Wisconsin

At least One Dead in Fond du Lac House Fire

Firefighters Were Called to the House Around 6:00 a.m.

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Spooner-Based National Guard Unit Deploying to Middle East

The Unit Will Deploy This Fall

SPOONER, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin National Guard unit based in Spooner will deploy to the Middle East this fall. About 150 soldiers from the 829th Engineer Company, which has a detachment in Ashland, will mobilize as a construction unit in support of an engineer battalion from Indiana. The Journal Sentinel says the 829th deployed to Afghanistan in 2013-2014 and…

Weekly Farmers Market Continues in Superior

The Market Happens Every Wednesday From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – While the temperatures this week are deceiving it’s beginning to look a lot like autumn in the Northland. Today, you’re invited to check out the Superior Downtown Farmer’s Market. It’s taking place every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The market is located on the 1200 Block of Banks Avenue. Local producers say as the fall…

Elk Illegally Killed in Sawyer County

If You Have any Information You Are Asked to Contact Police

(courtesy: Fox 9) SAWYER COUNTY, Wis. – Authorities are on the lookout in Sawyer County after someone shot and killed an elk illegally there. Police say the elk was killed sometime between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Saturday along the State Highway 77 near Forest Road 174. If you have any information on the case you are asked to contact…

Lawyer: Ex-Wisconsin Nurse to Plead Guilty to Hurting Babies

Kaphaem Allegedly Injured Nine NICU Infants

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A defense attorney says a former Wisconsin nurse is prepared to plead guilty to hurting infants in a Madison hospital’s intensive care unit. Forty-three-year-old Christopher Kaphaem faces 19 felony child abuse counts involving nine infants. WKOW-TV reports Kaphaem’s attorney, Jonas Bednarek, notified the court of the plea in a letter Monday. Bednarek wrote that his client…

Republican Fitzgerald Announces Run for Congress

Democrat Tom Palzewicz is Also Running

(courtesy: twitter) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is running for Congress to succeed retiring longtime U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner. Fitzgerald announced his bid Tuesday on WISN-AM. He is the first Republican to enter the race. His newly launched campaign website prominently features a picture of Fitzgerald next to President Donald Trump, who is giving…

Dairy Industry Pushes Back Against new Manure Storage Rules

State Agriculture Officials are Crafting New Standards

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin dairy industry is raising a stink about potential new regulations governing where factory farms can store manure. State agriculture officials are crafting new farm standards to serve as a template for local ordinances. The standards would expand setbacks for manure storage. New farms with 1,000 or more animals as well as farms looking to…

Registration Now Open for New North End Nightmare 5K

The 5K is Happening Saturday, October 26 in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Are you in the mood for spooktacular fun? How about a little exercise before loading on those candy calories? Grandma’s Marathon and the Young Athletes Foundation are proud to be hosting the first ever North End Nightmare 5K taking place during the North End Spooktacular in Superior. The 5K will take place on Saturday, October 26. The…

Evers Creates Task Force to Study Retirement Savings

The Task Force Will Study The Amount of Money Retired People Have Saved

(AP Photo) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers has created a task force to study issues facing the growing number of retired people in Wisconsin, particularly the amount of money they have saved. Evers signed an executive order Monday creating the group that is led by state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski and include members of Evers’ administration, Republican and Democratic…

Annual Library Sale This Weekend in Superior

Biggest fundraiser of the year hopes to bring $10,000 to the library.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The Superior Public Library is hosting its annual book sale fundraiser today and tomorrow. Throughout the year the public has been donating items for the sale including not only books. This year a member of the community passed away, donating their whole record collection to the sale. This is the first year the sale featured records. Organizers hope they…

Remaining Safe On Powersport Vehicles

Some of the best powersport athletes in the world were in Superior stressing helmet safety

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Some of the best athletes in motorsports and powersports were in Superior Thursday stressing the concerns of being safe on off-road vehicles. One out of every five all-terrain vehicles fatalities is under the age of 16, 90% of those a child wasn’t wearing a helmet, and 95% percent of them didn’t have a safety certification. Which is why,…

UW-Superior Teams To Raise Money For Mental Health Awareness

The funds raised will go towards supporting healthier lives of all on campus

SUPERIOR, Wis.- On Tuesday, which is National Suicide Prevention Day, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds in the world. Athletes at UW-Superior are trying to help raise awareness about the problem. Throughout the year, Yellowjacket sports teams are playing “Cause Games” as they are know by. Proceeds from the games will benefit the “Pruitt Center For Mindfulness and…

Republican Tiffany Launches Run for Congress in Wisconsin

A Special Election Date Has Yet to be Determined

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican state Sen. Tom Tiffany is running for Congress in northern Wisconsin to replace U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, who is resigning in two weeks. Tiffany announced his candidacy on Tuesday, casting himself as a “proven conservative.” He has been in the state Legislature since 2011 and is a member of the Legislature’s powerful budget-writing committee. Other…

