Dan Hanger

Child Care, Long-Term Care Facilities Get Tough Against Flu Outbreak

DULUTH, Minn. – Long-term care facilities and child day cares are on alert to help prevent the spread of flu as the state of Minnesota has recently seen an explosion of influenza cases. It’s so bad health experts are describing this year’s flu season as severe and one of the worst in recent memory. One child has even died this…

Two Dogs Die In House Fire

GRAND LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A Northland family is without a home, and their two dogs are dead after a fire. St. Louis County authorities said a neighbor saw the family’s home up in flames around 3 p.m. Tuesday on Bergstrom Junction Road in Grand Lake Township, which is about 20 miles northwest of Duluth. Nobody was home at the…

Superior Mother’s “Little Free Library” Set On Fire; Community Steps Up

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A mother of three from Superior is looking for your help to make as many “Little Free Libraries” as possible for the community after her family’s free library was set on fire. The fire happened late Saturday night outside Laura Selden’s home on Birch Avenue. Selden, who is a former MIX 108 morning radio personality and now…

2 Men Killed In Snowmobile Accident in Price County

PRICE COUNTY – Two people are dead after a snowmobile accident in Price County. The victims are a 33-year-old male driver and a 37-year-old male passenger. Their names were not immediately released Sunday. The bodies of the victims and the snowmobile they were riding were located around 1:45 a.m. Sunday near the southern end of Long Lake in the Township…

Four Renters Displaced After Duplex Fire

DULUTH, Minn. – Four renters are without a home after the duplex they were living in went up in flames. It happened Sunday morning at 3105 Restormel Street. When crews arrived, the fire was in full force. Everybody got out of the home safely, including a litter of cats. A dog, however, did not make it. Damage is estimated at…

Minnesota May See Smoky Skies Due To Western Wildfires

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota could see a repeat of smoky skies next summer as huge fires continue in the western United States. Daniel Dix is an air quality meteorologist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. He tells Minnesota Public Radio that wildfires are becoming more common. State pollution control officials say climate change and years of fire suppression…

Baby Jesus Statue Stolen From Chisholm Church

CHISHOLM, Minn. – A church in Chisholm needs your help after somebody stole baby Jesus from their nativity scene. The Knights of Columbus Chisholm Council says the statue was taken overnight outside St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on the 100 block of SW Fourth Street. Church officials are urging anyone with information to call the Chisholm Police Department.

Earth Rider Brewery Partners With Duluth Coffee Co. For Coffee-Infused Pale Ale

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Earth Rider Brewery in Superior is collaborating with Duluth Coffee Company to create a coffee-infused pale ale. Brewer Allyson Rolph says it’s a process being done in a way that she has never experienced before. “They brought in some sample coffees and we tasted them and we built a beer around that,” Rolph said. “So we were…

Grizzly’s Canal Park To Become ‘310 Pub’

Owners Felt Grizzly's Business Model Was Outdated For Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn. –  After five years as Grizzly’s in Canal Park, the owners are shutting that business model down to open up a new pub in its place. It’s called 310 Pub. The menu will feature pub-style items like craft beer, apps, tacos, burgers and sandwiches. But the big change will be the entertainment, with corn hole, pool, darts, skeet…

Superior Choir Students Hold Holiday Concert

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The holiday spirit is bursting in churches and schools across the Northland. 6th graders at Superior Middle School performed their annual choir concert. 7th graders get their chance on stage Thursday from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. 8th graders play Thursday from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Spirits High At Spirit Mountain With Strong Start To Winter

DULUTH, Minn. – The blast snow on Wednesday and continued cold air are a welcomed signs for Spirit Mountain after a few tough and mild winters. Executive Director Brandy Ream said the mountain’s winter operations are moving into its fifth weekend. She says that’s one of the earliest season openings and comes with an uptick in season passes. “We’re lining…

USA Today: MN Is Best-Run State In U.S.

Minnesota has been ranked the best-run state in the country by USA Today. The report points to — among other things — a median household income $8,000 more than the median income nationwide at $65,599. The tax base is around $4,400 a year per resident, which is more than all but four states, according to the report. And the state…

Duluth Police Recruits Train For High-Speed Chase

Class Of 15 Recruits Is The Largest Ever For the Department

DULUTH, Minn. –  We’re taking you on the tarmac and behind the wheel as Duluth police recruits get tested during a mock high-speed chase. It’s all about learning to have full control of a police cruiser while facing so many distractions, especially on a 911 call. John Villa, 34, one of the 15 recruits – the largest class on record…

Police: Vulnerable CHUM Resident Reported Missing

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department asked for the public’s assistance Monday night in locating Allen Lee Time, 75. Authorities said the man is a resident of CHUM who suffers from Dementia and was released from the hospital Monday morning.  He did not show up for dinner at the Union Gospel Mission Monday night. Timm is a white male,…

Homeless Mother: ‘Filthy’ Conditions At Steve O’Neil Apartments; CHUM Takes Action

