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Ex-mayor of Duluth, Superior gets jail for third drunken driving offense

Forum News Service

MADISON, Wis. -- Herb Bergson, former mayor of Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., is headed back to jail for another 20 days after pleading guilty to his third operating while intoxicated offense in Wisconsin.

Bergson, 57, of Waunakee, Wis., pleaded guilty Monday to his third OWI, a misdemeanor offense, in Dane County Circuit Court. Under the terms of a plea agreement, he was sentenced to serve 20 days in the county jail.

Judge John Markson stayed a one-year jail sentence for two years of probation, which includes serving the 20 days, remaining sober and successfully completing OWI Treatment Court. Bergson also was ordered to pay a $1,872 fine and had his license revoked for three years.

Bergson got his first OWI after crashing into a bridge near Spooner, Wis., on Dec. 9, 2005, while he was serving as Duluth’s mayor. Last November, he was found guilty of his second offense by a Sauk County jury and served a 22-day jail sentence earlier this year.