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Controversy over whether Superior police should have recovered a pair of coveralls from a murder scene 14 years ago could derail the trial of Michael David Mattson. Douglas County Circuit Court Judge George Glonek heard testimony Thursday on a motion to dismiss the case based on the failure of Superior police to retain and test the coveralls worn by Mattson the day his girlfriend, Myrna Jean Clemons, was beaten to death in their Allouez home. Taking the matter under advisement, Glonek said he will issue a written decision.
Armed with calculators and clipboards, second-grade students from Cooper Elementary School hiked into Super One on Tuesday. "Everybody will need a basket," called out their teacher, Dawn Theelke. Students stuffed coats and backpacks into green plastic baskets, then focused on food. Their mission: Buy items for an area food shelf from four different food groups. But there was a catch.
Control, extreme jealousy and isolation are the hallmarks of dating violence. And these relationship symptoms can surface as early as seventh grade. "That's when (teens) start forming relationships," said Tory Thayer, Domestic Abuse Program Coordinator for the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse. This month, Thayer and other CASDA staff are presenting information on dating violence at area schools to highlight October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Spooks lurk in the Field Logic warehouse. They stirred last week as living beings walked through their lair. A red eye leers from somewhere in a maze. Fog wafts from beneath a witch's spellbook. A cadaver springs to life. A scarecrow moans. "It is pretty intense," said Brita Lindberg, who helped bring the haunted house to life. Even without the 30 costumed spooks who plan to join the party this weekend, there is plenty to send shivers down the spine -- a pirate ship, a snake-infested pond and a haunted chapel. "I cannot work there at night with the lights off," Lindberg said.
High above his garage, dipping in the breeze, flags shout Jerry Hartson's patriotism. The American flag "speaks volumes about our right, our ability to be free," he said. "The flag speaks for everyone." For the disabled U.S. Navy veteran, the POW flag recalls the sacrifices American men and women have given up for that freedom. Both have been fixtures in the Superior man's yard for 14 years. That changed when the flags were stolen in the midst of a downpour Wednesday night. A U.S.
Concordia Lutheran Church celebrates its 120th anniversary Sunday with a mix of music, memories and Norwegian. The venerable church has a star-studded past that includes royalty and heroes. In 1939, Norway's Crown Prince Olav and Princess Martha visited the church. America's Ace of Aces, Maj. Richard I. Bong of Poplar, married his sweetheart, Marjorie Ann Vattendahl, at Concordia on Feb. 10, 1945. Six months later, mourners flocked to the site for his funeral. Baseball legend Hank Aaron, U.S. Sen.
Dubbed a miracle by surgeons, Owen Gran today can share laughs -- a very different picture than a year ago, when he was fighting for his life after being struck in a rural hit-and-run accident. "He was really near death," said Dr. Jeff Davis, an orthopedic trauma surgeon with the Duluth Clinic, who was called in Oct. 8, 2006, to help stabilize Owen. "I never would have given him a chance in a million." The hit-and-run driver, who was never identified, left Gran at the scene severely injured. "His blood pressure was 50 over nothing," Davis said. "His belly was completely opened up.
The Douglas County Jail may lose state prisoners and state payments to house them in the facility in Superior.
Even after her death, Myrna Jean Clemons is slated to provide evidence at the trial of the man accused of killing her. Douglas County Circuit Court Judge George Glonek ruled Tuesday that statements the Superior woman made three months before her death will be admitted into evidence when the case against of Michael David Mattson goes to trial next week. Mattson, 56, faces a first degree murder for the bludgeoning death of Clemons on Feb. 19, 1993, in the Allouez home they shared.
Haley Siers bubbled with enthusiasm Monday. The 12-year-old's excitement was fueled by a call from her father, Platoon Sgt. Tracy Siers of the 1-194th Army National Guard in Minnesota. "He told us he was in Fort McCoy somewhere and he's going to be home today," the Superior girl said. "I'm going to make him watch my volleyball game. It's going to be awesome." The battalion, which included eight soldiers from Superior, were deployed to Iraq 15 months ago.