Wisconsin

Salmonella Linked to Shelled Peas at 3 Wisconsin Markets

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin health officials are investigating an outbreak of salmonella linked to shelled peas sold at farmers’ markets. The state Department of Health Services said Friday at least seven cases of salmonella are reported in four Wisconsin counties. Officials say all seven of the patients ate fresh shelled peas purchased at farmers markets. The shelled peas are…

35 Men Arrested in Brown County Human Trafficking Sting

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BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WLUK) – Thirty-five men were arrested throughout Brown County during a national sex trafficking operation. Authorities throughout Brown County, including Green Bay, De Pere, and Ashwaubenon, arrested the men over a four-day period, July 17-20. The National Johns Suppression Initiative happened June 28 through July 31, involving 37 law enforcement agencies across 17 states. On Thursday, the…

Wisconsin Cranberry Growers Projected to Continue Leading US

(Ocean Spray) WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin cranberry growers are expected to continue leading the nation in cranberry production this fall. Projections released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday say Wisconsin is expected to harvest an estimated 5.6 million barrels of cranberries. That project is part of the approximately 9 million barrels of cranberries expected nationwide. The…

Superior Trail System May Be Extended to Wisconsin Point

Proposed Trail Would Connect Wisconsin Point to Osaugie Trail

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The trail system in Superior, may soon get expanded to connect Wisconsin Point to the rest of the city. A new trail could be built as soon as next spring that would give bikers and people on foot the chance to reach Wisconsin Point without having to go on Moccasin Mike Road and compete with other vehicles….

Wis. DNR Chief: Foxconn Bill Won’t Harm Environment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s top conservation official promised Wednesday that regulatory rollbacks in Gov. Scott Walker’s incentive plan for a giant Foxconn plant won’t harm the state’s environment. Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp, a Walker appointee, told the agency’s board during a meeting in Milwaukee that the plant is a “gift.” Walker’s incentives proposal merely streamlines the…

10-Year-Old Kills Brother while Playing ‘Cops and Robbers’

LOGANVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities in southern Wisconsin say a 10-year-old boy fatally shot his 14-year-old brother while playing “cops and robbers” with a rifle they didn’t think was loaded. The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a shooting at a home south of Loganville. A statement from the sheriff’s office…

Superior Heroin Death Results in Homicide Charge

22-Year-Old Nathan Birkholz of Superior Charged for Distributing Lethal Dose of Opioids

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A fatal heroin overdose that took the life of a 25-year-old Superior man last year has turned into a homicide case. According to the criminal complaint, the suspect, 22-year-old Nathan Birkholz of Superior, knew he was selling a mix of heroin and fentanyl that was the strongest any of his users would ever get their hands on….

Foxconn Package Would Cost $50 Million in Lost Sales Taxes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – New fiscal estimates show Gov. Scott Walker’s incentives package for electronics giant Foxconn would cost the state and local governments nearly $50 million in lost sales taxes. Walker had introduced a bill that would give Foxconn up to $3 billion in incentives to build a plant in southeastern Wisconsin. According to fiscal estimates from state agencies,…

Thousands of Ship Documents Archived, Available for Public Research

Northland Uncovered: Fraser Shipping Documents

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The shipping industry is a business impacting the entire Northland. About four years ago, Fraser Shipyards donated thousands of ship drawings dating back to the 1890s to UW-Superior for archiving and research. Now, librarians are finishing up that task. “They’re more works of art than anything else,” Senior Project Assistant Dara Fillmore described of the donated documents….

