Wisconsin

Football Field, Park Ready to Open at Titletown District

Photo: Fox 11 ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) – A new football field created with ground up old tennis shoes will soon open in the shadow of Lambeau Field. The Green Bay Packers say the Titletown District park will open Sept. 15. Packers vice president and general counsel Ed Policy says the team partnered with Nike on the field. FOX 11 reports…

Madison Officials Weigh Fate of Confederate Monument

(Photo: Nathan Phelps / USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Madison’s mayor says the Common Council will discuss what should happen to a large stone monument honoring Confederate soldiers buried in the city’s cemetery. Mayor Paul Soglin already ordered the removal of a small plaque honoring Confederate soldiers in the Forest Hill Cemetery last month. But…

Foxconn, Electric Vehicle Fees in Wisconsin Up for Vote

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee is pushing to complete its work this week on the two-year-spending plan that’s two months overdue. Votes that could be taken as early as Tuesday include whether to impose a new fee on electric vehicle owners and changes to a $3 billion incentive plan for electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group. The…

Another Great Year For The Great Northern Classic Rodeo

Sunday Marks An End To The Yearly Event

SUPERIOR, Wis. It was all about bull riding and calf wrangling in Superior this weekend. The Great Northern Classic Rodeo wrapped up their 3 day weekend today. Starting in 1991 the rodeo was originally held in Duluth, with several hundred spectators. Two years later the rodeo moved across the bridge to Superior and has been held at the Head of…

Black Hat BBQ Gives Back To Youth Rodeo

Funds Raised Goes Towards The High School Rodeo Foundation

SUPERIOR, Wis. It wouldn’t be a rodeo without southern style BBQ. Supporting Minnesota’s high school rodeo foundation, Black Hat BBQ can be found at many of the surrounding rodeo events. Portions of the proceeds made at each event is given back to the rodeo scholarship fund. Owners say raising funds is easy to do with favorites like their baby back…

Northland Business Raises Money for Flood Victims

Sky High Graphix and Design is selling shirts and donating profits to relief efforts

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – One Northland company is pitching in to help Hurricane Harvey victims. Sara Androsky’s company Sky High Graphix and Design is selling t–shirts, and donating 100 percent of the profits to the Salvation Army to help flood victims in Texas. “We’re just hoping that it will give them some semblance of a normal life as they try and…

Leader of Troubled Wisconsin Youth Prison Steps Down

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The head of Wisconsin’s troubled youth prison plans to step down next week. Lincoln hills/Copper Lake Superintendent Wendy Peterson asked Department of Corrections officials this week to transfer into the role of education director at the facility outside Irma, saying the superintendent’s job was taking her away from her family. She will start that position on…

Wisconsin Schools Close to Receiving Additional Funding

If approved, the Superior School District says it would just break even for its yearly budget.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Superior schools and other K–12 schools in Wisconsin could see a spending increase over the next two years. On Monday, the state legislature’s budget–writing committee voted to include a $639 million funding increase over the next two years. The heart of Gov. Scott Walker’s education funding proposal would raise per–pupil aid by $200 this year and $204…

American Red Cross: How Northlanders Can Support Harvey Victims

Monetary Donations Encouraged by Red Cross Officials

DULUTH, Minn. – Tropical Storm Harvey is causing devastation in Texas with thousands evacuated and mutiple deaths reported. As people around the country try to help those affected, the American Red Cross is doing whatever they can to help as well. Dan Williams, the Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, stopped by FOX 21…

Wisconsin DNR Secretary Leaving Agency

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is resigning to take a job with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gov. Scott Walker said in a statement Tuesday, Cathy Stepp will become deputy administrator for the EPA’s Region 7. Stepp has been DNR secretary since 2011. Walker appointed Deputy Secretary Kurt Thiede to serve as…

31st Annual Duluth-Superior Pride Festival Kicks Off Thursday

Free Family-Friendly Entertainment in Bayfront Festival Park Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – The 31st Annual Duluth-Superior Pride Festival will be taking over the Twin Ports this week and weekend. The festival is taking place Thursday, August 31 – Sunday, September 3. Schedule of Events: Thursday, August 31: Mayor’s Reception, 5-8 p.m., Duluth Depot Duluth Playhouse Play: I am my Own Wife, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 1: White Party…

