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A federal agency's ban on the sale and possession of chemicals used in so-called "fake pot" won't change anything, the owner of The Last Place on Earth said Wednesday. Jim Carlson, who went to court to stop a similar ban by the city of Duluth, said Wednesday's action by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to control five chemicals used in making the products, which are labeled as incense, would be easily sidestepped. Up to about 200 different chemicals are used to make fake pot, Carlson said. "They're all real similar. All they've got to do is change one molecule.
TOWN OF BASS LAKE, Wis. -- The owner of a bar who shot two intruders early Tuesday morning in this north woods village had simply gotten fed up with being a crime victim, a fellow businessman said. "I believe he's been broke into about 10 times this year, and he's just gotten tired of it," said Dean Januesheske, who owns the nearby Log Cabin Store with his wife, Diane. "I'd have done the same thing." The shooting occurred about 5:30 a.m. at the Countryside Bar on County Road K, in the Town of Bass Lake, which is about 10 miles southeast of Hayward in the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation.
The building that housed the Kozy Apartments once was synonymous with elegant, upscale living. "Oh, it was just beautiful," local historian Maryanne Norton said.
Three million lights lit up Bentleyville on Saturday evening, but the smile on Kelly Hermanson's face was just as bright. The Proctor woman had her Christmas wish granted while she was still sitting on Santa's lap. She told Santa she wanted an engagement ring. Her boyfriend, Jeff Crosby of Duluth, was already on one knee, ostensibly to take a picture.
Please don't volunteer. It's an unusual message, but people have responded with such enthusiasm to help with next week's free Thanksgiving buffets in Cloquet and Duluth that organizers don't want more volunteers than they already have. "There has been an overwhelming response," said Kay Norris, buffet coordinator in Duluth. "It's a great situation to be in." In Cloquet, "we have enough volunteers, and we're starting a waiting list," said Jill Hatfield, executive director of Volunteer Services of Carlton County.
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.