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Since it was established in 2010, the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve has been casting light on the local watershed through research, educational programs, local talks and more. On Saturday, it launches a new public space on Barker's Island in Superior, the Estuarium, to build deeper connections with the community. "This will let people know what the estuary is," said Terry White, a reserve advisory board member. "A lot of people don't know what an estuary is and that's what this is for."
A January trial date has been set for a former Superior city councilor who allegedly pointed a gun at his girlfriend while he was intoxicated during a domestic dispute. Graham Garfield, 26, faces one felony count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety. He also faces misdemeanor counts of operating a firearm while intoxicated, intentionally pointing a firearm at a person, and disorderly conduct — all domestic abuse charges.
Lightning struck an assisted living facility in the village of Superior this morning and started the residence on fire.
Work is underway on a new Dollar General store in the village of Poplar. The Village Board in July approved site plans for the project at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and County Highway P. Dollar General spokeswoman Angela Petkovic said the new store is slated to open this winter, depending on construction progress. It will employ up to 10 people. Village Board members have been aware of the incoming store for about a year as it went through the process of getting the plans approved by the state and purchasing the land, according to Board President Randy Jones.
Parents in the Maple school district were given the opportunity last week to weigh in on a draft of a survey to gauge support for a five-year operational referendum of up to $1.7 million per year. Once tweaked and approved by School Board members, the survey will be mailed to every district homeowner in early October. "It will hopefully help us identify our top priorities," District Administrator Sara Croney told the crowd of about 60 at Northwestern High School. The referendum itself would be on the April 3 ballot if the board proceeds.
Construction work was in full swing last week at Superior High School. As the first day of school edges closer, assistant principal Steve Olson said he's seen daily and even hourly transformations at the building. A number of spaces were nearing completion, including the multi-purpose room and locker rooms. As he took firefighters and journalists on tours of the building, Olson stopped to greet a number of Superior High School graduates who were working on the project, laying tile, welding roof joists and performing other tasks.
A dedication ceremony in Lake Nebagamon today will honor veterans and people who worked for six years to make sure they're remembered. The new Armed Services Tribute in the village already has seen its share of attention. "I've watched people walk slowly up the sidewalk, right up close to the wall," said Vietnam veteran Howard Levo of Lake Nebagamon. "They're looking for a name that they recognize. It's nice to see that. They're examining the wall. They're very, very curious." For some, it's a place to reflect.
For the Humane Society of Douglas County, 2017 is the year of the cat. It kicked off with the removal of 58 cats from a town of Superior home, a process that began Jan. 2 and took several weeks. The response soon encompassed the community. The humane society launched an online fundraiser to offset medical costs for the cats. Businesses and community members contributed about $6,000. Families stepped up to adopt the felines, many of which were less-social barn cats. The last two cats were placed in a home June 12, according to shelter manager Sheila Keup.
After years of planning, an old school has a new home in Douglas County. Last month, Poplar-based Woodhull Construction set the 1890 Monticello School on the pedestal of a new walk-out basement at the junction of U.S. Highway 2 and County Road F in Maple. The basement is slated to become the base of operations for Old-Brule Heritage Society and its archives, once work on the site is complete.
Superior has the oldest housing stock in Wisconsin, and some of the oldest in the country. That makes it a gold mine, in certain circles. "It's always talked about as a negative," said Brian Finstad of Superior. "In any other city, it would be a badge of honor."