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A Keewatin man previously found guilty of assaulting a female real estate agent during a house showing in Superior will spend nine months behind bars. During a jury trial Aug. 6, James Robert Osborn, 49, was found guilty of misdemeanor fourth degree sexual assault and misdemeanor battery for the March 23 incident. Douglas County Circuit Court Judge George Glonek handed down the maximum sentence on each charge Thursday, noting the need to protect the community despite Osborn's lack of criminal history.
Michael David Mattson's confession to the murder of Myrna Jean Clemons will be admitted into evidence at his trial following today's motion hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court. Judge George Glonek granted Assistant District Attorney James Boughner's motion to admit the confession and two subsequent interviews with law enforcement officers. Mattson, 56, is accused in the 1993 bludgeoning death of Clemons, his girlfriend, in the Allouez home they shared.
A Superior man whose girlfriend became paralyzed when he rolled a van along County Highway A was bound over for arraignment following a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Douglas County Court. Christopher Craig Hughes, 23, faces one felony charge of reckless driving causing great bodily harm for the accident that injured Laura Sever, 29, of Duluth. Sever's friend, Kristine Schmidt, testified that Hughes spoke with her about the accident. "He admitted to me that yes, he was driving and he was swerving down the road," she said. "He said there was no car in front of him.
A double bout of childhood cancer set Eric Hoffman on a career path. "Beyond high school I have eight to 10 years of college (planned)," said the 17-year Superior High School junior. He hopes to major in biomedical research and pediatric oncology. "If I find one cure for cancer, that would make my day," Hoffman said. He has already served as an inspiration to those who know him. "What a positive attitude," said Paul Zollver, DECA (an association of marketing students) adviser at SHS. At the age of 10, Hoffman was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was removed via surgery.
The validity of a confession made for a cold-case murder will be argued Thursday in Douglas County Circuit Court. Judge George Glonek will hear arguments on whether to suppress the Oct. 23, 2006, confession and subsequent statements to law enforcement officers by Michael David Mattson. The 56-year-old is accused in the Feb. 19, 1993, bludgeoning of his girlfriend, Myrna Jean Clemons, 52. She was found in the Allouez home she shared with Mattson. The Superior man is accused of hitting her in the head with a piece of firewood before leaving to work at the scrap metal business the two shared.
Dave TePoel is a professional gambler. For the past 23 years he's been figuratively rolling the dice on a parcel of land in Brule township. A lifelong farmer, he raises beef cows, feeder cattle and horses. "You're betting on everything," TePoel said of his profession. "There's no guarantee farming." For example, the cost of feed for his animals shot up this year due to the drought. And he has lost the occasional calf, including one this year, to gray wolves. He's not the only one. Last year in Douglas County, 14 calves, one dog and three lambs were killed by wolves.
The new pavilion at Lucius Woods Park was built with community in mind. During summer Music in the Park events, the building houses a host of treats -- from hot dogs and ice cream to freshly-prepared popcorn. The rest of the time, it stands ready to shelter a family get-together or picnic lunch. It was built last fall by members of the Solon Springs Lion's Club. "We built it so we could use it Saturday nights for concessions," said Lion's Club member Phil Wester. For the past four years, the group has sold treats out of a pop-up tent.
Site work at Northwestern High School has sent Tiger football games out of state. Now, it will put more students in bus seats. NHS Athletic Director Steve Gustafson announced today that no parking permits will be issued to students until the parking lots at the high school are completed. Students are not to park on school grounds until further notice.
A jury Thursday found a Minnesota man guilty of fourth degree sexual assault and misdemeanor battery for assaulting a female real estate sales agent who was showing him a rural Douglas County home. James Robert Osborn, 49, was acquitted of felony charges of false imprisonment and attempted third degree sexual assault. The attack took place on March 23 while the agent was showing Osborn a house on County Highway A in Superior.
Carl and Frances Nelson carved a life out of the wilderness near Port Wing. Once pillaged by logging barons, their land bordering Lake Superior grew into a flourishing farm. As they cleared farmland, the couple had no idea that they would touch an entire generation. Decades later, their work paved the way for construction of the Health and Wellness Center on the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Monday, the Nelsons will be recognized for their pioneer spirit and their generosity. UWS will rename the 70-acre parcel of land known as Dutchman's Creek.