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The public got a peek at preliminary 2007-08 budget numbers for the Maple School District on Monday at a budget hearing and annual meeting in the Northwestern High School gymnasium. "This is our best snapshot as of today," said District Administrator Gregg Lundberg. The picture includes a 43.74 percent increase in the tax levy, according to numbers provided. "The bulk of it is because of the general obligation bonds," said Paul Staffrude, business manager for the district. Those bonds paved the path to a new and remodeled high school, a sewer line from the high school to Poplar, updating
A Superior man accused of setting fire to the bed where his girlfriend was sleeping will no longer face a felony arson charge in Douglas County Court. The charge against James Leo Olson, 50, was amended to a misdemeanor charge of negligent handling of burning material Tuesday after the alleged victim, Lynn Bergson, failed to appear in court to testify during the third preliminary hearing set for the case. Bergson failed to appear at the initial preliminary hearing on June 27. At the second hearing July 9, Olson did not appear and a warrant was ordered for his arrest.
Shelby Adolphson's recovery comes in many forms -- homemade lasagna, a good night conversation, a trip to Dairy Queen. "We're just amazed at how far she has come back," said Delores Kittelson, Shelby's cousin. "It seems like every time I see her, she gets better." The Poplar woman was shot March 20 by her estranged husband, David Adolphson, outside St. Mary's Hospital of Superior, where she worked. While pursued by authorities, he took his own life later that day.
Walking his dog a little before 9 a.m. this morning, Tom Podgorak found himself witnessing a drug bust. Approximately a dozen armed law enforcement agents crouched around 1619 Baxter Ave. "It was like a scene out of 'COPS,'" the Superior man said. They silently waved him to move across the street. By this time, other neighbors had noticed the commotion. "I was actually upstairs getting ready for work," said Joshua Rich, who lives across the street from the residence.
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.