Wisconsin

Evers Announces Federal Rent, Energy Assistance Program

(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new $322 million federally funded program announced Thursday by Gov. Tony Evers provides money to Wisconsin residents who need help paying for rent and utilities due to income loss caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Eligible applicants must demonstrate a risk of losing their housing, have lost income due…

Foxconn Looking at Building Electric Cars in Wisconsin

(AP) MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group said Wednesday it has signed a deal with a California startup to build electric cars, conceivably at Foxconn’s facility in Wisconsin. Details of the agreement with electric car company Fisker are expected in the coming months. However, Fisker chairman and chief executive Henrik Fisker told the Wall Street Journal that Foxconn’s…

Wisconsin Republicans Want to Limit Ballot Drop Boxes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ballot drop boxes would not be allowed anywhere other than election clerk offices in Wisconsin under a new Republican-authored proposal in the state Legislature. Another bill unveiled Wednesday would require that only voters, not elections officials, could fill out the information on absentee envelopes. The latest bills add to a growing list of GOP-authored measures addressing…

Multimedia Journalism Program Returning to UWS

Back it 2017 it was one of 25 programs suspended due to budget cuts.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Journalism program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior will be returning this coming fall. Back it 2017 it was one of 25 programs suspended due to budget cuts. Now, faculty is preparing for the 2021 fall semester by adding a series of electives such as digital writing, web design and photography courses to the re-imagined multimedia journalism…

Hayward Businesses Prepare for the Unknown as Birkie Week Begins

Participants of The 2021 American Birkebeiner Can Choose to Participate In-Person or Virtually

HAYWARD, Wis. – During an average year, the American Birkebeiner welcomes over 10,000 participants from around the world to the town of Hayward and surrounding communities. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is putting a damper on the normalcy of this year’s event. Not only are the participants feeling the impact, but local businesses are also adjusting to the new reality. “We…

Wisconsin DMV Extends License Renewal for Drivers Age 60 and Over

Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that the deadline to renew expired driver’s licenses for drivers 60 years of age and over has been extended. The state deadline is now set for May 21, 2021. The extension is due to the continued health risks from COVID-19. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)…

Wisconsin to Open 4 More Community-Based Vaccination Clinics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin will open four more community vaccination clinics across the state amid a push to inoculate people for the coronavirus in underserved areas. One clinic is already running in Janesville. Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday that new community clinics will be in La Crosse, Racine, and Marathon counties, with the fourth split between Douglas and Barron…

DNR Plans Early End to Wolf Season Across Most of State

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin wildlife officials plan to end the state’s wolf season across most of the state on Wednesday after hunters and trappers filled half of the statewide quota in a little more than 24 hours. The Department of Natural Resources launched the hunt on Monday morning. It’s scheduled to run through Sunday. As of Tuesday morning, hunters…

Hunters, Trappers Kill 52 Wolves in Wisconsin on Opening Day

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wolf hunters and trappers filled nearly half of their statewide quota during the first 24 hours of the season, wildlife officials said Tuesday. The Department of Natural Resources launched a week-long wolf hunt on Monday. As of Tuesday morning, hunters and trappers had taken 52 wolves, filling nearly 44% of the 119-animal state quota. The central…

Apostle Island Ice Caves Are No-Go Again This Year

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) — The striking ice caves on Lake Superior will not open this season. Officials at northern Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore say the caves won’t be accessible because of poor ice conditions as well as the coronavirus pandemic. Although it’s been plenty cold the past two weeks, ice coverage on Lake Superior was only about 50 percent…

Wisconsin Opens Early Wolf Hunt After Hunter Group Sued

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin wildlife officials have opened an abbreviated wolf season. The hunt got underway Monday across six management zones and is slated to run through Sunday. The kill limit is 200 animals, which means some zones could close early as hunters near the limit. The Trump administration removed wolves from the federal endangered species list in January,…

