Author: Dan Hanger

Mayor Larson Drops ‘Chief’ From CFO Title, Renames Position To Be Less Offensive

Chief Administrative Officer title cant's be changed without unanimous council vote because it's in the city charter.

DULUTH — Mayor Emily Larson has dropped the word “chief” from one of the city’s top positions — calling that word “offensive” to the indigenous community. The “Chief Financial Officer” title is now known as the “Finance Director.” Mayor Larson was able to make that change on her own because the position is not listed in the city’s charter, which…

Face Coverings Now Required For Customers At ‘Super One Foods’

Super One Foods and its liquor store locations in the Northland will now require face coverings for all customers starting Tuesday, July 14, including children “old enough to walk.” The announcement was made Monday evening before the city council’s mask mandate ordinance was unanimously passed. The Hermantown-based company says face coverings must cover the nose and mouth while in-store. Single-use…

Duluth Police Investigate Two Weekend Shootings

Police Chief Mike Tusken: "...we have guns in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them..."

  DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Police are searching for suspects in two shootings hours apart Saturday night, including one downtown that sent a person to the hospital — and according to Chief Mike Tusken, guns owned by people who shouldn’t are to blame. The first shooting happened downtown in the 100 block of E. # 3 alley around 7 p.m. where…

City of Superior Employees Must Wear Masks Inside City Buildings Starting Monday

Mayor Paine mandates face coverings for city employees working in public settings

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Come Monday, all City of Superior employees will be mandated to wear a mask or face covering while in city buildings. That’s the order from Superior Mayor Jim Paine as he also works to create an ordinance for a city-wide face mask mandate inside public buildings. According to a memo sent by the mayor, city employees must…

As COVID-19 Cases Rise in Douglas County, Superior Mayor Moves Toward Mask Mandate

SUPERIOR, Wis. — There is growing concern over the rise in COVID-19 cases in Douglas County, and Superior Mayor Jim Paine is speaking out about it and making plans on how to help stop the spread of the virus. “We are in a crisis in Douglas County. This is very much an emergency and this virus is spreading through our…

Former Hermantown Police Chief, Sons Among Injured In Hit-And-Run; Suspect Charged

Complaint: Suspect Rodney Scandin Jr. of Two Harbors drank two beers and got distracted before crash.

DULUTH, Minn. – A Two Harbors man was charged in St. Louis County Court Tuesday after a hit-and-run in Midway Township Friday that seriously injured five people — one of them critically. Suspect Rodney Scandin Rodney Scandin Jr., 35, of Two Harbors is charged with five felonies and a misdemeanor, including Criminal Vehicular Operation leading to bodily harm while also leaving…

UMD To Require Masks On Campus While Indoors Starting July 1

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota announced Monday that starting July 1, it will require all students, staff and visitors to wear a mask while in any indoor or enclosed space on campus. In an email sent to staff and students, officials wrote that “We now know that wearing a face covering provides valuable, albeit imperfect, protection against the spread…

Driver With Life-Threatening Injuries After Blatnik Bridge Rollover

DULUTH, Minn. – A Saginaw woman is being treated for life-threatening injuries after rolling her vehicle off the end of the Blatnik Bridge. The accident happened around 1 a.m. Sunday just before the I-35 exit to Duluth from Superior. The Minnesota State Patrol said the 25-year-old woman who was driving somehow lost control before rolling down into the train yard below….

Red-Flag Warning Issued For Park Point Beaches

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Fire Department has issued a red-flag warning on Park Point beaches because of a high risk for rip currents. The warning expires at 10 a.m. Monday. “Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the water. Stay out of the water regardless of your swimming experience,” according to a news release from the fire department. There…

‘Face Covering’ Now Required For Shoppers, Staff At Whole Foods Co-Op

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s Whole Foods Co-op locations are increasing safety measures against the coronavirus pandemic by requiring all shoppers and staff to wear some type of face mask while in the stores. The rule goes into effect Friday, June 26.  And if a customer doesn’t have a “face covering,” there will be a stock of single-use masks available at…

Sen. Klobuchar withdraws from VP consideration, tells Biden to choose woman of color for running mate

(KMSP-TV) Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar says she has told presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden to choose a woman of color as his running mate, effectively withdrawing her name from consideration. Since ending her own bid and endorsing Biden for president, Klobuchar has been viewed as a favorite to join the ticket with Biden, who vowed to choose a female running…

St. Louis Co. Atty. Mark Rubin Supports Pardon Of Man Convicted In 1920 Duluth Rape Case Connected To Lynchings

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin says he is fully supportive of pardoning a now-dead former circus worker Max Mason who was one of six black men accused of raping a woman in Duluth, which ultimately lead to three historic lynchings downtown of Isaac McGhie, Elmer Jackson and Elias Clayton. On Friday, the Minnesota Board of Pardons…

Fond-du-Luth, Black Bear Casinos To Reopen With Restrictions June 15

DULUTH, Minn. – Excitement is building at Fond-du-Luth and Black Bear casinos as the official reopening date is set for Monday, June 15 at 10 a.m. Casino officials tell us there will be some noticeable changes, however, to balance entertainment with safety. Specifically at the Fond-du-Luth, all guests will get a non-contact temperature check at the door and everybody will…

Duluth Police Chief Releases Video Of Recent Use-Of-Force Arrest

"The force used in this incident is consistent with the Duluth Police Department’s policies and training."

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken is addressing a use-of-force arrest that was captured on video Tuesday and shared on social media. The 28-year-old suspect in the video was wanted on felony warrants for domestic assault in Cloquet and Carlton County. Chief Tusken says officers approached the man and asked him to stop before he ran from police….

