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Coffee Conversation: Zero Waste Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — Teacher and environmentalist April Hepokoski stopped by the morning show Wednesday to talk about ways we can all reduce, reuse and recycle in our daily lives. Hepokoski started Zero Waste Duluth on social media and is also a contributor to “Zero Waste Kids,” a book designed to help young people think smarter about trash. For more on…

KYN: Superior Porchfest

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Music… a driving force that pulls people together through such feelings of nostalgia, love, and unity. The town of Superior is hosting Porchfest this summer with the hope to spread these feelings through the community. “We have an awesome town, we’re just trying to make it a little bit better so that our neighbors know each other,”…

New Java Mobile Truck Hits Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.– “I love that we’re able to bring coffee as an art form, as an enjoyable experience to people,” Owner of Portage Coffee Camper, Bo Brallier, said. A new mobile coffee shop is now open in Duluth where you can get a caffeine fix on the go. Portage Coffee Camper, a family run business owned by northland couple, is…

Coffee Conversation: AICHO Hosting Indigenous Food And Art Market Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. — The American Indian Community Housing Organization known as AICHO is hosting it’s indigenous food and art market Saturday in Duluth. Nearly two dozen vendors will be there – farmers, artists, authors, community organizations, and entrepreneurs. Organizers joined Dan Hanger on Fox 21 Friday morning saying the free event is all about finding a sense of community among…

Coffee Conversation: Folk Rock Musician Gina Lee

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth musician Gina Lee performed two covers on the morning show Thursday — “Black Water” by The Doobie Brothers and “Long Cool Woman” by the Hollies.  For more on her music career, click here.  Part 1: Part 2:     Categories: Coffee Conversation, Community, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Coffee Conversation: ‘Project Joy’ Donates $30K To Feed Kids Through CHUM, YMCA, Gospel Mission

DULUTH, Minn. – Laura Plys, the co-founder of Project Joy Northland, which is a charity with a goal of ending childhood hunger, stopped by the morning show Thursday to talk about the non-profit and its latest donations to CHUM, YMCA and the Union Gospel Mission worth $10,000 each to help feed local children. Project Joy Northland was started in 2012…

Coffee Conversation: Dirtbike Boyfriend Performs

DULUTH, Minn. – Local musician Bret Holland, known as Skateboard Boyfriend, made his first live TV performance Wednesday on the morning show.  Holland has only been doing live performances since April and is continuing to master his craft. Take a listen below! Part 1:  Part 2:   Categories: Coffee Conversation, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Coffee Conversation: Steve’s “Overpopulated” One-Man-Band

DULUTH, Minn. — Steve Solkela, of Steve’s “Overpopulated” One-Man Band, showed off his talents, humor, and wacky antics Thursday morning with two original songs off his accordion.  When he’s at full capacity, he’s a 17-piece ensemble. Click the videos to take a listen!  And for more on Steve, click here. Song 1: Song 2: Categories: Coffee Conversation, Entertainment, Minnesota, News,…

Coffee Conversation: CHUM Rhubarb Festival June 15

DULUTH,  Minn. – The CHUM Rhubarb Festival is Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Stella Maris Academy – Holy Rosary Campus (2802 E. 4th St.) in Duluth. The free family festival includes all things Rhubarb, along with live entertainment from local and regional bands. The festival is CHUM’s biggest fundraiser of the year to support its…

Coffee Conversation: Punk Rock Musician Lyla Abukhodair Performs

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth musician Lyla Abukhodair performed on the morning show Friday to highlight her new album, “Scream.” And she also performed “Your Mom Hates Me Now.” Check out both performances below!  And follow Lyla on Instagram and Spotify. Part 1: “Your Mom Hates Me Now” Part 2: “Scream”     Categories: Coffee Conversation, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News –…

Coffee Conversation: St. Luke’s Doctors Of Therapy Talk ‘Trigger Point Dry Needling’

DULUTH, Minn. — Two doctors of physical therapy from St. Luke’s stopped by the morning show Thursday to talk about the benefits of Trigger Point Dry Needling. Click the video above to learn all about it and see a demonstration of how the process is done.   And click here for more. Categories: Coffee Conversation, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Stokke’s Meat Market Ready To Make Mouths Water At Lake Superior Ribfest

DULUTH, Minn. – Shaine Stokke, owner of Stokke’s Meat Market, stopped by the morning show Thursday to talk about the upcoming Lake Superior Ribfest at Bayfront Festival Park June 24. Stokke even brought in some delicious ribs for Dan Hanger and Ken Slama to try. Lake Superior Ribfest is from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.   Admission is free.  Samples are…

