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Local veterans gather each Friday to honor one of their own at the Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center. Rain, snow or shine, members of the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435, the Thomas F. Stein VFW Post 1091 and center volunteers raise a flag to remember the life of a deceased World War II veteran. It remains flying for a week. "I try to every Friday go out for the retirement and changing of the flag," said Bob Fuhrman, executive director of the center.
A Superior man will spend another nine months in jail for killing a horse in Parkland in 2004 to have sex with it. Bryan James Hathaway, 20, was found guilty of mistreatment of an animal in April 2005 and was given the maximum sentence of three and a half years -- 18 months initial confinement and two years of extended supervision -- by Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Michael Lucci. On Oct.
The Superior Police Department officially kicked off its Domestic Abuse Reduction Team (D.A.R.T.) program Wednesday, on Valentine's Day. "It is an odd day to start," Superior Police Chief Floyd Peters admitted. Maybe not, said Kelly Burger, executive director for the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse. "Relationships should be healthy," she said. The goal of the new program is to prevent repeat episodes of domestic violence in at-risk families. It pairs CASDA advocates and officers into teams that make contact with victims of domestic violence within 72 hours of a violent incident.
Even when she was a student at Northwestern High School, Jan Follis had a special spark. "She's always been a ball of energy -- a leader who gets things done," said classmate Anne Bridge. In the years following graduation, the Lake Nebagamon woman has continued to shine. Follis became a business owner, running Finell's bar and restaurant for 27 years in the footsteps of her father, Otto Finell. In 1986, she joined the first Superior Days lobbying campaign.
Oct. 8th is etched in the minds of Rick and Linda Gran. It started with an early morning call telling them their son, Owen, had been involved in an accident. Driving up to St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, the Foxboro couple didn't panic. The 19-year-old had been in scrapes before. "It was no big deal until we got to the emergency room and we were met by a chaplain," Rick said.
A single plot of land along the Amnicon River could put a kink in Enbridge Energy's expansion project. A Douglas County Circuit Court case hinging on a right-of-way easement and what constitutes a reasonable workspace for pipeline construction could postpone work on the land. In court on Wednesday, Enbridge and landowner Doug Olson made their cases to Judge Michael Lucci. Olson's land along County Highway A contains an easement that dates back to 1967 allowing Enbridge an 80-foot-wide corridor for their crude oil pipelines.
It used to be a familiar summer sight in Superior -- a boy with a big smile zooming down the sidewalk with fishing poles stashed on his wheelchair or one of his brothers perched on a skateboard tied behind. Although he suffered from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Chris Smith, 17, didn't let it hold him back. "He loved speed," said Lynn Ross, who met Chris through the Winners on Wheels program. "In his power chair we were always telling him to slow down." That changed two years ago when an illness Chris picked up led to a fever, dehydration and respiratory distress.
Space needed. Must have: bathroom, room for chairs, games and enthusiastic teens. Youth councilors plan to appeal to the community during tonight's city council meeting to ask for help jump-starting a facility similar to the former Hughitt Harbor Youth Center. "We need a place to put it," said Carlie Scouton, a Superior High School sophomore and youth representative. "Somebody's got to have space out there," said City Councilor Jackie Stenberg, who helped launch Hughitt Harbor in February 2005. The center offered high school kids a safe place to socialize, she said.
A Superior firefighter was injured when he was run over by a fire truck while battling a house fire in Superior's South End Monday. The 18-year department veteran fell and was accidentally run over, according to Battalion Chief Mike Kolanczyk. "Luckily, he fell into a slight depression in the ground and was not seriously injured," he said. The firefighter, whose name was not released, was transported to a Duluth hospital, where he was treated for a cracked leg bone.
When he got a call from "Forensic Files" asking to film an episode on the murder of Lynnea Gran, Chad La Lor's first reaction was to dig deeper. "Being a cop I did a little back checking," said La Lor, captain of investigations for the Superior Police Department. He found the call was legitimate.