Author: Dan Hanger

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) — On 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…

Testing! Bentleyville Lights Up Day Before Halloween

DULUTH, Minn. – Forget Halloween! It looked like Christmas in downtown Duluth Tuesday night. Bentleyville Tour of Lights was turned on for a test as crews and volunteers continued to set up the display. If you want to volunteer, just check out BentleyvilleUSA.org for more information. Bentleyville officially lights up Nov. 17. Categories: News, News – Latest News

Man Killed After ATV Strikes Deer In Meadowlands

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – One man is dead after the ATV he was driving struck a deer. The accident happened 8 a.m. Sunday on Highway 47 in Meadowlands Township, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim is 38-year-old Kyle Ringhofer from Meadowlands. The Sheriff’s Office says the driver was thrown from the ATV side-by-side when it…

Massive rescue mission underway after Indonesia’s Lion Air crashes into sea: report

An Indonesian jet carrying 188 passengers and crew crashed into the sea Monday shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, prompting a major rescue effort in the region, Indonesia’s disaster agency reported. An agency spokesman posted photos of the debris including a crushed smartphone, books, bags, and parts of the aircraft fuselage that had been collected by search and rescue vessels. He said…

Duluth Police Chief Clarifies Release Of Autopsy Report In Infant’s Homicide

DULUTH, Minn. – FOX 21 learned Thursday why an infant’s homicide investigation in Duluth was not made public until a request for an autopsy report was done by our station Wednesday. Police Chief Mike Tusken said there was no lack of transparency, but more of a breakdown in communication between his investigators and when the autopsy was finally completed by…

Mother Of Victim In East H.S. Assault Calls For Louder Voices Against Bullies

DULUTH, Minn. – The mother of a victim in a recent violent assault recorded on video outside Duluth East High School is speaking out and calling on people to stand up more against what she calls a growing problem of violence and bullies in schools. The assault happened Oct. 15, and now school officials and police are responding publicly after…

Homeless Camp Dismantled Over I-35; Fencing Installed After Safety, Health Concerns

DULUTH, Minn. – A homeless camp above I-35 in Duluth has been moved out with new security measures being installed after growing health and safety concerns there. Crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation were out Wednesday installing new fencing around the property along the 700 block of East Superior Street. MnDOT officials say conditions were increasingly unsanitary, with mounting…

Fire Closes Popular Beijing Restaurant; Reopening Uncertain

DULUTH, Minn. – A popular Chinese restaurant in Duluth is shut down and could possibly not reopen after fire broke out early Tuesday morning. The Duluth Fire Department got the call for help around 6 a.m. at Beijing Restaurant on the 1900 block of London Road. When crews arrived, heavy smoke could be seen coming from the roof after filling up…

Demolition Of Condemned Kozy Building Stalled By Former Owner

DULUTH, Minn. – Demolition has been halted — at least for now — for the condemned Kozy building and apartments in downtown Duluth. A state district judge granted the temporary injunction requested by former Kozy owner Eric Ringsred. This comes as Ringsred is in the middle of a lawsuit with the city of Duluth claiming it failed to preserve the…

Cloquet Police Issue Warning After Six Recent Overdoses

CLOQUET, Minn. – Cloquet police have put out a warning after a half-dozen drug overdoses within the last week. Police are calling the numbers alarming. In all six cases, Narcan was used to avoid death and reverse the overdose. The Cloquet Police Department posted the following on its Facebook page: “If you or a loved one are struggling with drug…

Cleveland-Cliffs, Steelworkers Reach Contract Agreement

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) –  Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. and the United Steelworkers have reached a tentative agreement on a new, four-year contract. The Cleveland-based company and the union announced the deal Sunday. The proposed contract takes effect Monday and covers about 1,800 union workers at Cliffs’ Tilden and Empire mines in Michigan and its United Taconite and Hibbing Taconite mines in Minnesota….

4th Time’s A Charm? New Restaurant Planned For ‘Old City Hall’ Bldg.

DULUTH, Minn. – Fourth time’s a charm? Another restaurant is planned inside the Old City Hall building on the 100 block of East Superior Street. Dennis Kempton, spokesperson for Just Take Action, which owns the building, says the new tenant is a family owned business in the Northland that has two other restaurants. Details were limited Tuesday, as the lease was…

Officials Prepare To Relocate Wolves To Isle Royale Park

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – Officials are preparing to relocate six to eight mainland wolves to Isle Royale National Park, a first step toward rebuilding a depleted population of the predators that help keep the Lake Superior island’s ecology in balance. Superintendent Phyllis Green says federal, state and tribal specialists plan to trap the gray wolves in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula…

Minnesota Amps Up Oversight For Student Loan Repayments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Office of Higher Education has become more aggressive about taking student loan recipients to court when they fall behind on payments to keep its rates low. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the Student Education Loan Fund provides low-interest loans to Minnesota students to help bridge the gap between financial aid and the cost of education….

