Christopher Neil Bjerkness, 39, is accused of illegally entering the Essentia Health-Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center, 530 E. Second St., and slashing an unspecified number of exercise balls just after midnight on May 23.
Dan Blank spent nearly his entire professional career as Douglas County's top prosecutor, so when he was unseated from his 26-year tenure as district attorney in a primary battle last August he said he didn't want to rush into a job search.
A Bayfield County emergency medical technician who died trying to rescue his mother from their burning house has been posthumously honored with a Carnegie Medal for heroism. Dennis Swenson, 62, and his 95-year-old mother, Dorothy Swenson, perished in the May 2015 fire at their home east of Cornucopia. Authorities said Dennis Swenson, awakened by his emergency pager after a neighbor called 911 to report the blaze, safely made it from the home but died after re-entering the burning structure in an attempt to save his mother.