Wisconsin

Update: Superior Man Arrested in Connection to Mother’s ‘Suspicious Death’

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior police say they have arrested an adult male in connection to Tuesday’s ‘suspicious death’ in the city’s Central Park neighborhood. Police say after receiving a call for help from the home of Cindy Bennett they believe an altercation ensued between the victim and her adult son. Bennett died as a result of injuries sustained during the…

Evers, Wisconsin Health Officials Say State in ‘Crisis’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers urged people throughout Wisconsin on Tuesday to “get on the same team” by taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, with cases statewide at their highest numbers since the pandemic started. “We are in crisis right now,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Wisconsin’s chief medical officer. On Tuesday, Wisconsin recorded its highest single-day…

Superior Police Investigating ‘Suspicious Death’ in Central Park Neighborhood

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Police Department says they are investigating a ‘suspicious death’ at a residence in the Central Park neighborhood. According to police, officers responded to a call about a person in need of medical attention at a home near the intersection of…

Records: Failed UW President Search Costs About $216,000

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A failed search for a person to lead the University of Wisconsin System has cost taxpayers about $216,000, a cost unlikely to be recouped because of contract language with the company hired to help find the next president. According to records obtained by the Wisconsin State Journal, the UW paid about $214,000 to Storbeck Search and Associates….

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, September 29

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 98,447 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 5 new deaths bringing the death total to 2,020 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 2,017,350 tests have been completed to date. There are 88,380 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,633 patients have required hospitalization…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, September 28

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 97,638 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 7 new deaths bringing the death total to 2,015 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 2,003,115 tests have been completed to date. There are 87,330 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,546 patients have required hospitalization…

New Toppers Pizza, CBD Shop To Open October on Tower Avenue in Superior

Port City Collective opens on Halloween. Toppers is set to open October 19th and they're still hiring. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Two new businesses are opening up during the pandemic in a vacant building in the city of Superior. A new Toppers Pizza and CBD Shop called Port City Collective are opening in October at 1214 Tower Avenue in the heart of downtown. The young business owners of the Toppers also own the Duluth location in the East Hillside…

Customers Enjoy Spirit Room One Last Time Before Temporary Winter Closure

The owner says she simply can't provide a safe space inside the quaint social setting, but this is not a permanent closure. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A crowd of people in Superior gathered for one last hurrah at a popular cocktail bar that’s closing for the colder months due to the pandemic. The Spirit Room is closing for the fall and winter seasons after being in business in the old city hall building on Hammond Avenue for the past six years. The owner says…

Superior Fire Department Gets Donation For New Ladder Truck

The new ladder truck will be in commission for at least 15 years.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Fire Department is receiving a generous donation from Enbridge Energy. Company officials visited the fire department to present them a check for $7,500. This is the first annual donation from Enbridge’s commitment over the next 16 years to help the department lease a new ladder truck. I’ts going to be 100-foot tall and its also…

Ashland County Health Officials Rescind Order to Temporarily Close Bars, Taverns

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wis. – On Friday, the Ashland County Public Health Department said it would be rescinding an order to temporarily close bars and taverns in the city of Ashland. On Wednesday, a public health order was announced that would temporarily close all bars and taverns in the city of Ashland and immediate surrounding areas. The order went into effect…

Victim Identified in Bayfield County Fatal Crash

TOWN OF BARKSDALE, Wis. – The Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office has identified the woman killed in a head-on crash in the Town of Barksdale Monday afternoon. Authorities say Samantha Hunt of Ashland was driving the involved passenger car at the time of the crash. According to the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office, around 12:20 p.m. on Monday multiple reports were called…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, September 25

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 94,189 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 6 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,994 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,924,020 tests have been completed to date. There are 84,256 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,391 patients have required hospitalization…

Wisconsin Hits Second-Highest Daily Total of COVID-19 Cases

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s daily count of COVID-19 cases has hit its second-highest total to date, while the seven-day average topped 1,900 for the first time. The state Department of Health Services reported Thursday that Wisconsin has seen more than 108,000 positive cases of the coronavirus and 1,265 deaths. The 2,392 new cases reported Thursday was second only to…

