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Dispatches from Douglas County: Fair fun, National Night Out, a fresh race track and more

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

Kids ride down the Fun Slide at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds
Kids ride down the Fun Slide at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds on Tuesday, Aug. 2, in Superior.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — Happy International Beer Day!

News Tribune colleague Jay Gabler visited five area breweries to learn about brewing styles that hail from around the world. Among the spots he visited: Superior's Earth Rider Brewery.

And if you don't drink or you're not a fan of beer, no worries. I've got lots more in this week's newsletter to sate your thirst. Let's dive in:

Sneaking a peek

Aira Anderson, 5, laughs as she whirls around on the Swinger at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds
Aira Anderson, 5, laughs as she whirls around on the Swinger at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds in Superior on Sneak a Peek night Tuesday, Aug. 2.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

The Head of the Lakes Fair is underway through Sunday, and we've got photos from its annual Sneak a Peek night.

Connecting neighbors

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Janine Laitinen, right, hands out cotton candy as Joy Oswskey, second from right, looks on during the National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 4 Corners Store in the town of Superior. Laitinen and Oswskey both work at the store, which has become a gathering place for the community.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram

Community members flocked to 4 Corners Store in the town of Superior Tuesday, Aug. 2 for National Night Out.

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Raquel Stockey, who owns the store, has turned her business into a gathering space for the community by hosting Easter egg hunts, Halloween trunk-or-treat events, a Christmas stocking giveaway and more.

Maria Lockwood spoke to people at the event about why they attended and what the store means to them.

Burning rubber

Barriers line the track at Black River Motorsports Park
Barriers line the track at Black River Motorsports Park on Wednesday, July 27, south of Superior on Wisconsin Highway 35.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Superior's Brian Johnson is breathing new life into the old Copper Creek Motorsports Park, now dubbed Black River Motorsports Park .

The facility, which is 8 miles south of Superior on Wisconsin Highway 35, will feature drifting and autocross.

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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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