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Students offer a voyage of discovery next week on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus. The weeklong Peacebuilding Conference can open eyes and tweak attitudes; it can even lead to change. "Peacebuilding is something we all need to do," said Khalil Dokhanchi, professor of political science at UWS, who recruited students to organize the annual event. "This is done by students for the community," Dokhanchi said.
An early morning bar fight ripped a formerly friendly relationship apart to the point where a bullet was fired, according testimony in Douglas County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Cletis Bernard Portis, 29, faces felony counts of discharging a firearm from a vehicle toward a person, second-degree reckless endangerment and possession of firearm by a felon for a drive-by shooting Oct. 17 in the 1600 block of North 18th St. He also faces one misdemeanor battery count, which he entered a not guilty plea to during his initial appearance Oct.
A living legend was honored Monday when the new auditorium at Northwestern High School was named. As 500 people looked on, longtime educator Pat Luostari, known affectionately as "Mrs. L," was memorialized in brick and mortar. She had no idea it was coming. "It was a marvelous surprise," Luostari said. "I was really, totally, totally surprised." The crowd of nearly 500 was treated to a rare sight - a flustered Luostari. "I've known the woman for 30 years and I've never seen her verklempt," said Peggy Janigo, executive secretary for the Maple School District.
When a black cat crosses your path, the saying goes, you should prepare for bad luck. If Jessica Grant believed that, she would be cursed. As an employee of Superior's Animal Rescue Federation, Grant cares for dozens of cats. They leap into her arms, reach out from cage bars to pat her with their paws and snuggle into her lap to purr. And yes, they even cross her path.
Dawn Theelke-Thomas is golden. The second-grade teacher at Cooper Elementary School was the first to receive a Golden Apple award from the Northland's NewsCenter this school year. The giant check for $150 showed was presented in the classroom last week. "You cried at the end," Logan Chatterson reminded his teacher. "It was a happy crying," his classmate, Clair King noted. "Because it was a big surprise for you and you've never won it," added Kaileigh Miller.
The Superior man accused of a string of stranger sexual assaults in Douglas County makes an initial appearance Wednesday in Burnett County Circuit Court. Craig Allen Mehtala, 28, faces two felony counts - second-degree sexual assault and battery - stemming from a July 2006 sexual assault along Pike Bend Road in the town of Meenon. He also faces three second-degree sexual assault charges in Douglas County Circuit Court in connection with three separate attacks on women this summer in Superior.
When she was accused of altering the voting machines, Cecile Helsel didn't get mad. The Superior City Clerk took the council member who questioned her integrity to where the machines were kept. With utmost patience, she showed that member and anyone else who was interested how the machine worked, over and over. "She had justification to be very angry," said Steve Schweppe, former city attorney. "I was upset." Instead, Helsel was patient and kind. "She was a wonderful person," said Margaret Ciccone, who years later stepped into the role.
A decision to pocket $210 from a state travel reimbursement has led to a six-week suspension for Superior City Clerk Terri Kalan. Kalan was placed on administrative leave last week. She will remain on unpaid suspension until Nov. 24. Kalan estimated the suspension would cost her $9,000 in lost pay. As another term of her continued employment, she must use some of her banked health insurance worth $1,922 to cover health and dental premiums for November. "We thought the settlement was fair, and it fit what had occurred," Superior Mayor Dave Ross said.
A Superior man has been arrested in conjunction with a Saturday drive-by shooting. Cletis Bernard Portis, 29, faces felony charges of discharging a firearm from a vehicle toward a person, second-degree reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the criminal complaint filed Wednesday with the Douglas County Clerk of Courts Office. He also faces a misdemeanor battery charge.
At 90, Dick Lundberg has a lifetime of stories to tell. The Poplar native shares them every Wednesday at Mother's Kitchen. These stories, however, have to pass the scrutiny of not one, not two, but three of his older siblings - Bob Lundberg, 91; Elsie Erbentraut, 93; and Marion Olson, 98. "We match stories," Bob said. "And try to outdo each other." The Lundberg family numbered 12 - William and Hulda Lundberg and their 10 children.