Wisconsin

Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Drunk Boating in Northland

Crackdown is part of Operation Dry Water Campaign.

MINNESOTA-  Safety on the water will be a top priority this weekend. According to authorities, drunk boating is drunk driving. Law enforcement will be increasing patrols on Northland waters as part of their yearly Operation Dry Water campaign. From 2013 to 2017 alcohol was a factor in 26 boating deaths and 46 injuries on Minnesota waters. Meanwhile Wisconsin was the…

SUP, SUP! Gliding On Water

ACTIVE ADVENTURES: North Shore SUP Rents Stand-up Paddle Boards

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are gliding across the water on a stand up paddle board! North Shore SUP offers cheap rentals for both hourly and for the entire day! Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot chatted with the co-owner Heather on some tips and tricks and why you should try this sport out. Interested? Click here to…

Wisconsin to Consider Lowering Workers’ Comp Insurance Rates

The new Rates Could go Into Effect Oct 1

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin insurance officials will soon consider a proposal to lower insurance rates for workers’ compensation. The Wisconsin Compensation Rating Bureau has proposed decreasing workers’ compensation insurance rates by more than 8.8%, continuing a three-year trend in falling premiums. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the new rates could go into effect Oct. 1, upon approval from the…

President Reenactors Come To Town

George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Teddy Roosevelt were all in attendance

SUPERIOR, Wis.- George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Teddy Roosevelt, believe it or not, were all in Superior today for the Fourth of July. It was an event called Mount Rushmore Live, that featured four living history reenactors playing the U.S. Presidents on the landmark. The presidents interacted with those in attendance, answered questions and gave them stories from…

Memorial Car Show

Cars of all shapes and sizes filled Tower Avenue Thursday afternoon

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The sun finally began to shine following the Superior parade, just in time for the 22 year historic Van Alstine Car Show. From small to large, quiet to loud, all kinds of cars were on display at the Northland’s Memorial Car Show. Since Tower Avenue construction is complete, organizers say it was a good opportunity to bring the…

Superior 4th of July Parade

Rain didn't stop the hundreds from coming out and packing the streets of Superior Thursday

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Hundreds packed the streets of Superior today for their annual Fourth of July parade. The pouring rain didn’t stop those of all ages from coming out this morning to pick up some candy, and see all the cool things Superior has to offer. And speaking of cool things, what better way to start a parade than with a…

Gordon Gears up to Host 59th Annual Summer Festival

Gordon Good Neighbor Days is Happening July 5 - 7, 2019

GORDON, Wis. – The town of Gordon, Wisconsin is made up of nearly 600 people, but this weekend thousands will arrive to help kick off the summer season. The 59th annual Gordon Good Neighbor Days runs from Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 7. A full schedule of events is listed below. Six board members work year round the help…

AAA Offers Free Rides To Impaired Drivers

Members and non-members of AAA in Michigan and Wisconsin can use this offer until Friday

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Fourth of July holiday ranks as one of the deadliest holiday periods for drunk driving crashes, and now AAA is working to help curb that trend with a free ride program being offered up in both Wisconsin and Michigan. AAA is urging anyone celebrating away from home to plan ahead by choosing a designated driver, or arrange…

Four Democratic Presidential Candidates Coming to Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Four Democratic presidential candidates are planning to attend a town hall event on July 11 in Milwaukee. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro and former Texas Rep. Beto O’ Rourke are slated to appear at the two-hour event. It is organized by the League of United Latin American Citizens….

Evers Signs Wisconsin Budget With 78 Partial Vetoes

Evers Signed the Budget Wednesday

(AP Photo)MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has made 78 partial vetoes to the state budget passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Evers signed the budget Wednesday, ignoring pleas from some liberals who wanted the new Democratic governor to reject the entire two-year spending plan. Evers says he considered doing that, but decided it would be petty and divisive…

Roosevelt, Lincoln, Washington & Jefferson to Visit Superior’s Bong Center

Mount Rushmore, LIVE! is Happening Thursday, July 4 at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – President Teddy Roosevelt is the reason why the Executive Mansion is known as The White House today. This is just one of the fun facts folks will have the chance to learn Thursday, July 4 at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. Mount Rushmore, LIVE! will feature four living history reenactors that will present the show…

Keeping Fido Calm During Fourth Festivities

A Place for Fido Offers a Variety of Products to Help Keep Animals Calm During Stressful Situations

DULUTH, Minn. – Anxiety medications are flying out the doors of local veterinary clinics and hospitals this week along with other treats, toys, and materials used to keep animals calm as humans prepare to blast off fireworks to celebrate independence. “We do get a lot of anxiety ridden dogs that come in this time of year,” said Jamie Parent, Owner…

2019 Northland Fourth of July Festivities

Events Across the Northland for the 4th of July

Minnesota: Aurora July 3: Quilt Show from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kids’ Carnival and Amazing Charles Balloon Sculpturist from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. First Annual Eino Koivisto & Terry Koivisto Vintage Car & Motorcycle Show on Main Street from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evening Patriotic Parade at 5:30 p.m. Live Music: Diamonds & Dreams from 3:30 to…

Superior Council Overturns Mayor Paine’s Censure Veto Of Councilor Van Sickle

SUPERIOR, Wis. –  It was another vocal and passionate council meeting in Superior Tuesday night. Councilors voted 8-2 to overturn Mayor Jim Paine’s veto involving the censure of Councilor Jenny Van Sickle and her negative social media comments about City Attorney Frog Prell. Those comments called Prell incompetent, lazy and a manipulator in response to Prell’s legal opinion that concluded…

Longtime City of Superior Fire Chief, Finance Director Retiring

Mayor Paine Congratulates Retirees, Says Change Can Bring Fresh Perspective

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Longtime Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger and Finance Director Jean Vito are retiring after more than two decades each with the city. Panger, a 26-year veteran of the fire department, made the announcement official to councilors and Mayor Jim Paine Tuesday. Panger told FOX 21 he has reached the age of retirement at 53 years old and…

Wisconsin’s ‘Serial Toilet Clogger’ Gets 150 Days Behind Bars

He Also Received Three Years Probation

(courtesy: Fox 9) FOX NEWS – A Wisconsin man dubbed “the serial toilet clogger” was sentenced to a 150-day jail term and three years of probation on Monday after being convicted of five counts of criminal damage to property for repeatedly plugging plastic bottles down toilets in the women’s restroom at his workplace, causing them to overflow. Patrick D. Beeman,…

Attorney Says Blood Analysis Ruling Fractured

The Supreme Court Ruled 50-1 Tuesday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – An attorney who unsuccessfully tried to persuade Wisconsin’s Supreme Court into ruling that drunken drivers can block blood tests by withdrawing their consent says the court’s decision isn’t clear. Jessica Randall was arrested in 2016 for driving under the influence. She agreed to a blood draw but before the sample could be analyzed she revoked her…

Evers Facing Pressure to Sign Wisconsin Budget

His Deadline is Friday

(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, file)MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers is facing pressure to sign the state budget as passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Republicans are calling for him to sign it into law and on Monday, a group representing long-term care facilities also urged Evers to sign it. LeadingAge Wisconsin on Monday cited nearly $234 million more for…

Pattison Park Receives Aid Help To Help Flooding Recovery

$1.05 million is coming to Pattison Park from the Wisconsin State Building Commission

SUPERIOR, Wis.- More than a million dollars in state aid is coming to help repair a Wisconsin State Park. Trails and structures at Pattison State Park were heavily damaged by flooding last fall, and the parks popular beach also remains closed. We got a first hand look at all the damage last years Father’s Day flood left behind at Pattison…

Man who Stole Jayme Closs’ Clothing Sentenced to Probation

BARRON, Wis. (AP) – A man who broke into the home of Jayme Closs after her parents were killed and she went missing has been sentenced to two years of probation. Thirty-three-year-old Kyle Jaenke-Annis earlier pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft for stealing some of Closs’ clothing during the break-in. Jaenke-Annis was initially charged with felony burglary. Investigators found the theft…

Milwaukee man in Custody in Officer’s Death

Officer Hetland was Killed on June 17

RACINE, Wis. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials have identified the man suspected of fatally shooting a Racine police officer who tried to stop an armed robbery. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office said Friday a 26-year-old Milwaukee man is in its jail following his arrest Thursday, a day after Officer John Hetland’s funeral. Authorities say the suspect was arrested in Milwaukee with…

Storms Snap Trees, Down Power Lines in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Could see More Rain and Thunderstorms Friday

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Powerful thunderstorms that moved through Wisconsin snapped trees, downed power lines and sent attendees at summer festivals scrambling for cover. Thousands of people were still without power in southern Wisconsin on Friday, after storms swept across the state Thursday. Country USA music festival in Oshkosh was evacuated and suspended late Thursday afternoon, as festival organizers said tents…

High Court Ruling Likely Ends Wisconsin Redistricting Case

A Trial is set for July

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that federal courts have no place in policing political district boundaries means a challenge to Republican-drawn legislative boundaries in Wisconsin is likely over. Democratic voters filed a federal lawsuit in Madison in 2015 alleging boundaries Republicans drew in 2011 unfairly diluted Democrats’ voting power. A trial is set for July. But…

