Boy, 11, dies in tunnel collapse at national park in U.P.
GRAND MARAIS, Mich. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy died at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore after a makeshift sand tunnel collapsed on him, officials said.The boy and other children were digging Tuesday afternoon into the face of the Grand Sable Dunes near the mouth of Sable Creek, which flows into Lake Superior, Superintendent Jim Northup said. The tunnel gave way and covered the boy in 1 to 2 feet of sand.He was buried for more than 20 minutes before bystanders dug him out. They tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital.Park officials declined to release the name of the boy, a resident of Oak Park. Chief ranger Larry Hach said to his knowledge, no one else had died in a similar incident at the lakeshore.No warnings about digging sand tunnels are posted, he said."We'll be doing a board of review on this visitor fatality and see what recommendations come out of that," Hach said Wednesday.
Officials looking for stricter dumping punishment
MARQUETTE, Mich. The Marquette County Board of Commissioners are asking county staff to look into stricter punishment for those who illegally dump trash.Several land owners along a snowmobile trail are considering pulling their use permits due to dumping. This could have a major impact on the local economy, since snowmobiling brings in over 10 (m) million dollars a year. A member of the Marquette County Visitor's Bureau suggested the county board take up the fees for dumping up to five-thousand dollars. But if someone turns someone in and they are convicted, then that person receives 25-hundred of that fine back. A group of volunteers will clean up the trail on September ninth. (WLUC-TV) Copyright 2006 Associated Press.
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