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A junior high friendship stood the test of time Dec. 15 while a local beauty salon burned to the ground. "When I was watching the fire and watching my business burn, I went in the car to warm up," said Susie Howard, owner of Brennan Hair Studio. She picked up her phone and called Julie Nelson, owner of Trends Salon and Spa. No one was home, so she left a message. Out of town, Nelson heard about the fire and put in a call of her own to Howard. "She called me before she even heard my message," Howard said. "She said, 'Whatever you need.'" By 8 p.m.
Schools and daycares were not forewarned when a sex offender was released from the Douglas County Jail on Tuesday. Although back in jail Friday on a possible probation violation, the case of Lonny Roy Jenson points out a loophole in Wisconsin's sex offender notification law. Jenson was convicted for first-degree sexual assault of a child under age 13 without great bodily harm. His sentence for the crime, however, means community notification about his release is not mandated.
A Solon Springs woman will spend 50 days behind bars and three years on probation for stealing prescription drugs and another man's identity. Carrie Ann Hammond, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of felony burglary for stealing prescription drugs from a Solon Spring residence Aug. 4.
As the state's mock trial program celebrates its 25th anniversary, its co-creator stands poised to take the highest position in the State Bar of Wisconsin. Attorney Ken Knudson is one of two nominees for state bar president.
Superior revealed its greatness to Stacy Reuille-Dupont the day her business died. "I don't know how to express it," she said today. "It was amazing. As windows exploded in the heat and flames reduced her Superior Balance Fitness building to a shell Saturday, the community gathered. "They brought us blankets, boots, soups, coffee, even pizza as the temperatures held at single digits, and we couldn't bear to leave," Reuille-Dupont wrote in a letter to The Daily Telegram (See Page A4).
As Superior firefighters trace the cause of the Saturday blaze that destroyed the Superior Balance Fitness Center building, the four businesses that called it home search for options. One -- Brennan Hair Fashions -- has already found a temporary harbor at Trends Salon and Spa in the Blaine Business Center. The move places 17 stylists together in a facility that has 10 available stations, according to Heather Thompson, receptionist for Trends.
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.
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.