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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.
Like a phoenix, a new church is poised to spring up from the ashes of Superior Baptist Chapel. The congregation of roughly 50 were displaced in June of 2003 when the church was destroyed in an arson fire. Today, the site at the corner of North 21st Street and Hill Avenue encompasses waving grass and a concrete footprint where the building once stood. A renewal has begun. Leading the way is the Rev. Ken Andrs, lead pastor of what will be known as Lake Point Church. "The thing we've noticed coming into Superior: There's a lot of hurt, hurting people," Andrs said.
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 ...
A Keewatin man previously found guilty of assaulting a female real estate agent during a house showing in Superior will spend nine months behind bars. During a jury trial Aug. 6, James Robert Osborn, 49, was found guilty of misdemeanor fourth degree sexual assault and misdemeanor battery for the March 23 incident. Douglas County Circuit Court Judge George Glonek handed down the maximum sentence on each charge Thursday, noting the need to protect the community despite Osborn's lack of criminal history.
A double bout of childhood cancer set Eric Hoffman on a career path. "Beyond high school I have eight to 10 years of college (planned)," said the 17-year Superior High School junior. He hopes to major in biomedical research and pediatric oncology. "If I find one cure for cancer, that would make my day," Hoffman said. He has already served as an inspiration to those who know him. "What a positive attitude," said Paul Zollver, DECA (an association of marketing students) adviser at SHS. At the age of 10, Hoffman was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was removed via surgery.
A Superior man whose girlfriend became paralyzed when he rolled a van along County Highway A was bound over for arraignment following a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Douglas County Court. Christopher Craig Hughes, 23, faces one felony charge of reckless driving causing great bodily harm for the accident that injured Laura Sever, 29, of Duluth. Sever's friend, Kristine Schmidt, testified that Hughes spoke with her about the accident. "He admitted to me that yes, he was driving and he was swerving down the road," she said. "He said there was no car in front of him.
Michael David Mattson's confession to the murder of Myrna Jean Clemons will be admitted into evidence at his trial following today's motion hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court. Judge George Glonek granted Assistant District Attorney James Boughner's motion to admit the confession and two subsequent interviews with law enforcement officers. Mattson, 56, is accused in the 1993 bludgeoning death of Clemons, his girlfriend, in the Allouez home they shared.
The validity of a confession made for a cold-case murder will be argued Thursday in Douglas County Circuit Court. Judge George Glonek will hear arguments on whether to suppress the Oct. 23, 2006, confession and subsequent statements to law enforcement officers by Michael David Mattson. The 56-year-old is accused in the Feb. 19, 1993, bludgeoning of his girlfriend, Myrna Jean Clemons, 52. She was found in the Allouez home she shared with Mattson. The Superior man is accused of hitting her in the head with a piece of firewood before leaving to work at the scrap metal business the two shared.
Dave TePoel is a professional gambler. For the past 23 years he's been figuratively rolling the dice on a parcel of land in Brule township. A lifelong farmer, he raises beef cows, feeder cattle and horses. "You're betting on everything," TePoel said of his profession. "There's no guarantee farming." For example, the cost of feed for his animals shot up this year due to the drought. And he has lost the occasional calf, including one this year, to gray wolves. He's not the only one. Last year in Douglas County, 14 calves, one dog and three lambs were killed by wolves.
Site work at Northwestern High School has sent Tiger football games out of state. Now, it will put more students in bus seats. NHS Athletic Director Steve Gustafson announced today that no parking permits will be issued to students until the parking lots at the high school are completed. Students are not to park on school grounds until further notice.