WAUSAU - The leader of the Bad River tribe is concerned for the future of our environment.
He says if the iron mining legislation rejected last year comes back, it will be the obliteration of the Bad River watershed.
Tonight's meeting in Wausau, pointed towards inspiring others to say no to iron mining. The tribe's concerned toxins like sulfuric acid will leak into nearby water and land.
Iron mining is currently on the minds of many Wisconsin legislators.
But tribe leader Mike Wiggins Jr. says the tribe is also focused and prepared to take action.
"One of the things we have that we're confronted with is the human rights issue of this particular mining company's activities. Essentially disproportionally hurting us, and you know we are prepared to do different things to try and protect ourselves along those lines," said Bad River Tribe leader Mike Wiggins Jr.
Wiggins' concern extends to how future generations will be impacted by mining.
He hopes discussion now can lead to working together to find an economically friendly solution.
"We're looking for co-existence, mutual respect, and an acknowledgement that it's not a sustainable type of project. If you're looking at the ability for us to be living our lives in a good way, moving out 500 years, 1000 years- way beyond the boom and bust economy of extractive industry," said Wiggins Jr.
A vote on a bill to overhaul state mining regulations could happen as soon as March.
If favorable laws pass, supporters say the mine could bring 700 jobs to northern Wisconsin.
- Valentine's Day falls on a weekend for the second year in a row. That's good news for local restaurants who expect more people to come in. But the weekend holiday ISN'T great for everyone...especially floral shops. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek went to Woodruff to find out how the weekend hurts the flower business.
- Plus, tonight on Friday Night Blitz we will bring you scores from high school games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following basketball games:
Three Lakes vs. Wabeno/Laona
Northland Pines vs. Elcho
Chequamegon vs. Phillips
Flambeau vs. Prentice
Tomahawk vs. Rhinelander
Mosinee vs. Northland Pines
That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.
We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
MADISON - The state Assembly has approved a bill that would dramatically expand landlord rights.
The Republican bill would allow landlords to dispose of or sell trespassers' property; evict tenants if they cause damage without repairing or paying for it; and evict a tenant if the tenant, a tenant family member or guest engages in criminal activity, including dealing drugs. The landlord could terminate the tenancy regardless of whether anyone was arrested or convicted.
IRON COUNTY - Humans aren't equipped for single-digit and sub-zero temperatures, but huskies definitely are.
During cold snaps like this week, dog sled drivers can't pass up an opportunity to take the dogs out running—dog sledding or skijoring.
MJ Slone and Chad McGrath in Springstead have 11 huskies at their home. All the dogs are from shelters or families that can't take care of them anymore.
"It was often a sled driver with a team who had maybe 30, 40, 50 dogs and one dog wouldn't fit the team anymore or teams so we would get it," said McGrath.
For Slone and McGrath, taking in dogs started more than 20 years ago.
"Well, I brought home a pup from Alaska because I had worked up there doing some consulting work," said Slone. "My idea was to skijor, which was a fairly new thing in 1990 in the U.S….And then I realized dogs don't like to run alone, so I got another dog….and then I got another dog."
These dogs aren't competitive —they're mostly for recreational racing. Slone and McGrath host outdoor groups and school kids for sled dog racing throughout the winter. They encourage people to get out and try these sports during the winter, even if it's bitterly cold.
"It's the partnership with the dogs," Slone said. "They bring an enthusiasm to your life that you just can't get….They are always happy to see you."
MILWAUKEE - Republican presidential candidates made their case to voters during their debate in Milwaukee last November. Now it's the Democrats turn. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary Hillary Clinton are set to face off for the sixth time Thursday evening at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
This is the first time Sanders and Clinton will face each other since the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.
The debate is especially important for both candidates.
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