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Hollywood leaves the Northwoods this week, but the real stars remain. The volunteers who built a home in one week for Howard and Jessica Huber in one week as part of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" deserve a round of applause. "I'm amazed at how much love has been poured into this house," said Thad Whitesel, president of Builder's Commonwealth Inc., the Duluth construction company that helmed the build.
Technology has outpaced the current policy at Superior High School. The district now has the capability to allow wireless access for electronic devices in the SHS cafeteria. But students won't be able to Goggle with their Iphone during lunch when school starts Sept. 1. "The school board will need to complete its policy to offer this access to students," said Sam Jones, director of information technology for the district. The district already provides secure, filtered access through the SHS library, which is monitored by staff.
You could call Dave Minor a shaker; you could call him a mover. Just don't call him Coop. Thanks to the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build going on in Oakland, Minor, the president and chief executive officer for the Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, knows more about chicken coups than he ever expected to.
Donovan Kobett had one goal Wednesday morning. The 4-year-old wanted to see his hero, Ty Pennington. He and his older brother, Renic, wandered the grassy space reserved for spectators near Swamp Road in Oakland. As he watched, volunteers worked construction magic to build a new home for Howard and Jessica Huber in one week. Donovan's grandmother, Anna Kobett, held a paper bag holding a box of salted nut rolls. The candy - Donovan's favorite - were meant to be a gift for the host of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." "Something for Ty," said Donovan, who lives in St. Paul.
Elma Sandhal got her first doll, a Bonnie Braids, in 1951. "I won her in a contest," said the Superior woman. That stroke of luck opened the door to a hobby that would last decades. Sandahl has been collecting dolls for years. Today she has more than 200, too many to display in her Superior apartment. Sandahl isn't recreating her childhood. As one of eight children, she never had a doll while growing up in Superior. "We had each other and we had a lot of fun," she said. "We made our own fun." After retiring from Western Electric in Duluth, she was looking for an inexpensive hobby.
Work at the Oakland site where "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is being filmed was on what volunteers termed "Hollywood time" Tuesday. "It's production," said volunteer Meg Jager of Duluth. "It's Hollywood." The ABC reality show, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, aims to transform the home of the Huber family - Howard, Jessica, 6-year-old Henry and 3-year-old Rose - in one week. The first wave of volunteers arrived at the site on Swamp Road around 9 a.m. this morning, Jager said.
If you missed a volunteer slot on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" project, you can still make a difference. Residents flooded phone lines and e-mail boxes to offer their time on the as-yet-unknown building site, where a new home will be built for a deserving Twin Ports family in one week.
The Twin Ports community is mobilizing to make the impossible happen. In one week - a mere 106 hours -- they will tear down and rebuild a home for a deserving Twin Ports family.
Kayaking can be a very solitary activity. As the quiet craft slips through the water, paddlers can pass ducks or loons, sneak up behind a swimming turtle or lean back and watch an eagle fly past. But, as Kit McCarson of South Range put it, "It's always more fun to go with a group." Monday, about a dozen kayakers congregated off of Barker's Island to add social sparks to this solitary sport. They paddled, they played, they chatted and most of them flipped out.
Ella Brill loves sparkly costumes, princesses and ponies. Her brother Jake likes Legos, Nerf guns and Spider Man. The two share a combined birthday bash every July. This year, however, they will use it to fight hunger. When friends gather in Maple Saturday for the Brills' "Spooktacular Boo-Day" party - Ella just turned 6, Jake will be 8 - they won't bring gifts in bright wrapping paper.