Author: Dan Hanger

Sheriff Litman Ready For Any Threat To St. Louis County Amid FBI’s Inauguration Warning

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman says he’s confident his office is prepared to handle any potential violence against county government buildings, amid an FBI warming of “armed protests” at all 50 state capitols before, during or even after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Litman told FOX 21’s Dan Hanger Wednesday that his deputies are on a “heightened…

Gov. Walz To Provide Update Wednesday About COVID-19 Restrictions

DULUTH, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz will be holding a press call on Wednesday to discuss the next steps in the state’s response to COVID-19, including an update on restrictions for indoor dining. In a media advisory Monday evening, the Governor’s Office said, “As COVID-19 numbers improve following the pause on activities around the holidays, Governor Tim Walz will hold…

Superior Police Investigate Shooting Incident Inside Gas Station

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior police are investigating a shooting incident at the Kwik Trip on Hammond Avenue. Police were dispatched to the gas station at 623 Hammond Avenue around 5:45 p.m. after a report of a “possible discharge of a firearm inside the store,” said Sgt. Marc Letendre, police information officer. The preliminary investigation indicates a single shot was fired…

Semi Overturns on Highway 61

DULUTH, Minn. – A semi lost control and overturned Wednesday afternoon on a somewhat snowy Highway 61 in Duluth. The Minnesota State Patrol responded, along with some other big rigs to help get that truck out of the way. A Department of Transportation employee on scene told FOX 21 the semi was carrying a heavy load of paper rolls at…

Duluth Police Investigate 41st Shooting of 2020; Victim Shot Multiple Times

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth police are investigating a shooting that injured a person in the Central Hillside neighborhood Tuesday afternoon. The shooting was reported around 2:40 p.m. in an apartment on the corner of Lake Avenue and West 4th Street. “Upon arrival officers located one victim with multiple gunshot wounds,” according to Ingrid Hornibrook, police information officer. The condition, age…

Central Hillside Building Blocked Off By Duluth Police Tape

DULUTH, Minn. —  Duluth police released new details around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday involving a shooting that injured a person in the Central Hillside neighborhood. The shooting was reported around 2:40 p.m. in an apartment on the corner of Lake Avenue and West 4th Street. “Upon arrival officers located one victim with multiple gunshot wounds,” according to Ingrid Hornibrook, police information…

Line 3 Pipeline Opponents Sue To Shut Down Minnesota Construction

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Opponents of a pipeline project that crosses three states have asked a federal court to halt construction in Minnesota on allegations that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to address several environmental issues when it approved a water quality permit. Two Minnesota Ojibwe bands and two environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday that asks for a preliminary…

Exhibition Drive Holiday Sound & Light Show Features Songs From Movies

DULUTH, Minn. – The Exhibition Drive Holiday Sound & Light Show is now featuring songs from movies. Between now and Dec. 31, people can drive through the neighborhood on Exhibition Drive to see lights synchronized to music from “Star Wars,” “Frozen,” “Polar Express” and “The Greatest Showman.” The show kicks off each night at 5 p.m. and runs through 10…

Wisconsin Drunken Driving Convictions, Related Offenses Down

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin Legislative Bureau report shows that yearly convictions for drunken driving and other related offenses dropped by nearly 18,000  between 2004 and 2018. The study also shows that alcohol-related fatal crashes have also declined in Wisconsin in the past 12 years, which mirrors a trend seen nationwide. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Wisconsin Department…

MN COVID-19 Cases As Of Sunday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota health officials are reporting 2,534 positive COVID-19 cases and 40 deaths from data recorded over the past two days. The update that combined Friday and Saturday confirmations increased the total of number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 409,061. The cumulative amount of fatalities stands at 5,147, of which 3,332 were in long-term…

Firefighters Respond to West Duluth Duplex Fire

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth firefighters responded to a duplex fire in West Duluth around 5:30 p.m. Thursday on the 600 block of North 59th Avenue West. Two renters inside the duplex got out just fine after one of them hosed down the fire to keep it at bay until firefighters arrived within minutes. Asst. Fire Chief Dennis Edwards said the…

