Wisconsin

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…

Great Lakes States, Provinces Team up on Invasive Species

More Than 180 non-Native Species Have Been Introduced Into the Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – The eight states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes region have agreed to cooperate on enforcing invasive species laws. They will share information and team up to investigate suspected violations, including possession and transport of banned exotic species such as Asian carp . An organization representing the region’s governors and premiers announced Monday…

Deck Of Cards Picks Council Pres.; Mayor Paine Vetoes Censure Against Councilor Van Sickle

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It was a heated Superior City Council meeting Tuesday night that included a censure vote and a cutting of the cards to finally pick a council president after three failed votes at past council meetings. In a 6-4 vote, the council sided with City Attorney Frog Prell’s Report — against Mayor Paine’s Conclusion — that a deck…

Two off-Duty Officers Killed in Separate Wisconsin Incidents

Law Enforcement is Searching for the Armbed Robbery Gunman

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Two off-duty police officers have been killed in separate incidents in southeastern Wisconsin. Racine police say Officer John Hetland was fatally shot Monday about 9:40 p.m. when he tried to intervene in an armed robbery at Teezers bar. And Milwaukee police say Officer Kou (koo) Her died early Tuesday when he was struck by a speeding driver…

Superior Celebrates Juneteenth with Community Cookout

Freedom Day celebrations in Kelly Park unite the community.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- This Wednesday, June 19th, is Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when slaves in the united states were officially set free. On Sunday Juneteenth  was commemorated in Superior. Multiple groups, such as the Superior African Heritage Community, Fathers Rise Together, UWS, and Duluth–Superior Save the Kids hosted a cookout in Kelly Park. The annual event brings together about 300 people…

A Better Understanding of Elderly Abuse

The forum Friday offered those in attendance a better understanding of how to look out for elderly abuse

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Every year, one in ten older adults experience some kind of abuse. That’s according to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine. Today, a forum at the Superior Public Library taught the community signs of elder abuse like caregiver neglect, financial exploitation, and financial harm. Attendees also learned how to stop the abuse, and get people…

Wisdom Center for Change Offers Acupuncture, Reiki Healing & More

Formally Known As 'Rooted Folks Center for Evolution'

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this weeks Active Adventures we are slowing things down and healing ourselves from the inside and out. Twin sisters in the Twin Ports can help with injuries both physically and mentally, using alternative & holistic health. Formally known as Rooted Folks Center for Evolution,  they have now re-branded and changed their name to Wisdom Center for…

Captain’s Platter Fishing Contest Takes Anglers to Allouez Bay

15th year of competition brings Anglers of all ages together.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- On Saturday Anglers took advantage of the nice weather out on Allouez bay for the Captain’s Platter Fishing Contest. Over 50 boats full of anglers tried the water and caught some pretty big trout, walleye and salmon. One of the largest was a 23 lb trout. According to the organizers with the Duluth Sail and Power Squadron, anglers…

Pancake Fundraiser to Support Solid Rock Men’s Homeless Shelter

The Pancake Fundraiser is Happening Sunday, June 9 starting at 8:00 a.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – On Sunday, June 9, forget getting up early and preparing breakfast. The perfect fundraising opportunity will fill your belly and help a great cause in Douglas County. Solid Rock Safe Haven in Superior is hosting a fundraising pancake breakfast from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Senior Center located at 1527 Tower Avenue. Tickets for the…

No Deal on Roads, Some Senators Propose Portion of a Plan

Some Republicans Propose Tapping $133 Million in Budget Reserves

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – With no deal on how to fund Wisconsin’s transportation needs in sight, some Republican senators are proposing tapping $133 million in budget reserves to pay for repairs to county and town roads. But the senators who announced the plan Wednesday say they have no agreement with Assembly Republicans on the deal. That means it may not…

Wisconsin Legislature to Send Abortion Bills to Governor

Evers has Promised a Veto

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled Legislature is poised to send four anti-abortion bills to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who has vowed to veto the measures. One so-called born alive bill touted by President Donald Trump would require doctors to care for babies that survive an abortion or face felony charges and up to life in prison. The Assembly passed…

Wisconsin Republicans to Decide on Health Care Funding

The Budget Committee was Meeting Tuesday to Vote

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature were set to decide how much they intend to spend on health care programs over the next two years. The Legislature’s GOP-controlled budget committee was meeting Tuesday to vote on funding for the state’s BadgerCare Medicaid program and a host of other health care programs in the state. Republicans have…

Court Reverses Regulators’ Decision on Pipeline’s Impact

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – An appeals court has reversed a decision by Minnesota utility regulators who approved the environmental impact statement for Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 pipeline. The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday the environmental impact statement is inadequate because it doesn’t address the possibility of an oil spill into the Lake Superior watershed….

