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NAMI Holds Fundraiser at Superior Culver’s

Fundraiser raised money for programming.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Douglas County chapter of NAMI, also known as the National Alliance on Mental Illness held a fundraiser at a local fast food chain on Monday. The Culver’s on Second Street in Superior donated a portion of today’s profits to NAMI. Plenty of people came out to support, including law enforcement, local officials, and members of the community. Organizers…

Ice Cream with a K-9 at Superior Dairy Queen

Northland K-9 Foundation hosted fundraiser.

SUPERIOR, Wis- It was a great day to go out and grab some ice cream while hanging out with Superior’s finest four-legged law enforcement: a K-9 from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The Northland K-9 Foundation hosted its Spirit Night Fundraiser at the Dairy Queen on Tower Avenue. There you could meet Deputy Cory Fossum and his K-9 Raptor, and…

New Cooper Elementary School Building Ready for New School Year

A year after the fire and explosion, the new building prepares to open.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A year after a fire halted the opening of a new Cooper Elementary School Building in Superior, the school is complete, and ready for the first classes to attend next Fall. According to the Superintendent of Superior School District, teachers will begin moving into the new building as early as June to set up their rooms and offices….

UPDATE: House Explodes In Superior; Police Investigating

Firefighters turn investigation to Superior Police, there is no threat to the public.

  SUPERIOR, Wis.- Police are now investigating an explosion in Superior’s Billings Park neighborhood. Officials report that the incident was isolated and there is no threat to the public. The explosion was reported around 10:50 Sunday morning, in a small home on 22nd Street near Corning Avenue along the railyard. Mayo Ambulance was also called in. The smoke from the…

Rep. Sean Duffy Says he and His Wife are Expecting Ninth Child

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy has announced that he and his wife are expecting their ninth child.

HAYWARD, Wis.-U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy has announced that he and his wife are expecting their ninth child. In a post late Monday on his official U.S. House website, Duffy wrote: “God isn’t done with our family yet! Baby number nine coming to the crew this fall!” He wrote that he and his wife aren’t crazy, just full of hope for…

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Bethel Lutheran Church

Tacos served for church fundraiser.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Sunday was Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1892. Bethel Lutheran Church celebrated the Mexican holiday with their fundraiser. They served tacos and had a photo booth manned by a professional photographer. The church’s Fundraising Committee said when it comes to events like this, their church…

Swarms of Boats Out for Wisconsin Fishing Opener

Lake Nebagamon is one popular local lake.

LAKE NEBAGAMON, Wis.- The season has begun to catch Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Walleye. At 986 acres, Lake Nebagamon is a place many anglers go to feel those fish a-bitin’. The rumble of boat motors break the soft lapping of the water. “I’m 54 years old, I’ve been out here for that many years,” said Brian Gilbertson….

Webster Dream Park to be Built Late Summer thanks to Donations

Check from Enbridge Energy brought donation total to $250,000.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A Superior girl’s dream for an all abilities playground at Webster Park is coming true. Enbridge Energy donated a $10,000 check to the city of Superior to build Webster Dream Park. The idea was dreamt up by nine-year-old Kenna Hermanson. Private donations, including the check from Enbridge, totals $50,000, and the City of Superior contributed $200,000 from last year’s…

Superior Emergency Departments Practice Response to Mass Casualty Incident

Fire and Police Department, and Paramedics evaluated response to active shooter situation.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Superior Fire Department and Police Department joined together for their third mass casualty training. Rather than practicing their response to an active shooter directly, firefighters, police officers, and paramedics worked on getting quick and precise care to those wounded after the shooter had been neutralized. With makeup and uniforms scattered across the Wessman Arena Gym, it may…

New Construction, Husky Updates Among Topics in Superior’s State of the City

Mayor Jim Paine delivers his second State of the City address.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- In his second State of the City address, Superior Mayor Jim Paine is proud of the progress Superior has made. He said the city will be unrecognizable to some in the coming years. The Mayor announced the construction of Cobblestone Hotel on Tower Avenue, and the development of Central High School into a mixed-use development, featuring both market-rate…

