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Flooded yards, streets and basements were reported in Superior today following an overnight storm that dumped two inches of rain within three hours. County Highway FF between county highways F and H was closed today due to flooding.
Superior police teamed with the Superior School District to locate 23 missing high school students last month. Project Truancy is the first collaboration of its kind in Superior. Launched Sept. 13, it encompassed five days of police investigation. Officers were provided with contact information for 40 students who were identified as being no-shows or truant. Then they started making house calls. By knocking on doors, talking to neighbors and offering police escorts, officers brought 23 students back to Superior High School.
Some 120-year-olds just don't show their age. That was one of the things that struck the Rev. Dennis Anders when he became pastor of First Evangelical Covenant Church in 2000. "It was like walking into a new church ... " he said. The spark and vitality the pastor sensed, members say, was born from the ashes of a 1994 fire that destroyed the church, then located at 1224 Belknap St. "I think it drew us together," said Lois Holmes, who has been a church member for 76 years. The venerable church could have shut its doors for good.
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.