Wisconsin

Sheriff: Courage of Jayme Closs is Focus of Anniversary

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald to Hold a News Conference Monday

BARRON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin sheriff who led the investigation into the kidnapping of Jayme Closs and the slaying of her parents hopes the courage and resilience of the 13-year-old girl is the focus on the one-year anniversary of the crimes. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald will hold a news conference Monday, talk briefly about Jayme and honor his…

Bong Center Director to Become Lighthouse Manager

Executive Director of the Bong Center will start part-time as Split Rock Lighthouse Manager November 1st.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors now has a new manager. Hayes Scriven, current Executive Director of the Bong Veterans Center in Superior was named the new manager Thursday. He will be replacing Lee Radzak, who stepped down from the position after 36 years in April. The lighthouse is a big part of Scriven’s life, he even…

Wisconsin DNR: New Lead Contamination Rules not Good Enough

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials say the Trump administration’s proposed rewrite of lead contamination rules isn’t good enough. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced in Green Bay on Thursday that the chances will require water systems to test lead levels at schools and child care facilities, require officials to identify areas with the…

UW Regents OK Staff to Write Free Speech Policy

The Regents Voted During a Meeting Friday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin System regents have authorized staff to begin drafting formal language implementing a Republican-backed plan to punish students who disrupt others’ free speech rights. The regents in 2017 adopted a Republican-backed policy declaring students who twice disrupt others’ free speech would be suspended for at least a semester. The policy hasn’t taken effect…

Wisconsin’s Growing Hemp Industry to Get Boost Under Bill

The Measure is up for Approval Tuesday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s hemp industry would remain under state control as it enters its second year under a bill up for a vote in the Legislature. The bipartisan measure up for Senate approval Tuesday is designed to help farmers, hemp processors, retailers and consumers as the industry in Wisconsin explodes. It makes a variety of changes to align…

Wisconsin Governor Issues State’s First Pardons Since 2010

The Pardons Were Made During Private Meetings on Monday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers has pardoned four convicted felons, marking the first time a governor has granted a pardon in Wisconsin since 2010. Evers signed the pardons during private meetings Monday with the recipients. Evers campaigned on the promise to reform the pardons board after his predecessor Scott Walker disbanded it and never issued a pardon over…

Local Businesses Share the Apple Wealth in Bayfield

Businesses like them apples.

BAYFIELD, Wis.- Apple Fest not only attracts visitors to Bayfield, but brings customers to local businesses. Art seller Rachel Eisenmann, owner of R/E Art, is running her business at Apple Fest out of the front of a workout business in Bayfield. She says bringing her Twin Ports business to the festival was one of the best decisions she has made….

Wisconsin Woman Gets 10 Years for Sex Trafficking 16-Year-Old

The 37-Year-Old was Sentenced Friday

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A Wisconsin woman has been imprisoned for sex trafficking a 16-year-old girl in Iowa and Nebraska. Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Brooklyn Pohl was given 10 years at her sentencing Friday in Omaha. The prosecutors say officers made contact in November 2016 with the girl at a truck stop in the Omaha suburb of Gretna. Investigators learned…

Evers Issuing First Wisconsin Pardons in 9 Years

(AP Photo) MADISON, Wis. (AP) -Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is pardoning four people. It’s the first time a Wisconsin governor has invoked his constitutional power to grant clemency in nearly nine years. Evers on Monday planned to issue the pardons, the first he’s making as governor after he re-started the Pardons Board in June. Evers’ Republican predecessor Scott Walker…

Man Arrested for 10th Drunken Driving Offense

He was Also Cited for Open Alcohol in his Vehicle

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Dane County sheriff’s officials say they’ve arrested a Madison man for his tenth drunken driving offense. A deputy stopped the 56-year-old man about 12:30 a.m. Monday in the Town of Blooming Grove. Authorities got a warrant to have his blood drawn at a hospital and he was booked into the county jail on a felony drunken…

Bayfield Apple Festival the “Apple” of Town’s Eye

Festival draws in more than 50,000 visitors each year.

BAYFIELD, Wis.- Drawing in more than 50,000 visitors every year, the Apple Festival is one of Bayfield’s biggest events. And you can tell, by how many people pack the streets for the parade. Marching down Rittenhouse Avenue, laid out in front of the deep blue Lake Superior, the Grand Parade draws floats, attractions, and spectators from around the Northland. As…

16 Charged in Meth Distribution Operation

A Federal Grand Jury Indicted 12 of the 16 Last Month

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say 16 people have been charged in a methamphetamine distribution operation in central Wisconsin. The charges were announced Friday by U.S. Attorney Scott Blader in the Western District, the FBI, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and local officials. A federal grand jury indicted 12 of the 16 people last month, including three individuals from St….

