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The question of what happened to a Lake Nebagamon man who disappeared while hiking in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska two years ago has been laid to rest. The remains of Paul Schoch, 68, were found last month in the park by two hikers. They have since been returned to Schoch's wife, Carol. "He's home," she said in a telephone interview Tuesday. The hikers found the remains about 12 miles from Schoch's campsite, which was in a remote area of the park only accessible by plane.
With a wider array of options than ever before - from fresh waffles and homemade soup to sub sandwiches and vegetarian dishes - Superior High School offers a little something for everyone. Some teens choose to try international offerings like sushi and sweet and sour chicken. Others stick to pizza or burgers. Cereal is available for lunch as well as breakfast. Although there's plenty to choose from, some teens walk past the check-out registers empty-handed.
Superior Mayor Dave Ross formally announced his candidacy for the state's number two office Thursday at a fundraising event at Barker's Island. "I really plan on reinventing the lieutenant governor's office," Ross said during a Wednesday interview. "I think the lieutenant governor needs to drive the agenda of the governor." Ross' message is one of strong, fiscal conservancy. "My business budget is no different than the city's $26 million budget; our $26 million budget is no different than the $25 billion budget the state has," Ross said.
From Catlin Avenue to Sesame Street, everyone is gearing up for flu season. In addition to the seasonal flu bug, health care workers are on the lookout for H1N1 swine flu that spread worldwide this spring. Prevention is the key, according to Nancy Smith, health service director for the Superior School District. She offered basic prevention tips. Wash your hands and remind your child to wash theirs often. Cough or sneeze into a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands. Use your sleeve if you do not have a tissue.
The old and the new collide in a splash of color Saturday at the Solon Springs Village Hall. The 1929 building is the site of an art show by local painter Jeredt Runions from 7-9 p.m. This is the first show in three years for the 24-year-old, who will display about 20 new paintings.
Public art changes the way you see things, according to Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton. It can make you look twice, put a smile on your face, inspire you to create or bring back memories. The new Palace Mural Project, coming to life one brushstroke at a time on the back wall of the Douglas County Historical Society, does all of the above. "We really feel like it puts us on the map now," said DCHS President Valerie Hiatt Burke. For many, the mural at 1101 John Ave. is a link to the past. The Palace Theater, built in 1917, provided entertainment that spanned generations.
The heart of downtown Solon Springs stopped beating Tuesday. After a weekend of karaoke, dancing and a visit from Elvis, longtime customers stopped by Prevost's on Monday for a final goodbye. "I think somebody ought to stand here and give a eulogy on the place," said Charlie Fink, a longtime customer. Owner Sandee Prevost closed the restaurant and bar Monday night.
Mix a world-renown magician and about two dozen law enforcement officers and county employees -- add a pinch of curiosity and dash of magic - and what do you get? Communication. "Interacting with all kinds of different groups leads to different ways of looking at something," said Magician Mark Mitton, a Superior-native. He made Douglas County Detective Sgt. Ed Anderson's $20 bill appear in a lime, caused Superior Police Chief Floyd Peters' head to swell and read Superior Assistant Police Chief Charles LaGesse's body language to deduce what hand a card was in.
Your morning commute could get longer next week when students head back to school. School is back in session Tuesday, bringing with it new backpacks, school shoes, fresh erasers and traffic congestion. "Some of the busier intersections during the school year are Hammond Avenue at North 21st, North 28th and 31st as well as North 21st leading to Hammond Avenue," said Sgt. Mark McGillis of the Superior Police Department in an e-mail interview.
When Bud Wigchers began his career as a barber, men could get the proverbial "shave and a haircut" for $2.30. A cut cost $1.40 on a weekday, $1.50 on Saturday. A straight-razor shave cost 90 cents. "It was more work than a haircut," Wigchers said, but he always charged less because men came in for a shave three or four times a week. In those days, kids who stopped by the store always got a Tootsie Pop. Fast forward 54 years. Today, the going rate is $12 for a haircut. Wigchers keeps his straight razor in a drawer even though he hasn't shaved customers for decades.