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A team touched by cancer plans to mow down barriers for people fighting the disease. Before the Douglas County Relay for Life fills Wessman Arena, the Cure Mower Cancer Race will heat up Copper Creek Motorsports Park. The inaugural lawnmower race takes place May 22 on the gravel track eight miles south of Superior, organized by the Gary's Ray of Hope Relay for Life team. These are not your backyard variety of lawnmowers. Racing rigs can reach speeds of up to 80 mph and pop wheelies. "I think it would be fun to watch," said Brice Johnstad, 6.
A Superior High School classroom became a courtroom Friday when Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson asked students in Jackie Olson's introduction to law class to sit as judges over a simple law. "No vehicles on State Street," the justice told the students. Then, she began to ask if skateboards, baby carriages, broken bicycles being wheeled to a repair shop, tricycles or wheelchairs should get a ticket.
The Development Association received a community-wide "high five" Friday during its 50th anniversary celebration at Barker's Island Inn. "I think they've been instrumental in positioning Superior and Douglas County to weather the current economic storm," said Bill McCoshen, managing partner of Capital Consultants and executive director of Competitive Wisconsin. He grew up on North Seventh Street in Superior and saw the huge impact the recession had in the early 1980s. "I was there for the last storm," McCoshen said, recalling grain trucks lined up from the grain elevators in Superior to Clo
A serial rapist faces a proposed 50-year sentence after pleading guilty or no contest to three counts of second-degree sexual assault Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court. Craig Allen Mehtala, 28, of Superior, pleaded no contest to one of the felony counts and guilty to the other two in front of Judge Kelly Thimm. All three charges are class C felonies. Mehtala faces a maximum combined penalty of 120 years imprisonment and up to $300,000 in fines.
A blast from the past hits the Superior High School stage next week, filled with music, laughs, a hip-swiveling rock star, teenage rebellion and young love. Following on the heels of last year's successful staging of "Just Another High School Musical," SHS students will belt out a toe-tapping list of tunes during performances of "Bye Bye Birdie" at 7:30 p.m. May 6-8 at the SHS Performing Arts Center. "'Bye Bye Birdie' is sort of the quintessential high school musical," said director Amber Goodspeed. "It's a classic.
A North End mainstay closes its doors today after 72 years. DeVinck's Inc., an auto sales and service center with the motto "Where sales are made through service," is the latest casualty of the GM bankruptcy. Co-owner Jerry DeVinck said this is "just a sad time for us as a family." Service and warranty work ends today. DeVinck and his brother, John, plan to sell off the remaining assets -- parts, inventory, special tools and the building at 1525 Broadway Street, which has housed DeVinck's since 1968. With the business closing, 10 employees will be laid off.
A Maple tree will mark the spot where community members gathered Wednesday to remember workers who have died on the job. The planting in Bear Creek Park marked Superior's first Workers Memorial Day ceremony since the day was instituted in 1989. This year, the event also serves as the 40th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Workers Memorial Day will always be necessary, said Superior City Councilor Dan Olson, who spearheaded efforts to hold the Superior event. "I wake up every morning knowing I'm going to work and I assume I'm come home," he said.
A man accused of bringing a pound of cocaine to Douglas County for sale will spend the next year and a half in prison. Kevin Ronald Baird, 31, of Green Bay, was one of two men involved in a police drug bust in April of 2009 that netted more than a pound of cocaine. It was the largest undercover buy of cocaine in the region's history. Baird was sentenced Friday in Douglas County Court to 54 months in prison - 18 months of initial confinement and 36 months of extended supervision.
Douglas County's history isn't going anywhere. At the annual meeting of the Douglas County Historical Society Sunday, board members shared the good news - the mortgage on their building, the former Vasa Temple at 1101 John Ave., has been paid off. "When people need to know their history, we're the ones they go to," said Kathy Laakso, DCHS director.
Two minutes of your time could link someone struggling with mental illness to the help they need. A mental health survey currently circulating through Douglas County has the power to improve the connection between mental health providers and those they serve. Basically, the survey is identifying where people are getting mental health services and how they are accessing them, according to Dave Longsdorf, supervisor of mental health for the Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services.