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Douglas County's history isn't going anywhere. At the annual meeting of the Douglas County Historical Society Sunday, board members shared the good news - the mortgage on their building, the former Vasa Temple at 1101 John Ave., has been paid off. "When people need to know their history, we're the ones they go to," said Kathy Laakso, DCHS director.
Two minutes of your time could link someone struggling with mental illness to the help they need. A mental health survey currently circulating through Douglas County has the power to improve the connection between mental health providers and those they serve. Basically, the survey is identifying where people are getting mental health services and how they are accessing them, according to Dave Longsdorf, supervisor of mental health for the Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services.
The Wisconsin PTA convention earned a new name this year. "It's going to be the Four Corners show," said Ellen Chicka, PTA president for Four Corners Elementary School. The school garnered six awards, which will be presented during the convention Saturday in La Crosse. Tami Nelson, a second grade teacher at Four Corners, was chosen 2010 Teacher of the Year in the elementary division. Four students from the school are winners in the annual Reflections art contest.
It started with a bag. Stuffed with crossword puzzles, magazines, trinkets and treats, the bag was sent with Ruth Johnson each time she headed to a chemotherapy treatment. "It was never anything big or expensive," said Candi Stariha, a Maple school district secretary who helped put the care packages together, just something "to get her through the day." The efforts to support Johnson are out of the bag now. They have grown to include a raffle, auction, spaghetti supper and even an equestrian sports competition - also known as donkey basketball.
The newly-established Superior Area Team Friends of the NRA Committee holds its first benefit at 5 p.m. May 1 at Barker's Island Inn. "We're planning for a fun and exciting event for the whole family," said Committee Chairman Bill Winteland. "We've got a wide array of high-quality auction items and door prizes for our guests." Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the NRA Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization that provides grants for projects such as youth firearms safety and education, hunter training, shooting range development, marksmanship and conservation.
Visitors to the Challenge Center were seeing red Monday. Around every corner, from the front desk to the greenhouses, staff and employees took aim at ignorance with their red T-shirts. "Spread the Word to End the Word," was written on the front of each.
Three skits broke new ground Monday at Lake Superior Elementary School. It was the first public acting experience for many of the performers, Superior High School theater students. For Sarah King, 10, it marked the first time her play about bullying was performed.
Volcanic ash has been playing havoc with entertainers and families on vacation in Europe, grounding them until skies clear. But it is not expected to slow down the overseas deployment of the Wisconsin Army National Guard 724th Engineer Battalion, which includes the Superior-based 950th Engineer Company. The troops, who returned to Fort McCoy Saturday after a four-day pass, have not yet departed for Iraq, according to Lt. Col. Jackie Guthrie, director of public affairs for the Wisconsin National Guard.
Forget must-see TV. Next week a series of events kicks off aimed at getting people of all ages off the couch and moving. Whether you feel like getting some fresh air while cleaning up Heritage Park, reading a book with a child or learning about nutrition, there's something for everyone during national TV Turn Off Week.
Customers will be tickled pink, blue, and even black and gold at the re-opening of Sidelines Team Gear. New owner Suzanne Thatcher has put a fresh twist on the store, which offers a host of school spirit apparel. Along with the familiar Superior High School Spartan gear, Thatcher has added a section for Tiger fans from Northwestern High School and a new line of Superior apparel designed to appeal to tourists. As new items hit the racks, Thatcher is seeking customer input. "If you're not finding what you're looking for, let me know," she said, so the business can adapt to customer's needs.