Author: Dan Hanger

Klobuchar, Newberger To Face Off in MN Senate Race

(AP) – Minnesota state Rep. Jim Newberger has won the GOP primary to take on incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Newberger beat three other candidates Tuesday but faces an uphill battle in November against the popular Klobuchar, who is seeking a third term in the Senate. Klobuchar won her first two terms by at least 20 percentage points and…

Arrest Made In Downtown Robbery, Assault

DULUTH, Minn. – A juvenile is under arrest after a robbery and assault in downtown Duluth. Police tell us the crime happened around 9 p.m. Monday on the 200 block of West Superior Street. The victim told police a group of people were involved, but no weapons were used. Duluth police continue to investigate. Categories: Crime, News, News – Latest…

Ellison Denies Abuse Allegations From Ex-Girlfriend

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – An ex-girlfriend of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison has accused the Minnesota Democrat of emotional and physical abuse. Ellison says it never happened. The allegations surfaced Saturday night from Karen Monahan after her son alleged in a Facebook post that he had seen messages from Ellison threatening her and video of the congressman screaming obscenities at her as…

Duluth’s Fire Chief, Deputy Chief Officially Censured By Union

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Fire Chief Dennis Edwards and his deputy chief, Shawn Krizaj, have been formally censured by the Duluth Firefighters Local 101. The vote was made by 1,800 delegates Wednesday at the International Association of Firefighters Convention. The union believes Edwards and Krizaj have violated the collective bargaining agreement and created a divisive work environment by their actions,…

Police Report: Superior Councilors Assaulted At Bar

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office is investigating what Superior police are calling an assault on two city councilors. Those councilors are Keith Kern and Craig Sutherland. The police report says two male suspects were causing a disturbance at Jimmy’s Saloon, which Kern owns, in Billings Park around 1 a.m. Wednesday. The report states the suspects were…

Firefighters Battle Van Up In Flames

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth firefighters got on a hot pursuit Wednesday evening after a van went up in flames. This all went down around 6 p.m. on 88th Avenue West in Morgan Park. Nobody was hurt. Fire officials believe the fire was started by a mechanical issue. The van was eventually towed out of there. Categories: Minnesota, News, News –…

Baldwin Bill Would Let All Wisconsin Watch Packers

MILWAUKEE (AP) – U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has introduced a bill that would allow all of Wisconsin to watch the Green Bay Packers.  She released this video about it on Facebook. Currently a dozen counties in northwestern Wisconsin are relegated to watching Minnesota Viking games whenever they play at the same time as the Packers. Florence County is in the…

Chisholm City Councilor Guilty Of Sexual Misconduct

HIBBING, Minn. – Chisholm city councilor Kevin Scaia has been found guilty of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Scaia’s conviction comes after a two-day jury trial in Hibbing. The jurors concluded Scaia did in fact grope a woman’s breasts when reaching around her at a bar in October of 2017. Sentencing is set for September 13. Meanwhile, Scaia remains on the…

$38K In Damage At Former Cloquet Middle School; 5 Juveniles Charged

CLOQUET, Minn. – A pricey act of vandalism at Cloquet’s former middle school building has landed five juvenile males with serious charges. The kids broke windows, spray-painted graffiti on walls and set off fire extinguishers, according to investigators. The damage adds up to $38,000. Investigators found a backpack at the scene that had a name with it, which then lead…

Man Shot at Underage House Party in Duluth

The Incident is Under Investigation

DULUTH, Minn. – A suspect is on the run after a man was shot at an underage house party in Duluth. The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m on Sunday at a home on the 9400 block of Grand Avenue. Police say the 18-year-old victim was shot in the stomach. He was rushed to a Duluth hospital with non-life threatening injuries….

Navy’s Blue Angels To Headline 2019 Duluth Airshow

The weekend's weather made the 2018 show a big success.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Airshow wrapped up Sunday afternoon after two days of high-flying excitement for thousands of fans. And now, it’s time to start planning for the 2019 airshow, which is set for July 20 and 21 at the Duluth International Airport, according to the show’s marketing company Kern and Kompany. The headliner for next year will be…

Search Effort Underway For Missing Boater In Sturgeon Lake

STURGEON LAKE, Minn. – Authorities in Pine County are searching for a missing boater in Sturgeon Lake. According to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office, the call for help came in around 4:30 p.m. Saturday for the missing 28-year-old male, who reportedly jumped out of a boat into the water to recover an article that had blown out. Another boater unsuccessfully…

Young Cancer Fighter Becomes Honorary Firefighter

GILBERT, Minn. –  As America celebrates its independence, the newest firefighter in Fayal is celebrating his independence from a life spent mostly in the hospital. He’s a young person of honor on the Iron Range for the Fourth of the July celebrations. FOX 21’s Nikki Davidson has the story. Categories: Community, News, News – Latest News