Classes Start For WITC Students

Monday marks the start of the new school year for WITC students

SUPERIOR, Wisc. -Wisconsin Indianhead Techical College students in Superior are back for the semester. Classes started on Monday for those students seeking an Associates Degree or technical diploma, to get that first step towards a new career. “It doesn’t matter if you’re 18 years old and coming here, or you’re 45 and coming here,” WITC VI of Academic Affairs Bonny…

Budget Committee Approves $1 Billion Building Projects

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee has unanimously approved $1 billion in funding for state building projects. The committee on Monday voted to fund a number of building projects that Gov. Scott Walker did not include in his budget. Those include about $192 million in seven projects across the University of Wisconsin System, $7 million for a…

Emergency Pig-Out Raises Funds for Volunteer First Responders

Iron River Community to Host "Emergency Pig-Out"

IRON RIVER, Wis. – This weekend a Wisconsin community is banding together to support several projects in Iron River. White Winter Winery is once again hosting the Annual Emergency Pig Out. The event raises funds for Iron River’s Emergency Services to purchase and maintain EMS equipment. Also, this year some money will be going to the Iron River Lions Club…

Japanese Students Compete in Dragon Boat Race

Sister Cities Commission from Ami Machi Japan Teamed Up With Local Students for Race

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the biggest events in Superior each year. Students from Superior’s sister city in Japan got to experience dragon boat racing first hand. Competing in a dragon boat race takes hard work., but more importantly it takes well executed teamwork. “Despite the fact that the course doesn’t look that long, it’s…

Wisconsin Business Group Announces Foxconn Coalition

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state’s largest business group is announcing a new coalition to help bring Foxconn Technology Group plant to southeastern Wisconsin. Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce said in a news release Thursday that the Wisconn Valley Jobs Coalition includes 146 business groups, local chambers of commerce, entrepreneurs, employers, and workers that support the plant. The group sent a…

Bidding Open for Auction to Benefit Veterans

The Military Order of the Purple Heart is Auctioning a 1977 Ford F-150

SUPERIOR, Wis. – An auction benefiting a local veterans group was so successful last year, they’re doing it again. Benna Ford and the Arrowhead Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart teamed up to auction off a 1977 Ford F–150 pickup. Between now and September 8th, you can stop by Benna Ford’s dealership in Superior, check out the…

Dragon Boat Races to Take Over Barkers Island This Weekend

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival is coming up this weekend. The funds raised through the event go to Twin Ports Rotary Clubs and the Essentia Health Foundation. However, the races are all free for community members to attend. The event is taking place on August 25 – 26. Races can be watched at Barker’s Island. Other…

Twin Ports’ First Openly Gay Bar, The Main Club, Closing After 34 Years

Owner Bob Jansen Says The Times Have Changed

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A true trailblazer within the LGBT community in the Twin Ports is preparing to shut the doors on one historic safe place — The Main Club. Bob Jansen said he opened The Main — the first openly gay bar in the Northland — in 1983 after winning a lawsuit that said the College of St. Scholastica fired…

Active Shooter Response Exercise Held in Superior

Douglas County Sheriff's Department Partnered with Local Fire Departments to Complete Training

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Douglas County first responders held a training exercise Tuesday in Superior. The training is designed to help prepare agencies if there was ever an active shooter at a school. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department teamed up with the Town of Superior and the Town of Oakland fire departments for an active shooter training exercise at Four Corners…

Guard and Reserve Vets See Improved Education Benefits

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken Helped Write the Legislation

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Veterans headed to college recently saw changes to their G.I. Bill benefits, changes which really help National Guard and Reserves veterans. Under the Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, Guard and Reserve members will get $2,300 in additional G.I. Bill benefits, if they were on active duty less than a year. Plus, vets can now use their benefits…

Teen Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge in Slender Man Attack

Anissa Weier – FOX 6   MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of two Wisconsin girls charged with repeatedly stabbing a classmate to impress the fictitious horror character Slender Man pleaded guilty Monday, but she still faces a trial in the case next month focused on her mental health. Anissa Weier, 15, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree homicide as a party to…

Family Event Supports Superior Police and Fire Museum

Coffee Conversation: Superior Public Museums

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This evening the annual mini-golf fundraiser for the Old Firehouse and Police Museum is taking place. The family event runs from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, August 21. There will be mini-golf, hot dogs, drinks and chips for $7.00. Local firefighters and police officers will be onhand to talk with kids and show vehicles. This is all taking place…

