Wisconsin

Snowy Owls Showing Up Across Wisconsin

Photo Courtesy Ryan Brady via DNR MADISON, Wis. – As of Nov. 20, at least 69 individual Snowy Owls have been spotted in 31 counties across Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. By this time last year, only three birds had been found. Sightings this year have been across the entire state, but the areas with the…

Hunter Take Nearly 12 Percent Fewer Deer on Opening Weekend

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Hunters killed nearly 14,000 fewer deer during opening weekend of Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season this year than last. That’s according to preliminary data the state Department of Natural Resources released Tuesday. Hunters regsitered 102,903 deer from Saturday through Sunday compared with 116,615 deer during opening weekend in 2016. That’s a decrease of 11.8 percent. The…

Wisconsin GOP: Relaxing Pollutant Regs Would Help Business

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The authors of a Republican bill that would dramatically relax Wisconsin’s air pollution rules say the regulations are placing an undue burden on business. Rep. Jesse Kremer and Sen. Duey Stroebel told the Assembly’s Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations during a public hearing Tuesday that the state regulates scores of pollutants that the federal government…

Kindergartner Bags Buck Under New Hunting Age Law

  Six-year-old Lexi sat many hours yesterday without success but today her persistence paid off. Her father, Tyler Harris, had tears of joy when his little hunting partner got her first buck & poses for Warden Randy Dunkel. Congratulations, Lexi! pic.twitter.com/bcIc6GaJ7u — Wisconsin DNR (@WDNR) November 20, 2017 MEDFORD, Wis. (AP) – A kindergartner from north central Wisconsin is among…

Wisconsin Biologists Catch Old Trout During Assessment

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’s Brad Ray holds the lake trout that they’ve been referring to as “Old Fish.”Photo courtesy of Brad Ray/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources via WPR MADISON, Wis. (AP) – State biologists say a lake trout caught this month was the oldest they’ve found in northern Wisconsin in recent history. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the fish…

Firearms Deer Season Opens in Wisconsin

Kids Under Ten With Adult Supervision Can Hunt for the First Time

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Wisconsin’s firearms deer hunting season opened Saturday, and hunters from across the state hit the woods for the nine day season. This year, if accompanied by an adult, kids under the age of ten are allowed to hunt for the first time. Kids will still have to be at least fourteen and have passed a hunter’s safety…

More Deer, Younger Hunters Expected for Wisconsin Gun Season

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season could look a lot different this year. The season begins Saturday and runs through Nov. 26. The biggest potential wrinkle could be a bill Gov. Scott Walker signed eliminating the minimum hunting age. The measure allows anyone of any age to hunt with a mentor. It’s unclear how many young hunters…

Bad River Band Wants Civil Rights Investigation After 14-Year-Old Killed

14-Year-Old Boy Was Killed by Sheriff's Deputy Earlier This Month

(Facebook) BAD RIVER RESERVATION, Wis.-The Bad River Band is requesting the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice to open a civil rights and civil police misconduct investigation after a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed on the reservation earlier this month by an Ashland County sheriff’s deputy. According to initial reports, Jason Pero lunged at the officer with…

Wisconsin DNR Names 240 New Waters as Impaired

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has named 240 new waterways as impaired, which means they need plans for reducing pollution. The DNR said Wednesday that of those, 183 of them are lakes or river stretches that exceed more restrictive phosphorous standards that took effect in Dec. 2010. Sharon Gayan is director of the DNR bureau…

Superior’s Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

Public Opinion Needed For Plans

SUPERIOR, Wis- The City of Superior continues to move forward with their comprehensive outdoor recreation plan. Tuesday night was the 2nd of 4 public input sessions. The purpose of the public input sessions is to provide an interactive experience designed to include community residents and identify the community’s priorities that will serve as the foundation for the future of area…

Great Outdoors: Wisconsin Firearm Deer Season Opening Saturday

WISCONSIN – Rifle deer hunting season opens this Saturday and hunters across the state are gearing up. “I love being outdoors,” said Dale Kuhlman of Custom Archery and Outdoors in Superior. “I love being in the woods. Scenery, sounds, smells, and when you see animals, it’s just that much more of a bonus.” Deer season is huge in Wisconsin. “Everybody…

Walker Udderly Uninterested in Ending ‘America’s Dairyland’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker thinks the push to replace “America’s Dairyland” on Wisconsin’s license plates is udderly ridiculous. So he’s putting the idea out to the pasture. Walker told a farm reporter in an interview Tuesday that there was “no way” Wisconsin would change the license plate. The head of the state chamber of commerce has floated…

