MADISON - A mining company has applied for an exploratory license to begin the process of opening an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin near Lake Superior.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says Gogebic Taconite submitted the application on Thursday.
DNR Waste and Materials Management Program director Ann Coakley says a decision on granting the application will be made within 10 business days as required by the new law passed by the Legislature in March.
If Gogebic obtains a state permit it still must receive federal approval for the mine since it would affect federal wetlands. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that permit process could take up to four years.
Supporters of the mine say it will create jobs while opponents say it will harm the environment.
Supporters of a second softball field at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander will need to wait for any decision on if those plans can move forward.
The Parks, Buildings and Grounds Committee decided Monday night to hold a public hearing in front of the full city council before deciding on whether it wants to accept the park plans.
The Rhinelander softball program hopes to build a second softball field at Pioneer Park just south of its existing field. The program would use about $50,000 from donations and fundraisers to build the new field. Softball coach D.J. DeMeyer tells Newswatch 12 the second field would allow the city to host upwards of 70 games a year, including RHS softball games, tournaments, and city recreation leagues.
But the new field would require cutting down nearly 10 trees and take up space routinely used by the fair and farmers' market. City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says she's heard from plenty of people worried about space issues.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker still owes nearly $900,000 on his failed presidential campaign, which ended abruptly last fall.
The campaign has been gradually reducing its $1.2 million debt from the end of 2015. According to finance records, the campaign owed $898,676 at the end of April, down about $50,000 from the previous month.
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