At least 121 seasonal and year-round homes around several lakes in Douglas County have been affected.
A recent study says erosion and runoff are hurting wetland systems in the Lake Superior basin, and its authors believe that it's making northern Wisconsin more vulnerable to flood damage.
A new study on ballast water discharge has found Great Lakes ships are moving non-native species from the lower lakes to western Lake Superior. Study authors say the research provides clear evidence of the transport of organisms through ships' ballast water tanks while the shipping industry contends more research is needed to better understand the potential impacts of their movement.
Douglas County Health and Human Services received a $75,000 grant for opioid treatment.
Environmental monitoring continued after an explosion and series of fires at Husky Energy's oil refinery caused a temporary evacuation Thursday. Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the company continue to monitor air and water quality around the refinery. So far, there appear to be no health concerns associated with the incident. As the community recovers, questions are mounting over the refinery's use of hydrogen fluoride, a highly toxic chemical.
The Ashland School District is reinstating a teacher who was suspended after making controversial social media posts about the shooting of 14-year-old Jason Pero last month, according to an announcement Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin. The Bad River teen was shot and killed by an Ashland County sheriff's deputy on Nov. 8. The shooting is still under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
Wisconsin is seeing a growing income gap between its top-earners and the average worker, according to a report released earlier this month from the Wisconsin Budget Project and the Center on Wisconsin Strategy in Madison. The richest 1 percent in Wisconsin made — on average — 19 times as much as everyone else in 2014, said Laura Dresser, associate director for the strategy center. Most people in Wisconsin made less than $50,000 a year on average, while the top 1 percent brought in around $933,000 each year.
Districts are improvising while lawmakers continue to hammer out the next two-year state budget.
Some sports fishermen on Lake Superior won't be able to hook another lake trout this summer. The season is ending early around the Apostle Islands region because anglers have already reached their quota of 9,800 fish. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has limited anglers' catch there in recent years to help the population rebound. Lake trout numbers have been declining for roughly the last decade, said Brad Ray, senior fisheries biologist for Lake Superior.
Demand for the wood is high to satisfy buyers looking to spruce up their home décor.