Author: Dan Hanger

Wisconsin Anglers Ready For Steelhead Trout Opener On Brule River

A late-season storm is on its way, but anglers are getting anxious for this weekend’s steelhead trout opener in Wisconsin. The owner of Great Lakes Fly Shop, John Fehnel, says fly fishing this early in the season isn’t the easiest because many rivers are still iced up, but the diehards will get out this weekend on the popular Brule River,…

Tugboat ‘Lake Superior’ Partially Sinks In Duluth Port

The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring the situation but has not seen any environmental impacts, according to officials.

DULUTH, Minn. — The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating after a retired tugboat partially sunk in the Duluth Port Monday morning. At this time, there are no reports of any pollution impacts to the environment, according to Lt. Joseph McGinnis, with the Coast Guard. McGinnis said the partial sinking was reported around 9 a.m. near the Compass Minerals dock off…

Bomb Threat Prankster Creates Large Evacuation At Esko Public Schools

No explosive device was located after an extensive search by authorities.

ESKO, Minn. – Some scary moments unfolded for more than 1,000 students and staff at Esko Public Schools Wednesday after a bomb threat at the High School. The threat was called in to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office around 12:50 p.m. The anonymous 911 caller said an explosive device was seen in an Esko High School classroom, according to authorities….

Esko Schools Evacuated Over Anonymous Call Of A Bomb Threat

UPDATE – ESKO, Minn. –The evacuation on Thursday afternoon at Esko Public Schools was due to a bomb threat that was made by an anonymous caller, according to the school administration. The school district says that Carlton County 911 dispatchers received a call from an unknown person claiming that an explosive device was spotted inside one of the high school’s…

Five N.E. Minnesota Colleges To Merge As ‘Minnesota North College’

(FOX 21) – Five colleges located throughout Minnesota’s Iron Range region will merge to become the Minnesota North College beginning May 23. The Minnesota State colleges and Universities approved the merger of five colleges, including Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College and Vermilion Community College. The colleges will now be a single accredited…

Gordon Ramsay Becomes Third Candidate For St. Louis County Sheriff

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay was in Hibbing and Duluth Wednesday to announce his run for St. Louis County Sheriff. Ramsay was raised in Duluth and got a Bachelor’s degree at UMD and Master’s at CSS. He served as police chief from 2006 to 2016 before becoming chief of police in Wichita, Kansas. Ramsay said his…

Barn Fire Kills 70 Sheep In Carlton County

THOMPSON TOWNSHIP, Minn. – The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office does not suspect foul play in a fire that killed 70 sheep in Thomson Township. The fire was reported in a pole building around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on the 300 block of Koski Road. The property owner wasn’t home at the time to try to save the animals, according to…

Fire Officials: Stay Off Lake Superior’s Ice As Temps Rise Above Freezing

DULUTH, Minn. – The deadline to get those ice fishing shelters off the water for the season may be Monday, but the boost in melting air and more of it to come this weekend have officials hoping they don’t have to respond to any emergencies, especially on Lake Superior. “There’s never really a safe time to be on the ice….

Mayor’s ‘State Of The City’ To Return In Person, City Council Meetings To Follow

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson will hold her State of the City Address Tuesday, Mar. 29 in the Harbor Side Ballroom at the DECC. The meeting will have limited seating for the public, but the city is encouraging everybody to wear a mask. Council President Arik Forsman is also expected to speak, among other guests. Meanwhile, city council…

Former Duluth Police Chief Joins Race For St. Louis County Sheriff

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay is officially in the race for St. Louis County Sheriff. Ramsay joins two other candidates for the job — St. Louis County Undersheriff Jason Lukovsky and Moose Lake police officer Chad Walsh. “Reducing crime in the county is goal number one,” said Ramsay in a news release Tuesday. “To do that…

Mayor Larson, Sen. Klobuchar Celebrate $1.25 Million In Funding For Duluth Projects

