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Northeast Wisconsin's local news coverage.

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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The stage is being set for the Packers Experience, a major exhibit of memorabilia and interactive displays, set to begin Thursday and coinciding with the start of Packers training camp.

    It's part of a 4 day festival in honor of the Packers 100 seasons.

    "my personal favorite is the player with 17 jerseys set and really it showcases the decades of the Green Bay Packers."

    But Kandi Goltz, Packers manager of game presentations, says it's more than just museum pieces.

    "We have a lot of activities for kids to throw footballs, to tackle some dummies."

    Goltz says the display is similar to the NFL fan festival you see at the Super Bowl or the NFL Draft.

    "we've Packerized everything. It's free, open to the public."

    Exhibits and activities will be in the Lambeau Field parking lots and in the Titletown District.


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Police are investigating the origin of a piece of metal that went through the windshield of a vehicle and struck a woman in the head. 

    Officers were dispatched to the scene around 4:30 p.m Saturday afternoon

     Appleton police say it happened just before the vehicle approached the intersection of E. Calumet Street and S. Schaefer Street.

    Officers on scene found a large piece of metal in the roadway that appeared to be from a vehicle.

    A 32-year-old female was injured in the incident. Police describe the woman's injuries as life-threatening.

    The source of the metal is under investigation, but police say the incident does not appear to be intentional.

     


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  • 07/23/18--17:22: Unexpected Road Closure
  • TWO RIVERS, WI (WTAQ) - A portion of Hwy. 42 in Two Rivers is expected to be closed until Tuesday afternoon.

    The stretch of roadway is closing due to a collapsed storm sewer line.

    The State Department of Transportation is advising drivers to take alternate routes if possible and to expect delays throughout the area. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - EAA Airventure is making for cluttered skies above Oshkosh, but surrounding airports are seeing their runways packed as well.

    Local airports, such as Austin Straubel in Green Bay, are seeing increased traffic says GRB Airport Director Marty Piette.

    "And this year, 2018, has probably been the busiest year we've seen in probably 3 or 4 years in terms of aircraft coming in," according to Piette.

    This can be attributed to the number of pilots that simply don't want to deal with the hectic skies of Oshkosh.

    "A lot of pilots simply don't want to deal with the hassle of flying into Oshkosh. It's incredibly busy, and they would rather go to surrounding airports and drive."

    But it's not just Green Bay that's busy. 

    "Biggest arrival day in history," remarked Appleton International Airport spokesperson Pat Tracey.

    100 volunteers are helping out at Appleton International Airport, which is also seeing an increase in traffic.

    "It's all-hands-on-deck. We have summer help that comes in," explained Tracey. "We have 100 volunteers that come out and direct the aircraft and service the aircraft." 

    Appleton International Airport has started offering additional grass parking spaces and even offers camping spots. 


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    KAUKAUNA, WI (WTAQ) - A Finnish company has purchased two paper mills in Northeast Wisconsin.

    Ahlstrom-Munksjö, which is a global leader in fiber-based materials, announced Monday they have purchased all shares of Expera.

    They own the Thilmany Mill in Kaukauna and the Nicolet Mill in De Pere. It also has mills in Mosinee and Rhinelander and employs about 1,800 people.

    "The sale of Expera signals a likely long-term presence of pulp and paper jobs in communities beyond Outagamie County such as Rhinelander, Mosinee, and DePere," said Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson in a recent press release. 


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  • 07/23/18--17:51: Bar Fight Leads To Injury
  • MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - A woman received serious injuries from a fight at a Manitowoc bar over the weekend.

    Police are searching to identify a man that was involved in the altercation Saturday at Revolutions Bar & Grill on York Street.

    Police say the suspect is in his mid-20's, wearing blue jeans, a white-hooded sweatshirt and a blue baseball cap that reads "Three Olives Vodka.".

    The suspect is in his mid-20s and if. 


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  • 07/23/18--17:54: Pause Before You Post
  • APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Some mistakes can haunt you for years, and that is especially true with social media.

    That message was once again brought up after Brewer pitcher Josh Hader was questioned about offensive tweets that he made years ago, and at the High School level, it is becoming a bigger concern all the time.

    Probably 90 to 95 percent of the stuff coming to my office is dealing with social media."

