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The cause of two house fires late last week remain under investigation. Meanwhile, Superior firefighters battled two new blazes over the weekend. A Sunday sauna fire at the Bridgeview Hotel, 415 Hammond Ave., was started by a towel draped on a light fixture, according to Battalion Chief Mike Kolanczyk. The fire broke out at 12:26 p.m. and triggered an evacuation. Firefighters cleared the scene at 1:24 p.m. The fire was confined to the sauna, which was a complete loss, Kolanczyk said. No monetary damages were listed and no one was injured. A wood fire caused a basement blaze at 1808 E.
A Superior man will spend the next year in Douglas County Jail for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl. If he fails to meet the conditions of his probation, Lonny Roy Jenson, 29, faces a 10-year sentence -- four years in prison and six years extended supervision. Jenson pleaded guilty to one charge of first-degree sexual assault of a child under age 13 without great bodily harm Jan. 11, just minutes before jury selection was to begin for his trial.
A former Superiorite, 7-year-old Justice Hadley, will represent Prevent Blindness Feb. 27-March 1 in Washington D.C. The 7-year-old will tell her story to create more awareness for vision screening across America. The Sun Prairie, Wis.
Years ago, George and Agnes Stariha settled into a small house in Superior's North End. George worked as a clerk for Great Northern Railroad while the couple raised 17 children. When St. Mary's Hospital of Superior (SMHS) completes its new chapel, it will bear their names thanks to a fundraising effort launched by George and Agnes' grandson, Andy Lisak. "My grandparents both placed a lot of emphasis on faith and family," said Lisak, director of the Development Association in Superior.
Maple School Board members added three new courses to the high school curriculum and agreed to tweak two other courses Tuesday during a regular school board meeting. They also took the reins to address math curriculum issues. The math program is currently under fire from community members. And a decision on its direction must be reached by February because math textbooks are up for replacement this year. "We don't necessarily have to do it this year if we're looking at changes," said Board Member Eve Zosel. The district implemented the new Core Plus Math in 2000.
A Superior man accused of having sex with a child over a span of three years was bound over for arraignment Wednesday in Douglas County Circuit Court. Christopher William Dallum, 34, of 59071?2 Tower Ave.
For Jason Richard Borelli, life means life. Judge Michael Lucci sentenced the man responsible for the brutal slaying of Leah Gustafson to life imprisonment with no eligibility for release before a packed Douglas County courtroom Wednesday. "There is nothing easy or pleasant about sentencing a person to life imprisonment," Lucci said. In this case there is a need to protect society, the judge said. "The risk of reoffense is too high, too terrible if he's allowed to return to the community." A jury found Borelli, 32, guilty of first-degree intentional homicide on Nov.
It was report card day for the Maple School District on Tuesday. The Maple School Board learned how their credit stacked up nationally when Joel Pittelman, vice president of Milwaukee-based Springsted, the district's financial advisor, revealed the results of national bidding for $33 million in building bonds. "From my evaluation, you've done extremely well," Pittelman said. The district snagged a solid credit rating of A2 from Moody's rating service, he said. Despite being one of hundreds of school bond offerings, Maple got six bids.
The man accused of beating Myrna Jean Clemons to death in 1993 faces trial May 15. The date was set by Judge George Glonek today in Douglas County Court following Michael David Mattson's plea of not guilty to the single charge of first-degree murder. If convicted Mattson, 55, faces life imprisonment. His attorney, Chief Public Defender J.
The Douglas County Board could make Home Health nurses available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Douglas County Administration Committee is recommending the board consider a three-month trial period for the extended on-call service. Currently, Home Health care is only available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The step offers earlier intervention for clients and could keep them out of the hospital, said Pat Schanen, director of the health and human services department.