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For the first time in eight years, Douglas County has an open judge's race. District Attorney Dan Blank and Assistant District Attorney Kelly Thimm have thrown their hats into the ring for the Circuit Court Branch I seat being vacated by retiring Judge Michael Lucci. Unlike the last contested election, where incumbent Joseph McDonald squared off against James Cirilli, neither is a seated judge.
Two cases tied to the alleged mistreatment of a nine-month-old colt known as Wind Chill will go to trial Jan. 20. Pamela K. Javenkoski, 48, faces two misdemeanor counts -- intentionally failing to provide proper food and drink to confined animals and providing improper animal shelter. Shane E. Javenkoski, 34, faces a single misdemeanor count of intentionally failing to provide proper food and drink to confined animals.
One observant neighbor ended a series of daylight burglaries in Superior's East End this summer. By taking notice of a stranger and the car he was in, Tyler Nystrom made a difference. "Without Tyler's description, we probably never would have solved the crimes," said Superior Police Detective Jack Curphy. It's not surprising that Mayor Dave Ross singled Tyler Nystrom out for citizen recognition Tuesday night. What may come as a shock is the fact that the recipient is in sixth grade. "It's amazing for an 11-year-old boy to know so much ...
December was spotted two days before Christmas. A driver from Superior Water, Light & Power noticed the fluffy gray kitten passing his truck. He opened the door, and she hopped in, ears bleeding. The kitten was brought directly to the Animal Rescue Federation shelter. "What a little sweetheart," said Sheila Love, shelter director. Despite her injuries -- frostbitten ears, bruised paws and bleeding from the nose -- she was friendly, Love said. "The poor thing," said the shelter director.
It happens every Wednesday at Northern Lights School. Students trickle into the gymnasium, shuck their coats and line up. "Phew, I got here in time," said Hudson Ojeda as he hustled to the line Dec. 10. The first grader stood poised until the first beep.
For 16 years, a trio of Italian dioramas have greeted guests in the lobby of the Superior Public Library. This year, the space will get a monthly makeover from local artists. Watch for felt dolls, driftwood sculpture, paintings, photographs, woven fabrics and even floating cups to put in an appearance. Nora Fie, manager of children's and young adult services, came up with the concept, which was approved in November. "I think it's a really neat idea," said Library Director Janet Jennings.
Danyel Berka has heard Salvation Army bells ringing in Superior for years. They chime for people from all walks of life -- children who participate in the organization's Rookie Basketball League; families dealing with catastrophic medical bills or the loss of a job; anyone in need of food, a toothbrush, a warm coat or a comforting word. "They help out and they don't judge," Berka said of the Superior Salvation Army.
If you're hankering for a story, Bill Howland is your man. He can tell you about buffalo rides, courtroom escapades, Mother Nature, Toby the Swamp Booger and the many children he's taught to carve. "We joke with him and we kid with him," said his friend Nikkol Moniot. "He talks way too much; sometimes we want to duct tape his mouth." But the Maple man has always been there for others. Howland and his wife, Patsy, "are just good people; they make me smile," said Debbie Heintz of Lake Nebagamon. "Bill's just Bill," Moniot said.
Fires don't take holidays. Neither do accidents. Like crime, they can happen any time. This Thanksgiving, a multi-car pileup near Hibbing sent injured people to area hospitals, including St. Luke's. Superior Fire Chief Tad Matheson remembers the year a fire started in Superior home while the family was opening Christmas presents inside. "We lost the house," he said, but they were there to fight for it. For some, Christmas on the clock is part of the job description. "If I have to work I have to work," said Anne Laible, a medical technologist for St. Luke's.
A Superior sex offender who violated the rules of his supervised release by offering his prescription medication to a woman in return for topless hugging sessions will be returned to institutional care. Douglas County Judge Michael Lucci revoked the supervised release of Keith Allen VanBronkhorst, 66, in a Friday decision. The proof of the rules violations rested in VanBronkhorst's own words. A series of three separate statements made by the Superior man to his probation and parole agent, Paul Meyer, were entered into evidence during a Wednesday hearing. In an Oct.