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An ordinance approved by Superior city councilors last week will help pave the way to redeveloping the city's vacant Kmart building. U-Haul plans to turn the building at 3015 Tower Ave. into a climate-controlled storage facility. "It's kind of a niche the Twin Ports doesn't have," said Jason Serck, Superior's economic development, port and planning director.
Five days before Christmas, deputies with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office discovered a trailer home crawling with cats in the town of Superior. When the owner agreed to surrender them, the feline flood began. To date, more than 40 of the cats have been transferred to the Humane Society of Douglas County. Shelter director Sheila Keup said she expects they will have collected more than 60 once all the animals have been rounded up, including a litter of kittens that was born this week.
A Superior High School student aims to shed light on mental health issues in the area with her senior project, "Pain is real, but so is hope." Destiny Elliott is hosting a community event where visitors can collect information and talk with agency representatives from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the school library. "I believe people are terrified to talk about it," she said.
On Jan. 16, the Superior School Board voted unanimously to fire Cooper Elementary School principal Brett Brodeen. According to minutes of the closed board session, provided in response to an open records request by the Superior Telegram, Brodeen violated numerous district policies, including misuse of funds, inappropriate absences from work, and intimidating and bullying behaviors toward staff and students. In addition, equipment was missing or not in the appropriate location at Cooper, and Brodeen was found to be lacking in meeting the expectations of an administrator.
President Donald Trump last week named Lt. Gen. Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser. For Bruce and Sue Vrooman of Superior, McMaster is more than a name. "Our new National Security Advisor, three-star General H.R. McMaster, served with our son, Jeremy, for quite a few years," Sue Vrooman wrote in an email to the Telegram. McMaster and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy Vrooman first met at Schweinfurt, Germany, when it was an active Army base.
Online fundraisers have been started for two families who were displaced by fires on Wednesday in Superior. A home at 2326 John Ave. sustained an estimated $85,000 damage from a fire Wednesday morning, and a home at 1915 Ogden Ave. was a total loss — with damage estimated at $100,000 — after a fire that started Wednesday night. The causes of the fires remains under investigation. Two GoFundMe pages are collecting donations for the family of six who lived at 1915 Ogden Ave. — Cathy and Bob Moniasque, their daughter and three grandchildren.
The town of Parkland's new skating rink brings together something old, something new, something borrowed and kids in blue. "I love it," said Madison Bickford, 9, as she headed out onto the ice Jan. 30. The site along South Staples Avenue near the town hall in the Douglas County community includes a warming shack, lighting and a smooth sheet of ice enticing young and old to reach for their skates. "There's a lot of community pride in that project," said Rep. Nick Milroy, D-South Range, who lives near the rink, which he called "exceptional."
A South Range man convicted of attacking two women in Superior within 12 hours last year to feed his drug habit will spend 25 years in prison.
A Lake Nebagamon man appeared in Douglas County Circuit Court on Wednesday after allegedly attacking a man with a whiskey bottle the day before. A probable cause statement was filed against John Raymond Lundberg, 49, who appeared via video from the Douglas County Jail. He faces potential felony counts of substantial battery, aggravated battery and first-degree reckless endangerment, all with a dangerous weapon, according to the statement.
Six Superior High School students and a retired couple from the town of Superior will among in the crowd today in Washington, D.C., to watch the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. "I'm a history nerd," said senior Rachael Tuve, one of the six students traveling through the University of Wisconsin-Superior's Upward Bound Program. "It'll give me a chance to literally be part of history."