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Douglas County's Home Health Care program may be in its death throes.
Someone else's drug use put Michelle "Micki" Graskey in unbearable pain and caused her to suffer nausea three times. "It was horrible," the Solon Springs woman said. Each time, it happened because her prescription pain pills had been swiped. The oxycontin and hydrocodone Graskey needs are tightly controlled narcotic drugs. "They won't give you more," she said, even if the drugs are reported stolen. Prescription drug thefts have been an issue in the Solon Springs area for years, according to Solon Springs Police Officer Jerry Olson.
A Superior man was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison for initiating a two-year sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Christopher William Dallum, 34, pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual assault, causing a child to view sexual activity, having sex with a child age 16 or older and possession of marijuana in September. The six-year sentenced handed down by Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Michael Lucci includes 3-1/2 years extended supervision. Dallum "manipulated the will and the emotions of a young teenage girl, a person he was actually supposed to protect," Lucci said.
A probable electric fire this morning caused an estimated $5,000 damage to the building that houses Lakehead Sign Co. and Lakehead Painting Co. It also rerouted morning traffic along Hammond Avenue. No injuries were reported. Superior firefighters responded to the building, 910 Hammond Ave., at 7:27 a.m.
With song, ceremony and spirit, members of the Catholic Diocese of Superior welcomed their 10th bishop, Peter F. Christensen, into the fold Sunday afternoon. "It's an honor," said Virginia Zyla, minister and parishioner from St. Isaac Jogues and Companions Church in Mercer who attended the installation ceremony. "I cried." Christensen, 54, takes the mantle from retiring Bishop Raphael M. Fliss, who has been with the Superior Diocese for 28 years.
Unused and expired prescription drugs once left the home with a single flush. But there was a catch. "They don't really go away," said Gina Temple-Rhodes, environmental program coordinator for the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District. "They go here." The "equal opportunity environmental organization" treats wastewater, disposes of solid waste and handles hazardous materials for portions of St. Louis and Carlton counties, said Karen Anderson, director of community relations for WLSSD. Wastewater treatment plants, however, were never meant to remove hormones, narcotics and other drugs.
"It's an honor," said Virginia Zyla, minister and parishioner from St. Isaac Jogues and Companions Church in Mercer who attended the installation ceremony. "I cried." Christensen, 54, takes the mantle from retiring Bishop Raphael M. Fliss, who has been with the Superior Diocese for 28 years. The new bishop's first words to the gathered parishioners, "It's good to be here," were met with thunderous applause. "I think he's awesome," said Kathy Kaderlik, secretary for St. Isaac Jogues. She said she was very touched by his uplifting, hopeful message.
The July 12 cabin explosion that took the life of a Minnesota woman and left her two teenage sons hospitalized occurred in an instant. The investigation into what happened, how it happened and who is to blame could take months. "It's hard to tell when there will be an answer on this," said Greg St. Onge, a fire investigator with Ember Investigations of Brule who was retained by the family's insurance company to investigate the incident. The Douglas County Sheriff's Department has closed its portion of the case. "We had no reason to believe any criminal act was involved," said Lt.
A birthday celebration ended with an estimated $13,000 damage to Soft Pines Tavern in Solon Springs, one patron in the hospital and more than 40 stitches for a Solon Springs man. David Ducado Menton II, also known as David Donald Denton, 24, of Solon Springs is accused of punching out a plate glass window at the tavern on County Highway A in while trying to start fights in the early morning hours of Sept. 8.
Call it Brule Centennial, take two. Sunday, the town of Brule will gather to remember a rich, 100-year-history. For some, the celebration brings with it a case of deja vu. "There is a lot of confusion because there was a huge celebration in 1961 that was called the Brule Centennial," said Laila Magnuson, a Brule resident and historian. "It was a really big thing for Brule," said Kay Johnson of Brule.