Wisconsin

Life Sentence for Ashland County Murder Suspect

Sweet Has Not Yet Been Sentenced

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wis. – One of the two men involved in a 2017 Ashland County murder has been sentenced. 42-year-old Brian Nelis received a life sentence Wednesday after previously being found guilty of first degree murder in the stabbing death of 39-year-old Shane Cadotte. Cadotte’s body was found in a weedy area in the town of Sanborn in the fall…

Shorewood Schools Closed After Hit List, Ammunition Found

SHOREWOOD, Wis. (AP) – All public schools in a Milwaukee suburb are closed after officials say a high school student wrote a hit list and was found in possession of a loaded magazine of ammunition. Shorewood School District officials said because of “ongoing safety concerns,” classes and activities are canceled Wednesday. In a message to parents, Superintendent Bryan Davis said…

Heavy Lake Effect Snow Benefits

GREAT OUTDOORS: Ironwood Slammed with Over A Foot of Lake Effect Snow

IRONWOOD, Mich. — In this weeks Great Outdoors, Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot takes us to the snowbelt that’s just finishing digging out of their recent lake effect winter storm. Plows and loaders filled the streets of Ironwood on Tuesday, clearing over 14 inches of snowfall that dropped in just 24 hours. Arctic air with temperatures in the single digits…

Study Presented to Superior City Council Recommending Part-Time Mayor, Full-Time Administrator

Study also recommends major software investment and some staffing changes

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A study was presented to the Superior City Council about how the city can become more efficient and effective. The study focused on things like staffing, workflow, and management structure. One recommendation calls for the mayor’s position to be reduced to part-time while hiring a full-time city administrator. According to RW Management Group who conducted the study,…

Burnett Co. Animal Shelter Raising Funds for Abandoned, Starving Dogs

BURNETT CO., Wis. — The Humane Society of Burnett County  is raising funds for two dogs rescued from a home last Friday. According to the Humane Society, two dogs named Petey and Darla were locked inside a home and abandoned. Both dogs were starving. The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office and the Humane Society went to rescue the dogs by breaking…

Owner Arrested in Wisconsin Starving Dog Case

(courtesy: Facbook/Dunn County Sheriff’s Office) MENOMONIE, Wis. (FOX 9) – Authorities in western Wisconsin arrested a 29-year-old woman for animal mistreatment after dropping off a severely malnourished dog at an animal shelter, claiming it was a stray. When the woman surrendered the 2-year-old dog to the Dunn County Humane Society on Nov. 1, he weighed only 24 pounds. Shelter staff and…

Duffy Takes Job as Lobbyist After Resigning From Congress

Duffy Resigned in September

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Sean Duffy has taken a job for a Washington lobbying firm after resigning from Congress two months ago, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and newborn who has a heart defect and Down syndrome. BGR Group announced Tuesday that the Republican Duffy would be working for the firm as a senior counsel…

UW-Superior Honors Military With A Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Nearly 10% of UWS students are veterans or active service members.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin–Superior honored members of the military with a special Veteran’s Day ceremony. Every year UWS invites veterans, who are former students of the university to speak during the annual Veteran’s Day event. Those guest speakers share personal stories and experiences from their time serving. The UWS Chancellor hopes this annual recognition event reminds people…

Fired Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary Pfaff Gets New Job

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin agriculture secretary fired by the Republican-controlled state Senate has a new job, still within Gov. Tony Evers’ administration. Brad Pfaff has been hired as the director of business and rural development for the state Department of Administration. The announcement Monday comes less than a week after his confirmation as agriculture secretary was rejected. Republicans…

Wisconsin Deer Stands Damaged; Animal Rights Group Suspected

The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office is Offering a $600 Reward

(courtesy: Fox News) NEW RICHMOND, Wis. (AP) – Authorities suspect animal welfare activists are behind the vandalism of several deer stands in western Wisconsin. The damaged stands have been seen in Dunn, Barron and St. Croix counties. Scott McDermott in New Richmond says the stilts of his stand were cut in half. The words “The hunters will be hunted” were…

Wisconsin Gov. Evers Issues Eight More Pardons

(AP Photo/Andy Manis, File) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued eight more pardons. Evers issued the pardons Sunday, a month after issuing Wisconsin’s first pardons in nine years. The Democratic governor says pardons “play a very important role in our criminal justice system and society by giving deserving folks a second chance.” Evers re-started the pardons…

