Penokee Hills

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
4:28 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

State Senate to Take Up Access Restrictions Near Mine

Gogebic Taconite hopes to develop an iron mine is northern Wisconsin.

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.

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2:59 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

State Senate Will Not Vote Tuesday on Limiting Access to Proposed Mine Site

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.

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11:12 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Can Streams and Iron Mining Coexist?

Northland College stream monitoring team - from left - Elizabeth Alexson, Kim Oldenborg and coordinator Matt Hudson

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?

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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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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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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Counties Try to Put Restrictions on Proposed Iron Mine

Gogebic Taconite wants to excavate this land in northern Wisconsin, developing a huge iron ore mine
Credit Pete Rasmussen

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

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