Dan Hanger

UPDATE: Maintenance Worker was Attempting to Address Elevator Problem before Death

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A 63-year-old man is dead after falling from down an elevator shaft at Superior’s Androy Hotel. The accident happened around 6 p.m. Tuesday at the hotel at 1213 Tower Avenue. According to the Superior Fire Department, the man, who was not identified Tuesday, fell 20 feet from the first floor to the basement. The Superior Police Department…

Larson Budget Proposal: $2.1M In Cuts, $1M Increase In Streets With Levy Increase

DULUTH, Minn. – Mayor Emily Larson has released her proposed city budget for 2018. It includes cuts to all departments, including $700,000 combined from the fire and police departments, as well as a heavy investment in city streets. Larson wants $2.1 million in cuts to city expenses, an $895,000 investment into a community solar garden and a $1 million increase…

Buhl Man Drowns Trying To Save His Dog

BUHL, Minn. – A Buhl man is dead after trying to rescue his dog from a water-filled mining pit. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man as 56-year-old Gary Paternoster. The drowning happened around 6 p.m. Saturday. Authorities said the dog got caught on something in the water. Paternoster was swimming out in the mine pit to…

Jet Skiers Collide With Yacht In Duluth Harbor

DULUTH, Minn. – There were some scary moments for jet skiers in the canal of Duluth Saturday after the machine they were riding slammed into a yacht. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said the 21-year-old Duluth females on the jet ski were leaving under the Minnesota Slip Bridge at roughly 30 mph when they lost control and rammed into…

Former CSS Standout, Basketball Player Facing Child Sex Charges

David Ohnstad Graduated In 2016 With 'Student Leadership Award'

DULUTH, Minn. – A former St. Scholastica basketball player and standout 2016 graduate is facing eight serious charges of child sexual assault. David Ohnstad, 23, is accused in Polk and Burnett counties of sexually assaulting a young girl multiple times between 2009 and 2012. The criminal complaint says Ohnstad was 15 and the alleged victim – who was known to…

‘Can Of Worms’ Reconstruction Project Hits Financial Snag

DULUTH, Minn. – Federal funding for the Interstate 35 ‘Can of Worms’ reconstruction project has been halted. MnDOT officials say the Trump administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure promise is shifting greater responsibility onto states and municipalities, which means the $205 million Can of Worms project can now only be awarded up to 20 percent worth of federal dollars compared to 80 percent…

Thousands Face ‘Night of Mayhem’ At Proctor Speedway

FOX 21's Dan Hanger Took First Place In Celebrity Bus Race

PROCTOR, Minn. – It was a successful “Mid-Summer Night of Mayhem” at the Proctor Speedway Saturday night. More than 3,000 people filled the stands to watch trailer races, reverse races and of course the school bus races. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger was back behind the wheel for the “celebrity” bus race for the third time in a row, and this…

Duluth Communities Celebrate ‘National Night Out’

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a perfect summer night Tuesday on so many levels for communities across the Northland that celebrated National Night Out. Neighbors were out of their homes and in the streets to build better relationships with each other and their police departments. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger takes you to Duluth’s Lincoln Park for a “street bash” there….

Police Search For Missing Duluth Couple With Medical Needs

DULUTH, Minn. (Press Release) – The Duluth Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 82-year-old Ronald Tarnowski and 78-year-old Mary Tarnowski. Ronald and Mary were last seen yesterday, July 29th at around 9:00 a.m.  They may be driving a silver 2005 Chevy Tahoe 4 door SUV with MN license plate 852JXG with black plastic fender flares. Also, they left…

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Looks To Expand — Again

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s largest brewing company, Bent Paddle, is hoping to expand again in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Renderings submitted to the city’s planning office shows an upgrade to a building on the 1800 block of West Michigan Street. That is the same building Bent Paddle has been housing its offices, which is across the street from the company’s…