Cell Tower Project Underway on Wisconsin Tribe’s Reservation

The Cell Tower Will Avert Future Tragedies

RED CLIFF, Wis. (AP) – A Native American tribe in Wisconsin is constructing a cell tower that’s part of a multibillion-dollar effort to build a nationwide public safety broadband network to improve emergency communications. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa broke ground on the 300-foot tower on its reservation Wednesday. The tribe is…

Superior Residents Displaced After Porch Fire

The Cause of the Fire has not Been Determined

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior fire crews responded to a structure fire Wednesday afternoon that left two residents displaced and caused significant damage to their trailer. According to the Superior Fire Department, crews responded to the fire around 3:50 p.m. at 4932 Huron Drive where an enclosed porch attached to a mobile home was on fire. There were no reported injuries….

Alumni Look Back at Cooper Elementary One Last Time

School hosts tour before demolition next month.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Before Cooper Elementary in Superior is demolished next month, and its new building opens in August, the alumni of the old Cooper spent some time looking back at their old stomping grounds. To reminisce on all the history that it held, past and present Cooper Elementary School students looked at old yearbooks that date all the way back…

Opening Day for Superior Farmer’s Market

Just weeks away from summer, it officially began Wednesday in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis.- We are just three weeks away from summer, but it appears it has already struck in Superior, as their downtown Farmer’s Market opened today. While the growing season has been slow due to the bad winter and cold spring we are having, vendors on site are hopeful that this nice weather can turn things around. “It’s been a…

Wisconsin Raids Church Accused of Giving pot to Members

Police did not say how Much Marijuana They Took

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin authorities say they raided a self-styled Rastafarian church in Madison that claimed marijuana was a “sacrament” they gave its members in exchange for donations. Madison police said the Dane County Narcotics Task Force on Wednesday morning raided the Lion of Judah House of Rastafari, which has been open since March. The church was started by…

Northland Paddle Alliance Cleans Up Superior Boat Launch

People picked up trash along shore of Woodstock Bay Boat Launch.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The nicer weather gave some in Superior a chance to clean up local boat launches. The Northland Paddlers Alliance adopted the Woodstock Bay Paddle Access Launch, after it was designated for Paddle Access last year. On Tuesday they broke out the bags to pick up garbage, and get the launch ready for paddlers this summer. “I think anybody…

UW Tuition Freeze, DNR Scientists up for key Vote

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Continuing a University of Wisconsin tuition freeze for another two years and adding back scientists positions at the Department of Natural Resources are both up for key votes in the Legislature’s budget committee. The Joint Finance Committee was scheduled to vote Tuesday on UW funding and issues related to the DNR. The Republican-controlled panel was also…

Wisconsin Wineries Help Boost Tourism Fund

The Recent Study was Conducted by Michigan State University

WISCONSIN (AP) – Wisconsin might be best known for its beer and cheese offerings, but the state is now dabbling in other areas of interest. A new report shows the states wineries are dragging tourists from across the Upper Midwest. A recent Michigan State University study estimated 1.78 million visits were made to Wisconsin’s winery tasting rooms in 2015, bringing…

Memorial Weekend BBQ at the Bong Veterans Historical Center

Over 600 turned out to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Hundreds packed the Bong Historical Center parking lot for their Memorial Weekend Barbecue and Military Vehicle Show. According to organizers, before 11 a.m. 600 people had been through the museum. At the free event they could climb the rock wall, bounce in bouncy houses, and explore military vehicles with veterans. “They sacrificed so we can do this kinda…

Water Safety Skills for Elementary Students

The Superior YMCA hosted Northern Lights students teaching them water safety skills

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Today, students spent the day learning water safety skills. This month, 600 Superior Elementary school kids will take part in the free program, most of who have never gotten water safety training before. Warm weather is on its way and soon families will be out on Lake Superior beach. The YMCA in Superior is doing their part to…

LIVE: Closs Family Wants max Sentences in Kidnapping

Sentencing Will Take Place Friday at 1:30 p.m.

UPDATE: Patterson gets life sentence for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs, killing her parents. BARRON, Wis. (AP) – Members of Jayme Closs’ family are asking a Wisconsin judge to sentence the man who kidnapped her and killed her parents to the maximum amount of time in prison. Twenty-one-year-old Jake Patterson pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional homicide and…

Minnesota Official Wins UW-Whitewater Chancellor job

Watszon Will Begin new job August 1

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Minnesota academic official is the new chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The UW System Board of Regents announced Thursday that they have given the job to Dwight Watson, provost and vice president of Academic and Student Affairs at Southwest Minnesota State University. He replaces former Chancellor Beverly Kopper, who resigned in December after her…

Superior man Arrested for Vandalism

Suspect not yet Formally Charged

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A 19-year-old Superior man has been arrested for his involvement in several incidents of vandalism throughout the city in recent months. According to the Superior Police Department, the man was arrested on Tuesday for the incidents that occurred at Wade Bowl Park and several other locations along Belknap Street. Authorities say the man was cooperative and gave…

Cable Natural History Museum to Host Grand Opening Saturday

The Cable Natural History Museum will Unveil Three New Exhibits Saturday, May 25, 2019

CABLE, Wis. – The Cable Natural History Museum nestled in downtown Cable is bursting with activity, fun, exhibits, activities, events, volunteers and kids, with even more of all that set to open this month as its Curiosity Center nears completion. The museum is hosting a grand opening on Saturday, May 25. “The new Curiosity Center is a dream come true…

