Wisconsin

Wisconsin Hospitals see Unpaid Medical Bills Rise to $1B

The Report Does not Explain the Increase

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin Hospital Association report shows that the state’s hospitals have seen an increase in unpaid medical bills that’s topped a billion dollars. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that 150 Wisconsin hospitals had a total of $1.1 billion in uncompensated health care services in 2017, up 14 percent from 2016. The figure includes charity care and bad…

Get Felted Soap at Apple Fest

Some Unique Vendors Selling their Goods Alongside Apples

BAYFIELD, Wis.- Believe it or not there’s more than just apples at Apple Fest. There are all types of vendors taking advantage of the large crowds to sell their unique items, like felted soap. “It’s a bar of handmade soap that has wool roving wet-felted around the outside in alternating layers,” said Naomi McFadden, daughter of The Felted Soap Lady….

Apple Festival: Apple of Bayfield’s Eye

57th Annual Festival Ends with Parade

BAYFIELD, Wis.- The chilly October wind, normally piercing through the air, was overcome by the warmth of community, and food, at the 57th annual Bayfield Apple Festival. “Turnout was very good, I mean it was a little cold,” said Gordon Ringberg, Bayfield Mayor. “The weather never stops us.” Indeed, the weather didn’t stop the thousands gathered by the lake. For many,…

Northlanders Rally to Clean Up Local Beaches

A Coastal Cleanup Event Took Place in Three Locations Across the Twin Ports Saturday Morning

DULUTH, Minn. – If common Northland beaches look a little cleaner, it’s all thanks to helpful Northland volunteers. The City of Duluth was just one of the sponsors for the coastal cleanup project taking place Saturday morning. Canal Park Brewing was one of the many locations involved in the beach cleanup. Folks also turned out at Barker’s Island and Wisconsin…

19-Year-old Theft Suspect Shot by Officers in Superior

The Investigation is Ongoing

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Superior Police Department along with other local law enforcement agencies is investigating a shooting that took place in Superior on Friday. According to released reports of the incident, officers were dispatched to investigate a theft at a business on Belknap Street when officers located the suspect near the Central Park neighborhood. When officers approached the suspect…

DSSO Set to Take Northlanders on Grand Adventures this Season

The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra will Kick Off their 2018/2019 Season on Saturday, October 6

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra has ten extraordinary adventures up their sleeve this season, and they’re more than thrilled to share the sights and sounds with the public. On Friday morning, DSSO Music Director Dirk Meyer spoke with FOX 21’s Brett Scott about the upcoming list of performances. The first production of the season will be on…

New ‘Kids Don’t Float’ Life Jacket Loaner Station Opens in Superior

City Says with Life Jackets You'll Float Too

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Loon’s Foot Landing just got a lot safer, as a “Kids Don’t Float” Life Jacket Loaner Station was unveiled there Thursday. The Loon’s Foot station is one of the two new ones in Superior. The long-term goal is to have one of these loaner stations at every water access point in the city. Developers say, this community service,…

Superior Police Get a New UTV

New Vehicle Great for Community Events Officers Say

SUPERIOR,Wis.- Christmas came early for the Superior Police Department, as they just received a new utility task vehicle, or UTV. This is the same UTV used by the Duluth Police Department for President Trump’s visit, and now it has been passed on over the bridge. The UTV is more versatile, more compact, and more agile than a squad car. It…

State Won’t Cite Mine for Wastewater Release

An Estimated 10 Million Gallons of Water was Released

(Photo: Courtesy of Hi-Crush Partners)MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A frack sand mine won’t be cited for releasing an estimated 10 million gallons of wastewater in order to rescue a worker trapped in a holding pond in western Wisconsin. State Department of Natural Resources spokesman Jim Dick says the agency is not pursuing enforcement against the Hi-Crush industrial sand mine in…

Apples and Adventure Await in Bayfield this Weekend

The 57th Bayfield Apple Festival will Run From Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7

