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Take a virtual trip to Columbia Thursday. High school visitors from the country plan to spice up the evening with dance, song and skits about their country. The free performance kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
Two court cases linked to the poor treatment of a nine-month-old colt nicknamed Windchill on a South Range farm last winter will not go to trial next week. Pamela Kaye Javenkoski, 48, and Shane E. Javenkoski, 34, both reached plea agreements Thursday in Douglas County Court, five days before the trial was set to begin. Shane Javenkoski pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of failing to provide food to confined animals. A deferred judgment of conviction agreement was entered. If the South Range man follows the conditions of the agreement, the charge would be dismissed.
The big switch to digital television won't force consumers to buy converter boxes. Options are available. If you have cable of satellite TV, no converter box is needed. The company will translate digital signals into analog for you. Instead of tinkering with new hook-ups and set-ups, consumers can also junk their analog TV in favor of a digital one. But don't throw them in the trash. Recycle them, and several businesses and set up to accept them. "TVs and computers have a lot of what we call heavy metals," said Mary Klun, Douglas County recycling coordinator.
A convicted sex offender accused of inviting a 16-year-old co-worker after hours to the restaurant where they worked and presenting her with a sex toy was bound over for arraignment Wednesday in Douglas County Circuit Court. Charles James Evans, 49, of Superior faces one felony charge of child enticement for the incident. A week before Christmas, the girl testified, Evans told her he had a present for her that she was not to open at work or in front of her parents. Two days before Christmas, he called her at 10 p.m.
A South Range man is facing felony charges following a one-vehicle rollover early Saturday morning that left a 19-year-old hospitalized. John Wayne Shykes, 23, made his initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Monday for felony charges of injury during intoxicated use of a vehicle, attempting to flee or elude an officer causing great harm and a misdemeanor charge of knowingly operating a motor vehicle while revoked. The rollover took place after authorities tried to pull Shykes over for dangerous driving, including speeding and whipping a U-turn on North 21st Street, according t
The FCC is peppering the Northland this week with presentations and sound bites on the switch to digital TV. About five residents braved the arctic temperatures Tuesday to meet with Michael Deemer-White, a consumer information specialist for the FCC, at the Superior Public Library. "If you don't know something, you go to attend classes," said George Peterson of Superior. He listened to the presentation, asked a few questions, then hooked a digital converter box to a TV and antenna. The boxes act as a translator, turning digital signals into analog sgnals a TV can recognize.
Students at Northwestern High School are poised to move into a new addition this month and district voters head to the polls next month to thin the number of candidates running for two seats on the Maple School Board. During a Monday school board meeting, the building project update included a date after which students can move into the upper level of the high school's new addition -- Jan. 22.
Three motions were aired in Douglas County Court Friday in the case of a Duluth doctor accused of sexually assaulting a patient while touring her parents' boat at Barker's Island Marina. Javier Enrique De La Garza, 52, a gastroenterologist with St. Luke's Hospital, faces one charge of third degree sexual assault stemming from the Sept. 2006 incident. His trial, which was moved to Menomonie due to extensive media coverage of the case, begins Feb. 2.
Two Superior women and one Duluth man accused of robbing four Canadian men at gunpoint in a Superior hotel won't appear for a preliminary hearing until February, having waived their time limits in Douglas County Circuit Court. Mario Pierre Love, 20, and Leatta Marie Bullion and Rachel Nicole Zubiate, both 19, face identical felony charges of being party to the crime of armed robbery with the use of force for the Sept.
For the first time in eight years, Douglas County has an open judge's race. District Attorney Dan Blank and Assistant District Attorney Kelly Thimm have thrown their hats into the ring for the Circuit Court Branch I seat being vacated by retiring Judge Michael Lucci. Unlike the last contested election, where incumbent Joseph McDonald squared off against James Cirilli, neither is a seated judge.