Wisconsin

Bird Tests Positive for West Nile Virus in Washburn County

WASHBURN COUNTY, Wis. – A dead raven has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Washburn County, according to the Washburn County Health Department. West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, which acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. “Finding the virus in birds indicates that West Nile virus may be present…

Wisconsin May Seek $341 Million From Feds

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin may request 10 times more than it traditionally gets in certain federal money for roads as part of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to end a state budget impasse. Walker outlined a proposal to Republican leaders on Wednesday that includes seeking federal money to finance bonding to keep southeast Wisconsin interstate projects on schedule. A memo…

Wisconsin Tribe Withholds State Payment over Casino Dispute

Stockbridge-Munsee tribe President Shannon Holsey delivers the annual State of the Tribes address at the state Capitol in Madison, April 4, 2017. (WLUK/Courtney Ryan) BOWLER, Wis. (AP) – Officials with the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe say they did not make a casino payment due to the state last month because of a dispute regarding another tribe’s expansion. A tribal official tells WLUK-TV…

Applebee’s: Big and Bold for the Summer

Cooking Connection: Grilling Favorites with Applebee's

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland is beginning to feel the heat of Summer and many people are also heating up their grills. Applebee’s is doing just that as well. The restaurant has introduced its new Big and Bold Grill Combos at its locations throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. The New Big and Bold Grill Combos include: Grilled Shrimp Skewer with lemon…

Tourism Season Kicks Off in Bayfield

Area Is Expected to Be Busy Through Applefest Weekend in October

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Summer tourism is starting to take off along Lake Superior’s south shore. Every summer around the Fourth of July, tourism season kicks off in Bayfield and the surrounding area. Hundreds of visitors are hitting the water in Apostle Islands cruises and kayaking to sea caves on Lake Superior. As the summer continues, more visitors will start to…

Wisconsin Medicaid Budget Will Close with Balance

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin health officials say the state’s Medicaid budget will finish the 2015-17 biennium $325 million in the black. The Department of Health Services sent a letter June 30 to leaders of the Legislature’s finance committee saying the budget is expected to finish fiscal year 2017 with a balance of $325 million. That’s about $5 million less…

State Asks Full Court to Review Dassey Ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – State attorneys have asked a full federal appellate court to review a ruling overturning the conviction of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the “Making a Murderer” documentary. Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in 2007 after he told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill photographer, Teresa Halbach. A federal judge overturned Dassey’s…

Wisconsin Scientists Improve Protein-Based Drug Stability

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Scientists at the a Wisconsin university have created a mineral coating that mimics bone and keeps protein-based drugs more stable. The Wisconsin State Journal reports protein-based drugs are used to treat bone disorders, kidney disease, wounds, arthritis, and cancer, but frequently degrade, which limits their therapeutic potential. University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists were inspired by a 2010…

UW Regents to Meet Thursday

Board Set to Vote on 2017-18 Budget

MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin system’ Board of Regents faces a big decision coming up on Thursday. That’s when the board meets in Madison to vote on the system’s budget for the next school year. The current proposal calls for a system–wide 2% increase on student fees and housing.  However, tuititon for in–state undergrads stays where it is…

64th Annual Spooner Rodeo Starts Thursday

Thousands are Expected to Descend on Spooner, Wisconsin, for the Annual Weekend Rodeo

SPOONER, Wisc. – Happening Thursday, July 6 through Sunday, July 9, thousands will crowd into the town of Spooner, Wisconsin, for the 64th Annual Spooner Rodeo. This year Queen Missa Taylor and Princess Katie Crosby stopped by the FOX 21 Studios to chat about the jam packed three days of events. A full schedule is listed below: 2017 Spooner Rodeo…

Ashland’s Mural Trolley Back for the Summer

Along the route are 15 hand–painted murals depicting the history of the city

ASHLAND, Wisc. – A popular attraction is back this summer in Ashland. The city’s mural trolley tours started back up last week. Every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer, the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce leads groups around the city’s historic downtown Main Street business district. Along the route, 15 hand–painted murals depicting the history of Ashland. The mural tour…

