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What began with a neighbor's complaint about rats has led to a raze-and-repair order for a rental home in Superior's Billings Park neighborhood, a half-dozen visits by Guardian Pest Solutions to depopulate the rodents and criminal animal mistreatment charges filed against the renter. On July 18, a neighbor reported seeing rats nesting in a car and tall grass on the property at 2623 N. 21st St.
The Soo Line Depot on Superior's Winter Street has housed everything from a garden center and a computer business, to a candy store and art gallery. It even served as a setting for the Disney film "Iron Will" in 1993. The 110-year-old building is now on track to become a brewery and restaurant. Thirsty Pagan Brewing plans to move from its location at 1623 Broadway St. to the depot at 1615 Winter St. Owner Steve Knauss said they expect to open in the iconic railroad building in January.
A Superior man who allegedly sent threatening emails that referenced mass shootings to his co-workers at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will make an initial appearance next week in Douglas County Circuit Court.
A town of Superior man was charged with an eighth drunken driving offense after nearly hitting a light pole with his vehicle. John Robert Mattson, 69, faces one count of eighth offense operating while intoxicated. He made his initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Aug. 21 and was released on a $2,500 cash bond.
A business devoted to selling products containing cannabidiol (CBD), an oil processed from hemp, is set to open in Superior by the end of the month. "All our products will be CBD-based, from waters to oils, creams to dog chews," said Craig Sutherland, marketing director for Apple House CBD and city councilor for Superior's 8th District. CBD is a naturally occurring oil with medicinal and therapeutic effects and zero toxicity, he said. "It does not cause a high," Sutherland said.
A former Superior City Councilor who pointed a loaded gun at his fiancee while intoxicated will spend two years on probation and 30 days in jail, but has the chance to avoid a felony conviction.
The Twin Ports is ahead of the curve when it comes to addressing elder abuse. Instead of recognizing a single day — World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 — local leaders Monday proclaimed June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month. "We're really trying to raise overall awareness of the issue, because in our area in particular, with the exponentially growing older adult population, it's just going to get worse and worse," said Esther Gieschen, program manager with University of Wisconsin-Superior continuing education.
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.