Wisconsin To Hit Highest Loss Of Dairy Farms Since 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin is on pace for losing the most dairy farms this year since 2013. The Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says Wisconsin lost 47 dairy farms in August alone. The department’s figures show there were fewer than 8,400 licensed dairy producers at the beginning of this month,…

Hibbing Man Guilty in Infant Nephew’s Death

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s a guilty verdict for Jesse Bonacci-Koski, 26, of Hibbing in the death of his 11-month-old nephew. On Thursday, the jury found Koski guilty of two counts of second-degree manslaughter. Koski left the infant home alone to go buy some drugs. A fire started in the house while he was gone, which lead to the child’s death….

Drowning Victim Was Student At Vermilion Community College

ELY, Minn. – Sean Giles Jr., 18, of Detroit, Michigan, who drowned in a lake in Ely over the Labor Day weekend, was a student at Vermilion Community College. The college’s provost released the following statement: Sean Giles Jr. from Detroit Michigan was a second year student athlete here at Vermilion.  He was the recipient of multiple academic scholarships from the…

Body Discovered Near Lakewalk

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth police were investigating Thursday evening after a body was discovered near the Lakewalk in Canal Park. The unidentified person was found dead in the public bathrooms near the Endion Station, according to officer Mike Ceynowa, a Duluth police information officer. Very early on in the investigation Thursday night, authorities did not believe there was anything suspicious…

Homicide Suspect Bragged About ‘Being Strapped’ Before Downtown Duluth Shooting

DULUTH, Minn. — A charge of second-degree murder has officially been handed down to the suspect in Duluth’s first homicide of 2018. Jamal Jackson, 25, of Duluth is accused of approaching Scott Pennington, 31, of Duluth outside of some bars on west First Street around 1 a.m. Saturday before shooting Pennington in the face as he stood on the sidewalk. Scott…

Victim Identified In Downtown Duluth Homicide; Suspect Arrested

'Scott was a caring, kind-hearted man with an amazing sense of humor'

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth police have made an arrest in the death of Scott Pennington, 31, of Duluth, who  shot and killed over the weekend in downtown Duluth. Jamal Tyshawn Jackson That 25-year-old suspect, Jamal Tyshawn Jackson, was lodged in the St. Louis County Jail Tuesday on a preliminary charge of second-degree intentional homicide.   He was arrested Sunday in Hennepin…

Mayor’s Reception Kicks Off Duluth-Superior Pride Weekend

DULUTH, Minn. – The 32nd annual Duluth-Superior Pride Festival has officially kicked off four days of all-inclusive events. Thursday evening, the Mayor’s Reception started the celebrations outside and inside the Duluth Depot. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, Superior Mayor Jim Paine and Proctor Mayor Phillip Larson were all on hand to open a weekend of celebrating diversity and acceptance with the GLBTAQI…

Car Slams Into Front Doors Of Perkins Restaurant

DULUTH, Minn. – There were some scary moments Wednesday evening after a vehicle plowed into a Perkins in Duluth. It happened around 5 p.m. at the Perkins on Miller Trunk Highway by the Miller Hill Mall. Duluth police said nobody was injured in the accident, but the building and the driver’s vehicle were heavily damaged. One other car in the…

Belknap Street Reconstruction Ahead Of Schedule; Lanes To Open Early October

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior’s multi-million dollar reconstruction of Belknap Street is ahead of schedule by a solid two weeks. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger has an update on the transformation of not only fresh pavement, but a main artery or Superior poised for future development. An afternoon stroll on Belknap Street is quite the obstacle these days. “I wanted to walk to…

Motorcyclist Killed In Crash With Deer In Northern Minnesota

CHISHOLM, Minn. (AP) — A motorcyclist was killed when he struck a deer head-on in northern Minnesota. The Minnesota State Patrol says the crash happened late Saturday on Highway 169 near Chisholm in St. Louis County. The crash threw 20-year-old Devin James Eskeli of Hibbing from his motorcycle. He died at the scene. The patrol says he was not wearing…

Former Carter Hotel Building To Be Demolished

DULUTH, Minn. – The rundown Carter Hotel building in downtown Duluth is now approved or demolition. The building is located behind the Fond-du-Luth Casino at 17 North 2nd Avenue East. The Fond du Lac Band owns the property. Officials say the building needs to go because the roof is caving in and mold is taking over. The Duluth Planning Commission…