Ashland Co. wants to protect taxpayers from paying for mine
Story By Associated Press
ASHLAND - Taxpayers might be protected from infrastructure costs at the planned Gogebic Taconite iron ore mine.
The Ashland County Board approved the ordinances aimed at protecting taxpayers from those costs from at the mine. Gogebic Taconite would be required to make an initial $100,000 payment to the county. They'd also have to keep a minimum balance of $50,000 to reimburse the county for its expenses.
The vote was 18-1. The sole opponent was Frank Kempf, who says the ordinances send the signal that Ashland County opposes mining. He says it will shift mining to Iron County instead.
G-TAC Manager of External Affairs Bob Seitz says the company will have to examine the ordinances to see if they conflict with state law.
The Iron County board could vote July 2nd on adopting its own mining regulations.
WABENO - Wabeno prides itself on drawing more and more people to its small community. It's doing things like building new trails and coming up with new events.
This weekend, the town will host the first ever "Wabeno Art and Music Fest". People in Wabeno say they have a unique passion for the arts.
"The Wabeno Art and Music Fest, or WAM Fest, as we call it, is an outgrowth of the various art activities that have been burgeoning here in Wabeno over the last number of years," said Tim Friesen, a coordinator of the event.
WAUSAU - The name sounds scarier than most of the symptoms would suggest, but doctors take West Nile virus seriously.
This week, a dead crow in Marathon County tested positive for West Nile. The Marathon County Health Department reported the discovery Monday. Counties look mainly at crows, blue jays, and ravens to find the virus. It is spread mostly through mosquito bites.
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