Author: Dan Hanger

3 Dead After Small Plane Crashes Into Hermantown Home, Victims Identified

  UPDATE: The identities of the three plane crash victims have been released. The pilot has been identified as 32-year-old Tyler Fretland from Burnsville. The two passengers were brother and sister. They have been identified as 32-year-old Alyssa Schmidt from St. Paul and 31-year-old Matthew Schmidt from Burnsville. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— HERMANTOWN, Minn. — Three people were confirmed dead Sunday morning after…

Daughter Of Chisholm Cold Case Murder Victim Reflects On Sentencing Day

HIBBING, Minn. – The daughter of one of the Northland’s oldest cold cases finally got a sense of closure Friday — nearly 40 years after her mother’s murder in Chisholm. It was July 1986 when 38-year-old Nancy Daugherty was raped, beaten and strangled to death in her Chisholm home in what would become a decades-long cold case. Gina Haggard |…

AICHO Galleries Hosts ‘Group Art Exhibition’ Opening Reception Sept. 24

DULUTH, Minn. — The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) is hosting a Group Art Exhibition made up of two dozen artists. The show is unique because 13 Indigenous authors/writers/poets have written poems/prose reflecting some of the artwork. The opening reception is Saturday, Sept. 24 from 6 pm – 8 pm. It’s free to attend, but at $10 donation is…

Coffee Conversation: ‘PUP Crawl’ At Hoops Brewing In Canal Park Sunday

DULUTH, Minn. — Calling all dog lovers, it’s time to come out to the 2022 PUP Crawl in Canal Park on Sunday. The crawl starts at Hoops Brewing’s tent in Canal Park Sunday (Sept. 25) between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. It’s an event put on by DogApproved.biz. There will be prizes, giveaways and surprises. Check out the video above…

‘Tacos Tacos Tacos’ To Host Taco Eating Contest Friday At Blacklist

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth restaurant Tacos Tacos Tacos is inviting taco lovers to come out to Blacklist Brewing Company this Friday for a taco-eating contest. It’s happening at 7 p.m. at the brewery at 206 E. Superior Street, which is next to the upcoming location for Tacos Tacos Tacos. For more information on all the fun, watch the video above…

Seawall Work Behind DECC Delayed, Vehicle-Free Harbor Plaza No More

Downsized plans behind the DECC with Harbor Drive DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth’s dream to transform Harbor Drive behind the DECC into a vehicle-free public plaza is no more. And rising construction costs are being blamed. The original plan for Harbor Plaza included zero traffic, all land, walking and bike paths, places for food trucks and a large…

Cirrus To Turn Duluth Maintenance Facility Into ‘Innovation Center’

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft said Monday it’s expanding its recently purchased maintenance base at the Duluth Airport. The company says it will hire an additional 80 engineers over the next three years to support the current team of 300 engineers, scientists and technicians. The maintenance base is the former AAR and Northwest Airlines facility. Cirrus says the 189,000-square-foot…

Coffee Conversation: Duluth Oktoberfest Takes Over Bayfront Park Sept. 16-18

DULUTH, Minn. — Dust off your lederhosen and lace up your dirndl, Duluth’s Oktoberfest is back this weekend at Bayfront Festival Park. The fun starts Friday, Sept. 16 with cold German beer, Bovarian food, all types of games and activities, and of course authentic live music. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger got a flavor of that music on the morning show…

Coffee Conversation: Learning & Libations Fundraiser, ‘Trombone For Two’ Performs

DULUTH, Minn. – Music group Trombone For Two will be playing tunes at the Duluth Library Foundation’s 11th annual Learning & Libations fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 17 from 6:45 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at the downtown branch. Trombone For Two helped preview the event on the morning show Wednesday by playing three fantastic songs.  See those below and hear more about…

St. Louis County Historical Society To Host Centennial Celebration

100th birthday bash is happening Friday, Sept. 16.

