Author: Dan Hanger

USA Today: MN Is Best-Run State In U.S.

Minnesota has been ranked the best-run state in the country by USA Today. The report points to — among other things — a median household income $8,000 more than the median income nationwide at $65,599. The tax base is around $4,400 a year per resident, which is more than all but four states, according to the report. And the state…

Duluth Police Recruits Train For High-Speed Chase

Class Of 15 Recruits Is The Largest Ever For the Department

DULUTH, Minn. –  We’re taking you on the tarmac and behind the wheel as Duluth police recruits get tested during a mock high-speed chase. It’s all about learning to have full control of a police cruiser while facing so many distractions, especially on a 911 call. John Villa, 34, one of the 15 recruits – the largest class on record…

Denfeld Hockey Team Adopts Families For Christmas

DULUTH, Minn. –  The Denfeld High School hockey team is making Christmas a little brighter for Northland families again this year. The guys hit the isles at Target to spend $1,000 on families they have adopted from the Salvation Army. The teammates raised the money by bagging groceries at Cub Foods. “It means a lot, actually. I like giving back…

Police: Vulnerable CHUM Resident Reported Missing

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department asked for the public’s assistance Monday night in locating Allen Lee Time, 75. Authorities said the man is a resident of CHUM who suffers from Dementia and was released from the hospital Monday morning.  He did not show up for dinner at the Union Gospel Mission Monday night. Timm is a white male,…

Homeless Mother: ‘Filthy’ Conditions At Steve O’Neil Apartments; CHUM Takes Action

Steve O'Neil Apartments Have Been Open Since Dec. 2014

DULUTH, Minn. – As the coldest days of winter approach next week, the homeless population will be at the greatest need. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger introduces you to a family not living in the woods and not out of a job, but trying to survive. And through this process, the mother reveals a disturbing look at her emergency housing unit inside…

The Hacienda Bar And Grill For Sale

VILLAGE OF SUPERIOR, Wis. – The popular Hacienda Bar and Grill in the Village of Superior is up for sale. But longtime owner Sandy Rivord tells FOX 21 she’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Rivord says she’s simply planning for her next chapter of retirement, as she’s in her middle 60s. Rivord says bars are typically up for sale for…

Study Shows Promise For Telemark Resort

CABLE, Wis.-The future of Telemark Resort is looking a little brighter. According to the results of a feasibility study, that location would be a prime place for a new resort. It had previously closed about four years ago, after being taken back by a bank. New owners then purchased it at auction and are now looking to sell it to…

Police: Man Likely Drowned Near Split Rock Lighthouse

LAKE COUNTY, Minn. – Sheriff’s officials say the body of a man that washed up on the beach near Split Rock Lighthouse was likely caused by a drowning. The body was discovered at 7:17 a.m. Saturday. The man has been identified as 45-year-old Derek Sigurd Hansen, of Minnetonka, Minnesota. An autopsy was underway Sunday.   Categories: News, News – Latest…

Some Iron Range Companies Worry About Tight Labor Market

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) – Unemployment rates on Minnesota’s Iron Range reached their lowest point since the turn of the century, but the tight labor market is making it challenging for local businesses. The Mesabi Daily News cites Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development statistics showing that Iron Range unemployment reached 4 percent in September, its lowest rate since 2000….

Minnesota Ice Anglers with Wheeled Fish Houses Need License

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Ice anglers in Minnesota who have wheeled fish houses will be required to get licenses this year. The Pioneer Press reports that the new legislation was part of a push by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to increase fees for hunting and fishing. Cost of the license is $16. Wheelhouses had not been licensed…

Sen. Al Franken To Return To Work ‘Embarrassed and Ashamed’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota Sen. Al Franken broke his silence Sunday after being swept into a nationwide tide of sexual harassment allegations, saying he feels “embarrassed and ashamed” but looks forward to returning to work on Monday and gradually regaining voters’ trust. The Democrat spoke to a handful of media outlets in Minnesota in the first interviews he’s granted after…

Part 2: Carlson Writing Book, Hopes Trump Will Pardon Him

After more than four years in prison, former Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson speaks to FOX 21 in his first television interview.

