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Stores Gearing Up for Hunting Season

Northwest outlet in Superior received their hunting clothing items a few weeks ago.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Clothing stores are getting their gear in for hunting season. Northwest outlet in Superior received their hunting clothing items a few weeks ago. They are seeing people come in to purchase their blaze orange clothing, cover scents and more as hunting season approaches in Minnesota and Wisconsin. “We never know if it’s going to be 20 degrees…

Warming Centers Preparing to Open

In January, it's moving over to a bigger facility in Lincoln Park.

DULUTH, Minn. — A few shelters in the twin ports say the need to help the homeless community is growing as both supplies and space to house more people are continuously in-demand. The new executive director of CHUM, John Cole, says Duluth’s homeless population is only getting bigger. The Rainbow Center, which CHUM oversees, is going to open as a…

Orchards Preparing for Apple Fest

In its 59th year, the Apple Fest will be back in full swing. 

BAYFIELD, Wisc. — “We’re going to have our same thing going on with hayrides, live music. Apple picking. We have all the goodies in the store,” Erickson Orchard Owner, Fred Erickson says. In its 59th year, the Apple Fest will be back in full swing. Despite the drought, Orchards are ready for people to come back out onto the farms….

Bayfield Orchards Looking Forward to Apple Fest

Apple Fest will be the first weekend of October.

BAYFIELD, Wisc. — Orchards in Bayfield are already looking forward to Apple Fest for a variety of reasons. Despite losing the majority of their strawberry crops in the spring, Erickson Orchard just outside of Bayfield is banking on a healthy apple crop and a large turnout of people during the festival. “We lost 95-100%. The little bit that I got…

Bayfield County Fair Continues Annual Tradition

The fair runs until Sunday with different events going on each day. 

IRON RIVER, Wisc. — The Bayfield County Fair has been going strong for over 100 years. Even with the pandemic cancelling the fair in-person last summer, they were still able to host a virtual event. “They did video showing of the animals and sold online and did really well. We had really good participation with that and people were able…

Cooling Off: Visitors Embrace the Natural Beauty of Amnicon Falls State Park

Amnicon Falls State Park is Located in South Range, Wisconsin

SOUTH RANGE, Wis. – It’s hard to come by from the sky this summer, so folks are flocking to any source of water they can to catch some relief from the heat. “Oh, we love it! If you haven’t been here, check it out,” said Tatiana Patterson, visiting Amnicon Falls State Park from New Berlin, Wisconsin. With over 40 waterfalls…

Blue Arrow Boutique Expansion ‘SPACES’ Holds Grand Opening

SPACES will also have a gathering area in the back of the store available for rent in the next few weeks.

SUPERIOR, Wis. — A new gift shop in Superior held its grand opening late July on Tower Avenue. While the Blue Arrow Boutique primarily sells women’s clothing and accessories, SPACES is a one-stop shop. “If you have a gift that you need for your sister or your mom or your friend and there’s just not something you like to find…

Preparation for Head of the Lakes Fair Underway

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Preparations for the head of the lakes fair are gearing up over in Superior. While they did have a modified version of the fair last year for social distancing purposes, many fair-goers weren’t able to get the full experience because of the pandemic. Now more events planned including a livestock auction, races and demo derbies. Organizers say…

Lake Superior Day Returns This Weekend

The event is geared towards educating the public on the lake with interactive kids activities.

SUPERIOR, Wis. — The annual Lake Superior Day on Barkers Island is back in action this coming weekend. It’s held every third weekend in July. The event is geared toward educating the public on the lake with interactive activities for kids. Organizations that work on Lake Superior hope people can come and learn more about the largest of the Great…

67th Annual Spooner Rodeo Continues

Tickets for the 2022 rodeo will be available in October. 

SPOONER, Wisc. —  The main event kicked off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. The fast paced event brings in participants from all over the country. Coordinators have met weekly to prepare for the big event with planning ramping up during the spring season. During the event, judges score both riders and the animals. “We are probably the only sporting event…

Spooner Businesses See Boost With Return of Rodeo Festivities

The parade kicked off the rodeos festivities, bringing people from all over back into the heart of town.

