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The largest grain storage facility on the Great Lakes, located in Superior, is getting a helping hand from a Wisconsin Department of Transportation program designed to maintain port facilities. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced $8 million in harbor assistance grants last week.
A Superior building that has stood empty for more than a quarter-century could soon get a new lease on life. Once slated for demolition — rescued by residents who invested their own money to stay a raze order — the Carnegie Library at 1204 Hammond Ave., will soon fall under new ownership. The Friends of the Superior Carnegie Library LLC announced members unanimously approved an offer-to-purchase from Osterlund Architects LLC, based in Raleigh, N.C. "My mom used to go to that library," said Andrew Osterlund, who founded the firm in 2008.
For nearly half a century, Bill Amorde has managed and oversaw the growth and change of Superior's municipal airport. Superior Mayor Jim Paine recognized the longtime airport manager last week for yet another aviation accomplishment: induction in the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame on Oct. 21. Paine gave a commendation to Amorde, who founded Twin Ports Flying Service, a family business, in September 1966. Three years later, Amorde was contracted to manage the airport as well.
Douglas County officials two decades ago had a goal: to get a state-operated prison built in Parkland immediately south of Superior. Superior Days delegates lobbied in Madison. A local task force looked at the possible impacts. The Douglas County Extension Office surveyed counties that had state prisons to weigh the consequences against a potential 400 jobs. The City of Superior annexed the Parkland land to build infrastructure that would be needed.
Douglas County is among a growing number of Wisconsin counties taking on pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic. The County Board last week approved signing a letter of engagement with counsel in relation to claims against opioid manufacturers because of the rapid rise in problems stemming from the use, abuse and overuse of opioid medications. The motion was amended to record the decision had the support of the full board.
Jerry Carswell of South Range was in his early 20s when he was hit with shrapnel during a rocket attack in Pleiku, Vietnam. The Army specialist, a crew chief on a Huey helicopter, was taken to a field hospital in Vietnam, before being shipped out to Japan, then to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, then Kansas during his two-month recovery. One thing that didn't follow him was the Purple Heart he earned when he was wounded in 1969. Tuesday, he finally got the medal he was due.
When Jim Bolin was born in the 1930s, the nation was in the throes of the Great Depression. "I grew up in tough times; that has an impact on you," said Bolin, who's owned and operated President's Bar in Superior for 60 years this month. It would be 1942 before the city's fortunes would change, when the nation preparing for war created thousands of jobs in the city. But by the time Bolin was ready to strike out on his own in the 1950s, jobs in Superior were again scarce and hard to come by. So, the Superior man decided to make his own future.
Superior's City Council has received its first look at the city budget for 2018. It's a spending plan that eliminates a potential deficit, targets money toward City Council priorities and won't raise the city's portion of the tax levy above 2017 levels. The city's $28.9 million budget — 46 percent of which is supported by taxes and assessments — accounts for 33.2 percent of total tax levy.
Business leaders have a plan to grow Superior's economy and enliven the city's downtown. Now, it's a matter of persuading the state Legislature and keeping the issue alive in the minds of legislators. However, with the state budget stalled and legislators busy with a the major Foxconn economic development proposal for southern Wisconsin, local leaders continue to work to get the legislation that would give Superior the tools needed to make the project a reality by allowing the city to create an exposition district.
Riding a bike in Superior could soon be as easy as 1 (get the app and sign up), 2 (choose your bike), 3 (enjoy the ride). When you're done, just return the rental and lock it up, making it available for the next rider. That's the goal behind an initiative to bring Zagster Bike to Superior. "We're a little bit different than others in the industry," said Daniel Petkanas of Zagster Bike.