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Northeast Wisconsin's local news coverage.

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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ)- Father's Day ended with plently of booms and a light show. 

    Over 6,700 customers were affected by power outages. Sister Bay had over 38 percent  of their customers without power, according to WPS.

    The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Shawano and Oconto counties.

     


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  • 06/17/18--21:46: Color Run For Thirst
  • DE PERE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK)- De Pere High School Key Club hosted its first ever 5K color run Saturday.

    It was put on to raise money for the "Thirst Project."

    It's a non-profit organization working to end the dirty water crisis which primarily focuses on parts of South Africa.

    Runners could carry a gallon of water with them as a way to simulate what families without clean water go through every day.


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  • 06/18/18--00:00: A Restored Look
  • SHAWANO, WI (WTAQ)- A focal point of Shawano's Memorial Park is about to get a new look starting Monday.

    Take a walk through Memorial Park and it's hard to miss the M4 Sherman Tank that was brought in by the VFW. After more than 50 years, the Park and Rec Department is starting a project to restore it.   

    "Over time just being outside, the paint has faded and chipped off and rust spots have appeard."  

    Pack and Rec Director Matt Hendricks says it is all about keeping it fresh looking.   In the more than 50 years it as been there,  it has served as a World War II Memorial, a climbing apparatus, a conversation piece and a landmark.  

    Hendricks, says they are using help from the VFW and a local artist to clean and repaint the tank.    

    "The tank was brought here by the VFW so we just want to keep it historically accurate by renovating it."

     He says it is important to upkeep key parts of the community.

     "The tank is something that most people describe the park by."  

    But he adds it is not just something to look at.  

    "It's a conversation piece and it can be a segway for people of multiple generations to share stories."  

    The work is scheduled for Monday and Thursday this week.  


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - It was a hot and humid Father's Day.

    Temperatures reached 91 degrees in Green Bay.

    But some families found ways to beat the heat by heading to the Resch Aquatic center.

    It was the perfect mix of spending time with dad and keeping cool.

    Aaron Dobbe tells FOX 11 beating the heat, and hanging with family, were the primary objectives.

    "Well we decided to come here today, first time here. Being father's day the girls wanted to come out and play, get in some water because it is so hot. So just really enjoying it. It's a great day here."

    For Green Bay pools, dads got in for free with the purchase of another admission.


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    DE PERE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Sunday was a special Father's Day Breakfast on the Farm in Brown County including a special appearance by Gov. Scott Walker.

    The event, in De Pere, was aimed at educating people on how a dairy farm works, where food comes from, and the dairy industry in Wisconsin.

    Gov. Walker telling FOX 11 about the importance of helping dairy farmers.

    "We just did a dairy task force about a week and a half ago, the more we can do to help to help our dairy farmers, the better because that's really, literally the lifeblood of the state."

    Money raised from the event will be used to provide free agriculture education programs to students in Brown County.


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    PULASKI, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - We are in the midst of tornado season in Wisconsin, with June typically seeing the most number of tornadoes.

    It's been one-year since a series of tornadoes tore through Northeast Wisconsin.

    It was June 14th of last year that tornado sirens blared throughout the area.

    An experience, Cody Guevara of Pulaski tells FOX 11 he'll never forget.

    "I saw it go right over the high school kind of. And I know my friend who lives just down the road, it was in his backyard and destroyed his garage."

    Severe damage could be seen in Pulaski, where The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado, did in fact, touchdown.

    It was one of at least a dozen confirmed tornadoes in the area that day.

    One twister with winds topping 95-mph left a stretch of damage.

    "It was a unique storm. It came on pretty quick, intense," said Pulaski Fire Chief, James Styczynski .

    "We had structural damage, some trees on houses, obviously, power lines affected."

    Styczynski says the natural disaster left a lasting impact on the village.

    Remnants of the damage, he says, can still be seen today.

    "You can see the path of destruction and even today a year ago later."

    He tells FOX 11 a massive tree was cut-down after it collapsed over the Pulaski Polka Grounds restroom.

    "And the way it fell it just took care of the whole block building but we got it cleaned up, start fresh.".

    He says it was the relief that no one was injured during the storm.

    But when it comes to severe weather, Guevara says this year they're hoping for a less eventful start to summer.

    "It'd be nice to not have another scare like that," he laughed.

    The National Weather Service says the last time the area saw that large of a tornado outbreak was in April of 2010.

    At that time there were 10 confirmed tornadoes.


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    FOX CROSSING, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Two families are looking for a new place to live after they were forced from their homes last night as fire roared through an apartment building in Fox Crossing.

