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There are no quick answers as to what caused the Saturday fire that destroyed the Superior Balance Fitness Center building, 1420 Oakes Ave. Joe Roberts, fire investigator for the Superior Fire Department, estimated it could take until the first of the year to determine the cause. "It's going to take a while with this building," he said. The search for answers includes interviewing witnesses, pumping water out of the building, reconstructing the layout, digging through the rubble and checking various systems. The fire started shortly before noon Saturday in the 20,000-square-foot structure.
Compassion looks like a soft fleece blanket. It sounds like the voices of Northwestern Middle School sixth graders as they tucked books into the blankets Wednesday. And how does compassion make these givers feel? "Great," said Josie Fudally. "It feels pretty good," said Brett Little. "You know you did something right.
Public Defender Leslie Dollen was granted a court order allowing her to view school records and speak with Superior School District personnel about her client, a 17-year-old Superior High School student, in Douglas County Court today. Stephen J. Canon faces felony charges of substantial battery and child abuse for a Sept. 28 incident. Canon is accused of putting a fellow student in a choke hold twice -- once in front of Burger King as the other boy watched the Homecoming Parade and again as the boy was walking along Catlin Avenue after the parade.
A stolen vehicle call Friday morning sparked hours of struggle as Superior police officers took the suspect -- spitting, kicking, thrashing and screaming obscenities -- into custody. Ashla Marie Ojibway, 21, of Cloquet faces felony charges of battery of a police officer, attempted battery of a police officer and operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent. She also faces misdemeanor charges of resisting an officer, hit and run-attended vehicle, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer for the incident.
When the National Lieutenant Governor's Association launched a cervical cancer campaign, Wisconsin's Lt. Gov. Barb Lawton broke with tradition. She sent brochures about cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine to beauty salons statewide instead of health care clinics where people might expect to find them. Beauty parlors, she said, "are the center for the exchange of intelligence among women." They are, she said, an obvious place to offer information about the HPV vaccine.
A fraudulent check turned an East End neighborhood on its head Nov. 30.
Snowy weather and a lack of volunteers have left Salvation Army kettles a little light this holiday season. "We could use the donations," said Maj. Rosemary Matson of Superior's Salvation Army. The organization is only halfway to its yearly kettle campaign goal of $70,000. Yet the need in the community has exploded. "We get calls every day, all day for help," said Dawn Hastings, youth and family ministry outreach director for the Salvation Army. People ask for assistance with rent, food, utilities, gas and even mortgages. The need for food alone has tripled in the past year.
A South Range man convicted of possession of child pornography was sentenced Wednesday in Douglas County Court to three and a half years -- 18 months in Wisconsin State Prison and 24 months of extended supervision -- for violating his probation by sending sexually explicit e-mails. Jason William Moore, 33, pleaded no contest on Sept. 5 to the felony charge of possession of child pornography.
After 60 years, the enormity of what happened at Pearl Harbor casts a shadow still. A sneak morning attack by Japanese forces left more than 2,300 U.S. troops dead and propelled the country into war. "The second World War was the defining event of the 20th century," said Bob Fuhrman, executive director of the Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center. Looking at the events of Dec. 7, 1941, he said, "I just feel so small." Dec. 7 is one of the days when flags must fly at half-mast out of respect for those who served, fought and died.
A man involved in a Friday standoff with Superior police was charged with three crimes Monday. Troy John Ferdelman, 37, was charged with felony resisting arrest and misdemeanor obstructing an officer in connection with the standoff. Separately, he was charged with one count of felony forgery. The Superior man is accused of forging a check belonging to a female roommate. Investigators say he named himself as payee on the $110 check. When police went to arrest Ferdelman at 2417 E. Eighth St., he did not respond to officers knocking on the door.