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Betty and Richard Porter now own a cabin in a lake. Their Beach Avenue property has lived up to its name. "Believe me, it's beach avenue," Betty Porter said with a flash of humor. Their yard in the village of Solon Springs is completely submerged in the Upper St. Croix Lake. Today, Porter plans to uproot nearly 100 perennials from the site, saving them from a watery end. "I'm giving them away," she said. The couple has owned the cabin for more than 20 years. In that time, they dealt with one other flood in 1999. This time, it's worse.
The dragons are back. They can be found paddling the waters off Barker's Island this week preparing for the ninth annual Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival. Nearly 90 teams will compete in dragon boat races Saturday. The event, helmed by the Superior Rotary, Superior Sunrise Centennial Rotary Club and Harbortown Rotary of Duluth, raises money for the clubs as well as the SMDC breast program while providing free family entertainment. "It's the ultimate team sport," said Megan Kress, team trainer for the event. "Every seat is equally important.
A living memorial is now just a pile of kindling. The maple tree planted in April at Bear Creek Park to honor workers who lost their life on the job - including soldiers - was destroyed by vandals last week. "It just irritates me that someone went out of their way, they consciously did it," said Superior City Councilor Dan Olson. He noticed the damage Saturday during a Democratic party event at the park. "I walked down the walkway and there it was in a pile of rubble," Olson said.
The Animal Rescue Federation's check registry has gone digital, popping up on Superior City Councilors' e-mail boxes and even Craigslist. The virtual attack has left board members at the Superior animal shelter fighting to maintain credibility as they move closer to the promise of a new building. Meanwhile, $10,000 of city funding for ARF dangles just out of reach. "We're getting a lot of scrutiny lately," said board member Jay Johnson at an ARF finance meeting Monday.
A fawn stopped to nibble a lawn near 2011 N. 22nd St., on Thursday morning. A man walked his dog a block away. But yellow crime scene tape around the home gave a visible reminder of loss. Superior police believe that 23-year-old Matthew Magdzas shot his pregnant wife, April J. Oles-Magdzas, their 13-month-old daughter Lila and himself at the home sometime Tuesday afternoon, said Superior Police Chief Floyd Peters at a Thursday press conference. Also found dead in the residence were three dogs.
Eight teams are going to bat for the United Way on Friday. They will dust off their softball gloves and athletic shoes to raise money and awareness for the United Way of Superior-Douglas County. The roster for the first ever "Go to Bat for United Way Softball Tournament" includes high school students, beauticians, accountants and bartenders. "We're really excited to be playing," said Jolene Sajec with the Blondies Salon and Serenity Spa team. "It's a great community event and a good way to meet people, socialize and help out." The competition begins at 2 p.m.
Angela Rue walked into the Douglas County Communication Center with flowers in her hand and a grin on her face. She was there to introduce her 10-day-old son to the woman who helped her give birth, dispatcher Amanda Kortuem. "You were wonderful; you were," Rue said as she enveloped Kortuem in a hug.
A country cruise for a cause begins Saturday at Rapids Riverside. The third annual Bikers for Boobs event mixes a scenic tour of the area, a chance for motorcycle enthusiasts to connect and the ability to touch lives. Last year, nearly 300 motorcycles traveled to Lake Nebagamon, Barnes, Iron River, Cornucopia and Brule to raise money for breast health services.
Four-year-old Ethan Klinger is fine.
When Joaquín Achúcarro sits down at a piano, he touches more than the keys. While bringing musical passages to life, the world-famous pianist can make a listener's cares melt away. "The first time I heard him play was at Hammond Avenue Presbyterian Church," said Pat Luostari of Cloverland, an English teacher at Northwestern High School . Their children - his son Ramon and her daughter Buffy - were holding their wedding rehearsal. Achúcarro's music was so beautiful, Luostari forgot for a moment that she was the mother of the bride.