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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The Brown County Historical Society is hosting a temporary exhibit on how fashion has impacted the area.

    "Fashioning Our Identity: 200 Years of Style" is at the Hazelwood Historic House.

    The house itself features furniture and decorations from the 1880's and 1890's Victorian period.

    Christine Dunbar, executive director of the Brown County Historical Society, tells FOX 11 each room of the house takes a look at a specific era in Brown County's history through the clothes people wore.

    "It's amazing how people keep saying, 'Oh yeah, I remember wearing that'. Our 1950's and 60's things are really interesting. You look at what's going on socially and see how that's affecting fashion."

    The exhibit will be open until the end of August.


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    SISTER BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - If $8.55 million is burning a hole in your pocket, perhaps you'd like to buy Little Sister Resort and Pebble Beach.

    “My wife and I started running it in 1974. This is our 44th year or 45th season," said Gregory “Fuzzy” Sunstrom, Little Sister Resort co-owner.

    Sunstrom is one of the owners of the 100-year-old resort which has 22 rental units.

    "It’s a family resort, the resort part of it and for us, we’re actually seeing the grandchildren coming back, you know, staying with their kids. We saw all the different families for 44 years."

    "This place is near and dear to all our hearts," said Martha Luber Pelrine.

    She is co-owner of the resort and bar.

    "I started working here at age 12 washing pots and pans," she said.

    She also co-owns Pebble Beach with a different family.

    “Pebble Beach is a totally unique beach in that it’s all bright white limestone pebbles the size of eggs.".

    If you include the resort, bar, and beach, that adds up to about 30 acres of land, according to the agency working on the sale.

    The beach is selling for $3.6 million while the resort and bar are listed at $4.95 million.

    The agency also adds the properties could be subdivided or redeveloped.

    Sunstrom tells FOX 11 their family members don’t want to take over the property so it’s time to move on.

    “I think I’m just looking for a lifestyle change to have some time off in the summer, on the weekend."

    If the property sells, he also shared what he’ll miss most.

    “I enjoy people. I think that’s the biggest asset is that I enjoy being around people, working with people and so I think that’s been the best part of it.”

    For now, business will continue as usual.


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  • 07/13/18--10:27: Blaze On West Side
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay fire crews are responding to an apartment fire on Ninth Street.

    Officials say ten people have been displaced, but everyone got out safely.

    Two pet cats died in the fire and several others are missing, officials say.  The Red Cross will be assisting three people. The rest of the displaced residents will stay with family.

    The fire on the cities west side occurred Friday morning.

    Wisconsin Public Service is also on scene

    Officials say fire marshals are on scene to determine the cause of the fire but initial reports indicate it started in the kitchen area of a lower level unit.

    It caused an estimated amount of $125,000 worth of damage, Green Bay Fire says.

     

     

      

     

     


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    WASHINGTON ISLAND, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Governor Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency for a Door County island.

    The declaration is in response to Washington Island's power loss in June caused by a severely ice damaged underwater electric cable.  “We want to make sure resources are available for families and businesses who were affected by the power outage on Washington Island. We are declaring a State of Emergency to help ensure there is continued access to power in order to keep Wisconsinites safe and to create a long-term solution as soon as possible,” Walker said.  By declaring a state of emergency, the island may qualify for additional resources. 

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  • 07/14/18--08:00: Blaze On West Side
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay fire crews are responded to an apartment fire on Ninth Street.

    Officials say ten people have been displaced, but everyone got out safely.

    Two pet cats died in the fire and several others are missing, officials say.  

    The Red Cross will be assisting three people.

    The rest of the displaced residents will stay with family.

    Officials say fire marshals are on scene to determine the cause of the fire but initial reports indicate it started in the kitchen area of a lower level unit. 

    Bobby Hill says it is believed the fire started in his apartment when he was not home.

    "My back bedroom was on fire. So, my next door neighbor called me at work and told me my apartment was on fire but I didn't expect all this," said Hill. 

    He says he plans to work with the Red Cross to get back on his feet.

    "I lost everything, completely everything so I got to start all over," he said.

    The fire caused an estimated amount of $125,000 worth of damage.


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  • 07/14/18--10:19: Picking The Red Fruit
  • EGG HARBOR, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Cherry season has come a little earlier than expected.

    "The cherries are looking good. They're red. When we first start the season, we always want to pick the reddest fruit," said Dave Schartner, Schartner's Farm Market Owner.

    Schartner said the warm weather put them ahead of schedule.

    "Three weeks ago, we said the 20th. So, we had to update that, because things just came quicker than expected," he said.

    The cherry season at Schartner's started Friday.

    Denise Murphy and her family are first-time pickers from Indiana.

    "They are exquisite. I don't know if this an exceptional crop. I don't have a frame of reference for it. But to me, it's amazing," said Denise Murphy, Carmel, Indiana.

    Dave Shavlik says he was surprised by what he saw when he came to pick.

    "They are beautiful. A lot of them pretty big, some a little bit small, not a lot of bruising on them."

    Pickers had little trouble filling their pails.

    "We wanted to get an early start, pick some cherries. And they have a pitter. That's a big plus. I like the pitter," said Shavlik.

    The pitter automatically takes the seeds out of the cherries, spitting out the fruit into the container below. Susanne Crowell and her daughter are sold.

    "So much easier. Because taking them out one at a time, for three dollars, to get it all done at once, sweet," said Susanne Crowell, Green Bay.

    Door County is one of the biggest cherry producing regions in the country.

    On average, the 2,500 acres of orchards produce about 8-12 million pounds of fruit each year.


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  • 07/14/18--10:42: Stepping Up To Help Animals
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Thirty dogs, two snakes, a quail, a bearded dragon, a guinea pig, a rooster and a white mouse was found in the Pittsfield home located on Hwy. Y when authorities were called to the home after someone living there had died of natural causes.

    Now those forty animals are in the hands of the Wisconsin Humane Society in Green Bay.

    Angela Speed with the Wisconsin Humane Society said the animals are now being treated for various infections at its Green Bay campus.   She said almost all of them were in horrible condition when they arrived.

    "What we witnessed is that animals were coming out in crates filled with inches of feces. They were suffering from urine scalding on their skin and fur and some have missing limbs and eyes and all are in need of some medical attention," said Speed. "Since last week all of the animals have had exams by our veterinarian department and are being treated for various conditions that they have," she said.

    Speed added in most hoarding situations the person responsible for the animals is suffering from some type of mental illness and this case seems to be no different.   However, the Brown County Sheriffs Department is working with the humane society to see if charges should be filed against the people living at the home.

    In the meantime, all of the animals will remain in the care of the humane society until the investigation is complete.

    The humane society is accepting donations and asking for help to foster these animals.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - After decades with the Green Bay school district, a member of the school board is moving on.

    Christopher Wagner submitted his resignation letter Thursday, nine months short of the end of his third term on the school board.   Wagner tells FOX 11 he is moving to North Carolina to be closer to his grandchildren.

    “My heart is here and part of it will remain here, make no mistake about it,” said Wagner. “I'm not running away from Green Bay. I love Green Bay, but again our grandchildren were a powerful draw.”

    Wagner was the district's special education director for 11 years, then Preble High School's principal for 13 years. After retiring, he was first voted to the school board in 2010.

    Board members are paid $4,800 per year, and receive the money whether they are at meetings or not.

    “There is a lot of work that board members do aside from just attending meetings,” said Brenda Warren, the school board’s president.

    The board has met 19 days this year. Wagner has been excused 10 of them, including five of the past six. It has left some in Green Bay wondering why Wagner's resignation didn't come sooner.

    “I think they became more aware of the fact that he wasn't attending meetings and they were questioning it as they have the right to since they are the people who write our paychecks essentially for us,” said Rhonda Sitnikau, a member of the school board.

    Wagner says he's had two family health situations and was ill himself for one meeting. He says he told the district in May that he would be moving.

    “I said at that point and time to the folks that I can quit now or I can quit maybe as late as September,” said Wagner. “I'll do what I can to fulfill my position. As we've gotten into summer, three weeks ago I decided July would be it.”

    While Wagner wasn't at those meetings, he says he was in constant communication with other school board members.

    “So what I've done is if I see something on the agenda and I have a question about it or what not, I'd let someone know ahead of time,” said Wagner.

    How Wagner will be replaced will be discussed at the board's next meeting, on Monday.

    The board used an application and interview process last year to replace another member who had resigned.

    Wagner's replacement would finish his term, which ends in April.


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  • 07/15/18--14:42: Not Afraid To Get Dirty
  • NEENAH, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Kids of all ages took part in the "Filthy Fun Kids Run" Saturday.

    More than 850 kids from four to 17 took their marks at O'Hauser Park in Neenah.

    The fourth annual event was co-hosted by The Fox Crossing and Neenah Parks and Recreation Departments.

    The course took about one week to set up.

    One parks and rec staff member described the obstacles in the adventure course.

    "We also have some balance beams that they go over, ah things to crawl under. they go through a crick as well where the water is about ankle-ankle deep water and stuff like that so they're gonna get wet, they're gonna get muddy and something we didn't order is the mosquitoes but they're out as well," said Jim Kluge, Neenah Parks and Recreation.