SPOONER, Wisc. — It is arguably one of the largest and longest traditions Spooner has to offer. “This is probably one of the biggest weekends of the year. From a seasonal community and county we really look forward to these events to help support us year round,” Washburn County Tourism Board Vice President, Sue Churchill says. After the cancellation of…

67th Spooner Rodeo Starts Next Week

Event goers can expect big crowds after the cancellation of the 2020 rodeo.

SPOONER, Wisc. — Yeehaw! The 67th Annual Spooner rodeo is just around the corner. Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week competitors from all over the world will be in Spooner participating in annual tradition complete with live music and a parade at noon on Saturday. Event goes can expect big crowds after the cancellation of the 2020 rodeo. “We are…

Wisconsin Senate Passes Bills Making it Harder to Vote

The Measures Are Likely to be Vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Senate has approved Republican-backed bills that would create new hurdles for the elderly and disabled to cast absentee ballots, limit the number and location of ballot drop boxes and impose new penalties for violating election law. All of the measures are almost certain to be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who has said…

USPCA K9 Trials Wrap Up

Over 60 teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois came out to the three day event. 

ASHLAND, Wisc. — The USPCA’s Upper Midwest region along with the Ashland police department helped put on the event which helps patrol K9’s get recertified. “We come down to trials and try to promote our dogs as much as possible and get them in the best ability that they can,” Ashland Police Officer, Nick Ovaska says. Over 60 teams from…

Superior Shelter Offering Adoption Kits for Cats

With an influx of cats waiting to be put up for adoption, the shelter is now offering adoption kits.

SUPERIOR, Wis. —  It’s National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and the Douglas County Humane Society is doing something special for all of their shelter cats. With an influx of cats waiting to be put up for adoption, the shelter is now offering adoption kits. The kits include litter, toys and treats and all the essential items you need so…

27 Possible Voter Fraud Cases in Three Million Wisconsin Ballots

Nearly 3.3 Million People Voted in the 2020 Presidential Election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Just over two dozen potential cases of voter fraud out of more than three million ballots cast in the November presidential election have been identified by Wisconsin election officials and forwarded to local district attorneys for possible prosecution. That’s according to documents obtained Friday by The Associated Press under the state’s open records law. The 27…

Superior Begins Annual Spring Cleanup Schedules

SUPERIOR, Wis.  —  The city of Superior has begun its annual spring cleanup schedules. It’s a chance for residents to get rid of certain extra junk they have in their house or on their property that can’t fit in a trash can. It’s also an opportunity for people to dispose of yard waste like brush and tree piles. “For the…

Hayward Community Preparing for Fishing Opener

After five years, the muskie capitol of the world is set to host the annual Governors Fishing Opener this weekend in Hayward.  

HAYWARD, Wisc. — After five years, the muskie capitol of the world is set to host the annual Governors Fishing Opener this weekend in Hayward. “I would probably suggest maybe small mouth fishing if you’re looking at targeting a little bit bigger species. If you’re looking to catch and capture maybe take something home to eat before the opener I…

Annual Memorial Tree Planting Service Takes Place in Superior

The memorial also kicks off the tree planting season in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Superior held its annual memorial tree planting this morning at Bear Creek Park in Superior. It’s meant as a form of dedication to all those in Superior who have lost their lives while on the job. So far, the city has planted these tribune trees for over two decades. “It’s also our celebration of trees. Superior has…

New Pet Grooming Service Open in Superior

Purr-fectly Superior Grooming opened in June of 2020 but has taken off as of late with more people opting for a more personal grooming style.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – A new mobile grooming service is now open in Superior. Purr-fectly Superior Grooming opened in June of 2020 but has taken off as of late with more people opting for a more personal grooming style. Owner Amy Laessig says, along with bringing her unique services to your home she also helps educate the owners about pet maintenance…

UW-Superior Students Giving Away Reusable Straws

Organizers say, students wanted to participate in community events like these and also help the environment.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — The UW-Superior student organization is doing their part to keep the campus green. On Monday, students handed out rubber, bamboo, and steel reusable straws to help promote Earth Week. Organizers say, students wanted to participate in community events like these and also help the environment. “We decided to come up with lots of eco-friendly ways to celebrate…

