Wisconsin

Northland businesses prepare for New Year’s Eve celebrations

Liquor stores are sure to be busy this weekend

SUPERIOR, Wisc. –  Now that Christmas is out of the way, it’s time to start to think about those New Year’s Eve plans. Liquor stores are obviously a major stop for many people getting ready for the celebration. Stores are getting rid of the Christmas gifts sets to make room for the champagne. Employees say this time of year is…

Walker Says Tax Change Will Be $2,508 Cut for Typical Family

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker’s administration says the typical family of four in Wisconsin will see a $2,508 tax cut under the recently passed Republican tax overhaul. Walker released details Wednesday of the analysis completed by the state Department of Revenue. Using Census data and expected growth, the median income for a Wisconsin family of four in 2018…

UWS Faculty Passes Vote of No Confidence in Administration

Faculty Members Want the University to Include More Voices in Decision Making Process

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Friday night, the University of Wisconsin-Superior faculty passed a vote of no confidence in the University’s administration. About fifty-nine percent of the faculty voted for the no confidence resolution. The vote was taken in response to the administration’s October decision to suspend twenty-five academic programs. Faculty voting for the resolution hope it encourages administrators to re-visit their…

Earth Rider Brewery Partners With Duluth Coffee Co. For Coffee-Infused Pale Ale

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Earth Rider Brewery in Superior is collaborating with Duluth Coffee Company to create a coffee-infused pale ale. Brewer Allyson Rolph says it’s a process being done in a way that she has never experienced before. “They brought in some sample coffees and we tasted them and we built a beer around that,” Rolph said. “So we were…

New Communication Tower Ensures Signal for Emergency Responders

The communications tower will help provide a signal that has caused issues for emergency responders in the past.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A new communications tower will be built in the city of Superior, after to the approval from the state panel. The tower will be built near the intersection of Townline Road and Polish Road on county property. Officials said the signal in that area is spotty. The topography drop off towards the St. Louis River can cause signal problems…

Girl Convicted in Slender Man Stabbing Sentenced

Anissa Weier passes a note to defense attorney Joseph Smith Jr.. during closing argument sin her case before Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP) WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – One of two Wisconsin girls who tried to kill a classmate to win favor with a fictional horror character named Slender…

Snowy Owl Migration Gives Scientists Chance to Study Them

TAMMY WEBBER - AP

CHICAGO (AP) — Scott Judd trained his camera lens on the white dot in the distance. As he moved up the Lake Michigan shoreline, the speck on a breakwater came into view and took his breath away: it was a snowy owl, thousands of miles from its Arctic home. “It was an amazing sight,” said Judd, a Chicago IT consultant….

Traffic Stop in Lenroot Leads to Meth Bust

LENROOT, Wis. – According to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, deputies made a traffic stop of a vehicle on Company Lake Road in the Town of Lenroot just after 2:00 a.m. on Dec. 14. The traffic stop was conducted as a result of an investigation into the sale and distribution of meth in Sawyer County. K-9 Officer Oscar did a…

DNR Confirms Cougar in Douglas County

A cougar was confirmed on a trail camera photo in Douglas County Nov. 11, 2017 (DNR) MADISON, Wis. – Department of Natural Resources biologists have confirmed photos taken by a trail cam in Douglas County showed a cougar wandering through the area in mid-November. Photos of the animal were captured in the Foxboro and Bennett areas in a week time…

Talents of Young Musicians Featured at Upcoming Christmas Musicale

DCHS Hosts 2nd Annual Christmas Musicale

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The talents of local youth are being featured in a concert this weekend in Superior. The Douglas County Historical Society is hosting the 2nd Annual Christmas Musicale. The performance is taking place Friday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m. This year, musicians Austin Engelhardt & Gabrielle Koepke a Violin Virtuoso Duo, The Soul Sisters, Izzy Bromdahl and the…

