The Northland's week in review: May 31- June 5
Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1 ? The Duluth Huskies lost to Thunder Bay 2-0 in Northwoods League action Saturday. The Huskies defeated Thunder Bay 13-7 Sunday. ? Deaths for the month of May for the U.S. Military were at the lowest level for...
Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1
- The Duluth Huskies lost to Thunder Bay 2-0 in Northwoods League action Saturday. The Huskies defeated Thunder Bay 13-7 Sunday.
- Deaths for the month of May for the U.S. Military were at the lowest level for a month in more than four years, according to an Associated Press report.
Civilian casualties also decreased sharply.
Monday, June 2
- The city of Duluth announced plans to sell the boilers from Steam Plant No. 2, in West Duluth, for $2.5 million to Minnesota Power. The money would help the city's reserve fund.
- School Board Chairwoman Nancy Nilsen criticized City Councilor Garry Krause for wanting to ask the council to approve a resolution asking the school district to put the Red Plan to a public vote.
Nilsen said the district has already bonded for $171 million and assessed property taxes for the plan, which costs $293 million.
Tuesday, June 3
- Sen. Barack Obama claimed the Democratic presidential nomination.
- The Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation announced that work on the gusset plates for the John A. Blatnik Memorial Bridge could begin as early as next Monday. Alternate sides of the bridge will be closed off to all traffic. There will be two separate closures, which will last for about two weeks each.
- The Duluth Economic Development Authority approved plans to pay for two new sections of the skywalk. These new sections would connect the Technology Village and Lake Superior Place and the Sheraton Hotel with Greysolon Plaza.
- At a Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce forum, Mayor Don Ness announced he will bring forth solutions on how the city will deal with its $5 million budget deficit Monday. Ness said he "inherited" the deficit.
Councilor Todd Fedora, at the forum, felt differently.
"Nobody inherited a budget. That budget was approved," he said in a Duluth News Tribune article. "We've been pissing away money in the city for years, and the chickens have come home to roost."
Wednesday, June 4
- Daniel TePoel, 55, of Barnes, Wis., former Duluth mortgage broker, was sentenced in federal court to 11 years and four months in prison and was ordered to repay his victims.
TePoel took more than $2 million from "friends and neighbors" in an investment scheme.
Gary Milosevich, formerly of Superior, who worked with TePoel, was indicted on nine fraud counts in April 2007 with TePoel. Authorities have not been able to locate him.
- The public defender of Manuel Eustaqio Munoz-Sierra's, 54, who was accused of shooting a Duluth police officer, said his client told him that his shotgun accidentally discharged and that he didn't mean to harm anyone.
The public defender spoke at a pretrial hearing in St. Louis County District Court. Officer Matt Hendrickson, who was shot, but recovered from the injuries, now works for the Minneapolis Police Department.
Thursday, June 5
- The Duluth City Council voted 6-2 to remove a resolution from Monday's council agenda to have the school district put the Red Plan to a public vote.
--The Duluth News Tribune contributed to this article
Coming this weekend
- The "Clash of the Leatherheads" throwback football game between the Duluth-Superior Shoremen (the Duluth Eskimos) and the Northwestern Thunderhawks will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Public Schools Stadium. There will be entertainment at 4 p.m. (music, classic cars, etc.)
- The production "Out of the Ashes 2008," featuring dancing, singing, painting, acting and miming, will be held at the Play Ground at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7. It will also be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8.