Wisconsin

Wisconsin Judge Arrested, Suspected of Possessing Child Porn

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin judge was arrested Tuesday on tentative charges of possession of child pornography, authorities said. Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Brett Blomme, 38, was apprehended following an investigation into “multiple uploads of child pornography,” the Wisconsin Department of Justice said in a release. A criminal complaint was expected to be filed Wednesday, the DOJ said. The…

Wisconsin Senate Approves Sexual Assault Kit Bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate overwhelmingly approved a pair of bipartisan bills Tuesday that would establish protocols for collecting and tracking sexual assault evidence kits. The first bill would require health professionals to notify police within 72 hours whenever a sexual assault kit has been collected and police to send kits to the state crime lab within 14 days. The…

Vaccine Eligibility for Next Phase Moved a Week Earlier

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — People age 16 and up with certain preexisting conditions in Wisconsin will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine starting Monday, a week earlier than previously announced. Last week, the state said people in that eligibility group would be able to get vaccinated starting March 29. But Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday said vaccinations are proceeding quickly…

State Estimates $1.4 Billion in Relief Funding for Schools

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction estimates the state will receive about $1.4 billion to distribute to schools from the latest federal coronavirus relief package. Precise allocations to each state are still being finalized, but DPI expects this round of funding to be double the amount in relief funds allocated in December. The federal bill allows…

Dentists Could Administer COVID-19 Vaccine Under Bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Dentists in Wisconsin could administer the COVID-19 vaccine under a bill the state Legislature is scheduled to pass on Tuesday, a step being taken as the push to increase people for the coronavirus accelerates. It was one of several coronavirus-related proposals up for votes. While it has broad bipartisan support, other Republican-backed measures are opposed by…

Few COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Have Been Wasted in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Fewer than 2,400 doses of the precious and highly sought-after coronavirus vaccine were wasted or spoiled in Wisconsin through February, with the single largest case happening when an employee did it on purpose. That is according to data that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services provided to The Associated Press. The data shows that through February,…

Evers: Everyone in Wisconsin Will Be Vaccine Eligible May 1

(courtesy: WI Dept of Health Services via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers says everyone in Wisconsin will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine on May 1. State health officials said Thursday that everyone in the state would be eligible sometime in May. Hours later, President Joe Biden said he wanted states to make everyone eligible by May…

Wisconsin DHS Announces Next Groups Eligibile for COVID Vaccine

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is expanding coronavirus vaccine eligibility starting March 29 to anyone 16 or older with common pre-existing health conditions, including being overweight or pregnant, or having high blood pressure, asthma or cancer, officials announced Thursday. The state Department of Health Services released a long list of qualifying conditions to get vaccinated later this month, including cerebrovascular…

Wisconsin to Greatly Broaden COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin plans to greatly expand the number of people eligible for the coronavirus vaccine by about 2 million people, including those with certain pre-existing conditions, as positive cases decline and vaccine availability increases. Gov. Tony Evers and state health officials planned to announce the next eligibility tier on Thursday afternoon. Exactly which pre-existing conditions will qualify,…

Police: 2 Students Threatened To ‘Shoot Up’ Northwestern Middle School

MAPLE, Wis. – Two students are facing serious consequences after authorities say they threatened to “shoot up” Northwestern Middle School. The 12-year-old boys are in the custody of the Douglas County Juvenile Intake. The Sheriff’s Office says authorities were made aware of the threats Tuesday night. The two juveniles were overheard by other students making detailed, specific plans to not…

Wisconsin Protest Shootings Trial Delayed at Least 7 Months

(Antioch Police Department via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The trial for an 18-year-old from Illinois accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest against police brutality in Wisconsin has been pushed back by seven months and could be delayed even longer. Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial was scheduled to begin March 29, but both sides told a…

WITC- Superior Hosts Drive-Thru Recruiting Event

Potential students who stopped by the drive-thru event also received a free application voucher to help them start their educational path at WITC.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – WITC hosted a drive-thru event on Tuesday making it possible for potential students to learn more about continuing their educational journey while also keeping everyone safe. This is the first on-campus recruiting event WITC has held in the last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. People interested in attending WITC pulled up in their cars to the…

Superior City Council Approves To Pay Off $2.5 Million Debt From Kestrel Aircraft Deal

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The City of Superior is no longer carrying the burden of more than $2 million in debt caused by the Kestrel Aircraft Company project deal. The Superior City Council recently approved to pay off the debt a year early. In 2012, the company had plans to build a manufacturing plant for its aircrafts, which would have brought…

2 Million More Wisconsin Residents to Be Vaccine Eligible

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – About 2 million more Wisconsin residents, including those with certain pre-existing conditions, will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in the next round to be announced later this week. Wisconsin Deputy Health Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said Monday the new eligibility group will likely be unveiled on Thursday. The last expansion, which included teachers and…

New Idea to Spread Internet Access in Rural Wisconsin Areas: Drones

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. (AP) — Students in the northern Wisconsin school district without reliable home internet will soon be able to connect to their school networks via a drone-powered cellular signal. The project comes from a Wisconsin startup via a state-funded pilot program in the Eagle River area. Wisconsin Public Radio reports the goal is to test the use of drones as…

More Than 1 Million in Wisconsin Get Vaccinated

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than 1 million people in Wisconsin have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Friday. Additionally, more than 572,000 people have been fully vaccinated, based on the latest totals from the state Department of Health Services. As of Thursday, Wisconsin had administered at least one dose to 17.6% of its population,…

Wisconsin Health Officials: ‘Couple Months’ to Other Side of Pandemic

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin health officials have detected more coronavirus variants in the state but predict every adult who wants a vaccine shot will get one by mid-summer. Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said Thursday that sequencing has now detected 19 cases of the coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom in Wisconsin….

