Author: Dan Hanger

Coffee Conversation: AICHO Hosting Indigenous Food And Art Market Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. — The American Indian Community Housing Organization known as AICHO is hosting it’s indigenous food and art market Saturday in Duluth. Nearly two dozen vendors will be there – farmers, artists, authors, community organizations, and entrepreneurs. Organizers joined Dan Hanger on Fox 21 Friday morning saying the free event is all about finding a sense of community among…

Coffee Conversation: Folk Rock Musician Gina Lee

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth musician Gina Lee performed two covers on the morning show Thursday — “Black Water” by The Doobie Brothers and “Long Cool Woman” by the Hollies.  For more on her music career, click here.  Part 1: Part 2:     Categories: Coffee Conversation, Community, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Coffee Conversation: ‘Project Joy’ Donates $30K To Feed Kids Through CHUM, YMCA, Gospel Mission

DULUTH, Minn. – Laura Plys, the co-founder of Project Joy Northland, which is a charity with a goal of ending childhood hunger, stopped by the morning show Thursday to talk about the non-profit and its latest donations to CHUM, YMCA and the Union Gospel Mission worth $10,000 each to help feed local children. Project Joy Northland was started in 2012…

Coffee Conversation: Dirtbike Boyfriend Performs

DULUTH, Minn. – Local musician Bret Holland, known as Skateboard Boyfriend, made his first live TV performance Wednesday on the morning show.  Holland has only been doing live performances since April and is continuing to master his craft. Take a listen below! Part 1:  Part 2:   Categories: Coffee Conversation, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Coffee Conversation: Steve’s “Overpopulated” One-Man-Band

DULUTH, Minn. — Steve Solkela, of Steve’s “Overpopulated” One-Man Band, showed off his talents, humor, and wacky antics Thursday morning with two original songs off his accordion.  When he’s at full capacity, he’s a 17-piece ensemble. Click the videos to take a listen!  And for more on Steve, click here. Song 1: Song 2: Categories: Coffee Conversation, Entertainment, Minnesota, News,…

Coffee Conversation: CHUM Rhubarb Festival June 15

DULUTH,  Minn. – The CHUM Rhubarb Festival is Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Stella Maris Academy – Holy Rosary Campus (2802 E. 4th St.) in Duluth. The free family festival includes all things Rhubarb, along with live entertainment from local and regional bands. The festival is CHUM’s biggest fundraiser of the year to support its…

Coffee Conversation: Punk Rock Musician Lyla Abukhodair Performs

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth musician Lyla Abukhodair performed on the morning show Friday to highlight her new album, “Scream.” And she also performed “Your Mom Hates Me Now.” Check out both performances below!  And follow Lyla on Instagram and Spotify. Part 1: “Your Mom Hates Me Now” Part 2: “Scream”     Categories: Coffee Conversation, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News –…

Coffee Conversation: St. Luke’s Doctors Of Therapy Talk ‘Trigger Point Dry Needling’

DULUTH, Minn. — Two doctors of physical therapy from St. Luke’s stopped by the morning show Thursday to talk about the benefits of Trigger Point Dry Needling. Click the video above to learn all about it and see a demonstration of how the process is done.   And click here for more. Categories: Coffee Conversation, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Stokke’s Meat Market Ready To Make Mouths Water At Lake Superior Ribfest

DULUTH, Minn. – Shaine Stokke, owner of Stokke’s Meat Market, stopped by the morning show Thursday to talk about the upcoming Lake Superior Ribfest at Bayfront Festival Park June 24. Stokke even brought in some delicious ribs for Dan Hanger and Ken Slama to try. Lake Superior Ribfest is from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.   Admission is free.  Samples are…

Coffee Conversation: Grandma’s Marathon Excitement, Festival For Kids, Rock The Bayfront

DULUTH, Minn. — Excitement is building for the full and sold-out return of Grandma’s Marathon.  The race’s spokesperson, Zach Schneider, stopped by the morning show Wednesday to talk all about it ahead of the Thursday’s Health and Fitness Expo, Friday’s Spaghetti Dinner and Festival for Kids, and Rock the Bayfront both Friday and Saturday.  For a full list of weekend…