Wisconsin Legislator Announces Run for Governor

Dana WachsMADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Democratic legislator from northwestern Wisconsin says he’ll challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker next year. Rep. Dana Wachs of Eau Claire announced Monday that he’ll enter the race. Two other Democrats – Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik and political newcomer Bob Harlow – have already announced their candidacies. Other Democrats who have registered campaign committees, but…

Back Home, Speaker Ryan Can’t Escape Questions About GOP

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan responds to questions from a Republican voter during an employee town hall meeting on Wed. Aug. 2, 2017, in Mukwonago, Wis. Frustrated Republicans vented their displeasure at Ryan on Wednesday during the town hall meeting at a wire manufacturer in Wisconsin congressman’s district. (AP Photo) MUKWONAGO, Wis. (AP) — With a dysfunctional Congress on recess,…

Former Wisconsin Rep. Hulsey Registers Gubernatorial Bid

Hulsey Lost 2014 Democratic Primary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Former Democratic state Rep. Brett Hulsey, of Madison, has filed paperwork to run for governor. Hulsey registered a campaign committee for a potential second run for governor on Thursday. He did not immediately return messages seeking comments on his intentions Saturday. Hulsey served in the state Assembly from 2011 through 2014. He also ran for governor that…

Billings Park Days celebrates community

The events feature fireworks, car shows and much more

SUPERIOR, Wisc. -Billings Park Days is underway in Superior. The weekend celebration features fireworks as well as a showing of the movie The Sandlot on Friday. Saturday will have a car show, dog show, and some rummage sales, all to celebrate neighbors meeting neighbors. “It’s a great community event,” organizer Keith Kern said. “It’s great to get the community together….

First ever Bowfest kicks off at Mont Du Lac

Hundreds of archers are hitting the targets for the weekend of fun

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Archers, ready your bows. It’s the first ever Bowfest out at Mont Du Lac this weekend. Hundreds of archers are making their way to the Mont Du Lac Resort for a weekend of target shooting, live music and fun. Organizers say it’s a good way to celebrate the sport. “This right here is a good physical activity,”…

First Annual Bowfest to take Place at Mont du Lac

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Although it’s not quite hunting season, archers will be working hard in the wild this weekend. It’s all for the First Annual Bowfest at Mont du Lac Resort. Here’s a rundown of what to expect this weekend: BowFest has three Archery loops – all open at noon Friday, 10:00 a.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. Sunday. Prizes will…

Billings Park Days kicks off this weekend

Car shows, movie night, fireworks and more.

SUPERIOR, Minn. – Billings Park is getting ready for a fun celebration this weekend. Billings Park Days in Superior is this on Friday and Saturday. The celebration features fireworks on Friday, as well as a showing of the movie “The Sandlot” on the baseball diamond. Saturday features a car show, dog show, and more than 30 rummage sales. “It’s a…

Bike Share Companies Gets Ok To Move In To Superior

Zagsters Bike Share Based Out Of Boston Will Provide Services

Superior, Wis. Superior City Council voted yes to allow a Boston based bike share company to move into town. Bike share company Zagster has the authority to move forward. The move will bring four bike stations containing 5 bikes at each location. Locations tentatively include Billings Park, Barkers Island, UWS campus and Allouez areas. The goal for the city is…

Painting The Night Away In Superior

Art On The Planet Hosts Lesson's

Superior, Wis. Art on the Planet in Superior hosts weekly gatherings where you can literally make your own art. Monday, art students were working on their version of the northern lights cascaded over a water fall. The class is an easy fun way to try something new. “Everyone’s is always different that the cool thing about here and they’re not…

3 Hurt in Seaplane Accident near Aviation Fly-In

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WLUK) – A seaplane hit a wave upon takeoff before it crashed into Lake Winnebago Thursday night, according to a spokesman for the Experimnetal Aircraft Association. Dick Knapinski of EAA says two people remain in critical condition and a third received minor injuries. All three are from Minnesota. Photo: Lynn Murray via Fox 11 WLUK The plane was taking…

Paine Reflects on First 100 Days as Superior Mayor

Mayor Proud of Accomplishments in a Short Time

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Jim Paine knew the job wouldn’t be easy. But 100 days into his first term as Superior’s Mayor, Paine feels as if he and his city are moving in the right direction. “The first 100 days are not the whole term, but they certainly set the pace,” said Paine, who defeated Brent Fennessey in April to succeed…

Sour Fest Back At Thirsty Pagan

Beers Brewed Longer For Different Taste

Superior, Wis. Sour fest is what it’s called. Thirsty pagan in Superior is having a beer fest of their own going on right now ahead of the big brew fest. Choose your choice of numerous beers that have a distinct taste because of the different brewing process the beers go through. “So it takes a bit longer for sour beers…

