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Local Lumber Yards Confused Over Tax Controversy

New Tariff on Canadian Soft Timber is Lower than Pre-2015 Levels

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Earlier this week, the Trump Administration sparked controversy when the President announced a new import tax on Canadian soft timber. President Trump unveiled a new tax of up to 24 percent on imported Canadian soft timber, claiming Canada’s lumber industry is government subsidized. Canadian leaders deny those claims, and say they’re prepared to fight what they call…

Dayton Looks to Move Preservation Agency Under His Administration

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Governor Mark Dayton wants his administration to oversee the state’s preservation agency instead of the Minnesota Historical Society. Dayton says the agency would be more efficient and accountable if it’s moved to the executive branch. The governor support for a bill that would accomplish the move comes months after the Historical Society took a stand…

Researchers Find Unique U.S. Declaration of Independence Copy in England

The team studied the document for two years before sharing their findings

LONDON (AP) — A unique copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence has been discovered in an unexpected place – England. The copy, similar to the one viewed by millions each year at the National Archives in Washington has been locked away in a local records office in southeast England forgotten by historians. Its significance wasn’t understood until recently, when…

Minnesota Receives Over $5 Million to Combat Opioid Addiction

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Minnesota with $5,379,349 to combat opioid addiction. The $5.3 million grant will support an array of prevention, treatment, and recovery services throughout the state. “As I’ve traveled across Minnesota, I’ve heard time and again how opioid addiction is tearing apart communities and…

Wisconsin Awarded Over $7 Million to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

The funding was made available under the federal 21st Century Cures Act

MADISON, Wis. – Governor Scott Walker has announced that the state will receive $7,636,938 in federal grant money to help combat the state’s opioid epidemic. “We will continue our work to implement the most effective and efficient practices, aimed at prevention, recovery, and treatment, to bring healing to the individuals, families, and communities overwhelmed by this public health crisis,” said…

Wisconsin Lawmakers Consider Bill Banning Some Abortions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Abortions would no longer be covered by health insurance plans for Wisconsin state employees under a Republican-backed bill working its way through the Legislature. But it’s unclear weather the measure up for a hearing Wednesday will win approval this year even with stronger Republican majorities when it failed to pass in 2013. And even if it…

Dozens Attend Vigil To Support Cloquet Police Chief

Chief Steve Stracek Is On Paid Admin. Leave After ‘Vote of No Confidence’ By Officer

CLOQUET, Minn. – A different kind of vigil was held outside Cloquet City Hall Tuesday  that didn’t involve a death. It was instead a community effort to close what some consider a growing divide between the City Council, residents, and the Police Department. This all stems around Police Chief Steve Stracek, who was put on paid administrative leave about a…

Mayor Paine and Superior City Councilors Sworn In

Council President and Vice President Also Decided

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Mayor Jim Paine and new city councilors Jenny Van Sickle and Craig Sutherland were sworn in Tuesday at the Superior City Council meeting. Mayor Paine thanked the community for electing him and talked about how he plans to move the city forward. “We have a lot to accomplish together. Our city faces some very real challenges in…

Councilor Joel Sipress Kicks Off Re-election Campaign

Sipress is Running For Duluth's 2nd Dist. Seat

Duluth, Minn. — City council president Joel Sipress kicked off his re-election campaign Monday. Sipress is running for re–election to Duluth’s 2nd Dist. seat. Supporters gathered at Sara’s Table to hear the candidate discuss issues he hopes to address in the community. “We’re getting a good, active start,” Sipress said. “We’re going to be working hard and talking with people…

Kennedy Announces Council Bid

Planning Commissioner Lost Council Race in 2015

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s another candidate vying for one of the Duluth City Council’s two at-large seats. Duluth Planning Commissioner Janet Kennedy officially announced she’s running Friday. Kennedy ran for the district 5 seat in 2015, but lost the election to Councilor Jay Fosle. A kickoff event is planned for Sunday, April 23rd at 1:30 p.m. at Civic Center Park…

Gun theft fugitive caught in southwest Wisconsin

Man who found fugitive describes him as cordial

Joseph JakubowskiMILWAUKEE – Sheriff’s officials say a man suspected of stealing firearms from a gun store and sending President Donald Trump an anti-government manifesto has been arrested in southwestern Wisconsin. The Rock County Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski was captured around 6 a.m. Friday near Readstown, Wisconsin. The sheriff’s office said in a statement that he was captured without…

