Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Walker Signs Health Insurance Bill

$200 Million Given to Wisconsin Healthcare Market

MADISON, Wis.-Scott Walker has signed into law a $200 million measure designed to stabilize the health insurance market under the Affordable Care Act in Wisconsin. Walker signed the reinsurance bill less than 24 hours after fellow Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel joined with 19 other states in filing a federal lawsuit in Texas. The lawsuit argues that the individual mandate…

Annual Job and Internship Fair Offers Opportunities to Northland Community

Head of the Lakes Job and Internship Fair

SUPERIOR, Wis. – If you’re eager to find a job or interested in learning more about a new career path, The University of Wisconsin-Superior can help you do so this week.   The Head of the Lakes Job and Internship Fair is being held Thursday, March 1 at the Yellowjacket Union on UW-Superior’s campus. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m….

Special Report: Flying High With Life Link’s Life Savers

DULUTH, Minn. – Police, fire and medical are three professions where people are trained to help us – often during the worst times of our lives. In a special report called “Life Savers,” FOX 21’s Dan Hanger introduces you to some of the men and women who not only help on the ground but also thousands of feet in the air….

Update on Can of Worms Construction Plans

The Department of Minnesota says the project aims to fix the current visibility problems.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced new updates for Duluth’s Can of Worms formally known as the Twin Ports Interchange. Right now the interchange is a visibility concern. Monday officials proposed more options, such as relocating the northbound Highway 53 ramp from 20th Avenue West to 21st Avenue West. Officials say other ideas include entirely different interchange designs…

Duluth curling community prepares to welcome home Olympic team

The Duluth Curling Club is celebrating the return of Team U.S.A. at the Duluth International Airport on Monday - All are invited to join

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth curling community is excited to welcome home their Olympic athletes on Monday. The U.S.A curling team boarded a plane in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday, preparing for 27 hours worth of travel. The Duluth Curling Club is organizing a welcome party for the teams as they make their way to the Duluth International Airport. While…

Skiers Compete in the 44th American Birkebeiner

More than 13,000 skiers compete in the races in Hayward, Wisc.

HAYWARD, Wisc. – Every year, when the conditions are right, the small town of Hayward, Wi., comes alive. More than 13,000 skiers take to the trails to compete in the American Birkebeiner, also known as the Birkie, which takes them from starting line in Cable, Wi., to the finish on Hayward’s Main Street. “This is my 17th Birkie and I feel…

Special “Birkie Brew-Ski” Released This Weekend

It's Not Only A Beer To Celebrate Finishing The Race, But A Historical Story Is Told On The Can Itself!

HAYWARD, Wis. — Birkie weekend is finally here and near 8” of fresh snow has fallen in Hayward, Wisconsin overnight! Birkie Fever is in full throttle as the Kortelopet and Prince Haakon took place this morning and afternoon. Tomorrow the iconic American Birkebeiner race kicks off and there is something special brewing in Hayward this year. Special addition, first year…

Thousands Prepare for 44th American Birkebeiner

The Main Race Starts Saturday Morning in Cable with Skiers Finishing in Hayward

HAYWARD, Wisc. – After months of planning and preparation, over 11,000 skiers and more than 30,000 spectators are arriving in Hayward, Wisconsin for the 44th running of the American Birkebeiner. The race was first ran in Hayward back in 1973 and excitement continues to grow worldwide every year. It doesn’t happen everyday, but once a year tens of thousands of…

Local Car Dealership Deals With Snow Cleanup

For Kari Toyota employees the day after heavy snowfall means clearing the vehicles off.