DULUTH, Minn. — The St. Louis County Historical Society is throwing a big 100th birthday bash this Friday, Sept. 16 in the Great Hall at the Depot. The Centennial Celebration is free to attend and will feature live music, appetizers and a cash bar.   You are encouraged to reserve a free spot by click here. Categories: Business, Coffee Conversation, Community,…

Northern Lights Foundation To Host Charitable Children’s Gala

Lifting Local Spirits: Sept. 29 At The DECC

DULUTH, Minn. — The Northern Lights Foundation, which financially supports Northland families with children suffering life-threatening illnesses, is getting ready to put on its biggest fundraiser of the year. The Children’s Charitable Gala: Lifting Local Spirits is happening Thursday, Sept. 29 at the DECC. There will be a live and silent auction, raffles, social hour, dinner, and a presentation. For…

Blatnik Bridge Reopens All Lanes To Public

DULUTH, Minn. — Drivers are getting some relief on the Blatnik Bridge after three months of summer construction. All lanes are now open compared to single lanes in both directions since May. Crews had been working on concrete, sealing, drainage, and deck improvements. This has all been done to keep the bridge safe and functional until it can be replaced…

City: Duluth’s Tourism Tax Revenue Up ‘Significantly’

DULUTH, Minn. — New financial numbers show Duluth’s tourism tax revenue is up “significantly” so far this year compared to 2021, according to the city’s Treasury Division. The city’s hotel, motel, food and beverage taxes through July are ahead nearly a $1 million compared to 2021 at $7,322,291. As for the month of July alone, total tourism tax revenue is…

Coffee Conversation: Superior Porchfest Hosts ‘Fireside Jam’ Sept. 8

DULUTH, Minn. — Superior Porchfest is hosting one last community music event of the season with The Fireside Jam this Thursday, Sept. 8 at Girl Scout Point in Superior’s Billings Park. Boedigheimer Bergsven Duo stopped by the morning show Tuesday to help preview the event and play a jam. The free Fireside Jam is happening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30…

Coffee Conversation: ‘Water Is Life Festival’ Sept. 4

DULUTH, Minn. — The Water Is Life Festival is coming up Sunday, Sept. 4 at Bayfront Festival Park. One of the many musicians playing at the event, David Huckfelt, stopped by the morning show to talk about the mission behind the event and what to expect! Check out his interview and songs below, and click here for more info. on…

Coffee Conversation: MN Moder, Pinnacle Pointe Studio

DULUTH, Minn. — Zachary Moder, of MN Moder, is a Duluth artist who showcased his rapping skills on the morning show Wednesday. Moder was also joined by the owner of Pinnacle Pointe Studios in Duluth, Anthony Miller, to talk about how that business is helping all levels of artists — both local, like Moder, and others out of the area….

Coffee Conversation: Duluth-Superior Pride Festival Preview

DULUTH, Minn. — Members of the Duluth-Superior Pride Committee stopped by the morning show Tuesday to preview the Mayor’s Reception, festival, parade and more! Click the video for the conversation, and click here to see a rundown of family friendly pride events happening through Sunday. Categories: Coffee Conversation, Community, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Coffee Conversation: St Luke’s Proctor Fitness Center Talks Back-To-School Health

DULUTH, Minn. — Members of the St. Luke’s Proctor Fitness Center stopped by the morning show Monday with some students from Proctor High School to talk about and demonstrate healthy back-to-school tips, benefits of exercise and mental health awareness. Part 1: Part 2: Categories: Coffee Conversation, Education, Health, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Back-To-School Backpack Giveaway: Mon., Aug. 29, 4-7 P.M.

The giveaway is part of the 'Back-To-School Unity In Our Community' event.

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth School District is hosing a “Back-To-School Unity In Our Community” event at Bayfront Festival Park Monday, Aug. 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public with games, food, fun and a backpack giveaway. Click the video above to learn more about the giveaway, and click here for…

Musicians To Take Over Vista Star For Concert Cruise Sept. 1

The Vista Star SS. Rock event is Sept. 1 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth musician Marc Gartman is bringing together multiple local bands Thursday night for a concert cruise on the Vista Star. The S.S. Rock event is from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Early bird tickets are $25.  Tickets at the door are $30. Click here to reserve your tickets now, and check out some tunes from Gartman and…

Coffee Conversation: Lundeen Productions Talks Wedding, Senior GO Shows

DULUTH, Minn. — Tracy Lundeen, owner of Lundeen Productions, stopped by the morning show Monday to talk about the upcoming Duluth Wedding Show — Fall Showcase and the Senior GO Show at the DECC.   Lundeen also looked back at this nearly 50 years as an event promotor in the Twin Ports. Categories: Business, Coffee Conversation, Community, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News…

