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Mike Brostowitz officially resigned his position as chief of the Solon Springs Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday following a public hearing in front of the Solon Springs Fire Commission. Commission members said the resolution was a good one for the community. Now, the former chief's position is no longer in limbo. The move also keeps Brostowitz, a volunteer firefighter for 35 years, with the department. "My heart is in fire service big time," he said.
Ten teams took the field Tuesday night at Norm's Beer and Brats during Taco Madness. Only one emerged from the pile of shells and fixings victorious. Adam Herubin, April Herubin, Jeff Koenen and Joe Noponen, under the team name "Touch My Taco," tucked away a total of 136 tacos, earning them bragging rights, stomach aches and a free home tailgate party. The event also raised about $1,000 to fight breast cancer through the annual Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival.
Oliver Williamson is a soft-spoken man - a fisherman, golfer, world traveler and, classmates say, "a true friend." The Superior native can now add Nobel Prize winner to the list.
The trial date for a wrongful death suit stemming from a Nov. 1, 2007, industrial incident in the village of Superior was set Thursday in Douglas County Court. Due to crammed calendars and an anticipated two-week time span, the case of Cathy Olsen versus J. Kimmes Construction, Inc. and their insurance company, Acuity, will not be presented to a jury until Jan. 4, 2011. Complicating the case is last month's filing of a second wrongful death suit against the construction company, insurance company, Lakehead Blacktop & Materials of Superior, Inc. and Kimmes Brothers Construction, Inc.
Bill Johnston is a scout at heart. Those who know him say he lives by the Boy Scout law: He is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. "Underline thrifty three times," said one of his former scouts, Jay Ott. He recalled Johnston driving old vans "packed to the gills" with camping gear that whisked the troop on trips and expeditions.
Every 70 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer's disease. The diagnosis leads patient and family to the brink of a slippery slope. "This is a horrible disease," said Joan Litwitz, area coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association. "People know what's ahead." The fatal disease robs memories, steals emotions and literally destroys the brain. But not right away. "There will be a point and time when they need a little more assistance," Litwitz said.
The Oakes Avenue Super One is growing. An addition to the north side of the store will add about 11,000 square feet to the building, allowing for wider aisles, a larger deli -- which will move to the front of the store - and expansions of the natural foods and frozen foods sections. "It will just be nice to open it up," said store manager Greg Kremer. "It should give customers a better shopping experience." Work on the site began Monday. The walls for the addition will extend out from the produce department area.
Milton Olson hates billboards. As more of the outdoor advertising signs crop up along U.S. Highway 2, the Poplar man sees it as visual pollution. "We need some strict regulations soon," Olson said, noting that three new billboards were erected in the town of Amnicon this summer. Douglas County Board Chairman Doug Finn said he isn't opposed to such outdoor advertising.
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.