Wisconsin

Woman Dies After she was Found Under Crashed car at Hospital

No One was Inside the Crashed Vehicle

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a woman found under a car that had crashed into a wall at a hospital parking ramp. Deputies responded to the parking structure at Froedtert Hospital shortly before 4 a.m. where they found the unconscious woman under the vehicle with a head wound. Officials say the woman…

Lake Superior Ice Festival to Heat Up Superior This Weekend

The Lake Superior Ice Festival Kicks off Friday, January 25 and will End on Sunday, January 27

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Temperatures will be bitter cold as we head into the weekend, but that’s not stopping hearty Northlanders and visitors from enjoying the 2019 Lake Superior Ice Festival in Superior. The event is happening Friday, January 25 through Sunday, January 27. The big snow slide is already erected, towering over Barker’s Island Marina. This year, attendees will have some…

Bethel Church Takes Northlanders to Hawaii with Luau

Luau Fundraiser Held

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Folks at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Superior got a taste of the tropics tonight, at the church’s annual Hawaiian luau. The church was dressed in tiki heads and the people in lays, as attendees dined on Hawaiian food and fruits, the winter not stopping them from having fun in the island sun. “It’s Hawaiian, in the dead…

City of Duluth Informs Residents on Upcoming Dredging

Dredging Harbor to Stop Erosion

DULUTH, Minn.- The city of Duluth hosted a public information meeting on park point, to go over the upcoming harbor dredging, taking place this summer. Over 100,000 cubic yards of clean sands and clay will be dredged out of the Duluth-Superior harbor and placed along Minnesota point near the Wisconsin Entry. The city says this is totally safe, and should…

Hurley Moves on from “Midgets” Mascot; Butternut Keeping Nickname

Butternut Midgets are named after wrestling legend, Charles "Midget" Fischer

HURLEY, Wis. – Hurley sports teams have been known as “midgets” for years, but on their school building, their athletic fields, and their uniforms, the controversial mascot name can’t be found. Now, the school board has unanimously to officially change the mascot saying: “In a school district that prides itself on inclusion and making all students and families feel a…

American Airlines Comes to Duluth Int. Airport with Direct Flights to Chicago

New service will provide affordability for Duluth travelers.

DULUTH, Minn.- American Airlines brings this new direct service to provide even more affordability to travelers in Duluth. Starting in May four daily non–stop flights will be offered two from Duluth and two returns from O’Hare in Chicago. It has been a three year process to get these American Airlines flights in motion, but airport officials are hoping this will…

Bong Veterans Historical Center to Host Three Escape Rooms

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is Celebrating 2018 Attendance Numbers, Three New Escape Rooms will Also Debut in February

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Exciting, new adventures are in store for the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior. The Center is celebrating an increase of nearly 1,300 paid visitors in 2018 compared to 2017. This is the second highest attendance increase in the center’s history and the highest paid attendance in ten years. “We have continued our commitment to…

Great Outdoors: Breathe Warmer With Lungplus

The Arctic Cold Blast Returns, Here's Some Useful Ways To Stay Warmer

DULUTH, Minn. — As the brutal cold temperatures return with a vengeance, ways to stay warm are important and crucial. Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot introduces us to the LUNG PLUS. “It’s a mouth worn, re-heater and humidifier.” explains the distributor of Lungplus, Eve Graves. It’s held by small flaps that you place in front of your teeth.  As you breathe…

The Lake Superior Ice Festival Cometh

Snow Slide is Up as City Gears Up

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Every year the Lake Superior Ice Festival promises to be bigger and better, showing that cold and snow doesn’t keep Northlanders inside, but brings them outside in a big way. A fan favorite at the free festival, the big snow slide is already up, towering over Barker’s Island Marina. Attendees this year have some new attractions to look…

Superior Crash Victim Identified

The Crash Remains Under Investigation

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A man who died after his vehicle went over the side of the Belknap Street and US Highway 2 viaduct in Superior has been identified. Authorities say the victim of the crash was 60-year-old Jeffrey Dean Alexander of Superior. Police believe icy road conditions were a contributing factor in the crash. Alexander’s vehicle was traveling west on…

Wisconsin Evers to Deliver First State of the State Speech

Evers Will Speak at 7:00 p.m.

