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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.
More than 100 Northland residents — representing communities large and small across the region — who died while serving in the Vietnam War are among the more than 58,000 names of Americans listed chronologically on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. And later this week, the half-size replica of the memorial will be in Superior. The Wall that Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile education center, is coming to Barker's Island Festival Park in Superior, hosted by Halvor Lines.
When Bob Fuhrman got a call from Arcadia Publishing about writing a book about the history of shipbuilding during World War II, he knew right where to turn. The former director of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center called on retired history professor and center volunteer Gerald Sandvick. "I've done other historical work, but when I got to Duluth, I just got really interested in the history of Duluth and Superior ... and the harbor," Sandvick said. He said his academic specialty — World War II — led to a natural interest in the port.
A Superior church is hoping to bring together the community through puzzle-solving, history and a bit of fiction. Lake Point Church is hosting a series of "solve" events to raise money to build good neighbor boxes. Similar to the little free library concept that provides reading materials on a revolving basis, good neighbor boxes offer nonperishable food, household items, hygiene products and other necessities that people can take or share, said Angela Mertes, a member of the church and organizer of the event.
Superior's current mayor is throwing his support behind the candidate he says has the business and municipal government experience to fill out his term. Mayor Bruce Hagen announced Thursday that he is endorsing City Councilor Brent Fennessey for mayor. Fennessey, 34, garnered his business experience as a member of the leadership team at Otis-Magie Insurance.
Douglas County Administrator Andy Lisak announced last week that he is battling an aggressive form of cancer. "When you deal with a health challenge, sometimes it's a personal thing," Lisak told the County Board. "But in this case, it's something that's not only going to impact my family and friends, but also the County Board and my colleagues here at Douglas County."
The city of Superior is lending its support — and a long-closed landfill on Wisconsin Point — to a plan to clean up Howard's Bay despite opposition from the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The project, now years in planning, will remove contaminated dredge from Howard's Bay, also known as Howard's Pocket. Mildly contaminated dredged material — meeting non-industrial standards — will be placed over the cap of the landfill to resolve settling that allows standing water on the cap to seep into the landfill.
Douglas County has an idea of how to develop the fairgrounds parking lot on the west side of Tower Avenue. Now it's a matter of determining how to implement the plan. If developed, the site located south of Menards could offer 82,000 square feet of retail space, 40 apartment units, 52 town house units and 30 twin home or duplex units. "This is the concept plan that LHB provided to us," said Douglas County Administrator Andy Lisak.
Courtesy of a big victory at the polls in November, Superior Days delegates scored a win down in Madison this week. Superior voters in November overwhelmingly supported asking the governor and Legislature to craft legislation to create a small-market exposition district in Superior. It would enable the city to levy taxes on hotel stays, car rentals and prepared food and beverages to help develop Superior's downtown.