Eastridge Community Church Takes Christmas Eve Services Outside

DULUTH, Minn. – Members of the Eastridge Community Church bundled up and came together outside for Christmas Eve worship services. Bonfires were set up, along with candle light and a message of hope and renewal. Senior Pastor Thomas Asbury said Christmas services are some of the biggest events of the year for the church, so they decided COVID and the…

Blizzard Causes ‘Extensive Damage’ At Bentleyville; Clean-Up Volunteers Needed

Volunteers can start showing up at Bentleyville at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

DULUTH — The drive-thru version of Bentleyville Tour of Lights suffered “extensive damage” during Wednesday’s blizzard in Duluth, according to a post on the Bentleyville Facebook page late Wednesday. “We are asking any and all people that are able to assist Bentleyville, starting at 9:30 am on Thursday. We are in GREAT NEED of help to be able to try…

City of Duluth Issues ‘No Travel Advisory’ During Blizzard Warning

DULUTH, Minn. (Press Release) – Starting immediately, the City of Duluth in coordination with the National Weather Service in Duluth are issuing a no travel advisory until further notice. The National Weather Service of Duluth recently issued a blizzard warning for Duluth, and thus the City is asking residents not to travel unless it is an emergency. The City will…

Trump Threatens To Torpedo COVID Relief With New Demands

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is threatening to torpedo Congress’ massive pandemic relief package in the midst of a raging pandemic and deep economic uncertainty. He’s suddenly demanding changes fellow Republicans have opposed, like a huge jump in the $600 payments planned for most Americans. “I’m asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to…

Duluth School Dist. Plans For Full Elementary In-Person Learning By Feb. 8

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School District is moving forward with plans to bring back elementary students for in-person learning next year. The Duluth School Board will discuss those plans at their committee of the whole meeting Monday night. The plans include full in-person learning for kindergarten through second grade to begin Monday, Jan. 25. Grades three through five will…

Congress Seals Agreement on COVID Relief, Government Funding

WASHINGTON (AP) – Top negotiators in Congress have sealed a deal on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package. Lawmakers announced the agreement Sunday after days of negotiations, and passage by Congress is expected Monday. The agreement would establish a temporary $300 per week supplemental jobless benefits and $600 direct stimulus payments to most Americans, along with a fresh…

Longtime Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Abrahamson Dies

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Shirley Abrahamson, the longest-serving Wisconsin Supreme Court justice in state history and the first woman to serve on the high court, has died. She was 87. Abrahamson’s son Dan told The Associated Press that his mom died Saturday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Long recognized as a top legal scholar nationally and a leader among…

Video Allowed In Trial Of Officers Charged In Floyd Killing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A judge has upheld his decision to livestream the trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd. Judge Peter Cahill says in his order Friday that he’s allowing video coverage due to immense global interest in the case and limited courthouse space. Cahill dismissed concerns by state prosecutors. They argued last…

Minnesota State Lawmaker Dies of Coronavirus Complications

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A state senator from St. Cloud has died of complications related to COVID-19. The Star Tribune reports 76-year-old Jerry Relph was the first Minnesota lawmaker to succumb to the virus. Relph was among a number of Republican legislators who contracted COVID-19 after contact with colleagues in mid-November. At the time, Rachel Aplikowski, the Senate GOP spokeswoman, said…

Duluth Boy’s Death Ruled Homicide, Mother’s Then-Fiance Arrested

Formal charges of 2nd-degree murder are pending with the St. Louis County Attorney's Office.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department has confirmed a man is under arrest involving the death of a child, which is the city’s first homicide of 2020. Homicide suspect Jordan William Carter, 30. Jordan William Carter, 30, who was the fiancé to the child’s mother during the death, was taken into custody Thursday on preliminary charges of 2nd-degree murder…

Duluth Photographer Captures ‘Once-In-A-Lifetime’ Bobcat Experience

DULUTH, Minn. — Mike Mayou, of Mike Mayou MM Photography, captured some amazing drone video of a family of bobcats hanging out along the St. Louis River Wednesday. “I stumbled upon a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Down by the St. Louis River, I noticed a few creatures moving across the ice. After flying a drone over to investigate, I discovered that there…

Duluth, St. Louis Co. Leaders ‘Dismayed’ by Rep. Stauber’s Backing of Lawsuit to Overturn Biden Win

DULUTH, Minn. – Elected leaders in Duluth and St. Louis County are calling out Republican Congressman Pete Stauber, who represents Minnesota’s 8th District, for his backing of a recent lawsuit to invalidate President-Elect Joe Biden’s wins in Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Letter to Congressman Stauber The lawsuit was thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court Friday. Duluth Mayor Emily…

Wis. Air National Guard F-16 Crashes in Michigan’s U.P.

