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The Great Yanisch is a basement artist. His tools can, for the most part, be found at your local hardware store -- latex paint, Dremel bits, pencils and blocks of wood. They travel well, and the resulting works fill Yanisch's home on Person Lake with color and light. Bright landscapes dot the walls. And eight wooden sculptures line a lighted case.
Volunteer firefighters from across Douglas County are making a statement with their feet.
Two incumbents and a pair of newcomers face off for two open seats on the Maple School Board in the April 7 election. James Streveler and Jessie Burhans, both of Cloverland, are seeking third terms on the board. "I feel I am qualified and can help direct the educational future of our children," said Streveler. "I would like to finish the job as to the construction of the addition to the high school," said Burhans. A strong interest in education prompted both Dave Paulus of Brule and Kim Pearson of Poplar to throw their own hats into the ring.
"Oklahoma" changed the face of musical theater forever when it opened in 1943. The grandaddy of all musicals gets a fresh interpretation by Northwestern High School students in three weekend performances. The play blends music, dance and story to bring turn-of-the-century Oklahoma to life.
A former Superior bookstore is the site for a new health care option in Superior. When it opens its doors in May, the former J.W. Beecroft building will house NorthernBridges, a managed care organization which provides benefits to seniors and people with disabilities who qualify for state Family Care benefits. NorthernBridges is a long-term care district that covers an 11-county region of northwest Wisconsin. Jason Kohl, chief operations and strategy officer for NorthernBridges, said the building is scheduled to open May 1 with 20 onsite employees.
The two candidates vying for Douglas County Circuit Court Branch I judge share many similarities, but key differences. Both men work in the District Attorney's Office and bring a wealth of criminal law experience with them. Each has reached out to the community through numerous groups and organizations. Both men want to take their public service to the next level.
Foundations across the state are feeling the punch of the turbulent stock market -- posting millions in losses. With that in mind, the Superior Scholarship Foundation minted a new policy in January to prevent the class of 2009 from bearing the brunt of the market tumble. For most scholarships, a large chunk of money -- principle -- remains in the bank untouched.
A small-town girl on the hunt for a husband, a hotel keeper with a secret, a rich girl sampling the poor life and a paper clip salesman meet on the streets of New York. The result is music, laughs and a whole lot of toe tapping in Northwood High School's production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie." "It's entertainment you'll never forget for the rest of your life," said senior Andrew Kirov, who plays the part of Jimmy Smith. The story follows Millie Dillmont, played by junior Cindy Featherly, who leaves rural Kansas intent on getting a job and snaring a rich husband during the 1920s.
Northwoods Music has emerged from hiding, with a bright neon sign pointing to its new home in the former Louis Cafe building. The business has seen an approximately 30 percent increase in the sales of guitars and equipment since it moved into the space in September, according to owner Scott Johnson. Forty band students took advantage of the store's new rental program -- $100 to rent an instrument for the 2008-09 school year. Seven instructors provide lessons for 130 students on six different instruments and the store displays rows of vintage guitars.
Verne Wagner plans to tickle your funny bone Wednesday. "If we're in a recession," said the Duluth man, "Let's offer a little comic relief." Wagner is one of four comics ready to deliver punch lines at The Laff Shack. He will be joined by local comedians Le Ann Diler and Chuck Androsky and headliner Michael Thorne of Minneapolis.