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Barb Hoag bowled 300 this year. Well, make that 307. Games, that is. After more than 30 years of striking pins, she wasn't aiming for the perfect score. This year, it was all about rolling as many games as possible. Each one represented another $6.15 for breast cancer patients. The Superior woman began collecting per-game pledges in September after being diagnosed with breast cancer. "I was hoping for $500," Hoag said.
A Superior man who is suing the city for being shot by an officer three years ago was arrested Sunday after allegedly crashing a car into a house at 1530 N. 28th St. Corey Christopher Isaacson, 30, was arrested for fourth offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, operating after revocation and a probation hold following the Sunday incident, according to a Superior Police Department report. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance today in Douglas County Court. Police officers were called to the home at 1:50 a.m. Sunday.
October was my month of reckoning. Past, present and future converged for one doozy of a reality check. In a single week, I: Moved one year closer to 40. Forced my son into a suit and tie so I could snap dozens of grad pictures. Saw the tiny face of my unborn child in a three-dimensional ultrasound picture. Straddling the past 17 years of life with my oldest child, Ben, and the coming 18 with our newest bundle of joy was -- to put it bluntly -- bizarre.
There's a rash of new fire trucks in Douglas County this year. Vehicles in Hawthorne, Gordon and Summit were purchased with Homeland Security grants. The federal dollars have been flowing here since 9/11, paying for updated equipment. "This year there were fewer awards, but they were bigger," said Keith Kesler, emergency management coordinator for Douglas County. Fire departments across the country compete for the grant money. "It's a tough process," said Hawthorne Fire Chief Rick Polson.
A Duluth boy died Monday after being pulled from a swimming pool at the Best Western Bridgeview Motor Inn, 415 Hammond Ave., late Saturday night. Dead is Ronny Adamich, 7, a native of Grand Rapids, Minn. He is the son of Joseph Adamich and Jessica Powell. Police, firefighters and paramedics were called to the Bridgeview at 11:25 p.m., according to a statement by Sgt. Daniel Hawkin III of the Superior Police Department. They arrived to find two young boys lying beside the hotel pool being given CPR. Adult guests and family were tending to the two boys, according to Hawkin's statement.
Hidden in the attic of a rental structure in Hawkins, Wis., were pieces of Ricardo Plana's life. When his daughter, Jeanne Biser, sold the building, the new owners found the boxes of priceless treasure tucked away in the rafters. Thursday in a Lake Nebagamon business office appropriately named Tesoro ("treasure" in Spanish), Biser sifted through the items -- curling black and white pictures, military paperwork, letters and hand-written accounts of Plana's service in World War II. The find is a bit overwhelming. "I was just in shock," said the Lake Nebagamon woman. "Of course, I cried.
Bob Fuhrman, executive director of the Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center, knows the value of a good story. "The preciousness of history is as fragile as life itself," he said. "Everybody carries with them interesting tidbits of history." The trick is to get that information down before it's lost forever. At the heritage center, oral histories of World War II veterans and those on the home front have been collected for years.
When her husband, Walt, bought the Rockstone Building at the corner of county highways B and P in Lake Nebagamon, Angie Moss' reaction was less than positive. "I thought my husband was nuts at first," she said. A year later, the renovated stone building is ready for its public debut during an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. "Now I wouldn't part with it," Moss said.
The case of a Poplar man accused of trying to strangle his girlfriend ended with a guilty plea to a single charge of misdemeanor battery in Douglas County Court Monday. Charges of first-degree attempted intentional homicide and misdemeanor disorderly conduct against John Raymond Lundberg, 40, were dismissed due to lack of evidence. He was sentenced to 18 months probation with the conditions of nine days jail, a $200 fine and a $75 domestic abuse surcharge.
For the Friends of the YMCA Camp, actions speak louder than words. The group presented a management plan that tracks a course for the camp through 2016 to the Superior Douglas County YMCA board of directors Wednesday. Saturday, they turned out in force to work on the camp on the shore of Lake Nebagamon. Nearly 50 volunteers brandished mops, brooms, rags, paintbrushes, saws, wrenches and more to demolish old buildings, build a new dock and clean the camp up for summer. "We couldn't survive without volunteers," said Mike Kraft, executive director of the Superior/Douglas County YMCA.