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Northeast Wisconsin's local news coverage.

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    DE PERE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The state DNR says it's working with the owner of an area dairy farm to get a manure spill under control.

    It happened Thursday afternoon at New Horizon Dairy in De Pere, near Wrightstown off Fair Road west of State 57.

    Officials say the weather conditions have been challenging, between warming temps and some melting snow.

    It's estimated 60,000 gallons of manure-contaminated water has been collected by vacuum trucks.

    DNR officials say the contaminated water is pouring into an unnamed stream along the east and south sides of the field and into a ditch on the north side of the field.

    The farmer has followed DNR protocol by immediately notifying the agency of the spill and implementing control measures.


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    DOOR COUNTY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Plans to install an electrical cable from Northern Door County to Washington Island are on hold for now, after windy weather on the water Thursday.

    The $3.4 million dollar project calls for a new cable to run from the mainland, underwater to Plum Island.

    The wire will cross Plum Island underground, and then will continue underwater, eventually hooking up with Washington Island to the north.

    Under the first phase of the plan, a 200-foot barge will stop at Plum Island to secure one of the cables near the Lighthouse. It will return to the mainland, unwinding 1.6 miles of electrical cable along the way.

    The line will settle more than 100 feet to the bottom of Death's Door Passage.

    "We did a test run, we set up divers, and got everything ready to go. And then the waves picked up and it was too rough to put it across," said Don Sarter, Roen Salvage Company.

    The new cable will replace the current system, which failed this past summer.

    For days, the Washington Island Electric Cooperative used generators to provide electricity.

    The old wire was repaired, but fearing more problems, co-op manager Robert Cornell tells FOX 11 they're moving quickly to replace the 37-year old cable before the weather gets worse.

    "We take it as it comes. We've been taking it as it comes since the cable failed in June, so we'll live with what happens."

    The state declared the situation a disaster area in July, but as of yet, no money has arrived. Cornell says its customers are preparing for higher rates.

    "Probably $20 a month. It's $31 a month as a base charge, so it will rise to $51 a month.".

    Officials say they will try again today.

    Customers, like Joel Gunnlaugsson, tells FOX 11 the completed project will be worth the delay.

    "This is epic. This is monumental. And it's going to hopefully carry the island well beyond my lifetime."

    Time is ticking on the project. Officials say they may only have a week or two to get the work done before winter weather will force them to wait until spring.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - It was a long road to recovery for the two Bald Eagles released Thursday, after being treated at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary since the summer.

    So far in 2018, the sanctuary has rehabilitated over 5,900 wildlife animals-- the highest number they're ever seen.

    "These are eagles that have been with us for the last few months and both had wing injuries and brought in by the public," said Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary curator Lori Bankson.

    "We take in these animals, evaluate them, give them the treatment they need, and work with our local veterinarians to get them to this release date."

    Treating Bald Eagles is especially important, given they're considered a protected species.

    Bankson tells FOX 11 they were removed from the federal endangered species list back in August of 2007.

    "Thanks to the public working together, we were able to bring those populations back. We are actually at levels we have never seen before for the number of occupied nests in Wisconsin."

    In 2017 there were 1,590 occupied Bald Eagles Nests throughout the state, with more than 100 in Northeast Wisconsin.

    Making sure these majestic birds stick around is why the sanctuary opened their eagle release to the public, hoping it will encourage people to be good stewards of the wildlife around them.

    "Green Bay is actually a hot spot for Bald Eagles, coming in and fishing on the bay and just making wildlife better a lot more," Bankson said.

    The Bald Eagle has been the national bird of the United States since 1782, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services estimates there are about 70,000 bald eagles in the country.


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Breweries in the Fox Valley are making a difference for people impacted by wildfires in Northern California.

    The Resilience Butte County Proud IPA is now available in the Fox Valley and Green Bay with all funds going to help benefit the Camp Fire relief efforts.

    Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California asked breweries across the country to make the beer to help victims of the wildfire.

    The Stone Arch Brewpub, McFleshman's Brewing Company, and Appleton Beer Factory came together to brew the special beer.

    Stone Arch Brewpub head brewer Josh Green tells FOX 11 the brew will be available for a limited time.

    "We'll be running it until it's gone. We produced about 15 barrels worth, which is about 30 half barrels or so. So we kind of split it throughout the three breweries and we all got a little bit. So once it's gone, it's gone. But it's all going towards a good cause."

