THREE LAKES - Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) remains "hopeful" we'll see a metallic mine in northern Wisconsin in the near future.
Tiffany played a major role in the state's new mining law, which went into effect on Sunday. He believes our part of the state will see a mine soon.
"For someone that agrees with mining, it would be optimistic, three to five years. But I think it's going to happen," Tiffany said. "We have some of the greatest resources here in northern Wisconsin in terms of nonferrous minerals."
Tiffany wasn't surprised to see anti-mining speakers outnumber pro-mining voices at Northwoods hearings this year. Counties rushed to change their mining rules before the July 1 law change.
"It's like many issues, but especially mining is that way, that people who are opposed to it are much more actively engaged," he said.
Tiffany says mining supporters are around, too, but they're not as vocal.
He wrote the law repealing Wisconsin's so-called mining moratorium. It streamlines the process for metallic mining in the state.
"I believe this significant asset we have will be mined at some point. It's just a matter of when," Tiffany said. "It is a great opportunity for us here northern Wisconsin to have more prosperity."
RHINELANDER - A man died near the entrance of Nicolet College in Rhinelander on Thursday afternoon.
Neither the campus nor the public were in danger, according to the Oneida Co. Sheriff's Office. Due to the circumstances of the man's death, Newswatch 12 is not releasing more information, but there appears to be nothing suspicious about the death.
Police got a report at 3:55 p.m. about a man lying face down near the entry drive to Nicolet College. Emergency responders took him to St. Mary's Hospital, but he died.
The Oneida Co. Sheriff's Office, Rhinelander Fire Department, Pelican First Responders, and Oneida Co. Medical Examiner's Office were involved in the response.
The Oneida County Beekeepers Association promotes beekeeping in the Northwoods.
It does its part to save the bees, and wants to encourage to do the same. It works to recruit new beekeepers, as well as teach people the importance of honeybees in our everyday lives.
"Bees are essential for our food supply," said Oneida County Beekeepers Association member, John Bigley. "If we lose the bees, we lose most of the food supply. So, we got to keep them healthy. We have to ensure that they are pollinating not only the flowers, but the fruit trees and vegetable gardens."
The organization is holding a class on June 1st for anyone who is interested in learning how to become a beekeeper.
It's also an advanced class for beekeepers to learn more about bee tips and tricks.
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