DULUTH, Minn. – No was exempt from the recent snowstorm. The snow has stopped for now but the work continues long after. Workers at a car  dealership in Superior got to work early this morning clearing snow to make it easier for their customers. For Kari Toyota employees the day after heavy snowfall means clearing the vehicles off. Then depending on…

Historic Superior Property Restored As Empire Block Apartments

It took the developers one year to restore the property.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – A historic 125–year–old property in downtown Superior is now the site of a new apartment building. The Empire Block Apartments are located on the 1200 block of Tower Avenue. The building has 15 residential units. Each of the one, two and three bedroom apartments are all unique with new amenities. The large windows will give tenants great views…

Northland Native Writes & Directs Holocaust Play

Historical Play Performed at UW-Superior This Weekend

SUPERIOR, Wis. – An original play written from the view of children who experienced the holocaust is being performed at UW-Superior this weekend. “Children of the Holocaust” will be performed in the Manion Theatre on the UW-Superior campus. Performances will take place on Feb. 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. This original script, which…

Local Farmers and Producers Celebrate CSA Programs Friday

National CSA Day Connects Farmers and Community

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Community-supported agriculture is something many Northlanders take part in. Friday, February 23 is National CSA Day. This morning, Lake Superior CSA Manager Evan Flom and farmer Chris Duke visited FOX 21 to talk about the importance of CSAs and this national day. This day gives farmers and food producers an opportunity to connect the local community with…

Police Officers Bond With Community Over Hockey

The Superior Police Department invited the community to team up and play some floor hockey.

DULUTH, Minn.- Officers with the Superior Police Department bonded with community members over some friendly competition. The Superior Police Officers invited people to gear up for some floor hockey.  Police officers took a night off from patrolling the streets and patrolled the hockey puck.  Kids and officers lined up next to the full court, waiting for a chance to hop back…

Northalnders dig way out of snow as it falls

Kevin Bowditch actually likes it

DULUTH, Minn. – With the snow piling up pretty nicely, people have been shoveling away on this President’s Day. Digging out, clearing pathways, all common as the snow just hasn’t let up for some. And for Northlander Kevin Bowditch, it’s no big thing. He actually likes all this snow. “It’s just kind of something to do. I enjoy shoveling. Always…

Bon Iver Manager to Run for Duffy’s Seat

Multiple Democrats Come Forward Against Duffy

WAUSAU, Wis.-The manager of indie folk band Bon Iver is planning to run for the Wisconsin congressional seat currently held by Republican Sean Duffy. Kyle Frenette is the founder of Middle West Management. He’s managed two-time Grammy award winner Bon Iver and founder Justin Vernon since 2007. USA Today Network-Wisconsin says Frenette has submitted his candidacy to run as a…

Original Picasso Print Stolen From Milwaukee Art Gallery

Printed Valued at $50,000

MILWAUKEE-An original Pablo Picasso print worth up to an estimated $50,000 was stolen from a downtown Milwaukee art gallery. WITI-TV reports appraiser Bill DeLind says his business partner noticed the original 1949 print was missing from DeLind Fine Art Appraisals on Friday. Picasso only did 30 of the prints and signed each with a green crayon in the lower right…

Wisconsin Legislature to Vote on Reinsurance, Tax Cuts

Welfare Overhaul Could be Voted on This Week in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis.-In a mad dash to the finish, the Wisconsin Legislature this week planned to take several votes on key bills touching on insurance costs, tax cuts and welfare overhaul. Both the Senate and Assembly were scheduled to vote this week on Gov. Scott Walker’s $200 million plan to create a reinsurance fund designed to lower premium costs for people…

Report: Wisconsin Electricity Prices High, Usage Low

Wisconsin Residents Have an Average Annual Electrical Bill of $1,153

LA CROSSE, Wis.-A new report says that Wisconsin has some of the highest electricity prices in the country despite the average customer spending far less on the utility than in most states. The La Crosse Tribune reports that the U.S. Energy Information Administration released the data this week that shows the average residential price for a kilowatt of electricity in…

Minnesota Man Dies in Snowmobile Crash

Crash Occurred in Washburn, WI

WASHBURN, Wis. – A man is dead following a snowmobile crash over the weekend. The crash happened Saturday, February 17 just before 2:00 a.m. The Bayfield County 911 Communication Center got the call regarding the crash at 1:58 a.m. The crash happened on Pajala Road near Forest Road 690 in the Town of Washburn. It was reported that one snowmobile…

Wisconsin Assembly OKs Restrictions on Food Stamp Junk Food

Measure Has Been Sent to Wisconsin Senate

MADISON, Wis.-The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a Republican bill that would create a pilot program to prohibit the use of food stamps for purchasing junk food. The Assembly passed the proposal on a voice vote Thursday, sending the measure on to the Senate. The bill would require the state to identify food and beverages that lack nutritional value and restrict…

Birkie Preparations Underway

Full installation of the infamous American Birkebeiner International Bridge will begin next week.