    Brewers in Green Bay are also making the IPA.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The Red Cross is assisting a Green Bay family after a duplex fire.

    The fire happened this morning (FRI) in the 1500 block of Beech Tree Drive on the city's west side.

    Five adults and two children were able to make it out of the home safely.

    Crews on scene say while they were spraying water inside the home, drywall fell from the ceiling.

    No one was injured while fighting the fire.

    Officials estimate the fire caused about $100,000 in damage and investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.


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    MADISON, WI (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be in Green Bay this afternoon, where he plans to sign off on a package of Republican-authored bills that Democrats say weaken the powers of the incoming Governor and Attorney General.

    Those bills, which also include restrictions on early voting, came out of a recent 'lame duck' session of the legislature.

    Walker has spoken about his support for the bills and downplayed Democrat objections that they're a power grab.

    Walker has also said he intends to make some partial vetoes, but without giving specifics.

    The measures give Republicans control of the state jobs creation agency and block Governor-Elect Tony Evers from withdrawing Wisconsin from a multistate lawsuit that challenges the Affordable Care Act.

    They also prevent Evers from seeking to withdraw a federal waiver allowing the state to force Medicaid recipients to work to receive benefits.


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - The unofficial mayor of Ashwaubenon has left the building....or at least the Village.

    Ashwaubenon Public Safety says Smoke the wild turkey, who gained national media fame by roaming the streets of the village for months, was safely captured by USDA wildlife biologists earlier today (Friday).

    Ashwaubenon Public safety says Smoke was captured humanely and was not injured.

    The USDA, in cooperation with the local DNR, have also informed Ashwaubenon Public Safety they'll be relocating Smoke to anundisclosed wildlife area to allow him to live freely in the wild with other turkeys.

    In recent weeks Smoke was captured on video chasing cars, kids, and even being hit by a car.


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    TWO RIVERS, WI (WTAQ) - Two Rivers Police are saying that a man was arrested Friday afternoon for robbing an area bar.

    The incident happened around noon at Berserker's Tavern at 1811 19th St.

    Police say that a man stole money and ran away while the bartender was distracted. The man was later located and taken into custody. All the money was recovered.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Outgoing Governor Scott Walker put pen to paper taking action on three extraordinary session bills on Friday at the State Office Building in Green Bay.

    The three bills are now acts as the Governor gave his signature to authorize Senate Bills 883, 884, and 886, which include restrictions on early voting and many have claimed seriously restricts executive authority.

    He repeatedly downplayed that narrative on Friday.

    “Despite all the hype and hysteria out there, these bills do nothing to fundamentally diminish executive authority,” Governor Walker said. “The bottom line is the new governor will continue to be one of the most powerful chief executives in the country. This includes veto and line-item veto powers; appointing members of the cabinet and other government posts including judges, district attorneys, and sheriffs; broad executive order authority; administrative rule authority; issuing a state budget proposal; and more.

    Those bills came out of a recent 'lame duck' session of the legislature.

    The bill Walker signed would limit early voting to no more than two weeks before an election.

    Walker had previously hinted at making some partial vetoes, but ultimately signed the three bills in the entirety. 

    The measures give Republicans control of the state jobs creation agency and block Governor-Elect Tony Evers from withdrawing Wisconsin from a multistate lawsuit that challenges the Affordable Care Act.

    They also prevent Evers from seeking to withdraw a federal waiver allowing the state to force Medicaid recipients to work to receive benefits.

    A common thread out of Friday's signing was Walker's repeated assurance that the signed bills will not restrict executive authority to the extent that many critics have claimed it will.

    "I look at the things here and I go beyond the headlines, beyond the editorials, and actually look substantially at what's there, and the substance of what's there doesn't match the rhetoric we hear attacking it," he says.

    Walker spoke in front of a graphic board that highlighted the shared powers between his administration and the soon-to-be Evers administration.

    "All the major executive authorities that I had [starting] January 3, 2011, remain intact," he explains. "Again a lot of hysteria nationally, but it doesn't fundamentally take away from it."

    He also addressed criticism regarding the fact that the bills are being signed towards the very end of his tenure.

    "I don't stop, even though the media treats an election as though that's the end of a term, it's not," explains Walker. "I'm the governor of the state of Wisconsin until Tony Evers takes the oath of office on January 7 of 2019."

    Governor Walker also spoke briefly regarding his next step. He says he's had plenty of opportunities to go to Washington, but he plans on remaining in Wisconsin with his family. He claims he wouldn't sign anything that hurts the state going forward.

