Dan Hanger

Sherwin-Williams To Open On London Road In Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s first-ever Sherwin-Williams is coming to a section of town that’s seeing more commercial development. The paint business will be built on the 1800 block of London Road on an empty lot formally home to the Chalet Motel, which was torn down in 2011. Sherwin-Williams is one of the biggest paint retailers in the country. The new,…

Park Point Attack Suspect Now Facing Murder Charges

DULUTH, Minn. — More serious charges are now filed against the man accused of attacking and ultimately killing a Park Point resident during a burglary and robbery of that man’s home. Darrel Mayhew, 30, of Duluth is now facing two counts of 2nd-degree murder — one with intent, one without. He is also charged with aggravated robbery and burglary of the…

Park Point Homicide Victim Remembered For His Love For Classic Cars

Suspect Faces 2nd-Degree Murder Charges

DULUTH, Minn. – More serious charges are now filed against the man accused of attacking and ultimately killing Park Point resident Larry Watczak, 70, during a burglary and robbery at his home. Darrel Mayhew, 30, of Duluth is now facing two counts of 2nd-degree murder — one with intent, one without. He is also charged with aggravated robbery and burglary of…

Duluth Police Hold Procession For Fallen K-9 Haas

DULUTH, Minn. — It was an emotional night Monday for the Duluth Police Department the Northland law enforcement community. A procession was held down Grand Avenue to transport the body of K-9 Haas for cremation. Haas was shot and killed in the line of duty Sunday night during a domestic assault call. Dozens of people lined up along Grand Avenue Monday…

Duluth K-9, Suspect Dead In Officer-Involved Shooting

Officer Was Also Shot, Suffered Non-Life Threatening Injuries

DULUTH, Minn. – A felony level domestic assault call on West Skyline Parkway ended Sunday evening with an officer shot and his K-9 partner dead, including the suspect, according to a press release from the Duluth Police Department. The incident began around 6:30 p.m. Sunday in a home on the 1000 block of West Skyline Parkway, according to police. Duluth…

Sheriff: Jayme Closs Found Alive In The Town Of Gordon

The following has been posted to the Barron County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page: Jayme Closs has been located: On Thursday evening the Barron County Sheriff’s Department was notified by the Douglas CO WI Sheriff’s Department that they had located Jayme Closs alive.  The Douglas County Sheriff says Closs was found at 4:43 p.m. Thursday in the Town of Gordon. A…

Minnesota Remembers Longtime Political Leader Tom Rukavina

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota is remembering the life of longtime Minnesota politician and Northland leader Tom Rukavina who particularly always fought hard for Iron Range workers. The 68-year-old from Virginia died Monday after a battle with leukemia. Rukavina, who was known for his passion and feistiness at times, served on the Minnesota House of Representatives for 26 years. He most…

Family of Park Point Attack Victim Left in Coma Speaks Out; Police Announce Arrest

Family Of Larry Watczak, 70, Says Police Are Downplaying The Crime to the Public

DULUTH, Minn. – The Park Point resident who was violently attacked during a burglary in his home Jan. 2 is 70-year-old Larry Watczak, according to his son Erik Watczak. This comes as police announced an arrest Sunday night of a 30-year-old male suspect. Erik says his father remained in the hospitalized Sunday night in critical condition and has not come…

Dunham’s Sports To Close In Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Dunham’s Sports in Duluth is preparing to close its doors at the end of the month. Signs on the store in the Burning Tree Plaza near the Miller Hill Mall say the location will officially close on Saturday, Jan. 26. We reached out to a company spokesman about the reason why, but did not hear back Thursday….

Ely Man Lands $1 Million Lottery Prize

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (Press Release) – Imagine waking up on New Year’s Day and discovering that you have won $1 million. That is how the new year began for Ely resident Andy Gibbons. After double checking his Minnesota Millionaire Raffle ticket “eight times” to make sure that he was not mistaken, he did something many brand new millionaires would not; Gibbons…

Woman In Custody After Man Stabbed Five Times

TOWN OF BASS LAKE, Wis. – A woman is under arrest and accused of stabbing a man at least five times in Sawyer County. The crime happened around 1:40 a.m. Dec. 16 in a home on Poppletown Lane in the Town of Bass Lake. The 27-year-old male victim was stabbed in the head, shoulder, back, chest and calf, according to…

