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Veronica Acurero doesn't need to watch news footage about food shortages in Venezuela.
A Maple School District referendum that would have allowed the district to exceed revenue caps by $582,000 for the next three years was voted down Tuesday by a slim margin, according to preliminary numbers. Although Douglas County voters approved the operational referendum, 848 to 807, Bayfield County voters swung the other way, with 179 yes votes to 325 no. The votes will be officially canvassed at 9 a.m. Tuesday. A total of 2,159 votes were cast.
Voters in some municipalities will see extra questions on their ballot April 3.
Birch, a family business offering feminine fashion, vintage treasures, home decor, body products and more, opens today in Lake Nebagamon.
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.