Superior YMCA Helps Make Healthy Kids for a Healthy Summer

Healthy Kids Day event held.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- With summer just a few months away, the Superior YMCA helped kids get a healthy head start. They hosted Healthy Kids Day on Sunday. Families could come and enjoy free swimming, bouncy houses, healthy snacks, and more to prepare for a fit summer. “To encourage families and kids to come out and be healthy and create healthy habits…

Getting the SS Meteor in Ship Shape

Volunteers freshen up ship for new season.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- About 50 volunteers came together to cleanup the SS Meteor Whaleback Ship at Barker’s Island in Superior. Washing, painting the hull, and renovating the bedrooms gets the ship ready for tours starting May 18th. “It’s awesome to have this many people come out and work on this because it takes a great volunteer effort for this huge ship…

Protesters Environmental Rally on Anniversary of Husky Explosion

This after Husky announces rebuild of the Superior refinery, with the use of Hydrogen Fluoride.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- On Saturday, protestors rallied outside the Douglas County Courthouse in Superior, voicing their concerns about the Husky Energy Refinery Rebuild. Recently, Husky announced they will continue using the controversial chemical Hydrogen fluoride after rebuilding the refinery which exploded a year ago. Protestors said it’s time to do away with the chemical, and the refinery, as a whole. “No…

Wisconsin Lt. Governor Tours UW Superior

Details education funding in Evers's Budget

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Education funding has been a top priority of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’s administration. On Tuesdsay they took that campaign to Superior. Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and Representative Mick Millroy toured UWS’s Lake Superior Research Institute. According to Barnes, education funding, including for the UW System, is an important part of Governor Evers’s new budget proposal. “Water issues…

22nd Annual Gitchee Gumee Brewfest Filled Up

Gitchee Gumee Brewfest raises money for Superior Jaycees.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The 22nd Annual Gitchee Gumee Brewfest drew thousands of people to Wessman arena at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Cups didn’t sit empty for long, there were more than 30 brewers to sample. Money raised at the event went to the Superior Junior Chamber. “This is our lifeblood for what we’re able to do in the community of giving back…

Meeting of the Math Minds at UWS Math Meet

Area High School students put their calculations to the test.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Calculators and pencils were at the ready for University of Wisconsin Superior’s 45th annual High School Math Meet. More than 200 students from 18 high schools throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota met at the University to compete in algebra, calculus, probability and statistics, geometry and trigonometry tests to win various prizes. Organizers said this type of event gives all…

One Suspect in Custody After Suspected Home Break-In

Two young males tried kicking in door in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Superior Police Department arrested one male suspect and detained three others, after responding to reports of an attempted home invasion at about 5 p–m last night at the thirteen hundred block of Lincoln street. There two young males were accused of trying to kick a door in. Police arrested the suspect on possible charges of bail jumping and…

Families Have Fun with Science at Science Fest

University of Wisconsin Superior full of science exhibits and shows.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The legendary scientist, Bill Nye, says: Science Rules. That was no exception at UWS on Saturday. Everyone was a student for Science Fest, where they learned about the world and how it works. They also found out what they can do to keep that world spinning. From adorable baby chicks and ducks, and a kennel of baby goats,…

Husky Energy Announces Rebuild of Superior Refinery

Continued use of controversial chemical Hydrogen Flouride facing backlash.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Nearly a year after the explosion at Husky Energy Refinery, the company announced their plans for a $400 million rebuild, expected to create 350 jobs at its peak. However, the plan to continue using the controversial chemical Hydrogen Fluoride (HF) in the Refinery’s operations, is raising some eyebrows. Investigations found the initial explosion took place in the Fluid Catalytic…

Denfeld Freshmen Visit UWS

'Denfeld Days' event held while juniors take ACTs.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The entire Freshman class from Denfeld stopped by UWS today, to get them thinking about their future, and to keep them busy while Denfeld Juniors take the ACTs. The freshmen visited the University for “Denfeld Days.” 200 students toured the campus and participated in recreation activities. University officials say they hope the day changes the minds of high…

Voters Turnout in Superior for Election Day

Local and Supreme Court elections bring out community.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Multiple seats are up for grabs in Superior and across Wisconsin on Election Day. Three different council seats are being contested in Superior, and Mayor Jim Paine is running unopposed. Attendants at the polling station at WITC, say they didn’t see huge lines of voters, but the people voting are driven by the local elections, and one particular statewide race….

