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Penokee Gold® Maple Syrup is being test marketed in northern Wisconsin as an alternative economic development strategy to replace iron ore mining. Photo: Paul DeMain

Gold Discovered In the Penokees

April 22, 2015 by Barbara With Upson, Wisconsin – Paul DeMain, spokesperson for the Harvest Education Learning Project (HELP) in the Penokee Hills of Iron County, Wisconsin said the recent discovery of gold in the hills “will help create another revenue stream for local family incomes and make a huge difference in family nutrition.” DeMain […]

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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) threatens Lake Superior; Citizens take action

April 21, 2015 by Mary Doughtery Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) was a foreign word in the Lake Superior Basin prior to the summer of 2014. Today the residents of Bayfield County know many new terms: nutrient management plans (NMP), best management practices, manure lagoons, gestation crates and animal units. As the community learned about these things, […]

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Annual County Conservation Congress Meetings April 13

April 10, 2015 by Barbara With On Monday, April 13, 2015, the annual Spring Conservation Congress hearings will take place across the state. Each hearing—one in each county—begins at 7:00 PM. Citizens concerned about Wisconsin natural resources have an opportunity to provide input by voting on a variety of issues and testifying on proposed rule changes relating to […]

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Billionaire Chris Cline can’t afford Iron County lease payment

February 1, 2015 by WCMC On January 30, 2015, the Northland News Center reported that Gogebic Taconite, which is financed by Chris Cline of North Palm Beach FL, had not paid their $10,000 lease payment for land essential for the construction of their proposed open-pit mountaintop-removal iron ore mine in Wisconsin’s Iron County. According to the […]

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UPDATE Timeline of Shame: How a Mining Company Got State and Local Governments to Allow Destruction of Wetlands

November 3, 2014 by Maureen Matesuwic and Barbara With UPDATE: On February 27, 2015, GTac President Bill Williams announced that GTac would be closing their Hurley office and discontinuing their pursuit of iron ore mining in the Penokee Hills at this time. Williams blamed the EPA and the wetlands, which he claimed they did not […]

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What the public was told at the January 2011 mining presentation at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Photo: Eric Iverson.

Dear Mary Burke: Repeal and Restore Mining Law

October 21, 2014 by Barbara With Dear Mary Burke, I’m not sure where you were back in January 2011, before Scott Walker and his Tea Party Republicans turned this state into a dysfunctional corporate-driven train wreck. I was at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center with Matt Fifield from Gogebic Taconite (GTac) and several hundred of my friends […]

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Know Your Governor

October 18, 2014, By D.E Johnson • Scott Walker declined Medicaid funds, leading to a loss of over $206 million to the state of Wisconsin. This is federal money that originally came from Wisconsin through Medicaid taxes. Wisconsin Medicaid is now short $760 million. In addition, his cuts to BadgerCare have eliminated the health care coverage of […]

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Brad Schimel looking towards the door during an interview with Fox News 6. Schimel refused to answers questions about his failure to investigate Joe Kleefisch.

Republican AG Candidate Schimel promises to fight against clean air quality

October 19, 2014 by Barbara With Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel (R) promises he will fight against new EPA regulations to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants if he is elected Attorney General. In his October 12 debate with Susan Happ (D), he vowed to defend the use of coal as the sole source of […]

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The Tyler Forks, one of the "puddles" that could be legally filled in by mining waste.

Wisconsin Tribes Set to Meet with EPA Regarding Proposed Penokee Mine

July 21, 2014 by Barbara With On August 21, 2014, the six tribes of Wisconsin’s Chippewa Federation will meet with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials to urge them to stop mining activity in the Penokee Hills in northern Wisconsin. Tribal leaders sent a letter in May requesting the meeting and asking the EPA to invoke a section of […]

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Penokee Hills Education Project (PHEP) helped sponsor this billboard south of Hurley on Highway 51. Photo: Bill Heart.

Penokee Hills Education Project Provides the Truth Amid a Sea of Mining Misinformation

July 21, 2014 by Barbara With On June 27, 2014, Penokee Hills Education Project (PHEP) offered information sessions at three locations around the proposed mine site in the Penokee Hills as a way to bring truth to the massive amounts of misinformation being spread by Gogebic Taconite (GTac), pro-mining elected officials, and state and local […]

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