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The Northwestern High School band will serve up a slice of Americana on Monday during their fall concert. Under the direction of Michael Hintzman, they will give the world premiere performance of "Ace of Aces," a piece written in honor of hometown hero Richard I. Bong. "It's awesome," said sophomore trumpet player Mike Bessler. "It's a great piece," junior clarinetist Wolfgang Inman said. National hero Maj. Bong was America's highest scoring ace in World War II, shooting down at least 40 enemy aircraft while serving with the Army Air Corps.
A random act of kindness at a Superior restaurant brightened the day for four longtime friends. "On Friday, Oct. 7, my mother and three of her friends gathered, as they have for 40-plus years, to play bridge," Rita Michon wrote. "Before the cards get shuffled, they meet for lunch." The group frequents a number of Superior restaurants - C's, The Shack Smokehouse & Grille, Applebee's and Barker's Island - but this was the first time they had stopped at A&W Restaurant. In the middle of the meal, the server walked up to tell them that a gentleman had already paid for their lunch.
A group of teens plans to make visitors scream for a good cause this Halloween. The Superior High School seniors will turn the garage at 621 10th Ave. E. into a haunted house for visitors for the third year in a row. But this year will be different.
A pair of plein-air painters are spending the week in Superior, capturing the unique local landscape that features industry and residential life side by side. "We're here for a week and a half to get as much local color as we can," said Joseph Paquet of St. Paul, Minn. He and fellow artist John Cosby of California have caught "sketches" of tug boats, warehouses, grain elevators, railroads and residences for a future show featuring America's Rust Belt. The Twin Ports is their first stop on a three-year painting odyssey to find and capture such scenes.
Miranda's Smooch a Pooch Salon has gone to the dogs. Luckily, that's the way owners Miranda and Brooke Jussila like it. On a recent Wednesday morning, the sisters were surrounded by canines. The pack ranged from a friendly pit bull named Trevor to a small pug named Thumbelina. Groomer Noele Pflanzer carefully trimmed Shamas, a Pomeranian, stopping occasionally for a word of encouragement or kiss. In another room, a freshly-washed shih tzu named Corki sat, ears flapping in the breeze from the blower. Bean Prettie dropped by with her pugs Raven and Goda for a toenail trim.
An out-of-county judge will oversee the civil case filed against Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank by Superior attorney Rick Gondik. Judge George Glonek made the request for the case to be assigned to a different judge Wednesday. The complaint, filed by Gondik Oct. 1, seeks to prohibit Blank from participating in the prosecution of a felony case against Gondik that was subsequently dismissed Thursday.
There's a new game in town. Superior's first disc golf course opened last week in Central Park. According to Tim Rogentine, who helped design the course, it's getting a lot of play from young and old alike. "People are definitely using it," he said. That's good news to the University of Wisconsin-Superior student and other members of the Community Youth Project Group who worked to bring the game to Superior. "We're pretty psyched," said Sheila Fillmore, an AmeriCorps VISTA worker with Douglas County UW-Extension who spearheaded the effort. At 4 p.m.
The history of 1112 Tower Avenue flows across the back door of the building. Bright colors and bold shapes pay homage to the businesses that once resided there - a tea shop, a guitar store, and so legend goes, a speakeasy. "I love it," said building owner Tenby Owens. Erik Pearson, a St. Paul artist with deep Superior roots, painted the back door mural this week. If the weather cooperates, he'll be back next week to decorate the rear entrance to Who's Bar, 1114 Tower Ave. Funded through a grant, three doorways will receive Pearson's bright artwork as part of the Back Door Pilot Project.
Scarecrows invaded Center City Park Wednesday. Perched on lamp posts and hay bales near the Superior Public Library, they grin at all who pass by. Employees from downtown businesses built the scarecrows from scratch. They include a rag doll reading a book, a newlywed couple and a farmer who sports a chicken on his shoulder, pirate style.
If you're looking for the freshest produce possible, stop by Center City Park or Barker's Island. Every week, Douglas County farmers set up stalls at those sites, offering local produce straight from the farm. "Almost everything is picked the day before or that morning," said Tim Moder, whose farm is near Pattison Park.