Open House Held to Discuss Potential Enbridge Pipeline Permit Renewal

Pipeline Passes Through Eleven Miles of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Near Ashland

ASHLAND, Wis. – Enbridge Energy ahs asked to continue operating their pipeline that passes through a national forest near Ashland. Thursday night, an open house was held for people to learn more about that pipeline. The Enbridge pipeline was first built in 1953 and has continued operating through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Since then. Now, the U.S. Forest Service is…

CASDA Hosts Golf Fundraiser Friday

At 'Socks for Survivors' Golfers are Encouraged to Wear Their Loudest Socks

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse is looking for golfers with a strong short game and a strong sock game. Friday CASDA hosts its 5th annual ‘Socks for Survivors’ golf tournament at Nemadji Golf Club. Golfers are encouraged to wear their wildest socks for a day on the links while raising money to help CASDA support…

Things to Know About Foxconn Plant Coming to Wisconsin

(AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group’s manufacturing plant in Wisconsin will be the first U.S.-based facility for the Taiwan-based electronics giant. Here are some things to know about the plant: ___ WHAT WILL IT MAKE? Foxconn is perhaps best known for assembling Apple iPhones in China, but that’s not what would be made at the plant. Instead, it…

Wisconsin Airport Becomes World’s Busiest During Convention

Festival Continues on Through Sunday

OSHKOSH, Wis.-A small eastern Wisconsin airport gets the designation of “world’s busiest” once a year during a yearly plane convention. That makes for a lot of coordination and communication among the pilots and air traffic controllers during the week-long Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Air Traffic Manager Chuck Howard says there are sometimes as many…

Foxconn Announces $10 Billion Investment in New Wisconsin Campus

ESTIMATED TO ESTABLISH 13,000 NEW JOBS IN THE STATE

(AP) WASHINGTON – Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics manufacturing services provider, announced Wednesday that it will invest $10 billion by 2020 to build a world-class manufacturing campus in southeastern Wisconsin. The campus is expected to bring 13,000 new jobs to Wisconsin and represents the largest new greenfield investment made by a foreign-based company in U.S. history. The announcement…

Walker with Trump for ‘Major Jobs Announcement’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says President Donald Trump plans to make a “major jobs announcement for Wisconsin” as anticipation builds it will be about electronics giant Foxconn locating in the state. Walker tweeted about the Wednesday afternoon news conference at the White House. Wisconsin state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he is in Washington for what he…

Girls Have a Blast at Space Camp

Camp at UWS was Designed to Teach Girls About Careers in Aeronautics

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Girls from local high schools wrapped up a couple days of learning about space travel Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. This aeronautics and space camp hosted by UWS’ Transportation and Logisitics Research Center taught the kids about opportunities for women in the space program. They even took time to launch homemade rockets Tuesday. And State Senator…

New Developments Could Be Coming to Ashland

A New Distillery, Brew Pub, and Outdoor Event Space Could Begin Construction Next Year

ASHLAND, Wis. – One of Ashland’s biggest hotels are seriously eyeing the waterfront for new development there. The Hotel Chequamegon has been a staple in Ashland for decades, and the owners now want to expand their business along the city’s lake shore. In addition to making improvements to the historic hotel, the owners are considering building a new distillery and…

Man Dies Fishing on Lake Superior

The Man was Reported Missing When He Didn't Come Back on Time

  ASHLAND, Wis. – An Ashland man died Friday while fishing on Lake Superior. According to Ashland County Sheriffs, the man, 62m went fishing by himself Friday and was supposed to return by 1:00 p.m. His truck and boat trailer were still parked at the Kreher Park boat landing. Around 5:00 p.m., a resident on Lake Park Road called 911…

Walker Declares State of Emergency for 17 Counties

MADISON, Wis. – Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency, on July 21, for 17 counties following torrential rains that fell in western Wisconsin. Several counties will deal with potentially heavy rains once again Friday night. Gov. Walker, Adjutant General of the Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian Satula, and Wisconsin DNR Deputy Secretary Kurt Thiede met…

