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Fifteen former residents of the Kozy Apartments had found permanent housing by Friday, and most of the rest had temporary homes. Kira Kallberg, social services director for the Salvation Army in Duluth, said the army was tracking 51 people displaced by Monday night's fire.
Frayed nerves are showing among residents displaced by this week's Kozy Apartments fire. At least 47 people lost their homes in the fire, and about 30 of them still have no place to go after this morning, said Diane Shanks, the apartment building's manager.
There's help available for former residents of the Kozy Apartments displaced by Monday night's fire. But getting that help for some will be a lengthy, frustrating process that probably will leave at least a few of the residents homeless for weeks. "There's a lot of system barriers, hoops to jump through, in order to house somebody," said Kira Kallberg, social services director for the Salvation Army in Duluth.
Hours after a fire left them suddenly homeless, several dozen Kozy Apartments residents sat along a second-floor hallway of the Damiano Center on Tuesday morning, facing bewildering new circumstances. "I don't know where I'm going to go from here," said Roni Love, 39, who lived with her boyfriend in the section known as the Annex. "A lot of people are going to be homeless." Ray Swader, a former Kozy bartender who had come to encourage his friends, told Love that the Red Cross would be providing emergency housing until Friday. "Till Friday?" Love said.
Here are some ways to help victims of the Kozy Apartments fire: Red Cross Monetary donations can be sent to the Northland American Red Cross, 2524 Maple Grove Road, Duluth, MN 55811. More information about how to help is available at (218) 722-0071 or online at redcrossnorthland.org. Salvation Army The Salvation Army is accepting monetary and in-kind donations for fire victims. Food is needed, including microwaveable meals, because many of the residents are temporarily staying in motel rooms that have refrigerator units and microwaves.
A November storm slogged into the Northland on Saturday, bringing snow, rain, thunder, lightning, gusty winds, slippery roads and frustrated drivers. Police agencies through much of Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin reported numerous cars in ditches during the day, but few serious accidents. An exception was in Bayfield County, where two people were killed in a two-car accident at U.S. Highway 2 and Stefanski Road near Mason, Wis. The Wisconsin State Patrol said the accident occurred at 10:40 a.m. Saturday when a Dodge Durango with two occupants that was westbound on U.S.
If you're following Joe Braeu or Josh Horky on the highway, watch for sudden stops. They brake for witches' brooms. Braeu, the owner of Edelweiss Landscaping & Nursery, and Horky, a botanist at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, share a passion for the natural phenomenon known as hexenbesen (bewitch -- hex; a bundle of twigs -- besom) in Braeu's native Germany. A witches' broom is a unique mass growing in the midst of a tree.
In 18-plus years, the Rev. Sharon Johnson has become acclimated to the Northland in several ways. The southern California native adjusted more easily to the winter weather than you might think. Adjusting to the culture was a bit trickier.
Robin Moore used to regularly send packages to a loved one in Iraq. Now she regularly sends packages to strangers. Moore leads the Duluth chapter of Operation Minnesota Nice, which mails packages to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan who aren't receiving mail from anyone else. At one time, she was sending packages to her nephew, Lance Cpl. Scott Modeen. That ended on Dec.
It is said that only God can make a tree, which raises the question of what to call the structure that was going up on Saturday at Bayfront Festival Park. "It's going to look like a big cone with lights on it," said Brian Nelson, training coordinator for Iron Workers Local 512, who was supervising the raising of the 120-foot-tall structure. "Like an upside-down ice cream cone." Kane Tews, an architect for Krech Ojard, the company that designed what is believed to be the largest Christmas tree in the United States, had a similar view.