Wednesday, August 23rd


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SUPERIOR - Authorities Tuesday released the name of a 63-year-old maintenance worker who died when he fell down an elevator shaft at a Superior hotel.

Police identified the victim as Michael Steven Grigoni. Authorities say Grigoni had lived in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Police say Grigoni was trying to fix a malfunctioning elevator at The Androy Hotel on Aug. 15 when he apparently opened the elevator door and walked through, falling about 15 to 20 feet to the basement. He died at the scene.

Superior police and the Douglas County medical examiner’s office spent a week trying to identify and locate his next of kin before releasing his name, but could not find any living relatives.




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ETRICK - Authorities say a western Wisconsin man has died in a rotary mower accident.

The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department says 47-year-old Brady Olson of Ettrick was operating a tractor with a rotary mower attached. A preliminary investigation found the tractor was heading downhill when Olson somehow became entangled between the tractor and the mower.

The accident was reported just before 7:30 p.m. Monday. Olson died at the scene.

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Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.(Photo: Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

A government inspector general Tuesday called for an expert panel to review the opioid prescribing practices of a physician at the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The unnamed physician is a psychiatrist who treats some of the most complex cases of addiction and has a proven track record of success, a Zablocki VA spokesman said.

"We have reviewed his practices and we are confident that he is providing outstanding care to our veterans," said Gary Kunich, the spokesman.

"We make every effort to treat all our veterans with the best and most-safe and most-effective care anywhere," he added.

The VA inspector general conducted an investigation from January 2015 through March 2016 after receiving requests from Wisconsin lawmakers U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

"Some of the findings in this report are two years old and while some changes have already occurred at the facility, a provider with questionable prescribing practices is only now coming to light — this is unacceptable," Baldwin said in a statement.

State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, (D - Middleton) spoke at Legislative hearing on Foxconn incentives package.(Photo: Wisconsin Senate 2015 photo)

At Tuesday's legislative hearing on Wisconsin's incentive package for Foxconn Technology Group, a Department of Natural Resources official raised the possibility the company's massive water use might require approval by the other Great Lakes states.

But later an attorney for the agency said no such approval is expected to be needed. 

Deputy DNR Secretary Secretary Kurt Thiede appeared at the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee in Sturtevant and responded to a question from Sen. Jon Erpenbach, a Democrat, about legal requirements for water use from Lake Michigan.

Thiede said approval from other states might be required under the Great Lakes Compact.

DNR attorney Eric Ebersberger, who was at the hearing in Sturtevant, clarified Thiede's remarks.

Ebersberger said the eight Great Lakes states and the provinces of Quebec and Ontario could review water use if Foxconn could not return an average of 5 million gallons of water a day over a 90-day period to the basin.

Smoke billows from the second floor of Shipwrecked Pub in Egg Harbor Sunday, Aug. 20.(Photo: Courtesy of Tad Dukehart)

EGG HARBOR - The investigation of the Sunday fire that destroyed the Shipwrecked Brew Pub revealed the origin of the fire but the cause is undetermined, said Egg Harbor Fire Chief Steve Schopf.

The fire started in unit 5 of the second story near a "fold-out love seat and the actual cause is undetermined at this time," Schopf said. His department investigated the fire and found an electric outlet close to the love seat had a lamp plugged into a socket, Schopf said.

"Whether that was the cause, it is hard to determine," he said.

The brew pub's insurance company reviewed the investigation report and  "agrees" with the findings of the department, Schopf said.

Firefighters from every department in Door County and Algoma fought the fire that rampaged through the Shipwrecked Brew Pub on Sunday, destroying the building.