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center Welcomes New Executive Director

Executive Director Dustin Heckman Took Over at the Bong Center Effective Thursday, November 7

SUPERIOR, Wis. – As of Thursday, November 7, the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is now being run under the leadership of Dustin Heckman. Heckman is from Red Wing, Minnesota. He says he has always wanted to move to the Twin Ports, and this was his chance to do so. Heckman was previously the Coordinator of the Minnesota Alliance…

Wisconsin Guard Whistleblower Says He’s Being Discharged

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin National Guard sergeant says he’s being discharged in retaliation for complaining about sexual misconduct in his unit. Wisconsin Air National Guard Master Sgt. Jay Ellis’ complaint last year has triggered two federal investigations. Ellis has alleged that Guard officials have launched a review of his medical history to set up a medical discharge and…

High School Vocalists Participate In Choir Festival

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Area high school students gathered for the 36th Annual Choir fest at UWS. Roughly 85 students were able to participate, giving them the opportunity to experience larger orchestra works. One high school teacher says, his students will be able to take this new insight back with them. ”Their going to be all excited. Like, you have no…

W.I.T.C Hosts Annual Career Day

SUPERIOR, Wisc. –  Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College hosted their annual career day Thursday morning. Hundreds of area high school students were able to see some of the different opportunities of the tech industry. Students were able to participate in 40 minute hands-on career sessions for a variety of careers. Auto Service Technician, Welding and Nursing were just some of the…

Coat Drive Helps Families in Need

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Last month the Salvation Army of Superior and several sponsors collected nearly one thousand coats for families in the Northland. Those people in need finally got their chance to pick out one of those new coats to stay warm during these upcoming cold months. The coat drive is called Coats for Kids, but anyone is welcome. Coats…

Evers Promotes Deputy After Senate Fires Agriculture Leader

(photo: DATCP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers has promoted the deputy agriculture secretary after the Wisconsin Senate fired the head of the agency earlier this week. Evers’ spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff on Thursday said that Randy Romanski will take over as interim secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Romanski has worked for a variety of…

Assembly Weighs Expanding Birth Control Access for 18 and Up

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled Assembly is expected to pass a bill opposed by anti-abortion groups that would broaden birth control access. The bill up for vote Thursday would allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraceptive patches and birth control pills to anyone 18 or older. Under current law, only doctors can prescribe them. Anti-abortion groups oppose the measure, arguing…

Area High School Girls Participate In Sonia Kovalesky Day

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Area high school girls gathered at UWS for the third annual Sonia Kovalesky Day. Kovalesky was a Russian Mathematician who made a number of contributions to the subject. Roughly thirty girls from Duluth and Superior schools participated in workshops, panels and activities. Each were geared to help give them great exposure, and learn the importance of mathematics…

Humane Society of Burnett County Opens New Shelter

Take a look inside the new facility that houses dozens of cats and dogs

WEBSTER, Wis. – The Humane Society of Burnett County in Webster recently opened a brand new shelter building. Staff tell us the new facility allows them to provide better care to even more animals. It has double the space for furry friends like puppy Joan of Arc. “We have more animals, we have more people, we have more adoptions, it’s…

Wisconsin Assembly to Attempt First Overrides in 11 Years

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Assembly plans to attempt the first veto overrides in 11 years, targeting three partial budget vetoes by Gov. Tony Evers. The Republican-controlled Assembly plans to vote on the veto overrides on Thursday. Republicans don’t have enough votes to pass them without Democratic support. Democratic Minority Leader Gordon Hintz says no Democrats will support the…

Mont Du Lac Resort Begins Making Snow

SUPERIOR, Wisc. -Mont Du Lac has begun making snow at their ski resort in Superior. For the new season, the resort is putting in more snow guns and a larger snow making system which should be wrapped up later this week. All of these improvements gives the hill even more capacity. “We’re excited. We’re making snow right on schedule I…

Superior Business Gives Back With Community Coat Rack

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – One local business in Superior is giving back to the community during the cold winter months. Last year, owners of Sutherland C-B-D put out a coat rack at their location on Tower Avenue. They asked for hats, mittens and other winter attire. Now for their second year, donations have already been flowing in. “This year already we’ve…