Fourth Person Arrested in Illegal Wisconsin THC Vaping Business

The 19-Year-Old Woman is Being Held in Kenosha County Jail

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have made a fourth arrest in connection with a black market THC vape manufacturing business in Wisconsin. A 19-year-old woman is being held in the Kenosha County Jail on possible charges of manufacturing or delivering marijuana. But officials haven’t said yet what role the woman may have had in the business. Forty-three-year-old Courtney Huffhines and…

GOP Congressional Candidate Wants Constitutional Convention

Tiffany is Running for Congress is Wisconsin's 7th District

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Republican Wisconsin state lawmaker who is running for Congress wants to call a convention of the states to consider making changes to the U.S. Constitution, including imposing term limits on federal offices. State Sen. Tom Tiffany is co-sponsoring the resolution in the state Legislature to call the constitutional convention. Fifteen other states have already passed…

Bayfield Apple Festival Getting Prepared

Bayfield and apples are basically synonymous in the Northland and they are as important to the farmers as they are to Bayfield itself.

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Farmers and the city of Bay field are getting ready for this weekend’s Apple Festival that attracts roughly 60,000 people to town. Everything kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday with the popular parade through town. Bayfield and apples are basically synonymous in the Northland and they are as important to the farmers as they are to…

Superior Church Hosts Pet Blessing

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Cathedral of Christ the King Church hosted their annual “blessing of the pets” in Superior Wednesday morning. The long running tradition brings people together close to the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi- a saint who loved all creatures of the animal kingdom. “He was kind and gentle to animals and the lesson he teaches is…

Hayward Business a Total Loss After Tuesday Fire

1/3 (photo credit: Sawyer County Records) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 (photo credit: Sawyer County Records) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 (photo credit: Sawyer County Records) Show Caption Hide Caption HAYWARD, Wis. – A business in Hayward was deemed a total loss after a fire broke out around 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday. According to officials, multiple fire departments responded to…

Wisconsin Lawmakers to Vote on Suicide Prevention Funding

Funding had Been Approved as Part of the State Budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A suicide prevention hotline could receive a boost in funding from the Legislature’s budget committee under a vote scheduled to take place after a bitter partisan fight. The Republican-controlled budget panel was expected to approve the $110,000 annual grant on Wednesday. The vote was scheduled a week after a Republican-led suicide prevention task force recommended releasing…

All Natural, Eco-Friendly Grooming Service Opens in Superior

All Natural Canines is Located at 1308 Tower Avenue in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Dogs, cats, rabbits, and even birds. It sounds like a handful, but for one business owner in Superior, it’s her clientele. Some could say there are new doggies in one window along Tower Avenue in Superior. “Dogs are my main passion,” said Amy Mundt, owner of All Natural Canines Pet Grooming in Superior. The longtime resident of…

Area Businesses Impacted by Superior Bomb Scare

Businesses told by police to lock all doors and move to the back of the building.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior Police said the area surrounding the possible improvised explosive device on Tower Avenue was fairly easy to control because it was a business district. Nearby businesses were still disrupted this morning as authorities investigated the device and had to close down the roads. The scene was officially deemed safe around 2:30 this afternoon, when the Marathon Oneida…

Bomb Squads Investigate a Possible Explosive Device Outside Superior Fire Department Headquarters

The device has also been removed and is no longer a threat to the area.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Marathon County Bomb Squad and Superior Police are still investigating a tube that was deemed a possible explosive device, found near the new fire department headquarters in Superior. But they have now determined it was an inactive device, with no wires or firing device inside, other than some unknown grainy residue, which will be sent out…

Update: Suspicious Device Removed From Tower Avenue, Roads Reopened

UPDATE: According to the Superior Police Department, its has been determined the possible explosive device found near the new Fire Department Headquarters was inactive. The device was described as having no wires or firing mechanism inside. Authorities did say that there was some unknown grainy residue inside the device which will be sent out for further testing. SUPERIOR, Wis. –…

Synagogue Fire Suspect Arrested in Superior

Amiot Was Arrested Without Incident

DULUTH, Minn. – The homeless man charged with starting the Adas Israel Synagogue fire last month was located and arrested Monday night in Superior. According to reports, a Superior police officer responded to a McDonalds on Tower Avenue where Amiot was inside speaking with a probation officer from the Arrowhead Regional Corrections. After receiving confirmation that Amiot has an extraditable…

