Wisconsin

Maple School District to Host Supplies Drive Saturday

Community Members in the Maple School District Have Decided to Host a Community Supply Drive for Students and Staff

POPLAR, Wisc. – Folks in the Maple School District have rallied together over the past two weeks in preparation for a school supply drive ahead of the 2018/2019 school year. “Pencils for Pupils” will take place in Poplar, Wisconsin on Saturday, August 11. The event is being held at the Gravel Pit Tavern in Poplar. There will be a band, bouncy house,…

Police Report: Superior Councilors Assaulted At Bar

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office is investigating what Superior police are calling an assault on two city councilors. Those councilors are Keith Kern and Craig Sutherland. The police report says two male suspects were causing a disturbance at Jimmy’s Saloon, which Kern owns, in Billings Park around 1 a.m. Wednesday. The report states the suspects were…

Remains of Korean War Hero Coming Home to Superior

Sgt. Rufus Ketchum had been missing in active duty since December 1950.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A U.S. serviceman who served in the Korean War and was reported missing more than 60 years ago is now accounted for. Army Sergeant First Class Rufus Ketchum’s remains are being returned to his family in Superior for a full military honors burial. Sgt. Ketchum will return home to Superior on August 14th he was reported missing in action…

Tour Wisconsin Arts Work at the 7th Annual Art Crawl

Organizers say the art walk highlights the large community of creators.

HAYWARD, Wis.- This weekend you’ll get the chance to go inside an artists’ private studios and tour where their creations are made. The 7th annual Art Crawl is taking over Northwestern Wisconsin. Over 50 artists will show off their creative spaces, art galleries will open their doors at 21 locations with more creations than before, and even have demonstrations. Organizers…

Float On to A&W for National Root Beer Float Day

Restaurant Gives Out Free Root Beer Floats and Accepts Donations for Charity

Superior, WI- Many Northlanders were feelin’ the heat this week. To cool off, they could head to A&W for a free root beer float this National Root Beer Float Day. The Superior A&W restaurant gave out free root beer floats for the holiday. While enjoying that sweet foamy treat, you could also give to others. Donations were encouraged to support the…

Superior School District Says Bus Driver Contracts Inevitable

Despite a large amount of disapproval from the Superior School District's bus drivers few changes to the contracts were made and around five decided to not continue working for the district.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Superior School District has five open bus driver positions after some previous workers opted not to sign the newly enforced work contracts, which no longer allows drivers to keep their busses at home. Despite a large amount of disapproval from the Superior School District’s bus drivers few changes to the contracts were made and around five decided…

Local Library Could Help You Track Your Ancestry

Organizers tell us tracking your ancestry through a book can be easier than online.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Have you ever tried to track your family tree? The Superior Public Library now has the “Mayflower Families Through Five Generations” these 30 volumes have the stories and names of those that traveled on the Mayflower. Organizers tell us tracking your ancestry through a book can be easier than online, which typically requires many forms of identification. “With these books,…

Active Adventures: Fat Tire Biking

Off Road On A Fat Tire Bike With Meteorologist Brittney Merlot

DULUTH, Minn – No matter the weather or the time of year, the fat bike is the ATV of the cycling world: sand dunes, mud pits, snowtrails—fat bikes can go anywhere! For this week’s active adventures Brittney Merlot takes us to the rocky trails, beaches, grass, gravel and even into the water on a fat tire bike! Ski Hut tells…

Teens Superior at Dungeons and Dragons

New Weekly Club at Superior Public Library

Superior, WI- Some teens in Superior are having a medieval summer thanks to two girls from Superior and Elk Mound High School. The pair started a weekly Dungeons and Dragons tournament for a senior community project. So for a few hours at ye olde library every Thursday, as long as ye be twixt the ages of 13-17, the quest calls to…

Eroding Valve Potentially Caused Husky Refinery Explosion

Investigators say it's similar to one that occurred in Torrance, California at Exxon Mobile's refinery.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The potential cause behind the Husky Energy refinery explosion in Superior is believed to be found during an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. Investigators tell us it appears the explosion could have happened due to an eroded piece of equipment.  Click here for a play-by-play animated video of before, during and after the explosion. “You…

