Wisconsin

Superior Council Unanimously Approves Tourism Contract with Duluth-Based Swim Creative

According to the Mayor, Swim Creative can now begin their campaign immediately.

SUPERIOR, Wis,- Superior City Councilors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a tourism contract worth $250,000 to a marketing agency based out of Duluth called “Swim Creative.” Superior Mayor Jim Paine says the choice was between 3 bidders, but in his book, Swim Creative rose to the top. According to the Mayor, they were the best at reaching out to citizens…

‘No Mow May’ Bee Boosting Initiative Growing in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More Wisconsin communities are encouraging residents to keep their lawnmowers in the garage next month to boost the population of bees and other pollinators. Appleton became the first city to adopt the “No Mow May” initiative a couple years ago and others have followed, including Wausau, Oshkosh, Fort Atkinson and Stevens Point. The idea is to…

Poplar Pilot Developing ‘Skypak’ to Take Off as Personal Propeller-Driven Jetpack

With six propellers strapped to his back, Daniel Gant hopes his invention can soon help with repairs, construction and more manned-flight operations.

POPLAR, Wis.- Aviation has come a long way from the Wright Brothers’ first successful airplane flight in 1903. Now a pilot in Poplar Wisconsin is hoping his personal flying machine can take off, to eventually help with high-altitude repairs, construction, and more. “I’m standing on the shoulders of giants and they have, there’ve been people that have done a lot…

Bayfield Community Helping 8 Displaced Recover from Ashes of Saturday Apartment Fire

The building was one of the oldest in the city, and the only affordable housing in the small tourist town.

BAYFIELD, Wis.- After a massive apartment fire Saturday, it was a bleaker Easter Sunday in Bayfield as residents drove by to look at the burnt-down remains of one of the town’s oldest structures — and only affordable housing unit — while helping the displaced rise from the ashes and try to get back on their feet. “I saw some smoke…

Fire Destroys Bayfield Apartment Building, Displaces 6 Families

BAYFIELD, Wis.- 6 families have been displaced by a fire that destroyed an apartment building in downtown Bayfield Saturday, which burned into the night. According to Bayfield Fire Chief Jeff Boutin, the fire started around 12:30 at the building on Mannypenny Avenue & South Broad Street. Photo: Jon Armstrong Witnesses nearby said part of the wall collapsed, damaging a neighboring…

Local Therapy Center Using Farm Animals and a Ranch to Help People

RICE LAKE, Wis.– A nonprofit organization is taking therapy outside and into the stables. Nature’s Edge Therapy provides occupational and speech therapy in a unique way. The operation has been around for 20 years and utilizes hippotherapy or animal assisted therapy. It’s the same as they would be in a hospital, clinic, or school setting, but these sessions take place…

Visitors Flock to Amnicon Falls State Park for the Spring Melt

DULUTH, Minn. –As the seasons start to transition, and the snow melts, waterways in the Northland become a popular attraction. Especially waterfalls. We spent time in Wisconsin today visiting Amnicon Falls State Park to check out the action. With a break in flurries, some people took advantage and ventured out for a refreshing taste of spring. One solo hiker made…

Earth Rider Brewery Expands Brand Across Wisconsin

The brewery distributed its full line of beer to liquor stores, bars and restaurants in Southern Wisconsin.

SUPERIOR, Wisc.– A popular Superior brewery is expanding its brand to other regions of Wisconsin. Earth Rider Brewery is distributing their line of beer to both Madison and Milwakee. Employees returned to the Twin Ports this afternoon after delivering can hours away. One of Earth Riders sale representatives, Peter Knutson told us, expansion has been on their mind for quite…

Kelly Westlund Announces Candidacy for State Senate

Former Baldwin Staffer to Run for Senate District 25

Ashland, WI – Today, Kelly Westlund, a longtime resident, former city council member, and community advocate from Ashland, announced her candidacy for Wisconsin State Senate District 25. Westlund, who has served as the Northwest Regional Representative for U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin since 2015, will run to replace State Senator Janet Bewley, who is retiring from public service at the end…

WI DNR Restarts Effort To Set Bacteria Standards In Groundwater

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources has restarted efforts to set standards for bacteria in groundwater after conservatives on the agency’s policy board killed the attempt in February. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the board on Wednesday authorized a public hearing and comment period on a new rule-making process to set groundwater standards for E….