    Nate Werner, Activities/Athletic Director at Appleton North High School says he has to remind athletes and parents about both current and future consequences.

    "I cover the use of it and how it can affect team chemistry if not used correctly."

    He says it does not stop there, and social media posts can be really harmful to those hoping to play sports in college.

    "Coaches are looking at this. The first thing they do is google you when they are looking at recruiting you and seeing if they can get access to seeing what things you are posting."

    As proven with the recent situation involving Josh Hader, once it is out there, it does not go away.

    "They always say the internet is written in pen and not pencil, pause before you post," Werner added.

     

     

     


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  • 07/23/18--18:01: Watching For Airplanes
  • OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - One of the bigger sometimes overlooked jobs at EAA is air traffic control.

    Those who work it, call it the Superbowl of air traffic.

    At times this week, the Federal Aviation Administration's traffic control tower at Wittman Field sees more traffic in just a few hours than O'Hare in Chicago, Ill. sees in a full day.

     About 10,000 planes of all types fly in for the EAA AirVenture. That's why, during this week, the Oshkosh control tower is coined the "World's Busiest Air Traffic Control Tower."

    "It has nine people working just the one runway, which in our normal world; our normal everyday jobs at the towers we work at, it takes normally only one person to do," AirVenture traffic control manager Tim Fitzgerald said.

    There are 65 controllers, 18 supervisors and three operations managers from multiple FFA air traffic facilities. They are among the most qualified traffic control operators in the country and have been chosen to hold down the tower.

    "We have 16 teams of four controllers that all come up here, so there is a whole bunch of us, but that's how we keep it safe," Fitzgerald said.

    This time last year, Chicago O'Hare saw about 2,500 flights in a 24-hour period, Oshkosh had almost 2,300 in just 10 hours.

    One thing that is different in Oshkosh, though, is that everything, for the most part, is done by just looking out the window and visually spotting an aircraft.

    "You see the controllers up here with the binoculars up to their eyes just looking for the airplanes and looking to identify them just by what they look like, or what color they are, ‘Is it a high wing or is a low wing?’ That kind of stuff,” Fitzgerald said.

    The air traffic control manager said he tells his employees that this week is the hardest they'll ever work, but also the most fun they'll probably ever have.

    The FAA has staffed a tower at the fly-in since the '60s when the event was still in Rockford, Ill.


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - In a unanimous vote Monday night, the Appleton School District decided to adopt Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a school holiday.

    This means neither students nor staff will be at school on the third Monday of January anymore.

    "The current policy allows for a parent to call their child out of school and they will be given an excused absence, but it's still nonetheless an absence," said Rev. Alvin Dupree of Family First Ministries.

    Dupree is also a member of the school board. He tells FOX 11 he's speaking as an individual and not a representative of the board.

    "The school district was not doing a good job observing this in the school, although that's what was presented, it really wasn't what was taking place in the schools."

    Superintendent, Judy Baseman told FOX 11, that when classes would be held on the federal holiday, students would do activities in the classroom to recognize the life and legacy of King

    "So rather than sending the kids out of the community or the day of, we felt, at the time, that it was more meaningful to have the kids engage in school activities."

    Baseman said, sometimes students may not fully understand why they have a day off school.

    Baseman said the school will use the weeks leading up to the holiday to help students understand King's work.

    "This piece of recognizing it as a national holiday, not only for our students or staff, sends a message to our community that we really value that recognition as a school district."

    Dupree told FOX 11, recognizing the holiday, which next year will be January 21st, will hopefully bring more opportunity for community members to observe it in the Appleton area.

    "So that families do not feel the need to travel to Milwaukee or Chicago."

    The board also voted to revise the 2018-2019 school calendar.

    The district's records day lands on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Students don't have school on records day, so teachers can do report cards. The board voted to move records day, so both staff and students can observe MLK Jr. day.

    The district will work collaboratively with the MLK community and other key partners to determine how all students in the Appleton Area School District can engage meaningfully in this Day of Service, but also engage throughout the months leading up to MLK Community Day of Service, learning about the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., through relevant, age-appropriate learning opportunities.


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  • 07/24/18--02:03: Bucket List Wish Fulfilled
  • SUAMICO, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A trip down the zip line at the NEW Zoo in Suamico is a popular outing for many people, but imagine doing this when you're 70, or even 80 years old.

