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New hole found at Indiana dune that swallowed boy

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:13 Published in National News

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) - A hole similar to one that trapped a 6-year-old Illinois boy beneath 11 feet of sand has been found on the same northern Indiana dune.

National Park Service Ranger Bruce Rowe says a crew setting up ground-sensing equipment to examine Mount Baldy at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Monday spotted a 10-inch wide hole resembling the size and shape of the pocket described by the boy's family.

Rowe says the hole is about 100 yards east of where Nathan Woessner, of Sterling, Ill., was trapped and is about 5-feet deep. He says the dune will remain closed until scientists determine what is causing the holes.

Emergency workers freed Nathan after he was trapped for more than three hours on July 12. He was hospitalized for two weeks.

 

A traffic note for the upcoming weekend. MoDOT plans to close the ramp from eastbound 64 to Vandeventer on Saturday morning at 6 AM.

The closure is part of the Tower Grove Project that will build a full interchange at Tower Grove and Boyle and replace four bridges over the interstate. The ramp will remain closed until spring of next year.

One St. Louis alderwoman seeks to shrink the size of city government.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Ward 16 representative, Donna Baringer, is seeking the office of license collector, only to eliminate it. Baringer would fill the vacancy left by Mike McMilan who left to lead the St. Louis Urban League.

Baringer says she wants to implement a plan that would merge the office's duties with those in other departments. According to the Post-Dispatch, this work would be done by the end of 2017.

The city's license collector issues business licenses.

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