Northlanders Lobby In St. Paul During "Duluth Days"

By KBJR Manager

February 17, 2011 Updated Feb 17, 2011 at 2:51 PM CDT

The possibility of a bonding bill is apparently on the table at the Minnesota State Capitol.

Duluth and Saint Louis County took center stage in St. Paul.
That, as hundreds of resident lobbyists met with lawmakers, outlining the region's priorities.

LeAnn Wallace reports.

"It's lobbying day for Duluth and Saint Louis County here at the Captiol. Hundreds of residents made the trek down to Saint Paul to outline the region's priorities to lawmakers."

The sites and sounds of Saint Scholastica's Jazz Band filled the Capitol during a rally Wednesday.

But the real work started before that as lobbying teams made the rounds...trying to score facetime with lawmakers. This year, they especially wanted to meet with the incoming freshman.

Representative Kerry Gauthier has now been on both sides of the lobbying efforts.

Duluth and Saint Louis County Days is in it's 14th year. Organized by the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, it's evolved substantially over the years.

The main priorities this time around: Saving local government aid payments to cities and if the legislature does pass Governor Mark Dayton's bonding proposal, funding for the sanitary sewer overflow project...and other pet projects like additional funding for UMD.

Lobbying Days will continue tomorrow with a legislative breakfast. Governor Mark Dayton is set to be the keynote speaker.