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Dispatches from Douglas County: Travel posters, school lawsuits, prep golf and more

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

Posters of Wisconsin destinations by artist Jamey Penney-Ritter line a wall in her studio
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.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — While the recent rain put a damper on outdoor activities for most, photographer Jed Carlson took a walk through Billings Park between rain showers and found lots of activity among the animals there.

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Becoming ubiquitous

Artist Jamey Penney-Ritter poses in her studio, Bemused Design, in Washburn
Artist Jamey Penney-Ritter poses in her studio, Bemused Design, in Washburn on Wednesday morning, August 10.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Washburn artist Jamey Penney-Ritter said she likes "to say it's the biggest collection of Northern Wisconsin travel posters in the history of the world," referring to her work at Bemused Gallery & Studio.

The UWS grad started designing and selling the hyperlocal posters eight years ago, with their popularity steadily rising. Visitors to Duluth International Airport can see a display featuring 32 of her prints.

She's designed more than 160 posters, from local favorites like the Aerial Lift Bridge and the Madeline Island Ferry to niche landmarks like the Gordon Fire Tower.

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Superior Schools file suit

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Superior firefighters come down from the roof at Cooper Elementary School in Superior in April 2018 after a section of fire reignited.
Jed Carlson / File / Superior Telegram

Earlier this month, the Superior School District filed a lawsuit in Douglas County Circuit Court against Kraus-Anderson Construction Company and one of its subcontractors.

The suit seeks to recover $247,534 in costs the district had to pay for after construction work at Cooper Elementary School was delayed because of an April 2018 fire.

Hitting the links

Northwestern’s Reese Smith chips towards the green on the second hole of the East Course at Nemadji Golf Course
Northwestern’s Reese Smith chips towards the green on the second hole of the East Course at Nemadji Golf Course on Monday morning, Aug. 15, in Superior.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

The Spartans came in second at the Superior Invitational earlier this week, with the Tigers finishing fourth.

Be sure to visit our website for the latest prep sports news . I've been adding fall sports previews every few days, and that's the best place to check if you're on the lookout for one.

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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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