UPDATE: One Person Taken Into Custody After Standoff in Superior

Woman seen jumping out window at seen on 1900 block of Banks Avenue.

    UPDATE: More information has been released by the Superior Police Department concerning the standoff earlier today. At approximately 6:25 a.m. officers were requested to respond to the 1900 block of Banks Avenue to investigate a neighbor dispute. Officers learned that the upstairs tenant of the duplex had allegedly threatened the downstairs tenant with a hammer and later, with…

Wisconsin Launches Vaccine Registry With Just 1 County

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin launched an online registry Wednesday where people can sign up to receive the coronavirus vaccine if they are eligible and appointments are available near where they live, but so far only one health department is participating. The registry was supposed to launch on March 1 but was delayed as those testing the system worked to fix problems and migrate…

Local Vet Witnessing Importance of In-Person Visits as Pandemic Continues

Many Pet Owners Prefer to be With Their Pet During Routine or Emergency Examinations

SUPERIOR, Wis. – If you’ve made an appointment for your pet in the past year, chances are you weren’t allowed inside the building as the animal receives medical attention. COVID-19 is to blame for the new protocols at many vet clinics in the northland, but it can be a frustration for those who prefer to be with their pet during…

Northland Teen & Jr. Iditarod Winner Gets A Big Welcome Home

Martens walked away with a $6,000 scholarship and a new dog sled for winning the race.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Northland teenager who won the Junior Iditarod returned from Alaska on Tuesday and a group of local community members gave him a big welcome home. Finishing first in the Junior Iditarod is no easy task, but 14-year-old Morgan Martens from Brule brought home the trophy. Martens returned to the Northland to a crowd of supporters cheering…

Wisconsin Bills Seek to Ban Transgender Athletes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Transgender athletes would be banned from participating in girls’ and women’s sports in Wisconsin from kindergarten through college under bills introduced by Republican lawmakers. The proposals unveiled Tuesday come as more than a dozen other states consider similar measures. The Wisconsin proposal faces an almost certain veto from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers should it pass the…

Wisconsin to Get 47,000 Doses of Newly Approved Vaccine

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin will receive 47,000 doses next week of the newly approved coronavirus vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, an amount Gov. Tony Evers calls a “game-changer” in the state’s fight against COVID-19. The news came the same day that teachers, child care workers, grocery store employees, and others in a group of about 700,000 became eligible for…

Superior City Councilor Starts Conversation Hoping To Change Name Of Moccasin Mike Road

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior City Councilor Jenny Van Sickle is starting the conversation in hopes of changing the name of Moccasin Mike Road in Superior. It’s still unclear how the road got its name. It is believed to be named after Michael Bright, who was a former elected official in Superior. The road is on sacred native land and was…

Search Continues To Find Two Individuals Caught On Camera Stealing A Catalytic Converter

The Superior Salvation Army typically uses the truck to pick up donations for its thrift store.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The search is on to find two individuals, who were caught on camera stealing believed to be stealing the catalytic converter from a box truck owned by the Salvation Army in Superior on Friday night. Video given to Fox 21 by the Salvation Army shows two people walking up to the truck and looking to see if anyone…

Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccination Registry Set to Launch

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state-run COVID-19 vaccine registry touted as a one-stop-shop for people seeking vaccinations in Wisconsin is set to launch by the end of the day. The registry announced last month is going live Monday, just as teachers, child care workers, and others in a group of about 700,000 become eligible for the vaccine. The Wisconsin Department…

Those With Chronic Conditions Wait for Vaccine in Wisconsin

  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has departed from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance by not prioritizing individuals with chronic health conditions as it rolls out the coronavirus vaccines in the state. The state committee that set Wisconsin’s vaccine priority failed to follow CDC advice that says people age 16 to 64 with underlying medical conditions should be…

Over Half Of Wisconsinites Age 65 And Up Have Begun Vaccines

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – State data shows over half of Wisconsin residents age 65 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the state is on track to begin vaccinating teachers, child care workers and other eligible groups Monday. Some of the newly eligible groups include public transit workers, utility workers and food supply chain…

Wisconsin Mall Shooting Case Staying in Juvenile Court

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The case of a 15-year-old boy charged with shooting and wounding eight people at a suburban Milwaukee mall last year will remain in juvenile court. The Milwaukee teen in a petition for juvenile delinquency faces eight felony counts of first-degree reckless injury and one misdemeanor count of possessing a firearm while under 18 in connection with the…

COVID-Adapted American Birkebeiner Skis On

The course is closed to spectators to avoid spreading Coronavirus, and skiers can participate virtually.

