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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.
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."