Wisconsin

GOP Investigator No Longer Wants to Jail Wisconsin Mayors

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Republican-hired investigator looking into Wisconsin’s 2020 election is no longer seeking to jail the mayors of Green Bay and Madison for allegedly not complying with a subpoena he issued last year. A judge on Friday said he needed more facts before deciding whether to compel the mayors to testify. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Ralph Ramirez…

Rittenhouse Seeks Return of Gun Used During Kenosha Protest

KENOSHA, Wis. – Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois man acquitted of fatally shooting two men and wounding a third during street protests in Kenosha in 2020, has filed papers in court to recover property seized by police after his arrest, including the gun he used in the shootings. A motion filed in Kenosha County Circuit Court on Wednesday states that Rittenhouse…

Family Builds More Than 40 Foot Tall, Super-Sized Snowman in Milltown, Wis.

(courtesy: Fox 9) MILLTOWN, Wis. (FOX 9) – With arms made out of actual trees, a smile made out of saw blades and a pipe made out of a five-gallon bucket this super-sized snowman is turning heads and drawing people to Milltown, Wisconsin. Craig Carlson’s giant snowman journey started in the winter of 2019-2020 when Milltown challenged businesses in the…

Wisconsin Bill Makes New Crime for Vaccine Tampering

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Intentionally damaging vaccines would be a felony in Wisconsin under a bill with bipartisan support that the state Assembly is scheduled to approve Thursday. The measure comes in response to a pharmacist in a Milwaukee suburb spoiling more than 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in January 2021. He pleaded guilty to the federal charges and…

Vice President Harris Plans Milwaukee Visit Next Week

(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris plans to visit Milwaukee on Monday, which would be her second trip to Wisconsin since taking office a year ago. The White House said Wednesday that Harris will be joined by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan and second gentleman Doug Emhoff for the visit. Additional details were to be…

Group Delivers Whistleblower Documents on Clergy Abuse

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An advocacy group working to end clergy abuse in Wisconsin has delivered thousands of documents from Wisconsin’s five Catholic dioceses to the state attorney general, documents it says show a systemic coverup of abuse. The documents were provided to Nate’s Mission by whistleblowers within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Diocese of Madison, La Crosse, Green…

Public Input Wanted: Hammond Ave. Reconstruction

The city will be fixing the highly traveled road and its storm sewer system from Belknap Street to North 28th Street

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The City of Superior is asking for public input on proposed reconstruction plans for Hammond Avenue. The city will be fixing the highly traveled road and its storm sewer system from Belknap Street to North 28th Street. It’s set to start in 2023. On Tuesday the city showed different ideas at the Superior Public Library, like widened roadways…

Wisconsin Republicans Seek to Tighten Unemployment Benefits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Republican lawmakers have introduced a package of legislation that would tighten eligibility for unemployment benefits and Medicaid coverage. Republicans said Tuesday that the bills are designed to get more people into the workforce and address what they maintain is a crippling labor shortage in the state. The sweeping package would require audits of recipients’ work…

Collectors Connection Connects To More Hobbyists with New Superior Location

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Just in time for the last holiday season a Duluth staple for collectors expanded their connection across the bridge. “We opened on Black Friday which, I was overly optimistic as far as being ready,” Aaron Davis said. Davis, the owner of Collectors Connection by Miller Hill Mall in Duluth, opened up a larger mecca for hobbyists across the…

Wisconsin Lawmakers Plan Would Lower Age To Carry Concealed Weapon

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican state lawmakers are pushing a plan that would lower the minimum age to legally carry a concealed weapon in Wisconsin. Currently, a Wisconsin resident needs to be 21 before they can apply for a concealed carry permit. The GOP-backed bill would lower it to 18. The measure’s sponsor, state Rep. Shae Sortwell says 18-year-olds have…

Waukesha Parade Suspect To Stand Trial for Murder

(Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department via AP)   MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin court commissioner has ordered a Milwaukee man accused of plowing his SUV through a suburban Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring dozens more, to stand trial. Waukesha County Court Commissioner Kevin Costello ordered Darrell Brooks Jr. bound over for trial on more than 70 charges, including…

National Guard to Staff Wisconsin Hospitals, Nursing Homes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin National Guard troops will help fill staffing shortages at the state’s hospitals and nursing homes over the coming weeks due to a surge in COVID-19 patients, Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday. The governor said troops are being trained as certified nursing assistants. About 50 soldiers were deployed to six nursing homes during the past week….

