- Member for
- 4 years 5 months
A fall windstorm swept through Douglas County Tuesday, ripping the roof off a mobile home in Superior's Itasca neighborhood and downing power lines throughout the county. Alma DeMar heard a loud noise Tuesday night and feared it could be a tornado. "I went outside to see what the weather was like," she said. "I saw the roof on the deck." High winds pulled half of the roof off the mobile home belonging to DeMar and Larry Johnson and slammed it to the deck. Wednesday, as they stood outside the trailer, the couple was still coming to grips with the loss of their home.
Drenched in color and texture, Art in the Alley-Marketplace is a showcase for the Twin Ports' art community. Nubby knitwear, glittering jewelry, slick reusable sacks, earth-toned paintings, gleaming table wear and rainbow-colored rugs share space in the new store. And there's more to discover in every corner. "You never know what you're going to find," said co-owner Tami LaPole Edmunds. The business pulls together works from more than 20 local artists as well as regional arts and crafts and free market items from around the world.
The bassist from Hairball has a new gig in town. Dan Dryden, known to fans of the 80s tribute band as "Sports," opened his new bar, Sideshow Live Music Venue, on a high note last week. Located in the former Shooter's Saloon, 624 Tower Ave., Sideshow is a whole new space. The interior has been completely redone in classic black, gray and metallics with an emphasis on the stage and live music. "It's all about the good time," Dryden said. The business opened Thursday night to the strains of Plan B. They were followed by Monsters of Mock! Friday and Zeppelin tribute band BLIMP on Saturday.
A tradition of giving started four years ago when Cathi Austin sent out six boxes of holiday cheer to soldiers overseas. Last year, she and other volunteers packed 147 boxes filled with cards, candy, batteries, socks, sunscreen and more for troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. On Nov. 11, they will gather again to send good wishes, treats and useful items across the ocean. This time, however, there is a twist. "This is the first time with local troops," said Austin, health enhancement coordinator at the Superior Douglas County Family YMCA.
A fall windstorm swept through Douglas County Tuesday, ripping the roof off a mobile home in Superior's Itasca neighborhood and downing trees and power lines. No flooding damage has been reported from the county, according to Dave Sletten, emergency planner risk manager for Douglas County Emergency Management.
It's official. After 12 years of planning and partnerships, the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve was designated Tuesday with a round of speeches, signatures and smiles at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Despite the stormy weather, UWS Interim Chancellor Christopher Markwood quoted a phrase often used by his predecessor, Julius Erlenbach. "It is a beautiful day in Superior," he said. Fittingly, speakers said, the designation ceremony began with a drumming and pipe ceremony conducted by members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
A random act of kindness at a Superior restaurant brightened the day for four longtime friends. "On Friday, Oct. 7, my mother and three of her friends gathered, as they have for 40-plus years, to play bridge," Rita Michon wrote. "Before the cards get shuffled, they meet for lunch." The group frequents a number of Superior restaurants - C's, The Shack Smokehouse & Grille, Applebee's and Barker's Island - but this was the first time they had stopped at A&W Restaurant. In the middle of the meal, the server walked up to tell them that a gentleman had already paid for their lunch.
The Northwestern High School band will serve up a slice of Americana on Monday during their fall concert. Under the direction of Michael Hintzman, they will give the world premiere performance of "Ace of Aces," a piece written in honor of hometown hero Richard I. Bong. "It's awesome," said sophomore trumpet player Mike Bessler. "It's a great piece," junior clarinetist Wolfgang Inman said. National hero Maj. Bong was America's highest scoring ace in World War II, shooting down at least 40 enemy aircraft while serving with the Army Air Corps.
Growing up, Sheila Fillmore had pen pals from a dozen countries. Now, she shares her family's interests, traditions and cultures in person.
A group of teens plans to make visitors scream for a good cause this Halloween. The Superior High School seniors will turn the garage at 621 10th Ave. E. into a haunted house for visitors for the third year in a row. But this year will be different.