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"Nowadays, nothing is sacred," Ellie Hanson of Superior said as she stood near her future grave site at the city's Nemadji Cemetery, where a vandal had pried off a brass plaque, possibly to sell as scrap metal. Hanson's plaque was one of two taken from the cemetery this year; officials say they're the only thefts of their kind in the city in the past 30 years. (Bob King /

Thieves steal markers from Superior cemetery, possibly for scrap metal

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Ellie Hanson's humor softens the cruel fact that in May, it was discovered that someone pried the brass plaque off her future grave in Superior and probably sold it for scrap.


Knowing she'll probably never find out who would "stoop so low" to steal from a cemetery, she recently tried to put an ad in the local newspaper. "It was going to say: Whoever stole the marker on my grave, I'd like to have it back. I plan on dying soon."

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