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Dispatches from Douglas County: A memorial garden, election previews and a powerlifting pair

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

Garden in Billings Park in Superior.
Two root beer floats waiting to be consumed during the ice cream social at Fairlawn Mansion on Wednesday, July 20, in Superior.
Wyatt Buckner / Duluth News Tribune
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SUPERIOR — In this line of work — as you might expect — I read ... a lot.

One of the columnists I enjoy reading every week is Jill Pertler. In her latest piece, she reflects on what would have been her 35th wedding anniversary. It's stayed with me since I first read it. She lost her husband shortly after their 33rd anniversary, and in this week's column, she advises readers not to wait.

Here are a few more stories for you to scope out this week:

Place to remember

Woman holding flowers as she walks around the garden.
Monica Tikkanen explores the Children's Memorial Garden on July 21 while carrying flowers in memory of her grandson who passed away.
Wyatt Buckner / Duluth News Tribune

The Children's Memorial Garden , located on the second point of Billings Park, was dedicated July 21.

The garden offers space to reflect for those who have lost a child in their lives. Monica Tikkanen, pictured above, brought a vase with flowers to the dedication ceremony in memory of her grandson, A.J. Conley, who died when he was 5 years old.

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Primary previews

Lucas Mertz casts his ballot
Lucas Mertz casts his ballot as voters enter the polling site at Northwood Technical College on Tuesday morning, April 5, in Superior. The August primary is right around the corner.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

The Aug. 9 primary is coming up quick, and we've got previews of contested local races for you to check out:

Good as gold (and silver)

Powerlifter Char Balcer arches her back as she gets herself in position to bench
Powerlifter Char Balcer arches her back as she gets herself in position to bench at the Esko Fitness Center at Esko High School on Tuesday afternoon, July 26.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Charleen and Shelley Balcer, sisters who grew up in Superior and graduated from Superior High School, took home hardware at the 2022 USA Powerlifting Bench Nationals held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

They explain how they got into the sport and what they enjoy about it.

More stories to check out:

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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UWS reported a total headcount of 2,682 this fall, a 4% increase over 2021 numbers.
As reported by Douglas County Circuit Court.
Read the latest news in the Dispatches from Douglas County newsletter published every Friday.
From the Sept. 25, 1967 Telegram: "A Superior boy who was trapped and buried alive under sand from a cave-in was released Monday from Superior Memorial Hospital, less than 24 hours after the incident in which rescuers dug the boy out by using their hands."