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The repaving of County Highway S has pleased most residents along the road, but some have concerns about deep ditches that are part of the project. "I'm glad it's done," said Connie Halverson, who lives along the highway. "They did a beautiful job." Other residents have called it "a great improvement." The 6.4-mile stretch of highway winds past Botten's Green Acres Golf Course, the Highland Town Hall and roads that lead to homes on the shore of Lake Nebagamon. "Before, it was bumpy and miserable to drive on," said Jeremy Hoyer, a delivery driver for Bernick's Pepsi.
A 7-foot trench in the clay soil near Albany Avenue became a classroom for Superior firefighters on a mock rescue mission last week. The victim was conscious and breathing, but trapped under a 1-ton cement pipe in the bottom of the gash. Led by Capt. Vern Johnson, firefighters set out to free him. Tools for this operation included nails, hammers, harnesses and wood. The first step was to make the area safe. "Trench accidents are among the most deadly form," said Battalion Chief Jim Rigstad, who watched the rescue with Motor Pump Operator Jeff Allen.
A cool dip turned deadly Tuesday for a Superior man. Leslie Yoder, 44, drowned near the Vista Fleet dock on Barker's Island while cooling off with friends. "It sounds like they were all together going for a swim," said Chief Deputy Charlie Law of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. Yoder was swimming in the slip just south of the Vista Fleet dock when he went under water and failed to surface, according to a statement by Lt. Gary Gulbrandson of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. The Superior Police Department was called to the area at 12:42 p.m.
DNR fire crews braced for a possible storm today as they mopped up a blaze in Hawthorne. A lightning strike could be the final ingredient in a recipe for wildfires, according to Jay Gallagher, Brule area forestry supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Already in the mix are high winds and lack of rain. Lighting strikes usually start a mere 1 percent of wildfires in Wisconsin. The lack of rain has changed that this year.
A local man drowned off Barker's Island today as he swam from the Vista dock outside Deco Bay to a group of boys at the bridge leading to the island. He went under the water and did not surface, according to Chief Deputy Charlie Law of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. Law indicated the children had been jumping off the bridge and the man and children were at the island together. "It sounds like they were all together going for a swim," Law said. He declined to identify the victim until the man's family could be notified.
Local firefighters and DNR crews beat back a blaze that torched through stands of pine in a desolate area of Gordon near Flamang Road Friday. No structures were endangered and no evacuations ordered, according to Mike Brostowitz, fire chief for the Town of Solon Springs. Flamang Road was closed and only local traffic was allowed along Highway Y because of all the heavy equipment being used. The fire was reported at about 5 p.m., Brostowitz said, by Solon Springs firefighters who were out on Lake St. Croix.
A Gordon man failed to get a requested $200 ransom for a dog Sunday. Both he and the dog's owner got a talking-to by Douglas County Sheriff's deputies, however. The incident started when a bear hunting dog owned by Jeffrey Hulett of Luck strayed onto a 40-acre parcel along Roos Road owned by Jerome Reiter, according to a Douglas County Sheriff's Department report. Hulett had been practicing with his bear dogs in the area. When the dog came onto his property, Reiter confined him. " ...
A Superior man accused of setting fire to the bed where his girlfriend was sleeping will no longer face a felony arson charge in Douglas County Court. The charge against James Leo Olson, 50, was amended to a misdemeanor charge of negligent handling of burning material Tuesday after the alleged victim, Lynn Bergson, failed to appear in court to testify during the third preliminary hearing set for the case. Bergson failed to appear at the initial preliminary hearing on June 27. At the second hearing July 9, Olson did not appear and a warrant was ordered for his arrest.
An update on the progress of Maple School District construction projects was given Tuesday by Jeff Iisakka of Kraus-Anderson Construction Co., the district's construction manager. The three smaller projects are on budget at this point, he said, and closing in on completion. All additions and new construction are enclosed, roofs are watertight and the mechanical and electrical systems are roughed in. But, said Iasakka, "we have a lot of work to complete in the next six weeks." Site work has begun for the first phase of work at Northwestern High School.
The public got a peek at preliminary 2007-08 budget numbers for the Maple School District on Monday at a budget hearing and annual meeting in the Northwestern High School gymnasium. "This is our best snapshot as of today," said District Administrator Gregg Lundberg. The picture includes a 43.74 percent increase in the tax levy, according to numbers provided. "The bulk of it is because of the general obligation bonds," said Paul Staffrude, business manager for the district. Those bonds paved the path to a new and remodeled high school, a sewer line from the high school to Poplar, updating