Aaron Fregard, Douglas County administration
As Memorial Day approaches next weekend, it's important to recognize another important day that's observed shortly before. This Saturday marks Armed Forces Day. The holiday is celebrated to thank those who are serving in our armed forces. We thank all of the brave men and women who are out there right now protecting our way of life. Also, we are saddened to hear the tornado news from our friends in Barron County. You can make a donation to the Red Cross by calling (800) RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift.
Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908 in the United States, and became an official holiday in 1914.
Although the weather can't make up its mind whether it wants to play nice, that's not stopping hundreds of residents from racing to our great lake to participate in smelt run. Rumor has it they are spawning really well this year. Also, if you are a Superior resident, be ready for the start of spring cleanup on Monday. As always, we like to keep you aware of upcoming events on our calendar. One item of Douglas County government is scheduled for next week.
Saturday is Earth Day, an annual event aimed at supporting environmental protection. Douglas County is no stranger to environmental resources. In fact, the county has the most forestland in the state of Wisconsin — over 272,000 acres. The Forestry Department states their mission is to "enhance the quality of life in the county by ensuring long-term health, viability and productivity of county forest lands ..." It's great to know our forests are in good hands, and we can all do our part in being good stewards of the environment. Meetings
From all of us at Douglas County, we wish you a very Happy Easter. Please be aware that Douglas County offices are closed today due to our spring holiday. We reopen at 8 a.m. Monday. As always, we like to keep you aware of what's happening on our calendar, and three meetings are scheduled next week. First, the Land Sales Work Group meets at 3 p.m. Monday in Room 101 of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1313 Belknap St., Superior, to discuss ways to increase land sales.
Children from Cathedral School came forward to share some lessons they learned from the book "Hands are not for Hitting." Also, some community members and businesses were presented awards for their work fighting child abuse in the area.
Not to be confused with spring forward — the return of Daylight Saving Time — two weeks ago, it is now officially spring as of Monday. Spring reflects the ideas of rebirth and renewal. Wherever you are, don't look back to the past but look to the future and make the most out of every day. We will certainly do our part and effectively serve the people of Douglas County. Meetings We have two items on our calendar for next week.
It's St. Patrick's Day today, and although we don't have a river to dye green, it's a time to celebrate Irish culture with all sorts of activities. Have fun, but be safe out there; and don't iron your clover because you don't want to press your luck.
On behalf of Douglas County, I hope you're having a great month of March so far. Winter is soon passing so that means put up your Daylight Saving Time decorations. Wait, no, that's the one in November. This is the one where we beat our clocks because we "spring ahead" an hour (aka losing sleep). Oh well, it will be nice to have the sun. We would like to let you know about a few items that are on our calendar for next week.