Super Saving Weekend For Wisconsin’s First Sales Tax Holiday

Total spending for K-12 schools and college combined is projected to reach $82.8 billion, according to the National Retail Federation.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Wisconsin shoppers are finally getting a tax break. Saving five percent on sales tax has more people running to the register in Wisconsin. “We’re doing a little end of summer shopping maybe something for back-to-school to see what we can find,” said Ellen Chicka. Wednesday is the start of the Wisconsin sales tax holiday break that runs…

Superior Gratefully Gives Goodies to Storm Drain Adopters

Volunteers Thanked, Taught New Stream Monitoring Techniques

Superior, WI- The Superior Public Works Department thanked Volunteer Storm Drain Adopters, and taught them how to sample the water of Faxson Creek as a new stream monitoring system kicked off. Around 30 volunteers of all ages met at Central Park to learn how to sample the creek water for sediment, salt, temperature, and dissolved oxygen, all of which they found…

El Dorado Bar & Grill Hosting Veterans Fundraiser

The proceeds will go toward the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans in Duluth, an organization helping homeless veterans and the Douglas County Veterans Services in Superior.

OLIVER, Wis. – The El Dorado Bar & Grill may be in the outskirts of the Northland but when it comes to veterans it sees no boundaries. The Oliver, Wisconsin, bar is hosting its Sixth Annual Veterans Fundraiser and Customer Appreciation Event. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans in Duluth, an organization…

Massive Military Display Saturday in Superior

The Military and Civilian Vehicle Show Starts at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – On Saturday, August 4, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Twin Ports area residents will have the chance to check out the Military and Civilian Vehicle Show presented by United Veterans Construction. “This year’s show promises to be even bigger than the year before,” said Hayes Scriven, Executive Director of the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center. Scriven…

Public Housing Now Smoke-Free Nation Wide

Local officials say the Twin Ports were leaders in this movement.

DULUTH, Minn.- Now all Public Housing in the United States has a new rule, but it’s been established in the Twin Ports for quite some time. Public housing across the nation is smoke-free starting on Monday, July 30. The rule is not asking residents to quit smoking. Local health officials say Duluth was a leader in implementing the smoke-free public housing…

Wisconsin Sales Tax Holiday About to Begin

Shoppers Won't Have to Pay Sales Taxes on Clothing, Computers and School Supplies

MADISON, Wis.-Wisconsin’s five-day sales tax holiday is about to begin. Shoppers won’t have to pay sales taxes on clothing, computers and school supplies Wednesday through Sunday. The holiday comes with plenty of strings attached. Each item of clothing must cost less than $75 to be exempt from the sales tax; computers must be purchased for personal use and must cost…

Bowfest in Full Swing

Archer's Find their Paradise in Superior

Superior, WI- The hills of Mont Du Lac become a plastic forest as elk, deer, bears and even dinosaurs come out….to get shot… at the 2nd Annual Bowfest. The air is filled with the “thwip” of arrows leaving bows and meeting their targets. Sunlight glisten off the shiny bows hanging patiently on archers’ shoulders. In terms of competition, even friends…

Volunteers Pack 40 Backpacks for Homeless Vets

Superior Elks Lodge Members Pack Backpacks for Homeless Veterans

Superior, WI- You’ve probably heard of backpacks for kids, but the Superior Elks Lodge #236 is trying backpacks for vets. Members gathered to pack 40 backpacks to distribute to homeless veterans on the streets of Superior. And it can mean everything to them. “When you see the spark in their eyes when they get some of the stuff, they actually…

Bowfest a Bullseye Bonanza for Bowhunters

2nd Annual Bowfest Begins

Superior, WI-Bows at the ready, Robin Hoods everywhere. The 2nd Annual Bowfest has begun in Superior. The Mont Du Lac Resort is now crawling with archers anxious to execute some targets. Equipment and food vendors are also propped up on the hill. You can choose from stationary, moving, distance or aerial targets. Not only do they look the part, they…