    Four area seniors were able to not only make it down the line but check this adventure off their bucket list.

    Zipline experts got the group strapped in and ready to go Monday morning.

    Marge Willis tells FOX 11, she was a little nervous.

    "We're all going to give it a shot. Well, we're thinking just bring us back in one piece."

    Marly Divver has ziplined before.

    "It's neat. It's fun, it's exhilarating."

    The foursome lives at Touchmark retirement Community in Fox Crossing.

    Annie Vlach is Touchmark Life Enrichment Director.

    "This was their idea. Marly Divver, one of our residents at Touchmark had the idea, and she helped us recruit some other residents who also apparently had this on their bucket list. So, we're all about making bucket list dreams come true."

    The group made its way to the top the 50-foot tower. There were some final instructions.

    "Three, two one, go!" shouted one instructor.

    Divver was the first to step off. She spun to the right, then recovered to the left, reaching speeds of 25-35 miles per hour.

    "What a lot of fun I was having"

    After about 30 seconds. the 1,000-foot long trip was over. Automatic brakes brought the zipliners to a stop on the tower below.

    Divver says she's glad she made the trip.

    "I am. I hope they are."

    Bill Geenen tells FOX 11....

    "It's been on my bucket list for a long time. And it's the first opportunity I had, so it was fun."

    "Yeah, I could do it again. I don't know why I would need to, but I could do it again," said Willis.

    After the zip lining, the four seniors visited the animals at the zoo and then had lunch before heading back to Fox Crossing.


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  • 07/24/18--02:06: House Fire Leaves 3 Homeless
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay Metro Fire reporting three people have been displaced after a house fire.

    Fire crews were called to the 1100 block of 12th Avenue last night and found a grease fire had started in the kitchen.

    Everyone in the home was able to get out safely.

    The fire reached into the cabinets and ceiling, causing $30,000 in damages.

    No one was injured in the fire.

    Green Bay Metro Fire reminds everyone to be cautious when cooking with hot oil.


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    OCONTO, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A convenience store clerk allegedly stole $68,365 worth of lottery tickets from the store she worked at.

    60-year-old Linda Elliott faces six counts of theft in a business setting.

    She was released on a signature bond after a court appearance earlier this month. She returns to court August 27th for a preliminary hearing.

    According to the criminal complaint, the owner of the Fastop in Oconto Falls noticed his books weren’t balanced, due to issues with the lottery tickets.

    According to the criminal complaint, upon initial questioning by police, Elliott said she paid for the tickets she took, including a $10,000 winner.

    Eventually, however, she said “Fine, you want the truth? I did it. I took the tickets.”

    “Linda said that she didn’t really think she was taking it directly from (the store’s owner). Linda said everyone else has nice things and she thought she should be able to have nice things too.”

    Each count covers a different time period for the thefts, between April 1st, 2016, and February 3rd, 2017.


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    DE PERE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A group of people is being thanked for their quick response when a fellow employee went into cardiac arrest.

    Five employees from Fincantieri Marine Group received the American Heart Association Heartsaver Hero Award Monday at the company's De Pere office.

    Employee Tracy Ramcheck went into cardiac arrest.

    Barb Willems, Adam Grant, Ryan Batten, Tracy Weyenberg and Katie Jennings then jumped into action.

    From calling 911 to administering CPR and applying a defibrillator, to keeping Ramcheck comfortable, each had a hand in a life-saving effort that paid off.

    Ramcheck tells FOX 11 she doesn't remember anything from the time she said she felt dizzy to waking up in an ambulance.

    "It is a great feeling to have such co-workers that are trained with bravery and courage to utilize the training. I'm so thankful that our company has AED's. I want to get my story spread to get AED's in public places."

    The American Heart Association says there are 350,000 cardiac arrests outside of hospitals each year, and that 10,000 of them happen in the workplace.


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    FOX CROSSING (WTAQ) - The Cold Spring facility of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation may not be closing after all.

    The plant was originally planned to be one of two Fox Valley locations the company was closing, but a tax incentive package may allow the company to consider staying open.

    Also, a ratified labor agreement by the United Steelworkers on Monday night should better allow the company to meet some of their challenges. 

    The possibility of the Cold Springs facility remaining open is not expected to change any plans to close the Neenah Nonwovens facility.

