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Bowl by bowl, Cathedral School fifth graders fought hunger Tuesday. Mariah Hill folded her clay around a jar. Kade Walpole flattened his into a round circle before turning up the edges. Lorena Lane, 11, packed clay into the bottom of a Cool Whip container. After two firings and a coating of glaze, their one-of-a-kind bowls will be sent to the 15th annual Empty Bowl event, which runs 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 31. "They're pretty excited," art teacher Kay Sitek said of her students.
A revolution is underway at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and it's visible in the construction of tall buildings, narrower margins on class reports, the lack of Styrofoam cups and hopping on a bus. "UW-Superior is going green," said Tom Fennessey, director of facilities management. And, said campus sustainability coordinator Janice Crede, "We need everybody. Everything we do can make this better." Last year, Crede began connecting faculty, students and staff to the idea of sustainability -- creating a more sustainable world.
Peer-to-peer file sharing can offer identity thieves the keys to your life -- from social security numbers to tax refunds. Worse, the Internet can give criminals the keys to your kids. "When I was growing up, it was 'Don't take candy from strangers,'" said Jennifer Jubenville, Parent Involvement Coordinator for Cooper School. Today, predators don't need a house or car. They can snare their victims online. A presentation by the Superior Police Department made the danger clear to Cooper parents 1 1/2 years ago. "I work in IT.
Jeff Tucker shared a dose of Magic during a Friday visit to Villa Marina Health and Rehabilitation Center. The South Range man and his miniature horse stirred memories and prompted smiles from residents. The 3-foot-high chestnut was the star, calmly lying her head in laps or leaning in for a pat. "She's about the size of magic," said resident Lorraine Lind. "The name fits her." "She's a peach," said Laverne Bolin, another resident. "I love animals." This was Magic's second visit to Villa Marina. "We love her," said June Mattison.
President Barack Obama tossed out a challenge to American teens Tuesday during his address to Congress. "Dropping out of high school is no longer an option," he said. "It's not just quitting on yourself, it's quitting on your country -- and this country needs and values the talents of every American." Northwestern High School Principal Steve High puts it to students another way. "Dropping out, not having a diploma, is paramount to sentencing yourself to an economic future that's going to be less than," he said. "Less than your neighbors; less than your peers.
Nearly 1.5 million barrels of Canadian crude flow through Superior, the main hub of Enbridge's U.S. operations, every day. While supplying approximately 10 percent of the nation's foreign oil, the pipelines propel tax dollars and employee wages into the local economy. "I think a lot of people just take it for granted," said Denise Hamsher, director of public, federal and regulatory affairs for Enbridge.
Everyone needs the basics -- food, shelter, clothing, heat. Across Douglas County, programs that provide the basics are seeing an increase in clients. The need for food alone has jumped dramatically. The Salvation Army in Superior served 60 individuals or families per week through its food shelf in January 2008. Last month, the number grew to 100 per week. Use is climbing at the Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency (NWCSA) food pantry, too. In 2008, the agency provided food to 50 percent more clients than in 2007 -- from 2,492 to 3,837.
The Windchill case never made it to trial. But the woman who left the nine-month-old colt to freeze in temperatures that dipped as low as 55 degrees below zero will spend time in jail. Pamela Javenkoski, 48, pleaded no contest Jan. 15 to one misdemeanor count of failing to provide proper shelter for the colt. Wednesday, Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Michael Lucci sentenced her to 45 days in jail with Huber release granted for work and reasonable child care.
Ice safety is critical in spring, experts say. As ice begins to break up, the bonds between crystals weaken. "You can have very thick ice that won't support any weight," said Jim Rigstad, battalion chief for the Superior Fire Department. It's called candled ice because, when it breaks up, it looks like little candles. Saturday's tragic incident, where a truck driven by Adam LaPorte broke through the ice on the St.
Scammers using the "grandson" ploy targeted two Douglas County residents last week, according to Sheriff's Department reports. Both a Superior woman and a Solon Springs man got calls last Thursday from men posing as their grandsons. "It is unknown at this point whether these illegal operations are taking place in our county or, if not, why it is that they are targeting our county's residents," wrote Deputy Andrea Dittbrender, who took the report from the 67-year-old Superior woman. The woman told Dittbrender she got a call from a young male who called her "grandma." The man sounded a bit li