    "I want Wisconsin to do well," he explains. "I want Tony Evers to be successful, I want the legislature to be successful, I just want to make sure there's a balance going forward."


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    TOWN OF ABRAMS- A teenage girl was killed and two others injured in a Friday evening traffic crash in the Town of Abrams.

    Oconto County Sheriff's Office responded to Sampson Road around 7:19 p.m. after a vehicle lost control and entered a ditch, striking two trees.

    The driver, an 18-year-old male from Sobieski was ejected, along with a 17-year-old male passenger from Oconto Falls.

    A 14-year-old female passenger from Abrams was pronounced deceased at the scene.

    Officials say speed appears to be a factor.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Hotel Northland still isn't open, but the public will get to look inside for the first time next week.

    Poke the Bear Bar and Restaurant will open inside the Northland next Wednesday.

    “It's our take on a sports bar,” said John Williams, general manager of Hotel Northland. “Our twist on this is we wanted to dedicate it to the fans., particularly to the 100-year fans of the Green Bay Packers.”

    Williams says people who ask for a tour will be able to see parts of the hotel when Poke the Bear opens. Those parts include a guest room, the Crystal Room, and meeting and function space.

    There is added interest in this project because it has been a top priority of city officials for the last five years.

    Construction on the 94-year-old building started back in December 2015. Renovation work stopped for nearly a year, mostly last year, because of financial problems.

    On the brink of opening, Williams says the hotel needs to be perfect before guests will be staying overnight.

    “The lipstick hasn't been applied yet,” said Williams.

    Accessories haven't been added to the lobby and guest rooms are still missing furniture.

    “There are a few things that are missing and until it's right, we're not going to open,” said Williams.

    “So how many of the 160 rooms right now would be ready for use?” asked FOX 11.

    “It doesn't matter and here is why: in the Marriott specifications and the Marriott guidelines, a floor has to be 100 percent completion,” said Williams.

    “If I were the GM, it would've opened, but they're very particular about the artwork and making sure everything is picture perfect,” said Jim Schmitt, Green Bay’s mayor.

    Since work on the hotel restarted late last year, the city has been saying the hotel has to open by the end of this year to receive federal and state tax credits. The city says the project will still receive $14 million in tax credits because it has been granted its certificate of occupancy.

    “It's going to open,” said Schmitt. “I don't have a date certain. If I did, everyone would know it.”

    According to Marriott's website, the Northland will open in February. Williams says it will open no later than March 15th.

    “Until it's right, we're not going to be ready,” said Williams.

    Williams says once Marriott sets an opening date for a hotel, a 21-day process begins. That includes computer systems going online and training employees.


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    CHICAGO, IL (WSAU) - The Chicago Bears clinched their first NFC North Division title since 2010 Sunday via a 24-17 win over the Green Bay Packers Sunday.

    In the win, the Bears managed to keep Aaron Rodgers in check as the Packers QB threw his first interception since Week 4 against Buffalo. Rodgers finished the contest 25-42 for 274 yards and no touchdowns. Jamaal Williams provided the lone offensive TD for the Packers with a 10-yard scamper in the third quarter.

    A two-point conversion from Rodgers to Davante Adams tied the score at 14 for the moment before the Bears would run off 10 straight points to put the game out of reach.

    Williams finished with 12 carries for 55 yards and one score. Adams was the leading receiver for the Packers with 8 catches on 13 targets for 119 yards.

    Bears QB Mitch Trubisky eliminated any doubts about his health early in the game by engineering a 9 play, 60-yard drive late in the first quarter that ended with a 9-yard run from Jordan Howard to give Chicago an early 7-0 lead. Trubisky finished the game with two touchdown passes to Tarik Cohen and Trey Burton.

    Mason Crosby added three field goals for the Packers in the loss.

    Green Bay falls to 5-8-1 on the season while the Bears are now 10-4. If the playoffs started today Chicago would be the 3rd seed in the NFC.

    The Packers travel to the New York Jets next Sunday, the Bears head west to take on the floundering San Francisco 49ers.


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    TOWN OF KAUKAUNA, WI (WTAQ) - A crash Saturday night resulted in a pair of non-life threatening injuries. 

    Multiple agencies responded to the overpass of I-41 and County Highway U north of Wrightstown around 6:45 p.m.

    Several vehicles were involved in the crash.

    Authorities are investigating the cause.


