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Every month there's another case of cyber-bullying in Douglas County. Sometimes it's a 'Hot or Not' site listing pictures of girls along with postings discussing their bodies and sexual habits. It could be an embarrassing video of a student being sent around via e-mail or posted on a site like YouTube.
Although he's 10 time zones away, Jayce Mayberry will be cheering for the Packers on Sunday. The staff sergeant is deployed in Afghanistan with the Minnesota Army National Guard, teaching English to members of the Afghan National Army. Although the Duluth native is a die-hard Vikings fan, he'll make an exception for the Super Bowl. "I got the best of both worlds because I live in Superior," Mayberry said in a telephone interview last week.
A battle against obesity is beginning in Douglas County. The nation's already at war. In the latest skirmishes, the federal government is poised to accept stricter nutrition guidelines for school lunches and business behemoth Wal-Mart pledged Thursday to reformulate thousands of products to make them healthier. Members of the Healthier Douglas County Coalition are asking local residents to join in the fight. "What can we work on to make the community healthier?" asked public health nurse Lynne Bauer.
A Superior woman accused of running a drug house made an initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Tanya Marie Borske, 34, faces a felony charge for maintaining drug trafficking at 1818 Banks Ave., and three misdemeanor counts of child neglect. According to the criminal complaint: Another female who lived at the home sold meth out of her room while Borske's three minor children -- ages 13, 4 and 3 -- were present.
The trial of a Superior man accused of shooting at his roommate is slated to begin Thursday in Douglas County Circuit Court, despite two attempts by the defense to have the charges dismissed. Tyler James Stubblefield, 25, faces felony counts of first-degree reckless endangerment and attempted first-degree intentional homicide stemming from a July 22 incident. Both counts are charged as domestic abuse. Stubblefield is accused of leveling two shotgun blasts at his roommate following an argument about finances.
The Imogene McGrath Memorial Library has gone to the birds. The small building's décor is peppered with avian artwork, bird books and even a trio of watchful owls. "Let's let people know how important birds are," chirped Barb Resheske, library assistant. The avid birder is encouraging everyone in Douglas County to join in next month's Great Backyard Bird Count, a continent-wide project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon and Bird Studies Canada. To do so, she has feathered the library with educational material and displays on area birds. She sent out calls to churches and schools.
Superior High School juniors explored math principles with cake, discussed morality in the Harry Potter series and saw the film that sparked the rock and roll revolution during an immersion day event Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus. Students spent two hours attending courses that focused on everything from beginning acting and athletic training to sonnets and physical "hotness." "I actually like going to college classes," said Kathryn Recznik. "Everyone can speak their mind. You don't have to raise your hand.
Superior's Anchor Bar and Grill lands a starring role this month in a segment of "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives." Anchor co-owner Adam Anderson confirmed the show airs Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. Just to be sure, he noted, those interested in viewing the show should check on the Food Network Web site, www.foodnetwork.com , closer to the air date. The network was alerted to the tasty local fare in Superior by letters from fans and comments from people who stopped to watch the "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" crew film at the Duluth Grill. "I think it's just neat," Anderson said of the local support.
For 22 years, Jim Boughner has been a voice for others. As Douglas County assistant district attorney, he was an advocate for children, a calm presence at the table and a liaison between social workers and the court system. An outdoor enthusiast, he walked or biked to work nearly every day from his home in Billings Park. Out of the courtroom, he is known as a karaoke singer, a fan of local band "The Bugs" and the man who passes out Hershey's Kisses every Valentine's Day. The Chicago native cleaned out his office last week, retiring at age 61.
Thunder rumbles in the sanctuary of United Presbyterian Church each Monday. Cadences, rolls, calls and flams can be heard as Northern Thunder drummers practice. "During the Civil War they played a lot of seven-stroke rolls," drum instructor Tom Kari told the rest of the group as they went through the rudiments of percussion. It's been a year since the Northern Thunder Drum Corps was launched.