LIVE: Mayor Paine: Credible Bomb Threat at New Superior Fire Hall

UPDATE: According to the Superior Police Department, a possible homemade explosive device was found on the sidewalk in the 3000 Block of Tower Avenue just north of the Superior Fire Department Headquarters around 9:13 a.m. Tuesday morning. The Superior Police Department’s Tactical Technology Team responded to the area with a remote controlled robot that could safely approach the device to…

Evers to Move Date of Wisconsin’s Special Congressional Vote

Evers Spokeswoman Says the State and Federal Law Conflict With Each Other

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers plans to change the date of the special election for an open congressional state after being alerted by the U.S. Department of Justice that the dates he set last week violated federal law. The election is to replace Republican Sean Duffy, who resigned last week. Evers on Sept. 23 set the special…

Police Arrest Mother in Wisconsin Counterfeit Vaping Case

Huffhines Faces Charges Including Possessing and Manufacturing THC

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have arrested the mother of two Wisconsin brothers accused of illegally manufacturing vaping cartridges with THC oil. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office says 43-year-old Courtney Huffhines faces charges that include possessing and manufacturing THC, but details of her alleged involvement have not been disclosed. The sheriff’s office says more information is being released Tuesday. The…

Wisconsin Residents React to Overnight Flooding

FOXBORO, Wis. – Several roads across Douglas County had to be shut down because of high water. “Two or three that remain closed. That’s for culvert related failure,” Interim Emergency Management Director, Dave Sletten says. County highways like B and W in Foxboro experienced several washouts and residents are feeling the effects in their homes. “It was overwhelming my subs,” Foxboro…

Scott Walker’s son Decides Against run for Congress

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is the only GOP Announced Candidate

(photo: Twitter/Matt Walker) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The 25-year-old son of former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has decided against a run for Congress. Matt Walker posted on Twitter Monday that he would not run to replace retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner in Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District. Walker has never run for office and he was among several Republicans eyeing…

Road Closures: Flash Flooding

Map Of Current Closed Roads

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wisc. – Douglas County Highway Department has CLOSED County HWY W between HWY B & C where it crosses the Nemadji River due to high water over the road. The Township of Summit is also reporting to Emergency Management that the Patzau Foxboro Road is CLOSED due to high standing water. Over 5.5″ of rain fell in these…

Wis. Rep. Milroy Announces He Will not Run For Congress

Milroy has Represented Wisconsin's 73rd District Since 2009

SOUTH RANGE, Wis. – Democratic State Rep. Nick Milroy announced Monday morning that he will not run for the now vacant 7th District seat. Milroy posted on his Facebook page Monday that running for Congress is not the right choice for his family at this time. The Facebook post read in part: “You only get one shot at raising your…

Lake Superior Disc Golf Community Holds Final Tournament

Final tournament held in Superior National Forest.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Lake Superior Disc Golf Community held their final tournament of the season Sunday. They tossed around the discs at the Superior National Forest. About 30–50 people came out to the tournament, out of about 100 in the region who play. Organizers want to see more people try disc golf, with the sport open to all ages. “Exercise…

Wisconsin Weighs Felony for Actions Against Pipelines

Opponents Say the Bill Violates Free Speech Rights

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A bipartisan proposal making it a felony to trespass or damage oil or gas pipelines Wisconsin is moving through the state Legislature. Opponents testified at an Assembly hearing Thursday that the bill is a violation of free speech rights. The measure builds upon a 2015 state law that made it a felony to intentionally trespass or…

Police Seek First Degree Homicide Charge in Appleton Death

Police Have Released Few Details

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) – Appleton police have asked prosecutors to charge a suspect with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of a 60-year-old woman. Police gave few details Thursday but said the suspect is a male “who had a close relationship” with the victim, Lee Ann Dorn, who was found dead in her Appleton apartment in February. The police statement…

Superior Law Enforcement Help Spread Rail Safety Awareness

SUPERIOR, Wis – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has declared Sept. 22 through Sept. 28 “Rail Safety Week” throughout the state. It allows local law enforcement agencies and railroad companies to work together to help spread awareness to motorists. In Wisconsin last year, there were 39 crashes involving trains, which resulted in 12 injuries and 4 deaths. Tuesday in Superior, officials…

Suicide Prevention Task Force Seeks Quicker Release of Money

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A final report from the Wisconsin Legislature’s bipartisan suicide prevention task force calls for quicker release of $110,000 a year to fund a suicide prevention hotline, unlike an earlier draft that proposed passing a bill to make the money available. The money was included in the state budget passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by…

Wisconsin’s Ruffed Grouse Season Shortened

The Reason for the Decline is Unknown

MISHICOT, Wis. (AP) – The season for hunting ruffed grouse in the northwestern two-thirds of Wisconsin has been shortened by more than three weeks. The state Department of Natural Resources board voted Wednesday to make the change over concerns about a dwindling population. The ruffed grouse season currently runs from mid-September through Jan. 31 in that part of the state….

