Author: Dan Hanger

Great Lakes Freighter St. Clair Catches Fire

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Press Release) — The Coast Guard is conducting pollution assessment of the Maumee River following a fire on board the St. Clair vessel at the CSX Torco terminal in Oregon, Ohio in the Port of Toledo, Saturday. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Detroit Command Center were notified of the fire about 9: 30 p.m. by members of…

Duluth Police Investigate Double Stabbing

DULUTH, Minn. – Two adult males were hospitalized Tuesday night after a stabbing at the Tri Towers apartments on the 200 block of 2nd Avenue East, according to Duluth police. The call for help came in around 8:45 p.m. One man was stabbed in the hand. The other man was stabbed in the arm.  Their injuries were considered non-life threatening,…

Amy Klobuchar Launches Presidential Bid During Snowy Minneapolis Rally

MINNEAPOLIS — (FOX 9) – U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar launched her presidential campaign Sunday afternoon during a snowy rally near downtown Minneapolis, joining a crowded field of Democrats seeking to challenge President Donald Trump. A light but steady snow fell during the event at Boom Island Park, partially obscuring the Minneapolis skyline behind the stage. Some supporters trekked to the…

Duluth’s Millard LaJoy Turns 106 Years Old!

DULUTH, Minn. – A very special birthday was celebrated Feb. 7 for Millard LaJoy, of Duluth, who turned 106 years old. Millard is getting care at the Benedictine Living Community in Duluth. He had a hard time this past summer with fluid in his lungs, but the guy always pulls through and said tonight that he feels great. Millard even…

Cocaine, Heroin, Firearms Recovered In Duluth Drug Bust

DULUTH, Minn. – A convicted felon is off the streets of Duluth after a drug bust by the Lake Superior Violent Crimes Task Force. The arrested happened during a warrant on the 1200 block of East 1st Street. Investigators recovered cocaine, heroin, $2,500 in cash, three firearms and packaging material consistent with sale narcotics, according to Duluth Police Chief Mike…

Elements Begin To Emerge of Walz Agenda For Rural Minn.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – New Gov. Tim Walz won’t release his first budget until Feb. 19 but some elements of his agenda for rural Minnesota are already emerging. Walz is Minnesota’s first governor from greater Minnesota since Rudy Perpich left office in 1991. The Democratic former congressman from Mankato has provided some glimpses recently about his plans for the…

Special Report: Inside The Douglas County Jail

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In a two-part special report, we take you inside the Douglas and St. Louis county jails. Corrections officers talk about the dangers faced inside and outside the jails, and the training they go through to keep the peace. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports. For corrections officers at the Douglas County Jail, things can get a little colorful…

Special Report: Inside The St. Louis County Jail

DULUTH, Minn. — In part two of a special report – Jail Dangers – we take you to the St. Louis County Jail where safety and security concerns go far beyond the walls of the jail. “We’re basically running a little city there,” said Sheriff Ross Litman. “I have a really high level of admiration for the staff that work…

Court Records: Moose Lake Sex Offender Inmate Slashed Counselor’s Throat

George Mack, Jr. 42, Charged With Attempted Murder

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – An inmate at the Moose Lake Sex Offender Program with past felony convictions of sexual assault and assault within that facility is charged with attempted premeditated murder after a counselor’s throat was slashed twice. The suspect, George Mack, Jr., 42, is charged with attempted murder in the first degree, and fourth-degree assault within a secure treatment…

Thursday At 9: Jail Dangers

Coming up Thursday on FOX 21 News at 9 p.m., a two-part special report – Jail Dangers. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger takes you inside the Douglas and St. Louis county jails. Corrections officers describe what it’s like to face hundreds of inmates a year, the dangers that arise and the training they go through to keep the peace. Categories: News,…

Blake Freking Takes First Place In 2019 Beargrease

Freking's Wife, Jennifer, Took Second Place

GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. – It was an exciting finish Tuesday night in Grand Portage for the 2019 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. After starting the day with a commanding lead, Ryan Redington had problems on the trail and was passed by Blake Freking who won this year’s marathon. FOX 21’s Andrew Kirov reports. Blake Freking crossed the finish line just…

DFL-Endorsed Lee vs. Lourey In Tuesday’s Primary For Senate Dist. 11

DULUTH, Minn. – Former news personality Michelle Lee took a win Saturday for the DFL endorsement for Minnesota’s Dist. 11 Senate seat.   The primary is Tuesday, Jan. 22. Lee received 59.6 percent of the delegate votes on the first ballot at the convention held in Barnum on Saturday.  Sixty percent is needed for an endorsement. DFL candidate Stu Lourey immediately conceded…

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…