Author: Dan Hanger

Duluth’s Jowon Brand Turns 90 Years Old

DULUTH, Minn. – You don’t turn 90 years old every day, so it was a special surprise party for 90-year-old Jowon Brand of Duluth on Sunday. Jo, as her friends call her, is known for breeding, boarding and showing collies. She was even Miss Mankato in 1948. Mayor Emily Larson also proclaimed Sunday as Jowon Lee Brand Day in the…

Duluth East Daredevils Headed To Championship Despite Robot Issues

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth East Daredevils robotics team had a rough start to this weekend’s Northern Lights Regional Competition at the DECC. The team’s coach said their robot had some programming, mechanical and electrical issues. The Daredevils were defeated in the quarterfinals. However, the team will still go to the championship competition because the Daredevils were awarded the Chairman’s…

Minnesota Slip Reconstruction Moving Along

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s multi-million dollar seawall reconstruction project is moving along. Fencing is up and the big steel pillars for a new and improved seawall are going up after the old wall was deteriorating. The project is expected to be complete after Grandma’s Marathon weekend. The seasonal opening of the William A. Irvin will be delayed a bit, but…

Northern Lights Express Passes Environmental Review

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northern Lights Express high-speed rail line from Duluth to Minneapolis has cleared its environmental review. The federal review states the project will not have significant environmental impacts, according the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The project can now steam ahead to get funding for final design and construction. When completed, the passenger train will travel 90 miles…

Duluth Minit Mart Closes on Highway 53

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s closing time for the Minit Mart and convenience store on Highway 53 near the Miller Hill Mall. The gas station owners chose not to renew the lease with the owners of Hansen’s Auto Service, which owns the property and has that business there, too. Hansen’s will remain open. The owners hope to have a new tenant…

Special Report: Flying High With Life Link’s Life Savers

DULUTH, Minn. – Police, fire and medical are three professions where people are trained to help us – often during the worst times of our lives. In a special report called “Life Savers,” FOX 21’s Dan Hanger introduces you to some of the men and women who not only help on the ground but also thousands of feet in the air….

Monday Night At 9: “Life Savers”

DULUTH, Minn. – Emergency calls in the Northland can be tricky because of our landscape and rural areas. But Life Link III is designed to help save lives in those very places. In a special report Monday night at nine, FOX 21’s Dan hanger introduces you to a high-flying team of medical and aviation experts who go on the front…

Partial Demolition For Former London Road BP Gas Station

DULUTH, Minn. – Signs of demolition are happening at the former BP gas station on the corner of 21st Avenue East and London Road. Crews on scene told us Thursday that they’re take out the gas lines and tearing down the awning. The prime property is being offered up for lease for future development. Categories: News, News – Latest News

Wolf Snared By Wire Trap Shot, Killed

Courtesy: Kelly Looby DULUTH, Minn. – Animal activists are asking for your help after a police officer was forced to shoot a wolf in Duluth after it got entangled in wire from a trap set up by a human. Officials at the Wildwoods Rehabilitation Center say the wire was tightly wrapped around the wolf’s muzzle, causing it to starve. The…

Corktown Deli and Brews coming to Lincoln Park Craft Dist.

Business owner also owns Duluth Grill, OMS Smokehouse

DULUTH, Minn. – The businessman behind the Duluth Grill and OMC Smokehouse is getting ready to open up another restaurant in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The business is called Corktown Deli and Brews and will be located at 1906 West Superior Street, which is right across the street from OMC. Owner Tom Hanson describes the restaurant as a fast-casual dining experience…

Vulnerable Adult Missing In Eveleth

EVELETH, Minn. – Eveleth police need your help finding 70-year-old David Arneson. He was last seen wearing a camo jacket, blue sweat pants and a blaze orange baseball cap. Police say Arneson suffers from mental illness and is deaf. Categories: News, News – Latest News

Police Search For Suspect After Stabbing In Lincoln Park

Stabbing Happened In Victim's Residence

**UPDATE:  Duluth police are now saying this was not a random event.  The male victim was a guest at the residence and was stabbed by another guest of the renter. Police are sill looking for the suspect, described as a native male in his mid-20s, 5’8”, 150 pounds and wearing a white Chicago Bulls hooded sweatshirt. ********************************************************** DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth…

