Wisconsin

Five Dead, Two Injured in Residential Shootings in Wisconsin

The Suspect in Both Shooting is Among the Dead

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) – Authorities in northwestern Wisconsin say shootings at two homes have left five people dead, including the suspected shooter, and two others injured. Chippewa County sheriff’s officials say deputies responded to a 911 call about a shooting at a residence in Lake Hallie about 10:30 p.m. Sunday and found a man and woman dead. Two other…

Bruce Hagen, Former Superior Mayor, Dies at 73

Hagen Served a Total of Five Terms

SUPERIOR, Wis. – According to city officials, former Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen has died at the age of 73. Hagen served a total of five terms with the City of Superior. He first served as mayor from 1975 to 1987 and was reelected in 2011 where he served until his retirement in April 2017. Hagen announced prior to stepping down…

Paddle The Brule River, A Clear, Cool & Spring Fed Waterway

Experience Picturesque Beauty Or Aggressive Rapids With Brule River Canoe & Kayak Rental

BRULE, Wisc. — In this weeks Active Adventures, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot and Brett Scott kayak down the world-famous Brule River. It’s known as a gem among the waterways of the Upper Midwest. Flowing 50 miles north into Lake Superior, the River provides consistent spring fed water through the Brule River State Forest. (It’s cool and refreshing)! Experience the picturesque…

Bernie Sanders Calls for Shutdown of Enbridge Line 5 oil Pipeline

Gov. Jay Inslee has Also Endorsed a Line 5 Shutdown

DETROIT (AP) – Bernie Sanders has become the second Democratic presidential hopeful to call for shutting down an oil pipeline that crosses a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. The Vermont senator said in a tweet Thursday that Enbridge’s Line 5 should be decommissioned and new fossil fuel infrastructure banned. Line 5 carries oil and natural gas liquids from…

Blueberry Festival to Benefit Iron River Lions Club This Weekend

The 55th Annual Iron River Lions Club Blueberry Festival is Happening July 25 - 28

IRON RIVER, Wis. – Food, fun and live entertainment is taking over the community of Iron River, Wisconsin Thursday, July 25 – Sunday, July 28. The 55th annual Iron River Lion Club Blueberry Festival is set to raise money for community programs and projects. The money raised from the Blueberry Festival goes directly back into the community for vision screening…

Surfer And Inventor Honored In Northland

Tom Blake will be honored Friday night in Ashland during a paddle boarding event

  ASHLAND, Wis.- A native son of Washburn and one of the world’s most well know long board surfers will be honored tomorrow night as paddle boarders will travel from memorial park in Washburn to Houghton Falls. Tom Blake…is one of the most famous inventors for watersports, creating the hollow surfboard back in 1926, while also building the prototype of…

Man who Kidnapped Jayme Closs Moved To Prison In New Mexico

Patterson is Listed on the National sex Offender Registry

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The man who kidnapped Jayme Closs and killed her parents in northern Wisconsin has been moved to a prison in New Mexico. Press-Gazette Media reports the New Mexico Corrections Department has confirmed Jake Patterson has been transferred to one of its prisons from Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun. Wisconsin corrections officials recommended Patterson be sent to…

Enbridge Open to Routing Line 5 Around Wisconsin Reservation

Members of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Sued Enbridge on Tuesday

(Garret Ellison | MLive) SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) – Enbridge Inc. says it’s willing to consider rerouting a major oil pipeline around the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin. Members of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa sued Enbridge on Tuesday in hopes of forcing the Calgary, Alberta-based company to remove sections of its Line 5 pipeline that run…

A Celebration of Ashland’s Downtown Success

Ashland was recognized as one of the top six downtown areas in the entire state of Wisconsin

ASHLAND, Wis.- Ashland is being recognized as one of the best downtown communities in the entire state of Wisconsin. City leaders are praising the several new downtown developments that helped earn this recognition. Downtown’s are often an important part of a city, and Ashland is being highlighted as one of just six communities in the entire state for accomplishments related…

