Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor: No Tax Credits for New Foxconn Plant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ top aide is warning Foxconn Technology Group that it won’t collect any state incentives for its scaled-down factory in Wisconsin if it doesn’t renegotiate the deal. Foxconn had originally promised to build a massive flat-screen factory in Mount Pleasant that would eventually employ 13,000 people. But the company said this spring that…

Fairlawn Mansion Ready For Holiday Season

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Fairlawn Mansion is all geared up for the holiday season. Volunteers have been hard at work since the beginning of December decking out the historic mansion with holiday decorations. Whether it’s the trees or the period decor, staff say now is the time to visit the museum. “It’s actually the best time to see Fairlawn. It’s so…

2019 Wettest Year Recorded for Wisconsin, Midwest

More Than 43 Inches of Rain & Snow Fell in the Midwest Through November

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin and the Midwest recorded their wettest year ever in 2019 since record-keeping began in 1895, climatologists said. More than 43 inches of rain and snow fell across nine states in the Midwest through November. That breaks the previous record set in 1993 by 2 inches, according to data from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center. Climatologist…

College Athletes Hang Out with Local Kids at UWS Holiday Party

As part of Week of Giving, families were invited to spend the day with Yellowjackets.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- As part of UWS Athletic Department’s 4th Annual Week of Giving, kids could come and use the campus as their playground, as they spent the afternoon with college athletes. “Superior’s obviously a smaller town and we want the community’s support, and in order to get that you gotta support the community,” said Andrew Durham, a Senior on the…

Habitat For Humanity Receives Big Donation

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Western Lake Superior Habitat For Humanity received a big grant this afternoon, which allowed them to purchase two new vehicles for daily operations. Both the Associated Bank and The Ordean Foundation each contributed $20,000 to help purchase the vehicles. The truck will help the construction manager haul equipment, and the car will be used for work…

Hidden Recording Devices Found in Student Rooms at Minnesota Hotel

No Suspects are in Custody at This Time

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Wisconsin school district has put a staff member on leave after some students from Madison East High School found recording devices in their hotel rooms during a field trip to Minneapolis. A Madison school district spokesman tells the Wisconsin State Journal the response was a cautionary measure that’s standard during a police investigation. The police chief…

$1M Bail for Teen Charged in Wisconsin School Officer Attack

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – Bail has been set at $1 million for a 16-year-old Wisconsin boy charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a school resource officer with a barbecue fork. Grant Fuhrman was charged as an adult Wednesday in last week’s attack on Oshkosh West High School Resource Officer Mike Wissink. Wissink shot and wounded Fuhrman during the attack…

GOP Support Grows to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The push to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin is growing. Republican lawmakers for the first time introduced a measure Wednesday to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Democrats have tried to legalize medical marijuana for years, with little to no Republican backing. But in recent years, some Republicans have come to support loosening Wisconsin’s marijuana laws….

Douglas County Historical Society Hosting 4th Annual Christmas Musicale

The Annual Christmas Musical is Happening Thursday, December 12

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Happening Thursday, December 12, the Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) invites you to the 4th annual Christmas Musicale happening from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. The event will take place at DCHS, located at 1101 John Avenue in Superior. A Christmas Musical serves as a fundraiser for DCHS. Local musician Shane Nelson stopped by FOX 21 Local News…

Mont Du Lac Off To Good Start This Season

Superior, Wis. – The Duluth City Council has now approved 235–thousand dollars in emergency funding to help keep Spirit Mountain operating this winter. At nearby Mont Du Lac, the season is off to a much better start. Mont Du Lac in Superior opened earlier than usual this year, and the resort stayed open throughout the record setting snowfall Thanksgiving weekend. The…

Pay Raises for Wisconsin State Workers up for Approval

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Pay raises for Wisconsin state employees are scheduled to be voted on by a special legislative committee next week. The panel of legislative leaders is scheduled to meet on Dec. 18 to act on pay plans that Gov. Tony Evers’ administration forwarded for approval last month. Democrats had been calling on Republican legislative leaders to set…

Student Accused in Wisconsin Shooting ‘Tired of Being Picked on”

