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A team of athletes from the town of Brule is en route to making a dream come true.
For Andrew and Patricia Van Alstine, it was a matter of life and death. She needed electricity for her oxygen machine; he needed it for his pacemaker. But the wiring in their two-story Superior home was considered unsafe. Thanks to a web of community connections, their wiring issues were addressed days before Christmas.
For Andrew and Patricia Van Alstine, it was a matter of life and death.
Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander has been involved in grant-writing for years. Enbridge surprised him. "This is the first time I received a grant for more than what I actually requested," the chief said. "I had requested $7,000." Instead, Superior Terminal Supervisor Tom Peterson handed Alexander two $5,000 checks Wednesday from the energy company's Safe Community Program. "If you're going to the well, you might as well make it worth it," Peterson said. "We're proud to be able to secure this."
DC Testing is kicking off the New Year in a new space.
Work is underway to turn a former hair salon into a Superior coffeehouse. Annette and Mark Jacobson have decided to bring their passion for coffee and baked goods downtown, setting up shop beside Horizon Travel at 1418 Tower Ave. Twisted Pastries Coffeehouse is set to open in February. Keeping things local is important for the couple, who both hail from Superior. "We want to have our business here, in Superior," Jacobson said. "This is where we're from. We love the community and we'd love to help make it grow in a really positive direction."
DC Testing is kicking off the New Year in a new space. The Superior business, which provides drug and alcohol testing and background checks for Transportation Worker Identification Credentials and Transportation Security Administration precheck program, is moving three blocks north to 1419 Tower Ave. DC Testing, which employs six, has outgrown its current suite in the Timmers Building, 1705 Tower Ave. It will open in the new site today.
Walk down the sixth-grade hallway at Northwestern Middle School, and you may catch the sound of a celebration, Kool & the Gang-style. When a student hits a math milestone, Jeff Olson throws open a classroom cabinet decorated with Christmas lights, cues up the 1980 tune and proceeds to dance with the class. "It is a big deal," Olson said. "We turn the lights out, the Christmas lights are on and then we crank the music up and we clap to the beat. And that's an important piece, that everybody participates."
Two nonprofit agencies are planning a move without the boxes. The Human Development Center will transfer its outpatient mental health and chemical dependency treatment programs to Lake Superior Community Health Center in February. The move only affects services in Douglas County. Although bills will come from the health center, and clients may hear a different voice on their reminder calls, everything else should stay the same. Providers will remain in their current Superior HDC offices, which will be leased by the community health center.
The referendum going before Maple School District voters in April has been shaped by the public, and it's changed significantly. The district first lofted the question in September: Would voters support a five-year operational referendum of up to $1.7 million to fill an expected budget shortfall? Surveys were sent out in October, and residents made their voices heard.