Wisconsin

Man Missing After Single-Vehicle Accident in Ashland, Authorities Say

Initial reports indicate that alcohol could have been a factor in the accident and that Rosin may have been disoriented upon exiting, officials said. 

ASHLAND, Wis.- Authorities are on the lookout for a 32-year-old man who allegedly left his vehicle after a rollover crash just south of Ashland. According to the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, early Friday morning the Ashland County Communications Center received a report of single vehicle roll-over accident in the town of Gingles, just south of the City of Ashland. Sheriff’s…

Third COVID-19 Variant Detected in Wisconsin

The variant known as the P.1 is believed to spread more rapidly and easily than the original strain of COVID-19.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The first Wisconsin case of a potentially more severe COVID-19 variant known that originated in Brazil was confirmed Friday by the state Department of Health Services. The variant known as the P.1 is believed to spread more rapidly and easily than the original strain of COVID-19. Wisconsin health officials also said the variant has unique mutations…

City of Superior to Host Traditional 4th of July Festivities

Mayor Jim Paine says, with the recent drop in cases in Douglas County and an increase in vaccinations, they should be able to have all of their events as scheduled. 

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The city of Superior will have more of a traditional 4th of July this year. Mayor Jim Paine says, with the recent drop in cases in Douglas County and an increase in vaccinations they should be able to have all of their events as scheduled. This includes a fireworks show on Barkers Island. He says, having all…

Third COVID-19 Variant Detected in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The first Wisconsin case of a potentially more severe COVID-19 variant known that originated in Brazil was confirmed Friday by the state Department of Health Services. The variant known as the P.1 is believed to spread more rapidly and easily than the original strain of COVID-19. Wisconsin health officials also said the variant has unique mutations…

3 Students Cited in Theft of Rare Tree in Wisconsin

(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police who were stumped by the theft of a rare pine tree in November from the University of Wisconsin Arboretum said Friday that they have cracked the case. UW-Madison police said three 19-year-old university students stole the tree as part of a “pledge” activity for the former Chi Phi fraternity, which hasn’t…

Minnesota, Wisconsin Health Centers to Receive Millions in Funding to Expand COVID Vaccine Access

DULUTH, Minn. – Health centers in Cook, Duluth, and Grand Marais, Minnesota as well as Iron River, Wisconsin will receive nearly $10 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan. The American Rescue Plan is part of President Biden’s continued efforts to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines and services in underserved communities. According to a recent White House press release,…

Bayfield County Sees Increase in COVID-19 Cases

BAYFIELD COUNTY, Wis. – The Bayfield County Health Department says there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases over the last two weeks despite rising vaccination rates in the community. New cases have been seen particularly in Washburn, Herbster, Iron River, Bayfield, Red Cliff, and Cable with a noticeable increase in children and young adults. The health department says many…

Wisconsin GOP Leaders Praise State’s Vaccination Efforts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is calling on the state’s business community to “step up” and return workers to offices around the Fourth of July. Vos and Republican Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu also joined together Wednesday in praising Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ administration for its vaccination efforts. They spoke during a virtual event hosted by…

Low Interest Rates Continue To Fuel Home Sales in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) — It’s been another record for home sales in Wisconsin this past month. The latest figures from the Wisconsin Realtors Association found nearly 4,395 homes were sold in February, up 5.5 percent from the same month last year. Marquette University economist David Clark, who produces the monthly reports in conjunction with the WRA, said extremely low mortgage rates…

Booze-To-Go Approved by Wisconsin Senate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Booze-to-go will be easier to purchase in Wisconsin under a pair of bills passed Tuesday by the state Senate. One would allow bars and restaurants to sell mixed drinks and glasses of wine to go with tamper-evident seals. The Senate approved the bill on a 28-2 vote with no debate. The Assembly passed it next week. It…

Superior Public Library Card Holders Can Now Check Out Free Area Museum Passes

Once checked out, the passes are good for six weeks.  

SUPERIOR, Wis.- In Superior it now pays to have a library card, which will get you free passes to area museums. The library is restarting an initiative from 2019. Library card holders in good standing can get up to four passes to Superior’s different museums: Fairlawn Mansion, the SS Meteor Maritime Museum at Barker’s Island, The Bong Veterans Historical Center,…

Chippewa Tribes Blast Wolf Hunt, Say It Was About Killing

(AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Chippewa tribal officials in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan are blasting the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for allowing state-licensed wolf hunters to blow past their quota in just four days last month. Hunters killed 216 wolves, nearly double their quota of 119 animals. The Chippewa view the wolf as sacred and oppose…

Evers OKs Dentists To Vaccinate as Millions Become Eligible

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill that allows dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, the same day that more than 2 million more people became eligible for shots. The Republican-authored bill allows dentists who complete eight hours of training on vaccine protocols and record-keeping to administer shots. Dentists in neighboring Minnesota and Illinois are already…

