Environment

Mines
12:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

No Shortage of Discussion before Joint Finance Passes Mining Bill

Debate continues around mining bill as Joint Finance Committee votes
Credit P Rasmussen

Lawmakers hoping to usher in a rebirth of iron ore mining in Wisconsin – Monday stepped closer to that goal.

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee advanced a mining bill to the full Assembly and Senate.

There was no magical “coming together” of the two distinctly divided parties during the debate at the Capitol.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

How to Make the Midwest an Organic Hub

Wisconsin's growing increasing amounts of organic food
Credit Organic Farming Research Foundation

Wisconsin is second only to California for the number of organic farms in operation. And over the last few days, LaCrosse has been overflowing with advocates for organic farming.

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Environment
12:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Regarding Recycling, ReStores Repurpose the Concept of Consignment Shop

Jake Brandt prepares for 1st Street opening

Recycling and repurposing materials can not only be a cost- savings in what is – for many people – tight financial times; it’s also becoming hip. Even Martha Stewart talks up repurposed furniture and décor.

ReStore is one of the local operations riding on the trend. What might appear to be a discount hardware store, actually sells new and “gently-used” building materials, furniture and the like. The proceeds help fund local Habitat for Humanity affiliates build and renovate homes.

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Environment
5:42 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Mining 1: Proposed Mine Troubles Tribal Neighbors

A Wintery Bad River

Controversy continues churning in Wisconsin over a potential mining operation in the far north.Advocates say the venture promises much-needed jobs; opponents fear irreparable damage to pristine waterways and wetlands.Last month, Republican lawmakers pushed a strongly debated bill through the Assembly. A Senate Select Committee could unveil its version as early as today.

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Mines
12:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Bad River Band Leader Again Appeals to Milwaukee to Fight Mine

Chairman Mike Wiggins (left) shared his mining misgivings with the Rotary Club of Milwaukee
Credit Susan Bence

For the second time in a matter of weeks, the head of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa traveled hundreds of miles to Milwaukee. Mike Wiggins hopes to sway public opinion against the wisdom of an iron ore mine upstream from his tribe’s reservation near Lake Superior.

Wiggins appealed to the Rotary Club of Milwaukee as a GOP-driven bill barrels through the Legislature. It would streamline the permitting process in order to provide certainty to the interested company.

Wiggins says the bill would wield a devastating blow to the region’s air and water.

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