Wisconsin Senate Fires Agriculture Secretary

Senate Voted 19-14 to Reject Pfaff's Confirmation

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Senate has voted to fire the state agriculture secretary, who was appointed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. Evers watched the vote Tuesday from the floor of the Senate, a highly unusual appearance by the governor during legislative debate. The move to oust Brad Pfaff is the latest skirmish in a series of battles between…

Milwaukee Police Make Arrest After Man Attacked With Acid

A GoFundMe Page Has Been Set Up to Help With Medical Bills

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee police have made an arrest after a man was attacked and burned with acid in what officials say is a hate crime. Mahud Villalaz suffered second-degree burns to his face after he was confronted by a man he says accused him of being in the country illegally. Villalaz, a U.S. citizen and Latino, says the man…

Kids Get First Hand Experience with Gears at Superior Public Library

Kids built monkey park powered by motor with help from UW Extension.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Kids in Superior got an opportunity to use their brains to put together parks powered by gears. Kids ages five and up and their parents got a challenge outside of school at the Superior Public Library. They learned about gears and then put that learning into action to build a monkey park powered by a motor, to get…

Regents Leader Appoints UW President Search Committee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The head of the University of Wisconsin System’s Board of Regents has named a search committee to find candidates to replace retiring system President Ray Cross. Regent President Andrew Petersen said Friday that board Vice President Michael Grebe will chair the committee. Other members include Petersen, regents Mike Jones, Edmund Manydeeds and Torrey Tiedeman, UW-Madison Chancellor…

Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department Warns of Phone Scam

SAWYER COUNTY, Wis. – The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of a current phone scam. The Sheriff’s Office says they have received multiple complaints from citizens saying they have received calls from individuals claiming to be from local utility companies. According to authorities, the scammers have attempted to get victims to provide them with their banking information and…

Online Sales Tax Changes Result in $77.4M in Lost Revenue

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new report says expanded online sales tax collection will result in $77.4 million in lost income tax revenue for the state. A 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision expanded states’ authority to require online sellers to collect and remit sales and use taxes on products delivered to Wisconsin. State law requires the additional revenue to cover…

UWS Moving Forward Two Years After Program Suspensions

A path may soon be in place for suspended programs to possibly be reinstated

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior is reworking some academic programs to move forward after major cuts were made two years ago. Now, some of the suspended programs may get a chance to be reinstated. In 2017, UW-Superior administration announced the suspensions of twenty-five academic programs saying they wanted to trim down offerings and give students a clearer path…

Kwik Trip Opens High-Tech Car Wash in Superior

The car wash will cut your time spent in it, in half

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A new state-of-the-art car wash has opened in Superior that cuts time spent in it, in half. The new car wash is just the second of three of these new advanced car washes in the Northland. The new car wash features dual flat belts which allows four cars to be carried through the wash without stopping, which will…

Democrats Push For Pot Decriminalization in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Democratic lawmakers and others are pushing for decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Wisconsin. But the measure they unveiled Wednesday is going nowhere in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Barnes and others say decriminalizing the possession of less than 28 grams of pot would decrease racial disparities and inequities in the…

Time Arc Theatre Presents “You’ll Find it at Roth’s”

"You'll Find it at Roth's" Will Debut at the Empire Building in Superior Friday, November 1

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Time Arc Theatre is proud to present its latest production of, “You’ll Find it at Roth’s.” The production will take center stage at the Empire Building (1208 Tower Avenue) in Superior starting Friday, November 1. The production takes place in 1943 Superior. It was locally written, and tells the entertaining and dramatically enthusiastic story of middle aged…

Wisconsin has Widest Achievement Gap on Nation’s Report Card

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin has the widest achievement gap between black and white students of any state based on results of a test known as the nation’s report card. The National Assessment of Educational Progress test results released Wednesday show no significant change from statewide results a decade ago. However, declining scores for the lowest performing students resulted in…

Superior Gets Spooked for Spooktacular

Packed day featured parade, new North End Nightmare 5K.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Skeletons and superheroes, clowns and creatures line Tower Avenue, all to try and nab some candy from the parade goers. “There’s a lot of people, ran out of candy pretty fast actually,” said Grant Peterson, a player on the Superior Area Lacrosse float. “It’s awesome, we saw some people that we know, it’s pretty fun.” “It was definitely…

