Author: Dan Hanger

Crabby Ol’ Bill’s Saved From Closure

Opening Day Is May 26

DULUTH, Minn. – An iconic boat in Canal Park that has a summer smell like no other has been rescued. We’re talking about Crabby Ol’ Bill’s. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger confirmed Thursday the owners of Titanium Partners have purchased the historic boat along the Lakewalk and the business inside. The sale means the popular mini donuts of all kinds will…

A & Dubs Is Back Open For The Season

DULUTH, Minn. – A popular Lincoln Park drive-in is back open for the season. A & Dubs was packed all day Wednesday with cars lining up outside for burgers, fries and of course the cold root beer. The restaurant has been a staple in Duluth for more than 50 years. The owner says it’s the fresh ingredients and homemade sauces…

Developer Has Big Plans For Former Bagley’s Building

Developer Kevin Kuklis Grew Up In Hermantown, Lives In Texas

DULUTH, Minn. – A new developer in town has big plans for the former Bagley’s building on the 300 block of West Superior Street. Kevin Kuklis, 40, is a Hermantown native who lives in Texas these days, but has a strong passion for downtown Duluth. Kuklis told FOX 21’s Dan Hanger he’s working on the top floor of the building…

Graffiti-Filled Lighthouse Gets Painted Over

DULUTH, Minn. – There was new information Tuesday involving the disturbing graffiti spray-painted all over one of the historic lighthouses in Canal Park. The Army Corps of Engineers put a fresh coat of white paint on top of the graffiti. A top official with the Duluth Army Corps of Engineers says the U.S. discussions are now underway to form a…

7 West TapHouse Expanding Near Miller Hill Mall

New Location: 2510 Maple Grove Road

DULUTH, Minn. – Five years after launching 7 West TapHouse in downtown Duluth, and most recently on Tower Avenue in Superior, the fast-making burger machine is expanding near the Miller Hill Mall. “I sat up here and counted the number of cars one day, and the number is ridiculous,” said Rick Lampton, owner of the 7 West businesses in the…

Curtis Oil Sells SuperAmerica Franchise In Duluth Area

All But One Location To Stay, Including All Employees

DULUTH, Minn. – One of Duluth’s oldest gas station groups has been sold.  But the dozens of employees – some of more than 30 years – are staying put. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reported Tuesday that Curtis Oil has made a deal to sell eight of the nine franchise SuperAmerica gas station in the Northland to SuperAmerica Corporate. Curtis Oil…

Historic Canal Park Lighthouse Covered In Graffiti

Army Crorp Plans To Repaint The Lighthouse Tuesday

DULUTH, Minn. – The beacon of all lighthouses in Canal Park has been heavily defaced with loads of graffiti. This comes just as tourism season is beginning in the city of Duluth. The layers of black spray paint and marker could be found Monday all over the historic South Pier, which has the red roof and is down the pier…

1921 Original Coney Island Up For Sale

Future Of Longtime Restaurant Up In Air

DULUTH, Minn. – One of downtown Duluth’s oldest restaurants is up for sale. We’re talking about the Original Coney Island on 107 E. Superior Street. The classic restaurant has been serving up conies, burgers and malts at its current location since 1921. Owner Steve Sola, who bought the business in 2008, told FOX 21’s Dan Hanger Monday that no sale…

Dave Zbaracki Enters Race For Council Dist. 2 Seat

DULUTH, Minn. (Press Release) – Dave Zbaracki, a Democrat, Congdon resident, veteran of Duluth’s outdoor sports industry, and 5th generation Duluthian, announced his candidacy for City Council in the 2nd District, challenging current City Council President, Joel Sipress, on Saturday in a Facebook post. Zbaracki, 34, is running on a platform of improving public health and accessibility, expanding our sharing…

Slip Bridge To Temporarily Rise For Boats Friday

Reconstruction Work Expected To Be Complete By Grandma's Marathon

DULUTH, Minn. –  The city of Duluth tells FOX 21 the reconstruction work being done on the Minnesota Slip Bridge is ahead of schedule by a few days and is expected to open up this Friday. The raising of the bridge will allow the Vista Fleet and charter businesses to get their boats docked in the slip. The city expects…

Petition For Councilor Garfield’s Resignation; Picket Planned

Feminist Justice League Is Behind The Mission For Removal

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Advocates against domestic violence say they are not standing down on their mission to get Superior city councilor Graham Garfield to resign amid domestic abuse charges. The Feminist Justice League has launched a Change.org petition for Garfield’s removal, which will be delivered to the city council at a later date. The League plans to also picket outside…

MnDOT Saves $1M This Winter Season Thanks To Mild Spring

DULUTH, Minn. – Winter-like conditions may be stretching into spring, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation isn’t worried because official there say they’ve saved roughly $1 million this winter season. This $1 million saved is coming out of the $12.9 million budgeted for winter operations and will be used for summer operations. “We were really heading for an expensive winter,…