Jayme Closs Kidnapper Erased From Prison Records

Patterson Also Doesn't Appear on the State sex Offender Registry

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has erased any record of the man who kidnapped Jayme Closs and killing her parents from its inmate locator database. Twenty-two-year-old Jake Patterson was moved to an out-of-state facility on July 15. DOC officials declined to reveal where out of concern for his safety. The agency has declined to elaborate. The…

Bill Would Allow UW to Increase Tuition up to Inflation

The Bill Would Take Effect in the 2021 School Year at the Earliest

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin would be able to increase tuition no greater than the rate of inflation under a bill being proposed in the state Legislature by the chairman of the Assembly’s higher education committee. The proposal envisions a time without a tuition freeze that’s been in place for six years and will run for at…

Midwest Officials Gather in Wisconsin to Discuss CWD

The Conference Will Conclud on Thursday

(DNR) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wildlife officials from around the Midwest are converging in Wisconsin to discuss chronic wasting disease. The two-day conference is set to begin Wednesday at Madison’s Monona Terrace convention center. It’s slated to conclude Thursday afternoon. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is hosting the event. Officials from the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Wisconsin DNR,…

Summer Readers Build-a-UFO at Superior Public Library

Kids make flying saucers out of household supplies and craft materials.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- On Tuesday some young Space Explorers at Superior Public Library made their own versions of alien flying saucers. As part of the Library’s “Universe of Stories” Summer reading program, kids constructed their own flying saucers with paper plates, pipe cleaners, plastic cups, and other household and craft materials. For some, it was a chance to channel their love…

Superior Intersection Painted Green Following Hit and Run

After 11-year-old boy hit and survived, City of Superior changes intersection to slow drivers down.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The City of Superior has implemented safety changes at an intersection on Hammond Avenue after Police say an 11-year-old boy on his bicycle was struck by a driver, who then took off, last Friday. 11-year-old Cassius Carey is out of the hospital, his mother saying he suffered a concussion but no internal injuries. The woman who Superior Police…

Update: Never Before Attempted Stand Up Paddle Board To Arctic Ocean

Adventurer Jared Munch Takes To The Water On A SUP To Break Records

DULUTH, Minn. — Stand up paddle boarding is the new craze on calm and sunny days but what about in bad weather and through river rapids? In this week’s Great Outdoors Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot catches up with a true adventurer looking to be the first to complete a unique journey. A local Duluthian who took to the water last…

Preserving More Than 14,000 Acres of Forest Land Approved

Under the Deal the Land Would be Open to Public Uses

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Legislature’s budget committee has approved spending more than $4 million to purchase more than 14,000 acres of forest land in northern Wisconsin under the state’s stewardship program. The land in Iron County would be preserved for public access and protected from development under the $4.3 million purchase approved by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee on…

Brewers to Implement new bag Policy for 2020 at Miller Park

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Fox 6) – The Milwaukee Brewers announced a new bag policy that will be implemented with the first game of the 2020 season. According to the Brewers, fans will be allowed only single-compartment (i.e. tote) bags, purses, clutch purses, soft-sided cooler bags, clear bags, drawstring bags, diaper bags and medically-necessary items will be allowed into Miller Park (maximum…

Car on Fire on Blatnik Bridge in Superior

Crews responded, closed bridge causing heavy traffic.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- On Monday afternoon traffic was backed up coming out of Superior on the Blatnik Bridge as a car was found on fire. Superior Fire and Police responded to the burning car. Crews were able to put out the fire. This happened right off the on–ramp to I–35, causing a standstill both down Hammond avenue and Second street. Crews…

Multiple U.S. Senators ask EPA to Re-Evaluate Continued use of Hydrogen Fluoride

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Multiple U.S. Senators are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to re-evaluate the continued use of hydrogen fluoride at refineries across the country. U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D-MN), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Cory A. Booker (D-NJ) signed a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Friday stating the EPA needed to promptly…