Regulators Let Ban on Utility Disconnections Expire

MADISON, Wis. – Tens of thousands of households in Wisconsin could lose utility service after state regulators voted against extending a moratorium on disconnections. It would be the first time in nearly 18 months that utilities could disconnect service to customers who are behind on their bills. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission voted unanimously Thursday to let the moratorium expire…

Suspect in Wisconsin Grocery Warehouse Killings Identified

(Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP) OCONOMOWOC, Wis. (AP) — A law enforcement official says the man suspected of killing two co-workers at a Wisconsin grocery distribution warehouse before fatally shooting himself was a 41-year-old from suburban Milwaukee. Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Nicholas Ollinger identified the suspect Thursday as Fraron Cornelius, of Wauwatosa. Police say the suspect died from…

Wisconsin Judge Charged With Seven Child Pornography Counts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled a Wisconsin judge from the bench after he was charged with multiple counts of possession of child pornography. State Department of Justice attorneys filed seven felony counts against Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Brett Blomme. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. The charges were filed…

Cocktails to Go Would Be Legal in Wisconsin Under Bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Bars and restaurants could sell cocktails and glasses of wine to go under a bill the state Assembly approved Wednesday. The bipartisan measure has been pushed by bar and restaurant owners since the pandemic began as another way for struggling businesses to attract customers. Bars and restaurants also have a higher profit margin on alcohol sales…

Officials: Wisconsin Man Kills 2 Co-Workers, Later Dies

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A worker shot and killed two colleagues at a supermarket distribution center near Milwaukee before crashing his vehicle during a police pursuit and then killing himself, a union official and police said Wednesday. The attacks happened Tuesday night at the Roundy’s distribution center in Oconomowoc, about 30 miles west of Milwaukee, said Thomas Bennett, secretary-treasurer of General…

Wisconsin Judge Arrested, Suspected of Possessing Child Porn

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin judge was arrested Tuesday on tentative charges of possession of child pornography, authorities said. Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Brett Blomme, 38, was apprehended following an investigation into “multiple uploads of child pornography,” the Wisconsin Department of Justice said in a release. A criminal complaint was expected to be filed Wednesday, the DOJ said. The…

Wisconsin Senate Approves Sexual Assault Kit Bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate overwhelmingly approved a pair of bipartisan bills Tuesday that would establish protocols for collecting and tracking sexual assault evidence kits. The first bill would require health professionals to notify police within 72 hours whenever a sexual assault kit has been collected and police to send kits to the state crime lab within 14 days. The…

Vaccine Eligibility for Next Phase Moved a Week Earlier

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — People age 16 and up with certain preexisting conditions in Wisconsin will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine starting Monday, a week earlier than previously announced. Last week, the state said people in that eligibility group would be able to get vaccinated starting March 29. But Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday said vaccinations are proceeding quickly…

State Estimates $1.4 Billion in Relief Funding for Schools

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction estimates the state will receive about $1.4 billion to distribute to schools from the latest federal coronavirus relief package. Precise allocations to each state are still being finalized, but DPI expects this round of funding to be double the amount in relief funds allocated in December. The federal bill allows…

Dentists Could Administer COVID-19 Vaccine Under Bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Dentists in Wisconsin could administer the COVID-19 vaccine under a bill the state Legislature is scheduled to pass on Tuesday, a step being taken as the push to increase people for the coronavirus accelerates. It was one of several coronavirus-related proposals up for votes. While it has broad bipartisan support, other Republican-backed measures are opposed by…

Few COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Have Been Wasted in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Fewer than 2,400 doses of the precious and highly sought-after coronavirus vaccine were wasted or spoiled in Wisconsin through February, with the single largest case happening when an employee did it on purpose. That is according to data that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services provided to The Associated Press. The data shows that through February,…

Evers: Everyone in Wisconsin Will Be Vaccine Eligible May 1

(courtesy: WI Dept of Health Services via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers says everyone in Wisconsin will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine on May 1. State health officials said Thursday that everyone in the state would be eligible sometime in May. Hours later, President Joe Biden said he wanted states to make everyone eligible by May…

Wisconsin DHS Announces Next Groups Eligibile for COVID Vaccine

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is expanding coronavirus vaccine eligibility starting March 29 to anyone 16 or older with common pre-existing health conditions, including being overweight or pregnant, or having high blood pressure, asthma or cancer, officials announced Thursday. The state Department of Health Services released a long list of qualifying conditions to get vaccinated later this month, including cerebrovascular…

Wisconsin to Greatly Broaden COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin plans to greatly expand the number of people eligible for the coronavirus vaccine by about 2 million people, including those with certain pre-existing conditions, as positive cases decline and vaccine availability increases. Gov. Tony Evers and state health officials planned to announce the next eligibility tier on Thursday afternoon. Exactly which pre-existing conditions will qualify,…