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Senator Amy Klobuchar spoke from Washington, D.C. Tuesday to celebrate a win for Duluth with more than $1 million on the way for infrastructure improvements to the Lift Bridge and to modernize Duluth’s 911 system. “We are so grateful to Senators Klobuchar and Smith for their advocating for us for the city…

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ‘Spar’ Headed For New Homeport In Duluth

With the deep freeze moving past us, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter known as the Spar is on its way to its new home right here in Duluth. The Spar was commissioned in 2001 and originally based in Kodiak, Alaska. The 225-foot buoy tender left in 2020 for the Coast Guard Yard to undergo maintenance in Baltimore, Maryland. The Coast…

Duluth Cider To Host ‘Stand With Ukraine’ Benefit Concert Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Cider is getting ready to host a “Stand with Ukraine” benefit concert this Saturday for Ukrainian refugees. Charlie Parr and the Black-Eyed Snakes will be taking the stage starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door with an option to donate more. And Duluth Cider will donate $1 for every pint sold. The proceeds…

As Spring Approaches, Flooding Concerns Grow For Homeowners

DULUTH, Minn. – As many people are getting anxious for warmer air to move in, some are getting anxious about flooding concerns, especially inside homes, which can quickly turn into a nightmare. Kevin Buck, owner of SERVPRO in The Twin Ports, said as ice melts off roofs, water can back up into a home’s shingles and get into ceilings and…

Duluth Crews To Remove Snow In Downtown Business District Wed., Thurs.

DULUTH, Minn. – With spring-like air on the way, the city of Duluth will be removing piles of snow throughout the Downtown Business District this week. Starting Wednesday, crews will begin removing snow on Michigan Street from 6th Avenue West to 3rd Avenue East. Then on Thursday, crews will remove snow from 6th Avenue West down to Michigan on the…

Senators Klobuchar, Smith Secure Funding For Lift Bridge, Duluth 911

DULUTH, Minn. – More than $1 million in federal funding is headed to Duluth to revitalize the Aerial Lift Bridge and modernize the city’s 911 system. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, both Democrats representing Minnesota, made the announcement Monday. They say $500,000 will go to infrastructure improvements on the Lift Bridge and $750,000 will help modernize the Duluth…

Councilor Hobbs: Reduce Speed Limits In Neighborhoods, Change Parking Requirements For Developers

DULUTH, Minn. – Newly appointed Duluth City Councilor Noah Hobbs is giving us an idea of what issues he’d like to tackle over the next two years of Derek Medved’s term.  Medved recently resigned to focus on his growing business. Hobbs said he’d like to lower the speed limit on residential streets from 30 miles an hour to 20 to…

Musical Bingo Fundraiser At ‘Spirit Room’ Helps Support Musicians, Outreach Programs

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Live music was flowing Thursday evening at the Spirit Room in Superior for a fun Musical Bingo fundraiser. It’s all to support Siggy’s Musical Garden. The non-profit creates outreach programs that connects local musicians with elder care facilities, youth programs and community events. One of those events is Superior Porch Fest, where dozens of musicians pop up…

Republican Candidate Wants ‘New Voice’ For MN House Dist. 3B

A Republican is stepping up with the hope to take longtime Minnesota Rep. Mary Murphy’s DFL seat. Natalie Zeleznikar, a 30-year resident of Northeast Minnesota announced Wednesday she is entering the race for Minnesota House Dist. 3B. Zeleznikar is a mother of two adult sons, an accomplished author, and has spent decades as an executive for assisted living facilities. “I…

Cause Of Superior Warehouse Fire Ruled ‘Undetermined’

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Fire Department has ended its investigation without a cause of a massive January warehouse fire that took down two historic buildings on the city’s North End near the Blatnik Bridge. Camron Vollbrecht, battalion chief for the Superior Fire Department, said investigators were able to determine the fire appears to have started in the northern half…

‘Tacos Tacos Tacos’ Lands New Location In Downtown Duluth For Better Mexican Vibe

Owner Robert Giuliani recently spent three months in Mexico to visit family and explore all types of Mexican dishes to improve the menu in the new Duluth location.