BAYFIELD, Wis. – The famed Bayfield Apple Festival has already won the rank of “10 Best Fall Harvest Festivals in the Nation” in past years, and they’re looking to secure that position once again this year. The festival is set to kick off Friday, October 5 and run through Sunday, October 7. The event serves as a celebration of the autumn…

At Least 15 Arrests at Minimum Wage Demonstration

The Demonstration is Part of "Fight for $15"

MILWAUKEE (AP) – About 100 demonstrators pushing for a $15 an hour minimum wage prompted a McDonald’s restaurant in Milwaukee to close as they congregated outside the fast food restaurant. Police made about 15 arrests as the protest moved onto a busy street and blocked traffic on the city’s north side. The demonstration is part of the “Fight for $15,”…

Pick Your Pumpkin, It’s National Pumpkin Seed Day!

The FOX 21 Morning Crew Celebrated National Pumpkin Seed Day on Wednesday, October 3

DULUTH, Minn. – With the month of October in full swing, it’s only fitting we celebrate National Pumpkin Seed Day on Wednesday, October 3. Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe: Remove pulp from seeds, rinse and pat dry Preheat oven to 300 degrees Melt three tbsp. butter, mix with salt and two tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (add any spices of choice) Line baking…

Damaged Superior Fire Gear Approved for Replacement

City Council Approves Purchase of New Gear After Husky Explosion Damage

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior Firefighting gear damaged in the Husky Refinery Explosion is being replaced, thanks to a settlement agreement with the oil refinery company. The Fire Department was approved Tuesday night by the City Council to use the settlement money to purchase new turnout gear. Firefighters who came in contact with hazardous materials during that massive explosion at the Superior…

Superior Approves: No More Jail Time For Little Pot

City Council Approves New Ordinance for Small Amounts of Pot

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A very quick but very productive City Council meeting took place Tuesday night. An ordinance was unanimously passed decriminalizing marijuana possession in small amounts, to avoid a life–long mark on one’s record. Previously, anyone found with any amount of marijuana would be arrested, and charged with a misdemeanor, or even a felony. But now in the City of Superior,…

Superior Kicks Off Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In 2017, the Douglas County Sheriff's Department and Superior Police received almost 500 domestic violence related calls and CASDA answered almost 2,000 help line calls.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA) is sharing its message of nonviolence. In 2017, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department and Superior Police received nearly 500 domestic violence related calls and CASDA answered almost 2,000 help line calls. The latest Domestic Violence Homicide Report says 62 people died in Wisconsin alone,…

St. Louis River Alliance to Host Fall Train Fundraiser Sunday

The St. Louis River Alliance is Teaming up with the Lake Superior Mississippi Railroad for an Afternoon Along the River

DULUTH, Minn. – You may wonder what fall colors and beautiful views of the St. Louis River have in common. As Kris Eilers, Executive Director of the St. Louis River Alliance would tell you, you’ll have the chance to enjoy both in the same day this Sunday, October 7. The annual Fall Colors Train Ride on the Lake Superior Mississippi Railroad…

Superior Officials, Leaders Raise Awareness for Domestic Violence

October Serves as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Tuesday morning, the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (CASDA) came together with city officials and residents of the community to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event kicked off in the atrium of the Government Center in Superior. Superior Mayor Jim Paine presented a mayoral proclamation at 10:00 a.m. followed by guest speakers addressing how the Twin…

S.S. Meteor Paranormal Investigation

The Last Whaleback Freighter In The World Is Said To Be Haunted, Fox 21 Investigates This Superior Wisconsin Ship

SUPERIOR, Wis. — For this week’s Northland Uncovered the Fox 21 morning crew is starting a special series throughout the month of October! It’s centered on exploring old historic locations across the Northland and the existence of any paranormal activity within. This week’s paranormal investigation takes us to the S.S. Meteor in Superior, Wisconsin. The S.S. Meteor is the last…

Wisconsin Student Test Scores Steady for Third Year

Results Include Both Public and Private School Students

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Student test results in Wisconsin held steady last year, with some gains in mathematics but little progress in narrowing the achievement gap. The state Department of Public Instruction released the results Tuesday. The results show that the average ACT score for 11th graders was 19.7. That is down from 20 the previous year. Students in grades…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Diamond Royal Tack

The one stop shop for all your Weatern wear needs in the Northland!