UW Regents Set to Vote on Fee, Room, and Board Increases

MADISON (AP) – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents is poised to vote on raising student fees and housing rates. The regents are scheduled to vote on the system’s 2017-18 budget on Thursday during a meting at UW-Madison. The budget keeps resident undergraduate tuition frozen as per a legislative mandate. But it does call for raising student fees…

Authorities: 6 killed in plane crash in northern Wisconsin

PHILLIPS, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say six people aboard a Cessna airplane were killed when it crashed in northern Wisconsin. The Price County Sheriff’s Office says the airplane crashed at 3:21 a.m. Saturday near the city of Phillips. WSAW-TV (http://bit.ly/2sgjhQI ) reports that the crash victims were all adults, but no names have been released. The sheriff’s office says the…

Wisconsin Officials Warn of Tobacco Settlement Scam

Scam Connected to Settlement with Tobacco Companies in 1998

MADISON, Wis.-The state Department of Justice is warning consumers about an online scam that tricks people into thinking they can get a share of Wisconsin’s tobacco settlement. DOJ officials say the promotion asks people to sign up for payments through Money Map Press and to provide their billing information to subscribe to a monthly report on the funds. But all…

Oscar Mayer Plant in Madison Prepares to Officially Close

Photo: Amber Arnold, State Journal MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The last cold cuts are rolling off the line at the Oscar Mayer facility in Madison, ending nearly 100 years of production at the plant. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the Madison facility is scheduled to close Thursday. The 72-acre plant was one of seven locations slated for closure when Oscar…

1 Person Injured in Wisconsin Tornado

1/3 Tornado Damage near Martell Photo Courtesy: Logan Hanson Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Tornado Damage near Martell Photo Courtesy: Logan Hanson Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Photo: Fox 9 Show Caption Hide Caption   ELLSWORTH, Wis. (AP) – A National Weather Service crew is surveying damage from a tornado in northwestern Wisconsin that injured one person when a barn…

Wisconsin DNR Updating Lake Superior Fisheries Management Plan

The current plan hasn't been updated since 1988

ASHLAND, Wisc. -The Wisconsin DNR is working to update its management of fisheries on Lake Superior. The current plan hasn’t been updated since 1988, so the Department of Natural Resources is reaching out to stakeholders who actively fish Wisconsin’s Lake Superior waters. Earlier this week, the DNR was in Ashland to do just that. Bradley Ray, a senior fisheries biologist…

Appeals Court: No Immediate Release for Dassey

MADISON (AP) – A federal appeals court has refused to immediately release a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” while the state fights the reversal of his conviction. A federal judge in August overturned Brendan Dassey’s conviction in the 2005 death of photographer Teresa Halbach. The judge ruled Dassey’s confession was improperly obtained by detectives who…

Fireworks Sold in Wisconsin Recalled, Could Explode Unexpectedly

  MILWAUKEE (FOX 6 NOW) – The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled fireworks ahead of Fourth of July holiday weekend because of burn and injury hazards. The TNT Red, White, and Blue Smoke fireworks were sold at Walmart, Target, Meijer, Kroger, and Albertsons stores in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and Vermont from May through June. CPSC officials said the recalled…

Witnesses Heard Engine Backfire Before Fatal Wisconsin Plane Crash

CHETEK, Wis. (AP) – A preliminary report from federal aviation investigators says witnesses described hearing an engine backfire before a small plane crashed in Wisconsin last month, killing the teenage pilot and seriously injuring a passenger. The Leader-Telegram reports that the National Transportation Safety Board interviewed several witnesses who were fishing in a pond near the Red Cedar River at…

Gordon Good Neighbor Days Kicks Off this Friday

GORDON, Wis. – As Summer starts to officially get underway, festivals are beginning to pop up around the Northland. This weekend, Gordon Good Neighbor Days will take place. The annual event, attracting folks from around the state, is June 30, July 1 and July 2. There will be a car show, vendors, crafts, parade, fireworks, bands, mud volleyball, a rubber…

Budget Talks Break Down in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis.-Budget talks between Wisconsin state Assembly and Senate Republicans have broken down. Leaders from both sides on Tuesday called each other’s position on how to pay for road construction projects “laughable.” A meeting with Republican leaders abruptly ended after 40 minutes. Both sides are scheduled to meet separately and privately on Wednesday. Leaders also have a meeting with Gov….