Wisconsin Scientists Track Tiny Bat with Small Transmitter

Bat weighs less than a nickel

An eastern pipistrelle was captured and then tracked by scientists as it flew across western Wisconsin. Scientists want to better understand how habitat affects the state’s tiniest bat.(Photo: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Scientists in Wisconsin have tracked the state’s smallest bat by using an ultra-light transmitter that beamed its movement after emerging from hibernation. The…

Busy Season for Candy Shops

National Hard Candy Day is Celebrated on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Twin Ports – Candy lovers had the chance to splurge on their sweet tooth Tuesday. Tuesday, December 19 is National Hard Candy Day! The staff at Sweeden Sweets say now is one of their busiest times of the year with parents coming in the door looking for stocking stuffers and other sweet gifts to give. Hard candy first became popular…

Mother: Slender Man Stabbing Victim Slept with Scissors

Payton Leutner, 2017 (FOX 6) WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – The mother of the Wisconsin girl who survived a stabbing by her classmates aiming to please the fictional horror character Slender Man says her daughter slept with scissors under her pillow after the attack. WISN-TV reports Stacie Leutner also revealed in a victim impact statement that the family didn’t object to…

Mont du Lac Offers Major Discount on Season Passes

DULUTH, Minn. – Snowfall this week has excited winter sports enthusiasts all over the Northland. Mont du Lac Resort is offering a special on season passes through the weekend. Season passes are priced at $99, which amounts to about $250 in savings. Passholder Perks include Passholder Tuesday – bring a friend for $5.00 (rental not included), 10% off cabin rental,…

McCarthy: Packers’ Rodgers Preparing to Play this Weekend

Aaron Rodgers (AP) GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says quarterback Aaron Rodgers is getting ready to play against the Carolina Panthers this weekend. Rodgers was medically cleared to return from a collarbone injury on Tuesday night. Rodgers missed the last seven games after breaking his right collarbone in Week 6 at Minnesota. The two-time…

Partnership Provides Narcan to UW Campuses

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The overdose-reversing drug Narcan will be available for use by security officers on all University of Wisconsin campuses. Attorney General Brad Schimel joined the UW System President Ray Cross to make the announcement Wednesday. A partnership with the pharmaceutical company Adapt Pharma will make a nasal spray version of Narcan available for free at 10 UW…

Wisconsin Health Professionals Hope to Expand Vaccine Access

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Medical College of Wisconsin wants to expand access to vaccines by having drug stores offer immunizations. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the college is spending $489,000 on a vaccination project with the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. The statewide project is expected to last two and a half years. The college’s dean, George MacKinnon, says the project…

Mining Ban Lifted on Gold and Silver in Wisconsin

Gov. Walker Signed Bill Today

MADISON, Wis.-Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill lifting Wisconsin’s moratorium on gold and silver mining. Walker voted to impose the moratorium when he was in the state Assembly in 1998. He signed the Republican legislation Monday anyway. His spokesman, Tom Evenson, has said Walker believes mining can be done without harming the environment. Under current state law, sulfide mining…

Bill Would Create State-Certified Wisconsin Beer Label

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A bill circulating in the Legislature would create a new state-certified Wisconsin beer label. To get the special designation, the beer would have to include a certain percentage of hops grown in Wisconsin. The measure comes from Republican Rep. Scott Krug, of Nekoosa. He says in a memo seeking co-sponsors that the bill is in recognition…

Student Craft Show Gives Back to Local Families

The Holiday Craft Show has raised over $42,000 throughout the years.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Students at Cooper Elementary School are working to ensure local families have presents under the tree. The 14th annual Holiday Craft Show has raised $42,000 over the years. Fundraising is a school wide effort, each class creates a basket for the silent auction. Students also sell their holiday crafts. Teachers told FOX21 the event gives something to everyone….