Property Owners Patching-Up after Winter Storm

One local city is slowly recovering from Lake Superior's furious waves

ASHLAND, Wis.- Weather in the Northland has been relatively calm recently, but some Northlanders are still trying to catch–up after the impacts of the season’s first big storm. The furious storm that tore through the Northland on October 27th left significant damage in Ashland. Lake Superior waves reached 15 feet high, with winds 35 to 40 mph. “It was not pretty,…

Walker Eliminates Wisconsin’s Minimum Hunting Age

Bill Allows Children of Any Age to Participate in Mentored Hunt

MADISON, Wis.-Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that eliminates a minimum age requirement to hunt in Wisconsin. The bill allows a person of any age to participate in a mentored hunt. The law had previously required a child to be at least 10-years-old to participate in a mentored hunt. Walker signed the bill Saturday, exactly one week before the…

Wisconsin Muskies Bring Hockey Back to Spooner

Junior League Team Playing Inaugural Season in Front of Thousands of Fans

SPOONER, Wis. – A new junior hockey team is playing their first season on the ice in Spooner, and the Wisconsin Muskies have proven that hockey means a lot to Northern Wisconsin. After four long years without a team or an arena, hockey is back in Spooner, Wisconsin. It was once a hockey town with a youth program and a…

Superior’s Midwest Energy Fire Could Cost Company Nearly A Million Dollars

Fire On Belt System Has Shut Down Ability To Obtain Coal

SUPERIOR, Wis. Press Release Below: Members of the media: this is to inform you of a fire this morning in Superior. At 0530 all three engine companies, Battalion Chief and Gold Cross Ambulance were called for a fire at 2400 Winter street which is Midwest Energy. Once on scene crews found fire in the belt system used to move coal…

Red Kettles Ready for Donations in the Northland

Bells are ringing and volunteers are singing for donations to the Salvation Army red kettles.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s the season of giving; Santa Claus is not the only jolly man wearing red, and giving back around the Northland. Northlanders will now see the red kettles stationed around the Twin Ports. Donations made benefit the Salvation Army. If you don’t have any spare change, the non-profit is always looking for an array of volunteers. According to…

UWS Ceremony Acknowledges Student Veterans

The University of Wisconsin Superior honored student veterans.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The University of Wisconsin Superior honored nontraditional students with a special set of skills, obtained from serving in the armed forces. Currently 130 students at UWS are veterans. Representatives from the University said veterans truly enhance campus culture. “The experiences you gained and learned in the military in invaluable, you don’t get them anywhere else,” Veteran guest speaker Craig…

Walker Appoints Sen. Sheila Harsdorf as Agriculture Head

Sheila Harsdorf MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker has appointed Republican state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf as secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. The appointment announced Friday makes Harsdorf the first woman to lead the agency. She will replace Ben Brancel, who retired in August. Harsdorf, of River Hills, is resigning her northwestern Wisconsin state Senate…

Family of Teen Fatally Shot by Officer Speaks Out

The family and community are mourning the loss of the 14-year-old boy involved in a police shooting.

ODANAH, Wis.- FOX 21 is learning more details about the teenage boy fatally shot by an Ashland County Deputy, family members believe this all could have been avoided. “He was just a kid outside,” cousin Christian Delgado said.  The 14-year-old, identified by family as Jason Pero attended Ashland Middle School. Pero was in the school band and a member of…

A Local Woman Advocates For A Veterans Treatment Court In Douglas County

Research On Veterans Needs Revealed At UWS.

SUPERIOR, Wis. — A local woman’s goal is to keep Veterans with mental health issues out of the traditional justice system through a Veterans Treatment Court in Douglas County. Adelia Kindstrand lives in Beaver Bay and has been commuting to and from University of Wisconsin-Superior. She has been conducting research on the needs that Douglas County has for a Veterans…

UPDATE: Teen Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting in Odanah Identified

ODANAH, Wis. – The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has confirmed that a teenage boy was shot and killed Wednesday in an officer involved shooting, according to a release on their Facebook page. The release indicates that the incident happened on East Maple Street in Odanah, Wisconsin and involved an Ashland County Sheriff’s Deputy. Jason Pero (Facebook) The…

Foxconn Looks Forward to Wisconsin Plant After Contract

(AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Foxconn Technology Group officials say they look forward to building a plant in Mount Pleasant after the state’s economic development board signed off on a contract handing the company up to $3 billion in incentives. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s board approved the deal Wednesday. Gov. Scott Walker and company officials plan to sign the…

