MADISON - Republicans who control the state Assembly say they are confident a mining bill will protect the environment and bring jobs to Wisconsin despite Democrats who say it will harm air and water quality.
The Assembly began debate of the measure Thursday. It was expected to pass in the late afternoon.
Republican Majority Leader Scott Suder calls the measure ``perhaps the most important jobs bill we've seen in a great long while.''
He says the iron ore mine near Lake Superior could be operational within three to four years.
The bill would loosen the state's mining regulations to help Gogebic Taconite dig a huge open-pit iron mine just south of Lake Superior.
Assembly approval would send the bill to Gov. Scott Walker, the last step before it would become law.
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LAKE TOMAHAWK - Camp American Legion recently opened up for visitors this year, but campers will notice some big changes.
The entire top floor of the main building was redone with new flooring and new bathrooms. The camp also cleared the way to put in concrete outside the front entrance to be used as a future spot for music and other outdoor gatherings.
But those aren't the only projects underway.
"The other one that we worked on was the front entrance and the sunroom entrance out here actually on the second floor, and that got a complete facelift on it also," said Camp Director Don Grundy. "We got stone work on the outside, all new windows, that we'll now be able to use these spaces in the winter."
Grundy hopes to be able to have winter programming in the future. The camp will also have a grand opening for a new building for families of the fallen this coming Wednesday.
Heavy rain this weekend nearly delayed the start of Lake Tomahawk's snowshoe baseball season.
The Snowhawks will begin their 12 game schedule Monday night against Newswatch 12.
Early Monday, it looked like the field at Snowshoe Park might be too wet to play on.
Snowhawks Manager Jeff Smith said the sun Monday afternoon has helped prepare the wood chips on the field for the game.
"Once you get them ruffed up, it kind of pulls the moisture out. It's kind of nice to have the sun going, because it will dry some of that right up. It takes a little while, it takes a little wind, but with everything going on now it's going to make big improvements by game time," said Smith.
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