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A Twin Cities priest with a yen for sailing has been chosen to lead the Catholic Diocese of Superior. The transformation began three weeks ago with a phone call from Pope Benedick XVI to Nativity of our Lord Parish in St. Paul. "I got off the phone and I sobbed for about 15 minutes," said Peter Christensen, 54, the church's pastor and Superior's incoming bishop. It was not an honor he sought. "I'm still trying to get used to the idea of being called bishop," he said. "I was very happy being a pastor." Now, his flock has grown from 2,000 families in St.
For her birthday this year, Ronda Tackett received the gift of memories. During a Valentine's Day call to her parents, Robert and Marianne Granquist of South Range, she learned someone in Florida had called the Superior School District looking for her. They had found something that she lost 20 years ago -- her class ring. The next day, her birthday, she called the Forida number. "I said 'I hear you found a class ring,'" Tackett said. The woman on the other end described it -- an amethyst stone, a band logo on one side and the words Ronda Granquist engraved inside. "She jumped for joy," s
A Twin Cities priest with a yen for sailing has been chosen to lead the Catholic Diocese of Superior. The transformation began three weeks ago with a phone call from Pope Benedick XVI to Nativity of our Lord Parish in St. Paul. "I got off the phone and I sobbed for about 15 minutes," said Peter Christensen, 54, the church's pastor and Superior's incoming bishop. Now, his flock has grown from 2,000 families in St.
It's been a banner week for Superior Community Service Officer Chris Wagner. This morning, she plucked an injured skunk from Benna Ford's parking lot. Monday, she bagged a 5-foot white snake in an East End garage. "That was a big snake," she said. A woman saw the reptile slither into her garage Monday morning. She shut the door to trap it in the building, then called the police. The snake wasn't interested in giving Wagner the slip. When she opened the door, it was right there, rattling. "When it gets agitated, it rattles its tail," she said.
Bruce Hofstedt, 55, Brule, died Friday after his kayak overturned on Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands sea caves. A 52-year-old South Range man who accompanied him was treated for hypothermia and released. His name had not been released as of Daily Telegram press time. The U.S. Coast Guard station in Bayfield received a call from the National Park Service at 1:39 p.m.
A plan to improve the Lake Minnesuing County Park has sprouted in Douglas County. Prepared by Master Gardeners Robin Arbuckle and Carol Schoch, the new design would restrict vehicle use and reduce water runoff with rain gardens. "We don't know if it's all doable, but we need to stop the erosion there," Arbuckle said. The piece of land off County Highway P has been a site to swim and picnic for generations. "It's such a nice little park for families," said Diana Solin, who lives on Lake Minnesuing. Thursday, adults and children enjoyed a swim and picnic at the park.
Cliff Lanthier is a professional gypsy. As owner of Big Red Dog Antiques in Poplar, part of his job is to roam the country, searching for new merchandise. "Other people who take trips go to museums," said the West Duluth native.
After a $6.3 million federal clean-up, Hog Island remains an area of concern. The site is a crucial layover point for migratory birds and fish entering the bay from Lake Superior. Tons of petroleum-contaminated sediment is gone, but the question of how to set the area back on track for ecological stability is unanswered. A 125-page master plan drafted by Biohabitats Inc. to address restoring the island waters and Newton Creek, which runs into the inlet, was discussed Wednesday by the Hog Island Committee.
For the next two months, the foundation for a 14-year-old murder case will rest on shaky ground. Michael D. Mattson, 55, confessed in October to the 1993 killing of his girlfriend, Myrna Jean Clemons. He left a voice message for Superior Police Capt. Chad La Lor, then stopped at the Government Center that same day to surrender. But now, his Oct. 23 confession and subsequent Oct. 25 and 27 police interviews are being contested by attorney J. Patrick O'Neill, chief public defender.
A rash of bogus $20s are making the rounds in Duluth-Superior. "Right now we're on kind of a streak," said Capt. Charles LaGesse of the Superior Police Department. As of Friday, there had been numerous reports of counterfeit $20 bills and two arrests in Superior alone. One man was arrested buying food at Culver's and another trying to purchase sub sandwiches at Erbert & Gerbert's, LaGesse said. Both suspects were apprehended at the scene when alert cashiers notified police about the bogus bills.