Coffee Conversation: Grandma’s Marathon Excitement, Festival For Kids, Rock The Bayfront

DULUTH, Minn. — Excitement is building for the full and sold-out return of Grandma’s Marathon.  The race’s spokesperson, Zach Schneider, stopped by the morning show Wednesday to talk all about it ahead of the Thursday’s Health and Fitness Expo, Friday’s Spaghetti Dinner and Festival for Kids, and Rock the Bayfront both Friday and Saturday.  For a full list of weekend…

Coffee Conversation: Self-Taught Country Acoustic Artist Jake Birdseye

DULUTH, Minn. – Cloquet musician Jake Birdseye stopped by the morning show Wednesday to play one of his original songs and a cover by George Strait, which you can watch below.  Birdseye is a self-taught country acoustic artist with multiple performances lined up around the Northland. Part 1: Part 2: Categories: Coffee Conversation, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News

Coffee Conversation: Superior Porchfest Sounds Off Thursday

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior Porchfest’s pop-up event is Thursday, June 16, in Superior’s Central Park Neighborhood from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Click the video above to learn more about the music event and watch a live performance from Sonofmel. List of performances. Sonofmel  723 7th Avenue East Janie and the Spokes  609 8th Avenue East Similar Dogs.  602 East 5th Street Andy Peterson…

Knowing Your Neighbors: ‘Superior Currents’ Opens Park Point Studio To Public

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth artist who grew up on Park Point is expanding her business by opening up her in-home studio for the community to enjoy. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger has this week’s Knowing Your Neighbors at Superior Currents. McKenzie Kapsner is a full-on artist — inside and out. “I went to school to be an artist about 20-something…

Live Performance: ‘Andy Peterson Quartet’ Previews ‘Superior Porchfest’ Pop-Up June 16

Andy Peterson Quartet was live on the morning show Monday to preview Superior Porchfest’s pop-up event Thursday, June 16, in Superior’s Central Park Neighborhood from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Click the video above to hear their performance.  And see Porchfest locations below. Sonofmel 723 7th Avenue East Janie and the Spokes 609 8th Avenue East Similar Dogs. 602 East…

Coffee Conversation: AICHO Hosts Indigenous Solo Art Exhibition June 10 – Sept. 16

DULUTH, Minn. — American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) is hosting and Indigenous solo art exhibition June 10 to Sept. 16 by Shaun Chosa. There is an artist reception Friday, June 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at AICHO’s Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center locate at 212 W. 2nd Street in Duluth.  It’s free, but a $10 donation is…

One-On-One: Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken Talks Retirement, Family, What’s Next

DULUTH, Minn. — One day after announcing his retirement from the Duluth Police Department, Chief Mike Tusken stopped by the morning show to talk to Dan Hanger about his 30 years with the department. Tusken reminisced about his early days on the job as a patrol officer, his support from his wife, Kathy, over the years, and about his next…

Coffee Conversation: Local Singer Rafe Carlson To Open ‘Bayfront Country Jam’ July 1

DULUTH, Minn. — The 4th Annual Bayfront Country Jam is coming back to Bayfront Festival Park July 1 featuring Jake Owen, Tyler Rich and show opener Rafe Carlson. Carlson is a Hermantown grad who met his producer in Nashville, Tennessee in May of 2021, and has since made dozens of trips down, writing with world-class Nashville songwriters, playing shows in…

Rubber Chicken Theater To Produce 8 ‘Chicken Hat Plays’ In 24 Hours

DULUTH, Minn. – The Rubber Chicken Theater is bringing back its Chicken Hat Plays starting Saturday, June 11 at the Underground Theatre at the Depot at 7:30 p.m. The plays involve eight writers, eight directors and a whole bunch of actors who create eight short plays that are created in 24 hours. For ticket information, click here.   Categories: Coffee…

Coffee Conversation: FOX 21 Sports Director Sam Ali Bids Farewell To Station

DULUTH, Minn. — FOX 21 Sports Director Sam Ali is leaving the station after four years to take a new opportunity closer to his family in Michigan.  Sam stopped by the morning show Friday on his last day to talk to his best friend Dan Hanger about his time at FOX 21, look at embarrassing childhood photos of himself, and…

Coffee Conversation: Douglas County Jail Job Fair June 6

Members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office stopped by the FOX 21 morning show Thursday to talk to Dan Hanger about an upcoming “Jail Job Fair” happening Monday, June 6 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Government Center’s main atrium. Stacey Minter, lieutenant of jail operations, says jailers can start at an hourly wage between $21.34 and $23.07….