Mother Charged With Neglect After 42-Pound Teen Son Dies

She is Due Back in Court on September 18

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee mother is facing neglect charges after the medical examiner determined her 42-pound teenage son died of severe malnutrition. A criminal complaint says Iraida Pizarro-Osorio brought her 16-year-old son to a medical clinic in Milwaukee last week after he became unresponsive. The teen died at the clinic. The complaint says he weighed just 42 pounds. Pizarro-Osorio…

Helping Children With Hair Loss

The community came together Monday to donate 8-10 inches of their hair to children across America

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Certain diseases and the treatments for them, such as chemotherapy can cause a child’s hair to fall out, and that can be devastating for kids who just want to fit in and don’t want to be seen as different. Serenity Spa & Salon partnered with a non-profit called ‘Children With Hair Loss’, to have those in the community…

Superior Police and Fire Commission Appoint new Fire Chief

Gordon Will Start his new Role on October 1

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Superior Police and Fire Commission announced Monday that Battalion Chief Scott Gordon has been appointed as the next fire chief. Gordon, a 27-year veteran of the department, will be taking over for Fire Chief Steve Panger who is retiring on September 30. Panger announced his retirement in July saying the timing is right for him and…

Tiffany Poised to Launch Run for Congress

Fellow Republican Sen. Petrowski Says he Will not Run for Congress

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Republican state senator is poised to enter the race for Congress in northern Wisconsin to replace Rep. Sean Duffy, who is resigning in two weeks. Sen. Tom Tiffany said Monday he will make a “special announcement” Tuesday about the 7th Congressional District race. Tiffany plans seven stops across the district over two days. Meanwhile, fellow…

Suspect, Shooting Victim Charged in Connection to Maple Shooting

Authorities say This is an Active Investigation

MAPLE, Wis. – One of the suspects, and the shooting victim detained in connection to a shooting incident earlier this month in Maple have been charged. According to court records, 37-year-old Leah Marie Sommerlot has been charged with aiding a felon – falsifying information, obstructing an officer and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping and 29-year-old Patrick Staton has been…

First Wine Bar and Winery Opens in Superior

Owner handmakes and sells her own wine.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The first wine bar and winery in Superior held its grand opening, and the wines you get there you really can’t get anywhere else. Wine Seller Winery on Belknap Street is selling homemade wines that you can taste and buy for yourself. The owner has been making her own wine for years and wanted to share her creations…

Enbridge Looks to Conduct Surveys to Move Pipeline

An Enbridge Agent Informed Mellon City Officials on Thursday

(AP Photo/Jim Mone, File) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Enbridge Energy is looking for permission to conduct land surveys in northern Wisconsin as it considers re-routing a pipeline out of an American Indian reservation. Wisconsin Public Radio reports the company wants to conduct environmental surveys along a 40-mile stretch in Ashland and Iron counties to replace an existing 20-mile segment of…

World of Wheels Skate Center Debuts Fresh New Rink

Active Adventures: World of Wheels Skate Center in Superior, Wisconsin

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s back to school for students in the Twin Ports! What better way to release some steam and have fun on the weekends than with a trip to the roller rink? World of Wheels Skate Center in Superior was recently closed for a short period of time to resurface and update their rink. Now it’s back open…

Driver’s Education Teacher Convicted of Enticement

A Sentencing Date has not Been set

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) – A driver’s education teacher in Appleton has been convicted of child enticement. Seventy-four-year-old Charles Rodgers pleaded no contest to the charge in Outagamie County Circuit Court Thursday. Charges of attempted sexual assault by a school staff member and exposing child to harmful descriptions were dismissed as part of a plea deal. An investigation began when a…

Classic Boat & Schooner Rendezvous Sailing into Bayfield

The Event Kicks off Friday, September 6 in Bayfield, Wisconsin

BAYFIELD, Wis. – The 2nd annual Lake Superior Tall Ships “Classic Boat & Schooner Rendezvous” is sailing back into Bayfield Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8. The mission of the event is to raise funds and awareness for the Lake Superior Tall Ships Youth Sailing & Sea Cadets Program including sailing trips to Isle Royale and Minnesota’s North Shore….