University of Wisconsin Regents to Vote on Merging Campuses

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin System regents are set to approve a plan to merge the system’s two-year schools with its four-year campuses. The regents are scheduled to vote on the proposal at UW-Madison Thursday afternoon. The plan calls for transforming the system’s 13 two-year schools into regional branches of seven of the 13 four-year schools. Students…

Coats for Kids Helps Twin Ports Residents in Need

The Superior Salvation Army is distributing coats this week to help those in need.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s getting chillier in the Northland, but thanks to one local organization Twin Ports residents in need have access to winter gear. The Superior Salvation Army is hosting Coats for Kids Wednesday through Friday. Community members were asked to donate coats, which will be distributed this week. The event is for the whole family with coats for infants…

Gov. Walker Running for Third Term

Governor Scott Walker addressed his goals if elected for a third term in the Northland.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch laid out their campaign visions Wednesday in the Northland. The main goal is to keep Wisconsin moving forward. The Governor said he plans to focus on the opiod epidemic and support the choice of schools. Gov. Walker plans to run again, because he feels Wisconsin is the best its ever been….

Bill Tightening Recounts in Wisconsin Passes Senate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Election recounts would be more limited in Wisconsin under a bill that has cleared the Legislature. The measure comes in response to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s 2016 recount request even though she finished fourth in Wisconsin. Under the Republican bill, only candidates who trail the winner by 1 percentage point or less in statewide…

Wisconsin Lawsuit Blames Drug Makers for Opioid Crisis

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) – Nearly two dozen Wisconsin counties say in a federal lawsuit that “nefarious and deceptive” marketing campaigns from pharmaceutical companies are responsible for the nation’s opioid overdose epidemic. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says local governments’ health and law enforcement services “have been strained to the breaking point” because of widespread opioid abuse. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary…

Historical Center to Honor Veterans, Host Field Trip Fair

Northland Uncovered: Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In Wisconsin, folks at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center are working hard to share the wealth of history they have through many different ways. The first is through a veterans event this week. In collaboration with WDSE, the center interviewed several Vietnam veterans from around the Northland to create a documentary. On Thursday, November 9,…

AG Tells Walker Board Can Make Self-Insurance Available

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Attorney General Brad Schimel says the state Group Insurance Board can offer self-insurance plans to municipal employers. Gov. Scott Walker asked Schimel in April for a legal opinion on whether state law authorizes the board to set up a self-insurance plan open to municipal employers. under such a plan, the state would pay medical claims directly….

Opioid Overdoses Continue to Rise

Fewer Opioids are Being Prescribed in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis.-State records show that opioid overdose deaths continue to rise in Wisconsin despite fewer opioids being prescribed. Wisconsin’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program says the state saw 17 million fewer opioid prescriptions from April to June. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services says that’s a 12 percent decrease from the same time period in 2016. Wisconsin Public Radio…

Gov. Scott Walker Announced Run For Third Term

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP)  Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is calling for an “army of grass-roots volunteers” to combat what he says will be a coordinated attack against his re-election campaign by “big government” Washington-based special interests. Walker officially kicked off his re-election effort with a rally Sunday before a couple hundred backers at a factory outside of Milwaukee. Walker says…

Juvenile In Custody After Threat To Superior High School

Police Believe No Threat Remains At Any Superior School

Threat sent out on Snapchat SUPERIOR, Wis. – A juvenile was taken into custody Sunday after a threat of violence at Superior High School. According to police, the threat was posted on social media. The photo above was submitted to FOX 21 by a family member of a Superior High School student who said her niece and her niece’s fellow students…

Fire Officials Remind to Check Smoke Detector Batteries This Weekend

According to fire officials, a majority of house fire related deaths are in houses with faulty smoke detectors

SUPERIOR, Wisc. –  Sunday is the day to set the clocks back for daylight saving time, which means it’s also an important time to check something else around the house. Fire officials say it’s time to change the batteries on those smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Experts say having a functioning smoke detector is a matter of life or…

Walker Signs Bill Aimed at Fentanyl Analogs

Bill Crackdowns on Opioids and Fentanyl in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill aimed at deadly opioids known as fentanyl analogs. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid far more powerful than heroin, and its analogs have slight variants in the chemical makeup. They have been blamed for a spike in overdoses around Wisconsin. The bill Walker signed was passed just Thursday night in the…