Coffee Conversation: Steve-O Talks XXX-Rated ‘Bucket List Tour’ At DECC, Sobriety, Life’s Lessons

Part 1: The Bucket List Tour: What to expect! DULUTH, Minn. – Steve-O is well known for his wild and crazy ride on MTV’s reality comedy series known as “Jackass” in the early 2000s followed by “Jackass” movies. See Dan’s chat with Steve-O in Part 1 above and Part 2 below. But since then, Steve-O has become much more with…

Coffee Conversation: 30 Years Of ‘Mainstream Fashions For Men’

DULUTH, Minn. — Mainstream Fashions For Men co-owner Ben Mork stopped by the morning show Thursday to talk about how the business has evolved over the past 30 years in downtown Duluth — from only suits and ties back in the day to business casual options and apparel for trips to the golf course.  Click the video for the conversation!…

Coffee Conversation: 311 Lead Singer Talks Saturday Show At Earth Rider Brewery Fest Grounds

DULUTH, Minn. – Alternative rock band 311 exploded to fame in the 90s with a mix of rock, rap, reggae and funk!  And the band is making a tour stop this Saturday, May 28, at the festival grounds at Earth Rider Brewery in Superior.  Lead singer Nick Hexum, 52, who was born in Madison, Wisconsin, talked with FOX 21’s Dan…

Coffee Conversation: Mark Rubin Talks Memorial Day Ceremonies In Duluth, Sings ‘Let Them In Peter’

DULUTH, Minn. — Former St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin stopped by the morning show Thursday to talk about two Memorial Day ceremonies happening in Duluth on Monday. The first ceremony is at 9 a.m. at the Gary New Duluth Veterans Memorial located at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Stowe Street. The second ceremony happens at 6 p.m. at…

Coffee Conversation: The Promethean — Covering UWS For 102 Years

SUPERIOR, Wis. — The UW-Superior student-run newspaper, The Promethean, has been covering campus news now for 102 years. The paper’s student editor, Drew Kerner, and his faculty advisor, Tom Hansen, stopped by the morning show Tuesday to talk about the paper’s legacy and how it is a learning opportunity for any major of study.  Click the video for the conversation!…

Superior Roux Offering Variety of Flavors at Pop-Up Location

Superior Roux operates out of the old Billings Park Cafe building, which was purchased by the Sutherland family and turned it into Venue in the Park which now offers a commercial kitchen rental and event space. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Opening Superior Roux has been a long time coming for co-owners Paul Lukens and Jeremy Wilson. “We’ve both been in the culinary industry for about 30 years mixed together. We kind of came together and realized we work really well together and a lot of our palate and a lot of our flavors work well together so…

Duluth Schools Supt. Talks Staff Mask Mandate, Graduations, Strategic Planning Process

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth School District began a new mask mandate Monday for faculty and staff inside all district buildings. Meanwhile, students, parents, and others are being encouraged to mask up. This comes as COVID cases in Duluth are up and the county is now considered at a high level for transmission. Duluth Schools Supt. John Magas stopped by…

Coffee Conversation: Michelle Lee Talks Getting Fired, KBJR-TV, Bodybuilding, Retirement

DULUTH, Minn. – Michelle Lee, 70, is best known for her decades at KDLH-TV and KBJR-TV before retiring about five years ago. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger recently went to Michelle’s home in Moose Lake to see what she is up to these days and look back at some life lessons made in her career – from getting fired, to bodybuilding,…

Northern Star: Haley Zembo

Zembo has two no-hitters, with four double-digit strikeout games and has sat down a total of 93 batters.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – NBC Sports Complex is home for Superior’s Haley Zembo, who has proven to be a dominant force in the circle this season. The junior pitcher found her love for the game at a young age and knew early on that her position would be with the ball in her hands. “The first year I actually started playing…

Bent Paddle’s Festiversary Returning This Weekend After Two Years Off During The Pandemic

Some of the video used in this story is courtesy of Nice Mediaworks.  DULUTH, Minn. — It’s a big weekend for Bent Paddle in Lincoln Park, as its Festiversary event is returning this Saturday after it was called off the past two years because of the pandemic. With more than 30 types of beer ready to be tapped, live music,…

Police Chief Wants Palace Bar’s Liquor License Not Renewed Amid Ongoing Violence

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior’s top cop is calling for the Palace Bar to lose its liquor and amusement device licenses after a shooting in March and after more than 150 calls for police services since January of 2021. Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander said beyond the recent shooting there are ongoing calls of violence at the Palace Bar on the…