Thirsty Pagan Brewing to Open in Superior’s Soo Line Depot

Brewery held soft opening Wednesday.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior’s Thirsty Pagan Brewing has moved from its Broadway Street location into the Soo Line Depot on Winter Street. They plan to have a grand opening on June 8th. After renting the space at Broadway Street, the Brewery closed shop there. They now own this new location. According to owners, with more seating and performance space for 7 days…

SPECIAL REPORT: Body Camera Video Shows Lives Saved By Narcan

Superior Police have Adminstered the Opioid-Reversal Drug More than 50 Times Since 2016

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – As Superior Police Officers continue to respond to several opioid overdose calls each month, we’re getting a closer look at the reality behind the opioid crisis. In a FOX 21 exclusive, Superior Police released body camera video of officers using Narcan to save the lives of people overdosing on opioids. In the two videos released, officers respond…

Four Arrested in Hayward Shooting Incident

The Incident Remains Under Investigation

HAYWARD, Wis. – Officers with the Hayward Police Department say they responded to multiple calls about shots fired in the area of West Fourth Street on May 14. Soon after, Sawyer County dispatch received a call from an adult male saying he had just been shot at and was following the black Chevy vehicle the suspects fled in. Officers located…

Ashland Police Officer Accused of Auto Theft, Retired From Force

The Investigation is Ongoing

ASHLAND, Wis. – An 18-year veteran of the Ashland Police Department has retired from the force after being accused of stealing a vehicle in Ashland on April 28. According to the Ashland Police Department, officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 100 Block of 7th Avenue East. That same morning the victim called police after locating…

Kwik Trip Veggie Trays Again Linked to Salmonella

Several Illnesses Have Been Reported

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Kwik Trip has removed some vegetable trays from its convenience stores after several reported illnesses in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Health officials say the Del Monte vegetable trays, which included broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip, have been linked to salmonella bacteria which has, so far, sickened three people in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota. Symptoms of…

Education Advocates, Business Group Expect Funding Increase

Evers Proposed $1.4 Billion Increase

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Advocates for K-12 schools and the University of Wisconsin System say they think Republicans will want to spend more money on education, but they don’t anticipate it will be as much as Democratic Gov. Tony Evers proposed. Education advocates and the lobbyist for the state chamber of commerce spoke Tuesday at an event organized by the…

Body Found in Vehicle Submerged in Lake Winnebago

An Autopsy is Being Conducted

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – Oshkosh police say a body has been recovered from a vehicle submerged in Lake Winnebago. Police say they were notified Monday that there was damage to the railing at the Bowen Street fishing dock, indicating a vehicle may have plunged into the lake. Oshkosh Fire Department divers did an initial search, but didn’t find anything. The…

Bong Center to Host Event Honoring Memorial Day

The Event is Happening Saturday, May 25 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Staff and volunteers at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center invite the community to honor Memorial Day with them Saturday, May 25 starting at 11:00 a.m. The Center will host a free BBQ for families, with food provided by Blackwood’s. The idea for a Memorial Day community BBQ began in 2018. Staff anticipated 300 people to…

Ice Cream with a K-9 at Superior Dairy Queen

Northland K-9 Foundation hosted fundraiser.

SUPERIOR, Wis- It was a great day to go out and grab some ice cream while hanging out with Superior’s finest four-legged law enforcement: a K-9 from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The Northland K-9 Foundation hosted its Spirit Night Fundraiser at the Dairy Queen on Tower Avenue. There you could meet Deputy Cory Fossum and his K-9 Raptor, and…

New Cooper Elementary School Building Ready for New School Year

A year after the fire and explosion, the new building prepares to open.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A year after a fire halted the opening of a new Cooper Elementary School Building in Superior, the school is complete, and ready for the first classes to attend next Fall. According to the Superintendent of Superior School District, teachers will begin moving into the new building as early as June to set up their rooms and offices….

Superior Police Officers Sworn In

Three new Superior police officers were sworn in Friday morning

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- With only sixty-one police officers on the force, and some of them close to retirement, three new officers were sworn into the Superior Police Department today after going through a nineteen month training process. A few year’s back, around one hundred twenty candidates typically applied to join the Superior Police Department. This year, there were only around seventy…

Budget Panel Approves Tech College Increase

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republicans on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee have approved more money for Wisconsin’s technical colleges, but fell $11 million short of how much Gov. Tony Evers and Democrats wanted. The Joint Finance Committee is working Thursday on making changes to Evers’ budget before the full Republican-controlled Legislature votes on the two-year spending plan, likely sometime in June….

Kaul Sues Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Marketing Practices

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is suing Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma over its opioid marketing practices. Kaul filed the lawsuit in state court Thursday. It alleges Purdue Pharma downplayed the addiction risks of opioid pain medication Oxycontin and the company’s former president, Richard Sackler, approved the strategy. The lawsuit alleges the practices amount to a public…