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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.
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.
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.
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.
A North Dakota man accused of causing a three-car accident that injured five people is again behind bars. Dennis Helmer Amundson returned to Douglas County Court Friday, two days after a warrant was issued for his arrest for failing to appear at a preliminary hearing. According to court minutes, law enforcement officers found Amundson hiding in the woods and arrested him. Court Commissioner Paul Baxter quashed the warrant and granted the state's request to forfeit the $2,000 cash bail that had been posted.
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.
SUPERIOR DAILY TELEGRAM SUPERIOR DAILY TELEGRAM A 25-year-old Douglas County man was injured Wednesday in a car-pedestrian traffic accident at Belknap Street and Banks Avenue. Witnesses said the man entered moving traffic when a traffic signal turned green for motor vehicles. "He kind of bolted across the street when he thought he had the clear," said Sgt. Matt Markon of the Superior Police Department. The man was transported to a Duluth hospital with what appeared to be serious injuries, Markon said. The man remained in the intensive care unit this morning.
A Superior man accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she and a friend were visiting his home was bound over for arraignment today following a preliminary hearing in Douglas County Court. Ernest Lee Butler, 19, faces one felony charge of second degree sexual assault. In testimony today about the alleged July 27 incident, a woman said she and a friend were at Butler's house. According to the criminal complaint, they were drinking vodka, soda and playing cards together. The female testified she and her friend went upstairs.
Construction work, and the film of dust accompanying it, still envelop Northwestern Middle School and Iron River Elementary School. The middle school site currently "looks like a bomb went off," said Kim Pearson, a parent who attended Monday's Maple School Board meeting.