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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.
A bet brought Conny Hansen to the United States. A man by the name of Arvid Morken gave her reason to stay. Today, the Denmark native celebrates her 50th year in America. "This is my home now," said Conny Morken, 73. She grew up in Denmark under German occupation. Her father was a member of the Danish underground. Evidence of his activities were buried in the garden or recycled. "I had beautiful dresses made out of parachute material," Morken said with a chuckle. The oldest of five siblings, Morken was 9 when World War II ended.
The idea of a traffic light in South Superior is nothing new. The site of North 58th Street and Tower Avenue has been batted around for years. Council President Dan Olson, however, hopes to succeed where a long line of South End councilors failed. "I want to take the safety aspect of it and push that forward, just like I did with the hockey helmets," said Olson, who was instrumental in developing a policy that requires helmets on city ice rinks.
Kami Scott is surrounded by shoes. They fill up her car, lurk in her home and clutter her counters. This weekend, they travel to the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Superior to find new homes. "I will be thrilled to have my house back," Scott said. She'll be more thrilled when customers walk off with the footwear. Every pair sold brings her one step closer to providing shoes for children in the Philippines. The Sole2Soul event takes place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday at the church, 1604 Banks Ave. The donated shoes will sell for $1, $2 or $3 a pair.
Spending the night in a box opened Tom Wondolkowski's eyes. "I knew next to nothing about homelessness before we started," he said. Yet he volunteered to organize the first A Night Without A Home event two years ago. Wondolkowski and fellow volunteers bundled up and brought cardboard boxes to City Center Park on the corner of Belknap Street and Tower Avenue.
Local veterans shared smiles and greetings as sunny as the weather when they gathered in the parking lot of the Government Center Tuesday morning. After a last minute check and the stowing of bags, their caravan of vehicles began the drive to Thunder Bay, Canada. Today, they will march in a Remembrance Day Ceremony beside Canadian veterans. "Even though we're two different countries, we're very similar," said John Vaski, a member of the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435 in Superior. "We're all the same people." The journey north has become an annual migration.
The state of Wisconsin is not eliminating jobs for special needs adults at the Challenge Center. Despite widespread concerns over changes to the Family Care Medicaid waiver that goes into effect in January, legislators said there is no plan to shut down prevocational services statewide. "The concerns that the state of Wisconsin is going to eliminate this program, eliminate these services, eliminate these jobs is exaggerated; it is not true," said Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, at a special meeting at the Challenge Center Monday.
Three Superior businesses have fallen prey to armed robbers within the last month. The crime spree began Oct. 12 with the robbery of Shultz's Sports Bar, 1307 N. Fifth St. Ten days later, there was an armed robbery at the Spur station at 1706 Tower Ave. Then Monday, two men robbed the Payday Loan at 1808 Tower Ave. It's the second time the lender was robbed this year. "I think we're generally seeing an upswing in this kind of violent crime," said Superior Police Capt. Matt Markon. Although the department has seen armed robberies this close together before, these are different, said Capt.
Whether you're looking for gifts, entertainment, clothing for the kids or a way to make a difference, Solon Springs has it all. This weekend, the small community is giving back with a day of thanks. Three businesses - the Garden House, Solon Springs Mercantile and the Little Gift House - teamed up to support local nonprofit organizations.