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Don't let the leathers fool you. The Pigs motorcycle riding group is no gang. "I have nothing but good to say about them," said Fred Paine Jr., owner of Roper's Saloon, where the group meets every Tuesday. "They're really good guys." And they have big hearts. This year, the Pigs raised funds for the family of Al Bennet, a Duluth man who died unexpectedly from lung cancer, and for Chris Smith, a Superior teen with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Three women were singled out, followed and sexually assaulted within a 10-block radius this summer. A Superior man accused of all three attacks made an initial appearance Tuesday in Douglas County Circuit Court. Craig Allen Mehtala, 28, faces three counts of second degree sexual assault. According to Superior Police, DNA evidence links the Superior man to an unsolved 2006 sexual assault in Burnett County as well.
A second wrongful death case has been filed in conjunction with a Nov. 1, 2007, industrial incident where toxic fumes killed four men at the Lakehead Blacktop & Materials Inc. landfill in the village of Superior. Karen Cossalter, wife of one of the men who died, filed the second suit Sept. 28 in Douglas County Court. It names as defendants Lakehead Blacktop, J. Kimmes Construction, Inc., Kimmes Bros. Construction, Inc. and their insurance company, Acuity.
Like most of today's teens, Pete Merrill grew up making friends with a keystroke. He navigates MySpace, Facebook and My Yearbook with ease. But the Minong teen was looking for something different - a social networking site that focused on good old socializing. So he made his own. "It was one of those 'why not' things," the 17-year-old said. It would be a cool project, he thought, a hobby. Merrill is known for his ability to tackle things head-on. When he was recruited into the band "The Scarlet War," he taught himself to play bass guitar.
It's official. The Twin Ports VA Outpatient Clinic will stay in Superior. "This is huge for the community," said Ralph Heussner, spokesman for the Minneapolis VA Center. "This is huge for the veterans." Local veterans echoed the sentiment. "I'm just ecstatic about it," said Carl Zukowski, a Korean War veteran. Everyone's happy to hear the news, said John Robinson, chairman of the Douglas County Veteran's Commission.
A loud boom startled neighbors of the brick apartment buildings along the corner of North 12th Street and Hughitt Avenue on Thursday morning. Looking out, they could see members of the Superior Police Department's Emergency Response Team with rifles and protective vests enter a number of apartments. Police executed two narcotics-based search warrants in the raid, according to Capt. Chad La Lor, which resulted in two arrests The loud noise neighbors heard was a distraction device deployed by police. No one was injured in the police action, but neighbors gathered to watch.
Keyport Liquor and Lounge becomes a dragon's lair Thursday. For a year, a crystal dragon statue will rest there, symbol of a job well done. The business' team, Keyport Krew, raised a record $22,468 for the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival this year. "We're pretty proud," said Connie Austin, team manager. At 6 p.m. Thursday, representatives from the SMDC Foundation present the traveling award to Keyport. "I think this is just such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with one of the teams that has gone above and beyond," said SMDC spokeswoman Kim Kaiser.
For nearly 50 years, Nellie Bird has opened Les Bird's Bar with a smile. "I like people," she said. "I've never had a day where I thought, 'Oh, I hate to go down to that bar today.'" So at 6:45 a.m. every morning, you can find her at the business in Superior's South End, sorting mail, preparing tills and waiting for the regulars. By 8 a.m., they're sipping coffee together, solving the problems of the world. "The coffee's always free; somebody always bakes," said Roxie Boustead, a coffee clatch regular.
For Howard and Jessica Huber's family, the last month has felt like a long hotel stay. On Aug. 10 when they walked into their new, energy-efficient home - built by community volunteers in a single week - there were a few loose ends. Like the laundry room. "A lot of stuff they did for TV, not livability," said Howard "Howie" Huber. Storage space does not make a good camera shot. Apparently, neither do laundry rooms.
Traditional holiday concerts have been canceled at all Superior school district elementary schools this year, according to Superintendent Janna Stevens. Similar concerts at Superior middle and high schools will not be affected. "We knew it would be controversial," Stevens said of the decision. Winter concerts have been part of the school year as far back as anyone can remember. Ideas for other winter events to replace the concerts - such as after school sing-alongs - have been discussed, but no decision has been reached.