Special Report: The Science, Madness Behind Potholes

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s the same old problem that plagues the Northland year after year – those tire- eating, car-breaking potholes. In a special report, FOX 21’s Dan Hanger introduces you to MnDOT workers who work tirelessly to prevent and patch our crumbling roads.  And you’ll also get an inside look at the science behind this type of never ending…

Victim Identified In Fatal Boating Accident; Driver Faces Criminal Charges

Authorities Say Dark Night, Speed, Alcohol Were Factors

ELLSBERG TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A criminal investigation is underway after a late-night boat ride for four friends on a lake in St. Louis County turned fatal. Ann DeLanghe, 54, of Burnsville, Minn., died from her injuries after being ejected from the boat, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. Her husband, Ernest, was also a passenger.  His condition was…

Benedictine Living Community Hosts Dog Parade For Alzheimer’s Research

DULUTH, Minn. – It was all about the dogs at Benedictine Living community in Duluth Wednesday. Residents and family members packed the garden area for a fantastic dog show. But the show meant even more to the community because each dog entry came with a fee to help raise money for Alzheimer’s disease. “It’s the smiles. People who may have…

Hibbing Homicide Investigation Continues

JULY 18, 2017- Authorities in Hibbing are seeking the public’s assistance as they continue to investigate the death of Brian Nelson. Investigators are interested in speaking to anyone who may have had any contact with Nelson between Saturday evening July 8 through Monday July 10. The investigation is ongoing at this point, and authorities indicate that they believe this to…

Two Arrested in July 9 Lincoln Park Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating after a 34-year-old woman was shot in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The call for help came in at 2:36 a.m. Sunday around the 2100 block of West 6th Street. Officers arrived on scene to find the woman lying in the street with non-life threatening injuries. On Thursday, July 13, the Duluth Police Department…

Kwik Trip Could Buy Boundary Ave. Land At Auction

DULUTH, Minn. – A proposed Duluth Kwik Trip could get one last chance to build on controversial property near Proctor. That’s because the St. Louis County Board is putting the tax for-forfeited property up on the auction block as early as October. On Tuesday, the county board voted unanimously against selling the land on Boundary Avenue to the Duluth Economic Development…

Duluth Man Injured In High-Speed Crash

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man is fighting for his life after a crash that authorities say reached speeds of 100 miles an hour. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says the 30-year-old driver was ejected from the vehicle and found around 10 yards from the crash site on the 6400 block of Rice Lake Road. The call for help…

1 Hospitalized After Shooting In East Hillside

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating a shooting in the Central Hillside neighborhood. The shooting is believed to have happened around 5:50 p.m. Thursday on the 600 block of East 4th Street. That’s the location officers were told to look for a possible gun in the high grass by an apartment building across from the Whole Foods Co-op. This…

Sen. Amy Klobuchar In Duluth Monday To Support Breweries Legislation

MINNEAPOLIS (Press Release) – On Monday, July 3, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will meet with business leaders and local elected officials at Canal Park Brewery in Duluth to discuss the economic benefits of Minnesota’s craft beer industry and highlight her bipartisan legislation to support craft breweries and boost the tourism industry. In the Senate, Klobuchar is a cosponsor of the…

Authorities: 6 killed in plane crash in northern Wisconsin

PHILLIPS, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say six people aboard a Cessna airplane were killed when it crashed in northern Wisconsin. The Price County Sheriff’s Office says the airplane crashed at 3:21 a.m. Saturday near the city of Phillips. WSAW-TV (http://bit.ly/2sgjhQI ) reports that the crash victims were all adults, but no names have been released. The sheriff’s office says the…

London Road Driver On Sleeping Pills Before Fatal Crash

DULUTH, Minn. – Theresa Katzmark, 49, of Superior has pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Donna Estrem, 62. According to the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office, Katzmark admitted she was under the influence of sleeping pills when she put her vehicle into drive instead of reverse before hitting and killing Estrem on East London Road. Sentencing is…

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…