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The primary election behind them, organizers are focusing on Nov. 4. That means stepping up the search for more workers to staff the polling sites and signing residents up for absentee ballots. "We are anticipating record voter turnout for the Nov. 4 presidential election," said Superior City Clerk Terri Kalan. But the number of election inspectors in the area remains low. "I think there's always a shortage," said Douglas County Clerk Susan Sandvick. Although elections are coordinated by the clerk's office, Kalan said, the city relies on 120 dedicated citizens to work on election day.
Marissa Foley is not your ordinary election official. She double-checked addresses, signed ballots and passed out stickers Tuesday with poll workers at the seventh precinct. But during her one-hour break, she scooted over to Superior High School for cross country practice.
A Solon Springs man accused of starting a fire in his own home made his initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Monday. Patrick Harry Edwards, 42, faces a single felony count of arson for a Jan. 1 fire that damaged his residence, 9001 Hughes St. According to the complaint, the fire started in several unconnected locations in the basement laundry room. Edwards originally told Douglas County Sheriff's Department deputies that he came back to the house at 2 a.m.
By MARIA LOCKWOOD Daily Telegram Staff Writer While the world tuned in to the Olympics, Superior native Dan Slick placed first in a multi-national championship of a different sort. Instead of a gold medal, Slick, an inspector with the Wisconsin State Patrol, was named grand champion at the 2008 North American Inspectors Championship. "It's wonderful," said Sgt. Tim Weiberg of the Wisconsin State Patrol area headquarters in Spooner.
Town Square welcomed its first tenant Thursday with food, drink and a pair of giant scissors. The open house for RE/MAX 1 also offered visitors -- officials and Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce members -- a sneak peek inside the partially-remodeled structure. "It's a great thing," said Chamber member Jan O'Brien. "Anytime we get local investors to buy a property and reinvest in a property it's a win-win situation," said Dave Minor, executive director of the Chamber. Superior Mayor Dave Ross was amazed at how big the interior was.
Dozens of tractor owners will take a ride in the slow lane Saturday during the second annual Great Douglas County Tractor Ride. "It's just a nice, enjoyable day," said Donald Johnstad of South Range, who participated in last year's event. "You go down these back county roads and see a different part of the country from a different perspective," said Sheriff Tom Dalbec.
The Bugs are invading local CD players. Not the normal, six-legged variety, however. These Bugs have soulful voices, catchy beats and a classic 60s sound. For five years, the Superior band has been practicing and playing together. In July, the group released their first CD, Raspberry Avenue. More than 100 have already sold, even though it's only available at two Twin Ports outlets. "It's a cute CD," said Stacy Abbot, owner of Lit'l Sisters Specialty Shoppe in the Blaine Business Center. "They did a really good job." "Our theory is more is better," said Bugs drummer Kevin Giersdorf.
A resolution to spend a quarter-million dollars to reconfigure space on the third floor of the Government Center for the Aging Disability Resource Center program squeaked past the Douglas County Board by a 19-5 vote Thursday night. The money would come from W-2 funds the Health & Human Services Department earned while managing the state's W-2 program. In four years, the department would recoup the full $250,000, according to Pat Schanen, health and human services director. The space formerly used by the county's defunct home health program would be remodeled for the ADRC.
The water near Barker's Island was teeming with dragons Tuesday. They lunged, picking up speed as they prowled back and forth. On their backs, team members focused on paddling in unison. For many, these brief flights over water have become an annual event. One team that has taken part in the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival every year is Team Stariha, also known as the Stariha family. The first year the races were held, they thought it would be a neat way to get relatives together, said member Andy Lisak. They knew they could get enough people for a 22-person team.
Access to a short stretches of county highway could open up new paths to ATV users, according to a discussion item brought before the Douglas County Highway Committee this month. The item, offered by the Northwest Trails Association, is expected to be discussed at the committee's September's meeting as well. "This is a big step for the county," said Kay Johnson, committee chairwoman.