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Float On to A&W for National Root Beer Float Day

Restaurant Gives Out Free Root Beer Floats and Accepts Donations for Charity

Superior, WI- Many Northlanders were feelin’ the heat this week. To cool off, they could head to A&W for a free root beer float this National Root Beer Float Day. The Superior A&W restaurant gave out free root beer floats for the holiday. While enjoying that sweet foamy treat, you could also give to others. Donations were encouraged to support the…

Superior School District Says Bus Driver Contracts Inevitable

Despite a large amount of disapproval from the Superior School District's bus drivers few changes to the contracts were made and around five decided to not continue working for the district.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Superior School District has five open bus driver positions after some previous workers opted not to sign the newly enforced work contracts, which no longer allows drivers to keep their busses at home. Despite a large amount of disapproval from the Superior School District’s bus drivers few changes to the contracts were made and around five decided…

Local Library Could Help You Track Your Ancestry

Organizers tell us tracking your ancestry through a book can be easier than online.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Have you ever tried to track your family tree? The Superior Public Library now has the “Mayflower Families Through Five Generations” these 30 volumes have the stories and names of those that traveled on the Mayflower. Organizers tell us tracking your ancestry through a book can be easier than online, which typically requires many forms of identification. “With these books,…

Teens Superior at Dungeons and Dragons

New Weekly Club at Superior Public Library

Superior, WI- Some teens in Superior are having a medieval summer thanks to two girls from Superior and Elk Mound High School. The pair started a weekly Dungeons and Dragons tournament for a senior community project. So for a few hours at ye olde library every Thursday, as long as ye be twixt the ages of 13-17, the quest calls to…

Eroding Valve Potentially Caused Husky Refinery Explosion

Investigators say it's similar to one that occurred in Torrance, California at Exxon Mobile's refinery.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The potential cause behind the Husky Energy refinery explosion in Superior is believed to be found during an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. Investigators tell us it appears the explosion could have happened due to an eroded piece of equipment.  Click here for a play-by-play animated video of before, during and after the explosion. “You…

Superior Gratefully Gives Goodies to Storm Drain Adopters

Volunteers Thanked, Taught New Stream Monitoring Techniques

Superior, WI- The Superior Public Works Department thanked Volunteer Storm Drain Adopters, and taught them how to sample the water of Faxson Creek as a new stream monitoring system kicked off. Around 30 volunteers of all ages met at Central Park to learn how to sample the creek water for sediment, salt, temperature, and dissolved oxygen, all of which they found…

Public Housing Now Smoke-Free Nation Wide

Local officials say the Twin Ports were leaders in this movement.

DULUTH, Minn.- Now all Public Housing in the United States has a new rule, but it’s been established in the Twin Ports for quite some time. Public housing across the nation is smoke-free starting on Monday, July 30. The rule is not asking residents to quit smoking. Local health officials say Duluth was a leader in implementing the smoke-free public housing…

Wisconsin Sales Tax Holiday About to Begin

Shoppers Won't Have to Pay Sales Taxes on Clothing, Computers and School Supplies

MADISON, Wis.-Wisconsin’s five-day sales tax holiday is about to begin. Shoppers won’t have to pay sales taxes on clothing, computers and school supplies Wednesday through Sunday. The holiday comes with plenty of strings attached. Each item of clothing must cost less than $75 to be exempt from the sales tax; computers must be purchased for personal use and must cost…

Bowfest in Full Swing

Archer's Find their Paradise in Superior

Superior, WI- The hills of Mont Du Lac become a plastic forest as elk, deer, bears and even dinosaurs come out….to get shot… at the 2nd Annual Bowfest. The air is filled with the “thwip” of arrows leaving bows and meeting their targets. Sunlight glisten off the shiny bows hanging patiently on archers’ shoulders. In terms of competition, even friends…

