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Delegates hit highway for lobbying effort

The agenda is ready and the lobbying teams are set for the 33rd annual Superior Days in Madison this Tuesday and Wednesday. The citizens of Northwest Wisconsin are requesting an increase the payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) for county forest lands; passage of Senate Bill 727 to support creation of an exposition district in the city of Superior; increase in nursing home Medicaid reimbursements; and providing counties with regulatory authority to protect its water resources-based economy. There are also a number of issues delegates will be addressing with state agencies, such as expanding public transportation and increasing internet speeds for rural areas.

Superior Days began as a community-based lobbying effort that grew out of a reaction to a number of factors that negatively affected Douglas County. What began in 1985 as an effort to open a line of communication between Douglas County and the state, has evolved into a yearly event that includes all of Northwest Wisconsin. We are grateful to still continue that conversation with the state 33 years later and talk about the issues that our area cares about. Around 150 delegates from Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland and Iron counties are attending this year's event including 35 high school students. For a complete list of issues and all other information, visit

Douglas County offices will be closed Monday for Presidents Day. Normal business hours resume at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Two county government meetings are scheduled for next week.

The Public Safety Committee meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in Room 207C of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1313 Belknap St., Superior. The Douglas County Revolving Loan Fund Board Executive Committee meets at 11:30 a.m. Friday in Room 207C of the courthouse.

Meeting agendas and information about Douglas County government are available at I welcome your comments and suggestions, and can be reached at (715) 395-1429 or