57 Apartments Planned For Old Cloquet Middle School

CLOQUET, Minn. – As the city of Cloquet builds a $38 million middle school, new plans are being proposed for the old middle school — in the form of much-needed housing. Holly Hansen, the city’s community development director, says Roers Investments wants to turn the building into 57 units of workforce housing – both market-rate and affordable. The development group…

Domino’s Leaving Central Entrance For Downtown Duluth

New Location: 112 E. Second Street

DULUTH, Minn. – There is more development news coming out of downtown Duluth, and this one may surprise you. A brand new Domino’s is headed to 112 E. Second Street. Franchise owner Duane Carlson told FOX 21’s Dan Hanger he will soon be closing up the Domino’s on Central Entrance and in return for the new location downtown. Carlson believes…

Garfield To Attend Superior Council Meeting Amid Charges

Councilor Has Yet To Make Any Public Statement Since April 21 Domestic Charges Filed

DULUTH, Minn. – There are new developments involving embattled Superior City Councilor Graham Garfield.  FOX 21’s Dan Hanger learned Thursday that Garfield will be present a Tuesday’s city council meeting. This, as Garfield faces charges of domestic assault, and after Mayor Jim Paine called for his resignation from the council on Monday. The confirmation of Garfield’s plans to return to…

City Council Approves Trail Plan

DULUTH, Minn. –  The Duluth City Council unanimously voted in favor Monday of a mini-master trail plan for the city. The plan is to figure out what trail system best fits the needs of Duluth. City officials say the Duluth Traverse is bike-optimized so it can produce world class mountain biking experiences. With the plan passed, the city can pursue…

Medical Marijuana Will Soon Be Legal In North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Medical marijuana will soon be legal in North Dakota. Legislators approved a regulatory plan last week after voters approved the drug last fall. The state health department is aiming to have a system operating in a year, with registered patients able to get the drug from eight state-approved dispensaries. Two state-approved manufacturers will make it. There…

A Year On, Few Answers From Probe Into Prince’s Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Nearly a year after Prince died from an accidental drug overdose in his suburban Minneapolis studio and estate, investigators still don’t know how he got the fentanyl that killed him. An official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that authorities still haven’t interviewed a key associate who was with Prince in his final days,…

Playhouse: ‘Mamma Mia!’ First Up At NorShor Theatre

DULUTH, Minn. (Press Release) – 2017-2018 seasons for its Main Stage, Underground, Children’s Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) series!  Featuring six sensational titles in the Main Stage season, the Duluth Playhouse is ready for its next stage at the NorShor and its 650-seat theatre. MAIN STAGE 2017-2018 SEASON* Rumors by Neil Simon September 21-October 1, 2017 A Christmas…

US Missiles Target Syria Airfield In Response To Chemical Weapons Attack

(FOX NEWS) – The United States launched nearly five dozen cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield early Friday in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians, the first direct assault on the Damascus government since the beginning of that country’s bloody civil war in 2011. “It is in the vital national security interest of the United…

Police: Four Involved in Lincoln Park Stabbing

DULUTH, Minn. – A stabbing in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood has sent two victims to the hospital. Duluth Police responded to a call in the 3400 block of Grand Avenue Tuesday evening on reports of the incident. Officers remained on the scene for some time trying to determine what occurred, and searching for individuals involved. The initial investigation has determined that…

Superior Election Results

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Here are the official April 4th election results from the City of Superior:   Mayor Paine                      2849 Fennessey          2058   2nd District Van Sickle           276 Harp                    192   4th District Sweeney             382   6th District Garfield                142 Elm                      141   8th District Herrick                164 Sutherland         268   10th District Dalbec                209 Categories: Business, Community, News, News – Latest…

Bachand Group Responds To Apt. Building’s Delinquency

Full Utilities Payment Was Made Monday Morning To SWL&P

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Bachand Group released a statement Monday after FOX 21’s report on Sunday about tenants up in arms over potential disconnection of water, heat and electric at Lund Hill Apartments on Tower Avenue.  A Superior Water Light & Power spokesperson said the utilities for the building were at least 90 days past due with no contact or arrangements…

Ely Teacher Killed In Snowmobile Accident

ELY, Minn. – An Ely man has died from injuries suffered during a snowmobile accident that happened Sunday around 3 p.m. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office identified the man Monday as 48-year-old Christopher Yarger. The Ely Echo reported Yarger as a first-year teacher at Ely Memorial High School. Authorities say Yarger crashed his snowmobile on Shagawa Lake, and they…

Ely Man Seriously Injured In Snowmobile Accident

ELY, Minn. – An Ely man is fighting for his life after crashing his snowmobile. St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 48 years old. The accident happened. Around 3 p.m. Sunday on Shagawa Lake north of Ely. The man was listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries Sunday at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth….

Former Bagley’s Building To Be Sold To Texas Investor

Two Remaining Tenants Will Stay Put After Closing Day

  DULUTH, Minn. – The downtown Duluth building that was, up until last year, once home to Bagley & Company Jewelers for 131 years has been sold to an investor in Texas. We’re told the building on the 300-block of West Superior Street will continue to house Apricot lane Boutique and Stout Chiropractic Care. Rick Heimbach, who owned Bagley’s and…

Downtown Parking Meters From 80 Minutes To 2-Hour Limit?