Packers’ Kendricks Charged with Possession of Marijuana

Lance Kendricks (TMZ) MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) – Green Bay Packers tight end Lance Kendricks has been charged with possession of marijuana stemming from a traffic stop in early September. The Journal Sentinel reports the 29-year-old Kendricks was stopped for speeding in the early morning hours of Sept. 2. Though he only received a warning for driving 81 mph in a…

Court: ‘Making a Murderer’ Defendant’s Confession Stands

CHICAGO (AP) – A federal appeals court has overturned a ruling that could have freed a Wisconsin inmate featured in the “Making a Murderer” series from prison. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that police properly obtained Brendan Dassey’s confession and he should remain behind bars. The judges were sharply divided, voting 4 to 3 that Dassey’s…

Eau Claire Lawsuit Could Impact Foxconn, Other Developments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s solicitor general is warning a lawsuit challenging an economic development project in Eau Claire could “imperil” the $10 billion Foxconn complex in Racine County and other ventures in the state. The state wants in intervene in the lawsuit filed on behalf of some Eau Claire taxpayers who say the city abused…

Partisan Divide Deepens Over Walker Investigation

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The deep partisan divide over the secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s recall has reignited in the face of an investigatory report released this week. The report from Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel recommends that those behind seizing personal emails from scores of Republicans across the state and not keeping them secure be held in contempt….

Eskimo Ice Fishing Gear at the DECC

The Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show will Include Eskimo Fishing Gear

DULUTH, Minn. – The annual Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter show is kicking off Friday and will run through Sunday. Eskimo Ice Fishing Gear will be on hand to feature exhibitors offering one-of-a-kind products that won’t be found at any retail store. Event organizers invite everyone in the Northland to take advantage of show specials at unbelievable pricing. The crew…

St. Louis River Alliance to Host Annual Open House

Multiple Organizations will be on Hand for the "Seasons of the St. Louis RIver" Open House Tuesday, December 12

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis River Alliance is pleased to be putting on their “Seasons of the St. Louis River” photo contest celebration and open house Tuesday, December 12 from 4:30 until 6:30p.m. The event will happen in the Barker’s Island Great Lakes Ballroom (300 Marina Drive, Superior). The open house is free and open to the public. Those…

UWS Yellowjacket Student Athletes Caroling For Cans

UWS has participated in Caroling For Cans for more than four years

SUPERIOR, Wis. -About 300 student athletes from University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS) were out in Superior going door-to-door singing your favorite Christmas carols. They’re caroling for cans, so they can donate non-perishable food to a local food shelf. This is one of the many activities the Yellowjackets do for their week of giving. Athletes say this helps build team spirit while…

WisDOT Warns of Difficult Travel for Friday Afternoon

WISCONSIN – The first major snowfall is expected to hit areas of northern Wisconsin Friday, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to be cautious and plan ahead when traveling. While snow has already impacted some northern areas of the state, flurries are expected to spread to the southern and eastern parts of the state, with high amounts…

Wisconsin Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Texas Child Sex Sting

  HOUSTON (AP) – Prosecutors say a Wisconsin man must serve 11 years in federal prison for traveling to Texas with the intention of having sex with a 4-year-old girl. Benjamin David Sherwood of La Crosse, Wisconsin, was sentenced Thursday in Houston as part of an online sting. The 42-year-old Sherwood, in August, pleaded guilty to travel with intent to…

Wisconsin Senator Calls for Elections, Ethics Resignations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Attorney General Brad Schimel’s report on Gov. Scott Walker investigation (all times local): 2:15 p.m. A Republican state senator is calling for the resignations of top officials at the Wisconsin ethics and elections commissions. The call from Republican Sen. Steve Nass comes in reaction to a report from Attorney General Brad Schimel. His…

19 Arrested in Major Wisconsin Drug Bust

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Nineteen people have been arrested following an investigation into the distribution of heroin and fentanyl in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) partnered with local and federal law enforcement to arrest 19 individuals for money laundering, bankruptcy fraud, and drug offenses, including the distribution of heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine, Wisconsin Attorney General…

Texas Puppies to Find New Homes in the Northland

More than a Dozen Puppies are Headed to the Douglas County Humane Society

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In the coming days, the Douglas County Humane Society will be receiving a litter of perfect presents just in time for the holidays. The shelter announcing earlier this week they will be receiving anywhere from seven to 17 dogs. The animals are being transferred to the Twin Ports from Texas. Right now, the shelter only has two…

New Program Helps Domestic Abuse Survivors Temporarily House Pets

The Twin Ports Pets Housing Program helps victims have one less thing to worry about.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Leaving a  relationship with domestic abuse is a difficult situation and here in the Twin Ports it’s a decision made even harder, as victims fear about what will happen to their pets. The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA) is asking the community to help a new program, that will ensure victim’s animals will have a home….

