Author: Dan Hanger

Brother, Sister, Childhood Friend Of ‘Born Too Late’ Perform Live

DULUTH, Minn. — Band members from Born Too Late, made up of a brother, sister and their childhood friend, stopped by the morning show Friday to talk about their success and unique style of music. Check out the interview in the video above, and see the videos below for two live performances. Song 1: Song 2: Categories: Coffee Conversation, Entertainment,…

Local Author, Illustrator Publish Children’s Book ‘New Moon’s Family’

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth author Erika Adams and illustrator Eric Soderstrom stopped by the morning show Friday to discuss a children’s book they’ve partnered on called New Moon’s Family. To purchase the book on Amazon, click here. To contact Erika, check out her website at elatales.com or e-mail her at elatales@gmail.com.   Categories: Coffee Conversation, Education, Minnesota, News, News –…

Coffee Conversation: Two Harbors Art Festival Aug. 12-14

Duluth artist Cheyenne Vavrina was in studio Friday morning to show of her fantastic wooden art work while previewing this weekend’s Two Harbors Art Festival.  Click the video to see her work, and click here to learn more about the festival happening Aug. 12-14. Categories: Business, Coffee Conversation, Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

YWCA Duluth’s GirlPower! Program To End, Exec. Dir. Talks What’s Next

DULUTH, Minn. — The YWCA Duluth’s GirlPower! program is coming to an end after more than two decades of uplifting and guiding countless young girls. Some of the girls who have been through the program stopped by FOX 21’s morning show Thursday to talk about its impact on them. The YWCA is hosting a GirlPower! Farewell Party Aug. 21 at…

Duluth Police: Man Randomly Shot In Neck By Apparent BB Gun After Fireworks Show July 8

DULUTH, Minn. – After a tip to FOX 21’s Dan Hanger, we’ve learned a Duluth man was randomly struck by an apparent BB gun while leaving the fireworks show at Bayfront Park last month. Police Information Officer Mattie Hjelseth confirmed Tuesday that officers responded to the 300 block of West 4th Street around 11:30 p.m. July 8 in the Central…

Coffee Conversation: Emberlight Festival In Ironwood

IRONWOOD, Mich. – Emberlight Festival is on in Ironwood featuring more than 30 events and singers throughout August, along with independent films from around the world and art in the park.  Click the video above or click here for more information. Categories: Business, Coffee Conversation, Community, Entertainment, News, News – Latest News

Awesome! Deer Shares Kisses With Young Pup In Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — A deer got quite loveable with a neighborhood dog in Duluth recently. Video from Peter Duvall shows the unique interaction of the deer licking the nose of his recently adopted pup, Bean, from the Douglas County Humane Society. Categories: Coffee Conversation, Entertainment, Great Outdoors, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Coffee Conversation: ‘Jukebox Time Machine’ Concert In Ely To Benefit ALS

ELY, Minn. – Coming up this Friday at Ely’s Historic State Theater is a one-of-a-kind concert called Jukebox Time Machine – a tribute to the jukebox hits through the decades. It’s a fundraiser for the Spiritwood Foundation, which helps in the fight against ALS. For ticket information, click here.   Categories: Coffee Conversation, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Coffee Conversation: Duluth’s North Shore Ballroom

DULUTH, Minn. – North Shore Ballroom in Duluth is full of excitement and passion for ballroom dancing. The instructors are all about helping beginners all the way up to the most experienced. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger stopped by the studio for a look inside. Click the video for more on that, and click here to check out the ballroom online….

Virginia Man To Run 5K While Playing Accordion At ‘Chisholm All Class Reunion’

Steve Solkela of Steve’s “Overpopulated” One-Man-Band is on a mission to run a 5K while playing his accordion this Saturday at the Chisholm All Class Reunion. Solkela wanted Guinness World Records to document the accordion run for a possible world record, but he said it was too expensive. Solkela stopped by the morning show Tuesday to talk about the 5K…

Duluthian From Ukraine Prepares For Another Aid Trip To War-Torn Country, Needs Donations

DULUTH, Minn. – Bogdana Krivogorsky, a Duluthian who was born and raised in Ukraine, talked to FOX 21’s Dan Hanger on the morning show Wednesday about her recent trips to the Poland-Ukraine border to bring all types of medical supplies to the war-torn country. Krivogorsky is planning more visits and is always looking for donations to help her access and…

Coffee Conversation: City On The Hill Music Festival Aug. 5, 6

DULUTH, Minn. — The City On The Hill Music Fest is coming to Bayfront Festival Park Aug. 5 and 6, bringing together people of faith, fellowship and music. Local band Presence Music stopped by the morning show Wednesday to preview the festival and play one of their original songs. Part 1:  City On The Hill Music Fest Part 2: Presence…

Coffee Conversation: 2022 Bowfest Preview At Mont Du Lac Resort

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Mont du Lac Resort is getting ready to host three days of the world’s largest outdoor archery and music festival known as Bowfest!  The event offers six unique courses with 100-plus targets, live music, and the opportunity to meet hunting celebrities.  Click the video for more information, or check out Bowfest online. Categories: Coffee Conversation, Entertainment, Minnesota,…

