Wisconsin

Pence to Join Walker for Wisconsin Business Tour, Discussion

(AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence plans to join Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday to tour a Milwaukee-area business and talk about tax reform with local leaders. The event at Weldall Manufacturing in Waukesha comes before Pence is scheduled to host a fundraiser in Milwaukee. The White House said Wednesday that Pence and Walker will meet…

Wisconsin DOJ Sets Up Website to Track Sex Assault Kit Tests

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Justice has set up a public website that tracks the agency’s efforts to test hundreds of untested sexual assault evidence kits. The kits have gone unexamined for a variety of reasons. Prosecutors may have decided the case was too weak, a defendant pleaded guilty or victims decided not to cooperate. None are…

Court Hears Brendan Dassey Appeal

  CHICAGO (AP) – A full federal appeals court has heard arguments about whether investigators coerced a confession from a Wisconsin inmate featured in the “Making a Murderer’ series. If they rule he was coerced, he could go free. Several judges at the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago on Tuesday appeared sympathetic to arguments that investigators manipulated…

UW-Superior Supports Military Veterans through Annual 5K

4th Annual Running for our Heroes 5K Run/Walk

SUPERIOR, Wis. – This weekend many Northlanders will be getting in a workout to honor those who have and do protect the United States of America. UW-Superior is once again hosting the Annual Running for our Heroes 5K Run/Walk. It’s taking place Saturday, Sept. 30, at 9 a.m. The event is hosted by UW–Superior’s Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center (VNSC)…

Man on Trial for Weapons Theft Confesses During Trial

Joseph Jakubowski MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A man accused of stealing an arsenal of firearms from a southern Wisconsin gun shop and sending an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump has admitted at trial that he committed the crimes. Joseph Jakubowski took the stand Monday in Madison, saying he robbed Armageddon Supplies near Janesville April 4 and took guns, magazines,…

2 Babies Die in Milwaukee Co-Sleeping Incidents

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities say two babies have died in separate co-sleeping incidents in Milwaukee over the weekend. The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office says a 2-month-old girl was pronounced dead Saturday morning after sleeping with her parents in an adult bed. On Sunday morning, a 2-month-old boy was pronounced dead after co-sleeping with an adult and another child. No…

Wisconsin Elections Targeted by Russian Hackers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says Wisconsin’s voter registration system was unsuccessfully targeted by Russian hackers. Wisconsin was one of 21 states notified Friday of the attempted hacking. Wisconsin elections Commission administrator Michael Haas says the attempted hack had no effect on Wisconsin’s systems or the outcome of the election. Haas says security provided by…

Evers Calls for Adult Leadership in Education Address

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – State Superintendent Tony Evers is using his annual state of education speech to hit on themes of his campaign for governor. The Democrat spoke Thursday in the state Capitol, saying we live in “challenging time.” Evers is calling for finding long-term solutions for road and education funding. And he’s also repeating the Democratic call to accept…

Walker Signs State Budget Nearly 3 Months Late

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed the $76 billion state budget into law nearly three months after it was due. Walker on Thursday signed the two-year spending plan at an elementary school in Neenah surrounded by students, teachers, Republican lawmakers, and others. The budget increases state aid for K-12 schools, but also expands the private school…

18 Arrests in Large Scale Drug Bust

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) – Eighteen people have been arrested in the Milwaukee area in a nationwide drug distribution and money-laundering operation. Law enforcement officials say about $1.3 million in cash was seized along with large amounts of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana. U.S. Attorney Gregory Haanstad in Milwaukee says the drug operation stretched from Mexico to California to the Midwest….

Wisconsin Trees May Have Less Vibrant Fall Colors This Year

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – With the first day of autumn right around the corner, experts predict recent weather conditions in Wisconsin could mean fall colors will be less vibrant. Colleen Matula is a forestry specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Ashland. She tells Wisconsin Public Radio that increased rain this year means many trees are getting fungal disease…

Wisconsin Assembly Democrats Elect New Leader

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – State Rep. Gordon Hintz, of Oshkosh has been voted in as the next leader of Democrats in the Wisconsin Assembly. Assembly Democrats voted Tuesday afternoon on who will replace outgoing Minority Leader Peter Barca starting in October. Hintz was the only announced candidate. Barca has held the post since 2011 but stepped down after Democrats upset with…

Timber Sales Increase at National Forest in Wisconsin

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) – A national forest in northwest Wisconsin expects to sell its largest amount of timber since at least the mid-1990s. The Associated Press reports the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest may sell 123 million board feet of timber by the end of fiscal 2017. That would mark the fifth annual increase in a row for the forest, which is…

Gov. Walker Thinking of Running for Governor Again

Walker Will Make Announcement in November

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -Republican Gov. Scott Walker is hinting that he’ll officially announce his bid for a third term in November. Walker told WTMJ-AM radio on Monday that an announcement during the first week of November would make sense since that would mark a year until the election and his birthday is that week. He added that it’s no secret…

Wisconsin Submits Revised Education Accountability Plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin submitted a federally required school improvement plan to President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday over objections from Gov. Scott Walker and conservative groups that it didn’t do enough to embrace innovative ideas, such as expanding taxpayer-funded private school choice programs. All 50 state must submit accountability plans under the law, which replaced No Child Left…

Walker Signs $3 Billion Foxconn Bill into Law

MADISON, Wis.-Gov. Scott Walker has signed a $3 billion incentive package designed to lure a Foxconn Technology Group flat-screen plant to southeastern Wisconsin. Walker signed the bill Monday afternoon during a packed ceremony at a technical college in Sturtevant in Racine County, the most likely location for the plant. The bill provides nearly $3 billion in cash to Foxconn if…

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…