Wisconsin

Woman Killed in Lawnmower Rollover Near Osseo

A Neighbor Discovered the Accident

OSSEO, Wis. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say a woman has died in a lawn mowing accident in Trempealeau County. Authorities say 63-year-old Deanna Matchey was operating her riding lawn mower on a hill near Osseo when it rolled over on top of her Wednesday about noon. A passing neighbor discovered the accident and called authorities. Categories: News, News – Latest…

Douglas County Historical Society Opens New Exhibits

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer is a busy time of year and the Douglas County Historical Society has been busy preparing for it. The Executive Director of the Douglas County Historical Society has been busy preparing for the season. First, there is a new exhibit case at the Douglas County Court House that is from the DCHS.  It commemorates the Calvin…

Animal Answers: Donations Needed for Large Animal Fund

The Humane Society of Douglas County is Looking to Spread Awareness of Their Large Animal Fund

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – It’s more common than many people think; large animals looking for a safe place to go after being surrendered to an animal shelter. Recently on May 11, the Humane Society of Douglas County received a surrendered mare. Staff say she came in tired, weak and tested positive for Lyme disease. Since then, she has received medical care and…

Husky Energy Holds Open House to Answer Community Questions

Refinery officials and government regulatory agencies updated their progress

SUPERIOR, Wis. – For the first time since a major fire and explosion in April, Husky Energy is meeting with the public and answering their questions about the state of their Superior refinery and possible environmental concerns. Husky officials were joined by representatives from local, state, and federal regulatory agencies updating the community about their efforts to determine the cause…

Richard I. Bong Historical Center to Host Free BWCA Trip for Veterans

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This summer, officials with the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center are stepping up to give back to Northland veterans in a big way – through a free trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. They’re doing this to support the many veterans in the region and hope time in the wilderness will help them heal, recover…

What You Should Do to Help Prevent Elder Abuse

The month of June is dedicated to Elder Abuse Awareness

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Elder abuse is more common than you think. The month of June is dedicated to Elder Abuse Awareness Superior’s Mayor Jim Paine and Duluth Mayor Emily Larson proclaimed today, June 4th Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse can come in many forms, from emotional abuse to domestic abuse and even fraud. The issue is large and to…

Former Johnsonville Employee Accused of Product Tampering

Each Count Carries up to 10 Years in Prison

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A former employee of Johnsonville Sausage is facing federal charges that accuse him of putting foreign objects in sausages while he worked at the Sheboygan Falls company. The tampering charges allege Jonathan Tilman Lane, of Kiel, placed a wire connector in a sausage on the processing line, and during another occasion, put a cigarette paper in another…

June Marks Elder Abuse Awareness Month

SUPERIOR, Wis. – June marks Elder Abuse Awareness Month and a Twin Ports Task Force dedicated to the topic is hoping to get more of the public involved in stopping it. Today, Monday, June 4, a Mayoral Proclamation, featuring both Superior Mayor Jim Paines and Duluth Mayor Emily Larson took place in the Northwest Community Services Agency Senior Center at…

Walker Calls Democrat Evers ‘Pathetic’ Over Cursing

Evers' Campaign had no Immediate Reaction to Walker's Comment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican Gov. Scott Walker is calling Democratic challenger Tony Evers “pathetic” for using a curse word in his Democratic Party convention speech over the weekend. Walker reacted on Twitter Monday to Evers’ comments. Evers told about 1,300 convention attendees in a speech Friday night that he was “goddamn sick and tired of Scott Walker gutting our…

Professional Hockey Players to Coach Young Athletes at Annual Camp

Twin Ports Pro Development Camp is Back for Third Year

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Some local students are going to be coached by the pros this summer as they strap on their skates for another year of the Twin Ports Pro Development Camp. The camp was co-founded by professional hockey players and Northland natives Brett Olson and Mike Sislo. “I’m just excited to get on the ice with the kids. I…

