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A birthday celebration ended with an estimated $13,000 damage to Soft Pines Tavern in Solon Springs, one patron in the hospital and more than 40 stitches for a Solon Springs man. David Ducado Menton II, also known as David Donald Denton, 24, of Solon Springs is accused of punching out a plate glass window at the tavern on County Highway A in while trying to start fights in the early morning hours of Sept. 8.
Call it Brule Centennial, take two. Sunday, the town of Brule will gather to remember a rich, 100-year-history. For some, the celebration brings with it a case of deja vu. "There is a lot of confusion because there was a huge celebration in 1961 that was called the Brule Centennial," said Laila Magnuson, a Brule resident and historian. "It was a really big thing for Brule," said Kay Johnson of Brule.
The vast majority of stupid things youth do don't make it to court. David Steven Androsky Jr.'s lapse in judgment last January did. Thursday, the 18-year-old was sentenced in Douglas County Court for setting a classmate's clothing on fire with a lighter during seventh-period auto tech class at Superior High School on Jan. 29. Judge Michael Lucci called the behavior "stupid, juvenile and dangerous." According to Superior Police Department reports, Aaron Moncel was replacing the fuel filter on his car at the time.
Laura West first met Gregory Michael Doolittle last week on her front porch. Originally, she thought he was there to meet one of her older grandchildren.
An artillery shell that may have traveled with Maj. Richard I.
Like a magic trick gone awry, horses have been appearing and disappearing on a small piece of property in Hawthorne for years. As many as 18 were reported to be living in a pasture and small pen on the 1.21-acre parcel at one time, according to Douglas County Zoning Committee minutes. The situation led to scores of complaints to Town Board Chairman Bruce Meyers, the Douglas County Sheriff's Department and the Douglas County Zoning Department. Despite a permit revocation, a court summons and now a citation. The horses remain. "I'm just baffled by the whole thing. I really am," Meyers said.
A Superior man may have prevented his own death by adhering to a court order to kick a substance abuse habit. Leslie A. Yoder, 43, was swimming in dangerous waters near Barker's Island on July 31 when he dove under but did not surface. His body was found by members of the Superior Dive Team about 90 minutes after he disappeared. An autopsy listed the cause of death as freshwater drowning, according to Douglas County Medical Examiner Darrell Witt.
While they may not be the Biblical plague of locusts, the region is hopping with a bumper crop of grasshoppers. They lurk in the grass, waiting to spring up at passersby. Like tiny Jack-in-the-boxes, they leap onto windshields and bound past pant legs. The small creatures are everywhere in the Northland, eating voraciously. No garden or hayfield is safe from the airborne diners. "I didn't realize how bad they were until yesterday," said Melvin Rozell, who owns a farm near Lake Minnesuing.
A Brule teen could be facing both state and federal charges for an alleged joyride that brought him to the Canadian border, where he injured a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer. The 16-year-old is accused of stealing his mother's car Thursday night and driving it to the border at Baudette, Minn., about 100 miles north of Bemidji. He is also a suspect in a couple of burglaries in the Brule and Iron River area that took place that evening, according to authorities. The teen drove up to the border crossing at Baudette at about 10:27 a.m. Friday, according to U.S.
The crimes of the father were passed on to the son in the case of Derrick Wade Kastern. The 21-year-old was sentenced Tuesday in Douglas County Court to three and a half years in the Wisconsin state prison system for delivery of methamphetamine and felony bail jumping. His father, Paul Douglas Kastern, 41, is serving a five-year sentence for dealing methamphetamine. District Attorney Dan Blank called the elder Kastern's case a "breakthrough," one of the rare examples of a drug dealer getting more than probation or time in the county jail. "It's the kind of message we hope to send ...