The viaduct on North 21st Street in Superior will undergo repairs this week From 7-11 a.m. Thursday, the westbound lane of the viaduct between Oakes and Elmira avenues will be closed. Flaggers will direct traffic across the viaduct, but city officials said taking an alternative route to and from the Billings Park neighborhood is recommended. On Friday, the viaduct will be closed completely between 7 and 11 a.m. A detour will be posted.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold a meeting this week to discuss planned improvements to U.S. Highways 2/53 — East Second Street — between Second and 31st avenues east in Superior. The meeting is from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation office, Lake Superior Room, 1701 N. Fourth St. in Superior.
For decades, residents of South Superior have wanted a traffic signal on Tower Avenue. That came closer to reality when the Metropolitan Interstate Council amended the Superior transportation improvement program last week during a special telephone meeting. Under the plan unanimously approved by the MIC, planning begins this year to install traffic signals at North 61st Street and Tower Avenue in 2020, according to Daniel Bieberitz, traffic and freight engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Three railroad crossings in Oliver are slated for improvements after the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Railroads issued orders last week. Wisconsin Central Ltd., and the village each have a role to play in making the improvements to call attention to the rail crossings at Minneapolis, Mitchell and Grand avenues. WCL was ordered to install retro-reflective back-to-back crossbucks and stop signs with 2-inch-wide reflective stripes on the front and back at each of the crossings by June 30.
Students and their backpacks were checked this morning as they entered Superior High School after an anonymous threat of violence was made against the school, according information posted by the School District of Superior on Facebook. The school is not in lockdown and classes continued as normal, according to the district office.
The assistant superintendent of the Duluth school district is crossing the bridge to take the reins of public schools in Superior. Superior School Board President Len Albrecht announced Monday that Amy Starzecki is the board's pick to become the new district administrator of the Superior school district effective July 1. Starzecki's contract will be acted on by the Board of Education on March 5, pending finalization of contract details and transition from her current position in Duluth.
Superior police responded to 10 vandalism incidents involving broken windows on cars and a business this week. Windows were shattered on at least 10 vehicles Monday, according to Assistant Police Chief Matt Markon. Four of the reports came from along Cypress Avenue. The police calls included a window that was shot out at Serenity Spa and Salon, 1705 Tower Ave., and broken vehicle windows on Banks, Baxter, Hammond and Grand avenues as well as North 12th Street.
An Ashland man who was behind the wheel in a fatal 2014 crash in the town of Maple will be sentenced next month. Derek Lee Nelis, 46, pleaded no contest in Douglas County Circuit Court Tuesday to one felony count of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. Judge George Glonek scheduled sentencing for March 29. The class G felony carries a maximum sentence of 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000. Three counts of felony bail jumping that were connected with a 2016 incident were dismissed. According to the criminal complaint:
A Duluth man faces trial later this month in connection with a fatal 2017 New Year’s Day shooting outside a Superior bar. Jamar Maurice Smith, 26, is facing a felony charge of possession of a firearm by an outstate felon and misdemeanor bail jumping. His trial remained on the calendar after a hearing Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court. Kyle Androsky, 21, was killed the morning of Jan. 1, 2017, in an alley behind Third Base Bar. His brother, David Androsky Jr., suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.
The 44th annual men's All-Star Bowling Challenge between the top bowlers from Superior and Duluth is at 3 p.m. today at Incline Station in Duluth. Superior won last year's main event, 3,269 to 3,162 at Village Lanes, leaving Duluth with a 24-19 overall lead in the all-time series. Superior also won last year's senior challenge, 3,189-3,057, to take a 9-7 lead in the all-time series, and Duluth won the inaugural super senior event last year 2,270-2,113. Bowling for Superior: