Boardwalk column: Help create orb sculpture for Superior Ice Festival

Participants will pledge to use less water or work to prevent water pollution for the year.

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SUPERIOR — Douglas County will be accepting applications from nonprofit agencies for inclusion in the 2023 annual capital projects process. The application form is to be submitted to the County Clerk’s Office by March 15.

The purpose of this is to establish a policy that ensure an accountable, objective and fair process for submitting, reviewing and approving funding for nonprofit agencies. This policy is applicable only to funding from the Douglas County Discretionary Allocation Fund and excludes those agencies funded through the Douglas County Annual Operating Budget.

The Nonprofit Agency Funding Policy states that under Wisconsin law, Douglas County does not have a statutory requirement to fund nonprofit agencies and is limited in its authority to do so. It is the policy of the county not to provide funding to nonprofit agencies unless they provide a vital service to the county.

Reviewing applications is the responsibility of the Douglas County Nonprofit Funding Policy Work Group; they review and forward recommendations regarding these requests to the Douglas County executive and administration committees.

An application form is available on the county website and in the county clerk's office on or before Feb. 1 of each year. Applications are due back to the clerk’s office by March 15 of each year. For more information, visit the county website or call the clerk’s office at 715-395-1341.


Help create an ice orb

The City of Superior Environmental Services Division is hosting a community art collaborative to create an ice orb sculpture as part of the Lake Superior Ice Festival, taking place on Barker’s Island on Jan. 27-28. Superior residents, businesses, classrooms and organizations are encouraged to join the ORB365 community art collaborative.

The 2023 Lake Superior Ice Festival takes place Jan. 27-28.

Participants will pledge to use less water or work to prevent water pollution for the year. A participant’s pledge is symbolized by ice orbs where each orb represents each day of the year that clean water is important to them. The community goal is to make 365 ice orbs.

To register for this collaboration, or for more information, contact the City of Superior’s Environmental Services Division at 715-394-0392. A registration and waiver form is available on the city website at

Upcoming meetings

  • The Executive Committee of Northwest Regional Planning Commission will meet Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the NWRPC Office, Conference Room A, 1400 S. River St., Spooner.
  • The Wisconsin Utility Tax Association Annual Membership Meeting is Wednesday, Jann. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. This meeting is virtual and the link can be found on the county website under the “calendar” tab .

For more information on meetings, agendas or Douglas County, please visit our website, .

Community input and participation is always appreciated! If you have a suggestion or a comment, please contact me at .

Make it a great week!

Melissa Pratt is a human resources specialist for Douglas County.

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