Smith is Due Back in Court on December 17

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin teenager who was shot by a police officer after he allegedly pointed a pellet gun at another student’s head says he was “tired of being picked on.” Eighteen-year-old Tyrone Smith was charged Monday with several counts, including second-degree recklessly endangering safety and dangerous weapons on school premises. Smith was 17 last week when authorities…

Superior Library Helps People Give The Gift Of Literacy

Nearly 1,000 gently used books are up for sale.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – If you are looking for great gift ideas, the Superior Library is hosting its annual Merry Little Christmas Book Sale. Nearly 1,000 gently used books are up for sale. Library staff say this book sale is not as large as their annual book sale in September, but this one gives options to people who are interested in…

Audit Faults Oversight of Wisconsin State-Owned Residential Properties

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new audit has found that the state of Wisconsin has not properly tracked all residential properties it owns that are leased to state employees like park rangers and University of Wisconsin faculty. The report released Friday by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau says that mismanagement resulted in the undercharging of nearly $63,000 in rent this…

Season of Song Concerts Happening at Cathedral of Christ the King

Season of Song Concerts are Happening Sunday, December 8 and Tuesday, December 10 at Cathedral of Christ the King

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Kicking off Sunday, December 8, the 22nd annual Season of Song Concerts will help ring in the holiday season. Michael Fuchs, UW-Superior Director of Choral Activities, and Tori Thompson, vocal performance major at UW-Superior stopped by FOX 21 Local News to chat about the upcoming event. The first performance is taking place Sunday, December 8 at 4:00…

Perfecting the Snow Angel

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Take A Break From Shoveling & Make A Snow Angel!

DULUTH, Minn. — It’s time to stop stressing about the recent blizzard and heavy snow we’ve been buried in and drop to the ground, take a deep breath and make a snow angel! This may be considered a childhood game but it’s for the adults too. Meteorologist Brittney Merlot says “It’s a great stress reliever. It makes you slow down,…

Woman Sent to Prison for Selling Drugs at Wisconsin ‘Meth Farm’

BUTTERNUT, Wis. (AP) – A woman will spend more than five years in federal prison for selling methamphetamine from a rural property in northern Wisconsin known as the ‘meth farm.’ Investigators say 64-year-old Becky Peterson conspired with Mark Moore to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine at a farm near Butternut in Ashland County over the past several years….

Superior Mayor Paine: Most Streets, Alleys Plowed

Mayor asks public to email with missed streets or alleys.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Across the bridge in Superior, Mayor Jim Paine said almost all streets and alleys have been plowed. According to the Mayor, Midtown and South End neighborhoods are the last to get cleared up. If there’s a street or alley that’s been missed where you live, Mayor Paine would like you to e-mail him so a plow can be…

Local Softball Organization Raising Funds for Amberwing

Twin Ports Rampage is Hosting Breakfast with Santa Saturday, December 7

SUPERIOR, Wis. – On Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Belgian Club in Superior, you’re encouraged to enjoy Breakfast with Santa all for a great cause. The annual event is organized by Twin Ports Rampage Fast Pitch Softball organization. Each year, members of the organization plan the breakfast as a way to give back to…

Shooting at Suburban Milwaukee High School

A School Spokesperson Says a Student Exchanged Gunfire With a School Resource Officer at a Suburban Milwaukee High School Monday

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – A school spokesperson says a student exchanged gunfire with a school resource officer at a suburban Milwaukee high school. The suspect is in custody. Terry Schuster told The Associated Press there’s no threat to Waukesha South High School. At this time, Schuster doesn’t know of any injuries to students. She didn’t know the medical status of…

Blizzard and Blizzard-Like Conditions Expected This Weekend

Heavy Snow, Wind, and Lakeshore Flooding

A significant and very dangerous winter storm is still on track to bring much of the Northland to a virtual standstill later Saturday into early Sunday! Along with heavy snow, we’ll experience blizzard conditions and lakeshore flooding! Some light lake effect snow could develop along the North Shore Friday night, but a large shield of moderate snow will move south…

Dangerous Winter Storm Heading to the Northland

Heavy Snow, Strong Winds, & Whiteout Conditions

While many Northlanders are still digging out from the winter storm earlier this week that dropped between 7-21 inches of snow, another major snowstorm is on the way this weekend. We’ll see a light wintry mix today, but little, if any, accumulation is expected. As we head into the overnight hours, the snow will intensify as it moves south to…

