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Douglas County netted a $208,000 federal Homeland Security grant to boost communication among emergency service providers. The Inter-operable Communications Grant replaces a number of old radios throughout the county, upgrades others and provides training on how to use them, according to Keith Kesler, Douglas County/City of Superior emergency management coordinator. "This money is making a big difference in communication," he said. The 107 new radios will be handed out to fire departments, emergency medical services and emergency management agencies in Douglas County.
A Wisconsin man died of natural causes the opening day of the state's deer gun hunting season in Bayfield County. Gerald L. Amdahl, 72, of Oregon, Wis., was found dead on National Forest land in the town of Washburn at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement by the Lt. Dan Clark of the Bayfield County Sheriff's Department. Amdahl was last seen at approximately 5:50 that morning going to his deer stand to hunt.
A Bayfield County man is facing charges in connection with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the truck where he was living. Darin John Meierotto, 36, faces one count of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age and possession of a switchblade knife. He made an initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Friday. According to the criminal complaint: The girl had run away from home in rural Douglas County around midnight Thursday to see Meierotto, and he dropped her off at home about 5 a.m. that morning.
Voices rose, bodies shimmied and music poured out of the Lake Nebagamon Auditorium on Monday. For the actors and singers preparing for a Today performance, it was the storm before the calm. "Hopefully by Friday night, we'll all be together," said Kay Coletta, who penned the music-riddled "Lake Nebagamon Hollywood Canteen" script. Ed Charbonneau has been performing in these local productions for 30 years with his wife, Doris. He promised the show would be interesting. "We've been known to wing it ... even with the script in front of us," he said.
A Superior tradition returns this weekend with a campfire, cardboard shelters and chilly people determined to make a difference. "A night without a home" kicks off at noon Saturday. For 24 hours, volunteers will brave the elements at Center City Park on Tower Avenue and Belknap Street. During that time, they will collect donations of winter clothing, sleeping bags, money and food for organizations that serve the homeless -- Harbor House Crisis Shelters, Solid Rock Mission and the Center Against Sexual And Domestic Abuse.
The first snow of the season sparked numerous fender-benders throughout Douglas County, including a six-vehicle accident that shut down the Blatnik Bridge and sent four people to the hospital during rush hour this morning. The accident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. in the southbound lane of the bridge. One driver started to slip, which led to a chain reaction of four separate accidents, according to Sgt. Matt Markon of the Superior Police Department.
Hundreds gathered Wednesday in Cathedral of Christ the King Church to share Kimmes family grief as they buried two of their own. Joseph Kimmes III and his brother, Scott, were killed in an industrial accident Thursday at a construction landfill when they were exposed to toxic fumes. The co-owners of J. Kimmes Construction and Lakehead Blacktop and Materials Inc. Paul Cossalter of Wrenshall and Harold "Tim" Olsen Jr. of Foxboro were also killed in the accident. Services for the men were also held this week.
Hundreds gathered today in Cathedral of Christ the King Church to share the grief of the Kimmes family as they buried two of their own. Joseph Kimmes III and his brother, Scott, were killed in an industrial accident Thursday at a construction landfill when they were exposed to toxic fumes. The two were co-owners of J. Kimmes Construction and Lakehead Blacktop and Materials Inc. Paul Cossalter of Wrenshall and Harold "Tim" Olsen Jr. of Foxboro were also killed in the accident. Services were held Monday and Tuesday for Cossalter. Olsen's funeral is slated for 11 a.m.
In Milwaukee County, a man stands accused of a murder committed while he was sentenced to the Community Correctional Center in Franklin. His alibi: I was in jail at the time of the murder. In Douglas County, a man awaits trial for a 1993 murder committed while he was sentenced to serve jail time in connection with two incidents of domestic assault. In both cases, the men were released from jail for the day to continue their employment.
The district attorney's office has six of the signed medical releases needed to consider additional testimony on allegations of a sexual assault against a Duluth gastroenterologist. The seventh is expected to sign a release early next week, according to information provided in Douglas County Circuit Court on Friday. Assistant District Attorney James Boughner is seeking the medical information of seven women, including the alleged victim's testimony, against Dr. Javier Enrique De La Garza, 51, a physician at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth.