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As a worst-case scenario played out in Superior on Thursday, it was met with a coordinated response. An explosion and fire at the Husky Energy refinery, followed by a second bigger fire, led to a state of emergency and the evacuation of much of the city. But no one died. Fewer than two dozen were injured. And the fire was contained.
“That is our mission for the next few days, bring the people of Superior back to normal,” said Superior Mayor Jim Paine at what he billed the final press conference on the incident Friday.
Plans for construction of a new fire hall in Superior remain in limbo following a closed session council meeting Tuesday.
The village hall in Solon Springs, home to the Joan Salmen Memorial Library, is poised for a new chapter. The village board and the nonprofit Solon Springs Forward group are in the midst of working out a lease agreement for the building.
The first of 18 oak trees was planted in the park along Oakes Avenue in Superior on Wednesday in honor of Mike Grigoni, who died on the job at the Androy Hotel. "He was the little fellow that ran the desk," Superior City Council President Dan Olson said. "He was a little spitfire in his work. You couldn't get in the bathrooms if he had just put that cone out, no matter what. I remember." This is the ninth year a tree has been planted in Superior for Workers Memorial Day. Olson's goal is to plant one in each of the city's 10 council districts.
Pat Johnson packs plenty of mileage into retirement.
Sandwiched between nature shots of Lake Superior, northern lights and starry skies, Bob Jauch offered Superior High School students nuggets of wisdom gleaned from 32 years serving in the state Legislature. "I say we have to be more informed and less inflamed," Jauch told freshmen in Lori Danz' class April 13. No matter how passionate your stance, he said, the first thing to engage is your ears. "Listen to the other point of view, then share what you have to say," Jauch said. "In many cases, you can find common ground."
The charge against Michael James Kauti Sr., 48, was dismissed without prejudice April 11, according to court records.
Thirteen Superior High School students will bus their problem-solving skills to Madison next week for the SkillsUSA Wisconsin competition.
The Superior School Board last week approved the purchase of nearly $1.28 million in furniture, fixtures and equipment for building projects at Cooper Elementary School and Superior High School.