Wisconsin

Superior Police Officers Sworn In

Three new Superior police officers were sworn in Friday morning

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- With only sixty-one police officers on the force, and some of them close to retirement, three new officers were sworn into the Superior Police Department today after going through a nineteen month training process. A few year’s back, around one hundred twenty candidates typically applied to join the Superior Police Department. This year, there were only around seventy…

Budget Panel Approves Tech College Increase

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republicans on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee have approved more money for Wisconsin’s technical colleges, but fell $11 million short of how much Gov. Tony Evers and Democrats wanted. The Joint Finance Committee is working Thursday on making changes to Evers’ budget before the full Republican-controlled Legislature votes on the two-year spending plan, likely sometime in June….

Kaul Sues Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Marketing Practices

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is suing Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma over its opioid marketing practices. Kaul filed the lawsuit in state court Thursday. It alleges Purdue Pharma downplayed the addiction risks of opioid pain medication Oxycontin and the company’s former president, Richard Sackler, approved the strategy. The lawsuit alleges the practices amount to a public…

Firefighter Killed, Three Injured in Wisconsin Shooting

This is an Ongoing Investigation

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A firefighter responding to a medical emergency was killed in a shooting at a Wisconsin bus station that left three others injured, officials said. The shooting happened after police and firefighters responded to a medical emergency around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Valley Transit in downtown Appleton, fire and police officials said. Appleton Officer Meghan Cash said…

Wisconsin Assembly OKs ‘Born Alive’ Bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Assembly has passed a so-called “born alive” anti-abortion bill that would require physicians care for babies who survive abortion attempts or face prison. The chamber passed the Republican-authored measure 62-35 on Wednesday, sending it on to the state Senate. GOP leaders in that house expect to vote on the bill next month. Democratic Gov….

Wisconsin Budget Gets $753 Million Boost in tax Collections

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin state budget will have $753 million more than originally expected, thanks largely to a one-time spike in tax collections due to federal tax law changes. The money now becomes available for the Legislature as it’s working on the two-year spending plan. But Republican leaders don’t appear to be on the same page Wednesday about…

Kidnap Victim Jayme Closs Honored by Wisconsin Assembly

MADISON, Wis. – Jayme Closs is being honored by the Wisconsin Assembly as a “hometown hero.” The 13-year-old Closs appeared with family members and friends to receive her honor in the Assembly chamber on Wednesday. It was the most public appearance to date for Closs, who escaped her kidnapper in January after being held captive in a remote northwestern Wisconsin…

Superior Council for the Arts to Host First Annual “Arts Sampler”

The Superior Art Sampler is Happening Friday, May 17, 2019

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Council for the Arts along with the Department of Communicating Arts, Music and Art at UWS invite you to attend the first “Superior Arts Sampler.” The colorful event is happening Friday, May 17 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Holden Fine Arts Building on the campus of UW-Superior. Carolyn Nelson Kavajecz with the…

Superior Pursuits Charter Fishing on Lake Superior

Great Outdoors: Family Fishing On Lake Superior For Novice & Expert on the Elixir

TWIN PORTS, Minn. — With Lake Superior on our doorstep, the urge to fish on it, is quite high! It can get expensive having a boat, buying the gear you need and knowing exactly where the fish will bite. For this week’s Great Outdoors, forget all of that, because we are joining an expert with a huge passion to fish…

Superior Home Restoration Program

The Northland has it's own fixer upper program now

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- It’s a push to improve neighborhoods in a Northland community. Today, the City of Superior announced the completed renovation of it’s first vacant home under the ‘Home Restoration Program’. Many have seen television shows where they take a distressed or abandoned house and turn it into a brand new home without tearing it down. The Northland has it’s…

Update: One Dead Following Superior Home Explosion

Authorities say There is no Threat to the Public

SUPERIOR, Wis. – According to the Superior Police Department one person was found deceased inside a small home following an explosion in Superior’s Billings Park neighborhood Sunday. The explosion was reported around 10:50 a.m. Sunday on 22nd Street near Corning Avenue. The Superior Police Department, Superior Fire Department and Mayo Clinic Ambulance responded to 2219 North 22nd Street where they…

More People Dying in Wisconsin, but Elderly Living Longer

Deaths in Wisconsin Were up 15% Compared to a Decade ago

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – More people are dying in Wisconsin, but the state’s growing elderly population is living longer. Those are two findings of the annual death report from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The latest report released Monday looks at deaths in 2017. It found that deaths were up 15% compared with a decade ago. But the death…

UPDATE: House Explodes In Superior; Police Investigating

Firefighters turn investigation to Superior Police, there is no threat to the public.

  SUPERIOR, Wis.- Police are now investigating an explosion in Superior’s Billings Park neighborhood. Officials report that the incident was isolated and there is no threat to the public. The explosion was reported around 10:50 Sunday morning, in a small home on 22nd Street near Corning Avenue along the railyard. Mayo Ambulance was also called in. The smoke from the…

Wisconsin Republicans Reject Medicaid Expansion

Wisconsin is one of 13 States That Have not Taken Expansion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Republicans have voted to reject Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ proposals to accept federal Medicaid expansion, legalize medical marijuana and increase the state minimum wage. The Legislature’s GOP-controlled budget committee on Thursday voted along party lines to kill those proposals and dozens of other Evers initiatives. The vote came on the first meeting day of the…

Wisconsin Governor Pushes Back on Medicaid

(AP Photo)MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is urging voters to pressure Republican lawmakers not to kill his Medicaid expansion plan. The Republican-controlled budget committee was to vote Thursday on removing Medicaid expansion and a host of Evers’ other priorities from his two-year spending plan. The vote would kill those priorities for now, but they could be…

Superior Residents Displaced After Electrical Fire

There Were no Injuries Reported

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Residents in a Superior apartment building will not be able to return to the effected apartment following reports of a structure fire at 1528 Ogden Avenue Thursday morning. According to the Superior Dire Department crews were called to the location around 5:17 a.m. where they discovered light smoke and smoldering insulation in the attic. Officials say the…

Man Claims Meth-Filled Backpack at Police Station, Arrested

He was Arrested for Drug Possession

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) – A man was arrested after authorities say he came to the police department to claim a methamphetamine-filled backpack he had left at a northeastern Wisconsin library. A staffer at Shawano County Library found the backpack Monday and turned it over to police. Prosecutors say there were three small bags of meth inside, along with a martial…

Jazz Lunch at University of Wisconsin-Superior

UWS held a different kind of music event today at Yellowjacket Union

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Today, those in the music department at Wisconsin-Superior filled the Yellowjacket Union with a different kind of music. At the end of each semester, music students get together to play some jazz as students can listen to something different while they prepare for finals next week. Sawyer Jones, a student at UWS, says “I think its just a…

Police: Superior Middle School Student Brought Knives to School, Caused Lockdown

No Other Weapons Were Found

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Police Department has released more details regarding the Superior Middle School being placed on lockdown Tuesday morning. According to police, the school was locked down after a knife fell out of a student’s clothing while playing in the gym. The child admitted to having the knife and also pointed out another knife in the gym….

GOP Sends Evers Letter Complaining About Prison Raises

Nineteen Republicans Sent a Letter Wednesday to Evers

(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, file)MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Assembly Republicans with prisons in their districts are complaining about Democratic Gov. Tony Evers decision to grant temporary raises at only six institutions. Nineteen Republicans sent a letter Wednesday to Evers on Wednesday saying the raises aren’t fair and compensation should be addressed through the state budget. Evers’ state budget calls for…

UWS Chamber Orchestra to Host Upcoming Performances

One Performance is Happening on the Campus of UWS, With the Other Taking Place in Duluth

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – It’s a busy week for the talented musical performers at UWS as they have two upcoming concerts this week. One of them is taking place across the bridge in Duluth. The UW-Superior Orchestra will close out its season performing Mozart’s Requiem along with showcasing the winners of the 2019 Orchestra Concerto Competition. The concert is taking place…

EPA Announces Funding for Howard’s Bay in Superior

The construction won't begin until 2020 but today the EPA announced 14 million for clean-up efforts

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced 14 million dollars in funding to clean up Howard’s Bay in Superior. Contamination has built up in the sediment at the site damaging fish and the wildlife habitat there. Those in the St. Louis River Alliance are pleased this is going to get done making sure they can get off the…

Fighting Back on the Issues Veterans Face

Veterans affairs says 50 to 60 percent of Veterans don't reach out when they return home

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Douglas County non-profits gathered at the Bong Center in Superior today to host a forum on how to fight back against the many issues Veterans face. The event sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs had experts on hand discussing a variety of issues including alcohol addiction or even housing or billing help. People in these non-profits…

Douglas County Tourism See’s Dramatic Rise

Visitor spending up almost ten percent compared to the previous year

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Tourism business sales in Douglas County topped nearly one hundred fifty million dollars in 2018. With visitor spending up almost ten percent compared to the previous year. That’s according to a report released today from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Local leadership say the increase is due to a number of factors, including new retail developments in Superior’s…

Ash Borer Update

The third case of Ash Borer has been discovered in Douglas County

HIGHLAND, Wisc.- Concern tonight after the discovery of a new Emerald Ash Borer infestation in Douglas County, this time in the town of Highland. The Highland infestation was found by a utility tree crew, and brings the affected areas in the county to three joining the City of Superior and Amnicon Falls State Park. Experts believe people bringing firewood into…

