MADISON - The leader of the state Assembly mining committee wants to make sure towns aren't burdened by infrastructure costs behind a new mine.
Representative Mary Williams is a Medford Republican and chair of the Assembly mining committee.
A GOP-written mining bill passed her committee last week on a party-line vote.
That bill was based on one last year aimed at relaxing the mine permitting process.
But there are some differences this time.
"We're working on the amount of money the townships would get," Representative Williams said. "That's a big issue. They don't want to be doing all kinds of infrastructure and not have the money. That is one big thing."
She says the other big change from last year is concern for environmental protections.
This session's mining bill now goes before the Joint Finance Committee before heading to the floor.
PRESQUE ISLE - The art of violin making dates back hundreds of years, and Brian Derber is carrying on the tradition. He wanted to go into furniture making, but fell into instrument design after taking a class in college. In 1999, he opened his own school. It's the only violin making school in Wisconsin.
"The program itself is modeled after a German school of violin making," said New World School of Violin Making Owner Brian Derber. "Students have to fulfill a certain requirement before they can apply to graduate. So the minimum time they are with me is three years."
Students start out by making the body of a violin in their first year. As they progress, they add the scroll and varnish, which can take months for students to finish. Nearing the end of their stay, they can even try to make a cello.
"In the time that I have with students in the school here, I can only give them so much, and then it's time for them to go someplace else and get more knowledge," said Derber.
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