Northwestern Wisconsin Preps for Superior Days

Updated: 02/06/2014 9:10 PM
Created: 02/06/2014 9:03 PM

Folks from northwestern Wisconsin are getting ready to make their annual trip down to Madison.

Later this month, 165 students and community leaders from Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron counties will travel to the capitol for the 29th Annual Superior Days. 

Superior Days is a grassroots community-based effort to bring issues of importance in northwestern Wisconsin to the attention of state legislators.

This year, the focus is on economic development in the north. Andy Lisak, Douglas County Administrator, said the group will focus their efforts on four main legislative issues.

"One is allowing counties to apply a half-percent sales tax to be used for county highway projects. There is a great need in northwestern Wisconsin for additional funds to improve our highways," said Lisak. "The county highways are the backbone of the rural transportation system, they're important for economic development, they're important for quality of life."

The group will also focus on the expansion of Highway 2 to four lanes from Superior to Hurley, 911 funding, and funding for job creation and retention.

Superior days runs from February 18-19 in Madison.

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