Wisconsin

Police: Wisconsin Man Caused Home Blast to Mask Wife Killing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Police have arrested a Wisconsin man suspected of killing his wife and blowing up their home to try to cover up the crime. Authorities arrested 59-year-old Steven Pirus of Madison Saturday night. He is jailed on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide, arson, and recklessly endangering safety. Pirus is accused of fatally shooting 50-year-old Lee Anne Pirus….

2 Students Arrested for Threats Against Ashland School District

BOTH ARE FACING TERRORISTIC THREAT CHARGES

ASHLAND, Wis. – Ashland School District has received two separate threats, according to the Ashland Police Department. According to the release, on Sunday, Sept. 17, a concerned citizen said they observed a threat to Ashland High School on a Snapchat account. The Snapchat featured a picture of two boxes of shotgun shells and said, “Don’t come to school Monday.” Police…

Upcoming Fundraiser Supports Free Dental Care for Students

8th Annual Sips & Slices

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Just Kids Dental is continuing its campaign of providing free dental care to children and an upcoming fundraiser will support that mission. The 8th Annual Sips & Slices is Thursday, September 21 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Superior Curling Club. This is a pizza and beer tasting fundraiser. There will also be raffles featuring items…

East End Family Fun Day celebrated in Superior

Food vendors, music and games.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The East End Family Fun Day held its annual event on Saturday. Food, music, raffles, and a car show were just some of the fun being had on the streets of superior. “We’re just trying to show off the community and have a fun day for everybody,” organizer Jon Nelson said. “We purposely make this a family…

Attorney: Slender Man Attacker Descended into ‘Madness’

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Anissa Weier passes a note to defense attorney Joseph Smith Jr.. during closing argument sin her case before Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP) WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin girl accused of helping her friend stab their classmate nearly to death to please online horror character Slender Man…

Enbridge Protestors Arrested In Superior

Blockade Set Up Prevented Construction Workers From Working

SUPERIOR, Wis. Protestors hoping to keep Enbridge workers from getting into their construction site on the line 3 replacement project Thursday morning are now in trouble with the law. In a dramatic scene, several protesters were arrested Thursday in Superior. One has been charged with disorderly conduct during the incident while three others were booked for resisting arrest and trespassing….

Historical Society Brings Past to Life within Cemetery

3rd Annual Living History Walk is Saturday

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This weekend the history of Douglas County is coming to life in a place reserved for the dead. The Living History Walk is Saturday, September 16 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The walk will be at the Greenwood Cemetery, 8402 Tower Avenue Superior, WI 54880. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, $7 Veterans, $5…

Tony Evers Joins Race for Wisconsin Governor

MADISON, Wis. — The race for Wisconsin’s governor just got a little more heated with a new Democratic challenger to Republican Governor, Scott Walker. Tony Evers has announced his candidacy for the gubernatorial race. Evers is the State Superintendent for Wisconsin and is running on a platform to improve the public schools in the state. The Democrat says he’s running…

Wisconsin National Guard Troops Deploy to Florida

Soldiers from the 173rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, part of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, depart the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Madison, Wis., Monday morning (Sept. 11) as part of a convoy en route to Florida to assist with Hurricane Irma response efforts there. Gov. Scott Walker issued Executive Order 254 Sept. 8, which authorized…

9/11 Memorial Dismantled in Green Bay

Photo: Gabrielle Mays, Fox 11 GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The city of Green Bay has dismantled a deteriorating 9/11 memorial on the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Law officers, firefighters, and community members attended a “decommissioning” ceremony in front of the memorial on Monday. The memorial includes a steel beam from one of the fallen twin towers. The monument…

Wisconsin Businesses Struggle with Worker Shortage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Economists, employers, and government officials say a growing worker shortage in Wisconsin is expected to increase over the next decade. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the worker shortage is due to many factors, including a low unemployment rate, an aging population, and Wisconsin’s poor record of attracting college graduates. Wisconsin had an unemployment rate of 3.2…

Hundreds come out for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The event raised more than $170,000 for Alzheimer's research and assistance