Gales Of December Rock The South Shore

High Winds Created Massive Waves And Churned Up Lake Superior

PORT WING, Wis. — High winds battered the Northland today but the Lake Superior Shorelines felt the worst of it. “It’s very windy! Very blustery!” explained the owner of South Shore Bar, Holly Wyant. The winds howled at 20-30mph sustained today, with gusts up to 40mph at times. The lake was under a Storm Warning until 10am and a Gale…

Dog Brings Home Human Skull, Remains Found in Barron, Wis.

BARRON, Wis. (KMSP) – Authorities in western Wisconsin are investigating a death after they discovered skeletal remains of a body in the woods near a house in the area. On Dec 3, the Barron County sheriff’s department received a call from a resident who said his dog brought home what looked like the partial remains of a human skull. Authorities later…

Wisconsin Senate Clerk Has Received 2 Sexual Harassment Complaints

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Senate’s chief clerk says his office has received two sexual harassment complaints against a senator or Senate employee over the last decade. The Associated Press asked both the Assembly and Senate clerks for copies of all sexual harassment complaints against members and employees received since 2007. Both clerks denied the request last week citing…

Walker Moving Ahead with Plan to Drug Test Food Stamp Users

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is moving ahead with his plans to require able-bodied adults who receive food stamps to be screened for illegal drugs, even through questions remain over whether it’s allowed under federal law. The plan was approved by Republican-controlled Legislation more than two years ago, but it languished because it conflicts with federal rules….

Walker Signs Bill Tightening Election Recount Requirements

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker has just made it harder to ask for an election recount in Wisconsin. Walker on Thursday signed into law a bill introduced in reaction to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s 2016 recount request in Wisconsin after she finished a distant fourth. Under the new law, only candidates who trail the winner by…

Hunters Harvest Over 195,000 Deer in Wisconsin 9-Day Gun Season

MADISON, Wis. – Preliminary registration numbers are in for Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, there was a slight increase in the statewide buck harvest, with 98,364 – the northern counties showing the most significant increases in harvest. Overall, the DNR reports that 195,738 deer were registered a slight decrease from 197,262 registered…

Local Agreement with Foxconn Signed Friday

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) – Foxconn Technology Group executives and officials from Racine County and Mount Pleasant are signing a local development agreement that seals the deal on the company’s $10 billion manufacturing complex. The county and village boards approved the development agreement earlier this week. It outlines the responsibilities for the parties involved and includes guarantees and protections for…

Annual USO Variety Show Honors Military Veterans

Partial Proceeds Support Honor Flight Northland

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior is heading back to the 1040s this weekend as the USO Variety Show is performed for the tenth year. It’s a recreation of a USO radio show and canteen to remember the anniversary of Pearl Harbor and honor all World War II veterans. The show is co-produced by Time Arc Theatre and Twin Ports Stage. Featuring…

UW-Superior to Present 20th Annual “Season of Song” Concerts

Concerts Feature Choir and Orchestra

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This weekend a holiday tradition is continuing in Superior with the Season of Song concerts. The 20th Annual “Season of Song” concerts are being held Sunday, December 3 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. Both concerts will be at Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior. Dr. Katherine Chan, the Director of Choral…

National Sexual Misconduct Allegations Spark Conversation on Campus

Addressing sexual misconduct now can prevent issues later in the workforce.

TWIN PORTS–  Women across the nation are coming forward with accusations against high profile men, which has created a ripple effect for college students in the Northland. The Women’s Resource and Action Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth has seen an increase in students reporting sexual misconduct. The incidents range from test messages to assaults that have occurred at…