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.
Minnesota, Wisconsin Try to Reboot Income Tax Reciprocity
State tax officials in Minnesota and Wisconsin say they're working to reinstate a system that allowed 80,000 people who work across their shared border to file one state income tax return.
Wisconsin Assembly Committee Takes Up Right-to-Work Bill
Testimony has begun at a public hearing on Wisconsin's right-to-work bill, after the measure rapidly passed the Senate last week. The full Assembly is expected to vote Thursday.
Apostle Islands Ice Caves Open for Short Season with Growing Popularity
This time last year the Apostle Islands Ice Cave season was about to wrap up, but this year, it's just getting started, and the shorter season had crowds flocking to the attraction for its opening weekend. Just days ago, park officials gave the okay for the ice caves to open up to the nearly 11,000 visitors who came over the weekend.
Reward Offered in Red Lake Burning Puppy Case
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to whoever left a puppy to die in a burning trash bin in northern Minnesota.
New Candidate for At-Large Duluth City Council Seat
The Duluth City Council at-large seat now has a new candidate in the running. Noah Hobbs announced on Sunday that he's running for the position.