UW Tuition Revenue Grew $366.6m Over Decade

The System's Unrestricted Balances Stood at $1.3 Billion as of June 30

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new audit says tuition revenue at University of Wisconsin System schools grew $336.6 million over the last decade. The report from the Legislative Audit Bureau found tuition revenue grew from $933.4 million in fiscal year 2008-09 to $1.3 billion in fiscal year 2017-18. Resident tuition grew from $125.4 million to $276.3 million. Nonresident tuition increased…

Wisconsin Tourism Industry Generates $21.6 Billion

Most of the Growth is Tied to Recreational Activities

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s tourism industry generated $21.6 billion last year. That’s according to a new report from the state Department of Tourism. The report says visitor spending rose nearly 5 percent in 2018 to $13.3 billion. Tourism brought in $1.2 billion in federal taxes, $879 million in state taxes and $703 million in local taxes. Most of the…

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Bethel Lutheran Church

Tacos served for church fundraiser.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Sunday was Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1892. Bethel Lutheran Church celebrated the Mexican holiday with their fundraiser. They served tacos and had a photo booth manned by a professional photographer. The church’s Fundraising Committee said when it comes to events like this, their church…

Swarms of Boats Out for Wisconsin Fishing Opener

Lake Nebagamon is one popular local lake.

LAKE NEBAGAMON, Wis.- The season has begun to catch Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Walleye. At 986 acres, Lake Nebagamon is a place many anglers go to feel those fish a-bitin’. The rumble of boat motors break the soft lapping of the water. “I’m 54 years old, I’ve been out here for that many years,” said Brian Gilbertson….

Chorizo Tacos for Cinco De Mayo

COOKING CONNECTION: Bucktales Cantina & Grill for Cinco De Mayo

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are celebrating Cinco De Mayo, with Chorizo Tacos from Bucktales Cantina! ADDRESS: 6098 WI-35, Superior, WI 54880 CONTACT: (715) 394-4181, Facebook Page HOURS: Tues – Thurs 2 – 9pm, Fri 2-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm, closed Monday   Categories: Community, Cooking Connection, Entertainment, Features, Links, News, News – Latest News, Wisconsin…

Punch & Kick Your Way to Happiness & Health with Kickboxing in the Northland!

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: 9Round Kickboxing 30-Minute Intense Workout

DULUTH, Minn. — Life stressing you out? Does the cooler weather make you upset? Then it’s time to PUNCH IT OUT at Duluth’s 9 Round kickboxing program in this week’s Active Adventures with Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot! 9Round is a kickboxing themed fitness program that incorporates a functional, interval, cardiovascular and circuit training regimens. The program consists of a proprietary…

Wisconsin Fishing Preview

Saturday is the big day for fisherman in Wisconsin

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Opening Day for Wisconsin fishing season is this Saturday, which means big business for local bait shops. Over at Superior Fly Angler on Belknap Street, fisherman have been lining up to get their bait and tackle as they prepare for the big day. Leadership from that business say fisherman tend to like to buy local, because they have…

Republican Assembly Speaker Open to Legalizing Medical pot

Vos has Supported Limited Legalization for Chronic Medical Conditions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he hopes to find a way to reach a deal with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on a limited legalization of medical marijuana. Vos on Thursday said Republicans won’t go along with Evers’ more expansive proposal that also includes legalizing small amounts of recreational marijuana. Republicans plan to kill that…

Evers Pledges to ‘Fight Like Hell’ for Medicaid

Some Republican Lawmakers say They're Open to Compromise

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Tony Evers says he will “fight like hell” to expand Medicaid in Wisconsin, even though Republican legislative leaders plan to kill his proposal next week. Evers and Democrats vowed at a news conference Thursday to save the proposal and called on voters to pressure Republicans to compromise. They cited public opinion polls that showed…

Trump met With Foxconn CEO About Wisconsin Project

Foxconn Offered few Details on What was Discussed

(AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Foxconn Technology Group CEO Terry Gou has met with President Donald Trump to discuss the company’s ever-changing Wisconsin project. Foxconn confirmed the meeting on Thursday but offered few details on what was discussed. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says Foxconn approached him about changing the state’s contract with the worldwide electronics leader. The current deal makes…

Webster Dream Park to be Built Late Summer thanks to Donations

Check from Enbridge Energy brought donation total to $250,000.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A Superior girl’s dream for an all abilities playground at Webster Park is coming true. Enbridge Energy donated a $10,000 check to the city of Superior to build Webster Dream Park. The idea was dreamt up by nine-year-old Kenna Hermanson. Private donations, including the check from Enbridge, totals $50,000, and the City of Superior contributed $200,000 from last year’s…