FBI: Bones Are Not Those of Missing Wisconsin Boy

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) – The FBI has determined that bone fragments dug up from a yard 27 years ago are not those of a 5-year-old Wisconsin boy who vanished in 1983. (Photo: Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department files) Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Departing Inspector Jim Resseeuw tells USA Today Network-Wisconsin the bones were determined to have come from animals. That…

Not Guilty Pleas for Man Accused of Killing Deputy

Doug Nitek LADYSMITH, Wis. (AP) – Not guilty pleas have been entered on behalf of a man accused of killing a Rusk County sheriff’s deputy. Dan Glaze Forty-four-year-old Doug Nitek is facing 31 charges, including first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Deputy Dan Glaze. Nitek appeared in Rusk County Circuit Court Monday where his attorneys entered the pleas on…

Three-Week Blatnik Bridge Inspection to begin July 10

Project is expected to run July 10-27 - weather permitting

DULUTH, Minn. – Beginning on Monday July 10, a three-week long bridge inspection project will begin on the Blatnik Bridge, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Superior-bound traffic will be restricted to one lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily July 10 to approximately Tuesday, July 18. Duluth-bound traffic will be restricted to one lane from 9 a.m….

NSTB Report says Fabric Tears Caused Blimp Crash at US Open

Source: Twitter / Adam JohnsonERIN, Wis. (AP) – Officials say tears in the fabric envelope of a hot-air blimp caused it to crash their the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. The preliminary report form the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday says the airship was returning to the Erin airport on June 15 because winds were too strong….

Wisconsin Lawmakers Consider Introducing Highway Tolling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin lawmakers are considering introducing highway tolling in the state as part of the next state budget. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the tolls would help pay for road construction and repairs. The state’s business lobby and members of the tourism, hospitality, and manufacturing sectors say tolls could deter tourists, increase the cost of transporting…

Carbon Monoxide Suspected in Woman’s Death on Boat in St. Croix River

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Photo Courtesy: FOX 9 ST. CROIX COUNTY, Wisc. (KMSP) – The St. Croix Sheriff’s Office says a 24-year-old woman died from possible carbon monoxide poisoning while aboard a boat over the weekend. The victim, Ashley Speer, was out on the St. Croix River with Justin Roskos and Hayden Johnson. They were supposed to camp at a beach, but never made…

Craft Brewers Fear Last-Minute Regulations In Budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP)  Wisconsin’s craft brewers and wineries are trying to head off a plan they fear legislators will tuck into the state budget that would prevent them from selling their products on-site and force them into contracts with distributors. The Wisconsin Tavern League and the Wisconsin Beer Distributors Association have been trying to convince lawmakers to adopt legislation clearly…

Belknap St. Closes as Construction Continues

Belknap Closed Between Hill and Catlin for Six Days

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The next phase in the Belknap Street construction project started Saturday. Belknap St. closed for six days at 6:00 a.m. Saturday between Hill Ave. and Catlin Ave. to allow workers to install new water lines and storm sewers. Officials say crews will work day and night to get Belknap open by 6:00 a.m. on June 30th. As…

Man Stabbed to Death in Madison

Victim was Pronounced Dead at the Scene

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Madison police say a 52-year-old man is dead after a stabbing in an apartment. Officers were called to a four-unit building on West Badger Road about 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The victim was dead at the scene. Police say he was stabbed multiple times. Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says authorities have detained a 27-year-old man described as…

Former Teacher Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Student

Joel Janke Will Serve Six Years in Prison

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP)  A former Chippewa Falls science teacher has been sentenced to six years in prison for the sexual assault of a student. Joel Jahnke had pleaded no contest to three felony counts, including second degree sexual assault of a child. The victim was 13 years old when she was assaulted. Jahnke admitted to touching the girl inappropriately…