Jack Link’s Aquatic and Activity Center to Open Soon

New Minong Community Recreation Center Will Feature a Workout Facility and Indoor Swimming Pool

MINONG, Wis. – The Village of Minong, home of Jack Link’s Protein Snacks, is undergoing a multi-million dollar upgrade. That new update is a new multi-use community recreation center. The Jack Link’s Aquatic and Activity Center is set to open this fall. Fox 21 got an exclusive tour of the new facility. “The level of excitement in the community right…

Sawyer County Fair Opens in Hayward

110th Annual Fair Offers Animal Barn, Fun Shows, and Lots of Food

HAYWARD, Wis. – The Sawyer County fair opened Thursday in Hayward. Fair-goers can check out the animal barn with the best livestock in the area, watch fun performances like a magic show and singing cowboy, and of course eat all the fair food they can get their hands on. “If you’re in the neighborhood, you’re sure welcome to come out…

Legislature’s Budget Committee Resuming Voting Next Week

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – After a two-month break, the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee plans to resume its work on the state’s spending plan next week. Committee co-chairs announced Friday the panel will meet on Thursday to vote on some of the remaining issues in the budget. The agenda does not call for the committee to vote on transportation funding,…

Wisconsin Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Relax Mining Rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Two Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced legislation to repeal a law that requires mining companies to prove they’ve operated without polluting before they can mine in the state. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Republican Sen. Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and Republican Rep. Rob Hutton of Brookfield introduced the bill Thursday. The 1998 law they want to…

Minnesota Releases Review on Enbridge Line 3

(Garret Ellison | MLive)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota regulators have released the final environmental review of Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline, which carries Canadian crude across northern Minnesota to Wisconsin. The document has been updated since the draft was released for public comment in May. Changes include additional discussion of the socio-economic impacts of the…

Wisconsin Assembly Set to Approve $3 Billion for Foxconn

The Assembly Committee on Jobs and Economy meets about the incentive deal for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group, Thursday, Aug. 3, at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. (AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Assembly planned to approve a $3 billion tax break Thursday for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a…

Wisconsin Lawmakers React to President Trump’s Comments on White Supremacists

(AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The latest from The Associated Press on Wisconsin reaction to President Donald Trump’s comments on white supremacists (all times local): 12:50 p.m. Wisconsin Democrats are seizing on President Donald Trump’s comments about white supremacists to score political points, and call for action, from state Republicans. Democrat Randy Bryce is running against Republican House Speaker Paul…

5 Year Old Uses Lemonade Stand To Give Back

Money Raised Will Go Towards Douglas County Humane Society

  SUPERIOR, Wis. – A young entrepreneur in Superior is learning the meaning of giving back. Braden, 5, decided to set up a lemonade stand, where he would give all of his proceeds to the Humane Society of Douglas County. “I think it’s great to give back to the community for the things that we do, and make sure that we…

Wisconsin Parents of Student Who Died in Rome Sue University

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin couple whose son died in Rome last year is suing the university he planned to attend in Italy, alleging it didn’t warn students about previous deaths near campus. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Nick and Jodi Solomon filed a federal lawsuit against John Cabot University. The lawsuit alleges the American university student was…

Living History Walk Returns to Superior

Northland Uncovered: Douglas County Historical Society

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Living History Walk is coming back to Superior to bring the city’s past back to life. A history tour will be conducted through Greenwood Cemetery. Several actors from the Twin Ports will portray prominant former community members at their gravesite. Tony Tracy, the Executive Director of the Douglas County Historical Society, says this is just another…

Canadian Based Oil Company Buys Out Calumet

A Deal Worth Nearly 500 Million Dollars

SUPERIOR, Wis. – One of Superior’s largest employers, Calumet Oil Refinery, is being sold to a Canadian company. “This is a key wonderful addition to our asphalt business into our integrated corridor in North America.” Jerry Miller, U.S. Refining, Vice President The new owner, Husky Energy tells Fox 21 they plan to keep the roughly 180 workers at the refinery. “We’ll…