Washburn Declares Snow Emergency Effective Wednesday

WASHBURN, Wis. – A snow emergency has been declared for the City of Washburn starting at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27 and ending at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27. All vehicles must be removed from all City streets, alleys and parking lots. This will allow for streets to be completely cleared without obstruction. Failing to comply may result…

FOX 21 Kicks Off ‘Gifts for Teens’ Toy Drive

Gifts will be Collected from Participating Drop Off Locations on Thursday, December 19

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This holiday season, you have the chance to help make lasting holiday memories for teens living in the Twin Ports. FOX 21 Local News is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland for the annual ‘Gifts for Teens’ Toy Drive. Gift donations will be collected at…

Hunters Kill 90,286 Deer During Wisconsin Gun Opening Weekend

That Figure is Down Nearly 24% From Last Year

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin wildlife officials say preliminary data shows hunters killed dramatically fewer deer during opening weekend of the state’s traditional nine-day gun season than in 2018. The state Department of Natural Resources released figures Tuesday that show hunters killed 90,286 on Saturday and Sunday. That’s down nearly 24% from 118,670 deer last year. The DNR had sold…

Multiple Snow Storms Create Holiday Headaches

Breaking Down The Two Major Systems Targeting The Northland, Packing Heavy Snowfall

DULUTH, Minn. —  Two significant snowstorms will make holiday travel dangerous across the Great Lakes and both systems will drop heavy snow across parts of the Northland. A WINTER STORM WARNING in effect until noon Wednesday for St. Louis, Lake, Cook, Carlton, Aitkin, Pine, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Gogebic, Sawyer, Washburn and Burnett counties, where 5-15″ of heavy wet snow…

Northland Top Cops Talk Importance of Armored Vehicles to Face Active Shooters, Save Lives

Five Law Enforcement Agencies in the Northland Have Some Type of Armored Vehicle

From schools and workplaces to concerts and nightclubs, innocent lives are being taken away in America by heavily armed suspects in active shooter situations, which is why more law enforcement agencies across the country and right here in the Northland are investing in armored vehicles that can withstand the worst of the worst.  FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reports. The city…

Wisconsin Sees Uptick in Fatal Police Shootings in 2019

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin is ending the year with more fatal police shootings than last year. Data collected by the Wisconsin Professional Police Association shows police shot and killed 16 people this year. There were 13 fatal police shootings in 2018. Wisconsin Public Radio reported Monday that 11 of those killed this year were white, three were black and…

Four People Injured During Opening Weekend of Wisconsin’s Deer Hunt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Four people are recovering after they were shot during the opening weekend of Wisconsin’s gun deer hunt. The Department of Natural Resources says it needs more information about a man who was shot in Washburn County Sunday. Elsewhere, two hunters shot themselves in the foot in two separate incidents in Oneida and Marathon counties. And, a…

Wisconsin Hunters Take to the Woods for Deer Opener

Hunters reach milestones with family, meat processors see spikes in business.

POPLAR, Wis.- Hunters across Wisconsin took to the millions of acres of public hunting lands for the firearm deer hunting opener. “It’s one of the best states in the nation for both quality of deer and quantity of deer historically,” said Greg Kessler, Wildlife Biologist with the Wisconsin DNR. It’s that time of year again, and hunters aren’t wasting a…

Shooting For A Big Buck

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: Firearms Deer Hunting Season is Underway

NORTHLAND — Minnesota Firearms Deer Hunting season ends on Sunday the 24th, as Wisconsin’s Rifle Season kicks off on Saturday the 23rd and runs until December 1st. Hunters gather from all over and head into the woods to lock and load. But it’s not all about the big buck, it’s also about winding down in the woods and making memories…

DNR: Ten Elk Shot in Wisconsin’s Second Hunt

Hunters Kill Ten Elk in Wisconsin's Second Hunt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin wildlife officials say hunters killed 10 elk in Wisconsin’s second elk season. The Department of Natural Resources set a 10-bull limit for the season, which ran from October 12 to November 10 in Ashland, Bayfield, Price and Sawyer counties. The department says hunters authorized by the state killed five bulls. Ojibwe tribal hunters killed five….

