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Access to a short stretches of county highway could open up new paths to ATV users, according to a discussion item brought before the Douglas County Highway Committee this month. The item, offered by the Northwest Trails Association, is expected to be discussed at the committee's September's meeting as well. "This is a big step for the county," said Kay Johnson, committee chairwoman.
Traces of wildlife dot Wisconsin Point -- a white feather, animal tracks, the glimpse of a heron silent and still, waiting for supper to swim by. The other kind of wildlife on the point doesn't bother to hide its tracks -- broken bottles, burned cans, dirty diapers. "It's the gem that we have and you go out there and it's McDonald's bags and beer bottles," said Superior City Council President Tom Bridge of the stretch of land. Since a vehicular curfew went into effect in 2003, the litter situation has improved.
Access to health care and education topped the list of concerns veterans voiced during a public hearing Wednesday at the Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center. Rep. Frank Boyle, D-Amnicon, hosted the event. He called it a "unique opportunity to really hear from vets" about their needs and see how to "best serve the interests of the people who have best served America." Of particular concern was health care. "The VA Clinic here in Superior is my primary health care center," said Bruce Brown.
Candidates for the 73rd Assembly District seat fielded a variety of questions during a Superior Federation of Labor forum Tuesday night at the Superior Public Library. The public wanted to know the candidates' views on health care, smoking bans and garbage tipping fees.
A proposal to expand the Government Center parking lot fizzled Thursday during the Douglas County Administration Committee meeting. A tie vote kept the motion to spend $125,000 on two additional houses from moving forward to the full county board. The county has already made an approved offer to purchase one of three homes along Hammond Avenue, said County Board Chairman Doug Finn. "We started the process, there's a need and if we wait it's going to cost us more money," he said.
A one-two punch of bad luck has laid the Animal Rescue Federation low. The Superior animal shelter is scrambling to find financial footing, but it may be too late. "The problem is we're dying, basically," said ARF board president Bill O'Keefe in an emotional interview. "We are completely out of money (for the year)." A large influx of dogs and a bout with ringworm that closed shelter doors for five weeks siphoned off all ARF's operating budget.
After years of blending in, Scott Johnson is ready to stand out. His business, Northwoods Guitar, moves into the center of three buildings that were the former Louis Cafe on Sept. 1. A bold canopy highlights the site as Northwoods Music, and a blue neon sign will soon do the same. "I'm going out of my way to make sure my building looks different and separate from the other buildings," Johnson said.
After 37 years of minding children, Children's Corner Day Care closed its doors Thursday. "I'm retiring, and we weren't getting enough kids," said manager Dawn Danielson, who has been with the nonprofit organization for 27 years. Summer programs and 4-year-old kindergarten have siphoned off many of the day care's clientele, she said. But their home in Ross Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus will not be empty for long.
The August trial for a Duluth doctor accused of sexually assaulting a female patient was canceled Friday by Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Michael Lucci. Lucci ruled that because of the large amount of pretrial publicity in the case of Javier Enrique De La Garza, 52 -- in particular publicity about information the jury will not get to hear -- Lucci ruled that "... there is a reasonable likelihood that a fair trial cannot be had in Douglas County in the next couple of weeks ..." In his Friday decision, Lucci approved De La Garza's motion for a change of venue for the trial.
When youth were handed $9 last week, there was only one string attached. They had to save their receipts. The assignment was part of the Rolling Out Your Dough program put on by the Superior Public Library and UW-Extension. Wednesday, the youth reported back with the slips in hand. Some used the money to fill needs. "We needed some macaroni and cheese, so I got mac and cheese," said June Gee, 13. She also purchased some hot chocolate when hers ran out. Others filled wants. "I spent two coins and some of my money for a Webkinz at J.C.