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Dispatches from Douglas County: Refinery report, remembering a Solon Springs legend, an OT hero and more

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Storage tanks damaged by fire frame several refining towers at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior. The refinery experienced a large fire earlier this year that damaged much of the infrastructure at the facility. --- Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com
Storage tanks damaged by fire frame several refining towers at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior in 2018. The refinery experienced a large fire earlier in 2018 that damaged much of the infrastructure at the facility.
Clint Austin / 2018 File / Duluth News Tribune
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SUPERIOR — Happy New Year!

I hope 2023 is off to a great start for you and that this weather hasn't been too difficult for you to get through.

Photographer Jed Carlson was outside photographing the latest storm and got some cool shots around Superior. I really like the first photo of Superior High School student Nevaeh Malone silhouetted against a window that is covered with snow.

Here are more headlines from this week:

Report released

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An enormous plume of smoke from a second fire at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior billows to the south on April 26, 2018. Residents within 10 miles in the direction of the smoke were evacuated.
Bob King / 2018 File / Duluth News Tribune

More than four years after the explosion and fire at the Husky Superior Refinery, the U. S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released its final report on the incident.

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The report noted several safety failures.

Remembering Gitzy

A photograph of Gitzy Wicklund with some the children she cared for sits on a blanket.
A photograph of Gitzy Wicklund with some of the children she cared for sits on a blanket. The children pictured are now in high school and college.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

The Solon Springs community lost a beloved member in December, Gitzy Wicklund. Several people shared some of their favorite memories and lessons from Wicklund with reporter Maria Lockwood.

And in case you missed it, photographer Jed Carlson shared some of his memories of Wicklund in his year-end column.

Traveling on U.S. 53 recently, I couldn't help but notice the name of the town changed from Solon to Gitzy Springs. Curious.

Overtime heroics

Superior’s Autumn Cooper (21) jumps into the boards as she celebrates Isabella Thompson’s game-winning goal in overtime
Superior’s Autumn Cooper (21) jumps into the boards as she celebrates Isabella Thompson’s game-winning goal in overtime during the Spartans 3-2 come from behind victory over North Shore at the Superior Ice Arena on Tuesday evening, Jan. 3.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

The Spartan girls hockey team continues to roll, with sophomore forward Isabella Thompson scoring an overtime game-winning goal to help the Spartans defeat North Shore, 3-2.

More stories to check out:

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Jen Zettel-Vandenhouten is the regional editor for Duluth Media Group, overseeing the Cloquet Pine Journal and the Superior Telegram.
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