Julie Gross made her first appearance before the Lake County Commission as Lake Area Improvement Corporation handout seeker on Tuesday. She requested $35,000 from county taxpayers. Technically, she made two requests: $10,000 to help cover her salary and other general budget items, and $25,000 to go toward the vaunted zombie of the unsuccessful Forward Madison project. That's $5,000 more than the LAIC requested last year, and $10,000 more than it got from Lake County.

Of course, it's also $35,000 more than the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation gets from its county taxpayers. Somehow, Spearfish makes economic development happen without asking for a single penny from the Lawrence County Commission.

The LAIC's motto: if at first you don't succeed, spend more money!