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  • 12/16/18--06:30: Special Wreath Laying
  • KING, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - As part of a national effort to help honor those who served, a Waupaca teen got a special Christmas gift Saturday.

    Chloe Heisler and her family, joined veterans and community members, at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

    They laid wreaths for veterans as part of national "Wreaths Across America Day."

    Heiser raised money to help buy the wreaths.

    She said she was happy to see all of the people come out and help the veterans.

    "I didn't think that there would be this many people, honestly. Last year, it was a really bad snowstorm, so not a lot of people showed up, so this is fantastic," said Chloe Heisler.

    This year, Heisler said that she helped raise about $2,000 for wreaths.

    In the four years of the event, they raised enough money to lay wreaths on all 7,274 graves.


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    MARINETTE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A second Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), this year, was christened and launched Saturday at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine.

    A hit of a bottle and a splash into the Menominee River celebrates the future USS St. Louis and its transition from construction to the testing phase.

    "This particular ship can get across the water easily and get in those other waters that may be where we need people to be," explained U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri.

    It'll also be the 7th vessel to bear the name St. Louis in honor of the city and its legacy.

    The future USS St. Louis is the 10th freedom-variant ship built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine; Lockheed Martin's vice president, Joe DePietro said there's many more to come.

    "Obviously we have through LCS 29; (It's) already awarded to us so, we have a backlog of LCS's," said DePietro. 

    Lockheed Martin, which is the contractor that hired Marinette Marine, said production flow is running at its highest efficiency.

    "We have been able to take three ships through acceptance trial, we delivered two ships, we launched our second ship today and started construction on two additional ships," DePietro explained.

    Lockheed Martin's vice president said there's currently 7 ships in various stages of production and test at Marinette Marine.

     "And of course we look for more opportunity to build more ships into that profile," added DePietro. 

    But for now, he said LCS 19 and her crew will do the St. Louis legacy proud.


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    TOWN OF MORGAN, WI (WTAQ) - A 57-year-old Oconto Falls man has died after a crash Saturday evening on County Highway E. 

    Officials say the man was driving an SUV and crossed the centerline, hitting a pickup truck. 

    The driver of the truck, a 47-year-old Sobieski man was treated for injuries and released at the scene. 

    The cause of the crash is unknown, but officials have ruled out speed and alcohol.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The body of a male found Saturday afternoon, has prompted a suspicious death investigation.

    Green Bay Police say they received a call just before 3:00 p.m and were called to the scene on the 200 block of South Webster Avenue. 

    Officials say that was where they found the body. 

    Police say they do not consider the public in any danger and are continuing to investigate. 

    Anyone with information is urged to contact the Green Bay Police Department.

    You can call police at 920-448-3200. If you'd like to remain anonymous, you can call 920-432-7867.


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    GREEN BAY. WI (WTAQ) - Fire officials in Green Bay say a fire in a wood stove caused a house fire Sunday morning.

    Green Bay Metro Fire Department was called to the scene of a house fire on the 1100 block of Harvey Street around 6:00 a.m. 

    Crews were on scene for about two hours and were eventually able to put out the fire.

    The fire mostly damaged the garage and the roof.

    No injuries were reported.

    The Green Bay Metro Fire Department would like to remind everyone to use extreme caution with open flame heating devices and to make sure all the components are clean and in good repair and working order.

    No one was injured in the fire.


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  • 12/16/18--17:00: Busy Day In Winnebago County
  • WINNEBAGO COUNTY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A vehicle crash and plane crash was part of a busy day for Winnebago County Sheriff's Office Sunday.

    Sheriff Officials responded to a crash on Highway 10 at I-41 south around Noon.

    An SUV had to be lifted over the guardrail by a tow truck. Sheriff officials say the crash was a result of winter driving.

    Nobody was injured.

    Hours later, the Sheriff's Department responded to a plane crash.

    No details of the crash were given, other than that "everyone is OK."

     


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    SEYMOUR, WI (WTAQ) - A 23-year-old man was stabbed after a disturbance at a home in Seymour on Saturday.

    Sheriff Officials were called to a home on County Road Y.

    Outagamie County Sheriff's Department says 20-year-old Ignacio Bautista Cruz was arrested shortly after the incident.

    Bautista Cruz has not been charged, but could face first-degree recklessly endangering and aggravated battery charges.

    The man who was stabbed was taken to the hospital and released. 

    Sheriff Officials say they expect him to be okay.


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