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Variety of services touch lives of county residents

Editor's note: Douglas County's mission is to help to help residents of Douglas County learn about the work of the County Board, led by Chairman Doug Finn, special committees, departments and administration. As the senior member of the Douglas Co...

Editor's note: Douglas County's mission is to help to help residents of Douglas County learn about the work of the County Board, led by Chairman Doug Finn, special committees, departments and administration. As the senior member of the Douglas County Board of Supervisors, Lew Martin, a former television and radio newscaster, will be coordinating an effort to better inform Douglas County residents of the various roles of county government. Martin's goal is provide insight into county government and the services it provides.

I personally often comment about county government as a somewhat invisible government. Given my own years of working in local and regional government, it seems to me that, generally, many residents only interact with their county government when there is a crisis, contentious community issue, or special need in their lives or that of their families.

Each county department will individually be highlighted in these columns to give residents a taste of that the county has to offer. With a keen sense of history and issues of the region, including perhaps quips of the past and present, I will aim to bring county government more visibly into the everyday lives of Douglas County residents.

Veterans Service Office, headed by Jon Scheldroup: Plans are in the works to move the Veterans Service Office to the third floor of the Government Center. The new space, which will include a reception areas, and access to Internet-ready computers and a conference room, will provide a more comfortable and confidential setting for veterans and their families. The move is scheduled for Dec. 1. For more information, call (715) 395-1331.

University of Wisconsin-Extension, headed by Fariba Pendleton: More than 200 citizens, business representatives, community leaders and students from eight northwest Wisconsin counties will be representing our region in Madison during the 26th annual Superior Days lobbying effort Feb. 22-23. Recent elections, which resulted in significant changes in state government, makes Superior Days even more critical for local communities. For information, contact Pendleton at (715) 395-1363 or visit www.superiordays.com .

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Human Resources under the direction of Linda Corbin: Douglas County has introduced a prescription discount card program to help consumers cope with the high price of prescriptions. Prescription discount cards available under a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties. The cards offer average savings of 22 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs. The pharmacies that will accept the cards include Wal-Mart, Target, Duluth Clinic, Kmart, Walgreens, Falks and People's Drug. For more information, call (715) 395-1464.

Senior Connections, headed by Rhoda Nagorski: Senior Connections is the County Aging Unit for Douglas County. One program is the senior nutrition program. Senior Connections sponsors ten congregate meals throughout Douglas County. Sites are located in Superior at the Superior/Douglas County Senior Center, Phoenix Village and Holy Assumption Church. Sites are also located in Brule, Wentworth, Lake Nebagamon, Gordon, Solon Springs, and Towns of Summit and Dairyland. Senior Connections delivers approximately 45,000 meals per year through its Home Delivered Meal Program. About 36,000 meals are served at the Senior Connections congregate sites.

County Clerk's Office under Susan Sandvick: Linda Fritz of the County Clerk's Office was named Douglas County Employee of the Quarter for third quarter. Congratulations to Ms. Fritz.

And we wouldn't want to forget recently departed members of county government. In memoriam to Scott Campbell, Douglas County Sheriff's Department, and Merrill Hoven, former Douglas County clerk of courts.

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