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December was spotted two days before Christmas. A driver from Superior Water, Light & Power noticed the fluffy gray kitten passing his truck. He opened the door, and she hopped in, ears bleeding. The kitten was brought directly to the Animal Rescue Federation shelter. "What a little sweetheart," said Sheila Love, shelter director. Despite her injuries -- frostbitten ears, bruised paws and bleeding from the nose -- she was friendly, Love said. "The poor thing," said the shelter director.
For 16 years, a trio of Italian dioramas have greeted guests in the lobby of the Superior Public Library. This year, the space will get a monthly makeover from local artists. Watch for felt dolls, driftwood sculpture, paintings, photographs, woven fabrics and even floating cups to put in an appearance. Nora Fie, manager of children's and young adult services, came up with the concept, which was approved in November. "I think it's a really neat idea," said Library Director Janet Jennings.
It happens every Wednesday at Northern Lights School. Students trickle into the gymnasium, shuck their coats and line up. "Phew, I got here in time," said Hudson Ojeda as he hustled to the line Dec. 10. The first grader stood poised until the first beep.
Fires don't take holidays. Neither do accidents. Like crime, they can happen any time. This Thanksgiving, a multi-car pileup near Hibbing sent injured people to area hospitals, including St. Luke's. Superior Fire Chief Tad Matheson remembers the year a fire started in Superior home while the family was opening Christmas presents inside. "We lost the house," he said, but they were there to fight for it. For some, Christmas on the clock is part of the job description. "If I have to work I have to work," said Anne Laible, a medical technologist for St. Luke's.
If you're hankering for a story, Bill Howland is your man. He can tell you about buffalo rides, courtroom escapades, Mother Nature, Toby the Swamp Booger and the many children he's taught to carve. "We joke with him and we kid with him," said his friend Nikkol Moniot. "He talks way too much; sometimes we want to duct tape his mouth." But the Maple man has always been there for others. Howland and his wife, Patsy, "are just good people; they make me smile," said Debbie Heintz of Lake Nebagamon. "Bill's just Bill," Moniot said.
Danyel Berka has heard Salvation Army bells ringing in Superior for years. They chime for people from all walks of life -- children who participate in the organization's Rookie Basketball League; families dealing with catastrophic medical bills or the loss of a job; anyone in need of food, a toothbrush, a warm coat or a comforting word. "They help out and they don't judge," Berka said of the Superior Salvation Army.
A Superior sex offender who violated the rules of his supervised release by offering his prescription medication to a woman in return for topless hugging sessions will be returned to institutional care. Douglas County Judge Michael Lucci revoked the supervised release of Keith Allen VanBronkhorst, 66, in a Friday decision. The proof of the rules violations rested in VanBronkhorst's own words. A series of three separate statements made by the Superior man to his probation and parole agent, Paul Meyer, were entered into evidence during a Wednesday hearing. In an Oct.
A Minnesota man accused of pointing a loaded handgun at another man outside a Dairyland bar, then shooting the gun into the air, waived his preliminary hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Brett Thomas Mamer, 34, of Cottage Grove, faces one felony count of first-degree reckless endangerment and misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a handgun where alcohol is sold for the Nov. 28 incident. According to the criminal complaint, sheriff's deputies were called to the bar about 9:38 p.m. to search for a man who shot a pistol in the parking lot.
The weekend blizzard gave me a chance to reconnect with my childhood. It all started Monday morning when I learned, to my horror, that my cute little Kia was not designed with deep drifts in mind. After half an hour of fruitless shoveling and pushing, I threw in the keys and switched tactics. Bundled in two jackets, moon boots, gloves and a spiffy fur cap I trekked to work on foot. The side streets were eerily quiet, with only a brave truck or two to share the road with. Hammond and Belknap were busier, but not by much. It was gloomy, windy and chilly.
A Superior sex offender accused of violating rules of his supervised release by having topless hugging sessions with the mother of a young child and providing her with prescription pills may be reinstitutionalized under Wisconsin's sexual predator law. The decision about whether to revoke the extended supervision of Keith Allen VanBronkhorst, 66, rests in the hands of Douglas County Judge Michael Lucci following a Wednesday hearing. The proof of the rules violations rest in VanBronkhorst's own words.