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When Dorothy Granfors signed up for Showstoppers, she thought she was joining a Gospel music choir; instead, she will belt out tunes from the musical "Godspell" this weekend with the performance choir group. "And I love it," said the 76-year-old Superior woman. Audiences can join in the fun this weekend. The Showstoppers members make their debut singing the music of Godspell at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday at United Presbyterian Church.
Eldon Lone has been a bell ringer for more than 25 years. He started at the age of 12. Wednesday, the 38-year-old was back at it, sending out the Salvation Army's call for help in front of Super One Foods on Oakes Avenue. The seasonal bell-ringing campaign kicked off Tuesday in Superior. Maj. Rosemary Matson said the organization's goal is to raise $70,000 during the annual kettle campaign, the same amount that was donated last year. "It's doable," Matson said. "We are in the most generous county I've ever seen.
The newest member of the Douglas County District Attorney's Office is a Superior native with a passion for criminal law. "I really enjoy the work; it's important," said new Assistant District Attorney Mark Fruehauf. "There's a certain sort of nobility that comes with it, I think." The 26-year-old has stepped into the office's half-time position. He currently splits his work week between Douglas County and doing research and writing projects for a judge in Detroit Lakes, Minn.
A Superior man who has been seen peering in windows on and near the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus numerous times failed to make an appearance Thursday in Douglas County Court. Jeremy Donald Mains, 34, faces one count of disorderly conduct stemming from an Oct. 28 incident along Winter Street. When he failed to appear Thursday, a warrant was issued for his arrest. According to the criminal complaint: A woman arrived home to see Mains standing on the back porch of her residence, looking through the windows.
Reports of drivers not stopping for school buses in the Maple School District keep rolling in. Last week, the district had eight reports on file for the 2010-2011 school year. All of them were on U.S. Highway 2; all of them were within two miles of Northwestern High School, according to Dave Korhonen, director of buildings and grounds and transportation for the district. Usually they have about eight reports per school year. "Something is different this year," Korhonen said. "We're driving the same roads, the same routes, the same kids." But too many motorists aren't paying attention.
Superior firefighters attacked a smoking blaze Tuesday with air. A large red fan, pointed at the front door of 317 Winter St., hummed as smoke poured out a side bedroom window of the house.
When a Brule woman tried to treat stranded motorists to assistance Halloween morning, she was the one tricked.
A local snack food operation is taking a bite out of the competition in Douglas County. Beef sticks from North Farm Meat & Sausage can be found in more than 60 area stores and bars. "Almost everywhere I stop is carrying them," said Kevin McCoy, bartender at the Choo Choo Bar & Grill, which also sells the sticks. The business sprang from the downturn in the economy. With sides of beef selling slowly, Chris Litchke of Kimmes-Litchke Farms was looking for a way to diversify. Add in a good deal on a commercial smoker and a secret recipe from Litchke's friend Dean Kowalik.
Northland singers will trade their ice scrapers for sun screen next week. Members of the Solon Springs High School chamber and concert choirs - 32 students in all - are headed to Orlando, Fla., on Saturday. Among the highlights of their week-long stay will be a performance in front of crowds on the Disney World stage, a workshop that virtually adds the singers to a Disney movie and trips to four theme parks - Epcot Center, the Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios. "I'm so excited," said junior Kimberly Johnson.
A fall windstorm swept through Douglas County Tuesday, ripping the roof off a mobile home in Superior's Itasca neighborhood and downing power lines throughout the county. Alma DeMar heard a loud noise Tuesday night and feared it could be a tornado. "I went outside to see what the weather was like," she said. "I saw the roof on the deck." High winds pulled half of the roof off the mobile home belonging to DeMar and Larry Johnson and slammed it to the deck. Wednesday, as they stood outside the trailer, the couple was still coming to grips with the loss of their home.