MADISON, Wis. — An F-16 Fighting Falcon with the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field air base in Madison crashed around 8 p.m. Tuesday in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, according to officials. At the time of the incident, the aircraft was on a routine training mission with one pilot on board. “Emergency responders are on scene. The…

Drive-By Shooting in Central Hillside Has Neighbors On Edge; It’s Duluth’s 37th Shooting This Year

Shooting data provided by the Duluth Police Department includes all criminally discharged gunfire where evidence is obtained.

DULUTH, Minn. – Neighbors are speaking out after and early morning drive-by shooting Wednesday in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood.  This is the city’s record-breaking 37th shooting so far this year compared to 23 last year, according to Duluth Police Department data.  And the neighbors, who are parents, say they can’t believe it’s happening in their own backyard and they hope…

Special Report: Inside Duluth’s 2020 Surge In Gun Violence

One-one-ones with police Chief Mike Tusken, the head of Duluth's Major Crimes Bureau, the medical director at St. Luke's ER and Mayor Emily Larson

DULUTH, Minn. –  We’re in the final month of a pandemic-ridden 2020 that’s created a lot of pain, unknowns and problems of all types for so many in the Northland. For the Duluth Police Department, the challenge has not only been navigating the virus but facing a record number of shootings — 36 of them this year alone — something…

Duluth Police Officer Charged In Shooting; Victim’s Atty. Wants Attempted Murder Charge

"It's obviously a grave charge that I’m referencing, but that's the fact here, that's what happened,” according to Andrew Poole, attorney for victim Jared Fyle, 23.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Attorney Andrew Poole spoke out Monday about felony charges filed against Duluth Police Officer Tyler Leibfried, 28, who shot his unarmed client, Jared Fyle, 23, through his apartment door during a domestic assault call on Sept. 12. “The facts are this is a case where Mr. Fyle was in his own home behind a closed locked…

DECC COVID-19 Saliva Testing Site, Parking Change Tuesday

DULUTH, Minn. – The COVID-19 saliva testing site at the DECC is moving Tuesday into the DECC’s more spacious South Pioneer Hall. Drivers are asked to enter through the east entrance closest to the William A. Irvin and Marcus Duluth Cinema before parking and walking to “Door A” by the Curling Club entrance. Anybody from Minnesota or Wisconsin can get…

Duluth Police Investigate 34th Shooting of 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating the city’s 34th shooting of the year — this time in the Central Hillside neighborhood. Officers responded around 8:15 p.m. Monday to a report of the sound of shots fired in the area of 6th Avenue East and 6th Street. “Officers discovered evidence consistent with the report,” according to Ingrid Hornibrook, public information…

Wisconsin Passes Grim Milestone of 3,000 Coronavirus Deaths

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin has surpassed 3,000 COVID-19 deaths, adding a about third of that tally in November. The state Department of Health Services reported 51 deaths on Saturday, bringing the state’s death toll to 3,005 since the pandemic began. The Journal Sentinel reports it took Wisconsin about five months from the beginning of the pandemic in March to hit…

In Wisconsin Recount, Trump Challenges Pile Up, Slow Tally

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A large contingent of observers supporting President Donald Trump are making their presence felt in Wisconsin’s partial election recount. Trump is paying $3 million for the recount in the state’s two biggest and most liberal counties in a long shot bid to erase Democrat Joe Biden’s more than 20,000-vote victory. The atmosphere inside the convention hall where…

Police Arrest 15-Year-Old Boy in Wisconsin Mall Shooting

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say they arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection to a shooting at a suburban Milwaukee mall that injured eight people. Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber says the shooting happened during an altercation Friday afternoon between two groups. He said four “innocent bystanders” suffered what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries. Police say the suspect…

Minnesota Officials Report 40 New Deaths Due To COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota health officials are reporting 7,219 new coronavirus cases, lifting the total number of positive tests to more than 270,000 since the start of the pandemic. Officials confirmed 40 deaths due to complications from COVID-19 in the last day, for a total of 3,241 fatalities. Data filed Saturday by researchers from Johns Hopkins University shows that Minnesota’s…