Calumet Announces Agreement to Sell Superior Refinery

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P., has announced that it has signed an agreement to sell the ownership of its Superior refinery and various related assets to Husky Superior Refining Holding Corporation, a unit of Canadian company Husky Energy. Under the agreement Husky has agreed to pay $435 million in cash, plus additional payment for networking capital, inventories,…

Wisconsin Regulators Approve SWL&P Rate Increases

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has authorized base utility rate changes for Superior Water, Light & Power’s electric, gas, and water utilities. The rate adjustments will help to pay for upgrades to electric substations and transmission lines, a portion of water infrastructure along Belknap Street and other areas of Superior, as well as gas utility infrastructure…

Milwaukee Police Investigating Fatal Stabbing

Police Say Suspect Has Been Arrested

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a 24-year-old woman. The department says the woman was stabbed on the 1500 block of South 25th Street. Police say a 27-year-old male suspect has been arrested. Authorities say the circumstances of the stabbing are under investigation. Authorities say officials attempted to stabilize the woman, but she died at the…

Military and Civilian Vehicle Show is Saturday in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – If you like cars and learning about big vehicles, we know just where you should go this weekend. The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is hosting their Annual Military and Civilian Vehicle Show. Older military vehicles will be on display, along with a 30 foot Coast Guard boat and an operations M4 Sherman Tanks. “You’ll be…

Salmonella Linked to Shelled Peas at 3 Wisconsin Markets

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin health officials are investigating an outbreak of salmonella linked to shelled peas sold at farmers’ markets. The state Department of Health Services said Friday at least seven cases of salmonella are reported in four Wisconsin counties. Officials say all seven of the patients ate fresh shelled peas purchased at farmers markets. The shelled peas are…

35 Men Arrested in Brown County Human Trafficking Sting

GABRIELLE MAYS | FOX 11 NEWS

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WLUK) – Thirty-five men were arrested throughout Brown County during a national sex trafficking operation. Authorities throughout Brown County, including Green Bay, De Pere, and Ashwaubenon, arrested the men over a four-day period, July 17-20. The National Johns Suppression Initiative happened June 28 through July 31, involving 37 law enforcement agencies across 17 states. On Thursday, the…

Wisconsin Cranberry Growers Projected to Continue Leading US

(Ocean Spray) WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin cranberry growers are expected to continue leading the nation in cranberry production this fall. Projections released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday say Wisconsin is expected to harvest an estimated 5.6 million barrels of cranberries. That project is part of the approximately 9 million barrels of cranberries expected nationwide. The…

Superior Trail System May Be Extended to Wisconsin Point

Proposed Trail Would Connect Wisconsin Point to Osaugie Trail

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The trail system in Superior, may soon get expanded to connect Wisconsin Point to the rest of the city. A new trail could be built as soon as next spring that would give bikers and people on foot the chance to reach Wisconsin Point without having to go on Moccasin Mike Road and compete with other vehicles….

Wis. DNR Chief: Foxconn Bill Won’t Harm Environment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s top conservation official promised Wednesday that regulatory rollbacks in Gov. Scott Walker’s incentive plan for a giant Foxconn plant won’t harm the state’s environment. Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp, a Walker appointee, told the agency’s board during a meeting in Milwaukee that the plant is a “gift.” Walker’s incentives proposal merely streamlines the…

10-Year-Old Kills Brother while Playing ‘Cops and Robbers’

LOGANVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities in southern Wisconsin say a 10-year-old boy fatally shot his 14-year-old brother while playing “cops and robbers” with a rifle they didn’t think was loaded. The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a shooting at a home south of Loganville. A statement from the sheriff’s office…

Superior Heroin Death Results in Homicide Charge

22-Year-Old Nathan Birkholz of Superior Charged for Distributing Lethal Dose of Opioids

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A fatal heroin overdose that took the life of a 25-year-old Superior man last year has turned into a homicide case. According to the criminal complaint, the suspect, 22-year-old Nathan Birkholz of Superior, knew he was selling a mix of heroin and fentanyl that was the strongest any of his users would ever get their hands on….

Foxconn Package Would Cost $50 Million in Lost Sales Taxes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – New fiscal estimates show Gov. Scott Walker’s incentives package for electronics giant Foxconn would cost the state and local governments nearly $50 million in lost sales taxes. Walker had introduced a bill that would give Foxconn up to $3 billion in incentives to build a plant in southeastern Wisconsin. According to fiscal estimates from state agencies,…