DULUTH, Minn. – The owner behind Duluth’s Tacos Tacos Tacos is preparing to reopen in a new location in downtown Duluth’s Historic Arts and Theatre District as the business model begins to expand into the Twin Cities. Tacos Tacos Tacos will open in the former T-Icy Roll location later this year Robert Giuliani has secured the new location in the…

KornerStore Owner, Former Duluth City Councilor Purchases 7 Northland Minit Marts

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth City Councilor Derek Medved, who owns the KornerStore gas stations in the Northland, says gas prices have been changing by the hour.  And it comes as he recently purchased multiple Minit Marts in the area. KornerStore in Gary Medved is a bit frustrated with rising gas prices, but in a different way than consumers. He…

Burrito Union ‘Stands With Ukraine,’ Offers UNICEF Promotion

DULUTH, Minn. – Burrito Union says it “stands with Ukraine” after the owner said the restaurant’s Russian-themed cantina raised a few eyebrows recently. Rod Raymond said Burrito Union’s strong soviet-style art deco appearance and branding has always been in good fun and in no way supports Russia’s war on Ukraine. Raymond, who has friends in Ukraine and Russia, and has…

Community Pictures Of Duluth’s Lift Bridge, Other Structures Lit For Ukraine

DULUTH, Minn. — Sunday marked the final night of the Lift Bridge and Enger Tower being lit blue and yellow for Ukraine after doing so for the past week.  Duluth Mayor Emily Larson will be releasing an updated lighting policy for the Lift Bridge and Enger Tower in 60 days after the community spoke up in numbers to light the…

Gov. Walz Proclaims March 6 As ‘Ukrainian Solidarity Day’ In Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Tim Walz has proclaimed Sunday, Mar. 6 as Ukrainian Solidarity Day in the State of Minnesota to “honor the bravery and resilience of the people of Ukraine as they fight to defend their country and their freedom,” Walz said in a statement. “I’m proud to declare today as Ukrainian Solidarity Day in Minnesota,” said Walz….

Officials: 7 Dead After Tornadoes Tore Through Central Iowa

Betty Hope of Winterset, Iowa, searches for items worth keeping at her home as cleanup efforts are underway on Sunday, March 6, 2022, after a tornado tore through an area southwest of town on Saturday. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP) WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say seven people are dead after tornadoes swept through central Iowa, destroying homes,…

Gov. Walz Directs State Agencies To End Russian Contracts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz has directed state agencies to terminate any contracts with Russian entities to punish the country for invading Ukraine. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Walz issued an executive order on Friday directing more than two dozen state agencies to end their contracts. He also asked his cabinet not to enter into any future contracts…

Duluth Ukrainians Relieved, Thankful City Changed Course To Light Lift Bridge

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s iconic Lift Bridge shined blue and yellow in support of Ukraine for the first time Tuesday evening, adding to the slew of iconic structures across the country and world lit to support the freedom we American’s sometimes take for granted. Tuesday morning’s update The moment came Tuesday after an overwhelming stand Duluthians took since the weekend…

Douglas County Courthouse Shines For Ukraine; Duluth Mayor Doubles Down, Won’t Light Lift Bridge

DULUTH-SUPERIOR — Support for Ukraine shined blue and yellow Monday night outside the Douglas County Courthouse in Superior following other city, county and state buildings glowing for Ukraine in recent days across the country, but not necessarily in the Northland. Douglas County Courthouse lights up for Ukraine Monday evening. One of those examples is Duluth’s most iconic structure, the Aerial…

Noah Hobbs Returns To Duluth City Council

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth city councilor Noah Hobbs is headed back to the council. Hobbs was voted in Monday night by fellow councilors to serve the remaining two years of Derek Medved’s term. Medved recently resigned from the council to focus on his growing business. Hobbs beat out more than 20 candidates who applied for the job. Categories: Minnesota,…

Mayor Not Lighting Duluth Lift Bridge For Ukraine Adds To List Of Other Rejections

Mayor Emily Larson stopped taking community requests to light the Lift Bridge colors for causes after installing a $150,000 LED colored lighting system on bridge.