CASDA Helping Survivors One Sock At a Time

When victims or survivors of abuse escape a dangerous situation many of them flee with nothing.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Socks are one of the most needed items at the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse or CASDA in Superior. The Seventh Annual Socks for Survivors Golf Scramble helps victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or child abuse one sock at a time. Socks for Survivors brought out 16 teams in their crazy socks to…

Wisconsin Prepares for Mining Projects After law Changes

Opponents Fear Contamination of Surrounding Water Resources

FLAMBEAU, Wis. (AP) – Communities in northern Wisconsin are working on their next steps following a recent law change that’ll give companies an easier time moving forward with plans to mine metals. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the repeal of a decades-old sulfide mining moratorium took effect this month. The moratorium required companies to provide proof of a sulfide mine…

Aiming at the Target

Final Preparations for Bowfest Underway

Superior, WI- Preparations are wrapping up for the 2nd annual Bowfest at Mont Du Lac resort on Friday. Archers will shoot 3D animal targets like a dinosaur, as well as distance and aerial targets. Prizes are awarded to the top three winners in each division. But the competition is more relaxed and interactive. “One of the things we’re trying to…

Students Get the Curator Experience at Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

This is the first year for the Junior Curator Program.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior is letting students get a sense of what life is like as a museum curator. This is the first year for the Junior Curator Program. Eighteen students from Superior Middle School spend a week at the museum working on an exhibit about a local veteran. The exhibits will…

North Country Independent Living Expo

This is the fifth Expo held in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- One community is celebrating the abilities of people with disabilities, all while raising money for a local organization. The North Country Independent Living Expo at Superior’s Mariner Mall was held Thursday.  The event is a  staple for the community, hosting numerous free activities and food. But it’s also a hub for disability organizations highlighting services offered locally. “The…

Wisconsin PSC Approves Foxconn Transmission Lines

The Lines Will Cost Between $117-$120 Million

(AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin regulators have signed off on American Transmission Company’s plan to build a new substation and transmission lines to power Foxconn Technology Group’s massive flat-screen plant in Mount Pleasant. The Public Service Commission voted 3-0 on Thursday to approve the project. The work is expected to cost between $117 million and $120 million depending on…

Douglas County Receives New Voting Machines

The new machines will be used in the upcoming elections.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Two new voting machines in Douglas County will be used in the upcoming elections. Not much will change for voters but city officials say the new technology helps keep track of votes easier. The machines are replacing 15 year–old equipment. “If someone made a very light mark there was a chance in the past that the scanner might…

Fraser Shipyard Improving Safety with Help from Federal Grant

Fraser Shipyard is also spending $168,000 on the project.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A shipping yard cited with several safety violations in recent years is now putting funding toward extra safety, thanks to a grant from the federal government. Fraser Shipyard will be receiving a half million dollar grant from the U.S. Maritime Marine Administration. A Superior Shipping Yard cited with several safety violations in recent years is now putting funding toward extra safety….

Registration Open for First UWS Campus Rec Kids Triathlon

The Triathlon is Taking Place Saturday, August 11 at the Marovich Wellness Center in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Calling all parents and children! The UW-Superior Campus Recreation Department is preparing to host their first ever Kids Triathlon on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Registration is now open and children are encouraged to sign up early. Every finisher will receive a medal and a free hot dog. All participants will also…

CBD Hemp Oil Store Opens in Superior

Apple House CBD Wisconsin is located at 1613 Tower Avenue

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Northland’s first specialty hemp-based CBD oil store is officially open for business. It’s called “Apple House CBD Wisconsin” and is located at 1613 Tower Avenue. The store sells CBD edibles, lotions, creams, and under the tongue products. CBD water will also soon be for sale. None of the products contain detectable amounts of THC, which is…

Golda Meir, A Global Connection Coming to Superior

On Sunday, July 29, the Douglas County Historical Society will Host a Production Highlighting the Life and Legacy of Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – On Sunday, July 29, the Douglas County Historical Society Theatre is bringing in Jessica Michna of Racine, Wisconsin. Michna is a well-known historical performer, this time visiting DCHS to perform as former Isaeli prime minister Golda Meir. Meir was the prime minister of Israel during the turbulent, war-torn years of the 1960s. She also lived in Milwaukee for…