Data Breach At Caribou Coffee Affecting Northland Locations

DULUTH, Minn. – Caribou Coffee said Thursday that some of its customer data has been breached across the country, including in Duluth, Hibbing and Grand Rapids. Company officials said customers who visited a Caribou between late August and early December may have had their credit card information compromised. Customers are asked to check credit card statements and contact the credit…

‘Nearly 200’ Workers Strike At CG Bretting Manufacturing Co. in Ashland

ASHLAND, Wis. (Press Release) – Nearly 200 workers at CG Bretting Manufacturing Co. in Ashland, WI are on strike after rejecting the company’s contract offer Thursday, December 13, 2018. The strike took effect just after midnight on Saturday, December 15, 2018, according to Local 621. The members of Local 621 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW)…

Extended! Bamford’s Comedy Tour Now Two Nights At NorShor

DULUTH, Minn. —  Duluth-raised Maria Bamford has added a second night of comedy to the NorShor Theatre this February. The sold-out show is Feb. 24, and tickets are now on sale for the second show on Feb. 25 at $44.50 per ticket. Bamford, whose parents and sister still live in Duluth, most recently got nationwide attention for her semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy…

Fire Breaks Out At Duluth Coffee Company

Business Will Open As Normal On Tuesday

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Coffee Company will be open for business Tuesday after a fire broke out at the downtown roastery Monday evening. It happened around 5:30 p.m. at the business on the 200 block of East Superior Street. According to the Duluth Fire Department, the beans in the big coffee roaster got heated up real fast and started on…

Man Arrested After Fatal Shooting in Gary-New Duluth

This Is Duluth's 4th Homicide Of 2018

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating after a man was shot and killed Monday evening on the 100 block of West Reis Street in the Gary-New Duluth neighborhood. The call for help came in around 6:15 p.m. of a report of a male victim shot by another male, according to a press release by the Duluth Police Department. The…

Evers Not Optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker Will Veto Bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers says he’s not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor’s power. Evers told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that he spoke by telephone with Walker and appealed to him to veto the legislation, but says Walker was noncommittal. Walker…

Man Beaten At Duluth Transportation Center

While Found Unresponsive, Victim Only Suffered "Minor Scrapes And Bruises"

DULUTH, Minn. –  Duluth police are investigating after a man was punched and kicked in the head at the Duluth Transportation Center at 228 W. Michigan Street. The call was reported to police at 8:24 p.m. Monday. When police arrived, they found the man unresponsive before he was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment, according police. The victim…

Superior Firefighters Rescue Deer Stranded On Ice

SUPERIOR, Wis. – First anglers got stuck on shifting ice over the weekend, and now a lone deer in the Allouez Bay of Superior. But the end result was a happy one with the help of Superior firefighters. Some BNSF Allouez Taconite workers spotted the deer on a chunk of ice overnight Monday between docks four and five. Duluth firefighters…

Fire Breaks Out At West Duluth Dollar Tree

DULUTH, Minn. – The Dollar Tree in West Duluth is closed for now after a fire broke out there Sunday afternoon. It happened around 12:40 p.m. at the store on the 200 block of North Central Avenue. Nobody was hurt. The fire set off the sprinkler system and caused heavy water damage. That damage is estimated at $95,000 The fire marshal…

After Dept. Head Resigns, Mayor’s Office Merges Planning, Economic Development Depts.

DULUTH, Minn. – It was about a month ago when Duluth Mayor Emily Larson announced the resignation of Heather Rand — the city’s Director of Business and Economic Development. At the time, Larson said the city would be looking for Rand’s replacement.  But just weeks later – almost 30 days to the day on Tuesday – Larson announced that Rand’s…

Wasabi Restaurant Opens Friday at 2 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Black Friday means Wasabi Restaurant is opening for the first time in Downtown Duluth. The new signage is now up on the Old City Hall building on East Superior Street. The Japanese restaurant will open Friday at 2 p.m. You can expect the usual $20 all-you-can-eat sushi like the restaurant in Superior. And a new item on…

Protesters Block Blatnik Bridge With Teepee

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Blatnik Bridge is open again after protesters blocked off traffic with a giant wooden teepee early Thursday morning. Superior police say the structure was put up in the middle of the Hammond Avenue entrance to the Blatnik. The sign read in a photo posted online said” “Thanksgiving = genocide” and “No pipelines, no borders.” The people…

Man Dies After Getting Trapped In Corn Bin

BARRON, CO., Wis. – A man is dead after getting trapped in a corn bin in Barron County, Wisconsin. The accident happened Wednesday afternoon around 12:20 p.m.  on a farm south of Turtle Lake. The sheriff’s office, fire officials and Life Link responded to the scene. Crews worked for more than an hour to rescue the man. He was flown…

