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'Superior Days' Kicks Off in Madison

Posted at: 02/18/2013 9:18 PM
Updated at: 02/18/2013 11:36 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
manderson@wdio.com

Broadband, local food, and mining legislation are all on the agenda for 2013 Superior Days. Monday marked the beginning of the two day event and more than 200 delegates from northwestern Wisconsin will meet with state legislators to discuss issues important and unique to the northern half of the state.

This is the 28th annual Superior Days and Douglas County Board Chair, Doug Finn, has been to every single one. Each year gets better, he said.

“It’s a two way street, they learn about us, they learn about our concerns and needs, and at the same token we learn about how state government operates,” said Finn.

Tuesday, delegates will meet with state department heads. They’ll then lobby their issues starting Wednesday morning. A full agenda spans tourism to education, but City of Ashland Mayor, Bill Whalen, said there is one topic that stands out this year.

“There’s 36 issues that we are promoting down here at Superior Days and, of course, mining is one of them that you’ve heard a lot about up north,” said Mayor Whalen.

Four separate sessions will discuss mining, but Finn said when it comes to the issue, Superior Days’ delegates aren’t picking sides.

“It’s not a unified position on mining. We are just bringing it down for discussion purposes,” said Finn.

Delegates won’t take a position on any of the proposed bills, but they will discuss the bill process, which is what Mayor Whalen said is the whole point of their trip down south.

“I think the real issue is not whether it’s mining or not mining, I think it’s whether it’s good legislation. That’s what people are looking for, good legislation,” said Mayor Whalen.