Dispatches from Douglas County: Business news, community rallies to support a local family and more

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Parking for Wine Beginnings can be found in the lot to the rear of the building, shown on Friday, Jan. 20. Visitors are greeted with a mural of a winery.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram

SUPERIOR — It's good to be back!

Although I have to admit I'm not very excited about the sub-zero temperatures predicted for this weekend. Hopefully the weather doesn't dampen turnout at the Lake Superior Ice Festival, which kicks off today.

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Community rallies

Photographer JoAnn Jardine, right, takes photographs of Jamy Johansen and his dog Maizy in her new Studio One Photography space at 1608 Tower Ave. in Superior on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 11.
Contributed / Laura Plewa

The Eastman family tragically lost two members recently, 19-year-old Hailey, and retired K-9 officer Marik.

Family friend Laura Plewa started a GoFundMe page for the Eastmans -- Superior Police Sgt. Nick Eastman, St. Luke's registered nurse Amanda Eastman and their daughter Hannah. In less than a week, community members have donated more than $80,000.


My thoughts and prayers go out to the Eastmans.

Pouring new options
New owner Donna Lorenz, left, shares a toast with business founder Kim Moen at Wine Beginnings, 1413 Tower Ave., on Friday, Jan. 20. The one-stop shop for wine makers now sells bottles, glasses and flights of wine.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram

Customers of Superior's Wine Beginnings can now sit and sip a glass of wine at the shop. The city council approved a liquor license for the establishment in December.

That's not the only change for the business. Founder Kim Moen has sold the enterprise to her cousin, Donna Lorenz.


Player goes up for layup
Kloe Zentkowski of Superior goes up for a layup during a game against Cloquet, Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Cloquet Middle School.
Amy Arntson / Cloquet Pine Journal

The Spartans showed off their sharpshooting skills Tuesday, Jan. 24, as they notched a 66-23 victory over the Cloquet Lumberjacks.

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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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