It’s not a Kickstarter campaign, but it is a fundraiser with legs. The Northland Youth Music Program is hosting a swing-dancing event to raise money for summer music education program. The event includes live music, snacks, a silent auction, door prizes, a cash bar and, of course, dancing.
The fundraiser is at 7 p.m. today at the Belgian Club, 3931 E. Second St., Superior. Tickets are $15 or $25 per couple. Students get a $5 discount with ID.
People now can send anonymous tips to the Superior Police Department using iPhone and Android apps.
Community members with Android phones can visit the Google Play Store from their phones and search for “SPDTip.” iPhone users are encouraged to visit the Apple App Store from their phones and search for “SPDTip.”
This program works along with the department’s existing text-messaging service known as “tip411,” which is provided by a St. Paul-based company named Citizen Observer. With “tip411” the community has been able to make anonymous tips to the police by texting the word “SPDTIP,” followed by the tip, to the number 847411 (TIP411).
The department’s land-line-based tip line, (715) 395-7468, is available, too. All tips are received anonymously, but the number isn’t monitored 24/7, so emergencies should be reported to 911.
“Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” is looking for “super obese” contestants for Season 4 of the TV reality show and will be in Wisconsin next week. Producers are about to embark on a 13-city tour to find participants. Best bet for the “Makeover” curious is a stop near Milwaukee: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6, Planet Fitness, 6529 S. 27th St., Franklin, Wis.
The show features specialist Chris Powell, who works with “super obese” people for a 365-day period of transformation that includes shedding hundreds of pounds and offering tips on nutrition and exercise.
Minnesota boasts Duluth, International Falls and Minneapolis as its heavyweights. Green Bay, Wis., and Fargo, N.D., also are in the tournament. All of the aforementioned cities had healthy first-round leads as of Tuesday afternoon. Voting for the opening round ended at 3 a.m. today.
A funny thing happened to a woman named Chris on her way to a concert Sunday afternoon at the Hammond Avenue Presbyterian Church in Superior.
Actually, it was kind of scary.
Chris said she was walking along a gutter on Belknap Street — she said plowed snow had covered the sidewalk — and tripped. After lying on her stomach with a bloody face, she said she abandoned her concert plans in favor of trying to clean up and get to a hospital.
After she had driven back to Duluth and into St. Luke’s hospital Urgent Care, Chris said she found out from a friend she was supposed to meet for the concert that a passerby had called 911, and Superior’s first responders arrived at the scene of her fall.
Chris wanted to thank the staff at St. Luke’s as well as the first responders and passerby who were looking out for her that day.
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lake Superior College, Canal Park Brewing Company and the University of Wisconsin-Superior make up this year’s picks. The four Twin Ports organizations begin a yearlong, comprehensive and strategic training in sustainability — meaning everything from how and what they buy for supplies to how they handle waste, heating and lighting, water use and more.
This year marks Sustainable Twin Ports’ fifth year of early adopters training, involving 30 organizations.
You know Reggie needs a little sprucing up after this long winter.
Bring Reggie and other dogs in to Miranda’s Smooch a Pooch Salon, 1827 Iowa Ave. in Superior, from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday for the Chip-n-Clip benefit.
A free basic grooming and discounted micro-chipping are available to raise money for the Animal Allies Humane Society in Superior. The micro-chipping Sunday costs $30. The grooming is free, but donations are accepted. It includes trimming of the dog’s face, feet, hindquarters and nails, along with nail polish and a bow or bandana. Veterinarian Amanda Bruce, owner of PetCare in Duluth, will micro-chip.
Well, hell hasn’t frozen over. But you’ll see we do have a snowfall report for Superior.
So rare is it for Superior totals to appear in a local snowfall report that the crowd of critics and cynics who populate the Internet long considered it to be a conspiracy against the Twin Ports city.
But it’s not.
The National Weather Service relies on volunteer weather spotters for most of its rain and snowfall reports from around the Northland. There are some spotters in Superior, but many happen not to be available to send reports for the early morning rain and snow roundups.
However, on Tuesday, Superior was well represented. The city saw 6 inches of snow by Tuesday afternoon, according to the NWS Duluth office’s local storm report.
To the person who reported Tuesday’s total: We salute you.
If you live in Superior or any other town and want to be a volunteer weather spotter, sign up at CoCoRaHS.
Smokey Bear warned against wildfires, but he never said anything about theft.
Wisconsin Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward to find Smokey Bear — or at least a 6-foot-tall reflective aluminum sign of the iconic “Only you can prevent wildfires” bruin.
The bear-nappers stole the sign in the Town of Caledonia in Columbia County (north of Madison) during the past two to three weeks. The landowner and the local emergency fire warden are hoping to get this valuable public information sign back in service.
Anyone with information on the missing sign is asked to contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (608) 742-4166, Crime Stoppers at (800) 293-8477 or their local Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conservation warden. Callers are eligible for a reward for up to $1,000 for leading to the recovery of the stolen sign along with prosecution of the thief.