SUV Slams Into Duluth Home

DULUTH, Minn. – An SUV slammed into a home in Duluth Central Hillside neighborhood Wednesday. Duluth police say it happened around 10 p.m. on the 700 block of North First Avenue East. Police don’t know what caused the crash. They do not believe driver impairment or road conditions are to blame. Nobody was injured. Categories: News, News – Latest News

Missing Person: Janeen Bauer Peters, 57

Janeen Bauer Peters ST. LOUIS CO. (Press Release) — Or November 19, 2018 family members of 57-year-old Janeen Bauer Peters reported to law enforcement that she was missing. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office is concerned for her welfare and is asking for the public’s help in locating Peters. She was last seen Nov 11th driving her vehicle north of…

‘Discount Duluth’ To Close By End Of Year

DULUTH, Minn. – A discount store in West Duluth is preparing to close its doors at the end of the year. The owners of Discount Duluth, who are also brothers, opened the business in 2017 and expanded in January of 2018 to the store’s current location on Central Avenue. The goal was to offer all types of products to discounted…

Downtown Duluth’s Security Jewelers Sold To Riddle’s Jewelry

Store Will Keep Its longstanding Name, Employees

DULUTH, Minn. – Family owned Security Jewelers — a staple in downtown Duluth for 94 years — has officially been sold. Co-owner Jack Sieler told FOX 21 that Riddle’s Jewelry is the buyer out of Rapid City, South Dakota. All of Sieler’s 15 employees will keep their jobs with the sale. The store will remain in its current location on…

Duluth’s Black Water Lounge To Close Through 2020

Company Will Reopen After Superior Street Reconstruction Is Complete

  DULUTH, Minn. – Downtown Duluth’s Black Water Lounge will “temporarily” close after New Year’s Eve celebrations Jan. 1, 2019 and stay that way through the completion of the Superior Street reconstruction project in 2020 with a reopening in early to mid-2021. “It’s been challenging on Superior Street and will continue to be for the next few years. But there…

Fire Engulfs Zup’s Market In Cook

Courtesy of Northland FireWire COOK, Minn.  – Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at the Zup’s Food Market in Cook Monday around 8:30 p.m. Smoke could be seen pouring from the family owned business on Highway 53 in a video posted on Facebook by the Northland FireWire.  At one point, large flames were also seen shooting out of the building….

Proctor Teen Killed In Head-On Crash

A teenager from Proctor is dead after a head-on collision near Floodwood. The accident happened around 6 a.m. Saturday. The victim is 17-year-old Emma Faith Abernathy. The Minnesota State Patrol said Abernathy was a passenger in a Ford Focus that was heading west on Highway 2 when the car crossed the center line and slammed into an on-coming vehicle. The…

Former Carlson Bookstore Building Sold; Pop-Up Venue Planned For Garage

DULUTH, Minn. – Some changes in real estate are coming to downtown Duluth. The old Carlson Bookstore building at 206 E. Superior Street has been sold. Duluth businessman Rod Raymond of Just Take Action, Inc. told FOX 21 Wednesday he sold the vacant building to his investor group out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Raymond says the unannounced tenants have been…

Duluth Police Investigate Fatal Stabbing in Central Hillside

No Arrests Made As Of Sunday Night

DULUTH, Minn. – A “death investigation” is underway in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood. Duluth police got the call for help around 6:20 p.m. Sunday at 34 East 5th Street on a report of a stabbing, which is two blocks up from the Historic Old Central High School building. Police located a 38–year–old man with a stab wound behind the address….

Cotton Man Arrested For Assault Of An Officer, Arson

COTTON, Minn. – A Cotton, Minn., man is under arrest and accused of arson and assaulting an officer. The crime happened around 1 p.m. Sunday at 4956 Comstock Lake Road in Cotton. The suspect is a 44-year-old male. He’s accused of starting a neighbor’s house on fire after an argument with his parents and before physically assaulting a responding St….

Wisconsin Counties Seek Additional Funds For Child Care

MADISON, Wis. (AP)  – Wisconsin counties are seeking more state funding to address the rising number of child protection cases. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that seven counties, including Douglas and La Crosse, have passed resolutions seeking an additional $30 million in state funding under the 2019-21 budget. State figures show that 7,900 children were living in out-of-home care as of…