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Michael Berg is going for gold next week. The athlete will compete in the 400 meter walk during the Special Olympic Summer Games in Stevens Point.
Students at Cooper Elementary School welcomed the newest additions Thursday with cheers and the words "Plant a tree!" The three flowering fruit trees - two apple and one cherry - waved in response. They are part of the school's Learning Garden project, which broke ground last month. The area boasts 10 raised gardens, some already sprouting kale and leeks, as well as a "talking tube," pathways and picnic tables. "The Learning Garden has set the stage for this planting," said Mary Morgan, city forester.
Blasting operations at a gravel quarry on Thunderhill Trail have unearthed complaints from neighbors this spring. Their concerns have led to scrutiny by Douglas County Zoning Administrator Steve Rannenberg and a slot on the June 9 Douglas County Planning and Zoning Committee agenda. Neighbors near the quarry, Thunderhill Aggregate, have voiced complaints about noise, vibrations and what they say is blast-related damage. Town of Superior Supervisor Jan Dalbec said she began receiving calls about the quarry, one of 11 non-metallic mines in the town, in early May.
Joe Reasbeck grew up wrestling in Superior. He stepped onto a new mat Saturday when he announced his candidacy for the 7th Congressional District seat. The event took place outside the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center on the same day Wisconsin celebrated its 162nd birthday. "I am inspired by the state motto, Forward," Reasbeck, 41, told the crowd. "That's where we want to keep our focus." The Iron River man joins State Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point, on the Democratic ticket to be decided in September.
The Superior School Board approved a contract with Superior Federation of Teachers - Local 202 for the coming year at a special meeting Wednesday, ending months of negotiations that put the spotlight on rising health care costs. "It's been a tricky but successful negotiating year for all involved," said Board Member Mary Klun, chair of the personnel and negotiations committee. The resulting contract is a balancing act, with a two percent pay increase for teachers offset by reduced health care benefits.
A Superior man was sentenced Thursday in Douglas County Circuit Court to three years in prison for a domestic assault that left his then-girlfriend with a broken jaw. Anthony J. Machones, 23, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of substantial battery-domestic abuse and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of a phone in March. Thursday, Judge George Glonek sentenced the Superior man to three years - 18 months initial confinement followed by 18 months extended supervision - for the felony charge.
Adopting an animal is not the same as choosing a pair of shoes.
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.
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.
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.