Tornado Causes Damage as Storms Rip Western Wisconsin

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) – At least one confirmed tornado touched down as severe storms ripped through western Wisconsin, damaging homes and other structures near the Chippewa-Dunn county line. Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk told WEAU-TV that no one he knew of was unaccounted for after Tuesday night’s storms, with only a few people having suffered minor injuries. Emergency managers…

GOP Army Veteran Church Challenging Tiffany for Congress

The Primary Will be Dec. 30 With a General Election on Jan. 27

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A second Republican has announced he’s running for a northern Wisconsin congressional seat to replace U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy. Army veteran Jason Church announced his candidacy Tuesday, a day after Duffy resigned his seat. Church joins fellow Republican state Sen. Tom Tiffany as the only announced candidates in the race. Numerous others, including many Democrats, are…

Special Election set to Replace Duffy

A Primary Will be Held on December 30

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The special election in Wisconsin to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy will be held Jan. 27. Gov. Tony Evers on Monday announced that will be the general election date, with a primary on Dec. 30. The 7th Congressional District covers mostly rural central, northern and northwest Wisconsin. Duffy was resigning effective Monday, citing concerns with…

Duffy’s Last Day in Congress Shifts Focus to Campaign

Tom Tiffany is the Only Announced Candidate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – As Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy spends in his final day as a member of Congress, the focus shifts to whom else will run to succeed him. Duffy’s resignation Monday also clears the way for Gov. Tony Evers to announce when the special election will be to fill the seat. The Democratic Evers has said he…

Wisconsin Lawmakers Introduce Medical Marijuana Bill

The Bill Faces an Uphill Battle

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Three legislators have introduced a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin. Sens. Jon Erpenbach and Patrick Testin along with Rep. Chris Taylor introduced the bill Friday. Erpenbach and Taylor are Democrats. Testin is a Republican. The bill would require patients to get a doctor’s recommendation. State health officials would have to create a registry…

Wisconsin Legislators Push In-State Tuition for Tribes

The Bill's Chances are Murky

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A group of lawmakers is introducing a bill that would allow American Indians from anywhere in the United States to pay resident tuition at University of Wisconsin System schools. The bill’s chief sponsors, Democratic state Rep. Nick Milroy, Republican Rep. Jeff Mursau and Democratic Sen. Jeff Smith, say they hope the bill will encourage more American…

Upcoming 5K Run, Walk to Benefit Douglas County Soldiers and Sailors Relief Fund

Running for Our Heroes 5K Run/Walk is Happening Saturday, September 28 on the Campus of UW-Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior is hosting the 6th annual Running for Our Heroes 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 28, at 9:00 a.m. The event is hosted by UW-Superior’s Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center (VNSC) and Douglas County Veteran Services. “It’s been great to see this event grow,” said Monte Stewart, the VNSC Student Services Coordinator. “We’ve made…

Wisconsin School Chief Calls Achievement Gap a ‘Crisis’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s schools chief says a nearly $600 million boost in education funding is a “down payment” on equity and closing the state’s persistent achievement gap. State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor calls that gap a “crisis.” She delivered the message Thursday during her first state of education address at the Capitol. Taylor took over as state superintendent…

Game Day Apps with Bucktales Cantina and Grill

Cooking Connection: Fresh Baked Loaded Nachos and Homemade Guacamole

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s football season and with it comes the munchies! In this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s Brett Scott chats with Bucktales Cantina and Grill owner Dee Morales as business picks up for the fall season. Morales is the only chef in the kitchen at Bucktales, handcrafting each order to perfection. The business is located near Pattison State…

Evers Would Consider Mandatory Gun Buy-Backs

Evers Unveiled the Proposal Thursday

(AP Photo) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says he would consider mandatory buybacks for assault weapons. Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke has been pushing for mandatory buybacks on the campaign trail. Republicans have balked at the idea. Asked if he supports mandatory buybacks during a news conference Thursday to introduce a red flag…