Northland briefs: Lake Nebagamon man dies from ATV accident
Lake Nebagamon dies after ATV accident A Lake Nebagamon man who was injured Friday in an ATV accident has died. According to his CaringBridge website, Darren Harvey, 44, died Wednesday morning of injuries sustained in the accident. A funeral is p...
Lake Nebagamon dies after ATV accident
A Lake Nebagamon man who was injured Friday in an ATV accident has died.
According to his CaringBridge website, Darren Harvey, 44, died Wednesday morning of injuries sustained in the accident. A funeral is planned for noon Saturday, according to the site.
Harvey was driving his ATV on Wasgren Road just north of Third Street North when he lost control of the vehicle and drove into the ditch, according to a Douglas County Sheriff's Department report. He was thrown from the ATV and transported by Gold Cross ambulance to St. Luke's hospital.
Search on for missing man
Birchwood police and the Washburn County Sheriff's Department are looking for a man reported missing on Monday.
Michael A. Wing, 59, is approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and 170 pounds with green eyes and gray hair.
He commonly wears tan khaki shorts, white short-sleeve T-shirt and a tan "Desert Storm" style camouflage hat. Wing has some health problems and may be suicidal, according to a news release from Birchwood and Washburn County.
Wing left his residence in the Village of Birchwood on or about July 9. The family believes he left his residence riding his newer red mountain bike. The family received a text message from Wing on July 10, but have not heard from him since. This is unusual behavior for Wing, according to the release.
The family believes he may still be in the four-county area surrounding Birchwood. If anyone knows of Wing's whereabouts or observes him, contact the Birchwood Police Department at (715) 354-3444 or the Washburn County Sheriff's Office Dispatch at (715) 468-4720.
24-hour Fitness Express in Hermantown closes
The 24-Hour Fitness Express in Hermantown has closed its doors. Its memberships are being honored at Arrowhead Tennis and Athletic Center through July.
The health and fitness center located at 4879 Miller Trunk Highway closed suddenly June 30 and its workout equipment promptly moved out.
Three-year member Brett Groehler discovered the closure in recent days when he went there to work out.
"The doors were locked and the sign was down," he said in an e-mail to the News Tribune. "No warning, no letter, no phone call."
The owner couldn't be reached for comment.
The fitness center was located within blocks of competitor Anytime Fitness, which has several other locations in the Twin Ports area that are also open 24 hours. The
24 Hour Fitness Express had only one location.
The fitness center had approximately 400 members, former staff said.
Ashland to vote on beer sales
Ashland residents will be asked in November to decide whether convenience stores should be allowed to sell beer.
The Ashland City Council was considering the issue, and decided this week to put the question up to a public vote.
If it passes, a city ordinance will be changed to let gas stations and a Wal-Mart store sell beer in Ashland.
The current law states that no alcohol may be sold in the same place gasoline is sold.
The citywide vote is scheduled for Nov. 2.
Hibbing council to hear fire chief grievance
The Hibbing Fire Department's grievance with its chief is going to the City Council.
A special council meeting is being held tonight to discuss issues including Chief Tony Pogorels, who recently received a vote of no confidence from the rank and file.
They say the chief is detached and they don't like the way he treats firefighters.
Plans are in the works to appoint a mediator to work with the two sides.