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Dan "Rosco" Russell was always willing and ready to lend a hand. "He'd give you the shirt off his back, even if it was the last shirt he had," said Shawn Eastman of Solon Springs.
The Superior Fire Department sent a hefty donation Thursday to Nicaragua -- 98 50-foot hoses as well as metal adapters and nozzles.
"I think we're going to be rivaling Ashland for the mural capital of Wisconsin," said artist Alison Price, director of Phantom Galleries Superior.
When Nikki Gonalakis needed a helping hand last summer, Habitat for Humanity was there. A single mother of three, she was working part-time after her full-time job was cut. Her house needed paint and some minor repairs, but she had no money for the work. "I had no way of doing it on my own," Gonalakis said. So she reached out to Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity. They gave her "A Brush With Kindness," sending volunteers and supplies to get the job done.
Sen. Janet Bewley, D-Delta, did more than meet a young athlete Monday. She brushed up on her jump rope technique and learned some basic punches during a visit to the Superior-Douglas County Family YMCA.
When three lanes of the Blatnik Bridge closed Monday for a major repair project, many drivers opted to travel between Superior and Duluth on the Bong Bridge. For some, it may have been their first encounter with Superior's only roundabout intersection, which opened at the foot of the Bong Bridge last fall.
"We have a problem here," Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander told members of a community meeting on drug addiction Tuesday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Out of 72 counties in the state, Douglas County submitted the second highest number of meth submissions to the state crime lab last year — 127. Over the last few years, the county's number of heroin submissions has consistently placed it in the top 10. For Sarah Kerkes, pastor of Our Savior's Lutheran, the problem is personal.
A 20-year partnership paved the way for World War II artifacts to be returned to a Japanese soldier's family.
Despite a focus by state and local officials on heroin, it's only one of the substances being abused in the Northland.
The face of drug addiction has changed.