HURLEY - A suspicious backpack outside Gogebic Taconite's office in Hurley brought in police, sheriff's deputies, and a bomb squad over the weekend.
Instead of a serious threat, a drunk, careless Ironwood man was to blame.
G-Tac is the company exploring a controversial iron ore mine on the border of Ashland and Iron Counties.
The backpack was wedged between a newspaper stand and the G-Tac office.
"We thought it was suspicious due to the recent controversy between pro-mining groups and environmental organizations against the mine. Also, we had Rep. Sean Duffy due to speak that day at a restaurant just around the corner. Those two things kind of heightened our awareness as toward the backpack," said Hurley Police Chief Dan Erspamer.
Hurley Police evacuated two blocks surrounding the backpack and called in the nearest bomb squad, from Wausau.
The bomb squad used X-rays and eventually opened the backpack.
They found only normal items inside.
Tuesday, we learned they found a name inside the bag and talked to that Ironwood man.
"He indicated that he was extremely intoxicated the night before and did not remember where he had placed that bag. He did not even know it was at the G-Tac building. He didn't know where it was," Erspamer said.
The man said he didn't report the bag missing because it also contained some illegal drugs.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
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