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The teller lines are gone, but the former Community Bank building at 1214 Tower Ave. is still a banking hub. Thursday, the site reopened as the National Bank of Commerce Mortgage Services Center. "Now it has a different look and feel," said Bruce Thompson, executive vice president and chief lending officer for NBC.
The north end of Tower Avenue is overdue for a face lift. Pavement under the Superior street is nearing 100 years old, as are the combined sewer pipes beneath. The stretch of downtown street has deteriorated. Cosmetic work -- temporary overlays and patches -- no longer maintain the driving surface. Plans are in the work for a total reconstruction project of the avenue, stretching from Belknap to Third Street, to be completed in 2013. The approximately $7 million undertaking will do more than botox the surface.
When she saw the clothing piled on the table at Northern Lights School last week, Peggy Kiiski's face brightened. "I could just cry," she said. The items -- 26 hats, 20 pairs of mittens, seven pairs of boots, four jackets, four pairs of snow pants, two pairs of gym shoes and two packs of underwear -- were donated by the Superior/Douglas County Youth Leadership group. "This is very, very useful," Kiiski said. "Especially in the middle of winter when we need it the most." Some Northern Lights students are dropped off nearly an hour before school starts.
They gather every month beside the tracks in the tiny, brick builiding in Superior's East End that formerly housed the senior center. Families spill out of cars and while the children play with a sitter and toys in the front room, further in, their parents meet to plot their next event. Bidding wars, tons of sand, sales of spirits and "sponsors" are on the agenda each year. Once members hit 40, they are "aged out." They go by the name of the Superior Jaycees, but what do they really do?
The Superior Jaycees plan to fill Wessman Arena with pink ... both off and on the ice. As part of a "Pink the Rink" campaign to boost awareness of breast cancer while raising money for a cure, the lady Yellowjackets will don the cheery color Saturday for their game against Lake Forest. A week later, the UWS men's team will go pink to battle Stevens Point on the ice. "I just can't imagine these guys in pink jerseys," said Jaycee member Shauna Porter.
Amber Gurske was looking for obscure facts on tobacco when she unearthed the picture. A discolored, hairy tongue -- caused by tobacco use -- took up the entire frame. "I didn't know that happened to people's tongues," said the Northwestern High School senior. After doing some more research, Gurske found it was both "disgusting" and true. So she and classmates Katie Mahocker and Emily Larson added it to their informational display on the dangers of tobacco.
Northwestern Middle School students shot, jumped, spun and tossed in the gymnasium Wednesday. Along the way, they learned about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. "We have a war going on in our country right now," said John Woodbury, a school counselor who helped coordinate the annual Red Ribbon Week event.
By Maria Lockwood mlockwood@ superiortelegram.com For a single night, the town of Gordon offers visitors both Booya Soup and The Twerps. They are part of the town's Winterfest celebration Jan.
Take a virtual trip to Columbia Thursday. High school visitors from the country plan to spice up the evening with dance, song and skits about their country. The free performance kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
Two court cases linked to the poor treatment of a nine-month-old colt nicknamed Windchill on a South Range farm last winter will not go to trial next week. Pamela Kaye Javenkoski, 48, and Shane E. Javenkoski, 34, both reached plea agreements Thursday in Douglas County Court, five days before the trial was set to begin. Shane Javenkoski pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of failing to provide food to confined animals. A deferred judgment of conviction agreement was entered. If the South Range man follows the conditions of the agreement, the charge would be dismissed.