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Federal stimulus money is trickling down to the local level. In Superior, a little over $1 million will beef up Superior Housing Authority projects throughout the city. "We're excited to get it," said Len Campbell, deputy director of operations. "We'll put it to good use." The money will replace the furnace and boiler at the Peter Rich Center, both of which have outlived their expected useful lives by at least five years. It will replace floor tiles, patios and siding at Bayview Terrace; storm doors and windows at Billings Park Villa.
Two separate class projects became intertwined for Superior High School senior Dan Tracy this year, both tied to an unforgettable boy. In October, television broadcasting students were asked by their teacher, Dale Van Ert, to put together a video montage for first-grader Robert "Bob" Salmela. The Northern Lights student was terminally ill with a rare brain tumor. Although it was a class project, Tracy found himself taking the lead.
The Superior man accused of stabbing three people in a Catlin Court residence Wednesday remains in Douglas County Jail on $300,000 cash bail. A bail hearing for Donald L. Christopher, 40, took place Thursday. No criminal complaint has been filed in the case, which is set for an initial appearance Friday. Christopher is expected to face three charges of attempted homicide, according to Sgt. Derrick Hughes of the Superior Police Department. During a Thursday press conference, Hughes gave a chilling account of the domestic violence that erupted Wednesday morning at 503 Carter Lane.
EDITOR'S' NOTE: To highlight Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, a number of events have been scheduled for the community. This story focuses on one of them. As a 2-year-old teacher for Family Forum Head Start in Superior, Cheryl Moder spends her days surrounded by children. Like day care providers and school staff, she is mandated to report suspected child abuse.
In a courtroom devoid of cameras Tuesday, Superior Police Capt.
A forum that was born of frustration ended on a positive note Wednesday. The meeting focused on STRIDE transportation services for persons with disabilities in the Twin Ports, which are operated by the Duluth Transit Authority. In particular, it highlighted problems Superiorites have with using the service and what can be done. "Everyone should have the right" to get out to appointments and socialize, said Arnie Hokanson, who moved to Superior from Siren in October.
Shane Nelson finds inspiration for songs everywhere he goes. Riding down the highway, even the smile on someone's face can spark music for the Superior High School sophomore. With bassist Devin Griffin and drummer Zack Ross, Nelson will step onto the DECC stage Sunday to share his music with an expected crowd of 3,000. The group, known as Coldfire, will face off against 14 other high school groups in Junior Achievement's third annual Battle of the Bands Sunday. "If we win, that would be awesome," Nelson said.
Handing a fundraising project over to teens may sound like a risky proposal, but faith in Superior Middle School students paid off both for members of the Superior-Douglas Leadership Program and Animal Rescue Federation. In eight days, SMS students raised more than $1,400 for ARF. Members of the school's After School Program led the "Pennies for Paws" campaign. "They did a lot of work," said Donna Protokowicz, a member of the leadership team that partnered with the youth. Every day, the students picked up penny jars from 60 homerooms and counted the money inside.
Danielle Deming is building sweat equity at Solon Springs School. The long-term substitute teacher launched a new fitness club in February to encourage fitness and boost community health. "It's building a habit and building an awareness that this is important," she said. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the club meets after school in the choir room. Deming mixes up their workouts -- one day it's yoga, the next kick boxing or a CD of "The Biggest Loser Workout." They stretch, they move and they bond. "It gives me confidence and something to do," said Dakotah Hartshorn, a junior.
The Maple School District will offer 4-year-old kindergarten programming for the 2009-10 school year. The school board approved the recommendation to add the programming, commonly referred to as 4K, during a Monday meeting. Only one member, Tim Follis, voted against the move. "It's becoming the norm," said Board Clerk Eve Zosel. And, she added, "It's good for kids." The program will include a mix of school- and community-based sites, with school-based classrooms proposed at Northwestern Middle School and Iron River Elementary School.