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Candidates for the 73rd Assembly District seat fielded a variety of questions during a Superior Federation of Labor forum Tuesday night at the Superior Public Library. The public wanted to know the candidates' views on health care, smoking bans and garbage tipping fees.
A proposal to expand the Government Center parking lot fizzled Thursday during the Douglas County Administration Committee meeting. A tie vote kept the motion to spend $125,000 on two additional houses from moving forward to the full county board. The county has already made an approved offer to purchase one of three homes along Hammond Avenue, said County Board Chairman Doug Finn. "We started the process, there's a need and if we wait it's going to cost us more money," he said.
A one-two punch of bad luck has laid the Animal Rescue Federation low. The Superior animal shelter is scrambling to find financial footing, but it may be too late. "The problem is we're dying, basically," said ARF board president Bill O'Keefe in an emotional interview. "We are completely out of money (for the year)." A large influx of dogs and a bout with ringworm that closed shelter doors for five weeks siphoned off all ARF's operating budget.
After years of blending in, Scott Johnson is ready to stand out. His business, Northwoods Guitar, moves into the center of three buildings that were the former Louis Cafe on Sept. 1. A bold canopy highlights the site as Northwoods Music, and a blue neon sign will soon do the same. "I'm going out of my way to make sure my building looks different and separate from the other buildings," Johnson said.
After 37 years of minding children, Children's Corner Day Care closed its doors Thursday. "I'm retiring, and we weren't getting enough kids," said manager Dawn Danielson, who has been with the nonprofit organization for 27 years. Summer programs and 4-year-old kindergarten have siphoned off many of the day care's clientele, she said. But their home in Ross Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus will not be empty for long.
The August trial for a Duluth doctor accused of sexually assaulting a female patient was canceled Friday by Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Michael Lucci. Lucci ruled that because of the large amount of pretrial publicity in the case of Javier Enrique De La Garza, 52 -- in particular publicity about information the jury will not get to hear -- Lucci ruled that "... there is a reasonable likelihood that a fair trial cannot be had in Douglas County in the next couple of weeks ..." In his Friday decision, Lucci approved De La Garza's motion for a change of venue for the trial.
When youth were handed $9 last week, there was only one string attached. They had to save their receipts. The assignment was part of the Rolling Out Your Dough program put on by the Superior Public Library and UW-Extension. Wednesday, the youth reported back with the slips in hand. Some used the money to fill needs. "We needed some macaroni and cheese, so I got mac and cheese," said June Gee, 13. She also purchased some hot chocolate when hers ran out. Others filled wants. "I spent two coins and some of my money for a Webkinz at J.C.
After final hugs and a pass through security, a delegation of 18 Superiorites began its week long trip to Ami-Machi, Japan this morning. The only item left behind was Norman Radtke's squeeze bottle of toothpaste. It was too large to make it through the security checkpoint at Duluth International Airport. "Hopefully, this will be his only glitch," said Radtke's mother, Pam. "We're so excited for him." This will be the 18-year-old's first trip to Japan. "I've wanted to go since I was 8," he said.
Three vehicle accidents in Douglas County over the weekend left one woman dead and another 10 injured, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. Helen Klimas, 93, of Wascott was killed and her son seriously injured Saturday afternoon when a pick-up truck struck their car, which was stopped at the intersection of County Highway Y and Interstate 53 in Gordon. According to sheriff's department reports, an eastbound pickup truck pulled out in front of a northbound pickup truck at about 5 p.m. The northbound truck swerved to avoid the collision, hitting the stopped car instead.
When two neon green signs sprouted along Hammond Avenue Monday, they got noticed. It wasn't because of their shape or size -- like many rummage sale signs. It was what someone had printed on them in black marker -- "Pedophile" and an address one block away. Hours later, they were gone. Such signs -- staked into the grassy space between the sidewalk and road -- are illegal, according to city ordinance. "There are no signs permitted on the public right of way except official signs," said Dan Hawkin, code compliance officer with the Superior Department of Building Inspection.