Penokee Hills

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Miriam Pixtun Monroy lives an hour from Guatemala's capitol and is fighting a gold mining operation she say threatens her indigenous Maya Kaqchikel community. Pixtun Monroy says the struggle is similar to that of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. The tribe is resisting a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin.

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Yesterday, we heard from people for the proposed mine; today, hear from residents in far northern Wisconsin against it. 

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As vehemently as some residents of far northern Wisconsin oppose the proposed iron ore mine south of Lake Superior, others staunchly support it.  We talk with several people who want mining now.

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Right now, the DNR and mining company Gogebic Taconite, or GTAC,  are in the middle of a complicated permitting process.

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

A Republican state senator is proposing scaling back potential access restrictions to the forest surrounding an iron mine site just south of Lake Superior.

About 3,500 acres around the site in the Penokee Hills are part of the state's managed forest program, which grants landowners reduced fees in lieu of property taxes if they keep the land open for recreation.

Sen. Tom Tiffany introduced a bill in August to close all 3,500 acres after protesters emerged from the woods and accosted mine workers.

The author of a bill restricting how close people can get to a proposed mine in northern Wisconsin says he does not have enough votes.

One unanswered question in the proposed iron ore mine in far northern Wisconsin is: what impact would a mine have on the region’s air and water?

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.

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.

Pete Rasmussen

Iron and Ashland counties are attempting to exert some control over the huge mine planned for northern Wisconsin.