Tour destination

Participants in an annual meeting organized by Wisconsin Rural Partners are scheduled to visit two businesses in the Barron area during the organization’s two-day Wisconsin Rural Summit, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 24 and 25.

The two-day event starts at 11:30 a.m. April 24 at Lehman’s Supper Club, followed by a bus tour that includes stops at Superior Silica Sands in the town of Arland and Barron County Cheese, Barron.

Other tops on the bus tour include Norswiss Farms, located north of Barron, and Perlick Distillery, Sarona.

The bus tour will be followed by a reception, again at Lehman’s Supper Club.

The second day will kick off at 7:30 a.m. at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Conference Center, 1900 College Drive, Rice Lake, Wisconsin with a continental breakfast and registration, and will include:

• Welcoming remarks from Jeff French, Barron County Administrator and Errin Wetly, President of WRP.

• A keynote presentation by Dr. David Ivan, a frequent speaker on community success at state/provincial, multi-state and national community and rural development conferences in the United States and Canada.

Ivan is the author of a 2011 study entitled “Community Success in the New Economy.”

• Presentations and panel discussions on housing, agriculture, health care, broadband, workforce challenges and community development.

Created in 1992, Wisconsin Rural Partners, Inc. operates as the state’s federally designated Rural Development Council. It is a non-partisan forum to identify, discuss and address issues that affect rural areas.

Wisconsin Rural Partners advocates for resources, policies and initiatives focused on rural Wisconsin; compiles rural data; holds listening sessions on rural needs; and recognizes best practices with annual awards.

For a full schedule of events and to register online, go to or call (608) 751-8604.