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Dispatches from Douglas County: Ice cream socials, business news and a Hall of Famer

Read the latest news in the Dispatches from Douglas County newsletter published every Friday.

People outdoors at historic mansion
Two root beer floats waiting to be consumed during the ice cream social at Fairlawn Mansion on Wednesday, July 20, in Superior.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
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SUPERIOR — It's been one of those weeks where I go from the determination of the little girl on a balance bike to the total relaxed attitude of the little boy eating chips (last two photos) .

Thankfully, the weekend is almost here!

Here's what we've been working on this week:


People outdoors at historic mansion
Groups of people are scattered throughout the mansion grounds during the ice cream social at Fairlawn Mansion on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, in Superior.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

Fairlawn Mansion and Museum hosted its annual ice cream social Wednesday, July 20. We've got lots of great photos of the event.


New owner Gina Wheeler smiles behind the front desk of the Pottery Burn, a pick and paint studio at 1207 Tower Ave. July 15, 2022.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram

The Pottery Burn in under new ownership. Gina Wheeler purchased the studio in June from Amanda Korhonen.


The University of Minnesota Duluth graduate has always been artistic, and thinks the service the shop offers is one of a kind.

“People are definitely looking for more experiences, or things to experience, and I think that we create that,” Wheeler said.


Dave Bancroft pictured in 1918 when he played for the Philadelphia Phillies. Sunday, Jan. 31, marks the 50th anniversary of the day Bancroft was notified of his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy of the Baseball Hall of Fame)

Tom Alesia was vacationing in Brule in 2011 when he learned longtime Superior resident and baseball Hall of Famer Dave Bancroft was buried just south of the city. The discovery launched a decade-long journey for the Madison man.

Memorabilia and information Alesia found are included in a new exhibit that will open Saturday, July 23, at the Douglas County Historical Society.


Editor's note: Dispatches from Douglas County is a newsletter I publish every Friday morning. Please consider subscribing — it's free — and hits your inbox just once a week.  You can sign up here.

Jen Zettel-Vandenhouten is the regional editor for Duluth Media Group, overseeing the Cloquet Pine Journal and the Superior Telegram.
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Read the latest news in the Dispatches from Douglas County newsletter published every Friday.
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