(AP Photo/Andy Manis)MADISON, Wis. – New Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is set to deliver his first State of the State speech to the Republican-controlled Legislature. Evers, a Democrat, is slated to speak in the state Assembly chambers at 7 p.m. It will be the first time in eight years someone other than former Republican Gov. Scott Walker has delivered the…

One Dead After ATVs Break Through ice on Lake Winnebago

Two All-Terrain Vehicles Broke Through the ice

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – One man is dead after two all-terrain vehicles broke through the ice on Lake Winnebago in Fond du Lac County. Authorities say a 55-year-old man was traveling in a group of ATV riders near the Fond du Lac River Monday about 9:30 p.m. when his vehicle broke through the ice. Another ATV carrying a 23-year-old…

Superior Skiing: Free This Week

Free Ski Week in Conjunction with Lake Superior Ice Festival

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The heart of the winter brings with it the annual Lake Superior Ice Festival. In conjunction with the festival, the city of Superior has made all of its cross-country ski trails free through the end of the festival on the 27th. Over 27 kilometers (about 17 miles) of groomed trails are wide open for use. They’re broken up…

Nailing Down Issues for 34th Annual Superior Days

Planning Meeting Goes Over What Group is Taking to Madison

SUPERIOR, Wis.- In less than a month delegates from the superior area will be heading to Madison to lobby state lawmakers on local political issues. It will be the 34th Annual Superior Days. Earlier today a community planning meeting was held at WITC Superior. At the meeting they were able to nail down 3 key issues they will take to…

Swerving into the New Year with Lake Superior R/C Club

Club Holds Annual New Year's Rumble

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Some people are still ringing in the New Year behind the wheel. Some very small wheels. The Lake Superior R/C Club hosted it’s 16th Annual New Year’s Rumble, at the Superior Armory on Sunday. Dozens of small speed racers zoomed and crashed through the races. According to organizers, unlike real cars, all ages can drive. “Just like a…

“Super Wolf Blood Moon” This Weekend!

Viewing Times For The Northland (Weather & Cloud Cover Permitting)

Get your telescopes ready Northland! Sky-watchers will have a front-row seat to a rare cosmic event, as three lunar phenomena come together and give rise to a ‘Super Wolf Blood Moon’ on Sunday night! So what is all of that? Let me break it down for you… Super Moon: Is when the moon is closest to Earth and appears much…

Lungplus Helps You Breathe Warm During Arctic Blasts

Active Adventures: Ways To Stay Active Outside During Cold Snaps

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Active Adventures we introduce you to Lungplus! Lungplus is a device you place in your mouth and it aids in warming your entire body, so that you can still go outside in the below zero temperatures! It also helps you breathe easier. It also helps you with colds, throat pain, dry cough and will…

Keep Your House Warm this Winter by Checking Your Furnace

Dirty filters can cause a furnace to go in to lockout mode.

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- On a very cold day no one wants to return to a freezing home due to a broken furnace. Experts recommend homeowners take a few precautionary steps such as checking vents outside of your home, replacing air filters, and keeping good batteries in your thermostat. “Well it’s always a good idea to have them serviced regularly that can…

A Federal Judge has Struck Down Early-Voting Restrictions

The Ruling was Made Thursday

MADISON, Wis. – A federal judge has struck down early-voting restrictions enacted by Wisconsin Republicans in a lame-duck legislative session last year. U.S. District Judge James Peterson ruled Thursday that the restrictions violate injunctions he issued in 2016 invalidating similar early-voting limits. He says the lame-duck limits are clearly inconsistent with the earlier injunctions. In the November election, the overwhelmingly…