Volunteers Pack 40 Backpacks for Homeless Vets

Superior Elks Lodge Members Pack Backpacks for Homeless Veterans

Superior, WI- You’ve probably heard of backpacks for kids, but the Superior Elks Lodge #236 is trying backpacks for vets. Members gathered to pack 40 backpacks to distribute to homeless veterans on the streets of Superior. And it can mean everything to them. “When you see the spark in their eyes when they get some of the stuff, they actually…

Bowfest a Bullseye Bonanza for Bowhunters

2nd Annual Bowfest Begins

Superior, WI-Bows at the ready, Robin Hoods everywhere. The 2nd Annual Bowfest has begun in Superior. The Mont Du Lac Resort is now crawling with archers anxious to execute some targets. Equipment and food vendors are also propped up on the hill. You can choose from stationary, moving, distance or aerial targets. Not only do they look the part, they…

Aiming at the Target

Final Preparations for Bowfest Underway

Superior, WI- Preparations are wrapping up for the 2nd annual Bowfest at Mont Du Lac resort on Friday. Archers will shoot 3D animal targets like a dinosaur, as well as distance and aerial targets. Prizes are awarded to the top three winners in each division. But the competition is more relaxed and interactive. “One of the things we’re trying to…

North Country Independent Living Expo

This is the fifth Expo held in Superior.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- One community is celebrating the abilities of people with disabilities, all while raising money for a local organization. The North Country Independent Living Expo at Superior’s Mariner Mall was held Thursday.  The event is a  staple for the community, hosting numerous free activities and food. But it’s also a hub for disability organizations highlighting services offered locally. “The…

Douglas County Receives New Voting Machines

The new machines will be used in the upcoming elections.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Two new voting machines in Douglas County will be used in the upcoming elections. Not much will change for voters but city officials say the new technology helps keep track of votes easier. The machines are replacing 15 year–old equipment. “If someone made a very light mark there was a chance in the past that the scanner might…

Fraser Shipyard Improving Safety with Help from Federal Grant

Fraser Shipyard is also spending $168,000 on the project.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A shipping yard cited with several safety violations in recent years is now putting funding toward extra safety, thanks to a grant from the federal government. Fraser Shipyard will be receiving a half million dollar grant from the U.S. Maritime Marine Administration. A Superior Shipping Yard cited with several safety violations in recent years is now putting funding toward extra safety….

South End Days Stirs Up Superior

Weekend Event Begins With Rummage Sales

Superior, WI-Superior’s South End Days are back for a third year. To start the weekend event residents could bargain for some baubles at any of the 35-plus rummage sales around South Superior. “Hit the jackpot at this one,” said Rummager Taylor Tuura. “She found some stuff for her kitchen,” said fellow Rummager Chloe Whittington. “I just found some sharpies for…

Active Adventures: Log Rolling

Meteorologist Brittney Merlot Attempts To Log Roll For Her First Time

HAYWARD, Wisc. — The Lumberjack World Championships are underway and for this weeks active adventures we take you to the historic Lumberjack Bowl as Meteorologist Brittney Merlot learns how to log roll by a six time world champion! Will she pick it in just 30 minutes? Find out in the video above! Plus, learn tips on how you can stay…

Porch Fire in Superior

Flames Destroy Porch, Damage Nearby Home

Superior, WI-Crews responded to the scene on Lackawanna Ave. Wednesday night to find a porch engulfed in flames. The porch was destroyed. The fire then spread to the siding of a neighboring home, also causing damage. The cause of the fire is undetermined and no injuries were reported. Damage estimates sit at five thousand dollars. Categories: News, News – Latest…

Superior Engwall Folding Its Petals

Store Closing at End of the Month

Superior, WI- Engwall’s flower shop is closing it’s doors in Superior and merging with their Hermantown location at the end of the month. Despite the closure, Engwall’s employees can still work at the Hermantown location. Owners said the move is due to the decreased number of walk-in customers at that store, with about 90 percent of their business coming online. They…