WHEDA Hosts Homebuying Forum for Realtors

Share new programs, tips and tricks to help those looking for a home.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- For first-time homebuyers and homebuyers needing assistance in Wisconsin, finding the right property can be difficult, according to the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. So WHEDA and North Shore Bank of Commerce at V.I.P. Pizza in Superior to discuss programs to help buyers broaden their horizons. Among the new services they have a financing option where first-time homebuyers…

White Winter Winery to Host Fundraiser for Essentia Health Foundation

The Cellar Jazz Concert Fundraiser is Happening Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Iron River, Wisconsin

IRON RIVER, Wis. – White Winter Winery is proud to be teaming up with the Essentia Health Foundation for their annual Cellar Jazz Concert Fundraiser Saturday, April 6, 2019. The fundraiser is taking place at White Winter Winery from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Tickets for the event are $40 per person or $70 per couple and are currently on…

Skating through St. Patrick’s Day at World of Wheels

Rink hosts annual St. Patrick's Day Party.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Irish jig is a longstanding tradition, especially on St. Patrick’s Day. But in Superior, another type of fancy footwork has become a St. Patty’s Day tradition for many families. Rollerskating at World of Wheels’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. Not only will you escape a pinch, wearing green here also gets you a free light stick to wear…

City Crews Tackle Storm Drains in Superior, Cleaning Businesses Prep for Flooding

City of Superior and SERVPRO of Twin Ports Share Tips and Tricks

SUPERIOR, Wis.- There are 3067 storm drains, 91 miles of sewer, and 181 miles of ditches, swales and culverts in the City of Superior. Now crews are rushing to have those near homes clear, before any flooding can begin. “If that drain gets plugged up, whether it’s plugged up with debris like leaves, grass, sticks, garbage, or ice like we’re…

Men and Women Compete For Spots on U.S. National Snowshoe Team

The 19th annual Snowshoe National Championship drew in world class athletes.

CABLE, Wis.- Cable, Wisconsin is the place to be this weekend for Winter sports lovers. The Dion Snowshoe National Championship gave men and women of all ages a chance to represent the United States in next year’s world competition. “Anybody can do this. If you can walk, you can go out and you can snowshoe,” race director PC Rasmussen said….

Cleanup Talks Lead 2019 St. Louis River Summit

Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve organized event.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The cleanup of the St. Louis River was in focus at University of Wisconsin-Superior. The college held a St. Louis River Summit that included experts on the topic of clean and safe water. Currently the Wisconsin DNR said that of their 77 cleanup tasks, they’re about halfway done. They added that collaborating with others at the Summit is…

One Firefighter Injured in Superior House Fire

Cause of fire still unknown.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Superior Fire Department responded to a fire in a single family home on the 6400 block of Banks Avenue in the Village of Superior. The smoke alarm awoke all occupants and their pets, so they were able to get out safely, no one was hurt. However, a firefighter suffered a minor injury, crews say he is recovering…

Winter Update After Record February Snow

Heading into the Record Book for Cold, Too!

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2018-2019 winter season got off to a quiet start with snowfall, but that all changed in February. A record 36.4″ of snow fell in Duluth making February 2019 the snowiest February on record.  It beat the record that was set 80 years ago back in 1939 at 33.9″. Let’s put this into perspective. At the beginning…

131 Vehicles Involved in Wisconsin Pileup

The chain-reaction crash happened Sunday in the Neenah area amid whiteout conditions.

NEENAH, Wis.-Authorities say it could take several days to clean up after a 131-vehicle pileup on Interstate 41 in Wisconsin that killed one motorist and injured 71 others. The chain-reaction crash happened Sunday in the Neenah area amid whiteout conditions. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office says the “vast majority” of the vehicles are destroyed.  Authorities are still trying to piece…

Superior Veteran Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize

A military veteran from Superior collected a $1 million Powerball prize Friday. The figure marks the highest Wisconsin Lottery payout to date in 2019.

