Wisconsin

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…

Fear is Here! The Haunt Opens Tonight

Spooky, Scary, Screaming Fun Arrives in the Northland

POPLAR, Wisc. — A horrifying haunted experience leads Northlanders through fun fear and it all starts Friday October 18th, 2019. The rural town of Poplar Wisconsin awaits you for… The Haunt. Formerly known as The Haunt at Wentworth, the owners of the Poplar Golf Course are now hosting the local screams. Winding through the woods on a haunted hayride that…

Spooner Man Charged With Homicide

(photo courtesy: drydenwire.com) SPOONER, Wis. – A Spooner man has been charged in connection to a suspicious death of a male in his Spooner residence earlier this year. 31-year-old Joseph Rogers is charged with first degree intentional homicide for the death of 52-yearold Troy Sweep. Police discovered Sweep’s body at the Park West Mobile Home Park on July 16. Investigators…

Wisconsin Special Election for Congress Will be May 12

The Primary Will be February 18

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers is setting May 12 as the date of a special election for northern Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District to replace former Republican Rep. Sean Duffy. The primary will be Feb. 18. Evers opted against setting the general election on April 7, the same day as a state Supreme Court election. Democrats feared holding the…

The Haunt is BACK!

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Poplar Golf Course Hosts Haunted House & Hayride

POPLAR, Wisc. — There is a new local scare in the Northland! The Haunt, at Poplar Golf Course, just a few miles off of HWY 2 in Douglas County opens Friday October 18th for their first screams and laughs of the season. Formerly held at Wentworth Gardens, the rural haunt has moved just a few miles down the road. Members…

Ashland National Guard Prepare For Deployment

ASHLAND, Wisc. – About 80 men and women from the Ashland National Guard prepared for their deployment to the Middle East Thursday morning. They dropped off their gear in the armory along with laptops, books and other comfort items to remind them of home. “It’s very difficult, but I’m proud of them. And I’m happy for the opportunity that they…

University of Wisconsin Enrollment Drops 2.6%

In Contrast, UW Superior Enrollment Was Up

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Enrollment at the University of Wisconsin dropped 2.6% percent compared to last year. Preliminary enrollment for the 2019 academic year announced by the university Thursday was just over 167,000 students. That is down from nearly 4,500 students from last year. Enrollment on the flagship Madison campus was up 2% or 879 students. UW-Green Bay, La Crosse,…

Evers Creates Climate Change Task Force for Wisconsin

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes Will Serve as Chairman of the Task Force

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has created a task force to develop strategies to deal with climate change in the state. Evers announced formation of the new group Thursday at the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee. Evers tasked the group to come up with recommendations to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change by August….

Wisconsin Unemployment Up For Fourth Straight Month

Tied a Record Low for the State

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s unemployment rate ticked up for the fourth straight month and is up nearly half a point since May. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that unemployment in September was 3.2%. That is up from 3.1% the month before and 2.8% in April and May. That tied a record low for the state. The…

Ashland Burger King Franchisee to Pay $400K for Sexual Harassment

Two Former Employees Allege They Were Sexually Harassed by the Store's General Manager

ASHLAND, Wis. – A District Judge has ordered the owners of the Burger King in Ashland to pay two former employees over $400,000 in damages and fines for alleged ongoing sexual harassment by the store’s general manager. According to court documents, the two female employees were hired in 2017 and say the general manager began making “regular sexual advances and…

Wisconsin Boy Says Man Strapped Him to Chair in Basement

Pogrant is Being Held on $25,000 Cash Bond

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) – An 8-year-old boy told authorities that a man who lives with him and his mother strapped him to a chair in the basement of their northeastern Wisconsin home, but that he escaped and sought help from strangers. WLUK-TV reports that police arrested 36-year-old Nathan Pogrant Monday on charges including false imprisonment and child abuse. The boy’s…

Pence Cancels Wisconsin Visit to Lead Turkey Delegation

Pence Was Scheduled to Visit Uline on Thursday

(AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence has canceled his visit to Wisconsin because he’s been dispatched to Turkey to try and reach a ceasefire deal. Pence was scheduled to visit Uline in Pleasant Prairie on Thursday to advocate for passing President Donald Trump’s trade agreement with Mexico and Canada. Instead, Pence will lead a delegation to Turkey…

Wisconsin Waitress Refuses to Serve Couple Over Transgender Comments

Spencer Says she was Told to do her Job or go Home

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) – A Fond du Lac woman says she was fired from a restaurant for refusing to serve a couple who were making disparaging comments about a transgender woman sitting at the bar. Brittany Spencer worked as a server at Fat Joe’s Bar & Grill in Fond du Lac. Spencer says she went to her manager…

Democratic Rep. Pocan Says Impeachment Vote Coming Soon

Pocan Has Been Outspoken in Support of Impeachment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says he expects the House to vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump by the end of the calendar year. Pocan said Monday he believes Trump has committed an impeachable offense, but he can’t commit on whether he would vote to impeach until he sees the actual article of…

Wausau School Board President Running for Congress

Zunker is Running for the 7th Congressional District Seat

(Photo: Tricia Zunker campaign) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The president of the Wausau School Board who is also a justice on the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court is running for Congress as a Democrat. Tricia Zunker is launching her campaign Monday. She would become the first Native American member of Congress from Wisconsin should she win. Zunker tells Wisconsin Public Radio…