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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
Walking his dog a little before 9 a.m. this morning, Tom Podgorak found himself witnessing a drug bust. Approximately a dozen armed law enforcement agents crouched around 1619 Baxter Ave. "It was like a scene out of 'COPS,'" the Superior man said. They silently waved him to move across the street. By this time, other neighbors had noticed the commotion. "I was actually upstairs getting ready for work," said Joshua Rich, who lives across the street from the residence.
Shelby Adolphson's recovery comes in many forms -- homemade lasagna, a good night conversation, a trip to Dairy Queen. "We're just amazed at how far she has come back," said Delores Kittelson, Shelby's cousin. "It seems like every time I see her, she gets better." The Poplar woman was shot March 20 by her estranged husband, David Adolphson, outside St. Mary's Hospital of Superior, where she worked. While pursued by authorities, he took his own life later that day.
Pat Moreland wasn't running for the roses Saturday. He was running for a rock. The Lake Nebagamon man, who has been competing in local races for 25 years, received a peculiar award -- a rock painted white and blue -- for crossing the finish line of the Oulu Rock Run 5K. "It kind of describes Oulu," said Barbara Lahti, who lives in the small community of approximately 600. "It's a unique experience when you come to Oulu." The race wound through the woods and an old cow pasture behind Oulu Pioneer Memorial Park.
A mystery hangs over the Hawthorne ball park. Twenty-seven years ago, the site bore silent witness to the murder of a vibrant young woman. No one was ever convicted of the crime. The key to closing the cold case is a memory away. Sgt. Gerald Moe of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department confirmed there is an ongoing investigation into the crime. For a year and a half, he has searched for the truth about the events that took place in the early morning hours of April 19, 1980. "The whole town knows what happened out there," Moe said.
A fleet of boats swept into Barker's Island Marina this weekend, settling like a flock of migratory birds. With colorful flags flying, they bobbed on the bay while their owners gathered for meals, cruises, volleyball games, a dog show and more as part of the annual Great Lakes Cruise Club Rendezvous. The club members are a close bunch. "It's all about people," said Stan Cory of Minneapolis, who sailed into town from Madeline Island aboard his 48-foot sailboat, Red Sky. "These are our friends on the water," said Harold Darch of Barrie, Ontario, Canada.