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Whether on the court, track or field, seniors Salann Gilbert and Lindsay Taipale keep busy year-round. The seniors attend Solon Springs High School and Northwestern High School, respectively, and are three-sport athletes. Both girls play volleyball and basketball. Gilbert also plays softball, and Taipale runs for the track team. But ask either athlete where her heart truly lies and she will tell you volleyball is No. 1. Gilbert and Taipale carried the Eagles and Tigers to impressive seasons.
Of the eight players named to the 2008 Superior Telegram All-Area Volleyball team, only two are not seniors.
The Brule River State Forest is on track to expand by 80 acres after a land acquisition was approved at the Natural Resources Board meeting Oct. 22. Gov. Jim Doyle must now approve the proposed purchase before the state forest can act.
Four Corners Elementary School was filled with colorful costumes Wednesday, but it wasn't for the school's annual Halloween parade. The parade was canceled this year because of a scheduling conflict, but in place of a parade, students and community members still had a chance to see children in costumes while also enjoying the music of five elite performers. Opera for the Young, founded in 1970, is an organization that brings opera presentations to schoolchildren throughout the Midwest.
Three people have applied for a temporary seat on the Superior School Board.
Months after the start of the high school cross country season, a debate rages on between senior Amber Gurske and junior Nathan Nelson. The two Northwestern High School students both qualified for the state cross country meet to be held Saturday at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. The duo is arguing about who is the better runner, and neither is willing to claim the top spot. "Do you remember in the beginning of the season I did focus on him, and I was right," Gurske said. "What?" Nelson said.
The Northwestern High School volleyball team ended its season Saturday with a 3-0 loss to Hayward in the WIAA regional finals in Amery. The Hurricanes won 25-16, 25-20, 25-18 and advance to play Rice Lake Thursday in the sectional semifinals. The Tigers (26-4) finish the season with just four losses, three of which came at the hands of Hayward. "They knew what we were going to do and we knew what they were going to do. There were no surprises today," said Hayward coach Becky Kukowski. "I think we just came out fast.
Last season, the University of Wisconsin-Superior women's hockey team earned nearly every accolade possible. The Yellowjackets advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four for the first time in school history, repeated as Northern Collegiate Hockey Association regular season champions and won the NCHA's O'Brien Cup.
I never realized it before, but I've been horribly spoiled when it comes to waterfalls. Growing up in northeastern Minnesota, I've had a chance to see the best falls and cascades in both my home state and Wisconsin. I was just a toddler when my family first visited Pattison State Park. I don't remember that initial visit clearly, but I've been back to the park since and the waterfalls now make quite an impression. Not only are the falls lovely, they can be enjoyed in solitude.
The return of the fall antlerless deer hunt was welcomed with little fanfare Thursday. The early hunt was reinstated this season after a two-year hiatus, and this time it's here to stay. "We're hoping for a good turnout, but based on the first day -- it was pretty quiet out there this morning," said Greg Kessler, wildlife biologist for the Wisconsin DNR. The fall antlerless season was originally suspended after a number of hunters complained. They assured wildlife officials they could harvest enough deer to keep the population in check without the October hunt.