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The fate of a summer swimming hole hangs in the balance at a special board meeting in the town of Gordon next week. The Finstad Bridge, which spans the Eau Claire River, was slated for sale following the town's 2007 annual meeting. Those attending voted 21-4 to sell or give away the wooden bridge to a local property owner, according to meeting minutes. "They said get rid of the bridge, give it away, sell it," said John Cosgrove, town board chairman.
Douglas County is beefing up drunk driving sentences by adding ignition interlock systems into the mix. Drivers must puff into the device, which is connected under the dashboard, to start their vehicle.
St. Croix Riverfest, a two-day buffet featuring everything from pontoon rides and film festivals to a conservation conference, kicks off Friday at the Solon Springs Community Center. "It's a bit of education, a bit of fun, offering choices to people who have different interests," said organizer Scott Peterson, president of the Friends of the St. Croix Headwaters. The events focus on the St. Croix River and its headwaters, a unique environment that encompasses Solon Springs, Barnes, Gordon and Wascott. "I live on the lake (Lake St.
An outbreak of ringworm has closed the doors of the Animal Rescue Federation (ARF) May 30. Staff and volunteers have spent the last 11 days in a flurry of activity -- consulting veterinarians, deep cleaning the building and dipping approximately 70 animals in a solution of lime and sulfur. Their efforts paid off. "It doesn't look like it spread," said ARF Secretary Norma Stevlingson. And after one more round of dips, the shelter is tentatively set to reopen next week. "They should have this licked," Stevlingson said. That's good news for Superior strays.
A man who rammed a Superior squad car while driving a stolen truck, injuring the officer inside, was given a four-year prison sentence. Michael John Henry Short, 20, pleaded guilty in April to two felony charges stemming from the September incident -- attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and operating a vehicle without the owner's consent.
If she could rent one billboard or air one commercial, Margaret Ciccone's message would be simple: "Pay attention to your government." In 31 years of employment with the city of Superior, Ciccone rose from clerk/stenographer to city clerk to mayor and, following a recall election, back to the position of city clerk. Friday, she cleared out her office. Ciccone will be on vacation until her official retirement in August. "We're sad to see her go," said Terri Kalan, who moves into the position of acting city clerk.
The cattle local youth raise for sale at the Head of the Lakes Fair are part pet, part business and all personality. D.J. Keeler's steer, Spark, for example, was trying the patience of his two-legged friend Saturday in Superior. First, Spark wrapped one of his legs up in a rope as his companion, a black Angus named Bear, was led away. "I'm coming, bud," Keeler called. The animal resisted the 18-year-old's initial pulls and tugs. Then Spark made it as far as a tree, stopping to scratch.
Unlike most high school seniors, Lukas Garrison waited until after graduation to cut his hair. The young man from Solon Springs has become known for his long auburn ponytail, which he has been growing since he was a freshman. "At first I didn't like it," said his sister Haylee, 14, because everybody kept asking her about her brother's lengthening hair. "Now I like it; it's unique." Thursday, the 18-year-old donated his 20-inch long ponytail to Locks of Love.
Making liberal use of the Fifth-Amendment, a Superior man skirted around his alleged drug activity Thursday in Douglas County Court while requesting the return of money seized during a police search of his home. Judge George Glonek denied the motion. Kyle McDonald, 25, faces three felony counts of delivering marijuana and one felony count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana. The case remains open. McDonald said a portion the money seized by Superior Police while executing a search warrant on March 26 had nothing to do with illegal activity.
A Superior High School student caught with someone else's prescription pills at school was handed a second chance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Friday. Jesse Allan Clarck Kilpela, 17, pleaded no contest to one count of possessing an illegally obtained prescription Friday. Judge Lucci agreed to defer the teen's sentence for six months. If Kilpela follows all the conditions of the deferred sentencing agreement until Dec.