DNR Asks Wastewater Plants to Test for PFAS Contamination

DNR Officials Have Started Sending Letters to 125 Municipal Wastewater Plants

(photo: twitter)   MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources is asking wastewater treatment plants to test for polyfluoroalkyl pollution. The substances, also known as PFAS, are man-made chemicals that have been used for decades in products such as fire-fighting foam, non-stick cookware and fast-food wrappers. Research suggests PFAS can decrease female fertility, increase the risk of…

Update: Suspicious Death in Spooner Ruled Homicide

The Case Remains Under Investigation

1/2 (photo courtesy: drydenwire.com) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (photo courtesy: drydenwire.com) Show Caption Hide Caption SPOONER, Wis. – The Spooner Police Department has ruled the suspicious death of a 52-year-old male as a homicide. According to a recent press release, authorities say the body of Troy Sweep, 52, was found in his Spooner residence on July 16. Investigators found…

UW System Pays $325K to Settle sex Harassment Suit

Beitz Resigned in May but did not say why

(photo courtesy: Fox 11) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin System will pay a former student $325,000 to settle claims that a professor sexually harassed her. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the former student, identified as A.R. in court documents, sued in October alleging UW-Oshkosh failed to take action against former art professor Michael Beitz. A.R. alleged she…

Celebrating Lake Superior, Restored Barker’s Island Beach

Lake Superior Day coincided with opening of Barker Island Beach to the public.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- At Barker’s Island Sunday Lake Superior was given its own day for the important role it plays in the Northland. “It really is what draws people here and keeps people here,” said Deanna Erickson, Education Coordinator with the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve. “It supports our economy it supports our health it creates our weather, it adds…

Tornado Passes Over House in Orr

Tornado Warnings in Wirt, Effie and Orr Minnesota, A Look At The Path & Damage

ORR, Minn. — The summer heat, humidity and approaching storm front fueled perfect conditions for tornadoes on Wednesday. It’s a rare but possible scenario in the Northland and at 5:34 that evening, a funnel cloud was spotted by law enforcement in Northome, Minnesota. And uncommon disaster in the Northwoods, the tornado touched down to the ground in the town of…

Superior Police and Fire Departments Battle It Out for Guns ‘N’ Hoses Softball Game

SUPERIOR, Wis,. – The heroic men and women of the Superior Fire and Police departments, who sacrifice their lives everyday, get a chance to have some fun during this annual charity softball game. The dugout heats up as each emergency team battle it out. Both hoping to win it all, one team in particular has a strategy in mind. “Keeping…

Power Station Fires Knock out Service to Thousands

Power has Been Knocked out for 11,000 Customers

(WKOW-TV via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Fires at two Madison Gas and Electric substations have knocked about power to more than 11,000 customers on what is promising to be a sweltering day of heat and humidity. An explosion and fire at the utility’s main power center sent a plume of thick, black smoke over Madison’s east side about 7:40…

Superior Man To Climb Mt. Rainier to Support Pediatric Cancer

Girga will make his trek up Mt. Rainier on August 1st.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Some people may run marathons or travel long distances to help bring awareness to a great cause. But a Superior man is taking it a step further by committing to climb Mt. Rainier in Washington to support childhood cancer. Mt. Rainier stands nearly 15,000 feet high. At the top temperatures can become very cold even in the summer….

New Program Makes $75 Million Available for Local Roads

The Evers Administration Shifted the Money to Make it a Grant Program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Republican leader of the Wisconsin state Senate is calling for a veto override after Gov. Tony Evers’ administration said Milwaukee’s street car could compete for $75 million in grant money. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald called for the veto override on Thursday. His call came shortly after Transportation Secretary Craig Thompson outlined how the new…

National Guard Drone Crashes Near Volk Field

The Incident is Under Investigation

(photo: WI National Guard) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin National Guard is trying to determine how a drone crashed near Volk Field. The Guard issued a news release Thursday saying a RQ-7 Shadow drone lost its link to its operator at Volk Field on Wednesday afternoon about two miles northwest of the base during a training exercise. The drone…