State Quarantines Deer, elk Farms After CWD Positives

Both Properties Tested Positiive for Chronic Wasting Disease

(DNR) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – State officials have quarantined a deer farm and an elk farm after animals on both properties tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced the quarantines Friday. The agency said in a news release that the National Veterinary Laboratory confirmed Thursday that a 15-year-old whitetail doe and a…

Companies Propose two Wisconsin Solar Facilities

The Farms Would Cost About $390 Million

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A pair of energy companies is asking state regulators for permission to build two new solar farms in Wisconsin. Chicago-based Invenergy and Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources asked the Public Service Commission Thursday for permission to build the farms at a cost of about $390 million. Invenergy wants to build in Iowa County. NextEra wants to build…

Pak’s Green Corner Gets Ready to Open in New Location

Pak's Green Corner opens Friday at its new location on Tower Ave. in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. –  Pak’s is back!  After Pak’s Green Corner closed up shop in Duluth more than three years ago, the “World Café” is back in business at the new location of the former Kenny Wong’s at 1901 Tower Ave. With the opening coming up on Friday, many of Pak’s fans are excited to have her back. “I shut my…

Authorities Looking for Missing Woman Last Seen in Ashland County

Newberry was Last Seen at "Mellen Jam" Music Festival

ASHLAND COUNTY, Wis. – The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who has been reported missing. Jody Lynn Newberry, 54, was last seen attending the “Mellen Jam” music festival on Gilgen Road just north of Mellen. Authorities believe the last contact with Newberry was on May 26 around 12 p.m. Newberry has…

Duluth City Council President to Step Down

Elissa Hansen Made the Announcement at Tuesday's Council Meeting

DULUTH, Minn. – There’s going to be a changeup at the Duluth City Council as the current President, Elissa Hansen, announced she’ll be stepping down next month. Hansen became emotional when breaking the news at the end of the council meeting Tuesday night. She said she was offered and accepted the position of President and CEO of The Northspan Group….

Schimel Says the DOJ has Sent all Untested Kits to Labs

Roughly 60 Kits Yielded DNA Hits in the FBI's Database

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel says the state Department of Justice has finished sending untested sexual assault evidence kits to private laboratories for analysis. Schimel made the announcement Tuesday, countering criticism that DOJ is moving too slowly to finish testing. The attorney general began a project in 2016 to test thousands of sexual assault kits sitting…

Garden House Transforms into Wedding Venue

They're already taking wedding reservations for next summer and envisioning the redesigned space.

SOLON SPRINGS, Wis.- The Garden House is transforming into a wedding venue, hear the goodbye from the current owners and see who’s taking over. Since 1995 the sisters Lisa and Kristi Reque have been helping the Garden House blossom, but now they’re selling the shop to help pay for their mother’s assisted living care. “And honestly this is a rough…

Victim Identified After Fatal Accident in Barron County

The Crash Remains Under Investigation

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. – According to the Wisconsin State Patrol a Rice Lake man died from a one-vehicle rollover crash on County Highway SS Sunday evening. The driver has been identified as 31-year-old Brandon Dale Schneider. Authorities say the vehicle was traveling south on County Highway SS when the vehicle entered the ditch and rolled over several times. The driver…

Professional Hockey Players to Host Development Camp for Young Athletes

Twin Ports Pro Development Camp Starts June 25

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Young hockey players in the Northland will once again get the chance to skate with and learn from professional hockey players. The Third Annual Twin Ports Pro Development Camp is coming up June 25-29 and online registration is now open. The camp is for boys and girls playing at the peewee, bantam and high school level at…

Memorial Day At the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

These veterans want more people to respect and appreciate the men and women who fought for our country

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Many people chose to spend their Memorial Day at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior to pay their respect to fallen heroes. The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center offered free admissions to veterans during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. It’s just one of the many ways to get people to understand what this…

Duluth Superior Film Festival Starts Wednesday

Richard Hansen, Founder of the Duluth Superior Film Festival Projects a Successful Year for the Event