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly one-thousand people walked this morning to help end Alzheimer’s Disease. This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s was the first joint venture between organizations in Duluth and Superior. By combining forces, more than $170,000 were raised to support research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia. “Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death, and the only one in…

Superior city budget nearing final stages

The budget features more funding for public safety and neighborhood improvements

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Superior’s city budget is in the final stages and getting ready to go to city council. The roughly $29 million budget features in increase in the Neighborhood Improvement Fund, and added funding for public safety, including more training for police. City leaders were able to close the deficit, leave a surplus, all without adding any new tax…

Tiny Wisconsin Airport Near Golf Course Scores $4 Million

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A tiny airport in central Wisconsin that’s seen an influx of private jets since a new world-class golf course opened nearby would get $4 million in improvements under funding slipped into the state budget. The funding approved by the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee comes after the developer of the Sand Valley Golf Resort, Michael Keiser, donated…

Power Companies Answer Questions About New Plant

Proposed Natural Gas Power Plant Should be Operational by 2025

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Representatives from two electricity suppliers met with residents Thursday to answer questions about the Nemadji Trail Energy Center natural gas power plant. These informal open houses gave residents a chance to learn what the plan will mean for the city. For Minnesota Power, using natural gas to create electricity is another step towards cleaner, renewable energy. In…

Superior Choice Collecting Supplies for Local Shelters

Donations Accepted at All Branches Thoughout September

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Northlanders’ response to Hurricane Harvey relief was overwhelming, but a local credit union reminds people there’s need at home as well. Throughout September, Superior Choice Credit Union is taking donations of household supplies for area emergency shelters. Each branch has shopping lists so members know what shelters need. Organizers say giving is important all year not just…

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate in Superior

Bob Harlow was First Democrat in 2018 Governor's Race

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A Democrat hoping to be Wisconsin’s next governor visited the city Thursday. 25 year-old Bob Harlow was actually the first Democrat in the 2018 Wisconsin Gubernatorial race. His platform includes a state–run healthcare system, a high speed rail network, restoring union rights in the state, plus investment in infrastructure and education. Harlow says he’s also opposed to…

Committee Approves $76 Billion Wisconsin Budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The $76 billion Wisconsin budget is headed to the state Assembly and Senate for approval. The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee passed the two-year spending plan Wednesday night on a party line vote, more than two months after the budget was due. Current spending levels have continued during the impasse. The spending plan sends more aid to…

Wisconsin ACT Scores Hold Steady for 2nd Year in a Row

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Scores held steady for Wisconsin’s Class of 2017 on the ACT college entrance exam. In results released Thursday, Wisconsin’s average composite score was 20.5 for the second year in a row. That’s behind the national average of 21.0. But it was the third highest among the 17 states where all graduates were tested, behind only Minnesota…

Football Field, Park Ready to Open at Titletown District

Photo: Fox 11 ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) – A new football field created with ground up old tennis shoes will soon open in the shadow of Lambeau Field. The Green Bay Packers say the Titletown District park will open Sept. 15. Packers vice president and general counsel Ed Policy says the team partnered with Nike on the field. FOX 11 reports…

Madison Officials Weigh Fate of Confederate Monument

(Photo: Nathan Phelps / USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Madison’s mayor says the Common Council will discuss what should happen to a large stone monument honoring Confederate soldiers buried in the city’s cemetery. Mayor Paul Soglin already ordered the removal of a small plaque honoring Confederate soldiers in the Forest Hill Cemetery last month. But…

Foxconn, Electric Vehicle Fees in Wisconsin Up for Vote

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee is pushing to complete its work this week on the two-year-spending plan that’s two months overdue. Votes that could be taken as early as Tuesday include whether to impose a new fee on electric vehicle owners and changes to a $3 billion incentive plan for electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group. The…

Another Great Year For The Great Northern Classic Rodeo

Sunday Marks An End To The Yearly Event

SUPERIOR, Wis. It was all about bull riding and calf wrangling in Superior this weekend. The Great Northern Classic Rodeo wrapped up their 3 day weekend today. Starting in 1991 the rodeo was originally held in Duluth, with several hundred spectators. Two years later the rodeo moved across the bridge to Superior and has been held at the Head of…

