- Gogebic Taconite may have left northern Wisconsin – and any potential iron ore mine there—behind. But leaders in Iron County hope a new company might want to pick up on what Gogebic left behind.
- As wildfires rage on the west coast, students from a Northwoods school will race head on into them. We catch up with students from Blackwell to find out how they feel headed to help people from out of state.
- And a family in Antigo will soon get the keys to their new home. But first, they'll have to help build it. We'll meet them and the organization helping to make it all happen.
We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
IRON COUNTY - We've known since February that Gogebic Taconite's plans for a huge open-pit iron ore mine in Iron and Ashland Counties are dead. But the possibility of another company exploring a mine in the same area seems very much alive.
The La Pointe Iron Company still owns much of that land. Three representatives from La Pointe met with Iron County leaders, including the county's economic development chief and three county board members, last week in Hurley. La Pointe wanted to gauge the county's interest in seeing a new mine operator get involved on the land.
MARATHON COUNTY - Warren Rydell doesn't mind the buzz or stingers.
"You don't need to be afraid of bees, you just have to love them for what they are," said Rydell.
Rydell has raised bees since the 1980s. Now with 35 colonies and thousands of bees in Marathon County, he's produced hundreds of pounds of honey just this year.
"We're having success with it," said Rydell, who's with the Marathon County Beekeepers Association. "A little at a time. You make mistakes, but it's getting better."
But here and across the country, bee populations have been on the decline for years. Bees are important pollinators for the environment, which is why the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will meet next week to devise a pollinator protection plan.
"Whether people know it or not, for every three tablespoons of food you eat, two of those table spoons are produced by bees, and without them, we're not going to be able to feed people," said Rydell.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has asked Wisconsin's attorney general to take "immediate action" to protect ratepayers and workers from what the Republican presidential candidate calls "devastating impacts" of a new rule designed to cut greenhouse gases.
MADISON - A Republican state senator wants to ban exotic pets in Wisconsin as Milwaukee officials struggle to capture a lion-like animal roaming the city's streets.
Van Wanggaard of Racine is circulating a bill that would prohibit the possession, propagation and sale of dangerous exotic animals, including lions, tigers, polar bears, gorillas and various crocodilians.
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