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Jeff Tucker shared a dose of Magic during a Friday visit to Villa Marina Health and Rehabilitation Center. The South Range man and his miniature horse stirred memories and prompted smiles from residents. The 3-foot-high chestnut was the star, calmly lying her head in laps or leaning in for a pat. "She's about the size of magic," said resident Lorraine Lind. "The name fits her." "She's a peach," said Laverne Bolin, another resident. "I love animals." This was Magic's second visit to Villa Marina. "We love her," said June Mattison.
President Barack Obama tossed out a challenge to American teens Tuesday during his address to Congress. "Dropping out of high school is no longer an option," he said. "It's not just quitting on yourself, it's quitting on your country -- and this country needs and values the talents of every American." Northwestern High School Principal Steve High puts it to students another way. "Dropping out, not having a diploma, is paramount to sentencing yourself to an economic future that's going to be less than," he said. "Less than your neighbors; less than your peers.
Nearly 1.5 million barrels of Canadian crude flow through Superior, the main hub of Enbridge's U.S. operations, every day. While supplying approximately 10 percent of the nation's foreign oil, the pipelines propel tax dollars and employee wages into the local economy. "I think a lot of people just take it for granted," said Denise Hamsher, director of public, federal and regulatory affairs for Enbridge.
Everyone needs the basics -- food, shelter, clothing, heat. Across Douglas County, programs that provide the basics are seeing an increase in clients. The need for food alone has jumped dramatically. The Salvation Army in Superior served 60 individuals or families per week through its food shelf in January 2008. Last month, the number grew to 100 per week. Use is climbing at the Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency (NWCSA) food pantry, too. In 2008, the agency provided food to 50 percent more clients than in 2007 -- from 2,492 to 3,837.
The Windchill case never made it to trial. But the woman who left the nine-month-old colt to freeze in temperatures that dipped as low as 55 degrees below zero will spend time in jail. Pamela Javenkoski, 48, pleaded no contest Jan. 15 to one misdemeanor count of failing to provide proper shelter for the colt. Wednesday, Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Michael Lucci sentenced her to 45 days in jail with Huber release granted for work and reasonable child care.
Ice safety is critical in spring, experts say. As ice begins to break up, the bonds between crystals weaken. "You can have very thick ice that won't support any weight," said Jim Rigstad, battalion chief for the Superior Fire Department. It's called candled ice because, when it breaks up, it looks like little candles. Saturday's tragic incident, where a truck driven by Adam LaPorte broke through the ice on the St.
Scammers using the "grandson" ploy targeted two Douglas County residents last week, according to Sheriff's Department reports. Both a Superior woman and a Solon Springs man got calls last Thursday from men posing as their grandsons. "It is unknown at this point whether these illegal operations are taking place in our county or, if not, why it is that they are targeting our county's residents," wrote Deputy Andrea Dittbrender, who took the report from the 67-year-old Superior woman. The woman told Dittbrender she got a call from a young male who called her "grandma." The man sounded a bit li
Lack of funding for Spanish immersion education sent Superior administrators hunting for more information following a Monday school board meeting. "I'm not in favor of moving ahead with it," said board member John Hendricks, laying out a number of questions he would like answered. What to do if there are not enough (students)? What to do if there are too many? How expensive would it be? Where would it be? How effective is it? "I want to know more about the strand concept," he said. Assistant Superintendent Janna Stevens researched available grants tied to immersion education.
The rush is on. W-2s, bank statements and social security number in hand, people throughout the Northland are sitting down to traipse through the twists and turns of tax law. The task isn't easy. "The rules are getting more complicated," said Cindy Hockenberry, research coordinator for the National Association of Tax Professionals. And, said Donn Bergquist of Superior, a certified public accountant, "What you don't know can hurt you, tax-wise." Some choose the solo route, sitting in front of a computer or filling boxes on a paper form.
A dark stain on Twin Ports history will take center stage Tuesday as actors breathe life into the men and women who played a role in the 1920 lynching of three innocent black circus workers accused of raping a white girl. A reader's theater production of "ALAMO-DULUTH: Anatomy of a Lynching" will be broadcast live on KUWS at 7 p.m. from the stage of Thorpe-Langley Auditorium on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus. "This really happened and it happened right over there," said scriptwriter Dale Botten.