Downtown Businesses Are Being Asked To Weigh In

DULUTH, Minn. – Changes could soon be coming to a parking meter near you – at least in Downtown Duluth. As FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports, it means the time limit on meters could significantly increase. “When folks got to go out and plug their meter, they often just get in their car and drive away. So let’s not make…

Update: Runaway Teen From Rice Lake Located

RICE LAKE, Minn. – St. Louis County authorities found a runaway teen from Rice Lake Monday who went missing late Saturday.who may not have the necessary medications with her. Jenna Scurlock, 15, was found safely in Gordon, Wis., Monday evening.s believed to have left her home on Howard Gnesen Road around 11 p.m. Saturday. Authorities said she was trying to…

Superior Shooting Victim Speaks About Brother’s Murder

Shooting Happened Early New Year's Day Behind Third Base Bar

SUPERIOR, Wis. – New details were emerging Wednesday involving Superior’s first murder of 2017, which happened behind Third Base Bar during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. Superior investigators say they now have identified two suspects they believe are involved in the shooting death of 21-year-old, Kyle Androsky and the shooting of his 27-year-old brother, David Androsky. But…

Longtime Cloquet City Admin. Takes Job With St. Louis County

Brian Fritsinger Held Cloquet Position Since 1999

CLOQUET, Minn. – After 18 years as Cloquet’s city administrator, Brian Fritsinger is packing up but not going too far. Fritsinger has been hired as the new deputy county administrator for St. Louis County. He raised his three children in Cloquet and calls the city home, but he tells FOX 21 it’s time for the next chapter in his career….

Council Parts Ways With Longtime Proctor Police Chief

Walter Wobig Served As Chief Since 2002

PROCTOR, Minn. – After serving the city of Proctor as its police chief for more than 14 years, Walter Wobig has been voted out by the city council. The decision to not renew Wobig’s contract came on a 3-2 vote Tuesday, with Mayor Phil Larson and councilors Troy DeWall and Gary Nowak voting to end his employment. Councilors Jake Benson…

Sunday Liquor Sales Ban On MN House’s Chopping Block

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota could take the first step toward erasing the state’s ban on Sunday liquor sales. The House was expected to vote Monday on a bill that would allow liquor stores to open on Sundays. It’s a perennial issue at the Capitol that consumes plenty of attention but has never moved forward. House Speaker Kurt Daudt…

Update: Body Of Military Member, Joel Costa, Discovered

Sheriff: No Foul Play Suspected

DULUTH, Minn – Just before 9 p.m. Sunday, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office notified the media that the body of missing Minnesota National Guard member Joel Costa, 32, had been found. The discovery happened around 7 p.m. on a rural road just north of Duluth.  Costa’s vehicle, comparable to the picture below, was also found at that location, according…

Duluth Police Investigate Third Shooting In One Week

Man, 25, Hospitalized With 'Unknown Injuries' In Sunday's Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police are investigating a third shooting to occur in the city over the course of a week. The shooting happened around 3:06 a.m. on the 2700 block of West 2nd Street. According to investigators, a 25-year-old man was hospitalized with “unknown injuries.” It is believed the victim and suspect were known to each other, according to…

MN GOP Charts New Course In Response To Protests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Republicans are ready to crack down on the protests that have shuttered highways and commanded police attention. A pair of GOP-backed bills at the Legislature this year would levy harsher penalties on demonstrators who block highway traffic and could allow police departments to sue some protesters to help cover enforcement costs. It’s a response…

Homicide Investigation Underway In Hibbing

HIBBING, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Hibbing Police Department are investigating a homicide. Hibbing police discovered the body while conducting a welfare check around 10 a.m. Tuesday on a person who lived in an apartment at 3901 1st Avenue. Investigators suspect foul play in the man’s death. Benjamin Lundquist, 32,…

Position Cuts, Mission Shift Lead To Scaled-Back DNR

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker promised to reshape the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources before he took office — and he has. Now more even changes could be in store as Walker and his fellow Republicans continue to push the agency further toward what the governor has called a customer service foundation. The last six years have seen…

New U of M Search Tool Makes Black History More Accessible

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The University of Minnesota Libraries, in partnership with the Penumbra Theatre Company, has launched an online search tool to make black history more freely available. Umbra Search provides access to over 400,000 digitized archival materials documenting African-American history from more than 1,000 libraries, archives and cultural heritage institutions across the United States. Director Cecily Marcus says it’ll…

Grand Rapids Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing Tree Tops

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Grand Rapids man has pleaded guilty to cutting thousands of tree tops from black spruce in the Chippewa National Forest. Seventy-year-old Joseph Edminster pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to one count of theft of government property. Prosecutors say he admitted to cutting more than 2,700 tree tops from the forest from October…