DULUTH, Minn. – The 9th annual Duluth Superior Film Festival (DSFF) will kick off Wednesday, May 30 and run through Sunday, June 3. DSFF will take place at multiple venues across the city including Zinema, Teatro Zuccone, Clyde Iron Works, Blacklist Artisan Ales and The Commet Theater in Cook, Minnesota. Founder Richard Hansen says this year’s line-up will focus on…

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center Hosts Community BBQ

Almost a thousand people showed up throughout the day for food, some fun and it was all free

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center has combined Memorial Day and the kick off to summer with a community barbecue. Almost a thousand people showed up throughout the day for food, some fun and it was all free. “For the center, our job is to preserve and honor veterans stories and their history,” said Executive Director…

Motorcylcle Group Helps Fulfill Dying Man’s Wish

The Pigs LGGD are a group of motorcyclists that like to help others.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – If you had one last wish, what would you ask for? For one man his request was simple. Get out and go for a ride. The Pigs LGGD (Let’s Go Give or Get Donations)  are a group of motorcyclists that like to help others. And on Saturday they helped a terminally ill man check one thing off his…

Wildlife Released Back Into the Water After Rehab Following Husky Events

For up to 72 hours, the birds went through a conditioning process, which allows them to be released back into the wild

GORDON, Wis. – The impact of the Husky incident in April reached many lives including wildlife. Some of these animals are finally free and back in the water after a serious recovery process. What started off as a typical day for Sean Haasnoot took a different turn and sent him on a goose chase. “We noticed one at first, it…

Great Lakes Aquarium unveils new exhibits

The newest experience at the Great Lakes Aquarium features three new touch pools

DULUTH, Minn. – Kids and families can now get up close and personal with some new critters at the Great Lakes Aquarium. Thursday, the aquarium unveiled the “Feel Connected” exhibits, which offers three new touch pools featuring exotic ocean critters like sea stars and jellyfish. “When people can use their sense of touch, they become more connected to what they’re…

Wisconsin Frack Sand Sludge Spill Reaches Mississippi River

Minnesota's Pollution Agency is Monitoring

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Officials in Wisconsin are testing the environmental and health impacts following a frack sand sludge spill that has now reached the Mississippi River. A contactor’s bulldozer slid into a pond earlier this week, leading to an hours-long rescue at the Hi-Crush mine in the western Wisconsin town of Whitehall. Rescuers emptied the pond to free the man,…

20 Hurt When Semi Slams Into School bus in Wisconsin

33 People Were on the bus, 20 Were Injured

(John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)LODI, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say 20 people were hurt when a semi crashed into a school bus in south central Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Patrol says four people were seriously injured, with two flown to hospital by helicopter and two others going to area hospitals. No details have been released on the extent of…

Foxconn Calls Story on Wisconsin ‘Inaccurate’

Foxconn Says Their Plans for Wisconsin Have not Changed

(AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Foxconn Technology Group says an article saying that it plans to shift the focus of what is made at its Wisconsin plant to reduce costs is “inaccurate and is not based on any facts.” Foxconn reacted Wednesday to a story published by the Nikkei Asian Review citing unnamed sources saying the Taiwan-based company was looking…

Fire Damages House Where boy was Killed

The boy had Been Missing for More Than a Week

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee police are investigating a fire at a home where a 15-year-old boy was brutally attacked and killed apparently over a stolen video game. Officials say the fire Tuesday night could be arson. Fire damage was limited. Twenty-one-year-old Malik Terrell is charged with killing Dennis King at the home by attacking him with a hammer and stabbing…

More Wisconsin Communities Turning to Wheel Taxes

The Decision to Impost Such Taxes is a Local one

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new report shows more Wisconsin communities are imposing wheel taxes to help fund road repairs. The Wisconsin Policy Forum’s report found that until 2011 only four communities had such a tax. By the end of 2017, 27 communities had imposed a tax. Revenues from the tax nearly tripled from $7.1 million to $20.7 million during…

