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This was no ordinary court session. If the applause flooding the courtroom didn't give it away, Judge Michael Lucci's final words did. "Keep up the good work, fellows," he told Douglas Van Puymbrouck and Brian Johnsen. So ended the second session of Douglas County's drug court program -- with congratulations and the passing around of baby pictures. "It's a different environment," Lucci said. "I find it refreshing." Douglas County District Attorney Daniel Blank called it a "conversational court." "It's supportive," he said.
From home sales to grocery bills, the current economic crisis has definitely hit Main Street in the Northland. The Telegram spoke with several people who are living differently today because of the nation's economic woes. The Housing Market Amid housing slump headlines, Superior's home sales clipped along. Even the first six months of 2008 were fairly stable, according to Bobbi Germond, one of four broker-owners at Weichert Realtors-Twin Ports.
Hidden in a green plastic cocoon, the newest addition to the Community Garden at the corner of Broadway Street and Hammond Avenue sits and waits. Whether swathed in plastic or open to the sunshine, the sculpture -- a giant cement couch with quilt-like tiles -- has piqued interest. "I haven't seen it," said Arna Rennan, director of the North End Arts Council (NEAC), which cares for the site. "I'm so curious." Virginia Clink, who lives across the street from the garden, has watched the metamorphosis since Labor Day weekend. Over four days, the structure grew.
In order to protect the victim, she will only be referred to by her first name. The first time Julie was beaten by the man she loved, he pulled her down 14 steps by her arm. She heard something snap. The reason for the attack? "He didn't like the shorts I had on," she said. The two had been a couple for six months. After suffering for days, hiding her injured arm under long-sleeved shirts, violence erupted again. Julie came home to find her boyfriend drunk with his friends. She found pills in his drawer and confronted him.
On March 20, 2007, the unthinkable happened. Shelby Kittelson, a mother of two, was shot in the head in the parking lot of St. Mary's Hospital-Superior. The man who shot her, her estranged husband, David Adolphson, ended his own life later that day. Despite a restraining order, despite a pattern developing in law enforcement reports, the shots were fired. "We should have seen this coming," said Superior's Assistant Police Chief Charles LaGesse. Weeks after the accident, Kittelson's family weren't sure if she'd ever walk or talk. Today, she lives with her mother, Carol, in South Range.
Shiny, juicy, tempting apples are closer than you think. For 13 years, David Fritz has been carting crates of apples to the town of Parkland for sale. His roadside stand, less than a mile from the intersection of highways 53 and 13, offers a continuous stream of fresh-picked apples from the beginning of August until Thanksgiving. "The Paula Red, that's our big, popular early apple," he said. "Then of course you get into the Wealthy and the McIntosh and the Cortland, those are kind of the middle season apples.
When his country called, Jack Bellino answered. Leaving behind a wife and 1-year-old son, he went to war. "I spent 29 months in a tent," he said, putting up communications towers along air strips in Australia and the Philippines during World War II. When he returned to Superior, the bus dropped him off in the middle of the night. Without fanfare or cheers, he walked to his house, knocked on the door and was reunited with his family. Decades later, he stood up for his countrymen in another way. As a member of the Thomas F.
From senators to neighbors, everyone wants to know the status of the Twin Ports VA Outpatient Clinic. The thriving clinic, which leases space at St. Mary's Hospital in Superior, provides primary care to 5,450 veterans from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and even Canada. Despite a current bid process, officials say it isn't going anywhere. "At this point we have no plans to leave the Twin Ports area," said Mary Kolosky, clinic operations manager. The clinic's 20-year lease with St. Mary's ends in August 2009 with no more options for renewal.
Toes are tapping in Lake Nebagamon since the arrival of Lake Effect Dance. In it's first year, the program has attracted more than 50 students from the area for classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, jazzercize and high school dance technique. "I think it's a nice addition to the community," said Angela Hanson of Lake Nebagamon. Her daughters Sophie, 5, and 7-year-old Isabella attend classes. "So far, so good," said Molly Warring, whose daughter Suzy, 5, learns ballet and tap basics in the beginner combo class.
By MARIA LOCKWOOD Daily Telegram Staff Writer Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton introduced the Wisconsin Covenant to Superior High School freshmen Tuesday with a line straight out of the Godfather. "I'm here to make an offer you can't refuse," she told the ninth-graders filling the school's performing arts center. "We're asking you ... to become a covenant scholar." By signing the covenant, Lawton told students, they enter into "an all-win, no-lose" situation.