Man Who Carved “Snitch” Into Victim’s Body Is Sentenced

WRENSHALL, Minn. – A Wrenshall man who kidnapped and carved the word “snitch” into his victim’s body is sentenced for the crime. The Carlton County Attorney’s Office says a judge sentenced 21-year-old Scott Lindgren to 50 months in prison. Lindgren pleaded guilty to tying a 17-year-old boy to a chair, beating him and carving the word “snitch” into the boy’s…

Police To Release More Details Tuesday In “Random” Stabbing

DULUTH, Minn. – Charges were pending Monday night against a man accused of randomly stabbing another man in West Duluth multiple times while he was sleeping in his bedroom. The attack happened 6 a.m. Saturday inside an apartment building at 4731 Grand Avenue. Authorities believe the 23-year-old suspect went through an unlocked door before stabbing the 20-year-old victim at least…

New Duluth Police Officers Train For Field Sobriety Tests

DULUTH, Minn. — The culture of drinking and driving in Minnesota has changed since the 1980s when more than 250 people died every year in alcohol-related crashes. Since 2010, that number now averages around 127 deaths every year. But authorities stress even one death a year is far too many. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger gives you a look inside the Duluth…

Weekend Spotlight: Feb. 26-28

It’s time to “Warm Up to the Brews” this Friday night.  Bent Paddle Brewing, Carmody Irish Pub, Earth Rider Brewery, Lake Superior Brewing and Moose Lake Brewing will be sampling over 15 delicious craft beers at the Rex bar.  After tasting these local beers, be prepared to dance the night away with Kind Country and Black River Revue.  Kind Country…

Some Summer Tourism Uncertainty For Irvin, Vista With Delayed Seawall Reconstruction

City Projects Seawall Project Complete After Grandma's Marathon Weekend

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s some slight uncertainty involving the summer tourism season for Duluth’s Vista Fleet and William A. Irvin. This comes as the multi-million dollar seawall reconstruction project is roughly two months behind schedule and won’t be complete until sometime mid-summer after Grandma’s Marathon weekend. Last week, the Irvin was moved away from the seawall in the Minnesota Slip…

Former ‘Chicken Spur’ Showing Signs of Demolition

Owner of the property is taking down the canopy and digging out old gas tanks.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The former longtime home of the Chicken Spur gas station in Superior is showing signs of demolition. Superior city planner Jason Serck said Wednesday the owners of the property are simply tearing down the gas station’s canopy and digging out the old gas tanks. Serck says it’s all in an effort to better market the prime property on…

‘Visit Duluth’ Launches Minneapolis Marketing Campaign Ahead Of Super Bowl

DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth’s convention and visitor’s bureau – Visit Duluth – has all eyes on the upcoming Super Bowl in Minneapolis and the thousands of visitors that’ll be there. A marketing campaign all about Duluth has launched on Metro Transit’s blue line to U.S. Bank Stadium. Visit Duluth has wrapped a light-rail train showing off what…

Local Engineers Design New Fitger’s Pedestrian Bridge

Bridge Investment Is Focused On Access to Fitger's From Superior Street

  DULUTH, Minn. – The old corroding bridge from the Pick Wick parking lot to the Fitger’s ramp is being replaced. The new and stronger bridge will soon be painted bright red and installed for easier pedestrian access from Superior Street to the lower level of the historic Fitger’s complex. AMI Consulting Engineers in Superior is behind the design and…

Duluth City Golf Courses Face Debt, Uncertain Future

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth city council discussed a resolution Monday that would encourage the privatization of Lester Park and Enger Park golf courses. The golf courses are facing $2.2 million of debt and $12.7 million of deferred maintenance. The resolution was sent back to administration because the group Friends of Duluth Public Golf would like to be part of…

Duluth City Council Approves $1.8M In Upgrades For City Hall

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s City Hall has been approved by the city council for $1.8 million in upgrades. The money will go toward replacing inefficient, non-compliant building systems like lighting and electric, as well as information technology infrastructure. Carpets, ceiling tiles and paint will also be part of the deal, while improving space that’s currently not being used to the best…

Hotel For Millennials Planned Along Central Entrance in Duluth

Planning Commission To Vote On Project Feb. 13

DULUTH, Minn. – Plans are in the works to bring a new hotel to Duluth that’s nothing like any hotel in the area. The hotel chain is called Tru by Hilton. Parent company Hilton Worldwide describes Tru as the company’s newest brand designed with millennials in mind and affordable prices at around $100 a night. The rooms are smaller to…

Duluth Firefighters Respond To Structure Fire

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 503 North 27th Ave West Sunday afternoon around 1:50 p.m. Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke inside with the kitchen area fully involved with fire. The one resident home at the time was able to get out safely. The fire was quickly extinguished, but caused around $50,000…