Superior Entry Lighthouse Up for Auction

National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act Program puts Superior and two other lighthouses up for sale.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A lighthouse that has stood off the coast of Superior since 1913 is now up for sale. As part of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act Program, Superior Entry, and two other lighthouses in Michigan, are up for an online auction. The auction for Superior Entry began on July 10, with a starting bid of $10,000. Interested bidders…

Spooner Police Investigating Suspicious Death

Multiple Law Enforecement Agencies are Investigating the Death

SPOONER, Wis. – The Spooner Police Department says they are investigating the suspicious death of a 52-year-old male. Authorities say officers were dispatched to a residence around 11:12 a.m. on Tuesday for a medical call. Upon arrival they found a 52-year-old male deceased at the residence. Investigators found evidence at the scene which they deemed suspicious in nature. The Spooner…

Two Juveniles Arrested After Fight at Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds, One Injured

The Victim was Treated at a Local Hospital

SUPERIOR, Wis. – According to the Superior Police Department, officers responded to the Douglas County Fairgrounds Tuesday evening on reports of a fight. When officers arrived on scene they determined the fight involved a 15-year-old male and a 16-year-old male. Authorities say one of the males had a knife and cut the other male on the shoulder during the fight….

Red Flag Warning At Twin Ports Beaches

BEACH HAZARD STATEMENT: No Swimming On Park Point & Wisconsin Point Wednesday

TWIN PORTS BEACHES – A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Park Point and Wisconsin Point Beaches until 9pm. High waves will develop as early as 10am, with the greatest heights this afternoon and evening. Winds are sustained at 10-15mph, with gusts up to 20mph. This creates dangerous swimming conditions along the Lake Superior shoreline, due to rip currents…

Fairlawn Mansion Offering Free Tours During Ice Cream Social

Fairlawn's Annual Ice Cream Social is Happening Wednesday, July 17

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The annual Fairlawn Ice Cream Social is happening Wednesday, July 17  from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Staff with Superior Public Museums invite family and friends to Fairlawn for some old-fashioned fun. Brats and other foods will be sold at “yesteryear” prices along with carriage rides, games, cake walk, craft fair, and free guided tours. Harrington Arts…

Duffy Calls Four Minority Congresswomen ‘Anti-American’

The 7th Distrcit Congressman Defended Trump on Tuesday

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin calls the four minority congresswomen targeted by President Donald Trump’s controversial tweets “anti-American.” The 7th District congressman defended Trump on the House floor Tuesday where Democrats asked that Duffy’s words be stricken from the record, calling them “defamatory.” All three Democratic representatives from Wisconsin joined party members in voting for…

After Repairs Head of Lakes Fair Opens for Season

Fair week kicks off with Sneak a Peek Night Tuesday.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Head of the Lakes Fair in Superior opened for the year, offering rides, a horse show, a beef auction, and more over the next five days. This comes with major repairs completed after Douglas County conducted an inspection, revealing issues like Asbestos. Now, they say those issues have been taken care of. “We’re looking forward to a…

Man who Kidnapped Jayme Closs Moved out of Wisconsin

It is Unclear why Patterson was Transferred

(T’xer Zhon Kha/The Post-Crescent via AP, Pool) BARRON, Wis. (AP) – A man who admitted to kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents has been moved to a facility outside of Wisconsin. Twenty-two-year-old Jake Patterson is serving life without parole for the October deaths of James and Denise Closs. State records say he was moved Monday, but they do not…

Wisconsin Democrats set to Promote new Redistricting Plan

Sen. Dave Hansen and Rep. Robyn Vining Held a News Conference Tuesday to Promote the Bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic lawmakers are planning to tout a new bill that would dramatically rework how Wisconsin draws its legislative district boundaries. Republicans redrew the lines in 2011 to consolidate supporters, helping them maintain control of both houses since then. Democratic voters filed a federal lawsuit in 2015 alleging the boundaries were unconstitutional but the U.S. Supreme Court…

