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Options for continuing the SAGE program without going bankrupt were presented to the Superior School Board at Tuesday's committee of the whole meeting. They ran the gamut -- from grouping together multi-age classes to increasing class sizes to eliminating the elementary school program altogether. "No matter what we do, it's going to be a hot-button issue," said Board Member Mary Klun. The Student Achievement Guarantee in Education program brings about $1.5 million in state money to the school district, according to Assistant Superintendent Janna Stevens.
A jury of 12 will decide whether a Duluth man had murder on his mind during a violent dispute with two women in a car parked along a Superior street March 1. Robert Carlton Price Jr., 37, faces three felony charges of attempted first degree intentional homicide for the incident as well as one felony charge of operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent.
A two-and-a-half-hour standoff between Superior police and a man with a short-barreled shotgun ended without incident this morning. Police responded to an active domestic dispute at the residence along North 14th Street at about 3:30 a.m., according to Capt. Chad La Lor. After officers arrived on the scene, a woman, a teenage girl and two small children ran from the residence and a 33-year-old male ran into the house. The woman reported the man had been drinking and was threatening to kill her and her children.
Two Bennett men are dead following a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 53 and County Highway L in Bennett township Saturday evening. Another five people were injured, according to Douglas County Sheriff's Department reports. Only one passenger -- a 3-year-old boy buckled in a car seat -- escaped injury. According to Bennett Fire Chief Patrick Pierce, it was one of the worst accidents he's seen at that intersection.
Youth shooting off illegal fireworks started a Billings Park garage on fire Monday afternoon, causing an estimated $1,000 damage. A rocket-type firework "bigger than a bottle rocket" started the blaze, according to Superior Fire Chief Tad Matheson. The device hit the side of the garage, got inside the siding and started the building on fire. Firefighters responded to the blaze at 3:38 p.m.
A patch of green has emerged along Belknap Street.
Cheers erupted in the Gordon Town Hall on Thursday night after residents voted 32 to 18 to halt sale of the Finstad Bridge. "The people have told us what they wanted," said town board member Pam Boetcher after the special meeting.
A convicted murderer who stabbed his victim with her own collector sword won't get a new trial, based on a decision filed Wednesday with the Douglas County Clerk of Courts. A jury found Jason Richard Borelli, 34, guilty of first-degree intentional homicide for beating, strangling and ultimately stabbing to death Leah Gustafson in her John Avenue apartment on Jan. 7, 2006. He was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. In January, Borelli petitioned the court for a new trial based on ineffective counsel.
A Superior teacher's life was upended this spring with the click of a mouse. Laura Lee Janzig, 39, is accused of sending an e-mail to Superior School District administrators that falsely pegged the teacher as someone who had sex with minors. The message led to administrative suspension for the teacher until an investigation was completed. Janzig, of Superior, made her initial appearance in court Wednesday on one count of defamation. The class A misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of nine months in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.
A Lake Nebagamon police officer was struck by a motor vehicle Tuesday night in a hit and run incident, according to Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec. Emergency responders were called to the scene at 10:52 p.m.. Officer Jesse Beasley, 30, was airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital of Duluth. Wednesday morning, he was listed in good condition with no major or life-threatening injuries, according to a news release from Dalbec. Lake Nebagamon Police Chief Ron Sullivan said Beasley suffered bruising on his forhead and a dislocated shoulder, but no broken bones or internal bleeding.