Looking for candy? Head to Superior

University of Wisconsin-Superior students will be opening their residence halls to Halloween trick-or-treaters from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.

Students in Crownhart, Curran-McNeill-Ostrander, Ross and Hawkes halls along Catlin Avenue will have their halls decorated and ready to hand out treats to children up to sixth grade.

The new Link at Hawkes Hall, 2231 Catlin Ave., will have “child friendly” decorations to avoid scaring small children.

All children visiting the UWS campus for trick-or-treating must be accompanied by an adult. A residence hall staff member will guide the children through the halls during their visit.

Coffee with a congressman

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy will be in Superior today for a coffee date — with all his constituents.

The 7th District representative will be at the University of Wisconsin-Superior from 2-3 p.m. today at an event that’s open to the public. He will be in the Yellowjacket Union at 1605 Catlin Ave. facilitating a discussion and answering questions.

All residents of the 7th District, which includes Superior, Rice Lake, Ashland, Bayfield and much of Northwestern Wisconsin, are welcome.

Run for, not from, animals

The annual Cause for the Paws 5K walk/run takes place Sept. 7 in
Superior.

The race will start at 9 a.m. on the Osaugie Trail across from Barker’s Island, proceed to McDonald’s on East Second Street and go back to the starting point. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Cost to participate in the event, which is a benefit for the Humane Society of Douglas County, is $25 per person and $50 per family. You get a race T-shirt and bandanas for up to two dogs.

For more information, you can call (715) 398-6784, stop by the shelter at 3302 S. Humane Society Road in South Range or the Superior Animal Hospital, 36 E. Second St. You can download a registration form at hsdcpets.com.

Plein air painting

The Port Wing Plein Air Painting Festival wraps up Sunday. Since Thursday, 20 painters have been stationed with their easels around Port Wing, taking inspiration from the open air and creating pieces of art.

The painting concludes today with a quick paint from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Port Wing Marina. Then, all the paintings will be collected, framed and judged.

Festival winners will be announced today at 3 p.m. at the Port Wing Town Hall. All of the paintings will be displayed and most will be for sale until 7 p.m. and again from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Port Wing is located along the South Shore of Lake Superior.

Woman eats 8 pounds of burgers and fries in Superior

Molly Schuyler finished eating 8 pounds’ worth of burger and French fries at Gronk’s in Superior in 7 minutes, 13 seconds. According to Gronk’s menu, the meal includes six 1-pound burger patties, 12 slices of American cheese and about a pound of fries. (Photo courtesy of Northland’s NewsCenter)

Management at Gronk’s Grill and Bar in Superior says no one had even attempted the Great Divide Challenge before Monday.

And why would they? The challenge involves eating 8 pounds’ worth of burger and fries.

But the challenge was accepted and met Monday by local power-eating enthusiast Molly Schuyler, who downed the meal in seven minutes and 13 seconds.

“They should have made it bigger,” she told the Northland’s NewsCenter afterward.

Her friend, Julie Williams, took the 6-pound Enger Tower Burger Challenge as a show of support — and Schuyler helped her finish that, too, according to the NewsCenter.

Help amp up their station

DJs from the Northland College radio station WRNC-LPFM 97.7 will spin albums at StageNorth in Washburn as part of a fundraiser for the station that airs in the Chequamegon Bay area.

DjTj (Trent Hanson) and DJ Dutch (Kamron von Donkersgoed) will be at StageNorth at 8 p.m. Thursday. There is a $5 cover charge, with proceeds going to support station operations and improve broadcast coverage.

The radio station serves a 3-mile radius around Northland College, but has gotten FCC approval to build a full power station, which would extend its reach to include Washburn, Bayfield, Madeline Island and more. The station airs a mix of talk, news and music all day and is run by 15-20 volunteers.

Heroic duck tale

Superior firefighter Neal Dwyer brings a duckling into the grass near its mother Monday, June 10, 2013, along Hammond Avenue. Superior firefighters rescued the duckling after it fell through a storm sewer grate and became trapped. (Photo submitted to Superior Telegram)

A tiny duckling got into some big trouble Monday when it got separated from its family after falling into a storm drain while waddling across Hammond Avenue in Superior.

Tyree Johnson told the Superior Telegram that his daughters and their friend saw the ordeal unfold. After Johnson was unable to lift the grate off of the storm drain, he enlisted the help of the Superior Fire Department at its headquarters on Tower Avenue.

“I told the fireman that I have a strange request,” Johnson wrote in an e-mail to the Telegram.

Firefighter Neal Dwyer checked with Capt. Lindzi Campbell to make sure that was something the department helped with before heading out.

“He asked ‘Do we do that?’ ” Campbell said. “I said, ‘We certainly do.’ ”

Dwyer, Campbell and Andy Knutson lifted the grate and fished the duckling out with a net. After the rescue, the crew reunited the duckling with its mom and siblings.

“It was nice the girls were there and happened to see it,” Campbell said. “It was a happy ending.”

The Eh? desk says hats off to the Superior Fire Department and the Johnson family and friend for a job well done.

Bill Downs Jr. Memorial Golf Scramble is June 28 in Superior

The Bill Downs Jr. Memorial Golf Scramble is June 28 at Nemadji Golf Course in Superior.

The event benefits the Humane Society of Douglas County.

The cost is $25 per person, with four-person teams, and includes registration packet, dinner, door prizes, team prizes, awards and photos. Registration is at noon, with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start.

Call Downs Lesage Funeral Home at (218) 392-2379 or the Nemadji Pro Shop at (715) 394-0266 to register a team.

Bear party moves on

For years, Stockton Island in Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore was known for having the most bears per square mile in the country.

Not anymore. That title now goes to nearby Oak Island, according to Wisconsin Public Radio. Lakeshore superintendent Bob Krumanaker told WPR reporter Mike Simonson that’s just the facts of life in bear country.

“They swim. They move around,” Krumanaker said. “That confirms some anecdotal things we’ve noticed which is we’re having fewer problems with bears on Stockton and more on Oak and Sand.”

Oak Island has 14 of the 41 bears on the Apostle Islands. And hair samples collected from strategically placed barbed wire tell us that all 14 are related.

Those hair samples also help officials track bears, Simonson reports, including one female that was born on Sand Island, lived on Basswood Island, mated on Oak Island and then gave birth to two cubs on Hermit Island.

R.I.P. Molly’s son

Two months ago we had the sad duty of telling you about the passing of Molly Spaun, the owner of the longtime Tower Avenue watering hole called Molly’s Tavern.

Now we are sorry to tell you about the passing of the other half of the duo behind the bar: Molly’s son Oscar Muench died last week.

Muench was responsible for turning Molly’s from an old sailor bar into the antique-decorated hangout that patrons since the 1970s remember.

Muench, 62, died Wednesday at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center. A remembrance will be held 5-6 p.m. June 11 in the Downs-LeSage Funeral Home, 1304 Hammond Ave. in Superior.