‘Side String Band’ Previews The Great Northern Squash Festival

The 3rd annual Great Northern Squash Festival is coming up Sept. 16 and 17 in Chaffey, Wisconsin. More than 30 bands will be playing throughout the two-day event, including Side String Band, which played on the morning show Friday.  Click the videos to check out two songs. General contact:  Adam Staupe 218-393-6117 The Great Northern Squash Festival 2022 September 16th…

Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival Returns This Weekend

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival is make a comeback since the pandemic with all the racing, entertainment and fun for all!  Click the video for a preview and click here to learn more about the two-day festival. Categories: Coffee Conversation, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News, Wisconsin

Coffee Conversation: Local Author Katy Vanderport Talks Poetry, Science Fiction Books

DULUTH, Minn. — Grand Rapids-area author Katy Vanderport stopped by the morning show to talk about two of her most recent books. Click here to check out her science fiction book called Maggie and Elliot Defy Gravity, and click here to check out her poetry book called Try on My Glasses.   Categories: Business, Coffee Conversation, Minnesota, News, News –…

‘Light Duluth Teal’ Sept. 24 For Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance is shining a light on ovarian cancer in the northland next month, as September is national Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Several Duluth landmarks will light up in teal Sept. 23 and 24, including the DECC, Radisson Hotel, Enger Tower, Glensheen Mansion and Pier B. Organizers say it’s all part of raising awareness…

Artist Paints Portrait Of Hanger’s Dog Brewster Live On Air

DULUTH,  Minn. — Artist Mana Bear worked her artistic magic on the morning show Tuesday to paint a portrait of Dan Hanger’s dog Brewster.  Click the videos to see the progress throughout the show, and click here to check out Mana on Instagram. Part 1: Part 2: Categories: Coffee Conversation, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance Talks ‘Light Duluth Teal Gala’ Sept. 24

DULUTH, Minn. – Kristine Greer, board chair of the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, is shining a light on ovarian cancer in the northland next month, as September is national Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Several Duluth landmarks will light up in teal Sept. 23 and 24, including the DECC, Radisson Hotel, Enger Tower, Glensheen Mansion and Pier B. Organizers say it’s…

Coffee Conversation: Christopher David Hanson Band

DULUTH, Minn. – Singer and songwriter Christopher David Hanson stopped by the morning show Monday to play some of his original pieces.  Morning anchor Dan Hanger gave him a few live hits throughout the two-hour morning show because Hanson drove two hours to play for us!  Enjoy. Song 2: Song 3: Song 4: Song 5:   Categories: Coffee Conversation, Entertainment,…

Tig’s Smok’n Pig BBQ To Host Fundraiser Aug. 20 For Woman Battling Breast Cancer

DULUTH, Minn. – The owner of Tig’s Smok’n Pig BBQ, Troy Fralich, is helping put on a public benefit for a local woman, Andi Halligan, who is fighting breast cancer. Fralich is donating 100 percent of his food sales to Halligan. The BBQ fundraiser is Sat., Aug. 20 from noon until 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Harley-Davidson…

Proctor’s ‘Beyond The Yellow Ribbon’ Looking For Supporters

Jennifer Cady stopped by the morning show to talk about Proctor’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon initiative to support local veterans.   Proctor became a yellow ribbon community by the state of Minnesota in 2017. “Our mission is to support veterans, military members and their families here in our community – but we can’t offer our support if people don’t know we…

Monday Marks One Year Since Greenwood Wildfire Erupted

Greenwood Fire/USDA Forest Service DULUTH, Minn. –  One year ago, Aug. 15, 2021, lighting sparked the massive Greenwood Wildfire in northern Minnesota that would burn for months. The abnormally dry conditions fueled the flames, scorched nearly 30,000 acres of land and destroyed dozens of cabins and outbuildings. Nobody was hurt or killed during the weeks-long firefight and evacuations, which included…

Rip Current Warning Issued For Park Point Beaches

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department issued a Rip Current Warning for Park Point beaches Monday, which will last until 10 a.m. Tuesday. “This warning means that wind and wave conditions can support rip currents,” according to Assistant Chief Dennis Edwards. “Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the water. Stay out of the water regardless of your swimming…