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With a stroke of his pen, President Barack Obama gave potential home buyers new incentive to find their dream home. His signature on the Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009 extended the first-time home buyer tax credit until April 30 and offered existing homeowners a similar deal. Realtors are hoping the lure of a tax credit will be the spark that heats up the local housing market. "It's just a great time to buy," said Mike Raivala with RE/MAX1 of Superior. Home prices are good, he said, and interest rates are low.
The Silver Bay Veterans Home fills with the sound of music Saturday.
The first H1N1 flu-related death was confirmed in Douglas County on Monday. The individual was an adult between the ages of 25 and 64 with an underlying health condition, according to Deb Clasen, Douglas County health officer. "For most people, the 2009 H1N1 flu is not severe," she said.
Pattie Teig is ready to sound the alarm. "On Sunday I'll have to stand up and say, 'It's an emergency; it's an emergency," said Teig, a member of the food pantry team at Faith United Methodist Church. When she prepared to open the pantry Tuesday it was full, bolstered with boxes of donations from Our Savior's Lutheran Church and a J.C. Penney food drive. "Within an hour and a half, it was gone," Teig said. Thirty-four families stopped by for food, leaving the shelves nearly empty. "It's terrible," Teig said.
Talent scouts are on the prowl at Superior High School. As students prepare for the second annual Spartan Telethon to benefit the Salvation Army of Superior, they need acts. "Last year we had quite a variety," said Ryan Zimmerman, an SHS senior who is coordinating the telethon. There were singers, a magician, musicians and even a pie-eating contest. "My favorite act from the community was two little girls dressed in poodle skirts doing a hula-hoop routine," said Dale Van Ert, SkillsUSA advisor and teacher of the TV broadcasting class at SHS.
Tuesday was a day for smiles at four Douglas County schools. Giant checks were handed out to teachers at Northwestern High, Northwestern Middle, Bryant Elementary and Four Corners Elementary schools. The money will encourage lifelong fitness, on-the-spot reporting, multimedia learning and even cooking projects. The teachers who won the $500 Class Acts! awards said they appreciated the boost. "I applied because any extra help I can get for my classroom is great!" said Sarah Winkle, a special education teacher at Bryant.
Northwestern High School gives students food for thought every morning through a new breakfast program. Since it was launched about three weeks ago, the number of students choosing school breakfast has risen, breaking 100 last week. "We just want those numbers to climb, climb, climb," said Jody Botten, food service director for the Maple School District. To whet student appetites, a free breakfast was available to all students last Wednesday. "We had a great turn-out," said NHS Principal Steve High, who estimated about 350 of the school's 468 students ate breakfast that day.
A new survey could give a better picture of whether STRIDE transportation services for people with disabilities are meeting riders' needs in Superior. The survey was launched by the STRIDE Action Committee to determine if there are gaps, and if so, who is being left behind. "We have the idea that there are more people out there who haven't come to this STRIDE team meeting who want to take STRIDE and haven't been able to get through to get a ride, or who may have given up and aren't calling anymore," said Bob Olsgard, transportation coordinator for North Country Independent Living. The commi
Gordy Johnson doesn't string a single bulb in his front yard for Christmas. But his holiday decorating is seen by thousands of motorists each day.
An extra two letters cost the Superior Middle School administration a little embarrassment when report cards were mailed out last week. But fixing the mistake won't cost much from the school's pocketbook. Parents were surprised to read the mission statement printed at the bottom of the SMS first grading period report cards: Superior Middle School "Providing all irrelevant tools to develop a foundation for living, learning and working successfully." Elise Meys of Superior missed the error the first time around. All she saw were her daughter's grades - A's and B's.