Report on Possible Merger of DECC, Visit Duluth to be Released Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn. — The possibility of merging the DECC and Visit Duluth will come to the table Wednesday as board members for both entities are presented a report on the pros and cons of the idea. The possible merger was first made public in September as severe budget woes from the pandemic became very real for the convention center and…

Death Investigation Underway Involving Douglas Co. Inmate

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A death investigation is underway involving an inmate at the Douglas County Jail. The Sheriff’s Office said the inmate was brought to the hospital early Saturday morning with “an unknown medical condition.” The inmate, whose name was not released Sunday, died at the hospital several hours later. Sheriff Tom Dalbec said he expects to release more details…

Duluth Police Dept. Switches To COVID-19 Emergency Schedule

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department is switching to a COVID-19 emergency patrol schedule to allow for a built-in quarantine period. Officers will now work five-day, 12-hour shifts with 10 days off. Investigative staff will be on rotating shifts to serve as back-up for patrol. As of Tuesday night, 27 employees were in quarantine for being exposed to the…

COVID-19 Spike Forcing Duluth Edison Charter Schools To Go Virtual

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Edison Charter Schools has announced it’s switching to distance learning Tuesday for grades K through 5. The county’s COVID-19 spike has led to a large scale quarantine of students and staff, which Duluth Edison says is “crippling” their ability to provide in-person schooling. Distance learning is expected to continue until at least the end of the…

Superior School Dist.: 67 Staff, 276 Students Quarantined

District went to virtual learning Monday.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – On Monday the Superior School District reported just how many students and staff are in one way or another affected by COVID-19. As of Friday, 67 staff and 276 students were quarantined.  28 of those quarantined were for positive cases, according to the district. “Additionally, we saw continued high numbers in our county over the weekend, and…

‘Duluth Restaurant Week — Gift Card Edition’ Begins Amid Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn. – The first-ever Duluth Restaurant Week – Gift Card Edition began Sunday as a replacement to the traditional Eat Downtown Restaurant Week because of the pandemic. So rather than attracting people to dine in for specially priced menus, this week is all about purchasing gift cards for deals. Nearly 30 participating restaurants throughout Duluth will provide a $5…

Duluth Police ‘Experiencing Impacts of COVID-19,’ But City Won’t Say Total Cases

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth would not confirm how many officers or staff members with the Duluth Police Department were off the beat Thursday with COVID-19 after a press release was sent out that said the department is “experiencing impacts of COVID-19.” “We respect our employees right to privacy and all disclosures are voluntary.  Therefore, we will not…

Home Struck 8 Times During Drive-by Shooting in Duluth’s Piedmont Neighborhood

This is the 32nd shooting in Duluth so far this year compared to 22 in 2019.

DULUTH, Minn. – Another shooting has happened in Duluth – the 32nd so far this year compared to 22 last year. It was a drive-by shooting around 11:30 p.m. Sunday involving a home in the Piedmont neighborhood – just one block from Piedmont Elementary School, according to a press release. Nearby surveillance video obtained by FOX 21 shows the vehicle…

Condemned Kozy Building Starts on Fire — Again

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn. — The condemned Kozy building in downtown Duluth went up in flames again Sunday. The Duluth Fire Department got the call for a structure fire around 9:50 a.m. at 129 East 1st Street. When crews arrived, thick smoke was coming from the second floor of the building. Fire crews on scene Sunday morning after fire broke out at…

Superior Homes Turn Spooky For Halloween

SUPERIOR – The city of Superior is showing signs of horror throughout the community these days with homes turning into haunted houses. Some of the decorated homes are very elaborate and part of a “Haunt Your House” contest with Superior Spooktacular. You can check out the entries on Facebook. The entry with the most “likes” will win People’s Choice. Below…

School Board Approves Potential Future Sale of Historic Old Central Building H.S.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School Board unanimously voted Tuesday night to move forward with the potential sale of the Historic Old Central High School building in downtown Duluth. The vote allows the district to enter into a final purchase agreement with a potential buyer down the road. “A purchase agreement allows a buyer to conduct due diligence prior to…