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There was no shortage of news that shaped and changed the world in 2006. The Iraq War and deadly attacks by insurgents resulted in more American troops dying in the war on terror than were killed in the attack that precipitated the war. The number of American's killed pales when compared with the number of Iraqi civilians who've died during the hostilities.
After an extensive search of the channel below the Blatnik Bridge, Superior police are still looking for information concerning a woman who disappeared Sunday. Lana Jean Haugen, 21, of South Range has been missing since Christmas Eve, when police received a report about an abandoned car located under the span of the bridge in the Duluth-bound lane shortly after 8 p.m. Officers discovered an idling vehicle with the emergency flashers activated. Haugen's purse was found on the seat, but no one was with the car.
The field of candidates seeking the city's top elected post grew this week. Carol Reasbeck, a Superior businesswoman, and Reggie Leckel, an advocate for people with disabilities, are both vying for a chance to run the city. Reasbeck and Leckel bring the field of candidates to five. Mayor Dave Ross, city mechanic Gilbert "Gil" Davidson and Mike Herrick, a Super One Foods employee, also are vying for the seat. Reasbeck, an Omninutrition International distributor and owner of Crystal Properties, served on the city council between 2001 and 2005, and served on the school board in the late-1980s
The Douglas County Board on Thursday approved a new contract for operation of racing events at the Head of the Lakes fairgrounds for 2007. Rick Gondik, a Superior attorney and longtime supporter of racing, and Larry "Butch" Erickson, a former promoter at Superior Speedway Inc., will manage events next year. Terms call for Gondik and Erickson to pay the county $250 daily per race event to lease the track. They would also pay $5,000 for electricity plus their share of cost increases since the 2006 season.
Supervisor Dave Conley has served on the Douglas County Board for so long he's not quite sure what year it was -- 1984 or 1986 -- when he was first elected to office.
The cost of managing stormwater: $1.8 million. And it's local businesses, people and government that are going to pay for the Clean Water Act of 1974, which required the city to begin managing stormwater this year.
A federal judge is allowing a court case over Palace Theater demolition to proceed against the city. At issue are allegations made by the Friends of Superior preservation group. It contends the city violated two sections of the National Historic Preservation Act. Judge John C.
The Friends of Superior Inc. wants to know if Mayor Dave Ross broke the law when he ordered the demolition of the Palace Theater. The city just wants to put an ongoing federal lawsuit over the historic vaudeville and movie house behind it. After all, Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Michael Lucci previously denied a similar restraining order request. U.S. District Court Judge John C.
Utility costs are on the rise after the Wisconsin Public Service Commission on Monday approved Superior Water, Light and Power Co.'s request to increase electric, gas and water rates. Rising expenses for capital improvements, increased spending on conservation programs and the cost to build a new electric substation were cited as reasons to justify the increase.
The cost of razing two buildings on Tower Avenue remains unknown, but Mike Herrick of Superior is certain about one thing: Superior taxpayers should have a say in how the city spends their money. That idea prompted Herrick, an employee at Super One Foods and married father of four, to launch his mayoral campaign. Herrick is the third person to enter the race.