Evers Taps Hughes as New WEDC Secretary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers has picked an attorney for an organic farming cooperative to serve as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s new leader. Evers said Thursday that he has appointed Melissa Hughes to replace Mark Hogan as WEDC secretary. Hogan was appointed by former Republican Gov. Scott Walker but stayed on the job after GOP lawmakers blocked…

Python on the run at Fond du Lac High School

The Snake Belongs to an Instructor at the School

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) – Students and staff at Fond du Lac High School are a bit on edge as the search continues for a missing python. The 3-foot long snake escaped from its cage at the high school sometime over the Labor Day weekend. Principal Matt Steinbarth says there’s some evidence the snake entered the ventilation system at…

UW-Superior Begins 2019 School Year

Students filled the YellowJacket Union as classes are now back in session for the Yellowjackets

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Fall is in the air which means classes are back in session around the Northland as UW-Superior held their first day of the fall semester today. And with it comes students inside and out of the Yellowjacket Union beginning their homework for their classes or even hanging out with friends. One student we spoke with from St. Cloud…

New Housing, Retail Development Planned For Downtown Superior

Ground is expected to be broke on Central Flats within the next six weeks

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Plans are in place for a new apartment building on Belknap Street in the heart of downtown Superior and will include shopping space on the first floor. Back in April, Superior Mayor Jim Paine announced in his State of the City address that a mixed-use development plan would be coming to Superior, and on Wednesday we got a…

Cooper Elementary Students View New School

SUPERIOR, WI – Students at Cooper Elementary got a first look at their new digs Tuesday morning. The students waited an extra year- after a fire ripped through the building last year during construction. Cooper Elementary had three orientation sessions throughout the day. It allowed the students new and old to tour the school, gather supplies and check in with…

Fatal Iron County Crash Leaves One Dead, Two Seriously Injured

The Incident Remains Under Investigation

MERCER, Wis. – One man is dead and two are injured following a one vehicle crash on US Highway 51 near State Highway 47 around 7:22 a.m. Wednesday. According to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrived on scene within minutes of the reported crash where it was determined the driver of the vehicle was deceased and the two passengers…

Nearly 50,000 Students Unvaccinated in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Health officials say nearly 50,000 children in Wisconsin have vaccination waivers as the school year gets underway, leaving them vulnerable to measles at a time when the number of cases has grown exponentially across the country. The Journal Sentinel says figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 1,215 cases of measles this year across…

Superior Businesses Put Out Purple for Alzheimer’s Awareness

All this week businesses have special events before the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Duluth.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- September is Alzheimer’s Awareness month and in the Twin Ports, it’s recognized with the yearly Walk to End Alzheimer’s this Saturday in Duluth. But the awareness campaign is already kicking off today with businesses across the bridge in Superior that are getting involved for the first time. “I don’t think there’s anybody in our community that has not…

Shooting In Maple, Wisconsin: Three Detained, One Victim Hospitalized

MAPLE, Wis. — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed an afternoon shooting in Maple, Wisconsin. Deputies responded to reports of shots fired shortly before 4 p.m. on Monday on Pellman Loop Road, where they found one man with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, a 29 year-old man from Maple, was airlifted to a hospital in Duluth. His injuries from…

Prosecutor’s Office Clears Officers in Fatal Ashland Shooting

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption ASHLAND, Wis. – A prosecutor’s office in Ashland County has cleared law enforcement officers of any wrongdoing in the May 22 fatal officer involved shooting. According to authorities, on May 22 U.S. Marshal Officers and local law enforcement attempted to arrest 33-year-old Joseph Tedrick who…

Saxon Harbor Reopens in Time for Holiday Weekend

(courtesy: Facebook/Saxon Harbor) IRON COUNTY, Wis. – After being heavily damaged in 2016 from severe storms, Saxon Harbor has officially reopened just in time for the holiday weekend. The announcement was made in a recent Facebook post verifying that boat launches and transient dockage are available to the public as of Friday morning. Marina officials are reminding boaters that slips…

Pig Out for a Good Cause Sunday in Iron River

The Emergency Pig Out Fundraiser is Happening Sunday, September 1 in Iron River

IRON RIVER, Wis. – Staff at White Winter Winery in Iron River, Wisconsin, invite you to pig out on delicious food for a great cause Sunday, September 1 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Emergency Pig Out Fundraiser helps support the Iron River EMS and Fire Department, which are both volunteer organizations. Delicious “Real Deal” BBQ pulled pork with…

Saddle Up! Great Northern Classic Rodeo is Back in Superior

The Annual Rodeo Happens Throughout Labor Day Weekend

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Great Northern Classic Rodeo is back for another three-day fun filled lineup of entertainment. The event takes place at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds in Superior. The 28th Annual Great Northern Classic Rodeo will begin Friday at 6:00 p.m. Friday night the rodeo will kick off with the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink Event,” and…

Former Ashland Police Officer Charged In Auto Theft Case

He is Due in Court on September 16 in Ashland County

ASHLAND, Wis. – The 18-year veteran of the Ashland Police Department accused of stealing a vehicle in April has been charged with one count of Drive or Operate Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent-Abandon Vehicle. Authorities say Ty Juoni, 50, stole a vehicle from a residence in the 100 Block of 7th Avenue East in the early morning hours of April 28….

