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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.
Six years ago, Kestrel Aircraft officials came to Superior with a promise of hundreds of manufacturing jobs. Now, the city and Douglas County are joining forces with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to recoup defaulted loans made to Kestrel Aircraft. As part of the package of incentives for manufacturing facilities to build the Kestrel K-350 turboprop composite jet, the city of Superior, the Douglas County Revolving Loan Fund and WEDC all approved loans to help the aircraft company get off the ground.
The largest grain storage facility on the Great Lakes, located in Superior, is getting a helping hand from a Wisconsin Department of Transportation program designed to maintain port facilities. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced $8 million in harbor assistance grants last week.
A Superior building that has stood empty for more than a quarter-century could soon get a new lease on life. Once slated for demolition — rescued by residents who invested their own money to stay a raze order — the Carnegie Library at 1204 Hammond Ave., will soon fall under new ownership. The Friends of the Superior Carnegie Library LLC announced members unanimously approved an offer-to-purchase from Osterlund Architects LLC, based in Raleigh, N.C. "My mom used to go to that library," said Andrew Osterlund, who founded the firm in 2008.
For nearly half a century, Bill Amorde has managed and oversaw the growth and change of Superior's municipal airport. Superior Mayor Jim Paine recognized the longtime airport manager last week for yet another aviation accomplishment: induction in the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame on Oct. 21. Paine gave a commendation to Amorde, who founded Twin Ports Flying Service, a family business, in September 1966. Three years later, Amorde was contracted to manage the airport as well.