Duluth Announces Energy Pilot Project

Project Helps Move City to Mayor's 80% Emission Reduction Goal

DULUTH, Minn. – Mayor Emily Larson and other city officials announced a new initiative to reduce Duluth’s carbon footprint. The Canal Park steam plant, Duluth Energy Systems, is going completely coal free for the next seven months. Mayor Larson believes this pilot initiative is a big step toward her goal of reducing Duluth’s carbon emissions by 80% before the year…

Senator Klobuchar Leads Transportation Summit in Duluth

Local Leaders Discuss How to Improve Northern Minnesota Infrastructure

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar was in Duluth today leading a transportation summit to exchange ideas and opinions about infrastructure challenges in Minnesota. Transportation and business leaders from across Northeastern Minnesota talked with Senator Klobuchar about what they think is needed to improve infrastructure across the region. That includes a lot more than roads and highways. Improvements to…

Official Warns GOP Budget Cuts Could Mean Tax Return Delays

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s top tax official says deep cuts to state budgets could result in months-long delays to tax returns next year. Republicans who control the Legislature have laid out some major cuts to state agencies including the Department of Revenue. That’s the agency that processes tax filings annually. Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly said Tuesday that plotted cuts…

Republicans Propose Tax Breaks for Wisconsin Beekeepers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican lawmakers say they want to combat a rapidly declining bee population by giving Wisconsin beekeepers tax exemptions. Representative Amy Loudenbeck said in a memo Tuesday she and Senator Steve Nass are seeking co-sponsors on a bill that would define beekeeping in state law. It would also extend to beekeepers sales and use tax exemptions on…

Superior Recount Results Are In

Nothing Changed from Last Week's Vote

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A recount held in Superior today, upheld last week’s results for one city council seat. It was requested by Tylor Elm, who was running for a Sixth District seat against incumbent Graham Garfield. Garfield won last week’s election by one vote. Today’s recount came out the exact same way for Garfield. Categories: News, News – Latest News, Political…

No State Tax on Olympic Winnings Under New Budget Proposal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Olympic medal winners in Wisconsin wouldn’t have to pay taxes on their winnings under a Republican proposal. Representative Joe Sanfelippo and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said in a news release Monday they’re circulating a bill that would repeal state taxes on Olympic and Paralympic winnings. Olympic medals are worth a few hundred dollars and come with…

Nolan to Hold Listening Sessions in the Northland

WASHINGTON – Representative Rick Nolan will be holding listening sessions across Minnesota’s 8th District to discuss healthcare issues, President Trump’s proposed budget, and hear questions and concerns from constituents. Wednesday, April 12 Nolan Listening Session in Grand Rapids 11:00am-12:00pm Grand Rapids City Hall, Council Chambers 420 N Pokegema Ave Grand Rapids, MN Nolan Listening Session in Virginia 2:30pm-3:30pm Virginia Council…

Minnesota Governor Says He’d Veto Pipeline Replacement

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Democratic Governor Mark Dayton says he would veto a bill allowing a Canadian energy company to bypass Minnesota regulators and build a replacement for an aging pipeline. Dayton said Friday that Enbridge Energy’s $7.5 billion Line 3 pipeline replacement should be vetted by the Public Utilities Commission before it gets approval to begin construction. The…

Dayton Signals Possible Compromise on Real ID Impasse

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has signaled a possible compromise on Real ID after saying he doesn’t believe he can allow immigrants living in the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses without legislative approval. Dayton said Monday that legislation is needed this session to be compliant with federal ID standards. Without a bill, a January 2018…

Minnesota House Plans Vote on Bill to End Health Care Exchange

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The House plans to take up a $14.3 billion social services bill that would end the state’s health care exchange and send Minnesota residents to the federal marketplace instead. The bill to be heard Friday increases spending by nearly $2 billion compared to the last two years. But that increase wouldn’t keep pace with rising…

Wisconsin Republicans Praise US Missile Strike on Syria

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Republicans are praising President Donald Trump’s missile strike against Syria. House Speaker Paul Ryan calls the action “appropriate and just.” Senator Ron Johnson calls the U.S. strike a “swift and appropriate action.” And Rep. Mike Gallagher says he also supports the strike as a “clear signal that the United States will not stand idly by…

Senate Confirms Trump Pick Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

The Senate voted 54-45 in favor of Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch speaks at his nomination hearing to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 on Capitol Hill in Washignton. (Lauren Victoria Burke for The Denver Post) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to become the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court Friday, elevating Donald Trump’s nominee following a…

Sen. Klobuchar Takes on Chinese Steel

The Senator is Hoping for a Bipartisan Solution

DULUTH, Minn. – President Donald Trump met with the president of China today to talk about a number of issues including illegal steel entering the U.S. market from China. FOX 21 spoke with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar today about the issue and she believes a number of factors are in play when controlling steel that’s imported. One such policy is having higher…