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Northern Midwest isn’t normally knowing for its Western staples, but Fox 21 found one of the only places in the Twin Ports that can help you gear up for a ride. On the brim of Lake Superior, Diamond Royal Tack has a little something for everyone, but the family owned business focuses on giving those in the…

Wisconsin Historical Society Asks Community How to Assemble New Museum

Community Gathers at Bong Veterans Historical Center to Give Feedback

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s not everyday that a whole community is asked what they want to go into a museum. But that’s the opportunity people in Superior got on Monday, as the Wisconsin Historical Society sought feedback about what should be exhibited at their upcoming museum, being built on Capitol Square in Madison. 33 other cities around Wisconsin will also have the…

UWS All-Class Reunion & Anniversary Weekend

UWS's first class graduated in 1897.

SUPERIOR, Wis. The University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS)  is celebrating its 125th anniversary  and all class reunion this weekend. The celebration kicked off with its Outstanding Alumni Luncheon, which recognizes the achievements of 125 alumni. UWS administration say they are proud of what fellow alumni have accomplished and how they give back their community. The honorary alumni bonded with old friends and…

Canoe & Kayak Through Fall Colors on the Brule River!

Active Adventures: Brule River Canoe Rentals

BRULE, Wis. — Join Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot for a colorful ride down the Brule River! It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the changing leaves of Wisconsin. Take a calm beginner trip (where you won’t get splashed or wet). Or get your adrenaline pumping on novice or advanced rapids!  Wet suits are available for the chilly fall days…

Wasabi Coming to Duluth

Second Location of Superior Japanese Eatery to Open in Duluth Soon

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A popular Japanese restaurant in Superior is expanding into Downtown Duluth’s old City Hall. Wasabi Restaurant will be the fourth restaurant to move into the building on the 100 block of East Superior Street. Tycoons, Blind Pig, and most recently, Sound Restaurant once operated in the space. But owners of Wasabi believe their business model will be a…

Komatsu Mining to Build new Headquarters in Milwaukee

The Project Expected to Complete in 2022

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Komatsu Mining Corp. says it plans to build a new headquarters and manufacturing campus in Milwaukee, a project that will bring about 440 jobs to Wisconsin’s largest city. The state’s economic development agency has pledged to make $59.5 million in state income tax credits available to the company over the next 12 years if Komatsu meets job-creation…

Happy National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day is the fourth Tuesday of September.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Election Day is exactly six weeks away and for you to make your vote count, the first step is registering to vote. Why wait? You can get the ball rolling now. In Wisconsin voter registration is typically handled through the municipal clerk and can be done by mail up to 20 days prior to the election. After…

‘McDougall’s Dream’ Fundraiser for McDougall’s Dream Boat

SS Meteor Fundraiser Held at Bong Veterans Historical Center

SUPERIOR, Wis.-While Duluth said goodbye to one ship, Superior celebrated another. Superior Public Museums hosted their annual fundraiser for the maintenance of the SS Meteor at the Bong Veterans Historical Center. Around 40–50 people showed up from Superior and across the country. Organizers say, the last remaining whale-back ship and Superior go way back. “Superior in the time, and still…

Police Arrest 15-Year-old boy in Accidental bus Shooting

The boy was Showing the gun to Others When it Went off

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Madison police have arrested a 15-year-old boy suspected of accidentally shooting two teenagers on a city bus near a high school. Police arrested the teen at his home Thursday. Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain tells the Wisconsin State Journal the boy’s family had been in contact with police and that he surrendered when police showed up….

