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This year, the state's fuel assistance program is being handled directly through the Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services, not Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency. Applicants may apply for the one-time heating/electric assistance benefit by mail, over the phone or at an appointment with an economic support worker. Applicants must meet income guidelines. For example, a family of four must make $2,650 a month or less to be eligible. Last year, more than 2,000 people received fuel assistance in Douglas County.
Each of the men vying for the 73rd Assembly District seat promise to bring something new to Madison. Independent candidate Jeffery Monaghan stressed his individuality. "I don't want to be labeled a Democrat or Republican," he said. "I will think independently" and be accountable to the voters, not a party line. Democratic candidate Nick Milroy holds a unique viewpoint due to his 10 years of work in the natural resources field and a young man's perspective. "Most politicians have law degrees; I have a biology degree," said the 34-year-old.
Flashing lights, red signs, yellow curbs, even crossing guards in bright orange fail to stop them. They can be found roaming alleys, four lane streets or quiet cul de sacs.
The creation of Red Step Press is a story of connections. Lindsy O'Brien met Aaron Brown on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus in 2003 when the two took the same creative writing class. Over the years their friendship morphed into a business that catapulted him to the title of book author and her to the ownership of an independent publishing company, Red Step Press. O'Brien, who lives in Superior, had toyed with the idea of opening a publishing company for years.
Three participants in an early-morning fight told slightly different stories on the stand Wednesday in Douglas County Circuit Court, but in the end the fourth participant, Joseph Thomas Saari, was bound over for arraignment on felony charges of mayhem and substantial battery. Saari's defense attorney Lance Nelsen characterized the incident in the early morning hours of Oct.
This was no ordinary court session. If the applause flooding the courtroom didn't give it away, Judge Michael Lucci's final words did. "Keep up the good work, fellows," he told Douglas Van Puymbrouck and Brian Johnsen. So ended the second session of Douglas County's drug court program -- with congratulations and the passing around of baby pictures. "It's a different environment," Lucci said. "I find it refreshing." Douglas County District Attorney Daniel Blank called it a "conversational court." "It's supportive," he said.
From home sales to grocery bills, the current economic crisis has definitely hit Main Street in the Northland. The Telegram spoke with several people who are living differently today because of the nation's economic woes. The Housing Market Amid housing slump headlines, Superior's home sales clipped along. Even the first six months of 2008 were fairly stable, according to Bobbi Germond, one of four broker-owners at Weichert Realtors-Twin Ports.
Hidden in a green plastic cocoon, the newest addition to the Community Garden at the corner of Broadway Street and Hammond Avenue sits and waits. Whether swathed in plastic or open to the sunshine, the sculpture -- a giant cement couch with quilt-like tiles -- has piqued interest. "I haven't seen it," said Arna Rennan, director of the North End Arts Council (NEAC), which cares for the site. "I'm so curious." Virginia Clink, who lives across the street from the garden, has watched the metamorphosis since Labor Day weekend. Over four days, the structure grew.
Shiny, juicy, tempting apples are closer than you think. For 13 years, David Fritz has been carting crates of apples to the town of Parkland for sale. His roadside stand, less than a mile from the intersection of highways 53 and 13, offers a continuous stream of fresh-picked apples from the beginning of August until Thanksgiving. "The Paula Red, that's our big, popular early apple," he said. "Then of course you get into the Wealthy and the McIntosh and the Cortland, those are kind of the middle season apples.
On March 20, 2007, the unthinkable happened. Shelby Kittelson, a mother of two, was shot in the head in the parking lot of St. Mary's Hospital-Superior. The man who shot her, her estranged husband, David Adolphson, ended his own life later that day. Despite a restraining order, despite a pattern developing in law enforcement reports, the shots were fired. "We should have seen this coming," said Superior's Assistant Police Chief Charles LaGesse. Weeks after the accident, Kittelson's family weren't sure if she'd ever walk or talk. Today, she lives with her mother, Carol, in South Range.