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UPDATE: Wis. Assembly reps tour mine site

IRON COUNTY (WXOW) -- A group of state lawmakers got a first hand look at the area proposed for an iron ore mine in northwestern Wisconsin. 

Twelve lawmakers, 6 Republicans and 6 Democrats, got a tour of the area in Iron County on Friday.

The organizer of the tour, Rep. Mary Czaja, (R) Irma, says the GOP's plan to fast-track the mine is just the beginning to help the local economy.

Others see a different opportunity sitting in the hills.

"It guarantees the process to start and I think that's what we really need to get going so that the people of this area have a sense that they're will be this employments and have prosperity. I believe we have a mine right here, let's figure out a way to get this high grade ore to market rather than stripmine one of the most beautiful places in Wisconsin," said Czaja.

State Democrats are calling for another public hearing on the mining bill.

About 100 people were not able to testify Wednesday during a 12-hour hearing at the state capitol.


MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A dozen members of the state Assembly plan to tour a potential mine site in far northwestern Wisconsin.

Republicans are pushing a bill to streamline state mining regulations in hopes of persuading Gogebic Taconite to dig a huge open-pit iron mine along the border between Ashland and Iron counties.

Rep. Mary Czaja, a freshman Republican from Irma, is organizing a tour of the site for Friday morning. The site is outside Czaja's district, but aide Emily Loe says Czaja toured the site several weeks ago, found the visit productive and thought other legislators would benefit from seeing the area.

Loe says six Republicans and six Democrats have agreed to the visit. She says the visit is informal and the legislators will pay their own way.

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