Kari Toyota Celebrating 50 Years of Service

The 50 milestone means a lot to the Kari family and employees.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Exciting news for a Twin Ports business Kari Toyota in Superior is celebrating 50 years of service. The dealership is family run, the 50 milestone means a lot to the Kari family and employees. Toyota came to congratulate the business. “Well it’s not just another day, it’s just kind of a milestone for us it’s just kind of…

Row, Row, Row, Your Boat at the Duluth International Regatta

60th Annual Regatta featured boats up to 65 feet in length

DULUTH, Minn.-The calming sounds of the lakeside are replaced with cheers and pep talks as the Duluth rowing club hosted the 60th Annual Duluth International Regatta, one of the larger regattas in the Northland. Rowers ranging from teenagers to 70-year–olds gather at the water’s edge to compete, support, and enjoy. And for anyone that thinks it’s a boring leisure activity,…

Dog Show Begins in Duluth

Duluth Dog Show Opens at DECC

DULUTH, Minn.-The Northland is going to the dogs as the 70th Annual Duluth Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show takes place July 12-July 15 . Dogs of all shapes sizes and colors come out to strut their stuff at the DECC. The event is open to more than just dogs and their owners. “Well a lot of people come here…

Stormiest Spring and Summer In More Than A Decade

Severe Weather Rumbles Through The Northland

DULUTH, Minn. If you think it’s been a rather active and stormy spring and summer across the Northland, you’re right. Numerous severe weather events have brought damaging winds and hail, along with massive and historic flooding. As of Thursday, July 12, 2018, the National Weather Service office in Duluth, Minnesota, has issued 134 severe thunderstorm warnings this year. Checking the…

Head of the Lakes Fair Underway

The first night is known as "Sneak-a-Peek" offering the community a free entry.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The popular Head of the Lakes Fair has kicked off! It takes nearly two weeks to set up for the big event. This year the petting zoo is back along with pony rides, 4H shows, donut and hot dog eating contests, and plenty of carnival food like those juicy turkey legs. “Everybody has fun here, we got food…

Keeping Prince’s Music Alive

Prince's band The New Power Generation is playing his tune here in the Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. The music of the beloved Minnesota artist Prince is being carried on through his band. Prince’s band the New Power Generation performs around the globe, now they’re in the Northland. The NPG will be playing at the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, Wisconsin Saturday, July 7th. To get a ticket visit The New Power Generation. Categories: Entertainment,…

Portion of Shipping Docks Being Restored in Superior

The project began in mid-May and is expected to wrap up near the end of August.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A shipping wall in Superior built back in the 1940’s is now being rehabilitated thanks to an over one million dollar grant. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Harbor Assistance Grant Program is helping to rebuild nearly 3/4 of Terminal 41 in Superior. Around 600 feet of the East dock terminal is being replaced. “To shore that up and…

Drummond is Wading in the Water

Projects planned for this summer have already been placed on the back burner.

DRUMMOND, Wis.,- It’s sunshine and clear sky now but Drummond is still wading in the water. Drummond town chairman Roy Bloom remains busy keeping track of road conditions. “Two, three, there was four washouts in this that were five foot deep,” Bloom said. The red markings are all the roads currently closed. “There are still places here we’re just guessing,…

Douglas County Recovering From Flooding

Tending to these repairs may postpone some county projects due to limited funds and resources.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis.- Some roads remain closed in Douglas County due to flooding. Officials with Douglas County tell us it may take some time before they reopen. Highways across the county remain largely affected by the heavy rainfall this past weekend. Although high water levels are dying down the Douglas County Board Chairman Mark Liebaert tells FOX 21 some clear roadways…

Residents Help DNR Cleanup Flood Damage

Residents we spoke with said they're used to flooding but have never seen the water level this high.