Black Hat BBQ Gives Back To Youth Rodeo

Funds Raised Goes Towards The High School Rodeo Foundation

SUPERIOR, Wis. It wouldn’t be a rodeo without southern style BBQ. Supporting Minnesota’s high school rodeo foundation, Black Hat BBQ can be found at many of the surrounding rodeo events. Portions of the proceeds made at each event is given back to the rodeo scholarship fund. Owners say raising funds is easy to do with favorites like their baby back…

Northland Business Raises Money for Flood Victims

Sky High Graphix and Design is selling shirts and donating profits to relief efforts

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – One Northland company is pitching in to help Hurricane Harvey victims. Sara Androsky’s company Sky High Graphix and Design is selling t–shirts, and donating 100 percent of the profits to the Salvation Army to help flood victims in Texas. “We’re just hoping that it will give them some semblance of a normal life as they try and…

Leader of Troubled Wisconsin Youth Prison Steps Down

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The head of Wisconsin’s troubled youth prison plans to step down next week. Lincoln hills/Copper Lake Superintendent Wendy Peterson asked Department of Corrections officials this week to transfer into the role of education director at the facility outside Irma, saying the superintendent’s job was taking her away from her family. She will start that position on…

Wisconsin Schools Close to Receiving Additional Funding

If approved, the Superior School District says it would just break even for its yearly budget.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Superior schools and other K–12 schools in Wisconsin could see a spending increase over the next two years. On Monday, the state legislature’s budget–writing committee voted to include a $639 million funding increase over the next two years. The heart of Gov. Scott Walker’s education funding proposal would raise per–pupil aid by $200 this year and $204…

American Red Cross: How Northlanders Can Support Harvey Victims

Monetary Donations Encouraged by Red Cross Officials

DULUTH, Minn. – Tropical Storm Harvey is causing devastation in Texas with thousands evacuated and mutiple deaths reported. As people around the country try to help those affected, the American Red Cross is doing whatever they can to help as well. Dan Williams, the Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, stopped by FOX 21…

Wisconsin DNR Secretary Leaving Agency

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is resigning to take a job with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gov. Scott Walker said in a statement Tuesday, Cathy Stepp will become deputy administrator for the EPA’s Region 7. Stepp has been DNR secretary since 2011. Walker appointed Deputy Secretary Kurt Thiede to serve as…

31st Annual Duluth-Superior Pride Festival Kicks Off Thursday

Free Family-Friendly Entertainment in Bayfront Festival Park Saturday

DULUTH, Minn. – The 31st Annual Duluth-Superior Pride Festival will be taking over the Twin Ports this week and weekend. The festival is taking place Thursday, August 31 – Sunday, September 3. Schedule of Events: Thursday, August 31: Mayor’s Reception, 5-8 p.m., Duluth Depot Duluth Playhouse Play: I am my Own Wife, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 1: White Party…

Classes Start For WITC Students

Monday marks the start of the new school year for WITC students

SUPERIOR, Wisc. -Wisconsin Indianhead Techical College students in Superior are back for the semester. Classes started on Monday for those students seeking an Associates Degree or technical diploma, to get that first step towards a new career. “It doesn’t matter if you’re 18 years old and coming here, or you’re 45 and coming here,” WITC VI of Academic Affairs Bonny…

Budget Committee Approves $1 Billion Building Projects

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee has unanimously approved $1 billion in funding for state building projects. The committee on Monday voted to fund a number of building projects that Gov. Scott Walker did not include in his budget. Those include about $192 million in seven projects across the University of Wisconsin System, $7 million for a…

Emergency Pig-Out Raises Funds for Volunteer First Responders

Iron River Community to Host "Emergency Pig-Out"

IRON RIVER, Wis. – This weekend a Wisconsin community is banding together to support several projects in Iron River. White Winter Winery is once again hosting the Annual Emergency Pig Out. The event raises funds for Iron River’s Emergency Services to purchase and maintain EMS equipment. Also, this year some money will be going to the Iron River Lions Club…

Japanese Students Compete in Dragon Boat Race

Sister Cities Commission from Ami Machi Japan Teamed Up With Local Students for Race