Coffee Conversation: Self-Taught Country Acoustic Artist Jake Birdseye

DULUTH, Minn. – Cloquet musician Jake Birdseye stopped by the morning show Wednesday to play one of his original songs and a cover by George Strait, which you can watch below.  Birdseye is a self-taught country acoustic artist with multiple performances lined up around the Northland. Part 1: Part 2: Categories: Coffee Conversation, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Coffee Conversation: Superior Porchfest Sounds Off Thursday

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Porchfest’s pop-up event is Thursday, June 16, in Superior’s Central Park Neighborhood from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Click the video above to learn more about the music event and watch a live performance from Sonofmel. List of performances. Sonofmel  723 7th Avenue East Janie and the Spokes  609 8th Avenue East Similar Dogs.  602 East 5th Street Andy Peterson…

Knowing Your Neighbors: ‘Superior Currents’ Opens Park Point Studio To Public

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth artist who grew up on Park Point is expanding her business by opening up her in-home studio for the community to enjoy. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger has this week’s Knowing Your Neighbors at Superior Currents. McKenzie Kapsner is a full-on artist — inside and out. “I went to school to be an artist about 20-something…

Live Performance: ‘Andy Peterson Quartet’ Previews ‘Superior Porchfest’ Pop-Up June 16

Andy Peterson Quartet was live on the morning show Monday to preview Superior Porchfest’s pop-up event Thursday, June 16, in Superior’s Central Park Neighborhood from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Click the video above to hear their performance.  And see Porchfest locations below. Sonofmel 723 7th Avenue East Janie and the Spokes 609 8th Avenue East Similar Dogs. 602 East…

Coffee Conversation: AICHO Hosts Indigenous Solo Art Exhibition June 10 – Sept. 16

DULUTH, Minn. — American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) is hosting and Indigenous solo art exhibition June 10 to Sept. 16 by Shaun Chosa. There is an artist reception Friday, June 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at AICHO’s Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center locate at 212 W. 2nd Street in Duluth.  It’s free, but a $10 donation is…

One-On-One: Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken Talks Retirement, Family, What’s Next

DULUTH, Minn. — One day after announcing his retirement from the Duluth Police Department, Chief Mike Tusken stopped by the morning show to talk to Dan Hanger about his 30 years with the department. Tusken reminisced about his early days on the job as a patrol officer, his support from his wife, Kathy, over the years, and about his next…

Coffee Conversation: Local Singer Rafe Carlson To Open ‘Bayfront Country Jam’ July 1

DULUTH, Minn. — The 4th Annual Bayfront Country Jam is coming back to Bayfront Festival Park July 1 featuring Jake Owen, Tyler Rich and show opener Rafe Carlson. Carlson is a Hermantown grad who met his producer in Nashville, Tennessee in May of 2021, and has since made dozens of trips down, writing with world-class Nashville songwriters, playing shows in…

Rubber Chicken Theater To Produce 8 ‘Chicken Hat Plays’ In 24 Hours

DULUTH, Minn. – The Rubber Chicken Theater is bringing back its Chicken Hat Plays starting Saturday, June 11 at the Underground Theatre at the Depot at 7:30 p.m. The plays involve eight writers, eight directors and a whole bunch of actors who create eight short plays that are created in 24 hours. For ticket information, click here.   Categories: Coffee…

Coffee Conversation: FOX 21 Sports Director Sam Ali Bids Farewell To Station

DULUTH, Minn. — FOX 21 Sports Director Sam Ali is leaving the station after four years to take a new opportunity closer to his family in Michigan.  Sam stopped by the morning show Friday on his last day to talk to his best friend Dan Hanger about his time at FOX 21, look at embarrassing childhood photos of himself, and…

Coffee Conversation: Douglas County Jail Job Fair June 6

Members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office stopped by the FOX 21 morning show Thursday to talk to Dan Hanger about an upcoming “Jail Job Fair” happening Monday, June 6 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Government Center’s main atrium. Stacey Minter, lieutenant of jail operations, says jailers can start at an hourly wage between $21.34 and $23.07….

