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Dispatches from Douglas County: A Meals on Wheels departure, fresh food in South End and soaring Eagles

Read the latest news in the Dispatches from Douglas County newsletter published every Friday.

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Senior Connections Meals on Wheels driver Jim Geegan, left, talks with Mary Mishler of Superior while delivering her meal on Friday, Sept. 16.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — Happy Friday!

One of my favorite annual events -- Champions' Camp -- happened this week at Superior High School, and the photos from it are as wonderful as always - be sure to check out the video, too!

This one means a lot to me because I have a 6-year-old nephew with special needs. While he doesn't live around here, he participates in similar activities in his hometown, and they always put a big smile on his face.

Here are some more headlines for you to check out:

'More fun than work'

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Jim Geegan, a driver with Senior Connections Meals on Wheels, smiles at the end of his route on Friday, Sept. 16. After nearly 19 years of delivering meals, the 83-year-old will retire at the end of the month.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram

On Friday, Sept. 30, Jim Geegan will retire after nearly 19 years working as a driver for Senior Connections' Meals on Wheels program.

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The 83-year-old leaves big shoes to fill. He's formed strong connections with his fellow drivers and with the residents to whom he delivers meals. He likes to give people a piece of candy to enjoy with their meal, and he even has dog treats for the clients with four-legged friends.

“I just love it. It’s a good job. It’s not even a job; it’s my hobby,” he said. “If you like what you’re doing, it’s not work.”

Focus on fresh

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Mama T's Smokin' Eats, located at 6428 Tower Ave., is shown on Friday, Sept. 16. The new business is seeking additional employees to expand to seven days a week and add breakfast to the menu.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram

The South End has been treated to southern comfort food and signature drinks since Mama T's Smokin' Eats opened at the end of August.

Located in the former Hacienda building, the restaurant focuses on serving fresh dishes. Owner Tanya Lowney said they go through 200 pounds of pork, 120 pounds of wings and 60 pounds of pastrami in two days.

“All of our items are fresh. Nothing is frozen other than our cheese curds,” Lowney said.

Leading the way

Solon Springs’ Dylan Taggart (6956) climbs to the top of a hill during the John Woodbury Invitational
Solon Springs’ Dylan Taggart (6956) climbs to the top of a hill during the John Woodbury Invitational at Norwood Golf Course in Lake Nebagamon on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Taggart finished second overall.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Junior Dylan Taggart (pictured above) and sophomore Isaac Dickenson are leading the charge this season for the Solon Springs/Northwood boys cross country team.

When Taggart sprained his ankle on a training run in August, Dickenson stepped into the No. 1 runner spot "and took the reigns," according to coach Dale Rajala, winning the Bruce Invitational on Aug. 30.

Since Taggart returned Sept. 13, the pair have finished strong in several races, including a one-two finish at the Gunderson Invite in Mercer. They hope to lead the Eagles to a team berth at the state tournament.

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More stories to check out:

  • Mayor Jim Paine released his budget proposals Thursday, Sept. 22 , and they call for a slight property tax levy increase of $115K. 
  • Former Superior police sergeant Greg Swanson was in court this week, and pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a fatal crash in July that left a 23-year-old man and a 2-month-old infant dead. 
  • Eviction proceedings are underway for the few people still residing at one of two Parkland trailer parks now in Douglas County's possession. 

Editor's note: Dispatches from Douglas County is a newsletter I publish every Friday morning. Please consider subscribing — it's free — and hits your inbox just once a week.  You can sign up here.

Jen Zettel-Vandenhouten is the regional editor for Duluth Media Group, overseeing the Cloquet Pine Journal and the Superior Telegram.
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