Fire Dept.: Cause Of Superior Warehouse Fire May Never Be Known

The extensive damage to the building is hindering the investigation into a cause.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been almost a week since two warehouses went up in flames in Superior’s North End district, and now FOX 21 is learning there’s a strong chance a cause may never been known. Light smoke could be seen Wednesday coming from the rubble of what’s left of the 1980s-era buildings near the Blatnik Bridge. Old Main Park…

Collector’s Connection Hopes To Reach More Hobbyists with New Superior Location

The owner says the new location allows him more room to display and sell his roughly 100 thousand comics, sports cards, and more.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A longtime comic book and hobby store in Duluth has expanded to cater to enthusiasts across the bridge. Collector’s Connection opened its new location on Tower Avenue in Superior this past Black Friday. This is their second location the first being up by Miller Hill Mall in Duluth. The owner says the new location allows him more room…

All Superior Students Required To Mask Up Again Wednesday

According to the Superintendent, going back to masking is the best way to get ahead of the spread and go back to the low transmission they saw from September to December.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Starting Wednesday, masks are back for everyone in Superior Schools — less than a week after making masks optional when cases were low enough among students and staff. But that’s not the case anymore, and Superintendent Amy Starzecki said this change could happen, basing it all on the numbers. It may seem like a quick turnaround, but Starzecki…

Superior School District to Reinstate Mask Mandate Wednesday

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior School District will be reinstating a mask mandate in all district buildings for all staff, students, and visitors effective Wednesday. According to a Tuesday afternoon Facebook post, the decision was made as a result of increasing COVID exposure numbers following the winter break. “The Omicron variant spread rapidly during the winter break in our community…

Man Charged With Buying Gun For Rittenhouse Takes Plea Deal

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The man who bought Kyle Rittenhouse a rifle when he was only 17 has taken a plea deal to avoid criminal conviction. Dominick Black was charged with delivering a dangerous weapon to a minor, resulting in death. The charges relate to the two protesters Rittenhouse fatally shot in Kenosha. Prosecutors filed a proposed plea agreement that suggested…

Superior Fire Crews Respond to 4th Fire in 3 Days Since Warehouses Burned Down

No word on a cause for any of the fires yet.  

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Superior Fire Department has kept busy the past three days with four different fire calls — the most recent a garage fire in Billings Park this morning. Crews responded to a three-stall attached garage on fire at a home on Bridgeview Drive. According to Battalion Chief Camron Vollbrecht, there were 20-foot flames shooting out of the garage…

Bidders Excited to Get Hands on Last Place on Earth Items Up for Auction

Dozens of collectors filled Sellers Auction on Belknap Street and auction owners said they came from as far as Chicago and Florida.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s been roughly seven years since the infamous Last Place on Earth was shut down. Those memories were unearthed Saturday at an auction in Superior. Dozens of collectors filled Sellers Auction on Belknap Street and auction owners said they came from as far as Chicago and Florida. The controversial head shop closed operations after owner Jim Carlson was…

Superior Fire Crews Respond to ‘large amount of fire’ at Garage Attached to Home

Everyone was reported safely outside.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior Fire Department crews responded to a structure fire early Saturday morning, which destroyed the vehicles inside, though no one was injured. According to a spokesperson with the Fire Department, crews arrived at the home at 4 Bridgeview Drive around 8:20 a.m, to find a fully involved three-stall attached garage with a large amount of fire coming out…

Bitter Cold Increases Risk for Dead Car Batteries

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Below zero temperatures can create a number of problems for vehicles, none more prevalent than a battery that isn’t working properly. One auto mechanic retailer says the design of a vehicle’s alternator helps to keep batteries better charged than in the past, but human error such as leaving lights on or charging chords plugged in after leaving…

Two Historic Superior Buildings Flattened after Frigid Firefight

Firefighters were faced with challenges left and right from the two warehouse buildings' immense size and the dangerously cold air.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Ash was strewn throughout the City of Superior as two historic Superior warehouses on the North End burned to rubble, a challenge to crews battling the tall flames on the chilly Thursday morning. “Certainly, ‘dangerous’ is the first word that comes to mind,” Superior Fire Chief Scott Gordon said. Officials were forced to shut down the Blatnik Bridge…

Warehouse Buildings Destroyed in Fire Part of ‘1890s boom era of Superior’

Superior Mayor Jim Paine did tell us talks will continue on how to redevelop that space.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The two buildings which burned to the ground were staples of Superior’s waterfront, providing space for storage and resale since the late 1800s. According to members of the Douglas County Historical Society the Eastern building built in 1893 as Osborn Mercantile, a wholesale grocery startup. A few companies called it home, but the Lake Superior Bay company was…

WI Breaks Record For Daily COVID Cases, State Hopeful With Antiviral Pill Distribution

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin just broke a record as it tallied up more than 11,000 new COVID cases on Thursday, the highest single-day total ever for this state. Just on Wednesday, the state saw roughly 10,000 new cases. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says the daily rate is 200% higher than it was just two months ago. The state…