Coffee Conversation: Steve-O Talks XXX-Rated ‘Bucket List Tour’ At DECC, Sobriety, Life’s Lessons

Part 1: The Bucket List Tour: What to expect! DULUTH, Minn. – Steve-O is well known for his wild and crazy ride on MTV’s reality comedy series known as “Jackass” in the early 2000s followed by “Jackass” movies. See Dan’s chat with Steve-O in Part 1 above and Part 2 below. But since then, Steve-O has become much more with…

Jury Finds Cloquet Man Guilty Of Murdering Pregnant Girlfriend, Her Son

CLOQUET, Minn. – A Cloquet man has been found guilty on all eight counts for murdering his pregnant girlfriend and her 20-month-old son. Sheldon Thompson, 35, will get a mandatory sentence of life without release for the first-degree premediated murder conviction, according to the Carlton County Attorney’s Office. It was in 2020 when Thompson killed Jackie Defoe, 27, her unborn…

Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken Releases Statement After Threat To Lincoln Park Middle School

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken released a statement (see below) Friday afternoon involving school safety after a threat was made by a student toward the Lincoln Park Middle School and on the same week of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The Duluth Police Department share the concerns of our community regarding the…

Coffee Conversation: 30 Years Of ‘Mainstream Fashions For Men’

DULUTH, Minn. — Mainstream Fashions For Men co-owner Ben Mork stopped by the morning show Thursday to talk about how the business has evolved over the past 30 years in downtown Duluth — from only suits and ties back in the day to business casual options and apparel for trips to the golf course.  Click the video for the conversation!…

Coffee Conversation: 311 Lead Singer Talks Saturday Show At Earth Rider Brewery Fest Grounds

DULUTH, Minn. – Alternative rock band 311 exploded to fame in the 90s with a mix of rock, rap, reggae and funk!  And the band is making a tour stop this Saturday, May 28, at the festival grounds at Earth Rider Brewery in Superior.  Lead singer Nick Hexum, 52, who was born in Madison, Wisconsin, talked with FOX 21’s Dan…

Coffee Conversation: Mark Rubin Talks Memorial Day Ceremonies In Duluth, Sings ‘Let Them In Peter’

DULUTH, Minn. — Former St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin stopped by the morning show Thursday to talk about two Memorial Day ceremonies happening in Duluth on Monday. The first ceremony is at 9 a.m. at the Gary New Duluth Veterans Memorial located at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Stowe Street. The second ceremony happens at 6 p.m. at…

Coffee Conversation: The Promethean — Covering UWS For 102 Years

SUPERIOR, Wis. — The UW-Superior student-run newspaper, The Promethean, has been covering campus news now for 102 years. The paper’s student editor, Drew Kerner, and his faculty advisor, Tom Hansen, stopped by the morning show Tuesday to talk about the paper’s legacy and how it is a learning opportunity for any major of study.  Click the video for the conversation!…

Some Park Point Residents Buried In Silt After Beach Nourishment Project

City officials say the 'nuisance' is better than Lake Superior swallowing up property from chronic erosion.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some homeowners on Park Point are getting buried in fine sand and silt, and some are even losing their yards to inches of the super fine particles. The problem is a result of the beach nourishment project from last year that built back multiple feet of beach by using dredging leftovers from the harbor. The city calls…

Duluth Schools Supt. Talks Staff Mask Mandate, Graduations, Strategic Planning Process

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School District began a new mask mandate Monday for faculty and staff inside all district buildings. Meanwhile, students, parents, and others are being encouraged to mask up. This comes as COVID cases in Duluth are up and the county is now considered at a high level for transmission. Duluth Schools Supt. John Magas stopped by…

Coffee Conversation: Michelle Lee Talks Getting Fired, KBJR-TV, Bodybuilding, Retirement

DULUTH, Minn. – Michelle Lee, 70, is best known for her decades at KDLH-TV and KBJR-TV before retiring about five years ago. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger recently went to Michelle’s home in Moose Lake to see what she is up to these days and look back at some life lessons made in her career – from getting fired, to bodybuilding,…

Coffee Conversation: Former Longtime KBJR-TV Sportscaster Tom Hansen Then & Now

DULUTH, Minn.  — Former longtime Duluth sportscaster Tom Hansen stopped by the morning show Wednesday to talk about his 20-plus years at KBJR-TV, his time in radio and some of what he’s up to as a faculty member at UWS.  Click the videos below for the conversation! Part 1: Part 2: Categories: Coffee Conversation, Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest…