Firearm Theft Leads to Increased Police Presence at Hayward Schools

Authorities Continue to Investigate the Incident

HAYWARD, Wis. – Extra police presence was requested at each building in the Hayward School District Wednesday morning due to a firearm theft at a Hayward business. Hayward authorities received a report of a burglary at Ace Hardware in Hayward around 4:00 a.m. Wednesday. It was determined that six handguns had been stolen from the store.  The Ace Hardware store…

Northlanders Skate Before Temps Drop

Subzero Temps Mean Outdoor Rinks Close

DULUTH, Minn.- Lately the weather’s been great to get out on the ice. No, not the frozen parking lots and sidewalks. Ice skating rinks. But many outdoor rinks in the Northland close once the windchill drops to about –20 degrees. Even though outdoor rinks may close, in Duluth, Essentia Health provides open skating at their Heritage Sports Center every Wednesday….

Renovations are in Progress at Super One in Superior

Super One has a total of 30 stores within Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan.

  SUPERIOR, Wisc.- Super One is remodeling its Oakes Avenue location in Superior and will now carry everything from food to hardware. The grocery chain is making room for a new Ace hardware to replace about… eight thousand square feet of the location. Other new additions include new flooring, relocation of departments, and a new salad bar. The store manager…

Patterson Moved to Polk County Jail; Defendant’s Father Brings Note for Closs Family

Faked and hacked Facebook accounts responsible for GoFundMe accounts benefiting the defendant, Patterson

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. – The defendant in the Jayme Closs kidnapping case has been moved out of Barron County to another jail. The defendant, 21-year-old Jake Patterson of Gordon, has been moved from the Barron County Jail to the Polk County Jail in Balsam Lake. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald confirmed one of Jayme Closs’s relatives works at the Barron…

Enbridge Grant Awarded to Superior Fire Department for New Medical Equipment

New equipment will replace the current manual devices used by the fire department.

  SUPERIOR, Wisc.- In 2018 over 75% of calls to the Superior Fire Department were medical. Now the department is upgrading some of their medical equipment through a $2,500 grant from Enbridge. Six powered suction units were purchased with the funds. The new equipment is used to relieve airway blockages during a medical emergencies for patients. They are very easy…

Hundreds of Federal Workers in Wisconsin Seek Unemployment

426 Unemployment Claimed Were Filed Last Week

MADISON, Wis. – Hundreds of federal workers in Wisconsin are seeking unemployment benefits from the state as the partial federal government shutdown continues. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Tuesday that 426 unemployment claims were filed between Jan. 7 and Jan. 11. There are more than 29,000 federal workers in the state. Furloughed federal workers are being encouraged by…

UPDATE: Ashland bus Driver Arrested for ‘Child-Related Crime’

Law Enforcement Continues to Investigate

UPDATE: ASHLAND, Wis. – According to a recent press release from the Ashland Police Department, the police department received a report from an adult female in November 2018 alleging she was sexually assaulted multiple times as a minor from 2009 to 2010 by an adult male in Ashland. After extensive investigations and interviews the police department arrested 1 52-year-old Ashland…

Alleged Closs Murderer and Kidnapper Appears in Court

Criminal Complaint Released by Barron County

BARRON, Wis.- The man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs for 88 days and killing her parents could be sentenced to life in prison. He’s facing four serious charges including two counts of first degree homicide, and one count of kidnapping, and armed burglary. The press conference on Monday was vastly different than the one held last Friday when Closs escaped….