DULUTH, Minn.- Northern Wisconsin is preparing for the American Birkebeiner. Racers are anxious for trail condition updates and nearly 25 hundred volunteers are working to make it happen. “I think it’s beyond anybody’s wildest dreams, certainly we know the impact for Hayward, we know the impact for Cable,” executive director Ben Popp said. “We also know what it means to…

Final Superior Superintendent Candidates Answer Public Questions

The new superintendent will be announced late Tuesday night.

SUPERIOR, Wis., Tuesday night  a new superintendent will be chosen for the Superior School District. Dennis Goodwin, Francis Redmond and Amy Starzecki are all in the running. The  school board and community members are asking the finalists an array of questions from handling funding issues to communication with the public. “I’ll say visibility is a big one, meeting with the…

Walker Plan to Lower Insurance Rates Wins Committee Approval

Could be Approved by Full Legislature Next Week

MADISON, Wis.-Gov. Scott Walker’s $200 million plan to help lower premiums for people buying insurance on the private marketplace has won bipartisan approval from a key legislative committee. The budget-writing Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday voted 13-3 to pass the bill, setting it up for approval by the full Legislature as soon as next week. The measure has found broad…

Margaret Engebretson Announces Run for Congress in Wisconsin’s 7th District

The Democrat Will Challenge Incumbent GOP Congressman Sean Duffy

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Democrat Margaret Engebretson announced her candidacy to represent Wisconsin’s Seventh District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Engebretson is the first Democrat to officially enter the race against Republican Congressman Sean Duffy. The Navy veteran is a UW-Superior graduate and now works as an attorney in Balsam Lake. She says she’s running for Congress to represent the…

Hockey Players fill Outdoor Rinks Celebrating the Community

Hockey Night is an annual event at the Superior's outdoor ice rinks.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-  It’s hockey night in Superior, and the city’s rinks are full of all ages enjoying the outdoor ice. Hockey night is an annual event put on by the Superior Spartans and the UWS Yellowjackets. Players from each team hit the ice to skate with the community. The hockey players pass the puck or even offer tips to the…

Superior May Receive Million Dollar Investment Through Capital Improvement Program

About $60,000 could also could go toward improving parks.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Millions of dollars could be invested into the city of Superior if changes are made to its Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The mayor is asking the City Council to allocate funds to improve everything from the streets and sidewalks to police squad cars. The Superior City Council is expected to formally adopt the 2019 CIP and tentatively…

UWS Invites Students to Help Build the Kindness Quilt

The supplies are provided in select offices on campus.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The University of Wisconsin Superior is asking students to tap into their creative side to show kindness on campus. The Kindness Quilt has become a UWS tradition. During the month of February students, faculty, and families on campus are invited to decorate a felt square to represent equality. The supplies are located on campus at the Veterans and…

Superior Younkers Announces Closing

Closing sales will start in February.

