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Chris Watten brings a touch of green wherever she goes. The master gardener lends her talents to Superior's annual Paint the Town effort, the gardens at Fairlawn Museum and the community boxes of flowers and vegetables at the corner of Hammond Avenue and Broadway Street. Along with her day job at Pederson's Garden and Landscaping, the Superior woman serves on the North End Arts Council. Volunteering is part of her life. "I think you get to know your community ...
When two neon green signs sprouted along Hammond Avenue Monday, they got noticed. It wasn't because of their shape or size -- like many rummage sale signs. It was what someone had printed on them in black marker -- "Pedophile" and an address one block away. Hours later, they were gone. Such signs -- staked into the grassy space between the sidewalk and road -- are illegal, according to city ordinance. "There are no signs permitted on the public right of way except official signs," said Dan Hawkin, code compliance officer with the Superior Department of Building Inspection.
The rabbit and poultry barn was strangely quiet today at the Head of the Lakes Fair. No roosters crowed, no hens clucked. The six ducks in attendance barely let out a quack. An inability to get local poultry tested for a strain of typhoid led to them being excluded from the fair this year, according to Carla Moe, who oversees the barn with her husband, Karl, daughter Ashley and son Brandon. "We would have had more than 60 chickens," she said. Instead, poultry judging Wednesday consisted of five ducks and half a dozen pigeons. "There were disappointed kids," Moe said.
Last-minute primping -- including the use of vacuum cleaners -- kept 4-H youth "moo"ving this morning as they prepared for the steer judging at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds. This was not your ordinary beauty pageant. The contestants ranged in size from an 880-pound Hereford-Holstein cross named Bill to Stinson, a 1,280-pound Limousine.
A Superior man entered Douglas County's new drug court program today after pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated for the fifth time. Douglas Mark VanPuymbrouck, 38, is the first candidate for the voluntary program, according to Assistant District Attorney Kelly Thimm. "I just need some help with my alcohol problem," VanPuymbrouck told Judge George Glonek today at sentencing.
The question of whether a Duluth man intended to injure a Superior Police Officer during a neighborhood chase was left hanging following a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Douglas County Court. Nicholas James Worden, 29, faces one felony charge of battery of a police officer stemming from a June 18 police chase in the neighborhood near Northern Lights Elementary School. In addition to the felony charge, he faces misdemeanor charges of obstructing an officer, receiving stolen property and resisting an officer.
It took a village to build the Imogene McGrath Memorial Library. "It's just been an unbelievable outpouring of help -- labor, money and goods," said Kay Coletta, a member of both the Friends of the Library and Kids In Nebagamon (KIN) organizations. More than a year of work paid off Wednesday when McGrath's daughters checked out the first books.
The man accused of holding a woman and her children at gunpoint against their will the morning of July 8 was bound over for arraignment following a preliminary hearing today in Douglas County Court. Kenneth Irving Askew, 33, of Duluth faces felony charges of second degree reckless endangerment, possession of a firearm by a felon, false imprisonment and possession of a short-barreled shotgun stemming from the incident.
Ed Anderson has seen too many lives end along U.S. Highway 53. "I've been to at least three fatal accidents myself at the intersection of County Highway B and 53," said the Douglas County Sheriff's Department detective-sergeant. Department records indicate there have been 11 fatal traffic crashes at U.S. 53 intersections since 1995 in Douglas County, one just this month. Three occurred where the federal thoroughfare meets with County Highway B.
The antiques filling up United Presbyterian Church today offer a glimpse into the heart of Karen Notenberg. Pink Depression-era glass and cranberry glass glint on tables, and dozens of beaded bags rest beside tables full of vintage hats. A Victorian fainting couch for a doll, a 1900 wash basin, lace nightcaps and an estimated 200 pounds of jewelry are just "the tip of the iceberg," said appraiser Barb Resheske of Lake Nebagamon. "This was her passion," said Sharon Moren, who owns Grand Galleries antique shop in West Duluth.