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A serial rapist who attacked three women in Douglas County and one in Burnett County was sentenced to 50 years Friday in a crowded Douglas County courtroom. Craig Allen Mehtala, 28, of Superior pleaded guilty in May to two counts of second degree sexual assault and no contest to a third. The charges stem from three stranger sexual assaults in Superior's North End last summer. "No sentence I'm going to mete out today will make the victims whole," Judge Kelly Thimm.
School's out for summer, but not for Levi Felton. The Superior High School senior is pacing his way through the myriad details involved in creating a 5k run/walk - the Osaugie Open Run for Hunger - from scratch. "It's a lot more work than I thought it would be," he said. "It's not impossible, but I'm glad I'm doing it in the summer when I have the time." This isn't just a race. The Aug.
Fairgoers will be greeted with the Stars and Stripes as they pass the main entrance this week. The American flag was absent from the site for years, according to Fair Manager Jim Borgeson. "We always have a flag up," he said, but it is inside the fairgrounds by the fair office. Tom Cannon, a member of the Superior Police Auxiliary, sent a letter to the Telegram about the lack of a flag last year. "Shame and more shame to our county board and the fair board," he wrote, ending his letter with a plea.
The Swenson family left a lasting impression on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus Tuesday. After touring Swenson Hall, now under construction, three generations of Swensons pressed their hands into wet cement.
Welcoming Japanese students into her home has changed Julie Halom's worldview. "Hosting is a wonderful way to experience another culture and get to know these students as people," the Superior woman said. "It has opened our eyes and our hearts to the world and to be accepting of differences." The connections made while hosting youth from Ami-Machi, Japan over the past 11 years paved the way for Halom's daughter, Kaitlyn, to land her dream job this summer. The younger Halom is now teaching English in Japan.
There's a shootout planned at the Head of the Lakes Fairground next week. Gun-toting varmints from more than five states compete - guns blazing - for the title of Wisconsin Cowboy Fast Draw Champion. Hometown gunslinger Cathy Mattson, aka Connecticut Cat, was the fastest shot in the state last year at the women's competition in Stevens Point. "She'll try to defend her title," said fellow shooter Lori Adrihan, aka Dusty Bottoms, who is the current Minnesota state women's champion. The three-day event includes a charity shoot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The creative chemistry of winemaking has poured into Superior. Whether you're a connoisseur or a novice, you can find all the ingredients for a fine vintage at Wine Beginnings, 1705 Tower Ave. Kim Moen, owner and sole employee, said winemaking is a growing hobby. Her new store opened its doors June 23, offering everything needed to craft wine at home - from all-inclusive starter kits and juice concentrate to bottles and corks, yeasts and siphons to hydrometers. Wine Beginnings does not provide in-house winemaking services.
Kyle Ilenda and Spencer Johnson are golden. The recent 2010 Superior High School graduates stopped by the school Thursday with gold medals sparkling around their necks. They earned the title of top television production team in the nation during the Skills USA national championship last month in Kansas City, Mo. "We affectionately refer to them as the twins," said their advisor and teacher Dale Van Ert. "Where you find one of these two, you find the other." In the 15 years he's been the Skills USA advisor, Van Ert has brought youth to nationals 14 times.
A camera crew for the Food Network sailed into Superior's Anchor Bar and Grill Thursday for a day of shooting.
Local businesses are prepared to kick butts to the curb Monday, the day the statewide smoking ban goes into effect. Every pub, lodge, mart, stadium, inn and market in Wisconsin will be smoke free. For Pat McKone with the American Lung Association of the Midwest, it's a cause to celebrate. "We're inviting the public to turn out," she said. A special event is planned at Perkin's Restaurant in Superior at 10 a.m. Monday to thank legislators for the bill's passage. "I expect there will be tales of woe and terror at the capital next session," from business owners, McKone said.