Press Releases


Explosion, Fire Destroys Solon Springs Cabin

One man was hospitalized with burns and smoke inhalation Friday after an explosion and fire at a cabin on Lake of the Woods, east of Solon Springs.

The incident was reported just after the noon hour at 10654S Lake of the Woods Loop Rd.  A neighbor reported hearing a loud explosion that shook her house and saw smoke and flames coming from the cabin next door, and a vehicle rapidly leaving the driveway.  She called 911 as she evacuated the area as the explosions continued.

Emergency personnel arrived on scene and observed flames periodically shooting several hundred feet into the air as propane escaped and ignited from a tank that was just filled that morning. The explosions ceased as firefighters attacked the blaze.

Deputies located the cabin owner Dale Obrien, 85, of Superior, at a residence across the lake being treated by Gold Cross Paramedics.  Dale told deputies that he was trying to start his gas fireplace when a burst of flames forcefully shot out from the fireplace insert directly at him.  He said he knew he was burned and had to evacuate the cabin.  He left in his vehicle and sought assistance from the first place he found somebody home.  He was taken to a local hospital with burns to his hands, face, and legs, as well as smoke inhalation.

The cabin was a total loss.  Several nearby structures were also damaged by heat.

Volunteer firefighters from Solon Springs, Gordon, Highland, Bennett, and Lake Nebagamon responded to this incident.



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Three Car Crash on USH 2


Minor injuries were reported after two vehicles, one a Douglas County Sheriff's squad car, were rear ended this morning on USH 2.

Deputy Kris Witt was treated and released from a local hospital. She was westbound on USH 2 near Bayfield Rd, west of Poplar, when she pulled onto the shoulder to check on a disabled vehicle.

A trailing vehicle, a white Jeep, was slowing when it was struck from behind by a red Ford Explorer, forcing the Jeep across the oncoming lanes and into the ditch, where it rolled over.

The Explorer then struck the rear of the squad car, forcing it into the ditch.  The Explorer skidded to a stop further down the road with heavy front end damage.

No further information at this time.

The crash is under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol.



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Fatal ATV Crash in Oakland Township

At approximately 2:30 PM Saturday (March 18, 2017), Douglas County Sheriff’s Office personnel along with local First Responders were dispatched to an ATV crash on Clara Barton Road, in the Town of Oakland.


Upon arrival, it was determined that there was a single vehicle crash with the ATV operator having sustained life threatening injuries. The ATV operator was airlifted to a Duluth hospital.


On March 19th, the ATV operator passed away as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.


The identity of ATV operator is Andrew Mikrot (28 years of age) from South Range, WI.


The crash remains under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and WI. DNR.


No other information is available at this time.

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One in Custody after Stabbing Incident

A 49 year old Lake Nebagamon man is in custody after a stabbing incident this morning.

Douglas County 911 received a call at 5:03 am from a man stating he was bleeding to death.  The connection was lost before further information was obtained.  At 5:13am a call was received from a third party who directed officers to an address on Wangerin Rd in Lake Nebagamon where the caller stated a party was bleeding to death and a named suspect cut his throat.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded with Gold Cross Ambulance and Lake Nebagamon first responders.  Deputies located a 47 year old Duluth man bleeding and crawling in the driveway.  He was transported to a Duluth hospital where his condition is unknown at this time.  He was able to be interviewed to determine what had happened.

Deputies secured the scene and obtained a search warrant for the residence. The suspect had fled in a vehicle prior to their arrival.  The suspect was later taken into custody nearby at 11:16am.

No further information is available at this time and the incident remains under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

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Hunters Welcome Snow, Motorists Don't

While the first snowfall of the season may have been a welcome sight for the deer hunters on opening weekend, it was not as well received by motorists.

Starting at about 11:00 am on Friday, and through midnight on Sunday, Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies responded to 33 reported cars in the ditch, 9 crashes involving property damage, and 3 crashes involving personal injury.

Other than a couple of calls  of trespassers, no hunting related incidents were reported to the Sheriff's office over the weekend.





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Car Seat Safety Clinic SATURDAY

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Website Update


Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Contact: Chief Deputy Jerry Moe

For More Information: 715-395-1371 or  moej@ci.superior.wi.us





Douglas County Sheriff Office Updates Text Alert System on Website


The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will upgrade its text message alert notification feature on or before October 3rd to supplement an upgrade completed earlier this summer. The upgraded text alert system will feature a short URL in the message body, instead of a full URL. The messages will continue to come from 96167 or 470-219-3777. Below is an example of a current alert with a full URL and a sample of the same alert with a short URL:





As shown above, the message body will have a Subject line (the Press Release title, in the above example) and a From address of Douglas Sheriff WI. There will still be an option to change subscription at the bottom of the message.


To sign up for alert notifications from our office, to change your current subscription, or to unsubscribe from our alerts, please go to our Sign Up for Alerts page: www.sheriffofdouglascountywi.org/alerts_signup.php


The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office welcomes any feedback from the community on this text alert upgrade. To provide feedback, please let us know through our Contact Us form (www.sheriffofdouglascountywi.org/contact.php) or call us at 715-395-1371.


As always, we wish to thank the public for their continued support of law enforcement. We believe the unique partnership we have between the public and law enforcement enhances the security and quality of life we all enjoy.


Sheriff Thomas Dalbec



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Community Meeting Tuesday August 23rd



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Car Seat Safety Clinic This Thursday

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Be Somebody June 4th

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