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Bobby Berchild will cross the graduation stage Saturday into a bright new future. The Superior High School senior leaves the school ranked sixth in his class with numerous awards to his name -- including a Sparty for high school sports broadcasting and a silver award for social studies. But his eyes are already on the horizon. A four-year national ROTC scholarship awaits him at St. Thomas University in the Twin Cities. He was one of five to win the honor if the 122 students who applied.
With some give, some take and a couple tweaks, 14 segments of county highway connecting existing routes and trails moved closer to opening for ATV traffic during a Douglas County Highway Committee meeting Wednesday. "It's a good day," said Supervisor Dan Corbin, a member of the Northwest Trails Association. After getting a seal of approval -- or disapproval -- from the highway department and sheriff's department, the applications move on to a Douglas County Board possibly as early as this month. "None of these trails are open at this time," cautioned Kay Johnson, committee chairwoman.
If you're looking for a true-life drama ripped from the headlines, turn off the TV. Right here in Superior, on air and on stage, life is breathed into the colorful history of Douglas County. "I think it's a great way of retelling history for a generation brought up on TV and YouTube," said Teddie Meronek, former board member for the Douglas County Historical Society. The area is steeped in history -- people and events that shaped the community and even touched the nation. To flesh out the tales, the historical society is launching a History Theatre.
The number of charges against a man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend and her parents at a Superior residence has doubled. Donald Lavail Christopher, 40, was initially charged with two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and one count of aggravated battery on April 24 in Douglas County Circuit Court. Three additional felony charges were added by the time of Christopher's appeared for his arraignment Friday afternoon -- two counts of substantial battery and one count burglary. Christopher pleaded not guilty to each of the six counts.
A former music teacher whose career with the School District of Superior ended -- in part because of improper conduct with a female student -- was recently granted a restraining order against the former student. Dana Tolene, 21, was ordered to have no contact with her former choir teacher, Brian G. MacDonell.
She's caring, outgoing and opinionated, and she has made a career out of giving students a lift -- physically as well as emotionally. When Lee Ann Keogan retires June 12, the special needs bus driver for the Superior School District will be missed. "My son's been on her bus since he was three years old," said Mary Jo Manion.
Little things have taken on big significance for Jennifer and Neil Helenius. A touch, a song, a test passed, an ounce gained, each means a step in the development of their twin daughters, who were born three-and-a-half months early. "Every day and week that goes by it gets better and better," said Robin Deshayes, principal of Northern Lights School, where Jennifer teaches second grade. The tiny girls, known as micro-preemies, were born April 7 at 25 weeks. Henleigh was half an inch longer than a ruler (12.5 inches) and weighed one pound, 10 ounces.
A former music teacher whose career with the School District of Superior ended -- in part because of improper conduct with a female student -- recently granted a restraining order against the former student. Dana Tolene, 21, was ordered to have no contact with her former choir teacher, Brian G. MacDonell.
The smell of warm cocoa and the murmur of young voices drifted through the library of Lake Superior School Friday. For 45 minutes, third graders discussed literary mysteries -- among them Gary Paulson's "The Case of the Dirty Bird," "The Spy Down the Street" by Irene Schultz and a number of Cam Jansen cases, written by David A.
As an educator, veteran and father, Louis Thompson left his mark on Superior. "I always considered him to be the No. 1 advocate for the school kids of Superior," said Thompson's son, Ken. "Through all his years in Superior as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, administrator and school board member, the overriding concern for him was always: What's best for the kids?