    Firefighters they were called to 2211 Southwood Dr. just before 10 last night.

    Crews discovered the fire in a wall of a first-floor apartment. Firefighters isolated it to a small section of the wall.

    They then checked to make sure it had not spread to other areas of the building.

    The American Red Cross has been called in to help the families that could not return to their homes.

    All other residents were allowed back in later in the night.

    No injuries were reported at the fire scene.

    Investigate say the fire does not appear to be suspicious.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is teaming up with Wisconsin colleges to attract and keep people in Wisconsin

    The initiative focuses on helping millennials in Wisconsin to be aware of personal and professional fulfillment opportunities in the state, which is a focus for Dr. Gary Miller, Chancellor at UW-Green Bay.

    "They are going to be very capable of moving anywhere, we know that. We want to make sure that they know that there is a great future here and that the state needs them."

    Dr. Tina Sauerhammer of Prevea Health is a UW-Green Bay graduate who came back to Wisconsin and says job opportunities can send people away, but can also bring them back.

    "If we are able to retain those people here in the state, we are going to have those careers right here and those opportunities as well.

    She says she sometimes Wisconsin just gets overlooked.

    "I think when you grow up here, you just take it for granted. It took me leaving Wisconsin to realize how special the state is."

    The campaign is about $7 million dollars.

    The campaign is an extension of the $1 million dollar initiative that was directed towards young Chicago-area talent.

    The rest of the initiative includes making it easier for graduates to find jobs and education on lesser-known things that might make Wisconsin attractive.


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  • 06/18/18--18:52: Replacing Badger Dock
  • MANITOWOC (WTAQ-WLUK) - Where Manitowoc's 70-year-old ferry parks itself for its trips back and forth to Michigan is getting an upgrade.

    A groundbreaking ceremony was held today for the S.S. Badger Carferry's new docking facilities.

    When it comes to visiting her dad in southern Wisconsin, Breann Lefebvre of Michigan says driving isn't always convenient.

    "If I drove it would be a 14-hour-drive, a long long time," she said.

    Which is why Lefebvre says she uses the S.S. Badger Carferry often, "It's a great way to transport."

    While the S.S. Badger has been around for decades, officials are ensuring it remains an option for people traveling across the lake well into the future.

    The ground was broken Monday, on renovations of the S.S. Badger's docking facilities both in Manitowoc and Ludington, Michigan.

    "We've been working on this actually for three and a half years," said Brian Hinrichs with Foth Engineering, the company behind the project.

    He says much of the nearly $9-million project is covered by federal and state grants.

    "$5-million from the U.S. Department of Transportation through the FASTLANE grant," said Hinrichs. "And then $3-million, harbor assistance funds for the wall."

    Emergency repairs were made to the dock in April, the blizzard left damages to parts of the area.

    But Hinrichs says these improvements will be different than the repairs already made, "The repairs that we did, is actually something that will last more than 100 years. So, that won't happen again no matter what happens in a storm event."

    Hinrichs says sustaining the ferry's service, especially for cargo will also benefit Wisconsin roadways.

    "The night crossing that goes and arrives in Ludington early in the morning, it's almost all semis," he continued. "Commerce is as big of a deal, as the passenger element."

    And Lefebvre says, she's glad the investment is being made, "I don't think there are many ferries left anymore, and the Badger is kind of a special thing."

    Construction is expected to begin this fall. It will be after the S.S. Badger makes its last run of the season.

    It's expected to wrap up by May of next year.


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  • 06/18/18--19:00: Water Won't Go Away
  • WHITELAW, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Areas in Manitowoc County are still cleaning up from Sunday night storms.

    Main streets were partially underwater.

    One gas station had water almost up to the pumps.

    When Alaina Luckow got to work Monday morning she was surprised at how close the water made to Weber's of Whitelaw BP.

    "It was almost up to our pumps. People were trying to get through, but they couldn't. They're trying to find a way through, trying to get through the back streets," said Alaina Luckow, Weber's of Whitelaw Store Clerk.

    Not far away, a small vehicle wasn't going anywhere.

    "There was one car, that went through at sort of a high rate of speed, and he slid off the pavement part, and into the construction part. And he needed a wrecker to get the car out," said Eugene Schneider, Whitelaw Village President.

    Some may consider it somewhat ironic the flood happened in a construction zone. Village leaders say improvements are being made to the storm system.

    "We had approximately four, four and a half inches of rain, and it came all in a short period of time. So really because of the construction, that the water wasn't able to get away quick enough, so there was some flooding yes," said Schneider.

