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Dispatches from Douglas County: Storm drain murals, creative recycling, prep football previews and more

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

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A sketch resting on the sidewalk on Monday, Aug. 8, provides a template for artist Chesea Branley as she creates a storm drain art mural at the corner of Belknap Street and Ogden Avenue. She plans to include both the English and Ojibwe words for family, community and Lake Superior in the mural.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — The results from Tuesday's election are in, and Douglas County's next sheriff will be Matt Izzard .

In the 73rd and 74th Assembly districts, Angie Sapik and Chanz Green advanced to the general election in November .

Here are the rest of this week's headlines:

Murals bloom

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Artist Anndrea Ploeger paints a yellow sun on her storm drain art mural, which is located along Tower Avenue near discoverpc.net and Blue Arrow Boutique, on Monday, Aug. 8. It is one of five new murals being painted in Superior to call attention to the fact that the city's stormwater runoff, and any litter traveling with it, goes directly to Lake Superior.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram

Downtown Superior will have several new murals thanks to local artists raising awareness about stormwater pollution.

The effort is part of the city's storm drain art project, launched in 2014. Most storm drains in Superior take rain and snowmelt to the area's streams, the St. Louis River Estuary and Lake Superior.


We caught up with artists Anndrea Ploeger and Chelsea Branley to talk about their work on the project.

Rehoming arts and crafts supplies

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Owner Marie Williams adds items to a seasonal back to school display at Reclaim Creative Reuse, 709 Belknap St., on Tuesday, Aug. 2. The arts and crafts shop is a place where creativity meets sustainability.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram

Arts and crafts meet sustainability at Reclaim Creative Reuse , 709 Belknap St.

Owner Marie Williams, of Superior, said community members can donate crafting supplies with a 10% discount offered to people who donate at least a full grocery bag of items.

Her goal is to rehome crafting materials that haven't been used and are in good condition so they don't end up in the trash.

Back on the field

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Northwestern quarterback Luke Sedin throws during practice in Maple on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. The Tigers open their season at home on Aug. 19 against Ashland.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Prep sports are roaring back to life, with area football teams the first to get back on the field.

The Northwestern Tigers aim to keep pushing through the playoffs , and make it past the state quarterfinal.

Meanwhile, the Superior Spartans say they've put last season -- which saw them go 1-8 -- behind them, and they're looking toward the future.

More stories to check out:

  • Nearly 40 people attended the Superior School Board meeting Monday, Aug. 8, to speak about a gender identity unit taught to fifth graders as part of their human growth and development curriculum. 
  • The Superior Fire Department is back to hosting monthly car seat clinics . We've got more information on what the events entail. 
  • And last but not least: The latest episode of Archive Dive dropped this week ! The episode features a conversation with local historian Teddie Meronek about a Superior librarian who almost hired Frank Lloyd Wright build her house. 

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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Read the latest news in the Dispatches from Douglas County newsletter published every Friday.
From the Oct. 1, 1947 Telegram: "Miss Bubley, who for the past three years has been a photographer for the Standard Oil company, working out of the New York office, has been assigned the task of taking from 600-700 photographs of the industrial activity in Superior and also gathering material on those industries for a permanent file of the oil firm."
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