Wisconsin Colleges and Universities to Receive $8.3 Million for COVID-19 Testing

(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File) MADISON, Wis. – On Thursday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced $8.3 million will be provided to Wisconsin colleges and universities to support COVID-19 testing for college students. The additional funding will come from the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. “All across our state we are seeing an alarming increase in…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, September 24

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 93,012 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 3 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,988 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,895,302 tests have been completed to date. There are 83,862 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,335 patients have required hospitalization…

Wisconsin Legislature Appeals Absentee Ballot Ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature has appealed a federal court ruling that allows for absentee ballots to be counted up to six days after the Nov. 3 presidential election in the battleground state. The appeal filed Wednesday was expected after Monday’s highly anticipated court ruling in favor of Democrats and their allies. The judge even put his…

Ashland County Bars and Taverns to Temporarily Close Following Uptick of COVID-19 Cases

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wis. – A public health order was put in place Wednesday by the Ashland County Public Health Department to temporarily close all bars and taverns in the city of Ashland and immediate surrounding areas. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will be in place until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 11. The health department says…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, September 23

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 92,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 6 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,985 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,873,867 tests have been completed to date. There are 83,507 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,303 patients have required hospitalization…

Two COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Drummond School District, Students Move to Virtual Learning

DRUMMOND, Wis. – According to the Bayfield County Health Department, the Drummond School District has confirmed at least two cases of COVID-19 in the district. On Tuesday, the district announced that several students and staff members have been recommended to quarantine following the confirmed cases. As a result, the Drummond Area School District will be moving to a virtual learning…

Two Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed at Ashland High School, Students to Temporarily Move to Virtual Classes

ASHLAND, Wis. – The Ashland County Public Health Department announced Tuesday they are investigating COVID-19 exposure in the Ashland School District after one student and one staff member at Ashland High School tested positive for coronavirus. The Ashland school district says over twenty students and nine staff members are currently in a cautionary quarantine to help prevent additional exposures. So…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, September 22

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 91,422 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 10 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,979 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,863,694 tests have been completed to date. There are 82,833 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,253 patients have required hospitalization…

Evers Extends Wisconsin Mask Mandate Until Nov. 21

(courtesy: WI Dept of Health Services via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Faced with soaring coronavirus cases across Wisconsin, particularly on college campuses, Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday extended a statewide mask mandate until Nov. 21. The order, which has been in effect since August, was scheduled to expire on Monday. Evers extended the order even as his authority to…

Wisconsin Health Officials Recommend Against Usual Trick-or-Treating

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State health officials are recommending against trick-or-treating as usual this Halloween because of the coronavirus pandemic. Going house-to-house and having in-person contact is not a good idea, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. If individual communities decide to go ahead with traditional trick-or-treating, health officials recommend leaving individual treat bags on the porch for…

1 Killed, 1 Injured in Head-On Crash in Bayfield County

TOWN OF BARKSDALE, Wis. — One person is dead and another was hospitalized Monday after a reported erratic driver slammed into oncoming traffic — setting both vehicles on fire. The accident happened Monday just before 12:30 p.m. on Wedal Road in the Town of Barksdale, which is in Bayfield County. First responders and a bystander helped get the victims out…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, September 21

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 90,942 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 4 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,969 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,855,308 tests have been completed to date. There are 82,174 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,199 patients have required hospitalization…

Biden Headed to Manitowoc for Second Wisconsin Visit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to campaign Monday in northeast Wisconsin for his second visit to the battleground state this month. Biden’s campaign announced Sunday that the Democratic presidential nominee would be campaigning in Manitowoc, a city of about 32,000 that’s on the shores of Lake Michigan about 80 miles north of Milwaukee. Biden did…

Wisconsin Secretary Resigns Amid Unemployment Claim Backlog

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Workforce Development’s top leader resigned Friday after failing to find a way to address a massive backlog of unprocessed unemployment benefit claims sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Tony Evers’ office said Caleb Frostman stepped down after the governor called for his resignation. Evers, a Democrat, has been taking intense criticism for…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Friday, September 18

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 87,807 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Friday morning and 8 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,950 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,791,680 tests have been completed to date. There are 80,221 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,091 patients have required hospitalization…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Thursday, September 17

