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Community comes first at the Oulu Community Theater. For 23 years, the group has been providing much more than entertainment. Since the theater's first production, "Bye Bye Birdie," proceeds from the every-other-year shows have provided more than $57,000 to local youth programs. The money has been poured into baseball diamonds, 4-H clubs, a summer school program at the Oulu Heritage Center, the Iron River library, homeschool needs, Northwestern High School's grand piano fund, South Shore School District projects, robotics programs and more.
The group meets at 6 p.m. April 8 at the multi-purpose building (curling club) at the fairgrounds, and everyone is welcome.
An Ashland man who was behind the wheel during a fatal traffic accident in 2014 that left his 18-year-old passenger dead will spend a year in jail and five years on probation.
The school district of Superior has poured millions of dollars into safety upgrades at its schools — double entries, extra cameras, emergency crisis response training. Superior police officers stop by elementary schools on patrol as time allows to visit staff and learn the layout. Teachers, students and staff run emergency drills for everything from medical emergencies and propane leaks to an active shooter. Parents can feel a little left out of the safety equation.
Fitness soared to a new level in Minong last weekend with the opening of Jack Link's Aquatic and Activity Center. "There are a lot of new opportunities in Minong that weren't here before," said executive director Ken Weinaug. Since developers broke ground for the 40,500-square-foot facility in November 2016, anticipation has been building. Nearly 100 memberships had already been sold by opening day, and about 400 people had applied for memberships online.
A plan is afoot that would save a piece of Douglas County history. The Old-Brule Heritage Society is on track to add the Blueberry depot to its Davidson Windmill site in the town of Lakeside. The 16- by 36-foot building would add a new layer to the site's historical offerings, which include the Eskolin House and Taylor's Bridge. The Blueberry depot was once the hub of a bustling community. In its prime, the small Douglas County town boasted a church, a school, two general stores, a post office, several sawmills, a blacksmith's shop and a number of saloons.
A Bayfield County deer farm was placed under quarantine this month in connection with the discovery of chronic wasting disease at a deer farm about 200 miles away in Washington County, Wisconsin.
With a new district administrator poised to take the helm and two building projects on their way to completion, change is coming to the Superior School District. On April 3, voters can also tweak the composition of the Superior School Board. Five candidates are vying for the three open seats on the school board. Only one, Len Albrecht, is an incumbent. Although voters will see two names on the ballot, Albrecht and Steve J. Stupak, three additional hopefuls have registered as write-in candidates: Jonathan Asp, Michael Meyer and Steve James Stupak Jr.
Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec announced this week that he will be seeking re-election.
The first three tours at Onyx of Superior, currently under construction at 1301 Weeks Ave., have given dozens of apartment-seekers a peek behind the scenes. Walking through rooms on the fifth floor, they were treated to Superior views from every angle. Ryan Nelson, co-owner of P&R Properties, pointed out where the elevator, fitness facility and community room will be. There will be a garbage chute for residents, he said, balconies for nearly all apartments and a "pet wash" area on the fifth floor.