South End Days Stirs Up Superior

Weekend Event Begins With Rummage Sales

Superior, WI-Superior’s South End Days are back for a third year. To start the weekend event residents could bargain for some baubles at any of the 35-plus rummage sales around South Superior. “Hit the jackpot at this one,” said Rummager Taylor Tuura. “She found some stuff for her kitchen,” said fellow Rummager Chloe Whittington. “I just found some sharpies for…

Beefing Up Blatnik

UMD Civil Engineering Students Help Work on Blatnik Bridge

Duluth, Minn.-Some Civil Engineering students from University of Minnesota Duluth got up close and personal with the Blatnik Bridge. Students teamed up with the Minnesota department of transportation and WSP consulting company to attach and test sensors on the underbelly of the bridge. The sensors will be used for a load test which measures how weight of heavy truck loads…

New Northwood Facility

Northwood Children's Services Opens New Psychiatric Facility

Duluth, Minn.-The first residential psychiatric facility for children in Minnesota has opened in Duluth, and is breaking new ground as the first of its kind in the state. While the building has been open to patients since June 15, Northwood Children’s Services formally introduced the building and its amenities on Friday. The building’s softly colorful walls, cozy–looking rooms and large…

Active Adventures: Log Rolling

Meteorologist Brittney Merlot Attempts To Log Roll For Her First Time

HAYWARD, Wisc. — The Lumberjack World Championships are underway and for this weeks active adventures we take you to the historic Lumberjack Bowl as Meteorologist Brittney Merlot learns how to log roll by a six time world champion! Will she pick it in just 30 minutes? Find out in the video above! Plus, learn tips on how you can stay…

Porch Fire in Superior

Flames Destroy Porch, Damage Nearby Home

Superior, WI-Crews responded to the scene on Lackawanna Ave. Wednesday night to find a porch engulfed in flames. The porch was destroyed. The fire then spread to the siding of a neighboring home, also causing damage. The cause of the fire is undetermined and no injuries were reported. Damage estimates sit at five thousand dollars. Categories: News, News – Latest…

Superior Engwall Folding Its Petals

Store Closing at End of the Month

Superior, WI- Engwall’s flower shop is closing it’s doors in Superior and merging with their Hermantown location at the end of the month. Despite the closure, Engwall’s employees can still work at the Hermantown location. Owners said the move is due to the decreased number of walk-in customers at that store, with about 90 percent of their business coming online. They…

FEMA Asseses Flood Damage

Need For Public Assistance Being Determined

Duluth, Minn.-While the flash flood waters ravaged many Northland communities last month, communities still dealing with the effects of the flash flood of 2012, FEMA is reporting Carlton county to be recovering well. A state of emergency was quickly declared in June, but since then many roads and bridges that were once just chunks floating in water are now restored….

Kari Toyota Celebrating 50 Years of Service

The 50 milestone means a lot to the Kari family and employees.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Exciting news for a Twin Ports business Kari Toyota in Superior is celebrating 50 years of service. The dealership is family run, the 50 milestone means a lot to the Kari family and employees. Toyota came to congratulate the business. “Well it’s not just another day, it’s just kind of a milestone for us it’s just kind of…

Jack’s & Jill’s Descend On Hayward’s Lumberjack World Championship

Yo-Ho! Get Your Family On Over To Hayward For This International Championship!