    Each participant received a T-shirt, headband and commemorative medal.

    The kids finished off their run by sliding down a water slide.


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  • 07/15/18--17:22: Business Damaged After Close
  • SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ)- A 24-year-old Grafton man was arrested for the burglary of Jake's Roundabout Steak House.

    Officers received a citizen tip, that the bar was damaged while it was closed.

    Police say the incident resulted in thousands of dollars worth of damage.

     

     


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    MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - A 2-year-old girl suffered life-threatening injuries, and is in serious condition after being hit by a car Sunday evening.

    Manitowoc Police say the child went into the road on North 18th Street.

    The girl was struck by a vehicle that was being operated by a 61-year-old Manitowoc woman.

    The woman was not injured.

     


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  • 07/15/18--22:28: Double Fatal Car Crash
  • SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - Two people were killed in car crash in Sherman.

    The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Officer was called out to the intersection of Highway SS and County Highway I around 6:20 p.m.

    Officers say a car with three people inside was traveling west on SS and did not stop at the stop sign. A truck that was heading South on Highway I, struck the car.

    Two passengers in the car were killed, while the driver suffered severe injuries. The driver of the truck had minor injuries.  

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    DE PERE, WI (WTAQ) - With football season around the corner, St. Norbert's College is rolling out the red carpet for some special visitors.

    Work begins today to get the dorm rooms at the college ready for some special visitors.  Mike Counter, Director of Media Relations at the college says they are once again hosting Packers Training Camp.  "It is the longest relationship between a college and a team in the NFL," Counter said. "It is 61 years this year."  To get ready for the players, the rooms need a little upgrade from their normal condition.  "They will begin fitting 100 custom beds into Victor McCormick Hall."  The beds are larger and have a cooling system in place to add to the comfort.  The college will also feed the players.  "The chefs prepare the food, and the players will make their way up for team meals."  Counter says they take the hospitality role seriously.   "We want to put our best foot forward and do a good job, because like everyone else, we want to see the Packers win the Super Bowl."  The team moves in on July 24th and will move out in Mid-August. 

     


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  • 07/16/18--02:03: Help For Volcano Victims
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The devastation in Guatemala' continues, as villages recover from a deadly volcanic eruption last month.

    A group in Green Bay is working to raise money to help the victims.

    Guatemala's 'El Fuego' volcano erupted in early June.

    Andrea Sandoval tells FOX 11 the explosion killed hundreds of people and left many others without a place to live.

    "The sad thing is that all the destruction, affect the most vulnerable."

    Sandoval moved to Green Bay from Guatemala 10 years ago. Last month's disaster, she says, is one that hits close to home.

    "All those little towns that sometimes don't even have electricity. Or good running water, things like that. They are most affected. I couldn't tell you how difficult is it to rebuild."

    Sandoval, and a group called 'Todos Somos Guatemala', are fundraising to help those affected by the volcanic explosion.

    Sunday, the group hosted an event at the 'Boys and Girls' club in Green Bay.

    "A lot of people wanted to donate clothes and all of those things. But crossing those items through the border is very hard," said Sandoval.

    "So, this is probably the easiest way to get help over there."

    The money raised she says will go to the shelters housing those displaced.

    Sandavol's brother Gabriel was in Guatemala just a week before the eruption.

    "It just hit the whole town, and left kids, literally kids, without families."

    The support of the Green Bay community, he says, will truly make all the difference.

    For information on how you can help click here.


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - An event wanting to bring back positivity to hip-hop culture was held in Appleton on Sunday.

    It was the second year for the "Hip Hop for Humanity."

    It featured various performers from rappers to magicians.

    All of the proceeds were donated to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley.

    The event coordinator, Hector DeJesus, tells FOX 11 it's all about helping the community.

    "So if I got to a venue and be like hey you know would you like to let us do a hip-hop performance here, a lot of people will say no because they think it brings a lot of trouble so we're trying to bring more awareness to hip-hop in a positive way while giving back to the community."

    The group says it hopes to continue to grow and will be back next year for another event.


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    NEENAH, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah held its 44th annual art festival Sunday.

    The free, family-friendly event was open to all ages at Riverside Park.

    It featured tours of the museum, glass exhibits, and a scavenger hunt for kids.

    The event served as a fundraiser for the museum.

    Executive Director Jan Smith tells FOX 11 it's also a way to get new people in the doors.

    "We really want people to know that the museum is for them, creativity is for everybody and that if it provides an outlet for people; all ages, all types-- we want to be there and support that."