KYN: Skin Deep Tattoo and Piercing

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — Artist Jason Routley has been providing tattoos to people in the Twin Ports area since 2018. “I love being an artist. It’s like all my dreams from my childhood are coming true. Just doing what I love to do,” Skin Deep Tattoo and Peircing Co-Owner, Jason Routley says. And now, they have moved to a new location…

Wisconsin Expands Vaccine Eligibility

As of today, 34% of Douglas County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Today, Wisconsinites 16 years and older now are eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. With Governor Tony Evers making the announcement, Wisconsin residents now have an increased eligibility to get vaccinated. As of today, 34% of Douglas County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Health officials say they are prepared for more members…

Highway 2, 53 Resurfacing Project Now Underway in Superior

The Project is Expected to be Complete by October of 2020

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers recently allocated five million dollars for a resurfacing project in Superior, and the work officially broke ground Monday. A 2.5 mile stretch of construction is now underway from 29th Avenue East, to 53rd Avenue East in Superior’s Allouez and Itasca neighborhoods. During the construction that’s taking place on Highway 2 and 53, crews…

Back in Business as the Brule Reopens for Trout Season

Trout Season on the Brule River Opened Saturday, Mar. 27

BRULE, Wis. – Fly fishing is now the name of the game on the Brule River in Wisconsin. This past Saturday, the trout season officially opened, and many avid anglers are thrilled to be back out doing what they love. “Anything you need in the fly fishing world, I can provide it,” said John Fehnel, owner of Great Lakes Fly…

Golf Courses Gearing Up For Season

Nemadji golf course opened their driving range on Monday.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Golf courses are gearing up for the spring season. Nemadji golf course opened their driving range on Monday. The course the tentative date of opening on April 9th. Last year, the course opened towards the end of April making this one of the earliest course openings staff have seen. They also have implemented a new driving range…

Sweet Success: Brule River Farm Continues 30-Year Tradition of Maple Syrup Making

Brule River Farm Will Sell Their Homemade Maple Syrup at Superior Farmers Market Starting May 26

BRULE, Wis. – As the seasons change, the sap is running wild in the north woods. For the owners of Brule River Farm in Brule, Wisconsin, it’s a season they look forward to year-round. “It’s something we wouldn’t do if we didn’t like it, and it’s a passion for us, it keeps us busy,” said David Dumke, co-owner of Brule…

Multimedia Journalism Program Returning to UWS

Back it 2017 it was one of 25 programs suspended due to budget cuts.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Journalism program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior will be returning this coming fall. Back it 2017 it was one of 25 programs suspended due to budget cuts. Now, faculty is preparing for the 2021 fall semester by adding a series of electives such as digital writing, web design and photography courses to the re-imagined multimedia journalism…

Bong Veterans Historical Center Unveils New Permanent Exhibit

The Bong Historical Center in Superior is putting the finishing touches on its new $50,000 exhibit on the Korean and Vietnam wars.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Bong Veterans Historical Center is on the home stretch of a nearly two-year project of a brand new exhibit about the Korean and Vietnam wars. Because of grant funds and private donations, the center was able to make this exhibit the largest built since it opened in 2002. “We had some veterans come to us and…

Bayfield Businesses Report Steady Sales as Pandemic Continues

From Lodging to Entertainment, Many Businesses in Bayfield Say Sales Have Remained Stable as the Pandemic Continues

BAYFIELD, Wis. – Nearly one year into the global pandemic and travel is still frowned upon by many health officials. However, there is one silver lining when it comes to folks avoiding longer vacations. Local businesses in Northland communities are seeing an increase in people taking smaller weekend getaways to escape for a few days. “Outdoor rec is the name…

Rural Wisconsin Town Welcomes Two New Businesses

Owners say their goal is to have the coffee and cones portion of the business open by March 1st.

