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Hundreds gathered today in Cathedral of Christ the King Church to share the grief of the Kimmes family as they buried two of their own. Joseph Kimmes III and his brother, Scott, were killed in an industrial accident Thursday at a construction landfill when they were exposed to toxic fumes. The two were co-owners of J. Kimmes Construction and Lakehead Blacktop and Materials Inc. Paul Cossalter of Wrenshall and Harold "Tim" Olsen Jr. of Foxboro were also killed in the accident. Services were held Monday and Tuesday for Cossalter. Olsen's funeral is slated for 11 a.m.
In Milwaukee County, a man stands accused of a murder committed while he was sentenced to the Community Correctional Center in Franklin. His alibi: I was in jail at the time of the murder. In Douglas County, a man awaits trial for a 1993 murder committed while he was sentenced to serve jail time in connection with two incidents of domestic assault. In both cases, the men were released from jail for the day to continue their employment.
The district attorney's office has six of the signed medical releases needed to consider additional testimony on allegations of a sexual assault against a Duluth gastroenterologist. The seventh is expected to sign a release early next week, according to information provided in Douglas County Circuit Court on Friday. Assistant District Attorney James Boughner is seeking the medical information of seven women, including the alleged victim's testimony, against Dr. Javier Enrique De La Garza, 51, a physician at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth.
Rainbow lolled on the counter as Katie Erickson inserted an IV line into her paw. Soon a fluffy gray feline, limp as a noodle, was lifted off a heated operating table to make room for Rainbow. Dr. Amanda Bruce closed the incision on another cat's belly before turning to the anesthetized black and white short-hair. That was the scene in a van behind the Animal Rescue Federation animal shelter Thursday.
J.W. Beecroft Books & Coffee opened its final chapter today. "We're closing at the end of the year," said Manager Amanda Parker. The one-of-a-kind bookstore has been part of Superior culture for 10 years.
The ghosts and skeletons wandering Superior this Halloween seek different eats -- most want candy -- but some are accepting peas, beans and fruit cocktail instead. These costumed ghouls seeking nutritious edibles are members of Superior High School's National Honor Society.
Controversy over whether Superior police should have recovered a pair of coveralls from a murder scene 14 years ago could derail the trial of Michael David Mattson. Douglas County Circuit Court Judge George Glonek heard testimony Thursday on a motion to dismiss the case based on the failure of Superior police to retain and test the coveralls worn by Mattson the day his girlfriend, Myrna Jean Clemons, was beaten to death in their Allouez home. Taking the matter under advisement, Glonek said he will issue a written decision.
Armed with calculators and clipboards, second-grade students from Cooper Elementary School hiked into Super One on Tuesday. "Everybody will need a basket," called out their teacher, Dawn Theelke. Students stuffed coats and backpacks into green plastic baskets, then focused on food. Their mission: Buy items for an area food shelf from four different food groups. But there was a catch.
Control, extreme jealousy and isolation are the hallmarks of dating violence. And these relationship symptoms can surface as early as seventh grade. "That's when (teens) start forming relationships," said Tory Thayer, Domestic Abuse Program Coordinator for the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse. This month, Thayer and other CASDA staff are presenting information on dating violence at area schools to highlight October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Spooks lurk in the Field Logic warehouse. They stirred last week as living beings walked through their lair. A red eye leers from somewhere in a maze. Fog wafts from beneath a witch's spellbook. A cadaver springs to life. A scarecrow moans. "It is pretty intense," said Brita Lindberg, who helped bring the haunted house to life. Even without the 30 costumed spooks who plan to join the party this weekend, there is plenty to send shivers down the spine -- a pirate ship, a snake-infested pond and a haunted chapel. "I cannot work there at night with the lights off," Lindberg said.