How A Grant From DSACF Is Helping Young Moms Who Have Nothing

TWIN PORTS–  The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation plans to give another $1 million out to nonprofits in the Northland this year. One nonprofit is the Duluth YWCA’s Young Moms program, which is getting $20,000 from the foundation. Young Moms provides daycare while mothers, ages 16 to 21 who may be experiencing homelessness or are at-risk of it, go to…

Winning Tickets for Wednesday’s $632M Powerball Jackpot Sold in California, Wisconsin

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (CNN) – Two lucky lotto players will find themselves in a new tax bracket in 2022 after hitting the $632.6 million jackpot in Wednesday night’s drawing. The winning tickets, sold in California and Wisconsin, matched all six numbers: 6 – 14 – 25 – 33 – 46 with a Powerball number of 17. The winners will split…

UPDATE: Superior Warehouse Fire “Winding Down,” Sivertson, Bayside Buildings a Total Loss

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Superior Warehouse Fire Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Superior Warehouse Fire Show Caption Hide Caption   SUPERIOR, Wis. – UPDATE: Superior Mayor Jim Paine says both the Sivertson building and Bayside building in Superior’s North End district are a total loss after a massive fire broke out Thursday morning in the Severson building. According…

Snow Emergency Declared for City of Washburn

WASHBURN, Wis. – A snow emergency has been declared for the City of Washburn effective at midnight on Thursday. The snow emergency will end at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday. The City of Washburn says a snow emergency means that all vehicles must be removed from all city streets, alleys, and parking lots to allow city streets to be cleared completely…

Wisconsin Tax Burden Rises for First Time in Decade

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s state tax burden increased slightly last year for the first time in a decade due largely to a pandemic-related economic surge, according to a report released Wednesday. The nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum’s study found total state and local taxes in Wisconsin grew to $34 billion last year, up 7.1% from 2020. Overall, combined state and…

Superior School District Ends Mask Mandate For 4K-6th Grade Classrooms

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Masks are no longer required in the Superior school district. The mandate, which was only in place for students in 4k through sixth grade and the staff and visitors who were around them, was lifted on Monday when the holiday break ended. The superintendent, Amy Starzecki, said that there has been a decline in cases within the…

Trial Opens for Wisconsin Man Accused of Killing Parents

(Dane County Sheriff’s Office via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Opening statements were scheduled for Tuesday in the trial of a 23-year-old Wisconsin man charged with killing and dismembering his parents. A jury was selected Monday in Dane County Circuit Court to hear the case against Chandler Halderson, who faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide and mutilating and hiding a…

Milwaukee Schools Going Virtual Due to Staff COVID-19 Cases

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin’s largest school district will transition to virtual instruction beginning Tuesday because of an increase in staff testing positive for COVID-19. Milwaukee public schools were scheduled to resume in-person learning Tuesday, but because of an influx of reported positive COVID-19 cases among district staff, the emergency safety measure is being implemented. The district says its goal is…

Douglas Co. Sheriff Tom Dalbec Announces 2023 Retirement 

He started his career in law enforcement more than 30 years ago with the Superior Police Department and was elected sheriff of the county back in 2003.

DOUGLAS CO., Wis. — Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec has announced that he’s retiring next year. Sheriff Dalbec wrote on Facebook that this will be his last year serving Douglas County. He started his career in law enforcement more than 30 years ago with the Superior Police Department and was elected sheriff of the county back in 2003. Dalbec thanked…

Soaking in Sights and Sounds of Amnicon Falls Before Years’ End

SOUTH RANGE, Wis.- Some folks didn’t mind the cold, and decided t spend the last day of 2021 admiring and capturing the natural beauty available 365 days a year at Amnicon Falls State Park. FOX 21 Photojournalist Marcus Asmus takes us there. Categories: Entertainment, News, News – Latest News, Wisconsin Tags: Amnicon Falls, Linda Miller, RJ Miller

Twin Ports Prepare For a Lively New Year’s Eve

DULUTH/SUPERIOR — Authorities are expecting a busier New Year’s Eve this year with it falling on a Friday and local businesses and law enforcement have been planning all day to make sure they have their bases covered heading in to 2022. Last year’s holiday was a bit quieter coming out of the pandemic and that combined with the a holiday…

Police Departments Planning For a Busy New Year’s Eve

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Duluth and Superior police are taking extra precautions for Friday night’s deep freeze, as people celebrate into the New Year. Police are expecting extra excitement with New Year’s Eve falling on a Friday, and they’re reminding partygoers, if they want to go out and have fun, they need to do it safely, and try to find a…