North End Spooktacular Begins with Art and Music Festival

Six different venues in North End featured artwork.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior rang in the Halloween season with the North End Spooktacular. The first day featured an Art and Music festival hosted by six different venues the North End. More than 100 different local artists had their work featured for everyone to come and admire. “It’s part of our community and art’s all around us,” said Andrew Perfetti, owner…

UW System President Ray Cross Announces Plans to Retire

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross is retiring. The 71-year-old Cross said Friday he plans to retire once a new president is selected. Cross has served as UW’s president since February 2014. He previously served three years as chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension and has spent more than four decades in higher education, previously…

Superior Days Meeting Identifies Issues for Lobbying Effort

Transportation funding, access to mental health care among the subjects discussed

SUPERIOR, Wis. – People from across Northern Wisconsin are identifying which issues they will bring to the state government in this year’s Superior Days lobbying effort. At a meeting Thursday night at Superior City Hall, people discussed which issues are most important to them. Transportation improvements, access to mental health care and addiction treatment, and lack of local government control…

Douglas County Historical Society Celebrates Ratification of Prohibition Amendment

Prohibition Inhibitions is Happening Friday, October 25 at Barker's Island Inn

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It was back on January 16, 1919 when the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, ending the increasingly unpopular nationwide prohibition of alcohol. On Friday, October 25, the Douglas County Historical Society invites you to celebrate this 100th anniversary. The Historical Society is hosting a speakeasy theme party, inviting attendees to dress in a 1920s theme while…

“The Haunt” at Poplar Golf Course

A Horrifying Haunted Experience Leads Northlanders Through Fear

POPLAR, Wisc. —  A small Wisconsin town is now hosting local screams, “The Haunt”! In this week’s Great Outdoors Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot takes us inside at Poplar Golf Course, to experience a new fear. Formally known as The Haunt at Wentworth, it’s moved just a few miles down the road. “We had the opportunity to move it here and…

DNR Board Approves E. Coli Water Regulations

The Board Approved the Change Wednesday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources board has approved new regulations that change how the department measures bacterial contamination in water bodies. Currently the DNR measures the amount of fecal coliform in water bodies to determine the level of contamination. The new regulations require the department to measure the amount of e. coli in the water…

Pence Making 2 Wisconsin Stops to Tout Trade Deal

(Bethany Baker/The Billings Gazette via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence is making a pair of stops in the presidential battleground state of Wisconsin to tout a pending trade agreement with Mexico and Canada. The Pence stops Wednesday in Marinette and Pleasant Prairie come after he traveled to Pennsylvania, another battleground state, on Monday. Pence was scheduled…

Parking Lots, Sidewalks and More Flood on Barker’s Island

Combination of high winds and high lake levels meant unprecedented waves.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The storm affected more than just Duluth. Across the bridge in Superior, a section of Barker’s Island got flooded. Parking lots, sidewalks, and more were drowned in water, along with the big attraction, the SS Meteor. Quite a few people in the area told FOX 21 that the Meteor tried to float away Monday, as Barker’s Island dealt…

National Guard Probing Whistleblower’s Reprisal Allegations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The National Guard is investigating allegations that Wisconsin commanders are trying to force a sergeant out of the service after he complained about sexual misconduct in his unit. Wisconsin Air National Guard Master Sgt. Jay Ellis’ complaint last year has triggered two federal investigations. Both probes are ongoing. Ellis has since alleged Guard officials have blocked…

Wisconsin Governor Calls Special Session on Gun Control

The Bill Wants to Create Universal Background Checks for Most Handguns

(AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is calling the Republican-controlled Legislature into a special session to take up a pair of gun control measures that GOP leaders have been unwilling to debate. The move Evers announced Monday does not force Republicans to debate or vote on the bills. But it does give Democrats…

DNR Board Ready to Move Forward on Water Pollution Rules

The Regulations Could Cost Well-Users Millions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources board is poised to move forward on extensive rewrites of Wisconsin’s water pollution regulations that could cost well-users, farmers and wastewater treatment plants millions of dollars. The department has proposed restricting manure in areas prone to pollution; establishing limits for polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in drinking and surface water; and…

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Opens in Duluth

Research Institute has over 100 field staff, most of which are native.

DULUTH, Minn.- The City of Duluth is now home to the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. The Center opened its first office in the Midwest last Monday right in Duluth on South Street near London Road. They partner with 11 different tribal communities across the Northland and Canada, to raise community health form the individual level. The research…