AMNICON LAKE, Wis- Residents are jumping in the high waters to help ensure no more damage is done from the recent downpour of rain. Water levels are extremely high at Amnicon Lake. The docks are submerged underwater and to ensure pieces don’t drift away nearby homeowners piled up the pieces ashore. “Well this dock was floating away, it’s the campgrounds dock…

Superior School Bus Drivers Upset with District Changes

The bus drivers don't want to sign any contracts until they can talk with the incoming superintendent.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Bus drivers with the Superior School District are slamming the brakes on the district’s changes to operations. The changes involve where the buses are stored overnight and new non-breakable one–year work contracts. Emotions were high as bus drivers sounded off to Superior School District Superintendent Jana Stevens on Thursday. More than two dozen bus drivers showed up to…

Solid Rock Safe Haven Celebrating 80 Years of Service

It's the longest standing homeless facility in the community

SUPERIOR, Wis.-The homeless shelter Solid Rock Safe Haven is celebrating 80 years of helping those in need. It’s the longest standing homeless facility in the community, the Solid Rock Safe Haven has been providing shelter and food for homeless men in Superior for 80 years. It’s the only soup kitchen in town that serves food six days a week. “It’s…

Douglas County Historical Society Opens New Exhibits

DULUTH, Minn. – Summer is a busy time of year and the Douglas County Historical Society has been busy preparing for it. The Executive Director of the Douglas County Historical Society has been busy preparing for the season. First, there is a new exhibit case at the Douglas County Court House that is from the DCHS.  It commemorates the Calvin…

Animal Answers: Donations Needed for Large Animal Fund

The Humane Society of Douglas County is Looking to Spread Awareness of Their Large Animal Fund

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – It’s more common than many people think; large animals looking for a safe place to go after being surrendered to an animal shelter. Recently on May 11, the Humane Society of Douglas County received a surrendered mare. Staff say she came in tired, weak and tested positive for Lyme disease. Since then, she has received medical care and…

Supreme Court Allows for Vacation Rental Along Hayward Lake

Wisconsin Supreme Court Was Divided on Issue

MADISON, Wis.-A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a family that wants to rent out their house along Hayward Lake in northern Wisconsin, despite complaints from the neighbors. The neighbors filed a lawsuit in 2016, arguing that using the home as a vacation rental violated a neighborhood covenant that prohibits short-term rentals of property. The Sawyer County…

Garden House Transforms into Wedding Venue

They're already taking wedding reservations for next summer and envisioning the redesigned space.

SOLON SPRINGS, Wis.- The Garden House is transforming into a wedding venue, hear the goodbye from the current owners and see who’s taking over. Since 1995 the sisters Lisa and Kristi Reque have been helping the Garden House blossom, but now they’re selling the shop to help pay for their mother’s assisted living care. “And honestly this is a rough…

Midday Update 5-28-18

Local News and Weather Headlines for Monday, May 28, 2018

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Local Family Seeks Funding for Feet

Neal's feet didn't develop properly because of a birth defect known as cleft foot, his parents are asking for support

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Its been quite a journey for one Northland family to find the right medical care for their son, now all the cards are in place, but they need some help from the community. Last week we brought you the story of the Dahlberg family, who reached out to the community for help bringing their adopted daughter Anna home from…

How to Show Support for Your Local Police Officers

One community is hosting a luncheon to show they are thankful for the departments services.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- National Police Week is a time dedicated to honoring fallen officers, but in Superior the community is taking this opportunity to honor those that have passed away along with officers currently serving. Reaching out to the police department on Facebook letting them know who helped you and how is a great way to show you’re thankful. But acknowledging their…

Community Helps Raise Funds for International Adoption

The Dalhbergs have the mounds of paperwork filled out, their hearts, and home ready for little Anna.

SOLON SPRINGS, Wis.- Nearly one year ago today a family in Solon Springs Wisconsin decided to add another member. Now the Dahlberg’s are finalizing finally bringing an 8-year-old girl home from China. The adoption process has been challenging but fox 21’s Lauren Leigh reports it has been made possible through the help of the community. The Dalhbergs have the mounds of…

National Day of Pray Honors Those Affected by the Husky Refinery Explosion

This year the tradition in Superior was different than the past.

