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A house in rural Pine River was considered total loss Monday night, the Cass County Sheriff's Office reported. Firefighters were called at 6:39 p.m. to the home in Walden Township about three miles west of Pine River. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A student was struck and slightly injured by a car outside the high school in Silver Bay Monday afternoon, the Silver Bay Police Department reported today. Police were dispatched to a vehicle accident involving a student at 3:30 p.m. The student was sent to a Duluth hospital but is "doing well," Lake Superior School District Superintendent Bill Crandall said.
A 56-year-old Hayward man died in a snowmobile crash Saturday night. Bryon Schroeder died in a crash on Spider Lake northeast of Hayward. The Sawyer County Sheriff's Office said it received a call about the crash at 10:30 p.m. from Whiplash Resort. Schroeder was not breathing, the caller told a 911 dispatcher. He was pronounced dead by emergency responders at the scene. Schroeder was an owner of Hayward Power Sports and other businesses in the area.
Hermantown's Matt Gannucci was yelling, "Oh my. Oh my." The Italian women the pilgrims had just met were crying right along with the Americans. Thousands of others were chanting, "Papa, Papa." Jason and John Gannucci, separated from their group and farther away from the barricades on the street, watched on a giant television screen in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. There was Pete Stauber of Hermantown exchanging skullcaps with Pope Francis. "It's an amazing moment," Stauber said of his Feb. 26 brush with the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
A band of current and former Duluth art teachers have taken it upon themselves to create public awareness about the importance of arts in area schools. And they're doing it by responding to a harsh reality: School funding for the arts is scarce. On Wednesday night, a fundraiser for adults will take place at the Duluth Art Institute at the Depot to bring cash to schools for art supplies. "Everything we do and use in class is a consumable," former Duluth East art teacher Jackie Grombacher said.
He saw the cow moose. It saw him. There were 30 yards between them. It was a quiet standoff in the woods southeast of Ely that all too soon was violently broken after the bark of a dog. "She pinned her ears back and came running," Don Newman of Nashwauk said of his "nightmare" encounter with the moose last week while checking a trap line. Newman, wearing snowshoes, figures he got in four steps of retreat before the moose was on him. He went down into deep snow, covered his head and neck, and hoped for the best as the moose started stomping on him.
Gail Trombley is known in the Superior community as a tireless housing advocate and an outspoken nontraditional student at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where she was once described as having a "world-class sense of humor." But there's something many people might not know about her. Something she's been talking about only in the past year. In 20 years of getting paid for sex with men, mostly from Twin Ports docks, she found herself one day waking up in Thunder Bay. Men were planning to sell her. "I've got attitude.
The dusting of snow Monday night coupled with continuing low temperatures was just enough to cause a rash of traffic headaches during the morning rush hour in the Northland. Interstate 35 in Duluth was closed for about a half hour before 7 a.m. after two spinouts in the tunnel areas, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. The southbound lanes were blocked to allow Minnesota Department of Transportation crews to clear the slippery road surface. A rollover accident near Cloquet on the interstate caused a delay on northbound I-35 just before 8 a.m.
A 67-year-old Duluth man was charged with felony operating while intoxicated Monday in Douglas County District Court in Superior. Police say it is his fourth OWI offense. He also has a 2010 driving while intoxicated conviction in Minnesota. The Wisconsin State Patrol said a trooper arrested Michael Wayne Brodie just before 10 p.m. Sunday night, after he made an illegal left turn in Superior.
Wisconsin's Small Business Development Center at University of Wisconsin-Superior will host a session for small and minority-owned businesses 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College conference center, 600 N. 21st St., in Superior. Owners and representatives from small, disadvantaged or veteran-owned business are encouraged to attend.