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Teddy Roosevelt appeared at the Douglas County Historical Society Thursday to visit with fourth grade students from Four Corners Elementary School. He showed them his Nobel Peace Prize and his Congressional Medal of Honor, discussed the origin of the teddy bear and talked about the asthma he overcame to become a cowboy, soldier and, at the age of 42, the 26th President of the United States.
For 25 years, Superior Days delegates have hauled a short list of legislative issues down to Madison. Over the course of two hours Wednesday, they will present the items to every state legislator in teams. "If each individual knows and understands what's in the overview, they'll be just fine," said Douglas County Supervisor and Superior Days team leader Mary Bergman. "I think the most important thing for people to remember is legislators are people just like we are and we need to talk to them like they're one of us." Superior Days delegates got a brief overview of the issues last week.
A sense of disconnect and a missing link led to the first Superior Days event in 1986. "It was 1985," said Geof Wendorf, one of the Superior Days founders. "We were running double digit unemployment." Northwestern Wisconsin was stuck in recession as the rest of the state recovered. Area leaders met and decided the best way to stimulate the local economy was by linking to the state and nation via a four-lane U.S. Highway 53.
The design concept for the Tower Avenue reconstruction project was placed under public scrutiny Thursday in the third floor courtroom of the Old Post Office. The drawings that have emerged are the result of a "give and take" process with area business owners, according to Dave Miller, owner of Northwest Outlet. They include trees, bike racks, more ornamental LED lighting and pedestrian-friendly medians. "We've come out with a relatively great plan," Miller said. But they're not done yet.
When the second wave of the H1N1 flu swept into Douglas County, public health workers stuck to the plan. "It was absolutely amazing how well Douglas County was prepared," said Rory Strange with the United Way's 211 service in Duluth. "They had everything covered." While the information and referral service received hundreds of calls from Douglas County residents about the pandemic, there was no panic, no mad dash.
Rothwell Student Center opens its doors to the public one last time Saturday. If you're looking for a bargain, a piece of memorabilia or one last trek through RSC, the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus is where you want to be. An auction of all the building's contents -- from cabinets and coffee cups to pastry cases and loveseats -- begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. Prospective buyers can stop by as early as 8 a.m.
The fight against childhood obesity is raging nationwide, from a new White House campaign launched Tuesday to a proposal letter composed over cups of coffee at Red Mug on Monday. Michelle Obama is urging youth, "Let's Move." The Community Youth Project Group is encouraging Douglas County residents, young and old, to "Tee off and fly freely." They are focusing their efforts on opening a six-tee disc golf course in Central Park. Along the way, they want to turn kids on to reading instead of TV. Superior High School junior Reba Buczynski attended a group meeting out of curiosity.
Coach Kevin Jones doesn't need to be on the bench to influence his players. When the Superior Bantam B boys hockey team takes the ice, they are thinking of him. Jones is serving in Afghanistan. "He's on their minds," said Jones' brother and fellow coach, Mike. Jones, an airman first class with the Minnesota Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing, is also on their helmets in the form of KJ stickers with camouflage-colored ribbons.
The children of Peace Lutheran Church have Haiti on their minds. Tonight, they will lift their voices in song, share their hopes for the Caribbean country and offer the community a chance to help. "We can make a change," said Kevin Garland, 9. The youth know some of the problems Haitians face. "They just got hit by an earthquake and they don't have a lot of money," said Annabelle Pflug, 8. Their parents have died and they're running out of food, she said. So they're raising money for relief efforts during "A Child's Hope for Haiti." The event begins at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday night, "Comedy Brings Relief" at Ace's on 29th. Chicago native Spark Mann brings his high-energy stand up act to Superior, with all the proceeds earmarked for American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. "It's a good way to help out a good cause," Mann said. It's going to be a great show, said local comedian Chuck Androsky. As posters for the event state, "The Sparkman Cometh." That drew a chuckle from Mann. "It makes me sound like a superhero," he said. "There's Aquaman, Batman and Sparkman." Mann has been entertaining audiences with his keen wit since 1987.