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.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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