N E W S R E L E A S E
September 9, 2010
Gary Eckenberg, Deputy County Administrator
St. Louis County Courthouse
Duluth, MN 218-726-2447
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
County Highway to be Named for Senator Doug Johnson
A portion of State Aid Highway 77 and Highway 115 from Highways 53 to 169 near Tower may soon be known by a different name — “Senator Doug Johnson Highway” — as the result of a resolution advanced unanimously by the St. Louis County Board on Tuesday.
Senator Johnson served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1970 to 1977 and in the Minnesota State Senate until retiring in 2003. While in the Senate, he chaired the powerful Tax Committee for nearly his entire tenure. Johnson was a strong advocate for economic development in our region and demonstrated this commitment with the passage of the Taconite Production Tax, which today generates over $80 million annually for economic and community development across the Iron Range
During his years in the Minnesota Legislature, Senator Johnson served as a high school guidance counselor in Cook, MN and authored a number of successful pieces of major legislation, including a state take-over of income maintenance program costs, relieving property taxpayers of this burden; modernization of the state’s payments in lieu of property tax program; and the disparity reduction aid program for areas of high unemployment and high property tax rates.
The senator’s passion for education followed him each January to St. Paul, and today it is reflected in a legacy of new, state-of-the-art buildings, adorning nearly every college campus across the Northland.
“Doug Johnson was a champion who did so much for St. Louis County and northern Minnesota schools and cities,” Commissioner Mike Forsman of Ely said Tuesday. “It’s nice to have an opportunity to honor him.” The resolution will receive final action at the board’s September 14 meeting in Duluth.
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