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Oulu was alive with "The Sound of Music" Saturday afternoon. Members of the town's community theater filled S.R.S. Hall, also known as the Workshop, with strains of "Edelweiss," "So Long, Farewell," and "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" The group has been making music for more than a decade. "I could not work with a nicer bunch of people," said director Eunice Laakso. "The majority have been with us since the beginning." As pianist Kitty Wahlberg put it, "This is family." The Oulu Community Theater has always dreamed big.
The public defender who represented convicted murderer Jason Richard Borelli takes the stand in May to respond to claims he provided ineffective counsel at the murder trial. A jury of 12 found Borelli, 34, guilty of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Leah Gustafson in her Superior apartment. Gustafson was choked, bludgeoned and ultimately stabbed to death with a collector sword on Jan. 7, 2006.
Rural baseball diamonds see plenty of activity over the summer. "Wherever you find them, it's gold," said Troy Lupa of Brule. The town, population 607, is sitting on a gold mine. It has not one, but two sandy ballfields. The original was built about 25 years ago by volunteer labor, said Town Chairman Dennis Smet. As the number of youth teams in the area dropped, however, the field became a playground for adults. "It's pretty much used every night of the week," said Keith Olson of Brule. The church leagues, tavern league and women's leagues all called Brule's field home.
A proposed Solon Springs archery range cleared its latest hurdle Wednesday when an appeal by county residents opposed to the project was denied by the Board of Adjustment. "We're very pleased, obviously," said Mike Blaylock, secretary and treasurer of Solon Springs Bowhunters Inc. Neighbors contesting construction of the range along Baldwin Avenue weren't ready to throw in the towel. "This was a stepping stone to court, and we all knew it," said Jane Russell of Solon Springs. In February, they filed to appeal a Jan.
There's an IHOP coming to Superior's East End. But it doesn't serve pancakes to hungry customers. This rendition, the International House of Prayer, fills a different need. Nestled inside East End Hardware and Gifts, 2201 E. Fifth Street, Lake Superior House of Prayer is under construction.
For Kathi "Peachie" Schmid, the only thing better than turning pieces of colored glass into art is watching others appreciate it. "It's really nice to provide something that makes other people so happy," she said. "I love the fact that we can add color to their lives." For 18 years, Schmid has been bringing color to the Twin Ports through Peachie's Stained Glass. The hobby-turned-business began in the town of Superior on the corner of what once was Country Crafts.
Two boys, ages 13 and 14, were arrested Tuesday morning for stealing video games from the i play store at 1830 Tower Ave. A web camera surveillance system installed by i play owners just last week recorded the burglary and arrest. Building maintenance worker Gary Meysman called store co-owner Sam Smith on Tuesday to tell him that one of the store's rear windows had been broken out. Smith called co-owner Luke Hauser, who logged in to the web camera and saw people in the building.
Susan Slater makes tough choices nearly every day about which horses get a chance. "You can't save the world," said Slater, who owns Animal Rescue and Farm Sanctuary in Trego. The farm, which serves a six-county region, gets about 100 calls a year to take in horses. But only half of them find sanctuary. "A lot of people, they don't say 'No,'" Slater said. In those cases, she said, rescuers end up in need of rescue. Of the horses that find respite, many are cared for and adopted out.
A South Range man accused of attempting to entice brothers, ages 3 and 4, to go into a secluded place with him was found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in Douglas County Court. Gregory Michael Doolittle, 23, who according to court records has a form of autism known as Asperger's Syndrome, pleaded no contest to one count of attempted child enticement Feb. 29. Instead of entering a judgment of conviction, Judge Michael Lucci accepted Doolittle's additional plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
Sometimes, all it takes to make a neighborhood is a single neighbor. Or, in the case of Connors Point, two. A trio of houses huddle together along what was once Superior's busiest roadway -- Main Street. The rest of the point, which boasts a ringside view of vessels gliding under the Blatnik Bridge, belongs to industry. Deer and ducks are familiar sites, but not playing children. This 1.5-mile spit of land has been Helen Carlson's home for 89 years.