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The PIGs are on the move. On June 5, the Twin Ports motorcycle riding group gears up to help area veterans during their inaugural Ride for the Vets. "These rough, gruff looking guys have the biggest hearts in the world," said Carrie Kappes, one of the event organizers. The bikers, many of them veterans, come from all walks of life - add a lawyer and a millionaire, members joked, and the group would be set.
Boo Boo Bear flew in fighter jets and trekked through the sands of Iraq, a talisman of love sent from Lake Nebagamon, Wis., to keep a father safe. The toy's mission didn't end there. The teddy bear became the star of a children's book, written by Mary Linda Sather of Duluth. Her granddaughter Shea Leigh Waterhouse had sent the beloved toy to her father, Sr. Master Sgt. Ron Waterhouse, during his second overseas deployment with the Minnesota Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing.
Music brought them together; now they face each other over a soundboard every Saturday, pouring local tunes onto the airwaves during "Hometown Sounds." On one side sits Scott Johnson, Superior musician and businessman.
The music pavilion on Barker's Island will be rocking and rolling July 17 during the Northwood's Music Fest. Members of the local band The Fractals are ready to perform their "rockabilly surf hot rod" tunes for the crowd, including new releases from the CD "Death by Fender." "The band members are really psyched about it," said drummer Marvin Pomeroy. The line-up includes an A-list of homegrown performers - six in all - from the acoustic folk rock of James Moors to the reggae sounds of Uprising.
Greg Guenard donated his first pint of blood before he legally could. While serving in the U.S. Navy, the 17-year-old lied about his age to queue up for a date with a needle ... and a pretty nurse.
A charity concert Tuesday offers the public a chance to hear the reigning Twin Ports Battle of the Bands champions, Crescent Moon, for themselves. The trio of Superior High School students - Shane Nelson, Zack Ross and Mike Gray - bring creativity and natural ability to the stage, according to Amber Madoll, district manager of Junior Achievement, which organizes the annual competition. "They put in a lot of time, energy and practice to perform at the caliber they did," she said. The group is slated to play, along with Twin Cities band Hyland, at 7 p.m.
A Superior man awaiting sentencing for battering his former girlfriend so severely that her jaw was broken made an initial appearance Tuesday in Douglas County on a trio of new charges including sexual contact with a 16-year-old. Anthony J. Machones, 23, faces one count each of misdemeanor sexual intercourse with a child and possession of marijuana and felony bail jumping stemming from a May 15 incident in the town of Superior.
The 45th Annual Spartan Fiesta is held in Superior Senior High School gym 6-9 p.m. Thursday. The creative event, which includes work from more than 200 art students and performances by young musicians, is free for the public. Art students of Bill Gedde, Deb Thompson and Diane Sharrow display hundreds of two- and three-dimensional artwork. Paintings, drawings and ceramics are available for viewing and, in some cases, purchase.
A chance connection and a curious child paved the way for a stack of packages to travel to Afghanistan, laden with gifts for a Marine platoon. Last week, students in Britta DeSutter's fourth grade classroom at Northern Lights Elementary School teamed up to pack the items for shipping - everything from socks and Chapstick to sunflower seeds and shampoo. In each of the six boxes rested letters from the students. "Dear Soldier, Thank you for fighting in the war," write Dillon Ingles-Johnson, 9. "I sent you guys five packages full of gum and a can full of nuts, three bags of sunflower seeds.