Fraser Shipyards Inc. Settles Another OSHA Penalty

Fraser Shipyards Paid $9,188 for the Penalty

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Fraser Shipyards Inc. has settled yet another OSHA penalty due to an employee being injured after they were struck by falling steel plates. According to the citation and notification of penalty, the violations took place in February resulting in a proposed penalty charge of $13,127 which was later reduced to $9,188. The shipyard received three citations from…

Prosecutors: Father Angered Over Cake Kills 5-Year-Old son

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Prosecutors say a Milwaukee father is accused of fatally punching his 5-year-old son because the boy ate some of the cheesecake he had gotten for Father’s Day. Travis Stackhouse is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the child’s death last Saturday. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the boy died from blunt force trauma to the…

High court OKs no Warrant Blood Draws in Drunken Driver Case

The High Court Issued its Ruling Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court says law enforcement officers can generally draw blood without a warrant from an unconscious person suspected of driving drunk or while on drugs. The high court issued its ruling Thursday in a case involving a Wisconsin law about impaired driving. The question before the Supreme Court had to do with what happens when a…

Wisconsin Supreme Court Backs Enbridge in Dane County Case

The High Court Decided Thursday That Enbridge had Sufficient Insurance

(AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled for Enbridge Energy in a case over whether the company could be required to get additional insurance for a pipeline project in Dane County. Enbridge filed in 2014 to expand a pumping station so it could expand capacity of a pipeline running from northern Wisconsin to Illinois….

Fourth of July Preparations In Full Swing

A week away from the 4th of July and firework warehouses are extremely busy

SOUTH RANGE, Wis.- With the Fourth of July just around the corner, firework businesses are ramping up. KG Fireworks Warehouse on the South Range has had customers coming in asking for some of their top sellers from sparklers, to mortar kits, and despite all the excitement that comes with fireworks, officials say being safe is always their top priority. “We…

WWII Plane Visits The Northland

Vampire Jet made a stop in Superior Wednesday

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A one of a kind plane that was used in World World II landed at the Bong Airport in Superior Wednesday. The seventy year old plane has a rich history including flying 40,000 feet before any other fighter plane crossed the Atlantic. The plane will make Duluth home for the next month, as it will be on display…

Key Senator is a ‘yes’ Vote on Budget

Final Votes on the Budget are Scheduled for Wednesday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin senator who holds the key vote on the state budget says he will vote for the spending plan, clearing the way for passage. The Senate is scheduled to take the final votes on the budget Wednesday. Approval would send the budget on to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. Republicans hold a 19-14 advantage in the…

Athletes With Disabilities Change Endurance Sports For The Better

Inclusion in Marathons for Special Needs Kids and Duo Young Racers

DULUTH, Minn. —  Grandma’s marathon may be over for 2019 but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to hit the pavement running! In this week’s Great Outdoors Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot introduces us to a duo team from Wisconsin who’s story is a little bit different from the rest. When it comes to race day some of the runners are…

Animal Answers: As Temperatures Rise, Police Warn of Hot Vehicle Dangers

Duluth Police Department Advises Calling 911 if an Animal is Showing Signs of Heat Exhaustion Inside a Vehicle

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year, PETA estimates nearly 100 animals will die due to negligence and heat exhaustion from being locked inside a hot vehicle. Officials say at just 70 degrees, a vehicle’s inside temperature can quickly reach well over 120 degrees. “It is deadly to leave your pet in a car in the summer time. It can happen faster…

Learning to Paddleboard at SUP Camp

North Shore SUP holds 4-day camp for kids to learn basics.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Kids on Barkers Island in Superior took advantage of the warmer weather by getting in the water on Paddleboards. North Shore SUP held their annual SUP, or Stand-Up Paddleboarding camp. The four-day camp supplies 8-12 year-olds with all the equipment including PFDs, or Personal Floation Devices, and teaches them the basics like paddling and docking properly. According to…

Van Sickle Pulls Back Social Media Posts Mentioned in City Attorney’s Legal Notice

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior City Councilor Jenny Van Sickle of Dist. 2 has pulled back social media posts that City Attorney Frog Prell claims are libelous against him and could result in a civil suit. Sometime late Monday night after FOX 21 aired a story about Prell’s legal notice to Van Sickle with claims of defamation, her Twitter page was…

Supreme Court Hands Oversight of School Policy to Governor

The Court Ruled 4-2 Tuesday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Supreme Court is reversing itself and allowing oversight of public school policy to shift from the state superintendent to the governor. A 2017 law dubbed the REINS Act requires state agencies to get permission from the governor and the state Department of Administration, which the governor controls, before drafting new policies and regulations. The…

Evers Signs Bill Targeting Businesses Moving out of State

Evers Signed the Measure Monday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers has signed into law a bill that eliminates a tax benefit for companies that move out of Wisconsin. The measure he signed Monday targets tax deductions businesses claim when they move. Under current law, a business may deduct from its income or tax liability all expenses paid to move from one location to…