    Kimberly-Clark is the third-largest employer in the Fox Valley and they would retain that position even with the loss of more than 500 jobs. 


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    Green Bay Packaging is continuing the $500 million process of replacing their 71-year-old mill as they have chosen Voith Paper in Appleton to construct and install its new modernized paper machine.

    Once the updated machine is complete, Green Bay's paper production will increase to more than 700 companies Green Bay Packaging works with.

     

    The new mill is going to be the largest economic development project in Brown County's history.

    The construction of the new mill will keep more than 1,100 jobs in the area. 

    Construction is ready to begin in September, with the opening set for 2021. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The annual Packers shareholders meeting will be tomorrow evening at Lambeau Field, but this year with a few changes.

    The shareholders are going to be seated on the west side of the field and there will be a special DC-3 flyover to start the meeting. 

    The flyover not only will serve as an exciting start to the event but will commemorate the Packers being the first franchise to fly to a road game. Green Bay accomplished that in 1940 when the team flew to New York to face the Giants. 

    This week will feature various festivities to celebrate the Packers 100th season. 


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    DE PERE, WI (WTAQ) - It truly is a tradition unlike any other.

    Every summer the start of Green Bay Packers training camp is signaled by players arriving at the dorms at St. Norbert College. 

    This is exactly what happened Tuesday afternoon as players arrived in De Pere in all different styles, but none quite like Ty Montgomery. 

    Montgomery pulled-in riding a Polaris Slingshot three-wheeled roadster, which he called his toy for the summer.

    Training camp begins on Thursday morning and festivities will be ongoing throughout the week to celebrate the Packers 100th season.

    Green Bay is looking to rebound from a disappointing previous season in which they missed the postseason for the first time since 2008. 

     


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was in Appleton to see first hand how education can lead to a bright future.

    "This administration and our President are very supportive of supporting multiple options and pathways for students to pursue their education and their learning beyond High School."

    Fox Valley Technical College's Public Safety Program is an example of that,  merging classroom leaders with reality-based hands-on training.  

    "The goal is to highlight these kinds of opportunities and encourage more communities and more regions to adopt these sorts of opportunities for the students in their areas."  

    Secretary DeVos says she supports having multiple pathways for students to pursue learning beyond High School.  

    She says Wisconsin is a good example of what that learning can lead too.  

    "Jobs that require some level of education beyond High School. Right here in Wisconsin, there are many of these kinds of opportunities, and they continue to grow."  

    She pointed to FoxConn as an example of future job opportunities.  

    While in Wisconsin, the Secretary also paid a visit to Adam's Friendship Middle School Tuesday.  

    "We know that there are best practices and we want to highlight those and encourage other districts to adopt them."    

    She says the district is paving the way for safety procedures in school.  

    "This district has introduced comprehensive behavioral health services and programming into the whole system, and we want to see how they do that and what they have learned."

    The event included a building tour and roundtable discussion.   

    Secretary DeVos made her comments on the WTAQ Morning News with Matt and Earl.   You can find the complete discussion here.     


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  • 07/24/18--17:08: Fire in Downtown Green Bay
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - What started as a dumpster fire quickly escalated into a more serious issue Tuesday afternoon as flames reached the lower levels of the Monroe Plaza building.

    Everyone inside the building was forced to evacuate or move to another area of the building.

    One person has been brought to the hospital to receive treatment due to smoke inhalation. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Those looking to provide services to help the construction and operation of FoxConn will have the opportunity to attend an information session today in Green Bay.

    The meeting will be held at NWTC on West Mason Street from 1:30 to 3:00.

    Mark Maley with Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation says it is the start of FoxConn fulfilling their promise for a "Wisconsin First" approach and many jobs are available. 

    "Any company that really thinks they can contribute to the FoxConn construction project should take an hour and a half to see what this is all about."

    Maley says that includes many types of businesses.

    "Potential vendor or let's say you are a supplier for parts of a building or for asphalt, even legal services. The door is wide open."

    He says the project is in Phase 1, and soon, many Wisconsin businesses will have the opportunity to bid for a job.

    "Our hope for this is to see that kind of transformation experience as a result of FoxConn.  

    An update on the construction schedule with and timeline for the next 12 months will be presented.   

    "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for Wisconsin businesses and Wisconsin residents."  


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