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Environment
6:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Documentary Explores Volatile Issues Around Proposed Iron Mine in Northern Wisconsin

Penokee Hills Outcropping

This Saturday evening, a documentary will air on cable TV about the debate that has consumed Wisconsin for a couple years.

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Politics & Government
4:32 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Koch Brothers’ Group Has Mixed Success in Iron County Board Races

The Florida-based company Gogebic Taconite will develop an iron mine in northern Wisconsin, if it can obtain all the necessary approvals
Credit Pete Rasmussen

Americans for Prosperity got involved in county board elections in northern Wisconsin this spring, hoping to help pro-mining candidates win.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

State Senate Passes Bill That Would Restrict Access to Mine

Credit bcdixit

Wisconsin may prevent the public from getting close to a proposed mine in northern Wisconsin.

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Environment
10:58 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Ashland County Considers Ability to Protect Residents from Asbestos

UPDATE  Area residents including members of the Bad River and Lac Courte Oreilles Bands  of Lake Superior Chippewa overflowed the board room. After long discussion the Ashland County Mining Impact Committee decided to reconvene next week, when the panel will review a bulk sampling  ordinance.  The chair assigned several committee members to prepare an ordinance that would not allow natural occurring asbestos to be disturbed.

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Politics & Government
12:07 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

State Panel Approves Public Land Restrictions

The state Senate Mining Committee has approved a bill that will close thousands of acres around a mining site in northern Wisconsin to hikers, hunters and other members of the public.

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Environment
1:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Lawmakers Could Close Land Surrounding Site of Proposed Iron Ore Mine

The proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin has generated debate, including over whether the public can access the land in the Penokee Hills

UPDATE: The Senate Mining Committee advanced the proposal Thursday, sending it to the full state Senate.

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Regional
4:35 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Arizona Security Company’s Guards to Return to Mine Site

One of the guards first spotted in July, at the site of a potential iron mine in far northern Wisconsin
Credit Rob Ganson

State regulators have granted a license to a firm that started using armed guards, clad in camouflage, at the site of a potential iron mine.

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Environment
3:21 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Governor and Tribal Leader Condemn Violence at Proposed Mine Site

Still image from You Tube video

Governor Walker wants people who disrupt mine testing in northern Wisconsin, "prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

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Economy & Business
4:38 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Gogebic Pulls Armed Guards

Gogebic Taconite is doing some exploratory drilling in the Penokee Hills.

A mining company says it has temporarily withdrawn its armed guards from an exploratory drilling site in northwestern Wisconsin.

Gogebic Taconite spokesman Bob Seitz tells the Wisconsin State Journal the guards from Bulletproof Securities were pulled out Wednesday because the contractor failed to obtain proper licensing from the state.

He says the company has two or three other options and will rely on them until state approval is received. 

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Environment
5:15 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Men with High-Powered Rifles are Guarding Site of Proposed Iron Mine

People visiting the site of the proposed mine first noticed the heavily armed security guards over the weekend
Credit Rob Ganson

Update: On Wednesday, Gogebic Taconite temporarily pulled its armed guards from the exploratory drilling site in northwestern Wisconsin.

Heavily-armed security guards have been patrolling the site of a potential iron mine in northern Wisconsin.

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