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Mille Rounsville is tired of hearing that federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars are not helping everyday people. In her job as chief executive officer at Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency, she has seen the federal funds trickle down to impact hundreds of area residents. "We're just too busy spending the money to tell people about it," said Wende Nelson, executive director of Lake Superior Community Health Clinic. A hefty $1.4 million, sorted into 16 different contracts, landed on NWCSA's doorstep in October.
Dianne Edgett's plan to keep in touch with her grandchildren has mushroomed into a ministry. The Superior woman is currently leading a doll-making brigade. The soft, hand-made dolls will travel to a Haiti orphanage in early April with missionaries Justin and Christia Fulkerson. "When a child has something to hold onto, they feel more secure," Edgett said. To fill the need for the toys, she is inviting members of the community to help.
Possible contamination from dog feces closed down a school playground in Superior over spring break. Officials are using the incident as a springboard to remind the public to pick up after their animals. "Every year we've had some issues" with pet waste, said Gary Niemi, building and grounds director for the School District of Superior. "This year it was worse." The smell near the Northern Lights playground was so bad that a community member collected a sample, tested it and sent a letter with the results to school principal Robyn Deshayes. Although E.
Cody Androsky-Wilson and her friends didn't let budget cuts slow them down. They teamed up to create their own stimulus package for the Superior school district and the community. On March 27, the streets of South Superior will feel the tread of sneakered feet during the Polar Bear 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run. Money collected from the event will put students on the track to success. All proceeds will be earmarked for an interactive whiteboard for Bryant Elementary School. "My goal is not only to raise money," said Wilson, PTO president at Bryant.
For 40 years, Gloria Toivola has waited for this moment. The political science professor and her fellow faculty members at the University of Wisconsin-Superior are perched on the edge of forming a union. "It's a basic right that other working people have," said Political Science Professor Marshall Johnson, one that academic workers have been denied. Last year, the Legislature gave UW system faculty and academic staff collective bargaining rights for the first time under a provision in the state budget.
Plastic discs flew across the room during a Thursday meeting of the Superior Parks & Recreation Commission, headed for a portable disc golf basket. "Some of the commissioners are getting a little rowdy," said Parks & Recreation director Mary Morgan with a smile. The experimental throws were connected to a proposal by the Community Youth Project Group to create a disc golf course at Central Park. "I would take that as a sign of support," said Commissioner Tom Wondolkowski when the last disc had been lofted. The plan received two thumbs way up from the commissioners. "I think it's a great i
A standing-room only crowd cheered, prayed and wiped away tears during a send-off ceremony for members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 950th Clearance Co., Saturday at Superior High School. The soldiers, based in Superior and Spooner, will be deployed to Iraq with the 724th Engineer Battalion. "It's days like today we're especially proud to call Northern Wisconsin our home," said Lt. Col.
Youth have given up their keepsakes, artwork, teddy bears and even birthday presents to help the survivors of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. And they continue to give. At the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross, more than $70,000 in donations have flooded in, earmarked for Haiti. "In times of crisis and when people need help, the people who live in Northwest Wisconsin and Northeast Minnesota never hesitate to step up and help," said Howie Leathers, community resources coordinator for the chapter.
Like early seedlings, two new businesses have sprouted in Superior over the past few months. In one corner of the Badger Building, a Chisholm, Minn., mainstay has been transplanted. Along Hammond Avenue, the Trade and Commerce Marketplace nurtures Luke Chiropractic & Wellness.
While studying for her political science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Rebecca Lovejoy made a strong impression. "Rebecca always had interesting comments in class as well as a keen analytical mind, so I recommended she attend law school," said UWS Legal Professor George Wright. Lovejoy put it another way. "He said, 'You know, the way you like to argue, have you considered that?'" she said.