MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker signed the mining bill aimed at encouraging construction of an iron mine in northern Wisconsin. But there's still uncertainty about the future of mining in the state. And looking to neighboring states for perspective doesn't clear things up very much.
The mining industries in Minnesota and Michigan have had ups and downs over the past few years. This is due to fluctuating demand and economic uncertainty. Some mining-related jobs have disappeared, and others require a surprising level of high-tech skills.
The job outlook in Wisconsin, as well as the necessary skill set, remain to be seen. And Wisconsin mining opponents have pledged a legal fight, further complicating the picture.
One of those legal fights might soon become official. The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has is fundraising for a possible lawsuit. It would challenge the iron mine near the reservation.
It has set up a link on the tribe's website that allows visitors to donate directly to the tribe.
Gogebic Taconite wants to dig an open-pit mine just south of the tribe's Ashland County reservation.
Tribal members fear pollution from the mine will contaminate their water and wild rice sloughs.
NORTHWOODS - When you go out to eat, you usually think of typical brick-and-mortar restaurants, but a few local businesses might be turning the tide right here in the Northwoods just by working out of a truck.
"It's actually a growing community," says Chumpot Ratanawong, owner and operator of the Hanuman Express food truck. "It's nice because we talk to each other, we bounce ideas off each other."
RHINELANDER - On any given Sunday morning you can find parishioners offering prayers within their churches. But Thursday, church-goers all across the country moved outdoors to spread their prayers everywhere.
About 40 people met outside the Oneida County Courthouse in Rhinelander for the 64th annual National Day of Prayer. Pastors from five area churches, including Calvary Baptist, Headwaters Christian Youth, Grace Foursquare, Trinity Lutheran and Pine Grove Community Church led different prayers.
"Every year it seems like we grow a little more and every year more people come out because they realize the desperate situation our nation is in," local organizer Pastor Rod Ankrom said. "We desperately need to get back to God."
- People gathered all across the nation to offer prayers for a number of different causes, including a few dozen in Rhinelander. We'll share their message and hope for prayer in the open tonight at 5, 6 and 10.
- Plus, we will tell you about new federal rules now in place that regulate e-cigarettes.
We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
RHINELANDER - At a young age. many of us dreamed about becoming pro athletes, rock stars, or actors. But, earlier today, kids in Rhinelander got to check out some other careers and the vehicles they use.
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