Updated: 05/13/2014 10:23 PM
Created: 05/13/2014 9:49 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
Students across the Northland are gearing up for graduation, but two seniors from Superior High School are tuning up a unique final project, a custom built motorcycle.
The students unveiled their Spartan Bike Build at The Kitchen in Superior Tuesday evening. Building a motorcycle from scratch was something Phil Runser never imagined he would do.
“It's kind of a sense of pride for me because coming in I had no idea how to do any of this. Personally, the closest I've ever done is hammer a nail into a board,” Runser said.
But that changed fast. Runser can now weld and do a paint job. He said mentors from local businesses like Len's Auto Body and Big Lake Cycle passed on their skills .
Service Manager Patrick Zambori said working with students for the second Spartan Bike Build was rewarding.
“Seeing them get their feet wet in some possible career opportunities and maybe even something they can put on a resume when they get out of high school,” Zambori said.
The seniors put over 100 hours of work into the project, and Erick Anderson said he learned more than just technical skills.
“The ability to improvise because a lot of times when you're doing this the parts don't actually fit the way they do in the video, and you kind of have to think of a solution right on the spot,” Anderson said.
He expects to get an A on the project, and the students thanked local supporters at the unveiling. The expensive build wouldn't have been possible without donations from local businesses.
The Spartan Build will continue with a gift from the Superior Police Department. A decommissioned cruiser will help five seniors rev up a hot rod next year.
The Spartan Build graduating class hopes the project can become a tradition for students at Superior High School
“I had a lot of fun with this, and I'm really glad I did it so I hope they have fun with it,” Anderson said.
The polished bike will be auctioned off this Saturday at the Twin Ports Motorcycle Expo at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center. The sale will help fund next year's build.
New Outpatient Surgery Center to Open in Virginia
Patients in Virginia will now have a new option when it comes to surgery. The Northwoods Surgery Center is offering multiple specialties at their day-surgery facility.
Duluth Firefighters Launch Coat Fundraiser
Firefighters Local 101 will hold several events over the next few months to raise money to buy new jackets for kids in need. Kids Closet of Duluth will help distribute the coats in November.
Early Morning Fire Sparks in Superior Building
Our crew arrived on the scene of a fire inside Swanstrom Tools in Superior Wednesday morning. An Eyewitness News photographer caught the footage just before 4 a.m. Damage is estimated at $100,000.
Gogebic Taconite Delays Formal Request for Mine
Gogebic Taconite says its application to develop an iron ore mine in northwestern Wisconsin will be pushed back until at least the fall of next year.
Former Minnesota Man Killed in Syria Fighting for ISIS
A Minnesota high school graduate was killed in Syria over the weekend, according to family members. Douglas McAuthur McCain, a 33-year-old rapper, was among several ISIS militants the Free Syrian Army claimed on Twitter had been killed over the weekend in fighting for the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo.