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Mining Bill Doesn't Mean Certainty for the Industry in Wis.Submitted: 03/24/2013
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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker signed the mining bill aimed at encouraging construction of an iron mine in northern Wisconsin. But there's still uncertainty about the future of mining in the state. And looking to neighboring states for perspective doesn't clear things up very much.

The mining industries in Minnesota and Michigan have had ups and downs over the past few years. This is due to fluctuating demand and economic uncertainty. Some mining-related jobs have disappeared, and others require a surprising level of high-tech skills.

The job outlook in Wisconsin, as well as the necessary skill set, remain to be seen. And Wisconsin mining opponents have pledged a legal fight, further complicating the picture.

One of those legal fights might soon become official. The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has is fundraising for a possible lawsuit. It would challenge the iron mine near the reservation.

It has set up a link on the tribe's website that allows visitors to donate directly to the tribe.

Gogebic Taconite wants to dig an open-pit mine just south of the tribe's Ashland County reservation.

Tribal members fear pollution from the mine will contaminate their water and wild rice sloughs.



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Michigan House OKs measure allowing wolf huntingSubmitted: 08/27/2014

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The state House voted 65-43 Wednesday in favor of a citizen-initiated measure that would empower the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to designate game species and regulate hunting. The Senate approved the measure earlier this month.

Because the governor's signature isn't required on citizen initiatives, it now becomes law.

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Leadership Oneida County seeks more applicants before deadlineSubmitted: 08/27/2014

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Man who caused an elementary school to be put on lockdown could have charges dismissed Submitted: 08/27/2014

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Schettino was in court Wednesday. He took a plea agreement. His two misdemeanors could be dismissed if he follows the terms of the agreement for two years.

"The state has the option if they have evidence indicating that you have not complied with the terms of the agreement to bring this matter back into court," Judge Michael Bloom told Schettino, "and if they presented evidence to establish that you were not in compliance that I could enter judgment on your pleas without any further proceedings and go immediately to sentencing."

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Snowmobile clubs prepare for the new seasonSubmitted: 08/27/2014

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The main focus is cleaning and organizing equipment.

The Minocqua Forest Riders Snowmobile Club operates about 150 miles of trails. Working inside the shop now helps them later on in the season.

"We looked at our shop and we've been doing about the same thing every year," says Club President Curt Christensen. "We never really moved the equipment out or took a real close look at things so we decided to do a major cleaning project this year to get the shop ready."

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Kenosha-area officials call for casino approvalSubmitted: 08/27/2014

MADISON - Leaders from southeastern Wisconsin and Democratic state lawmakers say Gov. Scott Walker should immediately approve the Menominee tribe's proposed casino in Kenosha because it would put people back to work.

They came together Wednesday to put pressure on Walker to approve the casino. The Bureau of Indian Affairs gave its OK for the casino a year ago but Walker has until Feb. 19 to sign off on it.

Walker said in a letter to lawmakers on Tuesday that he's moving cautiously because he's concerned about the effect on the state budget.

The Forest County Potawatomi has refused to make its annual casino revenue payment to the state as Walker negotiates with it.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he thinks Walker is moving as quickly as he can.

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