Woman Killed in Traffic Accident

SOLON SPRINGS, Wis. (Press Release) – One person is dead as the result of a traffic crash in Solon Springs on Saturday January 20, 2018. The crash was reported to Douglas County 911 at 11:42am at the USH 53 and North Boundary Rd intersection. Leita Antonson, 66, of Solon Springs was pronounced dead at the scene. Antonson had been driving southbound…

Glensheen Mansion Shines Purple For Minnesota Vikings

DULUTH, Minn. – The Glensheen Mansion is shining with purple pride for the Minnesota Vikings.  Exec. Dir. Dan Hartman says the lights will project purple on the outside of the mansion until the Vikings lose, which he says will hopefully be after winning the Super Bowl.  Enger Tower in Duluth will shine purple Friday through Sunday of this weekend. Categories:…

Two Dogs Die In House Fire

GRAND LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A Northland family is without a home, and their two dogs are dead after a fire. St. Louis County authorities said a neighbor saw the family’s home up in flames around 3 p.m. Tuesday on Bergstrom Junction Road in Grand Lake Township, which is about 20 miles northwest of Duluth. Nobody was home at the…

Superior Mother’s “Little Free Library” Set On Fire; Community Steps Up

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A mother of three from Superior is looking for your help to make as many “Little Free Libraries” as possible for the community after her family’s free library was set on fire. The fire happened late Saturday night outside Laura Selden’s home on Birch Avenue. Selden, who is a former MIX 108 morning radio personality and now…

2 Men Killed In Snowmobile Accident in Price County

PRICE COUNTY – Two people are dead after a snowmobile accident in Price County. The victims are a 33-year-old male driver and a 37-year-old male passenger. Their names were not immediately released Sunday. The bodies of the victims and the snowmobile they were riding were located around 1:45 a.m. Sunday near the southern end of Long Lake in the Township…

Four Renters Displaced After Duplex Fire

DULUTH, Minn. – Four renters are without a home after the duplex they were living in went up in flames. It happened Sunday morning at 3105 Restormel Street. When crews arrived, the fire was in full force. Everybody got out of the home safely, including a litter of cats. A dog, however, did not make it. Damage is estimated at…

Minnesota May See Smoky Skies Due To Western Wildfires

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota could see a repeat of smoky skies next summer as huge fires continue in the western United States. Daniel Dix is an air quality meteorologist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. He tells Minnesota Public Radio that wildfires are becoming more common. State pollution control officials say climate change and years of fire suppression…

Sen. Tina Smith To Speak In Duluth Friday

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Minnesota lieutenant governor and now U.S. Sen. Tina Smith is coming to Duluth Friday to meet the public. The reception is being hosted by Mayor Emily Larson at Hoops Brewing in Canal Park from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. It’s a free event. This will be Sen. Smith’s first public gathering in Minnesota since taking over…

Baby Jesus Statue Stolen From Chisholm Church

CHISHOLM, Minn. – A church in Chisholm needs your help after somebody stole baby Jesus from their nativity scene. The Knights of Columbus Chisholm Council says the statue was taken overnight outside St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on the 100 block of SW Fourth Street. Church officials are urging anyone with information to call the Chisholm Police Department. Categories: News, News…

Earth Rider Brewery Partners With Duluth Coffee Co. For Coffee-Infused Pale Ale

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Earth Rider Brewery in Superior is collaborating with Duluth Coffee Company to create a coffee-infused pale ale. Brewer Allyson Rolph says it’s a process being done in a way that she has never experienced before. “They brought in some sample coffees and we tasted them and we built a beer around that,” Rolph said. “So we were…

Grizzly’s Canal Park To Become ‘310 Pub’

Owners Felt Grizzly's Business Model Was Outdated For Canal Park

DULUTH, Minn. –  After five years as Grizzly’s in Canal Park, the owners are shutting that business model down to open up a new pub in its place. It’s called 310 Pub. The menu will feature pub-style items like craft beer, apps, tacos, burgers and sandwiches. But the big change will be the entertainment, with corn hole, pool, darts, skeet…

Superior Choir Students Hold Holiday Concert

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The holiday spirit is bursting in churches and schools across the Northland. 6th graders at Superior Middle School performed their annual choir concert. 7th graders get their chance on stage Thursday from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. 8th graders play Thursday from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Categories: News, News – Latest News