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Planning Your Wisconsin Post-Spring-Birdwatching Drink

The Marsh of La Crosse, facing the bluffs of Hixon Forest. Jamie Peacock/2009

The Marsh of La Crosse, facing the bluffs of Hixon Forest. Jamie Peacock/2009

WisconsinTravelBestBets.com thinks your winter depression will best be defeated by standing in the cold, staring at geese, grackles, and other inedible poultry. But when your toes get numb, you need to know where to warm up:

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Iron Mining is “Back” in Wisconsin

colorcoatLast Friday, Gov. Walker officially signed a controversial iron mining bill into law. This law comes even as current iron mining giant and neighboring state Minnesota reconsiders its own lax environmental regulations on the practice.

Some very important things to note:

  • This legislation applies only to iron mining. Frac sand mining regulations, another hot-button issue in the state, remain virtually unaffected by this legislation.
  • The “guarantee” of jobs comes from a single company, Gogebic Taconite. Gogebic has not even begun exploratory drilling of the Penokee Range to which it owns mineral rights. But on that note…
  • Gogebic was a huge part of drafting this legislation.
  • Also key in fighting for, and drafting, this legislation was a man named Tim Sullivan. Sullivan formerly served as CEO of Bucyrus International, a mining equipment manufacturer. The full extent of Sullivan’s work passing this bill is unknown, as he is not currently paid by the government or a lobbying group. He is retired as a CEO. How he paid his rent in the last year is not entirely clear.