WASCOTT, Wisc. –  “I just like people. I like to be around people,” Wascott Coffee, Cones and Cuts Co-Owner, Lynn Anderson says. She has 27 years of experience in the cosmetology industry. “Doing hair makes people feel good,” she says. Anderson saw a need to open a salon with other options being a thirty minute commute. “I thought it would…

Part Stolen From Humane Society Transport Vehicle, Community Rallies in Support

According to staff, their one transport van had its catalytic converter stolen sometime over the weekend.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Douglas County Humane Society is in a bit of a jam. According to staff, their one transport van had its catalytic converter stolen sometime over the weekend. The converter’s main function is to burn out emissions before they are released into the atmosphere. The van is used to take animals to and from appointments among other things….

Renovations Coming To Historic Wilmarth Mansion

The total would cost of the proposed renovations and townhomes would be roughly $7.5 million. 

ASHLAND, Wisc. – The building is currently owned by impact-7, a non-profit in Ashland with the goal to provide affordable housing in Ashland. “The Wilmarth mansion has gone through a number of uses over the years. There are people in town that grew up in it just like their home,” City of Ashland Planning and Development Director, Megan McBride says….

New App to Launch in Wisconsin Letting Residents Know of COVID-19 Exposure

Residents Will Receive a Push Notification Before the App Goes Live

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new mobile app will launch next week in Wisconsin that will let people know if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Gov. Tony Ever announced the new app on Thursday. The app, which launches Wednesday, is meant to bolster the state’s contact tracing efforts. The app is voluntary…

Covid-19 Vaccines Distributed Throughout Wisconsin

Almost 50,000 doses were given to eight hubs throughout the state of Wisconsin so far this week to a small amount of healthcare providers.

MADISON, Wisc. – According to Wisconsin’s Department of Health, thousands of vaccines have been distributed across the state. Almost 50,000 doses were given to eight hubs throughout the state of Wisconsin so far this week to a small amount of healthcare providers. So far, almost two hundred vaccines have been administered, but how the vaccine will be administered in nursing…

Line 5 Supporters Announce Jobs & Energy Coalition

ASHLAND, Wis. – Groups in support of the Enbridge Line 5 relocation project gathered Tuesday morning to announce the Wisconsin Jobs and Energy Coalition. The goal of the group is to help bring attention to different energy projects going on in the state and to raise awareness of the positive economic impacts of Line 5 and beyond. Recently the Line…

Wisconsin Fire Marshall Investigating Fatal Fire in Ashland

Authorities arrived on the scene just before ten o'clock on Saturday night. There, crews began battling heavy smoke from the fire.

ASHLAND, Wisc. – One person is dead after a fire broke out in Ashland over the weekend. The home, located on 405 Stunz Avenue in Ashland is considered a total loss. Authorities arrived on scene just before ten o’clock on Saturday night. There, crews began battling heavy smoke from the fire. Once inside the structure, they located the body of…

Craft Kits Available for UWS Students

Students at UWS now have some more activities to do over the holiday break. 

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Students at UWS now have some more activities to do over the holiday break. Campus activity organizers have assembled popular grab-and-go craft kits for students to make. The kits include string art, mug decorating and more. The goal is to provide Yellowjackets with something else for them to do while they are stuck at home. The bags…

Superior Seeing Lower Unemployment Numbers

After high unemployment rates in the spring, the Mayor attributes the drop in those numbers to more businesses opening up.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development has recently released unemployment numbers showing a decline in the month of September for Superior. After high unemployment rates in the spring, the Mayor attributes the drop in those numbers to more businesses opening up. The city saw numbers drop from 21% in April to just under 7% in September. That…

Maple Schools Among Area Districts Facing Substitute Teacher Shortage

The district recently increased substitute teacher pay from $100 a day to $150.