Honoring Maritime Day in the Twin Ports

National Maritime Day is Honored in the United States Annually on May 22

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly 85 years ago on Tuesday, May 22, United States Congress declared May 22 National Maritime Day. National Maritime Day is a tradition for many and a day recognizing America’s Merchant Marine for their legacy of service and sacrifice, safeguarding our nation and its trade corridors during times of war and peace. Residents and visitors in the…

Bong Center Ramps Up Memorial Day Events for 2018

Northland Uncovered: Memorial Day at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Memorial Day Weekend is just a few days away and next Monday thousands around the country will be honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Executive Director of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, Hayes Scriven, stopped by FOX 21 to talk about the events added to the center’s plans for the holiday weekend. On…

Water at Wisconsin Island has High Plastic Pollution

The Study Will Continue This Summer

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) – A recent study of 35 national parks found the waters off an island in northwestern Wisconsin had the highest concentration of plastic pollution. The National Park Service, South Carolina’s Clemson University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program began working on the two-year study in 2015. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that samples collected…

Twin Ports Residents Peddle Forth on National Bike to Work Day

National Bike to Work Day Events in Duluth and Superior are Organized by the Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community

DULUTH, Minn. – You may have noticed a few extra bicyclists on the road during your commute across the Twin Ports Friday. It was all to celebrate National Bike to Work Day. It’s a common sight year round throughout many communities in the Northland; bikers strapping on helmets and raising kickstands no matter how cold it gets. “It’s a perfect…

Local Family Seeks Funding for Feet

Neal's feet didn't develop properly because of a birth defect known as cleft foot, his parents are asking for support

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Its been quite a journey for one Northland family to find the right medical care for their son, now all the cards are in place, but they need some help from the community. Last week we brought you the story of the Dahlberg family, who reached out to the community for help bringing their adopted daughter Anna home from…

Stinson Avenue Reopens Near Husky Explosion Site

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Stinson Avenue between Bardon and Hill avenues has reopened following its closure after the Husky Energy fire and explosion. Speed is reduced through the area, and stopping in the roadway is not allowed. Husky representatives said Thursday the closure was necessary so investigators could complete their work and clean up debris along the road. There may also…

Wisconsin Senate Candidate’s Top Priority Expanding Husky Refinery

Candidate James Bolen discussed his priorities in the Northland.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- 25th District Senate candidate James Bolen running for the Wisconsin Senate spoke–out Thursday highlighting his goals if elected, Husky Refinery is top on the list. Bolen is asking the Husky Refinery to rebuild the facility and consider expanding. This would come after the post-explosion inspection. Bolen says the expansion would also add more high tech safety measures.”I think…

Superior Cooper Elementary School Opening Postponed Until 2019

The School's East and West Wings Will Need to be Gutted to the Metal Studs

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior School District officials have announced that the new Copper Elementary School opening will be postponed until September 2019. Officials said in their release this afternoon, “Postponing the opening of the new Cooper for one school year will ensure that the restoration process can be done thoroughly and methodically.” After weeks of reviewing the building’s damages the…

First Responders Return to Chetek for Anniversary Ceremony

About 20 Team Rubicon volunteers spent five days taking down trees and removing them resident's homes.

Chetek, Wis. – The Barron County Sheriff’s Office says within one hour of the tornado hitting the ground 100 first responders came to the scene. Another 100 arrived within the second hour. Those who helped in the disaster relief efforts were invited back like volunteers from Team Rubicon who helped out. About 20 volunteers spent five days taking down trees…

Chetek Community Reflects On Historic Tornado One Year Later

The tornado hit Barron, Polk, Rusk and Rice counties, winds were estimated at 130 mph and caused more than $10 million in damage.