A Dickens of a Christmas Dinner Theater Raising Money for Iron River Library

The Dinner Theater Fundraiser is Happening Saturday, December 7 at White Winter Winery in Iron River, Wisconsin

IRON RIVER, Wis. – White Winter Winery is proud to present A Dickens of a Christmas Dinner Theater fundraiser Saturday, December 7. The fundraiser will help to benefit the newly renovated and expanded Iron River Library. Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s redemption comes alive at the White Winter Winery’s special holiday dinner theater event, “A Dickens Of A…

Asian Inspired Wild Rice Salad

COOKING CONNECTION: Vegan Holiday Options With Coco's Latest Bites

DULUTH, Minn – Asian Inspired Wild Rice Salad: Made with locally grown wild rice and can be tailored to any ethnic style flavor profile of your choice. RECIPE: 2 cups cooked wild rice (You can sub fresh 3 shredded or chopped cabbage or sauerkraut for the wild rice.) 1 clove Chinese pea pods 1 cup matchstick raw carrots 1 cup…

Wisconsin Firearm Deer Season Begins Saturday

Wisconsin's Traditional Nine-Day Firearm Deer Season Gets Under Way Saturday, November 23

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season starts Saturday. The season begins just before dawn and will run until just after sunset on Sunday, December 1. Hunters will be allowed to kill does in every county for the first time in a decade, a sign that the herd is robust across the state. The state Department of Natural…

Northland Winter Weather Outlook 2019-2020

The Northland Gears Up for Another Long Winter

DULUTH, Minn. — It’s time for the 2019-2020 Winter Weather Outlook from our Fox 21 Meteorologists! While we’re still a month away from the official start of winter, snow arrives earlier in the Northland and sticks around beyond March!  We’ve already seen big snow events this season with a “Winter Storm Warning” across the Snowbelt with more than a foot…

Mont Du Lac Opens In Record Breaking Time

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: The early cold snap helped a local ski hill open early

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- The early snap of arctic air made the perfect recipe for snow making at Northland resorts, especially at Mont du Lac. The resort officially opened Thursday, the earliest on record. It may only be the middle of November, but it’s looking more like the middle of the ski and snowboarding season there. The main alpine runs are covered…

Wisconsin County Declares Itself Second Amendment Sanctuary

FLORENCE, Wis. (AP) – A county in rural northeastern Wisconsin has declared itself a Second Amendment sanctuary, a move commissioners say is designed to send a “keep your hands off our guns” message to politicians. The Journal Sentinel says the nonbinding measure gives the sheriff the ability to “exercise sound discretion to not enforce against any citizen an unconstitutional firearms…

‘Outsourced: The New Wisconsin Idea’ Shown at UWS

40-minute documentary tells the story of the 2017 UWS program suspensions

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A documentary about the 2017 program suspensions at UW-Superior was shown Thursday night at the university. “Outsourced: The New Wisconsin Idea” is a forty-minute film by two UWS alumni, Katie Lindow and Megan McGarvey. The film is full of interviews with faculty, staff, students, and community members about their thoughts on the program suspensions. The documentary was…

UWS Theatre Presents Production of “Gaslight”

The Production will Open Friday, November 15 on the Campus of UW-Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – UWS Theatre is proud to present its latest production, “Gaslight.” Written in 1938 and set in a foggy, dreary London, “Gaslight” follows the shady Jack Manningham and his search for hidden jewels all while hiding this quest from his wife, Bella, by attempting to convince her that she is going insane. Luckily, a police detective becomes involved…

Pence to Visit Wisconsin, Indiana Next Week

He Will be in Northest Wisconsin on November 20

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence is planning to visit Wisconsin and his home state of Indiana next week. Pence’s office announced Wednesday that he was scheduled to tour and deliver remarks at shipbuilder Marinette Marine in northeast Wisconsin on Nov. 20. Later that day the former Indiana governor was then to give a speech at the Strada…

Wisconsin Taxes Have Dropped Over Past Two Decades

The Wisconsin Policy Forum Released the Report Thursday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new report shows that taxes paid by Wisconsin residents as a share of personal income have fallen by more than two percentage points over the past 20 years. The Wisconsin Policy Forum report released Thursday shows that the drop in Wisconsin is one of the largest in the country. However, the state still ranks 19th…

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…