Wisconsin Assembly Committee Approves Drunken Driving Bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – An Assembly committee has approved three Republican bills that would impose stiffer penalties and ignition interlock requirements for drunken drivers. The proposals from Representative Jim Ott and Senator Alberta Darling would create a five-year minimum prison sentence for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, raise the minimum incarceration period for fifth and sixth offenses from…

Recount Set for Superior’s 6th District City Council Race

Tylor Elm lost to incumbent Graham Garfield by just one vote

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A tight race for the Superior City Council District 6 seat after spring elections took place Tuesday. Tylor Elm and incumbent Graham Garfield squared off in the race for District 6, and with unofficial results having Garfield winning by a single vote 142 to 141, a recount request has been made. Elm verbally requested a recount, and will…

Steve Bannon Removed from National Security Council

WASHINGTON (FOX NEWS) – President Trump’s controversial chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, was removed from the National Security Council on Wednesday, Fox News confirmed. Bannon was put on the NSC’s “Principals Committee” as a check on former National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn to make sure Flynn carried through with a directive to depoliticize the NSC, a senior administration official…

Wisconsin Spring Election Turnout Reaches 16 Percent

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – About 16 percent of Wisconsin’s voting-age population cast ballots in the state’s spring election. That’s in line with the turnout prediction by the Wisconsin Elections Commission. It estimated turnout of between 13 percent and 18 percent in Tuesday’s election. The race for state superintendent of public instruction was the only statewide race on the ballot, although…

City Of Superior Has New Mayor

Jim Paine Wins 58% Of The Vote

Officially with 58% of the vote, Jim Paine is now the Mayor of Superior. Paine defeated City Councilman Brent Fennessey by over 700 votes. Paine announced his candidacy back in October of 2016 when then Mayor Bruce Hagen decided it was time to step down. Jim Paine is allowed to start moving into the Mayor’s office tomorrow. Current Mayor Bruce…

Tribe President Avoids Dispute in Wisconsin Legislature Address

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The president of a tribe that plans to withhold nearly $1 million from the state over a casino dispute told Wisconsin lawmakers and officials Tuesday that the state will be stronger if tribal leaders and state leaders are “united as allies.” Stockbridge-Munsee President Shannon Holsey did not refer to the tribe’s threat to withhold gambling payments…

State Assembly Passes Batch of Bills to Combat Opioid Abuse

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Months after Gov. Scott Walker called on the Legislature to take swift action to combat the state’s opioid epidemic, the state Assembly has passed nine pieces of Legislation. The Assembly, on Tuesday, passed all but two of 11 bills Republican Rep. John Nygren wrote based on recommendations from Walker’s opioid task force, which he co-chairs. The…

Equal Pay Day Rally Held in Duluth

Rally Organizers Want Improved Gender Equality in Local Businesses

DULUTH, Minn. – Today is Equal Pay Day because, according to the National Committee on Pay Equity, April 4th is how far women have to work into 2017 to earn what men did in 2016. Over fifty years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women continue to earn about eighty percent as much money as men. A rally…

Minnesota House Advances $3.2 Billion Higher Education Plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota House has approved a $3.2 billion education bill that would freeze tuition next year for the state’s two-year and technical colleges but will likely raise it at the University of Minnesota. The bill passed Tuesday in the Republican-controlled House mostly along party lines by a vote of 77-53. Republicans say their bill helps…

Duluth Gives Proclamation For Awareness

April Is National Abuse Awareness Month

Mayor Emily Larson teamed up with County Attorney Mark Rubin who issued their own proclamation. St. Louis County Court House was littered with supports of the cause as they declared April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Experts spoke up for the need to understand that it is a difficult subject to talk about, but silence is never the answer. “You…

Stockbridge-Munsee President to Address Wisconsin Legislature

MADISON, Wisc. (AP) – The president of a tribe that plans to withhold nearly $1 million from the state over a casino dispute will deliver the annual State of the Tribes address to the Wisconsin Legislature. Stockbridge-Munsee President Shannon Holsey is scheduled to give a speech Tuesday afternoon. The Stockbridge-Munsee has warned the state it intends to withhold gambling payments…

Judiciary Panel Votes 11-9 in Favor of Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch speaks at his nomination hearing to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 on Capitol Hill in Washignton. (Lauren Victoria Burke for The Denver Post)WASHINGTON (AP) – A divided Senate panel is backing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. A Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 along party lines on Monday to favorably…

