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Bergson speaks about anxiety, alcoholism and local politics

Former Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson looks out the mayor's office window in 2007. "One thing I'll miss when I leave is the view of the Lift Bridge, especially at night," Bergson said at the time. He now is speaking on Wisconsin Public Radio about anxiety attacks that led him to alcoholism. He also touches on local political issues in the interview. (File / News Tribune)

Former Superior and Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson says he began having anxiety attacks while mayor of Duluth 10 years ago, and it began a road that led to his alcoholism and three DUI's.

Bergson gave a telephone interview to the UW-Superior Broadcast Journalism class Thursday, taking any and all questions about his three drunken-driving arrests. He spoke about his time in the Sauk County jail last month and an upcoming 20-day stretch in the Dane County jail next month.

The interview will be aired Friday and Monday at 6 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Radio stations KUWS-Superior (91.3FM) and WUWS-Ashland (90.9FM).

Bergson also spoke about his fight for gay rights, Native American issues, homelessness, what he called prejudicial attitudes among some police and politicians in the Twin Ports and use of force by police. He also said he supports the Fond du Lac Tribe in its fight with Duluth over revenue from the Fond-du-Luth Casino, and talks about the Duluth-Superior news media.

The first half of the interview will air Friday at 6 p.m. and the entire interview will air Monday at 6 p.m. on KUWS and WUWS.