Wisconsin Sexual Assault kit Tests Yield First Conviction

The Department Began Testing Kits in 2017 That Had Gone Unexamined for Decades

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Justice Department has won its first conviction using results from testing thousands of unanalyzed sexual assault kits. The department announced Thursday that a Waupaca County jury convicted Leroy Whittenberger of three counts of second-degree sexual assault on Wednesday. According to a criminal complaint filed in April 2018, Whittenberger assaulted a teenage girl in New…

Wisconsin Governor Awaits Counsel for Special Election Date

Evers Says he Hopes to Make a Decision Soon

BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP)  Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says he’s awaiting a recommendation from his legal team about when to call a special election for the congressional district being vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Sean Duffy. Evers said Thursday that he doesn’t know if he’ll have the special election correspond with the state’s presidential primary in April, when there’s…

GOP Bill Would Erase Re-Marriage Wait for Divorcees

The Bill Would Eliminate the Waiting Period

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Two Republican legislators are working on a bill that would eliminate Wisconsin’s waiting period before divorcees can get married again. Under current state law, divorcees can’t get married to anyone in Wisconsin during the first six months after their divorce becomes final. Rep. Cindi Duchow and Sen. Alberta Darling’s bill would eliminate the waiting period. They…

DOJ: 11 Cases Worth Millions in Limbo due to Lame-Duck law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Nearly a dozen lawsuits with potentially millions of dollars at stake are in limbo thanks to a dispute between Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul and Republicans who passed a lame-duck law giving themselves the final say over settlements. Kaul and Republican committee members can’t agree on how to discuss the cases. Kaul wants the committee to…

Duluth YMCA to “Light Up With Pride” Starting Thursday

Officials with the City of Duluth and YMCA will help Kick off Duluth-Superior Pride Weekend Thursday Evening

DULUTH, Minn. – Tis’ the season to celebrate the history of the LGBTAQI community in the Northland. The Duluth Area Family YMCA, in collaboration with the Duluth Superior PRIDE committee is proud to host the inaugural Light Up With Pride event Thursday, August 29 at 9:00 p.m. at the Downtown branch of the YMCA. From 9:00 – 9:30 p.m., participants…

Number of Immunized Students Down Slightly

Wisconsin Allows Parents to get Waivers Based on Personal Convictions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The number of Wisconsin students who are fully immunized declined slightly in the last school year. New data from state health officials show 91.9 % of students met immunization requirements, a decrease of 0.4% from the previous school year. Wisconsin Public Radio News reports that for diseases like measles, the immunization rate needs to be closer…

Evers: Feds OK Disaster Declaration for Wisconsin Storms

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers says Wisconsin has received a federal disaster declaration for 17 counties and two tribes that sustained damage during severe storms in July. Evers made the request to President Donald Trump’s administration last week. The governor also had requested Marinette County be included, but Evers’ office says the Federal Emergency Management Agency is still…

Wis. Rep. Milroy Considers Running for Duffy’s Congressional Seat

Democratic State Representative says he's still talking with friends and family.

On Monday, Congressman Sean Duffy, a Republican Wisconsin representative, shocked the political world as he announced he is resigning next month to prepare for the birth of his daughter who is suffering from heart complications. Just hours after Duffy’s announcement, Democratic State Rep. Nick Milroy of South Range announced he’s considering running for the soon-to-be-vacant 7th district seat. Just as…

Construction Zone Flagger Struck by Car, Sustains Serious Injuries

ASHLAND, Wis. – A 43-year-old woman suffered suspected serious injuries Monday afternoon after being struck by a vehicle at a construction site. According to the Ashland Police Department, Vickie Williams, of Odanah, was working as a construction zone flagger at a construction site on Highway 112 when a driver passed a line of stopped cars and struck Williams with his…

Wisconsin Lawmakers Propose Minimum age for Vaping

The Bill Would Prohibit Sales to Anyone Under 21

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A bipartisan group of Wisconsin lawmakers wants to set a minimum age for purchasing vaping products and raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and nicotine. The group led by Republican state Sen. Howard Marklein has introduced a bill that would prohibit the sale of vaping products to anyone under 21. The bill also would move…

Wells Fargo Presents Check, Volunteers to Habitat for Humanity

Over 60 volunteers donate over 300 hours of their time to Habitat.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Wells Fargo Stagecoach returned to the Twin Ports for the second year in a row to support Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity home-building in our region. A $20,000 check was presented by Wells Fargo to the Habitat for Humanity at their new center in Superior. The bank is also donating time to the cause, as about…

Poe Lock Closes for Emergency Repairs

Closure causes concerns, stops two thousand-footer ships.

Emergency repairs forced the closure of the largest of the Soo Locks on Monday, causing some concern for the Duluth-Superior Port. The Poe Lock was closed for repairs for 12 hours. This cased delays in port shipping, including two thousand-footers waiting to get through at Sault Saint Marie, Michigan. According to Jayson Hron of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, this…