Roadside Delivery Made in Western Wisconsin

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Janelle Peterson and her son TJ pose with one of the paramedics who helped her during her roadside birth. Photo Courtesy: Amanda Gustafson ST. CROIX COUNTY, Wis. (KMSP) – A little baby boy made quite an entrance into the world with a roadside delivery in western Wisconsin. Mom and baby are doing well, all thanks to the cool response from…

Judges Affirm ‘Making a Murderer’ Confession was Coerced

CHICAGO (AP) — The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” was improperly obtained and he should be released from prison, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Thursday. Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in photographer Teresa Halbach’s death on Halloween two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his…

SWL&P Employees Pitch In For Harbor House

Volunteers Took Part in United Way Day of Caring

SUPERIOR, Wis. – About 20 volunteers from Superior Water, Light and Power worked in the sunshine Wednesday to make the Harbor House Crisis Shelter a little homier. “The whole idea is to make it hospitable, more like a home,” said Rev. Barbara Certa-Werner, Executive Director of Harbor House, which is Douglas Co.’s only crisis shelter for homeless single women and…

Wisconsin Police Department Gets Therapy Dog for the Force and Community

(WLUK/Alexa Santos) APPLETON, Wis. (WLUK) – A new addition to the Appleton Police Department will have a very important job to do. Patrolling the halls of the Appleton Police Department is Blue, the newest rookie officer in town. His main duty? Lifting the spirits of everyone in the department. Chief Todd Thomas got Blue, a 12-week-old golden doodle, to be…

Assembly Passes Ban on Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Republican-controlled state Assembly has passed a bill designed to prohibit people with pre-existing health conditions from being excluded from health insurance coverage. Republicans brought the issue up after midnight on Thursday. It was not scheduled for debate and there was no notice that the Assembly planned to take up the issue. It passed on a…

Wisconsin Attorney General Visits Superior

Visit was Part of AG's Tour of the State

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel’s 72 county tour of the state stopped in Douglas County Wednesday.  His message to local leaders: we know you exist, and we want to help. The A.G. held a round-table discussion where officials told him about Douglas County’s serious drug problem.  Douglas Co. is Wisconsin’s only county ranked in the top ten…

Fire Burns Railroad Tracks Near Osaugie Trail

Area Affected is Little Used Stretch of BNSF Track

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Fire crews needed about 10 hours to battle an overnight fire by the Osaugie Trail. The fire started around 1:30 Wednesday morning on a little used stretch of track operated by the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad. Superior’s Battalion Chief Steve Edwards, says figuring out how the fire started won’t be easy. “Our fire investigator now will go…

Walker Approves Ending Work Permits for 16-17 Year Olds

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill into law that eliminates requirements that 16 and 17 year olds get parental permission to work. Walker signed the bill Wednesday. Republicans in the Legislature who supported the measure argued it would make it easier for children without parents to work. Democratic opponents countered that doing away with the…

Milwaukee Jury Finds Officer Not Guilty in Shooting Death of Sylville Smith

Dominique Heaggan-Brown listens to the statement he made to investigators after the shooting is read back to him in court on Friday, June 16, 2017 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)     MILWAUKEE (AP) – Sylville Smith (Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office via AP) A Milwaukee jury has acquitted a former police officer of first-degree reckless homicide in the shooting of a black…

Assembly GOP Leaders say Budget Still Stalled over Roads

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Budget talks among Republicans who control the state Legislature remain stalled over how to pay for roads. Budget committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren said Wednesday that Senate Republicans want to increase the level of borrowing to pay for roads beyond the nearly half billion dollars that Gov. Scott Walker proposed. Nygren says transportation funding is the…

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Exits Health Care Exchange

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is pulling out of the federal health care exchange in Wisconsin. Anthem blames a volatile market for its exit from the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Anthem spokesman Jeff Blunt says making pricing plans is increasingly difficult because of a shrinking and deteriorating individual market. The Associated Press says Anthem also cites…

Safety Updates Coming to Barker’s Island Marina

Electrical Feed Upgrades and New Life Rings Will Be Added to the Docks

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Safety improvements are in the works at the popular Barker’s Island Marina. The Superior City Council voted to approve electrical feed upgrades to the docks and new life rings within the marina. “This is on the water. Safety is one of our biggest concerns down there and, again, this is one of several projects that we’ve done…