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the biggest events in Superior each year. Students from Superior’s sister city in Japan got to experience dragon boat racing first hand. Competing in a dragon boat race takes hard work., but more importantly it takes well executed teamwork. “Despite the fact that the course doesn’t look that long, it’s…

Wisconsin Business Group Announces Foxconn Coalition

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state’s largest business group is announcing a new coalition to help bring Foxconn Technology Group plant to southeastern Wisconsin. Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce said in a news release Thursday that the Wisconn Valley Jobs Coalition includes 146 business groups, local chambers of commerce, entrepreneurs, employers, and workers that support the plant. The group sent a…

Bidding Open for Auction to Benefit Veterans

The Military Order of the Purple Heart is Auctioning a 1977 Ford F-150

SUPERIOR, Wis. – An auction benefiting a local veterans group was so successful last year, they’re doing it again. Benna Ford and the Arrowhead Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart teamed up to auction off a 1977 Ford F–150 pickup. Between now and September 8th, you can stop by Benna Ford’s dealership in Superior, check out the…

Dragon Boat Races to Take Over Barkers Island This Weekend

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival is coming up this weekend. The funds raised through the event go to Twin Ports Rotary Clubs and the Essentia Health Foundation. However, the races are all free for community members to attend. The event is taking place on August 25 – 26. Races can be watched at Barker’s Island. Other…

Twin Ports’ First Openly Gay Bar, The Main Club, Closing After 34 Years

Owner Bob Jansen Says The Times Have Changed

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A true trailblazer within the LGBT community in the Twin Ports is preparing to shut the doors on one historic safe place — The Main Club. Bob Jansen said he opened The Main — the first openly gay bar in the Northland — in 1983 after winning a lawsuit that said the College of St. Scholastica fired…

Active Shooter Response Exercise Held in Superior

Douglas County Sheriff's Department Partnered with Local Fire Departments to Complete Training

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Douglas County first responders held a training exercise Tuesday in Superior. The training is designed to help prepare agencies if there was ever an active shooter at a school. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department teamed up with the Town of Superior and the Town of Oakland fire departments for an active shooter training exercise at Four Corners…

Guard and Reserve Vets See Improved Education Benefits

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken Helped Write the Legislation

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Veterans headed to college recently saw changes to their G.I. Bill benefits, changes which really help National Guard and Reserves veterans. Under the Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, Guard and Reserve members will get $2,300 in additional G.I. Bill benefits, if they were on active duty less than a year. Plus, vets can now use their benefits…

Teen Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge in Slender Man Attack

Anissa Weier – FOX 6   MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of two Wisconsin girls charged with repeatedly stabbing a classmate to impress the fictitious horror character Slender Man pleaded guilty Monday, but she still faces a trial in the case next month focused on her mental health. Anissa Weier, 15, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree homicide as a party to…

Family Event Supports Superior Police and Fire Museum

Coffee Conversation: Superior Public Museums

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This evening the annual mini-golf fundraiser for the Old Firehouse and Police Museum is taking place. The family event runs from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, August 21. There will be mini-golf, hot dogs, drinks and chips for $7.00. Local firefighters and police officers will be onhand to talk with kids and show vehicles. This is all taking place…

Jack Link’s Aquatic and Activity Center to Open Soon

New Minong Community Recreation Center Will Feature a Workout Facility and Indoor Swimming Pool

MINONG, Wis. – The Village of Minong, home of Jack Link’s Protein Snacks, is undergoing a multi-million dollar upgrade. That new update is a new multi-use community recreation center. The Jack Link’s Aquatic and Activity Center is set to open this fall. Fox 21 got an exclusive tour of the new facility. “The level of excitement in the community right…

Sawyer County Fair Opens in Hayward

110th Annual Fair Offers Animal Barn, Fun Shows, and Lots of Food

HAYWARD, Wis. – The Sawyer County fair opened Thursday in Hayward. Fair-goers can check out the animal barn with the best livestock in the area, watch fun performances like a magic show and singing cowboy, and of course eat all the fair food they can get their hands on. “If you’re in the neighborhood, you’re sure welcome to come out…