DULUTH, Minn. — From London to Milwaukee, to Minneapolis — structures are being lit blue and yellow in support of Ukraine.  But in Duluth, its most iconic structure, the Aerial Lift Bridge, is not.  Mayor Emily Larson is instead sticking with the usual lighting of the less-visible Enger Tower, which went blue and yellow over the weekend after community requests…

Wisconsin Prisons To Allow In-Person Visits Again

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin prisons will allow in-person visits again beginning next week as COVID-19 cases continue to decline. Department of Corrections officials said Friday that they will reopen their facilities to visitors starting Tuesday. The prison system initially closed its doors to visitors in March 2020 as the pandemic was taking hold. The DOC reopened to visits in…

Sentence, State Trial Loom For Ex-Cops In Floyd’s Killing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Three former Minneapolis police officers convicted of violating George Floyd’s civil rights now face federal sentences that one expert says could range from less than five years in prison to as much as the 25 years prosecutors are seeking for Derek Chauvin. A comprehensive process to determine how that plays out could take months. Meanwhile, the officers…

Minnesota House Democrats Propose Summertime Gas Tax Holiday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Several Democrats in the Minnesota House have proposed a gasoline tax holiday from Memorial Day until Labor Day to help lessen the burden of rising gas prices on motorists. Rep. Stephenson, of Coon Rapids, said the proposal is an effort to combat rising inflation. GOP Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller, of Winona, said the proposal is an…

Duluth Mayor To Light Enger Tower For Ukraine After Community Requests; Superior Mayor Releases Statement

Larson has no plans to light the iconic Lift Bridge blue and yellow.

DULUTH, Minn. — One day after Mayor Emily Larson said she had no plans to light any buildings in support of Ukraine like other cities and states were doing across the country, Larson announced on Twitter Saturday that Enger Tower will be lit blue and yellow for the remainder of the weekend. Chicago City Hall building lit yellow and blue…

Duluth Council Names Top 3 Candidates For Medved’s Vacant Seat

DULUTH, Minn.  – The Duluth City Council interviewed 26 candidates Thursday evening who are vying to fill Derek Medved’s seat who recently stepped down to focus on his growing business. The interviews were virtual. Each candidate got 10 minutes to answer questions from councilors to find out their interests, passion for the city and why they’d be good for the…

Two Brothers Take On Spirit Mountain After Storm: ‘It Just Gives You, Like, So Much Energy’

DULUTH, Minn. –  Cedar Holden and his brother, Coulter, were more than pumped to get out on the fresh snow at Spirit Mountain after a two-day storm. “It just gives you, like, so much energy and like it’s so clean, and bright, and crisp. It just feels so good and it just gets you, like, so excited to go do…

UPDATE: 2 Water Main Breaks Shut Off Water To Morgan Park Neighborhood

UPDATE: According to a spokesperson with the City of Duluth, water was being restored to the neighborhood Tuesday morning. Water did remain shut off to residents in the Pleasant View Mobile Home Park. DULUTH, Minn. – The city of Duluth operations crews are responding to two water main breaks near the 9400 block of Grand Avenue. Water has been turned…

Duluth City Hall, Public Libraries Closed Tuesday

DULUTH, Minn. —   Duluth City Hall, Duluth public libraries and the CareerForce building will be closed Tuesday because of the ongoing snow storm.  Meanwhile, the city will not decide on whether to issue a snow emergency until Tuesday. More information is below in this press release from the city: Due to current and incoming inclement weather, the City of Duluth…

DOJ: Superior Police Officer ‘Unknowingly’ Drove Over Person Lying In Road

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A state investigation is underway after a Superior police officer “unknowingly” drove over a person on Tower Avenue Saturday night who was lying in the road, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation. According to a press release from the DOJ, the officer was responding to a call for an “injured subject in…