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Unused and expired prescription drugs once left the home with a single flush. But there was a catch. "They don't really go away," said Gina Temple-Rhodes, environmental program coordinator for the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District. "They go here." The "equal opportunity environmental organization" treats wastewater, disposes of solid waste and handles hazardous materials for portions of St. Louis and Carlton counties, said Karen Anderson, director of community relations for WLSSD. Wastewater treatment plants, however, were never meant to remove hormones, narcotics and other drugs.
"It's an honor," said Virginia Zyla, minister and parishioner from St. Isaac Jogues and Companions Church in Mercer who attended the installation ceremony. "I cried." Christensen, 54, takes the mantle from retiring Bishop Raphael M. Fliss, who has been with the Superior Diocese for 28 years. The new bishop's first words to the gathered parishioners, "It's good to be here," were met with thunderous applause. "I think he's awesome," said Kathy Kaderlik, secretary for St. Isaac Jogues. She said she was very touched by his uplifting, hopeful message.
The July 12 cabin explosion that took the life of a Minnesota woman and left her two teenage sons hospitalized occurred in an instant. The investigation into what happened, how it happened and who is to blame could take months. "It's hard to tell when there will be an answer on this," said Greg St. Onge, a fire investigator with Ember Investigations of Brule who was retained by the family's insurance company to investigate the incident. The Douglas County Sheriff's Department has closed its portion of the case. "We had no reason to believe any criminal act was involved," said Lt.
A birthday celebration ended with an estimated $13,000 damage to Soft Pines Tavern in Solon Springs, one patron in the hospital and more than 40 stitches for a Solon Springs man. David Ducado Menton II, also known as David Donald Denton, 24, of Solon Springs is accused of punching out a plate glass window at the tavern on County Highway A in while trying to start fights in the early morning hours of Sept. 8.
Call it Brule Centennial, take two. Sunday, the town of Brule will gather to remember a rich, 100-year-history. For some, the celebration brings with it a case of deja vu. "There is a lot of confusion because there was a huge celebration in 1961 that was called the Brule Centennial," said Laila Magnuson, a Brule resident and historian. "It was a really big thing for Brule," said Kay Johnson of Brule.
The vast majority of stupid things youth do don't make it to court. David Steven Androsky Jr.'s lapse in judgment last January did. Thursday, the 18-year-old was sentenced in Douglas County Court for setting a classmate's clothing on fire with a lighter during seventh-period auto tech class at Superior High School on Jan. 29. Judge Michael Lucci called the behavior "stupid, juvenile and dangerous." According to Superior Police Department reports, Aaron Moncel was replacing the fuel filter on his car at the time.
Laura West first met Gregory Michael Doolittle last week on her front porch. Originally, she thought he was there to meet one of her older grandchildren.
An artillery shell that may have traveled with Maj. Richard I.
Like a magic trick gone awry, horses have been appearing and disappearing on a small piece of property in Hawthorne for years. As many as 18 were reported to be living in a pasture and small pen on the 1.21-acre parcel at one time, according to Douglas County Zoning Committee minutes. The situation led to scores of complaints to Town Board Chairman Bruce Meyers, the Douglas County Sheriff's Department and the Douglas County Zoning Department. Despite a permit revocation, a court summons and now a citation. The horses remain. "I'm just baffled by the whole thing. I really am," Meyers said.
A Superior man may have prevented his own death by adhering to a court order to kick a substance abuse habit. Leslie A. Yoder, 43, was swimming in dangerous waters near Barker's Island on July 31 when he dove under but did not surface. His body was found by members of the Superior Dive Team about 90 minutes after he disappeared. An autopsy listed the cause of death as freshwater drowning, according to Douglas County Medical Examiner Darrell Witt.