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Even when she was a student at Northwestern High School, Jan Follis had a special spark. "She's always been a ball of energy -- a leader who gets things done," said classmate Anne Bridge. In the years following graduation, the Lake Nebagamon woman has continued to shine. Follis became a business owner, running Finell's bar and restaurant for 27 years in the footsteps of her father, Otto Finell. In 1986, she joined the first Superior Days lobbying campaign.
Oct. 8th is etched in the minds of Rick and Linda Gran. It started with an early morning call telling them their son, Owen, had been involved in an accident. Driving up to St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, the Foxboro couple didn't panic. The 19-year-old had been in scrapes before. "It was no big deal until we got to the emergency room and we were met by a chaplain," Rick said.
A single plot of land along the Amnicon River could put a kink in Enbridge Energy's expansion project. A Douglas County Circuit Court case hinging on a right-of-way easement and what constitutes a reasonable workspace for pipeline construction could postpone work on the land. In court on Wednesday, Enbridge and landowner Doug Olson made their cases to Judge Michael Lucci. Olson's land along County Highway A contains an easement that dates back to 1967 allowing Enbridge an 80-foot-wide corridor for their crude oil pipelines.
It used to be a familiar summer sight in Superior -- a boy with a big smile zooming down the sidewalk with fishing poles stashed on his wheelchair or one of his brothers perched on a skateboard tied behind. Although he suffered from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Chris Smith, 17, didn't let it hold him back. "He loved speed," said Lynn Ross, who met Chris through the Winners on Wheels program. "In his power chair we were always telling him to slow down." That changed two years ago when an illness Chris picked up led to a fever, dehydration and respiratory distress.
A Superior firefighter was injured when he was run over by a fire truck while battling a house fire in Superior's South End Monday. The 18-year department veteran fell and was accidentally run over, according to Battalion Chief Mike Kolanczyk. "Luckily, he fell into a slight depression in the ground and was not seriously injured," he said. The firefighter, whose name was not released, was transported to a Duluth hospital, where he was treated for a cracked leg bone.
Space needed. Must have: bathroom, room for chairs, games and enthusiastic teens. Youth councilors plan to appeal to the community during tonight's city council meeting to ask for help jump-starting a facility similar to the former Hughitt Harbor Youth Center. "We need a place to put it," said Carlie Scouton, a Superior High School sophomore and youth representative. "Somebody's got to have space out there," said City Councilor Jackie Stenberg, who helped launch Hughitt Harbor in February 2005. The center offered high school kids a safe place to socialize, she said.
When he got a call from "Forensic Files" asking to film an episode on the murder of Lynnea Gran, Chad La Lor's first reaction was to dig deeper. "Being a cop I did a little back checking," said La Lor, captain of investigations for the Superior Police Department. He found the call was legitimate.
The case of a Superior man accused of having sex with a dead deer may hinge on whether a statement he gave to his parole agent was used by police to collect later statements. During a motion hearing Thursday, Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Michael Lucci rescheduled the trial of Bryan James Hathaway, 20, to allow Assistant District Attorney Jim Boughner and Public Defender Frederic Anderson time to file briefs on the issue. Hathaway is accused of sexual gratification with an animal for allegedly having sex with a dead deer he spotted while biking Oct.
A former Arizona man faces charges for allegedly shooting a 73-year-old man to death at his rural Barnes home Jan. 19. Steve A. Bush, 51, faces one count of first-degree homicide and a misdemeanor charge of operating a firearm while intoxicated, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Bayfield County Clerk of Courts on Tuesday. Bush is suspected of shooting Felix Mecikalski, 73, to death in the driveway of his home at 4150 Felix Road.
Where other people see problems, Kathi Madsen sees opportunities. "I'm motivated by challenges, and also by deadlines," said Madsen, the new executive director of the United Way of Superior-Douglas County. When she took the helm of the organization in December, she brought a new game plan that included joint grant writing, an online auction, community coalitions and more visibility for the organization. "I think change can be a very positive thing if you let it," Madsen said. Steve Koszarek, Douglas County administrator and United Way board member, agreed. "To me, change is exciting becau