Police: 2 Students Threatened To ‘Shoot Up’ Northwestern Middle School

MAPLE, Wis. – Two students are facing serious consequences after authorities say they threatened to “shoot up” Northwestern Middle School. The 12-year-old boys are in the custody of the Douglas County Juvenile Intake. The Sheriff’s Office says authorities were made aware of the threats Tuesday night. The two juveniles were overheard by other students making detailed, specific plans to not…

Wisconsin Protest Shootings Trial Delayed at Least 7 Months

(Antioch Police Department via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The trial for an 18-year-old from Illinois accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest against police brutality in Wisconsin has been pushed back by seven months and could be delayed even longer. Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial was scheduled to begin March 29, but both sides told a…

WITC- Superior Hosts Drive-Thru Recruiting Event

Potential students who stopped by the drive-thru event also received a free application voucher to help them start their educational path at WITC.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – WITC hosted a drive-thru event on Tuesday making it possible for potential students to learn more about continuing their educational journey while also keeping everyone safe. This is the first on-campus recruiting event WITC has held in the last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. People interested in attending WITC pulled up in their cars to the…

Superior City Council Approves To Pay Off $2.5 Million Debt From Kestrel Aircraft Deal

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The City of Superior is no longer carrying the burden of more than $2 million in debt caused by the Kestrel Aircraft Company project deal. The Superior City Council recently approved to pay off the debt a year early. In 2012, the company had plans to build a manufacturing plant for its aircrafts, which would have brought…

2 Million More Wisconsin Residents to Be Vaccine Eligible

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – About 2 million more Wisconsin residents, including those with certain pre-existing conditions, will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in the next round to be announced later this week. Wisconsin Deputy Health Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said Monday the new eligibility group will likely be unveiled on Thursday. The last expansion, which included teachers and…

New Idea to Spread Internet Access in Rural Wisconsin Areas: Drones

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. (AP) — Students in the northern Wisconsin school district without reliable home internet will soon be able to connect to their school networks via a drone-powered cellular signal. The project comes from a Wisconsin startup via a state-funded pilot program in the Eagle River area. Wisconsin Public Radio reports the goal is to test the use of drones as…

More Than 1 Million in Wisconsin Get Vaccinated

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than 1 million people in Wisconsin have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Friday. Additionally, more than 572,000 people have been fully vaccinated, based on the latest totals from the state Department of Health Services. As of Thursday, Wisconsin had administered at least one dose to 17.6% of its population,…

Wisconsin Health Officials: ‘Couple Months’ to Other Side of Pandemic

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin health officials have detected more coronavirus variants in the state but predict every adult who wants a vaccine shot will get one by mid-summer. Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said Thursday that sequencing has now detected 19 cases of the coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom in Wisconsin….

UPDATE: One Person Taken Into Custody After Standoff in Superior

Woman seen jumping out window at seen on 1900 block of Banks Avenue.

    UPDATE: More information has been released by the Superior Police Department concerning the standoff earlier today. At approximately 6:25 a.m. officers were requested to respond to the 1900 block of Banks Avenue to investigate a neighbor dispute. Officers learned that the upstairs tenant of the duplex had allegedly threatened the downstairs tenant with a hammer and later, with…

Wisconsin Launches Vaccine Registry With Just 1 County

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin launched an online registry Wednesday where people can sign up to receive the coronavirus vaccine if they are eligible and appointments are available near where they live, but so far only one health department is participating. The registry was supposed to launch on March 1 but was delayed as those testing the system worked to fix problems and migrate…

Local Vet Witnessing Importance of In-Person Visits as Pandemic Continues

Many Pet Owners Prefer to be With Their Pet During Routine or Emergency Examinations

SUPERIOR, Wis. – If you’ve made an appointment for your pet in the past year, chances are you weren’t allowed inside the building as the animal receives medical attention. COVID-19 is to blame for the new protocols at many vet clinics in the northland, but it can be a frustration for those who prefer to be with their pet during…

Northland Teen & Jr. Iditarod Winner Gets A Big Welcome Home

Martens walked away with a $6,000 scholarship and a new dog sled for winning the race.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Northland teenager who won the Junior Iditarod returned from Alaska on Tuesday and a group of local community members gave him a big welcome home. Finishing first in the Junior Iditarod is no easy task, but 14-year-old Morgan Martens from Brule brought home the trophy. Martens returned to the Northland to a crowd of supporters cheering…

Wisconsin Bills Seek to Ban Transgender Athletes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Transgender athletes would be banned from participating in girls’ and women’s sports in Wisconsin from kindergarten through college under bills introduced by Republican lawmakers. The proposals unveiled Tuesday come as more than a dozen other states consider similar measures. The Wisconsin proposal faces an almost certain veto from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers should it pass the…

Wisconsin to Get 47,000 Doses of Newly Approved Vaccine

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin will receive 47,000 doses next week of the newly approved coronavirus vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, an amount Gov. Tony Evers calls a “game-changer” in the state’s fight against COVID-19. The news came the same day that teachers, child care workers, grocery store employees, and others in a group of about 700,000 became eligible for…