Snowmobile Accident Kills Man In Iron County

TOWN OF KNIGHT, Wis. –  A 51-year-old man is dead after a snowmobile accident in the Town of Knight, which is in Iron County, Wisconsin. The Sheriff’s Office said the snowmobile left Duck Lake Road and struck a tree. The accident was reported around 11:15 p.m. Saturday. The name of the victim was not immediately released. Categories: News, News –…

Wisconsin Lists No Virus Deaths For 1st Time Since September

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The daily update on COVID-19 numbers posted by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services listed no deaths for the first time since late September. Health officials on Sunday confirmed 403 new cases, the lowest count since 324 positive tests were registered in late June. The new case average continued its decline with a  mark of 610, the…

Wisconsin Health Officials Launch Vaccine Registry

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials said Thursday they plan to launch a new online COVID-19 vaccine registry next month. People will be able to log into the registry, determine if they’re eligible, and schedule appointments for shots through their local health departments. The registry also will remind people about scheduling for a second dose and help people monitor…

Thompson Wants 75% of Fall UW Classes in-Person

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson announced Thursday that he wants 75% of classes to be taught in-person this fall. Thompson said in a column that he’s directed system campuses to ensure students will have what he called “as classic a UW campus experience as possible.” He said the system’s social distancing, masks, and aggressive…

More Than 1 Million Doses of Vaccine Given in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than 1 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered to more than 740,000 people in Wisconsin, the state Department of Health Services reported Wednesday. Gov. Tony Evers praised the milestone, calling it “exciting news” while also urging people to remain vigilant. “While we’re not there yet, 1 million doses means real progress toward…

Vehicle Pursuits in Superior End in Multiple Arrests, Investigators Injured

(courtesy: Duluth Police Department) SUPERIOR, Wis. – Authorities in Superior say two separate vehicle pursuits on Wednesday resulted in the arrest of both drivers and non-life-threatening injuries to two officers from the Duluth Police Department who were assisting in one of the pursuits. The first incident happened around 11:30 a.m. when officers and investigators with the Superior Police Department and…

WI State Superintendent Primary: Underly And Kerr Advance To General Election

WISCONSIN — The field of seven candidates for Wisconsin’s Superintendent of Public Instruction race has been narrowed down to two. With 95% of precincts reporting at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, the AP has called the race for Jill Underly and Deborah Kerr. At this hour, Underly has 88,074 votes, or 27.4% of the vote, with Kerr trailing close behind with…

Evers to Tout Wisconsin Budget Proposal as Bounce Back Plan

(AP Photo) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers plans to call on the Republican-controlled Legislature to join him in passing a two-year budget he is presenting as a “bounce back” plan to help the state recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Evers released excerpts from his speech before he was to deliver it in a pre-recorded message to the Legislature…

Polls Are Open for Wisconsin’s 2021 Spring Primary Election

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Polls are open this morning in Wisconsin for the 2021 Wisconsin Spring Primary Election. Polls opened at 7:00 a.m. and will remain open until 8:00 p.m. The key race across the state for the spring primary is the race for the state school superintendent. Seven candidates are on the ballot for the superintendent position, previously held by…

UW-Superior Reopens COVID-19 Testing Site

The state-funded nasal swab testing site has moved from the gymnasium to UWS' Marcovich Wellness Center.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A free COVID-19 testing site is back open on the campus of U-W Superior for anyone in the area. The state-funded nasal swab testing site has moved from the gymnasium to UWS’ Marcovich Wellness Center. The new location is away from student traffic, and makes room in the gym for basketball practice. According to campus staff, the smaller…

Evers Proposes $100 Million for New Venture Capital Fund

(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers will propose more than $329 million in new economic development initiatives as part of his state budget proposal on Tuesday, including a new $100 million venture capital fund to help startups and $200 million to assist small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Evers released details…