HAYWARD, Wisc. — The Lumberjack World Championship is back again July 19-21, 2018! The International competition showcases sawing, chopping, speed climbing, log rolling, boom-running and more! It’s great family fun! Yo-Ho! To purchase your 3 day pass or individual daily tickets click here: Lumberjack World Championships Tickets EVENT SCHEDULE: Thursday, July 19, 2018 8:00am Amateur Logrolling (Open to the public –…

Lincoln Park Meets on the Street

Neighborhood Hosts Activities on 3rd Street

Duluth, Minn.- Police officers got an opportunity to spend some time getting to know the residents in Lincoln Park as the Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative hosted the 5th Annual Meet on the Street. Cars on part of 3rd Street were kicked out to make room for food, celebration, and fun on Sunday. Residents were invited to play, dance, and…

Group Works to Make Gordon Fire Tower a Camping Destination

Wisconsin fire towers were decommissioned in 2015, organization working to re-purpose it

GORDON, Wis. – A historical landmark in Northwest Wisconsin, known for its use protecting the community, is in threat of being torn down. One local group, the Friends of the Bird Sanctuary, hopes to save it and turn it into the newest vacation destination. When approaching Gordon, one familiar structure can always be seen rising above the trees. “I’ve actually…

Row, Row, Row, Your Boat at the Duluth International Regatta

60th Annual Regatta featured boats up to 65 feet in length

DULUTH, Minn.-The calming sounds of the lakeside are replaced with cheers and pep talks as the Duluth rowing club hosted the 60th Annual Duluth International Regatta, one of the larger regattas in the Northland. Rowers ranging from teenagers to 70-year–olds gather at the water’s edge to compete, support, and enjoy. And for anyone that thinks it’s a boring leisure activity,…

Dog Show Begins in Duluth

Duluth Dog Show Opens at DECC

DULUTH, Minn.-The Northland is going to the dogs as the 70th Annual Duluth Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show takes place July 12-July 15 . Dogs of all shapes sizes and colors come out to strut their stuff at the DECC. The event is open to more than just dogs and their owners. “Well a lot of people come here…

FEMA Representatives to Conduct Damage Assessment In Superior

FEMA teams will begin the damage assessment on July 16.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Much of Northwestern Wisconsin is still in the recovery stages after recent heavy rain and flooding. Gov. Scott Walker has now requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a damage assessment to determine if the state will receive a federal disaster declaration. FEMA representatives will spend a few days in Douglas County surveying the area…

Explosion Rocks Wisconsin Town After Natural gas Main Struck, one Dead

Some Civilians Suffered Minor Injuries

UPDATE on the status of those injured in the explosion: 1 police officer was released from the hospital 7 civilians, minor injuries, all released from the hospital 6 firefighters: 3 with minor injuries and released, 1 with minor injury and admitted, 1 in very critical condition, 1 succumbed to his injuries at the hospital SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) – A…

Head of the Lakes Fair Underway

The first night is known as "Sneak-a-Peek" offering the community a free entry.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The popular Head of the Lakes Fair has kicked off! It takes nearly two weeks to set up for the big event. This year the petting zoo is back along with pony rides, 4H shows, donut and hot dog eating contests, and plenty of carnival food like those juicy turkey legs. “Everybody has fun here, we got food…

Wisconsin Confirms First Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Death

RMSF is Spread by the American dog Tick

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Health officials are confirming Wisconsin’s first documented death from Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The state Department of Health Services announced Tuesday the tick-borne disease has killed a La Crosse woman. Jo Foellimi, a La Crosse County public health nurse, says the woman was bit while camping in western Wisconsin in early May. The woman was diagnosed…

With Frequent Flooding, Fact Check Your Insurance Policy this Summer

Duluth Agent Pat Shelton with Farmer's Insurance Agency Offers Advice to Remember When it Comes to Your Home Policy

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer brings storms and storms bring roof and siding damage and even flooding basements. Duluth insurance agent Pat Shelton says it’s important to be covered correctly so when disaster hits, your agency is there to pick up the pieces. Shelton says his agency is equipped with “Farmer’s Friendly Reviews” on renewals to make sure everyone knows what their policy covers…

Historic Airplanes Spread Their Wings In Superior

Staff hope to have everything in place by late fall so visitors can view the black plane on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After being told by the Duluth Airport Authority to find a new home, because of an unsafe hangar the Commemorative Air Force Lake Superior Squadron 101 Museum has moved two of its planes to Superior. Workers helped relocate the planes to their new home at the Bong Airport in Superior. Transporting these planes from one city to the…