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Residents living in Superior's North End are facing a familiar choice. Just like two years ago, Esther Dalbec and Dave Stannard are vying for your vote. This time, however, Dalbec is the incumbent and Stannard is the challenger. "I think that everybody should have competition," said Stannard, a retired school bus driver who served as the district's representative between 2003 and 2005. "I feel that the North End of Superior isn't being represented.
Superior's job market, recently, has been better than it has been in many years. Employment rates have surpassed those of the state and nation. However, Mayor Dave Ross and businesswoman Carol Reasbeck agree there is room for improvement when it comes to bringing jobs to the community. After all, the exodus of young people looking for more lucrative opportunity in other pastures is a pain that many parents have known over the last few decades.
Voters head to the polls Tuesday to make a number of choices, including who will lead the city for the next four years. But what will they be getting when they cast their ballot for either businesswoman Carol Reasbeck or Mayor Dave Ross? "Experience. Dedication. Knowledge of the inner workings of government and abilities that aren't usual," said Carol Reasbeck, who served as a member of the school board in the early 1990s and as a city councilor in the early part of this decade.
A man's home is his castle -- or a woman's for that matter -- may sound cliché, but for property owners and tenants longing for a moat to keep troublesome neighbors out, the mayor's office will undoubtedly be among the places they'll call. Getting relief from criminal activity, blighted property and the host of problems people face when besieged by trouble requires a concentrated effort. Voters will have to decide if Mayor Dave Ross or Carol Reasbeck, a landlord and former city councilor, are better equipped to restore peace in troubled neighborhoods.
The year 2006 got off to a busy start for Superior's Police Department. A bank robbery at the National Bank of Commerce branch bank on Tower Avenue had detectives scrambling to find a suspect. Officers no sooner made an arrest, when police were investigating a rare stranger-involved homicide a week after the bank robbery. "We had a terrible start to '06," said Police Chief Floyd Peters.
David Adolphson, 64, Poplar, took his own life about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday after shooting his estranged wife outside of St. Mary's Hospital in Superior. The victim, Shelby Adolphson, remains in critical condition in a Duluth hospital. after being struck in the head with a single gunshot . "At approximately 12:12 p.m., officers of the Superior Police Department responded to St. Mary's Hospital in Superior to a report that a woman had called 911 in Duluth and could be heard yelling at someone not to shoot her," Superior Police Chief Floyd Peters said at a Tuesday press conference.
Four acres of green space on Barker's Island is likely to be developed, but the question of how it will be developed remains undetermined. After city council action Tuesday, a proposal to develop six to 12 single-family or duplex homes on 1.66 acres of the site near Marina Drive appears out of favor. Voting 8-1, councilors directed city staff to bring back a resolution supporting a 41-townhouse development proposed by the city's former planning director, Marshall Weems, and land developer Bob Coborn of Mission Development LLC, St. Cloud, Minn.
Four acres of prime, undeveloped Barker's Island land is begging for development. The question now: What kind of development would best serve the city, which owns the parcel located between the city-owned marina and a private housing development on the southeastern end of the island. The council meets in closed session tonight to consider its options before weighing the merits of a housing proposal recommended by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Superior. RACS divided 3-2 earlier this month to recommend an agreement with Barker's Island Development Corp.
SOLON SPRINGS -- The local library isn't the only thing going through changes as the town and village carve a path for the future. Numerous projects are in the works to enhance the downtown, improve access to Lake St. Croix and enhance opportunity on Business Highway 53. Last year, the village board, led by board president James "Pat" Cosgrove, developed a committee of village and town community members and leaders to look at ways to revamp the downtown.
SOLON SPRINGS -- Nestled in the lower level of the Old Village Hall is one of the most popular places in the community. And, it's popularity is growing. The place is the village's one-of-a-kind solution to meet the reading needs of the communities of southern Douglas County. The Joan Salmen Library -- named for one of its biggest supporters -- sits side-by-side with the Solon Springs branch of the Superior Public Library, offering residents two options to dive into stories residents might otherwise not know -- fictional or real -- in one convenient location.