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Nearly a dozen deaths were recorded at Northwestern High School Wednesday. In the school parking lot, the walking dead didn't have much to say in their defense. "I have a bad case of no seat belt today," said Stephen Moller, a senior. Being unbuckled as he pulled into the lot netted the teen a toe tag from members of the school's Students Against Destructive Decisions group and local law enforcement officers.
A Minnesota man accused of sexually assaulting a real estate agent while viewing a house will undergo a preliminary hearing next week regardless of whether he has retained a lawyer, Douglas County Court Commissioner Paul Baxter ruled today. James Robert Osborn, 49, Keewatin, faces felony charges of false imprisonment and attempted third-degree sexual assault as well as misdemeanor charges of fourth degree sexual assault and misdemeanor battery.
The Virginia Tech tragedy was a hot topic at the University of Wisconsin-Superior today, but students don't fear a similar event will happen here. "I've definitely heard people talking about it," said Ezra Reilly, a freshman from Minocqua. But, he said, they didn't sound worried. "I feel very safe on campus," said Stefan Fletcher, UWS student body president.
A number of years ago, Richard Nolan traded in a golf cart for a van. His retirement goal had been to tee off as much as possible. But, he said, "I got tired of playing golf, so I decided to volunteer." Nolan chose to become a driver for the Disabled American Veterans. The Edward B. Froelich DAV Chapter 4, based in Superior, offers transportation from the Superior VA clinic to the VA medical center in Minneapolis for vets who have medical appointments.
Local veterans gather each Friday to honor one of their own at the Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center. Rain, snow or shine, members of the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435, the Thomas F. Stein VFW Post 1091 and center volunteers raise a flag to remember the life of a deceased World War II veteran. It remains flying for a week. "I try to every Friday go out for the retirement and changing of the flag," said Bob Fuhrman, executive director of the center.
The Superior Police Department officially kicked off its Domestic Abuse Reduction Team (D.A.R.T.) program Wednesday, on Valentine's Day. "It is an odd day to start," Superior Police Chief Floyd Peters admitted. Maybe not, said Kelly Burger, executive director for the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse. "Relationships should be healthy," she said. The goal of the new program is to prevent repeat episodes of domestic violence in at-risk families. It pairs CASDA advocates and officers into teams that make contact with victims of domestic violence within 72 hours of a violent incident.
A Superior man will spend another nine months in jail for killing a horse in Parkland in 2004 to have sex with it. Bryan James Hathaway, 20, was found guilty of mistreatment of an animal in April 2005 and was given the maximum sentence of three and a half years -- 18 months initial confinement and two years of extended supervision -- by Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Michael Lucci. On Oct.
Even when she was a student at Northwestern High School, Jan Follis had a special spark. "She's always been a ball of energy -- a leader who gets things done," said classmate Anne Bridge. In the years following graduation, the Lake Nebagamon woman has continued to shine. Follis became a business owner, running Finell's bar and restaurant for 27 years in the footsteps of her father, Otto Finell. In 1986, she joined the first Superior Days lobbying campaign.
Oct. 8th is etched in the minds of Rick and Linda Gran. It started with an early morning call telling them their son, Owen, had been involved in an accident. Driving up to St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, the Foxboro couple didn't panic. The 19-year-old had been in scrapes before. "It was no big deal until we got to the emergency room and we were met by a chaplain," Rick said.
A single plot of land along the Amnicon River could put a kink in Enbridge Energy's expansion project. A Douglas County Circuit Court case hinging on a right-of-way easement and what constitutes a reasonable workspace for pipeline construction could postpone work on the land. In court on Wednesday, Enbridge and landowner Doug Olson made their cases to Judge Michael Lucci. Olson's land along County Highway A contains an easement that dates back to 1967 allowing Enbridge an 80-foot-wide corridor for their crude oil pipelines.