“Nevertheless She Persisted” Tattoos Offered in Superior

Dozens of Women Lined Up at Ink Tattoo for Female Empowerment Tattoo

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Earlier this year, “Nevertheless She Persisted” became a feminist battle cry after Republican Senator Mitch McConnell made disparaging comments towards Democratic colleague Elizabeth Warren. Women across the country have the phrase tattooed on their bodies, including dozens who lined up today at Ink Tattoo in Superior for their own empowerment tattoo. “It’s something that I think has…

Minnesota House Passes Environmental Finance Bill

Bill Worth $1.2 Billion

ST. PAUL, Minn. –The Minnesota House passed its environmental finance bill that Republicans say will help “slow down the government spending spree.” The $1.2 billion legislation passed 80–53 late Thursday night. Republican Rep. Dan Fabian, of Roseau, says the bill will speed up the environmental review process and restructure how some state agencies operate. Democrats had fought hard, saying the…

House Approves $2.2 Billion Transportation Plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota House has approved a transportation bill that Republicans say will help the state begin work on much-needed road and bridge projects. The nearly $2.2 billion legislation passed by a vote of 76-54. Lawmakers continued their perennial battles over light rail projects and what funding sources to use for transportation projects. Republican Rep. Paul…

REAL ID Passes Senate on Second Try

Passed in a 60-7 vote Thursday night

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota is now one step closer to federal compliance after the Senate passed the REAL ID legislation. The bill passed 60-7 Thursday night. Republican Senator Eric Pratt of Prior Lake amended the bill to remove a divisive provision. There was little resistance for the legislation during its second attempt at passage, through some Republicans still…

Klobuchar Backs Opioid Bill

Would Help Stop Drug-Seeking Behavior

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar helped introduce a bill today that would require prescription drug monitoring programs for all states that receive federal funding for opioid abuse. It would also make prescription data available across stateliness, making it easier for doctors to be more familiar with patients who have drug-seeking behavior. Klobuchar said the legislation was inspired by the opioid…

Local Districts Allocated State Pre-K Funds

Gov. Dayton Set Aside $175 Million to Fund Pre-K Statewide

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Studies say Pre–K is essential to children’s development which is why Gov. Mark Dayton wants to make sure as many as 17,000 4-year-olds can attend Pre–K. “We can do more good to benefit the kids than we can when the kids are older,” said Virginia School Superintendent Dr. Noel Schmidt. Dr. Schmidt isn’t the only one over…

Lawmakers Consider Harsher Wisconsin Youth Prison Proposals

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin state Senate committee is considering a package of anti-crime bills, including three that would impose harsher punishments on youth who commit crimes. The proposals up for a hearing Wednesday, could land more children in Wisconsin’s youth prison for a wider range of crimes and keep them there longer, despite an ongoing FBI investigation into…

Minnesota Senate Wants $900 Million in Tax Cuts

The lowest tax bracket would shrink by .25-percent

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Senate Republicans are pursing deep tax cuts over the next two years for students, families, and those on Social Security. The almost $900 million sought in their bill released Wednesday, directs over half of those breaks to individual taxes. The lowest tax bracket would shrink by over a quarter of a percent. Republican Senator Roger…

Wrenshall School District Hoping For Millions

Referendum To Be Voted On In April

Wrenshall, Minn. Wrenshall School District is hoping to invest 12.5 million dollars into their school system if a proposed referendum is passed Tonight hundreds showed up to the meeting held by the school board to make sure their voices were heard. The referendum discussed tonight has been years I the making. Some approve while some are apprehensive It was a…

Uber, Lyft Excited to Start Duluth Operations

Ride Sharing Services were Recently Approved by City Council

DULUTH, Minn. – While local cab companies aren’t happy, the Duluth City Council passed an ordinance Monday, allowing ride share companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in the city. Meanwhile, Uber and Lyft are excited to enter the Duluth market. In a statement to FOX 21, an Uber spokesperson said “We’re pleased that the Duluth city council passed regulations…

Tribal Leaders to Address Wisconsin Lawmakers, Officials

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Native American leaders in Wisconsin will give their annual State of the Tribes address to the Legislature and constitutional officers on April 4. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said, in a news release Tuesday, that Stockbridge-Munsee tribe President Shannon Holsey will give the speech this year. Vos said in the release the State of the Tribes address,…

Minnesota Wine Lawsuit Challenges Out-of-State Grape Ban

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KMSP) – A federal lawsuit has been filed by two Minnesota farm wineries, challenging the state’s ban on using out-of-state grapes to make wine. The wineries point to Minnesota’s booming beer industry, with some of the most successful breweries like Summit and Surly using out-of-state hops to craft signature beers. Represented by attorneys with the Institute of Justice,…