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Mines
12:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Can Mining Be Environ-friendly? A Geological Perspective

The Penokees serve as outdoor classroom for Northland College geoscience professor Tom Fitz's students.
Credit T Fitz

Multiple forces are colliding as the Legislature again grapples with Wisconsin’s mining standards.

A resolution cannot come soon enough for people hungry for the jobs a new iron-ore mine in northern Wisconsin could create.

The complexity of generating work and protecting the environment is not lost on Tom Fitz.

He teaches geosciences at Northland College – a short drive from the potential mine in the Penokee Hills.

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Environment
12:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Colorado's Renewable Energy Economy Offers Model for Wisconsin

Should Wisconsin pursue more domestic renewable energy sources, like the wind turbine at the Port of Milwaukee?
Credit Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability

The Port of Milwaukee announced this week that the wind turbine that supplies energy to the port’s administration building has been paying dividends to the city. In less than a year of operation, the turbine shifted electrical costs at the port by almost $15,000 dollars. In fact, the electrical utility actually paid the port for the surplus energy it produced.

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Mines
12:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Ojibwe Tribe Travels South to Fight Proposed Mine

People from around the state gathered at a Milwaukee south side church in solidarity with the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to block a proposed iron mining operation at the tribe's doorstep.
Credit Susan Bence

A church on Milwaukee’s near south side nearly burst at its seams Tuesday evening as people gathered to talk about mining.

Leaders from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe lead the event in hopes of rallying support to block a proposed mine near their reservation.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence attended the meeting and joined Bob Bach in the studio to share some of what she saw.

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Mines
12:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Tribal Leaders Oppose Proposed Iron Ore Mine

Bad River Band chairman Mike Wiggins addressed a filled-to-the-brim south side church Tuesday night in Milwaukee.
Credit Susan Bence

A report in yesterday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel indicates Republican legislative leaders in Wisconsin plan to introduce new legislation to streamline the permit process for mining in Wisconsin. New assembly speaker Robin Vos said such legislation could come as early as next week.

A similar bill – AB426 - was defeated in the state senate this year, but Vos and other Republican leaders are optimistic that with revisions, such a bill would see passage - which could pave the way for a new iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.

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Arts & Culture
12:38 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

'Prairie Silence' Reconciles Small Town Life and Coming Out

Coming out leaves a small-town expat with a lot to say and an inability to say it. (Author Melanie Hoffert)

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Melanie Hoffert.

The appeal of small town living to some is the very thing that drives other people away – the very close connections to your neighbors. That is, while the sense of community can be very strong, it is also difficult to live with a secret when everyone knows everyone else.

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Environment
12:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Study: Mercury Has Fast Path into Fish, But There's Hope to Lower Levels

UW-Madison and USGS scientists collect sediments

Concerns about the presence of mercury in fish keeps a lot of people from consuming what comes off the line. And that’s a concern anywhere there is a large body of fresh water, like, say, Lake Michigan.

Over the last decade, a group of scientists set out to discover if new mercury added to a lake would make its way more quickly into the aquatic food chain faster than “existing” mercury – what is released naturally into the atmosphere, by volcanoes or otherwise, and makes its way into watersheds.

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Economy & Business
10:19 am
Mon January 7, 2013

How Journalists Are Harnessing Social Media

Ellyn Angelotti specializes in journalism and social media at the Poynter Institute.

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Ellyn Angelotti.

Social media tools continue to grow in popularity. About a billion people are now on Facebook, and half that many have Twitter accounts.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat January 5, 2013

A Heat Gun, Some Plastic Bags, and the Sun

Pete Prodoehl's "Plastic Sun," constructed from plastic grocery bags with the assistance of a heat gun.
Credit Gianofer Fields

This summer the Chipstone Foundation challenged artists from all over Wisconsin to use just one tool to create a work of art. Contributor Gianofer Fields has presented some of their stories in recent months in our It’s a Material World series.

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Wolf
12:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Concerns Persist About Dogs Tangling with Wolves

Bobbi Rongstad's husband Tom and dog Marley are avid grouse hunters.
Credit B Rongstad

Wisconsin’s first grey wolf hunt closed weeks before its deadline.

However, debate over a component of the new law remains fierce.

Friday a Dane County judge could rule on that contested point – the use of dogs in future hunts.

Some outdoor enthusiasts such as the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association believe using dogs to track wolves is safe and appropriate.

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Arts & Culture
12:26 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

A Son of Wisconsin Wanders into Milwaukee

Cory Chisel on guitar and Adriel Denae on keyboard at a recent concert in New York.
Credit WFUV photo

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Cory Chisel.

Cory Chisel and his band, the Wandering Sons, got to play some pretty impressive venues following the release of his recent album, “Old Believers.”  And soon, they’ll be off for Europe and Australia.  But in among the many tour dates were a couple of important midwestern concerts – in northern Minnesota and in Appleton, the places Chisel grew up, the son of a preacher.

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