MADISON, Wis.-A military veteran from Superior collected a $1 million Powerball prize Friday. The figure marks the highest Wisconsin Lottery payout to date in 2019. Glen Erickson from Superior matched all five numbers (10, 17, 18, 43, 65) not including the Powerball (13) in the Feb. 2 drawing. He purchased his ticket at the Kwik Trip on 3027 E. Second…

Protecting the Birkie with Birkie Security Team

Security prepares for inclement weather.

HAYWARD, Wis.- Behind the scenes, the Birkie Security Team of about 25 volunteers say they’re Sawyer County law enforcement’s eyes and ears for the huge event. They tell us the weather’s cooperated so far, but they’re preparing for much worse as athletes and fans head home. Just be safe driving we have a major weather event heading our way,” said…

American Birkebeiner Skates Into 45th Year

Northland tradition again brings many to Hayward.

HAYWARD, Wis.- “It’s the Birkie, man!” The gun fires, and in one fluid motion the surge of skiers and skaters pushes off in Cable. “The day will go on to be talked about for years.” Main Street is lined with Birkie fans, the whole town of Hayward, and many others, lining the track with the sound of cowbells. “Your whole…

Shoveling and Slipping Safety Tips from Essentia Health

How to shovel without hurting your back, avoid slipping.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- More snow on the way means more shoveling for Northlanders. But there is potential danger when clearing snow. Emergency rooms see plenty of patients every winter who’ve been hurt while shoveling. While many of us don’t think twice about it, shoveling snow and even just walking on snowy sidewalks can be hazardous if you’re not careful. Using good lifting…

Team USA Helps Kids Ice Cross Downhill Skate

Mont Du Lac Resort hosts open skate following big international race.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Some drill holes to fish in the ice. Others skate downhill on it. At Mont Du Lac Resort, the U.S. Ice Cross Association ended it’s All Terrain Skate Cross race, or ATSX, weekend with a kids cross open skate. While this weekend hosted some major races for international teams, Sunday was the day the kids got to take…

Superior Business Center to Get New Management

City of Superior and Douglas County handing over management

DULUTH, Minn.- Meanwhile the Superior Business Center off Hammond avenue could soon be returned to the hands of the Development Association. For the last five years the site has been managed by the City and Douglas County. City officials say they hope it is again used as a place for businesses to get on their feet. “Kinda turning it back…

Inaugural Northern Pines Sled Dog Race Happening in Iron River

The Northern Pines Sled Dog Race is Happening Saturday, February 16, 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – Residents in the community of Iron River are excited to host the inaugural Northern Pines Sled Dog Race Saturday, February 16, 2019. The event is happening at the Northern Pines Golf Course and Event Center. It’s free and open to the public. Organizers are looking to encourage all families in the region to come witness this first-ever…

Students Enjoy Festivities at the 45th Annual Sno-Week at WITC

Daily prizes are given and at the end of the week one student could win $100 in cash.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior is celebrating its second day into their 45th annual Sno-Week. Today, students enjoyed a host of activities such as making photo key chains, root beer floats and participating in an interactive program with reptiles. One student volunteer we spoke to said events like this really help lift their spirits during the…

Superior School District Gets Green for Going Green

Focus on Energy Donates Check for Eco-Friendly Renovations

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Superior School District was just awarded some green for going green in their new school renovations. Focus on Energy, in partnership with Superior Water, Light and Power, awarded the district nearly $200,000 at their board meeting tonight. This comes after renovations to Superior High School, which included more energy efficient lights, HVAC and kitchen equipment, among other eco–friendly…

Unions, Senator File Third Lame-Duck Lawsuit in Wisconsin

State Sen. Janet Bewley, who represents northwestern Wisconsin, among those who filed lawsuit.