Authorities ask for Public’s Help Locating Missing Camper in Ashland County

Dilabio was Last Seen on July 10

TOWNSHIP OF GORDON, Wis. – The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 66-year-old man from Bonduel, Wisconsin. Authorities say they received a call from a U.S. Forest Park Ranger around 9:30 a.m. Friday reporting a camper was unaccounted for at the East Twin Lake campground in the Township of Gordon. The camper,…

Walker to Take new job, Won’t run for Office in 2022

Walker is Also Considering Running for Governor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he won’t run for office in 2022 after he accepted a full-time job running a national conservative youth organization. Walker tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a story published Monday that the job as president of the Young America’s Foundation will prevent him from running for his old job as…

Fourth of July Festivities Causes Vandalism To Wisconsin Boardwalk

The $1.4 million dollar restoration project in Wisconsin is now being delayed due to vandalism

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Wisconsin Point restoration project is a $1.4 million dollar plan. But recently, the project has faced delays because public vandalism. Over the Fourth of July weekend, damage from fireworks caused this large hold in the middle of the bran new boardwalk near the beach. Around five boards and runners were damaged from the misuse of fireworks but…

Former Home of Jayme Closs Going up for Sale

(photo: Fox 9) BARRON, Wis. (FOX 9) – According to Fox 9, it appears the former Barron, Wisconsin home of Jayme Closs and her parents will soon be up for sale. The address is currently listed as “Coming Soon” on HomePath.com, a real estate website for Fannie Mae-owned properties. “Conveniently located just outside Barron on Highway 8,” read the property…

UW Regents set Hearing on Protest Punishment Policy

The Regents Voted Friday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin System regents have scheduled a public hearing on regulations enacting a policy that calls for suspending and expelling students who disrupt campus speeches and presentations. The regents adopted a policy in October 2017 that mandates chancellors suspend students who disrupt others’ free speech twice and expel students who disrupt others’ free speech…

Trump to Tout Trade, Economy in Formerly Blue Wisconsin

Trump Will Make two Stops in Milwaukee

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump will visit Wisconsin on Friday, one of two Midwest stops as he warms up his re-election engine. Wisconsin has emerged as a vital testing ground for the president’s hopes to take credit for the strong economy and push for his trade policy. In 2016, Trump became the first Republican to win the state since…

UW Regents Approve Student fee, Room-and-Board Increases

Increases Will Range From $20 to $258

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin System regents have voted to increase student fees and room-and-board costs for the upcoming school year. The regents approved the increases unanimously as part of the system’s 2019-20 operational budget Thursday. Under the plan, student fees will increase an average of $36 across the system. UW-Madison students will face a $170 increase,…

Madison High School to Offer Free Condoms

The Condoms Will be Provided Upon Request

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A high school in Madison plans to offer students free condoms as part of a pilot program this year. The Wisconsin State Journal reports Madison West High School will provide condoms for free to students upon request. The Madison Metropolitan School District’s health services coordinator, Sally Zirbel-Donish, says students will be told about reproductive health, proper…

Evers: Foxconn Will Hire 1,500 Workers

The Company Failed to Meet job Targets Last Year

(AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers says he believes Foxconn Technology Group will hire 1,500 people by the time production begins next spring at its new display panel plant in southeastern Wisconsin. Evers told CNBC during a June 27 interview posted online Tuesday that he believes the plant will have about 1,500 employees in place when production begins…

All About Monarchs at Superior Public Library

Duluth Monarch Buddies come to teach about monarchs and milkweed.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Kids at the Superior Public Library got an up close look at Monarch Butterflies. Duluth Monarch Buddies came to teach summer camps about the orange insects and how their populations are in danger. Kids could take home milkweed seeds to grow the plants that monarchs feed on to increase their numbers in the Northland. “It’s always nice to…

Superior’s Old Town Bar Gets Demolished

What use to be filled with memories is now just a pile of rubble

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A building that was home to a well-known Superior business for decades is now being torn down. That building has been vacant since 2013, but used to be the Old Town Bar. What used to be a memory filled bar and restaurant in the heart of Downtown Superior is now just rubble. The building was beyond repairs. The…