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Public art changes the way you see things, according to Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton. It can make you look twice, put a smile on your face, inspire you to create or bring back memories. The new Palace Mural Project, coming to life one brushstroke at a time on the back wall of the Douglas County Historical Society, does all of the above. "We really feel like it puts us on the map now," said DCHS President Valerie Hiatt Burke. For many, the mural at 1101 John Ave. is a link to the past. The Palace Theater, built in 1917, provided entertainment that spanned generations.
The heart of downtown Solon Springs stopped beating Tuesday. After a weekend of karaoke, dancing and a visit from Elvis, longtime customers stopped by Prevost's on Monday for a final goodbye. "I think somebody ought to stand here and give a eulogy on the place," said Charlie Fink, a longtime customer. Owner Sandee Prevost closed the restaurant and bar Monday night.
Mix a world-renown magician and about two dozen law enforcement officers and county employees -- add a pinch of curiosity and dash of magic - and what do you get? Communication. "Interacting with all kinds of different groups leads to different ways of looking at something," said Magician Mark Mitton, a Superior-native. He made Douglas County Detective Sgt. Ed Anderson's $20 bill appear in a lime, caused Superior Police Chief Floyd Peters' head to swell and read Superior Assistant Police Chief Charles LaGesse's body language to deduce what hand a card was in.
Your morning commute could get longer next week when students head back to school. School is back in session Tuesday, bringing with it new backpacks, school shoes, fresh erasers and traffic congestion. "Some of the busier intersections during the school year are Hammond Avenue at North 21st, North 28th and 31st as well as North 21st leading to Hammond Avenue," said Sgt. Mark McGillis of the Superior Police Department in an e-mail interview.
When Bud Wigchers began his career as a barber, men could get the proverbial "shave and a haircut" for $2.30. A cut cost $1.40 on a weekday, $1.50 on Saturday. A straight-razor shave cost 90 cents. "It was more work than a haircut," Wigchers said, but he always charged less because men came in for a shave three or four times a week. In those days, kids who stopped by the store always got a Tootsie Pop. Fast forward 54 years. Today, the going rate is $12 for a haircut. Wigchers keeps his straight razor in a drawer even though he hasn't shaved customers for decades.
Twin Ports firefighters take to the streets to fight muscular dystrophy. The annual "Fill-the-Boot" fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association runs at three major intersections in Superior from 3-6 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday.
Comedian John DeBoer brings his nerve-hitting comedy show to the Shack at 8 p.m. Wednesday. His twisted observations of life range from the devious side of childhood to the never-ending pressures of our times. Also appearing will be Kevin Craft, a semi-finalist on "Last Comic Standing" and Dar the Star, a stay-at-home mom from Hermantown who combines homespun sensuality with satire. Rounding out the act will be the debut of local comic Ryan Smith and a crowd warm-up by Superior-native Chuck Androsky.
The transition from fifth to sixth grade can be tricky. In the Maple School District, students who were used to staying in mainly one classroom find themselves moving five to six times a day. This year's incoming sixth graders got an extra boost in preparing for middle school - survival guides penned last spring by Cynthia Wick's seventh-grade language arts class. The project, aimed at showing how writing relates to real life, picked up momentum when students began to recall their biggest concerns as fifth graders. "It was fun brainstorming topics," Wick said, and the list grew.
The Stuff the Bus campaign, which provides school supplies to Douglas County children in need, is quietly steering toward delivery day. Phones aren't ringing with requests; there is no media blitz. But Kathi Madsen, executive director of the United Way of Superior-Douglas County, had a message for children and their families. "Go to school and trust the supplies will be there," she said. The United Way is in the program's driver's seat. The organization has been collecting donations and pricing supplies in preparation for distribution next week.
Lori Schneider was not alone the day she reached the summit of Mt. Everest. As the Bayfield woman stood in the blowing snow May 23, those who followed her progress online and on air were there in spirit. "We all went to the top with Lori," said Sen.