Complaint: Suspect Chose Jayme When saw her on bus

Patterson Went to Closs Home Twice

BARRON, Wis. – A criminal complaint says a Wisconsin man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs spotted her getting on a school bus one day and made up his mind to take her. Jake Thomas Patterson was charged Monday with kidnapping and with killing Jayme’s parents. The criminal complaint says Patterson told investigators he was driving to his job at…

Jayme Closs Reunited with Family, Suspect in Custody

Investigators Don't Believe There was any Social Media Connection

BARRON, Wis. – Authorities in Wisconsin say they believe the man suspected of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs was out looking for her when he was arrested. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Friday that 21-year-old Jake Patterson wasn’t at home when Jayme escaped Thursday afternoon. Deputies arrested Patterson in his vehicle soon after Jayme turned up on a neighbor’s doorstep…

Gordon Neighbors Help Jayme Closs Escape

GORDON, Wis. – Jayme Closs’ disappearance and her parents’ murder have become international headlines. Many in her community have been feeling pain for the missing teen and her family. Jayme Closs escaped from captivity herself but was helped by good neighbors in Gordon, Wisconsin. “It has been 88 days of hope for her safe return, 88 days of prayers for…

Backpack Found in Manitowoc County Ditch had Explosives Inside

Investigators Work to get DNA Evidence From Backpack

TOWN OF GIBSON, Wis. – Manitowoc County authorities are trying to determine who put a bomb in a backpack found in a ditch along a state highway. A person found the backpack off State Highway 147 on Wednesday and alerted authorities. Deputies determined it to be an explosive device with a fuse that appeared to have been lit but didn’t…

Superior Reminds Property Owners of City Code to Remove Snow and Ice from Sidewalks

It's the law to make sidewalks safe for pedestrians.

  SUPERIOR, Wis.- The city of Superior wants to make the city safe for everyone this winter. They are reminding property owners to be responsible and clear sidewalks following a snowfall. Shoveling your sidewalks is the neighborly thing to do for the safety of pedestrians, but in the city of Superior it is also the law. According to the city…

Kimberly Clark Notifies State it Will Close Plant by May 31

About 100 People Work at the Plant

MADISON, Wis. – Kimberly-Clark Corp. has notified Gov. Tony Evers’ administration that it will close its plant in Neenah by May 31. The Department of Workforce Development announced Thursday that the paper products giant had provided the workforce reduction notice. The plant’s closure was first announced a year ago. Kimberly-Clark also initially said it planned to close a larger facility…

Evers Says he Will Order Change in ‘Stance’ in Lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. – Gov. Tony Evers says he will be sending a letter to Attorney General Josh Kaul this week calling for Wisconsin to “change our stance” in a multi-state lawsuit seeking repeal of the federal health care law. Evers campaigned on withdrawing from the lawsuit, but after he won the lame-duck Republican Legislature changed the law to require legislative…

Winter Rover Program Gets Kiddos Outside For Learning & Fun!

Great Outdoors: Lake Superior Estuarium Hosts 2 Free Events At Barkers Island For Preschoolers & Kindergarteners

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — The Winter Rovers Program brings kiddos ages 3-7 together outside to learn! It’s like an old fashioned play date hosted by the Lake Superior Estuarium. “We are just trying to connect them to the community in the area and then also get them outside.” explained intern Megan Hogfeldt. “Show them some fun things that they can do…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Warming Up the Homeless

Ruth House Opens as Warming Center

SUPERIOR, Wis.- As the frigid air of night sets in, the question of where to sleep enters the minds of the homeless in Duluth and Superior. Places like CHUM or Solid Rock often fill up quickly, leaving them with almost no options. Until now. The Ruth House in Superior is offering warmth, and care, to anyone who needs it during Northland…

Update Planned Next Week in Case of Missing Wisconsin Girl

Next Week Will Mark 90 Days Since the Abduction

BARRON, Wis. – Authorities in Barron, Wisconsin, are planning to provide an update on their investigation into the apparent abduction of a 13-year-old girl whose parents were killed. Jayme Closs has been missing since her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found fatally shot in their home on Oct. 15. Barron County Sheriff Christ Fitzgerald says next week will mark…

