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Twin Ports firefighters take to the streets to fight muscular dystrophy. The annual "Fill-the-Boot" fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association runs at three major intersections in Superior from 3-6 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday.
Comedian John DeBoer brings his nerve-hitting comedy show to the Shack at 8 p.m. Wednesday. His twisted observations of life range from the devious side of childhood to the never-ending pressures of our times. Also appearing will be Kevin Craft, a semi-finalist on "Last Comic Standing" and Dar the Star, a stay-at-home mom from Hermantown who combines homespun sensuality with satire. Rounding out the act will be the debut of local comic Ryan Smith and a crowd warm-up by Superior-native Chuck Androsky.
The transition from fifth to sixth grade can be tricky. In the Maple School District, students who were used to staying in mainly one classroom find themselves moving five to six times a day. This year's incoming sixth graders got an extra boost in preparing for middle school - survival guides penned last spring by Cynthia Wick's seventh-grade language arts class. The project, aimed at showing how writing relates to real life, picked up momentum when students began to recall their biggest concerns as fifth graders. "It was fun brainstorming topics," Wick said, and the list grew.
The Stuff the Bus campaign, which provides school supplies to Douglas County children in need, is quietly steering toward delivery day. Phones aren't ringing with requests; there is no media blitz. But Kathi Madsen, executive director of the United Way of Superior-Douglas County, had a message for children and their families. "Go to school and trust the supplies will be there," she said. The United Way is in the program's driver's seat. The organization has been collecting donations and pricing supplies in preparation for distribution next week.
Lori Schneider was not alone the day she reached the summit of Mt. Everest. As the Bayfield woman stood in the blowing snow May 23, those who followed her progress online and on air were there in spirit. "We all went to the top with Lori," said Sen.
David Dittbrender has found his niche at Superior's Mariner Mall. The co-owner of Superior Paint, which has been at the mall for 10 years, is in the process of launching a new Sears Hometown Store. His location of choice? The mall. He credits the high level of cooperation between Sears and mall owner Quality Investments Inc.
Mary Shaw is a dragon boat veteran. For three years, the administrator of St. Mary's Hospital of Superior and Duluth Clinic-Superior dipped her paddle to the beat of the drum as part of the health organization's team during the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival. "I won't say we did excessively well," she said, but "It was a wonderful event." The races, hosted by the Superior Rotary Club, Duluth's Harbortown Rotary Club and the Superior Sunrise Centennial Rotary Club, bring the community together and raise funds for the SMDC Breast Cancer and Health Fund.
By Maria Lockwood email@example.com A car crashed through the front entryway of Superior Savings Bank Tuesday morning, stalling bank operations until the area was shored up by Superior firefighters. No injuries were reported. The accident occurred when an car eastbound on North 12th Street crossed Tower Avenue in the path of a van that was headed north, according to Superior Police Sgt. Mark McGillis. The van struck the car, spinning it so it was aimed at the corner of the bank, than glanced off a westbound truck parked at the stop sign.
Tom Miller wasn't looking for recognition when he hired Joe Tomaszski in February. Miller, the pastor of Central Assembly of God Church, needed a reliable custodian. The church board chose Thomaszski, 62, for the job. "He was qualified, it seemed like he wanted to work," Miller said. "That was enough for us." The Superior native took the job with a song in his heart and on his lips. Church Secretery Rhonda Horyza smiled when she remembered hearing Thomaszski sing for the first time. Since he started in February, the singing janitor has made a niche for himself.
The Jim Dan Hill Library on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus was not renovated with nostalgia in mind. Anyone who used the building in the past 40 years would have a hard time finding anything familiar. "We kind of chuckle because the stairway that goes upstairs and the one wall for the conference room in the corner are the only things that are the same," said Deb Nordgren, library director interim. The $7.7 million project began last summer, stripping the interior down to the bare concrete, then building it up again.