UWS Exhibit Hopes To Educate, Create Empathy for Refugees Worldwide

The exhibit became even more poignant with the millions of Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Twice a year over at UWS, students and professors put together an interactive exhibit where people can walk in the shoes of refugees escaping war-torn countries. At it’s showing Tuesday, it became more poignant for many, with the millions of Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion and bombardment of their country. The exhibit, called “From Afghanistan to Germany,” is a…

Legalizing Medical Marijuana In Wisconsin Gets First Public Hearing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Republican-authored bill to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin will be getting its first public hearing next week, achieving one goal of backers even though the measure will not pass this year. The Legislature has adjourned and won’t be back until 2023. But the April 20 Senate committee hearing on the medical marijuana bill will give…

Evers Vetoes More Than 40 Republican-Backed Bills

(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed more than 40 Republican authored bills, while he signed a bipartisan measure that provides funding for the construction of a new juvenile prison in Milwaukee. The vetoes spanned a wide expanse of bills passed in this election year, measures that Republicans knew were…

Pj’s Rescue Sets up Pet and Sip at Tap on Tower

Pj's is a foster-based rescue, which means they don't have an official shelter where people can come see these dogs.

SUPERIOR, Wis. — If you enjoy getting a drink on a Sunday, picture doing it with puppies. Pj’s rescue set up an event called Pet and Sip, to try to connect their animals with “fur-ever” homes. Pj’s is a foster-based rescue, which means they don’t have an official shelter where people can come see these dogs. Holding an event at…

Superior High School Student’s Senior Project Raising Money for Firefighters

Paige Hansen, an aspiring photographer, decided for the community service part of her senior project, to visit her local fire department, and find a way to repay them for what they do every day.

SUPERIOR, Wis. — A Superior High School senior took her senior project to new heights, highlighting the Superior Fire Department in a calendar that has raised money going towards the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Paige Hansen, an aspiring photographer, decided for the community service part of her senior project, to visit her local fire department, and find a way to…

UWS Filled to Brim for Return of Gitchee Gumee Brewfest

After Two Years Away, the Gitchee Gumme Brewfest Returns to Superior for Their 23rd Annual Brewfest

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Wessman Arena at UWS in Superior was filled to the brim with people looking to enjoy a good brew for a good cause. The 23rd annual Gitchee Gumme Brewfest was back in Superior for the first time in two years. The event featured 40 vendors and over 200 different beers to sample. All proceeds support the work of…

Gitchee Gumee Brewfest Returns

The Brewfest is Saturday, April 9 at 3 p.m.

Superior, Wisc.– The Gitchee Gumee Brewfest returns this weekend at Superior’s Wessman Arena. In years past the festival has been a local favorite and a great way to give back to the community. The Brewfest is one of the largest fundraisers for the Superior Junior Chamber, or Jaycees. After being cancelled the last two years because of Covid, they hope…

UW Delays Free Speech Survey After Interim Chancellor Quit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A University of Wisconsin-Stout professor has decided to delay sending a survey to UW System students about their thoughts on free speech until fall after an interim chancellor resigned over the questionnaire. UW-Stout’s Menard Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovation had planned to send the survey out to students systemwide Thursday. But UW-Whitewater Interim…

Midday Update April 6th, 2022

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, April 6th, 2022

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Morning Update April 6th, 2022

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Passed: $49.7M Bond Referendum To Update, Renovate Hayward Community School Dist.

HAYWARD, Wis. – Tuesday’s Spring Election brought a big backing for the Hayward Community School District and its proposal to borrow nearly $50 million to upgrade and renovate multiple school buildings. 1,922 people voted in favor of the bond referendum while 956 voted against it. According to the district, the money would improve safety and security, increase learning opportunities for…

Midday Update April 5th, 2022

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Tuesday, April 5th, 2022

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Superior Police Chief Releases Dash Cam Video of Squad Car v.s. Pedestrian Incident as DOJ Hands Investigation to District Attorney

Chief Nicholas Alexander "does not anticipate any disciplinary action" to be taken.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- After a Wisconsin Department of Justice review, Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander says the officer who allegedly ran over a person in his squad car in February will likely not receive any punishment for what he calls “a tragic and unfortunate accident.” According to the Chief, while investigating an alleged vehicle prowler on February 19th, an officer turned…

Douglas County, Superior Officials Join CASDA to Recognize Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SUPERIOR, WI – April is Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Superior and Douglas County officials are joining with the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse to encourage the community to get involved in supporting survivors.  Last year, Douglas County received 1,034 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect affecting hundreds of children and families. Each of…

