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Chancellor Julius Erlenbach's legacy will be buildings erected on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus and the barriers among the campus, community and alumni he broke through during his 14 years of leadership. "When I started at the Superior/Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, a lot of people viewed the university as a private entity," said Dave Minor, president and chief executive officer of the Chamber. "Julius brought the community onto the university and the university into the community." Erlenbach became UWS' 11th chancellor in 1996.
A new event aimed at breaking the silence surrounding sexual violence will march through Superior streets April 16. "Speak Out, Superior" combines a walk, rally, entertainment and speakers into a surge of community activism. This is no somber event, said coordinators Jamie Olson, Amanda Barnard, Lisa Kane and Krisi Patterson. "This is more of a 'Bring your positive energy, let's do this, let's tackle the problem," said Olson, who works with Stepping Stones for Living. "Let's problem solve this community issue." The "Speak Out" begins at 4 p.m.
If it's time for an oil change or tune-up, owners take their vehicle to the shop. When it's time for a yearly physical, people make a doctor's appointment. If someone's finances are rocky or their income doesn't cover their monthly bills, help is available. Free, confidential financial "tune-ups" are available through Lutheran Social Service of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, which has an office in Superior. "I refer people to them all the time," said Linda Bruce, family living educator for Douglas County UW-Extension.
A trio of federal actions, all tied to jobs, were served up to local labor leaders by Congressman Dave Obey during a Wednesday meeting at the Old Town Restaurant in Superior.
Michael "Rex" Kern passed away a year ago, but his legacy of giving lives on. Tuesday, cases of food poured into Faith United Methodist Church, stocking food pantry shelves with soup, beans, canned vegetables, stuffing mix, noodles, canned peaches, rice side dishes, tuna fish, and more.
The fifth trip was the charm for Kaitlyn Halom. The Superior woman flew to Ami-Machi Japan Sunday to spend the next year teaching English overseas. "I've been waiting to do this ever since I started college," said Halom, 24. When she got an e-mail about the job opening she didn't hesitate to say "yes," even though she had less than four weeks to get ready for it.
Jolene Sajec returned to her roots when she opened Serenity Spa on March 1. After seven years in the cosmetology business, the stylist and spa technician found a smaller, more personable site - her own. "We're here to pamper you, make you feel like a million dollars," Sajec said. "That personal touch is the big thing." While small, Serenity Spa offers a full range of services, including massage, manicures, pedicures, facials, body treatments, waxing and make-up application.
One person can make a difference. That's what Jessica Tapani teaches her children every Thursday. The seven children, ranging in age from 14 to 3, spend their weekly $10 allowance on juice boxes and granola bars, pop tarts and beef jerky. Then, they give it away to homeless children through the Nutrition On Weekends (NOW) program. "They're not complaining at all," Tapani said. "It was their idea." The Maple family is not unique. There has been an outpouring of support for the program. Everyone from church groups and businesses to Girl Scout troops and firefighters has embraced NOW.
In the sole contested Douglas County Board race this spring, a 12-year veteran faces off against a newcomer interested in looking for new solutions. Incumbent Carol Johnson said she wants to continue serving the people of Bennett and Hawthorne as a conduit between them and the county board. "I know these people and I care about them," she said.
Superior's 9th District rematch pits Councilor Mick MacKenzie against former Councilor Dennis Dalbec at the polls. Two years ago, MacKenzie, a retired clerk and control operator for Burlington Northern-Santa Fe, launched a write-in campaign two weeks before the election. He walked away with 63 percent of the vote. This year, both candidates flung their hats into the ring the traditional way. Dalbec, a retired police officer, is brimming with ideas for the city.