Superior, Wis. – Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announced today it will be closing the Younkers in Superior at the Mariner Mall.  This comes as the retailer released plans to close 47 locations nationwide during the early part of 2018.  The stores closing will include locations under all of the company’s nameplates, such as Herberger’s, Carson’s, Bergner’s, and Younkers. The store closing…

Superior Sister City Celebrates 20th Year

Students are fundraising to make a trip to the Sister City

SUPERIOR, Wis.-  The Superior Sister City is celebrating a 20 year relationship with Ami Machi, Japan. Monday night kids in the Superior School District are getting a taste of another culture. The Japanese New Year was honored Monday night. Families tasted exotic foods. learned origami, and dress up in kimonos. “Just to be a kid from this area and have the…

Western Wisconsin had Most Farm Bankruptcies in the US

28 Bankruptcy Cases for Farms in Wisconsin in 2017

MADISON, Wis.-Federal court data show that a Wisconsin district had the highest amount of farm bankruptcies in the country last year. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Western District of Wisconsin had 28 farm bankruptcy cases in 2017. The district is made up of 44 counties and includes more than half of the state’s geographic area. There are 94 federal…

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Visits Superior

Gov. Walker addressed health care and sales tax rebate.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-  Governor walker traveled to the Northland Saturday meeting with the Republican Party of Douglas County. The Republican Party of Douglas County held its annual Lincoln Day dinner in Superior. Governor Walker spoke to on-goers addressing issues, including what he hopes for the future of healthcare. “Affirms that preexisting conditions will be covered in the State of Wisconsin,” Gov….

Lake Superior Ice Festival Kicks Off

The festival will also have food vendors and ice sculptures.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – You can expect thousands to be on Barker’s Island in Superior for the Lake Superior Ice Festival. It’s day one and the atmosphere is described as electric. The snow slide will be open and pond hockey will kick off tonight. When you pick a date six months in advance you never know what the weather will be…

Humane Society of Douglas County Hosts Raffle Fundraiser

The Drawing will End on April 8, 2018 at the Dreamland Supper Club

SUPERIOR, Wisc.  – The Humane Society of Douglas County is selling raffle tickets for a 2018 Textron Off-Road Wildcat ATV, sponsored by MAC Sport and Marine. The Shelter expects this to be one of their larger fundraisers of the year. Tickets are $20. Money raised will help to benefit over 1,000 animals, finding them a forever home. The drawing will…

Duluth Coffee Company and Earth Rider Join Forces

The new coffee beer can be found in Superior and Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.– Two brewers of different kinds have teamed up to create the perfect coffee beer. Earth Rider Brewery and Duluth Coffee Company released the pale ale Thursday night. Workers say told the coffee beer is created using an imperfect pale ale but made complete with the help of the Duluth Coffee Company. “Overall in the flavor you might not…

Ice Racing to Bring Ice to Life at Annual Ice Festival

MIRA Featured at Lake Superior Ice Festival

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This weekend the ice will come alive on Barker’s Island in Superior as the Midwest Ice Racing Association riders compete. This is part of the Lake Superior Ice Festival on Saturday, January 27 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. A-Class Rider, Brock Zychowski, stopped by FOX 21 this morning. Zychowski says the sport gives an adrenaline rush…

Gov. Walker Delivers State of the State Address

Gov. Scott Walker touts 2017 as an "amazing'' and "historic'' year.

  MADISON, Wis. – Governor Scott Walker laid out his priorities for the coming year at his eighth state of the state address Wednesday.  He also looked back on 2017 as “amazing” and “historic.” Republican legislative leaders are embracing Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to give families a $100 payment for every child living at home under age 18.  Both Republican…

Superior’s Cooper Elementary School In Finishing Stages

Some of the upper grade level classrooms will have their own bathrooms.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Cooper Elementary School in Superior is expected to be open and ready for students to start classes in Sept. The project is well ahead of schedule. When finished it will be a new two story 95,000 square foot school. The school is being built to look more like a house and will feature an east and west…

Superior High School Renovations Making Progress

The $60 million project is being funded by a $92.5 million referendum that was passed last spring.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Andy Wolfe has been teaching at Superior High School for 20 years. He’s always wanted bigger spaces for more student collaboration. With the ongoing expansion he’s getting that wish. “The sizes of the places, the hallways are big and open, which is so much better than what we currently have. the classrooms immediately felt bigger,” said Wolfe. When…

Snow Drifts Pile High In Ashland

Strong Winds Monday Created Snow Dunes Along The Chequamagon Bayfront.