Evers Signs Bill Allowing for Larger Liquor Sales

Evers Signed the Measure Monday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers has signed into law a measure supported by mega-liquor store Total Wine & More that allows for larger quantities of liquor to be sold at a single transaction at certain stores. The measure Evers signed Monday pertains to liquor stores and other places that sell alcohol for consumption off premises, but that also…

Court to Rule on Whether Governor Controls School Policy

The Supreme Court is Expected to Release a Ruling Tuesday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court is poised to release a ruling on whether the governor or the state schools superintendent controls Wisconsin school policy. Republicans passed a law dubbed the REINS Act in 2017 that requires all state agencies to get the governor’s permission before writing regulations. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed a lawsuit…

Diving Searches Suspended for Missing Wisconsin boy

Miller Went Underwater on June 18

FRIENDSHIP, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say they’re suspending diving operations in the search for an 11-year-old boy in the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin Dells but will continue daily water searchers. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office has been leading the search for Jamison Owen Dean Miller of rural Grand Marsh since he went underwater on June 18 and didn’t resurface. WMTV-TV…

Wisconsin’s Democratic Governor Vetoes 4 Abortion Bills

Republicans had Called on Evers to Sign the Bills

(AP Photo)MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed four abortion bills passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. One bill Evers vetoed Friday would have imposed criminal penalties on doctors who fail to give medical care in the extremely rare circumstance where a baby is born alive following an abortion attempt. Other vetoed bills would have cut off…

Local Artisans Set Up Shop Saturday in Iron River

The Annual Makers' Faire is Happening Saturday, June 22 in Iron River, Wisconsin

IRON RIVER, Wis. – Happening Saturday, June 22, folks are invited to the community of Iron River, Wisconsin to experience the third annual Makers’ Faire hosted by White Winter Winery. The Faire will run from noon until 5:00 p.m. and showcase many talented artists, farmers, growers, producers, crafts and more from around the region. The artisans are from various communities…

Divided Wisconsin Supreme Court Sides With GOP

The Court Ruled 4-3 on Friday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Conservatives who control the Wisconsin Supreme Court have sided with Republicans legislators in saying they legally called a lame-duck legislative session to pass laws limiting the powers of the new Democratic governor and attorney general. The court ruled 4-3 Friday along ideological lines. The majority says the Wisconsin Constitution gives the Legislature the authority to decide…

Wisconsin Unemployment Rate Remains at 2.8%

The State Gained 1,800 Private Sector Jobs Between April and May

(Jeff Morehead/The Chronicle-Tribune via AP, File)MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s unemployment rate remains at a record low. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate for May was 2.8%, the same as in April. That matched the record low of 2.8% reached in April 2018. The state gained 1,800 private sector jobs between April and May….

Wisconsin Assembly OKs Drunken Driving Bills

The Bills now go to the State Senate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Assembly has approved two bills that would stiffen drunken driving penalties. The first measure would require anyone arrested for a first offense to appear in court. Currently a first offense is a civil violation, not a criminal one, and people can skip their initial court appearance. The bill also would eliminate provisions in state…

New Regents President to Focus on Internships, Counseling

UW Officials Will Continue to Make the Case for More Money

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – New University of Wisconsin System regents President Drew Petersen wants to focus on student internships and counseling. Petersen said in telephone interview that he wants to expand student internship opportunities, particularly in undergraduate research. He added he wants to invest more in student support services and counseling, saying kids are under more stress than ever before….

At Least One Dead After Semi Explodes on I-94 in Wisconsin

(Katelyn Planka via AP) UPDATE: (AP) – A county coroner official says two people are dead after a semi crashed on an interstate in southeastern Wisconsin, exploding and setting fire to other vehicles. A WTMJ-TV photographer who witnessed the crash says the semi jumped the median on I-94 about 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports the accident happened near…

Encouraging Conversation for Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Conversation Regarding Elder Abuse Awareness is Encouraged Throughout the Month of June

SUPERIOR, Wis. – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day takes place annually on June 15, as the world recognizes Elder Abuse Month. It’s an international observance, coming to be as a result of UN resolution 66/127. With a rapidly growing global population of seniors, and as longevity increases, abuse of the elderly is an increasing reality affecting health and human rights….

Wisconsin Justices to Hand Down Lame-Duck Ruling

The Court Plans to Release its Decision Friday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Supreme Court is ready to hand down a ruling in a lawsuit challenging Republican’s lame-duck laws limiting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul’s powers. The court plans to release its decision Friday morning. The ruling will settle a lawsuit brought by a group of liberal-leaning organizations that contends the Legislature convened…