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Following a Solon Springs Fire Commission meeting Tuesday, acting Fire Chief John Walt made one thing clear. "Our department is as solid as can be," he said. "We're still strong." Walt said the Solon Springs Volunteer Fire Department has about 20 active members. Former Fire Chief Mike Brostowitz has resigned his post, according to members of the Fire Commission, but he remains a firefighter with the department.
Gov. Jim Doyle will stop by the Shack Smokehouse & Grille at 1 p.m. Friday to proclaim the business a clean air zone. The establishment makes the switch to a smoke-free environment today, a year before the statewide smoking ban takes effect. "It's been something I've been pondering for a while," said Shack owner Doug Dalager. He has seen a shift in customer preferences, with more patrons stressing their right to clean air. "When you're in a business you learn to give people what they want," Dalager said.
The women of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 499 are woven together by the threads of patriotism and friendship. Every other Monday, they gather in the Lockman-Jensen American Legion Post in Gordon to sew quilts, walker bags, lap robes, flannel booties and more for wounded veterans. "We started sewing for the veterans in 1974," said rehabilitation chairwoman Marge Biscobing. What began as a twice-a-year event grew to bi-monthly meetings.
Fifth graders at Lake Superior School protected gorillas and polar bears with bookmarks, colorful pens and Play-Doh this spring. Their student-led fundraiser netted $101.74 to help the endangered critters. "We just really loved animals and wanted to save them," said fifth grader Mikayla Guski. It all started with her classmate Molly Bergum's Christmas present - a World Wildlife Federation poster listing 20 endangered species.
The Bakken family arrived in Solon Springs on May 9, 1909. Leonard, Elise and their five children - 10-year-old Art, 8-year-old Eiven, 6-year-old Albert, 3-year-old Ruth and Dagny, 2 - took the train into town, then traveled to what would be their homestead.
Three charges against a retired Douglas County Sheriff's Department deputy were dismissed in Douglas County Court Thursday - two felony charges of possessing a recording of nudity without consent and one misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer. William James Webber, 55, still faces three misdemeanor charges - two counts of fourth degree sexual assault and one count of obstructing an officer - as well as a single felony charge of exposing a child to harmful material. Webber's attorney, Chris Gramstrup, argued the videotapes, which show a woman getting out of the shower nude, were made in
Training begins today in Superior to improve the lines of communication between caregivers and patients with dementia. "My goal was to better train our staff to deal with issues that arise," said Chris Fitch, activities director for St. Francis in the Park Health and Rehabilitation Center, who organized the event. She spread the word to caregivers for a chance at the free training. By Monday, 75 people had signed up to hear speaker Lynn Erkkila, a licensed independent social worker and clinical resource specialist for Bethesda Hospital in St.
The Solon Springs Fire Chief was relieved of duty Monday night by the Solon Springs Fire Commission, which includes members from the town and village of Solon Springs. Jim Heim, chairman of the fire commission, confirmed that Mike Brostowitz is no longer chief. "He wasn't fired," Heim said. "He's suspended pending his decision." Brostowitz can choose to remain on the volunteer fire department or resign, according to Heim. A decision is expected by the end of the month.
Jada is a 15-pound hero. The eight-year-old dauchsund hurled itself at a wolf June 9 to save a fellow canine, Lana. Their owner, Dana Lundeen, was sitting on the front porch of her South Range home that afternoon when first Lana, than Jada ran barking around the house. Suddenly, she heard an awful bark. Rounding the corner of the house, she saw a wolf about 75 yards away at the edge of the yard's man-made pond. As Lundeen watched, it punted 1-year-old Lana away and grabed Jada in its mouth.
With her right hand raised, Barb McDaniel made local history Friday night as she was sworn in as commander of the Lockman-Jensen American Legion Post 499 in Gordon. The U.S. Navy veteran is the first female commander of the post since it was chartered in 1948, and the first female commander ever in Douglas County. "It's not a unique thing," said Kelly Barnes, a member of Post 499 and recently elected 12-district commander for the region.