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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.
Douglas County officials two decades ago had a goal: to get a state-operated prison built in Parkland immediately south of Superior. Superior Days delegates lobbied in Madison. A local task force looked at the possible impacts. The Douglas County Extension Office surveyed counties that had state prisons to weigh the consequences against a potential 400 jobs. The City of Superior annexed the Parkland land to build infrastructure that would be needed.
Douglas County is among a growing number of Wisconsin counties taking on pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic. The County Board last week approved signing a letter of engagement with counsel in relation to claims against opioid manufacturers because of the rapid rise in problems stemming from the use, abuse and overuse of opioid medications. The motion was amended to record the decision had the support of the full board.
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.