Superior Mayor Invites Community to Discuss Historic Structure Preservation

SUPERIOR, WI – January’s massive warehouse fire in Superior was the most recent example of flames destroying historic buildings in the city. Now Mayor Jim Paine’s administration is dedicating money for the preservation of historic, and sometimes rundown buildings. The city has created a dedicated fund to save and preserve some of these landmark structures. Officials want community members’ input…

Updawg Food Truck Gets New Kitchen Space inside Average Joe’s in Superior

The owners said they plan to open their kitchen in Average Joes this coming Wednesda

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Two young businessmen started a food truck in Duluth last year putting unique spins on the classic hot dog. Now their wiener business found its own bun inside an existing Superior business — opening soon. Updawg is now set up over at Average Joe’s in Superior. The wiener duo started their food truck serving unique hot dogs last…

Crane Hauls In New HVAC System For Historic Douglas County Courthouse

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A massive crane could be seen hovering over downtown Superior Thursday. The Douglas County administrator told FOX 21 the crane is there to replace an outdated HVAC system on the historic Douglas County Courthouse. Crews could be seen taking 15 to 20-year-old heating and cooling equipment off the top of the building. The new $345,000 HVAC system…

Superior Addresses Child Care Issue with Relief Grant

Grant applications will begin April 1 and run through June of 2024.

SUPERIOR, Wisc.– The city of Superior has created a grant program to target the issues surrounding the lack of child care in the area. The city has set aside 200-thousand dollars to provide existing child care facilities that can help with anything from remodeling and safety enhancement to training and recruitment of employees. Superior City Councilor Jenny Van Sickle says,…

Pho Cali to Close at End of April

Pho Cali is located on the corner of Belknap Street and Hammond Avenue.

SUPERIOR, Wisc.– A downtown Superior Vietnamese Restaurant is sadly closing its doors in just weeks. The owners of Pho Cali say they won’t be continuing their lease when it’s up at the end of the month. In a Facebook post they thanked their customers for the support over the past five years. Customers are encouraged to stop by the restaurant…

Superior Police Now Accepts Incident Reports Online

Citizens will receive a report case number and can print a copy of their police report for free.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior citizens can now file police incident reports that don’t require emergency response online, with the Citizens Online Reporting System. Citizens can find the system on the City of Superior website and use it to file online reports for many types of incidents that don’t require an emergency response. The reports will generally be reviewed within several hours…

Barker’s Island Inn Ready For Busy Summer, Especially With Canadian Border Reopen

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Barker’s Island Inn is ready for a comeback after the pandemic didn’t allow the hotel and convention center to reach its full potential the past two years. Weddings and gatherings of all kinds had been rescheduled, and they are gearing up to have a busy 2022 summer season – especially with the Canadian border back open. “COVID…

Affordable Housing, Long Overlooked, Getting Federal Boost

BOSTON (AP) – States and localities are increasingly tapping federal funds to help finance efforts to build more affordable housing, repair dilapidated units or reduce their homeless numbers. Housing advocates believe the money from the $350 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds could transform the way communities address the growing homelessness problem and a shortage of affordable housing….

Commercial Space, Event Center for Rent Opens in Old Billings Park Cafe Building

Since mid-February businesses like the new Superior Roux restaurant have been renting out the commercial space which is registered with the Douglas County Department of Health.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- New life is coming to the once vacant billings park cafe in Superior as one business owner hopes it’s the start of a new direction for the neighborhood. Craig Sutherland has turned the building into “Venue in the Park.” Since mid-February businesses like the new Superior Roux restaurant have been renting out the commercial space which is registered…

Tom Tiffany Holds Listening Session with Public

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Bringing more production and maintenance jobs to Northwestern Wisconsin was the focus of Wisconsin Congressman Tom Tiffany’s listening session in Superior. The point of these sessions was to hear concerns from the public and discuss what’s happening currently in Washington DC. Some things Tiffany says he’s been working on and would like to promote while up here…

Midday Update March 24th, 2022

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Thursday, March 24th, 2022

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Supreme Court Tosses Wisconsin Legislative Voting Maps

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out Wisconsin state legislative maps that were preferred by the state’s Democratic governor and selected by Wisconsin’s top court, making it unclear what the boundaries will be for the fall election. But while the justices in an unsigned opinion threw out voting maps the Wisconsin Supreme Court had selected for the…

Midday Update March 23, 2022

Local News and Weather Making Headlines Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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Morning Update March 23, 2022

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