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While studying for her political science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Rebecca Lovejoy made a strong impression. "Rebecca always had interesting comments in class as well as a keen analytical mind, so I recommended she attend law school," said UWS Legal Professor George Wright. Lovejoy put it another way. "He said, 'You know, the way you like to argue, have you considered that?'" she said.
Democratic legislators from rural districts, collectively known as the Democratic Rural Caucus, introduced a flurry of bills aimed at bolstering rural school districts Wednesday in the midst of Superior Days activities. "These are six bills that will provide much-needed flexibility to districts right here and right now," said Rep. Kristen Dexter, D-Eau Claire. In particular, they will help rural districts dealing with declining enrollment. Alma School District, said Sen.
Concerns surfaced Wednesday during a Criminal Justice Committee public hearing for a bill named after a South Range colt that captured the nation's attention. WindChill's Law, AB 747, would raise the crime of intentional animal mistreatment to a felony if it is committed in the presence of a minor, if the animal suffers great bodily harm or if the animal dies. The bill would allow a judge to include restrictions on threatening an animal owned by the other party in restraining orders and make it illegal for a person to cause a minor to mistreat an animal.
Lobbying day began with a visit from Gov. Jim Doyle and a pep talk from Superior Days founder Frank Boyle before the group took their message, as Doyle put it, "under the dome." "We have to make sure we are making a strong pathway," Doyle said Wednesday. "We have to build on who we are and what our resources are." That means the Great Lakes, and for this region, Lake Superior. "It is what defines us," Doyle said.
MADISON - In a public meeting Monday, prospective tenants for the Parkland Industrial Park were discussed.
MADISON - The Capitol was teeming with activity Tuesday. Hunting enthusiasts in blaze orange and motorcycle rights supporters in leather walked the halls; schoolchildren toured the site. And in numerous conference rooms, Superior Days delegates aired Northwest Wisconsin concerns to state agency leaders. Although much attention is focused on bringing issues to legislators during the annual event, agency meetings are just as crucial, said Elizabeth Skulan, director of human services for Bayfield County. "Because they are face-to-face with secretaries," she said.
Teddy Roosevelt appeared at the Douglas County Historical Society Thursday to visit with fourth grade students from Four Corners Elementary School. He showed them his Nobel Peace Prize and his Congressional Medal of Honor, discussed the origin of the teddy bear and talked about the asthma he overcame to become a cowboy, soldier and, at the age of 42, the 26th President of the United States.
A sense of disconnect and a missing link led to the first Superior Days event in 1986. "It was 1985," said Geof Wendorf, one of the Superior Days founders. "We were running double digit unemployment." Northwestern Wisconsin was stuck in recession as the rest of the state recovered. Area leaders met and decided the best way to stimulate the local economy was by linking to the state and nation via a four-lane U.S. Highway 53.
For 25 years, Superior Days delegates have hauled a short list of legislative issues down to Madison. Over the course of two hours Wednesday, they will present the items to every state legislator in teams. "If each individual knows and understands what's in the overview, they'll be just fine," said Douglas County Supervisor and Superior Days team leader Mary Bergman. "I think the most important thing for people to remember is legislators are people just like we are and we need to talk to them like they're one of us." Superior Days delegates got a brief overview of the issues last week.
The design concept for the Tower Avenue reconstruction project was placed under public scrutiny Thursday in the third floor courtroom of the Old Post Office. The drawings that have emerged are the result of a "give and take" process with area business owners, according to Dave Miller, owner of Northwest Outlet. They include trees, bike racks, more ornamental LED lighting and pedestrian-friendly medians. "We've come out with a relatively great plan," Miller said. But they're not done yet.