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Middle school girls dove into the world of emergency medical careers this week at Camp Northwoods in Bayfield County. These Rescue Divas tested their self-defense moves, learned how to read a compass and discovered the importance of dogs in search and rescue work. And that was just Tuesday. "My family, especially my grandparents, are really involved with EMS (Emergency Medical Service) for Iron River and Bayfield County," said Halie Matthias, 14, of Superior. "I thought it'd be cool to see what they do daily."
The Superior Fire Department's efforts to equip middle school students with lifesaving skills earned state recognition Monday. Over the last four years, the Emergency Medical Services for Children Pediatric Champion of the Year Award has recognized a crew that responded to an emergency call involving children. Monday was the first time it went to an entire department, or to a proactive program. The Superior Fire Department accepted the award for providing hands-only CPR and AED training to about 300 Superior Middle School students during a single day in January.
Fresh from his first public demonstration, the Superior Police Department's new K9 officer is on job. Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander said Lacka and his partner, Officer Jeff Harriman, are already working the street. The department's young pup graduated with a patrol work certificate in May. He will receive ongoing training and drug certification while on the job. "For SPD, the addition of a second dog essentially doubles our coverage of K9 patrol and makes it so that we have a K9 working nearly every day," Alexander said.
Two retired Superior High School teachers are combining their green thumbs to beautify the area.
Fourth grade students at Cooper Elementary School dug deep and quested far to answer some puzzling scientific questions this spring.
It's a chance to meet the newest pups and learn more about the skills that make canines good law enforcement officers. Within the last year, law enforcement K-9s in the region have helped apprehend armed suspects wanted for serious crimes and to find and rescue missing, vulnerable citizens. They've sniffed out critical evidence that's led to convictions on charges including burglary, assault and drug dealing. They've even helped with security during visits by key figures in the campaign for president.
After 20 years in Superior, Northwoods Music is closing its doors. A liquidation sale is underway at the 1608 Tower Ave. store.
When he visits Superior in 10 years, Dave Minor hopes to see the Better City Superior project gracing the downtown skyline and a Chamber of Commerce roster that has doubled in size.
A study released last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed death rates from Alzheimer's disease increased 55 percent across the country from 1999 to 2014.
The tick, which has a whitish spot on its upper side, is a southern critter with a normal range extending no farther than the southern tier counties of Iowa, said David Neitzel, the Minnesota Department of Health’s go-to epidemiologist for all things insect-related. But “we’re starting to see some in Minnesota,” Neitzel said.