    More than 100 volunteers were needed to put the event on And nearly a year went into planning it.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Packer's team revenue has increased from the last fiscal year. Revenue has increased every year since 2003.

    Packer CEO and President Mark Murphy reported the team revenue at $454 million dollars.

    "The fan interest and support of the league and the Packers resulted in another strong performance."

    The team reported a 3.1 percent increase in total revenue, but Murphy pointed out one area that kept that number lower.

    "Our sponsorship and gameday revenue was up, but this was our first non-playoff year since 2008, and that did have an impact on our non-gameday visitation revenue."

    Murphy says the revenue from the Hall of Fame and Stadium tours was down, mostly because of the losing season.

    He said Packer fans are still loyal and ticket sales were not impacted by the team's performance last season. He also said recent controversy with player protests in the NFL did not seem to affect the team directly.

    Overall, the Packers had $420.9 million dollars in expenses. One major difference in the last fiscal year was the relocation of three NFL Teams with the Rams and Chargers moving to Los Angeles and the Raiders announcing a move to Las Vegas.

    "This year for the first time our overall community impact was over $8 million dollars, and we do that through what we call the Packer's Giveback Program."

    The team also has goals to keep attracting people to Green Bay through projects at the Titletown District.

    "I think when you see the plans for the residential area and offices, it is going to be really attractive to millennials and young families," Murphy said.

    As far as what the team does with the profits, Murphy says a lot of it goes right back into the stadium to keep it state-of-the-art.

    "We just started some concourse improvement plan and we anticipate over the next three to four years to have some improvement made to the concourse."


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  • 07/16/18--17:22: Big Decisions To Be Made
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay City Council tackles a number of big-ticket items that make up a lengthy agenda Tuesday.

    The council will debate the need to increase the Mayor's salary by about $12 thousand a year over the next 4 years.

    The council will also consider borrowing $2 million for the proposed Shipyard District, and adopting a $20 wheel tax to help pay for road improvements.


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  • 07/16/18--18:13: Trying To Get Back To Normal
  • SUN PRAIRIE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - It’s been a week since a gas leak caused the Sun Prairie explosion.

    The blast claimed the life of a Captain Cory Barr and leveled a section of Main Street, including some downtown buildings.

    There are a lot of questions that remaining. That includes how a community moves forward, following an incident of this magnitude.   Picking up the pieces in the wake of such a devastating explosion like this hasn’t been easy.

    People have just recently been allowed back into their homes and businesses, but only for a few minutes and just to gather some of their belongings.

    They say they are doing the best they can to return to some semblance of normalcy.

    Salvatore’s Tomato Pies was just one of several businesses affected by the blast and is considered to be in the hot zone.

    "We've been closed since last Tuesday, so there's no income coming in,” Salvatore’s owner and chef Patrick DePula said. “We have 35 employees that are idle right now and, you know, obviously it definitely has an effect on our business and the financial stability of Salvatore's.”

    Up until last Friday, the restaurant owner wasn't able to access his restaurant.

    With no power, he said hundreds of pounds of food he was forced to leave behind when evacuated went to waste. Still, he and his staff felt the need to give back and, through donations, rounded up enough food to cook for first responders after Captain Barr's funeral.

    "In the end, what's really important is life; it's irreplaceable. There's a family in Sun Prairie that's grieving, they are a larger fire department family and emergency services family that's grieving the loss of Captain Barr,” DePula said. “You know, things can be replaced, buildings can be replaced, food can be replaced, items can be replaced, but people cannot."

    City officials and locals said the unintended result of this tragedy was a community really coming together to help one another.

    Bank of Sun Prairie has even established a disaster relief loan with zero-percent interest for six months, just to help owners get back on their feet.

    The city has also been trying to help residents and business owners out as much as possible.

    "We've actually had a business [meeting] with all the affected business owners down at city hall last Friday, just to kind of give them information on what we've got available, updates on the project, making sure they've got the right utility contacts for information, those types of...kind of real basic types of things," Sun Prairie director of economic development Neil Stechschulte said.

    The director said an effort to move funds around in the budget and discussions about what will replace the damaged buildings are also in the works.

    And while people in the city say things may never get back to how they were before the explosion, it has proven that the area and its people are “Sun Prairie Strong.”


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  • 07/16/18--18:15: Bodies Found In Home
  • KIMBERLY, WI (WTAQ) - A man and woman were both found dead inside a Kimberly home Friday evening.

    The Fox Valley Metro Police Department responded to a home on North John Street and found the bodies.

    Officers say the public is not in any danger, but as the investigation continues, police presence also continued at the home over the weekend.


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