Dispatches from Douglas County: Refinery report, remembering a Solon Springs legend, an OT hero and more
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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:
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.
The report noted several safety failures.
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.
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:
- We've got the details on local election filings -- Mayor Jim Paine and nearly every other city council incumbent will run unopposed, but there will be a
contested race in the 3rd District.
It's a different story for local school boards,
where only one incumbent across all three public school district boards in the county filed for reelection.
- Rika and Daniel Weisberg, owners of the Cedar Barn, will close their storefront at the end of the month.
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