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Even in the throes of construction, special features give Superior's new Cooper Elementary School a personality all its own. Design details include a sky bridge spanning the gymnasium and cafeteria, and a prairie-inspired color palette. Ridged tiles line the walls of the kitchen serving room. Windows flood stairways with light. In-floor heating will allow teachers on the main floor to use all available space; the second-floor wings include large group commons areas for students to gather.
The Main Club in Superior has reopened, and will bring music and theater to Superior this month as the new owner eyes expanding its offerings. "We're going to be constantly evolving," said Shawn Roos, president of Atypical Enterprises Inc., which now owns the bar at 1217 Tower Ave. The region's first club for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community, the Main Club had closed its doors in September after 34 years in business. "There was a definite void in the community when the Main closed," Roos said.
Superior High School band students are slated to settle into their new digs this week. Classes are slated to begin in the completed band room Tuesday, according to project manager Dan Nelson with Kraus-Anderson Construction. The room, which includes hanging clouds of ceiling tiles and specialty lockers, will be turned over for district use along with three practice rooms, a storage room and a music library room. Project leaders walked city officials through the site last week.
Legislators serving Superior and Eau Claire are partnering to introduce legislation that could give the cities a new tool for economic development. The move is Plan B for creating a Superior exposition district after it wasn't included in the state budget last year. "This is our next best chance to be heard," said Bruce Thompson, president of the Better City Superior board of directors.
The area's first Inclusive Care Unit opened last weekend outside the main entrance of United Presbyterian Church in Superior. The box is there to help anyone who walks or drives by — young or old, rich or poor. Never locked, the shelves hold items needed to weather the area's weather. Last weekend, the box contained homemade mittens, hand warmers, a first aid kit, flashlight, blanket, jackets and socks. In the summer, the stock will rotate to warm-weather gear such as sunglasses, sunscreen and umbrellas.
The fourth annual Lake Superior Ice Festival kicks off next weekend on Barker's Island in Superior. The free family-friendly event celebrates all things winter, attracting thousands of visitors annually. This year's lineup includes hot chocolate and s'mores, roaming ice princesses, outdoor skating, a 250-foot snow slide, ice sculptures, ice racing, hay bale shuttles and pond hockey.
After months of waiting, watching and Facebook following, the doors to Billings Park Cafe opened last Thursday to a steady stream of customers. A family of five was waiting outside 1802 Iowa Ave. when co-owner Cheryl Miller and her son, Doug Brunner, opened at 6 a.m. Three hours later, residents were reacquainting themselves with the neighborhood touchstone. "We're back at our usual table," said Kim Gralewski, who lives four blocks from the cafe with her husband, George. "This is our favorite place."
A new headquarters fire hall is on tap for the Superior Fire Department. Bids for the $4.5 million construction project went out Tuesday, according to Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger. The new structure will encompass more than 20,000 square feet, doubling the size of the current fire hall at 3326 Tower Ave. Construction is slated to start in May and be completed in November, with final site work and a new outbuilding planned for spring 2019.
BRULE, Wis.—A team of athletes from the town of Brule is en route to making a dream come true. Talia Martens, 17, aims to compete in the Junior Iditarod Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24-25. Before she does, she'll have connected with some big-name mushers and tested her mettle in the wilds of Alaska. On Monday, Jan. 8, she hitched up for a 15-mile training run in Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, at Streeper Kennels. She met sprint musher Bud Streeper and his father Terry, who paced her on snowmobile. The wind chill was minus-15.
Work is underway to turn a former hair salon into a Superior coffeehouse. Annette and Mark Jacobson have decided to bring their passion for coffee and baked goods downtown, setting up shop beside Horizon Travel at 1418 Tower Ave. Twisted Pastries Coffeehouse is set to open in February. Keeping things local is important for the couple, who both hail from Superior. "We want to have our business here, in Superior," Annette Jacobson said. "This is where we're from. We love the community and we'd love to help make it grow in a really positive direction."