Hunting Age Limit Set to be Removed in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Assembly Passes Bill Which Removes Age Limit

MADISON, Wis.-Residents of any age, no matter how young, could legally hunt in Wisconsin under a bill the state Assembly passed that eliminates the state’s minimum hunting age. Currently, a resident must be at least 12 years old to purchase a hunting license or hunt with a gun unless they’re participating in a mentored hunt. Children as young as 10…

Sclavi’s Italian Restaurant Features Breaded Pork Chop as Special

Cooking Connection: Breaded Pork Chop, Butternut Squash Risotto, Tomato Salad

SUPERIOR, Wis. – For this week’s Cooking Connection FOX 21 was back in the kitchen with Sclavi’s Italian Restaurant and Bar. Owner Anthony Sclavi showed FOX 21 how to make a breaded pork chop with fresh rosemary, butternut squash risotto with gorgonzola, and a tomato salad. Sclavi’s is located at 1006 Tower Ave. in Superior, WI. They are open Wednesdays…

ACA Enrollment Starts Today: Here’s What to Look For

A new deadline, rising prices and fewer options for help will greet health insurance shoppers as the Affordable Care Act’s main enrollment window opens Wednesday. Also in store: Befuddlement. “Confusion seems to be one of the key words to describe what we’re facing now,” said Nicolas Moriello, a Delaware-based broker. Among the things Moriello has found he needs to clear…

Great Outdoors: North Country Trail

The Longest Trail In The Nation Runs Right Through The Northland

NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL, Minn. & Wisc. — The North Country Trail is the longest trail in the Nation! It was created back in 1980 and it passes through 12 National Forests. Did you know that this historic trail winds right through our backyard, Northland? 4,600 miles it spans from Vermont to North Dakota, while passing through both Minnesota and Wisconsin….

The Spirit Room Pairs Beer with Halloween Candy

The Spirit Room experiments with the beer and candy combinations

  SUPERIOR, Minn. – Halloween isn’t only for the kids. The Spirit Room in Superior hosted the Beer and Candy Tasting event this Halloween. They paired several kinds of local beer with a bit of Halloween candy, in an effort to find some unique tastes. “This kind of brings a new level of seeing what kind of flavors can be…

Wisconsin Committee Passes Bill Limiting Access to Police Body Cams

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A bill making it more difficult for the public to view footage taken on police body cameras is headed to Wisconsin Assembly for a vote. The Assembly criminal justice committee passed the measure on an 8-4 vote Tuesday, making it available for the full Assembly to take action last this month. The proposal would prohibit police…

Legislative Committee Approves Lifting Mining Ban

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A legislative committee has signed off on a Republican bill that would end Wisconsin’s nearly 20-year ban on gold, silver, and nickel mining. Wisconsin lawmakers passed a bill in 1998 that requires sulfide mining applicants to prove a similar mine has operated in North America for 10 years without causing pollution and a similar mine has…

Three Dead in Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

RADISSON, Wis. – The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office reports two adults and one child are dead after possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Deputies responded to the call on Sunday, Oct. 29 just before 11:30 a.m., at the report of three unresponsive people at a residence located on Highway 27/70 in Radisson. First responders arrived to find the three victims, who have…

Wisconsin Girl Scouts Create Small Food Pantry

(Wisconsin State Journal) DEFOREST, Wis. (AP) – Girl Scouts in southern Wisconsin are stocking the shelves of a small food pantry they created. The Wisconsin State Journal reports a seven-member Girl Scouts troop largely funded the installation of the Little Free Pantry box outside Christ Lutheran Church in DeForest. The wooden box is a place where community members can pick…

2018 Superior Days Just Around The Corner

Leaders and Residents Meet To Kick Off Legislative List

SUPERIOR, Wis- Superior leaders and residents are making a list, getting ready to head to the statehouse in a few months, to ask for legislative changes. In February, hundreds of people from 5 northwest Wisconsin counties will head down to Madison. There they will lobby for the top legislative issues deemed most important in northwest Wisconsin. During last year’s superior…

Sclavi’s Italian Restaurant & Bar Introduces New Menu Items

Cooking Connection: Braised Cauliflower

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Sclavi’s Italian Restaurant and Bar is has made a few menu tweaks, so FOX 21 worked in the kitchen with them in this week’s Cooking Connection. Owner Anthony Sclavi showed FOX 21 how to make braised cauliflower. This is a healthy and vegan dish. Sclavi’s is located at 1006 Tower Ave. in Superior, WI. They are open…