MAPLE, Wisc. – The Maple School District is under pressure to add more substitute teachers. “If there were about half of our total population of subs before who said no, I’m not willing to do it even though I love kids. I don’t know what amount of money it’s going to take. I would be thrilled if we get all…

Harbor House Adds Permanent Housing for Homeless

The Tabitha Apartments on Harris street in Superior recently announced they are opening up four rooms.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Superior now has more options for permanent housing for the homeless. The Tabitha Apartments on Harris street in Superior recently announced they are opening up four rooms. Although residents still haven’t moved in yet, directors of the organization say this is a big step in reducing the homeless population in the community. “We’re just trying to help…

Wisconsin Department of Justice Unveils School Safety Tipline

The program is called "Speak Up and Speak Out" and its funded by nearly $2 million in federal grants.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Office of School Safety have unveiled a new way for middle and high school students to get more safety guidance. The program is called “Speak Up and Speak Out” and its funded by nearly $2 million in federal grants. Students can access the system entirely online giving them a new…

Red Mug Coffee House Opens Coffee Truck

Owners are waiting for construction to be completed for their new location inside the library.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – After closing at their previous location, the Superior coffee shop is now housed in a coffee truck outside of the Carnegie Library on Hammond Avenue in Superior. Owners are waiting for construction to be completed for their new location inside the library. Now in their second day back in business, the coffee house continues to serve up…

Check Your Mailbox! Bridge to Health Survey Sent to 27,000 Northland Residents

The Survey is Sent to Residents in Northeastern Minnesota and Douglas County Once Every Five Years

DULUTH, Minn. – 27,000 Northland residents will soon receive a survey in the mail from Generations Health Care Initiatives. Known as the ‘Bridge to Health Survey,’ this document helps provide vital information regarding resident’s access to healthcare throughout Northeastern Minnesota and Douglas County, Wisconsin. The comprehensive regional health status survey asks residents about health conditions, access to mental health, dental,…

Tuesday Night Protests Turn Deadly in Wisconsin

Cellphone footage shared online shows a white man with a rifle walking past police after he was seen on video opening fire in the street

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Two people were shot to death and another was wounded during the third night of protests in Kenosha over the police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake, and authorities Wednesday hunted for a possible vigilante seen on cellphone video opening fire in the middle of the street with a rifle. The gunfire was reported just…

Northland Fallen Soldier Honored with Memorial Garden at Dairyland Outdoor Veterans Retreat

Sgt. Chad Allen, a marine, was just in his 20s when he was killed on a tour in Iraq in 2007.

DAIRYLAND, Wis.- Local veterans, friends and family, and others in the small rural Wisconsin town of Dairyland gathered at the Dairyland Outdoor Veterans Retreat and campground to pay a special tribute to one of their own young men killed in action in Iraq. “After 13 years, his memory still grows stronger and stronger,” said Brandon Allen, there recognizing his brother’s…

Severe Storms Batter Superior with Downed Trees, Damaged Homes

Two homeowners awoke to find a giant tree toppled onto their rental property.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Many homeowners in Superior awoke Saturday morning to see their lawns and property battered with branches and trees due to Friday night’s storms. “The storms we’ve had earlier this year haven’t been as severe,” said Battalion Chief Bob Zimmerman of the Superior Fire Department. “When you start to rank it with regard to severe storms, we saw the…

Douglas County Humane Society Seeking Donations

The Douglas County Humane Society has received even more Saint Bernard lab mix puppies

SUPERIOR, Wisc. –  The Douglas County Humane Society has received even more Saint Bernard lab mix puppies. This litter of nine, fourteen week old puppies are part of the same batch that came from a Douglas County Residence due to not spaying or neutering. In total, the humane society will receive 30 dogs from the residence. Even though some of…

WITC Unveils New Fire Truck for More Accurate Real-World Training

The new fire truck is being used for training and driver operations in the fire services program and for drivers in the CDL program to get the feel of driving a different type of rig. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Student firefighters at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior have just started training on a new fire truck to practice for more complex and challenging emergencies that life as a firefighter could throw their way. Costing about $250,000, the new truck sports a modern pressure control system, which instructors say helps in transporting water over longer distances in…

Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing in Superior After Weekend of Two Large Public Events

Douglas County officials say despite safety precautions at Bowfest and Head of the Lakes Fair, testing should be done in the virus incubation period.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- After a weekend of two large public events in Superior, Douglas County Health Officials and the Wisconsin National Guard teamed up to administer free drive-thru COVID-19 tests Wednesday at Superior Middle School. 500 coronavirus tests were available in the parking lot of the Middle School. Douglas County Health Officials say before the site even began testing, 75 cars…