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Nine new health care professionals were just what the doctor ordered for the Duluth Clinic of Superior. "We identified we needed to better serve our community," said Mary Shaw, clinic administrator. The clinic was lacking in immediate access services -- same-day appointments and the ability to care for walk-in patients. "Many people do not want to cross the bridge," said Vicki Brady, a nurse practitioner who is one of the nine new hires.
Bundled against single-digit temperatures, Kevin Meredith rang in the holiday season today outside the Wal-Mart he manages in Superior. "It's a nice day to be ringing," he said. Meredith joined dozens of Wal-Mart managers nationwide by taking part in the corporation's second annual Bells Ringing Across America campaign to support the Salvation Army. "It's definitely a worthwhile cause," said Meredith, who also serves on the Salvation Army advisory board. "They help a lot of people." The Salvation Army of Superior kicked off the bell-ringing season on Nov.
Amanda Haling's home filled with the scent of coffee and the sound of women's voices Wednesday morning. "This is where I live and enjoy," said Haling, 93, clinking mugs of coffee with Sascha Mansson and Jen Eplin. Age hasn't dimmed Haling's keen wit or sense of humor.
Two men accused of sexually assaulting children were bound over for arraignment this morning in Douglas County Circuit Court. Darin John Meierotto, 36, of Bayfield faces one charge of felony sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age for an alleged incident Nov. 8 in Solon Springs. According to the criminal complaint: Meierotto, who was living out of his truck at the time, had sexual contact there with a young runaway female. The truck was parked near a building in Solon Springs at the time of the assault.
Dick and Jane touched noses briefly this morning, then went to work. Heads down, they zigzagged, searching for a scent. Jane stopped occasionally for a pat on the head; Dick was all business, snorting softly.
Douglas County netted a $208,000 federal Homeland Security grant to boost communication among emergency service providers. The Inter-operable Communications Grant replaces a number of old radios throughout the county, upgrades others and provides training on how to use them, according to Keith Kesler, Douglas County/City of Superior emergency management coordinator. "This money is making a big difference in communication," he said. The 107 new radios will be handed out to fire departments, emergency medical services and emergency management agencies in Douglas County.
A Wisconsin man died of natural causes the opening day of the state's deer gun hunting season in Bayfield County. Gerald L. Amdahl, 72, of Oregon, Wis., was found dead on National Forest land in the town of Washburn at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement by the Lt. Dan Clark of the Bayfield County Sheriff's Department. Amdahl was last seen at approximately 5:50 that morning going to his deer stand to hunt.
Voices rose, bodies shimmied and music poured out of the Lake Nebagamon Auditorium on Monday. For the actors and singers preparing for a Today performance, it was the storm before the calm. "Hopefully by Friday night, we'll all be together," said Kay Coletta, who penned the music-riddled "Lake Nebagamon Hollywood Canteen" script. Ed Charbonneau has been performing in these local productions for 30 years with his wife, Doris. He promised the show would be interesting. "We've been known to wing it ... even with the script in front of us," he said.
A Bayfield County man is facing charges in connection with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the truck where he was living. Darin John Meierotto, 36, faces one count of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age and possession of a switchblade knife. He made an initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Friday. According to the criminal complaint: The girl had run away from home in rural Douglas County around midnight Thursday to see Meierotto, and he dropped her off at home about 5 a.m. that morning.
The first snow of the season sparked numerous fender-benders throughout Douglas County, including a six-vehicle accident that shut down the Blatnik Bridge and sent four people to the hospital during rush hour this morning. The accident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. in the southbound lane of the bridge. One driver started to slip, which led to a chain reaction of four separate accidents, according to Sgt. Matt Markon of the Superior Police Department.