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She's caring, outgoing and opinionated, and she has made a career out of giving students a lift -- physically as well as emotionally. When Lee Ann Keogan retires June 12, the special needs bus driver for the Superior School District will be missed. "My son's been on her bus since he was three years old," said Mary Jo Manion.
Little things have taken on big significance for Jennifer and Neil Helenius. A touch, a song, a test passed, an ounce gained, each means a step in the development of their twin daughters, who were born three-and-a-half months early. "Every day and week that goes by it gets better and better," said Robin Deshayes, principal of Northern Lights School, where Jennifer teaches second grade. The tiny girls, known as micro-preemies, were born April 7 at 25 weeks. Henleigh was half an inch longer than a ruler (12.5 inches) and weighed one pound, 10 ounces.
A former music teacher whose career with the School District of Superior ended -- in part because of improper conduct with a female student -- recently granted a restraining order against the former student. Dana Tolene, 21, was ordered to have no contact with her former choir teacher, Brian G. MacDonell.
The smell of warm cocoa and the murmur of young voices drifted through the library of Lake Superior School Friday. For 45 minutes, third graders discussed literary mysteries -- among them Gary Paulson's "The Case of the Dirty Bird," "The Spy Down the Street" by Irene Schultz and a number of Cam Jansen cases, written by David A.
As an educator, veteran and father, Louis Thompson left his mark on Superior. "I always considered him to be the No. 1 advocate for the school kids of Superior," said Thompson's son, Ken. "Through all his years in Superior as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, administrator and school board member, the overriding concern for him was always: What's best for the kids?
The former Cpl. Fonger is not your typical Marine. The Superior native, who served during World War II, didn't see overseas action, get a buzz cut or pine for the girl back home. Instead, Cpl. Muriel Fonger delivered mail by motor scooter in San Diego, Calif., looking neat and ladylike. Now Muriel Idziorek, the veteran, is a little older but no less proud of her service. As the poster on her door says, she's "Not as mean, not as lean, but still a Marine." "It was wonderful and we helped; I know we did," said Idziorek, 86, who now lives in Duluth. A new exhibit at the Richard I.
Small sections of county highways could provide ATV enthusiasts with access to a wider network of trails under a proposed ordinance the Douglas County Board of Supervisors will vote on Thursday. The ordinance would allow ATV users to drive along posted stretches of county highways that connect current ATV routes. Under the proposal, ATVs would drive on the road itself, not the shoulder or ditch. Speed would be limited, riders would be required to stay in single file and all ATV operators under 18 years of age would be required to wear protective headgear.
Art students at Superior High School have been wowing visitors with their work during the Spartan Fiesta for more than four decades. "The public is amazed at the quality of work done by our high school students," said Bill Gedde, SHS art teacher. The youth will display their talents again Thursday from 6-9 p.m. in the school gymnasium during the 43rd annual Spartan Fiesta. "The entire gym is full," said Koriann Lee, a SHS senior and artist.
The dollar disappeared with a hum. Jerome Nyen had enough time to count to five and make a wish before a metal door opened and an eight-pound bag of ice slid down the chute of the big, white machine. "If that ain't something," said the Blair, Wis. man as he stood in the parking lot of the Bait Box. "Pretty neat." He's not the only one who thinks the Automatic Ice Machine (AIM) is cool. Inventor Robert "Pete" Paine has heard plenty of comments about his self-serve creation.
When University of Wisconsin-Superior students were handed a class project on a proposed high-speed rail system connecting the Twin Cities and Twin Ports, they didn't realize how much attention it would attract. "Everyone has an opinion," said Elisa Stoiss-Baker, one of the eight students who took part in the project as part of the urban planning and transportation systems course. Dr.