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Northwestern High School gives students food for thought every morning through a new breakfast program. Since it was launched about three weeks ago, the number of students choosing school breakfast has risen, breaking 100 last week. "We just want those numbers to climb, climb, climb," said Jody Botten, food service director for the Maple School District. To whet student appetites, a free breakfast was available to all students last Wednesday. "We had a great turn-out," said NHS Principal Steve High, who estimated about 350 of the school's 468 students ate breakfast that day.
A new survey could give a better picture of whether STRIDE transportation services for people with disabilities are meeting riders' needs in Superior. The survey was launched by the STRIDE Action Committee to determine if there are gaps, and if so, who is being left behind. "We have the idea that there are more people out there who haven't come to this STRIDE team meeting who want to take STRIDE and haven't been able to get through to get a ride, or who may have given up and aren't calling anymore," said Bob Olsgard, transportation coordinator for North Country Independent Living. The commi
Gordy Johnson doesn't string a single bulb in his front yard for Christmas. But his holiday decorating is seen by thousands of motorists each day.
An extra two letters cost the Superior Middle School administration a little embarrassment when report cards were mailed out last week. But fixing the mistake won't cost much from the school's pocketbook. Parents were surprised to read the mission statement printed at the bottom of the SMS first grading period report cards: Superior Middle School "Providing all irrelevant tools to develop a foundation for living, learning and working successfully." Elise Meys of Superior missed the error the first time around. All she saw were her daughter's grades - A's and B's.
A bet brought Conny Hansen to the United States. A man by the name of Arvid Morken gave her reason to stay. Today, the Denmark native celebrates her 50th year in America. "This is my home now," said Conny Morken, 73. She grew up in Denmark under German occupation. Her father was a member of the Danish underground. Evidence of his activities were buried in the garden or recycled. "I had beautiful dresses made out of parachute material," Morken said with a chuckle. The oldest of five siblings, Morken was 9 when World War II ended.
The idea of a traffic light in South Superior is nothing new. The site of North 58th Street and Tower Avenue has been batted around for years. Council President Dan Olson, however, hopes to succeed where a long line of South End councilors failed. "I want to take the safety aspect of it and push that forward, just like I did with the hockey helmets," said Olson, who was instrumental in developing a policy that requires helmets on city ice rinks.
Kami Scott is surrounded by shoes. They fill up her car, lurk in her home and clutter her counters. This weekend, they travel to the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Superior to find new homes. "I will be thrilled to have my house back," Scott said. She'll be more thrilled when customers walk off with the footwear. Every pair sold brings her one step closer to providing shoes for children in the Philippines. The Sole2Soul event takes place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday at the church, 1604 Banks Ave. The donated shoes will sell for $1, $2 or $3 a pair.
Spending the night in a box opened Tom Wondolkowski's eyes. "I knew next to nothing about homelessness before we started," he said. Yet he volunteered to organize the first A Night Without A Home event two years ago. Wondolkowski and fellow volunteers bundled up and brought cardboard boxes to City Center Park on the corner of Belknap Street and Tower Avenue.
Local veterans shared smiles and greetings as sunny as the weather when they gathered in the parking lot of the Government Center Tuesday morning. After a last minute check and the stowing of bags, their caravan of vehicles began the drive to Thunder Bay, Canada. Today, they will march in a Remembrance Day Ceremony beside Canadian veterans. "Even though we're two different countries, we're very similar," said John Vaski, a member of the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435 in Superior. "We're all the same people." The journey north has become an annual migration.
The state of Wisconsin is not eliminating jobs for special needs adults at the Challenge Center. Despite widespread concerns over changes to the Family Care Medicaid waiver that goes into effect in January, legislators said there is no plan to shut down prevocational services statewide. "The concerns that the state of Wisconsin is going to eliminate this program, eliminate these services, eliminate these jobs is exaggerated; it is not true," said Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, at a special meeting at the Challenge Center Monday.