ASHLAND, Wis. — U.S. Highway 2 between State Highway 13 north in the town of Eileen and State Highway 112 in Ashland is re-opened, cleared and traffic is moving along just fine today. It was declared impassable on Monday afternoon as winds rushed across the frozen bay at 30-40mph and created blizzard-like white out conditions, deteriorating visibility quickly. Roads also…

Snowmobile Trail Conditions ‘Good’ in Douglas Co.

The Brule River Riders Snowmobile Club is Responsible for Grooming Nearly 130 Miles of Trails Every Winter

BRULE, Wisc. – Snowmobile riders from near and far often travel hundreds of miles to experience the best trail conditions. Right now, the Brule River Riders Snowmobile Club in Douglas County says their trails are some of the best in the area. The club is responsible for grooming nearly 130 miles of trails every winter, and also maintaining them in…

Wisconsin Arts Board Seeking Input for Strategic Plan

Arts Board Officials Met With Artists and Community Members in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Wisconsin Arts Board is creating its strategic plan for the next three years. The plan will outline where the board will invest in the state’s arts and creative sector. Monday, Arts Board officials met with artists and community members in Superior. The board is asking them for input about where to direct their resources in Northern…

Superior Celebrates Winter with Annual Festival

Coffee Conversation: Lake Superior Ice Festival

SUPERIOR, Wis. -The City of Superior is celebrating the winter season. The Lake Superior Ice Festival is being held Friday, January 26 through Sunday, January 28. There will be The Great Lakes Pond Hockey Classic, ice sculptures, a snow slide, an ice bar, bonfires, a kid’s zone, ice racing, and more. The entire festival is taking place on Barker’s Island…

Historical Center Highlights Northland Connection to World War I

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A history center in the Twin Ports is taking on the subject of The Great War and how the area is connected to that war. The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is hosting “World War I in the Twin Ports” on Thursday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. Local historian and Glensheen Mansion Director, Dan Hartman, will…

Birkebeiner Organizers Say 2018 Conditions Are Near Perfect

Last Year's Cross Country Ski Race Was Cancelled Because of Lack of Snow

HAYWARD, Wis. – Cross country skiers are excited to hear about snow in the forecast. Organizers of the American Birkebeiner tell us the trails are in really good shape and that the conditions are nearly perfect for the February ski race. “Snow on the ground is really an economic driver in the north woods and it helps with restaurants, it…

Wisconsin Unemployment Rate Sets Record

That three percent matches the lowest unemployment rate on record.

SUPERIOR, WIS. -The latest numbers are in and the unemployment rates are at an all time low. Wisconsin set a record last month for the lowest unemployment rate ever. Wisconsin’s Dec. unemployment rate dropped to three percent. In a report released today by the Department of Workforce Development shows the unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percent from Nov.’s rate of 3.2…

Lake Superior Ice Festival Preparations Underway

An estimated 3,000-5,000 people will attend the Festival.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The 2018 Lake Superior Ice Festival is still about a week away, but workers are busy in Superior getting ready now. Crews are  getting the rinks prepared for the pond hockey tournament and clearing snow for the figure skating tournament. The fun begins next Friday, Jan. 26 when thousands will make their way to the ice. New games…

Opponents Blast Walker’s Welfare Proposals

Food Stamp Recipients Would Be Required to Take Drug Tests Under New Plan

MADISON, Wis.-Opponents say Gov. Scott Walker’s welfare overhaul proposal is a politically tone deaf effort that will do more harm than good. Walker on Thursday called on the Legislature to approve a variety of measures that include tougher work requirements, additional drug testing and a new photo identification requirement for food stamp recipients. Bobby Peterson is director of ABC for…

Government Shutdown Could Happen This Week If Agreement Isn’t Reached

The Republicans control both the House and Senate.

DULUTH, Minn. – Congress has a lot of work to do with the possibility of a government shutdown hanging in the balance. The last time there was a government shutdown like that the year was 2013. History may repeat itself if an agreement isn’t reached by Friday. A government shutdown can delay services or anything that people receive from the federal…