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Duluth couple Ron and Mary Tarnowski went missing this summer, and the search for them spawned a community wide effort. The couple had been spotted at various locations around the Northland, and were eventually found dead in and near their vehicle. The search for them went on for days.
An October 27th winter storm left I-35 covered with snow and ice, which caused an early morning crash involving a semi-driver, near the St. Louis River. Search crews eventually found his body in the river, and identified him as a Duluth man. The crash caused traffic on I-35 to move extremely slow, and traffic backed up quickly in the area.
A Grand Rapids father shot his 8-year-old son in the head before turning the gun on himself in March. Doctors gave his son a slim chance to live through his injury. However, Wyatt miraculously returned home in late June after spending weeks in the hospital. Wyatt started his therapy sessions shortly before returning to school in the fall.
A sudden summer storm kicked up over Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands, and left multiple boats damaged and/or grounded due to high winds and large waves. A business in the area ended up helping salvage and rescue the stranded boats.
An officer-involved shooting, which led to the death of Jason Pero, 14, has spurred an investigation with the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Authorities with the Ashland County Sheriffs Office say Pero lunged at an officer with a knife after calling 911 on himself, which caused the officer to shoot him. The investigation is still underway.
A trip to Palisade Head turned tragic after a teenager fell to her death in early September. Authorities say Bailey Belisle, 14, of Somerset, Wisconsin, had just had her picture taken when the incident happened. Belisle fell roughly 200 feet after the rock fell out underneath her.
The unofficial start to summer had a tragic beginning after one teenager died and three others were injured following a crash in Solway Township. The crash was just one of several in the Northland over the holiday weekend. The teens were returning from a graduation party during the early morning hours when the crash took place.
In another deadly incident over the summer, a family was walking along Park Point Beach during a Red Flag Warning when two people, a father and a daughter, were swept out to Lake Superior and drowned. Officials are unsure how they ended up in the water. The incident itself prompted multiple rescue squads, as well as the Duluth Fire Department, to venture out in dangerous conditions in order to find the pair. The boat carrying firefighters also overturned, causing injury to one firefighter.
An infant left home alone during the morning in Tower died after the home caught on fire. Bentley's uncle, Jesse Bonacci-Koski, had left him home alone in order to buy drugs. When Koski returned, he saw firefighters and immediately left to steal a vehicle at a nearby bar. Koski is now facing several charges, which include two counts of manslaughter.
The October 27th winter storm caused high winds and waves in the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior. The large waves flooded Highways 2 and 13 in the early morning hours, causing the State Patrol to close that portion of the highway. The section was closed all day as crews worked to pick up rocks, boulders, and large pieces of wood, which were thrown onto the highway.
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