iconic Crabby Ol’ Bill’s eatery in Canal Park is possibly a little less crabby right now because it’s opening Friday and under new ownership. The popular hot spot has gotten rotted wood fixed up, along with fresh paint and a deep cleaning inside where all those famous mini donuts are made. “Our company, Titanium Partners, is…

Only 2 Apply For Open Superior City Council Seat

Seat Was Graham Garfield's Who Resigned

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The application deadline is over in Superior, and two candidates are officially in the running to be appointed to the former council seat of Graham Garfield who resigned. Tylor Elm handed in 232 signatures of support with his application. Elm lost to Garfield in a recent election by one vote. The other candidate is Kara Schmidt who…

High-Speed Chase Ends In Arrest In St. Louis County

  Robert Getty (St. Louis Co Jail) CHERRY, Minn. – Deputies from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s office attempted to arrest a 48-year old male in the Cherry Township area around 5 a.m. Sunday, May 28. The male, who authorities have identified as Robert Getty, of McKinley, was wanted on charges stemming from a domestic assault which has occurred in…

Part 2: Downtown Duluth: What’s Next?

DULUTH, Minn. – In Part 2 of a special report, Downtown Duluth: What’s Next?, you’ll meet a new generation of business developers who are determined to make their mart on West Superior Street – all during a time when the retail industry is feeling the pressure of online shopping an e-commerce.  FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports. A renaissance, a boom,…

Part 1: Downtown Duluth — What’s Next?

DULUTH, Minn. – Major changes are beginning to unfold in downtown Duluth as investors and city leaders work to keep the area progressive. In Part 1 of a special report, FOX 21’s Dan Hanger takes a look at the changing retail industry downtown as the buyer habits of consumers continue to shift online. There’s no denying downtown Duluth is on…

Vandals Strike Nearly 30 Vehicles In Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Dozens of drivers became victims of vandalism overnight Sunday into Monday. That’s because the windows of at least 30 vehicles were blown out by what authorities believe were BBs from a BB gun. The damage was felt in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and West Duluth. No arrests were made as of Monday. If you know anything, call…

First On FOX: Former Superior Councilor’s Ex-Fiance Vying For His Seat

'It's In No Way Revenge Or Anything Like That'

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The ex-fiancé of former Superior city councilor Graham Garfield broke her silence first to FOX 21’s Dan Hanger Wednesday. Kara Schmidt talked about the incident that lead to four domestic abuse charges against Garfield, as well as her jump into the race to replace Garfield’s former council seat. “It’s heart shattering. I didn’t expect my whole life…

WI Emergency Operations Update On Tornado Damage

Report #1 5-16-2017 One person was killed and more than 25 people were injured tonight following tornadoes that hit northwestern Wisconsin. The National Weather Service says a supercell tracked across Polk, Barron, and Rusk counties late Tuesday afternoon spanning one or more tornadoes. Barron County: One fatality, 25 injuries at the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park in Cameron. Approximately 40…

Tornado Rips Through Western Wisconsin; 1 Dead, 25 Injured

CAMERON, Wis. (KMSP) – One person is dead and 25 others are injured after tornado touchdowns near Cameron, Wis., according to the Barron County Sheriff. There is widespread damage in the area.   Click here for aerial footage. The search for survivors is ongoing. Responders could hear the voices of people trapped inside their homes when they first arrived, packing six…

Broadcasters Remember Radio Legend Pat Cadigan

Cadigan Was 81 Years Old

DULUTH, Minn. – The Twin Ports broadcasting industry is remembering the life of radio icon Pat Cadigan. Cadigan died Monday morning after a short illness. He was 81 years old. Cadigan was originally from Superior and began his career at KDAL radio in 1961. His sidekick for 26 of those years was Rick Jordan. Later, longtime KDLH-TV anchor Pat Kelly…

Man, Girl Killed In Iron Range Crash

Authorities Believe Alcohol Was a Factor In Accident

IRON RANGE – The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal alcohol-related crash that’s claimed the life of a 7-year-old Hibbing girl and a 26-year-old man from Superior. That accident happened just before midnight Saturday on U.S. Highway 169 near Buhl. Authorities say Jason Gates of superior was driving under the influence of alcohol when his vehicle collided with the…

‘Love Locks’ Building On Portion Of Lakewalk

City Allowing Trend, Monitoring Safety

DULUTH, Minn. –  The love is continuing to build in the form of dozens of locks on a portion of Duluth’s Lakewalk. All types of padlocks can be seen attached to four wooden posts behind Comfort Inn and Suites. Love Locks, as they are often called, have become a growing trend across the country and even the world where sweethearts…

Crabby Ol’ Bill’s Saved From Closure

Opening Day Is May 26

DULUTH, Minn. – An iconic boat in Canal Park that has a summer smell like no other has been rescued. We’re talking about Crabby Ol’ Bill’s. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger confirmed Thursday the owners of Titanium Partners have purchased the historic boat along the Lakewalk and the business inside. The sale means the popular mini donuts of all kinds will…

A & Dubs Is Back Open For The Season

DULUTH, Minn. – A popular Lincoln Park drive-in is back open for the season. A & Dubs was packed all day Wednesday with cars lining up outside for burgers, fries and of course the cold root beer. The restaurant has been a staple in Duluth for more than 50 years. The owner says it’s the fresh ingredients and homemade sauces…

Developer Has Big Plans For Former Bagley’s Building

Developer Kevin Kuklis Grew Up In Hermantown, Lives In Texas

DULUTH, Minn. – A new developer in town has big plans for the former Bagley’s building on the 300 block of West Superior Street. Kevin Kuklis, 40, is a Hermantown native who lives in Texas these days, but has a strong passion for downtown Duluth. Kuklis told FOX 21’s Dan Hanger he’s working on the top floor of the building…