    By mid-morning, the three-block-long flood zone was starting to dry out. Crews pumped water down U.S. 10, and north on Cherry Street.

    "But this is quite common for the town. That's why they're redoing all the sewer lines," said Scott Gauthier, Whitelaw.

    "We just hope that everybody has patience. When you have any type of construction, you do run into obstacles that you don't foresee," said Schneider.

    Until the water is gone, Alaina Luckow says gas station customers are making the best of it.

    "They come in and they comment on the water and say oh, you got some fish in that pond out front?" she asked.

    The storm sewer construction project is in its second month.

    Depending on the weather, work could resume Tuesday or Wednesday.

    The improvements are expected to be completed in September.

     

     


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  • 06/18/18--19:08: Deer Farm Quarantined
  • MARINETTE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A Marinette County deer farm is under quarantine after a deer tested positive for CWD.

    A two-year-old doe that was born at Wild Rivers Whitetails farm in Goodman, died while giving birth and was tested.

    No animals will be allowed to move into our out of the farm.

    An investigation is being done to see if other herds could have been exposed.

    Latest numbers show the farm had 320 deer.


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  • 06/18/18--19:12: Escapees From Oshkosh Prison
  • OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Oshkosh Police are searching for two escaped inmates from the Winnebago Correctional Center Monday morning.

    The inmates James R Heather and Alexander C. Weinmann are believed to have escaped between Midnight and 7:00 a.m.

    James Heather is 5'7 181 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was convicted of possession of meth and a firearm.

    Alexander Weinmann is 5'10 168 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was convicted of burglary and criminal damage to property.

    The Winnebago Correctional Center is a minimum security facility that is run by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. 


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  • 06/19/18--02:10: Balancing Student Enrollment
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - No overall boundary changes and no fifth high school were among the recommendations Green Bay’s school board heard Monday night to fix enrollment issues within the district.

    The district's boundary task force is recommending shifting some middle and high school students from Green Bay's overcrowded east side schools to undercrowded west side schools.

    After meeting eight times, leaders of the task force say their group poured over data to try to balance the district's enrollment numbers.

    Dan Kiernan is co-chair of the task force and parent to two district students.

    “The very revealing fact is this: great movement occurs by students in the district.”

    As it stands now, Preble High School is 260 students above its target capacity.

    East, West and Southwest High Schools are all well below their target capacities.

    As a short-term solution for Preble, the task force recommends shifting some students to west side schools by altering feeder school patterns.

    It also recommends promoting specialized programs in west side schools, and/or providing transportation options.

    Luke Davis is another task force co-chair and a recent graduate of Southwest.

    “We need to strengthen and build programs to pull students to schools where capacity actually exists.”

    Two other recommendations made for overall east-side growth are building a new pre-k through 8th-grade school and monitoring east side development.

    “Since GBAPS approaches its mission with one for students through data-driven decisions that are fiscally responsible, the task force could not recommend an $85 million high school at this time,” said Kiernan.

    Brenda Warren, the president of Green Bay’s Board of Education, tells FOX 11 she respects the work of the task force.

    “It was obvious to me that they spent a lot of time talking about the data, the population studies and all of that to really come up with these not cookie cutter recommendations.”

    Warren says the board will likely take up the task force's recommendations individually over time.

    “One of the recommendations was to look at strengthening our programs, marketing our district better. We may just look at one or two things initially and then decide if we want to move with that.”

    Task force leaders stressed their recommendations were not unanimous and that the tough decisions must come from the elected school board.


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  • 06/19/18--02:14: Police Tipped To Scam
  • GRAND CHUTE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Police in Grand Chute are praising a couple who went to them with a mysterious find first, rather than posting to social media.

    Police say the couple returned home from shopping and found a magnetic device preventing their trunk from latching.

    The couple reported their finding to the police.

    Police say it is a counter-mounted magnet used for removing security devices from clothing, typically used by retailers.

    Police are not sure how the magnet got there.

    Police say the couple did the right thing by reporting the discovery to them first before posting it on social media, claiming to be part of an urban legend.

    Misinformation gets spread quickly on social media, and police say while it's always good to stay aware of your surroundings, it is best to contact law enforcement first before putting it on social media.


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  • 06/19/18--02:17: No Armed Guards In Schools
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The Green Bay school board affirmed its opposition to putting armed guards in its schools.

    At their last meeting two weeks ago board members opposed the idea but took no official stance.

    Last night they unanimously endorsed -- no armed guards at school.

    Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith had proposed putting armed guards in the schools shortly after February's school high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Smith estimated the cost to be about 2-and-half million dollars.

    School Board President Brenda Warren tells FOX 11 the board's vote sends a clear message.

    "I think it was important to make that vote because there's some confusion as to whether are we going to have armed guards, are we not, are we going to accept the chief's proposal, are we not."

    Board members say they'd rather put money toward mental health services.

    Smith has said he believes trained, armed officers, provide the best protection. However, he said he respects the school board's decision.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - During a meeting Monday, the Stadium District Board asked City of Green Bay officials to cancel their $500,000 grant agreement for the Shipyard District.

    Board members say the Green Bay Bullfrogs' decision to move to Ashwaubenon means Green Bay cannot fulfill obligations laid out in the grant agreement.

    Green Bay has threatened to sue the Stadium District Board if it does not provide the money.

    Kevin Vonck, Green Bay's Economic Development Director, asked the board to amend the current agreement.

    However, Stadium District Board members say the city needs to present a new grant request because the project has changed so much.

    No action was taken at Monday's meeting.

    The city has until June of 2019 to fulfill the contingencies of the current Shipyard agreement.

    Also during Monday's meeting, Ashwaubenon and Bullfrogs officials asked for $500,000 for the stadium they plan to build on Holmgren Way.

    Board members, however, say a resolution needs to be reached with Green Bay before any additional money can be awarded.

    Revenue from a ticket tax for special events at Lambeau Field allows the board to donate to area economic development projects.

    Ashwaubenon plans to have its stadium built for the Bullfrogs' 2019 season.

    Meanwhile, Green Bay's city council will vote on its new Shipyard proposal tonight.


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    OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - In addition to lots of people, rainy weather, and mud, one thing you can count on during Country USA in Oshkosh is drinking.

    It's not surprising...some of the biggest names in country music are appearing, thousands of people plan for their vacations to catch a day of music or even the entire run of the festival.

    That's why the Wisconsin State Patrol, and other area P-D's, are beefing up enforcement this week to crack down on drunk driving.

    "The aim for this weeks to keep the roadways in the Oshkosh area safe with some enhanced patrols."

    WSP Sgt Dan Deidrich says the key to safe travels is to have a plan going in, including who the sober driver will be, calling uber, or taking a bus.

    "If you don't have those advanced plans in place, sometimes that leads to bad decisions."

    Deidrich is also quick to say this is not about writing tickets and collecting fines while the crowd is coming to see the show.

    "The goal is not to arrest a bunch of people for operating while intoxicated. The goal, for every day of the week when we go out there, is to have safer roads in Wisconsin."

    Country USA runs through Saturday at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A Brown County Supervisor has made his mayoral campaign official.

    Pat Evans launched the layout of what he is calling "The Evan's Plan."

    "It is really about Infrastructure, Economic Development, and Community."

    The mayoral candidate says step aside from opening more shelters and turning the focus on making Green Bay a place that the 30 and older want to thrive in.

    "The young kids they are leaving high school and college and want to go out and experience the world. Now we can say you can come back to Green Bay, raise a family, have a safe community and affordable housing."

    Evans said one of the parts to "The Evan's Plan" focuses on infrastructure."

    "So we are going to look at doubling our efforts for the roads. We are not going to forget about the downtown, but we are going to take a stronger focus on the industrial and business parks."

    While Evans has big ideas if elected, he says current projects like the Shipyard and Hotel Northland are still in the hands of the current administration.

    "There is a year yet. We are going to concentrate on The Evan's Plan and make sure we have that honed in, and then we will deal with what we inherit."

    Evans joins Mark Steuer and State Rep. Eric Genrich, who have already announced they are running for mayor.

     


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  • 06/19/18--17:45: Long Recovery Complete
  • OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ)- A dog that survived a collision with a train, is ready to be adopted after months of rehab.

    Elsa has been going through rehab at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society following the crash last December.

    Elsa was found inside the vehicle after it was struck by a train. Two people were killed in the accident.

     

    Officials say Elsa suffered multiple pelvic fractures and many came to the rescue, donating money for surgery.

    She will be available for adoption starting Saturday.


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  • 06/19/18--19:34: Sentenced For Embezzling
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ)- A former union treasurer was sentenced in federal court for embezzling union funds. 

    59 year old Cheryl Angell of Kaukauna, was sentenced to 13 months in prison and was ordered to pay $98,711 in restitution to the United Steelworkers Local 2 union. 

    According to court documents, Angell embezzled nearly $100,000 from the union over the course of four years. 

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