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For Howard and Jessica Huber's family, the last month has felt like a long hotel stay. On Aug. 10 when they walked into their new, energy-efficient home - built by community volunteers in a single week - there were a few loose ends. Like the laundry room. "A lot of stuff they did for TV, not livability," said Howard "Howie" Huber. Storage space does not make a good camera shot. Apparently, neither do laundry rooms.
Traditional holiday concerts have been canceled at all Superior school district elementary schools this year, according to Superintendent Janna Stevens. Similar concerts at Superior middle and high schools will not be affected. "We knew it would be controversial," Stevens said of the decision. Winter concerts have been part of the school year as far back as anyone can remember. Ideas for other winter events to replace the concerts - such as after school sing-alongs - have been discussed, but no decision has been reached.
Sometimes an ordinary item can transform into something more. Saturday, a flagpole in Superior's Allouez neighborhood became a rallying point for five families who lost servicemen in the Iraq War. The flagpole was dedicated in honor of Staff Sgt. Jeremy Vrooman, who was killed on July 15, 2008, when he stepped into a house wired with explosives in Iraq. But a nearby table held the pictures, medals and mementos of four young men who paid the ultimate price for freedom. "We came together to put this pole in the ground," said Duane Pionk of Oliver, whose son, Sgt.
Bridget Zinn can attract people even in cyberspace.
For seven years, East End Family Day has brought with it sunny weather. Saturday was no exception. As nearly 6,000 people wound their way through five miles of rummage sales and stopped for treats in the heart of Superior's East End, they enjoyed weather more in tune with summer than fall. "I think it's fun," said Matt Bixler of East End. This year, the entertainment included garage band jam sessions, a choir and gymnasts.
The H1N1 flu was in Douglas County this spring. It's still here and it appears to be spreading. Wisconsin Public Radio reported at least four cases of an influenza-like illness at the University of Wisconsin this week. A call to the campus Thursday showed that number had risen to eight. All of the cases have been self-reported and all of the students live off campus, according to Dawn Schulze, director of student health and counseling for UWS.
John and Kim Anderson came to the Superior Business Awards luncheon Thursday with no expectations. "Driving over we said, 'Good, another free lunch,'" Kim Anderson said. After taking a look at the list of businesses that had been nominated for awards, the owners of Portable Bore Repair and Jim's Welding weren't hoping for one. They were in for a surprise. The couple received the Small Business of the Year Award and also won the Business Plan Competition, which could net them a $20,000 zero-interest loan. "This is really, truly an honor," John Anderson said as he accepted the small busines
For five hours Tuesday, Les's Grocery was once again a murder scene. Police cars parked outside and evidence technicians searched for clues inside the Billings Park store. The activity was caught on tape, with cameras rolling into the night, as Story House Productions visited Superior this week to tape two segments of a new series - "Crime Town, USA" - for the Investigation Discovery Channel. One focuses on the 1986 murder of Lynnea Gran at Les's Grocery.
If you pair vision with tenacity, you get a rough template for the four men who will be inducted into the Superior Business Hall of Fame on Thursday during a Superior Business Awards luncheon. Whether designing ships, selling furniture, developing the first synthetic motor oil or founding a trucking company, they made a lasting impact on Superior's economy. "What an extraordinary group of individuals," said Andy Lisak, executive director of the Development Association.
Superior's Police and Fire Commission took no action against Police Sgt. Christopher Kirchoff after a compliant was filed by a citizen. Robert Wuorinen Jr., who filed the complaint, expressed disappointment over the panel's decision. "I felt they should have been a little more concerned over the misconduct," he said. Superior Attorney Dan Hannula, who advises the commission, said none of Kirchoff's actions broke any rule or ordinance.