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A new brewery is coming to Superior, but its focus is on beans instead of hops. Aryana Buck and Evan Meyer plan to open Empire Coffee in the restored Empire Building on the corner of North 12th Street and Tower Avenue. Empire Block LLC owner Mark Hubbard confirmed the coffee shop is one of two businesses eyeing spots in the historic 1892 building. The other is in the process of final lease negotiations. "We're 99.9 percent of the way there," Buck said last week, a signature away from the new venture.
The Superior Public Library is opening a new chapter: "Upgrade." Construction is set to begin Monday on a six-month renovation project. When it's complete, the library will have a changed atmosphere — lower shelves, better lighting, an open floor plan, additional meeting rooms, new carpeting, furniture, paint and a new airlock entrance. Visitors will find a new local history research area, new computer lab and nearly double the amount of space dedicated to children and youth.
Dog owners in Superior got an early Christmas present this year. Fencing for the city's first dog park was completed the day after Thanksgiving, and it's been a hotbed of canine activity ever since. "Someone messaged me Sunday: 'There are 15 dogs here, is it open?' " said Linda Cadotte, director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry for the city.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stopped at Exodus Machines in Superior on Wednesday during the final leg of his re-election bid tour. "I am more optimistic about the state than at any time in my life," he told the crowd, asking them for another four years in office. Walker stressed workforce gains and tax savings in the state during his seven years of leadership. "From one end of the state to the other, crisscrossing the state, we're seeing exciting things happening," Walker said. "We're moving Wisconsin forward. It's not just about jobs, it's not just about businesses."
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.