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Damage is estimated at $1.5 million after a fire and explosion at the newly constructed Cooper Elementary School in Superior on Sunday night, and a flare-up in the building’s gymnasium roof on Monday morning. No one was injured in the fire and explosion, which remain under investigation.
A plan is afoot that would save a piece of Douglas County history. The Old-Brule Heritage Society is on track to add the Blueberry train depot to its Davidson Windmill site in the town of Lakeside. The 16-by-36-foot building would add a new layer to the site's historical offerings, which also include the Eskolin House and Taylor's Bridge.
With a new district administrator poised to take the helm and two building projects on their way to completion, change is coming to the Superior School District. On Tuesday, voters can also tweak the composition of the Superior School Board. Five candidates are vying for the three open seats on the school board. Only one, Len Albrecht, is an incumbent. Although voters will see two names on the ballot, Albrecht and Steve J. Stupak, three additional hopefuls have registered as write-in candidates: Jonathan Asp, Michael Meyer and Steve James Stupak Jr.
An Ashland man who was behind the wheel during a traffic crash in 2014 that left his 18-year-old passenger dead will spend a year in jail and five years on probation. Anything less would not acknowledge the seriousness of the offense, Douglas County Circuit Court Judge George Glonek said Thursday. "It certainly is a tragedy and we recognize that," Glonek said.
Orange barrels will line Belknap Street in Superior on Monday as the second phase of a $23 million reconstruction project begins. Motorists can expect a single lane closure on the eastbound side as construction crews begin to saw the concrete into 4-by-4 chunks. Construction will take place from Birch to John avenues. Behind Nummi Jewelers, 1120 Belknap St., an awning provides customers with a beacon to follow during summer construction. "We love our customers and we didn't want it to be a deterrent," said manager Katie (Nummi) Perrault.
Bill Kadlecek was enjoying a cup of coffee in downtown Superior recently when he heard that Empire Block LLC was holding an open house. The event allowed members of the public to tour 15 restored historical apartments at 1202-1208 Tower Ave. "They're redoing the downtown and I thought it would be fun to see what improvements are going on downtown here," Kadlecek said. "I thought I'd sneak in."
For the third year in a row, local experts will offer up-to-date information on drug addiction in Douglas County at a forum Monday. Participants will learn about treatment options, signs of abuse, which drugs are most prevalent in the area and what help is available to those struggling with addiction and their loved ones. "I think the community needs to stay current on what's happening," said Shelley Faul of Solon Springs, a member of the AODA Community Coalition of Douglas County.
She's run her dogs with some of the best in the sport and competed in two Alaska sled dog races. Now, Talia Martens of Brule is poised to tackle the Junior Iditarod. Running the race has been her dream, and this weekend it becomes a reality. The Junior Iditarod begins Saturday morning in Wasilla, Alaska, and wraps up with an awards banquet on Sunday night in Willow. To follow the progress of Talia and her team online, visit www.jriditarod.com and click on the GPS Tracker tab. Or keep tabs through her website, www.taliasteam.com or the Talia's Team Facebook page.
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.