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Pam Savoy knew something was wrong when her mother-in-law would get ready to leave the bowling alley before her match was over. An avid bowler, Ruth Savoy hit the lanes five days a week, and enjoyed mixed doubles. But then she started to get ready to leave when there was still a game to be played, Pam Savoy said. She would forget when it was her turn to bowl and which lane to bowl on. That was the first sign Ruth Savoy was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Then, Pam and her husband Todd, only had family to rely upon to help them care for Todd's mother.
Plans to expand the AMSOIL Center on Susquehanna Avenue got a jump start Tuesday night when councilors approved issuing $10 million in industrial development revenue bonds for the company's $15 million expansion project. The bond issue is key to the company financing the project, said John Hosler, AMSOIL vice president of finance.
Superior City Councilors will consider a move Tuesday that could help AMSOIL with its $15 million expansion plan at no cost to taxpayers. "What AMSOIL would like to do is have industrial revenue bonds issued for the amount of $10 million, for which they are 100 percent responsible for the payback of the bonds' principal and interest," said Finance Director Jean Vito.
POPLAR -- Servicemen helping servicemen -- it's a tradition that's alive and well. The Bong-Hofstedt Post 409 of the American Legion is paving its future by reaching out to a younger generation of veterans, those who've served in the Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq wars. It's a move that could assure servicemen will receive the honor that's their due well into the future.
A Keewatin man is facing felony charges after the real estate agent he is accused of assaulting testified in Douglas County Circuit Court on Wednesday. James Robert Osborn, 49, who lost a bid for the Keewatin City Council in November, is facing felony charges of fourth-degree sexual assault, false imprisonment and attempted third-degree sexual assault of a real estate agent who was showing him a house at 4188 S. County Road A, in rural Superior. Osborn is also facing a misdemeanor battery charge in connection with the March 23 incident.
Superior's top investigator is receiving statewide recognition for his detective work. Police Capt. Chad La Lor was honored with the Michael Vendola Death Investigator of the Year Award on Thursday for his sleuthing ability. The honor was given during the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators conference last week. La Lor was recognized for his work in solving two of Superior's cold case murders.
A man accused of masterminding the plot that resulted in the shooting death of Antwane Tio Dixon in 2003 is trying to have his conviction overturned. Randy Phillip DuPuis, 30, filed a motion to annul the conviction in February on the basis his attorney failed to represent him, the prosecutor engaged in misconduct and the judge failed to ask him directly if he had read a pre-sentence report created by the Department of Corrections. Judge Michael Lucci denied the motion earlier this month, prompting DuPuis to file an appeal of that April 5 decision.
Superior police are investigating a single vehicle accident that claimed the life of three people early Saturday morning. Police and the Superior Fire Department were called out about 2:55 a.m. to Winter Street and the East Second Street/Highway 53 overpass on a report of a motor vehicle accident. The area is mostly industrial and has little traffic in the early morning hours. Officers found a single vehicle had collided with a large support column for the bridge that was engulfed in flames. The Superior Fire Department put the fire out and discovered three people in the vehicle.
Douglas County supervisors are considering a plan to cut the size of their board. Two weeks ago, voters narrowly defeated a measure that would have eliminated 75 percent of supervisors. During his Thursday report to the county board, Chairman Doug Finn said the message was loud and clear. Just 18 votes prevented the 28-member board from downsizing to seven. Finn believes if voters had been asked to cut the board in half, the measure would have succeeded. Rather than tempt fate, he wants supervisors to formulate a plan that will be more palatable to residents.
Douglas County is hoping to offer recycling incentives for the business community. The county board approved a cooperative agreement with the city of Superior Thursday to seek grant funding for an incentive program. Superior's City Council approved the measure Tuesday. With consumers favoring ecologically-friendly businesses, Douglas County Recycling Coordinator Mary Klun said a "carrot approach" may encourage recycling.