Dispatches from Douglas County: Diving into the Carnegie Library, Taco Bell opens and a kicker's assistant

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(Jed Carlson/ A $2.5 million renovation of the historic Carnegie library in Superior is underway.
The historic Carnegie Library on Hammond Avenue.
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SUPERIOR — What a week! In addition to the nurses' strike , we had quite a bit of news break, so we'll jump right into the headlines:

The first and the last

The interior of the Carnegie Library.
A historical photo of the interior of the Carnegie Library in Superior.
Contributed / Superior Public Library

We've reported a lot on the future of the Carnegie Library on Hammond Avenue. In this month's episode of Archive Dive, Maria Lockwood talks to local historian and former Superior librarian Teddie Meronek about the historic structure .

Fun fact: Superior built the first and the last libraries in Wisconsin using funds from industrialist Andrew Carnegie. The former main branch, which is the subject of the episode, was built first, followed by a branch library in East End.

Taco Bell opens

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The new Taco Bell restaurant in Superior, seen here on Tuesday, Sept. 13, has seen steady traffic since it opened, according to general manager Aaron Mechtel-Kilborn.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram

The city's new Taco Bell restaurant recently opened for business near Ravin Crossbows. The facility currently employs 20 people, but General Manager Aaron Mechtel-Kilborn said he hopes to increase that number to 45.

Just for kicks

Northwestern football manager Adeline Pooler tries to juggle Tanner Kaufman’s shoes during practice in Maple
Northwestern football manager Adeline Pooler tries to juggle Tanner Kaufman’s shoes during practice in Maple on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Kaufman, a running back and linebacker, has added kicking to his duties this season and relies heavily on Pooler to help him when he’s changing shoes multiple times a game.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

For the first time in eight years, the Northwestern Tigers don’t have a kicker.


That means someone else on the team has to take care of kicking, in addition to his other roles. That someone is Tanner Kaufman, but the catch here is he needs a different type of cleat for kicking than for the rest of the game. That's where team manager Adeline Pooler, pictured above, comes in.

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