Gold Medalists Guide Guppies of Superior YMCA

Jason Lezak and Breeja Larson Hold Swim Clinic

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Whalers of Superior Douglas County Family YMCA’s Swim Team got some helpful tips, from none other than two Olympic gold medalists. Almost 140 of the Superior Whalers throughout the day lined the natatorium pool at Superior High School. They all quiver with excitement, ready to receive some aquatic advice from America’s very own Aquaman and Aquawoman, Jason…

Jail Staff can Ignore Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders

Schimel Issued the Opinion Thursday

MADISON, Wis. – Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel says jail staff don’t have to follow inmates’ do-not-resuscitate orders. Sauk County attorneys asked Schimel for a legal opinion on the question after an inmate arrived at the county jail in September 2017 wearing a do-not-resuscitate bracelet. Schimel issued the opinion Thursday. He said that under state law only emergency medical technicians,…

Lake Temperature Data Unavailable Due To Government Shutdown

The Partial Government Shutdown Is Affecting The Northland Directly, Especially Meteorologists

DULUTH, Minn. — With the partial Government Shutdown still underway the affects are being felt here in the Northland, even by local Meteorologists as they forecast this winter weather. First things first says Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot, “As a Meteorologist an important reading we need this time of year is the water temperature. It helps us determine lake effect…

Build A Community Of Snowmen!

Northland Gets Hit With More Snow, So Build A Snowman!

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Active Adventures we are grabbing a handful of snow and rolling it into a community of snowmen across the Northland, one snowball at a time! Join Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot for her tips and tricks on how to quickly create the perfect snowman or snowoman! Send her your pictures after you’ve built yours, she…

Dangerous Snow Covered & Icy Roads: After Heavy Snowfall & Flash Freeze Overnight

Lake Effect Continues To Pile Up & Cold Air Surges In

DULUTH, Minn. — Overnight the Northland experienced a heavy dumping of wet snow as our temperatures dropped below freezing. All of the slush and water on the roads froze and became solid ice. Driving this morning was a headache to say the least and plows have been clearing the streets around Duluth, but travel is not advised on HWY 2…

Laser Pointer Forces Cancellation of med Helicopter Flight

The Pilot was Treated for the Injury

photo: Facebook/UW Med FlightPARDEEVILLE, Wis. – Authorities in southern Wisconsin say a medical helicopter flying in to pick up a UTV crash victim had to cancel its flight when someone shining a laser pointer injured the pilot. Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards says the UW Med Flight helicopter was trying to land in Pardeeville on Tuesday evening to pick up…

Reflections on 2018, Intentions for 2019 at The Strength Factory

Owners of The Strength Factory and Rooted in Wellness Invite Twin Ports Residents to Reflect on the Past Year Sunday, December 30, 2018

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – This time of year is a great time to take a look back on the year and reflect of where we’ve come in the last 12 months and also to take some time to look forward to the new year and where we would like to go on the wide open road ahead in 2019. During this…

Gifts for Teens Toy Drive Making a Difference in the Northland

FOX 21 Local News Took Part in the Annual Gifts for Teens Toy Drive, Supporting the Boys and Girls Club of the Northland

DULUTH, Minn. – More than 500 boys and girls in the Northland were receiving a little holiday cheer Friday evening in Duluth as the Boys and Girls Club of the Northland hosted holiday parties at multiple branches in the area. FOX 21 Local News taking part in the annual Gifts for Teens Toy Drive once again. Officials at the Boys…

Holiday Cranberry Chutney, Quick & Easy Appetizer

Cooking Connection: Regional Cooking Instructor Teaches Us How To Make A Holiday Appetizer Friends & Family Will Devour!

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are joined by Regional Cooking Instructor Arlene Coco and we are baking a holiday appetizer, Cranberry Chutney! It’s a perfect dish to bring for the holidays and bursting with flavor. RECIPE: Holiday Cranberry Chutney (Makes 12 Servings) Canned cranberries; can be substituted for fresh when they are not in season, just…