Swollen St. Louis River In Scanlon Means More Business For Some

SCANLON, Minn. – Weeks of heavy rainfall after the snowmelt have sent the St. Louis River on a wild ride, including in Scanlon. “It’s the highest we’ve seen in 10 years, 2012 obviously — the 500-year flood was the highest,” explained Aaron Hanson, co-owner of River Inn Bar & Grill, which sits along the river. During the 2012 flood, Hanson…

Coffee Conversation: DogApproved.biz Launching Dog-Friendly Resource Guide

DULUTH, Minn. – Northland businesses in and around the Twin Ports are taking the pledge to be “dog approved” as part of a new dog-friendly resource guide that’s launching in June by DogApproved.biz. The guide will be online and also found in participating businesses around town as a way to let dog owners know the best dog-friendly patios, special doggy…

Coffee Convo: Foster Advocacy Nonprofit ‘New Hope For Families’ To Host Community Carnival

DULUTH, Minn. — New Hope For Families is getting ready to host a Community Carnival Saturday, May 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at its Duluth facility to show off all they offer to help support parents and children in the community, while increasing the number of foster families in the Northland. For more on the Community Carnival event…

Coffee Conversation: Duluth Flame To Host Kid-Friendly Drag Show Sunday

DULUTH, Minn. — Drag Queen Mama Dukes joined FOX 21’s Dan Hanger on the morning show Friday to talk about the Duluth Flame’s upcoming kid-friendly drag show this Sunday, May 15 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.   It’s called Mama’s Toybox. The drag show is a dry event and free for kids.   For more on the morning show chat, watch…

Blush Entertainment Venue Closing In Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – One of Duluth’s most eclectic entertainment and bar venues is preparing to close its doors. Blush opened in 2017 on First Avenue West. It’s been known for being an accepting space for all types of artists, musicians and people looking for that collective sense of belonging. The venue’s owners posted on Blush’s Facebook page saying their lease…

Coffee Conversation: New Wine Theater Group’s Production Of ‘Bright Star’

CLOQUET, Minn. – Members of New Wine, a Christian theater group at Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet, stopped by the FOX 21 morning show to talk with Dan Hanger about their production of “Bright Star,” which runs from May 11-15th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and include dessert and beverages during intermission. Tickets can be purchased at: newwine.ludus.com. Click…

Coffee Conversation: ‘Art In The Alley’ Celebrates 14 Years Of Artwork, Clothing, Jewelry

DULUTH, Minn. — The owner of Art in the Alley, Tami LaPole Edmunds, stopped by FOX 21’s morning show Thursday to talk to Dan Hanger about the ups and downs of being in business for 14 years and how the business has evolved into its current space in the Miller Hill Mall.  Check out the conversation below and click here…

American Heart Association Talks Heart Health Awareness

DULUTH, Minn. — The American Heart Association hosted its Go Red For Women luncheon event at the DECC Wednesday to raise awareness about heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer in women and men in the United States. Click the video above to learn more about your hearth health, and check out the American Heart Association’s website for all…

Coffee Conversation: Saginaw Woman Discovers Hidden Talent To Draw

SAGINAW, Minn. – Imagine having a talent you never knew you were capable of until your adult years in life. That’s exactly what happened to Barb Fremling who two years ago discovered she is a talented artist who can draw amazing portraits of dogs, cats and horses. Click the video above to hear Barb’s story! And if you’re interested in…

Coffee Conversation: North Shore Scenic Railroad Revs Up For Season

DULUTH, Minn. — The North Shore Scenic Railroad is revving up for the season, especially National Train Day this Saturday, May 14.  Click the videos below for a conversation with NSSR Station Master Josh Miller and Executive Director Ken Buehler.  And for everything trains, visit duluthtrains.com. Part 1: Part 2: Categories: Coffee Conversation, Community, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest…

MN Ovarian Cancer Alliance ‘Disappointed’ New Lift Bridge Lighting Policy Won’t Include Requests

The Lift Bridge will be lit for nine national holidays/special days decided by Mayor Emily Larson's administration. Enger Tower will accept public requests.

DULUTH, Minn. – One of the most vocal organizations in support of lighting Duluth’s Lift Bridge for special causes is “disappointed” Mayor Emily Larson’s new policy still restricts that from becoming a reality after public scrutiny on her prior policy. It was late Friday when Larson released the new policy, which will light the iconic structure for nine national holidays…