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Two men accused of burglarizing the home where an Iraqi war veteran shot his pregnant wife and 1-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself made initial appearances in Douglas County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Travis Lee Sherman, 21, and Nicholas Erving Doty, 22, both face a charge of felony of burglary for allegedly breaking into the empty home where Matthew, April and Lila Magdzas died to steal a gaming system, games and movies. District Attorney Dan Blank requested $2,000 cash bail on each case Tuesday.
Bystanders were crucial in the rescue of four people from the waters of Upper St. Croix Lake Saturday. Solon Springs Fire Chief John Walt said volunteer firefighters were paged out to the report of people in the water screaming for help at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday. By the time they got to the lake, spectators had already jumped in to lend a hand. Four people - two adult males and two children, ages 9 and 7 - were in the water between Lucius Woods Park and the end of Crownhart Island, Walt said. They had been boating on the lake and stopped to allow the youth to swim.
Two men accused of beating up a third and stuffing him into the back of a covered truck before driving away made initial appearances in Douglas County Circuit Court on Monday. Tyrel Orrin Wilberg, 28, faces one count of felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery. Scott Eric Borstad, 36, faces the same false imprisonment and battery charges as party to the crime. Cash bond was set at $1,250 for Borstad and Wilberg was released on a $2,000 signature bond, according to online court records. As a condition of bail, both men were ordered to have no contact with the victim.
Here there be pirates. The former Berger Hardware building is now a tropical paradise, complete with ocean-side views, the beat of calypso music, spicy scents wafting through the air and pirates. The site at 525 Tower Ave., at one time a sushi bar and Mama Get's Restaurant, has been transformed into Marlee's Caribbean Restaurant. The new business, owned by Bob and Penny Gellatly, opens Monday, bringing a taste of the tropics to Superior's North End. "When it's 20 below and the wind is coming off the lake, we want you to feel like you can walk in and just relax," Bob Gellatly said.
Betty and Richard Porter now own a cabin in a lake. Their Beach Avenue property has lived up to its name. "Believe me, it's beach avenue," Betty Porter said with a flash of humor. Their yard in the village of Solon Springs is completely submerged in the Upper St. Croix Lake. Today, Porter plans to uproot nearly 100 perennials from the site, saving them from a watery end. "I'm giving them away," she said. The couple has owned the cabin for more than 20 years. In that time, they dealt with one other flood in 1999. This time, it's worse.
The dragons are back. They can be found paddling the waters off Barker's Island this week preparing for the ninth annual Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival. Nearly 90 teams will compete in dragon boat races Saturday. The event, helmed by the Superior Rotary, Superior Sunrise Centennial Rotary Club and Harbortown Rotary of Duluth, raises money for the clubs as well as the SMDC breast program while providing free family entertainment. "It's the ultimate team sport," said Megan Kress, team trainer for the event. "Every seat is equally important.
A living memorial is now just a pile of kindling. The maple tree planted in April at Bear Creek Park to honor workers who lost their life on the job - including soldiers - was destroyed by vandals last week. "It just irritates me that someone went out of their way, they consciously did it," said Superior City Councilor Dan Olson. He noticed the damage Saturday during a Democratic party event at the park. "I walked down the walkway and there it was in a pile of rubble," Olson said.
The Animal Rescue Federation's check registry has gone digital, popping up on Superior City Councilors' e-mail boxes and even Craigslist. The virtual attack has left board members at the Superior animal shelter fighting to maintain credibility as they move closer to the promise of a new building. Meanwhile, $10,000 of city funding for ARF dangles just out of reach. "We're getting a lot of scrutiny lately," said board member Jay Johnson at an ARF finance meeting Monday.
A fawn stopped to nibble a lawn near 2011 N. 22nd St., on Thursday morning. A man walked his dog a block away. But yellow crime scene tape around the home gave a visible reminder of loss. Superior police believe that 23-year-old Matthew Magdzas shot his pregnant wife, April J. Oles-Magdzas, their 13-month-old daughter Lila and himself at the home sometime Tuesday afternoon, said Superior Police Chief Floyd Peters at a Thursday press conference. Also found dead in the residence were three dogs.
Eight teams are going to bat for the United Way on Friday. They will dust off their softball gloves and athletic shoes to raise money and awareness for the United Way of Superior-Douglas County. The roster for the first ever "Go to Bat for United Way Softball Tournament" includes high school students, beauticians, accountants and bartenders. "We're really excited to be playing," said Jolene Sajec with the Blondies Salon and Serenity Spa team. "It's a great community event and a good way to meet people, socialize and help out." The competition begins at 2 p.m.