Chetek, Wis. – One year ago a violent EF-3 tornado struck and ripped apart Chetek, Wisconsin and surrounding communities changing lives forever. and now the rebuilding process continues. Most of the damage from the tornado happened here at the Prairie Lakes Estates Trailer Park. You can still see much of them destruction and the piles of trees that still remain. When tragedy strikes it’s something you can’t forget. On…

Heating tools Suspected in Fire at Historic Milwaukee Church

The Church was Built in 1878

(Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP) MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee fire official says heating tools apparently caused a fire that destroyed a historic downtown church. Deputy Fire Chief Dave Votsis says the tools placed on adjacent scaffolding may have ignited the roof of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Votsis estimates damage to the structure at $13 million and an additional…

Ashland man Threatens Neighbors with Pistol

The 68-year-old is Facing Multiple Charges

ASHLAND, Wis. – According to the Ashland Police Department officers responded to a report last night of an intoxicated male threatening his neighbors while carrying a revolver pistol. The neighbors state they were cutting down a tree in their yard when the upset neighbor came outside yelling about the noise of the chainsaw while carrying the pistol. After failed attempts…

Lake Nebagamon Man Creates Custom Rides

Walt Moss Shares Passion for Custom Vehicles

LAKE NEBAGAMON, Wis. – A Wisconsin man is known around his small town for his custom creations. They’re vehicles not seen before, because they’re creations Walt Moss has come up with himself. Moss is the owner of Walt Moss Trucking, Inc., but his obsession with going fast started many years ago. “Probably when I was about 12 years old when…

Citizens Express Environmental Concerns at Husky Fire Listening Session

UW-Extension hosted the session to collect comments and questions from residents

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A community listening session at Superior Middle School got heated as community members express environmental concerns in the aftermath of April’s Husky Energy Refinery explosion and fire. The listening session was offered by the University of Wisconsin Extension for Superior and other area residents to ask questions about the refinery fire and have their comments heard. Fear…

Public Invited To Listening Session On Husky Refinery Incident

The meeting will happen from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. at Superior Middle School.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A lot of unanswered questions still remain nearly three weeks after the Husky Refinery explosion and fire in Superior. A community listening session is being held at Superior Middle School to address some of these issues. The meeting will happen from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. Community members will have an opportunity to voice their concerns and ask questions about…

GOP Races to set Field for two Legislative Special Elections

The General Election Will be on June 12

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A pair of primary elections Tuesday will determine the Republican candidates in two special legislative elections in June. Polls open at 7 a.m. in northeastern Wisconsin’s 1st Senate District and in south-central Wisconsin’s 42nd Assembly District. The winners of each contest will advance to the June 12 general election. The two districts have gone without representation…

Local Organization Takes A Ride For Motorcycle Safety Awareness Billboards

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Motorcyclists in Superior went for a ride to raise money for a creative campaign on motorcycle safety awareness. About 30 riders hit the road with Abate of Wisconsin, an organization that promotes motorcycle safety. Organizers hope to put six billboards up, three in Superior and three in Duluth. “Messages on the billboard are: “Look for motorcycles. Motorcycles are everywhere,” said…

Community Helps Raise Funds for International Adoption

The Dalhbergs have the mounds of paperwork filled out, their hearts, and home ready for little Anna.

SOLON SPRINGS, Wis.- Nearly one year ago today a family in Solon Springs Wisconsin decided to add another member. Now the Dahlberg’s are finalizing finally bringing an 8-year-old girl home from China. The adoption process has been challenging but fox 21’s Lauren Leigh reports it has been made possible through the help of the community. The Dalhbergs have the mounds of…

Superior Police Take It To the Sky With Drone Technology In Husky Fire Response

The four member Tactical Technology Unit linked up with the Husky Emergency Response Team to get better views from the air.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It turns out new technology high in the sky was a big help in battling the Husky Refinery fire last month. Drone footage from the Superior Police Department made it easier to determine if the scene was safe for firefighters. The Superior Police Department has a Tactical Technology Team. Some of these officers fly a drone in…

University of Wisconsin Lobbyist got $48,000 Severance

University Officials Won't say What led to his Departure.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A lobbyist at the University of Wisconsin got a severance payout of more than $48,000 to resign under unexplained circumstances. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Jeff Schoenfeldt is the second high-profile employee in the UW system to get such a payout in the last two months. University officials won’t say what led to his departure….