3 Prison Staff Hurt in Attack by Inmate

The Oshkosh Correctional Institution, seen June 2, 2017 after lockdown went in effect the day before. (WLUK) OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – Corrections officials say three security employees are recovering following an attack by an inmate at the state prison in Oshkosh. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections says the attack happened Thursday evening at the medium-security Oshkosh Correctional Institution. Injuries on…

Flooding Closes City, Causes Mudslides in Western Wisconsin

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ARCADIA, Wis. (KMSP) – Residents in western Wisconsin are dealing with mudslides and high water after rain caused significant flooding overnight Wednesday. Rain caused the Turton River to overflow its banks, flooding neighborhoods in Arcadia, a town of approximately 3,000 people. Several hundred residents voluntarily evacuated their homes and businesses early Thursday, the Associated Press reported. The Red Cross has…

Vietnam War Memorial Arrives in Twin Ports

Since 1996, 'The Wall That Heals' has Traveled to More Than 400 Towns and Cities Across the United States

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The City of Superior came alive earlier Wednesday to welcome a piece of history into the Northland. From now through Sunday, Twin Ports residents will have the chance to walk through time and remember those who served for our country in the Vietnam War. “Our men and women deserve the military rights of all things from beginning to…

Wisconsin Senate Budget Calls for $712 Million in Road Borrowing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Senate Republicans have taken the unusual step of introducing their own version of the state budget as a standoff with their Assembly counterparts over road funding continues. Republicans in both houses can’t agree on how to plug a $1 billion shortfall in the transportation fund. Senate Republicans want to borrow more money. Assembly Republicans want to…

Competitors to Gather for Lumberjack World Championships  

$50,000 in Prize Money Available

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) – Competitors are expected to gather in northern Wisconsin for the annual Lumberjack World Championships this week. The gathering in Hayward will showcase more than 20 events for world records in areas such as logrolling, chopping and pole climb. Over 100 competitors are set to vie for more than $50,000 in prize money. The event starts Thursday…

Heavy Rains Slow Wisconsin Timber Harvest

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s logging industry is struggling to harvest wood because of the wet summer, leaving loggers with less money while they wait for work during better weather. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the last three months are among the five wettest on record in the state, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. Henry Schienebeck is…

Floods Causing Major Problems in Wisconsin

National Guard Called in to Help

MILWAUKEE -Historic flooding has forced businesses in Burlington to close while they wait for power to be restored but residents are upbeat as cleanup efforts begin. Bob Koldeway owns a bike shop in town and was spending the day Thursday mopping and drying the floor of his store after it flooded with more than two inches of rain Wednesday. Koldway…

Wisconsin Republicans Show Few Signs of Progress on Budget

Still Debating Funding for Road Projects

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Republican legislative leaders are showing no signs of progress on reaching a state budget deal. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Gov. Scott Walker met privately Wednesday to discuss how to break a budget impasse primarily focused on paying for roads. Vos left the meeting saying Assembly Republicans have accepted that…

Wisconsin’s Right-to-Work Law Upheld

Allows Employees to Not Join Unions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -A federal appeals court panel has upheld Wisconsin’s right-to-work law. The law prohibits businesses and unions from reaching agreements that require all workers to pay union dues. Unions maintain the law enables nonunion members to receive free representation. Two chapters of the International Union of Operating Engineers filed a lawsuit last year alleging that amounts to an…

Drug Activity Prompted Lockdown of Wisconsin Prison

The Oshkosh Correctional Institution, seen June 2, 2017 after lockdown went in effect the day before. (WLUK) OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – Newly released documents show a nearly two-week lockdown at a Wisconsin state prison more than 50 miles southwest of Green Bay was the result of illegal drug activity involving dozens of inmates. WLUK reports that about 70 correctional officers…

Lawmaker: ’99 Percent’ Sure Craft Brewery Changes Dead

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Republican lawmaker says a proposal to require breweries and wineries to sell their products through distributors is going nowhere. Craft breweries were outraged last month when a memo emerged detailing a plan that would require breweries and wineries to work through distributors rather than sell their products on-site directly to customers. The brewers feared the…