MADISON, Wis.-Five unions and a Democratic lawmaker have filed another lawsuit challenging measures Wisconsin Republican approved in a lame-duck session. The laws block Democratic Gov. Tony Evers from withdrawing from lawsuits without legislative approval, give lawmakers the power to decide how to spend money obtained from legal settlements and allow them to intervene in cases and hire their own attorneys…

Sen. Baldwin Invites Northwestern Wisconsin Teacher to Tuesday’s State of the Union

Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has announced that retired educator Diane Whitcraft from Webster, Wis. will join her for President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has announced that retired educator Diane Whitcraft from Webster, Wis. will join her for President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Whitcraft has multiple sclerosis and had been taking the same medication for more than 23 years and she now struggles to pay for it. “I’m grateful to Sen.Baldwin for…

Breakwater Restaurant in Superior Closes Doors For Good

Longtime Superior Restaurant Shuts Down

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A longtime family restaurant in Superior has abruptly closed its doors, after more than 15 years in business. Regulars showing up for some home-cooked meals at Breakwater Sunday afternoon were surprised by a sign on the door of the restaurant on Highway 2. The sign read that the restaurant was closed until further notice. That sign went up…

Lake Superior Ice Festival Powers On Through Bitter Cold

Subzero Temps Don't Keep Out Northlanders

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The weather outside may be frightful, but the Lake Superior Ice Festival makes it so delightful. The cold weather didn’t stop crowds from flocking to Barker’s Island to enjoy all the frozen wonder. They were even joined by some magical Disney characters. Possibly the most popular part of the festival, the ice sculptures have been wowing visitors since…

Bethel Church Takes Northlanders to Hawaii with Luau

Luau Fundraiser Held

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Folks at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Superior got a taste of the tropics tonight, at the church’s annual Hawaiian luau. The church was dressed in tiki heads and the people in lays, as attendees dined on Hawaiian food and fruits, the winter not stopping them from having fun in the island sun. “It’s Hawaiian, in the dead…

The Lake Superior Ice Festival Cometh

Snow Slide is Up as City Gears Up

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Every year the Lake Superior Ice Festival promises to be bigger and better, showing that cold and snow doesn’t keep Northlanders inside, but brings them outside in a big way. A fan favorite at the free festival, the big snow slide is already up, towering over Barker’s Island Marina. Attendees this year have some new attractions to look…

Superior Skiing: Free This Week

Free Ski Week in Conjunction with Lake Superior Ice Festival

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The heart of the winter brings with it the annual Lake Superior Ice Festival. In conjunction with the festival, the city of Superior has made all of its cross-country ski trails free through the end of the festival on the 27th. Over 27 kilometers (about 17 miles) of groomed trails are wide open for use. They’re broken up…

Nailing Down Issues for 34th Annual Superior Days

Planning Meeting Goes Over What Group is Taking to Madison

SUPERIOR, Wis.- In less than a month delegates from the superior area will be heading to Madison to lobby state lawmakers on local political issues. It will be the 34th Annual Superior Days. Earlier today a community planning meeting was held at WITC Superior. At the meeting they were able to nail down 3 key issues they will take to…

Swerving into the New Year with Lake Superior R/C Club

Club Holds Annual New Year's Rumble

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Some people are still ringing in the New Year behind the wheel. Some very small wheels. The Lake Superior R/C Club hosted it’s 16th Annual New Year’s Rumble, at the Superior Armory on Sunday. Dozens of small speed racers zoomed and crashed through the races. According to organizers, unlike real cars, all ages can drive. “Just like a…

Students Get Taste of Marine Training at Mini Bootcamp

Real Training with Real Drill Instructors

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Superior YMCA was turned into a training camp on Friday, as students got a taste of what it’s like to be a Marine at Mini Bootcamp. The gym floor filled with young men and women planning to be, or interested in joining the United States Marine Corps. Organizers say, being a Marine has a lot to offer….

Northlanders Skate Before Temps Drop

Subzero Temps Mean Outdoor Rinks Close

DULUTH, Minn.- Lately the weather’s been great to get out on the ice. No, not the frozen parking lots and sidewalks. Ice skating rinks. But many outdoor rinks in the Northland close once the windchill drops to about –20 degrees. Even though outdoor rinks may close, in Duluth, Essentia Health provides open skating at their Heritage Sports Center every Wednesday….