SUPERIOR, Wis,-  The U.S. National Day of Prayer is May 3rd and in Superior, the ceremony differed from years past. Community members gave special prayers for those affected by the Husky Refinery Explosion. Mayor Jim Paine joined in remembering what some are calling a traumatic experience. As we’ve seen over the past week Superior residents are reaching out to one…

Superior Schools Helping Students Cope with Explosion

The school district wants to make sure students dealing with stress, will receive help.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- It’s been a week of getting back to normal for some Superior students after just last week, some witnessed the Husky Refinery explosion right from their classroom window. Now educators and families are discussing mental health. The school district wants to make sure students dealing with stress, will receive help.  Families and educators are keeping a close eye…

Twin Ports Focuses on Mental Health Awareness Following Chaotic Week

The month of May is now dedicated to Northland Healthy Minds.

TWIN PORTS-  Mayors from both sides of the bridge are working to break down the stigma that often surrounds mental health. They’re calling it Northland Healthy Minds and they say this is even more timely given the recent traumatic events the Twin Ports have faced. Just this past month Superior firefighters faced the suicide of their longtime battalion chief Eric…

Servers and Customers at Local Diner Work Together to Evacuate Safely

Around 10 a.m. Thursday morning, customers at Julie's Diner began to point out the large smoke cloud outside the restaurant.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Husky Oil Refinery explosion last Thursday forced business in Superior to close up shop for the day. We spoke with one local dinner where servers and customers watched it all happen right from the window. Around 10 a.m. last Thursday morning, customers at Julie’s Diner began to point out the large smoke cloud outside the restaurant. Staff…

Cleaning-up the S.S. Meteor

The S.S. Meteor Whaleback Museum will open-up mid-May.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-It’s that time of year, clean up for the S.S. Meteor is underway this weekend. It’s become known as work weekend. The view of the ship is beautiful, but the projects volunteers work on are hard work. Every year around 50 volunteers lend a hand. “This event is really humbling, these people mostly come from out of town on…

Emergency Plan Keeps Adoptable Four-Legged Friends Safe

The Douglas County Humane Society was forced to evacuate after the Husky refinery explosion on Thursday.

  SUPERIOR, Wis.-  We checked in on our four-legged friends at the Douglas County Humane Society after dealing with evacuating. The shelter shook on Thursday, after the explosion at the Husky refinery, putting their emergency plan in motion. The director says the plan has been in place for nearly five years and they never expected to put it to use….

More Medical Services Available in Ashland

St.Luke’s celebrated its new Chequamegon Clinic building on Wednesday, April 25th.

ASHLAND Wis.- The Ashland community now has better access to medical specialists. St.Luke’s celebrated its new Chequamegon Clinic building on Wednesday, April 25th. Medical professionals say the larger space has been a long time coming. The Chequamegon Clinic has been serving the Ashland community for over 40 years, now the new location offers new opportunities. The 7 million dollar, 22 thousand…

Walk through Ashland School District’s Phase Two Construction

Construction began last April after the $34 million referendum passed.

ASHLAND, Wis.- The Ashland School District is undergoing infrastructure renovations. Construction began last April after the $34 million referendum passed. FOX21’s getting a look at phase two of the project at the high school. You can see what used to be the high school’s exterior brick wall inside the new expanded cafeteria. Updated classrooms and a library, open up more natural…

Superior Receives First State of the City Address in Years

Mayor Jim Paine informed the community of his achievements and future plans.

SUPERIOR, Wis.-  For the first time since 2010 Superior receives State of the City Address. On Tuesday, Mayor Paine presented to the community his achievements over the past year and his future plans. Paine says it’s an honor to serve as Mayor and feels the public should be informed. Afterward, the packed crowd responded with applause. Mayor Paine says next…