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Riding a bike in Superior is 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 to make it available for the next rider. This week, Superior launched its bike-sharing program with Zagster Bike. "This is really a beautiful day to ride a bike," said Taylor Pedersen of the Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce. "It's one more mode of transportation around the community."
When oak leaves started raining down on Kevin O'Brien's land in Dairyland, Wis., in southern Douglas County, he knew something was wrong. Already working with a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologist and forester on a deer habitat project, O'Brien was able to connect with a DNR forest health specialist to learn what was happening.
A construction manager and carpenters union business manager who addressed the Superior City Council last year were arrested early Wednesday morning after a report of a fight with two city councilors outside Jimmy’s Saloon in Billings Park. According to Superior police reports, the business manager was arrested for battery, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct after he allegedly shoved Councilor Craig Sutherland through a railing that broke, and punched Council President Keith Kern in the face. The construction manager was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Growing up in Sitka, Alaska, Councilor Jenny Van Sickle was familiar with the sight: lockers filled with life jackets at every water access point. What she noticed when she moved to Superior — a water community — is that a similar program was starkly absent from Superior's shores. Van Sickle is proposing to change that by introducing a Kids Don't Float program in the city. "It seems like a cool and simple solution to encourage life jacket use and improve public safety," Van Sickle said.
A 20-year statewide moratorium on metallic sulfide mining will be lifted in less than two months. Adopted in December, Wisconsin Act 34 lifts the moratorium on the mining of non-ferrous minerals, such as copper, gold and zinc, on July 1. The move raises concerns about potential irreversible surface and groundwater pollution resulting from a chemical reaction when the metal comes in contact with air and water that causes sulfuric acid compounds.
The Superior Police Department will soon have a less militaristic look when officers respond to a critical incident. Last week, the Superior City Council approved the purchase of an armored tactical response vehicle for the department's emergency response team. About $250,000 of the $300,000 vehicle will be paid for by Aligned Law Enforcement Regional Teams (ALERT) through the Wisconsin Department of Emergency Management.
History was made in Superior last week. For the first time in more than half a century, a production brewery is rolling filled cans of beer at a rate of a case per minute. Earth Rider beer, in cans, is hitting the shelves at Twin Ports liquor stores, according to Frank Kaszuba, director of brewing for Earth Rider. It's the first time since Northern Brewing closed in 1967 that a local brew has been available to buy in Superior.
Another Democratic candidate has entered the race to take on U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wausau, in the 2018 election for the U.S. House of Representatives. Kyle Frenette, a small business owner, entrepreneur and the longtime manager of Wisconsin-based musician Justin Vernon and his band Bon Iver, jumped into the race for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District last week. Frenette is running to win the Democratic nomination and ultimately take on Duffy in November.
Cable businessman James Bolen has announced plans to run for Wisconsin's 25th Senate District seat. The Republican, a native of Park Falls who grew up in Winter, Wis., is challenging incumbent Sen. Janet Bewley, D-Delta. The 25th District includes all of Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Washburn, Price and Barron counties, as well as parts of Sawyer, Burnett, Vilas, Polk, St. Croix and Dunn counties. Bolen, with his family, owns and operates Lake Owen Resort. He also has served as the executive director of the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce for 11 years.
The results of the 2016 election were stunning across the board and an indication the nation Margaret Engebretson served for 24 years in the military was more off track than she understood at the time. The Polk County attorney and retired military veteran started to dig in to find out why this could happen.