Wisconsin DNR To Recommend Harvest Quota Of 200 Wolves

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources says it will propose a harvest quota of 200 wolves when the the group’s policy board meets Monday to discuss launching a wolf hunt immediately. The Journal Sentinel reports the agency considered several factors in coming up with the number. Those include the most recent population estimate, the public response…

Superior Warming Sheds Closed Due to Cold Weather

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Warming Sheds in Superior will be closed this weekend due to forecasted cold temperatures. According to the City of Superior website, all Warming Sheds in the city will be closed February 12-14. The Warming Sheds will be open again on Monday as long as the weather permits. For more information, you can visit http://www.ci.superior.wi.us/. Categories: Community, News,…

Staff Shortage at Wisconsin Prisons Costing Taxpayers $60m

MADISON, Wis. — A staffing shortage at Wisconsin prisons is pushing corrections officers to work long hours, costing taxpayers at least $60 million in overtime pay. Data from the state Department of Corrections shows roughly 15% of corrections officers positions are unfilled at Wisconsin’s prisons. The problem is currently most severe at Waupun Correctional Institution where 40% of jobs are…

Update: Judge Declines New Arrest Warrant for Kyle Rittenhouse

(courtesy: Kenosha County Court via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge is refusing prosecutors’ request to issue a new arrest warrant for an 18-year-old from Illinois who’s accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a Wisconsin police brutality protest last summer. Prosecutors in Kenosha County asked Judge Bruce Schroeder to issue a new warrant for Kyle…

Wisconsin Judge Orders Start to Wolf Hunt This Month

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge has ordered the state Department of Natural Resources to start a wolf hunt this month rather than wait until November. The Trump administration removed wolves from the federal endangered species list in January, returning management to the states. Wisconsin law mandates the DNR run a wolf season from November through February. The department…

Wisconsin Pharmacies Receiving Vaccine Under Federal Program

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Nearly 200 Walgreens pharmacies across Wisconsin are expecting to receive coronavirus vaccines directly from the federal government starting this week. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Thursday announced the beginning of the program that targets underserved areas. The state health department says the vaccinations will be provided for free under the state and federal partnership….

Birkebeiner Will Take Place, but With Safety Protocols

CABLE, Wis. (AP) – The American Birkebeiner Ski Race in northern Wisconsin will look different this year because of coronavirus safety protocols. Organizers of the event, promoted as North America’s largest and longest cross-country ski race, have stretched it from a single day to five days from Feb. 24-28. Last year about 11,000 skiers participated in the race, which can…

Rittenhouse, Accused of Violating Bond, Going Before Judge

(Antioch Police Department via AP) KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – An Illinois 18-year-old charged with killing two people during street protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer faces a judge Thursday with prosecutors asking that he be re-arrested. Prosecutors say Kyle Rittenhouse violated conditions of his $2 million bond by failing to inform the court of his current address. They’ve asked a…

Looking for Adventure? Try Escaping The Bong Center This Weekend

The Third Annual 'Escape the Bong!' Experience is Happening Feb. 12 - 14, 2021

SUPERIOR, Wis. – If you’re looking for an action-packed fun time or date night this weekend, the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior is the place to be. ‘Escape the Bong!’ is returning for its third year on Feb. 12 – 14. The three day event will feature four escape rooms to test your knowledge and puzzle solving…

Wisconsin Prosecutor Accused of Having Sex With Defendants

MADISON, Wis. — A northwestern Wisconsin prosecutor has been charged with secretly recording sexual encounters he had with two women after allegedly persuading them he could help them with their criminal cases. Burnett County Assistant District Attorney Daniel Steffen was charged Friday with three felony counts of representations depicting nudity. The criminal complaint says investigators learned early last year from…

Wisconsin Retirement ‘Crisis’ Target of New Recommendations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A bipartisan task force that examined a looming retirement savings crisis in Wisconsin is recommending a series of steps to improve the outlook, including the creation of first-of-its-kind savings accounts for every child in the state. The retirement task force released its recommendations Wednesday. State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski chaired the group and says bills to implement…