CABLE , Wis.- The 47th American Birkebeiner Ski Race, the largest cross-country ski race in North America and third largest in the world, began in a completely new way Wednesday. Skiers for each race started in waves over five days in Cable, Wisconsin. Participants who come from across the globe can still take part virtually if they couldn’t make it…

Wisconsin Hunters Exceed Wolf Target by Nearly 100 Animals

(AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Hunters and trappers have exceeded the state’s wolf kill target by almost 100 animals. Registration data the state Department of Natural Resources released Thursday morning show hunters and trappers have killed 215 wolves, blowing past the state kill target of 119. The hunt began Monday and was supposed to run through…

Evers Announces Federal Rent, Energy Assistance Program

(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new $322 million federally funded program announced Thursday by Gov. Tony Evers provides money to Wisconsin residents who need help paying for rent and utilities due to income loss caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Eligible applicants must demonstrate a risk of losing their housing, have lost income due…

Foxconn Looking at Building Electric Cars in Wisconsin

(AP) MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group said Wednesday it has signed a deal with a California startup to build electric cars, conceivably at Foxconn’s facility in Wisconsin. Details of the agreement with electric car company Fisker are expected in the coming months. However, Fisker chairman and chief executive Henrik Fisker told the Wall Street Journal that Foxconn’s…

Wisconsin Republicans Want to Limit Ballot Drop Boxes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ballot drop boxes would not be allowed anywhere other than election clerk offices in Wisconsin under a new Republican-authored proposal in the state Legislature. Another bill unveiled Wednesday would require that only voters, not elections officials, could fill out the information on absentee envelopes. The latest bills add to a growing list of GOP-authored measures addressing…

Multimedia Journalism Program Returning to UWS

Back it 2017 it was one of 25 programs suspended due to budget cuts.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Journalism program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior will be returning this coming fall. Back it 2017 it was one of 25 programs suspended due to budget cuts. Now, faculty is preparing for the 2021 fall semester by adding a series of electives such as digital writing, web design and photography courses to the re-imagined multimedia journalism…

Hayward Businesses Prepare for the Unknown as Birkie Week Begins

Participants of The 2021 American Birkebeiner Can Choose to Participate In-Person or Virtually

HAYWARD, Wis. – During an average year, the American Birkebeiner welcomes over 10,000 participants from around the world to the town of Hayward and surrounding communities. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is putting a damper on the normalcy of this year’s event. Not only are the participants feeling the impact, but local businesses are also adjusting to the new reality. “We…

Wisconsin DMV Extends License Renewal for Drivers Age 60 and Over

Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that the deadline to renew expired driver’s licenses for drivers 60 years of age and over has been extended. The state deadline is now set for May 21, 2021. The extension is due to the continued health risks from COVID-19. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)…

Wisconsin to Open 4 More Community-Based Vaccination Clinics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin will open four more community vaccination clinics across the state amid a push to inoculate people for the coronavirus in underserved areas. One clinic is already running in Janesville. Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday that new community clinics will be in La Crosse, Racine, and Marathon counties, with the fourth split between Douglas and Barron…

DNR Plans Early End to Wolf Season Across Most of State

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin wildlife officials plan to end the state’s wolf season across most of the state on Wednesday after hunters and trappers filled half of the statewide quota in a little more than 24 hours. The Department of Natural Resources launched the hunt on Monday morning. It’s scheduled to run through Sunday. As of Tuesday morning, hunters…

Hunters, Trappers Kill 52 Wolves in Wisconsin on Opening Day

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wolf hunters and trappers filled nearly half of their statewide quota during the first 24 hours of the season, wildlife officials said Tuesday. The Department of Natural Resources launched a week-long wolf hunt on Monday. As of Tuesday morning, hunters and trappers had taken 52 wolves, filling nearly 44% of the 119-animal state quota. The central…

Apostle Island Ice Caves Are No-Go Again This Year

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) — The striking ice caves on Lake Superior will not open this season. Officials at northern Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore say the caves won’t be accessible because of poor ice conditions as well as the coronavirus pandemic. Although it’s been plenty cold the past two weeks, ice coverage on Lake Superior was only about 50 percent…

Wisconsin Opens Early Wolf Hunt After Hunter Group Sued

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin wildlife officials have opened an abbreviated wolf season. The hunt got underway Monday across six management zones and is slated to run through Sunday. The kill limit is 200 animals, which means some zones could close early as hunters near the limit. The Trump administration removed wolves from the federal endangered species list in January,…

Snowmobile Accident Kills Man In Iron County

TOWN OF KNIGHT, Wis. –  A 51-year-old man is dead after a snowmobile accident in the Town of Knight, which is in Iron County, Wisconsin. The Sheriff’s Office said the snowmobile left Duck Lake Road and struck a tree. The accident was reported around 11:15 p.m. Saturday. The name of the victim was not immediately released. Categories: News, News –…