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The Development Association received a community-wide "high five" Friday during its 50th anniversary celebration at Barker's Island Inn. "I think they've been instrumental in positioning Superior and Douglas County to weather the current economic storm," said Bill McCoshen, managing partner of Capital Consultants and executive director of Competitive Wisconsin. He grew up on North Seventh Street in Superior and saw the huge impact the recession had in the early 1980s. "I was there for the last storm," McCoshen said, recalling grain trucks lined up from the grain elevators in Superior to Clo
A serial rapist faces a proposed 50-year sentence after pleading guilty or no contest to three counts of second-degree sexual assault Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court. Craig Allen Mehtala, 28, of Superior, pleaded no contest to one of the felony counts and guilty to the other two in front of Judge Kelly Thimm. All three charges are class C felonies. Mehtala faces a maximum combined penalty of 120 years imprisonment and up to $300,000 in fines.
A blast from the past hits the Superior High School stage next week, filled with music, laughs, a hip-swiveling rock star, teenage rebellion and young love. Following on the heels of last year's successful staging of "Just Another High School Musical," SHS students will belt out a toe-tapping list of tunes during performances of "Bye Bye Birdie" at 7:30 p.m. May 6-8 at the SHS Performing Arts Center. "'Bye Bye Birdie' is sort of the quintessential high school musical," said director Amber Goodspeed. "It's a classic.
A North End mainstay closes its doors today after 72 years. DeVinck's Inc., an auto sales and service center with the motto "Where sales are made through service," is the latest casualty of the GM bankruptcy. Co-owner Jerry DeVinck said this is "just a sad time for us as a family." Service and warranty work ends today. DeVinck and his brother, John, plan to sell off the remaining assets -- parts, inventory, special tools and the building at 1525 Broadway Street, which has housed DeVinck's since 1968. With the business closing, 10 employees will be laid off.
A Maple tree will mark the spot where community members gathered Wednesday to remember workers who have died on the job. The planting in Bear Creek Park marked Superior's first Workers Memorial Day ceremony since the day was instituted in 1989. This year, the event also serves as the 40th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Workers Memorial Day will always be necessary, said Superior City Councilor Dan Olson, who spearheaded efforts to hold the Superior event. "I wake up every morning knowing I'm going to work and I assume I'm come home," he said.
A man accused of bringing a pound of cocaine to Douglas County for sale will spend the next year and a half in prison. Kevin Ronald Baird, 31, of Green Bay, was one of two men involved in a police drug bust in April of 2009 that netted more than a pound of cocaine. It was the largest undercover buy of cocaine in the region's history. Baird was sentenced Friday in Douglas County Court to 54 months in prison - 18 months of initial confinement and 36 months of extended supervision.
Douglas County's history isn't going anywhere. At the annual meeting of the Douglas County Historical Society Sunday, board members shared the good news - the mortgage on their building, the former Vasa Temple at 1101 John Ave., has been paid off. "When people need to know their history, we're the ones they go to," said Kathy Laakso, DCHS director.
Two minutes of your time could link someone struggling with mental illness to the help they need. A mental health survey currently circulating through Douglas County has the power to improve the connection between mental health providers and those they serve. Basically, the survey is identifying where people are getting mental health services and how they are accessing them, according to Dave Longsdorf, supervisor of mental health for the Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services.
The Wisconsin PTA convention earned a new name this year. "It's going to be the Four Corners show," said Ellen Chicka, PTA president for Four Corners Elementary School. The school garnered six awards, which will be presented during the convention Saturday in La Crosse. Tami Nelson, a second grade teacher at Four Corners, was chosen 2010 Teacher of the Year in the elementary division. Four students from the school are winners in the annual Reflections art contest.
It started with a bag. Stuffed with crossword puzzles, magazines, trinkets and treats, the bag was sent with Ruth Johnson each time she headed to a chemotherapy treatment. "It was never anything big or expensive," said Candi Stariha, a Maple school district secretary who helped put the care packages together, just something "to get her through the day." The efforts to support Johnson are out of the bag now. They have grown to include a raffle, auction, spaghetti supper and even an equestrian sports competition - also known as donkey basketball.