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Like the crowd that gathered for its dedication Tuesday, Superior's Friendship Garden mingles Japanese and American cultures. "There are some of the plants in here that are native to Japan, like the Japanese maple right there," said Joe Braeu, who owns Edelweiss Nursery in Duluth with his wife Debbie. "And to accompany that are some elm trees, which are American, and maple.
Justice arrived at the Animal Rescue Federation naked and feverish. The hair along the 3-month-old puppy's body was gone, with only the brown-furred tail left to give any indication why the American Staffordshire Terrier had originally been named Cocoa. "She itched herself naked, but you can't not pet her," said Adrienne Kilsdonk, ARF interim shelter manager. "She needs love even though she's naked." Wednesday, clad in a purple hooded sweater, the pup was on the road to recovery. "She's starting to look fuzzy, like a peach," said Judie Phillips, ARF interim president.
With small magnifying glasses and big imaginations, students in Tim Johnson's classroom at Northern Lights Elementary School tried to identify ancient creatures imprinted in rock. "It looks like the top of a jellyfish," said Novalee Flores, 8, tracing the circle of delicate ridges in her chunk of stone. Nearby, Anna Johnson found what may have been a spine embedded in a rock. Fins, scales, shells and more were pointed out by the animated third graders. "I think it's part of a fish," said Darius Malone. "I think there's a claw in here," said Christian Chiles.
A car can become a coffin. Young drivers are most likely to end their lives behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teen drivers are four times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than adult driver. And traffic accidents remain the leading cause of death for teens.
Cleaning solutions are Julie Zolondek's business. If you're looking for green options like Clean Team Blue Juice, Bona floor care systems, Freshwave crystals and Shaklee products, you can find them at Chain O' Lakes Cleaning Service in Iron River. "People see that chemicals can destroy the environment," said Zolondek, 22. "Green cleaning supplies are the ultimate alternative." The business, which recently settled into the former site of the Iron River Area Chamber of Commerce, 7525 U.S.
When the Minnesota Vikings leave the field for halftime Sunday, the real show will begin for Tracee Matthews. Her 11-year-old daughter, Cailyn, will perform in front of thousands of fans at the Metrodome through the team's junior cheerleader program. "I feel everybody should have an opportunity in life to do something interesting and fun," Matthews said. So when she heard about the prospect, she checked it out.
Brief speeches and a respect for the area marked the second annual Superior Business Awards on Thursday at Barker's Island Inn. After winning the Small Business of the Year Award, Rob Peterson of Peterson's Custom Millwork & Drawers said he was humbled. "There's a lot of people in Superior that are here because we love this town and that's always been my motivation," he said. His business opened its doors in 1980 with one employee and has since grown to 22 employees.
The giant scissors are getting a workout this month. The Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce is in the middle of a string of ribbon cutting events, highlighting new and expanded businesses throughout Superior. The busy schedule is a little out of the ordinary, said Chamber President and CEO Dave Minor, but it shows that the area is not suffering from the economic recession as much of the nation. "We do have businesses that are expanding, remodeling," he said.
After nearly a year in the deserts of Iraq, Spc. Vipul Patel will return home to green grass instead of a sandy lot. The soldier is serving his country with the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 724th Engineer Battalion. Last week, a trio of volunteers stopped by his Solon Springs home to transform his front yard. "What you see here is basically sand and weeds," said Bob Johnson of the Barnes-based Hobie's Services. "We're trying to get grass." He pushed black dirt onto the yard with a skid steer while his brother, Mike, raked it smooth. Dennis Mertzig of Wascott spread grass seed.
The tennis courts in Lake Nebagamon are prize-worthy. Gone are the cracks with grass straggling through them. The new surface is smooth, green and soft. "This is beautiful," said Jean Peterson of Sand Lake. "It's a joy to see a great tennis court here in Lake Nebagamon." The transformation took place this year thanks to a Nobel Prize winner with local ties. "I guess it was late last year when out of the blue Oliver Williamson called me and made his offer," said Village President Bob Anderson.