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According to the call to the Douglas County Communications Center on Thursday, Jeanne Nutter normally wouldn't have been at her cabin in Gordon the day Jayme Closs escaped her accused captor's home on Eau Claire Circle Road. That day Nutter was walking her dog during a rare winter trip to the cabin when she was approached by the 13-year-old who was crying and asking for help. Nutter took Jayme to the home of Peter and Kristin Kasinskas. "I 100 percent think it is her, Kristin Kasinskas told Douglas County Communications Center emergency dispatcher.
With plans in motion for Husky Energy refinery in Superior to purchase Lakehead Constructors facility at 2916 Hill Ave., the 100-plus year old construction company is making plans of its own. Lakehead Constructors is planning to build a new headquarters at the end of Railroad Street in the Winter Street Industrial Park. Situated between Hallett Dock to the northeast and Amsoil to the south, the new location features 5.8 acres of land near the St. Louis River.
Fraser Shipyards announced it was selected to build a new 26-car ferry for Miller Boat Line, which operates ferries that run from northern Ohio's Catawba Island Township to South Bass Island and Middle Bass Island, two of Lake Erie's most popular recreation destinations. The new all-steel ferry will be 140 feet long and 38.5 feet wide. It will be named the Mary Ann Market, in honor of the late matriarch of the family that owns Miller Boat Line. The ferry will have drive-on-drive-off capability and will join Miller Boat Line's four other ferries.
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.