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The number of children entering foster care in Douglas County is on the rise. “To put it in perspective, as of April of this year we have filed 40 CHIPS petitions (for court-ordered child protective care or services),” said Laura Halvorsen Fregard, an intake and assessment worker with the Douglas County Health and Human Services Department. “In 2012, for the whole year, we filed 26 and in 2017 for the whole year we filed 82. This year through April we have 40.”
The Superior Police Department is sending local middle schoolers to the rescue this week. The department, with the help of local donors, is sponsoring four Douglas County students attending Rescue Divas, an EMS summer camp for girls in grades 6-8. The department sent out a call in April, offering to pay camp costs and provide transportation by limousine to Camp Northwoods in Bayfield County, which runs this week. "We didn't want the registration fee or the transportation to be an issue," said Superior Police Officer Marc Letendre.
It's soccer season in Poplar. Regional American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) practice kicks off tonight at Northwestern Middle School.
David Dittbrender has been fielding questions, calls and an increase in parts and service visits since Sears Holdings announced May 31 that it was closing 15 Kmart stores and 48 Sears stores, including both Duluth stores on the list. The owner of the Sears Hometown Store in Superior had a message to customers: He's open for business.
Great Lakes Elementary School opened a little free library Wednesday with applause, a speech, books for all and a giant pair of scissors. "We were more than happy to bring over some blue ribbon in representation of the Superior School District and bring scissors and honor this great day for them," said Jake Siptroth, foundation education director with the Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce.
A fawn that was rescued from Douglas County last week has been sent to a wildlife facility in Garrison, Minnesota.
Like many phone users, Denise Johnson of Superior has come to think of spam calls as so much background noise.
The Twin Ports is ahead of the curve when it comes to addressing elder abuse. Instead of recognizing a single day — World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 — local leaders Monday proclaimed June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month. "We're really trying to raise overall awareness of the issue, because in our area in particular, with the exponentially growing older adult population, it's just going to get worse and worse," said Esther Gieschen, program manager with University of Wisconsin-Superior continuing education.
There is no cost for students to attend summer school in the Maple School District this year. "In order to provide as many opportunities for our students in rural Wisconsin we want to lift the burden and barrier of course fees from our families," said Tanya Krieg, Northwestern Middle School principal. In the past, some classes charged fees for supplies and materials. This year, there will be none, whether the students open a restaurant, explore kindergarten science fun or choose to visit college campuses.
Watch for a pair of familiar faces in news footage Monday from President Donald Trump’s second annual reception for Gold Star families — relatives of U.S. military members who died serving the nation.