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The nonprofit, formed less than a year ago, announced last week it will provide $15,000 for educational activities in the Solon Springs School District this year.
Garden valerian is an invasive plant that's tall, tough and pungent. It's poisonous to cattle and has been muscling its way into northern Wisconsin ditches and fields since 2001. The town of Amnicon appears to be ground zero for the invader. "The largest concentration of this valerian weed is right here in the town of Amnicon, that I can see," said Jerry Kroll, who winters 135 head of red angus at Kingbird Ranch. It's been spreading. "And now it's totally out of control," Kroll said.
Once again, Billings Park Days will team up with Kwik Trip to show respect for local police officers. During the event Friday and Saturday, more than 1,000 blue light bulbs will be distributed. Everyone is encouraged to turn the city blue during National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7, with the free bulbs. A trio of Superior High School seniors are taking the lead on the giveaway, according to Keith Kern, a member of the Billings Park Business Association, which organizes Billings Park Days.
Superior Firefighters tweaked and tested fire tactics this week during live fire training at a home on North 12th Street. For three days, firefighting teams rotated through, taking turns entering the house, suppressing the fire and removing smoldering pieces to prevent it from rekindling. "Getting to do live fire training is invaluable," Battalion Chief Howard Huber said Tuesday. "There's no substitute for getting practice on the real thing."
The Brule River Sportsmen's Club handed out in 1999 its first scholarship, an investment in natural resource conservation. "I think this scholarship is one of the best things we do," said Paul Helbach, a member of the board of directors. A peek through past recipients reveals an area-wide benefit. Brad Ray, the 2000 recipient, is a fisheries biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Bayfield. Tyler Kaspar received scholarships in 2010 and 2011. He now works with the 1854 Treaty Authority in Northeast Minnesota as an environmental specialist.
Annabelle "Belle" Modeen is spreading the news that Superior's got talent. The 11-year-old, who will attend sixth grade at Superior Middle School this fall, is a hardworking triple threat who's been featured at a number of events this year. She sang the national anthem at the Solon Springs fireworks display, two Duluth Huskies games and the Fitger's 5K and Park Point 5-Miler races. "Belle is one of our youngest national anthem singers ever," said Becca Jago, intern manager with the Huskies. "It takes a lot of confidence, and she possesses that."
Like its namesake, the Wildfire youth mission group spread through Superior and Douglas County last week, leaving finished projects in its wake.
There's no typical day for a junior curator at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. The week begins with tours and research, then shifts conducting an oral history of a local veteran. Their final challenge is to share that story with others through a display. One group will interview their grandfather; one, a parent's bus driver; another, their assistant principal. The finished pieces, on display through early fall at the center, will cover a range of conflicts, military branches and personalities.
Over the past two years, the Fighting for Friends 1-mile walk/run has raised nearly $10,000 for children battling cancer.
Dick Gudowski is used to hearing the question “Why?”