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A former Superior bookstore is the site for a new health care option in Superior. When it opens its doors in May, the former J.W. Beecroft building will house NorthernBridges, a managed care organization which provides benefits to seniors and people with disabilities who qualify for state Family Care benefits. NorthernBridges is a long-term care district that covers an 11-county region of northwest Wisconsin. Jason Kohl, chief operations and strategy officer for NorthernBridges, said the building is scheduled to open May 1 with 20 onsite employees.
The two candidates vying for Douglas County Circuit Court Branch I judge share many similarities, but key differences. Both men work in the District Attorney's Office and bring a wealth of criminal law experience with them. Each has reached out to the community through numerous groups and organizations. Both men want to take their public service to the next level.
Foundations across the state are feeling the punch of the turbulent stock market -- posting millions in losses. With that in mind, the Superior Scholarship Foundation minted a new policy in January to prevent the class of 2009 from bearing the brunt of the market tumble. For most scholarships, a large chunk of money -- principle -- remains in the bank untouched.
A small-town girl on the hunt for a husband, a hotel keeper with a secret, a rich girl sampling the poor life and a paper clip salesman meet on the streets of New York. The result is music, laughs and a whole lot of toe tapping in Northwood High School's production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie." "It's entertainment you'll never forget for the rest of your life," said senior Andrew Kirov, who plays the part of Jimmy Smith. The story follows Millie Dillmont, played by junior Cindy Featherly, who leaves rural Kansas intent on getting a job and snaring a rich husband during the 1920s.
Northwoods Music has emerged from hiding, with a bright neon sign pointing to its new home in the former Louis Cafe building. The business has seen an approximately 30 percent increase in the sales of guitars and equipment since it moved into the space in September, according to owner Scott Johnson. Forty band students took advantage of the store's new rental program -- $100 to rent an instrument for the 2008-09 school year. Seven instructors provide lessons for 130 students on six different instruments and the store displays rows of vintage guitars.
Verne Wagner plans to tickle your funny bone Wednesday. "If we're in a recession," said the Duluth man, "Let's offer a little comic relief." Wagner is one of four comics ready to deliver punch lines at The Laff Shack. He will be joined by local comedians Le Ann Diler and Chuck Androsky and headliner Michael Thorne of Minneapolis.
For 10 years, Mary Anderson-Petroske has run her own publishing company. The authors are her eighth-grade students. Their works get a single printing -- one book each. And every copy is given away. Last week, the Superior Middle School authors sat down in the library media center to read their books to kindergarten students from Northern Lights School.
They meet every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the Douglas County Courthouse to witness the end of the American dream. These weekly auctions of foreclosed properties are generally a quick, cordial affair. "Usually it's lawyers and bankers," said Deputy Dan Lindberg, who holds the sales. Occasionally bidders do show up. "People are always looking for a good deal," Lindberg said. They are not easy to find, said those familiar with the auctions.
David Holcombe had a heart for youth. He cheered his son's hockey teams, applauded his daughter's figure skating routines, served on the Superior Area Hockey Association board and coached numerous youth athletic teams. "He was just the proudest father I've ever met," said Holcombe's friend Pat Golat. "He was so proud of his kids and so proud of everybody's kids." Since early Saturday morning, those who knew Holcombe mourned his death.
The house on State Street was close to condemnation when he bought it, David Smith said. Over the last 15 years, he made the village of Oliver house a home. He jacked up the roof to put in a wall, sliding glass door and temporary siding. He built cabinets and doors out of wood recycled from his job at Duluth Timber. Five years ago, a new roof and siding were put in place. "The house was almost complete," Smith said. In three hours, fire erased 15 years of work and left six people homeless. "I have nothing now," Smith said. And time is the enemy.