Bad Weather Could Postpone Duluth’s Fourth Fest, Fireworks Until July 5

Decision Will Be Made Before Noon on July 4

DULUTH, Minn. – All eyes are on the stormy forecast as crews get ready for Fourth Fest at Bayfront Park. Festivities kick off Tuesday evening with 80s rock and roll tribute band Hairball.  Weather is not expected to damper this concert, as the performers say they will play rain or shine. But showers and thunderstorms forecast for July 4th have DECC…

Meet The Owners Of ‘Duluth Cider’ Opening Soon In Lincoln Park

The Couple Wants To Expand Palates Past Sugary, Sweet Ciders

DULUTH, Minn. – We’re taking you inside the beginnings of Duluth’s first-ever hard cider company set to open this August in the growing Lincoln Park Craft District. The husband and wife team recently moved back to Duluth from Boston where they say cideries are booming — and that there’s no better place for true cider than Duluth, as FOX 21’s…

‘Duluth Cider’ Coming To Lincoln Park’s Craft District

DULUTH, Minn. — A husband and wife have announced they are opening a cidery in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood this August called Duluth Cider. The fermenting warehouse and taproom is under construction at 2307 West Superior Street. Owner Jake and Valerie Scott are from Duluth and are moving back to the area to start the business after living in Boston. …

Former Superior City Councilor Guilty Of Domestic Abuse

Graham Garfield Pleaded 'No Contest' To All Charges

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Former Superior city councilor Graham Garfield has been found guilty of three counts of domestic abuse involving his former fiance. The sentencing comes a little over a year after the 27-year-old got intoxicated in his home and threatened his then-finance by pointing a loaded handgun at her. As part of a plea agreement, Garfield is sentenced to…

New Exec. Dir. Starts At PAVSA

DULUTH, Minn. — Sara Niemi is officially in her new role as executive director of PAVSA in Duluth, which is also known as the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault. Niemi has a Master’s degree in mental health counseling, did graduate internship work at a sexual assault center in Minneapolis and spent the past five years at the…

PAVSA Exec. Dir. Retires After 20 Years Of Advocating For Victims

PAVSA is the Program For Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault

DULUTH, Minn. – A leading voice for victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse in the Twin Ports has stepped aside into retirement. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger talks with Candy Harshner Winkler on her 20 years at PAVSA. “You know, I’ve done a lot of different work in my life, but I really consider this my life’s work,” Candy explained. At…

St. Louis Co. Atty. Mark Rubin To Keep Seat For Another Term

Rubin Is In 8th Year As County's Top Prosecutor

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin has been reelected for another four years. 63-year-old Rubin is right now in his 8th year as the county’s chief prosecutor of crimes. Rubin says he thought about retiring for the past eight or nine months, but in the end, he felt he and his team still have unfinished work to…

Popular Canal Park Fountain Undergoing Routine Maintenance

Duluth, Minn. – You know it’s a sign of summer when fountains across the Northland turn back on.  That’s not the case though for a popular Canal Park fountain — across from Little Angie’s — that so many tourists love to walk through.   However, a spokesperson for the city told FOX 21 on Sunday that crews are simply performing routine…

Caricature Business Opens Along Duluth’s Lakewalk

Artist Purchased A License From the City For the Summer

DULUTH, Minn. People strolling along Duluth’s Lakewalk this summer can now see their faces transform on paper. That’s because a caricature business called Lakewalk Memory Lane has popped up near the Endion Station along the Lakewalk. The artist, Adnan Shati, recently retired as a special education teacher in the Twin Cities. He said this new job with the view of…

Teacher Accused Of Sex With Foster Son Who Was Former Student

Karla Winterfeld Is Charged With First-Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

DULUTH, Minn. – A teacher with the Duluth School District, Karla Winterfeld, 33, of Duluth, has confessed to having sex with her 15-year-old foster son who is also her former student, according to the criminal complaint in St. Louis County Court. Winterfeld is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and is being held on $100,000 bail. According to the criminal…

Zeitgeist’s ‘Spirit Of The Times’ Raises More Than $100K

DULUTH, Minn. – Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Entertainment held its annual ‘Spirit of the Times’ fundraiser Saturday, which raised more than $100,000. Attendees enjoyed food, drinks, improv comedy, and a dance party. The event supports Zeitgeist’s community work like their Zinema 2 movie theater, their Renegade Theatre Company, and efforts to improve food access and transportation equity in Duluth….

Gone Too Soon: Father Of Three Dies From Heroin-Fentanyl Overdose

Austin Overfors Was 24 Years Old

DULUTH, Minn. – The numbers are alarming. More than 40,000 Americans die each year from opioid overdoses, and of that number roughly half of the deaths involved fentanyl, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts say fentanyl is up to 50 times more powerful than heroin, and these days heroin is being laced with fentanyl — resulting…

Stinson Avenue Reopens Near Husky Explosion Site

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Stinson Avenue between Bardon and Hill avenues has reopened following its closure after the Husky Energy fire and explosion. Speed is reduced through the area, and stopping in the roadway is not allowed. Husky representatives said Thursday the closure was necessary so investigators could complete their work and clean up debris along the road. There may also…