MILWAUKEE - The president of the company looking to open an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin faces charges in Spain for allegedly violating environmental laws at a Spanish mine he previously managed.
Gogebic Taconite President Bill Williams and two others are accused of mismanaging and polluting groundwater at the large copper mine in southern Spain.
Williams is the former water director at Cobre Las Cruces mine, an open pit mine and processing plant near Seville.
A law firm retained by the mine's owners said Friday it believes Williams and the two other managers named by Spanish prosecutors will be cleared.
Gogebic is proposing to build a $1.5 billion iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties.
Williams declined to comment to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1jGAM2I ) on the legal proceeding.
RHINELANDER - People at Rhinelander's City Hall know if you need to know a specific ordinance or resolution, you could always turn to Kathy Johnson. That's going to change this week. The city administrator's assistant retires at the end of the day Friday.
Johnson started working for the city five years ago. She and her husband moved here from Rockford, Illinois. Johnson served under four city administrators over that time, including Blaine Oborn, Phil Parkinson, Kristina Aschenbrenner, and Keith Kost.
CHETEK, WI - Sheriff's officials in northwestern Wisconsin have identified the teens involved in a fatal plane crash.
The Barron County Sheriff's Department says 17-year-old Owen Knutson died when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed into a river in a rural area near Chetek Wednesday evening. An 18-year-old passenger, Hunter Gillett, was seriously injured. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School senior is hospitalized at Mayo in Rochester, Minnesota.
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