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The time has come for the garage at Graceland Cemetery to rest in peace. "I don't think the roof is going to last this winter," said Gale Winter, president of the cemetery board of directors. The 1920s structure has served it's purpose for decades. But today, only tarps and creative stacking keep lawnmowers, trailers, a chain saw and other equipment from getting soaked when it rains. Holes in the roof are becoming apparent. Winter's husband, Randy, tried to cover one with a piece of tin last summer.
A few miles out from "the sunny side of Superior" is a rural church in what Fr. Ron Olson calls "God's Country." For 100 years, it has served as a focal point in Foxboro -- a place to celebrate, worship and grieve as one. "I think it's very important," said Sue Britton. "It's what holds the community together." Whether their congregational roots run deep or they are new transplants, members of St. William find a warm welcome every week. "I just love our little parish," said Carolyn War.
After five years of fighting for state regulations on predatory lending, Superior leaders may have found a solution to breaking the downward spiral of payday loans. It didn't come from Madison or city ordinances code. The remedy came from a local credit union. By January, Superior Choice Credit Union will be offering Good Money loans, a product similar to a payday loan at half the price. "It's a great private-sector anwer to predatory lending," said Superior Mayor Dave Ross.
The need for financial counseling has exploded in the past three years. "In 2004, as a service we met 3,000 families," said Dan Williams, program director for LSS Financial Counseling, a division of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. "This year, we will serve 18,000." With demand outpacing supply, partnerships like the one forged with Superior Community Credit Union can ensure members get fast help -- a three-day wait instead of a four to six week wait. For 22 years, LSS has served the state of Minnesota.
Fourteen businesses and organizations set off on the path to sustainability last week. These Early Adopters, chosen by the Sustainable Twin Ports group, included a full spectrum of participants. "Everything from a husband and wife-owned sign business to an entire county," said Tracy Meisterheim, Early Adopter Project Coordinator. A church, a car wash and the city of Duluth are on the team.
For Brad Apfel and about 200 other Northland high school students, the prize is in sight. On Friday, they will blend their voices together in the "Gospel Mass" led by internationally-known composer Robert Ray as part of the University of Wisconsin-Superior's Chorfest North. Apfel, a senior at Solon Springs High School, took part in the annual event last year, as well. "It's just a great experience overall," he said.
Act two of the race for the 73rd District Assembly Seat closed the same way the first one did, with a win for Nick Milroy of Superior. Only this time, it was a landslide. Preliminary numbers as of press time, with Burnett and Washburn counties not reporting, show Milroy netted 80 percent of the votes while Independent candidate Jeffery Monaghan earned nearly 19 percent. "It's an honor to have that much support in the community," Milroy said.
It took 50 years for Rosa Horst to get her heart's desire. For the Maple woman, who was born in Romania, it was worth the wait. "I finally got my flag," she said, gazing up at the stars and stripes waving on a new white flagpole. The flagpole was planted by Dick Coda of Maple. He first met Horst five years ago through their green thumbs. "We used to swap flowers," she said. "Garden talk. That's how we became friends." One day during a visit, she told him about her biggest wish. "This fall it's going to be 50 years, I said, since I'm in this country," Horst said, tears in her eyes.
Keeping jabs to a minimum, the two candidates vying for the 73rd District Assembly seat being vacated by Frank Boyle debated on-air Tuesday on KUWS 91.3 FM. A panel of local journalists lobbed questions about taxes, priorities, a smoking ban and reining in the state budget to Democratic candidate Nick Milroy and Jeff Monaghan, an Independent in the Holden Fine & Applied Arts Center on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus. The most concrete answers came to pointed questions.
By Maria Lockwood Superior Telegram Staff Writer William Rehnstrand, long time Superior educator and school board vice president, is under investigation for allegedly having sexual contact with a Superior High School student. Superior police officers executed a search warrant at Rehnstrand's home last month while investigating the incident which occurred in Eden Prairie, Minn., in August, according to information filed in the Douglas County Clerk of Courts Office.