DULUTH, Minn. – In part two of a special report, former Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson speaks out from prison for the first time since being sentenced for selling synthetic drugs in his heads shop in downtown Duluth. As FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reporter, Carlson claims his innocence, points the finger at the government and says he’s got…

FOX 21 Exclusive: Jim Carlson Breaks Silence From Prison

After more than four years in prison, former Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson speaks to FOX 21 in his first television interview.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a FOX 21 exclusive, former Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson breaks his silence to FOX 21’s Dan Hanger. It’s his first television interview since he went to prison four years ago and since he got his lengthy sentence a year after that. In part one, we talk about Carlson’s life behind bars, if he…

2 Stabbed At Mall of America; Suspect Arrested

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (KMSP) – Bloomington police are investigating a stabbing at the Mall Of America. Police say they were dispatched to Macy’s around 6:40 p.m. on a report of a stabbing. When police arrived they found two adult males had been stabbed in the dressing room in the men’s department of Macy’s. Police say a man was in the dressing…

Teen Found Dead In Hunting Shack Ruled Suicide

AURORA, Minn. (AP) – Authorities are now calling the death of a 16-year-old hunter in northeastern Minnesota a suicide. A member of the boy’s hunting party found him dead in his hunting stand near Aurora late Saturday afternoon. The death initially was reported to authorities as an accidental shooting. But the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday the death…

Voters Approve Half-Percent Sales Tax For Streets; State Legislature Has Final Vote

DULUTH, Minn. — Mayor Emily Larson reacted live on FOX 21 Tuesday night to an overwhelming yes vote for a half-percent sales tax increase dedicated specifically for streets.  12,021 (76.5%) voted yes. 3,689 (23.5%) voted no.  While Duluth residents approved, the Minnesota legislature will have the ultimate say on the tax increase.     Categories: News, News – Latest News,…

Minnesota Researcher Seeks Funds For Moose Parasite Research

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota researcher is turning to crowdfunding to pay for research of a parasite that kills moose. The Pioneer Press reports that up to 30 percent of moose are killed by the brainworm parasite, which is transmitted through snails and slugs. The parasite invades a moose’s brain. It debilitates it, making the animal unable to…

Researchers Find Way To Keep Sea Lampreys In Check

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Scientists have found a way to keep sea lampreys largely in check in the Great Lakes, which has allowed the lake trout population to rebound. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the sea lamprey is an invasive species that has needle-sharp teeth that can bore a hole through fish scales. Lampreys then suck out blood and fluids….

Gov. Scott Walker Announced Run For Third Term

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP)  Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is calling for an “army of grass-roots volunteers” to combat what he says will be a coordinated attack against his re-election campaign by “big government” Washington-based special interests. Walker officially kicked off his re-election effort with a rally Sunday before a couple hundred backers at a factory outside of Milwaukee. Walker says…

Juvenile In Custody After Threat To Superior High School

Police Believe No Threat Remains At Any Superior School

Threat sent out on Snapchat SUPERIOR, Wis. – A juvenile was taken into custody Sunday after a threat of violence at Superior High School. According to police, the threat was posted on social media. The photo above was submitted to FOX 21 by a family member of a Superior High School student who said her niece and her niece’s fellow students…

New Restaurant Owner Eyeing Closed ‘Blind Pig’

DULUTH, Minn. – The Blind Pig on East Superior Street in downtown Duluth closed earlier this month, but the space could now turn into a new restaurant. The current owner, Rod Raymond, of Just Take Action, is in the process of signing the space over to a new entity that plans to open a new restaurant, according to real-estate broker…

County To Renovate The Old ‘Cook Home Barn’

St. Louis County is working on a project to restore a historical building for a practical purpose. Renovations are underway on the Cook Home Barn near the public safety complex in Duluth. The barn was originally constructed in 1926. The building is currently in use as storage for the sheriff’s officer’s vehicle. But after restoration, it will be used to…

Duluth Coffee Company Celebrates 5 Years Of Roasting

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Coffee Company celebrated five years Monday as a brick-and-mortar business on East Superior Street. The small business started out of a garage and even sold coffee out of the back of a pick-up truck. But that has since dramatically changed from a three kilogram roaster to a 12 kilogram roaster now. And on top of that,…

Lyric Kitchen Bar to Open Monday in Downtown Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Final preparations are underway for downtown Duluth’s newest restaurant on Superior Street. The Lyric Kitchen Bar is located in the Holiday Center with a new street-side entrance on West Superior Street. The location is the former home of Porter’s restaurant. The menu at Lyric has items like fresh cut steaks from Superior Meats a slew of local beers….