Coffee Conversation: Former Longtime KBJR-TV Sportscaster Tom Hansen Then & Now

DULUTH, Minn.  — Former longtime Duluth sportscaster Tom Hansen stopped by the morning show Wednesday to talk about his 20-plus years at KBJR-TV, his time in radio and some of what he’s up to as a faculty member at UWS.  Click the videos below for the conversation! Part 1: Part 2: Categories: Coffee Conversation, Community, Minnesota, News, News – Latest…

Coffee Conversation: DogApproved.biz Launching Dog-Friendly Resource Guide

DULUTH, Minn. – Northland businesses in and around the Twin Ports are taking the pledge to be “dog approved” as part of a new dog-friendly resource guide that’s launching in June by DogApproved.biz. The guide will be online and also found in participating businesses around town as a way to let dog owners know the best dog-friendly patios, special doggy…

Howard’s Que Serving Up Southern Style Flavors

Howard's Que is currently open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and then Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Howard’s Que located in Lincoln Park has been serving up southern style barbeque for years. “It’s a little bit of Howard style, it’s a little bit of Memphis, that’s where I’m from Memphis, Tennessee and St. Louis, Missouri so it’s a combination of those areas and regions. Here, you’re never going to walk away hungry,” owner Howard…

Northern Star: Kade Gonsorowski

Gonsorowski is the only senior on the Esko baseball team this season.

ESKO, Minn.- Going into his final season at Esko. Kade Gonsorowski is playing for a reason that’s bigger than baseball. “I grew up playing with my best buds and throughout the years I played with Jackson Pfister, we grew up playing baseball together and he always had dreams to play at the next level,” says Gonsorowski, “I feel like, I…

Coffee Convo: Foster Advocacy Nonprofit ‘New Hope For Families’ To Host Community Carnival

DULUTH, Minn. — New Hope For Families is getting ready to host a Community Carnival Saturday, May 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at its Duluth facility to show off all they offer to help support parents and children in the community, while increasing the number of foster families in the Northland. For more on the Community Carnival event…

Coffee Conversation: Duluth Flame To Host Kid-Friendly Drag Show Sunday

DULUTH, Minn. — Drag Queen Mama Dukes joined FOX 21’s Dan Hanger on the morning show Friday to talk about the Duluth Flame’s upcoming kid-friendly drag show this Sunday, May 15 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.   It’s called Mama’s Toybox. The drag show is a dry event and free for kids.   For more on the morning show chat, watch…

Coffee Conversation: New Wine Theater Group’s Production Of ‘Bright Star’

CLOQUET, Minn. – Members of New Wine, a Christian theater group at Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet, stopped by the FOX 21 morning show to talk with Dan Hanger about their production of “Bright Star,” which runs from May 11-15th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and include dessert and beverages during intermission. Tickets can be purchased at: newwine.ludus.com. Click…

Coffee Conversation: ‘Art In The Alley’ Celebrates 14 Years Of Artwork, Clothing, Jewelry

DULUTH, Minn. — The owner of Art in the Alley, Tami LaPole Edmunds, stopped by FOX 21’s morning show Thursday to talk to Dan Hanger about the ups and downs of being in business for 14 years and how the business has evolved into its current space in the Miller Hill Mall.  Check out the conversation below and click here…

American Heart Association Talks Heart Health Awareness

DULUTH, Minn. — The American Heart Association hosted its Go Red For Women luncheon event at the DECC Wednesday to raise awareness about heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer in women and men in the United States. Click the video above to learn more about your hearth health, and check out the American Heart Association’s website for all…

Coffee Conversation: Saginaw Woman Discovers Hidden Talent To Draw

SAGINAW, Minn. – Imagine having a talent you never knew you were capable of until your adult years in life. That’s exactly what happened to Barb Fremling who two years ago discovered she is a talented artist who can draw amazing portraits of dogs, cats and horses. Click the video above to hear Barb’s story! And if you’re interested in…

Coffee Conversation: North Shore Scenic Railroad Revs Up For Season

DULUTH, Minn. — The North Shore Scenic Railroad is revving up for the season, especially National Train Day this Saturday, May 14.  Click the videos below for a conversation with NSSR Station Master Josh Miller and Executive Director Ken Buehler.  And for everything trains, visit duluthtrains.com. Part 1: Part 2: Categories: Coffee Conversation, Community, Entertainment, Minnesota, News, News – Latest…