Steve O'Neil Apartments Have Been Open Since Dec. 2014

DULUTH, Minn. – As the coldest days of winter approach next week, the homeless population will be at the greatest need. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger introduces you to a family not living in the woods and not out of a job, but trying to survive. And through this process, the mother reveals a disturbing look at her emergency housing unit inside…

The Hacienda Bar And Grill For Sale

VILLAGE OF SUPERIOR, Wis. – The popular Hacienda Bar and Grill in the Village of Superior is up for sale. But longtime owner Sandy Rivord tells FOX 21 she’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Rivord says she’s simply planning for her next chapter of retirement, as she’s in her middle 60s. Rivord says bars are typically up for sale for…

Study Shows Promise For Telemark Resort

CABLE, Wis.-The future of Telemark Resort is looking a little brighter. According to the results of a feasibility study, that location would be a prime place for a new resort. It had previously closed about four years ago, after being taken back by a bank. New owners then purchased it at auction and are now looking to sell it to…

Some Iron Range Companies Worry About Tight Labor Market

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) – Unemployment rates on Minnesota’s Iron Range reached their lowest point since the turn of the century, but the tight labor market is making it challenging for local businesses. The Mesabi Daily News cites Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development statistics showing that Iron Range unemployment reached 4 percent in September, its lowest rate since 2000….

Sen. Al Franken To Return To Work ‘Embarrassed and Ashamed’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota Sen. Al Franken broke his silence Sunday after being swept into a nationwide tide of sexual harassment allegations, saying he feels “embarrassed and ashamed” but looks forward to returning to work on Monday and gradually regaining voters’ trust. The Democrat spoke to a handful of media outlets in Minnesota in the first interviews he’s granted after…

Part 2: Carlson Writing Book, Hopes Trump Will Pardon Him

After more than four years in prison, former Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson speaks to FOX 21 in his first television interview.

DULUTH, Minn. – In part two of a special report, former Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson speaks out from prison for the first time since being sentenced for selling synthetic drugs in his heads shop in downtown Duluth. As FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reporter, Carlson claims his innocence, points the finger at the government and says he’s got…

FOX 21 Exclusive: Jim Carlson Breaks Silence From Prison

After more than four years in prison, former Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson speaks to FOX 21 in his first television interview.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a FOX 21 exclusive, former Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson breaks his silence to FOX 21’s Dan Hanger. It’s his first television interview since he went to prison four years ago and since he got his lengthy sentence a year after that. In part one, we talk about Carlson’s life behind bars, if he…

2 Stabbed At Mall of America; Suspect Arrested

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (KMSP) – Bloomington police are investigating a stabbing at the Mall Of America. Police say they were dispatched to Macy’s around 6:40 p.m. on a report of a stabbing. When police arrived they found two adult males had been stabbed in the dressing room in the men’s department of Macy’s. Police say a man was in the dressing…

Teen Found Dead In Hunting Shack Ruled Suicide

AURORA, Minn. (AP) – Authorities are now calling the death of a 16-year-old hunter in northeastern Minnesota a suicide. A member of the boy’s hunting party found him dead in his hunting stand near Aurora late Saturday afternoon. The death initially was reported to authorities as an accidental shooting. But the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday the death…

Researchers Find Way To Keep Sea Lampreys In Check

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Scientists have found a way to keep sea lampreys largely in check in the Great Lakes, which has allowed the lake trout population to rebound. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the sea lamprey is an invasive species that has needle-sharp teeth that can bore a hole through fish scales. Lampreys then suck out blood and fluids….

Gov. Scott Walker Announced Run For Third Term

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP)  Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is calling for an “army of grass-roots volunteers” to combat what he says will be a coordinated attack against his re-election campaign by “big government” Washington-based special interests. Walker officially kicked off his re-election effort with a rally Sunday before a couple hundred backers at a factory outside of Milwaukee. Walker says…

Juvenile In Custody After Threat To Superior High School

Police Believe No Threat Remains At Any Superior School

Threat sent out on Snapchat SUPERIOR, Wis. – A juvenile was taken into custody Sunday after a threat of violence at Superior High School. According to police, the threat was posted on social media. The photo above was submitted to FOX 21 by a family member of a Superior High School student who said her niece and her niece’s fellow students…

New Restaurant Owner Eyeing Closed ‘Blind Pig’

DULUTH, Minn. – The Blind Pig on East Superior Street in downtown Duluth closed earlier this month, but the space could now turn into a new restaurant. The current owner, Rod Raymond, of Just Take Action, is in the process of signing the space over to a new entity that plans to open a new restaurant, according to real-estate broker…

County To Renovate The Old ‘Cook Home Barn’

St. Louis County is working on a project to restore a historical building for a practical purpose. Renovations are underway on the Cook Home Barn near the public safety complex in Duluth. The barn was originally constructed in 1926. The building is currently in use as storage for the sheriff’s officer’s vehicle. But after restoration, it will be used to…