Iron Range Mining Supporters Sound Off Against MPCA

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Lawmakers and supporters of mining gathered in Virginia Tuesday night to push back against new sulfate and wild rice standards proposed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The agency says the proposed enforcement would change Minnesota’s standards for sulfate discharges into the water where wild rice grows. But mining supporters say the standard is based off of poor…

Lake Superior Zoo’s New CEO Eliminates 12 Positions

DULUTH, Minn. — Twelve positions at the cash-strapped Lake Superior Zoo were eliminated Monday. It’s the first big restructuring move that the zoo’s CEO, Erik Simonson, has made since taking the job four weeks ago. Simonson told FOX 21 the cuts will not affect the health and safety of any animals or the experience for visitors. The eliminated positions include…

Cloquet Pedestrian Struck, Killed Described As ‘Strong and Loyal’

CLOQUET, Minn. – The pedestrian who was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking Sunday morning has been identified as 66-year-old LaVonna Prevost of Cloquet, according to the Cloquet Police Department. The accident happened around 9:03 a.m. at the intersection of 20th and Washington Avenue. The 79-year-old driver, who is also from Cloquet, was not injured in the crash….

New Cloquet Police Chief Vows For Better Community Relations

Jeff Palmer Has Been On Dept. For 16 Years

CLOQUET, Minn. –  The city of Cloquet officially has a new police chief. This comes after the former chief, Steve Stracek, agreed to retire with no wrongdoing after a “vote of no confidence” by his officers. Cloquet’s new chief is Jeff Palmer – a 16-year veteran of the department who was previously tapped as the interim chief by the city…

Kestrel Owes Millions to City of Superior and State of Wisconsin

Owner of Kestrel Still Optimistic About Building Plant in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The state of Wisconsin is moving forward with legal action against Kestrel Aircraft. The state says the company is in serious default on millions of dollars in loans that were supposed to be used to build a manufacturing plant in Superior. That plant was expected to break ground by the Superior airport in 2013 and bring more than 650…

Man Killed After ATV Rollover

SAGINAW, Minn. – A man died Wednesday after the ATV he was riding rolled. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Gregry Gundy, 58, of Saginaw. Authorities said the accident happened on the 5400 block of Bear Trap Road. The cause of the crash appears to be human error, according to officials, and Gundy was not wearing…

Chisholm City Councilor Accused of Groping Woman

CHISHOLM, Minn. – Chisholm City Councilor Kevin Scaia, 50, is being accused of groping a woman. The Hibbing Daily Tribune reports Scaia was at a local bar in Chisholm when he allegedly reached around a woman at the bar and grabbed her breasts. Scaia is set for court Nov. 30 on a fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. Scaia and his…

1 Arrested After Cars, Biwabik Post Office Damaged

BIWABIK, Minn. – The Gilbert Police Department has arrested a 21-year-old man after the Biwabik Post Office and vehicles in the neighborhood were damaged. As for the post office, police say several interior mailboxes were damaged. Officers determined mail was even stolen out of those mail boxes, according to the press release. Damage is estimated to add up to several…

Duluthians Survive Mass Shooting In Vegas, Talk Post Trauma

'Oh My Gosh, We Could Die Right Now'

DULUTH, Minn. – Four Duluthians are sharing their stories of survival – people who feel lucky to be alive after dodging bullets at the Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas. Nearly 60 people were killed and hundreds more injured. And while the four survivors made it out alive, the post traumatic streets is very real, as FOX 21’s Dan Hanger…