Wisconsin Supreme Court Asked to Block Statewide Mask Order

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new legal challenge to Gov. Tony Evers’ latest mask mandate is before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The challenge was filed less than a week after the Legislature struck down a previous order and the Democratic governor quickly issued a new one. Prominent Republican donor Jere Fabick asked the court late Tuesday to issue a temporary…

Ex-Wisconsin Pharmacist Pleads Guilty to Vaccine Tampering

(Ozaukee County Sheriff via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former Wisconsin pharmacist has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that he tried to spoil dozens of vials of the COVID-19 vaccine. Prosecutors in January charged 46-year-old Steven Brandenburg, of Grafton, with two counts of attempting to tamper with consumer products. Brandenburg pleaded guilty to both counts in a…

Driver Survives 70-Foot Plunge off Wisconsin Interchange

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A driver survived when his pickup truck plunged about 70 feet off a slippery interchange exit ramp in Wisconsin. A Wisconsin Department of Transportation camera captured the Milwaukee-area crash. The video shows the pickup hitting snow on the right shoulder before flipping over the barrier wall and plummeting to Interstate 94 below as cars pass by. When…

Biden to Visit Wisconsin Next Week in First Official Trip

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden will visit Wisconsin next week for his first official trip as president beyond his home state of Delaware. Biden is set to visit Milwaukee next Tuesday, according to the White House. While the Biden administration did not share further details of the trip, the president has been focused heavily on addressing the coronavirus pandemic…

COVID Community Testing Site to Reopen at UWS on Monday

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior’s COVID-19 community testing site will reopen Monday, February 15. “The Wisconsin Department of Health Services completed an assessment of testing facilities statewide,” said Harry Anderson, Dean of Students. “Based on their findings and our proven ability to conduct mass testing in a safe, efficient and friendly environment, DHS requested that we reopen our COVID-19 community testing site. We are honored to continue serving our…

Bong Veterans Historical Center Unveils New Permanent Exhibit

The Bong Historical Center in Superior is putting the finishing touches on its new $50,000 exhibit on the Korean and Vietnam wars.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Bong Veterans Historical Center is on the home stretch of a nearly two-year project of a brand new exhibit about the Korean and Vietnam wars. Because of grant funds and private donations, the center was able to make this exhibit the largest built since it opened in 2002. “We had some veterans come to us and…

Evers Announces New Vaccine Sites as Doses Increase

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers’ administration is partnering with an international health care organization to set up community sites for COVID-19 vaccinations. Evers announced Monday that his administration will work with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare to establish six to 10 community vaccination sites. The first site is slated to open on Feb. 16 in Rock County and will be…

Wisconsin Security Guard Punched for Reminding Man To Wear Mask

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Paddock Lake man is facing charges after he was accused of punching a security guard who reminded him to wear a mask at a Kenosha grocery store. Police recommend the man in his 50s be charged with battery and disorderly conduct. The incident happened Saturday night at Woodman’s Food Market. “Somebody from the store approached…

Bayfield Businesses Report Steady Sales as Pandemic Continues

From Lodging to Entertainment, Many Businesses in Bayfield Say Sales Have Remained Stable as the Pandemic Continues

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Nearly one year into the global pandemic and travel is still frowned upon by many health officials. However, there is one silver lining when it comes to folks avoiding longer vacations. Local businesses in Northland communities are seeing an increase in people taking smaller weekend getaways to escape for a few days. “Outdoor rec is the name…

Evers’ Budget Proposal Would Legalize Recreational Marijuana

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says his budget plan will include a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana. The Journal Sentinel reports that the idea will likely be blocked by the Republican-controlled Legislature but could be a catalyst to allow the use of medical marijuana. Evers says the recreational marijuana measure could generate $166 million in revenue that…