St. Louis Co. Commissioner Nelson Exited Moment of Silence For George Floyd Because He Felt Sick, He Says

Vice Chair Beth Olson: “He had other chances to speak to this issue and to express his support and express his respect for Mr. Floyd's life. He did not take those opportunities.”

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Gov. Tm Walz issued a proclamation for George Floyd Tuesday morning calling on Minnesotans to observe a moment of silence at the start of Floyd’s funeral for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, which is the amount of time a Minneapolis police officer was filmed with his knee to Floyd’s neck before he died. One example of this…

Terese Tomanek To Serve Remainder Of Barb Russ’ Duluth City Council Seat

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth City Council voted Monday on who will serve the remainder of Barb Russ’ at-large council seat after she recently resigned for health reasons. In a unanimous vote, councilors chose Terese Tomanek. Tomanek lives in the Congdon neighborhood and works as an on-call chaplain at Essentia Health. Some of Tomanek’s top priorities include a focus on…

Update: Superior Landfill Fire now Extinguished

1/4 (photo courtesy: David Baker) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4 (photo courtesy: David Baker) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4 (photo courtesy: David Baker) Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4 (photo courtesy: David Baker) Show Caption Hide Caption SUPERIOR, Wis. — Superior firefighters battled a fire at the landfill on Wisconsin Point Wednesday night. Smoke could be seen billowing in the air…

Lakewalk Reconstruction Closes Lakewalk Galley, Lighthouse Parking Lot For Season

DULUTH, Minn.  – A popular parking lot along the Lakewalk will be closed for the summer season starting Wednesday, June 3. Along with the parking lot closure, the owner of a popular eatery, the Lakewalk Galley, formally known as Crabby Ol’ Bill’s, is choosing to remain closed for the season as well. The owner says he has been in communication…

Duluth-Superior Pride Plans To Hold First-Ever Virtual Pride Festival Amid Pandemic

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth-Superior Pride Committee is looking for feedback for a first-ever virtual pride festival this Labor Day weekend because of COVID-19 concerns. For the past 32 years, the four-day festival has attracted thousands of people to the Twin Ports from across the region to celebrate LGBTQ+ community, equality and promote a safe and fun weekend for all…

1 Arrested For Arson After 2 Structures Go Up In Flames

GRAND LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A 53-year-old Duluth man is in jail and accused of arson after two structures went up in flames Monday in Grand Lake Township. The fires broke out around 6:30 a.m. on the 6400 block of Beckman Road. A travel trailer and mobile home were destroyed. No one was inside either structure and nobody was injured….

No Decision Made Yet On Status of 2020 Bentleyville Tour of Lights

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s not a yes or a no for the 17th annual Bentleyville Tour of Lights at Bayfront Park this winter amid coronavirus concerns. Owner Nathan Bentley says it’s simply too early to know if or how the popular attraction will go on. So right now, year-long preparations continue. New fire pits are being constructed, and a new…

Retired Duluth Teacher Plays ‘Taps’ For Neighborhood

DULUTH, Minn. – Memorial Day was celebrated in a musical way for a neighborhood in Duluth Monday. Larry Danielson, 72, a retired Duluth public schools teacher, played “Taps” as his neighbors gathered in the street and sidewalks — social distancing — while honoring the military members who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. Larry’s father, Raymond, was…

Mayor Larson, Councilors To Take Pay Cuts Amid Budget Crisis

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and city councilors are taking a 10 percent voluntary pay cut through the end of the year. Larson makes roughly $97,000 a year.  Councilors make close to $14,000. While the savings won’t be significant to the overall budget shortfall of a projected $38 million on the high end this year, Council President Gary…

Minnesota’s Catholic, some Lutheran churches to reopen this month in defiance of Walz restrictions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Minnesota’s Catholic church and some Lutheran churches will allow services to resume later this month, choosing to defy Gov. Tim Walz’s latest regulations on public gatherings. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will allow churches to resume Mass on May 26. The Minnesota North and South Districts of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod set…

Spirit Mountain Could Stay Closed Through Summer; More Cash Needed To Reopen In Winter

DULUTH, Minn. – The financially strapped Spirit Mountain could very well remain closed through the summer because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  And Spirit Mountain officials say the only way to open back up this winter is if the cash-strapped city of Duluth hands over $350,000 before winter revenue at the Mountain starts rolling in again. This information…

People Rescued After Canoe Capsized On Cloquet River

Some people had to be rescued Sunday after their canoe capsized on the Cloquet River. It happened around 3:30 p.m. in New Independence Township. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says the canoe hit some rocks, got severely damaged and then capsized. The five people on board made it to shore safely. They weren’t injured. The St. Louis County Rescue…

Duluth Police Union Caps Off Police Week With Video Featuring Paul Harvey’s “Policeman” Narration

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police Local 807, the union representing the department’s officers, investigators and sergeants has started its own Facebook page to help connect with the community better by showcasing the work officers are doing on a daily basis. And just this weekend to cap off Police Week, the page featured a video featuring Paul Harvey’s “Policeman” narration.  Click…

Ashley Grimm Lands DFL Endorsement For St. Louis County Board

Ashley Grimm DULUTH, Minn. – Ashley Grimm has landed the DFL endorsement for St. Louis County Commissioner Dist. 3, which represents the western portion of Duluth. Grimm received more than 69 percent of the votes cast by convention delegates at the first-ever electronic virtual convention.  This came after a 2-week balloting period. DFL competitor Noah Hobbs received the remaining votes….