Mike Simonson, Wisconsin Public Radio
One of a dozen people who participated in a “raid” on a Gogebic Taconite drilling site last year pleaded guilty to felony theft and misdemeanor damage to property in circuit court in Hurley last week. Katie Kloth, a 27-year-old resident of Weston in central Wisconsin, was one of about a dozen masked people who jumped out of the Iron County woods at a drilling exploration site in June 2013.
Gogebic Taconite announced this week that it may again have to readjust its plan for mining iron ore in Northwestern Wisconsin after discovering more wetlands in the Penokee Hills than...
Tribal leaders meeting with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today and Thursday will ask the agency to halt mining activity in the Penokee Hills of Ashland and Iron counties. Led...
A shortage of coal shipped by rail to power plants in the Upper Midwest this summer is raising concerns that there may be an energy crisis this winter, similar to what happened with propane supplies last winter. While trains have been moving lots of crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil field, coal on rail lines from western states such as Wyoming and Montana to electric generating plants in the Midwest isn’t keeping pace with need. Sean Craig, Dairyland Power Cooperative fuel supply manager in La Crosse, Wis., said they have a shortage on the ground right now. “By now we need to build i
Wisconsin’s Democratic congressional delegation — which includes U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, as well as Reps. Mark Pocan, Gwen Moore and Ron Kind — has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking for federal recognition and rights for same-sex couples who got married in Wisconsin earlier this month. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb first ruled on June 6 that Wisconsin’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, but a week later she put same-sex marriages on hold while the case was appealed. For Baldwin, the first openly gay senator in U.S.
A discovery of century-old photos taken by an Apostle Islands lighthouse keeper is being called one of the most significant historical finds in that region’s history. The pictures, recently discovered...
State Rep. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, says it’s time for Wisconsin to step up with high-speed broadband service or her area won’t be able to keep up with the rest of the state. If you can’t get a signal for your cellphone or don’t have high-speed Internet, it’s tough to do business. Bewley says the state has let rural areas like hers fall behind because it doesn’t invest in broadband.
Eight residents of the Penokee Range area have filed a lawsuit against Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources over recent rock sampling done by mining company Gogebic Taconite, alleging that the state is not protecting the Lake Superior watershed. The suit was filed Monday in Iron County Circuit Court by Milwaukee attorney Dennis Grzezinski.