Superior Emergency Departments Practice Response to Mass Casualty Incident

Fire and Police Department, and Paramedics evaluated response to active shooter situation.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Superior Fire Department and Police Department joined together for their third mass casualty training. Rather than practicing their response to an active shooter directly, firefighters, police officers, and paramedics worked on getting quick and precise care to those wounded after the shooter had been neutralized. With makeup and uniforms scattered across the Wessman Arena Gym, it may…

New Construction, Husky Updates Among Topics in Superior’s State of the City

Mayor Jim Paine delivers his second State of the City address.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- In his second State of the City address, Superior Mayor Jim Paine is proud of the progress Superior has made. He said the city will be unrecognizable to some in the coming years. The Mayor announced the construction of Cobblestone Hotel on Tower Avenue, and the development of Central High School into a mixed-use development, featuring both market-rate…

Evers to Sign First Bill as Wisconsin Governor

The Public Bill Signing is Scheduled for Tuesday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is scheduled to sign a bill into law for the first time, enacting a proposal barring the term “mental retardation” from state agency rules and regulations. Even though the bill passed with unanimous bipartisan support, the Democratic Evers and Republicans who control the Legislature still bickered over the issue. That’s because Evers…

Wisconsin Republicans Seek Compromise on Medicaid Expansion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Republicans open to a compromise with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Medicaid expansion are looking at ways to accept the federal funding without appearing to cave on the issue. Talks are ongoing even as Republican legislative leaders remain opposed to full expansion. Evers is also publicly refusing to bend from his full expansion proposal, despite…

Superior YMCA Helps Make Healthy Kids for a Healthy Summer

Healthy Kids Day event held.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- With summer just a few months away, the Superior YMCA helped kids get a healthy head start. They hosted Healthy Kids Day on Sunday. Families could come and enjoy free swimming, bouncy houses, healthy snacks, and more to prepare for a fit summer. “To encourage families and kids to come out and be healthy and create healthy habits…

Getting the SS Meteor in Ship Shape

Volunteers freshen up ship for new season.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- About 50 volunteers came together to cleanup the SS Meteor Whaleback Ship at Barker’s Island in Superior. Washing, painting the hull, and renovating the bedrooms gets the ship ready for tours starting May 18th. “It’s awesome to have this many people come out and work on this because it takes a great volunteer effort for this huge ship…

Protesters Environmental Rally on Anniversary of Husky Explosion

This after Husky announces rebuild of the Superior refinery, with the use of Hydrogen Fluoride.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- On Saturday, protestors rallied outside the Douglas County Courthouse in Superior, voicing their concerns about the Husky Energy Refinery Rebuild. Recently, Husky announced they will continue using the controversial chemical Hydrogen fluoride after rebuilding the refinery which exploded a year ago. Protestors said it’s time to do away with the chemical, and the refinery, as a whole. “No…

Remembering The Role The Weather Played In The Husky Superior Refinery Explosion

Evacuation Area Quickly Spread South From Strong Winds

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Many of us will never forget the fear and nervousness as the evacuation zone continued to grow last year on April 26th Husky Refinery explosion. The National Weather Service in Duluth and Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot closely forecasted the winds strength and direction that quickly carried the thick, possibly toxic, heavy black smoke southward. Winds were…

Wings North Offers Off-Season Hunting

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Wings North Pheasant Hunting & Clay Trapshooting

PINE CITY, Minn. — If the long winter has had you feeling cooped up, grab your over under shotgun and head on over to Wings North; where pheasant hunting is still underway, even though it’s the off-season. In this weeks Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot learns how to pheasant hunt and also gets her shot at clay trap pigeon…

Public Comment Period Open on Nemadji Trail Energy Center Proposal

Plan for The $700 Million Natural gas Plant was Announced Last Year

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The public comment period is now open in Wisconsin on the proposal to move ahead with the Nemadji Trail Energy Center. The Nemadji Trail Energy Center is a natural gas–fired power plant that’s in the works in Superior. Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved it in a 3–2 vote at the end of October, so the two organizations…

Republican Leaders say Evers’ pot Proposal to be Snuffed out

Under Evers' Plan Medical Marijuana Would be Legalized

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican leaders of the Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee say Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ proposal to legalize medical marijuana and small amounts of recreational pot will be snuffed out. Sen. Alberta Darling on Thursday called Evers’ marijuana legalization proposal “off the wall scary.” Evers proposed it as part of the two-year state budget. Under his plan, medical…

Pollo Suizo Mexican Dish

COOKING CONNECTION: Bucktales Cantina & Grill

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are turning the heat up on the grill to match the warmth of our Spring temperatures! Join Dee Morales from Bucktales Cantina as he shows us how to make the popular Mexican dish at home, Pollo Suizo! Categories: Community, Cooking Connection, Entertainment, Features, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News, Wisconsin Tags:…