Brewing Conversation: All Pints North Festival Preview

DULUTH, Minn. — The 10th annual All Pints North Festival is coming up July 30 at Bayfront Festival Park.  Click the video to hear more from Canal Park Brewing Company and Bent Paddle about what to expect!  And click here for ticket information. Categories: Coffee Conversation, Community, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Northland Volunteers Needed For ‘Lasagna Love’ Meal Delivery Program

DULUTH, Minn. — Volunteer chefs are wanted across the Northland as part of the Lasagna Love meal delivery program. Lasagna Love is a nationwide community impact movement connecting neighbors with neighbors through platters of lasagna. The all-volunteer run program is all about feeding families in need, spreading kindness and strengthening communities. For more on how to volunteer, click here. Categories:…

Driver Dies After Blatnik Bridge Crash With Construction Equipment

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man is dead after slamming into construction equipment on the Blatnik Bridge Friday. The Minnesota State Patrol says Todd Tikka, 55, lost control of his SUV while driving across the bridge to Duluth when he overcorrected and struck the median wall before striking the equipment on the right-hand shoulder. Officials say he was not wearing…

Help Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank Reach ‘Summer Challenge’

DULUTH, Minn. – The push is on to make the best of a summer challenge for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. From now through the end of July, donations will be matched to ensure additional fresh fruits, veggies, meat, dairy and other hearty foods help families and children thrive this summer. Second Harvest officials says the food shelf is…

Duluth Police: Teen Pulls Gun During Cell Phone Sale Turned Robbery

DULUTH, Minn. — A 17-year-old male is accused of pulling a handgun during what was supposed to be a sale transaction of a phone, according to the Duluth Police Department. The incident happened around 3:50 p.m. Saturday on the 100 block of 131st Avenue West in Duluth’s Fond du Lac neighborhood. When officers arrived, the reporting party said he was…

Coffee Conversation: Hoyt Lakes Water Carnival Preview

The Hoyt Lakes Water Carnival is happening July 21 – 24, and Miss Hoyt Lakes and the runners-up stopped by the morning show Wednesday to talk about all the fun planned. Events now include softball, volleyball and bean bag tournaments, 5K race, turtle races, bingo, queen coronation, parade, fireworks, Shockwaves water ski show and live music. For more information, click…

Former Duluth Mayor Don Ness Talks Past Political Life, Role At Ordean Foundation

DULUTH, Minn. – Don Ness, former mayor of Duluth, stopped by the morning show Tuesday to reflect on his changes in public life over the past 25 years, the decision to leave, and the benefits in doing so.  He also talked about his role as executive director of the Ordean Foundation, as the non-profit prepares to celebrate 90 years of…

‘Day Out With Thomas’ Returns To Duluth Depot This August

Tickets are on sale now for the popular event.

DULUTH, Minn. — Thomas the Tank Engine is returning to the North Shore Scenic Railroad the first two weekends of August, and tickets are on sale now for the popular event. Click the video above for more on the “Day Out With Thomas” event from Ken Buhler, executive director of the NSSR. And click here for ticket information at DuluthTrains.com….

Coffee Conversation: Duluth Author Of ‘Trixie Bixby And Her 66 Pairs Of Socks’

DULUTH, Minn. — Angie Delf, a Duluth author of Trixie Bixby and Her 66 Pairs of Socks, stopped by the morning show Friday to talk about her inspiration to write the children’s book.  Click the video above to hear more from Angie, and click here to purchase the book. “Trixie is a spirited girl who loves her fun and colorful sock…

Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival Arrives Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. — The 16th Annual Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival hits the stage this Saturday from noon until 11 p.m. The festival is described as “a celebration of world music whose artists spread the message of love, hope, and equality for all people worldwide.” Click the video above for a preview, and click here for ticket information and…

Former Soul Asylum Guitarist To Perform At Duluth’s ReaderFest Friday

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Reader is celebrating its 25th anniversary at Friday’s ReaderFest at Bayfront Festival Park. One of the bands includes a member of Soul Asylum, which put out “Runaway Train” back in 2000. Dan Murphy, a Duluth native, used to be the longtime guitarist in Soul Asylum until 2012. He’s in a new band now called The…

Coffee Conversation: Hot Summer Toys With ‘Timeless Toys’

DULUTH,  Minn. — Summer fun doesn’t always have to be on an electronic device, right?  Scott Friedland, shopkeeper at Timeless Toys in Chicago, joined Dan Hanger on the morning show to give some fun summer toy ideas for indoors and outdoors.  Click the video for five ideas and see below for more details. Top Secret Mission Set $14.99 Solve the…

Coffee Conversation: Zero Waste Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — Teacher and environmentalist April Hepokoski stopped by the morning show Wednesday to talk about ways we can all reduce, reuse and recycle in our daily lives. Hepokoski started Zero Waste Duluth on social media and is also a contributor to “Zero Waste Kids,” a book designed to help young people think smarter about trash. For more on…

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…