abc
QUICK LINKS:

Bergson Says He Suffered Anxiety Attacks While Mayor

Updated: 02/27/2014 10:27 PM
Created: 02/27/2014 10:00 PM WDIO.com

Former Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson is revealing that he began having anxiety attacks while he was in office.

In a telephone interview with a UW-Superior Broadcast Journalism class, Bergson said he began having the attacks ten years ago.  "All of the sudden, I couldn't sign my name right.  My hands were shaking all the time and I didn't know what it was," Bergson said.

Bergson, a former police officer who served as Duluth mayor from 2004 to 2008 after holding the same office in Superior, said the attacks began a road that lead to his alcoholism.  He was first charged with drunken driving in 2005 after a crash in Washburn County and said his third drunken driving arrest last fall was a wake-up call.

"It was the lowest moment of my life," he said.  "I roomed with a bunch of criminals, people that I helped to put there for 19 years and I was with them.  I made a few friends, actually."

Earlier this year, Bergson served a 22-day sentence for a drunken driving conviction in Sauk County.  He hopes to enter a voluntary in-patient treatment program next week.

The interview will air on Wisconsin Public Radio stations KUWS (91.3 FM, Superior) and WUWS (90.9 FM, Ashland) on Friday and Monday at 6 p.m.

Herb Bergson speaks at a press conference following a druken driving arrest in 2005.

Front Page

  • Johnston Investigation Concludes Five Allegations Substatiated

    An investigation into allegations that a Duluth school board member threatened the district's superintendent and other board members concludes that five of six claims are warranted. A 67-page report details the allegations against school board member Art Johnston released to Eyewitness News on Friday....

  • Denfeld High School Debuts In-School Food Pantry, Clothes Closet

    A new program at Denfeld High School in Duluth aimed at making sure students don't go hungry or without clothes, made its debut on Friday. The Hunter Hut food pantry and clothes closet is the first of its kind in an eight-county radius because it gives students the chance to shop for free groceries and clothing right at school....

  • Superior Police: Officer's Use of Force Justified

    The Superior Police Department says an internal investigation has found an officer's use of force was justified in an arrest seen on a controversial dashcam video.  However, the officer was given a 10-hour unpaid suspension for "vulgar and unprofessional" communication during the arrest.

  • Rice Lake Township Makes Moves To Become a City

    After the City of Duluth brought up the idea of annexing Rice Lake Township, township leaders are continuing their efforts to turn the township into a city. 

  • Washburn Co. Sheriff: Concrete Damaging Tires on Hwy. 53

    The Washburn County Sheriff's Office says five vehicles have suffered tire and wheel damage due to concrete problems on U.S. Highway 53.  Sheriff Terry Dryden said county highway workers are checking to see what can be done.

 
Advertisement