Judge Orders State to Cover Transition Surgery

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal judge has ordered the state of Wisconsin and its insurers to pay for transgender transition surgery for its employees. U.S. District Judge William Conley says there’s no legal reason to exclude medically necessary care for the employees. University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student Alina Boyden and UW School of Medicine researcher Shannon Andrews filed a…

Veterans Say Thanks, Voice Opinions about VA

Town Hall Style Meeting Held at Twin Ports VA Clinic

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Veterans in Superior got a chance to say thank you and voice their concerns about the VA program at a town hall style meeting at the Twin Ports Outpatient VA Clinic today. This is the 23rd monthly community meeting held since 2014. Where officials say their primary concern is hearing from the men and women who served. “It’s always…

ATV Ordinance Passes in Superior

The ATV ordinance has not yet gone into affect.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A long-debated ordinance allowing ATV’s on trails year-round throughout the city of Superior passed. The Superior City Council passed an ordinance allowing ATV’s to be driven all year round. The ordinance allows ATV’s to be driven on select trails throughout the city. It’s been a debate for almost a year now but city councilors believe allowing the recreational…

How to Help the Second Harvest Food Bank

Do you know the difference between food banks and food shelves?

DULUTH, Minn.- September is Hunger Action Month and the Second Harvest Food Bank is opening its doors highlighting how you can help. Fun fact food banks and food shelves are different. We’re taking a look inside the Second Harvest Food Bank which distributes food to local non–profit programs. Second Harvest is the only food bank in the region which serves…

UPDATE: Woman Fled From Shots at Wisconsin Business

Four People Have Been Shot

(AP/WISC)MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) – An employee at a Wisconsin business where a shooting took place says she ran for her life after hearing “really loud” shots. Judy Lahmers is a business analyst at WTS Paradigm in the Madison suburb of Middleton. She says she didn’t know whether to run or hide when she heard shots about 10 a.m. Wednesday. She…

Active Shooter Reported at Business in Madison Suburb

MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) — Police are responding to a report of an active shooter at a commercial building in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin. The State Journal reports that the Dane County dispatch center said shots have been fired at Esker Software in Middleton. Police and multiple ambulances have responded. Dane County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Elise Schaffer confirmed there is…

Tips for Avoiding Future Money Problems

Money Problems Were Different Back in the Day; Barry Bigelow with Great Waters Financial Offers Tips to Staying Financially Alert

DULUTH, Minn. – Planning for retirement used to be fairly predictable. As decades pass, times have changed and we’re now facing money problems today that didn’t exist years ago. Financial professional Barry Bigelow with Great Waters Financial stopped by FOX 21 Local News Wednesday morning to share a few key tips when it comes to staying up-to-date financially.  Q: What…

Free Medicare Advice Offered This Evening in Duluth

UnitedHealthcare is Offering a Free Community Event Wednesday, September 19 for Folks to Learn About Medicare

DULUTH, Minn. – With 62 million Americans enrolled in Medicare, and more than 10,000 Americans turning 65 every single day, there is significant interest in Medicare health coverage. Unfortunately, there’s also tremendous confusion. According to UnitedHealthcare, roughly 39 percent of Medicare beneficiaries say they have a “fair” or “poor” understanding of Medicare, and two in five beneficiaries describes Medicare as “confusing”….

East End Family Fun Day Day In Superior

The event had lots of food, good times, and even a pet parade

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The east end of Superior knows how to have a good time. Many people came out for the family fun day there. Lots of food, good times and a pet parade. Fur babies, big and small were ready to strut their stuff. Some people come every year because of the environment for the dogs to come and…

Last Day to Score Deals at Friends of the Library Book Sale

Proceeds from the book sale support the Superior Public Library.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s the second day of the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale and many people were out to grab a deal. The shelves were filled with thousands of books of all varieties at a low price. Shoppers could fill up a bag and get as many books as they wanted for a donation of their choice. Proceeds…

Superior Daycare Provides Flu Shots to Staff to Fight Spread to Kids

Many daycares in the Northland are noticing these flu-like symptoms earlier than previous years but it's not too early for a flu shot.

SUPERIOR, Minn.- Daycares in the Northland are already seeing flu-like symptoms and tell FOX21 this is earlier than usual. If you are young and healthy the flu may not affect your body that harshly, but by getting the flu shot it stops you from being a carrier to those who could suffer serious problems related to the flu. People over…

Look to 320 North, New Apartments Being Built

P&R Starts Construction on Superior's 3rd Apartment Complex

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The owners behind the newly opened Onyx Apartments in Superior are building another luxury apartment building. It’s located at 320 North F St. The complex will house 46 One Bedroom Apartments starting at about $1,200 a month. Then 36 Two Bedrooms at $1,600, and 4 Three Bedroom Apartments at $1,900 a month. “Y’know, we have other brand new apartment…

Old Target a Target Location for Ravin Crossbows

Bow and Arrow Manufacturer Expands to the Vacant Superior Building

SUPERIOR, Wis.- One of Superior’s most visible vacant buildings will soon fill up. Plans have now been made for the former target in superior that closed in 2016. The old Red Dot will now be the “target” of a young bow and arrow manufacturer, Ravin Crossbows, who is set to move in to the former store at the end of the…

Earth Rider Brewery Celebrates a Year of Beer!

The brewery hosts a festival honoring their first birthday.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Northland beer drinkers celebrated an anniversary as Earth Earth Rider Brewery launched their first ever festival in honor of one year of beer. Earth Rider has become one of the largest distributors of craft beer in the Twin Ports. Their Superior Pale Ale and several other drinks are recognizes as award winning creations. Thursday was the first of…

Walker Requests FEMA Conduct Flood Damage Tour

The Survey Will Take About a Week

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker is asking federal emergency management officials to survey Wisconsin flooding damage later this month. Walker’s office issued a news release Thursday saying the governor has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a preliminary assessment beginning Sept. 24. The move is the first step in requesting a federal disaster declaration. Teams from…

Hunger Action Month Looks to Raise Awareness in the Northland

Hunger Action Month is Part of a Larger Campaign Started by the Organization, Feeding America

DULUTH, Minn. – Thursday, September 13 marks the official celebration of Hunger Action Month. To honor this month long campaign of raising awareness, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank will be hosting an open house tour of their facility on Wednesday, September 19 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Second Harvest is located at 4503 Airpark Boulevard in Duluth. This behind-the-scenes…

2018 Twin Ports Recovery Walk this Saturday

The 2018 Twin Ports Recovery Walk is Happening in Leif Erikson Park

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2018 Twin Ports Recovery Walk looks spread encouragement and community support. The event is happening on Saturday, September 15 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Leif Erikson Park in Duluth. The walk will be a total of one mile, beginning at scenic Leif Erikson Park and continuing east down the Lakewalk. Schedule of Events: 4:45 p.m….

Coastal Cleanup Kicks Off

Duluth and Superior Unite to Rid Lake Superior of Trash

SUPERIOR, Wis.- On Barker’s Island Mayor Jim Paine and Duluth Mayor Emily Larson kicked off what’s being called the “Twin Ports Coastal Cleanup.” It’s part of a larger, month-long effort by the Alliance for the Great Lakes to adopt beaches, and clean them up. Last year, more than 6,300 volunteers picked up more than 11,000 pounds of trash on more…

KYN: Superior Public Library Grand Reopening

The library has been around for 130 years and staff tell us they are happy with this recent makeover.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – When was the last time you stopped by the superior public library to check out your favorite book? Well now you’ll have even more reasons to visit. Kay Fredrickson has lived in superior for 20 years. She’s been coming to the superior public library for nearly the same amount of time. “I belong to the book club,”…

Barker’s Island Restoration Project Moving Along

The project is a collaboration with the Wisconsin DNR, City of Superior, and Area of Concern partners. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Barker’s Island Beach is closed as restoration work is underway to reduce levels of E. coli. City leaders believe the restoration project will help more people enjoy Barker’s Island. The goal of the project is to remove sources that potentially contribute to the E. coli levels including storm runoff, waterfowl, and trash. Over 17 hundred feet of trail will be…