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The public is invited to gather around a solitary monument in the Government Center atrium at noon Thursday to remember heroes. Six names are inscribed on the marble pillar -- Superior Police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. They are a reminder, said Superior Police Chief Floyd Peters, that "freedom in our own country isn't free. It was paid for with the blood of many police officers." A national memorial in Washington D.C. bears the names of more than 17,900 officers who have fallen in the line of duty. That number includes 241 from Wisconsin.
The sudden death of Douglas County Board Supervisor Woody Budnick over the weekend sent a shock wave through the community he championed. "It's hard even to talk about him in the past tense," said Anthony Coletta of Lake Nebagamon, who knew Budnick for 30 years. "It's like losing a member of the family." The Superior native, who led the business community for years and was instrumental in putting the Superior Speedway back on track, died of a heart attack early Sunday morning.
"You're not cheering loud enough," declared my daughter, Beth, as we headed home from her most recent volleyball game. I clapped, hollered "Good job," and "Good try" dozens of times during the game, yet I am not the boom box parent my daughter craves. That's because I had a boom box parent, and it made me shy. My mom has always been, well, boisterous. She yelled long and loud during basketball games, track meets, school plays, football games and more as my siblings and I wound our way through school.
There's a sense of wonder as you walk into The Garden House in Solon Springs. Here, surprises wait around every corner. In the main entrance, a flower mosaic glints underfoot as wind chimes play a soft tune. The first vinca vine flower can be spotted underneath a canopy of bright-colored petunias in one bay. Near the back of another, lion's ear plants sport bright orange buds and the first morning glory flower has unfurled. A riot of fragrances await in the vegetable and herb bay -- sweet basil, lemon verbena and mint rest beside squash, tomatoes, peppers and okra.
A pile of lumber, a roll of wire and a lot of sweat equity will give cats at the Animal Rescue Federation a better life. Thursday, two 8-foot-tall structures gleamed in the sun behind the shelter. Ramps and shelves lined the walls, waiting for the finishing touches -- plywood and linoleum. Metal sheets beside an outbuilding offered the perfect material for a roof. "This is beautiful," said Sheila Love, manager of the Animal Rescue Federation.
A high-speed chase through Superior and Duluth on Tuesday ended at the base of the Blatnik Bridge just before midnight. The lone occupant of the vehicle -- a 21-year-old Duluth man -- was taken into custody on charges of operating while intoxicated, knowingly fleeing an officer, operating after suspension and endangering safety by reckless driving, according to Superior Police Capt. Chuck LaGesse. He is expected to make an initial appearance today in Douglas County Court. The Superior/Douglas County Communications Center began receiving calls at 11:46 p.m.
The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa was dealt a double blow Thursday when one member was found dead and another was arrested on suspicion of homicide. "Red Cliff is a small community, and basically everybody knows everybody here," said Red Cliff Police Chief Charles Bresette. The identity of the 34-year-old male victim was not released, neither was the name of the 22-year-old man arrested in connection with his death.
One man is going to jail and a warrant has been issued for another accused of injuring University of Wisconsin-Superior hockey players last fall behind the 3rd Base Bar. Jesse Michael Grew, 24, failed to appear in Douglas County Circuit Court on Monday to face two counts of substantial battery and one charge of second-degree reckless endangerment. A warrant was issued for his arrest. Grew is accused of punching UWS hockey player Joe Bluhm, causing him to fall and strike his head. According to the criminal complaint, 15 staples were needed to close the laceration.
A suspicious death on the Red Cliff Indian Reservation was under investigation by Red Cliff Police and the Bayfield County Sheriff's Department this morning. "It certainly appears to be a homicide at this point," said Bayfield County Sheriff Robert Follis. He said the victim was a Red Cliff man, but deferred other questions to the tribal police department.
Fishermen may want to pack cold lunches this weekend. The Wisconsin DNR Wednesdayy issued emergency burning restrictions for seven counties, including Douglas, starting Thursday. Burning permits had already been suspended, but now ATV use on state trails and smoking outdoors are also prohibited. And campfires will only be allowed in designated areas with added precautions. The move comes on the heels of dozens of Sunday fires in northern Wisconsin, including blazes that burned 658 acres in Foxboro and nearly 1,200 acres in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest area.