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The school district of Superior has poured millions of dollars into safety upgrades at its schools — double entries, extra cameras, emergency crisis response training. Superior police officers stop by elementary schools on patrol as time allows to visit staff and learn the layout. Teachers, students and staff run emergency drills for everything from medical emergencies and propane leaks to an active shooter. Parents can feel a little left out of the safety equation.
Fitness soared to a new level in Minong last weekend with the opening of Jack Link's Aquatic and Activity Center. "There are a lot of new opportunities in Minong that weren't here before," said executive director Ken Weinaug. Since developers broke ground for the 40,500-square-foot facility in November 2016, anticipation has been building. Nearly 100 memberships had already been sold by opening day, and about 400 people had applied for memberships online.
A plan is afoot that would save a piece of Douglas County history. The Old-Brule Heritage Society is on track to add the Blueberry depot to its Davidson Windmill site in the town of Lakeside. The 16- by 36-foot building would add a new layer to the site's historical offerings, which include the Eskolin House and Taylor's Bridge. The Blueberry depot was once the hub of a bustling community. In its prime, the small Douglas County town boasted a church, a school, two general stores, a post office, several sawmills, a blacksmith's shop and a number of saloons.
A Bayfield County deer farm was placed under quarantine this month in connection with the discovery of chronic wasting disease at a deer farm about 200 miles away in Washington County, Wisconsin.
With a new district administrator poised to take the helm and two building projects on their way to completion, change is coming to the Superior School District. On April 3, voters can also tweak the composition of the Superior School Board. Five candidates are vying for the three open seats on the school board. Only one, Len Albrecht, is an incumbent. Although voters will see two names on the ballot, Albrecht and Steve J. Stupak, three additional hopefuls have registered as write-in candidates: Jonathan Asp, Michael Meyer and Steve James Stupak Jr.
Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec announced this week that he will be seeking re-election.
The first three tours at Onyx of Superior, currently under construction at 1301 Weeks Ave., have given dozens of apartment-seekers a peek behind the scenes. Walking through rooms on the fifth floor, they were treated to Superior views from every angle. Ryan Nelson, co-owner of P&R Properties, pointed out where the elevator, fitness facility and community room will be. There will be a garbage chute for residents, he said, balconies for nearly all apartments and a "pet wash" area on the fifth floor.
A home-based Superior business is receiving international exposure for its organic beauty products. A face cleanser created by Lenora Organics, owned by Jennifer Johnson, was featured in the United Kingdom Glamour magazine's spring/summer edition under "The Beauty Report." It's on Page 200 of the Glamour app.
For three weeks only, the Government Center in Superior is doubling as an impromptu art gallery. Community members wandered through the atrium and second floor hallways Thursday during a youth art reception, stopping to gaze at works filled with color, creativity and style. Created by students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the pieces have changed the tenor of the building.
Superior firefighters climbed to the top of a 30-foot structure at AMSOIL Inc. on Tuesday, hooked their harness up to a line and lowered themselves down into space.