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 86,722 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Thursday morning and 9 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,942 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,763,735 tests have been completed to date. There are 79,878 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,050 patients have required hospitalization…

Pence Returns to Upper Midwest After Trump, Biden Visits

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence returns to the upper Midwest next week following visits this week by President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, the Trump campaign announced Thursday. Pence will start a bus tour next Thursday in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he will speak at the building materials company Midwest Manufacturing Inc. before traveling…

Woman Sues Univ. of Wisconsin Over Cephus’ Reinstatement

(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A woman who accused former Badgers football player Quintez Cephus of sexual assault in 2018 is suing the University of Wisconsin-Madison over its decision to reverse Cephus’ expulsion and allow him back on the football team. While a university investigation concluded Cephus “more likely than not” sexually assaulted the woman, he…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Wednesday, September 16

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 85,813 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Wednesday morning and 7 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,933 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,743,611 tests have been completed to date. There are 79,583 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 7,019 patients have required hospitalization…

Wisconsin Sees High COVID Infection Rate, Loss of FEMA Funding For PPE in Schools and Other Public Entities

MADISON, Wis. — Governor Tony Evers’ administration shared an update on Tuesday that Wisconsin is dealing with a high COVID-19 infection rate, while FEMA has pulled funding to help supply PPE to public entities like schools. During Tuesday’s update, the administration shared that Wisconsin hit a new record for the number of COVID-19 test results coming back positive in a…

Absentee Ballots In High Demand, Won’t Need to be Re-printed in Wisconsin

WISCONSIN — Absentee ballots, which are in high demand this election year, can continue to print the way they are in Wisconsin after Monday’s state Supreme Court ruling. The Wisconsin Supreme Court judges ruled that absentee ballots would not need to be re-printed to include Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins. Before this decision was made, the high court put…

Wisconsin Election Clerks Rush to Mail Ballots After Delay

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Election clerks in Wisconsin are rushing to mail absentee ballots less than 24 hours after the state Supreme Court lifted its temporary freeze on sending them while it considered a legal challenge. The Town of Greenville clerk who also serves as president of the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association says clerks across the state are “busy.” More…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Tuesday, September 15

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 85,351 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday morning and 5 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,927 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,733,292 tests have been completed to date. There are 78,953 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,979 patients have required hospitalization…

Pence Highlights Law and Order During Wisconsin Visit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is emphasizing President Donald Trump’s commitment to “law and order” during a campaign stop in swing-state Wisconsin on Monday. Pence spoke Monday at a hotel in Janesville, about 70 miles from Kenosha where sometimes violent protests erupted following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Pence credited Trump with stopping the violence in…

Updated COVID-19 Numbers: Monday, September 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported 84,949 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Monday morning and 3 new deaths bringing the death total to 1,922 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health website, 1,724,779 tests have been completed to date. There are 78,238 patients who no longer require isolation. So far, 6,954 patients have required hospitalization…

Faculty Senate Considers Dropping Spring Break at UW-Madison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison is thinking about eliminating spring break next semester to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The university’s Faculty Senate is expected to vote on revising the 2021 spring calendar at a meeting Monday. Officials say dropping spring break would discourage students and staff from traveling long distances and bringing COVID-19 back to…

Award-Winning Author Discusses New Book, “Wisconsin’s Best Autumn Hikes”

As Fall Approaches, Author Rob Bignell Helps Leaf-Lookers Explore Best Hiking Spots in Wisconsin

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. – With autumn-like temperatures blanketing much of the Northland, soon fall colors will pop throughout the many forests in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. It can be daunting to know where the best trails are when on the search for fall foliage, but one Wisconsin author is looking to help. Award-winning author and editor Rob Bignell spent…

Vikings, Packers Start NFL Season With Border Battle, Northland Fans Excited

Fans were excited to get back to the gridiron after a canceled preseason.

DULUTH, Minn.- Football fans in Minnesota and Wisconsin were pumped up for the first Football Sunday of the 2020 NFL season — a border battle between the Vikings and the Packers. The Reef Bar in Duluth was filled with purple and yellow for the first time since last year. Fans were excited to get back to the gridiron after a…