The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute hosted two professionals with experience in the mining industry on April 8th at 7 p.m. Roy Smith and Bob Tammen talked about their experiences with mining from the perspective of the workers and offered their opinions on the economics and environmental impacts associated with mining communities. More information about the Northland College Perspectives in Mining series is available from Jean Ayers at (715) 682-1264.
By Katy Zart
Construction is already under way of a new million dollar fitness facility at Northland College in Ashland. Northland College closed its campus pool last July for safety reasons. Since then, Bob Jackson said efforts have been under way to reuse the space as the site of their new $1.4 million fitness center. Jackson is the project manager and vice president of finance at Northland. He said the 8,000 square foot facility will have a lot to offer.
“Equipment will include six treadmills, four elliptical bikes, about a half dozen spin bikes, recumbent and upright bicycles, one rowing machine in addition to a variety of different weight equipment, a cushioned dance floor for group exercises, yoga, and group workout,” said Jackson.
Northland College President Mike Miller said the new facility will be built with energy efficient lighting and refurbished wood. Miller said everyone on campus will be able to use the fitness center.
“There will be a bouldering wall that will be an opportunity for our outdoor ed students and other students to get endurance and strength, and the strength and conditioning training for our athletes,” said Miller. “I’m hopeful and trusting that at the end everybody can be really excited and happy about it. I know that I am.”
The college has raised just under 1.2 million dollars for the project from alumni, trustees and friends of the college. Northland is hiring companies from Duluth, Ashland and Hurley to build the fitness center. Jackson said they hope to complete construction on the new fitness center by mid-July. Plans have not yet been decided regarding community use, but it plans to be free for students, faculty and staff.
By Katy Zart
An Ashland judge ruled last week that evidence will not be released early in the case of an Ashland teen charged in the death of 52 year-old Ashland man Bill Saari.
In a motion hearing on Friday, Ashland County Circuit Court Judge Robert Eaton denied a request by Ashland Defense Attorney Mark Perrine. Perrine requested that the prosecution release evidence concerning his 14 year-old client Joseph Charles Ackley.
Ackley is charged with one count of first degree intentional homicide in the death of his legal guardian Bill Saari. The Ashland teen also faces two counts of attempted first degree intentional homicide.
Ashland Defense Attorney Mark Perrine says he made the request for the case evidence due to the age of his client. Under Wisconsin law, the state does not have to provide case evidence to the defense until after the preliminary hearing. Ackley will be read the criminal charges against him and asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty in the upcoming hearing. The court has deemed the Ashland teen fit to be tried as an adult.
A preliminary hearing for Ackley has been set for Monday, May 5th at the Ashland County Courthouse.