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A pair of plein-air painters are spending the week in Superior, capturing the unique local landscape that features industry and residential life side by side. "We're here for a week and a half to get as much local color as we can," said Joseph Paquet of St. Paul, Minn. He and fellow artist John Cosby of California have caught "sketches" of tug boats, warehouses, grain elevators, railroads and residences for a future show featuring America's Rust Belt. The Twin Ports is their first stop on a three-year painting odyssey to find and capture such scenes.
An out-of-county judge will oversee the civil case filed against Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank by Superior attorney Rick Gondik. Judge George Glonek made the request for the case to be assigned to a different judge Wednesday. The complaint, filed by Gondik Oct. 1, seeks to prohibit Blank from participating in the prosecution of a felony case against Gondik that was subsequently dismissed Thursday.
There's a new game in town. Superior's first disc golf course opened last week in Central Park. According to Tim Rogentine, who helped design the course, it's getting a lot of play from young and old alike. "People are definitely using it," he said. That's good news to the University of Wisconsin-Superior student and other members of the Community Youth Project Group who worked to bring the game to Superior. "We're pretty psyched," said Sheila Fillmore, an AmeriCorps VISTA worker with Douglas County UW-Extension who spearheaded the effort. At 4 p.m.
The history of 1112 Tower Avenue flows across the back door of the building. Bright colors and bold shapes pay homage to the businesses that once resided there - a tea shop, a guitar store, and so legend goes, a speakeasy. "I love it," said building owner Tenby Owens. Erik Pearson, a St. Paul artist with deep Superior roots, painted the back door mural this week. If the weather cooperates, he'll be back next week to decorate the rear entrance to Who's Bar, 1114 Tower Ave. Funded through a grant, three doorways will receive Pearson's bright artwork as part of the Back Door Pilot Project.
Scarecrows invaded Center City Park Wednesday. Perched on lamp posts and hay bales near the Superior Public Library, they grin at all who pass by. Employees from downtown businesses built the scarecrows from scratch. They include a rag doll reading a book, a newlywed couple and a farmer who sports a chicken on his shoulder, pirate style.
If you're looking for the freshest produce possible, stop by Center City Park or Barker's Island. Every week, Douglas County farmers set up stalls at those sites, offering local produce straight from the farm. "Almost everything is picked the day before or that morning," said Tim Moder, whose farm is near Pattison Park.
Calvin Stalvig is part of a "Roadtrip Nation." The Superior native has hit national airwaves as a member of team "Tabula Rasa," or blank slate, in the seventh season of the documentary series, which empowers young adults to define their own roads in life. The series comes to WDSE-WRPT Channels 8.1 and 31.1 at 9:30 p.m. Thursday and will air weekly until Dec. 9. "We're just happy he had this opportunity," said Juli Kellner, program director at WDSE-TV.
Jolene Timmers is guilty, but she's asking for the community's help to stay out of the slammer Oct. 13. "I don't want to go to jail because I have to work at 1 p.m.," said Timmers, owner of Serenity Spa and independent stylist with Blondies Salon. "I've got to get to work so I'm trying anything and everything to get the bail together before they come." A car will pull up to escort Timmers to jail Wednesday morning. She is one of approximately 40 people who will do time for the March of Dimes. Her crime?
Invaders have dug into Wisconsin Point. Tuesday, students from the University of Wisconsin-Superior began to root them out. Armed with trowels and gloves, they focused on removing spotted knapweed, an invasive plant species, from a three-acre stretch of the point. "I hope they take away with them the extent of the problem," said Nick Danz, assistant professor of biology at UWS.
Business partners met for the first time Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Together, they sat down to create digital camera companies that will truly span the globe. Unlike other teams competing in the GLO-BUS international business simulation, UWS students partner with German students from Kassel University to shepherd their businesses forward. "I think it's good to connect with other people around the world," said UWS senior Paige Maki.