Wisconsin

Drummond is Wading in the Water

Projects planned for this summer have already been placed on the back burner.

DRUMMOND, Wis.,- It’s sunshine and clear sky now but Drummond is still wading in the water. Drummond town chairman Roy Bloom remains busy keeping track of road conditions. “Two, three, there was four washouts in this that were five foot deep,” Bloom said. The red markings are all the roads currently closed. “There are still places here we’re just guessing,…

WisDOT Updates Road Closures in Northern Wisconsin

DULUTH, Minn. – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation crews continue to assess road damage due to high water levels in many northern Wisconsin areas. WisDOT has released an updated list of road closures and say that repairs are scheduled to begin next week. Current closures are: Bayfield County  Highway: US 2 Location: At North Fish Creek (east of Ino), approximately…

Local Leaders Speak at Duluth Trump Rally

Congressional candidate Pete Stauber and Congressman Sean Duffy were among the speakers

DULUTH, Minn. – Local leaders spoke at President Trump’s rally in Duluth. Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) was among the elected officials who took the podium before the president. “Donald Trump is jacked to be in Duluth, Minnesota. And I’ve got to be honest with you guys, I told him the best thing about Duluth is you can see Wisconsin from…

Douglas County Recovering From Flooding

Tending to these repairs may postpone some county projects due to limited funds and resources.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis.- Some roads remain closed in Douglas County due to flooding. Officials with Douglas County tell us it may take some time before they reopen. Highways across the county remain largely affected by the heavy rainfall this past weekend. Although high water levels are dying down the Douglas County Board Chairman Mark Liebaert tells FOX 21 some clear roadways…

Two Wisconsin Deaths Attributed to Storms

A Woman and two Children Were Hurt in the Incident

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have attributed another death in Wisconsin to the storms that caused widespread flooding in the Upper Midwest. The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office says severe thunderstorms toppled a large oak tree onto a camper on Lake Chetac, killing a man inside and injuring a woman and two young children Sunday. The man is identified as 55-year-old…

Utility Buys Wisconsin Land for Substation to Power Foxconn

Construction Could Begin in the Fall

(AP) MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) – American Transmission Co. has purchased land to build a proposed electrical substation for the massive Foxconn Technology Group complex in southeast Wisconsin. The Kenosha News reports that ATC confirmed Monday that it purchased 33 acres of land in Mount Pleasant for $2.4 million. The utility plans to add lines between Kenosha County and Racine…

Flooding Impacting Homeowners and Tourists

While some are waiting for the flooding to die down, others have no choice but to pack–up.

WISCONSIN,- After heavy rain over the weekend, major flooding continues to cause problems across the Northland for both travelers and homeowners. It was a big weekend for tourism in the Northland, many campers came prepared with rain gear and made the most out of a wet weekend. “I’m sure it doesn’t happen very often where it overflows that much,” camper…

Residents Help DNR Cleanup Flood Damage

Residents we spoke with said they're used to flooding but have never seen the water level this high.

AMNICON LAKE, Wis- Residents are jumping in the high waters to help ensure no more damage is done from the recent downpour of rain. Water levels are extremely high at Amnicon Lake. The docks are submerged underwater and to ensure pieces don’t drift away nearby homeowners piled up the pieces ashore. “Well this dock was floating away, it’s the campgrounds dock…

State of Emergency Declared in Several Wisconsin Counties Due to Flooding

Many roads and highways are washed out and collapsed

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A state of emergency has been declared in Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron Counties in Wisconsin, and Gogebic County in Michigan because of severe flooding across that area. More than a foot of rain is estimated to have fallen in some parts of Northern Wisconsin since Saturday. One local emergency management official says this weekend’s flooding has…

Superior School Bus Drivers Upset with District Changes

The bus drivers don't want to sign any contracts until they can talk with the incoming superintendent.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Bus drivers with the Superior School District are slamming the brakes on the district’s changes to operations. The changes involve where the buses are stored overnight and new non-breakable one–year work contracts. Emotions were high as bus drivers sounded off to Superior School District Superintendent Jana Stevens on Thursday. More than two dozen bus drivers showed up to…

Community Paddle Begins at Barker’s Island

The First Community Paddle Event Sponsored by SUP Duluth is Tuesday, June 12 at 6:00 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Happening Tuesday evening, residents in the Twin Ports have the chance to paddle board for free at Barker’s Island. Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Duluth is once again hosting a series of community paddle sessions throughout the summer. Co-owner of SUP Duluth Heather Holmes says paddle boarding is a great way to experience the beauty of the…

Coroner IDs Four Family Members Killed in Wisconsin Plane Crash

All Four Victims Died at the Scene

MONROE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have released the names of four family members killed in a small plane crash in southern Wisconsin. Green County Coroner Jody Makos on Monday identified the victims as the pilot, 81-year-old Colleen Deininger; her daughter, 53-year-old Melissa Deininger-Dickman; and two grandchildren, 17-year-old Emmarose Dickman and 13-year-old Alex Dickman, all of Kenosha. Authorities say the single-engine…

20-Year-old man Drowns in St. Croix River

Authorities are Still Investigating the Incident

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have recovered the body of a 20-year-old man from the St. Croix River. A citizen reported hearing calls for help coming from the river at Lions Park in St. Croix Falls Saturday. Emergency responders found the man’s body several hours later about 20 to 30 feet from shore. Police say the death is…

Solid Rock Safe Haven Celebrating 80 Years of Service

It's the longest standing homeless facility in the community

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The homeless shelter Solid Rock Safe Haven is celebrating 80 years of helping those in need. It’s the longest standing homeless facility in the community, the Solid Rock Safe Haven has been providing shelter and food for homeless men in Superior for 80 years. It’s the only soup kitchen in town that serves food six days a week. “It’s…

Trump to Host Fundraiser, Attend Foxconn Groundbreaking

The Cost to Attend the Fundraiser Starts at $2,700 per Couple

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)MILWAUKEE (AP) – President Donald Trump plans to attend the Foxconn Technology Group groundbreaking ceremony later this month and attend a luncheon fundraiser. The Milwaukee Business Journal reports that prominent Milwaukee business executive Ted Kellner is hosting the June 29 fundraiser. It comes before Trump is to attend the Foxconn event in Mount Pleasant with Gov. Scott Walker…

Annual Fundraiser Helping Law Enforcement K-9 Teams

The event was put on by the AMSOIL Northland Law Enforcement K-9 Foundation.

DULUTH, Minn. – Fourteen police K-9 teams and their officers hit the field to show off some skills at the Fifth Annual Operation K–9 Fundraiser in Superior. The stands at the Amsoil Center were packed as K–9 teams from area law enforcement agencies demonstrated real–life scenarios involving bad guys. Officials tell us a K-9 acts as an officer’s partner, both go through 12 weeks of training before hitting the streets. “It’s definitely a safety aspect, makes me feel…

UW Drops 2-Year School Application Fees for Fall

The fee Waiver Will Continue Until Early September

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin System is waiving application fees to its two-year schools for the fall semester. System President Ray Cross told regents during a meeting Thursday at UW-Milwaukee that the move is designed to reassure students who may be uncertain about applying to a two-year school as the system merges those campuses with its four-year…

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…