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Like a magic trick gone awry, horses have been appearing and disappearing on a small piece of property in Hawthorne for years. As many as 18 were reported to be living in a pasture and small pen on the 1.21-acre parcel at one time, according to Douglas County Zoning Committee minutes. The situation led to scores of complaints to Town Board Chairman Bruce Meyers, the Douglas County Sheriff's Department and the Douglas County Zoning Department. Despite a permit revocation, a court summons and now a citation. The horses remain. "I'm just baffled by the whole thing. I really am," Meyers said.
A Superior man may have prevented his own death by adhering to a court order to kick a substance abuse habit. Leslie A. Yoder, 43, was swimming in dangerous waters near Barker's Island on July 31 when he dove under but did not surface. His body was found by members of the Superior Dive Team about 90 minutes after he disappeared. An autopsy listed the cause of death as freshwater drowning, according to Douglas County Medical Examiner Darrell Witt.
While they may not be the Biblical plague of locusts, the region is hopping with a bumper crop of grasshoppers. They lurk in the grass, waiting to spring up at passersby. Like tiny Jack-in-the-boxes, they leap onto windshields and bound past pant legs. The small creatures are everywhere in the Northland, eating voraciously. No garden or hayfield is safe from the airborne diners. "I didn't realize how bad they were until yesterday," said Melvin Rozell, who owns a farm near Lake Minnesuing.
A Brule teen could be facing both state and federal charges for an alleged joyride that brought him to the Canadian border, where he injured a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer. The 16-year-old is accused of stealing his mother's car Thursday night and driving it to the border at Baudette, Minn., about 100 miles north of Bemidji. He is also a suspect in a couple of burglaries in the Brule and Iron River area that took place that evening, according to authorities. The teen drove up to the border crossing at Baudette at about 10:27 a.m. Friday, according to U.S.
The crimes of the father were passed on to the son in the case of Derrick Wade Kastern. The 21-year-old was sentenced Tuesday in Douglas County Court to three and a half years in the Wisconsin state prison system for delivery of methamphetamine and felony bail jumping. His father, Paul Douglas Kastern, 41, is serving a five-year sentence for dealing methamphetamine. District Attorney Dan Blank called the elder Kastern's case a "breakthrough," one of the rare examples of a drug dealer getting more than probation or time in the county jail. "It's the kind of message we hope to send ...
Like a phoenix, a new church is poised to spring up from the ashes of Superior Baptist Chapel. The congregation of roughly 50 were displaced in June of 2003 when the church was destroyed in an arson fire. Today, the site at the corner of North 21st Street and Hill Avenue encompasses waving grass and a concrete footprint where the building once stood. A renewal has begun. Leading the way is the Rev. Ken Andrs, lead pastor of what will be known as Lake Point Church. "The thing we've noticed coming into Superior: There's a lot of hurt, hurting people," Andrs said.
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.
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.
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.
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.