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Pat Moreland wasn't running for the roses Saturday. He was running for a rock. The Lake Nebagamon man, who has been competing in local races for 25 years, received a peculiar award -- a rock painted white and blue -- for crossing the finish line of the Oulu Rock Run 5K. "It kind of describes Oulu," said Barbara Lahti, who lives in the small community of approximately 600. "It's a unique experience when you come to Oulu." The race wound through the woods and an old cow pasture behind Oulu Pioneer Memorial Park.
A mystery hangs over the Hawthorne ball park. Twenty-seven years ago, the site bore silent witness to the murder of a vibrant young woman. No one was ever convicted of the crime. The key to closing the cold case is a memory away. Sgt. Gerald Moe of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department confirmed there is an ongoing investigation into the crime. For a year and a half, he has searched for the truth about the events that took place in the early morning hours of April 19, 1980. "The whole town knows what happened out there," Moe said.
A fleet of boats swept into Barker's Island Marina this weekend, settling like a flock of migratory birds. With colorful flags flying, they bobbed on the bay while their owners gathered for meals, cruises, volleyball games, a dog show and more as part of the annual Great Lakes Cruise Club Rendezvous. The club members are a close bunch. "It's all about people," said Stan Cory of Minneapolis, who sailed into town from Madeline Island aboard his 48-foot sailboat, Red Sky. "These are our friends on the water," said Harold Darch of Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
For Kay Karras, life is a poem. Sometimes it is filled with joy, other times with reverence or sharp wit. For eight decades, it has been recorded in verse. "Her poetry charms; gently flowing across the paper, carrying the reader along in its current, evoking deep personal emotion with the simplest of words and expression," said Agnes Kennard of Wascott, a member of the St. Croix Writers Group. Eighteen years ago, Karras was a founding member of the group, which mixes writers from all walks of life. She has made an impression on them all.
Visitors, patients and employees at St. Mary's Hospital of Superior and the Mariner Medical Clinic are asked to leave their butts at home starting Sunday. Cans of chew also are outlawed. Sale or use of any tobacco product will be prohibited at SMDC Health System buildings and St. Luke's Hospital and clinics as of Sunday. The change expands tobacco-free areas to include all outdoor green spaces, parking lots and parking ramps (including parked cars). "We're not trying to get people to stop smoking," said Mike McAvoy, vice president of operations for the Duluth Clinic. "You can still smoke.
A Twin Cities priest with a yen for sailing has been chosen to lead the Catholic Diocese of Superior. The transformation began three weeks ago with a phone call from Pope Benedick XVI to Nativity of our Lord Parish in St. Paul. "I got off the phone and I sobbed for about 15 minutes," said Peter Christensen, 54, the church's pastor and Superior's incoming bishop. It was not an honor he sought. "I'm still trying to get used to the idea of being called bishop," he said. "I was very happy being a pastor." Now, his flock has grown from 2,000 families in St.
A Twin Cities priest with a yen for sailing has been chosen to lead the Catholic Diocese of Superior. The transformation began three weeks ago with a phone call from Pope Benedick XVI to Nativity of our Lord Parish in St. Paul. "I got off the phone and I sobbed for about 15 minutes," said Peter Christensen, 54, the church's pastor and Superior's incoming bishop. Now, his flock has grown from 2,000 families in St.
For her birthday this year, Ronda Tackett received the gift of memories. During a Valentine's Day call to her parents, Robert and Marianne Granquist of South Range, she learned someone in Florida had called the Superior School District looking for her. They had found something that she lost 20 years ago -- her class ring. The next day, her birthday, she called the Forida number. "I said 'I hear you found a class ring,'" Tackett said. The woman on the other end described it -- an amethyst stone, a band logo on one side and the words Ronda Granquist engraved inside. "She jumped for joy," s
It's been a banner week for Superior Community Service Officer Chris Wagner. This morning, she plucked an injured skunk from Benna Ford's parking lot. Monday, she bagged a 5-foot white snake in an East End garage. "That was a big snake," she said. A woman saw the reptile slither into her garage Monday morning. She shut the door to trap it in the building, then called the police. The snake wasn't interested in giving Wagner the slip. When she opened the door, it was right there, rattling. "When it gets agitated, it rattles its tail," she said.
A plan to improve the Lake Minnesuing County Park has sprouted in Douglas County. Prepared by Master Gardeners Robin Arbuckle and Carol Schoch, the new design would restrict vehicle use and reduce water runoff with rain gardens. "We don't know if it's all doable, but we need to stop the erosion there," Arbuckle said. The piece of land off County Highway P has been a site to swim and picnic for generations. "It's such a nice little park for families," said Diana Solin, who lives on Lake Minnesuing. Thursday, adults and children enjoyed a swim and picnic at the park.